Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bravo Jet Blue

Last night, as I was boarding a Jet Blue plane from Austin, Texas to JFK in New York, the flight attendant began to call passengers in order of priority (i.e., those who need special assistance and families with small children first, etc.).

But yesterday was Veterans' Day and the flight attendant did something that I thought was very classy and cool. He asked if there were any veterans on line and he invited them to board first.

Way to go Jet Blue.

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"Alledged" and "Suspect" Are Alledgedly Suspect

I get that the law is black and white. You are innocent until proven guilty. But I feel we banty around these words "alledged" and "suspect" a little too much. When someone clearly did something, such as the major who shot and killed 13 people in Ft. Hood, there is no unclarity there. He did it. What is alledged and suspect is why or how because those facts have yet to be proven.

When a serial killer or a sniper has been "suspected" and the law is on the lookout for the person they feel the evidence is leading them to, they clearly have not yet proven who the killer is and it takes a court of law to pull all the evidence together and do that. The actions of the person they are seeking are "alledged" because it has not been proven that they have the right person.

But this is different. This is clear cut.

Does he have rights that need to be protected? Yes he does. But that has nothing to do with whether he did or he didn't commit the act. He did. Period. So why do we have to call him the alledged or suspected killer? He's a killer. His reasons are alledged. Not his actions.

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

This Is It - Two Thumbs Way Up

My husband and I went to see the Michael Jackson tribute "This Is It", a compilation of video footage made from the rehearsals of Michael's "last" tour. I thought it was excellent.

I had my doubts before I got there because I questioned how much footage could they possibly have and how far could they stretch it? I expected it to be padded with a lot of fluff. It wasn't. It turns out, they filmed literally everything during the practices, so they had a ton of original material to work with.

We got to see every dance move Michael planned to make, and every update and new twist to every song, which I thought he did an excellent job of. One thing Michael Jackson never did was stand still. He always evolved, and it showed in the practices for the "This Is It" concert tour.

Also, since the show was only eight days away when he died, all the video backdrop footage was already done, so they had all that to share, as well. And they did a great of showing the personalities of his team, which I thought was nice because he worked every day for months with these people and they became his family. The dancers were awesome and the show he was planning would have been absolutely amazing.

Anyway, bottom line, I thought it was totally worth the money and the time. I felt like I was at a concert. I felt like he was still alive. I felt like he had never left. Go see it.

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TOMS Shoes Gets 15 Minutes of Fame

Okay, that’s an exaggeration, as they are already famous. But I was happy to see them make the “big time” recently when they were featured on American Spirit, a CBS nightly news feature with Katie Couric.

TOMS Shoes is a pretty cool company and I like what they do. For every pair of shoes they sell, they give one pair away to a child in need. Since the company’s inception in 2006, they have given away more than 150,000 pairs of shoes.

The company website explains that their “shoe drops” do a lot more good than just putting shoes on the feet of people who can’t afford them:

“Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores on unsafe roads and from contaminated soil. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.”

In addition, the site says, “Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.”

In Sodo Ethiopia, where the soil is rich in silica – a type of volcanic ash – people suffer from a disease called podoconiosis, which causes deformity, intense pain, ulcers and social stigma and exclusion. It is founder Blake Mycoskie’s trip to Ethiopia which is featured on CBS’ American Spirit.

It sounds like a continuous domino effect of poverty and poor health conditions. And solving this problem can be done with a simple pair of shoes. Wow.

Check out TOMS Shoes at You can shop, donate, intern at their Venice, California headquarters, host a ‘design your own shoe’ party, or join or start a TOMS Shoes Campus Club at your college.

Clearly one person, or one simple act, can absolutely change the world.

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