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07.13.03 05:40 PM

10+1 things that have made me smile a lot recently

1. Playing laser tag at Lazer Park in Times Square.

2. Bowling in a lane next to the Young Gunz at Chealsea Piers Lanes and having their manager pay for one of my games.

3. Listening to Chaka Khan's booming sound system of a voice at Shelter at Central Park Summerstage.

4. Watching drag queens on parade at Cherry Grove Beach at Fire Island on July 4th. And of course I saw some of the same at Pride this year. But what made the Fire Island jumpoff more interesting was that you had these totally mannish looking guys sporting beards and hairy chests in dresses and heels.

5. Hearing De La Soul pump up the crowd at Central Park Summerstage.

6. Having Media Assassin Harry Allen and journalist Nicholas Boston drop by my race and ethnicity course to speak to my students, and then watching my students bubble with wonder and excitement.

7. Going to the PS 1 Warm Up Urban Beach DJ/music series for the Body and Soul party to spend some time with my girl Melissa before she celebrates her 30th birthday with a house rental and party in the South of France (still mad I can't make it) and then goes off to grad school in London, only to bump into Texas-based blogger and extraordinary DJ Mel, Zen Buddhist priest Angel Kyodo Williams, and sexually-itinerant blogger Alexis-S.

8. J. and Mo phoning in just to say hi, and Kevin emailing me from time-to-time to see how I'm doing and Donald doing the same while playing around with iChatAV.

9. Jason and Bink putting their creative talents to work for me on the new VIBE Online. Jason was previously published on the old (still have to get that one into the archives), and his recent article is here. Bink's first joint is soon to come.

10. Copping and listening to Juelz Santana, Final Destination, hosted by DJ Kay Slay and DJ Whoo Kid and Lloyd Banks, Money In The Bank, Collector's Edition.

+1. My baby delaying the relocation to ATL a couple of weeks longer to spend more time with me.

Xtra Bonus: I have been holding down Lynne d :: A day in a life. for two years now. These were my first diary entries. I definitely think it's time for that relaunch now. It's being worked on-which is the neverending story-but if it isn't ready in a week, I'll link you to the preview.

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