My favorite songs: ROHFF – “ZONE INTERNATIONALE” AVEC ROLDAN G. RIVERO (ORISHAS)

ROHFF “ZONE INTERNATIONALE” AVEC ROLDAN G. RIVERO 2004 Genre: Hip-hop/rap (France)

Watch out for a cameo from Leandro Firmino aka Zé Pequeno (Li’l Zé) from the movie Cidade de Deus (City of God). (One of my favorite movies of all time. More about that later.)

R.I.P. Chester Bennington 1976-2017

The world lost a legend today. Chester was an amazing vocalist and Linkin Park one of the greatest bands of all time. Sadly he lost his life today, but saved many people over the years through his music. LP helped me in my teen years inthe late 90s/early 2000 through some troubled and tragic times. Here are some of my favorite songs that helped me then and continue to help me. (I love all LPs music btw. All are my favorites.) R.I.P. Chester. Gone but will never be forgotten.

Our family Savannah day trip

Savannah, Georgia is my {adopted} hometown (I’m originally from Karlsruhe, Germany). I love Savannah. I’ve been there a couple of times with my wife (who is from NYC, originally Jamaica) and kids since leaving a few years ago. I live about an hour and a half north of Savannah in Augusta, Georgia. But it’s where I spent my teen years and early 20s. I went to high school there (Class of 2002 Windsor Forest High School), most of my friends are still there, and even though Savannah has changed a lot, it’s still the same old Savannah. So on Saturday we took a day trip down to the SAV.

We left Augusta later than we wanted, but still pretty early. Driving through back country Georgia is another adventure, except for the many ugly confederate flags. We got to Tybee Island at about the hottest time of the day. We wanted to walk along the beach and collect seashells, but our kids had another idea. Growing up near the beach, I should have known better. We didn’t bring towels, but luckily we had some blankets. The beach was still a blast, especially for the kids.

After Tybee it was time to eat, so I chose an old favorite: Carey Hilliard’s on Abercorn Street. I chose a double cheeseburger, since I don’t eat seafood (It makes me sick). My wife chose tilapia, and the kids had shrimp. After we were full, we drove by my old high school, Windsor Forest H.S., and my old house in Georgetown (a bedroom community of Savannah).

We then went downtown to River Street. I love River Street. My friends and I would go down there to chill, eat, go clubbing, and just have a fun time. My family and I walked around, and the kids were excited to see one of the big cargo ships heading out to sea. We saw two weddings down there, the river boats and the live entertainment. We had very good ice cream at Olympia Café, then went to River Street Sweets. Oh my, if you’ve ever been to Savannah, you know that River Street Sweets has the best pralines ever. And you get a free sample when you go in or out. Plus the amount of candy they have is unbelievable. I also love Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, but we wouldn’t make it that far.

As soon as we got out of River Street Sweets, a huge storm hit. Growing up in Savannah, I was use to these kind of storms. It was still crazy, as the lightning was striking all around and it was pouring very hard. Luckily going back to our car a few blocks away, the trees with the Spanish moss kept us from getting soaked. My youngest daughter was clinging on to me every time the thunder crashed, saying “Daddy, I’m scared.” She’s only 2 so it’s very understandable. My other 3 kids are older, so they thought it was pretty cool, especially when the lights started to flicker after lightning struck. Keep in mind we are in the downtown of Savannah, one of the most haunted cities in the world, and the lights are threatening to go off. But I grew up in Savannah, so I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.

We left Savannah and the storm in our path. Seeing the lightning in the distance while we were driving was beautiful, and it reminded me of looking out the window at storms growing up in Savannah, and watching them go out to sea. Even though Savannah isn’t where I live anymore, it’s still my city, and will always be in my heart and my nostalgia.

Here are a few pictures of our trip:

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