Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bamboo tonight for NYE!

Greg just put on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I'm drinking a bottle of Bud Light Lime, which is probably more of a summer beer, but it's still really good. Tonight a number of us will be heading to Bamboo in Seaside for the 2008 NYE celebration. Bamboo's deal consists of a $35 admission fee for a three hour open bar and open buffet. Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself. Mike's brother Chris arrived a little while ago. Mike's girlfriend Angela will be arriving at about 6:30PM, along with her sister Michelle and Michelle's boyfriend Brandon. Tonight should be absolutely fabulous time. We'll see if B-Money has enough game left this year to get himself some NYE ass! I will see if I can break the ice tonight! I'm just looking forward to the good old NYE celebration. I'm pretty high on the whole NYE holiday. Time to go out to the living room and watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I hope all of you enjoy yourselves tonight on this NYE, whatever it is you decide to do for fun. Take care folks! Expect a number of pictures from this legendary evening and weekend come the new year!

B-Money's recollection of 2008!

We have a brand new year upon us just a little over 24 hours from now. Taking that into account, I figured I'd keep the Blog of Bryan tradition alive by taking a look back at the most significant posts and moments of 2008. Be sure to check out what I believed to be the most memorable, with certain memories being pleasant and others not so sweet.

February 10, 2008

One would say that this was the death of a family member. His death to me, however, is also quite symbolic in the sense that it left us in a really horrible position, but by the same token, his death also stopped him from making that position even worse than he already had, as he really lost his mind there at the end, product of his immoral, monetarily influenced bad habits. These habits, along with his health issues, clearly lead to his demise. Wherever he is right now, he is likely begging for forgiveness. What I am thankful for is that he can no longer do any harm - emotionally - to those who are still living, most notably my loved ones around me. What he was doing in the final months of his life was putting my mother at risk and that was creating more harm than he was ever aware of or mentally capable of knowing. Having said that, hopefully he realizes that what he did was very very very wrong and that life for us here on Earth with continue in peace and out of harm's way. We learn lessons here in life. Live and learn.

May 29, 2008
Memorial Day at BG's house in Lake Hopatcong (one of the ONLY times I've ever been to BG's house, lol) was well spent with Billy D, Raph, and Beanie. But the career fair at RU was a legitimate step, taken on my behalf, to find a job and rebound from the loss I suffered in losing my job at Citistreet. As it turned out, and as you will read in the next post, my "loss" at Citistreet (now ING) did not turn out being much of a loss for me at all.

June 24, 2008

I had managed to get a position contractually as an auditor at Solix, making more than I made at my previous job and making a significantly shorter commute. How amazing is that? What a fortunate turn of events life had in store for me! However, my first day of classroom training was not scheduled to begin until August 4, so I had over a month of free summer leisure cut out for me!

July 6, 2008
4th of July weekend in Edison

A terrific weekend at Mike's house in Edison, even though it was raining for the most part. We all went to the movies to see Hancock (which I now own on DVD), and we also went to a comedy club in New Brunswick called The Stress Factory.

July 14, 2008

Last year I had gone to Pleasant Acres with Billy D on Memorial Day to BBQ with his family and his family's friends, but I made it up there a little bit more throughout the summer this year. I had the chance to go swimming in the pool up there. The distant scenery of hills, valleys, and trees that can be seen from the pool is beautiful.

July 17, 2008

This post goes into detail about my victory in my unemployment case, as the bastards from my previous place of employment decided that they would attempt to appeal my claim. They didn't get very far, as you can tell. Their representative in the case was a liar who sounded like a total idiot. A couple phone bills submitted on my behalf contradicted their claim that they had attempted to contact me for other job opportunities and that I had turned them down. My phone bill clearly showed that they did NOT try to contact me. I knocked them the fuck out, figuratively speaking, and was eligible to continue my collection of unemployment until August 4.

July 26, 2008

Our trip to Wildwood took place at the end of July, on the weekend that we spent in Lavallette. This was an extended weekend for me, being that I was not yet working at Solix. I recall watching the weather forecast prior to leaving for Wildwood on morning of the day we went there, and the forecast was referring to that day as a "PERFECT DAY". That was interesting to me. That definitely had to be a perfect summer day.

September 29, 2008
Economy falls, but memories of Six Flags are still grand!

Approximately 13 years since my last visit, I had finally made it back to Six Flags Great Adventure. Greg, Mike, and I went together and I was re-introduced to roller coasters, as I managed to go on about six of them, including Kingda Ka!

November 5, 2008

A profound landmark in our country's history, as for months we had witnessed the presidential campaign between our first black US presidential candidate and the oldest running US presidential candidate. Barack Obama won the election, defeating John McCain 53% to 46%. This is an election that I will remember for years to come, as it fell on the night before my birthday and established yet another reason - other than my birthday - for me to celebrate on the following day. God bless America!

November 26, 2008
B-Money's 28th Birthday celebration!

This year's birthday celebration was as special as any of them have been, but this was the year that I brought all of my friends from different locations, backgrounds, and history together for one big night and one great cause - my 28th!

Now for the Jerry Springer-wanna be final thought!

Overall I would have to say this was a better year than the previous two were. In my book, this was a year in which I feel as though I came out of it a winner. That's right, this was winning year. A couple setbacks I had earlier in the year created opportunities for prosperity and life's enjoyment later on in the year. I can honestly say that I had a wonderful summer, which I enjoyed with friends and family to the maximum. Trials and tribulations are crossed by all on this path of life. But as we get a little older and a little wiser, we come to appreciate the fact that we not only live to see another day, but also live to see another year.

Through all of the thick and thin, ugly and pretty, good and bad, one must keep trucking along to survive and see a new day. I've learned to focus on the path I am taking and not to worry about others so much. When you focus your negative energy on others and their problems, you're not concentrating on what you need to for yourself to make your life better and more livable. As I view life through my very own eyes today, I am standing firmly in my own spot. There's millions who are behind me trying to get head and get into my spot. They all hope to get up to my spot. Yet there are folks in front of me as well who are getting theirs. What am I focusing my energy and attention on? The spot that I am in.

For now, I realize where I am at and I will continue to move forward, which means continuing to reduce debt, going back to the gym again, paying bills on time, and banking money with each and every check that I earn. Along with helping out my mom whenever I can, I will continue to focus on ME in 2009. I've built a solid foundation this year and made some money, but now I want to make more and I will definitely make more while elevating myself along the way. In 2009, I plan to build upon what I established for myself in 2008 - making money and reducing much of the debt that I still had at the end of 2007!

My advise would be to focus on prospering and doing it legally and legitimately. Take your time in doing so. Take each and every passing day that is allotted to you. As I have learned, thankfully not the hard or fatal way, some of these shortcuts to what we think is prosperity are illegitimate. Some of these shortcuts are illegal. Some of these shortcuts can hurt others around you, may even loved ones. Some of these shortcuts might not necessarily be the most legitimate or safest ways to travel.... these shortcuts... might even lead to a finish line other than the one you think is labeled prosperity. They could lead you to another finish line, a little darker and perhaps lonelier than the other one I have mentioned. A short, sweet, and sudden finish line... called your demise.

OK, the end of that was creepy enough for me to want to stop now. LOL. Again, it's symbolic of what I learned in the last year or so, and those closest to me might even be able to comprehend what I'm referring to.

Good 2008, but we have a new year upon us in less than 24 hours. To all of my Blog of Bryan fans, friends, family, and stalkers alike, have a Happy New Year!!! All those going out tonight, be safe, get drunk as hell, and have a blast!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

B-Money's Lavallette arrival for NYE 2008 weekend!

After working my eight hours on my final work day of the year at Solix, I drove back home to gather some last minute belongings that I intended for the weekend and headed down to Lavallette where I am right now. I arrived here at Mike's beach house about an hour ago. It's great to be back again, as I am ready to eat, drink, hang out with some friends, and enjoy the five day New Years festivus. Will this year's celebration of New Years live up to that of last year? Will it surpass last year's legendary and full filled celebration? Let's find out ladies and gentlemen. All I know right now is that I got a bottle of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat in my hand .... *taking a sip... ahhhhhh* and I intend to drink and enjoy that bottle of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Everyone have a good night! One more day left of 2008!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Looking forward to Roger's birthday celebration!

First of all, I must say that Christmas day was absolutely beautiful. I received a number of really nice gifts, such as cologne (Cool Water), Dark Knight - Two Disc Special Edition DVD, Hancock DVD, Step Brothers DVD, a couple of watches, a couple memory cards for the Sony Cybershot digital camera my mother got me for my birthday this year, and an MP3 player that stores over 3000 songs, over 3000 pictures, and also has video capability. The MP3 will definitely come in handy both at work and the gym. Yes indeed, Santa was very good to me this year.

Tomorrow night I will be heading out to Sona Thirteen in Morristown to join a select group of our friends in celebrating Big Roger's birthday. Sona Thirteen is where Funky Monkey used to be on South Street before new ownership eventually took over. Tomorrow night should be an occasion, but before that happens, Billy D, Billy G, and I are heading to Bindiya Beauty Salon to get our haircuts and eyebrow threading. You all know I need to nurture and maintain these natural good looks of mine so that I may shine when I go out for nights like tomorrow night.

After Bindiya, we're heading straight for the gym to work shoulders and then we're going home to relax and get ready for the dinner at 7PM. There will plenty of exclusive Blog of Bryan pictures from that event as well as the New Years Eve weekend upcoming down in Lavallette and Atlantic City! So definitely be on the lookout for those.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Watching Christmas movies on Christmas Eve!

I just got done watching the 1951 classic A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim, who in my opinion is the best Scrooge in existence. As a family tradition, we have always watched that version of A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve.

As I was getting up this morning, I felt a little bit of bug and hoped to God I was not getting sick again. Bill called and asked me if I would like to go to Wallmart with him for some last minute Christmas shopping, so I did just that. It turns out it's not nearly as bad as the cold I had last month, as I feel better than I did at that time and I'm taking extra precautions by popping cough drops and Ibuprofen.

Right now, I'm watching The Santa Clause with Tim Allen; another great Christmas movie. Hard to believe that Christmas Day is tomorrow; it came so quick this year, but it seems to come quicker and quicker every passing year. Having finished all of my Christmas shopping, I am ready to exchange gifts tomorrow morning and that should be lovely.

Greg's Christmas party down in Cinnaminson was inevitably cancelled due to the weather conditions last weekend, but that didn't stop me from making a random trek down to Lavallette last Saturday night to spend an evening with Mike, Greg, and Angela. We ended up going to Hemingway's Cafe in Seaside, where I finally made a debut appearance. Hemingway's is homey looking, especially this time of year, with the the red Christmas lights blazing around the joint inside. For the most part, I sat at the bar with Greg and watched a football game.

For a brief period of time, Greg, Mike, and I walked out onto the dance floor, while Angela waited at the table her and Mike were sitting at. Overall, it was a pretty nice time. It's safe to say that I will certainly be returning to Hemingway's again, especially on a number of occasions over the summer, in the coming year.

That's about all for now ladies and gentlemen. Be sure to come back again for more updates, as there will be a countdown to 2009 post, outlining the most significant Blog of Bryan posts and times of the year 2008, which turned out to be a rather decent year! Peace.

P.S. I'll be expecting you any moment now, Santa Claus AKA Jolly Old Saint Nick. Milk, cookies, maybe even a glass of Merlot.... whatever you want big guy. Actually, perhaps we'll exnay the erlotmay, as I don't want you flying around on your sleigh under the influence. I'll be here the whole night; see you soon! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

The Night before Christmas!

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dog Eat Dog - Weird Al Yankovic

Dog Eat Dog Lyrics
Artist(Band):Weird Al Yankovic

Found a job in a great big office
And I really love this placeI got my.... my very own scotch tape dispenser
And I've got a private parking space... ha!
And I've got a coffee mug with my name right on it
In big bold letters so everyone knows it's mine
Don't even touch it, Cause it doesn't belong to you
I'm watchin you, so don't get funny.

I'm climbing up, up the corporate ladder
Watch out! It's dog eat dog
Nose against the grindstone, It feels alright
Watch Out! It's dog eat dog.
Here we go

I love to watch my boss get angry
So I can count the veins on his neck. Ha!
Everyday is like a picnic
Every Friday, get a check

Well, do I smell Jelly donuts? This is my lucky day!
I'll have some coffee with a carcinogenic sweetner
Hold on a minute, just one more jelly donut
They'll never miss it. No, they'll never miss it!

I'm climbing up, up the corporate ladder
Watch Out! Well, It's dog eat dog.
Nose against the grindstone, It feels alright.
Watch out! Hey! Well, It's dog eat dog.

Sometimes I can't believe this is all happening
Sometimes I can't believe I'm sitting here
Sometimes I tell myself, "This is not my beautiful stapler!
"Sometimes I tell myself, "This is not my beautiful chair!"

I can bend paper clips into the shapes of small animals
Maybe I can get on Letterman
I think I made a big mistake
Where's my liquid paper, where's my liquid paper?

I'm climbing way up, way up the corporate ladder
Watch out! Well, It's dog eat dog.
Nose against the grindstone, It feels alright
Better be careful now, It's dog eat dog
Watch out mama! it's dog eat dog.
Nose against the grindstone, it feels real good.
Hey, dog eat dog.

These lyrics are so profound and shockingly reflective of every day corporate American life. Great piece by Weird Al!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I finally own Whos Nailin Paylin!

I only WISH I owned Lisa Ann!

Greg had to cancel his Christmas party this weekend, due to the inclement weather conditions. However, the weather cleared up a little bit and I was able to drive down to Lavallette to see Mike, Angie, and Greg and Mike's beach house.

When I arrived last night, we all exchanged gifts for the most part. I gave Angie her $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble. I also gave Mike Season Eleven of South Park on DVD. My gift to Greg was a Philadelphia Eagles hoodie, which made the prideful Philadelphia native and sports fanatic very happy.

Thanks to Mr. Mike Milek, I am now a proud owner of the Who's Nailin Paylin pornographic DVD from Hustler. Lisa Ann is one hot piece of ass - I love her round apple bottom. I would LOVE to have sex with that woman just once. Jada Fire is smoking hot as well; Condoleezza Rice could only dream she looked like that. The facials in that movie were phenomenal. These ladies took money shots, right on their glasses. I loved young Paylin as well, the scene dating back to the time when Paylin was in school. That's also one hot young piece of ass in the porn industry.

The Orally Factor, a parody of the O-Reilly Factor with Bill O-Reilly on Fox News, was absolutely hilarious as well. Honestly, it would not surprise me if there was an attempted lawsuit or two over the content that was featured in that movie. Yes, they changed her name from Palin to Paylin, but she's definitely still portraying herself as the Governor of Alaska. She's still saying the same sound bytes - "You Betcha!" - as Governor Palin made throughout her campaign with John McCain.

If there is indeed a lawsuit and this DVD is eventually taken off market, I just might have me a collectors item here! LOL. However, I don't think they'll ever take the DVD off the market.

Thank you for the gift Mike!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy what, now? Merry who?

There are folks out there who despise the term "Happy Holidays". Many of you celebrate different things for different religions that you practice. Blog of Bryan, always aiming to make each and everyone of you happy, has a special greeting for you today.
and a partridge in a pear tree. HOLLA

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Stills from the Whos Nailin Paylin DVD!

brought to you by The Young Turks.

This video looks like it's going to be fucking spectacular. HOT! YES!

Hemmingways, Greg's Christmas party, and a possible B-Money return to AC upcoming!

Ladies and gentlemen, BLOG OF BRYAN friends, family, fans and stalkers alike, your boy is here in full effect as we are getting closer and closer to the holidays. Work has kept me plenty busy over the past few weeks or so, which is why I really haven't updated this site with much of anything.

I have already started my Christmas shopping, so for once I'm not being a procrastinator when it comes to that, but I still have considerably more to do on that end. This weekend is being spent on a rather relaxing note, but next weekend should be a genuinely pleasing venture, as I will be leaving work early on Friday to drive down to South Jersey. Mike is probably getting out of work around 4:30 PM on that day.

Others are also working that late, or perhaps even later than that, on Friday as well. I figured I may as well just head all the way down to Atlantic City for the day and take a stroll up and down the boardwalk, as I have not been to Atlantic City in almost a year! Shocking, I know, considering that place was practically my backyard for four years. The time has come to return to my old stomping grounds and I am excited about it. Maybe I'll take some pictures as well with my new camera!

In the event that I do drive all the way down there, I will probably leave around 6 or 6:30 to head back up to Lavallette where everybody will be arriving at Mike's. Our Friday night at Mike's next weekend will serve as a worthy pregame to the Saturday evening Christmas party at the Rootman's house. I have to tell you, I'm looking forward to the entire weekend. On Friday night, we'll all be going to this lounge by the name of Hemingways Cafe in Seaside Heights.

I have never before been to Hemingways, so this will be my Hemingways debut on an evening when Hemingways is actually having their Christmas party, LOL. You got to love it. We'll see how things go at Hemingways, as this hot boy will definitely be on the look out for some beautiful girls who are in a festive yet playful mood. LOL.

It's time for me to treat myself to some coffee at Starbucks and maybe continue with some more shopping. There's one gift on I plan on purchasing for myself this year, as I can't exactly ask my family for this because that shit just wouldn't be right - it would be awkward. The Whos Nailin Paylin DVD is finally in stores and I will be getting that for myself! =)

I just read a brief synopsis of the DVD, courtesy of The peview reads as follows:

WHO`S NAILIN` PAYLIN is a naughty adventure to the wild side of that sexy Alaska governor, featuring girl-on-girl lovin, nailing the Russians who come knocking on her backdoor, and a younger Palin getting seduced by her college creationist professor who will explain a big bang theory even she cant deny! Also included: a three-way hardcore sex scene starring Palin / Paylin, Hillary Clinton, and Condoleeza Rice.

Remind me to fast forward through the Clinton and Rice scene, before I become impotent. LOL. Thank you.

Happy Holidays folks!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Thinking of Christmas Already!

With just 16 days left to go before Christmas Day, B-Money is already thinking about Christmas.


Friday, December 05, 2008

Trivial complaints in the work place!

It's amazing to me what coworkers can think to complain about at work. Somebody at my job actually questioned why we're not getting free holiday lunches this year. WTF???? Is that all they have to think about? I'm just happy that I have a job and that I'm getting paid. Folks who are fortunate enough to have jobs in this free-falling economy should also consider themselves lucky that they even receive a paycheck. There are a number of people in this country right now, for which the number is rapidly increasing, who can't even make the money necessary to put food on their own table at home for their kids!! Anybody who currently has a job, think about that the next time you're about to submit a complaint as frivolous as not having a free holiday lunch. Count your blessings as well as the money you're getting every week or every two weeks!!!!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Tis the season, coming down the stretch of 2008!

Fortunately 2008 was somewhat of a rebound/coming out party. Hopefully next year will be off the hook, as I am optimistic it will be.

Tis the season to be merry - and also to be ill, for many. A couple weeks ago, I finally over a terrible cold that lasted for about a week. Others have also gotten sick; many are still getting sick or coming down with something. Billy D called me today and told me that he's coming down with strep throat. Strep throat is no fun at all whatsoever and it's highly contagious. I wish him a speedy recovery.

Back to the holidays. Tis the season for egg nog, especially egg nog spiked with Bacardi. Yum! Tis the season for joyful and merry Christmas movies. Yesterday, I watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Today I watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. As you can tell, I am getting started rather early this year with the Christmas movies. It will be nice if I can started equally as fast with the Christmas shopping. Hard to believe we're just 23 days shy of Christmas Day and 29 days shy of a brand new year! These years go by so damn quick, which is why we must make the most of them with each passing day.

Work has pretty much been the same as always. One of the QCers at work called me this morning and informed me that I'm doing a good job with these audits and that she thinks I am really catching on. Such words of encouragement really served as a mental uplift on my end, to the point where I felt the need to step up my productivity and try to take it to the next level. I stayed busy for practically the entire day with my latest audit package.

The more productive I am, and the busier I stay, the faster the work day goes. Right now, I'm just handing life like a king and focusing on me. I'm focusing on B-Money as well as my money game. Make money, save money, and spend money wisely. That's been the name of B-Money's big game. I have budgets for everything, including my Christmas shopping. One could say that I am holding it down right now for the most part.

Recently I signed up with this credit repairing law firm in attempt to repair my credit history and improve my credit score. I paid a registration fee of $99 upfront and I'm now paying $59 a month. Normally I don't sign up for things like this, but I have evidence of its legitimacy and success. One of my family members registered with them as well. Her credit score has improved thanks to the service that the law firm provided.

Other than that, I'm looking forward to Greg Root's Christmas party with great anticipation, as well as the New Years celebration that a bunch of us are going to have down in Lavallette. All of these events are going to be off the hook. For the most part, I can honestly say that 2008 has indeed been an alright year. This year pretty much negated all of the negative energy and momentum that plagued my life in 2007. Some crazy ass shit happened in 2007, but I had a good year this year. Fortunately 2008 was somewhat of a rebound/coming out party. Hopefully next year will be off the hook, as I am expecting it to be.