Eyes Towards The Sky

He holds himself precariously between the three mountains. At this point, he can still touch all three at the same time, but the time has come for him to choose.

He has been at this level for what feels like eternity. His right arm tenses as it pushes against the rocks. His legs bend and flex as they push against his arm, trying to keep the balance without overpowering it. His left hand wields a spyglass, and with a strain he turns his neck to gaze up at his choice.

From where he is, all three mountains look exactly the same. They project out at the same points. They have the same places where the stones look unsteady, ready for overeager climbers to meet their downfall. They have the same caves, places for the climber to find rest or to give up and decide to go back down the mountain. And from where he is, he cannot see what awaits him at the top of any of the three.

The hour grows late. The time approaches. And he must make a choice.

Duty. Desire. Adventure.

He puts the spyglass away, takes his breath, and climbs.

Koprivshtitsa!

Greetings, earthlings!

I had an awesome weekend with my awesome lady in the town of Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria. It’s a place of a lot of history where the movement to Bulgarian freedom began, and being the history nut that I am, it was awesome to learn about some of the country’s important figures, from soldiers to diplomats to poets. On top of that, I had two awesome meals that warrant rave review.

First was at a restaurant/hotel called Chuchura, where I ordered a plate of roasted pork steak, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and onions. What I got was this giant skillet of deliciousness! Being the husky gent that I am, I naturally finished my skillet, and plucked a little from my love’s as well.

Second was breakfast at Boncho’s House, the guest house we stayed at. The room itself was worth it, but the complimentary breakfast of banitsa (a traditional Bulgarian flaky pastry filled with varying foods, in this case sirene, which is the local equivalent to feta) and a crepe with freshly picked and made raspberry jam was one of the best I’ve had anywhere.

All in all, the awesome weekend has me ready to tackle the coming weeks. More updates to come soon, so keep checking in and keep on keepin’ on!

Buffering…

Greetings and salutations! So I’m in the process of changing hosts for the site, and I’ve had the opportunity to make several observations.

Firstly, I found my original blog database, and added the old blog posts to the current one. By doing so, I also realized that my “scant” single┬áblog post a month that I used to pull off looks prolific compared to my current once-a-year output. It’s time for that to change. So I’m making a new goal to at minimum keep this site updated with my wit and charm once a month again!

Secondly, while I continue to update my portfolio for you potential employers out there reading this, I’m also planning to add more creative content to this site, such as an archive of my roleplay writings as well as illustrations.

Thirdly, this site needs more pictures of me and my awesome facial hair.

Lastly, those old blog posts again. I highlight them so much in this post because it’s very interesting for me to read and see the man I was, see the man I’ve become, and look forward to seeing the man I have yet to be. I had a long dry spell of blog posts while that man was getting himself sorted out (that and using a growing number of social media outlets and sites that spread that creative energy out).

Now it all starts to come together.

More Updates!

Added a photography section. I plan to give it a little more love and attention as I get more of my work together. I eventually want to add some of my digital work, mainly photoshopped images, as vell as some sketches/drawings.

Updates!

After a bit of a hiatus, I’ve updated the site with fresh content! You can find my professional work from email promotions to websites to television ads, and eventually I hope to add writing and drawings. The blog will get some much needed attention as well, as there is quite a bit I want to jot down and discuss.

Until next time, be excellent to each other!

Time Passes

This month, I’ll be finishing my tenure at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since I started coming here, first competing at Rocky LaMontagne’s IPA Beat Battle, then eventually working the door for his shows. Years later, I’m leaving behind helping co-produce the Words and All That! events, DJing the world famous Nuyorican Friday Night Slam, and doing sound and DJing for Urbintel’s Verses, Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz, and Yerba Buena’s monthly show.

I’ve had mixed feelings about departing. I will miss the people that I’ve had the privilege to work with, the artists I’ve seen come through and inspire, and the opportunity that was given to a young man looking for his purpose. But at the same time, being a part of all the above is what moved me to pursue my own dreams, my own passions, and I move forward with a sense of excitement and healthy fear to make my long time desire to make films come true.

So I thank all the people that gave me a chance to make something of myself, that inspired me to continue my art, and that helped get me to this point. I thank the family and friends who’ve believed in me, and the tests I’ve endured in not only taking this step, but in truly becoming a man. I’ll end this with a few things I’ve learned, in the hopes that it helps someone in the same position I was a decade ago…

1) The three most important things you need are patience, assertiveness, and the ability to know when to use either.

2) Ask for help. No matter how good you are, you can get a lot more done when you have people you can rely on at your side.

3) Rest…rest…rest. It’s hard to pursue your dreams if you’re burnt out. Make time for youself.

4) Respect the past. Dream for the future. Live in the now.

5) Opportunity helps drive dreams. Pass the opportunity you’ve been given to the next generation.

Peace, love and respect to everyone trying to make something of themselves. It’s never too late to start, and always too early to give up.

Long Time No Blog

THE SHOGUN IS BACK ON THE SCENE, AND THE SHOGUN IS THE MASTER!!!

With that out the way, its been a while since I’ve blogged, so here’s the four month recap:

  • Still working in Yonkers.
  • Even cooler fro!

I apologize to the many friends who I’ve been MIA to the last few months, 2007 has been a pretty crazy year (good year, but crazy nonetheless). ‘Til next time (a shorter next time I hope).

Tragedy

“Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.” -Stephen Jay Gould

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