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Ex-NFL Player & Local Coach Fights For A Better System

Ex-NFL Player & Local Coach Fights For A Better Future

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Back in January, Gerald Sensabaugh (Ex Dallas Cowboy NFL Player) was announced as the new head coach for David Crockett.

Considering that I can see the schools parking lot from my back porch, I can also hear the games.  I know I can tell you that the cheers are a lot more frequent and louder.

On September 22, the discussion about Coach Sensabaugh changed.

He posted on Facebook that a fan had come to the last game and wanted to meet him.  This fan was a student at Jonesborough Elementary.  Since they didn’t get a chance to meet, Sensabaugh took it upon himself to go to the school and surprise the student and his class. But what he saw wasn’t an environment he thought was conducive to learning.

Again, on September 24, Coach shared some concerns about the problems he was seeing within the education system. Prisoners were doing work on school campus while the students were in school.

While some people may say that his job is to “coach” and that is all.  Gerald is publicly sharing his journey and you can see his concern for making these young men into great citizens for our community.

He shared a post discussing the improvement of his players’ grades.  Mentioning that earlier in the season they had 13 players that had either a D or an F on their PowerSchool report. Transitioning to now, only ONE! (See That Post Here)

Coach Sensabaugh has since continued to share multiple posts on his Facebook account with massive concern about the way the Washington County School System was handling different things.

He was covered in a Facebook news story by Mike Lucas of WCYB.

Since this story aired a lot of other issues has been raised by Gerald Sensabaugh.

From money being stolen from a football fundraiser to employees of the school trying to sell him drugs and other items, the issues keep pouring in.

Now, the ex NFL player who is trying to better our community has been told he can’t have practice.

They canceled Monday’s practice (He still was able to build the team chemistry without it) and now has been told they will have practice today but he, the coach, is not allowed to attend.

As a member of the community, I believe we can come together to fix these issues but only if we come together. There is a petition on Change.org to keep Coach Sensabaugh as the head coach at David Crockett.  I ask that you sign that petition here.

Show your support! Share this & any other posts by Coach to tell the Washington County Board of Education that we don’t want our community taken down by politics & that we want people like Gerald Sensabaugh in the mix.  We want people who are willing to fight for not just the boys on the field, but also the kids in the community!

This post is based on my own opinion.  I have not spoken with Coach or any of the Officials at the school.  Nothing in this post should be construed or interpreted.  All posts referenced are linked to.

10 Things

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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Hello, my name is CJ Hallock. We may not have met in person and may be only friends on Facebook or you may follow me on Twitter and not know much about me. Don’t worry, that’s awesome and I don’t love you any less because of that.
 
But there are some things that you might not know about me. So after some thinking, I thought why not share some stuff … I’m going to get into some fun stuff and some deep and somewhat dark stuff so if you aren’t wanting to go there then please back up and go back to what you were doing because this post may not be for you.
 
Here are 10 things I want to share with you …
 
1. I am 35 Years Old… I have been through a lot in my life that has made me who I am today. Some good & some bad but all were needed for me to be me.
 
2. I Don’t Like Political Parties … I do not and will not ever associate myself with a political party. I do believe that if you think your party can do no wrong … I’m sorry, but you are insane. (This isn’t to Bash Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton or anyone else … FYI so please don’t start political disputes in the comments. Feel free to ask questions tho lol)
 
3. I Can Rap! lol … OK so I’m not pursuing a career but I enjoy writing and have been making music for most of my life … I wrote my first “song” in 5th grade. AND no I don’t have it … my dad threw it away because I was grounded and should’ve been doing homework instead. But, I have recorded around 200 songs since my first trip to the recording studio. Also if you didn’t know … I once did a hip hop song for a Winterfresh Gum commercial that aired nationwide while I was in Bootcamp … I do have that recording but not sure I’ll ever put that garbage out ha ha But I might release the very first song I ever recorded in a studio … a lot of you who knew me at Sullivan South have already heard it anyway.
 
4. I Burn Wood … I have been burning wooden plaques for over 15 years. My plaques have been sold & shipped across the US. It started with cheesy ducks and silhouettes. I am self-taught and probably not one to learn from but I can try to help if I can.
 
5. I’ve Been Around The World … Left from Norfolk VA and through many stops in many countries I came back through LAX… Most of that trip was fun …until it wasn’t. (see #6)
 
6. I’ve Attempted Suicide … a few times but luckily when I was younger I was great at failing at stuff! Not going into detail here but I want to say if you are depressed, PLEASE CALL SOMEONE! Call me and I’ll be happy to talk to you. Or call the hotline … 1-800-273-8255
 
7. I Was Molested … as a child I was molested by 3 different men on different occasions. I did not speak out and still have to face 2 of them from time to time. If you are going through anything like that please tell someone! If they don’t believe you because they are closed minded … Call me or message me I’m glad to help if I can … (Don’t ask, I’m done killing people! lol 😛 )
 
8. I Have a Reason to Hate Homosexuals – Because I was molested by men when I was younger I have a strong argument to hate homosexuals but if you know me you know that I do not.  I’m a Christain and being homosexual is a sin. How could I not hate them after all that? A SIN! Lol Yeah, but all of us are “sinners” and if you think you don’t sin then guess what? …. That could be considered a sin in itself! I have had mixed feelings for homosexuals over the years and I did HATE them when I was younger. But, I do not now because I have learned that ONE person does not stand for ALL people within any group.  That ONE man isn’t a good representation of that group.  That ONE “Black Man” who robbed the gas station and sold drugs doesn’t make all “Black Men” “Thugs”. That ONE “White Man” who robbed the corner store and sold meth to your friend that killed him, doesn’t make all “White Men” bad.  That Cop that crossed that line doesn’t mean every cop ever is a piece of shit! Get it? Talk to the person. Hold a conversation. Get to know that individual and then show love because we should!  😛
9. I am a Published Author – That was a journey I’ve wanted to take since I was in High School …… I’ve written many books over the last 2 years or so and will be releasing a few more over the next few years. The first published book is titled “Stay Boosted” which is a book I wrote based off of a blog I ran every day for almost 3 years from 2009 – 2011 If you would like to read it you can get it on Amazon 🙂 I may be releasing it as an e-book in the near future but still gotta think on it.
10.  I’m Planning Global Domination … Ok, not really but I am planning on long term goals for me that include helping many different people and would like to shake the hand or hug everyone alive … I really want to interact more with people on a deeper emotional level.  So the first thing I’m going to be doing is launching a new podcast called 10Questions w/CJ … I initially wanted to make this my super fast podcast so I could try to get interviews with people I look up to and celebs … but now I have decided to interview a lot of people and from every walk of life ….Young, Old, White, Black, Purple, Moms, Business Owners … I know I can’t interview the planet but I want to try lol … the same 10 questions for everyone … Are you in? I’m going to be looking for people to interview if you would like to do it then shoot me a message to cj@cjhallock.com with the subject (Sign Me Up For Global Domination) … or just (I want to be interviewed) if you don’t want to be that “All In” 🙂
This is a lot of bouncing around and I know it is but I felt like sharing some of these things for a long time and finally got the courage up to share this so …
Geronimo!
PS. If you are reading this I challenge you to share 10 things people might not know about you … write a blog like I did or just a list on social. If you do please tag me in it I’d love to read it 🙂

Bomba’s Italian Restaurant in Jonesborough, TN

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So, tonight I went to try Bomba’s Italian Restaurant in Jonesborough, TN with my wonderful fiance and one of our friends.

Walking up to the building it looks a lot smaller than it actually is.  When you walk in the door it’s like walking through a magical door.  Because, it doesn’t look like it belongs there.  It is a great looking restaurant! Very clean looking dining room with a friendly staff.

Our friend and myself ordered their Lasagna, while my fiance ordered their Chicken Alfredo.

While waiting they brought the bread and oil.  The bread was decent but the oil… Over Seasoned!

Salads came and the semi-bland ranch dressing actually tasted quite good with the romain lettuce.  Wasn’t the best salad I’ve had but for what it was … decent.

Then the meals came.  The Lasagna was placed in front of me looking and smelling absolutely amazing! The Chicken Alfredo, looked ok, but the purpose of the meal is to have noodles and just from looking at it … noodles (plural) means more than 4 noodles.

The first bite of Lasagna was decent but almost all cheese.  My fiance didn’t have the same experience.  The first bite of her Alfredo looked rough based on the look of her face.  I volunteered to split the Lasagna after tasting only 1/2 a bite of the Alfredo.  Honestly, I was disgusted that they didn’t have disposable napkins to dispose of the food in my mouth. It was way over seasoned, lacked noodles and drowning in Alfredo Sauce.  After forcing that bite down and chasing it with the rest of the wine in my glass … I took a few more bites of the Lasagna.

Result of the night : Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich kinda night!

Best way to rank restaurants? I’m guessing, Stars!

Rating it from 1-5 …

Service – 2.5  (would have been higher but when the manager seen the plate of Alfredo almost untouched sitting in front of the empty seat, he asked if anyone else were coming.  We told him it just wasn’t good and his first response… “Who was your waitress? I’ll talk to her, she’ll take care of it.”  … after she came and took it back offering to make us some more to take with us(really?) the other “Manager” came up and said she was sorry and that she would comp the meal.

***TIP***

As a restaurant, if a customer goes without eating and the other two plates are still half full … you may want to do more than just “Not Charge” for the uneaten meal.

The Food – I will give the food a negative 1. I would prefer an MRE with hotsause and that rubber brownie, everyone loves!

Overall… I’d give it a 1 … I would recommend Raccoons enjoy the trash while they can.  I wouldn’t think they’ll be staying open without looking at the recipes and making some major changes.  I’d recommend you go to drink a glass of wine and talk business (it’s a great environment) … but I don’t believe you should eat… If you do you might lose that client/customer.

Just wanted to start blogging more and thought this would be a good place to start

 

Talk Soon 😉

CJ

Happy Birthday! To My Children I Didn’t Get To Meet!

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Happy Birthday (Flipsyde song)

Happy Birthday (Flipsyde song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Had is a powerful word. I had a job. I had this. I had that. You hear it a lot but my “rant” tonight is this… I had children.

Some of what I’m about to share here, I’ve never told anyone before. But, after years have passed I feel I need to start letting go of some things that are hindering who I am.
(I am going to not mention names in this simply to be nice…fyi)

At 21 years old I was serving in the United States Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, Va. I was dating a girl who was 24. She was beautiful, funny and simply everything a guy would look for, so I thought. After about 4 months of dating (and keeping it a secret for the time being because she was an officer) , one day she just disappeared. I tried calling, emailing and event went by her house. She had moved!

Almost 2 months went by and out of the blue, my phone rang. It was her.  After finding out she had simply moved into a house across the street from her old house and simply keeping small talk, there was a lengthy period of awkward silence.  I knew she wanted to say something but I didn’t have a clue what it was.  She had found out she was pregnant and in thinking about what was best for her career she told me she decided to have an abortion.  I was young and honestly it didn’t truly hit me until a few hours later.

Long story short, I was crushed but because of her being an officer I had to keep quiet about the situation in fear of getting in trouble with my superior officers.  I kept that to myself and every year on May 30th (her estimated due date) I stop and look up to the skys and wonder what kind of child I would have had.

I’ve been listening to Happy Birthday by Flipsyde just thinking about it.  Thought now is as good as time as any to just let some stuff out…

Then, about 3 years later I was in a relationship with a woman who had 3 kids already.  I remember that phone call just like it was yesterday.  “CJ, before I say anything, sit down” (looking back on that now … I have to laugh cause she truly did know me! lol) “We’re Pregnant!” … I was beyond happy at that point! I couldn’t have been a happier man!  After about 2 1/2 months, she woke up one morning with extreme pains in her side.  I had stayed home and watched the kids as one of her friends went with her to the ER.   After waiting all morning for her to return, she did… but with bad news… She had lost the baby.  This had happened 2 other times after that, the last was right after we had broke up.

Then one of my last (serious) relationships was a shocker.  After just over a year of being together, we had called off our relationship.  I was prepared and more than ready to move on at this point but almost  2 years after we had split I had found out that she found out the night after I had moved out that she was pregnant.  It was De-ja-vu … She didn’t think it was good timing or who knows what she was thinking but she had decided to abort her pregnancy.

So in my eyes I was a father to 5.  I “HAD” Children…  Keyword… HAD!

Ladies, let me just say, not all men are the heartless and gutless creatures you think we are!

I remember the countless sad hours that have passed of me sitting down and doing nothing but staring off into space thinking about it.  There isn’t a day that has gone by where I haven’t sat and thought about the possible family I’m missing out on and wondering if I will see them again one day and if I do, if I’ll recognize them. I never got to see their faces but, I do love them!

Think about what you have and enjoy everything! Even the things that seem bad!  In my bad days I think about their smiling faces and what they would’ve looked like and instantly puts a smile on my face! So smile! You could’ve not, been born!

Since all this stemmed from my thoughts in listening to “Happy Birthday” from Flypside … I thought I’d share the song and let you see where my head is at…

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I’m Sorry

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Play Of The Light
Image by MarkFaviellPhotos via Flickr

There’s no other way to say this… So…I’m Sorry!

I’m going to go through some stuff that might be a waist for you so if you want I’m not holding you hostage you can leave at any time!..lol

I started my facebook account to use it for the true meaning… to stay in touch with family and friends, and to meet some new friends along the way.  I’m going to be honest I have met a bunch of really good people and got back in touch with so many others I thought I’d never talk to again in my life.

Then I let others convince me to ruin my name! lol (Yeah I know its my fault but Can’t I blame someone else for a second?)

Back in January you probably seen posts that looked like this

“Save Money Using this New Microsoft based Free Web App…www.app4shopping.com

and I’m sure there were days you could have seen 4-5 different posts about the My Shopping Genie Software.

It wasn’t that big of a deal for me because all I was doing was typing stuff and didn’t think about it other than an income from the internet.  I fell into the hole of letting what other people say bother me and I decided to do things I swore I would never do and Spam everything I could in order to try and make a little bit of money.  So for all of you out there who have been around and seen all this nonsense… I’m Sorry

What made me see that I was Wrong?

I went to the “find friends” thing on facebook and almost everyone on there was people I had on my friends list when I first started on facebook and the only conclusion I could come up with is I got away from being me and they deleted me… and what hurt the most was seeing my own Grandmother deleted me on facebook because I wasn’t giving knowledge I was giving Garbage!!

So I vow from this day on to put knowledge up (I might share a link every once and a while that may or may not make me money) either way I vow to not (SPAM) or blast out links or invites to pages on facebook…

You will still get links to Stay Boosted and CJHallock.com so if you don’t like that … get over it…lol

Forgive Me???

Now that we have that taken care of I wanted peoples input… I was thinking about doing my random thoughts videos on a schedule… Something like every Sunday Let me know what you think…

Also one last thing I’m thinking about doing the morning boost again via text but want to make sure its not going to grow too big where I can’t afford to keep doing it cause it does get expensive… if your interested in having the “daily boost” sent to your cell phone… send me an email at cj@stayboosted.com with the subject line {Daily Boost} and I may start small with it and go from there…

Other than that I hope everyone is enjoying there Wednesday and If I don’t talk to you tomorrow or Friday … Happy New Years and of course Go Big Red!

To your success and happiness in life

C.J. Hallock

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