My Friend’s Crazy Braces

I have a friend who decided to get braces and she was super scared to get them. When she found out that she was going to have to get them, she was horrified until she went to her get her orthodontic consultation and learned that she was scared for no reason. Her experience as she tells it was “a pleasure.” She knew she was probably going to need them but put it off until her mid twenties. Her fear was quickly quenched when she went in to get them put in.

Stylish Braces


Tori was afraid that her braces would impede her work as she is in sales and spends a lot of time on the phone and in front of clients so she needed a beautiful smile. When she got her braces, she came over to my house and we talked for about 5 minutes before I even realized she had them! They were almost transparent and she was super excited about the experience with her orthodontist that she recommended him to me. But I don’t need braces – yet…. but that’s a post for later. So what are you scary braces stories? Did you ever think you could look cute with them?

My Crazy Traveling Dreams

So when I was growing up, I used to love watching movies like Braveheart. I think there’s something inside of everyone that rises up when we see amazing acting that portrays something in history that actually happened. To this end, I always wanted to vacation in Ireland and Scotland to actually stand on the ground where some of the greatest heroism in history ever occurred.

What would it be like to see some of the greatest castles the world has ever known? They haven’t been touched by terrible disasters like earthquakes or volcanoes that have been known to decimate the man made wonders in years past. Some civilizations have existed since the “beginning of time” and they are there for a reason: they are fighters. Ireland and Scotland seem like two nations that have the kind of history that ancient China has because as far as I know, they have always occupied the land in which they live.

I also want to go do some fishing on my trip when I go. I think that fishing the sea in that region of the world will probably be the end of any fishing career because I don’t think it gets much better than that. My dad and grandpa used to take me fishing in Minnesota on many of the great lakes there, and I also did some deep sea fishing when visiting my grandpa in Florida. But I think that since I have some Scotch and Irish in me, that probably means I’m born to be a good angler, what do you think??

And if I’m there, I’ll probably want to do some golfing, just for old times sake. My dear grandpa is quite a golfer but I’m a hack – I usually consider golf a “good walk spoiled,” but my grandpa would probably shoot me if he ever reads this post :)

So if there are any world travelers out there who want to fund my trip to Ireland and / or Scotland this summer, please let me know! I am always willing to carry your bags for your or drive you anywhere you want to go and I promise not to talk in my fake Irish accent – unless I have too many beers – I hear the nightlife out there is rather amazing especially Dublin nightlife. Anyways, thanks for reading and I really look forward to our trip together! See you at the airport :P

I was a Marine Biologist in my Past Life

While in eighth grade, I was going to school in the Portland, Oregon area and went on a field trip to Seaside Oregon. The field trip was part of my marine biology class. The trip took us to the coast on a typical rainy windy Oregon day in late fall. We went into tidepools then took a boat ride into the crazy waves all to gather some specimens for use with our new biology reagents testing kits looking for certain toxins in the water, which we tested at the school laboratory. We also looked at the type of microscopic life there was in the sea water. I have to say, that day of all others in my entire Junior High career sticks in my mind as the greatest and most memorable – and always remained one of the things I could still opt to do in life – become a marine biologist.

Science or Biology

I was always fascinated by dreaming up experiments to prove a theory or disprove one. I thought that science would satisfy my curiosity of how the universe worked – and one of the most interesting lines of science, at least for me, was biology. I think my ambitions were the result of loving the ocean and being fascinated with science so it seemed like the perfect match.

Marine Biology as a Career?

testing marine biology for toxins Marine biology is the study of life in the sea and is usually carried out by someone who is working in academia. Those who do it full time can expect an exciting life doing something they absolutely love but the shouldn’t expect much money. Apparently the average “high” side of income for a marine biologist is for someone who has a Ph.D. and does some teaching at a university. Their salary is around $55,000 / year.

Contributing to knowledge is one of the main components that distinguishes a doctor above a biologist who is not a doctor. It is almost expected that most who are employed – are mostly employed by a learning institution and they will therefore be teaching at some point in their career. To really take the highest advantage, I suppose I would have had to start many years ago but would have gone well with other subjects I enjoyed like science, chemistry and math.

Looking back on the years, there have always been certain classes that piqued my interest more so than others. All of them together have given me a good sense that I’m now doing what I love – so my advice for any student at any level is to pay attention to what you pay attention to: does it excite you? Then maybe you should follow that passion out until it either dies or blossoms. -Simple

Sunday’s Best

Since I live in SoCal there is never a shortage of really cool things to do. Recently I went with a friend to church in Irvine (Orange County CA) and it was a super cool experience that made me really think about life and how good it really is. I think that here in America we have gotten kinda spoiled and think that if we don’t have a brand new car and a huge house then we’re in poverty. At least that’s how it feels sometimes.

When the pastor was teaching I couldn’t help but think about how if the same God who puts us all on the planet is the same for everyone, then why do some people seem to be way happier and have less while those who have more seem to be full of anxiety and more unhappy? It’s one of the puzzling problems that I have noticed when it comes to the “haves and the have nots.” Having a lot of possessions is supposed to be a blessing, like Abraham in the Bible. But if it really is a blessing then why aren’t we happier? I can only deduce one answer; that the possessions have us, we don’t have them.

“You Have All You Need” // Ps. Benny Perez // 10.06.13

My brother says that “money is a great servant but a horrible master.” I think the main issues that we face in the western culture is that we think that the more we have, the happier we will be. So we work super hard for things, then take out credit cards or lines of credit from a mortgage or whatever, then we become slaves to the debt. The borrower is slave to the lender, and I think that one of the fundamental elements of happiness is freedom – but if you’re a slave to debt then your money and “stuff” owns you.

So where does God fit in to all this? I suppose he gives us the option to get as much stuff as we want but if we do it our way, out of stupidity, selfishness and greed, then I think there’s some sorrow that comes with it. If there’s no sorrow added to wealth, then it is truly a blessing. In order to be a blessing, you money can’t own you and that’s one of the key lessons I learned in church that day. I also really felt great after leaving, like everything in my life was about to get way better because I sensed a deep spiritual connection with God that I thought left me when I was younger. Anyways, that is my thought on money, culture and God :)