Gambler Volume One

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Coronavirus Entry #3

Well, some fun things are happening in Michigan and my guesses that folks going apeshit crazy on the identity politics seems to be going true. With my sick little life now, I've been keeping an eye on mainly the local news while watching a small portion of the national news. I'm trying my absolute best not to watch the news so much because it's fucking depressing. But with what has happened last week with the governor of my great state and her executive order on telling the big box stores to not sell non-essential items caught my eye.

Of course, with WishesNetwork, I had tapped on the very idea of identity politics. In Zombies 3 and Alien Attack, I showed the CNN vs. Trump war. With Supernatural Threat, Mr. Carmel's own Josh Skillington blamed the Democratic Party for the demons entering Earth (voiced by me, I was really drinking when I did that). There are quite a few things that played the identity politics card on my vids and any possible upcoming vids (still working on the weather scenario).

Although I poke fun at identity politics, I find them to be annoying for the most part. It's the main reason why I stay away from national news sans PBS. After Trump got elected, the Twitter machine was filled with people bitching about Trump. I look at the feed and it was barely anything that wasn't Trump-related. I check the trending list and there is some hashtag followed by something bad about Trump. My Libertarian-self who voted for Gary Johnson was surprised that Trump won, I thought Clinton was going to win it. And this makes me sound like a Trump supporter, but I found it hilarious that people were crying when Clinton lost.

When Trump got elected, I thought to myself, let's give the guy a chance. He'll likely make the economy great but let's hope he doesn't send us to nuclear doom. I was 50/50 and just before the Coronavirus situation, I was at 40/60 with Trump. There were things he was doing and saying that I didn't agree with, but not to the point where once he tweets, I respond harshly to him. There are people that hate Trump so much, they sit there and wait for that alert on their phone to show up saying Trump tweeted, and they get very angry and respond. Shit, there are people doing this while driving in their cars. They are driving and the alert pops up. They have both hands furiously on the phone calling Trump an asshole while swerving all over the road and driving 10 miles under the speed limit.

Now, in case anybody gives a shit about my thoughts of Trump during this crisis, I was wondering why at first he wasn't taking the virus seriously. When I saw the news in China in January and February, I thought to myself, it will get to the United States. I should stock up on some water and food. And make other preparations. On Monday, March 9th, I had to get my car repaired at the shop which cost me over $500, so I thought, next week, I'll prepare some more. Then on Wednesday, March 11th, that is when Governor Whitmer made the orders. I was later laid-off of my primary job and was told I may return on my birthday March 31st. I doubted that and I was later right.

Now going to Whitmer's executive order that included telling big-box stores not to sell non-essential items, I don't think Whitmer intended to screw with constitutional rights, I think it was due to panic. On April 10th when Governor Whitmer pushed this out, the state of Michigan nearly doubled its Coronavirus death rate from the previous day.


As I said, I don't think Whitmer intended to fuck with people, but with that executive order she put out on April 10th, it does appear that way. I didn't agree with that either. The idea that we can't buy seeds or hardware or a birthday card? That was bullshit and quite draconian, to say the least. I thought that the big box stores (Walmart, Target, Meijer) would fight back against her and win, but so far as of this posting, I haven't seen that yet. It's just fucked up that people can't buy wood for a home repair or can't buy seeds for a gardening project. Most of us are staying put and going stir crazy, we don't need a governor telling us we can't buy these items.

So with all those people who protested at Lansing, I thought that was a good thing to a point of course. The thing I didn't agree with was how people were gathering too close to each other during this protest. I'm not talking about how people inside their cars and trucks protesting, but people too close to each other without masks on. A few or some of those people are going to get sick and a few will die. Then, a few of those folks will likely blame Whitmer. 

Before this crisis, there are quite a few of us getting too angry over identity politics. There are many liberals pointing their fingers in anger at Trump and other elites of the Republican party. And there are many conservatives pointing their fingers in anger at many elites of the Democratic party. It seems like, for conservatives, it's not okay if a democrat elite makes a mistake, but if Trump made that same mistake, that's okay. And it goes for Democrats as well, if Trump says the word bullshit, holy fuckaroni! 

Yes, I'm angry at Whitmer for the executive order and I think Trump is doing a sub-average job with the handling of the Coronavirus situation, including on Tuesday, April 14th where he played that stupid-ass video during the press conference. Also, I didn't agree with Trump appointing Pence as the Coronavirus czar. Prayers don't work.

I like to say to these folks who I mentioned in the previous two paragraphs to take it easy, but I don't think they'll listen to me. It's not the virus I fear the most, it's the people I'm more concerned about. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

WishesNetwork Return

I made a 2 minute video on WishesNetwork announcing a temporary comeback. Due to this pandemic, I had been laid-off until it's considered safe to be out and about. With that being said, I'm just doing a part-time job and have more time on my hands to get some of my creative projects done and more time to get certified in a few technologies. I got certified in both Bookkeeping and Excel 2019, looking to get a couple more.

I also stated on the video (well, the text did) that I was considering a one-off later this year and not mentioned was the idea that I'd do two scenarios a year. One scenario I would like to do is a sequel to Alien Attack. I'm thinking of doing that towards the end of the year, we'll see.

Also, I'm not trying to be a total mysterious asshole to my fans out there. In November and December last year, I made two vids with me talking to the camera. I'm not the biggest fan of vlogging, I'd rather do this even though it's so 2000-ish. I also was looking to do a Coronavirus video but balked on that. Wasn't happy with the two attempts I made.

I was told I was laid off at my job on March 19 and they were looking for a return on March 31, my birthday. I was thinking that was unlikely. Then President Trump last week said he was looking to have life return to normal on Easter Sunday. I wanted that to happen, but I knew it was unlikely. On Sunday, he changed his mind. My guess is life will "kinda sorta" go back to normal in mid-May. With that being said, perhaps I can squeeze two EAS scenarios.

That's all for now.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus Blog Entry #2

Governor Whitmer had finally called for a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" in effect until April 13. I suppose, for the most part, I'll be at home trying to better myself when I get the inspiration. I finally got this done:

Thanks to my HyperFocus for that one! I'm looking to get Excel certified next.

For the state of Michigan, Governor Whitmer first put an order that restaurants to do carry-out and delivery only. Bars got closed and later, the spas and hair salons got closed after. Today, it was announced that Michigan joined the Stay At Home wave.

When it comes to the possible end of the world or something extreme happening, I knew we would see something. I always thought it was going to be nuclear doom or a civil war. I see quite a few people get pissed off over politics and I thought the US Election 2020 would bring some riots. I never thought it was going to be a virus. Apologies for being repetitive on that via my last post.

Michigan so far has 15 deaths due to the Coronavirus with over 1,000 cases. We also had our first death in Macomb County.

I saw some posting from one of my co-workers that we aren't returning to work until April 14th. Once I come back, I go back to the Assembly Line, I got demoted from Process Tech, damn! I wasn't the only one at my place of employment to get demoted, about 15-20 of us are. My best guess is that we are going into a recession and it'll take a while for the economy to come back. Perhaps later this year, I can go back to Process Tech as opposed to grunt labor that anybody could do.

A few hours ago, the EAS tone rung on my phone with the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" statement. The folks who are here from my WishesNetwork channel would know something about that.

I will post more on the way. I'll try my best not to get injured or go mentally insane, the hospitals near me are full.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Blog Entries Vol. 1 / 11 - 14 March 2020

Yes, I'm aware of this great historic event we are facing. Been handwriting on my little pad of paper and coming up with this. These are not the best of writings, so bear with me:

11 March 2020

As of writing this, it's Wednesday 11, March 2020 at around 7 PM. I'm currently at my job and I'm seeing news alert after news alert on my phone about some college classes cancellations and how the NCAA will have spectator-less games. Reminds me of the Baltimore Orioles game versus the White Sox in the Baltimore riots were happening in 2015.

 Michigan in March, the weather can be quite strange. You would have a 60 degree weather day, then the next day, it snows three inches. In the Detroit area, you can see snowstorms in mid-April. On the one day weekends I get well in a March, Michigan, My days are spent in Rochester or Grosse Pointe.

 As of this time of writing this, I find myself reading the news and leaning towards the idea of sitting in my house this weekend. During mid-march, the family attends a mass and honor three people in my family that passed. These three are my late grandfather, my late Uncle Johnny and my late great Aunt Marie. The last two mentions died two weeks of each other and March 2014. It's Wednesday, and I wonder if my family may cancel this event due to the Coronavirus scares.

In the Detroit area, we have to confirm cases, Oakland County and one in Wayne County, Both persons are middle-aged. Detroit St. Patrick's Day. Parade has been canceled. I say we exercise some paranoia on this, but I don't want to get too paranoid. I'm concerned that a loved one would get the virus, that's my main concern.

When it comes to the United States government, I'm not so trustworthy with them. We, in this country, are divided and it comes as some of us are seriously for Trump or seriously against Trump. Me, I'm 40/60. I strongly disagree with Trump appointing Mike Pence as the Coronavirus czar. My secular self is not entertained by The Man In Charge being a prayer Warrior.

Couple hours later
 While still at work, I listen to the presidential address and heard about the travel restriction to Europe Sans the UK. I didn't hear China, Can we still go there? Bad joke, Yes. Just before this address, I found myself thinking about the scenario of me getting sick of the coronavirus at work. If I do get sick, I hope it's not at work, but that would be my best bet. I haven't read the info yet on what I should do if I make it to coronavirus. I'd imagine I will be going to the hospital.

On the later hours of 10 March 2020, Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer made in address about the virus, and in the afternoon hours of 11 March 2020, Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit made his address. When it comes to Trump's address on possible compensation to businesses and workers like me, I imagine if I got the virus and survive, I'll be out of work for a day or perhaps a lot more. I wouldn't count on getting the government payment right away or very soon after. That might take months. Would the government pay my medical bills too? If so, I would think that would take months as well. It's not an anti-Trump thing I have, I just believe that the government is unreliable.


12 March 2020

 After the last journal entry, the NBA reported that Utah Jazz star player Rudy Gobert got the coronavirus, the NBA cancel that game just before tipoff and also suspended the season for 30 days. Tom Hanks and else via the Twitter machine that he and his wife Rita Wilson got the coronavirus while in Australia, They are expected to be okay.

 I got home to watch CBS News and news is being done from the affiliate in Boston. The reason being is that the New York Office was being clean due to the two employees testing positive for the virus, the same thing this morning.

 I went to lunch with an Uncle and Cousin, expressing our concerns with the coronavirus. He had work events on Saturday that were canceled. When I arrive to work, I kept seeing alert after alert of local and National events being canceled. NHL suspended their season, MLB followed suit, MLS, too. The NCAA canceled altogether, they are not doing the empty arena deal. Well at work, I had a hard sneeze come out of nowhere and quite a few co-workers heard it. They asked me if I was okay (a question I'm getting sick of.), said I was. Chances are good. They are going to stay the hell away from me.

Down Jones went down 2300 points despite the government's help. My portfolio is down to negative 15%. I make a $220 deposit to my brokerage account and I will still continue to invest despite the problems. Aurora cannabis went down to $0.71. AT&T and Cisco are dropping and I'm going to buy. I also might start buying more of the Moderate Mix to continue with my defensive investing, that or VGIT. VGIT pays monthly at around $0.10 per share. I haven't decided yet.

 I was telling my uncle that I had some concern over the coronavirus, but I was more concerned about the possible infection of my older friends and family members. I hope my family members and friends over 60 will not get the virus. When it comes to the news, I get alerts from CNBC, Yahoo, Sports and Finance and ClickOnDetroit. I prefer not any of the big three (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox). The first two mentions will be pointing out President Trump's flaws. Again, I'm 40/60 with Trump, but I don't want to watch some Channel bitching about him 24/7. I also want to stay the hell away from YouTube comment sections on the US news about this virus. There's always some assholes blaming a political party for what happens. Especially the news in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. That coronavirus will get to a few or some of the homeless population. It's just a matter of time. And there will be people saying that Liberals are responsible for that problem. Truth be told, those cities are on the liberal side. But I don't think getting angry about identity politics is the right answer. Donald Trump, maaaaaan!

With all these pro league suspending games XFL included now, I think it's more of a lawsuit thing. If they bring ten to twenty thousand people to a game with a few folks infected with the virus, others will get sick and a few would die. The franchise in question would be in deep shit. We are living in a time where people have no problem filing lawsuits. I haven't heard about the semi-pro FPHL, but they play their games mostly on weekends. I'm guessing they will suspend games too. If all is well on 29th March 2020, I want to see the Port Huron Prowlers at one of their final games of the season. Right now, it seems unlikely.


13th March 2020

 Trying my best not to watch the news, In fact, I think I'll try it's much less and watch some baseball movies. I already did Little Big League and I think I'll go to The Sandlot next. I went to Dollar General attempting to buy some sanitation wipes for work. Sadly, they were all gone. I didn't see a roll of toilet paper in that mofo and only a few rolls of paper towels were available. It's very funny to see suburban overweight housewives who think they are really important running through the stores to grab all the TP in the world. If you have a family of 5 and they all get the coronavirus and survive, I don't think you'll need 10,000 fucking rolls of toilet paper.

 My friend and I dined at a Chinese restaurant just before heading to Dollar General, taking our chances. My friends said this virus is a golden opportunity for other countries who are upset at us to attack. That sadly could happen, I didn't think of that. I did have some thoughts about not dining at a Chinese restaurant, but I decided to give it a try. I also found myself thinking about the late George Carlin's fear of germs bit in his 1999 show. I have taken my own precautions still, so I suppose I'm a pussy for that.

At 11 p.m., Governor Whitmer announced the closing of schools for 3 weeks. There's going to be a lot of parents out there who are going to lose their jobs due to this. They can't work due to having to be home with their kids. When she made the announcement, I found myself thinking about if the situation happened in the late 90s. I was at East Detroit High School at the time. My guess is they wouldn't cancel at that time. They were low on money.

Saw on my phone that Macomb County has its first confirmed case of the Coronavirus. This leads the state total with 17. Now. I read that over 1,800 people so far have the corona at 41 have died. If my mathematics serves me correctly, that's around 2.5% of people, less than the world average. So far, I suppose we are doing okay, and all those people who are panicking going to the Dollar General and buying 10000 rolls of toilet paper, wow! However, I still have that fear in my head that I'll wake up one of these mornings and There are suddenly 10,000 more cases of the coronavirus in a single day. At that point, I'd be scared shitless. Also, with that scenario, people are shitting themselves left, right and center. In that case, I shouldn't have been laughing at all those panicky folks. shit, 1000 a day would get me scared.

On the way to work, I was listening to WWJ, Detroit's all-news station, and they stated that China's overall health has improved and most people are returning to work. I found myself thinking that the coronavirus should fade way around mid-April (just a guess), and we can have our normal life back. We'll see.

I took a vacation day Saturday and have Sunday off. Although non-religious, Saturday, I supposed to be attending Mass for my late grandfather, Uncle Johnny and late. Great Aunt Marie. I'm kind of wondering if that is still going on. It's going to be a little cold on Sunday, and I'm debating to just stay home (boring). Or do a few things. Perhaps. I should, if the coronavirus is going to kill me (highly unlikely), might as well enjoy life.


14 March 2020

Haven't been paying attention to the news or how coronavirus is affecting Michigan as of yet, today. Last night, it was 19. At the beginning of the day, I was told by a fellow employee that Sam's Club had no paper towel, toilet paper, and sanitizer and chicken. I want to go to Costco and Monday, but I think I'll just drive over there at 9:50ish and see what's what first. If I see a large number of people hanging around there, I won't go. I don't want to be caught up with a bunch of snobby Shelby and Macomb Township folks on a panic trip.

 I saw an article or two about how 70% of people in China who had the coronavirus has recovered and went to work. I suppose WWJ is right on that, I guess it's our turn to suffer. I try my best not to venture into conspiracy type shit, but I found myself thinking about this being a government-controlled deal. I want to think that the US Government did not cause this situation. I would lean towards the UN for this one. But then again, if the US Government did do this, it wouldn't surprise me. I should go see what Alex Jones says about this. According to Tom Leykis, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity say this coronavirus is a hoax started by the Democrats. If that's the truth, it goes to show how some of our media people are doing their best to divide our country. The Divided States of America.

 After this scare blows over, I do believe you will see something worse around the corner. It may be another disease. Or... Who knows. After the 2016 election, I thought we would see a civil war or Trump possibly sending us to nuclear Doom. Boy, I never thought even virus was going to gum up the works.

Sometime later.

Some bad news of sorts, some local news about a couple of hospitals that are having patients and doctors only. This one Hospital, according to a reliable social media poster, is not allowing visitors. Another hospital has a coronavirus positive person in there and they aren't allowing visitors. I feel sorry for people who are having babies or having heart attacks. Now. It's going to be some troubling times for folks who are in the medical field, doctors and other staff. President Trump had gone under a coronavirus test and according to his doctor, He doesn't have it.

 The family event was supposed to happen this afternoon was canceled. I learned about it Friday night and therefore scrap a vacation day to come into work. I will be working tomorrow at 2. Took a look at the news live from click on Detroit that the total number of positive infections are up to 33 in the state.

Been hearing some rumors that there could be layoffs at the end of this week. When is Coronavirus scare was all over the place on Wednesday, my best guess is that the big three automakers would continue to work until a few people show up to their factories with the virus and a company at hand decides to temporarily pull the plug. We had one at a Chrysler plant in Indiana, but that plant didn't shut down. I think it'll take a few people showing up to the plant with the virus to cause a shutdown. I work for a supplier, so if the plants we supply to shut down, I'm probably getting a temporary layoff.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

My Time At Treehouse

For those who don't know, Treehouse is an online school where For as low as $25 a month, you get access to videos to help you learn programming. I learned JavaScript, PHP, WordPress development, and web development. I learned all that and I'm using Google's blogger to Hostess blog, haha. I was with treehouse on and off starting in 2014 and pulling a plug altogether in 2019. One of the contributing factors was the promotion I received in my so-called professional life. That and I was delivering food part-time. Recently Treehouse had changed his ways. Take a look here.

Treehouse has 3-20 minute videos for its way to teach. For instance, and I might be a bit incorrect with this, but the PHP class I started out with was a total of 4 hours long. It was divided into six sections. Each section would have an average of 4 videos a couple of Q&A and a couple of code challenges. Treehouse gives you points for fishing what they throw at you. You get one point each for videos you watch, 6 for a Q&A finish and 12 points for a coach challenge finished. You also get 30 points for each section you finish. Again, This was a system as of 2019, things may have changed. In my five years on and off at Treehouse, I got over 30,000 points.

I made a few websites during those five years, including a blog about the 80s and 90s music. I also did a blog about old school baseball video games and I did a website for Wishesnetwork. Sadly, all that time having those websites up, I hardly made to her views a month and the numbers just keep decreasing. From 2016 to early 2019, I was paying a yearly fee for domains and a monthly fee for hosting. Sick of losing cash and just overall sick of being creative (sans WishesNetwork until late 2019), I pulled the plug in April 2019.

The lack of website hits is not the fault of Treehouse. I suppose I suck at SCO / advertising or people weren't so interested in it old school baseball games website or an 80s and 90s music website, We have YouTube now. Also, it seems that Wix, GoDaddy, and Squarespace are taking over where development was at. Think about it, You have a business and you need a website these days, more than likely you'll be going to one of these aforementioned three, opposed to a web developer like me who wants more money and need some time to make the website.

This food delivery is not going so well in the southern Macomb County area of Metro Detroit (for Me at least, I'm part-time). I'm looking to return to online school for bookkeeping. Treehouse doesn't offer that. So I'm going through for that kind of help. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

News, Weather and Entertainment I

Since being creative isn't my obsessive top priority anymore, I have been looking for ways to pass the time by. Yes, I do plan on writing more novels and I need to get The Gambler Volume One possibly on BookBub. For those of you who don't know, I briefly had a site called were two of my novels were here on the web. Sadly, it wasn't getting the views and it cost me $10/month to keep it on. Plus, according to my research, online novels don't work well when done independently. That, or I'm doing it all wrong. The sad part is, doing research on BookBub and getting my novel online, I've been very lazy in that category. I need to get the motivation for that, as opposed to sitting on my ass and eating. No wonder why I got big man tits! Heh-heh...

On the 7th of February, I joined MistPlay and have been using it every day since. Mistplay is an app that gives you it's own currency (in gems) while playing the games it has to offer. Some games give you 2x, 3x or 4x more credits. So far, I've earned about 1800 credits, which give a $5 gift card to Amazon or Starbucks. Once I get to 3000 credits, I can get a $10 Nintendo Card. Yes, Mistplay can't make you rich and you'll be playing games (or letting it autoplay) for a while to earn some gems. Right now, I got Pop Slots going on auto while I type this. Another thing about MistPlay is that it will make your tablet or phone a little warm while running, so give it a break from time to time. I'm probably going to destroy both of those while doing this.

Spring Training is coming soon! I can't wait! I'll definitely be getting MLB.TV this season and watch a little more baseball. It's likey my Tigers are going to suck ass this year, but I'm just glad Baseball is coming back. Here in Michigan, we've been lucky for the winter. It has been warmer than usual. This week though, it has been quite cold. I kinda miss getting drunk on my patio on warm Sundays.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Astronomicon 3

I attended the 3rd Astronomicon in Sterling Heights, MI, my current city. I attended Sunday's event because I work 6 days a week and Sunday was my only day available. There was a bummer since Ex-Red Wing Darren McCarty was doing Saturday only. I'm not going to write a long descriptive deal here about my visit to Astronomicon, so here are the photos of me with celebs. Sadly for me, two of these photos feature my man tits sticking out like a sore thumb. I really need to build up my chest, or next time wear black. #fatbastard

Brian O'Halloran, Me and Jeff Anderson (Clerks)

Me without my mantits sagging and Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club)

Me and Thomas Ian Nichols (Rookie Of The Year)

Next time I visit Astronomicon (If I do, chances are good), I'll be wearing black or a jacket. I do need to lose some weight too.