GMIM: Back from Vacation

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: Ok, but not the beach
Traffic:  Stupid, I’m not at the beach
Breakfast: A sip of coffee, banana with almond butter
Zach arrival time: Decent timing, I think

Monday Mourning Metaphor

In the office with a lingering sunburn like….

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Starbucks planned for Boston’s North End axed

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[Source] – Plans for a Starbucks as part of a major retail development at the gateway to Boston’s North End, right across from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, appear to be dead.

In a July 6 statement, Mayor Marty Walsh asked developer Charter Realty & Development to withdraw its application to open the Starbucks as part of its retail project at 198 Hanover Street. Since the developer lacks the necessary city permits for the project, Walsh’s opposition is probably enough to tank it.

“After hearing the concerns from residents about sustaining the culture and historic nature of the North End, I encouraged the applicant to withdraw the proposal to locate a Starbucks at the entrance to the North End,” Walsh said in the statement.

Some residents’ pushback had been particularly scalding. They said that such a presence at such a prominent spot in the North End would spoil the feel of the neighborhood. It would also encroach, they said, on the caffeinated turf of existing North End coffee shops.

But the Starbucks would have joined a national coffee chain that’s already on the block: Peet’s at 50 Salem Street. And the Starbucks would have replaced a decidedly pedestrian Citizens Bank branch.

Charter’s Hanover Street plans stretch back to 2016, and the final composition is unclear. Stay tuned.

You might have read that excerpt above and thought to yourself “here goes Zach again being a Starbucks hater for the sake of his blog.” Well, two things: 1) Shut up, my hate is real. 2) You’ll probably be surprised to hear that I am actually team Starbucks on this one. Continue reading

GMIM: A long, long morning

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 cold for my liking
Traffic: Not too congested, but not a breeze… so just right?
Breakfast: Turkey sausage, egg, and cheese on an English… again.
Zach arrival time: Little past 9:20? I don’t remember
Mornings without Starbucks: 342

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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Gym update: I tried yoga for the first time

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If you’ve been following along on this useless blog, you would know I bought a gym membership. Ya boy is trying to get himself into some sort of shape that not the current, which is best described as lumpy.

Anywho, I’ve done a few cardio-based classes and a bit of weight-lifting, no big deal (actually not a big deal since they were 20lbs dumbbells and I was struggling). But last week I tried yoga for the first time ever. My physical history includes high school wrestling, three years at poorly attempting baseball, a single season of freshmen football (shoutout fourth string and special teams), and beer league softball here and there. But no where in between all of that have I done yoga or anything remotely close. I’ve never been opposed to it, but I’ve never given thought to actually try it out. So when the lovely lady asks if I’d like to do a quick 30-minute yoga sesh, I’m saying yes.  Continue reading

GMIM: Toilet covers, Kyrie Irving, and Chipotle rats

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…

Is using a toilet seat cover a soft move?

In the 9 o’ clock hour at work, I usually take care of some business in my office. If I’m lucky enough, I can snag the handicap private bathroom, which features toilet seat covers. We’ve all seen them, the thinner-than-paper toilet seat shaped cover that prevents your cheeks from touching the seat.

My question is this: am I a coward for using them when I can? I’m not the type of person to use a cover or build a nest every time I use a public restroom. If it’s a grimy place or if something seems off, I’m cushioning my butt. Otherwise, I have no problem going unprotected. Continue reading

Overused athlete clichés fans use

Woah, Zach decided to write a blog more than once a week? Yeah, I did, so shut up and read.

The Boston Celtics pulled off a July 4th miracle of sorts and signed free agent Gordon Hayward. If you don’t know him, he’s the dude that almost hit the greatest shot in basketball history:

…and once looked like this: Continue reading

GMIM: The city (still) sucks, NBA Draft, and teeth

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…

The city sucks, part 153

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Over the weekend I went to a couple of graduation and birthday parties that consisted of eating food, drinking some drinks, and talking about whatever people decide to ask me. Of course, whenever you’re talking to someone you don’t know or talk to all too often, the universal topic to discuss is work. Why is it when people gather at a party to get away from work we insist on talking about our jobs?

Anywho, I get asked about my job in Boston and I cover the basics as everyone does. “The office is here, my position is this, I’ve been there since then, yes I like it.” We all usually get the typical response that goes something like, “Oh that’s great!” or “That’ll be good for the resume,” or maybe “Wow, you’re doing great.” Ya ya, sure sure.

But I wasn’t expecting the response I got Saturday. “I love the city, it’s great. It feels so alive, everyone is busy doing something. It motivates me and put me in a good mood.” Continue reading

GMIM: Celtics and manicures

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Hot take Monday: Is Danny Ainge the greatest B.S. artist in sports?

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If you somehow haven’t been following the recent NBA news, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has agreed to trade away Boston’s first ever #1 overall pick to division foe Philadelphia for the Sixers’ #3 pick and another future 1st round pick. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of the deal, but the overall consensus so far is if there are no other deals or plans past this, the Celtics absolutely screwed themselves. It was expected that the Celtics would draft Markelle Fultz in the top spot, but now it’s looking more like Josh Jackson out of Kansas.

Through his tenure in the Celtics front office, Ainge has been the center of both praise and criticism from Boston fans, aka Green Teamers. His trades have resulted in great success, while other moves have many scratching their heads.

This leads us to the ultimate question: is Danny Ainge the greatest bullshit artist in sports right now? Continue reading

GMIM: Starbucks, Big Ballers, and the NHL/NBA Finals

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Starbucks baristas slam executives, as the Zach Gray unicorn frappuccino curse rolls on

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[Source: Yahoo!] – Starbucks baristas say that a recent initiative to improve customer service proves how out-of-touch the company’s executives are with what’s really going on in stores. 

In interviews with more than a dozen current and former Starbucks workers, employees told Business Insider that serious adjustments need to be made if the company wants to grow sales and maintain its positive, progressive reputation. 

“The perception isn’t the reality,” one Chicago barista told Business Insider. “Most people see Starbucks as a well-run operation, but being on the inside, I’ve found many flaws and wonder how this place makes money.”

Well, well, well, if it isn’t another negative story about the almighty Starbucks. We all know by now that I’m 30+ days into my boycott of the coffee chain. It seems ever since it started, there have been mishaps and negative stories slowly building. In the middle of May, Starbucks shops across the country experienced software glitches with their registers, causing them to go offline for several hours. This resulted in thousands of closed stores, cash-only purchases, or even shops giving away free coffee. Continue reading

GMIM: Celtics, early mornings, and criminals

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…

Celtics stun Cavs, time to fire up the hot takes!

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If you didn’t watch the Celtics take down the Cavaliers last night, you missed some great playoff basketball. Boston, down by 21 in the third, managed to scrap together a comeback and ultimately win thanks to an Avery Bradley 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining. Final score: 111-108, Boston wins.

But today isn’t about a great win. Nope, it’s all about Hot Take City. Let’s take a drive over to Mayor Skip Bayless’s town and see what’s in store: Continue reading

GMIM: Breast feeding, basketball, and my health

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Australian Senator Becomes First-Ever to Breastfeed in Parliament

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[Source: Motto] – Australian Senator Larissa Waters made history Tuesday as the first person to breastfeed in her country’s Parliament. Waters, the co-leader of the left-wing Greens party, returned from a 10-week-long maternity leave with her newborn daughter, Alia Joy, and nursed her during a vote. The parliamentarian was instrumental in passing a rule last year that allowed for members to breastfeed in the senate chambers, according to The Courier Mail. Still, Waters was surprised to receive so much attention.

What a hardo, amirite??

Stories like this are exactly the type of click bait that get men and women, super feminists and douchebag guys, or old and young people into fights. It’s another one of those issues that’s trying to play both sides of the argument. Continue reading

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

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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: Continue reading