Alex in Style

November 28, 2007

We awoke yesterday morning to learn that one of our beloved Washington Redskins had died. Rest in peace, Sean Taylor. 🙁

But under the Washington Post pages about the fallen #21 of our hallowed NFL team, news which has shaken the DC area quite a bit (seriously, those of you who don’t live around here wouldn’t understand, the Redskins are serious business!), is a profile article in the Style section meant to give hope to us all, especially our young friends.

It’s called Age Is Just a Number: Youth Rights Advocate Tries to Break Down Barriers to Adulthood. And it is featuring our very own NYRA and our very own Alex Koroknay-Palicz!

Click that link and read it. Then come back here for more comments. I’ll wait.
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Why Are You Shopping Today?

November 23, 2007

I hereby decree…

Don’t shop today, idiot!

Seriously. Why are you shopping? This is the day notorious for being the busiest shopping day of the year, mostly because the stores have collectively made it that way because the crowds arouse them. Can’t just have a sale last all through Christmas time. Have to squeeze it into the wee morning hours of the day after Thanksgiving, so some people can get trampled because they’ve been stirred up into a frenzy like the mindless cretins they are.

Stay home. Nothing is that important. What’s really odd are the ones who actually do go to the store at 4am or something. Screw that. Stay home and sleep. How much of a dumb redneck are you that you must be sitting outside Wal-Mart in the freezing cold in the middle of the night, waiting for it to open so you can buy shit for your redneck family and friends?

Then again, maybe this is overhyped. Stores might not be quite as bad as they say, but I’m avoiding them nonetheless. They also say stores are horribly mobbed the few days before Christmas, but I used to do all my shopping between December 20 to 24, and I always did quite well. Crowds weren’t terrible. So maybe this is the same, that only the media and conventional knowledge are trying to make it look like a disaster, way worse than it is.

And people wonder why so many unfortunate souls have lost any Christmas cheer. All this forced stress. It’ll kill anything.

The Pin Is On

November 22, 2007

That’s right, everybody. It’s Thanksgiving and past noon, so you know what that means.

It… is… Christmas Time!!!

Which means at noon, my put on my traditional Santa Claus pin which I wear everyday from Thanksgiving until Epiphany. Since this is the earliest Thanksgiving can be, then, yay, extra long Christmas time!

But we can first enjoy Thanksgiving. Lovely holiday. Based entirely around eating. That’s a win in my book. But, like with all holidays, some people just have to gripe.
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Can’t I Just Enjoy Myself?

November 17, 2007

So I went to Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg today. Had a good time. Hadn’t been there in several years, so fun seeing what was still there and what wasn’t. Surprised to see the Disney Store is actually still around!

Anyway, when I spend the vast majority of my days thinking about NYRA or doing something with it, I get to the point of feeling like my brain is focused so much on the one thing. Gives me a headache. Then need to find a way to focus on something else for a while.
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Interrupting Waiters

November 15, 2007

Now for an exquisite, tableclothed edition of…


Yeah, it’s right there in the title. Interrupting waiters. We all know it’s annoying when you go to a restaurant, and the waiter seems to disappear for a while and you’re hungry and want to order. Well, the opposite is also really irritating. Waiters who don’t leave you the hell alone!
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November 12, 2007

So I’ve been kind of sort of shoe shopping since my six-year-old Skechers are getting rather torn up. And you know? Haven’t had much luck.

When it comes to shoes, or any sort of apparel I choose for that matter, I prefer something to be as all-purpose as possible. The way I normally dress passes for work and doesn’t make me look overdressed when in casual settings. Plain but nice shirt. Black pants. Same accessories I wear all the time (earrings, cross necklace, youth rights wrist band, WWJD wrist band, 10-year-old digital watch, 11-year-old glasses).
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Scanty Costumes

November 1, 2007

Yesterday was Halloween, a day beloved by all who have a soul. I had my usual job of passing out candy to the kids. Although there was only one kid. Sigh.

Anyway, glancing at the news wire over on NYRA, what Halloween related thing are whiny parents bitching about now?

Ah, yes. The concern over sexually suggestive costumes on little girls. Little 10-year-old girls wearing costumes that show a lot of skin and include fishnet stockings and other things usually associated with dressing like a total whore. I’ll admit even my first reaction upon that thought is “dude, young much?”
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