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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Walk Your Own Path

I don’t watch Oprah much or not at all. I never was a big fan of hers, and really got turned off when she denied Christ. So safe to say, it would have to be something interesting for me to watch it.

I heard Tyler Perry was going to be on, and me being a huge fan of his, this was a definite watch for me. The whole interview was hard for me to watch. It wasn’t because I experienced what he did because thank God I didn’t, but just the graphic and craziness that went on in his life was just unbearable to hear. I literally had chills listening to what came out of his mouth, and it’s amazing that he’s walking tall using his past as a spring for his fame now.

I can’t and don’t even want to imagine what it felt like to go through what he went through. This is why you got to be careful about saying, “I want to be like this guy,” or “I want to be like that guy or gal,” because you have no idea what they went through to get where they are now. I heard Shawn Michaels say this in a shoot interview where he was talking about Vince McMahon. He said, paraphrasing, that a lot of people go to Vince and ask him to “make me a millionaire” but don’t want to do the work.

There’s a phrase I heard a lot growing up that says, “You got to go through to get to.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement. All of us got our own paths to take. Me, myself, personally…I’m having trouble with my own path, so why would I want to walk in Tyler Perry’s shoes, or Donnie McClurkin’s shoes, or any other celebrity. Heck for that matter, I wouldn’t want to walk some of the paths you guys take every day. I think that’s why some people are scared to live out the best of their lives because they know that it’s not going to be a “cakewalk.” I know that’s sort of my thing now. I grew up with this mentality that life was going to be easy. I wish I could go back to that kid and tell him the truth.

Like I said in my blog on Job Core, I do have dreams. For a while I didn’t have dreams. I had dreams when I slept at night, but never had the kind of dreams of what I wanted to do with my life. Now I realize my dreams and aspirations, I’m trying to figure out how to pursue them. Why would I want anybody to walk in my shoes, when I’m still trying to figure out what my shoe size is? Know what I mean?

So don’t wish to be like anybody else. Wish to be like you. If you don’t like you right now, wish to be a better you. How do you be a better you? I really can’t answer that because I’m on the path of becoming a better me as I’m typing this. I’m still trying to figure that out. I do know one thing that helps. Being saved. Having Jesus in my heart. That helps a whole bunch.

Stay Saved,

Daniel Richerson

Friday, October 15, 2010

I'm just a wrestling fan, what do I know? (10/14/10)

Originally posted on WWE Universe, but I decided to share it here also:

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged period, let alone about Professional Wrestling. A lot has been on my mind about it, so I’m just going to get right to it. First of all, Kevin Nash. I’ve been a Kevin Nash fan ever since Diesel in the WWF. I’ve been a mark for the Clique for the longest time, even before I knew they were actually a group. In my opinion, he’s easily a Hall of Famer for the WWE. Now since he’s gone from TNA, wouldn’t it be crazy if he turned out to be the Raw GM? Just a thought. I mentioned Nash mainly because of his decision to go home and spend time with his family. I hope his wrestling mind will continue to help the business in the future, but his time in the ring is done, in my opinion.

Now for the guy I once called the “Loose Cannon” of 2010, Matthew Moore Hardy. When all this craziness started, I was a fan. I thought it was a great addition for his character and that he was going to finally get the push he deserves. Then Matt did something that I still think was a mistake. He came out on youtube and said that “MATTHEW (ALL CAPS!)” was a character. I think he could’ve gotten so much out of it, and he still can, but coming out and stating the obvious that MATTHEW is a character was a mistake because I feel that it could’ve gone over like Brian Pillman, where people would question what is real and not real. I guess people still will, but the effect won’t be as strong. Also through all this drama, I was hoping along with other fans, that Matt was NOT going to go to TNA. Turns out that could be a possibility. Another mistake. TNA doesn’t push the guys they have, and Matt coming in would not be fair to them. If/When Matt goes to TNA, they would have to immediately push him because that would be smart business. WWE is really losing out on this whole deal. I’ve said for the longest that the two people that deserved a push in the WWE the most are Matt Hardy and Christian. It’s done for Matt in the WWE for the time being, so hopefully when Christian comes back from this injury, he’ll FINALLY get the push for the title that he rightfully deserves, and hopefully we’ll finally see an Edge and Christian reunion which all fans have been hoping for ever since Christian came back to the WWE.

Now for this PG rating. I admit, I’ve changed my opinion on this time and time again. I’ve come to this conclusion. The PG rating is not the problem. WWE lost its balls. And I know who took them. Chris Benoit, yes that guy, and Linda McMahon. When the Benoit fiasco happened, and when Linda decided to run for the Senate, the balls of the WWE got taken away. Chris died, and you could see the beginning of the watered down product. Then with Linda running for an office. She didn’t want WWE to hinder her chances, so WWE watered down the product. All this is bull. The age demographic of the professional wrestling is male 18 to 35. I’m 23 years old, so I’m right there in the mix. WWE is catering to tweens and little kids who have to be in bed when Raw comes on anyway. It makes no dang sense. Why not cater to the 18 to 35 male demographic? The people that can actually buy the tickets? The people that can actually buy the merch? The no blood thing is just stupid. Really? Stopping a match for blood? Doesn’t that take away from the match itself? Nobody backstage think about that? I guess it makes to much sense.

I’m just a wrestling fan people. I’ve been one most of my life. I am a man, and I’m 23 years old so I fit in with that 18 to 35 male demographic that pro wrestling is supposed to cater to. I’m not a wrestling promoter. I’m not a “creative genius” that writes out story lines, but here’s how I would do things. If I’m the top company, I would try to keep the company on top by continuing using what works with the crowd. Why get away from it? The original ECW made it work for 7 years, and if it wasn’t for bad business management, they’d still be doing it today, not messing up their careers in TNA. Yes I said it. Then I would make it less of a priority for the writers to come up with character development, but make it more of a priority for the wrestlers themselves to come up with something for their character since they’re the ones that have to go out and perform. I would ask questions like, Where do you want your character to go? What ideas do you have? If the ideas are usable and good, I would try them. What do I have to loose? If they don’t work or lose money, then we end the storyline and go to the next one. Plain and simple. As for the divas or any other wrestlers that are not quite ready for prime time, I would put them through a 3 to 6 month wrestling boot camp. Those who survive go to developmental and continue to learn. Those who don’t survive will hopefully have the heart to continue trying or if not find something else. If any in the locker room doesn’t have the passion for the business, they’re gone. Again, I’m just a wrestling fan. What do I know, right?

Wrestling needs a make-over in the worse way. I do like the youth movement going on in the WWE right now. What I don’t like is Daniel Bryan jobbing for Sheamas. That’s not smart business. Daniel Bryan is over with the crowd and the internet, number one. Number two, he’s one of the best talents you have in the locker room. So why would you have him win the US Title one night, then the next night bury him. What kind of business is that? Dumb, that’s what it is. Btw, with CM Punk on Raw now, WWE would be stupid not to put Punk and Bryan in a feud. I’ll guarantee if given the right freedom, they’d steal the show on any pay-per-view or Monday Night Raw.

TNA is again proving that it is indeed WWE’s graveyard with the signing of Mickie James. I wish Mickie James nothing but the best in TNA, and I’m sure she’ll do well there.

One last thing that needs to be said. FIRE JOHNNY ACE!! FIRE MICHEAL COLE!! That is all.

Thank for reading this lengthy blog. Comment below on what you agree with or disagree with. Share with other wrestling fans.

~Daniel Richerson

First Impression: Job Corps (Hi, I'm back)

Oofa! Has it really been 2 months since I’ve done the blogging? My fault y’all. I’m going to get back to doing these things on the regular. I did do a blog on wrestling yesterday, but I didn’t post it on here. Here’s the link if you want to read that one: http://bit.ly/ajyOJI

So before I share what’s been going on, let me give a brief history that some of my new readers might not know, and some of my old readers might not remember. I did go to college. I went to college, chose a major that I wasn’t interested in, and some semesters after, I quit. The smart thing would’ve been is to change the major to something that was suitable to enhancing the skills I already had, but I did just the opposite.

Fast forward!! Job corps. As some of you know, I recently went to a meeting to maybe join it. Before the meeting I was hyped up because I was thinking it was going to be awesome. I was going to travel out of state and get some training. I was going to meet some new friends. I was going to possibly meet some of you that I’ve talked to for years online. I was going enhance my skills or find a skill that I’m interested in learning and get a job in that skill and live my life until I die!! I had everybody congratulating me in advance. “Oh, Daniel I have a good feeling about this one!” “Go, Daniel, go!!” *ting*

Ever had a dream or a vision of how something is going to be and then in reality it’s not anything like the dream or vision? Here’s my reality.

So I go up to the place where the meeting was at dressed in slacks and a nice shirt. I had all the stuff I thought I needed in a nice yellow folder thinking how impressed are they going to be, and I walk in! Then I see a young guy around 16-17 wearing a hat, jeans full of holes and a t-shirt with his mom. I see another guy with jeans, and boots on. I sit beside a guy in the waiting room with a long sleeve red shirt on and sneakers. So already I was feeling like I missed a memo. Then I heard that I needed something that I didn’t know I needed. So I walk in with all my stuff in a nice folder, and the fact is I don’t have everything and I’m over dressed. The meeting gets started and it’s like a round table meeting. Basically all who was applying sat a table with the speaker at the head of it. A business meeting like atmosphere. First we watch a video. I’m watching this video and I’m like, hold up! Am I joining a college? They’re talking about staying in dorms with roommates and eating on campus and all that. For up to two years. Remember I didn’t last in college, and that was for a TWO YEAR DEGREE. This is already not looking good. My dream and expectation looked nothing like this.

After the video, the lady running it, starts explaining more about what Job Corps is. She then says that if we don’t say anything and/or ask a question she’s not giving us an application. Okie Dokie. So I don’t say anything the whole time. I can feel some of you right now gasping and saying, “Daniel!” My response, “Ye shall know the truth…” The reason I don’t say anything for one, again, it’s nothing like I expected. Hard work? I expected that. Don’t get me wrong, I was not expecting this to be a cat walk. Another reason I don’t say anything is because I’m listening to all of the other people, and most of them have dropped out of high school. I’m not going to talk bad about them dropping out of high school, so just relax folks. The fact was, I got my high school diploma. I was clean as far as crime goes. I’ve never done drugs. I’ve thought about it, but never did it. I literally felt like I was in a rehab center.

So later on in the meeting, the lady looked at me and said and I quote, “Ask me something.” I didn’t know what to say so I sat and pondered. I didn’t have a question. I didn’t have a statement ready because again none of this was expected. I didn’t know I was in a meeting for basic training, which is what it felt like to me. I didn’t say anything, so she asked me, “Why are you here?” I told her the truth that I’m 23 years old, I don’t want to depend on my parents anymore…blah blah blah. She told me the truth that I looked like a grown man. I don’t know what gave it away; maybe it was the mustache and the beard. Smart woman this one was, but I digress. She told me that if I go through with this, I’d have to go all the way, which I knew and thought I was ready to do.

Anyway, we then get some handouts. Before I go there, we get told what Job Centers are opening. Now, I wanted OUT of familiarity. One center was outside of Ashville, NC. The other center was outside of Orangeburg, SC. Both are 2 ½ hours away. Yikes. Again, not what I expected. Maybe I should stop thinking to much into stuff before actually seeing what it is so I won’t be turned down. Back to the handouts. We get the handouts, and first thing I hear about is Polo shirts and kakis. So now I’m joining a private school. I didn’t say that out loud, but that’s what I was thinking. I don’t mind the khakis but I hate polo shirts with a PASSION. Here’s the allowance: $25 bi-weekly. I get more than that now. Again, not sounding like the dream I was hoping for. Not sounding like what I was praying for. This is sounding like the Army without the exercise and weapons.

I know I know. “Daniel, stop complaining! This is all going to lead to something!” I feel you. I’m with you. Now we get to what I thought would’ve brought me back into accepting to going into this. The occupations offered. Uh…what do I do here? I’m not interested in any of this. “Daniel this is a great opportunity. You have nothing going on. You have no room to complain.” I feel you. I’m with you. You’re right. 100%. Yesterday, I go on the Job Corps website to see if I find something on there that I might be interested in. Uh…

Now I’m stuck. I don’t know what to do. Oh, btw, I forgot to mention that back in college when I chose my major, my mom played a major part. Mom suggested Job Corps to me. I’m not throwing my mom under the bus. For one I love my mom, and I wouldn’t do that to her. She’s just trying to help. Me having nothing going on, I took a shot because it was something.

Back to the meeting, so we get to the point where we fill out the actual application. I haven’t had to write that much cursive since Elementary School. I signed my name so many times. Good Lord! So it came to a point where I had to choose 3 occupations. Remember, I’m not interested in none of this. I have no desire to pursue any of this. So I chose something I might be able to make a go at. Something I’m not that interested in. Remind you of anything? Yeah, this has potential to be a bust!

I know this all sounds like I’m ungrateful. I’m not, ok? I’m not ungrateful. I know and understand that at this point of my life I need to do something. I am 23 years old. I can’t depend on my Mom anymore. I got to come up with something on my own. On the real, I just want God’s will to be done, and if I got to join the Job Corps so be it. I just know, my heart won’t be in it.

Another thing on the meeting, we were told people can’t be trusted. Be careful what you bring, what you put in your locker because people will steal. Turns out there’s a big lesbian epidemic going on at one of the centers. It seems like one cluster after another. Again, I know it seems like I’m ungrateful and complaining. The question comes up, “Ok, Daniel, not this. Then what? Because you got to do something.” Want the honest answer. I don’t know. I do not know. There it is the truth.

I would love to get paid doing something like this. Blogging. Sharing my thoughts like this. I would love one day to write a novel and have it on top of the best seller list. I would love to one day do something musically, weather its sing and/or play drums. I would love an opportunity to work backstage for a wrestling company because I feel I have a great mind for it. A lot of stuff I would love to do. I would love to do a show on stage. Maybe do a stage play. I’m crazy. I don’t have any sense what so ever, and most of y’all know that. I say all that to let y’all know, I have dreams. I have stuff I want to do. And I think it’s good that I just admitted that stuff on here because it lets me know that I am capable of doing something. I have to ask God forgiveness for lying at the Job Corps meeting because I said that I don’t know what I want to do career wise. After all that stuff I just mentioned, it turns out I have a pretty good idea, huh?

I know this is lengthy but again it has been 2 months, so I just wanted to remind some of you and introduce some of you to what I do and what I can do. I was contemplating on rather to post this or not but it’s going up. Obviously you know that because you’re reading it. People are going to take this either way they want to. I can’t control how people feel. People have always either loved or hated my blogs. I’ve got chastised and praised on the same blog. So that comes with the territory.

Continue to pray for me, and please share your thoughts and opinions. I know you got some. Thanks for reading.

Stay Saved,

Daniel Richerson