A Family Conversation: Ron Brown and LadyG Discuss the Cool Uncle’s Story

 

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Cool Uncle aka Daddy (Sembach Airbase 1965)

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events and featured blog posts.

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“My uncle was as cool as a ’65 Thunderbird!”

-Ron Brown

Yep, that’s precisely how Ron describes my Daddy’s vibe from his younger days as a MP in the United States Air Force.

Folks said he was as cool as a cucumber…

A tall drink of water…

A pretty redbone…

Clearly, LadyG loves a good cliché

LOL!

All that aside, Ron’s cool uncle tells some awesome tales from his post-military days working on the railroad in the late 1960’s through the late 1990’s.

And so…

We invite you to join us in today’s sessions as we talk about Ron’s cool uncle (my Dad) RailroadConductor67’s post, “Santa’s Helper.”

As usual, Ron and I often found ourselves sidetracked!

Our conversation quickly galloped from Lysol to Clorox to wild game to storytelling where it crashed, head on, into Rickie Lee Jones.

But it gets better considering the fact that Rickie Lee wasn’t supposed to be a part of the dialogue.

AT.

ALL!

(Warning, a shift from first to third person is coming up so that I may distance myself from “LadyG”)

Yeah, so, you see, it all started when LadyG went on this tangent about Tommy Lee Jones, whom she thought was named Rickie Lee Jones.

Just so you know, Rickie, the female singer, should NEVER be confused with Tommy, the male actor.

They aren’t even kinda the same.

But of course, LadyG cannot be bothered with “facts.”

And, if you stick around to listen to the part 2 audio in this post, you will hear this for yourself.

Anyway…

Remember, you can find my Daddy, Ron’s cool uncle, here under category:  “True Railroad Stories”

You can also find Ron Brown under category “Ron’s Time Tunnel” and at his blog “Time Tunnel” 

Audio does includes some adult language

Part 1 Run time: 30 minutes

Part 2 Run time: 25 minutes

 

Real Good Food: Sunday Comfort!

July 2 Dinner
Homemade Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes/gravy, English Peas and Vegetable medley

 

Yep! Lady G’s been up since 7:00am EST!

Cooking in the kitchen!

Oh yeah, Daddy is here to help Lady J and I with the garden project that I blogged about last week!

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes are his favorite…sooo…

Voilà!

But ya know what?

It’s raining cats and dogs here in Georgia and Lady J says it’s not supposed to stop until next Sunday!

Curses!

That’s not what I wanted to hear!

Let’s just pray that she’s giving me 11-year-old hyperbole!

LOL!

Stay tuned!

By the way, here’s a picture of Daddy during his days in the United States Air Force-circa 1965.

Daddy US AirForce

 

Daddy spent a whole bunch of time in Germany!

Hence the word “Germany” tacked up on his Military Police Beret.

If you’ve been following this blog, you probably already know that I’ve always wanted to go there.

My son says that when I’m about 90 years old he plans to sit me on his future back-porch, point to a bunch of trees and say, “Hey mama! Look at all that Germany back there! ”

He swears I won’t know the difference! LOL!!

Kids!

Anywhats….Have a great week my friends.  I promise to keep you posted about the garden:)

Love and light to you!

LadyG

😘💋

PS:  Ron Brown! I’m saving yet another plate for you Cuz! 💞

My Jams ’95

moon-1275694_1280“My Jams” posts include adult language and controversial observations.  Song release dates may vary.  Songs are in no particular order and are not exhaustive.

I come from a family of seers.

Some aware.

Some not.

I AM aware and I do see.

I see potentials.

A few in stone.

Many things can be changed.

But not all.

Right now I see miles and miles of sand.

In the midst–an Oasis.

Soldiers. 

Remnants of a tall tower.  

Exploded.  

There are casualties. 

Some are gone.

Disquieted and discerning.

A portent?

What does this mean?

Who?

Oh my God!

Ron!

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Now before y’all get to googling and fact checking, let the record show that LadyG is acutely aware that we are smack dab in the bowels of 1995.

Do realize that your girl was ‘seeing’ something to come in 1996.

It was an act of terrorism on our troops in Saudi Arabia.  

The Khobar Towers to be exact.  

Well baby, my dear cousin Ron was there when that tower came down in an explosion.

Chile everybody in my family was calling back and forth trying to find out if he was alright. At the time, we were all afraid.  

I was completely heartsick.

It was NOT good.  

But I really felt for his children, wife, mom, dad, sisters and brother.  

Well, thank God your boy finally called home to let it be known that he was not one of those that we lost that day.  

 May they rest in peace.

We love you Ron and we are so blessed that you made it back home 😘💋

And so…

What’s poppin’?  Is everything good in your world on this cold and windy morning in 1995? You know I wanna know right?  Bring all the goods to comments.

But for now, let me break you off a couple two- twenty jams!

My Jams ‘95

Hooked On You by Silk

Okay at first when I heard the sample from the old “Ironside” TV show I was like, “ What the hell?”

Oh but then the music shifted and them brothers started singing!

Hot damn!

“There’s no living without you, got me hooked on everything you do”

“You say you’re coming back and I believe you’re coming back…”

Word to the wise:  You can’t stop grown folks from doing what they wanna do!

YAAASSS!

Anything by J Quest

“Girl I’ll do just about anything to try to turn you on ‘cause you got it going on.”

Y’all remember that one?

That was my shit!

I used to rock the hell out of that cassingle!  

For the whippersnappers, that’s a cassette with one jam; maybe two on it!

Freak Like Me by Adina Howard

Closet freaks was banging the hell out of this jam!

Queen Diva Adina let it be known that she was a freak!

Lady G pleads the 5th.

“I got a freaky secret-everybody sing ‘cause we don’t give a damn about a thang.”

Tell me Groove Theory

But did you peep that damn bass all up and through?  Hell they got a freaking Upright Bass in the video.  I pray like hell that’s the bass I hear in this jam 🙂 I know it’s not 😉

When I saw Bryce with them big pretty eyes grooving with pretty Queen Diva Amel Larrieux I liked to lost my mind.

“Sweetheart now it’s time I let you know, don’t wanna rush we should take it slow…”

Shiiitttt!!!!

He’s mine Mokenstef (Remix with Grand Puba)

Yeeeeeaaaaah….

No shade, but I always thought that some of the lyrics to this song were stupid as hell.  But it empowered women who were cheated on…I guess 😉

But then I HAD to like it because they went and remixed it with a sample from Queen Diva Patrice Rushen’s classic “Remind me.”

“He may be doing you but he’s thinking about me”

Um..no…men are pretty basic in that arena.  He’s thinking about what and  who he’s doing at that point in time.  LOL!!!

Brokenhearted Brandy duet with Wanya Morris

Word on the street is that she was kinda crushing on Wanya (He’s singing on this jam) from Boyz II Men.

No matter, this was my jam.

I wish Skee-lo

“I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, I wish I had a girl that looked good- I would call her…”

Just a fun song!  

“I wish…”

I’m going down Mary J Blige

And then there was the time that Mary went and remade this Rose Royce’s classic.

That Queen did the damn thang on this!

“I’m going down..”

I dunno, but it sounds almost like they used the original track.  If not, whoever duplicated it tore that shit up!

Somethin for the honeyz by Montell Jordan

I don’t know about y’all but Lady G actually likes Montell.

He looks like he would be a cool brother to hang out with 😉

Heller, heller Monty! 

“Something for the honeyz”

Brown Sugar by D’Angelo

Aw shit now!  When we heard this we knew that music was changing.

Neo-soul?  Acid jazz?

Whatever you wanna call it!

Real music is making a comeback!

You bring me joy by Mary J Blige

Did that Queen sing a song over an old Barry White track?

Yes she did!

Joy by Blackstreet

Word on the street is Michael Jackson wrote this song.  You already know LadyG cannot be bothered to google it.

But what do my ears hear?

MY VIOLINS!!!!!  They’re here again!  

I just can’t with Teddy Riley right now!

Chile I was so glad he put that damn synthesizer down and sat at a piano!!!!

I LOVE this song.  

By the way, I implore you to watch the video and peep the white guy that looks like Bob James conducting that mini orchestra.  

Dude is so freaking on point!  He ain’t missing a damn beat!

I’ll put it in comments.  If you ain’t got time skip to 3:30 on the video.  He goes by fast so be alert!

YAAASSS!

If Only You Knew by Phil Perry

But then Phil Perry went and did a masterful version of Queen Diva Patti’s classic!

I bleeve I’ll park that one in comments too.

Don’t miss it!

Someone please remind LadyG if she forgets! LOL!

Put your body where your mouth is by Sean Levert

Hell I forgot about this one!  

Go ‘head on Sean, you DID that!

RIP Brah!

You put a move on my heart by Tamia

I read somewhere that this song is not an easy song to sing.  

I think it was Quincy Jones who said that.  

Maybe a musician or a singer can explain why.

I got nothing.

All I know is Queen Diva Tamia kilt it!

Okaaaaay??

Down for whateva  Nuttin’ Nyce

Y’all remember them?

Oh yes baby, Lady G was rocking this one!

Lady G is down for whatever!

Let’s talk about it by Men at Large

Aw hell yeah!

“Let’s talk about it, let’s talk…about birds and bees sugar you and me gettin’ it on.”

You can’t touch it!

You simply CANNOT!

“ I don’t mean to be sweatin’ you… all I wanna do is just talk to you…”

And y’all wonder where all these 21, 22 and 23 year old chillun came from.

Babymaking music was everywhere in 93, 94, 95!

There It Is by Barry White.

The Maestro!

Barry just being Barry baby!

You and me just some squirrels trying to get…well you know the rest!

LOL!!!

Zhane’s album

The entire damn thing!  You know the one with “Crush!”

YAAASSS!

Meshell Ndegeocello’s  album

This entire damn album too!  The one with “Dredlocks”

DEAD!

All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey

They STILL play this Christmas jam some 21 years later!  

Gone and get them coins Mariah!

Hip Hop Jams

Watch what you say by Guru featuring Chaka Khan  Guru!  Da man! I miss him!

Runnin’ by Pharcyde  This!!! “…’cause my pappy never told me how to knock a n**** out!”  I hollered!

Sprinkle Me by E-40

Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless by The Lost Boyz

Lady G is still grooving to Outkast!  Still!!!!!

 

Well, the time has come to release 1995 back into the days of yore!  LOL!

I love you 1995–Until we meet again-Goodbye!

Everybody else, you know what to do!  Bring your commentary, your memories and your jams to the comment section.

Lady G 😘💋

 

  • For my dear friend and favorite poet Chevvy.
  • For the ones we lost at the Khobar Towers complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, June 25, 1996.
  • For Seaman Cherone L. Gunn and all the ones lost October 12, 2000 on the USS Cole.
    • Love and light to his brother, our friend, Anton Gunn and family.
  • For the ones we lost on September 11, 2001.
  • For all the ones we lost to terrorism–before and since.

 

❤ ❤ ❤

 

 

The Professor

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Ron, aka, “The Professor”

 

I believe that each of us plays a specific role in our family.  In my family, my role is ‘entertainer/storyteller.’  Even as a toddler, I would stand in the midst of a room full of people and babble incessantly!  My uncle, the ‘bon vivant’ (life of the party), would cheerfully egg me on. My parents, who were relatively quiet, would watch in horror as I danced and sang my way all over the house.  Now if you were to ask my mom and dad where I got this ‘talent’, they would say “Oh she got that from Leroy!” Surprise! Leroy is the uncle who was egging me on.

Anyway, let’s move our attention away from me, Uncle Leroy and all of our foolishness so that I can tell you about my cousin Ron, aka ‘The Professor.’ As a child, Ron was that cat who sat in the back of the room watching everything but saying nothing.  That doesn’t sound like much of a professor, huh?  Well, as they say, still waters run deep!  Even though he wasn’t talking much, he was, most assuredly, thinking and thinking and thinking and thinking!  So while I was running my mouth, he was quietly making observations and formulating theories.

As children, Ron and I really didn’t have much in common.  Remember, I was Princess Running Mouth and he was…..NOT.  There was also a bit of an age difference.  In addition, we lived in different cities so we rarely saw each other.  However, all of that would change for the better.

When I was twenty-something, Ron, who was in the U.S. Air Force, was stationed at a base about 30 miles south of where my parents and I lived.  His mom, my dad’s sister, called to let us know that “Ronnie” was nearby so we immediately made the connection. By this time, Ron had traveled the world, having served tours in San Antonio, Italy, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.  Best believe that ‘The Professor’ was now in full swing! His work, education and travel experiences had helped him to develop a great deal of insight and knowledge on various topics. Now, let’s hit the ‘pause’ button!  Our grandparents, Mrs. Annie Maude and Mr. Leroy, had five children-not one dummy in the bunch- grand and great-grandchildren included.  Knowing this, I considered myself to be pretty sharp; I had a couple of degrees and had engaged in academic debates with some of the best of ‘em.  BUT Ron took the cake and the bakery!  Okay, so let’s hit the ‘play’ button and continue with the story! Seriously, Ron and I would have these long intellectual talks and I was right there with him…until I wasn’t.  Homeboy would have to ‘drop back down’ to help me catch up. I wasn’t used to that but I loved it!  Trust me, during those days, we were always together.

Unfortunately, my time with Ron came to a halt when he retired from the military and moved back to his hometown.  I missed him so much!  He had become more like a brother to me than a cousin.  That said; whenever I got the chance, I told everyone I knew about Ron and how deep he was.  Truth be known, I loved the way his mind worked but I failed miserably at trying to recall the things that he had taught me.

Today, we still live in different cities but technology has brought us closer.  In fact, I recently asked him if he would start guest blogging here.  He said yes!  So with that said, I am so happy to introduce ‘The Professor’ to all of my readers while uniting them with his Facebook friends.

By the way, Ron’s ‘spot’ on this blog will be called “Ron’s Time Tunnel.”  In his posts, which will appear on Fridays, Ron “will relate stories, memories, experiences, and anecdotes of the “older” generations, as well as (his) past experiences and memories; sprinkled with the occasional political, theological or social commentary.”

No doubt, he will include a deep message for all of us! I can hardly wait!