Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Since its New Years Eve, I figured I should put one last entry in the books for 08. Right now Connecticut is getting dumped with almost 7 inches of snow. Can you say, its time to cancel any thoughts of NYE plans! LOL What a buzz kill! Who wants to party in the snow? If you think people drunk driving on new years is bad, try adding snow and ice to that equation. I'll let you marinate on that.
With every new year, comes new years resolutions. Strangely I really don't have any this year. The only thing I really want to do is something different. I know that sounds vague as hell...but its exactly what I mean. I don't want to do the same things I've always done. Someone wise once said, you can't do the same things, and expect different results. So with that in mind...i'm going to do the unexpected. I'm talking Crossy 2.0. Crossy Reloaded. The Emancipation of Crossy. Hmm. That has a nice ring to it. ;) You get my point. It's time for the remix of me-me.
On the Today Show they asked people to sum up 2008 in three words so here's mine:
RIGHT ON TIME
Stay tuned for my next post where I explain, WHY 2008 was RIGHT ON TIME. I know I know, the suspense is killing you. But you'll have to wait till 2009 to get the scoop.
As always I love y'all like play cousins.
Thanks for staying classy in 08.
Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It's called the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 (IV). It contains Nike's flywire technology, herringbone pattern sole, and lunar foam. Skills not included. LOL
There are three color combos of the Nike Zoom Kobe IV, and the first pair will release in January 2009. Availble in stores by February. I personally dig the white ones. What do you think?
Here's a peak:
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
One things for sure -- I am the definition of a 1,000 piece puzzle. And the missing pieces are...well, scattered on the table.
Beyonce recently performed one of my favorite songs on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
It's called "Flaws and All." It's not on her new cd (which is horrible by the way), but I love it all the same. If you listen to the words, it might bring you close to tears. It's a beautiful song.
To you (the reader) I'm not sure why you do it, but thanks for accepting me for me.
Here's the song:
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Well not last night.
And I think this picture says it all:
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I know I said I'd get back to y'all on Monday, but here we are at the end of business on Wednesday and I am just now logging into my blogger account. Shame on me. I know. However, I have something called a j-o-b. If you're unfamiliar consult Webster's Dictionary.
At any rate, i'm so tired that I couldn't even think of a title for this blog. Therefore, "untitled" seemed fitting.
Today was a big day for me. I got my braces off! Whoo-hoo! Now, this is not the first time I've worn braces. I had them back when I was 15...and then lost my retainer a gazillion times throughout college. Thus, creating spaces that I would eventually have to get fixed. Well, now -- they're fixed! LOL
*take a picture, click click!*
Other than that... I had the busiest day ever!!! I didn't eat lunch today until like 4pm! My goodness...
Hopefully I will have time to post something wonderful and insightful for y'all tomorrow. Until then, stay classy!
Friday, November 14, 2008
- Our boy, President-elect Barack Obama will be doing his first post-election interview on 60 minutes this Sunday at 7pm ET.
- Two great NBA games tonight - Nuggets vs. Celtics and the Lakers host A.I and the Detroit Pistons. *Special note: Kobe is 3pts shy of tieing Larry Bird's all-time scoring record.
I'll holler at you beautiful people Monday. Enjoy the weekend!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Lakers are joined by the Atlanta Hawks at touting a pristine 6-0 record. In each of those wins, L.A has held its opponent to under 100 points. If L.A can do the same tonight, they will surely be 7-0.
Here are some points to consider in tonight's matchup:
- Trevor Ariza: Have I mentioned this guy lately? lol Well, the Lakers bench is one reason the team has been so successful. Late in the Mavs-Lakers game Tuesday, Ariza blocked Stackhouse as he was pulling up for a three that would have gave the Mavericks a one point lead. Ariza is starting to make L.Odom look less and less valuable.
- Paul is Potent: Offensively, Chris Paul is vicious. Therefore, the Lakers D' has got to be consistent and strong early on. Jordan Farmar and Fisher will be trading off on defending Paul. They struggled guarding J.Kidd Tuesday who managed to put up a triple-double. However, he also had five turnovers. Did I mention, CP3 has put up at least 20pts/10 asst in all six games this season? He's gaining on Jordan who holds the record for 10 straight games of 20pts/10 assts. Don't worry, we'll end that streak tonight.
- Kobe in the 4th: Kobe Bryant is like late breaking news. When he strikes, everyone scrambles. I'm glad the Mamba hasn't had to play as many minutes. But when he steps on the court in the 4th -- It's over. Ariza and Jordan Farmar have stepped up, while Derek Fisher and Radmanovic have yet to impress the masses.
- Bynum vs. Gasol: As excited as I was for Andrew Bynum to return to the lakeshow, I'm still not blown away by his performance thus far. Will he ever be as good as Pau Gasol? Let's hope he turns it up a notch tonight! He just inked a hefty contract of $58 million. Um, check please! Oh yeah, watch for Gasol to throw some bows in the post tonight.
Pick: L.A Lakers (Who else?)
Last words? We're taking the bzzzzzz out of those bees in the Bayou...
Hopefully, we'll wake up tomorrow to two unbeaten teams. I hope ATL's Mike Bibby makes it rain on the C's tonight. Enjoy the games!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Here's a breakdown of common Libra traits:
On the Good Side
Romantic (for the right person, true)
Talented (America's next top...)
Poised (I'm always classy)
Easygoing (i'm cool as a fan on high)
Peaceable (can't we all just get along?)
On the Bad Side:
Indecisive (I'm not sure, lol)
Gullible (I'm gonna go ahead and say false)
Easily influenced (depends)
Flirtatious (I'm not going to confirm or deny that)
Self-indulgent (Who isn't? ;) )
Procrastinator (that's a bad thing? lol)
Discouraged easily (see "Diva on a Diet" post lol)
It's funny because I've read that most Libra's do well in the arts and entertainment fields. We also make good writers, lawyers, and designers. Hmm. I guess I'm living the dream... ;)
Oh yeah, and no horoscope would be complete without knowing who your compatible sign is...
Allegedly my compatible sign is GEMINI. Hmmm. Other compatible signs include: Aquarius (because of our mutual love of society, beauty and people), Scorpio, Pisces and Leo. My worst match is VIRGO.
Funny, all of my exes just happen to be LIBRA's.
I'll let y'all marinate on that...
Monday, November 10, 2008
If you're a sports fan, turning on ESPN or visiting ESPN.com is a part of your daily ritual. As many of you know, I love the NBA. Specifically, the Lakers. At the end of September I wrote a Lakers Preview post. In it, I talked about how Andrew Bynum's return was huge, and why everyone should watch out for Trevor Ariza this season.
Was I right?
Survey saaaaaaaaaaaaaaays? (*DING*) Yes.
I stumbled across NBA analyst J.A. Adande's article about Trevor Ariza today. Adande writes, "Trevor Ariza might be a stealth player, but he's showing up exactly where L.A needs him this season." Click here for the entire article. It's a good read.
I mean, if the expert (Adande) agrees with me then that just co-signs my point! Now, I won't name any names, but a few of my buddies disagreed with my Ariza observation. I mean truth be told the dude is explosive in a hush-hush kinda way. He adds energy, athleticism, and for lack of a better word: a body. When he's on the floor he literally blends in. However, as J.A wisely pointed out -- you can't miss em in the stat sheet!
Did I mention the Lakeshow is STILL undefeated...?
*Ahem* I rest my case...
Friday, November 7, 2008
If some of you recall, I wrote a blog titled "Diva on a Diet" back on October 13th. I was anxious to try the Special K diet that I had heard so much about.
I started the diet on November 3rd and ended the diet on November 5th. I lasted 2 DAYS!!!!
Let's just saying dieting is NOT for me. I don't see how people do it. Seriously, I'm just gonna put it out there --I love food! hahaha Now, by no means am I a size 12 (no offense to anyone who is) but I was simply looking to shed a pound or two. Is that even significant? No. But look, that's not the point, okay!
The one thing I took away from the Special K diet was better eating habits. Those of you who are not familiar with the diet should know that it encourages you to eat an unlimited amount of fruits and veggies in between meals. This is one piece of advice I will carry with me.
I guess all is not lost...
I learned dieting is for the birds. It's all about eating right.
You heard it here first! The truth is never classified!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
My heartbeat went from zero to 60 in a matter of seconds when I saw the words:
CNN projects: BARACK OBAMA IS PRESIDENT!
What?! No? Yes! Oh my GOD! We did it!
Wait... flip to FoxNews to make sure...
OK! Great, FoxNews projects him as the winner too!
So many parts of me wanted to run laps around the world until I passed out, but after belting out a few good yells all I could do was stand there in awe.
Dude, this is really happening.
Even though it was a semi-warm autumn evening, I had chills man, chills.
Not only do we have a Black president, but he is the right president. He is the face of change. He is the voice of reason. He is an ambassador for Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, disabled, non-disabled...you heard the speech! We are the United States of America! I never fully understood the meaning of "united" until today.
What a proud moment.
What an historic feat.
From fantasy to reality. From the Cosby's to the Obama's. Our dreams have unfolded right before our eyes. Contrary to popular belief, Barack Obama is not a messiah. He will not cure the hate and bigotry in this world. However, Obama's presidential victory puts a spotlight on the thought that: Anything is possible.
Here are a couple Obama nuggets I found today:
- 68% of newly registered voters voted OBAMA! And 93% of registered voters in Washington D.C. voted OBAMA! In Diddy's words -- take that, take that! :)
- Even Sherri Shepherd from ABC's The View got emotional over Obama's win.
- I'm a sentimental person. Dates, pictures, momentos -- I love them. Am I the only one who has been collecting every newspaper with Obama on the front page? Check out these frontpages from around the globe.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Since we're talking about photography, check out my boy Carlos Imani's gallery. It features pics of people, places and attractions. If you're trying to build your portfolio or just want to capture a special occasion. Hit my boy up. Oh, he has a Myspace page too.
and this is probably my favorite gadget on the market right now. It's basically an i-pod for books. Amazon has released it's latest creation called the Kindle. Oprah is endorsing it, so you know they are flying off the shelves. She's even offering a special $50 off code here.
That's it for my favs...
until next time - Stay Classy!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I was getting ready to leave work for the day, when I came across this ---
Remember former ESPN anchor Danyelle Sargeant? She got canned for dropping an F-Bomb on air. Well she now works for FOX and recently left the studio to make her debut as a sideline reporter. You won't believe how a producer at FOX threw her under the bus by releasing a blooper clip to the media. She talks about it here in this interview with Dan Patrick.
I personally feel bad for "the Sarge." It's hard enough for women to compete with men in the sports journalism business, and now this?
Remember to stay effin' classy people! lol
Monday, October 27, 2008
Noticing the coincidence...we laughed.
Gentleman: Are you from New York?
Crossy: No, I traveled here from Connecticut, but I'm from Seattle.
Gentleman: Oh, ok. I'm traveling from Barcelona.
Crossy: Oh for vacation?
Gentleman: Kind of. My wife and I went to watch our son play basketball.
Crossy: Oh, he plays for a team there?
Gentleman: No, he actually plays for the New Orleans Hornets.
Crossy: (blank stare) Oh.
Crossy: WHO is your son?!
Gentleman: (smiles) Chris Paul
Crossy: (thinking to myself, how old is Chris Paul again? And is he married? Dad can you introduce me?) That's cool.
Gentleman: Do you like sports?
Crossy: I guess...I work for
Gentleman: (Smiles) Oh wow. I hope this conversation is off the record...(we both laughed)
How random is it that I sat next to Chris Paul's father on the flight down to Charlotte? He was even toting a little black Wake Forest duffle bag. I usually knock out as soon as the plane takes off, but Mr. Paul and I talked about everything from sports, to politics, to cars, and True Religion jeans. Oh yeah, for all you True Religion fans, Mr. Paul tells me that he got a pair of Truey's for $25 in China. For those that don't know these jeans run about $200/$300 here in the United States. Sounds like my next departure needs to be en route to a different country! O-kaaay!
Mr. Paul also mentioned that his son has a huge home right next door to Reggie Bush in New Orleans. It was funny because he asked me if I knew Reggie's girlfriend. I said, "Of course, you mean Kim Kardashian right?" He said, "Yes, she's a very nice girl."
Um, nice? Dad, you've got to come up with a better adjective than that. I laughed so hard, I was fighting back tears. Just about every guy I know would pay to be within 30 feet of that woman. Case closed. Let's just say nice is an understatement.
I also found out that CP3 was online pledging for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. but he couldn't finish the process because he left school. I always thought he was a pretty boy, and I think I'd pay to see him do the Kappa shimmie too. You can still pledge grad chapter CP!
Just before I could motion for the flight attendant to get me another glass of Cran-Apple juice, we landed in Charlotte. I guess it's true...you never know who you're sitting next to on a plane.
That's it for "The Departure." Stay tuned for my next posts: My birthday, and homecoming...
Till then, Stay Classy!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
AHHHHH! I can smell the sweet scent of hot buttery biscuits already!!
I dip this afternoon and I won't be back in New England until the following Sunday.
Thank God for airplanes, and cheap airfare. I managed to cop a ticket for under $130. BOO-YA!
Wednesday, Oct. 22nd is also my B-day!! Feel free to send gifts! ;)
Needless to say, it should be an eventful week.
By the way, I will not be toting a laptop or blackberry down to Carolina so I'll have a short posting hiatus. But don't fret, I'll have plenty of stories to gush about when I get back. Trust! It's my first time attending my homecoming since I graduated back in 2004.
So I guess you could say...This is a serrrrrrrrrrious matter! [Not really, but I just really felt like saying that. Big ups to my AKA friends reading this ;)]
Time to recline my seat in
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Too busy playing video games to watch the debate? Well Barack Obama is targeting you, the "couch potato" voter who would rather play Madden NFL '09 than flip on CNN.
Barack is already present on various social networks like Myspace, Twitter and Facebook in an effort to get young voters to the polls. But now, for the first time EVER, Obama is utilizing dynamic in-game advertising on games that are updated through the internet on game units like XBOX 360.
Barack has strategically placed ads and billboards in 18 online video games. Video gamers will see Barack ads in everything from every guys favorite (Madden) to Guitar Hero. The ads appear in 10 battleground states with a picture of Sen. Obama and directions to visit voteforchange.com.
I'm not sure who Sen. Barack Obama's PR director is but, uhm, he or she is on point like Stacey Adams. I'm just sayin'...
This election is truly going to be one of the most historical events in my lifetime...and i'm glad i'm going to be a part of it!
I'm mailing off my registration today...(I know, I know, I should've done it a long time ago, but hey, as long as its done, that's all that matters!)
Remember the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct.21st!
Hopefully Obama's X-factor is enough for you to place an "X" in the box next to Senator Barack Obama for President.
You Decicide. Decision 2008.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Last night I nearly ran over a pedestrian walking through the crosswalk when I glanced up at the board that read "$2.99/gallon." I felt like I had stepped into the twlight-zone or something. Who knew seeing gas under three bucks would be such a phenomenon?
Too bad I already have a half tank of gas. I think I'll wait until I get back from Charlotte to fill up. Maybe gas will be $2.50. ;)
And it looks like House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi is trying to make a push for another stimulus package. Check this out. Ching-chinggggg!
I wrote about the first stimulus package here. It's funny because I have no idea WHAT happened to that money. So much for saving up! LOL
I'll keep an ear to the streets - just keep an eye on my blog. ;)
Monday, October 13, 2008
[Disclaimer: my goal is not to lose weight, just to tone up and loose a few inches.]
Well, I can safely say that I've never gone on a real diet but I'm considering trying this one by Special K. I found it yesterday while I was randomly perusing the internet. What a novel idea! It's a food plan similar to Jenny Craig minus all the expensive menu items.
A couple of my girlfriends are looking to shed some unwanted pounds so we've made a pact to start this diet together and work out. Yay! Goooo team! :)
Our start date: Mon, Nov. 3rd.
(Until then I will be pigging out on just about everything! I'm traveling to North Carolina next week so I plan on stocking up on all the downsouth goodies I can handle, i.e. biscuits, sweet tea, and fried chicken.)
I love working out however, an injury I suffered back in June which I talked about in this blog, has me operating at 85%. I'm healed, but as many of you former athletes know, injuries never fully go away. Tragic! I guess my dreams of being a back up dancer for Janet are crushed!
The good thing about getting back in the gym on a regular basis will be updating my i-pod with the latest jams. I'm taking suggestions for great workout songs....let me know your favorites!!
And you know what...this could be an excuse to bust out some new workout gear. New gear could generate a lil' motivation in the Crossy camp.
I'll keep you posted on my progress...
Stay Fit & Stay Classy -
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
It's time for the 2nd installment of the Hump Day Headlines. I'm taking a look at the most bizarre, interesting, and funny news of the day. Enjoy!
- The Chicago Cubs are out of the MLB playoff race and their fans are bitter about it! You won't believe what this fan is selling on E-bay!
- The Portland Trail Blazers' Greg Oden finally made his NBA debut! The dude looks like King Kong when he dunks! Now people are talking about a championship in the Great Northwest? Please. That bandwaggon won't be full for long.
- Former Destiny's Child member, Michelle Williams released her album titled, Unexpected" yesterday. **crickets**
- Since we're on the subject of music, Slim (the lead singer of the group 112) is releasing his new album Nov. 18th. His first single, "So fly" is hott! I don't think I'm alone when I say that I can't wait for this cd to drop!
- Also, check out Ciara's new video that dropped last night. As much as I love Janet Jackson, Ciara might be giving her a run for her money with this one. Can I get a pair of those boots she's rocking in the video? I'm just sayin'...
- Esquire Magazine has named Halle Berry as the "Sexiest Woman Alive." Are we surprised? Check out these lingere flicks of Miss Berry.
- Wanna learn English? This could be the funniest commercial I've ever seen.
- And a love lockdown on Ellen? This is creativity at its finest folks...
Monday, October 6, 2008
I like this new joint from Avant, "When it hurts." The video is pretty low-budget, but I'm really feeling the song. When things go wrong, will you hold on?
Now this one is for my ladies, Usha-Usha..
Usher has released the video for his hit, "Trading places." The first time I heard this song on Usher's album I loved it...but the video just confirms why the song is hott! The video starts out slow but builds up to be a pretty sensual exchange between Usher and his video love interest. I wonder if the soon-to-be ex-wifey Tameka approved of this video? Hmmm.
Last but not least, I can't get this song this song out of my head! Pleasure P, one of the former members of the R&B group Pretty Ricky is going solo. This song has been out for a while, but I've always liked it. It's called, "Rock bottom." It's one of those songs that makes you just sit back and think about that special person in your life. LOL Oh did I mention Lil' Wayne is featured on this joint too? ....Instant classic. Enjoy! By the way, Lil' Wayne is blogging for ESPN.com here.
Friday, October 3, 2008
It was a showdown in St. Louis, as Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin faced off in the first and last VP debate in just the final five weeks of the presidential race.
Here are my thoughts about both Biden and Palin's performance:
Let me start by saying that every Republican and woman should feel personally insulted that John McCain would even consider Sarah Palin as his running mate. It's insulting to women and our fight for equality, as well as the reputation of the GOP party.
Her responses to the Katie Couric’s interview were simply ignorant. She couldn't identify one Supreme Court case other the Roe v. Wade. She couldn't name one major publication that she reads in order to stay abreast of international affairs. When asked about her reaction to the economic meltdown, after fumbling through a series of talking points, her only audible response was that she feels that health care needs to be reformed.
Diddy summed it all up in this video...
In regards to last night’s debate, I could have done just as well as Sarah Palin, especially if I had some of the best political advisers in the country coaching me for a week prior to the debate. I could not, however, have spoken with such authority, with such ease, and with such composure as Joe Biden did when addressing the important issues of the economy, foreign policy, energy, education, and so on.
Joe Biden spoke with ease because he has experienced the issues for over twenty years in the Senate. Sarah Palin spoke ‘robotically’ because she stuck to her speaking points, which were vague at best, and relied on rote memory and the cue cards that she had studied over the last week. No offense Sarah, but I don’t want a vice president whose understanding of the economy and international politics is based on random notes and speech coaches.
Sarah Palin: D+
I mean, how distracting was her bobble head, smiling, winking, smirking, and mispronunciation of simple words like "nuclear" or "terror." She set women in this country back 100 years. Seriously!! I don't care if you're a Republican or a Democrat, as an American you should feel disgusted by her lack of knowledge and respect for the voting public.
She over used the word 'maverick', to the point that it lost it's punch.
Hockey moms? Soccer games? Trying to relate with the American people through hockey mom references is not going to get your ticket into the White House.
Nor is it acceptable to make a cheap shot at Biden for not knowing what it's like to be a single mom. He's gone through his own struggles. And we all know about Palin's issues. Oh, and don't forget her claims about McCain helping the middle class. Now that's a joke!
Here are the areas where Biden excelled:
His message resonated the highest during talks of changing the economy and pulling out of the war in Iraq. Biden stole the show during a debate about the environment:
Palin stood firm on her choice to NOT debate the cause. Figures...
Coming up: The Presidential debate is Tuesday, Oct. 7th at Belmont University. Tom Brokaw is the moderator. Tune in!
Decision 2008. You Decide.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Staples Center was booming with reporters and writers as Media Day kicked off for the Los Angeles Lakers Monday.
The Lakeshow is officially back with a new look for the 2008-09 season. Here's my take on the latest, greatest, and sitting on the wait list.
The Latest: Kobe, Gasol less minutes?
Coach Phil Jackson says he plans on cutting Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol's minutes. Say what? When I first heard the news I thought I was daydreaming. However, KB24.com reports that the rumor is in fact true. People fail to realize the number of minutes Pau and Kobe put up in the post-season. Bryant averages 38.9 minutes a game. Imagine if you only had 10-minutes of rest during your work day? Survey says: NO BUENO. There are two reasons Lakers' fans should not be worried about Kobe warming the bench longer than normal: Andrew Bynum and Trevor Ariza. They're baaaaa-aaack!
The Greatest: Bynum & Ariza
- Andrew Bynum is back and bigger than ever! (See pic above) Did he go to jail during the 08' season or rehab? I'm just sayin'!! The dude looks like he could bench Serena Williams and Warren Sapp in one rep! I'm not sure what his hoop game is looking like yet, but I can definitely see him going toe-to-toe with the likes of Dwight Howard or even the guy I love to hate, Paul Pierce.
- 23-year old, UCLA grad Trevor Ariza has always been a favorite of mine. I'm still puzzled as to why Phil Jackson didn't let the Ariza juice loose earlier in the post-season. The guy brought a much-needed boost of energy to the floor coming off the bench with huge dunks and a few major rebounds. He also added a little size to the mix of L.A's old faithful triangle offense. He was injured early on last year, but trust - this year, he'll make a significant impact.
Watch out for these two guys in the 08-09 season.
Sitting on the wait list: Walton woes; Odom, well...
- Luke Walton won't be suiting up for practice anytime soon. Word is that Lukey Dukey is still recovering from his off-season ankle surgery. Walton told reporters Monday that he expects to be out another 2-weeks. While he won't miss any regular season games, it doesn't help that the Lakers are already sorting out the rotation of an uber deep roster. Good luck Lukey. The way the roster is looking this year it seems like he might be coming off the bench like Lamar Odom.
- Speaking of Odom, he won't be starting this year. Yes it's true, reports say that Odom is going to be the Lakers' official 6th man. I smell a serious tiff brewing between Odom and Phil. I'm not a huge fan of Odom. I mean he's okay, but I definitely feel like he did not live up to his potential in the NBA Finals last year. Like K.Garnett, Odom had one standout game and then it seemed he disappeared for the rest of the series. Remember folks, Odom was only starting because Bynum was out. Since the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol, Odom is gonna have to take a backseat to Spain's phenom. It's the nature of the business baby! I bet you he won't be pouting when he gets that championship ring in the mail!
Overall, it should be an interesting NBA season. Media day is just the beginning.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Did you know that Chuck Taylor's are the best selling basketball shoe in history? They came out in 1917 and Chuck started rockin' them in 1918. These shoes are almost a century old!!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
So this is what a hiatus feels like.
Hmm. It's almost been a MONTH since my last post. I've officially treated my blog as though it were the middle child, or a red-headed step child. It's not that I forgot I had a blog, it's just I've been busy beyond belief. If I had one wish right now, it would be to add 4 hours of daylight to each day. Why not have a 28 hour day? That would make life easier. Needless to say, I've had a lot on my mind, so expect my blog posts to pick up over the next few weeks.
Here's the Latest and Greatest in my world...
Sis is Bliss
My little sister is coming to visit this weekend. She has an opportunity to work for Tommy Hilfiger in New York City. She holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and is currently in Fashion school. The girl is fierce. Her interview is Monday so please keep her in your prayers.
Need an upgrade?
Two things have been upgraded since the last time I wrote. My car and my job. On July 23rd, I purchased a 2008 Honda Accord Coupe. I am literally in love with this car. If you've been following my posts, I talked about the accident I was involved in back in June. It left my previous car which was only a year old - TOTALED. [insert tears] I'm not sure if you name your car, but I am a big fan of giving a name to the vehicle's I own. My last car's name was Carter. My new coupe's name is Boss. It was only appropriate. ;)
My role at my job [name is left out due to the interesting blogging policy we now have] has changed significantly. In an effort not to bore you, I won't get into all the details...but I'm excited to say that I was offered a promotion. It's a great feeling when you work hard at something and are rewarded for your work. It's not something a lot of people can attest to. I am completely blessed and thankful that I've come to a point where I'm starting to feel like I have a sense of purpose. It's an amazing feeling to know what you want, and get it. I just hope this hitting streak continues. I'm going for Barry Bonds' numbers. I think this one's out of the park....
Theme's are so necessary. They set the tone for a week, an event, a year, a party...anything! My theme for this week is: Be the Change you want to See.
Questions on my Mind
Why does Sen. John McCain sound like he sucked the helium out of a balloon everytime he speaks?
Does anyone care about Brett Favre?
Why did Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac have to die?
Are we there yet?
Is New York still the Big Apple?
Is gas going to continue to go down?
How did TomKat (Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes) go from jumping on Oprah's couch to splitsville w/his boo?
Are Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and other NBA greats really going overseas to play ball?
Til' next time,
Stay Classy. Crossy.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
To piggie back on TV One's idea..I've come up with a Crossy Classifieds exclusive:
The Top Black Women Alive Period
15. Susan L. Taylor - Editor and Chief of Essence Magazine
14. Vanessa Williams - Model/Singer - Just beautiful for no reason
12. Michelle Obama - Our Future First Lady ;)
11. Candace Parker - She's makes the WNBA look good. Oh, did I mention she can dunk?!
10. Janet Jackson - She is an awesome entertainer, and who could forget Little Penny! :)
9. Tyra Banks - First Black model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated/America's Next Top Model/ The Tyra Show
8. Mariah Carey - Best-selling female artist next to Madonna
7. Condoleeza Rice - She's our Secretary of State, and she's a genius. If you don't know, google it!
6. Maya Angelou - Poet/Writer/Teacher - She's a phenomenal woman
5. Beyonce Knowles - Singer/Entrepreneur
4. Serena Williams / Venus Williams - Tennis wouldn't be the same without them
3. Halle Berry - Oscar-winning Actress
2. Oprah - Who doesn't love her?
1. Robin Roberts - A pioneer at blazing a trail at ESPN, ABC, and battling Cancer
Who would you add to the list?
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Before I could even take my seat at my desk again, I was over half way finished with my drink. My drink was just low enough in the bottle to reveal the inside label which had a quote on it. It read:
"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time."
- Leonard Bernstein
This is so true. Some of my best work has been done under pressure and in record time! Adrenaline can make you perform like MJ or Tiger in the heat of things. The most important part of this quote is that you first need a plan. Do you have a plan? Do you plan to have a plan? No pressure, just asking. I know I have a plan, however I don't feel like time is a factor in achieving it. The only thing time can do for people where I work is make them comfortable. What if you woke up tomorrow and found out you were going to lose your job? How would you react then? Would the news change up your stride?
For me, just seeing this quote has definitely changed my trot. It tells me that time is a factor in achieving my plan no matter how much I think it isn't.
Just a little food for thought...are you full yet?
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
With these factors in mind, I think Obama has two options. Either make the announcement the week before the Olympics or do it on Monday, Aug. 18th which falls exactly one week before the DNC. It's all about strategic planning here folks! I believe the Obama campaign is strong enough to level the playing field in terms of ratings. If he rolls out everything the week before the DNC, prepare to standby for a news media frenzy. Interviews, parties, a campaign tour, Obama playing golf with Tiger, a BET marathon of Malcom X...the works.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I'm what I like to call a regional chameleon. While I won't assimilate to the norm, I somehow can vibe along with it. For a long time I hated Connecticut. I moved here from the South for my job. It was a great opportunity I couldn't pass up-- but what was I to do in a place where I had no family or friends? Needless to say, time passed and my outlook is slightly different now.
Why does the grass always seem greener on the other side? Have you ever thought to yourself....
Man, If I lived in [input your favorite city] I'd be more happy.
One thing I took from one of my pastor's recent sermons is that no place will change your circumstances. No matter where you go, the same issues follow you there. Or even worse, new issues will appear. Running away from your problems is not the answer to solving them. You've got to look inside yourself and really ask yourself, "What do I want?"
Then, pray about it.
Then, let it go.
My spiritual connection is the reason I wake up with a smile each day. It's the reason why I am a prisoner of hope. Giving up is not an option. It's a mantra I plant in anyone I speak with.
Don't let your area code define you. Be the resilient graduating senior searching for a job again. Relive your past successes. Be a champion daily. Focus on yourself, not the haters.
Smile, and know that....
No matter where you go, there you are.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I'm a firm believer that anytime someone begins a sentence with the words, "I would never..." they almost always end up doing exactly what they said they wouldn't. In the game of life you never know what card is going to be thrown your way. So while you think you would never fall in love with a stripper or a smoker or the mail man or your best guy/girl friend-- he or she might just be the person you end up with. Love sees no color or boundaries. Even though we all hold our set of rules close to our hearts and minds, love has its own rules. I've come to realize that maybe that special someone who is destined to be your soul mate, is in fact the one person who violates all your rules.
This poem is special to me, I hope you enjoy it.
You've violated all of my Rules...
Made them appear as the utterance of a fool.
Caught me off guard
Took my 'always a strike' pitch out of the yard.
Why have you come?
What will you do?
It is so amazingly good!
But can I really trust you?
I had set up a stair case that all were to climb,
You created your own just like mine.
With ease and confidence, you mocked my rubric's sense.
You make me do things I thought I would not.
You've come in my life and blown up the spot.
Yeah, you makin' it Hot.
You tryin' to put me outta my own kitchen?
I'd leave, but I'm just itchin' to understand,
to comprehend to contemplate
to maybe investigate the tools...
you used to violate all my rules.
~Stay Classy - Crossy~
Monday, June 23, 2008
On any given day I can work 1st shift, 2nd shift, 3rd shift, weekends, holidays, the sun comes up when I go to work, and sometimes the sun comes up when I leave. Story of my life I guess.
One things for sure - my life is never boring, and every day seems to bring a different surprise.
As of late I've been living the good life...also known as "the day shift." You know what I mean, Monday thru Friday...9am - 5:30pm.
Working the good life schedule affords me the opportunity to have weekends off. What a blessing! It's funny because until now, I never knew what a weekend really felt like. See, it's one thing to have days off...but it's another thing to have a real weekend. Pick any two days of the week, and I guarantee you neither one of them really feels like a weekend. Sure you don't have to clock in...but alot of times those days become consumed with so much stuff -you don't get a chance to rest.
This past Sunday put a lot of things in perspective for me.
Sunday is a day to relax...and that's exactly what I did ALL day. It's a day that should only be saved for church, a lot of food, long conversations, sleep, and football. Seriously, it doesn't get quite better than that.
It's funny how Sunday feels so different from any other day. The weather was perfect, almost serene. It was warm, with a light breeze, the sun was barely peaking through the clouds, and my house smelled like cherry pie. [Ok, I didn't make the pie, but it was finga-lickin'-good!] I thought to myself, Man...there's nothing like a Sunday.
Now I know why people go for a Sunday drive. It's soothing. I actually drove around aimlessly with no music on for about 10 minutes with no destination. I let the windows down and couldn't help but notice how quiet it was. Is this what Sunday sounds like? Wow. Everything was vacant, parking lots were empty, and the only thing open was Walmart. Then I passed a gas station and it reminded me that it takes dang near $60 to fill my tank, so I took my tank home. Clearly I was dillusional, but I guess a rested mind can do that to you.
Just taking some time to appreciate the simple things.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I'm thankful for the breath in my lungs.
I'm thankful for my friends and my family, who have called and shown comfort.
I thank God for allowing me to be a personal witness of His grace.
I am thankful.
Last Tuesday, my life actually flashed before my eyes.
I was rear ended on my way home from work. A car struck my vehicle as I was stopped, waiting for an opportunity to make a left turn. I was fortunate enough to walk away from the accident, but I suffered several injuries as a result.
Could I have avoided the accident if I left work 5 minutes later? What if I never stopped to fill my tank up at the gas station and just went straight home? All of these questions ran through my head. I felt as if it was somehow my fault, but it wasn't.
Over the past week I've been couped up in the house, several things have become apparent to me.
1) Tomorrow is not promised.
It's something we hear all the time...but it's important to keep in mind. I tend to think as a "glass is half-full" type of person so instead of thinking of it in a negative sense saying you won't be here tomorrow, I like to say LIVE FOR TODAY!
For the record, I've officially whipped out my list of goals for the year and I plan on really working to achieve each one. Sometimes I find myself to be a goal-aholic. It's a disease in which one thinks they can do everything they want to do at one time.
Survey says.........THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE.
So back to the drawing board I guess. Luckily I have time to make my goals really happen since I won't be going out or anything any time soon.
2) Friends are Forever.
Not to get all mushy or anything (not my style)...but I am very thankful to those who took the time to call, come by, reach out, give me a ride, cook, bake, smile, pray or just crack a joke to try to comfort me during this tough time. If it wasn't for you guys--I'd be a mess. It's not often that you do something for someone and they say thank you...so i'm saying:
THANKS GUYS! I'm cheesin! (All 62 teeth are blingin!)
It really means a lot to me because I live in CT and I don't have my closest friends and family here. For once, CT actually feels like a home away from home.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Change is coming to Washington!
Barack is a symbol of hope and an advocate of change.