Hot List Cont’d

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21 days have passed since we published the bottom half of our Hot List, and the time has come to reveal the remaining portion. This experience has been an eye-opening one for us because we at Pink have always felt that beauty is like great art, You have to see it to appreciate it. However, what is also clear is that notions of Ugly, Cute and Hot are wrapped up in hardened stereotypical philosophies that ultimately channel us into a particular type of thinking. More on that Anon!

We use this juncture to remind our readers that: as admirers of beauty, this is not the Principal’s Office nor is it the Deans’ of Discipline for that matter. As such in this our 2011 Summer Hot List Edition we will not be handing out demerits for bad behaviour (in fact, in our estimation a little naughty is a good thing!). Further, we will not pander to those who would want us to intellectualize this experience by trying to develop objective criteria to assess beauty, nor will we go down the route of developing weights and measures. Rather we will take the high ground and follow the time honoured carnal tradition of letting our “other head” do the thinking, it has served us well over the years and in fact our only criterion for selection is identifying the hottest bodies on the beach this year.

5. Ashlee Kardashian: This tranny has transformed herself into somewhat of a Diva extraordinaire, with her high fashion sense, beautifully applied make up and legendary “Ball Room Floor Flexibility”. It is no secret that this beauty has come a long way from a boy that dresses in female apparel to a work of art that can possibly be described as the living embodiment of a Renoir.

4. Pursey: Be ye careful of how you judge this one for he has all the charms of a seductress but with the mental toughness of a Russian steel and ironworks factory to back it up. He is well known on the Lyme circuit for his Uptown wine and head on shoulder habit when speaking to you, which it seems is designed to either show        the gracefulness of his neck, a method of communicating “look at me Am I not  just the sweetest thing you have ever seen” or both.

3.Reemy: Not much is really known of this fellow except that he is simply gorgeous, extremely quiet and lives and work in Montego Bay though apparently from the St. Ann, Ocho Rios area. He has a distinctly Moroccan/ North African look as such we would warn you to expect some delays if you plan to include him in any foreign travel plans. The truth is if hotness is a gift he got it by the bucket loads but if it’s even possible his humility does make him that the more sexy.

2.Foodie: Now if you look at the nick name, chances are you have figured out who it is ( and no the name is not indicative that the is a hungry bellied wanga gut). However, in case you haven’t guessed correctly, he is a doctor to be that is now majoring in the gym. He is a testament to the fact that beauty and brains can     come in one package.

1. Dr. Bojangles: If Foodie is a combination of Beauty and Brains then this one is a combo package of same plus personality, professionalism and genteelism. This is a fellow with a completely Jamaican upper crust educational background (the highest to boot) but lacks the airs and pomposity of his peers. He is known to be fiercely loyal to his friends and acts as a mentor/ big brother to many. Personality aside, a love affair with running and the gym has blessed him with a slimusuclar body and excessive consumption of H2O with extremely beautiful skin.

In the final analysis our concepts of beauty and preferences are shaped by our socialization and our experiences. Where we get worried is when over pre-occupation with snatching and bedding the perfect mate leads us to make irrational decisions. One study done in 2007 among Jamaican Men who have sex with Men shows that while there was a universality of knowledge among respondents about: condom use, HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections, many would still forego condom use if the HOT GUY demands it as a pre-condition to sex. This is more than just serious appreciation of fineries, it may very well be indicative that we are pathologically self-destructive with an over-dose of low self-esteem.

Selah

 

Sin City: The Devil Does Wear Prada

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Writing this review, was possibly the hardest for us here at Pink ironically because there wasn’t that much if anything to criticize. Coming from the last review

Sin City

of Hydration, the Report was accused of being caustic, harsh and of course destructive. As such the major concern for us going forward was how to maintain our reputation for all of the above. Alas Sin City defied expectation and delivered Eight (8) continuous hours of non-stop fun that no one who was there can honestly say I Can’t Recall. Indeed the event was more than just a party; it was A Grand Experience in communal living and fraternity, at the end of which no one could be faulted for wishing that the vibes, energy and tone of the event could be a model of how community members should and could interact with each other. However, the reality is that like Christmas these things only come once per time period!

The Marketing Campaign

Kudos must be given to the event organizers for a marketing campaign that was beyond ordinary. Yes there were the usual promotions on Facebook, handing out of fliers and the obligatory attendance at parties and other events to ensure maximum coverage and exposure for the event. Where they went even further was that their Facebook and Blackberry campaign included trivia that was relevant, interesting and funny. As such they managed to integrate the party (beyond its usual limits of being an entertainment space) into areas of Human Rights and general education as well as basic information sharing.

The pricing strategy, much like Hydration was slightly confusing! At J$2,000 the sticker price was close to that of a New Year’s party without even a complimentary drink. We will not speak of the shock, horror and hair raising scare of seeing a J$4,000 VIP price for a LGBT party in KINGSTON at an established night club location, it was as if Halloween came early.However, (refocusing on the J$2,000 sticker price) the promoters extended a 40% discount to members of Yardieboys, Discrimination and Human Rights Facebook Groups as well as the Oasis Members. This action, whilst it brought the effective price tag closer to economic reality,was generous in the extreme- especially when coupled with the other Giveaways that occurred. It makes us wonder what really goes into the development of the business models for these parties.

One other area of weakness that we found in the marketing of the event was the use of the actual name of the location on the flyers. The Pink team felt that whilst the flyers were distributed within LGBT circles and utilising private Facebook groups, the risk of leakage remained and remains present and as such due consideration must be placed on maintaining the veil of secrecy. As such more effort should be placed on coding the location as currently occurs with the infamous “Boardfloor” venue, even more so when the location used is already a popular venue for hosting of general events.

The Venue

This group of individuals possibly had the easiest venue to work with, precisely because it already is a night club. As a consequence, a properly designed bar, dance and bathroom area came standardized. Indeed, if one is to be fair to the promoters of Hydration; whereas their selection of a warehouse meant they had to put far more effort in transforming what really is a drab, dreary building into an exciting and enticing party space, the promoters of Sin City had no such work to do.

Having said that, we are glad the Sin City Promoters resisted the temptation to do anything beyond the white and transparent drapery that was applied to the space. For those who missed the event, think of the images we see of a South Beach party, subtract the hi-tech party lights and that was precisely what was presented. The only thing that could have made the utilization of this space any better was if the promoters had insisted on an All White dress code.

The Bar Area

Initially we were slightly disappointed by the drinks selection or rather lack thereof. In fact a high school canteen would probably have had more to choose from. However, there was an approximate 60:40 ratio of men to women with approximately 98% of attendees being 30 and under. The operative assessment being the large under 30 composition of the crowd! As a consequence, there really isn’t any need to stray beyond the Smirnoffs, Appletons and Cranberry Juices of the Drinks World as such the promoters should be congratulated for their business acumen in this regard.

The Party

As we indicated above, Sin City was more than just a party, it was a social experience and this was because everyone was genuinely happy to be there. The obvious pretense at pretension which has dogged so many other community social gatherings was absent from this event. Drag Queens; Cup Cake Crew; Uptowners; Butch, Girly and Versatile girls; and the LGBT Civil Service Members all mingled and meshed in what can only be described as the ultimate celebration of independence and togetherness.

To describe the Dee-Jays as being on point is to miss the true artistry of what was on display. It wasn’t just that hit after hit was played but they dug deep into their historical collection and pulled out songs from yesteryear and if that wasn’t enough to tantalize our senses with, they then showed their mastery of the genres by pulling out songs from outside of the general North American and current Dancehall framework that has become easy, tired and boring! To illustrate how good the selection was, even the Going Home Music had persons turning from the door to hit the dance floor again. It was so bad that the Dee-jays had to abandon the strategy of playing slow music to literally ask persons to leave.

In Conclusion

Our readers must sometimes be reminded that critics are like vultures, they merely feed on the carcass of other people’s work. At the end of the day the real work of worth is not the criticism, which may be funny and good for some bitter humour, but the work of the respective producer in delivering a product.

Yet as vultures critics are consumers and like that animal they know when to avoid a body that is diseased. So at the end of the day, the service we provide is honest feedback with no attempt or intention to malice or malign.

Having said all of that, Sin City was a great experience and it was good to see Prezzi taking out his first lady “the Dancer chile.” Many patrons quietly commented that it was great to see JFLAG’s No.2 at an event in Jamaica. However, the night belong to Ashley Kardashian who exuded hotness from her well-manicured looking eyebrows to her TOE-Point. For the ladies one girl commented that Nurse, she just HOT, she could have worn her birthday suit and she would still just be hot, in fact is that she should have worn!”

Pink-o-Meter Reading: 9.5/10 (4.5 stars)

Club Dee-Jays: Kool, Howie & David (guest)

MOVIES IN GAY CINEMA TO WATCH THIS SUMMER

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 1. Eating Out: Drama Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

Zack and Casey’s relationship is in a slump, but things are about to change at Dick Dickey’s Drama Camp. Zack meets gorgeous Benji, and when they get cast as lovers in a sexed-up version of The Taming of the Shrew, their self-restraint is put to the test. Will Zack and Casey’s relationship last with Benji in the picture?

2. You should meet my son

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

A fish-out-of-water comedy about a conservative Southern mom who discovers that her only son is gay, determined that he won’t go through life alone, she sets out to find him a husband.

3. A Single Man (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

A story that centers on an English professor who, one year after the sudden death of his partner, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960’s Los Angeles.

4. Loose Cannons (2010)

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his older brother Antonio ruins his plans.

5. Shank (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

Teenage gang member Cal, hides his sexuality from the his fellow happy slapping gang members despite their often futile and violent dislike of anyone that isn’t the same as them be they unsuspecting shoppers, foreign students, gays etc. Hooking up with a random stranger (Scott), Cal is unaware that this chance meeting will eventually provide him with choices and routes of escape from the tedium of his unambitious and depraved life. When his world collides with Olivier, a student he rescues from a pointless beating, he encounters a lifestyle that presents as many new experiences as it does obstacles

6. Strapped (2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

A handsome young prostitute learns about life and love during a sex-filled odyssey in an apartment building filled with strange inhabitants.

7. When Boys Fly (2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

When Boys Fly is a documentary that explores the world of gay circuit parties and how one overcomes the use of drugs, death and look for a better future.

8. A Lower Power (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

Thibodeaux, a young gay San Franciscan, yearns to reject his parents’ hedonistic ways. But when his emerging sexual desires repeatedly get the better of him, he conjures up twisted, self-repressive rationalizations that threaten to drive away his friends and the hunky, mythic man of his dreams.

9. David’s Birthday (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

A group of friends rent a magnificent house by the sea to spend the summer together. The unexpected arrival of Shary and Diego’s son David sets something off in everyone, especially Matteo, an accomplished psychoanalyst who is married to Francesca. David’s lonely and enigmatic uncle Leonard senses the reasons behind the dangerous tension, hidden beneath layers of silence and friendly banter. This vacation will indelibly mark everybody’s life.

10. Finding Mr. Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

When an ambitious, serious-minded talent manager is forced to attend a wilderness therapy retreat weekend to save his disastrous, Hollywood-starlet client’s career, he has no clue he is about to fall unexpectedly head over heels for her new, awkward, fun-loving life-coach.

11. Shelter (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe’s older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach’s selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family

12. Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

Tiffani and her friend Casey try to lure the gorgeous Zack with a phony online profile using the image of Tiffani’s buff ex, Ryan… which works fine until the real Ryan shows up. Only through some fancy footwork, advice from his Aunt Helen and mentor Harry and a daring sexual escapade can Casey figures out how to set things right and perhaps even find the love he’s been seeking.

13. Beautiful Thing (1996)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed

14. Latter Days (2003)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe

15. Were the World Mine (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

If you had a love-potion, who would you make fall madly in love with you? Timothy, prone to escaping his dismal high school reality through dazzling musical daydreams, gets to answer that question in a very real way. After his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he stumbles upon a recipe hidden within the script to create the play’s magical, purple love-pansy. Armed with the pansy, Timothy’s fading spirit soars as he puckishly imposes a new reality by turning much of his narrow-minded town gay, beginning with the rugby-jock of his dreams. Ensnaring family, friends and enemies in this chaos, Timothy forces them to walk a mile in his musical shoes. The course of true love never did run smooth; it’s a bumpy ride

16. The People I’ve slept with (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

The People I’ve Slept With – a promiscuous woman who finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy and needs to figure out who the baby daddy is…NOW. Angela Yang loves sex. She loves it so much she needs to make baseball cards of her lovers to help her remember where she’s been. She doesn’t think twice about her lifestyle until she finds out that she’s pregnant. Her gay best friend, Gabriel Lugo tells her to “take care of it,” but her conservative sister, Juliet persuades Angela to get married to the baby’s father and lead a “normal” life like her. Angela listens to her sister, chooses to keep the baby, and goes on a quest to find the identity of the father by any means necessary.

Career Opportunity:  Information Assistant/Audio Visual Technician with the US Embassy in Kingston

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SUBMIT APPLICATION TO

The Human Resources Office

U.S. Embassy

142 Old Hope Road

Kingston 6

POINT OF CONTACT

Email:hrokingston@state.gov
FAX:  (876) 702-6347 

POSITION: Information Assistant/Audio Visual Technician

                                  
OPENING DATE:      August 10, 2011 

CLOSING DATE:     August 24, 2011 

WORK HOURS:       Full-time; 40 hours/week 

SALARY:                J$1,956,645 p.a. (Starting salary) 

The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica is seeking an Information Assistant/Audio-Visual Technician to work on a full-time basis in the

Public Affairs Office. 

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

The Information Assistant/Audio Visual Technician reports to the Information Assistant. Incumbent operates all audio visual equipment and holds primary responsibility for the operation of the Public Affairs Section’s (PAS’) media control room. Incumbent has primary responsibility for the creation of the Embassy’s public diplomacy graphics, recording and editing of audio and video products and capturing of Embassy photos. The Information Assistant/AV Technician provides support to the PAS team with media relations and technical support for the Embassy’s public events.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
 

NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

1. Completion of tertiary level education resulting in a Bachelor’s degree in video and audio production; print, broadcast or electronic journalism; or communications/media studies required. Must have extensive training in graphic design and manipulation as evidenced by a portfolio including examples of personally created print design, logo design, web design; working knowledge of photography and photo techniques as evidenced by a portfolio of 2 B&W photos and 2 color photos.
2.       At least two years of progressively responsible experience in video and audio production, graphic design and manipulation and media relations including drafting and disseminating press releases and advisories.

3. Must be able to speak and write English fluently.4. Must have expert knowledge of graphic designing and software manipulation; creating and editing video and audio products, using various multi-media equipment and software.  Must have working knowledge of still camera use, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Movie-Maker.  Must have thorough knowledge of Jamaica’s political, media, economic, social structure, institutions, political parties, and key opinion makers in media.5. Must be experienced and adept at manipulating words, (text and sound) and images in preparation for broadcast. Must have video shooting and editing skills and a thorough understanding of the use and maintenance of sensitive audio-visual equipment. Must have creative ability in planning, researching, and producing informational products through a variety of technologies, services, and media-related tools. Excellent writing ability required.6. Outstanding teamwork skills required and the ability to juggle multiple, time-sensitive tasks in order to meet deadlines. 
 

SELECTION PROCESS

 

Qualified Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFM) and U.S. Veterans will be given preference.  Therefore, it is essential that all candidates address the required qualifications above in the application.  Only applicants who pass the writing proficiency exercise will be interviewed. 

TO APPLY

 

Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered:

 

1.  Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174) P:\HRO\Employment Forms\DS174.far ; or2. A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1 -24 of the DS-174 along with a listing of the applicant’s work experience attached as a separate sheet;

or3. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the

same information found on the DS-174 (

see section 3A below for more information);

plus4.  Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

5. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

3A. If an applicant is submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, s/he must provide the following information equal to what is found on the DS-174.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.

                A. Position Title

                B. Position Grade

                C. Vacancy Announcement Number (if known)

                D. Dates Available for Work

                E. First, Middle, & Last Names as well as any other names used

                F. Date and Place of Birth

                G. Current Address, Day, Evening, and Cell phone numbers

                H. U.S. Citizenship Status (Yes or No) & status of permanent U.S. Resident (Yes 

                 or No; if yes, provide number)

                I.  U.S. Social Security Number and/or Identification Number

                J. Eligibility to work in the country (Yes or No)

                K. Special Accommodations the Mission needs to provide

                L. If applying for position that includes driving a U.S. Government vehicle,                 

                Driver’s License Class / Type 

                M. Days available to work

                N. List any relatives or members of your household that work for the U.S. 

                Government (include their Name, Relationship, & Agency, Position, Location)

                O. U.S. Eligible Family Member and Veterans Hiring Preference

                P. Education

                Q. License, Skills, Training, Membership, & Recognition

                R. Language Skills

                S. Work Experience

                T. References

 

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO

The Human Resources Office

U.S. Embassy

142 Old Hope Road

Kingston 6

 

POINT OF CONTACT

Email:hrokingston@state.govFAX: 

(876) 702-6347 

 

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION:  August 24, 2011

The US Mission in Jamaica provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

Summer Round Up: The Dehydration Edition.I

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Some parties promised us Hydration, but only gave us barely treated water!  Others promised that we would Sea Queens and be total beach bums and in this regard they did not fail! However, Sin City made Hell look like a destination of choice for all of eight hours!

Now in this article we will not speak much about Sea Queens, for the simple reason that the Loft Boys have a formula that work. They, more than any other marquee, know their crowd and do the requisite research on their environments as such they can deliver high energy, CUP-CAKE fabulous events at the drop of a hat! Furthermore whilst they have a relatively large and (more important) loyal following they have a knack of LISTENING TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS. Consequently, they deliver products that their followers want at a price point that is competitive.

Hydration

We humbly submit to the Dash Boyz that they should remember the old adage that FOOLS SPEED AHEAD, for this party was a near crash landing.  Infact if it wasn’t for the late patronage of the Cup Cake Crew and an extremely efficient and above average decor and marketing, the event would have been a disappointment to say the least.

In the first instance, It boggles the mind why a group of Community Males throwing a party where the target audience is other Community Males would seek to charge fully 33.33% more for a penis to be present than a vagina.  We ask, if the event was 100% supported by females and only females, then would that not indicate that the Hydration Business Model can sustain a 33% revenue hit and still be profitable? If so why are the men being buggered out of their money worse doing a recession? Indeed if anyone was desperate to feel what sex without lubricant feels like this was an exceptionally painful example!

The official line communicated to the Report is that the rationale for the pricing policy was to encourage female attendance as females were complaining about lack of entertainment options. We would like to ask the Dash Boyz how did that work out for them, were the females that encouraged to attend? We counted one, if there were more we apologize in advance!

To be fair to the Crash Boyz we cannot blame them for the Lyme that occurred for the majority of the event. The simple truth is that the danger of having a party that targets UPT personalities is:- a Lyme is always on the cards. The simple rationale for this is that no UPT personality is willing to put themselves out there and dance for fear of losing social standing. In fact, the mere threat of De-UPTfication by the Bureau of Standards enforces conformity and sheep like behaviour among this group. As a consequence dance floors will remain empty and verandah chatter will compete with the DJs for air time, until the Vybez machines of the community, shows up.

However, where the team should accept full responsibility is on the matter of horrible sound engineering. It is easy to blame the acoustics problem on the fact that the event was been held in a warehouse, except that the world over abandoned warehouses are valued for housing club like events precisely because of the acoustics and the costs. Worse this is not the first time that this group has hosted an event at the location so they can neither use the ignorance nor virginity defense. Rather it is abundantly clear that not enough time was spent understanding the source of the sound quality problems and ensuring that resources are strategically placed to fix and eliminate same. In this regard, we here at Pink urge the Managers of this Marquee to remember their roots within the former Circle Brand. That Brand is dear to us not only because as far as we are concerned they invented the Local LGBT Halloween but because there was innovation and an eye for detail.

On the matter of the Vybez Machines, the promoters of Hydration should thank the Management of the Loft for closing their doors on the night of the party. If it wasn’t for this single act the Cup-Cake Crew members that did show up at the event would have possibly foregone it for the Loft based on the traffic in the YardieBoyz Group on that night. Notably all persons we interviewed indicated that the Party was in danger of being “ONE BIG EXPENSIVE OLE LYME Till Di chile Dem turn UP and by the TIME the CHILE DEM TURN UP and the PARTY A GWAN a TIME FI COME Go HOME.”

The Decor

One must always give the devil its due and the reports that we got was that much thought went into the decor with particular praise heaped on the Bar area. It has been a running problem with many Community promoters in that they almost undervalue and devalue the importance of the Bar area. From a purely financial process the Bar is the second source of income for an unsponsored party after the initial gate receipt. This is part of the reason that air conditioning and cooling systems should not be so efficient such that patrons never sweat and thus get thirsty and also why promoters should start handing out copious amount of salted foods such as chips to promote bar patronage. However, most importantly the Bar should not be a well kept secret and be adequately staffed to ensure swift turn around times and customer satisfaction. The reports to us was that the Bar was efficient and eye catching. However, it was difficult to determine whether the efficiency was a direct result of slow or low patronage or genuinely high customer service standards.

Our Man at the party noted that whilst the decor was good (he was particularly impressed by the HYDRATION word art) and memorable he wanted to know where was the water. Was it upstairs or hidden behind the scenes but why after promising it in the promotion it was so absent in the execution. Whilst we are generally supportive of delivering on promises we argue that sometimes Good Sense must Prevail. As water, fashionable shoes and concrete could lead to a very serious situation.

PinkOmeter Rankings

6.5/10

Selah