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Welcome To My Thoughts

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Commercials Get Me Thinking

If you watch even a small amount of cable TV you will see accident litigation lawyers who always want to help you if you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma. I have heard these ads 100s upon 100s of times so I finally decided to do some research about mesothelioma and figure out exactly why it is such a big deal. Apparently mesothelioma is a rare for of cancer that starts forming in the protective sheath that covers the majority of the body's internal organs. This lining, called mesothelium, starts failing when the irregular cell division occurs. Exposure to asbestos (a naturally occuring silicate) is a fibrous crystal and inhalation of these fibers often causes severe illness (mesothelioma). Common areas affected by mesothelioma are the outer lining of the lungs, the lining of the abdominal cavity, and the pericardium (the sac that encapsulates the heart). After thorough research I now understand how devastating this condition can be and see why lawyers want to capitalize on cases associated with this malignant cancer and help facilitate the collection of compensation for the unfortunate victims of asbestos exposure.

How To Avoid Online Scams

I wanted to talk about this briefly because I'm tired of my friends and family wasting money on useless scams. 99.9% of the time anything online that seems too good to be true, is too good to be true. People who are either uninformed or just plain careless, click on everything haphazardly and end up giving personal information to marketing organizations. My family and friends CONSTANTLY do this and then I hear them complain about telemarketers and spam. Where do you think the telemarketers and spam are coming from? Oh that's right, the 200 websites and phony sweepstakes you signed up for, gave your phone number/address/social security number (just kidding). But seriously only provide information to legitimate organizations, I really cannot stress this enough. Also avoid signing up for stock tip newsletters even if it is $20 for a year, those are all garbage scams that just try to get you to spend more money on other newsletters and sign you up for automatic billing without you even knowing.

Working at Subway

So, tomorrow I start training at a local Subway. I got the job just to make some money on the side while I go to school. I'll provide some inside info about Subway once I learn the ropes. For starters you apparently need to take an online course and once you pass that you receive a certificate and can actually start on the job training (none of which you get paid for). Then after those steps are complete your boss can issue you hours. I also discovered that you can eat a 6 inch Sub (not a full footlong) if you are on a 6 hour (or more) shift. I guess they give you an inch an hour...no homo.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Craiglist Rant

So I've been looking for local jobs, just to see what my best options are and I thought craigslist would be a good option to explore. I found quite the opposite, I submit my resume to nearly a 100 legitimate looking ads only to have my inbox spammed by scam artists who want to send me 8 million from their Nigerian accounts in exchange for my personal information and a 200 dollar money order. Listen, this is a good lesson for everyone who submits their information online, don't just send out info. to people unless you can verify that they are a reputable source. I am sure these scam artists get desperate people everyday who submit more personal information simply because they don't know any better.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Chat

So I was walking to class and happened to bump into a family friend of mine. He is a fairly successful individual and works as an elevator accident lawyer in New York. We were having a casual conversation about the commercials I constantly see on TV about settling mesothelioma and asbestos claims and he was sharing his opinions on this topic when a random woman approached us. She literally forebode us from continuing farther up the block and warned that this "realm" was not safe for us. Naturally we continued our talk about mesothelioma claims and she ran after us explaining that we would "contract" mesothelioma if we didn't immediately stop and turn around. To this day I see this woman outside of Chase bank ranting and raving about nonexistant evils and problems on the block.

Pipe Dream

I was getting off the Subway at 34th Street (heading to Penn Station) and I noticed a homeless man fully clad in a newspaper helmet and jumpsuit. This guy was decked head to toe in the NY Times dating back to 1972. I witnessed this man reach up towards the pipes on the roof of the Subway, I shrugged this off assuming he was looking for warmth. He went on to rub the soot from the dirty pipes all over his face...I stood in awe and felt such a mix of confusion and pity that I gave the poor man 5 dollars. But to this day I share this story because it really left an impression on me.

Homeless People in NYC

So I go to college in NYC and I felt like sharing some of the interesting/bizarre encounters I have had with the homeless and will add new posts as I remember them. One occasion that stands out in particular for me is the time when I watched a barking homeless man get restrained by 6 police officers. He was not making coherent sentences and was screaming at the top of his lungs. The cops proceeded to put a dog muzzle on his face and cuff his wrists/ankles. I stay away from that block now when I walk to the Subway.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

This Guy Got Wrecked

you have to love this one, its like his brain thought about it for a second and said, "yeaaa goodnight"

Trip To Italy

I am really excited to share my worldly knowledge and experiences from traveling the world. Recently I got back from Italy and I have to say it was a life changing experience. Venice, is a city unlike any other I have visited. The vast network of canals under the narrow streets can be overwhelming and getting lost is as easy as it is fun. Meeting new people and exploring is one of my passions, so I do not mind going of the beaten path when I am in foreign countries. I also have passion for good food and Venice/Lake Como certainly do not disappoint. If you have the chance to visit Italy I strongly recommend these two locations because the art, history and quality of food are simply unparalleled.