Some Kind of Comeback

It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks for me and a very good one too, especially when it comes to my weight loss and my social media career.

As of last Tuesday, my weight went down to 227 pounds which means that I have lost nearly 35 pounds in just eight weeks. For me, it’s a big accomplishment especially since I’ve wrestled with my weight throughout my life. But now I think I may finally be starting to get it together.

And that’s not all. I think I may have found the platform that can replace YouTube for me as far as popularity goes. Since I decided to up my Instagram game, I have started to see more likes on my content, whether it’s the cat memes I post or the hot women pics I post every Wednesday for Woman Crush Wednesday or just random pics from my day-to-day life. I started posting pics of my scale documenting my weight loss journey and that was well-received. Now I wish I had posted a before pic of 261-pound me back in April. But other than that, things are going really well.

Throughout my social media career, I found it important to check my demographics for people who view my content. On YouTube, my core audience was male and a majority of my viewers came from the U.S. and Western countries made up the rest of my top viewers. However on Instagram, I noticed a change. On Instagram, while half my audience is in the U.S., I noticed that more than half my core audience is women and Eastern countries are rounding out the top five countries and out of that number I noticed that ten percent of that number comes from Ukraine (they’re second behind the U.S.) followed by Russia. Pretty awesome that I’m pretty much known all over the world even though I’m just a 40-year-old blue-collar American guy from New York.

Also my job recently updated their dress code policy so it’s a little more lenient and I just gotta say that it feels good to not wear collared shirts to work anymore. I feel more normal now.

The weather has gotten better out over the last couple weeks. We had two ninety-degree days back-to-back and last Tuesday I managed to go back to the Canal Trail. However, I couldn’t hang out over by the ruins over by the Fort Herkimer Church because there’s construction going on. And today, I had to watch the shop because my folks are away at a show this weekend and it was a pretty slow day today. But I managed to get some editing done on an older video I am planning to put up on the site.

And I guess that was it for the last two weeks. A very good couple of weeks which I guessing is the start of some kind of comeback for me. Now if I can just get my Facebook page to 100 likes so I can get added features to my page. And I have been thinking about possibly going back to the gym at Herkimer College. I think I can get a membership as an alumni but I won’t be able to do it this time. Maybe next check I might be able to. I’ll have to wait and see.

 

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To Russia/Ukraine/Asia/Etc. For Love

For today’s vlog, which is based on a project I did for Voice and Diction class, we’ve got a little hard-hitting story for you, because today we are going to ask the question: Why do American men go for foreign women for lasting relationships? I am sure the answer will shock you immensely.

If you have been involved in the dating game in America, you will almost certainly have heard the terms, “Nice guys finish last,” “All girls want jerks,” and “Girls only want the nice guys when they’ve already wasted the best years of their lives with bad boys and when they’ve hit their late 20’s and 30’s and their looks are gone and they have five kids with five different men” and so on and so forth. And the dating game in today’s society is clearly stacked against men especially those in their early 20’s. Women in their early 20’s have their pick from any guy as long as they’re exciting, good-looking, rich, and basically an all-around jerk because women like a challenge as they try to reform the bad boy and failing horribly. Then after they’ve gone through the roller coaster ride with every bad boy they can find, then they say that they want to settle down and marry the nice guy.

However, they don’t marry the nice guy for love. They do it because they want a provider and a savior for her and whatever kids she may have as a result of her past. And if that doesn’t work, there is a thing called no-fault divorces where the woman takes the guy to court and takes half his earnings and anything else she takes goes for child support, even if the child is not his to begin with.

And in the end, the women who have routinely rejected and ignored the nice guys while they were in their prime now ask the question: “Where have all the good guys gone?” Well, I’ll tell you where they’ve gone. For those who haven’t given in to a life of forced loneliness or given up and taken one of these bad women, they’ve gone to Russia, Ukraine, the Philippines, Asia, South America… You see a pattern emerging here? That’s right, folks. Men have decided to leave the US to find foreign women for lasting relationships and marriage.

Now what is the attraction between American men and foreign women? Well, according to a blog site I came across called LovedByHer.com, the reasons why men go for foreign women are mainly based on their exotic beauty, intelligence, class, dedication to family, loyalty to their spouses and their desire to look their best for their mates. That along with the fact that in many of the countries that American men are flocking to, the ratio of eligible women to men is significantly higher due to wars and civil unrest. And foreign women do not care about wealth and they don’t care if the men are American or not.

My experiences with foreign women who have come to America have been fairly good. I found that I can relate to them a lot more than I can American women. In fact, I brought up a story about how I almost went out with a Ukrainian woman who was part of a subcontract group that did maintenance at my job during my early days there. I’m not sure what happened to her because I haven’t seen her in years, but my experiences with her have been positive.

And a lot of the Ukrainian women that have contacted me on the Internet, most recently on a dating site I discovered called Anastasiadate.com, I got more letters from women on that site (many of whom are from Ukraine) than I ever have from an American woman on okcupid.com and the many other dating sites I belong to. It’s refreshing that the only problem I have to encounter on that site (apart from the usual fees for certain services and you know how I feel about that) is who to reply to first because they’re all so beautiful, very sincere and of all the women that have ever messaged me on the Internet, they have the best pickup lines I have ever heard.

The fact that American men, most notably nice guys who have been rejected repeatedly by American women are finding true love with foreign women is causing American women to freak out. They start saying that “Oh, you can’t get with foreign women. They only want to use you so they can get a green card;” “Oh, they’re gold diggers;” and “You’re just looking in the wrong places. You should date us regardless of our past.” As far as to whether American women are right or not, that while there are some foreign women who actually are out to scam men to get a green card, that population is decidedly minor. The truth is that American women will say just about anything to prevent their alleged “future disposable providers” from leaving to go to another country to find true love somewhere else. The truth is the reason that American men are leaving the country is because American women let us go with their rejection of us for being too nice, treating women with respect and other good traits that American women find reprehensible in good guys that they don’t find reprehensible in jerks. And now American women have to live with it.

So in conclusion, as long as American men can find happiness and not limit it to America then more power to them. In fact, I think I might jump on the bandwagon and get a foreign girl myself. Sorry, American ladies. That’s the way it is. See what you reduced us to?

Q & A Time Again

It’s that time again. Time for some more questions for me to answer in another blog posts. These were more questions that were asked of me on myyearbook.com and as before, the purpose of these questions is so that you can get to know me a little better. Everyone ready? Here we go.

1) Q: What was your earliest childhood memory?

A: Seeing “The Empire Strikes Back” when I was 2 years old. And I have a little story about that. The theater where I went to see “Empire” was a drive-in movie theater called the Sunset Drive-In theater that was located outside of Hudson, NY. The drive-in closed down back in the late 80’s (last I saw it was a mobile home lot), but in its day, I did see some really good movies there including “Star Trek III,” “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” and the first “Back to the Future” movie. Ironically, this year marks that movie’s 25th anniversary. I have all three of those movies on video and I’m trying to get them on DVD. There’s also been some chatter about whether or not they’re going to rerelease the movie to theaters or release the films to Blu-Ray disc.

And while I am talking about drive-ins, the other drive-in where I went to growing up was the Hyde Park Drive-In in Hyde Park. Saw some more movies there including “Return of the Jedi,” “Gremlins,” “Superman III,” and a movie called “Deep Impact.” As far as I know, it was and still is there. But then again, I haven’t been back to the Hudson Valley in several years so I have no idea about the changes that have happened since I moved to Central New York. But one thing I do know is that there are very few drive-ins left in New York because they’re giving way to the air-conditioned multiplexes.

2) Q: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

A: Spider-Man. Batman’s a very close second.

3) Q: Would you rather have tea or coffee?

A: Coffee. I am a coffee person and as I mentioned before, I take it black because with cream and sugar in it it looks like crap. But in defense of tea, I do like the Lipton Ice tea mixed tea on occasion.

4) Q: Have you ever lied about your age?

A: Never. I am a completely honest person.

5) Q: What do you think is the funniest show on television?

A: Well, when there were actually good shows on television, I watched such funny shows as “All in the Family,” “ALF,” “Married… With Children,” as well as a few I didn’t mention in the video including “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” and “Beavis and Butt-head.” But for me, the funniest show on TV (and they still air the show in reruns on WKTV) is “Seinfeld.”

And there you go. Hopefully I’ll have some more questions for you soon. If you want to ask me questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section. Remember, no offensive or too personal questions will be accepted.

Boy Emails Girl

Well, another dull work week has come to an end and I am now off for yet another weekend. Now I am stuck as far as what to do. I have recovered somewhat from the chaos of last week, but I am still pretty busy at ol’ Wally World, especially now since the Christmas shopping season has officially started.

One thing that happened this week was that I got a new international “email pal.” And yes, it’s a girl and she’s from Russia. It is still too early to get into details but so far she seems pretty nice. So we’ll see how it goes from there. Well, I did have a previous email relationship with another Russian girl which didn’t end very well and don’t ask what happened please. Where this correspondence will go is anyone’s guess but it can be summed up by this line from a song I heard recently: “The rest is still unwritten.”

This isn’t the only news that involves women and the Web for me. The other day on Myspace, I saw that an old friend from school left me a comment on my page wishing me a happy Thanksgiving. That was pretty good so I should probably leave her a message before I leave here today and give her my regular email address so she can keep in touch with me even on the days where I cannot make it up to HCCC to check Myspace, especially now that winter’s on its way. It’s supposed to snow pretty good tonight. Good thing I’m not working.

In some ways, it is a lot easier to meet women online than it is to meet them out in the real world. I wish they had sites like Myspace and Cupid back when I was in school. If that was the case, then I probably would have been married a long time ago. But you never can tell in this high-tech digital world we live in.