Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Morning Edition - 1/4/06

Prehistoric Customer Service; Extinct Portion Size
Last night, J’Moo and I decided to paint the town red for his birthday and enjoy a dinner to celebrate the occasion. I chose Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a quaint new southern cuisine spot in West Harlem. Dinosaur is apparently a well-known chain with a mouth-watering menu that features everything from fried green tomatoes – which J’Moo and I devoured at the start of our meal – to pulled pork. Their sides include macaroni and cheese, southern greens and even a Creole style potato salad. To seal your Flintstone portion of Cajun delights, there are desserts like the pecan covered sweet potato pie to insure you open your pants and use the tablecloth as a napkin. Although the food is five-star the service makes you wonder if you stumbled on to a plantation soup kitchen. Twenty minutes after inhaling our appetizer we were still waiting for our entrees. All-in-all, if your patience is greater than your appetite, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que needs to be on your list of comfort food stopovers in the very near future.

Busted-Up Over The Breakthrough
Maybe I’m just one of those folks that wait to hear the buzz before spending my $12.99 on their music purchases. I mean, I’m the one who ran to the front of the line to snatch-up J-Lo’s last release, only to find that Ms. Lo needed to Get Right – FAST! Thankfully, Mary J. Blige’s new CD, The Breakthrough, is everything it’s been hyped-up to be. From song #2, Enough Cryin’, featuring Brook, to the much-played Be Without You, the CD has more than my required 4-good-songs for a CD buy. Song #13, I Found My Everything, features Raphael Saadiq. Let’s just say I no longer feel the number 13 is such an unlucky number. Blige has another hit CD with The Breakthrough and I’m just busted-up over it.

Who The F*ck Does She Think She Is?
Annette R. aka Freaking Rican, resident blogger, voluptuous queen, stern face and fluff heart, turns 39 this Friday. I met FR about two years ago and am lucky to call her a new addition to my “true friend” list. At first glance Annette gives the impression that she is a no-nonsense, pull-no-punches broad, but don’t be fooled. Under the protective armor lies a gem of a heart with a sensitivity that only those privileged enough to uncover its magic will ever find. Soon to grace our blog with a love story of her own – CLAIM IT! – Annette has taught me more about myself than I’ve actually learned about her. So for those who come across her and ask, "Who the f*ck does she think she is?" the answer is simple, she's our friend. This Friday, we will gather at La Maganet (correct my spelling if I’m wrong Carmen) to pay homage to our blog’s Queen of true heart. La Maganet (sp) plays salsa, R&B and House Music, so bring your dancing shoes and a big hug. ** Details of club location and time to follow **

On Blast
You’ve been diagnosed with a condition that requires surgery. The surgery will either leave you blind or deaf. The doctors approach you prior to the surgery and ask you which of the two senses you choose to keep. Do you choose to keep your hearing or your sight? Why?

Keep passin’ the open windows…

11 comments:

Tammy said...

I think i would chose to keep my sight. I couldn't bear not seeing all the beautiful fine rainbow colors of my brothers!!!

Winnie said...

wow! this exact question is one that I have discussed with a few close friends and family and most as well as myself have chosen to be deaf and not blind. I couldnt stand to live in a world of darkness and be subject to depend on people for the rest of my life. at least if you are deaf you still have some sense of independence.

Toy said...

That's a really hard question. I can't choose.....

Cocoa Rican said...

I’ve already seen – probably all there is to see – and now have a point of reference or picture of anything anyone would describe, so I believe I would rather lose my sense of sight. The thought of not being able to hear music, the voice of a loved one or to participate in an interesting conversation would be unthinkable to me. Besides, my loss of sight would force me to truly accept inner beauty when meeting new folks. Sure, there will always be my sense of touch to decipher whether you’re really disfigured, but on the average, I’d see folks through the eyes of the soul…whoa… deep shyt, huh?! Anyway, a nosey f*cker like me can never take living in silence, but the dark nevah put fear in my heart!

caspar608 said...

Happy Birthday in advance FR!!!
I knew when we first met that you had a heart of gold. Those with the strongest of exteriors usually do....because the soft, mushy, gooey fragile heart that is inside needs to be protected.
Wishing you peace and blessings and love and contentment this year.

caspar608 said...

I would keep my hearing and lose my sight. I love music too much. It doesn't matter what people look like if I know who they are inside. Besides, I wouldn't have to worry about how messy my kids rooms are if I can't see.

petite morceau said...

For crying out loud, those are my choices!!!!???? LOL

Believe it or not I have often pondered this query and it's such a difficult thing to have to decide. On the one hand, I would hate to lose my sight because it would render me helpless but to lose my hearing and not be able to hear music for the rest of my life or the sound of my son's voice would drive me insane, I think.

Sorry, but I still can't choose...

Anonymous said...

Hearing. I've seen and in my dreams would continue to see. Now hearing the birds churp, the sound of rain while making love, the words I love you from your mate or a child, music from a love song/inspiration or words that flow together in a poem, these things are irreplaceable!!!

KRISALMIGHTY said...

THAT IS A SHYTY CHOICE COCOA....DAYUM!!! ANYWAY, I WOULD CHOOSE TO KEEP MY SIGHT BECAUSE OUR SIGHT ENHANCES ALL OF OUR OTHER SENSES LIKE HEARING,TASTE, TOUCH AND SMELL. A LOSS OF SIGHT WILL DEMINISH ME. I WOULD RATHER LIVE IN SILENCE THAN LIVE IN THE DARK. DAMN YOU HC....WHEN YOU GO OUT DRINKING YOU COME UP WITH SOME DEEP SHYT.....LOL

Cocoa Rican said...

Yeah... I really have to stop drinking and writing... it's a dreadful combo! LOL :)

FREAKING RICAN said...

Coco! You are truly such a loving man! I just read your blog posting and realized that you had created a party for me without my knowledge which is hard to do. You are the first person in my adult life that has ever done anything for me for my B'day. I want to truly thank you and Carmen for thinking about me especially when you all know that I am such a quite person when it comes to personal things. You actually had me in tears this morning and I am truly blessed to have friends like you. Having you is like having the brother I lost a few years ago. Caspar, thank you for the B'day blessing. You are a sweetheart of a person and I am hoping to see you soon. As for the rest of the Blog family that are located here in NYC, please forgive me for having to cancel my B'day party at La Maganat for this Friday. I unfortunately had no choice because my church family already sent out invites to people for a B'day dinner they are having for me this Friday. I truly feel bad but I am hoping that you will be able to join me at my B'day celebration when COCO picks an available date that works for most of you. I want to wish everyone a great New year that is filled with lot's of LOVE, JOY, Great Health, prosperity and all that your heart desires are granted.