Posts Tagged ‘Times Square’

times square adventure

January 12, 2011 2 comments

Im easily distracted

I missed the last snowstorm in NYC and it was classified a blizzard. Watching the news and seeing the crushing blow it dealt to the city was a little disheartening, but even more disheartening for me is the fact that I didnt get to play in 20″ plus of snow!

I wasnt taking that chance this time. I knew that the snow wasnt going to be as substantial as the previous storm, but I was here and ready to rock. Now all I needed was to recruit some friends and let the party begin. Im not going to call anyone out (NYC friends) but you all bailed. Luckily I have two roommates up for a late night romp in the city while the snow is coming down.

Yet again...lights....(I probably drooled at some point here)

I guess its kind of cliche, but I have never been privy to snow in the city. All those films with NYC lit up and the snow falling down got me thinking that I needed to knock some more things off my life list. I know snow is a hassle and that in the city it quickly turns to a brown slurry of bum pee, taxi oil, cigarettes, and broken dreams. BUT my dream is to get at it while its still fluffy and white so that I preform snow activities. Last night, that dream became a reality!

I committed early in the day when I knew the snow was imminent. I “rallied” some troops, got my snow gear on, and headed to the bar to meet some friends before heading into NYC. All the friends there werent game and slowly but surely all those I had “rallied” were bowing out too. (No worries guys, I made it without you. Your B) Nick, Michelle, and I had a beer and then went galavanting through the snow. Sure we got some crazy looks, but that was to be expected because you can be whatever you want to be or do whatever you want to do in NYC without much consequence. That’s why I love it here. Be who you want. Read more…


what IAVA has done for me

August 26, 2010 2 comments

In a previous post I had mentioned that the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) had helped me in many ways, but aside from helping me understand the very confusing and often head-scratching Post 9/11 Gi Bill, they have afforded me some really amazing opportunities. Check this out.

In Oct 2008, MTV hosted an event at the Nokia Theater called “A Night for Vets” where IAVA and MTV pushed a petition for the Bill of Rights for American Veterans (BRAVE). I took Nick to the concert where Ludacris, 50 Cent, G-Unit, Kanye West, Hinder, Saving Abel, Eve, and many others played. We had a great time jamming to the performers and talking to other vets that came out to support. It was an interesting way to raise awareness for a Bill of Rights specifically for those who had served and I was glad to be a part of it.

The next event I was lucky enough to attend was a pre-screening of the HBO movie called “Taking Chance” starring Kevin Bacon. This time I invited Jax along with me because I knew this was going to be something I could not handle alone. IMDb doesnt give this movie a strong enough summary so here is my stab at it. “Taking Chance” is based on the 2004 travel log of Lt. Col. Mike Strobl, who after his recommendation for action in the Iraq war is rejected, volunteers for escort duty of 19 year old fallen Marine Pfc. Chance Phelps. The story follows Phelp’s travels home from the battlefield to Germany and into Dover AFB where technicians work to bestow all honors due to Chance. His uniform is put to the exacting standards of the Corp and he is then turned over to LtCol Strobl who is charged with his safe transport to his final resting place in Wyoming. The film follows Strobl as he recounts every instance of his escorting Chance from the hearse ride to Philadelphia, the flight to Minneapolis, and finally by car to Phelp’s home in Wyoming all while describing the immense appreciation and gratitude the soldier is given as he comes home for the last time. Read more…

today was a good day

June 23, 2010 4 comments

Every time I think this phrase, I cant help but let my mind wander back to the days when I was a little OG back in Compton. The Streets is hot and my boy Ice Cube was on the prowl in his lowrider Impala hitting switches while rolling by the bacon. That, my friends, was a good day.

And so was today. It started out slow as molasses and I thought that I might go insane with sitting on the couch and finishing homework. That all changed though when I got an email invite to a casting call for suit designer Joseph Abboud. Now I dont know this guy from Adam, that’s a Bible reference, but his suits are pretty legit from what I have seen. Either way, I skated out to 650 Fifth Ave at 52nd and took the elevator up to the 27th floor. I felt like a baller bc this place was pristine. Luckily I think ahead because the humidity today was up there. I swapped out a sweaty for a freshy and strutted into the showroom with my board in tow. Read more…