Tuesday, March 31, 2009

So, who am I?

I've been so caught up in my alternate life and alternate blog that it feels like I've been completely abandoning this one.  I've finally leaked the web address out;  I figured the more viewers it attracts, the more viewers who don't know who I actually am will access it.  It turns out that my friends, people who know exactly who I am and what goes on in my life, are completely caught up in this different world that I pretend to live in.  My friend Lana confessed to me that she refreshes the webpage everyday, anxiously waiting for updates.  It's only been up, really, for a full week but it's gaining recognition.  My friends who aren't aware of its significance or purpose curiously navigate through it, and then approach me asking about it.  They tell me, too, that they're intrigued with its storyline.

So, I suppose I'll tell you what it is - so you can bookmark the website. I decided to include my actual friends in the storyline.  They make videos and blogs, as well, and have created their own alternate identities which tie into mine.  My pseudo-name is Bailey Mayfield.  Everything is linked on my website at: www.bailsmayfield.tk . There are four other key characters in my story which you will learn about.  I try to update it everyday, either with a blog or video.  My characters will blog or vlog which will drive me (Bailey) to respond in some way.

I was on the phone with my mother recently when I was telling her about the art project.  She was intrigued.  She laughed when I told her my pseudoname, as it was my alternate name I gave myself when I was twelve.    She scribbled down the webpage URL and told me she'd pass it on.  I warned her that there was much profanity and explicit material, so I'm warning you now.  I laughed and reminded her that I'm just acting.

Liam, my boyfriend, plays my ex-boyfriend in my narrative.  He blogs independently.  I don't tell any of my friends (characters) what to say or write.  They operate completely on their own.  We're all getting caught up in our own alternate egos.  It's funny because it has actually caused some tension between Liam and I, as we express anything but love for eachother through our blogs.  We were talking on the phone recently and he said, "I'm seeing a different side of you.  I don't like it."  I laughed and responded, "But it's not me... I'm only acting."  I flew off the rocker when I (or shall I say Bailey) read one of his recent blogs.  It's crazy how us, ourselves, are getting caught up in this alternate world... so I can only imagine how visitors are reacting (and visitors who think it's all factual and real!)

That's the website's purpose.  To interact with visitors and viewers as Bailey Mayfield, my alternate personality.  Like I mentioned previously, people get totally caught up in drama and conflict - especially other peoples' drama and conflict.  This is why we love reality TV so much.  But is it really reality?  How much of it is truly real? I've created my very own internet soap, except I'm going to push the boundaries - not at first, but eventually.  I'm going to explore the taboo.  So, bookmark the website and keep checking back.  Feel free to add Bailey as a friend and post comments.  Interact with her, and she'll interact with you.  Pass it on to your friends!  


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fake 'N Bake

The one place I'll never step foot in is a tanning bed salon. I'm almost certain I'm the only one left in this world who hasn't conformed to the "necessity" to get an insta-tan.

Tanning bed salons usually are busiest right before high school proms, semi formals. and before spring break. People feel a need to turn their skin pigment a golden brown to achieve a heightened sense of beauty. I'm not denying the fact that tans are aesthetically pleasing; I am suggesting going about other ways than tanning beds (if you must satisfy your urge to tan!).

It has been PROVEN that tanning beds increase the risk of cancer, so why so eager to call up and make an appointment? I guess it's the same with cigarettes. The warning label is right on the package, yet people still buy them to satisfy the addiction. That's exactly what tanning is in today's society - an addiction.

The UVA rays that are emitted from the Ultraviolet A light sources in tanning salons are two to three times more powerful than the UVA rays which occur naturally from the sun.

We pretend to be oblivious to the consequences; We adapt to some sort of comfortable understanding that the consequences will never affect us. This deliberate oblivion drives us to pick up the phone and make an appointment at the nearest cancer tanning salon.

People our age who use the beds regularly have a melanoma risk eight-fold higher than people who never use tanning beds.

There are lotions that do the same trick as the sun and are cancer-free. Look into them.

Here's one for example. Oil of Olay's Touch of Sun. My mother, sister and I have used this product for years and have never run into any difficult. The scent is not too strong and we've never had to deal with streaks. There are also self tanning towelettes you can purchase at drugstores. I've used these as well and have not had any problem with streaking. If "streaking" is your excuse for resorting to tanning beds, you're not using the product correctly!

Besides, I'd rather have streaky or pale skin than have to deal with the horrific consequences of tanning beds.