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!

I saw “It” and it sucked

Tom, Laura, and I saw It last night. We watched the whole thing without saying a word and as we walked out, we all agreed it was bad.

Here are my thoughts:

  • The horror itself was repetitive / predictable after the first few scares. It was like a 15 year olds nightmare.
  • Was Pennywise a physical presence only to the kids?
  • I understand him being less powerful as the kids were less afraid of him, but couldn’t he just disappear or something before ‘dying’?
  • The Jewish kid and the black kid were so under-developed as characters compared to the other five.
  • How come the fat kid’s kiss ‘saved‘ Beverly even though she liked Bill?
  • Pennywise bit the shit out of George but didn’t do anything to Beverly, just made her float, WTF was that about?
  • The humor from the Stranger Things kid was too forced / over the top, not very funny.
  • The CGI was over the top. Too many things were too obviously CGI’d.
  • Did the cop’s son kill him because he was possessed by Pennywise? I think yes?
  • If Pennywise can just possess kids, why did he only do that with the cop’s son and not all of them?

There’s probably more but that’s my stream-of-consciousness about why the movie sucked. I don’t recommend spending the $12 to go see it.

The Black Tux Knows What It’s Doing

We used The Black Tux to rent suits for Mike’s wedding and this is a company that knows exactly what it’s doing. This was honestly as easy as it gets.

First, it asks your measurements.

Now, the only measurements any normal guy knows off the top of their head is their waste size, and their penis length, girth, circumference, and average time-of-use.

They give you step-by-step instructions with picture diagrams for each measurement that’s needed. Entering the measurements took 5 minutes.

Then, they send you the suit.

It comes in the mail in a perfectly-put-together package ~2 weeks prior to your event. You try everything on to make sure it fits (mine did), but if it doesn’t, you just let them know and they send you another suit with adjusted measurements, and you don’t even have to send the one you have back (yet).

Next, you look fly as shit at your event.

Self explanatory.

Last, you send the suit back.

Black Tux Job Interview

You get a wonderfully optimized email the day after your event with instructions on how to return. The return label AND tape to reseal the package it came in are included in the initial package. I drove that shit to the Fedex place, dropped it off, and that was it. Done.

This is a company that prioritizes ease of use and they do a hell of a job. Highly recommended.

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.

Nashville / Total Eclipse Recap

Tom wrote a more detailed review of our trip for those interested.


The 12 hour drive there went by fast. Our Airbnb was great and we got started by going to Broadway. Everything was going great until Tom and I got too drunk (I think I was first). It was an embarrassing / inconvenient way to start the trip (for me) and Laura ended up bailing both of us out thankfully.

I had my worst hangover in recent memory on Saturday where my body was rejecting everything. Saturday night was ‘smarter’ as we held our booze much better.

Sunday was the do-touristy-things day. We saw the Parthenon, the Farmers Market, etc. which were good, but let me say this – the Adventure Science Center was horrible. 1/10, and that’s being generous.

We spent Sunday out as well then hit the road early Monday.

A few thoughts on Nashville:

  • The live music scene is fantastic, a difference maker when compared to other major cities.
  • There’s never traffic somehow.
  • It’s too hot. I sweat basically right away when outside.
  • The Lyft drivers were all great and memorable people.

Nashville is a city that should be on your bucket list.

The Eclipse

I didn’t have a spiritual awakening, I wasn’t brought to tears, and I didn’t feel “overwhelmed”, like many described. It was a very cool experience, like nothing you’ve ever seen before, but it didn’t change my life.

A million dollar camera can make anything look cool, but the eclipse was actually cool.

Tom, Laura, and I drove to a remote area of Tennessee to view the eclipse from a set of train tracks with a few other random people.

About 30 minutes prior to totality, you could start sensing that it was getting darker, just barely, and that the colors were slowly shifting. The temperature started cooling off, and the crickets / bugs started blaring. With each passing minute, the effects were getting a bit more dramatic.

Then, in an instant, it went from weirdly light outside to dark. Not middle-of-the-night-dark, but dark. The absolute best thing visually was the moon / sun itself. It was a black hole in the sky with a bright ring around it.

All things considered, it was 100% worth the trip.

My Fake Job

I’ve had dozens of conversations with strangers that inevitably lead to the “So what do you do?” question.

It usually goes something like this for me:

Some 10: So what do you do?

Me: Have you seen Office Space?

Some 10: No

Me: Well it’s basically like that.

Some 10: I said I haven’t seen it.

Me: Okay nice meeting you seeyuhlater.

Based on that, I want to think up a couple of go-to lies to tell that will drive the conversation further.

So I’m turning to my genius audience. What should I say? What should I try out next time?

2017 Goals Update

With about 60% of 2017 gone by, it’s time to check how I’m doing with my yearly goals.

  • PR in the mile AND 5k – 1 / 2 with a chance for the 5k.
  • Visit three major-ish US cities that I’ve never been to – Not on pace.
  • Go to a country I’ve never been to – No and no plans to…
  • Move out of my parents house – Easily!
  • Get a cat once I move out – Next year’s goal will be for him not to die.
  • Bowl a 300 (before Tom) – TBD
  • Attend a play – Still a chance
  • Write 6 hand-written letters and mail them – I’m at 2.
  • Write a 5 year letter to myself – Not sure I even want to do this.
  • Go to a dentist – On pace to make it two years straight without going
  • Formally volunteer my time at least once – I plan on doing this.
  • Invest 25% of my money
  • Don’t significantly injury myself while blacked out – So far so good!
  • Don’t get in a fist fight with anyone (considering making it the opposite) – No close calls yet.
  • Watch Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons play together live – This is a GUARANTEE
  • Watch three Sixers’ wins live.
  • Get Molly Sullivan’s number – Plenty of time left for next season.
  • Watch Tom Brady win MVP and / or the Super Bowl this year – Was there ever any doubt?
  • Watch an American win gold in a distance event at the WCs – WTF Jager. Fingers crossed for Chelimo!
  • Watch an American Record in a distance event – Ajee Wilson!
  • Write 225 blog posts (more realistic than last year) – Been slacking this year
  • Buy a new suit – Going to put this off until next year
  • Advance my career… by getting a new title Technically happened but not fully satisfied
  • Get LASIK.
  • Watch the Godfather – Like 99% this doesn’t happen.
  • Read 5 books – I’ve read one chapter of one book all year, would need a heroic effort to get this one.
  • PR in the beer mile – Going to attempt this weekend most likely
  • Run over 2000 miles – Possibly!
  • Attempt 100 beers and 100 miles in a week – Hoping to at least try.
  • Make back all the money I lost in 2016 gambling – My biggest personal problem of 2017.

I’ll be Traveling to See the Solar Eclipse. You Should Too.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, around 1:15 PM ET, the moon will pass between the sun and the earth. Depending on where you are, the darkness will last from a few seconds to about two minutes.

It is my goal to be somewhere where the darkness lasts for two minutes.

I’m undecided on:

  • Who will be joining me. Open invite! Gourlay is not joining.
  • Which city to watch from. The major cities nearby are Atlanta (kinda), Nashville, St. Louis, Omaha, and Salem, with plenty of smaller cities along the path of total eclipse.
  • How we’re going to get to our destination. Either flight or ROAD TRIP!

Why you should go

Here’s a quote from this FiveThirtyEight article by a guy who’s seen over 30 total eclipses:

There is something primal about being outside when, over a period of less than an hour, it gets dark, the light gets very eerie, the colors change. You know that something strange is going on. Then, abruptly, it gets 10,000 times darker in the last minute. You look in the sky, and there’s this strange stuff going on. There’s a diamond ring surrounding this dark hole in the sky. Everybody who sees it is overwhelmed.

Another quote from a different guy, same article:

It is just overwhelmingly majestic. You can see photographs, you can see videos, and they help give you a little bit of an inkling of what it’s like. But when they see totality, so many people go, ‘Oh my god, I didn’t realize it was gonna be like this.’

You should go to see the eclipse. I’m going to see the eclipse.

Game of Thrones – My Thoughts So Far

  • The chick who shows her boobs a lot can talk to dragons. They’re either her best friends or her lovers, I still haven’t figured that out yet.
  • King Joff

    Everyone knew King Joffrey was going to die but it happened way later than expected. Personally I had no idea it was coming.

  • No one knows if John Snow is dead or alive. He also could be gay. Who knows. It’s all going to be revealed this season. Maybe he’s the one who killed Joffrey?
  • The little person was stuck in jail for a while. I think it’s the same actor who plays Mickey in Seinfeld. Patrick Dinkleman or something is his real name?
  • They cast the real life strongest man in Sweden to play the little man’s father. I don’t get why he’s capable of talking to animals though, that part never made sense to me.
  • Cheater!

    The one woman cheated on someone and had to walk through the town naked while people egged her. I thought they were going to kill her, but I’m pretty sure I saw her on the ad for this new season, so she may still be okay.

  • It was fall for a while and everyone was enjoying themselves, but now winter is coming, and it’s time to go inside.

If you can’t tell, I’m PUMPED for season 4 to start.

Upper Dublin Bagel Squad vs. The World

Today was an example of why the home-grown stores like Upper Dublin Bagel Squad struggle to keep up with the Wawa’s and Dunkin Donuts’ of the world.

The Bacon, Egg, & Cheese on an Everything Bagel: A+

10/10. I love Sizzlis, but they don’t compare. If there’s any reason to go to a non-chain, it’s for stuff like this.

Price: D

A breakfast sandwich and medium coffee is $7.50. A Wawa Sizzli and medium coffee is $4.50. That’s a dramatic difference.

This is the single biggest reason I won’t go here more than once in a blue moon.

Box of Coffee: F

It took over 10 minutes for me to get a box of coffee this morning.

When I get a box from Dunkin, it’s rapid fire. This place isn’t equipped to handle box-of-coffee orders and is another scenario where I’d choose Dunkin over them.

It’s not a matter of emotion and wanting to keep the locally owned stores in biz. It’s a matter of efficiency. More people want cheap / efficient compared to an A+ sandwich over a B sandwich.

I’ll stop in once a month when I want a treat, but for now, I’m still loyal to Wawa & Dunkin.