Friday, January 30, 2009

Norma set to perform like a Vagina...again


It is a confirmed performance by yours truly. I WILL be a Vagina once again as I, and others will perform in that one woman known written, in-your-face, not-to-be-a-bitch-but-I-have-to-be play, The Vagina Monologues! Rehearsals for the March 4-5 performance are going to have on Wednesday night in the city of Lakewood. But as far as I know, that all you NEED to know right now.

I took part in the Vagina Monologues last year and it was one of the most empowering thing I ever did. And this time I will not let the performance get to me. I know what I want, I know what I have to do.

I'm the bitch who controls my attitude and way. I am a star! And oh, yes, it is part of March's Women's History Month as well. But in doing so, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance Club hopes to educate people on stopping violence against wo(men) because no one should ever put their hands on you. But what's the best part you ask? Well...

Saying the word...

Vagina!!! Duh?!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Norma to perform in the Vagina Monologues

Note: Blog entry will include more tomorrow.

The Vagina Monlogues will be March 4 and March 5 at 6 p.m. Your truly will perform. Stay tuned for location and more details...

Carmen Avalos, Talon Marks and more


Current Cerritos College Board of Trustee member Carmen Avalos was in the bookstore yesterday looking at...music books. I spoke to her during her visit and I swear, she talked to me like I was her best girlfriend.

Avalos a former South Gate city clerk, was there with someone else. Don't know who she was and don't care. I told her I was a former Talon Marks staff writer and I mentioned former Board member Bob Verberder (At this point, don't care for the spelling).

Anyway, here is what she said about him, "I heard that when he was a board member he would fall asleep during the meeting." Yes, he did and so have others and those who are in the board. What else is new? Sure board meetings are boring but you deal. But in fact, she said that she wants to know what I will do in the future. Typical response, typical politican.

As for Talon Marks. Your writing NEEDS WORK. And like I said, there is room for improvement...And let me be clear, I never said I was an expert. But being honest, and more is important. And sooner or later the editorial will be just a picture if you keep it small like you have it.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

What Michele Cassiano meant to me


I am sure that she is with God now and saying, "What can Norma say now?" Or I would hope that Michele Cassiano is listening. I miss her greatly every single day. I know her for four-and-a-half years before she passed away from cancer on Jan. 24, 2007. I know that somewhere over that rainbow she is listening to everything I am saying and thinking.

Two weeks ago I was thinking about her and saw her face. As I reached over to touch her face, Michelle disappeared. I screamed but nothing came out. I cried. I still remember when I met her and what she did for me. And for that, I will NEVER forget. May all her students know that I am one who never forgets.

The spring semester at Los Angeles City College begins Feb. 9 but Michelle Cassiano, life and her way of living in it will be forever with me no matter how old I get.

Thank you Michele Cassiano

April 12, 1965-Jan. 24,2007

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Student Rush Week 2...

Note: I want to find the camera for pictures but I can't sorry. I will...I think...

Week 2 of student rush has been interesting. So many students so little time. And yet, I feel like I am a computer with too many books in my head. But I have learned that there are fans out there and yes, I need a bodyguard. ASCC President Michael Barrita still thinks that Cerritos College's Talon Marks needs me. He waiting for me to return and so are other students. At least that is what I'm told.

Here are some samples of what I've been told. "I wish that you were still writing for Talon Marks because for the last few semesters what the paper has written is irrelevant to the campus."

"We're waiting for you to (come back)...(me and others are)....

"I don't mean to give you an ego but (you did a great job)..."

When I heard the last quote, I was thinking..."You already did."

And speaking of Talon Marks its first issue of the spring 2009 semester came out today. Design needs work and have you ever thought of putting a date of when the next issue come out in the paper where you have the staff writers names listed?

Students have the right to know, at least those who read it. And one more thing, DON'T be afraid of speaking to those at meetings afterward. Isn't it true that you are a watchdog> I know politics is a joke...because look at what they did for Barack Obama, and it was because of his promises...because if it was, he is king and we are the slaves.

Friday, January 16, 2009

I was told to take a breath...

The first week of the Cerritos College's spring semester is at its end, and to be honest, I am in a great mood. I was told to take a breath today and not work to hard. But to be honest, I can't help having a workcoholic mind.

I am use to standing and running around like a maniac. And of course people have to deal with my ego. IF people can deal with that, that means a lot. But I know that you're asking where does all the energy come from? I still have it at my age. I am still young and I better put it to good use. So why not now?

That's what I would ask Michele Cassiano. IF she were here I would ask her. But she's not. And that is what I miss the most. Having someone to talk to. Having someone to listen to. But I know she's listening. At least I hope so.

But I promise to breathe...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Just a few words...

Day 3 of the Cerritos College's student rush was the most interesting. I wanted to make sure that people kew where the books were. It's not that I'm trying to steal anyone thunder; that's not the point of what student rush is and that's not what it's suppose to be. Thanks for the pats on the back; for giving me a chance; for more than I have asked for.

And for the last three days people have notice my new haircut, even though it happened four months ago. It's taken time to grow back but I have grown to like it. I came close to shaving my head, like that (woman) Britney...(No lie).

Anyway, like I stated before there are fans of mine out there...I love you all, thank you and let me just say this words to all of you....

One of the things that I appreciate the most is the kindness that everyone has given me, I know that I have been someone who can be bitchy at best. But listen to this you have put up with the following...

A computer freak, neat freak, a Madonna freak and of course a (secretly) lipstick lesbian.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A growing Norma fanbase

Day 2 of Student Rush was interesting today. It seems I have a growing fanbase. How interesting and funny. I am just doing what I can at the Cerritos College bookstore. But, more and more people are recognizing and they either say, "hi" and/or shake my hand. That's cool. I took it in stride. I try not to show my appreciation by just saying, "thanx."

Okay, if this continues I need to hire a bodyguard...or I have to start wearing sunglasses...well...that only means one thing...

My ego is growing...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Student Rush Day 1

As the semester began today, it was hectic in the Cerritos College bookstore. Too many student, and too much many books. As with myself, I have all the books in my head and have to know where everything is. But in the crowd, I have ended up with a few fans. ASCC President Michael Barrita, and two sets of twins. I met two twin men last semester and one of them can in today and was happy to see me.

He said that he came in to look for me especially (which I tend to hesitate to believe) but it was nice to see him. He ask, "How are you?" I said, "Fine, here and alive." One must be alive to be in the middle of student rush. Men are nice and so are the women...

"Talon Marks" will always be a tag that I will carry...well...at least it's not "Lipstick Lesbian."

Friday, January 9, 2009

The bookstore will become our jungle

Jan. 12 is here, next week, that is. And now that I had the opportunity to get all the books in my head and eyes, I, along with at least 25 other are getting ourselves ready for our personal jungle in the Cerritos College bookstore. As I was leaving yesterday I was told, "have your rollerskates and helmet ready"; along with "and pepperspray."

I've done student rush three other times and I know that this will be no different, multiple people with ask for your help and your must be ready to answer and including "no," "yeah, I want to find my books," "how much is this (book)?" And so on...

So I'm ready with my football uniform, helmet, pepperspray, smile and baseball bat...

because I'm going to be hitting them out of the park.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

An exchange of conversation

From time to time there is someone who stands out in the crowd during student rush and today was no exception. Those who are adult college students (including me). I spoke to a woman who is returning to school after a number of years away and having to attend community college, like Cerritos College made her feel nervous and unsure. Yet, she told me that her mom had recently graduated for a university and that was a sign for this woman to get herself back to school. She told me, "I am just so proud of her."

I know how she feels my mom is back in school too, I told her and as always once a student, always a student. Sure, high school is fun but that is nothing compared to college. I hated high school and she said, "me too, because I was never there." In a sense, we had things in common. We came, we went, and we will and continue to conquer...

There nothing wrong with being an adult student...remember the 98-year-old woman who was the oldest ever college student to graduate and have a degree? If she can do it, that only means one thing...

I'm next in line.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Back for more of that Student Rush...

Greetings everyone! Long time no speak. First: Let me say that it's great to be back with you in 2009, so how is it so far? I know that we are only a few days in but, I'm so excited. There is much to discuss, write, and bitch about that I don't know where to begin.

Well, as many of you know, there is a change of me going to Los Angeles City College and the spring semester starts Feb. 9, so I am very excited, new people, new blood and hopefully good results. But before I begin, I will say that I am back for another round of student rush at Cerritos College.

I am glad to do what I can, and hopefully make people laugh along the way. Its semester starts Jan. 12 and that will be hear before you know it. So, until the semester start at LACC, I will tell you what happens at the Cerritos bookstore until the first week of February. But until that time may you be reading, commenting, or laughing at what I write...or just press "next"...

Love to all,

Norma Palacios