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SCSU Homecoming 2011

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Morning Rush Hour

Now, I know Hampton Roads Virginia is not a major metropolitan area.  I know the difference because I've lived in the Washington DC Metro area as well as the Los Angeles Metropolitan area.  I’ve experienced extended stays in New York, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago, Philly, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and the list goes on.  So by no means am I comparing any of those areas with Hampton Roads Virginia and I’m certainly not comparing the traffic here with any of those areas either. HOWEVER, I had the misfortune of being a part of the MORNING RUSH HOUR in Hampton Roads the other day.  OH MY GOODNESS!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!  Now, maybe since I work evenings and have not dealt with anything like that in, oh say……..fifteen years…..I might just be a little out of practice.  I mean, usually, I’m dealing with traffic when people are leaving work and perhaps they are just a little less ENERGIZED!!!  That morning traffic is crazy!!!  People all hopped up on coffee and caffeine and driving at the speed of THOUGHT!  And the thought is……”I’m gonna be late, I know I shoulda quit hitting that *#^&% snooze button.  Boss said if I’m late just one mo time……”  People were riding bumpers like race cars drafting at the Indy 500.  They would change lanes and THEN signal.  I felt like Capt. Kirk of Star Trek …..only difference was my mission was to seek out new lanes and boldly drive where no one had driven before……meaning……the shoulder.  Cause I pulled over and parked!  I called my wife and told her to come get me.  She drives in that morning madness daily, so no big deal to her.  That’s right, I told her to COME GET ME!!  I’ll come back around 10 a.m. (when all the senior citizens are driving) and get the car.   Morning traffic, just one MORE reason to have a home based business.  If you need some info on a good one, email me.

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The US Open Women's Final Tennis Championship

My wife is a huge tennis fan, so we made the trip to The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York to see the women's final in The US Open.  We had decent seats as there are no bad seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium.  We had what I aerial view (we were just below the BLIMP).  We had a good time....the only thing that would have made it better was for Serena Williams to win the match but alas....she got SMOKED.  Still it was cool to see her play, er uh, not play.  It was cool to see her and here are the  pixs (they got clearer after I cleaned the lens).
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The Reading & Succeeding with Theressa School Supply Drive Giveaway

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5th Annual Day of Sharing with Theressa

Thank you to these barbers and beauticians for volunteering to do children's hair for FREE for the first day of school. Make your appointment now. Day of Sharing 2011 95-7 R&B’s Theressa Brown 5th Annual Day of Sharing is going down all labor day weekend…. and we’d like to thank the following barbers and beauticians for making sure our children are looking cool on their first day of school…. Salon Zuri 5313 Indian River Road Suite 114 Virginia Beach, Va Contactz: Yolanda Gurley 361-9111 4 girls Allure Full Service Salon 25 East Mellen Street Hampton, Va 757-329-2859 757-727-9770 Contact: Shawnie 3 girls Versus Hair Studio 510 South Independence Blvd Suite 100 Contact: Michelle 757-200-8890 2 girls Tomorrow’s Image I 15401 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Va 23608 757-833-0500 Contact: Artie 3 Boys Tomorrow’s Image II 13641 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Va 23602 757-874-4562 Contact: Eric 3 Boys Tomorrow’s Image Barber Academy of Va 13641 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Va 23602 757-508-1104 Contact: John Chapman 3 boys Above and Beyond 1104 West Mercury Blvd Hampton, Va 325-2019 Contact: Winona 6 girls Hair Expressions 49 West Queens Way Hampton, Va 23609 757-722-5354 Contact: Vernetta Alston Upper Cutz Barbershop 7103 Sewells Point Road Norfolk, Va Stylist and Barber Contact: Danyell or Rai 779-6267 or 401-3235 Extravagant Grooming Barbershop and Beauty Salon 3601 E. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, Va Contact:Shequei (Shaki) 383-6258 Unlimited Extravagant Grooming Barbershop and Beauty Salon 5792 North Hampton Blvd Virginia Beach, Va. Contact: Aaron 714-8634 Unlimited Artistry Full Service Salon 2835 Sewells Point Road Norfolk, Va. Contact: Ronald 599-0534 5 Boys Genissi Salon & Spa 2716 Granby Street Norfolk, Va. Contact: Olivia 222-9644 25 Girls ..………thanks for making a difference in the 757…..with 95-7 R&B
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Still Smoking 2011

Remember the last time the Dismal Swamp was burning?  Of course you don't.  You're probably saying what the (blank) is the Dismal Swamp, right?  Well, the Dismal Swamp is roughly 112,000 acres of swamp  situated on the border of Virgina & North Carolina.  There's a wildlife refuge on the Virgina side and a state park on the North Carolina side.  Presently, about 5500 of the acres are blazing.  It also burned three years ago.  Back in 2008, I couldn’t fathom how a swamp could burn.  I mean, it's supposed to be saturated with water.  Come find out, it ain't always got water in it.....not entirely. Some parts have water, other parts are dry.  Well, it seems that lightning keeps striking the part that's dry and before you know it.......whoosh, it’s  flame on.   All of Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina have been affected by the smoke.  Doesn't matter where you live, sooner or later the wind will blow that stinking, eye burning, nostril hurting foul stench your way.  In addition, in some cases, visibility is reduced to basically nothing.  Matter of fact, check out this pic...

Can you imagine breathing this stuff?  As a matter of fact, there's a respiratory alert in place.  Here's another one......

Not fog but SMOKE, breathing hurts.  Oh, but here's my favorite picture.....


It reminds me of some of the rooms in my college dormitory back in the 70's.  Knock on the door, when it opened, that’s all you saw.....BIG TIME SMOKE.   The only things missing from the picture above are a black light, the poster of that sister with the big afro, fishnets hanging from the ceiling and Iron Butterfly's IN DA GADA VIDA blasting on the turntable.  Once, I not only knocked on that door, I entered the fog……….I disappeared for a week…….with no memory of anything.

Which brings to come these mega wildfires never engulf acres of marijuana? Once, while in the military, we stumbled across a huge patch of it during one of those field exercises.  Dudes were uprooting plants and stuffing em in their duffel bags figuring it be dry and ready by the time the field exercise was over.  So you know, it's growing wild somewhere.  Now, imagine all that smoke in the pictures above was a result of some weed wildfire.  Potheads would be homeless on purpose.  All they would want to do is just live outside and breathe and live outside and breathe. Everybody would have a contact (that’s being high as a result of secondary smoke).  All the snacks in Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina would be SOLD OUT cause everybody got the munchies.  People would be driving around aimlessly because they can't remember where they're going.  Teachers would forgot to check homework, give the test that they promise a week ago, take attendance and attend those awful after school meetings.  Brown nosers would refrain from kissing the bosses butt and tell the boss to kiss their butts and they and the boss would then burst into laughter..... and keep on laughing............ for the rest of the day.  Bus drivers would drive their routes but forget to pick up and discharge passengers.  Admin workers would be at their desks marveling at the starfield screen saver on the computer while uttering mono syllabic phrases like  Ooooo, Ahhhh, woooowwwww.  And radio personalities like me, would get on the air and just ramble on and on and on about nothing.  Wait a minute……we do that NOW!!  Hmmmm, is there something burning in the swamp that they haven’t told us about?!?

  (pictures courtesy of our broadcast partner WTKR, News Channel 3)
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I need your help choosing my wedding band from Long Jewelers... Which one do you

Long Jewelers 2965 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 498-1186 Option 1 14-karat white gold and with double channel-set rows of round brilliant cut diamonds, 0.25 total carat weight Option 2 14-karat white gold channel-set round brilliant cut diamonds band with milgrain edge detailing, 0.25 total carat weight Option 3 18-karat white gold curved diamond band with shared-prong set round brilliant cut diamonds, 0.34 total carat weight Option 4 14-karat white gold high polish channel-set round brilliant cut diamond band, 0.50 total carat weight Option 5 Platinum band, designed by Tacori, with shared-prong set round brilliant cut diamonds, 0.17 total carat weight
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