twelve hours in pratt an the return of the ttc mc

i got to the e.j.pratt library at about 10:00 am, as stated earlier it is probably the most aesthetic library on campus (next to gerstein) — for one thing, you actually get natural light coming in, as opposed to sitting in a fluorescent atmosphere that resembles a fort more than it does a library (although pratt looks like a pillbox from the outside)

i ended up catching up on homework (and i’m still not anywhere near done) till 10:00 pm, leaving the library twice — first to get that water english toffee and crappy boston cream then later to grab a sandwich from subway

so sometime later (after 10:00 pm) i enter the subway and i’m going eastbound — at yonge these rowdy black kids come in to the car (four rowdy girls and one laid-back guy)

from yonge to victoria park (when they sat down) the girls were jumping around and disrupting people, being ostentatious, singing songs (ashanti) and dancing … one girl went to the front of the car and did her beyonce impression as she walked forward

people got up and moved away from them, some people smiled and were kind of enjoying it

finally at warden station i got up and went up to them and told them that (apologizing to the crowd for the upcoming profanity), when i asked them a question they ought to say “they schools don’t teach us shit”

then i asked them “why haven’t you learned anything?”
and they more-or-less replied “they schools don’t teach us shit”
(that’s from a dead prez song)

i then asked them if they knew who malcolm x is and they responded loudly in the affirmative

i then asked them if they knew that forty years ago malcolm x was shot dead

that quieted them down, and i said, that’s right — they schools don’t teach you shit

that’s when a man came up to me and shook my hand and so did one of the girls
i asked if they knew who the dead prez are, and two of the girls said no — but the guy and a girl said yes so i gave them props for that

i then told them to listen to mc nomes, captain nomes, to me:

you put down virtue and you promote vice
then you turn around and say you’re for the passion of the christ
i don’t give a **** about the qur’an or the bible
as far as i’m concerned it’s the fittest who see survival
but drinking, smoking pot and shooting shit in your veins
that ain’t survival of any kind you’re just ****ing your brains
but the corporations love it ’cause they’re making big profit
and your mind is so gone it’s easier keeping you down in shit
and all the while you light up thinking you’re so revolutionary
but you’re just a dumb **** and you’re slowing the evolutionary process….

i ended off telling them to stay away from drugs, to stay in school and get an education because brother malcolm said “without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world” and that’s about when the train got to kennedy

i did all that without being patronizing or condescending, and at the end i got respect from the guy and the girls, and all those people who were at first put off by the rowdiness of the girls seemed to have gained some kind of awe for/wonderment about me (i was quiet the whole time until the train got to warden)

that’s what i would mark as the return of the ttc mc, and i think i’m going to look forward to doing more of it…

(the above entry is disjointed and lacking lucidity because i’m tired from over twelve hours of studying on little sleep)

and speaking of the subway, here’s today’s daily dose of sanjeyan:

ksnite says:
today, i was in the subway
nomes says:
how was it
ksnite says:
kinda tubey this!

8 Responses so far

  1. 1

    nisha said,

    February 18, 2005 @ 10:36 am

    TEE tee see-man,
    can do anything the ttc can

    TEE tee see-man,
    revolutionizing the rocket-way is his plan

  2. 2

    adam said,

    February 18, 2005 @ 5:48 pm

    thats big. i don’t get it though, if you can do that, why can’t you ask the girl out?

  3. 3

    sabeen said,

    February 18, 2005 @ 11:26 pm

    lol, i’d wonder about the above as well, but that is something to be proud of:-)

  4. 4

    zzze said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 6:39 pm


  5. 5

    jinx said,

    March 3, 2005 @ 12:18 am

    wow…thats awesome. i would never be able to give that lesson to stangers

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    anonymous said,

    March 30, 2005 @ 11:07 pm

    ok..great morals and all, but that doesn’t seem like a scenario that could have happened…I’m sorry I’m just trying to think of the scenario realistically not to bring down the “ttc man”…or anything…

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    Taqi said,

    April 1, 2005 @ 10:22 am

    My Man Nomes… still doing Dawah, that is the best I have heard of actual Dawah and guidance in a long time… you should make…word

  8. 8

    nomes said,

    April 2, 2005 @ 3:28 pm

    i can understand your skepticism, fortunately for me there’s documented evidence of doing things like this:

    i wouldn’t exactly call it da’wah

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