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Pinocchio makes me uncomfortable

by on Feb.01, 2012, under super serious time

Has anyone read the Disney classic Pinocchio lately?
I’m not really sure why you would unless you’re a parent, grandparent, uncle/aunt or a nanny. Regardless, it’s a strange story that is really just kind of creepy.
Now I’m sure back when Mr. Disney was alive it was a neutral story that promoted a few basic values (truth, bravery and selflessness-which I’m a fan of) but in today’s kinda fucked up world the message gets overshadowed by themes of bribery, lies and human trafficking.
What happened to “It’s a small world”…


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DMV Monday

by on Jan.09, 2012, under super serious time

For those of you who may live in other countries DMV is the Department of Motor Vehicles. Any person living in the USofA who wants to drive HAS TO deal with the DMV. They’re unfortunately known for being crowded with long waits, kinda dirty and staff is typically not too happy to be working there.

Let’s launch into it…

Monday mornings are inherently brutal as they mark the beginning of the work/school week and the fun days are a whooping 5 days away-again.
So, I began my Monday with a trip to the DMV, got lost cause I’d never been to that one, missed my appointment time, got a new one (things looking up), go pee real quickly during which time they call my number and I miss my 2nd appointment!, get another new appt time and wait 15 minutes, get called up to window, complete forms and pay with not too happy clerk and FINALLY get to replace my lost driver’s license which I’ll get in 2 weeks…
only 4.5 more days to the weekend!

Hope your Monday morning didn’t suck

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by on Nov.07, 2011, under Change, super serious time

Exciting things are coming to Civilized Wildlife. We are undergoing some changes…more to

come soon!!!!!!


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we can learn a lot from squirrels

by on Oct.26, 2010, under learning, super serious time

So Miki had this really great idea the other day about blogging about interesting animal facts.  She wanted to write about the cockroach who can survive 10 days with his head cut off and only dies of starvation after that.  Gross, but true.  I, on the other hand, am going with the altruistic ground squirrel - the idea of altruism among animals doesn’t lend itself to that animal actually surviving and thus reproducing, so it’s pretty darn interesting if you ask me. Not a cockroach, i know. 

Biologists recognize altrusim when an animal, like an alarm calling ground squirrel, sustains some cost to its present or future reproduction by aiding another animal.  The alarm calling squirrel risks attack by calling atention to itself while trying to warn his friends and family about an approaching predator.  Biologists are confused because the non-alarm-calling squirrels that benefit are the ones that reproduce more often but this altruistic technique never seems to fade among these lovely little creatures. 

watch out dummies!

I like squirrels because they’re cute AND because they sacrifice themselves to save their friends and families; something humans should probably do more often and don’t and we have hospitals and therapists.  Squirrels can’t go to the emergency room after being attaked by a hawk but still seem to try to save their homies nonetheless.

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Dancing for Boobies!!!

by on Oct.13, 2010, under Dance Party Wednesday!, people we like, super serious time

Get out the tissues…

In my life, I have been blessed to be surrounded by some very strong, talented and amazing women. Two of which happen to be survivors of breast cancer. So, here’s to my Grandma, Barbara Collins, and my Aunt and Godmother, Francois Barre.

P.S. Don’t forget to tell your man, father, brother, buddies and pals to grow a ‘stache for next month’s Movember (a fundraiser to help spread men’s health and cancer awareness)! Because, although they don’t have boobies (most of the time), men are important too:) To find out more about Movember and sign up, visit them at

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christopher columbus and cher

by on Oct.12, 2010, under learning, stuff we like, super serious time

Christopher Columbus was kind of a dummy and “discovered” America while searching for another route from Europe to Asia that didn’t involve Africa; hence  naming Native Americans, “Indians.”  He thought he was in India…….dummy.   I found some of Chris’s journal entries describing the Arawak people of the Bahamas as friendly and naive and as people who would share anything they owned.  Then he turned them into slaves and tried to find gold.  Awesome.

So I did some googling about Mr. Columbus to see if I could find any redeeming qualities that warranted his having an entire National Holiday dedicated to him and really didn’t find what I was looking for.  I did however find some amazing photos of Cher and her Native American fashions (she’s Cherokee you know). Native American people were and are some of the most creative, loving and sharing people in the world.  If stupid Columbus would have just taken the time to observe their culture and find respect for it, we might today find ourselves living in a very different “america.”

At least fashions from the 1400′s didn’t stick and Native fashion did-take that Columbus

And so today shall be Cher Day!  thanks for America and everything Mr. Columbus, but I’m going with Cher.

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Some Super Serious Originality Issues

by on Sep.30, 2010, under designers, learning, people we like, super serious time

Holy Super Serious Thursday Night!!!! Well, where do I start…who watched Project Runway? Well, I did and I LOVE Mondo and his designs.

Senior Mondo...the picture of originality, no?

I have to admit that I MAY have ALMOST gotten a tad verklempt when he was explaining his print, but then I imagined someone drop kicking a cat and I was back to my normal, heartless self.

SO, on with it. I then received this little article about the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (Senate Bill 3728). If passed, the IDPPPA will extend copyright protection to fashion designs. (Currently, textile patterns and surface designs are covered under existing copyright law, but not fashion designs). More info here

Which led me to read this (written by Andrea, also of the Project Runway, go fig)…

And then think this…

"Andrae, I couldn't agree more" (sounds like Santino's Tim Gun impersonation, of course)

So, in conclusion, although I do enjoy purchasing Forever 21′s version of Jeffrey Campbell’s version of Ann Demeulemeester’s lace up booties for a margin of the price, I am excited about the injection of originality that is SERIOUSLY lacking in the fashion industry. Aren’t you?

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Che Guevara t-shirts…

by on Sep.13, 2010, under super serious time

SO, I know I should be writing about Kanye’s VMA performance or something, but a friend of mine posted this on facebook and I thought it was infinitely more interesting. And entertaining. Plus, it speaks a bit to ethics in fashion…which is increasingly fashionable. Happy Monday!

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