Monday, June 30, 2008

Leaving Cerritos College behind for LACC



As if I would never have thought that this day would come, but it has. I, Norma Palacios, will be leaving Cerritos College (pictured at right) to attend another community college in September; this time it's Los Angeles City College (pictured below). After spending the last five years at Cerritos, I do think that it's time for me, personally, to move on and find that light at the end of the tunnel.

I needed to do this for me and no one else. This is just like anything else that happens, including being on Cerritos' Talon Marks. But with my family looking toward a move more on the West End of Los Angeles and with the mindset that Santa Fe Springs no longer feels like home, I needed this for me.

I needed a change and a path that will lead me to a life that I will be happy in. Sure, there were moments that I said I would NEVER want to move from where I have been for 17 years. Sure, there were those days where I didn't want to accept a move anywhere else but Santa Fe Springs. But one has to have an open mind and an open heart for change; and who knows about change more than me.

During my first 10 years of life I moved five times before my mom, sister and I settled in Santa Fe Springs. However, as one would say, "The next city is always better than the one before." I believe this. Hollywood is starting to feel like home. Hollywood, was always like home. I have told you I have gone numerous times on numerous occasions. Being at LACC was just the beginning of something that could benefit me, personally.



It's not that Cerritos has changed. And boy, has it change! It was more than that. The direction of the college is uncertain. I also felt that there was nothing more I could contribute to the college. I wanted to make a difference, but it was hard; wishing that things could have been different. And as a student, I was looking for support and never found it. That was frustrating. Period.

But Cerritos has given me this. I now have a sense of confidence and awareness about myself. I didn't have that five years ago. I have been blessed to meet person that accepted my flaws even when I was ashamed of them. Everyone at the Cerritos College publication the Talon Marks and its web site were kind beyond words, even when I wasn't. As always...I will keep an eye on TM...and comments on the articles of course.

(Alicia, if he doesn't already, let Ryan know that the "X-Men" photo of me turned out to be my favorite! Mr. Cameron, I have no words for the lessons you taught me!). Everyone at Student Activities was also kind...no words for that too. But this isn't buh-bye; this is "See you later."

Yes, I need to move on and yet, I still believe that one day I will be famous. I mean, come on, I am and this is, the "Campus Correspondent" blog. If I stop writing, I will go mad. No need for that to happen. For all you know, one day all of you will be saying, "Yeah, I knew [Norma] once." That to me is all the fame I need.

N-dolla

Saturday, June 28, 2008

One Madonna shirt away from No. 30

Update: An update below...

With the Madonna "Sticky and Sweet" tour scheduled to come to Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium on Nov. 6 Madonna fans have come out to collect anything with her name or face on it. What it is, is Madonna mania. After the tour comes through it should die down.

That is according to a Hollywood seller of Madonna memorabilia. But for me, it is always Madonna this or Madonna that. With that said, here is a look at the Madonna shirt. This make No. 29; that's 29 Madonna shirts and one away from No. 30.

If you look at the celebrity memorabilia web site Fanfire it cost more than $30. I thought, "And I found it all $20? How can I that be?! But I was fortunate. And now, if only there was a sale of the Hard Candy era with its shirts and that hoodie. I love the fact that it has the words Hard Candy on it.

I went to Hollywood thinking that I could find the Japanese edition of Hard Candy with the song, "Ring My Bell" as its bonus track. Well, unfortunately, I wasn't able to find it two days after seeing one copy at Virgin Megastore and the other copy at Hollywood's Amoeba Music store. I was disappointed.

However, I walked into Virgin Megastore and saw a copy of the July issue Record Collector with Madonna on the cover and bought the shirt (pictured above). I know that finding the Hard Candy import will take time to find, but I will be back to look for it; no matter what. In a sense, the day didn't go to waste.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Buying an ICON who turned into a girl

ICON. Everyone and anyone who uses the word ICON uses it for people who are totally famous. Famous in the music industry, movies, television and radio. But ICON is this sense, is the name of my ICON, Madonna.

Who else? Yesterday, I went Starwood Hollywood and I bought the Evita cover magazine (pictured below). And it was the only one that I could get. Well, turns out that the seller and I talked about the 49-year-old star and what has been talked about.

I don't want to believe what happened until it comes out of her. The thing is now the ICON magazine is digital (television is next in February 2009). Too bad I actually like the magazine print. Maybe one day newspapers will be digital too.



There is a great assortment of the ICON magazine. There is one that I think is awesome that being the very first ICON magazine that is selling for $99. It wasn't called ICON, it was called FANZINE. I will slowly get those magazines. One day I will have all those magazine.

I just have to search for all of them. Anyway, this summer has been quiet so far. I can't wait to return in the fall. As for as what I've been trying to do is losing weight for the summer. I want to feel better and such. I don't know if I want to return to Cerritos College or go to Los Angeles City College. However, I do have some news. I'm now carrying a purse, so I guess that makes me a girl now.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Norma and Michael Palacios

Here I am with my cousin Michael Palacios at his graduation last Thursday at Long Beach City College. He graduated from Lynwood High School.


It's a rare sight to see...that is, me and someone else, much less a cousin of mine in a picture. But Michael, 18, is now going to live and work in Bakersfield. After that, who knows, may be a long time before I see him again.

And with the weather and having more than 100 degrees, I'm surprised all of us didn't melt. You couldn't even wear a jacket. Didn't have to. Aren't we better off naked?

N-dolla

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Freelancing or not, I call the shots

Here's a email that I got yesterday from someone at the Los Angeles Times office. It was more than one email that I sent to different local newspaper and answered about freelancing at its location. Anyway, thanks for the information. I will take it into serious consideration for the next step. I know that one way or another I will be able to turn this into the real thing.



Picture above: The headquarters of the Los Angeles Times.

Ms. Palacios:

Thanks for the inquiry. For freelancers, I usually recommend that you send your story pitch directly to the editor of the section. You can find a list of editors at latimes.com. Keep your pitch short. Be specific. If you just write and say you're available for freelance assignments, you won't get anywhere. I also recommend that you include a resume and a copy of your best clip. That way they'll know who you are and what you can do.

All the best.

P.S. If I can make a suggestion. I'd create a different email address for business dealings, something containing your name. It looks more professional that way.


By the way, as for the P.S. I'm not the only one who has a email that is unique. No, no let me rephrase that...I'm the one who calls the (bleeping) shots. Being a (bleep) has its perks.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I look forward, I don't look back

As you now know, I will not be going to my 10 year high school reunion. There was much debate whether or not I should go from my mom, ("So, you don't want to go?") to myself, ("To be honest with you mom, I didn't know more than half those people"). Frankly, high school is overrated. High school WAS considered to to be the "best years of your life." But anyone who is having their high school reunion, 10, 20, 50 years down the line knows that high school is just...(bleeping) full of it.



As I watched speeches being given by students yesterday at a cousin's high school graduation, I thought of what I had done and how I understood high school, and its instructors. College, on the other hand, much more comfortable and tolerate then high school. I was never the type to go out and buy high school senior class shirts, sweaters and that thing you call a high school class ring.

Nah man, it was shit, and that was it. Naturally, that has led me to this: I look forward, I don't look back because high school was the opportunity to create a character to be yourself, college is the opportunity to be comfortable, and be that liberating, self-centered, egoistical, and famous-driven bitch. Hey, wait a minute, that's me...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This look and that look for a job seeker

I had the opportunity to go to a job fair or as its appropriate title was, "Diversity Employment Day Career Fair 2008" at the Embassy Suites Hotel at LAX North. Anyway, I went out with this "new" look. Straighted out by a hair straightener. I looked in the mirror and say, "AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!"

But after the shock wore off, I thought it looked okay. Now, I know what you're thinking, "Norma, why don't you smile in any of your pictures of yourself more often?" Then I thought, every look is a "new" look, right? But like I told you all before in a previous blog entry, I'm the real Ugly Betty. I am I'm proud of that title.


Media Credit: N-dolla
Pictured above is mio, taken just recently at home.

Anyway, back to the career fair. I gave it a "C" only because, it was the first time I had seen it take place in suites at a hotel. Different look but it was hot inside as well. There were two bright spots, first I saw representatives from the Los Angeles Daily News, CBS Radio and the Spanish newspaper La OpiniĆ³n.



One of the resumes was given to the Representative of the Spanish-language newspaper after she said that there might be an opportunity for someone to freelance. I have taken it a step further. I've emailed those publications and have seen whether or not I have ruffled a few feathers. I tend to do that. What's a life without ruffled feathers?

Note: Coming soon will be pictures of Michelle Cassiano's grave stone. I have been told that there is now a headstone where she was buried. The point is not to exploit the grave site. The point is to know that she meant the world to me and those she knew.

N-dolla

Monday, June 16, 2008

Keep it, change it, or forget it

Okay, so I am a crazy Madonna bitch fan, but that is beside the point. Now, I am going to ask you this. Should I keep it, change it, or forget it because I am looking at these photos of myself and can't decide. I have one of two options. Keep the photo I have on the Blogger profile or change it to the most and up-to-the-second look I have now.


And let me be frank, that I only cut my hair because my mom wanted me to have a different look. That is the only reason I did it. No, no...(not really, really did it, get your head out of the gutter). Besides if I really did it did it, do you think I would tell you? Oh, as far as the tattoo is concerned that next my Top 5 list of things to do.



How are things going this summer? I'm still here aren't I? I'm still blogging, yes? I'm still criticizing aren't I? And I've been told I have lost weight (yeah right, from where?) and I am still fighting with myself and my mom, but we are okay. As you have noticed for the last two weeks I've slowed down, not blogging as much. Unfortunately I can't take the camera with me, out to take photos of some of the Hollywood scene. Damn. But I will, one day.

High school is for suckers. I am not one of them so...I'm not going...screw the people that were there I don't know any if not all of them. And finally, more thoughts on Dr. Vela...I have no regrets about what I have said about her. I said what I said because of her actions and attitude. Oh wait, Vela who?

P.S. So, keep the photo, change it, or forget it?

N-dolla

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Top 5 list for the next Cerritos President


As soon-to-be former Cerritos College President Dr. Noelia Vela will depart to be San Bernardino Community College Chancellor on July 21, the next question should be, "Who will be Cerritos' next College President?" There must be someone willing to take over Vela's hot seat after four years of doing nothing.

As the process has begun to figure it out, I'm sure that ASCC President Michael Barrita and ASCC Student Trustee Jason Macias must be dancing in the aisles and are no longer having, what they claim to be "sleepless nights" thinking about Vela's status. They don't have to worry anymore.

As Barrita and Macias continue to show light of Bush and Cheney, Vela who was in hot water over not performing her duties as President and was scrutinized and analyzed, what does one say to the person who would be the next Cerritos College President?

Here is my Top 5 list of things to say to the next Cerritos College President:

No. 5: You are taking over for Dr. Noelia Vela who lives in Cerritos so, if you live close by at least like her, you will have to spend $5 per gallon.

No. 4: You will come in contact with ASCC President Michael Barrita and Student Trustee Jason Macias. Just saying their names gives me a headache.

No. 3: You will most likely not be on campus for a number of activities, don't you wish sometimes you had red tights and a cape?

No. 2: As Cerritos College President you will have to decide the direction of the college and its students. What direction?

And the No. 1 thing to say to the next Cerritos College President: Dr. Vela hardly spoke to the Cerritos College publication the Talon Marks, if you don't speak, just make sure Vela has a muzzle to spare.

Monday, June 9, 2008

With all due respect, Vela needed to leave


Note: More information below.

So to be Former Cerritos College President Dr. Noelia Vela will be leaving Cerritos College after four years to go to San Bernardino Community College and be its Chancellor. With all due respect, it was about time she left. I mean with all of the drama that she caused through the last two years about her being fired or not, it was enough for anyone to write a soap opera.

The endless back-and-forth of departments not having confidence in Vela only made it clear that she needed to leave. How much more drama does it need for a soap opera. Get writers here...now! Or that she needed a muzzle, but in thinking about that Vela didn't need a muzzle, she was wearing one during her four years at Cerritos College.

Seriously, good riddance to a person who wanted to leave anyway. All of the talk of her wanting to be an example and wanted to have communication with the Cerritos College Board of Trustees was a lie. I knew it, and everyone else knew it. She kept her trap shut for four years at Cerritos, so what will be different at SBCC?

Friday, June 6, 2008

Well, I had to copy it for keeps

I know that as all of you have seen this blog over more than a year since I started, have realized the Madonna inspiration, throughout. The other day I had to copy this album cover and its CD content for keeps. Why not? At least I have a live CD from a performance she did in England.



Note: More N-dolla pics coming soon. Check back soon.

N-dolla

Monday, June 2, 2008

If her sugar is raw, so is mine

I went to Hollywood last Wednesday, after getting the two magazines that I bought and then the seller told me about a Madonna exhibition that was across the street. This exhibit was a tribute to Madonna and her numerous looks throughout more than 20 years in the music industry. Unfortunately, the only photos that I was able to take were on my cell phone but better than nothing.


If you look closely at the exhibit with those numerous looks on the window display, the different clothes that the Queen of Pop has made is entirely made of candy. Yes all of the manikins that are there are the clothes are made out of candy. Yes, candy.

Everything from black licorice, white safesavers, jelly beans etc. And with the words (above) that said, "My Sugar Is Raw," there is another one that said, "Are You Getting Hard Yet?" But wait, if I was getting hard that wouldn't make me a virgin anymore, right?