Friday, December 31, 2004
This is when Aaron goes,"Oh, that reminds me of a conversation I had with my maid, Hellen." (65yr old white woman)
Aaron said, "Well, I knew she was a Christian but I have never experienced her go off like this."
**confused look on my face** (what does being a Christian have to do with anything)
Again, I say, "How?"
Aaron,"Well, She said the Tsunamis were Gods way of cleaning up the world."
Me, shocked and pissed off to the highest degree,
"WHAT!!!! HOW THE FUCK DOES SHE FIGURE!!"
Aaron says, "She said that those people were Muslim and that they died because they didn't believe in Jesus."
Me, "!" ***so shocked, and speechless......I couldn't even come up with words!****
Aaron said," I told her that I was Jewish. I believe Jesus was a great man like Dr. Martin Luther King but not my Lord. I asked if she thought I deserved the same faite."
Me,"and what did she say to that?"
Aaron,"She said that because I was a Jew, I was one of God's chosen people and he (God) was letting me slide."
Me, **in just jaw dropping amazement, too shocked for an intelligent response**
"WHAT?!! SLIDE?! WTF!! WHAT KIND OF SHIT IS THIS? I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS SHIT!"
Aaron,"I know. I tried to ration with her. I told that there were innocent people that were killed in those Tsunamis............ She's crazy, but she's really a good person inside."
Me, "WHAT! This is the person who would tell you that your being gay is an abomination. So what are you? an exception to the rule? Hell, she hates me because I'm Black! (She thinks that Blacks are descendants Ham so we ARE NOT supposed to be equals. We are cursed.) Good Person? FUCK THAT! She is what's wrong with Christianity."
To me, she's like those that burn down abortion clinics, lynch blacks, beat gays, ridicule feminism, and curses anyone that disagrees. That's not Godly. That's not LOVE. WE ARE ALL SINNERS! So who the hell is she, or anyone else to judge?
I AM A PROUD CHRISTIAN! GOD IS LOVE! I KNOW IT! I KNOW THAT WE ARE 'ALL' GODS CHILDREN. WHETHER YOU CALL HIM ALLAH, JESUS, JEHOVAH, YAHWEH, OR JAH,....HE IS OUR FATHER. ONE ALMIGHTY OMNIPOTENT ENTITY. HE IS KING. HE MADE US ALL. HE LOVES US.
So anyway, I asked Aaron how he ended the conversation with his maid.
Aaron, "Well, she's 65 and she wasn't about to change her mind and she damn sure wasn't changing mine. I decided to let things be. There needed to be some forgiveness in that room and I decided to forgive her for being ignorant."
I said, "How Christian of you." (teehee) That's why I call him, "SUPER JEW!"
I guess I am just as bad as she is (the maid). Here I am, huffing and puffing in the name of all that is FAIR & JUST. I should have just tried to do the whole "WWJD" thing and not let it stress me because I know ignorance is bliss, but........I'M STILL PISSED!
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
ANYWAY, So I am judging this pagent and first was the interview portion. We were asked to only judge the contestants by.... how they presented themselves, projected their voices, and responded to our (judges) questions....NOT on how factual the responses were.
Okay so, I think they thought I would be a biased judge because there was one black girl in the pagent and believe me ya'll,....inside, i was like "go black girl!" but more so than the black girl, I was really routing for the 2 girls that were on the fluffy side. It's crazy, in black culture, you could be a size 14 and if it's all in the right place,...people would swear you were fine. The other judges were treating the "fluffy" girls (really like size 10 and the other maybe 12) like it was blasphemy for them to have even considered entering the pagent (which totally ticked this "full-figured and fab"diva off).
There were 13 contestants. I knew these girls were like 15-17 and they wouldn't be rocket scientists but dayum!!! Alot of them were so dumb and hadn't a clue of worldly issues. At least in the 80's, everyone was about ending aparthied, freeing Nelson Mandela, famine relief, etc. These girls were worse than Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless!" (at least she was knowledgable about fashion).
*On the bio sheet, one contestant said that her favorite sport was football. She was asked, "What's your favorite NFL team?" She replied by boasting proudly, "The GEORGIA BULLDOGS!"
*Another contestant (the black girl), listed Senator Hillary Clinton as someone that was most interesting to her. (I was impressed and a little proud inside that she thought of DIVA Clinton) I asked her simply, "Why?" She said,"because Hillary Clinton was the FIRST female senator!"
*Next contestant (skinny white girl), tries to play on my blackness and lists Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. as her most interesting person. I asked, "Why?" She said, "He's done alot for Blacks."
I said,"Like What?" There was an awkward silence and then she says, "UUhh! I'm not real,
Good thing the answers didn't have to be FACT.
Some of the judges were BRUTAL! This guy (judge) says,... "I'm blind....describe the color YELLOW to me." The poor girl looked like a dear in headlights.
ALL OF THE CONTESTANTS (except the black girl and the "big" girls), it seemed, were asked the party they would have voted for if they could vote. They said,...Republican Party (which is where i began deducting points). Then of course, there were the ones that tried to play on religion..."The Lord Jesus (thick southern accent) is my savior. I volunteer at the church because I luuve tha Lord!" (like with all the crap going on in the world, God would say,..."Focus on the pagent")
Alot of them had no career goals or college choices even though they were competing in the pagent (The "SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM").
And MOST of them, sad to say,...only aspired to be wives and mothers. Is it just me or is it sad that this was their only goal in life?
The talent portion was great. I was proud these Bush supporters did so well considering the fact that funding for enrichment programs and the arts are drastically cut. However, there were 2 contestants that decided to do interpretive dance. OKAY, NEVER EVER DO INTERPRETIVE DANCE IF YOU EVER WANT TO WIN ANYTHING,....EVER! (which had alot to do with the black girl losing)
I learned alot in the 7hour process to pick a winner. ( i was so ready to go)
The girl that won was average and a little short but she blew it out of the box. She was sharp, confident, talented, and very well prepared. The fluffy girl came in second. She kicked butt during her interview, the aerobic portion (she could kick it with the skinnies without breaking a sweat......thank me for bringing that fact to the attention of the evil fat prejudice judges) and she performed a hella monologue/skit. She worked it.
All in all, it was an experience. The girls that tried to pass on looks ALONE got squashed. There had to be substance. My job was done.
Saturday, December 25, 2004
Friday, December 24, 2004
Vick gets 10-year, $130 million contract
By MATT WINKELJOHN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 12/23/04
By today, many Falcons fans will have heard the one where Arthur Blank says he wanted to pony up big-time so Michael Vick could handle his holiday shopping.
Obviously, it was a joke, although nobody's laughing about the early Christmas gift Vick got at about 3:27 p.m. Thursday, when the Falcons quarterback signed a contract that guaranteed an NFL-record $37 million or so as part of a deal that could last as long as 10 years and be worth as much as $130 million.
Seriously, though, didn't you wonder . . . why now?
Actually, it was another calendar date -- New Year's Eve -- that prompted president/general manager Rich McKay to get busy with Vick's agent, Joel Segal.
Once Vick achieved certain performance-based incentives in his contract, it triggered a clause stating he could void the final two years of his pact (2005 and '06) unless the Falcons opted to "buy back" those years with a lump-sum payment of about $5 million that would trigger more than $17 million in additional salary and bonuses for Vick in the next two seasons.
And language in that contract stipulated that the Falcons had until the final Friday of the regular season, Dec. 31, to make the decision.
They opted instead to keep Vick, 24, around for much longer, and in the process created about $2 million in salary cap space for '05 and roughly $1 million for '06 vs. the cap charges Vick would have carried in the event of a buyback.
"We knew we had a date of next Friday we were working against," McKay said. "That was the only time barrier that was there."
Negotiations to extend Vick's contract began very informally last summer, and there was never a chance the two sides would wait until after the season to get it done.
"I'll share with you a comment I made to Michael and to his agent over the summer," said Blank, the Falcons owner. "I said, 'Michael, you understand that the only way you'll leave Atlanta will be in a box.' And I said, 'Coming from New York, you understand what I'm talking about.' "
There was, however, serious consideration given to opting for the short-term option, which would carry a smaller long-term financial risk in terms of potential salary cap damage if Vick were to suffer a catastrophic injury.
This contract will be insured so Blank could recoup some of his investment in such an event, but there would be no recourse in terms of the cap. Vick will count a minimum of $37 million against future caps even if he never plays another down.
"It became apparent to us that we needed to begin to try to solidify the core of our team, I would say in September or October," McKay said. "The injury factor is one that's talked about a lot, as well it should be, because of the nature of the position and the way Michael plays.
"But we're comfortable with the fact he's going to have a long career. He's going to evolve as a player. His passing yards will continue to go up, his rushing yards will continue to go down."
The idea of securing Vick, whose record as a starter is 24-12-1 counting playoff games, coincided with a push to extend the contract of tight end Alge Crumpler, who like Vick, linebacker Keith Brooking and defensive end Patrick Kerney, was named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday.
All four players are now under contract for at least three more seasons.
In fact, securing Vick, a two-time Pro Bowl player who was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2001 draft, and getting his cap numbers under control for the next few years (before league insiders believe the league's cap allowance may jump precipitously) gives team officials some wiggle room in free agency next spring.
"I think [the timing] was more of, 'Should we do this deal for purposes of being able to try to improve the team?' " McKay said. "We don't want to get ourselves in a position all of sudden we have to have to let guys go [for cap reasons if Vick had been locked up later, at a higher price]. The longer you go, the less . . . control you have over what the contract will look like."
McKay and Segal spent considerable time deciding how the guaranteed money will be paid, chiefly a signing bonus and roster bonuses designed to ensure that Vick, a Virginia native, will spend more of his offseason in Atlanta than in past years.
"I feel very fortunate because there are a lot of guys who come in this league and never have an opportunity to find a home," Vick said, "and I can honestly say that Atlanta will be my home for the next 10 years."
Based on the $37 million in guaranteed money, Michael Vick's contract makes him the highest-paid NFL player. Here's a look at some of the other contracts given to NFL quarterbacks recently.
Player Guaranteed Total Years Avg.
Michael Vick (Signed Dec. 2004) $37 $130 10 $13
Peyton Manning (March 2004) $34.5 $99.2 7 $14.17
Donovan McNabb (Sept. 2002) $20.5 $115 12 $9.58
Brett Favre (March 2001) $10 $100 10 $10
All dollar amounts in millions.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Thursday, December 16, 2004
It was 1986, I was dating a guy named LeRoy (pronounced La-Roi (when he knew it was Lee-roy)). I don't know how long we dated, maybe a month or two, but in high school it was serious. We were in love. I had his jacket and class ring. I was "THIS" close to walking down the aisle. Anyway, we were to exchage gifts for Christmas. I worked at the Mall. In the 80's, Coca Cola Clothes were the BOMB! I purchased a Coca-Cola Jersey for him. I saved all my money just to get that jersey (i wanted it for myself so you know it was flyy). Then, it was time to trade gifts. The man I could invision being married to accepted his jersey with such joy and happiness. I knew, he knew how much I cared. Then it was time for me to see how much he cared for me. He handed me this HUGE box. My eyes lit up because I knew my gift would be just as good. I tore all the paper and broke open the box. My smile quickly turned to a WTF look and what did I see? A thin ass flowered shirt with a f-ing BROACH in the middle! There wasn't even a LIMITED tag on it (and you know, in the 80's, EVERYTHING had to come from The Limited, EXPRESS, Benneton or ESPRIT) WTF! I got you Coca-Cola Clothes and you got me this? (excuse the materialism but i WAS in high school, MAN!) Since then, I vowed to never buy gifts to impress a guy if I was supposed to get one in return.....I ALWAYS GET JIPPED!
**The lesson**Unless you are already married, have kids, best friend or you don't care about the crap you get......DON'T DO IT! Oh yeah, he never got his jacket back. He had to learn. I know I'm wrong, but oh well.
I know it's bad. I can hold a grudge. If I saw him today, I would think,...."Yeah, you are the one that gave me that cheap ass shirt!" He will forever go down in the crappy boyfriend hall of fame with "THE CHEAPNESS!" over his head. Has someone ever burst your bubble with a crappy gift? Do you feel jipped when you have to swap names and you are supposed to spend $10bucks on a gift and you know darn well the person that pulled your name got your gift from the 99cent store? Am I wrong for feeling this way? Truthfully, I have grown from this experience and I am not as bitter. I take pride in the gifts I purchase for people. But thanks to "The Cheapness," I am slightly scarred.
###this just in,....KELLY won on the Apprentice tonight. EVA, Kelly,....do you think we can do 3 out of 3 and Moe is the biggest loser?##########
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
1. 3 PART QUESTIONS,............PRINCE OR MJ? USHER OR JUSTIN?
BABYFACE OR BRIAN MCKNIGHT?
2. 4 PART QUESTIONS,......
LINDSEY LOHANN OR HILLARY DUFF?
DEBBIE GIBSON OR TIFFANY?
BRANDY OR MONICA?
WHITNEY OR MARIAH?
3. SEX & THE CITY OR DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES?
4. WHAT'S THE BEST UPN SHOW?
5. FRIENDS OR WILL & GRACE?
6. WHAT'S THE BEST SPORT? (football, baseball, basketball, hockey,surfing,etc)
7. FAVORITE DESIGNERS? (Mizrahi, D&B, Channel, Sean John, Calvin, Ralph,etc.)
8. NEW BALANCE OR NIKE?
9. BEST HIPHOP CREW? (Dungeon Family, G-Unit, Flip Mode, etc.)
10. BEST CELLULAR COMPANY?
11. BEST CHARACTER/CAST MEMBER OF ALL TIME FROM MTV'S REAL WORLD?
12. DESTINY'S CHILD, EN VOGUE OR XSCAPE?
13. JANET OR J-LO?
14. BRITNEY, JESSICA OR CHRISTINA?
15.TRIBE CALLED QUEST OR THE ROOTS? (I know I am so wrong for even comparing)
16.EMINEM, VANILLA ICE OR BUBBA SPARX?
17.DONNIE HATHAWAY OR OTIS REDDING?
18.MAYA ANGELO, ALICE WALKER, TONI MORRISON OR NIKKI GIOVANNI?
19. EAST COAST OR WEST COAST?
FOR BLACK AMERICANS, ATLANTA OR D.C.?
21.2 PART QUESTIONS.....BEST BOY BANDS......
NEW EDITION, H-TOWN, GUY, TROOP, SHAI, SILK OR BOYS II MEN, ETC?
NSYNC, 98 DEGREES, OAKTOWN, BACKSTREET BOYS, MENUDO, ETC?
22.DENZEL WASHINGTON, BLAIR UNDERWOOD OR LAWRENCE FISHBURN?
23. WILL SMITH, WESLEY SNIPES, TAYE DIGGS, OMAR EPPS OR MORRIS CHESTNUT?
24. NIA LONG, VIVICA FOX, JADA PINKET SMITH GABRIELLE UNION OR SANAA LATHAN?
25. LOVE JONES, HAV PLENTY OR 2 CAN PLAY THAT GAME?
Friday, December 10, 2004
I had to break from the previous blogging to bitch about AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL........
EVA THE DIVA IS THE BOMB! I can not believe her SO-CALLED friends are HATING on her like they are. I see now why she had such a hard exterior. Monique said, "Skinny Bitches Are Evil!" I hope Eva prevails.
*****just had to put in my (like Sivad says) 2 cents********
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
1. Get closer to GOD (shoot for church EVERY Sunday and maybe Bible Study monthly)
2. Eat healthier, exercise more, lose weight
3. Gain control of the finances and start making my money work for me (pay EVERYTHING on time to better
4. Try to think & stategize before speaking (your words may be used against you)
5. Give Back - Voluteer
6. Visit the family in Atlanta at least once a month (family is important,i guess)
7. Take a trip out of the state or country once a year
8. Experience one thing that I would normally be closed to
(a food dish, a bar,a genre of music, hairstyle, event,etc.)
9.Try to divert drama and negative energy
(not letting the drama of others affect me)
10.Do something for self AT LEAST once a week
(buy something new (clothes, cds,etc.), read a book and learn something
about self, culture or heritage, go out to a lavish dinner with a friend,
new hair-do, a movie, massage, spa treatment, etc)
I guess it's that whole,..."Today is the first day of the rest of your life" kinda thing.
So,...what are your goals for the new year?
****by the way,...consider this my list for 2006*****
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
If the hiphop station that I was to be thrown on played artists like Kanye, Mos Def, etc. (conscious, positive, of some usefull substance, etc.) I would have been cool with it.
So,...big shots out to creativity and positivity. Congrats Kanye!
*****since this post,....some interesting things have come to light. Sorry for that guys. jazz
Monday, December 06, 2004
Anyway, the new job has been FINANCIALLY rewarding and emotionally stressfull. You see, I was initally a part-time employee. This was my second job. Now, I am the boss/director. Of course, I have my own bosses but the people that trained me (some still are) are now having to answer to me and it's not going over too well. Wanna know the sad thing about it all,...I get more sh*t from my black employees than the white ones. (i still have eyes in the back of my head,...don't get it twisted) In particular this guy that showed me the ropes when I started has been trying to treat me like I work for him. (some people say it's his Napoleon complex) Thing is,...although he showed me the ropes,...I had education, the experience and the RIGHT people recommending me. I'm trying not to go off.
Thank God for School Systems. Apparently the campus closes down on the 20th and will not re-open till January. HOORAY!!! I don't get a month like Will but I still get off. I can't wait!
Friday, December 03, 2004
Anyway, so I am reading WILL's blog and for some strange ass reason,...I start singing the dam HONEYCOMB cereal song,...AT MY DESK! (of the NEW job) So, I'm all like....Honeycombs BIG,..yeah yeah yeah! BIG BIG taste with the BIG BIG bite!
then for some reason,....another commercial pops into my head and I say, "HEY KOOL-AID! OOH YEAH!"
just as my NEW boss turns the corner. ****i could have sh*t bricks****
I think she thinks this job is really too much for me now.
So anyway,...the whole cereal thing got me thinking about cartoons. JEM was my favorite. Remember the song,....JEM she's truely amazing, truely truely truely outrageous! This was my favorite cartoon back in the 80's. Not 70's, because hands down would be FAT ALBERT. Do you remember "Oh Mighty ISIS" or "SHAZAM!" or those commercials for saturday like,...."THEY CALL ME YUCK MOUTH! CAUSE I DON'T BRUSH!?"
Ahhh! 80's Nostalgia! Why oh why do I retain such useless information like this ......and I can't remember when to pay a dam bill?
Thursday, December 02, 2004
ps. This is the best way to describe my first day, thus far