Memphis – How a King lived and died

I recently visited Memphis, TN, my son had a cross country meet there, and I figured as long as I was going I might as well see some sights. Before I left, I got some local information from my high school friend Cindy who had lived there recently before returning back to the ATL. She was very helpful and insightful, and I actually made it to a couple of the places she suggested – thanks Cindy. I arrived on Saturday afternoon, and my first stop was at Memphis Barbecue Co – well let me tell you, I got dry rubbed ribs, and they were not only seasoned well, but they were fall off the bone good. I was very excited about the prospect of eating my way through Memphis. Next stop – Graceland…I have to admit, when I told my friends I was going there, I got a lot of flack, mostly people telling me that “Elvis was racist, didn’t I know that”. Well I’ve heard the stories, but I’ve grown to realize that you can’t always believe everything you hear…wasn’t there a rumor about Tommy Hilfiger – I’m just saying, do your research and don’t always believe everything you hear. This repeated rumor made me want to find out more so I did…check out these articles – http://www.elvisinfonet.com/spotlight_racist.html http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis_not_racist.shtml http://snopes.com/music/artists/presley1.asp Well, all I can say is believe what you want, but always get to the truth before spreading, or continuing rumors. Now that I’ve said my peace, I thought Graceland was very interesting. You get there by driving down Elvis Presley Blvd, and it seems to be located...

Las Vegas and Beyond – Mother and Son Trip

So typically when planning our trip I want it to be to someplace where we can see a natural wonder, our last trip was to Toronto, and we got close-up and personal to Niagara Falls. This time it was to the Grand Canyon. This was my first trip to “sin city”, we stayed at Planet Hollywood…but I am jumping ahead. The trip to Vegas started out bumpy – literally there was a lot of turbulence that seemed to go on forever, but I guess 20 minutes out of the four hours wasn’t that bad. During the flight the pilot flew us over the Grand Canyon, luckily we had a window seat, and a couple of the passengers who were seated in the middle without a window, thought it was a good idea to hang out over our seats. I was gracious for the first ten minutes, but they overstayed their welcome, and I finally had to ask them to please leave, I wanted my personal space back… Arrival at Planet Hollywood went very smoothly – we were allowed to check in early without the fees – Yeah. Our adventure began. We hit the strip and our first stop – McDonalds, oh well not so glamorous but I am traveling with a teenage boy. Now our tour can begin. We headed to New York, New York so we could see the rollercoaster coming out of the building… The statue of liberty replica looked great. I found all the walkways that went over the streets so that you could avoid traffic interesting. These were good and bad. Good because you can...

Older and Wiser

My birthday has come and gone, and I consider myself blessed to have lived to see it. I will continue my journey on becoming better and wiser for as long as the Lord allows. I have learned in my years here on earth: to give thanks to my creator, it’s better to give than receive, to not sweat the small stuff, to forgive and forget, to count your blessings every day, and to tell those close to you that you love them, frequently. Wow, if only I had such clarity at 21…C’est la...

Your Word is Your Bond

Do people still live by this credo, I don’t think so. No one is perfect, but if you tell someone you are going to do something, you should do it, or at least let them know why you won’t be able to do it. I know sometimes, life can get hectic and it feels like it’s all you can do just to keep afloat, but I still value consideration for others and their time, and I try hard to keep my word. Recently I’ve been faced with a dilemma – I asked someone that I trust to work on a project for me. Going in I was fairly confident about the person’s ability and skills. Now, I’m just trying to decide if I should cut my losses before I get in over my head. My reputation and how I am perceived is very important to me, which is why I try very hard to do what I say I’m going to do. So, is your word your...

Skating – Part 2

So the Jive Biscuit Family Reunion was off the chain, women were scantily clad, guys – well they were just being themselves, there were a few of them that took it back to the 70’s namely the gentlemen in the high-waisted white pants – you know who you are. I often wonder why some people feel that in a crowd of 500, it’s necessary to show all of their tricks while endangering the lives of others, thankfully no injuries on Saturday. Made some new friends and skated the night away. All in all, a fun time but probably won’t go next year, it was way too crowded, and also I’m still recovering from my sleep deprived weekend. Oh well, back to the rink tonight to practice my new steps and perhaps make up a new one. Until...

Skating – Part I

Okay, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I roller skate – old school, quads, indoors. I also rollerblade, but those are my go to skates for outdoors. This is a recreational, hobby, and exercise sport for me. I get to meet new people, exercise, and dance all in one activity. These are all win-wins, since it combines my loves. Every since I can remember, I’ve loved to dance. I was in a few dance troupes growing up, but it was nothing that I ever pursued. Once I became an adult, I loved expressing myself through dance mainly at clubs, and after I had my child, I started taking hip-hop classes as a way to get my dance on. That lasted for about three years, and eventually I realized that my knees were not going to hold up. Then I re-discovered skating, I skated when I was a teenager, but I was never really good at it, mainly because I found it more interesting to chat it up with the fellas, that were also at the rink. So in August of 2007, I thought it might be fun if my son and I could have a recreational activity that we could both do together, and with the urging of my girlfriend Lucy, we tried skating. My son, a natural unfortunately does not enjoy it at all, but I’ve stuck with it, and now I am a bona-fide skater. Like a golfer, or cyclist, I’ve invested in my sport to obtain the right equipment, and it’s very rewarding and I get the benefits of being able exercise why I...