My Trip To Atlanta (Highlights) - PART TWO / by Shanelle Gabriel

Hey y'all! I'm fittin' ta give y'all the highlights of my recent trip to tha A!!!! Atlanta, GA. It included shows, a conference, and hanging with my lovely sister Michelle, my mom, grandma, and my grand father. Here are the highlights.

PART TWO

Had a great feature on www.blogtalkradio.com/newd. We spoke and joked about female esteem in the arts & media as well as general relationship issues, featuring a live performance by yours truly. Check it out:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/newd/2009/03/22/NEWDradio-Black-American-Repatriation-to-South-Africa

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While dining with my sister, I remembered how much I love strawberry cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. I know, I'm supposed to be loyal to Juniors but...


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Went to a Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc Crossing Party at some club. No, friends, I didn't bag anyone or get any numbers. (I think my brain is starting to be preoccupied with someone else, but that's another story that I'm keeping to myself...)

One thing I love about the South- while I'm a pretty good dancer in New York, I'm like "The Dancehall Queen" everywhere else! When reggae comes on, I'm one of the few that can do all the dances. Kinda makes you feel extraordinary.

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I just love Super Wal-Mart. I went there pretty much every day.

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My sister took me to this rather hood club called Esso. I thought I was in Brooklyn for two seconds. We were there at 10:30pm because it was free before 11:30. However, they didn't let people in till 11:35. Trifiling.

While waiting on line, this girl walked by wearing a green, yellow, white, and black mixed print tank top...with matching print spandex pants. She looks like the old school 3-D puzzle with a hidden picture that you have to hold close to your face and pull away to see the picture. I wish I got a picture of her. I'm sure that in the club, no guy could holla at her; she looked like a blur.

Question: Why does the awkward, drunk White guy at the Black club always pick the biggest Black woman to jump behind and dance with?

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Went to Ten Pin Alley for my Soror Kristy's birthday party. Realized that after 10pm, no one's bowling...because it turns into a club! Chicks were rocking tight, short dresses; they had me feeling like I was wrong for being casual at the bowling alley. Kristy had a DOPE birthday cake! I didn't even want her to cut it.


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One morning, some lady, with a Hatian accent that even my Flatbush, Brooklynite-self couldn't decipher, calls me saying, "The guy u texted this morning lives with a woman. Keep that in mind." WTH? I texted two people that morning, so I was confused. One of them was my Phrat brother to wish him happy birthday, the other a childhood friend. When I asked her who she was talking about, she said, "I'm telling you this woman-to-woman. He doesn't live with his mom or family, he lives with a WOMAN. Keep that in mind." I think I get phonecalls like these waaaay too often.

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I used my mom's guest pass to go to the gym. LA Fitness isn't my Crunch, but it'll have to do. Lil Scrappy walked by me at the gym, getting his workout on while I'm on the elliptical machine. Man he has some bad teeth!
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I saw these at a shopping center. Yo, you can be so gansta that even your slippers are hood!


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I swear, it seems like the weather always gets amazingly beautiful the day you have to leave a place. I was very sad to leave Atlanta.

On the way to my gate, the airport security guard leaned over his podium, checked my ID, and said,"You're finer than a mutha****er." Really? When a guy curses in his compliment, is it still a compliment?