Haha, I love my daily cup of joe and today, before leaving the house to do some grocery shopping with my mom, I noticed on FB that Starbucks status update read, “House Blend is on the house. Come by and enjoy your free cup before noon today.” At first I wasn’t sure if it actually would apply to all locations, but I still decided to make it my mission; left the house at 11am in pursuit of coffee.
By the time I got to Safeway, I was just in time to ask the guys at the Starbucks if the house blend was actually free. Guess what, it really was! So I got my cup of joe and walked away with a big smile on my face. Today I was truly happy to be a loyal Starbucks customer.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, the House Blend is on point! They are celebrating more than 40 years of brewing their House Blend, so I was happy they decided to give it to us, on the house.
Thanks Starbucks, you rock!
Today has been an extremely chilled day. My favorite thing about summer is sitting back and relaxing, but summer classes have been pushing me away from serenity. I’m actually sitting here right now enjoying this sushi and contemplating if I should do my school work now or play video games. Of course, the obvious answer is to finish my sushi and then do my school work. I’m a huge fan of two things in life: coffee and sushi, but never eating them together (that’s gross!)
The one good thing about moving back to Maryland is the option of shopping at Trader Joes instead of Safeway. Out in Denver they didn’t have a Trader Joes, so when I found out I live down the street from the Whole Foods for real people; I immediately began shopping there. I still shop at Safeway a majority of the time, but Trader Joes does have some great deals. My mom got me these Okami Spicy California Rolls and they aren’t half bad. I still have a craving for Tempura Shrimp Sushi, but for now these rolls will suffice my sushi craving.
As I’m sitting here eating my sushi, I can’t get this documentary I saw earlier today out of my head. If you happen to be a fan of Sundance Channel, then you’ve probably seen the Love|Lust series. The documentary series comes on Tuesday nights at 10pm EST and it always covers some unique topics. I’ve seen one about the origin of bikini’s, makeup, the little black dress, street eats (I’m watching it now,) and the one tonight on zombies looks very cool! Love|Lust is one of those shows that you can’t help but watch; it’s an exploration of the things we love vs. lust.
The episode of Love|Lust I watched earlier was a documentary about social networking and I still can’t get it out of my head. It explored the origin of social networking, a concept that pre-dates the era of Internet and mobile apps. We live in such a technology and media infused society that the concept of intimate strangers is becoming a lifestyle. By intimacy I mean close friendships and relationships. The term isn’t limited to sexual encounters, but social networking platforms and virtual realities are making sexual fantasies and intimacy with strangers possible.
The special, which you can see at http://www.sundancechannel.com/love-lust/, offered a cutting edge look into the world of social networking. I’ve heard of sites such as Second Life and Ashley Madison, but I never took into account how the Web brings strangers together without ever meeting in person. Personally speaking I’d never use Second Life and get wrapped into a fantasy relationship with strangers. It takes away the real life experience of falling in love with someone and kissing them in real time. Yet some people have fallen in love on Second Life and have gotten married in Second Life; later meeting in person and attempting to have a real relationship.
The Internet has the ability to bring people together from every corner of the world and it’s mind blowing to sit down and think about it. As a blogger and a writer, I’ve met a bunch of people through social networking platforms. Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Blackplanet, Bloggers.com, and so many other sites have brought people into my life throughout the years. It all began when I joined Myspace in 2005 and since then I’ve encountered interesting people in my online interactions. I’ve even dabbled with the idea of dating sites and have actually dated a few men I’ve met offline.
The concept of forming close relationships with people you’ve never met is scary yet a reality. With so many things going on every second of the day, social media has this ability to bring strangers together over common topics. The most striking thing about the Love|Lust social networking episode is the fact that there is a site out there for every individual on this earth. Whatever your hobby may be or things you like to talk about, social networking has this cool ability of introducing to other people like you. For the cats lovers, the anime geeks, the celebrity gossip fans, the athletes, the single folk, married people looking to cheat (Ashley Madison’s service), music fans, and people seeking cultural havens; social networking makes anything a possibility.
Whatever your looking for, you can find it somewhere on the web…including people. Online dating is one of those trends that I don’t think will ever go away. It’s kind of cool having the ability to log onto a site and somewhat custom build a mate by customizing your search preferences. Online dating is a fun yet annoying experience, but there is nothing better than meeting someone who catches your eye in person. I have people that I’ve met online and have known them for over six years. I know virtually almost everything about these people and have been there virtually for some of the biggest moments in their life.
I haven’t met a lot of these people and the funny thing is we actually live in the same state and time zone. The reason we haven’t met is because I moved out to Colorado and have been so busy with my own life. Yet hopefully in the near future I will meet some of these intimate strangers I’ve known for years. Social networking can be fun, annoying, scary, fascinating, and it can be time consuming. Networking and meeting people who promote the same cause as you is a rewarding experience and it’s even better when you eventually meet in person. As I scroll through my phone and Facebook right now, I never realized how many friends I’ve met over the years online and I’ve hung out with them in person…very cool!
To those people out there who say “I don’t like Facebook” and “I don’t talk to people I don’t know”, get over it! You’re so living in the 90s and you need to come up to date on the calendar. It’s 2011 people, social networking and meeting people offline is never going away…it’s just beginning.