When I was younger I always used to think about what type of person I would be if I ever “made it out da hood.” Would I be like all of those NFL guys you see in the United Way commercials who pretend to like kids and building houses for Habitat for Humanity? Or would I be a Charles Barkley? (Charles Barkley doesn’t give a DAMN about poor people. You gotta love Charles though, because he keeps it real. Listen to his defense for why he twice voted for George bush; “My family got all over me because they said Bush is only for the rich people. Then I reminded them, ‘Hey, I’m rich’.”)
I always hoped I would be the type to give back to my community. Always hoped that I was the type of person that could not be corrupted by fame and fortune. Unfortunately, I have not as yet accrued enough fame or fortune to put that theory to the test, so it will have to remain speculation for the time being.
Then again, maybe I do have a place where I can test this theory…
…You see it was not too long ago that I was “in da hood” here on xanga. I can still remember a time when I was happy to recieve any comments at all on an entry. I remember a time when I used to look at the front page with longing eyes and wonder if I would ever make it there. A time when I felt butterflies in my little xangan stomach if I was ever visited by any of the xanga “big dogs”. A time when I used to eat sardines for dinner! (Bonus points to whoever gets that reference.)
Now as I sit here, comfortable in my Top Blogs penthouse, I realize that I finally made it out da hood! Look at me now Puffy. I’m shinin!
So now that I’ve come to this realization, it’s time to look at myself in the mirror and decide once and for all what kind of person I want to be. Habitat for Humanity or Charles Barkley?
I’m going the Sir Charles route. Fuck all y’all.
Just kidding. It’s time for me to give back to the community. So I’ve decided to team up with the United Way (in this case the United Way will be played by thebigshowatud) to do some good around here. Anyone who paid careful attention to his last entry might have seen this coming.
Matt and I will be rolling out something we are calling the Xanga Braintrust. It is going to be our way of combatting alot of the crap that has been backing up the pipes that are our inboxes.
Goals of the Xanga Braintrust
– To highlight some of the overshadowed gems in the xangasphere.
– To encourage strong blogging.
– To keep tabs on the pulse of the xanga community (or at least to give our take on it)
Look out for the first installment of the Xanga Braintrust later this week. We will have way more details as we come up with them. Bear with us. This will be a work in progress.
Now back to your regularly scheduled nonsense.