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Celebrate International Day of Happiness March 20th, 2014!

Live Happy Magazine
Yes, It Exists: Live Happy Magazine! (All Photos By Gail. Click Any Image to Enlarge for Detail.)

The most popular song in the country right now is Pharrell Williams ridiculously contagious anthem, “Happy,” whose upbeat lyrics are full of positive advice for any day. But just in case you need a reminder, or a bit of gentle encouragement in your own life, you can get involved with creating and spreading Acts of Happiness on International Day of Happiness, coming up on Thursday, March 20th.

Acts of Happiness Info card

Earlier this week Actsofhappiness.org helped to set the mood and promote its Acts of Happiness campaign with a Happiness Happy Hour, hosted by Krupp Kommunications. Originally conceived by the United Nations, International Day of Happiness will see Happiness Walls built in more than 25 cities around the country — including San Francisco, New York, Dallas and Atlanta — so that people everywhere can celebrate and post their Acts of Happiness to spread and share joy.

Composing Acts of Happiness
Composing an Act of Happiness for the Wall.

The Wall of Happiness
Happiness Wall

To launch the campaign, Happiness Happy Hour attendees posted their own Acts of Happiness (#HappyActs) to start a Happiness Wall right there in the K2 Offices.

It was very fun and inspiring to share each others’ Acts of Happiness stories while enjoying tasty snacks and refreshing beverages, provided by K2.

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Remember that no act of kindness is ever wasted and even what seems like a small gesture can have an impact that changes lives. Read about more fun ways that you and your friends can get involved in International Day of Happiness and find the location of a Happiness Wall near you at This Link.

Act of Happiness

San Francisco Taxi Drivers Need Your Support!

Pink Taxi with Driver Cartoon

San Francisco Locals, Bloggers And Press Needed In Front Of City Hall
Tuesday, October 16th From 12 Noon to 1:00

Indie Cab Drivers Need Show Of Numbers

October 12, 2012 (San Francisco, CA) — Small business owners will effectively be wiped out next week when the City of San Francisco once and for all takes taxi medallions from the waiting list and sells them for profit. Greed seems to be at the heart of this issue which local politicians either enforce or turn a blind eye to. Press and media have been silent on this story since August thereby leaving citizens uninformed.

San Francisco cab drivers, some of the City’s working poor, can be helped by local government representatives, like Supervisor Malia Cohen of District 10, if they will come to their aid on Tuesday. Cab drivers fervently hope that Supervisors, citizens and reporters will join them in front of City Hall on October 16th, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has usurped rights to medallions (i.e. cab permits issued by the City). MTA has announced the cancellation of the medallion waiting list system effectively shutting out cab drivers who in San Francisco are forced to operate as independent businesses, but who are subject to restrictions and regulations unheard of in other industries including double taxation.

Under Prop K taxi medallions were non-transferable. They were issued exclusively to cab drivers who put their names on a waiting list. For cabbies medallion ownership brings significant advantages including choice of company to work for, shift scheduling and increased income (non-medallion cab driver income in San Francisco is approximately $20,000 a year including tips). Prop K allowed drivers who could never have afforded the purchase of a medallion to obtain one and to thereby have their own stake in the taxi industry. For the public this type of medallion system means a more experienced workforce, driving safer vehicles.

Currently about 1,400 drivers are on the medallion waiting list. Drivers like San Francisco native Iza Pardiñas, one of very few women cabbies in the City, have waited 16 years or more for a medallion (she is #246 on the list). Like Pardiñas, most drivers have little or no savings and cannot afford to buy medallions which now cost $300,000 per an MTA ruling in August (and will soon be sold for $400,000 or more).

Cab driver advocate Mark Gruberg and SF cab driver Iza Pardiñas are available for interviews, please contact Fly PR for details:
T. 323-667-1344
E. flypr@flypr.net

Sources-
www.drivingtestcancellations.co.uk

Pink Thing of The Day: The Tutu Project

Man on a Pier in Pink Tutu

Photographer Bob Carey has been taking photos of himself posed at varied and beautiful locations around the globe, clothed only in a Pink Tutu, since 2003. Carey is now selling signed, limited edition prints of these photographs and taking pre-orders for a book collection of the Pink Tutu Photos — entitled Ballerina — to be published this fall, with all proceeds going to organizations that fight breast cancer (Carey’s wife Linda is survivor). You can read the back story on The Tutu Project, see more of Bob’s awesome photos and get purchasing information at The Tutu Project.

Thanks to Neatorama for The Tip!

Tutu Project at San Franciscos Golden Gate Bridge

The Residents Release the Duck Stab EP


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On This Date in 1978: The Residents released their seven song , 7″ EP, Duck Stab

Happy Birthday, Janis Joplin!


Image By Jim Marshall

The late, great Janis Joplin was born on this day, January 19, in 1943.