Friday, February 26, 2010




So the previous photos were taken from the storm February 10th that lasted over 24 bi
ggie. This week!...........
I thought it was so cute that this little girl was out helping shovel. A bit of "man up" reminder to the guys out there.

So its been snowing almost 2 days now. I shoveled right before I posted my last blog.....and right now there's about 24 inches of snow waiting for me out there. Why am I in here typing? Very simple. My phone is charging. My phone is my mp3 player. If my phone has no juice, I can't exactly listen to SHOVEL IT! SHOVEL IT! SHOVEL IT! SHOVEL IT! SHOVEL IT! SHOVEL IT! SHOVEL IT! SHOVEL IT! can I? Real talk.

However, there's a couple things that impede on my extreme, OCD, winter olympic gold medal sidewalk shoveling. Number one, there's a
good 12 inches more than we had a few weeks ago (PAUSE). This makes a huge difference and I apologize for not articulating the SHOVEL IT technique last time. In order to shovel at that pace and intensity, you need three requisites: Strong back, strong core, and strong legs. If you're not a very active person and you try to wild out on the shoveling, expect some pain and injuries. Contrary to popular belief, arm strength is nominal. Its more of the whipping momentum from your legs, back and core. The back and legs are way stronger and have more endurance than arms do. Personally, I shovel away in layers to get the piles down, then plow everything out the way to the side to clear the way. Don't go trying to scoop 24 inches of snow in one swift scoop unless you seriously don't plan on walking upright well into old age.
Sidenote: I'm sure some of my neighbors are getting a pure kick out of watching me shovel. If not out of sheer amazement, then out of utter hilarity.
Charge full. Off to shovel...............

This was the best I could do under the circumstances...until these raggedy summmmbitch kids. At first I was all like "Aaaawww, kiddies, How cute. Helping mom dig out her car. PLAAAY!!!" But these raggedy summmmbitch kids basically threw all the snow back onto the sidewalk and driveway. You know how annoying that is? You would think the mom would have better discernment, but her response was "kids have to play."!
And to make matters worse, its bad enough that we have way more snow to shovel, this summmmbitch Mayor Bloomberg made a new policy that forbids you from throwing your snow in the road, or you get fined. So I can't get my sidewalk OCD clean like I want to for fear that some cop might drive by or some summmmmbitch snitch neighbor will call 311 on me! And you can't exactly pile it up on the side of your house bc pounds of ice piled against a house/building that will eventually melt causing a gradual onslaught of cold water is not necessarily the best thing for the foundation of your home (architect moment). Now I got all this snow and nowhere to put it! HMMPH!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


This is what happens when a fitness junky, dancer with slight OCD and high energy shovels...............

Most ppl just shovel a walkway. The problem with that is for the next week or so, everytime it melts you have black ice to worry about, which is the real threat....... Sidenote: Ice is clearly clear, so why bc of its dangerous element, it has to be called BLACK ice?!! I always say, "dont do something half ass, get the whole ass - PAUSE."Notice a distinct contrast btwn my sidewalk, driveway and the neighbor's. I'm still mad I missed a few spots. Couple things the photo doesn't tell you:
This photo was taken an hour after I stopped shoveling.
It was still snowing.
I would like to thank dancehall reggae artist/dancer Ding Dong and the Ravers Clavers for this song. I have a shoveling consists of one song that gets looped over and over until I'm done. In case you're dying to learn the "shovel it" dance, here ya go. No that's not me, and no I don't know the guy, but the dance is about 3 yrs old so its kinda hard to find a decent clip of it. Try it next time you're clearing out your sidewalk and the exact pace and tempo. Great overall body workout. Rather than freezing, I was breaking a good sweat. Don't curse the snow.....seize the workout opportunity!!

p.s..........I like to have fun...HEEHEE!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sign that my hair is growing.

Mom: "Are you cold?'
R: "No....[eyebrow raised]
Mom: "Why are you so bundled up?"
R: "Que??"
Mom: "Why do you have your hood on?"
R: "Mah............I'm not wearing a hoodie."

My mom is so cute.

This "I love my mahm" Moment has been brought to you by The RrChitect TM, the color orange, the letter "M", the number 4, The New York Public Library, and of course by continuing support from "Viewers Like You."


Thursday, February 18, 2010

The 90 degree rule of checking a woman out.

A picture says a thousand words.

The problem with that is.........a picture says a thousand words. It puts the onus on the reader to translate what is being communicated to our eye. Unfortunately, the average person has (as one of my professors Peter Eisenman used to say) "eyes which do not see." I remember the year I was literally taught HOW to see, which I'd equate to the difference btwn just hearing and actively listening......I severely digress (looks left, refocuses).
To better understand what happened in this photo (which probably wasn't even a photograph and more likely a still taken from a video, IMO, compromising the photographic integrity of "capturing a moment" by "choosing a moment") lets watch the video.

Now since a video is moving, we're more compelled to believe the images (bc who could we trust if not our own eyes, no?) especially with "credible news guy" narrating. Closed case right? WRONG!!! What the hell would overzealous bloggers like me have to write about!!???

Obama is American, President, Black, been around high-end circles and PWI's (Predominantly White Institutions - shout out to Korey Carter for that acronym) and he's a black woman. All this to say, you will find fewer scrutinized human beings on the face of the planet so its is imperative that he has to have surgical, ninjitsu discretion about EVERYTHING he does......but he's still irrefutably human.
Sidenote: Backside!! Why the F is ninjitsu NOT in spell check? ARE YOU SHITTING ME??? Ninjutsu neither!!?? Whut di MUDDA...ass!...shet... Pissing me off man!! But I digress...

Sidernote/Disclaimer: Let me say this so we're clear. When I usually say things like "to a black woman" the immediate reaction is almost always "violently opposed". "Oh, so dating a black woman is so different from dating any other woman?" YES! ABSO-Freaking-LUTELY, but why now must you automatically assume that to be a negative thing? Women of every culture are different. You are different black women, that's why the men that love you, do :)
Here's what clearly happened (IMO of course).
Sarkozy: "B!! Red, 3'oclock!!"
Obama: "here young lady, let me give you a hand down these stairs..."
Obama proceeds to pull the old smoke and mirrors by calling the eye (which does not see) to his hand reaching for the woman behind him. He looks both ways before crossing (when an aircraft is locked on, the pilot can shoot heat flares to throw off the incoming missile). But his focus seems pretty clear. What's crucial is that he doesn't break the 90 degree angle. When you're being watched and you want to check out a female, you have about a 90 degree allowable turn radius before you appear questionable (that is unless you have one of those bomb-ass anomolies who is secure enough to not take offense and doesn't care at all... a bonus is a female who can watch with you). AND he's married (I wanna say it again just to be spiteful) which means he's had to suppress his urge to observe the glory of the opposite sex. Anyone man who's been in a long relationship has mastered the art of the coy eye. B does not do a novice turn, he's pulling out advanced concept applications. He even squares his shoulders and pivots giving him an additional 30 degrees of vision. Not to mention he has a given 30 or peripheral vision give or take. So it's not so much of staring and following the target, he just happened to turn that way as it just so happened to walk into his 150 degree angle line of sight............... Oh he's good! Gentlemen, take note if you're woman keeps going upside your head.

Sarkozy..... pretty darn blatant.

This is a fine example of tact, showcasing discrete vs. egregious. But it's obvious. America is probably one of 5 countries in the world where this would be a big deal or even on the news. France doesn't have this guilty until proven innocent, public eye crucible that we have over here. According to the jury of our media, the photo condemns Obama, the video absolves. I had my reservations about the photo bc it lacked context, but I think he was checking her out after the video and i respect his technique. I feel for this man sometimes. Dancing, cursing out Kanye, going to broadway, now checking just out some booty....Random connection, but Obama better just make a decision to just leave chicken alone for the next 3-8 years bc God forbid anyone captures a snapshop of that.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Some Real Bawla-Ass Shit!!!

This photo was taken courtesy of a hotel I recently stayed in, and HOLY SHIT!!!
Forget about popping bottles, diamonds, cars, rims, houses. Forget about you BA, your BS, your MBA, you MA your PHD, your LMNOP, your XYZ kicking it in the CPT, LBC and OG's on da westSIIIIIIIIIIIDE! Fuck your APR, your credit score, you 401k, roth IRA, 403abdc AND you 702. You haven't lived your life, until you've experienced a dual shower head shower. If you're still fucking around with one shower head in 2010, you seriously need to stop, take a critical introspective look and ask yourself what are you seriously doing wrong with your life? I kid you not. Fewer joys in life parallel the experience of me and "the man downstairs" taking autonomous showers, simultaneously. All I can say is, WOW!!! In the 3 days, 2 nights stay, I must have took like 6 showers. I was out in Toronto for one of my committee meetings and I couldn't resist. Before the meeting, after the meeting, any break we had I ran back and took a shower.

Almost two months later, I still ogling and ponder the seemingly limitless possibilities this awards. Please believe that by January 1st 2011, The RrChitect WILL be dual head showering 365 days a year. OH, its been added to "the list." You don't even have to be rich to feel bawla-ass on a daily basis. Just think what you can do with such bawla-ass technology:
  1. The rinse cycle will take half the time.
  2. Fill up the tub for baths twice as fast!
  3. Set one on full force pulse and another on relaxing spray
  4. You can shower with your kid and let them feel grown up. Tell em they have their very own shower head now :)
  5. You can wash both heads simultaneously.
  6. Short ppl can finally wait, their both about the same height. Never mind.
  7. If you really want to rock out you can put a water filter on one and have fresh drinking water while you shower.
  8. You can wash your bum while rinsing out the shampoo in your hair.
  9. Couples can now shower together and not fight over who gets to stand in the water.
  10. Women can shower each individual breast simultaneously.
.....I mean the list goes on but this is just the top 10.

"The Westin Heavenly Shower" aint neva lie!! ACCURATELY NAMED!!!