Java House 2

The time is 08:54 on February 21st, and I am writing to you from Java House in downtown Ft Myers. Many things are on my mind; many things I have to do. First however…blogfraba. Do you get that reference?

I love this cafe, honestly. Vibes are good, and the place is full of life. I do however have one complaint, and if Mike or his wife [who’s name I should really find out] ever read this, I mean no offense, and in fact, I believe strongly that I am just preparing them for the future. My one complaint is…the scones smell like children’s breakfast cereal. What does that mean? It means they are mostly added sugar[s], I am sure of it! It absolutely must be. Normally scones taste very little of sugar. Scones are dry, hella dry, and they are made with a shitload butter. These ones…are more like imitation scones. I don’t think they make them here in the building, I think they purchase them from a third party and simply sell them here in the shop, so really, what can be done? The whole neighborhood is going to come up though, I feel it. Sometimes I think the whole world is coming up!

The year is 2020, and E-Sports are taking over! Right? Honestly, I have zero interest in e-sports. I have zero interest in sports in general! The only thing I like about sports, is that it brings people together. With all the problems of the modern day, it would make way more sense if we bonded on things like ‘saving the planet’ and ‘ending world hunger.’ The fact that we still have religion to deal with is the pretty much the sole reason I deal with sports, and don’t bitch harder at people giving their money to Roger Goodell and Bud Selig [he was born in Milwaukee, just like me!]. Now…we have e-sports also. I have never really played video games. When I was younger, I will admit, I enjoyed watching my friends play Oblivion quite a bit. Myself? I played a little Halo 3, and I dabbled in Skyrim when it came out, and I occasionally will blow some load down and take to playing Civ 5. Compared to most folks however, I don’t play video games. Seriously, I don’t enjoy them. When I sit down to play Civ 5, it’s due to a lack of other things to do, almost strictly; Civ 5 is simply the game I like the most, but I don’t like any of them. I’ve never played sports games, because, well…I don’t understand them! The satisfaction I receive from those games is zero. I find the learning curve difficult, and I see no reward in sight. This is not me being pessimistic about things…it’s just my reality. So when I read a headline like: “Videogame Fans Get Home Teams Of Their Own,” and the caption is: “Owners and Investors behind teams…banking on people embracing esports in their home markets as much as they do traditional sports,” I am disheartened. I realize I am the black sheep here.

When I was in India, and Vietnam…I don’t recall people playing a lot of video games. Vibes were good! Now, those countries also don’t have world-leading space programs, and I think space exploration is very important. Am I estranged from esports because my purpose is different? Perhaps if I went to college, and got a job in a lab or something, or at a law firm [I would be a damn good lawyer], I would simply want to unwind at the end of my days. Perhaps I would be able to comfortably partake in watching these esport events, and I would really enjoy myself. Someday I plan to have money, and I will go to some Packer games, but I can’t see me doing it more than once a year, really.

With so many people on earth, there are humans to fill every niche, and every market. Esports is going to take off! That is very obvious. In fact, it might not even impact traditional sports. I seriously believe that people want more to bond over! My big worry is…it’s mentally easy to bond over esports, but it’s mentally difficult to bond over cleaning our oceans. Is it the same people that bond over esports are the ones who are cleaning up our oceans? If folks are going to work during the day and solving our world issues, and then at night they go to the bar, kick back, and watch the game…I have no concerns about that. However if the people kicking back at the bar are the same people contributing to the destruction of our planet, I think we are in danger. You may be thinking to yourself “Chris, the young people don’t want to destroy the planet, and they are conscious of their impact on the environment,” I would beg to differ.

Many people I have met traveling, and in San Francisco, have left companies like Google and Amazon because they felt that they were a cog in a much larger, very evil machine. When a company takes the task of stealing peoples private information for the purposes of giving them targeted advertising, and you divide it up into 100 different tasks done by 100 different coders…no one feels guilty! That’s called a firing squad. Or at least, I’m calling it a firing squad. That is my main concern with modern day society. Everyone is making good money, and our economy is booming! But at what cost?

The time is 09:29, and before I started writing this I had to move from a comfortable lounge chair, to a table & chair setup, because writing from a lounge chair gives me serious discomfort in my right arm. You know, shoulder issue and all. So I had read that headline about esports from the lounge chair. The other headline I read, and in fact it was the main headline, with the esports line being secondary, was: “Pier 1 imports files for bankruptcy” WELL I’LL BE DAMNED my mom used to shop at that store all the time, and honestly, I always thought it was overpriced bullshit.

Breaking News! The song ‘Ex Girlfriend” by No Doubt just started playing in this cafe. Now, that shit has never happened to me in a cafe, and I fucking love this song. When I’m feeling like a bamf, I like to think that my ex girlfriends have a good cry to this song. I don’t fuck a lot of people, but I certainly break hearts, this I know. When I say “Kim,” do you know who I am talking about? Well, I like to believe my blog will have the Kim Effect, because I certainly talk about my ex’s a lot. I have great respect for all of them. My relationships are sacred to me, no matter how it may seem to you, or anyone else. I don’t have a lot of relationships, but they are all really powerful, I like to think. Bonnie and the Clydesdale…because I’m hung like a horse lol. Or maybe I’m not…only one way to find out ;).

That song really did come on out of the blue [now however, I am thinking they are playing the whole album, because it was No Doubt before that, and No Doubt after that]. So I was talking about Pier 1, and I wasn’t finished. Let’s look at some facts here. 70% of the United States economy consists of consumer spending. According to this article by Jim Chappelow I found on Investopedia: ‘Consumer Spending can be regarded as complimentary to [the other 30% of our economy is:] personal saving, investment spending, and production in [our] economy.’ So when I buy a shirt at Ross, that is part of the 70%, but when I buy one-hundred shirts to sell at asmrapparel.com, that’s part of the 30%.

Consumer spending is divided into two non-equal parts. Discretionary Spending, which is non-essential goods and services, and Non-Discretionary Spending, which are the essentials including food, medicine, housing, and clothes.

“As of the 4th quarter of 2019, consumer spending in the U.S. Hit a record $13.4 trillion, of which discretionary spending clocks in at $1.4 trillion, or just over 10% of total spending,” writes Marc Davis of Investopedia. You can read the whole article, including the breakdown of how we Americans spend our money here.

Now I am looking at this article by Kimbery Amadeo of The Balance[.com]. She refers to consumer spending also as ‘personal consumption expenditures,’ or PCE. “PCE was at $14.799 trillion as of the fourth quarter of 2019,” she writes. Obviously, that number is different that the one I read on Investorpedia, and I can’t tell you why that is. She claims to get her information from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. I wonder where those Investopedia writers gets theirs…

Hmm. Neither of these articles posses the information I am looking for. For a long while, I have been under the impression that women account for 85% of discretionary spending. Is that true? Is that not true? Whoa, and then I found this article from Forbes. You will just have to go read the article. It has all the information I was wondering about in regards to the economic contributions women make. The most important takeaways from the article however, in my eyes, are: “40% of businesses in the United States are women-owned,” “Women drive 70-80% of all consumer purchasing decisions,” and “94% of women between the ages of 15-35 spend over an hour per day shopping online.” So when I see the headline “Pier 1 files for bankruptcy,” I am kind of glad, because I think most of their products are low value/high satisfaction products. Without doing any research; totally based on vibes, I would bet that most of the fabrics sold in that store are polyester, or other synthesized fibers.

Do you know how much of the micro-plastic bits floating around the ocean are due to polyester clothing? Me either, but it’s definitely “some.” If we are going to make clothing out of products that can’t be recycled [most things can’t be recycled; it’s too expensive], then we need to wear those products for generations, or at least a lifetime. What do you think the life-cycle of non-cotton fabrics from Pier 1 is? I don’t have the answer to that question, I am just talking some shit based on vibes alone. But…I’m pretty sure I am allowed to do that. Ever since I read Man som hatar kvinnor, I have been aware that I can get sued for slander if I am not careful, and so I maintain constant vigilance in regards to that.

Just because they bring you in for questioning, it doesn’t mean you are in trouble. One-Hunnit!

The time is 10:37, and I can’t believe I just wrote all that! Now…I have to edit it, lol. First, however, I am scheduled to have a conversation with the owner of Cream City Hostel about my coming there next week. Ohboyohboyohboy I am quite nervous to go to Milwaukee. It’s cold, and cannabis is illegal; not even a medical program!. I am not a fan! I will have to be vigilant about my coffee consumption while I am there, because caffeine still makes me sweat! I had a double espresso this morning and I am experiencing those side effects right now. For that reason, and regardless of the fact I have three pages of writing to edit all the sudden, I am going to step outside for a bit. That means PEACE OUT from Java House in downtown Ft Myers. I am still intending to edit and publish this article today. See you then!

Spark Twain

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Days 6, 7, and 8!

There are many things I can do with my afternoon. Today, I went out to lunch twice, the second time the result of a brownie blunder. Now I am sitting at the hostel bar eating bananas. Life is good. The only question I can’t seem to answer is: What’s Next?

The English teaching demo turned out to just be an interview. I was disappointed in that, but also quite relieved. Sitting here now, I can’t even imagine a universe in which I taught that class. On the real of things, I am a little bit too nervous to be a teacher, I think, at least for young kids. First of all, I talk (and talked [during the interview]) too fast. It’s not the most impressive gig I could imagine, at only 1.5 hours per week, but if she calls me back about it I might consider it. I have thought it might not be fair to the kids, right? To only stay for a couple of months and then leave. Yeah, that about sums it up. But with just that small of a schedule, it doesn’t seem like a reckless a proposal…

“The bananas are quite good and I shall continue to eat them,” said the man eating bananas. He then reached for a forth banana, breaking a fourth wall in the process, and supudlling his scrumdittlyumpities about. He gazed gloomily at the wreckage of his scrumdittlies. “Fuck.”

I’ve been thinking about writing some short stories but haven’t moved into any execution. I am eating a forth banana though. I guess I have too many bananas. It’s bad to eat too many bananas because of potassium, right? They’re just so damn good! It’s not like I’m addicted to bananas. Stop looking at me like that.

My computer is going to die and I need to find a power source…so peace for now. I don’t want coffee and that kind of limits my options for places to go. The hostel has a plug in the bed, but the table situation is limited. I suppose there is a table…but I just like going out lol. I guess… So idk where I’ll be next…

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I am now at this cafe called Le Petite. I was here this morning with this dude I had just met, and we had coffee here. It was actually pretty good coffee, but it was strong af no joke. It was closer to an espresso shot in size though. It was more like…I wondered if they actually put the hot water in. Holy shit though, this milk shake I just bought is lit. It’s a little expensive in relative terms, but at 75k (about $3[the same price as my bed]) it’s pretty worth is for a milkshake. I might come here more often. I can just sit with my milkshake and write. It’s a little slow at Le Petite right now. Pretty soon, like a year or two, and I bet this place will be boppin with nomadic money makers from everywhere. I’m sitting here wondering if I should get in on that. I haven’t been so ravenously focused on my future as of recently, and I am instead trying to have a realistic look at things and make some logical choices. This of course takes time. In the mean time I am just trying to live the good life, day by day. This milkshake…which is actually more like a frappe with a scoop of ice cream on top, is really good. I am going to leave a good review on Google.

I met a woman today who told me she went to school for Jewelry Design and never used the degree. She is quite nice, and a very interesting person, but I believe her fastest way to make money and her journey lie in different directions. She will eventually fly to Australia and work out there. I have considered doing that very thing, but idk…there are so many things I want to do! I have considered it, because you can only get the working holiday visa to Australia until you are 30, and then its boom; tourist visa only! That’s okay I suppose. I want to run my own business asap, right? That seems to be the reoccurring goal. I am not considering a restaurant, but it sure seems to be what I know. (Anyway, I am saying the goal of opening a business will probable keep me glued to home in my 30’s.)

I want to open a business in America. I briefly gave thought to opening a business internationally, but that is more like a retirement goal at this point. Would I love to operate a business in Da Nang? Hell yes. but it’s more than that. It’s about a dedication of time. What do I want to be doing? Well, I already got the writing thing down. I have been practicing and I keep up with it, so now it’s the money. I want to make money doing something that challenges me, right? The options for working overseas for me right now are: writing online, which is a lot of work for a small about of money. Jo was lucky enough to land a good gig that will keep her getting 240 a month if all works out. That is enough to live in, say, Vietnam. She landed a pretty good gig. I can’t even lie about that…I just don’t know…I would rather make American wages while I am saving, but when I go back this time I am probably going to…fucking stick to something! I want to start doing something and get good at that thing, and I need it to make money, and then maybe I can write about it for extra money if that money is good also. Selling things online seems like the move. My and DL should really get down on that. Make like a million statues and sell them badboys…or something like that. I guess I feel like if I have an initial investment, I’ll be able to move onto better things directly from there. Going to college seems to be…the opposite of that. What would I have after two years of working fulltime in SF and saving as much as possible? Damn, it could be a pretty penny, right? Then again, with a four year degree from a UC university, let’s say I make it that far, what do I do with that degree? I could instead have 4 years of wages saved up. Okay. What is that? If I could save…$1000 a month, that’s 48k. That’s…probably enough to get a loan. Then what am I doing with this loan? I kind of think opening a hostel would be the move, but I feel like it’s a saturated market. Not a lot of tourism where I am from, so maybe I just don’t see the full potential…but I feel like all the good destinations already have a lockdown in that market. I need a new format, or a better idea to get big money, fast. I need to move online, forsure. That milkshake was dank af. Idk how long I have been chilling at this cafe now…maybe 30-45 minutes, closer to 30 probably…I kind of wanted the drink to last longer than that, but I’m chillin either way.

Hmph. I am going to write a review about that amazing milkshake I just had on Google, after I save this document of course, and then I guess I am…going to hit the road? It’s 18:23. I could do many things, but what I’d really like to do is chill on a couch and play with my phone, but all I have is a hostel bed to chill on. Seriously.

Chris

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It is the following morning and I am writing to you from 43 Factory Coffee in Da Nang! Vietnam. I think it looks nice with the exclamation point! at the end. This must be what Hawaii is like, that’s kind of how I feel. Now, I’ve never even been to LA, much less Hawaii. So don’t just go believing what I say, but someday I will go to Hawaii and perhaps will touch the topic again. My Oolong tea has just arrived. I…just took a picture of it. I also got a brownie this morning, and I made an actual effort to lay off coffee! I am proud of me. I did forget to brush my teeth though…life is crazy. I guess I am trying to switch over to more of a tea platform. It will be better for my heart in the long run. The brownie is for continuity. This coffee shop has good brownies. The tea is also good! Hoorah. It’s not like you get a pot of tea, you get a strange chemistry-class like container and a separate cup. Always. I got a ceramic cup today, but normally the drinking cup is ditto when you order the coffee. Sometimes when I write a sentence, and I read it over, I feel like I purposefully evaded a proclamation suitable of understanding.

There are many things to be done on this Wednesday afternoon, and so I think I might go to the beach and forget about them. The beach here is great. It’s long af, and it’s not too busy. I was told it gets even busier in the summer, but also it’s hot af in the summer. I would consider coming here when it’s summertime. Maybe I would be interested to learn to write in Vietnamese? Hmm. I wonder how much it would cost to have my website translated into Vietnamese…it would be a difficult task I imagine. I have no idea how the language works, but I’m guessing some of my miracle shit wouldn’t make it over.

New Fame LLC was outsides kicking more freestyles last night, I awoke and heard them. I thought later on I’d wished I’d went out, but were talking 3 AM thoughts. The problem was that I had eaten 250 grams of cashews and eight bananas…or something like that. I wonder when I will see them again. I will probably see them again though. Damn. I can’t believe I missed a good chance to rap. Oh well. Things come, and things go.

It would be real easy to get stuck in this city. Real easy. It’s gotta 50’s American vibe. Everything was all good in the 50’s. I wasn’t alive, of course, but my grandfather tells me about it. Sounds like good times. Everyone is taking pictures here! on this side of the world, and in this cafe right now. Pictures af! Seriously. The selfie and photography game in Asia is strong af. I mean seriously strong. Idk what IG in China is like, but it’s gotta be lit.

The time is now 7:01 PM in San Francisco. I know this because my computer still tells the SF time. I have like 150 pages of writing written in this ‘long flow’ format, and I have yet to edit any of it. It’s all from while I was in San Francisco. What will come of that writing, I do not yet know. I kind of have this dream I will someday get an editor for it, but I still want to go over it myself one more time, and that’s just going to take a while. I would have so many more posts if I had edited and published all that work, but at the same time I wouldn’t have the same words because time management doesn’t work that way. I am almost finished with my brownie and tea. I still plan to hit the beach today, mostly because I want to try out my scarf as a towel. The ends of the thing aren’t tied into knots, it’s just a bunch of loose threads. The scarf was made on a loom. That’s pretty cool, I don’t know if I’ve ever had any loom gear before. That would be a cool brand name. Loom. I wonder if Fruit Of The Loom would sue you. How long before you think suing is a worldwide thing? Right now I don’t think a lot of countries have complicated lawsuits, but I could see a future where that changes.

This 43 Factory Coffee is so futuristic, it’s crazy. I really like the long tables made of a single, solid piece of tree. They are a beautiful touch to an otherwise cold room upstairs. I like the upstairs room, it’s where I spend the most time. There are these two ladies next to me just taking a grip of pictures. They’ve been going at it for 15 or 20 minutes now, oml. I suppose I better get to editing and publishing this piece of work, otherwise I might end up with another SFCF. That stands for San Francisco Cluster Fuck. That’s what I consider those 150 pages of writing I have…an SFCF. Okay, I’m going to edit now.

Chris

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It’s the 8th day of March and I am writing to you from 43 Factory Coffee. I am not eating super healthy since I’ve been here, but that’s okay. I came up with a great new idea! I bought a new website and everything, and now I am looking at hosting it. I really believe this is going to work, and so I will be conducting work in Vietnam until I leave. Hold me no more to these words I have produced! For if they do not come, know I am aware of it too. This is just a quick little post before I go off unto doing my daily tasks. I will be traveling to HCMC (Saigon) I do believe, in the future to get some of my tasks accomplished. I am excited. Let’s GO!

Chris

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3 Questions To Ask Yourself When Examining Goals

The Triage Of Life; an Introduction of New Format,

By Chris Buckley.

I am not the type of individual one would consider “organized.” As I grow older, I am forced to deal with life as it is thrust at me. While I learn to dodge bullets, I also accept the peltering of boulders as part of daily life. Sometimes I tell myself it’s okay to be mediocre, and that is just not okay. This is me writing to myself, a note, that that is not an okay way to go about ANY day.

At the somber age of 25 I am finding I want a different future than the one I am currently progressing towards. I envision a life of fortitude; my cup overfloweth with out-of-season juices. Today I will be discussing a practice I call The Triage of Life, which is just how I go about organizing my activities. I use this method to dictate short-term and long-term events. As realized through my development of it, clearly I was in need of a time-benefit-analysis, and I am happy to present that to you.

Veronika, Lee, and Gardner.
Thanksgiving 2017.

1. Can It Be Done Today?

If you can’t do it today, it’s better to schedule time to think about later. This is an attribute of successful people, and something I learned from a man named Gardner Kent. The most important tasks are the ones that can be gotten to: today! I put this question as the first part of the analysis as to maintain constant vigilance in regards to it as I move forward with the triage. If you get to the third step and find yourself asking, “Can this task be accomplished in a single life time?” You are about to attempt a task you are nowhere near prepared for; schedule time to think about that stuff later.

2. What Is The Next Step?

Okay, so you have decided your task is a doable feat, and will not result in an immediate failure that could have been easily avoided with a little mental wherewithal. What will be the next step? Even further, where will this task end? Sometimes, especially for the day dreamers, it’s hard to tell where one task ends, and another begins. Today, I will be off to get my passport. I am not going to buy any plane tickets, or say goodbye to anyone I love yet. However, the idea of leaving spawned the idea of getting a passport. I began with a single thought: ‘I want to go to Cambodia,” and then when I ran that idea through The Triage Of Life, I saw clearly the first steps are to save money, and buy a passport. Then comes buying a plane ticket, and finally saying goodbye. The idea to leave did not sprout yesterday however, and a big idea like leaving my home country for the first time takes patience to incorporate into reality.

3. Does it scream “YOU,” or is it just the flavor of the day?

The worst thing, especially for the rootless-entrepreneur, is to invest too much time into something that, really, might have been a pipe dream. Even after you have examined this new idea of yours, and decided it’s a venture of attainable value, you must make the decision to manifest this dream unto your yet untold story. The final step is two parts: realizing accountability of your new project, and incorporating it organically into your daily life. This is where the act of triage comes in. By this third step, you can determine the overall value of a specific idea, and now you need to be truthful to yourself when you ask this next question: “Can I fit this into my already busy life?”

With great power comes great responsibility, and we all must choose wisely how we exercise our great power. I gave some real thought to my Cambodia venture, and find it to be stepping out of my comfort zone, without stepping outside my sphere of affluence. It is important to stick to the confines of reality when delegating time, and maintain constant vigilance in regards to how valuable your time is. Choosing a path totally divergent from your usual activities is not outlandish by any means, but this is the step that separates the men from the boys. If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish that task/idea. This third step is about looking at all your ideas and tasks as a whole, and seeing the reality behind the question: “Can I really do all that, and will it make me happy at the end of the day?”

Chris

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@TheLostWeekends, Bring It On Home

The hostel I work at has live music every Monday. There are 4 different acts, and on the 3rd Monday of every month at the Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco, you can find The Lost Weekends. All the bands that play here have their quirkiness about them, as they must to be found where I reside. I do especially enjoy The Lost Weekends. It’s the only Monday I note in my mental schedule (I should switch to paper or pixels tbh tho), and if you’re in the city you might as well stay here and see the free music. Not to mention there might be some free food.

Now I will take the time out to scold my new found friends, as I usually do. I couldn’t find you guys on Instagram, @The Lost Weekends! It is proven that Instagram advertisements lead to more connections made than Facebook advertisements. Also, 5 million more people use Instagram than Twitter (I don’t like that source, and tbh idek if it supports what I just said. fwm). So when I couldn’t find The Lost Weekends on Instagram I was at a loss. I hardly even use Facebook, except for messenger (I try, and I even have a HeartofZeus FB Page, Go LIKE!). A local group like The Lost Weekends could have an amazing Instagram; one worth following, where they put time into their social media and it is palpable. A page that is enticing to the goers of the Green Tortoise. Following an Instagram page is easy! Pictures can be enticing in so many sensible ways! However, Facebook is different. I would use Instagram to get the Facebook likes. Travelers of the Tortoise, young folks from India, Russia, and Australia, are not going to have a practical interest in keeping up with your show dates on Facebook. For instance: I was trying to get people to give The Lost Weekends a big ole LIKE on FB, but I realized how futile the act was, because these people will be going home in a few days, and The Lost Weekends is a local group. Instagram is a fucking game-changer. It can bring local groups to fame because of the effort they put in on this very large, yet simple and regimented platform. Hashtags are the organization of the future. Governments do no have their fingers dipping into the Hashtag world, it’s just basic humanity; us trying to keep our Giant Photo Journal organized.

Chris

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