ello again to DOT MAGAZINE readers, fans and supporters. We find ourselves together again for Issue 3, affectionately known as the Teaser Issue. Our goal is to titillate, stimulate, and excite your visual senses with a brand spankin’ new look and a variety of segments that you can look forward to in every issue of DOT MAGAZINE while still giving you the engaging article content you’ve come to know and love. Being honest, this has been one of the more challenging issues to put together because we want to give, YOU, the reader what you are truly looking for in a magazine: Great content, fresh concepts, edgy ideas and of course…something twenty. We certainly like the fact that we’ve been able to appeal to our generational counterparts, but we’ve got Generation Y written all over our pages, literally. Some of you are new to DOT MAGAZINE and others have been avid readers since day one. Allow me one moment to drop some knowledge about our generation known as: millennials, generation y, and/or the trophy generation. You’ve heard us mention these terms before and you’ll see them sprinkled throughout the mag. Let’s define the term generation. Traditionally, a generation is based on the shared formative experiences, norms, and values of its members. So what does that really mean? Basically, it’s a large group of individuals being born over approximately one decade who will grow up in a society with a certain set of rules, philosophies, technologies, and morals. So, my generation is 18 – 30 [years old] which means their birthday falls between 1979 and 1991. This means we grew up with Michael Jackson, computers, CDs, as well as portable cameras and camcorders…notice all the pictures we have of ourselves…even BEFORE we were born!!! So, now that we’re
all on the same page…Let’s get down to business. Ultimately, with every issue that we publish, we want to encourage, empower and inspire. Whether our readers feel more prepared to start a new semester of school, finally apply for the business license and take a leap of faith, or perhaps making amends with that special someone who always made your heart go pitter patter DOT MAGAZINE has you covered! We always hope whether you’re 18 or 98, you can always find a few words that you can pass on the others. A quote my dad once shared with me: Some people dream about great things while others stay awake and make it happen! I love that quote and I will try to live it with every issue of DOT MAGAZINE that hits the virtual stands. And as usual, send your thoughts and comments to our website www.somethingtwenty. com and you just might see them in Issue 4!!! DOT MAGAZINE is Always On Point! Remember DOT Readers Are: Smart Forward Thinking Determined Creative
Dub Fuego DOT: When did you first realize you wanted to pursue music?
DOT: When did you first realize you wanted to pursue music?
KEVIN DOYLE: I don’t know if there was ever a definitive moment when I decided to pursue music as my career. I knew I wanted to be a drummer at age 5 and [I] joined my first band in junior high school. A little later, I had my first good go with a group at age 18. That might have been when I knew this was the path I was going to take. So, with some experience in my wake, I knew exactly what I was looking for in a group, and believe I have found it with Entice.
Dub Fuego: Around 10 years old my parents bought a keyboard and put me in lessons, shortly after that I started writing poetry, so about 11-12. I had already been influenced by the songs I heard at church as well as the jazz I heard at home.
DOT: Who are you a fan of? Isaac Leland: Forever a fan of Radiohead, Muse, Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie ...currently listening to The Faint, MGMT, [and] Justice. DOT: Who are you a fan of? Kevin Brunhober: I am a fan of many different styles of music. I love everything from alternative experimental rock to jazz and hip hop. Some of my current favorite bands include: Radiohead, Muse, Beatles, Sublime, Justice, A Tribe Called Quest, Biggie Smalls, The Mars Volta, Cold War Kids and many more. DOT: What do you hear most from your fans? Tony Chopp: We hear, “Wow, your live show is amazing.” There are a lot of bands out there. And it’s unfortunate, but I think people are usually expecting the worst when they go see a live show. Sometimes I’m the same way. You have to prove it to me. Our live show impresses people.
DOT: How do you deal with the pressure of performing? Dub Fuego: You know, I've been doing it since I was young, so the anxiety eventually turned into excitement. Rather than getting nervous, I kinda get in this battle mode. Im ready to throw down! DOT: Who are you a fan of? Dub Fuego: ...Damn that’s a big question... Outkast, Musiq, Dwele, Devin the dude, Scarface, D'angelo, Common, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Talib, the Roots, Goood Muzik! DOT: What do you hear most from your fans? Dub Fuego: Keep making good music. My fans are my friends. They have views and ideals very similar to my own. The music creates a bond. DOT: Where have you performed? Dub Fuego: All over San Diego! Working on taking over the city! LoL… DOT: When/where is your next performance? Dub Fuego: I’ll be performing with my band and some friends the 13th of September at The Stage in downtown San Diego. It's my birthday celebration so it’s guaranteed to be smahsin! All the staff from Dot Magazine is invited to come down to San Diego and celebrate with my family & friends!
Access www.somethingtwenty.com to checkout sounds from Entice and Dub Fuego !!!
What They Forgot to Teach Me T
hink about it: You grow up hearing that if you go to school,
work hard and get good grades it will all pay off. But, does it really? That’s what so many millennials have been asking themselves the past few years as we continue to make the transition from college to the world of commerce. We graduate with our bachelor’s and maybe a master’s degree thinking we’ll make $60 – 75,000 out the gate in our first entry level position. We begin the interview process during the summer time while we try to recover from sitting in a classroom for the last 18 years. Then we realize that we can’t get hired because we don’t have enough experience. WHAT!?!? How can we get experience if no one will hire us? This, my friends, is the conundrum every generation grapples with upon entering the workforce. Our palms start to get a little sweaty as we begin to realize how much competition is out there and our knees start to quiver as we notice how Corporate America seems to view us as “inexperi-
ponent. Woe is me, how college managed to leave me in the dark! I gave you my best years Master’s…how could you!? Even still, that which does not kill you makes you stronger. I am still growing and learning the ways of this strange culture we call Corporate America. The land where you need to act busy when you’ve finished all of your work, make your boss look good even if s/he’s making you look bad, and work 45 or more hours a week even though the rest of the world only works 35. A land where you never try to get away because it’s frowned upon to take a vacation and if you do, your organization will see to it that it’s not for more than 2 weeks unless you’ve put in 5 years or more. Yet, in every other country, you start with 5 -6 weeks of vacation. What a funny
enced”, “wet behind the ears” or “very green”. We look “the suits” square in the eye armed with the following (because our parents told us we were great and when we were growing up and EVERYONE was a winner): I was president of French club for 4 years, I was in such and such fraternity or sorority and held “x” number of positions , I worked 2 part-time jobs, I was in the National Honor Society, I was secretary of the Associated Student Body for 3 semesters, I sang in the choir, and I did over 300 hours of community service while maintaining a 3.5 average! And all “the suits” seem to do is shake their heads and snicker like we don’t know what we’re talking about. What blasphemy, I tell you! THEN they have the audacity to ask, “Well, do you have any corporate experience?” and they aren’t being sarcastic either! Hmph, talk about fumbling the rock in the last 15 seconds… This is the story of so many of our fellow millennials because although our university system gives us a theoretical foundation like no other experience can, it tends to leave out the practical com-
culture and we all seem to subscribe to and, for many of us, must participate in. It’s a tough life millennials. But, there is light at the
end of the tunnel. Know This: 1. Find a Mentor that can teach you the ways of the land. Vance Caesar says: People with mentors make 23,000 dollars more per year! 2. Know that Gen Y, of all the generations, has the most entrepreneurial spirit and is the least fearful of starting a new business 3. When it comes to work, try to think of the task/thing you would do for free and that’s the career path you should pursue. College definitely teaches you a lot, but it can’t teach you everything. Be proactive, take ownership, and pave your own road of the future to obtain your vision of success. •
CD that Changed My Life
The way music was distributed changed dramatically in 1982 when Royal Philips Electronics manufactured the
world’s first compact disc in Germany. The quality of sound, portability, and availability that we’ve come to know and expect from our favorite musicians was shaped because of the creation of the first CD. So, we left our cassettes and records in our old music box and exchanged them for CDs and MP3s. That was just the beginning.. Gen Y would take that musical advancement and start a trend like music has never seen before. Millennials, like you and me, created music-sharing entities such as Napster, Limewire, and Kazaa to bring music to everyone, everywhere, for free (in many cases). Over time, we’ve all come to realize how powerful music can be in our lives. Music can help us get through a bad day, a break up, depression, confusion, insecurities, divorce and even death. We look to music to lull us to sleep, pump us up, or get us through the door to start our day. With the love of music, a form of art and entertainment imitating life, comes the appreciation and adoration of specific CDs/albums. Ever think about the CD that made you fall in love with music or changed your life? Here are the stories of two people who did. Submit your stories to www.somethingtwenty.com and we’ll feature the best ones during our weekly exclusives!
Ok, I don’t necessarily have any CDs that changed my life per se, but there have been some that have been with me, helped me, comforted me, or helped me express how I feel at certain times in my life. The most recent CD that has had just such an effect on me is the latest Eminem CD. I know, I know, white boy calling out Eminem as just so awesome (duuuuuuuude!). Yeah yeah. That being said, I stand by it, and with good reason, too. I am a pill popper. Err, rather, I WAS a pill popper. With great vigor I have popped many a pill, of damn near every variety. Uppers, downers, round ones, blue ones, pretty much a whole fucking pharmacy’s worth. And I sold them. Scumbag maneuver, this I do not argue, but true all the same. With such an endeavor, I was able to achieve great new heights of pill-poppery. I was able to pop all those beautiful lil’ pills in great quantities. My voracity led to something my doctor annoyingly refers to as: tolerance. This tolerance led to something specialists call dependence. On da streets “dependence” is
called: addiction. Addiction is often referred to as being a mutha fuckin’ dope fiend. Oh yes friends, I became a drug addict. “Pill Popper” was a nice way to put it, for a long time too, but in the end, all I was a drug addict. I loved them lil’ pills more than I loved almost anything else. Almost. My wife was more important. One day she confronted me and after a very frank conversation that included phrases such as “had enough,” “done” and “outta here unless” I found myself being admitted to rehab. Rehab is a pleasant experience in which you learn that you are a) a piss ant, b) all fucked up, c) probably fucked up for life, and d) lucky to be alive. This had a drastic effect on my outlook in life and thusly spanked, I stumbled forward to embrace a new, much more sober chapter in my life. Shortly thereafter, I came across the Eminem album
At an early age I knew I liked music and it wasn’t long before I discovered [that] I loved hip-hop. I grew up listening to a lot of East Coast rap even though I lived on the West. A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-tang Clan, Jay-z, Busta Rhymes were all artists I liked from the beginning but Outkast was the first group to make an album I loved. And then they did it again. ATLiens and Aquemini are hands down two of my favorite albums. Together these two albums showcase what the art can do. Radio tends to play rap that has a very singular voice. It speaks to the youthful desire of ownership over all things that BLING. Big Boi and Andre’ Benjamin (now
titled Relapse. In it, I discovered that somewhere, on the same planet, was another asshole, far better off than me, surrounded by crazy cool people, loaded with chips, and just generally fucking balling in life, who had fallen to the identical ailment as myself. Somewhere, in the midst of Em’s album, betwixt the dissing, the misogyny, the anger, the silliness, was an output of genuine emotions expressing everything that I had felt going through all that miserable shit. The withdrawal, the fiendin’, the humility and the acceptance that yes, yes indeedy, I’m an f-ing drug addict. He shared all those things. I love him for that, be it gay or not. I’ve been through a lot in my life, and only a few things hurt as much as almost losing my life and wife to drugs, and in a very self centered way I thought no one would ever understand that. But someone did, and put it to nutty Dre beats. I only see God and divine grace in that, and I am eternally grateful. known as Andre’ 3000) have an ability to tell stories the art isn’t known for: summer love and heartbreak, the struggle to find something stronger than their environment and the hard reality of their surroundings. Outkast had me hooked from the first time I heard “Elevators” in 1996. It quickly became one of my favorite songs. Big Boi’s lyricism and Andre’s delivery were Always on Point on every track on the ATLiens album. ATLiens had it all: radio hits, beats, difficult and impressive lyrics, even spoken word. They were all over the place but brought it all together through great production work and truly inspired writing. Andre’3000 and Big Boi managed to balance a higher conscious style with having fun. With the follow-up of Aquemini came a more refined sound that remained true to the artists they were while pointing to the artists they had the potential to be. “Soulful Liberation”, daring “Chonkyfire”, and the verbal assault of “Skew It On the Bar-B” make Aquemini a timeless album and set the stage for Outkast to be one of the most dominant and exciting duos in hip-hop. •
Photos Taken Exclusively for Dot Magazine by Jacob
People who just won’t take no for an answer…they’re “Obsessed”. It’s more than irritating when someone can’t comprehend that they do not have a shot in hell, frozen over, with winged pigs circling overhead. It’s maddening, creepy and at times, terrifying when a ‘crazy bitch’ or a ‘psycho dude’ just won’t leave you and/or the person you care about alone. People who just won’t take no
for an answer. They’re obsessed. It’s Idris more Alba, than irritating Obsessed , starring Beyonce Knowles, and Ali someone can’t compreLarter iswhen a movie that made $68.2 million while in theaters hend theyAugust do not4th have a to bring the obsesand came out that on DVD ready sion right intoin your home. DOTover, MAGAZINE shot hell, frozen withstated in Issue 1 that this movie was “On Point”. We wanted to share a few real-life winged pigs circling overhead. stories with you to get youcreepy hyped and for your It’s maddening, at next Blockbuster night! times, terrifying when a ‘crazy bitch’ or a ‘psycho dude’ just
I once had a girl who was so “obsessed” with me that she faked being pregnant to get me to be with her. Is that unusual? Not really, but it is if you never slept with this individual! We messed around, but never had sexual intercourse. --Anonymous A woman was so “obsessed” with me that she made a collage of pictures of me and told anyone (any girl) who would listen that I was her boyfriend. Seems innocent? Not when this individual gets pissed off - literally - at you and anyone you seriously date! --Anonymous I once had a guy I dated who would call me and text me All. Day. Long. It was the most annoying thing hands down! Then he would turn around and say things like, “Is it wrong of me to care about you?” I was really upset thinking to myself, ‘Dude…I’ve lived for 25 years and I’m not dead and you weren’t around so what on earth makes you think because you haven’t heard from me in three hours that I’m in a GUTTER!?’. People are nuts. I think that obsession is caused probably by wanting to hold onto something so badly mixed with a fear of losing whatever that something is. If it is a person, rest assured the terms stalker and psycho go hand in hand with that type of behavior. --Anonymous I slept with a guy once. Innocent enough, we all have flings… He became “obsessed” because for the next 4 years he proceeded to text and call me 2 sometimes 3 times a month to profess his love for me and his desire to marry me. Now, granted we slept together but, I certainly don’t think that’s grounds for marriage talk. He knows since then, I’ve gotten into a committed relationship yet; he insists that he’s the one for me. There are three problems though, we don’t speak the same language, we don’t live in the same country, and most importantly, I’M NOT INTERESTED! --Anonymous
A Tribute To
He was born Everette “E” Lynn Harris on June 20, 1955 in Flint Michigan. Harris was an American pioneer of gay black fiction and a literary entrepreneur who died at the age of 54. He rose from self-publishing to best-selling status with titles like: Any Way the Wind Blows Invisible Life Basketball Jones Just as I Am If This World Were Mine Of the many varieties of entertainment, black fiction is one of the most woefully limited in scope. Pressing towards the outward edges of that scope was the openly gay author E. Lynn Harris. Author of more than a dozen books, (an astounding ten being featured on the New York Times Best Seller List, consecutively); Harris has over 4 million copies of his books in print. According to
his publisher, Doubleday, Harris was the most popular African-American or gay writer of his time. News of his recent death took many, including me, by surprise. I stumbled onto his work in a collection of four Black male authors (yes, they found four of us at one time) in my early college years. Even given the genre, his stories were surprisingly sexual. Even more unexpected, was the abundance of open questions about sexuality among black male characters; a standard in nearly all his works which set him apart from his peers. Harris was unabashed in his own sexuality and he imbued this openness in his writing. The lesson, I believe, he would hope for his readers to remember is one of both having understanding and being unashamed. Be who you are, even when others turn away from you. In the end, the real you, is all you’ve got. •
E. Lynn Harris
The new pollution The new pollution is killing our dreams by making us breathe in toxic fear the drums of war have us gathered here masses are crying out REVOLUTION but the words fall on deaf ears factories pump out plastic politicians drive oil fed expeditions and spew out lies in glossy repetition all upper class and going nowhere fast cause they'll be rich before we run out of gas money schemes drive these power fiends wrapped in red white and blue themes there are a number of things they'd rather us not think about whether iraq or katrina we have a problem with getting out they have dollars and dont want sense they make dollars and pay us cents and never think twice about the consequence capitalism is the new religion death and destruction are the cost of how they're living thats why more money goes to building prisons than to the educational system and jail and war are overpopulated with children our tax dollars fund our terrorism and even with the horror it brings they call it the american dream cause cash rules everything around me C.R.E.A.M
Be a Hater @ the Office D
id you ever look at your supervisor, manager, or shift lead and wonder, “How did a half wit like you get a position in management?” Did you ever look at the woman or man in the cube next to you and think, “Your nose is so covered in brown stuff I don’t know how you’re still breathing by the end of the work day?” The inept boss and the back stabbing coworker are only a couple of the many different types of people that can be detrimental to your ambitions and aspirations. As a twenty-something I’ve been employed since the age of 15. I have had 19 different employers with a variety of jobs from Office Manager to Security Guard to Direct Services Staff for adults with disabilities all the way to Eligibility Worker in social services. I swear I’ve seen it all. It’s staggering to think that I won’t retire for another 40 YEARS! It’s almost like you don’t realize how much you loathe people until you enter the workforce. No one tells us these little secrets and tid-bits when we are growing up. It’s like the joke is on us or something, like all the grown-ups know and they went to a secret meeting and agreed not to say anything! Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon help us to gain a better understanding of where and how this hatred and irritation manifests. In their book “I Hate People,” authors Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon identify “Solocrafting,” as a personality type that will seed your career success. They also identify 10 different personality types that can be “stumbling blocks,” “wrong turns,” and “time wasters,” in your path toward a successful career and roadmaps through, over and around them. The key to solocrafting is to find the appropriate balance between working as an individual and working with others. Solocrafting requires an ability to manage time wisely, to use discretion and finesse while working with others, and to hate on others not to their detriment but to your advantage. The NBC Sitcom The Office best exemplifies notions we all have about working with characters like Michael Scott the manager whose antics are often illegal and unproductive and Dwight Schrute the brown-noser whose behavior is devious and self serving. Essentially what makes The Office so funny is that those of us who are in an office setting for the better portion of our day can relate. For a lucky few, a successful career will happen overnight. For most of us, a successful career will be the result of years of hard work and step by step corporate ladder climbing. Either way, you will face obstacles in the form of people attempting to misdirect your path. Having had upward of 19 employers, I have come across each of the personality types described in Littman and Hershon’s text. For example, in my current position as an Eligibility Worker my previous supervisor who is what Littman and Hershon describe as
a Switchblade sent me an e-mail that stated: Please do not schedule appointments on your calendar where I’ve scheduled you to review your files. A week later, appointments to review my files started showing up where I had already scheduled client appointments. I know a lot about Microsoft Office and I knew that there was a way to prove that the appointments that I had scheduled were scheduled before the appointments to review my files, but I didn’t know how. I turned to a coworker who I had observed assisting others with various computer challenges around the office. Your ability to Solocraft depends on your ability to know when you need to work with others and when you need to work alone. With my coworker’s assistance, I was able to print screen shots with dates and times of when appointments had been modified. I calmly presented my supervisor with the evidence and though there was no apology, my ability to discern when to rely on others helped me to preserve my job. Developing a successful career is a process, be patient. It’s difficult to deal when people that you have done nothing to and aren’t even a threat to determine that you are an enemy and treat you accordingly. The single thing that you will hear from any person that has been working for years is that there’s a jerk in every office. If you can stand it, don’t quit. Stay put, job hopping is unappealing to potential employers; not to mention you’re never in a single place long enough to grow. Instead be a ‘Hater’, don’t let ill-willed obnoxious jerks stifle your success. •
Caucasian: Out of all the progress that has been made in the United States in regard to race relations, there is always one that has perpetually dogged the idea of equality: DWB’s. “Driving Whilst Black.” It’s an argument that presents itself over and over again, argued to death in one circle, only to rise again in another conversation packing just as much venom and anger that it had quelled in the last conversation. As for this time, well, I blame this whole Gates thing…We are back to existential questions with regard to black people being pulled over by corrupt police officers. Or is it black hooligans who deserve to be pulled over by honest police officers? Or are they pulled over just as much as everybody else? I don’t know…Hell, maybe it’s just minorities that are targeted in general because of stereotypical behavior. Asians, well, the more often they are pulled off the road the less they are forcing me off it. Hispanics? Beer, plain and simple. And black people? Well, maybe a couple less songs about chronic and “popping the trunk” and they wouldn’t make such an awesome target… Yeah, I am going to hell for that. Truth be told I don’t know if black people are pulled over more or less than white people. I know MY ass has gotten rolled on many an occasion. And trust me all you darker folk out there, if I could be part of some nutty white person’s club, so if I got pulled over all I had to do was some crazy hand shake and throw up the sign of the devil (you just KNOW he’s white), get back in my car and drive on, then I would, yes sir, I certainly would. In a heart beat. Fuck all y’all, that shit’s expensive. And 5-0 keeps count of how many tickets ya gots too. I know cause they told me. But alas, as far as I know, there is no such club. As far as scandalous behavior goes I’ve done my fair share. I’ll let you in on a little secret: never, ever, EVER
look scandalous. Cut that shifty eyed shit out. Fuck your gangsta lean foo. Put on a cardigan and nerd glasses. Look the cops in the eye and say something along the lines of “Hello sir!” Wanna know why? Because the cops don’t wanna mess with geeky nerds either. Move along. A nerdy looking white guy can be on some crazy al queda jihad tip freakin’ STRAPPED with bombs and 98% of people won’t look at that fucker twice. Look like a homie and I don’t care if you’re on your way to church, you’re gonna talk to the police on the way. Is that racist? Fuck yeah it is, but it’s also life. Chris Rock once pointed out that late at night when he was getting cash out of the ATM he was NOT looking out for the media. I honestly believe that fear and mistrust has led to a kind of stand offish behavior between black people and the police. More often than not black people seem to fear the police. Rightfully so, it seems. However, this is 2009 and those police are there to serve and protect everybody, regardless of color or creed (yup, even those wacky Scientologists get protection). So, while I do not think I, as a white person, can comprehend the complexities of emotions black people as a social group has for the police, I still believe that black people have the right to not have fear when they see the cops. But seriously dude, if you’re rolling deep and claiming true when “the laws” are afoot then you just might deserve to be screwed with.
Caucasian: Sometimes, honesty is the best policy when dealing with the police. If you have a good story, sometimes they’ll let you off with a warning. When I was 13 years old I was pulled over for drunk driving in my home town. I had spent a long evening at the local saloon and had managed to get my hands on a few beers. Nobody bothered to ask why an obviously under aged girl was in a bar, drinking half the regulars under the table. It had been a long evening and I was ready to go home. Obviously, at 13 years old, I didn’t have a driver’s license, let alone a car. I had to use the only form of transportation I had at the time: my horse. I stumbled out of the bar; still wearing my beer goggles, I hopped on my horse to head back home. I was about half way there when I heard a car pulling up behind me. Luckily, the officer just had his lights on and not his sirens because if my horse had taken off, I would have ended up on the ground. The officer asked me to stop my horse so we could have a talk. I was scared, but not sure what his reason for stopping me would be. Apparently I had been swerving all over the horse trail. That’s right. While riding my horse drunk, I was pulled over for DUI. I was asked how far away I lived and if I would be able to make it home safely. I replied that I could and explained to the officer that I had had a few drinks that evening. Whether he was just entertained by the story or he couldn’t tell my age at night, I’ll never know. The officer laughed and drove away while I was left stunned and still standing next to my confused horse. I arrived home about an hour later and to this day my family is still none the wiser.
African-American: I don’t know about the rest of you but long before I started driving, I knew what to and what not to do if I ever got pulled over. While I don’t remember when exactly I learned that lesson, I never forgot and have had several incidents which have only confirmed what well-known Harvard professor and literary intellectual, Henry Louis Gates recently found out: as a black man you are a suspect. Oddly enough, it has been while walking, not driving that I have most often had to use my lessons in proper behavior as a black man dealing with the popo, or “them people” as I prefer to refer to them. Just being in their jurisdiction is enough reason for them to question who you are, what you’re doing and if you have done anything illegal. And it’s okay for them to do this because it’s not harassment; it’s a “courtesy encounter”. Don’t ask who this is encounter is meant to be courteous for, because I damn sure don’t know. But, back to the lesson: Whether walking, driving or even biking, we as black men are at all times to be on guard. We all saw what happened to Professor Gates at his own home after returning from an overseas trip and finding it difficult to open his jammed front door (whether, it’s fair or not) he would have probably benefited from simply answering Officer Crowley’s questions politely and making all his actions slowly and clearly so they could not be misinterpreted as threatening. And last but not least, if you feel you have been racially profiled, unduly arrested, or otherwise harassed by an officer remember to stay calm, get all his info (name, badge number, precinct etc.) and report it to his supervisors. Don’t do what Professor Gates did and give them a story to tell about you. •
s the beads of sweat grow into a trickle
streaming down the side of your face, you realize it’s that time of year. No, not summer. It’s time for you to find an apartment before school starts, your lease ends or your current roommates move on and move out. If this is you, allow me to give you a few tips about your new apartment: 1. Lease now, not later. Often people think if they wait they can get a better deal or that they will put in a 30 day notice (more on that later) after they find a new place to stay. Both are typically wrong. The sooner you are looking to move, the better the deal you will get; especially during summer. Most apartment communities will offer a move-in incentive during summer months to keep vacancy numbers low. 2. It pays to pay more. Whether it is paying more in rent, security deposit or for some upgrades; if you can afford it, it’s probably worth it. Getting everything you want (location, washer/dryer, garage, new interior) and none of the things you don’t (old, stale, empty
apartment in the hood) means higher rent. If you have to pay a higher deposit it increases the likelihood of you leaving with a credit rather than a balance. So, be wary of moving in on low or no deposit. Its saves you up front but will catch you in the back-end. 3. YOU MUST GIVE 30-DAYS NOTICE! This is nearly universal. Some places even require 60 days. A lot of places will hold you rent-responsible until the end of 30-days no matter when your lease ends. So, if you plan to move at lease-end, give your notice on time. When you move out, certain charges are nearly unavoidable. Expect to get charged for cleaning, painting and carpet cleaning or replacement. This is where having a healthy security deposit is a benefit: It can save you the hassle of owing for the old place while you are trying to pay for the new one.
DOT-Liciousness Let the Good Times ROLL! Date Night or Late Night? Entertaining Ideas for the Dorm Eats. Use bamboo skewers or long toothpicks to skewer fruit, cheese, and meats for snacks or soak skewers then load with vegetables and meat that are ready to grill in minutes! Make some wontons to steam or pan fry! They are cheap and easy and can be made with virtually anything. Pot Stickers 1 pkg of wonton wrappers – you need about 20 ½ lb. ground turkey or pork, uncooked 1 -2 cloves of garlic, pressed of minced 2 TBSP of soy sauce 1 TBSP of panko or plain bread crumbs ½ - 1 tsp of ginger or shred some fresh (or add a dry Asian seasoning blend) 1-2 green onions, diced 1 egg
To make a wonton, spread a single wrapper square across the palm of one hand, place a small clump of filling in the center, and seal the wonton into the desired shape by compressing the wrapper's edges together with the fingers. To help it stick – use a little water to moisten the wrapper's inner edges, typically by dipping one's fingertip into plain water and running it across the dry dough. As part of the sealing process, air should be "burped" out of the interior to avoid rupturing the wonton from internal pressure when cooked.
Mix ingredients, spoon about a tsp into each wonton wrapper. Use brush or fingers to wet the edges, fold over corner to corner, and press together until sealed. Boil approximately 3 cups of water in a pan with a steam basket sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Drop wontons onto steamer –in a single layer, cover and steam for 8 minutes. This can be done in the microwave too, though cooking time is shorter at about 4-5 minutes, depending on wattage.
Lazy? Serve with canned Contadina sweet and sour; Adventurous? Mix Asian sauces such as Hoison, Black Bean Garlic Sauce, and either soy or Sriracha (sweet, spicy hot sauce) – equal parts. Defrost frozen pot stickers and add to boiling meat or vegetable broth, add your favorite vegetables. Garnish with fresh cilantro or chopped green onion. Go to local Asian market or Trader Joe’s for fun, affordable ingredients.
Visit www.somethingtwenty.com for some cool dipping sauce ideas!!!
The third issue of Dot Magazine introduces the various segments that can be found throughout the 2010 editorial calendar year. Dot Magazine...