Cream City Hostel 25

The time is 06:26 on March 3rd, 2020, and I am listening to the Business Casual episode with Mark Cuban. He is going to end up being president, and he will have my vote. Very uplifting to listen to this guy this morning. I have been starting my day with Kinsey Grant nearly everyday recently, and it’s been going pretty well. True however, that I need to move some different podcasts into my regiment.

He is, of course, talking about being an entrepreneur, and it’s getting me pumped! [It’s a little hard to write over this talking lol] Yesterday I did a little more work on ASMR.Community, and I am just…I am just feeling oh so hopeful about that venture. My biggest problem, I have long thought, is lack of guidance. What I am going to do today is find an ASMR artist to contribute written material, and hopefully I will even end up with multiple artists contributing. I wish I had a larger platform for them to exercise their opinions on, but we will get there! I need to know that, and when I write emails to these artists [or just hit them up in ig] I need to ooze confidence in my success on the idea. I’m not only talking myself up on this, but I am also talking to you directly, and I am telling you directly that at 27 years, I have realized: overthinking is the enemy.

Often times I will enter unto an ongoing situation, and I will be drawn to opinions and judgments immediately. However! I will not take these sensory observations as fact from the cusp, and instead I will think “no no no. This is their situation. They must know better than I.” Time and time again, it is proven that my simple observations were correct from the git. To that? I think gtfo 😎.

The time is 06:40, and I brought my computer downstairs this morning so I could sit and wait for the french press. Usually I let that thing steep for like an hour, but yesterday I realized that’s why my coffee is always so strong. Today will be a shorter brew time. How long has it been? I started it just before I sat down to start writing. Okay…like 15 minutes lol. Way to long!

Mark Cuban says we need to start learning AI because it’s going to have a bigger impact on business than the internet or mobile computing.

“If you want to get an edge, learn A.I. Teach yourself how to do a little three layer Java script neural network, it’s not that hard.” – mcuban

You heard that right! You know, my grandmother was very connected with pop culture, and she watched Shark Tank a lot, and she thought very highly of Mark Cuban.

This morning, I was thinking the thought: “Who do I write for,” and I realized quickly that the answer is: stoners. I am pretty sure that people who smoke weed would be the first people interested in the knowledge I have. When I go on ig, I see these bodybuilders posting photos with captions like: “this morning’s aftermath,” and it’s a picture of all their sweat on the ground. Me? I wake up, play on my phone a little, and then smoke a joint. For months I have been working to build a running habit, but still, I only run on occasion. Am I proud of my life? The short answer is fuck yes. The long answer has to do with alcoholism, love, travel, and belief. And no, I do not believe in god.

Google pushed an article to me this morning about how Elon Musk has the superpower of being indestractive. Apparently he plans out every minute of his day, and he sticks to it. In my head, I have long longed for living a life so stark and powerful. The truth, and the reality I paint with it, are pretty far from the rigidity of Elon’s life. Comparative to many of the people I meet, I wake up much earlier, and for this reason I sometimes feel I have an advantage. An old dude once told me that “it’s only going to get earlier,” which I think means that in 20-30 years I’ll be waking up at 3am lol. bow hao!

The time is 07:05, and my coffee is weak af this morning. It’s my fault! I forgot I only put in half the amount of grounds…and the water! I remembered only at ⅔ full today’s difference. Tbh it’s surprising I remembered at all lol. I roasted a phatty this morning, and you know what? I am already thinking of roasting another one. I am wondering how good this weed is that I have, and damn…I have a fuck load of it lol. I am going to keep blowing it down, no doubt, but I’ve prolly blown like 4 or 5 grams already. I haven’t even smoked a bowl, I’ve only smoked joints! I’m doing this new thing, which is something I might have tried before…I can’t actually imagine if I had kept it up from 2011 or whatever, but this is what I am doing: I am putting my last roach, into my new joint, and I am going to do this over and over again, and it’s like…the smoke gets older, you know? Some of the resin from that first joint is still there, somewhere. As long as you don’t smoke it 100% of the way down; even a dollop’ll do ya! I’m like 10+ joints into this venture. I’m not counting or whatever, but if it gets to be 100 deep, I am sure I will sense that vibe. If I was still doing this at 65 I’d be like 10k joints deep! See, once I buy my own house though, then I will be able to start adventures like that with certainty, because as long as one keeps making payments on their house, they will have long term stability. The time is 07:11, and I am wondering wtf to do, which is all wrong, because the answer is: work on some ASMR stuff, ya dig?

Spark Twain

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Goodbye USA Hostels!

The time is 13:04 on March 20th 2020, and I just found out that USA Hostels will be closing their doors forever. Omg! I am reeling! This is an epic blow to the hostel industry as a whole. Have you ever been to a USA Hostel? The one in Hollywood is the only location I have visited, and I visited it several times. One thing that sticks in my memory is when Gardner referenced the owner of USA Hostels, and he seemed to think quite highly of her.

Sitting in the Cream City Hostel right now, I am dumbstruck. This virus is shutting shit down. This virus is shutting the nation down! Oh woe is me, how I wish my fathers house was the position I had fallen into. I say that only because it would also mean a bunch of other things happened. Buckling down is the move, and for me, being at Cream City Hostel became the move. Sitting here at 13:18 however, a dreary afternoon in Milwaukee, I can not believe that USA Hostels is closing their doors. Yesterday was their final day in operation. What is this world coming to! Am I mistaken to think that hosteling in the United States is a young, budding industry! Instead perhaps, is hosteling on the fall? Due to regulations and small business disadvantages? This is day number nine of the pandemic, day number four of self-quarantine, and I am feeling the pressure. My advice, if you are reading this in the future: keep a fatty emergency fund, because the modern world is full of extremes. Extreme up’s, and extreme down’s. Seriously! At 27 years of age, I am witness to the falling of a beautiful empire.

Let us all shed a tear for the closing of USA Hostels.

Spark Twain.

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Stone Creek 4

The time is 08:49, but more importantly the date is March 16th, 2020. At 17:00 today, Stone Creek Coffee will be closing all of it’s stores for two weeks, and they will be paying their employees! Now that’s ethical capitalism in action! Is that the standard now-a-days? Stone Creek is a ‘local’ chain, and none to large. Honestly, I believe the days of the ‘goliath chain’ are almost through. If you are in your 30’s or 40’s you will probably live to see a world of business diversification beyond your wildest dreams. Countries like the US have fairly strict regulations, and these regulations keep things safe. Places like Vietnam however, well they are a little less strict…no no no wait, that isn’t true, it’s not that they are less strict. Okay! First let’s talk about this. Let’s hope I don’t forget what I want to say lol.

Last night I met a beautiful woman that shared her name with a disney princess, and upon talking to her, learned that she is a teacher [I just learned that if you hold down Ctrl+Backspace, it will delete whole words. Can’t believe I never knew that. I did it on accident, obviously, but cool!]. The sheer number of teachers I meet in and around my hometown is crazy. Well…maybe I am just drawn to teachers. I think…I think literally everyone of my girlfriends has either been in school to be a teacher, or their parents were teachers. The time is 09:01, and The Sound Of Settling fills the air here at Stone Creek.

We are supposed to be practicing ‘social distancing.’ Are the people around you doing this? They are here! But it’s because every place is so dead. Honestly, it’s really just the old folks, and the people with kids that need to stay out of the public. Well, and then in addition everyone must do their due diligence to not come into contact with an old folk or a person with kids. That does sound quite difficult. I digress…

The teacher was showing a lot of leg, but that’s not the only reason I talked to her. She also had a lot of paperwork, and wore large headphones. The point is not that she was cute, [and the point is only partially about the fact that I talked to her. As I have grown, I have realized that this blog is a landmark for what confidence should appear as. Ethical confidence.] the point is she’s a teacher.

My educational experience from kindergarten through senior year of highshool was pretty great; have you ever heard me talk about it? I’m not saying I’m smarter than you…but you are reading my blog, so I am at the very least driven. This is, I believe, a result of my phenomenal education from the Menomonee Falls school district. As that school invests more money into their sports program, trying to produce a famous athlete, I am planning to show the world that Menomonee Falls is a good place to live if you want your kids to have one of the best education experiences available worldwide. There are many places [not only within the United States] that have educational systems which are up the mark, but I can only tell you about the one. Menomonee Falls is the shit, and this is because the Milwaukee metro area is the shit when it comes to producing teachers. UWM must have a good program! I am not saying that the Milwaukee school system, or MPS, is up to the mark, but I am saying spirit is there!

When it comes to the village of Menomonee Falls, these teachers get a chance to speak with kids that are paying attention; kids that have been taught why education is important. I was one of those kids. Have I ever told you that my 8th grade creative writing teacher passed me with a D-, even though I should have failed the class? He must have felt the vibes…

Anyway!

In Vietnam, there are laws. In Vietnam, just like in America, there are business regulations, and taxes levied, and redtape, redtape, red! tape! The key different between here and there is, however, money. From what I know, the number one way to communicate with police officers in Asia, is through the language of money. If you are a tourist, don’t be scared to make it rain on em [literally, give it a try for me]. The other difference, is education. The young people of Vietnam are significantly more educated than the older folks. Let’s get real, the young people can speak two languages! Vietnamese, and English. In the 1920’s French colonists forced the people of Vietnam to learn a Latin alphabet, but now it works out because they like America more than China anyway.

Let’s get to the juicy bits.

In Vietnam, I am unquestionably more educated than the average police officer. The knowledge my plain ole highschool in America armed me with is vast and kinetic.

The young people of Vietnam are also, much smarter than the average police officer of Vietnam. In America the separation of generations in not quite as intense [I thought only camping was intense bro?].

This same conclusive process can be applied to the business regulators and business owners of Vietnam. The young people are so much smarter and so much faster than their senior regulators, it makes the world of startups dangerously lubricated.

That all being said, we are going to see some goliath-sized companies pop up with origins in countries that have long been considered poor, and I predict that will signify we are in the middle of the last chapter on capitalism as we know it; the ‘capitalism is evil’ you hear everyone bitching about? Yeah, we are going to finally outgrow it. Shit’s been going on since like the 18’30’s, it’s ridiculous!

Ridiculously necessary…

Can you imagine a world where greed never consumed us? For the next two weeks+ I am going to be quarantining myself to my ma’s house. I assume your situation is kinna same same, but different. This will be a test of virtue for us all!

I am as greedy to spend my money as I am to make it, but for the next two weeks I am going to refrain from nickel-and-dimeing myself to death. The time is 09:44, and ‘I can tell we’re gonna be friends’ fills the air here Stone Creek. I am surprised to find it’s mostly old people coming in for coffee. Didn’t they get the memo? Do they want to die?

All of this and I didn’t even touch the biological warfare aspect I wanted to touch on this morning; it first came to me as a shower thought. Leave it to Trump to try every toy in the box…that’s all I have to say about that. ha.

Spark Twain

P.S. When I went to post this, I noticed I haven’t posted since February 26th [and the article was actually written on the 24th]. I didn’t realize it had been so long! Since February 26th I have written 30 articles similar to the one above, this one being number 30. When I tell you I write more than I post, this is what I mean lol. So much editing to do! I’d like to edit it in Paris; all the stuff I have left unedited up until this point. Anyway, Thanks You for reading! I will talk to you soon! Oh! And check out my new podcast
Spark Twain vs The World, available on Anchor, and most other listening services including Spotify. Double Thanks!

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Modern Day Jerusalem Cruisers

Casey & his signature orange bag

In contrast to my usual smoking weed and thinking about getting stuff done, I actually got some stuff done yesterday! When I woke up I took the bus to Jo’s house, where we made eggs and hungout until I returned on the same bus I rode in upon; this time with Jo. She worked from 5 to midnight. I waited at the hostel where she works, and I live, for my roommate Casey to arrive, then both him and I headed to Westfield Mall. The mission was simple: Try On Shoes, specifically Keen Newport’s, but lets be honest, any Keens would do. The trip turned out to be a disappointment in regards to shoes; The Walking Company let me down, as they no longer carry Keen’s in the store. Casey later made a reference to“The store where those people were assholes to us,” and upon him prompting my memory I agreed that the employees of The Walking Company had been quite off-putting, and didn’t seem interested in my feet the least bit. I am a hard person to please, and I always ask a lot of questions; these folks hardly seemed up to the task. I had chosen The Walking Company because it’s a store I have heard of. Last I was aware there was one at Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee WI, and although I never stepped foot in there I always felt as if someday I would. That time came in San Francisco, and look what shambles my expectations have shattered to! The eventual outcome: I purchased Keen’s from the Keen website last night, and I have a strong suspicion I am going to be pleased with the product I receive. My Grandfather helped me purchase these shoes, and without him my heels would be doomed this summer. Oh my! I didn’t realize what a rambling session I was getting myself into when I began to write this morning. So as yall may or may not know, several months ago I bought myself a new pair of shoes manufactured by the brand Born. Well, I walk just about 100 miles every month, according to Google, and the result is that I have punctured a hole in my Born shoes. Quick af!

Three Months Old, Born!

I spent $70 on the Born shoes AT A NORDSTROM RACK. Am I disappointed in the shoe? Honestly, no. I am disappointed in myself for believing this shoe would hold up to my lifestyle. I should have bought Keen shoes AND these Born shoes at the same time, then I’d have a nice rotation to keep my shoes, and my feet, in grand condition. With the conclusion of this paragraph, I have decided I am going to write an email to Born Shoes; a plea for them to return the shoes I bought 3 months ago to good working order. I am not expecting anything, but I must try!

The second of 2 VIT’s (Very Important Thing’s) I accomplished yesterday was: I Finally Printed Business Cards! Hooray! I am quite happy with the end result, and I am maintaining the idea that my cards will get better over time; this being only my first batch. I bought 500, and I went as cheap as I could find. I intend to also purchase business cards of a higher quality for more Personal Exchanges. My excitement at the prospects of business card shopping can hardly be contained. Perhaps I will share with you what I learn through this upcoming research. It has come to my realization that I do pretty detailed researching on many items before I sometimes purchase, and sometimes don’t. I could teach yall a lot and I just don’t, which is foolish.

Saw a guy repainting the Vinton Court Steps on the way home! Why??

For instance: I just took a trip into a store called Standard & Strange the other day and learned a lot about Leather Boots. I spoke to a young women with large glasses who was extraordinarily helpful. I learned about Vibrim Soles, Buff Leather (looks like suede, holds up like steel), what a Good Year Welt is, and just overall How To tell a good Leather Boot from a Mediocre one. A trip to Standard & Strange is a holistic experience, I recommend the store to anyone who has an interest in high quality clothing. Seriously! Standard & Strange is the PREMIER Men’s Clothing Store in the Bay Area, and that is because the people have PASSION! Follow them on Instagram! If you’re reading this from Milwaukee, checkout the Standard & Strange website and change your whole demeanor with a new pair of denim! I don’t know why the West Coast is further ahead then the rest of America, given The Internet, but they have the right idea out here! Spend your money on ITEMS THAT LAST and you will be HAPPY! Standard & Strange, I am sorry I didn’t make any purchases from your store. I decided leather boots would be too hot for travel around South East Asia. I was also reminded what a wake up call it would be if a pair of $400+ boots became a burden to me! I do not believe I will have the luxury of purchasing a third footwear item this year…Thus alas! My dream of being a leather boot owner will have to wait! Maybe when I travel Europe! Someday…

Chris

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You can now support my work directly using Patreon or Venmo!
After writing for over three years, I have confidence my hardwork is showing through,
and so I have no shame is giving my readers an option support my work.
Thanks in advance!