Friday, February 12, 2021

Day 6

6:15 A.M.

I fell asleep last night without going to the gas station to buy any food.  I woke up around 5:30 A.M. and the WiFi was pretty reliable so I watched the last half hour of The Avengers.  The corner bodega and gas station would be open right now, along with a Dunkin' Donuts a block away.  The grill opens up at 07:30 A.M., so I'll see if I can wait until then before buying breakfast and go order an omelet again or something.  That's over an hour, so I'm going to need some strong WiFi to get through this.

7:15 A.M.

I currently weight 212.4 pounds.  I could go get breakfast at 07:30 A.M., but it might be nice to wait an extra half hour or an extra hour.  Because if I eat breakfast at 07:30 A.M., then I'll probably be hungry again around noon, and then I'll be hungry again around 6:00 P.M., and that's three meals in one day.  It would be better to have two meals.  Or two meals and a snack.  Or just not eat at all.

08:05 A.M.

I've got Amazon Prime, Netflix, and the WWE Network.  Of those three, the WWE Network tends to buffer the most, so it needs the most reliable WiFi.  That being said, the WWE Network is also the best thing to put on in the background.  You can just lie in bed and half-watch it and let a couple hours go by.  So it's annoying that it's the hardest thing to watch.  It's the easiest thing to watch but also the hardest thing to watch when your WiFi is spotty.  It was getting so bad last night that the video would plain stop and I had to exit the app.

08:45 A.M.

Strike_Gently hasn't posted on Wreddit in the last two days.  Sometimes you'll see people come under fire on Reddit and straight-up vanish.  I'm really thinking of one specific example involving /u/MaxwellHill.  He was a moderator of /r/WorldNews, and people came up with a theory stating he was Ghislaine Maxwell, and he just straight-up vanished at that point.  Just completely stopped posting, and he had 14,854,976 post karma at the time, which is pretty high in comparison to most people.  I checked, and of the top-100 Wreddit posts during the past month, 12 of them were submitted by Strike_Gently.  

09:00 A.M.

I really haven't visited any websites today outside of Wreddit, the F4W Board, and YouTube.  I still haven't gotten breakfast yet.  There's a place a few blocks away that makes good salads, but they close at 3:00 P.M., so if I get a late breakfast I'd have to rush to get a salad before the place closes.  And here's the thing with the salad place:  If I order a salad through Seamless, I think I get an extra ingredient, and it's not really more expensive.  Maybe I'll have to double-check it, but I've got the impression that Seamless provides a better value.  A better value as measured by one extra ingredient.  The grill, by comparison, definitely charges a couple bucks more if you order a salad on Seamless compared to when you walk in and order a salad at the counter.  But, if I want a salad from the other place, it seems like it makes more sense to order through Seamless.  Also, I just don't like interacting with the counter guys there.  They actually messed up my order the first couple times that I ordered through Seamless, and a couple other times they didn't have the ingredients (even though it was just basic ingredients like eggs and mandarin oranges) and now they know my name and everything, and it's just kind of awkward.  The people at the grill don't know my name, and I don't know theirs, and it's great.  It's little calculations like this that just affect what I eat throughout the day. 

10:05 A.M.

Do you ever see a thumbnail on YouTube at the end of a video, and you click away but then want to bring it back on the screen just to read what it said, and the only way to do that is to re-load the same video you were just watching and fast-forward to the end, but you're about to get to the end and your Amazon Fire TV Stick resets, so you wait for the homescreen to re-load, and you re-open the YouTube app and start playing the same video, and it plays a pre-roll ad first, and the WiFi is spotty so the pre-roll ad pauses in the middle, and you're waiting for it to buffer, and you're still waiting, and then you hit the home button on your remote to start the process over?  

That's the type of thing that happens 100 times a day with the internet.

03:05 P.M.

I did get an omelet around 09:00 A.M.  I thought about getting a muffin at the counter as well, but held off.  Then I took a nap, and ordered a salad from the salad place at around 2:00 P.M.  So I've had breakfast and lunch and will probably be hungry again around 9:00 P.M.  

03:10 P.M.

The internet is still spotty, and I think the hovel hotel is sold out for the night.  The only thing I can watch reliably on the TV is YouTube.  I tried playing the Pluto TV channel for The Price Is Right but it would literally lag every other second.  YouTube lags as well, but it's not as bad.  There's always regular television, and the hovel hotel gets 41 channels, but most of the programs are really bad.  And by "bad," I mean they're not the sort of things you can put on in the background and relax to.  You can't put Impeachment news on in the background.  You can't put that alien Wendy Williams on in the background; every time you see her face in your peripheral vision, you'll think you're about to get abducted by E.T.  You can't put Law and Order: SVU on in the background.  A channel like TNT is sometimes good to put on in the background; they'll play a show like Supernatural over and over or just randomly play a Star Wars marathon.     

4:05 P.M.

FX is playing one of the Fast & Furious movies, so that provides some relief.  

5:15 P.M.

SmackDown is a fascinating show to watch right now.  WWE did a draft several months ago, so the main rosters are basically split in two.  I watched last week's episode and tried to figure out how many guys are on the sideline or unused at the moment, and I came up with five:  Seth Rollins (who's actually coming back this week), Buddy Murphy, Jimmy Uso, Wesley Blake, and Aleister Balck.  Lars Sullivan was actually released last month, and Steve Cutler was also released recently.  I think every other guy, with the possible exception of Kalisto, was featured on screen last week, and I remember Kalisto made a brief appearance with Sasha Banks a few weeks ago.  The point is, they're using just about every guy they have every week, and they really don't have a lot of slack.  They don't have that many guys on the roster.  They also have around 10 women on the roster, and there have been some weeks where they've use every single woman:  Sasha Banks, Carmella, Bianca Belair, Bayley, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Natalya, Tamina, Billie Kay, Sonya Deville.  And you can see some weeks where they have to get kind of imaginative in terms of match-ups.  One week they teased Paul Heyman vs. Adam Pearce as the main event.  They also had an intergender match between Sasha Banks and Reginald that week.  Sometimes they've bought over the Raw Women's Tag Team champions to have a match.  A couple weeks, to hype up the Royal Rumble, they had a bunch of Raw guys pop in randomly and had a 10-man tag team match.  

So I tune in every week thinking, "How are they going to fill up the two hours?"  They had Baron Corbin and Domnick wrestle three weeks in a row, and Cesaro and Bryan wrestled each other twice in recent weeks.  I don't really have anything against rematches--one of the old wrestling tropes is a best-of-5 or a best-of-7 series, but it's still fascinating to watch.

You're waiting every week for those types of moments where they just go, "Screw it, we have nothing left, throw out the Raw guys and let's have 10-man tag team match," and it crosses the line into absurdity.  It's not absurd most of the time, but it's creeping there.  It reminds me a bit of WrestleMania 32 when a lot of guys on the roster were injured and they randomly pulled out an Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon Hell in a Cell Match as one of the main attractions.  

SmackDown has 3 tag teams right now:  The Street Profits, Roode and Ziggler, and Otis and Chad Gable, and they blew off one of those matches last week.  Cesaro and Nakamura were a tag team for a while, but they've seemingly split up.  The Street Profits are still feuding with Roode and Ziggler, and the nice thing about having tag teams feud with each other is you can milk four different singles matches out of that.  SmackDown would've had another tag team with Cutler and Blake, but, like I said, they released Cutler.  There's a logical tag team with Rey Mysterio and Dominick, but WWE hasn't really pushed them as a tag team much.  

When Edge won the Royal Rumble, I figured he had to come to SmackDown and challenge Roman Reigns, if for no other reason than it would give them an extra person to cut a 7-minute promo every week.  SmackDown operates at such a leisurely, Soap Opera pace, they can just have two guys cut promos on each other for 8 weeks straight and it won't seem out-of-place.  Christian has also been cleared to compete, so, if they wanted to, they could have Edge and Christian come out and cut tandem promos and feud with Roman Reigns and Jey Uso, and that's an extra two or three matches right there without having to put Edge in a single match.

I remember when SmackDown "drafted" Lars Sullivan, I was kind of puzzled because there weren't a lot of babyface he could work with.  You could have him beat Kalisto and Chad Gable, sure, but there's not much of a lowcard that can provide fodder.  And, if you want to build someone up, you need to build him up gradually with wins.  Otherwise, you do the Kevin Owens thing and have him come in right away and beat John Cena.  

Of course, all the depth issues would be solved if they made a move like bringing up the Undisputed Era.  That would provide four extra guys who can each work long matches, and they can clip into the tag team division as well.  Plus they're tweeners, so they could work against the babyfaces or the heels.  The reason why WWE might not do that is they kind of need the Undisputed Era to fill out the roster on NXT on Wednesdays.

05:45 P.M.

Okay, I've got to go an hour without checking Wreddit.  I've been pretty good about only checking Wreddit and the F4W board today, but at some point I need to take a break from doing even that.

06:35 P.M.

The hovel hotel doesn't get C-SPAN, so I brought up the C-SPAN channel on YouTube and started watching the livestream of the impeachment hearings.  I put in on mute.  I don't want to hear what any of these politicians have to say, because I assume it's all bullshit, but it is interesting to watch what happens.  It's interesting to watch the process.  The livestream ended a few minutes ago, so I just put it on from the beginning.  Incidentally, I get to check Wreddit again in 10 more minutes.

06:50 P.M.

Not much happening on Wreddit during the past hour, so I'm going to go another hour without checking it.  The most interesting post in the new queue was a Jim Cornette video.

07:45 P.M.

Only five more minutes until I can check Wreddit again.

08:00 P.M.

So, according to this commercial I just watched, Optimum has the fastest Fiber network.  Maybe the hovel hotel should get optimum so that everyone can stream movies in their rooms without buffering.

10:35 P.M.

My goal, right now, is to not check Wreddit or the F4W board or any web page until 10 A.M. tomorrow.  That should be pretty feasible.  Let's go.

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