the return of the camera phone bandit

27 03 2009

alright folks, after being without one for the past 18 months, i know finally have a camera phone once again!  in other words… it’s on!

having a palm treo with a camera for years was something that brought me and many friends much joy as i was able to document some of the crazy randomness that i tend to encounter with surprising regularity.  in september ’07 i upgraded from a treo 750 to a blackberry 8830 world edition which came in extremely handy in all my international travel throughout the following year, but did not have a camera.  well, today i put an end to that when i switched to a shiny new blackberry curve, complete with  camera!

here is a small sample of some of my camera phone goodies from over the years…

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Front a center at a private event in DC where Beyonce gave a surprise performance

At an instore with Kirk in Atlanta (Oct 05), we "experienced" this crazy lady who claimed to have written all of his songs, and MaryMary's, and Kierra Sheard's... priceless!

At an instore with Kirk in Atlanta (Oct 05), we "experienced" this crazy lady who claimed to have written all of his songs, and MaryMary's, and Kierra Sheard's... priceless!

On the Hero Tour (Spring '06), I think we were in Mississippi... this McDonalds employee was getting drssed for work in the parking lot right by the front door.

On the Hero Tour (Spring '06), I think we were in Mississippi... this McDonalds employee was getting dressed for work in the parking lot right by the front door.

Not surprisingly, at the same McDonalds as mentioned above, saw this dude who was rocking TWO different plaids... and you know he thought he was killin it, right?

Not surprisingly, at the same McDonalds as mentioned above, saw this dude who was rocking TWO different plaids... and you know he thought he was killin it, right?

During a hurricane-produced gas shortage in Dallas in 2005, one local station had apparently run out of "regural". Classy.

During a hurricane-produced gas shortage in Dallas in 2005, one local station had apparently run out of "regural". Classy.

I know what they meant to say, but "remodelation"?

I know what they meant to say, but "remodelation"?

King's Palace in Joplin, Missouri... the only Chinese buffet I have seen with mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti and smoked sausage.

King's Palace in Joplin, Missouri... the only Chinese buffet I have seen with mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti and smoked sausage.

and my personal favorite... "special gift for special people"... a figurine of a small african-american child sitting on a toilet, pants down, putting on her shoes... for the person who has everything.

and my personal favorite... "special gift for special people"... a figurine of a small african-american child sitting on a toilet, pants down, putting on her shoes... for the person who has everything.

the camera phone bandit is back… this will be your only warning… i’m just saying…  🙂

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happy happy, joy joy

5 12 2008

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according to a researchers at the university of california, san diego, joy is contagious!

according the the research team, people with the most social connections — friends, spouses, neighbors, relatives — were also the happiest.

want joy?  give it away!





happy birthday, legos

19 09 2008

uk company toytastic is celebrating 30 years of legos by immortalizing a few of the united kingdom’s biggest celebs as lego characters. fun stuff.  here’s a few…

Madonna

Amy Winehouse (what?  madonna gets a mic but no crack pipe accessory for amy? 🙂 )

Simon Cowell

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

David & Victoria Beckham





i remember meeting isaac hayes

10 08 2008

isaac hayes, the baldheaded, baritone-voiced soul crooner who laid the groundwork for disco and whose “theme from shaft” won both academy and grammy awards, died sunday afternoon after he collapsed near a treadmill, authorities said. he was 65.” from msnbc report (sunday, august 10).

being a self professed music-head, i have long been aware of isaac hayes’ influence across the musical landscape throughout the greater part of the last 5 decades.  but in 2003 I had the honor of actually meeting this man who almost singlehandedly ushered in a new era of modern soul music.

it was the spring of 2003 and i was working in nashville in the emi gospel divison of emicmg, where i was responsible for both radio and internet promotions. together with forefront records, also an emicmg label, we had co-signed a 13 year old new artist from atlanta named lil irocc williams.  i spent a lot of time on the road during this season, and somewhere around may of that year i traveled with lil irocc and his family to memphis for a women’s expo where irocc would be performing during the sunday gospel concert.

we were staying at the world famous peabody hotel on union avenue (and yes we saw the ducks) and earlier in the day we made our way across the street in search of food.  after passing up several other options, we decided to go to isaac hayes’ restaurant and upon our arrival found out they were having a sunday gospel brunch.  once our server discovered that irocc was a gospel rap artist, he informed the manager and they asked him to do a couple of songs.  i always carried the tracks with me everywhere we went, so we were able to make it happen on the spot.

somewhere toward the end of the second song, i became aware that mr. hayes had entered the building and was watching irocc perform.  after the performance, mr. hayes greeted irocc and his family.  i remember him being very kind and offering some very supportive and encouraging words to the young and budding artist.  i remember shaking his hand, thanking him, complementing him on his restaurant and taking a picture of him with irocc.  mr. hayes had such a larger than life persona than commanded attention and respect. sure wish i could find that pic now.

so while isaac hayes left an indelible mark on the music world at large, i will never forget how our paths crossed in memphis, tennessee over fried catfish and a 13 year-old gospel rapper.

rest in peace, mr. hayes.

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what’s your story?

3 07 2008

if you know me very well, you know that i am all about people and love getting to know people’s stories.

i think one of the biggest reasons there is such a lack of genuine love on display today is because we just don’t know and have a true understanding of where people have come from and where they are going… the simple but often overlooked and easily forgotten fact that every single one of us is somewhere “in between”… somewhere in the process… somewhere between here and there… between who we were and who we will be…

this video moved me deeply.  i watched it and wept. (thank you for posting it, jay)

do we really know where people are at in their lives???  some are stuck, still on first side of the cards… some have made it to the flip side… but many are somewhere in between.  many people’s cards are still turning… i know some of mine are.

Lord help us to not judge people just because we dont see that their card hasn’t quite turned yet… let us be your love and run in your truth… let us not be so quick to write someone off and close the book in judgement without realizing that the ink is still wet, and the story is still being written…

so everyone has a story… what’s yours?