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21. the friendship road less traveled
is sometimes better off that way
humor - lifestyle
1.16.08 : feature column!

Here's a little story to celebrate the close of 2007, otherwise known as the Year of the Facebook, and to welcome the new year. Once upon a time, a long time ago during my first few years of elementary school, I had two friends who bullied me. They bullied me constantly, even though we grew up together outside of school. Our Moms and Dads were friends, too. I suppose in a way we were forced to be friends because we found ourselves always around each other, even at holiday gatherings. Though the...
22. you're perfect
now go improve yourself
humor - lifestyle
12.18.07

Being a New Year's Eve baby, I never gave much thought to my New Year resolutions. I'm always so busy trying to plan birthday type things, that make me feel special and awesome, I hardly have the time to examine my shortcomings. Instead, I examine my shortcomings year-round, and strive to improve myself year-round. If I feel fat in the middle of July, I'll decide that I'm gonna work out harder beginning that same day. If I feel like I'm not drinking enough water in the middle of November, I'...
23. green is good
you'd think it was obvious
pop culture - lifestyle
12.6.07

I own a T-shirt that says "Green is good." I love this T-shirt, because it's white, and the print is in the coolest shade of lime green. I also love this T-shirt, because it states the obvious and perhaps saves the breath of those who find it necessary to state the obvious to me-- that green is indeed good. Green is also my favorite color. The reason why green is my favorite color is because it represents nature to me at its most beautiful. Trees, more than a few wild creatures, fruits, vegeta...
24. the distance between a book and a movie
sometimes it's pretty big
film - criticism
11.27.07

You know when you watch a movie, or read a book, and find that the movie is based on a book, or the book is now a major motion picture, and you decide to either read the book or watch the movie because you liked the first form of media you experienced? That happens to me often. The minute I find out a movie I'm watching is based on a book, or that a book I'm reading has been made into a movie, I make it a point to try experience the story in the other available form. It's a sort of hobby of mi...
25. jesus christ!
right next to bratz!
humor - general
11.23.07 : feature column!

Toys seem to be the hot topic this holiday season, and not because the holiday season is when the likes of Mattel, and... err-- well, I don't buy toys, so I'll just list Mattel, cause they're pretty big and have been around long enough for me to remember them from when I used to have toys bought for me-- make their real money. This year, toys are the hot topic for the holiday season for a couple bad reasons. One being the whole made in China bit. I know that we've had a bad year with Chinese...
26. trick or treat!
give me some baklava to eat!
humor - criticism
9.27.07

Thanks to globalization, err, wait… no. Sorry. Thanks to Americanization, I just found out that American-style Halloween preparations are officially taking place in the Gulf countries of the Middle East. Kids are getting ready with costumes and their trick or treat bags, while trying to get through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The first time I heard of Halloween was during my sixth-grade year at South Lakewood Elementary School, right here in the US. I was ten and I had no idea what all t...
27. freelance writer exploitation
it's global
writing - career
9.26.07 : feature column!

Since I decided to try my hand at serious freelancing recently, I signed up with a few freelance-bidding sites, one of which is Getafreelancer.com. I’ve come across some pretty wild things on there, as it is one of the free ones of the group and where truly the wild things are. Exploitation at its worst is embodied in freelancing opportunities that pay nothing but a few bucks and strip a writer of their right to a byline. One job posting reads this: “This is ‘work for hire’ and I will own all ...
28. propaganda or censorship
it's all the same
news - criticism
9.18.07

Once upon a time in high school, I was in an American Government class. I remember very vividly the freedom of speech bit of the class. Mr. Bradley, the teacher, made us watch a documentary from the 50s or 60s about freedom of speech. It featured a man, apparently a Nazi, who stood in a crowded city square and began to sound off with Nazi rhetoric. A crowd of angry passers-by began to form around the man, and after a few verbal exchanges, a large punching and shoving fest took place right ther...
29. i heart facebook
pop culture - lifestyle
9.12.07

About a year ago, I got talked into creating a MySpace account. I created it, put up a few pictures, added about four people as friends and left it at that. I tried to personalize it the way the cool users of MySpace do, but I just didn't have the HTML skills to do so. Besides, I had a life. After a socially fruitless while, I decided to take the pictures down and change my favorite quote to just "yeah". I was done with MySpace; it had done nothing for me. I didn't have any more friends t...
30. fishing with floss
not as shiny as fishing line
humor - general
9.10.07

I was at Walmart Saturday night, when a seemingly flattering event took place. I was in the dental hygiene aisle, trying to pick out just regular waxed floss out of the entire wall of the stuff that comes in so many different ways save for ridden with glitter-- when all of a sudden a cart sidled up next to me. I was too engrossed in the world of floss to peel my eyes away right away, but my curiosity about why someone would park their shopping cart that close to me was very soon sati...
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RAVES

re: illegal immigrant with a pulitzer prize

Bold take on a divisive issue, and not one I've read elsewhere. Bravo, and bless you for understanding the importance of the law - something so many people see as just something to get around.

re: it is the world cup that binds us

I really enjoyed reading your article. I am also an American and part Arabic. My grandfather was senator of Lebanon for 20 years. I think it is sad that so many Americans do not have a clue about such issues that you brought out. I do not want this to come out wrong but most of Americans have forgot what made this country great and are laying in the lap of Delilah.

re: their is two much bad spelling four me too bare

This was so damn good!

re: their is two much bad spelling four me too bare

I love that you wrote this.

re: their is two much bad spelling four me too bare

Awesome and bold.

re: the awkward ref

Interesting take on this mess.

re: you are so beautiful...

Great!

re: you are so beautiful...

Great article. Way to encapsulate what we all go through. I never thought it would affect me so much either, but here I am.... Thanks for giving a voice.

re: china

Some things need to be said even if they aren't any fun.

re: a one-sided struggle

One of our great American achievements is screwing up anything have to do with another culture. Didn't you know that?

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