Monthly Archives: February 2017

Just returned from seeing Billy Talent

Just returned from seeing Billy Talent, with Monster Truck as an opener at the MTS Centre. Alex Willy D accompanied me.
Two awesome shows in a row, I must say. Not a single song that wasn’t great all night long. And both light shows were great, on different scales, of course (being a former stage light guy and all). And we had great seats, a few seats off centre in the lower bowl, for a centre ice stage!
And those Billy Talent guys spoke out a couple times on the human rights theme of “respect for all”, as opposed to Trumpism as well, and to resounding applause from the Winnipeg audience.
You know I support a human rights ethic regularly on this channel…so I enjoyed that as well.

If anyone tries to get in touch with me and it seems like I’m taking a lot longer to answer or get back to you I apologize ahead of time

If anyone tries to get in touch with me and it seems like I’m taking a lot longer to answer or get back to you I apologize ahead of time. My son Caleb is now living with me and there’s a lot to do and a lot of catching up. I’m in full on Dad mode and between that, seeking a day job, bonding with my lovely amazing girlfriend and keeping B-is For Best afloat I’m not going to have a whole lot of time for idol chitchat. I love all my friends and family and I hope that no one will get offended or feel as if they don’t matter due to some lapses in conversation, but a man only has so many hours in a day and as much as i love all of you My boy comes first, my lady comes second and everything else must follow.

In honor of my Grandpa Frank and Aunt Elin

In honor of my Grandpa Frank and Aunt Elin…
Although it seems kind of low, I decided to post this message. In support of a very special person to me, who has been struggling and following with firmness and good energy and teaches us to live every day as the best day!!! I’m watching the ones who will have the time to read this post until the end. This is a little test, just to see who reads and who shares without reading! If you have read everything, select “like” so I can put a thank you on your profile! Cancer is very invasive and destructive to your body. After you have finished your treatment, then, your body wants to go to war with yourself trying to reconstruct all the damage caused by radiation. It’s a very long process.
Please, in honor of someone who died, or is fighting cancer, or even had cancer, copy and paste.
They all say: “if you need anything, do not hesitate, I’m gonna be there for you”… so I’m going to make a bet that in less than 1/2 of my friends put this on your wall. You just have to copy (not share)!!!
I want to know who I can count on,…. Write “done” in the comment when you do.
To all those who are fighting… I am with you ALWAYS.

This is the Stadium Authority ad hoc audit committee of 23 February 2017

This is the Stadium Authority ad hoc audit committee of 23 February 2017.
Future meeting are being postponed because the 49ers, acting as ManagementCo and StateCo, continue to refuse to turn over documents to the City of Santa Clara aa claiming the information is “proprietary”! Even though WE own the stadium and were retained to just management it. Consequently, WE have no idea what WE, the citizens, are paying to run our OWN stadium. It is criminal what the 49ers are doing … And I believe they are hiding all OUR information because they are committing fraud and/or embezzlement and what they are hiding proves it. Otherwise, why not turn it all over without hesitation?
Those that have nothing to hide … Hide nothing.

PSA: I just received a scam call from someone claiming they are from the IRS (ID number and all)

PSA: I just received a scam call from someone claiming they are from the IRS (ID number and all). They said they have tried to reach me for back taxes and could not get in touch. My choices were to either pay now or they would send an arrest warrant. I’m a personal finance guy so I knew it was either an error or scam. Once I realized it was a scam, I completely went off….poor lady.
Please be careful about this IRS scam. I feel bad about going off on this lady but, understand, the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment.
Be safe.

This is a difficult line of work to be in

This is a difficult line of work to be in. Promoting is harder than writing in my opinion and I’m not even published yet. I was considering the FB world and how it jumps back and forth between drama and niceties (which is just apart of life) and a thought came to me. I see groups of street teams, promotional giveaways and cover makers, and even some support groups…but this life can be lonely and so very hard and the competition is out of this world. So…why aren’t there very many mentoring groups? Authors who’ve accomplished things, won awards, “made it”, who can honestly help those who are just coming into the world? I’d be lost without my mentor, who, while floundering in her own ways at times, still tries to support me no matter what. I found that just because you struggle to accomplish something and someone asks for help (like, dear god…I didn’t even know what a serial was!) why do they get shot down as being entitled or needy or riding off of someone else’s fame? It’s just kind of odd to me, how this world works. I get that people have to live their own lives, that writing/editing/publishing/promoting is a full time job but if I ever “make it” I would want to help someone who was once in my place, because I’d be lost without my mentor. Just a curiosity, promotes discussion, I’d love to see both sides of what people think to round out my understanding.

We’ll be rejecting this proposal of projects that are between R5 million and R30 million to only allocate 30% of these projects value to youth owned SMMEs as sub

We’ll be rejecting this proposal of projects that are between R5 million and R30 million to only allocate 30% of these projects value to youth owned SMMEs as sub-contractors. We want 50% or more to be allocated for the youth owned SMMEs, there’s nothing radical about this 30% within a country with population of more than 50% being youth and 35% of the youth population is unemployed. We want young people to be swiftly appointed into board positions; 50% of SoE and listed entities boards should be occupied by the under 35 years old. We want 50% youth representation within provincial to national Parliament, Young MPs should be bused into Parliament in 2019. This is a future we want +50% or nothing! #Plus50Generation

This particular essay in Literary Hub captures everything I talk about in my classes

This particular essay in Literary Hub captures everything I talk about in my classes, that I want students – readers – to know, that I believe to be the most important thing any of us can do. To remain permeable to each other, to stories, to history. To seek to really know to the limit of our capacities – intellectual, emotional – the things that are not of us, in the particular, but whose particularity should be a part of our sense of the world.
Lina Mounzer writes this way about translation, but these words are also about every story we hear, tell, read.
“It is the best form of resistance I can imagine for a world scarred with forbidding, categorical borders. Between the self and other, between where you come from and where you end up, between the personal narrative and collective history, between genders and cultures and languages and countries and the similar calls for dignity and recognition contained in stories. The only way to make borders meaningless is to keep insisting on crossing them: like a refugee, without papers, without waiting to be given permission, without regard for what might be waiting on the other side. For when you cross a border, you are not only affirming its permeability, but also changing the landscape on both sides. You cross carrying what you can carry, you cross bearing your witness, you cross knowing that you are damageable, that you are mortal and finite, but that language is memory, and memory lives on.”

It’s not a surprise to anyone who knows me that I’ve been a combination of broken

It’s not a surprise to anyone who knows me that I’ve been a combination of broken, angry, empowered and scared every day since November 8th. My heart-project SpeakYourStory has been neglected while we sorted through who we should be and how to move forward in our new reality. We’re coming to some clarity and making plans. And we are more dedicated than ever to uplifting the voices of those most impacted by the fear, racism and misogyny on full national display.
We’ll also never stop sharing stories of persistent, daring, audacious women who challenge society. These stories show us that we too can shrug off the warnings of the patriarchy. These stories show us the risks are worth it. They show us we are not alone. And this new story, by my fierce friend Natalie Phillips, reminds me of being told I’m “too sensitive” in a condescending tone my entire life. We won’t stop being loud and caring and passionate. And if that’s “too much” for you, well, get used to it. <3

HEX “The Bar Exam” coming in April

HEX “The Bar Exam” coming in April!!! Two more songs to mix and then it is off to Mr. Dave Fore to add his magic on the master!!!! 17 slaps feat. Brandon Rivera, Casper Capone, Eddie Marttinez, Juganot Da Beast, Doc9, Benny Contreras,DJ 40oz, Mandito Brown, Chris Robinson, Bigg Loop, Anthony Slicc Quezada (Lou E Slicc), Bryan Velthoen, Chris C Dubb West, Deon Watkins (Purp Reynolds), Reece Loc, Rico Gray, Mac Deviasi, Big jess of the spit flame fam, Daniel Lildee Corbin, Anthony Cervantez, Rafael Torres, Chuco Perez, Stoney Stone, Piercy Gramz. This got some bangerz on it!!! Mixed by none other than Mike Lamb. Got some C-Dubb slaps on it, Feliciano Cano, Anthony Amotbeats Moreno, Mastamind, AK47, Phantom Beats so you know it’s gonna be slappin!!!! If you liked “The Hex Files” I am sure you gon like this one!!!!