Monthly Archive: March 2015

All In Time

Name: Kerri Gilchrist                                                                    Kerri

Age: 28

Location: Brentwood, NY

Dream job: Astronomer

Current job: Cheesecake Factory

“I rent a one bedroom for an arm and a leg, work at a job where I need to make more, and am currently going to have to take on a second job just to make ends meet,” Kerri expresses frustrated, though accepting of his current situation.

“When I was a child I used to look up at the night sky, see the stars and the moon, and be completely moved by all of it. No matter how bad things got, I could always escape by looking up at that miraculous sky,” she makes note very emotionally. In the meatime however, she is currently staying focused as she hustles in her position as a cashier and on-call at her restaurant, a place she’s worked at for almost a decade. “The people are great and it really is like a second family to me,” she says when referring to her job.

She is working toward accomplishing  becoming an astronomer, owning a house, and one day starting a family. As she sees these things as being a source of wonderment but achievable nevertheless, like in her childhood, looking up at that miraculous sky. It’s only a matter of time, and with the optimism and hard work she clearly displays, it really is.

FACING DOWN THE GIANTS

By: Louis Falcinelli

Interviews for anyone can be quite nerve-racking, especially in today’s shaky economy, many-a-times you seem to be bobbing and weaving, when it comes across more like a force-field or interrogation than it does an actual interview.

So what is a bottle rotter to do?

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I can recall being at an interview, where I was so fine tuned, so perfectly prepped, I thought, there isn’t any question I can’t answer.

Q: What would you say are your strengths?

A: Efficiency. (I feel like this one covers it all.) To be efficient is to be on time, hardworking, and devoted.

Q: Where do you see yourself within the company?

A: Continuing to advance and progress. (They always love this one, cause it means you’re not going to flee.)

Then, the powerhouse question hit:

Q: What would you say are you weaknesses?

What?!?! Weaknesses? But I have no weaknesses, I thought. How can they ask such a question?! How do they expect me to answer this?!?!

Stumped, I quickly answered, something to the effect of ah… I… I would say, sometimes it’s hard for me to focus (inside voice: worst possible thing to say! cover!! quickly cover!!!) Not that I’m not focus, I can just sometimes I… um.. Too much of something can hinder someone’s ability to stay focused and not work as productive (inside voice: greeeattt! that just made it worse!)

They nodded and smiled, and needless to say, I didn’t get the job. It was after, as in…

during the ride home.. later on my bed, ponderingwaking up in cold sweats reliving it.. where I finally figured out what was going on.

I got it now! This was a trick question, a wild card that they throw into the mix  to see how well you fair. Obviously I hadn’t really faired. The whole point of the exercise was to be aware and ready, efficient, in the purest of forms, instead of just saying the word as a clever façade. It was to demonstrate it. I had learned a valuable lesson, something of “practicing what you preach,” and no that’s not just a Madonna song.

If given the opportunity to answer it again, I would combine what I had learned and build on it from the question, for instance, in the interview do over (if ever such an incredible thing existed) and that question came again:

Q: What would you say are you weaknesses?

Here would be my genuine answer:

A: I would say that sometimes, for all my strengths of being an efficient employee, I may overwork myself in the process, and need to take a moment, as to not lose track at the task at hand.

Blam! I aced it! I provided the essentials as to what I can offer as a good employee and in the process admitted that I am not a robot and may need a moment to recharge just so I can go full force again. Something any respectable employer can surely understand.

Unfortunately, there are no interview do overs, or life do overs at that. Instead, I have to take what I’ve leaned and apply it the next time. So, until then…

INTERNET FAMOUS!

By: Louis Falcinelli

You’ve heard the term, but what does it mean…

I was at a party and I made reference to this guy, around my age, late twenties,  who I had heard of from his “crazy antics” on the web. I brought this up to my cousin *whose always hip* and she identified him immediately.  “Oh ya, “he’s “internet famous,” she said without missing a beat.

“But what the f*ck is that?” I wondered.

“It’s like, you know, being known through the net. ”

Wow, I thought. I hadn’t heard the term. Of course, I knew of all those infamous viral videos of animals and people on youtube and whatnot, but an actual person having a label for it… when I searched my mind, I thought, yea, well this is definitely true.. but I needed to know more…

After doing some in-depth research (round 3 minutes) sure enough I had found it! On good ‘ol urban dictionary, which never disappoints:

“internet famous”

After some more digging around (1 extra minute this time) I found a list of names (that you may or may not have heard of), but thought they were worth sharing, being that they seem to fit the mold:

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Enjoy! I know I did, well… sorta.

SELFIE STYLE

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What does your selfie say about you…

By: Louis Falcinelli

Selfie, a word recently admitted into the actual dictionary, (aka. the book of real words and stuff). The word is now as acceptable as a rachet hoe on a hot, sticky, sweaty summer’s day. But with everyone in selfie mode, how do you usually perceive your own? According to a 2013 British survey, 36 percent of bottle rotters (18-24) admitted they change their selfies before posting. Most of them retouch skin color (39 percent) or eye color (24 percent). 44 percent of those who edited their image said after changing one photo, they then edited every or most of the selfies they posted. I think anyone can relate to going filter mad when editing options are essentially endless.

MIRROR IMAGE, selfie devotees being used to seeing themselves in the mirror, might find it jarring that a 1977 study found that people preferred their mirror image to their real image. Imagine that? As in… not the mirror reflecting your own image into the lens which in turn captures you as well, so it’s not YOU YOU YOU from all avenues. Cites search engine journal, Selfie was officially added to OxfordDictinaries.com in August 2013. Rundown of facts:

  • The first time that Selfie was used was in 2004 on Flickr.
  • The word selfie in the English language has skyrocketed in use. It has increased by 17,000% since 2012.
  • Google searches indicates selfie began increasingly popular in late 2012

Selfies in today’s culture take on all different forms:

Group Selfie

Animal Seflie

Bathroom Selfie

Gym Selfie


But who are we to actually hold that camera phone up to our face to illuminate, attract, or frame in our direction? Are we content, insecure, or merely dealing with a culture that teaches, IT’S ALL ABOUT ME and nothing else matters. Well, one things for certain, when you’re bold enough to take your selfie, do it right this time, not too much, too soft, self style, which is just right.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride

08A294D82Name: Toniann Kennedy

Age: 29

Location: Coram, NY

Dream job: Oncologist

Current job: Assistant

“It’s always a struggle to live every day,” Toniann says from the dwellings of her miniscule apartment.

All things considered, that would definitely seem like the case for her, being the soul breadwinner for herself, fiance Brian (33)  and her two children, both of whom have learning disabilities.

Initially completing a one year program to become a medical assistant, she was hard pressed to actually find employment, and does not personally recommended it. “Go to school to get your nursing degree,” she urges others considering to take a similar course as she did, adding, “medical assistant is a hard thing because there really aren’t any jobs after.” However, her positive altitude still never waivers as she continues to push on. She has wanted to be an oncologist, working with cancer patients since her grandparents became stricken with the illness when she was a child, and took solace taking care of them, wishing to one day have her dream profession of being able to do the same.

“I’ve always loved helping people,” she says modestly. What’s interesting to note is the irony in being her job, allowing her to help patients but not in the hands on capacity as she’d like, staying at a distance as an assistant in an eye care center. Increasingly enough, with a heavy heart she states,”ever since I saw my grandparents suffer from cancer, I wanted to be able to make their dreams come true, but, as she seems so close to things that become so far away, when do her dreams become a reality?

COMMUNITY CARE

President Obama’s dream of free community college for all may actually be a reality

By: Louis Falcinelli

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Rundown of requirements:

(cites white house blog)

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.

What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.

  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

 

Currently this is a proposal, we will update with any additional details

AGE OF THE RAVE

LET’S GO CLUBBIN, Or rather… LET’S RAVE!

By: Louis Falcinelli

BRIGHT LIGHTS, HYPNOTIC MUSIC, OVERFLOWING DRINKS, AND ENERGY GALORE!

“Welcome!” The environment immediately greets, as many bottle rotters have finally reached the pinnacle of social engagement.

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It’s 10xs bigger than a club, with aspects of a lounge, sports bar, dive bar and hall, combining these aspects and bringing them to the next level, with everyone there to vibe as opposed to dance, to be lifted, instead of lax.

It’s a Rave.

“They’re fuckin’ awesome!” Fellow Raver says. But what is a Rave?

It has been described as a bond of closeness amongst people who congregate at them, that it’s so tight knit, many on the outside wonder what it is that has been so rapidly appealing among our generation. While there, no experience ever too fleeting, everyone thoroughly enjoying its offerings, having a deeper, more personal understanding, leading many to cite them as a “community of ravers,” people coming together for the sole purpose of engagement.

PEKCF“I think it has to be the scene itself. Everyone is so nice, and we’re all there to have a good time and let loose a little so you never have to worry about looking ridiculous, ” Raver elaborates.

Not passive or having social hierarchy that many clubs or lounges emphasize. There is no need for materialistic items or statuses that people tend to use as their calling cards. Ravers build on the hype of the latest and best Dj/Dance music, transcending them to new heights, carefree emotions and substances (you can use your imagination). It fills the void or maybe it becomes part of it, however, raves have definitely struck a serious cord for fun in today’s world for any young person who may feel constricted, isolated or simply just want to get out there and rave, which is really another way of saying have fun. It has become an experience that young people devote themselves to when they make their outings.

One thing is for certain, It’s a new day and time for a night out on the town for a bottle rotter. It’s the day, the era, the age, to no longer just “club” but rather… to Rave!

MISMATCHED OR perfectly suited?

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By: Louis Falcinelli

Dating for a bottle rotter isn’t always perfect, then again is any relationship? However, the saying “how it’s done today isn’t how it was done back in the day,” still yields true, but it does have a twist for the way we communicate within the technology we are exposed to; cell phones, dating aps, texting, among many other ways to facilitate a relationship, but is this a way to express oneself in terms of how you feel, and who you really are…

Variable of options to take into consideration:

  • Online Dating, making it much more accessible to meet people from all over the country.
  • Dating Online, almost the reverse of online dating, you’re not on a dating site but you’re on a social media website, enabling you to facilitate a relationship of your choice. Send them a request, write a private message, like a comment, leave a sentimental “private message” in hopes it will lay the groundwork for a relationship. Many do find this a rarity nowadays, with the rise in social media visibility, keeping it more relative to who you know.
  • Dating Apps, usually focused on the immediacy of meeting someone, with the start of a site like Hot or Not to the immediate rise of tinder.

LOVE which we know takes time to build a foundation on, may appear too accessible today, but it’s no wonder with rotters having it all at their fingertips, just a click of a button, a scroll of a mouse, a tap on a keypad, and they are instantly transported into the dating stratosphere, where the possibility of “LOVE” sold, seems more like it’s traded as a commodity with ad space right next to the picture of the one you wish to court, or a swipe which deems one individual from another worthy or unworthy based entirely off of physical attraction.

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Have our hearts been fooled? Do we accept this as the new standard in how we love, how we court, and what a substantial relationship is built upon, or does it serve as just taking up time, filling up space, eliminating the void that remains to be there but hidden in the digital era of the dating pool… 

Has this new dating styled cause less style, tact, or basic class and replaced it with a lack of etiquette that does speak to this day in age for having little to no idea about courtship, being that their already conditioned to removal brought upon from that distance online, controlling the conversation from a text, email, messenger, or another digital replacement for genuine affection. I mean, does an emoticon really do it when it comes to romance…

RENTAL DAZE

By: Louis Falcinelli

Some time back, I was driving through a familiar area, and caught, out of the side of my eye,  a building, its lettering, faded, its color, worn, and its frame, essentially condemned. It had been a popular video store I had frequented in my youth, it was a Blockbuster. This shook me up, immediately transporting  me back into the store that was the cornerstone of my youth, renting movies. Any bottle rotter can surely remember the days of waiting for your parent or guardian to get home just so you could go out and “rent a video”. It was on par with a heavenly experience to any child, as it allowed them to get out of the house and get lost in a place that manufactured a way for them to get lost in a reality of their choosing. You didn’t rent movies, you rented dreams, ideas, possibilities, in general.

bbWalking through the front door of this place filled with a variety of movie candy and popcorn, allowing you to roam the many genres, each aisle might as well have been another world from the box covers alone,  laughing faces usually served as Comedy, frightening images or horrific expressions, Horror, space covers and or futuristic creatures, Sci-fi, and so on. It was an exploration or odyssey in its own right. Truly glorious.

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There were instances where your parental figure could use it as a bartering tool:

“Now if you’re good will go to the video store.”

Or a punishment:

“Cause you were bad we’re now not going to the video store!”

Other times when you invited a friend over or you went to their house, this would add to your hanging out, serving as a popular social event,  while still a preteen, and beyond. Late night rental sessions when you were old enough to drive, getting a few movies based on the most bizarre covers, some fast-food,  and you were set! What a night! But… When we grew, technology seemed  to get too advanced too quickly , and the days of no late fees and a buck a video, were no longer relevant, quickly replaced with an entire video store in a box. There was no more exploration, the odyssey had ended.

Now you either swipe a credit card and touch the screen for your movie of choice, or have it all  from the  comfort of your very own home, where your TV screen streams any movie, anytime, anywhere. Driving past this place, that nostalgia quickly rushed back, making me sad. Cause as fun  as I had, and memories I shared, I thought, my children, the next generation of children, will never know Blockbuster or the like, well, they may know about it, but never be able to truly know that indescribable feeling of what it was like to go into a store, which was more than a store, and  rent a movie, which was more than just renting one.

fairly unfair wage

By: Louis Falcinelli

“Would you like fries with that?”

a phrase uttered time and again from the supposedly deemed underclassman, underachiever, slacker, struggler, or youth, working at a part time and or half fasted, dead end job, is now becoming a reality for the bottle rotter fully formed with a degree, skill set, or opportunist, looking to better themselves.

Younger workers who enter the workforce in lower wage jobs will have a hard time catching up later in their careers (cites New York Federal Reserve, taking into account over 200 million pieces of earnings data from 1978 to 2010.)

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Some 58% of the jobs created during the recent economic recovery have been standard lower wage positions, like retail and food prep workers, (according to a 2012 report by the National Employment Law Project.) These low-wage jobs had a median hourly wage of $13.83 or less.

The rate of barely $14.00 or, more often than not substantially lower, make it a virtual impossibility to have any substantial independence, making millennials/bottle rotters stagnant in the advancement of their professional development, in trying to obtain a more decent position.

The jobs that were promised, hoped for, or needed, aren’t there right now, the ones that are there remain a grind to get into upper mobility within the social structure of all good “key holders” who are really weighing down bottle rotters, refusing to leave their coveted positions, due to a still recovering economy (they helped to put in the crapper), leaving that degree student, that educated opportunist, that hopeful one, waiting, as the John Mayer song says so brilliantly “…waiting on the world to change.”