What Happened To Ugly Betty – Pure Disappointment

I’m

Disappointed

Diva Dan and I have no TV Service, IE Cable or Satellite. It’s a personal choice due to the cost of having this service with rarely having the desire to watch TV. So we are out of the entertainment loop. We do have a TV and a DVD Player where we watch Movies and TV Series. Ugly Betty is one of them.

LOVED Season 1… FELL IN LOVE WITH SEASON 2… THEN SEASON 3 came and the love I had for the show started to dwindle. I loved how they let her move out of her family home and go on… but the show has been getting predictable. You want Betty to succeed and yet falls backwards due to family obligation instead of really putting her best foot forward. I was devastated when she closed her apartment door for the last time.

I started to see the commonality in the plot line. She screws up royally and yet keeps her job. Is that realistic? Sending photos to the Paparazzi with no repercussion because she fixed it seems highly unlikely.

I thought the wardrobe dept was putting BETTY FURTHER BACK outfit wise in Season 3. I was disappointed that they made her look more clown like than someone struggling to put together fashion. I think they could have tried better to have a killer shirt but the pants not matching. That’s more realistic than the entire outfit, including socks with heels being worn.

Amanda by far lost her edge in Season 3 with her quick witted personality. The writers really tamed her down for too many episodes. She was the comic relief of the show in my opinion. Marc being the 2nd.

I love Whilemena but when does so much blackmail become predictable? I loved how they gave her personality outside of the scheming. Eventually we get sick of all the scheming.

We’ve just learned that Ugly Betty Season 4 is the final. yes… several months after he national media has told everyone so. Knowing it’s ending… gives us a new perspective.

I’ve now watched 3 episodes of Season 4 and I am not going to buy the final season. Marc who is usually over the top is “over acting” the part as far as I am concerned. He’s acting like a school girl and yet he was supposed to be considered as an editor candidate. I think the writers or whomever is asking him to act the way he is jeopardizing Marc’s creditability. You can’t even take him seriously even when you are suppose to.

I’m not sure what happened to the writers of this show. I think some of the plot lines are too unrealistic. We could relate to Betty in Season 1 and 2… but then they started steering away from the personality that was built for Betty. People change and grow up… but they appeared to make her step backward instead of progressing forward.

Having just watched BLUE ON BLUE last night… Her acting and the whole scene scenario of the restaurant of Hilda interfering I think is unrealistic. I kept saying to Diva Dan… this is a scene right out of Brady Bunch! I think the scene was fine… but I think they over embellished the feelings and emotions to a degree it was not believable.

I’m saddened by the end of Ugly Betty but I think it couldn’t have continued based on the writing that was set out.

Michael

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Diva Dan Is At A Doorway Of New Opportunity & Career Path

Diva Dan Returns

I am so excited to announce that Diva Dan’s Kitchen Show will be returning back to MIKEYSSMAIL and Diva Dan’s Private You Tube Channel in about 3 Weeks. Diva Dan’s Kitchen Show will be appearing through other media such as filming and magazines.

Daniel is working a temp job right now for a garden centre in our area. Pulling very long days. Due to it’s seasonal nature… it’s expected for him to be laid off or reduced in hours. So Daniel is preparing for the future.

Daniel is undergoing preliminary test filming and trials with his own creation of Diva Dan’s Kitchen Show. Daniel was discovered through Mikeyssmail. His first few shows have demonstrated knowledge, now it’s just honing his presentation skills and personality.  

This is the second opportunity to come for Daniel as we were slated to appear on Reality Television due to Daniel’s Kitchen Show 2 months ago. We turned down that opportunity due to filming location and time restraints.

Now it is up to me to learn how to edit better. Film better angles and a lot more speed. Daniel needs to work on his online personality in giving more of himself. Daniel tends to be quiet and more serious when filming by himself. We need to up his personality.

This opportunity is “Freak’n Huge”. I am more excited for him. Daniel is on the gateway of being known world wide for his cooking and kitchen knowledge. Those who know Daniel, know that Daniel’s true passion is gardening and cooking. Daniel is able to combine his gardening and knowledge of growing his own fruits and vegetables… apply it to the kitchen… then transfer for world wide via Media.

More to come in the weeks ahead!

Daniel is calm and collective… I am jumping up and down with excitment for him.

You Could Always Diet… The Sales Guy Doesn’t Even Know He’s In Danger!

Diva Dan and I have been looking for shirts / vests for the Creativ Festival. We are being very specific to either a LOUD SHIRT or a SUPER FLAMBOYANT VEST… but we think it’s easier to find loud shirts than the vest.

I love Le Chateau for styling. For my worldly friends… it’s a place where fashion runs straight into your face. Styling that is incredible and fits WELL as long as you look like the manequin. I’ve gained weight… that’s no secret… you can see that through the videos…

This is no Le Chateau’s fault that I have gained weight… but many of their designs don’t sit right on a body if you have extra poundage. I really liked a couple things and willing to drop $80.00 on one shirt alone… problem is that it doesn’t fit.

I am pretty blunt with the sales people… “I LOVE YOUR CLOTHES” but I am fat so they don’t fit me as well as they should. The appeal for me is their tailored shirts… the ones that hug the body on the way down to the pants! Unfortunately… for me… If I wore that out in public… I would be in straight denial!

So I was directed to regular fit and that’s cool… but the colours aren’t as fabulous… All of a sudden I feel like I have lost out on the wonderful colour pallette. Then the sales person hit me!

“YOU COULD ALWAYS DIET!”

  • I am happy with who I am… FINALLY AFTER YEARS of suffering from Body Dismorphic Disorder. Daniel has allowed me to feel good to be me… even if I am Chunky or mis-shaped!
  • I need to loose weight cause I know I am gaining… but I want to do it for me… NOT FOR A SHIRT!
  • I could start a diet right this very moment… but if I don’t believe it whole heartedly… the diet will be finished in a day or so!
  • I have to want a diet.

So meanwhile, while the sales rep can be pretty blunt… I’m not loosing weight for a shirt… I have to want to loose weight for me! Until I want that whole heartedly… I won’t be successful…

OH Yeah… GOTTA GO… I have to run to Tim Hortons for a sugar dosed tea and a donut! LMAO

Michael

Lost Opportunties/Jobs Due To Online Searches

A friend from our Mikeyssmail community has lost out on a job opportunity due to what is searchable online.

The questions are:

  • Does this person now try to remove what is searchable from the internet?
  • Does this person delete Facebook and any other accounts where it is searchable through online google searches.
  • Does this person keep their extra curricular activities from the view of the public?
  • Should this person be grateful that if they had a problem with her extracurricular activities that it’s a good thing she isn’t hired?

With jobs being hard to get these days, could the internet be responsible for missed job opportunities as a result of what can be searchable. I am thinking about myself right now… if I were to job hunt… what can be searched on me is enormous due to the level of internet usage, and programs I use throughout the net. My online dating profile even pops up in the search engines… It’s no mystery on how to locate me or see what I am doing online. I write enough blogs, and post so many videos that it’s hard to lie during an interview because my online presence be as strong as it is.

Our community member lost her job due to her online searchable items through video and written format. This has been confirmed. The interview happened. During the extra curricular part of the question, she answered her questions and then revealed one of her extra curricular activites that revealed her home / family life. She was told that they had watched and seen some of her materials she had posted online. She was commended for her honesty at the time… but was overskipped as the company wanted no association to her lifestyle. It’s a question why they bothered to interview her in the first place if they had already seen the stuff. They should have just skipped over her.

SO I asked her… what is she going to do if the searching of her name is a problem for getting a job?

She responds, “I am who I am. If the company I am about to work for is going to have an issue with me due to my orientation, it would probably be best I never work for them in the first place and for them to find out afterwards.”

I say… “Well isn’t that descrimination or unfair to judge your abilities to what you do in your own home and how you choose to live your life?”

She responds, “You can be the best at what you do… but the person who pays you weekly can’t see how diverse the world has become and changing, do you really want to be the person who takes the time to educate this person?”

Having been there and done that myself… I would answer NO.

It is someone else’s loss but our girl who has lost opportunity has also lost because the opinions are already formed prior to meeting her. This company also missed out on the vast contacts and relationships this women has formed throughout the years. This would have been an excellent opportunity for this company to bring on someone who had these contacts for their own marketing strategies.

It’s another example to be careful what you post… people judge based on what they read. People are watching, and yet we aren’t privy to know who they are.

Michael

Day 3 Trial – Polanight Teeth Whitening System

After last night… I have to give my gums and teeth a rest after the 2nd application of Polonight Teeth Whitening System. DOES IT WORK? Absolutely… is it painful… Absolutely… is it worth it? Absolutely!

I typed my last blog about the painful feeling of my process during last night’s 2nd application. My teeth felt like they were hurting… What is interesting is that the pain can’t be isolated to just the teeth… it can extend up until the gums. I tried to keep myself busy while I was waiting my 45 minutes but I was glad to remove it after the 45 minute mark. Again, very very happy with the results.

I seen my gums between my front teeth… there appears to be white gelly like texture to the gums… I figured it was SPIT… the chemical was eating at my gums causing the gum to turn white and separate exposing a new sore… I wasn’t happy. Brushing my teeth after it was extremely painful.

After an hour… the white filming bubbling look to my gums has disappeared and my gums appeared to have settled back into place. My gums are a bit sore today but not noticeable if I don’t think about it… Again the pain is worth it.

The difference between the before and after is already incredible!

The gels only last 2 applications… so in a pack of 4… there is only 8 uses. IT’s cheaper to buy the refills online than it is at my dentist. That includes shipping.

I am going to keep at it… I am happy and you can’t expect a transformation without a bit of suffering!

I am going to take a break and not do day 3 in  row… they suggested not to also… no point ruining my gums… work at this step by step and get the results.

🙂 Michael

Mikeyssmail Is Trying Polanight Tooth Whitening System

As I sit here… I have my plastic trays in my mouth and waiting for 45 Minutes to Pass. Due to the CreativFestival and Photography… I am under Dentist help to whitening my teeth.

I decided due to going further into the lime light and possible media attention. I needed to get my yellow teeth under control. Over time, too much tea, pop and not enough brushing have yellowed out my teeth to a degree where it’s embarrasing. Photography shows this greatly. I don’t like to smile in photographs anymore but when I do and it’s real… I am turned off of the photo instantly.

I’ve come to accept my teeth are crooked… and the costs associated to a make over in that area is too much and I am not willing to go through the pain of it. So if my teeth are whitened, I will know I have done all I could.

I didn’t want to waste my time with WHITESTRIPS of any of the major toothpaste makers. I decided to go right to the dentist to get this taken care of. Here are my cost breakdowns.

$200 CDN

  • Custom Mouth Moulding
  • My custom made moulds of plastic trays.
  • Carrying Case
  • 4 Siringes of chemical.

My teeth were partially x-rayed, cleaned and checked by a dentist prior to the fitting. The costs $175.00

So it cost me $375.00 to start this program.

Michael

 

Facebook Privacy Verses WonderHowTo Worlds

Protecting Yourself

I Can See You… More Than You Realize!

I was approached by WonderHowTo to create a brand new social network for Crochet world Wide. It’s known as WonderHowTo Worlds. Fabulous concept and I really liked it from the moment I seen it. The creators have contacted me directly expressing interest in the way that I am using Facebook to bring people together. They have been on my websites and peaked around… they have done this without me even knowing about it.

I loved the concept of WonderHowTo Worlds but I am thinking… WHY would anyone switch from Facebook. Many viewers are like me checking our Facebook when we get out of Bed In the Morning. Then Email and so on. Things another friend has done, pictures, videos and more are there for me to snoop at.

Where Facebook Falls down is the level of privacy settings. A user must turn off certain buttons to maintain strict privacy. Many and most viewers have stuff posted that a complete stranger like me can see. All I have to do is be friends of a friend to see what’s happening on someone else’s Facebook. I can see who the family is, who the BFF’s, how the person communicates, most time what they do for a living, phone numbers, and much much much much more.

So I got thinking… HMMM WonderhowTo Worlds doesn’t require a group membership. Anyone can be a member of http://www.wonderhowto.com with a very limited profile. You don’t need to disclose your family, phone numbers, and much more for everyone to see! You won’t be able to figure out who my spouse is or my phone number. I won’t be able to access your page without being a direct friend of yours. Hmmm seems the privacy is intact.

So I thought… how am I going to convince my following to join me on WonderHowTo Worlds.http://super-star-crochet.wonderhowto.com/ The answer is simple… It’s about your privacy! Your friends and family don’t need to get constantly updated that you have just completed an afghan, or have a thought about crochet, or just loving the craft.

Reality is this… I’m addicted to Facebook… without Facebook, I don’t think my following would be as strong as it is right now… WonderHowTo Worlds is specific to my crochet… you can be part of it, without being a member to it. You can peak into my world there, or peak into the others… Want to know more about how to cheat farmville or so… Go look at the FARMVILLE WORLD in WonderHowTo Worlds to see what people are sharing.

People are complaining there is no friends list that has joined Super Star Crochet World there… but maybe that’s not such a bad thing… If you want people to know you are there… interact with the conversations and postings… if you don’t… stay quiet and peak around. I believe WonderHowTo is seeing a trend of people wanting to belong to a social network but maintain their privacy!

Now I will say.. WonderHowTo Worlds has not instructed me to say any of this… this is my own thoughts! I do see a few things I would like to be changed… I think the graphics are a bit big which can cause excessive scrolling due to the interactions…

What’s your thoughts on this… have you seen our world there… what do you think… You should know as well! They are watching our World to see how people are interacting with each other… We are part of a BETA Project and this is fabulous!

Michael

Are Store Sale Signs Great or Showing Us The Extreme Mark Up Of Products?

Are Sales Signs Great?

Are Sale Signs That Great?

I admit… I’m a price shopper… A NOW ON SALE sign will get my blood pumping and automatically I am thinking of the money I am saving… So what’s the problem.

So what’s the problem here… well what if you needed something that wasn’t on sale. You know a sale will happen but of course they won’t ever tell you that… and if it does go on sale, the store may not have enough in stock to begin with.

Diva Dan and I were looking for an electric lawn mower.

  1. Diva Dan doesn’t want to use GASOLINE and cause more pollution with mowing the grass.
  2. He’s hit a rock with our lawn mower and I think busted the internal gears. It still works but sounds like a farm tractor.
  3. Our current lawn mower is doomed for the dump.

So we were looking at Canadian Tire to buy a new mower. (It’s like a Home Depot but Canadian Version). They have this 14″ Lawn Mower for $159.99 but we think it’s a bit too narrow! So we decide to continue to shop for the next size up… but the next size up is regular price and we don’t want to spend that type of money at this time.

I was looking for the Canadian Tire flyer and seen that 14″ mower again but the price has dropped to $90.00. With taxes, the price savings is nearly $80.00.

Which brings me to my point!

If I was compulsive, I would have bought the lawn mower for $159.99 plus Taxes = 181.00. and Merely 3 days later the flyer comes out saying the price had an $80.00 price drop for THIS WEEK ONLY!  I turned to Diva Dan and told him… if we would have bought it… we would have just been ripped off by $80.00.

When I see a sale sign… my immediate reaction is… OH LOOK… They can drop the price by $80.00??? Does this mean there was that much mark up in the product to begin with. We’ve all heard of loss leaders could this have been one of them?

I bought a mixer that day for $12.00, regular price $40.00… they were having a sale… dropping the price $28.00… YES I BENEFIT in buying it on sale like this… but for those who purchased the mixer at regular price… did they just get screwed over?

So I am thinking it’s working like this… IMPORTED FROM CHINA equals really cheap but REALLY HIGH MARK UP… Charging the suckers who pay full price are compensating for those like me who are waiting for the sales.

Diva Dan’s Counter Top Mixer was $100.00 off the price… so how can they drop a price $100.00 in the first place? Wouldn’t they have been better off to lower the regular retail price and sell more of it, instead of few at a higher cost.

I believe what Donald Trump says and don’t quote me on this… “You can make more money selling stuff at a reduced price by selling more volume than you would selling it at a regular price and selling few!”

What do you think? Are We Being Scammed?

Michael


Medical Industry Knickel & Diming Patients With Insurance Policies

Medical Knickel and Diming Insurance

I am fortunate enough to be covered by Medical Coverage but the medical coverage has a yearly CAP on how it may go. I’ve worked long and hard at the same company for 7 years. I have earned my way up the Medical Coverage Plan to be higher than what it would be if I was new.

I learned through the years not to declare I have insurance when it comes to certain medical perks that are covered by my insurance. Most times, the price is different if you declare you don’t have insurance. I hear the word “DISCOUNT” given when they don’t think you have insurance and the price can drop significantly.

I find this price drop to be morally and ethically disgusting! If they can do it for the price drop, why are they not charging that in the first place to someone who has insurance. Some places take advantage of patient’s health coverage.

THINK ABOUT THIS… WHO IS REALLY LOOSING OUT??? Is the insurance company loosing or is it really you?

Say your plan is 80% covered… if the doctor raises the prices knowing you have health coverage, you are content that you still only pay 20% of the bill… so few people question it.

Say your plan covers 100% of it… if the doctor raises the prices, why would you care knowing the insurance pays it.

LIKE ME… I have a set rate that is given to me each year. Trust me… If I get $1000.00 of coverage, I pay half of it throughout the year in my paycheck. So the perk for me is that I get $1000 to spend but I have to buy $500 of it, even if I never use it.

Most places have a CAP on how much can be spent on certain expenses… Say your situation only allows $500.00 to be used in the year… ONCE you get to $500 you are CAPPED OFF and wait for the fiscal end of the year… SO I QUESTION… WHY ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH WOULD YOU TELL YOUR DOCTOR YOU HAVE INSURANCE…

IF THEY DROP THE PRICES KNOWING YOU HAVE NO PLAN, AND YOU DECLARE IT TO YOUR INSURANCE ON YOUR OWN… YOU HAVE JUST SAVED A TON OF MONEY! And have money left over to be able to use it again if you didn’t hit a cap!

I asked for a quote today… NO ANSWER… the doctor asked me… DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE… and I said No… he says fine, we can give you a discount to help you!

The doctor isn’t robbing the insurance provider, they are robbing the patient by inflating the prices to hit CAP AMOUNTS FASTER THAN IT SHOULD!  THE PATIENT is the one loosing out…  

Email Hell… I’m Drowning In It and It’s My Own Fault

Swamped By Email

I’m on a crochet and crafting break right now. Like many viewers, they don’t craft all the time. They need to step away from the hook to recharge and refocus. That’s where I am right now.

I have a saying that I love...

“Without Traction, There’s No Reaction!”

What this means to me is that if I sit back… cry the blues how bad my life sucks, put minimal effort into anything. Only apply a certain portion of effort and then throw my hands up and say “screw it”, than I haven’t done my traction part to expect reaction.

In other words… if I never email friends, never phone friends, never volunteer anywhere, but just sit on my couch and watch day time television all day… then I can’t expect anything positive to happen. Nor should I expect my phone or email to be busy.

Your effort and trying is the traction… and from those specific actions… REACTION comes from your effort. Many people who volunteer get that even though they may have never thought of it.

So how does this relate to EMAIL and ME… When Mikeyssmail was created I was getting a mental excitement on seeing the following:

YOU TUBE EMAILS AND NOTIFICATIONS:

  • Some one subscribes to me… YOU TUBE SEND THAT RIGHT NOW as an EMAIL to let me know.
  • Someone makes a comment… YOU TUBE SEND THAT RIGHT NOW.
  • Someone wants to be a friend… YOU TUBE SEND THAT RIGHT NOW.

FACEBOOK EMAILS AND NOTIFICATIONS:

  • Wanna be my friend… EMAILS ME.
  • Comments… EMAILS ME
  • Pictures… EMAILS ME
  • Videos… EMAILS ME
  • Application and Games

Facebook Fan Page

I kept my Facebook out of the MIKEYSSMAIL realm for a long time until I realized how to make a Fan Page… from that… viewers started joining and that was great. A few viewers each week, like to extend beyond the Facebook Fan Page and become a personal friend of mine. What viewers don’t realize is that I barely use my Private Facebook… there’s nothing there that is of interest, nor updated photos or anything. I am using Facebook for the Fan Page Site.

What I never thought of is how many viewers use Farmeville or many other games. I was waking up to Farmville Hell… people wanting to do something with their cow… planting, building, and so forth. My email inbox was being pounded down with all these application invitations and status updates. I did get so tired of it, because bogging my email down with that makes for sorting the good from the bad and I spend more time deleting and moving around then I do answering. I learned how to block applications and be more selective on what I get.

I deleted over 8000+ emails last week. This week was another 1400 emails.

BEING SELECTIVE

So in the beginning… I was getting just  a few email maybe 20 per day and loving it…

Now I get about 1400 emails per week, about 200 emails per day. Most of which is non useful information that I could get rid of.

This morning I woke up to 254 Emails… Where do I start… top to bottom like usual.

I learned how to simply my notifications from YOU TUBE. I turned off most of the notications such as adding friendships, subscription updates and many more. I am on YOU TUBE everyday and always looking at account information that I naturally catch the friendship requests and more.

I find YOU TUBE EMAIL INBOX the most unfriendly beast ever. When viewers email me… when I go to answer… it doesn’t carry forward the email that was sent that I am answering…  So if a viewer emails me back saying “I don’t get it… can you explain more!” I have no idea what people are talking about because it doesn’t show me what I said or what has been said throughout the email interactions. So usually the 2nd email from a viewer gets unanswered because I have no idea what I have said to give more clarity. I’m not that gifted to have a photographic memory.

To make matters worse and this is where my fault is… I have 5 email addresses I am maintain. They are linked to one email source that I use to see everything. This includes the emails that my volunteers and I see. Last week… we started the volunteers back up again and I am in email freak’n hell! Some reason… my programming is messed up…

My emails are coming to me in triplicate! So if a viewer comments to a video… I am getting the same email three times… Facebook same comment times 3. Regular email … Times 3.

Somewhere and I think I know where the problem is… Because of shared email privileges and accesses… I have programmed myself to get all my emails 3 times. My own oversight has caused a week from email hell to come about.

To make matters worse for myself. All entries for the Knitting Kit that I am giving away come in by the way of EMAIL… Each and everyone of them… Those are triplicating themselves… The 500+ entries so far have tripled in my email to 1500! However, where they are going is right… but I have some setting down so that it’s coming to my MASSIVE EMAIL CENTRE SPOT three times.

I feel extremely bad that I am so bad with emails… I tend not to be… but I’ve got help now. My volunteers and I are sorting through. Items that don’t require a comment in return are deleted. Some that require my personal attention are left in a special spot for me and where my volunteers can answer, they are doing it.

I’m hopefully going to solve this issue fast! I know I need to… I feel like I am drowning!

Michael



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