Palm Beach Mall in danger

Yesterday I read something about America’s most endangered malls. Among them, the first mall I visited in Florida and the US, as a matter of fact. Palm Beach Mall.

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A year ago, the plan was to renovate this fading 42-year-old property. But that changed with the recession. Anchor tenants Dillard’s and Macy’s bolted within the last year, and in April, the mall’s owners defaulted on a big bank payment, triggering a foreclosure lawsuit that could force the sale of the property. The power company even threatened to shut off the mall’s electricity, but the bill was paid at the last minute. While remaining tenants like Sears and JC Penney await the outcome of litigation, other nearby malls are adding space and gaining customers.

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Michael Bolton

Although we all were soaked to the skin as a heavy rain has just started when I was parking the car and we had to wait in line to enter, Michael Bolton made all the bad things disappear. He started the show with Soul Provider and continued with Said I Loved You But I Lied and the rest of the hits including some of the Sinatra’s songs (advising everyone to visit New York), a wonderful version of Nessun Dorma, and great moments of his band.
He is not a “king” but he has an amazing voice and a normal appearance. And when he sings When A Man Loves A Woman you get the shivers down your spine.

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Edward Burns’ particular voice

I am watching a movie, Purple Violets written and directed by Edward Burns. He also has a part in the movie. I’ve always been fascinated by his particular voice. I don’t even know how to describe it. I don’t know if it’s manly, but it’s part sweet and part grave. I first discovered Edward Burns and his voice in 15 Minutes movie. Then I found out that the guy has Irish roots, he was born a January 29’th (like my father) and he is married to supermodel Christy Turlington.
Returning to his voice… I think it’s very special and it really stands apart.

Megan Fox

Everybody talks about her nowadays. “Sexiest Woman in the World” for the second year in a row, according to FHM magazine.

After having a successful career as a model, Fox launched her acting career in 2001, in which she played a supporting role as Brianna Wallace in Holiday in the Sun, starring opposite Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. Fox then guest starred in various television series, including What I Like About You, Two and a Half Men, The Help, Ocean Ave. and having a recurring role on Hope and Faith.
In 2007, Fox won the lead female role of Mikaela Banes in the 2007 live-action film Transformers, based on the toy and cartoon saga of the same name. Fox played the love interest of Shia LaBeouf’s character Sam Witwicky. Fox was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category of “Breakthrough Performance”.
Fox reprised her role as Mikaela Banes in the Transformers sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. There was some controversy surrounding Fox’s appearance while filming the sequel of Transformers when Michael Bay, the movie’s director, ordered the actress to gain 10 pounds.

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Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died

I will begin with Farrah because she was the first to leave us. I think that her death will pass almost unnoticed for obvious reasons. She was a fighter, but she lost the battle. She will be missed.
Today, the wake-up news: “Superstar died too soon”. I am not a fan, never was, I am not in favour of calling anyone king/queen of… He was big, no doubt about it. Because of those times, he was even bigger. Of course nobody will ever succeed in having a career alike because times had changed. Nowadays there are a lot of big artists and they all have their merits. The industry has come a long way and it is harder for someone to emerge as a phenomenon.
I like his songs of the 80’s and early 90’s and I realized today that I don’t have any CD, only one tape.
Both deaths were expected sooner or later, but Michael could have still lived. He has done to himself a lot of damage, and this is the tragic outcome. I am not gonna go into details, but I will say this… no matter the possible reasons, someone should never self-destruct like that. As a person, Michael Jackson was nothing but controversial. For me, at least…
I strongly relate to the following statement:
“I must confess I am not surprised by today’s tragic news. Michael has been on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of the world. A human simply cannot withstand this level of prolonged stress.” — Michael Levine.

Finally registered

These last days I had troubles seing this moment coming… I obtained the approval to register my thesis. There were a couple of weeks of tension, and I did not enjoy it one beat. I don’t like to do things in a rush. But I’ve survived. Right now I feel free.

San Juan

Santo festejado por la Iglesia el 24 de junio. A este día y al santo van ligadas numerosas creencias y ritos, de los que no pocos son reminiscencias de antiguas fiestas y cultos solsticiales. Es un conjunto abigarrado de materiales -dichos, símbolos, mitos y observancias. En las iglesias y en ermitas de San Juan muchos tienen costumbre de ofrendar a este santo plantas y frutas, como maíz, trigo, cerezas, peras. También llevan a la iglesia helecho, hinojo, lirio, flores de San Juan o margaritas, a fin de que el cura los bendiga; después los devuelven a casa. De este manojo de yerbas y flores una parte se destina para adornar el umbral de la puerta principal, y lo restante se conserva para quemar y producir humo en casos de tormenta. Existen fuentes que en la mañana de San Juan son visitadas por mucha gente.
En algunos lugares es creencia que en la mañana de San Juan, antes que salga el sol, las aguas son benditas.
Dicen que la siesta del día de San Juan atrae sueño para todo el año. Por eso se dice también de los sueños largos que son sueños de San Juan.
En cambio, se dice que en levantándose temprano por San Juan, temprano se levantará todo el año, o no tendrá sueño por todo el año.
En la mayoría de los lugares en los cuales se celebra actualmente continúa la tradición original aunque en España y Portugal se ha perdido parte de su significado. Habitualmente se realizan hogueras en las calles y plazas de las poblaciones donde se reúnen familiares y amigos.