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13Jun/170

Book Buying Policy

So, I'm doing some lawn mowing.  I'm always mowing lawn.  It's a big lawn.  I really should just buy a big giant gas or electric lawn mower.  Or hire a mowing service.  Here's my thing... I like mowing the lawn with the eco friendly one.  See, what I do is, I get up at 6am... And I mow for a good half hour or 45 minutes.  It's like my morning work out.

I don't know about you, but getting up at 6am to work out?  It's hard.  I've set my alarm before and told myself I'm gonna go to Planet Fitness.  Lets be real... That snooze button always wins.

But when I KNOW I have to keep the grass trim and proper for the neighbors?  And I know it takes me about 4 mows a week to keep it that way?

You bet your buttons I'm getting up at 6am to mow!

Well, anyway, I'm mowing... and listening to podcasts.

Oh, I was also listening to the latest mix of my new song in addition to this one podcast.  I THINK, my newest tune is done.  I'm basically 99 percent sure it's done.  Actually, on Sunday was working on getting things together to copyright and post to CDBaby.  Pretty exciting stuff!

I also got another digital downloads payment!  pretty exiting too.

SO, yes, podcast...

Well, the guy was discussing about working with organizations.  He's kind of a consultant.  He works with companies to try and help their workflow process and business process and make it more streamlined.

Anyways, so... He's talking about one of the things he thinks is important with a company is the following:

What's the process or policy to buy a book.

That's it.  That's where he stopped.  And the interviewer was like, okay?  Can you elaborate on that?

And he says... So, basically, if an organization has a process or policy to buy a book... A 20 dollar book, or even a 50 dollar book.

If you have to fill out paperwork.  If you have to jump through hoops, for your employees to buy a book on a subject related to their job.  That's no good.  That shows that the company has TOO many stops in place to let good employees really better themselves and work at their stride.

Is he right?

I mean, I'm gonna agree with him.  I'm sure there are different schools of thought.

But if you think about it, it's kind of an interesting thing to consider.  I mean, let's say you approach your boss and just say, I want to buy this 15, or 30 dollar book to read and help me better understand the process happening here or my job, or do my job better.  And the boss says... We have to fill out paperwork, and get it approved.

This guy said, if something as simple as a book, which is meant to help you do your job better... Takes all that time... Think about how much time it will take to get a project from idea, to implementation.

I'm tempted now to find an IT related book that I'd be interested in reading, and ask my boss the process of purchasing it.

I guess one thing about my job is, we have a library.  I imagine he'll just be like, oh, just go check that out at the library.

So, there's that idea I suppose.  But, it is an interesting idea.  I guess what he's trying to point out is... How hard is it to push new and innovative things around in your workplace.

Is there a lot of policies and procedures and paperwork for even the smallest thing, like buying some 20 dollar book?  Or can you just go right out and buy that book, which as he said was a negligible cost to the company compared to the knowledge the employee would gain and the gain that the company as a whole would see from the performance increase of that employee knowing how to do their job better/faster/more efficient... Or make less errors in the work they do.

Just something to think about.  SO, now I'm thinking in my own life... How can I be more willing to invest in something small, such as a self help book, without a lot of hesitation, to realize a bigger return down the road.  The question to ask is, will that small investment now, add greater value later on down the road after some amount of time.  Just something to ponder.

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4Jun/170

Sly Fox Fox Trot 5K

Yesterday I ran the Sly Fox Fox Trot 5K.  It was fun!  I had been practicing for the run for the past couple weeks.  I went to the gym a few times and ran on the treadmill, I also went to yoga some, and then I ran outside at Valley Forge Park.

So... I was ready!

Although, the first two miles were easy peasy, the last mile was just kind of blah.  It was lots of uphill to the  finish line.  Although the very last part where the finish line was, was downhill.

I got a mug and a shirt, and a free beer...

Getting to the race, I nearly missed the start.  See, I went Thursday night to pick up my packet and get my race bib... So that meant I could come a little later and just kind of show up at the start.  So, I left the house in time to try and get there about 30 minutes early or so.  Well, for some reason, I just wasn't thinking and got on the North East extension of the turnpike.  So, that means... I basically went 20 minutes out of my way.

That means that I got there JUST in time as the race was starting.  I literally had about 10 minutes to get to the starting line.  I made it though.

Anyways, it was a good race.  After the race I just hung out and had beer, listened to live music, talked to random people, ate food truck food.  My favorite food truck item was the crab dip grilled cheese sandwich. Oh gosh.  Soo delicious.

The organizer of the run actually puts on a lot of 5Ks.  Their website is http://www.greatamericanbreweryruns.com.  They gave me information for another one in the Fall.  So, I'm probably going to do that one.  It's at Flying Fish Brewing.  Just add it to my late summer/fall events list.  That's when a lot of festivals and events are.  Really though, there are events scattered throughout the whole year.  But most of them are concentrated in the Fall.

All in all it was a good day.  I may start doing some more 5K runs.  We'll see.  It's a good excuse to train too... So it's motivation for working out.

Oh, so this one runner I was chatting with said that she actually does one a month.  That's an interesting idea.  Just kind of schedule one a month to run.  Some of them are SUPER popular.  Like, for example, The Color Run and such.  She said that she will travel pretty far for a run.  She's yet to fly somewhere but she wants to go to a really big run out on the west coast.

So, yeah, 5K done.  I may do more.  We'll see.  I'll have to get one of those little fancy iPhone arm holder bands... and maybe grab a bluetooth headphone set and such.  Some people had all the runners gear on and were all kinds of decked out.

I think my next one though will probably be that Flying Fish 5K.  Just stick with the brewery 5Ks for now.  Maybe try more as I find them and pick and choose which ones seem like they would be the most fun.

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1Jun/170

Meeting Mallet

Today I found something interesting as I was doing a little house cleaning... A wooden meat pounding thing... And written on it, it says "Meeting Mallot".

I'm assuming that it's supposed to be mallet but it's spelled wrong...

On the top it just says "Task".

Honestly... I'm not quite sure of the history of this thing.  I'm not sure where it came from or what it was made for.  I'm pretty sure it's a summer camp thing.  It's possible that it could have also been a ski school thing... Or a high-school reunion thing.

Knowing my mom, it's a gag gift of some sort.

She was big on gag gifts.  Just like, stupid funny pointless gifts that had no point other than to make the person laugh.

Or an inside joke gift.  This is probably where it came from.

Camp is 95 percent made up of inside jokes that come out of situations that occur at camp.  But this is true for my own workplace.

I'm sure most organizations, no matter what it is... just by spending time with a group of some sort... An inside joke of some kind forms... And then... You get... A meeting mallet.

My guess is, it came out of having meetings, say, maybe at camp, or somewhere my mom worked, and then people were talking over one another and someone just jokingly said something like... We need a meeting mallet so whoever has that is the one who talks!

And then someone actually took a real wooden meat mallet and wrote on it and then gave it as a gag gift.

I'm really not sure.  It's interesting though to ponder.  I guess it's just one of those things I may never know, unless one of her friends messages me and is like... "Oh my!  You have that Meeting Mallet!"

And I'll be all like, "Why yes I do!"

And they will be like... "That's too funny."

And then... I'll learn the story of The Meeting Mallet.

Until then... I just kind of have to wonder.

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27May/170

Round It Up

I went to The Yard House last night.  It's this new place over in King of Prussia.  I mean, it's not NEW... But it's new to the area.

It was a weird night.  I guess not weird really, but... Interesting.  I first pulled up and a car was pulling out of a spot RIGHT up front.  Then when I went in there were no seats at the bar... As I walked around the bar two guys were just leaving.

So, I sat down.

I ordered a beer and a burger.  The beer I got was a pomegranate wheat beer.  It was pretty dang tasty!

The Yard House has over 100 brews on tap.  It's crazy.  I mean there are SOOOOO many beers.  If there's a Yard House nearby, I say check it out.

The burger came out before the fries.  I mean, we're talking, only about 5 minutes tops.  I started eating my burger.  Eventually the fries came out, a manager brought them out.  He said to me... "Your next beer is on us".

I was like... Well alright!

So, I ordered another beer... I was only going to have the one.  Well... I then started chatting with this one person next to me.  She was cool.  We basically just kind of talked about random stuff.  Like about Wisconsin, which was where she was from.  And all the new stuff they are building in KOP.  It's true, it's like boom town in KOP.  They're building all this new housing next to Wegmans.

In between conversation and the burger and beer I worked on my book.  It's interesting because what I ended up writing was different from what I had intended to write when I sat down.

This is why I write at bars.  The atmosphere adds chaos.  The chaos of a bar... Forces the writing to be unpredictable.  Which is good for the plot.

The chaotic element of bars.  Hey, I mean, Shakespeare wrote in bars!  Apparently, it was because back in the day candles were expensive, and bars had lots of candles and light.  So, either you go to the local pub and use their candle light, or you sit in the dark because you can't afford candles.

At least that's what I've heard.  Maybe it's only a myth.  But hey... It makes sense to me.

https://www.visitbritain.com/no/en/4-pubs-shakespeare-actually-drank-you-can-too#8VrPQUMfE2iAuQOQ.97

And here's 4 pubs that Shakespeare drank in!

I actually ended up staying pretty late...

Towards the end of the night they were playing music videos on the TVs... Some were 80s some 90s some 2000s some more modern.  It was fun to see what would come up next.  Some people started singing along.

Well, when I went to close out... It turns out my burger was comped.  So, I paid for the drinks only.

I left a gracious tip.  On top of the tip though, they do this round it up thing... It's for charity.  Apparently the charity they are supporting at the KOP Yard House is Philabundance.  So I was told.  I left some extra funds on that tip line as well.

 

I thought that was pretty cool.  It's a really clever way to collect donations for charity.  And it's not like you have to leave a whole bunch... Actually the idea is that you round up to the next dollar.  So, for example, if your bill is $43.24 you'd round up to 44.  And then they add that extra 76 cents to the charity fund.

Kind of neat.  I didn't really round up... I just left a full dollar amount and then tacked the tip on top of that.  Oops.  Haha... Oh well.

Hey to be fair, I'd had a few so I was just like... Annnnnnnd a donation for yoooooouuuuu annnnnnnnnd a tip for yoooooooou... WOOOOO I'm feeling pretty good right now!

True story.

Oh, and so my last beer I had... it was a funnel cake flavored beer.  Seriously.  It was actually really good!  I can't tell you who brews it... But, I seriously liked it way more than I thought I would.

Anyways, so, yeah.  Yard House.  I'm a fan.  I'll definitely be back.  Food is good, drinks are good... and they more than made up for that one little service thing by comping me my burger for the fries being late, which they definitely didn't need to do.  And then the whole giving back round it up thing... That was pretty awesome too.  So, yeah... Definitely one of my new favorite spots.

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24May/170

FlavorFest!

My current weekend plans for this weekend are...

http://www.parenfaire.com/flavorfest/

FLAAAAAAAVORFEST!

Or more formally known as, "The Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest at Mount Hope.

Sounds very formal.

It looks like fun.

I found out about it through this bartender dude last week when I was out grabbing a beer up in Chestnut Hill.  He just worked at a beerfest that they had recently and told me that I could check out the upcoming festival.  He told me that it would definitely be a good time and WAY worth it.

So, I was just kind of like, why not?

Here's the thing... I actually need to put some miles on my car because I need to get it serviced before I go to Maine.  It's either get it serviced before Maine, or after Maine.

If it's far enough away, I get it serviced after.  If it's near enough... I get it serviced before.

Right now, I'm in the middle.

So, I'm hoping to get it serviced before camp.  Thus... FlavorFest.  See, it's a good little drive there and back since it's out near to Harrisburg.  So, that will add some miles to my car.  I'm also going next weekend to the 5k... That's a little bit of a drive.  I may just start driving around a little more to add some miles here and there so I can get the service in before I head up to Maine.

One of my friends agreed to cat/house sit for me.  So, that's cool.

Oh, speaking of house things... I got a new kitchen faucet.  So, that's pretty awesome.  It's just a regular one.  It's pretty much exactly like the previous one.  It's not super fancy.  I just needed one that didn't wiggle around all lose and make weird noises.  And... didn't have hard wooder stains all over it.

That Philly wooder.  I mean... Water.

Well anyways... I'm excited for the fest!  My plan is to find a good cab.  I love cabs.  Right now I have a nice Cali one that I picked up recently.  I plan to drink that cozied up on the couch with some Netflix shows, perhaps next week.

Northern California reds are just my favorites.  Especially Cabernet Sauvignon.

Well... Tonight's homework... Get your car serviced if it needs to be serviced!  And make sure to keep your glove compartment information up to date.  I just paid my insurance and need to print out new cards and put those in the glovebox.

And go pick out your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy and relax on the couch with a good movie/tv show/or book one evening.

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15May/170

Dear Evan Hansen

So, right now I'm obsessed with Dear Evan Hansen.  Well, okay, I'm obsessed with the Original Broadway Cast Recording and not exactly the Broadway play itself.

It's just really good.  I'm not entirely sure exactly what the whole musical is about, but I have a good idea from the music.  I downloaded the cast recording on iTunes.

Okay, well, my plan, is to see it this summer, hopefully in July.  See, this guy that is related to me through marriage and such on my Dad's side... Is in it.

He was in this day time soap called As The World Turns.

Anyways, so yeah, he's in it.  His name is Micahael Park.

My favorite song currently is Waving Through a Window...

I think why I like this song so much... Because it feels like we're all looking at each other through the window of our laptop screens... Or, phone screens?  Or whatever digital device we're all using, screen.

You know?  Like, all this non-face to face interaction... It's almost like the device that we're using to communicate with one another... it's like waving through a window, in a way.

So here I am waving at you... Wondering if you're waving back at me.

Well anyways... So, HOPEFULLY, fingers crossed, I'm going to go with my cousins up this summer to see this musical.  I mean, I'm going to go anyway, but the plan is to coordinate with my cousins to see it with them.

But yeah, if you haven't heard this album... I recommend at least streaming it on youtube... I did that and then after I finished it on there, I decided to buy the album on iTunes.

I've been listening to it on repeat basically.

Here's the same song as above, but the recorded version...

 

From there you can listen to the other tracks.

My favorites are Waving Through A Window, You Will Be Found, and Disappear.  Although I love the whole entire album, or cast recording, or whatever it's called.

Anyways, yeah... I love this musical and I can't wait to see it on Broadway.

Anyways, go listen at least to the song "Waving Through a Window" because that's my favorite song at the moment...

So if you're out there, tap tap taping on the glass of your phone with your finger... reading this blog...

Just know that I'll be waving back at you through a window, well, digitally at least, through the window of this screen.

Sorry, I guess that's kind of cheesy and cliche isn't it?

A little.  Anyways... Seriously though, just go listen to the Original Broadway Cast Recording for Dear Evan Hansen.  That's your homework.

I'm going to start assigning homework for my blog posts.

Tonight's homework is is to listen to the whole entire musical, but if you're short on time... Just stick with the essentials which are... You Will Be Found, and Waving Through a Window.

And if you have an extra minute... Disappear.

Until the next post.... Later!

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12May/170

Fox Trot 5K

I signed up to run the Fox Trot 5K race at Sly Fox.  Should be a good time.  I forget if I said that already.  I think I might have.  It's been a long week at work and I'm dragging.  Tomorrow is graduation at work... The worst day of the year.

Blah.  The parents always make a stink.  Every parent wants to be front row center for their kids graduation.

Which is understandable.

Let's see... Oh, so, I went to yoga tonight after work and then when I got home, I had a phone call from my bother while I was eating dinner to check my email.  Looks like we're getting more "stuff" from California coming our way.

When I say "stuff"... That's my codeword for something specific that you can use to exchange for goods and services.

My coworker today told me that I'm not supposed to talk about money.

So... I'll just call it stuff instead.

Anyways... More stuff.  Yep.  We're being told we should be getting it next week.  Or the week after that.

Speaking of stuff... Today I actually bought some shares in a company that loans out stuff to companies so they can then use that stuff to increase the amount of assets they own and in turn make more stuff from their customers... okay, let me explain...

It's kind of like leveraging capital to increase your returns.

Still not making sense?  Okay... so, you probably work at a company.  And that company has revenues... Sales.  They either sell a good, or provide a service.  Or maybe both.

Then the money they get from that goes to pay bills, and anything leftover is profit...

There's more to it than that... But... Let's just say the company makes money from selling something.  And let's say they want to sell MORE of that something because the people have spoken and said they really like the something that is being sold.

However... You can't just create MORE out of thin air.  Sometimes... You need to buy another factory or something to make MORE of that something...

This is where a BDC comes in.  It stands for business development company.  They will loan money to a company, in return for interest on that loan.  If you run a business and you have a strong demand from customers... You can then borrow money to buy more equipment to make more of the product you make faster to then increase your customer base even more.

So, you can make more stuff.

Leveraging capital gets a faster rate of growth than just using the cash you have on the books...

It's an everyday business thing.

There's a lot to it.  Just know that I decided to invest in a company that loans out capital to other companies.

If you want to know more... Listen to this podcast.

Anyways, so now I'm a shareholder of this one company that loans "stuff" out to other companies in exchange for more "stuff" later on down the road.

Or, interest on the "stuff" they loaned out.  Companies borrow money just like people do.

I mean, stuff.  They borrow stuff.

So, yeah... My "hedge fund" started a small position in that company today.

Anyways... SO, oh... yes, I'm about to get more "stuff" from Cali.

My plan is to use that to continue to increase my investment base... But also, I'm going to buy some actual stuff... I was thinking that I will use it to upgrade my recording gear.

I want to get a new input box.  I also want to upgrade my recording software to the latest and greatest versions.

Some other things I think I might purchase are some new shoes for this upcoming race.  My shoes are definitely wearing thin.

So, yeah... I'm going to invest some, and then spend a little.  I need to buy that new fridge... And washer and dryer.

My brother is going to do the same.  He's going to invest like half of this distribution and then use the other half as play... He said he wants to buy a "play" car.  I'm surprised his wife okayed that.  Although... Maybe he didn't tell her about it yet.

I told him he should invest in a food truck.  He doesn't seem keen on the idea.

I should buy a food truck.  I'll just drive it around.  It can be my wheels.

Show up to a food truck festival in a food truck.

Maybe not so much.

Well, anyways, there will be more to come in the future... So, technically, it could all just be play money.... "stuff".

Sorry, I know... I'm not supposed to talk about money... according to my coworker.

I just won't talk about money around him.  Shhhhh, don't tell him I'm still going to talk about money.  He doesn't have to know.

Okay, so... As I was saying...

My goals right now are as follows:

  1. Setup a home office to run things out of, and by things I mean really setup shop.  Really get serious about investing and music making and whatever other things I want to do with my life.
  2. Continue to build my "hedge fund" portfolio as a core where all of my business activities will run out of... This will provide capital for myself... Let's say I want to go get head shots for acting?  Or take more acting classes?  I can use my investment income to do that.  Let's say I want to buy a new guitar, or a drum set... I can use this investment portfolio capital to make investments in myself.
  3. Make more music.
  4. Finish my first book, and then ALL the books I've started.
  5. Maintain the house and spruce things up to add value to the house for when I go to sell it.  Need a new fridge.  Maybe install a fire pit, or a hot tub out back?  Probably not.  New washer and dryer and fridge for sure.
  6. Start my company.  Actually incorporate it and create it for real.  Buy a surf board to hang on the wall in my office.  Surf View Inc.  Take up surfing lessons.  Or whatever.  Get inspired.  Make business cards.
  7. Eventually go full time running my company that deals with my investments, music, books, and other creative endeavors.  I guess eventually in the longer term... I'll probably end up leaving my job to run Surf View Inc. full time.  I mean, I like my job... But the thought of being an entrepreneur and really doing big things with all my creative ideas... Hey, I can always work IT at a company or college.  But you only get one chance to really take life by the horns and do something great.  Or end up failing miserably and then work another 9-5 job again.  But, like I said... Jobs are always there.  Anyways, Surf View is a side thing at the moment right now, so I'm not anywhere close to taking it full time.  Right now I'm just making music, posting it online, and buying small amounts of shares in publicly traded stocks, and working on my book.  Really, that's pretty much all I'm doing right now.
  8. Drink some beer and wine along the way and run a 5K.  Because, you gotta have a little fun!

I think that's a good start.

For now, I'm gonna go shoe shopping and run this 5K.

Anyways so... That's the latest news.

Oh, and at the 5K they have food trucks and bands after the run.  Also the 5K itself is to raise money for charity.

So, what's not to like?  I'm excited for the run, the beer, the food trucks, and the tunes.

Well, I'm gonna get to sleep.  Gotta be at work super early tomorrow morning!

 

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11May/170

Zero-G

Tonight, I'm going to hit up Lowe's and buy a new hose.

I've been wanting to type that all day because it rhymes.

No, seriously though, the hoses that are around the house are all old and crappy.  I'm going to buy two new ones to be exact!  And toss the old ones out in the trash.

The new ones I'm buying are these hoses called "Zero-G".  Basically, they roll up more compact and won't kink like a normal hose does.

Here's a video...

It's pretty awesome.  I mean, for a hose I guess.  But it's more about sprucing up things around the house.  I'm continuing to upgrade things... Trying to make the house super spiffy.  Eventually I'll sell it... But for now... I'm spiffing things up.

I also plan to buy a cork board/dry erase board too.  You know, they really do sell a lot of cool things at Lowe's!  I may go to Target to get that stuff though.

I also have to go to the store.

Oh, but okay so the hose, I'm buying from my own personal funds (AKA my regular old work paycheck).  The cork board and dry erase board?  That's for my home office.

Now, the home office is going to be my new worldwide headquarters for Surf View Incorporated.  Within Surf View Incorporated is Surf View Media... And Surf View Capital.  And also Surf View Publishing.

Surf View Media makes the music, and future movies... Surf View Capital runs my investments... And the Publishing arm of things is for my books.

Surf View is actually buying the cork board and dry erase board.  So those will belong to my company.

It's all still fictional at this point... But, one day it will become a real company I've decided.

But you're asking, how is the company going to buy those items if it isn't a real company?

Easy.  Right now, I have a portfolio of stocks that all produce dividends, so that's my "cashflow".  For example, yesterday I got a dividend of $9.80.  My next slew of dividends is on the 15th of this month.  The 15th of every month is usually a big dividend day.

So, that portfolio of stocks and the income coming off it... Is what I'm using as seed capital.

Every month I get dividends from those investments I hold.  As the dividend income comes in... I can use that money to buy things... I'll start with things for my home office.  Then I'll start buying things that I can use to make money with.  Anything that makes money in return, those profits can go back into more investments to increase my dividend income.  Then I can use that income to buy more things and attempt more things that generate income.

All I do is wait, let the dividends come in... Just like paychecks do... And then use that cash in the account to go purchase things.

Just like a business would.  A business might purchase new desks... Chairs... Computers... Might buy things for the staff kitchen.  A new coffee maker... Or whatever.  I can use that income to pay for things that I need to build up Surf View Inc...

The idea is to keep building it and let it snowball in size.  Just like a garden hose, like the new Zero-G one that I'm about to go purchase, lets you water a garden, or plants, or trees... So that they can grow.  The more revenue coming in means the more I can then do with that money coming in.  I can own property... Create studio space... Hire employees eventually... buy camera equipment... Software... Pay bills... Basically anything I need to take the creative ideas that pop into my mind from my head.... And make them a reality.

So right now... I get enough each month to buy smaller items like a cork board/dry erase board to hang on the wall.  Or, since I'm getting close to finishing a new song, I can use my upcoming dividend checks to pay the fees for copyrighting and uploading my new song to be able to sell it online.

That's the master plan anyway.  For now, I'm going to head to Lowe's and Target, and what not to get those supplies I need.  As well I'm going to practice some music and work on more mixing on my new tune.

Just keep upgrading things and doing more with what I have to reach the next goal.

Anyways... I'm off to be productive!

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9May/170

Sly Fox Goat Race

Well... I'm going to stick to my promise.  Since, I checked my analytics stuff just now... and saw a little dot...

Here's another post.

Of course, there's always the off change that by saying I wasn't going to post, she isn't going to read it anymore... And then it's like this self fulfilling prophecy feedback loop.  Which is the exact opposite of what I wanted to happen.  That would stink.  I guess we'll see right?

Anyways, and I suppose this couldn't be more appropriate given the bank sponsor name that the goats wear on their little goat coats.  Or, they aren't actually coats.  They are more like jackets with numbers on them.  Or not even really jackets... Here... Here's my Instagram post of what I'm talking about...

 

if you race a goat and I race a goat what happens if one of us wins. #GoatRace #SlyFox

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See... They are like little shirts.  Goat shirts.  Although I think the term goat coat is funnier.

Okay, anyways...

Yes.  I went to the Sly Fox goat race.  It was fun.  I kind of want a goat.  I think.  My boss told me not to get one.  I want a pygmy goat.  They're cute!  At least I think so.

Well... Okay so, it was raining cats and dogs when I arrived.  Or, raining goats?

Parking was limited.  I had to park a mile away... Crazy.

There were SOOOO many more people there this year over last year.

First thing I did when I arrived was purchase food and beverage tickets.  You need tickets to get food or beer.

Then, I got a beer.  I bought 5 tickets.  One ticket got you food, or a beer.  SO, I had a beer, then a food item, then a beer, then a food item, then a beer.

Then I kind of got another food item for free.  Then I kind of got another beer for free.

So, that was pretty sweet!

The goat race was great.  Although, the goat I was voting for didn't win.  Vincent Van Goat... You're the true winner in my heart.

Instead, the same goat from last year won!  That's totally bogus in my eye.  I mean, really?  How can the same goat win two years in a row?

I don't know how I feel about that.  It's possible.  Oh, and the winning goat is what they name that year's bock beer after.  So, it will again be called the same as it was last year.

Well, I ended up chatting with lots of other festival goers.  Some were local, from right down the street... they worked at the haunted Pennhurst place... They said it's going to be SOOOO much better this year because they are now their own place and no longer owned by someone else.

I've got it on my calendar to go this Fall.

Others were from Virginia.  And still others came as far as Ohio!  Ohio!  That's a far distance to see goats run.  AND it was their second year in a row going.

Well, anyways there isn't too much else to say.  There was a band, and I watched them play for a while.  Then things kind of wound down.  I eventually went to the store to do some food shopping.

Autocorrect just changed it to woodchopping.

No autocorrect... I didn't go to woodchopping.

SO, after that I just came home and ate some more and watched a show on Netflix that was recommended to me by someone at the festival.... it's called Sense8.  SO far it's weird.  But I'm interested.  I'll probably keep watching it because I'm always looking for something new to watch on Netflix.

And that was the goat race!

I saw a thing when I was at the race for a 5k that's coming up.  I think I might register for that and run it.  It looks like a lot of fun.  I think tonight I'm going to sign up for that.  It benefits a good cause too... which is always a good thing.  I really like Sly Fox and the events they throw.  All in all I think they are a well run brewery.  This event actually benefits the local SPCA which is good.  Goats helping cats and dogs.  See, aren't goats cool!?  I think they are.

Anyways, now I'm going to go do some woodchopping.  No, not really, just some yard work... I'm still working on my plant beds and trimming some bushes and weeding... And some more lawn cutting.  But it's close enough... I'll give autocorrect that.

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7May/170

Calling It

So... Since I'm not really seeing hits from Miss Daylight down in Plantation Florida... I think I'm getting close to calling it quits with this blog posting.

Which sucks.  But oh well.  If she's not going to read it... I'm not going to post it.

It's weird, but... I mean, really pretty much one of the biggest things I looked forward to in my entire day most days... Was seeing a hit from her on my analytics.

Obviously, I would have rather of been able to actually speak to her.  But... Since that's not happening since 2013...

Blog posting was all I had.  And that little dot on my analytics to confirm that she'd read it.

But, as far as I can tell, she's been taking breaks from reading my posts...

I do wonder why... In my mind its because she's just decided to call it quits with following me.  Again in my mind is because she's engaged, or married to that other dude that she was with the last time I checked her online stuff.  Which is why I don't check her stuff anymore because I don't want to know.  If I were to check it and she were single?  I'd want to know.  But if I were to check it and she isn't?

I don't want to know.  Especially if she made it all the way to marrying the dude.

But anyways... The hits seem to have been coming less and less...

In my previous blog I said I would keep posting if I saw hits from Plantation Florida.

I mean, if continue to see hits?  Yeah.  I'll probably still post.  If I know that she's reading it?  I'd continue to post.

I mean, I like posting once a day... But if I'm going to be posting and she's not going to be reading it... It's sort of just like...

I just don't feel inspired to post.  If you know no one is reading your stuff... It's just like... Not the same.

So anyways, I think this might be the official last blog post.

I'll keep checking my analytics about once a day or so to see if there are any more hits... But, I think maybe if a month goes by and there's no more hits a month from now... I might stop checking the analytics too.

I mean, it's been a pretty good run I guess.

You know, it feels weird though... It feels like, empty, to not have that feeling of her waiting for the next post.

Like, when she would read it pretty much every night, I would think about what to post, I would think about what she was thinking about reading it... I would have her on my mind 24/7...  And then I would get excited about posting a blog...

Even if it was sometimes really difficult to think of something to post every single day and some times I just had to post anything and everything.

But sure enough, there'd be a hit from her.

Seem's like she's lost interest.  Which kind of sucks... But my guess is... She has bigger fish to fry than read my blog.

I don't really know what is happening with her right now.  I don't know what her living situation is, her work situation is, her family, or friend, or... Romantic situation is...

Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to know and follow her stuff... But that feeling that I felt when I saw her posting stuff about another guy?

It was probably one of the worst feelings I've ever had.

So, I just can't bring myself to read her stuff.

Anyways, so... I guess if there are no further blog hits on my analytics that I can tell are from her...

Then this is calling it quits.

So, I guess, for now... Or maybe for good...

This is me signing off.

Good night blog world... Here's my (possibly) final blog post.  It's been real.  Peace out.

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