Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Some misconceptions about me

Don't you just love when people try to use your past, heresay or social media to try and peg you? What happened to sitting down and getting to know someone?

Here are some common misconceptions about myself:

1. People may think because I have a lot of connects and am very informed, that I tell and spread a lot of shade and business.  In actuality, I live a private life, and keep lots of secrets. 

2. I seem like a docile, kind pushover.  Reality is I'm a tough, outspoken person that takes no mess.

3. I am extremely intelligent and know everything.  I struggle heavily with science, one of the reasons I never went into the medical field.

4. I am very straight laced, responsible and can be by the book. Actually, I'm very laid back and don't concern myself with the crimes of others unless they affect me.

5. I am actually in good shape and know a lot about health and wellness. My fluctuating wealth is deceiving. 

6. I love isolation and am an ambivert.

7. I stand strongly for the underdog and social issues.  I simply have different methods of attack.

Sit down and get to know me, rather than talk about me. It's an experience I can promise you that.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Get Your Rest In

I just came off of a vacation.  I do use my days off wisely. This time, I was fortunate to reunite with some friends from college for a guys trip.  We took a cruise to the Bahamas. It was my 2nd cruise and an awesome time.

I feel very refreshed and rejuvenated. I can see why people take vacations so often, although I usually take a week off out of the year.

And this kills me when you randomly take a week off. Unless it's a holiday week or Spring Break, people often ask where you're going and what you're gonna do.

Now while taking a big vacation is exciting and all, it may not be in the budget or what have you then. You may just need to burn some days from work.  I have a cousin that does that the final two months of the year, every year.

Point is, you need time away from reality, even if you have the best job. Spend time with loved ones and such. Turn off as much technology and electronics as possible. Focus on yourself again. 

One thing running has did for me is traveling for races. I will take weekend excursions for these. When I did Kiawah Island in December, that was awesome, especially around the Holidays.  I look forward to the Cooper River Bridge Run, as well as the Myrtle Beach Mini in October. 

Therefore, make sure you get your rest and have some sort of fun. We know what they say about all work and no play.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Black Panther may be the greatest, but he wasn't the first Black Superhero

Let's get right down to it.

First of all I loved Black Panther a lot. Every part from beginning to the end. I want to go to Wakanda.  I'm loving the reviews and posts.  People, especially blacks are really into this and are united about their culture being on the big screen in a positive matter. I will cover that in depth on www.imjustdrew.com.

But let's clear something up really fast: Black Panther was NOT the first African American comic book hero. He wasn't even the first to receive a major motion picture nod. 

It's an honest mistake if you don't keep up with comics or comic book movies. But here's some knowledge for you. I saw a reel that BET posted (yeah BET did good there) with 27 different comic book heroes of color. I will highlight 10 of them. 

1. Blade

How anyone over 25 forgets this boggles my mind. He had a trilogy in the early 2000s and another set of movies coming out soon. It was an action packed movie filled with vampires that captured folks imaginations and was awesome.

2. Storm

Storm was really bad in the X-Men movies.  I honestly thought given that Halle Berry played the role, she would get her own movie. I am not mad that she didn't, but she certainly shouldn't be forgotten. 

3. Luke Cage (Power Man)

He was a Netflix sensation in 2016, and simply powerful.  I'm hoping Netflix does a season 2, or even better a movie. Cage was so powerful and engaging that I believe it would be perfect on the big screen. 

4. Men In Black. 

Yeah Will Smith is on this list twice as a comic book hero. He had the powers and he is typecast at saving humankind. I didn't realize it was a comic, but Men In Black grossed enough money and powered through pop culture enough to make people proud and engaged.

5. Spawn. 

Yep Will Smith again. This movie didn't age well. But at the time, everyone wanted to see it. Comic book movies had only recently gained more popularity. But if you go back and watch, many like Spawn are still impressive.

6. Static Shock

This is a throwback but worth checking out. Perhaps now BP's popularity will bring this character to the big screen as well as #7.

7. Cyborg.

When I first saw the Justice League, I noticed him and I flashed back to my childhood. Cyborg, if marketed properly, can also be an excellent, groundbreaking movie. Don't be surprised if DC isn't already planning this movie.

8. Black Lightning.

He already has a popular new series on the CW and could be apart of the cinema movement as well.

9. Meteor Man

Very underrated movie by the great Robert Townsend that may have been poorly timed but certainly remembered. 

10. Tyroc

Many of these will have to be researched in detail to fully appreciate them. But trust me Tyroc is a character that deserves to be recognized as well.

There you have it, this is my 10. Continue to enjoy Black Panther and all that surrounds it. Just don't make the mistake of omitting the characters and movies that helped make it a resounding success.

Monday, February 12, 2018

I believe I may be impatient

I always saw myself as a patient person. Many know of part of my journey through #imjustdrew as my first book is now on the market.  I have also worked in customer service, and with computers for over 30 years. Plus I help out with children and I care for my elderly, sick mother. 

You would think I have the patience of Job, right?

Think again?

I hate long lines, shopping in general, tardiness (CP time), traffic, and simply waiting. Being in limbo or suspense is terrible.  It even sucks when television abuses the heck out of it in season finales. Ummm, didn't JR get shot almost 40 years ago now?

I can also get antsy when I don't get certain results fast, or it takes me too long to get somewhere. It could be why I'm so early for everything, I talk fast, and I'm so tenacious.  There are some things I just want to get over with.  Most work days, this cold/hot weather, the days to my upcoming cruise, all of this rain, this terrible flu, having my true love in my life, and my mom getting the treatment she needs. These are for starters.

I now realize my problem and am working on it. Self awareness is very important.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ok again with the once/year stuff

Ok we're in another February. Black people, and a few whites are posting Black History facts and quotes by notables. 

Now why don't we do this year round?

Trust me, even with how divided our country currently is, you would not be offending someone. Matter of fact, it's a good way of blending and even mending. Black History is American history, period. Same as Native Americans, Hispanics, Europeans. We're all a huge melting pot.

I am not gonna go even half Stacey Dash and say the month should be thrown away (well maybe Valentine's Day but that's another post). However we shouldn't look for a day, month or even year to celebrate something of great significance.

People get too much into trends and get things twisted way too often.  How about just posting and celebrating when you want, and not when your calendar and friends decide so?

One thing we have to remember as Blacks and Americans: we are free now. Despite any controversy, we are FREE. Therefore, free your mind also and post when and how you need to.

I look forward to these riveting posts on March 1 when I return from my cruise.  February just isn't long enough anyways.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Avoiding this new flu

Ok if you haven't been sick yet in 2018, consider yourself blessed.

I got a touch of it over the weekend while selling my newest book and dealing with lots of cash.  Fortunately, I believe I am good for now.

However, here are some tips on staying healthy.

1.Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.

This goes for being in public to eating. Keep sanitizer handy, and wash your hands as much as possible.  Do half (church) hugs whenever possible, and a lot of fist bumps. 

2. Take medicine that you're allowed to, and go next level.

Tussin, Nyquil, and all of that is good, including antibiotics. But go organic whenever you can. This includes rock and rye and even moonshine.  Don't believe me, try it! Blend some honey and lemons and you will stay healthy.

3. Don't go out, workout, or anywhere to spread germs.

In short, lower your activity level if you feel you're coming down with something. Do everything you can not to get worse or spread germs.

4. Wear masks, gloves and extra layers as weather changes.

5. Get plenty of rest and drink fluids such as juice, ginger ale, and water.

Keep yourself healthy. Also, unless you're really sick, go to urgent care instead of the ER. Emergency rooms are piling up at record levels.  If you can, save those for the folks that need them the most.

Also, get well and stay this way!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Tom Brady isn't the GOAT now or maybe ever

Ok just like with the Jordan talk every spring, we now have Tom Brady thrust atop the elite of NFL QBs.  Don't you just love how people have such a short memory?

First of all, Tom Brady is an excellent NFL QB, has overachiever in every area. But he is not the GOAT, and may never be.

Here are some reasons why:

1. Yes he has 5 rings.  But at least two of those rings came under scrutiny and scandal. Tuck rule, Deflategate.  He served a four game regular season suspension. Basically you can dismiss the ring argument. He has basically 3 rings that are legit.

2. You have to consider each player's situation. In the era of the salary cap, concussion protocols and early retirements, Brady has thrived. He has a coach and an owner who makes sure he's paid well, doesn't get hit often or all, and that the refs sway calls his way. He got calls in a blowout win against the Titans that he didn't need.

3. He has to bring his team back so much. Yes Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and those had better defenses. Heck they actually played defense back then. But they didn't allow their teams to get down so much. Brady is older but just because you play the game as long as Nolan Ryan or Satchel Page doesn't give you the GOAT title either.  The intangibles do and these comebacks don't make him John Elway or the greatest.

4. He couldn't play with any other coach, system or era. Put him in the 70s and 80s where he would really get drilled and you may not see the same QB.

5. He hasn't proven he can win consistently without blown calls, his coach, and a stable organization.  He gets away with having less than stellar talent due to all of that.  Put him on another squad or situation and he may not be the same.

You all need to study the greats, instead of what you see, before anointing Brady as the GOAT. Facts are facts and everything should be earned NOT given.

Let's see him beat these hungry Eagles without having to rely on all that. Then maybe we can talk.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Just Glad To Be In The Building

This is a day and weekend that we honor a man who wanted and fought for equal rights for all. Strangely enough, his dream is still unfulfilled. 

He did get minorities into the room though and that has helped matters greatly. 

Sometimes you have to see where you are and enjoy it before moving on to the next destination. Embrace it, it's good to be where you are.

Many people like to complain of not getting invited to a party or dinner. Now if it's super exclusive or you're not that close to those people, you shouldn't be angry. Sometimes you just have to be grateful for where and who invites you out.

Again, it's just good to be in the room.

Only 4 NFL teams remain now with the Super Bowl 3 weeks away. Will the Pats get #6? Will the Vikings be the first NFL team to play for the Super Bowl in their home dome?

Either way, it's good to just be in the room still, as these four teams are.

You have a job, a car, money in the bank and clothes on your back. You are definitely still in the room, although it might not be where you want it to be. 

Your 2018 goals still can come true. Did you fail at your first of year fast? Try again. Make new friends if the current ones aren't compatible.  It's ok to not make it the first try.

You're still in the room, right?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Addiction: it's real and it's terrible

We start off this and each New Year with optimism, joy, and hope. Many set goals short and long term.

Addiction, in any form, can be dangerous. Whether be drugs, food, or even crafting (and I like crafting), everything should be in moderation.

If you want to lose weight, start by eating less and better. If you want to save money, spend less. You may need assistance and guidance to form better habits and behaviors.

It takes 21 days to change and create a habit so be patient. Utilize every resource in your arsenal.

You can beat any addiction, big or small. Don't be afraid to ask for help or seek out a professional. RISE above it and become the change in your life!

This way, all of your New Year's goals and dreams can come true, and you can be clean of all addiction..