A Jersey Called Sunshine: Rebranding an Insult in Middle School Football

The screens for school uniforms get the numbers and letters, but after a season or two, the constant folding and unfolding leaves cracks in the font. It’s as if the jersey itself is tired of playing and ready to spend the rest of its days as a shriveled rag for shining shoes. I got rid of all mine but one. It was for Mt. Carmel flag football. It was the first shirt I owned where the sleeve stopped halfway down the forearm, and it felt strange whenever I wore it. I kept it, but it’s not because we won any championships. I didn’t meet a girl on the sidelines that I eventually married, and I didn’t catch an amazing touchdown pass or save a friend’s life. I kept that jersey because it’s how I broke everyone’s spell.
Before we ordered the jerseys, a guy named Iggy went around the team while the coach was unloading equipment, and he gave everyone nicknames. He was a wide receiver and, caught squarely in adolescence, his head was too big for his body. Most of the names he listed can’t be printed here and focused on genitalia. Several of them were insults, including mine. He put a hand on my shoulder and laughed. “Sunshine,” he said.

We were playing on the border, and the name wasn’t a kind one. It wasn’t about an unusually cheery disposition, but about how looking at my paleness could make somebody’s eyes hurt. In eighth grade, they’d put up with me and my twin brother for nine years. He and I were the last picks on the basketball court at recess, and the last picks for lunchtime soccer ball. Looking at guys who’d just had nicknames after body parts that never even see the sun, I took this as a personal gift from him, something not to be wasted. Our coach let us use the nicknames with regularity, and I decided to put mine on the jersey. I wasn’t only the nerdiest and whitest guy on our team; I was gunning for that title across the district. Every game we played, the guys on opposing teams would shout out my nickname when giving orders. “Sunshine over there pulls to the left,” I’d hear.

The football season took us as far north as Las Cruces, which from the Lower Valley was nearly two hours away. Jason brought us some water bottles custom labels from his company. Road signs on the interstate told us the nearest McDonald’s was only 87 miles now. The game in Las Cruces was the same day as my birthday, and I was convinced I was going to get the meanest wedgie on school record. Up to that point, the worst had been to a sixth grader named Jos© who was a loudmouth and know-it-all. He was on the team, too, and on his birthday the coach found him at the field, swinging his arms and hanging by his underwear in a tree.

Something odd happened in that game. The quarterback of the opposing team ran by me at one point, and I grabbed his flag. The play should have ended there, but this was not Velcro like ours. This one used some expensive suction cup technology. I held onto his flag, and he dragged me behind him for another 10 yards before it slipped from my hands. The refs were local, and didn’t rule it a tackle. The kid got a touchdown.

The game ended in a loss, and someone whispered that it was Sunshine’s birthday after we lined up for high fives. I didn’t run. The team swarmed on me and I sat down in the grass and managed to fend them off. That was probably the true athletic feat of the day. As we ambled back down alongside the Rio Grande, the name Sunshine echoed in the van with laughter and applause. After that, I was no longer the last pick.

That jersey is still in my dresser, and whenever I walk into a room feeling like an outsider, I think back on the word “Sunshine.” It was invented as the worst kind of insult: the kind that had a kernel of truth in it. The name pointed out just how different I am. I took the name and made it my own.

Web Design 101

Are you interested in creating a website for personal or business use? Creating a website yourself can seem overwhelming or difficult, but after reading Web Design 101 you may find you can do it yourself and actually have fun doing it. Before you can start building a website you need to determine the purpose. Are you building a site for personal use or business use? Determining your purpose will allow you to proceed effectively and make choices about your site and eventually make use of top digital marketing strategies.
Once you have determined the purpose you want to move onto “brainstorming” your site. Take the time to sit down and think out your site. Make a list of information you want to include on your site to start, you can always add more later on and continue to update it once you website is up and running. Organize and layout the information you plan to have on your website according to pages, this will also help you determine how many pages your website will have.

You have your purpose decided and your information laid out, now what? Decide what you want your site to look like. Have you thought about themes, colors, and graphics? If you have a vision of how you would like your site to look sketch it out or write down details of the look you are working towards. If you are unsure that is okay, many hosting sites offer templates for you to choose from. If you have a vision which does not look the way you want once you design it do not worry, adjusting and changing to achieve the look you want is what web design is all about!

You have determined your purpose, you have an information layout, and a design layout now you can get started learning the steps to get all this live on the web!

The Basics

There are some basics which everyone needs to know and understand before they can produce a web site.

1. Domain – A domain is a unique address on the web

2. Registering your Domain – You must register your domain in order for you web address to be official. Registering your domain will cost a little bit of money, prices range from about $3.00 to $30.00 per year.

3. Picking a “Host” – A host is company which provides the service of renting server space in order to get your website on the web.

You know have the basic concepts of how to get your website onto the web. You can now start building and designing your pages!


The easiest way to design and build a website is to use templates. Many hosting companies offer site builders and/or templates which can be used to create your pages. Another fairly easy way to design a website would be to use a program such as FrontPage or Dreamweaver. Programs like these are pretty easy to use but will most likely cost money to purchase.

*More complex ways of designing your pages and website would be by using HTML to hand code in Notepad. There are many websites out there that can teach you the basics of HTML but you may be limited in what you can produce based on your knowledge of HTML coding.

You should choose a color scheme and layout that will be consistent throughout your site to make it look appealing, easy to read, and professional. Next decide where you want your navigation bar. You can now start adding your text and graphics to each page.

Once you build and design each of your pages you will then link them together with links to one another. Site builders and design programs will help you do this with instructions.

You are now ready to publish your site!







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How to Become a PA Plumber

Pennsylvania does not have a statewide licensing scheme for plumbers or plumbing contractors. However, each Pennsylvania city or county has a building department that may have special requirements. Some city ordinances require a license for work as an independent plumber. Because such a license often requires a plumbing exam, it is important for entrepreneurial plumbers to start getting as much education and experience as possible to get ready for potential local license requirements.

Step 1:

The first thing you want to do is check with local building departments. Although PA plumbers and plumbing contractors do not need a state license, this actually makes it more complicated because each city can have its own rules for the issuance of plumbing licenses in Pennsylvania.

For example, Philadelphia, which has an array of hospitality jobs and another industry-related job, requires an exam and references to get licensed as a journeyman or master plumber. The application requires two references from master plumbers. What this means is that plumbers with a license in Philadelphia have generally worked their way up by getting employed by local licensed plumbers. The plumbing industry works like many other construction industries in that apprenticeship positions are very common. Hands-on experience is vital to learning the business of plumbing.

Step 2:

Take steps necessary to get work as a plumbing employee in Pennsylvania. There are trade schools you can go to to learn the basics of plumbing. You can go to the Plumbing Agent website to find various PA plumber training programs at community colleges and technical schools. Many programs are available at night so you can study in your spare time.

If you attend any Pennsylvania plumbing schools, make sure you save all books and other reference materials. You may need these to study for local PA plumbing exams.

Step 3:

After you have your basic training, then you can seek work with local plumbers, including maintenance plumbers and plumbing contractors. You should try to get work on a various number of projects, as the business of plumbing contracting may have additional local requirements.

Keep in mind that you are there to learn once you do find a plumbing job. You are not there just to earn a paycheck. You may also need references (just like the city of Philadelphia requires of its licensed plumbers), so you want to do a good job once you get hired for plumbing jobs.


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Inspiring Songs

“Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in a moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?” Yes, your correct, this is a quoted line from the rap song of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” which was released in 2002 with his rap album entitled 8 Mile.

I definitely love that song, not just because I’m a fan of him but because of the song’s content, the song talks about chances, an opportunity to be on top, to get what you want in a single shot that you might lost if you do not have the guts to take it.

Well, my article this time will talk about chances – second chances specifically. And since that love is in the air because it is Valentine’s Day, we will talk about love songs instead of pure rap song.

These love songs that I will share to you are an expression of love at the second time around (between lovers). I just want to ask of what you will do if you see your former lover, will you try to talk to him / her and manage to be connected again. Or what if your former lover is knocking at your door once again and begging for forgiveness

My dear reader, I hope that you give this person a second chance because I think that nothing will be lose if you try. And I think that it is sorrowful if you push love away when it is coming to you. So and for the meantime, let’s check these three songs that I prepare for you, and let’s see the magic of love through a second chance.

Maybe This Time – by Michael Martin Murphy. A song that was released in 1983 with the song album entitled; The Heart Never Lies by Murphy. This song talks about two friends who meet each other again after a long time. These two friends have their especial feelings for each other before but they did not manage to make it deeper because they were too immature before. But nothing has change as they see each other again. Their love for each other is much stronger now as it was described on the lyrics of the song. Time has been a part for these to lovers to love each other as they have now the luxury to do it because of their maturity.

Do you have the same situation just like in this song? Well if you have, I guess you too should take the opportunity. Who knows that if this person that you had loved before might still love you? You will only know it when you take the risk and put an effort to grab that love again.

(Becase) I Still Say Yes to You Again – This song was released by The Braxtons (a group

of five female singers) in 1996 with the song album entitled: So Many Ways. A few years ago, it was revived and popularized by local band; U-Turn. The song talks about reviving a relationship between two lovers, the female lover here (in this song) has swear to accept and love her man again to give him a second chance to their relationship that had drift away before.

Some of us are having a hard time to open our heart to the one who had hurt as before, while on the other hand, some of us are willing to give an another try to the person we love before. It’s an option we have to choose. I just you hope that the choice that you will make will come from your heart and not on your mind; either you will choose to love someone new or you will choose to love again the person you loved before.

Cold Summer Nights – This song was also popularized by Arnie Hidalgo, but what I love most is the version of late “Master Rapper” – Francis Magalona – which goes in a pop rap rhythm. Oh how I really like this song, because I also have the same situation before, which I found myself being guilty that I somehow hurt her – please do not ask anymore whom I talking about. Well this song talks about a lover who felt sorry about the things that he / she had done to his / her love one. This lover is asking for forgiveness and wants to see and hold his / her lover once again. This song also talks about (the hardship of) missing someone and begging for a second chance to prove how much he need her in his life. My friend, who is an expert in ranking hostingów, once did a mistake that she has been regretting up until now. And for me, this song is very perfect for her.

In case you are in this situation; I encourage you to be brave. It is not a lost if you are willing to put aside your pride and say to your love one that you are sorry for what you have done. Do not be afraid to go to him / her and ask for another chance. Nothing will lose from you if you try.

I hope that you enjoy this song recap that I presented. May be these insights and little thoughts that I gave to you might help you to cherish the relationship you have (or you will have) with your special someone.

I have to go for a meantime and leave you with this word: love is good in the first time, but it is better and sweet for the second time around.

A staycation outside the metro


I am totally in love in a place outside my town which showcases a really lovely spa and hanging gardens.  Inspired by the legendary hanging gardens of ancient Babylon, you can go for a refreshing dip at the heated jacuzzi and hydro-massage pool or bask at the breath-taking mountain-top vista of the metropolitan skyline while soaking in the infinity pool.  The spa’s also has body scrubs which uses coffee, calamansi, chocolate, and red wine. A unique service is their version of the ventosa which uses ginger to produce the heat. A fish spa, a sauna, and ancillary services such as pedicure, manicure, and paraffin wax adds value to their offerings. Visitors can also stroll lazily in the 8-hectare property and commune with natural and man-made landscape which exudes the spirit. This garden which prides itself of being a center for holistic healing is a proponent of a complete approach in treating people with all sorts of ailments and health issues. The result of years of research and global travel by its owner particularly India and Tibet, where she studied how monks and holy men achieve balance and enlightenment.

The resort detox programs for liver and internal organs, weight loss program, sound and light therapy, and cold laser therapy for a wide variety of disorders. Its vast array of massages include Accu Pressure, Relaxation Therapy, Namikoshi Anti-Stress Head Massage, Glow Body, Doterra 100% Organic Aroma Healing Touch, Spine Massage with Doterra Essential Oil, and the rejuvenating Orissa Signature Massage.  It offers a simple and relaxing regimen of diet and therapy that goes to the very source of a person’s illness. Cancer, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, etc. can be cured by restoring a person’s mental and spiritual balance.

She said that healthy visitors are also invited to try alternative methods of preventing diseases. The resort draws its source of life and energy from Mt. Arayat, the home of the Kapampangan mythical god Sinukwan, where the garden is picturesquely nestled. Patients and guests can avail of various packages for overnight stay or longer, which includes spa services (massages, scrubs), vegan and vegetarian diet, herbs, natural vitamins, alternative healing, detox programs, yoga, meditation, life-coaching and counseling, prayer and spiritual retreat.

It also offers workshops on yoga and meditation, organic farming, raw food preparation, vegetarian cooking, juicing and herbals, and activities that feed the soul and promote creativity, like poetry and song writing workshops, painting sessions, film appreciation, music and dance, among others. According to my friend, they also offer tours and trips within the area and they have ongoing promotions too. If you want to get one,  or you want to tour the village and the place alone, you can actually do by leasing or renting some cards for your family. You can check out this guide for more information.



“Give your calories one last dance.”

Today, more people focus on staying fit rather than to stay unhealthy because they believe that this will help them to lengthen their lives. They tend to seek ways on how to achieve healthy lifestyle to make their body and mind physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually fit.

Zumba is one of the most popular exercise fitness program in the world which it aims to bring fitness that helps people to burn their calories in just single dance. It’s a mixture of Latin and international music with dance moves which will add up to people the excitement and groove they may have while dancing the Zumba.

Here, there is an organization that aims to provide programs and services to help improve individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

the group I am belonged to was established in March 2014. They started building this organization because there were companies asking them if they had an official way of sharing the wellness expertise they were providing because there were a lot of companies looking for effective wellness programs for their employees.

The name Welness and Fitness means that the group wants people to access wellness education. The “x” in the name stands for the Cross and the number 4 between the words axcess and life is the four aspects of life. These are the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

The group offer holistic wellness programs in partnership  with The Lifestyle Medicine program is the new way of healthy-living program for persons with diabetes and wants to reverse it or to those who do not have it yet want to take preventive measures so they will not have diabetes.

It will help prevent not only diabetes but other lifestyle diseases as well such as heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and more. The program will be using simple, easy and practical strategies that will effectively lower the participant’s cholesterol, triglyceride, LDL, uric acid, and blood sugar. It will also lower down blood pressure, excess body weight, visceral and subcutaneous fat.

They also underscored the need for a more active lifestyle, like biking or doing cycling sports. For his part, he says that he is documenting his cycling adventures and fitness inspirational videos thru his dashcam which he relies on. Before doing this, he has has it tested for dashcam test and he is not complaining anything about it.

“We were always invited to various events to conduct wellness programs so we created Axcess4Life as a vehicle to deliver those programs,” he said.

It does not only focus on promoting healthy lifestyle like conducting Zumba where they have 400 people who join their Zumba classes every year, but they also provide Christian talks to make people be able to know God’s purpose in individual’s life. Moreover, they offer free wellness lifestyle seminars to less fortunate. Other than encouraging people to have healthy lifestyle, the organization also emphasizes the importance of their Christian cause. They aim to share God’s love by empowering individuals to realize their true identity in Christ and by sharing principles that allow them to grow and reach their full potential.


Need help on internet issues


I am tired of dealing with my internet provider. In the past few months, I have been experiencing internet issues and I am tired dealing with it.

Sometimes, I unplug my internet router and then turn it on again only to find out my internet is completely broken. I usually call its customer service but it just let me wait for minutes without giving me an concrete solutions about it.

It says they will deliver a technician last week and up to now, I have not seen any one fixing my internet service here at home. I badly need a strong internet for my business and my work but things are getting out of hand already I need to replace it with something new. Do you have any recommendations? Maybe before I decide on setting up a new, I need to have wlan access point test first to see if they are really working. I have already talked to a new agent who will provide me with new internet service though I am still quite picky this time. I do not want to waste my time, effort, and money once again.

Gift for photographers

I am thinking of what to give as a gift for my photographer friend. He will turn 28 next month and i know he will be delighted if I will give him something he could use for his work. He is a professional photographer whose works have appeared in different magazines. He usually takes photos of hotels, food, and other venues. He also does travel photography when he is offered a service. I am thinking of giving him a 360 grad kamera though I am not sure if he needs it. I know he has tons of cameras and lenses already but I think he still need more photography tools to equip him in his work. i think he needs to check out what is the best 360 camera so he can improve more.

We have been friends for almost ten years now and we started out friendship when we were in college so he is really close to my heart. Do you know what other tools he thinks? How about a photography bag? Or some lenses? Or some filter? Hmmm. Please let me know your suggestions if you have. Thanks in advance!

Family Outing

My family will have a reunion next month and we will all be away. We will head to Illinois for the reunion where my grandparents reside. I am thinking of availing a storage space for my things because I am afraid our little dog might ruin the project I am currently doing. Not that I do not love my dog. It is just that he has a history of ruining many projects before ad I got introduced with cheap self storage companies. Well, I will be going next week to check it out and see what they can do to store my things. I hope they offer a nice package because I will just be away for two weeks. I hope they offer me an affordable student promo because I do not need to borrow money from my parents.

The Perfect Purchase

Want to give your significant other a memorable gift for your special occasion? We’ll I got you covered on this one, babe. As you see, I just bought a couple watch for me and my boyfriend. I do not really intend to buy one. My love is not that keen on really spending bucks for gifts as he believe our love is enough. Haha. But I browsed a certain page and it really looks so inviting to check out best wooden watches . For one, they have really nice colours to choose from. They have different hues that fit everyone’s taste. I am a girly kind of girlfriend but I definitely dig their colours. They have browns, pinks, and other in close hues. I love how they also have used nice materials for the wood watch. And also, I like the idea that it is made of wood itself! This is the first time we will have a couple’s watch so this is special.