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« on: May 25, 2005, 06:01:01 PM »
lex if you try cutting the mango halfway to the seed it's easier to peel the skin off..it's sticky though... i agree a mango peeler would be great..
You know how the seed is that weird shape.. And then the "meat" is buried all inside. Its just a very difficult fruit. But very tasty!
Anybody ever heard of the illote (sp?) man? At least thats what my friend calls it.. It's usually a guy pushing a cart down the street. I call it the barrio fruit man. I get mango and with chili powder and lemon juice on it. Good for summertime.
I keep trying to work myself up to making an avocado sandwich but I'm just soooo tired. It's too hot to cook and I really have a taste for some crunchy veggies but my body won't move. Oh well, guess I'm not hungry enough
You know, I've noticed that the "veggie" sandwiches are usually not at ALL healthy for you! I had the vegetarian avocado-provolone sandwich at Jimmy John's once, and I found it funny that I felt like taking a nap after eating all of it. I looked up the nutritional value of it on-line, and found it had 700-some calories!!! That was the fattiest thing on the menu, worse than the pepperoni or meatball ones!
Its probably the avocado and the cheese in the veggie sandwichs. They're both full of fat. But take away those and you pretty much have no sandwich. Avocaodo's good fat though, if that's any consolation
« on: May 25, 2005, 05:49:08 PM »
awww blk, i love those love poems by nikki giovanni. my favorite is the poem thats like, "how do you write a poem about?" and I liked blues dancing too.
lexington--yeah, generalization is wrong, esp. since there isn't one genre of "black authors." black authors exist across every genre. i mean there are science fiction writers like octavia butler/hist. fiction writers like lalita tademy/literature like toni morrison and james baldwin/erotica like zane and the brown sugar series/chick lit like terri mcmillan and mystery like walter moseley and the tamara mchayle novels. i hope you continue to open your mind. have you read anything by any of the authors i mentioned in my last post? or this one? if you do, let me know what you think.
What I was referring to in my post was specifically the modern black fiction (if I can call it that). I do realize that there are excellent black authors in every genre and that one or two people are not representative of an entire population. I also realize that my exposure is limited. The problem is that I do so little reading for fun that its a very slow process.
Of the ones you mentioned, I've read toni morrison, james baldwin and eric jerome dickey. I started something by E. Lynn Harris but couldn't get past the first few chapters. I've been meaning to check out Edwidge Danticat so perhaps that'll be next.
« on: May 25, 2005, 01:22:08 PM »
i'm sure you can try that with other fruits... i don't eat watermelon that often..but i love sweet mangoes
I hate taking the skin off. They should have a mango peeler. I use my potato peeler but it never works
« on: May 25, 2005, 01:20:49 PM »
Lexington comes from Virginia (Loudoun County), Illinois, and California - in that order. And no, it's not my name. It's one of many nicknames..
Ok, you dont think you can leave it at it is one of my many nicknames without explaining why it is your nickname, do you???
And, you explained the virginia one (Loudon County) but not the Illinois and Cali ones, and I am right here near virginia....interesting cuz I knew there was a lexington virginia but not one in Illinois and Cali. Shoot, there is one in Kentucky too for that matter...see how smart I am.
LOL. Lexington is just a variation of my real name. I have one of those names that people love to shorten, modify, etc. Most commonly its either Lex or Lexy. I'm okay with everything except Alex. There's no lexington, Ill or CA. VA is just coincidental. Somehow I thought you were asking me where I was from..
Can I call you "Al"??
Nope, no Al!
« on: May 25, 2005, 12:32:48 PM »
lexington, i couldn't stand my full name till i was in college and interviewing, it has so much power, hey to make sure, can sandra be one of your nicknames??
okay y'all, time to go to newport, ri if anyone is there for the weekend holla i'll be at the brick alley tonight !
No, you've got the long version. I'm gonna name my daughter that. It's purty!
But yeah, I could see how it might be a little daunting for a kid.
« on: May 25, 2005, 12:26:27 PM »
G'morning everyone (or afternoon as the case may be)
hey lexington, i think we have the same first name!
You just reminded of the girl in elementary school (outside Chi-town) who had the same name as me. I was so hurt she had my name! LOL. Now that I think about it, there's an abundance (3??) at my school now with the same name.
Orright, back to the real convo
« on: May 25, 2005, 12:11:32 PM »
Expresso Cake, that sounds good. Was it good?
Man, I didn't even make it to the coffee shop.
But tonight for sure!! There's a piece of cake with my name on it
P.S. Why do people (myself included) get so excited about food?
« on: May 25, 2005, 12:09:31 PM »
Lexington--you're not one for black authors? what does that mean?
I was waiting for somebody to call my a$$ on that one... I'm generalizing and I'm wrong for that.
Basically it just means that I wrote the genre off for a long time because every black book i picked up seemed so stereotypical. For awhile it seemed as though black authors were relegated to writing about one type of character. That was frustrating for me. I think it has gotten better in recent years with there being a whole plethora of "black" experiences to choose from now. Or maybe it was just me all along. Who knows! I'm still sort of reluctant, but I'm coming around.
« on: May 25, 2005, 03:49:15 AM »
So when do all you soon-to-be 1LS plan to start your search for an apartment? What types of things do landlords expect for a prospective tenant to bring on these "show" days?
I'm about to get my first apt ever after living at home with my parents through my UG years, and I always feel kinda shaky when I go to view these apartments, as if there's something I'm supposed to have with me, but don't.
Do landlords expect prospective tenants to bring anything in particular, such as credit reports, resumes, or anything like that? Are there any special questions that you guys think are key to ask? So far, I've just asked about the neighbors (i.e. how quiet and/or loud they are), policies (i.e. if pets are allowed in the building), and things of that nature. What kinds of questions do you guys think are pivotal to ask, and what types of documentation, if any, should be brought?
Definitely bring your check book! LOL
Seriously though, I think a lot of it is just common sense and you're on the right track. If you have a VERY recent credit report, you should bring it. They may take that instead of running their own which will prevent an inquiry and the resulting loss of points. If you don't have one, they will do one for you but as I said, each time your credit it makes your score lower. Don't let them do it unless you're sure you want the place. Most places make you fill out an application as well that's similar to a job app. You'll want to make sure you have all that info handy - addresses over the last 5 years, references, etc.
You definitely want to find out about ALL the rules. There are some pretty silly rules where I live now, and I get fined if I'm in violation. Depending on where you'll be living, you will want to find out about appliances. I think washer, dryer, refrigerator are usually standard on the east coast whereas you are expected to provide your own on the west. You should find out what utilities are included, if any. Find out about the deposit/1st & last months rent. There is a difference. Be sure to know which one you are paying. Definitely find out about parking. Have the landperson show you the space. Make sure you feel its safe and secure for your vehicle, assuming you have one. You should also find out what their policy on late rent is and what the fees are. On second thought though, asking those types of questions may give the impression that you plan to be late. LOL. Its still good information to know...
If I end up going to school someplace where the cost of living is dirt cheap, I'll be buying a place which means I'll probably be on someone's couch for the first month of school (or maybe even a hotel - I shudder at the thought). Otherwise, I'll probably be moving in early August or so. At this point, I'm not really picky about where I live. What's important to me is that I'm safe and that I'm saving $$$
« on: May 25, 2005, 12:13:27 AM »
I read The Devil Wears Prada a couple of year ago, and it was okay. However, if I'm gonna read fiction, I love reading fiction books by black authors. The topics are often so much more intriguing for me, particularly because I can often relate to a lot of the stuff in there. I wish I hadn't read The Coldest Winter Ever so that I could read it again as if it was the first time. I was tempted to buy No Disrespect by Sister Souljah but I just couldn't get down with the way that the themes in her book seemed to be separated by the different people in her life-it just seemed to disconnected. It kinda reminded me of the movie Crash, if you've seen it.
Which of those books that you suggested are by Black authors?
You thought Crash was disconnected? I thought they did an excellent job of showing how the people's lives entertwined. Coldest Winter Ever is actually one of my favorite books and I'm not one for black authors. Also liked EJD's Between Lovers. That one's strictly for the freak in you, though
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