Sunday, October 30, 2005


Haunted Weekend

Wow, I thought I'd never get back on this thing! All week I've been saying, "Ok, I'm going to put up another post", but other priorities just keep making themselves comfortable in front of the task. But I'm here and have a WHOLE LOT of random stuff to say.....

First of all, I had an excellent weekend! There was a lot of stuff going on (there's always a lot of stuff going on in DC), and since Halloween was coming up, I got the skinny on all kinds of happenings for the weekend: A chance to check out one of the best haunted forests in the nation, checking out a few movies, Halloween house parties, costume parties (in houses and on the street), a birthday party at a lounge, concerts.... the list goes on. I knew I wasn't going to be able to hang out with all of my friends, so I sent out an e-mail letting EVERYONE know what's happening around town. On Friday I didn't go to work -- hung out with one of my boys for the first half of the afternoon and got ready for the notorious haunted forest during the second half of it. The drive was a dark and hick-like 1.5 hours (we literally were in the sticks.... with 4 black folks in the car, we weren't stopping for anyone or anybody. Red lights were ran, the speed limit was obeyed, and all of my car vitals were double checked so that there would be no sudden "car issues". Finally we got there (and waited an additional 1.5 hours in front of a bonfire for our group to get called in) and I must admit that the organizers put their FOOT in this forest! It was by far the best one I've ever visited (and since I'm a BIG KID, I've been to a lot of them). I mean they went all out: clowns running after us on stilts, trees falling on us, chainsaws, climbing in and out of abandoned buildings while whistles are blowing in your ear.... the works! I was thoroughly impressed! That forest put Dickerson, MD on the map! After we got back (at around 11), my friends and I went to this spot called Ozio's for another coworker/friend's birthday party. I'm pretty much over the club scene (I overdid it in college), but it was still good to chill with my old coworkers who I've grown very close to over the past year and a half.

On Saturday, I slept all morning. I was trying to decide what I wanted to do that day since there was so much happening. I had tickets to this free John Legend/Common concert, but I left them at my job (I wasn't driving 40 minutes to get them either) so that option was eliminated. I then had the option of hitting up this outdoor Halloween party in the city, but my body wasn't trying to hear about any more alcohol. I didn't feel like dressing up for a costume party, so I rolled with 2 of my boys to see a couple of movies. The first was "The Legend of Zorro" which was just how I expected it to be. Then we peeped "Saw II"..... that movie was spectacular! One of the best movies (next to "Crash") that I've seen all year. Finally, a horror/suspense movie that really makes you THINK. I loved it and so did everyone else who saw it.

On Sunday (today) I went to church and then checked out "The Untold Story of Emmett Till". I already knew the story growing up in Chicago, but seeing the movie really made it hit home about the atrocity that occurred with this young boy and the state of Mississippi in 1955. It's one thing to hear about a bad thing, but it's an extirely different ballgame when you see things (i.e. Emmett's face, which was mutilated beyond recognition) with your own eyes. To see the strength of this boy's mother endure the pain of the loss of her son and fight for his justice in the courtroom amist the jeers and threats on her life from the rest of the town. To watch the two assailants get acquitted despite all the evidence in the universe of Emmett's slaying and THEN later on admitting to the slaying without facing any type of reprocussions. It's simply a movie that can't be put into words.... you have to see it and experience it yourself. We are such a strong race of people!! Once we realize our strength, the world would be a totally different place!

Although I still have a lot to say, I think I'm going to end it here. I'm thinking about going downtown to pay my respects to Ms. Rosa Parks since her body is in DC tonight and tomorrow. Be well everyone.

Sunday, October 23, 2005


Chapter 1

Well, I said that I was going to do it for quite some time, so now I'm doing it. Welcome to Shadd's blog. Here, I plan on sharing with you all of the interesting things that go on in my everyday life. The last year has been quite an adventure and it hasn't slowed down a bit, so expect the unexpected, have fun with it, and enjoy the ride! In the grand scheme of things, IT AIN'T THAT DEEP!

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