From the City to the Country

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I’ve been in the DC area pretty much most of my life minus some years in the military. My mom is from NY and my dad is from NC and through the course of life I’ve visited family in those areas many times. But Charlotte, NC is no where near country life if you’re thinking deep south or farm living. NY certainly doesn’t qualify for that. So I suppose you could say I’ve grown up in the city most of my life. Even in the ‘burbs of PG or Mo County, I’ve been just a hop, skip and jump from DC or B-more. I’ve visited extended family and friends in SC or VA who lived in ‘the country’ as they called it. But until recently, at the ‘tender’ age of 36, I was truly given evidence of what ‘the country’ really was.

Enfield, NC. Ever heard of it? I surely hadn’t until I met my wife a number of years ago. Well, that’s where a good part of her family is from. All I knew about North Carolina was Charlotte & Raleigh…. that’s it. About 2 years ago we went down there for Christmas. It was cold and dark. That’s all I really remember. We stayed just one night at a hotel in Rocky Mount and traveled to Enfield from there. That was a short and sweet stay during the winter season.

A few weeks ago we ventured down there for the family reunion. Now my family (both mom’s and dad’s sides) generally have their reunions like every 5-7 years. Her folks do this every August. Aiiiiight, that’s cool with me. We drive down there and meet up with everyone. Of course we’re still the newlyweds, so the congrats from the extended family continue to flow. Went over to this small community center where the family met up for the reunion program where we sat down and ate some good ole BBQ with cole slaw & fried fish. Stayed there for a few hours, then went back to the hotel.

Next morning we got up and drove over to her grandfather’s garden. Now folks, when my wife told me he had a garden, she didn’t tell me that it was 11 football fields of garden. I mean acres and acres. Wow!!! That’s about all I can say. It was hot and ya boy was sweatin’ out there. I mean I felt like the sun was propped up on my shoulder. We walked around the field and I saw this huge pig. I mean HUGE!!! That joker was breakfast, lunch & dinner for the next month for a family of 12.

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I continued walking as she, her mom, aunt and granddad were further out in the fields grabbing stuff. I had no clue what they were bagging up. But within seconds, I had a vision. No, it couldn’t possibly be true!!!??? A field full of watermelons… yes lawd!!!! Granddad took that joint and cracked it wide open. It looked gooder den a mug boy. I don’t know who started, but someone stuck their hand in it and grabbed a handful. Then someone else. I stood there for a sec. I’m used to slicing up my watermelon. Ya know, clean style. Granddad was like “Betta get you summa that” and best believe I took him up on the offer.

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Man was it good. So what if I had to spit out the seeds. It was sooooooooooo sweet. Loaded some on the red wagon and pulled them to the car.

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I carried mine though. It was slightly larger than a regulation size football. Aiiight, that joint was heavy for real. LOL.

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We loaded them in the trunk of the car along with other items picked from ‘the garden’.

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I mean, we had watermelons, cantaloupe, butter beans, peanuts, squash, sweet potatoes, string beans… awwww maaaaaaan it’s crazy.

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You know my city butt don’t know nothin’ bout the country like that. If I had know, I’d a rented a truck to drive down there. You know I stay hustlin’ stuff right? Off that trip alone I was ready to come back home and open up G.Mo’s Farmer’s Market fa real. Let me see. If we go down there twice a month with a truck and… oh nevermind. It’ll never work. I’d probably eat the profits. I can’t eat tickets.

But seriously, I had a great time. The family joked on me the entire time I was there about being a ‘city boy’. I mean, that’s what I know. I wasn’t raised on a farm or had family in country environments to see stuff like that. But now I truly understand when folks say that they’re from the country. Trust that I’ve heard enough stories about black bears and snakes to still be a bit fearful of wanting to live down there, but I can see how truly peaceful it can be. I thank my wife for introducing a different side of life to me. Best believe that we’ve been eating good for the past few weeks… and still have food bagged up in the freezer. Going down there is something that I look forward to doing more often now.

Peace & Love…

G. Mo

In Yo Face!!!!

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Got something I was looking for from my UPS man today. It was a t-shirt that I had ordered from a small shop in Denver. But this isn’t an ordinary t-shirt. It’s the O-Face t-shirt which shows Barack Obama posterizing John McCain like Vince Carter did to Frederick Weis at the 2000 Olympics.

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I mean, you have seen Senator Obama’s ballin’ right? If not, you better search Google and YouTube for the clips. My man is a lefty and has got skills.

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Now as far as the shirt goes, I saw it being worn by Nas at Rock the Bells and Spike Lee also had it on during the DNC last week. I love the shirt and had to get one.

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Cop the O-Face T-shirt from UNDRCRWN

Cop the O-Face T-shirt from The 400

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Best believe that I’m gonna rock this joint until Nov. 4 and thereafter. Look closely at the image on the T-shirt. Notice that white flag that Senator McCain is waving in his right hand. Let’s get out here and vote to make that a reality.

Peace & Love…

G. Mo

Uncle G. Mo & The Girlz

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I’m updating this previous entry from last month with pics from of the girls from their first day of school last Monday. I’ve kind of made it a tradition to be present on opening day. Not as if I’m not around a good amount as it is, but it’s just something I look forward to as an uncle. We’re blessed to be in the same state right now and you never know what life changing events may alter that for the future. New job, family moves, etc. You just never know. So, as long as I’m able, I enjoy being there. Oh yeah, if you look closely my 6 yr old niece was indeed eating her Honey Grahams cereal with chocolate milk. Yuck!!! LOL. Enjoy.

Uncle G. Mo Takes The Girlz To School – Photo Gallery

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This one has been a long time coming. Although I haven’t mentioned my nieces a lot over the past number of months, don’t think that I haven’t spent time with them aiiiight. I’ve been there since the day the oldest was born and I will continue to be there every step of the way. I love those little young ladies dearly. I’ve got hundreds of pictures of them from this year alone, maybe a thousand. I did my best to capture as much as I could and I’ll always take pics to preserve those memories. Of course I couldn’t or should I was wouldn’t post all of them here, but I did make a gallery of some of my favorites thus far in 2008. I made up 2 galleries. One with flash and one without. Some of my family members who have old computers don’t like when I do stuff in flash, thus I end up doing more work in the end trying to email pics to them… LOL.

My little darlings are now 7, 6 & 5 now and I’m simply amazed at their growth. A handful of you who actually started reading my blogs on other sites before I began a blog on my own, are fully aware of how I’ve chronicled their growth over the years. Best believe that even though they’re aging that I’m still there for birthdays, holidays, school programs or even just to drop by and see them when in the area. Now that being married has provided an auntie for them to enjoy time with also, it has become more fun for all of us.

Without further ado, here’s the latest photo gallery featuring moments with my nieces. The non Flash one has titles and descriptions of events, whereas the Flash one does not.

Uncle G. Mo & The Girlz – non Flash

Uncle G. Mo & The Girlz II – Flash

Peace & Love…

G. Mo

Steal my job, I’ll jack your stuff

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You can’t make stuff up like this folks…

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courtesy of ProFootballTalk.com

RUDI’S CRAZY DAY IN DETROIT
Posted by Mike Florio on September 2, 2008

A strange thing happened to running back Rudi Johnson when he visited with the Detroit Lions on Monday.

Someone stole his stuff.

Seriously.

Specifically, and as we’re told by a reliable source, Johnson left his bags outside CEO Matt Millen’s office while he met with team officials and, ultimately, worked out a deal with the team.

So when Johnson came back to get his bags, they were nowhere to be found. Johnson and Millen were stumped.

Enter the eye in the sky.

The team checked the videotapes generated by the team’s in-house surveillance system, and they quickly identified the culprit.

So who might it have been? None other than Tatum Bell, who lost his gig with the Lions after Rudi arrived.

Per the source, Bell took the bags to the house of a female acquaintance. When confronted on the matter, Bell offered up some cockamamie story that he thought the bags belonged to someone he knew. The girl, however, said that she hadn’t seen Bell in several months and he showed up out of the blue and asked her to keep the bags for a while.

Johnson has retrieved the bags, and it’s our understanding that charges won’t be pressed.

Tatum apparently didn’t know that he was being monitored.

courtesy of MLIVE.com Lions Report

Bell’s role confirmed in Great Missing Bag Caper
by Tom Kowalski
Wednesday September 03, 2008, 10:19 AM

There was an interesting item in ProFootballTalk.com last night concerning two of Detroit’s running backs — recently signed free agent Rudi Johnson and the recently released Tatum Bell. Check out the story here.

A source close to the situation confirmed that it did happen. Whether it was a prank or misunderstanding or something else, that has yet to be determined, but Johnson was “pretty miffed” according to the source.

Lions president Matt Millen and Johnson, who had been meeting in Millen’s office, searched all over the building for the bag. When they couldn’t find it, Millen offered Johnson several hundred dollars to tide him over until they could figure out what happened to the bag. As the PFT story indicates, they finally found out what happened and recovered the bag.

An interesting twist is that, earlier on Monday, Bell and Johnson had a good conversation about the city of Detroit, the team, practice schedules, etc. According to the source, though, that was before Bell “put two and two together” about Johnson’s presence in Detroit.

courtesy of ProFootballTalk.com

RUDI SPEAKS ABOUT BELLHOP INCIDENT
Posted by Mike Florio on September 3, 2008, 2:54 p.m.

The Detroit Lions won’t address the reported luggage heist by former Lions running back Tatum Bell, committed against new Lions running back Rudi Johnson. Per Mlive.com, the team released the following statement: “We are aware of the media reports regarding former player Tatum Bell. Our sole focus continues to be on our regular season opener in Atlanta. We will not have any further comment on the media reports involving Tatum Bell.”

But this statement apparently doesn’t apply to, for example, Rudi Johnson.

Also per Mlive.com, Johnson confirms that Bell took two duffel bags from the team’s locker room on Monday, and that when he got the bags back on Tuesday, items were missing.

“Underwear, socks, credit cards and money. He left my money clip with no money in it,” said Johnson. “He should’ve taken the clip, too. It’s quite stupid if you ask me.”

Johnson also said that he saw Bell take his bags on surveillance tapes at the team’s facility.

“All of this happened after he got released and came in and got some stuff out of his locker,” Johnson said. “That’s when he scooped the bags up, some real shyster, conniving stuff.”

Johnson confirmed that he won’t press charges. “I’m not going to the police for this one,” he said. “I don’t need anybody else, I can handle it.

“He tried to make up some excuse, he tried to blame it on somebody else so I didn’t try to entertain something that didn’t make any sense. He tried to make up an excuse. He said some girl had got it and took it to somebody’s house. The story didn’t make any sense so I didn’t pay it any attention.

“He knows how I feel about it, trust me. He knows how I feel about it and it’s nothing positive. He said it was a mixup. It is what it is.”

Bell could be signing with the Texans. Coincidentally, the Texans host the Lions on October 19.

We have a feeling that, if Tatum is on the team, Rudi will be bringing only a toothbrush. And a crate of whoop-ass.

That’s just wrong. Tatum Bell is an idiot for that. He couldn’t keep his grip on the football and perform up to par, that’s why the Lions cut him. But the dude has sticky fingers when it comes to taking from the other man and running away with his belongings. Talk about a simplified fool. That cat will probably never see another NFL locker room. A team is built around guys you trust both on and off the field. They’re a tight knit group of guys working together for a common cause… to win and get to the Super Bowl. No one will ever take their eye off their stuff if he’s around. Look at the track record of athletes who’ve stolen from their teammates. Can you say Albert Connell? He’s a former Redskins & Saints WR who stole money from RB Deuce McAllister’s pockets in the locker room a number of years ago. That history doesn’t fair well for Mr. Bell’s grade school games. Without trust, you’re the odd man out. God don’t like ugly.

Peace & Love…

G. Mo

Naw playa…

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Pictured here would be Adam “Don’t Call Me Pac-Man No More” Jones of my squad… the Dallas Cowboys. This is how he arrived for the Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon. While I’ve questioned his off the field antics and bonehead moves, the brotha has tremendous talent no doubt. However, his fashion sense…. ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Tim MacMahon of Cowboys Blog described what Adam wore to the Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon that afternoon.

Adam “Pacman” Jones’ suit might have been the highlight of the Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon, a classy event that did a lot of good for the Happy Hill Farm.

Let me do my best to describe this suit. It was brownish-gray with blue fabric that covered the shoulders. And there was a Cowboys star on the right sleeve with a 21 in it. Oh, and the suit had a hood.

Yes, you read that right. His suit had a hood.

The suit was so, um, unique that Brad Sham had Pacman stand up and show it off after each player was introduced to the crowd.

“He’s the first guy I ever remember who found a way to incorporate the team colors and the logo and his uniform number into your outfit,” Sham said from the dais. “Props to you, brother. That is some cool set of threads right there.

“I’m sure there’s a line of Pacman threads coming to a web site near you some time soon.”

Sorry, folks, we didn’t have a photographer at the event. Perhaps Pacman’s suit will get some play on the local sportscasts.

Now folks, I’m a die hard Cowboys through and through, but I’ll just stick to the jerseys, t-shirts & hoodies. Adam Jones is on his own with that one…

Peace & Love

G. Mo