MC Side


Birth of an Emcee

My first love for hip-hop was Emceeing. I enjoyed writing poems and proses in school about nature and personal things. But, I was a 10 years old kid with cable. MTV was one of the most watched channels in my house.  While I enjoyed watching Brit-pop and Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop started to appear.  I found vocalist who did not sing but spoke in rhymes. I thought it was the greatest thing!

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My Last Day in NYC

Did you wake up this morning and said, “I am going to have an awesome adventure.” I did and made a list of places I wanted to see. But, I needed to finish my goal:
Touch all 5 boroughs of New York City.

I already did 4 of them and now I was on train to complete my final borough, The Bronx. I touchdown on Grand Concourse station. I walked around and noticed that it was more industrial than other boroughs.

My girlfriend told me that each borough carries their own personality. This idea surprised me. I visualized New York City as Voltron. Each borough connection was different. I wondered which part each borough played? I assumed Manhattan was the body and head. I found out most New Yorkers consider Manhattan as New York City. That was interesting.

We started at the north end of Central Park in Harlem and began our exploration. There are a lot of movies that filmed in New York City that always have a central park scene. The Central Park architects actually made another park in the Brooklyn area called Prospect Park.

It was interesting to discover that the Central Park architects like Prospect Park more because they were able to correct any design flaws they found in Central Park.

So, even their most famous and popular design is not their favorite. That make me wonder if the painting of the Mona Lisa is Leonard de Vinci’s favorite work of art?

Record Store Day

A-1 Record Shop

I went back to East village to check out the Nuyorican Cafe once again. Then I changed my mind and headed to A-1 Record Shop. Today was Record Store Day, so I let out DJ Resolution and went shopping. I felt like Havoc(from Mobb Deep) on Mass Appeal’s Beat Roulette. A lot of records for a small space. They had DJs playing records in the store and doing turntable routines. I like their selection, but I was looking for the new J-Dilla CD and it was only on record. So, I bought a T-shirt to support the cause.

Turntable Lab

I talked to the cashier at A-1 records and he suggested I check out Turntable Lab around the corner. So that what I did. Now, A-1 record shop is store full of records. Turntable Lab is a DJ specialty store. It amazes me the sizes of these shops are in New York City. Most of these shop are about half the size of a subway car.  DJ Resolution hit jackpot. Controllers, stands, turntables, break records, lights, and beat machine was all over the walls.  I definitely enjoyed looking at items that were going on the Christmas list (or Tax return).

Father’s Day

Happy father’s day to all the fathers who made a difference in a child’s life. I said that because I never saw myself a father until my daughter was born.  I still remember getting off work and racing down to the hospital.  While her mother was in labor, the hospital actually wanted me to fill out forms with her. So, I would ask her questions and she would answer each question with a long pause.  I thought that was the funniest thing.

It weird that having a daughter has made me happy, but also, concerns about her well being. I have never trusted males, even the ones in my family, I have been disappointed by men. Father, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, and stepfathers have made me question  my personality with ridicule or physical assault.

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First Run in New York

I ran 4.75 miles at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.  Cheshire thought I was crazy since we had walked 14 miles on Friday. I definitely wanted to mark a run in New York City.
Surprisingly, the park was bigger than I anticipated. There were more hills and valleys that I have been accustomed to.  Plus, there was a Bike race going on too. I am still sore from that run.

City so nice. They named it twice

It’s finally happened. For 25 years, I have ranted, bragged, and raved about going to New York City. The time has come to fulfill that dream. Becca and I are going to New York City.

New York (State)

Now,  I have been to New York (the state) in the early 90s. I remembered my family went to Polk family reunion in the upper parts of New York state. I was not happy. It was definitely a rural area. I laughed about it now, but I was bummed about the whole trip.  I did meet a lot of long distance relatives and got to hang out with my cousins. I rode a 1970 – style bicycle with a banana seat, while rocking neon suspenders. And I got stung by ground bees.  Yes, ground bees! I was surprised as well. But I would have been excited about New York City.  Plus, I had Robin Harris (on cassette) in headphones. It’s hard trying to not laugh in a car full of people.

New York City

My brother, my best friend, my cousin, and even Lauren has been to New York City. But the time has come for my visit. I have a few places on my list. I hoped to see all or most of them. Plus, I wanted to step foot on all the boroughs. I am definitely going to play music from artists who you reside there. It would be cool to run into a celebrity but I would settled with the New York atmosphere.

I can, finally, cross this off my bucket list.  I am excited about this trip.  I am staying in Brooklyn. I will taking pictures in Times Square and visit Ground Zero (the twin towers memorial). Pictures are going to fill my social media. I am even going to do some slams and reading spots while I am there.  I have told my friend, David, that I will do a guerrilla poem out there. Since it is poetry month, I should unleash a guerrilla poem on the world. I have two poems in mind that I will rehearse for it, but I have not pick a location yet. To be continued….

Bonus: I am going to visit a dungeon for the first time.  The kink community is an eye opener. I am definitely the black Alice traveling down this rabbit hole. So keep it lock to my blog,  instagram, twitter, or soundcloud. I am definitely clearing my cellphone and carrying an additional flash drive to get as much content.

10 months of Reckoning



It seems my plan to move to Arizona has been cancelled.  So, now I must go back to my original plan but with a few changes. I have been giving an assignment: Obtain a Job, an Apartment, and a Car within 10 months. The reason: Sarah wants to move back to California.  Now, I have to make this happen immediately.  I have a time and a goal but I need a location to start. So the search begins on where I should go to start my assignment.   Continue reading “10 months of Reckoning”

Mother knows best

 “Be versatile or your facial expressions will reveal your clandestine thoughts.”

– CharRon Smith

In the summer of 2009, I was working at a credit union as an Accounting Clerk in the back office.  For 2 years, my work life seemed to overcome my regular life.  I rarely was able to visit with friends or my family on the weekdays for social events.  I became disturbed by my situation that I even saw a shrink to evaluate my emotions.  Like Alice, I have fallen into the rabbit hole and could not find a way to escape.  Even though, I had found allies in my wonderland, I was still a drone.  So one Wednesday, I was sitting at my desk, finished with my work, and waiting for the next project. I went to my email account and started to write about my day and situations I was facing.  After I was finish, I titled it: Happy hump day and emailed it to my Gmail account.

This action started to become a habit and I started sharing my thoughts to others. People started relating to my pain and even emailing me back comments.  So as an irony to myself, I wrote my emails on Wednesday and called them “Happy Hump day”

For a year, I would email certain people this newsletter to break up their monotonous workday.  Each newsletter started to contain questions, list, ideas, and recipes.  I was later told that I was blogging and I needed to get a blog site.  Plus, I needed to cease sending my newsletter to people during work.  I was surprise by the response but I did not want to stop.

Fortunately, My mom had set up a WordPress blog for me in 2010:

I started to write my blog post and was starting to get attention. But I let unforeseen situation become obstacle in my life and I stopped writing.

I was fired from my job 2 years later. I was out of the rabbit hole but I was not happy.  So, I tried to write again but I was unable to get back into my Hump day blog site.  So I created other blog site in other areas. So why Res Wonderland? I am at a turning point. I have stumble into a new rabbit hole and a door is in front of me.  I am scared but curious, torn but driven, confused and excited.  I am leaving California once again.  Will I be back? Only time will tell.