10 Deer run road

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This home is fully customized for you

Everything from the Aristokraft cabinets in the kitchen to the Hunter Douglas window treatments are tastefully custom designed with love. Co-listed by Rocco Calarco and Michelle Reilly of Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group for $249,900 this home is 1,878 square feet of immaculately maintained space!

This home is easy to find but hard to leave! Just off of route 309 in Drums, this home is located within the Woodmere development on an acre lot. After enjoying the drive, you will be warmly greeted by the two-story wood and stone exterior of this home. Deciding where to park the car will be hardest decision you will have to make. There is a two-stall attached garage, paved driveway, and detached garage to store your show car when you aren’t cruising around the surrounding area.

There is a front porch area that is perfect to enjoy quiet mornings! A rock walkway leads to the side deck which is ideal for summer get-togethers or soaking up the sun in the afternoons! Mature trees punctuate the yard along with a lovely rock garden and ferns.  Everything about the home and surrounding landscape blend seamlessly together and the harmony continues through the front door.

After kicking off your shoes in the 15×6 ceramic tiled foyer and you hang your coat in the walk-in closet just off of the entryway you will immediately be enamored by the richly colored kempas hardwood floors that are in the kitchen,living room, and dining room. Continuing past the foyer is access the storage and laundry area as well as the attached garage with room for a workshop or craft area!

The 12×13 kitchen has custom cabinets that surround a center island. Even the faucets are specially ordered!  The sink, electric oven/range, dishwasher and fridge are all composed of stainless steel. All of the appliances hail from the GE Arctic Profile collection and the kitchen is illuminated by not only recessed lighting but by two ultra-modern lights that are affixed to the ceiling. The counters are made of durable and aesthetically pleasing Zodiaq quartz. Above the stove is a Rangemaster hood that is also made of stainless steel. The adjoining 12×12 dining room has a perfect view of the outside deck courtesy of sliding glass doors.

Also on this level is the super spacious 23×17 living room complete with Hunter Douglas window treatments! Three large windows bring in light from the front of the house while two side windows bring in more natural light and an even more enjoyable view!  Two hardwood banisters and a few carpeted steps lead you to the second level of this home. To your left is the main full bathroom that boasts granite counters and a vanity that is absolutely stunning so it fits in perfectly with the rest of the house! To the right is an 11×10 bedroom with a double closet and straight ahead is an 11×14 bedroom that also has a double closet! The master bedroom located a short distance away from the main bathroom measures 15×15 and boasts two sets of double closets! You can’t help but to smile when you see the whirlpool tub in the master bathroom either!

The entire home is heated by energy efficient ceramic bricks and the window treatments along with trees do a good job of keeping your cooling costs low as well! Every window and door is trimmed with ponderosa pine! This home’s beauty and meticulous details cannot be summed up sufficiently with words and photos alone!

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10 Cindy Street

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West Hazleton Split Level is More Than You’d Expect

This 1,932 square foot home gives you and your family space and a backyard that ensures elbow room to play and entertain in with the convenience of living in one of the most beautiful parts of West Hazleton. Listed by  Victor Lutsky of Action Real Estate for $154,900  this well maintained house is ready for new owners!

One would expect the location to be absent of trees and the sounds of nature, but in purchasing this home you won’t have to compromise. The backyard of this home is lined with trees that do not interrupt the openness of this portion of the property.  Not to mention there is a 14.5x10heated sunroom and rear deck so you can entertain and enjoy yourself no matter the weather or time of day!

                Streetlights dot the road to the home, there is an exterior light to illuminate the front door, and two flood lights welcome you to the garage.

                Four pillars accentuate the already majestic brick exterior and professional landscaping only adds to the curb appeal. The paved driveway and attached garage ensure off street parking even though you won’t have to worry about through traffic.  When you first arrive in to the home via the front door, a slate foyer warmly greets you. Two sets of steps are before you. Heading up and to the left is the 19×12.5 living room that has two windows facing the front yard and crisp neutrally colored paint. Straight ahead of the stairs is the 13.5×12 dining room with rich hardwood floors and access to the sunroom. The dining room and 13.5×10 ceramic tiled kitchen flow together and of course the flooring choices complement one another nicely. Plenty of maple cabinets ensure adequate storage space for spices and silverware alike!

                Sliding glass doors lead out to the sunroom that not only has four recessed lights, and a ceiling fan but there are laundry hook ups if you prefer over the ones also available in lower level of the home. Through this space is an entryway to a lovely deck and of course the backyard.  Back through the kitchen, to the right of the stairs is a carpeted hallway that leads to one bedroom measuring 13×11 and two others that are 10.5×10.5. One linen closet is just outside of the main full bathroom and another is available for use by the bedroom inhabitants for whatever they wish. All of the bedrooms have closets and windows that overlook the front, side, or backyard. The lower level of this home has even more living and entertaining space! For sports or gaming get-togethers there is a 17×13 family/rec room! If someone in your family is in need of office space or a fourth bedroom is a necessity, this home has it covered in the form of an 11×8 room with louvered closet doors and two windows. Storage space galore is at your disposal in this portion of the home and the garage also has cedar lined closets to keep you organized with room left over for a workshop!

                There is a 10×6 vinyl floored laundry room, also with cedar closets, and a ¾ bathroom with a pedestal sink in this area. Central air is found throughout.

                The entire home is protected by a security system, priced to sell and is move-in ready so what are you waiting for?               

 

Home Home on the Range

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Breathtaking views punctuate this home on the range

This home on the range is where you and your family can play on nearly 18 acres of land! Listed  and owned by PA Real Estate brokers  Cheryl and Michael Pecora of M.S Pecora for $489,900 this home and surrounding buildings are well worth your while! Sure the interstates are only a mile away and you can be at a resort in the Poconos in 20 minutes, but why would you want to be anywhere else when you have a  sprawling property that is cleverly laid out to fulfill all of your wants and dreams.

One of the dozens of lovely features this home has is security. Everything from the burglar/fire alarm to the video surveillance ensures that no one except your many guests  make it down the 1400 foot driveway without you knowing. The circular driveway snakes between the professionally landscaped front, side, and backyards between the main house, barn/garage, and A-frame guest house. After parking in the main home’s oversized garage, and entering through the front door you are warmly greeted by a pegged hardwood foyer that offers only a glimpse of all the space within. Every window of this home has a view and real brick walls accentuate throughout. To the right is a 10.10×12.2 room that is perfect as a home office, as long as the view doesn’t distract you from work, or a fourth bedroom.

                Continuing right is the 20×13 family room that has a real brick gas insert fireplace, tile flooring and access to the California room.  A powder room is also in the immediate vicinity for the convenience of guests and family members alike. To your left and up a few stairs is the 20×13.5 living room that has a picturesque view of the surrounding property. To the right of the stairs is the 14.4×11.5 dining room with an authentic Dutch oven fireplace that is also visible from the dinette/kitchen.

                Featuring solid cherry cabinetry, the 20×12 kitchen also has French doors that take you to the covered deck. A smooth top range, cabinets galore, recessed lighting, built-in pantry, Lazy Susan,dishwasher, and double oven make this kitchen ideal for entertaining, family get-togethers, holidays and everyday living! To the right of the kitchen is the tiled laundry room with oak cabinetry. Heading upstairs are three more bedrooms measuring 10×11,12×10, and 13×15 respectively.  Just outside of the bedrooms is a linen closet and a full bathroom that serves this level of the home. If you are lucky enough to call the 13×15 master bedroom yours, a walk-in closet, French doors leading to a balcony and a tile floored bathroom with cherry cabinetry is all yours!  The fully finished basement has a mini-fridge, microwave, sink and plenty of space left over for a pool table and whatever you wish! A storage area is also available in this portion of the home.

                The two car attached garage has a tray ceiling, carpeted area for exercise equipment, workshop space and room left over for your motor vehicles.

                Sure the house is spacious, but the best is yet to come. The California room is accessible from various parts of the home and who doesn’t like a hot  tub to relax in after a hard day at work? The immediate backyard area of the home has a paver sidewalk, patio area for sunbathing, and an ornamental garden.  Headed across the driveway is the garage/barn that has a mansard roof. This building is perfect for car or equine enthusiasts alike! There is a fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom with a shower and vanity, and a storage area upstairs.  The a-frame guest cottage has a 12×24 deck with outlets. As soon as you enter you are immediately drawn to the two-story fireplace and exposed beam accents. One bedroom,bathroom, stackable laundry room and the kitchen along with a large living area are on the first level. The second level has a loft for a second bedroom.

                But wait there’s more! Between the guest cottage and the main house is a pavilion with a built-in charcoal grill and fireplace with a picnic area.

                Nearly 18 acres of land to hunt, entertain , house and ride horses and live in tranquility: what more could anyone ask for?

540 Thirwell Avenue

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This Thirwell Avenue Home Doesn’t Get Any Better

                A detached garage is good for any season, the same could be said for a retractable awning. Rancher homes are timeless and this home has it all! Listed by Jerry T. McGuire of Jerry McGuire for $129,900 a house like this won’t stay on the market for long!

                Sure the price is intriguing, but just wait until you hear the rest of the details. Located at 540 Thirwell Avenue in the quaint Hazleton Heights means interstates are near but far enough to offer peace and quiet. Shopping facilities, a BMX track and eating establishments are also close. The exterior of the home is comprised of aluminum as well as brick and the charming character of this home is further showcased within the beautiful landscaping. You get the nest of both worlds with this home; the convenience of living in town but the serenity of living in the suburbs.

 Upon entering the front door you are welcomed by a slate foyer, and to the left is the 12.5×17  living room with sunken floor and bay window overlooking the front yard and woodlands across the road  in all its glory. A brick accent wall in this room makes the space very cozy without compromising on space! Straight ahead is the 10×12 modern eat-in kitchen with linoleum flooring, ceiling fan, and recessed lighting that is accessorized by a vaulted ceiling and exposed beam accents. Continuing left through the kitchen, you will find a door leading to the back portion of the home and access to the full basement with laundry hook-ups and plenty of room for storage! Sure 12.5×7  formal dining room is spacious but the best features of this room are a ductless air conditioner, privacy doors to the living room, sliding glass doors out to the deck and a bonus storage closet for any extra pots, pans and gadgets that won’t fit in the kitchen!

                To the right of the front door and down a hallway leads you to the other portion of the home. A large closet with louvered doors is on the left hand side that would be perfect as a coat closet for guests and regular occupants of this home alike!  The right side of the hall is where you will find a 9×11 bedroom that has a closet with louvered doors ,and a 11.5×11 bedroom with a closet and perfect window placement to allow in natural sunlight. A linen closet is centrally located with built-in shelving for added convenience. At the end of the hall is the 7×8 full main bathroom that has ceramic tile surrounding it and full vanity.

                To the left is the very roomy 10×16 master bedroom. A large closet and two windows facing the back portion of the yard accentuate the space nicely! The accompanying ¾ master bathroom has a stand up shower and full vanity.

                The entire home is protected by a security system, has replacement windows and the roof is newly re-shingled. A detached garage is available for your every car or storage needs and the deck is perfect for catching some sun!

1325 Chestnut Street

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Hazleton Home is the Perfect composition of Modern and Marvelous

                If these walls could talk they would have a few decades to chat about, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style, sophistication, or modern touches. Listed by Larry Tedesco of Colonial Realty for $324,900 there is no wasted space in any of the 3,918 square feet of living space and there is plenty of room left over for friends, family, parties, furniture and colleagues.

                Getting to this home is easy enough. Taking route 93 north past Hazleton General, make a right onto Coxe Street and continue on until you hit the corner of Chestnut Street. There is no mistaking this home for any other in the area. Sure it looks unassuming from a drive by, but you need to check out more than the curb appeal, brick exterior, paved driveway ,two-stall heated garage, and huge backyard/patio area!

                After parking in the garage, paved driveway or the quiet road and marveling at the impressive brick exterior the aesthetic beauty continues upon entering the front door. A slate foyer greets you along with a view of the den/office and living room to your right. To the left is a hallway that has sleeping quarters for the whole family and guests with space to spare courtesy of built-in shelves, drawers, and generous room sizes. Two bedrooms found in this portion of the home measure 14.5×10.6 and both have plenty of closet space and windows. The main bathroom is recently renovated with ceramic tile flooring and has stunning stone accents and all of the upgrades flow seamlessly with the home. A linen closet is centrally located in the hallway in addition to a cedar lined walk-in closet. If you think the other two bedrooms are huge, just wait until you see the master bedroom!

                This 19×15.25 room has a walk-in closet with sliding doors in the front of this space, and the side alcove has a closet that spans floor to ceiling with shelving and space galore. A large mirror is in the alcove that is perfect for makeup applications or checking your outfit before a night out on the town! The master bathroom is also upgraded with gorgeous materials and a sauna is outfitted within the shower. What could be better than that?

Just before the living room is a very cozy 14×10 room that has handsome solid wood raised paneling and built-in shelving also comprised of hardwood for books or movies. Six recessed lights illuminate this area, along with an oversized window that allows in abundant natural lighting along with a great view of the patio area and beautifully maintained backyard.

Featuring corner windows and a marble accented wood burning fireplace, the 25.5×15 carpeted living room is perfect for entertaining after one of your many dinner parties or enjoying a quiet evening in. The formal dining room has parquet hardwood floors along with an elongated window also overlooking the pristine patio/backyard area. A door leads out to the great outdoors in this area as well. On the way to the kitchen is the first floor laundry with a cast iron utility sink and ergonomic shelving.

The 15×13.5 kitchen also features ergonomic cabinet placement, 10 windows, stainless steel dishwasher and a Frigidaire Professional Series stove with a flat top range and warming tray. A fourth bedroom with a full bathroom is just off of the kitchen and a side door next to the attached garage allows another entrance to the home.

As if there was not enough space for you and your family, the partially finished basement has an additional 26×14 family room, his and hers offices, a hidden room for important documents, and storage space. The family room features a converted real brick fireplace that is perfect to house a flat screened television and home theater devices!

The entire home has brand new Anderson high performance windows, a newer roof and is protected by a Vector security system. Even when your neighbors are in the dark, a backup generator has you covered!

           

 

1035 Chestnut Street

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First Floor Living at its Finest is Found at this Chestnut Street Home

Native mountain laurels ,mulching, and flowers accent the landscaping to provide picture perfect curb appeal. Pocket doors separate entertaining areas from the rest of the home. Four bedrooms and three bathrooms ensure enough space for both guests and regular occupants alike. The only thing missing from this home is a loving family to take care of it for years to come. Listed by Joe Sofranko of Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group for $235,000 this home is the kind one dreams of!

Located outside of the downtown hustle and bustle of Hazleton this home is still not far away from shopping, skiing and points of interest. Major interstates are only a short distance away but you don’t have to hear or see them from the comfort of this 2,780 square foot home! Upon laying your eyes on the majestic brick work of this home and the perfect landscaping you will already be in love and you haven’t even seen the tandem attached three-car garage or the lovely accoutrements inside.

Upon entering the sturdy front door, you are brought to a  17’3×5’8 ceramic tiled foyer that has a large mirrored coat closet at the end. To your right is the 14’5×14’11 formal dining room. All of your guests are sure to marvel at the hardwood floors, nearly floor to ceiling windows overlooking the front yard and not only crown but chair rail molding throughout the room. Accessible from either the foyer or through the dining room is the 10’9×19 eat-in kitchen. Ceramic tile flooring, real hardwood cabinets, tile backsplash and natural unpainted wood crown molding accent this space seamlessly. Matching black appliances offer an excellent color flow and a Corian sink gives you style and durability. A flat top range and wall oven along with plenty of counter space makes cooking for your family a breeze. Recessed lighting brightens up this space when the three windows in this room are not bringing in the abundant natural light courtesy of Mother Nature. Pocket doors separate the kitchen from the dining room so guests aren’t aware of the goings on while enjoying the rest of the home. Continuing through the kitchen is the first floor laundry room that also harbors large cabinets that could be used as a pantry or additional storage space. Access to the patio/backyard area and full unfinished basement is also located in this room.

Back to the foyer and to directly to the left is the 21’2×15 living room that naturally has impeccably maintained hardwood flooring and crown molding. A large set of windows offers a stunning view of the front yard and pocket doors keep the sleeping quarters of this home a bit more secluded while entertaining. Adjacent to the living room is the 18’7×13’9 family room for less formal get-togethers that also has a door leading out to the spacious backyard/patio area.  

A hallway that runs parallel to the living and family room is where you will find four bedrooms and three bathrooms. A left through the living room brings you to the spacious 13’10×15’11 master bedroom. Illuminated double closets in this room not only ensure enough space for all of your accessories and clothes but they also ensure you’ll be able to find them! An all tile ¾ bath with a pedestal sink and lighted shower is also through the master bedroom for your convenience.

Down the hall are two additional bathrooms; one full and a 3/4 both are completely tiled and in immaculate condition. A linen closet with built-in shelving and a cedar closet are conveniently located in the hallway for additional storage! Also in the portion of the home are three more bedrooms. On the left hand side is a 9’3×9’7 bedroom with parquet wood flooring that could also be used as a home office with a closet! Another 10’4×14’2 bedroom is also located on the left hand side. At the end of the hall is a very generously sized bedroom measuring 13’11×16’2 with a double closet!

The entire home has replacement windows throughout including the basement, two whole house fans and ceiling fans in most of the rooms keep you cool!  An adjoining, buildable lot is also available for purchase.

 

 

4285 Little Gap Road

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Bed, Breakfast, and Beyond

            This four bedroom, five bathroom home is one of the most versatile around! Listed by Bob Sooy of Action Real Estate for $275,000 this structure is fully furnished on one acre of property and is ready to have another family to love it.

            Zoned as residential and/or commercial this home is located just outside of Palmerton in the tiny village of Little Gap, this home is only a short jaunt to historical Jim Thorpe and Penn’s Peak concert venue that’s sure to put rhythm in any blues you may have. Blue Mountain Ski Resort is only about one mile away, along with everything they have to offer year round! Whether you decide to cash in and use the home as a bed and breakfast or keep all 2,400 square feet of space for yourself, this 1825 beauty has all the modern flairs to make this your new home sweet home.

            Although this home already has a 200 plus year history, the foundation has been reinforced along with the creek side wall in the backyard. There’s no reason you, your family and future generations can’t continue to make history in it for another 200 years either continuing as a bed and breakfast or family home. It also has 200 amp wiring and is heated by natural gas.

            As if that is not enticing enough you haven’t even entered the front door. You can either park across the road in your own lot, or in the oversized one-stall garage. No matter where you decide to park you will instantly fall in love with its front, side and back porches that have quintessential country charm that continues throughout the interior.

            Upon entering through the front door, you’re greeted by a familiar smell that mimics that of a Sunday morning at grandma’s house, a fully operational potbelly stove and the 29×17 formal living room. A half bath is located just off of the living room, and continuing past that is the 16×12 kitchen that has enough space to harbor a table, chairs, dishwasher, and still has room to cook! Continuing on is an oversized16x9 pantry that has a door leading out to the quiet, quaint and classically decorated back porch that has a creek side view. Past the kitchen is the 27×15 formal dining room with plush cranberry colored carpeting and plenty of windows.

            Heading upstairs and to the right is the 13×10 Beau Monde bedroom that has a cheery color scheme and brightly decorated 15×8 full private bathroom. Straight ahead of the stairs is the “Country Quilt” bedroom that has accoutrements that embody its namesake. A rocking chair along with other knickknacks make this room cozy without being overdone. A full private bath is also just off of this bedroom. Saving the best room on this level for last is the 16×14 Roth Suite. This room has a cedar wardrobe (minus a lion and a witch) , windows that overlook the creek and a covered bridge in the near distance and a private bathroom is nearby. Oh, and there’s a Jacuzzi in the corner of the bedroom that is perfect for a romantic rendezvous or relaxing after a hectic workday. What more could you possibly want or need?

            Headed to the top level of the home is the Southwest Room that is perfect for the bed and breakfast owner or any other occupant due to its space and seclusion.  The 20×14 room has a lovely side nook that could serve as a library or additional lounging space. Naturally there is a private full bathroom on this level, and of course is immaculately decorated. This iconic home has been a fixture in Little Gap for centuries and needs a loving family to keep it that way!

      

 

A boring English Assignment…Made Interesting

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A Reality Show Star is like the Bearded Lady in a Freak Show

            At some point we have seen the drunken reality star antics displayed on Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and The Bad Girls Club. Whether we like to admit it ,or not, the shows are a guilty pleasure of young, old, and every demographic imaginable. The adage “happy news doesn’t sell” is completely personified in these shows, by bar fights, scantily-clad females, and characters who can best be described as train wrecks. Sideshow performers, namely the bearded ladies, also catch attention for the same reasons. All things considered, a reality show star is like the bearded lady in a freak show.

            While the resemblances are much easier to see, there are a few obvious differences. In order to be a reality show, you do not need to have a beard, or be a bearded lady for that matter. Reality stars make more money than bearded ladies because they have more outlets for their “talents,“ whereas a bearded lady is usually confined to the stage.

            Differences aside, the similarities between these two subjects are staggering. These two types of people are always under public scrutiny and in the middle of an actual or figurative spotlight. When there is something that distinguishes a person as being “different,” everyone’s attention is focused on them .For the bearded lady, a literal spotlight is on them while performing on stage, after the show, people’s attention is still constantly drawn to them. Reality stars and their escapades get leaked to every National Enquirer-esque magazine, and no move they make goes unnoticed. Countless reality television shows are dedicated to the ridiculous nature of people. With constant flash bulbs, paparazzo follow a reality star’s every action; whether it be a trip to the mall or getting arrested for being drunk on a beach in New Jersey.

            Both bearded ladies, and reality show stars are intriguing due to the novelty of their nature. Someone else’s misfortune is always interesting, because it makes us seem more desirable, and more normal than them. Bearded ladies are amusing because they take social norms of women not having beards and smash it to pieces. Think of it as The Jerry Springer Show’s appeal; when one views the program the urge to suddenly feel better about personal life decisions is nearly impossible. Snooki finds herself getting sucker-punched in a bar on Jersey Shore. Maury has a woman trying to find her “baby daddy” for the sixth-time. With any of these instances, one can not help but stare and wait for the antics to peak for our personal enjoyment.

            The lifestyles of the bearded lady, and reality stars both involve traveling, demanding work schedules, and untraditional means of getting a paycheck. Additionally, both types of entertainers surround themselves with like-minded people. A circus performer travels from city to town, and back again to promote themselves in a group of taboo people. They do not  have normal nine-to-five jobs, and work late in to the night. Those who star in reality shows travel to promote whatever their talent is, go to parties, and hang around with their co-stars who do the same. A bearded lady is most comfortable with her circus freak show co-workers, and a hot mess reality star is most at home with their cast mates.

            Neither the bearded lady, nor reality stars are ever taken seriously for the very same reasons. When people look, or act outside of what we deem as appropriate, they are immediately written off as unintelligent. In this case, the novelty effect pushes them farther away from society, and a stigma is placed upon them.  The bearded lady fits in with her circus freak show counterparts, but does not function well when placed individually within society.  A bearded lady could never really get a traditional job, because they capitalize upon only one facet of their being. The cast mates of Jersey Shore only showcase the fact that they go to the gym, go tanning, do laundry, and they are reckless drunks. A  bearded lady, or Snooki, for that matter be accepted as a school teacher, doctor, or even a custodian. Both reality stars and bearded ladies chose a way to get a paycheck that limits their options if they decide to leave their current career,

            In summation, the similarities between a bearded lady and a reality star outnumber the differences between them. A reality star can not be taken seriously, because they have ostracized themselves from what we see as a functional person, and neither can a bearded lady. To feel comfortable with their actions, both subjects surround themselves with other “freak show performers,” and they both use taboo actions to gain attention. We look at these people not as intelligent human beings, but as their orange-tanned, part-going alter egos, or as a woman who defies the facial hairless standards of females. Whether it is a traveling circus, or publicity tour reality stars and bearded ladies put themselves on display all over the world and open themselves up for public scrutiny. What one can gather from these conclusions is both subjects are not so different at all, and bearded ladies may not seem as taboo as their stigma; they just do not make as much money.

You Think You Know…but You Have No Idea

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You think you know… but You Have No Idea.

                This is the diary of a poor college student. True Life: I Got screwed out of financial aid. These are the documentaries MTV should be making. Does it adversely affect my life when Kim Kardashian puts out another sex tape? Not particularly, but it is entertaining. We look to the mishaps of celebrities to make us feel better about our lives.

                When I see the “real” housewives spending more on a car than my associate’s degree costs, I get a bit sad. When their kids complain about having to get a job, I can’t help but want to toss my television out of the window, but I can’t. If I break something I have to buy it or live without it. That, and my television is a 100-lb behemoth and I would probably re-break my back if I attempted to throw it out the window…but maybe it would fill in the giant potholes in my driveway. Anyway, you get the point. I don’t have a flat panel or anything too extravagant, but I go to school in hopes that my higher education will begat a higher paycheck.

                I tend to write about being a poor college kid a lot, because it’s what I know. I don’t know how to be an extravagant millionaire but I bet I’d be just darling at it. And because I had that much money I could say things like “darling” with a fur coat on and cigarette holder a la Breakfast at Tiffany’s in my hand (they are about $34 online in case you’re wondering.) If I ever got to that point, I only ask that someone slaps the hell out of me. I would like to use a word more severe than hell but this is a family-oriented blog!

                All I want to do is have some fun, and I got a feeling I’m not the only one. Props to Sheryl Crow, because I think that is all everyone wants to do but until you pay your dues that is  just a dream in the near future (unless you go to be a doctor or marry rich.) Well, I don’t have the patients to be a doctor (yes I spelled it that way intentionally), and I only plan on getting married if my life is threatened or something out of Beetlejuice is happening. I have to pay my dues.  That means college. That means pending the equivalent of two weeks of my pay on books for one semester. That means selling back my $150 physics book back for 1/3 the cost if I am lucky. By the way if anyone needs a physics book let me know I won’t charge you $150 and we can barter!

                I am not the sharpest of students when it comes to certain subjects (math…physics…ect) but I know what I would like to do for the rest of my days or until it stops being fun and that is writing. Two years and almost $10,000 later I got off cheap. Compared to other local schools I went to the bargain bin of college and probably got a better education. Community college professors do not make a lot of money. More than I make but still not a lot. What can we draw from this? Oh, they actually want to be there to teach because they sure as hell aren’t doing it for the money. Which means for the students, they get a better education from a community college than from, let’s say, Penn State and the community college credits transfer almost anywhere.

                I am 20 and in debt. $6,000 in debt. Gasp! It must be from credit cards! Well, I did have some credit card debt, but it was for my $400 in textbooks, but that is paid off. Not to brag, but I’m going to do it anyway, I had a 3.9 last semester and I live by myself. I work a full time job and a part time (career) job to pay for gas to take me to class so I can get a better career job full-time that does pay my bills. I do, occasionally, have a life though. Those wild nights usually end by 10:30p.m which is earlier than I go to bed when I have studying to do.  

Thanks to the federal government I will probably get little to no grant money for school. Why? Oh, my parents make too much money. Yes, that is there money they earned. They should not have to pay for me to get a higher education.  I don’t want a handout but I thought the government was there to help.  Here’s where the feds say I went wrong: I decided to go to college straight after high school. I am not married. I am not pregnant (thank god!) and I did not already have a child (no 16 and pregnant here.) If you are under 25, unmarried, and without spawn you generally get little to nothing if you’re parents are( gasp!) middle class. Myself and my parents pay a higher percentage of taxes than well, a Kim Kardashian type.

Reality stars whine more than most people I know. I just got mad because I ran out of s’mores  Poptarts (store brand but still phenomenal)! I have become used to having them for more than breakfast: 1. Because I am not a morning person and nothing in the wee hours of the day make me happy and 2. They are cheap and easy (again I’d like to make an inappropriate joke here but I can’t.) In the grand scheme of things what can I or anyone else in my situation do? Either party for seven years after high school then start college or stick it out and hope for the best. I’ll go with the latter.

Oh! Mon Frere!

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            Call them amigos, pals, allies, or friends: we all have them. By definition, a friend is someone you hold emotionally close. There are three basic types of these companions. Types include the best friend, the acquaintance , and the “can I borrow money and/or have a ride somewhere” friend. All types are common and are easily identifiable but are important in varying degrees.

            The most enjoyable type of friend is the best friend. Best friends always listens to you no matter how ridiculous the situation. For example, the best friend refrains from saying “I told you so” after a tumultuous relationship with a significant other. The best friend sings awesomely bad music from artists such as The Spice Girls, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys without hesitation through the most populated of city streets and points to cars at red lights to serenade them. This type of friend keeps secrets safe, makes fun of you when you say something dumb, and always knows how to cheer you up. Whether it be a favorite movie, beverage, or ex-boyfriend to make fun of the best friend knows appropriate times to unleash these poor mood busters.

            High school classmates, former co-workers, and friends of best friends fall in to the category of acquaintance. Social interaction with acquaintances include and are usually limited to an occasional Facebook comment, a smile and wave in public and the recanting of the one time you spent time together with a group of friends. The acquaintance is a good outsider to listen to the occasional very broad problem but does not know you like the best friend. Acquaintances may also be best friends that have grown apart from you ,in one way or another, but no hard feelings exist.

            Perhaps the most undesirable type of friend is the ‘”can I borrow money and/or have a ride somewhere” pal. This friend is most likely a former best friend who really ticked you off in some manner or another and tries to talk to you at any cost. The “can I/will you” is only after your attention to gain something that you have such as money, a dependable car, or good advice and they do not care about what is going on in your life.

Other dead giveaways include text messages or phone calls saying “I really need you to help me”  or “I do not know what I am going to do.” After the conversation is not all about them, they will abruptly make an excuse to end the talk.

            The three varying types of friends are all easily identifiable and can affect your life adversely if you let them, for better or worse. Best friends are the hardest to find and the most difficult to lose. Acquaintances are good for an unbiased opinion and the last type is the most aggravating.