Today started out as a typical Sunday: we slept in, cleaned the apartment, Dominique made breakfast, and then walked to Starbucks to get cold brews for the humans and a puppaccino for Nala. I sat down to check my phone when I saw the news for the first time in our family group text:
Kobe died in a helicopter crash.
My first thought was this must be BS because TMZ was breaking the story... A minute or two after deep diving into Twitter and the google, the uncomfortable truth started to seep in.
In the 9 hours since hearing the story, I don’t think I’ve put my phone down for more than 10 minutes. I’ve been scrolling IG and twitter watching the highlights of his basketball career, the reactions from coaches & players around the league, and anything/everything that’s popped up in my feed that’s been related to this man and the unexpected event.
The part that doesn’t make sense to me about today (besides the unfortunate tragedy itself) is...why do I care so much?
I never liked him when he was a player and always thought he was arrogant and selfish... ...Until I listened to some of his interviews after he retired.
I heard the passion he had for learning from mistakes and gradual improvement. I felt passion and respect he had for the game of basketball. I sensed the excitement he had for his new projects with children’s books and coaching his daughter’s team. And, most importantly, I understood the love and pride he had for his family.
Hundreds of thousands of people will mourn Kobe Bryant for thousands of different reasons. For me, I was reminded today of the curveballs that life will throw our way while we’re busy making plans, and the importance of cherishing the people we love while we still have them around. I’ll remember the way Kobe pursued greatness with every area of his life, and try to model that same approach to be the best I can be.
Kobe’s legacy will no doubt stretch beyond what he did on the basketball court...His legacy will live through the strength & love that his family has and the millions of people inspired by what he did with his time here.
Rest in paradise Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and all those who passed away today 💔
Taco Bell is Now Offering $100k Salaries and Paid Sick Leave
Más Mula, anyone?
Taco Bell recently announced that they'll be offering $100,000 salaries, on a trial-basis, in the Midwest and Northeast as well as at least 24 hours of paid sick time per year.
Desperate times for our favorite late-night drunken hub? Seems like it.
But before you close out of this article to go apply at your local TB, I'm begging you to reconsider and here's why...
Taking a job simply for the money will never, ever make you happy. No matter how high that salary is.
I can already feel you rolling your eyes and thinking, shut up Erik I've got bills to pay and student loans to pay off. I'm tryna get that bread.
I get it, I do too.
But as cliche and BS as my argument sounds, humor me and try this exercise out:
Close your eyes and imagine you apply for, and get, that $100k salary at Taco Bell (or any high paying job)....Now think about what you're doing day-to-day at that job...
Really think about it...Using your skills to craft the art of Crunchwrap Supremes...Dealing with the late night drunkies....Heading home after a shift still smelling like Chalupas... (wait I take that one back, that doesn't sound so bad)
But would you enjoy what you're doing? Would it be worth it? Would you spend your whole shift looking at the clock waiting for it to be over?
Do you want to go through your whole life just waiting for it to be over? Sounds pretty fucking sad to me.
Or do you want to be doing something that you lose track of time doing that thing that makes you feel alive and whole.
Sure, you've got to be practical and find a way to pay the bills and shape your lifestyle accordingly, but if other people are doing what they love each day (no matter what it is) why can't you?
Doesn't making $50,000 a year doing what you love sound a helluva lot better than making $100,000 doing something you hate?
With that said, I'm sure that there are a lot of people out there who work at Taco Bell and are truly content there. I respect that.
The point I'm trying to make is that too often we prioritize the end result (a salary) instead of the process (the day-to-day). We'll spend 1/3 of our adult lives at work so it seems pretty damn dumb to use that time waiting for it to be over.
I don't have the recipe to figuring out how to find your passion and do that thing that you love because I'm still trying to figure it out for myself.
So thank you but no thank you, Taco Bell. I will pass on your employment opportunity but gladly keep showing up to your restaurants to satisfy my late night cravings.
Simmons puts ice cubes in his cereal and I'm reminded of the Top 5 weirdest cereals ever made
I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume that NO one else puts ice cubes in their cereal, Gene.
I mean, what the hell man?!
But since we're on the topic, let's remind ourselves of 5 of the weirdest cereals to ever make it into a bowl.
Honestly, I just can't get passed the name.
"Hey kids who wants some Freakies for breakfast?!"
Besides that, their mascot was 7 strange creatures that make me feel uncomfortable when I look at them and their free toy of a "Freakie Comic Book" sounds like anime porn, to be honest. So no thank you.
4. Crunchy Loggs
Don't lie- when you read the name Crunchy Loggs the first thing you did was check to see if the logs were brown and looked like poo. Or maybe that's just me...Any way, their mascot Bixby Beaver and the team struggled convince kids they should eat logs for breakfast (shocker) and they only lasted a couple years.
3. Sir Grapefellow
I don't know about you but I've always hated artificial grape flavor. Give me orange, cherry, lemon, lime flavors or literally anything else for snacks but grape, no way. Not only that, this cereal is basically just oats and tries to sell kids on being "Vitamin Charged!" Kids don't wanna hear that shit, adults barely do either. (PS...Lol @ the free toy inside)
2. Kellogg's OJ's
Cereal that tastes like Orange Juice........Need I say more? Can you imagine the combination of OJ and Milk in a bowl as soon as you wake up? Yikes. Hard pass.
1. King Vitaman
And the winner for weirdest cereal is....KING VITAMAN!
There's a reason that cereal mascots are cartoons, not humans, and this old creepy man reminds of us that common sense. As if the mascot wasn't terrible enough, the cereal was marketed as "The 100% Vitamin and Iron Cereal" ... Can you imagine how bad this must have tasted? Kids (and adults) don't eat cereal because it's healthy for us. We eat it because we want allllll the sugar and satisfaction. You failed us completely, King Vitaman.
Honorable Mention: Liquid Cereal
The only reason this one isn't in the top 5 is because, well, it's not actually cereal. I can only imagine how mushy and disgusting these were and we'll leave it at that.
Thank you, Gene Simmons, for reminding us that you can ruin anything good with just the right amount of weirdness.
To restore all of our faith in humanity, here's some words of wisdom in a reply from Prince Izzy on Twitter:
Caruso and Tacko Cracked the Top 10 in All-Star Fan Voting
Yep, you read that correctly.
The fan voting for the NBA All Star game was released today and these two crowd-favorites made some fans mad and most fans laugh when they checked the polls.
I don't know about you but the first thing I did when I saw the headline was check to see if these two Crowd Favorites were ahead of my favorite player(s) so I didn't shit my pants.
(Phew, Damian Lillard didn't get the short-end of this stick.)
It didn't take long for Twitter to react to the news.
As to be expected, some people got offended...
While others made some pretty strong cases for these two...
And everyone else was having fun with the news by posting CaruSHOW memes and Tacko videos...
As an NBA fan, I don't really care.
The All-Star game has been irrelevant for a while now.
The players want to get as much rest as they can and don't want to get injured (respectfully so) and it's one about as entertaining to watch as a pick up game at your local 24 Hour Fitness.
So if the fans want to see guys like Caruso and Tacko play in this pointless game I say let 'em play.
Besides, as soon as the All-Star weekend ends, we've got some really good basketball to watch as the playoff races heat up and the games get more competitive.
If Caruso and Tacko being in this game offends you my advice is to chill tf out, let it pass, and brace yourself for some damn good games around the corner.
PS..in the meantime, check out the highlights of those two guys below.