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Red Wagon

Life. With all of its ups and downs, is so uncontrollably enjoyable at times I can hardly contain my laughter. It’s good to laugh. Healthy even. With a name like Continue reading


The Randomness of the Rain


Living in Florida, I’ve come to appreciate the randomness of the rain. It comes down without warning at times, even as the sun is shining at its brightest. It’s easier tolerated while sitting in the comfort of your home or even in the protective encasement of your car. However, it’s less welcomed just as you’ve exited the beauty salon with no umbrella wearing your flip-flops and your car is parked about 100 feet away! You could turn back but the damage is already done. You also run the risk of falling with those slippers that were designed for dry ground and sandy beaches. You only walked about 20 steps but it was just enough to get completely drenched. I’ve grown accustomed to laughing in the midst of scenarios such as this. I mean after all, what’s the point of crying? That’s life, right? Actually, it’s pretty close to what we go through in life. Rain often comes unexpectedly and without warning. Whether it’s sickness, death or divorce, it has the potential to drown you in sorrow if you let it. Sometimes it rains so much you can’t even remember the last time you felt the warmth of the sun on your face and begin to wonder if you’ll ever see it again. Then one day it stops raining. The sun shines just as bright as ever and before long, those endless, rainy days are last week’s news, then last month, then last year and so on until you can hardly remember the last time it rained like that. For me, the rain-less days are the more challenging to cope with. It’s common to spend most of these days wondering and anticipating when the rain will come. You expect the rain and if you expect it, maybe you’ll be better prepared for it, right? Hope for the best and prepare for the worst, right? But while waiting in anticipation, you lose out on the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the day that’s right before you, and once it’s gone, you’ll never see that day again. So enjoy the sun and your loved ones while you can because it always rains again. Sometimes just a light rain and other times a torrential storm. I don’t complain about the rain that falls from the sky anymore — even when it messes up my freshly salon-styled hair. I love the sound of it, the smell of it and its cool mist against my face. I often find myself mentally engrossed with it, taking it all in, and holding onto the moment. I’ve also learned to appreciate those sunny days even more. I try to get as much accomplished as possible while the day is young, just in case that rain should come. And when it does, I accept it for what it is. It’s the randomness of the rain. The sun will shine again!

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I See RU

The words of this throwback Thursday prose, written in 2013, were inspired by post-NBA game commentaries, actual Twitter and Instagram feeds and various individual comments posted online roughly 3 years ago. The title, “I see RU” is a play on the words “I see you”. Speaking of Oklahoma City Thunder’s RUssell Westbrook, one of the most talented and exciting NBA players to run the court.

I see RU.

Another signing, another show. What does any of this have to do with basketball?

They say: “Notice how ticked off he looked?” “He didn’t hardly talk at all, and I didn’t see him smile the entire time.”

I see RU… knowing that anything he says or does will be scrutinized, dissected, or misinterpreted beyond measure. Photographed, Photoshopped, even fam photo failures. Questions, comments, mindless banter with no purpose at all. Only human, just like you, with a gift to play ball.

Looking for smiles from the RU?
Why so demanding?
Does the RU owe you?
Have you seen his pics?
How about his interviews?
Head low, words few.
Rarely flashing his pearly whites, unless caught in that rare unguarded moment in the company of a loving family member or friend.
Ever consider that maybe he’s shy?
Or maybe a little insecure about his smile? Perhaps teased about it as a child?
Not everyone who has a nice smile believes that they do.

Yeah, I see you RU.

They say: “To me he has a VERY arrogant attitude.”

What the hell did he do?
Are you in his head? Or wearing his shoes?
Is he under some obligation to be extra nice to you?
Maybe he can’t be that social butterfly you want him to be; can’t say all the right words to tickle your fancy, like the spider who webs it oh so perfectly. Just RU, a target for all the world to see.

I see RU…someone who doesn’t fit the standard 6′ 7″ bill.
I see RU…the black sheep, in the spider’s shadow.
I see RU…the lightning in the thunder.

Haters say: “selfish, ball hog, queer, fag, gaaaaay…worst dressed, trash bag clown clothes, floppy foot goon, ugly Steve Urkel Ninja Turtle duck”

Lovers say: “the best…swagg…hott, sexxxy, beautiful, fly, perfect babe…I LOVE you!”

You love RU?
You do?
How do you love someone that doesn’t know you?
Is it his brooding eyes?
His fully defined lips?
Chiseled high cheek bones and pitted dimples?
Werther’s caramelt skin?
His flawless physique, with no tats in sight?
Celebrity-status fame, 8-figure contract and no wife?
Yeah, you love RU, I’m sure that you do.
When I first saw him play, I fell in love with RU too.
Kudos to Spider-Man, the comic book hero, endowed with supernatural strength, agility, and keen spider-sense, but this black sheep stands out from the flock.
So fierce and determined, despite what they say, he plays his own game and hopes he does okay.
Always sacrificing his body, the chance he takes to make the big play…but wait!
“Don’t you dare shoot that ball!
That’s not why you get paid!”

I see you RU.

What is it about RU that makes him so irresistible and you so eager to pursue?
Dang, smh, wish I knew.
Is it because he gives back to the community?
But most athletes do.
Is it the chart-climbing stats and record breaking debuts?
Is it his bold fashion flava? So wild and so true.
True to his character, “the world according to RU”.
Maybe it’s his love for his family, the game and the sik shoes?
Trendsetting tag lines, and football guru?
These are all so good but there’s so much more to this RU.
Including the simplicity of his choices…his house, his car, and his girl.
His girl, ah yes, it’s heartbreaking, I know.
Why couldn’t it be you? You love him with your whole heart and soul.
But to choose you, RU wouldn’t be RU if you didn’t know him 6 years ago.

Hmmm…Steady looking through that window though;
Only time will tell where that will go.

I see RU…blessed from heaven above.
I see RU…making his way through the course.
I see RU…both hated and loved.

Congratulations 2016 2-time NBA All-Star Game MVP Russell Westbrook!

Cruising and how Disney does it better

Travel is both my profession and my passion.  I love to travel and cruising has become my preferred vacation choice.  With cruises, my vacation begins the moment I step onto the ship.  My sons, ages 14, 19 and 24, all love cruising too.  Greater than birthdays and holidays, it’s our most anticipated time of year.  Whether young or mature, cruises offer a variety of activities and unique experiences for every age. Continue reading

Slam Flunk? As if I know anything about dunk contests.

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It was the ultimate Slam Dunk Contest between the reigning champ, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine, and Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon. After watching last year’s competition, commemorated by LaVine’s ode to Michael Jordan’s Space Jam, I was pretty certain I would never see another dunk quite that spectacular again — until yesterday.

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