Last night was the first night since I’ve started this blogging project of mine that I didn’t write. While my streak was only up to 9 days, I was hoping to go a little longer than that and I expect my extensive viewership to hold me to higher standards in the future. I was a grumpy-gills last night because I sat around too much and still don’t really know what I’m doing with myself so I didn’t feel like writing. You really didn’t miss anything. Onward and upward though, right? Today I spent a lot of time thinking about all the travelling I’d like to do and all the adventures I’d like to go on. It’s been too long since I’ve been on a roller coaster, I still haven’t been to Boston, and I don’t own a boat. Unfortunately we come to a little bit of an issue here. An incredibly wise Kanye West once said, “Having money’s not everything, not having it is.” (Sidenote: I’ll go word for word with Mr. West on Can’t Tell Me Nothin’ any time you want) I have money to live off of for a bit, but I’m not exactly in the position to be throwing any cash around these days. I can take off somewhere for the day and enjoy myself, but I can’t take on the grandiose plans I’d like to. Especially not with the lack of incoming cash situation I’ve got going on right now. As many of you know already, the whole internship thing didn’t super work out for me and I’ve got an ego problem so up to this point I haven’t gotten just another one of those lame Summer jobs that you hate, but at least pay you a little. Therefore not only do I have little money, but I have a lot of time. Mom continues to tell me to find something like I don’t already know that and I’m happy being home all the time. Well no money plus lots of time (and continuing to begrudgingly avoid a normal, menial Summer job) left me wondering what other ways I could spend my time and make some money. Logically, the first thing that came to mind was sperm donation. The problem is I’m not over 6 feet tall or blonde which is apparently their favorite type of guy to donate. I’m bringing a strong, 5’11” brown hair and eye game with a good health history, but that only gets me so far. If I’m honest with myself there’s probably a few other reasons why I should look for a different revenue source. Potentially having unknown Tom Jr’s out there may eventually bear too strong on my conscience. It also may cause unnecessary stress in meaningful relationships of mine down the road. I did a little reading and apparently some girls don’t like the idea of mystery Tom Jr’s out there. It’s a personal choice. Lastly, mom probably doesn’t want to hear the explanation I have for coming back after “running some errands” with an extra 40 bucks in hand. Word on the street is an accepted volunteer can donate 2-3 times a week. While per hour rates vary between participants (there’s a joke in there somewhere) it’s not the worst bang for your buck. Please do be sure to keep in mind some consequences related to your donation if you’re considering. So I ruled out sperm donation, but that’s only one of my bodily fluids that I can sell! Blood donation is extremely easy if you can deal with the needle and maybe being a little cold and dizzy for a bit. I actually kinda like needles and haven’t had any issues with my experience in the past. No matter how many people are donating they’re always looking for more and considering it doesn’t take too much time and effort, it’s really something you should do if you can. I think the rule is one donation every 56 days? 8 weeks, it’s something right around there. To my knowledge, normal blood donation doesn’t usually end in a monetary gift at the end, but I’m told prizes can be earned through repeated donations. I’ve got that A+ blood, so they love seeing me. If you’re still down for some needles, but in more dire need of cash, I’d direct you toward plasma donation. A very similar process to blood donation, but they grab the plasma out of your blood and give you your red blood cells back at the same time. Because this process is different than normal blood donation you can actually donate 2 times a week and plasma donation facilities will compensate you for your time. A little research suggests payments between 20 and 30 dollars. Plasma donations go towards helping people suffering from various ailments like blood conditions. An adult suffering from the blood clotting disease hemophilia needs 1200 plasma donations a year in order to receive the necessary therapy. Again, any donation here is huge and plasma donations have the added incentive of the cash reward. I definitely plan on working blood and plasma donation into my schedule more often in the future. Moving on, on somewhat of a less serious note, after I looked into donating my bodily fluids I brought my odd job search elsewhere. Craigslist is a beautiful, terrifying place. Honestly I responded to a couple inquiries for some work and I think I may have responded to a couple too many. I avoided anything that mentioned modelling. It pained me, but I thought it was for the best. There was one ad for some blog writing which I asked some questions about and then there was another one about helping with film production that I contacted because why not? Research studies are something I’ve participated in the past for class credit, but have never completed for money. Especially around college campuses or major hospitals there are often studies you can be involved in. The psychology related ones I’ve done in the past were all harmless besides the one time they told me I was gonna get to ‘drink some things’ for science, but didn’t end up getting to drink anything. Some studies may be easy one time things while others may be more intensive and pay more. Either way I plan on keeping my eyes out for something I might be interested in. I ended up reading about online survey sites that pay for survey completions and plenty of reviews telling me I should totally do it, but I think that’s something I’ll end up passing on. Some other odd jobs I stumbled upon were submarine chef (actually cooking on a sub), embalmer, and bounty hunter. Those were a little too permanent for me though. Ones like human scarecrow, voice over work, and waterslide tester sounded more down my alley. That’s right, waterslide tester. Apparently I just have to ride a bunch of waterslides, rate them, and tell people about them. Is this real life? I sent an incredibly passionately worded message to one of the companies that I’d found to have employed this position in the past. In my message I started with the bogus stuff like, I’m really interested in advertising, especially social media marketing and I’m always ready for my next adventure. Then I was sure to stress some of my more important qualities like the fact that I tan exceptionally well and happen to operate as a human much better without having to wear a shirt. I’m positive that they will respond well to me enthusiasm and confidence. What do y’all think? Any other good options you can come up with or something you’ve done in the past? I know I could try to mow my neighbors lawns or something, but I’m looking for anything but mundane. END.
The term renaissance man was first used to describe men who exhibited proficient skill sets in numerous different areas. Men who excelled in math and science as well as writing and the arts. It was also noted that that these men all shared in their passion for the consumption of pizza. Nope, never mind, that was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Today I was wondering if it has become harder to be a renaissance man. Not exactly in the sense of the brilliant minds of the Renaissance Age, but the looser application of the term simply describing someone talented across multiple disciplines. There’s no lack of talented people out there, but I’m talking about someone who earns their livelihood through multiple disciplines. A professional renaissance man so to speak. I’m very aware that I’m no da Vinci or Michelangelo, but I think I’m a pretty well rounded guy. As I’ve grown older and moved towards life after college and finding a job, I’ve continued to struggle in deciding exactly what profession I’d like to pursue. I think I know the right direction for me now a lot better than I did a few years ago, but there’s just so much that I’m interested in. My recent kick was advertising and that has somewhat evolved into something more social media related. I suppose that’s just a specialization of advertising. Before that I thought I might be more interested in pursuing something psychology related. Social psychology was where I found most of my interest so the development toward advertising/marketing/social media made some sense..Before that I thought I’d major in biology because all I wanted to do was work with animals. I like dogs and cats, but I wasn’t interested in anything domesticated. I’m talking about tracking towers of giraffes (that’s what a group of giraffes is called, I looked it up), or finding out that loggerhead sea turtle blood holds the key to the cure of some rare disease. I’ve always hoped to travel and see the world and although I don’t photograph particularly well I’ve wondered from time to time if I could find success on the silver screen. The problem is it seems hard enough to break into one industry let alone make it in multiple. The entry level college internships I’ve been applying for recently have suggested applicants have work experience and be pursuing a master’s program somewhere. Here I am trying to get my first experience and my foot in the door and quite simply that just hasn’t been working out for me. I love the idea of working on something new all the time. I don’t want a job behind a desk where I’m doing the same thing day in and day out. If I got to make all the decisions I’d work in advertising and psychology research and travel the world studying exotic wildlife as I made a documentary about my life. I don’t want to limit myself at all. I know some people that knew what they wanted to do early on in high school and they’re still on pace to accomplish exactly what they wanted and move on towards their profession. That just wasn’t me. There’s so much going on I have trouble narrowing it all down. There’s a reason you pick a major in college, and work your way from the bottom in an industry. I get it, you’re never going to make it to a high level of whatever it is you’re interested in with only a basic skill set and knowledge of what’s going on. That’s why so much time, effort, and resources must be dedicated to work and studies because if the same thing is continuously studied and practiced there will never be an progression. I don’t mean to come off as whiny, and I don’t think I deserve some special treatment, I just like to think that I don’t have to decide on one profession and that there’s some way I get to work on everything that I’ve wanted. Become my own version of a modern renaissance man.
Just about two weeks out from the greatest sporting event in the world. I’m incredibly excited, but honestly I hadn’t been thinking too much about it just yet because it was still a ways off from the end of school. Earlier at the gym I saw on ESPN that there was a US friendly against Azerbaijan tonight. Honestly, I had no idea about it previously and figured I’d watch it, but also knew there’d be hockey and basketball going on to watch as well. As time for the soccer game grew nearer I realized where my priorities lay. It’s soccer time. Watching the game really got me excited about the month of soccer I have ahead of me. The game wasn’t particularly pretty, but there were some flashes of brilliance here and there. I feel like we’re just one touch away from some really good soccer a lot of the time. But lemme tell you, sometime that one touch really lacks some quality. Overall the performance wasn’t spectacular, but at least we got the clean sheet, put a couple in the back of the old onion bag, and came out with the win. Tim Howard is still a world class goalie and I’m more than comfortable having him between the posts. Bradley was playing attacking center mid and appeared to get pretty tired as the game wore on, but also did a good job controlling the middle and spreading the ball wide to the wings and finding Altidore a few times up top. Graham Zusi playing wing looked really good to start and created a lot of chances with balls played in the box. I think he’s gonna be huge in determining our success and definitely someone to keep an eye on. I was bummed out not seeing Dempsey out there, but there wasn’t any reason for him to play if he wasn’t feeling 100%. All the speculation about his health during the game from the commentators was absolutely killing me. Commentary is a lost art if you ask me. I don’t remember the last time I wasn’t vehemently repulsed at the futile attempts of commentary in an attempt to fill empty air space (strong language!). I’d rather just listen to the ball bounce or get kicked around. Sometimes I’ll turn the volume off and listen to music if I’m really feeling sour about the whole thing. I don’t mean to go off on a rant though. I also refuse to go on a tangent about how completely ridiculous it is that Landon Donovan was not named as one of the 23 on the roster. I have nothing else to say. But back to the squad we did field, the one major concern I have is our defense. DeMarcus Beasley has had some great caps for the US, but at 32 years old he’s not what he once was out wide. With very little experience on the back line besides Beasley, and especially without a strong center back presence, I’m concerned about how we’ll match up against high profile strikers. In Group G with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana, we have our work cut out for us , but I think we’ll advance. I believe that we will win, right? In our first game against Ghana I’m going with a 1-1 tie. I don’t think we’ll come out the way we want to and this will have everyone writing us off already. There will be hours of talk if Donovan is gonna get called and whatever other conspiracy Alexi Lalas feels like throwing at us. Next match-up against Portugal is interesting. If Christiano Ronaldo isn’t the best player in the world right now, he’s probably top 3 and undoubtedly top 5. It was truly a treat watching him and Ibrahimovic go back and forth as Portugal finally got the upper hand on Sweden knocking them out of tournament contention. Moment of silence for this World Cup not being blessed with everything Zlatan. Have you seen that guys’ twitter? It’s such a shame that the Gods had to choose between Christiano and Ibra, but if we’re honest with ourselves I definitely think Portugal as a team deserved the World Cup appearance over Sweden. Well keeping track of Ronaldo is going to be an issue, but I don’t think he scores against us. Maybe an assist, but no goals not counting penalties here. We’ll probably have 3 people face guarding him the whole game. He’s still gonna have a game, even if it was him and a goalie against us he’d still probably have a game, but it’s gonna take someone else to beat us. However, I think we surprise everyone here with a win. I think we might see some magic from Dempsey and watch out for Aron Johannsson coming off the bench. Johannsson may be more of a threat in the 2018 World Cup, but I think he’s gonna be a something to pay attention to if he gets some quality minutes. Germany is a whole nother story. I can’t see us getting the win here. I don’t think anyone in Group G is going to beat Germany. There’s simply too much talent and high level experience there. Germany will advance with their 9 points and the US fills the second advancing position with 4 points. Portugal and Ghana tie in their match-up giving Ghana 2 points in Group G and leaving a very disappointed Portugal with only 1. Yes, these predictions are a bit bold, but I don’t think they are incredibly out of the question. Unfortunately the second slot of Group G matches up with the first slot of Group H which I believe will be Belgium. I really like the young talent on the Belgian team and have them making a run to up until the Final where they lose to Germany. The home country Brazil loses to Germany in the Semi-Finals and the reigning champions Spain meet their demise in the same round on the other side against Belgium. In 2002, I remember watching the opening games at an indoor soccer camp I was at. In 2006, I ran out of the car just in time to see the Zidane headbutt. In 2010, I remember watching almost all the games with my friends talking about how we’ll be halfway through college the next time the World Cup comes around. If you forgot how that one went...I’m sorry about the background songs. There’s still a little time to get your scarves, flags, and jerseys for this year. We’ll see what our boys can do.
Within minutes of posting about my new blog project on Facebook my view count began to crawling upwards. Granted I only had 5 views before I made the post, so it didn’t take much. It’s really cool looking at the stats that WordPress keeps. As I write this my blog has been viewed 216 times. It’s pretty cool thinking a bunch of people out there bothered to check out what I have to say. I suppose I can’t confirm they actually read anything, but 200 people clicking on the wrong link just sounds like too much of a coincidence, right? Apparently I even had visitors from Argentina, Indonesia, Finland, and Colombia. I can get down with going global. I can also see what links sent people here and what links people clicked on. I noticed my readers started losing interest in the later links in my most recent post… I may have gone a little overboard, but we’ll make it work. This post is to serve as a thanks to everyone that checked it out. Even if nobody was reading it I think I’d still post from time to time. It’s a good time waster and I like getting some thoughts out instead of just losing them as time passes. However, knowing that there’s people out there who may appreciate what I have to say, have an opinion about something, or call me out on grammar mistakes makes it a lot more exciting. Everyone that liked the Facebook post or shared it, double thanks to y’all. My social media beacon grew many times over today thanks to your efforts. I’ve mentioned it before, but being interested in advertising and social media marketing, a huge part of it is how many of the right people you can get your message to. Of course you have to have a strong message too so I’ll keep working on that, but seeing how far my message could be spread in just a few hours with a single post on another social media site made me wonder how much farther I can take this. I think my next goal, besides hopefully continuing to talk about something of interest, is developing a following on WordPress itself. Apparently over 400 million people checkout over 14 billion pages every month so there’s definitely some wiggle room for me there. The one concern I have is that I write about whatever. Maybe I do or see something over the course of the day, or maybe I think of something that makes me chuckle. That’s what i write about. It seems like a lot of other people only write about their progress in learning traditional Vietnamese cooking. (AND ALTHOUGH WE WRITE ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS I LIKED YOUR POST AND FOLLOWED YOUR BLOG AND NOTICED YOU DIDN’T FOLLOW ME BACK) Without a defined topic, creating an initial following may be somewhat difficult, but I think with some networking effort I should be just fine. I’m thinking about changing the name of the blog, too. What I’ve got right now wasn’t serious, but also due to the fact that I write about whatever I was having trouble coming up with a proper, shorter, all encompassing title. For some reason I found myself thinking about Bob Loblaw (it’s fun to say) from Arrested Development, another favorite show of mine. He’s an attorney in the show and at one point in the series it’s pointed out that he’s working on a blog of his own. Bob Loblaw Law Blog, it’s a beautiful thing. That’s the kind of name I’m shooting for. END
I realized today that I’ve been spending too much time complaining about having nothing to do instead of cutting out all the whining and making something of myself. This teenage angst is about 4 months out of place and that simply can’t be me anymore. I’m a man, I’m 20! Well I’ve started trying to come up with some options. This blog is a little project, but I’ve got nothing but time these days so I figure I oughta pick up a new talent or maybe come up with something else to work on. I’ve been thinking about picking up day trading. In my public relations class this last semester we learned about high-frequency trading where these supercomputers are programmed to make trades on all sorts of different stocks as long as they profit at least 3 cents. They trade like a bajillion times a day and make mega guap. There’s a lot of argument over high-frequency trading though because among other things, if the programming can be replicated between different trading organizations, it simply comes down to who has the quicker internet connection and processing because the first person to make the move wins. All of this is over my head so I won’t go any further, but I don’t think I lead you too far astray so far. Basically I think if I read up on my stuff for a day or two I will be able to compete with, if not render obsolete, these supercomputers. Tom trying to learn about stocks and outperform supercomputers be like. I think Shia won an Oscar for his performance in the second Transformers movie. I won’t bother looking it up because I’m pretty sure that scene alone is enough evidence. But honestly that’s just one option. I’ve also been thinking about picking up contact juggling. Remember that one Christmas when you got one of these for everyone in your extended family? Remember how little magic and sorcery your relatives exhibited as they became completely disinterested in the ball within minutes? Well the thing is the Fushigi ball isn’t magic and just because you have a Fushigi doesn’t automatically make you an expert contact juggler. It’s not like the magic pill that makes you makes you look 20 years younger. (Sally got a Fushigi. Contact jugglers hate her!) You have to put time and effort into mastering the skill just like anything else. Apparently if you accidentally get really into contact juggling you end up being able to do stuff like this. You’ll notice that many of his moves appear to be similar to those seen in the Fushigi commercial. However, you’ll also notice that he uses an annotation to complete separate himself from the dark wizardry that the Fushigi is. If you make it all the way through you’ll see that he’s hoping for monetary donations for his performance. I get it, he performed a service. He was a source of entertainment. I guess it’s just that more often than not I’m not blown away by a street performance. Let this post serve as a call to action. A demand for street performers to step their game up. I want only the realest in the streets. Maybe we need drafts, minor league farm team systems, and call ups and send downs. If you aren’t top tier, work harder to get there. Contact juggling appears to be as worthwhile of a talent as freestyle finger snapping, but I suppose somebody has to do it. Something tells me the two talents attract somewhat similar crowds. I may have talked myself out of spending some of my free time becoming a Fushigi warlock, but I do think it was a step in the right direction. I’ve always been pretty passionate about Tuvan throat singing. It’s like yodeling’s unknown step-brother, but way way cooler. After doing some light research, apparently I only need to practice a 7 step process and I should be able to fine tune my vocalizations. I kinda thought I might need some recessive gene or maybe years of training under a senpai so this is great news. If I got to wear getup similar to my dude Kongar-ol Ondar and looked only half as happy as he does I would be absolutely set. The usefulness of this talent is also somewhat questionable, but if it came to me rising up through the street performance ranks, I really think I’d be in a league of my own. I’ll make a Goodwill trip sometime this week in hopes of acquiring some traditional Tuvan garb. I think getting into character first before I start working my way through the 7 step process will enhance my results.
Today’s stats: 1 Shia Labeouf reference, 6 links, 813 words
The Kids Are Alright is a song by The Who about the chaos that growing up can be, but still coming out of all the mistakes and mischievery alright. The Kids Aren’t Alright is a song by The Offspring featured on their Americana album which I listened to everyday when I did my math homework in 7th grade. We’ll call it a phase. Is this about to be some manifesto on the status quo of US children, you ask? No. Absolutely not. There wasn’t much going on for me today so I decided to channel my inner Hitchcock and stare out of my bedroom window and observe for a few hours. (It’s a Rear Window reference) Ok that’s not true at all, but I did peek out my window once and saw one of my new neighbors for the first time. They’ve just moved in and I had only seen a truck outside their house so far. This is more of an interesting development than you may realize. I’ve lived in the same house my entire life and we’ve always had the same neighbors to one side of us. But the other side… well that’s an entirely different story. There was the old couple with the 3 legged dog. They hung around the longest and were plenty nice. I can’t remember why they left actually. Then things started to get a little more interesting. Next there was the family I never saw. I have no idea how they they did it, nor do I exactly desire to know, but every time I would step out of my house I would hear their front door close, or the garage door would be coming down. Honestly, it was impressive. Then there was the young couple. They only lasted a few months. The only memory I have of them is something about their grill. That’s probably more than they want me to remember. I think they may have been a little shady too. I know there was another strange group next, but I can’t recall much about them either. Next was the last family we had beside us. Totally cool, two little kids and a Boxer puppy I got to play with a few times. They moved because one of the parents jobs. For some odd reason people just can’t seem to last there very long so I’m interested in finding out what’s going on with this new crew. Where the title of this post comes in is that I also found out today our new neighbors have two daughters, Mom said they were around 6 or 7 I think. Well apparently they’ve adapted to the move well because word on the street is they’re the leaders of the new street gang. It’s funny because I’ve been away at school for two years and although I’m still home for summers and around from time to time on breaks, I’m not keeping track of everyone else on the street. The next thing I know there’s a 5 on 5 basketball game going on in front of my house with all these kids I don’t recognize. Apparently the twins down the street are 8 now and the family that moved up the street a few months ago has twin daughters around that age, too. It took me by surprise and made me realize my age (As I type this a swan song slowly sneaks through my cracked door and tickles my once young ears), but there’s a new wave of kids on the street. I was actually happy to see it as our little road has been pretty dead since my own street gang, (shout out to Stu, Jing, and Matthew) went on to bigger and better things. Actually if I’m honest, I guess my brother was in the original neighborhood gang when we first moved into our house. All of this is bringing back memories of Kid Olympics, the Jungle which was really just the center of the cul-de-sac (I get why it’s spelled like that, but I’ll never be ok with it), and Cops and Robbers which was really just tag, but we scattered our bikes, skateboards, and scooters throughout the street which increased the stakes and hijinks I think. You can’t be king forever though. There’s always gonna be someone trying to gun you down. I’m forced to reminisce as I watch new games unfold, new cheaters, new fights, and new triumphs. No one will ever break my luge record though. We used to fill the street with these crab apples that grew in front of my house and you would sit on a skateboard luge style and pick up as many as you could as you worked your way down the steep hill. I still have scars on my hands from it. Also funny is the fact that my parents had to go outside and school the neighborhood parents on how all of this works. This is the first street rodeo for a lot of the parents I guess. Mom was laughing at one of our neighbors because she was standing on the porch with a stern face like a watch out, or maybe some really high intensity lifeguard. She went over and told her to relax a little bit, maybe bring a book out and at least sit down. I understand though, all the parents are nervous, trying to see the next car come down the street even before they turn on our road, making sure no one is taking advantage of calling their own fouls for the basketball game, and everyone, absolutely everyone, has to have their elbow guards on while they’re scootering about. You gotta be careful, I know, but I think the kids are alright. Me on the other hand.. I’m still getting lost in my mind and writing this blog so I really don’t know what to tell you. Five days in a row, I definitely didn’t think I would take such a liking to this. A confidant has suggested that it’s time to to turn on my social media beacon. I’m gonna start working on it.
Also this made me laugh probably more than it should have.
While it is an older post, I had to reblog this submission of The Written Reel by Jerry Zinn, a good friend of mine, because it really gave me a laugh featuring another mutual friend of ours. Jerry is an avid film fanatic, both viewing and creating his own. TWR focuses on his own journey through film, uploading some of his own work and reviewing, critiquing or summarizing others. Be sure to give it a read and tell him what you think.
I would like to take this opportunity to announce the establishment of The Written Reel’s “Reel of Fame” (ROF). The idea for this came to me as a result of my appreciation for one certain man’s commitment to TWR. That man is Tyler Zimmerman. In affect, this announcement is two-fold. Not only is the ROF now officially in existence, but I also have the pleasure of announcing its first inductee. Tyler has already commented on TWR on four occasions and was featured in the 2012 Annual Report as the year’s top commenter. He has been a friend of mine for almost half a decade: an ol’ mate from my high school days. As a fellow member of the exclusive “Z Society” (reserved for individuals with “Z” last names), I have been fortunate enough to get to know him. Over the course of that period (as it relates to TWR), Tyler…
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