I’ve come here to report that I am officially out of the pizza game.
This was paradoxically an incredibly easy and difficult decision to make. For one, I love working in the food industry. The fast pace of a kitchen mixed with the artistry of cooking and the human interactions with customers is like nothing I have ever experienced in my myriad of other jobs. There is nothing better than the dinner rush on a Friday night when everyone on the team is clicking and orders keep coming. You can enter a flow-state where nothing matters except for the prospect of clearing those slips from your view, and your actions become fluid as you work to achieve that goal. Some nights it seems like you know the orders before they come in, and every move you make is done without thinking.
Opposite of that, there is nothing worse than when nothing goes right. You can’t get ahead, and just when you do – turns out that calzone wasn’t supposed to have cheese, and as you’re fixing it, you burnt those two pizzas in the oven. Dummy. Funny enough, even those nights are why I love the food industry. When I waited tables we called it “getting in the weeds”. It’s the kind of night where you really get to see what you are made of in a high-pressure situation.
I find a lot of joy and value from experiences like these; the flawless flow of execution, as well as the sigh of relief after you finally bail all the water from a sinking ship. However, it wasn’t Continue reading “My pizza has reached its crust”
There was a random scavenger hunt this weekend that featured a bunch of things involving the shop.
- Pictures with the staff
- Make a pizza
- Get the delivery guy to sing the National Anthem, which he did not know the words to… (Goddamit Steve)
Fun stuff, ya know?
But one of the tasks on this list was not so fun and it involved the illegal removal of several of my napkin dispensers.
Since the scavenger hunt I am down 2 napkin dispensers. Their absence has not gone unnoticed. Customers are complaining of greasy fingers with no hope of relief. Old Man Jim, our morning delivery guy, is have a particularly difficult time coping with the loss. Perhaps it is his senility, or perhaps it was just his deep connection to these napkin dispensers, but he is reminded of them every morning… And feels the need to remind me as well.
Shut up Jim. I know the napkin dispensers are gone.
This might be pretty pathetic considering I don’t watch much wrestling, but if we are going to grade last night’s Wrestlemania with either a pass or fail, I’m giving it a pass. They did just enough to keep me interested and even had a few intriguing matchups with some pretty interesting characters.
One guy who seems to move the needle is Dean Ambrose. His match against Brock Lesnar was nothing short of average but at least there was a clear cut heel vs. hero scenario. In the end Lesnar won, but Ambrose will definitely benefit from the performance.
The only other match on the card that was worth seeing for me was Shane O Mac vs. The Undertaker. Shane’s arrival to the WWE basically signaled my exit. However, I had always seen through years of internet boredom, that Shane went on to have an incredible career as a wrestler. He became known for doing some pretty impressive things that required both athleticism and guts. Shane would even gain the respect of just about every member of the locker room by going above and beyond to prove he belonged as proof of this video tribute to him (which I highly recommend watching). Continue reading “Wrestlemania 32 Recap (sorta)”
I intend on coming correct with a breakdown of every card in the future, but I just wanted to get this out there as soon as I heard it. My initial thought was, “why the hell would Conor do this?” So far from what I’ve read it looks like everyone close to Conor did what any normal, caring, business savvy person would do… They begged him not to take the fight. This is a lose-lose situation for Conor. If he loses again it will seriously damage his dollar value in the UFC, but even if he wins it does almost nothing to help him unless he can win the necessary rubber match that would happen next year.
However, word from McGregor’s coach is that Conor has been “obsessed” with fighting Nate again. Even Dana White Continue reading “Conor McGregor Gets His Rematch Against Nate Diaz at UFC 200”
This is picking up from part one of this article.
The recent impact of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor on the sport of mixed martial arts can not be understated in this decision. Which leads me to my next point…
Continue reading “Part 2 – The Apple has Fallen: New York Votes to Finally Legalize MMA”
It has finally happened. The last chip in the UFC’s rise to prominence has fallen, and it came in the form of a 113-25 vote to lift the 19 year ban on mixed martial arts competition in the state of New York. Apparently there are still a couple potential speed bumps in the way but by the look of things it is basically a done deal. To be clear, I am not here to report the news. If you want to learn more about the political or financial details of this matter then there are other places you should check out (I suggest this article from Sports Illustrated that outlines just about everything you could ever want to know about those issues). However I do have some thoughts I wanted to share on what is definitely a historic day for the UFC…
First off: Continue reading “The Apple has Fallen: New York Votes to Finally Legalize MMA”
I have two hours a day of untapped potential, maybe 3 if I start waking up earlier. Kicking this blog back off could quite possibly be the scratch for my itch. However, by no means do I plan on returning it back to its original form of a sad Barstool Sports spin-off. Personally, I had a lot of fun doing that at the time, but now it is just painfully obvious that what I/we (myself and my friend Jimmy) were doing was at best an imitation. This time around will be different… I think? Either way, there is only one way to find out; Gotta start writing.
At this time in my life I feel like content will not be an issue. There is a fairly well defined vision of where I want this to go, and even though there have been some posts from the old blog that I like, it should probably be deleted or at least archived. Shit, is it painful to look at some of that. Continue reading “Lets bust this back open”