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Saturday, May 30th, 2015
1:33 am
I got it back. I fucking got it back.
I can't post this on twitter, or Facebook or any modern social media because of all my co-workers, and not trying to be an obnoxious dick. But right here, I can scream: I GOT FOOTBALL BACK THIS FALL. 16 weeks, traveling all across the country. 5 games on the west coast. The entire season, no alternating. FUCK. YES.

See you in a few years LiveJournal.
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
9:56 pm
Hi. I haven't posted in a few years. Don't know why I am now.

I'm ok. Three years in, leaving Michigan was pretty much the best decision I've ever made.

Life is weird. I still want some different things sometimes, but that's just...I dunno. My life is fucking aces on paper, I feel bad complaining about anything.

I really shouldn't complain. I spent the last three months traveling the USA doing television. My job was like hey...let us pay you money to fly to Seattle and do TV out of a truck. I'm pretty much living the dream career wise.

So. Yeah. Poop fart twiddle fart.
Thursday, August 18th, 2011
2:46 am
oh Hais
CT is treating me well. I've found a group of people I've been going out with more and more. I never really found a group of friends in Grand Rapids, so it's been a few years since I've had this whole - hey, let's hang out and do things thing - going on. I've missed it.

I look at posts and remember how I acted, and I realize what I already knew. Grand Rapids made me miserable, and CT has turned me back around. Leaving MI was exactly what I needed. Fun fact - I visited home in May, and was pretty much ready to go at the end of the week. I'm not homesick. I like change and it's been a good year.

The job is also amazingly good. Employee appreciation day is in a week and a half. They rent an entire theme park and all the food and beer is free for an entire day. It's fucking brilliant.

It's fun to realize you're coming out of a bad place, when you didn't really accept or realize that you were in one. I always tried to be optimistic. Shit got the better of me sometimes...but things are just so much better here. I'm going out a bunch. I'm treated with respect at work. I'm not broke all the time. My credit score is even up 30 points. I probably shouldn't get so visibly pleased with things. But...um...too late.

I'm still a fat ass. But, you see, I like eating. Like, probably too much. So...I dunno. Someone get me lipo.

Shhh, don't tell facebook or twitter I was here.

Mike
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
5:56 am
yep
Things are good, life is good.

You ever just want to completely unplug yourself though? No more facebook, LJ, cell phone?

Sometimes I think I've overexposed myself to people didn't want me in their faces to begin with. Plus I get a little sick of it myself.

Hmm.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
5:51 pm
things are ok
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
8:04 am
I miss having a best friend.

But everyone I've ever gotten close enough to use that title with, that friendship usually winds up going up in flames.

I want to stay I don't think it's me. I really don't think it's me.

But, I'm kind of off-putting, aren't I? I blame being an only child, and not going to college. I have social skills but they are stunted. I think people find me smug. I don't know if that's true, but I fear it.

As I get older, my career flourishes, and my friends fade away. I'm sorry to be melodramatic, but well...CT is lonely and boring. Yet still awesome to me in so many ways.

How the fuck does that work?

Whatever, I'm still more put together than anyone else in my family, and probably about half the people I know. That counts for something, I think.
Friday, March 11th, 2011
5:09 am
work talk
Got cleared on two more shows today. Now I can TD 10 shows at ESPN. It's a shame I still can't stand watching sports. But, the accomplishment is nice.

6pm SportsCenter
11pm Sportscenter
NFL Live
NASCAR Now
College Football Live
College Basketball Final
NBA Tonight
College Football Halftime shows
College Basketball Halftime shows
The Scott Van Pelt Radio Show

If anyone ever decides to like sports, my greasy fingers are on those shows all the time. I did the 6 and the 11 today...feels good. I dig what I do.
Thursday, March 10th, 2011
2:58 am
yay!
I feel great, and am really excited to be coming back to MI for a week next month! I'm getting really, really excited. I got it all planned out in my head

Friday and Saturday - hang out with the old high school crew for Sean's Wedding.
Sunday - Family day, lunch with Grandma, dinner with Dad
Monday - Hang out with Bert and Ron in Detroit
Tuesday - Go to Grand Rapids and hang out with the WOOD TV crew at Bob's! Eat some Mr. Pizza!
Wednesday - My Birthday! Also, hopefully *cross fingers* hang out with what remains of my old channel 10 crew. If not I'll find something.
Thursday - Lunch with dad, and fly back to Connecticut.

So excited!
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
2:30 am
ahhhhhhhh
Holy shit, I'm at the end of day 2 of quitting caffeine.

The two day irritability and headache feels like it just lifted a little

Gotta stay away from the stuff for good this time.
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
3:41 am
Ramblin'!
I went out with people from work last night, had drinks and sang karaoke. It was fun. It was also nice to see people from work not at work, as I like most everyone there.

Work, btw, is going well. 7 months in, still enjoying it. CT is still kinda boring though. But I've been to NYC a bunch, so that's nice.

OMG, I got my tax refund and was just all kinds of irresponsible with it. I love LJ cause I can write out these things, and probably the only people that will see it are Joey B, Roy, Jamie, and maybe Paul. They might even skip over it, so it works out. Anyway, I feel like running down all the irresponsible things I did instead of feeding an Ethiopian child.

I bought my tickets for a MI visit - April 29th - May 5th. My friend Sean's wedding, and probably a lot of drinking and general nerdiness.

Also, I bought an iPad. It's a gigantic iPhone. And it's fucking awesome.

I also got a kinect. Your Shape: Total Fitness is a really solid work out. And Kinect Sports is fun.

I got a bunch of movies and blu ray player.

Finally, I paid all my bills for the month.

Oh, and I got a sweet mug shaped like a phone booth. And the walking dead compendium graphic novel.

Thanks for the scratch U.S. Government. Be pleased that I put it back into the economy.


K, bye.
Mike

Current Mood: calm
Monday, January 10th, 2011
2:38 pm
wee
I've had a ridiculous week at work, in a good way.

Wednesday I had my 6pm SportsCenter clear test.
Friday I TD'd the 6pm show alone for the first time.
Sunday I got asked to stay and switch the 11pm and 1am SC, shows I'd never seen once.

Everything was great. Busy, busy. High scale live television = what a rush.

Mike
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
12:09 am
Well, damn it. It turns out I DO need other people in my life.
I'm on vacation! It's an all at home not at work style of vaca, which is nice. Cleaning, organizing, relaxing, and my dad is coming to visit at the end of the week. I'm psyched. Sadly, though, while having all this time off is great, it's got me bored as fuck and bordering on a little lonely. I'm an only child, so I'm pretty used to going it alone, but I used to have a crew, and beyond that I used to have real connections with people. That just hasn't been the case in a long time.

I just want to say - I love my life. Don't get me wrong. I'm in an AWESOME place, and happy with where I've led myself (and no matter what's ever happened good or bad it's all on me where I end up) and I do have some friends who I do things with on occasion, but y'know, I miss having really tight BFF style friends. I haven't anything close to one in like...2 years, possibly 3. Jenn and Tommy were it for years, but I don't feel like drudging through all THAT bullshit, one, because it would take forever, and second cause I've moved pretty far past it. I had started forging those bonds with Kory and Nicole after driving cross country with them. After that trip, we were inseparable it seemed. We were always hanging out, and we had done things together as a group we knew no one else had. Unfortunately, then they started fooling around and lying to people about it -including me, and more importantly her boyfriend who is an a very old friend of mine - Obviously, no matter how much I enjoyed their company, old friendships come first, so they had to go.

Huh, both groups of tight friends I've had were ripped apart by people fucking around, both figuratively and literally.

I just want to have that let's all hang out - no matter what the time or day of the week it is - mentality with a group of people again. Out of work for the day? Let's all meet up somewhere and do something fun. Or sit around and complain about being bored, but as a group.

Maybe TV has ruined me and I just want my life to be a sitcom, and my wacky neighbor to burst into my apartment at any time, while I come up with some scheme to meet the girl downstairs.

That sounds Nice.

Mike
Saturday, November 27th, 2010
11:43 pm
Is it over dramatic to think I have anxiety attacks?

Because from time to time I just sort of freak out and worry about just...everything for no reason for an extended length of time, and I think that is the definition.

It's rather frustrating.
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
1:33 am
weeeeeee
April 29th-May 5th! I'm back in MI! It's confirmed, I got the days and I'll be there. Hells yeah! I figure the first couple days I spend with my high school friends since that's the crowd that'll be at the wedding, then I'll drive to Grand Rapids and spend time with those kids, then back to Lansing to round it out with the channel 10 crowd before heading back to CT. Woo!

I've been watching a lot of Man vs. Food again. So addictive. I want to go to each of the Hartford episode places. One of them is only 15 min away! I want a deputy dawg! All beef dog topped with pulled pork, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce...sounds so good! Hey, that segues into...

I hate my yo-yo dieting. I lose lots, gain a little, and have to spend time losing that weight to get back down to normal. Eating right and exercising are completely unpleasant to me. I LOVE sitting around eating cheeseburgers, pizza and playing video games. It has me at my 100% happiest. But I also recognize things need to be taken in moderation, but ugh. Right now I'm in a good place, close to being back to 269 lbs which was where I ended at the end of my massive weight loss last year, but I got so lazy after moving. There's lots of good food out here too, so I gained 20 lbs after my move. Still, I'm sitting at 280ish and in July 2009 I was 320 lbs, so it's still better than where I was...but getting to my ultimate 220 lb goal is so fucking hard. I like food!

Um...I dunno. I got nothing else. Things are good, I just like to rant. Ta.

Mike
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
2:44 am
I just played a game of call of duty with like 10 of my co-workers. Most of them seem pretty ok, but I still am ready for this dipping my toe in the water socializing/trying to make and secure new friendships period to be over. Hopefully a bar trip here, a few more games there, and a decent job at doing the job and I'm good.

*sigh* It's bedtime. As I realize many of you know, uprooting and dealing with a making a new life can get very tiring.

Mike
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
9:25 pm
well hello there
Wow, I am bored tonight. Seriously, it's painful.

So in 2007 to finance my movie and get equipment I took out a personal loan. It's been a gigantic fucking pain in my ass. It's now paid off. Now, kindly go fuck yourself bank. We done. WE DONE.

The downside is to get the loan paid off in one fell swoop and be rid of LAFCU in my life forever I'm now broke as shit ($10 left for gas and groceries! Sure, that'll work, why not.) until the next payday which is still almost two weeks away, which ironically makes me feel like it is 2007 again.

But hey, credit score moving up, debt moving down, career solid. Now that professional Mike has his shit sorted time to start working on the ol' personal life again! I know a bunch of people who have gotten dates off the website plenty of fish.com. My friend Andrew goes out a lot with people he meets on there and my friend Ron actually found his girlfriend on there...worth a shot!


Watching 30 Rock on Netflix Streaming right now. I heart it. I wish I had cash for a pizza right now. Instead of I'm eating noodles. Gonna be a long two weeks.

Mike
Sunday, November 14th, 2010
1:40 pm
Has anyone here besides me actually seen The Room by Tommy Wiseau? Watch it. Have a couple beers, sit down and enjoy. Best worst movie ever. It's just...amazing. I mean..wow. OH HAI FACEBOOK~!

Things are so much more expensive out here! I spent $15 to see a 3D movie last night. It's sickening! Plus, that movie did not need to be in 3D, it was clearly processed afterward. Plus it was Saw 7 and I was only seeing it because I was with a group. Basically, I'm upset because I spent $15 to see Saw 7. I have to live with that. It was goofy fun, but my cheapness bone is still screaming.

One of the actresses in my movie from a couple years back was on Detroit 1-8-7. I didn't catch it, but I heard about it after. Good for her. Movie is still a bit of a black spot for me. I wrote a great script, but if I'd known then what I know now it would have been better. Whatever, we filled at least one theater, and I sold some tickets. It didn't light up the festival circuit like I wanted it too, but it got seen. Plus the road trip I took for it is still the best fun I've ever had in my life. MI to California and Back...it was and still is the highlight of my travels. Ugh, I'm rationalizing. Whatever. Moving on.

NASCAR Post-race show tonight, then I get a day off. Yay! I look forward to a day of Black Opsing it. I know 9 people that have that game right now and the list keeps growing, there are some sick groupings and I am wasting many hours of my life playing it. It is damn fine though. Domination with an Uzi and a Ballistic knife and the Ghost perk. Win. I am Rambo, minus the slurred speech that makes me sound like I've had a stroke.


This video I made at WOOD TV in February just hit 2,600 hits on YouTube. This pleases me. Watch it 800 more times, thanks.
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Mike
Friday, November 12th, 2010
9:11 pm
I'm still enjoying the LiveJournal renaissance! I have no less than 4 people in my friends list updating regularly. So glad I found it again. It's so wonderfully self indulgent, but damn if it isn't stress relieving to blather on about myself.

Also, I've been going back and re-reading people's entries from when livejournal was super popular (like 04-05ish) and it is fucking Hiii-larious. We all had our heads up our butts so far. Loving it.

I think I understand sports now. No, I don't understand it in the sense that I know what is actually happening (I'm still pretty clueless) but I get the appeal. Also, I was enjoying a football game last weekend. I...I don't know what's happening to me. It's the atmosphere, I know...but...It's like instead of getting bit by a werewolf I got bit by one of those guys who wears the beer cup helmets and carries around a foam finger. The transformation begins slowly.

I got my Dad's visit in December all planned out - He gets in on Friday afternoon, we get some Wings over Bristol (best. wings. ever.) and play wii and catch up for a bit - all that "hey, good to see you, pleasantry, pleasantry, etc. etc." stuff. That night we go to Foxwoods Casino - America's largest and the world's second largest - for drinking and gambling. Next day we get up and we do the ESPN tour, and then go to NYC and see the sights and hang out and walk around. Sunday he leaves. That is such a solid line up that it is now my template for all future visits. Want to come to Connecticut and hang out but wondering what we would possibly do? BAM. See above. Win.

I personally plan on coming back to MI for a visit the last week of April for my friend Sean's wedding. He found a good girl, and I'm glad to see that goofy bastard so happy. Plus the whole old school gang will be there and that's usually a recipe for awesomeness.

When did Paul Simon get so fat? He was still tiny and skinny like 3 years ago. What did Garfunkel say to you to send you on that eating binge? You poor bastard.

I am watching a lot of BBC America these days. Law and Order: UK, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Top Gear, Star Trek: TNG Reruns,the Graham Norton show...Pretty solid lineup. I fear I may develop an accent and begin drinking tea and supporting a Constitutional Monarchy. Then again, perhaps not.

Well then. Another day nears its end.

Ta.
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
11:18 pm
Oh Hai.
This entry started small but for some reason I keep editing it. It's The Star Wars Special Edition of LiveJournal entries. Don't judge me. Now Shut the fuck up and read.

I didn't feel like commenting cause I feel this turning into a full entry. But if Jamie Morrow or Joey B see this I got to thinking about this because of Jamie's post and your comments which I read...

I don't have a college degree, and I'm not flipping burgers. I'm so. fucking. lucky. This isn't something I'm just thinking about for the first time. As I get further along in life and get further along in my career not having a degree is like some embarrassing black spot.

Here's the catch - I got to the exact same place all these people did, and some people I make more money than...but I'm so so so sick of the "So where did you go to school?" conversation. Not only am I a college drop out, I'm a community college drop out. It feels oddly shameful and embarrassing. Yet...I work at the pinnacle of my industry in a top job. But it dogs me, and it kills me a little, and I feel like a backwater hick sometimes because of it.

Ugh, I've let my career define me. Damn it. Whatever, I fucking love what I do. I make TV. It's awesome.

What else is there?
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I did a SportsCenter special today. First time doing a SportsCenter style show. Fastest fucking thing I've ever TD'd in my life, and it was awesome and I rocked it.

I'm going to go see a showing of The Room at the village east in NYC next week. SO excited to see the midnight show with that midnight show crowd. Plus, a friend of mine is working the college football halftime in times square that weekend and they got a free hotel room so a group of us are going to go party in NYC and crash in their hotel. EXCITED~!

Started hanging with a few people from the new job...played some Xbox with a few of them, got invited out once. Oh, and Black Ops is phenomenal.

It's nice having 6 or 7 people out here that I worked with in Lansing. I have a nice installed base of people to hang out with already, and I feel it's kept me sane. I couldn't have done this move and change solo. It's nice.

Probably done now. If you check this again in like 20, I might have more.

Mike.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
10:46 pm
weee. again.
Just found out not only is my dad going to come visit in December, he's not bringing his whore-bitch!

yay! Looking forward to it.
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