Damn You, Ebay!

July 19, 2011

Just from looking at the title of this blog, you’re probably thinking I’m upset and this will be a bashing moment towards Ebay. Actually, it’s the opposite.

I have used Ebay two or three times prior to 2011, but this is the year in which I’ve been in a position explore and use the Ebay the way I truly want to. I find myelf loving Ebay more and more with each purchase and it has basically became an addiction.

In the past, I wouldn’t use sites like Amazon or Ebay, for a couple of reasons, like banking issues or lack of patience when it comes to mailing, yet I wasn’t willing to pay extra for faster shipping. Now, my finance and banking problems are basically non-existing and I have developed more patience when it comes to deliveries.

The addiction is mainly due the savings, which I’ve had time to check out and notice on various items. The price comparsion between Ebay and a retailers is a very stunning one. I have bought several things in the last couple of months and just thinking about the last three items I’ve purchased, I have saved over $120, which is enough to take a family of six out to eat at a decent restuarant.

Damn you Ebay for starting a good addiction that I will not be able to finish.



June 21, 2011

You’re probably wondering what’s up with this “Jamal” titled blog? You may be wondering who in the world is this Jamal person? A lot of times, I wonder who he is myself and what he would be like.

Well, Jamal is the brother that I’ve never met and never will as long as I live. Jamal unfortunately died shortly after he was born into this world….he was born premature. Due to technology, back in the early 80s and before, premature babies had a much, much slimmer chance of survival versus babies born premature in today’s time. If Jamal was still alive today, he would be 27 years old right now…..my baby brother. A lot of times, I wonder how would life be with him alive and growing up around me. I would what impact would I have on him in life and at the same time…what impact would he have on me. I wonder what his interest would be. Would he and I be interested in the same things? I wonder how would he look. Would we favor each other very much? Would he be taller or shorter than me? Would he be bigger or stronger than me? How about would he have a deep voice like mine? That is just some of the many things that I wonder about him.

Well, one thing is for sure….things happen for a reason. Maybe the lord had other plans for my family and myself and that is why Jamal is in the heavens instead of with us. Despite the reasons, I will always wonder about my baby brother, who I’ve never met, Jamal Ivan Woodmore.


** This blog was originally written on June 1, 2008 **



Sports Are Not That Serious

May 25, 2011

I love sports just as much as the next fan. I cheer for and love my favorite teams and individuals just like any other person. I get upset and disappointed, just as well, when things are going terrible.

Unfortunately, I have to say that some of you sport fans take the sports entirely too serious. There is too much emotion involved and a lot of it is uncalled for. There’s so hate for individual athletes, which most fans don’t even know on a person level. I’ve heard and read comments about some fans saying, “I will always hate Lebron James even if he found a cure for cancer”. There have been physical acts, like some crazy, unknown fan burning stuff on an athlete’s property.

There’s is no need in getting bent of shape or expressing so much hate towards an individual who is simply doing the same thing that your favorite athlete is doing. Also, so what if your team or individual athlete win or lose?! How does it effect or change your life? When it is all said and done, your life will still be the same. Your life and time with the family should be more involving than the emotions used in sports. If for some reason your life is effected by outcomes of a sporting event, perhaps due to gambling, then whose fault is that? It’s certainly not the athlete’s fault. You have yourself to blame.

So with all this said, someof you need to chill and focus more of something more important, like family, education or anything that will better yourself and your loved ones.


A Message To Harold Camping

May 22, 2011

This blog is for Harold Camping and those like him.

Next time you have the need or want to share when life will end on earth, keep it to yourself. When you think about it, what was the point in sharing such nonsense? Lets say for the sake of argument that this prediction of the end was something to be proven as a true event to happen when predicted… what can we actually do about it? Nothing. It would be out of our control and the news of such magnitude would only cause people to live their final moments in life in panic and chaos. Why would anyone want that? It’s better to live life without worrying about when the end is coming. It’s better to life final moments in joy and with loved-ones rather than in fear of something that you can’t control anyway.

So, next time, unless these future events and/or its effects can be prevented, do the world a favor and shut your damn mouth about this craziness.


Minivans and SUVs

April 7, 2011

Over the last several years, maybe even a decade, I could never imagine myself ever wanting or liking a minivan. I was always the type who loved SUVs over minivans. I always mentioned how the SUV looked cool and made the driver seem cool. As for the minivan, I always thought it made driver seem ten years older and not so “hip” to the present.

I always said that when the time comes, that I would purchase a SUV over a minivan, still look cool and still be able to haul a lot of things, if needed.

Because of my experiences with SUVs, I have always liked them and would’ve never given a minivan any thoughts of driving. Well, time has changed and my views have gradually changed over time as well.

Last month, my family took a spring trip to Florida. During the planning of the trip we were debating on whether to get a large SUV or a minivan. Even though I was a known SUV person, I decided to go with a minivan. Why? Since we were going to be travelling over 700 miles alone just getting to Florida, I knew the van would be much better in gas. Also, I took into consideration how many people were on this trip (3 adults, 3 kids) and the luggage needed.

When the time came to pick up the minivan (Toyota Sienna) that we rented, I had to say that I fell in love with it right away, just from looking at the interior. There were so many toys and gadgets to mess with. There was just enough room to get all of our luggage in the van. Something that really surprised me was how much legroom was available for the front and second row passenger. I pretty much stay in the front seats the entire vacation and with the seat moved as far back as it could possibly go, there was still plenty of room for the adult behind me. Also, another somewhat surprise was how smooth driving and riding the van felt.

When vacation time was over, we had to return the rental of course, but I hated to give it back. That’s how much I fell in love with the thing.

I guess the reason I basically type this is bacause I want to have some sort of influence in helping a person decide on a SUV or minivan, when it comes to purchasing or future renting. What it ultimately boils down to is personal preference and needs. If you have a family of five or more and travel somewhat often, I would definitely go with a minivan. If you’re a big off-roader and/or tend to tow a lot of stuff, then perhaps SUVs are for you. After my experience with the minivan, I will likely go the rest of my life without the want for a SUV… and remember, this is coming from someone who was big on SUVs.