1. New headband! Yeah I don’t look like a sport chick at ALL #geeklete #underarmor

    New headband! Yeah I don’t look like a sport chick at ALL #geeklete #underarmor

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  2. voicefromthepoor:

    The Bill of Rights should apply to all, not just those who are fortunate enough to own a home, rent a home, or have family willing to look out for them until they can afford to leave the nest entirely. It should apply to all regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, income level, religion, whether or not they are cis, age, etc.

    However, it is a sad and terrible fact that the homeless are VERY MUCH dehumanized. I experienced it when I was homeless myself as a little kid (one of the culprits that stands out being my first grade teacher, but there were plenty of others who did that to my mom and I) and I have witnessed it many, many times. There are far too many who think that because someone is in the situation where they rely on shelters or sleep in the woods or streets, their life matters less. It’s horrible, and sadly I have a very long list of things I’ve seen and experienced that make me think this is necessary.

    Case in point: in a recent Riverhead newspaper, there was an article about a homeless woman being robbed of what she had on her person (the only things left to her) The response of several people on the article? I can roughly sum it up as this: “maybe she should stop being lazy and get a job so she has somewhere to live.” As though it’s so easy to get a job that covers the exorbitant prices of Long Island rent. There are plenty of people who are both employed and homeless.

    A second case in point from off I remember correctly in the middle of the Polar Vortex: when a slumlord’s home was raided in Polishtown. I commented that I hoped there was someplace safe and warm being provided for the affected tenants given that it was right in the coldest part of winter and the thought of the tenants being stuck out in subzero weather was positively horrifying. Several people responded with mockery of my comment, suggesting the tenants be tossed in jail and one even saying something like “oh they’re probably illegals and deserve it” (note that the article did not identify the race of the tenants, and even if they WERE “illegals” that doesn’t mean they should be treated inhumanely, especially since wherever they came from must have been horrible for being crammed into a massively overcrowded home to seem to be an agreeable situation!)

    The homeless (and people living in poverty) should be a legally protected group. It should be illegal to fire someone for the repercussions of being homeless. It should be illegal to refuse to hire someone because their address is Section 8 housing or because they cannot already afford to own a job (the exception being jobs explicitly requiring a car to complete job duties like being a delivery person). The question “do you own a car” or “do you own a home” should never be on a job application. Attacking someone specifically for being homeless or publicly humiliating them for it should be considered a hate crime.

    Addendum: I ended up being salutatorian of the Riverhead High School Class of 2005 DESPITE being homeless. I was summa cum laude despite everything. I did that while competing first for a Division One team, then for a USATF club team. I did that while serving as an elected club officer of Library Club in undergrad and as an officer of Environmental Club, the Queens College Circle K (Circle K is a branch of an international volunteering organization called Kiwanis, specifically the college branch) and Library and Information Science Student Association. Hard work is definitely not the only factor in success…. if hard work determines success, then why is it that despite everything I just mentioned, I’m unable to get anything other than jobs I could’ve worked in high school? It’s not laziness. If I were lazy, I wouldn’t have been summa cum laude or salutatorian. It’s not lack of people skills. If I lacked those, I wouldn’t have been a club officer, let alone an officer of more than one. It’s not lack of work experience. I’ve worked since I was 14. One might call me entitled for saying all this. Pardon my sounding “entitled” but wouldn’t you be outraged that people you watched party and slack off through school have jobs (probably via parent connections) while you are in something you could have done in high school with a Master’s? PS if you think I’m lying about my past experience and things I’ve managed, I can paste things like newspaper articles and FB posts announcing me as an officer to prove it.

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  4. Some of my favorite Billy Joel lyrics, and extremely relevant to the times my generation faces today even though it is a very old song.

Here’s the music video!

    Some of my favorite Billy Joel lyrics, and extremely relevant to the times my generation faces today even though it is a very old song.

    Here’s the music video!

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  10. I won at today’s meet with my best 1500m racewalk in recent years, not too bad for someone coming off a sprained ankle! I suck compared to many other Long Island racewalkers, but hey. Doing the best I can as an independent entity whose coach is far.

    After my race I did the whole cooldown thing, paid a visit to the athletic trainer to get my toe taped, and then saw the new Captain America movie - good stuff, by the way. Let’s hear it for lawful good versus lawful evil- kind of like Kiran Mani versus Jarmir Esteel, only no modern weaponry or cars  in the latter case. 

    Many thanks to my boyfriend for coming to support me today!

    In a nod to last week, when I did my second fastest 5k ever, it was very fun coming up on the same bus as Amy, a racewalker who competes for World Class Racewalking and is from Jersey. It was also fun going out to eat with Amy and Mary.Ann Harvey after the race (had some good conversation with Stella Cashman and a friend I made at USATF New York Championships, Rasheeda, as well. We might go up to Albany for nationals together)

    I’m almost down to nine toenails #tmi #athleteproblems That last, my poor dying big toenail, is currently being held on by tape and one last living portion. The new one is coming in.

    In other news, holy sunburn!

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    Then again. And again. And again.

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