Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The 11th Wonder Of The World

So I have always heard people say the 9th Wonder of The World or even the 10th Wonder of The World. So that is why I used the 11th Wonder of The World for this post. Now I have seen alot of different foods, and have been willing to try just about anything as long as it doesn't stink. Correction, there is only one thing that stinks that I will eat...CHITLINS or as I read at many HBCU Homecomings,"Chitterlings". But that is it because where some people feel collard greens stink I don't believe that to be true. To me they smell like vegetables being steamed. Still, this post is not about collard greens, chitterlings, or stinky foods, but about what may have been the greatest thing created since strawberry soda. I must set the scene. I won't say that I am a huge Norfolk Tides fan but I do enjoy going to the games. Especially when they play the Durham Bulls, the Charlotte Knights, or the Richmond Braves. So 2 weeks ago my wife and I decided to go see the Tides take on the Charlotte Knights. We usually get our tickets when we get there. We usually sit on the 3rd base line side of the field, and we usually get there 10 or 15 minutes before the start of the game. Well this time we got our tickets online. Got seats on the 1st base line side of the field, and we were there a whole hour early. So we actually had to get our tickets from a different side of the stadium. After we got our tickets we decided to see if the was a 1st base side entrance like there is on the 3rd base side. As we are making our way around there is a gentleman that asks if we had our tickets. When we said yes we do he politely pulled out his scanner, checked the tickets, and allowed us in through where the players entered. WOW! Is what I think to myself, this is going to be a good night. Please no Black Eye Peas singing. So we go into the stadium and we decide that since we have some time we will walk to the 3rd base side of the park and back to our side since we have never really seen past the souvenir shop from the 3rd base side. We did that and because the ballpark isn't but so big it took us no time to do it. Well as we are making our way back to our side we saw a stand that was called Twisted Kings and from the signs all around it there specialty was funnel cakes. I am a huge funnel cake fan and if you knew me you would have no question that I went there and had a funnel cake, but I didn't. It was what I saw on the sign inside the stand that intrigued me. So much that the funnel cake was an after thought. Just imagine your favorite food. C'mon...close your eyes and just imagine on a plate your favorite food is right in front of you. Open your eyes, the feeling you have right now, hold that. Now imagine someone telling you, "Hey don't eat that. Try this thing that you've never had before but you've heard about." You wouldn't. You would reach for your favorite. But on that night of July 2nd 2010 I could not do it. I had to have it. I had seen it on the food network. I had seen it on the Learning Channel. I had heard it from another show where it was mentioned as one of the worlds best carnival foods, and there it was right there for me to taste. For me to finally share in the experience I could only envision. We have a term called W.M.D. which stands for Weapons of Mass Destruction. Ladies and gentlemen I must share my experience with a WMH a Weapon of Mass Happiness. They call it, "THE FRIED TWINKIE". That's right you read it clearly. THE FRIED TWINKIE!!! The fried twinkie was only something I had read about or seen on television. After I placed my order and the guy began walking towards me with it, I heard Phil Collins singing "I can feel it...comin in the air tonight. Oooh Lord. And I've been waiting for this moment...for all my life. Oh Looord" It has the appearance of a corndog, but there was no dog inside and I knew it. What will it taste like? Is it going to be confusing when I bite into it? Will I be mad that I wasted my money to buy it? So I couldn't even wait until I got back to my seat I had to know the answers right then and there. So I took my bite. At this moment I had no idea that I was at a baseball game. I was now running through a field of what I now know as raw twinkies towards the arms of my new true love the FRIED twinkie. With her round head, her well tanned complexion and her sugar coated body. In the background I heard, "Toniiiiiiight I ded-icate my loooooove for youuuuu. Toniiiiight I cel-ebrate my loooooove for youuuu. No one will ever find us. We can leave this world behind us." I actually felt bad to be having an affair with a fried twinkie in front of my wife. But not even she could come between me and my fried twinkie. It was as if I didn't even die. God just reached down and pulled through purgatory and straight into heaven. It was like who gives a damn what you would do for a Klondike Bar. I don't care what you felt when you bit into that stupid peppermint patty. Oh and mom's apple pie, GAG! That's right ladies and gentlemen the key to world peace is the fried Twinkies. Instead of Will Smith sitting on the floor of the bathroom with his son in "The Pursuit of Happiness" he should have stolen a fried Twinkies and he would have thought that bathroom was a condo. Fried Twinkies are the @$#%!!!! You know what I said. So the next time you see chaos, a fight, or even a simple disagreement...reach for a fried Twinkies. It will make the WORLD a better place. Please keep in mind, results differ with raw Twinkies. After discussing this with a good friend we both came to the conclusion that if some one offers you a Twinkies that you inform them that you don't eat raw food. So for my tweeple and my friends if you are able to stop by a Norfolk Tide game check out Twisted King. If you can't get to Norfolk check your local area for some vendor, store or shop that offers fried Twinkies. We can heal the world, by getting out at least one fried Twinkies at a time. Now you see why this post couldn't wait another day to be posted. It's vital to our world. Good day peoples. Peace!

I Know I'm Late But....

This blog post is concerning an individual that a matter of weeks ago may have truly put his career on the road to recovery. That would be none other than the man who a little over a year ago was despised, hated, and band from a number of events and shows, Chris Brown. One of entertainments biggest names in '08 went through '09 wearing more sunglasses than Kool Mo Dee, Diddy, and Jack Nicholas combined. Well I do not really want to go into the incident that cost Chris Brown and his career dearly but many of you already know that there was an altercation between Chris and Rhianna in which he physically assualted her. I will never say that it is alright to do that, but the problem is when the assaulted party acts as though this was the act of an abusive person. That the abused did nothing wrong. Listen people, take responsibility for your role in any accident, incident, or event. Was Chris right for what he did, HELL F%^&&*(& NO!!! But when anyone gets mad there is a breaking point it's just some have more self control than others. Not to mention he was and still is very young. Meaning for a lot of us self control comes with maturity and age. For others it is instilled from a young age. I'm not sure where Chris Brown's maturity level or self control stands but obviously on that night anger got the best of him and the results were far from good. An ex-girlfriend, a career on hold, a mother that was disappointed but still supportive, disgusted fans, a criminal record, and negative publicity in the media. Damn Chris, she pissed you off to the point where you didn't think of any of those things. However, between the night of the Rhianna incident and last months BET Awards one of the worlds greatest if not the greatest entertainers of all time, Michael Jackson passed away. Mike was also Chris Brown's idol. STOP! Let's leave his issues out of this right now, and keep it at Chris Brown. At the time of Mike's death Chris was still dealing with the case and backlash from the Rhianna incident. Band from many different award shows, and then Jackson tributes he was never able to show his love, admiration, and respect to Michael Jackson. Plus, let's face it people the tributes I did see in honor of the "King of Pop" were rather lame, corny, or half-a$$. Just my opinion. Now there was the Neo tribute that I found to be very good where he sang "Lady in My Life", and the Janet performance on the MTV Music Awards that was nice. Other than that I didn't find the tributes to be nearly as good as what Chris Brown performed in a matter of minutes. To watch it at first, I sat in awe as if it was the return of my favorite artist. Or that the King himself was back on stage for one night only. When Chris Brown began performing "Man in The Mirror" I felt his emotion. I felt as though he was letting the whole world know that the words in that song were a testiment to what he will have to do, may have began doing, and will need to continue to do in order to rebuild his name and his own character. Plus these words came from someone that Chris really was a huge fan of. Not everyone, but those of us who have that one celebrity whether an actor, entertainer, or athlete that we JUST LOVE! I think Michael Jackson was that for Chris Brown. All in all I believe that Chris Brown's performance was AWESOME! Now, does that mean because he came out and danced like Michael Jackson that he is forgiven and we can all forget what he did? No. If you still held ill will, hate, or disgust for Chris Brown up to June 27th minutes before his performance than I am sure you still do. If you felt that he made a huge mistake, and you hope and pray that he learned from his mistake, and wish him the best going forward before his performance than all it did was boost your hopes for him even more. So Chris Brown, I sir feel the latter. In no way is hitting a woman right. Take it from a child who grew up in a home where there was domestic violence. Where I have seen my mothers face swollen, contusions, and black eyes. So you will never hear me say, "that's cool". But I am on the trip with Chris Brown on his road to redemption. That's it for me folks. I will holla at yall real soon when I will talk about my experience at a Norfolk Tides game where I may have encountered the 11th wonder of the world. Peace!