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11. Things I Liked

 

TV/Movies

I was a huge Seinfeld and Curb fan. I’ve seen every episode multiple times and know countless quotes. I’m very grateful for the amount of laughs these shows have brought me. Larry/George is a genius and I resonated a lot with them.

I was also a big fan of MTV’s The Challenge. CT is the GOAT. Especially the Bananas Backpack. Wes, Diem, and Paula were also some of my favs.

 

In terms of movies, my dad used to have Zorro, Rush Hour, and A Bronx Tale on VHS and I watched them many times as a kid. I still love all these movies to this day.

The Matrix, Fight Club, and Lord of the Rings are classics.

Also Superbad, Wedding Crashers, Step Brothers, Get Him To The Greek, and all those Judd Apatow movies are legendary.  

 

In recent years, I transitioned into Netflix, Twitch, and Youtube. In a way, these are almost too addicting as they are so accessible and the options are endless.

PewDiePie has been my go to as of late, as I’m really enjoying the meme culture and the T-Series shenanigans. I’m glad that a such genuine guy has so much influence and is using it for good.

Also in terms of podcasts, Theo Von is killing it. He’s so naturally funny and I’m a big fan of what he’s doing.

 

Video Games

I was really into video games when I was younger.

CS 1.6 was the first back when I was around 9 years old. I was never too good at shooting, but I really got into knifing and air strafing. I joined a knife clan (lol) and had scrims on ka_knife and scoutzknivez. Really fun times.  

Also from 05-07 I was super into Halo 2. I could only play on the weekends with the Xbox at my dads house, but I got pretty good. Me and Gary ran train on Double team. Lockout BRs was our jam. So many good memories with that. If only twitch was around back then.

This was probably the peak of my gaming career, and I was super into MLG when they were putting on those early Halo 2 tourneys. Final Boss were the first esports stars. I played a little bit of Halo 3 when it came out, but it was nothing compared to 2.

 

One game that I’ve continued to play on and off is Magic: The Gathering. I collected the cards when I was really young, and then in 2013 I randomly got into drafting at a shop called Ice Imports in South Windsor.

I was surprised that it wasn’t a bunch of nerds, these were all professional working guys coming to play after work for the day. I went every Friday night for a few months and it was super fun. I met a lot of cool people and we’d go out afterwards.

I never cared about the fantasy or keeping the cards, I just was super into the skill of drafting and winning the matches. There are so many different variables that go into it and I enjoyed challenging my mind to the highest level.

 

Oh, I also played a lot of PUBG in Thailand at the gaming cafe with my friend Thomas. We sucked and never won a game lol but it was still a lot of fun.

 

Music

I liked all kinds of music but here are some of my favorites:

“In The End” by Linkin Park was the first song I ever heard that I actually liked. I was probably around 8 years old. Absolutely amazing song, and I think Hybrid Theory is one of the best albums ever made.

My first favorite band was Rise Against back in 05-07. Siren Song and Sufferer & The Witness were dope. They were also my first concert, at The Webster in 2007 with Silverstein. Anberlin was another favorite of mine during this time. 

Then I got really into Blink-182 from like 08-09. All their stuff before 2004 is great in different ways depending on the mood.  

After that came Minus the Bear from 10-11. Menos el Oso and Planet of Ice are classics.

 

I listened to a variety of stuff from 2012-present specifically SOAD, ADTR, and a really dope band from CT that my younger brother Jason recently showed me, Currents.

Ironically, I’ve also been listening to a lot of Death Cab lately. Their music has really put me at peace.

 

In terms of playing myself, I started playing the drums during freshman year of high school and started the band To Say The Least like I mentioned earlier. I never took it too seriously after that, but I loved coming up with cool beats and I was always constantly tapping without even realizing it.

I also always used to love singing in the car/shower but never pursued it further. As of late, I’ve been having a lot of fun getting drunk and doing karaoke.

 

Food, Drink & More

I liked pretty much everything except for some seafood. Mexican was always my favorite though.

I was also super addicted to Chocolate, Strawberries, and Peanut Butter. Especially making different combinations in smoothies and ice cream bowls with a bunch of toppings which I had a lot of in Thailand!

Also I could never have enough orange juice.

 

In terms of the libations, vodka was always my first choice. I could drink it like water and I always had a good time with it. I was also a big fan of Moscato. I liked beer, but I couldn’t ever drink more than one without getting super tired and bloated. Probably all that yeast.

I also liked to smoke weed before bed. It was a great way to cap off the day, and it really helped me fall asleep, something I’ve always struggled with. I could never smoke during the day though, I got way too tired and paranoid.

 

Last but certainly not least, my life was supremely improved from Kratom. I first was introduced to the plant back in 2013, and it gave me a huge boost to get my life in order. I’ve always been extremely fatigued, and Kratom gave me the ability to get off the couch and be productive.

It’s absolutely criminal what that FDA and DEA are trying to do with it now to protect big pharma which is the real killer. Corruption at its finest. However, I’m confident that the science and the millions of lives Kratom has saved will prevail.

 

Muay Thai/MMA/Yoga

Earlier in 2018, I started learning Muay Thai while I was still in Chiang Mai. I really enjoyed it and wanted to start training seriously and eventually fight. Unfortunately as 2018 progressed, I continued to get worse and wasn’t able to keep training.

I also started getting into Yoga around the same time to improve my flexibility. I was shocked at how therapeutic it was for me. I couldn’t believe how difficult it was, and completing one of those classes felt great and always felt like a huge accomplishment.

I had never had a real interest before, and it sucks that I wasn’t able to fulfill my passion for fighting and general health and wellness.

 

Since I couldn’t really do the physical stuff anymore, I started watching UFC and got super into that. It’s given me something to look forward to every weekend which has been nice. Khabib’s a beast!

Also in a related boxing note, Fury got robbed! He clearly won that fight and that resurrection was legendary. I hope he gets the Joshua fight next, there’s no need for a rematch.

 

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