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I really do love when girls dress like this. It’s not because her boat shoes could be navy chromexcel joints. Not because she has her hair in the one style that is certified boy kryptonite. Nor that she realizes a little collarbone can be the sexiest thing in the world. It’s the pants. A lot of people would consider them to be ‘unflattering’. I love when girls wear ‘unflattering clothes’-drop crotches, over sized military jackets, mens oxfords, all that gear. I feel like I enjoy this style so much because from my perspective, it takes more confidence to wear something that others may see as a little wonky fitting or too far outside the box… And nothing, nothing is better than a girl with confidence and a nice smile… All I know, girls, is a little bit of clever goes farther than a whole lotta cleavage.

Colonial Goods

There’s something humongously refreshing about this thought. Honestly speaking, as a gal with very little on top or bottom, I often feel way less feminine than friends or acquaintances who have those parts in abundance. I guess I was just surprised that a guy would actually appreciate menswear on ladies, much less a revealed collarbone over some cheap cleavage.

It’s taken me an unnecessarily long time to really love SF, the way I felt quite fond of LA by the time I left. Which is funny considering I grew up here in the Bay Area. But living near a metropolis is pretty different than working in it, knowing people in it, seeing it day in and day out. One thing I have noticed and appreciated about San Franciscans is their conscientiousness. Expressed in so many different ways, from recycling to eating vegan to large sprawling murals, if I take away one thing from my time living here, it’s that the people within SF are for real, tangible social change. Except for those in the Marina. They kind of really only care about themselves.

Anyway, some things that I appreciate about SF:

Murals about people. I walk by this building every day and watched this mural go up, section by section. I was straight up chopping onions when I saw the final product. (Fine, no onions, just me crying on some sidewalk) This one is called “67 Suenos.”

SF Supervisors. After the Oakland PD tried — and failed tremendously — to kick out the Occupy Oaklanders, these supes showed up at the Occupy SF camp to douse any potential fires.

Art about people. I have been following the work of Wendy McNaughton for years. Her work is gorgeous and inspiring. This portrait is from a KQED project called “My Life is True”, a project about the lives of individuals in the Bay Area. I highly recommend listening to a few of their stories for amazing perspective into the greater community. (The girl below robbed a bank to put herself through college!!!)

Recycling and composting as ritual. This city does not take either lightly.

The food industry. I have never met so many people concerned with the life and humanity of poultry as well as the pureness of the food we consume. I have also never tasted so much good food in my life. Come visit me — I will make it a trip your stomach will never forget. (In a good way, obviously)

Still, I’m not so attached to SF that I don’t find myself thinking about uprooting all over again and moving elsewhere, no matter how far away that might end up being. But for now, there’s a lot to be found in the 7×7.

In 2010, Bank of America was forced to begin paying back federal and state authorities millions (over $140 milion, actually) for illegally reallocating funds collected from municipal bonds used for schools, libraries, hospitals and other local and state organizations.

Also in 2010, Bank of America’s former CEO, Ken Lewis steps down after forgoing a salary or bonus in 2009, a suggestion made by the US Treasury’s salary czar, Kenneth Feinberg. However, in Lewis’ time at BOA since 2001, he had taken home $148.8 million in cash and stock sales, with more than $135 million in retirement benefits, including the pension, and $10 million in life insurance benefits.

In September 2011, Bank of America earns a honking $57.5 billion dollar lawsuit for duping unknowing and underqualified Americans into buying mortgage-backed securities.

In October 2011, Bank of America has to retract plans to implement a foolish and idiotic five dollar monthly debit purchase fee after customers expressed utter outrage and dismay. The fee was originally intended to gather revenue lost in other areas.

The thought of a financial service corporation as large as BOA — they serve 80% of the American population — trying to squeeze additional revenue from horribly bruised customers is downright sickening. Federal financial institutions are supposed to uphold a customer’s best interests, not increasingly compromise or squander them. These are the hard-earned dollars of real individuals who look to these holding institutions to safeguard their money. This is water, BOA, get with the picture.

I am so incredibly glad this rotten and corrupt bank did not get away with their inane monthly debit fee today and I have never been more happy to be an NCUA credit union member.