I’m getting sued (I think)

UPDATE: Since I’ve written this blog, I’ve received countless emails from others who have been in similar situations with PicRights. So to help save you the time, here’s a quick summary of my experience and what you should do:

  • PicRights acts like they are representing photographers, but they aren’t. They’re trying to make money off of you and then “credit” the photographer after. 
  • If you receive an email from PicRights for a photo on your personal blog or site, just delete the photo and ignore the email. They will not sue you for a few hundred dollars; legal fees cost more.
  • If you have a business site, I am not a lawyer nor have legal experience, but you should be good to do the same as above. Just ensure the photos you’re using on your site going forward are “free use,” meaning anyone has rights to use them.
  • After my silly email exchanges back and forth with PicRights, they basically tried negotiating the price down, which that in itself told me it was basically a scam. I haven’t received any additional emails since.
  • I had a person tell me they received a letter in the mail from PicRights. Just treat it the same.

If you feel like reading my whole experience, feel free to read on. Otherwise, I hope this helps!

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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: First Monday of March

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: Cold and windy
Traffic: I was too tired to know how shitty it was
Breakfast: Sausage, egg, & cheese on a multigrain bagel, and a large dark roast (thin mint, two cream, one sugar)
Zach arrival time: 9:28 a.m. EST
Mornings without Starbucks: 322

Monday Mourning Metaphor

Me vs Mondays:

I refuse to pay for Spotify: MY COLUMN

Picture this: it’s Friday. Later afternoon in the office and the week is winding down. Projects are being finished, and some work is being pushed back as far as possible to avoid until Monday. Because it’s Friday, Zach has his world-famous playlist playing on his laptop speakers: Funk Fridays. Folks, if you haven’t gotten down with Funk Fridays yet, you haven’t lived. A little “Flashlight,” maybe some James Brown, or even a bit of Rick James never hurt nobody.

Anywho, the music is going and what comes on after three songs? An advertisement. Now I’m no ad junky, but I know it’s the price you pay in order to enjoy a little free music. I’ve had a Spotify account for five years now, and I’ve come to phase out the 20 Ziprecruiter  advertisements much like a degenerate, alcoholic father tunes out his children on a Wednesday night. But my coworkers? Nope, they’re crying like their drunk daddy won’t play Legos with them in their bedroom. So what’s my response? Increase the volume to drown out their crying. Continue reading

GMIM: Miami

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Clocking In (on Monday)

Weather: 74, sunny
Traffic: Easy walk to the beach
Breakfast: Buffet
Zach arrival time: When God shined His light upon thee
Mornings without Starbucks: 238

Clocking In (Today)

Weather: Cold and sucks
Traffic: Probably sucked
Breakfast: Nope
Zach arrival time: Whenever the dog started barking
Mornings without Starbucks: 239

Monday Mourning Metaphor

 

Let’s talk about my Monday

So I had myself a little business trip to Miami (pronounced ME-ah-me)… you may have heard of it. As I said last week, it was the first time I’ve ever flown alone, and my first time flying in 12 years.

Trip was a success and learned a lot. Like, the beach is so much better down south. Or, Miami is lowkey a terrible place.

Although the weekend was eventful, my Monday was probably the most Monday of them all. Allow me to explain… Continue reading

GMIM: Hanukkah Season

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: Post-snow cold-ass breeze
Traffic: Pleasantly not horrible
Breakfast: Large hot caramel latte
Zach arrival time: Late enough for people to notice me walk in, but not too late that people say, “Thanks for joining us!” like an asshole
Mornings without Starbucks: 231

Monday Mourning Metaphor

When you befriend your co-workers over the weekend, but then hit you with some shit on Monday…

Should I convert to Judaism?

If you’ve been following this blog on a weekly basis, you would know that it’s been pumpkin then Christmas season in a matter of a week. Well, I’m happy to inform you it is now Hanukkah season. Well, not fully.

You see, I’m not Jewish. I’ve never celebrated Hanukkah in my life, but the influx of Jewish coworkers has sparked my interest. Do my motives not align with the true reasons to covert to a certain religion? Perhaps not. But I’ll make my case and see where we end up. Continue reading

GMIM: Thanksgiving / Late Edition

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Clocking In

Weather: Rainy
Traffic: N/A
Breakfast: French toast
Zach arrival time: When I woke up
Mornings without Starbucks: 210 as of Monday

Monday Mourning Metaphor

When you get a promotion, but clearly aren’t qualified:

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First Thing’s First…

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday. But that’s what happens when you work all day Sunday, work the Monday before Thanksgiving, end up getting a cold by the end of the day, work through a cold Tuesday, and eventually work from home Wednesday. So yes, today isn’t Monday. You and I know this, but we’ll act like it’s not a big deal (because it isn’t). Continue reading

GMIM: White people at it again

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Clocking In

Weather: 35, cloudy
Traffic: (See below)
Breakfast: Veggie egg-white flatbread, medium hot coffee
Zach arrival time: Not late
Mornings without Starbucks: 203

Monday Mourning Metaphor

Drove by a moving dumpster fire this morning…

Honorary metaphor goes to this highlight from last night’s Sunday Night Football game. Was going to use that, but got beat out. Oh whale…

Capitalist slime-pigs attempt to deceive me

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[Source: Washington Post] – After years of trying to win over lunch and dinner crowds, Starbucks is preparing to open its first stand-alone Italian restaurant.

The company is teaming up with Princi, a small chain of 24-hour bakeries in Milan and London, to offer customers freshly made items including focaccia sandwiches, margherita pizzas and tiramisu. The first stage of the partnership will debut Tuesday, when Starbucks opens a Princi bakery in its upscale Reserve Roastery in Seattle. The company plans to eventually open bakeries inside all of its Reserve locations, and next year hopes to open stand-alone Princi eateries across the country. The openings will be in New York, Seattle and Chicago.

“We’re getting into the food business,” Howard Schultz, the chairman of Starbucks, said in an interview. “Princi will be fully integrated with bakery operations, so not only will we be roasting coffee, but we’ll be baking bread, pastries — the kind of Italian pastries you’ve never seen in America.

But this isn’t the first time Starbucks has pinned its hopes on a stand-alone bakery. In 2012, the company paid $100 million for La Boulange, a San Francisco-based company with 23 stores. Starbucks had high hopes then, too, with plans to open about 400 new locations in five years.

But it didn’t take long for those plans to fall flat. Three years later, Starbucks said it would be closing its La Boulange bakeries because they were “not sustainable for the company’s long-term growth.”

Well, well, well… if it isn’t my old nemesis trying to pull a fast one on me. They must’ve gotten word I celebrated 200 days without Starbucks and devised a plan to win me back. Continue reading

GMIM: Merry Christmas?

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Clocking In

Weather: Warm
Traffic: Construction and roads filled with people confused about daylight savings time
Breakfast: Crumb muffin and a french vanilla iced coffee
Zach arrival time: Not the last one in, so that’s good
Mornings without Starbucks: 196

Monday Mourning Metaphor

Update: Pumpkin season is over… Happy Holidays! Seasons greetings!

If you read last week’s blog, you would know I’ve been struggling with my eventual departure from pumpkin season. I still have a half-dozen pumpkin beers in the fridge, cabinets full of pumpkin muffin mix, and a few pumpkin candles lying around the house. Well, it looks like I need to throw all of it out, because it’s time to celebrate Christmas. Continue reading

GMIM: Halloween Edition

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Clocking In

Weather: Let’s check in with Ollie Williams
Traffic: Roads were decent, but train was packed as always
Breakfast: 87 cent coffee at Dunks, poor quality as always
Zach arrival time: Early bird
Mornings without Starbucks: 189

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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Thought to ponder: When does pumpkin season end?

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So here we are, October 30th. We have Halloween tomorrow and then all focus shifts to Christmas on Wednesday because people idiotically decide to skip Thanksgiving.

November is the ultimate Autumn month, so naturally I want to continue drinking Autumn beers. But here’s the thing: every Autumn beer is either pumpkin or October themed. Continue reading

GMIM: A Little Too Woke

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Clocking In

Weather: Perfect Autumn conditions
Traffic: For a Monday, not bad
Breakfast: Dunks iced French Vanilla (only because it was 87 cents)
Zach arrival time: Just right
Mornings without Starbucks: 182

Monday Mourning Metaphor

When you don’t care about your job, but need a paycheck:

(Not, that’s not me.)

Conspiracy Theory: Did Gordon Hayward purposely break his leg to improve his eSports career?

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If you somehow missed it last week, newly acquired Boston Celtics “superstar” Gordon Hayward spent about five minutes with his new team before trying to imitate opposing superstar Derek Rose by dislocating his ankle and breaking his leg. It’s assumed he’ll be done for the season.

As tragic as this may seem, I don’t believe Hayward will be losing much sleep over this injury… literally. If you didn’t know, Hayward is an eSports nerd, which means he likes to play video games. So there’s a real chance he’ll be spending late nights on Call of Duty playing hardpoint and demolition rather than ice and elevation. Continue reading

GMIM: Wedding Season

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Clocking In

Weather: Cold
Traffic: Took 20 minutes just to get onto the highway, so yeah…
Breakfast: Hot coffee with one packet of sugar and two flavored fake milk cup things
Zach arrival time: Good enough
Mornings without Starbucks: 176

Monday mourning metaphor

Flip your calendars: it’s wedding season

(Yes, I know it’s Tuesday, but when wedding season rolls around, all your days get mixed up. So deal with it.)

I’ll be honest, I don’t exactly know when wedding season starts or ends, but because I attended one on Sunday and have another this coming Saturday, I’m declaring it wedding season. Had this blog been written in the state of Utah, I’d simply post the Gregorian Calendar. Continue reading

GMIM: Columbus Day Edition (A.k.a, a fake holiday)

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Clocking in

Weather: Muggy, 71
Traffic: Close to none
Breakfast: Bacon & cheese croissant with a caramel latte
Zach arrival: He gucci
Mornings without Starbucks: 168

Monday Mourning Metaphor

When you do something really nice, but get screwed in the end:

You have to feel bad for J.J. at this point, right? Yeah, he’s gotten some slack from the haterzz for being a try-hard and goodie two shoes, but I just want to see great players like Watt, Rob Gronkowski, and others have long careers and full seasons. Especially when there are so many low skilled players and poorly coached teams in the NFL, we need players like this to provide us some awesome highlights to enjoy. Let’s hope it’s a speedy recovery.

Monday Mourning Gripe: Are cheese sticks the most vile snack in human history?

I’ve been thinking this one for a while, but it came back to mind after witnessing a girl eating one of these things on the subway. Snacks in general can be weird since they’re processed and made to last much longer than they should. But something about cheese sticks makes me want to vomit. Continue reading

GMIM: Night Edition

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Clocking Out

Weather: More on that later
Traffic: Still sucked, both ways
Dinner: Spinach fettuccine with sausage
Zach leave early?: Sort of, but not really. But maybe.
Mornings without Starbucks: 161

Monday Evening Metaphor

First thing’s first…

With the news that started last night and continued pouring in this morning, I was in no rush to post today’s blog on time. Didn’t want to jump right into stupid hypotheticals, bitching about my “miserable” life, or any other Monday related items since really, it was not a bad morning for me in retrospect. Continue reading

GMIM: Autumn’s First Monday

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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) Continue reading

GMIM: Ponzi Schemes

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: Mario Lemieux, cloudy
Traffic: Could’ve been worse
Breakfast: Iced coffee, cream/sugar
Zach on time?: I think?
Mornings without Starbucks: 147

Monday Mourning Metaphor

STAY WOKE: Ponzi Schemes are all around us

So this weekend was my first official weekend off without having to take vacation time in over a year. A tornado could’ve plowed through my living room and it still would’ve been the greatest weekend ever. So how did I celebrate this? I attended a “Jack & Jill” on Saturday night.

I know these J&J’s aren’t common for every soon-to-be-married couple to have, but I’m surprised not many people know what they are. If you are not aware, Jack & Jill’s are parties thrown for a couple who’ll be married soon, sometimes a month or so in advance. It’s meant to be casual, but still nice I think? Basically you get dressed like you’re going to church for the first time in a few months, but don’t want to over do it to make it obvious that you haven’t attended in some time.

There’s two guarantees for J&J’s: Continue reading

GMIM: First Day of Work

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: 63 degrees, clear skies
Traffic: Everyone sucks
Breakfast: Target brand protein shake
Zach on time?: Not exactly
Mornings without Starbucks: 140

Gripe of the Week: Ruby Chocolate

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GMIM: Tuesday Edition

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Clocking In

Weather: Nice, a.k.a. 69 degrees
Traffic: Sucked
Breakfast: Caramel latte
Zach on time?: For sure not
Physical Condition: Not great (post-Labor Day slumping)
Mornings without Starbucks: 134

Monday Tuesday After Labor Day Metaphor

Yeah, it’s a rough one today… or this week for that matter. There’s several days throughout the year that are worse than others. Thanksgiving morning, Black Friday, working after Christmas/New Year’s, the Monday after the Super Bowl, and others. But today? Today might be the worst of the bunch. Continue reading

GMIM: The End of August

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Clocking in

Weather: Junior Seau, clear skies
Breakfast: French vanilla iced coffee with cream & sugar, crumb muffin
Traffic:
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:

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GMIM: The War on Millennials

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Alrighty, folks. Little housekeeping here for GMIM. Usually I find a couple of stories, react, and give a personal story as well. I’ve received positive feedback for far with what I’ve written, but mainstream weekly blogs or articles typically follow some sort of structure. So from here on out, you’ll notice a little change in GMIM with various sections/topics, some that’ll reoccur every seven days. So let’s just into it!

Clocking In

Weather: Partly cloudy, 69 degrees (nice); moon obstruction during the afternoon
Traffic: Light; the calm before the storm, aka school traffic
Did Zach get to work on time: Sure
Breakfast: Maple brown sugar oatmeal, hot coffee with two Sweet-N-Low, ice water

Monday morning metaphor: Aaron Judge has struck-out in 37 straight games

Monday morning gripe: The war on Millennials and technology

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EMERGENCY BLOG: ANTI-AMERICAN ATTACKED MY WORK SPACE

I came into the office with positive vibes. “Take On Me” was blasting in my headphones on my way to work and it’s the perfect temperature outside. I got off the train and witnessed a woman vomitting into a trashcan, but I didn’t let that ruin my day.

HOWEVAAAAA…. I come into the office and what do I see? This horrific scene below. [WARNING: NSFW]

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GMIM: Doctors & Wolves

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Hell on Earth: my hour in a doctor’s office waiting room

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I brought my girlfriend to the doctor’s last week. Not that it was serious, but because her car wasn’t at my place. So in comes Super Chauffeur Zach. And yes, she’s doing fine, thanks for asking.

We get there and I decide to wait for her in the waiting room. Folks, if there is a hell on earth, it has to be the waiting area of a doctor’s office. Continue reading

A historic achievement: 100 mornings without Starbucks

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During mankind’s biggest events throughout history, we tend to ask ourselves and others where we were at that moment. I was in my friend’s dorm room when President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden was killed. Last year, I watched the Cubs win its first World Series in over 100 years in my girlfriend’s living room. When Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was published last year, I was most likely napping because I don’t give a damn about those wizarding nerds. Today is one of those days: I’ve gone 100 mornings without Starbucks.

April 23 was supposed to be a normal Sunday in the office. It was also the final day of Starbucks week-long promotion of the Unicorn Frappuccino. I needed to try this cup of frozen fairy vomit just to say I did in fact have one. The ‘Bucks below my office had just opened up, so I was sure to get a fresh blend of the good stuff. Problem was, they “ran out” of the ingredients. Reasonable, sure, but disappointing nonetheless. But lo and behold, not even 10 minutes later, a coworker comes in the office with a Unicorn Frappuccino…from the Starbucks downstairs. From that moment on, I knew it was my calling to declare war on those Seattle-based capitalists slime-pigs. Continue reading

GMIM: Hot-Take Monday, Tennis Edition

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WARNING: THIS WEEK’S BLOG WILL FEATURE HOT-FIRE-FLAMES TAKES. THESE ARE OPINIONS (OR MAYBE FACTS) THAT’LL BE SURE TO GET YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS CHATTING IT UP AROUND THE WATER COOLER. MAKE SURE YOU ARE SEATED FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR READING PERIOD.

Is Wimbledon’s dress code racist against the colorblind and thicc people?

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It’s MLB’s All-Star week, which means the American sporting world has come to a halt. It’s especially dead this year since the All-Star game means nothing now thanks to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s choice to take away the whole “winner is the home team in the World Series and it means something now, guys” aspect. First he takes steroids away, then chewing tobacco is banned at parks, and now teams lose without consequence? Pretty soon he’ll be making players line up after games to give opponents high-fives and say “good game.” If we start praising Corey Kluber for shaking Aaron Judge’s hand after giving up a pair of bombs, then I guess we’ll have to be critical towards Cherokees for not thanking Andrew Jackson.

So as America’s Past-time takes a timeout, we have an opportunity to watch our friends across the pond scream and moan their way towards winning a plate and centerpiece. Yup, I’m talking about Wimbledon.

Most people covering the event will say the main story lines are Roger Federer’s quest to win yet again, Novak Djokovic’s attempt to be liked more than Roger, Rafael Nadal’s strategy to convince us he’s good at tennis when not playing on clay, Andy Murray’s journey towards being relevant in his own country, Serena Williams being pregnant, or Venus Williams being the best Williams sister in the tournament.

But the real story this year, and every year since 1877, is Wimbledon’s offensive dress code: players must wear all white. 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: I got blocked on Twitter

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I triggered someone on Twitter

It’s a lovely Monday morning. Birds chirping, sun beaming, and I’m inside working from home. It’s ok, folks, I’m good. Got to earn that cheddar somehow.

I open all my work tabs and also hop on Twitter and see a report that Pete Frates, the inspiration of the ice bucket challenge, had died. Frates became a world-wide figure after starting the ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS research.

Turns out, the report was false. Mike Barnicle, who was fired from The Boston Globe, had tweeted out this morning that Frates had passed. He later deleted the tweet and said a family friend told him the false news (way to admit you messed up). Just some great journalistic reporting by not reaching out to the family, hospital, or anyone else to confirm the story.

Though Frates was known across the country, he was beloved in the Boston area. So of course, everyone is reacting with “RIP Pete Frates” or “It was great to know him,” and so on. Thankfully, Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald came out and reported the Barnicle tweet was false. Continue reading

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

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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: Words

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Today’s edition of Good mourning, it’s Monday! will dive into the very thing that makes up these blogs: words. It’ll be a bit of a history lesson and of course, a complaint for another glorious Monday. Let’s get to it, folks. Continue reading

GMIM: Sinuses and Chocolate Guys

 

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…

Contrary to popular belief, a sinus infection is not fun

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This past week and a half has been quite a doozy for yours truly. It started back on Friday, May 26 in the morning when I was vomiting ever so gracefully in the bathroom of a classy Boston hotel room. Depending on how bad you puke, it can either be a quick experience that helps you feel better or a loud and violent Exorcist-like experience. I was the latter of the two, plus utilizing my nostrils.

When heading home, I found myself constantly blowing my nose in a futile attempt to clear my nasal passages. See folks, if you don’t properly puke simply back out of your mouth and you use your nose like an idiot, you end up with crap up in your sinuses that should be in your lower intestine a few hours later. I didn’t know it until a few days later, but it was a big ol’ sinus infection. 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

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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: Coffee, Hockey, and Steve

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Starbucks vs Me

Yesterday morning, I get into the office a little early. First and foremost, early in the office on a Sunday is the working man’s move. Early bird gets the worm, but the hawk eats the little bird. Or something like that.

Anywho, I figured I’d stop at the Starbucks downstairs to grab some morning caffeine to get my Sunday started. It’s been out for a little, but the Unicorn Frappuccino advertisement was just staring at me from the behind the counter and figured “why not?” I’ll give it a try, see what the buzz is about.

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So I head up and ask for one of these cups of fairy vomit and I’m told, “Sorry, we’re out of the stuff needed for it.” Understandable. These stupid things have been flying off the shelves left and right. The Starbucks back home had a sign saying the Unicorns had gone extinct. So with that, I get the usual Venti Caramel Macchiato.

I get to the office, sit down, and a co-worker asks if anyone wants anything from the ‘Bucks. Only 10 minutes later, he comes up with a hot coffee and a UNICORN FRAPPUCCINO, the exact drink they “didn’t have the ingredients for.” Continue reading

GMIM: Patriots Day

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The Marathon Monday All-‘Murica Team

Here in Massachusetts, we observe the third Monday of April as a state holiday called Patriots Day. It’s a good old time, especially if you’re a college student along the Boston Marathon route getting drunk at 8 a.m.  You know, responsible actions that’ll land you a job a few months later after graduation.

The Boston Marathon isn’t the Super Bowl or World Cup, but it’s a feel-good day for Bostonians to celebrate the state that invented America. It could be argued that the marathon itself is an analogy of the American Dream: a group of individuals from nations across the globe pushing their own limits to reach their goals and celebrate all that is good with the land of the free.

On this day every year as well, the Boston Red Sox play their 11 a.m. Patriots Day game. It is truly a perfect day drinking experience for sports-goers. But while watching this game, a couple of my favorite pitchers came in to toss the ol’ leather for Boston. Why are they my favorite? Athletic ability? Personal story? Morals? No, it’s none of those. These players’ physical appearances embody what it means to be overly American. They look like true ‘Muricans: overweight, un-groomed, and free living manly men. We’ll get to them later.

Without further delay, here is the All-‘Murican Patriots Day Team (Note, this is cross-sport and does not have any true structure. You know, the ‘Murican way): Continue reading

GMIM: Easter is Coming

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My long-lasting feud with the Easter Bunny

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It’s Easter week, folks. Palm Sunday was yesterday, which means the state of Florida was lit. Lent technically ends on Thursday, Good Friday comes the day after, and then Easter finally arrives Sunday. Big, big week for all the Catholics out there.

I enjoy the food, helping kids hunt for plastic eggs filled with money or terrible Tootsie Rolls, coloring boiled eggs I’ll never eat, and dressing like a private school nerd. But for me, Easter is a reminder of my arch nemesis: The Easter Bunny. I admit, this might be one of the more ridiculous things I’ll put out there, but I assure you this is 100% true. This isn’t my sarcastic hot fire flames takes, my condescending analysis, or any other blog I put out there to grab a few laughs. This actually happened and I will stand by it as long as I live. Continue reading

GMIM: Cities suck, naps are great, and don’t talk to strangers

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City living is garbage

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Growing up 30 miles north of Boston, I always had a fascination with the city. I grew up in the suburbs with a large yard and plenty of street parking. There weren’t any woods, but I could smell the boarder of New Hampshire. It’s the ideal location; far enough from the city to have peace, but close enough to drive in for the day.

So when I started working in the city, I was excited for what was to come: tall buildings, restaurants, endless numbers of people walking around, trains, cars, and close proximity to the harbor. I was looking forward to being immersed in what I would hopefully at some point call home.

Well, you can count me out on the crap known as city living. Don’t get me wrong, Boston is probably my favorite city, but I have ZERO interest living here or spending more than eight hours in my job’s area. Continue reading

GMIM: Bracket update, names, and… a new podcast?!?

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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

GMIM: Phones, Meals, and Automobiles

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Little housekeeping news for the Monday blog: I won’t be numbering them any more. Yes, riveting news, I know. Now back to the blog…

Nokia to bring back the 3310

It’s been news for a bit now, but the Finnish phone company is bringing back the iconic 3310.

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In a time where 90’s and early 2000’s nostalgia is gaining popularity, from movie and TV show reboots to horrible fashion, the time machine has finally picked up cell phones on it’s trip back to the future. Continue reading

GMIM #19: Mr. Oscar had quite the night

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Let’s talk about last night

When I masterfully created the concept of Good mourning, it’s Monday!, my vision was to write blogs that either distracted you, the reader, from your miserable day at work with either funny stories or my own misery you could relate to. I’ve ranted about the subway (won’t stop), I’ll be sure to write stories of my production to this planet (it’s not much), and we’ll be there together for all the screw ups in my life and others.

A massive screw up headlined the Academy Awards last night, but a big screw up was overshadowed. It puts the “mourning” in Good mourning, it’s Monday! Continue reading

GMIM # 17: I hate snow

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…

I hate snow. I hate winter. This sucks.

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I’ve spent most of the winter shoveling snow with an old shovel because my snowblower was “broken.” Turns out, a small tube was detached and I could’ve saved my back from pain and suffering for two months. Continue reading

Do women poop at work? An investigation

While sitting in my personal 12 x 10 office, I pondered an important issue that I believe needs to addressed: do women poop at work? I can say that most men, especially those paid hourly, take their sweet time on the porcelain throne. But even in my adult years, I still think about this issue and it’s bothersome. It’s time we solve one of the great mysteries of life. Let’s text some ladies in my phone… Continue reading