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My name is Michael.

This is my tumblr.

Apr 17 '14
Interesting. Tell me more. #graffiti #zebras #hellskitchen

Interesting. Tell me more. #graffiti #zebras #hellskitchen

Apr 15 '14
A nearly 30 degree difference. What the actual fuck.

A nearly 30 degree difference. What the actual fuck.

Apr 4 '14
I am now a card carrying member. #ECS #EBFG #STID #SeattleSoundersFC

I am now a card carrying member. #ECS #EBFG #STID #SeattleSoundersFC

Apr 3 '14

The head of a company survived 9/11 because
His son started kindergarten.

Another fellow was alive because it was
His turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her
Alarm clock didn’t go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
Because of an auto accident.

One of them
Missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
Time to change.

Car wouldn’t start.

One couldn’t
Get a taxi.

The one that struck me was the man
Who put on a new pair of shoes that morning,
Took the various means to get to work but before.
He got there, he developed a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today..

Now when I am
Stuck in traffic,
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone…
All the little things that annoy me,
I think to myself,

This is exactly where
I’m meant to be
At this very moment

(via theoutsiders)

A CD probably saved my life once. This happened just a few years after I started driving. I was in my first car, a 1994 Dodge Sundance Duster. There was no CD player in the dash. I had a portable player with a tape adapter. I’m dating myself, I know.

I was at the intersection of two rural Virginia highways. I was the first one at the light when the album I was listening to ended. I looked through my case of CDs, picked one to listen to, and swapped it out for what was in my CD player.

I closed the player, hit play, and looked up to see that the light had already turned green. Just as I was putting my car into first gear, a semi barreled through the intersection. The trailer was rocking back and forth, like the driver was struggling to get control of the thing. The semi finally came to a stop a little ways down the road.

Normally I was one to sit an intersection, watching the signal, ready to go as soon as the light turned green. If I hadn’t been changing a CD, I probably would have been right in the path of that semi and probably would not be writing this story.

I wish I could remember what CD I put on.

Mar 26 '14


This is the greatest knock knock joke in the history of all knock knocks jokes ever told, ever.

(Source: shittinggold)

Mar 21 '14
I can’t help that I get a little excited when I find a coin that is 27 years older than I am. This penny was minted before a human being walked on the moon.

I can’t help that I get a little excited when I find a coin that is 27 years older than I am. This penny was minted before a human being walked on the moon.

Mar 20 '14
Delicious. #YoungVeteransBrewingCompany #YVBC #NewRecruit #Cogans #Norfolk #CraftBeer #beer #delicious

Delicious. #YoungVeteransBrewingCompany #YVBC #NewRecruit #Cogans #Norfolk #CraftBeer #beer #delicious

Mar 19 '14

21 People On What They Would Tell Their 19-Year-Old Selves

  • Jonathan, 55: There is no such thing as “the only one”. You will meet lots of “the ones”. Only commit when the timing is right for the both of you – that can take years for some, and that’s okay.
  • Miranda, 24: Drop pre-med.
  • Isaac, 48: Deodorant does not count as a shower, and that haircut only looked good on Bon Jovi.
  • Anya, 42: Make the conscious decision to be happy, and then stick with it. Society will do everything in its power to convince you that your personal happiness is dependent on something external – beauty, success, wealth, etc. – it isn’t.
  • Parker, 55: 60% of the things you think are important now won’t matter a whit to you by the time you reach 50. The trick is to figure out the important 40% and work it.
  • Megan, 34: He doesn’t love you, and you will be okay.
  • Peter, 58: Don’t let anything stand in your way of taking part (or all) of your junior year abroad. You’ll never again have quite the same opportunity to experience a foreign land, for an extended period of time, in your youth. It is destined to be one of the most memorable aspects of your life.
  • Eleanor, 67: Talk less. Listen more.
  • Donald, 27: There’s a huge difference between who you want to be and who everyone around you wants you to be. Figure out which is which.
  • Camille, 56: Always remember: when falling off a horse, pull your tongue in.
  • Jackson, 57: No one knows anything for sure. They’re all just doing the best they can with what they have, just like you.
  • Vicki, 47: You’ll never have all the answers, so make every question count.
  • Donald, 38: You don’t have to grow up to be the dad you never had.
  • Katelyn, 30: Make the most out of college. You will never again be at a place where your only goal is to learn. Learn a lot, learn often, and learn with reckless abandon.
  • Joshua, 55: Women love to laugh.
  • Annabelle, 38: Drugs are not beautiful, glamorous or opulent. They are not a remedy, a solution, a cure-all, or a cure-anything.
  • Colin, 50: You miss so much life when you sleep until 3 PM. Wake up to see sunrises; they are the most stunning of nature’s masterpieces.
  • Eleanor, 26: Eating two pints of ice cream won’t make you happy. Neither will sprinting 10 miles. Be nice to yourself.
  • Aaron, 52: Don’t forget to ask that girl in the Oberlin library what kind of perfume she’s wearing. You’ll buy it for her in 20 years.
  • Scarlett, 54: Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Those that get you will love you, those that don’t, well, their loss. Just remember: Wherever you are, it’s a party.
  • Zack, 9: I hope you’re awesome. And be nice to girls.
Mar 14 '14

On Re-Reading Books

I like to read at bars. The multiple concurrent conversations, the sound of pool balls cracking and pool sticks being dropped to floor, and the music playing in the room dissolve into white noise and I can just dive into a book.

When I sat down tonight, the bartender was not behind the bar. I lit a cigarette, pulled out my book, and started reading. The bartender walked out of the kitchen, asked what I wanted to drink, then asked what I was reading. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. He asked if it was good and I told him that it was and that I’d read it before. He told me that he also re-reads books because you can get something new out of a book each time. He set my beer down in front of me.

One and a half beers later, reading a book I’ve read probably 4 or 5 times already, I came across a line on page 180 of my copy that causally predicts something that happens at the very end of the book.

In three or four reads (obviously not on the first; I didn’t know how the book ended yet) I never caught that line. Until tonight. After a bartender mentions that re-reading a book can reveal things you didn’t see the first time. Or second. Or third or fourth.

Mar 10 '14
No. No no no. No. #Norfolk #Virginia #weather #wtf #IWANTSPRINGDAMNIT

No. No no no. No. #Norfolk #Virginia #weather #wtf #IWANTSPRINGDAMNIT