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Kissy Face(book)

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Talking to my female readers here…we have all done it, some more than others but every woman has at least one picture of themselves doing the “kissy face.” You can blame on the alcohol but we all secretly think that we look so cute when we do it. I am the first to admit that I have a Flickr account full of pictures where I look like I am paying homage to Derek Zoolander.

To protect the privacy of my friends, I did not use pictures of them, even though I desperately wanted to! My friend gave me access to his account and within minutes I had a complete album of random girls doing the “kissy face.” If you recognize someone, please send my apologies or worse, if this is a picture of you, sorry! These pictures are all accessible on Facebook.

I think I look cute kissy face

Trashy kissy face

Making fun of the kissy face but still doing the kissy face

Background – missed the memo to smile – kissy Face

Extreme kissy face girl boob grab shot

Subtle kissy face

I know I said I wasn’t going to expose my friends but I am sorry Rachel, I had to!! Rachel prefers the blind kissy Face, AKA eyes closed kissy face

Sorry Rach, but your kissy face is just the ultimate!

Groupoff

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a good deal. I am the first to take advantage of a bargain! When the clock hits midnight, I am already refreshing the Groupon site on my computer or iPhone app. However, there are some things and situations when I would not use a Groupon.

1.       Lasik – I don’t want to choose a doctor that will be using a laser on my eyeball based on a Groupon offer. I would rather be broke than blind!! Honestly though, the best Doctor for Lasik is Dr. Coleman Kraff and they have amazing financing options.  (Disclosure- I am plugging my client but it’s only because I know from experience that he is the best)

2.       Using a Groupon on a first date = last date with me!

3.       Skydiving – When the description includes the phrase, suspended in mid-air, my Groupon purchase desire expires!

4.       My Groupon card maxes out at $200 – any deal over that amount is sketchy or not worth it – check out Los Angeles’s deal today – $1,150 for a Three-Hour Private-Yacht Charter for Up to 48 People at Odyssey Yacht Charter in San Pedro (Up to $2,425 Value) – first thing that came to mind was TITANIC and I bet this yacht has a max capacity of 20 people, but they are probably counting pregnant women as 2 people.

5.       If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is! Like, “$99 for Six Laser Hair-Removal Treatments ($1,200 Value).”If a place has to discount that much, something is not right. I wouldn’t be surprised it they also removed your skin during the treatment.

黃昂淇 added you as a friend on Facebook…

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A few months ago, 黃昂淇 added me as a friend on Facebook…I don’t know who 黃昂淇 is or even what language this is… When I received this request, (not to stereotype at all) I thought to myself, I need to cut back on the sushi, the staff at Kamahachi is getting a little too familiar with me. My wannabe friend didn’t even have a thumbnail pic accompanying the request. Even if it was my maki maker, I couldn’t identify the person. Hey, we all get a random request here an there that we ignore but this was just too weird. I was intrigued, so I accepted the request but covered my “potential creep bases” and blocked everything on my profile from this person until I figured out if there was a connection between us. After reviewing 黃昂淇’s profile, this is what I learned, 黃昂淇 is a male from Taipei, Taiwan (Never been there) and he’s engaged…It looks like all of his friends have the same name as him!P.S. I wonder 黃昂淇’s fiancé feels about all of this…

It gets better…within minutes, 黃昂淇’s friend, 林東富 sent me a friend request!

I guess if I am ever in need of a place to stay in Taipei, I have 2 friends to choose from…

The Bachelor Bulge

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Here’s a recipe for an eating disorder…you put on a few pounds and your weight suddenly becomes a trending topic on Twitter. Imagine how The Bachelor contestant, Chantal O. must feel…you “Google” yourself and this picture comes up:You continue your search on Facebook – searching “Chantal O” and clicking on “Posts by everyone”  and you’re greeted by your fans with messages like these:

You head over to the Twitterverse and the critiques only get worse…

Yikes, we won’t even get into the blogosphere!

Even though we all want Emily to win Brad Womack’s heart, picking Chantal would certainly prove that her minor weight gain did not deter him.

That or she is pregnant with his child…

Just ½ a Man: Charlie Sheen

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After the last few weeks and his recent interviews, I think its safe to say that Charlie Sheen has in fact, lost his marbles. I am willing to bet James Franco is thanking his lucky stars that his stoner-like Oscar appearance isn’t a trending topic on Twitter after Sheen’s outrageous interviews yesterday. It’s hard for me to understand why these celebrities allow themselves to be a part of this kind of negative media attention. As a non-celebrity of the human population, even I understand the phrase “laying low.” Yes, we understand CBS took away your hit television show (& rightfully so).  And yes, we get that you are the highest paid actor on television. But demanding a 50% raise (Sheen reportedly makes $1.8 million per episode) after causing $7,000 worth of damage to a room in the Plaza Hotel, being drunk and on cocaine, hooking up with a prostitute, I mean a “high paid porn star”, and not to mention his ridiculous statements pertaining to his sobriety, does he really believe he is anything less than an enormous liability.  Here are some top tweets as Charlie Sheen becomes a trending topic on Twitter.

Let us end this with some of my favorite Charlie Sheen quotes from his interviews on The Today Show as well as Good Morning America.

On being on drugs:

I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.

On curing himself of addiction:

I closed my eyes and made it so with the power of my mind, and unlearned 22 years of fiction … the fiction of AA. It’s a silly book written by a broken-down fool.

On how he avoids relapsing:

I just don’t do it. I will not believe that if I do something then I have to follow a certain path because it was written for normal people. People who aren’t special. People who don’t have tiger blood and Adonis DNA.

Final thoughts on CBS:

Everybody thinks I should be begging for my job back, and I’m just gonna forewarn them, it’s everybody else who’s gonna be begging me for their job back. … If people think I’m insane or they don’t think that what I’m saying is  true, I have no interest in their retarded opinions.

And finally, on himself:

I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars.

And there you have it kids, Charlie Sheen has in fact, lost his marbles. Don’t do drugs.

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Academy Awards hosts #Fail

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According to the chatter online – the best source of information – tonight’s Oscar hosts were a major #FAIL.

What did you think?

Harsh reviews via Twitter!

I think Gwyneth needs to leave the singing to her hubby. James Franco should not get stoned before hosting an awards show. Natalie Portman should keep being fabulous. Jesse Eisenberg needs to lighten up. Christian Bale should lose the beard. Most importantly, these award shows should have live Twitter feeds on a big screen during the whole ceremony, that way this feedback could be received and implemented immediately.

Disconnecting on the Jersey Shore

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It’s for the safety of humanity that the Jersey Shore does not allow its cast to have access to cell phones or computers. Can you even imagine how much more “smushing” would take place if The Situation could text a girl? The show is a prime example that technology is not to blame for this generation’s promiscuity. I don’t disagree that texting has taken the place of a phone call which has been detrimental to interpersonal communication. The Jersey Shore is a prime example of how a 21st century slut functions without access to “easy access” communication. Once a slut, always a slut, even without modern technology, the Jersey Shore “whore” still manages to “get it in” on a frequent basis.

It must be hard for the ego driven Guidos on the show that don’t have access to Twitter and Facebook. Can you imagine if you were a trending topic on Twitter but didn’t even know it?! What if you couldn’t check on the status of your fan page growth on a daily basis? Tragic! Oh well, their endorsements make up for those few disconnected months!

ProStart Perks

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A client of mine is the National Restaurant Association’s educational foundation, ProStart. “ProStart is the career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and foodservice management.” I handle their Facebook and Twitter pages and on occasion get to attend their events to capture the moment and keep it alive through social media.

Today I visited Technology Center of Dupage’s Culinary Club “Open to students in the Culinary, Pastry Arts and Hospitality Management program, Culinary Club members learn and practice skills used in competition. Each year, returning seniors may test for a place on TCD’s ProStart Culinary and Management teams, which compete in the fall at the state level (www.prostart.restaurant.org). Other competitions through the year are open to all culinary students and include the College of DuPage Recipe Scholarship Competition in the spring.”

They served lunch, which was better than most 5 star restaurants. You can see all of the pictures on Facebook but I will give you a little teaser here:

And that was only the appetizer…

Snowcial Media

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This week, social media became “snowcial” media. The blizzard that hit Chicago on Tuesday afternoon quickly became a hot topic on Facebook and Twitter long before a snowflake even hit the ground.  Sunday and Monday, people started posting their blizzard survival tips, blurry pictures of long lines at the grocery store and links to weather reports that deemed the impending blizzard as “life threatening.” When the thundersnow – and that is what it was – hit the Chicago area, the blizzard was experienced around the world. Floridians were vicariously living through their Midwestern friends posting unbelievable pictures of an historic event in weather. There were some great words, obviously accompanied with hashtags, born out of Mother Nature’s fury: The SNOMG! (Snow My God!), SnowtoriousBIG, Snowpocalypse, Chizzard, Snowmageddon and many more. Lake Shore Drive became a trending topic on Twitter. I was able to collect and create an album out of pictures posted from friend’s pictures of the abandoned cars on Lake Shore Drive. “Snowcial” media allowed most of us to enjoy the effects of the blizzard from the comfort of our own homes.

A Facebook Bride To Be

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My boyfriend recently proposed to me. He kept it a secret for 2 months, my parents knew, his parents knew and…Facebook.

When our relationship hit the 2 year mark, Facebook was giving me more nuptial pressure than my 90-year-old grandmother.  Every day, my Facebook pages were inundated with ads relating to engagement rings, engagement 101 magazine and blogs “to help ease that ever-present pressure to wed.”

The visual evidence of Facebook’s targeting capabilities was intriguing, so I started doing screen captures of the ads.

It’s ironic that a recent blog post I wrote was about my dislike for PDR (public display of rings) via Facebook pictures. I still feel that way, regardless of the fact that I am now starting to “like” all of the bride to be fan pages. However, you will never see an album on my page titled, “The Ring” with 42 pictures detailing all the intricate angles and facets of my engagement ring.

My boyfriend’s fiancé’s proposal was completely unexpected but Facebook was prepared. When I changed my status from, “in a relationship” to “engaged” my ads went from pressure to stress. According to Facebook, the day I got engaged, I was already behind in planning my wedding.