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Me Time


Last night I did something that I hadn’t done in ages. I stayed at home and just had some "me time". NO gym, no food, no liming at any pool hall, just me and my recently purchased stereo. Actually the day I bought it I only went out to purchase a portable CD player so that i can listen to stuff in my bedroom and voila!! A new surround sound stereo was bought….. Sigh…..impulse purchasing will be the death of me.  Anyway I digress….I started off the night by watching my new favorite movie "Happy Feet" , well I only watched the musical parts and felt really good about how this movie reminds me to find my heart song…..you know….the song that best describes you and what your life experience has been or is at this point.

 

I know some of you are reading this and probably saying:

– "What the hell is Simmons on about?"

– " Lord, Simmons forget to take his medication!"

– " Like meh boy cracking up finally"

– "I think he watching too much Dr. Phil and Oprah"  (Nah I don’t watch that crap)

 

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE Music. it is the only thing that I crave daily (well that and Caramel cone from Haagen Dazs , which the bastard discontinued but I will deal with that at another time).  Music just fills me up and helps me get through the days as I can always find a song to relate to whatever type of day I’m having. For the past few weeks, I’ve been having alot of "One Step Closer by Linkin Park" days so tonight was just really cool.

 

On my living room table I spread out my six CD folders of music and began to go through to find songs i wanted to listen to and just be in the groove for. What was eventually played was a bunch of CD singles that I had bought during my Hamburg/London days and I just started to jump around like a raving lunatic and sing throughout my corridor. My neighbours were probably cussing but I have melodic voice so they better understand that they were getting a free concert that some day they will have to pay big money for….Hahahahahaha

 

Random stuff came out and I had a real good time. I think I got more of a workout that night than I’ve had in months at the gym, but i guess the coconut ice cream I had during my mini concert sort of nullified all the exercise. Ok understand this..if u think that the dance moves were coordinated or rehearsed in any way….remember that this is me and i am clumsy as hell so picture a tall uncoordinated guy trying to do hip hop moves and u have me almost falling over myself like 20-30 times. Eventually i settled on what many call the "Whitney Houston" dance which is just moving your feet rhythmically from side to side while not exerting yourself.

 

I fell asleep around 11pm and got up around 5:30 feeling energized and ready to take on the day…..So here’s to a GREAT DAY everyone and to anyone who knows their Heart Song…well good for you…….

 

I believe that my Heart Song is "Somebody to Love" by Queen (well more the George Michael version but it’s all the same). No matter how many times I hear this song it still seems fresh to me even when Anne Hathaway butchered it in Ella Enchanted.

 

SONGS PLAYED LAST NIGHT (No particular order)

Go Gone – Estelle

Another Day – Lemar

I Need A Girl – Lemar

Dance (With U) – Lemar  (I was doing N’sync to this one. Think i bumped into the ironing board here)

Oh My Gosh – Basement Jaxx

I Believe In a Thing called Love – The Darkness

Skin on Skin – Sarah Connor

Just a Little – Liberty X

Ich Kenne Nichts – Xavier Naidoo

Meine Name ist Mensch – Sohne Mannheims

Shick mir ‘Nen Engel – Overground (German boy band that probably no longer exists)

Feel Good Lies  – No Angels

 

Feeling really knackered, I ended the night by playing Eva Cassidy’s Songbird CD while I turned off all the lights in my apartment and settled into bed. I couldn’t have asked for a better night.

 

How was yours?

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

It’s Been While


Whoa! I can vaguely remember writing that last blog entry in June. Time has flown by so fast and I’ve found myself at the same time being really busy and being really bored. Go Figure! I am at that age where if you haven’t found your dream job or have the wife and kids you start thinking about what exciting thing you need to do, ’cause sitting home on my couch watching Tv while I’m doing the "Never Ending Quiz" on Facebook is not cutting it as me having a fulfilling life. Oh yeah I go to the gym too (Whoopee!!!).
 
I needed excitement. I wanted to be alive once more, but in a safe and controlled setting. So strong was the desire to do sometihing that after much haggling I let a co-worker talk me into going to see Kaieteur Falls in Guyana on the weekend of July 28-29th. I am not a nature person nor do i crave the outdoor fresh air or anything of the  sort. I am content with being in a room (once it’s air conditioned) and letting life pass me by ..well once there is a phone, Cable TV and internet. So for me to take this trip to Kaieteur Falls was a task at conditioning myself to be fun and "outdoorsy" (is that word?).
 
My co-worker Ian and I were already going to Guyana to see some clients on from July 26th so it was not going to put us out much to stay the weekend and go to the falls. BTW: Kaieteur Falls is the largest single drop water fall in the world. I was mildly amused by this fact. What was scaring the black off of me was the fact that we had to take a small plane (called an Islander) into the interior of Guyana (which is vast) to see this waterfall. My first question to Ian wa "Isn’t there a taxi we could take there?" , "Don’t any major airlines fly near there?". He laughed so hard at me and asked where was my spirit of adventure. I told him it was at home on a shelf marked "The Indiana Jones Collection".
 
I won’t get into how rude i ended up bieng to a flight attendant when we were departing Trinidad on Thursday and her sweet apology to me as a result  nor would i get into the fact that it took an hour for us to clear immigration in Guyana (and no one was detained). I will however mentioned that there were three power outages in the airport while we stood in line waiting to be processed and therefore the airconditions did not always come back on immediately. i think i lost weight during that wait. Plus the immigration officer taking a cool, sweet time to enter my passport info into her computer and chatting me up about where she wil be later on that night if i wanted to get a drink. Seeing as she had my passport, I flirted right back and told her I’ll be sure to link up with her later. she jokingly said that she knew what hotel I was staying at so she could "check" me later.  Sigh…the things i get myself into all in name of "customer service". 
 
 
Oh she did call the hotel but never passed by. I saw her at place called "Buddys" on Friday but she seemed to have a boyfriend present so I knew I was off  the hook. (Small blessings).
 
Anyway, We got up early Saturday morning and along with six other people we made our way to Kaieteur via the smallest plane I have ever been in. It took us two hours to get there because the pilot decided to fly around the bad weather. What I saw when we neared our destination had me dumbstruck…..The waterfall was beautiful and it looked amazing.  i was suddenly in love with nature. We landed the plane and began a nice trek through the bushes towards different vantage points of the falls. At each turn, the sound of the waterfall and it’s presence just blew me away. We even got to go to one of the banks of the waterfall and WHOA!! the view left me speechless. I LOVE NATURE!!! It is Amazing!! (Well once there is a beaten path and minimal chance of me encountering any animal that can see me as food, a threat etc….Hey i’ve seen all the discovery Channel programs).
 
We had lunch there (meal provided by the tour company) and then we boarded the flight and went to Orinduik Falls which borders Guyana and Brazil. These falls weren’t as high as Kaieteur but the looked more like rapids and we still very picturesque. Orinduik is an amerindian settlement area within the interior of Guyana and it was really nice to see the Amerindian huts and the indigenous people. However, Orinduik has mosquitoes the size of a plums and you don’t feel their bites, you only notice swollen red spots on your body afterwards.. I’ve never sprayed so much citronella on my body while at the same time trying to go into the water and take a dip. As soon as you come out of the water, a batallion seem to be waiting to pounce on your skin. I had a really good time.
 
So apart from the fact that the plane ride had me in constant communication with God everytime we hit a air pocket  and the plane shook slightly, i had a really good time. I am really appreciative of Ian for forcing me to go to the Falls. It was an experience that i will never forget. I don’t think I will do it again but I am happy i did it.
 
So many times we let fear of the unknown get the better of us and therefore miss out on wonderful opportunities. Hopefully, this is not the end of my quest for new adventures. i know there are certain places that i still need to visit like Barcelona, China, Australia and New Zealand but I don’t think I will be "roughing it"  in those countries. Hilton or Marriott should be sufficient. I don’t know about any Inn or Pension where you have to share a bathroom and toilet with the entire floor. I may have been born in a third world country but my standard of living does not dictate that I sleep exist in such conditions…..Please i have trouble going in a toilet if someone is trying to talk to me on the other side…so far less in a public place….LOL
 
So onwards to new adventures and exploring new worlds and meeting new people. Now if only i can get my neighbours from trying to hold me in conversation every time i step out to my car,  i can begin the journey of discovery…..
 
 
 
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Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Uncategorized