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A Poem About the Baltimore City Looting, Freddie Gray

29 Apr

Listen up, Baltimore:
Looting isn’t the answer to shooting
Destruction only causes obstruction
While you’re out there wreaking havoc
You make your own city sick
Beating police cars, rocks thrown at cops
Tearing apart your own city blocks
I understand the injustice you feel
But does destroying make things better, let’s get real
You want justice? Call your local politicians
Explain to them all your afflictions
Help a neighbor, do a good deed
Plant so many good seeds
That your anger turns to abundant love
Then Freddie Gray will be smiling from above
Channel that anger into something positive
Show Freddie Gray you’re determined to live
For more than the hatred and anger you give
Cause if he could look down now and see his city
I guarantee he’d only feel pity

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

6 Nov

Yesterday was Random Acts of Kindness Day, which is an unofficial holiday, yet a very important one. I think it’s awesome that someone decided to make a day to celebrate random acts of kindness. It’s like the opposite of Christmas, or Christmas in reverse – instead of giving “planned” gifts to your family and friends like you do on Christmas, random acts of kindness are “gifts” given randomly – they can be physically, like something somebody needs/wants, or they can be  acts, like helping someone with their groceries.

I love doing random acts of kindness when I get the chance to. I mentioned in a previous blog entry that I like giving out Thank You cards to people, an “act” that is often forgotten these days. I even held a contest to give away two blank cards to people in hopes that this act would be carried on by others.

My fiancé Joey does many random acts of kindness. One is giving someone on the interstate a jump start- how many times do you witness people just driving by when a car is on the side of the road? Another is climbing on the roof of his workplace to turn off and reset a fire alarm that a manager accidentally set off – something that is not in his job description.

Me and Joey were both able to do a random act of kindness a few months ago: we helped a young homeless man from Chicago get back on his feet by letting him stay with us, feeding him, helping him look for jobs, etc. Joey played Xbox with him too, and we both tried to make him feel at home as possible. We are glad to see he is now back home as a local church paid for a bus ticket for him to get back home to his family. We still keep in touch with him to this day and we are happy he is doing well and now has a job.

Karmaky is holding a contest where people post their random acts of kindess and people “Like” them on Facebook. If I win, I would receive a prize, plus get the opportunity to donate $100 to the charity of my choice. If my story touched your heart, please take a moment to go to Karmaky’s page and “like” my comment on their status. Here is a thumbnail of my status on Karmaky’s page – just click on the image to be taken to their contest:

My status is actually near the bottom of the page – I edited the picture so you can see Karmaky’s status message as well as show you the “Like” button the click on for my comment in the same picture.

What are some random acts of kindness you’ve done?

Fun Facts: Statue of Liberty’s Surprising Value in Scrap Metal

28 Oct

I noticed the topic “Statue of Liberty” was trending on Twitter and wondered why. Low and behold, it is the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. My fiancé Joey asked me to look up what material the Statue of Liberty is made of and I found out it’s made of copper with a wood frame.

Statue of Liberty

If you’re thinking you can become a millionaire off the copper contained in the Statue of Liberty, think again.

Joey  takes scrap metal to the scrap yard in his spare time, and out of curiosity we both wanted to find out how much the Statue of Liberty would be worth in scrap metal.

First, we looked up the weight of the Statue of Liberty in copper, which is 62,000 pounds. Then we looked up the current price of copper as it fluctuates from day-to-day, which is $3.6469 per pound.  To calculate the scrap metal value of the Statue of Liberty, we simply multiplied the Statue’s weight in copper by the current value of copper per pound. Here are the surprising results of our calculation:

The Statue of Liberty is only worth $226,107.80 in scrap metal.  Add about $30,000 to this figure if you plan on scrapping its 250,000 pounds of steel. Compare that to the $64,000 francs, or $16,000 USD it cost in copper to construct back in 1876. Considering the historic value of The Statue of Liberty, you’d think it would be worth more, even in scrap metal, wouldn’t you?

 

Sources:

metalprices.com – Current price of copper

Wikipedia – Cost of copper to construct the Statue of Liberty

http://nyc-architecture.com – Weight of the Statue of Liberty in copper and steel

Chanel Inc. Shuts down Hundreds of Replica Handbag Websites

26 Oct

I don’t usually do news stories on my blog, but I was shocked that there was only one small story on the news about this today and I couldn’t find any online articles about this at all.

Hundreds of replica handbag and accessory website have been shut down.

Hundreds of replica handbag websites have been shut down and replaced with this court document.

While I was browsing through accessory websites for fashion ideas, I noticed one website redirected to this: http://servingnotice.com/sdv/ Chanel, Inc. has  filed a complaint against replica handbag, shoe, clothing, etc. online stores who are using their logo without their permission. As  a result of the complaint,  hundreds of replica websites have been shut down and have been replaced with this page: http://servingnotice.com/sdv/

If you scroll down in the court document to pages 17-32, it lists all the online stores that have been shut down. These online stores sell replica designer goods such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Hermes,  Chloe, etc.