Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jeremy Cochran

So, I went to traffic court today and WON!!! How crazy is that? I presented evidence and it actually worked and now I'm relieved. Is this a sign that I should go to law school? I sure hope not. "Jeremy Cochran" has a weird sound to it...

So, I have about 10 billion movies I want to see right now. _NINE_, _The Young Victoria_, _Sherlock Holmes_, and _The Princess and The Frog_ I'm going to wait until later to see _NINE_ because my friend who I wanted to see it with is out of the country for a bit. Hmm. Maybe I will see it twice?

Last and final thought, Bacardi Limon taste like vodka. It caught me off guard.

All of my partners in crime are out of town...someone entertain me.
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Monday, December 28, 2009

I Feel The Wind; 5,6,7,8,9,10.

My thoughts are disorganized today -- and have been for the past few days. However, because I promised to keep my blog active, I will post 5 random thoughts, and hopefully over the next few days I can mesh them together to create something meaningful.

1. Where there's a will there's a way; I'm determined to figure out my purpose in life.
2. I am a believer in divine interventions, but I also believe in parapsychology and I often confuse the two/give one credit for the other one's work.
3. I have grown as a person, but I'm not sure what to do with this "extension" of myself.
4.I love soul music because there is often a story behind any well-written, sad song. "A bird doesn't sing because it has something to say, it sings because it has a song." - Maya Angelou (I paraphrased this quote a bit because I pulled it from memory).
5. I know [you] love me. If [you] are unsure if I love [you] back or not...well, [you] ought to know.
(I have a feeling this will confuse a few people).

Goodnight my little monsters.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Obama, African-Americans and Replacement, Oh my!


 A handful of AFRICAN-AMERICANS are expressing their disapproval for Obama's actions and inaction regarding help for the African-American community. They are charging him up as though they can replace him for it.

Speaking of replacement, this is what the firm I work for decided to use as a temporary replacement for an attorney that was out today, hahahaha. Read my post below for an elaboration of the above-stated.

So, Danny Glover and a few other African-American, high-profile actors and members of Congress are expressing their criticism for Obama recently. Why are they upset you ask? They feel that the African-American community has not received enough benefits since Obama's administration has taken to the White House.

Honestly, I think it's silly. We have been dealing with one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression, and it's hard for me to believe that any intelligent person would speak out expressing their opinion that a certain group has not received any special benefits when the President and his administration is fighting a battle affecting the ENTIRE nation.

Obama acknowledges that many African-American citizens are victims of predatory lending for mortgages and he claims that it is an effect of " a long history of [African-Americans] being the last hired and the first fired." Obama goes on to state that he can't pass laws, "that say I'm just helping black folks. I'm the president of the entire United States."

Can we as African-Americans expect to receive priority responses from the Obama administration solely because he is, himself, African-American? Isn't is the same argument the community used against Bush, but in an inverse and negative way?

Yes, attention needs to be paid to those suffering in the effects of predatory lending, but if a larger issuse is at hand -- one that affects the country as a whole-- priority takes its toll. I would imagine most to understand that. The government can't resolve minority issues if majority issues aren't taken care of. Otherwise, it would only be a periodic fix, cyclical with its damages.

If you want to check out the article, here's the link http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/12/22/obama-rebuts-grumbling-from-african-american-supporters/?icid=main|aim|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsdaily.com%2F2009%2F12%2F22%2Fobama-rebuts-grumbling-from-african-american-supporters%2F

Obama knows that he has more African-American supporters that are satisfied with the job he's doing versus those who are unsatisfied, so I would imagine he isn't really worried about Mr. Glover and his counterparts. just sayin'...



The Fall of Rome

Happy Monday. I am currently reading this novel by Michael Curtis Ford. I loved _Alexander_, _Troy_, _300_, and all those other ancient Rome or Greece war movies and this book has great ratings, specifically for historical accuracy and battle descriptions. However, if you're looking for Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Orlando Bloom or 300 six packs, you will have to dwell in your own imaginations, because novels don't have pictures.

I'm trying to be smart and read more intelligent books since grad school will be the most reading I've ever done in my life. If that fails, I have _The Emperor's Children_ on standby, hahaha.

Much love and many blessings. I'm off for another cup of tea.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sun Day

So it's the Sunday before Christmas and everyone is running chaotic trying to get things done. Take a second to breathe today and after that check out this site: http://www.unabashedlyprep.com/

Seriously, if I could marry a blog, I would be on my way to Vegas right now. Pair the prep style with a classic bottle of Dior Homme cologne, and you are good to go.

My QOTD (written by me) "Never let anyone dull your shine. If you let negativity ride, pretty soon, it's going to want to drive."

I gots me a hot date tonight, so umm....

Caio!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Don't Call Me Gaga

The title is random because I don't have anything major to say today; it's been a weird day. I do want to say this: Don't let anyone dull your shine. People will push you to your LIMITS at times, but every time you make it past that incident, you prove to yourself (because no one else really matters in regards to your self-enhancement) that you are stronger than your adversity.

On another matter, I found this video very funny today :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq3djjJJ3pc&feature=fvhl

My favorite part is "Remember that one time when we were at the movies and you sat next to me and I started shaking and you asked what's wrong and I said nothing it's just my epilepsy?" Haha! How many of you have had "epilepsy?" I won't even give a certain someone that much satisfaction by mentioning my epileptic moment.

Friday, December 4, 2009

My Christmas Wish

It's snowing in Houston, Texas today. I don't know how many people realize how rare and special this is, but it instantly puts all the Scrooges in good spirits. It's cold and wet, but what a beautiful mess.

The holiday season is always very introspective for me; from family memories to soul searching, it's just something about this time of year that makes me look inside rather than out. Last night in my "sleep," which is always a mixture of subconscious thoughts and tossing-and-turning motions, I recalled something very special from my childhood that for a while, I had forgotten: the smell of freshly-cut Christmas trees. I remember being at home on cold nights, and I never knew when, but my dad would come in the door dragging a HUGE Christmas tree (usually so tall, it would have to be cut to fit in the door).

The smell of the Douglas fir tree (always my favorite and requested kind) would fill the house for weeks; oh, how times have changed. Now, Christmas time means finals, term papers, but every now and then, I take a few hours to go to the Houston Galleria to buy gifts for family and friends and just inhale the scents of cinnamon apple candles and June Christy's or Nat King Cole's swingin' Christmas music (maybe a little Michael Buble').

So, as I was thinking about Christmas gifts for my very meticulous mother, I asked my friend in class what she was getting her mother for Christmas and her response made me tingle. I said, "Hey, what are you getting your mom for Christmas" and she replied with, "Oh, after the longest search ever, my mom finally found a bone marrow donor match for her transplant, and I don't think anyone in my family wants another gift this year; This is the best gift any of us could've wished for." My eyes started tearing up immediately, and in that instant I realized what this whole Christmas holiday is all about.

I know sometimes I come across as being a little "cold" or mean, but the truth is, I have so much love in my heart it's overwhelming. Whether you believe in baby Jesus being born on Christmas day or not, this holiday season, spread love, because that's really what it's all about. I will continue to go to the malls looking for presents because I love the atmosphere, but I have already vowed to not give only material gifts this year. I'm not the most artistic person, but I know how to express my love for others through writing, and that's exactly what I plan to do this Christmas. Friends, family members, co-workers, I love you all and I hope my attempt to spread the love inspires you all to do the same.

We all have so much to be grateful for this year. If you are reading this, you are most likely in good health and good spirits, meaning some divinity, crate of knowledge or intuition kept you from being harmed or even dead right now, and that's enough to be beyond grateful for. Last, but not least, take a little time out of your days this holiday season (and hopefully beyond the season) to show someone love. Pick a random person -- someone you rarely talk to, or the closest person to you and send positive energy their way. Not everyone deserves to be rich or famous our beautiful, but everyone deserves to be loved. If God didn't give us anything else, He gave us that right, and we deserve it unconditionally. I hope I sparked a change in someone's heart today, because it's the only reason I write.

Until next time...

Jeremy