Archive for November, 2008

My Memphis

Posted in Life, people with tags , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2008 by Rick

People always ask me how I, an Atlanta transplant, am enjoying Memphis. After 3 solid years here I can honestly say say I am enjoying this city and continue to grow in love for her uniqueness. This video is really well done and illustrates my daily perception of this town. She has her flaws but she’s a gem no less.

In keeping with the theme “My Memphis is East Memphis!”


RIP Jdimytai Damour: Consumerism Claims One More.

Posted in Early Death, Life, people, Tragedy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2008 by Rick>associated press story

Wal-Mart worker dies after shoppers knock him down

Associated Press Writer

A Wal-Mart worker was killed Friday when “out-of-control” shoppers desperate for bargains broke down the doors at a 5 a.m. sale. Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers shouted angrily and kept shopping when store officials said they were closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.

At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries, and the store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening.

Shoppers stepped over the man on the ground and streamed into the store. When told to leave, they complained that they had been in line since Thursday morning.

Nassau County police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the store doors at the mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the man, identified by police as Jdimytai Damour of Queens, to the ground as he opened the doors, leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion.

“This crowd was out of control,” said Nassau police spokesman Lt. Michael Fleming. He described the scene as “utter chaos.”

Dozens of store employees trying to fight their way out to help Damour were also getting trampled by the crowd, Fleming said.

Items on sale at the store included a Samsung 50-inch Plasma HDTV for $798, a Bissel Compact Upright Vacuum for $28, a Samsung 10.2 megapixel digital camera for $69 and DVDs such as “The Incredible Hulk” for $9.

Damour, 34, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 6 a.m., police said. The exact cause of death has not been determined.

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, where she and the baby were reported to be OK, said police Sgt. Anthony Repalone.

Police said criminal charges were possible in the case, but Fleming said it would be difficult to identify individual shoppers. Authorities were reviewing surveillance video.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., called the incident a “tragic situation” and said the employee came from a temporary agency and was doing maintenance work at the store. It said it tried to prepare for the crowd by adding staffers and outside security workers, putting up barricades and consulting police.

“Despite all of our precautions, this unfortunate event occurred,” senior Vice President Hank Mullany said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those impacted.”

Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like “savages.”

“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,'” she said. “They kept shopping.”

A woman reported being trampled by overeager customers at a Wal-Mart opening Friday in Farmingdale, about 15 miles east of Valley Stream, Suffolk County police said. She suffered minor injuries, but finished shopping before filling the report, police said.

Shoppers around the country line up early outside stores on the day after Thanksgiving in the annual bargain-hunting ritual known as Black Friday. It got that name because it has historically been the day when stores broke into profitability for the full year.


AP retail writers Anne D’Innocenzio and Mae Anderson and contributed to this report.

Can’t Find A Job? Make One!

Posted in Entertainment, people, television with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2008 by Rick

Human ingenuity never ceases to amaze me. I’m also amazed by what people are entertained by and what we will spend money on. Two gym rats found themselves in need of some fun and extra cash so they started breakin’ stuff with their bodies. Police training, construction experience and a touch of mixed-martial-arts was all they needed to quailify. They showed off to a TV producer and can now be seen every Wednesday night at 10:30pm ET on G4 network. Ladies and gentlemen…the Human Wrecking Balls.


Posted in Family, Life, people with tags , , on November 28, 2008 by Rick

I was encouraged to dust this old pic of me and the fam back in ’83. My dad said he was upset with the mall photog and that’s why he was staring so creepily at the camera. and NO…he’s not Latino or Middle Eastern!

The Trotters circa 1983

The Trotters circa 1983

Dig the tassels on my shoes! Classic.

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Posted in Faith & Religion, Family, Life, people with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2008 by Rick

God is merciful, just, and gracious. He has displayed His faithfulness, favor and forgiveness. God is my hope and salvation and for that, He alone, deserves my worship and praise. I have gotten better about regularly thanking God for the many things He’s given me and spared me from. I truly believe if He never did another thing for me I would still have infinite praise to give. I won’t run down the list but I do want to give thanks for the gift of a loving wife and two awesome children. Thanks God!

Jaxon The Shoe Bandit

Jaxon The Shoe Bandit

Ashlyn The Heart Melter

Ashlyn The Heart Melter

Heather The Queen Of My Heart

Heather The Queen Of My Heart

Psalm 136:1-9

1) O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2) O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. 3) O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. 4) To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. 5) To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. 6) To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. 7) To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: 8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: 9) The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Am I Not Entertained!?!

Posted in Entertainment, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2008 by Rick

There are few things I love more than music and even fewer things I enjoy more than great music performers. It is rare to catch truly memorable performances which is why I like to record award shows and skim through the fluff in hopes of catching a transcendent performance to restore my faith in modern music and entertainment. With that goal in mind I watched portions of this year’s American Music Awards and I have to say the search for transcendent performances continues. But here are a few things that struck me.

1. Beyonce is hands down the best performer/entertainer of this musical era. My wife and I agree that I limit the amount of Beyonce performances I consume. I’m fine when she sings, I’m okay when she dances but I am smitten when she does both. I have yet to see her perform “Single Ladies” in it’s entirety.

2. Neyo is growing as an entertainer. He is lauded for his song writing but I see him trying to really give people quality performances. He’ll be limited because he doesn’t have the broad appeal of JT and Usher but he works hard and I appreciate that.

3. Alicia Keys writes some good songs, is a good piano player and have a nice voice, that doesn’t qualify her as a genius (musical or otherwise).

4. Pink grates my nerves. She can sing, she is pretty, she writes catchy songs but her arrogance, misandry and hyper-feminism make me dry heave every time she’s on screen.

5. Kanye West is an internally tormented, genius of an arrogant jerk. I love his new album though.


New Kids On The Block should not be allow back into the pop limelight. Fourty-year-old dudes should not be skipping across stages with faux-hawks and goatees, wailing falsetto tales of meeting girls in clubs and dirty dancing. I’m most disappointed with Donnie Wahlberg who carved a nice niche for himself as a Hollywood B-lister but still found it necessary to embarrass his 16-year-old by stealing his hair style and grabbing his crotch on stage. It’s amazing how the music industry will reject talented acts that start in their 30’s but they will bring former acts back in their 40’s even though the glitter looks more like dust (New Edition). What music genius thought it a good idea to put the New Kids with New Edition for a sexually charged pop single? Please let it die!

Prayer Answered

Posted in Faith & Religion, Life, politics with tags , , on November 7, 2008 by Rick


I’d like to thank you for a very peaceful and well-run election day. No vote tallying controvercy and no violent demonstrations. I am reminded of your sovereignty during this whole process. Thank you for your trancendence.

In Jesus’ Name,