Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Good Life Reggae and Beyonce shaking it in Alaska

Head on over to GoodLifeReggae.com for the latest installment of the Good Life Reggae Radio show on KEUL Girdwood, AK radio.

And check out the video below of Beyonce shaking it in Faribanks, AK. Ok, so it's not really Beyonce ... it's just some crazy Alaskan prancing around the snow in a leotard, but it's still pretty entertaining.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Inspiring video: The Girl Effect

I came across this inspiring video from The Girl Effect. I think the message holds true for girls in developing countries and girls right here in our own neighborhoods.

Bet you can't look away once you press play ...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Good Life Reggae 11/16 radio show

Andrew just posted a segment from the Good Life Reggae radio show over at GoodLifeReggae.com. Head on over and listen to Good Life Reggae serenade Girdwood, Alaska with an easy selection of foundation reggae on a laid back Sunday afternoon.

Good Life Reggae Radio November 16, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Unnecessary quotation marks, making the cut

One of my favorite blogs, The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks, accepted my submission for a great sign I found in downtown Anchorage this summer. Click here to check it out.

Yes, I admit that in my downtime I enjoy picking apart others' punctuation choices. I give credit to all of my past English and Newspaper teachers in high school, and the fine education I received at the University of Florida for my spelling and grammar OCD.

Anyway, head on over to The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks to take a look at my submission - Sidewalk Closed, Use "G" Street

Monday, November 10, 2008

Good Life Reggae 11/9 radio show

Click here to listen to Good Life Reggae's latest broadcast on November 9.

Andrew and Cameron put on a great show every Sunday on KEUL Girdwood radio, they'll be posting each week's show over at GoodLifeReggae.com. Check it out and put a little reggae in your afternoon!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Whoops! Palin’s consignment store shout-out sparks trademark trouble

Yes, I know the election is over, but I live in Alaska where Sarah Palin still makes the nightly news.

At a rally a few weeks ago, Palin made some comments addressing the money she spent on her campaign wardrobe and that she was “back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska.”

Sounds innocent enough, right? Well, the upscale consignment store, Out of the Closet, garnered some national news attention that has since landed the owner in a bit of legal trouble.

Here’s the story ...

Palin’s “favorite consignment shop” in Anchorage is called Out of the Closet. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (with benefactors including Magic Johnson, Ron Howard and Ellen Degeneres) runs a charitable thrift store chain by the same name in California and Florida.

While the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is grateful to Palin for inadvertently giving their organization national attention, they still don’t like the Anchorage store using their name. 

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation issued this statement:

"We are grateful to Governor Palin for bringing the infringement of AIDS Healthcare Foundation's trademark on our eighteen year-old 'Out of the Closet' name to our attention. In addition to raising funds for the care and treatment of thousands of people with AIDS in the US and around the globe, several AHF 'Out of the Closet' sites also serve as free HIV and STD testing centers. A growing number are now partnered with or placed alongside full service AHF Pharmacy stores, which are open to everyone, but offer clients specific expertise in HIV/AIDS medications.

AHF's 'Out of the Closet' chain and our related services at these sites provide the community a unique opportunity to give back. We value our good name and as such, have sent a 'cease and desist' letter to the independent for-profit resale shop operating under our 'Out of the Closet' name in Alaska....We also invite Governor Palin and the Republican National Committee to give back to the community by donating the Vice Presidential candidate's campaign wardrobe to AIDS Healthcare Foundation's 'Out of the Closet' following the election."

Owner Ellen Arvold will be forced to change the name of the store. Here’s what she told the Los Angeles Times:

"I can't afford to fight them," Arvold said. "I'll have to change the name. So we'll probably call ourselves In and Out of the Closet or something. Back in the Closet?"

Anchorage drama, you gotta love it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Barack Obama, President Elect

What an amazing night for America. We'll be celebrating Obama's victory tonight downtown at Humpy's, singing along to Coco Tea's "Barack Obama" all night long! 

I don't care who you support ...

... just get out there today and vote!

Hopefully you were lucky enough to vote early (we sent in our absentee ballots weeks ago), but if you weren't - get out there today and vote. Thanks!

On a side note - I think Election Day should be a national holiday. It would eliminate the hassle that comes along with having to convice your boss that you need 6 hours to go stand in line somewhere. Anyone second that idea?

And, if you wear your "I Voted" sticker today you can score a bunch of free stuff around town.

My name is Chelsea and I approve this message.  ;)

P.S. Check out Andrew's new blog at goodlifereggae.com.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cat news: Two's company, three's a crowd

I know, I know ... enough about the cats already, but we have some good news.

Just when we started to think Irie was long gone, it turns out he was just outside the gate. Almost two months after he got out of the house, Anchorage Animal Control picked up Irie on Saturday in Mt. View, a neighborhood right outside of the base.

So, if you've been keeping count ... that brings us to a total of three cats. Andrew and I had a feeling Irie would come back, especially after we adopted another cat in his absence. They say "two's company, three's a crowd," but I just like to call us one big happy family.

He's skinny and needed a bath because he smelled like he'd been living in a garage for the past two months, but it didn't take him too long to fall back into house-cat mode. After some expected hissing and growling, I think the little critters are getting used to each other. I'm sure they'll be making out in no time.

Lesson learned: Have your pets microchipped.