Welcome To New York

Welcome To New York

Through all the busy streets, the non-stop traffic, the delicious food, and the upbeat New Yorkers, Manhattan never failed to leave me in awe.

Through all the busy streets, the non-stop traffic, the delicious food, and the upbeat New Yorkers, Manhattan never failed to leave me in awe.

This past month, my stay in NYC was nothing short of amazing and kept me on my feet every single day. Day by day, new surprises awaited and each day I conquered something new.

Here's a little taste of my stay:

Welcome to New York.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Minimum Wage Says A Lot About Our Country, And Not In A Positive Way

It's basically saying that if employers were able to get away with paying their employees literally nothing, they would.

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Minimum wage is defined as "the lowest wage permitted by law or by a special agreement (such as one with a labor union)." It's also the amount of money that every high school and college student makes working part-time summer jobs.

In most cases, the minimum amount that a worker must be paid is set by each state's law, though the federal government has set a $7.25 an hour baseline that has not changed in almost a decade. The state wages, however, have increased over time due to inflation. The minimum wage in some states is higher than it is in others.

BUT the amount of pay is hardly enough for anyone to live on.

If you think about the term "minimum wage," it's basically saying that if employers were able to get away with paying their employees literally nothing, they would.

(Though with the Trump administration, I would not be surprised if a bill making that legal was ever introduced. But anyway.)

I hate to say it, but America is a country literally run by corporations and the one percent. And those corporations and one-percenters have absolutely no sympathy for the working, middle and lower classes. You know, 99 percent of the country?

So a corporation's profits may go up, but those profits will certainly not be passed on the store employees.

In 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York passed legislation that the statewide minimum wage would increase to $15 by 2021. Many business owners complained that this would lower employment and kill the economy.

However, studies have shown that higher wages put more money into the pockets of workers. And these workers, in turn, put more money into the economy by buying things. Because, you know, they can now afford them.

Not to mention, higher pay at their jobs could mean that employees are happier at said jobs, ensuring better service and increased profits for the businesses in question.

And trust me, the billionaire CEOs of major corporations will never be short of money, even if they did start paying their employees a decent amount. They're just greedy.

Look at the tax scam bill that Congress just passed back in February. The tax cuts are for big business and those making six figures a year, including the politicians. The rest of the country? We get to pay higher taxes! Yay for the GOP-written bill!

This means that those of us who are stuck working one or more minimum wage jobs have to then turn around and use our meager paychecks not only to pay taxes but to feed ourselves, continue to pay rent/mortgage and provide for our families if we have them.

Minimum wage is a reflection of how the U.S. runs on capitalism, and capitalism can kill the middle and lower classes - aka average Americans.

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