Five Things Claire Underwood Has Taught Us

Five Things Claire Underwood Has Taught Us

She will always be more of a badass than you and I.
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Claire Underwood: A thick-skinned, strong woman who will always be more of a badass than you and I.

Overall, I wound't suggest going about things the way she does, but she's motivational and pushes you to go after what you want. With season four of House of Cards premiering in just a few short days (yay!), there are definitely some things we can all think about from and take away from the sometimes scary, but always wonderful Claire Underwood.

1. She supports and pushes the people she cares about.

Now, the people she genuinely cares about may only be referring to one person, her husband, but she’s still a supporter, nonetheless. Remember during the first season when Frank got completely sh*t on by the President and his promised role of Speaker of the House was taken away? Yeah, that was a sh*t move, but Claire was there to essentially tell him to suck it up, push him forward and tell him it would all be alright. There was pity and encouragement there all at once.

2. She stands her ground.

As the seasons progressed, Claire did a slightly-crappy thing and fired essentially everyone in her non-profit, “for the greater good” office. While this decision was borderline unethical and a bit cold-hearted, Claire stood her ground. Against all advice she heard from said mid-50’s assistant, whom she also fired, she essentially cleaned out her entire office and started fresh with a new team. We can't forget about the shocking ending from the most recent season. Unhappy with Frank? Sure, let's just leave him. She decided he wasn't good enough anymore and walked away from the relationship.

3. She goes after what she wants.

She gets what she wants, almost always. That Secretary of State position? Yeah, against all advice from other political leaders and even against her husband’s judgement, she took that position by the horns and won the fight against all who believed she couldn’t do it. She may have used Frank’s power to get to where she was during season three, but hey, she still made it to the top.

4. She literally does not give a damn about what you think of her.

This point encompasses her accomplishments, what she’s done and Claire as a whole throughout all three seasons. From firing her assistant who would likely never find another job, to blackmailing the absolute hell out of her side affair, Adam, she does whatever she wants and could care less about what you think of her and the decisions she makes. Claire Underwood may be a champion at blackmailing people, using people for their power and making borderline unethical decisions, but she is a care-free woman. She always says she isn't any type of enemy that anyone wants, but do you think she cares? No.

5. She’s a badass. Period.

The way she goes about things in life may not be the most kind or caring way to handle things, but she gets sh*t done. Period. She’s a supporter when she needs to be, a champion for those closest to her, she stands her ground and always gets what she wants, and does not care about your opinion of her. While I don’t necessarily agree with her way of handling things sometimes, we can all learn how to be a little bit stronger and better because of our favorite, cold-hearted First Lady of the United States.

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Remember To Be Kind To Theme Park Cast Members This Holiday Season

They make the magic for you.
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For those of you who have traveled to a theme park during the holidays, you know what you are in for.

The weeks right before and after Christmas are some of the busiest times of the year to visit, making the parks extremely crowded and wait times higher than usual. Yet, this time is so popular since it is fun to experience the magic of the season with your family during the special Christmastime celebrations at the parks that bring something extra to your holidays.

One of the most important things to remember during this time of year is to be nice to the cast members!

Families that come to the parks during this time have so much to remember and so much to do; unfortunately, something that is often forgotten during a vacation is to be thankful for those who have to work during this time of year.

The cast members and team members who work during the holidays are doing so at the expense of spending time with their own families. They are sacrificing their Christmas celebrations at home to be at work making your vacation magical.

Some of these workers are hundreds if not thousands of miles away from their families and may not have seen them for weeks or even months. Yet, they are here in Orlando working in a job that they are passionate about because they love making happiness for their guests

Making magic and spreading happiness is something that is important to us and why we love what we do. However, it is still really hard to be away from our families at Christmas.

Think it is hard to be a guest when the parks are crowded?

It's even more difficult for the cast members who are working as hard as they can, for 8-15 hour shifts, when things happen that are out of our control. We too dislike long waits, telling your child that he is too short to ride or the fact that a ride is temporarily closed. These things make our jobs difficult too, just as they may be a huge setback in your vacation plans.

So focus on the positive things and appreciate the time you can spend with your families and friends rather than dwelling on the things that may be small setbacks during an overall wonderful holiday vacation. Please be patient this holiday season. Give the cast members a smile and a pleasant "thank you" or "Merry Christmas". We are here for you and we want you to have a wonderful vacation, but it still makes an incredible difference to know that our work is appreciated.

At this time of year, it is important to spread Christmas cheer and we are excited to celebrate with you and your families!

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7 Reasons 'Starset' Deserves To Get Big

The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do.

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Starset consists of four members, Dustin Bates, Ron DeChant, Brock Richards, and Adam Gilbert. The band was formed in Columbus, Ohio in 2013. Their music has influenced my and several others lives.

Here are a few reasons why they deserve to go down as one of the biggest bands in history.


1. They're the most original band I've heard in awhile.

Starset's content is unlike any other band I've heard or seen before. They classify themselves as "space rock", creating a type of music that many have never heard of before. They use your regular guitar, bass, and drums, but they also incorporate the use of violins, cellos, and synthesizers to create the unique, one of a kind sound. The lead singer, Dustin Bates, even created his own microphone that distorts his voice to use in live shows, so that you feel as though he's speaking to you through a radio in a space station.

2. They're all a bunch of nerds/dorks.

Starset is the kind of band that you'd love to be friends with. Not only are they wicked smart, they also have an amazing sense of humor. They incorporate their knowledge into the songs that they write, leaving you wanting to learn more about what it is they write in their songs.

3. Their songs are lyrically and melodically beautiful.

Ricochet is one of their most impactful and meaningful songs. When you first listen to it you can hear the emotion in Dustin's voice, but as you take a minute to listen to the lyrics, you realize it has so much more meaning than what you assumed. It represents the struggle of a relationship gone sour, the internal struggles within yourself, and the effect it has on both people in the relationship. It's a song that a lot of people can relate to, and I find that amazing.

4. They interact with and care about their fans.

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Before their shows, they do eat and greets where they hang out with their fans, eat pizza, perform some acoustic songs, and take pictures with them. They have genuine conversations with them, asking us our names, what we like to do, and just keep up small talk. My brother, pictured here, had a conversation with Ron, the bassist, before the show started and they got along phenomenally. I don't know many bands who take that much time to get to know their fans and they even interact with them on Twitter.

5. Have comics with Marvel.

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Not only does Starset create music, they also have their own comics with Marvel. The comics are based on an alternate world they created through their music. Each album has a story, but now it's come to life through their comic, The Pros Transmissions. How dope is that?

6. Created their own society to inform the world of various things.

The Starset Society is a mission, created by Starset, to inform others of the up-coming technological advances happening in the world today. The main goal of this society is to make sure we're well aware of the things happening in the world, and it's not just aimed for the fans of Starset. It's influenced by the idea of Thomas Jefferson that says the first step toward a guided future is an informed public.

7. They love what they do.

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The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do. They put so much work into making their shows interactive and enjoyable, and they spend years working on albums so that they and their fans are pleased with the final product. Knowing that they put so much passion and effort into their work makes it obvious that they deserve to be one of the biggest bands in history.

After learning more about this amazing, influential band, aren't you intrigued to hear more of their music? To learn more about their society and their comics? They're great people with a great purpose driving them to continue creating some of the most unique, epic rock sounds in history. Check out Starset. You won't regret it.


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