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Eight days ago, a woman broke into our old house. She came in through the unlocked (dumb) living room window. The screens on said window don’t lock, they can slide right up from either side. She came in and stole two items—my Fender Blacktop Strat, and my Martin D15M.

We filed a police report, and were told to be positively realistic. Less than a week later, the police called, stating they’d located my guitars at a pawn shop in Clarksville, IN. I was elated. I thought I’d never see them again, and here was news that they were found.

Now, the long, cold process of the law is forcing me to wait to get them back. State lines, jurisdictions, blah blah blah. I can’t wait to get the call telling me to go to Clarksville. I didn’t know how much I missed playing until these instruments were taken from me. I didn’t know how much I took our safety for granted until we were robbed.

Very thankful and fortunate. I don’t like the word ‘blessed’, but I guess some people would use it. World keeps on spinnin’.

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bulletproofinblack:

puns from Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools

bulletproofinblack:

puns from Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools

(via englishmajorinrepair)

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how is it already monday again

iwasyourteacher:

This.

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"I created every single problem I ever had."

— Larry Winget

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did-you-kno:

Myfridgefood.com lets you enter whatever ingredients you have in your fridge and tells you what you can make with them. Source

Fuck yiss.

did-you-kno:

Myfridgefood.com lets you enter whatever ingredients you have in your fridge and tells you what you can make with them. Source

Fuck yiss.

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throwingitallup:

Find your reasons and be sure you wanna do it: 
 Ask yourself why you are doing it and how much you want it. Is this what you really want? Why? Write your reasons to read them when you need motivation
Don’t blame yourself for “cheating”: 
Allow yourself to take as much time as needed while doing your transition, respect yourself and don’t get mad with yourself for not doing things the way you wanted. Becoming plant based is a whole lifestyle change and it can be hard, so dont push yourself too hard and do it in as much time as needed
Find support: 
There’s a lot of plant based/vegans in Instagram, Tumblr and even in Facebook. You can talk to them so they can share their experiences with you, share recipes and support you when you need it, some cities also have groups of vegans, join them!. And also ask your beloved people to support you (I know this is the hardest step for some people) and don’t take you down. Explain them that you are doing this for yourself and it makes you feel good, if they still dont like it, dont care! You’ve to take care of yourself and as long as you enjoy it, do it, don’t listen to others.
Become friends with your kitchen: 
If you aren’t already! Dedicate time to cooking, try new things and learn how to cook adding more flavor to things, the more you cook the better you will be. This is not about removing foods, it’s about adding them! Try new kind of beans, veggies , fruits and seeds, try new ways to eat them, have fun!
Try plant based versions of your favorite dishes:
 There’s a PB variation for everything; burgers, tacos, ice cream, cheesecake, chocolate milk, find recipes for free in many blogs (Chocolate Covered Katie is my favorite) and try them so you wont stop yourself of treat foods :)
Love your food:
This is my life rule, eat food you really like and enjoy eating, there’s no shame on feeling pleasure when you eat your food, it will make you feel comfortable and happy because you eat things you like.
Buy your own food:
Visit different stores/farmers market, meet the people who produce your food, make sure you are buying HQ plant based food, read product labels and buy the healthier one. If you buy your own food, you can choose fresh fruits and veggies and check if there is something new to get :)
Enjoy every step and all the improvements in your lifestyle: 
Enjoy your transition. You will feel better in many ways, enjoy them :) Enjoy eating new foods, sharing with new people and being healthier than you’ve ever been.
Always remember to go with a doctor to check your blood before you become plant based, so you can see if you are lacking some nutrients and also track how your health gets better. There’s no one better than a professional to help you to do it right. 
If you are not feeling fine about it because it’s too much psychological pressure, stop! You don’t have to become plant based overnight! You can start doing small changes and finish your transition whenever you are ready :)


Always nice to see a positive tone. So many people seem to write from a negative standpoint.

throwingitallup:

  • Find your reasons and be sure you wanna do it: 

 Ask yourself why you are doing it and how much you want it. Is this what you really want? Why? Write your reasons to read them when you need motivation

  • Don’t blame yourself for “cheating”:

Allow yourself to take as much time as needed while doing your transition, respect yourself and don’t get mad with yourself for not doing things the way you wanted. Becoming plant based is a whole lifestyle change and it can be hard, so dont push yourself too hard and do it in as much time as needed

  • Find support:

There’s a lot of plant based/vegans in Instagram, Tumblr and even in Facebook. You can talk to them so they can share their experiences with you, share recipes and support you when you need it, some cities also have groups of vegans, join them!. And also ask your beloved people to support you (I know this is the hardest step for some people) and don’t take you down. Explain them that you are doing this for yourself and it makes you feel good, if they still dont like it, dont care! You’ve to take care of yourself and as long as you enjoy it, do it, don’t listen to others.

  • Become friends with your kitchen: 

If you aren’t already! Dedicate time to cooking, try new things and learn how to cook adding more flavor to things, the more you cook the better you will be. This is not about removing foods, it’s about adding them! Try new kind of beans, veggies , fruits and seeds, try new ways to eat them, have fun!

  • Try plant based versions of your favorite dishes:

 There’s a PB variation for everything; burgers, tacos, ice cream, cheesecake, chocolate milk, find recipes for free in many blogs (Chocolate Covered Katie is my favorite) and try them so you wont stop yourself of treat foods :)

  • Love your food:

This is my life rule, eat food you really like and enjoy eating, there’s no shame on feeling pleasure when you eat your food, it will make you feel comfortable and happy because you eat things you like.

  • Buy your own food:

Visit different stores/farmers market, meet the people who produce your food, make sure you are buying HQ plant based food, read product labels and buy the healthier one. If you buy your own food, you can choose fresh fruits and veggies and check if there is something new to get :)

  • Enjoy every step and all the improvements in your lifestyle:

Enjoy your transition. You will feel better in many ways, enjoy them :) Enjoy eating new foods, sharing with new people and being healthier than you’ve ever been.

  • Always remember to go with a doctor to check your blood before you become plant based, so you can see if you are lacking some nutrients and also track how your health gets better. There’s no one better than a professional to help you to do it right. 
  • If you are not feeling fine about it because it’s too much psychological pressure, stop! You don’t have to become plant based overnight! You can start doing small changes and finish your transition whenever you are ready :)

Always nice to see a positive tone. So many people seem to write from a negative standpoint.

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Customer Service and Getting Passed Around

As a former customer service tech support guy (and a damn good one, only bested by a select few from my Apple days), I really hate it when the buck is being passed. Yes, I understand that certain issues are handled by certain departments. Yes, I know that sometimes reps, especially new ones, get information wrong, which results in a greater delay. Yes, I know that some reps have had a few horrible calls with horrible people and they’re thinking that I’m the next one that will give them hell. I have been in the trenches, I have had those days, I have shared my horror stories with comrades in an effort to laugh it off and get my head straight. But that understanding does not translate into forgiveness for an endless cycle of departmental ‘hot potato’—that method only serves to upset the customer, who is probably angrier with the piss-poor service than the issue which gave reason for the call in the first place.

TL;DR — it’s a sad state of affairs when a frustrated former techie is on hold long enough to figure out an issue with a system on which he’s never been trained.

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clientsfromhell:

Client: (referring to image of two guys working) "We can’t use this image because of the same-sex couple."

Me: “What makes you think they’re gay?”

Client: “That guy in front is wearing a polo shirt!”

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brianstowell:

My super saturated Saturday. Oregon is da best. How was your Saturday?