★ “Don’t say it’ll stay this way forever”

I hate spring.  I take that back; hate is a harsh word.  I really don’t like spring.  I was brainwashed in grade school to think that spring was great.  It was the end of winter, almost time for summer and it’s when everything “comes back to life”.

For me, spring is my least favorite season.  Summer is easily my favorite.  Days are longer, weather gets warmer, and going to the beach on the weekends is a no brainer.  Winter ranks a close second.  It’s the most fashionable of all the seasons.  The weather gets colder and it’s fun to bundle up before jumping into bed.  It’s also a time for family with Christmas and New Year’s.  Fall is third because after awhile, I get tired of the hot weather.  The crisp air reminds me that winter is just around the corner.

And that leaves us with spring.  I can’t think of a reason why I’d prefer it over another season.  My birthday is during the spring.  That’s cool. I guess.

★ “This mix could burn a hole in anyone…”

I got back from New York early Monday morning and had the time to post the pictures last night. This time around it felt good not having to navigate the subways or figure out where to go next. My brother has been going to school our there since August and he took us to all these little spots that he’s discovered while he’s lived out there. He took us to a pizza place by Columbia where the slices are seriously HUGE. Mike also took us to a bakery in Chinatown where you can have a pretty damn good breakfast of Chinese pastries for less than $3. And instead of the usual Empire State Building, we went to the Top of the Rock for views of the ESB and Central Park at sunset. And of course, I spent the majority of my tax return on clothes.

Back in September, my best friend burned me a copy of the CD we were listening to in her car. Warm Fuzzy by DJ Neil Armstrong is the best mix CD I’ve heard in a LONG time. What makes it so great is that he takes the usual hip hop/R&B; tracks that we all know but he mixes them with the original songs that were sampled from. He also throws in songs that you’ve never heard on a mix CD. Songs by The Cure, Coldplay, Prince, Tears for Fears, and The Police are mixed with Slum Village, Alicia Keys and Common. And finally, the thing I love the most, is that all his CDs have themes. The CD flows seamlessly from song to song in subject matter and sound. He even throws in clips from movies that relate to the overall theme of the CD. Warm Fuzzy is the perfect CD to give to a girl you’re currently in to.

I’ve been searching for places to find more of his work and I finally ran into a store that sold his CDs. The Triple 5 Soul store in SoHo happened to sell his CDs. It was extremely difficult not to buy the entire collection but I found the perfect CD to buy.

Bittersweet

“So this is the tape about Love – the complete soundtrack to a relationship if you will. From beginning to end. All things pretty, all the things that are ugly, and everything in between. Bitter and Sweet.”

★ Travel Month

I have designated March to be my travel month. It’s the midpoint between New Year’s and Memorial Day, which is the biggest gap between my holidays. It only makes sense to take a couple days off in March to hold me over in between holidays. Last year, I went to Chicago and San Jose and I had tons of fun on both trips. I went to visit my high school buddy Karen in Chicago over St. Patrick’s Day weekend and I went to San Jose for my cousin Arlyn’s baby shower.

This year, for my 2nd annual Travel Month, my cousins and I are making our way back to New York. My brother’s spring break is next week and since he can’t come home to visit family, family is going to go visit him. Since we got most of the must see tourist spots out of the way in July, we can spend more time doing what the locals do. As they say, when in Rome…I’m also going to try to visit an old friend when I’m out there. I haven’t seen her in 3 years and it would be awesome to meet up again. We are both very different people from when we knew each other and it would be interesting to catch up. In one week, I’ll be on a JetBlue plane to NYC to stock up on work clothes, eat pizza, enjoy crisp early spring weather and spend time with my bro.

And just like last year, I’m going to follow up my cross country trip with a trip to the Bay Area. This time, it’s with the roommates. If all works out as planned, I’ll be in SD this weekend, NYC next weekend, then the Bay, then we’ll have our usual LA/OC weekend to round out the month of March. Oh, these are the days… =)