Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Morning Mail - 3.16.11

Frank Abagnale Sr.: Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn't quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.
(Source: Catch Me If You Can)

Life is about your “make shit happen” factor. How much of it you have will determine how far you have to go in life. Always remember, no one cares about your story. People are only interested in what happened and results. I think that there are some people who fail or do not complete a task and they give you a reason why it happened. In the end, who cares? No one. People want to know what you did in despite of your bad luck.

I understand why comedians have small circles of friends. There are just so many people in this world who don’t find anything to be funny. You can't tell jokes about your friends or to your friends. They always get offended. Funny thing is they didn't get offended when it wasn't about them. That's why I always tell people when someone is talking shit to me about someone else, I don't trust their ass. Because I know they talk shit about me to other people. 95% of the reason why I think everyone gossips and as long as it doesn't keep me from achieving my goals, I don't worry about it.

Nate Dogg died today. May God rest his soul. I learned something today though, I don’t want to die and people think that my name was Dr. J. If you asked anybody what Nate’s last name was, they would be like, “Um…” And that’s just horrible. For the record, it’s Hale. Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. My favorite Nate Dogg song was “Explosive.” He broke ish down in a way that had never been broken down before.

When I met you last night, baby
Before...I blew yo mind, (Blew-blew-blew your mind)
I thought we had a chance, lady
No that I'm sober you ain't that fine
Don't wanna treat you wrong
Don't wanna lead you on
Here baby, hit the bong
While the West Coast rolls along
While we...Still makin gangsta hits
You'll be... Still jockin gangsta dicks
Damn girl you think you slick
Somebody better get this bitch, this bitch
(Source: Dr. Dre feat. Nate Dogg, Kurupt, and Hitman – Explosive)

Real recognize real and that was some real shit.

I tell people all the time that if you want to go far in sports, you have to have INVOLVED parents. Check out @RedLady821’s timeline. You’ll see something that is so key. High School coaches want to win, but they may not do what’s best for your child. Leads them to playing out of position and not scouted in their actual position. Real talk, if you are 6’4” in HS, the chances of you being 6’9” or taller are slim to none. Makes no sense to play you at the 4 or 5, regardless if you don’t have any height in your lineup. Similar thing happened to me with baseball, because I had a strong arm, my coach wanted me to pitch. My dad shut that down quick. After one game, he told my coach that I should be in the infield or outfield, but never at pitcher. Long term it was only going to lead to injuries and I was never going to be a pitcher.

I love movies. But I’m also cinephobic. Yes, that’s a phobia I created for myself. It just means that I’m afraid of the movies. It takes so much for me to go into a theater. I wasn’t always this way. It happened randomly when I was abruptly single and I would go to the movies alone and then sitting there alone I would think about the pathetic fact that I was there alone. After that, it started happening everytime I sat down. Then what really got to me was the fact that after you paid for the ticket, you couldn’t just leave. You have to get your money worth. And this led to me not seeing movies for an extended period of time. I still watch movies on Netflix and On-Demand though.

I don’t want to get into this today, but has anybody ever let it sit in that Jay-Z is 41 years old? I think he’s the greatest rapper of all time. I think that has less to do with talent and more to do with how far hip hop has gone since he’s been on top. I think the comparison between Jay-Z and Jordan is one for the ages. However, at age 41, I start to wonder when he’s going to hang it up. And if you think I’m hating, as most people do, let me ask you this, think of all the 41 year old men that you know. Now, compared to the 41 year old men that you know, in terms of maturity, how does Jay-Z stack up?

40 is not the new 30, and 30 was never the new 20.

Life is good. God is good.

While listening to Shoot Me Down off Tha Carter III, I started to think… I think Paula Patton and Lauren London are the two of the most beautiful women in the world to me. I’ve actually met Lauren London, she’s TOUGH. Pictures and movies don’t do her justice. But when Lil’ Wayne was taping that song with Robin Thicke did him and Rob talk about their women. I mean, that’s got to be a hell of a conversation. I don’t think two men have ever came together like that for a son with their women being so smoking hot. Save a few years with Motley Crue.

I’ll holler.


max said...

This might be weird and vaguely stalkerish, but I'm posting the first paragraph of this post on the bulletin board in my office. It would serve me very well to read that on an hourly basis.

Tunde said...

as far as sports i wish someone would have talked to my coach in high school. i was about 6'3 and playing center. mind you i only weighed about 175 pounds. of course i didn't get as many looks as i would have if i was playing the 3 (my natural position). now my jump shot has grown by leaps and bounds and at 6'6 now its a little too late.

"Always remember, no one cares about your story. People are only interested in what happened and results."

this is the truth.

good post.

redlady821 said...

I'm just reading this, but wow, you were all up in my head when I was talking to my sons coach. He is exactly 6'5" and the coach wants him in the post. I am not standing for it and neither is his father.

When I told him that if he could find a spot for my son as a 2 guard that I would move him, he said "I will call you right back." He never did, and I knew he wouldn't. I just called his bluff. Hopefully the harassment will stop now.

My youngest is going through the same thing on his AAU team. He's 15 and 6'3, the coach automatically put him in the 4,5 spot. My son said, "uh uh coach, I'm a 3!" I was so proud of him for sticking up for himself. The coaches do it every time, it's all about their win and the immediate results and if you think they give a damn about your kid you're tripping.

Nice write Dr. J.

TML said...

LMBO!! @ Dr. J im laughing at the cinephobic. I too have felt the same way man. Being in the movies by yourself with no one to laugh with or tap their shoulder at a specific scene in the movie. You see everyone else come in with their boo or potential boo. UHHH!! it makes single life suck. I remember I went once by myslef to see one of the SAW movies and I was so scarred I wanted to run to the isle behind me and grab a total stranger for comfort LOL!!!, but I didn't I just left out the theater.

It's funny how you said that people don't really care about your story, they only want the grimey dramatic details. Well that's life and it's a shame to say no one really cares, but they really don't. Many if not all people love drama and misery sure do love some company.