Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Boondocks and The Santa Stalker

In the spirit of all the new traditions that are now synonymous with Christmas I present one of my favorite Christmas clips and a new classic (for me anyway). I was not a fan of the Boondocks comic strip, but must admit the cartoon version was witty, well-written and at times make-your-side-hurt funny.

When I originally saw this clip, just the mention of Santa "paying what he owe" would make me laugh (it still does). So, I present to you Riley Freeman who is upset with Santa for not coming to the 'hood when he was poor. When all he wanted was a set of rims....not the whole car, just some rims!


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hibernating During the Holidays

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. The Christmas songs on the radio, decorating the tree, wrapping presents and cooking tons of food. It took me a while to get into the spirit this year, but I think it has finally hit me. This time of year brings great memories of my Grandmother. We would spend days baking cakes and pies in her old kitchen over my winter break.

The stove was so old, you had to light a piece of paper and stick it to the eye once you turned on the gas. It was extremely dangerous, but I don't remember my Grandmother financing anything. What I do remember is the amount of time we spent together just the two of us, talking, sharing stories and cooking up a small storm.

Maybe that is why I grew up loving the Christmas season. I will spend the next week and a half hibernating and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. To the handful of you who actually read this blog....

Enjoy your holidays!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Preparing for the Stage

My performance group is preparing for a number of upcoming shows. Next week we are performing at an elementary school diversity program, which should be a lot of fun. We are performing our signature piece the "bele dance" which the children should love because of the drummers and colorful costumes and a few kid-friendly age appropriate poetry pieces.

I have mentioned dancing with the performance group a lot in previous posts, so here is an unedited piece from the drummers practice. More to follow...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Another Year, Another Decade and Still So Much To Learn

I am now 30 years old. I thought when I turned 30 life would be a lot different than it is now. Oh the best laid plans of mice and men!

I think I will enjoy my 30s. For my birthday I went to my favorite Caribbean restaurant and the Chef whipped up a delightful seven course meal that not only exercised my taste buds and sense of smell, but my eyes as well. I also enjoyed the concert of an artist who sounds a lot better on his CD, so I guess I'll spare you his name. He was so over the top with his show, that I practically laughed my way through it. I hope his keyboard has recovered from being molested by now. Oh yeah, hello again to my Sorors (Natalie and Tiffany) who happened to be sitting behind me. It really is a small world, if only we could figure out if the singer in the end of the show was really throwing the sign ;)

The only downfall of my entire two week vacation was trying to visit my father. Even though it was the first time I had returned to my hometown in over two years, he did not find it necessary to invite me over for his 50th birthday. For some reason he is so busy comparing me to my younger sisters that he has missed the woman I have become.

As the man who gave me life, he can only see the negative. Others around me see the positive and try to help me see it when people like him send me a TKO of zingers that hit like body blows. I guess he is incapable of showing love any other way.

Anyway...Happy Birthday Pop!