Happy Veterans Day + Special Charity Event for 11/11/11

Ever sense learning of the 11/11/11 date being a Special date for Binary reasons and other various reasons.  I figured, why not take action?  So, I did.  I’ve planned out a special event for that day.

It’s always been my dream to travel the world.  Mostly throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia.  There are however other places I’d like to travel to.  I recently set up a Facebook Fan Page to get this operation off the ground.  Here’s what I decided to do for 11/11/11.

First off, a very happy Veterans Day to all you Veterans out there.  For those of you reading this, it’s a special day indeed.  Especially for you Nerd/Geek Veterans.  As they say, “It’s On.”  For those of you who don’t know, Binary consist of ones and zeroes.  Zero is off and One is on.  So, it’s on.  I’m one of the many who are grateful for all the service Veterans and current soldiers have and are doing.

Now, on to the plan.  I’ve set up a PayPal account for accepting donations.  Donations for what exactly?  I’ll be straight forward.  I’m trying to raise funds for my trip to Europe.  There are those who do, and those who never get anywhere.  I for one will realize my dream one way or another.

What’s the kicker?  Normally, I’d donate 10% of all donations to a charity.  However, sense today is a special day, I figured I’d celebrate by donating %50 of everything I receive to a Charity?  What Charity?  It’s rather a special one.

Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an international non-profit focused on HIV prevention and a leader in the sport for development field, uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and empower young people in Africa to live healthy and productive lives. GRS conducts HIV prevention and life skills interventions in over 15 countries, to provide youth with the knowledge, skills, and support to live healthier lives. GRS has graduated 400,000 youth worldwide and plans to educate 1 million youth by 2014.

I believe in education rather than giving people everything they need.  This is why I’m supporting this charity.  If all goes well, I’ll continue give the 50% contribution.  That is my promise to you as a reader and potential supporter.  You don’t have to donate to make a difference, just spreading the word via your networks will help just as much.

So, what do you as a supporter get out of this?  You’ll get exclusive access to my videos, photos, and knowledge via Youtube, Flickr, and Blogging, all connected via Facebook.  Think of it as a Documentary series for free, or very little money, either way you choose.

Please visit Learning The Ways on Facebook

Birthday Songs – Ewe

Today is my 30th Birthday and having dinner at any restaurant is usually interesting on this day.  You know what I mean, they come out with a piece of Birthday Cake and sing that little annoying song.

Ok, the Happy Birthday song, isn’t annoying.  Just to get that clear.  I’m talking about the song they sing at the restaurant.  Happy happy birthday, happy happy birthday, happy happy birthday, happy happy birthday.  You know the one.  That catchy, but annoying one that makes you embarrassed to be there.

The funny thing is, we were at Applebees the night before and someone had a birthday in the booth right behind us.  I was like, oh no, that song again.  Even when it’s not your birthday, it makes you smile and blush.  All I have to say is WTF?

I was going to ask the waitress at Outback, what they offered for Birthdays.  My mother told me I could always tell her it’s your Birthday, but they’ll come out and sing that song.  I answered right away, “No, absolutely not.  That’s just down right embarrassing.”

Needless to say, I didn’t have a Birthday song, nor did I have a piece of Cake.  Personally, I don’t like Birthday Cake on my Birthday.  If it’s another Birthday, I’m usually fine with eating a slice of Cake.  I”d rather have a tasty Cheesecake instead, with strawberries and whip cream on top.

I decided to not get the Cheesecake either.  My mother was like, “for the whole $4 (for the slice), I could make you a whole Cheesecake.”  So, I’m sure you know what I opted for.  I’d rather have a whole Cheesecake than a slice any day and no one makes them better than my mom does.  That’s I’ve found yet.

With that, I hope your birthday is just as eventful.  Joking around about silly birthday songs  and what ever else you can find to joke about.  And may you get a whole Cheesecake on your Birthday to celebrate.

Happy Halloween

This post is to wish you all a Happy Halloween.  As of this writing, it’s currently October 31, 2011 at 5:47pm EST.

I was told by a friend that there was this guy running around in his car with a loud speaker, telling everyone that Halloween is Devil Worshiping.  Obviously, this guy knows nothing about Halloween.

First off, if you know anything about Halloween, then you know that Halloween is a Seasonal Festival.  In other words, Halloween represents Harvest time, the changing of Fall to Winter, and even Honors the dead.

OMG, But honoring the dead is a form of Devil worshiping.  On the contrary, “Honoring the Dead,” is a tradition that has been followed for many thousands of years.  Well beyond the years of Christ based Religion or Jewish religion for that matter.  Honoring the Dead merely means you’re paying tribute to them, for being there.  Much like families visiting gravestones of loved ones.

So, you can’t say that Halloween is Devil Worshiping.  That’s just a stupid notion brought up by some idiot, who thinks he’s right and wants to cause trouble.

One thing we need to realize as Human beings, is that no matter how hard you try, no two people are ever alike.  As long as there are two people on the face of the planet, you’ll always have arguments, fights, and the likes.  It is possible to get along without physically getting into a fight, but you’re still going to have fighting.

It’s the ability to set aside differences and exist, that make us unique.  So, set them aside and enjoy your Halloween.  Honor the dead tonight.  Visit a graveyard and pay respect.  Have fun and stay safe.