There is hope in dating

15 03 2010

I’ve grown weary these past couple of years,
Not because of work or school,
But because of the love that I thought could exist.
I was committed to a man with whom I thought,
Life would end with.
Only to my heart’s dismay, I received a text one day,
I think we should just be friends.

Friends? Friends? Friends?
How could such words come from a man that I was committed with for over a year?
Was it a lie all those times he said, “I love you?”

Months passed and my heart slowly started to mend,
In the meantime, the company of others regaled my need for human interaction,
For if I was void of this, I would become a vegetable, lying in bed,
Looking at the off-white vertical blinds that shelter me from light.

It is now March, month of the pisces, and I feel like dating,
What a feeling! I have found hope again,
And once again, I’m back to square one…
Finding love.





Response to some comments

10 01 2010

I’ve been reading through some comments over the past few days and I’m honestly surprised to have seen that so many people even remember the rooster alarm clock. Also, I forget to mention something in the previous post.

To David, one of the blog readers, you’ll be glad to know I now have unlimited texting. Finally, sort of, got out of the dinosaur age of technology.

Also, I guess I should mention I know have an iPhone. So if anyone knows of any good, free apps, please let me know.

~alex





Comeback in a new year

10 01 2010

It’s been a while (February or March to be exact) since I’ve written. In that time, so many things have changed. For one, my rooster clock almost died, buy with the help of my father and a soldering gun, it’s now fixed and singing again.

Our newspaper, theminaretonline.com, is now better than ever. On the downside, it’s been two months since my boyfriend and I broke up and I’ve been trying to cope with my daily life. I find myself still missing him after some time and I imagine how things would be if we were still together. It’s a new year and I’m optimistic that things will come together. Either he and I will be together again or someone special will come into my life.

On the flipside, I’m working at a local weekly newspaper and am learning so much about the newspaper business. I hope that my experiences here will take me to he next level. I have a year and a half left till I graduate and I plan on either doing some freelance work or hopefully working in the creative services department at Creative Loafing.

Here’s to the new year and to new aspirations!





San Diego, Here I Come…and Here I Go :(

2 03 2009

My thoughts before the trip:

One of the best things about being with a college organization is the opportunity to go on trips. Last year, I went to San Francisco for the newspaper and this year, San Diego. I’m so excited mostly to get to know a new place. Of course, also to learn more about journalism. Only thing that sucks about the trip is that it’s a total of six to seven hours in length so you can imagine how anxious I get after the first two hours.

My thoughts after the trip:

What a shame it is to be back in Tampa. I’m not saying it sucks or anything, but San Diego was truly amazing. From the lights and festivities that took place in Gas Lamp District to the laid back atmosphere of Mission Beach, there was not a moment where you couldn’t just walk around and be amazed. Some cons of San Diego were the unfriendly routes pedestrians had to venture. I think of it mostly like this because we stayed in the Sheraton, which was blocked off from society by a three to six-lane highway.

Overall, the journalism was something to take in as well. Our group attended the ACP convention down there and learned some things that we could improve on. We also won seventh place in Best of Show Newspaper Online Website, beating out The Miami Hurricane (no offense guys).

Anyways, aside from the journalism part, some places I would definitely recommend are Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant and Royal Thai Cuisine, which offered my friend Shannon and I the King of Thailand Feast. I’m not going to describe that because a part of the Proclamation is to try it.

If you would like to know more about our ventures in San Diego, feel free to ask any questions or even comment.





Talk About Breaking a Nail

15 02 2009

Paul Duke

Paul Duke

Recently, there’s been news of a lady by the name of Lee Redmond who was involved in a car crash that caused unrepairable damage to her nails.

I read this article and saw the picture and literally, my jaw dropped. How could this lady go without cutting her nails since 1979.

No offense to her, but I’m glad her nails or no longer that long. I mean, how do you even steer while you drive if you have 28-foot long nails? People like this are great to have around, but some people need to know what’s gross and what’s cool. I’ve always been creeped out by nails that were six inches long, but these suckers are monstrous.





Stop Texting So Much and Look in Front of You

12 02 2009

flickr.com (inhisgrace)

flickr.com (inhisgrace)


“Hey, what’s up?” is a typical text message intro. You usually get it while you’re at home, doing chores, or somewhere really important. It’s the medium where you can reply without having to move your lips or disrupt everyone. To many, it’s the new thing, but to me, I think otherwise. I definitely do think it is convenient for when you can’t talk, but I also think it’s one of the most impersonal things ever. Some of you will say, well not talking in person is impersonal, but, texting goes to the point where someone you don’t even know can start up and engage in a conversation with you.

Personally, I do hate texting for many reason, one of them being that I can’t type fast enough and the other being that I get charged for every message sent. Recently, there has been someone who texted me, basically trying to encourage me to ask them to hang out. I would not have a problem calling back to talk and set up a hang out date, but this person, was someone I didn’t even know all that well. It was just a little creepy for me to get a text saying that I like doing something, when in fact, I don’t.

Aside from the creeper that sent me the text, I believe that the growing number of deaths is actually increasing from continual cell phone use. I constantly see teenagers and adults texting while driving- you know that let’s balance the steering wheel while we text with both hands. To me as a driver on the road, I get freaked out when people start to veer on the road in my lane. It used to frustrate me so much that I yelled at people. Now, I only honk and give them the finger.

I’m lucky in these instances, but my mom on the other hand was hit by a driver on his cellphone back in 2006. It’s just a shame that people can’t just put down the phone and focus on what they need to do. Not only on the roads, but also on the sidewalks. Girls on their phone texting as if they were reporting a story or something. They concentrate on it so much that the next thing that happens is that they slam right into someone or something.

All I have to say is get off your phone for one minute and look around you. If you have a lot to say, find a private place and talk with that person. There is nothing worse than your own text being used against you.





Let’s Not Impeach Obama and Say We Did

10 02 2009

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing a lot of mumbo-jumbo about impeaching Obama and bringing someone else in. Republicans criticize his decision to close Guantanamo Bay as a campaign promise and say it’s going to bring in more terrorism, etc.

I’m not very much into politics, but I do try to stay caught up on some subjects. The fact of the matter is that this nation is a nation living off of circulating debt. We pretend like our GDP has increased over the past years, but the fact of the matter is we are just borrowing more and more and adding on to our deficit. Guantanamo Bay was another prime example of money used towards the captivity of international terrorists, criminals, etc.-call them what you will.

Why is it that the U.S. is one of the only countries to offer billions of dollars in aids annually, yet we receive nothing in return? I agree that it is the top of the list to have world peace and harmony, but when do we draw the line to our own fiscal responsibilities.

With an economy that has withered away and has shown a substantial rise in unemployment, it was only a matter of time where we would have to cut back on some things, one of them including the support of Guantanamo Bay.

CHANGE- as we all strongly want- cannot be attained over night. Knowing that Obama was sworn in just recently assures me that after these few weeks, he has committed to his promises and has a plan worked out. Even if he doesn’t have a plan worked out, it will be good to see the outcome of our actions in these coming months.