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Culture, healing, politics and bullshit - Not necessarily in that order

The general, socio-political and very personal rantings and ravings of a hip hop head from the hood hustling for change... Of himself.

You all know me and are aware that I am unable to remain silent. At times to be silent is to lie. For silence can be interpreted as acquiescence.
—Miguel de Unamuno


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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Chilling In Cali

Vanglorious...

This is indeed protected by the red, the black and the green...

With a key...

I am currently on mini hiatus, somewhere tucked away in Long Beach being taken care of by a special friend and being accommodated by their family. I got a chance to spend time, get to know and break bread with the fam over the last 3 days and I'm thankful for this opportunity, I needed a break. I guess I need to tell y'all how I got here by letting you know:

How I Spent My Summer Vacation
By Hassan Ntimbanjayo


I was tired of corporate America but y'all know that.
I've been working on my music and poetry thing, y'all knew that too.
Chicago started to bore me, so I got rid of all of my possessions and just left.
Told y'all that.

I decided to go to trucking school and learn how to drive the big rigs. I kind of told y'all that as well but I didn't get all in depth with it. I chose a school in Salt Lake City because I visited before and was familiar with the lay of the land. For 3 weeks in July I submerged myself in learning how to drive a big ass death machine. I never wanted to do this for a living until I had a breakthrough moment:

I can get paid (a lot of money) to travel.
I can create my own schedule (if I own or lease a truck instead of being a company driver)
I can book shows as I travel (seems to be working well for now)
I can also do ghetto distribution for my CD (consignment is working as well with certain retailers, everyone seems to be more open to purchasing for inventory when I deal with them face to face than over the phone, not shocking)
I would be no longer rocking a too small office with a bad view of the parking lot or a cubicle.

So since August began, I've been an apprentince driver as a part of a driving team. We've been able to rock from Cali to either Florida or New York in 2 days flat because the truck has always been moving. Since the beginning of the month, I've been able to get to Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Las Vegas, Portland, Indianapolis, I think you get it... I've been a few places via I-40/70/80. For the most part it has been fun when it started, and then I realized that the cat's truck I was team driving for was HIS TRUCK, and all of these selfish ass rules started to fall out of the sky restricting me from doing my thang, I got off of HIS truck.

Right here in beautiful southern California.
I'm glad I did.

My training is somewhat over, I do have to get either to Dallas or Salt Lake in order to get the truck I ordered and get out on my own, so I have some administrative stuff to do to get there in a couple of weeks. I am blessed to have someone that's looking out for me here in Cali...

The CD is almost done...

I'll be posting regularly once I get my truck, I got a few things to do first. I'm safe, about 15 pounds lighter and 3 shades darker.

and chilling in Cali.

I hit the road again this weekend. Keep praying for me.

19 comments:

NameLiar said...

I hadn't heard from you I was wondering where you dipped off to.

The Brown Blogger said...

I'm straight... Just cooling for a minute before I get back on the road

NeenaLove said...

sounds like an ideal life...

glad to hear you're doing well.

chele said...

Glad to read you are doing your thing. Feels like true freedom.

Enjoy!

Nika Laqui said...

You gotta look me up when you come to Dallas...

Ms_SoCal said...

Somewhere tucked in LBC, huh?
Sounds fun!
I could use a mini vacation ... some time to myself. I seem to always be moving! LOL!!


Still missing you!

Rose said...

You will remain in my prayers. Driving that rig sounds like fun wheile seeing the world. Promoting your work by this way is smart....

The Brown Blogger said...

I miss all of y'all and will be regularly blogging again soon. Nsane... I was just in Dallas!!! I'm in Kansas City now on the way to Jersey, then Chicago...

toodles!!!

Anonymous said...

What up bruh? Glad to see you're doing well. I haven't forgot about the work at hand. I do have some time off coming real soon and I plan on using a couple of those days to shut myself off from the outside world to focus and put some sheet down. I'm on my way to Minnesota with the fam for a little R&R. HOLLA!!!!

M.Dot. said...

Sounds like a "don't talk about it be about it post".

Change in life is the only constant.

Congrats on making moves in life.

So many people would rather just sit around and complain.

VerseOne said...

that's whats up! i'm happy to hear you're happy.

check the post i put up recently. it's my superpost, forreal.

peace

Gallis said...

I hope you'll be back in the blogosphere on a more regular basis soon. I miss your comments and I've been saving some poetry for you. Heh!

Gallis said...

OMGosh! My code to type in the last comment was UNFETMC. It's a sign! OK it's in French but still!!!

ok. I'll shut up now.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm glad that you are making it happen.
Lova Ya

NegroPino™ said...

I try to send emails but they keep coming back to me
U be safe out there. WHenver u come to Boston, hit me up.

Anonymous said...

MISSED YOU MAN...WHAT UP HAAAAAAASSSSSSAAAAAAN!! ENJOYYASELF and make it back tomorrow for my BDAY--9-5

Anonymous said...

Damn not that you was in KC and didnt drop by...thats foul (lol)

The Stiltwalker said...

h-e-l-l-o

Gallis said...

Dude. Where are you?