Archives for : July2012

Papa Jay-Z Get 2 New Commercials

I guess being a dad can soften an image and believe me that’s a great thing. People used to think I was mean and now they see me with my kids and say, “maybe he is not AS mean.”

New dad and softened hip hop icon Jay-Z has been popping up here and there in commercials getting his endorsement weight up.  Here are two commercials that use him brilliantly.


The first is Duracell Powermat; note the phone call from “B” Beyonce near the end of the commercial > Cute nod.

Budweiser “Made in America” series.


Dark Night in Colorado

By all means stay out of Colorado … Columbine, Kobe and today probably the most horrific tragedy of all.  But seriously, today’s news of the massacre in a Colorado just after midnight at a movie screening of “Dark Knight Rises” struck me to the core. It was tantamount to the emotion I had during 9/11.  It was not as grand of a scale and I was not as mesmerized by its overwhelming impact, but the initial shock and thought was so similar.  No one is safe.  It was a terrorist act catching a large group of Americans at their most vulnerable. Even more penetrating was the fact that it took place where we go to suspend disbelief. An action movie where people were watching guns blazing and in a blink of an eye reality steps in front of the screen of the sick world displayed on film. Reality is sicker than fiction and the reality is the world we live in is sickest of all.

Listening to Jennifer Seegar and her account of shells falling on her head as the shooter unloaded on a theater of men women and children killing anyone in sight and the only reason she may have been spare is because she was curled up in the fetal position close enough for the shell casings to burn her.

AS A DAD, one thing that really turned my stomach were the reports that children as young as three-months old were shot and that there were toddlers and other children wounded and may be among the dead in this horrible incident.  WHY were these kids at an R movie at midnight? All my sympathy and prayer to all those affected by such madness.  It is not my intent to be insensitive because NO one deserves this horror.  I hindsight no one knew that they were putting their children in danger so let’s put that out of the argument.  But as a parent, because I am assuming a child would not be able to talk you in to a midnight showing of a movie, was it really that important to drag your child and/or baby to the movies at this hour?

At this time reports detail 12 fatalities and 50 wounded.  All their families and people that love them are in my prayers.


Free Computer Training DC Youth


Byte Back, a DC-based non-profit computer training organization, is offering a FREE, four-day Summer Youth Technology Sampler next week for young DC adults ages 17-21.  The deadline to register is Friday.  This program gives young adults a taste of careers in the IT field, and professions that make extensive use of technology:  Web Design, Graphic Design, Computer Repair and Database Administration.  They will also learn intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Those who complete the four-day program will receive a free computer, an internet modem, and one year of free internet service.

Training will take place Monday July 23 to Thursday July 26 between 12:30 and 6:00 PM at four DC public libraries:

Bellevue (115 Atlantic St SW)

Capitol View (5001 Central Av SE)

Francis Gregory (3660 Alabama Av SE)

Woodridge (1801 Hamlin St NE)

Call Byte Back at (202)529-3395 to make an appointment to come in and register.  You must register in-person.  The deadline to register is Friday, July 20.  Contact is Tasiyiwa Mapondera, Byte Back Director of Programs, telephone 529-3395,

Toys R Us Kids STAND UP

Don't grow up. It's a trap.

I wanted to write something to go along with this. No need.  You get the picture.    #DADsRULE

Go Karts – Summer To Do

I decided to get out of the city and travel to White Marsh for the Baltimore Go Karts. We drove the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid about one hour to Baltimore. The go-karts would be my kids’ first time driving outside of a little motorized Caddy Escalade or in a game at the arcade.

Needless to say, there was lots of bumping (which is against the rules) and a crash after the final lap when Michal ignored me screaming, “BRAKE!!” She slammed into a parked go kart containing Nya.  No injuries, just laughs.

Cost: $6:50 per ride and kids can ride alone in Junior karts on a “Junior” track but my kids were tall enough for the “Fast” track. Worth it.

Arin the car junky of the group drove very well. He was focused.

Michal (The Brakeless One) was already pressing the gas before she was given the cue.

Nya was fast and reckless but not at all wreck-less. She kept waving at daddy and losing control into the barriers.  She had fun.

Got the kids a couple snow cones and we were back down 295 before traffic started.

Park Hopping- Summer To Do

Park hopping is something I like to do with the kids.  It’s great and usually free!  Pack a lunch and plenty of waters.  We checked out a two acre colorful wonderland of monkey bars swings and slides called Clemyjontri Park in Fairfax, VA, roughly 15 min from DC.   A scenic drive through George Washington Memorial Parkway.


Other than the heat the kids enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the umbrellaed area for daddies to chill in the shade while the kids ran the track or the schoolhouse maze. There is also a little trail in the pseudo woods that is shaded and quite short but a trek through woods none the less.  There is also a cool huge carousel in the middle of the park which costs $1.75 per ride.


Arin’s best muscle flex in the trick mirror.

Arin driving the car trying to hardest to dodge pedestrian, Michal Zoe … or hit her. I’m not sure.


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