Friday, December 18, 2009

Closing 2010. Transferring in 2011?

I can finally breathe again and look forward to 2010 and perhaps transferring to a university in the fall of 2011. Yes, you heard right, transferring to a university in fall of 2011. I have two classes left in order to transfer. But ladies and gentlemen, I thought that this would NEVER happen. But it has. Now, I look forward to the new year in 2010. Can you believe it? It's looking a lot like 2010. And something else. I will be the big 3-0 in 2010.


Los Angeles City College has been a quiet experience. I have no complains and no regrets about leaving Cerritos College. As you know, nobody ever forgets the first community college one attends and while Cerritos will be in my heart I know that the decision to leave for LACC was best for me. And now look, I have that end of the light, of transferring if all goes well to a university. I love that.


But more than anything this year I lost my best friend, my rock and my little girl. My dog Prieta was just 12 years old and having passed away in October, I don't know whatelse to say but, I will love her forever. I look forward to transferring to a university by 2011.

Thank you and I will see you in January 2010...

Norma

Thursday, November 26, 2009

LACC College President vs. The Collegian

As we have reached the finish line of the spring semester, the campus as been in the headline with Los Angeles City College President and its student newspaper publication The Collegian. It seems that Dr. Jamillan Moore has had a fit with any staff writers from the Collegian and has wanted him or her to sign a release form in knowing who's covering meetings where she is present; or something to that. Anyway the thing is the controversy is whether or not she has a right to do that. And no, she doesn't.

For the last five years since I became interested in mass communication, I have seen what exposed staff writer had to fight for. And former Cerritos College Talon Marks writers know what I am talking about. Remember in 2004 and 2005 the controversy when its Board of Trustees were wry of its meeting taped for online video? I think you do. You should. The student president at the time, thought that having Talon Marks there taping its meeting was a good idea. I have yet, to see that Los Angeles City College student president can take a stand with the Collegian.

While yes, it's a fact that the Collegian is older than Talon Marks these two publication have its ethics and any president that tries to censor anything is wrong. That why it's great that there is a law protecting student publication from censorship. Without that there will be no newspaper. I am not agreeing with Moore's way of trying to intimate the Collegian staff. The story has been significant, as still from me, during this spring semster.

I can forget about the awards from the journalism conference, to the math department's No. 1 ranking in the Los Angeles City College District and smoking on campus. Those story are in the back burner. As for Moore...she still has her job.

Imagine.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Richard C. Runyon eight years later

I wonder after eight years what would Richard C. Runyon be like, and I can to a conclusion: he would have been the same person he'd always been. He would say that he was always younger than his age. I believe, (if not mistaken) would have still had a crush on actress Cameron Diaz. And he would have been the man that was always up for a plane ride. Today, marks a sad and somewhat somber reminder of the day that change when he, and another passanger were killed in a plane at the Santa Monica Airport.

Twenty years of memories come back whenever I think of him and his attitude, his love for his life and for what a giant he was when he walked into a room. At least that's how I saw him. What do I remember most? The numerous shirts he had, and how he liked his stuff organized. How much he looked at me and always treated me with love, although at times he had his way of showing it.



But most of all, I miss seeing him when I was not in school. I haven't seen the house he lived in, in a long while and yet, the house, still looks the same and I remember what it did look like. The train collection was in the living room, the office would be right next to it; the dog Ace would be happy and go in the kitchen. The rest of the train set would be outside by the deck. Anything else I would miss? Yeah, what he would have say about my mom being accepted to California State University, Los Angeles...

He was, after all a giant.

Richard C. Runyon

April 26, 1937-Nov. 13, 2001

Monday, November 9, 2009

Santa Monica Daily Press looking but...

Just saw this in my e-mail about the Santa Monica Daily Press:




Skills:
Job Description:
Full-time Reporter

The Santa Monica Daily Press, the Westside’s leading daily newspaper serving the more than 89,000 residents of this beautiful beach-side community that boasts its own municipal airport, award-winning bus company, a robust tourism industry, a world-famous pier and a vibrant arts community, is looking for a full-time, general assignment reporter. This is a position for someone who is hungry and not afraid of pounding the pavement or working long hours to find the diamond in the rough. Reporters are expected to write at least two stories a day and occasionally take photos. Covering City Council and school board meetings is crucial, along with community events. We pride ourselves on providing a product that captures the city’s essence, a product that is impartial and accessible. We have high standards and take pride in our work and you should too. Experience with computers and digital cameras is essential as well as having a firm grasp of AP style. A journalism degree and at least two years experience at a weekly or daily newspaper is preferred. Experience with Quark is a plus. Candidates musts be self-starters, detail oriented, well organized and have a creative flair. Story generation is key. Former reporters have benefited greatly from the position, enhancing their writing style while making valuable contacts on the Westside. You will have a chance to effect change that is tangible, develop life-long friendships and enhance your writing portfolio. The job is demanding. Reporters work long hours, produce at least 10 to 12 stories a week and will work some holidays and weekends. If there’s a gang shooting at midnight, you have to be there. Still interested? This is a great opportunity for the right person who loves community journalism and wants to work in a fun, rewarding atmosphere. Salary is based on experience. Health insurance available along with paid vacation days. Send resume, relative samples of your work, and a cover letter explaining why you are the right fit for the Daily Press.


Okay, so you have read the above. Now, I know that this is the one thing that I have wanted to do. And yet, I still have to be cautious. After the disaster that I had from the previous "internship", I still doubt my ability and still have to work toward this, to which I am. Another problem: LOCATION. I wish that I were closer to the city of Santa Monica. If I were and if I could, I would. How many times do opportunities like this, with the Santa Monica Daily Press happen? I can only imagine few and far between. But I'm working on it...BELIEVE ME...I am!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Epple, Hughlett in, Avalos out

It's bye-bye-bye Carmen Avalos, and welcome back for Bob Hughlett, and Bob Epple. The Cerritos College Board of Trustees has one newcomer. The former South Gate city clerk, Avalos was ousted by Shin Liu, a college professor.

Avalos was quiet during the four years she was at Cerritos. I talked to her only once and yes, I walked away knowing that she would not last long. And she didn't....and it was like a battery, you know, that they don't last...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

About Cerritos' new web site

User friendly? I guess. New? No. Better than before. Maybe. Future of the 21st century? Not yet. But it's better than the previous one I guess. Cerritos College's new update, futuristic, user-friendly (whatever) page is up and it's okay.

ASCC President Oscar Franco is excited about, but I took a peek and it's just a page with a "better" not "user-friendly" look. I don't know what the big deal is. It's all the rage now. Everyone from MySpace, to YouTube to Facebook will end up saying it, "Check out my NEW USER FRIENDLY PAGE." I say.

Good for you ! Where's the marching band? Confetti?

Friday, October 23, 2009

(About Time!) New photos of N-dolla

These recent photos are the latest that are taken of yours truly and after the death of our beloved chow-chow dog, Prieta. SO, I have given you an idea of what I look like now.



As of right now, the fall semester at Los Angeles City College is a little more than halfway done. And I'm out by mid-December. My apologies for the delay of writing, I'm just focused on my classes and reaching the finish line.



I think I look okay, not great. I still have another 20 lbs. that I want to lose. And I'm working on it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Our Prieta's memory is remembered

Here is your first look at the wooden urn where our beloved Prieta's ashes will remain forever. As you can see the urn has no pictures of our chow-chow just yet. Those picutures are upload to a flash drive and hopefully the urn will be filled with just pictures of her. In the last week, as I have said, Prieta, 12, passed away on Oct. 7 of throat cancer that was diagnosed in August.



Since her death I have walked over the the urn and placed my hand on it and have always remembered everything about her. There will be no other chow-chow like her. I don't know when we, and if we will get another dog. I haven't moved the bed that Prieta slept on since Oct. 7, and I don't plan to. It's the only way that I will never forget.



May we never forget. And finally, below is the generous donation given to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that I mentioned. I was in tears when I saw this. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Prieta's ashes are sealed in a wooden box

As all of you know, our dog passed away on Oct. 7. On Oct. 10 her ashes were picked up at a pet cementary in Huntington Beach, California in a wooden box. That box now sits on top of the piano in the living. As of this morning pictures of Prieta were saved on a flash drive so that way the wooden box wouldn't be so plain. As soon as the pictures are placed on the box, a photo (I hope) will be taken. As soon as that happens I will upload the picture onto the blog.



Also...I would like to extend my appreication to someone who made a generous, and I do mean generous donation to the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in memory of our beloved chow-chow. A card was mailed to our home saying that this person did it in her memory. I would like to say many thanks for the loving thought. It only reinforces what I knew about Prieta; that I, my sister, my mom and dad loved her so much.

AND MOST of all...

A million and one thank yous to Prieta.

April 27, 1997-Oct. 7, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

In Memoriam to our dog Prieta 1997-2009

Until now, these black and white images of our dog Prieta were private and as a memoriam to her since her passing on October 7, 2009 from throat cancer, I wanted to share these with you. I had take a photography class at Cerritos College in 2000 and decided to use her as my muse. First, I like to apologize for the lack of contrast and such but it was the best I could do. At the time, Prieta was three years old and I would hope that you can see why I fell in love with her as quick as I did. She was energetic, young and full of love for the four of us after getting over her initial shock and her new surroundings. She loved us all but I, fell in love with her instantly.



Never one to let a day go by without telling you she loved you, Prieta had her way of showing love, at least for me. The way she showed me love is that from time to time she would lick my hand, even when I didn't expect it and she would continue to do it for the next nine years of her life. But like I stated before she was one-of-a-kind and that to me is rare in a dog much less a human. Since Wednesday, not a day has gone by without thinking of Prieta and the routine that would following. No more waking up and taking her out to see if she needed water or go at 4:30 a.m. No more worrying about whether she had food or water. No more worrying about whether she is still breathing...and no more...no more waiting and just being able to hug her.



All of that is what I will miss the most, just her being her and having to know that she is protecting and caring for our home. I'm starting to well up in tears. I have been doing that since Wednesday but want can I do? I have never felt the emptiness of losing a family pet, a family dog until now. And I'm 29-years-old! How can anyone just instantly forget a dog that meant so much to so many people. A dog that meant so much to me. I will never, ever, ever, ever forget.



I want to end it by saying that Prieta was a good egg. She was one of a kind, she was almost human and born on my birthday. She will forever be in my heart even when I'm 100-years-old. I LOVE you Prieta!

Now if you will excuse me I have to go get Kleenex tissue to swipe the tears away.

April 27, 1997-October 7, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Breaking News: Our Dog Dies 1997-2009

Ladies and Gentleman,

With a unknowing gift for making everyone she knew happy and for teaching me how to grow old, it saddened me to inform you that our chow-chow dog, Prieta has died. She was 12. Yes, this lovable character to whom I called, "My Girl" died of throat cancer at 8:44 a.m. The diagnosis was more than a two months ago. Born on April 27, 1997 Prieta was given to us by a gentleman who was looking for a home for the rest of her family. She, at the time had two brothers and her father was a black chow-chow, and her mother was brown. She came into our home as a gift for my sister and my sister thought that the thing hiding underneath the table was a giant fur ball.

How quickly that thought changed as she fell in love with this dog and so did I. I don't have the words to say what she did for me as a human being. She changed me because I had always known that someone would be waiting for me. I don't know what to tell God at this moment because I can't speak to him right now, I can only speak about what I am feeling.



Media Credit: N-dolla

The way in which she left me was not the way I wanted her to leave this earth. This morning the cancer took away her mobility to walk and stand and I look and told my mom that it was time to put her to sleep. She was no longer eating and the only thing that she wanted to do was sleep. In the more than a month that followed my love for this dog grew. It grew to the point that I would have given my heart and right arm to keep her for one more year. However, that was not to be. And now she's forever gone but she will never be forgotten.



Thank you to this four-legged friend to whom I owe my greatest gratitude for 12 unforgettable years. For the times that you have given me, for letting me pratice my speeches with and for the time that I just needed a hug. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! A gzillion thank yous to you Prieta. I will love you and miss you tomorrow. And always.

Prieta

April 27, 1997-October 7, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Deciding whether she should be put down

I look at Prieta everyday and at this moment I wanted to express what I'm feeling. My mom's confusing, my sister doesn't want to think about it, my dad doesn't want to think about it, and I am not ready to let her go. But I think that the dog will be put to sleep soon then expected. After more than 12 years with us, that is a reality that I am not ready to face.


Media Credit: N-dolla

I can't imagine what that will feel like the day that this dog is no longer around. The throat cancer has possibly returned yet, she will have to be taken to the hospital in order to find out. But that has not happened. But at this moment, I am just loving her with all I can, and have asked the Man above to keep her going for as long as she can.

I don't know what else I can say. I love my dog too much to let her go.

Norma

Saturday, October 3, 2009

We will love her as long as God says so

I have been thinking about what to say to you all. I have been thinking how I would say it, but ladies and gentleman, we are taking good care of our dog Prieta for as long as we have her. I know that the cancer that she was diagnosed will one day take her from us, but in the time that she has on this earth, all of us, that is, all four of us will love her until she passes away.



I seriously don't know what I would feel, if anything, when that day happens. Prieta is our first dog, and the first one that I will forever love and will continue to do so for as long as God will let us. Mind you, I don't want to get religious, but at the moment she is concerning me with eating less and sleeping more. Is that a bad sign? I don't want to think about the day that she passes...my tears will never stop, but I was once told that crying will cleanse the soul and mind.

SO, if you have been wondering about what I have been doing what I have just said is what is going on. My love for her, My Prieta is growing each and every day. That is something I am sure of. With all this concern about her at least it brings something out of me...

I'm SUCH a mom.

Click here to read a previous blog entry about Prieta.


N-dolla

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

From someone who had a crush on a girl

Hello everyone:

I just had to share this with all of you. I don't know about you, but isn't it annoying when you get e-mail and texts saying that you have to pass along a chain letter to 10, 20 and sometimes 100 people or otherwise the sky will fall on you? Well, yes, everyone of us gets those, who hasn't?

Anyway, the other day, I always have my cell phone with me and (other times I don't) but after coming back from school, I look at my texts. And it came from someone I have known for about six years and it said something like this, (I'm paraphrasing) "Believe in God, and he will lead you the way. Send this text to 10 people."

AND the second said, "Believe and Trust IN HIM." I looked at the text and I didn't know what to say or think, I did either. All I can think about was how she might have found the light, maybe she has decided that being a born again christian was the way she would be happy. But this is coming from someone who had a crush on a (girl). THIS is the same person who told me that she feelings for this person and wanted her. AND I do mean WANTED her.

Nothing wrong with being religious or all that jazz. I have nothing against it. But please, people assume things about me too. I mean I get something like this (it happened only once), "You don't look gay." You don't know the half of it.

Friday, September 18, 2009

How will Dr. Linda Lacy do?

How will Dr. Linda Lacy do? That is how will she succeed at Cerritos College now that the campus has its newly appointed College President. I still think that a more thought-provocating analysis of who she is, and what she can do for this campus. I think that anyone who gets hired in a position that man or woman should be aware that the population will scruntize what they can do.



So that is why Lacy should have been more about what she can do for the students and less about what she could do for the campus. And what does the Board of Trustees members think. What was it about her that made them appoint her. Will she succeed? That is a wait-and-see game. And I don't know but trust me when I say, I will soon introduce myself to Dr. Linda Lacy.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Eight years later: Remembering 9/11

Early in the morning on September 11, 2001, 19 hijackers took control of four commercial airliners en route to San Francisco and Los Angeles from Boston, Newark, and Washington, D.C. (Washington Dulles International Airport). At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 was crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower, followed by United Airlines Flight 175 which hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. Another group of hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. A fourth flight, United Airlines Flight 93, whose ultimate target was thought to be either the United States Capitol or White House, crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m, after the passengers on board engaged in a fight with the hijackers.



During the hijacking of the airplanes, the hijackers used weapons to stab and/or kill aircraft pilots, flight attendants and passengers. Reports from phone callers from the planes indicated that knives were used by the hijackers to stab attendants and in at least one case, a passenger, during two of the hijackings. Some passengers were able to make phone calls using the cabin airphone service and mobile phones, and provide details, including that several hijackers were aboard each plane, that mace or other form of noxious chemical spray, such as tear gas or pepper spray was used, and that some people aboard had been stabbed. The 9/11 Commission established that two of the hijackers had recently purchased Leatherman multi-function hand tools. A flight attendant on Flight 11, a passenger on Flight 175, and passengers on Flight 93 mentioned that the hijackers had bombs, but one of the passengers also mentioned he thought the bombs were fake. No traces of explosives were found at the crash sites, and the 9/11 Commission believed the bombs were probably fake.

On United Airlines Flight 93, black box recordings revealed that crew and passengers attempted to seize control of the plane from the hijackers after learning through phone calls that similarly hijacked planes had been crashed into buildings that morning. According to the transcript of Flight 93's recorder, one of the hijackers gave the order to roll the plane once it became evident that they would lose control of the plane to the passengers. Soon afterward, the aircraft crashed into a field near Shanksville in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, at 10:03:11 a.m. local time (14:03:11 UTC). Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, organiser of the attacks, mentioned in a 2002 interview with Yosri Fouda, an al Jazeera journalist, that Flight 93's target was the United States Capitol, which was given the code name "the Faculty of Law".



Three buildings in the World Trade Center Complex collapsed due to structural failure on the day of the attack. The south tower (2 WTC) fell at approximately 9:59 a.m., after burning for 56 minutes in a fire caused by the impact of United Airlines Flight 175. The north tower (1 WTC) collapsed at 10:28 a.m., after burning for approximately 102 minutes. When the north tower collapsed, debris heavily damaged the nearby 7 World Trade Center (7 WTC) building. Its structural integrity was further compromised by fires, and the building collapsed later in the day at 5:20 p.m.

The attacks created widespread confusion among news organizations and air traffic controllers across the United States. All international civilian air traffic was banned from landing on US soil for three days. Aircraft already in flight were either turned back or redirected to airports in Canada or Mexico. News sources aired unconfirmed and often contradictory reports throughout the day. One of the most prevalent of these reported that a car bomb had been detonated at the U.S. State Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Soon after reporting for the first time on the Pentagon crash, CNN and other media also briefly reported that a fire had broken out on the Washington Mall. Another report went out on the AP wire, claiming that a Delta Air Lines airliner—Flight 1989—had been hijacked. This report, too, turned out to be in error; the plane was briefly thought to represent a hijack risk, but it responded to controllers and landed safely in Cleveland, Ohio.



Casualties

There were a total of 2,993 deaths, including the 19 hijackers: 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,603 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. An additional 24 people remain listed as missing. All of the deaths in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

In 2007, the New York City medical examiner's office added Felicia Dunn-Jones to the official death toll from the September 11 attacks. Dunn-Jones died five months after 9/11 from a lung condition which was linked to exposure to dust during the collapse of the World Trade Center.

NIST estimated that about 17,400 civilians were in the World Trade Center complex at the time of the attacks, while turnstile counts from the Port Authority suggest that 14,154 people were typically in the Twin Towers by 8:45 a.m. The vast majority of people below the impact zone safely evacuated the buildings, along with 18 people who were in the impact zone in the south tower; 1,366 people died who were at or above the floors of impact in the North Tower. According to the Commission Report, hundreds were killed instantly by the impact, while the rest were trapped and died after the tower collapsed. As many as 600 people were killed instantly or were trapped at or above the floors of impact in the South Tower.



At least 200 people jumped to their deaths from the burning towers (as depicted in the photograph "The Falling Man"), landing on the streets and rooftops of adjacent buildings hundreds of feet below. Some of the occupants of each tower above its point of impact made their way upward toward the roof in hope of helicopter rescue, but the roof access doors were locked. No plan existed for helicopter rescues, and on September 11, the thick smoke and intense heat would have prevented helicopters from conducting rescues.

A total of 411 emergency workers who responded to the scene died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires. The New York City Fire Department lost 341 firefighters and 2 FDNY paramedics. The New York City Police Department lost 23 officers. The Port Authority Police Department lost 37 officers, and 8 additional EMTs and paramedics from private EMS units were killed.

Cantor Fitzgerald L.P., an investment bank on the 101st–105th floors of One World Trade Center, lost 658 employees, considerably more than any other employer. Marsh Inc., located immediately below Cantor Fitzgerald on floors 93–101 (the location of Flight 11's impact), lost 355 employees, and 175 employees of Aon Corporation were killed. After New York, New Jersey was the hardest hit state, with the city of Hoboken sustaining the most deaths.

Weeks after the attack, the estimated death toll was more than 6,000. The city was only able to identify remains for about 1,600 of the victims at the World Trade Center. The medical examiner's office also collected "about 10,000 unidentified bone and tissue fragments that cannot be matched to the list of the dead". Bone fragments were still being found in 2006 as workers were preparing to demolish the damaged Deutsche Bank Building.

Damage

In addition to the 110-floor Twin Towers of the World Trade Center itself, numerous other buildings at the World Trade Center site were destroyed or badly damaged, including 7 World Trade Center, 6 World Trade Center, 5 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, the Marriott World Trade Center (3 WTC), and the World Financial Center complex and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

The Pentagon damaged by fire and partly collapsed. The Deutsche Bank Building across Liberty Street from the World Trade Center complex was later condemned due to the uninhabitable, toxic conditions inside the office tower, and is undergoing deconstruction. The Borough of Manhattan Community College's Fiterman Hall at 30 West Broadway was also condemned due to extensive damage in the attacks, and is slated for deconstruction. Other neighboring buildings including 90 West Street and the Verizon Building suffered major damage, but have since been restored. World Financial Center buildings, One Liberty Plaza, the Millenium Hilton, and 90 Church Street had moderate damage. Communications equipment atop the North Tower, including broadcast radio, television and two-way radio antenna towers, was also destroyed, but media stations were quickly able to reroute signals and resume broadcasts. In Arlington County, a portion of the Pentagon was severely damaged by fire and one section of the building collapsed.

Nobody will ever forget!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It's something I want to do before 30...

I realize that all of you are waiting to see what I look like now, don't you? Well, not to worry I will have new pictures up soon. I am currently working out again, and trying to lose weight, for me...not for some man, mind you. And I have decided that on or before my next birthday I will do something that I have said I will never, ever, EVER do.

At this point, I can't reveal what that something is, otherwise I will blow it for you. But trust me, it was worth the wait. Okay that's enough for now. I love keeping people guessing and waiting...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

To the people with my autographed photo

TO those of you who recieved the autographed photos of me:

I wanted to tell you in a small way how much I appreciate your kindness through this one artist-approved photo. Here it is in color. However, when I printed them out on photo paper I decided for the black and white version.


I took a photography class once at Cerritos College, two years before I left and realized the beauty of black and white. And in doing so, I wanted those of you who have them to have one. If I went on and on about why I decided to give you a picture and a card the semester before, it would turn into a novel.

Wait what am I saying? My life is a novel...

Norma

Monday, August 31, 2009

Feeling the fire, but not Talon Marks'

Well, Cerritos College's Talon Marks did come out with its first issue of the semester, six pages...but in knowing that, I know that you can do better. The minimum could be and should be eight pages at least. It's only the beginning, I know, I know, but you can do better.

Here are the things that were missing, a picture of newly hired Dr. Linda Lacy was posted on your web site, not the paper. And two how many of the board members voted for her. Was it 4-3, or 6-1? THIS information must be paid attention too, EIC Rick Gomez. IF you don't then you make it look like smoke and mirrors. But I know that you are still learning...

IT all comes down to this:

Be a pain in the ass.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Getting ready for the fall semester

Hello everyone!

My biggest apologies for not writing often these last weeks. I have been busy, and another student rush just ended at Cerritos College. Now, my attention turns to the fall semester at Los Angeles City College that begins on Monday.

And yet, I want to take this opportunity to say, "THANK YOU!" to EVERYONE at the Cerritos College bookstore for another great time, and given me this opportunity. It was great to share the stage, or should I say, that I got to share the stage with other stars. THANK YOU for all of the lessons.

All I ask from you is that you be safe everywhere and anywhere you go. AND of course your welcome from the autographed photos. Just remember, that I will see you soon and if you for any reason suffer from NORMAsyndrome just look at the photo. And yes, EVERYONE IS A STAR...

N-dolla

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cerritos hires Lacy as its College President

So now that Cerritos College has Dr. Linda Lacy as its newly elected President/Superintendent, what should your Campus Correspondent do? Ladies and Gentlemen, I will soon introduce myself to Dr. Lacy as soon as I can. Yes, Dr. Lacy who replaces Acting President William Farmer Jr. who replaced Dr. Noelia Vela more than a year will be the woman in charge. Woman in charge? Or is it Woman who should be changed?

I hold skepticism and caution against her and those who have been in office, but we will have to wait and see. I'm sure that she will make an effort (or at least try) to get to know the campus. I mean she is coming from Riverside Community College. Click here to read more.



But Dr. Lacy please remember this, President Barack Obama has promised change so I caution that you will try to bring some kind of change to Cerritos College. Never mind, I will NOT hold my breath.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Our dog has Malignant Melanoma

We have found out that our dog, Prieta has Malignant Melanoma...below is a definition of what the disease is...

Malignant melanoma is a tumor arising from melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment. Although there is no known cause of malignant melanoma, the predisposition of many breeds makes many researches believe there is a genetic predisposition for this disease.




Malignant melanoma can originate from different areas in the body, most often the oral cavity, skin, and digits. The aggressiveness of the tumor and the likelihood of the metastasis vary with the tumor location. Any organ may be affected by a metastatic melanoma (tumor that has spread from a primary site).

Melanoma is more commonly in dogs than cats and primarily affects middle-aged to older pets (often 9 to 12 years). Black dogs may be predisposed. Male dogs are more commonly affected.

We are all in a state of shock and yet trying to stay with positive energy about this. Prieta is 12 but she is still part of all of us. So, I am saying the positive energy will go to her to make her feel loved and feel safe.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dog has throat surgery, but is recovering

First. Hello everyone! My apologies for the lack of postings, but I have been busy and distracted at the same time. But our family dog had throat surgery this last Saturday but she has been recovering. Prieta, who has been with us for 12 years had difficulty eating and swallowing prior. We all were worried. By "we," I mean the family, and took her for a check-up and sure enough surgery to the tongue and throat area was needed.



After 2 a.m. she was picked up and didn't eat the rest of the day or the following day after that. But slowly and surely she is starting to eat and drink water again...which is a relief, because without her there is one thing I won't learn...

How to grow old gracefully.

Click here to read a previous blog entry about Prieta.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dancing to the Celebration and well...?

Hello everyone!!!!!

I know, I know. I know what you are going to say. Where the hell have you been? I know that it has been a while, but I needed to be away from this blog. I need time to see and feel Los Angeles. AND I have. I feel more comfortable in L.A. now more than ever. I have also played Madonna's new single, "Celebration" over and over again.



I have been blasting the song in my ear and I can't get enough, especially these lyrics, "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?/You look familar/Wanna dance/Yeah/I guess I just don't recognize you with your clothes on/What are you waiting for?"

So there...I confess...that is what I have been doing...

but honestly everything is cool and quiet...

Monday, July 20, 2009

A run-in with Bond Girl Maud Adams

I had a run in with James Bond Girl Maud Adams this weekend. Ms. Adams was kind enough to speak to me for a moment, and I will not reveal too much about what was said. But let me say this, I was glad to just say, 'hello.'

Below is my favorite picture of her from that Bond film, "Octopussy."



And...she took a minute to say, "Send my love to your [mom]." How she knows my mom, I rather not say.

Norma

Friday, July 10, 2009

L.A. City College faced with probation

BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles City College has been placed on probation by a accrediting committee for its inadequate planning and and evaluation of effectiveness of student programs.

LA City and LA Trade Technical College are both in deep water. But with this happen there are courses that are not recognized by other college and that means no financial aid. Cerritos' probation was just lifted, by other like East LA College and Southwest College are facing that probation...

Students are suppose to be accounted for as well. I know that. Others should too. But let see the end results and see if the probation is lifted.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Norma rants on and on about...nothing

Everything so far has been awfully quiet. The summer session ends on July 18 and I'm free after that. Los Angeles City College's fall semester begins on Aug. 31. Bumber, I'd wait until the first week of September but I'm not the boss. I'm still searching for my Michael Jackson t-shirt wearing moment from a long long time ago. I know that they are somewhere in the house. I just don't know where the box went.

I apologize if I haven't seen much lately, like I said it's quiet and nothing new to report...OH...wait...scratch that...I'm up to 40 Madonna shirts...Does that count? YES, I said 4-0. I'm the crazy Madonna freak everyone says I am...but what else is new? Madonna touring, she has her adoptive daughter...and she is still my girl crush.

Anything else? Cerritos College is to name its new College President and I'm still waiting to see if changes will come to all college campuses no matter who's on board...Finally...as you know the Hollywood Show is about a week-and-a-half away, so if you plan on coming to see me, don't forget to get your Norma pictures and autographs for FREE!

Norma

Monday, June 29, 2009

It was Michael Jackson before Madonna

Having just to see the continuing coverage of the King of Pop's death. I wanted to share this with you. I liked Michael Jackson before Madonna. Yes, even I, who absolutely adore and love the Queen of Pop, loved the Gloved One. I have pictures to prove it. I will post them as soon as I can find them. They are somewhere in the house.

To add...I watched stunned at the celebrity web site TMZ as the report of his death followed. There are no words for this man's death, and there are no words to describe what I felt. Like everyone around the world I am at a loss. But his music will live on.

Michael Jackson, was and will forever be the King of Pop.

R.I.P. Aug. 29, 1958-June 25, 2009

Check back soon for the pictures...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Women of "007" James Bond

Here is a look at the Girls of James Bond Poster that will be available at the July 18-19 Hollywood Show. Click here to order a copy.


ONCE again 10 James Bond actresses will be there at the Burbank Marriott and Convention Center, including Maud Adams and Tanya Roberts. For more information about admission, an up-to-date list of who will be and from what time to what time, and more, click on the link above.

Heck, I'll be there too...and besides the best part at least my picture and autograph will be FREE to ALL MY FANS! :)

Norma

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Jason" Poster for the Hollywood Show

Here is your look at the Friday the 13th Poster for the upcoming July 18-19 Hollywood Show. Click here to order the unsigned poster. For the first time, ALL seven "Jason" actors under one roof; as well as a "Happy Days" reunion with a surprise guest, and "90210" actress Shannon Doherty will also make a first appearance at the show.




Remember if you would like to attend the show, click here for more admission information and an up-to-date list of who will be there.

LACC cancels its January Winter Session?

Looks like another arrow has been thrown to the Los Angeles City College and surrounding California community colleges. Now, it looks like there will be NO Winter session at LACC due to the budget cut. The Winter session had begun every January, but now with this latest news that is now highly unlikely.

What else is new?

If I may, can I be frank? ALL of this would not be happening right now, if it wasn't for politicans having egos the size of King Kong. I mean, look here's the bottom line, there is no leadership from either the Governator or anyone below him, and that's no surprise. He broke his promise NOT to raise taxes and now education from left to right, and all college students are suffering.



THIS can be solved Sacramento!!!
THIS can be solved!!!

AND, yes I am keeping an eye on what's going on at Cerritos College...

Norma

Monday, June 22, 2009

Update: College President: It's down to 2

Update from the Cerritos College President's office and Public Affairs. There are only two candidates left to fill in the position. And here is a re-look at the two that it is down to. Will it be him or will it be her?


Dr. Linda Lacy is Vice Chancellor of Student Services and Operations at Riverside Community College District. Her 23-year service to RCC includes an interim presidency. Dr. Lacy holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree from Central State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.


Dr. Mark Zacovic is Interim Vice President of Administrative Services at Pasadena City College. Prior to joining PCC, he served as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services at the Contra Costa Community College District. Dr. Zacovic also served one year as President/Superintendent of the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District. He also served the Rancho Santiago Community College District in multiple capacities as Vice Chancellor of Business Operations and Fiscal Services and Interim President of Santiago Canyon College. Prior to his service at RSCCD, he served as Vice President of Business Services at Lake Tahoe Community College. Dr. Zacovic has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno, an MBA from Whittier College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

I'm guessing the decision will be coming anytime this week, since by July 1, acting College President William Farmer Jr. will vacant the position. I can't wait to see who it will be. Can you? I am hoping that there will be a person who will take this position seriously and communicate more with the Cerritos people.

Norma

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Going about my business...quietly

Nothing new to report as of yet, everyone. Although I am keeping a close eye on who will be the Cerritos College President/Superintendent. I have enjoyed this summer session so far and now I can report that I got my grades for the two classes I took last semester. For one class it was an "A" and the other was a "B." Other then that, I am going about my business, quietly on campus, as with all college campus, it's a mess with the construction but you deal with it. See you soon, I hope.

Norma

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ten Bond Girls and The Fonz

Here is an update on the Hollywood Show...

It is confirmed that there will be 10 Ian Fleming's James Bond girls who will appear. One of the 10 will be Maud Adams, pictured below and from the film, "Octopussy."


Adams, appeared in the Bond film with Roger Moore. And I met her once before...(More on this later, and how).


As with the Brandy Bunch, four of them will be there, including Christopher Knight, Barry Williams, Susan Oslen and now the other television cast who will appear...


The cast of Happy Days...including Henry Winkler, (The Fonz) pictured above, and (to be confirmed) Ron Howard. So, please check out the Hollywood Show web site for more updates, admission information and a list of the celebrities.

Norma
Campus Correspondent blogger

Who will be Cerritos' College President?

Hi, everyone!

Everything on this end is quiet. So, that's the reason for the time in between entry. Nothing new to report as of yet. But I know this, Cerritos College will have to find its new college president soon. Acting College President William Farmer Jr. will be there until July 1.

The following bio information is from the Public Relations Office and to be honest, one will be the College President. Who wants it more? Who would care? I don't know.


Dr. Linda Lacy is Vice Chancellor of Student Services and Operations at Riverside Community College District. Her 23-year service to RCC includes an interim presidency. Dr. Lacy holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree from Central State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.


Dr. Mark Zacovic is Interim Vice President of Administrative Services at Pasadena City College. Prior to joining PCC, he served as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services at the Contra Costa Community College District. Dr. Zacovic also served one year as President/Superintendent of the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District. He also served the Rancho Santiago Community College District in multiple capacities as Vice Chancellor of Business Operations and Fiscal Services and Interim President of Santiago Canyon College. Prior to his service at RSCCD, he served as Vice President of Business Services at Lake Tahoe Community College. Dr. Zacovic has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno, an MBA from Whittier College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Dr. Thom Armstrong currently serves as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Acting Vice President of Student Services at Barstow Community College. He joined the college in 2008 after a three-year presidency at Copper Mountain College. Dr. Armstrong also served as Vice President of Instruction at Citrus College from 1997 to 2004. He has a doctorate in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in history from Portland State University (PSU). Dr. Armstrong also has dual bachelor’s degree in history and political science from PSU.


Dr. Richard Rose has served since 2006 as President at Modesto Junior College. Prior to joining MJC, he served as Vice President of Student Development at San Diego Mesa College. He also served as Dean of Counseling & Matriculation at De Anza College and Dean of Admissions & Records and Enrollment Services at Santa Rosa Junior College. Dr. Rose has a doctorate in educational administration from the University of San Francisco, a master’s degree in educational administration from San Jose State University, a master’s degree in educational psychology from California State University, Hayward, and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social sciences from San Francisco State University.



Dr. Barry Russell currently serves as Vice President of Instruction at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA. Prior to his work at COS, he was the Dean of Fine Arts and Communications at Cerritos College and Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California. Dr. Russell has a doctorate in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin and degrees in music from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

Hmm. It will be interesting. The first open forum will be on June 16...Click here for more information.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Celebrities who will be at Hollywood Show

Here is a five-page list of the 90 celebrities that will make their appearance at the Hollywood Show in Burbank.


Including in these lists are celebrities who will make their first appearance: including "Desperately Seeking Susan" star Rosa Arquette and others.











More information is coming and soon there will be post cards of the event. I will post it for you to enlarge and print.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Jason" actors to appear @ Hollywood Show in the city of Burbank!


Hello to all Friday the 13th fans!

On Saturday and Sunday July 18 and July 19 fans will have the opportunity to meet the seven actors who played "Jason" in the city of Burbank at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

The Hollywood Collector Show will feature other celebrities that will also be making personal appearances and fans will be able to get their autographs as well as their picture taken with them.

But the biggest of all is those seven actors who will make their public appearance from the Friday the 13th franchise.

For more information about the show and the other 100 or so celebrities who will also attend please click on the Hollywood Show link above and see photos of the last Hollywood Show in April that featured the cast of Back to the Future, with a special appearance by actor Michael J. Fox.

More information on the other celebrities who will be attending soon...

Check back later.

Talon Marks to return in the fall (YES!)


Ok, what a last week. First, Cerritos College's newspaper was on the chopping block and then a petition to save the Talon Marks. Now, the publication is coming back for the fall semester! Thank you to the Timi Ross Poeppelman JACC Events Director for the information. I will not directly quote him but I am RELIEVED that this news is out.

You have no idea how HAPPY I am that the student publication is SAVED, and yes, a compromise to come up with a solution!! Now, if only 20 students would help out Talon Marks. To have less than that the staff with be stretched to the limit. Trust me, all staffs have been through it. Don't let me go into details but it's true.

P.S. To the former Talon Marks staff writers who ask to keep up with me on Twitter, I haven't thought to have a Tweet page. And thanks for thinking of me!! How the heck, you are people?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Talon Marks cut, is the Collegian next?


With the dire situation of the finanical crisis in California and with, yes, the Cerritos College Talon Marks gone for the fall semester, (pending an appeal, I hope) is the Los Angeles City College student publication, The Collegian next? At least as a student, that is what I'm asking myself. I'm asking myself that question even before LACC's fall semester begin on Aug. 31.

With that being said, I wouldn't be surprised if every single campus newspaper is gone. Although the Collegian has been around since 1929, the fact of the matter is California is in deep shit. And I don't say that lightly, I say IT'S IN DEEP SHIT, RIGHT NOW!


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is targeting education and looking for more cuts. Thanks to him and every single politican, students are being treated like...____________! (You fill in the blank). Classes cut left and right, and just talking about it is NOT enough.

So those who have worked on the Collegian, you know you could be, if not already next. And there is one last thing I wanted to say, what a way to begin thinking about the summer, huh?

(Currently working on letters, contacts...etc.)