GMIM: Autumn’s First Monday

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: Too damn hot
Traffic: Sucked
Breakfast: Coffee and water
Zach on time?: Wasn’t not late
Mornings without Starbucks: 154

Monday Mourning Metaphor

The commute still sucks, and it’s only getting worse

Friday’s commute was a disaster, and that’s an understatement. I get to the garage early thinking I’ll actually have adequate time to prepare myself for the day. Not so fast! (Lee Corso voice)

Standing in the cold with high winds, I waited patiently as the subway was once again delayed. But once the car came, it was absolutely packed. So packed, I waited for a third car to come in order to finally squeeze myself in like a goddamn sardine. I couldn’t reach a germ-infested railing, so I resorted to floating in the middle next to an old lady and towering woman who would probably kick my ass if I looked at her the wrong way. Hell of a way to kick off autumn.

Then we have today and the temperature is hitting 90. Yes, nine-zero. Of course, the subway is packed again and traffic is absolute garbage.

Just instance number 3,000 and counting as to why the city is overrated and sucks.

Oh, and the commute home sucked, so here I am finishing this blog 10 hours late.

Is this kid who sunk two hole-in-ones the most overrated golfer in history?

[Source] ALLENTOWN, Pa. — When his second hole in one fell Monday afternoon, Ben Tetzlaff fell to the ground, saying, “What the heck just happened?”

Tetzlaff, a 17-year-old senior, accomplished a rare feat Monday, making two holes in the same round of golf.

According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of Tetzlaff’s achievement are 67 million to 1, about six times greater than winning a $1 million Powerball prize.

So little Benny managed to beat the odds and sunk two aces in a single round of golf. Impressive you might say, until you look closer…

He did so playing just nine holes in a practice round with his Parkland High golf team, acing the second and sixth holes at Iron Lakes Country Club in North Whitehall Township.

You see that? A practice round. It didn’t even count. Sure, he had witnesses, but did it count? Nope.

Then when it mattered, not only did he not hit another ace, but he was +6 on the round. Imagine that, a pair of hole-in-ones in practice, and then shots a 78 when it counts. Sad.

Folks might say triple-doubles or no-hitters are overrated, but this right here might top them all. It’s shameful, really.

I golfed Saturday and proudly shot over 100 strokes. Did I hit an ace? Nope, because I have honor sucking at that sport, and so should Ben. You don’t see me getting stories written about me for dressing fresh as hell on Saturday (I looked great), so Benny shouldn’t get a participation trophy for a meaningless “achievement.”

Song (Gripe) of the Week

LITTLE SPIN ZONE FOR YA! I bet you didn’t see that coming. Typically I share a song that’s been on my mind or enjoying recently, but this week I need to vent.

On my ride home, James Bay’s sweet voice came on the radio for his hit song, “Let It Go.” Fire jam, but the problem was, this station was playing the radio edit version.

“Zach, what does this mean?”

Well, I’ll tell ya. It means simpletons can’t enjoy a song for what it’s worth and need some drums, strings, and bass added to songs in order to enjoy them somehow. Here is the garbage…

Completely unnecessary and super pop-y.

Another song that does this is James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go.” Yes, I know this is the original version, but it sounds bad.

This isn’t a new concept either, as Phil Spector helped mixed The Beatles album Let It Be by overly added strings and chorus. It was so bad, Paul McCartney later remixed the album to sound more like what he envisioned it sounding, a.k.a. much better.

Not that I’m some music junkie, historian, or aficionado, but it’s commonly known that the majority of people only care about how a song sounds. The duo OutKast was so woke on this, Andre 3000 wrote a song about modern relationships in the tone of a pop song. In the song itself, its acknowledge the listeners don’t listen to the lyrics and they just want to dance.

If you want to enjoy a better version of “Say You Won’t Let Go,” then here you go. You can actually appreciate the song for what it means. Same with Bay’s “Let It Go.”

So here is my actual song of the week. The remix of it takes sort of the “Hey Ya!” approach as mentioned above (deep meaning hidden under a dance/pop tone), but the original/acoustic version will make you think about this song (and maybe others) a little deeper. Enjoy…

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