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Monday, October 6, 2008
"Politics" is like OZ- it's always behind some curtain
Well, it's been a while since my last blog and while I wish I had a great excuse as to why I've been slacking, I must admit that I'm coming up empty handed. There's not a lot of interesting things to report in my life currently. Work is a little slower than I'd like, but as I always tell you all, "everything happens for a reason," and so I am hopeful and entrusting that this temporary drought is going to lead up to something big.

In the meantime, I am typing to you live this evening (or should I say early morning), from my new laptop that I purchased from Costco. While I must admit I HATE Costco on the weekends, it's a beautiful haven during the week, and I am quite satisfied with the purchase! :) With the amount of free time I am encountering, I figured it best to put it to use by doing other artistic endeavors I've otherwise had to postpone. One of my biggest being writing a book. So far, I've got thirty pages down, and I'm sure well over two hundred to go. While I've never been one to progress from barely five pages, I'm feeling pretty confident about the longevity of this particular story. While I wish I could divulge, I feel it necessary to wait until further progression...if not for nothing more than jixing myself.

I'm also enjoying living vicariously through some of my favorite characters that have just returned to my living room. Grey's is finally back, Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives- those are among my favorite. It does sadden me however, that Weeds had its finale. I know this was almost three weeks ago, but it still pains me to think about. A whole 'nother year to go without Mary Louise Parker?! For those of you who don't know, she is one of my favorite actresses, and I must give Blake Berris the credit for bringing her into my life. He's totally at fault for my addiction to her and the show. Anne Hathaway is climbing up on my admiration list as well. I don't know who watches SNL, but she hosted last night and I found her quite interesting. I think anybody who can make fun of themselves for their mistakes on national television, must be a pretty cool person. It just makes them relateable, and that much more appealing.

So, since we're on the topic of SNL, and they're famous for mocking presidential candidates during the campaigns, I will use this as a segway into my topic regarding politics. (Sigh) While I know we're NEVER supposed to discuss this, rather than fear the topic at the possibility of argueing in disagreement, I'd rather learn from everyone's opinion in order to form my own more soundly. After all, isn't it better to make a decision based on the more information we have to make it with?

I have never been one to pay attention to politics, because it never seemed to be worth the headache, or big deal that everyone made it out to be. But somehow, something or someone (not sure which) pulled my attention toward all the fuss, and I found myself drawn to this beast of a topic! I watched the VP debate this past Thursday (right before I watched the Cubs choke during game two vs. the Dodgers...I later cried, but I digress...) and found myself disappointed that I had only decided to take interest and be proactive with the government and politics now. I've already missed the first Presidential debate, which is fine, but election day isn't too far off, and I feel like there's still so much I've missed or just don't know! My point in sharing this in my blog, is that I know a lot of people my age or younger, are bound to read this before an article regarding the election. Being that that may be the case, I wanted to speak to you all directly.

This is a lesson that I just learned, and while I believe I've learned it just shy of being too late, I felt it my civic duty to pass it on to you. We are the generation of the future, and people take of advantage of us because so many disregard politics thinking it doesn't concern or won't affect them. Even though politics are tricky and sneaky, they become sneakier when they know they have people not paying attention. It becomes easier for them to get away with more when and if our heads our turned. This is the reason so many actors and artists use their platforms to urge you to vote, because sadly, more of the younger generation(s) pay more attention to MTV than CNN. I was admittedly one of them. But I am telling you now, I wish I hadn't been. It is extremely important to vote and be a part of this nation's future and present. So if you haven't already registered, please DO IT NOW before it's too late. In addition, if you are already registered, I ask you one favor: please find out as much information as you can before you go to the polls with your final decision. DO NOT let your idols, celebrities, friends, or even parents, convince you to vote for someone just because they are!!! Get the facts and make your own, adult, educated, and independent decision!!

K, I'm climbing off my soap box now. The last thing I wanted to do before I wrap up, was say thank you to everyone. You are all amazing fans and you have no idea how much it means to me to know you're all in my corner. As you know, I frequent the message boards for ideas on how to improve my character or enhance things you all crave to see. Lately, my storyline has died down, (which is common for every actor on a soap-it does go in waves), but the outpour regarding the Daniel and Chelsea storyline has been overwhelming. All the fan letters, youtube videos, and small gifts and trinkets sent to the studio are amazingly appreciated and well received by both myself and Shawn Christian. We'd like to give a huge thank you to all the folks at cure my tragedy, and while I know some of you are reading this now, I ask if you could, please post a reply with an address or some form of contact where you can be reached. Shawn and I would like to extend our gratitude to you all in some way, but have been finding it difficult to retrieve the necessary information. In addition, I want to say thank you to the fans who have been saying the most kind things about myself and my acting on some posts that I have read. Your loyalty means the world and I sincerely appreciate it.

Finally, and I know I said that would be the last thing but I just remembered: DAYS is having a fan event at Universal Studio's City Walk in Universal City, CA, on November 1st. We sincerely hope you can make it, all are invited. If you'd like more information, it will be posted on my site later, or you can visit the DAYS website @ www.daysofourlives.com.

Hope you all have a great week! Until next time!



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