Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cheddar Came back to us 10 Years ago today!

Yes ten years ago today was a day ever so grateful, Out dog, Cheddar Returned to us after the we were forced to leave on the Interstate near our home on St. Bernard avenue.

We weren't sure we were gonna be able to take him from the beginning, but he did manage to sneak on the bus. Cheddar was in the back of the bus under a seat where he went by himself without us telling him anything. unfortunately someone near by us said "They have a dog on the bus" and he then he was forced off.

He ran behind the bus for what may have been 3 miles before we we  made a turn (it's how we saw him ) We made it to Houston and we realized that  there were pets hopping off the other buses when we made it to our destination, it was very upsetting. But even there we didn't give up on seeing him.

We  Searched online for pet rescue services.  We saw Reports of Pets missing and that's how we found Cheddar's Photo on an NBC based News service Virginia  My mom was so excited She rang the "Found Family" Bell in the makeshift Astrodome Computer center  When they asked her who did she find, She screamed in tears "I found my dog!"  At that pont, The Search began

The News Source told us that the Washington Animal Rescue League may have the dog.  The Did , but they didn't. They specifically gave certain breeds of dog to other services to handle them, With the info they gave us, My sister Called folks and we even searched online Online, I found previously uploaded photos of cheddar as well as the We posted them to and even linked up with folks who can help us, But it wasn't easy.

The search It was a very frustrating and overwhelming process for us.. but thanks to the folks on Petfinder who constantly posted pictures and links, we found Cheddars Picture and description on a website. The Photo listed him with the name "George Michael" as a Newly Adopted Beagle.  I believe it was on BREW Beagle services. from there, There a phone call  was made where the person on the on the line told my sister that The beagle we were looking for was too couldn't possibly be our dog. We found that pretty offensive and racist actually. But between weeding out the meanies on petfinder and other places We found some great people to assist us, eventually a man named Eric (of Eric's Dog Blog) who would eventually assist in getting the dog back.

Eric was able to contact the New Owner of the dog, She wanted $3000 for him considering the fact that she paid for his well being. He helped to get that fee paid, Took "George Michael" away from his owner and he returned to us as "Cheddar" or as we call him "Chat" November 22nd 2005

below is the video of his return

Sunday, November 15, 2015

So Far, I've jumped from Assertive to Turbulent

The One at the Top was taken June 14th, The one at the bottom was taken today November 15 That's 5 months and the big difference is the small jump to turbulence

INFP-A June 15

INFP-T  November 15!

Although I'm unsure if you realize this but according to this test. I am now
More Introverted   9% in June  turned to 17% today
Lss Intuitive  By a small measure 32% turned to 26%
Less Feeling   by a few 42 now 39^%
Less Prospecting: Big Jump from 73% to 38%
Now 3% Turbulent as compared to 30% Assertive, That's a major jump.
Still I am ranked as a mediator. so that's a good thing.

I guess I'll take it as a major jump because it it defines the personality in a big way.  All this means to me as that "Some times I'm assertive and sometimes I'm not/  It means that i consider other folks thoughts and feelings before my own, basically and that's true.
 Well..I'm not well  organized and I do like to keep my options open honestly, so I would make decisions based om how i feel, mainly toward the last ,minute .. It's alot right YEAH!

The Mediator: I guess so

For a few years I've been failing to blog about this Test at which I've taken from time to time just to see how it turns out.. the quiz has only changed very little since I've began. and I've also taken many others. I guess the older post have been only on facebook though.

According to this Quiz as of today  November 15, 2015
Code:  INFP-T
Role: Diplomat
Strategy: Constant Improvement:

I am  INFP- Turbulent as seen in the images below
But in one of my older ones according to the website,(after Logging In)  I was an INFJ-Assertive
due to this being at very small percentages at the time, My guess is that over time, my mind changes, I guess it's natural to switch up at certain points..

 I will likely compare this update to the most recent one i had placed on facebook. and then do another post based on the comparison.

The Passing of Mr. John Summers,

This week, with all the stuff going on in the world, the one thing I took hard was the passing of Mr. John A. Summers. He Band director of many schools but most notable for his time at Clark High School.

After reading as well as sharing a number of folks thoughts and  memories, I posted my memories of Mr. Summers via my facebook page, and then wrote something about him on my organization's Social media pages. it was very tough to do too,  It's so sad that we're loosing our music educators here in /from the city of N.O..

, I was told about him being in the hospital That boggled me for a minute. I didn't know he was dealing with any health issues, yet even with that It's a shock that he passed away.

Here's what I wrote on facebook. .

Maaann.. Mr. Summers!.
During the Summer before I joined Kennedy's band he did everything he could to inspire me to go March for Clark.(uptown) He would call my house all the time. to pick me up in the big red van with the broken door, He would even talk to my dad for Hours trying to make that happen. Mr. Summers. meant a lot to many of us the New Orleans band community.
He was one of the few in my time to take bands from scratch and make them your favorite band's competition. You couldn't deny his impact rebooting many band program whether it be "Hustlers Band, New Orleans All Star Band, New Orleans Alumni All Star Band, Carver, Clark, Karr, and The JPSO Band of Excellence. etc..
"The Pied Piper of Marching Band" Himself..
Rest In Peace Mr. John Summers,

Honestly, I'm gonna miss seeing him. I sat and talked to some folks aboit it as well . hopefully I'll make his funeral services.

Heer's the post as written via Nolalegacybands

Old Draft Re-emerged | Katrina related

.Disclaimer: This was an Incomplete Blog which I wrote maybe a few years ago
My guess is that I wrote this about 2009 and was never able to finish...

I Published it today by Mistake / Well/ Here it goes again. 

... And so much has changed about the city and the world, my personal life, the lives of my family etc.

Katrina in many cases took some of us out of confined and comfortable situations, yet it made us weak and then strong again. so much has happen which was tragic such as our one loss.  but my family is blessed to have what we have to day.

After Katrina a number of things happened since we moved back I'm going to post the things which i feel most affected my life personally. no doubt this list might miss a few things but I'm going to add them by date or at least try to.

2005 (after August)

  • We Lost 1 Family Member, My Cousin's Husband (Greg Estes) he drowned a short time after leaving my my home. A good man, and he's greatly missed.
  • We had to leave My Dog Chedder, We got him back a few days before Thanks Giving.
  • I began working due to Tech For All in October I thank them seeing a spark in me.
  • I was also An AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer under the TFA Houston Hope Wing (that came in 2006 though) 
  • I was able to attend band events just by networking prior to katrina.
  • After Moving out of the astrodome My family moved to my Sisters Apartment, which she was able to successfully rent in due time for us to stay there.
    In this house was Myself, My Odlest and Youngest Brother, Mom, Dad, Aunt, Buck, My Cousin Jamal, His Girlfriend ,  My Sister, My Nephew and her spouse at the time.  (and Cheddar after returning home)
  • We All  eventually moved out of her home
  • My Sister Latrice and her family moved into a steady apartment after hitting up a few shelters (they couldn't stand being in the Astrodome during October)
  • I purchased my first cellphone.
  • Got to hang out with some cool people at some HBCU games for the first time which i had only known online. between 2001 and 05
  • We move into The Home which we would stay in for the remainder of our time in houston. there were lots of families from New Orleans there. (the complex had that FEMA Voucher Program money coming in) ..
  • Some of my family moved to Houston From Atlanta, such as my grandma. 
  • My I Opened up a bank account,
  • We Get Cheddar a friend, A Shih Tzu  we named Tigger.
  • At some point I found that The Girl I was in love with at the time was no longer "There" for me. we broke up by phone. (We are cool now obviously)
  • I Cried
  • I Met my Friend Ashley "Nicole" we ended up being in band together later that year. She and a few others helped me get over a breakup
  • Purchased a Laptop PC for myself
  • Went to number of band events .met some more good people!
    I met Basket Ball and Baton Legend Calvin Murphy while attempting to work with the Marching Thunder.
  • I met "FLUTEGIRL" (she doesn't like to be on the grid so i aint sayin her name  LOL! she knows who she is. I love her! LOL that's my buddy We've had our ups and downs but that's what friends are for.. 
  • Joined AmeriCorps Vista in the Summer (as mentioned before
  • Enrolled in Texas Southern Univ.  / Joined TSU's Band
  • I Met a girl there that would become one of my best friends She eventually got Married an now divorced..
  • My My Family Members Began moving back to N.O. (Both My Sister's Families and a few cousins) 
  • My Household Decided to move back to N.O,
  • With Nowhere to stay, I was forced to withdraw from, Texas Southern and moved back with them,
New Orleans late 2006 to and 2007
  • November we move back to N.O. at My sisters New Home in the 8th Ward which she had purchased  from her spouses Grandmother.  
  • December we hear about a Rally to reopen our old neighborhoods (public housing) .. I attended a number of them that year The
  • I took a few walk through of that neighborhood and my old home. We salvaged a few old goods 
  • The Neighborhood was Eventually Torn Down, Same as the other 3 major "Projects" in the city.
  • My Oldest Sister became a home owner. 
  • She Gets married We Celebrate
  • Later that year My Grandma Passes Away
  • My Cousin Chanel Got Killed (First situation to happen like that in our family) 
  • My Nephew Tank is Born
  • Another cousin of mine is born
2008 2009
  • I honestly don't have many 2008 memories, LOL  I know I blogged a whole lot though. maybe due to meet ups, let downs, family issues and just life in general. 
  • I Know I blogged alot about the Neigbothoods being torn down, the schools being closed and being upset about the conditions in out city...
  • 2009 My Sister and Brother in Law become Business Owners .. They open a Bar.. probably not the greatest thing in the world but It happened.