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Monday, April 30, 2012

Body Piercings (Finished Article)

Here is the finished article (hi Dr. Hanson, thanks for stopping by my blog, please check out more!)


Cavaliere, J.
Body Piercings
April 24, 2012




                “I just enjoy piercings and tattoos. It's who/what I am.” Kim Balje said. Balje isn’t alone when she says she enjoys piercings; in survey done by American University, 22 percent of college students were pierced.
More and more people are getting pierced because of aesthetic appeal, but disregard health safety. The Association for Professional Piercers (APP) are combatting the trend of not caring for your piercing by campaigning with pamphlets and public service announcements. In 2011, it was found that individuals with piercings were likely to be involved in other forms of counterculture expression, according to a study published by Clinical Nursing Research.
(MORE)





Cavaliere, J.
Body Piercings
Page 2

                Balje, 24, said the aesthetic appeal is what helped her decision. When asked in a questionnaire done for this article, she listed what she considered to be the pros of body piercings; I get asked questions. I have just about all the piercings I said I would always have. I enjoy all the different jewelry too.” Other people in the survey mostly agreed with Balje: they “love the jewelry” and “the way it looks” that contributes in the decision of getting a body piercing.
            There are other pros listed on the internet. Some of them include in other cultures it is a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. In the past two decades it has become a trend in the U.S. where it is becoming a sort of rite of passage to mark the coming of adulthood. Balje also likes the way people talk about her piercings.      
            Unlike Balje, there are a number of people who don’t. Ridicule and being called a “freak” could accompany body piercings. Some parents also don’t like their children being pierced, but tolerate it. Of course there are still some professions that won’t hire people who have noticeable body piercings like some civil service jobs, according to Deputy Dave Cavaliere of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. He said that the department doesn’t mind ear piercings and small nose studs because they can be hidden, but eyebrow and lip piercings are forbidden.
Cavaliere, J.
Body Piercings
April 24, 2012

Keloid scars, or scars that are abnormal and grow beyond the boundary of the original site of a skin injury, are one of the health concerns associated with piercings. Hepatitis C is another major health concern from needles and unsanitary conditions that could be bred in piercing parlors. In the survey conducted for this article, 73 percent were not concerned with the precautions the piercing parlor they chose took to sterilize the process.
The Association for Professional Piercers (APP) is trying to end the indifference among the general public. The APP was founded, according to their website safepiercing.org, is “dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public”. At the site you can locate members of the organization and learn about what makes the piercer trustworthy.
Kyle Petersen of Infinite Body Piercing on 626 S. 4th Street in Philadelphia said, “you dont exactly train to become a member of the APP, certainly you have to meet certain criteria to join” but have to meet certain criteria such as being a piercer for one year and jewelry has to meet certain conditions. The conferences meet once a year in Las Vegas to give classes on everything pertaining to the subject of piercing. Petersen had been piercing for six years when he joined the APP.

Cavaliere, J.
Body Piercing
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The APP is reaching some people, according to the survey. In the 27 percent that said were concerned with the safety of the piercing parlor, the general consensus was for cleanliness and that their piercer had enough experience.
The price of a piercing can be expensive, but most people, according to the survey, expect to pay between $50-$100.
As Baje stated, “It's a thrill. A thrill that needs to be taken care of and constantly cleaned, but a thrill nonetheless.” Whether or not the current trend of body piercing is liked or disliked, several thousands of people of all ages are getting pierced regardless of safety. However, there are associations that care and ensure the safety of the parlors, piercers and the ones getting pierced.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Radio Show Guest: Gates and Herman Show on WCUR

Last Saturday and this Saturday I was a guest on my friend's radio show on our college radio station. I had such fun and I can't wait to hang out more next year. Tonight I talked about weather and commented on this crazy weather and then I talked about the Civil War enactment from yesterday. Maybe I can be a radio personality as well as a freelance writer. Just a thought!


DJ Christina Gates

DJs E.J. Herman and Christina Gates

Christina and Me


Friday, April 27, 2012

Civil War Photos

Today was an enactment at West Chester University. :)








And  a photographer was there taking pictures for a newspaper; I might be in tomorrow's paper!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pools of pink splatter the blackness of sky. Fingertips of yellow caress the or

Pools of pink splatter
the blackness of sky.
Fingertips of yellow
caress the orange swirls
And in this new life
birds fly and sing
the anthem ofb being alive.
I love this time of morning.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Body Piercing Article (so far)

Cavaliere, J.


Body Piercings

April 24, 2012









“I just enjoy piercings and tattoos. It's who/what I am.” Kim Balje said. Balje isn’t alone when she says she enjoys piercings; in survey done by American University, 22 percent of college students were pierced.

Balje, 24, said the aesthetic appeal is what helped her decision. When asked in a questionnaire done for this article, she listed what she considered to be the pros of body piercings; “I get asked questions. I have just about all the piercings I said I would always have. I enjoy all the different jewelry too.” Other people in the survey mostly agreed with Balje: they “love the jewelry” and “the way it looks” that contributes in the decision of getting a body piercing.

There are other pros listed on the internet. Some of them include in other cultures it is a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. In the past two decades it has become a trend in the U.S. where it is becoming a sort of rite of passage to mark the coming of adulthood.

(MORE)

Cavaliere, J.

Body Piercings

Page 2









Balje also likes the way people talk about her piercings.

Unlike Balje, there are a number of people who don’t. Ridicule and being called a “freak” could accompany body piercings. Some parents also don’t like their children being pierced, but tolerate it. Of course there are still some professions that won’t hire people who have noticeable body piercings like some civil service jobs, according to Dave Cavaliere of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. He said that the department doesn’t mind ear piercings and small nose studs because they can be hidden, but eyebrow and lip piercings are forbidden.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ticket!

I ordered my ticket, I sit in section 117, row 14. I am sitting on the 30-45 line. Awesome seats! ^_^

At the end of May I will be booking flights and hotel. I am hoping the person I e-mailed on CouchSurfing.org answers me back. He lives across the street from Lambeau Field. My fingers are crossed.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

CouchSurfing.org

Couch Surfers

A friend told me about this site, so I'm giving it a shot. I only need a place to stay for two days, then I'm staying in a hotel for 5 days. I contacted this one woman, but her son is coming home that weekend. I'm hoping the guy I found who lives across from Lambeau Field can host me. If I have no luck here, I guess I'll have to spend those two nights in a hotel. :\

Ordering my ticket later!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hmmm... Green Bay Planning and Thoughts

Although I am going to start booking things next week for Green Bay, I am debating asking a pen pal in Green Bay if it is possible if I could stay with her for two nights to save on hotel costs. I'd offer $50 a night. I am afraid to ask because I don't want to seem needy and like a leech. What should I do?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In Memory of Olivia

The last picture I took of Olivia. Sunday.

The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.




I am going to miss my little girl and she'll be sorely missed by dad, mom and her sister Mimi. We have always loved you and have left a pawprint on our hearts.

R.I.P Olivia. (c.e.) 1996-2012


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SCHEDULE POSTED!



The week I will be in Green Bay, they will be playing the Cleveland Browns. They play them on Thursday, August 16th. =] I can plan my trip now! ^_^

It looks like it's going to be a great season. 16-0, Packers!

Wisteria Lane

Today is much cooler after yesterday soared to 90. I was too hot to post anything yesterday. On Sunday I took flower pictures; I am going to share with you along with a poem I attempted to write.






The wind that sways,

in mystery, the blue stays--

the branches twist and turn,

into flames that flicker and burn;

the blue and purple of your eyes,

without deception, your truth lies

among the petals and stems and leaves--

weeping, bringing me to my knees.

I love you so;

the wind that blows

in mystery and lust,

the twists and turns I trust.



I am not really sure about it. I was going off the wisteria branches for inspiration for a love poem. Maybe back to the old drawing board; what do you think?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

What do you think? Too plain?

What do you think? Too plain?

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Philadelphia Art Museum

It's hard to believe that it had been seven years since I was last in the Philadelphia Museum of Art prior to going last Saturday. It's a beautiful place and for those of you that have seen the Rocky movies, that's the location where Rocky ran up the stairs... which there could be at least 50 stairs and go up on a steep slope. In fact I took many pictures, which I'll post here.




The last picture is the skyline of the city from the top of the museum. I also wanted to capture the sculpture and fountain, what do you think of the picture?

When I first went in, I went to the American art wing.





And the Japanese Tea Garden:



Saturday, April 14, 2012

Old School's Relay For Life Benefit and Friday the 13th






I missed seeing Old School -- last night was my first time in four months since last seeing them. They have a new line up: Richie on drums (used to be Lenny on drums), Mark on guitar and I forget the bassist's name. The new band plays well together and the sound is amazing. How in sync they are gives the song the heavy feel like the original artist would want (they play 80s heavy metal, so for you fans, you know how important that is). It was a fitting show for Friday the 13th. :) There was also a Relay for Life benefit that Old School was hosting. I won a teddy bear package. It was really nice and really touching.

Oh! I also ran into Tom, the drummer from Penrose! <3




Friday, April 13, 2012

Jon's Restaurant *TEASER*

Price: $ $ 1\2
Atmosphere: * * * *
Staff: * * * * *
Food: * * * * 1/2

The Sangria rocked! :) It was their own special recipe and it was so good. The lobster bisque was also good, although on the rich side. Reuben tasted like it came from a Jewish deli -- fresh; the pastrami had a good taste, the saur kraut was tart and the rest of the sandwich was crispy. My waitress was also congenial - answered my question honestly about alhambra hookah cafe. She wasn't sure of prices, but to expect something high, but the owner is nice. Jon's is built around Larry Fine from the Three Stouges.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Crash Bang Boom *TEASER*


Price: $$$
Atmosphere: * * * * *
Staff: * * * *
Service: * * * * 1/2

Fun little place. How Hot Topic used to be before Justin Bieber and rap artists invaded. Nice selection of punk clothes, though the dresses were too small for me, but the skirts and shirts fit perfectly. It was fun trying on clothes and Rob, the cashier, was so nice. I loved how Motorhead played in the background.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Souvlak *TEASER*

Price: $
Atmosphere: * * * 1/2
Staff: * * * *
Food: * * * *

Typical Middle Eastern/Greek restaurant. I tried ouzo, which reminded me of when I had absinthe at Mike's house last month. I called it orzo at first and the waitress kindly corrected me (I'm glad, I didn't want pasta, haha). Good gyro, filled to the max.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Juju Hair Salon

Which one do you like the best?

A.
Located around the corner from Red Hook and across the street from Infinite, JuJu is an all organic hair salon. "Can't wait, can't wait, I'm going to chop it," I think to myself as I walk through the doors. The debate has been raging in my head since yesterday; should I get only an inch off, or should I get more so there would be no more layers, which the girl at Hair Cuttery botched in January. Maybe I would let the hair stylist surprise me. As I stand at the door, I decide that I will let the hair stylist surprise me. What could be the harm?







Riiiiiiiiing, the little bell softly whispers my greetings and the receptionist looks up. "How may I help you?"






"I have an 11am appointment. My name is Jessica Cavaliere." I am front and center now, I feel like the spotlight is on me. I look at my watch, I am fifteen minutes early. Quickly and almost violently, I hear the pages of the datebook being leafed through like something was missing. A brief moment of paranoia swept over me; maybe they forgot to put me in? But, that fear was quickly assuaged--"Ah, Jessica. Yes, you have an 11 o'clock appointment with Janka. Since you're new, please fill this out," and I am handed a clipboard with a sheet. It reminds me of a doctor's office.






I take my seat on a comfortable recliner. I notice a woman sitting on the couch next to me reading a children's book from the bin located next to me...

 
OR
 
B.
"So, I see you are trying to get your hair healthy again," Janka says. She must have read my survey that I filled out when I entered JuJu.











Located around the corner from Red Hook and across the street from Infinite, JuJu is an all organic hair salon. "Can't wait, can't wait, I'm going to chop it," I think to myself as I walk through the doors. The debate has been raging in my head since yesterday; should I get only an inch off, or should I get more so there would be no more layers, which the girl at Hair Cuttery botched in January. Maybe I would let the hair stylist surprise me. As I stand at the door, I decide that I will let the hair stylist surprise me. What could be the harm?






Riiiiiiiiing, the little bell softly whispers my greetings and the receptionist looks up. "How may I help you?"






"I have an 11am appointment. My name is Jessica Cavaliere." I am front and center now, I feel like the spotlight is on me. I look at my watch, I am fifteen minutes early. Quickly and almost violently, I hear the pages of the datebook being leafed through like something was missing. A brief moment of paranoia swept over me; maybe they forgot to put me in? But, that fear was quickly assuaged--"Ah, Jessica. Yes, you have an 11 o'clock appointment with Janka. Since you're new, please fill this out," and I am handed a clipboard with a sheet. It reminds me of a doctor's office.






I take my seat on a comfortable recliner and begin, My name is Jessica. I live in King of Prussia and I was born on July 4, 1989. THREE GOALS I'D LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH FOR TODAY appears in my peripheral and I pause for a moment. Well, I bleached my hair blonde last summer and it's damaged, so I want to get my hair healthy again, I scribble away. Summer is also coming up and I want to be cool for the hot summer ahead, I scribble again. Hmm… the last goal… hmm. I guess it wouldn't hurt to learn about how to properly take care of my hair, the final quick scribble.










"Janka is good. My daughter is getting her hair cut by her now," the woman, who took up the whole couch reading a child's book from the bin reserved for donations to Philadelphia school libraries, says. She is a nice lady and chatty (just like me).






"This is my first time at Juju. I'm not from around here." I say.






"You'll love it here, it's a nice place and they have awesome service. Where are you from?"






"King of Prussia. I read it got really high reviews online, so I decided to try it. I'm a travel writer, so I figured I'd review it."






"That's really cool! Where are you traveling today? The city?"






"South Street. I'm going to write a book about South Street. Then I'm going to the art museum."

 
I personally like B better, but is it confusing? If it is, how can I make it un-confusing?

JuJu Hair Salon *TEASER*



Price: $ $ $ $
Atmosphere: * * * * 1/2
Staff: * * * * *
Service\ Hair Cut: * * * * 1/2

Upscale hair salon, but they give awesome hair cuts. Janka, the woman I had, is really patient - the five year old girl before was squirming, she wanted to be done and run around - Janka handled it like a pro. Janka also cares about your hair and your scalp area - I have the Irish skin and my scalp had sun spots, she was concerned and when I told her how sensitive to the sun I am, she gave me a cream to put on my scalp (she used it for the hair cut too). She gave really good advice on how to keep your hair looking fresh and she was a great conversationalist. It was an expensive hair cut, but it wows people and I never felt this great about my hair before.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Red Hook Tea and Coffee


"Starbucks is like the McDonald's of coffee shops. They stole the whole point of coffee shops with an eclectic and free-for-all feel." I don't know why my professor's critique of Starbuck's pops in my mind as I walk under the sign that in red spells out RED HOOK COFFEE AND TEA with a hot air balloon above. Red Hook, according to the official South Street website, is a small, quaint and cozy coffee shop. They aren't kidding, it is small and it is cozy - I fall in love at first sight.  The inside, quaint with the two couches of a dark velvet red and a green face sit along the brick walls and are situated across from one another, two chairs in the corner with the window centered, remind me of the coffee shop that the crew of Friends frequent.

The music blares. It reminds me of grunge with the thrashing guitars and the angst in the lyrics. I finally understand what my professor meant by "real coffee shops," this is it! The way the furniture is placed, the way it looks, it's definitely free spirited. 

"May I help you," the lady behind the tall counter asks me, diverting my attention from the skull that holds various fliers. It is definitely South Street and fits to the punkish atmosphere. I love it; it matches my morbid sense of style. She reminds me I need to go back to looking at the menu.

"This is my first time here," I meekly reply. It takes me a while to look at the myriad of breakfast items, lunch items, coffees, teas, espresso, lattes, and vegan items - I finally settle on a chai latte and a bagel.

Red Hook Tea and Coffee *TEASER*

In the morning I will be posting teasers -- the notes I took of the places-- then in the evening I will post some of my narratives.
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Price: $
Atmosphere: * * * *
Staff: * * * * *
Food: * * * * 1/2

Really cool place. Red Hook Tea and Coffee is like an original coffee house: few tables, couches, a few chairs against the window. Animals are welcomed; at least some guy was walking his dog and nothing was said - customers loved him. Oh! The customers were great too, one took a picture for my blog. Laid back. Wanted me to come back - soups are handmade (should have went back, but will next time). Chai latte was to die for.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Beginning of Love is All

I am liking this beginning a lot better. I like it more fictional and finding it much easier. It probably helps that the Hunger Games gave me some romantic inspiration and yesterday I was cheered up from Banana Day. So, here it is... the new beginning:

Love Is All


Well, I walk the river like it’s easier than land. The raspy voice of Tallest Man on Earth and the blaring guitar he plays seeps through Oliver’s Skull Candy headphones. The music distracts her from the hustle and bustle of the train atmosphere around her. It was going to be a long trip to Clifton Heights from Mountain Top. Yet, the song doesn’t distract her from her iPhone and text messages.

Oliver.

Oliver, her only desire. This feeling of lust was foreign to Oliver; in her twenty years of life she has never felt such a thing. Often in school she felt like an outcast—no boyfriend, but only crushes that left her dissatisfied. But, Oliver, Oliver, he was different. This difference scared her and left her vulnerable.

Oliver’s friend didn’t like him.





"He's a douchebag," Prim’s, as Primrose liked to be called, voice rings through Dahlia’s thoughts. The neon lights bring out the shocking hue of the blue walls. It reminds Dahlia of a rock star heaven with obnoxious walls, blaring music and alcohol that flows freely. Yet, despite the aura of the bar, the screen of the phone lights up and captures Dahlia's attention. Oliver. Oliver. Dahlia’s heart flutters and sinks at the same time.



"What's wrong," her friend had asked after witnessing the sudden drop of the martini glass with half emptied cosmopolitan. Dahlia doesn't know what comes over her, she never lets her friends get involved in her affairs, but she hands over her phone to her friend: "look." Dahlia gulps down the rest of her cosmopolitan, Adele's depressing voice echoing in the background, and snaps her fingers: "waiter! waiter! Jack and coke please!"



In the pale yellow light that shines above Dalia's table, muted by the neon and the mirrors in the room, Prim hands her back her phone. "Like I said, it still stands. He's a douchebag! He only said 'my bad' when he should be here! He's a sorry excuse for a human being!"



"He can go fuck himself!" Dahlia clenches her teeth and picks up her Jack and coke. "I'm so mad, I wish I could text," she thinks a bit - the alcohol was getting to her, "but, I won't." The humming of the phone softly plays as it’s being laid upon the table; it is off for the night.

“Let’s do an Irish Car Bomb!” Prim exclaims.

“Okay! But, I’m not done my Jack and coke.”

“It’s okay!” With that reply, Prim motioned for the order in and in one hot minute, the concoction of Guiness, Bailey's Irish Cream and Jameson. The Guiness was in a tall glass and the mixture of Bailey’s and Jameson were in a shot glass. They had to drop it in.

“On the count of three,” began Prim, “we’ll drop the shot glass in together.”

“Okay.”

“One…two…three…four…five” and both girls drop the shot glass in and chug. Prim finishes first.

“This is a song by Tallest Man on Earth,” Mike speaks through his microphone and begins to play his red Stratocaster. Dahlia knew Mike since they were 5; they went to camp together. Although their old ally bond was weathered by time, Dahlia still liked to show support for her old friend by seeing his band comprised of him and his two brothers from time to time.

Well, I walk upon the river like it's easier than land.

Something comes over Dahlia. A feeling between numbness and being hypnotized—the music’s ferocity with Mike’s riffing, the howling of Kyle’s bass and Jeremy’s drums and the lingering of Jameson and Bailey’s on her breath—puts Dahlia into a trance. It is the lyrics that remind Dahlia of Oliver. It occurred to her that she actually misses Oliver. A feeling of emptiness washes over her, this time not because of her depression, but because she missed someone she cares deeply about.

Prim is passed out; Dahlia sees from the corner of her eyes. That Irish Car Bomb must have hit her hard. Dahlia’s head was only pounding to the sound of music. Good, Dahlia thought, my mind can be at ease from her constant name calling of Oliver. She just doesn’t understand.

And Dahlia understood. Oliver works fifty hours a week—all nighttime shifts. She understands he works too much and needs rest. He’s a loser, Prim’s voice echoes in her head. No, he’s not, her own voice rings back; Dahlia wishes she had the courage to say, that this was a sacrifice she was willing to make.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Banana Day 2012


Let the games begin and may the odds ever be in your favor, I couldn’t help but think that; a Hunger Games reference for West Chester University’s 15th Annual Banana Day presented by the Student Activities Council (SAC). Most look forward to winning t-shirts from contests in which you have to compete in races revolved around bananas, and other crazy antics anyone will do to win a t-shirt. They really are odds that have to be in your favor to win—but they’re fun odds and create lifelong memories. Banana day isn’t a day that is dedicated to bananas only (like the name suggests), but to promote healthy lifestyles.

And promoting healthy lifestyles is what they did today. Free bananas were handed out and Sykes and Lawrence served food with bananas in them. The health center was also stationed on the Quad not only giving advice about nutrition, but sexual health as well. Stationed next to the Health Center was Invisible Children’s campaign against Kony. Someone was also driving a banana car.

The festivities were fun this year and I ended up winning a shirt by writing a haiku about bananas. My friend also won by competing in a game. Even if we didn’t win, we still hold the precious memories of spending four hours together, competing, and bonding together. After all, that is what Banana Day is all about. 


I won a shirt from the haiku I wrote on the box pictured:

Sweet yellow goodness
among green stalks and light leaves
stationed in Longwood