Running The Halls : Lake Lanier

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9:00 pm– Fridays at black colleges are sort of like Mardi Gras! I never experienced it first semester, because I had early classes, but now that I had a late class (class was at 3:00), I realized why people only had class from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. After RJ, Dawn, Teresa and I decided to skip our Friday class, we headed towards Teresa’s parents cabin. We piled into the Chevy Suburban that Teresa’s dad had rented for the weekend and made our way to Lake Lanier. Teresa said that everything was taken care of at the cabin, her mom and dad had fully stocked the fridges and supplied jet skis for the weekend too! As we pulled up to the compound that was “supposed” to be a little cabin in the woods, I was amazed! Teresa could’ve warned me that her parents had a 5 room cabin with an amazing kitchen, a HUGE living room with a fireplace, and a tennis court! We ran around the cabin like we were on “The Real World”, trying to decide which room to pick for the next few days! Teresa and I picked the bigger of the two rooms that were on the second floor. We threw our bags on the floor, did a quick change into our bathing suits and hit the lake!! Teresa looked like “Halle Berry in Swordfish” in her bikini! (“Wow” was the only word I could use to describe it) RJ and Dawn screamed from the kitchen, “Come on down here, lovebirds!!” We decided to make sandwiches and just chill for lunch. It was decided that the ladies would make dinner and the fellas would do dinner on the last night. RJ was commented on how he didn’t trust Dawn’s cooking. I laughed. She threw a piece of bread at me and said that she’s Puerto Rican and her mama taught her how to COOK! She then said something in Spanish and walked away from Teresa. Teresa just looked at me, laughed and walked away trailing behind Dawn. RJ and I stayed in the living room watching “300”, while the ladies were in the back sunbathing. RJ and I decided to stop watching the movie and go mess with the girls. We filled up water balloons and started throwing them from the balcony! The girls were PISSED! We laughed for the next three hours!!

      3:00 pm – RJ and I were out at the lake when were heard Dawn scream, “RJ and Khalil!!!” We took off back up the hill and into the front door. RJ looked at me and just shrugged. “Go get your girl.” He said. I ran down to the carport to find Teresa arguing with Josh. (how in the heck did he get here?) Teresa was yelling at Josh telling him that she didn’t want to be with him and she was happy for the first time in her life! Josh was pleading with her and kept asking her to come back to him. She told him “no” about 100 times and then grabbed me and walked back to the cabin. Teresa said that if Josh didn’t get off of her property, she was going to call the cops! Josh took one final glance and hopped in his Escalade and drove off. This really didn’t help MY situation/issue with him. Joshua spent the next couple of months eye balling me, trying to break Teresa and I up, and trying to fight me! (He was acting very “Gator-ish” from Jungle Fever)

        6:00 pm- After avoiding the police and starting to really enjoy ourselves, we decided to BBQ out by the lake for dinner. The ladies had dinner for the first night and they did a great job! RJ and I ate like “kangs” as my Uncle Chucky would say. The rest of the weekend went off without a hitch. We played board games, cooked for the ladies (badly), went on the jet skis and partied and watched movies, played practical jokes on each other, and had the opportunity to get away from Wayne for the weekend!


       12:00pm – We packed up our bags and headed back to Wayne. Dawn was in the front seat on the way back, because she and Teresa had to talk about “girl stuff” and because we had lost a bet over the weekend. RJ and I sat in the back and talked about sports and the two lovely ladies in the front seat. (Without letting them know)

2:00p.m. – We arrived back on campus, and to our surprise it was actually still pretty quiet for the weekend back. After unloading the truck, RJ and Dawn made their way to the entrance of the dorm, while Teresa and I sat in the truck and talked for a few minutes about the events of the past couple of days and about the upcoming week. ( I think I was starting to like this “having a girlfriend” thing.)


 9:00 pm – It’s been a few months since I’ve had the opportunity to actually write in this journal. Here’s a quick re-cap of what has been going on. RJ and Dawn are still together. They have had some rough spots, but they always work out their issues and end up “hugged up” in RJ’s bed or in the common area of the dorm, looking like newlyweds. They really are a cute couple minus the times when Dawn starts cursing RJ out in Spanish and RJ withholds BBQ from her when his mom sends a CARE package. I just sat back and laugh at them and told them that I wanted an invite to the wedding! RJ told me on multiple occasions that I’m the best man and to not plan anything for 2017! (I just shrugged and looked at my calendar when he said it). Dawn had started working with Dean Soto on a project trying to get Justice Sotomayor to come to Wayne, but it wasn’t coming fast enough for her and so every day like clockwork she would send a letter to the White House and the Supreme Court pleading with President Obama and her to try and get them to venture to Wayne. One thing about Dawn, she was persistent.

       RJ was still focused on making “power moves” in regards to getting himself away from being a superstar athlete; he wanted to be known for something more substantial. He was making so many strides in order to be a lawyer that football was the LAST thing on his mind! He was still being harassed by the Athletic Director to attend Spring practice. RJ’s mind wasn’t on football. Maybe his mind would change maybe not. We would all have to wait and see. I already knew the answer and I wasn’t telling anybody anything!

   Teresa and I are still doing quite well. Our relationship had gotten to the point where my mom didn’t call to speak to me anymore, she called to speak to Teresa and I was a secondary thought. I was no longer ducking and dodging Joshua. He had gotten over himself and was no longer trying to “Sho-Nuff” me. Teresa and I were doing great.

    Oh, I almost forgot about “The Dragon Lady”. She had toned down her “rants and raves” due to the fact that no one had spoken to her in about 3 weeks. She was still slightly pissed at Dawn for “stealing” RJ, even though RJ made it clear that he would slit his own throat if he EVER dated her! (again, I laughed when we talked about this stuff all the time.) She was still just as annoying, but she was a little more tolerable now than she was before!

    We had gotten to the end of second semester and I felt pretty good about what had happened during my first year at Wayne! RJ and I had been holed up in our dorm room along with our “girlfriends” (it no longer sounds weird to say) studying for finals. Surprisingly, the girls kept us focused on studying (as hard as that may have seemed)

     RJ and I had one last final before we were officially no longer freshman at Wayne. We took that final and raced to our room in order to catch our 1 o’clock flight to NY to begin our summer vacation.

   1:15 pm –  As I looked out the window of the airplane watching Atlanta get smaller, I realized that I had grown up a lot this year. I mean, I developed a lifelong friendship, I conquered being away from my parents,  I met the love of my life (seriously) and I no longer was scared to walk around campus in fear for my life! I really have to stop writing in this journal.


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Back Like I Never Left…

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*cues Black Republicans – Nas f/ Jay-Z*

I know I’ve been gone for a minute, but I’M BAAAAACCK! Had to take a “blogging timeout” to get my mind right and to get some new topics for 2012. With that being said, ” Welcome to Tactical Diversions 2012.” Before I go any further, I would just like to send a big “FU” to those supporters of SOPA/ PIPA. ( The people have spoken!) My first post of the new year will focus on the topic of “Where do they get these people?”  I ask myself that question every time I see Mitt Romney on TV, but then I remember I live in America. (Yep, I said it.) Seriously thought, I can’t believe half of the things I see and I believe NONE of the things I hear, That’s good for me AND bad for you! I mean the “Where the Hell do they get these people?” list is EXTREMELY long, but I’ll keep it semi-short for the people that enjoy reading my posts…and it goes a little something like this…Andy Reid, Juan Castillo, all of the damn Kardashians, Tim Tebow (yea, I know), Mitt Romney and most of the Republican candidates that are running for the Presidency, NEWT GINGRICH!, Juan Williams, Armstrong Williams, most of the FOX News Channel, Michelle Malkin, Michelle Bachmann, my drunk, pizza making uncle, Herman Cain and last but certainly not least Sarah Palin.

*loud raucous applause*

Good night. don’t forget to tip your server.

Regularly Scheduled Programming

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Upcoming Topics on Tactical Diversions…

White guilt/black remorse

The Year in Review aka “The 2011 Jesse Jackson Awards”

Where do they get these people?

The Pilot Light Series -“Belly Up To The Bar” (Drinks edition)

Thank You’s

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Let me take this opportunity to thank everyone who offered feedback and comments in regards to “The Pilot Light Series”….It was greatly appreciated. Keep those recipes coming….be on the lookout for the next “Pilot Light Series”…*now back to your regularly scheduled programming*

Pilot Light Series: Holiday Bark

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(courtesy of


yield: Serves 1 (ok, maybe more like 20, but be warned, it’s addictive), active time 20 minutes, total time 2 hours

  • 51 saltine crackers (approximately)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces high quality dark chocolate (70% or greater)
  • 2/3 cup crushed candy canes or peppermints


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    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12 x 17 inch jelly roll pan with foil. Place saltine crackers salt side up and side-by-side in the pan as tightly as possible without overlapping. Use saltine pieces to fill any gaps at the bottom of the pan. Set aside. Chop chocolate so pieces are about the size of standard chocolate chips and set aside.

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    In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat stirring frequently with a spatula. Once butter has melted, add brown sugar and vanilla stirring to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes or until mixture is an even dark brown color and has begun to bubble. Remove from heat and pour over saltines using spatula to spread sauce.

  3. 3

    Bake crackers for 5 minutes or until butter mixture begins to bubble. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with chocolate allowing the heat to melt the chocolate. Spread chocolate evenly with the spatula so all of the crackers are completely covered.

  4. 4

    Let the chocolate cool slightly, so that it it cool to the touch, but not hardened. Sprinkle crushed candy canes or peppermints evenly on top and refrigerate until chocolate sets and hardens. Break apart and serve.

“Pilot Light Series” : Pumpkin Gingerbread

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Ingredients   (courtesy of frosty via

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large mixing, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until smooth. Add water and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice cinnamon, and clove.
  3. In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Divide batter between prepared pans.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour.

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