GMIM: Bracket update, names, and… a new podcast?!?

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Zach’s coin flip bracket update


If you read last week’s blog, you would know I have filled out my annual coin flip March Madness bracket. Here are some notes so far after the first weekend before we get into the Sweet 16:

  • Surprisingly, #14 Kent State did not defeat #3 UCLA. So my champion is out.
  • The coin picked Villanova to lose in the championship game (which wasn’t a terrible prediction, sort of), so that’s out.
  • Rick Pitino and #2 Louisville: out and not headed to the Final Four
  • The entire Midwest, East, and South Regions are destroyed
  • #4 West Virginia is still alive to make the Final Four

Aside from the #16 seeds advancing, I was pretty confident this bracket would be holding up even through possibly the Elite Eight. But at the end of the day, it’s a coin flip bracket of crap.

Follow my bracket and see how much worse it gets!

Indian engineer named Saddam Hussain cannot get a job


[Source: BBC] – The marine engineer in India does not blame his grandfather for giving him the Iraqi dictator’s name 25 years ago. But after being refused a job some 40-odd times, he has concluded employers are loath to hire him – even if his name is marginally different – spelt Hussain, not Hussein. So he went to court to become Sajid. But the wheels of bureaucracy are turning slowly – and so is his search for a job.

It may never have opened many doors in India – and has raised eyebrows and grins elsewhere – but one thing was guaranteed: a name like Saddam Hussain was not likely to pass unnoticed.

Two years after graduating from Tamil Nadu’s Noorul Islam University, the man from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand is feeling the strain. He did well at college, and his classmates have already found jobs, but shipping companies turn him away.

“People are scared to hire me,” Saddam-turned-Sajid is quoted by Hindustan Times as saying. He says they fear complications from an encounter with immigration officials across international borders.

Tough break for our friend Saddam. One day you’re graduating college with high hopes, and the next you’re denied jobs because you were given a crappy name. First off, why the hell did his grandfather name him? We don’t know what his parent situation, but regardless, can’t trust an old man to name a child in any circumstance (looking at you, Mel Gibson). Gramps obviously had a liking for the Iraqi dictator, as he named Saddam during the height/aftermath of the Gulf War. There’s no denying this.

So little Saddam has some options. He can:

  1. Live out his life as Saddam Hussain and become a dictator (or on a smaller scale, CEO of a start-up company for people with unfortunate names).
  2. Change his name and cause mass confusion within his family and/or jobs.
  3. Go by Saddy Sain and release underground Indian hip-hop albums.
  4. Grow a mustache and claim to be the real Saddam, much like Tupac and Elvis are still alive.

All four options could work out well, although I’d love to create a social network or dating site strictly for people with terrible names. “Adolf Hitler is a 23-year-old Hispanic male who loves puppies, painting, and is interested in poetry. Swipe right to set up a date!” Or perhaps, “You share common friends with Phil McKraken, Crystal Meth, and Charlie Manson. Click here to add!”*

*Zachary Gray, Inc.®

Could it be? Zach recorded a new podcast?!?

It’s been eight months since I’ve recorded a podcast. I dive more into why I’ve been slacking, but it’s simply been a lack of motivation, work, and other piss-poor excuses. At the end of the day, the biggest issue is lack of functioning technology and guests.

So if you have technology, equipment, and D-list celebs, send them all my way and I’ll be sure to record more podcasts for the six of you who still read this site for some strange reason.

To catch up on old episodes, check out the podcast page.

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