Thursday, February 02, 2006

Groundhog Day

Nikki's Life:

Isom and I had a wonderful lunch date with Deb and Zoey. The waitress was horrible, Deb's food sucked, but my meal was excellent (sorry, Deb!). I must give Deb her credit, she remained cool while dealing with our clueless waitress. Here's what the waitress had working against her:

1. She sucks at waitressing and shouldn't be doing it. Sister needs to find another calling!

2. She came over to our table and then forgot we existed. We didn't see her again for ages. By the time she got to us, Isom and Zoey were graduating high school.

3. She admitted that she forgot to bring Deb her milkshake (which was melted by the time it came to the table).

4. Deb's Ceasar Salad didn't have much Ceasar, if you know what I mean, but it seemed as if the waitress didn't want to bring her more dressing.

5. She forgot to bring Deb her coffee, but she claimed that it wasn't that he'd forgotten, but that she was making a fresh pot. In the end, she didn't charge Deb for the coffee. **Whoopy! Now Deb can afford to send Zoey to private school! LOL.**

The whole time I expected Deb to blow her lid. But she kept her cool and was very thoughtful about the situation. She said something like "it's bad enough she's not good at her job. I'd hate to not tip her well and take food from her kids' mouths. But at the sametime, I'd don't want to overtip and have her miss the point that her service sucks." (Deb, I'm sorry if I didn't do your words justice).

Anywho, Isom and Zoey were thrilled to be sitting in high chairs and throwing crumbs of food on the floor. They made the biggest mess! And Isom smeared gooey baby biscuits all over Zoey's shirt--and y'all know I can't afford to be replacein' nobody's clothes!

Deb and I are still breastfeeding. We fed the babies in the restaurant, but spent that whole time trying to keep them from flashing our boobs. I love being with Deb. She makes me feel comfortable about being a breastfeeding mom. Once, we breastfed Isom and Zoey outside at a restaurant. (Here's to proper nutrition, regardless of what onlookers think!)

By the time we left the restaurant, the table and floor were destroyed and the babies' faces, hands, and clothes were painted with food. And the waitress did get a nice tip. Hey, you can't leave that kind of a mess and not tip decently!

It was a good day.

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Thursday's News:

Today was Groundhog Day. Yup, good old Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and so, we're in for six more weeks of winter. Blah, blah, blah. But, I did go to to find some interesting facts about Groundhog Day and its connection to hibernation--turst me, it's worth the read. Click here if you want to know more: The Truth Behind Groundhog Day.

Black History Spotlight: James P. Johnson

I got an email from Wayne (Zoey's dad) about James P. Johnson. Wayne expressed how he felt it important to "celebrate African American historical figures with whom most people aren't familiar." He says that James P. Johnson is a great composer who never achieved the fame he deserves.

Most of us would probably know him for his tune "Charleston." But don't take it from me, here are two sites that have more information:

1. This site has a piece written by one of Wayne's students: James P. Johnson: A Composer Rescued, by Leslie Stifelman.


Coretta Scott King:

Like me, I'm pretty sure you guys have received the mass email about wearing black on Friday to honor Coretta Scott King. I don't know how true it is, but I've received the email a few times today. Here's what it said:

"Mrs. King was more than Dr. King's widow: She was a living symbol of
what he fought and died for. With the passing of Rosa Parks and so many
others, for many Mrs. King was the last real icon of the Civil Rights
movement. The best way for all of us to honor their memory is to
remember what they worked so hard to achieve and to exercise our
political power the way we know they'd want us to."
- Tom Joyner

In honor of Coretta Scott King, some churches, radio stations, and
politicians are asking that we wear black on Friday (Feb. 3) to show
that the fight that King fought was not in vain. With a new Supreme
Court potentially emerging in the wake of the confirmation of Justice
Alito on the same day of her passing, this effort is intended to show
unity of mind and purpose. Please pass the word to family and friends.


One last tidbit of information:

My cousing Gia forwarded this to me, and I thought it appropriate for Black History Month:

NAACP wins on "nigger" in dictionary

A Small Victory...A Giant Step (Thanks NAACP)

There has been a change in Webster's Dictionary. Kweisi Mfume, former President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People! (NAACP), recently gave a speech at Virginia Tech.

Everyone was informed that a landmark decision was made last week with the people at Merriam-Webster Dictionary. They have recognized the error of their ways.

So, beginning with the next edition, the word nigger will no longer be synonymous with African-Americans. It shall be duly noted that it's a racial slur and not what African-Americans themselves are. Along with this, all racial and religious slurs will finally be indicated for what they really are - cruel and evil slurs too often used to degrade people.

Please share this information with others.
This change should serve notice to people, corporations, etc., that when individuals stick together to right a wrong, a change is going to come. This wasn't just a victory for African-Americans, but for everyone.

Now if we can only get some of our young black MEN & WOMEN to stop using it so freely...then we will truly win. Pass it along so we make sure that we all know the deal....

That's it for now!