Rollberbladed May27

Rollberbladed

After 25 years of faithful service, a quarter of a century, my favorite pair of rollerblades have given me their last glide. Adieu my eight wheelers. You were...

We Won The Lottery! Jan16

We Won The Lottery!

Sitting around the dinner table during supper tonight, after talking about our individual days the conversation gets around to the lottery. We all start talking and laughing about the first things we would do if we won: everything from the thoughtful to the outrageous (helping out family & friends to changing the name of the town to Rosaul Park to creating college funds for all the children in the neighborhood to paying everyone’s property taxes in town for one year). Looking around at our family I say out loud, “You know I’ve already won the lottery.” Our second oldest Robert says, “That’s some real happy-ever-after shit right there.” For those unfamiliar with the lingo of young ‘uns today, it means ‘That was touching. I agree with that.’ That about sums it...

Unsub Oct18

Unsub

My friend Marc posted on my wall a show called UNSUB. It was before CSI, Criminal Minds, etc. and was a really good show.  It was so good it actually was of value in real life. There was an episode where the old guy on the team finds out how the serial killer gets children by crouching down at the height of a child to see they saw a store sign. I actually did that once to find a boy who left his mother to see he went into a Shop-Rite. She was hysterical. We were in a long line to Hometown Buffet (don’t judge me) and all of a sudden this woman just starts yelling her child’s name. Everyone tries looking for him and looking around and I think where the hell would this kid go. So I crouch when she said his description to the height she gave and look around and see in the distance this Shop Rite has some sale on candy. The police are being called and I walk over to the Shop Rite and tell Lis to have the police go to the Shop Rite. I walk in and go aisle by aisle till I see the boy scared just standing in an aisle. I ask his name and he nods yes, that is his name. I walked out with him as the police come in and explain to them that he is the boy. They ask me how I figured it out and I told them I crouched to the boy’s height to see the candy sign. We all walk back and the mother does the whole crying yelling “Don’t ever do that again” shit but I thought of the show and went to myself “Ain’t that...

Some Numbers Oct09

Some Numbers

16,801 days I have been alive. Out of those, I have had my parents in my life all those days. 10,569, Marc has been the one to make me double over gut laughing and made me realize what really good solid writing and friendship is all about. 8,204 I have had Lis in my life and has been my life. It is hyperbolic to say I cannot live without her but I cannot imagine my life without her in it. I would be absent of joy. 4,283 our oldest son Rashad has been an integral part of my heart. 1,450 Mariposa has stepped into our lives and made our home a kingdom with her princess ways. 1,346 Ezekiel has been the mirror of me and shown me for who I am. Out of all of those days i can honestly say that less than handful in the low double digits have been bad, and most of those have been because of my doing. Some days were a nightmare but they were important. Those days in particular made me realize that every day counts. The other 16,700+ days have been a joy. I have been blessed to have my family and friends and music. They have filled my life with more memories than I have had days. And even though I have a treasure trove of memories to look back on, I know that the best one is the next one. 16,802, here I...

You Can Buy Happiness Jun28

You Can Buy Happiness

Who says you can’t buy happiness? Look. Here. I bought for two bucks at a garage sale!   One man’s trash is another man’s trash that hasn’t worn out its nostalgia. Just remember when they tell you “You can’t buy happiness” that it was at a garage sale for two bucks. Happiness is where you find...

Ebola Nov18

Ebola

Took ZZ to the doctor today. Nothing more serious than a cold. But checking in to see the doctor, I was asked if I visited any of the countries affected by Ebola. I told the registration clerk ‘yes’, that I live in the country affected by Ebola. She did not find that as funny as I thought she would. Actually, her answer was, “Sir, I am just requested to ask you this question. You can answer yes or...