Everyone should enjoy themselves..

Archive for February, 2010

what’s wrong with this?

Image by © Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X/Corbis

As I was getting dressed for work the other day I heard something on TV that puzzled me.

There was an announcement of segments to come on a morning news show.  The first was about one of the convicted bombers of the Oklahoma City bombing a few years ago.  He is going on a hunger strike because of the food he is being served in prison is not conducive to his healthy diet.  He says he wants whole grain foods and other health foods served to him daily as he serves time for taking the lives of many innocent people; A great number of them young children.

The next announcement was leading up to a segment where there was a debate over the serving of food in senior citizen caters and government-funded day care centers.  They want to cut the meals and serve snacks in some areas instead of full nutritious meals to the elderly and the young.

Now what’s wrong with this picture?   Do we want to cater to the desires of a killer (who should never see the light of day again) or do we want to deprive the young and the old of what may be the only nutritious meal they receive  a day?

What’s your opinion?  Hit me up.

m@ciebynite

The feeling of love, or may just be heartburn.

photo courtesy:Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Yep.  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.   While some of us look at Feb. 14th as a great day to celebrate the joy of  love and affection, most of us look at it as just another random day that has been severely commercialized by big companies to capitalize off an idea that should really be celebrated everyday.  Hey, I’m just saying….At any rate, the day is here to stay (look at me, I made a rhyme haha) and we can learn to enjoy it by letting that special someone know just how special they make us feel by having that special place in our heart…

photo courtesy of lovingyou.com

Pardon me, but as you can see I’m sort of biased towards the day.  Is it too late to say Bah, Humbug!!!!  I’m just kidding people.  I kinda like going into the neighborhood grocery stores on the day of, just to see Joe Random Guy getting upset with himself because there’s only one mylar balloon left that says “get well soon” and a card with no envelope.  So sad.  So if you’re looking forward to the Day of Love, here are a few places/things the good folks at DaWnYeLe! have picked for you:

J. Alexander’s Restaurant–This restaurant has always been one of my favorite places to go and have an intimate dinner with your significant other.  Dimmed lighting , great food and great drinks, you can’t go wrong.  The price is steady and the wait staff is impeccable.

Valentine’s Day-The Movie–There has been quite the buzz regarding this movie due out Feb. 12th.   It has an ensemble cast with the likes of  Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts, Patrick Dempsey and others.  There’s nothing wrong with a great date night movie, but get your tickets early as I’m sure it will sell out fast this coming weekend.

MyDearValentine.com–A great website to search for all things love.  This site has it everything.  Whether it’s browsing for valentines gifts and tips, questions about relationships and dating, travel guides for that romantic getaway, or even sending E-cards to that special someone, you can get it all here.

Chili’s Restaurant–Hey, you can’t go wrong with this restaurant.  Not as intimate as some other establishments but the  prompt service definitely makes up for it.  With a reasonably priced menu, great food and 2 for 1 drinks, what more can you ask for?  With several locations nationwide, there’s bound to be one close to you.

We at DaWnYeLe! hope you have a memorable V-Day weekend, so please plan ahead to avoid the rush and be safe!

L. Jones..

C’est Bon!!!!!!

Lawd, hell has frozen over. One of the most hated on teams in the NFL has won superbowl 44! My whole family is celebrating and i’m about to try and run down to academy to get my Saints cap. Football isn’t really my ish but this was epic. Félicitations Nouvelle Orleans!!

I’m on the pursuit of happiness…..

I never paid too much attention to this song/video called Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi until I was told about it through a co-worker.  I listened to it (as well as his album “Man on the Moon“. It’s awesome and very down-to-earth) and became a fan of the song and the artist.  Then it got me to wondering….what makes me happy?  Then I also got to wondering…what makes YOU happy?

We all look for some type of happiness, whether it be temporary pleasure or long term accomplishments, but what happens to us emotionally when we reach that plateau and the feeling has subsided?  It reminds me of a dog trying to chase a car.  Once the dog actually reaches the car, then what?  It doesn’t know what to do but just stand there, walking off in disdain.  All it knows is to run after the car and he’ll be damned if he doesn’t catch it.  It’s interesting to see people getting to that point where they work so hard to “chase the car”, whether it be working hard in college, searching for romance from a significant other, landing that big promotion at work, etc… only to be lost and not know what to do once they reach it.  I used to hear from my elders that once you’ve completed all the things you set out to do, you die.  I always thought they meant we would pass on to Heaven, but as I got older I realized things old folks say sometimes have multiple meanings.  Perhaps the fire inside you dies and contentment kicks in.  Well if that’s the case, then I’m going to forever be on the pursuit of happiness…I’ll be fine when I get it..I’ll be good…

Just my thoughts.

L. Jones..

You’re not on the guest list…You’re on the menu.


I was watching  the M&M Superbowl commercial where the red M&M is running on the check out counter trying to avoid being scanned and bagged.   He is out of breath as he runs, trying to escape being added to the groceries.   He looks back from time to time to make sure there is distance between him and the scanner but what he fails to do is keep an eye on what’s ahead of him.   Finally he looks forward and BAM, its too late…he can’t run anymore because there are things in his way.  He’s come to the end of the line.  The little guy gives it one last shot but runs face first into a cooler and the rest of the food for the party.  The red M&M still does not let fate take him without one last fight.  He  refuses to let the clerk scan him and places himself on the scanner.  The next thing you know he is in the shopping bag (paper not plastic I might add) next to the yellow M&M who is this happy go lucky random guy who was so easily scanned and bagged right from the beginning.   He did ‘t put up a fight at all.   In fact, he looks at the red guy and announces “hey we’re on the guest list”.

What does this have to do with life?   Well its simple;  some of us are naive and go with the flow of things like the yellow  M&M.   It doesn’t take much to capture those guys because they live by the motto “whatever happens, happens”.  They find pleasure in the result , no matter what it may be.   To them, there is always a silver lining to every dark cloud.

Then there are those who will try to run from their destiny , like the red M&M.  They give it their all sometimes while looking to make sure they don’t fall victim to what lies beyond.  They tend to forget to look ahead for the hurdles that may be too big to overcome, thus ending up in the bag and at the party.  A strong fight is put up to not get there.  Once the race is over, their pride is still intact and they refuse a hand out (the cashier scanning them).  They handle the foreseeable  destination with dignity and class.   Once they are “bagged” and ready to be taken on the last leg of their journey, they are reminded that they are not just going to the party but just might be a part of what has brought everyone to the party in the first place.

So I pose this question……which are you?   Are you that determined red M&M who will try and run from the inevitable or are you the yellow M&M who just sits back and takes life as it comes?  I myself would like to say that I’m the tough guy red M&M who will run this race to the end…and when done,  I still wont conceit easily.   I will go out with pride and my head held high because I will have had the opportunnity to face my challenges and prove my strength.

I know this was RANDOM but its M@ciebyNite.