When I woke up on Wednesday, I was ready to go home and celebrate Thanksgiving with my family in Pittsburgh. My laundry was in the dryer at the laundromat downstairs and I was getting ready to pack my bags to go home. Tuesday was my last day at work, but I was somewhat optimistic that I was going to find a new job pretty quickly. I just got off the phone with a recruiter when I noticed people on the street pointing up at my roof. The fire alarm went off and smoke started coming through my walls. In a instant, my life was turned upside down.
There are no words to describe the feeling of seeing your home being swallowed by smoke and flames. The fire started in the building next to mine, engulfing the top floor. I clung to the hope that it would stay isolated there, but the flames don’t care about what you want. In the longest 30 minutes of my life, I watched the smoke creep into my apartment. A crowd gathered…an audience to my misery. Any hope that my belongings would be salvaged was gone when the firefighters broke my windows and started spraying water directly into my bedroom. I stayed for a little bit longer, but there was no point. At that moment, I had no control over what was happening. You just let go and move on.
I came back four hours later and the fire was still burning. I sat in a Red Cross van with my neighbors, despondent. They had vaguely familiar faces, but it wasn’t until then that we actually got to know each other. We bonded in our misery. They had lost everything too. With each update from the fire chief, any hope that we had of getting anything back slowly crept away. The buildings were in imminent danger of collapse and they would be raised immediately. Nothing more could be done.
So, what do you do when everything you have is taken away in an instant? Nobody wants to think about it, because it’s such a horrible dilemma to consider. Bad things happen all the time, but life goes on regardless. Watch the local news and you’ll see things like this happening every day. I guess all you can do is realize that life happens whether you want it to or not and you can only control so much.
Life is tough right now. I don’t have a job, my possessions are gone, and I don’t know where I’m going to live. Despite all of that, I can at least see a silver lining in all of this. My family and my friends have been incredible in the past couple days. I’m absolutely floored by all the love I’ve received from the people in my life. I know some genuinely amazing people and they’re carrying me through this rough time. I can’t say enough how much it means to me to have this support.
I can also use this as an opportunity to change the direction of my life. I wasn’t happy at work and New York has been kicking my ass for the past five years. I literally have nothing holding me back from leaving town and building something new somewhere else. Having my apartment burn down was just an ungentle nudge towards confronting that problem head on.
So, the TL:DR version of my story is this. Sometimes bad things happen and you can’t do anything about it. Don’t get too attached to your possessions, because they can be gone in a moments notice. Cherish your friends and family, because they’ll get you through moments like this. And get renter’s insurance, because bad stuff can happen to you too.
“Ryan Mallett is terrible,” he says at one point. “That was a terrible throw. Tim Tebow is going to be the backup quarterback for the New England Patriots before all of this is over.”
Rick Maese goes out of his way to mention how dedicated Skip Bayless is to researching the things he says on TV every day. And when you consider the quote above, along with all of the other things he’s been wrong about, it becomes clear that Maese completely misses the point about Skip Bayless. Bayless gets paid MILLIONS of dollars to appear on TV every day to talk about sports. He puts so much time into it that his social life is almost non-existent and he can’t even eat anything for dinner except Chicken and Broccoli.
Despite all of his “hard work”, the guy still doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. He thought Tebow was going to be an exceptional NFL quarterback. Dead wrong on that one. LeBron is a choker? Nope. Aikman is a closeted gay man? That borders on libel. Skip Bayless is a high school kid that pulls all-nighters to write 2 page book reports and gets an F on every single one. Working tirelessly and being consistently wrong is not something to be celebrated. If I showed up at work and voiced ill informed opinions in meetings loudly and forcefully, I’d promptly be fired. The problem is that ESPN doesn’t care much if Skip Bayless is right. They only care that he moves the needle, so they’ll continue to reward idiocy. But that doesn’t mean the Washington Post needs to give Bayless a puff piece, glossing over the obvious.
“One of my favorite Glen Mason stories… At a Minnesota weekly availability, a reporter began his question by saying “Mark May said that the Gophers…” Mason, head coach of the football Gophers, interrupts.. “Wait a minute, who’s Mark May?” The reporter explained May’s ESPN credentials. Mason shot back.. “Mark May has never called me. He’s not here right now. I’ve never seen him at my practices. Why should I care about what Mark May has to say?” The reporter was left speechless. I felt like giving Mace a standing ovation.”—
America’s opportunistic race-hustlers, unsatisfied by their victory in the Trayvon Martin case, won’t stop looking for reasons to rile up white people. So now the latest yapping point in our national conversation about race is the murder of Christopher Lane, the white Australian student allegedly killed for kicks by two black teenagers, with a white teenager as their accomplice in the shooting.
Pretty much ever argument you ever hear from conservative pundits falls under one of two categories: slippery slope arguments and equivalencies. This situation falls into the latter category and it’s an utterly stupid comparison.
"Burial Suit" turned me on to Still Life Still, but I’ve been listening to "Werewolves" non-stop since the album was posted online. Still Life Still is another good Toronto band on the Arts & Crafts label. I don’t know what it is, but the Toronto sound really catches my ear.
Toronto-based band Still Life Still has had a tumultuous few years.
The look on his face tells you all you know. I know he said he’s starting to move on, but you can still see the pain in his eyes and on his face. I really hope he can overcome what’s happened to him and get back to living a somewhat normal kind of life again.
Jeff Bauman went to the 2013 Boston Marathon to cheer for his girlfriend. In one flash, his life changed and an arduous road to recovery began.
I really hope Oden ends up with the Spurs, because if anybody is going to turn around his career, it’s Grep Popovich.
It’s not often that a 25-year-old seven-footer with world-beating potential comes on the market, and it’s even rarer for the two suitors in the mix to both be defending conference champions. But that’s exactly the situation with Greg Oden, who will work out for teams this week, and according to one report, it’s down to Miami and San Antonio.
All of these videos are good, but the real gem in this story is in the comments. One of the comments suggests the show do a crossover episode with Bar Rescue. Please, please let someone on their writing staff see that and make it happen.
I am a fairly regular customer. I understand your food isn’t supposed to be healthy and I should probably know better than to go there. However, I was pretty surprised tonight when I talked myself into ordering a milkshake. I already felt guilty enough after looking at the calorie count, but then I get my milkshake. These things come with filled to the brim with whipped cream on top. Don’t you think that’s a bit much? There are a lot of things I’d like to do in my life, but getting type 2 diabetes isn’t one of them.