A new place, this is getting old.

I finally quit working for Silver Spoon. It was a total waste of my time. The unfortunate thing is I spent 6 weeks sitting at home looking for jobs online and I bet I could’ve written the book in that time. It’s weird, when I got the idea to write the book I was all gung-ho about doing it. But that was back in 2012, I think. In that 4 years I did a great outline, I made folder with all the sub folders like epilogue, index, etc, I took as many notes as I could think of, organized everything in order so it’s ready to go the minute I decide to do it, then promptly sat on it for the last 4 years. I actually thought of changing it from my personal experiences to trying to do one of those “Complete Idiots Guide” or “For Dummies” books. I think I could do a better job of making one of those books but I really think one of those would make more sense AFTER I did the one about my personal experiences. If I had the name recognition from getting one published then I’d be able to do the other more easily.

So the place I’m working at now is brand new. I’m getting tired of doing this. I’m 43 and while I don’t look or feel old, I’m not 18 any more. My wife wants a house and I want to give one to her or do whatever it takes to get one. I’m still leaning toward saving and getting another pizza place. Maybe buy someone else’s mistake and try to fix that up. The problem is the money, of course. Opening a new place would be between $100,000-$500,000. Buying one someone else screwed up would be between $50,000-$100,000. But there are additional headaches that go with that. A brand new place gets all the attention from the town where an existing place even under a new name might have a lot of people who just won’t trust it even if everything is different. Advertising is completely different now with social media. This place didn’t opt to advertise at all and just from a free Facebook business page the response was HUGE. They probably grossed around $15,000 in four nights, which is fantastic. Even today was pretty good. If I had to guess I’d say they hit the $2,000 mark, maybe $3,000 which for a Wednesday a few days after opening is fantastic. I’d love to have a second shot at owning my own pizza place. I know everything I did wrong and how to make it work. The fucked up thing is when I didn’t have the right tools my father invested in me and I ruined that opportunity. I doubt I’ll get that opportunity like that again so I’ll have to save a few years to do it myself. It’s really frustrating looking backwards. Anyway, I’ll talk to you guys soon!

P.S. Feel free to donate….

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Visit my other site, I need the counter to go up =)

The address is www.trumpdonaldj.com Thanks!

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I tried to start my own delivery service…that didn’t work.

So a few months back after hearing enough restaurants complain about how much Grubhub and Silverspoon charge them I decided to try it myself. I bought a website, printed business cards, and sent letters out to about 60 places. I offered to do it for 50% LESS than they pay now. They pay 20% plus credit card processing and various fees. I offered to do it for 10%.

On the customer side they usually pay between $4 and $6 per delivery plus an automatic 15% gratuity. Drivers don’t get paid by the hour, so you need that or no one would do it. So I offered a $3 delivery charge with $2 off coupons, plus the standard 15%. So customers would save between $3 to $5 a delivery, too. Of 60 restaurants, ONE called me back and was only half interested. And this was all months after grooming them. WTF. And for Silverspoon, I’m the only regular full-time guy in my area. I’m quitting soon and the service and restaurants are going to lose customers because of it.

Why people and restaurants would rather pay twice as much for a name to deliver their food is beyond me. My wife was right, it was a bad idea, but I’m glad I tried anyway. I’m going to get a regular delivery job, save up a few years and open another pizza place and run it the right way this time.

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I love this song

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This song perfectly describes why a lot of us hate Donald Trump

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OMG. Sorry. It’s been a while. Here’s a nice new shiny blog post =)

I was just working on another website of mine and stopped by here to look at my web traffic. Not good. I guess I only get visitors when I put posts up here. So my other new site is http.www.trumpdonaldj.com. Basically, it’s a parody site about Donald Trump, so make sure you visit it. Maybe if I get enough hits on it he’ll see it and I’ll get sued by him for it and wind up famous. You can’t get blood from a stone, so it’d be pretty funny if he tried. I think I have like $400 right now, which reminds me, I do have a donate button on my page….

So, the move went well, our new place is huge compared to the last one. It’s basically three floors. Garage and laundry room on the first floor, living room, dining room, kitchen, back porch on the second, two huge bedrooms and the bathroom on the third. There’s also an attic but it looks like Damien Omen might live up there so we’re not going up there. This place is also wicked expensive for us, $1700 a month. Our last place was $1250 a month and we had a roommate. I kind of liked having someone to split the bills with, but apparently when you’re older you’re nto supposed to have roommates any more. Ours was a friend of my wife’s from Peru. She was kind of dumb, kind of bitchy. The very first week she walked in on me masturbating twice. Once in my room, door closed, and once in the bathroom door closed. She also caught us having sex in the living room once, and I pretty much started walking around naked all the time and masturbating in front of her because of how rude she was to us. She let the cats out several times, left the doors open in a town that’s got plenty of crime, left all the lgiths on, used our food, and so forth. Not all roommates are like that. I’ve had three great roommates in my life, Mario, Kim, and Alicia. Ironically, all from the same apartment. Alicia actually lived with me twice. She’s the only one I ever met that masturbates more than me. With the door open, too. lol

I can’t remember what I was thinking about. It’s 3:10 am here. I always get to this late at night in the middle of six other things. Tomorrow I have to be up for 10 to go to my shitty Silver Spoon delivery service job where I’m lucky if I make $400 a week at. I need to get back into a regular place. My new goal is save two years and try to open another pizza place. Fuck it. I know how to run them. It’s a lot of work, but I’ll do it right this time around.

Okay, I’ll try to post again tomorrow or the next day.

Later!

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We moved!

So we had to move eventually and I found a place that’s a bit pricey at $1700 a month, but it’s big, and in a nice town that’s much safer than where we were. It’s a large duplex with a garage, which is also nice since we do have two cars. The wifey gets to park hers in the garage and mine is parked in the parking lot. Work is going okay, still doing the Silver Spoon thing. I may try to get my own thing going soon for extra cash and maybe it turns out to be so successful that it’s all I have to do. I’ll put some more tomorrow or the next day. It’s 3 am and I’m tired. I just wanted to do a quick update since it’s been so long.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Got fired :(

So far Grubhub hasn’t said why. They took me off the clock with no warning and when I called said they haven’t gotten around to letting me know via email why they fired me. Isn’t that nice. Bastards. Luckily I have a second job but it doesn’t pay nearly as much. The next few days are going to be stressful. 🙁 🙁 🙁 I know I did my job better than most. My wife thinks they’re trying to save money so they’re looking for any excuse to fire people. I’ll appeal the decision to the arbitration process. They can come and present their case and let a mediator decide. Even if it’s a waste of time it is my right, may as well use it.

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I installed Windows 10

So I built this computer, like I have been doing for the last twenty years or so. I went to school for software and network design back in 2000. I used to do tech support at Subway world headquarters and also at a company called Dazzle for those of you who remember video break-out boxes to get video from camcorders to computers before USB took off. Anyway, the computer specs are this:

 

SiSoftware Sandra

ID
Host Name : RAIDEN
Workgroup : WORKGROUP

Computer
Model : OEM
Serial Number : To Be Fille***********
Chassis : Desktop
Mainboard : ASRock Z97 Killer
Serial Number : E80-4A0********
BIOS : AMI (OEM) P2.20 05/12/2015
Intel vPro : 9.01.25.1005
Total Memory : 16GB DIMM DDR3

Processors
Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz (4C 8T 4.5GHz, 4GHz IMC, 4x 256kB L2, 8MB L3)
Socket/Slot : FC LGA1150

Chipset
Memory Controller : ASRock Core (Haswell) DRAM Controller 100MHz, 2x 8GB DIMM DDR3 1.33GHz 128-bit

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : G.Skill F3-1866C9-8GXM 8GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-14900U DDR3-1866 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)
Memory Module : G.Skill F3-1866C9-8GXM 8GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-14900U DDR3-1866 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)

Video System
Monitor/Panel : ACI VS278
(1920×1080, 27.2″)
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (13CU 1664SP SM5.2 1.11GHz/1.46GHz, 1.8MB L2, 4GB 7GHz 256-bit, PCIe 3.00 x16)

Graphics Processor
CUDA GP Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (1664SP 13C 1.11GHz/1.46GHz, 1.8MB L2, 4GB 6GHz/7GHz 256-bit)
OpenCL GP Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (1664SP 13C 1.11GHz/1.46GHz, 208kB L2, 4GB 6GHz/7GHz 256-bit)
Compute Shader Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (1664SP 13C 1.11GHz/1.46GHz, 1.8MB L2, 4GB 6GHz/7GHz 256-bit)
OpenGL Processor : GeForce GTX 970/PCIe/SSE2 (4GB)

Storage Devices
KINGSTON SH103S3120G (120GB, SATA600, SSD) : 112GB (C:)
Seagate ST3000DM001-1ER166 (3TB, SATA600, 3.5″, 7200rpm) : 3TB (A:)
Seagate ST3000DM001-1ER166 (3TB, SATA600, 3.5″, 7200rpm) : 3TB (B:)
WDC WD20NMVW-11AV3S2 (2TB, USB3/SATA300, 5200rpm, SED, 8MB Cache) : 2TB (D:)
HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH14NS40 (SATA150, BD-RE, DVD+-RW, CD-RW) : N/A (E:)
DTSOFT BDROM (Virtual) : N/A (G:)

Logical Storage Devices
System Reserved : 350MB (NTFS, 4kB) @ KINGSTON SH103S3120G (120GB, SATA600, SSD)
Movies (A:) : 3TB (NTFS, 4kB) @ Seagate ST3000DM001-1ER166 (3TB, SATA600, 3.5″, 7200rpm)
Programs (B:) : 3TB (NTFS, 4kB) @ Seagate ST3000DM001-1ER166 (3TB, SATA600, 3.5″, 7200rpm)
Big Pappa (D:) : 2TB (NTFS, 4kB) @ WDC WD20NMVW-11AV3S2 (2TB, USB3/SATA300, 5200rpm, SED, 8MB Cache)
Windows (C:) : 111GB (NTFS, 4kB) @ KINGSTON SH103S3120G (120GB, SATA600, SSD)
Hard Disk : 450MB (NTFS, 4kB) @ KINGSTON SH103S3120G (120GB, SATA600, SSD)
Optical Drive (E:) : N/A @ HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH14NS40 (SATA150, BD-RE, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
Optical Drive (G:) : N/A @ DTSOFT BDROM (Virtual)

Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : ASRock 9 Series Chipset Family Z97 LPC Controller
Audio Device : MSI GM204 High Definition Audio Controller
Audio Codec : nVidia nForce4 Intel Edition CPU to PCI Bridge
Audio Device : Creative Labs X-Fi XtremeGamer FATAL1TY PRO
Serial Port(s) : 1
Disk Controller : ASRock 9 Series Chipset Family SATA Controller [AHCI Mode]
USB Controller 1 : ASRock 9 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Controller
USB Controller 2 : ASRock 9 Series Chipset Family USB EHCI Controller #2
USB Controller 3 : ASRock 9 Series Chipset Family USB EHCI Controller #1
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : Intel ICH SMBus

Printers and Faxes
Printer : Send to Microsoft OneNote 16 Driver (1200×1200, Colour)
Printer : Microsoft XPS Document Writer v4 (600×600, Colour)
Printer : Microsoft Print To PDF (600×600, Colour)
Printer : HP Deskjet 3510 series (600×300, Colour)
Printer : Foxit Reader PDF Printer Driver (2400×2400, Colour)
Fax : Microsoft Shared Fax Driver (200×200)
Printer : HP Deskjet 3510 series (600×300, Colour)

Scanners and Cameras
Scanner : Hewlett-Packard HP Deskjet 3510 series (NET) (Scanner, USB)
Scanner : Microsoft computer (HP Deskjet 3510 series) (Scanner, USB)

Sensors
Location : Microsoft Visual Studio Location Simulator Sensor (Location, Unknown)

Peripherals
Media Player : WD My Passport 0820 (1.82TB)

Network Services
Network Adapter : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network) (Ethernet)
Network Adapter : Killer e2200 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30) (Ethernet)
Network Adapter : TeamViewer VPN Adapter (Ethernet)
Network Adapter : TAP-Windows Adapter V9 (Ethernet)
Wireless Adapter : Qualcomm Atheros AR9271 Wireless Network Adapter (802.11n (HT), AES-CCMP, 72.2Mbps)

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 10.00.10240
Platform Compliance : x64

 

—–So to continue, I had it with Windows 8.1, which I actually liked. I kept it on 8 mostly for Skyrim, the Elder Scrolls. I gave in yesterday and upgraded. I like Windows 10. I haven’t tried Skyrim yet to make sure it still works, but hopefully it does. I have the tweaks to add to make it work just in case. I used to game heavily. My favorite game is probably still Enemy Territory. I remember the original Castle Wlf from back in the 80s. I loved that one and while I’ve played the most recent one that came out last year, ET is online, and it’s just fun. I used to play UT3 a lot but they have server issues. I still play lots of fps like Fallout, Crysis, etc, but lately it’s been Skyrim. Still, I got to like level 65 and it’s starting to get boring. I have The Witcher. It came with my video card, but it’s a little campy. I don’t know, maybe I just need to give it a chance. So far I like Windows 10.

As for the delivery thing, I took Haloween off. And tomorrow. I was supposed to go to a party but it turned out no one was going so it’s just a quit night with the wife at home watching South Park and relaxing. Tomorrow might be a drinking day. I don’t know, I really doubt it. I seem to be over the whole drinking, getting high part of my life. I have beer in the fridge that’s been there for about 6 months now. I have enough liquor to drown a horse. Our lives are just so busy right now neither one of us have bothered. We keep buying more bottles of wine and just letting them sit there. We have to move in a month or two. We have to go to the housing court next Wednesday to fight the eviction. We’ll most likely get another month or two, then it’s out of here. I wish we could stay but the bank is renovating the house to flip it and doesn’t want to sell it with tenants. The upshot is we haven’t paid rent since March so we’ve had lots of money for other stuff. Like the Rav4 I bought =)

 

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I feel fuzzy

Apparently, I have another abscess. Teeth and me don’t get along. I need to take care of them if I want the ones that are left to last. I’ve had three extractions not counting wisdom teeth. I have one that mostly broke and has to be removed, and another with a big chip that probably needs a root canal and crown. So I was in really bad pain last night, so I took a Percocet and a muscle relaxer. But that was just recently. I have to work at 5. Tonight isn’t going to be very fun. I might call out sick, I don’t know yet. It hurts that bad.

Leave me some comments people. I know there are a lot of you reading this, I use several site analytics plugins. Leave me some comments. I might not reply right away, but unlike other sites you’re free to post whatever comments you like. i don’t censor. Not even the bad posts. Everyone’s entitled to their opinions and I respect all of them, even if I don’t like or agree with them.

 

 

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