here are some things I would've blogged about.
5. Being racially profiled by police for the first time
I'd been followed around in department stores before and experienced a good bit of racism as a young teen, but the story I'm referring to is when I was 17 and I spent the summer with my grandmother and uncle in Greenville, South Carolina. [I'd moved to Killeen, Texas, the year before.] After getting my paycheck from Pizza Hut (my high school job) my uncle and I stopped at the grocery store a couple of miles from my grandmother's house then headed back home. While driving through a green light, the light turned to yellow and then I saw a cop behind us and saw the sirens come on. We were stopped for "running a red light" according to the officer, but it didn't take long for us to be summoned out of the car with our hands up and to get onto our knees.
Another officer pulled up quickly and my uncle was arrested for "fitting a description". The car was turned inside out and I was left on the sidewalk with no cell phone or license way to drive home. When I was pulled over in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas one year later - while meeting with a friend I'd just met at the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship Banquet (which I'd just won) - nearly the same thing happened. But that time I wasn't so surprised.
4. Why John McCain should have been the Republican nominee for president in 2000
Al Gore probably would've won which would have been interesting, but if McCain won I wonder if there would have been as much of a justification behind the Iraq war. Obviously McCain is a shell of his former self, as evidenced by his staunch backing of the Arizona immigration law in hopes of getting re-elected (which is crazy considering he was rumored to have only been concerned with one term as president). Regardless, it would've been a good topic to cover. Especially as a 17-year-old.
3. Why Shawshank Redemption should've won Best Picture
I'm still beside myself thinking about this one. Hate all you want, but IMDB.com is one of the most-important sources in the movie business and nearly half a million people agree that it deserved a lot more recognition. I recently watched Siskel & Ebert's review of it and I love how quick Ebert is to come around once Siskel gives it high praise. Too bad he had to die first, Siskel was always the smarter one. I fully believe that the only reason Shawshank didn't win Best Picture or Best Director is because Pulp Fiction was perhaps equally worthy, thus splitting votes and forfeiting the award to Forrest Gump, the crowd-pleaser with far less significance and replayability years later.
2. My favorite albums of the '90s
The order would've been something like this:
- 1. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders - If I were stranded on Lost, I'd want to have this before most things.
- 2. Radiohead - OK Computer - Duh.
- 3. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt - Best album he ever did, which is saying a lot considering all the other classics.
- 4. Outkast - Aquemini - Most creative hip-hop group ever who took the South to new heights.
- 5. Dazed & Confuzed Soundtrack - One of my fav all-time movies and one of the best all-time soundtracks, filled with classic classic rock.
- 6. Wilco - Being There - I owe my love for Wilco to my best friend Colby whom I met in '99.
- 7. Roni Size - New Forms - I probably have replayed this album more than any other except Midnight Marauders over the last dozen or so years.
- 8. Dave Matthews Band - Crash - Saw them five times in concert as a result of this album.
- 9. Michael Jackson - HIStory: Disc 1 - The King of Pop reminded us why he earned the title.
1. Life in Killeen, Texas
I left Kileen in 1991 listening to MC Hammer on a U-Haul truck driving to South Carolina and moved back in 1999 listening to Outkast...hip-hop definitely grew up along with me. Not much had changed. The mall was still the "scene". The movie theatre was still the best entertainment in town. People still went to drive-thru liquor stores and ate a chain restaurants. The main difference was being old enough to drive to Austin on weekends.