Sunday, February 28, 2021

Day 22

12:10 A.M.

It's a new day, which means it's a new chance to drop a bad habit.  The bad habit I'll try to break today is the habit of checking Wreddit.  Now, in the past, I've been able to go a day without checking Wreddit, but after that 24-hour period I always feel a strong urge to check it.  Can I go more than 24 hours?  Probably.  The big question is whether I can go more than 48 hours!

12:30 A.M.

I've gone 30 minutes without checking Wreddit or Twitter.  Let's imagine that those are the two most attention-sucking portals on the internet.  If I can avoid those two portals, then I can focus my attention elsewhere.

12:40 A.M.

I've gone 40 minutes without checking Wreddit or Twitter.

12:45 A.M.

I've gone 45 minutes without checking Wreddit or Twitter.  There are 288 5-minute chunks in a day, so I just have to do this 288 times to make it through the entire day.  That sounds easy!  I've already done 9 of them!  Just 279 left to go.

12:50 A.M.

278 chunks to go.

12:55 A.M.

277 chunks to go.  WiFi is still slow.

1:00  A.M.

276 chunks to go.

1:10 A.M.

274 chunks to go.  WiFi is still slow

1:25 A.M.

271 chunks to go.

1:30 A.M.

270 chunks to go.  The trick is to avoid Wreddit AND Twitter at the same time.  Combo habit-breaker.

1:35 A.M.

269 chunks to go.

1:45 A.M.

267 chunks to go.  I weigh 213.8 pounds in my clothes right now.

1:50 A.M.

266 chunks to go.  I'm going to check how long the bathroom light stays on.

1:55 A.M.

265 chunks to go.  The light stayed on for about 5 minutes and 10 seconds!

2:25 A.M.

259 chunks to go.

10:25 A.M.

163 chunks to go.  I weigh 213.4 pounds in my clothes right now.

10:50 A.M.

Damn, I'm checking every internet site except for Twitter and Wreddit.  Ah well.  Gotta start with those two and maybe expand from there.  I did habitually open Twitter on my iPhone.  I've got an account where I only follow, like 5 accounts, and most of those accounts are safe.  Like, I follow Red Letter Media.  That's a safe account to follow.  I used to follow Jenny Nicholson because she has the best Twitter account, but you would see too many tweets where she would complains about the way Star Wars fans treated Rose Tico, or she'd be like, 'I made a tweet about wanting to buy a printer and got a lot of backlash for it.'  It's like, what the fuck is happening where you have to complain about the response you get to buying a printer?

10:55 S.M.

I watched a bunch of Wendover Productions videos on YouTube last night.  I enjoy that the ones where he acts like a map geek.  I think I watched all the ones which sounded interesting.  I also had a Bang energy drink yesterday around noon and was able to get something close to a full night of sleep, so that's a good sign.  It means I can drink a Bang energy, uh, drink if I ever am desperate to take a poop (if I just feel like it) without having to worry about turning into a zombie for the next two days.

11:00 A.M.

156 chunks to go.  I weigh 213.0 pounds in my clothes right now.

Twitter and Wreddit.  Twitter and Wreddit.  Those are the the only two sites you have to avoid for the day, and it should be easy because you're checking every other website on the internet.  You're even checking Instagram.  Who the fuck checks Instagram in their spare time?  You're even checking the F4W Board, which is almost as bad as Wreddit but not quite.  

11:05 A.M.

155 chunks to go.

I switched off the cellular data on my phone because I kept inadvertently using data.  I have 75.09% remaining with 22 days to go, so I was using data at a pace which would cause it to run out before the end of the month, which is just one of those minor, annoying fucking things that changes your habit, because all of a sudden you're reluctant to listen to music, because you don't know when the WiFi at the hovel hotel is going to sputter out, causing your iPhone to start using data.  So I went to the settings and turned off the cellular data and I think that'll make it so I only use the WiFi from the hovel hotel and don't dip into the data.

Another minor annoyance is that my phone is at 21% power.  So I have to charge it before listening to music.  And it feels like every time I check it, it's in the 20-30% range.

11:10 A.M.

The earbuds for my iPhone have a little tear at the base.  They still work, but I've got to go to the bodega and get a new pair of earbuds for $4.  It's nice that the Spanish bodega only charges $4 for earbuds, as opposed to most other bodegas in New York City which try to charge you $10 or more for earbuds.  What assholes.  Hopefully the Spanish bodega still has the earbuds in stock.  I've got a Bang energy drink in the minifridge, which means I can eat breakfast without fear of gaining weight.  But I've got to make sure to drink water before drinking that Bang energy drink, because those suckers dehydrate you.

11:15 A.M.

The first room I stayed in at the hovel hotel had murky water coming out of the sink.  Jesus Christ, that's the type of thing that will fuck up your daily routine.  I would hope it was safe to drink, but it was just kind of cloudy.  I'd fill up my bottle, and the water would just be...cloudy.  It should be completely clear.  Like water.  I've seen a few sinks act a certain way, where the "cold" water is clear, but the "hot" water is cloudy.  But this sink would spit out cloudy water regardless of whether it was cold or hot water.

11:20 A.M.

Another minor thing is that the key reader on my door is falling off, and the elevators always sway a little bit when you get into them, so I'm a little reluctant to leave because it feels like shit is falling apart.  The elevator has that notice of inspection with all the signature lines, so you know it's "safe," but it still acts funky from time to time.  Like, you'll press the button to go to the lobby, and the door will take a while to open once you reach the lobby, and one time the door didn't even open, and I had to quickly press the "2" button just to make it stop from rising again.  Fucking elevator.  And I'm on the 8th floor, so I go out a little less frequently that I would if I were, say, on the third floor.  But if I continue staying here, I'll try to get something around the third floor just so the WiFi will be stronger.

12:10 P.M.

SmackDown was another interesting show on Friday.  The reason I find SmackDown fascinating is because they're clearly taking on water.  And if they don't bail out water, they're going to sink.  They ran two rematches--Rey Mysterio and Dominik vs. Chad Gable and Otis, and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Apollo Crews.  Raw recently added Damien Priest to the roster and they're also going to add Rhey Ripley to the roster, but SmackDown's only recent addition has been Edge.  Maybe Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez will win the women's tag team titles on Friday, and then you can have the tag team champions appear on SmackDown.  Christian hasn't been on TV since the Royal Rumble.  For the first team, there were some notable on-screen absences.  Kevin Owens wasn't on-screen, Bayley wasn't on-screen, Billie Kay wasn't on-screen, and Kalisto wasn't on-screen.  And neither were Robert Roode or Dolph Ziggler, although the announcers did mention them.  Overnight ratings had viewership fall by 21,000 people, to 2,051,000 viewers.  It also seemed like they might be turning Edge heel, or they might be adding Daniel Bryan to the main event on WrestleMania.  I would be surprised if either of those happened, but, also, what else are you going to do with Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania?  Is he going to be the alternate in case either Edge or Roman Reigns can't compete?

12:15 P.M.

My phone is at fucking 21% again.  I hate when it pops up with that little message telling you the charge is at 20% or 10%.  So I'm plugging it in right now and won't unplug it until it's at 100% again.  I'm at 214.2 pounds right now, but I feel like that's going to drop.  I just had an omelet and home fries for breakfast, so I won't have to eat again for another 7 hours or so

12:20 P.M.

140 chunks to go.  WiFi is still slow.

12:40 P.M.

136 chunks to go.  WiFi is still slow.  It's too bad there's never anything good on TV.  Maybe FX or TNT will have a decent movie on.  Basketball game, hockey game, two black women talking on a Zoom call, cooking show, something on PBS called pain-free living, which is like a chiropractic video but less interesting.  Wearther channel.  Okay, TNT has a Star War movie on.  That'll do the trick.  There was also CNN and Fox News, but who could possibly want to watch either of those.  There's also channel 8 which was on a commercial, so I don't know what's on that channel.  And my TV still doesn't get anything above channel 13.

12:45 P.M.

Padme is pregnant!

12:50 P.M.

The only good sports to watch are baseball and football.  Every other sport is bad to watch.  Anyone who says otherwise is a fucking fool.  And when I say "every other sport," I mean hockey and basketball.  I'm sure bowling is good to watch.

12:55 P.M.

133 chunks to go.

1:05 P.M.

I weight 215.2 pounds in my clothes right now.  My phone is at 76% charge.

1:10 P.M.

TNT is playing The Last Jedi tomorrow at 5:45 P.M.  Fuck yeah!

2:25 P.M.

My phone is finally 100% charged.  So it took about two hours and ten minutes.

2:40 P.M.

There was a brouhaha on Twitter yesterday having to do with Dave Meltzer and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards.  The awards issue came out a few days ago, and Observer subscribers vote on the winners, and AEW swept all the major categories.  So a day later, a writer for WrestlingInc.com went on Twitter and said: "I have never spoken out about the WON Awards until this year. But IMO, they are no longer credible. The followers have gotten too biased . It's turned into shit, and it's unfortunate because it used to be the one award I took somewhat seriously."  WrestlngInc.com is a pretty popular wrestling news site, and this guy, Raj Giri, is the owner of the site.  So when I say the AEW vs. WWE war has a lot to do with Dave Meltzer, that's what I mean.  If you attack Dave Meltzer, and ruin his credibility, then you do damage to AEW.  And I would assume a guy like Giri is motivated, in part, because he wants Wrestling Inc. to be better regarded, so it's only natural to get annoyed with the competition.  A lot of the people responding to Giri are probably neutral; they're just wrestling fans.  But a lot of people responding to Giri are probably stans--whether WWE stans or AEW stans.  I kind of get the feeling there are more WWE stans than AEW stans, and lot of people are probably just anti-WWE stans moreso than full-fledged WWE stans.  Like, they're just happy to get an alternative.  So, a lot of people were ragging on Raj Giri for that tweets.  I noticed Rovert and David Bixenspan in particular were ragging on him.  Those two guys criticize Dave a lot, but I get the feeling they respect him as well.  Sean Ross Sapp, who's the managing editor of Fightful tweeted, "I'm not here to trash them. I like Raj and learned a lot from him."  ["Them" being Raj Giri and Wrestling Inc.]  So he chimed in while making sure to avoid any backlash.  Ryan Satin, who used to run Pro Wrestling Sheet but now covers WWE for Fox, liked a bunch of Raj's tweets and also tweeted out ".@RajGiri_303 is a good dude whose work I have a lot of respect for."  Satin also tweeted in response to someone, "I didn’t say anything about the Observer Awards. Just said a positive thing about a peer of mine," and Rovert called him out for that.

5:00 P.M.

84 more chunks to go.  It's going to be really tempting to check Wreddit again right after midnight.

5:05 P.M.

83 more chunks to go.  I think these last 7 hours will be pretty easy.

7:40 P.M.

52 chunks to go.  I'm probably going to check Wreddit right after midnight.  I can sense the temptation will be too strong.  And I might wind up checking Twitter, too.  And then I'll just start the cycle over again.

7:50 P.M.

I went to the bodega to buy a new pair of earbuds but the guy at the counter couldn't find any cases of earbuds on the wall.  Usually there's a girl there and she's pretty bright about this stuff.  I couldn't really scan everything on the wall, cause you just had some random things at the front of each peg.  Like, there was a packet of razor blades at the front of one peg in front of a bunch of lightning cables.  The guy said he'd try to have the earbuds tomorrow, and I'm not really sure how he would be able to stock up on inventory by himself.  Maybe the girl will be there tomorrow morning and she'll have a better idea where everything is.  I felt like if I could go behind the counter and get up on a step-stool and just examine every single peg, I'd be able to find a case of earbuds, but I couldn't see everything while standing behind the counter.  I went to the 24-hour bodega, and they're selling earbuds for $9.99.  The Spanish bodega sells them for $4.  $6 is enough of a difference where I'm willing to wait an extra day.  I'd feel like a fucking sucker if I paid $10 for earbuds and the next day it turned out I could have bought them for $4.  I think they might be the same make of earbuds at both bodegas.  They're just normal while earbuds without any brand or marking.

8:00 P.M.

The WiFi here is still slow and halting.  My day would be a lot different if I was somewhere with reliable WiFi.  My day would be a lot different if I had a pair of earbuds.  Little shit like WiFi and earbuds make a huge fucking different.  They make a gargantuan difference.  They help determine what we put into our brains for 16 hours of each day.  It's okay at the moment because I have The Empire Strikes Back playing on TV.  Imagine if you didn't have a TV channel playing Star Wars.  Imagine if you just had CNN playing on the TV.  Your mind would shrivel up like a raisin.

09:25 P.M.

31 chunks to go.  I don't even know why I'm counting down.  I'm just going to start the cycle over again around 1:00 A.M.  Some days you just feel stuck.  You have no WiFi, no earbuds.  You're not even losing weight.  Maybe you're gaining a little weight.  I mean, I have gone the entire day without checking Twitter, which is a plus.  There was a moment when I reflexively checked Wreddit on my phone, so I did see one post there.  I didn't even realize I was opening it up.

9:30 P.M.

30 chunks to go.

09:40 P.M.

I did the Monday New York Times crossword in 5 minutes, 29 seconds.  I took a little extra time because the people in the nearby rooms kept opening and closing their doors, and I was checking through the peephole to see what they were doing.

10:35 P.M.

17 chunks to go.  What if I don't accomplish anything for the rest of the day except for this countdown?  And then I start over around 1:00 A.M.?

10:45 P.M

15 chunks to go.

11:10 P.M.

What the fuck is the point of this New York Times min-crossword?  Is it for people who don't want to do more than 10% of a normal crossword?

11:20 P.M.

8 chunks to go.

It's going to be a challenge tomorrow not to check Wreddit or Twitter during Monday Night Raw, since I don't get the USA network on my TV and I'm going to want to follow along with the results.  There really isn't any website that updates the results in real time.  Even the F4W site tends to lag behind at odd intervals, even though they have people tasked with updating the live results.  It's the weirdest thing; the F4W recapper will update the live results throughout the show, but the last segment of the show always lags behind by like 20 or 30 minutes.  And I don't get the impression there's anything they have to "finalize" when recapping the final segment of the show.  It's like they just take a nap 10 minutes before the show ends and only get around the the final segment after waking up from their nap.

11:50 P.M.

I tried watching a couple videos from channels that came across like knockoff versions of Wendover Productions.  There was "SideNote" and "Half as Interesting."  They were the type of videos you can imagine being turned into podcasts, and people would listen to those podcasts and mention them whenever the topic of 'What are you favorite podcasts' would come up.  Half as Interesting was just plain obnoxious; I think at one point the narrator said 'hashtag yeet,' and that's when I checked out.  It was kind of like watching a video from Last Week Tonight where John Oliver is talking about an interesting topic, but then he just throws in a dozen jokes about hamsters, and you're just like 'What the fuck, man?  Can you go five seconds without talking about a hamster that one of your staff writers watched on YouTube?'    

I also briefly watched a video essay from MakeBetterMedia titled "The Truman Show: A Cleverly Disguised Tragedy," and another YouTube video from Cheddar titled "Why Sitcoms Stopped Using Laugh Tracks - Cheddar Explains" which had an image from The Big Bang Theory as the thumbnail.  I wanted these videos in my watch history so I could go back later and recognize them as videos that I have no interest in watching.

11:55 P.M.

1 chunk to go.  And now I'll restart the process tomorrow.

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