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Posts from August 2014

Good Morning

What awakens you in the morning? I’m not a morning person……not now......nor ever have been. So getting up in the morning is not one of my favorite things to do. What’s interesting is when I do, I usually do it without much effort. I just get up and go about doing what needs to be done. Of course, I’m complaining and grumbling every step of the way. Most of the time, I utilize a clock radio; however, usually I wake up just prior to the time the clock radio goes off.  I guess you could say I have a built in clock that awakens me and the clock radio is my backup.  I've always had that built in clock even though sometimes I ignore it.  I also have a built in snooze alarm. The only problem is my built in snooze alarm doesn’t always go off in ten minute intervals.  It’s more like intervals of an hour.  So that’s why I have the clock radio as backup.  When I was a kid, my alarm clock was my mom.  She would call upstairs and say, “it’s time to get up baby”…………that would be the first time.  The next time I’d hear……”Are you up?”  My answer, of course, would be “Yes” even though I wasn’t.  The final call would be, “Don’t make me come up there and get you out of that bed boy.”  Once I heard that, I’d be up and at ‘em……cuz you didn’t want Mrs. Thomas coming to get you out of the bed.  My mom was innovative.  She’d get you up with one swing of a belt, or pour some water on you or (the worst) was to just stand over you with her arms folded saying you got five seconds to get outta that bed.  Ya think I wasn’t up in 2 ……who da fool…not me.  While in college, I had no problem getting up in the morning…….that’s cuz I didn’t do it.  I never went to breakfast (my roommate did, so I’d tell him to bring me one of those little boxes of cereal….and he first…...till he caught on, then he’d say get yo lazy #$%! up and git it yo'self) and I made sure my classes didn’t start till at least ten.  Problem solved.  Being in the military; however, did present a problem.  Because all the military does is awaken early in the morning.  So what I did was buy an expensive stereo system (while I was stationed in Germany) with a remote timer.  I’d turn the volume on the stereo up loud and I kept the stereo in another room.  So when the timer turned the system on at “oh dark thirty”, I’d have to get up, walk to the other room to turn the volume down or the system off.  Ok, but now, I’m up, so might as well keep on moving.  Everybody has their own method to the madness.  How do you awaken yourself in the morning?  My wife sets the clock radio ahead an hour, puts the volume on rock concert level, then hits the snooze button 6 times before getting up (that’s overkill) and will still be late for work.  I have a friend who gets up and sticks his head in the freezer for about a minute.  Another friend gets cold water from the refrigerator and pours it over his head (been doing the ice bucket challenge all his life).  And still another friend’s dog gets her up by licking her face (I don’t know bout that.....dogs like to face cannot and will not be included in "whatever"). Here’s a good one…..a friend programs her TV (the fact that she can program her TV deserves an award) and when she hears a strange man’s voice coming from the living room area, she automatically gets up to investigate, usually with a snub nose 32. Say What?!? (don’t think the wife & I will spend the night over there). But hey, whatever works for you. Personally, I’m glad I don’t have to awaken at an early hour on a consistent basis. Usually, I’ll awaken around 8am, lie there listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show until 9am, then turn on the TV to catch NCIS or Andy Griffith or the new and finally arise around 10am, bright eyed and bushy tailed……..hey, it works for me.  I hope your solution works for you.

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I Live By The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

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Top 10 Ways to Get A "RAISE"

Ok folks, here's a blog that was first published July 2010.  Back by popular demand........
Lots of people would like to get a "RAISE" but just don’t know how to go about it.  So, I’m here to help.  Just for you, the top ten ways to get a "RAISE."
Number 10 – Wear elevated shoes.
Number 9  -   Sit on a inflatable tube and blow
Number 8 -    Get in a hot air balloon and look down as you go up
Number 7 -   Climb a tree, ladder or stairs while your friend stays on                         the ground
Number 6 -   Ride an express elevator or a slow escalator
Number 5 -   Stay in your car while it’s on a lift getting an oil change
Number 4 -   Walk on your tippy toes.
Number 3 -   Jump on a trampoline or pogo stick.
Number 2 -   Get a job in the shipyard as a crane operator

And the number one way to get a "RAISE":
For men – Watch porn
For women – Implants
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Interviewing Comedian Lavell Crawford at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards 20

Listen to the Interview with Comedian Lavell Crawford at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards 2014

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People always say "It's an honor just to be nominated" . When you read some of the names on this list you'll understand why I'm just humbled to be in their company . It's an honor just to be nominated .
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2 Guys in Bowties

Trend alert!  Bowties are making a comeback.  Just ask Blaine Stewart, morning anchor at WTKR-News Channel 3.  He sported one this morning.  I wore my most recently purchased bowtie to church last Sunday and got tons of compliments and admiring glances.   Back in the 70’s I wore one to a Jackson Five concert complete with a big apple cap and a pair of knickers (I hope no pictures are circulating).  Everyone rock them back then.  Remember the butterfly bowtie?  I consider bowties and seersucker suits something of a southern tradition.  Every country doctor and lawyer wore them. (Magicians, clowns and Pee Wee Herman wear them to but that’s beside the point).  Now day’s bowties combine a sophisticated edge and Old World style.  They seem hard to tie at first but with practice it’s actually quite easy – just think of tying a shoelace knot.  Whatever you do, don’t wear a clip-on.  They’re also a good look – if you’re a 12-year-old.
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Backyard Terrorists

Awww the weekend.  After the monsoon-like rain we had the past week I couldn’t wait to get out and tackle the yard.  I take pride in my surroundings.   My yard won’t win the yard of the month award but I keep it mowed and the edges nice and tight.  My sons think I’m obsessed.    It’s not an obsession - its pride in ownership.  A home is the biggest purchase most of us will make in our lifetime.  It just makes sense to me to maintain its curb appeal.

The rain increased the mosquito population.  There were 5 reported cases of West Nile Mosiquotes bites Virginia Beach.  (I heard it on the radio).  Not sure how dangerous West Nile mosquito bites are but it doesn’t sound good.

More annoying than West Nile mosquitos are the squirrels in my backyard.    I enjoy feeding songs birds.  I have several bird feeders which I fill with a variety of birdseed to attract finches, blue birds, robins and hummingbirds.  But the pesky squirrels devour seeds before the birds can get to them.  I’ve tried everything to deter them – moving the feeders away from the fence and trees.  I even pluck down $19.99 for a squirrel-proof feeder that the squirrels ate through.    I can remember coloring cute pictures of squirrels and rabbits back in elementary school.  When did they go from cute  cuddly critters to backyard terrorists?
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The Question

As I sit here before this keyboard I can't help but ponder the question that confronts me every day . The issue that has hovered over folks for millions of years. The burning, nagging, never ending thought that really follows each of us. It's there when you rise in the morning, with you all day at work, while you're out with friends, while you're at home alone, even in your dreams. It's why we study for years in grade school, and college. It's why we look to the sky, why we travel the world and seek to travel to the stars. It forces us to be honest, to tell untruths, to look deep into our own souls. To what ends will we answer the question...that we dare not ask?
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Reading & Succeeding with Theressa School Supply Drive Giveaway

Look at my office full of school supplies. Well it's that time of year already....Seems like the children just got out of school and next month they will be back. I'm always excited around this time of year because it gives me a chance to give back with the Reading & Succeeding with Theressa School Supply Giveaway. Of course I don'tt do this alone so many volunteer their funds, supplies, time and support to make sure our babies have the right tools to start school. We will giving away the supplies away on Monday September 1st at the Attucks Theater in Norfolk starting at 10am. Touch a child, change a community!
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