Thursday, October 28, 2004

Thoughts from a Hot Office

I haven't been posting as much as I used to because I have actually been doing work at my desk. The air conditioning just came on again after being off all morning. Since my body is back to normal temperature. I can sit here and catch up on everything from the past week at one time.

  • If anybody reading this knows a way to kick a ten cup a day coffee addiction please let me know. I can't believe I drink this much coffee when I don't even have to get up that early like I used to.
  • How do you lose 400 tons of explosives in a war zone? Somebody has to start getting fired or demoted for this kind of stuff. It's no surprise that soldiers don't want to go on certain missions around Iraq. How come Bush never admits to any mistake? I honestly think he felt the war was the right move at the time he decided to go but now he can't possibly believe that everything we did was right.
  • Bush is up by over 20 points in Louisiana. Nevertheless, I have to vote or die like the slogan says. I just think it's totally ludicrous that a candidate can lose the popular vote and still be president. We have to get some other choices to vote for. There has to be enough unsatisfied people in this country to develop at least two more parties. Variety of choice is always a good thing.
  • How can a house be running as a meeting place for drug addicts for years in a working class neighborhood and nobody say nothing? It's even worse that the state representative lives right behind the house. I am ashamed of my old neighborhood. You can't complain when something happens if you have a drug club open in your block and never call the police to report it.
  • Every public school I went to in this city is failing and their scores are getting worse. It's amazing that I can type this post on my own. If we don't get this school thing working better, people are never coming home.
  • I watched and listened to Red Sox fans this morning and I must say that it was actually kind of heart warming. I know what it feels like to route for a losing team. The relief they must feel has to be great. I can only imagine what it will feel like to see the Saints lineup introduced at the SuperBowl. Of course, that probably won't happen until I am 95 and suffering from severe dementia so lets just forget it. I can almost picture my great grandchildren touching the rails of my hospital bed saying "great grandpa, wake up. They finally made it out of the second round of the playoffs" and my pacemaker exploding.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Red Sox Win! - MLB - Recap

Thank goodness this is over. Now we can focus on football and the Saints breaking their curse. I have a question. Can you really call Boston cursed? Celtics, Patriots, Bruins, all had championships. Even the Red Sox have been to the World Series before. I couldn't feel sorry for them. Try one playoff win in 37 years.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Am I an addict?

I think I may be an internet and messenger addict. It started off small. I would log on for a few minutes here and there and never really worried about it. Now, I can't go to sleep without logging in to see who sent me a message. My friends list has went from around 10 to about 100. I cleaned it out last night and realized that I didn't even talk to some of those people. Because of finances and circumstance, my personal life has become confined mostly to my house, in front of the tv or computer. I don't mind being home and everything but I feel a need to be out and meeting and talking with people. I haven't been able to do this allot lately and the internet has taken it's place. Last night I watched some old wrestling tapes. Tonight, I think I am going to do the same thing. I need to give my eyes a rest from that monitor.
I'm drinking coffee again this morning which is crazy. I'm trying not to drink the entire pot the way I did yesterday. I didn't sleep late so I guess it's ok. I have been waiting on a phone call from a job oppurtunity and it hasn't come. A letter saying I wasn't hired hasn't come either. Why are people expected to send a resume, cover letter, thank you letter and everything else but it is ok for a company to not tell you anything without having to call them every five minutes. I'm not calling anymore. I guess I will be here at the Link for a little while longer. I hope I'm not starting to accept being poor.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Hump Day

I'm still suffering from writer's block but I have a few things on my mind I want to put down.

I have got to stop drinking 10 cups of coffee a day. This is really not healthy.

I can't believe the Yankees are choking. Personally, I'm not pulling for either team when the World Series starts but Schilling pitched 7 innings on one good leg and the other one bleeding. You have to respect that even if you don't follow baseball. I personally wished neither one would have made it because they are going to dominate sports the whole week. The only good thing is that the two franchises really don't like another and that is always good entertainment.

Everybody keeps screaming get out the vote but if your state is pretty much decided in the race for president, your vote is just symbolic. The electoral college is the most outdated system.

I saw the Marlon Gusman commercial for sherriff last night. It has the family of Victor Gant's murdered girlfriend on it blaming Warren Riley for not protecting her. That is a serious commercial. They are basically saying Riley knew she was going to get killed and didn't do anything. If that's true, why would he run for office anyway. Also, I can't stand Marlon Gusman because he represents the old mind state or New Orleans politics. I guess I won't be voting for any of them.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Tuesday's Just as Bad

Man I am so dead on my feet today. I have writers block and my nerves are bad from drinking too much coffee. This is a perfect example of my typical day here at the Link. I helped two users with login problems. I ran two reports to complete something else I needed to do. My total time elapsed for these tasks...........20 minutes.

I'm trying to work a full week without leaving early to have a beer at the lounge down the street or taking a three hour lunch break but it's hard. The least they could do is let me log into Yahoo or Aol to pass the time. The firewall won't let me so I am stuck sitting here staring at people walking up Canal St. What a way to spend 40 hours out of the week.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Blue Monday

Man I can't believe it's so hot outside. I thought it was supposed to be cool now. I'm tired of sweating.

I think it's time for everyone that is a fan of the Saints to admit the truth. The Saints offense has to play a perfect game in order for this team to win. Brooks threw and intercept but so did Culpepper. The difference is that the Vikings at least made us punt a few times while we let them do anything they wanted to on offense. This is the story of the season. We have no defense at all. We can't make a playoff run if we can't take away one thing from any team we play. I say we win about 4 more games and finish 6-10.

HOW IN THE HELL IS BUSH UP BY 8 POINTS. John Kerry is blowing it. I can't believe that the majority of Americans want to continue with four more years of the same thing.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

BET Pulls Eminem Video

Micheal Jackson is pissed so BET pulled the Eminem video. They haven't pulled all the videos that make black women look like cheap trash but will pull this one for Mike. With that being said, I have a message for Eminem. Just because he looks crazy now, doesn't mean that black people want anybody that's not black making fun of him.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

This is why business will never come back to this city. | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Local News
I have been distracted the last few days but now I am thinking clearly again and need to write some things.

Get Well Uncle Leroy
It's Bush vs. Kerry for Round 3 tonight. I hope this time one of them will answer the question correctly. I'm tired of Kerry not answering what he will do and Bush defending what he has already done.

Monday, October 11, 2004

I got up Sunday morning and it was raining terribly. It was raining so bad that my girl and baby stayed home for this game because the weather was so bad. There was a wreck on the I-10 going west that made everyone exit before the high rise and fight redlights all the way through NO East. I had to go pick up two other people who had just got off from work that morning. Some genius decided to block off the dry parking under the interstate that's usually free and charge 10.00. I parked three blocks away and had to walk through a down pour just to get to the dome. When I got in the dome, I froze to death because nobody thought to turn the air conditioning down and everyone was wet. What I got to see for all my trouble was a team that can't follow directions, had bad play calling and takes entire quarters of the game off. I want some kind of acknowledgement from Haslett, Loomis, or somebody today.If they don't acknowledge the fans then acknowledge the fact that this team either needs better players or better coaches. Please don't say you played hard and it's the little things. Don't tell me about how this Tampa team is better than most people think. You couldn't stop Brian Griese, Charles Lee, Micheal Pittman and Ken Dilger. What in the hell is going to happen next week? I should have taken that money that I spent on three tickets and fixed my roof that just happened to start leaking this weekend from the 8 inches of rain. Maybe if I wasn't sitting in the dome watching Orlando Ruff let Ken Dilger look like John Mackie, I might have been able to keep my carpet from staining from the rain water. I hope to see all you guys at the Viking game to witness if Culpepper and company can top what Peyton did last year. This is what's going to be on the average fan's mind next year Tom Benson starts looking for those season ticket sales and trying to talk his way into a new stadium. On my way home yesterday, my cousin actually turned to me and said "it might be a good thing if they leave and get a fresh start" That's what happens when you keep giving fans the same bulls@! for four years straight and then acting like it's their fault that you can't get the job done.

Friday, October 8, 2004

I'm so sick of them bringing this up in the middle of the season. Can I just enjoy football for the next 12 weeks. I will say one thing. She's the one that brought up the new stadium idea a few weeks ago. Nobody in New Orleans government said anything. The people in this area already know we can't afford a new stadium. Now she's saying no like she is turning down something we asked for. I hope she is not using us as a way to show the rest of the state she is standing up to the big bad city and their team. I'm starting to think she is turning this into a big political game for her own purposes. The strangest thing is that even if they don't do anything, no one in this area will ever see that money go towards somethiung they can see.

Thursday, October 7, 2004

When Da MC's Came to Live Out Da Name

I am now going to sit here and list my top ten MC's off all time. Let me just say that I really don't care if no one agrees with me or not. This is my list on my blog and that makes it correct. Many people got removed and put back on several times. The criteria is simple, I have to be able to listen to your lyrics, feel your energy, and you have to say something that sounds like you put thought into it. You can be a member of a group and be listed by yourself. With that criteria in mind I give you my top ten from 10-1.

This was supposed to be the opening to my top ten list. You will not see a top ten list here. Lately I have been trying to rekindle my fire for hip hop and have been listening to lots of old and new material. I have realized that I can't make this list and hold it to only ten. I also can't decide who's number one. Ice Cube was always my favorite during my teens but lately his music has slipped. Tupac was my favorite in my early 20's. Mos Def is my favorite right now and KRS 1 is probably better than all of them. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I love too many MC's to rank them at all so for now we are scrapping that list.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Mental Stimulation

I'm at my desk this morning and the time seems to be flying by pretty fast. The weather is good and my body's feeling good from playing basketball. It's always good to come back with a real good day after a real bad one. I'm waiting on a big phone call that could change something so everybody keep their fingers crossed. Now onto other stuff......

Dick Cheney is one scary dude. I watched the debate last night and if you think I want him to be president if something happens to Bush you are crazy. If he is ever sworn in, a brother is going to need to learn to tap dance. He has mastered the art of looking so serious that even if it's proven that he lied it still looks honest.

There's a report out this morning that Saddam hasn't had any weapons programs since 1998. Shouldn't this be the winning report for John Kerry. It doesn't matter if he was given wrong information or not. Bush has to stand up and be accountable for telling lies to the American public to get support for a war that was his personal agenda. Stop sending Colin and Condelezza out there to do what you should be doing yourself.

Cheney mentioned during the debate last night that he didn't know black women had the highest rate of new AIDS cases in America. Shouldn't the second man in charge of the country know when a section of the population is getting a deadly disease at an alarming rate?

Message to ESPN.........Thanks for putting Mike and Mike on in the morning as a TV show but please get rid of Dream Job. I can't stand shows where you compete to win a job doing something other people have worked their asses off for years to get.

I want to send a special thanks to VH1 for making the hip hop history documentary. You actually included graffiti and breakdancing and gave those old pioneers a chance to get some shine on national TV. The first two episodes have been great and you guys dug up some nice footage of underground performances. Episode 2 with Run DMC made me kind of sad. You know they are never going to perform again since the Jam Master is deceased. Black on black crime is a bitch.

Note to Shell.........If Byron Scott doesn't want the personal trainers at practice then why in the hell did Baron Davis and Jamal Magloire bring them? You see why people are starting to hate NBA players.

I'm coming back this evening with my 10 mc's list. Also I am finally going to get rid of all my old and scratched CD's to start my collection all over again. That is sure to be an emotional experience. I'm outta here with a Rest in Peace to Rodney Dangerfield. You will finally get some respect.

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

As I stare onto Canal St. from my low paying job. I have a few things to get off my chest this morning.......

  • Hello Fall weather! I am so happy to see you because I am tired of sweating all the time. I hope this last for awhile.
  • There's allot of stress involved when a new guy starts at your job and makes more money than you. Being a black professional is a hard hustle.
  • Cheney vs. Edwards tonight..............who cares what the vice president thinks.
  • We should care because Cheney really runs the White House along with Rumsfeld so everyone should pay attention this evening.
  • Brooks and Grant fighting on the plane. That was great. The rest of the team should have been fighting too after that performance. Somebody should be fighting Haslett.
  • Baseball Note: Sammy Sosa has done so much for that team and it's a damn shame people are treating him like a second rate player. Dusty Baker never liked him anyway.
  • Baseball Note 2: World Series Pick is Angels vs. Astros.
  • Is the truancy department of New Orleans working yet? There are kids walking up and down Canal St. all day long like it's summer time.
  • Am I the only one happy that Shyne's album isn't selling This just goes to show you that just because you go to jail or get shot, you still have to put out some quality material in order to sell.
  • Method Man is upset about the direction of his show. Didn't he read the script to beging with. That show was bad from day one.
  • Why can't anyone involved with rap put out anything worthy of quality entertainment without being foolish. Everybody has to be in a strip club or the project. We wonder why people stereotype us in roles like that. There are millions of hard working, everyday black people that get up early, pay bills and support their children. This is the most under recognized section of the population. The media either focuses on the millionaires or the welfare recipients. No one cares about the people in the middle. No wonder I children have such low self esteem.

Monday, October 4, 2004

Football Hangover

There could not have been a worse weekend for a Louisiana football fan. LSU and Saints both sucked and got embarrased. I have never seen a Nick Saban team not prepared to play and overwhelmed liked Saturday at Georgia. That is what happens when you run into a team that is hell bent on revenge and is clicking. The score gets pretty bad. As for the other team, I won't talk about them. At least LSU lost to the number 3 team. The Saints lost to a 0-3 team playing in front of 20,000 people. How can anyone expect a playoff berth with this going on

Friday, October 1, 2004

Poor Colin

There isn't another man in the country that's a more perfect example of the modern day black man than Colin Powell. Here's a man that started with nothing. He joined the army as a way out. Through hard work and the right attitude he worked his way through the ranks as a respected leader. He did all of that to end up working for a man that is less qualified than he is. Not only that, he recieves none of the credit and has to stand out there and take all of the blame. If that's not a black man's life then I don't know what is.

Kerry vs. Bush Debate

It was about time John Kerry stood up and actually explained what it is he plans to do with Iraq and national security. I still wish he would have gotten into more detail. I thought he did a fairly decent job last night and he may have won it. It's hard for him to make certain comments because his voting record can always be used against him when it comes to the war. The fact that he voted for the use of force and is now criticizing it makes him look like he is flip flopping. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind after getting into a situation and seeing how things really are. This is what human beings do. The amazing thing about George Bush is that no matter what evidence or lack of evidence is exposed, he never backs down from the fact that he did the right thing. He can't at this point. If he did, he would ruin his legitimacy as commander in chief and lose the presidency in a landslide. I understand why Bush has to feel the way he does. My problem is with all the people in the country that agree with him. After all the evidence that the intelligence was faulty and no weapons of mass destruction being found can you still think that we did the right thing by going into this war. We should have used those troops in Afghanistan until we found Osama and got rid of the Taliban and Al Queda first. Then you could have dealt with Saddam, Iran, N. Korea or anybody else that you think is a threat to the country. George Bush is banking on all of those Americans with one track minds that can't decipher information for themselves to win this election. From the looks of it, there is allot of them out there.