10 Jun 2015

What’s Meant to Be

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

In the spring of 1987, I was fortunate to experience the birth of two new cousins. I was 3 years old, so I don’t remember the details. One cousin was a boy, Michael, born to my father’s sister – so we were real cousins. After him, I wouldn’t have another male cousin born for more than seven years.

Naturally, we were expected to be close.

And for a couple of years, and based on the three or four pictures I have of us, we were.

But after Christmas in 1990, I never saw him again. I was barely 6 years old; he was almost 4.

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4 May 2015

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Aftermath

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

By David Berry: The dust is settling on the biggest event in boxing history, with the anticipation of a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao showdown clearly in our rearview. Five plus years of anticipation culminated in a 12 round world title unification bout on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And one thing is certain – the answer regarding which talent was the best of his era was emphatically answered on Saturday night. It was, and is, Floyd Mayweather.

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2 Apr 2015

12 Years Later: April 4, 2003

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

This week, I “celebrate” the 12 year anniversary of a car accident that nearly claimed my life. I’ve reposted this story on the anniversary of the accident, and made some improvements along the way, each of the past sevenyears. Each time, it’s a fresh reminder of my “miracle.”

No matter how I lead up to this or what you read in my story, it’s going to seem like I’m being dramatic, but I’m pretty sure the story does that itself.  To say that night changed the course of my life would be an understatement.  It gave me the courage to leave for South Florida a year later and, eventually, put into me a fervor and appreciation for life that I try to hold onto daily.

I’ve copied and pasted a story that I wrote for a class several years ago about that night. For one, maybe you’ll read it and learn something significant that you didn’t know about me, and two, I rarely get personal on my blog and this is one of those rare instances.

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3 Mar 2015

The Ripple Effect

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

By the time I was 16, I had learned that there was a meaning behind each of the looks that appeared on my mother’s face. She’d always been animated that way, and needless to say, she’d have a rough go at a poker game.

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25 Jan 2015

When We Say Goodbye

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

I’ve called my mother every night on my way home from work for the past 10 years. This day was no different. The anticipation I often felt, though, had been replaced with an ominous feeling the past several months. Each night, I was also hearing an update on the health of my ailing grandmother, who had been fighting a losing battle with kidney cancer since August.

I knew bad news was a possibility. I prepared myself for it. And as I drove south on I-95 on a warm November night in South Florida, I received it.

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3 Nov 2014

The Definition of Love

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

In early September, I had the privilege of ushering my friends Allison and Sam into marriage. I’ll never forget the moment they joined as one, and I smile thinking that I helped them do it.

That day, I shared a Bible verse with them about love. Typically, explaining love is a mostly fruitless venture, but at least when you use words from the good book, you’ve at least got 2,000 years of street cred at your back.

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22 Sep 2014

I’m Turning 30

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

In 2006, I’m pretty sure I was the coolest, most successful person in Dade County. And on earth.

After all, I had just become the first college graduate in my family, and I’d landed an entry-level job doing search marketing for a boss-level salary of $30K. I could practically smell retirement.

My ego was bigger than Kanye’s, too, because I’d pulled it all off by the age of 21. Aren’t you impressed?

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31 Mar 2014

11 Years Later: April 4, 2003

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

This week, I “celebrate” the 11 year anniversary of a car accident that nearly claimed my life. I’ve reposted this story on the anniversary of the accident, and made some improvements along the way, each of the past six years. Each time, it’s a fresh reminder of my “miracle.”

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28 Feb 2014

9 Reasons Miami is Magnificent

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Columns

After nine plus years of calling Miami home, and occasionally joining in on the “Miami bashing,” I’m prepared to finally take a public stance and say that I, in fact, truly love this city.

And I’ve seen a lot of it – I’ve lived in the Fontainebleau area that borders Doral(zuela), lived on the edge of the Everglades, bounced over to Coconut Grove, then Coral Gables, then Little Havana (yes, a theoretical step back), then Brickell and finally, now in Miami Beach. I know a healthy dose of Cuban Spanish, and I can take you from El Pub on Calle Ocho to Randazzo’s Little Italy and Miccosukee without batting an eye.

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20 Feb 2014

Cancer & Why I’m an Asshole

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

If you’re lucky, college is four years – maybe more – to learn a skill set, take on a variety of life experiences and develop new, meaningful friendships.

My own experiences qualify me as “lucky” by that standard. I got good grades, covered a lifetime of years in experiences and for a couple of years during and after school, I lived in an unofficial frat house with two of my official ‘frat bros’ and one hilarious, broken-English-speaking Puerto Rican whom we met through Roommates.com.

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