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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/7/15

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1. Serena Williams - Her epic and emotional third set against Lucie Safarova this weekend  to capture another French Open was awesome. Serena continues to be such a joy to watch, and is easily one of the greatest athletes of this generation. And oh yeah, how about the fluent French in her post-game speech? Wow! 

2. American Pharaoh - Sure, I may not appreciate it wholly, but it still is a momentous and rare feat. The Triple Crown accomplishment was one for the memory books and still cool to witness. 

3. NBA Finals - Two games in and this has been really, really fun. I can't wait to see what lies ahead. 

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1. Texas Pool Party - Everything about this story really makes me sad and and really angry at the same time. Cops being called for black kids in a neighborhood where white parents were telling them to "return to Section 8 housing" and cops who are pinning them on the ground and pointing guns at them is beyond excessive. It's just so sad for me as this embodies the type of segregation mindset that still exists and the growing distrust in law enforcement by minorities. Especially when the biker gang shootout situation a few weeks ago, involving all whites, was handled so well. Just doesn't look good. 

2. Boston Fan - Such a sad occasion to see a woman at a Boston Red Sox game take a broken bat to the head. The early "life threatening" diagnosis was very disheartening. Glad to hear that she has at least improved to serious condition. At some point, it wouldn't shock me to see baseball take steps to extend safety nets down the lines just a bit. 

3. China Cruise Ship - Sad news out of China has a cruise ship capsized with only 14 of the 456 surviving. The search continues, but the future outlook is really grim with 10 bodies unaccounted for. 

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/18/18

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1. Aaron Weiss - It shouldn't be hidden or gone unnoticed - Weiss is a hero. The football coach shielded many students during the shooting, and saved the lives of many students. Again, Weiss is a hero, that should not go forgotten in this entire unfortunate situation. 
2. Emma Gonzales - How frickin' cool is this girl?! Her speech this weekend was passionate, it was raw, but most of all, it was filled with empathetic truth. Emma, and the many students recently involved in this shooting have called out our government, and that is so incredibly commendable. Honestly, it is quite amazing to see the political movement of fifteen year olds calling out the President. But this is the new America we are now in. 
3. LeBron James - Kudos to King James on how he handled the situation between him and Laura Ingraham. He could have stooped to Ingraham's level, but instead his refusal to be "just an athlete" is one that is needed to be heard. 
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Dear Son, Wild Imagination

--22 Weeks Old (Before Birth)--
Dear Son, 
As the weeks go by, the reality of YOU is beginning to settle just a bit more. I still don't think I fully understand it all yet, or even comprehend the transition that is taking place in my life right now in awaiting your arrival in a few months, but I am appreciating the journey. I am already seeing subtle changes in me, not overt lifestyle amendments - although, I'm sure that's to come - but simply, a renewed vigor of happiness, and of course, an all new mindfulness perspective. 
After all, I see how happy you make your mom. I can't understand this current stage. How can I? I'm not connected to you as she currently is - obviously - but you make her happy. And that makes me happy. And ultimately, it all makes me happy.

Dear Son, The Beginning

So I decided to start this series because after all, this blog has chronicled my life and my thoughts since I was sixteen years old. And while that is amazing to think about - almost, somewhat crazy to believe - here I am almost seventeen years later as a thirty-two year old man on the verge of having his first child. 
With that said, I wanted to continue that open and honest venture that has been here since day one, and plan to lay out all the thoughts, all of the feelings, and everything in between that will be this venture towards fatherhood. 
I've done similar series in the past such as The Unity Road Writings during my engagement, or even The European Chronicles, tabbing my time through Italy and England. But, this one just feels a little different. A little more personal, if you will, and again, that is rather obvious. [Insert "duh" here].
I have no idea how long this will last, or what will happen, or what I will write about in this open space, but I hope to shar…

"Just Shut Up and Dribble"

Laura Ingraham of FOX News really stepped in it this week. Her comments to LeBron James and Kevin Durant in regards to their political opinions and her direct message to them of "Just shut up and dribble" has caused a stir among many on both sides of the political divide - a divide that seems to grow daily in this nation.
Rather than wait to pen my thoughts, mainly because I was so fired up to do so, I shared took to Twitter (ugh..I know, sorry y'all) on a Subway ride home after seeing her rather ignorant remarks. 
See below for the quick rant: