St Lucie & Martin County, what gives?

I started my website a few months ago as a hub, for people who think there’s never anything going on. I did my research and found there were 66 other sites with basically the same idea…yet people didn’t know events were happening in this area. I wanted to peer up with someone already in the biz, but some people HATE the idea of someone else being interested in the same thing, so that proved to be a wasted effort and I ventured out on my own. After a month I was asked by business owners with events at their location, to include Martin County.

I’m on my web site daily. Uploading events for people to enjoy. Working hard to gather information directly from the source or social engines, yet other site owners just copy.

P.S. we know they were copied from us because we’ve added fake events briefly to prove it and saw them on other sites soon after (as expected). Do your own damn work! hahaha!

Can you believe out of 66 sites, I have met four site owners but only 1(one) other site owner didn’t have a nasty attitude. Unfortunately for her, because she works hard, others are jealous and behave like politicians on a smear campaign, but it only makes them look disgusting foolish. As a result of my rant here, I may become a target too, but all I will say is I do believe in a higher power and I definitely believe in “what goes around, comes around”…so choose your battles with me, wisely! 😉

Back to my blog subject! Whether its something for teens, adults, kids or seniors…there is usually something going on for everyone. The problem is, no matter how many people access the site, and how many are interested and even RSVP on Facebook…the day of the event comes and no one shows up. So why are people still complaining?

To the residents:

Don’t complain that there’s nothing to do, when people like me have websites proving otherwise. Don’t complain when promoters, etc. make sure their events are made public. They spend money advertising on the web, radio, print ads and with huge banners all over the place, and you don’t attend.

Promoters, Businesses:

Don’t complain that no one showed up to your event when there are 16 other events taking place in our small area on the same day. It is sometimes better to suck it up and change the date of your event, to ensure you’re not competing with so many others. This city is not heavily populated. So be easy on the few people who actually leave their homes. Understand that they will choose the event most appealing to them. You can’t blame anyone for the thousands of dollars you wasted by still having to pay for a venue, entertainment, food, etc. when you would’ve wasted just a few hundred instead, by switching the date. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. There is really no need for people to be so competitive, because as you’ve realized now, communicating with your so-called competition and coordinating to make sure your event has an opportunity to be successful comes from sharing information. There actually is room for everyone to do well!

That’s all for now. But I’d definitely appreciate feedback on my post. What do you think St Lucie and Martin County needs to make it more fun? What events will you support? Keep the money here and support your local businesses, event coordinators and me, lol!

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My baby’s a Preschool Graduate

My baby’s a preschool graduate. I know this is silly, but I’m a bit sad.

I was a little teary eyed while taking photos of my son and his teachers during the graduation ceremony today. Not only because I realized my baby’s getting so big, but I will actually miss his teachers. Is this weird? Am I supposed to miss driving to his pre-k school every morning, and saying hi to people I’ve only known for little while. He went in at three years old barely speaking, now he speaks both english and spanish…and he can sign too! They’ve taught him so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my baby deeply and like him being home. I just read that children lose 2 months of what they’ve learned during the summer. I don’t want him to have what my friend refers to as “a dumb break”.

Right now he’s excited about time off, but it’s only been hours. I know Monday will come and he’ll be rushing into my bedroom with his toothbrush asking me to spread the toothpaste for him. I am so unprepared for Summer with a boy so grown up 🙂 Are there rules for how I should handle this? Is Summer camp a requirement? Does keeping him occupied 24/7 make me a good mother or is it ok for us to spend Summer days at the beach, storytime at the library and events every couple of days. I know this is a strange topic for a blog, but I remember my mom sending my sister and I to camp. I wish I could’ve stayed home, but I was a busy kid.

I don’t want my child to be in shock come Monday when he doesn’t have to get dressed for any reason, but I have a website to run. So although I have some freedom, I’m usually stuck at the computer for hours. I can get away with that with a 2 year old, since I pretty much have my little one on a schedule…but with my big boy, what am I to do? Ughhhh, someone help me!!!

Karaoke at the Jetty!!!

Jetty Lounge

I’ve always loved Karaoke. The idea of someone with no voice training, climbing on stage to sing in front of friends and strangers puts a smile on my face thinking about it. I just haven’t had the pleasure of seeing many people participate in person.

I’ve dreamt of the day when me and a couple of my good friends would visit a venue, and sing our hearts out. Cyndi Lauper’s, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” would be my choice. This remains a dream, because I don’t have the guts to do it, neither do any of my friends.

This Saturday my new bff and I had the pleasure of stopping by the Jetty Lounge. We stood out like two flies in milk, as a gentleman there simply pointed out, lol…but I didn’t care. I wanted to hear some singing and snap photos of the brave ones, to post on my website. I walked to the front to see if I could find the “Karaoke King” himself, Bryce. From Facebook posts I knew he loved Karaoke, and my friend and I wanted to see what the Karaoke craze was all about. I spotted him, waited until he finished getting the next performer ready and introduced myself. He was very nice……I heart nice people! I also met his better half. Such a great pair these two are!

The lounge was smokey, so I had to walk in and out a couple of times due to allergies, but that would be my only issue. The people we came in contact with were welcoming, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and open to singing. This felt more like an Open Mic Night showcase, than Karaoke because almost everyone had a really nice voice. The first group who sang B-52’s “Love Shack” sounded like the real thing. There was a tall beauty who sang a country song. Her voice was amazing and I was tempted to ask for her autograph, because she had star quality! The night was young, but we still had other venues to make quick stops at, but this was a great night so far. Can’t wait for my next visit to the Jetty!

College

I just got off the phone with one of my student loan lenders…If I had the courage to live without all the technological advances of this world, I would move to the woods and hide.

I’m not blaming the schools I went to, because it’s my own stupidity that led me to the situation I’m in. I just wish so badly, that I could turn back the hands of time and had been content with being a stay at home mom.

In the year 2000 I graduated from High School and went to college, studying Forensic Science. I realized my heart wasn’t in it so I did nothing with myself from 2004-2006 beside work a few secretary jobs which I loved. I knew after having my mom spend so much of her hard-earned money on my tuition, it was hurting her, so in 2006 I decided to go to school…again. This time I’d get  into the technology field and I’ll use student loans.

I majored in Computer Forensics, earning my CIS degree in 2009. Little did I know, I wouldn’t be able to find a job anywhere near my field. Heck, I can’t even find a job working Tech Support. <insert cry here> I wish I didn’t go!

Now I have mounting student loans I cannot afford to pay, and no income of my own. I started my own website and just realized it can become my career, but I didn’t need to go to school for this. Like many other computer geeks, I’ve learned everything I needed on the web. What was I thinking?

When I was on the job hunt, I applied everywhere I thought I was qualified. All I received we’re emails saying, “we’re sorry, but we decided to choose a more qualified candidate”, or “you may be overqualified for this position”. What? Can someone really be over qualified, just because they have a degree. A more qualified candidate for a cashier position? I was a cashier!!! I understand that you may think I would be a likely candidate to leave a job because a better offer came along, but what other qualifications do I have besides a college education? None! My only jobs were pharmacy photo developer, cashier and some clerical work.

I’m happy to have graduated, but the aftermath sucks! I encourage all people considering college to do homework. Don’t believe the hype, because although I was told by my school advisor that I am guaranteed a job within 6 months of graduation, I should’ve been smarter than to believe it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame the school, because I did move to a small town soon after. But, I thought computer geeks would be needed everywhere. The only guarantee is that you will have to pay back your loans. Network and try to find an internship early on. That may help when it comes time for you to leave school, and you’re loan deferment expires.

Now I ask you. What do you think of College? Was it for you? And if you went to College, how long did it take for you to find employment?

A Case of Uncontrollable B.O.? Or, something else?

Look at it, standing out and so far ahead of the rest. I know, it’s sexy! So sexy, that the candles and towels in the background are talking about it. It makes me feel good, it makes me smell powder fresh. I get excited looking at it…..

……but errrrrrr, I’d be damned if I’d go to jail for it!

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but two women on the Treasure Coast have targeted a Winn Dixie grocery store and CVS! They’re not after cash, or food, they want the deodorant! Stealing about $500 worth of it in one week!

Now, I’m not trying to make light of the situation. I know deodorant can be a little pricey at times, but damn, is it that serious? What can make deodorant worth risking time in jail or a hefty fine and probation? What are they doing with it, is it a new drug? I just had to make a blog about this, because I’m confident someone reading can tell me a reason why this could be happening.

Theft is bad, no matter how you try to justify it. But, I’m sure people might be understanding if a person in need stole took a loaf of bread, or maybe even one stick of deodorant. Although, in conversation I was told a person in need would be provided one at a shelter. Can there be a plausible explanation for this?

I’ll update this post once the women are caught…

June 4th, kinda 5th

OMG…

Ever since the world was supposed to end, or rapture or whatever was supposed to happen on May 21st, the venues in the area were kinda empty. Now, I know that this is a still a pretty small town with new life being brought into it but geez, just a week before there was nightlife til 2am. My friend and I went to Open Mic night and only a handful of people were there, no one took advantage of the open mic. We drove 20 minutes away and ended up being the only two patrons at a night club, and it was ladies night! Usually those are packed. Then I thought to myself, maybe people were still in shock and they’re just making sure it wasn’t postponed a few days? Lord forgive me for my choice of words and confusion. Because of this, I decided not to go out for a few days.

So June came, and things seemed to turn around. Slowly of course, but June 4th rocked! I went to a local spot. It’s a Saturday, which means latin night, this was my first time going on a Saturday so I didn’t know what to expect. But here’s my summary of the night…

Pulling up to the club around 11:45pm, there were no empty parking spaces in the front, two sides and I had to park by the GYM next door. That means more than 100 cars beat my car to a spot. Ooh, I was getting excited! I already adore this place because of its decor, it has a mixed crowd and mixed genre of music. I love options wrapped in one place. We go inside and see a nice amount of people. The place was full, but not sweaty, stink full. We still felt nice air blowing and no trampling over others to get by. In one room was latin music and in the other was everything else, lol. I didn’t get a chance to dance like normal folk, because I was too busy trying to capture photos to plaster on my SupportStLucieCounty.com website. The club was packed! Not everyone was brave enough to pose or camera ready, and I eventually grew tired of asking,  plus my feet hurt…so I was ready to go home. But my friend and I still had a very nice time!

How do you deal with rudeness?

Question to myself:

How do you deal with someone being rude?

Answer from myself:

Grudges are a waste, so I get over things quick. I won’t let anyone steal my joy.

I believe, some people are rude because that’s what they’re used to. People say NY-kers are rude, but I’m from NY and have lived there most of my life and I remember saying good morning and hello to people I came in contact with, holding doors or having the door held for me, etc. Same thing in FL. Ofcourse there’s always someone who wants everyone to know they’re having a bad day, but thankfully I haven’t experienced anything too crazy.

Now yesterday, I was out with a friend finally having a girls night. It was last minute, so we decided to visit a couple of area venues. The last one we went to (won’t mention names to protect the innocent, lol) had an almost celebrity there. The DJ mentioned the attendance of this ‘almost celebrity’ throughout the evening so I figured this guy must really want some attention. My friends and I laughed because when this person took the mic we had no idea what language he was speaking. It’s so annoying when people talk with their lips on a microphone…ughhh!

As I was leaving to go home, I saw this person standing outside his car with his lady friend and manager. I asked him if I can just get a quick picture of him and his response was, “I ain’t got time fo dat”. I looked at him with my regular slick self, and his manager turned to me and said, “yeah, we don’t have time for that”. Usually I’m quick on my feet, but I was in shock so I had a 2 second delay. I asked his manager if he’s sure that’s a good idea to say something like that. I mean, come on. Your claim to fame is almost making a band and walking across a bridge in Brooklyn to get cheesecake. They were probably wondering where I got my balls from. I turned towards my vehicle and said to them, “OK, I would’ve just wasted space on my memory card anyway”…remembering that it would’ve been my only photo for the night, who really cares to see it anyway, and I surely wasn’t going to waste time printing it.

Now, I will admit I was bitter last night. I was upset because I couldn’t believe he was rude. My issue is not that he didn’t want to take a picture, because I understand, not everyone wants a Kodak moment. But, did you have to dismiss me like that? A simple “no”, or “no thanks” would’ve been sufficient. I almost slapped myself for even asking, because when I told my friend and my sister what the ‘almost celebrity’ said, all they did was laugh and say, “he actually said that, who is he anyway?”. I wondered how standing by a car looking at the street lights could’ve been any more important than a two second picture. Oh well, that was last night. Back to being my happy self! Just thought Id share, lol!!!

Please tell me how you would’ve handled this situation.

😉

Oprah? One Life To Live? Huh?

Ok, this is going to me more of a rant than blog, but I’m sure other home mommies might agree.

HOW DARE THEY CANCEL ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!!

I’ve been a fan of Oprah and One Life To Live since I was an elementary school kid and couldn’t make my Grandmother change the channel. The first year of being babysat, I learned to tolerate it until Granny left the room. I learned to like these shows during my Jr High School days, and it became an addiction once I started high school. Ughhh!

Now…I have to be honest. I would still tape OLTL when I couldn’t watch the original airing. Oprah, as much as I love her, we grew apart for a little while. But when I heard of her leaving I had to schedule the series on DVR. There was no way I was going to miss this season. I can’t believe it, Harpo…say it ain’t so! At least it was her choice, so I don’t feel too bad!

However; the end has come, or ‘is-a-comin’ for One Life To Live. That show is the bomb!!!!! What am I going to do between 2pm and 3pm when I’m home. That happens to be the hour my 2 year old takes his nap 😉 What about the days when I actually have something to do during those hours? When I come home I have no reason to view recordings. I love Tess and think of her as the rich blonde version of me, I also like Bess and Wes (you won’t know them unless you watch the show). I’m hoping she keeps that personality permanently because Jess is just so freaking boring. I live vicariously through that imaginary-imaginary figure. I depend on seeing those gorgeous rich families and their never ending issues. I know it’s wrong, but it makes me giggle. It’s the one time I don’t mind being poor. Speaking of rich folks, the Buchanans are awesome. I will also miss Dorian and the trollop Blaire (boy does she get around). There’s no way ABC could end the series without someone catching something, and an STD disclaimer at the end of those show warning about the ramifications of sleeping around! No offense.

Anywho, if there’s a way to get ABC to change there mind, I’m all for suggestions. I’m not in the mood to give another show a chance. I want OLTL!

Love Ronda 🙂