open 24 hrs

why are yall such assholes oh my god, why cant u relax and not pick at every little thing it’s so exhausting, are u ok?? like in what world do you enjoy making people feel like shit for no reason??? how do u people fuckin exist you’re disgusting, ur absolutely the worst and i hope you enjoy feeling as shit as you try and make others feel. p.s. if u dont agree with anything faiza does, 1. Keep it to youself or, 2. you kno: unfollow.

DAY 3280

Jalsa, Mumbai                     Mar 20/21,  2017                 Mon/Tue 12:49 am





Birthday - EF - Meenu Gupta / Sikandar ….  Tue, March 21 being the birth of Meenu and Sikandar and our love and wishes go out to them in barrels of affection and wishes .. your ever Ef .. have a lovely day .. !! 




The pundits of social change and moralities and all that deserves attention from the attitudinal world .. profess and in many ways provoke the non sentimental, servile “be thou as it may”, deliverance of our presence in todays world .. for too long through our years of invasion induced sublimation, we have suffered that ‘other cheek’ attitude ..

There is I believe a complete turn around in that thinking, and the young that are now the dominant percentage of the country, feel greatly more liberated than before in expressing themselves, in creating debate and discussion with appropriate reasoning, on matters that concern them not just personally or academically, but in worldly affairs, on everyday matters, on attitudes and decisions made in general .. justifying their reasons with adequate dialogue and argument .. I am certain there were many of the older generation that had similar opportunities and words to say and express .. but they were never quite as much heard as are today .. the modes of communication has given them those advantages and facilities to do so .. and this is worthy of great admiration .. for me personally it is a most welcome change ..

Having lived our early years in some darkness about the many facets of life, it is now an education for me, to be in the company and mindset of that much publicised 65% of the young that dictate terms in this vast and diverse nation !!


Many of the beliefs that we had, or rather I had, during those early years of the 40′s and 50′s right down to the 80′s 90′s and now the ‘16 ‘17′s’, present themselves to me, in great candour .. and I am now subjected to a spirit of asking and questioning, rather than submitting to whatever prevailed without ever seeking explanation  .. being an elder citizen helps .. it gives one the liberty of unabashedly seeking explanation and information, without the embarrassment during the earlier times of the self consciousness that existed in abundance .. now we , or rather I do not give such credence to the self consciousness .. there is a peculiar kind of special unabashed acceptance of any ignorance that we encounter .. and are like that innocent child, seeking answers to millions of questions that arise in their fertile young minds ..

The query answers, are perhaps a lot younger than me, and give that age respect, refraining from a giggle or sneer that would have ruined an early year answer .. that senior citizen syndrome plays strong and guided acceptance first, and then later too ..

What I would have hesitated to ask earlier, now comes naturally in droves .. I feel relieved and blessed that it happens .. for if it did not, I would have created a valley of unexplained questions within .. hoping first, that no one asks for an answer or response from me .. and if they did, to have the acumen to hedge the moment by changing the topic of discussion  … !!!


But .. the scenario too has changed for the better .. the tools of communication have provided an answer for every possible issue in the world .. ethically socially morally civically  .. Apps., and Google and T and FB are now information centers open 24 hrs .. there is no hesitation in finding out the reason or explanation or status of any wonder of the world - and I do not mean those typical wonders like the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ and the Pyramids .. but wonders of the rapid access to information from any part or point of the universe .. simply so fulfilling and desired  .. 

Nothing seems to puzzle the young these days .. their answers are on the tip of their fingers .. and if not, they shall construct ways and means of having them .. that is the admiration I am so enamoured by ..

Long may they continue to be blessed with such adventure .. and long may they keep contributing to this still unexplored world ..

My love ..


Amitabh Bachchan

the lib is open 24 hrs during dead week and finals week which is awesome bc i need it but also terrible bc at least 4 times every finals week i forget to check the time and end up at the lib until 4am 🤷🏼‍♀️

SDCC PACKING AND PREPARATION MASTER LIST!

Yoooo!! You guys have been asking me to do a list of preparations fro SDCC after doing one for Wondercon. So here it is! Everything you should take care of and get ready for the next four days!


Tonight remember to…:

  • Take a shower 
  • Exfoliate!
  • TAKE AN AIRBORNE – Do not risk getting CON FLU! 
  • CHARGE everything!!! Camera/phone/ipad/mp3s…
  • Do some last minute laundry
  • IRON YOUR CLOTHES/COSPLAY (I always forget to iron my cosplays and regret it when the pictures come back and I’m a wrinkled mess. Do it now so you don’t have to later)
  • Check your cosplay contacts - change the solution and make sure they are full.
  • Eat a good meal and drink some water. Please. For me.
  • Do you need petty cash for the weekend? Make sure to write a little note on your hand to stop by for an ATM (lets not get those fees for having to use a random one at the con – plus LINES)
  • Need Gas? Note on hand. 

GENERAL PACKING the night before

  • Grab your business cards, badge (or printed barcode), wallet, ID, tickets, cash, printed schedule, prints or thing you want SIGNED and but them in a pile  by the door. PUT YOUR CAR KEYS ON THIS PILE. You can’t forget it this way (alternatively, put your phone on it.)
  • Grab Airborne, asprin, ibuprofen, any prescriptions or emergency medication you may need. You NEVER know when a headache will ruin your day. Bring it. 
  • I usually pack a bag of food. Cookies, granola bars, some instant ramen and instant mac and cheese (if you have a coffee maker in your room, you can have instant free hot water for quick lunches like this). AND water water water. Food around the con center is usually EXPENSIVE. This will save you time and money. (they charge like 4 bucks for water.)
  • Bring clothes of course. But specifically do not forget socks, bedtime clothes, stockings, belts, or swimming clothes.
  • HAIR TIES. Yeah I know, I forgot about those too. 
  • Make sure you have all the shoes you need. The sexy heels, and the good ol’ flats when you get tired of the heels. Also sneakers. 
  • Contact case & solution

COSPLAY PACKING the night before

  • I usually start stacking my Cosplays in folded piles by the door in order of the day I will be wearing them.
  • Put costume jewelry,belts,hair accessories, gloves, trinkets, small props, and extra pieces in SANDWICH BAGS and put them on top of the folded costumes they are for. 
  • WIGS. Pack your wigs in sandwich bags. By the door. Stuff a WIG CAP into EACH BAG so you are guaranteed to have one for each day.
  • Pack an extra sandwich bag for Bobby pins, safety pins, a needle and thread, extra thread, FASHION tape, super glue, fabri-tac, hot glue/gun, HAIR TIES (yes again), and anything you may need as back up. Extra sequins, some metallic paint for that prop you are worried about, or etc. This is your REPAIR BAG.
  • Rubbing alcohol is great to bring. It removes makeup stains and paint stains from most anything.
  • Wig Brush, Wig Detangler, Hairspray, Styling Gel. 
  • Remember how we packed the costumes by the day you will be wearing them? Now decide what civi-clothes you want to wear on each day afterward. This helps me remember what else I have planned those days. (Like after parties or contests. So now you can have contest entries, party shoes, and etc remembered and taken care of.) 
  • LIGHTENING COSPLAY MAKEUP CHECKLIST:  Foundation, face paint, sponge brushes, powder, makeup sealer, concealer, eyebrow glue, eyebrow colors to match your wig, regular eyebrow pencil, pencil sharpener, eye liner, that other back up eyeliner I know you have, white eyeliner,  eye shadow (for each character), WHITE eye shadow, BRUSHES, MASCARA, fake lashes, fake lash glue, lipstick (for each character), chapstick, lip gloss, blush, bronzer, contouring shadow, that weird thing you need for that weird cosplay (a marker or jewel for your forehead or something), CONTACTS and solution, wig glue, wig caps, hair ties, bobby pins. (I said these twice and thats because its important.) Oh and if you are making a fake beard, don’t forget the stuff you use to make it.
  • Are you wearing earrings this con? Fake nails? Need Nail glue?
  • MAKEUP WIPES. (if you dont have any, get some, they are magic. Also, q-tips)
  • COSPLAY SHOES. Each day. Piles by  the door. You got it. 
  • All props/weapons – by the door. 
  • To the left to the left – everything you need for the con in suitcases to the left by the door. 

THE DAY OF (the con or going there)

Don’t forget to..

  • Good Morning! EAT SOMETHING NOW.
  • Brush your teeth and then pack your toothbrush and tooth paste.
  • While your in the bathroom grab your Razor, Shampoo/conditioner/bodywash
  • Hair Dryer/Straightener. 
  • Do your makeup for the day then pack it all up – put it with your cosplay makeup. 
  • Take everything off the charge and PACK THE CHARGERS
  • Camera/Camera battery/SD card
  • Everything else should be pre packed from the lists above. Now get it all together! BUT DONT FORGET
  • Call your hotel if needed/hotel buddy
  • GAS/ATM remember?
  • GPS the directions if needed.
  • Boarding tickets/pass?
  • Badge pickup info?
  • Shuttle Info/shecule?
  • Now as your leaving, grab that important pile by the door with your keys and ask yourself: “Food? Cosplays? Camera? Phone & Charger? Props? Toothbrush?”

 
SPECIAL SDCC SPECIFIC TIPS:

  • Where are you parking? Parking sucks and is expensive. PLEASE research where the heck you are gonna park. Some garages arent open 24 hrs. Think about thisssssss.
  • Check the programming schedule. CHECK THE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE. Check the schedule. SCHEDULE CHECK. 
  • Write down the rooms/times of the panels/events you want to go to. MAKE your own schedule. Seriously. 
  • WHEN IS THAT PANEL YOU MUUSSSTTT GO TO? SDCC is HUGE and overcrowded every year. ALWAYS assume your must-see panel is widely popular and get there 2-3 hours beforehand. That seems extreme – but panel rooms DO NOT CLEAR OUT before the next panel begins. So if you wanna see the Hobbit panel and before it is the Big Bang Theory— Those Big Bang jerks might sit there and fill the Hobbit room and let no one else in. GET THERE EARLY. Plan on sitting in the panel before yours if you are worried. And if the panel you wanna see is in HALL H: Plan on going the night/day before buddy. And pack a board game, your psp/gameboy and a sleeping bag/blankets. 
  • PANELS ARE NOT AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS.  Panels do not host the autograph session. If you want to meet the guest/celebrity you need to get a ticket or go to a different place than the actual panel. The panel is to watch and listen. Signing and meeting is a different event. Check the schedule to understand where you need to go for what you want to do. Or google it. Companies/studios usually make their own rules. For Legend of Korra – you needed a ticket to get a poster and signing REGARDLESS of whether or not you were at the panel. And in some cases – you need to choose ONLY ONE because you gotta line up for both. 
  • It’s okay to make a lot of plans and see a lot of things – buts crazy out there so make sure to PICK ONE THING each day that you want to do more than others. Focus on doing that unless it falls through. This will save you from running around wanting to do everything and ending up not doing anything because you missed your chance. 
  • SHOP EARLY EACH DAY. Exclusives are usually sold with a limited number each day and they always sell out by noon. Get that thing you want ASAP and then be a happy camper all weekend. Check the SDCC website to see what exlusives they have.
  • Remember to pick something up before or during the con that you can have signed if you are going to a signing! They don’t always have freebies to give you! 

Keep a granola bar and safety pins on you at all times. You never know when you are gonna faint or your cosplay rips or both! 

Please eat. Please. Eat. Eat food. No – not  just the granola bar I told you about. Food. Twice a day at least. Please. I’m guilty of fainting at a con for doing this and it is stupid and dumb and I worry about you. 

Finally – HAVE FUN. 

ITS SDCC WOOHOOOO!!!! 

midnight special

Didn’t matter that there was nobody at the counter, nobody in the kitchen from what Smiles could see through the two greasy little windows on the swinging double doors, no tired waitress there with a pot of lukewarm black coffee. It was shelter, warm fluorescent-lit shelter, and if nobody was around to kick her out for not having any money, all the better. It was probably 2 in the goddamn morning anyway. Let those poor people sleep.

Smiles slides into a two-person booth, brushing crumbs from the table and grabbing her cigarettes from her pocket. A glance up reveals that there’s a smoke alarm set into the yellow, pockmarked ceiling panels, and she shoves them back where they were. Looked like it probably hadn’t had its batteries changed in years, but she didn’t want to risk getting the fire department out here.

There’s quiet music coming from somewhere. A few of the window booths have those old mini-jukeboxes set into them. One must be playing, crooning some oldie she vaguely recognized. They all sounded the same anyway. There’s a neon sign buzzing in the window opposite. OPEN 24 HRS. HOT COFFEE SANDWICHES DAILY SPECIALS. And out in the parking lot, the one bearing the diner’s name: SWEET DEE’S. It was only a few miles outside the city but Smiles couldn’t remember ever coming in here. She’d passed it plenty of times, but never been in the mood for shitty diner pancakes. There’s a glass fishtank set into the divider between the counter and booths. It’s scummy, with several dead goldfish decomposing on the bottom. Gross. If she’d had any appetite to begin with that would’ve driven it right off.

She leans her chin in her hand and looks back up at the ceiling for any of those shiny black bubbles that hid security cameras. Didn’t seem to be any. No cameras period, and she couldn’t hear any activity in the kitchen. Maybe everybody was out on a smoke break? She hadn’t seen anybody outside. Were they being held up in the back room maybe? It didn’t look like the register had been touched. No sign of any struggle. Didn’t seem likely, but Smiles gets up and eases one of the doubles doors open anyway and calls out a tentative “hello? Anybody back here?”

No answer. The kitchen is lit, but the room in back, which probably held supplies, was dark. Very dark. She backs out, letting the doors swing closed. There was probably a basement too, but like hell she was going down there. As an afterthought, she grabs a long carving knife off the rack and takes it back to her booth, setting it down before going to pour herself a cup of coffee. It looked about as disgusting as the fish tank but she wanted to be awake as she possibly could right now. 

She had her phone. She’d call for someone to come pick her up. The only reason she’d come in here was to get away from those assholes on the street who kept catcalling and who’d threatened her when she’d called them fucking cocksuckers and chased her seveal blocks before she’d lost them. Now god knew what was going on here, but it wasn’t safe outside and she wasn’t going to stay here any longer than she had to. She sits with the knife in front of her and dials and sips her coffee and waits for somebody to pick up, her eyes on the double doors.