came through our area yesterday with winds up to 70 miles per hour
and shot the Government down, along with our Metro system, and
many businesses. Luckily it was downgraded from a hurricane
to a tropical storm by the time it reached our area, so that
helped alleviate some of the damages, plus the preparations were
helpful, because it doesn't seem like many people were hurt except
for the major flooding in many of our coastal areas, and hundreds
of "down" trees. The down trees was the culprit
for the major power outages that has affected over 500,000 people
here in Washington, and it was reported millions of families/homes
are out of power from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. We
were among them, however ours were restored after a few hours.
As for Baltimore and Annapolis, the flooding and high waters are
unbelievable. They say it's the worst storm to hit the area since
the 1930's, but due to the preparations I think everything will be
back on track by next week, accept for the many losses due to
flooding of homes, vehicles, and boats.
What I find unbelievable
is how people don't use common sense and are playing and swimming
in the flood waters in the streets. You would think they
would realize that this water is not clean and could contain
sewage, broken glass, nails, or other contaminates. Walking
could be dangerous because "man hole" covers could be
loose and they could be hurt by falling into the hole creating
more safety problems for the people who have to rescue them.
For those who are suffering from the devastation you have our
sympathy and prayers, Hang in there, it will be alright
soon...Things happen for reasons!
On behalf of the
organizers of the Original Baltimore Caribbean Carnival
Extravaganza we would like to announce the cancellation of their
Caribbean Carnival. Unfortunately, due to hurricane ISABEL
their event/carnival that was planned to take place this weekend
(Sept. 19, 20 & 21) had to be canceled. I know the
organizers have worked extremely hard to make this possible and is
very disappointed about having to cancel the festivities.
Look out for the Original Carnival Extravaganza next year in
September 2004. For more information check out their site www.baltimorecarnival.com.
Last week the sudden
death of John Ritter was a bit disturbing, because we had the
privilege to be a part of the production of John Ritter's film
Problem Child II. Problem Child II was filmed in Orlando
Fl., where we operated a business called Dry Clean Express and it
was one of our larger movie contracts. We did all the
dry-cleaning of the wardrobe (clothing and costumes) for this
movie. What we remember most about this experience, was
chilling on the set many days and nights waiting for the scenes to
be filmed, so we could take the clothing/costumes back to my plant
to have my team clean and prepare them for delivered first thing
the following morning. From my recollection, the set was a
very happy one. It was just a thrill landing a contract with
such a major star. One of our fund memories about this
particular movie was the scene where the son Junior had a birthday
party and got sick, therefore he threw up all over the host of the
party (Gilbert Godfrey). We had to stick around for
most of the filming of this scene in order to rush the clothes
over to my store, have them cleaned, pressed and ready to deliver
immediately since the scene had to be shot a few times. Even
though the time constraint was a major pressure, it was fun
working with the crew and many of the cast members of that movie
including Mr. Ritter.
My wife and I traveled to
New York to have dinner in Greenwich Village at a beautiful
restaurant we discovered called "Caliente Cab Company"
(Mexican restaurant/bar, if you've been there let us know how it
is), but we were a bit delayed and arrived in New York later than
we expected, so we decided to have dinner in Manhattan instead.
We choose a small restaurant/diner on Broadway very close to the
Ed Sullivan Theatre called "Applejacks", which was a
very nice experience because when you think of a small informal
restaurant in New York this is exactly the type of place that
comes to mind. The food was great, the service was fast and
friendly, and the place was decorated with autographed pictures of
stars who must have visited the restaurant. What was so
ironic about this experience was after we placed our order I
looked up on the wall directly above our table, and who was it?
John Ritter's autographed photo. This was September 12, the
day his death was Announced (he actually died on the 11th), that
was really strange. We don't know what that meant, was it a
sign or just coincidence? What do you think? Anyway,
our condolences goes out to the family and friends of a very funny
guy who clearly was loved by many and touched our life in a small
but memorable way. John Ritter you will be missed!
After dinner we explored Time Square at night, it was a little
chilly and windy, but it was still very nice. We found a
nice club I believe it was called "Show" and from our
brief views it seemed like a nice "hot spot". It
reminded me of the AOL commercial with Carson Daly (MTV host), and
the Ford Focus commercial that featured the great sound of the
Focus's stereo system. This truly looked like what you would
think a night club in New York would be We noticed "hot
chicks" swinging from the ceiling on swings, and lots of
energy and action. The line was quite long, and it seemed
you had to be picked by the security to enter. From our
investigations the cover was $25.00 which was amazing because here
in DC we complain about a $10 or $15 cover charge. What a
difference a few miles makes. Since we were short on
time, we didn't go in, but it was very tempting. Definitely
the next time we visit New York we will fully check out this spot.
Any hook-ups for this club, just
holla...we would love to pass through.
Saturday, we dragged
ourselves out of the house early in order to miss all the hustle
and bustle regarding parking over at the Crossroads, and to our
surprise we discovered the Sizzla Show was canceled. How
disappointing, we were looking forward to vibing to his music.
Instead of returning home, we stock around and drank some
Heinekens, Martinis and Energy Shots, so of course the night
turned out great. Management of the Crossroads have not
given us any details on why the show was canceled, or what the
refund policy is. I know they stated the show would be
postponed to a later date (November some time), but that has not
been confirmed. I'm sure if you have purchased tickets, it
will be honored at the rescheduled show. As soon as we get
some details about the rescheduled date, we will let you know.
We'd like to thank all of
you who commented/replied to last weeks article. We even got a few
reply's from some of the management of the artist that appeared on
the 2k3 Reggae fest. They expressed that none of the artist on the
show had a problem with the taking of photos of themselves, only
video taping was a problem, which is understandable because a
video of the show could be sold without permission or benefit to
the artists. So, therefore the restriction of photo taking
must have been an unnecessary policy of the club. They even
expressed the fact that they had a problem with the security at
the club to the point that the police escorted two of there guest
from the backstage area. This seem totally uncalled for since this
is the purpose of the backstage area. The venue has no idea how
important a guest of an artist might be. Oh well, that's
life in the entertainment business! Big Respect is reaching
out to Luciano, Dean Fraser, Bares Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Buju,
and the Wailing Souls...Keep spreading the vibes, one day our day
will come when the music gets the respect that it deserves.
Thanks to the management of the artists that responded to my
e-mail. It's great to have your support and to know that you
are out there and is among our on-line family.
This Saturday Evening I
hope to see many of you at the TransAfrica Poetry Fest at Mango's
Fusion Cuisine located on 14th and U Streets, in DC, directly
across from the Reeves Building. This should be something
different . The admission is very small ($5.00), and it's an
early evening event - from 5pm - 7pm. Come out early and
support this event and all the poets! Scroll down for more
details on this Poetry Fest.
View previous "What's Happening" Updates-E-mails, please
Out" to all of you!
Outs and Thanks!
Phillip - Thanks for your
help we really appreciate it.
of Stefmus Productions -
thanks for always being there and always willing to
support and help.
you have been a major support to us, and your kind words
are always appreciated (Herman you too).
Kendal (Baltimore Original Carnival)-
Don't loose your dream, adversity just makes us stronger,
you know we are here to support and are on your side.
(Caribbean Delight) - You
are a true friend...thanks for everything.
(Carib Live) -
Congratulations on your Third Season! We will see
you on Saturday.
Forbes - Thanks for the
kind words and keep spreading the good vibes.
El Amin and Shana Renee'
- Glad to be a part of your team, big things are truly
Carr - My wife and I
thank you for being such a great friend, and
congratulations on your many sales for the month of
August. We wish you continued success!