Monday, May 21, 2012

I Can't Look At Hand Sanitizer The Same Way Anymore


It's been weeks since news broke out about this. We are supposed to be over it, right? For me, that's impossible.

You remember the news about the teenagers who were drinking hand sanitizer because there was 65% alcohol in it? In the beginning, it was a media firestorm. I wanted to figure out who started that movement. I would've personally said to him "What makes you think the alcohol in the sanitizer is the same alcohol that people drink?"

That's insane.

It's been weeks since that happened. Teens stopped consuming them ever since they found out that two were hospitalized for doing it. It was a tiny moment that we expected to leave our heads. That's just not the case with me. Ever since that incident it's been hard for me to look at hand sanitizer. Every time I see a bottle of it, I get a automatic flashback, and feel disgusted.

I walked to the general store and there were these tiny bottles of hand sanitizer in full display. It felt like a jinx. Right next to them were matches. My first thought was to grab a match and set them on fire. But after realizing what happens when alcohol and fire comes together, I changed my mind.

Eventually, I'll get over this phase of feeling disgusted by hand sanitizer. But right now, I'm just turning my head.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New MUSED Magazine Feature: Why I Opposed Gay Marriage-By A Gay Man


I normally back away from writing and talking about anything related to politics. I can give you a million reasons why I never want to be a part of politics, but I choose not to. However, when the editor-in-chief asked us to write a piece on same-sex marriage, I felt I had something to say about. I grabbed the opportunity and began writing this feature.

I remained as a far away from politics as I could with this feature. I didn't want there to be a single layer of it in it. What I did is give you guys a personal perspective on this topic. I talk about why as I originally didn't support same-sex marriage as a gay male myself. I talk about being a skeptic of marriage. I even talk about this wonderful same-sex couple that I met whose stories left my breathless.

Click on the picture to read my new feature. I loved writing and I hope you will enjoy reading it.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Definitely The Wrong Number


There was a time when I was contacting my friends in New York City through emails alone. It was a constant 24/7 thing when it came to wanting to talk to my New York friends. If a day went by and I didn't send them an email, I would be so mad at myself. That's how it was back then when we were getting closer to each other. Now it's more like emailing each other when we get the chance. But we do our best to make sure it's as quick as we can.

Years have passed and we were still staying in contact through emails. I reached the point where I wanted to hear their voices on the other line of my cell phone as well. I knew what they sounded like, but I wanted to have their phone numbers. Emails are great, but I wanted to be in contact with them more than just one way.

Eventually, they finally gave me their phone number. I was so ecstatic. I wasn't going to blow up their phones or anything. It was just great that I had another way to get in contact with them. I felt they were teasing me when it came to that. There I was begging for a phone number and they decided to play with my emotions. Isn't that a funny way to show your friend how much you love him/her?

The day finally came that I decided to call them. I was walking around in the park and got bored. I wanted to converse with someone and my cell phone was right there in my hands. I dialed the number and the conversation began like this:

Voice: Hello

Me: HELLO PAL. THIS IS YOUR BUDDY ROQUE CASTON. I'M SO GLAD TO FINALLY GET A CHANCE TO TALK TO YOU. IT'S BEEN SUCH A LONG TIME. I'M FINALLY TALKING TO MY NEW YORK FRIEND ON THE PHONE. THE SOON TO BE BIG STAR. HOW ARE YOU?

Voice: Uh....who is this? 

Me: Sorry, wrong number.

Good job my New York City friends. Good job.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Guest Article: How-To Enjoy The Single Life


I just finished writing this guest article for the website Knoji. I can't believe it's been six months since I stopped writing for the website. It felt like a huge reunion that to come back and write a guest article for them. I'm not returning.

I wrote a new how-to article for Knoji called "How To Enjoy The Single Life". It's my 60th article, which really shocked me. I can't believe for two years, I've learned and taught people how to do 60 different things. I read the views. You guys are awesome.

Well I hope you guys enjoy this article. I loved writing it and I know you'll enjoy reading it. Click on the picture to read the article.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New MUSED Magazine Feature- Settling For Less: Love Yourself First


When I hear the phrase “settling for less,” I get automatic flashbacks from my own personal life to my family and friends. Those three words have a huge backstory behind it for me; the question is whether it’s good or bad.

Some people date below their own standards for various reasons, whether because of some insecurities or self-hatred, and they settle for someone who does them no favors, someone who is the definition of disrespect and even abuse.

Click on the picture to read the rest of my feature for MUSED Magazine.