What a great weekend.
- It all started on Friday with the Presidential debate. I REALLY enjoyed watching the debate. I was really impressed with John McCain, I think that he did better than expected and I believe that he accomplished his goal and objective which was to separate himself from Obama, make it seem like Obama wasn’t in his league and that he lacked experience.
I also was SUPER impressed with Obama. It seemed like Obama accomplished his objective as well which was to allow the public to see exactly how knowledgeable that he is on the issues and to allow the public to see him as being “Presidential”. His eloquence, cool demeanor and control of the subject matter really differentiated him from McCain.
People emailed me after the debate and sent me texts asking me, “Who won?”
And to be quite honest with you, I think that the public really won this one because we got to see what we needed to see from each presidential candidate. Quite honestly, I think that this presidential election is more important than ever. And this is the time when we really need to look at the candidates with a keen eye and ask not what’s best for me but what’s best for the future.
- Also this weekend I attended the Howard University Bison vs.
Savannah State game in Miami, Florida. I had a great deal of fun meeting up with some of the dudes that I played ball with and some of the former football players that live in south Florida. It was a good time. I was surprised to find out that I made it into the 2008 Howard University Football Media Guide. The picture that I took with LL Cool J a couple of years back on the sideline made it into the media guide along with another picture of me and Rick Gonzalez (from the movie Coach Carter). It was cool to still be recognized
11 years later.
- Rufus had a fever of a 103.4 this Sunday. That was NO FUN AT ALL.
After a round of Children’s Ibuprofen and Benadryl he was okay (NO I didn’t give it to him all at once, for those who are wondering).
Well, that’s it for the weekend, oh, one more thing. My wife and my son volunteered this weekend to register people to vote. For this election my family has been very active after the prodding and urging of my mentor Winston Williams. Winston asked me a question a couple of weeks ago. He asked, “What are you doing for the Obama Campaign?” I replied, “Uhhhh, nothing.” He said, “And as a graduate of Howard University do you think that your response to that question is acceptable?” He then proceeded to give me the history and rundown of voting rights from the beginning of time. He told me stories about sacrifice and how during the bus boycotts in the 60s African Americans walked, not for a couple of days, but for a year back and forth to work. He explained the obligation that I have in terms of illustrating self-abnegation and self-conceit. He told me all the things that I learned at Howard University. After getting off the phone I felt like I had been beat up by a gang of mobsters.
Well, I immediately sprung into action. I did get a little bit of joy from the call because Winston told me, “Now I need you to call someone that you know and ask them the same thing that I asked you.”
Wow. I know that charge that I have to keep as a Howard University Graduate, but it seems like I forgot somewhere along the way. The
reminder was good, timely and well-received. I truly believe that
to whom much is given, much is required. So, before the football game I was out with my clipboard, pencil and voter’s registration papers and I was walking around asking people if they were registered to vote.
So the lesson for today is – no matter who you are voting for, ask someone what they are doing for the individual that they are supporting. As my mentor said, “In this election, voting is not enough.” Get behind what you believe and how you feel. Being patriotic and flag waving is cool. But exercising the options that people sacrificed and died for so that you can have is better.
Just so that you know, I’m sure you know that my email wasn’t written to make you lean either this way or that way. This is not an email where I’m really urging you to get healthy because its the right thing to do. This is one of those emails where I let you in on the inside of my life. I told you before and I’ll tell you again. My life is an open book for you. You can read about my son, my dissertation headaches and woes, if you are following me on Twitter >>> http://www.twitter.com/rhadi <<< I will even let you know what I’m eating during the day so that you can see exactly how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I just truly believe in excellence all the way around… socially, academically, cognitively, economically…… I believe that if we help others and help ourselves then that is true health and wealth.
Not a pile of money in the bank, but a pile full of positive deposits with “the man upstairs”. So that’s what I have to say on that.
I must tell you that it has been quite a weird last couple of days with the economy, but here’s what I do understand. We are in some tough economical times and that requires some tough measures. I MUST provide you with the best-in-class in terms of products and materials and that means that I MUST make sure that you can get my products in your hands so that you can continue to learn and become a better YOU. So, tomorrow on Tuesday, September 30th, I’m going to re-activate the Recession Buster Sale until October 6th (or until everything is gone).
Take care and be on the lookout for some brand new Ask Rhadi videos from the questions that you have submitted from http://www.AskRhadi.com