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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Part time Story Reader

Part time Story Reader


Part time Story Reader

Posted: 06 Oct 2012 10:48 AM PDT

I've been working part time now for 5 years with the local library as an outreach story reader. I travel to local daycares and headstarts and we have a 30 minute story time. I enjoy it as much as the children, we share books, songs, fingerplays and laughter. Prior to this I was employed by the local telephone company for 25 years. When my department closed I was was not old enough to retire but thanks to good investing and a still employed husband I was able to just bow out for a while. I like the part time job because you have more time for "living", when my husband says lets get out of town for a few days, I'm already there! The only drawback is that no benefits or insurance usually go with part time work.

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Part-Time Job: Start A Radio Station

Posted: 06 Oct 2012 09:16 AM PDT

I'm a veteran radio broadcaster of 30 years. After two layoffs in two years, I started my own internet radio station in Denver called K-High at www.khigh.net. K-High plays Smooth Jazz, a format not currently heard in Denver, Colorado, except on my station. I also work part-time for Dial-Global Radio Networks, and Radio Forecast Network, doing music entertainment shows and weather forecasts coast-to-coast. So in essence, I'm working three part-time jobs to replace one high-paying full-time job. Starting K-High required some investment of money I'd saved while employed full-time in radio. In the current economy, it seems best to diversify with part-time work, so if one job goes away, I'm not totally crippled. Plus, owning a business, I have some control over my destiny. I've decided to use the skills I've developed, and deploy them over several part-time platforms to survive, at least in the short-term.

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October 5: Commemoration of the Republic of Portugal (II Part)

Posted: 06 Oct 2012 05:46 AM PDT

On the day of the Commemoration of the Republic of Portugal, a few hundreds of activists gathered downtown in Rossio and afterwards marched towards São Bento. There, in front of the Parliament they manifested against the new raise of taxes, the difficult conditions people are going through, the lack of jobs and shouted that they are being asked too many sacrifices. The protesters claimed against recession and the tremendous amount of debt plaguing the country. Some protesters were inciting the police to join the people and succeeded in throwing down the rails that prevented people from accessing the stairs to Parliament and that had as a consequence an immediate increase of the police. A group of youngsters threw empty bottles and petards to the police. Some were arrested and others identified. In the atmosphere there was a feeling of revolt. It was amazing as such a small group of protesters could create such a feeling!

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7.8 percent unemployment rate Upsets Romney, and Karl Rove’s Election Victory Plans

Posted: 06 Oct 2012 12:16 AM PDT

Congratulation to all Americans especially President Obama for the fact that on October 5, 2012, the unemployment rate is 7.8 percent. The unemployment rate of 7.8 percent is the lowest rate since January 2009.

My fellow citizens it's half-time in America and the latest unemployment rate is an example that we are WINNING the game.  The reason that we are winning because of the integrity and hard work of our quarterback (President Obama).

Thanks Mitt Romney for trying out for the quarterback's position. You didn't even make the team as second string quarterback because you didn't play fair and you didn't care for 47 percent of your teammates. Our entire team wishes you, Paul Ryan, and Karl Rove well.

Vera Richardson

 



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How can we afford the gas prices?

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 07:06 PM PDT

GAS PRICES IN CALIFORNIA ARE astronomical! Tonight in Huntington Beach 76 Station offer fuel, Plus for $4.39 per gallon. I was told by morning will be about .10 cents more maybe even a .60 cents.

 


We need to do something about this. But what? I have two cars one that I use and the second is for my roommate who has to go to work and don't have a car so he is using mine. But he also can't afford to buy gas. So I am buying for him, hoping soon he will pay back. To fill it up both cars (One Suburban Truck and One BMW Sedan), I spent tonight $265.00, I want to fill tehm up just in case the gas prices hit the skies $7.00 per gallon tomorrow or there will be no more gas at the stations, as it is happening now around the California already.

 

Gasmargedon! Is here. (That's y invention of the word "Gasmargedon"

 

Folks, either we stop driving all together, or we must do something. Like march for lower gas prices or boycott even gas station on the weekend. Do not drive cars on the weekend. I don't drive my cars on the weekend I walk to the beach.

 

You know Europe has such a wonderful Public Transportation that you don't really need a car. So since we are on the cars subject, I am all for the Train in California. I mean common did we have to wait 50 years? For the train?

 

The gas prices - It's a total rip-off! Criminal intent! Of making people go broke and bankrupt. You can't even suit anyone for that.

 

Either the State or the Feds should get on the gas prices. I know, you say well you want to live in California so you pay what you get. I get that. But that does not mean we have to be punished to live here.
MR. President what can you do about the Gas Prices in California? Anyone?

 

That was my last word.

 

C.K.

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Day 2 of my iReport: "How can we afford the gas prices".

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 06:35 PM PDT

Hello again;

 

Today I took short version of my "Gasmargedon". I only took images of three gas stations next to my apartment building in Huntington Beach on Hamilton and Brookhurst.  And to my surprise the prices were high but not that astronomically high, as they are in other parts of the State. Like Los Angles itself gas prices on the news were showing $5.99. I can't confirm that independently.

 

Now for the comparison - 76 Regular:

Yesterday: $4.19

Today: $4.75 -- that's .64 cents in one night.

Super Unleaded:

Yesterday: $4.29

Today: $4.85 that's .64 cents again.

That's a robbery.

 

 

So here are three Stations on the intersection of Hamilton and Brookhurst in Huntington Beach.

You may want to hit the Arco Station it's the lowest of all.



You can do the mat with other station on my images.

 

I am still for Public Transportation and I hope Obama administration use the opportunity to boost public transportation around the Country to build railroad.

 

Again I am referring to Europe.

 

Despite that the prices are not as bad as in other parts of the State and County I still can't go anywhere I have a GMC Track that eats up 14 miles per gallon. I got the track when prices were much lower, and it is for leisure time after I come back from my sea voyages. I guess I am stuck at home. Couch potato and movie time. Which is not that so bad since I am at sea I am very much behind on checking the movies?

That was my last word.



K.C.

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October 5: Commemoration of the Republic of Portugal

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 04:52 PM PDT

On the day of the Commemoration of the Republic of Portugal, a few hundreds of activists gathered downtown in Rossio and afterwards marched towards São Bento. There, in front of the Parliament they manifested against the new raise of taxes, the difficult conditions people are going through, the lack of jobs and shouted that they are being asked too many sacrifices. The protesters claimed against recession and the tremendous amount of debt plaguing the country. Some protesters were inciting the police to join the people and succeeded in throwing down the rails that prevented people from accessing the stairs to Parliament and that had as a consequence an immediate increase of the police. A group of youngsters threw empty bottles and petards to the police. Some were arrested and others identified. In the atmosphere there was a feeling of revolt. It was amazing as such a small group of protesters could create such a feeling!

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facebook.com/TheBrettside: Frankenweenie is Frighteningly good

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 04:51 PM PDT

It's funny, adventurous, creepy, and even sentimental and with it being in black and white AND 3D, I think it's going to be a hit.
It's part Frankentstein part Lassie but somehow director Tim Burton makes it work in this stop-motion animation simply called "Frankenweenie".
It's the story of a young boy (Frankenstein) who uses all his talents to bring back his beloved dead dog. There are a lot of references to old horror movies all wrapped up in a heartwarming boy and his dog film the whole family should enjoy.
Several celebrities lend their voices to this film that should appeal most to mom and dad. Fans of Boris Karloff will also enjoy this. It's strange in a Tim Burton kind of way but, in my opinion, some of his best work in a long long time.
The characters are all pretty amusing and Victor Frankenstein is a suitable hero for this family friendly horror film with Sparky, his patched up dog, stealing nearly every scene he's in. Creepy and weird ? Sure…but it's just the right amount.
Take the whole family to see this one. Frankenweenie is a 'wiener' The flick-o-meter gives Frankenweenie a five out of five. This odd little story of a boy and his dog shows that Tim Burton still has that wonderful weirdness that brings magic to the big screen.
Let me know what you think. Head to my Facebook fanpage, it's called TheBrettside, and click like.

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One Part Time Job? Try Four.

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 03:56 PM PDT

But I'm not complaining.

 

I work a total of 5 jobs, or 60 hours per week on average.

 

My four part-time jobs are to help me to gain experience in the field I would like to go into. It's really hard to break into the field without experience, so I'm gaining it any way I can. I started out by volunteering, and was eventually hired.

 

I'm planning on going to graduate school in January, so I will have to cut back a little then to concentrate on my studies. But I will probably continue to work at least 40 hours per week.

 

Sure, I'm tired a lot, and don't get to see my husband as much as I would like, but I'm paving the way for a fantastic career someday.

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What a pain!!!

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 03:10 PM PDT

I've been monitoring the gas stations in my neighborhood closely the last week as gas stations jumped an average of 15 cents a night. It'll probably be well past 5.00 dollars by this weekend. I drive about 40-45 miles back and forth to work every day so these prices are a pain in my wallet!!!

 

I don't plan on using my car over the weekend...

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California Gas Prices Soar Over Shortage

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 01:38 PM PDT

Gas prices soar over the last several days in Southern California. Three refineries are out of order due to various reasons including one had caught fire. Triple A has stated prices could go up drastically this weekend. Many gas station have run out of gas and have had to shut down.

This picture was taken by me at the Albertsons Gas Station on Malvern and Gilbert in Fullerton, Calif. today. I wonder what this sign will say over the weekend.

Due to the cost of gas, driving for me will consist of basics only. How do working families cope when the costs are so high just to get to work?

Photo by KCRep
Oct. 5th, 2012
Albertsons Grocery (gas dept)
Gilbert and Malvern
Fullerton, Calif.

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FLOTUS Video Clips: First Lady Michelle Obama in my city

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 12:42 PM PDT

FLOTUS in The City:

 

First Lady Obama held a rally in Cincinnati, October 2, 2012 which was also the first day that Ohio registered voters could cast their ballots!

 

Thousands of excited Obama supporters gathered in the downtown convention center to hear her speak! The reactions from the crowd showed that they were fired up about her visit.

It was raining just before she arrived, but that did not stop her supports. Some spent hours in line just to see her!

View more photos from this stop
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-852192

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Pain at the pump in SoCal

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 12:01 PM PDT

Southern California has been hit with a gas shortage, and prices have skyrocketed this week. This station's price was $3.97 for regular on Monday, and $5.00  is forecast over the next week.

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Gas Prices Skyrocket in California

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 08:57 AM PDT

4 days ago the gas price at this gas station in Imperial Beach was $3.99. Today, The price is $4.49 and will continue to rise due to gas shortage.

 

"Reportedly in recent weeks, local refineries were dropping production levels, exporting supply to Mexico and other countries, and allowing inventory to dwindle in anticipation of switching over to production of winter blend gasoline, then a refinery power outage and a pipeline incident occurred on Monday that sent wholesale markets into a panic about the adequacy of California fuel supplies," said Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

 

Spring said "it's not clear" how much higher prices will go.

 

"A lot depends on whether the perceived supply issues are quickly addressed," he said.

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A few pictures do not do justice to the 2012 Orange County Auto Show

Posted: 04 Oct 2012 01:48 PM PDT

A little taste of the 2012 Orange Country Auto show in a few pictures from the Tony Stark 9 million dollar plus car to the Mini Copper and the Beetle VW shark cage.

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GOT RISK?

Posted: 04 Oct 2012 06:41 AM PDT

2010 was a very difficult year for me and my family. However, from my experience I learned great lessons of self-worth, beauty, and empowerment. I am greater than the sum of my parts.

Like a tinted moisturizer with SPF, I am luminous, authentic, joyful, and now better protected. Like a soothing eye cream, the crow's feet around my eyes have been diminished knowing that I have drastically reduced my risk for any future "wrinkles" in my life. I have become a more solid foundation for my family, while discovering a newfound purpose to help others.

I am what is called a previvor--someone who has never had cancer but has an extraordinarily high risk for getting it. I inherited the BRCA1 gene mutation #5385 (aka #5382) from my Dad. It's one of the three founder mutations associated with people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. I had up to an 87% chance of getting breast cancer in my lifetime and up to a 50% risk of getting ovarian cancer in my lifetime (compared to the 10% and 4% respectively of the normal population). I chose to be fierce and strong. I chose to be fearless and to conquer. I made the decision to be here for my husband, my kids, and most importantly myself. I let go of my dream of having more children and instead took on the side effects of menopause. I said good riddance to my ticking time bomb breast tissue and welcomed my new breasts with implants and minimal scars. I became my own advocate and ultimately a pioneer in my family.

The family tree on my father's side looks like a road map for hereditary female cancers. My grandmother Lillian died in 1934 at age 33 from breast cancer and what I believe was most likely ovarian cancer as well. Her mother died of breast cancer, plus several of my father's female first cousins had breast cancer. However, we only really looked at our family tree when my sister Jan got diagnosed and treated for both ovarian cancer and uterine cancer (two separate primary cancers) in the fall of 2008. It was then we learned that she carried the BRCA 1 #5385 genetic mutation. We had heard of BRCA testing but simply weren't aware of what testing actually meant. We didn't realize that there had been two identified gene mutations--BRCA1 and BRCA 2. Plus, we didn't know that there were many different specific mutation numbers within the BRCA1 and BRCA 2 mutations.

We had no idea that if you were of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, that alone raises an eyebrow for concern. One out of every 40 Jewish people carries a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. We had no knowledge that the different mutation numbers meant different things in terms of cancer risk. In addition, we learned that a BRCA gene mutation can be passed onto you from either your mother OR your father and that you have a 50% percent chance of inheriting it from that carrier. More than that, a BRCA gene mutation in a woman has also very different and significantly higher risks associated with it than if a man carries a BRCA gene mutation.

At the same time my sister was undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, my dear friend Kristin was battling triple negative breast cancer from her own BRCA1 (not Ashkenazi Jewish) Icelandic mutation. Two BRCA cancer battles were happening right in front of me altering my perspective on everything. I credit both Jan and Kristin with saving my life. Being BRCA positive put me at great risk for getting cancer, plus I had extremely dense breast tissue which is known to "hide" cancer (it's difficult to detect breast cancers through regular mammogram screening if you have dense breasts).

For me, I saw only two choices in front of me--do nothing or do something. I could sit around with my high risk percentages and dense breasts and wait to see if I would get a hereditary female cancer or I could have prophylactic surgeries and virtually cure myself before any issue of cancer would arise. I watched what my sister Jan and my friend Kristin were going through and I thought to myself,

"Yes, I have inherited this very dangerous genetic mutation but I have been given the gift of having options to drastically reduce my cancer risk. Knowing that I can actually do something to prevent what they are going through and even avoid death--I can't just sit on this knowledge and do nothing."

 

The prophylactic surgeries reduced my risk for breast cancer from about 87% to about 3% and have made it so I will never get or die from ovarian cancer, although I do still carry a small risk (about 1%) for peritoneal cancer (lining of the abdomen). My view is that I simply removed the parts of me that were causing more harm than good. This philosophy was easy for me to take on since I had already been through a major surgery in 1998 to remove a benign brain tumor (acoustic neuroma) which consequently left me completely deaf in my right ear.

I am invigorated with passion and purpose. I feel a deep responsibility to share what I have learned about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and BRCA gene mutations; compelled to pay it forward by sharing my BRCA story and spreading risk awareness to women, just like the information was given to me. I have found that a lot of women have heard of BRCA but really don't know exactly what testing positive for a gene mutation means. My decision to have preventative surgeries is what was right for me; however, it may not be right for everyone. Other options for breast cancer risk reduction include taking Tamoxifen and/or enhanced surveillance/screenings. However, there are currently no accurate ovarian cancer surveillance/screening methods. I hope that all women realize that knowing their family medical history and learning how they can stay healthy is really the most loving thing they can do for themselves and their loved ones.

How did I find out all of this information about BRCA?
Most of what I have come to know about my BRCA1 genetic mutation was provided by FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) www.facingourrisk.org What is FORCE? FORCE is a nonprofit organization for women whose family history or genetic status puts them at high risk of getting ovarian and/or breast cancer, and for members of families in which risk is present. The mission of FORCE is to improve the lives of these individuals and families. I am currently the Palm Beach County, Florida outreach coordinator for FORCE. Outreach groups provide support, resources, and education. It was the June 2012 FORCE conference that provided me & my sister with invaluable information that helped us make important life-saving decisions. If there is a history of breast and/or ovarian cancer in your family, you owe it to yourself to go see a certified genetic counselor. Unlike your ob/gyn or primary care physician, a genetic counselor is trained to assess your background, deem if genetic testing is advisable for you, and then administer the test. A genetic counselor knows how to interpret the test results--which is hugely important since you will be making health decisions based on those test results. Plus, if no genetic mutation is found with testing, a genetic counselor will still be able to correctly counsel you as to what your lifetime screening and /or monitoring should be. You may still be at higher risk than the average population.

If you don't know your family medical history, start asking about it now--knowledge is definitely power. Listen to your inner voice; if you suspect that your genes may be putting you at risk for cancer, contact a genetic counselor instead of analyzing it yourself. A genetic counselor is the best first step for someone to take because they will know how to counsel you on what to do.

 

My friend Kristin Hoke succumbed to her disease in June of 2010 at age 42. My husband Jon & I share our story at www.jupiterbreastcare.com in support of The Kristin Hoke Breast Health Center and because the knowledge about hereditary cancer can simply save lives.

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