I adopted the blind cat

Here’s me and Melon:

It took him two full days to stop hissing at me but now were buds! He sleeps on the bed with me and only scratched my face once but I had it coming.

You’d barely notice that he’s blind other than the obvious fact that he doesn’t have eyeballs. He walks around confidently, can jump up onto things, and responds very well to sounds / vibrations.

I’ve gotten ~25 new followers on Instagram just because I adopted him. He’s a local celebrity, and because of that, I think I’m going to keep the name Melon.

He and Covy aren’t off to a great start, but props to Covy for being patient and consistently trying to be nice. Melon just hisses every time he senses Covy.

I’ll do my best to keep the Instagram / Snapchat updates going. So far so good.

I might adopt this cat

That little guy is Melon and he has no eyes. You can see more pictures of him here.

I saw he was up for adoption like 6 weeks ago and figured he’d be snatched up quickly. Sadly, he hasn’t.

I wasn’t considering getting another cat, but after seeing that he was still there, I started to feel bad, so I sent in a PAWS application this week and have an appointment to see him Saturday afternoon.

The foster lady even said “Bring a carrier in case you want to take him home on the spot!”. There’s a decent chance I come home with a blind cat on Saturday.

My main question is this – what should I name him?

Playing off the blind thing is a gimme (hence Melon, but I don’t like the name Melon). It’d be a stretch to try to go with blind AND Sixers, but we’ll see.

He’s just like any other cat!

The first time Melon has groomed anyone besides us. 😂👅👅 * * #melon #bones #catbros #bromance #sandpapertongue

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Drinking to Maturity

In college, if our running schedule allowed us to drink both nights of the weekend, we drank both nights of the weekend. We’d drink hard Friday, wake up, do a long run, then drink again Saturday night.

At the ripe old age of 26, I think I’ve all but lost this ability.

I went to a house party on Friday, and although I drank a lot, I didn’t blackout (which was almost a given in college). I didn’t get much sleep, golfed 18 holes the next morning, and was basically K.O.’d the rest of the day. I had opportunities to go out but I physically don’t think I would’ve made it past 11:00 PM had I been drinking.

My hangovers lately are awful. Most of the time I don’t even bother trying to drink the next day, and when I do, I die. Maybe “normal” people go out but just don’t drink as much?

Is this just part of getting older? I actually look forward to waking up sober on a Saturday or Sunday. You can actually do this.

I think I’m just maturing. This is what mature people do.

EmBEERassing Mile

Abud, Rob, and I took the track yesterday for a mile race, though mine would be a beer mile.

Abud is joining the coast guard and needs to run a 12:51 1.5 mile, so he was eager to test his fitness on the track, I’ve been talking about doing a beer mile for months, and Rob, who has a long history of heart problems, had no real reason to race.

“Youra loser, Sam”.

Right off the bat I drank about half of beer, winced in pain for 45 seconds, then finished the beer. Three beers, three pukes, and four laps later, I finished in last place.

Abud blew away the field with an 8:10. Rob, who almost DNF’d with 120 meters left, held off my late charge with an 11:20-something and I was 10-15 seconds behind.

I swear I can run faster than an 11:30 beer mile. I was too hungover from the previous night but didn’t want to bail. It was an embarrassing attempt on my part.

This may not be my last attempt of the year. Until next time…

Breaking2 Documentary by National Geographic

I wrote my thoughts prior to Breaking2 – the sub 2 hour marathon attempt by Eliud Kipchoge, Nike, & co. – as well as my thoughts afterward.

Honestly, does this guy look 32?

National Geographic just released an hour long documentary about the whole process.

Though the end result is already known, watching the ins and outs of each athlete and the some of the science that went into the attempt is pretty cool.

It also confirms that Eliud Kipchoge is the freakin’ man and he might actually be like 50 years.

Thoughts / comments on 3 weeks being “vegetarian”

I’ve been “vegetarian” for three weeks.

How “vegetarian” have I actually been?

I had a cheesesteak and chicken fingers on Friday when I was hammered.

I haven’t been perfect, but I’d guess I’ve decreased meat consumption by probably 80-90%.

I’ve also been more lenient on eating fish than mammals, though doing my best (for now) to stop both.

Everyone asks WHY?!

Everyone assumes its for health reasons, which it’s not.

I don’t have a great answer for why other than A) I think the meat industry is very unnatural and B) to see what it’s like / if I can do it.

Eating at home has been easier than expected

My go-to-dish is pasta with Alfredo sauce, mushrooms, onions, and garlic.

Fruit consumption is up and I get my protein mostly from yogurt and peanut butter.

Eating out has been the hardest part

I thought this would be easy since most places offer some vegetarian options. There are always a couple, but the choices are limited.

I’m fine getting a flatbread pizza instead of a burger every now and then, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel like I was “settling” every time I order.

How long do I plan on doing this?

Not forever, it’s more sacrifice than I’m willing to make to cut out meat entirely.

But everyone can make a measurable impact without going full vegetarian.

My thought is that I can maintain reduced meat consumption of 50 – 75% compared to my previous-self pretty easily, mostly by not eating meat at home.

I want to be able to order a burger, bacon with my eggs, scallops down the shore, etc. without worry every once in a while.

I’m not preaching to anyone, these are just my thoughts after trying for a bit!

Congrats Mike & Theresa!

This weekend I went to Mike and Theresa’s wedding and it just confirmed that weddings are the best social event of all time. I was honored to be selected as a groomsman and I must say being in a wedding is a very cool experience.

I won’t get into too much detail but overall it was a 10/10 weekend because of the weekend. Congrats to Mike and Theresa!

Here are some funny animals:

Incognito Birthday

Growing up as a kid, my birthday always fell at the start of the school year which was an unhappy time.

As I got older, I never threw parties, but would usually “celebrate” in some way.

This year, I went totally undercover. I didn’t really realize it was my birthday until Monday and by that point I didn’t care. I didn’t want to do anything.

So yesterday, I did my best to keep things under wraps. Texts and calls from family and close friends came in but that was basically it, as I’d hoped.

I even kept it from my co-workers until CK4 blew my cover around 3:15. They questioned why I was being “weird” about it. What am I supposed to do? March in and demand gifts from everyone? Telling people its your birthday is a bad look.

After work I went on a run, played some COD, then Wacker stopped over and me, him, and Rob just bro’d out for a few hours.

Happiness = Reality – Expectations

I expected nothing different on my birthday and it was everything I thought it would be. Give it a try!

Here’s to 26.

I’m Going Vegetarian… Kind’ve

I watched Earthlings in college and it made me consider going vegetarian.

Then I recently read Schlegel’s post about the book Eating Animals and it revived those thoughts. For the past few weeks I’ve been actively thinking about how easy or hard it would be to cut meat out of my diet.

Then, half way through my Acme trip today I noticed I had no meat products in my cart, and I decided on a whim that I’m going to commit.

Now, my mom is nice enough to buy me turkey for lunch, so I’m going to finish the current batch of turkey she bought me, but after that, I’m done-ish.

I don’t know how long it’ll last, and I can’t guarantee I’ll be 100%. I’d be lying if I said I won’t get a cheesesteak one of the drunken nights, but the idea is there.

I don’t even know WHY I’m doing it. Partly because I believe in better treatment of animals, and that the less dependent we are on animal meat the better, and partly just to see what it’s like.

Any thoughts or advice from those who have done it before are welcome!

My Viral Tweet

There it is, in all its glory, my most liked tweet ever.

  • Twitter trolls are asking me what my secret is.
  • High school runner girls keep DM’ing me to run together.
  • Sports Illustrated reached out and asked me to join their T&F department because of how embarrassed they were about this screw up.

Fame feels good!