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Screw This, I’m Going to Florida

Those familiar with the television program The Office (U.S.), which is to say every single person who has so much as glanced at a Twitter feed or made passing eye contact with someone with a Netflix subscription, may be aware of a certain subplot in which a few members of our beloved gang of beleaguered paper company employees travel to one of the closest things America has to a tropical paradise: Florida. (Sigh.)

While there, one of their numbers — Stanley, given a blessed portrayal by Leslie David Baker — really goes all in on the Florida aesthetic. He wears sunglasses; he drives a convertible with the top down; he truly rocks myriad Hawaiian shirts. Generally, he seems unwilling and unable to give two sh*ts.

And, in just six weeks, I plan to become him.

My roommate and I are moving to Florida.

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The Only Thing I Care About Is Harvard Square’s Milk Bar

There is a genre of online content known as “oddly satisfying videos.” These are the weird clips of disembodied hands doing strange activities that clog your discover page on any given social media platform.

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birthday cake (credit: Milk Bar)

For most of these, I believe the word “oddly” applies to the word “satisfying” in that I am utterly mystified as to how any of them could be categorized as in any way soothing or pleasurable to watch. Soap cutting? Don’t care. Slime videos? Off-putting at best. Those weird, inexplicable piles that I can only describe as knockoffs of cult classic as-seen-on-TV item Moon Sand? Mostly just make me recollect the Moon Sand my mother made me throw away when I was 11.

But there is one oddly satisfying subgenre I will fully admit to enjoying, and that is the cake decorating video. I would watch armless hands frost and adorn sweet treats while cheerful instrumentals play until the end of time. Although that might just be because I like cake.

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Quick Tips On Making Your Dog Walking Experiences A Little Easier

My love for dogs is boundless. They are the most compassionate and beautiful domesticated creatures that mother nature has created. I absolutely do not believe that humanity deserve them. They are the most happiest animal in this dark world. Dogs are amazing and I am not just forced to say that because of my very unfortunate allergies to every other domesticated animal.

With everything said that is why I picked dog walking. Besides the fact that it was the only job that I was hired to do because finding a job in Boston is like trying to find a lucid person in the White House. Dog Walking was the first job that I landed in Boston. I love doing it because I get paid to play with these lovable and happy creatures every week.

So far my experience has been pretty good not so chaotic. I don’t have any crazy stories to tell but I do have quick tips if you are planning to join the dog walking community.

  1. Bring your own bags. Do not relay on the owner of the dog to have bags because sometimes that is not the case. You don’t want to be in a situation where you need a dog poop bag and you don’t have one. We want to keep the sidewalks and the parks clean for other people. We don’t want anyone to step into poop and you definitely don’t what that either. To avoid that just bring your own bags. You can get a package of 16 rolls for $8.

2. Always check the weather before going out on a walk. If it’s raining make sure you bring a rain jacket and weather rain boots. I don’t recommend on bring an umbrella because you should have at least one hand free when walking a dog. So definitely get a rain jacket. Also when the temperature drops you should always wear layers. Especially in a city like Boston during the winter you have to layer up. I recommend buying thermal leggings and a long sleeve shirt that you can wear underneath your jeans and sweaters to keep you warm.

3. Bring some treats or toys for the dogs. A treat or a toy can make a difference in the relationship you make with the dog you are walking. Majority of the dogs you are going to walk are strange dogs and most dogs are cautious around strange people especially if their owners aren’t around to tell them that this person is safe and friendly. So showing them a toy or giving them a treat opens the door of a new pupper to walker relationship. A 4oz bag of dog treats in CVS is only $5.

4. Most dogs that I have walked are very friendly, even if their owner aren’t home. But you should always be cautious around the dogs you are walking. You need to remember that these dogs don’t know you and that are not used to you. With every time you are walking into an apartment or house walk with cation. If you do encounter a dog who is scared and nervous then make yourself small. Sit down on the ground. Whatever you do don’t approach them or force them. If they are barking and lunging at you when you are trying to put the lash on them then just STOP! Chasing them around and yelling at them are not going to make the situation any better. Sit down on the ground, this is where the toys and treats you bought come in handy, after you are sitting down spread the toys or treats in front of you. Talk in a very soft and sweet voice until the dog approaches you. Whatever you do don’t grab them when they are sniffing the treat or toy. Just give them time to get use to you. If they are being very difficult then call the owner because your safety and the dog’s safety are important.

5. Lastly, when you became a dog walker you need to think about the money or more of the lack of money you are going to earn. Being a dog walker is a side job that can help you earn a little bit of extra cash but do not think you are going to have a stable income with this dog. Unfortunately you aren’t going to make much. Each walk can range from $9 to $21 and it all depends how long of the walk and how much does the owner tip you. Just keep in mind that you are doing this because you enjoy being surrounded by dogs not for the money.

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Christmas Items at Target: A Review

There are very few purely, truly, unambiguously one hundred percent Good things in this world. It is the nature of living. But there are fully good things to be found. That picture of Orlando Bloom delightedly bicycling with a small dog in a makeshift Babybjörn, for instance. Or the cinematic masterpiece Zendaya is Meechee.

Three such gifts to humanity are Target, Christmastime, and ridiculous and unnecessary items that cost less than $10. As Justin Bieber once said, “It’s the most beautiful time of the year”: the time when the Target dollar spot is transformed into a shrine to yuletide.

The only thing that could make these items better is a full, thoughtful, very serious review.

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A Taste of the Boba Tea Experience

You may or may not have heard of the infamous tea drink called Boba Tea or otherwise known as Bubble Tea. This lovely and mouth savoring drink is originated from a Taiwanese tea-based drink that come in all kinds of tea and milk flavors. They also have an assortment of toppings that you can add to your fruitful drink such as chewy tapioca balls, popping boba, fruit jelly, and more. These are all optional as well. As I continue my journey of tasting different types of Boba tea, here are just some of few selections that my taste buds have experienced specifically from the Boba spot, TeaDo.

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How To Bundle Up This Winter

This night air is starting to get breezy, the day is getting more crisp. The chills are starting to tickle your spine and you shiver with goosebumps by your side. Whether you’re from California or even New York, the winter is still a hassle. You can’t decide if you need to buy layers or what to look for when getting a good quality jacket that will keep you warm. This isn’t just for people from the West Coast, but people from the East Coast as well. Being from NYC, the winter is already brutal enough, but being here in Boston is a whole different ball game.

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The HUBWeek Experience

It was just a casual night as my roommate and I did our typical nightly routine of walking through Faneuil Hall. This time, there were flashing show lights displayed outside of an event with large crowds of people. As we made our way to the entrance, we were informed that it was closed for the day. We gave each other the look of “Oh man” and walked away disappointed until one of the staff members informed that we could come by tomorrow.

This event I stumbled upon was actually an “Ideas festival,” that brings the ideas of science, art, and technology together. This festival occurs once every year for a weekend in the Boston area during the month of October. The event is sponsored by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts General Hospital in order to bring together people of art, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, executives, makers, and even up-and-comers. In the three short years of HUBWeek, it has brought together attendees from 59 countries, 46 states, and 38 industries.

When you walk in, your mind is blown away with the massive amount of art and science that filled the space. Multiple tent setups known as domes with their individual themes were areas with live performances and shows. People walked around with all sorts of cameras such as Canons, Nikons, and even phone cameras just clicking away to capture the beauty they witnessed right in front of them. Mini-galleries were set in trailers designed from head-to-toe displaying posters and art. There was even a test drive Tesla stimulation station for people to watch or try out. You could also sit in for a TED talk to get some inspiration and motivation

It was definitely a great place to take family photos, photos with your friends, or even your latest Instagram post. There were all sorts of art with different colors that were shown on walls or inside makeshift cube stands. One had bubble balls that lit up in different light patterns while another had a mini couch as if you were in a living room in the 70’s. It was a new experience for me, something that made me more curious about art and technology and the way it affects the world. Questions that ran through my head were “How much electricity is being used for this event and how are they able to keep these stations warm if it’s an outside event?” The event was a great way to explore your curiosity and imagination. Who would ever think they would even have a drag show at an art/science/technological event? I didn’t until I witnessed my first drag show, where I saw all kinds of faces entertained by the art and beauty of a drag queen while jamming out to the songs that brought out your inner diva. There was even one part in the show, that a drag queen used her platform to spread awareness about voting for the midterm election that was coming up.

The night ended with two separate finales. A club with live music and a silent disco party. My roommate and I found our way mostly through the silent disco party. It was super fun as you saw everyone around you jumping up and down to all different types of songs. Everyone around you could be listening to the same music as you or not, but it didn’t matter. What mattered was that people enjoyed themselves in a room of silence with a mind of expression and music. Three different stations with the music constantly changing, brought people’s energy to the roof. We even took silent disco outside the venue and just simply got loose.

This event known as HUBWeek is definitely a great experience for everyone to attend and even for all ages. The world of art, science, and technology has only evolved and is bringing people around the world together. Education and fun can definitely go together because HUBweek has been a wonderful time!

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How to Survive Commuting

Ah, the city school. There are so many upsides to attending a college in the heart of downtown: the exciting nearby events; the discounted access to museums and fancy cultural stuff; the jaw-dropping number of CVS franchises in a one-block radius. (It is truly mystifying that so many identical retail pharmacies can exist in such close proximity to each other without any threat to business whatsoever.)

However, with all upsides come downsides. Such is the way of the universe. There are two exceptions to this rule: the film Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, which is perfect, and the food known as the buttered popcorn jelly bean, which is one hundred percent downside and so unabashedly evil it is concrete evidence of the existence of the devil.

Going to college in the city has a downside, and it is this: it is expensive to live in a city, so unless you live on campus, you might have to move to the outskirts. And moving to the outskirts means spending a lot of time on transit. Here are some of my hard-won strategies to surviving my time on the train.

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A Diehard Boston Bruins Fan and the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

I bleed black and gold.

Before you call 911 on me, hold the phone. No, I don’t actually bleed black and gold. No, I’m not going to prove it to you. Take my word for it. What I mean by that is I am a diehard fan of the Boston Bruins, the hockey team of the greater Boston area/New England. Bruins hockey (metaphorically!) runs through my veins.

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From The Suburbs To The City

Walking out my front door to see a view of a Cul De Sac with suburban houses immediately makes me miss the city. I hear over and over again that “Austin IS a city.” Yes it is, but can I walk from my house to a Forever 21 in 10 minutes? Nope.

Moving from Austin to Boston was quite the adjustment for me. Not only is there a huge change of scenery, there is a huge chance of pace. In the city everything fast paced and high energy. I will literally plan my day by the hour in Boston. I didn’t always use to be this way. Before I moved here I didn’t even own a planner. Being immersed in this new culture has made me a much more productive person.

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