NOLA Trip! by Dimp

Willie, myself & James

Willie, myself & James

Boy, where do I start! This trip was planned months ago by my friend James. He wanted to do something for his birthday. Since I had no plans for my birthday we talked about going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras to celebrate together and we did just that. Willie came along for the fun! I found a really cheap round trip ticket through American Airlines and we stayed at an apartment that was found through Airbnb. 

It was nice and spacious with high ceilings. It had a very lofty type of feelings. There was one bedroom with a queen size bed and then another room which had two twin sized beds. Not the most comfortable, but I managed.

My first night there, we hit up Bourbon St. We did it the next day as well! This is literally where all the action was. It is EXACTLY how the media depicts it on TV. It was packed, loud and full of people from all walks of the world. There are sooo many shops, bars and restaurants within this area and just so much to choose from. Me being the type of person I am, I walked, experienced and absorbed everything happening around me and was just content with that. Just being around thousands of people enjoying themselves and being apart of it was a great feeling.

Apparently that night, a drunken someone got inside of his truck and deliberately ran over over 20 people during one of the events. No one died, but a lot of people were injured. Thank god we missed that. I had friends from Chicago calling checking in making sure I wasn't apart of the chaos and I wasn't.

Throughout the trip, I had some good ass food! Literally, everything that my taste-buds touched was just...oh my god...word's can't describe. My main missions were to have Gumbo, Jambalaya, try Popeyes and Willie Mae's. I did two out of the four. I could have had the Popeyes, but for one, the line was just too long and two the people we were with ordered themselves some and said that it taste the exact same as it does where they were from (Texas). So I didn't waste my time. I couldn't get to Willie Mae's because they are only open from 10a-5p. Every time I thought about eating, they were already closed.

What I did have was a Seafood Platter and Gumbo from Oceano's, it was so great. The platter had fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, and mushroom with fries and coleslaw. I fucked that food ALL THE WAY up. That night, we took a walk in search of food and stumbled across a local market that had a restaurant inside, kind of like street food. So I ordered a double cheese burger and it was EVERYTHING. It was cheap and filling. I wish it was here in Chicago! Another great place was The Gumbo Shop and I ordered Chicken Andouille Gumbo and a Creole Combination Platter which had Shrimp Creole, Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice. It was delicious! 

In the midst of all of that I had a number of drinks, all fruity ones that were pretty good. My favorite was a strawberry daiquiri from The Gumbo Shop, I swear it tasted like the bartender used freshly blended strawberries to make my drink. I also tried Krystal's while I was there. This is the equivalent to White Castle. They taste veeery similar, only Krystal's puts mustard on theirs and that was a deal-breaker. I ate it, but White Castle is better IMO.

On my last day, we did the Witches Brew Tour where we learned about Voodoo, Marie Laveau and history behind New Orleans. Our tour guide was rose and she was amazing! It was definitely worth the money. We met three cool people during the tour and spent the rest of the day with them. I didn't get too many pics with them. It was actually only one, it came about becuase she bought me a bottle water after I Was going to use an ATM to get cash, she was like naw baby, don't put your card in there! Can't trust these people out here. I thanked for for it and asked to take a picture. From there we went to dinner together, went and watched the paraded and went out for hot dogs after. I tried an Alligator dog which was pretty damn tasty.

 This trip was loads of fun. Would I go back? Possibly...maybe not during Mardi Gras, but I would go back. I think this was one of those things to experience. Now that I've done it, there is really no need to go back. Maybe for the food!!? The other thing is that its very dirty, sticky and trashy down there. With no alleys and soooo many people, there is an abundance of garbage and trash. It smells terrible. Mix that with all kinds of liquids, drinks, vomit and piss accumulating on the curb and sidewalks and you've got yourself a nice and germ filled place. If you are a germaphob, then this is not the place for you. But if you like to drink, party and have a good time until 4am, then this is the place for you.

Until next time!  

  

Happy Valentine's Day by Dimp

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. This is the first time in six years that I will not have a Valentine. I'm not getting any gifts, not a card, nothing and I'm not sure how to feel about it.

My last Valentine's Day wasn't the very best and It was all because of me. I was being a C-U-Next Tuesday. If I could tun back the hands of time, I would.

If you are in a relationship, cherish every moment. Be grateful, thankful and appreciative for all that they are doing and will do for you. There's no feeling like being in love. It's the best feeling in the world.

Enjoy this day with your loved one.

Portland - Vancouver - Family Reunion by Dimp

This year has been incredible. The recent two weeks of vacation that I took has went down as THE BEST time that I've had in my life so far.  It was kind of hectic, but I made it all work. Last year my good friend Steven planned a trip to Miami for his 30th birthday and I confirmed my attendance. I paid my portion of the town house that we rented, I was all set to go. But then, shortly after, my mom told me that our family reunion was coming up and it was set for the same weekend as Miami. I was like shit, god damn! How can I pay for two trips back to back like that? At one point, I told the Miami group that I wouldn't be able to go because I didn't want to be broke and have to depend on anyone for anything while I'm vacationing. So I figured out a master plan. I left work on June 20th. The next two days, I did Uber like a mad man because I needed spending money for the following week. I made a good $200 in two nights which was pretty damn good. I was satisfied with that and it was more than enough. But you will read more about Miami in another post, this one will be all about the family reunion

That following Thursday, my family and I flew out to Portland for the Family Reunion. We were traveling between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington as my family lives in both states. There are literally 10-15 minutes away from one another. I enjoyed seeing my family! Some of them I hadn't seen in years. We all caught up, ate good food, played some cards, gambled a bit and went out for the drinks. I definitely enjoyed myself. A few times I caught myself thinking about that past but I had to snap out of it. I did so by just taking walks and just absorbing the pretty green environment that was there.

My great-grandmother and great aunt were overseeing this family reunion. Mind you, she was 85 years young. She still drives, cooks, and still gets around. But for the majority  of my family to be up there and not help with hosting, cooking and planning was just terrible. My mom few in and went right to work. She cooked, cleaned, did laundry, we helped with little things like going to the stores and running errands. But that shouldn't have bee the case when the majority of the family is up there. But that didn't take away from the fun that I had. I also found out that it was legal to buy weed there. They have vending machines on mostly every major corner. I took a picture of a bag that my cousin bought. 

Two eventful things happened to me while I was there. I had my first experience with racism and I was pulled over by the cops. 

The racism happened as my family and I were preparing the clean the venue that was rented for the family reunion In order to get the deposit back we had to clean the place. That was no problem. I decided to mop the floors. I went to get the mop bucket and the handle that is used to squeeze the water out of the mop was broken. I was not about to use my hands on that thing so I went to ask the man who was on duty for a new bucket He told me that it was the only one. I told him that I couldn't mop without a proper bucket, so I will only mop what I can and after that no more. So I started to walk off with the mop and I left the bucket behind. He took the broken handle off of the bucket and said "do you want me to hit you over the head with this handle boy? Take the bucket with you!". Me being me, I paused, and then ignored it. I walked to the kitchen where the rest of my family was and sure enough, he followed me there with the bucket. I turned around and I told him again that I can't mop with a broken mop bucket and I'm not mopping the floors. This man clapped his hands at me pointed to the floor and shouted "You're gonna mop these floor BOY!" That's when the world stopped.

My mom looked at me, snatched that god damn mop out of my hands and looked at the man and she went OFF! She said "he was about to mop but he's not mopped a DAMN thing!" She looked at me and said "lets go!" Then she turned back to the man and was like "Who the hell do you think you're talking to?! He is a grown ass man, you don't clap your hands at my son and call him a boy!!" Then one of my cousin's friends was going off, it  was all kinds of chaos. The man apologized and was saying that he didn't mean it in a racist way and that he was referring to me as a kid when he called me boy, but my family wasn't buying that story. Not at all. After the dust settled, the man went back to his front desk and set in silence as we finished cleaning the room. If there was no deposit on the place, we would have left it the way it was, especially after the incident. SMH.

That same night, we left the facility and went back to my grandmother's house. After we got there, we all relaxed for a little bit, unloaded the cars and everything. Then it was time to take people home. So I was appointed to drive my great-aunt home with the help of an older cousin who lived in Washington. We all got in the car, and my aunt decided that she would drive there, and I was going to drive back. I got in that back seat and feared for my life lmao! She was driving that jeep like she was dodging bullets. She had her small dog in the back seat with me, and the dog is soooo stuck up. The bitch didn't want anyone touching it. But during that drive, you better believe that it hopped out of her princess throne to sit in-between my legs because she got scared. After a good 20 minutes, she made it to her place. We unpacked the car and she was on her way. So it was my turn. I got into the drivers seat. I thought that I was driving fine, I was doing the speed limit and everything. I get onto the expressway and I gets pulled over instantly. I was thinking in my head " where were you 10 minutes ago when my aunts was driving like a bat out of hell?" 

He pulled me over, told me that I was going 15 miles over the limit while turning on the expressway. He asked me if I had been drinking and if I was drunk? He asked for my license and registration. I told him that the truck was a rental in my great-grandmother's name and I didn't know where the paper work was kept. I eventually found it, everything checked out. he left me off with a warning because I wasn't "from" there and didn't know the rules to the road. All I could think about was things going left. All the police stories that are out there, so I complied with everything thing that he asked and didn't give him any problems are any reason to think that something fishy was going on. We eventually made it back and the rest as you say was history. 

 I enjoyed myself there. Portland and Vancouver are beautiful cities and I must go back, especially to spend more time with my family! See some pictures I took and my beautiful family below!

The 2017 Family Reunion will be here in Chicago!! The planning has already begun!

Book It by Dimp

Within the next month, I will be flying out to three different destinations. I think it's pretty cool to be able to do so. I will be visiting three states that I've never set foot in before and it's simply a blessing.

So I want to encourage you. Book a flight. BOOK IT! Tickets are cheap! Instead of spending $150 on shoes or clothes, spend it on a plane ticket and go experience something different. Embark on a new journey. You won't regret it.

Do Ya Thang by Dimp

I love Rihanna and her music...but I don't know how this track slipped through my fingers. I actually do know. It's because after her album "Loud", I kind of stopped listening to the rest of her albums and mainly had my attention on her singles. I still haven't completely listened to "Talk That Talk" and "Unapologetic", but I have listed to "Anti" in full numerous of times.

I was driving to work one morning and had my iPod on shuffle and this track came on and I instantly fell in love with it! It kind of makes me want to listen to the rest of the album, but I just don't think that will be happening...I just can't take those albums seriously. Maybe on a road trip or something I'll finally give them a complete spin. 

Plan B by Dimp

I am heading out of town in a week and was told by an individual nearly two months ago that they would dog sit for me. Here it is a week before it's time for me to leave and I reach out to them via text only to read "Honestly, I don't think I will be able to do it." I simply replied "aight thanks" and deleted the texts from my phone. There's no need for further communication on my end.

So that brought me to Plan B, it will cost me a little bit but I'm sure it will be worth it. Always have a Plan B, no matter what Plan A is because sometimes, it will fail you. Food for thought...

Daily Diary by Dimp

Hello readers,

Remember when I told you all that I wanted to get more personal with my website, well this is the place where it will happen. I am calling it the Daily Diary. Here is where I will post about some personal stories or even something as simple as how my day was. 

It could be a sentence, a paragraph, an essay, a picture collage, podcast or even a video. I will keep it 100% real here so feel free to keep up with me and my life as I embark on this new blogging journey! The updates will begin tomorrow.

Talk to you soon,

-Dimp