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A Toast to a Douche Bag

woke up early this morning with a new state of mind/A creative way to rhyme without using knives and guns/Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to God/And keep your face to the rising sun. Business

Ten years ago marked one of the most important days in my life. I was 12 years old and in middle school, in michael kors purses a time where popular music was dominated by 50 Cent, Eminem, Ludacris, and Lil Jon. Being one of the shortest, thinnest kids in school, I was the frequent target of bullying, and thus I tried everything to fit in with my peers. I sagged my jeans, wore a chain, and I dove into rap music. While this phase of my life did have some good on me (I made some good friends with popular guys who turned out to be absolutely decent human beings, even in a time as barbaric as middle school adolescence, and I still am deeply in love with rap music), it hard to fit in when you and everyone else knows you pretending: my parents didn let me buy explicit rap albums, besides Eminem Eminem Show and when I independently began listening to rap, I ended up delving into Nineties Gangster Rap, more familiar and at home with the Geto Boys and Wu Tang Clan than G Unit or Murder Inc: I would argue Ghostface Killah was an unappreciated Emcee when most would scratch their heads, I didn get the hype between Lil Jon, and my favorite Ludacris songs were tracks like Pains or 2 America instead of or Codes Even when I tried my hardest to not be a nerd, I was still the geek who came off as too smart, too conscious, and too into aspects of culture my peers cared little about. I was a total fraud. michael kors purses

In 2004, the College Dropout was released. My father bought it for me; he had heard reviews about this new rapper who presented himself as a middle class art school dropout, known for his production michael kors purses work for Jay Z, and heavily sampling soul music. I felt lucky my father actually never listened to it himself; my parents had very little tolerance for rap, and I can only imagine what my dad reaction would have been to Don Care and its surrounding skits. And that was the beginning of the album. But beyond the tongue in cheek gab about drug dealing, which never felt quite serious coming from Kanye, that opening was memorable: here we were presented with Kanye, a seeming bright student being asked to perform a song at graduation, a great honor. Yet immediately Kanye revealed himself to us less as a Lisa but a Bart Simpson, opening the album with a beautifully orchestrated song and child choir singing about selling crack cocaine.

It was funny. It was new. But more than anything, it was musically and clever. It didn feel like ordinary rap; it felt like music. Even Kanye lines often felt ambiguous enough that you could apply middle class, white frustration to it. With every song, I hear another line that struck me, even at 12 years old. When I worried about being accepted, I pop in Falls Down and nod along, laughing at Kanye self consciousness and reflecting on my own. Let Me Down and the Wire reminded me of perseverance and overcoming the odds when everyone doubts you. Business reminded me who always was there for me in my hardest times, even when teen angst threatened it. Even In, Breathe Out made me laugh at the character I was trying to be. The College Dropout wasn just an album for me; it was the key to really figuring myself out.

It funny, even when I discovered Kanye, along with my peers, I still didn fit in when it came to what I liked about Kanye. I think Workout Plan was the weakest song on the album, I later go on to detest Digger and I thought Graduation was his worst album. I didn even own a copy of 808 Heartbreaks until a month ago. What I loved Kanye for was his clever wordplay, the complexity of his production, the craft of his songwriting, and the progressiveness of his message. Kanye was the thinking man rap artist: he was the sensitive nerd in a tough man game who was completely uncompromising. My peers liked Kanye for cheap snickers of lines like ain messin with no broke nggas and the danceable songs. Hell, he wasn even that popular with my peers when College Dropout was released; his only real hit with my age range on Late Registration was Digger other than a brief pop of enthusiasm for from Sierra Leone lot of people cock eyebrows at me today when I mention Kanye West is not only one of my favorite artists but a personal hero of mine. In some ways, I feel like people have forgotten who Kanye was before the Taylor Swift incident. When you not a rap fan, it almost impossible to explain why Kanye West is not only important but maybe the most important musician of this generation. When you never really listened to the College Dropout or Late Registration when they first dropped, it hard to separate pre Graduation from post Graduation Kanye (I go as far as to say is his undisputed most successful single, and Graduation was the album that truly propelled him to the top of mainstream popularity). I still remember Kanye West as that guy who wore a backpack on Def Poetry Jam, the guy who challenged the music industry to market a single about Jesus (and won), the guy who beat 50Cent in a record sales battle (signaling the end of Gangster Rap and the new direction of hip hop), the guy who put J. Ivy on a track, the guy who never rapped about carrying a pistol, and the guy who seemed just as out place with his peers than he did with the establishment he was rebelling against. Kanye was the prototypical unproven genius who overcame all odds and proved every doubted wrong. The impact, to a young teenager, of watching a career like that be built first hand was absolutely irreversible. Kanye was who I wanted to be; who I could see myself being. In someways, you could say Kanye West saved me.

So a toast to Kanye West for 10 years. Some people absolutely hate him, and I will not argue with them on their opinion. Some love to hate him, a position I sure Kanye wouldn want anyway. But, from a true admirer, congratulations Kanye West; this anniversary means just as much to some of us as it does to michael kors purses you. Thanks for everything.

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A tipping guide and don’t forget the hotel maid

view traffic Islip, NY 57″Maybe once a michael kors purses month someone will tip, but what can I do? We can’t force people to tip,” says Sara Hana, a housekeeper at A Victory Inn in Roseville, Mich.

Of all the workers travelers encounter, hotel maids are most likely to be stiffed at tip time. Often unseen by guests, they are known only by the crisp pillows they plump or fluffy towels they hang.

“Sometimes they slip under the radar, but they are incredibly deserving,” says Dan Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute in Burlington, Vt. “They deserve a tip of $1 to $3 a day.” Some say more.

While guests expect hotel maids to be as discreet as the Secret Service and as honest as Mother Teresa, many travelers just don’t know how to tip for a housekeeper’s excellent service.

Because the maid who cleans your room might be different each day, Senning says it’s best to leave a daily tip on the pillow or on a table with a note. “Be really clear. Don’t leave loose change on the bedsid mi michael kors purses chael kors purses e table,” he says. “And if you make a real mess, leave a little more.”

HOW MUCH TO TIP Travelers should never tip certain people, like bed and breakfast hosts, airline pilots, flight attendants and cru michael kors purses ise ship captains. But other service providers appreciate a tip.

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a tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan

The vast expanse of debris in effect the world’s largest rubbish dump is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting “soup” stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.

Charles Moore, an American oceanographer who discovered the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” michael kors purses or “trash vortex”, believes that about 100 million tons of flotsam are circulating in the region. Marcus Eriksen, a research director of the US based Algalita Marine Research Foundation, which Mr Moore founded, said yesterday: “The original idea that people had was that it was an island of plastic garbage that you could almost walk on. It is not quite like that. It is almost like a plastic soup. “The garbage patch barfs, and you get a beach covered with this confetti of plastic,” he added.

The “soup” is actually two linked areas, either side of the islands of Hawaii, known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches. About one fifth of the junk which includes everything from footballs and kayaks to Lego blocks and carrier bags is thrown off ships or oil platforms. The rest comes from land.

Mr Moore, a former sailor, came across the sea of waste by chance in 1997, while taking a short cut home from a Los Angeles to Hawaii yacht race. He had steered his craft into the “North Pacific gyre” a vortex where the ocean circulates slowly b michael kors purses ecause of little wind and extreme high pressure systems. Usually sailors avoid it.

He was astonished to find himself surrounded by rubbish, day after day, thousands of miles from land. “Every time I came on deck, there was trash floating by,” he said in an interview. “How could we have fouled such a huge area? How could this go on for a week?”

Mr Moore, the heir to a family fortune from the oil industry, subsequently sold his business interests and became an environmental activist. He warned yesterday that unless consumers cut back on their use of disposable plastics, the plastic stew would double in size over the next decade.

Professor David Karl, an oceanographer at the University of Hawaii, said more research was needed to establish the size and nature of the plastic soup but that there was “no reason to doubt” Algalita’s findings.

michael kors purses “After all, the plastic trash is going somewhere and it is about time we get a full accounting of michael kors purses the distribution of plastic in the marine ecosystem and especially its fate and impact on marine ecosystems.”

Professor Karl is co ordinating an expedition with Algalita in search of the garbage patch later this year and believes the expanse of junk actually represents a new habitat. Historically, rubbish that ends up in oceanic gyres has biodegraded. But modern plastics are so durable that objects half a century old have been found in the north Pacific dump. “Every little piece of plastic manufactured in the past 50 years that made it into the ocean is still out there somewhere,” said Tony Andrady, a chemist with the US based Research Triangle Institute.

Mr Moore said that because the sea of rubbish is translucent and lies just below the water’s surface, it is not detectable in satellite photographs. “You only see it from the bows of ships,” he said.

According to the UN Environment Programme, plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals. Syringes, cigarette lighters and toothbrushes have been found inside the stomachs of dead seabirds, which mistake them for food.

Plastic is believed to constitute 90 per cent of all rubbish floating in the oceans. The UN Environment Programme estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic,

Dr Eriksen said the slowly rotating mass of rubbish laden water poses a risk to human health, too. Hundreds of millions of tiny plastic pellets, or nurdles the raw materials for the plastic industry are lost or spilled every year, working their way into the sea. These pollutants act as chemical sponges attracting man made chemicals such as hydrocarbons and the pesticide DDT. They then enter the food chain. “What goes into the ocean goes into these animals and onto your dinner plate. It’s that simple,” said Dr Eriksen.