The 21st-century 20-something

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I live in one of the most miserable cities in America

Business Insider has named my hometown one of the Top 11 Most Miserable Cities in America.
We're number 11, so it's last on the list, but I still find myself highly offended by this accusation. When you call the place I was born and raised and currently reside in 'miserable' - I'm taking it personally, sorry not sorry.
First of all, it names "Utica-Rome, N.Y.," as number 11, which puts me off right there. Utica and Rome are two separate, very different cities in Central New York. One probably far more miserable than the other, and shouldn't be grouped together so frivolously. I'm also very disappointed in the 'reporting' from Julie Zeveloff, who fails to mention any of the reasons she has labeled our area 'miserable.'
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Get over your hill

Today was a bad day. Something happened that I'm sure will be the catalyst to a blog post soon.

I know -- you're writhing in anticipation to hear me moan and complain about something else, right? Well it's coming, I just need to gather my thoughts enough to create more than an incomprehensible string of swear words, rhetorical questions and terrible analogies.

Until then I'm going to listen to 'After the Storm' by Mumford and Sons on repeat. I posted a nice little version of it below, because you should all hear this song at least once before you die.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Beware the Internet Self-Diagnosis Trap

We all do it. Find something mildly wrong with us and look up the symptoms on WebMD, or some
similar site that encourages seemingly harmless self-diagnosis.

Harmless, that is, until you conclude that you have an incurable disease that you can't pronounce that almost always lists 'death' as a possible side effect.

I don't really consider myself a hypochondriac at all. I hate going to the doctor, taking pills and most definitely going to a germ-infested emergency room or urgent care facility.
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So I reason with myself that it makes more sense to look up my symptoms and see what could be causing them, rather than waste 2 hours of my life in a waiting room to find out 15 minutes later that nothing is wrong with me.

Wrong. Oh so terribly wrong.

I should know better after doing this several times, but diagnosing yourself from symptoms you find on the Internet is a trap. The Internet Self-Diagnosis Trap, as I call it. It makes you paranoid, anxious and often itchy for no reason.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank the veterans

While I tend to try and keep this blog lighthearted, I do have to take a moment this Veterans Day to very seriously thank all of the men and women in uniform who serve this country.

Normally I would say you shouldn't need a special day to recognize or appreciate certain people - because you should do it all the time - but I am so very glad we have a day to honor these heroes.

I don't think many Americans really understand the true sacrifices these people make to protect not only their freedom, but yours and mine. I don't know about you, but I've certainly never done something as unselfish as put my life on the line for complete strangers.

Sidebar: The same appreciation goes out to police officers, firefighters, and all those in uniform who risk their lives on a daily basis.

For all of the people who complain about this country and those running it, please just take a moment today to put aside your criticisms and disdain, and be thankful that you live in a place where you are free to speak, practice the religion of your choosing, be educated regardless of race or gender, and appreciate the progress we're making as a country.

I have a brother who has served in the Marine Corps. for more than 20 years, has been deployed overseas and though I can't imagine what he's seen or been through, he is still proud to serve. And that makes me more proud than I can say.

So although we have this day set aside to honor veterans, please do what you can to show your appreciation each and every day, because we all owe these people a tremendous amount of respect.

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