Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Repeat Offender

"All women are ho's!"

"All men are dogs!"

Surely you've heard that plenty of times, right? Have you noticed that it tends to come from the same people over-and-over again? You can't complain if you're a repeat offender, can you? "Once a victim, twice a volunteer" is the old saying, but some people are well beyond two bad experiences.

I don't have as many single friends as I once did, but I still have a few fellas that I know are still looking for Mrs. Right. Or so they say...

I know plenty of guys who say, "Q, man, I'm looking to settle down. Find that special lady so we can raise a family and take care of one another."

"Uh, do you think you're going to find one at the nightclub you went to last night or the strip club you hit up last Thursday?"

"Nah, Q! I can't fool with them. They can look like those women, but I need someone who doesn't have a bunch of kids."

"Uh, dude, don't you have three kids by four women?" (now re-read that sentence slowly and laugh)

"Man, I need someone who will take care of me when I'm sick. Works hard. Who's built like Bry Jensen...."

"Whoa. How can you make how she's built a requirement? You just limited your dating pool by 75%. Don't you know that the average woman isn't a fitness model? No wonder you're single."

(by the way, today is the last day to vote for Bry for 2011 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search!)

I know so many women who say, "there are no good men left in the world". Given today's society, I tend to understand where their feelings originate, but my sympathy for them tends to fade after I see their choice in men.

"Q, I wish I could just find a man who acts right."

"What do you mean?"

"Well, I took my last man from a woman and do you know he had the nerve to leave me for someone else? After he said he 'loved me'!"

(Blank stare from me.)

She continued, "I need a man who will work hard to support his family. Be faithful to me and never consider cheating. One who's open and honest and willing to express his feelings. And he has to have six-pack abs and be at least 6'0" tall with tattoos. One who will keep my hair and nails done and send me to the spa weekly."


"Yeah, since I would be a domestic engineer, I will need something to do to keep me stress-free and spa visits would do that for me."

"A 'domestic engineer'? Isn't that code for 'housewife'? Well, unless you hang out at pro golf tournaments or the Waffle House and are lucky enough to meet Tiger Woods, then you will probably remain single like a slice of Velveeta with those expectations."

So, why the charade about who is available in the world today? There are plenty of good men out there just like there are plenty of good women.

The problem is: You don't want one.

If you truly wanted someone who actually wants to be with you for the rest of your life, you'd be realistic. You're wasting your life away waiting on the "perfect mate" with certain physical qualities, motivational factors and financial status. I'm not saying you can't find someone who is successful, good-looking, faithful and great with kids because there are plenty of those people available if you look. But, how many good ones have you already turned away just because he was under six feet tall or because she was a 32A cup?

Why set your standards that high on the superficial things instead of the things that truly make a relationship great?

You do it because "bad" is "good", right? Women like "bad boys" and guys like "bad girls". Even though we know there is heartache involved in dating some Angelina Jolie or Vin Diesel look-a-like, we want what we want, right?

Just be honest with yourself for a change. I need all repeat offenders to repeat after me: "I welcome drama. I enjoy excitement. I like sexy. I like being alone."

Do you feel better now? :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I Hope The Wagon Runs Over You

After my Dallas Cowboys dropped a heartbreaking loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving Night, I had to return to Facebook to face the music from the haters. No big deal. The Cowboys have lost 8 out of 11 this season, so I've done my share of dealing with the insults. Besides, I'm a true fan, so facing the music is just part of being one. Unless you're one of the many bandwagoners out there in the world.

Oh, how I hate the bandwagon fan. For those not into sports, the bandwagon fan is the loser who either pulls for whichever team is winning or they lay in hiding until the game is over and then rear their ugly heads to say "I told you my team would win."

I have a problem with these people. Back at my last job, whenever the 'Boys would lose, I'd have a select few show up at my desk that day after to gloat. I would hear all sort of "your Cowgirls suck" insults. But, whenever the 'Boys won, they were nowhere to be found. No phone calls. No texts or tweets. They are too cowardly to get a dose of their own medicine.

Some people are bandwagoners in their relationships. When everything is going well, they're the best girlfriend/boyfriend in the world. But when things hit the fan, they're ready to move on to the next best thing.

When your mate has a great job and they're in great health/shape then you're all smiles all the time. You brag to your friends on how good you have it.

But, if they lose their job, get a serious illness or gain weight, then you are ready to drop them quicker than some of those Cleveland Cavaliers fans who traded their LeBron jersey for a Miami Heat jersey.

People need to learn the value of loyalty. Once you commit to something, then stick to it regardless of how sour it gets. If they lose their job, then help them get their resume in order. If they gain weight, then be encouraging about losing it by exercising with them. If they get extremely sick, then don't let them go through it alone. Be supportive and try to make their life easier. Unless that person is doing something to you that becomes bad for your health (someone who's emotionally/physically abusive), then show some character by being true.

Because you bandwagoners always lose eventually. Every single one of you that are out there. That's why you "switch teams" so often because you are not emotionally stable enough to be viewed as a "non-winner." That low-self esteem means that ultimately, you will fall off the bandwagon. And when you do, I hope the wagon runs over you.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I Don't Condone Violence, But I'd Understand...

Thanksgiving means football, but something that happened a couple of weeks ago merited a discussion. An 8-year-old Jets fan in Cleveland was tackled by a drunken Browns fan after their game. 8 years old, people!

The boy went to the game at Cleveland Browns Stadium in a Jets jersey with his father, who is from New York. The Jets came back in spectacular fashion to win the game in overtime.

As the family was leaving the stadium, the drunk began cursing the kid for his jersey and throwing food at the family. Once outside the stadium, the drunk tackled the kid and left him on the ground crying with scrapes and bruises.

Now, the husband didn't retaliate (which was the correct decision although I doubt I would have made the same decision), but where he lost me is when he didn't call the cops either. He put the family in the car and they left abruptly.

Huh!!!??? Some drunk assaults your child and you can't even call the cops? The only reason we know about this incident today is because your wife called the Cleveland newspaper and told her story?

On top of not defending your son, you allowed this drunk to go unpunished for a heinous act. I'm not sure if I'm more upset with the drunk or the dad. If the dad would have gone to the car, put his family in it and returned with a tire iron from the trunk, I think most people wouldn't be upset with him. I don't condone violence, but I'd understand if he had a temporary bout with rage and decided to take it out on the drunk.

Again, that would have been the wrong decision to make and I would applaud him for taking the high road had he not taken the coward road and fled the scene like a little punk! If you can't swing on the man who attacked your son, then at least call the cops and bring the loser to justice so that no other child suffers the same fate.

I don't even have a child and I'm mad. Am I overreacting on this people? Chime in below or here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'll Forgive You... This Time...

My birthday came and went and none of my 35 followers or 58 FB Fans seemed to notice. Hmmph! Some followers you guys are! I guess no one pays attention to the profile/bios, huh?

No Colorful Rants in honor of my Life and Times. No Thoughts from a Randomista. Nothing. I didn't even get a Lollipop. Are You Serious? Not one fellow blogger/follower wished me Good Times? I thought I'd generated enough "famosity" for you all to count down the days to my b-day. Again, I say, "Hmmph!"

Okay, I basically turned this into a blog roll. Now you know what I read regularly.

Seriously, I've never made a big deal about my birthday. So many people at work said, "Q, it's your day! Enjoy it!"

In which I'd always give the same reply, "Everyday is my day."

I believe in celebrating life daily, so I don't need an annual reminder to do so.

Whenever I'm on Facebook, I always have a few friends who give you that countdown to their b-day. "Only 13 more days, y'all!"

How about the person who pins a $5 bill on themselves so that everyone knows it's their birthday and feels guilted into giving them money when they see them?

Or they celebrate that milestone birthday. "Come out to my 27th birthday party tomorrow, y'all!"

And yes, I was being facetious when I said "milestone". Who celebrates the number 27 besides an egomaniac? LOL!

To each their own, so let me stop hating. I'm thankful for every morning I can open my eyes and although reaching another year does mean something to me, I don't expect everyone else to stop their lives to help celebrate mine. It's a nice gesture, but not necessary.

I do pretty well celebrating on my own. :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"We Wear Short Shorts!"

The title of this blog won't mean anything to anyone under 30 years old. Click here if you're curious (or nostalgic for those who knows its origin).

Here's the scoop: two members of the Univ. Tennessee-Chattanooga dance team (the Sugar Mocs) were not allowed to perform because they refused to wear the new uniforms.

The two ladies both said that the uniforms were too short and referred to them as "booty shorts". They even asked if they could wear flesh-colored tights under the shorts and the coach said, "no".

Why did they not let these ladies perform? It's not like they were coming out there wearing a rival team's colors, so why not let them sport whatever they wore the previous week or something?

Look, I'm all for booty shorts (LOL!), but I also think that in today's society, where morals have gone the way of the dinosaur, that these young ladies should be applauded for having the courage to say "I'm not doing it."

Sex sells and now colleges are trying to get on-board to do what it takes to increase attendance. Some take notes from the professional franchises and make their dancers/cheerleaders sexier.

Isn't it normally the other way around? The students pushing the limits on what's "too sexy" instead of the school pushing the students?

If you're above the age of 18, then you can wear what you want (within reason). I'm not arguing that. I'm arguing for these two young ladies, with high standards, that refused to go against their moral upbringing at the risk of exposing themselves.

These ladies should be cheered and this story is perfect for someone to teach a young person that it's okay to go against the crowd if it's for what you believe is right.

When did exploiting college students sexually become "okay"?

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Should Have Been a Politician

I picked the wrong profession. If I knew then, what I know now, I would have gone to law school and prepared myself for one of the best jobs in the U.S.: I should have been a politician.

Why a politician? I'm glad you asked!

1. I can go from being "well off" to "filthy rich" by ignoring conflicts of interests and violating ethics rules.

2. I can get corporations to pay for my campaign just by simply doing what they say once I get elected.

3. I can go on countless talk shows and give the same answer to whatever question I am asked.

4. I can campaign against prostitution and then possibly use the state's money to solicit prostitutes.

5. I can use my role as a public figure and parlay that into a sweet book deal and/or reality show!

And this is not a knock just against these five. I feel every politician has a selfish motive for running for office. It's the ultimate hustle. Why else would someone spend $50 million dollars for a job that pays $175,000? Do you think they spend that type of money just because they want to be a public servant?

In the words of Chad Ochocinco, "Child, please!" If so, then you need a hug. You can serve the public like no other with $50 million dollars, so why blow it on a campaign when you can use it towards helping people better their lives?

Because that $50 million is an investment towards the cushiest lifestyle you could ever dream to have. The ultimate medical care, the ultimate pension and maybe you'll pick up some cash from other places along the way as a public speaker or "political expert" on one of these TV "news" stations.

That's the life I could have had. Then again, maybe it's not too late for me. As long as I place a (D) or (R) in front of my name on the voting ballot, then someone will vote for me, right?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Which One Is Afraid of Jail?

Think twice before doing something that will cost you the rest of your life. (Click photo to zoom)

Here's the story...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Corporal Punishment: Fair or Foul

By now, everyone has seen the incident at Murrah High School in my hometown of Jackson, MS. If you have not, then you can check it out for yourself from a local news station here or ESPN's story here.

Basically, a basketball coach "disciplines" his players in order to turn boys-to-men. He takes a weight belt and spanks them whenever they make mistakes. Not mistakes in life, but mistakes on the basketball court.

"I took it upon myself to save these young men from the destruction of self and what society has accepted and become silent to the issues our students are facing on a daily basis. I am deeply remorseful of my actions to help our students." -- Murrah coach Marlon Dorsey.

Corporal punishment has been outlawed in the Jackson Public School system for 20 years. Although I believe in discipline for kids, I personally think this is over-the-top. The fact that this guy is not whipping kids for being bad kids, he's doing it for not running a play correctly or missing a lay-ups. Is that not one of the most ridiculous things you have ever heard?

Everyone, locally, is speculating if the coach should keep his job or not, but I'm wondering what's keeping him out of jail. Isn't this an assault? Against a minor at that?

I guess I don't understand what should be controversial about this. He should be fired and put in jail, right? Should not this be cut-and-dry?

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Just Buy It Already!

Guys, how many times have you gone to the mall with your significant other only to get stuck outside of a dressing room?

So many of you have been there. The woman takes in 20 items and tries on every single one of them. She comes out every three minutes to ask your opinion on her outfit.

She'll ask, "Do these jeans make me look fat?"

Your actual response,"No, those jeans do not make you look fat."
Your actual thoughts, "Your fat makes you look fat."

I honestly think if men went with their actual thoughts, it would cut down on their time sitting outside of the waiting room. Then again, it would extend your time waiting in the bedroom, so maybe that's a bad idea.

Ladies, why does it matter what we think anyway?

Men already know that our opinion has about as much value as a back pocket on a t-shirt. Women already know if something makes them look good or not, but they just want to hear us say it, I guess.

When it's all said-and-done, she actually likes two of the 20 items that she tried on. What happens next, you ask? She puts each and every last one of them back on the rack and says, "Let's go."

WHAT!!!!!???? Go where? Home? Are you kidding? After he sat there and watched her change outfits more than a Broadway Play she's not buying any of them?

Just buy it already! Buy something! Don't leave the store empty-handed after your man sat outside that waiting room long enough to start having his mail delivered there! If you don't want the clothes, then buy the clothes hangers! Have something to show for the most miserable two hours he's spent since watching "Sharktopus" on the SyFy Channel. (Please watch the video link. It is the most pathetic attempt at a horror movie I think I've ever seen. Quite comical, actually.)

Ladies, please tell us men why you torture us so?
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Don't Blame Kids. It's the Parents' Fault.

If you're the sensitive, can't-read-anything-that-hits-close-to-home type of person, then "x" out of this page now.

A lot of today's parents are lazy. Just as lazy as they want to be. They do everything except raise their kids in a proper fashion. So many times, it's so easy to blame the kids when we see some of them acting out in public.

My take on it: don't blame kids. It's the parents' fault.

Now, for the people who know me or have read my bio, they're saying to themselves, "Self, Quincy doesn't have any kids. Who is he to tell me that I'm not a fit parent?"

Well, there are plenty of male doctors who have delivered babies successfully without ever being pregnant. That goes to show that you don't have to do in order to know. All it takes is paying attention. And I'm not expert, but I'm no dummy either.

If you want to know if you qualify as a lazy parent, then peep the list below:

1. If your kid(s)can't ride in your vehicle, during a local trip, without you turning on a DVD on the rear seat TV, then you're a lazy parent. If you can't converse with your kid(s) while travelling locally around town, then you shouldn't have had them. I will almost go as far to say that a TV isn't ever needed in a vehicle, but I can see the usefulness in them on long vacations. Riding in a car for kids was actually fun at one time. You counted certain color cars or screamed "bingo" for some of them (half of you may not know what I'm talking about, so Google it). There were word games to play or maybe you just took a nap or read a book. Whatever it was, it was more productive then seeing "Monsters vs. Aliens" for the 75th time. If you need a DVD to distract your child on a short trip, then you're lazy.

2. If your kids go with you to Rated: R movies, then you're a lazy parent. I knew some kids back in the day who knew all of the lines to the comedy "Friday". Why were you kids in the theater with you for a Rated: R movie? Too lazy or cheap to find someone to keep them? I didn't see my first Rated: R movie until I was 12 years old ("Purple Rain") and I had to sneak to see that. People, let your kids be kids and stopping putting them around adult situations. Some things are way too early for pre-teens to see and hear for the first time.

3. If your kid only wants to be a singer, rapper, or athlete and you encourage it, then you're a lazy parent. Too many kids want to be what they see on TV and if that is all your child aspires to be, then you're misguiding them some where. Sure, these types of dreams come true, but the odds of them doing so are slimmer than a "Cosmo" model on a crack diet. Kids should have role models that they know. How can an athlete, celeb, etc. be a role model if the only thing you know about them is from what is released in the media in the form of movies, TV, print and web? What exactly can someone who doesn't know your child teach your child? Whatever it is, it's not as effective as what you could teach with a hands-on approach.

Being a good parent means spending time with your kid(s). Sit down with them and watch TV every now and then to not just know what they're watching, but explain anything complicated. The one thing that helped me as a child was the fact that my father watched everything with me. From cartoons to Westerns, we spent a lot of time together while I was young and I really think that it helped me. There were other things he could have been doing, but he chose to spend time with me.

Society keeps us busy today. Some parents have multiple jobs or some are single parents. Finding the time isn't always easy. And even when you do have time, sometimes you just want to relax. Sure, you may wish you had a break now every once and a while, but be patient and put the child first. It will definitely pay off in the long run. After they're grown, you'll have the rest of your life to enjoy and a child who will make you proud.

No one said that raising a child was easy. Most people really try their best and I have the utmost of respect for them. But, for those who don't try? Meh....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Destined to Cheat?

"Ho". Dog. Man. Are we one in the same? Ladies, do you think that a majority of men are just destined to cheat?

I honestly think that some women think that men are natural-born cheaters. Some mothers raise their daughters to believe that "men just cheat". Because of that, some women not only expect it, some accept it.

We all know a woman who has given her man a second, third or fourth chance after cheating. "Well, it's just a man's nature to cheat."

Garbage. I don't agree. Men don't "naturally cheat". Men who cheat do so because they can. They cheat because they know if the woman they're cheating on doesn't take them back, then the woman they're cheating with will take them in. If women want to stop men from cheating, then stop allowing us to do so. Raise your standards and we'll be forced to raise ours.

I wish there was a way to poll every involved guy in the country to see how many would cheat if they knew that they wouldn't get caught. You'd be surprised at the number of men who would not do it. Plenty of guys are happy with what they have at home.

But, let's flip the script. Women not only cheat on men, but they are better at cheating, too. Men aren't planners and normally, we forget our lies as soon as we tell them! And even if a person is good at lying, there are ways to "lie detect" them. When most people lie, they include too many details that are difficult to remember. After a person tells you their story on why they stayed out until 4 AM, all you have to do is listen carefully and take mental notes. After they're done, just ask them to repeat the story... backwards.

Most people can recite a story backwards if it truly happened.

A member of my BlogFrog Community named Adrienne said that, "monogamy is a learned trait". I agree with that statement. Some animals in the world instinctively only mate with one for life, but we people just don't think one is enough some times. Then again, some animals mate and the male ends up a meal if he isn't fast enough to get away. I'm glad it's not like that with humans because I'm sure most men would rather be a virgin than a meal.

But, the bottom line is: men are not destined to cheat. It's not "in our nature" any more it's in a woman's. No woman can "drive you" to cheat. No man can accidentally slip and fall into "some". No man can drink until they're no longer obligated to be faithful.

It doesn't work like that. Either you're a crappy guy or you're not. Either you have respect for your woman or you don't. Either you're man enough to break it off with her before moving on or you're a coward.

Either way, cheating is a decision that you consciously make and no excuse you can conjure will change that fact.

If you're not getting what you need at home, then tell her and leave peacefully and respectfully. Don't go elsewhere on the sly. You can't have your cake and eat it, too. No man on record has died from lack of getting some action. If anything, he's died from trying to get some as indicated in the photos below.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Not Sold in A Dark Alley

Okay, I'm walking into a gas station (like most of my blogs start) and what do I see in the window? An ad for something that makes you lazy? Really? LOL! They now sell a snack that helps you relax. Introducing, Lazy Cakes! Brownies that provides a cure for your sweet tooth and then takes you to Dreamland.

I'm guessing it's one ingredient away from hash brownies, but I haven't read the label on one yet. I did have a co-worker that said it contains a chemical that's used in children's ADHD medicine. Personally, I don't want my snacks to contain drugs, if that's the case, but to each their own.

And to the other extreme, we have Red Bull. A drink that's been around for a while now and can give you "artificial" energy. It's designed for those who think coffee drinking is for old people. Coffee has been the morning drink of choice for centuries, but marketing geniuses found a way to make a morning drink that appeals to a younger audience. So, Red Bull was invented and is now a youthful injection of get-up-and-go.

In fact, Red Bull is now so mainstream that it has even made it's way into nightclubs and bars. There are a number of drinks that can be mixed with Red Bull a la the "Vod-Bomb" or "DVR" (double Vodka and Red Bull).

Alcohol = depressant. Red Bull = stimulant. What does the drink do? Even you out? Actually, it does the opposite. Known side effects from mixing energy drinks with alcohol are: cardiovascular risk, impaired judgment, shortness of breath, dizziness, disorientation and rapid heart beat.

Okay, be honest, you laughed at the "impaired judgement," didn't you? That's the side effect of alcohol without energy drinks. LOL!

But, seriously, I guess the point I'm trying to make is: how sad is it that we have to manufacture energy and/or relaxation?

If you want energy or to stay awake, you go to Starbucks for a cup, quench a 5 Hour Energy or slam a Red Bull.

If you want to rest, you take Ambien, Lunesta, or now, chomp on a Lazy Cake.

Just because it's not sold in a dark alley doesn't mean you can't develop an addiction, people.

If you can't start your day without an artificial stimulant, then what's wrong?

If you can't get to sleep at night without a depressant, then what's wrong?

Our country had the hugest debate over healthcare recently. The insurance companies are making money left-and-right, but are concerned about having to pay out more to risky people.

I've never sided with health insurance companies on anything before, but for once, I can kind of see why they're concerned. Who would want to insure someone who has to have a stimulant to function every morning and a depressant just to go to sleep every evening?

No one wants to insure an addict.

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