Posted: 06/08/2015 in Around Town, Parenting
Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
Education was the week’s theme. My family did quite a bit of running around this past weekend in preparation for my sons jam packed summer.
Attended an orientation for the NSBE SEEK summer program. Then off to 100 Black Men of Houston Community Fair hosted at The Shrine of the Black Madonna. Lastly, some lighthearted fun at the Houston Center for Contemporary Art.
Almost forgot. We made the long trek to Sugarland for some pretty amazing deep dish pizza D’Marcos Pizzeria. Of course the young one had his own gluten-free pizza.
I have to say today was a good day.
As we traveled home Tuesday evening. My wife mentions the school calendar for the new school our son will attend for the 2014-2015 school year. She mentions that the school year didn’t end until after Memorial Day. The wife also mentions all the days off throughout the year. Columbus Day just happens to be a holiday that the school observes. To which my son interrupts the conversation like he has done many times before. This time was different. He presented a strong point based in facts. Going through my head is Denzel in Malcolm X. It was like he channeled Mr. Washington’s character in his iconic role. This is about the extent of his knowledge about Malcolm X at his tender young age.
The following is the conversation.
*Son leans up in his car seat*
Son: He was a bad man.
Wife: Columbus is who they claim discovered America.
Me: *Going through my head* Can’t discover something that has already been discovered.
Son: Columbus was a murder a killer and he assassinated people.
Me: Look at this mini-Malcolm *While slapping my wife thigh with excitement for my son*
Wife: Of course they have Martin Luther King Day off.
Son: Martin Luther King was a great man.
One of the issues I go back and forth with my wife about is exposing our son to the inaccuracies in history that our school systems teach. We disagree in the method to present the info. She is more of the keep his innocence. I’m more of give it to him raw. The sooner you learn about the past, the better. He tends to hear both sides. Hopefully he gets it. That’s the outcome most parents are aiming towards.
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV)
Earlier Saturday I heard a pastor speak on setting the example for your children. Don’t expect them to do something yourself would be doing. I know e have all heard this phrase said one way or another. At the end of the day, most of fall short in being the greatest example we possibly can.
It’s about 130am. I’m up working on updating my résumé & LinkedIn page. He wakes up wondering what I’m doing. I tell him & he goes over to his desk and begins to catch on his daily writing he fell a little behind on this week with all the running around we did. He fought me on going back to sleep. I realize this is less we have to do later, and concede defeat. Hopefully he doesn’t fall asleep at the desk. I might just leave him where he lay.
Posted: 07/07/2014 in Around Town, Culinary
It’s been a few weeks since I last updated you folks with my culinary adventures. Like I mentioned before, our family has decided to cut back on our outings and prepare more meals. Occasionally I do enjoy a meal out every once in a while. Now onto the star of this show.
Pho VN 21:
Earlier in the week the wife had a craving for a nice bowl of Pho. Houstonians have many choices when it comes to this simple Vietnamese dish. My favorite place is in a somewhat unusual location. Located in a strip center in Houston’s Gulfton neighborhood is Pho VN 21. Don’t let the location fool you. Gulfton is full of the best Mexican & Tex-Mex restaurants in all of Texas. Pho VN 21 stands out in this neighborhood. Great example is the eclectic clientele that frequent this restaurant.
I went with my usual, the Combination Noodle Soup with beef tripe, well-done flank, soft tendon , & fat brisket. This soup helped me get through the Winter of 2012. One of the worst winters health wise I have experienced. This was usually the only meal I would eat. Even though we are entering the Dog Days of Summer, this a welcome relief.
Grub Burger Bar Houston
Most of us enjoy a good burger. Houston has no shortage of great burger joints. Many of those locally owned & operated. Every once in a while a great regional chain comes along and makes some noise in this food space. Grub Burger has made some noise in Texas and stamped their rightful place.
On this visit I ordered the OMG Burger with an order of Onion Rings. As you can see from the pics above my choice was spot on. The burger is topped with Texas chili, fries, cheddar cheese, chopped onions and mustard. The first bite was truly an explosion in my mouth. French Fries topped with Texas Chili & Cheddar Cheese on a burger. What better combination could be better? The Shiner Bock battered onion rings were accompanied by a chipotle ketchup. I consider myself an onion ring aficionado. Grub Burger hit a homerun with this creation.
One last note: Grub Burger also offers a Gluten-Free bun. This expands the choices my family has when deciding to eat out. The bun was surprisingly good. My son was glad to see a place that actually put some thought into creating or sourcing a good gluten-free bun.
Fathers throughout the years have bestowed valuable advice upon their children & world. Sometimes those messages are taken to heart. Other times the message goes in one ear and out the other ear. So on this Father’s Day I give you possibly the best advice a father could ever give his son. Remember to keep your head down once you enter a public restroom. Under no circumstance should you look into another man’s urinal area. Look straight ahead like you are staring a hole into the wall in front of you. Urinal etiquette is important in male development. Happy Father’s Day Zeke
Posted: 06/15/2014 in Life, Parenting
The following is an actual quote by my son from a conversation while eating dinner and watching a PBS special on sugar & diabetes. The speaker just happen to mention how he became addicted to sugar although he was medical doctor & researcher. My son had the sense of mind to say this while consuming a salad from Salata. All the while I’m grubbing on a $.99 two piece from Church’s Chicken.
Son: If you are a doctor and you have type 2 diabetes, you should not be a doctor until you no longer have diabetes.