My Take on COVID-19

Well, the whole world has gone crazy because of COVID-19, or coronavirus and things aren’t looking any better. I work overnights at a supermarket and can’t tell you how hard it is to keep products on the shelf. It’s been an interesting couple of weeks, to say the least. A lot of local businesses are also suffering and people are scared to leave their homes around here. The thing that makes it worse is the constant traffic of miscommunication seen and printed.

Whatever is happening in your area if there is an outbreak, I hope you’re safe and happy. Enjoy what you can outside because there’s no guarantee that you will able to leave the house tomorrow. There’s already talk of a curfew starting at 10 p.m. and all my classes have been moved to online. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the workers who will not be able to work because of the pandemic. Hopefully, some kind of treatment will be created and life will return to normal soon.

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April Fool’s Day Poem

No Love For The Joker

What makes a Joker more of a man

than a king?

 

A king has hundreds of people

that serve him, prepare his food,

clothes him, cleans him,

and gets everything he wants.

Covered with jewelry, surrounded

by stone walls and steel.

 

He can start wars with whomever

and take other people’s land.

The people he conquers become his slaves

and he uses glory to explain chaos.

For that his name will go into the record books

and generations will remember his name.

 

A king’s ambition for power and the

preservation of his legacy is his only concern

even at the expense of the people “He” serves.

A Joker doesn’t need all this.

 

All a joker asks for is a smile

and he is willing to get it by his own

expense if necessary.

For that, you call him a fool.

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Moments in Memories

The first kiss under a tree

When a fire broke out in the snow

and the winds meant nothing to

the twin peaks.

 

The return that brought tears

that put an end to fears

of saying goodbye to a child

and hello to a coffin.

 

The first night of intimacy

when fear and confusion

turns into bliss and passion

because two hearts became one.

 

The song you heard

that made you turn your head

and ignited your legs to move

and your body to swing.

 

The first time you saw a hero

that made you believe in flight,

in fear, in truth, in duty,

and decided on your call.

 

The times you had to say

goodbye

because of age, violence, or life.

It’s never fair and you’re never ready.

 

The first child you met

that you loved at first sight

and gave you a new purpose

to a life you thought you lived.

 

The time you got in the driver’s seat

and realized that freedom was possible.

The trips, the risks, the miles,

then you start to get the bills.

 

The final time you would sleep

After long days, sleepless nights,

Short set-backs, bright lights

and a gathering of loved ones.

 

Memories can be forgotten

but it’s the moments that made them.

It’s not your life that flashes before you.

It’s the moments that made your life matter.

Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison

Hey everyone,
I hope you’re all doing well considering we’re coming up in the fifth month of this pandemic and people are just frustrated. Growing up with depression, I usually found my escape in films, particularly comedy. Whenever I found myself morose about my situation or the people I was around, I just remembered funny scenes that would make me smile.
It started out with Robin Williams in Popeye, then it moved on to other greats like Eddie Murphy, Mel Brooks films, and so on. It’s really one of the only things that help me deal with life sometimes, but it’s hard to come across good comedy these days. Everyone is so offended by something and it feels like people have forgotten how to laugh. Laughter is the universal medicine and I’ve come across an upcoming film that will offer a much-needed escape from reality.
Comedy star, Romany Malco, has a new film releasing this Friday titled Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison. The film is about a man just released from prison who decides to change his life by becoming a motivational speaker. A dream that quickly becomes challenging when he’s struggling to regain a somewhat normal life, and his only friend is his probation officer Cheryl, played by Regina Hall. It’s a chaotic sequence of events that are captured on film in the form of a documentary filled with raunchy humor that’s been missed in comedy. I will be attaching the red band trailer at the end of this post so you can judge for yourself.
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Romany Malco is best known for his performances in 40-Year-Old Virgin, Blades of Glory, Night School, and Think Like a Man. Now he’s taking the next step as he directs this comedy that he wrote and stars in. The timing couldn’t be perfect considering theaters are closed throughout most of the country, there’s civil unrest and people just want something fresh to watch. The time for remakes and reboots is becoming stale, so Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison looks promising on many levels. Everyone right now needs a good laugh and this film is something that can deliver.
Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison is available to pre-order now on various platforms. I have my pre-order on Vudu and it’s only $9.99 standard or $12.99 for high definition. If you’re interested, then feel free to check out the trailer at the bottom of the post. Again, the film comes out this Friday, so mark your calendars if you want something fresh to watch. I look forward to giving a critique of the film next week and remember to stay safe out there.

 

When Will We Learn?

When we learn
to start protecting life
and stop protecting lifestyles.
What a kind world it will be.

When we start
to listen more and shout less
with absent egos and present logic.
What a kind world it will be.

When we stop looking
for reasons to believe in God
and give God a reason to believe in us.
What a kind world it will be.

When we learn to laugh and love
instead of hate and criticize
because life is only getting shorter.
What a kind world it will be.

When people no longer believe in a dream
because everyone is awake and lovers
can walk around without the threat of stares.
What a kind world it will be.

When nobody wants
and there’s nothing left to take
because everyone gives.
What a kind world it’s going to be.

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Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison

Hey everyone,
I hope you’re all doing well considering we’re coming up in the fifth month of this pandemic and people are just frustrated. Growing up with depression, I usually found my escape in films, particularly comedy. Whenever I found myself morose about my situation or the people I was around, I just remembered funny scenes that would make me smile.
It started out with Robin Williams in Popeye, then it moved on to other greats like Eddie Murphy, Mel Brooks films, and so on. It’s really one of the only things that help me deal with life sometimes, but it’s hard to come across good comedy these days. Everyone is so offended by something and it feels like people have forgotten how to laugh. Laughter is the universal medicine and I’ve come across an upcoming film that will offer a much-needed escape from reality.
Comedy star, Romany Malco, has a new film releasing this Friday titled Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison. The film is about a man just released from prison who decides to change his life by becoming a motivational speaker. A dream that quickly becomes challenging when he’s struggling to regain a somewhat normal life, and his only friend is his probation officer Cheryl, played by Regina Hall. It’s a chaotic sequence of events that are captured on film in the form of a documentary filled with raunchy humor that’s been missed in comedy. I will be attaching the red band trailer at the end of this post so you can judge for yourself.
Group_13
Romany Malco is best known for his performances in 40-Year-Old Virgin, Blades of Glory, Night School, and Think Like a Man. Now he’s taking the next step as he directs this comedy that he wrote and stars in. The timing couldn’t be perfect considering theaters are closed throughout most of the country, there’s civil unrest and people just want something fresh to watch. The time for remakes and reboots is becoming stale, so Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison looks promising on many levels. Everyone right now needs a good laugh and this film is something that can deliver.
Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison is available to pre-order now on various platforms. I have my pre-order on Vudu and it’s only $9.99 standard or $12.99 for high definition. If you’re interested, then feel free to check out the trailer at the bottom of the post. Again, the film comes out this Friday, so mark your calendars if you want something fresh to watch. I look forward to giving a critique of the film next week and remember to stay safe out there.

Happy Birthday Robin Williams

A Brilliant Robin
Ever since you and Mindy met,
I have never been able to keep my eyes off you.
When I saw you sail in with Olive
and flex your big forearms,
 
I knew you were a brilliant Robin.
I never needed toys
cause I watch you for amusement.
I never had to go fishing with grandpa
because I was watching a king on the screen.
 
The way you made us laugh with comic relief.
It was like watching poetry in motion,
like you were the leader of a dead society.
You touched our hearts with more than comedy.
 
You’ve been everywhere from cold Moscow
to seeing a good morning in Vietnam.
Just to see you do what you can do
is a real awakening.
 
The way you can change colors
by turning into a big blue clown,
making dreams of a pauper come true
and reminding him to just be you.
 
You’ve even changed sexes,
and proved that being an old lady
can be funny and lovable.
It’s almost like you have artificial intelligence.
 
Then, there is your voice
that hides so many others.
If I didn’t know any better Jack,
I’d say you were a machine covered in furry skin.
 
You can’t be real.
It’s like you popped out of Neverland
because you never get old in spirit.
There’s always a fresh joke for you to tell.
 
No birdcage can hold you.
I would have an easier time
trying to catch air with hands.
Your humor is what dreams can come.
 
You have done so much a man can do.
It’s almost like you have Insomnia
because you never seem to sleep.
You should be man of the year.
 
If there was a museum of you,
I’d wait all night there with happy feet.
I’d take a picture of you,
and rush it to one hour photo.
 
I hope somehow I get to meet you someday.
So, until then I will say thank you for everything.
You are a brilliant Robin, and, until there is another,
Good Hunting Mr. Williams.
 

Us in a Shell

She moved in

and I let my heart out.

We binged and chilled,

leaving the world out the cold.

 

Kisses are outweighing bills.

Laughter is drowning out the screams.

The walls shake in the night

and we pretend its because of our rhythm.

 

People spending hours finding friends,

and I’m just trying to hold on to her.

People are watching life

and we’re living ours.

 

Society is feeding on hate,

but all we know is love.

The world is fleeting,

but we’re standing tall.

 

We don’t need the world

because we have each other.

 

The Nap

Some cherish the laugh,

some cherish the word,

and others cherish the step.

Not me.

 

I remember the bonding,

I remember the warmth,

and I remember the trust

as she slept on my chest.

 

A laugh can always be heard,

words can be forgotten,

but the time she could fit

in my arms as she slept.

 

That is priceless,

that is unique,

and that is the moment

that I can’t get back.

A Lonely Rose

I have hardly seen roses such as her.

So beautiful is this rose, yet it stands alone.

I wish only happiness for this lone rose.

She has so much to offer

but so little is taken.

 

Her flaming red hair

turning men’s hearts to ash.

Her sultry body moving in rhythm,

drawing men into her web of seduction.

 

Her smile,

even in the darkest storm,

when the corners of her mouth curve up,

all I see is heavenly light.

 

Her determination to be independent

I admire the most of her.

Gold diggers are too numerous these days.

I wish for more like her.

 

Yet in the eyes of the ignorant,

she is just an object of pleasure.

I can’t blame these fools for wanting such a rose.

But I can pity them for their ignorance

that will lead them to their ultimate regret.

 

I know this because I was once that ignorant,

and I am one with ultimate regret.

I had a rose such as this flower,

and I let her slip away.

Now, that rose is entwined with another.

 

So, to this lone rose, this is my message.

Don’t be afraid by the thorns.

Like the rose I let go, you will find

they’re not as many as they appear to be.

 

In time, you will find the one and the thorns will not matter.

My only wish is that the sorrow you’ve endeared

comes back to you ten-fold.

Too Many

Too many bosses

and not enough leaders.

Too many profits

and not enough for workers.

 

Too many chests

and not enough hearts.

Too many voices

and not enough ears.

 

Too many children

and not enough parents.

Too many guards

and not enough teachers.

 

Too many faiths

and not enough salvation.

Too many gods

and not enough truth.

 

Too many conflicts

and not enough compromise.

Too many ignorant

and not enough educated.

 

Too many races

and not enough humanity.

Too many drugs

and not enough relief.

 

Too many takers

and not enough givers.

Too many lovers

and not enough bonds.

 

Too many eyes

and not enough views.

Too many individuals

and not enough solidarity.

 

Too many hateful

and not enough reasons.

Too many dreamers

and not enough ambition.

 

Too many countries

and not enough land.

Too many advances

and not enough progress.

 

Too many books

and not enough readers.

Too many albums

and not enough music.

 

There’s just too many of everything

and not enough of anything.

New Update

Hey everyone,
I’m just taking this time today to give everyone an update on how I’m doing during this pandemic we find ourselves in. For those of you who may not know, I live in Florida where we really know how to handle things. Yesterday, the state broke another record of 15,000 new cases and all I can say is I’m not surprised. That’s the most I’m going to say because I don’t want to get into any political debates. I hope you’re all safe wherever you are, and here’s what’s been going on since I last wrote an update.
My state tried to reopen as fast as possible and it’s not looking so well. Florida has had to close down some establishments and locations again because of the rise in new cases. Disney and other amusement parks have opened up with patrons taking pictures of how empty the parks are, but they are wearing masks. I honestly don’t know how they can do it because I can barely stand working with having to wear a mask. As the cases rise, so does the demand for products and that’s what caused me to work harder to put products on the shelves. It’s been taxing, so I decided to do something for myself during the summer.
The rise in workloads took a toll on me and it convinced me to finally take a week off so I can reenergize. I took the time to get certified in email marketing from HubSpot Academy and I plan on getting another for writing web content. I’m always trying to find ways to add to my resume because I will be getting my A.S. in Marketing Management in the fall once I finish three more classes. I just hope that there will be a job as content or copywriter waiting for me when I do. I’m not going to lie when I say that I’m nervous about what’s to come after this year.
I’m worried that I will find myself in the same hole I fell in when The Great Recession hit with this economy being as shaky as it is, and people are constantly losing their jobs. It took me months after graduating college to finally get a job and my heart goes out to the graduates this year that may be finding themselves in the same boat. It will be interesting to see what happens with this being an election year. Whatever happens, I hope everyone comes out of this ok and everything can get back to normal as soon as possible. For those who are on the front lines of this pandemic, thank you, and good luck.

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