Jun 27

June 27, 2014

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Why You Should Know the Truth About Chargebacks

I recently received a phone call from my credit card company, notifying me of fraudulent activity. I was flabbergasted and frustrated. After all, only 6 months prior a similar incident occurred with the same credit card. The bank’s representative asked me to review a series of recent charges. While the first two were clearly not mine, the last charge was from two weeks prior. I didn’t recognize the company name or transaction immediately, but I wasn’t certain that it wasn’t…

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Jun 12

June 12, 2014

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Making Money as a Tattoo Artist without Tattooing

Being a tattoo artist would be fantastic, because your art would be a permanent feature on another person’s body. If anyone loves your artwork enough to have it on their skin for the rest of their lives you can certainly take some pride in what you do. However, it isn’t for everyone. Learning to tattoo takes years of dedication and practice, you might have to work in a shop as an apprentice for years, receiving little (if any) money for…

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May 30

May 30, 2014

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My Newest Obsession: Cornhole

I was at the beach last weekend when I happened upon a very strange sight. There were two parallel rows of wooden platforms and people tossing bean bags back and forth. I wandered over to see what the deal was. I found out I was watching a cornhole tournament. I’d never heard of cornhole before, but it looked like fun. After watching for a while, one of the contestants talked me into joining. Apparently, it was a charity event—so the…

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Apr 12

April 12, 2014

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How Giving The Nod to a Stranger Can Backfire Unexpectedly

Gentleman out there, you know what I mean by giving the nod, don’t you? Of course you do. It’s the thing we do when we see something we approve of but know that saying something would only make it more awkward than necessary. Giving the nod is also a great time-saver, because why waste words when you can say everything you need to say without saying anything at all? So you may be wondering how exactly this signal can backfire…

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Apr 6

April 6, 2014

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Public Transportation: Why I (Sometimes) Hate Something So Useful

If you’ve never had to use public transportation then lucky you! You’re probably well-enough off to afford your own car or you have a friend who’s awesome enough to drive you everywhere. So long as you don’t make him wear a chauffeur hat then you’ll probably always be friends, so good for you! In any case for the rest of us who have had to at one time or another had to use city buses there are a few things…

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Mar 30

March 30, 2014

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Why I Don’t Want to Hear about Your Book

Although any published author will tell you that writing is a difficult profession that takes years and years to get going in your life, I still find no shortage of people in the day-to-day who are convinced they’re going to write the next novel-fad. I understand, you’re excited- but I don’t want to hear about your book. There’s certainly nothing wrong with this mentality (as I’m sure that same mentality is how some authors get going), but it always elicits…

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Aug 19

August 19, 2013

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Product Review: Rounderwear’s Jam Beat Trunks

I’m not one to spend copious amounts of money on underwear. In fact, I typically go well over a year before I buy new ones. It’s just not my thing; I’d rather spend money on food! That being said, when I was contacted by Rounderwear offering me a free pair of the underwear of my choosing I figured “why not?” So here I am with a fresh pair of underwear, specifically the Jam Beat Trunks (in blue). This was the…

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Jul 15

July 15, 2013

Gay Men

In Defense of the “Boring”

Before I sat down to write this I was texting back and forth with a friend that ultimately led me (after he asked me to take a photo of my penis next to a Coke can for “mathematical analysis”) to see this Oatmeal cartoon. If you’d like to just enjoy the short and sweet of what my argument is going to be, then by all means go read the Oatmeal, and stop reading here. Okay, so you’re still here. Let…

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Jul 2

July 2, 2013

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My New Love

She’s a Bianchi Touring 12-speed. I picked her up, along with a U lock and protective wheel pins, at Refried Cycles (3804 17th Street, at Sanchez) for under $500. That’s a steal! And that’s not even the best part; I no longer have to rely on Muni for my transportation needs. If you have ever had to rely on Muni (and/or BART) for anything, then you know exactly what I mean. No more punk teenagers being assholes; no more dingbats…

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Apr 14

April 14, 2013

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Why the Universe Is Frustrated With Me

I’ve slowly but surely weened myself off the terrible narcotic that is “online dating.” No more OkCupid (too scientific); no more Adam4Adam (too nasty); no more Grindr (too stale); no more Craigslist (too…um, yeah). It’s over! See ya! Later! Goodbye! (Although, I’m sure that I’ll relapse at some point. It happens. I’m only human.) Without being “plugged in,” so to speak, I’m left with (really) only one option: organic, face-to-face, human interaction. Oh no! Run for the hills! Isn’t there…

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