Friday, February 27, 2009

Meeting the "other" Norma

Yesterday I was able to talk to the "other" Norma in my class. She sat next to me in the front row, and I thought this was the only chance to talk to her. Well, I only talked to her for less than a minute and told her that it was cool to meet another Norma. I've met four Normas during my college time and this is my take on anyone named Norma.

We Normas have a sense of pride about ourselves and take it from me, I am full of pride. Well, my pride has gotten me in trouble with my family I know that having pride in who you are is important. I have struggled with people telling me that I would amount to nothing in life. But obviously they haven't seen the friendship that are dear to me and the people whose kindness is beyond words.

You see, I don't think you understand, anyone who has ever been kind to me, let me be me, is someone whom I hold in the highest regard. I cherish the people who are kind to me and will never forget who these people are; that's why I have expressed my deepest gratitude to everyone at the Cerritos College Bookstore. Now you understand? And it's true I will never forget.

So in sense, this Norma was cool...she seems nice and everyone I meet is cool and their kindness...well you know. But here's the one thing that you should know, I live by this motto: "If you make me laugh, that's cool, but if I make you laugh, then that's the most coolest thing ever."

By the way, this Norma's last name is Rodriguez...

That's spiffy!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Getting ready for 'Rent' on Sunday

This Sunday is the big and anticipated performance of "Rent" at the Pantages Theatre. I have my outfit ready, and I will go formal. Since this is my first time going to the first in five years I will no doubt be gawking at everything inside the Pantages. But I will be cheering and screaming my lung out for Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp.

They have made memorable characters, and I hear Gwen Stewart will be in it too? Cool. Well, I will let you know what happens. Now, if you will excuse me I will go and buy a box of tissue cause I know I will be bawling my eyes out too.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Remember to A.S.A.P.



What does A.S.A.P. mean? Well, before I get into that, let me tell you something that, at least for me is important. It doesn’t matter who you are because I will tell you now remember to A.S.A.P. I know that I have only live (almost) 29 years on this earth but if you were the one who teased me because of the way I walk, I will remember to A.S.A.P. To the guy who teased me because of my disability I will remember to A.S.A.P.

To everyone in high school who didn’t pay attention to me because they were the most popular, I will remember to A.S.A.P. For those who I didn’t see again in 2008 because I didn’t know your name, I will remember to A.S.A.P. To those I met the first time at Cerritos College and after I left in 1998, I will remember to A.S.A.P. To those I met in Whittier at the Los Angeles Sheriff Training Facility, I will remember to A.S.A.P.

To those of you who I met again at Cerritos when I returned to the campus, I will remember to A.S.A.P. To all of those who are writing for the Cerritos publication Talon Marks now and have written for them before, I will remember to A.S.A.P. To the adviser of the Talon Marks who taught me and at times criticized me for what I have said about the publication, I will remember to A.S.A.P. Despite the criticism of those who are on Talon Marks I will remember to A.S.A.P. To those who I met and were kind to me I will remember to A.S.A.P.

And despite the criticism from doctors who has said that I will not survive because when I was born I was less than three pounds, because I was born with cerebral palsy and was told I will never walk normal again, I will remember to A.S.A.P.

To everyone whom I met in Hollywood and for those whom I haven’t yet because I haven’t got around to you yet, but I promise I will, I will remember A.S.A.P. To Darren and David and Kelly at StarWorld Hollywood for those kindness and Madonna stuff, I remember to A.S.A.P. When I travel on the bus and ride the Metro Rail Train, I will remember to A.S.A.P.

To everyone at the Cerritos College Bookstore whom I met and have treated me with the utmost kindness and friendship and like family I will remember to A.S.A.P. To those in the bookstore who are just as stars as I am and who don’t mind if I say that I am YOUR biggest fan, I remember to A.S.A.P. If I made you laugh at the bookstore and you have said, “Hi” to me and have become MY biggest fan, I will remember to A.S.A.P.

To Michele Cassiano, Monica Estada and Michele’s sister Tina, whom I met on July 1, 2001, and for showing me there is a reason to live and treasuring the moments of talk, listening and all of their teachings, I will remember to A.S.A.P. Because in the end what Michele taught me about life and just living all in one, is this:

ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER

Thursday, February 19, 2009

H.S. cancels 'Rent' and Wings Magazine

Hello everyone:

I wanted to shared the following newspaper article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 18 about Newport Beach Corona Del Mar High School canceling its performance of the Jonathan Larson musical "Rent." Normally I don't highlight this as something to talk about but...


Cerritos College's Wings Magazine was out this issue and I thought I would share my thoughts, and my thoughts alone on the issue of gay rights and gay marriage and all that jazz. First, I would like to say to the person who wrote in the front of the magazine about what the photo meant that I am glad you did.


For me personally, I say fuck with all the nonsense of this not being an issue. It is and trust me when I say that I have met and know numerous gay people who are like you and I. They are looking toward just being able to survive, and live within everybody in this planet. I know that people such as Harvey Milk were just beginning to spotlight the ability to be who they are.

And if you saw the film, "Milk" starring Sean Penn (good luck to my man this Oscar weekend) the audience only got the opportunity to see a small sample of what he was up against. And just like Matthew Shepard, Brandon Teena, and Milk these people and others MUST and will continue to be heard.

The words in Wings Magazine says everything I want to say, and if I may can I add this...I, Norma, have been keeping this from everyone and I think you know what it is. I said it when I was 16-years-old. Was I proud at the beginning, fuck no, I wasn't but I have learned for the last 13 years to keep on living and make everyone happy. That is my goal for this life. If I can make you laugh, and if you tolerate my obsession and if you love me for me, I will love you right back.

Like I have been saying in previous blog entry, I love my fans and here is the difference between me, "the star" and those who have become stars. Those who have become stars like Britney, Justin, Paris, Lindsay, know that they have stars. But this star, the one named Norma, loves, cares and listens to her fans. LOVE TO ALL MY FANS at Cerritos College and beyond. I feel like a gay icon, so I guess that makes me gay, no?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Countdown toward the 'Rent' performance

Here is your first look at the ticket I purchased to go see the Broadway tour of the Jonathan Larson musical "Rent." The Tony-award winning musical taken from the context of Puccini's La Bohéme will be at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. And how lucky I was to get my hand on this ticket.

I wanted to go to the 2 p.m. showing on a Sunday but was told that the only tickets that were available were for the V.I.P. section for $130! I thought, "No way!" But she looked again and said that there were tickets for only single seats for the 6:30 show for $45. Sold!


So there you go...BUT ladies and gentlemen the bottom line is, I'm going. And all I can say is I hope I don't pee in my pants because if I do, imagine the river I would cause?!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Aquarium and a shout out to MY fans

I went back to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, and let me tell you it was fine to be back there. I know that it will take time to get use to the names and faces of the people there. It had been more than two-and-a-half years since I left but I will get my bearings back. Anyway, I am only doing this for a reason. For me. And for a better reason. However, that reason will remain undisclosed.

Long Beach is okay, and Los Angeles City College is different. Different space, different population. I will read the campus newspaper soon and I will compare it to Cerritos College's Talon Marks. And speaking of Talon Marks, there is much to be improved on within the pages. And the thing is you guys know it. I have spoken to people about it, and they have said that they no longer read it because I’m not there. Hmm. Well, that’s because I did my time. I have found that there are people to meet, people to know and for that reason, and others, I am a star.

Like the people whom I have met at the bookstore, anyone who’s anyone knows that I will treat you with kindness if you do the same, and the people who have done that so are…those who work at the Cerritos College bookstore. All of those people are genuine, kind-hearted and the most beloved people I know. And besides, these are my fans…so…naturally I love my fans. See you all soon.

Your star,
N-dolla

Friday, February 13, 2009

Saying NO to MySpace and Facebook



For those of you who don’t know me, I hope that what I am about to write gives you an idea of who I am. I know that at time I can be honest, and yet, critical of things that either happen or don’t happen, of people, and of things. In this sense, I want to take this opportunity to analyze a thing, and in the end, I will have to say hell no to it.

The thing that I will analyze? The social sites MySpace and Facebook. These two social sites WILL NOT be something that I will be a part of. There is no way because I have experience the fantasy and popularity of sites like these and from the learning experience, I will NOT be drawn to its attention every again. What is it about these sites that have people thinking that they will learn constructive and apply it to life? I know that there are people out there in Los Angeles City College and Cerritos College, who have a MySpace account and what to connect with friends. But I find that using e-mail, or a phone call will work best.



MySpace and Facebook will fade after one experience the drawback of it. I have. I did. And from this, I say that social sites are full of shit. During the time that I have surfed the internet, I look at it this way, IF you want to talk to me send me an e-mail or call me. There is NOTHING that social sites will do but drive people to do the unthinkable (think of the teenage girl who hung herself after a “boy” didn’t want her and it turned out to be someone else who was it) and besides what makes you think that there are no undercover cops online?

There are. SO ladies and gentlemen, for those of you who have a MySpace or Facebook page, I respect you for it, and that is all fine and dandy for you but for me, there is no way in hell I will be hooked on something that is only a fad; the day that education go virtual, when students will no longer have to attend class because of “virtual” teachers is the day that I will have MySpace and Facebook. But until then…It’s a NO.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Norma to attend 'Rent' performance


I am still on Cloud 9 about this. How do I say this? Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be in attendance to see the Broadway tour performance of Jonathan Larson's "Rent." I wasn't able to see it on Broadway, and when it was in Los Angeles back in 2002 or was it 2003.

The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. AND...this will be the FIRST time that I will be able to see the inside of the Pantages. The Hollywood landmark has been there for years and having been living in Los Angeles all my life. And just like I saw the inside of the CinemaDown of the Arclight I will just admire it, like I did the structure of the Arclight.

I am soooooo happy that right now, I can jump out of my shoes and so far Los Angeles City College is an experience and full of students and is a baby compared to Cerritos College. I know that I will enjoy this. If Rentheads know, if you love it the live performance is great. I know the words but I am NOT a Renthead IF I didn't see it on Broadway.

Alicia Edquist!! I am excited!!!

Well, I will report the day after and let you know how it goes...damn, that only means one thing...

I should get a laptop.

Next blog entry: A review of Talon Marks issue for Feb. 11...I will only say this, look better. BUT the pictures, guys, why are they soooo BIG!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Meeting people, making friends...(I think)

I have survived my first day of the spring semester at Los Angeles City College. How interesting that I have made "quick friends." Having been at LACC for only a short time, I have to be more active and more bitching, if that's even possible.

The thing is, people from the Assoicate Student Organization were giving away a student planning if you did a quick survey. But that, in itself is a joke, because if one wants to be in the ASO one has to paid for it. The cost? It's $7 to get in. No, thanks, I'm better off being a member of the public.

As for the overall sense of this semester, well, that is still to be determined. I like the campus, it's small and no overcrowding but there is room for improvement on all levels. We shall see. Now, if you will excuse me, I will now return to finishing the book, "The Male Body."

Thanks Xiema!

N-dolla

Thursday, February 5, 2009

LACC's ASO and my last day at Cerritos

I look forward to the spring semester at Los Angeles City College on Feb. 9. Yes, it's finally here and from speaking to one acting senator from LACC's Associated Student Organization, he finds it a joke. No, really? I will paraphrase what he said. It came down to this, that the ASO is doing nothing for the students of LACC and that there is more that could be done that the attention span of the representatives is a peanut.

That's funny. The same feelings can be said about Cerritos College's Associated Students. I went its ASCC meeting Wednesday, and they are all by far the most narrowed minded, egoistical individuals on earth. So, basically both campuses and all others should just get married. Do you think?


And finally...my last day at Cerritos' bookstore was today and there were no tears. I love every single person there and I told them (through cards) how much I appreciated everything they have done for me. I mean it guys. Besides, if I started balling me eyes out, what kind of celebrity would I be?

Cerritos' true celebrity,

N-dolla

Monday, February 2, 2009

Norma's final week at Cerritos...or it is?

I am looking forward to the spring semester at Los Angeles City College that begins on Feb. 9. It's here, it's finally here!! And that leads me to this; an end of the run at Cerritos College's bookstore. But I am not completely leaving Cerritos. I will be performing in the Vagina Monologues Mach 4-5 and I will attend a few ASCC Senate meetings. Who knows?

But at least the semester (for me at least) begins and everyone at the Cerritos bookstore is beyond the nicest people on the planet. Thank you to everyone involved, Paul, Carol, Ximena, Cindy, Shah, Cinthnia, Gilbert, both Lisa and Lisa, Griselda, Jesus, and everyone in between. Thank you for everything and all of your kindness.

I will see you all soon...and all of my other fans too. And you thought I had an ego...

Norma