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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

1:57PM - Fanny Pack – The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise Again

This was originally posted on a company blog on March 20th, 2007, for which I am no longer employed. This is just for fun.

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Fanny Pack – The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise Again

Circa 1990 I owned my first of two fanny packs. It was a green and black marsupial-like nylon zipper pouch that I wore on my waist and bought at the then Wet N’ Wild, now Hurricane Harbor, gift shop. Even then I suspected the inevitable fast and hard demise of the fanny pack in my young style-conscious mind (much more than now). I did not understand why they named it “fanny” pack when, even at nine years old, I knew it was much more common to wear in the front, not on the backside.

Brothers in Arms
If I knew these special kangaroo pouches were on their way out, why on earth would I get another one? My second fanny pack was a gift from my parents roundabout Christmas 1991. Significantly better quality black leather fanny pack, I was forced by a social need to make my parents feel OK about the gift. I displayed my fanny pack proudly like a Boy Scout wearing a merit badge sash. Luckily, I did not have to suffer alone. My brother received a similar present from “Santa” at a time when receiving the same gift meant the worst, but was practiced the most often.

I'm just glad I didn't have the same fondness for sweatpants, as my brother did who wore a different color everyday. I have my own eccentricities. Moon Boots and Hammer Pants anyone?

Reflections
Recently, I realized I was an adult. I looked down at my leather messenger bag, which I use for a laptop case, and realized that was the trade-off from fanny pack when I was a kid, to men's leather backpack in college, to messenger bag as an adult.  Pondering this past  time in my life made me consider some of the more important questions in life…where did fanny packs come from? What is their origin? Who invented them? How long have they been around?

I sought out the aid of today’s fastest information resource, Google, on my journey to have these questions answered. I did not get all my questions answered, but did find out some interesting facts.

Brief History* of the Fanny Pack
The fanny pack (US), hip pack (Canada), or bum bag (UK, Australia) is a small fabric pouch - which comes in many shapes, sizes and colours - secured with a zipper and worn at the waist by a strap around the hips. This is often used by travelers and was more popular during the 1990s. It can be slung either forward, side or to the rear of the wearer and is often considered as utility over fashion.

Other Fanny Pack Facts & Tidbits

- Law Enforcement officers may see a fanny pack as a sign that you might be carrying a gun. The smaller the pack, the more suspicious and seemingly accommodating it is for a handgun. So if you want to seem dangerous…you know what to do.

- The fanny pack was made light of for one of the first times in the public eye on the May 31st, 1990 episode of Seinfeld (Season 1, Episode 2) in which Jerry said to George, “Looks like your belt is digesting a small animal” referring to his fanny pack.

- With the new rise, comes a new name. Designers are now calling them “leather waist packs,” “body wallets” and “belt bags.”

Fanny Packs Rise Again
In my continued search, I sought out signs to see if fanny packs still have fans today. Using the Yahoo! Search Tool, I made a startling discovery! Below are some highly-searched fanny pack variations and their average daily search volume on Yahoo. Please see links under each term for full color illustrations.

fanny pack (224 day)
leather fanny pack (25 day)
gucci fanny pack (18 day)
kid fanny pack (11day)
hunting fanny pack (9 day)
louis vuitton fanny pack (8 day)
waterproof fanny pack (7 day)
gun fanny pack (6 day)
designer fanny pack (6 day)

Seeing these brand names such as Gucci, Coach, and Louis Vuitton, I realized that fanny packs were now accessories of the elite. This is where  my thirst for knowledge on the subject ended.

*Resource(s)
Wikipedia

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**Update: Now in 2010, I'm looking at leather iPad cases & sleeves for my girlfriend.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

6:17PM - 10 Texas Cities for your Next Road Trip

This was written by a friend of mine on my other blog,www.TexasTravelJournal.com. For info on Dallas art, culture, music, and tech see www.IliveinDallas.com. Enjoy!
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By Kristen Kouk

1. Marfa, pop. 2,000

Best known for the Marfa lights and the movie set of Giant, Marfa has become an oasis of West Texas. This little city has attracted some West Coasters seeking open spaces and unique art. Make sure to visit Marfa for a one of a kind experience.

2. Port Arthur, pop. 57,000
My favorite part of Port Author? The other worldy accents. And by other worldly I mean, not West Texas slang but East Texas drawls. Beautiful beach town with friendly natives.

3. Denton, pop. 120,000
The up-and-coming Austin? Maybe, but for now it’s a quaint college town with a burgeoning music scene. Check out the stellar downtown book store and attend a University of North Texas football game.

4. Weatherford, pop. 19,000
Home of some of the state’s best Texas country music, Weatherford is the home to many cowboys who commute to Cow Town during the week.

5. Lajitas, pop. ? (it’s that small)

A personal fave, this little resort town has grown tremendously over the past ten years. Make sure to say hello to the mayor… a beer guzzling goat named Clay Henry.


See cool city pics and learn about five more cities for your next Texas road trip.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

11:44PM - Hello Group

I started this community over five years ago. I enjoyed building community on LJ and it has helped me in my current occupation.

Since November of 2009 I have been dating my current GF. That's almost six months. She is the one I spoke about on April 2008.  We're in love and I have been living with her for almost as long. We live in Downtown Dallas and both work remotely. She has her own business and I work for a company. I did have my own company until recently when I decided to split from my partner. I decided, I'm better working on my own or with well defined rules on who owns what, as well as with more sane people. I've written a lot on my Inbound Marketing blog, as well as my Texas Travel Journal over the last year, but not much here. I've helped four people launch their own blogs on their own domains and I am now co-founder of one, which is on its way to actually making a profit. I've helped launch ILiveInDallas.com, www.APopLife.com, www.BretCoccia.com, as well as several of my own domains. My partner and I have have big plans and by this time in a couple of months, you'll be looking a profitable content/news-oriented .com owner.  If you have any ideas or would like to be a contributor on several Dallas-based blogs, contact me.

Friday, January 15, 2010

11:41AM - 31 Fun Things to Do in Dallas

Hey community members. Can you do me a favor? Please visit the site below at the end. I'm trying to get recognition as a blogger in order to get on the radar of a certain entertainment paper. If you like my list, please share the original URL on Livejournal, Facebook, or Twitter. If not, you're comments are appreciate.


  1. Work or Surf Online Remotely - Check out the top ten best free wifi spots in Dallas, and take a day out of the office. Cost: Free
  2. Rock an '80s Roller Rink - Bring back the nostalgia of hair bands blaring on the juke box while circling the rink. Take a group or your family to White Rock Skate Center. Cost: $5.50 afternoons, $7.50 evenings
  3. Play 2ft Jenga -  Barcadia on Henderson has several nostalgic videos games as well as ski ball, all for 50 cents a game. They also have three or four sets of homespun Jenga style games made from two-by-fours. Find out the drink specials at Barcadia. Cost: Free
  4. Join the YapClub -  What does YAP stand for? Young Active Professionals. With its beginnings in Dallas, this website for young professionals in their 20s, 30s & early 40s is run by volunteers from all over the U.S. and features monthly events, nightlife and entertainment, with regular local events and travel vacations for members. Sign up and see the latest events in Dallas on their community website YapClub.comCost: Free to join
27 More Fun Things to Do in Dallas.

Friday, October 23, 2009

12:34PM - Fun Stuff to Do on Dallas Craigslist




Craigslist is big, especially in Dallas. According to their factsheet, this newspaper classifieds-style list was started as an event email list by Craig Newmark in San Francisco back in 1995. The website now receives 20 million pageviews a month and if you ask most people, they have heard of it by now. I started using Craigslist in 2004 after I heard about the hilarity and sadness of the missed connections section. Soon after, I started using the Dallas Craigslist to job hunt and recruit designers and 3D animators for a company. Contrary to popular belief, the Dallas Craigslist is not just for dating personals and rants, there are dozens of other fun things to do. Read on and you might learn something you didn't know about the Dallas Craigslist.

1. Be a Reality TV Star - Casting calls and try outs for up-and-coming reality TV shows, as well as movies in pre-production are posted on Craigslist. At one time or another you could try out for Cheaters, STAG, The Real World, MTV shows, and several TV pilots.

2. Trade Houses - Do a housing swap, some are just for the holidays, other offers for keeps. How about a permanent swap for a house in Costa Rica for one in Dallas? ¡Fírmeme para arriba!


Eight more things to do on Dallas Craigslist

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2:46PM - 15 of the Best Indie Venues in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton (DFW) Area for New Indie Artists

If you have a new indie band in the Metroplex and you’ve finally gotten good enough to start playing outside your mom’s basement, it could be time to start booking gigs at the indie venues in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton, Texas. Before Superpages.com Music Center (formally Smirnoff, before that Coca Cola Starplex) and the American Airlines Center come calling, you may be setting your hopes a little high when first starting out getting gigs and booking venues for your indie band.

Smaller venues that embrace indie bands and unsigned artists are your best bet. Although there are 100s of bars and music venues in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton area, there are a few that once you are on the rotation, the others will soon follow suit once you have built your street cred. With that said, here are 15 of the Best Indie Venues in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton Texas Area for New Indie Artists starting with Six of the Best Indie Rock Venues in Dallas, Texas.

Go straight to Fort Worth Indie venues.

Go straight to Denton Indie venues.

1. Club Dada – A faded teal exterior trimmed in skillfully and colorfully painted tribal masks and a neon sign greet visitors to one of the best-known clubs in town. Three music stages--two inside and one outside--offers plenty of opportunity for dancing or just hanging out. They accept a large variety of live music with local and national acts with an audition only open mic. They were voted “Best Rock Bar 2008 Dallas Observer." According to their MySpace page,
booking is done Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between the hours of 12pm & 5pm

For gig booking contact is Ben Tapia - 214.586.3358 or email bensurfs69@yahoo.com
Indie Venue’s main website: http://www.myspace.com/clubdada

Get Five More of the Best Indie Rock Venues in Dallas, Texas.

X-posted to dallas_music,

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If you have a new indie band in the Metroplex and you’ve finally gotten good enough to start playing outside your mom’s basement, it could be time to start booking gigs at the indie venues in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton, Texas. Before Superpages.com Music Center (formally Smirnoff, before that Coca Cola Starplex) and the American Airlines Center come calling, you may be setting your hopes a little high when first starting out getting gigs and booking venues for your indie band.

Smaller venues that embrace indie bands and unsigned artists are your best bet. Although there are 100s of bars and music venues in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton area, there are a few that once you are on the rotation, the others will soon follow suit once you have built your street cred. With that said, here are 15 of the Best Indie Venues in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton Texas Area for New Indie Artists starting with <b><a href="http://www.madeloud.com/artists/philmoregenius/blog/4244"> Six of the Best Indie Rock Venues in Dallas, Texas</a></b>.

Go straight to <b><a href="http://www.madeloud.com/artists/philmoregenius/blog/4242">Fort Worth Indie venues</a></b>.

Go straight to <b><a href="http://www.madeloud.com/artists/philmoregenius/blog/4241">Denton Indie venues</a></b>.

1. <b>Club Dada</b> – A faded teal exterior trimmed in skillfully and colorfully painted tribal masks and a neon sign greet visitors to one of the best-known clubs in town. Three music stages--two inside and one outside--offers plenty of opportunity for dancing or just hanging out. They accept a large variety of live music with local and national acts with an audition only open mic. They were voted “Best Rock Bar 2008 Dallas Observer." According to their MySpace page,
booking is done Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between the hours of 12pm & 5pm

For gig booking contact is Ben Tapia - 214.586.3358 or email bensurfs69@yahoo.com
Indie Venue’s main website: http://www.myspace.com/clubdada

Get <b><a href="http://www.madeloud.com/artists/philmoregenius/blog/4244"> Five More of the Best Indie Rock Venues in Dallas, Texas</a></b>.

X-posted to dallas_music, <a href="http://www.madeloud.com/mblog"</a>www.MadeLoud.com/mblog</a>

Thursday, October 16, 2008

1:15PM

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, consider coming to the Heart of Texas Arts & Crafts Show (which also has antiques and home decor). It's this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Admission is $4 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free.

Plano Convention Center
2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy
Plano, TX 75074

Hours:
Friday, Oct. 17: 3-8pm
Saturday, Oct. 18: 9am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 19: 11am-5pm


I am going to be a vendor at the show. It should be a good time!

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

3:36PM - Matthew Shepard Act

It's a vital vote and an excellent cause.
http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/fighthate_video/8n5sg8rqd57k88?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

3:53PM

All right... So now that I finally updated the community a teensy bit-- by changing the layout and adding the tag feature (any member can add tags now), I thought I would do some justice to the community by asking for members.

I started dallas_food after searching for a community that offered reviews, recommendations, and whatnot about eateries in the Dallas/northern Dallas area. After starting it, I found out that one did exist, but it is not terribly active.

Our little community continues to grow... so please come check it out! I plan on adding more reviews soon, but please... we need more members, with different opinions and tastes in food besides mine!

Come join the fun... if you like to eat, if you need recommendations, or if you've found the *perfect* place, please let us know about it!

dallas_food!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

11:26PM - Attention Writers

Writers:

• Do you want a nurturing environment to build confidence in yourself and your writing?
• Do you want to stretch your writing talents and skills?
• Do you want your drafts critiqued?
• Do you want to improve your writing in hopes of getting published?
• Do you want to find your true writing voice?
• Do you want to be in a group of dedicated writers who are committed to coming to the meetings and learning from each other?

Then please join our writing group!

We are writers with all types of backgrounds. We write screenplays, poems, stories, novels, romance, science fiction, essays, etc.

We meet in Frisco, in my home, every other Saturday afternoon.

Meetings include: readings from books geared towards the art and mechanics of writing, discussions, not-so-average writing exercises, and much more!

Please email friscoplanowriters at yahoo.com. Tell me a little bit about yourself, and include a brief writing sample (no more than 2 pages please).

The next meeting is July 8th!




(x-posted to dfwtx, dfw_lj, and northtx_lj_meet)

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

6:35PM

If you're new to the dallas communities-- or new to Dallas in general, I wanted to let you know about a great little community called dfw_jobs. I try to make postings there every week-- just passing along postings that I get via email.

So, if you're looking for a job, go join! You never know!!

Sunday, June 4, 2006

8:17PM - Books for SALE

Macroeconomics -7th edition
Customized for University of North Texas
ISBN 0-324-41681-4
$35.00

Introduction to Business Statistics (WITH CD)
A Microsoft Excel Integrated Approach, 6th Edition
ISBN 0-324-52637-7
$40.00

Our Nation’s Heritage
Volume 1, Fifth Edition
ISBN 0-32-441598-2
$20.00

The Solar System, Fourth Edition (WITH CD)
Michael A. Seeds
ISBN 0-534-42102-4
WITH CD
$40.00

The Decisive Writer
ISBN 1-4130-0013-4
$20.00

Friday, June 2, 2006

11:36AM - UNT BOOKS FOR SALE

Introduction to Business Statistics (WITH CD)
A Microsoft Excel Integrated Approach, 6th Edition
ISBN 0-324-52637-7
$40.00

Our Nation’s Heritage
Volume 1, Fifth Edition
ISBN 0-32-441598-2
$20.00

The Solar System, Fourth Edition (WITH CD)
Michael A. Seeds
ISBN 0-534-42102-4
WITH CD
$40.00

The Decisive Writer
ISBN 1-4130-0013-4
$20.00

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

5:21PM - Books for SALE!

Intermediate Algebra
ISBN 0-07-254697-2
$50.00

Managerial Accounting: Information for Decisions
Third Edition
ISBN 0-324-32846-X
$20.00

Introduction to Business Statistics
A Microsoft Excel Integrated Approach, 6th Edition
ISBN 0-324-52637-7
$30.00

Human Communication, 2nd Edition
ISBN 0-07-295988-6
$20.00


America’s History Volume 1: to 1877; Fifth Edition
ISBN 0-312-40934-6
$25.00
SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD


Our Nation’s Heritage
Volume 1, Fifth Edition
ISBN 0-32-441598-2
$20.00

The Solar System, Fourth Edition
Michael A. Seeds
ISBN 0-534-42102-4
WITH CD
$30.00

The Decisive Writer
ISBN 1-4130-0013-4
$20.00

Sunday, April 30, 2006

10:19PM

My boyfriend and I are looking for some roommates for next year! We already have a place in mind (new town homes being built on Hickory past the square), but we just need some people to share the expenses. We ideally would like to get the three bedrooms and share it with another couple. It is $900 a month - so $225 each (4 people) - + utilities. We would like the three bedrooms because the floor plan is much better and bigger. We were thinking the third bedroom could be an office/study room or something else.... let us know if you are interested. We are both laid back. I am 21 and my boyfriend is 22. He is a drummer in a band (no drums in the apartment though). We both like to go out and stay up late.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

1:02AM

hey all...

again, just posted a bunch of job postings in dfw_jobs. they are posted FRIENDS ONLY because there is sensitive contact/phone#/email info in there. you must be a MEMBER of the dfw jobs community to see the posts. so go join already!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

12:51AM

posted a bunch of jobs in dfw_jobs.

they are friends-locked because there are names/email addresses/phone numbers there, so i wanted to make sure that info wasn't available to any non-community member.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

2:31PM - Tales From The Phone Center

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy came out last Thursday, and it suggests that "Eleven million U.S. adults — about one in 20 — have such poor English skills that they can't read a newspaper, understand the directions on a bottle of pills or, in many cases, carry on a basic conversation". And all 11 million of them have been calling up the Phone Center this week: they listen to instructions as well as they read newspapers, they demonstrate their advanced conversation skills with vowel movements running for twenty minutes or more, and they can't figure out how many bullets go into a hearty game of Russian Roulette, much less how many of those pills they need to pop for a good honest overdose. Hour upon hour upon hour of giving customers their options, and then having them shriek back "What do I do? What do I do?", as well as listening to the aftermath of "You need to enter your account number, followed by the 'pound' sign" magically translated as "Hide the phone under the bed and set fire to the house because the friendly human on the other end of the line told me to". My biggest argument with the report is that it claims that many of those listed as illiterate may have high verbal and written skills with other languages: you mean that Australopithecine is now a written language as well as a spoken one?

Monday, September 5, 2005

2:29AM - Get your Senior Pictures Taken!

Hey Everyone! My mom has just redone her website and it is amazing! You should give it a look when you have some time!
Ann Martin Photography

Thursday, August 18, 2005

4:40PM

hey everyone, don't forget about the dallas_food community!!

once we get more reviews i'll start organizing the memories section by types of food (steak, chinese, tex-mex, etc). that way once we get lots of reviews, it will be easy to find what you're looking for.

please come join!

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