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Let’s see if this works. This is a test only a test.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

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…not the only one who sucks at car maintenance.

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Saw this and it reminded me of me. I once went more than a year without getting my oil changed.  GraphJam has lots of great funny reader-generated charts  based on the funny things in life.

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…sad that interracial coupling is still taboo.

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Model Heidi Klum kisses her husband singer Seal.

Two stories in the news the past few days sadly show that we as a people are still hung up on dating and race.

The first is a story out of Louisiana about a justice of the peace who refuses to marry a black male/white female couple. You can link to the story here. The second story I saw today was about a resolution that was passed urging President Obama to pardon the late boxer Jack Johnson who was jailed for 10 months for dating a white woman. You can link to that story here.

This both saddens and angers me.  I’ve dated black, Latino and white men. I’ve also experienced the ignorance and stigma of dating interacially. I dated a white guy who  never let me meet his parents because they didn’t like him dating black girls. We had to sneak around and meet each other in secret. This was 2008, not 1958. And this wasn’t in the South. It happened in Washington, D.C.

I wish people would just mind their own business and let people love who they want to love.

It’s hard enough out here trying to find good people to have healthy, stable relationships with. When you start putting limits on a person’s race and sexual orientation and religion, you only limit yourself. You could potentially keep yourself from being with the person of your dreams because your prejudice. If you don’t want to date outside your race, that’s fine more power to you. But don’t knock other people if that’s what they want to do.

I hope if any good comes from this it will shut up all the people who think that the minute this country got a black president  our racial problems went out the window. (BTW, our president is the product of an interracial union. I’m just saying) There will always be ignorant people in this world and as long as that is the case there will always be racism.

I have a gorgeous little nephew that is the product of a bi-racial union. My sister and my mom are both dating outside their race and they’re both very happy.

If it makes you feel any better, as an equal opportunity and serial dater, I can say with complete confidence that ALL men are completely and totally insane. Race has nothing to do with it.

…wants to write Atlanta a better theme song (but I need your help).

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The New York Skyline

The New York Skyline

I am not a Jay-Z fan. I mean not at all. And before you ask, I love hip hop. I’m just not really into Jay-Z.

I love Nas, and even though they’ve stopped beefing years ago this may be part of the reason. Plus, Jay-Z’s music has progressively sucked every year since he’s been in the game. (Yeah, I said it.)

Oh but then I heard this song. (Click on the link I’m still a beginner geek.)Empire State of Mind.

I love this song. I love everything about it. The music. The lyrics.  The production. I’m totally and completely obsessed with it. And I’m not a Jay-Z fan. At all.

I love that its a beautiful tribute to their home. I live in Atlanta and our song “Welcome to Atlanta” just kind of falls flat. It really doesn’t compare. And I love Ludacris and JD, but really when you compare:

“Welcome to Atlanta where the players play and we ride on them streets like every day”

to “Empire State of Mind”

“Welcome to the melting pot,
Corners where we selling rocks,
Afrika Bambaataa sh-t,
Home of the hip hop,
Yellow cap, gypsy cap, dollar cab, holla back,
For foreigners it aint fitted they forgot how to act,
8 million stories out there and their naked,
Cities is a pity,  half of y’all won’t make it,

And

3 dice cee-lo
3 card monte,
Labor day parade, rest in peace Bob Marley,
Statue of Liberty, long live the World Trade”

I’ve gotta give it to the Big Apple. The storytelling on “Empire” is so vivid, it takes you on a ride through the five boroughs.  I’ve never been to New York, but I feel like I have after I hear that song.

That being said I’ve taken it upon myself to help us draft a better anthem here in Atlanta. This is a music mecca. There are a lot of great things to sing about here. Lets come together and write a song people. Leave your comments. Give me your ideas. Who should record our song? What aspects and features of our great city should we include? What genre should we make it?  We can take the best ones and make a song.

I’m serious people. New Yorkers are always talking about how its better up there. This time they’re right. Lets make it happen.

…nursing a hangover (oy vey)!!!

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I guess I had a few too many

I guess I had a few too many

I’m not a drinker but I will imbibe from time to time. This time, I hung out with my friend Dee for some barhopping and a whole lot of drinking. So naturally I feel like total crap. I’m sure you can relate. In my post-drunken haze I took the liberty of compiling a list of some of the world’s most bizarre hangover remedies. I can assure you I won’t be trying any of these, but they make for a fun read. Enjoy.

  1. Pickled Sheep’s Eyes in Tomato juice: popular in Outer Mongolia
  2. Rabbit Droppings Tea: In the Old West cowboys drank for hangovers. (Kind of gives a new meaning to being shit-faced), LOL.
  3. Cow’s Stomach: In Romania they cure a hangover with a stew made from tripe, aka cow’s stomach. The cow’s stomach is boiled in greasy, salty root vegetable soup with garlic, vinegar and cream.
  4. Deep fried Canaries (Ancient Greece)
  5. Sheep’s lungs and two owl eggs (Ancient Rome)
  6. The Prairie Oyster: (I saw this one on the Food Network). It’s a whole raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. The goal is to swallow the whole thing in one gulp without breaking the yolk.
  7. Burial: The Irish have a strange custom to cure hangovers: burying the person in moist river sand.
  8. Dried Bull’s Penis (Sicily)
  9. Sour pickle juice (Poland): A variation on this is soured milk. Some say soured milk (which is unpasteurized and has been left at room temperature for a day or two).
  10. Drinking your own sweat: Some Native Americans tribes would run until they get sweaty then lick all the sweat up and spit it out. This is supposed to get rid of all the ‘poison’ you’d just oozed out.
  11. Soot: In the 19th century chimneysweeps used the healing power of soot mixed into warm milk.
  12. Voodoo: A Haitian remedy recommends sticking 13 black pins in the cork of the offending bottle

BONUS: An Ounce of Prevention:

  • Peanut Butter Eating peanut butter before drinking is an African remedy.
  • Scalp stimulation Pull your hair in clumps so that your full scalp is stimulated. This remedy brings blood to the scalp and relieves the headache.
  • And of course, the good old Lemon on your Armpits In Puerto Rico one remedy is to rub half of a lemon or lime in the armpit of their drinking arm before they start drinking to stop a hangover before it starts. Apparently, lemon prevents dehydration and therefore headaches because it helps retain fluid. Experts say you rub the lemon clockwise if you live in the Northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere for the full effect.

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…not spending $400 a day on wigs.

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I watch (and rather enjoy) “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” (That show is chock full of blog material on its own). So today I’m focusing on something Kim said on this past week’s episode.

Anyone who watches knows Kim is a proud wig lover. So proud she only wears wigs and not her natural hair. (No problem there I had my own wig phase circa 2007-2008.) On this episode while getting ready for a party, Kim and her hairstylist Derrick (while wearing a fabulous pair of pumps) talk about her wigs. She says she wears a brand new wig every day. He asked how much they cost. She says about $430 each. $430 per wig, per day! She figured it up to be $12,000 a month on wigs. Are you freaking kidding me? (Big Poppa is shelling out some major cash.)

Like I said I’m not a hater. If you afford to do that, go for it. My problem is simple, her wigs look awful. If you watched last season she looked a hot mess. I’m telling you if you’re gonna pay $400 a day for a wig, it needs to look a hell of a lot better than the ones she’s wearing. I’ve seen better looking wigs at my local beauty supply and they weren’t even close to $400.

My advice, if you must change wigs daily invest in someone who can get you a better piece. There are people in wig shops whose only job is to help you pick out wigs. Or bring Derrick, I’m sure he can pick out a great hair piece. This is 2009 there’s no reason anyone has to wear a bad wig, (especially when you have a rich benefactor that can afford to buy you good ones.)

Blogosphere lets help her out. Do you have a good wig place you can recommend for Ms. Zolciak?

…BFF with the Pine Sol lady

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We’re ready to kick some filthy, grimy, dirty, mildew butt.  Bring it on! 

Me and the Pine Sol lady

(Editors Note: If the Pine Sol lady needs a daughter for a future commercial. I’m your girl. What’s up? I mean we’re practically twins here, come on.)

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