Friday, December 16, 2005

Big City Adventures



Recently took it upon myself to leave 30 something degree weather and venture to New York. The main purpose of my visit …though not the only one was to sit an exam. I am always amazed at the fast pace of cities like London and New York. Everyone always seems to be in a rush and you rarely see that familiar Caribbean stroll. I understood why though... If you don’t move it and move it quickly it will freeze and fall off.
I arrived in NY on the 1st of December at 10:00 p.m. I was appropriately dressed for the weather in coat, gloves and scarf. Unfortunately for me I had forgotten what it was really like in the FREEZER obviously blocking the memory of the one likkle winter I spent in England. Instead of staying inside at the airport I decided to go outside and look for my cousin who was picking me up. Yes apparently I had forgotten I am Jamaican and not from around these parts.

Exam Time

My exam was on the 3rd so pretty much got that part of my trip out of the way early. The exam consisted two 3-hour exams of 120 multiple-choice questions each. It was basically an all day affair and a brain drainer of an exam. I was much too weak to travel after my exam so stayed an extra 9 days to recuperate (yes I still contend that my exam was the main purpose of travel). After my exam I went for drinks and dinner in Soho. The food was great and HH you would have loved the martinis. Back at the apartment my cousin and I were discussing the sudden drop in temperature that seemed to coincide with my arrival into the big city. He however assured me that is was not likely to snow while I was there. The next day I opened the window to a nice blanket of snow on the ground. Chilling!! I have to admit that it took me a little while to work up the nerve to go outside again. Soon however, the need to shop, socialise and taste the city made me once again don my winter gear to walk the endless walk from my cousin’s apartment to the train station.

Monday in Manhattan

On the Monday after my exam I met up with Natalie and Richie in Manhattan. I had a quick lesson from my cousin on how to use the metro card he gave me and where to get off to meet them. It was either that or actually wakeup when he was going to work and get a ride with him. Let’s see…. 7 a.m. I’m on vacation, the sun isn’t even up properly yet (less hours of daylight) NOT LIKELY!!! I was my usual prompt self (no comments from the penny section) I obviously forgot who I was meeting. Needless to say, I was the first one there and paid the price. We walked around for a bit talking old talk and I did a bit of shopping. Mr. Big treated us to lunch and boy did I eat. Dem Americans does serve up a lot of food. Raisha would have been proud of me…. and unnu know dat girl does eat a lot! It was an all round good day except for the cold. It was even worth the long walk in the cold from the train station to the apartment in the pitch of night (6:30 p.m. or there abouts).


The long and short of it

I also went to visit with some close friends of the family in Queens where I literally shopped to the point of exhaustion…twice. Don’t get me wrong quite a bit of it was window shopping. I went on Jamaica Avenue and heard some of the most ghetto fabulous Jamaican accents I have every heard in all my years on this rock. Mi seh words cannot describe!!! In short though I was really good to link up with the NY connection again. I had a ball despite the cold.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Friends!!!!!!!!!!!!

I realise that I have been blessed with good friends. Friends with different strenghths that I am able to draw on from time to time. I have my friends who give great advice and lift me up when I feel'pop down'. Friends who make me look beyond, to what is really bothering me, when I can't see it for myself. I have friends who are great listeners. Friends who are too kind and selfless for their own good. I have friends that are great organisers. I have friends who are so wrong up that I am forced to toughen up and expect anything in this world...you know who you are (Thanks Doctor Evil). I often wonder though when one of my friends has a big impact on the way I feel (changes my mood for the better) or the way I think about something, how have I impacted on others? I mean why do these people talk to me? I only hope that I bring as much to their lives as they bring to mine. Friends really are better than money. With friends you are always rich. Money can't buy you real friends ...though it can buy you nuff "family" yu never know bout. So on that note, thanks to all my friends. Good luck tolerating me for another year!!!!

Evangelist...to be or not to be

I recently saw a posting on someone elses blog on being an evangelist. I thought it might have been basschocolates page but I couldnt find it to put this comment there. Anyway, I agreed with what was in the post. It takes real courage to go out there and be a witness for what you believe. Interestingly enough I was on my way to work this morning when I saw a man standing at traffic light with a sign around his neck. At first I thought he was begging for money. Anyway something made me decided to read the sign. It started out all sinners.... I immediately thought of the post I mentioned previously. I thought to myself wow what a concidence having never seen this guy there before. Before reading on I really took a look at the guy. He was dressed rather neatly, not Calvin Klein by any means but a clean shirt and a decent pair of pants. Moving back to the sign, my expression changed completely when I read ...will die before April 30....needless to say I didnt bother to read anymore. It made me think that this is why people find it hard to be evangelists. People often view you as crazy or a fanatic when you express religious thoughts, and people like this guy proclaiming doom down to the date didn't make it easier at all. Anyways guys, I think God moves in mysterious ways and calls us to impact on the lives of others in different ways. I am inspired by some of my friends, and even though they arent on the road with signs, to me they are evangelists.

Monday, September 19, 2005

How You Life Your Life
You seem to be straight forward, but you keep a lot inside.
You're laid back and chill, but sometimes you care too much about what others think.
You prefer a variety of friends and tend to change friends quickly.
You tend to dream big, but you worry that your dreams aren't attainable.
How Do You Live Your Life?
Your Brain's Pattern
You're a simple thinker, and this is actually a very good thing.
You don't complicate matters when you don't have to.
You look for the simplest explanation or solution, and you go with that.
As a result, your mind is uncluttered and free of stress.
What Pattern Is Your Brain?

This Crazy world of Work

Why do we work? Are there people out there who jump out of bed everyday and say "Yes!! Work today. Thank God the weekend is over!!" I'll be honest. At times my job gets so monotonous that I know I'm only here for the money. Often the work world causes us to neglect other areas of our lives. Family, friends, relationships take second place to the persuit of the almighty dollar. Isnt that what it boils down to? Money to pay the bills, put food on the table, put in that jazuzzi you've always wanted. I often ask myself if I would be happier in a lower paying job doing something that I found more rewarding. I suspect I am just not a 9 to 5 person. Not many of us are able to balance our need for money and the need to do something we enjoy. Sometimes we hold on to jobs we are unhappy in because of it is risky to find something new. I often wonder if I would be happier some where else, usually in particularly stressful moments. I also wonder if it is true that we make our own happiness. If this is true then should I be trying to improve my attitude to work in those moments when I find myself doing the most boring of tasks? Really?!!!!! How do you do that? Are humans really meant to work? I don't think so. I really wish Adam hadn't eaten that Apple. I know we all should have evolved pass the longing for the garden of eden but as an earth child part of my remembers the days............. LOL or am I just trying to find an excuse.