There she was. Sitting on the corner where we first met. Watching as I crossed 1st Avenue, rushing to work because, surprise surprise, I was running late.
"Hey there, need a ride?" And then it appeared, that welcoming smile that I don’t think anyone could say no to appeared.
Without hesitation, I said “Lets go!” grabbed the handles to the wheel chair and we were off.
"How was your birthday?" I asked. She turned to me, surprised I knew it was recently her birthday. "Lovely! I’m 101!"
"That’s excellent, how do you feel?"
"Like I’m 101" We both got a kick out of that, probably more me than her.
"Do you have a family?" She asked as we turned the corner. This seems to be an important question for her considering she’s asked me this before and proceeded to ask me again shortly after this.
"Well, I’m not married or have kids but my siblings are and they have kids so yes, I have a growing family."
At this point, the way I see it is I could answer this particular question differently every time and she’ll never know. This time though, I decided to answer truthfully. I just can’t make any promises about the next time.
"You’re the youngest, aren’t you?" How in the hell did she know this?
"Yes, I’m the youngest of 4" responding proudly.
"I have a son in Las Vegas and one grandson" she too spoke proudly. After gushing about her family and asking if I ate breakfast yet we got down to the important questions.
"How do you get to that corner every morning? Who takes you?" My concern was apparent.
"People walking by, like you" she explained as if it was that easy. Her simplicity is blowing my mind. She’s a hitchhiker in the UES on a one block radius and I worry about how she gets around.
"You hale them down like cabs, huh?"
As we make our way closer to her place, she throws up her hand a smile to the people passing by and in return, she gets the same reaction. Are these people fellow drivers like myself? Probably.
"What’s your name?" She asked.
"Katie, what’s yours?" I knew this answer but it just felt as though this was our official introduction so I went with it.
"Francis, pleasure to meet you Katie!"
Little does she know, the pleasure is all mine.
I hope this becomes a part of my daily commute, late for work or not.
Press play, close your eyes and just listen.
You’re gonna like this.
Well 2013, I’m not going to sugar coat this, you were a real bitch.
I didn’t appreciate your attitude for the first half of the year, it was unacceptable. If, by chance, you’re looking to redeem yourself 2014 is the time.
Unfortunately 2013 brought illnesses, surgeries and heartbreak that I thought would break me but in the end made me a better, stronger, happier person. You ended on a high note so well done there. New relationships formed, the birth of my 3rd Nephew Tucker (3rd best day of my life) and all illnesses are on the mend so I will say that I was genuinely pleased with you at the end of the year.
As we do every year, we look to the future putting the past behind us. Leaving 2013 in my rear view I look to you 2014 to keep the positivity and the momentum going.
I’m not usually one for making a New Years resolution let alone a list so lets just say we’re making progress already. Perhaps this is one way I will actually follow through with them, considering it’s now in writing and on the World Wide Web. There’s no turning back now.
So here’s to 2014, please don’t be a bitch.
It’s going to be a damn good year!
THE TUESDAY MIXTAPE | 1.7.14
2013’s done. Forget about it. Over. We’re looking towards a brand new day. One that’s eye burning bright, exciting and musically speaking - chalk full of talent. Today we hit you with musicians slightly unknown and sprinkle in a few veterans now returning to the scene. From indie darlings to trap influenced beat bangers to a lil southern twang, today’s mix-tape’s got everything you need to prepare you for the brightness that is your future.
"Future Class | 2014’s Breakout Performers" | A Soul Dynamic Playlist
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I know it’s weds and all but this is solid and should be heard.
THE TUESDAY MIXTAPE | “Force Notice” | 11.6.13
We all contain a specific energy — unique and special — that is all our own. It is who makes you — you. Your brand of style, swag and panache defines you. And when you can tap into the traits that are your genetic human behavioral and intellectual DNA, you’re unstoppable.
A large part of life is not only finding those qualities inside you, but trusting yourself enough to lay them all out on the line, let them go (release the hounds). These characteristics are what separate you from everyone else.
Artists are fantastic at bringing the you out of you. Anything can let it loose too, there are no rules. Could be a sick riff, nasty beat, gnarly sample; many times it’s artist’s lyrics we hold on to, cause deep down inside, you feel they’re your own private representative, hired to speak on your behalf. They are. It’s one of their functions.
Today’s mixtape is about musicians having the courage to get crazy with it. To wild the fuck out with what’s really going on in their heads, and it’s about the listener being affected. Cause at the end of the day, if the music isn’t moving you, pushing you to be and act like the genuine article that is you, than what the hell you playing it for? Be you.
"Force Notice" | A Soul Dynamic Mixtape
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From the international trailer .. Just loved it !
So this is pretty damn good. Take Care - Beach house
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