Wednesday, April 28, 2010

....Do I look illegal !?....

What does an illegal immigrant look like? …does he wear “huaraches”?... does he mow your lawn?.... is he brown? A lot of people are flabbergasted by the SB1070 turned law in Arizona by Gov. Jan Brewer. Pictured here.

Article 8 Section B states “WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS..UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON” In other words, part of the law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and police are to question people if there is a reason to “suspect” they’re illegally in the country. I call bullshit ! Who is trained to spot an illegal immigrant on the streets of Arizona?...I’m so peeved by the racial profiling this will cause. YOU KNOW they’re going to go after the people that look a little more humble, work construction, work gardening, clean your homes. What if I said I was one? What if I took my little cousins, who mind you are all blonde blue eyed Mexicans, to get ice cream and was stopped by the popo because I looked “suspicious”…ugh I would die. How distressing!

I had the opportunity to interview an Arizona resident and friend Nick about the new law. “Overall, I like the bill…it addresses some real problems that are rampant in AZ. It is harsher on human smugglers and day laborers in front of Home Depot who are impeding commerce...” said Nick. Great point...there are definitely some issues that AZ deals with that are not as prevalent in other states and a lot of people on both sides support the bill for those reasons.

Watch this video…particularly the moment when Gov Brewer was asked that same question I ask you.. “What does an illegal immigrant look like…does he look like me?” Her answer “I do not know”…then why are you passing a law that asks the police to look for them if you don’t know yourself?! The Gov. then proceeded to say that she assumes “there are people in Arizona that assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like”. Well while you are “assuming” I have to carry around my documents to prove I’m legal? Talk about a violation of my civil rights.

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Also, you KNOW this targets the Latino community. I doubt they’ll be stopping the blue eyed tall illegal Europeans, the Asians, etc etc. For those readers that don’t know what racial profiling is…according to Wikipedia it “is the inclusion of racial or ethnic characteristics in determining whether a person is considered likely to commit a particular type of crime or an illegal act or to behave in a predictable manner”. I asked Nick if he worried about racial profiling and he said… “I and a lot of others (including some pretty conservative republicans I know) have a problem within this bill is the language at the beginning that grants law enforcement the right to question anyone who looks reasonably suspicious as being illegal”. …I think we all harmonize on this point... “in AZ I think that basically equates to being brown because we are a border state and being an illegal immigrant is synonymous with being Mexican or of Hispanic origin and that is where the potential for racial profiling stems from”-Nick. I don’t think I could have put it better myself….enough said.

Unfortunately…this is a result of a problem that should be taken care of at the federal level…and according to President Obama it is a “misguided” solution. Agreed. Immigration is definitely a problem…and there is a need for change. Arizona is taking a stand and basically telling the federal government to do something about it. To read the bill in full --> SENATE BILL 1070

The entire country is finally listening and we can only hope that we move in the right direction.

Do something about it.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

...a Housewife and a Creeper....

Spotted...Real Housewife of NYC in the big D! Alex McCord and hubby Simon van Kempen came to Dallas to promote their book "Litle Kids, Big City". There were about 20 of us there..and yours truly was taking notes to bring you the details. ..They basically read a few excerpts and then opened the floor for a Q&A....and ofcourse most of the questions were related to the reality show and not so much the book.
What is true vs what is fake? The conversations at the cocktail partys, the fashion shows, the dinners etc are all real..not scripted. She said that certain things are redone, such as phone calls. Also, when they sit in the chair to talk about scenes...a lot of the time it is done weeks after filming and the producers will ask the questions like "remember when she said this about you..." and they'll make up something to get a reaction out of them...they stir things up! She also ventured to say that she was almost 99% sure that the scene where Bethany found out she was preggers was fake/redone.

What is up with Jill? the nicest way possible...let us know that this season is showing Jills true colors! A little betch' jaja... In other words, she is not the nicest person and apparently doesn't get along too well with Alex.
The Countess...Spill it Alex! jaja umm soo it seems as though the Countess is the fakest person on the show! ..she also said that she believes LuAnn would be a lot happier if she was more true to herself.

It was a lot of fun to chat with them and we spent most of the time laughing..I had a great time. Their little rascals Francois and Johan were there as well. They also mentioned that there are 2 new of whom we've just met this past week. Also, this show was originally called "Manhattan Moms"...they had no idea it was going to turn into the Real Housewives of NYC.

After this little get together...I headed to Bishops Art District area to eat at BOLSA !...It is a Market/Cafe/Wine Bar.. their menu changes daily to bring you the freshest foods available. I absolutely loved this place...the food was great and the restuarant itself has an "eclectic, bohemian" feel. I MUST warn you about their drink...the "oak cliff creeper".. o.m.g. ..I had one of these and nothing else...well... 30 mins creeped up on me! jajaj def glad I didn't have two of those.. jaja Here are some pics I took....
PS... quote of the night "theres the foot fetish guy from the Bachelorette... watch yo' feet!" jajaja..after running into him at Bar Celine last night lol...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

..Mr. Photographer...

"Mr. Photographer...
Be sure to catch me from my
good side.. pick one.." jajaj

I'd like to indroduce to you one of the most talented, hip, artistic photographers in Dallas... DV Design & Photography ! UEs Bubble would like to give a much deserved spotlight to great local artists..which is why I bring you Dustin Vyers.

Dustin R. Vyers, born December 31, 1977, is an endowed Dallas photographer. This San Antonio native has been featured in Texas Christian Magazine, Dallas Asian, Dallas Voice... just to name a few. His work is not limited to photography...he is a professional graphic designer and a remarkable painter.

I think it is extremely important to feel comfortable with the person that is capturing a moment in your child's first Easter, cap & gown, or personal photos... and Dustin's lively personality gaurantees a relaxing, fun, comfortable photoshoot. I've had the priveledge to see DV Design & Photography in action both infront and behind the cameras... he works hard until he has the perfect shot. His clients range from toddlers, newly engaged couples, and other artists as well ..and although photoshoot ideas are always welcomed, Dustin is never short of clever thoughts! ....On a slightly less relevant note, he loves his coffee and although he may argue with me on this one..he's no pool shark! jajaj

Be sure to check out WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DVDESIGN for more info on Dustin and his work...I hope to see you on a spring/summer photoshoot soon!...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

..He Bangs!...He Bangs!...

"He walks like..he talks like..he talks like he walks...He Bangs! He Bangs!" jajaj...

WHO isn't talking about this these days? World famous singer Ricky Martin, formerly known as Enrique Martin Morales, has finally come out of the closet! I must preface this post by saying that I have nothing against gays.. I have a lot of gay friends and they're not too shabby! jaja This Puerto Rican pop singer was born on December 24, 1971...which means...that's right..he's almost 40 jaja! People have been speculating about his sexuality for years... and in all isn't our business!...Barbara Walters asked him 10 yrs ago why he wouldn't answer any questions about it and he replied with "I just don't feel like it"... Well things have changed since then..but why now? I have a nudge that something that is happening in Mexico right now is what pushed him a little to get the courage to come out.

Mexico City recently passed gay marriage..soo the next topic of interest is the gay adoption issue. Should gays be allowed to adopt? That was the question posed upon Mexican ranchera singer Paquita la del Barrio about a month prior to Ricky's coming out. The answer was simple..."No". The ranchera singer, who mind you was born in 1947, said that it is only right to have a father and a mother but not a father & father or mother & mother. Furthermore, she rather see the kids stay in an orphanage. I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions..however..if I was a public figure as she is, I wouldn't be making such strong statements! There has been an uproar in the country about her response and everyone is reacting. Paquita (whom I adore.. her music is sung by all)..has even gotten ill over the stressful pickle she got herself into.

OK so all of that is going on and then all of a sudden Ricky comes out with a Bang! jaja I told you he Bangs..he Bangs! In part of his statements he said "I am the father of tow beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with". wow I think he pretty much told her indirectly! jaja. So you tell think he was somewhat moved by her statements to come out at the precise moment? I think so =P Also, Paquita has since retracted her comments and claims she is "old school" and "ignorant"..etc. Despite all of her comments... which I don't totally agree with...I will still sing along to her rancheras for years to come because it's just her opinion.

As for Ricky....dude..when are you coming out with another cd?! Who doesn't love to shake their bom bom to his beats? I would pay anything to shake mine front row at one of his concerts. Gay or not..he is still a pop legend and a very talented artist. Nobody can take that away from him. I hope you enjoyed my 2 cents on this topic...... until then... I'm off to Live la Vida Loca!...

Friday, March 5, 2010

..Winter Kate...

I ventured out to Neiman Marcus yesterday to meet Nicole Richie and see her Spring 2010 Collection "Winter Kate"... it was fun! Nobody at the event would even have a clue that she scarfed down Chick-fil-a burger and fries prior to the event by looking at her..she is SO teeny tiny! Her collection was almost sold out in a matter of 30 minutes! I don't know much about that stuff but it was nice..nothing special..kinda that flowy, bohemian chic look.

So my friend Whitney and I were sipping our bubbly when this girl in her 30's that was standing by us started to butt in our conversation. She was wacky..cookoo..on something! jaja..kept talking about her extensions/tracks in her hair..about Sinbad?! WTF I didn't know he was still around..and about how she wanted to be photographed to be in Paper City! Here's the funny thing..Paper City walked by and asked my friend Whitney and I to pose..and when we did that girl got in our pic!! she was excited to be photographed to possibly make it into Paper City.. WELL..the photographer then proceeds to ask Whitney and I to pose by ourselves jajajaj without that girl. She died..poor thing. Bless her heart. jajaj..THEN we saw her go up to Nicole Richie and after she walked away..Nicole looked at us like WTF?! It was entertaining to say the least...

After this event I had to go to softball practice..and let me tell you something.. drinking champagne prior to practice = FAIL. was tough! I also did something I never thought I'd do..I was outside of Barneys in my underwear! Picture it..UE in his solid colored American Apparel briefs and a fedora! ..jajaj Here are some pics..(still waiting on Whitneys pics)..

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

...Jockstraps and Sunshine...

Faithful readers...I'm sorry I've been so distant lately! I had a very heavy 2.5 weeks of 12+ hr days...including an all nighter which I shouldn't complain about because I am very grateful to have work. In addition to those long days..I've started softball and daily workout routine to lose that winter weight. If you didn't come to any softball games last should SO come this's way fun. I've joined the Terriers..not sure what position I'll play on this team ...I really enjoyed playing 2nd last year. I got hit on the leg already...but atleast it wasn't my face or the crotch. "My plastic surgeon doesn't want me involved in any activities where balls fly at my nose" jaja! One thing I don't enjoy about softball is the cup..I don't mind wearing the's great..jaja but that dang cup is so unnatural. Most of my male readers probably know what I'm talking my lady readers I would compare it to putting your breasts in two hard plastic cups..and then being active while wearing them! Size does matter..I'm afraid I might have the wrong size..but what's the return policy on that?! jajaj

Soo it's starting to feel like SPRING ! Jorts..V Necks...Windows rolled down with Kaskade playing in the background..Sunshine on my cheeks..all four jaja. I LIVE for it. What better way to celebrate the weather than with a little trip to the big Apple. I'm off to NYC in 15 days with a very healthy looking group of guys and it's motivated me to get back to the routine that I've put off for mmm 3 months? Guilty..ayy. So far so good though! I've posted about Bravo's "Kell on Earth" show before...and OMG what if I run into Kelly Cutrone while in NYC? jaja... Most of you are probably thinking "you wish UE" but hey..I have such good luck with that kinda shit..example..that NBA Game (which I've posted some pics below!). This week on "Kell on Earth" some girl got hired and fired within an hour because she was "tweeting" about being there. WHO TWEETS 8 times in 30 mins? I don't know what to think about it? we really need to know what you're doing every 5 minutes? Same goes for Facebook updates....who cares what you eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner?! Just sayin'

Here are some pics of my experience at the NBA Allstar game...we weren't allowed to have cameras because of the flash and we'd be on tv..and etc etc..

Thursday, February 18, 2010

...Olympic Fist Pumping...

Ok..I don't know if being locked up in my apt all week..working late hours has made me mmmm perhaps hormonal?..I cried twice today during the Olympics!! What is wrong with me? I am a grown man! Did Evan Lysacek and Lindsey Vonn not bring you to tears with their gold medals? I was sooo excited for Vonn winning that downhill with her bruised shins and all...she deserved it! In skating...Lysacek has been my favorite and tonight he skated like a champion..I was at the edge of my seat..rooting.fist pumping and all! jajaj Next trip to LA..gotta meet this fool. (thats for my LA friends..get those connections going!) I do think that Johnny Weir was a bit cheated..underscored...I'm not saying he shoulda medalled but he shoulda had more points for that performance! I love his individuality...u go man! get it!
Ok..Curling? Why is that a sport? How is that a sport? I'm confused...I don't get it...any reader want to explain this one? Also...Shaun White gets on my nerves..he might have won gold today but I think he is soo cocky... I don't even like to hear his interviews.
Alright this was s short rant about the Olympics...I'm a bit hyper..sleep deprived and in dyer need of a beer or cocktail..a hugg... Delerious. zzz

Monday, February 15, 2010

...The 2010 NBA All Star Game & my Debut as a Cast Audience...

...The 2010 NBA All Star Game was by far one of the coolest events I've ever done! I was cast as a fan for Shakira, Usher and Alicia Keys performance. It was kinda an all day event...a bus took us into Cowboys stadium at 2 where we did rehearsal with Usher.. basically learned how to get down to the stage and to our pit areas for the performance. After that we had to go outside for a tailgate and be front row at One Republics performance!..that was sweet because Charles Barkley was there too. I was wondering where we would be placed durin the game and to my surprise..we had wicked good seats.. pretty much courtside! jaja Gretchen Wilson and the Candadian Tenors (whom I fell in love with on Oprah last week) did the star bangled banner and all that good stuff.

..Peformance number one with over 107,000 people live..Usher. It was really good..I posted a video of a piece of it. I thought he would be bigger than me but he is a tiny guy..shorter than I jaja but he is funny and was really cool with us during rehearsal. In between his songs they introduce the NBA All Star players..they would pop out of the ground..infront/behind me... I was in the middle of Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant..Lebron James..etc.. Steve Nash gave me a high five on his way out jaja. The player introduction was probably one of my favorite parts of the event. Pause it at 0.04 seconds..there is a girl w/curly hair..then me in a blue jean jacket jaja!

Shakira!! This is the main reason I signed up to do this event...I am kinda a really huge fan of this beautiful and talented Colombian. We had no idea what the performance would be like with her because she didn't rehearse..You don't have to when you're Shakira do you!? She came outa the ground in her She Wolf cage..OMG OMG I went into a state of nirvana.. I could not believe I was 3 feet away from her!..even if I paid front row at her concert I would not be as close as I was there. Her performance as always was ridiculously great and she has a great body! AauuU. Here is her vid..

Alicia Keys has a boot-ee...junk in the trunk..also a very pretty girl and hot bod..she was taller than I thought she'd be. My fav part of her performance was when she sang that New York song..all around us the screens turned into NYC and her banging into the piano just made it that much better... we could feel notes jaja Here's her vid..

So yeah..pretty fabulous time jaja! Oh yeah..I got to be in the area where the VIP go to buy their snacks and go to the bathrooms etc..holy shit! was almost like being at a bar.. the decor was chic..from the tiles/lights to the furniture. They def don't serve hot dogs in those concession stands!...gourmet burgers and champagne for everyone jaja. I ran into Cookie Johnson at Neimans on sat and again at the game..this time with her hubby Magic Johnson.. P Diddy was there.. Ludacris.. Arnold Swarchenegger.. I am on the casting directors email list now and he is doing the Superbowl next year..which is at Cowboys I just might be part of the show again jaja! Guys..I really don't know how I get this shit.. this kinda stuff just happens by luck... fingers crossed I get that reality show I want ; )

Friday, February 12, 2010

..Is it too late to become an Olympian?...

I can't help but feel inspired to get off my ass and start a sport that will place me in the next Olympics jaja. Ridiculous...I know... but after watching the Olympian athletes practice today and walking in that spectacular 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, it makes me want to be one of them! There is about 5" of snow outside here in Dallas... that just adds to the fire! jaja. I thought the US team uniforms were greattt...thank you Ralph Lauren. In my humble opinion, I thought that the ceremony was beautiful and thoughtful. One of my favorite parts was when the floor turned into ice blocks and the water started to flood the stadium... followed by the whales! NEATO! I thought that Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams were boring.. looked great but..meh. It was so unentertaining that I already forgot what it is that they sang! jaja Sarah McLachlan was flawless...along with her dancers....and K. D. Lang singing Hallelujah was just breathtaking. Job well done Canada! eh? Side note...I chuckled when my beloved Mexico was announced and only had 1 athlete!! jajaj we all know how much I care about the motherland!..and now with my fervent desire to be an olympian..well I thought maybe.. just maybe Mexico can send me next time ; )

On a sad note...I thought it was very sad that Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili died today on a practice run. I was very shocked to see NBC play that video on National television... images as such I'd expect to see when I'm down in Mexico but never in the US. I don't understand the media... they show this accident/death video yet choose to censor other things that are not as morbid (ie same sex displays of affection)..but I guess that's another blog post. jaja If I was one of those luge sliders I would seriously be considering stepping away from the competition.. or switch over to figure skating.. just sayin'.

There was another loss this week that came as a surprise... English designer Alexander McQueen was found dead. Is it me or does it seem as though there are wayyyy too many celebs dying this year?! Check out this video of his work... wicked good...

There are A LOT of celebrities in Dallas this weekend for the NBA All Star Game! I haven't ran into of them yet... I sadly missed the Kardashians who were partying 1 block away from my apt last night because I was working on a deadline... boo...sad day..I really want to meet Khloe! ..she's my fav of the three jaja.
In a previous post I mentioned going to PARK on Henderson.. here is a snap shot along with a pic of the snow storm...taken from my apt... It's like Xmas all over again! jaja

Monday, February 8, 2010

...Who Dat & Swarovski Crystals...

I have to admit that I was torn between which team to root for..Colts or Saints?! My friends convinced me to root for the underdogs and our neighbors in the dirty south..the Saints! I was recently in NOLA and in Miami (yall have a ridiculously great nightlife) and I can only imagine how bad ass the party was last night! I was there in spirit..with my hand in the air.. shaking my hips side to side..with that UE swagger..chanting "who dat, baby heey!" jajaj.

Queen Latifah? Seriously? jaja I coulda sang that song and not been so flat.. I would have atleast sung that song with energy! Oh..and I'm sorry Carrie Underwood...I heart you, but seriously? My ears were hurting for a while after her yelling the national anthem because that was not singing.. that was hollering. Just sayin'. jaja FINALLY, they got it right with the WHO !!! AMAZING... great music..ofcourse the special effects help make their performance that much more spectacular. Two thumbs up. I was a little bit upset with the commercials this year! I liked the Simpsons Coca Cola commercial...and this one about Etrade jaja...

PS did yall see Kell on Earth tonight? Can someone hook me up with an internship there? I work best under pressure =) ...I am concerned with her assistant wearing dresses or bondage gear (in public jajaj)..As a viewer it makes me feel uncomfortable. To each his own. OH what about that guy that swallowed a Swarovski crystal?! jajaja.. Have you heard that saying from Ralph Wiggum in the Simpsons.. "Corn? When did I eat corn?" jaja..well how fun would it be to say "Swarovski? When did I eat Swarovski cyrstals?" jajaj

Saturday, February 6, 2010

..If you have to cry...go outside....

I don't think reality tv can get any better than Bravo's new show "Kell on Earth" !!!! I have been waiting months for this show to start... Kelly Cutrone is brilliant and hillarious! For those of you not familiar with her firm, Peoples Revolution is a marketing/branding/public relations firm... basically they produce kick ass fashion shows all over the world..and the show is about her and what her firm does. I wish I had what it takes to be as brutal and fierce in the work place as Kell! That bitch knows her shit... hats off to her. My favorite quote from the first episode thus far was "us power kids are hungry...we need to get fed!" jajaja AMEN sista' ! jajaj...

I think it is fascinating to see what happens backstage at a fashion show. The show has a great insight on all of the chaotic hot mess that is behind a show. The audience sees a tall, pretty girl strutting down the runway... usually with grace jaja...and they have no idea how terrifying it is behind the walls. I walked in a fashion show for PS Styling in December and although it was no Bryant Park in New York City... it gave me a feel for what it's like backstage. Terrifying! jaja people yelling, clothes everywhere, boobs hangin out jaja... but nothing is worse than those last few seconds before they tell you "go" on the runway... jaja If Kelly Cutrone was the one running that shit I would have peed my pants before I even made to the runway! jaja is a peak at her show... I hope you guys watch so we can bond over the show throughout the season...

If you have to cry... go outside! jaja

Friday, February 5, 2010

...Passengers with destination...

I was sitting on the couch with my french doors open in my uptown bubble... on a beautiful Friday afternoon... sipping on my venti sweet green tea from Starbucks when I suddenly got the urge to blog. OH, I just want to warn my readers that I like ellipses (...) dot dot dot.. and I like to laugh in spanish... therefore I will be using the jaja's instead of the LOLs or Hahas! With that said..lets get started!

OK seriously Lady Gaga?! I would be pissed if I had to sit behind that woman at any event IE the Grammys. Sooo I met Lady Gaga once at a fashion show for Miss Sixty here in Dallas and we chatted for a while.. she was super nice and outgoing and I think she is tremendously talented... I want her bad romance! However, we get're different! I'd like to see her in couture for a change! Now that would be interesting!
Moving on to the Dallas "scene"... I MUST tell you about this place... last weekend we ventured out to PARK on Henderson to have some cocktails for Anita's birthday. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.. it was pretty damn fabulous with good music, reasonably priced drinks and great ambiance. I was initially interested in this restaurant/bar/garden because of its heavy landscaping. Nerd alert: I am a landscape architect. I felt like if I was out and about in LA! We (and by we I mean my entourage jaja my posse.. my friends) will definitely be going back to get our groove on. It is attached to a bar called "Celine" with posh booths...totally birthday party friendly. Just sayin'

In closing..I'd love to leave you dancing with one of my favorite songs by one of my all time favorite singers... the surrogate mother of my childern jaja Shakira ...from her album SHE WOLF.. this is Mon Amour (click there jaja)

"passengers with destination to hell.. please proceed to your gate... we are ready to board now" =P