By noon, I will have written down what I want for myself in the New Year! And I'll be verrrrrrrrrrrrry SPECIFIC! Hear me when I say this, specificity is KEY! The Universe needs to know precisely what you want and what you're willing to do to get it! I'll ring in the New Year at West Angeles Church Of God In Christ in the Crenshaw District. Joining me will be one of my dearest friends, Tyshawn, his mother, Mary, his young cousin, Roz, and his girlfriend, Stacey. I wish everyone I've ever met and those whom I'll meet in the future, a Professionally Prosperous & Personally Gratifying New Year!!! And I hope & pray that people are KINDER and MORE COMPASSIONATE to each other. Amen.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The Color Purple makes its way back to L.A. in February 2010 and I'm goin' back to see it, 'cause this time, FANTASIA, is performing the lead role of, "Celie." Just tonight I stumbled upon a YouTube, audio video of her final performance of, "I'm Here," on Broadway! And, wow, did she go for broke. If I were there, that performance would've raised the hair on my arms! And my neck! And my legs. And my... ;)
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
1. The head steward or butler in the household of a sovereign or great noble.
2. A steward or butler.
3. One who makes arrangements or directs affairs for another.
I know a guy who works in this position and is paid $90,000 yearly to do it! Umm...one could fill volumes of books with what I don't know, but what I do know for sure is that this guy undoubtedly makes more money than 99.9% of AFTRA & SAG cardholders and hell, probably more money than 99.9% of the entire population, too! Wow! Who knew serving meals and polishing silver could be so damn lucrative?!!!
Monday, December 28, 2009
These chicks LOOK great! They SOUND great! Yet they're SINGLE/UNMARRIED! Why, they ask? Because they're using their EYES to see "the perfect man" instead of using their HEARTS. Only in ROMANCE do I think being BLIND is truly an ADVANTAGE and not a DISABILITY. Honestly, I bet if these chicks would CLOSE their eyes and OPEN their EARS & HEARTS more, they'd not only be MARRIED; but probably HAPPILY married!!! Chicks and dudes NEED to learn that: True beauty is not in the face, the height, the body shape or financial networth; true beauty is a light in the heart.
Ralph Lauren candle CHER burned in her house on Christmas night. No joke, it made her gorgeous place smell how I'm sure Heaven must smell! Yum!!!!! Well, at $45.00 per candle, my place may not be smellin' like Heaven anytime soon! :)
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Went to church this morning -- the last Sunday in 2009! It felt goooood! Listening to Bishop Blake urge me to set my vision for 2010 and make it happen, was just what the doctor ordered! He said that by Dec. 2010, he wants to look UPWARD to see my success -- not DOWNWARD. So let it be spoken. So let it be done! --- Adulthood hasn't always been the "easiest" for me. More than a few times I've longed to just go back to the simple way of living I enjoyed as a kid. Well, I'm no longer a kid. And, with focus, desire and perseverance, I can make my TODAY and TOMORROW as simple and pure and enjoyable as my YESTERDAY! I do wish I could talk to, Mama, again, though! That much, I'd love to go back to!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Vivica A. Fox. And, quite honestly, I just don't get it. Well, yes, I do. Jealousy runs rampant on this sphere called, Earth!!! All I know is the chick hustles her butt off to make that paper! And by golly, you can't knock her for that! Hell, I applaud her! Keep doin' you, "Auntie Viv!" And regardless what you've done or haven't done to your face & body, you're lookin' pretty damn good to me!
Friday, December 25, 2009
I wish everyone a Merry Merry Christmas!!!! My friend, Chris, is 50 yrs old today! BRAVO to him!!!! --- I won't be spending the evening with my beloved family in Indianapolis or my beloved friends on the East Coast. But...I will be spending Christmas night in the huge domicile pictured below! Malibu, here I come!!!!!! :)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Griffin Cleveland, stopped by and gave me a belated birthday gift! What a class act that lil' guy is for six yrs old!! Tonight, I'm actually workin' a gig at the home of a Hollywood producer. I've worked for him a couple times before and each time, he, his wife and his children have been delightful. This is my LAST year working catering gigs; although they are pretty damn lucrative. It simply isn't what I want to do anymore. Enough about that. I wish everyone a GLORIOUS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The dark cloud has returned to hover over my household 'til the 1st of next month. A part of me truly wants to banish it from anywhere near me. But...it has no other place to hover 'til next week. So, what do I do? Tolerate the spiritual discomfort I feel in its presence? Push it as far away from me as possible? The God in me knows what I should do. And I shall follow its directive: extend my hand to pull the cloud closer to GOODNESS & LIGHT. Compassion is not easy to come by; because it requires a great deal of strength to muster. I am strong. I am compassionate. I will allow the dark cloud to linger a week longer. Perhaps in that time frame, the dark cloud will lighten up a bit. Or...if we're both lucky...a lot.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
"Oh, what a night.
Late December back in '63.
What a very special time for me,
'Cause I remember what a night."
Every time I heard that song I felt special! And, you know what? All these years later, I STILL feel special! What I've learned in 46 years is that I CANNOT be defined by a JOB TITLE. Nor a BANK ACCOUNT. Nor a LOVER. Nor a HOUSE. Nor an AUTOMOBILE. Nor a BODY SHAPE. I am MORE THAN ALL those things! SIGNIFICANTLY more! As the new year bursts into being next week, what I know for sure is this: I LOVE and AM LOVED in RETURN. I think COGNITIVELY. I can SEE, HEAR, TASTE and TOUCH. I can use the bathroom by MYSELF! As long as these "qualities of life" are in existence, this ol' dude is BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAM Jr!!! Now, go out there and make someone else feel HAPPY to be ALIVE! Holla!
Monday, December 21, 2009
I haven't been back to my ol' homestead, New Jersey, since 2000 or so! But, dang, I don't remember seein' any SIXTEEN-YR-OLD chicks this big when I was living there! Geez! Of course she's a phenomenal basketball player!!! Go on with your bad self, Miss Marvadene "Bubbles" Anderson!
ARRESTED? Geez!!! Shouldn't the person peeking through his window get 'cuffed instead? After takin' a look at this dude, though, I immediately knew it must have been a FEMALE or a JEALOUS DUDE who reported him to the police --- most definitely NOT a GAY guy!!! Ha!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Earlier this evening, the dark cloud which has hovered over my household for almost three months quietly floated away into the darkness. I wish it no ill harm, as the world needs dark clouds in order to greatly appreciate clear, blue skies!! This is the end of the calendar year. And the beginning of my NEW, INCREDIBLY SATISFYING PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL LIFE! I hope & pray, though, that my overall person provided the dark cloud with at least a glimmer of SUNSHINE. If only a glimmer, I'd be fine with that.
I am a Godfather. No, neither a Don Vito Corleone nor a Tony Soprano-type Godfather; but a Godfather in the eyes of, God. I am the male sponsor of the second son of one of my dearest friends. She named him, Jordan Maxwell. He's intelligent. And respectful. And tall. And lean. And athletic. And handsome. And mouthy. And he doesn't really know me. I moved away from New York when he was almost five years old. I flew back to visit with him two years later, when he was almost seven. Since then, I have never returned. He is now 14. And he doesn't really know me. I am the adult in this scenario, so I am the one who should've made sure he knows me. I have recognized and celebrated every one of his birthdays and Christmases since the day he was born; so he knows I exist and think of him often. But he doesn't really know me. 2010 is looming right over the horizon. I have made a pledge to myself that that is the year I will realize many positive career & personal changes in my life. And one of the most important changes is flying back to the east coast to spend quality, one-on-one time with my Godson. And this is so incredibly significant to me because he doesn't really know me. And -- I truly regret to say this aloud -- I don't really know him, either.
I know that many, many, many people will publicly profess a dislike of XXX Bookstore/Video Arcades. I, however, am not one of 'em. In fact, for most of my adult life, I've had a love/hate relationship with them. A part of me believes they're a dark and dingy hole in which lonely men (who far out-number female customers) troll to find brief & anonymous "companionship." Said companionship comes in the form of live, human beings or filmed footage. To be clear, I love the fact these places exist so that whoever enjoys them can enjoy them. On the flip side, I hate that I
am sometimes want to be one of those people.
Returned home late, last night to a toilet covered with plastic bags, denoting: OUT OF ORDER. Mind you, prior to me allowing complete strangers to move into my spare bedroom, my toilet has NEVER, NEVER, NEVER seen such "troubles." NEVER! Oh well, HELP is on the way! One of the strangers will be out by year's end and the other will follow shortly thereafter. In all honesty, I wish them the very best; 'cause I find them both to be pretty likeable guys. But, geez, they are some sadistic sons-of-b*tches toward indoor plumbing! Ha!
Listening to TYRA BANKS go off on one of her ANTM contestants truly made me think about MY OWN LIFE! And I've come to the startling realization that she's DEAD-ON in her statement that, "If you're really sick of being disappointed, then take control of your destiny!" So...by this coming Monday night, I MUST have a book outline WRITTEN! PERIOD! Or just get really comfortable with disappointment because it WON'T be goin' ANYWHERE without a swift kick in the ass! By MY foot! NOT Tyra's!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Just returned from seeing the film, Precious, for the THIRD time!!! Call me crazy, but I enjoy sharing the film experience with my friends. Well, I don't suspect I'll go back for a fourth time even if one of my friends hasn't seen it yet. I don't know that I could sit through another screening. Not unless, of course, someone was PAYING me to do so!!! Ha!