Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mama's Day / The Way They Were

Today would be my mother's 86th birthday!


Mama bid adieu to this side of Paradise 33 years ago!

THIRTY-THREE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've lived on this planet longer WITHOUT her than WITH her.

I was a mere 21 years blessed when she passed.

Daddy is gone, too, but I was lucky to have him for 45 years.

Juanita A. Montgomery and Charles A. Montgomery Sr

It makes my heart sing to imagine them hangin' out in Heaven as they did on Earth.

Mem'ries, light the corners of my mind.

Misty water-colored mem'ries

Of the way they were.

Happy Birthday, Mama!

I hope you and Daddy are eating some great food in celebration and having a great drink...

Or three! :)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lyfting Spirits, One Driver At A Time

Yesterday was my first time ordering a Lyft ride share. I usually use Uber, but since I was going quite a distance, I wanted to take advantage of Lyft's first time discount.

It was a little disappointing that the discount was only a measly $5.00! My first ride with Uber was discounted $10.00. But that's neither here nor there.

Anyway, with Uber, my passenger rating is a perfect five. And I think that score derives from how kindly I treat the drivers. I end every ride with a hug; whether the driver is female or male, or hasn't quite decided.

I figured with Lyft, I was gonna do my same routine.

My first driver was Justin, a young black man who hails from "The Chi"(Chicago). He practically told me his whole life story! He moved here to L.A. with his sister and a friend. They were so desperate to get here they didn't bother themselves with preparing first, so they were homeless the first few weeks. I'll never understand folks who do that, but hey, if they like it, I love it.

I spent most of the drive listening to him go on and on about what he wants out of life and how driving for Lyft is helping him accomplish his goals. Good for him, I thought.

When we arrived at my destination, I asked him to exit the car so I could hug him. I think he was a little surprised by my request, but he obliged. I hugged him, wished him the very best, then gave him a five-dollar tip.

My return driver was a young man of Armenian descent named Arthur. When I climbed into his car, the first thing outta my mouth was: "What's up, Mr. Arthur?" He said, "Wow, I love your energy already."

Arthur and I proceeded to talk about everything under the sun. We got hella personal. And I mean, make-your-mama-squirm personal.

By the time we arrived in front of my doorstep, I directed him to exit the car so I could hug him. He gave me one hell of an embrace!

I wished him the very best and gave him a two-dollar tip. Yes, he was just as great as Justin, but man, after spending damn near $70 on transportation for the day, I just didn't wanna part with another cent! I hope he forgives me!

A part of me kicked myself in the butt for spending that much when I could have simply driven myself for free, but hey, I hope some of the things the drivers and I discussed will benefit their lives. I could never have had any positive impact on them if I had driven myself.

Yeah, that's the way I'll look at it. :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

That's What She Said

Miss Winfrey sure does bless us with some bona fide gems.

Over the course of my adult life, I've been bold enough to ask folks for all sorts of things. Unfortunately, when some of those folks granted me what I asked for, I second-guessed myself and didn't think I possessed the skill set to fulfill my ask.

So, I asked for naught.

Well, when it comes to helping others, I seem to maintain my bold mindset from the ask and beyond. Such is the case right now when it comes to my godson, Jordan.

The young fella just graduated from college with a degree in Sports Marketing. His mother told me earlier today that he might be taking a job in the mailroom of a bank.

A what!!????

Working in a dang bank's mailroom is about as far away from his sports marketing interest as...well...milking cows!

I hopped onto the computer, researched some sports internships, then sent him the info. I told him to APPLY, APPLY, APPLY!

At 54, I clearly see that if one is gonna work at the bottom of the totem poll, he might as well do so WITHIN the industry that interests him! No need working as a host in a sushi restaurant when you want to build cars for a living! Work in a dang auto garage!

I know most people won't ask for what they truly want because they fear rejection. If being rejected won't kill you, no need fearing it!

Speak up and let folks know what you want! I've always been amazed at how many people will come to our aid if we simply ask for their help.

My mother repeated a particular phrase to us kids all the time:

So, no more keepin' my mouth shut when I want somethin'!

Nor when I want somethin' for somebody ELSE!

Godson, a sports-related job is a-comin'!!!!

Asketh and thou shalt receiveth! :)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Aaron Burr, Sir

I was introduced to a middle-aged white fella the other day, and somehow, the subject of the Broadway smash Hamilton came up.

Turns out he went to see it on Broadway before it was the talk of the land. He had no idea what it was about or anything. He simply went because gifted him with a ticket.

When Leslie Odom Jr hit the stage and the opening song, Alexander Hamilton, commenced, the fella told me his first thought was: "Wow, they're telling this story from the slave's perspective."

"...the slave's perspective."

He saw black and brown faces on the stage and just KNEW the characters HAD to be slaves.


You see, Lin-Manuel Miranda is a GENIUS!

Because he KNOWS how "the others" view us black and brown people.

BRAVO, Hamilton, for being so dang trailblazing!!!!!!!

As soon as I hit the lottery, I'm gonna see it!  Haaaa!

His name is Alexander Hamilton!

And he's a brown LATINO! :)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Little Brother

Paulie Calafiore

The main reason I keep accepting the offer to work as a Sequester Manager for the long-running CBS reality competition show, Big Brother, is to meet the houseguests and hopefully, impart some of my commonsensical wisdom.

Season after season the cast is mostly composed of people younger than 35, so that means my wisdom is needed in a huuuuuuge way! Haaa!

One of my favorite houseguests from Season 18 was Paulie Calafiore (pictured above).

Cody Calafiore

He is the older brother of Cody Calafiore who was a beloved houseguest on Season 16.

Paulie's stint on the show wasn't as drama-free as Cody's. In fact, it was the complete opposite. He had verbal altercations with several of the houseguests. The nastiest confrontation was right in front of my face! I can be seen in the background, heading toward the area where I eventually had a one-on-one chat with the angry, young lady until she was calm and collected enough to continue filming.

I always make it a point to express to the houseguests that they may think they came onto the show to win $500K, but since only one person can win the grand prize, that means everybody else is there for another reason. And it would behoove them to keep their minds open to figure out and embrace that reason.

Heck, for all I know, Paulie may have come onto the show just to meet ME, so he can ponder some of the tough questions about his life I asked him dang near daily! I told him often to ignore the "haters" and ONLY concentrate on his SUPPORTERS! Why give energy to those who AREN'T on your team? He told me he'd work on that. And I believe he will.

Well, after the show wrapped, he told me he will always count his time with me in the Jury House as one of the highlights of his Big Brother experience. And for that, I'm immeasurably thankful.

I wish the young fella the very best. He has an indefatigable desire to succeed and charisma for days!!!! So, his professional future oughta be quite comfortable for him.

The Brothers Calafiore aren't just easy on the eyes. They're well-bred and genuinely kind human beings.

This world would benefit from more just like 'em!

Go 'head, Little Brother, make your mark on the world! :)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Just Sayin'

Laundry is in the washer!

Pasta is on the stove!

And this ol' dude is HAPPY 'bout it all!

And immeasurably THANKFUL for being alive and well!!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


So, earlier today, I received a text from a friend who told me that another friend's mom had just died.

When I read the text, I thought I knew precisely what friend he was talking about, so I immediately googled the sympathy message above and texted it to that friend, along with this message:

"I wish you and your family the very best!!!!!"

Well, the friend immediately texted back this reply:

"Who's this?"

Then my phone rang.

It was the friend with the "deceased" mom.

He was frantic!!! He asked who I was. I told him.

He then told me he had a new phone and didn't have my number in it.

Then he asked me what I was talking about since his mother is still alive!

Say WHAT!!!!!!????

Turns out, the original text mentioned a DIFFERENT friend with the same name.

Ohhhhh myyyyy godddddddddd!

I apologized profusely for mixing up the names.

I couldn't believe I goofed that up. Heck, I scared the bejesus outta the kid!

We wound up laughin' it off, thank goodness!

Next time, I had better read my texts with UNDERSTANDING!!!!! ;)