Monthly Archives: July 2013

China Glaze’s That’s Shore Bright

Reflection: Trayvon Martin Case

Willow Smith’s Summer Fling

Willow smithI am in no way a fan of Willow Smith or the other Smith kid for that matter. I think they’re very weird. I’m sure this will come as a surprise because I’m getting ready to defend Willow Smith. I don’t understand the big hoopla surrounding Willow choosing to sing a song about a summer fling at the ripe age of 12. I listened to the song, read the lyrics, and watched the video. I don’t have an issue with the content of the song, especially considering that I am a big fan of  Michael Jackson’s rendition of “Who’s Lovin’ You.” He sang the hell out of that song! The only issue I had surrounding the Willow Summer Fling song was the video. The actors in the video were in my opinion, significantly older. In that sense, I think the concept of a summer fling may have appeared more adult-like even though the actions of everyone in the video were very juvenile.

I think adults that have an issue with the song are thinking more deeply into what they believe to be inappropriate for a child to sing. A fling doesn’t have to result in a sexual encounter in order for it to be considered a fling. A fling can simply be a brief romantic relationship. Girls at the age of 12, I’m sure have already started forming crushes on boys they see on television, in class or at summer camp. Acting on those feelings, could be as innocent as holding hands, pecks on the cheeks and/or hanging out. Any of those things could be considered romantic.

I don’t think Willow was thinking about a summer fling in the context of a brief sexual encounter like what Danny Zuko told his friends had occurred between he and Sandy in the movie, Grease. I think her idea of a summer fling would be more of what actually happened according to Sandy Olsen in that same movie. Yes, I know that Sandy and Danny were in high school, but puppy love and crushes happen, in some cases, way before then. Plus, I’m sure Will and Jada wouldn’t condone her singing about sex at the age of 12.

Now, I’m not going to pretend as if I don’t understand where people are coming from because I do. However, like many other forms of art, things aren’t always what they seem. I’ll leave it to you to form your own opinion though.

If for some strange reason you’ve never heard Michael Jackson’s cover of “Who’s Lovin’ you,” here you go:

MegaBus Review

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have always been a family oriented person, which made my decision to move a difficult one. That being said, I am always looking to travel back home to visit with my family. Although, I love my Chevy Camaro, I’ve realized that I’ve been driving my car to death. So, I’ve had to research alternative ways to travel home. Of  course, I could travel by train or plane, but those can be quite expensive.

A few months ago I spoke to a friend about finding a new means to travel home, and she suggested the Megabus. I was reluctant to try it because I’ve never traveled a long distance on a bus. At some point or another, I decided to try it.

Since this was the first time I’ve ever traveled a long distance on a bus, I don’t have anything to compare it to. I had preconceived notions about riding the bus, but they diminished once I had the opportunity to ride the Megabus. The bus was clean, and well-kept. The bathroom was okay, but that was to be expected on a bus. The Megabus also offered free WiFi and charge ports for your electronic devices. This was a great service to have and the most important to me. The noise level was acceptable; there weren’t crying babies or loud talking patrons.

I’d like to say my experience with the Megabus was perfect, but that’s just not my reality. I have four cons as it concerns the Megabus. The first issue is the travel time. From what I can tell, there isn’t a consistency in travel time. On my first trip to Orlando we arrived early, and the return trip arrived on time. My second trip to Orlando, we arrived late, and returned late. The second issue I have with the Megabus is an employee who I thought was extremely rude. He was not helpful and refused to read clearly legible confirmation numbers; the confirmation numbers allow people to get on the bus. The third issue I have with the Megabus is actually its site. I had issues with making a payment and ended up not being able to get the trip that I wanted due to it. From what I was told, if you put a space after your email address, it won’t accept it. Putting a space after my email address was done unconsciously. The last issue I have is that the main amenities on the bus stopped working during one of my trips,which include the bathroom and charge ports. The bus driver did try to amend the bathroom issue by stopping at a rest stop. The charge ports were unable to be fixed during the trip.

Overall, I would recommend travelling on the Megabus. It’s affordable, comfortable, and runs close to the actual time it may take you to travel somewhere. Many of the people I’ve had to interact with were respectful and nice. Now, if you’re expecting complete silence and a first-class type of ride then I would not recommend this form of transportation.

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