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Fire Ants are the Devil!

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Fire Ants are the Devil!

           Yes, the Devil! I've been down and out the last few days because of them. It happened so fast. I took my daughter for a walk while I flew my new drone. I stepped in the grass for literally just 2 mins and noticed something painful on my lower leg. I shrugged it off as a mosquito, but then I felt another another sting, then another and another. I looked down at my ankle and there were 10-15 ants crawling on me! 

            I swiped them off but a couple were stuck. Yes, stuck on my skin! Then I felt it. It felt like my entire ankle was on fire. The pain was intense. I pulled them off, grabbed my daughter and ran for the car. I got to my apartment and jumped in the shower, which totally didn't work. I tried ice, anti itch cream, rubbing alcohol, everything! Nothing worked! The pain was so intense. 

            It's Day 5 now and the pain had finally subsided but the itch is still there. It's fading, but not is it intense. I don't wish this on anyone. It truly sucks. Don't be like me. Watch where your stepping and be aware of your surroundings. Pay very close attention to where your kids are as well. The bites could send them to the emergency room. Pray for me y'all. 

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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5 Reasons You Weren't Invited to the Family 4th of July Party

           Your family has big 4th of July plans. There will be BBQ, plenty of laughter, spades or dominos, festive outfits and of course fireworks. There's one thing missing; you haven't received an invitation yet. It could be a slip up or an implied invitation because it's family. Maybe they don't really want you there. Before you crash the BBQ or get in your feels, consider these reasons why you didn't receive that invite. 

1. You drink too much

         We all know that one person that can't handle their alcohol. They either get extremely loud, overly aggressive or end up passed out in the kiddy pool. You gotta know your limit and stay well below it. No one wants to babysit your drunk ass. Plus throwing up in front of Grandma is grounds for family eviction. Get help or a damn good wing person to slow you down. 

2. You show up empty handed, but leave with plates.  

          I have an uncle who never ever brings anything to the BBQ, but always takes to go plates. Don't be like my uncle; who never gets invited yet always shows up anyways. Bring something! A bag of ice is the least you can do. It takes nothing to bring a couple sodas or hot dog buns. If you don't put in on this, you can't leave with anything. Simple.  

3. You Have Weird Food Preferences

          Yeah, we get it. You're Vegan, vegetarian, or on some other food restrictive diet. We totally understand it, but this menu ain't changing for you. Stop bringing your weird dishes trying to force everyone to try them. No cauliflower covered in buffalo sauce doesn't taste just like hot wings. We love you, but we kinda feel like you're judging us for eating BBQ. Not cool.    

4. Your Kids are Bad as Hell

          This one might be a hard pill to swallow for some parents, but sometimes people just don't like your kids. You might think little Timmy is a little angel, but everyone else sees the little devil he is. Kids that break things, smell really weird, and that fight everyone else's kids aren't welcome fam. Your kids need to have home training and a proper bath before coming to a family function. If your kids have silver teeth, just assume they aren't invited. You good, just leave that kid at home. 

5. You're a Negative Nancy or a Debbie Downer  

          No one wants a person around someone that's always negative or that's always in their feels. Bish don't kill my vibe. Don't come around raining on people's parades because your life isn't where you want it to be. Be positive and supportive of family and friends or stay your negative ass at home. If you're always sad at the function, people will naturally try to avoid you. So what you aren't married yet. Yes, we know you're unemployed, but none of that matters. No one really cares if you're having money troubles. We are all trying to enjoy our day off and family. Check those feels at the door. 

 

         Any of these remind you of yourself? It's never too late to make some changes and family will welcome you back regardless. That's what family is all about. We love you in spite of. What other reasons are there why someone wouldn't be invited to the family function? Drop a comment. Don't forget to like and subscribe to the blog for more updates!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

 

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Cordova Doesn’t Deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones

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Cordova Doesn’t Deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones

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            Yes I said it. Cordova, you really don’t deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones. Better yet, Jerry’s you’re way too good for Cordova. I know you’re wondering why I say this. Let me break this down for you. 

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          I never ever ever ever go to the burbs, but I recently made an adventure to Cordova to visit the new Jerry’s Sno Cones. It’s not that the new Jerry’s is not great -hell they have a sitting area- it’s the residents of Cordova that are the issue. In line I heard nothing but complaints from people getting sno cones after someone that ordered before and the long lines. I'm thinking to myself, "These are all normal Jerry's Sno Cone operating procedures." Try standing in 100 degree heat waiting for your Supreme John Deere amongst a crowd of 50 people. Cordova you'll never know that struggle. 

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          Jerry's, you're a Memphis treasure and way too good to be in Cordova. They will never appreciate you the way us nonsuburban dwellers do. We know the rules and have embraced them as law. Here's a potential new rule; You can't go to the new Jerry's without first going to the original location 3 times. I think that's fair. Maybe the residents of the burbs will come around and learn to enjoy their enclosed patio that the original doesn't have. Maybe they will chill out. Probably not, but we can all be hopeful. 

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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I Had My First Vegetarian Meal!

           Yep! I did it! My first vegetarian meal! Only took 35 years to finally try it. Before I go into my thoughts, I would like to thank Kim Thomas (@kpfusion), Justin Fox Burks (@TheChubbyVegetarian), and his lovely wife Amy for making this all possible. I was totally hesitant to try something drastically new, but they assured me I would enjoy it. So what did I have? 

 The Vegetarian BBQ “Boss Man” Salad with Yogurt Ranch Dressing  

The Vegetarian BBQ “Boss Man” Salad with Yogurt Ranch Dressing  

             The Chubby Vegetarian whipped up his Vegetarian BBQ “Boss Man” Salad recipe along with oven roasted potatoes and banana pudding. You can check out the recipe HERE.               

             So, how was it? The “BBQ” didn’t taste like pulled pork, but it was oddly similar. Maybe my eyes and tastebuds were playing tricks on me. I’ve never been a huge fan of eggplant, but this was very good. I’m thinking the BBQ sauce helped make it more enjoyable for me. I could definitely have it again. I have to say the yogurt ranch dressing was absolutely amazing! OMG! I want a bottle of it! Now, let’s talk about this super crazy dope banana pudding for a second. Now, that I could eat every single day. You know how hard it is to keep the cookies from being soggy at the bottom? Those cookies were super crispy! Shout out to Amy for that banana pudding. You’re the real MVP!

           For a person that’s never eaten vegetarian food and has always been very resistant towards it, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the food. Now before everyone starts planning the parade for vegetarianism, I want to say that I totally couldn’t change completely over. I love my meat way too much, but I could definitely incorporate some of the dishes into my diet maybe twice a week. I want to thank The Chubby Vegetarian for not only being a super cool guy, but for not forcing any food on me. Sometimes people who are vegetarian or vegan want to change the lives of us or shame us about eating meat. Justin never did that and I totally appreciated that immensely. Go check him out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more vegetarian dishes. There’s also a matter of a Carrot-Dog that I need to explore! Also check out KPFUSION.com as well. She’s so freaking fashionable! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

          

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Comic Tees are the Best!

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Comic Tees are the Best!

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           Yep, my secret is out. I’m Batman. Everyone calm down. No, not really. I couldn’t live Bruce Wayne’s life though mine is very similar. Demanding career by day and demanding career by night. I don’t think I have any enemies though.

            There’s something about rocking a cool comic tee that lifts your spirit. It always takes me back to being a kid and dressing like my favorite superhero and pretending I had super powers. I must admit I did feel more confident in the Batman tee. 

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           Comic tees also are easy to pair with just about anything. I usually rock mine a bit more fitted with some nice jeans (no dad jeans) and a pair of lace ups. I prefer lace ups because I don’t wear sneakers often. Also, don’t half ass this. Get the matching socks to complete the look. The cool level goes up exponentially! 

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            I got this cool Batman tee at Target for $12. They have a huge supply of comic tees. Want something more exclusive? I’ve got some awesome tees from Amazon. The socks were a gift. Who is your favorite superhero? Do you have a love for the comic tee? Drop a comment! 

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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Meeting A Facebook Friend In Real Life

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Meeting A Facebook Friend In Real Life

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         Technology is crazy. Like seriously insane. I grew up in a time when I had a penpal that lived in Nova Scotia and waited days or weeks for a letter to respond to a question I asked. Now everyone is way more accessible and having a friend on the other side of the globe isn’t very far fetched. I’ve recently experienced the closeness technology brings us when I finally linked up with a Facebook friend, Stephan Tapley.  

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        I’ve know Stephan for quite some time. We met via a Facebook group dedicated to Sony cameras. He actually bought a lens from me. Every since then, we’ve talked pretty much everyday via Facebook Messenger comparing photography work; he’s amazing at capturing cars, but we’ve never met. Until recently on my trip to visit family in Georgia. 

          I told him I was coming into town and that we should try to link up. We were both pretty excited about it. We decided to explore a bit and ended up inside a home that was being built, which actually turned it to be a pretty dope place to shoot. He brought along a buddy Alex, who had a super sweet Honda Civic. 

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           It’s was literally hot as hell and we headed towards the AC of a spot called Freddy’s, which at least had good ice cream. I didn’t really eat due to going to a BBQ soon after the shoot. Stephan and Alex ate all their food, so I’m gonna assume it’s half decent lol. I took advantage of the nice lighting to create some bokeh! Bokeh is life people. Trust me on this. 

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        And that’s it! Stephan and Alex turned out to be super cool fellas. I’m so glad I got to finally meet Stephan in person. I got to see how he approaches his work. He’s just as particular as me. I love that he shoots entirely different from me and that we both got some great tips from each other. Definitely can’t wait to go back. Next time you’re wearing dress up clothes Stephan lol. I really appreciate the hospitality bro! 

Life is for Living,  

Michael B.  

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What Happened to the Lightning Bugs?

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           That’s a question I recently asked myself while sitting in the patio at dusk with Maddy. She hasn’t seen many of them and was so excited to see one. It was odd because when I was a kid we saw them all the time. They would take over our backyard in the spring and summer nights. Those were some of my favorite memories. Playing around with my cousins on the Slip N Slide and my dad handing each kid a half of a giant watermelon to eat on their own. Great times. In all those times, I remember there were always lightning bugs. Did anyone else try trapping them in glass jars and forget to poke holes in the lids? Just me? Oh my bad. 

         But honestly, where did they all go? I’m sure there is some super scientific answer for this, but I want the Cliff Notes version. I hate Maddy doesn’t get to experience the joy of watching lightning bugs. For now, her iPhone holds her attention. If you know, drop a comment. 

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Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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It’s Festival Season!

           Spring in Memphis is amazing and it’s the best time to be in Memphis! Why? Because it’s the start of festival season! The weather is usually nice and every weekend until late summer and early fall, there will be a different festival each weekend. Sometimes you get two in one weekend. It starts off this weekend with the Memphis Brewfest, which happens to be one of my favorites, and followed by the The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest. 

             For those that say there's nothing to do in Memphis, you're so wrong! Every weekend there is something to do. It's all about whether you actually want to do anything or just complain. As for me; the plan is to go to each festival in the city. Pray for me. Here's a list of upcoming festivals. Memphis Brewfest date is wrong. It's actually 4/14/18. 

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             Here you go! Now get out there and enjoy the Bluff City's festival season. If you see me, come speak!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Don’t Get Finessed Out Of Beyoncé Tickets

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Don’t Get Finessed Out Of Beyoncé Tickets

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           Beyoncé and Jay-Z recently announced a new tour. I can’t say that I’m the biggest Beyoncé fan, but I do respect her work ethic and hustle. She’s basically a god walking amongst mere mortals to some of her fans known as the BeyHive. Her concerts are sure to sell out every venue. 

           Now fellas, the real issue at hand is this is the time when women you’re dating (or not even dating) might hit you up for money for the tickets. Don't get finessed! Not sure what being finessed means? Here's a definition from Urban Dictionary:

“When one person sweet talks or verbally lures another person into a particular situation or action that he or she would not normally be in. A situation that only benefits the finesser”.

  Here’s a scenario to further illustrate my point.  

Him: “Hey how are you today?”

Her: “I’m sad.” (The bait)

Him: “What’s wrong?”

Her: “I only have two days to get Beyoncé tickets and I don’t get paid for 2 weeks.” 

          How you respond to this is very, very important fellas. She wants you to offer her the money so she can buy the tickets, but has no real intention of actually paying you back. Trust me, she will give you the run around long enough so that you either forget about the money or stop asking for it. Don’t be the guy getting suckered out of some money. Unless you like being a sucker.

Your response should be

“Dang that sucks, I hope you figure it out.”

or

“Yeah, that's when I get paid as well."

          Why? Because you're about to see her true colors based on those responses. If you barely know her and she only hits you up when she's hungry or wants free drinks, you can bet she's going down the list of other guys that she feels she can con. By saying no, you might see a social media status referring to her getting her own money and not needing a man or other petty post similar.   

          Say No! Not in 2018. If she’s never bought you a drink or checked on you, don’t buy her a Beyoncé ticket. Run from this type of woman! I recently posted this on my Facebook page, and I was called a hater by a couple FB friends lol. Why? They all know the game fellas. Using you is part of it. Save those hard earned dollars for someone that actually is concerned about you and wants you. There are lots of great women out there. I was even called the President of the He-Man Woman Haters Club, lol. Well, I will hold that title with pride. 

         I know some women will read this and think I'm totally wrong and that it's a sweet gift. They will say there's nothing wrong with a man giving a woman he likes a gift of a Beyonce ticket. I would have to agree and partially disagree. There's is nothing wrong with it, only if her intentions with him are more than manipulating him for money. I'm all about giving gifts to a good woman. If she is your girlfriend or wife, then you can gift that ticket. Hell, it could be a great couple date. Jay Z for you and Beyonce for her.  Anyone else asking for money for a ticket, tell her she needs better financial manangement skills. Look alive in 2018 fellas. 

 

Life is is for living, 

Michael B.  

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10 Things My Dad Taught Me That All Guys Should Know

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10 Things My Dad Taught Me That All Guys Should Know

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           The title pretty much speaks for itself. My dad, or Papa Bear, taught me some great lessons in life. Pretty much everything I know was taught to me by him. He taught me that there are just some things every guy should know. Some are pretty obvious, but some aren’t so much. This isn’t intended to bash the fellas (we get enough of that already). This is more of a refresher course of sorts for your skills. Trust me, I stick to the Guy Code faithfully. We all know how important skills are to guys, so get in, buckle up, and see if you have these important guy abilities.


1. Know how to tie a neck tie or bow tie

         This is an essential skill passed down to me by my father. I spent hours in the mirror trying to master this and failed miserably countless times. I once attended a wedding and none of the groomsmen knew how to tie a necktie. I was utterly amazed. I didn't realize some guys didn't know this basic skill. I ended tying everyone's tie and I was just the photographer! Also, if you’re over the age of 12, you shouldn’t be caught dead with a clip on. Nope, Nope, Nope.  Don’t do it to yourselves, fellas. Trust me, you’re not fooling anyone. We know it’s fake. YouTube has countless tutorials on this, so use it to brush up on your skills.

2. Know how to change a flat tire

Imagine having a lady in the car and the tire goes flat. You don’t know how to change it and you have to wait for a wrecker. Yeah, you've pretty much told her everything she needs to know about you. No matter what she says, she’s definitely telling her friends how terrible of a man you are. Don’t be this guy. Again, YouTube is a valuable resource. 

3.  Know how to match your clothing and shoes

Simple rule fellas: your shirt and socks should match. Wearing a blue shirt? Your socks should have blue in them as well. White shirt? You have an endless possibility of sock colors you can wear. Wear something other than white socks, though. Also, the belt must match the shoes. Brown shoes means brown belt and the same for black. 

4. Be a gentleman

Blame it on my Southern roots, but I still believe in being a gentleman. There are 3 basic rules you should know:

1. Open the door for her.

2. Help her up and down stairs.

3. (The most important) make sure to never let her walk next to the curb.

Trust me, that last one women really, really pay attention to. I see guys all the time letting their ladies walk closest to the street. My dad would call them out, but I don't necessarily want those problems lol. Basically, you’re supposed to get splashed by a truck or hit by a car. 

5. Always flirt with older women

This is a super pro tip! My dad told me this when I was around 12. I thought he was crazy. Why would I want to flirt with older women? Fast forward to my 30’s and I realize my dad gave me some of the best advice ever! Don’t be a creep. Flirting should be subtle. Very subtle! For example, greet an elderly woman as young lady and watch how her eyes light up! This also works perfectly for networking. Many business deals are closed with the wives of businessmen. 

6. Have basic repair knowledge

My dad told me he couldn’t respect a man that didn’t know how to use a wrench. I experienced what he meant by this later in life when I had to teach a guy how to change a flat tire. Having some basic knowledge of the difference between a Phillips and a flathead screwdriver and the difference between a pair of pliers and a wrench is very important. Also, fixing things for your lady will get you a million brownie points. Even if you don’t fix whatever it is, she will love the effort. For some strange reason women love to watch a man work on things. I'm also told they like toolbelts. 

7. Have 3 go-to drinks at the bar

This was something I learned later in life. When you go to the bar, go with confidence. I say to always have 3 go to drinks that you can riddle off to any bartender. My 3? Old Fashioned, Whiskey and Sprite, and Moscow Mule. Don’t be the guy at the bar that needs a menu to order a fruity drink, lol. Also, have 3 drinks in your arsenal that a woman would love. My 3 drinks for women? Red Snapper, Pink Panties, and Riesling/Moscato.

8. Know how to cook a steak

A man that can grill is a real man’s man. Nothing is more fulfilling than grilling for people and everyone sings you praises about your grilling talents. It’s close to the feeling of throwing the game winning touchdown. Now, anyone can throw a steak on the grille and cook it to the God awful well done point. But no one should eat a steak well done. Ever! Medium is where it’s best. Grille a great steak and win the Super Bowl. Simple. Also, if your steak needs anything other than salt, pepper and butter, then it’s a terrible steak. Leave the steak sauce off!

9. Have good personal hygiene

Fellas, learn how to wipe your own ass. Yes, I said it. We can be simply disgusting in the personal hygiene arena, but we can change that. Take daily showers, clean the dirt from under your nails, get pedicures for your rough feet, keep your hair neat, change your socks, wash your bed sheets, and wear deodorant. Stop being slobs fellas. 

10. Know how to unhook a bra with one hand

This is another PRO TIP. My dad didn’t teach me this one, but an older woman did. (Remember what I said about flirting with older women, right?) This move will get you where you want to go fast. It’s a simple move that takes practice and patience. It’s a slight pull, squeeze, and presto! Can’t pull it off? At least be able to take one off with 2 hands and not stumble and mess up. Nothing kills the vibe like a fella that can’t unhook a bra.

          That's all! 10 great skills every guy should have. How did you do? Do you have any other things all guys should know? Drop a comment! Don't forget to subscribe for updates!  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Maciel's on Highland

           Have you tried the new Maciel's on Highland? Before I ask that, have you tried the original Maciel's on Main St? If not, try them both now! The new Maciel's is less just taco business and more family and hang out oriented. Same great food, like the garlic shrimp taco and Huaraches, but with a crazy dope patio, that's half covered, and a really modern interior with a crazy cool mural. Taco Tuesday is coming up fast! Where will you be? 

 Check out that mural!

Check out that mural!

 White Sangria. It was so good. Watch out! It made with gin. 

White Sangria. It was so good. Watch out! It made with gin. 

 Chicken fajita taco

Chicken fajita taco

 Hey it's me and my sister Kelly!! 

Hey it's me and my sister Kelly!! 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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African Print Fashion Now Recap!

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           Recently, I was invited to attend Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s newest exhibit; African Print Fashion Now! : A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style. The exhibit comes right off the heels of the release of Marvel’s Black Panther movie as well as right in the middle of Black History Month. Basically everything Black is hot right now and I love it! While I must admit that I’m not the most well versed in the fashion world, though my friends say I dress like a hipster, I was blown away by this exhibit. I’ve seen African print in clothing before, but never to this level of design and detail. I would totally rock a few of the pieces designed for men. The African print bomber jacket will be mine!!

           The exbihit will run from February 24 - August 12, so you have plenty time to check out a truly unique and empowering offering from Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. I was told the exhibit bypassed Los Angeles and New York to come to Memphis first. That is major for the city! Go check it out and let me know how much you loved it!

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Need!!!!! 

         These are just a small sample size of all the incredibly designed pieces on display. Check out some of the other exhibits Memphis Brooks Museum of Arts has on display. Also, head over to their www.brooksmuseum.org for other events and exhibits. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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