Another busy and active weekend for That Teowonna. Here is a rundown of what I did.
Friday. I was a special guest on AlphonseFM, a local podcost about has commentary about anything and everything. The host of the show is Alphonse. His cohorts are Swamp Fox and Freak. The show is rather irreverent and unconventional, which meant I fit in perfectly. Here is the interesting thing about AlphonseFM: the show’s cast is anonymous and they broadcast from a secret location. Woooo.
One thing I noticed is even though the AlphonseFM studio can be considered low budget, it is set up far better than some of the traditional radio shows that I’ve been a guest on. Another difference between AlphonseFM and a traditional talk radio show is that most talk shows are topic driven. AlphonseFM is people driven. If he thinks you are a cool person, then he will create a show around you. Which is what he did with me. We discussed a number of my most interesting blogs, including, The Real Reason White Men Don’t Date Black Women.
Alphonse said one reason he believes white men don’t date black women is because of the cultural differences. I think that is a valid reason. And then we discussed such cultural differences. If you want to hear more of that conversation, go to AlphonseFM.com. And tune in weekly to hear Columbia alternative talk radio.
Saturday. That evening, I attended the 2nd Annual Roast and Toast Soiree , honoring Cynthia Hardy. This event, presented by F.U.N.D.S. Inc, is a fundraiser. Proceeds go to support a number of community initiatives, including an annual ethnic history parade.
Well, the idea was supposed to be a toast and roast but with the exception of Akintunde and Chris Leevy, the entire event came off more as a toast. The people who were supposed to roast Cynthia either couldn’t find anything to roast her over (lol) or were just too kind (or scared). Probably the latter. They could have asked me… I could have roasted her real good.
Anywho, during the event, many of Cynthia’s accomplishments were put on display for the world to see. But if you’ve been in Columbia for any period of time, you should already be aware of the powerhouse that she is. But here is the thing; Cynthia isn’t even from Columbia yet she is such an integral part of our community’s fabric. She treats Columbia just like it were her birthplace. And I think that is fantastic.
Cynthia also was presented the Key to the City by Councilman Sam Davis. And I say there is no one more deserving than that diva. Congratulations Cynthia!
Sunday. What a perfect day for an oyster roast! I attended the 16th Annual South Carolina Oyster Festival. Now, I must say that I was a little skeptical about this South Carolina festival because the oysters were coming from the Gulf Coast. To many of you, that wouldn’t be a big deal but since I am from North Myrtle Beach, that was a HUGE deal for me. Gulf Coast oysters generally are not as salty as Carolina oysters. And we coastal people like our oysters as salty as possible.
The event was a one-block festival intended to raise money for the historic Robert Mills House and Historic Columbia Foundation. I guess that’s why the entry tickets were $10. And once you got in, you still had to buy your food, beer and oysters, which were $9 for a half bucket. I’m not complaining about the price of the oysters, because they were very good and saltier than I expected. But when you combine the entry price and the price of food, it could easily be a costly Sunday evening outing. For a family of three, you would end up paying $30 just to walk through the door. So, I wish they would drop the entry fee to $2 and find another way to raise the money. If they did, the turnout would be larger and overall revenue raised would be greater.
But all in all, the event was great; live music, mobile food trucks, rides for the children and plenty of oysters! Delish! We should do this every weekend that has an ‘R’ in the month.
So as you can see, I had a super busy weekend. But this week is Thanksgiving so I have plenty of time to rest and enjoy my family. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and see you out and about on Black Friday. Not!