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‘XFINITY Live! Philadelphia,’ the new sports and entertainment complex which will launch in early April, is having a job fair at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Xfinity Live!

Whether it’s management, full-time, or part-time position you are looking for, the complex is set to hire close to 800 employees in a limited time frame.

Jobs are currently available for the six venues making up the complex. Applicants should have their resume on hand and be prepared for a possible interview as well.

If for some reason you cannot make the job fair, send your resume to jobs@xfinitylive.com.

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New York, Jan. 11, 2012 – FilmDistrict is proud to present Angelina Jolie in a Live online Q&A on Thursday Jan 12th at 8pm EST / 5pm PST to discuss her writing & directorial debut, In The Land of Blood and Honey. This exciting and interactive event gives fans the chance to ask Ms. Jolie questions about the film LIVE!

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One of my favorite movies when I was little (and I am sure it was yours too), was The Goonies.  Goonies photo: guardian.co.ukAll of you who recall this movie knows it had everything; action, friendship, a cute little story of puppy love, and a happy ending which highlights the triumph of good over greed.  

I sat down a few Sunday’s ago and The Goonies were on TV and I had to watch.  I was expecting the same rush of entertainment to come over me as it did when I was a kid. Instead, I kind of found myself desensitized and a little bored (except for when he does the Truffle Shuffle. That’s awesome).  

It really made me start to wonder what happened between then and now that results in me not really enjoy a movie anymore that boasts childhood imagination, curiosity, and a sober Corey Feldman?  I realized that my expectations have moved onward.  I wouldn’t necessarily say “up-ward” when it comes to TV considering I’m pretty much entertained by anything beginning with “the Real Housewives of…” 

 

But this got me thinking about all of us and our expectations in general. We’ve all been in relationships that may have ended, and when we move onto the next relationship we bring with us these expectations, knowing full well that the characters changed. Is this really fair in the long haul?  In doing so I think what we cloud is the difference between expectations and standards.  For me, I’ve found the best way to tell the difference is to know that expectations can change, standards shouldn’t as often, they should evolve with you.  "Why don't you try knocking me down?!"  photo: blingcheese.com

As an example, I want to always keep the standard for a relationship in my life to be that we laugh with each other more than we argue. And my expectation is not that they hold the same standard, but respect it. However, my past expectation that “he’s got to love all the Rocky movies” (minus Rocky V) is not one any longer.  

I came to the understanding it’s just not my place to assume everyone appreciates semi-illiterate boxers starting in the best music montages ever. These have been modified over time and I’m hoping I’ve changed with them, otherwise what would have been the purpose in going through any life experiences?  Our standards are as individual as a social security number, they were created by what you heard, you saw, you need, you wanted in a person in your life. They’re good for you! They keep you in a clear place to see what are deal-breakers in your relationships and what are battles worth fighting for and taking a stand on. It’s that mature balance of weighting “worth it” and “not worth it.”

This doesn’t mean that everyone has good standards for the people in their life. I mean, how many friends do you have who you are constantly saying “you’re better than this, don’t lower your standards”?  I used to say it all the time, until I realized, I can’t change her standards nor can I assume they’re the same as mine.  I wasn’t judging that my standards were “more right,” I just came to a point of recognizing that mine were made from my life choices and my life experiences, and the same goes for her.    

And how’s this for coming full circle: after pondering the concept of evolving standards and fleeting expectations, I realize that’s BASICLLY what the Goonies was all about!  These kids had expectations of “rich stuff” and fortune being found in this attempt to save their home. In the end their standards grew and evolved, they became friends outside their usual circles. They also got to ride a wicked water slide, but I couldn’t tie that point into the theme of the article.

However, an honorable mention should still be made.

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Photo: damninteresting.comThe 'Doomsday Clock' ticks another minute towards midnight. That means the threat of nuclear war is growing!

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The holidays are over, and baby it’s cold outside! What’s better than sitting in front of your cozy fireplace, enjoying a nice glass of wine and your beautifully appointed home … that is, unless you’re like 99% of the population whose home (not to mention garden) could use some serious help. Worry not: relief is on the way in the form of the Philadelphia Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. From Saturday, January 14 through Sunday, January 22 browse thousands of exciting products and services, over 500 interesting industry experts, three exciting theme nights featuring local cuisine and libations, a jam-packed family fun day and a brand new marketplace full of unique furniture and accessories.

“This is our 31st year and the event is bigger and better than ever,” says Alyson Caplan, Director, Philadelphia Home Show. “We have HGTV celebrities, exciting demonstrations and amazing design rooms, just to mention a few of the spectacular attractions. You’ll be seeing cutting edge trends in the home and garden industry, just in time to plan for springtime improvements.”

With a special phrase, Philly2Philly.com readers can purchase tickets online at a discount … Just go to

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Here are some of the 2012 Home Show Highlights:  With his energetic personality, Todd Davis of HGTV's Room Crashers will leave people motivated to take on even the most difficult landscaping and design projects. During his appearance at the Philadelphia Home Show January 14th and 15th, Davis will teach attendees how to create dynamic environments and timeless designs both indoors and out.

  • With his energetic personality, Todd Davis of HGTV's Room Crashers will leave people motivated to take on even the most difficult landscaping and design projects. During his appearance at the Philadelphia Home Show January 14th and 15th, Davis will teach attendees how to create dynamic environments and timeless designs both indoors and out. 

  

  • Kimberly Lacy of HGTV’s Curb Appeal:  The Block will also be present at this year’s big event on January 21st and 22nd.  Lacy, known for her spunky design, will inspire attendees with her passion and artisan paint tips and tricks.  When she’s not on TV, she spends time rehabilitating homes for people in need by bringing awareness to impoverished communities.

  

  • Attendees can also visit four specially-created Design Rooms, where local media personalities are paired with designers to create the space of their dreams. New this year is “Clover Market at the Home Show.” Packed with a carefully curated selection of vintage furniture and accessories from the region's best dealers and finely handcrafted work from local artisans, the market is a must-shop destination. Kimberly Lacy of HGTV’s Curb Appeal:  The Block will also be present at this year’s big event on January 21st and 22nd.  Lacy, known for her spunky design, will inspire attendees with her passion and artisan paint tips and tricks.  When she’s not on TV, she spends time rehabilitating homes for people in need by bringing awareness to impoverished communities.

 

  • There will be fun for the whole family on Martin Luther King Day, January 16th, including special guest Strawberry Shortcake. John Cassidy, the “Balloon Freak,” will entertain audiences of all ages with his unbelievable and world-record balloon-sculpting talent.  There will also be a Green Screen for fun photos:  pose for amusing shots in a variety of interesting themed backgrounds.

 

  • Rolling Barrel Events will be producing three themed evening celebrations under the banner of “Love Local,” featuring the area’s best wines, spirits and food. The fun starts Tuesday, January 17 with “Cocktails Made Easy,” followed by Wednesday’s “Local Wine & Cheese Pairings” and ends on Thursday with a unique “Beer & Cookies” event.

 

  • This year’s show promises to highlight more GREEN than you have ever seen.  Attend EnergyWork’s sessions on Home Energy Efficiency 101 in conjunction with the US Department of Energy Better Buildings program, and learn how featured green products can mean dollars in your pocket and a healthier world for everyone.

 

Need to get organized? Find out how to regain order from chaos with Totally Organized’s founder and expert Janet Taylor, who will teach attendees how to create a home free of clutter. Also, visitors can make sure their houses are super-safe with Xfinity’s home security demo. Finally – if you’re lucky – catch a glimpse of Philadelphia’s favorite mascot, the Philly Phanatic, on January 21-22.

 

A few late additions and show attractions are still being confirmed, so please check in at www.phillyhomeshow.com for updates as well as the full detailed schedule. See you there!



About a year ago, I was on a flight to Greece for work.  I was lucky enough to be sitting in first class, so I had a nice spacious area to stretch out and relaxGreece photo: holidays-uncovered.co.uk in. That was until during take-off, as we gunned down the runway and raised the nose of the aircraft into the air the pilots thought it best to put the brakes full on due to some kind of mechanical malfunction.  

The planes’ nose bounced back onto the runway and the force of the sudden halt attempt sent the plane into a spin on the ground, eventually ending in a swampy field area off of the runway.  The force of the breaking sent loose shoes, keys, change, purses gravitating toward the front of the plane and into the back of my seat mainly until we came to a stop.

Needless to say, the whole experience put us all on edge and some folks were adamant about getting off the plane.  I especially enjoyed the one woman who told the flight attendant she would rather “masturbate with an Emmy statue” than get on this plane again. I don’t know how in the face of fear you can extract such a classic analogy, but good for her!  Emmy Statue: skinnyman.com

Anyway, we all were fine, all lost items were returned to the passengers (with the exception of one shoe, how odd, just ONE shoe wasn’t claimed) and roughly 13 hours later, we took off for our intended location.  As you hear from all the folks who had a frightening experience like that, you quickly gather perspective after the fact of what is and isn’t important, and you take inventory on all the people in your life who you care about.  As scary as that plane moment was, I wish I had something jarring like that almost once a year to keep my eyes widely open. But then again, I hope that I am not really THAT lost in my “life distractions” whereas I’m missing the bigger picture.  

Personally, when I thought I was seriously in danger of not coming off of that plane (because I didn’t know where we were spinning. We could have been heading for gator infested swamplands. Who knows?)  My biggest fear was that I would have missed the opportunities to actually fulfill one of my dreams. I didn’t even specifically know what “dream” I meant, I just knew I wanted to focus on passions and talents more than just the art of “existing.”   Keanu Reeves photo: dailystab.com

I don’t wish on you the ridiculously scary experience of thinking your plane is going down to light a spark under your a**  to use the New Year as an opportunity to check in with yourself and contemplate some of those accomplishments you ALWAYS wished you’d done at least once.  

For the record, “having a threesome” does not count in this challenge.  There is something in us all that at one time or another, you recognized your talent, and if you keep your eyes open a little wider, this could quite possibly be the year where it stops being a dream you once had and manifests into a tangible fact.  It’s not just for the “lucky” people, it’s for those with a little bit of tenacity and heart. It’s a perfect mix.   

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again; it’s worth it to just “take the shot.”  I don’t know for sure if this is a true fact, but I like to think in my head that there was this guy out there almost certainly slated to be plumber or waiter in life, but somewhere along the line they took the long shot on their dreams. And thank God he did, or we’d be in a world without Keanu Reeves.

I mean, if he can do it…what’s stopping you from your own?

Happy New Year!

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On Tuesday, rock legends Van Halen released the name of their new single as well as the city their 2012 tour will be starting in February in Louisville, Kentucky!  'TATTOO' is the name of the single and the band will premiere the song and video next week. This will be a busy week for the band, as it was announced that they will be playing a 45-minute set at New York’s Cafe Wha? on Thursday.Van Halen No word yet on when they will be in Philly.
 
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One of my mantras is “Do not judge; be inspired.” Philly's Phinest Profiles Jen Groover -The Ever Evolving Entrepreneur

Judgment is part of human nature. But instead, it makes more sense to stop and be mindful of the way something works or is built and ask,  “Why is it this way? Does it have to be?”

Mindfulness comes when you just observe things in the moment.  It’s an awesomely powerful tool.  I try to practice mindfulness everyday—stepping out of flow of what I’m doing for a brief time and just being in the moment, appreciating what’s going on around me.  When you can do that, you can see in a new way.  Mindfulness creates fertile ground for inspiration.  You become inspired to change things.

How many products, companies, and industries have started because someone had the audacity to say, “Can’t we do this differently?”  

When you are inspired everything becomes possible and passion radiates. That is a beautiful state of mind to be in. If you are not inspired, but stuck in harsh judgment, you are shutting off possibilities around you.  

The next time you are about to “judge” something, catch yourself and say, “What can I learn from this?”  Committing to becoming more mindful can be the habit that changes your life…and your bank account.

Top media mogul and business expert, Jen Groover, has been tagged by Success Magazine as a "One-Woman Brand" and “Creativity and Innovation Guru”, a leading "Serial Entrepreneur" by Entrepreneur Magazine and has drawn comparisons to Walt Disney and Benjamin Franklin.   Jen Groover's name has quickly become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship and evolution. She has gone from guest-hosting spots on QVC to inking deals with some of the industry’s biggest heavyweights and most recently making history with the honor of ringing the bell on the NYSE with the first group of all women to ring the bell, representing women’s leadership and economic independence.

Jen is a top business and lifestyle contributor and content creator for major networks such as ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC, Fox News, Fox Business News and The CW. Jen also contributes editorial pieces to several prominent business magazines and online resources including The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, HealthyStyleNY, Healthy Girl, and Pathways Magazine. Her products, brand and work have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including  O! The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, People, US Weekly, Success and Entrepreneur to name a few. She is also a successful author and highly-sought after motivational speaker and respected thought leader of our time.

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One of the top headlines today in the political world is Rick Santorum's sudden surge in Iowa. With the Iowa Caucus next week, it seemed like a 2-horse race between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Now, according to many news outlets, former PA Governor and right wing zealot Rick Santorum is placing third in Iowa, according to a CNN/Time poll.

Whooptee-friggin-doo! He's third place in polls for the Iowa caucus. Just think about how ridiculous this sounds. This is like bragging about how your kid finished in a practice race in gym class. In the end it means jack squat.

Santorum has zero chance of being elected president in this country, let alone winning the GOP nomination. His family values crap only goes so far. When it comes to taking on real issues, which matter - like the economy or foreign policy he is clueless.

If you want someone to run your church then he's your guy, but he's about the last person you would ever want running your country. We had to suffer with Rick Santorum as a Senator in Pennsylvania for six years when he did absolutely nothing except preach his family values BS. That means a hill of beans when it comes to taking on global problems.

Before long, Santorum will fade and we can focus on the election between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. There is only one real qualified Republican candidate in the entire field; Mitt Romney.

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Bring in the New Year with the 18th Annual Hair O’ The Dog- Philadelphia’s Swankiest Black Tie Affair!

Date: Saturday, January, 14th 2012 from 9pm-1:30am (with after parties too!)

Location: The Westin Philadelphia at Liberty Place

General Admission: $95/VIP $165/ Bottle Service $750 per four

All Tickets include Top Shelf open bar and Gourmet hors d' oeuvres

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