The lesson that we can take with us throughout the rest of our days is that everything’s better with Barbecue Sauce. Honey Chipotle.
They called me back to work, but I could only do 3 out of 4 days because I had important family stuff to take care of and I was on a time limit. Three day weekend coming up. Feeling somber about it all…
If you like silver age comics check out Arlen Schumer’s lecture that he posted on You Tube. Like any other comics geek, I could quibble about some minor points, but I find his presentation interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bknZmiIhn_M And don’t forget to watch the other 3 parts.
So, I’m in the grocery store the other day and a young man who seemed to be an African immigrant and an employee of the store asked me if I wanted to open an account with the bank that has a kiosk in the grocery store. I explained that all my banking needs were taken care of and he politely accepted this fact, but then he asked me, “Are you African?” At first I was almost taken aback like, “What?! A brutha from Chi-Town cain’t talk like he got some edjamacation? What you tryin’ to say, Shaka Zulu?” But I remembered a day few years back when I lived on the west side a dude supposedly from Jamaica asked me something similiar. I guess it’s probably a combination of my physical looks ( I’m mid to dark complexion and my father was in fact from Haiti) and my speech pattern ( yes, I DO have some edjamacation…you mutha fucka, you).
This reminded me of an even earlier incident from like ten years ago. I was working day labor and they sent me out to a moving company and I helped move for the day. The driver and his other helpers were white. Things went pretty well. Toward the end of the day, the driver asked me, “So, where are you from?” I told him Chicago. Then I said, “You asked that like you expected me to say California or something.” He was like, “Well…” and muttered something about how laid back I seemed. Then his helper added, “Yeah, and you don’t seem like you hate white people.” Okaaay…On the other hand, most of the other black guys they sent from my agency that these fellows worked with, were literally straight from the joint. So I was going to say something about making assumptions, but whatever…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urkyj3c44mE
I saw a couple of movies…
Inception: Very good film. I’m not sure how much I can say about it that hasn’t been said already. Solid acting, smart tight script, and excellent directing. Leo Di Caprio is a freelance agent that can enter a person’s dream and extract secrets and other information. He gets a risky job to implant an idea in a subjects mind. The further they go into the subjects subconscious, the deadlier risks become. Really though, this is a film about regret, loss, and guilt wrapped around a sci-fi thriller chassis. Great film.
The A-Team: Screw you, snobs…it’s the A-Team! You can’t hear me, but I’m singing the theme song right now! 80’s rule! Yo Joe! Actually, I wish this movie made as much sense as some of the better TV episodes. Ok, stuff I liked…the opening scene with Hannibal’s escape in Mexico, the caper Bagdad, the fact that Rampage didn’t do a Mr T imitation, and I thought the character Pike was a very good movie villian. Ok, the rest…Jessica Beil,some folks don’t like her. I think she’s ok, but I wish her character was smarter and well, just smarter. The crime set-up, it just doesn’t make sense that everyone automatically assumes it was the A-Team. They’re in the mid-east and there’s terrorists and mercenaries and bandits all about…why do folks think it’s the A-Team’s fault? Similiarly, how do the team know Pike’s the bad guy? All they see is him and his guys running. Hell, maybe they’re running cuz the general’s jeep just blew up and they want to get out of there? I saw The Losers a couple of months ago and it’s funny cuz there’s a couple of scenes that are close in both movies. I’m not hatin’ on either team, I just saying. I wasn’t expecting Citizen Kane with this film, but I wish it was a little smarter, maybe gone through another draft.
Free your mind and the rest will follow.