Lists, Theory & Essay

Roll Call.

So today is the last day of this week we (mostly) dedicated to our 5-year anniversary. Every so often we do this here on VSB. It seems like we’ve been fortunate to still have new folks come into the fold on occasion and establish themselves in the comments or just lurk and enjoy the show.

But, sometimes, its good to know who you’re talking to. Y’all know what it is. Since it’s really not just about what you’re talking about but who you’re talking to, I figure that to round out the week, we should do a roll call…

So here’s how we’re gonna do it.

Drop your locale (if you want to…this stalker sh*t is real outchea), and perhaps a couple interesting facts about yourself. We all pretend we’re friends in our heads anyway, so ain’t no thang but a chicken wang. Some of y’all have done this before…some of y’all are too cool to do this…

…but, even with all of the stuff some folks put out there, there are still some thangs we could all learn.

Like…I’m Panama and y’all all know I’m in the District and that I’ve got a descendent. But you may not know that I have enough siblings to make Mormons jealous. I also…

…you know what…I’m trippin.

How about just like 5 interesting things about yourself. How about that.

I’d drop them here but I think I’ve shared them all on this site. But I’ll attempt to come up with some anyway tomorrow.

That’s how much I love you all. And that’s just the kind of guy I am.

Because I loooooooooooooooooove you.

Wait…I got some…facts.

1. I used to iron my money. Seriously. #drugdealerswag

2. I was once an unknowing accomplice in a Valentine’s Day robbery of a grocery store by one of my best friends as she shoplifted her boyfriend’s gifts. I didn’t know until she got back in the car, opened up her coat and unloaded about $100 worth of items from our local grocery store. And, she didn’t offer me anything. Lesson? Never trust a chick who tells you she needs some pads but asks you to wait in the car.

3. Y’all remember when folks were buying jerseys? Yeah. I got about 20 throwbacks. None of which I’ve worn more than like twice. I’m sure I’m one of those folks with a jersey of somebody who didn’t exist. I need to get rid of them. Anybody want a Magic Johnson MSU jersey?

4. I have not one piercing nor a tattoo. I want to get my ears pierced and I want a sleeve. I just work for one of those places that would frown upon either. I’M STIFLED. GIVE US FREE.

5. Speaking of ironing money, being a southerner, I actually used to get my pants creased to high hell. All the SoCal and southern folks remember the creased Dickies. Yeah, that was me. I’ve come a long way.

Y’all got five random facts.

Tell us about you.

The floor is yours.

You too lurkers.

-VSB P

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Damon Young

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • She Who Reads

    Name: She Who Reads

    Locale: Tampa (by way of Tallahassee by way of Miami)

    Fact one: I’m a Black-eyed Susan in a PhD program. One of two Black-eyed Susans.

    Fact two: I’ve never lived outside of Florida.

    Fact three: I saw snow for the first time during POTUS’s first inauguration. We stayed at a resort in Massanutten, Virginia.

    Fact four: I’m a Black vegan. #RareN-Word #RicFlairN-Word

    Fact five: I stan for R. Kelly.

    • The Too Cool Lurker

      Name: The Too Cool Lurker
      Location: California
      F1: I’ve been reading this blog for 3 years
      F2: I’ve never posted on this site (maybe i have)
      F3: If I was ever to be a criminal, I would want to be a con artist like Will Smith was in “six degrees of separation” when he played Paul (portrayal of David Hampton)
      F4: I’ve been a in a book club for over a year and haven’t read more than a 20 pages in any of the books.
      F5: One of these are a lie.

      • Cozzie

        The Too Cool Lurker – I’m thinking F4 is the lie.

      • She Who Reads

        F5 is the lie. Yep.

    • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

      I stayed up in Massanutten before. Of course, I used the opportunity to do Sideways: The Shenandoah Valley Edition with my wife, but still. You haven’t lived until you try to pair Hardee’s with wine just because. :)

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        There are Hardee’s in Massachusetts?

        • LMNOP

          it’s Virginia.

          • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

            Oh darn. Lol Thanks LMNOP. For some I read that as Massachusetts.

      • She Who Reads

        Massanutten felt like an old slave plantation. And it was racist as [redacted].

        • Sandpaper

          I spend a lot of time over here in Clearwater. You should see some of the looks I get at the hotels. Especially the 5 and 6 star ones. They seem to have a lot of Republican conventions. I point and laugh at them.

        • Todd

          Hey, they gleefully took our money without drama. YMMV of course.

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan

      lol at the hashtags

      • She Who Reads

        Friday fun with Kanye and #LoveSosa

    • http://TheNewEve.com Bunni

      I was vegan for 6 months….then when i realized I had lost 5lbs, I gave up….im too skinny to be bout that life…i think now I’m like 75% vegan lol

      • She Who Reads

        What does a 75% vegan life look like?

        • SweetSass

          The occasional five guys double. Hehehe.

        • http://TheNewEve.com Bunni

          lol, lots of quinoa and spinach….a ton of fruit (i prob have an addiction), and the occasional steak or chicken when my family has dinners lol

          • LMNOP

            I probably have a fruit addiction too. And my kid is a FIEND, she can and does eat like 4+ apples a day. Cashiers are always asking me if I’m making a pie or something…

          • She Who Reads

            Fruit is my candy, too. Love fruit. All kinds.

    • http://dominicanabanana.wordpress.com Asiyah

      Oooooo snap! Ms. PhD! Love it!

      • She Who Reads

        The road is long and rough and rugged. Real talk.

  • Nell

    1. I am an artist, and I’m serious about my ____. I am still working on a graphic novel and I like to decorate mugs, jewelry boxes, etc. Hobby of mine.

    2. The only thing I hate more than mushrooms is racism.

    3. I was a temporary guardian to a 2-year-old for a year and a half.

    4. I love giraffes. So majestic and statuesque. I collect them.

    5. I love “Archer.”

    • Nell

      And I live in DC. Third-generation Washingtonian as well.

    • Malik

      CAPTAIN MURPHY!

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan

      I have like 3 incomplete graphic novels….procrastination is a b tch

      • http://TheNewEve.com Bunni

        i’m an abstract artist and i promise i have about fifty-lem paintings i’ve just plain ol walked away from lol

    • Sigma_Since 93

      Lana, Lana, LANA!!!!

      What Archer!

      Danger Zone!!

      LOL!

      • Rewind

        Damnit you stole my line.

        • Ms. Bridget

          Nice pic!

    • Cozzie

      Nell, I’m a secret Archer fan, too.

  • http://Fourpageletter.wordpress.com Keisha Brown

    Hey y’all
    Keisha Brown, your friendly neighbour to the north.

    1. My name is not really Keisha Brown. Lol
    2. I don’t eat cold eggs
    3. I’m allergic to certain fruits
    4. I’m double jointed in my shoulders
    5. I love American grocery stores. Seriously dulce de leche Cheerios????

    Since data roaming is real…I’m out! Bye!

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

      “1. My name is not really Keisha Brown. Lol”

      A-HA!!!!

      “5. I love American grocery stores. Seriously dulce de leche Cheerios????”

      I guess this means that you don’t need Honey Nut CHeerios anymore…

    • minxbrie

      “5. I love American grocery stores. Seriously dulce de leche Cheerios????”

      I feel the same way about Target opening up in Canada. Target is my bougie Wal-mart and I’m not afraid to say that out loud.

    • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

      I keep hearing about Canadian supermarkets having less variety. Why is that? It isn’t like you’re a poor country or that far from the US. Very odd to me.

      • Keisha Brown

        I don’t know. Guess cuz our whole population is state of Cali? Sigh

        • minxbrie

          It’s a rough life.

          My best guess is you Americans love it when we come down for a visit so you refuse to let us import the good stuff. We boost your economy every time we cross the border.

          Plus I’ve been told we have cute accents.

          • Rewind

            The accents are nice.

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan

      what brings you to the states?

      • Keisha Brown

        Taking advantage of my 52-week leave. :)

    • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Wu Young, Agent of M.E.

      6. She has a destroyer named after her.

      • Keisha Brown

        Lollllllllllllllllllllllll. I forgot about that.

    • Rewind

      You also get free shots from bars because everyone loves your son.

    • http://dominicanabanana.wordpress.com Asiyah

      Dulce de Leche Cheerios?! I must have!

      • Sweet GA Brown

        I never heard of them but I feel the same way. Amazon it is.

    • LMNOP

      I am american, but I also love our grocery stores. No wonder we have an obesity epidemic, so much good food!!

  • Keisha

    Hola! I currently reside in Huntsville,AL. It’s a lot better than I thought it would be.

    Five random tidbits:

    1. I love when it’s so hot outside that you start sweating as soon as you leave your house.
    2. I love kids and one day hope to have my own, but feel that pregnancy/birthing process is over rated.
    3. I like dill pickles…never on my burger though.
    4. Not only did I Iron my money, I starched it with Stay Flo too.
    5. I can watch Inspector Gadget all day long.

    • nillalatte

      “I love when it’s so hot outside that you start sweating as soon as you leave your house.”

      they call that humidity. :D

      • mena

        Or they call it h3ll. Just saying.

    • Jay

      Word… another Bama VSB.

  • Keisha

    Hola! My friends call me Keisha. I currently reside in Huntsville,AL. It’s a lot better than I thought it would be.

    Five random tidbits:

    1. I love when it’s so hot outside that you start sweating as soon as you leave your house.
    2. I love kids and one day hope to have my own, but feel that pregnancy/birthing process is over rated.
    3. I like dill pickles…never on my burger though.
    4. Not only did I Iron my money, I starched it with Stay Flo too.
    5. I can watch Inspector Gadget all day long.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

      From one Alabamian to another…Salute!

      But one question: Why is it cold in Huntsville ALL YEAR ROUND!?

      • Keisha

        That really is the million dollar question. :-/

  • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

    Chi Cheeks here! From the Chi. Chi-raq as y’all hooligans say.

    Five random facts you may or may not know about me:

    1. Though I’ve always wanted to be a writer, one of my kinda secret ambitions was to be the next Cree Summer. Like, voice-over animated swag. I always love making up silly voices and one of my dreams is to make a voice cameo on an animation that EYE write.

    2. I know the entire script to The Lion King and can still perform it from memory, ad-libs, gestures and all. I was that kid that watched movies 50-lem times and performed them but this one definitely takes the cake.

    3. Sometimes I walk down the street with an internal soundtrack in my head, depending on the mood. Yes, like a movie. Sometimes even in slow-mo. LMAO

    4. Some of my best friends as a child were old folks. Like, I had a Spades posse, due to my grandma. They shade like no other. And I learned that early.

    5. I judge good music by how it makes me visualize. Like, if the music makes me SEE SCENES, I fall in love with it. It’s got me for life.

    So, basically, I’m nuts. *pinches*

    • AfroPetite

      I just recently re-watched Lion King and realized the “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” scene was basically animal soft pr0n. Nalah gave Simba that “I want the D” look when she was laid up amongst the ferns and other flora of the rain forest.

      • Latonya

        Girl don’t miss with my childhood LOL!! But for real all Disney movie had a little soft porn the Little Mermaid was nothing but porn.

      • mena

        LOL!! That movie was simply amazing.

    • http://www.lifeloveandsuch.wordpress.com CBRADIO82

      Totally feel you on #3! I do, too. And as a dancer, I often find myself choreographing to it, too. I have to fight the urge to bust a move!! LOL

    • TXnCA1982

      - I, too, know The Lion King word for word, and can do some of it in French!!
      -In a very close second Is Finding Nemo…

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        I love Finding Nemo. I just read that a sequel is coming soon.

        • http://TheNewEve.com Bunni

          Finding Dory!!! I’ve never been so excited about a fish before in my life lol

    • Rewind

      3 & 5 = ME every single day.

      If I listen to music, I’m creating a dance routine to it if the beats are good enough. I always have a theme song for the day depending on how I feel, and I dream music videos.

    • http://dominicanabanana.wordpress.com Asiyah

      I do #3 too lol it’s like I’m John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever lol

  • Paula

    Name: Mariana (aka serial lurker)

    Locale: Alberta, Canada

    1 – sometimes i use VSB articles to prove to my husband why he is wrong (because another man said so)
    2 – I have yet to figure out how to upload music onto my ipod
    3 – i think iphones have destroyed what grammar was left in the world
    4 – the city i live in has manhole sized potholes, and i seasonally write angry letters to the city government
    5 – I think that men who drive volkswagens are not really men at all…

    • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

      “2 – I have yet to figure out how to upload music onto my ipod”

      Lol! It’s pretty easy. You’ll figure it out.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

      “2 – I have yet to figure out how to upload music onto my ipod”

      It’s pretty easy- the tough part is making it stay on there. Damn iTunes *shakes fist*

    • http://GenevaGirl.net Geneva Girl

      Amen to #3. I can’t stand to get anything written by teenagers. They can’t write or spell.

    • Keisha Brown

      Hi fellow Canuck!!

    • http://dominicanabanana.wordpress.com Asiyah

      “3 – i think iphones have destroyed what grammar was left in the world”

      ON POINT!

    • Selita

      I’m from Alberta too!!! I kind of felt like I was the only one :)
      The potholes are ridiculous and I sometimes have to use two lanes to avoid them! I have now become a bad driver.

  • JustJahna

    Hey y’all! I usually lurk around on here, but I figure now is a great time to come out of hiding.

    Name: Jahna
    Locale: Kansas City, MISSOURI (the Missouri part is very important)

    #1: My freshman year at Howard, I was obsessed with the color pink. So much so that I had pink timberlands that i wore to Yardfest (oh, the shame!)

    #2: I’ve been the same height (4’11) since like, 4th grade. Seriously- I never had a growth spurt :-(

    #3: although i currently love my job at an education nonprofit, i’d give it up in a nanosecond to be a radio DJ.

    #4: let my mother tell it, usher is my cousin.

    #5: at this moment, i’m watching Lady Sings the Blues on BounceTV – if you don’t have it, you’re totally losing. #teamnocable

    • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

      I just realized I could get Bounce. About 75% of the stuff they show is crap but, the other 25% is great!

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        Oh and, did you see Diana Ross in Mahogany yesterday? That’s a great film.

        • Sweet GA Brown

          I discovered Bounce Wednesday because Mahogany was on.

          • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

            They need better PR because everyone I know only found Bounce by accident.

      • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Wu Young, Agent of M.E.

        I watch the video countdown on Bounce and that’s about it. I did see an episode of Fat Albert the other day where he freed some white chick from a group of neo-nazis.

        • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

          They sneak in some really good films 2 or 3 times a week.

          • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Wu Young, Agent of M.E.

            I will admit I’ve been caught up in some horrid 70′s movies.

      • JustJahna

        LOL, i really, really enjoy all the bad movies they show. Watching tons of Blaxploitation, I have a new understanding of my dad’s swag. And yep- I caught Mahogany too!

    • dtafakari

      a fellow shortie! i’ve been 4’10″ since age 12, and 3rd graders have used me as a measuring stick ever since.

  • nillalatte

    Who: nillalatte in da house…. :D

    Where: BFE AZ by way of NV (Vegas) by way of TN. Next destination… Cali or CO (dats where they grow that good shyt!) ;)

    Facts:

    I love to do the Dougie or just dance, period. I love to dance in the streets, in the rain. I live in the wrong place to do that often.

    I am a professional student because my interests are WAY TOO broad. I’m trying to change that habit.

    I like to travel and can find my way without directions or GPS because I can read street signs.

    I LOVE horses! If I had the time, money and land, I’d have me a couple of beautiful gypsy horses.

    I took a career test once and the suggested fields were 1) a nurse practitioner, 2) a surgeon, 3) a lawyer, 4) a professor. They forgot to measure how long my arse could sit in a seat and the depth of my pockets!

    • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

      “I like to travel and can find my way without directions or GPS because I can read street signs.”

      Me too. I’ve never used a GPS. And, I LOVE maps. (I once considered being a cartographer) So, I really enjoy getting out a map to find my way.

    • http://dominicanabanana.wordpress.com Asiyah

      I love to dance as well, am also a professional student, and we share a birthday. Love you Nilla <3

      • nillalatte

        I <3 you to ninja! :D

  • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

    Name: Champ
    Location: Pittsburgh by way of Pittsburgh

    1. I fasted for Lent this year for the first time. (No red meat or sweets for a month and a half, straight vegan for a week and a half, and then nothing but juice for two days)

    (Fast-related positives: It sounds cliche, but doing something like that really makes you appreciate the value and privilege of having available food. Also went from 223 to 212. Fast-related negative: It probably wasn’t the best idea to end the fast with a half-pound BBQ bacon burger. My stomach still hasn’t recovered from that.)

    1.5. I “cheated” on the vegan fast with eggs a couple times.

    2. My first kiss was a White girl

    3. I wore the number “13″ in middle school, high school, and college. My dad also wore 13 in high school and college, as did my cousin Dave—who got drafted by the Seattle Sonics.

    4. I seriously thought I was going to the NBA until I got to college…and realized that a person my size (6’1 and 3/4) either had to be a freak of nature (which I wasn’t) or dedicate their entire life to basketball (which I wasn’t willing to do) in order to even have a chance of doing that.

    4.5. Roger Ebert was seriously one of my favorite writers, and I was very sad to hear of his death.

    4.75. Three of my 10 or so favorite writers—Ebert, Wesley Morris, and Dana Stevens at Slate—are movie critics

    5. I’m currently writing an “adult” children’s picture book.

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      As someone who has thought about doing number 5, I am really intrigued. I need to read that. Lawd.

    • naturalista88

      I will be first in line to buy this book, sir *lol*.

      • Keisha Brown

        Second!!!

    • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

      “2. My first kiss was a White girl”

      My first kiss was with a Black girl but, my first sexual experience was with a White girl.

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        Thank you in advance for freeing me. :-)

      • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

        White girls take the best virginities, don’t they? :)

        • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

          Lol.

      • http://TheNewEve.com Bunni

        My first kiss and first errthang was with a white girl….i think I have an accidental affinity for the snowbunnies.

      • Tx10inch

        My first kiss was with a Black girl but, my first sexual experience was with a White girl

        Lol. Mine too…haven’t been with one since though!

      • Jay

        Me too with the first sexual experience…. white girl… on an Army Base… in Alaska. Playing in the snow while literally playing in the snow.

      • nillalatte

        LOL @ all these confessions! My first kiss was with a black man (he was married and kissed me). My first attempted relationship was with a white guy (long story). My first sexual experience with was a black dude, and I ain’t never been with a ‘white’ man. :P No, I don’t count my ex-husband as white because he just ain’t.

    • AfroPetite

      After some thought I looked at this title and realized why I yelled out Roll Call when I saw it at first. Lil Jon and the Eastside Boys “Real Ninja Roll Call”

    • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

      Hey, my brother wore number 13 in high school, since he was a huge Mark Jackson fan. Ironically, I wore 14, because I loved Anthony Mason…and people thought I was following my brother. LOL

    • https://twitter.com/jdaymia LLG

      i can totally relate to #1. i daniel fasted (extreme vegan) for 21 days during lent and then binged on cheese pizza + snickers the first two days post-fast. still recovering.

    • http://dominicanabanana.wordpress.com Asiyah

      “(Fast-related positives: It sounds cliche, but doing something like that really makes you appreciate the value and privilege of having available food. Also went from 223 to 212. Fast-related negative: It probably wasn’t the best idea to end the fast with a half-pound BBQ bacon burger. My stomach still hasn’t recovered from that.)”

      Very true. I try my best to break my fast during Ramadan with a reasonable meal. Nothing too heavy because it isn’t good for you. So proud that you fasted, Champ. May God accept it and reward you!

    • Brother Mouzone

      I predicted at 1030am that this post would break the comments record….I think it’s almost there.