From Bartender to Office Rep..what now?

It’s been exactly 1 year and 6 days since I walked across the stage and picked up my Bachelor’s Degree from AU.  It took me this long to finally land a full time job.  Not just any job, an adult job, with benefits and all.  I was bartending a wedding two nights ago and tried to imagine how I’d feel going to an office each day and sitting down for 8 hours.  Sitting is something I don’t usually do, especially while I make money, so this will be quite a challenge.

Also, I’m moving from Chicago to Denver by the end of next month, so if anyone has advice on that, let me know.

It seems scary to think that I’ll build a monotonous routine with this job eventually.  I mean, to be honest, it will be a struggle.  I’m used to moving around, talking to people, making jokes, making drinks, cleaning things, eating good food, and building and breaking things down.  How can I go from that to taking phone calls in an office?  It’s hard to imagine, but hey, I want to do it.  At least for now, I do.

I just hope that my forcing myself into this lifestyle of “young professional” doesn’t waste the young years in my life when I can be out exploring the world.  I don’t want to have to wait till I’m 65 to do that.  No one should.

So, in conclusion, I’m done ranting about being a young unemployed bartender, and will probably start eventually ranting about being the “young professional” I’m expected to be.  I’ve been wanting this for so long, but now that it’s here, it’s kind of terrifying.

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Gotham – A show about Commissioner Gordon? Oh yeah

I am loving the idea behind this show.  To see the story behind Gotham before Batman, a story that is never really told at length and only hinted at, I’m excited to see what they do with it.  Also, I like that they’re focusing on the villains’ stories along with Batman’s.  I’ve always wondered, “What’s the story behind how the Penguin was raised?”…Or the Joker?! Oh man…now, that’s epic if they bring in the joker.  Unfortunately though, Heath Ledger created the best Joker I’ve ever seen or read about in any Batman comics, books, or movies soooo..it might not be as interesting as I’m hoping.  But hey, you never know.  Maybe FOX won’t mess this up too bad.

And Ben McKenzie…didn’t see that one coming.

10 of the Weirdest Beers Ever Made

This article has a list of 10 of the weirdest beers ever made! It runs from Key Lime pies to Pizza beer.  Now I’m all about a nice brew with a slice of deep dish at Lou Malnati’s, but I don’t know if I’d want to combine both tastes in one.  So I suggest checking it out, maybe try one! I will say the Wells Banana Bread beer is actually really good :]

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Half Latina, half White (Part 1)

I’ve been reading this book lately called Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  about a Nigerian’s experience living in America and the UK.  I’m still a little more than half way through it so, when finished, I’ll offer a decent review, however I do like it so far.  I did have an issue with it nevertheless.  I did not enjoy her critique on Hispanics:

“Hispanic means the frequent companions of American blacks in poverty rankings, Hispanic means a slight step above American blacks in the American race ladder, Hispanic means the chocolate-skinned woman from Peru, Hispanic means the indigenous people of Mexico.  Hispanic means the biracial-looking folks from the Dominican Republic.  Hispanic means the paler folks from Puerto Rico.  Hispanic also means the blond, blue-eyed guy from Argentina. All you need to be is Spanish-speaking but not from Spain and voila, you’re a race called Hispanic (p105).”

Coming from an Ecuadorian, Polish (more like European mix, but mostly Polish) background, I’ve been able to stand for two worlds that came together through my parents.  I have embraced both cultures and I love both families.  However, they are not the same.  There are always similarities between many cultures throughout the world, but these, along with the staunch differences are what is embraced.  I love that I can speak Spanish and make empanadas with my mom, but talk about fishing in Wisconsin and eating polish sausages and sauerkraut with my dad.  These differences are embraced and remembered as…different.  My hispanic (mind you, I use Latina and Hispanic interchangeably because I’ve heard both interchangeably) culture is not just a Spanish speaking white person.  It’s not just a Spanish speaking black person.  My hispanic side is a race of it’s own.  Being Ecuadorian is a culture all in it’s own.  It cannot be generalized, summed up, or blurred.  It is particular, intricate, and unique.

In Americanah, she speaks of how Americans generalize all Blacks, whether non-American or American into one category: African-American or Black (depending on the PC of the person).  This, to her, is unnatural since, not long before, she was Nigerian, not just black.  This desire for close ties to one’s identity stands for everyone, and that needs to be appreciated for Hispanics as well.

Now, Chimamanda is a brilliant women, so I am not critiquing her as an intellectual, nor her ability to study race.  However, I just wanted to share a personal point of view on being Hispanic, biracial, and willing to share. :]

Time is Now – Russell Brand

He’s hilarious and brilliant.  Those two traits, at times, seem to go hand in hand, especially with Russell Brand.  I think, out of the obvious inspiring words that any intellectual being can’t not appreciate, what made this video stand out from all the others on this website is the way Russell Brand explains his ideas.  He does not hold back and does not give a shit.  He just, speaks.  Not only that, he speaks of what people are really thinking.  Then he explains how we should actually do something about the hungry dog in each of us yearning for some god damn righteous scraps.

This information is not new, and everyone is aware of it’s daily effects.  The 1% will always be real and get worse unless we actually believe…the time is now to change that.

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Assassin’s Creed and Michael Fassbender – Love it!

It looks like Michael Fassbender could potentially play one of a bunch of my favorite characters ever created (in my opinion) in video game history!  And trust me, I also take into account the classics…Samus anyone?  But Fassbender is an incredible actor and seems like a great pick for the face of the secret assassin society.  As a gamer and film buff, this is exciting!

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The thought of this coming to life kinda makes me wanna shed a tear of joy