Friday, July 10, 2009

two fingaz

Peace…it’s ova. Chuckdadeuces at the state of Minnesota. As many of you know, I have spent the last 4 months doing contract work for a company that was located in Minneapolis. The assignment is now over and I’m back in Atlanta. It was a great experience. I had my apprehensions at first. I mean, I had prayed for the job and the Lord heard my prayer but I didn’t expect that the job would take me away from my family. But it worked out. The company paid for me to fly back to Atlanta on the weekends, hotel suite, rental car, and per diem. So, I can’t complain. The job paid well and that’s ALWAYS a good thing. I’m glad to be back home. There’s nothing betta than being with your family. I missed em. The next assignment starts in a few weeks but it’ll be here…and that’s a good thing.

I was glad that I didn’t see Minnesota in the winter time. However, the weather there is very strange. When I got there in March, it was 65 degrees. Three days later…it snowed. In fact, the last day that we saw snow was April 15. I will miss those 80 degree summer days. While y’all were dealing with the brutal summer heat or the endless rainy days, we had very good weather. Gotta give a shout out to fellow bloggers Arafasse and Sexxy Luv. Sorry we didn’t get a chance to link up. Maybe next time. It was good kickin it in your city, tho.

Here’s a couple of things that I learned while I was there…

Minnesota does have black people. I was under the impression that we weren’t there but we are. Not like New York, Atlanta or Houston but we’re there.

Even though there was somebody who cleaned my room every day, I would make sure that I didn’t leave my room messy before I went to work. I know... it’s strange.

Club Seven is nice

Minneapolis might be one of the most liberal places that you’ll find. Race doesn’t seem to be an issue. It has to be the capital for interracial relationships. Almost EVERYBODY is in a interracial relationship.

Mall of America. What can I say about this place. It's HUGE. You could literally spend the entire day there. I'll be the first to admit that I hate malls. I never spend more than an hour in a mall and I hate crowds. But this place is a must see. Six levels (i think) of stores, stores, and more stores. I found myself at the Mall of America several times despite my disdain for malls. I enjoyed the MOA. Pics were taken from the foot court...
AJs Chicken & Fish on Lake Street...My favorite wing spot in the Twin Cities. This place had wings that were better than any wing spot in Atlanta. The spot is owned by a Serbian dude. Go figure.

The Vikings fans really want Brett Favre to play for them. Not sure why?!? The Minnesota Timberwolves are in disarray (drafting all of those point guards). The Minnesota Twins fans are looking forward to playing in the new stadium (Target Field). Unlike their current stadium, they’ll be playing outside.

I didn't go fishing. In fact, I caused a huge raucus in the office when I made the confession that despite having grown up in the state of South Carolina, I've never been fishing. After I said that, everybody was trying to take me out on a nearby lake. In the land of 10,000 lakes...I bypassed all of em.
I had some “interesting co-workers”. I saw a lotta crazy stuff. It’s interesting to see what folks will do when they are way from home. (gotta blog on it next time)
Shout out to the fellaz that hooped with me at LA Fitness in St. Paul.

The last two things I learned…I already knew but they were re-enforced even more…

I have a great wife. She really held it down while I was gone. Not only did she have to deal with our 3 lil ones but the every day drama at work. Not to mention, running around…taking Deion to baseball practice…etc. Keeping the house in order and then only being able to see me on the weekends. Sometimes I’d be home every other weekend and I know that had to be tough. But that’s what she is…tough. Strong black woman. If the shoe were on the other foot and she left and I had to do it all…I dunno if I could have done what she did. Period. I’m thankful and blessed to have her.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Nuff said



The Jaded NYer said...

Welcome home! You must be so sick of airplanes right about now!

12kyle said...

@ Jaded Santana
Thanks! If I didn't get on another airplane for the next 3 yrs, I'd be fine. LOL

Beautifully.Conjured.Up said...

You're does this mean we get to read more posts from you?

Mizrepresent said...

nice post and loved the pics! Great shoutout to's good to see men appreciate all that a woman can and will do, but i do believe if put into the same position you are just guy to hold it down. Have a great weekend!

DA REASON said...

That's what's up homeboy !!! Congrats on the Gig and the experience ..... more memories for the scrap book !!! NEXT EVENT WHS HC ... get yo popcorn ready !!!


12kyle said...

@ Beautifully.Conjured.Up
Haaaa! I think so. When I left, I thought I'd blog more b/c I'd have more free time but it was the opposite. I continued to read the blogs, tho. I can't tell you how many times I read different blogs while I was on a plane and I was crackin up.

@ Miz
Awww! Thanks. I gotta give her props. It's tough to do everything that she did. I prolly could have done it...but not as well.

@ Da Reason
'Preciate it, fam. You know I got some stories to tell. LOL. Looking forward to Homecoming. When the Oceans get together, you never know what might happen. LMAO!!!

Keith said...

Welcome Home...Glad you made it back safe and sound..and glad you realize who and what really counts.
(Wife and family).

I've only been to Minneapolis once
and then, it was only the airport.
A stopover on my way to somewhere else. I always wanted to go there and party with Prince,Morris Day and the Time..lololololol.

Anonymous said...

Glad your home KD and just in time for the new school year! You knew we had your back...heck I even went to one of Dee's games..outside! Spent so much time at your house B was calling my name and cried when I left...LOL! I got nothing but love for you and the fam and know that if she had to go we would have your back too. Hit me up when you get a chance.

-D- said...

Excellent post. It is so nice to come a blog and read something positive. It is also a blessing to see someone so dedicated to their wife and family.

A refreshing read.

12kyle said...

@ Keith
Thanks, man. I didn't see Prince when I was there. I did go by the club where they filmed Purple Rain, tho.

@ Anonymous
As always...'preciate the luvvv!

@ ~D~
Thanks! 'Preciate those kind words

Felicia|DaLipstickBandit said...

I never really thought of Minnesota at ALL..but you make it seem interesting enough to MAYBE weekend there....

Aww @ the wife, holding it down...

YAY you're home! :)

Rich Fitzgerald said...

What's up Kyle. Glad to see you are back. Minneapolis/St. Paul is nice. I spent the summer there after graduating from UF back in 1990 (seems like it was just yesterday) - HA!

All I can say is that I can testify to having a good wife. Ain't nothing like it. And you can, as you say, beleedat!

Demon Hunter said...

I know that's right, Kyle. Sounds like you have a great family and sounds like Minnesota was good. Glad for you. I just got married in March myself. It is a blessing. :-)

Tha L said...

Aww...Mrs Kyle is awesome. It's real cool to see how much you appreciate her. That's what I'm talkin' bout! And I know it's gotta be good to be home.

12kyle said...

@ Da Lipstick Bandit
It is a very nice place to visit...especially this time of the year

@ Rich
Mannnnnnnn, you ain't neva lied!

@ Demon Hunter
Congrats on the marriage. Hope you enjoy the ride!

@ L
She truly is. If the role was reversed and she had to go to Minnesota and I had to stay here...I would've pulled my hair out. These 3 lil ones are off the chain!!!! LOL

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Dang, Kyle...I can't believe you didn't shout out all the wonderfully dressed folks you ran into to...LOL.

Mrs12 is the real deal!

Anonymous said...

nice pics...and thats nice of your wife....BUT AINT THAT HER DAMN JOB!!

12kyle said...

@ Curvy Gurl
LOL! I almost forgot about them. They made for some comical moments

@ Oyin's not her job. lol. My job is provide for the family. Her job isn't to be left at home to take care of the kids and balance her personal/professional life. Like I said, I'm thankful for her b/c not many could have done what she did.

The F$%K it List said...

Yeah no more Minnesota. I'm sure your family is happy as clams to have you back home.

Will there be more traveling in the future?

MzInspiredMind81 said...

Soooo I'm super late commenting but welcome back home! I have cousins that live in Minnesota an you are accurate and correct. Minnesota does indeed have black people and there are many many many interracial relationships.

Exhale_Whew said...

Greetings Brother Kyle,

Thanks for the shout out. I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to meet up. I've been MIA from the blog world and didn't realize you were still in my city :-(. Glad you enjoyed yourself next time give me a heads up and we can definitely meet up. Also big ups to the Mrs for holding it down.

Yes...there are black people in MN and I too sometimes feel like it is the nations capital for interracial

Until next time stay blessed.

Anonymous said...

does anyone think porn is the only business still thriving during the credit cruch? I think many folks seek refuge in buying and wanking porn during the crunch

kelly divine