Song: Home For The Holidays
Artist: J. Cole
Album: Friday Night Lights (mixtape)
Holy freshmen year. #WeekofThanks
Whatever you wanna call it; Drinksgiving, Blackout Wednesday or simply the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, there's no denying that this night is one of the biggest nights of the year for twenty-somethings. It's the one night a year where most of the people you grew up with and/or went to school with are back in town either at a local bar, or party catching up. Nearly everyone has the day off and it's a non-religious holiday; so pretty much everybody celebrates it. It always has the potential to be one of the most fun nights of the entire year. IMO this sacred Wednesday night is one of the top 3 drinking nights of the year. It's the 4th of July of the Fall. You're about to have a 4 day-weekend filled with some fantastic food, family, friends, football, parades, mid-day napping, shopping and more. So you gotta start off your break the right way. With lots, like a lot of booze with a bunch of people who you can tolerate for a few hours one night a year.
You're gonna have to endure the entire next day with your extended family or even better, your significant others extended family. For some that may be a great thing, but for some it's a day you've been dreading for months. What better way to prepare for that then to get blackout drunk with everybody who went to your high school since like 2002 and/or trying to bang that random person from your class that you've had a crush on since you were like 14.
I'm a big do as I say, not as I do guy. While I try, sometimes I do not follow my own great advice, but I'm a man of the people and always try to lead others in the right direction.
Sureeeeee, maybe I got too drunk at a tailgate this summer and slept through an entire Jimmy Buffett concert this summer but that doesn't change that I'm a great advice guy. I've made literally thousands of mistakes that are related to booze in one way or another, so use my shortcomings to improve your life. I'm probably a lost cause, but you may not be! So with that being said if you follow my advice I'm sure you'll have a great Drinksgiving with a bunch of people you haven't seen in months.
I've had far too many nights of drinking where I simply was too busy to or forgot to eat. I know as a fat guy that sounds like a bold-faced lie, like you're probably thinking "Dozo you've never skipped a meal in your life" , but I swear it's true. Happens a lot more in the summer than you would believe. While it is cool because it makes it easier to get drunk quickly, 9 times out of 10 it will lead to catastrophe and a few embarrassing texts the next morning that make you wanna kill yourself. Speaking from experience. While we all wanna get trashed and have fun. You wanna be the right kind of trashed...a fun and happy trashed. Just make sure you don't drink on an empty stomach.
Get a Pre-Game Spot
Great way to catch up and have some fun with some old friends. Highly recommend this. Plus you're in your mid to late 20's now and probably don't play a ton of drinking games anymore. Maybe you do, I don't know. But it's fun to go back in time play beer pong or kings once in a while. Sucks I'm so good at a game that literally doesn't matter anymore. Won a beer pong contest in college, NBD.
Figure Out Your Ride Situation Ahead of Time
Drinking and driving is not cool. I'm not gonna act all high and mighty and say I've never done it before. Luckily nothing has ever happened. But it's something we all need to avoid doing. Especially on this night, it's going to be cop city population: wherever you are. They also know it's Drinksgiving. Basically a dry-run for New Years Eve for your local police-department. It's just so stupid and totally not worth it, God-forbid you kill someone, then your life is basically over as well. I sound like my own mother and I hate it but, it's true. Wow DOL is getting kinda heavy right now.
All because you didn't wanna spend $30 on a ride. Either get a DD, taxi, uber or have cool parents that will wake up at 2 am to drive you home. I'm banking on my dad taking one for the team and grabbing me. Don't let me down old man.
Nobody wants to be the person who got a DUI during Thanksgiving weekend (or even worse). Then every single Thanksgiving for the rest of your life you'll have to remember the night you ruined Thanksgiving. Then you'll probably stop liking Thanksgiving food because you associate it with such a bad event and that would really suck. Imagine hating stuffing and sweet potato pie because it reminds you of that kid you killed from two grades above you. That would suck. Being in prison would suck too. Have your group of friends or whoever you're going out with figure that shit out ahead of time.
See I told you I'm a great advice guy.
Look Your Best
Now this isn't exactly the most groundbreaking of advice of all time, but sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel. You're going to be seeing a lot of familiar faces. Shit maybe even an ex or 4. You're gonna want to look good. You want their one face to face memory of you for the year to be a good one.
Whether you wanna admit it or not, people gossip. I've been on both sides of the coin. I talk a lot and I'm sure I get talked about a lot. As a guy who put on a lottttt of weight post-high school I know that very well because I've heard stuff people say. It's human nature to gossip. If you look like shit at a big event people will talk about it, trust me. I'll remember the girl who had her hair in a side-ponytail at my junior prom for the rest of my life. Nobody wants to be the "OMG did you see how _____________ looks now?" person.
Even if you're fat or ugly you can always dress nice to try to balance shit out. You're still gonna be ugly but at least be ugly in a nice outfit. Turn lemons into lemonade. Wednesday night is going to be how people remember you until next time they see which could be months or even years away. You know there's gonna be a million pictures on f book and the gram so do your best to look nice.
You never know what is going to go down that Wednesday night so make sure you have a nice outfit and your hair doesn't look like shit. Get a haircut if you need one. I'm writing this Monday night so by the time it's posted Wednesday your boy will have already gotten his brows threaded.
Clean Your Room
I mean here is a prime example of me giving advice that I cannot follow. Well.....I did just incase, but I'm a realist......Everybody knows that this Wednesday is a YUUUGE hook-up night. For those who have moved away and are coming back home make sure your old room is looking good. If you still live at home the same still applies. You never know who you're going to run into so always be ready.
Know Your Limits
Just kidding. I'm not your mom. It's fucking Drinksgiving!
Who wants shots?
Talk to Everybody
This is my biggest piece of advice. Be social! Be Fun!
This night is basically an excuse for people to get drunk and brag about the marginal levels of success they've experienced in life up to now. Even if you're a huge loser like me there has got to be something you can be proud of. Like I have this awesome blog that I run that you're reading right now. How crazy is that?
lf you have even the slightest thing to brag about, do it. Who cares? This is everybody's night to get trashed, reminisce and catch up. Everybody wants to do it so why act like that's not what people are thinking about?
You're gonna hear a lot of shit like this:
"Yeah man, So I like distribute dryer sheets from this factory to retailers, it's fuckinnnnn crazzzzzy"
"Dude (the city they now live in) is sooooo sick, you have to come through some time (you're never coming through and you both know that)"
"Nope, still single"
Just talk. Get off your phone and interact with other humans. Don't worry about stupid click-y high-school bull shit. Everybody is grown up and that shit doesn't matter anymore. Like yeah, I have the only shutout by a goalie in Gansett Lax history (not even sure if that's true anymore) but who cares?
Be nice and talk to people you haven't spoken to in years. I'm going to sure as hell try my best to. It's stupid AF to have beef with people over stupid shit that happened when you were like 17. You never know how much people could have changed, shit you may even like each other now. I'm friends with a bunch of people I hated in high school now. Plus you never know who can help you with random life shit don't the road. Always leave the door open for a potential new-old friend. Who knows maybe that random kid you talked to twice in high school knows someone that would be great for you, maybe they can help you get a job or something? You never know. Also some people are genuinely interesting in seeing how people are doing. Crazy right ? I know I have a few old friends I'm excited to catch up with tonight.
So that's it! Tonight is the night. Let's have some fun, drink up, and get home safe. Follow my shitty advice in a blog that like 8 people read and I'm sure you'll have a great night!
But seriously, I hope everybody has a great Thanksgiving wherever you may be going. I'm extremely thankful for all the support I've gotten with DOL this year. To the people who have reached out to me since I started writing you have no idea how much that means to me. If you're reading this, whoever you may be I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
It's really been 4 years since Mark Sanchez was the starting Qb for the New York Jets? Boy how time flies. Even though he did best the Pats in the 2010-11 divisional round I miss the Mark Sanchez days. Those were great for football. I remember watching this game Thanksgiving night of 2012 being worried that the Jets would ruin my Thanksgiving by beating the Pats and getting back into the hunt. Luckily that didn't happen and this did, quite possibly the most Jets moment of all time. That franchise is a JOKE!
P.S. That game gave us one of my favorite pictures of Tom Brady ever. Just look at him.
Kanye West was under observation at a Los Angeles area hospital late Monday after the remaining dates of his national tour were abruptly canceled, multiple authorities familiar with the case told NBC News.
The admission followed a week of bizarre incidents during which the provocative rapper publicly railed against fellow music stars Beyoncé and Jay Z and retroactively endorsed President-elect Donald Trump.
A source familiar with the case said Los Angeles police responded to a medical welfare call about 1:20 p.m. (4:20 p.m. ET). No criminal activity was involved; the decision to hospitalize West was for his own health and safety, the sources said.
West's concert promoter, Live Nation, said earlier in the day that the remaining dates of his Saint Pablo Tour had been called off. No reason was given.
A representative for West didn't immediately respond to NBC News' request for comment.
Do you smell what I smell?
It smell's like bullshit around here.
Don't believe a word you read about this. As my guy Big Cat says you gotta "stay woke" on the internet and that's what I'm doing right here.
So let me get this straight...Kanye announced that he's a Trump supporter (even though he didn't vote) and received a ton of backlash from fans. Then he walked off stage during a performance, shit on Beyonce and now he's cancelled the rest of his "Life of Pablo" tour.
I mean just look at the twitter machine. People were PISSED with him. It makes sense I mean sure he supported Trump but saying anything anti-Beyonce is the easiest way to find your way in the dog house on line. After Kanye's "rant" and cancellation of shows #KanyeisOverParty starting trending and the pitchforks and lanterns of the internet were out and ready to declare Kanye's ENTIRE CAREER OVER.
Then he checks into the hospital for "exhaustion and stress" and all of a sudden everybody changes their tune and goes from hating him to praying for him and his "mental illness" as #PrayForKanye is trending. These people are the worst. Hey guys don't forget he got in a car accident in like 1998 and his mom died 9 years ago!!!
How can you sheep not see what's right in front of you? "Exhaustion and stress" and people are trying to act like he has real problems. It's not like the dude had a heart attack or something.
People on twitter are acting like Kanye is Kid Cudi, who's been pretty much made a career hinting at the fact that he's unstable and wants to kill himself since about 2008. I love Cudi and think he does need time away to get himself right but comparing Kanye and his hissy fit to Scott Mescudi is insane.
Comparing what Kanye is going through to what Cudi is going through would be like going up to someone with cancer and being like "I know how you feel I skinned my knee yesterday."
Nobody on earth loves themselves more than Mr. West, he is fine!! Can we please relax and see what is really going on?
If "Exhaustion and Stress" is a legit reason to go to the hospital than every single person on earth should be checked in right now. I've been stressed out since the first time I ever stepped outside. If you aren't either exhausted or stressed are you even alive?
Everybody I know is exhausted. Everybody between the ages of 8-65 is tired. That's why coffee and nasty energy drinks are so popular.
My dad has been tired since the day I was born and is going to be until the day he dies and I don't think he's been up past 11 pm in 10 years. I guarantee you I'm more stressed out than Kanye West. At least he's rich and successful. Money is the #1 stress causer and he has plenty. When's the last time Kanye worried about a bill? 2001? 2002? Try paying a student loan on time when you deliver pizza then talk to me.
This has NOTHING TO DO with "exhaustion and stress". If you can't see this is to get people off his back for openly endorsing Trump and then cancelling like 20 concerts you're very naive. I mean the man is a Kardashian after all. Nobody on earth knows how to manipulate the media better than them. He went from being bashed to prayed for in about 28 minutes. All because he slept in a hospital for this exact reason, to get people to stop talking about the Trump and cancelled concert shit. I mean I can't be the only one smart enough to see this right? Please be better people. I'm begging you.
If you still think Kanye has a serious issue maybe after you're done reading this I could sell you a bridge?
And big S/O to these people. Glad to see others with a brain out there.
Artist: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Album: Up From Below
Finally fixed the timezone on DOL and can now schedule blogs. Game changer.
Such a beautiful song, loved it since the first time I heard it. Staying true to the theme of this weeks SODs.
I still do not want to accept the fact that David Ortiz is retired. It just makes me think about how everything in life eventually ends and that one day we'll all be dead.
Talk about a light way to start a blog. It just sucks that father time is taking away Papi from the Sox because he still has the ability to crush baseballs. We saw that all year, it's just his lower body is just breaking down too much at 40 years old to continue the grind that is a Major League Baseball season.
In this letter to the fans David Ortiz tells many stories about his career and journey it took for him to become the man he is today. Love the parts about sleeping in and how he flipped Torii Hunter over the wall in RF at Fenway.
However the one story that stands out the most to me is when he and Pedro left a game early in 2003 after they both were already out of the game how he thought that'd be the end of him in Boston. Really great story I'm not going to give it all away so you actually read it. Just know all Red Sox fans need to thank Pedro Martinez for being the reason David Ortiz became Big Papi.
I will share one story in this blog though. After the Red Sox were eliminated from the playoffs a few guys didn't even say bye to Papi because they don't believe he's actually retiring. We don't want to believe it either, guys.
"Nobody believes me. Not even my teammates. On my last night in the clubhouse, after we got eliminated, a lot of them wouldn’t even say goodbye to me. Because they still think I’m going to show up at spring training.I wish I could. My mind wants to. But my body just can’t do it anymore. For the past four years, it’s been a struggle just to get physically ready to perform. I used to roll up to the ballpark at 2:30 and be ready to go at 7. But for the past few years, I’ve been a noon guy. That’s how long it takes me to get the engine going with all the stretching and massages and treatment.
Getting old sucks."
He's a noon guy. I love that Big Papi is also a big _____ guy. Those are the guys you can trust.
I know I've been churning out blogs like a superstar all day so you're probably sick of reading but I cannot recommend that article by David enough.
In regards to the last line of his article "I’d give you all a big f*****g hug if I could." My new life goal is hug Big Papi and just say thank you. That's my guy.
I'm a BIG Big Papi Guy.
Cross-genre covers are one of my favorite things in music. I'm an alt-rock guy first and foremost but love all music (except for EDM and trap rap which both aren't music) I have a very eclectic taste but it's just because I'm cultured AF. You'd be too if you spent almost your entire life in the smallest town in the smallest state in the country. Who else do you know has seen Mos Def, Zac Brown Band and Florence + the Machine live? I'm pretty confident I'm the only person alive who can claim that.
It's just so cool to me to see artist pay respect to other artists in different genres like this. It's like when athletes go support the other local teams in their respective cities. I loved seeing seeing Vince Wilfork and David Ortiz courtside at Celtics games because they genuinely enjoy the other sport and respect their fellow pro athlete brethren.
Same can happen with musicians and absolutely love when it does. The original Starboy bangs and is one of my favorite songs out right now but Panic! At The Disco does a fine, fine job here. I'll give the slight edge to the Weeknd but Brandon Urie's unique voice fits this song perfectly. The dude could sing the cook book and it'd go gold. One of the best rock voices of the new millennium and this is one of the better cross-genre covers I've heard in a while. Make sure to give it a listen.
Panic! At The Disco's first album "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" is a modern alt-rock classic. Every song is great and it still holds up a decade later. Listened to it start to finish at the gym yesterday, still has the most ridiculous titles to songs of all time. Every song title is like 2 sentences long.
"But It's Better If You Do" is my personal favorite.
I'm so happy it's Thanksgiving week because it gives me a ton of stuff to write about. Hardest part of being a fake blogger is easily finding stuff worth writing about. So in a first of many Thanksgiving blogs here is an MFK on the 3 most debated Thanksgiving sides very interested to see the results. For the record I'm a big fan of all 3 but sometimes in life you gotta make the tough choices and that's what we're doing right here on DOL.
If you don't know the rules of MFK it's marry one, fuck one, kill one. Very popular game on the internet that can be played with things other than people. Rules are kind of self explanatory. Marry it you have it forever, F it it's once and Kill it's gone forever.
Best news ever or best news ever?
After being out of the public eye for way too long Dave Chappelle returned to mainstream media two weeks ago to host Saturday Night Live. While I was pretty underwhelmed from the show it was awesome just to see Dave back. It's like when your boy who kind of abandoned the squad after he got a girlfriend comes back after they break up. People change over time and while it might not be as good as you were expecting but you're just happy to have your friend back.
That's how I felt with Chappelle and luckily for all of us we're going to get to make up for lost time by getting not 1, not 2, but 3 new stand up specials on Netflix. While the meat and potatoes of the news hasn't been released yet just to know these specials are coming makes me very thankful that the great Dave Chappelle has returned.
Who knows maybe Dave will decide it is time for season 3 (I don't count the lost episodes as a real season) for Chappelle's Show. If Curb Your Enthusiasm can comeback after a 5 year hiatus then anything is possible.
I think you'll have to watch this video on the NFL youtube page because they suck and don't let you play from blogs but whatever.
Yesterday's Patriots 49ers game was an ugly one. The Pats would go on to win 30-17 but it was a very close game for the first three quarters. Although the Pats ended up breaking away in the 4th quarter thanks to two touchdown passes by Tom Brady, before this play the game was still very much up in the air as the Patriots were only up by 3 thanks to another missed extra point by Stephen Gostowski.
First play of the 4th quarter on 2nd and goal Brady dropped back and was nearly sacked. However at 39 years old crazy legs Brady is more mobile and agile than ever and found a way to escape the pressure to float a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola. Brady was running wild yesterday and even picked up first down or two on his feet.
When TB12 released it I can't lie I thought it was going to be an interception. He was falling back almost fading away like a shooting guard on that pass. Reminded me a lot of the first pick he threw in the Red Zone in SB 49. Definitely not the most textbook touchdown, but it doesn't matter. 6 points is 6 points. While the pass wasn't beautiful, the ability to escape a potential sack and still find an open receiver in the end zone was. Should've known I had nothing to worry about as the 17 year pro knows how to score in the red zone (except last week to end the game against the Seahawks)
Even though it was a sloppy, ugly game in a rainy Levi-Stadium Brady was still Brady 4 touchdowns, no picks and a nice bounce back win against a horrible team after a tough loss at home to Seattle. Still very worried that this defense may be the worst I've seen by a Patriots team since I was in high school.
Patriots are now 8-2 and face off against the lowly 3-7 Jets in Jersey next week.