GMIM: Out of the Cold

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: 24 degrees, aka shorts season
Traffic: The ole “forget something at the house, turn back, and end up in more traffic” maneuver… again this week
Breakfast: Coffee and a weird all-natural protein bar
Zach arrival time: 10:03-ish. I was quite late, folks
Mornings without Starbucks: 259

Monday Mourning Metaphor

When you’re ready to start the new week right, but get a little ahead of yourself:



Am I an asshole for not paying for my subway ride? (spoiler: no)

It’s another wonderful Monday. The weather is actually starting to warm up to a balmy 24 degrees. Around these parts, we call that spring (lol, New England joke). After forgetting my work bag, I drove my miserable ass to the garage before walking to the subway stop. My station’s ticket-money-taker-gates have a history of not work. They’ll be stuck open with the red X flashing indicating not to enter. But what do I do? Enter anyway.

I won’t make this poor me, but when I have to plan out my spending based around my parking and subway trip, I’m looking to save any penny I can. Plus, with all the breakdowns, delays, and creatures that linger on the train, maybe we all deserve a free ride once in a while.

So no, I don’t feel bad about my decision today (or numerous other mornings). Because you’re a fool if you pay for the subway when the door’s wide open.

Monday Headache: Health Insurance

I got a great piece of mail over the weekend: a $314.86 bill for a physical I had back in September. First thing’s first: why the hell do hospitals send billing statements months later? “Hey, you had this appointment five months ago, but you owe money.” Makes sense.

So I had to call on my ride in to get this squared away. The bill is from the doctor’s office, but it states my insurance wasn’t able to cover the cost of the appointment. (Mind you, I’ve had my own insurance since January 2016.) What’s best is they say I need to call my insurance.

Somehow, the coverage I had previously under my folks was “never canceled” even though it was requested to TWO YEARS AGO. Classic mixup. Oh, and my insurance has my primary care as some other dude I’ve never met or seen before.

I think my next move should be to cancel my insurance, live in the Amazon, and use herbal forest medicine. No doctors, no bills, no worries. Headache? Tap a nap. Stomach pain? Eat a banana. Flesh eating disease? Walk it off. Sure, I might be without a job and will probably die six month in, but at least I won’t have any taxes to pay.

Starbucks at it again

As you should know by now, I’ve had an ongoing feud with Starbucks since April. Ever since they lied to me about being unable to make a unicorn frappuccino, I’ve been avoiding those rat bastards.

What do you know, I walk into the office lobby and there’s free coffee available. But who’s providing it? Starbucks of course.

I’ve had to deal with situations like this time to time, much like an alcoholic accidentally running into an impromptu Oktoberfest. But I’ve kept a keen eye on free coffee being offered. So if someone tried playing me, congratulations, you played yourself.

Quick List: annoying office lingo

Mondays love to give us a new week of joy at work, especially in the office. There’s nothing better than people who feel so awkward around others that they resort to classic office talk or lingo.

So here’s a few things that are just wonderful to hear:

  • Happy Monday: Ironic since my blog is about being miserable on Mondays, and I’ve probably said this a few times on here.
  • References to needing coffee: I’ve probably done this myself, but it’s still annoying. (Looking at you, Kyle)
  • “You watch that game last night?”: Yes, but I have no interest in speaking to you about it. Or no, I went to bed.

If you have more, feel free to send them.

Song of the Week

The preseason starts up soon for the Patriots, with a practice game against the Titans coming up on Saturday night. Here’s some fire to get ready for the weekend:


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