Name: Courtney Edward Barrett Bryan
Hometown: Hollywood, Florida
Birth Place: Port Antonio, Jamaica West Indies
Hobbies: Dancing, Swimming, Reading, Cooking, Movies
Music: R & B, Reggae, Funk, Alternative, Blues, and Traditional Jazz
Movies: Prety much all Marvel and the DC Universe. Guardians of The Galaxy, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man, Scaramouche, Gladiator, Ben Hur, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs, Ivanhoe, Sounder...
"Everyone is rich in excuses to safeguard their prejudices, their instincts, and their opinions." - Ancient Egypt
"The race is not given to the swift nor the strong but he who endures until the end." - The Bible
This site will detail my life, past, present, and future. I continue to fight the battle towards getting my life and finances back in the black. I was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica West Indies. I came to America in 1967 at the age of 11. I have lived in all the boroughs of New York except Staten Island. Over the years I have also called New Orleans and Hollywood, Los Angeles my home. After several tumultuous years beginning in 2006 after another heart-breaking divorce, followed by auto accidents in 2009, and the subsequent surgeries and rehab, to end up homeless from July to September in 2012. Thankfully, with the help of my friends, I made it through the rest of the year and in 2013 I started on my road back.
It’s now 2018. The last five years went by really fast with many ups and downs and with one business venture full of promise, see the usual suspects, greed, betrayal, and jealousy rear their ugly heads, bringing lies, lies and more lies, eventually dashing all hopes against the rocks.
Still through it all, last year I regained my financial independence with an infusion of funds from my earthly family, as well as finding my birth father, also moving to Florida to be with Mom and then falling in love; however, what had been a great year ended in absolute failure, betrayal and financial ruin.
I'm an optimist, and a hopeless romantic and time and time again throughout my entire life, I have reached the pinnacle of achieving success only to have it snatched away at the last moment. Many times, I have come close to running my car into a pole or off a bridge, even thoughts of drinking and drugging my way into oblivion have entered my mind but I have not succumbed to them and have picked myself up, dust my ass off and stared out anew. As I get older, dealing with life has become more tiring and last year, the weight of so much pain, disappointment, coupled along with my ongoing pain management threaten to bring me to abject despair and push me toward a total cynical outlook for the future.
Being with Mom, having the freedom to heal and living in a warm climate are the things which saved and helped me to survive. I went through the grieving process and in August was energized to once again get back on the bicycle and pedal back out onto life’s highway. My love of the little things in life that so many of us take for granted keeps me grounded; the beach, a sunset, gatherings with family and friends, music, dancing, reading, meditation and a movie… You get the point.
Look out world, here I come. AGAIN!