Thursday, June 13, 2019

LOCAL MAN MAKES GOOD

ROOTS, Vol. 2 -

BSC, CA – Usually only a super hero gets an origin story, but Wiley Y. Daniel came into Denver like a bolt out of the blue, SHAMAN! Not the creation of some lightning and chemicals, or a mad scientist, it was Ida B. Seymour, a young woman college student at the University of Northern Colorado, who first met Wiley in his second year of Howard Law School, and ultimately brought Wiley to Colorado. In the deal he changed her last name.


As I sat in the Park Hill UMC gym looking at the man in the gold suit pictured on the back of the memorial program and listening to friend, colleague, co-worker, and church member speak to the impact my cousin had on and in their lives, I decided it would behoove the people there to know why Wiley had such an impart. The audience deserved to know Wiley's roots, at least as much as I knew, because they had filled me in on what I didn't know about my first cousin, his Denver side.

Wiley was from Louisville, a different kind of Southern town. It has the country's oldest horse race, and even during the days of segregation and Jim Crow laws, the infield of the Kentucky Derby was never segregated, ever! It was the peoples area to watch the race, together. It was here that Wiley Daniel watched the Kentucky Derby as part of the Louisville Male High School Marching Band. I was there too, as part of the ROTC Drill Team.

Friday, May 31, 2019

RUSD STEM MEETING

YOU CAN'T SPELL MONEY W/O “O” -

BSC, CA – Birds of prey are anti-birds. These birds chase away or feast on other, smaller, unaware birds who aren't of the same feather. Birds of prey are easy to spot in nature, but in human nature that is usually not the case, since people tend to see with their ears. This is the reason for an 'oversight committee'. If everyone was going to Heaven there would be no need for such groups, but alas, this just isn't the case.


In 2016, the Riverside voters were sold Measure O, a band-aid of upgrades, safety issues, and repairs to rundown elementary schools around this town. Voters were rallied by two political groups, both pro Measure O. Riverside is an old city and the heart of the county. Government buildings, like domes, are everywhere. The city gets what it wants, except when it doesn't. It is the job of the Measure O Citizens Oversight Committee to make sure the measure's intent of what the people's tax money is spent on, is what was promised in selling that tax to the public.

The Committee is unelected but not unaware of school board members, so public input is vital, and this includes the students at UCR, whose future is touched by this issue through, yep, you guessed it – money [for soccer fields]. Even given this final exam period, four students did manage to come late but had to leave before the Committee meeting finished. This was a far cry from the first meetings which were at UCR.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

FINAL EXAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE

STEM STUDENT SHOWDOWN –

BSC, CA – It started out like any myth, “This tax measure will fix a certain undeniable problem...” But after the vote the people with your gold make rules, unless you speak up. Make no mistake, it may be your future, UCR undergrads, but you are being cut out as sure as the working class residents of the surrounding area. All by people who don't live in the area using your tax dollars as they want to. This is your first final exam in real life, as a voter.


Here's the skinny on how you can pack the place. Wednesday, 4:30-6:30, 3rd floor, RUSD Office. Address corner of 14th and Lime, or 3380 14th Street, across from Jack In The Box. This is the Measure O Oversight Committee Meeting and the issue of using 'Measure O' money to build the STEM High School [on the UCR Campus] is on the meeting agenda.

Please help spread the word as this is a bad idea all around and does noting to alleviate the already parking situation for commuters or address the housing situation for students. The more you research the issue, the worse it becomes right down to the environment, which is both physically toxic [being close to a toxic waste site] and morally toxic by diverting money for needed repairs to serving as a project grant for gifted, not underprivileged students.

Monday, May 27, 2019

COMING ATTRACTIONS

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY -

BSC, CA – From the start of my story there has always been a direction, but on the last page of my first person narrative, Memoirs of Mr. Pete & Mary Jane Green, there is a prediction. That prediction set up meeting the 420Nurses on the night of releasing the book officially, in Los Angeles at a Christmas Potluck. The night would become the morning of Doomsday, the urban legend that came to pass in late 2012.


Astounded at first by the models who rep the brand as an answer to my book print campaign, the pro medical marijuana, all female company has grown externally and internally since that time. As a reporter and a vendor, I've had a catbird seat with which to view the group from. Completely unique from any other female organization that I have come across in scope, the 420Nurses have access to the inner cannabis community through modern girl empowerment, not false SJW rhetoric. Their business model is a blend of Amway, cannabis products, and artistic freedom through photography, thus strengthening self-esteem.

The story could end there, just a 'group of models who toke' except for the 'printed prediction'. I met the group on 12-20-12, offered up a baked cake, on neutral ground in a place that no longer exists; a magical portal. That early Doomsday morn I accepted an invite to join the group from their leader. The very first story I wrote featured the third picture found in their then extensive library of about 25k pictures. I was involved, and enchanted.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE

WILEY Y. DANIEL – R.I.P.

BSC, CA – In a strange weekend which began last story, on the Friday before the wedding, I received news that my first cousin had passed away. For about 48 hours this part of my life was bottled up, now I get to talk about my cousin, one of the family members I was most proud of. Wiley was a Colorado Supreme Court Judge. This is not an everyday occupation, but we never talked about that. I did visit him a few times at where he worked, especially after 911. The guards chuckled at seeing my pipe show up on the x-ray machine.

Most of the time I saw Wiley, either as I was going through Denver, or was visiting him. In my stays there over the years, we rarely talked about his work [lawyer] or career [judge], but I saw his environment. And we never talked politics or culture. We had grown up almost as brothers since birth, only being a year apart. So when we got together as adults, we didn't have to talk about the world, we just talked about stuff. Sports sometimes, if the time was right.


One visit I showed him an old trick learned from having 'city cars' that got his jeep started. Plus he was always a gracious host, both he and his wife, Ida. Like all of my family I am proud of, I have to admit, having a judge in the family is better than a doctor. Wiley represented the 'silent minority' of blacks you don't hear of normally, unless they get famous like Clarence Thomas. These are successful blacks, raised by two professional parents, who graduated college, then went on to the highest possible position their education could bring them. Wiley was at the peak of the pecking order in the fam to me.