Monday, June 29, 2009

Bernie Madoff Sentence Just and Deserved

With a 150-year sentence, Bernie Madoff got off easily. My only regret is that he is already 71, which means he will only spend a small portion of his lavish spoiled life in prison. I wish he were 20 years younger so he could suffer more.

Let us not forget that two of his victims committed suicide. He is responsible not just for making hundreds of people penniless but for these two deaths, as well.

I hope prison wipes that smug, shit-eating grin off his face and I hope he never commits suicide. He should live out every single day God gives him in one tiny room, going to the bathroom on an open toilet. Even that is too good for him.

This should be a message to any scam artist who is thinking of trying a ponzi scheme or any other scheme, for that matter. I hope all the other idiots who have followed in his footsteps are caught and get similar sentences.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Calling All Bahamians!

The Bahamian American Association is planning a “Bahamians in New York” Mixer, Sept. 12th at Astoria Manor, Queens, New York.

As a Bahamian by marriage, I have learned that there are dozens of fellow Bahamians out and about in the neighborhoods of the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut tri-state area.

My husband and I, who are members of the Bahamian American Association (BAAI) in Harlem, New York, have met many good people, both Bahamians who live in America and friends of Bahamians, through events held by and at the BAAI, and we are always interested in meeting more.

On September 12, the Bahamian American Association, a 97-year-old nonprofit organization and an icon of Harlem, is holding a mixer to bring Bahamians and friends of Bahamians together for a night of fun, food, entertainment and fellowship.

The event, organized and hosted by Anwar Rolle of Island Boy 4 Ever Entertainment, and formerly the lead singer of the Baha Men (known for their hit single “Who Let the Dogs Out”), will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2009, from 7 p.m. until closing, at the Astoria Manor in Queens, New York. The mixer will benefit the BAAI scholarship fund.

The evening will include a cocktail hour with a delictable assortment of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a formal dinner. Dinner and dancing music will be provided by DJ David, renowned for his appearances at the world famous Atlantis resort and casino’s “Dragons” club in Nassau.

Several prizes will be raffled off, including a two-night stay at Sheraton Grand Bahama Lucaya Resort, a five-star resort on the island of Grand Bahama, sponsored by the Grand Bahama Tourism Board (, and a seven-night stay at the five-star Sandy Port Resort in Nassau, sponsored by, as well as additional surprises througout the evening.

Walk the red carpet! A red carpet webcast will be recorded during the event. All Bahamians are encouraged to record a message to their friends and family back home. The webcast, which is sponsored by The Bahamas Weekly ( will be available on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and In addition, both the Bahamian American Association and Anwar Rolle will be awarding scholarships throughout the evening.

“Bahamians who are away from their homeland really value the ability to congregate with their fellow Bahamians,” said Mr. William R. Dames, president of the Bahamian American Association. “At the BAAI, we strive to foster that togetherness on a regular basis and also to come together to do good within the Bahamian American community. The scholarship fund is a major focus of BAAI and we are pleased to be able to award two scholarships at this event.”

To order tickets for the mixer, find out more about the Bahamian American Association, or to make a donation, go to

To find out more about Anwar Rolle and Island Boy 4 Ever Entertainment, go to or

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Reynolds Wrap Made From Recycled Aluminum

How excited I was when I found this product on the shelf! Recycled aluminum foil from Reynolds Wrap! My first reaction was to slap my forehead and say, "what took so long?" This is a great idea and one that ZipLoc, Saran Wrap, CutWax and all the others should follow. It was only a few pennies more than the original Reynolds Wrap and worth the price. It is as strong as the original version and it's helping to save the environment. And I especially love the fact that it is "100%" recycled. Not 3%. Not 10%. Not 30%. 100%! That's the way it should be! I highly recommend this product to all. Stop sending tin foil to the landfills today.

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The Problem With QWERTY Keyboards

QWERTY keyboards are great. The first time I got a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how fast I could type with just two thumbs. But here's the problem: Have you ever tried to dial a vanity phone # with it? If not, I challenge you to try it now. Go ahead. Dial 1-800-USA-RAIL or 1-800-JETBLUE.

Aha! There's no number over the letters! Go to push down the U and guess what happens - you get a U! And who in their right mind is going to sit there and count out which three letters go with each number? And what if it's an emergency? You're SOL!

So what's going to happen to vanity phone numbers going forward? Companies that spent so much money and effort on getting easily recognizable vanity phone numbers will now have to heavily advertise the numeric equivalent or they're going to have a lot of complaints from customers and a lot of missed calls.

In addition, I recently tried to access my office voicemail from my BlackBerry. The prompt first asked me to enter the pound or hash symbol and then input my 10-digit #. On the QWERTY keyboard, the # is the very first key, directly above the Q. I clicked on the shift button and hit the #, but it didn't work. The system kept telling me "5 is incorrect". So I am unable to access my office phone mail from outside the office. That is not cool.

I went to to try to find a phone number for customer service to get their thoughts on the subject, but I couldn't find one. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If anyone has any suggestions for how to handle these issues, please let me know.


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Please Make the Television More Like the Computer

I am a creature of habit. Once I develop habits, they stick with me for a long time. And nothing today is more habitual than the computer and the Internet. I find that certain habits that I’ve picked up through modern technology I want to use elsewhere, but they don’t exist.

For instance, online searching. When I sit down to my television set, I generally will flip through the channels until I find something I want to watch. Most people would go to the directory channel provided by their cable or satellite company and sit there while they read screen after screen of program names and times. That’s not for me. Still others may pick up the good old fashioned TV Guide. I haven’t owned or purchased a TV Guide probably since the 1980s.

But I have a solution, and I task any young entrepreneurial spirit to develop it. I would like to be able to sit down at my television, click a button on my remote and have a search box pop up. I would just type into the search box the name of the show I’m looking for, hit enter and bam! The television finds it and there it is. If, for example, I wanted to hear the latest dish about Madonna, I could — just like the Internet — type in “Madonna”, and all the Madonna songs, Madonna gossip or Madonna interviews would pop up on my screen for my review.

The other thing that drives me nuts are the forward and back buttons. They work just fine on the Internet, but get into a Microsoft Word doc or Excel spreadsheet and try to find the back button and it “ain’t there”. I’m still using Office 2003, and perhaps good ol’ Bill has already figured this out and its in Office 2007. But in the meantime, I find myself nonchalently seeking out that back button out of habit.

Someday, I believe everything on television will be served by the Internet and everything on the computer will work just like the Internet. It can’t come soon enough for me.

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