off tha dome....
5 weeks ago
"The family of Ron Pettaway has made a determination that they are the last family to go through this. We are going to call for a major march in the city of Atlanta. We are going to shut this city down to make them stop killing our young men."
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100%)
2. Barack Obama (73%)
3. Al Gore (65%)
4. Ron Paul (63%)
5. Bill Richardson (60%)
6. John Edwards (59%)
7. Dennis Kucinich (58%)
8. Wesley Clark (58%)
9. Hillary Clinton (56%)
10. Joseph Biden (52%)
11. Christopher Dodd (51%)
12. Kent McManigal (50%)
13. Elaine Brown (42%)
14. John McCain (32%)
15. Rudolph Giuliani (32%)
16. Mike Huckabee (31%)
17. Mitt Romney (30%)
18. Mike Gravel (29%)
19. Tom Tancredo (29%)
20. Chuck Hagel (29%)
21. Sam Brownback (28%)
22. Tommy Thompson (27%)
23. Newt Gingrich (25%)
24. Jim Gilmore (23%)
25. Fred Thompson (23%)
Goal #1: Financial - Save 5 Percent
My wife and I make a decent living; we live in a quaint house in a nice suburban Atlanta subdivision with a lush green lawn that contains no trace of the snow-like cherry blossoms that fell a few weeks ago. We spent my daughter's spring break from her private school at a beachfront resort in south Florida last week. I don't brag because I know others are doing much better than me, but I'd like to put my current financial situation in context. We are in debt and we walk a very taut financial tightrope on a monthly basis with very little savings in the bank. A few years ago, I was unemployed for close to 2 years while still paying a pretty hefty mortgage on this house, and as a result we pretty much exhausted all of our savings and have yet to replenish them.
My first goal is to save at least 5% of my annual salary in the bank by the end of this year. That would be a sufficient amount to "save" us in the unlikely event of a large debt or emergency. This financial goal cannot be attained until I reduce our credit card debt, so that will be a nice by-product of attaining this goal. Plus, I'll be staring at my 20th wedding anniversary in a few years and I need to have a nice sized knot (i.e. money) saved up to purchase that bigassrock that I intend to buy for my wife! *smile*
Goal #2: Lifestyle - Lose 20 Pounds
I used to be very active playing on adult basketball leagues, coaching church league basketball for 8-10 year old kids, playing lots of team tennis (ALTA), golfing, and going to the YMCA 2 or 3 times a week for aerobics classes. For the past 10 years, I have not been very good to my body: I've slowly and methodically dropped those more active endeavors (mainly due to my bad knees) to a more sedentary lifestyle (mainly watching TV and typing at a computer screen, like this one!). The arrival of our little bundle of joy 5 years ago sort of put the final nail in my active lifestyle coffin, I even cancelled my membership at the YMCA. Well, this more "settled" lifestyle has gone straight to my midsection... and it is quite evident when I step on that damn scale in my bathroom - my friends and I joke that I am no longer pimpsize! *smile*
My second goal is to lose the 20 lbs. that I have gained over the past 10 years. I will have to return to eating more healthy meals, and endeavor to hit that dreaded treadmill in my workout room (yeah, I have a complete gym here in the house) or in the hotel when I'm on the road at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes. By the end of this year (2007), I should be back to my "playing" weight and able to comfortably fit in all those clothes that I can no longer zip up.
Goal #3: Professional - Hire Somebody
"To whom much is given, much is required."
This quote means a lot to me because I have lived a blessed life: raised in a God-fearing, yet loving family by my father and mother, provided with a world-class education from nursery school through my college degree in electrical engineering, compensated by a company that values my contributions to delivering our services, loved by my wife and daughter, and emboldened by my continued youth and vigor well into middle age. With that said, I feel that I haven't done enough in return for the blessings that I have received until I can share my blessings with someone other than my immediate family members. Which leads me to Goal #3: I want to be directly responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and mentoring of a professional in my area of expertise.
I would consider it an honor to reach back and see someone from being latent potential to being a high performing professional. As a college fraternity chapter advisor, I am responsible for mentoring a large number of young men to prepare them for life after college. As a recruiter for my company, I was responsible for visiting college campuses around the country to find those students who would add value to my company. And as a manager/supervisor, I have been responsible for hiring, nurturing, and even firing personnel who report to me. But in the whole of my professional career, I've never had the opportunity to do all three with one person. Since this goal will require a measure of luck in finding the ideal candidate(s), I seek to fulfill this goal at some point within the next 2 to 5 years.
Goal #4: Communications - Blog Alot
I stumbled upon the blogosphere quite by accident, I went to a friend's blog and I had to register on blogger.com to leave a comment. That was February 14, 2006 and I've been hooked ever since. Unfortunately, plezWorld has no more direction than it did when I first started, but I think I've at least honed my message and hopefully, I'm able to communicate more effectively because of it.
I use sitemeter.com to keep track of the numbers of visitors I receive on a daily basis. Right now, I'm averaging around 15 visitors per day, but I notice that the number increases with the frequency that I post new blog entries. So Goal #4 is to increase the rate that I post entries to my blog to 3 times a week in hopes of raising my visitor average to 50 per day by the end of 2007.
Goal #5: Toyz - A New Car
That new car smell is something that you can only get in a new car! My car has not had that particular odor in over 10 years - I currently drive a 2007 Desert Plum Eddie Bauer Edition Ford Explorer. It is time for a new car in plezWorld!
I bought my wife a Lexus SUV a few years ago when her car turned 10 years old. I don't think our garage will be complete until I have a newer car to join my wife's Lexus. I'm thinking along the lines of the following: either a 2006 Claret Red Cadillac Escalade or a 2006 Black Lexus GX SUV (I don't like buying new cars, I like to get them after they've depreciated for a few years)! Goal #5 is to have one of those new SUVs sitting in my garage by the Summer of 2008.
WARNING: I'm not the most environmentally correct guy out there, so if it doesn't have a V8 and some serious "get up and go", you probably won't see it on my side of the garage!
- "Pop Life" from Around the World In A Day LP (3:42)
it's pretty nasty in the way Prince has the delayed lyrics in the left speakers, huh? oh, you never noticed that, did ya?
- "Irresistible Bitch" from The Hits/B-Sides LP (4:12)
i love the chimes in the background, almost sounds like the song was recorded in a church... bitchin'!
- "Batdance" from Batman LP (6:14)
"go... go... go with a smile!"
- "Partyup" from Dirty Mind LP (4:24)
the boy started out bad with a war protest song that you can actually dance to... check out those rough riffs on the guitar and MF bass line...
"how ya gonna make me kill someone i don't even know?"
- "200 Balloons" from The Hits/B-Sides LP (5:05)
"fly with me, 200 balloons!"
- "Controversy" from Controversy LP (7:15)
driving bass, ticklin' those strings on his guitar... this is the album that i wasn't supposed to buy, because i gave my little sister the albums poster of a half-naked Prince in the shower! OOOPS! and to add insult to injury, he had the NERVE to recite the Lord's Prayer (a la Jimi Hendrix) to the beat! BLASPHEMY!"people call me rude, i wish we all were nude,
i wish there was no black & white, i wish there was no rules."
- "Little Red Corvette" from 1999 LP (5:03)
"i guess i should've known by the way you parked your car sideways that it wouldn't last..."
- "Sexy Dancer" from Prince LP (4:18)
i drove through a snow storm from New York City to Hampton, Virginia to see Prince as the opening act for Rick James in 1979.
- "Erotic City (Dance Mix)" from Erotic City (Single) EP (7:26)
when i was in college, this was MY FAVORITE dance song... erotic city come alive!
- "Damned If I Do" from Emancipation (Disc 1) LP (5:21)
under the moniker "the artist formerly known as prince", he did an independent release of some of his best STUFF in 1996 in a 3 disc boxed set.
- "Anotherloverholenyohead" from Parade LP (4:00)
i'd rather dance to this cut from the "Parade" LP than the much more POPular "Kiss".
- "Uptown" from Dirty Mind LP (5:32)
oh shit, now i'm gonna be humming this song all night: "i don't usually talk to strangers, but she's so pretty... gotta go Uptown!"
- "We Gets Up" from Emancipation (Disc 1) LP (4:18)
yeah, Prince was droppin' it on disc one of this collection... he's got the bass kickin' ass and those funky horns bringing up the rear... and you gotta stay around to the end of the song to hear Prince to tear it up on that guitar. "We gets up!"
- "Sexy M.F. (12" Remix)" from My Name is Prince [Remixes] LP (7:34)
i love a good remix that's true to the original, but adds just enough edge to make you wanna get up outta yo' seat... this is IT!
- "I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man" from Sign O' The Times (Disc ?) LP (6:29)
"i may be qualified for a one night stand, but i could never take the place... of yo' man."
- "Live 4 Love" from Diamonds and Pearls LP (7:00)
i love the countdown and the awesome drum solo and bass line that kicks off this joint... damn, i think i'm working up a sweat.
- "I Wanna Be Your Lover" from Prince LP (3:42)
i guess i'll shut this jam session down with one of Prince's first hits... genius endures.
Calling himself a good person who said a bad thing, radio host Don Imus said Monday he would check his acid tongue after being lambasted for making racially charged comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team.
"Here's what I've learned: that you can't make fun of everybody, because some people don't deserve it," he said on his nationally syndicated radio show Monday morning. "And because the climate on this program has been what it's been for 30 years doesn't mean it's going to be what it's been for the next five years or whatever."
Imus said he was "embarrassed" by the remarks, in which he referred to the mostly black team as "nappy-headed hos." He said he had made the comments in the course of "trying to be funny," but he was not trying to excuse them.
Imus said he hoped to meet the Rutgers players and their parents and coaches, and he said he was grateful that he was scheduled to appear later Monday on a radio show hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has called for Imus to be fired over the remarks.
"Somewhere we must draw the line in what is tolerable in mainstream media," Sharpton said Sunday. "We cannot keep going through offending us and then apologizing and then acting like it never happened. Somewhere we've got to stop this."
Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse Jackson planned a protest in Chicago. James E. Harris, president of the New Jersey chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, demanded Sunday that Imus "resign or be terminated immediately."
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