Hey! Quit Calling Me Ma’am or Señora!

Life of an El Paso Woman

wp-1485103952574.jpgHi everyone! Since I turned 35 in September, I’ve noticed that I’ve been called ma’am or señora almost everywhere I go. OK, I realize I’m not 25 anymore but what the hell? Is 35 the age when you officially start getting called ma’am at the gym, grocery store, Starbucks and almost everywhere else you go? I realize it’s the polite thing to say but I don’t think I’m ready to hear it yet. Come on kids and people, give me another five years! I cringe whenever the 20-year-old at the gym’s front counter says, “Hi ma’am how are you doing today?” when I walk in. Can’t you just say good morning or hello without calling me ma’am? I walk in there in a good mood but end up pissed off before my workout. This isn’t a bad thing because I end up riding my bike faster and get a better workout. Maybe next time I…

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Building Platforms

The Arts Mechanical

Recently I did a couple of posts about self publishing.


There’s been a ton of good stuff lately on building a web platform.  Right now, I suspect that for anybody who does anything remotely creative knowing how to create and build a presence on the web is going to be essential.

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The Animals : We Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Template for every Bruce Springsteen song!)

The Immortal Jukebox

‘[Hearing The Animals] was a revelation … the first records with full blown class consciousness … the chorus of, ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’ where working stiffs are looking for a better life can be heard in all my albums …

That’s every song I’ve ever written. That’s all of them. I’m not kidding either. That’s, ‘Born to Run’, ‘Born in the U.S.A.’

(Bruce Springsteen reflecting on his songwriting influences at the South by Southwest Music Conference in 2012)

‘We gotta get out of this place,
If it’s the last thing we ever do,
We gotta get out of this place,
‘Cause girl, there’s a better place for me and you’

Well! Wasn’t The Boss giving you the straight steer!

The Animals magnificently raw and visceral 1965 recording of, ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’ laced with frustration, pain and outrage hits you deep in the solar…

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