Entries from May 2008 ↓

Shine Your Light

It’s been a minute since the last time I checked into my OldSpace aka MySpace page…but while going through all the random friend requests and birthday updates that have accumulated over time, I clicked into my blogs section..and came across one which words still hold true to this very day…. Ironically I wrote this just about the same exact time of year….two years back… Below is a cut and paste.. (Damn I was so wise back then and still am :-P )

Oh! and one more thought while I’m at it… Just the other night, a friend introduced me to another in the definitive context of a true free spirit: “Mimi does whatever the <bleep> she wants…and on her own terms. I mean, I think I’m doing what I want, but watching her makes me realize I gotta step my game up!” – AG aka Speedy Friend.

and with that thought… Enjoy!….. :-)

“My Mimi Says Shine Your Light On The World~~~~”
Current mood: reflective
Category: life

Yes, thats right inspired by Mos Defs’ poignant words and performance last week @ the much-awaited and highly anticipated ROOTS n friends concert @ Radio City, I’ve decided to shed some light unto the world so BEHOLD, a Lady:

Lets set the stage with an excerpt, shall we!? –

Put my heart and soul into this song
I hope you feel me
from where I am, to wherever you are
I mean that sincerely
Tomorrow may never come
For you and me
Life is not promised
Tomorrow may never appear
You better hold this very moment very close to you
Very close to you
So close to you, so- close to you
Dont be afraid, to let it shine

My Umi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see

- Mos Def, Umi Says/Black on Both Sides, 1999.

These mere words are rather self-explanatory, but its significance deserves some devoted time and attention. I know for me..and for many others, days n nights come and go at lightning speed always caught up in some whirlwind-esque-sumnoranother, but lest we forget, tomorrow may never come for you or me, life is not promised.

Now my intentions are not to sound like Ms. Debbie Downer from SNL but there are just so many ways to remind ourselves to take the time to stop and smell the roses, and/or enjoy the ride etc. So.. DO.IT.PEOPLE (ESPECIALLY since its Spring Fever..and Summer Funs round the corner!! :-D )

But on the serious tip, I am thankful for the many that I’ve crossed paths with, no matter how brief or enduring our encounters have been/are each have offered lessons learned, and each day, I regard as a platform for development. Know that youv’e made your mark and this I humbly appreciate and know that you are cared for.

And another thing: individual life spans are diminutive when held up against the greater context. Use time wisely and fruitfully. KNOW, LISTEN and FOLLOW what you LOVE and ASPIRE – only this will allow your true self to manifest – Don’t be afraid, to let it shine. Shine your light for the world to see.

Peace ~ Positivity ~ Productivity

Check the original video here:

“Umi Says” from Black on Both Sides by Mos Def (10.12.99)

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Resurgence

I just love how this place makes me feel! :-)

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Spring into New England

In my morning run, I couldn’t help but take in the sweet smell of fresh air and beautiful New England Spring foliage right in my own hood:

(very own backyard Fenway)

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My Pride, My Joy

Just me and my lil’ babes…in a silly-fest as we readied up for Game 5 vs. Cavs last night. She even had her Celtic Green on…Needless to say, this little girl forever cracks me up… Some may even say a little “mini-me”… In fact, earlier in the day yesterday, on a trip to the local public library for some school project research, I was asked if the little thing was my daughter… Quite a compliment by her cuteness, however, nope… I can return her to my sister aka her mom in the evening. HA!

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Just In The Nick Of Time…

I was never an Edwards-hater. In fact, I even thought he would’ve been a viable Presidential candidate, however just caught himself once again in the race at the wrong place and more so, wrong time; and his bow-out was rather early. But jeez, talk about timing, huh! I’m a bit torn at the moment on that one (especially since I am typing this post now at 2:28AM) – and I’m referring to the timing of his endorsement, by the way. On the one hand, I feel like Edwards held out till the more obvious candidate to rep the Dems was clearly going to clinch the W aka Mr. Almighty O, but on the other hand, his endorsement is a nice “Up Yours” gesture to the Clinton Camp as they scrape on, by tooth and nail amidst an eh-worthy-gloating-win in West Virginia.

Now, I’m not trying to be mean, since I was in fact in the crowds a few years back hootin’ and cheerin’ when Mr. Clinton rallied alongside comedian/supporter, Chris Tucker on NYU campus (I wish I had a digital camera back then), but really, as AgainstHillary.com suggests…

The time has come
We don’t care how.
But Hillary Rodham Clinton
Will you please GO NOW!

Your campaign is becoming
An endless charade,
So get off the trail,
Burn out now, don’t just fade.

You can swim down a river
Of crocodile tears.
You can surf on a wave
Of terrorist fears.

Enough with the red phone!
Enough with the NAFTA!
If you like,
You can go now by White Water Rafta.

Hillary Rodham Clinton,
We don’t care how—
HRC,
Will you please GO NOW!

You can leave on McCain’s
Straight Talk Express.
You can leave all made up
in a Muslim headdress.

Kucinich will take you
On his UFO
But good God, dear Hillary
Just go go, GO!

You can ride home on coattails
Or in big biz’s pocket.
Or maybe you’d like to
Ride NASA’s new rocket.

You’ve raised a gazillion
From execs on Wall Street.
But when it comes to real change,
Barack’s got you beat.

You can go by limo
Or lobbyist jet.
You can ride an old donkey
Just get, Hillary, GET!

Your negative ads
Are bringing us down.
You should get off the air,
You should get outta town!

You can go to New York
Or back to The Hill,
But get yourself home
….and don’t forget Bill!

Hillary Rodham Clinton,
We don’t care how—
HRC
Will you please GO NOW!

…………….and now speaking of Going Now… and Timing and all…. It’s time for me to catch some shut-eye. It is nearing 3AM!

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Rumble in the Far East

As if there isn’t enough rumbling in that part of town with the upcoming Games and current political unrest, Mother Nature decided to make a devastating visit earlier this week to the Sichuan area and neighboring provinces of China, in the form of an earthquake – measured at 7.9 on the Richter – current toll to have claimed 50,000 innocent lives – leaving survivors both those parent-less and child-less.

While I refuse to include aftermath photos simply because it is just too sad to share images of despair, I will, however take a moment to encourage DONATIONS TO THE CHINA EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND as well as ease the minds of those concerned with my soon-come adventures by way of a little Geography lesson:

  • China is massive.
  • The Sichuan Province and areas directly impacted by the earthquake = Southwestern China
  • Shanghai = Eastern China

My American comrades (currently in Shanghai) reported all is still standing in the ‘Hai. Simultaneously, my Dean contacted me to assure the contract is still on and the regions impacted are ways from my school site. So, it is safe to say that the recent rumbles will serve me no roadblock. So, forward, I march… (but thank you to those who have had me in thought!)

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Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

So I’ve migrated back up to the northeast, and as much as I was *itchin about the all the craziness down south, I gotta say…this brisk weather is for the birds!!! I miss the warmth, but moreso, I miss my summer fashions ala just throw sumn breathable on and call it a good day!

Exhibit A:

Note: This is a rewind post, meaning going back in time a tad (to last Friday) to catch ya’ll up with my shenanigans.

Just as fitting to the title of this post and earlier that very same day (as the pic was taken above), I had challenged my threshold for spicy sauces at the tasty and friendly Lost and Found Saloon in midtown Miami. (So tasty, I went back there 3 times!) Anyhoots, so with my Steak Breakfast Burrito, I had a complimentary 2 for 1 Drink (courtesy of the owner … I told you I got friendly up in there! Thanks KB!). The blueberry beer is really refreshing! I’ve had a few from various spots in my lifetime, however theirs is berry yummy. Then, as a big fan of Tabasco sauce, they blew me away with the Habanero Tabasco. Highly Recommended (and hard to find in stores down there) for all Tabasco lovers out there. However, my curiosity zoomed in at the crazy assortment of hot sauces lined up along their bar; two in particular, both with handwritten caution messages taped around the bottle noses, enough to convince any normal person to steer away…but Nope! Not Me! So, I first gave the “milder” of the two a try, called “SMACK MY ASS AND CALL ME SALLY.” Unlike many hot sauces, this one actually had a flavor to it (a sort’ve barbeque, if you will) to it at first which was quite complimentary to my strips of steak, that settled and lingered on my taste buds for a lil bit, until the spices slowly built up within the walls of my mouth and my ears started to ring. I couldn’t drink my beer because that would just make it worse, and definitely not water because that is the very last thing you want to drink under those conditions. So, I felt my way through the tears in my eyes to squeeze out some ketchup on my awesomely made hash brown (crisp at the right spots) to soothe my tongue. The sweet tang of the ketchup and starch from the potato brought me eventual relief. But of course, I chose not to stop there…I mean what’s the point? I’ve come this far, the only thing left to do was to finish it off with the the ultimate hottest of all hot sauces they had in the house, titled “NUCKIN’ FUTS.” Plus, I liked the name. At this point, I was nuckin’ futs, but this time I learned my lesson. I didn’t pour on my breakfast burrito as I had when I was called Sally…. Instead, I dipped a tiny, toothpick-size dollop and this one had no build-up. This one was instantly hot like a mofo! I was done with hot sauces after that. I happily finished off my hashbrown with ketchup and was declared Nuckin’ Sally.

Then…. for dinner, I hit up my favorite, hidden Vietnamese spot in Sunny Isles called,

Little Saigon… and I mean favorite…. every single dish is filled with fresh herb aroma and spicin’ goodness!! Many restaurants all over fall into the trap of using the same base broth for their dishes, especially noodle soups, but Nope! Not this one! Each bowl has its own distinct flavor to them. All so fresh and so yummy… all topped off with of course a little dash of hot chili paste….

and now while I’m at it…. here’s a fun lil music video to a festive anthem heard in allllllll iiiiiiiiiiislands around the world, by a guy named Poindexter….That’s Buster Poindexter… Olé! Olé!

Hot Hot Hot by Buster Poindexter “Hot Hot Hot” from self-titled album by Buster Poindexter (07.07.87)

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Hiking in NYC

Well, maybe not your typical “hike through the woods” but…

Because I am no longer a Manhattan-resident, I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. The New York Times reports: the Rent Guidelines Board recommended last night to increase rents for rent-stabilized apartments by 3.5-7% for 1-year leases and 5.5-9.5% for 2-year leases – figures that were deemed too high by tenants and of course, not high enough by landlords. This proposed increase, by the way, is higher than last year’s 3% for 1-year and 5.75% for 2-year leases, reflecting the rising costs landlords face. The somewhat good news is that these figures are not set just yet, there will be more private meetings till a final vote is taken on June 19th.

But seriously, I find myself often thinking back to the years I ran around in the city and truly don’t know how I did it. My monthly expenditures were outrageous in comparison to ANY other part of the world. Even having looked into owning a few years back was quite a treat to see how much folks were willing to put down in cash (on the spot, mind you) for a walk-in closet space. I know, I know, this is nothing new to many of ya’ll as since ya’ll are still among the many grindin’ it out in the city, day-in and day-out, and frankly “we’ve heard it all before” – NYC is an expensive way of life (and the cultural rewards are indeed abundant and some may argue its worth). But I’m here to say, the impact and understanding is truly that much more greater when you step out of the rain as I have, and see it in the clear without all the obstacles in the way.

With bills, bills, bills and still having play money to run with, I gotta give myself a pat on the back. However, I do owe a Muchas Gracias for the many complimentary rides my line of work had bestowed upon me. So, four cheers to the entertainment industry for all the promotional music, gala invitations, comped concerts and open bars!! ….. To quote Blue Eyes himself, “If I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere”….. I still heart you though, New York.

“I can see clearly now” from album, I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash (1972)

“New York, New York” from album, Trilogy by Frank Sinatra (09.17.79)

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Feliz Cinco de Mojito!!

Given where I am on this festive day this year, (see my previous post, 917 vs. 305, if you need to refresh your memory), I think it is only appropriate that I pay homage to a magnificently-tasty Cuban highball, THE MOJITO.

Here’s a snapshot of one consumed by me with fresh coconut bits in Chicago last fall at restaurant, Zocalo.

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Now, for a little history lesson:

According to the Havana Journal, the mojito (pronounced mo-HEE-toe), is one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails, deriving itself from the African word “mojo”, meaning – “to place a little spell.”

While there are accounts that suggest slaves working in Cuban sugar cane fields in the late 19th century invented the mojito, Bacardi traces the drink’s roots to 1586, when Francis Drake and his pirates tried to sack Havana for its gold. While the invasion was unsuccessful, Drake’s associate, Richard Drake, was said to have invented a mojitolike cocktail known as “El Draque” made with aguardiente (a crude forerunner of rum), sugar, lime and mint. Early on, it was consumed for medicinal purposes. Around the mid-1800s, the recipe was altered and gained in popularity as the original Bacardi Company was established. In 1940, Cuban playwright and poet Federico Villoch proclaimed: “When aquardiente was replaced with rum, the Draque was to be called a Mojito.’’

Sooo yesterday, on a declared beach day to ring in the festivities, I took it upon myself to what else, but stir up a homemade mixture enough to last…

Needless to say, this year I trade in typical margaritas and coronas from a NYC rooftop (“so, last year”) for a tall, minty, iced one with some beach sand on the side! Thirsty yet?? OLÉ!!

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I make big money, I drive big cars….

Everybody know me, it’s like I’m a movie star….

Because it’s Friday and I’m too lazy to type a whole lotta verbage, so I’m gonna drop a throwback video – probably the first video-narrative (to the best of my video-memory) that embedded a vivid image lasting till this very day, from my then, 10 year old membrane… particularly the Trick o’ Treat Scene … You can tell it’s Friday with my run-ons… Happy Friday ya’ll!!

My Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me…

“My Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me” from album, We Can’t Be Stopped by Geto Boys (07.01.01)

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