Zach’s Blog: The middle of madness

Welcome to another edition of Zach’s Blog, a collection of random thoughts, stories, opinions, and whatever else comes from Zach’s brain and fingertips. These blogs range from hot fire takes that are purely satire, to insightful thoughts. It’s your job to determine which is what. With that, enjoy the blog…

Zach’s applicable quote for the weekend

Money often costs too much.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

The NCAA tournament: a glorious month for sports betting and organizational hypocrisy. Nothing crazy from the first two days thus far, but we’ll see what the Round of 32 brings this weekend. Whether you’re just doing brackets or betting on the games, have fun. And don’t expect to win.

Goodbye to a legend: Ichiro

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Zach’s Blog: Happy Saturday

Welcome to another edition of Zach’s Blog, a collection of random thoughts, stories, opinions, and whatever else comes from Zach’s brain and fingertips. These blogs range from hot fire takes that are purely satire, to insightful thoughts. It’s your job to determine which is what. With that, enjoy the blog…

Zach’s applicable quote for the weekend

“Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy”

– Ben Franklin

–Not really what he said, but still a great quote.

–Zachary Gray

Going up to Branch & Blade Brewery Co. this evening. Great ole place with handsome beers and delicious beards.

CVS to change on hold music

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Zach’s Blog: Let’s Catch Up

Hi you. Yes, you reader. I’m back. Again. Yes, another reintroduction. It’s like the boss of your boss’s boss who doesn’t remember your name, so you say “how’s it going” in passing. That’s how I’ve been keeping up with this blog. Now that football season is over and I have some me time at this very moment, let’s do some catching up.

Just a warning: this blog is going to come off more as a diary rather than an actual blog. So, apologies for the useless banter that’ll be taking place. I do finish with a short blog-like piece at the end of this, so enjoy… Continue reading

Zach’s Blog: I’m getting sued (I think)

It’s time for another rebrand

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As you may or may not have noticed, it’s yet again not Monday, and I haven’t published a blog since July 24. I have a list of excuses: work, time, family, friends, alcohol. But reality is I’ve been prioritizing everything else but my blog. The podcast? HA! That’s been on the back-burner for over a year. It’s like the gym for me: I get all excited, stay consistent for a few weeks, and then drop off and gain 25lbs. So with that, we’re changing this from “Good Mourning, It’s Monday” to “Zach’s Blog.” Why? Because GMIM looks awkward and no one would ever say the full name. “Zach’s Blog” though? Short and sweet, and I imagine my mother or one of the other seven people who read this to say “Did you read ‘Zach’s Blog’ today? What a sweet little boy.” Plus, you can replace Drake’s “God’s Plan” lyrics with the blog name.

“Sometimes I write, sometimes I don’t…”

Anywho, I’ll still be writing about stupid stories I find, personal experiences, and anything to make you the reader either think or giggle like a school girl. There may be several blogs a week in shorter form, or big ones once a week as a weekly read. Who knows, because I certainly don’t.

Hope you enjoy, folks.

I thought I was being sued, but turns out I was being scammed

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A couple weeks ago, I got a strange email with the subject line “Unlicensed Use of Agence France-Presse Imagery – Reference Number: 6519-4278-2604” and didn’t think anything of it. Few days later, I checked back on it to find I was being sued. Well, sued might be a little strong. Basically, I had used a picture of Nick Foles in my post-Super Bowl blog that was apparently from Getty or whatever source. Continue reading

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: It’s not the morning or 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: Cool
Traffic:  Nope
Breakfast: Almond joy coffee with coconut creamer, three blueberry scones
Zach arrival time: When I woke up

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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First thing’s first: Hi

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Been almost three weeks since I last had a blog. It’s tough to keep up with the stupid stories of the world, my personal happenings, and hot takes when I get paid to create and push other content.

So we have a decision to make: either continue this as the GMIM, or simply write smaller blogs whenever I find something interesting. Personally, I like the once a week blog. Gives my 5 or 6 readers something to look forward to when the week starts. Plus, I like the irony in having a blog named after Mondays and how hard it is to get motivated, and yet the blog gets published a day or two after.

So I guess I don’t have a decision? Just be better I suppose and get this shit published sooner. Anywho, back to business… Continue reading

GMIM: Mid-May Goodness

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: On the cooler side
Traffic:  Meh, didn’t want to throw myself in traffic, so that’s nice
Breakfast: Turkey sausage sandy on an english, cosmic coolatta (review to come)
Zach arrival time: 9:26 a.m. EST

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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It’s here: my Cosmic Coolatta review

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It took a couple of weeks, but it’s finally here: my cosmic coolatta review.

I only purchased this in response to Starbucks being a bunch of a-holes. I’m not one for sweets. I barely eat chocolate and rarely eat candy (yet I’m still thicc as hell). So I decided to use up the funds in my Dunkin card and purchase one of these things. Continue reading