Monthly Archives: October 2013

Crusaders for breast cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month. This does not mean October is the only month that we should focus on breast cancer, but it is designated as a month to remind the public about how prevalent it is and to get checked.

According to the Susan G. Komen website, it is estimated that in 2013 there will be almost 300,000 new cases of breast cancer in women and 2,000+ new cases of breast cancer in men (yes, men can get it too). There will also be 39,620 women and 410 men who die due to breast cancer.

For me, it is very personal. My cousin had breast cancer at a very young age and through genetic testing, she found she had the predisposition and took a preemptive step by having a double-mastectomy. My mother right now is kicking the ass of stage IV breast cancer through hormone treatment and dietary changes.  I am sure many, if not most, people know someone who either has breast cancer or know someone who has a family member with breast cancer.

That is why when I went to Rocco’s Tacos in West Palm Beach Florida earlier this month I was pleasantly surprised by his support of breast cancer awareness month. He has a special all-you-can-eat taco every Tuesday where proceeds go to Susan G. Komen. While we were there, he did a special where whenever he is up on the bar, he will pour a free shot of tequila in your mouth if you donate anything to the fight. 100% of the proceeds are donated. For just that one walk across the bar while we were there, he raised over $2,000. Two people even donated $500 each. Since he started in 2011, he has donated over $32,000.

Rocco's Taco owner, Rocco, with Susan G. Komen rep in his Tacos & Tatas campaign

Rocco’s Taco owner, Rocco, with Susan G. Komen rep in his Tacos & Tatas campaign

I thank Rocco for being a Crusader for breast cancer. I recommend finding an establishment and doing your part for the fight. Also, don’t just fight breast cancer. There are so many good services to donate to that are underfunded. Do your piece and help.

Did you vote for the shutdown?

For me, politics is a closed subject. I don’t want to talk about it and I don’t want to hear your opinion about it. It is often such a touchy subject with everyone, that it is best to keep opinions strictly private.

The events starting October 2013 in Washington D.C. have drawn a lot of attention. It has gotten to the point that I have had my fill of the lack of action and the lack of proper representation of the people of the United States by those elected to represent them.

You may ask “How does this affect you personally?” That question is irrelevant. If you thought that question then I want you to execute the following steps:

  1. Choose an arm (preferably a strong arm)
  2. Stretch your arm out to your side at a right angle
  3. Bend your elbow at a 45-degree angle with your hand at an even height with your head
  4. Open your hand so that the palm is facing toward your body. Fingers should be strait and joined.
  5. In a very quick motion, move your hand across your body to the exact opposite side.
  6. If you have done this correctly, you just slapped yourself.
  7. If you still think that this only matters to those who it affects directly, execute steps 1-5 repeatedly until you realize that you are wrong.

All joking aside, it does not matter how the government shutdown affects a single individual, but how it affects the people as a whole. People who have planned for months on getting married in federal parks had their dreams crushed. Federal employees who have had their pay rate frozen for 3 years due to budget, are being told that they are furloughed without back-pay. Some of those same employees were told to go back to work with no guarantee that they will get paid until the government approves a budget. Military service members have died and a charity organization is paying the death benefits because the government has not released funding. Are we seriously at a point where the government is relying on charitable organizations to pay its bills? How many people can say that their Representative is truly representing them?

Notice how I have not mentioned Republican or Democrat. I am not laying blame on any individual or a group. I am laying blame where it belongs, in Congress as a whole. When neither side will budge because they think they are right. When a Representative can be so naive that they think speaking for 21 hours is what their constituents want. When our elected officials forget that they are not supposed to vote according to their party, but according to their constituents. It leads me to believe that the government has lost track of itself.

Have you contacted your elected officials to tell them what you want? Have you told your Representative that they need to pull their heads out of the clouds and look around at what is happening? If you have not, then you have no right to complain. Immediately after I am done with this, I will be submitting my own feedback to my Representative. If you do not know who your Representative is in Congress, then you can go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and input your zip code.