I’ve been completely inundated with work over the last week or two—I also started running a separate Tumblr back in June that’s much bigger than my personal one (and much more important heh). That’s taken up a lot of my time lately. Also, I’ve basically been working four jobs since late May so I haven’t had time to indiscriminately reblog things on here hah hah.
But one of the jobs has been particularly busy as of late, so life was even crazier than normal—like I didn’t get a chance to write a single thing this entire week because I was just so completely overwhelmed with work. It was just one thing, and then another thing, and then another thing from another job and zero time in between to do anything else. I can’t remember the last time I went this long without writing anything non-MMA related—probably not since April 2013 has something like this happened. It made me pretty sad, to be honest.
So yeah. I’m still around. I have a few ideas I want to write (or more than a few), just have to make the time to do them but that’s gonna be quite a task because I still have quite a bit of work to do.
As most of you may (or may not know), I’ve been writing about MMA for over three years now. I started at Bleacher Report. Lots of people say lots of things about B/R, but I enjoyed the MMA part of the site—especially because I got to work with some amazing people in the industry like Jonathan Snowden, Jeremy Botter, Duane Finley, Matt Roth, Scott Harris and others.
Eventually B/R and I amicably parted ways. After I left, I didn’t really know what to do.
Right when I left B/R, my “real” writing career (that is, my writing outside MMA) had suffered an ENORMOUS setback right when I expected it to finally be moving forward. So for the first time since I started writing, I really had no publication to call my own, and no sort of direction or anything. It was…terrible, to say the least.
Then I remembered CagePotato.
CagePotato, for those who don’t know, is a decently sized MMA blog (it has its own Wikipedia page). It has a reputation for being a firebrand among MMA sites, which is why I liked it. If you’ve been following me on Twitter for any length of time you’ll know I’m not one to pull punches on matters of opinion.
The managing editor of CagePotato, Ben Goldstein, was once on a B/R conference call. We used to do these calls where the B/R managing editor would invite other experts to sort of do Q & A sessions with us. As a new writer, these sessions were so helpful. Anyway, Ben Goldstein was on one of them. He said that if we ever had any ideas, we could pitch them to him.
So once I was done with B/R, I pitched him an idea. He accepted it, then I pitched a few more. Eventually, I became staff there.
I’ve been working there for a little over a year now, but I saved a “thank you” post for today because it was about a year ago today I was on a TV show called Inside MMA.
I watched that show back in college, back when I wanted to be a fighter. So if you told me in 2007 that I’d be on Inside MMA, I thought “Oh, I must make it as a fighter!” Well, not really. But I always wanted to be on that show—both when I wanted to be an MMA fighter and an MMA writer. And last year I finally got to do it, in large part thanks to CagePotato.
So yeah. I wanted to give a shout out to CagePotato and to Ben Goldstein for always letting me try out ideas and speak my opinions and all the rest of it. Hopefully year 2 will be just as great!
I had banter with a cashier recently while my friends were in earshot. When we got back to the car, one of them was like “Dude, you should’ve gotten her number!”
First off, I wouldn’t even know how to begin even considering how to ask for something like that. It’s just so invasive to do to someone and not to mention scary for me. Maybe it’s even a bit misogynistic and patriarchal? Not too sure about that though.
Second, do people even do that anymore? Just seems like it’s OKC and Tinder now.
Also, I’m of the belief that she was probably just being nice. I don’t see magic chemistry everywhere because she’s probably that nice to all the customers and for all I know was rolling her eyes at me as soon as I left heh.
So is this a real thing, getting a person’s number? Do people still do that outside of TV shows? I’m woefully inept with matters of courtship so I actually have no idea.
I was on this forum once a while ago and I was like “Is rap just poetry for adults” and they all went mental. They were were like POETRY IS POETRY FOR ADULTS. Good times.