Thursday, August 04, 2005

Morning Edition - 8/4/05

The Rings
Terrorism is at the forefront of everyone’s mind – especially when it involves airplanes. Both NYC and DC suffered tragic losses on September 11 and since then, most folks get an eerie feeling in the pit of their stomach when they see a low-flying aircraft or hear the roaring engines of a fighter jet overhead. Now the US government has come up with an idea. They will set an inner- and outer-ring perimeter around the DC area where planes would be prohibited from flying. They feel this would safeguard the DC area. The ring would cover east, beyond Baltimore; west, beyond Dulles in Virginia; north, beyond Gaithersburg; and about 30 miles south of DC. Anyone who willingly flies into this area would suffer stiff fines – up to $100,000; a year in prison and the loss of their pilot’s license for up to one year. The government proposal will be up for comment for the next 90 days. Sidebar: What’s the story with NYC? Did we not suffer more losses on 9/11? Where is our government-imposed flight restriction plan?

Just Me and Mariah
Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems is predicting Mariah Carey’s We Belong Together as this summer’s biggest hit. With 195,535 radio plays since Memorial Day, Carey has beat out her closest competitor, Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl by more than 80,000 plays. As a HUGE Carey fan and entranced listener of Carey’s new Emancipation of MiMi, I can attest that this album release is one of Carey’s best ever. Song number 4 on MiMi, Mine Again, has been on repeat on my CD player for the past week! If you don’t have this CD in your repertoire as yet, hit the music stores now and get with the program.

Big, Dark; Melt in My Mouth
Some things in life are worth having and some things are worth having – BIGGER. Following in this vein, M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies is introducing a new version of their famous M&M (melt in your mouth; not in your hands) candies. The new M&Ms, made especially for grown-ups, will be 55% bigger than current M&Ms and come in maroon, blue-gray, teal, gold and brown. For inside info on how they made these new tasty treats go to
http://www.mms.com/megalab M&M says they have everything from recipes, psychology tests, etc. on their “chocolate blotch” area.

Long Story Short
Our beloved Debbie Fulton (Lavonne) will be laid to rest today. Fulton passed away on July 31 of complications from cancer. RIP Deb. THANK YOU to Nesie and sis Taqua for your wonderful birthday cards. They are so appreciated! Please keep your knees down in prayer for Libby, resident blogger J’Moo’s sister who is recovering from surgery. Libby had surgery in a NYC hospital yesterday. Welcome back Freakin’ Rican, who is returning with a mega-tan from Miami. FR pranced through midtown Manhattan yesterday; enticing men with her new HalleBerry-esque tan. Eber V. and family are vacationing in Myrtle Beach. Enjoy the sun kids!

On Blast
With the recent death of Debbie and several blogger birthdays this week, it’s time to consider the meaning of your life. Can you identify one instance where the reason for your existence was made evident to you? What do you believe your overall purpose in life is? What one thing will you continue to strive toward until death?

Keep passin’ the open windows…

12 comments:

KahluaLoverInVa said...

Cocoa...I'm with you and Mariah on the repeat button!! I just bought the CD last week and can NOT stop playing those two tracks! I'm so glad to see she's gotten back on top...I'm a long-time fan! Hugs!!!

Jeanine said...

What a great On Blast question! I have to think about it but I"ll get back to the group in a bit!

caspar608 said...

I know what my purpose in life is everytime I look at my children. We stumble and fall flat on our faces sometimes, but the fun part is getting up and fighting the good fight. As fate would have it, I am a fighter by nature. So, until I die, I'll be falling and getting up and swinging for what I feel is right. Like Sinatra said, I'll do it my way.

FREAKING RICAN said...

Hi Jeanine!

I agree with you the ON Blast question is a great one and I too will get back later in the day with my answer because I know it's gonna be a long one. Coco, I know you like this FR golden tan because I now look as dark as you. The men yesterday were staring at me that I realized I need to go away more often and get my tan on....Holly shit if I would have known that having this golden tan would get me so much attention I would have kept it up for years....but then again I would have looked about 30 years older with skin cancer (GOD FORBID)!

Anonymous said...

1. With the recent death of Debbie and several blogger birthdays this week, it’s time to consider the meaning of your life.

2. Can you identify one instance where the reason for your existence was made evident to you?

3. What do you believe your overall purpose in life is? What one thing will you continue to strive toward until death?

1. Purpose of life = Well after the email traffic of birthday celebration the meaning of life to me is clearly about people hugs, kisses, fights, disagreements, possibilities, fun and laughter. LIfe is about engaging in life and life to me are people because each & everyone touches each person in different ways whether good, bad,or indiffernt. So to me, we are all here to experience different things, people, events we are to simply experience ourselves & eachother in different settings etc.


2. The events I can identify are the ones where I made a difference in people like my sister Marta who is now 34yrs old (looks 18) & it wasn't until 27 we finally knew the problem of her learning she simply has dyslexia but in the midst of her journey much emotional & self esteem damage was done. To put it to you she always said to me that "It's a wonderful life" movie with Jimmy Stuart reminds her of me & I have many events like that where my presence, Krissyness, just being me made a positive impact on someone which is how I see you Cocoa & I love that about you.

3. My purpose in life I believe is to be the best that I can be @whatever it is & to leave my mark so that I am always remembered & that would be my business & the difference it would make in families, children & women. The one thing I am striving for & will continue to strive for is SELF DEVELOPMENT.

I love these questions thank you.

Krissy

Anonymous said...

Well besides being eye candy, no comments from the peanut gallery. I have come to the realization that the Lord doesn’t need me; it is I, who needs him. And what road or task he gives on to me, I will walk with his instructions. He continually blesses me with friends, family, work, and laughter. Not to get to sanctified and all, but I know for the Blessings I receive, there are task I must do…regularly. And I am thankful for all. I have learned to appreciate the things in life that the Lord have provided and appreciate them in their time.

When did I realize my reason for my existence? When death had come for me, it third time…

I propose in live is to live it to it fullest with regrets and enjoy what life has to offer and never, no never forget who made it all possible.

J’Moo

kimmicee said...

I believe the meaning of life is to be happy. Enjoy life. Enjoy it's ups and downs because it is your life and only you can make it what it is.

Realizing that when I thought I was helping someone else, that particular someone else was actually helping me made me realize my reason for being here on this Earth. Things are never as they seem.

My overall purpose in life is to keep my family connected to one another. Not just my husband, children and siblings but all of my cousins, aunts and uncles. I know my purpose is to keep my family whole, to not let anyone fall by the wayside and to continue the family stories, heirlooms and memories.

A very good question. And in the event that I don't speak with you tomorrow...HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cocoa Rican!

caspar608 said...

THIS IS FOR MY PEEPS ON THE BLOGGER

For the Good Times y'all....

Don't look so sad I know its over
But life goes on and this world keeps on turning
Let's just be glad we had this time to spend together
There is no need to watch the bridges that were burning

Lay your head on my pillow
Hold your warm and tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of the raindrops
Blow softly against my windowpain late at night
Make believe you love me one more time
For the good times
For the good times

I'll get along I'm sure you'll find another
But baby please remember I'll be here
I'm gone stay right here if you should ever find that you need me
Don't say a word about tomorrow forever and ever and ever
There will be time enough for severence when you need me

Lay your head on my pillow
Hold your warm and tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of the raindrops
Blow softly against my windowpain late at night
Make believe you love me one more time
For the good times
For the good times

caspar608 said...

For Krissy/Yo
Baby Girl you are a blessing. Your clean heart and thoughtful intentions, matched with your ability to express yourself without fear, are an inspiration.
I, for one, am glad to know ya.
Love, C

Cocoa Rican said...

::::: Where's my knitting needle?! :::::::

Jeanine said...

After reflecting on this question for the past few hours, I have to say that the purpose of my life has been to serve. To be a servant to the King of Kings who gave me life.

In the 28 years that I've been alive, I've been blessed with the ability to identify with people of walks of life. I've been put in leadership positions as early as elementary school and tasked with the job of representing the needs of my colleagues to others. I truly believe that my purpose is to be a public servant and use the skills that the Lord has given me to help others.

I also realize that one of my purposes was to be a mother to our daughter Payton and a wife to Diallo. There's no question that.

Until I meet my maker, I will strive to uphold the standards of righteousness and all that it would ennoble by being the very best person I can be.

Cocoa Rican said...

Robert Beatty, an ABA colleague and friend of Debbie Fulton and her family attended Debbie's wake today. He sent the following:
___________________________

Thanks for all crew comments.

The service was very very sad. Her sisters just couldn't deal. I tried to comfort the ones that I knew. The soul shaking tears brought many others to weep for the heart felt pain that must be shaking the family.

Debbie looked great. They dressed her as she would if she had dressed herself. Her appearance was a peaceful rest. She looked like the Deb that we all knew and loved.

Deb's mom, a very a peaceful person, I see where she found her calm.

ABA represented and I was proud to be there too.

Thanks for the voice...