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as an in-betweenie (on the border of being “regular” sized and plus-size), i was shocked about the huge uproar regarding the ever-so-controversial photographer terry richardson shoot for vice magazine’s annual photo issue called “tons of fun” – the shoot uses plus size models in all of their glory – untouched by photoshop. some call it degrading and others (like me) call it empowering. the shoot is NOT classy (as many claim it should be) but if you know terry richardson, classy is far from his style. terry is known best for shooting in front of a white wall with various 35mm & point and shoot digital cameras. this is what he does. i’m really overwhelmed by how the fatshion community reacts to some shit. why so serious?! i don’t know terry nor do i know any of the models but from watching the video, it looked like everyone had a good time. the models obviously answered some sort of casting call and weren’t forced into posing. are these women victims? no. should these women be made to feel guilty/ashamed/embarrassed for doing this shoot? NO! now if terry shot these women posing with donuts or bacon then yes, i would definitely call the shoot tasteless and degrading but let’s keep it real – let’s applaud these women for being PROUD OF THEIR BODIES! as i was writing this, i came across vice’s response… read it. VICE Tons of Fun Photoshoot from Terry Richardson on Vimeo.
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one of the best things i’ve ever experienced in my life has been the famed san diego comic con. i was really involved with designer vinyl toys for a few years… i still love the toys & art but i’m not as crazy as i used to be. we’re talking standing hours in line for an exclusive, limited edition toy. it was insane! those were some very fun times and i made a lot of friends all around the world, got to meet some of those friends and lots of artists & companies. there’s no way i can possibly explain comic con except that it’s a nerd paradise. there is nothing wrong with being a nerd, lots of people are nerds. what do you nerd out about? shoes? star wars? lego? disneyland? yea, you’re a nerd about SOMETHING! comic con passes are harder to come by as the years go on and it gets more popular. it’s even crazy to book a hotel. what do you expect when 100,000+ attendees come to san diego for a fun filled week. my first comic con experience was softened by tons of advice by hardcore, longtime con-goers. best advice i can give you? be prepared to be packed in like sardines (don’t take the pushing and shoving personal) & be ready to do lots of waiting (for autographs, releases, panels – hell, even to get INSIDE the convention center). there will be a tons of people that forget to put on deodorant for the day so bring some febreeze. print out the exhibit map and highlight the areas you want to tackle, if you can put together a spreadsheet too – work on it! there is SO MUCH to see and do that you need an attack plan! it helps to go with friends or family or even make friends there! one of the best things about comic con is the shuttle service, it’s free – take advantage! another good thing about the san diego convention center is it’s in a beautiful location – you can walk just about anywhere in the downtown / gaslamp and shoreline area. bring cash too because there’s tons of pedicabs. keep an eye or your ears out for other special events happening during the con. there are a ton of other free stuff like advance movie screenings, parties and art shows. here’s one party you should definitely check out! my friends Dragatomi & SpankyStokes present to you THE FIRST ANNUAL KANPAI KARAOKE JAM! they know how to party, definitely a party you don’t want to miss out on & they are giving out goodie bags! to those of you that are going to SDCC this year, you lucky punks! have a great time!!! take lots of pictures! if you are interested in the toy scene – you have to add SpankyStokes & supahcute to your daily reads! so while i’m sad i won’t be there this year, i have some good memories from 2007 & 2008 to last our lifetime! and maybe… i’ll see you all NEXT YEAR! 1. evil cheerleaders + elvis trooper, 2. NOICE!, 3. sorry monsters, zombies and troopers…, 4. giant robot booth, 5. hey you, 6. me = happy before the madness., 7. luke chueh, 8. wedgehead and ox with my boys, 9. i wonder who’s her agent, 10. my young sdcc crew, 11. cute graff, 12. this was across our hotel, 13. tear drips by travis lampe & marshall by 64 colors, 14. can’t resist the, 15. i say gryffindor but i could be wrong, 16. brandt peters minis
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i have been the go-to person when it comes to making travel plans for family and friends because i’m a pro at finding the best deals the internet can offer. my first piece of advice is in the title. i’ll give you a recent example. my folks couldn’t decide if they were going to attend my cousin irene’s wedding in may in alabama. my auntie lou always advises flying into atlanta, georgia and they’ll either make the 90 minute trek to the airport to pick up family or visiting family can rent a car and make the drive. so around march, when i helped my moms “look around” at airfare, the cheapest was about $300 a person which for my mama’s budget was insane. april comes around and she calls me saying that my sister saw $550 roundtrip total for 3 people on continental – since i was out shopping, i decided to go to android market and download the continental app and check it out. sure enough, my sister was right but of course, in my moms true fashion, she said to wait. the next day happened to be a wednesday and i decide to look again and this time it’s almost $1400 roundtrip for 3 people, i call my mom back and she was bummed. i told her to wait till tuesday and we’ll see again – that whole time i decided to check everyday to see where the fares would go and it did not change. that tuesday, it was back at $550 and we went for it. SCORE! the day you depart can also affect ticket prices as well and how far in advance you purchase so don’t wait till the last minute to buy your airfare unless there’s a last minute travel special. i also advise reading the small print! my other secret weapon is priceline.com but i don’t only use priceline, i actually log into my bigcrumbs.com account, do a search for priceline and click on the link from there so i can get money back! bigcrumbs is awesome and if you are an online shopper, you should ALWAYS check to see if the companies you purchase from are partnered up with ’em. here’s a screenshot to get an idea of how much i’ve spent and how much i get. does it work? YES! i received my first cashback this month! it might not seem much to some but i consider it a rebate without all the crazy hassle. i love getting the most out of my money. i also have ebates but i prefer bigcrumbs. if bigcrumbs doesn’t offer a cashback from a certain company, i check if ebates does. also, sometimes ebates offers more cashback than bigcrumbs and vice versa – do the finger work, it’ll pay off!
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we’ve passed this place a million times but it looked like a bad, BAD hole in the wall. the area it’s in is pretty sketchy too so that was another negative. it always looks busy so i should’ve listened to the food network host inside me and given it a chance. we went on saturday after an adventure at the cypress college swap meet – the tables were all taken and there was a mix of different cultures enjoying lunch. i chalked it up to another positive sign of good food. i wanted carnitas with rice & beans but didn’t see it on the menu so C asked if they could do that type of plate, yes. C ordered a carne asada burrito with a side of rice and we decided to split a can of coke. our total was about $14 and some change. we went to stand near the door to wait for our order when a table opened up and we grabbed it, 10 minutes later our number was called and our plates looked SOOO GOOD. the mexican rice was so good, orange in color and full of flavor – it was so fresh too. the beans were just as good. my carnitas were tender and not old, greasy or charred like i’ve had at other places. i don’t mind burnt ends but this was without, it was excellent. C loved the rice too, we couldn’t stop talking about it. his burrito was huge and full of carne asada, they don’t skimp on meat. the carne asada looked fresh too – the way all food should be. i have been craving tacos san pedro since last week but we haven’t been back. i guarantee you more trips will be in the future. AND if you know me, i usually read yelp reviews before trying a new place out but i didn’t this time – in fact, i just checked yelp before i decided to blog about it and can co-sign the positive reviews. TACOS SAN PEDRO 3240 W. Lincoln Avenue Anaheim, CA 92801 (714) 484-0802
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the best mom & pop burger i’ve ever had is from angelo’s burgers. C & i came across this place by chance, after leaving our college to check out art supply warehouse. angelo’s is out of the way from where we live but the burgers are THAT GOOD and worth the drive. i think the hamburger, fries and drink special we get is $5.29 – they have the usual mom & pop fare like breakfast served all day, mexican food and new york steak dinners for $8. we have yet to try anything else out because like i said, their burgers are GOOD. we usually go during the week and it’s fairly busy but we went on sunday and it was super busy. lots of families having breakfast in the afternoon and friends just hanging out at the local burger joint. ANGELO’S BURGERS 11511 Westminster Blvd. Garden Grove, CA 92843 (714) 636-0277
This was originally posted on 9/16/09 at my old blog textdrivebys.com
Stanton is a small city in Orange County to the west of Anaheim and it isn’t known for much. Other cities in Orange County point at them and laugh. Well maybe not anymore, there has been a good growth of QUALITY food venues making Stanton their home. Probably because of cheaper rent. One such establishment is a cute little Mom & Pop ice cream parlor called Neveria la Flor de Mexico. The pink & white striped walls remind me of old school ice cream shops. The people running the place are very helpful and friendly. I had a ton of questions regarding their wide array of flavors and they didn’t treat me like an idiot. From what I gathered, they make all the ice creams and paletas (ice cream bar) right there. My favorite is Angel’s Kiss (cherry ice cream with almonds, raisins & cherries maybe even marshmallows?). I also tried coconut pineapple but didn’t really care for the super frozen pineapple bits in it. Their scoop portions are huge, for my 2 scoops I paid $2.60 7151 Katella AveStanton, CA 90680
Nevaria la Flor de Mexico