Wednesday, December 21, 2011

36…

Today is the day I was born 36 years ago.  I wanted to do something different for my birthday.  I am more than blessed…especially with the people that are in my life……so….instead of being self-consumed like I normally am on my birthday….I wanted to do the opposite and give back…pay it forward.  Originally I wanted to volunteer at a homeless shelter for my b-day.  I called 15+ shelters and NONE of them needed any help….not even to mop the floors and take out the trash…Most of them were booked with volunteers up until the new year.

Plan B –This one would take a little more effort.  Inspired by a friend I went to school with, Christine Perlino Vincent, who did 35+ random acts of kindness on her birthday…..I decided to do the same.

My day started off great.  Aiden who makes his way into our room between 6-7 everyday, woke me up around 8 saying, “Wake up Daddy!!!  Happy Birthday!!” as he props his head on top of mine.

36 Random (and some not so random) Acts of Kindness

  1. Naturally, my first random act was to call my Mother.  My Mother is the world to me and the greatest and I wanted to let her know that on my birthday (the day SHE gave birth to me) and how much I appreciate her…I planned to say a lot and after about 10 words….I could barely talk because I was trying my best not to cry (and not doing a very good job at it)….if you’ve ever met my Mother, you can imagine how I feel about her.  She’s consistently given me unconditional love….even when I didn’t deserve it and always has been my biggest supporter.  She is the greatest grandmother to our boys and it is no wonder why my boys love her to death and are always dying to see her.
  2. Next, I Donated to the Salvation Army (Bell ringing teenage girl outside of Kroger…you know the ones with the red bells and donation buckets)….after donating, she said, “God bless you.”
  3. Went into to Kroger to buy some Kroger gift cards and some roses to randomly give out.  Gave one gift card to the girl ringing the bell and told her, “that was for her…Merry Christmas.” She said, “Wow! That is so sweat.  Thank you! God bless you.”
  4. I gave the rose to a lady getting into her car and said, “Merry Christmas”
  5. Went to pay my tag taxes (what a nice b-day present from the gov’t) and this older lady in front of me was having a random convo. with the person in front of her about all the financial hardship she was going through since retiring.  Through it all she had a smile on her face and made jokes.  She was extremely pleasant and joked w/ the tag employee.  As she was leaving, I gave her a Kroger gift card and told her, “Merry Christmas”  She smiled and was very appreciative.
  6. When it was my turn to get my tag sticker, I let the lady behind me go instead.  She said, “Are you sure?”  I said, “Yes.”
  7. The county tag office I go to is the greatest.  The staff is so friendly…and I’m never in line for more than 10 minutes.  There even is a Christmas tree in there.  After I got my sticker, I expressed to the employee how much I appreciate all their kindness every year and how it’s always a pleasant experience getting my tag (minus paying the taxes of course).
  8. I called my Grandmother to thank her for all the support she has given me (including consistently sending both my boys saving bonds…big savings bonds).
  9. I called my Cousin Adrienne, who is Noah’s God Mother and expressed to her how much she means to me and how much I appreciate her.  She’s extremely  involved in Noah’s life and OFTEN keeps him for the weekend.  She’s the greatest  and always has been to me since I was a child.  She’s more like a sister than a cousin.  Her and her husband Rick are the best God parents (as well as Travis/Jewell who are Aiden’s God parents).  Aja and I have really been blessed to have the best God parents in the world for our children.  We really appreciate that and are thankful.
  10. Zaxby’s is one my my favorite places to eat (Buffalo Chicken Tender Meal).  I bought lunch for the person behind me.  Thankfully it was only one person…lol.
  11. Donated a toy to a charity.
  12. Donated clothes to a charity.
  13. Saw a taxi cab driver with his wife and two kids going into Kroger.  After his family walked in, I slipped him a Kroger gift card and told him…”Merry Christmas….this is X$ off your purchase”.  He said, “Thanks bro!”
  14. Gave a single white rose to an older lady getting in her car.  She said “Thank you.  White is my favorite color flour!”
  15. Saw 3 Homeless people sitting down at a gas station.  One lady and 2 men. Gave One man some cash
  16. Gave the other man some cash
  17. Gave the lady some cash and a bouquet of roses…I was thinking, “I bet it’s been a while since she’s gotten roses” (had planned to give the roses out individually….but said F-it…she deserves them all).  She was extremely appreciative….and asked me to take of pic of her and her roses:IMG_0204[1]
  18. One of the men told me he had been married for 11 years and his wife’s birthday (who was in the Texaco) is today and he’s going to put the money in her birthday card (which he proceeded to do and seal the envelope).  He said, “he didn’t have anything to give her and knew she wanted something to eat for her birthday”  Talk about a wife that’s ride or die.  I gave him some more cash for himself and told him today was actually my birthday (HOW IRONIC).  The lady then said she wanted to share the flowers with the man’s wife and went in to the Texaco to get her.  She came out, told me to smell one of the flowers….I did…she then gave me one flower and told me, “happy birthday!”  This blew my mind!!!!!  Here this lady is with nothing giving me back a rose…and wishing me happy birthday.  The lesson I took from this “is take time to smell the flowers and appreciate every little thing in your life.”  This random act of kindness was actually given to me.  He then gave his wife the card and told her, “happy birthday,”
  19. Picked Aiden up and went to buy some flowers in the Kroger close to where we live.  Had the flower lady make 5 separate tulip bouquets.  While she was doing that went to the front cashier and purchased a small gift card.  Gave it to the flower lady and said, “Merry Christmas.”  She was very appreciative.
  20. Gave the salvation army another donation and made Aiden solicit some more donations (I’m just kidding….he just wanted to ring the bell)IMG_0210[1]

21-32.  My buddy Aiden helped me with this.  He gave a single rose to 12 random ladies (most of them elderly) as they left Kroger and told them, “Merry Christmas”.  One lady even gave him back a $1 bill which he put in his piggy bank.

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33-34.  Gave Aiden and Noah each a gift for being such great sons.

35.  Gave Aja a gift and a card as a token of appreciation for all that she does for me and our family.  She’s wonderful.

36-40.  Gave a small bouquet of tulips to each of the ladies that attended my family gathering at the house for cake and ice cream to celebrate my birthday.

The point of me making a blog post about this is hopefully I will inspire someone like I was inspired to “pay it forward.”  The world we live in could always use more random acts of kindness.  You never know what someone is going through and what kind of positive affect you can have on them simply by randomly being kind.

Monday, November 7, 2011

3 Stacks

Andre 3000 breaks down the phenomena of
“wanting what we don’t have”

Niggas that are married
Don't wanna go home.
But we look up to them.
They wish they were us.
They want some new trim.
We lust for some trust.
Now the both of us
are color blind.
'Cause the other side looks greener
which leaves your turf in a Boise state. – Drake: The Real Her

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let's bring awareness to cancer in general....breast, leukemia, lymphoma, prostate, etc......Too many of my loved ones have been taken out by this disease. I hope a cure is found, environmental causes determined and advances in prevention/treatment made.




R.I.P.
Grandpop



R.I.P.
Uncle Mark




R.I.P.
Jesse



R.I.P.
Aunt Tia


Big KRIT

This dude is starting to catch my attention. Have not heard a lot of his music...but really feelin' the little I have heard (he raps and produces).

The old T.I. is back!!



LOVE the cinematography of this video:



"The radio don't play the shit I used to love
or maybe I'm just growing up.

I never seen a star on the red rug,
If I wanna see a star, I just look above..."

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Only God can judge..."

"Mr. police, please try to see, it's a million mothafkas stressin' just like me." This is not the first Troy Davis and won't be the last.....stand up people for injustice......VOTE!!!..and not just for the President...if Sonny Purdue was never elected.....Troy Davis would probably be spared. Make our elected politicians and judges be accountable for the injustices they perpetrate!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Watch This From Begining to End

Troy Davis Parole Board

This is the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles who denyed clemency for Troy Davis. All appointed by former Republican Governor Sonny Perdue:


From left to right:

Roberte "Bob" E. Keller (Former Prosecutor appointed by Republican Governor Perdue).

Albert R. Murray (Tennessean - former Juvenile Justice Commissioner)

James E. Donald (appointed by Republican Governor Perdue)

L. Gale Buckner (native of Chatsworth, Georgia population of 3,500 and appointed by Republican Governor Perdue)

Terry E. Bernard
(Republican banker appointed by Republican Governor Perdue).


Last Words to the People


"I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated."

Monday, September 19, 2011

Don't Murder Troy Davis on 9/21/11

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I happen to be against the death penalty for many reasons. No matter your views on capital punishment, I think it's a pretty logical argument that no person should be put to death without physical evidence of guilt (any person can make their mouth say anything). I don't know if Troy Davis is a cop killer or not, but I do know there is too much doubt to put this man to death. Even if you don't agree with my opinion, these are the FACTS and I repeat...these are FACTS...not opinions:

seven of nine key trial witnesses recanted their testimony which pointed to Davis as Officer MacPhail’s murderer. troy2The two remaining nonrecanting witnesses were Sylvester “Red” Coles, who was himself alleged to have been the shooter in affidavits, and Steve Sanders, who identified Davis at trial two years after the incident despite admitting to police immediately following the shooting that he would not be able to recognize the shooter.

Additionally, three affidavits now state that Coles confessed to the killing.

troy5The police had no leads until Coles went to the police station the day after the murder, admitted that he was one of the three individuals involved in the altercation with Larry Young (the homeless guy), and implicated Davis in the MacPhail shooting.
No physical evidence from the crime was retrieved, apart from the bullets and shell casings, which were determined to have come from a .38-caliber pistol. On cross-examination, Coles admitted that he also had a .38 pistol, but stated that he had given it to another man earlier that night (go figure). The Prosecutor himeslf has stated that he would not try this matter as a capital case today. When it comes to death, there should be no room for doubt.

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Ain't No More Play in GA - RISE UP FALCONS!

This if for all you Vick fans.




What's up, Big mouth, Big talk, Big game

And anyone else, that want us, you can trust, it aint no fear
You can talk that in my ear, but it aint shit, 'til you come down here

My nicca fuck what ya say (We Ready!)
Ain't no more play in GA (We Ready!)


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'd Rather Go Blind

Happy Birthday Amy Winehouse!

I could really see Amy Winehouse singing this song by Etta James:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tupac on God and Religion



Tupac on "5 Percenters" as God, "I don't believe in the brothers I was in jail with. If you God open the gate for me. How the hell do I pop this fkcin gate and get me free up outta here...then I'll be a 5 Percenter for LIFE."

Tupac's 15 Year Death Anniversary

R.I.P. TO THE GREATEST RAPPER EVER.


So to commemorate Tupac's 15 year death anniversary, the Outlaws announced in an interview they smoked Pac's ashes. Not really sure how I feel about this....I kinda am feelin' it...I think?

Noble was asked point blank if it was true the group rolled the cremated rapper into a joint and smoked him.

“Yes, it is definitely true. Had a little memorial for him with his mum and his family.”

Bandmate E.D.I. said “If you listen to (the song) Black Jesus, Tupac said, "Cremated, last wishes, nigga smoke my ashes!" That was a request he had.”

Added Noble: “We twisted up some of that great granddaddy California Kush and mixed the big hommie with it...he's flowing through our system.”

Translation: They cut open a Blunt cigar, removed the tobacco and filled it with broken down Cannabis sativa mixed with Tupac's ashes and proceeded to smoke it and became one."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

T Pain in $1.8 Million Bugatti


I'm going to start taking my cam wherever I go..You never know what you might see. This was taken w/ my BB. T Pain behind me, stuntin' in the RAIN in a $1.8 million dollar 2008 Bugatti Veyron exiting the highway, turning onto Howell Mill Rd. today.





You have to watch this from start to finish to truly appreciate the car and it's speed:




"I doubt another 5,000 road test will see something to beat it."


Who knew he lived in Atlanta. His $1,320,000 home (WHICH IS HUGE!) in Duluth, Georgia is less than his car. Half a million less. Fact.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

For The Car Lovers

If I won the lottery, which is possible..lol……This would be my car collection:

This first car would be for babe…hardest Range Rover ever! Flat black right down to the rims (this car is actually Tommy Hilfiger’s son’s car…and you know how sick Tommy Hilfiger’s car collection is).

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I’ve always been a Porsche fan….This is what I would pick the kids up from school in.

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TVs for the boys.

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This would be my fun car….This my date night car:

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I would get my Monte Carlo restored to look like this one in tribute to Red.  Free Big Red!  “When you get more time for sellin dope than murder.” - Jeezy

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This has always been my favorite old school.  Convertible 1970 Chevelle SS 454 (sn: my Magnum has these same rims…timeless design).

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GTO is what started the muscle car craze…gotta have this in your collection.  This car is MEAN.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Long Live Amy Winehouse

If you really analyze this video....it is sooo autobiographical in so many ways:

I tread a troubled track...
my odds are stacked....
[broken hearted, drug addicted, bulimic]
I'll go back to black

we only said goodbye with words....
I died 100 times...
I go back to black...

life is like a pipe....
and I'm a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside.
[her life spiraling out of control / crack addiction]

We only said goodbye with words.
[long live Amy Winehouse through your music]

Monday, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse Quotes



  • "I always write autobiographically...always."
  • "I'm like a black boy in a white girl's body."
  • "I'm such a loving, maternal person...but alcohol just gets a hold of you."
  • "(on naming her album Frank) It really means...frank..as in honest"
  • "There was no other music than jazz, apart from hip hop that I could really grow with...cause there so much stuff around that didn't mean anything"
  • "It's important for me to challenge myself with the lyric, with the melody, with the chords...the changes...the whole thing about the song."
  • "I loved Lisa from TLC....Hip hop is like the new jazz."
  • "My greatest fear is dying without anyone knowing of any contribution that I’ve ever made to creative music...but that's cool now because I've made an album...if i died tomorrow I would still find fulfillment."


Nas to Amy Winehouse...






Back to Black - Fade to Black


This is her last concert...
tragic....
sad.....
loved her music and her voice



The video below is ironically her last song performed (this was the first concert of a tour that was canceled after this performance)......chilling lyrics, "You're wondering how you will pay for the way you misbehave. You're wondering now what to do now you know this is the end."......RIP Amy Winehouse.....your music will live on.....fade to black.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Child Abuse


This really pisses me off that there are some people that talk to their children like this!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pain: 2Pac vs. Fabolous

you already know I'm feeling Pac....Fab isn't close to being on his level but I'm diggin' the song.




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Monday, July 11, 2011

"Fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they need." - Lauryn Hill


No matter what you say about Lauryn Hill, there is NO denying that she has made some beautiful music. The spiritual connection I have with this song is on the same level as some Bob Marley songs. This is on some next level...this is something you have to listen to with no distractions and really feel it from start to finish....It's powerful!



I gotta find peace of mind
I know another cord...
I gotta find peace of mind
See, this what that voice in your head says
When you try to get peace of mind...
I gotta find peace of mind, I gotta find peace of mind
He says it's impossible, but I know it's possible
He says it's impossible, but I know it's possible
He says there's no me without him, please help me forget about him
He takes all my energy, trapped in my memory
Constantly holding me, constantly holding me
I need to tell you all, all the pain he's caused, mmmm
I need to tell I'm, I'm undone because, mmmm
He says it's impossible, but I know it's possible
He says it's impossible without him, but I know it's possible
To finally be in love, and know the real meaning of
A lasting relationship, not based on ownership
I trust every part of you, cuz all that I... All that you say you do
You love me despite myself, sometimes I fight myself
I just can't believe that you, would have anything to do
With someone so insecure, someone so immature
Oh you inspire me, to be the higher me
You made my desire pure, you made my desire pure
Just tell me what to say, I can't find the words to say
Please don't be mad with me, I have no identity
All that I've known is gone, all I was building on
I don't wanna walk with you, how do I talk to you
Touch my mouth with your hands, touch my mouth with your hands
Oh I wanna understand, the meaning of your embrace
I know now I have to face, the temptations of my past
Please don't let me disgrace, where my devotion lays
Now that I know the truth, now that it's no excuse
Keeping me from your love, what was I thinking of?
Holding me from your love, what was I thinking of?
You are my peace of mind, that old me is left behind
You are my peace of mind, that old me is left behind
He says it's impossible, but I know it's possible
He says it's improbable, but I know it's tangeable
He says it's not grabbable, but I know it's haveable
Cuz anything's possible, oh anything is possible
Please come free my mind, please come meet my mind
Can you see my mind, oh
Won't you come free my mind?
Oh I know it's possible
Anything, anything, anything, anything, anything, yeeey
Anything, anything, anything, anything, yeeey
Anything, anything, anything, anything, anything, yeeey
Oh free! Free, free, free your mind
Free, free your mind... free, free your mind
Free, free, free, free your mind
Oh, it's so possible, oh it's so possible
I'm telling you it's possible, I'm telling you it's possible
Free, free... free, free... free, free... get free now
Free, free... free, free, free, free... free, free
You're my peace of mind, that old me is left behind
You're my peace of mind, you're my peace of mind
He's my peace of mind, he's my peace of mind
He's my peace of mind, he's my peace of mind
What a joy it is to be alive
To get another chance, yeah
Everyday's another chance
To get it right this time
Everyday's another chance
Oh what a merciful, merciful, merciful God
Oh what a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful God

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Narrative of My 35th Birthday and the 35 (Random) Acts of Kindness

I hope my friend does not mind me posting this...but I think this should be shared with the world.....If more people in the world were like this, the world would be a much better place!

This is a facebook post made by a friend of mine named Christine....this is how she spent her birthday:



For those who asked to about my day. I know that my account is lengthy, but I just couldn't chop anything out! Here it is...

I loved my 35th birthday. It was the first time that I allowed myself to stop thinking of my needs on my birthday. Self-pity and self-centeredness are hard to navigate through. No thanks, don't want them. Not this time. Not this birthday! I don’t know about you, but for me, the big S's only give me unproductive ruminating thoughts that stifle my following actions. I did not want any part of that on this birthday, so I chose to change it!
I wanted a YOU centered birthday instead of a ME centered birthday, so I chose to serve. I wanted a GOD centered birthday instead of a MATERIAL centered birthday, so I chose to act with kindness. I wanted a FAMILY centered birthday so that we all could grow. I wanted something that stretched my boundaries and pulled on my heart strings. I wanted to feel it deeply. I wanted to touch the authentic emotion.
Yes, I planned it out to an extent… so to all of you language purists, my part was not so random. The random part of the action fell upon the person receiving the act of kindness. In turn, their reaction created an uncalculated emotion inside of me. Voila!
So, to all that are interested, I will list the events of yesterday, sequentially. I hope that the deep emotion that I felt during the day is tangible on paper.
Oh… and I forgot to add, being public with my life does not come easily to me. Writing in my Facebook status that I was planning on the 35 Acts of Kindness was a feat of it’s own. The last thing that I want you, the reader, to think is that I am being boastful. Truly, putting myself into the ringer immediately produces sweaty palms and a knotted stomach. But, I’m pushing myself this time. I won’t ever get anything done if I stay inside my box and you won’t ever know about it unless I open my mouth (or click away at the keyboard).

  1. Breakfast in bed for the hubbie with a note of thanks for everything that he has provided for me. I started with the person that is most significant in my life.
  2. Flowers for the kids, a huge hug, thank you, and encouragement for the day.
  3. Flowers delivered to the widow next door.
  4. Cookies and a greeting to the neighbors that live two doors down. We haven’t ever addressed one another before, even though we see each other many times a week. When the family opened the door, they first asked what we were selling. They acted amazed that we were just saying hello. They were very gracious once they understood that our motives were simple and kind!
  5. A treat for the mailman. We were lucky enough to meet him on his route! His smile was the largest out of anyone that we gave to the whole day.
  6. A call to my Dad to thank him for all of the support that he has provided in my life. This act brought on all the tears. As many of you know, my Dad and I have a strained relationship. This may have been the hardest act of the day.
  7. Sent a snail mail letter to an old friend. This was directed to my oldest friend that I love like sister. Super easy to write, but I am generally awful thinking of and performing out these deeds. Mailing things is not my specialty!
  8. Sent another snail mail letter to someone that I have lost contact with. Another hard act to face, but I am hoping that it will be fruitful. I am often filled with self-doubt when I think of all the friends that I have lost contact with. What was it that they did not like about me? But really, when I admit it, I know that I am the worst when it comes to calling someone to say hello. I easily contribute to many of my failed relationships. My box is safe and if you are outside of it I may not communicate often. Down with the box!
  9. Donated clothes to a local shelter. Easily done! This is one that I do often, so I didn’t stretch my self too far!
  10. Provided a friend with one of our material possessions that we don’t use (but it is still in fantastic shape)! Well, really this was Benj’s act of kindness… but I was the middleman! He had a great pair of NEW Dickies jeans just sitting in his closet. We chose the man that we thought most deserved them (and was the coolest) and then delivered!
  11. Gave cookies to a close family friend that helps us out often. This lady also has a mother who recently began living with her due to medical needs. She often takes care of her grandkids (who are my kids good friends). We definitely caught her off guard and I can only hope that she wasn’t too embarrassed that she was still in her robe. But, bottom line is that we love and appreciate her!
  12. Thanks given to the bank tellers with a plate of cookies. I interact with the bank tellers weekly but never say much to them beyond the ordinary hellos.
  13. Struck up a conversation with the cashier at our local food mart after pumping gas. I asked her things that I normally wouldn’t have and I was so surprised at how lovely she was!
  14. Helped folks with their grocery carts. We offered to put them away after unloading. The people loved this, offering many thanks and blessings upon our day.
  15. Handed out single roses in the parking lot. I approached and the roses were readily accepted! Smiles!
  16. Gifted a single rose to the cashier at our grocery store after a purchase. Her reaction was so joyful that I immediately broke into tears… but I was not done in that line…
  17. I turned around and handed a grocery store gift certificate to the person standing behind me in line. Again, I was sobbing and immediately exited the store with my family. I want to be honest with you here. Before performing this act, I caught myself judging the man behind me. I was assessing if he needed the gift certificate or not. He looked well groomed and had nice clothes. His child did, too. I even allowed myself to think that he may take the act the wrong way and take offense. Then, I willed myself to go through with the act AND I was so surprised at his unyielding gratefulness.
  18. Again, provided a store shopper with a gift certificate while they were entering the doors. I also gave this lady a single rose!
  19. Intentionally smiled at others all day!
  20. Provided the corner newsstand man a soda. It gets hot down here in Harlingen!
  21. Dropped off cookies and a rose to our local community garden angel! This woman lives by herself, she immigrated from Mexico (yes, legally you stiff-ies), works as a housecleaner, transports herself daily by bicycle, successfully saved the money to build her own house, etc… I could go on for a long time. She also tends to everyone’s garden at our local community garden. She gives out kindness daily!
  22. Responded to all of my facebook messages and did so when I first viewed them. Ok… another confession time… I am awful at procrastinating when I receive a message. I always think that I can do it later, but what I need to do is show the person the respect and respond quickly. Uggghhh… trudging through deep mud!!!!! This one is hard for me.
  23. Visited one of the sweetest ladies at our church. Cookies distributed! This visit was very beneficial for me. The lady that we visited is a joy to be around and very funny. She was stricken with Polio as a child and has had issues with her health since.
  24. Gave the sweet lady a hug. I am not an innate hugger. It takes some planning on my part to reach out for a hug. Yet, I realize the importance of human touch and how we thrive when we have it. It will be lifelong work for me!
  25. Brought flowers to the local librarians and gave them a verbal list of appreciation. I love our library here. We attend about every 2 weeks, so some librarians even know my kids’ names. I was told that the children’s librarian receives more complaints than compliments. This boggles my mind since most of the programs are FREE.
  26. Provided sodas to three lawn-care workers. We shared and they were more than grateful. Honesty again, I hesitated beforehand. These men looked rough and were the type of people that I usually tiptoe around. My preceding thoughts were proven wrong… again!
  27. A larger than usual tip to the Starbucks drive through attendant!
  28. Coffees and cookies to a local fire station. This one was unusual. The fireman asked why we were giving them the treats and continued by saying that we support them already with our tax money! They did graciously welcome the treats in the end.
  29. Provided a soda for the newspaper girl stationed on the median of one of our major roads.
  30. Taped quarters to the vending machines next to the emergency room at our local hospital. I LOVED this one.
  31. Starbucks coffees given to the sweet labor and delivery nurses. These ladies were the jolliest bunch of people that we came across the whole day. They were eating a cake given to them by a patient that said, “Nurses kick a**!”
  32. A plate of cookies given to a large family in the hospital waiting room. They were very hesitant at first, but then warmed up after a countdown of about 10 seconds.
  33. A gift certificate given to shopper at Lowe’s. I sought out this family and the father was more than gracious.
  34. Roses distributed at a local nursing home. I brought in a bucket full of roses with the intention of giving to a person that does not have many, if any, visitors. When I asked the attending nurse, she directed me to a lady that she described as ‘speaking a lot, but no one listens.’ I gave her a rose and listened. Before I knew it, I was directed into the BINGO room where I had the exact amount of roses per person. I first gave to the ladies and everyone was more than willing to receive. I then approached the 2 men. The first man was reaching out to me before I even got to him. He was mumbling incoherently and as I gave him the rose he said, “Thank you, Mama.” I wasn’t prepared for that uncovered deep emotion and cried the whole way out!
  35. I paid for the order behind me at a fast food drive through window. This was hard to convey to the cashier, but, again, after that 10 second countdown and persistence, she finally understood and smiled. Mission Accomplished!!!!! Wooo-hooo
  36. I left doughnuts and quarters at a local laundromat. The ladies in charge were really confused when I explained what I wanted to do. They automatically assumed that I was selling the doughnuts. It took them at least a minute to shake that idea that I wanted something! Again, once understood they poured out ‘thank yous’!
  37. Flowers left at a friend’s house after swimming with the family.
  38. Yard work for a neighbor.
  39. Cookies to a church member.

And the list continues… I don’t want to stop now! I realize how easy it is to be KIND!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

LEDs in Wheels

Remember when neon lights under the car was the ish...made your car look like it was floating. I wanted some soooooo bad when I first got a car. That was then...this is now: The new trend is LEDs in the wheels. Kinda cool (even though I wouldn't do it now).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Birthday 2Pac


"We need to change the way we eat, live, and treat each other" -Tupac Shakur

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

J. Cole - Friday Night Lights


I know this is old but it's a straight banger. He even did a song with Aaliyah (best friend).


Monday, June 6, 2011

Lebron James Post Game 3 Press Conference

LJ motivating himself by wearing his high school colors....
last time he won a championship was in HS.



LJ's camaro.....doesn't get much harder than this

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day - Freed Slaves Started This Holiday in Remembrance of Fallen Union Soldiers


Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, which was first recorded to have been observed by Freedmen (freed enslaved southern blacks) in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865, at the Washington Race Course, to remember the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. Today, what is now known as Memorial Day, commemorates all U.S. Service Members who died while in military service. The recognition of the fallen was then enacted under the name Memorial Day by an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic — to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. Over time, it was extended after World War I to honor all Americans who have died in all wars.

Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season, and Labor Day its end.

Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family get-togethers, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

R.I.P. Gil-Scott Heron

"Idiot Box"

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized.

Idiot boxes of the world unite! To fight off the effects of intelligence, replace smart quotes with fart jokes, substitute sense with scenes from Martin, let the baby's bathe in that glow and learn all manner of things they don't really need to know!

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Channel the content of some rambling nonsense deep into the annals of yo' subconscious, deprogram and depress chasing some televised success, be them, that, they and those be everything but in control,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Small claims Court drama, teenage baby mamas, Osama watching Osama, Celebrity Endorsed indoor saunas, the perfectly cooked piraƱa and other cannonfodder for you to ponder, all at the speed of imitations of life while the smoke of war gets inhaled thru the peace pipes, be still my beating heart and scare my brain from thinking thoughts as i sit intoxicated by the delights, sarcasm and 3 strikes thrown by my favorite pitcher in a sound surrounded, 3 dimensional, high death, full color mixture, wholly unsocializing and completely uncensored,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

By this one-eyed monster most of the world was raised, and by this hero most of the world was saved, and to this master most of the world is slaves, it factors your fears with actors and cheers from a live studio audience pushing you to engage in a heroic act of thoughtlessness for the grand prize of a little bread, fleeting fame in the circus and every thought in yo head,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

"Ain't no changing me" said my flat screen TV, No More Che's to the rescue, or Black Panthers to correct you, just coaxial cables and satellite signals to connect you to a world that doesn't really look like it does on TV, where everything is much shorter, fatter, uglier and in disorder, where u have to do it now because there are no digital recorders where if the present gets boring you can just fast forward,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

So there will be no revolution, or paradoxically ironic televised public execution of the entire worldwide televising institution, there wont even be a celebritized, televised trial of old baby blue, cuz you see my dear friends the television will not be revolutionized but what about the revolution that should taking place inside......................of you?

By Wasalu "Lupe Fiasco" Jaco in Dedication to that guiding light of a human being Gil-Scott Heron