For Gourlay’s viewing pleasure. This is about 6 months old but this is what happens when Jeff and I work on projects together.
I’ve been going to a new breakfast spot near my house called the 3J’s market. This was after heading to the Museum Deli a few times and seeing a millipede (I couldn’t count the exact legs) run out from behind the coffee cups. Cleanliness is the most important aspect to me and the quality 2nd. These generally go hand in hand.
People tend to enjoy posts like these because they can all relate to them. Unless you cook your own breakfast every morning, you have to get it from somewhere. 3J’s opens at 7am which is around the time I get up. They have a digital ordering system which is also preferred to reduce mistakes and increase efficiency. My breakfast sandwich with a coffee comes to $4.41, which is what I pay at Dunkin and in this instance I get a well prepared Egg and Cheese on an English Muffin instead of a day old Sesame Bagel with cream cheese spread carelessly. All pluses.
Now, I probably wouldn’t be making this post if it wasn’t for my one minor gripe. The coffee station is well done. You can select from 2 types and all of the extras are adequately laid out. It’s organized in proper fashion and I like every part except for…the lid. It’s a solo cup lid and when I have to put it on the cup, every time I feel like I’m going to crush the cup because it takes so much force to get all the sides over. Total pressure packed situation every morning. To boot, the lid has an opening to put the straw in.
A hole in the cup? Who cares? Well, I do. This is why.
When you hit a bump while driving, the liquid flies out of the hole. This starts a sequence of annoyances. The liquid then seeps down the cup into the cup holder. I usually keep change in my cup holder and the coffee covers the change. As time goes by the change starts to stick to the bottom. This has to be cleaned and all change removed. Not fun. I’m sure I’m not alone in this grievance.
This was written in 1996 by Carl Sagan.
This has nothing to do with Sam saying he hasn’t read a book, just good timing. The best part about this is the non-highlighted part that says, “…the #1 video cassette rental in America is Dumb and Dumber.” Both bad jokes. What Mr. Sagan is pointing out is true and you or I can’t explain how it’s true.
I read through the numerous comments and the one that hit me the most was that you’re conditioned to think “well this isn’t me“. So when I read this I obviously know it isn’t me because of all the “substantive content” I create through this website acting as the “enormously influential media.” However his line “when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few…” you should know that you know nothing. If your name isn’t Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg (or the other thousands of people who stay out of the media), you have no influence and you have no real idea of what’s happening throughout the world. If you don’t have a billion dollars, you’re influence is limited. Regarding the media, someone tells me biased “fake news”, and who knows what’s true anymore. Being a common folk, we just need to be happy and jump off the ledge when we’re told. If Donald Trump is going to bomb N. Korea, it’s another example of Jaime Lannister’s army being torched by a dragon (at least that’s what I’m told). Personally, I’m just going to keep losing $6 a day playing fantasy baseball and waiting for when I hit the lottery so I can move to an island and drink Pina Colada’s where I’ll complain about sun burn and how there isn’t enough to do.
Content. Content. Content. I don’t even know what the word means anymore. Once I finish creating content, I have to create more content. Content is synonymous with a never ending hole that you keep falling and falling down hoping that you’ll hit the bottom but guess what? You won’t!
Perhaps it’s because I’ve found myself in this unique position of managing a bunch of my own websites that I’m literally in charge of the creation of. There aren’t many other shoulders who this work falls on. So I’m certain this has something to do with the pressure of the creation of content. It’s difficult though because, believe it or not, I’m not always in the mood to create and my livelihood depends on it. I want to update this website as often as possible but I also have to try to maintain a standard that requires more than 15 minutes of time like this post. Do you know how long it took me to make that TV image post with all the characters? At least 2 hours. That was for a stupid image! The screenshots for Ozark took forever. That doesn’t even mean the material is good. This world is tough ladies and gentlemen. It doesn’t matter how much content you create, they always want more. Now shut your fuck nugget mouth about my lack of posts!
I swear to god if someone steals this idea for a novel or movie, I’m going to be pissed. REMEMBER, YOU READ IT HERE FIRST.
Here is a snippet from what I think is a fantastic premise.
Character – Steve
Account Balance – $200
Withdrawal Amount – $160
Steve drove 6 extra miles out of the way to save on the $1.50 ATM fee if he would have used the one by his house. This scene is the perfect example. He was recently fired from his job at Pet Smart, excuse me, laid off, but you wouldn’t know the difference. This means that money is tight and his chronic habit isn’t cheap. In order to reduce the weight of the situation he’s found himself in, he withdraws 80% of his money in order to buy a half ounce (16 grams) of that sticky icky from Luke, his neighborhood drug dealer.
The plan is simple: His preppy friend Cliff from the suburbs said he’d take an eighth (3.5 grams) which he can over charge him at $120. He also made sure to short the bag .2 because he knows Cliff doesn’t have a scale. Zach is penciled in for a gram which is an easy $20. Swiggy from the freshmen dorms is also in for a gram which won’t last the night, but money is tight when your a frosh. He’ll be back for more. Finally, Lindsay, his girlfriend Cait’s on/off again friend said she’d take an eighth, which he’ll discount $10 bucks because he’s trying to work a 3some between them all and every small gesture helps. That means that 9 of the 16 grams are sold and he’ll have made 80 bucks and still have 7.2 of the grams left which is worth at least $100. Sweet Livin.
Steve found himself in hot water when his latest drug deal went awry. His best friend Louis fronted him 3 ounces to move around campus. One night he got black out drunk as he was traveling with his backpack full of the weed for delivery and found himself cornered by 3 local thugs who caught word he was holding. Bye Bye $900 of merchandise. Now he was walking the fine line of trying to get the money back to Louis without him knowing what happened. At this rate it was going to be tough but if he could manage to keep slinging, he’ll dig himself out of this hole. No. No. Dig up stupid.
So that would be the first character. Then you’d have another character and you’d get a feel for each person based on how much money withdrew from the account. There’d be a guy who has $300,000 and he’d withdraw money out $20 at a time and you’d see how he lived. All the characters would then be intertwined somehow which I haven’t thought out yet.
What do you think?
I haven’t been to Wawa in about a month and I can’t pinpoint exactly why. With that being said, I’m going to try to pinpoint why.
Cost – Wawa is sneaky. All the items seem cheap but this is deceptive. They have all sorts of deals where you buy 2 and save money. Buy 4 and get the 5th free. By the time I leave, I have 3 bags full and spent $50. A bit of an exaggeration but I’ve had totals in between $15-$20 for a simple lunch stop.
- Quality – I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here to say that the quality of Wawa is not rising. What’s odd is that I used to enjoy the taste of the Sizzli and when I compared that to an Egg McMuffin, I preferred McDonald’s. This made me feel like the Sizzli was just a ploy at getting you to overspend on a shitty quality breakfast sandwich. Combine this with their whack ass cheese steaks, poorly constructed hoagies, and other average items, it’s not as cracked up as it used to be.
- Coffee – This is a great business to be a part of as people get addicted, they shop at your store. I am making no remarks that Wawa’s quality has gone down or the service level is disappointing but for some unbeknownst reason, I don’t find myself craving their coffee much. There were times I’d drink evening coffee and I’ve cut that out of my life.
- Convenience – This is the #1 reason why I go to Wawa but the fact of the matter is, there is no convenient Wawa for me in the city because they don’t have parking lots. My worst trips to Wawa involve me driving 8 minutes to a Wawa and then spending another 10 minutes parking where I have to walk another 5 minutes to the store. By the time I get there I’m dead. The only one with a parking lot is on Delaware Ave and that’s a 10 minute drive during non-rush hour and a 20 minute during. Not happening.
- ATM – One of the main reasons I go to Wawa is because I use their ATM’s because I have PNC. They are free for other customers as well. When I have zero dollars, unlike Sam, I go to the ATM. This makes me frequent Wawa and for whatever reason, I’ve been getting my money from other ATM’s on the street.
So with those factors, my Wawa visits have declined to maybe 1 or 2 a month. I’ll still go before golf to stock up on 2 for $3.33 28oz Glacier Freeze Gatorades (they used to be 32 oz), but not for food runs. Any other people agree with these reasons for my declining commerce?
Bonus points if you can tell me what movie the above image is from.
Yesterday I was running on the Camden side of the Ben Franklin bridge when a foul mouthed, tough guy from above on the bridge saw me running below and said, “hey black shirt, you a pussy. You a bitch ass N****.” How did he know?
Nothing gets the adrenaline flowing more than being in Camden and some hooligan yelling at you from the bridge. I certainly didn’t feel scared or threatened, but it did strike me that the bridge isn’t a wide area and who knows what crazies are capable of. One wrong move and they can toss you off. Fortunately nothing happened on my travels back and this lead me to a post that I’ve frequently thought about.
If I was in my home and someone broke in, could I defend myself appropriately? For all burglars out there, the answer is no. Here is what comes to mind as weapons in these situations.
Gun – Do not own. This is for my own safety as drinking and guns would never go together.
Bat – Haven’t swung since Little League.
Dresser – The thought would be to push it down the stairs, but it would probably take too long.
Stand Alone Light – Most realistic weapon yet.
Alarm Clock – Only get one throw so you better connect with the person’s genitals.
Knife – Fine if I’m in the kitchen but short range weapons are not where you want to be.
Plunger – Probably not going to do much damage.
You can see I may not make it through which has indeed worried me, but not enough to do anything about it. So it goes.
This brings me to story Jeff showed me about Facebook and AI. When trying to set up a negotiation, the AI started it’s own language and it had to be shut down. When Elon Musk tells Mark Zuckerberg that he should be more concerned, perhaps he’s got a point. If you’ve seen IRobot, a robot revolution would make you start considering what weapons you might have available. Based off of the ChatBot’s conversation, I’m fairly sure we aren’t there quite yet:
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The older I get, the more I cherish being alive. When I watch people getting hit with golf carts, jumping off of roofs, and skydiving from 10k feet, I get the willies. I never used to think this way. When I was 10 years old I loved to wait in line to ride Steel Force. The ignorance of death allowed me to not worry about the fragile nature of it all. Now I have a different take. With this intro, I present to you a few of my No-No’s. This doesn’t mean I would never do this, I’m only acutely aware of the situation.
The great blue yonder is not to be messed with. Do you see how big that product of nature is? If it was having a bad day, I don’t see why he couldn’t flip the boat and swallow everyone Jonah and the Whale style. Oh, he’s a nice whale? Really? Really? You had a conversation with that beast and he promised he wouldn’t do that? Get a grip.
I don’t like them. They are sneaky, slimy, and venomous. You won’t even know they are coming. They could be in your bed right now. They are flat as can be and are stealth carnivores that would swallow you whole if they could. Not a fan just like Indiana Jones
I have no doubt that amusement park rides have 200 safety check features before people get on them for safety sake. My concern is if one of these checks malfunctions or if the safety man drank a fifth before he showed up to work. You never know and one way I don’t want to go is careening off the track as I make a brutal indentation on the Earth.
If you couldn’t tell by now, the ocean freaks me out. It goes down. Humans don’t know about down. Bad ass creatures live in what constitutes 75% of our Earth of which I would consider it relatively unknown. You can’t tell me that there aren’t more badass sharks that eat these weak sharks that we’ve seen. It’s like the sharks you see are scared of the sharks further in. When I go in the ocean, I make sure it’s never at depth further than my knees.
I’m not a fan of guns. I was at a shooting range once and all I could think about was the maniac next to me opening fire because he’s a loony tune. I don’t trust people and certainly not ones with guns. Whenever I go for a run, I’m always on the look out for a drive by or a guy looking to pop me for my wallet. Rough way to go through life I understand but one shot and it’s over. Always be prepared.
The older you get, the more you have to the same task over and over. Here are a few that I’m frankly sick of:
Cleaning the shower – Water leads to mold and there is no place that gets more water than the shower. I feel like I always just cleaned the shower and 2 months go by. In a place where I’m cleaning my body, it doesn’t make sense to have the shower be dirty.
Trimming my nose hairs – I swear to god they multiply. I’ll remove 5 or 6 in one pull and the next day there are 50 still there. I wouldn’t describe it as painful, but you know you hit a tough one when your eyes start to water.
Dust on the TV stand– I don’t exactly know where all the dust comes from but once it’s cleaned, it rejuvenates right back. Dust doesn’t bother me as much as grime, but still annoying.
Bills – Knowing that bills will never stop for the rest of your life can be a bit depressing. It’s like you are indebted to water, gas, cable, phone, and electric for eternity. They should offer some sort of extremely expensive rate to never have to pay bills again. I would consider it.
Exercise – It doesn’t matter if you exercise for a year straight because you can nix it all away in a month of being stagnant. Exercising is a way of life and although eating right and not putting bad, well, anything in your body helps, you’ll still notice a difference.
How much do I know about the strength of America? Nothing.
What do know about the people from Chechnya, Russia? They are a bunch of bad asses.
If you watch Real Sports with Bryant Gumble last night, you’d know that the 30 minute segment about MMA in Chechnya inspired this post. I’ve heard positive remarks about Real Sports but never tune in because I don’t know when it’s on. I was watching Highly Questionable yesterday and they did their Si or Non and previewed this piece which is how I knew about it.
What is Chechnya?
First things first, Ramzan Kadyrov is the “head of the republic” of Chechnya. He is an underling of Putin and has built Chechnya up with this alliance (I’ve also read he uses public funds for personal benefit). He gained this leading role after his father was assassinated by Chechen Islamists in 2004. Forgive me for not knowing the exact facts of the situation, but Ramzan leads an Islam population that is at constant odds with other Islam groups. It’s a war torn country who has found some solace being under Russia’s wing. It’s a fascinating read to understand how this relationship developed over the last decade.
Why Do We (the US) Care?
Kadyrov has devoted a portion of his time to the creation of Akhmat Fight Club. The Fight Club, named after his deceased father, trains Chechen males in MMA style fighting. Kadyrov says that they are the toughest fighters on the face of Earth because they have been bred by war and fighting in a cage with pads is a walk in the park. Loyalty is unconditional to Kadyrov and the ultimate fighters are those who are not only champions, but also serve in the army. These are bad men and are waiting to show the world, specifically the UFC, how bad they are.
The Real Sports piece was not only an informational segment, it interviewed Kadyrov directly which was an interview he hasn’t given a Westerner in years. Aside from the MMA, he was asked about the way his nation treats gays. Allegedly, the Chechen army goes around and collects gay people and tortures / kills them to rid them from this country. Of course Kadyrov denies this happens (he denies there are any gays in Chechnya), but journalists will report on these circumstances, only to find themselves 6 feet under once their report is released.
Kadyrov is not a fan of the West, specifically the US, and laughed / threatened when he was asked if he sees the West as a threat. I wish I could quote his exact words but it was something like, “we are the toughest people on the planet, they would stand no chance against our army as we’ve seen and done it all.” His personal philosophy (once again not a direct quote) is “to die in battle would be an honor”.
Are They A Threat?
Дорогие друзья! В спорте самое главное – постоянство. Тренировки должны носить систематический характер, без каких-либо ничем не оправданных перерывов. Именно этого требуют тренеры Лечи Курбанов и Абдул-Керим Эдилов от Ахмада, Эли и Адама. На этот раз они занимались со своими друзьями, сверстниками. Действовали в парах, отработали удары руками, ногами и тактику защиты. Видимо, готовятся к каким-то турнирам. Это им нравится! #Кадыров #Россия #Чечня #Дети
Today I wanted to get a better answer to this question, because as I sat there last night thinking about it, the breeding of an army that has been through war like the Chechnya army has to be an advantage. These are die-hard individuals who have nothing to lose based off of where they came from.
When I Googled Chechnya, I saw they have a population of 1.34 million people. Russia has 144 million. The USA is 300 million deep and I’m not sure it makes much of a difference how tough you are when you are outnumbered 2-1. I certainly would think that invading Chechnya would result in more casualties than I’d care to think, but this doesn’t seem like a war they would win.
What struck me as thought provoking was that I knew 0 about Chechnya prior to this piece. There is so much out in this world that I know 0 about. If I had to fight a Chechen warrior, I would bet on my running skills to cause a draw. If our army was made up of people like me, we’d lose. To know that I grew up with the privilege to be whoever I wanted to be without worrying about my life is what scared me a bit about what Chechnya has. These people are literally not scared of death. I’m worried about getting bitten by a snake. Even with 1.3 million people, it makes me wonder how tough the American army is. The current count is 1.4 million in our Army. If there are 1.3 million fighting Chechen’s, this would be tougher than you think. Even tougher when Russia gets involved.
Hopefully this puts the US’s position in this world with a bit more clarity. Our citizens think we are the strongest, toughest, nation in the world. These people laugh at how weak we are. They see the instability of Trump and the US isn’t even a threat. Very humbling to start to come to grips with the reality of the fragility of this world. I’m sure Floyd knew what he was doing.
Дорогие друзья! В Чечню по моему приглашению прибыл чемпион мира в пяти весовых категориях, легенда бокса, не знающий горечь поражений Флойд Мейвезер. Вместе с гостем мы посетили многофункциональный спорткомплекс клуба “Ахмат” в Гудермесе. Мейвезер ознакомился с тренировочным процессом, посмотрел показательные выступления боксеров и бойцов ММА, пообщался со спортсменами. Он высоко оценил условия, созданные для развития единоборств в Чечне. Гость остался под приятным впечатлением от общения с людьми и увиденной в Грозном, Гудермесе и Аргуне картины. Флойд намерен совершить в республику повторный визит и пригласить команду тренеров по боксу и ММА из США. Надеюсь, что наше сотрудничество будет носить долгосрочный и продуктивный характер. Уверен, опыт такого великого спортсмена будет бесценен для воспитанников клуба “Ахмат”. #Кадыров #Россия #Чечня #Бокс #Мейвезер #ММА