I Quit My Life Insurance Job

About a month ago, I made the decision to become a Life Insurance Agent, however, the job wasn’t what it was cracked up to be. I thought I’d be making a $100K salary from this, but I proved that its really harder than I realized. The company that I worked for does an old-school method of calling people to schedule appointments to those that requested benefits, then visiting them door-to-door to make those appointments. The problem is that some people aren’t home and others just don’t care and pretend to not notice you. Then these mean people walk away from their door before opening it. Its a bad world out there, and I was a part of it. So, this job was obviously a big mistake and I encourage you NOT to submit your resume to this company. This anonymous company posts stuff all over Indeed and claims that they are looking for “3 representatives and team leaders”. I saw at least 20 people at the orientation, yet, I didn’t see a single one of them at the training room. Some of these people looked more intelligent than I was and they certainly knew they were simply getting “played”. They left because everyone except me knew this company was no-good. I was the only unfortunate fool that joined this company. In this company, you are a self-employed contractor and not an employee of the company itself. You also don’t get paid unless you get a commission, so you are working like a slave until you get one. Out of the 6 days of a typical week that work at this company, 2 of them are call-days where I call people with no additional compensation, and the other 4 are days I waste 6 hours of my life traveling to these appointments to find out that 80% of them aren’t home and don’t give a shit about me. By the way, I only made $600 in the 120 hours I worked for this company, which is less than minimum wage if you do the math!

Well, that’s it, I’m done at this company and there’s nothing my managers can say to me to convince me to stay. I’d rather work at Sears until they close, then I’ll work at Kmart until they close as well. At least I have a state-issued Life Insurance license that I can build into my resume now.

Radio Station Blocked My Facebook Account

Well, I seemed to be getting into problems yet again! This time around, I might have deserved it! I won’t mention the name of this radio station, because it is run by a great company and there is only one person to blame for it. That person who blocked me must have seen my offensive comments and blocked me. I would always tune-in to this radio station every Sunday night at 7 pm and I would give my output on the Sunday Night Music Meeting on Facebook. I’ve done this for at least a couple of years. If you know what show I’m talking about, then you know exactly what radio station this is! It is run by a mid-size company that owns about 63 radio stations. Okay, no more hints! After I saw that I got blocked, I made a Facebook post about it and shared it with a few friends. Then, I switched to my alternate account and gave them a piece of my own medicine. I turned around and blocked them back! Hahahhaha! Serves you right asshole! I made a comment stating that this one band’s music isn’t the same as it used to be. The morning show person replied, and I knew exactly who it was due to the date in which the reply was posted. He said something along the lines of “This band can’t always put out the same material, gotta mix it up a little”. I am not sure if that’s the comment that got me blocked. However, I made some slight criticism toward other new bands they played. I made a “shove” vote on all of them because I simply didn’t like them. Now, I did mention the radio station WSOU in a private message and changed my vote to “LOVE” simply because I heard it on that station. Perhaps that was it! I don’t know for sure. All I know is this radio host can’t take criticism so I’ll have to find a new radio station that does. The only problem is that not many radio stations do shows like this that are totally interactive like this one is. The way I see it, the whole radio industry is turning to shit. Most people listen to music on i-phones, or they watch music videos on YouTube. Hell, even the radio station posts the YouTube links under the posts for the Music Meeting if anyone missed hearing them on-air. You can find all these videos just by typing in a few keywords and you don’t even have to wait until Sunday nights to hear them. So, that’s why I call this station a complete rip! Its just a wannabe radio station and it’s ALWAYS been a wannabe all along!

Here’s the thing, if a radio station blocks me, this proves that they can’t handle a real critic. I am even willing to explain myself for crying out loud. Who else does that? I don’t just shove these new songs just because! I give my reasons, such as dry content or poor vocals. My opinions should always be welcome. Otherwise, I will go somewhere else and vote for songs on some other radio station, if I can find one. I wish myself the best of luck for that. It doesn’t really matter because this whole voting system is a complete joke! When songs get added into regular rotation, they wait until it reaches the top 20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. If it does, it’ll be played maybe even 30 hours. Then when the song gets into the top 10, it’ll be played every 7 hours or so. A song may gets dozens of “shove” votes or maybe no “love” votes at all and it’ll still be played on repeat anyway. Keep in mind, this radio station is run by a company that recently merged with Greater Media last year, so they play by their policies, this way no listener can influence their playlist! And I mean NO-ONE!

A Video of a Red Tailed Hawk Where a Man Throws an Object At It

The other day, I was watching some hawk videos just as I do every night. Then I came across of a video of a Red Tailed hawk that came very close to a man that was filming it. I put a “like” on the video and made this comment:

“You scared that Red Tailed hawk away, and it seems like you tried very hard doing it too. Apparently, there’s something in that pond you don’t want that hawk to capture. You won’t be able to prevent all hawk attacks, because they can strike at any time of the day.”

The man, which will forever remain anonymous, then replied:

“JeremyThePlayer88 He comes around everyday and I love seeing him but he keeps killing the birds at the feeders and some fish. He is a beautiful bird and not scared of me, that’s for sure.”

Once he said that, I rewatched the video, and I noticed something right at the end where after he shouts at the hawk multiple times before he throws an object at it. I decided to reply with this statement:

“Gee, at 0:XX you threw an object of what I think is a rock at the hawk. Its a good thing I’m not the sensitive type because other people might consider this animal cruelty”.

That comment actually caused the owner to delete the video. Apparently, this guy feels very guilty over what he did. The only reason why he deleted it because he’s afraid someone will flag the video over animal cruelty. Also, to tell you the truth, he doesn’t want to admit that he wants to harm that hawk. In fact, I did see the stone actually hitting the hawk, and if it had poked a hole in its wings, then it would no longer be able to fly. It would then die a slow painful death from starvation since if it can’t fly then it can’t hunt either. You might as well shoot at it with a gun, it’ll be quicker and less painful that way. This hawk didn’t mind the man getting close. In fact, it was so determined to stay near him that I’m sure he could have pet the hawk if he wanted to. But NOOOOOOOOOO! He decided to throw a rock at it. Also, in his comment, he used a poor choice of words, he said “he keeps killing the birds and fish”. How could one hawk possibly kill that many animals. Also, a Red Tailed hawk doesn’t hunt for fish, because it’s not part of its diet. Only Red Shouldered hawks hunt for fish. I’ve only seen less than 10 videos of Red Shouldered hawks hunting for fish out of the more than 1,000 hawk videos I’ve seen on YouTube. I have watched over a dozen videos per day on hawks and seeing a Red Shouldered hawk hunting for fish is so rare that you might as well say that it never happens! If a Red Tailed hawk is in fact hunting for the man’s fish, then it is most like Spunky the hawk, which is a very famous Red Tailed hawk was raised by Bald Eagles. Other than that, the only raptors this man will find hunting for fish is an eagle or an osprey. Now, there is the possibility that this hawk is starving and is simply finding other ways to survive. If that’s the case, this hawk won’t survive through another Winter. My recommendation is this, in order for him to protect his fish he needs to buy an enclosure for the pond. If he truly cares about his pets, then he shouldn’t mind spending some extra money to take good care of them. Also, he should buy a seed feeder that’s enclosed, that way only small birds like sparrows get fit inside but large birds like hawks can’t. Instead, he’s throwing rocks at the hawk and making a fissy fit when things don’t go his way. The biggest problem is that if he’s going to continue to throw rocks at the hawk, one day a rock might just poke through the hawk’s wings. Then, you might as well say goodbye because it won’t be able to fly anymore and then it’ll starve to death because it can no longer hunt. Also, if he continues to throw rocks, this hawk will no longer trust humans and will stay as far away from them as possible. That means I won’t get the chance to get close to this hawk either because it is too afraid of everybody, including a hawk watcher like myself. There’s a place called hell for people like him. He’s ruining things so that hawks are more fearful of humans. Falconers are trying to help hawks by training how to hunt properly, but this guy is doing the exact opposite. So thanks for nothing jerk! Why is it that so many sparrows, chickadees and blue jays feed from peoples’ hands but crows, hawks, and eagles never do? Here’s why. Chickadees are seed-eating birds so they rely on us for their survival during the Winter when seeds are scarce in the wild. Nobody wants to put out a piece of raw meat for a Red Tailed hawk, because most people don’t want to touch that kind of stuff. Okay, I’ll admit it, I don’t either. Maybe there’s a possibility a hawk might settle for a chicken roast. Other than that, I’d rather just see a wild hawk hunt and once I become a falconer only then will I decide on the raw meat selection in order for me to train it better.

Here’s a lovely note, it is impossible to save all wildlife. American crows are shot and killed every day because they are simply a nuisance bird and destroy crops. Also, European starlings are killed because they gather in flocks and make too much noise and they shit on everything. However, at least other birds can be saved, especially Red Tailed hawks because they actually get rid of rodents such as rats. Nature has a balance, and you have to make sure you let nature take its course. If this man can’t afford to buy an enclosure for his fish or buy a bird feeder that is hawk-proof, then THAT’S HIS FUCKING PROBLEM! OKAY! He needs to stop being a shithead and start realizing that some animals have a meaning and true purpose in our world. When his time on Earth is over, he’s going straight to hell! He will continue to throw rocks at that hawk. I just know it. That’s okay, I’ve done my share of harming birds too, here’s a video of me putting mixing bleach and wood cleaner with cupcakes when it was very late at night. Then I put it outside on a tree branch, that way lots of warblers would die, which would make me very happy! After I woke up the next morning though, I then realized what I did was wrong and cleaned up the uneaten cupcakes. I used to have it up on YouTube but then a hacker got into my JeremyTheViewHacker channel and deleted all my videos on there.

Here’s a description of the video:

“I hate these Yellow-Rumped Warblers now. They’ve just seen too much. Poisoning and killing them with this stuff is the only way I can relieve my depression. Once these birds are gone, they’ll be no birds left to enjoy the icing. Ha, take that! Every bird that hasn’t eaten the icing can enjoy their lives.

My mom says that the icing is not good for them and it causes problems in the wild. They have too much sugar in them. My mom also thinks if they eat more and more icing, there will be more droppings. I am tired of arguing with her. People are allowed to feed them bread, bagels, and donuts, but they can’t feed them cupcakes? It makes no sense.

In part 2, I swear, I’m going to go back the forest, grab those dead birds, then, I’m going to throw them at the house, and stuff icing in their beaks. Wait a second, let me take it one step further. I’m going to just hide the icing in their beaks, then see if any of the birds that are still alive eat that. Once my mom sees that, she’ll go, “Yeeeeh, the birds are gone.” My grandma thinks that she’ll say that too. That’ll give me a good reason to stop feeding them cupcakes.

Oh and as for the date of this video, I recorded it at 12:28 am on February 21, 2012.”

Enjoy!

Is Falconry About More Than Just Hunting?

Every night on YouTube is just like any other…well up until now! I found out there is a type of falconry activity called “Bird Abating”. There was one video out of the 1,000 videos that I watched that had this activity mentioned, but I never knew the exact word for it. Bird abating is when a falconer trains a raptor to scare away pest birds. This can be useful in farming communities where flocks of crows or blackbirds can eat all the crops. Obviously, this ends up to problems for these farmers because less crops are harvested at the end of the season. Sometimes, new crops can’t grow because the soil is destroyed from the fallen or dried up crops. So, instead of using pesticides on the crops, which is harmful to all wildlife, a natural method is used where falconers train their raptors to chase these birds away. Now, the only downside to using a falcon or hawk to scare away other birds is that they are no longer hunting for prey! Obviously in the wild, these birds of prey survive only on the prey they catch, so it is assumed that these birds will never be released and are used in captivity for their whole lives! To me, this is a problem because NO bird of prey should be kept forever. They are meant to be free and open in the wild, NOT chained up when they are done for the day. Many falconers who train their raptors to hunt only keep them for several months before releasing them in the wild. They also assist their raptors making their catches easier to kill by using a knife to finish the job. This way the raptor doesn’t injure its wings while it tries to stabilize its prey and prevent it from escaping. I’ve actually seen videos of hawks losing battles to prey right at the end. The prey is already bleeding and ends up escaping out of the raptor’s talons, and sometimes, they die a slow painful death hours later then some vulture feasts on it the next day. Nature is cruel sometimes, but that’s part of life! You know what’s even worse, if the prey escapes, then the raptor has no meal. What if it continues to fail hunting time and time again until it finally starves to death? Well, apparently, hunting with hawks is considered illegal for falconers because it is consider cruel and inhumane. Here’s something even crazier, these inexperienced raptors are all alone and so many of these raptors die all because no-one wants to learn how to help them! Here in New Jersey, there is a hawk-watching area and according to a website, only 10% of these raptors return home after the Winter is over! Talk about a population annihilation! Now, YOU tell me how cruel nature is! I DARE YOU TO!!! I’m sick of seeing such statistics showing up. I’m OBSESSED with watching hawks, and one day I’m going to be hunting with them and I’m NOT going to let history repeat itself! There needs to be a time where at least half of these raptors can return to their nest, rather than 10%. I’m surprised hawks, eagles, and falcons aren’t extinct yet, seriously! Things would be WAYYYY worse if nobody trained their birds of prey to hunt! Also, if some falconers are using their raptors to chase birds away, why are SO MANY raptors in the wild being chased by smaller birds such as crows and mockingbirds? Also, these raptors are just STANDING there ignoring them and they are not even attacking them back. Eventually the raptors just fly away and get attacked elsewhere! I’m NEVER EVER seen a wild hawk chase birds deliberately, unless their nest is being intruded upon! So, I’m a little baffled that any falconer would use bird abating instead of hunting. I guess falconers have been doing everything wrong for thousands of years. They are all undeserving fools who only want to kill living things. It says in the bible, “Thou shalt not kill”, but that’s apparently what’s going on in the wild too.

So here’s a few questions for you to stretch your knowledge upon, can you change natural selection? No! Can you change a hawk’s diet? NO! Lastly, can you hunt with hawks so that they can be stronger in the wild and prevent them from starving and then dying?” NO, because it is inhumane to hunt and watch prey be eaten.

You might not be able to change a hawk’s diet, but let me tell you, a hawk’s gotta survive somehow. After I looked through all the 1,000 videos that I liked on my YouTube page, I found the very first video I saw of a hawk. It is ULTRA RARE footage of a Red Tailed hawk eating bread in Philly, which is about 28 miles away from where I live.

After watching that, THAT’S when I starting getting obsessed into hawks. So, I searched for more hawks eating bread! This video was taken after a Red-Shouldered hawk almost snatched a crow in mid-air but the crow dropped the bread.

Want more? Well, I have a playlist of 3 other videos of hawks eating bread. If you can find a 6th video if a hawk eating bread, please let me know! Haha, good luck, because I guarantee you won’t find another. Less than 1% of the time will they be not be eating live prey or carrion. Now, enough of the silly talk! The reason why I decided to continue to find any hawk related videos is because a lot of them are accustomed to living in urban areas, and that’s where I can see more exciting footage. A lot of times, they’ll eat their prey 5 feet away from people that are walking by. Here’s something fun and exciting that I liked recently, a hawk mating while eating at the SAME time! Check this one out.

So, as you can see, I have no preference over what a hawk is doing in a video, as long as its hawk related, I’m watching it. The keywords I am always searching for on YouTube are “hawks”, “Red Tailed hawk”, “Cooper’s Hawks”, “Red Shouldered hawks”, and more recently “Falconry” and “birds of prey”. I never deviate from those search terms and I place “likes” on every video that’s hawk related.

As for me becoming a falconer, it can’t seem to happen soon enough. I still live with my grandma, plus I live in difficult times because I’ve spent at least at least $8,000 promoting my online business. I also spent another $10,000 on Neobux (boy was that a big mistake), and lost about $1,500 in a pump and dump stock. I’m still trying to promote my two traffic exchange websites every night, plus I’m entering contests on pch.com. On top of all that, I still work at a day job at Sears. So, I’m completely booked and will continue to be for a long time! I have nothing to look forward to. Ever since my cat died, I’ve been longing for another friend. The other cat my grandma has is afraid of me and runs away when I try to pet her unless she’s on the sofa. I feel like I really need a hawk friend (a Red Tailed hawk to be exact). Who am I kidding though. It’ll never happen! Maybe in a new life I’ll get one! I do want to teach my future hawk how to hunt, but since that is inhumane, I’m not allowed to. So my hopes and dreams of becoming a falconer are all officially dashed, and it’s my obsession of watching hawks eat that has caused this to fall apart.

In the meantime, I’ll try to watch more videos of hawks eating their prey. I enjoy watching hawks tearing about the prey’s skin limb from limb. It puts a smile on my face and gets rid of the stress that I get during a hard day’s word!

Here’s one you’ll absolutely LOVE! I’d love to do something like this if I invested in real estate and bought some condominiums that I can rent out to people. Then someone suddenly had a rat problem and they realized that their landlord (me) would be a falconer!

So remember, you can’t change a hawk’s eating habits, but its a real shame I’m not allowed to hunt with a hawk because someone falconer on YOUTUBE told me it’s wrong!

Here’s a video of a Red Tailed hawk eating a baby groundhog. I show no remorse for the groundhog, and I could care less about its prey being a baby. The hawk doesn’t pick on its prey. It just happened that was the easiest prey to hunt for at the moment. Who knows, it may fail at hunting dozens of animals because it can successfully catch another.

Keep this in mind! Next time you see a hawk in your backyard or park or anywhere else and you see a hawk eating its prized catch, keep this in mind…

THIS MAY BE THE HAWK’S LAST MEAL!!! Yep, that’s right, its life ends with that meal. It may continue to fail to catch its prey dozens of times before it uses up all its energy and totally starves to death. Then you’ll see a dead hawk in your backyard. How lovely!

Got Caught With a $100 Ticket

Well, unfortunately, I got a $100 fine for staying at a park too late. I won’t disclose the name of this park, but it is a state park, and once it closes at a certain time they do close the gates. I accidentally misjudged the time I was staying on the hiking trail, and because of this mistake, I paid the price. The state park official actually warned me last time when the park closed at 7 pm a few weeks back when I stayed until 9 pm. Now, they recently changed the hours to 6 pm and it was 7:15 when I left. I do believe this ticket was unfair, but say what you will! I was warned, of course, but it really makes no sense that they would not allow people to hike. Heck, people camp in the woods, why can’t I hike? That’s all I was doing, just hiking! Also, I have seen bike riders a half-hour past closing. I left at around 6:15 and there were still hikers around near the parking lot. I kid you not! All I got to say is, they only picked on me because I was later than everyone else, even though most of the people well before I did.

In response to this ticket, I will just suffer the consequences and pay the fine. In addition, I will rip up the map to the park in a million pieces and delete the address from my car’s navigation system. I do NOT want to see or hear the name of that park ever again. I didn’t even have to go to this park. I did it only to explore things a little bit and get some exercise. It took me 2 and a half hours to drive to this stupid piece of shit park, so the amount of time wasted driving there isn’t even worth staying if I have to constantly worry about leaving at a certain time. I feel like everyone’s out to get me. One of these days, I’ll get a ticket for driving too slow on the highway, but I’ll make sure I get a good lawyer on my side if that happens. Next time I go hiking, I’ll just go to the local park here in Bordentown. The trail is very small, so I’ll just run around a few times to get my weekly exercise, then I’m done. It’ll save me the time and aggravation of driving countless hours to go to a bigger park that has the same features.

Driving to Work was a Complete Nightmare

Well, it was another day driving to Sears today, however, it was unlike any other day. Over the past 2 years, I’ve never had a problem getting to and from work at the speed I drive, but today, I had a complete idiot to deal with. As you may not know, I drive a 2015 Ford Focus Electric, therefore I don’t get that much battery power. However, it gets a good 100 miles to a single charge under the right conditions. I do like to help my grandparents save on their electric bill, so that’s why I drive at an economical speed. I normally drive 50 mi/hr when the weather is mild, but today, I drove 55 mi/hr since it was 80 degrees outside. So, here I am driving, in the slow lane just as I normally do, and someone in a white van passes me. So far, so good! However, after he’s like…1000 feet away, the driver started slowing down after he/she went back into the slow lane after passing me from the middle lane. He started slowing down shortly after the Columbus/Florence exit. It doesn’t appear that anyone was coming onto the highway from the ramp, but even after the exit, the driver still kept slowing down. Now the van is moving even slower than I am. I retain my speed at 55 mi/hr (which is always set using the cruise control), and I immediately pass the van after I am only a couple of feet behind it. Then, there were a few cars and a semi approaching me in the middle lane. Obviously, the semi can’t pass me in the fast lane, because that would be illegal, so the semi would have to slow down. I tried to get out of that lane as quick as I could to prevent the truck driver from slamming on his brakes and causing an accident, (this is why driving at 55 mi/hr on an interstate highway can be dangerous and is NOT RECOMMENDED). Once I got back into the right lane, I was only a couple of feet in front of the van. Yes, I was tailgating in case some of you wanted to know what I just did. That was a red flag on my part. So, far I’m driving faster than the van, but THEN the van slowed down again. What a complete asshole that person is! Seriously! I could just pass the van again, but now there were other cars in the middle lane. So, I used the shoulder to pass the van…totally ILLEGAL! After I successfully passed the van the second time, I looked behind me and noticed the van proceeded to a complete stop in into the shoulder and put the blinkers on. I have a feeling the driver is going to report me to the police! So, this is how I’m going to be treated? For being economical and saving money going just 10 miles under the speed limit in the GODDAMN slow lane, and now I have to deal with someone slowing down after passing me? Drivers like that don’t belong on the road. I have had an instance like that happen a couple years back when I was driving in the fast lane in a 55 mi/hr road. However, that was a mistake on my part because I had like…20 people behind me in the 2nd lane. The person who passed me and slowed down even flashed his stupid blinkers at me to let me know I didn’t belong in that lane. Then, after he passed me in the other lane, he went in front of me and slowed down to remind me AGAIN. So, obviously this is a different situation. Now, one thing I noticed is that when the van slowed down, the brake lights didn’t show up, which means he just coasting, not deliberately braking. This could mean that the driver is an elderly person, and is just slowing down enough to see that there was nobody coming down the exit ramp. Then, he/she simply forgot what speed he was going to simply didn’t accelerate and continued at that speed. Of course, my fault is when I drove too close to the van after passing it. Both times when the van passed me, it was 5 car lengths away, which is the correct threshold for safely staying driving behind someone. The van was also 5 car lengths in front of me when it passed from the middle lane back into the slow lane. So perhaps I set him off, but obviously I got set off as well, which is why I passed him from the shoulder. I have seen other people pass me from the shoulder, however, two wrongs down make a right. I certainly went too far on handling this situation. I could have just slowed down after he slowed down in front of me the second time. However, I was too hasty, and I needed to get to work. I didn’t want to be late. I arrived 5 minutes late, which is only 1 minute before the 6 minute grace period. I’m sure the van would keep slowing down more and more until it was 35 mi/hr on the interstate and I could report that driver to the police to be driving recklessly slow!

Well, because this driver may have reported my license plate, now I may have to hide from the police. That’s just great! The fact of the matter is, I can’t drive 55 forever, and someone’s going to report me so that everyone else gets to share the slow lane too. That’s totally unfair! I guess I’m going to have to increase my speed to 65 one of these days. I drove a different route home, because I was afraid the driver of the van may have sent the cops to monitor the area. It took an extra 7 minutes to get home tonight. I’m at least hoping that on Saturday, there won’t be any cops on the road. As far as I am concerned, only the state police patrol the interstate, and I only see them with the speedometers a few times a month. If I see them, I’ll just drive 65, then I’ll slow back down to 55 again once I’m out of their sight. No big deal! Haha, you can’t get me.

Am I the Biggest Sears Promoter Worldwide on Twitter Right Now?

A few days ago, my manager decided on launching a Social Media contest. The objective is to promote our summer blowout event with as many people as possible, and boy I sure did! I haven’t exactly counted how many retweets I had of my post because I had so darn many! Of course, I did spend many hours trying to entice people into retweeting it. The incentive for me doing this was that the person with the most shares would win a $25 gift card. I won of course, and I pretty much blew everyone else at Sears Burlington out of the water! As of right now, I am on the top of the page when anyone searches for “Sears”, not just “Sears Burlington”. This means that I am the top Sears promoter in the entire nation! Imagine that!

Tweet Sears

I did have a previous tweet that had over 400 likes on it, however, I had to delete it because Sears extended the date of the promotion. It was initially set to end on the 4th. I will be posting new tweets every day. Some of these tweets will include a picture of our clearance merchandise, which is selling like hotcakes by the way! We are now down from 4 shelves to 2 shelves.

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I am shooting for a goal of 10,000 retweets altogether. I hope you can help me reach that goal. Please follow me @JTheNavigator88 on Twitter, and retweet my Sears posts with as many people as you possibly can. This not only can improve my hours, but can also help Sears Burlington thrive and continue to provide a WOW member experience for everyone that shops there. This means, you won’t have to wait in long lines and you’ll get the best service guaranteed! Also, most importantly, we will always keep our doors open, without even a single threat of our store going out of business.

The next post will most likely entail what I planned to talk about on the last post in regards to my online expenses.

 

Long Time Without Blogging With Lots on My Mind

With it being years since my last blog entry, I figured now would be the perfect time to post something. There’s been a lot on my mind, mostly in relation to the online money-making activities I’m doing. However, I will talk about that another time. I have also been searching for a new job, since I just got my Bachelors’ Degree on Aug 12th. So far, I’ve applied for 3 jobs, but no contact had been made just yet. Every night, right before I go to bed, I’ve been searching for hawk videos on YouTube. That’s right! I search for “hawks”, or anything else hawk related, whether its “Red Tailed hawks”, “Cooper’s hawks”, “Red Shouldered hawks”, “falconry” or “birds of prey”. I do this every night without fail. Lately, though, I have been so preoccupied with my online business that I usually don’t go to bed until 3 am sometimes. That would explain why I post comments so late at night. There have been a few times where I’d save the links on notepad and watch them a different night. However, sometimes users do delete their videos shortly after uploading them. This is a big problem because sometimes even videos with valuable content even get deleted. For instance, there was one video of a hawk eating either a frog or rat, and it scooped it all in one bite. The video was deleted a couple days later. I made a comment on the video stating “0:29 was the best part! It scooped that thing into its beak like it was nothing. I think it was either a frog or a rat. By the way, they don’t eat anything old or rotten. They only eat what they catch. However, it does happen that they find dead animals on the ground, but that’s rare.” The owner then replied “thank you for the insight sir. It’s was so cool to be so close. I’ve always had an odd fascination with giant predatory birds.” After seeing that reply, I have no idea why he deleted it, but it really bothers me. If I had waited to watch that video, I would be all out of luck! That was one of the best videos I’ve ever seen! Why in hell’s blazes would that user delete it? Seriously! Maybe the owner thought it would be offensive to show hawks consuming prey like that, or maybe other viewers would be creeped out or something. That’s my only guess. Well, the only thing I can hope for is to one day find another video as cool as that one. My hawk searches will never end, in fact, it is just beginning!

Another thing I’ve recently been thinking about for a few months is going into falconry. So far, no-one in my family knows, and they NEVER will! They will only find out when they see a Red Tailed hawk on my shoulders, and yes, I have already decided it will be a Red Tailed hawk! However, that is a sheer fantasy, because I am way to busy to care for one at the moment with my Sears job and my online business. Not only that, but my grandparents’ have 2 dogs and 4 cats (I think) running around the house, and its way too chaotic to have a wild bird flying around. I got no patience, because every minute is consumed by something. I haven’t even had time to go hiking lately, that gives you an idea how busy I’ve been. Usually I go hiking at least a couple times each month, but I have gone anywhere since June.

YouTube is one other thing I wanted to get off my mind. I haven’t done a lot on YouTube, only because I find it pointless to upload videos because I am probably the only person that watches them. Yet, even though I got 12,000 subscribers, I’m pretty much treated like dirt! So, THANKS FOR NOTHING! Seriously though, those subscribers were mostly gained through sub4sub websites. Its just like doing sub4sub on YouTube, although you don’t have to repeatedly go to YouTube channels asked, “I subbed, can you sub back”. I typically only made such comments on users that actually mentioned that they are a sub4sub channel on their channel page. Obviously I am not a spammer, nor do I EVER want to be considered one. I hate spammers as much as anyone else. I stopped using sub4sub websites because A: My subs get deleted by YouTube because they obviously aren’t watching my videos, and B: I don’t get paid for any of this stuff, and its just a hobby for me anyways. However, one of the reasons why I wanted to use sub4sub websites, because a lot of other people were doing it and were successful to promoting their videos. However, these people probably spend hours or even days making their videos. I spend only a few minutes to add a title and credits on my videos, which is only a few slides of text. Also, I do admit, I’m no content creator, I just post videos that look appealing.

Once again, it has been years since my last blog entry where I talked about a conure I got to chance to meet at Sears. So, here we are, I finally got most of my issues off my mind. However, my money might be in danger, and its going to be a long one! It’ll be on my next post for sure.

I do want to give big shoutout goes to Nora. Check out her blog at http://islandrambles.blogspot.ca/. She’s got lots of hawk-related stuff on there. She’s also the one person who encouraged me to make this blog post. I might as well continue to use this wordpress site, since I AM paying for it.
I upgraded to a Premium account, which came with my very own domain name! So instead of jeremytheplayer88.wordpress.com, you can type in jeremytheplayer.com and you’ll get the same homepage. It’ll also appear like that on search engines as well. I’m currently in the process of monetizing this blog, but I’ve had no success because apparently these advertising companies say I don’t have enough views on my blog. I could use traffic exchange websites to boost my views, but that would totally violate the TOS of these advertising sites. So, now I’m back to square one again. Maybe I’ll just not monetize my blog, because its not really worth the effort.

A Customer With a Conure

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I was working my shift, and with it being the busiest day before Christmas, many shoppers were at Sears buying their last minute gifts. At around 4:15, my co-worker’s shift ended and I was alone until the next associate came at 6:00. Luckily I survived among grabbing shoes and ringing up countless amounts of sales. At 5:45, the busy rush stopped and I had just enough time to put away all the rejected items and organize the shelves. At around 6:15, I took my 15-minute break, then upon coming back, I arrived right on time to handle another small line of 4 customers. Then, about 10 minutes later, while organizing the woman’s boots, I had a customer approach me and ask about how to convert her shoe size on abercrombie.com. I know it’s totally irrelevant to my job, but I was willing to help. She had her i-phone out and was showing me these letters “m” “p” and “l” on the numerical values which ranged from 5 to 24. Some numbers did not show up, which is presumed that the website was sold out of. After gazing at the screen for about 10 seconds, I saw a green-cheeked conure on her arm. I was so surprised at seeing that. I didn’t say anything yet, but I suddenly lost my train of thought. I blurted out “let me think, ummm” and other lost-thought type of words. Then I said to the woman, “You have a nice bird there”. She replied, “Thanks, some people feel sort of afraid. I bring him with me because it gives me comfort. I just feel happy with him with me”. I think she is very dedicated to show love and compassion for such amazing creatures. I never got the conure’s name because I forgot to ask. While I was walking with the woman through the store to compare sizes of jeans, I tried to guess what kind of bird she had. I couldn’t figure it out, but then I said “it’s a quaker parrot, no, wait”, then the woman said, “look at the heart on its back.” I then said “it’s a lovebird”, but wouldn’t you know I was wrong anyways. I thought it would be obvious, but not in this case. I feel stupid to realize it was actually a conure, since I used to watch videos of birds dancing to songs on YouTube, most of which were conures. I looked at the long tail, and thought to myself, “oh, that actually makes sense.” She told me that this bird is very smart. “Yes”, I told her. “I did a lot of research on birds, so I have always liked to learn about them. I want to get a pet raven one of these days”. I picked a raven for a different reason, and although their intellegence is part of the reason, there is a more important reason which I’m not ready to mention. It does have something to do with videos I’ve done in the past, just to give you a hint. I am always interested in how intelligent birds actually are. Did you know that most birds have the intelligence of a 4-year old child? It’s true! I learned that on a tv infomercial from Bird Paradise, which does do their own tv show on WMCN, channel 44. After speaking to her about her size and doing the conversions, I tried to pet her conure, but it pecked at me before I could reach its head. I knew this conure took me as a complete stranger, and was afraid I may harm it, which is why it defended itself. That conure didn’t peck hard. As a matter of fact, not even larger birds such as macaws can cause pain from their beak, mostly due to the fact that they swallow their food whole instead of chewing it. I saw a man walk into Sears once with a macaw, and I didn’t experience any pain when it pecked at me. That’s why they got gizzards inside their body instead of teeth. The defensive strategy is also used to protect itself from being handled by anyone EXCEPT for its true mate, which is the owner. Most birds only have one mate, and they mate for life by the way. I learned it is better if I end up getting my own pet bird, that I buy a young bird rather than adopting an older one, since one or many owners have owned it. Once I said my good-byes, and she recommended that I take a picture of her bird after saying “It’s a shame I have to leave so soon”. I never really thought of having pictures of her conure, but because this is something I may never experience again, I should have a memory of it somehow. I had 8 pictures taken of this woman’s conure taking many different poses on my arm and on my head. I had this great experience that gave me hope in such a busy day at work. The last words the woman said was “Make sure you enjoy dinner with your family.” Wouldn’t you know I went over to my mom’s house and had some salad and pasta with my brothers. I also decided to spend some time watching my other brother play “Watch Dogs” on the PS3 before I went back home.

Well, to conclude what I experienced, take every moment in, because it’s the only way to make them last. Here’s an awesome picture I recorded of this conure on my head. It seems like it was getting used to me, although I’m just an object to it when I’m just standing there.

My YouTube username is jeremytheplayer88 if you want to see some videos of me rescuing a baby starling. Take care!

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Time for a close-up

Close-up conure

Someone is 1-starring my blogs!

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I’ve been checking all my blogs for the first time in a LONG time, and I noticed there’s a lot of 1 stars on my blogs. Actually, I can also see other ratings that state “2 ratings” 3-stars, which had a 5-star rating before, so it’s pretty obvious if I put 2 and 2 together, only a 5-star and a 1-star would average to be a 3-star, likewise if there are blogs with 2 5-star ratings and 1 1-star would equate to be an overall 4-star rating. A couple of my blogs, actually have a 5-star rating where I was depressed. Does someone want me to kill myself? That seems to what I am thinking. Well, just so that you all know, I would never do that. I have a job making a steady income, plus school, plus spending time with my younger brother playing video games, so I am rarely alone, and I’m always communicating with other people who are far more intelligent than I am. Plus, I am learning things every time, which is good for my sense of well-being, so haha to all that person for thinking I’d commit suicide! I can be 90% sure the person who is 1-starring my blogs is someone who just plain hates me if he’s taking the time to hate all my blog entries! I mean, it’s pretty obvious that’s the case. Whoever it is, he’s not making himself known, so I don’t really care what he is, whetever he’s my YouTube hacker or possibly someone on VStreamers that hates me for saying what I said about VStreamers. I state my blogs personally with my own opinions, so if someone hates me for that, then fine! If someone else has different opinions than I do, then that’s more fine for me!

A solution which pretty much everyone would recommend is to disable the ratings, then nobody will be able to rate my entries. So why don’t I want to do that? Well, I do have my fans, so I feel that I’m also taking away something that’s good by taking away something that’s bad. I’d say the best solution is to ignore that person and move on. So that’s what I’ll do. Anybody’s got a problem with that can go ahead and 1-star this entry. OH, and if you 1-star it, that only proves how weak you really are.

Note: My jhirzel88.wordpress.com account, which recently got hacked, is the blog that is receiving these repetitive 1-star comments. So far, this new account is in the clear. I will disable ratings if I feel that its necessary to do so.