TommyLog – It’s All About the People! #SITSum

21 Oct
October 21, 2016

Hey Kids it’s dad, and for today’s TommyLog I want to continue my discussion about the Social media Influencer and Travel SUMmit #SITSum that I attended last week hosted by the Atlanta convention and visitors Bureau. I met so many amazing people. Life-changing people. People who made me smile and laugh. We learned a lot about of Atlanta. But that was really second nature.

Lifelong friendships were formed!! How does that happen in a long weekend? I haven’t got the slightest idea. But you put people together that are business minded, that are fun, that are willing to make risks. This is where the magic happens! It’s kind of like ingredients in your grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. Bring them all together and you get amazing things – – leave out something. And it’s a flop.

Thank you to all my brand-new friends. You have made an impression that will last forever. You are awesome.

Kids it’s all about the people. Never forget that.

TommyLog – The Power to Connect People @DerreckKayongo #SITsum

15 Oct
October 15, 2016

Hey Kids it’s dad, and for today’s TommyLog I want to talk to you about a super powerful event that I just attended. I have been able to participate in a social influencers travel summit put on by the Atlanta Convention and visitors Bureau here in Atlanta Georgia. This is the second year I’ve been able to participate and I am just so blessed. The people I have met here are truly life-changing.

This morning I was tired after a busy busy week but I decided to go and hear the keynote speaker. The keynote speaker that was brought in was named Derreck Kayongo. He is a former Ugandan refugee turned CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. He started a company called the global soap initiative. Where they took single use soaps from Hotels and repurposed those soaps to be sent over to Africa to towns that don’t have good hygiene. Over in Africa soap is a luxury  and many deaths can be attributed to poor hygiene.

Derek is a connector. What caught me off guard was a song that he saying at the end of his speech called Moyodi. Here’s a video I found  that shows the song —-

Just a simple yet powerful song. As you know I’m not much of a sap (enter eye roll here) but for some reason this really did it for me. Maybe it’s been the outpouring of love for the Clifford family since I lost my job. Maybe it’s the new friends that I met here in Atlanta. I’m not sure but it really got me. Totally had me in tears.

Kids – – it’s all about the connections. It’s all about leaving a situation better than it was when you got there. It’s all about doing things for other people. It’s all about putting somebody else first. I promise you when you put other people first, that does not mean you will be last!

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TommyLog TECH- The Waterproof Test – Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge #VZWBuzz #AD

10 Oct
October 10, 2016

Hey Kids it’s Tommy and for today’s TommyLog TECH I want to talk to you about how my water park experience was so much better because I had my waterproof Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. This sweet smartphone was provided to be my Migrate friends at Verizon. You all know that my opinions are my own but I have to say that out loud.

Before I get into the fun, let me dive into some gory details. The S7 Edge is rated at IP 68. What does that mean?. IP stands for international protection rating.  The six and eight in the rating actually means different things. The first number stands for solid protection. The higher the number, the better the protection. Protection of six which is the best solid protection protects from harmful dust. The second number in the IP rating is moisture. IP rating of eight means that the device can handle swims in the tub, the sink, the toilet, or the pool at depth’s over 3 feet. Samsung has rated the S7 edge at depths of up to 5 feet. That’s pretty incredible. I think you could have the power of this smart phone  \at the water park with you – – not just getting pictures of the action but being part of the action. This is critical!

OK so back to the Clifford family mini-water park vacation. The kids just love the water park and they’re screaming “DAD! DAD!!” come and join us. So I wanted to put the S7 edge to the test. It went down water slides, it was with me in the in the pool, it was in the area where we got water pour all over our heads. It went everywhere. This phone went where no phone has dared to go before.

As you can see by the video I didn’t miss a thing.

My only gripe, is that I wasn’t fully prepared and I wish I had a lanyard of some sort to hold the phone. So if I lost grip on a ride or something the phone wouldn’t fly away. But other than that, the waterproof capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is 100% Tommy approved!!

Thank you for watching and thank you for all your likes and comments and shares. They are greatly appreciated.

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[DISCLAIMER — I’m one of the cool kids who has been asked to play with and test technology for Verizon. They asked me to test and share my thoughts. All my words are original and my own.]



TommyLog – The Note! – Part 2

08 Oct
October 8, 2016

Hey Kids it’s dad and for today’s TommyLog I want to tell you the rest of the story. A few days ago I posted “the note” video and there’s more to be said on the subject. So to catch people up here’s a link to my previous video.

So after I posted the video I really felt that I need to go introduce myself to the guy and just tell him what I had received. So I did just that. Got myself dressed and put on my “big boy shorts” and I went over and I knocked on the door. My good next-door neighbor friend Oscar answered the door and we talked for a few minutes. Oscar had just had cataract surgery so the discussion was very easy. After a few minutes of us chewing the fat, I asked if this person was there. He said yes and I asked if I could speak to him. I waited outside with “the note.”

I was a little bit nervous and said a prayer in my heart to make sure that this situation would end in a positive manner. After what seemed like a long time but was probably 30 or 40 seconds, the gentleman emerge and came outside. I introduced myself and shook his hand. I showed him the note and read to them what was said. I asked about how things are going and if he had a job. He indeed did and it was a good one. We talked at length about his job and what he did there. It was a nice exchange.

I told him about the two precious things that live next-door and how important they were in my life. I told him don’t make me choose between being neighborly and my kids. Because he will come out on the bad end of the deal every time. I had no malice in my tone nor was I upset. But I was firm and he knew it. I told him I respect him for serving his time and he deserved a second chance to turn his life around. it seemed as if he was doing just that.

We ended the conversation cordially and I went home. I felt satisfied. There are plenty of ways that this could’ve turned out and I know everyone would’ve handled it differently. This is how I chose to handle it.

What would you have done? Would you have even gone over to introduce yourself? The comments on this has been amazing and I appreciate so much the dialogue.

TommyLog – The Note!

07 Oct
October 7, 2016

Hey Kids it’s dad, and for today’s TommyLog I want to talk to you about a note I received in my mailbox. I’m going to my mailbox and I see bills, bills, bills, catalog, bills, ** folded sheet of paper** bills, bills bills, bills, catalog. I look at my other mail and then I focus on this piece of paper folded in half.

Inside was a handwritten note. It says

“I thought you should know, there’s a convicted child molester living in the neighborhood. It then goes on to give his name and address. It ended- sincerely a concerned citizen”

As a parent how do you handle this? I love my neighbors. I have a great relationship with them. They are so nice to me and I try to be so nice to them. And for some reason, this didn’t alarm me the way I think it would alarm some people.

This person has been labeled. I don’t want to add insult to injury. I want to treat him with the respect he deserves. But I’m not sure how I’m gonna handle this.

What would you do?


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