Outkast, Mardi Gras, KOBE

… is every nigga with dreads for the cause? Is every nigga with golds for the fall?…

I’ve been sitting on this one for about 11 months. I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to say about Outkast. I’ll start by saying “thank you”. Andre 3000 and Big Boi have given us timeless music. You can put on one of their albums right now and it won’t be out of place. They’ve made music that makes us groove…music that makes us laugh…music that makes us think and so on. Stank you smelly much.

The cover photo for this blog was taken 11 years ago. That’s me in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. I had been living in New Orleans for a little over a year. I still had hair. My clothes – as you can see – were too big. On that occasion, I had my sister and two of my cousins with me and we had a BLAST! We walked Bourbon and Canal. Hit up the Casino and had fun laughing at everything we saw. I have no idea who that dude is next to me. I think he took a picture with me and my sister a few minutes later. That’s the beauty of the whole thing though. If you’ve never experienced Mardi Gras in New Orleans then you most definitely need to. At least once! There’s only so much time left in this crazy world. One funny note about that coat…my wife’s granddad now owns it. I have to admit he wears it way better than I ever did.

In my neighborhood there was a dude that would yell out “KOBE!” when we played pickup basketball. He was one of the first dudes I remember saying “KOBE!” after hitting a shot. It’s wild cause dude would throw up these crazy shots and they’d somehow go in…”KOBE!” I’ve watched, read, and heard many things about Kobe Bryant since January 26, 2020. It’s wild to think that the night before he was on a phone talking to LeBron James after the Los Angeles Lakers had finished a game in Philadelphia. The main thing that sticks out for me is how Kobe attacked everything he did. He was set on giving his all no matter what it was. That’s something we should all take in and strive to do. You should cherish the way you feel about your life, the times that you done shared with your friends and family.

Last but not least, you need to git up, git out and git something. Don’t let the days of your life pass by. Thank you Outkast and thank you for reading.

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