GMIM: The End of August

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…

Clocking in

Weather: Junior Seau, clear skies
Breakfast: French vanilla iced coffee with cream & sugar, crumb muffin
Moderate, but school starts tomorrow so that’ll be fun
Zach clock in time: 
4 minutes early

Monday mourning metaphor

When you overwork to finish a project, but it won’t be graded for another 2 weeks:

Gripe of the week: Do I dress like a middle-aged man?

Another big Monday. And by big, I mean I’m going from a weekend at the beach to the office, so I need to tell myself it’s a big weekend in order to stay on top of things. Anywho, it’s getting a bit cooler these days, so I got my big boy jeans on and threw together a decent outfit featuring a gray polo, black Diamondbacks hat, and my fire-flames New Balance sneakers.

I get in the car and the girlfriend says I’m dressed like a middle-aged dad. On the surface, yes, the combination of New Balance sneakers, jeans, and a plain polo equals a father enjoying a high-priced steak at the Outback. But come on, I don’t look like this:

Despite not being the hippest kid around, I know not to wear straight-leg, high waist jeans with the shirt tucked in supported by the generic dad belt. I’ve got cool kid sneakers, cool kid low-waist slim jeans, and a semi-dad polo shirt. I’d take a picture, but I don’t want to stunt all the haters (nor do I want to ask someone in the office to take a picture of me. I’m not a psycho).

It’s a casual office, so I’d get weird looks if I wore traditional office-casual attire (bigger dad look). Plus I’m a random nobody answering customer emails all day.

So what do I do? I’m not one to buy fancy shoes, but I may have to swallow my pride and drop a few dollars on tan/neutral colored shoes that look like I’m ready to bust out the jitterbug while loopy on the ole gin n juice. Maybe I could wear more slacks and khakis? Perhaps I could alternate between jeans and nice shoes one day, then slacks and sneakers the next. That way I’m not too fancy and have the best of both worlds.

I think the best solution is going 3-piece suit. “But Zach, isn’t it a casual office?” You’re right, but the suit will say I (look like I) know what I’m doing and I have money. Plus, I can wear the same thing everyday and won’t be judged.

So if anyone wants to donate a 3-piece suit to fit a short thicc guy, that would be cool.

Sleepy morning thought of the week

After I grabbed my muffin and coffee, I put my extra water bottle in the side cup holders. When I get back to my car later, they’ll be boiling hot. Why don’t cars have coolers/refrigerators? We have mini-vans with vacuums and cars with TVs, but we don’t have an insulated glove compartment? I don’t even put gloves in there.

It’s time for car companies to step it up and give the people what they need. I’m looking at you, Elon Musk.

Song of the week

If you don’t appreciate a good 80’s remix of an overplayed Top 40 song, then you don’t know music.

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