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    Trish Monaco.
    singer. songwriter.
    dog walker.
    human. living.
    loving. laughing.
    in Los Angeles

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Why Do You Tube?

This is not a video of my gig the other night. That's on its way. For now, here's my video response to one YouTuber's question: WHY DO YOU TUBE?

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Disclosure Policy

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I've been blogging for over three years. (most of us know this) How many times have I promoted (or demoted) an item or a service that I feel strongly about? Like, every time I post. I know, I've said this before, but it's something that continues to ring true to me.

Now with payperpost and other services that offer a stipend for my opinion, I want to make it clear to everyone (myself included) that I commit to always and only express my truest thoughts in the world - including this blog.

Recently I came across this great site that allows bloggers to create a personalized disclosure policy. One that applies to our individual expressions. It takes less than five minutes to create and upload. There's a forum where you can check out other disclosures for reference. You can add a button, or create your own, for your sidebar or bottom menu.

And with this new age of "paid opinions" I believe it is important for everyone to have a disclosure policy. Even if we're not getting paid to talk about a product or service, it's good to know the intent of the blogger.

Now when I go to new blogs, I specifically look for their disclosure policy. I want to know what I'm reading is the truest expression of the blogger.

I imagine, as I grow as a person and a blogger, my disclosure policy will grow with me. For now, here's my first simple disclosure policy, created at disclosurepolicy.org.

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This policy is valid from 16 November 2006

This blog, Journey-2-Peace (J2P), is a personal blog written and edited by Trish Monaco. For questions about this blog, please contact Trish via email: freeepeace@gmail.com.

J2P accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

J2P abides by word of mouth marketing standards. Trish believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

Trish is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though she receives compensation for her posts or advertisements, she always gives her honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely her own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

J2P does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.


To get your own policy, go to disclosurepolicy.org

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Gig Update

Real quick because I'm late for work --

I had a great time last night! I received 16 emails and 3 phone calls from folks who couldn't make it to the show (sick, holidays, other gigs, out of town, pregnancy, family obligations, work, work, work). Totally understandable. I'm the same way. But I drew a lovely crowd of ten, plus some folks who showed up early for other performers. Perfect for a Tuesday night at a small venue.

It was video taped by Mistress Cinematographer. I felt kinda bad that she had to watch through the lens some of the time. But the tripod helped her enjoy her first Trish-gig.

Some reviews:

"you need a longer set. thirty minutes is way too short."
"you make it look so easy."
"you seemed anxious to get off the stage."
"were there some new songs in there?"
"woohoo"
"just as good as anyone on the radio" (note: may be biased, but I'll take it)


Some personal thoughts of my own:

I love the bright lights - I can't see a soul in the crowd.
I am very aware that I keep my eyes closed most of the time.
Otherwise, I get distracted.
I love my new guitar.
My new favorite tequila is tres generaciones.
The Cat Club is a great place to play (Ian is adorable).
I still believe I'm holding people up and think they'd rather be elsewhere.
The true inner thought is "don't worry, I'll be done soon so you can go on with your lives."
Turns out, that's the furthest from the truth...or so they say. ;)


No pictures from last night. Only video. Once we figure how to firewire it to my computer, we'll see what we can do with it. I have no idea how it looks. We'll just have to wing it. But I've never seen myself play a gig. It ought to be interesting.

Thanks for asking. More gigs to come.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Tuesday with Trish

Just a quick friendly reminder to print off this flyer and come to The Cat Club on Sunset tomorrow night for a short acoustic set. Looking forward to seeing you all.
peace & love,
Trish


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DATE: Tuesday, November 28
TIME: 8pm sharp! (I'm off stage by 8:30) doors open at 7:30.
VENUE: The Cat Club
ADDRESS: 8911 W. Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
COVER: $8 at the door. $5 with flyer.

21 and over. ID required. (sorry kids)

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

ppp - X-Treme Scooters - ppp

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Just when I found deep love in my bike. Seriously, I love to ride my old-school Magna-something-or-other. But check this out! The next best thing in environmentally friendly rides. The X-Treme Electric Scooter. I like the X-360. Mostly because it's cute. It can handle some hills and rough terrain. With five colors to choose from, I'm torn between pink and yellow. I wonder, does something like this need to be registered with the DMV?

Next on my list is the X-560. It has all the same standard features as the X-360 (cargo box, turn signals, headlight, key ignition, etc.) plus more power, thicker tires, full fenders and more. It's just not as cute as the X-360. Plus, it costs a hundred bucks more.

There are more X-Treme Electric Scooters to choose from. The XP-700 is a little too motorcycle-ish for me. But it's worth checking out.

I'm all about simplicity - and cuteness. If you have one or have ridden one, please let me know what you think. I can hardly wait to test one! Just for fun of course. But I'll tell you, if I were a student again, without transportation, this would be my number one choice. It's inexpensive and practical. Oh, and did I mention, cute?

Check them all out at X-Treme Scooters.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Online Social Networks

And now I can add Facebook to my list of online social networks. Who has time for all this? I'm just checking it all out to see what the big deal is. How they are different from each other. Buzznet, Myspace, YouTube, Facebook. So far I've spent at least a few hours on each. Maybe not enough time to really get a good feel for things. But I'm noticing similarities and differences right off the bat.

Myspace is clearly for the (cough-cough) younger demographic. Not much in the way of restrictions. When they say you can customize your own page, it is absolutely possible to have a unique look. It's the online social network with the most members so far (active or not). Still, I haven't come across a page that looks similar to another. Not bad for being a free service. It'll be interesting to see how things will change in time.

Facebook seems to be more geared to specific networks (schools, workplaces, geography and common interests). Members are only allowed to join up to five networks. A bit limited but perhaps easier to navigate without getting so overwhelmed. Not sure yet. Most members use their real names (or nicknames) as opposed to a screen name. So if you're looking for old friends and colleagues, this could be a viable option to get caught up and keep in touch. Facebook offers the ability to keep photos and import blog entries. Members can find which friends are already Facebook members by doing a quick search through their email address book (yahoo, gmail, aol and hotmail). So far though, the layout seems pretty generic - something I don't mind as these tired eyes can hardly stand all the flashes and blinkies on other pages like Myspace. Facebook pages generally load faster without all the custom layouts.

I joined Buzznet a couple of months ago and basically left it for dead. I'll be back though because a good friend will be traveling and posting updates through her page. There's limited customization - colors and layouts. The community seems a little small but perhaps it's because I haven't done extensive searching. Plus it was a bit glitchy when I started. My page kept loading to the default layout after spending (too much) time personalizing it. I finally got it back to something I like but it's been so long since I logged in that I forgot the name of the site before posting this entry. Nice huh?

I joined YouTube just to have a place to easily and freely post personal videos. There are some very talented filmmakers, editors and other creators on YouTube. But there are many lame, painful videos to weed through first. The "most viewed" are not necessarily the "top rated" and the "top rated" are not necessarily the "best quality" -- just like any other site. Here's what I'm learning. The most viewed get viewed the most because they are at the top of the main page. It's a vicious cycle. They are at the top because they may have been featured once. When members get subscribers based on one great video posted seven months ago, two things happen. one: their subscribers are blinded by fandom and continue to rate (even bad) video posts with five stars. two: new members and wannabees rate and comment just to be seen by other members.

What else have I learned about YouTube? Many of the top videos (lonelygirl-style) are performed by professional actors. Lonelygirls-1-48 are actually 20 years old (not 16) and getting paid to act pathetic.

Very discouraging.

My thoughts about the potential of YouTube? Remember the days of watching movies and saying, "I could do that!" How about watching bad movies and laughing, "I could do better than that!" Well I say, HELLO! Here's our chance to prove it. To at least try.

Imagine the features, documentaries, music videos, tv episodes, etc that we could create. YouTube allows members to upload ten minutes of video in one post. Longer than most music videos.

Geez, write much Trish?

I'm off to work on a post-Thanksgiving Day video. Mostly, I do all this for the pure fun of it. And to find out Windows XP comes with all the free video editing software I could ask for... ugh, don't get me started up again. I'll write more about that later.

Do you have experience with these or other online social networks? Thoughts? Opinions? I'm interested to know!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Paws for Play

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It's my favorite time of year again. Yay. I love the holidays with all the festivities, activities and shopping! But as I grow older, time goes faster. I'm a big fan of doing things the easy way. (Like shopping online - in my bathrobe.) But not the cheesy way.

It seems that Delightful Deliveries is a one-stop shopping mecca for gifts of any season. When I did a search for "holiday" gifts, it gave me 363 results. Too many to count. Lucky for me, their easy-to-navigate website practically held my hand and walked me through more specific choices. There are gift baskets galore. Baked goods. Candy. Snacks - including 'healthier' choices. Relaxation & Spa items. Full dinners. Soups. Wine. Fresh flowers. There are even quite a few choices of high-end delicious desserts for
those of us with special restrictions - sugar-free, non-dairy, egg-free, etc.

With high quality goods, I would've expected quite a hefty price tag. But no. I was surprised to see how reasonable the prices are. Not cheap - reasonable. Goods are shipped via major carriers - UPS, FedEx, DHL - in reasonable time. Next day. 2nd Day. And many items can be shipped internationally. There are no same-day orders because of these delivery services. But that's understandable. The thing I'd miss is that cute little cartoony DD-guy delivering with a smile.

One question I had was about the dinners. I learned in their FAQ that some dinners come ready-to-cook. Some come pre-cooked, ready to heat. All of their perishables are wrapped in protective food packaging, kept cool to prevent spoiling.

If you work for a company and need to send gifts to clients and the like, this is a great resource.

I'm not sure I would rely on this kind of service for all gifts, but it's good to know it's available for those last-minute "thoughtful" gifts. If you get a chance to check them out, please let me know what you think. I'm always interested in hearing success (or failure) stories about these things I find interesting. America's #1 Gift Basket Website

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Re: One World

Time is flying. flying I tell you. Myspace. YouTube. Blogger. Dogwalking. Music. Filmmaking. I think my gig will be video taped. Just got the okay from the club today. We may be taking in a couple of kitty-brothers for a few weeks. Yeah, lots going on. And no one has been to our place yet. I mean, we just haven't had the time. It's still "a mess" -- we're not fully moved in yet. Nothing on walls. A (free Ikea) wardrobe needs putting together. And the floors need to be cleaned every single week. With a yard and pets come dirt and grime!

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I never finished this post. Instead I made this video. If you like it, please rate it here.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Media Fun

I am having way too much fun surfing the 'net tonight. YouTube is a mess - outta control. Fun and disturbing. I'm eager to break out the video camera and get some better footage. For now, check out our new baby, Gracie, and my old baby, Hunny, in one of their more tender moments. Runtime is all of 7 seconds but it makes me melt. shot on Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital Elph







After uploading that, I dusted off the old webcam. Ahh, remember the good old days of cam-glam? Yeah well, it seems they're gone. For me anyway. Shot with Logitech Messenger QuickCam. manipulated in Photoshop Elements 2.0

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I think I'll stick with the digi-cam images. shot on Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital Elph. manipulated in Photoshop Elements 2.0

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Or not.

All in good fun.

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ReviewMe

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Many of us have been blogging for years - for free. For a long time I've been trying to figure out how to make blogging worth more than just my time in a creative outlet. Recently I stumbled on the idea of blogging for cash. That's right. Actual pay. How many times have I promoted an idea, a business, a service, a product? Like, every time I blog.

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Thanks for reading. Now, on with our regularly scheduled blogging.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Death Row Inmates on Myspace

Wow. Myspace is getting a lot of flack over the 'quality' of some of their members. At least 30 of them are in Texas.

People are up in arms over death row inmates having profiles here. They are demanding that Rupert Murdoch remove their profiles immediately. (too many links to reference. do a google search and you'll see what i mean)

The profiles in question apparently aren't being maintained by the inmates, since those on death row don't have internet access. Instead, the profiles are more like support pages from loved ones. There they post letters from the inmate as journal entries. The pages look like any other page.

I'm against the death penalty. I'm all for rehab and doing time for a crime. But murder is murder.

There are plenty of internet predators that live on "the outside" -- those are the ones we need to be concerned with. Why not give death row inmates access to the internet? They're (most likely) not getting out. They can take this one last experience to the grave.

Okay, that's not my original point here. But it's a strong one.

Folks are ranting about how myspace is "humanizing" these inmates. Hello! They are human. Our so-called justice system says otherwise. Everyone makes mistakes. EVERYONE. Fear will make some humans act inhumane.

I went to one inmate's page and found it to be just as interesting as the average person's page. The only difference was knowing this guy would soon be dead. His comments thread was filled with book suggestions, ways to find peace, support during these last months on earth.

What's so wrong with that?

Not nearly as disturbing as JoeSchmo in the apartment building next door posing as a schoolgirl to lure children to his playground!

Priorities people.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Gig Announcement

Let's see ... a girl puts her music on myspace and gets a friendly email requesting her to play at a club on the world famous Sunset Strip. Works for me. Thanks Ian!

Don't miss my comeback debut.

DATE: Tuesday, November 28
TIME: 8pm sharp!
VENUE: The Cat Club
ADDRESS: 8911 W. Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
COVER: $8 at the door. $5 with flyer.

email me for a flyer. there are plenty to go around.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Whisperer or Whipperer

This is how I feel about Cesar Millan. I didn't like him when I met him -- but I couldn't really pinpoint why. Turns out it's because of his machismo, dominant, anti-American views. Plus his statements about coming to America, making a huge name and tons of money to then go back to his culture all rich and famous. Nothing wrong with that but it's been his public goal since he made his way to the public eye. How then is our culture so enthralled (brainwashed) with his way?

He's closing his Dog Psychology Center, but there's no information about where or "what form" it will "live on." Perhaps it shouldn't.

I wonder if all the "sue-age" is getting to him.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12648003
http://rushprnews.com/DOG-WHISPERER-SUED-press-release-05022006.html

I've seen one of his trainees in action. Violent-beyond-belief. Jerking the choke chain, lifting the dogs front paws off the ground, shoving dogs against fences, benches and trash cans, chasing, wrestling, tackling and slamming dogs to the ground. Not to mention kicking. I was/am outraged by his "techniques."

I was at that park recently to find out that one dog this trainee was helping to 'rehabilitate' bit another dog and the owner (a dog walker) fled the scene.

I've never seen The Dog Whisperer on TV. But every time someone asks if I've seen it (because of an instinctive "tsh" sound I use) I cringe.

Everyone has an instinctive ability to relate -- whether it's with another human, an animal, nature or other forms. I've found that there are many different ways to achieve positive results from dogs in my group. Every dog is different. Just as every person is different. How can one training method work for all dogs? When has violent or aggressive behavior ever achieved positive results? We are at war, after all. I guess it's true - like love, violence starts at home.