February 27

Panera Bread Bakery

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Underdogs, I love Panera Bread. It’s one of my favorite big corporations that pretend to care about us. Plus, they have really good food, and I love going through the drive thru and get an alternative to really greasy food. Panera bread is known for their baked goods, sandwiches, and coffee bar. I wanted to pick 3 things from the bakery to try out for you, and for science! These are my own thoughts and opinions on the products from Panera Bread. This is not a sponsored post. However, if you ever want to, hook a sister up! I hope you enjoy my Panera Bakery Haul. I promise that I didn’t eat all of these in one setting!  I eventually ate them all, but it was over a few days and not a few minutes. If I was on my period, that would be a different story. I am not sure if these are available at all locations, but these were at my local store. Let’s take a look!

1.Bear Claw:

I have never had a Bear Claw before, but I know many who enjoy these for breakfast. I have always wanted to try them, but they are so big. I have always been too intimated to buy one because if I do, and I don’t like it, there is a lot of the Bear Claw left over. This is how Panera website describes their version of the Bear Claw. “Freshly baked pastry made with filling and drizzled with icing and sliced almonds.” https://www.panerabread.com This is a very flaky, with white drizzle, and very thinly sliced almonds. The first taste of the Bear Claw and all I could think was it tasted like a slightly sweeter version of a croissant. It smells very sweet with lots of cinnamon. I’m glad that the Bear Claw isn’t too overwhelming. It’s like a layer of cinnamon surrounded by a flaky pastry. The price is $2.39 which honestly isn’t that bad at all. I probably won’t get this again. Not because it’s bad, but it’s just not my thing. It was good, but I rather try something else out next time than repeat getting this from Panera. Even though it’s not my thing, I appreciate it for what it is and I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

 

2.Chocolate Chip Muffie:

Such a strange name for  such a sweet treat. Basically, you can look at any of the Muffie from Panera and think it’s a flat muffin, or even better, a flat version of the top part of the muffin. They were sold out of other versions of this Muffie, so I got the chocolate chip. The chocolate chips are small, and this tastes very much like a regular muffin, or even a pancake that has more fluff to it. Panera describes this item as, “freshly baked muffie topped with semi sweet chocolate.” I would say if you like soft chocolate chip cookies, or chocolate chip pancakes, then you would most likely enjoy this product. This was only $1.79, which is an excellent price. I would suggest getting a cup of coffee with this because it can be a bit dry. I would get this again, but it’s nothing super special. I would give it a 4 out 5 stars.

 

3. Cinnamon Crunch Scone:

This is a cousin to Panera Cinnamon Crunch bagel. This is a normal scone that is a bit stale like, with flavoring and a topping of cinnamon. There are small pops of the cinnamon flavor in the pastry itself as well. Panera website says this scone is, “cream based scone flavored with cinnamon chips, cinnamon crunch and white glaze.” Honestly,  this tastes a lot like if you took the Brown Sugar Pop Tarts and turned it into a Scone. The glaze topping from the pop tart tastes just like the scone. I’m not sure if this is because I got the scone later in the day, or if this is how it’s supposed to be, but it was very hard. I know scones are known for their tougher texture, but this was pretty rough. I liked it okay, but the scone was very sweet. I will give it a 3 out of 5 because the taste is very dominate and you don’t have to guess what you are eating. That can be very rare, so I will give them credit.

 

Out of the 3 Panera items, I enjoyed the Muffie the most. It was fun to taste things that I have never tried before. There are several more items that I can try at a later time. The other two items were okay, but nothing I would go and purchase again for myself. I would get them for other’s to try out, but they just aren’t my thing. It’s fun to explore new things, and this was a fun experiment! How about trying something from my affiliate programs for yourself? Leave you comments below about what your favorite item from Panera Bread is, and what would you recommend!

February 26

Suggestions?

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Underdogs, sometimes I get stuck in a rut! That’s when I take suggestions from my friends, family, and fans! I have been working very hard on this blog, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t overlook some fun things that people may want me to write about. So I am looking for your suggestions to see what you want to see from me during my Try it Tuesday posts. Let’s take a look at a few suggestions that I have been thinking about that you may want to see! It’s not limited to these, but here are a few ideas to get the suggestions flowing!

Coffee Taste Test:

As you guys know, I LOVE coffee. It’s life and I wish that I had some right now. Would you like to see any Starbucks taste tests? Comment below, or on my Facebook page to let me know what you would want me to try out. I put a firm no on anything that includes the food allergies that I have which include raspberries. I also really don’t like coconuts so I will pass on that. But would you like to see some featured products, famous new flavors, or my annoyance with the so called secret menu items? (I used to work at Starbucks, and there is no secret menu, just creations that you can try out.)

 

Vintage Recipes.

This may be a bit harder, but I love vintage cookbooks. I wish I had a few more, which is what a trip to Goodwill can help with. What if I find a strange and out there receive that was made years ago, and try them today. What do you think? Do you have a certain cookbook that you would suggest that I try to find?

Subscritpion Boxes:

These are all the new rage right now. I had a Birch Box subscription for about 6 months. It’s a fine service and does what it says it will. I just stopped getting it because I wanted to try out other things. What are your subscription box suggestions? By the way, I am starting my own Subscription Box service! Ask me for more details!

 

Kit Kat Taste Tests:

I am so JEALOUS of the amount of amazing and awesome flavors that Japan gets with all of their Kit Kat Flavors. I treated myself to a few two years ago, and I loved the experience! There are hundreds to try out, but they are not easy to get. While I can easily place an order, it takes a long time to get here, and there is a risk of having melted or destroyed product. I would try them out, for you and for science! What would be your flavor suggestions?

 

 

Those are just some thoughts! What are your suggestions! I am very excited to see what you guys would like to see me explore!

February 22

Tupac Lies: Part 2

Hello Underdogs! If you have not read the first part of my blog called Tupac Lies Part 1, please do so before reading this blog post by following the link here: http://www.andtheunderdogwins.com/tupac-lies-part-1/  Doing research for this post has been very eye opening since there are so many moving parts, and no one seems to know the truth of what actually happened.While he is more famous in death than he ever was in life, he still deserves justice for what happened to him. Or did anything actually happen to Tupac? I have been talking polls on my Facebook page in an attempt to see what the people believe happened to Tupac. The majority of people polled believed that Tupac died that night at the fight in Las Vegas. However, an overwhelming amount of people believe that Tupac’s murder was part of a bigger conspiracy. For this post, we are going to explore a step further than the previous post with the amount of people who wanted Tupac dead. We are going to take a look at the conspiracies surrounding why he may have been murdered.

As you may recall, Tupac was murdered in a shoot out on September 13th, 1995. The murder took place right after the famous Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. This was a sold out fight, with lots of people and media attention. Moments before leaving the building, Tupac and his crew supposedly got into an altercation with Orlando Anderson, a gang member. While this was caught on film, it is very hard to tell who is fighting who, although we can all agree a fight took place that night. Tupac left the building with Suge Knight, and at least 15 other cars in their crew. Strangely enough, Tupac and Suge Knight would leave alone without any of their body guards or anyone else protecting them. At a stop light, women were trying to persuade the two men to go to a club when a white unmarked car pulled out next to them and opened fire. They believe 14 shots were fired, with 4 hitting Tupac with one grazing Suge Knight. Tupac was taken to the hospital after Suge Knight drove them down the street. Tupac passed away several days later after being in a coma. So who murdered Tupac? Turns out that question isn’t as easy to answer as one would think.

First, is the most obvious and least shocking theory. Normally, the things that are the most obvious and the most simple answer are usually true. Tupac was killed because of his actions that he took the MGM Grand. He knowingly got into a fight with a gang member who was known for his own violent past. Tupac had his own violent demons and a fight like this could have caused a series of events that ended his life. He was part of a huge fight in a very public place, in a very public event. While many will rightfully point out how strange this whole situation was, it is important to keep in mind the level of racial tension going on at that moment. You could feel it in the air, and the East Coast Vs. West Coast was a very deadly game that many people were not only playing, but taking full advantage of. Orlando Anderson had the means, motive, and opportunity to carry out the murder of Tupac. This was where he lived, and where he had the advantage. It would have taken very little time to carry out the murder. We will never know the truth because Anderson was murdered a few years later. While this seems like a logical belief, the Las Vegas Police Department stands behind their belief that this fight and the murder of Tupac had nothing to do with each other.

Hundreds of people witnessed this murder, and it can be argued that just as many wanted Tupac dead. If it wasn’t Anderson who killed Tupac, there were a long list of people willing to do the job. Tupac was connected to the murder of a young man during a concert that he paid the family a settlement. That young man had a family and people that loved him. It isn’t a far fetched idea to believe that one of them took advantage of the mass confusion of such a huge event. Tupac also had a very violent past, which included the sexual assault of a woman that he served time in jail for hurting. What would stop the victim, or her loved ones from carrying out their own hit against the man who was brutal and violent. Those aren’t the only people that Tupac hurt. He had a long list of people that he took violent action against, and it wasn’t against people who were just going to sit back and let this happen.

Of course, there could be more to this than a simple answer of a long list of people who wanted Tupac dead, or even gang violence. It could come down to the most simple thing in the universe, money. Tupac owed millions of dollars to Suge Knight and Death Row Records. Suge Knight put up the money to defend and get Tupac out on bail for his various crimes including rape. Tupac fulfilled his record contract under Death Row Records which meant he was free to go do what he really wanted, which was to go solo and open his own recording company. It is rumored that Suge Knight hired a hit man to take Tupac out in order to stop him from leaving the company, and to gain control of all of his future music endeavors. It is well known that a celebrity is worth more dead than alive, and Tupac had a large, untapped vault of music that had yet to be released. Tupac was a cash cow that Suge Knight was not ready to stop milking. Who knows, but Suge Knight was very lucky that all those shots in the car were low and hit Tupac instead of him.

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Another theory is that Biggie Smalls had Tupac killed. While literally no one close to the families of the late rappers, believe this, the story is out there and been hashed over and over again by several news media outlets.  It was rumored that Biggie Smalls was also at Las Vegas that night, and hired gang members to carry out a hit on Tupac. No one can connect Biggie Smalls to being at Las Vegas that night. Most people now understand that the tension between these two was mostly fabricated for story purposes and getting record sales. Unfortunately, these men could have been unwittingly maters for their own cause. While Biggie was there when Tupac was shot and robbed the first time, there is still no reason to believe that one event had anything to do with the other. It was all a bunch of circumstances evidence that happened, but both of these men paid with their lives.

There is also rumors that Sean “P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy” Combs had something to do with both of their deaths. First, it was rumored that Sean Combs hired a person to take out both Tupac and Suge Knight. Combs and Smalls were friends and Combs apparently hated both Tupac and Suge Knight. The death of Tupac had repercussions, which was the accidental murder of Biggie Smalls. Some investigators believe that Biggie was never supposed to die that day. They believe that Sean Combs, who was directly behind Biggie in a car following him, was the intended target. Given that his death happened in broad daylight with lots of witnesses including police officers, anything is possible. Lucky enough, the two men said to be responsible for the hit of Tupac, and the hit of Biggie are dead and there is no way to prove this story.

As strange as this is, Tupac being killed may have also been a mistake. Suge Knight has come out to say several things, including how he thinks Tupac is alive and well,and also how he witnessed Tupac die. Suge Knight said that the reason Tupac was killed that night was pure accident. Suge theorizes that his ex wife, and a friend hired a hit man to take him out. Suge had done a lot of lying, cheating, and killing, and his wife had enough. Afraid to take him to court because of his powerful status, she opted instead to have him killed. Tupac was not supposed to be at Las Vegas that night. He wanted to stay home, but was convinced at the last minute to join Suge Knight. Suge and Tupac getting together in a car alone also seemed like a last moment choice, and Tupac paid with his life.  Who knows, but with Suge Knights track record, it is really hard to take anything he says seriously. This is the same guy who tried to claim self defense on running over a man repeatedly, and then running down a second man. Sadly, Suge Knight might actually be the only real witness left, but we will never know.

While there are multiple people who wanted Tupac dead, and theorizes of accidents, we still haven’t covered the government. While this may seem like a tin foil hat theory, there is enough reasonable proof to go down this path. Tupac’s entire family was involved with politics, mainly the Black Panthers. While there are many non violent sects of the Black Panther party, several were violent and outspoken. Tupac’s own Mother was a suspect in murder. His Father was on the FBI most wanted list. Aunts, cousins, and step family all were politically charged people which was dangerous in the height of the Black Panther Party in the 60’s and 70’s. Several members of his family were followed by the government, had their phones tapped, and even took political exile in Cuba and other countries. Fast forward to the 1980’s, and 90’s where a young, outspoken black man is shining a light on gang violence and the never ending cycle of poverty, AIDS, and violence within their community, and all of a sudden, Tupac has a target on his back. Both Tupac and Biggie made police brutality, front and center to their music, and they talked about racism and race relations every chance that they could get. This made Tupac a very dangerous person in the eyes of police and the government, and it was easier to take him out than to let him live and keep spreading the word. There has been stories of Tupac being followed and even being on FBI watch lists, not just for who his family was, but for his own thoughts and actions. We all know from history what happens when a person who speaks for the voiceless gets a little too powerful.

Most people believe if Tupac was murdered, then a conspiracy follows and this rabbit hole goes very deep. Tupac’s death is very strange and nothing adds up. There are more and more questions as each year passes, and a few more people are coming forward with their own version of the truth. The thing is, there is enough evidence to really look into the fact that Tupac may have faked his own death. This is not as far fetched as one would believe, and in the next post, you will see how feasible this may be. The song remains the same, but we will never hear it’s end. In the meantime, we can explore all avenues to see what could have happened to this super star that was silenced.

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February 20

Chai Tea: 3 Ways

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Hello Underdogs! As many of you know, I love coffee but I also love teas! One of my favorite treats is drinking Chai Tea. Traditionally,this drink comes from several regions around the world including India and Africa. In the past decade, it has become more popular in Europe and the United States.  It can be purchased in a concentrated form, which is what you get from coffee shops, in tea bags, powders, or you can actually make it yourself. Most of the time Chai Tea is made from tea leaves, honey, cinnamon, cloves, water, and milk. Sometimes there is an extra amount of spice added which is either pepper or all spice. People use this tea in all sorts of drinks and even some cooking as well. I haven’t tried that yet, but I am sure one day I will try Chai Tea cookies! Here is a few suggestions to make some homemade Chai Tea options that is cheaper that a coffee shop, and can be good in both hot and cold weather. For these samples, I used the concentrate version of Chai Tea only.

1.Iced Caramel Chai Tea

This is my all time favorite way to drink Chai tea. Many people do the vanilla Chai, but Caramel is my favorite. It adds another layer of flavor that you just don’t get with vanilla. For this you need: Tazo Chai Tea Classic Latte concentrate, Caramel Syrup, milk, ice, and a cup. For this recipe, I suggest a skim or 1% milk choice. The reason for this is much higher than that, the taste is altered and you loose something in the higher milk content. If you can’t drink milk, soy works in this as well. Do not start off with ice in the cup. You want to leave room for your ice to be added later, otherwise you won’t get a proper mix. This calls for one part Chai tea, to one part milk. Mix those together well, then add the Caramel Syrup. This is to taste, but I would put at least one spoonful. Mix together before slowly adding your ice. You can top this off in several ways. If you are a fan of dirty Chai, add one shot of espresso. If you like cinnamon, add this to the top, or just drink as is! While this seems like a summer and spring drink, I enjoy it all year around!

 

2.Hot Chai Tea:

This is a very simple way to enjoy this tea. Again, the directions are one part Chai, and one part milk. Many people use the one part Chai, to 1/2 part milk, and half part water. I am not a fan of the half milk and half water approach, but other people enjoy this drink. If you go to places like Starbucks, this is mainly how they serve their Chai I find that using water  takes away from the taste of the tea. However, it is too much for others and they need it to be watered down a bit. This is a personal choice so I suggest trying it both ways to see what is your favorite. All you do is add both the Chai and the milk (or milk/water mix) to a sauce pan and simmer for a few minutes until it’s at a drinking temperature that you would enjoy. Pour into a cup and add your toppings of choice, or it is ready to drink as soon as it cool. You also have the options of adding in flavors after you have simmered the tea on the stove. You don’t want to add this prior to the stove or you will risk burning and a pretty awful flavor and smell.

 

3.Frozen Chai Latte:

Who doesn’t love a good blended drink, especially on warmer days? I actually like frozen drinks all year around!  Chai latte makes a great frozen drink and it is pretty simple to make. You will need the 1 part Chai concentrate, and your choice of one part water, or one part milk. This is where you decide if you want a plain, or a flavored frozen Chai Latte.For example, you can add a spoon full of a cinnamon and sugar mixture along with a splash of vanilla extract. Or, you can use coconut milk for a different flavor! After you decide if you want to add anything, this is when you add your ice cubes. This will depend on the size of drink you are making, and your blender, but you should have at least 1 1/2 cup of ice cubes for this drink. Blend together and serve!

Chai tea is a lot of fun since you can do so much with the flavor. You can have it mild, or make it a bit spicy depending on your taste. This is the perfect base for you to try all sorts of different ways to create a drink that will be your signature. This is worth purchasing the concentrate, because it is good for about a month. You are able to do a lot with what you are given, or you can make the base yourself! Try this out and post your ideas in the comment section!

 



February 19

Shameless Updates!

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Hello everyone! It’s that time of year again where I do the whole Shameless Self Promotion. I am really excited to update you on some of the things I have been doing in the world of sales, and let you know what fun things are going on this website! I am very sorry that I was down for a few weeks. I had a terrible tech issue with my host, and it took a lot of trail and error to get it corrected. Thank you to all the wonderful customer support people that I talked with in order to get my little site back up and running. A few of you actually missed me, which is very nice! I am glad that some of you have made this little blog that could part of your week! So, with no further ado, here is all the shameless self promotional things that are going on at this moment.

 

 

1. Give Away: From now until the end of the month, you will have a chance to win a Bath Bomb Grab Bag! This means that if you subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on a post of your choice, you have a chance to win a grab bag from me! There will only be one winner, and you must live in the USA. Sadly, it is too much money to ship Bath Bombs outside of the USA. If that ever changes, or if there is a better way to ship that far, that will change. As of now, we need to keep it within the USA. I hope you are as excited about this as I am!

 

 

2. Bath Bombs on Etsy If you really want a bath bomb, you may order some off of my Etsy Shop. There are 3 active listings at the moment. Follow the link here for my shop called Lima’s Lovelies. Lima’s Lovelies Etsy Shop

 

 

3. Thirty One Hostess of the Month Club: This is something new that I am trying with my Thirty One business. I am looking for a group of 6 people willing to do the following: Commit for the next 6 months to either purchase OR collect $35.00 worth of orders for my Thirty One Business. You pick a month, and you have a built in party with orders already! If everyone works together, then you will automatically start your party with $20.00 of free product and of course the more orders that you add, the more rewards that you will get. You will also get: a VIP page with your group, and online parties ran by me! You will also get a monthly subscription box from me that will contain at least 1 Thirty One item, and several other goodies from me! First looks and exclusives to your page only! Who is willing to start? Email me for details!

 

4. Helping Others! Helping others is never shamelesss!

If you want to take the above offer a step further, or if you want to do something on your own, here is your chance. Every year, our group asks for donations from our customers to be willing to purchase an Easter Egg Basket for $22.00 plus tax. Each Basket will go to a local children’s hospital and any commission that I make from the sale will be donated to purchase the items that will go inside the basket. This goes to a great cause and I am looking forward to helping out kids! My goal is 5 baskets that I can donate with your help! Go to my page to purchase. Check out the customer specials for the month, and please if you shop, use any open parties that I may have going! Thank you in advance!  Shop my online store here: https://www.mythirtyone.com/ltebrinke

 

 

That is all I currently have for my shameless self promotion at the moment.  I hope that you take the time to read through these and consider some of them! Especially helping out children with the Easter Egg baskets from my Thirty One Business. As of now, I have one person in the running for the give away. Don’t forget that you have until February 28th, 2018 for you to be part of this drawing! In the meantime, thank you so much for being part of the Underdog family and reading my blog posts, plus putting up with my shameless self promotions every once in awhile! Have an awesome day!

February 18

Winchester House of Confusion

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I have always wanted to see the Winchester House. It is a story that I have heard about for years, and everyone seems to agree that the house is not only haunted, but a haven for the spirits. Located in San Jose, California, the Winchester House is unlike anything else built in the Untied States, or anywhere is the world. The history is long and strange, full of sadness, fear, ghosts, curses, and lies. A movie has recently been released about the Winchester House, and there are countless stories and specials about this location. No matter what you believe about ghosts and goblins, there is no doubt about this architecture marvel. Let’s take a look at the strange story of how this wondrous house was built.

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Sarah Winchester was married to her husband, William until his death in 1881. They had no surviving children. William Winchester was one of the founders of the Winchester riffles which made them extremely rich. After the death of her husband, and daughter, Sarah found herself very alone, and very depressed. Many reported that she sought out the help of a Spiritualist who did communications with the other side. During this time, Spiritualism was huge, and it took advantage of many people who were sad and grieving. This was the belief that the living and the dead could communicate through people such as mediums. They would usually gather together with several people and put on some what of a show with moving objects and candle light to tell their story. It would have not been unusual for a woman in her position to seek out the guidance of a Spiritualist, however, this story has never been confirmed.

The legend goes that during one of the many seances that Sarah Winchester held, the medium gave a strange and chilling message from the other side. It seems that the spirits of the very people that were killed by the guns they profited off of were not happy with Sarah at all. In fact, they gave her an order to purchase a home, and never stop building the house. If Sarah Winchester failed to to this, then the spirits would take revenge on her and she would die. Sarah took this threat to heart, and purchased a Queen Victorian Style home and started renovations that would last the next 38 years. It was told that Sarah had work crews working around the clock. When they ran of conventional things to build in the house, they took to unconventional things such as doors that went nowhere, and rooms that were too small for any human to pass through. This was to appease the spirits, but they reportedly haunted Sarah until the day that she passed away.

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While a great ghost story, there is little to no evidence that any of this is true. Even the official story of the Winchester House on the tour tells strange and thrilling ghost stories. It is fun and exciting, but is any of it actually real?  People seem to ignore that maybe Sarah was not motivated by ghosts at all, but her own vision. Sarah Winchester was interviewed several times while she was building, and she spoke of how she adored designing. While her plans were strange, she designed many of the rooms herself. While she did feel guilty of the lives lost that built her family’s fortune, she was not crazy as some would want her to seem. She was a woman who knew what she wanted to do, and designed it herself without asking permission or giving explanation. There were in fact years that went by without any building, that was a direct contradiction to her supposedly working non stop to keep herself alive. There is no doubt that Sarah was depressed and had a hard time dealing with the loss of her loved ones. However her strange behavior and belief in ghost may have been nothing more than a board of men trying to make the woman who held a lot of power seem feeble minded. Today, she would have been known as an innovator, while then she was known as essential and crazy.

No matter the truth of the story, the house itself is site to behold. No blueprints of this house exists and even years after Sarah Winchester’s death, they are still discovering new things about the home. There seems to be a running them of the number 13, which has given this house another layer of fear and curses. The house is a maze, and it can be dangerous since there are tricks in the floor, staircases to nowhere, and door that could cause a person to fall to their death. There is no good estimate of the size of this house, and it seems like it grows on it’s own due to tricks of the eye. The whole thing makes a wonderful ghost story. In fact, Steven King’s series Rose Red was based loosely off the legend of the Winchester House.

While it’s an excellent story, no one is really sure if the ghost stories are real or not. Or, if Sarah Winchester lost her place in the history of design and building due to the fact that she was labeled as crazy. The house is alive on it’s own, and there are secrets living within the walls. When the recently found a safe built into the wall that was covered by many mazes, they found a lock of Williams, and a lock of her daughter’s hair. Perhaps the house was not haunted by ghosts at all, but a way for Sarah Winchester to preserve the things that really mattered in her life.

 

 

February 17

Give Away Time!

Hello Underdogs! It’s time for a new give away! I know you are all super excited about this, so I won’t hold back any longer! As many of you know, I make and sell home made Bath Bombs. I also do many other things, so please check out my Shop page to get more information on what I do when I’m not blogging. I love making Bath Bombs, so why not combine my love of Bath Bombs, and Blogging with a give away? Here is what you need to do!

*Subscribe to my blog. This button is found on the top of the home page. All you do is enter your name, and your email address. Don’t forget to confirm our subscription once you get your email. You may need to check your junk folder for this to happen.

*Comment on one blog post of mine. I will be able to see if you comment, so you may pick any blog post to comment on to qualify for the give away. However, I will not count the following comments: any comments that are rude, vulgar, and contains offensive language. There is no room for this on my page, so it will stay off! No advertising or uploading any videos. If I have a collaboration with anyone, it will be documented and the readers will know about it, but the comment section is not a place to advertise unauthorized material. Also, be kind to one another in the comment section!

*You must live in the United States. Right now, it is too expensive to send anything outside of my country. This may change in the future, but for now, you must be withing the United States.

If you complete all of the following, then your name will be entered into a drawing to win one from the grab bag for this give away. You will have from now until February 28th, 2018 to qualify.

 

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February 15

Tupac Lies: Part 1

I honestly believe the following people faked their own deaths, Tupac Shakur, Andy Kaffman, and Jim Morrison. Each one deserves an in depth story because the truth is stranger than fiction. Tupac’s story is more than strange, it is outrageous! It is still one of the most haunting, and famous unsolved homicides that is still an active case. However, I believe there will never be a chance that this case will ever be solved. The truth is out there, but no one is talking. It is important to remember that when discussing the following thoughts and theories that nothing is proven.  He is legally dead. Tupac was a real person, with a real family who lost their loved one. Whatever is discussed during this series, please keep that thought in the back of your mind. There has never been a crime quite like this one that we are no further from understanding the truth as we were the day it happened. Why would someone murder this prominent rapper? Was it manufactured by the media, was it the FBI, fellow rappers, a mistake, or was it all fake?  For this part of the blog series, we will explore the reasons Tupac was murdered and some of the people who wanted him dead. We may never know if Tupac faked his death, or was killed since the list of suspects and players is enough to fill a sold out stadium.

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Tupac Shakur was only 25 years old when he was killed on September 13th, 1995. For someone who lived such a short time, he sure made a huge impact. Tupac has also done a surprising amount of work for someone who is supposed to be dead! He was born in New York to a very political family. Both of his parents, step parents, Aunts, and cousins were involved with the Black Panthers. This will be important later, but keep in mind his Mother was tried for over 100 counts of conspiracy, and his Father was on the FBI most wanted list. Tupac has a very prosperous career. He was an actor, poet, writer, producer, and rapper. His lyrics were intelligent, each word well thought out and full of meaning. He won many awards both for rapping and acting. It seemed like there wasn’t anything that Tupac couldn’t master. He has become an icon for a reason, but it wasn’t smooth sailing for Tupac by any means.

Tupac was also one of the biggest players in the famous East Coast Vs. West Coast rapping feuds that happened during the 1990’s. While he in no means started it, he did use it as a means of furthering his career like many other famous rappers did during that time. For example, while he and Biggie Smalls seemed to have an actual fight going on, and even had dis tracks, it was all made up. They both used the tension going on in the world, and the fiction of a good story to sell records. It worked, but it may have cost them both of their lives.  Later, Tupac became disenchanted with this line of fiction, and spoke out about it. He admitted how he used the created story, but the truth underneath was more important. Tupac tried to shine a light on real the gang violence in the Untied States, and how people are turning a blind eye to it, including police. For the first time for many, people were being educated and informed about the realities of gang life and the corruption of authorities. While I respect police officers, this time in history proved that the LAPD, and NYPD had done some pretty unspeakable and very illegal things, and the world wasn’t willing to keep it in the shadows any longer. People like Tupac ushered this truth in, and many wanted him silenced.

His life was full of turmoil as well since he lived the gang life. Tupac had a wrongful death suit brought against him after his gun was proven to be used in a murder of a young man during a music festival. The suit was dropped after Tupac agreed to pay money out to the victim’s family. No one knows for sure if he killed the young man or not.It could have also been his brother who used his gun to kill the young man. No one knows for sure, and they never will.  He also had many incidents of violent assault. There is also the famous sexual assault case that he was found guilty for rape, assault, and weapons charges.  He did appeal, but still was still found guilty on several charges and was sentenced to only 4 years in jail even though the judge called this one of the most brutal attacks on a woman he had ever seen.  During the appeal, Tupac was out on bond and was outside of Death Row Studios where many rappers were working. He was robbed, and shot five times outside, in broad daylight. Because Biggie Smalls was there, he was rumored to have been part of this crime even though he was in no way connected to the incident.

Bringing all of this up is not an attempt to drag someone’s name through the mud. It is to set the tone of the world in the 1990’s, and the reality of the person himself. Tupac had many people who wanted him dead, and that is not even including any person who would murder him for business. He lived a very dangerous and outspoken life with acts of violence and cruelty. There is a possibility that Tupac was getting his life together after serving his time in jail. By the end of his life, he had found a higher power, and was becoming an outspoken advocate for the gang youths, and a voice for those stuck in an endless cycle of violence. He grew exhausted of keeping up the front of the East Coast, West Coast war, when he tried to make clear that the real story was not the celebrities, but the real people going through Hell every single day. While shining light on this subject is very needed, and noble, it doesn’t come without it’s price. It opened a whole spiral of race, poverty, and a system that was corrupted and kept people down. It also showed a world of police and other authorities were just as brutal as the people they were arrested. How long would a voice like that be able to keep going without being silenced? History is not on the advocate’s side.

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We need to explore how Tupac lived for the suspects, and how he died for the onset of corruption, confusion, and conspiracies. What happened on the day he died? Tupac, Suge Night, and several other people in their group went to the Mike Tyson boxing matching at the MGM Grand Hotel. This was a huge, and highly publicized event that had many famous people attending.  It is reported that Tupac didn’t want to attend the fight. In fact, he didn’t even want to fly out to Las Vegas since he was working. He was talked into it by Suge Knight and his crew. They ended up going to the fight with a huge crew that totaled 15 cars. This included personal body guards for both Tupac and Suge Knight.

After the match in the hotel lobby, a group fight broke out between gang member Orlando Anderson, and pretty much everyone else in the room. This was all caught of security films, which seemed all too convenient. However, it is hard to pick out who started to the fight or who was even throwing punches.  While Orlando is seemingly a prime suspect, he was never arrested, or charged, and has since been killed. After the fight cleared, Tupac and his crew got into their 15 cars and started to travel away. They didn’t make it very far.  While they both had security teams, they were 5 cars away from them for some reason.  This was an extremely busy night, so there was a lot of traffic and a lot of people around. Normally, there is a lot of people around this busy area, but this night there were many more people than usual. There were literally hundreds of people who witness the shooting, however no one knows what happened.

Supposedly, this is what happened. Tupac was in the passenger seat, and Suge Knight was driving the car with no one else in the vehicle. At 11:15 P.M. their car was stopped at a red light. Moments before, Tupac was talking to two women on the driver side of the car. While that conversation happened, a white Cadillac pulled up and shot through the passenger side door 14 times. Tupac was hit 4 times including in his chest, that collapsed his lung, his arm, and his thigh. Original reports said Suge Knight had been struck in the head with a bullet. Later on, it turns out he was not shot in the head, but was grazed with a bullet that hit Tupac. Amazingly enough, Suge was able to drive the car with flat tires, a mile where he was stopped by police who called an ambulance to get them transported to the hospital.

Everything after this moment is all hearsay with stories that have been changed multiple times. Original news reports stated the Tupac was in stable condition and would most likely make a full recovery. Suge Knight even said that Tupac was alive and well when he left the hospital. He  even stated that they were laughing and joking. All of a sudden, Tupac was in a coma and stayed in that condition for several days before his Mother decided to take her son off of life support. Other reports from inside the hospital said that Suge Knight couldn’t even speak, and Tupac was placed in a medical coma for his own safety. Suge didn’t see Tupac again before he passed, and Tupac never regained consciousness after the attack, eventually passing away due to his injuries. The cause of death is conflicting. One says he died from his injuries while another report states he died of cardiac arrest, while others still claim it was blood loss. These are all official statements from his doctors. Strangely, they did an autopsy on Tupac very quickly. It was not just a recovery of the bullets, but a full autopsy, which would have been pointless given they knew he was shot. So what happened? This conflict is how the fake death theory started, but it wasn’t the only supporting evidence to this thought process

Taking a step back, let’s take a good look at who would want Tupac dead. First, there is the families of the young man that was killed with his gun, and the family and loved ones of the woman he assaulted. There are also countless other people whom Tupac assaulted during his lifetime that put a target on his back. He lived a very dangerous life, and none of it was talk. He made a lot of people angry. The very fact that Tupac was an outspoken black man who was shining light on the corruption of police and the realities of gang life also earned him a target. He made a lot of people in very high places angry. Tupac got on a lot of radars including those who kept his family under surveillance for his entire life. If he was labeled a danger, he could have been easily taken out by government officials. This is not a theory, but a realistic assessment given his family history. None of this has included the people  Tupac owed money to. Tupac didn’t have enough money to cover his bail, and pay for his legal fees. This is where Death Row records stepped up and footed the bill for a man worth more dead than he was alive. Rumors also were circulating that Tupac was getting ready to leave Death Row Records and start his own label. If this was true, it isn’t a far leap to let think that a powerful studio was going to do whatever they could to stop this from happening and getting their money back.

This is nowhere near the end of this strange case. There is so much going on, and so much that has been changed over and over again. Tupac’s case is by far one of the strangest ones that has never been solved, let alone even had any leads. Silence is all we are left with, so other people are connecting their own dots. No matter what the truth is, there was a long list of people who truly wanted Tupac dead. Thee are even more who are keeping the truth hidden. Next time, we will explore the faked death theories.

 

February 13

I’ve Been Down, But I’m Up Again!

Hello Underdogs! I have been down, but I’m back up again! This has been a long week in tech issues. I’m so sorry that I have not been able to keep my blog going since there was a huge tech issue. I had no clue how to fix it,and it took me days to get a hold of anyone to help me through it. Now that I know the issue, I hope this won’t happen again. However, anything is possible!

I missed you guys and I hope that you haven’t given up on me! I know consistency is the key, and many of you read my blog posts during the week on certain days! This was just as frustrating for me as I’m sure it was for you. Especially all of my new followers that I have gained right before my site went down. Thank you for coming to visit my site, and I’m so sorry you got an error message instead of posts for the last week! It was sure a challenge to get everything taken care of!

Please, I hope that those who are brand new to this site will continue to come back and try it again. I love doing this blog and I have lost ever since this whole thing started. I’m not very tech savvy, but you know as a blogger you somehow become a person who needs to know who to do everything! It’s a fun challenge, but I know this outage on my site was longer than any of us wanted, or needed it to be.

I want to thank you all for being part of this blogging experience, and thank you for coming back even when there are glitches. It’s not fun for anyone, but  I promise I will get back on track! I couldn’t even write ahead and schedule any blogs, so I will be working on some new posts for you all to be up as soon as possible. In the meantime, thank you again for being here, and thank you for being patient!

 

February 5

Random Thoughts During the Superbowl

It’s Superbowl time, Underdogs. You know what that means, right? Even if you aren’t a football fan, this is the biggest television event of the year. People from all over the world watch this game, even if it’s the only one they watch all year. It is even broadcasts to our troops serving all over the world. By the time you read this, either the Patriots or the Eagles have won this huge game. It’s hardly ever about the game, it’s about the people. While there are fans who live for this day, many people take advantage of the big game and have a party or gathering. Or, they spend time at home and bond over the game or the commercials. The Superbowl commercials are some of the best of the year so they will be widely talked about the next. day.

I’m not a huge football fan, and we had a get together yesterday since it worked out for everyone. For the game, I’m at home watching the game with my roommate and the dogs. I’ve ended up making a bunch of snacks and for us to share while hanging out. Being in Indianapolis, we are legally obligated to hate the Patriots and root for anyone playing against them. That means we are rooting for the Eagles even though they aren’t the Colts. The Colts had a very bad year and that’s a whole different story. I’ve been to several football games, and while it’s a lot of fun it isn’t super fun watching on TV. That’s why these things are more about gathering with friends, and loved ones, or even just relaxing and having fun. It’s a pass time for not only the United States, but for many around the world. Let’s all enjoy the ride!

 

So here are my random thoughts about the Superbowl. Pretend I’m live tweeting these because they are in order.

 

What kind of snacks should I have? Hot Pockets!

PINK made it! I heard how sick she was. You killed it Queen. Now go get some tea and feel better! Love you!

Jurassic World’s new movie! DUDE! That guy just got eaten by a dinosaur! I’m excited to see this!

A Han Solo movie? I have no clue how I’m feeling about this right now. But, of course I’m going to see it.

OMG! What is this show? It looks like all Steven King’s books. IT IS!!! OMG!!! I can’t wait to see this!! I’m so excited!! Castle Rock. Steven King and J.J. Abrams! This is going to be golden!

I hear a Prince song right now. I hope the rumors aren’t true and they are going to use his image as a hologram. That’s super creepy.

Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman are lip syncing! Bring it, Queens!!!

This Rock movie seems like Die Hard.

“This is Us,” a show I never ever want to see. I got too much drama in my own life, thank you. Let’s top this game off by depressing millions of people. I have no desire to see this show at all.

Cloverfiled? A new one? Yawn…

My roommate is currently hexing the Patriots. I have not issue with this.

I’m kind of board. What’s going on in Facebook land. Hmm..maybe Twitter?

Eagles Scored! But I have a feeling the NFL will never let them win. It’s the superbowl after all.  #allgamesarefixed #allaboutthemoney I can still have fun, however.

I think I have only eaten salt. I need to drink more water!

What happened? Why is the TV Black. Hold on, seeing if the TV came unplugged….Wait, it happened to everyone, and actually, my plug was loose. What happened there? Was it proof of aliens?

Is…is that Keenus Reeves??? Holy cow, it is! You do you boo, I still love you!

It’s cold here. I bet it’s really, really cold in Minnesota. However, my phone just went off about a snow storm warning coming this way.

Australia Tourism commercials was awesome! I was really thinking it was a real movie trailer! Yes!

I think Tide made some many commercials because they are making so much money off all those people eating their product.

MLK used to sell Dodge Rams, kind of a very low moment for everyone.

Half Time! JT coming up soon. I like him more than I like his music.

I really liked the we are all on one team commercial.

Did they finally change the Pepsi Logo back so it won’t look like CBS Asian Town (Family Guy) Trust me, once you see it, you will never unsee it. It is the same thing! I know it’s random, but I’m serious! Check it out.

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JT, what..I don’t like this start. The sound is very off. I’m trying man, but it the performance seems so off! You can dance, and I enjoy that. However, nothing sounds right.

Okay, got a little teary eyed with Prince.

Trolls! Superbowl selfie! JT, you are so likable!

I’m board now…

I’m going to go cut more cheese. Really, actual cheese. Not what you are thinking, I’m taking about cheddar.

Jeff Goldblum can do no wrong.

That Steven Tyler ad was very strange, and kind of sad.

Infinity War, I can’t…the feels!!! I’m so excited!!

Rhett and Link!!! I’m so excited to see our friends making it big! I  know they aren’t really my friends, but I feel like they could be. I know, I’m an adult. I know how these things work, but I’ve been a Rhett and Link fan for years!

Caregiver duty calls! I had to give some meds which took about 20 minutes. It’s a long process sometimes. I have no clue what’s going with the game anymore. I have stopped caring as much. I’m sleepy.

Looks like the Eagles are ahead. They are the underdogs, but I’m not sure if they will be allowed to win the Super Bowl. Oh, yep, Patriots scored as soon as I wrote this, so there is my answer.

Five more minutes left. Let’s see who manages to piss everyone off in the last few minutes.

Hyundai, nice commercial. However, there isn’t enough money in the world to cure cancer. My heart hurts so badly with these thoughts, but I’m glad you are trying. All we can do is try. Sorry, this hit home for me.

Is Victoria on tonight? If so, can I stream it tomorrow?  I love Victoria!

Oh, Eagles scored, or did they? Now they are saying he didn’t have control of the ball. It’s under review. I bet they will take it away.

Who is this dude in red and the beard that they keep showing? Santa’s younger brother, Frank?

TOUCH DOWN EAGLES! But a whole two minutes left and anything can happen.

SACKED!! It’s pretty much over!

It seemed so easy, however. Brady threw the game on purpose. Seriously, we are all saying it!

One minute left in the game. I have seen strange things happen, and who knows….take a knee, boys!

Field goal is good!

AHHHH! Now the dogs knocked over my Bath Bomb makings and a mold broke. I’m not a happy camper.

I have to clean all this stuff up, and all the food needs to be put away too. I’m tired again…

Time is up!!!

EAGLES WIN

SUCK IT BRADY!

And now I look around at all I have to clean up. Superbowl is done and it’s time for bed…after I clean.

I think I missed Victoria if it was on. Now, I’m sad. I’m going to turn off the TV before the after show comes on.

Now comes the Facebook wars with my friends, who I still love very much despite several of them being Patriots fans. They choose to be my friend, so they have wonderful taste!

 

All in all, it was only a partial exciting game. It’s hard to get into it on TV and not watching a game in person for me. I know a lot of people feel that way. The point was to have fun and bond with loved ones, who have already fallen asleep so it’s just me and the dogs. I still think Brady threw the game. It all seemed too simple and he is a 4th quarter, high pressure person.  Well, it was a Cinderella story this year, as many people were hoping.