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18 Jul, 2017

The Lack of Posts

By | 2017-07-18T20:23:43+00:00 July 18th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

I noticed my last 3 months of post totals were 20, 20, and 17. This is coming off of 11 straight months of 20+ posts which would indicate a decline. This month I’m only at 8 (this is 9) and it’s already the 18th. There are a few reasons for this which I understand when I look back at posts from previous years.

  • Original Content – This is the main reason why my post numbers are down. Since I don’t post as much garbage, it takes me longer to produce posts. With the business that is running, my free time is not what it once was (I used to post a lot at work). When I can’t post at work and I don’t post on the weekends, I’m left with some hours that I’m awake that I’m not always blogging. If I felt comfortable posting in 30 minutes, I could poop out posts a plenty, but I’m hoping to keep the quality up.
  • More posts ≠ Better – Yes that’s right, I used an unequal sign for the first time ever. Back on track, I look back and I’d posts gifs and videos which are found everywhere nowadays. Barstool is making a mockery of itself by posting videos that are found on Reddit day after day. If you don’t read Reddit, you think how original they are, but websites need more than regurgitating what every other site has to differentiate. Not that this website will ever have quite the following, but it seems that consistent, original content is what people crave. Which technically goes against the title of this section but it’s too late to change it. More posts are better, but not necessarily trash posts.
  • What To Post – Easily the hardest part of blogging. Topical events are great but people read these everyday from analysts who are way smarter than me and have far better sources for material. No one cares what my thought is on some athlete who made the headlines for being dumb. So that makes me have to be me and come up with topics that no one writes about that relate specifically to my life. I’ve grown wise to the idea that Google is not going to send people to this blog to read about my life. However, if I find a topic that I create meaningful info on, then perhaps it will be read again after it falls into the website’s indexed abyss.

The GoT post is a good example of a post that no one else can write but me. Most people can give reviews of the first episode and what they believe will happen. I can take a position that no one can take because it’s my own personal viewpoint. I’m trying to do more of that with posts but it’s hard because they don’t always pop up on a daily basis. As these years go on, I like to think the blog evolves to a higher form but it is what it is.

17 Jul, 2017

GoT Types

By | 2017-07-17T13:48:14+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Tv|1 Comment

I take you back to April 11th, 2011. HBO was catching fire with series like True Blood, Curb and Boardwalk Empire, while Showtime was living large with Dexter. Television was great and there was a new series getting practically no attention, Game of Thrones. I watched the first episode and remember being like, “who the fuck are these people.” I understood nothing and eventually went to the HBO webpage to learn more about each family and who I was watching. With a general interest growing, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought all of the books. In a span of a year, I had caught up to as far as George R.R Martin would take me. Since then, I’ve watched a series explode, and not in the good way.

There are a few types of Game of Thrones fans who I’ll describe as I see it:

The GoT Nerd – These are the fans who literally know everything about GoT. They’ve read the forums. They are up to date on the latest rumors. The get excited when they find their “Easter Eggs.” It’s impossible for a regular viewing fan to have a conversation because you’ll be lost. It would go like this:
You know the part in the middle of episode 4, season 3 when Jon Snow shook Sir Alliser Thorne’s hand with his off hand? Well, Alliser has his pinkie hooked under the hand shake which foreshadowed he was going to double cross him.
Within 1 minute, you’ll know that you’re not qualified to hang with this person and you’re going to be using a lot of, “hmmmm…yeah…I think I remember.”

The Late Arriver – There are always going to be people late to the party. There’s nothing wrong these people I should add. Wasting hours of your life on a TV show that isn’t going to be good should always be guarded against. However these are the guys who binge watch 6 straight seasons and act like it’s current. It’s like “Bro, I’ve been watching since 2011, I can’t remember what the Hound said to Arya after he killed the fat kid.” I can barely remember where I lived in 2011 so my working knowledge is a bit off.  These people can be noticed by their sheer excitement for GoT’s.

The Early Adopter – I fall into this category after reading the books and watching show, so this is only category I can speak properly about. I really liked GoT. I read 5,000 pages of books and was immersed in this fantasy world. I paid attention to the details of the books and was aware of how the books were different from the show. I was that shithead who would say, “yeah, I know what happens because the books were ahead of the show.” Now here is where it gets diluted for me. I read all of this material 5 years ago and honestly forget about 90% of what I read. I stayed current watching the show but each season takes places for a few months and then you get another 9 months off. When season 7 premiered last night, I couldn’t even pay attention. I have a working knowledge of what’s going on, but I simply don’t care because I flat out don’t now what’s happening. It’s over for me. My interest in a TV series can’t survive for 5 years straight. I’ll probably finish the series for finality, but I find myself looking at my phone more than I’m watching, which is a sure sign that it’s over for me. Also here’s an example of a detail from last night that was completely lost on me. Here is the clip from way back when about the people in the house.

To get back in the spirit, I’d have to re-watch the entire series of 6 seasons and I’m not going to do it. Too much time. Maybe in a few years when I’m overly bored and need a time killer, but right now, I’d rather spend it other ways.

14 Jul, 2017

The State of Panic From the Unknown

By | 2017-07-14T11:06:23+00:00 July 14th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Our company sells a product that requires a gas to operate. Most people are familiar with propane (the gas for your grill), but not Acetylene. Acetylene is a gas that burns hotter than propane and is a bit more combustible. I was doing research for a blog post and needed to test out the product with Acetylene gas which caused me to buy an Acetylene tank from the local welding supply. When I called the store, I asked if there were any issues with me picking up the gas in my sedan, he assured me it is fine.

Burnt out Car.

I drove down and paid for the tank. On the counter they have a picture of a car exploding and giving a warning not to store / travel with tanks in enclosed vehicles. RIGGGGHHHT…. So I get the tank and put it in my car and within 5 seconds of moving forward the tank shifts, the valve moves against the door, and acetylene starts coming out of the tank. I start flipping out thinking that the tank is going to explode and try to get my brain to simultaneously put the car in park and exiting the vehicle to move the tank outside. I eventually do so and get the worker to shut it off. No damage done, but I was pretty freaked out.

I drove back in total horror before reaching my destination safely. I share this story not to make mention of how much of an idiot I was, but to harp on how easy it is to be afraid of the unknown. In my mind, this acetylene tank could blow up if a ray of sunlight hit it. I have no experience with it and it’s easy to get caught up in a worst case scenario type thinking when you are uneducated. More likely than not, acetylene is way safer than I perceive if treated properly. This experience though taught me valuable lessons though that I won’t forget. 1) Secure gas in a vehicle 2) Don’t fuck around with your life 3) Understand what you are getting into before you actually get into it. In this scenario me taking the word of the employee was a bit too nonchalant for my liking.

When you don’t know something, it’s easy to be scared of the results. For me, I feel like I have a good feel of the unknown in the general sense. Not too much can upset me with the future but when I put my life at risk (in my mind), I had to be more cognizant.

12 Jul, 2017

McGregor vs Mayweather Is About…Race?!?

By | 2017-07-12T16:34:13+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Sports|0 Comments

I was watching Whitlock, Broussard, Kenny Florian, and another analyst discuss the McGregor-Mayweather fight and they landed on the major selling point of the fight being race. I’ve known about the fight for however many months now and that thought never even entered my mind. The idea that I would root for McGregor because he’s white, and I’m white, has no implication on who I would want to win. He’s not even American, he’s Irish. I’m not sure what difference that makes but I don’t have some unbridled passion for McGregor to come out victorious because my next life path is joining the KKK.

Now as it is, I would like to see McGregor knock Floyd the fuck out. Racist! His trash talk game is next level. Telling Floyd he has a little head is a first class insult. I’m sure he’s insinuating that Floyd can’t even read while also trashing the fact he has a small head. Does the problem occur to me that McGregor might not know how to box? That Floyd will be so evasive that McGregor has no chance of hitting him? That with padded gloves that are 6 oz heavier he won’t be able to do any damage to Floyd? All of these are concerns and my feeling is that he will lose this fight (as is Vegas with his +550 odds).

The reason I’m pro-McGregor and anti-Floyd is strictly how they hold themselves. Conor is a showman who at least knows he’s a showman. He’s very self aware. If you saw Floyd yesterday he reached into a backpack and showed his 100 million dollar check. Who does that? You can tell McGregor gets under his skin and that’s entertaining to watch lose.

Dance For Me Boy!

10 Jul, 2017

Being You

By | 2017-07-10T10:35:40+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Books|0 Comments

If you were on the golf course with me yesterday (which you weren’t unless your name is Jeff, Bud, or Frank), then you’d hear me chirping about the Chuck Klosterman book I’m reading which is titled X. It’s his 10th book and there isn’t much new material, but mostly a re-publishing of articles that may not have been found in his books, but in magazines like GQ and the New York Times. It’s light reading and I’m breezing through it, but the themes of his interviews and opinions are similar. He is very aware of the “truth” and how self perceptive the people he is writing about are.

One takeaway is that the people who are successful are themselves and not trying to be someone else. The odd part about this to consider is “what if you aren’t that talented?” What if being yourself just sucks? He’s interviewing Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Taylor Swift, and Tom Brady. These people can be themselves because they are so talented. For instance, Taylor Swift told how her record label tried to convince her to stick with country instead of going with a pop album. She trusted her instincts and did it the way she wanted and the rest is history. Do you know how many people have horrible instincts?

Here’s another a 2017 example of a person who is “being themselves” and it’s going to go horribly. Mckayla Maroney making music.

You were an Olympic gymnast, not a singer. I’d give her chance of success about .1% of going in a positive directiion. I’ll give her a lot of credit for trying, and I’ve never heard her sing before, but my inclination is that if she didn’t know she was a singer early on in her life, she didn’t just become one. She’s being true to herself, at least she thinks she is, but she’s heading in a wrong direction. Then again, whose to say it’s wrong? Rnningfool?

I’m sure I’ll be posting a lot more about what I’ve been reading because I’m always fascinated by Klosterman. I like him because he is an expert in sports and music which I tend to think I enjoy. He’s also way smarter than I’ll ever be and interviews the cream of the crop. If I could name a person I’d like to hang out with at a bar, he’d be one. I imagine it would end poorly as he’d realize I’m about a 2 on the intellectual scale and I get the feeling he’d be saying, “do you understand” a lot.

Hint: The capitalization of his name

6 Jul, 2017

Feeling Good

By | 2017-07-06T20:34:56+00:00 July 6th, 2017|My Life|0 Comments

Today I completed a track workout for my 4th day of running in a row. The Temple track is about a 10 minute run away from my house and I discovered that they allow public access which has me pretty pumped. I haven’t ran on a track since the Roxbourogh high school days.

I started with a two mile workout with quarters at 1:15 and then a rest lap at 1:45. I started off in an 80, 100, before hitting 70 on the 3 fast ones and a range of 1:35-1:50 on the other three. I accidentally reset the watch to destroy the exact times which kind of blew my mind. I then took a breather and ran a 2:34 800 which was about all I could muster up.

The reason I write that I’m happy to run 4 days in a row is because I’ve been sidelined with a blister, tweaked ankle, and messed up knee for the month prior. While I was unable to run while the blister healed, the other parts got better too. I’m finally pain free again until I overwork myself and start complaining.

My mind and body are right finally and when this occurs it makes it much easier to blog. Even though I’m writing about nothing, I still feel the creative urge to want to put words on this blog instead of the alternative. I’m going to keep trying to pump out entries as I see fit.

5 Jul, 2017

ESPN Body Issue

By | 2017-07-05T21:17:16+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Sports|1 Comment

I Photoshopped the Julie Johnston picture above that I think turned out ok. I’m sure I’ll be getting a warning from ESPN to not screenshot their shit and mess with it.

The ESPN body issue was unveiled and I’m not even sure what’s porn anymore. ESPN is like, “we can show asses, but no breasts, pussies, or dicks.” For someone who has been to 4chan and Reddit, there’s not much I haven’t seen. All these pictures do is make millions of people feel inferior about their bodies. Normies look at these and wonder why they will never have chests that flat and strong. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in on the Caroline Wozniacki pictures below, but the US Women’s hockey team doesn’t make it move. Call me a homophobe, but I also am not sure that ESPN’s predominantly male audience, wants to see all of these males athletes naked. The whole premise seems off to me but I imagine with the loss of the Swimsuit issue to the annals of the internet, they need to toe the line.

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Here’s Ronda Rousey’s clam from last year.

5 Jul, 2017

I Need To Work

By | 2017-07-05T20:26:07+00:00 July 5th, 2017|My Life|1 Comment

As each year passes by I refine my purpose on this planet. I’ve wrote this entry dozens of times over the years but one more doesn’t hurt. My life without work is a shitshow.

The past 4 days of not working are me wasting time not in the best fashion. 4 days of this leads me to question what I’m even supposed to be doing and that starts feeling depressing. It’s not loneliness as I’m spending time with other people. The drinking doesn’t help but I even did a better job than past years at curbing that to a moderate degree. I watch some TV, play some chess, and bowl but it’s killing time with no means in ends. I’ve lost the ability to enjoy time spent as relaxing.

I know this because when I went to work today I spent 5 straight hours packing orders, answering the phone, and running a business and the time flew by. I wouldn’t say I felt alive, but at least I felt productive. This is the entire paradox of it all:

I work to make money…so that I can spend money to live…yet I spend the money in absurd fashions. Living life pretty much always costs me more money than I want it to and I don’t nearly enjoy it as much as I should. Some alternatives to how I usually waste my time:

  • In my teens and 20’s I wasted more hours than I can count on video games and I’m not going back.
  • I could give up  drinking and devote a life towards some activity that will turn me into an overzealous zealot.
  • Go on as many dates as possible to stop being “single” for the sake of not being single and then having someone else who I can share my self pity with.
  • Move to the mountains and live in a log cabin by a pond like Henry David Thoreau.
  • Keep doing what I’m doing even though I know what I’m doing is only passing time and although I’m getting less destructive, it’s still not “living”

The hardest part for me is the work aspect of life because I spend so much time doing it, that when I’m not doing it, I want to do anything else balls to the wall. I don’t want to spend weekends pretending like I’m happy. The converse though is getting wasted and feeling regret about whatever I did and the damaging effects to my body.

I look back and consider that I’m still doing whatever I was doing in my 20’s, in my 30’s, and it’s a bit unsettling as I see my friends getting married and having children. Some guys do it because they feel like they should and I’m doing my best to not force anything, but I’m also not trying hard enough. It’s also odd that I tend to ponder these situations coming off these long weekends that are alcohol induced and tend not to think much about them when I’m living a sober life style. It’s like the alcohol wearing away brings the self loathing but the without it life seems dull. I suppose I should be happy all I’m complaining about is alcohol and not the mess of other problems available.

Don’t worry about me though, I’m all good and the blog will march onward but I wanted to give a life update.

30 Jun, 2017

By | 2017-06-30T08:37:15+00:00 June 30th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Donald’s Tweets About Morning Joe’s Co-Host Mika Brzezinski

Mika Brzezinski’s Response

What Do You Think?

I’m leaning towards yes, but that’s just me. I’m hoping this post gets an Andrew Gourlay response because I like to hear his views on our President. I personally find mocking news reporters a bit childish acting as the President. Not a good look. These are the type of comments that take neutral party people like myself and get me to start to ask, “how dumb are you?” My general political views are apathetic. There are so many parties caring about what is going on that they don’t need anymore. I’m not even sure what the President’s responsibilities are and what he actually does on his own. As such, I don’t worry much because – checks and balances, Congress, the House of Representatives, Senate, the FBI, the EPA, the NBA, the EPL, Ronald McDonald, and the Hamburgler. They’ll figure it out.

29 Jun, 2017

Ads That Speak To You

By | 2017-06-29T09:16:14+00:00 June 29th, 2017|My Life|0 Comments

When I have to polish brick hammer heads, I go through the torture of listening to AM/FM. Now I’m not going to berate AM/FM listener and call them poor or stupid because that would be mean, but I’ll certainly make them aware that they fall into the sheeple category. If I wanted to listen to 4 minutes of ads for every 10 minutes of songs, I’d listen to AM/FM. 1045 even has the gall to go through 3 minutes of ads and then say, “don’t worry listeners, there will be music back in 1 minute.” Brutal listening experience and don’t even get me started on the outdated nature of the songs they play. For the record, I do get extremely annoyed when 4 of my stations on Sirius play Spoon and that godforsaken song “Hot Thoughts” and “Can I Sit Next To You”.

One positive advertising thought that came out of listening was the radio 104.5 90 minute commercial-free music session in the music. I can’t remember exactly what it was called but a company was sponsoring the session and this made me look favorably on whatever company was doing it. I can’t remember the company so it didn’t work, but I also wasn’t paying attention to it either. So rather than play an ad that is going to make me want to run over a squirrel with my car, the company gets in my good graces by a non-selfish act. Much more effective in my opinion.

With that being said, I listen to WIP every night before I go to sleep and the ads that are played are absolutely gut wrenching. Here are a few examples:

I’m getting nasty with Photoshop

Reverse Mortgage – I was told that using this company for a reverse mortgage (over the age of 62) is “the biggest no-brainer move in the history of mankind”. I’m not an expert in reverse mortgages but my initial thought is that its a deal where you get money and you sell your soul to whoever is on the otherside. I’m not far off because it’s where you get money for giving up equity in your home. Don’t get me wrong, if all your money is in your home, and your flat broke, a reverse mortgage might make sense. But there is no way it’s the biggest “no-brainer move” in the history of mankind to give away your equity at a “no doubt about it” discount.

Bolt – I apologize in advance for not grabbing my pen fast enough to jot down the details of this ad exactly. It starts off by calling you soft. Soft as in being a complete wimp but I suppose it is also referring to your dick. It proceeds to say that America is going soft with participation awards and how our fore-fathers would be completely disappointed in us. It turns out its for some energy drink to make you a badass in either life or bed, I can’t remember. It concludes by asking you to text the word “bolt” to 202020 to get a free sample. I googled this and didn’t come up with the actual product which does not seem to be Bolt Energy Drink. Like I said to start, my apologies for not getting the exact info. I’ll note that I do think America is soft as 2 members of our fantasy football league dropped out because they have responsibilities like children. Are you fucking kidding me?

Spothero – Ck4 was telling me he tried to use a parking app which reserves a parking spot for you. When he got to the area there was no spot and it turned out the app did nothing at all. I can’t possibly understand how an app is going to tell you which parking spots are open but that’s besides the point. The ad used “it’s like dropping an egg in coffee” which had me scratching my head. It’s like your so busy you have to make some disgusting drink to hurry up? How about waking up 5 minutes earlier so you can cook your egg? The point is that your in a rush you can’t be troubled by finding a parking spot. This app will save the day. I don’t believe it.