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Playing chess with a pigeon

So I watched some of the first presidential debate last night. I believe Joe Biden speaks for 60% of the country when he said: Will you shut up man?!

Watching Trump throwing back to back temper tantrums reminded me of this quote: ““Never play chess with a pigeon. The pigeon just knocks all the pieces over. Then shits all over the board. Then struts around like it won.”

Every time you think it does not get anymore un-presidential than this, this orange fascist surprises you by acting like an even bigger idiot than his last circus.

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I was gone for a while…

So I’ve been really busy these past few weeks. Bought a new house, put the daughter back in school, and hosted sister’s wedding. Yes! You heard that right! Hosted a party in my new backyard, in the new neighborhood, with over sixty people attending, in the middle of a pandemic. Yup. I bet my neighbors already love me. The entire neighborhood turned into a big parking lot for my guests.

Anywho, now that it has calmed down a bit and the presidential debate are on, I’ll be around here a bit more.

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The Kurdish Lorax

Life as a Kurd-American is complicated. I am left of the center, but I also am a gun owner. Whenever someone asks for my political beliefs, this is how I describe myself:
The trees can't be harmed, if the Lorax is armed.

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Gooooood morning Vietnaaaam

Day two of work after about six months.

University of Alabama just reported 566 COVID-19 cases in the past five days. Life is about to get “interesting”. Also, this morning, I put triple antibiotics on my brand new toothbrush head instead of toothpaste.

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Bad timing

This is probably one of the dumbest decisions I’ve made in my life. And that’s a lot coming from a dumbass like myself. But, it is what it is. Our offer was accepted and we are officially under contract.

With the election, the pandemic, the social unrests, and this piece of shit in the White House, let’s see what happens next.

Here is to those who dare, eh?

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Arsalan Vakili

There was this guy, right? Arsalan Vakili, my mom’s cousin.

Born and raised in Sanandaj, Kurdistan, Iran. He was probably in his early 50s now.

An OG in his own right. Born to nothing, grew up dirt poor, fought his way out. Made a something outta himself ya know.

Well, my sister just told me he was beaten to death by some assfuck land grabber with connections to the fucking government.

As simple as that. Two kids, decades of struggle, a human fucking life, perished just like that. No consequences, no justice, no nothing.

Fuck that cursed land.

His name was Arsalan Vakili.

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A pirate’s life for me!

I just read NBC is doing an hour-long new episode of 30 Rock. Pretty exciting, eh?

What I do not like is, this seems to be a promo for NBC’s streaming service Peacock.

Back in the days, Netflix was a groundbreaker. We all happily paid the $6.99/mo to get access to all the excellent content we so craved. No more torrenting and pirating. There was no point in downloading shows anymore.

Fast forward to today, I consider myself a cord-cutter who does not watch too much television. Still, we have Netflix, because well, it’s Netflix. We also got Prime Video because it comes with our Amazon subscription. And of course, we have Disney+ because we have a four-year-old at home. Oh, we also have Apple TV because it came free with our new Apple devices… the list goes on! Add to that HBO Now, YouTube TV, Spotify, CBS All Access, etc., and you need 25 different subscriptions to be able to watch most of what you want.

And that’s why my friends, I have gone back to paying for an anonymous VPN subscription. Back to the high seas with me!

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Things will never be the same again

A wise woman told me, this pandemic will change the landscape of our professional lives the same way September 11 permanently changed traveling.

I went from spending four to six hour every day in conference rooms to spending six to eight hours a day on Zoom video calls. At least I can have a beer and only have to dress waist up.

On a different note, the title of this post from a song by Melanie C. Teenage me loved that song when it came out in 1999. Time flies by…

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It’s the small things in life…

I never thought Starbucks coffee would be one of the luxuries I miss most.

The pandemic has taught me many things, and one of those is it’s the small things in life that have the biggest impact.

Man this is some good coffee.

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Fourth of July

I was really afraid she will not want to get back on her scooter after the fall at the park, but she proved me wrong.

Baba’s princess is brave!