Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Is Facebook Now Charging Page Owners to Interact With Their Fans?

The answer is yes!  Why you ask?  Simple! They just went public so now Facebook has to get greedy.

Facebook is introducing a feature (more of a ripoff than a feature) that will let fan pages pay to promote a post. Facebook states it is not a requirement however if you do not pay, Facebook will use EdgeRank to greatly reduce fan interaction with fan pages.  So you tell me how it isn't a requirement.  More like extortion.
Fan page owners including bloggers will have to pay between $5.00-$300.00 to gain exposure on a post.  The higher the amount paid, the more interaction with fans Facebook will allow using EdgeRank.  If you have not seen it pop up as you are trying to submit a post you soon will.  The new policy is just being put into place so not all pages have access to it as of yet.  I myself have already gotten a pop-up screen trying to get me to pay money.  I refuse to pay though.
Facebook has just gone public, so I am sure they are under the gun to increase revenue and become more profitable seeing as though Facebook lied about its value from the beginning and stocks fell 18% in the first three days of trading.  This is another way for corporate America to SH** on the little guy.  Facebook had major shortcomings when they went public and just like the government, they are trying to pass on the bill to us, the users that keep Facebook alive. 
I feel this is going to backfire in Facebook's corporate face (Zuckerberg).  I really doubt bloggers will pay to promote a post. Especially bloggers that are just starting out.  This is what happens when a snot nosed kid is CEO of a publicly traded company.  He was warned before he went public and many experts blogged about it but Zuckerberg would not listen.

Zuckerberg is a greedy and apparently cheap SOB.  While he was on his honeymoon in Italy he reportedly  didn't even tip for a 32.00 (euros) meal.  Come on dude!  You cant spare $2.00
Maybe Zuckerberg will wake up and realize without the users all he has is advertising from Facebook sponsors.  If users drop so will his sponsors.
So my blogger friends, what do you think about this change?  Will you pay?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Promoting Underage Drinking

I have always been a fan of freedom of speech, right to free press, and freedom of expression.  However what I am not a fan of is companies promoting underage drinking.

Last week my wife had to go pick up a few things for the house on her way home from work and the kids were with her because she had just picked them up from school.

On the way out of the store the kids always like to stop at the gumball/prize machines.  Winn-Dixie had a prize machine right next to the gumball machine that read "Little Glasses" featuring your favorite team for .25 cents.

The kids each put their quarter in and what did they get out?  Shot Glasses that's what!  Shot glasses, really?
Our children have to endure enough temptation in schools, today's cartoons, and Nick shows as it is.  Do we really have to promote drinking out of shot glasses by advertising them in a gumball machine?

I know there isn't a shortage of alcoholics with today's economy and I am sure the guy on the corner with a sign that reads will work for food is supporting his local liquor store as well.

While this may be meant to be harmless promotion of sports teams we as parents know what the statistics are of underage drinking. During the past month (30 days), 26.4% of underage persons (ages 12-20) used alcohol, and binge drinking among the same age group was 17.4%. You can think, oh my kid would never do that.  Yea, I have heard that before. We can protect our children to the point of suffocation but we cannot be with them 24-7.  We were all kids once and you all know how it works and how easy it is to cave to peer pressure in today's society.

So what is a parent to do without isolating their children?

Maybe I have read into this to much.  What do you think?  Do you think it is OK to have "Little Glasses" aka shot glasses in a kids prize machine?

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Friday, May 25, 2012

A Proud Father

Today was the last day of school for 2 of my children and this morning I attended an award ceremony at the school.  Sitting there waiting for the many awards to be given out I was wondering if my children would receive any this year.

The school hands out awards for everything you can imagine so sometimes the ceremony can be quite long.  I remember thinking that if I had to sit through it my kids better get an award. haha

I had argued with my son last week that his progress report he had brought home earlier was not that great and he most likely would not get any awards for grades.  He assured me that he would work extra hard in school to bring them up.  He told me this after he was grounded from video games for bringing home a "D" on his progress report.

I tend not to worry about my daughter to much because she is not as distracted as my son, she always tries her best and gets upset if she does not do well. I am learning that my girls really seem to want to strive for the best in school.

As usual the school always saves the best for last and wouldn't you know it, Goob #2's name is called for High Honor Roll.  She gets up on stage looks right at her brother and sticks out her tongue. That's my daughter for you.  People laughed though, so it wasn't embarrassing. Then BAM, they call my son's name and as he gets up in front of everybody,  looks over at me, points, and says "I told you so".

Proved me wrong indeed and I could not be more proud.

My youngest that will be starting kindergarten next school year.  She wanted to wear a uniform today because she is SOOO excited.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Big Bow Equals No Photo- 4 Y/O Girl Shunned by School

A four year old girl who's dad is a hair stylist, styles her hair for her school photo at her request.  She wanted to look pretty.  The girl arrives at school for her photo to be taken only to be shunned by the school citing "no hair braids allowed".  Does that look like a braid to you?

 This really makes me sick for the fact that I do my daughters hair crazy sometimes to because she enjoys it and it makes her happy.  I see nothing wrong with it.  Its not like she had the shape of a penis on her head for crying out loud.

Despite the fact that this did not take place in the U.S, I can totally see this happening here.  There have been incidents where schools have suspended children in the U.S for dumber things.  What happened to freedom of expression?

I guess unless you are a politician it does not apply to the general public.

Do you feel the school is wrong?

Video compliments of MSN

Friday, May 18, 2012

My Daughters First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is a Catholic Church ceremony usually followed by a party.  It is the colloquial name for a person's first reception of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.  This event is very important in the Catholic religion, as the Eucharist is one of the central focuses of the Catholic Church. 

My 8 Year old daughter (Goob #2) has been anxiously awaiting this day.  From  the shopping for the dress and shoes to planning the party she has been so excited.  What woman doesn't love shopping and party planning right.  Guess they learn that at an early age.

Irish Italian Princess

First Holy Communion can get to be very costly but to see my daughter look so beautiful and have such a great time is totally worth it.  I now have an idea of what she may look like on her wedding day although I have told her she is not allowed to get married or have kids. EVER!

She tried on the dress and the first words out of her mouth were "I'm sexy and I know it".  I almost died laughing.

My daughter and my mom AKA Nanny.

It was a good day with family and friends.  Although the only person from my side of the family that even made an attempt to come was my mom everyone that mattered was there to enjoy this day and support my daughter.  All in all it was an excellent day with family and everyone got along.

We even made it to the Church on time and with three kids that's a challenge.

The kids had a great time at the party.  

I rented a bounce house with a water slide and the kids loved it. I did the same for my son (Goob #1) at his Communion party. The adults were very tempted to get in it.  I actually think my wife did.   I had to pry the kids out of it when it was time to clean up.

I think my youngest daughter (Goob # 3) spent most of the time at the party with a wedgie too. 

The food was excellent as well, Publix is always good place to start if you are wanting to host a party with great food.  Everyone enjoyed the chow.  

The bad part about family gatherings and food though is that even after you are done eating you sit around the table to chit chat and you wind up picking at the food during conversation. 

Goob # 2 would disagree about family and food being the best part though. I asked her what she thought was the best part and she said "when I got to drink the wine at Communion".  Go Figure!

I would have to say my youngest enjoyed the cake though.

Everyone had a great time and it turned out to be a good day all around.

Friday, May 11, 2012


1. Are you pregnant? If you are not sure if she is pregnant do not ask.  If you ask and she turns out not to be she will be crushed because you have basically called her fat.

2.  Holy Sh**  you are huge!  If she is pregnant do not under any circumstances say those words. Pregnant women have raging hormones and you may end up with one ball.

3. It must be that time of the month for you.  I am pretty sure most women hate that comment and this comment is usually said during arguments, never a good idea.  If you say this during an argument she is probably going to stab you in the eye with the nearest object.  If you are not in an argument and a man says this to a woman then she is going to assume she is bloated and you are calling her fat, again, she will probably shank you like gang banger in a prison yard.

4. Do you really need to eat that?  This one speaks for itself...Does the shank in the prison yard ring a bell? This is not to be confused with ARE YOU going to eat that.

As I said, fork in the eye
5. There is no need for you to get desert.  If you are in a restaurant and she asks for desert, for the love of Pete do not ever make that statement to her.  If the waitress/waiter comes over and asks if you would like to order desert look at your wife/date and ask, would you like desert, that gives her the chance to answer and you wont end up with a drink in your face or fork in the eye.

6.  Are you sure that fits you?  This is a doozy.  Hope you like the couch because this statement is a lose lose situation.  She is going to take it as you are either calling her fat or think she is too skinny.  Sorry but you lose in this one.  You might as well sleep in the dog house, literally.

7.  Get to the point!  I am guilty of this one myself.  Women like to think you are listening.  Even if you are not at least pretend you are.  Don't make it known you don't care.  Women listen to men go on and on all the time.  Do you think women really care about your fishing trip with your buddies?  No they don't but they pretend they do so you can feel loved.

8.  You look***pause for a moment*** then say good.  If a woman asks you how she looks or how her outfit looks,  for the love of all that is holy NEVER pause.     This could be so bad for you and again she will assume you think she looks fat if you pause.  Q. Do I look good in this? A. Very quickly..yes you always look good. Q. Do I look fat? A.  VERY QUICKLY..Hell no you don't look fat, you're beautiful.

9.  My Ex-wife/girlfriend would do that for me.  If your wife/girlfriend will not do something for you sexually or non-sexually never say your ex-wife/girlfriend would do it for you.  This is a sure way to be single again.  Your wife does not want to know how your Ex did it.  How would you like it if she said wow my Ex-husband's penis was bigger than that.  Even though it probably was bigger she would never say it because she wouldn't want to damage your ego.

10. Which is actually the number ONE. What the "fiery place" did you do all day?  As a stay at home dad I can tell you this would piss me off.  If your wife is home all day with kids, do not ever come home and ask what she did all day.  Being a at home with kids is hard work.  Until you have been in her shoes you shouldn't say a word.  Most men could not handle being home with kids all day.  Let's face it a lot of moms wouldn't trust dad at home with the kids all day anyway. LOL

Get Out of the doghouse cards!
Yes honey, I was wrong it's my fault I am sorry.
Have I told you lately how beautiful you are.
You are an awesome wife and mother, I don't know what I would do without you.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Funeral of a Law Enforcement Certificate

Today is a very sad day for me.  In 2008 I graduated from the Police academy.  When you graduate you have to pass the state exam which I did and you are issued a certification.  The state gives you four years to get hired on to an agency and that in turn activates your certification.  However I graduated from the academy at the worst possible time ever.  A Recession! This means hiring freezes for most government agencies especially Police Departments.

Yes, I applied out of the area and was invited to participate in a few interviews but my wife and I changed our minds on moving in the process.  Why should I uproot my kids from a school they love and a town they were born in just to have a career that pays so little and is dangerous. Let's face it most people have no respect for the law today. Well, I shouldn't say most but the number of people I am sure is quite high.

Yes, it’s a passion of mine but family comes first.  So we decided to stay put and I chose to support my wife's medical career instead.  I applied locally but it turns out the politics are so thick that you would have to cut through it with a chainsaw.  Let’s just say even if a hiring freeze was in place and I had family working there I could have the job or if I spoke Spanish I could have the job. I can’t even count the number of times I have been told “well maybe if you were black or spoke Spanish”.  Shouldn't it be based on qualifications?

Anyway I will skip most of the boring politic garbage.

After discussing it with my wife we came to a very serious conclusion.  It was just not meant to be.  That is when I realized that instead of getting shot at I get to be a wonderful father and husband. While I really did want to be a cop, now I think it is better this way.  I never want my wife or kids to get that knock on the door at 3am with another officer standing there saying "we are sorry mam but your husband was shot and killed tonight in the line of duty".

I could not imagine me being gone and my 5 year old (or any of my kids for that matter) calling out for daddy in the middle of the night because she is scared or sick but I never come.  I could not imagine my wife rolling over to touch me forgetting I am not there and her heart being broken over and over again each time she realized I was not coming back.

I started this post with today is a very sad day for me but as I write I realize that being able to be with my family is the best thing a father and husband could ever ask for.  I realize that I have a chance to do what a lot of parents wish they could do, be home for their family to see the smiles, laughs, cries and of course fights ; Let’s face it no family is perfect.

Today is May 6, 2012 and today I lay my Law Enforcement certification to rest.

Think I made the right choice?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Movie/Date Night With The Wife

I have a movie night or date night with my wife every week, or at least try to.  We have 3 kids and sometimes it is not easy to have time alone with her.  Today the kids went to her mom's house for about an hour because they live right down the street so my wife and I “went to the movies" if you know what I mean.   First time in a week! LOL

We do not get the chance to go out a lot so when the kids go to bed we do have our date night usually on Saturdays.  If we sit down to watch a real movie and not "go to the movies" I will usually let her pick.  Sometimes it ends up being a chick flick but that's OK I don't mind.  Chick flicks can be just as good as action and let’s face it sometimes chick flicks have nudity. Woo Hoo

We also have family night, usually on Sundays.  We try to sit and watch a family movie with the kids however that don’t always work out because our kids are always wrapped up in what they want to do.

Tonight we are watching This Means War and having salsa and dip.  Well modified salsa and dip.  Mild salsa and sour cream in one jar and mild salsa with nacho type cheese in the other.  Should be tasty!  Hope the movie is good to because I could use a good laugh.

I will let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Random Thought

Yesterday was my daughters last day of Pre-K and today is my last day of sanity!