Neo’s Old School Joint Of The Day – “Digable Planets – Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”

Figured I’d start hitting yall with some old school classics again like I used to, gotta keep the youngsters in the know of the music that was the soundtracks to the streets, cars, bedrooms, etc back in the day. So I might give yall some Hip-Hop, some R&B, slow jams, 80’s classics…whatever I was loving growing up so enjoy.

First up was this absolute CLASSIC, trust me when most people that remember this song read the title they starting singing the chorus or heard the bass line immediately in their heads. When I got this cassette single I played it religiously, I’m sure Momma Neo was tired of hearing it πŸ˜‚


My Story: April 27, 2018 (Date With My Ladies)

Big day today, it’s the day of the official worldwide release of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and don’t worry there are no spoilers here…not going to see it until 1st thing tomorrow morning and I can’t wait. Going to see it with the wife and our oldest and I can’t wait. She has gotten into the Marvel movies just like us so we decided to bring her along for the ride. Our son ain’t that big on it YET but eventually we will get him on board.

But today has been a pretty good day, worked from home today and that was pretty productive which is surprising because I swore when I was told I’d be able to work from home that I wouldn’t get anything done but I actually work very diligently…while watching my court shows or Joe Budden’s Podcast of course lol

Best part of the day just happened though because I took 2 of my ladies, wife and oldest, out on a dinner date. Since she is going to the movies with us in the morning she is home with us tonight so I figured hey this is another great opportunity to show her some life lessons. I took her out to the movies on a date with just the 2 of us a few weeks ago to see “A Quiet Place” (great movie by the way) and I used that as a way to show her how a man should treat a woman on a date and did the same tonight.

I figured tonight she could see it in action and how I am with her mother from opening car & restaurant doors, how to order and how the man is supposed to let the woman (or women at the table) order 1st and even the waiter gave her a tip on that. Waiter told Nia “if a man doesn’t let you order your food first then when you do order get the most expensive thing on the menu” and we loved that advice lol But it was important for me for her to see us in a dating element and pick up on little things on what should be expected and how she should be treated. Life lessons with your kids require more than just scolding them or telling them or preaching to them over and over again, sometimes you have to put them into the scenarios so they can witness for themselves.

Be back tomorrow with my thoughts on Infinity War, yall have a good one….✌🏾

Friday Flashback “Diana King – Shy Guy”

I was getting ready for my date with my 2 ladies (oldest daughter and the wife) and I’m in the bathroom shaping up the beard and this gem of a classic came on and I was like I gotta take everyone back with me. This was that joint right here and the video was greatness with Martin and Will. Bad Boys 1 and 2 are 2 of my all time favorite movies because they feature 2 of my all time favorite actors and people in general. Everyone knew when this dropped that I was going to lose my sh*t and I did, really hoping we get that part 3 as well.

*Martin at the 1:23 mark though LMAOOOOO πŸ˜‚ 🀣 πŸ˜‚ 🀣 πŸ˜‚ 🀣 *

Martin and Will in this video especially at the end was just EPIC!!! Enjoy and everyone have a great Infinity War weekend…im going in the morning ✌🏾

My Story: April 26, 2018 (I Almost Ended Up In The ER)

Today was a VERY interesting day to say the least. Went from a hectic yet productive day at work to almost having to go to the emergency room.

Okay so this morning as my wife is taking me to the bus stop I got this crazy pain in my lower back and just chalked it up to gas and nothing a well placed burp or fart couldn’t fix and it did. Burped a few times and I was back to normal but still decided to drive in to work JUST in case something was right cause you don’t want to be on the bus with stomach issues.

So then I get to work and I am covering for someone and I end up covering indirectly for a few others, not complaining because I never mind it was just a lot to do but I got everything done. One thing I had was a meeting with the big wigs I had to attend but I didn’t really want to so I get to the meeting and then one of the bosses comes in and tells me that she knows I probably have a ton of other stuff to do so I didn’t have to stay. She was absolutely right too because I did have a lot to take care of from a new employee on staff I was assisting to helping with the other analyst so again I was wild busy. And I am not really into meetings especially when I know my time could be being utilized in another capacity, so that all worked out for everyone cause their meeting still went on perfectly fine and I was able to help everyone else out that needed assistance.

BUT THEN….oh but then, that pain from early in the morning returned right as I was getting ready to leave work and it created one of the WORST afternoon/evenings of my entire life. I was in excruciating pain once I left the office and was on my way home, pain that was so bad I actually screamed I the car a few times. Was this a gas bubble or maybe it was my appendix, I had no clue but I texted my wife that “something is wrong” because I know my body and I know I wasn’t right. It reminded me of when I have had a stomach virus before and if you’ve never had on consider yourself blessed because, DAMN.

So driving home I had to stop at Wendy’s cause I was in so I figured alright maybe I just need to drop this duece and I’ll be back right again but in the words of the great Charlie Murphy…”Wrong, wrong”. So I stop to use the bathroom and nothing happens, no deposit, so back to whip I go to continue my trek home. I stop again a little further into the drive in a parking lot where I get out the car to walk around and stand up because I was so uncomfortable, contemplate laying down in the back seat…just anything to take the discomfort away, even passed an Urgent Care and considered going in but I just kept telling myself “I just want to get home to my babies, I just want to get home to my wife” so back on the road I go.

Now I’m getting closer to home and I almost throw up in the car, but nothing comes up just that gagging feeling and the mouth watering all that nonsense. I am sweating, shaking as if my nerves were bad, I could barely pick up my water bottle, I’m in the car taking the quickest of breathes because I can’t inhale/exhale properly due to the pressure. And after a bit more screaming out “WHAT IS GOING ON!”…”PLEASE MAKE THIS PAIN STOP!”….”I CAN’T MISS INFINITY WAR ON SATURDAY” I arrived at home and in worst shape that I had been in previously. I walk in and immediately go to my bedroom where the wife was and lay down on the floor, my oldest tries to come in to see me and tell me how her day was which the kids do everyday but my wife saw me in visible pain so she told them to give me a minute but I know my daughter had saw me and she was going to be worried because she is THAT kid.

So I’m laying there still in pain and describing everything to my wife and she’s looking up stuff and was also worried about appendicitis but my symptoms didn’t match fully and did fit more into just a gas bubble. But what was causing it, well I deducted that it was caused by sunflower seeds, yeah I know crazy right, I’m about to die cause of sunflower seeds lol but I had been eating them again recently and I had some the past 2 days, more importantly I had some earlier today and then what do you know, PAIN. And even though it’s not the best thing, I eat the shell so I think it was just a log jam on seed shells and was causing gas bubbles, not bubble, to form and it was all stuck in my intestine somewhere.

So back to the pain, it was bad, like REALLY bad, I told the wife I was sorry for all of the noise etc and I hope she didn’t think I was a sucka but ya boy was in pain pain. I had her walk on my back on the spot where it was hurting which helped, then she also was karate chopping my back like a messeause and it was helping but the pain kept coming back. She made me ginger tea, gave me gas-x pills, ibuprofen, everything she could to help get me right but it just kept coming back and the only relief I would have is laying face down on the floor. This went on for about an hour or so and then she said if you aren’t any better in an hour we are going to Urgent Care. She starts getting the kids and our devices charged, told them to stay ready in case we had to dip but thank the heavens it didn’t come to that.

I drink my ginger tea which was nasty as hell by the way, told her it tastes like cobwebs, not that I know what they taste like but still, and my. Ginger Ale because again thats the remedy for any stomach ails. Then I go lay down and it all subsides just enough that I could doze off and then when I woke up a bit later I was better and been fine since. So now sunflower seeds, well me eating the entire shell is off the table, can’t do it anymore, not if THAT’S a possible result. I got better and 1st thing I did was go see the kids in their rooms, my son was cool he wasn’t too pressed, babygirl was watching Doc McStuffins so not a damn was given anyways but my sweety, my big baby was worried she said, she even had a light tear in her eye when she was telling me how worried she was cause she never saw me like that. That’s what scared her the most that I’m normally calm and chill, deal with things in a mild mannered tone but not this. I assured her I was good and then I went in the kitchen and gave my wife the biggest hug because she really got me back right, not just from what she did but from her presence. I can’t thank her enough because I know she was worried as hell but she stayed calm and collected, well other than when she was hysterically laughing at me. She busted out laughing because she recommended I do jumping jacks to help the gas move and I tried and as I went to do the ONE jack I did my body was like “Bro what in the hell are you doing, sit yo dumb ass down” (Angry Man from Martin voice) and she thought it was the funniest thing cause my bones were cracking and I barely did the one πŸ˜‚.

She is so scared to step on my back if I need her to crack it or something but she did it to help me with no hesitation. Everytime I needed something or asked for something she jumped right up to help me just as I would do for her. But again it wasn’t even just that, it was just that she was there. When I was driving home I said I just want to get home to her, I said that because I knew seeing her, getting her energy would get me right because that’s what love is. It’s not about waiting on someone, it’s not about what they can always do for you, at times it’s just about them being there and she was and I knew it. I knew once I saw her my body would react better, it would fight better, she is my strength. I don’t just say that to be cliche when I say that or when I’ve said it in the past I mean it. So this story started off wild but it’s ending about love because it’s the best medicine there is. I know this one was a little long but I HAD to tell you all about my day and thank my queen, thank my kids and also thank my boss for getting me out of a meeting lol….✌🏾

PS – don’t even try to clown me for the pain I was in either because gas trapped in your body can be a very painful thing. So before everyone starts calling me a punk or something to that effect just know I didn’t know WHAT it was, it could have been that my appendix ruptured and that could be fatal, so I was shook lol but gas bubbles in the wrong spots can be lethal dammit lol

My Story: April 25, 2018

5:42 AM – Hello all……I’m tired

3:39 PM – Didn’t have much to offer this morning and I’m still tired now and extremely frustrated. Just had one of those days, well afternoons…rough day at work and then I just seen that one of my homies lost his father and I hate for him. My mind just is everywhere right now and I can’t wait to get home to my wife and kids, my sanctuary.

9:09 PM – I have definitely had better days, a few things at work just drastically threw my day off. I just don’t have it in me today so I’ll try this life thing again tomorrow….✌🏾

My Story: April 24, 2018

Hello world,

Well I woke up extremely exhausted this morning and before anyone asks, yes…thats why lol Aside from that though, I have my Uncle Jeff on my mind heavy due to speaking to my cousin last night and her telling me that my niece loves “Yabadabadoo” by Chubb Rock (a very slept on MC, surprised he isn’t mentioned more). It’s not sad but it makes me feel good to know that Jeff is still leaving an impression on all of our kids cause there are a few songs I know my kids like that he loved as well. So I’m gonna get this day started with Chubb Rock’s video (below) and then flow into some classic hip hop that I know Jeff loved like Eric B. And Rakim to Heavy D.

I’ve had to go dark on social media until this coming Saturday because I don’t want any spoilers messing “Avengers: Infinity War” up for me. So things may pop up from me but I’m not on the Twitter TL or the main FB wall, just going to check my @’s etc but that’s it and I muted everything Infinity War so nothing pops up because damn all that. I know people get a sick twisted joy out of spoiling movies for others so I’m just avoiding all that for the next 4 days. But I can’t wait to see this movie, I don’t think folks realize how truly excited I am, the stand alones are fantastic but the collective Avengers movies I just love to death.

2:58 PM – Just had hilarious moment at work. So I walk into the bathroom and as soon as I opened the door a wicked stench slapped the hairs out my nostrils and I immediately made the “what in the ENTIRE f@*#!” face, not realizing that the culprit was still in there and getting ready to walk out as my. He looks at me with the illest embarrassed look on his face because he could see the disgust on my face and as he was walking to the sink to wash his hands I said “yo my man, you put in WORK…I was coming in here to do the same thing but imma just mosey on outta here and go down to the 20th floor to get mine off cause you got this on lock” and he started cracking up LMAOOOOO

10:00 PM – Well the kids are all in bed well almost, Nia is still in our room lurking about and talking to her Mom. Had a rough closing to the night because the kids sort of half ass clean up sometimes and it’s infuriating. There is a specific way I like and want things clean when they do their chores and they tend to do JUST enough and that’s not good enough for me. Just as I always do I broke down how I wanted it done and why. See I do my best to explain to my kids why I require certain things, now this doesn’t apply with everything because many things it’s just hey what did I say, but in a situation like this I want them to know.

The main reason why I want things done this way is because it’s important that they develop good habits with everything they do and cleanliness is vital in many aspects. If they keep their rooms clean, their bookbags clean, etc it will create an aura of organization that’s extremely important moving forward in life. “When you can see clearly you can find all you seek”…heard that somewhere before and that’s my mentality to it. You see the inside of my car, my office space at work and things like that it’s very organized, no not OCD organized, but neatly pieced together whereas you go in their room it’s clutter and stuff and u hate clutter. But aside from my clutter hate they can’t ever find anything and are always losing stuff and we tell them it’s because you don’t clean up right and you don’t clean up properly after yourselves. So when you are playing your Xbox, put the games back in the case when you change them out…keep stuff in the same general location then you always know where to go and look, but if you have it scattered everywhere then you’re gonna lose a lot of stuff. So that was my day, the kids will get it, we just have to stay consistent with them…goodnight all ✌🏾

“I Just Wanted To Live” Artwork by Cameron Wilson

Just wanted to share some great art from one of my close friends and brother, Cameron Wilson. The pic speaks for itself so not much of anything needs to be said other than thank God for individuals like James Shaw Jr.

For more information on my brother Cam and to see more of his fantastic work visit him at the spots below, I promise you won’t be disappointed…1

CW – I Am Cameron Wilson

Soul Simplicity

CW Instagram