Dating Sites – Man’s Guide

What I have noticed with dating sites, is you see a lot of the same things. It’s as if people decide that a format is the best way to create a profile on dating sites. If you go against the format, you go against protocol, and if you step out of protocol, you are taboo.

So, let me (in a humorously true way) break down how the protocol looks to an original thinker who goes against their grain.

All single women with children, must create a profile on a dating site. These single women must be divided into two groups.(and one bonus)

  1. Fun but crazy and careless with you
  2. Mean bitter analytical and not fun at all
  3. bonus, is just looking for someone to raise her family.

Here is an example of a single mom with a daughter

My kids are my life and we are a package deal so if you don’t understand the sacrifices made as being a parent move on to the next! I am a simple fun loving person, down to earth and easy going. I am more of a home body but do enjoy going out. I am a busy person and don’t get a lot of free time but if the right guy comes along I know how to make time for a special person. I enjoy having great conversations with people and I speak whats on my mind. I can be sarcastic and love making people laugh but also know how to be serious. I love almost all music but love to turn the volume up when listening to rock! I like playing video games with my kids, sometimes I feel like a grown up kid lol. There is nothing better than being outdoors, it’s so peaceful and beautiful just wish it didn’t get so damn hot! I have gone back to school and currently working on my Radiology degree and hope to be working at MD Anderson helping wonderful people. I am very passionate about people and life and try my best to make the best out of what I have been dealt. I like and have nice things but I am not materialistic. Money isn’t everything, it’s what’s in your heart that matters the most!

This is what I get from the dating site.
Here’s a sum of my experience of other women.
I am just going by what I saw at this site my friend got me on.
Single moms with daughters only, their profiles are all serious, and you can’t say anything to them without them over analyzing your statement and then flipping out . One asked me ” would you like to chat and get to know each other?” and I responded “Yes that sounds like a great idea” and she responded with “What the hell is that supposed to mean? “.
Single moms with boys and girls, with the girls being older than boys, Seemed quite similar, except their profiles all say “I do everything for my kids” Which is honorable, until you chat with them and it seems they are profiling you to see if you fit in their Ex (or dead) husbands shoes and suit.
Fresh out of a divorce, Knows how to give you what you need. but wait she’ll get sick of it if you count on it a lot.
Single women with no kids , very carefree with their attire, but all have this look of “I NEVER HAD A PUPPY I’M GETTING OLD”
Single moms with just boys have this peaceful pleasant look to them, and their wit, their wit is outstanding. They are fun.
She has a man but he is in jail or rehab, dresses provocative but their personality is sweet and kind. She will most likely go back to him when he gets out. She loved him first. So far I am 0/3 with these.
Single moms with boys older than girls, Almost the same, as if they know the boy will protect the little girl while she is away, but seem to have this personality of abandonment. She will be a partier but you will only see her maybe one day a week. but it will be fun.

When I first posted this I was only hours into looking.

Moms with sons…. They are awesome. The end!

What I find best practice, don’t read that profile at all. Talk to the woman and how she communicates with you is what should matter to you. All of what is on their profile could be edited and cultured for better results and better impression rather than her true feelings. So talk to her. If she insists you must read the profile, move on. There are plenty more people on the sites. unless you like bossy.

Why States That Raise Minimum Wage First are Selfish

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Minimum wage, the standard set for human worker’s rights back in 1938. The federal minimum wage has been raised 22 times since that time.

The first state to raise minimum wage willingly, is the one state to benefit from the increased income taxes. after enough states bring up minimum wage, things begin to level out to no one benefiting.

Picture this example.
You own a store. You have two employees. Employee 1 has been with you for 6 years and  you pay that employee $15 an hour. Employee 2 just started 5 months ago and is making $8.50  an hour. You suddenly have to pay your $8.50 an hour employee $15 an hour. Your overhead for  employee 2 has just increased to near double. Employee 2 is still green and only knows what few functions they have learned in 5 months, which is nowhere near what employee 1 learned over the course of 6 years. So.. Do you give employee 1 a raise? Not all companies will. Let’s just say you do not have enough income at your business to give employee 1 that raise just yet, you may hold out until they complete their 7th year. I mean, cost of living hasn’t gone up, just minimum wage. Right?
Now you have to bump the cost of your goods a tad bit to cover the new cost of employee 2, may as well go ahead and move cost up a tad more because employee 1 is due pretty soon for a raise anyway.
Do you give employee 1 near double the pay they were making? or just the difference in 7.50 and 15? Bump employee 1 to 22.50? or bump employee 1 to $28ish? Or just be realistic and continue to give employee 1 their normal $1 an hour raise each year? Remember this is coming from YOUR income.

So now everyone is making more and everyone is paying more, how does this relate to the state being selfish?
Taxes.
That state is now bringing in more income tax and more on sales tax.
If you are making more money an hour, then you have a greater income, then you pay more in taxes. Since the store who pays your wage is charging more to cover your cost,  This means the amount of tax per item being paid has increased. From gasoline, to bubble gum, to cars, to lipstick, to nail clippers.. Pretty much every single thing sold in that state is bringing in more taxes.

Now that state is bringing in more money and the cost of everything is slightly higher now.

Now other states follow up on this and start doing the same thing to get out of debt and it somewhat works, except the national cost of products begins to increase across the board. Then eventually every state is doing this or they will get left in super uber debt and everyone will be poor in the states that were late to join the taxes (rob Peter to pay Paul) trick. Now everyone who was making what minimum wage is now, is now making minimum wage and everyone is working the same amount of hours to buy the things that minimum wage was struggling to buy before. You just brought the people who earned their pay, down to minimum wage and the cost of living per labor hours has not gotten any better.

In short, raising minimum wage is a hustle.

Want better life? Do something to prove it.

My Tree Survived

My little tree in my yard, for the first time in 4 years is full of leaves.
After the drought we had in Texas in 2011 (year of all of the fires) and a sad slow downward spiral through 2012 , 2013 and 2014, my little sapling is full with growth. After being forced to cut off  roughly 2 feet of the top that had died well over two years ago, my little tree is now about the size of an average sized man, but full of leaves and new limbs. Now showing teh most life it has since the day I watched the home builders plant it. Yes in the way you’d expect a drywall guy to plant a tree. Put roots in ground, cover hole with dirt. but now, this tree is alive and doing quite well.
But wait… There’s more…
My sapling has guests.
My sapling is now home to a family of birds. We now have a mama bird, a daddy bird and three little nestlings.
We now host 5 mockingbirds.


In some of the pictures you will see the momma bird and in others you pretty much just see beaks of the baby birds.

We’ve watched these babies from a distance and snuck up once or twice to see the eggs. Never long enough to take a picture though.
These photos are from about 15 feet away. Hopefully we did not disturb any feeding schedule.

I’m so happy that this tree that was a lost cause for 3 and a half years, now has a bird nest in it, and the nest is housing a family that is active. Proud of my pruning skills, I will watch these babies grow. From my window of course.

DIY Dresser Stripping , Repainting, Repair and Restoration

The girlfriend and I decided to meet in the middle on the looks of her dressers.
I wasn’t for all of the colors and she wasn’t for going all black or brown. So we decided to go two-tone. Grey and white, but with the detailed areas trimmed in black.
The tools we used for stripping the paint:

Pack of 10 razor blades (Used only 6)
Pack of 5  9″x11″, 150 grit sand paper
Pack of 5  9″x11″, 400 grit sand paper
1 sanding block
2 sanding sponges
1 gallon gloss white paint
1 gallon light grey paint
1 quart black acrylic paint
1 6″ foam paint roller
1 4″ foam Paint roller
1 9″ paint roller
One bottle of wood glue. barely even used any of it.

Paint Removal
The majority of paint removal was done with the razor blades; just plane old square-shaped razor blades.
Sanding alone was a lesson in self control. Heads up: No matter how bad you want to, do not press harder on the sand paper. Hold just hard enough to keep the sand paper from sliding out from under your hand. Fold it in half to get a better grip if you have to.

The trick to using the razor blade, when you hit a spot where you can’t get between the paint and the wood, make curves with a slight slicing motion as you continue to push away with the razor blade. Be sure to not cut into the wood. You can usually feel when that happens, and sometimes feel it just before it happens. Every now and again you will feel nothing and cut right into the surface of the wood. So be careful and go slow so if you do cut into the wood, it won’t be as deep as if you rushed and just chopped away at the paint. I kept the blade at around 5-10 degrees. If I could get lower, I did; especially where the paint was thin. Sometimes, on the thin spots, I just had to chop and scrape at the paint. Sometimes it was more beneficial to come at that spot from a different position/side.

We started with the chest of drawers.

The chest of drawers took us nearly two weeks to scrape the paint off, sand to prep for paint, then paint and cure. Of course we did all drawers at this time, even the drawers for the dresser.

Here are are the drawers sanded down and glued:

Then the dresser:


By the time we started the dresser, the work got super easy. Not sure if there were fewer layers of paint to remove on the dresser or if we just got really good at scraping and sanding by then. We were done scraping, sanding and painting the dresser in two days. All that is left is the detailed area to be trimmed out in the black acrylic paint.

Applying the paint
First and foremost, do full length strokes with the roller. You do not want to have a thick spot in the middle where you stopped one stroke and then started another. This will show when the paint dries and will look bad. Full length, straight line, even rolls the entire length of the dresser.

Nearing the final stages of the project, we brought the dresser and the chest of drawers into the bedroom, to get out of the heat and dust of the garage.

The rest of the work would be the filling in of the detailed areas with black trim and possibly a flat white inner covering. This is still undecided and since it would be irreversible, we are taking our time.

ESPYs 2015 Sucked

Decided to sit and watch all of the deserving people of American sports win their appreciation trophies and hear their acceptance speeches.
Got very little of that.
espy2015The ESPYs was, to say the least, a whole lot of nothing and very little sports acceptance. The ESPYs honored maybe 5 people but took nearly two hours to make everyone feel bad, play aweful music and told us we all suck for having an opinion that isn’t approved by others.
What we did get from the ESPYs was a lot of whining. We got a lot of unrelated sports garbage full of emotional useless-to-sports crap.
Some dude who looks like an old worn out sock puppet getting an award that isn’t even about sports, for just being him. We had to listen to this dude dribble on and on about something that really needs to be talked about at meetings where people want to hear it. Like home owners meetings, counsel meetings and whatever, not sports awards.
We listened to people get emotional about all kinds of garbage that has nothing to do about scoring a goal, getting a touchdown, or striking people out.

When did sports get so whiny and dramatic?

Can we save this garbage for talk shows and soap operas? Can we get back to the games? Not the ESPYs. Let’s have people getting noted for being the best at this or that sport. Not “Oh I have migraines and have suffered for just being me” blah blah blah.

Heck even one sports figgure said “Thanks for the trophy, this show is about us” followed by whatever, but it does sum up what the show should be about. But the ESPYs this year took another direction… Drama…

The ESPYs are no longer to be watched by me. That was very un-entertaining. Thanks for guilting everyone, shaming everyone else and pointless drama. Heck That Kardashian show is more about sports than the 2015 ESPYs. I’m done with that junk.

How I deal With Collectors Calling

I have collectors calling at all hours of the daytime. I receive at the least one phone call every hour and 15 minutes from different collectors. Leaving voicemail when I don’t answer their calls. Many are just silent with no message.
For the longest I would just hit the ignore button on my phone. But that became an annoying task. Later I just turned my ringer off. That lead to me missing a whole lot of important calls. Next I started blocking known numbers of the collectors. This lead me to adding all collectors to the same i.d. in my phone and having that i.d. go straight to voicemail. Changed my voicemail greeting to me just saying one single syllable word. This makes it happen too fast for humans to know when to leave the message. This lead to me going through my voicemail and deleting all collectors messages every day just before bed. Like some weird compulsion . So many silent messages.
Then.. Brilliance hit me.

Now I will let my voicemail fill up and go back to the old ways. If I don’t know you, you wont call me. Now I can clean out voicemail every month or so.

I in no way advise you to do or try this.

Cuntous Interruptus

InterupterWhy do people interrupt people? Why do some people interrupt others more than anyone else? Why does it seem like less and less people can hold a normal conversation these days?
I have been noticing it more and more these days where I’m telling someone of an event and they rattle off in a total different direction like a kid coated in sugar and caffeine in some toy world play land.
They just blast you with endless interruptions. As if interrupting people does something for them as some weird social status.

Me: On my way here, I stopped at a store and
Them: Oh speaking of stores, I was at the store the other day, I bought an apple and I tossed it in the trash and it exploded and reminded me of an explosion I survived as a child (at this point I have to listen… Sad story coming). A 9 volt battery exploded like three blocks away from me last year at work. Well it didn’t explode, it just leaked. Weird how they do that right? (…..)
Me: Yep, but as I was saying, I stopped at a store and when I walked in
Them: Are you still going on about that ? Can you stop repeating yourself?
Me: Well… Okay.. TO SUM IT UP THE PLACE GOT ROBBED I GOT SHOT AT AND THE STORE BURNED DOWN!!!! (Can’t say store… because that’s a repeated word I guess)
Them:OMG tell me everything Start from the beginning.
Me: Nope that’s about it.
Them: Oh so it was nothing. Well, let’s go to that store I want some apples.
Me: That store burned down, there is nothing to buy there.
Them: you act like you know everything.
Me: ???

Sometimes the interrupting just goes on and on. Sometimes I just walk away and find other things to do. These people, when I notice they do that, I start talking to them slower so I don’t have to build up some momentum just to get it shot down with their decision to go in another direction.
Sometimes I just stop talking to them altogether or ignore them from there out.
What is it that makes people get that way?
What makes people have so short of an attention span that they can not take the time to listen to what someone is saying to them just as they expect that person to listen to them?

Walmart and the 2 Cashiers

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So I took a trip to the local Walmart in Spring Texas.
Did some grocery shopping. The girlfriend buys a shirt and we grab some cat food.
By the time we make our way to the checkout area. There are two long lines of more than 25 shopping carts per line.
This place has 30 cash registers. but only employs two cashiers.
Why? why does Walmart do this? Why does Walmart shut down all of the self checkout lanes, while having only two cashiers on duty?
asked someone if I could speak to a manager and got a snarky remark of “She’s out till the morning but we have someone on duty that can’t help you much”. I hadn’t even said why I needed to speak to a manager yet. Other employees wearing the Walmart smock just walked past me as if they didn’t need to care what I was about to ask them. No matter how many times I said “Excuse me”.

Finally they open the self checkout lanes to thin the herd a bit, but there was no one there to man the booth. So of course our register (and the guy next to us) decided it wanted verification for something. Must have been an additional 5 minutes before someone came over there to, roll her eyes and sigh before she decided to help us then quickly waddle away.and of course as we asked any of the employees in the vicinity if we could get any help (before the self check out employee would help) one said “not my problem I’m off the clock”. finally one employee had to use a register on his way out. He helped. And you guessed it. The guy next to us didn’t get any help.

Ken Shamrock vs Kimbo Slice

6/19/2015 Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock finally fought.

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Been a fan of Ken Shamrock for a very long time. Seen Ken win countless fights With grappling holds before they were called submission holds.
but I also had a side favorite from the internet (years later) and that was Kimbo slice. This man has taken many of big punches and did not get phased. He was a brute of a “punch ’em ’till they quit” kind of guy. I was there when Kimbo didn’t get a good reception into MMA world, and watched it literally break him. I had hopes he would be the rags to riches from disrespect to utter respect. But Kimbo faded out of MMA just as fast as he was hyped into that style of fight.

Ken, during his warm up in the back room, didn’t seem to be moving very fast. Maybe not so much worried about the actual fighting portion of the match, but more worried about the grappling. Sure seemed slow. Most people would warm the joints and muscles with something.. Anything more than looking like you have a cold and are achy. but he was toned pretty well. Not as big as he used to be, yet toned. With a hint of being way too old to be playing that game.

Kimbo came into the ring looking nothing like the Kimbo I remember. His belly was large and his legs were scrawny. and there was no sign of training in the man. Everything he has learned in the past 8 or so years, nothing showed a single sign. His chest looked bigger, but so did his gut.

Shamrock had the rear naked choke on Kimbo without a single punch being thrown. At one moment while in the rear naked choke, it looked like Kimbo went limp. but that was a split second. Kimbo worked out of the hold and they both made it to their feet. Ken went in for grappling (submission hold for you youngsters) but didn’t achieve the floor long enough, one hit to the face from Kimbo and Ken couldn’t find his feet. The second hit from Kimbo and Ken Shamrock was out and the ref stopped the fight. Both eyebrows busted up and a shocked look on Shamrock’s face.

TKO and Kimbo slice wins.

It’s like seeing spiderman beat batman. When neither one seemed to have trained for it.

Where to buy guns in Houston Texas

Houston Gun DealersIf you have been searching Google and Bing for guns in the Houston area like I have, then you see the same thing I see.
Everyone has the exact same website, same guns. They all have some out dated web design which makes you wonder if the company is still in existence and the website is abandoned. No one has details for the guns listed. Even the one site I thought would be the most detailed, I had to directly navigate to and fumble through their rabbit hole of gun ads all in Jpg form. You can’t even type in a part number to search for the gun to pull up the model you want and see if they have it available and at what price. I have no idea who is building these sites for these gun shops, but he needs to be schooled.
It takes a pretty high level of ignorance and arrogance to think that your website doesn’t matter when it comes to selling guns these days.
So what I did a much deeper search and decided to put together a list to make things easier.
But no, I will not send traffic to any of these gun shop websites. That’s simply a hobby I don’t want to have.
What I will do is help you locate the guns at a good price with plenty of preliminary detail.

Smith and Wesson -If you are looking for a Smith and Wesson Pistol/Handgun or rifle be it simi automatic or revolver, go directly to Smith and Wesson’s website. They have a search feature for the model and will allow you to type in your zip code to locate the store nearest you. You can also buy directly from Smith and Wesson. From what I see, the gun prices are kind of better there and you can get actual detail about what you are purchasing.

Ruger – Ruger’s website is a bit hard to navigate and the text is small but they have a much larger selection of guns. Easiest navigation is search using the Caliber Search Feature.

Beretta – Nice clean website layout and easy to navigate to find the pistol/handgun or rifle you need from Beretta. Their search feature is a bit lacking. Doesn’t allow you to organize by price but still a strong search and easy to use.

Browning – Right off the bat Browning allows you to search for a dealer in your area. This search will show you all of the local gun dealers, much better than using Google or Bing. Once again like the others you are capable of purchasing your rifle from their website. Just type in a Houston zipcode (I default with 77002) and you will see all gun dealers in Houston. Browning also has an “Online Dealer List” Not sure how that works with licensing but there that is.

If you are searching for guns in Houston, you’d probably be best off going to the manufacturer’s website because all of the sites I have seen are out dated and very uninformative. Go to the manufacturer’s website, look up the gun and it’s details then use their search feature to locate the gun store nearest you so you can make the purchase. It seems the Houston gun store owners think it is pointless to try and be found online.