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For Old School Bball Heads

Posted by and1grad on November 23, 2009

If you dig basketball, and remember the 80s, you should dig this


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My Tattoo

Posted by and1grad on November 19, 2009

“The plane! The Plane!”

Been meaning to do a blog on tattoos. It seems they are ubiquitous in society nowadays. I’m not particularly sure why but its become more rare to NOT have one now. There used to be this stigma that tattoos were only for thugs, convicts, bikers, soldiers, and so on. Now TONS of people express themselves through their ink in various ways. Sometimes, its a message to themselves. Sometimes, its to celebrate an important person in their life, and oftentimes, its just a fun symbol someone decided to get put on a miscellaneous body part. Honestly, I’m more of a fan of the first 2 instances to get a tattoo, than I am of the latter, because with the exception of those that opt for laser removal, tattoos are permanent. Taking that into account, I would think you’d want to get something that you will not only never be embarrassed by but also find particularly meaningful. I always tell people who are considering one, MAKE SURE it falls into one or both of those categories.

I wound up putting several years of thought into a few of my tattoos. I dont plan to ever need to get any of mine removed so I take it very seriously. I also prefer to be able to see them everyday, as well as conceal them easily, so placement plays a role in what I get and its size. I currently have 5 tattoos. I’m considering one more because of the amount of real estate I have left on my right arm…which you’ll see. Lets start the show & tell.

Right Arm/Shoulder:
This is a pic of my first tattoo: The “and1grad”

As you can see, its simply a pic of the and1 logo with a graduation cap on its head. This signifies the year I graduated college…2001. There’s more to it but I think that should hold you over.

I put 2 more tattoos right over the and1grad tattoo. On top is the word “Impact” in chinese script and directly under it is the word “Made” in some fancy script I found. I got the “Made” writing done the same day as the and1grad tattoo. It was to signify the importance of the year 2001 in my life. “Impact” is something of a life motto that I’ve had for a while now.

Left Arm/Shoulder:
Egyptian Symbology: A few years ago, I was really wanting to put something African in origin on my arm and looked to Egyptian symbols to do so. I’ve always found stories of different religions & beliefs to be interesting and found that the ankh fit the bill. I was fortunate enough to find a design that combined the ankh with a Djed and a Was. To make a long explanation short, the ankh is said to stand for “Life” or “Eternal Life.” The djed stands for “stability” and the was stands for “power.” Life, stability, and power. The Was is in front of the the Djed, which is in front of the ankh. Can you tell which is which?

Right over the ankh, I decided to get some more script done and had the word “FAM2US” written with the O looking like a 2 at the bottom. This is an amalgamation of other life mottos that I have; one of which was embedded into my brain by my Mom. I never told her that because she DESPISES tattoos lol.

In all, as you can probably tell, everything I have inked on my skin is very meaningful to me. So much so, that I obviously hesitate to reveal the full meaning to folks because it wont possibly mean as much to you as it does to me. Anyways, you’ll probably find people that will tell you it only hurts so much and for so long. I’ll only tell you to go into it expecting it to REALLY hurt…and then it might not be so bad. Also, only expect it to hurt for about as long as they are piercing your skin with a needle. It stops hurting after THATS over. Someone told me that you eventually get used to it and/or go numb. I say bullshit. Also, I’m not all about getting tattoos everywhere like some of these rappers & ballplayers. BUT…thats me tho. Do you. Go forth and conquer!!

“Now lets get back to this mic on my arm
If it ever left my side, it’d transform into a time bomb…” — LL Cool J

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Crazy Dream: The Snoop edition

Posted by and1grad on November 18, 2009

I had another dream that was so crazy that it needed to be committed to paper for your review. Check THIS out:

The dream starts out with me & Snoop riding around in his car. For some reason, he’s supposed to be giving me a ride to work, somewhere in LA. Knowing me, I’m cool…nothing wrong with the D-O-double G giving the A-O-N-E-G a ride to work sometimes, I guess. Except, this is no just average ride to work. And why should it be? But as it turns out, Snoop Dizzle is still gang related and he wants me to take part in these drivebys he’s got scheduled around LA BEFORE he drops me off. Word? Apparently, he’s got to let some motherfuckers know whats up. Damn. I didnt sign up for all that. So while he’s attempting to do all ‘at, I’m sitting there slumped in the seat and ducking so I dont get eyeballed and caught up in this madness. Of course, Snoop is hella annoyed at me for that but…*kanyeshrug*  I’m not trying to catch a case! Worse comes to worse, I’m saying that jigga kidnapped me against my will. Shit.

So we get to the last target, and wouldnt you know it, a rival gang starts chasing us in their ride. An EPIC gun battle takes place while on what looks like the 110. I’m talking real Dukes of Hazzard type ish mixed with a little Spy Hunter/Knight Rider. Since he’s driving, Snoop hands me a revolver with 5 shots, that I shoot off real quick, then yell “THATS ALL YOU GOT!?!?” at him. I mean, whats he expecting me to do with 5 shots in a moving vehicle? Who am I, Bruce Willis? Out of bullets, I now have to improvise. I find a wrench in backseat and hurl it at our pursuers. Oddly enough, wrenches start getting thrown back n forth b/w cars during the chase. Then…things get weird.

All of a sudden, the car they’re driving splits off into 3 motorcycles and they speed up and start coming up on the side of Snoop’s car. One of em pulls up to the passenger side, and is ready shell me. Somehow, I’m able to reach out and grab him, before he can do anything, and take his gun. I then point it at his sister, who is another biker not far behind him, and force them both to back off. The 3rd biker, who was the original driver, and apparently the leader, turns out to be the dude from that movie Hoodlum who plays bad guy roles in like everything. After I’m able to end the shootout, we wind up having some kinda peace treaty negotiations like as though we’ve just ended a war. Snoop and I keep dude’s gun, which is a small 5 shooter revolver. The dream ends with all of us arguing over the treaty or something.   [/Scene]

So I’m sure yall are wondering, what in the hell was I doing to have had such a CRAZY dream? Dunno. I DID watch Transformers 2 that day tho. That said, I dont think this is one of those dreams thats supposedly my subconscious trying to send my conscious mind a message. Unless the message is, dont get a ride to work from rap stars.

Come to think of it…that might be a great message for all of us.

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ART Club: Vida Guerra

Posted by and1grad on November 18, 2009

Ay! Dios Mio!! Would you believe that I had never heard of this Cubana before my cousin mentioned her a few months ago? Simply outrageous. Apparently she’s been in a ton of things that I’ve seen and I just didnt know who she was. Well, now I know…and knowing’s half the battle (c) GI Joe. If only “life” were REALLY this fly.

Vida, Bienvenidos a la ART Club! Hijole!!

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Posted by and1grad on November 18, 2009

I put no stock in religion. By the word “religion,” I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves…and goodness. — Kingdom of Heaven

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Posted by and1grad on November 18, 2009

“I am a can-do spirit in a get-it-done body.” — car commercial

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The Pretty Girl/Hobo Conundrum

Posted by and1grad on November 18, 2009

Throughout the years, I have CONSTANTLY heard, from women, about how women are approached by dopes for their phone numbers, dates, etc. I’m sure most men are bombarded with these stories as well. It usually entails some unsuspecting fine lady minding her own business and being approached by some dude under the guise of conversation. Both parties know the underlying cause of why this conversation has started or at least have a decent idea. The premise is ESSENTIALLY “lets see if we find each other interesting enough such that we can date.” Let me back up and say that not EVERY convo started has this in mind but a decent amount. I’ll estimate 60/40…depending on circumstances. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stuck In My Head: Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop

Posted by and1grad on November 12, 2009

Love this song. Love this video. I miss Lauryn Hill.

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Fast Food Roundup

Posted by and1grad on November 11, 2009

On my way to picking up some Jack in the Box* this morning, I thought “Why dont I break down the different fast food joints around here?” How do you tell these “fast” heffas from each other? I can help you. Lets start with the Jack

Jackie B: She is the consummate multi-tasker.  Jack of all trades.  Whatever you want, she can do it and do it better than most. Like Parker Lewis, with Jack, you cant lose. She’s not the hottest or the smartest but she is one you want in your corner.

Mickey D’s: She’s Miss Popularity and she knows it. Everybody knows Mickey. She’s lead cheerleader, class President, and the valedictorian of your class. You dont want to like her…you just have no real reason to DISLIKE her. Anything you want, she can get. Nice clubs? She has VIP access. Backstage? Sure, why not. Her only flaw is “Pretty Girl Syndrome.” Thinks she can get away with ANYTHING b/c of her looks and a pretty smile. She often can.

Burger King: Lil BK is tryna to get like Mickey. She’s the lil sister that STAYS trying to get OUT of Mickey’s shadow but cant. She’s not hot enough, smart enough, or different enough to distinguish herself. She’s like the LA Clippers. This isnt to say she doesnt have her own quality, of course. Its just harder to find and underappreciated.

Wendy’s: Wannabe Wendy is that heffa that come around in fancy adidas and try to act like she better than all this shit. “I’m not fast food!” Fuckouttahere Wendy. Everyone knows where she comes from and she aint no blue blood. “Where’s the beef?” Wendy? My beef is with phonies like you. If you see a Wendy, pass her by without a second thought.

Carl’s Jr: Carla is one of my faves. She might try to put on a lil but thats actually the way she is. She’s not just tryna put on a front. In fact, consider her the better version of Wannabe Wendy. Carla is a lot like Jackie B just dresses nicer.

In n Out: She’s that girl with the old soul. A real throwback. Old school values and such and you appreciate her for it. She’s not about putting on but she does have some nice goodies about her if you get to know her well enough. She’s also a real sweetheart.

Chick Fil A: Chick is one of my favorites. She’s the one that does all the same type of #hoshit that all of the others do, except a slightly healthier version, but dont even THINK of calling her on Sunday. She spends the whole day at church, repenting.

Taco Bell: This is your Spanish friend that makes like she cant speak English when it suits her…but she’ll be the FIRST one to get mad at you when you make a joke about Mexicans.

Del Taco:  BK version of Taco Bell.

Chipotle:  This is the half Spanish/half White girl we all know or have known at some point. More than half the time, she ONLY looks like a white girl but dresses & acts like she’s a cholla straight outta Tijuana. And yes, she does rock the white top with the black bra (so…SO hood).

So there you have it. A short, concise look at characterizations of fast food restaurants. Have a great day.

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Public Service Announcement: The Full Nelson

Posted by and1grad on November 9, 2009

Say you and your women are arguing and its getting physical. You, of course, dont want to put hands on her and she isnt letting you get away to clear your head. Fellas, I recommend the Full Nelson. The damage done is minimal. MOST people dont know how to get out of it…and it makes your woman look kinda silly if you feel like laughing about the situation later. Maybe you can grind on her butt a little during, if you want, but thats a you-call.

Would we be hearing about Chris & Rihanna had Chris put her in one of these? I think not.

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