Sunday, August 17, 2008

Puakenikeni - Nicole Scherzinger [New Single]

Again...where is the solo album?!?

Steam - Nicole Scherzinger

Soo...where is the album?

Nicole Scherzinger feat. Timbaland - Physical (2oo8)

Ohhhhh Myyyyyy Goooooodness!!!! Nicole is amazing!!!

Death returns to Williamsburg

Death is a cruel bitch.

For the last few days I've been worried that my mother, who fell ill with a kidney/UTI infection, was in really bad health and not going to make it through. She had a fever last Saturday, then was rushed to the hospital on Sunday by my uncle Tim and Grandma. She is on the mend, but her continued fevers have me even more concerned because that still hasn't been controlled. Mom is resting in a hospital, and my uncle Tim drives from Virginia to North Carolina and has a heart attack and dies.


Just how effed up is that?!? I know, I'll have to get used to this as I get older and forget that all of the adults in my life are even older than I am and will start to pass away, one by one, like some kind of deathmarch, but I always like to think of people passing away after living a LOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNGGG long life. Not some quick death in middle age.

I may be flying home to Williamsburg in a day or two, but I'm dreading it. I'm glad to get back and visit my family, but I really would love to go back and not be visiting for a funeral of a family member. Plus, I don't want to go back and be thinking the entire time I'm with Mom in the hospital "what if she doesn't make it?"

Friday, August 15, 2008

Janet Jackson - So Much Betta ft Effrem (OFFICIAL REMIX)

Uhhhh....Janet is amazing!!!!!

Bus Killer Carried Victim's Head

How freakin' crazy is this?!?!?

OFFICIAL Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer 6

I am SOOOOOOO there!!!!

Heroes Season 3, NEW TRAILER (HQ) : Villains.

I'm so ready for the new season I could bust!!!!!!

richard simmons on whose line

This is actually the video I wanted to share with you. Laugh at will...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Again with the trial and error

Been trying to add YouTube videos to my blog all week, but I think I finally figured it out since the whole "click here and it magically appears" thing isn't working. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Oldish post on the new blog

Our local paper is running a column by 2 of their features writers, one Black and one White, on the topic of race in society today. They are friends and are trying to tackle the touchy subject of race in a friendly, non-confrontational way, while still touching on hot buttons and going "Ow." The first question was basically why can't you Black people stop being your own worst enemy? The response was one where the Black author, rightfully IMHO, defended Blacks in America for the historical blueprint that has helped create the fabric of Black America today, then casually mentioned that there are many things we need to do in our community to fix ourselves, but to not "blame the victim." I was okay with his response up to the point of not pulling Black folks up short for the many things we do that are self-inflicted and go only so far as to make the efforts of the many Black people who are trying to make the American Dream a reality more difficult. So here I propose a short list of things we as Black Americans and you as White Americans can do to help us all get along...

Commandments for Some Black Americans

Respect Education in your homes and outside of the home. (Music and sports can make you money, but they can't take away what you learn; and if everybody could be Jordan or Usher, they would.)

Get a job/career that respects you and the community. (Remember, a hustle is not a job and if you can't sell it to a cop in the police station, then it doesn't count as "sales.")

Raise your children with love and respect. (Treat them better than you treat other people's children and speak to them like they might be taking care of you in your old age.)Learn how to make money work for you and your family. (Save. Invest. Put money away until you need it. )

Stop treating "hood" and "ghetto" like it's a model to live by and not a place you'd rather move out of.Place more importance on the things you do and the lives you affect than the things you have and the cars you drive. (If we spent half the time we do flossin' doing something...anything to improve our communities, fewer people would be struggling today. So go volunteer.)

Respect your elders. (Listen to them. Talk to them. Live your life like the hard work they put in to give you the life we often take for granted means something.)

Stop acting like the things we do and say don't affect the way we are viewed in the world. (Nigger isn't just a word, gold grills don't look good on anybody, and if you walk into the store looking like a gangsta, hell yes they are going to watch you when you shop.)

Call it like you see it. (Once upon a time, we watched out for one another and took each other's children to task if they got out of line in public. Stop letting our kids today run around thinking that the stupid things we see them do everyday is okay.)

Reparations: Unless you have the receipt, nobody owes you anything. (You won't see a penny of it anyway, so get over it, move on, and just accept the fact that we got an apology, which is more than we ever thought we'd get.)

Everything isn't racist. (Stop crying wolf at every turn or when we DO need to use it, the effect is gone.)

Commandments for Some White Americans
Racism does exist: stop saying it's gone. (It's usually dressed up in a nicer package and often surrounded by liberal guilt, but it's there. Until you've had a woman clutch her purse in an elevator just because you got in it, you have no idea.)

Get to know people by the things they do and not the color of their skin. (We should be people first.)

Stop complaining about quotas, affirmative action, etc. They would not be an issue if the playing field were leveled in the first place. One day it won't be necessary. Consider it a form of reparations and get over it.

Just because we say the word doesn't give you a pass to say it. Ever. (We're trying to get our own to stop using it, so you just add insult to injury.)

Interview people because they are qualified and don't disqualify a person because of their name. (Just because the name is "Shaniqua" "Flozelle" or "Alize'" it doesn't mean the person is any less right for the just means you'll remember the name.)

Don't fall for the racism card. (It does get played for effect and if you cower because if it when you are completely right, you cosign the claim.)

Treat your children with love and respect and let me do the same. (I was raised differently than you and my methods may work just as well. If I spank my unruly child, CPS usually does not need to get involved. I just want my kids to show me the same respect out in public that I did for my parents.)

Teach your children the value of being colorblind. (If they start to see each other as friends instead of colors, we might just live to see a change. Don't pass your bigotry on.)

Stop acting like every action done by a Black person is representative of all Black people. (9 times out of 10, we are staring at the news and shaking our heads with you. Conversely, we all can't rap, dance, or be like Mike.)

Don't underestimate us. There is value in everyone.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Construction Zone

Okay, well...we've done it. We hired someone (a friend of mine who works construction while he's on summer break) to come and put some finishing touches on the bathroom. We are simply tired of 1) flashing the world with the glass block window that doesn't block, 2) showering with a draft, and 3) showering with a plastic sheet over our window.

I'll post before and after pictures soon.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Today was a good day-ish.

Got up and made it to work vaguely on time (mental note: set alarm 1 not alarm 2). Managed to get most of my projects done, whether it be by myself or others. I only had one moment where I might have had to cuss a customer (please don't ever presume to tell me how to do my customer service job...if your geriatric ass is too tired to politely wait until I resolve the issue of the customer in front of you, then maybe you should have reconsidered shopping today).

I got home and my baby was working hard on the upstairs remodeling project. I got a contractor lined up to come visit us next week and give us an estimate on work. We had lasagna for dinner and now I'm fixin' to crawl into bed with my snugglebunny. The pups are nested and all is well. Looks like a pretty damned good day around here....

Sadness prevails...

YouTube isn't posting my video additions to the blog. That makes them big pooheads.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ipod love

I love my iPod nano. I think I use it more than any music player I ever owned and now that I can get podcasts on it, I don't know what I'd do without it.

Podcasts I love:
Savage Love
Pod is My Copilot
QCast Connections
The Adam and Matty Show
Confessions of a Southern Boy in Yankee Land
Terminally Single
Dial H for Homo

Most of these shows have the same hosts interchangeably thrown together, but they make me laugh out loud and I enjoy that. (smile)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Gay Chicken

And now for something totally bizarre...

Straight guys taking chicken to a whole new level. A drinking game (of course) which involves 2 guys moving in for the kiss and the first one who backs out is the chicken. Now, the rules on some of the pages (because there are other variations which are more sexual and more WTF than just a kiss) include allowing groping, tongue, headlocks, and anything else which makes the other guy uncomfortable in the kiss, if there is actual connection and the two guys (or girls) are stubborn enough to actually follow through.

I don't know if it's just hot or some game a str8 guy came up with to feel another guy's junk and swap spit.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Old but it makes me laugh...

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Nothing but a good time...

We (Carroll, Teri, and I) took Jackson out for dinner tonight for a belated birthday celebration. After some discussion, we decided to try a new pizzeria in Uptown. When we arrived, it didn't seem to bode well that we would have to wait outside in the Dallas heat for a table in the open air restaurant (and by "open air" I mean the front of it was like a garage and they had fans blowing all over to try to make it comfortable).

I've been talking to Jack for awhile now about wanting to do a podcast, basically discussing our lives and the lives of our family and friends and I listened to how freely our conversation flowed at dinner (despite the blaring music from the restaurant) and wondered why it wouldn't work. It was natural, funny, and the conversation never really seemed to stop. And it didn't seem forced. I wonder really if it would be something we could do or something I could convince other people to do with me if given the chance.

Time will tell.

Dinner went well and we headed out to Chocolate Secrets for dessert. Let me just say, the strawberry crepes there are a wonder to behold. Yum!!!!

Gonna go get ready for bed, but just wanted to try to maintain some semblance of regularity to my blogging.


This week I kinda knew who would go home, but it still is sad to see.

When Will was sent home last week, I knew it was going to be about the personalities this year as much as the dancing, so as far as the girls go Chelsea was a goner and while Twitch was weaker, Mark had a less entertaining solo and was less entertaining overall than Twitch. So next week is going to be a killer week and the guys are going to have to be as good as the girls (who are amazing!!!!!) to win. I'll say it here, if Twitch doesn't win, it's because Katee danced the floor out from under him.