Sunday, February 26, 2006
emic: how a culture defines its own cultural phenomena in their own terms
etic: an outside/more scientific view of a group cultural phenomena
I believe that Black History Month is not for Black people. It is for white people. I know it sounds insane but listen. Emically, Blach history month is for everyone to learn and appreciate the accomplishments of African-Americans. But really look at Black history month. Majority of Black people have a decent understanding about their history and also a lot about Caucasians' history and culture. We have to know both in order to survive. Whites do not have to know Black history and about Black culture in order to be successful. For example, I met a young White woman at my school who did not know who Rosa Parks was. She was a senior. Whites do not have to do it. Since they are the dominant group, they determine what is important for them to learn in order to surive. And sadly enough, Black history and culture is not one of those things. What Black history month does is force Whites to have to recognize the fact that we (Black people) have made an extraordinary contrbution to America. Without Black history month, most whites would never take the time to learn about Black history because it is not neccesary for them to be successful.
Now I am not saying that others should not particicpate. Whether you are Black, White, Asian, or Hispanic you should take time to learn. All I am saying from an anthropological point of view is that , because I am an anthropologist, is that etically, this is how I believe Black history month functions. Thank you and please leave comments and opinions.
Friday, February 24, 2006
So it is all sunshine here. Thats good because I have seen too much snow. I eat, sleep, breathe, and shit snow (maybe I dont shit it but you get the picture). I have a load of things to do. One is check out some potential jobs. I got an email about possibly working an archaeology site here in Baltimore. I also may work with St. Ignatius over the summer. I might also work at the aquarium. So I have some choices since I am not going to field school.
Let me get going yall. I just woke up and my breath smells like a dragon's. Talk to you later!!
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Me fighting at my tournament. I look like a champ in this one!!!
I had my first boxing match this Friday. I lost (i know jameil and cnel are a little disappointed. I may have lost but I gave it my all. If you could have seen it!!! We were fighting in there as if we hated each other!! I kept trying to knock him down but that kid kept getting up. He could take a punch!! He had 2 standing 8 counts and so did me. The ref ended up calling the fight because he could see that I just ran out of gas. After the first round, I just was burned out (there are only 3 rounds in amateur boxing). I kept fighting in the second round but about 20 seconds left I ran out of gas. I thought I could knock him out but he would not fall. No matter how many times I knocked him down, he got back up.I had him on the bottom rope but he just would not fall. Plus each punch in the second round got successively weaker due to my failing energy. The ref did not want me getting hurt so he called the fight.
I gave it my all in that damn ring. I really did so I have nothing to be ashamed of. I left everything in that ring. I hit harder than I have ever hit. I worked harder in that ring last nite than I have ever worked at anything in my life. So I accomplished something. Not too many people have the fortitude to get into a ring and fight. It takes some biiiiiiiiiiiiggggg balls to fight. I am not ashamed of losing. After the ref called the fight, I told my coach that tried my hardest. My coach smiled said that was all that I needed to do.
So now my neck hurts and I have a headache. But I am happy.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The ex girlfriend drama
I have officialy said f*ck that skeezer. I was sooooooo pissed at her because I have been stressed this week. As Cnel can attest, I rarely show the signs of stress but this week had already started to get to me yesterday. So when she came with the drama, I was bugging. I have come to realize that I am still hurt by her. Even after she crossed and I decided to not be friends with her, I am still hurt by what she did. We promised that as friends, we would never date each other's friends. She actually came up with this idea since all her friends have a thing for me. I did actually still care for her as a friend. Since she crossed me, I figured it aint woth the hurt so I cut her off and my homeboy she was messing with. And after some deep thought yesterday, i decided that I will not say anything to her because thats what she wants. Thanks to all who responded!! You all gave some truth.
The best part of the day!!
I had planned to cook dinner for my girlfriend. We were suppose to start cooking at 5:30. The menu was sauteed shrimp, steamed corn on the cob, and broccoli with cheese. We were gonna drink sparkling cider. So my roommates Kevin and Shawn helped me clean the apartment and set the table. While they did that, I figured that I had forgot to get the sparkling cider. So I called my homegirl Savannity and had her drive to get some. This was at 5:15. It took us until about 5:45 to get going because she had a classmate come over for a project. I ended up getting me some wine alsob with the cider because I am bougie like. The girlfriend does not like wine but I have an affinity for it. Lol!!!
So I get back late, My girlfriend has already started baking. I get into the kitchen and started the throw down!!! I am I Chef Bou-ar-Negro!!! I decided against sautee-ing the the shrimp in just butter. I went ahead and used the white cooking wine I bout from Walmart on Thursday with some butter and garlic salt. It came out tasting righteous!!! I cannot give you the recipe because it is a G Willi exclusive and I had no idea what I was doing!!! It came out good. So I prepped the dinner and me and the girlfriend ate. I had the table set with this nice tea candle arrrangement. The mood was then set with some soft music. It felt soo good to have a quiet meal. We normally rush ad eat in the cafeteria or at the Laker because we got something to do. This time did what John Legend said: Took it slow.
Then we went to a jazz concert performed by our school's jazz band. It was hotness. My home girl Savannity did Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald. She did that song righteuously!!!! It was amazing!! And she had a banging outfit to go along with it. Savannity be workin it on the fashion tip. Another song I loved that was performed was "My Funy Valentine". If you like jazz music, check them songs out.
After that, we came back to my place and had dessert. My girlfrieand can bake the hell out of some cake!! It was delicious. The rest of the night was just spent relaxing and talking. It has been soooooooo long since we have been able to just chill without having some work to do. Yesterday was great. I would not want it any other way.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
It is Tuesday and I am pissed!! My ex sent me some IM acting retarded. Here
is what she sent me.
BellaRagazza127 (12:27:28 AM): i must say gary, i expected you to be more
mature than not speaking to me, and taking me off your myspace friends and
all....thought u might b happy for me that i got into college. i guess i was
wrong, happy valentines day anyway....
Now she knows why I removed her off of my friends' list. First of all, she
has done me grimey. Sleeping with my friends and lying to me about it can be
considered grimey. So I called her when I found out and told her that we are
not friends. I proceeded to tell her that I never want to talk to her again.
I can quote what I said, " Even if I am forced to live as long as God
himself I will never talk or see you again. We are no longer friends."
Tell me if I am wrong, but if someone told you that, does it not mean that
we are no longer friends??? I believe it means we are no longer friends.
Since we are no longer friends, it means that I don't have to congratulate
you. I am allowed to remove you from whatever I please. I told her our
friendship is terminated. I have not talked to her in almost 2 months.What
doesn't she understand?!?!?!?!?!?
It does not help that I am stressed. So she picked the wrong nite to mess
with me. Never in my life have I ever had the urge so strong to punch
someone!!!! Now I do.
Lord give me the strength to not be sooooooooooo pissed. Please help me.
Someone tell me what to do. I apologize for the evil post. I just had to
vent. The rest of my Valentine�s Day is going to be perfect.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Here it go.Four jobs I've had:
1. Counter and cleaner of rocks in the archaeology processing lab
2. Burger flipper
3. Community Organizer/Mobilizer
4. Civil War sailor
Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. Motorcycle Diaries
2. Maria Full of Grace
3. Love Jones
Four Places I have lived:
4. That's it
4 Shows I love:
1. A Different World -reruns but still
2. Real World - (Maybe it can come back and be better??!?! Possibly?) :(
3. Monday Night Football
4. Anything History channel
Four highly-touted TV shows I don't get the hype:
1. Desperate Housewives
3. American Idol
Four books I'd recommend to anyone, anytime:
1. Night by Elie Weisel
2. The Giver
3. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
4. Dawn by Elie Weisel
4. Four places I have vacationed:
1. Capri, Italy
4. Cuba - not really a vacation but it was really relaxing, i can tell the story if you want
Four of my favorite dishes:
1. Chicken and dumplings
2. apple sauce
3. grilled chicken sandwich
4. grilled cheeseburgers
Four sites I visit daily:
Four places I would rather be right now:
2. Baltimore - where I lay my head
3. Somewhere in the Carribean
4. My retirement spot: Capri - I know its early but I know I gotta save up
And I'm tagging:
2. Whoever falls upon this
3. Whoever comes upon this
4. Whoever rests upon this
Thursday, February 09, 2006
- Astronauts get taller when they are in Gary.
- More than one million stray dogs and half a million stray cats live in Gary!
- Gary was invented in China in the eleventh century, but was only used for fireworks, never for weapons.
- Banging your head against Gary uses 150 calories an hour.
- Gary can last longer without water than a camel can.
- Gary is picked, sorted and packed entirely in the field.
- Finding Gary on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.
- 99 percent of the pumpkins sold in the US end up as Gary.
- The canonical hours of the Christian church are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, Gary and compline.
- Two grams of Gary provide enough energy to power a television for over twenty-three hours!
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
I am 161 pounds and 5'9. I go to boxing training becuase I have a tournament coming up February 17th. One of my coaches ( we will call him A), brings in someone for us to spar. The guy he brings in is 210 lbs and has been fighting for about 6 years. We normally set up what intensity level we are fighting at, but not this time. Coach A just sends us in to spar with this cat. This dude just ends up eating us alive. He busted one kid's nose and flung the same person against the wall. He almost knocked another one out. He tried to bust me up but I was able to dodge and move. My mouth was bleeding a little but it was a only a smal knick on the inside of my mouth. I will admit that he hit me hard, waaaaaaaaaay harder than I ever expected. But I am no punk so I tried to give it to him. So I did earn his respect. Now, I have a crazy headache but it is all good. It was good to fight someone who was bigger, faster, and stronger than me. Now I know what to expect when I enter the tournament. No one is going to be 50 lbs heavier but at least I know I can take a punch.
Now I was pissed, especially because there were some females watching. Also, I am not used to losing. I am waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too competitive to be losing at anything. I hate when someone gets a better grade than me so you know my ego was hurting. My coach told me that I should not expect to be able to dominate. As long as I stood with him, I did well. And I did stand with him.
Medora came over and gave me a back rub. She made me feel better because my ego was dying.
I am still slightly pissed but since Duke vs UNC is on I am going to go. I will see you later.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Have you ever felt pissed on?? I did after I watched the speech. All I could think of was how George Bush lied to us; how he deceives us. He claims that he supports our troops, yet he does not give them money to have the proper equipment. He also tries to shrink their pay and benefits. Bush is all for better education yet he cuts student grants and loan money. Bush and his Republican friends will not fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act, something he initiated and pushed through Congress. He tells us he wants to go to war for weapons and there were/are none. He is all for being fiscally responsible yet he continues to keep increasing government spending and cutting taxes. He tells us he is fighting the war against drugs yet he snorts coke and smokes weed. Bush supports cheaper drugs and medication yet he allows us to be price gouged by pharmeceutical companies. Mr Bush, thank you for all of your support. You are really helping us.
He keeps lying to the American people yet no one seems to care. We all cared that Clinton was getting his dick sucked yet we do not seem to care that our family members and friends are dying because of lies. It seems to me that Americans do not care that they are being deceived. Is there anyone out there who does???
So here is what I say: go ahead Bush and fucking try and rule the world. Blow up school kids, rape our economy, and dick over our soldiers. Lie to us because we will not say anything. You only do it for our protection.