Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: November 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

It is after six...what am I a farmer?

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I was up late watching 30 Rock on and I had to point out this scene. I love this scene because I identify with Alec Baldwin, well, his character, so much in this scene. I love his arrogance! It is not long, enjoy....

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What I Did Today....So Far

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I woke up this morning to Howard Stern (of course). Got up and meditated, my new promise to myself. I started this week - Monday I meditated for 9 minutes, skipped Tuesday and this AM I was able to meditate for a total of 19 minutes. My goal is 30 minutes a day of meditation.

I emailed a business liason whom I've been meaning to reach out to for about two weeks now, I hope I am not too late! I set up my Google Adwords account, which took about ten minutes, set all my key words and watched myself spend $1.46 in under five minutes. I'll check my analytics tonight.

Later on, I received a phone call about a job that will be opening up very soon. In fact, no one even knows that it will be vacant (because the person has not yet put in her notice), therefore I need to keep myself top of mind with the hiring managers for this position for when the person does decide to leave. I am so grateful for my many, many good friends and former co-workers who have been working harder than I have been on this job search. I have received at least five or six leads for jobs without even having to do any legwork.

I emailed my web designer and told him we need to have an actual "conversation" since we communicate electronically 99.9% of the time. I also sent out an e-greeting for Thanksgiving wishing all my friends a Happy Thanksgiving.

And finally, I rode in a brand new Masarati Grand Turismo S! The vehicle was delivered last night, it belongs to a friend, and he picked it up today. I hopped a ride to Starbucks to pick up my triple machiato. Man, I should have taken a photo, that would have made a good posting - me, in my puffer coat, hat, sunglasses and starbucks in hand posing in front of a Masarti. It would have been my Brittney Spears moment.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

leyla a.

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This is me. You need not know more.

Leyla Arsan

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Sunday Morning Soliloquy: Update on the Hong Kong Leyla Arsan


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This time around, I will talk about Whores. I have a deep appreciation for "business women at night," I am always intrigued and curious about their lives. The Spitzer Whore was more entertaining for me than the fall of Britney Spears. What horrible circumstances bring these women into this profession? Can they not DO anything else? Are they lazy? What are they thinking?

Saturday afternoon, I made a hair appointment at 3pm at a Salon on Oak Street. I know the stylist, and I am familiar with a couple other stylists in the salon, and for the most part, the salon is upscale, catering to a professional, Gold Coast clientele.

On this particular day, in the "hair extension" room, which was situated behind the station where I normally sit, were six little girls with hillbilly accents. Note: I did not say "southern accents" because there is a difference between a hillbilly and a southern accent. This was a clear hillbilly accent. I heard things like "My Grandma takes me to the Wallmart", in fact, I heard "Wallmart" used repeatedly in their conversations. I could see the little girls perfectly from my mirror, I could look straight at them as if I were looking at myself completely undetected.

Even though I live in a city, and I prefer an urban environment, I am truly a loner at heart and hope to one day have enough money to be a recluse (much like Daniel Plainfield for those of you who saw "There Will be Blood") living in my apartment and rarely coming out. When I am forced into situations where I must fraternize with the general public, I refrain from making eye contact or conversation with others because I just don't like to. On Saturday, I entered the salon in my Saturday afternoon clothes (sloppy, no make up, big sunglasses with Starbucks in hand) and once I got to my chair, I read my magazine and/or played Brickbreaker on my phone....until....

Finally, the girls in the room behind me were loud enough and hillbilly enough to catch my attention, I kept looking into the mirror to figure out who they were as they simply did not belong. They were very young, teenagers, I guessed between 15 and 19 at the most. They were giggling and making stupid jokes, childish jokes.

The girls were also getting a lot of work done, I could see that some of them were getting extensions (this is a process that STARTS at about $300, closer to $1000 each) and the other girls were getting their hair colored - blonde highlights for everyone, big, bold streaks of blonde! Let's just put it this way, my cut & color comes to about $150. Not cheap.

I assumed that the girls were the younger sister of one of the stylists. Perhaps the girls came up from their small town and were getting the services done for free. By the looks (and sounds) of these girls, I could not imagine that they had the means to pay for such services on their own. I mean, I don't have the means to pay for the services they were getting.

When I moved to the Shampoo area, away from the hillbilly girls, I asked the stylist who the girls were, "Who are those little girls in the back room?" And his reply was, "They are hookers." I thought he was kidding but he was serious. My stylist continued on to say "They are little whores that work the hotels." I did not believe him at first but he confirmed that they were not ashamed of being "whores" and they had willingly revealed it in their conversation the previous day when they first visited the salon.

What I came to find out was that about six girls had come into the salon the previous day requesting a laundry list of services and received a $3000 quote to get all their hair done. They were all getting dye jobs and hair extensions. They said, "Mario better get us plenty of work." Their Pimp "Mario" would fly these girls up from their homes in Oklahoma on the weekends and put them up in hotels downtown and then whore them out over the weekend.

I got a good look at the girls before I left and most of them had terrible teeth, they were undereducated, trashy with below average bodies and bad, bad outfits. But I wondered, "Where did Mario find these girls?" Did Mario the Pimp GO to Oklahoma in the small towns and pluck these girls right out? What promises did he make these girls? And, what did these girls think of themselves?

Did they think of themselves as beautiful and glamorous? Did they tell their friends back home "Yeah, well, we go up to Chicago and men pay us money to be with them." Did they think they were special? Did they go home on Sunday night and parade their new hairdo's at the Wallmart? And what did Grandma say?

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sirius Satellite Radio

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If there is one thing I cannot live without, it is my Sirius Satellite Radio! Each morning I wake up to the delightful voice of my dearest Howard Stern and my favorite man, Artie Lange! I have not missed a show in years and I am totally loyal to the show. I love that I have friends who listen as religiously as I do, when something hysterical happens, I know I can quickly send a text message or a facebook message to a certain few friends and share in the vulgarity that took place earlier that day.

I think there have only been two shows in recent history where I've had to throw up and for certain Richard Christie was involved. Probably some morning when I wasn't feeling too good and they were talking about Richard not showering and crapping his pants and not changing his jeans for 2 days - or something of the like.

Since the merger between XM and Sirius, I've been able to enjoy so many additional channels which is a bonus. Now we have the BBC 1 Channel and additional music channels. Though I am not a fan, you can even listen to the 24 hour Grateful Dead channel.

In any case, I posted my Sirius link on my page for anyone who may be interested in trying it out. I cannot say enough good things about it. It is how I get through cleaning my apt. every weekend. I put on Left of Center or the Punk Rock station OR Channel 35....The Chill station and I clean for hours without a second thought to changing the channel because there are no commericals!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Rant

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This is an entry dedicated to my utter sadness and feelings of betrayal. Approximately six years ago, perhaps seven, I purchased my first pair of Ugg boots. The moment I put them on my feet, I knew it was match made in heaven. Shortly after the purchase of my "Classic Tall" boot in "Sand", I ran out to the store to purchase a pair of Ugg slippers, house slippers.

The house slippers were worn on a daily basis from the moment I set foot in my door to the moment I left, naturally, they wore out much more quickly than the boots. I purchased another pair of slippers approximately three winters ago. I quickly learned that my newer slippers were shit compared to the older ones. In fact, I have both pair of slippers and I prefer the seven year old pair to the "newer" three year old pair.

Now the boots. The boots I HAD to toss last winter, it had gotten to the point where the insides were completely worn through and they were ripping my feet apart at the heel. This winter, I purchase my second pair of boots - again, "Classic Tall" but in chocolate brown (as they were out of "Sand"). Here is my BIG GRIPE. My brand new boots, worn not more than six times, only a week old, have already worn through on the heel on the inside of the boot.

It seems as though the boots they now make are Made in China (as opposed to Australia) and the bottom layer of sheep skin that is supposed to be cuddly and keep your feet so warm is glued to the boot. The first day I wore my boots the glue wore through and the sheep skin STUCK to my foot, ripping the sheep skin off the bottom of the boot.

It is now at the point where I cannot wear this stupid boot. I must return them to the store and hopefully the next pair will wear slightly longer than one week!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

In Desperate Need of a Pedicure

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My toe nails and finger nails are suffering from this horrible recession. I blame George Bush for my lack of upkeep! I never suspected that my looks would stand to lose so much, especially at this crucial time, I am approaching 40 in a stead fast way.

I am looking for a donor...anyone want to fork over $40 for a mani/pedi? OMG, I am certain someone on Craigslist will - why have I not thought of this sooner!

Friday, November 14, 2008

My New Gig(s)

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My marketing business is starting to take shape. My website is up, I would post it on here but I like to be able to SAY what I want on this page without any backlash, therefore, I keep all business off this page. I've emailed my 1300 contacts and I've received a pretty nice return, about five people emailed me congratulating me and letting me know that they liked the site and hoped for future working relations. Five seems like a tiny number but I was not expecting anyone to write back so that is a start.

I am currently working on finishing up a travel site, purely informative site, and finishing their collateral pieces. For the site, we've seleted our photos, I've written the content, the design is near completion and my FIRST professional blog will be ready in days! Which means, I will need to proofread prior to posting, unlike what I do here. Luckily, when I travel, I keep a journal so I can go back and write about all the places I've already traveled TO vs. the places I am not going any time in the near future due to lack of funds. Hopefully, I can get some of my trips paid, that is the goal any way.

Other than that, I've been watching movies, anything with Matt Damon, just kidding. I've been listening to Howard Stern on Sirius Radio, we all know I love Sirius! That is why I advertise it on my page. I ONLY advertise things that I have a strong interest in (except the google adwords, they pick what they want). I've been on Twitter and Facebook a lot lately as well.

Well, that is about it for this week.