Beez Speaks- And For Good Reason

Hey, y’all. I betchu think this post is about me. For once, I’m taking the shine off of my normal mode of shenanigans, catastrophes, and general unfortunate events, in favor of something more awesome.

Today, I would like to bring your attention to something I’ve (finally) found the words to get out. This is a big step for me, mostly because I’m vain and dislike the sound of my voice. I didn’t rehearse this, and kind of spoke as it came from the heart. Then again, this cause is bigger than me. And you. Your mama, and your cousin, too. No Outkast, though. Anyway, I’ll just cut to video, while you marvel at how I kinda look like the avatar in the upper right hand corner:

This is the challenge, wrapped conveniently as my birthday wish: I just want to encourage you all to do something, for someone, as this appropriately-dubbed “giving season” begins. The actions done from this point on could make the biggest difference in someone’s life. One little action could make a tiny tot decide to be a world changer. It could be that little push that helps a person choose life over death. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, and most importantly, empowers others to do the same.

I want to make a way for people to actually share what they’re doing. Short of creating another website (which, given my limited time and resources), I’m not really seeing how. Perhaps a hashtag on Twitter would work, but how long do those stay valid? I’m thinking out loud again… Let me stop and I’ll work the details out as they may. Besides, the idea is to give.

I’ll check in over the next two weeks to share some ideas, and hopefully hear from you about your ideas, actions, and ways you’re changing the world around you.

Go time… is now. Let’s Bee-Giving this season! I think the hashtag has been birthed: #BeeGiving. Nawl, you know what? I’ll keep working on it.

Still Working Out The Kinks (and not just the ones in my hair),


PS- For the record, you can still send me birthday gifts. I’m versatile. 🙂

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A Night With Two Michaels

I’ll spare you the long, angsty recaps of the week in favor of an event I went to which rocked. my. socks. last Thursday. I went to a local bar to see Who’s Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Cover Band. Okay, I’ll admit as soon as I knew they were coming, I Googled them to deem whether they’d be worthy of my very limited moneys, but I was impressed. According to the website, the group, based out of Chapel Hill, NC has been together since 2003, and only recently have begun getting requests over the country (due to… well, you know.) and beyond. Not wanting to see any performances ahead of time, I read as much as I could, figured I’d at least get a good time out of it, put on my war paint, and bought tickets.

The show was slated to start at 8:00, and I got there right before to take care of my will-call business. As we were entering the place, the stage area was still locked due to the band performing soundchecks and whatnot. People lined up by the door to get themselves situated as the door opened. By 8:30 I was restless. I got a Long Beach Iced Tea to settle my nerves. It was huge and potent, too! By about 8:50, they finally let us in, and the handful of us migrated to prime seating positions in anticipation of this thing finally starting. Tens of minutes went by, and I started tweeting my frustrations between rounds of Solitaire on the Centro. By 10:00, my patience had worn thin, and my ever plentiful drank was non-existent. My tweets started. looking. like. this. because. I. had. reached. my. Solange. point.

Five minutes later, the magic began. Lights, drummer, dancing mofos in the back, and Michael!! They started the party with “Rock With You,” and after just one song, I was pumped. I felt that if I had to wait two hours for something, they’d better come out blazing… and they did! The whole dynamic of the room shifted, along with my energy. Hit after hit they performed, with the Michaels switching every two songs, even impressing us with a Jackson 5 medley, including the choreography! Each of the Michaels also stressed the point of calling their performances a “celebration,” and paid homage to the one they called a mentor.

A touching tribute capped the show, which can be shown below:

After the video, we got a few other songs, even with Jherri Curled Michael dousing his do’ for a splashing waters effect in “Black or White”. Both Michaels faced off in “Bad” and left us wanting more. All in all, it was a great time! The choreography was spot on, the music was perfect (mind you, the saxaphone and trumpet player doubled as backup singers/dancers) and you could tell they enjoyed what they did… Especially the trumpet player/backup singer/backup dancer/hypeman- This. guy. made. my. night. He was on 25/10 the whole night, busting out a nice chickenhead during “Human Nature”, and generally keeping the crowd enthusiastic. One thing I did notice: No female backup singers. What’s up with that? Haha, not that I have a problem with it or anything, but I mean, I was singing some higher parts of the harmonies, and was going to “Kanye” the stage to sing them (note: I saw this performance before the incident that led to me using the term “Kanye” as a verb.)

All in all, the show lasted about two hours, and a good time was had. By the end, I was an official “Who’s Bad?” groupie, and plotted ways to be at errry performance. Of course, reality set in (with its broke self) and let me know that wasn’t the most feasible option. I wanted to see the Chicago show that happened last night, just to see them in a different venue. I hope they started on time!

All in all, it was a wonderful evening with artists whose message went hand in hand with the craft, and for that I can say a few bucks well spent. PS- If anyone from “Who’s Bad” reads this, and you all decide to break some gendery barriers (yeah, I said gendery), give me a ring. I play(ed) trumpet for 6 years, and I’m a quick study. I have a Wii, and can cook pretty decent.

Wait, did this just turn into a personal/job plea? Anyway, here are some pics (The “Buy Beez a Camera so She Can Stop Using Her Cell Phone” Fund is also open for donations) :

It wasn’t exactly Thriller night, but I was still happy.

It’s Michael, and Michael! *squeeeeee*

PS- This is my 50th post!!! *raises glass* Here’s to 50 more with you wonderful people! Also, I’ve received my 20th follower, so kudos to MyDearAdia!

*doing my dance*

You all are great!

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I’ve Been Tagged! *Insert some ridiculous consequence here*

So, most people know I don’t do forwards (at least in regards to e-mail or text messages) because I don’t believe that sending said message to 80 people will make the love of my life reveal himself to me. Then again, that hasn’t happened yet, so maybe I should give it a try… ?

Anyway, back to the point. I’ve been tagged by Rich of New Dolloian to do this, so I must follow protocol. Thanks a lot, Rich!

Here are the rules…

1. Respond and rework: answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag other un-tagged people.

The Questions:

What is your current obsession? Learning more about God’s promises.

Who was the last person you hugged? Hmm… good question.

What’s my favorite dinner? Chicken’s always nice.

What was the last thing you bought? A few groceries.

What are you listening to right now? Background TV noise… *checks TV* TMZ has a show now?!? I’ll be…

What is your favorite weather? Those days where it’s not too hot or cold outside, and you can just walk, or sit outside with a friend or loved one and just enjoy… being.

What is your least favorite season? Honestly, I’m not a fan of summer- especially those “dog days.” Long days + Heat = Uncomfortable Beez. Not cool. Don’t judge me though if I prefer to stay inside :*)

What’s in your purse? Wow, and on the day I carried one!! Well, let’s see… wallet thingy, pens, and a church program. Tomorrow’s purse may be different though.

Say something to the person/s who tagged you (Rich): I enjoy your hats, and your blog too! I would like to see more of both please! And if I ever find my way to Australia (which is on my top 5 to visit when I get a chance), I’ll ring you! :*)

What is your favorite tea flavor? Not really a tea person, unless they’re herbal. Tazo Passion tea is good. And Peach Zinger.

What did you want to become as a child? From the time I was 4, I wanted to be a doctor. First a pediatrician, then a dentist, then an orthodontist. I think I just loved my pediatrician, and in turn, wanted to be just like her (never mind that she would try and spell the word ‘shot’ when talking to my mom, and as I asked my mom “Why is she spelling shot? I can read, you know,” at 3, she figured I was pretty special. As my writing skills peaked (around 5th grade), I wanted to write children’s books on the side.

What do you miss? The innocence that childhood brings (well, in most.)

What’s your favorite brand of jeans? Whatever fits (both my buns and my budget) and makes my arse look nice. I’m not picky.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Shibuyaaaaa!!!! I missed that segment of the Japan trip, and have heard great stories, so it’s part of the reason I want to visit Tokyo again anyways.

Who do you want to meet in person? On a whim, Hayden Panetierre, I figure she seems pretty cool in interviews and would probably be fun to talk to.

What are your most challenging goals right now? Finding a job, and figuring out what I want to do with my life.

What’s your 5 year plan? I would like to either have made my career goal or be on the track towards it (either on the job or education arena), be more financially stable, knock out a substantial portion of my student loans (which relies on the previous goal), have my first car (also reliant on that financially stable thing), be stronger in my faith (I’d certainly hope so!), and if the time is right, either be married or working towards that with a special guy who may or may not be known at this time :*) Not much.

Why is today special? Because I’m alive. And you’re here too, which makes it doubly special.

What is my favourite sport to watch? Basketball. To play? Does Wii sports count? I guess it does. My blog! 😛

What’s your favourite candy? Right now? I luuuurrrve those Chewy Lemonhead (and friends) made by Ferarra-Pan. If you love Lemonheads (and his friends), you get a whole box of Grape, Apple, Orange, Cherry, and Lemon! I’d prefer a box of all lemon for nostalgia’s sake, but this candy is the isssshhhht! :*)

Candy coated greatness. For reals.

Where do you do most of your blogging? My living room/dining room.

Describe your perfect day: Does a perfect day really exist? I’d say any day that doesn’t include my usual brand of shenanigans (or randomly ridiculous happenings) is as close to perfect as it could be. A kiss from the sun, a nice breeze, hugs from a friend, a good sandwich, would be the ingredients, I suppose. I don’t want to put more thought into this than needed.

8 BLOGGERS TAGGED (I don’t know 8 bloggers yet, so what do I do?!? Well, if you find it and you read it, please copy it and let me know… I’ll make you Rice Krispies Treats. That is all.


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