Friday, October 11, 2013

Keep Dreaming

As long as there is air in my lungs and my brain has the ability to function, Imma continue to dream...

...and strive to make my dreams my reality... matter what.

10/11/13 @ 4:14 P.M.

Photo courtesy of here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


I'm totally a book.

If I'm going to be lost, and I am, there's no place I'd rather be.

9/25/13 @ 3:44 P.M.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dreams: A Statement

"Experience has taught me that you cannot value dreams according to the odds of their becoming true. Their real value is in stirring within us the will to aspire."
- Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Sunday, July 28, 2013


It's hard to feel like you've been had. Tricked. Duped. Bamboozled. Led astray....

...when you see it coming.

Besides, when you don't bring something concrete to the table, and someone else does, regardless of how what the other person is bringing, it's still "something," and for some people, that's better than nothing.

Maybe that's why it's easier, instead of looking straight ahead, to look away.

7/28/13 @ 12:33 P.M.

Photo courtesy of Hybrid Lava.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Well, I picked up another book, unplanned not too long after I picked up Sundeen's, but it didn't work out like the last unplanned pick-up did. While I think the book has its purpose, it isn't clicking with me now. With that, Imma start reading The Bourne Trilogy tonight. Since it's one of the ones that was on my initial list, it's about time to knock those joints on out.

7/20/13 @ 10:58 P.M.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Embrace The Unexpected

So I have my list of books for summer reading, and while I was reading The Great Gatsby in the bookstore, I stumbled upon a book called The Man Who Quit Money, by Mark Sundeen. It wasn't on my list; hell, I never heard of the book in my life. I was simply taking a break from reading to get up, stretch my legs and walk around for a bit before getting back to my table with not enough leg room, and it was just sitting there in a section at the bookstore.

Note: I spent three of my five vacation days in three different bookstores in three different cities. I wanted to make it a perfect 5-for-5, but I dropped the ball today and yesterday. Anyway...

...even though I have about 6-7 books already waiting on me to read, I bought Sundeen's anyway. Something was telling me to get the joint. I saw the cover, looked at it carefully, read the back cover, and just bought it on a whim.

I read that book in a day. It was that awesome.

Now I'm back to reading what was on my initial list that I came up with a while back. Hopefully, I won't get sidetracked again, but if I do and it's as dope as The Man Who Quit Money is, then I won't complain.

7/8/13 @ 10:44 P.M.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

If it was up to me...

...I'd spend my upcoming days with my feet in the sand and a book in my hands. Each day, or every other day, the book title would change. I'd fly through each one just like that. There would be nothing but time to read, and I believe that it's possible to read at a brisk pace and still take in the content at a quality level.

Well, what am I talking about? It is up to me, but since I'm not about paying that "last-second plane ticket to Miami, so I can lay on the beach and read all day" life, sitting at the house and reading with music playing in the background all day and alone in my own thoughts will have to do.

At least I won't have to be at work.

7/2/13 @ 6:10 P.M.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Don't Bring Me Flowers After I'm Dead

We have to get to appreciating each other as friends, family and loved ones more while we're here and able.

If we're too busy to pick up a phone to say hello, or reply to a text, an e-mail or simply exchange cordial pleasantries, then there's no point in doing it once it's too late. I don't want to keep learning that the hard way. Not anymore.

We're all on borrowed time. With mine, I plan on using it to let as many people who I love and care about know just that.

6/26/13 @ 9:52 P.M.

P.S. Flowers simply made sense for the title. I'll take shoes. LeBrons, preferably.

Monday, June 24, 2013

The One Who Got Away

Everyone's time is up at one point or another, and we rarely know when it is. It can be long and drawn-out, or deathly swift and quick. It can flow smoothly without leaving a trace or be pretty vivid and pretty much stick. Regardless of how it goes, it's sure to happen someday, which makes it extremely humbling when you think about the one who got away.

The one who got away happened so quick, so sudden. Here today, gone tomorrow type of thing. One minute, it was all good, and the next...gone. The times spent together were genuine, with memories made even though the amount of time spent itself wasn't traditionally long. Some months here and there and even in that moment it was clear to say there was never one like you before or since, and it served as proof that you were the one who got away.

Mutual respect turned to appreciation, appreciation to admiration, admiration damn near into infatuation. It can be at the end of the night or first thing in the morning, and regardless of the time, there's no doubt that the thought crosses of the one who got away.

It's almost like chasing a ghost. That person is gone, whether it's in the literal sense or simply from your life. Sure, there may be sporadic communication here and there. It goes back to the whole "mutual respect thing." The interaction and times you shared together are no more, boxed and locked up, only with memories of previous times and a former day. And even when you've long moved on to a different place with new faces, you always remember the one who got away.

This began with the acknowledgment of knowing we all have to go. Thinking about it can be overwhelming, even scary, yet somewhat peaceful. Who knows what lies on the other side? When that time comes, it'll be a point to seek out folks who left this place and we'll probably have a whole lot to say...but even when my time is up and I'm gone from this place, there will always be a spot in my heart for the one who got away.

6/24/13 @ 8:51 P.M.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Feeding The Beast: Summer Reading

My mind is starting to wander...and when that happens, it's time to fill it with some nutritious brain food.

Summer Reading List:

West By West: My Charmed, Tormented Life

Wilt: Larger Than Life

The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Ultimatum

Doc: The Rise And Rise Of Julius Erving

The Great Gatsby

Esquire The Handbook Of Style: A Man's Guide To Looking Good

When I'm not in the gym, or at work, I'll be reading.

For fun.

6/17/13 @ 8:04 P.M.

Sunday, June 02, 2013


Another long night on deck, and even though these seem normal, it can still make me feel like a complete and total wreck.

Some are accidents, where it's not about getting upset at a person, but more so the situation...the factors at hand. When that's the case, getting angry does no good, so my disposition has to stay cool, the fire in me has to be fanned.

That's what accidents are all about. There's no one to blame. But what if it isn't an accident. Just carelessness with no regard to how one's actions can have an effect on another being. Can a person be so caught up in the moment that they disregard the pain that they're seeing? Maybe it is, especially when a motto is to look out for number one...and if that means someone gets hurt or insulted along the way, well, they can just get on with their day and fun.

Common courtesy is becoming a lost art, a thing of the past...almost like seeing a unicorn or hearing a record on a record player play in its own distinct sound. As if you go ahead and show it to someone, they acknowledge it briefly, yet smile and move on around. It's not a "woe is me," but more like a sign of the times. And at this point, it's better to charge it to the game and proceed to another destination, with no hopes of any similar crimes.

6/2/13 @ 2:48 A.M.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Return from Exile.

It's amazing how much better I feel mentally, physically and emotionally than I did four months ago...

...and it's because advanced statistics is officially in the rear view. Outside of when it's time to start doing a dissertation, I'll never have to see that crap again.

Praise God. My life is my own again.

5/24/13 @ 10:57 A.M.

Saturday, February 09, 2013


This separation was far from forced. However, after some time away, it really has been for the best.

It's amazing how much can get done, how sharper one's focus can become when you remove yourself from the mix and focus. Sure, focusing can be done in the midst of the everyday hustle and bustle, but when you're able to eliminate simple things, others come to the light that were easy to miss before.

This separation wasn't even planned. Yet, I'm glad it's happening. Dare say, it wouldn't hurt to withdraw some more, give the time I'm giving to certain avenues to other avenues and see what happens.

In the grand scheme of things, this exile has proved something I already knew, especially after E. died: life goes on. When folks really wanna know what's going on, they'll find you. If not, they won't. They have lives to live, too. I wish I didn't have to have this lesson reinforced by what happened in September, but God doesn't make mistakes. Never has. Never will.

2/9/13 @ 8:53 A.M.