Trip to The Fair = Goal Met!

Earlier this year I created a list of the things that I would like to do this year that in previous years I would not do and/or did not get a chance to do. Well, one of the things that I wanted to do that I did not do last year was head out to the State fair. Honestly, I can not say that I did not go last year because I could not go but perhaps because I talked myself out of it. Either way, this year I was blessed with an opportunity to go and I took it! Though I had my doubts and up to the day of the outing, I almost tried to talk myself out of going and was imagining the worse-case scenarios, I am so glad that I went. It was more than just attending some “fair”, it was experiencing something that I’ve never experienced before in this state and crossing out something on my 2014 list. Fortunately, I did not go to the fair alone and had my little sister as a companion. Unfortunately, she was recovering from a sore throat, complained throughout that she was so hot and just wanted to keep sitting down. Nevertheless, we made it through and had a fine time :) I got some amazing lemonade and an beautiful fan and my little sister got some ice cream, a fan and some shaved Ice = happy people :)

Sister Bonding Time: AZ State Fair
Sister Bonding Time: AZ State Fair
Too expensive to ride but got a free picture ;p
Too expensive to ride but got a free picture ;p
Bright Sunny Day made for a Hot Sunny Day! On the Sky Ride, closer to the sun!
Bright Sunny Day made for a Hot Sunny Day! On the Sky Ride, closer to the sun!

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Laffy...taffy.....candy ?
Laffy…taffy…..candy ?
Craziest Ride of em all!
Craziest Ride of em all!

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Ice Cream Looks Yummy  but not for 4.50. On the other hand, I wonder how much the chocolate bacon was ;p
Ice Cream Looks Yummy
but not for 4.50 ;p On the other hand, I wonder how much the chocolate bacon was ;p
Sky Ride = best ride ever...as long as there's no wind or technical issues.
Sky Ride = best ride ever…as long as there’s no wind or technical issues.
Swings = My Childhood Ride ( at least in my head)
Swings = My Childhood Ride ( at least in my head)
Admiring the Fair View!
Admiring the Fair View!
Busy people!
Busy people!

~ Baaps

Observing the Skies: Incoming Storm on October 19th, 2014

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Another Upside Down Picture

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Upside Down Picture
Upside Down Picture

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Initially, I was busy on my computer and I noticed that there seemed to be a storm coming in as the clouds became more and more full but I did not quite want to get up from my chair to get a full look. However, I thought to myself… the storm will come and go but what I am working on the computer will surely be here later so I stopped what I was doing to look at the window…and the sky was so lovely that I had to take a few pictures. Now these pictures are not a representation fully of what I saw as I did bring use contrast to bring out the colors a bit more but know I am not trying to make something that is not and hurt your eyes; I just try to enhance the view by what doing what I can on my side ;p. Because I was interested in seeing how the storm progressed,  eventually I dropped what I was doing, grabbed my camera and hopped up on my bed and stared out the window to watch the show. Unfortunately my webcam would not connect to my computer for me to record it and my digital camera had extremely low quality because it was dark out but nevertheless, I was able to capture a few pictures to share with you from earlier on :)

~ Baaps

My Ever-Growing Glass Bottle Collection!

LovemysodasWho could think something as simple as Glass Soda/Juice bottles would make someone so happy ? It all started last year when I wanted to try out some soda’s that I never heard of at a place called Chloe’s Corner and now, I continue to add more bottles into my collection since I can not bear to just casually toss them away in the trash…I mean look at these beauties.  Unfortunately,  I have not been able to spend much ( the bottles can range from 0.77 cents to almost about 2.50) as you can probably see since I’ve been at this since last year ;p. However, I hope that my collection will certainly grow more over the course of 2014 as I recently was able to go over to Target to get my Pepsi glass bottle ( which took awhile longer to drink) and a 7UP glass bottle. Anyway, I just wanted to share with you one of my latest endeavors :)

~ Baaps

Rejection – October 11th, 2014

Yesterday was the day I was suppose to go volunteer at an event that promoted awareness about hunger, identity theft and recycling; I know THREE causes in one event = amazing! My shift started at 8am so I got up at 6something so that I could get ready and have enough time to walk over to the event. The previous night I was rambling to a friend about being able to participate in an event such as this and this morning I was beaming with excitement/ optimism as I thought how the event would be. After all, I was looking forward to this event since the day I signed up for it. As I walked to the event, as I got closer, I saw that the streets were closed off, I saw people in their event day-shirts, I saw cars beginning to arrive and this caught me by surprise as I did not know the event was going to be in the capacity that it was. However, this positivity was shattered within seconds after arriving.

Once I arrived to the event, I was told that I needed to bring X by this lady in order to carry out the task that I was assigned; and since I did not own one, I was turned around to head home. It wasn’t as much as not having X that disappointed me, though I do wish I was informed ahead of time that I needed X in order to participate as I certainly would have come prepared. What disappointed me more so was how I felt I was treated as a volunteer, by the lady that greeted me, as somebody wanting to work with their event to make it successful. I was corrected in my speech, apparently found to be no other use for the event, and while I couldn’t help but try to keep a smile on my face as I was there, walking back to my dormitory…I fell into a dullness, sadness and utter numbness. Yes, this perception that I was rejected may have been only my own feelings in this matter, but if I believe that was what it was, then that is how I feel about what it was.

For me, it was just crazy how I woke up this morning with plans to do X with such good intentions and within seconds, life takes a different turn and your feeling a whole different kind of way. While I do wish their event much success, as I LOVE the causes that they are supporting, I can’t help but be so disappointed. The fact that I was trying to help this organization find two more volunteers for their event, makes me glad that no one replied back to my call for help because I would have wasted their time! Everything truly does happen for a reason….

Interestingly, in one of my classes I learned that in a study, it was found that social rejection and physical pain both are distressing/share a common representation in the somatosensory part of the brain. This implies, in a way, that they both cause a similar pain in a similar way ( at least in the body). Though I may not have been physically hurt, rejection truly does hurt. As a whole, though I am certainly down as I write this post…I know that I will overcome this and get over it so that I can go about the rest of my day in uplifted spirits

The Distinct Mind – October 6th,2014

Let Us Think

Today in my Leisure and Quality of Life class, we were introduced to Recreational Therapy through the Use of Technology. Over time, technology has allowed us to do various task easier, better, simpler, more effectively and more. As an example, the guest speaker brought up two modern technologies/concepts that have come out within recent years : The Myo Wrist Band and the Day made of Glass. While I have yet to deeper explore these two technologies, the idea alone is amazing which leads me to say this:  Inventing new concepts, imagining new ideas, reconstructing the way things are,developing new policies, etc is not reserved for the distinct individual with a distinct mind but for anybody who desires to use their mind distinctively. This is not to say that we all are going to be “inventors” of modern technology, but we can choose to be distinct/inventive just over the course of our lives. Whether it’s initiating new policies, setting future goals, running an institution, starting a new club, building something…..having a distinct mind…an inventive mind extends pass what is on the surface and looks at what is not necessarily visible right now.

That being said, I can not help but think of the negative implications for our next generation if we do not be careful in how we raise them ( each and every generation for that matter). We have come a long way as a country and as a world but we still have so much more to do ( as long as we are still breathing and God is not here yet ). Take a look around at the technologies and inventive concepts that may exist around you….the microwave, the telephone, the computer, this blogosphere, headphones, etc. Nothing that is here has just appeared out of nowhere, someone had to think of it first. What makes me concern a bit is how we are raising the next generation to be in terms of learning, educating, and extending on the knowledge they learn in the classroom and outside of the classroom. We have the microwave now, but what’s next ? We have the car now, but what’s going to be next ? Are we going to be able to expand on what we already have or are we going to lose what makes us distinct and settle for what is in front of us ?

Now let me just say, I am no technology buff by any means. I do not own anything Apple-related, no -iPhone/i pads, no smartphones ( yes I’ll love my little flip phone to death), and I really am not interested in obtaining new technologies such as Google Glass/watch ( though certainly a cool concept). I could go on and on but it’s not about technology, it’s about being DIFFERENT and showing the world what “we” , each and every one of us have to offer.

Education today should not be about having schools compete against each other on test scores, all about the standardized testings and just telling the students how X, Y, Z is but should more so try to get the students to expand on their own perception of X, Y, Z. We need to encourage our students to use their imagination, to find out the answer themselves ( even if its wrong, give them the chance to think it instead of telling them), to think outside the box/what is not on the surface…we need to let students use and bring what THEY themselves can bring to the table.  Yes we are a collective in a sense but we can’t lose the individual who has something distinct to offer to this world if they would be just given the chance to use it.

Again, this is not about having more in general and/or about making more technology ( technology has its negative and positive..more so instigated by human motives ;p ). This is about inspiring each other to use our own minds and to help make this world better  with what we have to offer. If you can imagine it, that’s a start. It doesn’t mean what you imagine is necessarily feasible BUT at least you’ve taken the time to use your mind for something other than what you see right in front of you or what you are being told. Let’s be more inspired, let’s be encouraged, let’s be original,… let’s be distinct.

~ Baaps