Election Day 2018

It’s Election Day in America, people!!!

If you do not know if you’re registered to vote, or where your voting poll stations are, go to: www.vote.org to find that information (and more!). You can still cast a Provisional Ballot if your voter registration cannot be found, or if you’re unsure for whatever reason about your registration. Do not leave without at least casting a Provisional Ballot if you’re told you cannot vote in the regular way.

We actually received our Military Absentee Ballots in the last week of September for Ohio, so we had a full month to vote in advance.

If you’re in the military (or a spouse/dependent of a servicemember), and you did not receive an absentee ballot from your State — you can send in a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot for the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

All military installations have voting assistance starting at the unit level. Assistance with any portion of the absentee voting process can be obtained by contacting your Installation Voter Assistance Office. Service specific voting information can be found by contacting your Service Voting Action Officer.



NYC Gal Out’s Influential List

A list of Influential people who have influenced me in some way or another to be a better version of myself (we should all have others, or at the very least, one person, to aspire to) — and in no particular order:

  1. Amy Tan: a best-selling author, whose novels all have a central theme about traditional Chinese mothers and their American daughters.
  2. Barack Obama: Okay, so he’s only half black — but he is the first black President of the United States.
  3. Lucy Liu: because her name is Lucy (I heart that name so much!); she’s an Asian actress that many Asian entertainers aspires to
  4. Abraham Lincoln: he freed the slaves, wrote the Gettysburg Address, and won the Civil War… how can anyone not love Lincoln, he’s Honest Abe who walked 7 miles to go to school, or so they say.
  5. Ming-Na Wen: she is an actress, born in Macau; and she’s probably one of the most successful Chinese-American actress in Hollywood — no small task, considering she has a very ethnic name that she’s never Americanized, not even for Hollywood.
  6. Jackie Chan: he’s a martial arts expert who does his own stunts; he has a heavy accent, yet is still a superstar in Hollywood, almost impossible to accomplish in such a competitive and bias industry like Hollywood
  7. The Duchess of Sussex: she’s an American who married a prince! (But, she’s also so accomplished in her own right, a true feminist, who does so much for global goodwill efforts… az bd she wanted to be an ambassador before being an actress.)
  8. Anne Frank: she’s an inspiration for every teenage girl ♡
  9. Connie Chung: a journalist/news anchor for primetime news, married to Maury (the guy who does the baby-daddy DNA results); and idolized by Asian-American journalists like Lisa Ling, who sees Connie as her Lucy Liu to Awkwafina.
  10. Mark Zuckerberg: hello, he created Facebook!
  11. Priscilla Chan: (hello, she married the guy that created Facebook!) — and because she was valedictorian, went to Harvard, and is a pediatrician.
  12. Awkwafina: seriously, she’s an Asian rapper!!! (Her YouTube rap videos are hilarious) — and she’s from Queens, NYC ♡
  13. Bruce Lee: a martial arts master… but most importantly, he kicked Chuck Norris’ ass!
  14. Dr. Jonny Kim: a Korean-American Navy SEAL war veteran, Silver and Bronze Star recipient, Harvard medical school doctor, summa cum laude math major; who became an astronaut for NASA — (like, I’m not even kidding, that is his official NASA bio!!!)
  15. Eminem: poor, uneducated white trash who became a white rapper superstar in an industry that’s dominated by blacks — just as it’s so hard for minorities to “make it big” in showbiz, is the reverse for non-blacks to make it big in the rap genre, and he paved the way for others in that genre

Tribute to Lucy Liu ♡

Everyone has some sort of celebrity that they love. I remember when my high school BFF had a crazy obsession with Britney Spears, and this pothead I dated when I was 18 who was totally a “Stan” over Eminem; or that other pothead I used to hang out with sophomore year of high school who listen to Wu-Tang’s CD on repeat… for me, my “idol” was (is) Lucy Liu.

So, in the era of streaming apps and Roku TV (thanks Greg for letting me hijack your cable, you’re a great buddy!), I watched the SNL episode where Awkwafina hosted — during her monologue she gave a shoutout to Lucy Liu (also her idol), where she shared her memory of being an eleven year old in 2000, and how that episode was so important to her because Lucy Liu was the first Asian-American woman to host SNL.

I mean, SNL is a huge deal, it’s been on for 44 years and has launched many careers; even presidents (and presidential candidates) have hosted the show or been guests, so it’s not insignificant in the least. One could even argue that hosting SNL means you’ve finally made it in an entertainment career. Hearing Awkwafina talk about what it meant to her having Lucy Liu host SNL 18 years ago, I felt the same way that Awkwafina did. ♡

I love Lucy Liu because she’s a New Yorker (from NYC… from Queens!!!), she’s Chinese, and she stars in my favorite procedural (Elementary) which takes place in NYC! Plus she is totally beautiful and awesome, mostly I love that she’s an Asian actress that looks Asian — I think so many Asian actors make themselves look less Asian to try to make it big in Hollywood, but she’s never done that. She’s turning 50 soon and she is absolutely gorgeous.

Like, she’s the only celebrity that I follow on Instagram; I follow less than a 100 people on Instagram!!!

2018 Midterms: The Superbowl of Politics

I never cared for football. I am a baseball gal. So maybe I shouldn’t have titled this the “Superbowl” of our times, maybe in my regards it’s the “World Series” of our lives… but I digress.

Election Day is now officially just one week away.

I didn’t vote in 2016, and I’ve always affirmed that I had no right to complain because I didn’t vote. There’s such a weird feeling in the political world, and I wonder if this was what Germany felt like in the 1930s; or Americans during the years leading up to the Revolution, the Civil War, or the 1950’s and 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement… it’s an eerie feeling to be alive during this time, something that history books will write about either negatively or in a neutral manner.

I was 18 during 9/11, but not only that — I’m from New York City — and while most of the world saw the towers on a TV screen, or are now streaming it on video clips years later, I actually could see the fire from the Twin Towers from the building of my college. Anyone who remembers the pre-9/11 NYC skyline knows that you could see the towers from basically most NYC skyscraper and/or rooftop. Yet, I never engaged in politics. It just didn’t seem important to me.

Maybe it’s because I’m older and there’s so much to worry about. I’ve never been a carefree person to begin with anyway… but I feel as if this is like a new era of civil rights; women’s rights, minority rights, nationalism vs. patriotism; where being educated is considered “elite” (as if there’s something to be proud of when you can’t get beyond a high school education)… seriously, I feel like the queen elf in Lord of the Ring, in the first movie when she’s narrating and says the world is changing and she can feel the changes.

Get out and vote.

Never say that voting doesn’t matter, your vote doesn’t count, or others will vote so your vote isn’t going to change the outcome — NOT TRUE to all three. Last year, in an election in Virginia, it literally came down to just ONE vote that decided on a winner. State elections are just as important as federal elections; state legislatures, mayors and governors are the ones who decide state laws — many which decides civil rights laws first, before Congress or the Supreme Court passes anything into a federal law; such as gay marriages, gun laws, marijuana laws, death penalty, etc.

Voting is so important. It’s crazy to know that there are people who died for the right to vote, so that their future generations would have that absolute right — but the proceeding generations that were given that entitlement disregard it as so many things that are taken for granted.

Please vote!