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.

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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

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: 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

GMIM: Post-birthday

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: Absolutely perfect
Traffic:  N/A (took the choo choo)
Breakfast: Half a crumb muffin and a Milky Way flavored iced coffee
Zach arrival time: 9:30-ish

Monday Mourning Metaphor

First and foremost: I didn’t get a Cosmic Coolatta

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I promised last week that I would review the newest drink craze that’s sweeping that nation. Well, I forgot to get one last week, so review is coming next week. I promise…

Celebrating your birthday when you’re no longer a child

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If you’re an absolute chump and don’t read my blog, you wouldn’t know that yesterday was my birthday. But I’m sort of under the impression that no one knew since no one donated to my personal Venmo yesterday (still open to “donation” at @zacharyadamgray). Nonetheless, Venmo remains available to anyone happy to give me late birthday donations.

Anywho, I had a little get-together yesterday with some family. Little grilling and booze, yard games, the works. Nice time. Here’s the thing though: every year I think of doing some sort of party, but it ends up being more work than I remember it requiring.

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GMIM: It’s Gonna Be May

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: I didn’t scream at anyone, so that was good
Breakfast: Glazed stick and small black coffee
Zach arrival time: Not late, I think

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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Dunkin Donuts debuts Cosmic Coolatta, attempt to win my heart over

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[Source] – Dunkin’ Donuts is launching a galaxy-inspired menu today full of two new Coolattas blended to look like nebulas and a donut covered in multi-colored popping candy that sounds truly out of this world.

Underneath, the Comet Candy Donut is a plain yeast donut with white icing but on top you’ll find an explosion of blue, purple and pink popping candy that taste like cotton candy.

In addition to the comet candy donut, there’s not just one, but two (!!!) different Cosmic Coolattas being released today. Each are a blend of two different flavors swirled together to create a nebula-like effect.

The Cosmic Cotton Candy Coolatta is a brand-new cotton candy flavored Coolatta topped off with Blue Raspberry, while the Cosmic Pineapple Coolatta is a blend of a new pineapple flavor with blue raspberry.

As a bonus, all small Coolattas in any flavor — including the new cotton candy and pineapple flavors—will be just $2 through May 27.

If you’ve been reading this blog on a regular basis, you’d know by now that I despise Starbucks and everything they stand for (bigotry, racism, capitalism, communism, slimeballery, etc). This hate I have doesn’t exactly mean I’m Team Dunkin, but this latest move might just reel me in like the stupid fish I am. Continue reading

GMIM: One Year Without Starbucks

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: Beautiful
Traffic: Bad, but it’s a beautiful day
Breakfast: Turkey sausage sandy and a shitty iced coffee… but it’s a beautiful day
Zach arrival time: Good enough
Mornings without Starbucks: 1 year

Monday Tuesday Mourning Morning Metaphor

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A monumental day

The old saying goes that “time heals wounds” or “give it time,” that the concept of time will eventually ease tension and resolve any conflicts. Some would argue that a full year of reflection can allow one to be at peace with previous demons.Well, I can confidently say that as I type on this keyboard exactly one year from the day I began my boycott, I remain as bitter, spiteful, and salty towards the capitalist pigs known as Starbucks.

If you’re somehow new to the blog, we got some catching up to do. You can read my initial reaction blog, and well as the 100-day recap.

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GMIM: Marathon 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 (on Monday)

Weather: Cold, rainy, and some snow
Traffic: I wouldn’t know, I rolled out of bed and jumped online
Breakfast: Some smoothie concoction
Zach arrival time: When the good lord shined his light upon thee

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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It was cold Monday.

My fitness evaluation recap

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I mentioned in last week’s blog that I had an upcoming fitness evaluation compliments of the nice folks from my gym. Well, I did it. Continue reading

GMIM: Yes, there wasn’t a blog last week

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. Really cold.
Traffic: Road were ok, but classic MBTA delays
Breakfast: Turkey sausage on an English and an XL Dunks that doesn’t taste great
Zach arrival time: Later than I wanted

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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All last week was a Monday

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“Zach, Zach… where was the blog last week? We missed you!”

Yes, I know. Last weekend had some stuff going on and then the week just took over, so apologies for ruining your downtime at work. 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: West Coast Recap

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: Absolutely freezing
Traffic: Too long for my liking (much like every other day)
Breakfast: Turkey sausage, egg, and cheese on an English; large Thin Mint hot
Zach arrival time: Little past 9:30
Mornings without Starbucks: 336

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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I visited the west coast for the first time: my thoughts

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Damn, there goes Zach again taking a business trip to a warm location during the winter. Yup, this time it was to Santa Monica, California. A nice change of scenery after snowblowing almost two feet of snow just last week. So here’s my recap and review from the weekend… 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

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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: Christmas

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: 10, cold
Traffic: Christmas gifts are scattered
Breakfast: Coffee with coconut cream and sugar
Zach arrival time: 8:55 a.m. (a.k.a, when I woke up on couch)
Mornings without Starbucks: 245 (as of Monday)

Monday Mourning Metaphor

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White Christmas is overrated

Monday was the first white Christmas in roughly nine years, which could be connected to our glorious leader’s charging defense against the assault on Christmas.

Anywho, when the weather report said snow was expected Monday, I was thinking it would be a lovely ole time, like in the movies and such. Here’s the deal though: as a kid, it’s great… but as a grown-up, not so much. Continue reading

GMIM: Miami

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 (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

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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: A McAdoo-doo 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: Rodney Harrison
Traffic: I hate the subway
Breakfast: Medium hot from Dunks with a glazed stick (both were awful)
Zach arrival time: Not late, but not ideal?
Mornings without Starbucks: 224

Monday Mourning Metaphor

Are the Giants stupid for firing Ben McAdoo?

Short answer is yes.

Long answer… Continue reading

GMIM: Back from Turkey Day

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, not terrible
Traffic: The ole’ “welcome back to work after a holiday” commute
Breakfast: Medium hot dark roast with a glazed stick (healthy morning)
Zach arrival time: Middle of the pack
Mornings without Starbucks: 217

Monday Mourning Metaphor

Did I curse Miami football?

If you read the previous blog, you saw the song of last week was the hot-fire-flames jam known as “Turnover Chain” from Solo D. I may or may not have hopped on the Miami bandwagon after they started 10-0 and trounced Virginia (ok, more like barely got by). I should have known they were in position to be upset by Pitt right after.

Let’s take a step back. I don’t have a favorite college football team because I went to a tiny fashion college whose biggest sports were soccer and rugby. So basically, I domestically studied abroad.

I had Boston College football season tickets for a couple of seasons, so I got watch exciting games against Maine and other community colleges. But I never had “my own” college football team.

So here we are. I need a favorite college football team for both Saturdays and when the Patriots eventually finally return to their 1990’s form. I’d go onto BuzzFeed and take a quiz, but I’m not a teenage girl. So instead, I’ll come up with my own questions and see where I land… Continue reading

GMIM: Thanksgiving / Late Edition

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: 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

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: 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?

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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
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

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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

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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: House parties, my dysfunctional brain, and beer

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Zachapalooza recap and lessons learned

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Saturday was my birthday, or as I named it, Zachapalooza. I planned to have a house party about three months ago just so my college friends and others could plan ahead to actually attend. Mostly everyone came, everyone had fun, so on and so forth.

I tell you what though, it’s definitely the last house party I have for a while. It’s too much damn work and money to provide for a group of drunk idiots for only one night. All this effort gets put in and then you have to clean up the next morning (hungover most likely), pack away leftovers, and throw away the buns you left outside that the raccoons got to last night (that happened).

Let’s review some of highlights and low-lights: 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: 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

Yes, this is Chinese smog, I know.

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 #18: 50 Shades Darker review

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Am I a miserable person for wanting the subway voice to be miserable in the morning?

As I do every morning heading to work, I hopped on the subway and rode the mobile hunk of metal like a sardine traveling to the supermarket in a vacuumed-packed can on board an 18-wheeler. I’m tired, I’m struggling to keep my eyes open, and I want to sleep; everyone around me is the same way. But it happens that one person is alive and well: the subway driver. Now, I do always hope the driver is awake, that way we don’t crash and burn (although that doesn’t seem like a bad idea on some days), but I cannot handle an overly joyous driver who goes over the intercom to lighten up our mornings.

“GOOOOOOD morning passengers and welcome aboard the Orange Line! Our next stop is Haymarket. There you will find city hall, Faneuil Hall, and the harbor. We thank you for riding the T and wish you a splendid day!”

My reaction: Continue reading

GMIM # 17: I hate snow

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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