What The Hoboken Mayor Really Wanted From All Of This Hoopla
February 3rd, 2014 | Added to The State of New Jersey | No Comments »
Pulled directly from the front page of the New York Times website a few weeks ago, I bring you exactly what Democratic Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer wanted from her unfounded comments regarding Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and the state's Sandy aid money. What you see below is a portion of the screenshot from the New York Times website that clearly states the only goal that Mayor Zimmer wanted to achieve in telling a falsehood about Lt. Governor Guadagno. Take a look for yourself:
That's right. All Mayor Zimmer wanted was to raise her profile in New Jersey politics. There is no question that Mayor Zimmer has aspirations for higher office in this state and - like a typical, untrustworthy politician - she warped reality to elevate her name recognition. What I want to know, though, is why she hasn't responded to legitimate questions being brought up by the only major mainstream news personality that thought to investigate her claims - Megan Kelly
. Take a look:
What gives, Mayor Zimmer? Stop running and answer these questions! Or, do you already know that if you answer honestly it throws your entire scheme over the edge and immediately eliminates any credibility that you have?
Remember this cowardice my fellow New Jersey voters...
Monmouth Comes From Behind To Beat Canisius in MAAC Play
January 19th, 2014 | Added to Sports | No Comments »
Earlier today, the Monmouth University Hawks came from behind to beat the Canisius College Golden Griffins at the MAC in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The game wasn't very exciting or thrilling until the final few minutes when Monmouth came from behind to beat the number one ranked team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with just one second left in the game. Instead of me trying to explain the excitement of that moment, take a look at the video below and you can see for yourself:
I'm not sure if the video adequately captures the excitement in the MAC when Andrew Nicholas sunk that 3 pointer to seal the deal for Monmouth. The place was electric. I've never seen the type of sheer excitement in the MAC as I saw after the game today. Even Monmouth Head Coach King Rice was jumping up and down, hugging Assistant Coach Rick Callahan the entire time. It was a great, well-deserved "feel good moment" for Monmouth.
There were a lot of players that came together with good performances to help push Monmouth ahead. You can read more about those performances in Josh Newman's writeup over on the Asbury Park Press' The Hawks Nest
Another Update on What Your Old DVDs Will Get You at F.Y.E.
January 18th, 2014 | Added to Entertainment, Money, Jobs, & Finances | No Comments »
Some of my long-time readers may remember that on three occasions
I traded in some of my old, dusty DVDs
at F.Y.E. for store credit
. After I traded in the DVDs, I reported right here on the blog what they earned me in store credit and as I recall many of you appreciated that information. Well, I've done it again. Last week I traded in just a few, old DVD box sets to my local F.Y.E.
and this is what I managed to earn in store credit:
Family Guy Box Set, Volume 1 - $1.88
Family Guy Box Set, Volume 2 - $1.25
Family Guy Box Set, Volume 3 - $1.88
Family Guy - The Stewie Griffin Story - $1.25
The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring Box Set Extended Edition, Standard Definition - $6.26
The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers Box Set Extended Edition, Standard Definition - $3.75
The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King Box Set Extended Edition, Standard Definition - $3.75
In addition to the dollar amounts noted above, I also received $4.01 in bonus store credit for choosing store credit over cash. In total, those DVD box sets brought me $20.02
in store credit to use at F.Y.E. Overall, not so bad.
Judge Janine Pirro Absolutely Destroys the Fake “Bridgegate” Scandal
January 12th, 2014 | Added to The State of New Jersey | 2 Comments »
While the national, liberal media trumps up a scandal-that-doesn't-exist in New Jersey and everyone in this state who didn't vote for Governor Christie acts like this is the biggest story to hit the state since Hurricane Sandy, those of us with independent minds and nonpartisan leanings continue to shake our heads at our fellow man. Not only is this not a scandal in any way, type, or form, but it's disheartening to see people that we would otherwise consider intelligent individuals foam at the mouth because of the foundation-less bullshit that the biased media is spewing around Governor Christie.
Cue Janine Pirro.
Like she always does, Judge Pirro absolutely wrecked the foundation of sand that this false "scandal" lies on and exposed the real political motives of the New Jersey elite law enforcement group and the dirty, underhanded connection to the Attorney General's office. And on top of that, she compares the Attorney General's office and their reaction to this nonexistent bridge scandal in New Jersey to the biggest political scandal of our lifetimes (mark my words on that one, by the way) - the Internal Revenue Service being used as an attack dog for partisan politics.
Listen up as the Judge explains reality here, folks:
Now, for those of you who saw that the Judge works for FOX News and immediately you heard a little voice in your head saying, "Ugh! Of course
they're going to defend him," you're an idiot. You are the very type of brainwashed fool that the biased national media is thriving off of right now. And for you others who went into watching that video thinking, "I don't care what this Judge says, Governor Christie almost ruined the whole of New Jersey because of this bridge thing," well, you're just a fool. Get with the program. It was a traffic jam caused by a dope in the Governor's administration that he fired and took responsibility for in the process.
That's called leadership, you dummies.
I know we haven't seen leadership in our national and state politics for seemingly decades, but that's what it looks like! But then again, I expect that if you went into this short blog entry and video with an already-biased view, then you either didn't make it down this far or you're currently foaming at the mouth. And for that, I pity you.
By The End Of 2014 I’d Like To Be A Better Sleeper
December 30th, 2013 | Added to Health Ideas & Gym Stories | No Comments »
Yesterday, I posted about the major impacts in my life
in the last year. I neglected to write anything about what my New Year's resolutions might be for 2014 because I don't really set resolutions for myself any more. In a nutshell, I find them to be useless and not very helpful in directing my actions for the year (not even for the first few weeks or days of the new year when most people are gung ho about their resolutions). I did mention at the end of yesterday's entry that I intend to read more in 2014. I'm not sure if that type of general comment counts as a resolution - I would err on the side of it not being a resolution, but that's just me.
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Sometimes, I'm so jealous of Garfield's life. This guy just sleeps all day and then wakes up and pounds lasagna.[/caption]
And when I mention that I want to read more in 2014, I mean that I want to read material on a variety of topics. When I was younger I would read both fiction and non-fiction books just for fun. In the last year, I've primarily read non-fiction books for different professional development classes that I've been enrolled in. And I coupled those scholarly assignments with additional reading from a variety of blogs, which I think you've noticed in my randomly-updated Start the Weekend Right Series
. All of the links that I post in the Start the Weekend Right updates come from blogs that I have in my Feedly RSS reader. Feedly has an option where you can bookmark an update from a website for future reading and, increasingly, I've been bookmarking articles that deal with sleep.
After reading many of those articles, I think that another one of my not-quite-a-resolutions for 2014 is to learn to be a better sleeper. I'm hesitant to write that my sleeping patterns are horrible, but I am
writing this entry at 3:00am on an early Monday morning (I'm off from work this week, so being up this late doesn't mess up my overall schedule).
Much like other areas of our lives where we know we need to improve, I know that there are certain things that I can do immediately to improve my sleep. For example, I know that if I adjust and recalibrate my diet, then there will be a direct impact on the amount of sleep that I get each night and, more importantly, on the amount of quality sleep that I get each night. Further, I know that if I work out more often during the day (especially in the morning), then my ability to fall asleep at a more decent hour will be improved. As it stands now, I typically sleep between 5 and 6 hours each night. On top of that, I wake up several times each night for different reasons from tossing and turning to going to the bathroom to getting some water to drink. The Harvard Business Review recently published an article about how some men announce how little sleep they get in act of hyper masculinity
. I'm not walking down that path by a long shot - I genuinely want more and better sleep.
In 2014, I want to learn more about the causes of my sleep deprivations. The Week suggests that one of the major causes of getting less sleep is that we are exposed to too much light
during the evening hours. In my case, this is definitely a problem as I park myself in front of my laptop for a few hours each night to do work to meet different deadlines. The folks over at Inc.com suggest that getting into a regular routine
can help a person sleep better. For the last two months or so I've gotten into a routine of washing my hands before I go to sleep. This may not sound like a big deal (or it may sound like something that a person should already be doing), but elevating this action to a daily routine has helped me make the mind-body connection that it's time to lay down and get some rest.
Getting poor sleep certainly is not a good thing for my health, either. As they recently wrote about in The Saturday Evening Post, there are real connections between a lack of quality sleep
and an inability to shake off Type 2 Diabetes (which I've had for almost 5 years). The Post writes that an optimal amount of sleep to fight off diabetes is between 7 and 9 hours each night - I'm not even close!
There are other parts of the sleep puzzle that I'm looking forward to learning more about in 2014. For example, what affect does one's circadian rhythm
have on their sleep quality? Why is it that I often find myself wanting to doze off behind the wheel
both on my way to work and on my way home from work, but not while I'm actually at the office? Does it matter if I hibernate on the weekends to make up
for lost sleeping hours during the week? And just what is the real connection between not sleeping
enough and gaining weight?
What I'd really like from all of this reading and learning is to be a better sleeper twelve months from now than I am today. Achieving that not-quite-a-resolution would be something worth truly celebrating.
A Very Brief, Personal Year in Review for 2013
December 29th, 2013 | Added to Random Entries | No Comments »
As 2013 comes to an end, I thought it might be worth writing a few words about this past year in terms of what's going on in my world. I selected the three categories below to highlight certain major events that took place in my world in 2013. These categories do not represent the totality of my life. For example, there are no categories for my social life, healthiness and working out, religious life, etc. However, I think these categories adequately reflect some of the biggest items that I've managed over the last 12 months.
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Taking a quick inventory of some major events that took place during my 2013[/caption]
Without further adieu, here is a brief review of my 2013.
The biggest event in my personal life this year occurred this past summer when my younger brother broke his neck and nearly killed himself. He broke his neck by overshooting a landing while riding a BMX bike over a jump in a wooded area near his house. My younger brother went over his handlebars and landed directly on his head (with no helmet). In what is honestly a graceful gift from God, he didn't die in the accident - he didn't even become a quadriplegic or even a paraplegic. In fact, as of about a month ago he has regained most of his range of motion.
My family shared some pretty mentally draining moments leading up to the series of surgeries that put my younger brother's neck back together again. I think that my younger brother believes that the rest of us in the family want him to stop riding his bike and give up on the whole pastime of being an amateur BMX rider. That's not true. What we do
hope for, though, is that he understands how each action (and inaction) that he takes has a direct impact not just on himself, but on his family and friends and those who love him. And, hopefully, with that fundamental level of understanding as a base, he might ultimately figure out that as we get older at some point we stop doing the things that thrilled us when we were younger because there are more people relying on us as adults than as children.
Financial & Economic Review
This one's pretty easy, right? The biggest thing that happened in my financial life in 2013 was finally repaying all of my student loan debt
. As I noted in the entry linked above, before my student debt was repaid this past August I was paying an average of $2,500 per month in an effort to accelerate getting rid of these loans. A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend of mine about his student loan debt and I commented to him that I hadn't really started to reap the accumulative financial benefits of no longer making these payments. In other words, that $2,500 in extra money that I should have been realizing each month didn't seem to be in my budget. Well, after some quick analysis it turns out that I was depriving and starving other areas of my financial life such that the extra money I should have seen in my account each month had to be immediately spent on other items (ranging from charitable commitments, professional development commitments
, a busted laptop
, and regular annual costs).
Now that those payments and commitments are complete I expect to see an immediate impact in my monthly budget. In fact, I began to see that impact during the second half of this month. And I'm confident enough in that increase that I've already automated certain funds to be extracted from my checking account and placed into my Capital One 360 (formerly ING Direct) account beginning in January 2013. If you know anything about Capital One 360, then you know that you can set up multiple savings accounts within your master savings account. The different accounts that I'll either begin bolstering or funding for the first time in January 2014 include my master savings account, an account focused on paying the additional taxes that I usually owe each April, another account focused on setting money aside to purchase a home, and an account that is focused on saving up for a down payment whenever I need to buy a new car. One of the things that I've learned in life is that you need a reliable set of wheels, so even though I'm driving around a relatively brand new 2012 Ford Escape, I've been saving for my next car since I bought this one. Reliable transportation from Point A to Point B is critical.
The Business World
There were two major events in my business world this year. The first was Superstorm Sandy hitting New Jersey
in October 2012. And yes, I know that October 2012 took place last year, but the aftermath of the storm had me helping to lead a new effort at my company that took me all over the state promoting my company's new disaster recovery product.
On a personal, entrepreneurial-level the biggest thing in my world in 2013 was the founding and re-opening of a fraternity apparel company with one of my younger alumni from Monmouth University. We've spent the better part of 2013 re-establishing the brand and getting it back into the minds of the 130 chapters of our fraternity around the nation. And in just the last week alone we commissioned a new designer to create two designs for us to kickoff 2014 with a bang. I've seen one of those designs and it's absolutely outstanding. The second one should be completed soon and I expect that it'll be absolutely outstanding. Also in 2013, we began a very small brand extension by beginning to print high quality apparel for local groups.
And there's a brief review of my 2013. I stopped making resolutions a few years ago because I realized that they're all eerily similar to one another. Thus I don't have much to write about what I want to accomplish in 2014. Among my own personal goals are the same old, same old including greater financial stability, becoming healthier, continuing to improve professionally, etc. I guess one item that I really want to focus on in 2014 is reading more. I've noticed that over the last 5+ years I haven't been reading as much as I used to read. One of the greatest ways to differentiate yourself from the pack at work and in life is to read more; and as a guy who was an English major in college (i.e. I like to read and write), I should be reading a lot more than I do right now. I expect that this particular goal will obviously be helped by the fact that I just signed up for a library card (and Lord knows what type of stories I'll have from visiting the local library).
That's it, folks. I hope you each have a prosperous and rewarding 2014!
Start the Weekend Right Link Series – Volume #1, Edition #6
December 27th, 2013 | Added to Random Entries, Winter & Christmas Time | No Comments »
As 2013 comes to an end, I wanted to be sure to post a final "Start the Weekend Right" entry. Here are yet another set of links to help you start your weekend the right way and the last set of links that I'll be posting for 2013. And again - if you find yourself visiting several websites on a daily basis, then I recommend you consider signing up for a free Feedly
account. I don't get anything for promoting Feedly - I just love the service and I think that it's really a great RSS aggregator (it's even better than the old Google Reader). And if you're using another RSS aggregator, then please consider following JerseySmarts.com at http://www.jerseysmarts.com/feed/
or if you're already on Feedly, then you can follow us by clicking here
Now, enjoy the links! If you come across any interesting links, then please share them with us in the comments section below.
Start the Weekend Right Link Series - Volume #1, Edition #6
Christmas Songology Winner: The Best Christmas Song Ever is…
, Busted Halo
One of the radio shows that I listen to on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM is the Busted Halo Show. The show has a companion website that is much broader and covers a larger cross-section of how pop culture interacts with our Roman Catholic faith. Well, they hosted a "Best Christmas Song Ever" contest and I couldn't agree more with the song they selected and who they chose as the optimal performer for the song.
Is an MBA Bubble Popping?
, The Atlantic
Just like the recent media ]negativity around the glut of young lawyers who can't find a job, it looks like we might be heading for a glut of MBAs out there who aren't earning what they once might have earned. After working part-time in higher education for the last 7+ years, I can't say that I disagree with the point that this author is making.
The Library Designed Like a Bookstore
, Book Riot
One of the many new, great blogs that I started following this year is Book Riot. They have a lot of great content for folks who love literature like me. One of the articles from the last few weeks that really piqued my interest was this short photo essay about a library in The Netherlands that was built to look and feel like a bookstore. Check it out - it's pretty cool!
An Epidemic Of Thirsty Men Is Making It Harder To Get Laid
, Roosh V
If there's one thing that pisses me off about modern man it's that many of them are systemically weak. In other words, there are guys out there who put their manhood aside and desperately chase any female with a heartbeat in an attempt to create what they think is a sincere feeling of interest and intimacy. They're wrong on so many levels that it's hard to write about any one of their ridiculous actions here... luckily, you can read this entry from Roosh V about some of the pathetic moves from these thirsty guys.
7 year-end tax tips to keep Uncle Sam out of your wallet
, Get Rich Slowly
With the end of the tax year coming in a few days, we should all be doing what we can to lower our total taxable income. For my part, I'll be hiring a new accountant and giving him my collected insanity of a tax return to file in April 2014. Should be fun... for him!
Cut the cord: New HD antennas bring your monthly TV bill back to $0
, Christian Science Monitor
Admittedly, I haven't read this article yet, but it's something that I'm very interested in learning more about. The cost of cable television is outrageous. I have hundreds of channels that I don't watch and I shouldn't be forced to pay for them because they're part of a bundle or a package. A few years ago, Senator John McCain was pushing some legislation to decouple all of these channels and allow consumers to select and choose the channels that they wanted to pay for on their plan. I wonder why we're not there yet?
The Case for Supporting Other Small Businesses
As the owner of two small businesses, I wholeheartedly agree with the point that Janine Popick makes in this article. Small businesses should be supporting one another and I try to do that as much as possible with my small business purchases. This is a good, quick read - so give it a shot.
10 things we've learned about fat
, The Week
Like most folks out there I enjoy reading about the latest health studies around the major topics of the day. In this case, The Week has compiled a list of the ten things that we - as a society - have learned about fat. They provide links to the different studies that prove each of the ten points - it's an interesting read.
Learn Your Target Net Worth Multiples to Guide Your Savings Plan
This is a great article and the best part about it is the graphic at the top. It's a quick, easy guide to how much your net worth has to be after a certain number of years in the workforce. It also shows what your net worth should be at different ages. It's an interesting read, but somewhat technical once you click over to Financial Samurai so give yourself some time to review and re-read.
Can Wii Go On Without U?
This is one of the articles I read that informed my post from a week and a half ago
about how to fix the blunder that the Wii U has become. This link leads to a few brief paragraphs and then to a podcast if you're interested in hearing a discussion about this topic.
Get your weekend started right by checking out these links. And if you don't have one already, I recommend you open a new, free Feedly
account. You can follow JerseySmarts.com
with your new account or add it to your existing Feedly or other RSS aggregator account. Enjoy!