Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Sixth Sense

Unless your girl thinks you have no sense of picking up on hints, she's probably not going to sit you down and tell you what she wants for Christmas. Most girls want you to pick up on the sometimes subtle hints that they give. Some girls are too stubborn to drop hints and want you to play Professor X and read their minds, and if you guess wrong, you get the cold shoulder all winter long (more ways than one, get it?).

Whatever the case, here are some tips to figure out what that special someone is wanting for Christmas...

#1: Listen!!! You can just pick up hints through a regular conversation if you just open your ears. Here's a conversation:

Guy: Hey baby, looking hot!
Girl: Thank you. I really like my outfit, but I've really had my eyes on this leather jacket @ Macy's that would put this outfit over the top!
Guy: Nahhh! You don't need a jacket, just wear mine if you get cold....

That was a very clear hint-drop. Lets get a little more subtle

Guy: Hey baby, looking hot!
Girl: Thank you. I'm really cold though!
Guy: Just wear my jacket, and don't mind the musty smell...

Yes, girls do like to wear their men's jacket sometimes, but what they really want is you to think about them and purchase that jacket for them.

#2: Watch commercials! Commercials are filled with brain-washing techniques for women! Keep an eye on your lady and see her facial expressions, or maybe she'll blurt out and say that she would love the item that's being advertised. Make a mental note and surprise her on Christmas morning!

#3: Sunday Papers! Get a Sunday paper and go through all of the sales papers with your woman noting the items that get aha moments. This is pretty simple!

DO NOT -- I REPEAT -- DO NOT let this conversation go down:

Guy: Hey hot muffins, what would you like for Christmas
Girl: Ummm, I don't think I want anything this year
Guy: Okay, cool!

If you don't buy your girl anything for Christmas (even if they say, they don't want anything) you can expect to spend New Years lonely!

Signing out,


Monday, December 5, 2011

Top 5 TV Moments from the Fatdreek Era

I love 90's t.v. and here are my top 5 90's t.v. moments of all time

1. Jessie Spano's "I'm so excited" episode : Saved By The Bell

If I was Zack, I would've slapped her before the 2nd "Im so excited" got out of her mouth! Saved by the Bell would've been my favorite show if it wasn't for the middle school and college years. Everything in between was classic television that I can watch all day and night!

2. The Urkel Dance: Family Matters

Urkel paved the way for all of these dances that you see today. O-dog hated em so bad that he spiked his drink! Haters do the darndest things!

3. Geoffrey Quits: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The 1st of 2 Fresh Prince classic moments. Again, Fresh Prince would've been a classic if they would've paid the dark Vivan some money. I wasn't a big fan of little Nicky either. Geoffrey went ham in this clip. I can't wait until I get rich, and I get to tell Eric that I QUIT!!!

4: Good Ole Lou!: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

I can't even watch this clip, because I get teary eyed everytime. Anybody that says Will Smith can't act, hasn't seen this clip! Any man that doesn't have anything to do with his seed, will never get respect for me!

5: George Sleeping Under the Desk : Seinfield


I couldn't find the immediate feed, so you have to click on the link above (stop whining!) I've only seen one episode of Seinfield my whole life, when I was sitting in the hospital room waiting on doc to stitch me up. This was the episode, and I laughed until I cried. If I can get past racist Kramer, I think I might enjoy this series!

Its about that time!!

I've been slacking, I know! If you've lost faith in me, I wouldn't blame you. Between playing Madden (that I just purchased on black friday), and reading the hunger games trilogy (http://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Games-Trilogy-Boxed-Set/dp/0545265355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323091049&sr=8-1), and being a father to my son, Buddy Lee, I have lost all of the free time, I once had, but Im back like chiropractors (get it?)

I want to give a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Alex and John Shepherd on the birth of their beautiful and healthy baby, Riley Rae Shepherd last Tuesday. I've only worked with Alex since July, but its felt like a decade. I guess when you're homies, it be's like that sometimes!

Ok!! Im going to cut right to the the meat of this blog! Christmas gifts!!! I'm not really big on receiving as I am on giving. Something about making somebody happy with a gift just makes ya boy feel all woozy inside. I remember when I was a kid. My mom didn't have a lot of money, but she always seemed to get the perfect gift for Christmas for me. My favorite gift received of all time was a WWF wrestling ring.

I played with action figures a lot growing up, because I was always grounded. From that day I vowed to make everyone I ever loved to feel the same way I felt when I unwrapped this wrestling ring. I encourage everyone to spread the joy of giving this season. & let us not forget the reason for the season. God gave us the perfect gift in his Son, Jesus. The least we can do is give some imperfect gifts to make someone's Christmas that much mroe special!

Signing out,


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gobble Til You Wobble

Another Thanksgiving is upon us. My favorite president, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national Holiday (whats not to love about Honest Abe), but I never understood the holiday of Thanksgiving. A bunch of pilgrims came over to America, ate some corn, and wiped out the indians. Not much to celebrate, unless I was a descendant of pilgrims!

Nonetheless, Thanksgiving is a huge tradition in my family growing up. We dont sit around the table and tell everybody what we are thankful for. We go to the kitchen and fix a plate and take it down stairs to the den to watch t.v. (preferably football). Call it a lack of family bonding, but this is how my family rolls, and I LOVE IT!!!  Back in the day, my granddad, my dad, and myself had a tradition of going to Waffle House on Thanksgiving Morning and going bowling before heading home to grandma's cooking with ALL of her sisters! That tradition has passed, and I hope to start it up again one year. I encourage everyone to reach out to family! Whether they be down the street or across the world, reach out and let them know how thankful you are for them, because who knows, we may not be around next Thanksgiving!

Im thankful for a lot of things. Big things and small things. God is good all the time. Amen!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"No Better Than a Homeless Man"

When I graduated college and got my first "real" job, I was put in a dilemma! I was used to checks from:

Cutting grass with Jack
Target Container
1 week at Race Trac (Gas Station)
Being an electrician's apprentice for my dad & granddad
Grounds crew @ PCC
cleaning pools with Eric

when I got my first check from Kemron Environmental Services, something clicked in my head that I was rich.  I wasn't Donald Trump rich but I was Hood Rich!! I immediately went to the mall and bought 3 pair of shoes and 5 hats (No Lie) I had bought so much stuff, I had to buy an extra suitcase to take back home to Georgia for my monthly return. I think for the first 5-6 checks, I bought all kind of stuff:

More hats & more shoes
Birthday gifts for anybody & everybody
a lot of wings @ hooters
every hip-hop c.d. ever made
tons of gas to drive to D.C. to see my homey Big Milt (wuddup homes)
stocks in Sirius Radio (a success when they merged with XM) and stocks in Tweeter (a fail when they closed their stores)

The moral of the story is that, saving was not my strong suit. I had a talk with my best friend Jack who told me that living check-to-check makes me no better than a homeless man who lives under a bridge. That resonates with me until this day. From that conversation, I saved up enough money for a down payment on my 1st home (a lot better than shoes & hats), and I'm slowly but surely getting that savings to where my homey Jack would be proud!

I'll have ways that I save all the time on the blog from time to time so stay tuned and here's to making it to the 1% of the wealthiest people in America!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Week 9 Picks

I just realized that I missed a week. Must be the stupid dog that I just purchased that craps all over the place. Let me get back to my game-picking dominance!

New York Jets over Buffalo Bills: I never rode the Buffalo band-wagon, and I really dont like that Stevie Johnson fella that blames God every time he drops a pass! Jets defense is too strong them!

Dallas Cowboys over Seattle Seahawks: NEN

Houston Texans over Cleveland Browns: Hillis just reinjured his hamstring, so it will be an easy win for the Texans. Even with Hillis playing, I dont think the Browns could have beat these guys!

Atlanta Falcons over Indianapolis Colts: I really love the Colts, but them boys are horrible!

Miami Dolphins over Kansas City Chiefs: UPSET ALERT!! I said it! Miami is going to get that first W!

New Orleans Saints over Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay is a bunch of hype! They got lucky last time against the Saints, but Drew won't let that happen again.

San Francisco 49ers over Washington Redskins: 49ers are my favorite team right now. This should be an easy W!

Oakland Raiders over Denver Broncos: Now that Carson has TJ House or some other (whatever his last name is), I think he'll do fine.

Tennessee Titans over Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Johnson should finally come to form, and if not, Hasselback will take over against a sorry Bengals squad!

St. Louis Rams over Arizona Cardinals: Steven Johnson is getting back to his old self. I think he'll continue and watch for Brandon Lloyd to have a good game.

New England Patriots over New York Giants: Brady & Boys dont handle defeat well. Watch the Giants reap the destruction!

Green Bay Packers over San Diego Chargers: I dont see that Charger O-Line holding up long enough to let Rivers make any plays, and he's going to need to make em going against the defending champs!

Baltimore Ravens over Pittsburgh Steelers: These are always tough to call, because I love the Steelers, but Big Ben makes a lot of mistakes when the pressure gets to em!

Philadelphia Eagles over Chicago Bears: Another tough one to call, but Vick is the ultimate play maker, and the Bears O-line is one of the worst!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Buddy Lee Giles

If anybody has ever met my wife, you would know that she is a loving and caring person. One thing that she doesn't love and care for are animals. After watching an episode of Oprah's "Life Lessons" about dogs, she mentioned getting a puppy. That was all of the ammunition I needed, so friday I visited the Rockdale animal shelter on Rockbridge Road (check em out, and pick up a pup). I had 4 dogs that I was interested in. I really loved the lab/chow mixed, but T liked the golden retriever puppy because he was really shy and inactive, so we rolled with him. After going through a barrage of names including: glock, neckbone, brown, & jenna, I finally just stuck with Buddy.

I've only had him for 5 days, and he's already taught me so much about myself. I'm very impatient and hot-tempered, but I'm working on those things so when the babies arrive, I'll be ready for them! Thanks in advance, Buddy!

Top 3 Halloween Moments

Happy Belated Halloween to you all! Happy Belated Birthday to my step-father Reginald Jones and my accounting partner Jaclyn Rose!

I purchased around $15 bucks worth of candy last night, expecting a gang of ghouls and goblins and all we got were 3 groups of kids. You would think I lived on the "Last House on The Left" or something. I may just drop candy in everybody's mailbox tonight, because I dont need the temptations! (Get thee behind me Hershey)

The lack of enthusiasm expressed from the kids in my neighborhood had me thinking about my favorite memories from Halloween!

3) One year my homeboy Velo dressed up like a woman in Sugar Hill to trick or treat! I still think it is hilarious. Velo died in 2006, and I still think of him as he was here, because of memories like these! I think I threw on a tie and dress pants and called myself a lawyer or something. That year, I remember people had those fake ghosts on their porch, and one porch had a ghost sitting in a chair, and when an actual person hopped up, I got ghost! (Get it?)

2) Another year, my homey Joe Harris (Where you at?) and I went to a haunted house. I'm not sure where it was, and I dont remember the specifics of the house. What I do remember is a dude chasing us out of the house with a chainsaw and I've never been to a haunted house again. Next time I go, I'll have a gun on me. Miss you Joe Heezy!!

1) My favorite memory is when me and Jack sat on his roof one Halloween and threw eggs at the kids that walked by. His next door neighbors were sitting on a trampoline telling ghost stories of some sort, and we threw black cat fireworks (the ones that sound like a machine gun firing) over the fence and the kids ran in the house and I've never laughed so hard in my life!

My heart sings: Back in the day when I was young; Im not a kid anymore; but some days I sit & wish I was a kid again! Amen Ahmad!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Top 5 Reasons I Love White People

Looking at my facebook friend list the other day, I came to the realization that I have A LOT of white friends. My black friends may think I've gone Carlton Banks on them, but that is far from the case. In the 5th grade, my mother moved me from Rena Ct to Sugar Hill. If you live outside of Conyers, GA then that statement means nothing to you. Now-a-days, Sugar Hill is predominately black but in the mid-90's, Sugar Hill was predominately white. Rena Ct. is, was, and forever will be predominately black. My observation is that white people and black people are totally different. You can make the argument that we are all God's children but at the end of the day, everybody is unique or odd depending on how you look at em. With my old job, I traveled to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, & Virginia, so I've met my share of white people. Below are my top 5 reasons why I love SOME white people. Some white people get on my nerves, but that's another story!

#1: White people know how to party: I prefer black parties over white parties only because of the music & entertainment selection (i.e. I don't like beer, so I don't play beer pong). My homey B-rob throws the best parties because he has the best basement in the country. (Hit him up at http://summitdesignandbuild.net) Poker table, pool table, fire pit, hot tub, & a theater. What more could a brotha ask for!

#2: White people pay you back when they borrow money: This really doesn't need explanation. I know some of my homies that are reading this blog probably owe me money now, but its all good! I loan black people money not expecting a cent back. White people give you your money back with interest and you didn't even ask for it.

#3: I don't feel like I owe them anything: if I go over a black friend's house, I feel like I have to have something in hand in order to feel welcome. Bag of ice, salt & pepper, bootleg copy of Madea Goes To Jail, Its always something! You go to a white friend's house, you may leave with stuff and never brought a thing. If I ride with a black person in the car, they bring up gas money like we drove across country or something. White people would drive you across country and give you gas money.

#4: They give the best gifts: In middle school, Katybeth Crow bought me a humongous teddy bear. I have no idea where that bear is (sorry Katybeth) but that gesture taught me that white people give excellent gifts. Nobody beats Pam Giles-Jones (my mother) but whites is definitely up there. I had a girl buy me a gift for my birthday and I returned the favor on her birthday and she bought me a gift for buying her a gift the day after her birthday. I couldn't believe it!

#5: They are overall friendly: I say overall because you still have your racists out there (admit it) but if I walk through a black neighborhood and I wave, I'll probably get a mean mug or a "do I know you" face. If I walk through a non-racist white neighborhood, I'll get invited to church, get yard tips, & probably get invited in their house for dinner.

Moral of the story is.....if you're black: get you some white friends!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Little Things That Count

Women are a strange breed! Men are stranger! Fatdreek is the strangest!

This blog goes out to all of my fellas. I know a lot of my fellas dont read blogs. Shoot, some of my fellas cant even read, but nonetheless this is for you...

When it comes to romance, most woman love it and most men hate it, but I tell you this my brother, if you dont show your romantic side, than your significant other will find that romance somewhere else.

Now, I'm not talking candlelight dinner everynight, or staring at each other's eyes in front of a fireplace with Boyz II Men playing in the background. What I am talking about is giving a compliment here and there. Showing appreciation when she cooks an excellent meal and not complaining when she cooks a not-so-excellent meal. Telling her that she makes you happy! If you take care of your business @ the crib, you don't have to worry about your woman blushing when a man says she looks nice or smells good. Women love to feel praised and adored and who better to praise and adore your woman than yourself.

Find ways to incorporate your woman into your "me" time. I love to watch football on Sundays @ Buffalo Wild Wings. Instead of ditching my wife, I just tell her to come on with me some Sundays, and while she admires the player's backsides or fills me in on which player is dating which housewife, I can sit back and enjoy some football.

I encourage my fellas to do something out of the ordinary this week to let your woman know that you still care for her, and you'd be suprise the level of devotion you will get in return!

Signing out,


Friday, October 21, 2011

NFL Picks Week 7

I was 9-4 last week. Lets see what I can get this week!

Carolina over Washington: Killa Cam let me down last week, but Washington is far more inferior than the Dirty Birds!

Seattle over Cleveland: With Peyton Hillis questionable with a hamstring injury, I dont see Colt McCoy leading his team to victory.

Atlanta over Detroit: I hope Detroit loses, so Coach Mike from Atlanta can lay Detroit's coach out. It wont be a replay of last week with 49ers coach running away. Coach Mike is gonna lay em down.

Miami over Denver: Both of these teams are garbage to me. I look to Miami to get their 1st win of the season!

New York over San Diego: This is the return of LT to his old stomping grounds, and I dont think the Jets will let him lose! Coach Ryan always finds a way to win those close games!

Chicago over Tampa Bay: Its all about defense and Chicago will prevail!

Tennessee over Houston: I think Chris Johnson is going to go off with 200 beaners!

Pittsburgh over Arizona: No explanation needed (NEN)

Oakland over Kansas City: Even though there is a new QB, the RB is still the same. RUN DMC!

Dallas over St. Louis: NEN

Green Bay over Minnesota: NEN

New Orleans over Indianapolis: Hurts me to not see my boy Peyton back yet!

Baltimore over Jacksonville: Best Defense in the league!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hole In A Sucka

I dont live in the slums or projects or 'hood' by any means. My neighborhood is 99% black, and to my white friends, this may classify as a 'hood', but I've never been shot walking to the mailbox, so a neighborhood? YES! A 'hood'? NO! Within the last year and some change, there have been two break-ins in our neighborhood. Its a little nerve wrecking to know that somebody can break in your home while you're at work and take things that my wife and I work very hard for. I just want to give a fair warning to anybody who has ever thought about taking a red penny from Fatdreek. I will put a hole in ya! It may be a small hole. It could be a large hole. Depending on what I shoot you with. But you will get shot! I would hate to take the life of one of God's creation, but I turn into another person in these kind of situations. Thank God, our house hasn't been 'hit up" yet, but I guarantee if someone takes a peak in my mailbox, I'm unloading!

Love you all!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pick Your Battles

I've been married for 2 years, so by no means do I consider myself an expert, but I have been with the same woman (dating & marriage) for 8 years, and the greatest piece of advice that I can give couples (dating or married) is to pick your battles. Life is shorter than we tend to realize (Im attending my 10 year high school reunion next year and that's scary!). Why waste life with being angry at the person that you want to spend your life with. Thinking about some of the things that my wife and I have argued about over the years are just silly! Ego is a no-no when it comes to the game of love, and if you let your ego get too big, you can miss out on some great time with your loved one. Now this doesn't mean that when you have a disagreement that you just sweep things under the rug and act like nothing happened. You need to have a HEALTHY argument. I put an emphasis on healthy, because adults have healthy arguments, and children have unhealthy arguments.

Lets give examples of each:

A healthy argument would consist of a sit down between a couple and instead of yelling and finger pointing, one party would voice their problem and then listen to the other party's problem. Feelings may be hurt during this process, but if love is presented with the problem, then hurt feelings wont last that long.

An unhealthy argument involves raised voices and name calling and finger pointing. It usually involves a healthy dose of disrespect, which usually leads to hurt feelings that last for weeks.

Respect is not just an Aretha Franklin song, but it also is a vital organ in the body of love!!! If you want respect, you have to give it. The next time your partner pisses you off, try like my homeboy Jerry told me "Dreek, take 3 deep breaths and then address the issue". This method works!! Instead of flying off the lip at my wife, I take 3 deep breaths and proceed. It saves a lot of headaches and a lot of hurt feelings which is a red flag in the audit of love!!!!

Thats it for now, and if you're having "relationship problems", just think about the couple that just filed bankruptcy, or had a miscarriage, or is dealing with infidelity, and then your "problems" wont seem so big!


Friday, October 14, 2011

NFL Picks Week 6

Carolina over Atlanta: With Julio Jones missing Sunday's game, that means more attention to Tony Gonzales and Roddy White. Unless Harry Douglas has a monster game, I dont see them surpassing Killa Cam!

Indianna over Cincinatti: I feel like Painter will finish the job. The injuries in the secondary for the Colts have shown over the last few weeks, but I dont see the Bengals as much of a threat

San Franciso over Detroit: Its Upset Season in week 6, as that explosive defense and running game of the 49ers put a one in the loss column for the Lions.

Green Bay over St. Louis: Need I say anything else!

New York Giants over Buffalo: Im not believing the hype of these Bills. Giants defense is still strong, and I think Eli will bounce back from a horrible game last week.

Pittsburgh over Jacksonville: Ben Rape-n-murder looked great last week, and I think his run will continue over a weak Jacksonville secondary!

Philadelphia over Washington: I'm looking for Vick to bounce back in a major way, or he'll be replaced by Vincent Young.

Baltimore over Houston: Baltimore has the best defense in my opinion and with Andre Johnson still out, I dont see Houston getting too far.

Oakland over Cleveland: 2 words! Darren McFadden! In my opinion, the 2nd coming of Bo Jackson! + The Ghost of Al Davis is lurking among us!

New England over Dallas: This will be the game of the week. Tom Brady and Welker are just too good! Its going to be a shoot out though!

New Orleans over Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay has received too much hype with that A.C. Slater looking QB of theirs. N.O. will show em why they are the best in the South!

Minnesota over Chicago: The Bears have too many issues, and A.P. has too much strength. It will be close, but Minnesota will prevail.

New York Jets over Miami: I like the Jets as a unit. They will end up in the playoffs, even though they are struggling at the moment.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Latest Doctor Visit

My wife pressured me enough to go see the great Dr. Abbasi yesterday, and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure because of my poor eating and lack of excercise. I ask that everyone hold me accountable or you just may be holding my casket if you're asked to be a paul bearer (GET IT???) This post coincides with my post yesterday about my weight-loss journey, so hopefully along with the weight, so will my high blood pressure diminish! I want to give a special shout-out to my gorgeous, informative, caring wife, my butt-hole co-worker Eric who orders me salads and smoothies at work, my Mama for reminding me how big I am all the time, & Rex Ryan for reminding me that I could be a whole lot worse off!!!

Signing out,


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Papa Lowder

Today is the birthday of an important father figure in my life, Mr. Carl Lowder. Papa Lowder passed away this past summer, and I am still shocked over the loss of not only a father figure but a true friend. I met him when I was 10 years old when I moved to Sugar Hill (We'll get to that another day). His son, Jack Lowder, had invited me to his church's youth group @ Belmont Baptist Church, and through that invite, Jack and I became best friends. Hanging out with Jack, I came to realize that his household was ran a lot differently than most households in America. There were no televisions, no alcohol and no swearing. Free time was occupied with reading books (mainly the Bible), discussing politics & history, and for Jack & I, playing basketball in the backyard. When my family moved from Sugar Hill, I needed to crash at someone's house after school until my mother got off of work, so I could continue my education @ Heritage High. Papa Lowder always welcomed me in his home with open arms. He also let me eat dinner with  his family whenever my mother had to work super late (my mom is a work-a-holic, and we'll get to that another day as well). I always felt like I was one of his own, and I appreciate the talks that he had with me about being a Christian man, and a leader : not a follower. I remember Jack and I working on his bread route with him during the summer and me just admiring a man that worked hard every day for his family, and made great decisions when it came to his family. Even after I got older and out of college, he would call and leave me a voicemail saying that he was thinking about me and praying for me. I knew that he wanted the best for me, even inquiring about an accounting position with Flowers Bakery's where he worked. I owe a lot of my success to Papa Lowder and I can only hope that I can one day impact someone's life, the way he greatly impacted mine. I love you, Mr. Lowder and see you soon!


"Food is a Drug"

If you know me, then you know why I call myself Fatdreek. Over the last 2 years, I've been working on the first 3 letters of my nick name. When I was traveling with my old job, I found it easier to hit the gym, because it was more entertaining then sitting in a hotel room every evening. When I got a job that didn't require me to travel, I was home eating more "soul food" then I ever was on the road. I also find it easier to come up with excuses to not go to the gym. Excuses like "I have to work too late" "I need to see my grandmother" "I need to watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion" have become repetitive in my life.

I have come to the realization that this weight-loss battle is all a mind game. Food is a drug and it can become addictive if you dont keep the elbow dropped on it. I will keep you guys updated as I travel down this road called Weight Loss.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

This blog was inspired by my new co-worker/office-mate/best red head friend/ Leah Peck aka "Thats what she said" I have no set purpose with this blog but just to vent and hopefully when I die all of my family & friends can look back on this blog and determine that Dreek was a swell guy. So let the journey begin!!!!