Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What Would You Do Wednesday: Choose Wisely

You are unemployed. As luck would have it, you get 3 offers in the same day. They are as follows:

Job 1: In your field. Close to home. Decent benefits package. Hours are 9-5 with weekends off. Pay is X

Job 2: In your field. Not as close to home as job 1. Decent benefits package. Hours are 6am-2pm and you have to work 1 Saturday a month. It pays $2000 more than job 1.

Job 3: Not in your field. Just as close to home as job 1. Decent benefits package. Hours are flexible including the possibility of working weekends. Pays $10,000 more than job 1.

Which job do you choose?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Question of the Day: October 29, 2013

Would you give your spouse your paycheck and allow them to give you an allowance? How do you handle the finances in your family?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Question Of The Day

Does unconditional love exist? If not, what is your breaking point?

Monday Musings: The Fall

It's funny how some people cannot read the writing on the wall no matter how big it is written.

The weekend was long, had dinner with Panama's cousin and his girlfriend. They have been together for four years and are headed towards marriage so the majority of the conversation had them picking our brains. Hope I didn't discourage them too much . . . I mean, I hope they took what was said to heart and learn from it.

Saturday I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel for a townhall meeting on the Affordable Care Act at the National headquarters of the National Action Network. It was a new opportunity for me at my job and I made the most of it. Hopefully it will lead to something else as I am getting bored in my current position.

Sunday was the annual Men Can Cook event at my church. This year I made sweet and sour chicken. It went over very well if I must say so myself.

By the time I got home on Sunday I was ready to crash. Didn't watch any football or anything, but the 10 hours of sleep I received were very necessary. I have to listen to my body more often. Bif I don't occassionally shut down, it will shut down on its ownm.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Musings: Rush Hour Madness

Let me start by shouting out everyone who drives or takes the train to work on a daily basis. I have had to luxury of living close enough to work that I can either walk or take a 10 minute bus ride, but last week I had to take a training in Hauppauge, New York, which required me to drive 30 miles each way. As we all know, 30 miles does not equal 30 minutes during rush hour. My commutes in the morning averaged an hour and in the evenings an hour and a half. I was drained by the time I got home each night and just wanted to take a nap.

This week, I am in a different training. This one is in Manhattan. For me that means taking a bus to a train. In all, it will be about 2 hours both way. It has been almost 6 years since I have done this on a regular basis and as I type this from the J train I can safely say that I don't miss it. I cannot wait until Wednesday.

I tried to go and see "12 Years A Slave" on Friday night, but to my dismay, it is only showing in 3 theaters in New York City. None which are close to me. Talk about a limited release. "Fruitvale Station" had more screens the first week it was out.

My weekend was long and busy. I was able to honor someone I have known for a long time on Saturday. It meant a lot to me to be able to do it and it meant a lot for him to have it done. The lesson I took from that is not to take the people you care about for granted. Show them how you feel about them often. They cannot hear you when you are speaking at their funeral.

Let me get mentally prepared for this training. Hope you all had a good weekend and a great day.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What Would You Do Wednesday

You are in your late 20's, early 30's. You are single, successful in your career and content with not having any children. One day, you get a call from your mother. She tells you that your 19 year old adopted sister is pregnant and no longer wants to keep the baby. Since it is too late to abort, your mother asks you if you would consider adopting the baby. What would you do?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Musings: Columbus Day

Yes, I have the day off, but I have been up since 5am doing laundry. Fortunately, the rest of my day is clear so I will just be relaxing.

Shout out to my Words With Friends friends who always seem to be up and ready for a game. That and my Marvin Sease station on Pandora made the time go by quick.

This weekend was good. Panama was in Connecticut so Lil' Man and I had a guys day in on Saturday. After is homework was done we went to the park to put his his new remote control car on the road. After that we came home and had burgers while watching football.

. Sunday was Men's Day at my church. Every year among all the other activities, they give out a Man of the Year award. To my surprise, that award went to me. It is an honor to receive and I will do my best to prove myself worthy.

A New Yorker being subjected to Cowboys and Redskins on Sunday night is torture.

Shout out to after school programs that are open on holidays. I am going back to sleep, unless I can find something better to do.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Are You Smarter Than A 6th Grader:

Today's subject: Math

Lola is putting appetizers on plates. She has 63 meatballs and 84 cheese cubes. She wants both kinds of food on each plate, and each plate must contain the same number of meatballs and the same number of cheese cubes. What is the greatest number of plates she can make using all of the appetizers?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What Would You Do Wednesday:

I am no angel and I have made my share of questionable decision in the past, but one thing I have always believed was that domestic violence is not cool. I don't even agree with Chris Rock and his believe that there is always a reason to hit someone. Sadly, I grew up around a lot of women who put up with a lot of shit from men. Fortunately, I have tried to surround myself with people who have similar beliefs . . . Or so I thought.

Sigma and Zeta have been married for 6 years. They make 7 next month. Lately, they have been having issues. So much so that Zeta is ready to leave. I have heard Sigma's side of the story, and Zeta has turned to Panama to vent her frustration. Between the two we have heard some interesting things, but when she told Panama that Sigma has hit her, neither one of us wanted to believe her. Today, Panama and Zeta spent the day together and Panama said she saw the scar from the stitches and the emergency room release form that confirm that something happenee.

With this new found information, how do I proceed with my friendship with Sigma. He's my boy and 39 years of friendship is hard to let go of, but the fact that I now know about this side of him bothers me. Is this my opportunity to help him face his demon. I am so torn right now, I don't know what to do. What What would you do?