Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How Do You 'Roo Part One- My First Bonnaroo Experience + Where Are The Girls? + Fortune Cookie Wisdom

My First Bonnaroo Experience

"What the he!! is a Bonnaroo?!" i'm sure i was asking myself in some form or fashion back in 2002.  Sure i had been to multiple Dave Matthews Band concerts and a few other shows at that point in my life, then a spry 24-year old man, but at the time i couldn't have even imagined what i was getting myself into.  All i knew was my friends were pumped about it and that's all i needed to know.

Friday, June 1, 2018

How Do You Flu? + The Thirst Is Real + OTM + Fortune Cookie Wisdom

Picture Courtesy of Rx-Press

How Do You Flu?

So i was under the weather all week last week and let me tell you, there seems to be no cure for the summertime flu!  I really thought i had escaped what had been billed the worst flu season in years unscathed.  Nope!

Although there still may be no cure for the flu, there are a few remedies that i have tried over the years that seem to help me get over the flu in the most efficient way possible.  Feel free to try any, all or none of these if you ever find your suffering with the symptoms of the flu.

**Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional nor have i received any formal or informal medical training.  The following are only meant for edutainment purposes and to give a glimpse into how one random dude manages a common illness.


First things first is knowing the difference between the flu, a cold and seasonal allergies.  The biggest tell is fever.  If you've ever had the sniffles, or can't seem to stop coughing or sneezing, but don't have a fever, most likely you've got a cold or are suffering from allergies.  I get it, been there too!  If the above are accompanied by chills, muscle ache, fatigue and yes a fever (100 degrees or higher), you probably have the flu.  Check out this link for more details on how to self-diagnose the flu.

Remedy 1- The "Flu"ids

The Thirst Is Real

I drink a lot when i'm sick.  No, i don't mean alcohol, i mean pretty much everything else.  Just about every other liquid other than alcohol is fair game when you have the flu although water, juices and tea (with lemon and honey!) are probably the best options.  Sports drinks are okay, but don't over do it and the same goes for things like "Emergen C".  The key is just staying hydrated so keep the fluids flowing.

Pro Tip: Throw in a hot toddy or two into your hydration strategy.  Although alcohol isn't generally good for recovering from illness, in moderation, it can help you sleep a little bit better.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Today in Black History: The Hoodie Culture

The Hoodie Culture

I wasn't always a member of the hoodie culture.  In fact, i didn't own a hoodie for many years never really considering them "my style."  And then i started working for a company where almost everyone wore hoodies at some point or another.  It's amazing to me how quickly i acclimated to this stylistic preference soon having 3-4 hoodies in my regular wardrobe rotation.

And then brother Trayvon Martin was killed wearing a hoodie on his way home from the store late the evening of February 26th, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.  I couldn't believe this young man would be gunned down so senselessly because he had the audacity to walk through a quiet suburban neighborhood.  The hoodie made him look suspicious George Zimmerman would later claim as he defended his indefensible actions that night.  Although Trayvon was unarmed, he apparently still presented a threat to the armed Zimmerman and therefore had to pay the ultimate price of his life.

George Zimmerman was later acquitted for his crime on the basis of self-defense and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws and i was fearful that we as a society had crossed into dangerous territory.  How could someone claiming self-defense shoot an unarmed kid and get away with it?!  Had we as a society just condoned the murder of a young man for being black and wearing a hoodie in the wrong neighborhood?  Did this mean all black men should fear for their lives for wearing the wrong clothing in the wrong neighborhood?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Constitutional Breach + alt-J trip part deux + Fortune Cookie Wisdom

Picture Courtesy of "The Times"

A message from an American Citizen:

What do you MEAN you won't execute the order?! You signed the sanctions bill passed by the Congress of the United States of America meaning you committed to the execution of the order. You as Chief Executive don't have the right to ignore an order given to you by the people's house unless by veto. If you choose not to follow orders, you are in breach of your constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the United States of America whether you like them or not. But to decide without the constitutional authority to do so that you won't enforce sanctions passed into law by congress and signed by YOU isn't a right you have as president of this democracy. (See Article 1, Section I of the US Constitution)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Puerto Rico: The Fight For Survival + A Trip To See alt-J + OTM

Mural By Axel Void

Puerto Rico: The Fight For Survival

I had the honor of speaking with Loida again about the progress in Puerto Rico. For those of you who don't know Loida Cardona Velasquez, she is a project director at UT and all around bad @ss.  She is originally from Puerto Rico and she and i serve together on the United Way of Greater Knoxville Board of Directors.  She also serves as the media liaison for the East Tennessee For Puerto Rico group and has been my primary source for information about the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

When I called, Loida was home recuperating from surgery on her ankle, but was in otherwise good spirits. She reported to me that after 60 days, her brother now has electricity! She said she's able to speak to him regularly and that she no longer has to send him food.