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Thirteen Work-related Things I need to get done before the weekend 1. Draft meeting minutes 2. Email meeting minutes 3. Follow up on DLSPI data 4. Prepare addendum to some notices 5. Reschedule cancelled appointments 6. Prepare new notices for appointment 7. Provide Ms. S with scanned org chart 8. File ERM Training with Doc 9. Provide training template to Sallie 10. Set retreat dates for administrators 11. Set retreat dates for the EO 12. Call BOT members for October 20 appointment 13. Check with Atty. P regarding September 20 appointmentLinks to other Thursday Thirteens!

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I was listening to my favorite radio station, Magic 89.9, and heard Mojo Jojo complain about an article by Isagani Cruz, “Don we now our gay apparel“. I got curious so I checked it out in inq7.net.
I have one thing to say – people who are privileged to have their thoughts/opinions posted in national dailies shouldn’t be allowed to write such drivel! I’m all for freedom of speech, but to read something like that, it’s just hatred dressed up!

The following quotes is an extraction of the last 3 paragraphs:

Now homosexuals are everywhere, coming at first in timorous and eventually alarming and audacious number. Beauty salons now are served mostly by gay attendants including effeminate bearded hairdressers to whom male barbers have lost many of their macho customers. Local shows have their share of “siyoke” [gay men], including actors like the one rejected by a beautiful wife in favor of a more masculine if less handsome partner. And, of course, there are lady-like directors who are probably the reason why every movie and TV drama must have the off-color “bading” [gay] or two to cheapen the proceedings.

And the schools are now fertile ground for the gay invasion. Walking along the University belt one day, I passed by a group of boys chattering among themselves, with one of them exclaiming seriously, “Aalis na ako. Magpapasuso pa ako!” [“I’m leaving. I still have to breastfeed!”] That pansy would have been mauled in the school where my five sons (all machos) studied during the ’70s when all the students were certifiably masculine. Now many of its pupils are gay, and I don’t mean happy. I suppose they have been influenced by such shows as “Brokeback Mountain,” our own “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” (both of which won awards), “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and that talk program of Ellen Degeneres, an admitted lesbian.

Is our population getting to be predominantly pansy? Must we allow homosexuality to march unobstructed until we are converted into a nation of sexless persons without the virility of males and the grace of females but only an insipid mix of these diluted virtues? Let us be warned against the gay population, which is per se a compromise between the strong and the weak and therefore only somewhat and not the absolute of either of the two qualities. Be alert lest the Philippine flag be made of delicate lace and adorned with embroidered frills.

Although I am not gay, I know gay people – the operative term being people – and many of them are my friends. For myself, my friends and as a human being, I am offended by Mr. Isagani Cruz’ article.

What I find most distressing is that someone who is supposedly an intellectual, someone who is granted the privelege of reaching out and touching lives, can be so callous and irresponsible. It is acceptable for public figures to do inane things when caught unawares, but when you write an article, you dont just write and send it to the publishers. You sit down, think about what you’re going to write and then let the words flow. You also have an editor who goes through it before the day’s end.

Mr. Cruz was given the power to reach out to people, but his recklessness just shows that not everyone granted power will use it wisely. Not everyone considered an intellectual uses his coconut, and not everyone published deserves it. It is my hope that readers know better than to lap up what Mr. Cruz served.

Thirteen Food Posts from Vida

1 Favorite comfort food: The sopas and champurado that my mom makes. A good cup of coffee. A piece of chocolate (cake).

2 Food that makes the best noise: Lechon skin! When you know it’s freshly made! Mmmmm….

3 Favorite food lyrics: Barbra Streisand’s A Taste of Honey, “Cold winds may blow oґer the icy sea, But I’ll take with me, The warmth of thee, A taste of honey, A taste much sweeter than wine, He will return…he will return, He’ll come back, For the honey and me, I leave behind, My heart to wear, And may it eґer remind you of, A taste of honey, A taste much sweeter than wine, He will return…he will return… He’ll come back for the honey and me.”

4 Least favorite food lyrics: the Fast Food song by Fast Food Rockers “A pizza hut a pizza hut, Kentucky fried chicken and a pizza hut, A pizza hut a pizza hut, Kentucky fried chicken and a pizza hut, McDonalds McDonalds, Kentucky fried chicken and a pizza hut, McDonalds McDonalds, Kentucky fried chicken and a pizza hut…”

5 Best food smell memory: The smell of peanut cake – reminds me of my lolo.

6 Most likely to eat for lunch: A sandwich from CountryStyle and a cup of coffee (On weekdays).

7 Least likely to eat for lunch: Rice (On weekdays).

8 Saturday night food: Rice bowl.

9 Favorite wild foods: Durian!

10 Favorite medicinal food: Anything coconut.

11 Food that reflects my heritage: Ginataan.

12 Food most like me: Coffee: creamy (milky), strong, flavorful, bitter at times, sweet in others, an anytime, any day treat.

13 Favorite raw food smell: Durian.

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Thirteen Things about Vida

1. Power Mom 2. Loving Wife 3. Blogaholic 4. Coffee-addict 5. Frustrated Writer 6. Devoted Friend 7. Silent Servant 8. Book Keeper 9. Food Enthusiast 10. Child at Heart 11. Obsessive-Compulsive 12. Drama Queen 13. Life Changer

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Got this from Ganns:
1. Grab the nearest book.

John Maxwell and Jim Dornan’s Becoming a Person of Influence.

2. Open the book to page 123 and find the fifth sentence.

“Modeling a life of integrity is an important first step in becoming an influencer because it creates a strong foundation with others.”

3. Post the text of the next three sentences on your blog along with these instructions.

“And the next natural step is motivating people. As you nurture people, show your faith in them, listen to their hopes and fears, and demonstrate your understanding of them, you build a strong relational connection and give them incentive to succeed – and to be influenced by you. But if you want people to be able to really grow, improve, and succeed, you have to take the next step with them. You have to become a mentor to them.”