Tag Archives: america


just unearthed this lovely little campaign from a shelter across the pond focusing on staffies (staffordshire bull terriers, but also bully breed dogs in general). agree with them on every point – but also wanted to add that staffies/bullies are a stubborn, strong-willed breed; while they do make amazing and loving family pets, they require commitment to consistent training and discipline. consider rescuing before purchasing if you’re considering adding any pet to your family!


this post is jenga approved.

*all images property of gloria c. and imunlisted.wordpress.com


happy 229th, united states.

(…measuring from the declaration of independence, of course.)

i was perusing my latest issue of entrepreneur [magazine], and found some lovely facts about this great nation on the back pages. here are some of my favorites:


  • The value of U.S. exports of American flags in 2011: $663,071 (Mexico was the leading buyer); the value of U.S. imports of American flags: $3.6 million ($3.3 million of which were made in China).


  • The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that 85% of North American households own grills or smokers.


  • According to the Beer Institute, the beer industry is worth $246.5 billion and supplies 2 million jobs – independent craft brewers had sales of about $10.2 billion in 2012 (src. Brewers Association).


  • The American Meat Institute reports consumers spent $1.7 billion on hot dogs in 2012.


  • It is illegal to “take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import” any part, nest or egg of a bald or golden eagle, alive or dead – felony convictions carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or 2 years in prison.


…and on that note – happy birthday, USA.


have a great 4th, everyone!

*srcs: entrepreneur.com & misc mentioned; image not original.

american wrangler v.s. australian wrangler.

um, excuse me?

i just stumbled upon a glaring and disturbing disparity between western-wear giant and mainstay wrangler‘s u.s. and a.u. websites…

american wrangler - home page. (aka dale earnhardt jr.)

australian wrangler - home page.

…and just for emphasis, for those of you peering at the screen…



i’m straight as an arrow, but that didn’t blind me to the fact that australian wrangler is damn sexier than american wrangler. what’s going on? (yes, it is the same company – but doesn’t the fact that i had doubts about that say something? what happened to brand continuity?) it doesn’t stop there; let’s continue on to advertising campaigns.

australian wrangler has a campaign page.

aussie wrangler's campaign index.

american wrangler? nope.

aussie wrangler has these two lovelies:

aussie wrangler - womens.

aussie wrangler - men.

american wrangler?

american wrangler - womens.

american wrangler - mens. (aka brett farve)


yup. i think that the screenshots speak for themselves.

veteran’s day.

i just read an e-article in the houston chronicle about a photographer who is working to document WWII vets and their stories. it’s a wonderful and admirable endeavor – you can read about it (and watch the short video) here.

as a transplant american, who finally received citizenship in 1998, i am and hope everyone else who lives in this country and has the right to take advantage of the freedoms and opportunities here takes time to remember the veterans of the long past, the recent past, the now, and the future. this sentiment is not only reserved for one day out of the year, nor to this one country – if you are from another country that is better today than it was in the past due to a historic, course changing war, those who fought for that change should also be remembered, and thanked.


"three-war veteran" - by saint.seminole


even the bad guys show some respect – a gang of milwaukee muggers return an army reservist’s wallet with a fist-bump after seeing his military id. way to go… i guess.