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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It’s Deadpool Time

This has been a long and tiring week for me. In fact, it was so exhausting that I almost nodded off at the shop Wednesday evening before my folks arrived. It was a slow day that day so I ended up going home a half-hour early and I went to bed early. I think that part of it was because I was up late after painting my back door and I had to leave it open to dry.

I’m pretty close to another breakthrough in terms of my weight loss. I got on the scale Thursday morning and saw that my weight had dropped another three pounds to 232, which puts me at almost 30 pounds lost. I usually weigh myself every three to four days so that way I don’t jinx myself in case I regain weight.

And I also learned one thing when commenting on an Instagram model’s account when she doesn’t speak English, Google Translate is your friend. That way, you can respond to her in her native language. In my case, I was responding to a Ukrainian Instagram model.

As far as today went, it was raining as I went to Crazy Otto’s Empire Diner for breakfast. Boy, their pancakes were huge (or as Donald Trump would say “Yuge”). The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was this morning. I didn’t watch it because I didn’t want to be bored like I was the last time there was a Royal Wedding which I had to watch at work several years ago. I really don’t give a crap about it.

Anyway, I had to watch the shop today being that my folks were away at a show on Long Island this weekend. It was slow here  because of the rain today and I had at least one sale.

And after that I was off to see something more important than the Royal Wedding: Deadpool 2. I was originally planning to go last night but I was so tired from work yesterday that I just went home and crashed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other day, as I was leaving work I noticed that one side of the DVD rack had all of the DVD’s and Blu-Rays had every movie with Deadpool on the cover which is part of the marketing ploy for Deadpool 2. And as always, I saw a social media opportunity and took a pic of it and posted on Instagram saying that Deadpool was in virtually every movie ever made!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So after getting out of The Rose Quartz Stand, I went home and changed into one of my new Deadpool T-shirts before heading to Walmart to pick up a cab to Little Falls. This was my first car ride since leaving downstate. I found Affordable Cab’s prices to be reasonable enough. Only cost me ten bucks each way.

When I got there, I made a joke that I was actually there to see Avengers: Infinity War even though I was clearly wearing a Deadpool T-shirt. In truth, I decided to pre-order Infinity War on Vudu (Walmart’s version of Netflix) instead because I felt that it would be better if I watched that at home.

There was a big crowd there because it’s opening weekend for Deadpool 2. And I had a lot of fun at that movie. In fact, I thought it was better than the first one. I’m probably not going to review it but I did enjoy it.

So in short, today was another good day despite the rain. Even if I only got out to see one movie this year, I’m glad it was Deadpool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?