August 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

Life Leads, I Follow
I don’t always understand
But I do listen

Another One Lost…

August 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

Rest easy, Antwon.


August 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Sometimes life throws you an opportunity that seems too good to be true…Maybe it is. But you won’t know unless you give it a shot wiil you?

Also: When you like Biggie more than Tupac, you always get bonus points from me.

The Sad Ascendancy of Jon Stewart

August 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

I like Jon Stewart quite a bit. As we know, he’s leaving the show after 16 years. I came across this piece on by Katharine Trendacosta and had to share it here. She bingewatched Stewart’s entire run on the show and came to a conclusion that I had never realized: What makes The Daily Show so fantastic is that so much in our country is so wrong. Check out what she writes here:

These days, Indecision 2000 is considered a turning point for The Daily Show. It’s when it finally grew into its own. But the election finally dragged to its end, and The Daily Show lost momentum as quickly as the movement for reform did. And then the waiting really started.

As the stream played the events of December 13, 2000 through September 10, 2001, I sat through an endless parade of vapid news items. December, 2000: Stewart interviews the Spice Girls and Victoria Beckham says that Stewart isn’t that funny — and I agree with her. May 2001: Stewart’s Headlines segment includes the joke, “Steven Tyler’s national anthem angers crowd at Indianapolis 500. Spectators quickly placated by vroom-vrooms going ‘whee!’” And on August 23, 2001 — in the penultimate pre-9/11 episode — Mo Rocca does a five minute segment on entertainment for cats.

It was disposable television back then. It’s unbearable now, knowing there’s no way for them to see what’s about to happen. And I, miserably, want them to. As time passed for the show on my computer screen, I couldn’t look away. I started to worry that I’d stop watching and miss it, all the while hating myself for wanting the show to just get to 9/11.

This is an important observation. While Indecision 2000 is a celebrated time in the history of The Daily Show, we rarely hear about iconic moments from the hinterland between it and the post-9/11 episode. 9/11 changed the show, but as Trendacosta notes, the show has risen to these great heights because we have still not dealt with our issues as a nation.

I started watching the stream upset that Jon Stewart was leaving the Daily Show. I ended it feeling like he was better off going. In a grim inversion of Marx’s meditation on Hegel, the first time had been farce, the second time tragedy. The old episodes weren’t funny anymore. They were hard to watch, and could only have been harder to make.

I watched Stewart talk about 9/11 and how we’d persevere. And then I watched him deal with fourteen years of America not rising to that challenge. He made an amazing show, but he stared into the darkness of our world for a very long time. I don’t even blame him for going after easy targets like Donald Trump. They must feel like a relief now, rather than the kind of rote jokes from the first few seasons.

As the United States deals with, or rather doesn’t deal with, tragedy after tragedy, Jon Stewart makes comedic gold. Making laughter out of the repeated failures of the nation was bound to take a toll on him. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t happy he endured it for so long.

The Vent

July 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m here cooking at nearly 2:30 in the morning, and this song comes on. I love this song, and I love this artist. But every so often, this song makes me think of a friend of mine who is no longer with us. Tonight was one of those times. You were gonna be great. I know it, I believe it in my soul. And you aren’t here. You aren’t forgotten, Jonathon. I’ll always remember you.

Self Improvement

July 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

I got my resume trashed today. It was fantastic. I knew my resume needed some work so I asked my boss, who’s like an older sister, to look it over. She gave me her feedback, which was that I was selling myself short. She also took the fantastic step of asking one of the other members of our department his advice because I’m very interested in student affairs. After talking to him, I felt great. I never realized how great some of the things I’ve done and experienced really are. I have experience that gives me a huge advantage, and I didn’t even know. I’m always amazed at how often this lesson is reinforced, but it’s astounding how many people are willing to help you out if you just ask. I’m also thankful that so many people in my life have found me worthy of providing help to. May it always be this way.

The River of Time

July 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m approaching the end of my college career. It’s somewhat hard to believe. I have been at UNC Charlotte for 5 years, having experienced the best and worst times of my life here. I’ve met so many people, and I’ve had experiences that I will cherish forever. I’m 5 years older, but my mind feels 20 years older. There is truly nothing quite like going to college. I never imagined I would be able to learn and do so much. I also never imagined how much of a struggle it would be. Even now when I’m almost finished, there are still significant obstacles to overcome. Of course, there are always more obstacles. It’s just how life works.

So many of my friends have moved on to that next step in life. Some of my best friends are now moving to other countries. Intellectually, you know that there will be less contact, but once you feel it…A whole different experience altogether. At the same time, you meet new people that become important friends. My sister is a grown woman now, and I didn’t truly realize it until we hung out over the weekend. Life doesn’t stop. I’m excited to see what the future has in store, but leaving college is definitely bittersweet. I do plan on staying in Charlotte afterwards. This city is just amazing, especially when compared to my hometown. Charlotte, NC is half the reason I have been able to have some of the fantastic experiences I’ve had (like seeing Ice Cube, Bun B, and Pusha T in concert for free!). There is so much life here, and I love the mix of being in an urban environment in the South. That being said, I need to do some traveling. I’m only 23, and I already feel old (to an extent). I suppose that means it’s time to hit the old dusty trail. Til next time.


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