Our Last night in DC

Westin Hotel, BWI Airport

We deliberated for weeks on how best to relocate to the West Coast. We ultimately decided to fly. We purchased two intimidating-in-size, rolling fortresses of bags, the largest allowed to be checked on a plane. This was an absolute mistake. Two, medium-sized bags instead of one massive one would have been a much better plan. Checked bag weight is limited to 50 pounds. 51 to 100 pounds requires overweight fees and over 100 pounds requires you to go to the freight side of the airport and ship it as freight. We had a very early flight to LA so we got a room the night before at the Westin BWI, airport. It was a newer hotel. The room was clean and exactly what we expected. We gave it a grade (C). C is very good. C is our default grade. (Please see grading chart). The gentleman at check in was a tad off-putting with his can-do spirit. Very professional, but with a megawatt caffeine overload. I struggled to meet him at a respectable level to converse. He was extremely kind and a wealth of information. 90% of it we did not need to know, but he was determined that we were going to learn today. Reluctantly, we ordered a burger and fries to the room to share. I think we felt inspired by the sea salt on the fries 🍟🤔. We slept soundly. The bed was way too soft, zero support of the spine. Despite some people liking soft mattresses, we are not birds we are mammals and the spine must be supported. There is a big difference between what is perceived to feel good and what is supportive of one’s spine. It’s how you feel when you wake and over a prolonged period of time that counts. We woke early hit the gym, took care of the three S’s (Sh*t, Showered & Shaved) and rolled our “freight” to the lobby. During last night’s master class at check in information overload, I missed the part about breakfast not being complimentary. 🙂 I grabbed two eggs and Melissa a yogurt while waiting for the shuttle bus. Mistake! The snacks we grabbed while waiting were not complimentary at all. They were $17.95 each. SMH Melissa gave me a look that said ‘why do a listen to you’. lol Good question at times. We boarded the shuttle, it was just Melissa and I on it. The driver was a very kind man. He was very helpful and all in with the bags. As we road the short distance to Southwest Airlines check in, our conversation turned to our parents and him recently losing his mother. I shared with him my loss and then it turned into a medical consult. He had a lot of questions about his own cardiovascular health. He slowed the shuttle down a little because the conversation had gotten quite good at this point. As we jumped out, I dug deeper for a tip than what I was initially holding because of his Herculean assistance loading/unloading bags and the brief but engaging convo. LA here we come!

Laying to rest a King

More than 7,000 people attended my father’s funeral services. They spanned three days and included a viewing, six hour memorial service, a parade/ funeral march through the streets of DC and a private burial. Ft. Lincoln funeral home and cemetery did a phenomenal job. I will never forget the folks there and their care and respect. It was evident they were passionate about what they do and I was fortunate to have found them. From August to January, I’ve had one focus: legacy protection. Now, I intend to continue my focus while we hit the road. The first leg of our travel will have us in Los Angeles. Currently, there is a Broadway-bound play, a documentary and a feature film in varying stages of completion, all based on my father’s life. This first entry is about our relocation to LA after shutting down our lives in Washington, DC.

Introduction

Greetings, my name is Christian Gregory, I am a chiropractor practicing in Washington, DC. After my father’s death, I decided to take a year off to travel. I intend to celebrate his life while I write and produce. My father was my absolute best friend and confidante. We traveled all over the world together and had a unique bond. My father was a wildly successful, transformative comedian and a Civil Rights Legend. Protecting his legacy is my true focus. While on the road, I will meet and interview his friends, colleagues, and contemporaries, while meeting the professionals that will help my family guard and protect his legacy — a legacy protection officer in a sense. My partner, Melissa whom I’ve loved and adored for my entire life (I’ve known her since she was 5 and I was 6) is a news producer who’s thrived in the industry with long stints of employment with CNN, Fox, and NBC among others. She, like I, is a little burned out. She too took a leave of absence to join me on this journey. She is my lead editor and researcher for the multitude of projects I have attached myself to. Our life is simple and streamlined. We have no children and are both news junkies. We live for intellectual conversation and competition. We understand laughter is good medicine and we laugh incessantly. We are obsessed with “clean” and organic living. It is this aspect of our lifestyle that makes travel difficult. We live in a world of cheap, toxic plastic and synthetic materials full of inorganic particles off-gassing and slowly killing. These materials can cause our cells to mutate, which is the definition of cancer. A disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue.

Preventable disease needs to be prevented.

We love life and enjoy optimal health. The food and beverages we consume and the unadulterated air we breath is paramount and drives decisions about the businesses we patronize. We are so passionate about these hygienic and lifestyle factors that we’ve developed our own scoring system. We use this system to derive at a wellness score. Like the board of health, we plan to apply this algorithm and establish a guide and a score for the business and establishments we patronize. We are elated for you to take this journey with us. See you on the road and stay well!