July 31

My Monday: My Story

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What is my story? That is something that I heard over and over again this past weekend while I was attending the Thirty One Conference. The theme this year was all about your story because everyone has one to tell. People joke that they can edit their story, but you can’t erase anything. Now, you might be able to improve your story if you want, but the past is what it is.  You don’t define an entire book by a chapter you read in the middle. I thought about my story all weekend. I don’t think I have a very good, or a very interesting story to tell. However, I was encouraged to give it a try and tell what my story is all about. Here is my story that started me on my own Thirty One Journey.

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Back in 2013, my life changed forever, and not in a good way. My Dad passed away in June, and was I immediately fired from my job for not having enough time off to attend his funeral. After that, things went downhill very fast and I could do nothing but survive. I had some very bad people in my life who took advantage of the low points and I was not in a place where I could defend myself. I took care of my Mom, who is not only older and has memory issues, but is mentally ill as well. My life, wants, and needs did not matter.  I tried each day to take care of her, and all the things surrounding the death of a loved one who died without making any wishes known.  I had little support and each day and it was an amazing challenge to even get up for the day.

A few months later, my cousin, best friend, and hetero life partner, Amy was diagnosed with uterine cancer. They caught it when it was in the early stages, but I had a horrible feeling about it. I made arrangements to get help for my Mom so I could go back home and help take care of Amy. I lived several states away and I had been away from my home, dogs, and responsibilities for too long. Life never stops, even when your world does, which is one of the hardest things to deal with. My bad feeling about Amy’s cancer turned out to be correct because it spread and went to stage 3 in a matter of weeks. We were now faced with chemo and everything that comes with that. I had to divide my time between Mom and Amy and it was difficult. In the meantime, I couldn’t hold down a “real job,” outside of being a caregiver. I tried every odd thing that you could think of including selling off anything that I had. I didn’t really have anything to begin with, so that was pretty hard. I’d like to say that eventually the money came from all the hard work that I’ve put in, but that just isn’t true. However, I still had hope.

Amy’s case became worse and worse, and my Mom’s condition became worse as well.  Amy’s cancer came back two more times in less than a 3 year time period. She went through 2 major surgeries, 2 minor surgeries, over 200 days of chemo, over 100 days of radiation, over 100 days of physical therapy, and many mass complications. My Mom was very depressed, had an accident that almost killed her, and had lots of people willing to take advantage of her. Life was not good. In fact, every day was a nightmare. My dog died during this time as well, and I was truly an empty person just trying to live so I could help my loved ones make it another day.I was working up to 20 hours each day, but I couldn’t get any sort of help for the job I was doing. I was broke, exhausted, and hopeless. I also distracted myself by trying to help other people. I volunteer for a youth organization, and an organization that gives to Shriner’s Hospitals. My life has been always about giving back to other people. It helps me deal with my own depression and pain in my life. As empty as I am, I can still find something in me that will be able to give to someone else.

The reason this is important is to tell you how little money that I have, how desperate things are for me, and why I ended up trying out Thirty One. During this time, I was selling another Direct Sales product. Every year, I would put together a massive online store for people in Direct Sales to have one huge Vendor Party. I am all about helping out people like me that are trying to make a go of their own business. I have always loved Thirty One products, but I didn’t have money to buy extras let alone essentials. Amy had gotten an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) named Rose who is a chihuahua. I really wanted to get her a bag that she could travel around in while we were out and about. For those who know Rose, this is before she got a bit crazy and we could take her everywhere. One of the Vendors that I was working with was from Thirty One, and she was selling some of her old stock at a big discount. I decided to invest in one of the bags and have something for Rose to ride around in. Rose loved it, and I loved the bags!

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I really wanted to start selling Thirty One, but I just didn’t have the money for the kit. Over a year went by and I still didn’t do anything with Thirty One. I stumbled upon an ad on Facebook during February, that was doing the Thirty One starter kit for $31.00! I was very excited about it, but I didn’t have the money. I fought with myself until the very last minute to place an order for this kit. I made a list and kept trying to find more reasons to not try this out, than to go for it. Of course, my biggest issue is money so I didn’t know if I could justify spending the money for this kit. I then talked with my Mom, and Amy who both encouraged me to try it  out. They said I was doing something for myself for once, and it could lead to more opportunities.  Plus, it was one of the times that they both said I seemed generally excited about something. I took the plunge and signed up at 11:45 PM on the last day of the promotion. The girl that was from the Vendor party was no longer doing Thirty One, so I got assigned to a person who lives in my area.

I started soon after and never looked back. Of course, I struggle with sales, and booking parties. But I have never been so committed to making something work like this before. I have a great network of support who will always answer my questions, no matter how strange they might seem. I sold enough to make it into the 1/2 K group which is a sales group. I sold enough to earn lots of free product, and I have earned a bit of money.Plus, we have a Gives program where you round up your purchase and that money goes towards helping several organizations! That is so me!  It’s not steady, and I still have problems getting people who want to host a party, but it hasn’t stopped me. Before, I would have given up and shrugged it off. Now, I am finding ways to do new things. I am learning things every single day and I want to keep learning. I want to be a success. I want to have a career with Thirty One, and it is possible. This is the best way for me to still be a caregiver, and work for income on the side. I can be in the hospital and do a party online. I can be with my Mom, who I was able to move closer to me, and still hand out cards and show new product. I can watch YouTube videos on how to sell, while waiting in a doctor’s office. It is the best thing for me to be able to work around work.

So, my story may have started off as sad one, and the challenges have never stopped. However, I am stronger than my challenges. They do not define me. My struggles do not define me. It’s a few sentences in my story that is still being written. I can choose how hard that I will work for my goals. While it makes me nervous, it’s not enough to keep me from fighting and working hard to get my goals. I don’t believe in letting people know my goals, because a lot of negative can come from that. However, I am willing to say that I am working towards my goals, and I want Thirty One to be part of my future as well as my blogging. I think with hard work and dedication, my goals are within reach. My story is not finished, I am in the middle of a chapter that I would like to see rewritten. However, I am excited to see what will happen next.

 

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July 28

Fan Friday: Spiderman Homecoming

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I know that I am a bit late when it comes to Spiderman, but I just saw it recently. If you haven’t watched the movie, then be mindful of spoilers. When I found out that they were making yet another incarnation of Spiderman, I was not happy about it. In fact, I thought it was nuts. This would be the third reboot in less than 10 years, and they were back to concentrating on young Peter Parker. This is slightly annoying because Peter Parker’s life is full and goes beyond a kid in high school. However, you hardly ever see him older than a high school student. I didn’t ever watch the version with Andrew Garfield because it all seemed too much. I was going to watch Civil War no matter what or who was in that movie, so I was going to see this Spiderman if I wanted to or not!

I was very surprised to find that this Spiderman was pretty awesome! They made him a very likable kid, who lived and breathed New York. He not only held his own during the fight, but he was a total fan boy. It was a nice contrast to the very serious situation going on to see a very innocent comic relief coming from Spiderman. Spiderman, Homecoming followed the events of Civil War. It is very refreshing that we didn’t have to go all the way back to when Peter Parker got bite and became Spiderman. We don’t have to see Uncle Ben die, and he is already living with Aunt May who is in her later grieving stages.  At the point of this movie, he is already an established superhero who is working on bettering himself. However, he is still a kid and has to go to school. He has a “man at the desk,” Ned, who knows his secret and helps Peter with whatever he needs. Peter also has a crush on a girl named Liz, and has a strange friend named Zendaya, better known as M.J.

The movie starts with Peter having trouble adjusting from the life of a superhero back to a normal high school student. Tony Stark has become a father figure to Peter, and even hired Happy to watch after him. Happy is the go between Peter and Tony because Peter wants to be out there making a difference. Tony wants him to get his education, keep safe, and not get into any trouble. This is very hard to do when there is a large Vulture robbing and hurting innocent people. Peter takes it upon himself to take down all the bad guys even though he is way out of his own league. His has a lot to learn, but like every good superhero story, the kid is stubborn and wants to do things the hard way. He has to realize that he needs to be more than a boy in a suit, and start being a full functioning young man.

This movie is very funny and we get to see some cameos from our favorite Marvel friends throughout the entire movie. It is very interesting to see how Tony Stark is taking such an interest in Peter. As an audience, we all really need to see this. Tony is suffering from major PTSD, and we all want to see him have something good to concentrate on. This kid seems to be the perfect solution, although Tony still struggles with his ego. Peter, in the course of the film, helps foil a robbery, stops a major weapons deal, beats up some pretty big bad guys, and tries to take Liz to homecoming, but ends up running away for a very good reason. We also get to see Micheal Keaton as the Vulture, and he does an amazing job! He gives a real spin chilling performance, and reminds us all why he is still a bad ass!  I love how the movie goes back and forth from high school drama, to real danger. We can see why Peter is suffering, because he wants to be this person, but can’t seem to find a balance. It is a perfect storm of hormones and superhero building!

I don’t really want to spoil the whole movie for everyone, but I really did enjoy movie. I think if you are a fan of Spiderman or Marvel, you should check out this movie! It is a lot of of fun and I really enjoyed it. It is a very fun loving Spiderman with lots of great nuggets of wisdom and peppered with special guests. I am really looking forward to see what happens in Infinity War and the next Spiderman movie! I can say that I was wrong about this reboot of Spiderman. Tom Holland is a wonderful actor and he really is believable as both Peter Parker and Spiderman. I am very exciting to see what is going to happen next. I hope that we can stay with this version for a long time.

 

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July 27

Theory Thursday: The Madeleine McCann Case Part 2

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Welcome to part 2 of The Madeleine McCann case. If you haven’t seen the first post, please read the one from Way out Wednesday which you can find here. Way out Wednesday: Madeleine McCann Case Part 1 Of course, I want to take another moment to say how this is a real case, and there is a real family suffering with the loss of their child. There are many more children who are missing that will never get this level of attention but still need their stories told. Maybe by paying a bit of attention to this one, people will dig into other unsolved cases that have been ignored. I am again going to link That National Center for Missing and Exploited because all of these children need to be heard! http://www.missingkids.com/home

 

We left off last time with a whole lot of confusion. There is more speculation than facts in this case, and there are countless theories as to what really happened to Madeleine McCann. We discussed how the police were called but the investigation was botched. The parents, Kate and Gerry, did a variety of strange things including washing items in the room, and refusing to answer any questions for the police. They gave a picture that was over a year old for her missing posters, even though they had more recent photos. The photos were altered to show a birth defect that Madeleine didn’t actually have, which was in her right eye. The parents left their children unattended and drugged, while they went on their routine dinner that they attended every night with a group of adult friends.The following is some theories of what happened with this case.

What if Maddie never made it past the first day of her vacation? Madeleine was only photographed 5 times during the whole holiday, while there were many other photos of the parents and the twins. The parents claimed that the photos they had of Madeleine were taken throughout the week. However, that was proved to be a lie because of a video the family took on the way to the airport to leave for their vacation. All of the photos, saved for one, were taken on the first day of the vacation. Every single person in the photo was wearing the same outfits as that video taken on the way to the airport. It is not logical that everyone would wear the same clothing day in and day out on a vacation. Why then, would her parents pass these photos off as spaced out?

The other photo with Maddie and the tennis balls has been digitally altered. This is her head, but it is not her body. When asked who took this photo both Kate and a family friend said that they were the ones who snapped the moment. In her book, Kate made a very big deal about running back to the house to get her camera and take a photo of Maddie because she looked so cute. The friend, who as also there, said she was the person who took the photo and Kate never left to get the camera. They can’t even agree on a photo! The only third person party outside of McCann family , their friends, and their staff who actually saw Maddie alive was the first day of the vacation. Since then, the only people to say she was alive and well were each other. Could this all be explained in a logical way? Yes, but it leaves a bit of a chill down the spin considering the only witnesses were each other, and the adults had their integrity called into question by their actions and lies.

That changes everything if Maddie was not witnessed again after the first day of the holiday. The timeline of her disappearing is wrong. What does this mean for this case? It means if this is true, then nothing can be trusted, and there is a criminal cover up that involves her very own parents. Of course the questions of why come up. While they will never be answered, there is logically speculation as to what happened. First, there could have been  an accident involving Maddie that cost her life. The family and friends covered it up due to panic. Or, it wasn’t an accident, but her death was caused by abuse or extreme neglect, and it was covered up. What if  Maddie was given to someone they know? It is such a horrible thought to even write down, but people have sold or used their children. What if Maddie was one of those children? What if she was taken for for blackmail, or for some sort of threat. Both of the McCann’s were doctors which means they had money. What if someone had targeted them, and there was a circumstance of blackmail that took Maddie away? Sobering thoughts, and still no truth.

As time went on, the McCann’s set up a fund to help find their daughter. While that is normal there has never been a case of a missing child that has gotten more money. Many celebrities donated money to this cause. Again, this is not unusual, but how the money was spent was strange. First, the McCann’s hired a private detective. That’s understandable, but they fired him. The PI said that reason he was fired was sensitive, but he had uncovered more lies from the family than truth. The  McCann’s also paid off a million pound mortgage with the funds from their missing child. While they spent a lot of their own money trying to find their child, they took donations and used them for their own means. The money will be running out in the next 11 weeks, so who knows what will happen at that point. It doesn’t matter because the amount of money and attention that has been spent has assured that you will remember this child’s name.

Someone, in the course of my research, someoneImage result for madeleine mccann said that Maddie became the brand of missing children overnight. That was all due to her parents. The questions is, how could her own parents be guilty or have knowledge of what happened to their daughter if they were willing to use all their resources to find their child? The simple is misdirect. What better way of covering up a crime than  by overkill. The attention of this case was overkill, and people questioned why this one child was getting so much coverage? Yes, her story was important, but why would it all over the media? The McCann’s have friends in high places. Part of the money that was for the case went to pay for a media spokesperson who gave almost every interview asked. The family used their pull to get on media outlets such as the Oprah show. It was excessive, like please look for our child and ignore all of the facts that does not add up! I can see if my child was missing, that I would do everything in my power to make sure the world was looking for her. However, I would also be transparent, and cooperate with the authorities. For example, I wouldn’t have refused to answer questions, or tampered with a crime scene, or even left my other two children when I realized that one of the 3 were missing. I would also made sure that the most recent photo of my child was used for a poster, and not a picture that was taken over a year earlier. I can’t blame them for using what they could for the attention, but why were so many willing to give them air time when this child is one of many who are missing? Are they not just as important as Maddie?

There are so many strange theories about this case that go way beyond her parent’s cover up. People have said this case involved people from the Clinton camp, from the Catholic Church, and the British government. People have said that Maddie was adopted or even a clone. People say they were at this well known spot vacation spot due to the fact that this area is famous for child abductions and sex trafficking. They choice to stay there was on purpose. The strange list of theories go on and on! The media circus around this ordeal was insane. It is so strange that a case with this amount of money and attention still has no real answers, nor real leads. All  we know for sure is the child is gone, and with her, the truth of the night.

I want to take a moment to address the parents. While it may seem clear that I think they had something to do with her disappearance, nothing is known for sure. They have been cleared as suspects, but that doesn’t mean they are innocent. At the very least, I believe that her parents, and all the adults who were on holiday, were all guilty of neglect. There is no excuse to leave your children alone while you go out and eat. There is too much that can happen to a child, let alone 3 under the age of 4, all alone in an apartment. They were stupid to leave their children alone and defenseless. They were stupid to  sit at the same table, at the same time, every single night. It was stupid to leave the door unlocked. This was like an open invitation to have something terrible happen. Anyone who was observing them could know when they would be eating, and when they would be up and making their checks. The parents drugged their children, damaged the crime scene by washing the curtains and other items. They gave the press an old photo of Maddie even though they had newer photos, and the refused to cooperate with the police. If the parents are not guilty of something illegal to do with this case, then they are guilty of extreme neglect.

There are so many theories and thoughts about the case, that I could write an entire book on just one theory as to what happened to poor Maddie! Many have written books and made movies about this case. The strange thing is that many of these people are doing this for free. Meaning they have put in the money for their books and documentaries, but they aren’t making any money. They are letting all the items they have produced be used for free for the use of the public. They do ask for donations to help support their efforts, but for the most part, even that money is going to helping missing children. There are people that are so passionate about finding the truth about this case, that they will stake their professional reputations. What this tells me is that there is strong belief from enough people that think something is very wrong with this whole case, and the truth has been covered up time and time again. At the end of the day, 10 years has gone by. Legally, she can be declared dead at this point. Since she seemed to vanish without any sort of trace, I feel that her being found alive today is not going to happen, although still hoped it will be the outcome.

Could Maddie have wondered off and gotten hurt or had a an accident that caused her death? Yes,but since the children were left alone, no one will know if that is the case. The search dogs and search parties never picked up any sign of this, but anything is possible. Could she have been kidnapped, sold, snatched, ran away? We just don’t know. It is very scary to know that a child could vanish into thin air without any trace. It happens, but it never should. There were three children for the taking that night in that one apartment alone. Why was only Maddie gone? Why was she chosen, if she was taken when there were many options? How has so much time, money, and efforts be put into this case with no results? It’s like she vanished into the cold night air, and it is so scary to know that there no end to this nightmare for those who knew and loved Maddie. We all hope for answers that will never come. In the meantime, always be an advocate for those who can’t speak. Take care of your loved ones and never fall into a false sense of safety. Take your own measures about your child such as keeping their photos off social media as well as not posting where you are, or what your travel plans might be.  Always be wary of your surroundings and keep a watchful eye out always. Safety is an illusion but we can all take measures to protect and prepare for the worst case. Keep all the lost and missing in your thoughts because we all want them to come back home.

 

 

 

 

 

*All photos used were made public domain by the McCann family.

July 26

Way out Wednesday: The Madeleine McCann Case Part 1

Hello Underdogs,

The 10th anniversary of the Madeleine McCann case has just recently happened, and there has been no new news on what actually happened to this poor child. I honestly did not follow this case at all. I did know the general story, but not any real details.  I have some issues with big cases like this because there are thousands of missing children who disappear each year. They don’t get any attention, and these big cases seem more like a circus than people trying to find these children. It is heartbreaking to know that while this one family is being paraded in public, there are many more suffering in silence, while trying to get the same attention to find their children. Sadly, these families don’t have the funds, the pull, or the headline grabbing stories as those who get thrust into the spotlight. All cases of missing children are important and deserve attention. Please take a look at this website to be educated, and see the faces of the missing: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

In the last few months, I have become interested in the case because of the fact that so much went wrong, so much money has been spent, and there are no real leads! I want to say that I am very sorry for all of the innocent people involved in this case that have to live with this horror day in and day out. Madeleine’s twin siblings were babies, and they never got to know their big sister. I know she is deeply missed by her loved ones. While I don’t think she will ever come home, I do think that she, like all of the other missing and exploited children, deserve justice, and their story told.   It can happen to anyone, so maybe people can at least learn from what was done wrong, and take precautions for their own loved ones.

For those of you who haven’t followed this story, here is a brief recap. Back in 2007, the McCann family, with several other friends, went on holiday in Portugal. They stayed in a place that can be compared here in the United States to a vacation resort. Each and every night, the kids were put to bed, and all of the adults would go to eat at a reserved table at a restaurant. Every half hour, one of the adults would go and check on the children.  During one of the routine checks, Kate McCann went to check on her children and found her that her daughter, Madeleine was gone, and her twins were still there. Everything after this moment is strange. Instead of taking her children and fleeing out of fear, or calling out and trying to find her child, Doctor Kate McCann leaves and goes back to the other adults. She tells them, “They’ve taken her.” The police were contacted, but things went downhill very fast.

First, the police didn’t do the normal things that would happen in a missing children’s case. They didn’t go door to door, or set up any road blocks. This is normal in missing children’s cases there, so the fact that it didn’t happen was strange. Boarder police were not advised that there was a missing child either, which could have meant that Madeleine slipped through their fingers. There were search dogs brought in, but by 8 AM, the search was called off for some reason. People at the resort, including people who worked there, were not interviewed. The room that the children were in, and where Madeleine went missing from, was never closed off so many people were coming and going and messing up a crime scene. Kate, for some reason, took down the curtains, and took Madeleine’s favorite toy and washed them! Both of her parents, Doctor Kate, and Doctor Gerry McCann, refused to answer police questions. Even things that were logical to ask such as, did you check the other rooms, did you look in around to see if she had been hiding, did anyone hear her crying, is anything missing besides your child?

Here are the other facts of this case that are known. First, the kids were on the second floor apartment which had an blocked view from where the parents were. Meaning they could not just look up and see if anyone had walked into their apartment or not. The patio door was left unlocked which was admitted by both parents. The reason behind this was to not to wake children on their checks. The children were all given sleeping pills so they wouldn’t wake up during the checks. Kate admitted that her daughter asked her the night before why her parents didn’t come when she was crying. Pills were given to the children to keep them asleep. The last 3 checks of the children happened like this: Dad went to check at 9PM, a family friend who changed his story 3 times, checked at 9:30 and never saw Madeleine. Kate check on the kids at 10PM, and she found the twins, but not her daughter. She also felt a draft from an open window that they claim they never opened. She says she didn’t check around the house to see if she was hiding, instead, she left her children. The police arrived 15 minutes after being called, and all photos of the crime scene show that the bed that Madeline slept in look undisturbed . This case became full of missteps and confusion from then up until today. No other case has been fueled with more money than this one.

The parents rented a car after Madeleine went missing, but somehow they found traces of her blood in the trunk of the car. The photos of Madeleine had been digitally altered. Her lips, teeth, and eyes had all been changed more than once. They didn’t use recent photos for her poster, and what was released to the media. The only photo that was not altered was a picture that was digitally dated 3 days after she disappeared. All of a sudden, Madeleine’s  had an eye affliction that she never had before. In fact, if it were real, it would be a very rare marker that would make this child stand out. Her right eye’s iris seemed to have “leaked” into the rest of her eye. This is very rare, but this is something that she would have been born with, something that would have showed up in all of her photos, and all live videos of her. There is only 1 photo of Madeleine that has this defect in her eye, and something her parents didn’t even think about making public until 6 to 9 weeks after she went missing. Doctors agree that this birth defect is not something that will ever go away, even with surgery to help correct eye sight. She would have been born with it, and it would have always been with her. It would have showed up in every single picture. There is no other example of the defect save for one.

So what happened to this poor child and why all the strange events in the aftermath? No one knows for sure but there is plenty of speculation as to what happened to Madeline and none of it is good. First, is the most obvious. She could have been kidnapped. Her parents, and all the adults who were on vacation were playing a very dangerous game. They had a routine, and it was well known. They went to dinner each night at the same time. A reserved sign was on the table for them, so they never sat in another spot. They were seen making their nightly checks. If someone was truly watching them and wanted to take a child, they had a lot of chances to watch, learn the adult’s movements, and steal a child without anyone noticing. It was very stupid for the adults to not take into account that them doing the same thing over and over didn’t gain some attention. This was a huge error in judgment, and if someone took this child, they gave them all the knowledge that they needed because they knew those children would be left alone! It’s almost like posting your vacation plans on Facebook, and then getting robbed because the information that was given away freely.

If this is the case, then why this child? There were many children left unattended so why would they take Madeleine? It is a very sobering thought, but there were two babies in the same room as Maddie, who was 3 years old at the time. Her twin brother and sister were babies. What kind of logical would go into taking a sleeping 3 year old and not a baby. A baby, especially a white baby, is worth a lot of money. There were two for the taking so why take a toddler? I guess that you can point out there isn’t any logic when it comes to a tragedy such as this, however, there is method to this madness. Children are bought and sold every day and if they can be taken, they will be sold. There was a lot of chances for any of the children to be taken, but why did they take Maddie and not her siblings, or even one of the many other children left unattended? This would not just be a random grab and go no matter how much someone wants to spin it that way. There had to be planning because people just don’t get that lucky to break into a house and have 3 sleeping, unattended children without anyone to stop them.

One of the parent’s friends named Jane Tanner said that she saw a man carrying a child in pink PJ’s walking down the road. She said the child seemed like she was sleeping, and she didn’t pay any attention to this. However, the police did not believe that this was a lead, or even real. The PJ’s that she described were identical to what her own daughter was wearing to bed that night. The description of the man was very general. The police also say that there is no way that Jane Tanner could have seen the man and the child from where she was standing. The child being carried away can’t really be part of the evidence given that even the police didn’t think that Jane was telling the truth. There was a child being carried away by a man but Jane Tanner did not witness this, nor did describe the situation. It was reported by another staff member, but after investigation, it was found that it was a father carrying his sleeping daughter from the car, into their room. One had nothing to do with the other. People wonder if this was something Jane overheard someone else seeing and decided to report the event as if she say it. Nothing is adding up. None of it is helping Madeleine.

It is very possible that she was kidnapped, but if she was, it wasn’t a lucky break. Someone had to be watching what was going on. There are many other theories that I will touch upon in part 2 on Thursday. People are obsessed with this case and there are thousands of hours of speculation and investigations. There are many moving parts to this whole ordeal. Again, no leads on to what happened to this child, so all we have is theories. It is easy to get mixed up in the drama and forget that there is a real child that is gone.  It is heartbreaking that the likely hood of her being alive today is very low. There are too many families that go through this, and no one should ever have to know what it is like to have their child go missing, and never be seen again. What is strange about this case is it seems like everyone is covering up something. There is little to no truth being told, and a child is still gone. Even though there is nothing but speculation, many of the people making these videos and researching are doing so for free, and asking people to use their findings for free. People want to find the truth, even if it ends up costing them. I will touch on more theories on Thursday, the truth is out there. Maybe, just maybe if people put as much attention on this case as they do to other missing children, then maybe more will be found, or at least have their very important story told.

July 25

Try it Tuesday: Face Mask

Hello Underdogs,

It’s try it Tuesday! I am excited to try a brand new face mask which I found at Walgreen’s for $2.49 before taxes. The mask is from Garnier called Skin Active Moister Bomb. This is a mask that you place on your face and leave on for 15 minutes. It was quite an experience. This came in a big pink, foil package that was bigger than my hand. When I opened the package, which was very easy, I was met was a light floral smell. I am a bit uneasy about putting anything perfumed on my skin, but it didn’t smell overwhelming. I am assuming it was natural so I went ahead and tried it. The second big thing I noticed is how sticky this mask is. They aren’t kidding in the least when they call it a Moister Bomb! It is actually very moist and considering what the product is for, that makes a lot of sense, but wow! It was pretty excessive.The following is a photo journal of what went on, and my thoughts on this Garnier product.

 

  1. This is the back of the product. It is a 4 step process to place the mask on your face. I had to look at this a few times because it said to make sure that you put the blue part facing up. That was understandable. Then it asks you to peel away the blue part. Let me tell you, that was almost impossible! You are supposed to smooth over your face, then peel the blue part off. That was so much easier said than done. I tried 3 times to peel it off my face before giving up and then taking it off of my face take off the blue part, and placed the white back on my face. I was then able to smooth it out. I instantly wondered if I should have taken out my nose ring.

2. This is the blue part of the mask. I literally have no clue what the purpose of this part. I understand it was so sort of barrier or protection, but it wasn’t like this was the part that was going on my pretty face. The blue part is peeled from the outside. Personally, I am annoyed with the waste of this blue part, and wonder if it is something that I can use later if I put it in a zip lock bag.  I also felt as though I was in Silence of the Lambs or something like that. I put the blue part aside and tried to think of what to do with it so it wouldn’t go to waste, while I attempted to smooth the mask on my face so I could still breath.

 

 

3. After several attempts, here is the mask on my face! It feels as strange as it looks. Again, I have visions of Silence of the Lambs running through my head. I found that it didn’t matter if I kept my nose ring on or not, so if you have a nose ring, you don’t really need to worry about it with this kind of mask off because it does not harden. If you feel better, by all means, take it off, but you don’t have to to get the full effect. I smoothed it out, washed my hands, and set my alarm clock for 15 minutes as the package instructs. I went and watched TV while I waited to see what would happen. The first thing I noticed was the itching around my eyebrows, and the middle of my forehead. I do have very sensitive skin and it sometimes does not take a lot to have any sort of reaction.

I also noticed that this face mask was very cool. Meaning that it was cooling, which is very nice. That never stopped, so the entire time that I had the mask on, my face was cool. I am a huge fan of  a mask that cools the skin! My face also felt tighter in my cheeks, and my forehead. The itching also didn’t stop, but it wasn’t so bad that I had to take the mask off. I decided to keep it on and see what would happen next.

 

4. After my alarm went off, I quickly went to take this off. Normally, I am not so strict about the amount of time that I leave a mask on. If it goes for a few more minutes, it’s not that big of a deal. However, since I had itching and it didn’t stop, I wanted to go ahead and take it off at the recommended time. The directions say to peel off the mask, and then rub in the excess mask stuff into the skin. Then, you do not rinse your face. I took off the mask with ease, but there was lots of excess left on my face. I ended up massaging it into my face, neck, and top of the check because there was so much. I mean the whole neck too, both front and back. I look shiny for a reason, and to tell the truth, I kind of felt gross. There was a lot of goo on my face and it was just too much!

5. After several minutes, I got over my gross feeling and I really concentrated on what I felt went right, and what I thought that could use some improvement. The back of the package gave a list of things that say what women feel after one use, and then after one week after use. The first thing that the package suggest that the user will notice is skin looks fresher. Well, I think anytime you wash your face, it looks fresher than it did before you started. That isn’t a real big surprise that your face would look a bit fresher. I can say that I think mine did, but again, it’s not a leap. The second point is skin seemed softer and more comfortable. It did feel more comfortable after getting the mask off because it was itching! It was hard to say right away if it felt softer because my skin was goo filled for a long time. It took awhile to absorb. The final thing it says that you will notice right away is that your skin will seem soothed. That I can agree on! The cooling effect was very soothing, and I really enjoyed that part!

 

 

6. About an hour later, I revisited my face and took another photo. I noticed the following things. First, my skin still felt cool. It also still felt kind of sticky and when I brushed my hand across my cheek. I did see that there was a reduction of blackheads on my nose, but the itching on the eyebrows hadn’t gone away. I guess this may have had an ingredient that disagreed with me. I also had a few red bumps appear around my chin and my cheek. I know this can happen and normally those bumps will go away after the skin calms down after a day or so. I can say that there was not any spot on my face that felt dry, or that was rough. My skin has dry patches, and I didn’t see any after using this mask.

My final thoughts on this face mask:

I thought it was worth the price of $2.49, but I wouldn’t pay much more for it. The smell was nice, but not overwhelming. The application was not easy and I thought the blue section was just a waste. That actually was very annoying. The goo went everywhere and it made me feel gross at times. Like I really wanted to wash my face even though the instructions advise you not to. I can’t say much about the itching because I already know I have skin conditions that could give me issues. I think the average person would not have a problem using this mask. If you do have a skin condition, however, I would advise you to use with caution. Maybe try a test patch to see how you will react. I love the cooling part of the mask! I would buy it again just for that! The cooling last for at least an hour after use, which is pretty nice. I think this mask could come in handy if I was running a fever. I could see the cooling part being very soothing if I wasn’t feeling well. I did see a s some difference with my skin in the blackheads being reduced and the dry patches gone. My face does feel soft and cool to the touch. I do have a few bumps, but it isn’t a huge concern because it isn’t abnormal to have a few bumps after using a mask.

I give this product a 4 out of 5 stars. I didn’t give it a 5 because peeling off the blue part was awful! It took forever, and it was not easy! I had to take it off of my face, peel it, then put it back on my face which was annoying! However, the price point was fine, and I love, love, love the cooling effect!  I would recommend trying this mask out at least once.

 

Have you ever tried a face mask before? What is your favorite kind, and one that I should try?

 

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July 24

My Monday: Top 5 Exciting Moments from Comic Con

Comic Con went on this weekend, and there was so much that happened! If you are a nerd, this is one of the biggest highlights of the year!  Although I couldn’t be there, I have been watching on YouTube! Someday, I will go to Comic Con, but in the meantime, I have to get my fix via the web. There are so many interesting things that have been going on and it is a great weekend to be a nerd! Comic Con is a very big time to celebrate the nerdy things in life, and get to see many trailers for upcoming movies and events. Here are my top 5 favorite things that we have been able to learn so far!

  1. Doctor Who:

Doctor Who had a very powerful and emotional panel. It shows why Peter Capaldi is the Doctor, and how they have never made a wrong casting choice when it comes to that role. Peter Capaldi got a standing ovation, and just like the classy person that he is, he turned it around and praised the entire cast and crew. The other best part of the panel was Steven Moffat setting the record straight about the casting of Jodie Whittaker. The response for her casting has been overwhelmingly positive, and the reporters are only focusing on internet trolls. We also got a very exciting trailer for Christmas that has both the 1st and 12th Doctor, along with Bill! This is like a mini 50th anniversary to send off both Peter and Steven, and introduce Jodie. It’s bitter sweet because we are losing one of the best Doctors to ever grace our screens, but we will carry on to the next. Comic Con also has many Doctor Who cast members there for other projects such as David Tennat, Karen Gillian, and John Borrowman. Take a look at the trailer and get excited for Christmas! Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017

2. Thor Ragnarock:

We also got to see a brand new trailer for the new Thor movie that comes out in November. This is something I am really looking forward to. I am a huge fan of the stand alone Thor movies, and I love to see what they are doing. It looks very exciting! We get to see more of Thor and the Hulk, as well as more Loki. You can never go wrong with Loki! This movie will take place right before the events of Infinity War. There is a rumor that Doctor Strange will make a cameo as he did in the comics. I love how this whole movie looks like an 80’s video game on steroids. I can’t wait to see this movie! Here is the 2nd trailer! Thor Ragnarok 2nd Trailer

3. Justice League and DC Comics:

Nothing like a little bit of Superhero mega team to get you hyped. Following off the footsteps of the best DC movie ever made, Wonder Woman, Justice League looks like it is going to be bad ass! I mean, when Aqua Man looks like he can kick Batman’s butt, you know it’s going to be a great movie! One of the biggest things that we have learned during their Comic Con panel is that Ben Afflack is not going to step down as Batman even though that has been reported that he will. Time will tell, but in the meantime, we will enjoy what we get to see. They have pushed back the move, The Batman, and are going forward with a few other movies instead. No official word as of now if we are going to get a Harley Quin Movie. Aqua man’s stand alone film will not be out until 2018, but this looks like it could be the most interesting take of this character to date. Here is the extended sneak peak of the Justice League: Justice League: Comic Con Trailer

4. The Defenders:

Comic Con gave us a second, longer trailer for The Defenders, which will be on Netflix. We get to see a lot more of the team of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil forming a team and fighting. We also see Electra has been brought back to life, and is being trained to fight against The Defenders. The reason I am very excited for this show, is because it is a gritter version of The Avengers. Plus, I am one of the few people who was a fan of the Iron Fist show on Netflix, and am excited that they announced a second season. We see that many of the characters from each of these shows, will also being making a cameo in the series, which is nice to see there them living and interacting in the same universe. There will also be a second season of Jessica Jones, but it is unknown if Luke Cage will be back for a second season. Daredevil is wildly popular, and I am sure a new season will be announced soon. Take a look at the trailer from Comic Con: The Defenders

5. Round Ups:

Here are a few round ups of several other things that happened during Comic Con that I am very excited about.  I couldn’t pick just one, so here is a recap. Wonder Woman will have a sequel. This isn’t  a surprise, but it is nice to get real confirmation that a second movie is coming. Supernatural starts it’s 13th season this year, and it looks like we haven’t seen the last of Cas or Crowly. There will also have a spin-off. River Dale released a blooper reel which I haven’t seen yet, and some teasers about season 2. Black Panther released an extend trailer.Game of Thrones had an extended trailer that had a few more unseen footage added on to things we have seen already. The new X-Men show called The Fifted had a second trailer released. That will be on FX The Inhumans also released a trailer, which will be on ABC. There was also some poster art released for Antman and The Wasp.

I was heartbroken to find out that Nerd HQ was not able to make it to Comic Con this year.  If you aren’t sure what Nerd HQ is, it is a company ran by Zack Levi and a whole bunch of amazing and nerdy, crew. Every year they have the fan based panels after Comic Con. It’s like the very fun after party with a huge mixture of panels that you wouldn’t see anywhere else. They have mystery guests, mystery panels, and they are the only place that does, The Bad Ass Women panels that feature women from Film, TV, Writing, and other jobs in Entertainment.  All the proceeds from the tickets sales and SWAG goes to Operation Smile! I remain hopeful for the next year because it just isn’t the same without Nerd HQ!

 

 

Here is one honorable mention that I didn’t put in the Top 5 list for a very good reason. Since they didn’t release anything official, there was a trailer for Infinity War. There were some people who filmed it on their phone, and posted on their page. Now, I don’t condone this sort of thing, but I get why people do this. Plus, I as a fan really wanted to see this stuff!! Since it was not an official release, I didn’t include it on the countdown. However, if you are curious, it is out there. I just won’t lead you on how to get there to see it. This would be in the number one slot if it was a public released trailer.

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July 23

Supernatural Sunday: My Top 3 Scary Movies

Hello Underdogs,

I hope that you are having a wonderful Sunday! Do you like scary movies, because I do! However, there are some that are so spooky, that I can only watch them if the light is on. Also, someone has to be in the room with me. And, I need my dogs to be beside me. Plus, I need a flashlight just in case. People enjoy scary movies for a variety of reasons, but most of it is a rush that you get after the fear. Sometimes, people laugh, and sometimes, people hide! The following movies are ones that I have only seen once, or maybe twice. These are the ones that are not my favorites, but they are worth mentioning and giving high remarks to since they are so scary to me. I recommend watching them at least one time with a friend, and in the day time.

 

  1. The Strangers:

The Strangers is a movie that came out in 2008, which I have seen exactly one time. It was in a movie theater and I did actually go out in buy it while there was a sale at Blockbuster. Yes, I am dating myself a bit, but the truth is that I never opened the package and watched the movie again beside the first time in the theater. A young couple goes to spend a romantic weekend at a cabin. It’s not super secluded, but it isn’t near lots of population either. The boyfriend, James, asks his girlfriend, Kristen(Liv Tyler) to marry him. Her answer is no, and it is very upsetting to both of them. James ends up leaving to take a breather while Kristen tries to calm down at the cabin. She takes a bath, and thinks about her life. At some point, a woman knocks on the door and asks if someone is home. The person they are asking for is not there, but this leads to a nightmare fueled spree.

Three people in masks break into the house, in a very silent way. In fact, Kristen was in the kitchen smoking, while one of them comes right up behind her, steals her phone, and throws it into the fire. She never notices that they are there! What follows is a night filled with fear, violence, and torture for both James, Kristen, and their friend Mike who was unlucky enough to come to pick up James after the couple had their fight. When they asked the people who broke in, why were they doing this to them, they answered, “because you were home.” This movie is based off several aspects of true stories, which makes it even worse. First, was a series of robbers who knocked on doors and asked if someone was home. If they were, they would ask for a random person. That way, they knew if someone was in the house or not. If no one answered, they would rob the house. The second part was based on the Mason killings from the very early days.

2. The Grudge:

This is another movie that I have only seen one time. This movie is a remake of a Japanese movie that is even scarier, called Ju-On. This movie came out in 2004 and stars Sarah Michelle Geller. The Grudge can be considered a curse for someone who has died in a very violent manner. This rage, or sorrow steaming from this violent death personifies into a paranormal being, and passed from person to person, to destroy anything that they believe wronged them. An American nurse named Karen , takes a home health aid assignment in Tokyo. The older woman is unable to speak and the house seems very strange and mournful. As time goes by, Karen notices lots of strange things such as scratching noises, and things out of the corner of her eye. Eventually, she is faced with the family in the house that was murdered, including a child and a cat. There is this horrible creepy noise that indicates that the cursed being is near. The curse starts to claim more and more victims, and Karen isn’t lucky enough to escape it without a dire outcome. It is actually a very heartbreaking story when you realize that a child, his mother, and their cat was murdered by their husband and father. There doesn’t seem to be any way to appease this grudge because it spawn two sequels.

3. 1408

This is the movie that I have seen the most out of this list, but it still is very hard to watch. This is a movie based off a Steven King short story. Actually, 1408, didn’t even start off as a short story, but was an example of a writing assignment that Steven King was using for a book about how to write. This became a short story, and eventually became a movie that came out in 2007. I highly recommend reading the short story if you get a chance, because it gives such another deep level to this story. Mike is a writer who travels from town to town writing stories about the paranormal. While, he doesn’t actually believe in any of this, he does make his living pretending to be a believer. He gets a note to book a room, The Dolphin, in New York, and ask for room 1408. He is met with refusal to book that particular room, so much so that he had to get a lawyer involved to get the room. The staff tried to bribe his way into another room and pretend that he actually spent time in 1408, but Mike refused.

Mike spends his time in this room, a prisoner, trapped in time loop of ghost and paranoia. The worst part was that Mike had just lost his child, Katie, and she comes back to him and dies in his arms over and over again. Mike slowly loses his mind and does whatever he can to get out of that room, including contacting his estranged wife, Lilly. What he experiences in that room ranges from seeing ghosts, to having the room change shapes, to phantom cries of babies in the hallway. We think that Mike has finally gotten out of the room of hell, but then we find that he has just been trapped in another section of the madness of the room. The worst part is, we never actually know if any of this is real, or if this is all in Mike’s head. He is either in extreme grief, is battling mental illness, or he really is being tortured by a room that is cursed. There are many legends of cursed hotel rooms, and they are all present in this story. This is truly a story that is a decent into madness.

So, those are my top 3 scariest movies that I can’t watch over and over again. The ones that really get to me are the stories that I can see actually happening. I am not a fan of gore for the sake of being gross, so many of the traditional horror movies are shows that I stay away from. These are truly scary for me, and I can’t pretend they are the ones that I like watching to get that thrill of a spooky movie.

What are your favorite spooky movies? Do you have ones that you can only watch one time, or only with the lights on? Leave your comments below!

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July 22

Surprise Saturday: The Hard Things to Say

Hello Underdogs,

I hope that you are having a wonderful Saturday. I want to start off this blog post with a very clear disclaimer. Since there has been so much suicide in the news lately, I feel this is something that needs to be addressed. It is a very difficult thing, and if you are sensitive to this subject at all, then please stop reading. I know this isn’t like my normal posts, but there are many people hurting and confused. This subject is everywhere, and it should not be ignored. My normal blogs will return on Sunday, but today we are going to talk about this. Again, if you are not comfortable, then do not read or, nor leave rude comments. I am going to address this was as much grace as possible.

The world was rocked once again when Chester Bennington took his own life yesterday.  This was just a very short time after singer Chris Cornell also ended his own life. Chester and Chris were friends and worked with one another. Chester choose to end his life on Chris’ birthday. Both of these men were very talented and had a thriving career. Both were middle aged, were married, and had children who they left behind. This was a huge shock to many, and it really hit the fans hard. These voices gave people hope, and the fact that they took their own lives have left many in a downward tailspin. Not to mention that this is the anniversary of the death of Robin Williams, who hung himself last year after battling a long illness.

Suicide is a public health issue, and people are not getting the help that they need. It is very clear that each of these men suffered from depression, and addition. Even though they had the means to get help, it doesn’t seem like they did. Or, they weren’t getting the right kind of help. Mental Health has been ignored too long, and there is such a horrible stigma attached, that people are dying from this very real, and very dangerous disease. It is so difficult because mental illness is not given attention unless it’s too late. We hear people suffering from it, and we hear about people who lost their lives because they didn’t get the proper treatment. But, we are still so afraid to talk about the real, every-day, face of mental illness. More people are suffering from mental illness than are getting treated. There are a several reasons for this including cost, and fear. People are still afraid to this day to admit that they have a problem because depression seems like it’s an emotion and something that people can control. Nothing could be further from the truth.

One of the worst things we have done to ourselves is equate Mental Illness with an emotion. An emotion is something very temporary. Depression is life altering chemical imbalance that can kill someone if they don’t get the proper treatment. We would not treat someone with cancer the way we do with someone battling mental illness. People don’t tell someone who has diabetes to just get over it, or try not to be sick. We don’t laugh at people who have liver issues getting their pills and going to treatments. We don’t question a person getting PT after an accident. Why is it so hard to believe that someone who is mentally ill  is actually just as sick? There are so many different sections of mental illness and none of them are the person who is suffering’s fault.They did not wake up one day and ask for this, or just felt really sad. It is both highs and lows, and many things in between. It is a sickness, and no, it can not be something that they can just get over one day. They need treatment, which may mean medication and therapy. It may take years to find the right combo that will help.

I am not condoning what these men did to themselves, or to their families, but I do understand that they were sick. Very, sick and they didn’t know how to reach out and get the help that they needed to keep moving forward. I know people have a huge range of emotions from anger, to sadness, to fear. You hare every right to these emotions. I keep hearing how  angry people are at Chester and Chris for being so selfish and leave their families. I urge you to look at this way. These men were so sick, that even the thought of their loved ones wasn’t enough to keep them from going through with it. Many times, people who are already this far gone honestly feel that the world is better off without them. That is the reality of someone who is very mentally ill. We all know that the world is not a better place without them, or without any of us!  Death is hard enough, and even if your loved one lived a long and happy life, the hole from their loss never goes away. You eventually learn how to live with it, and some days will be better than others. That does not make you weak. It means you were lucky enough to have a person who made an impact on your life.

I encourage people who are hurt by this weeks events, to please talk about it. Do not hold this in. If that means you need a friend, call someone. If you need to get it all out, write it down, or blog about it. There are many people hurting, but you are not alone! I want to tell you that I have been there. I have been to the point where I wanted to end it all, and not even the thought of my loved ones that I was going to leave behind was good enough to stop me. I’m glad someone did. I struggle with Depression and Anxiety every single day. Some days I am fine, others are okay, and some are terrible. It is a very scary thing, and I understand that I am sick. I work each day to try to function, and it is a struggle. There is no magic cure, just like there isn’t a magic cure for anything. Like any other illness, you need to treat your symptoms. Sometimes they are okay, and other times, you need to try new things to get to a better place. But it can be done with love, support, and a good medical team.

In closing, I am going to leave you with a few places that you can reach out to if you need help. There is never a bad time to get help. If you don’t know where to get started, just ask. Call a hotline, or call your family doctor. Go to the ER if things are bad. Get yourself healthy, maintain your treatment, and spread the word about how mental illness is very real, and nothing to be ashamed of! I love all of my underdogs, and I’m sorry if this subject upset anyone. But I feel it is too important to stay silent about how had this has all been, and how we all need to embrace a change in the the world views mental health. Remember, you are all amazing and beautiful, and important. The world needs each and every single one of you.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1800-273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://chat.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx

Beyond Blue: Immediate Help with Depression: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support

Crisis Chat 24/7: http://remedylive.com/

July 21

Fan Friday: Top 5 Favorite Comic Book Characters

Hello Underdogs, and I hope you are having a wonderful Friday! If you are one of the lucky ones, you are currently at Comic Con in San Diego, California right now. If you aren’t, then you are like me and are reading and streaming about the whole event and all the panels. Comic Con is a huge convention where both geeks and nerds gather to buy new products, and learn more about their favorite franchise.  Many cities have similar events, but not to this scale. This is where all the studios spend money and send their very biggest stars to get everyone hyped about what is coming next! You will see people from Marvel and DC as well as TV shows like Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Doctor Who. Normally, there is very exclusive promos that are only played at Comic Con, and you may never see them anywhere else. For example, for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, there was a trailer played that was never released to the public. It included things that never made it into the actual show. It’s a big deal, and one day I would like to be able to make it there. In the meantime, here are my top 5 favorite characters based off a comic book to keep us all hyped!

  1. Image result for Free Avengers WallpaperCaptain America: Captain America is the best ideals of America jammed packed in a man named Steve Rogers. Steve begged to get drafted into the war even though he was very sickly. He volunteered for a project and became as Super Solider. All of this because he believed in the cause, and loved his country. Steve Rogers as Captain America is story telling at it’s best. It’s a young boy from Brooklyn who grew up and fought for what was right. His fall into becoming No Man was hard, and thankfully, short lived. Today, it seems like Cap was a Hydra sleeper agent this entire time, but I am hopeful that we will find out this is all misdirection. I love Captain America so much because he is willing to do the right thing, and die for it. He is a true hero from the inside out. His drive and ethics remind me so much of my Dad. That, and of course Cap punching Hitler is one of the reasons he is my all time favorite super hero.
  2. Iron Man:Image result for Free Avengers Wallpaper A billionaire philanthropist, Tony Stark is Iron Man! Marvel Studios is where it is today because of Iron Man. He is a man with many, many faults but still tries to fight his demons and do the right thing. He battles his addition with alcohol in the comics, and PTSD in the movies. His visions are for a world without having to have the Avengers, but still have a safety net in place.  He brings the money, and the controversy but he understands the need to have a team. What I like most about Iron Man besides his charm and his sarcasm is his big flaws. He is suffering, and you can tell. He doesn’t deal with his demons in a very effective manner, but that makes him more human. It makes us want to see him to better.We still root for Iron Man, even when we are angry with him.
  3. Wonder Woman:Image result for free images of wonder woman I grew up with Wonder Woman. She was on TV in reruns, and on many different cartoons. I wasn’t that excited about her until this movie. I didn’t even like her on screen on Batman Vs. Superman, but that movie was terrible! That should have never been such an amazing character’s debut! I understand that it was a set up for The Justice League, but her character was wasted. It wasn’t until her stand alone movie where I saw how amazing Wonder Woman  really was. Not that I didn’t enjoy Linda Carter back in the day, but it was more campy than a very kick ass super hero. This Wonder Woman was amazing! I loved her background. I loved her boldness and her willingness to fight. I loved that she followed her mission and still fights for the little person for hundreds of years. Wonder Woman is going in an amazing direction, and I can not wait to see where she goes next! I will be sure to follow.
  4. The Joker:Image result for free images of the joker A villain so  complex had to make a list of favorites! The Joker has many different stories, which makes him so very complex. He started off as thief and morphed into a a sadistic murderer. He is capable of manipulating anyone, but is also very needy. He needs Batman in order to survive. It’s a very love hate relationship but they are too co-dependent. In the movies, The Joker killed Batman’s parents thus starting a lifelong obsession. In the comics, some random person killed the Wayne family, but in some versions, it becomes The Joker. The thing about the Joker is, you never know the truth about him because he changes it at will. Nothing is sacred to him except his love and hate for Batman.
  5. Batman:Image result for free images of the batman Where would I be without Batman? I watched the campy TV series all of the time, including the movie! Batman had such a tragic backstory. By witnessing his parent’s death, he became crazed and turned into Batman, a man who took the law into his own hand. Batman lives by a golden rule of not killing anyone. (However, he is really bad at that.) But he has saved countless people, and lives by working with the police and by going where no one else would go. He is a genius, billionaire, who has no limit on what he would do to fight crime. The movies are all very different versions of the caped crusader, but his heart is always the same. He wants to make his city safe and get rid of crime. Batman is the reason comic books exist, and the reason things are still going today.

The comic book world is full of amazing characters. The best ones are the ones with the most flaws. They stand the test of time and we root for them for a reason. It is very hard to narrow this down to only 5, and there are many reasons that I could list why these are my favorites. What about you? Who are your favorite comic book characters? Leave your comments below!

 

 

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July 20

Theory Thursday: The 27 Club

Hello Underdogs, and I hope you are a wonderful Thursday! If you are a music lover, then you have heard of the famous 27 club. If you haven’t, then this is a club that you never want to gain access to. The 27 club is a term to describe the insane amount of people in the music industry who died at the age of 27 years old. While people credit Kurt Cobain’s Mother as the person who coined the term, it has actually been around for years. Many writers and journalists have been using the phrase, “27 Club,” since the 1970’s. Their manner of death  for these musicians are hardly ever natural. They include, murder, homicide, addiction, drowning, and even killing themselves. The whole thing is very sad, and a bit unnerving. Some think that there is a real live curse that is killing these great stars. There is no science to back any of this up, but the list of the dead makes an compelling argument.

The generally agreed upon start of the 27 Club was with Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hindrix. These people died between the years 1969-1970 and were all 27 years old. It was such a huge loss to the music world, that it never really recovered. Each of their deaths could be considered strange. Brian Jones,who was part of the Rolling Stones, died by drowning in a pool. Jim Morrison’s whole case is insane. He apparently died in a bath tub after suffering a heart attack, but no one knows for sure because his death was kept quiet for hours! Janis Joplin died of an overdoes, and Jimi Hindrix, well again, no one knows the real story behind his death. They say he died of chocking on his own vomit, or trying a drill a hole in his head. No one knows for sure. The mystery shrouded in these cases still have people shaking their heads in confusion to this day. But that’s not where it stops, there are more examples of strange instances of death at the age of 27 through each decade!

In the 1970’s, guitarist Leslie Harvey, was shocked while picking up a microphone that wasn’t grounded. Singer Chris Bell, from the band Big Star, was killed in a car accident, as well singer Jacob Miller. Ron Mckeran, from the Greatful Dead, died from a hemorrhage. Roger Lee Durham, singer from Bloodstone, died after he was thrown from a horse. Pat Ham, from Badfinger, hanged himself.

In the 1980’s, Jacob Miller from the band Inner Circle, died from a car accident. Alex Basquait from the band, Gary died of an overdoes from a speed ball. Pete de Fretias from Echo and the Bunnyman died in a bike accident. In the 1990’s, Chris Austin who worked with Reba, died in a plane crash. Rappers Stretch, Fat Pat, and Freaky Tah were all murdered. Rickey Edwards from the band, Manic Street Preachers vanished at the age of 27 without a trace and presumed dead. One of the saddest cases was Mia Zapata from the band, The Gits. Mia was beaten and killed while walking home. She was in the wrong place, and the wrong time. Her case was cold for years, and fellow grunge artists raised money to hire a P.I. to help find her killer. He was found in 2002 and was tried and found guilty. Kurt Cobain from Nirvana was murdered in 1994. (That’s right, I said murdered!) Kristen Praff from the band Hole, died of an apparent overdoes.

Continuing on with this club up until the present day, here are a few more sad examples. Mexican singer, Valentin Elizadale, was gunned down after his concert along with his assistant and manager. Amy Winehouse, sadly died of her addiction to alcohol. Richard Turner, from Friendly Fire, died of a heart attack. Singer Orich Grinstead, died of kidney failure. Bryan Ottoson, from American Head Changed died of an overdose. Achick Spin from the band, Spin, died in a traffic accident. James Larwance, from Friendzone, died of an unknown reason in 2017.

This is just a small example of a very long list that can be traced back to 1938, of people working in the music industry who died at the age of 27. It is very hard to ignore the staggering numbers of people who have died! It really does seem like some sort of curse. However, everyone dies. I am not sure if this number really is that staggering considering you are only looking at a small percentage of people. For example, would this number be just as high for office workers? The lifestyle of a musician seems to be a contributing factor in their deaths. Many people are addicted to several substances, and have the means to buy whatever they want. Creative people are famous for having issues with self-esteem and depression. Mental illness is still a very taboo topic, but would have been even worse 40 or 50 years ago.  There are some very sad examples of illness and murder that can happen to anyone, at any age. These people just happened to be 27 and work in the music world.

I don’t think that there is any sort of real club, nor is it anyone’s goal to be part of it. The life of a rock star can be short, depending on how they decided to live their life. It’s not always glamour and glitz, but can be a very dark world. I don’t think there is a curse, like some people have suggested, because we are only looking at a small part of the population. Now, it is strange that this small part of the population is passing away at the age of 27, but I don’t think people are having their lives end just because their 26th year is up. There are some very tragic cases, and some very real cover-ups that have gone on with many of these people and their deaths. Maybe that is why people are fixated on the curse of the 27 club.  In the end, none of us are safe from the same fate, it only matters what we do with the time we have been given. They have been remembered for their contribution to the world of music. What will you be remembered for?

 

What do you think? Do you believe that there is the curse of the 27 Club? Leave your comments below.

 

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