My Girlfriend Eats Bugs

On Sunday my girlfriend and I went to an Asian grocery store.

My girlfriend is Asian.

It was a pretty unique experience too.

Not for the fact that I’ve never been in an Asian grocery store. Because I have been in these types of stores, many, MANY, times.

Flashback to my criminal lifestyle days.

Another story for another time.

But!

What did make this trip so interesting was the fact that not only did I get the opportunity to learn more about my girlfriends culture; I also filmed it.

I walked right inside this Asian grocery store with my GoPro and shot a really awesome video with my girlfriend.

This video took some balls, too.

I mean, it’s not easy to just walk into a place of business and start filming!

Hell, it’s probably not even allowed.

But in all the experience I’ve had with shooting videos thus far, I’ve learned a few things.

And one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that most times, you just have to go for it and see what happens.

Worst case scenario, they kick you out.

But me being the quick thinker that I like to consider myself to be, I had a fail safe in place for if things came to that.

If anyone would have tried to kick us out, I simply would have made a big ass scene and said ” ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!!”

“WE’RE SENDING THIS VIDEO BACK TO MY GIRLFRIENDS PARENTS-IN KOREA!!”

Fail safe.

Fortunately though, it did not come to that as I explored this grocery store with my girlfriend.

What did come from this was a really awesome video though!

Oh and the things we saw!

Not to mention all that I learned!

It was QUITE an adventure.

And one worth you taking the time to check out also.

So, with that, I hope you will.

Till next time take care and enjoy life!

Oh, and this video about exploring this Asian grocery store…

It’s called My Girlfriend Eats Bugs. lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An awesome adventure and a theme park

It’s Monday morning and I’m up early for no reason pertaining to work…

I don’t have to be at my job til like 1 in the afternoon.

I don’t sleep much as it is. But on days like this where I have the chance to get some work done before I have to be at,well, “work.” I like to get an early jump on things.

Yesterday I went to a theme park with my girlfriend, brother, and nephew. And this was one of the few times I’ve had the chance to spend time with my family since being home from prison.

It was a great time too.

I had big plans to shoot an awesome video of the adventure that would be going to this theme park. And I did shoot a pretty awesome video.

But as usually what happens when a big video is planned…

Technical difficulties arose that made me have to abandon certain aspects of that awesome video idea.

I brought two cameras with me.

One for the car ride and one for in the park and on the rides.

Well, the second camera was my GoPro like camera that was too be used in the park.

It died very soon after getting inside the park. And what footage I did capture on it…

Sucked.

I realized yesterday just how crappy that camera really is.

Horrible picture and sound quality.

Now I have plans to either destroy the camera or sell it.

Not sure which of those options would be more satisfying at this point.

Anyways.

With my GoPro “knock off” out of commission, it was up to my cell phone to capture what action I could inside the park.

By the end of the day, I captured enough to put together a video I was very pleased with…

You can see that video here if you’d like.

It really was great seeing my brother and his son and having the chance to catch up with them.

We rode a lot of rides and just overall had fun!

We have plans to visit this theme park again soon and this time I’ll be a lot more prepared camera-wise.

If you don’t watch this latest video I just uploaded for any other reason, you have to watch it for the scene where my nephew is eating this chocolate and marshmallow pizza…

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Here is the video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For all those really, REALLY special moms on Mother’s Day…

Today is Mother’s Day and this is a very special day…

It’s the first Mother’s Day in the last 7 years that I haven’t been in prison for. And also, the relationship between my Mom and me is getting a lot better.

I love my mom.

I love all moms actually.

Shout out to all the mom out there.

Are you a mom..?

Well, if so, raise your hand in the air.

You didn’t just do that, did you..?

Ok. So look here’s the deal…

Mother’s Day is always so lovey dovey. And don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that. But I want to laugh and hopefully make others laugh, too..!

On Mother’s Day..!

So I put this video together in an attempt to do just that.

BUT…

It has caused me to get cussed out and blocked by a few MOMS out there.

To some, yes. It will be offensive, I guess. But to others, it is funny.

So without further ado…

Lets see what YOU think about it…

I hope you laugh.

Regardless though I want to hear your thoughts on it.

So I hope you will comment please and let me know what you think about this video.

Happy Mother’s Day to all…

Even the whore mothers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What would you do if you found out the person you were dating was really of the opposite sex?

So I’m trying to really get back to my blog. I swear I am. Time constraints from the job and everything else that I’m trying to put into motion just make that damn hard to do.

But I’m here now because I have a break between concrete pours and I just wanted to let all of you know what’s been going on lately.

I just held my third Paint Nite with Joe event this past Sunday and it absolutely tanked…

I had a total of three people show up to the event.

That was pretty discouraging. But still, I realized that my lack of promoting the event was the cause of the poor attendance.

So, for the next one, I will have to do a lot more promoting.

Also, I’ve been shooting videos for the The After Prison Show.

I just shot a new one yesterday and I’m curious to know what you think about it.

It’s a really edgy topic that I sort of make funny and I’m not sure what the response to that will be. Whether received well. Or hated…

So I ask all of you to weigh in and let me know what you think.

Check it out here, please.

It’s on the topic of “transgenders.” And with so much in the news about supporting or not supporting transgenders. I thought why not pose a legitimate question on the topic.

Annnnd, sort of have some fun while doing so.

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Again, heres the the link to this InTeReStInG video

But I’m not sure if it might just be a little too much. Which is why I’m hoping that you will offer up your thoughts on the topic or the video in general.

I appreciate you doing so and I hope to be making a comeback here.

I miss this place.

And I miss all the support I used to get from everyone here.

Also I’ve got some new video equipment on the way now..!

So videos that I’ll be shooting in the near future will be a heck of a lot better than anything I’m doing right this second with an Ipad camera and some basic movie maker software.

Hell, I’ll be able to do green screen work very soon..!

So just imagine how awesome my content will be then.

That is…

If you even think it’s awesome in the first place…

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Well, that’s all for now and until we meet again…

Stay safe and enjoy life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Day on the new job…

Yesterday was my first day on the new job and it was pretty interesting…

I got to work and met two other individuals who were to start yesterday, as well.

Turns out, I must have come at exactly the right time to fill out that application because it seemed there were doing a bit of hiring at that time…

So I get my new employee ID and get sent to my crew.

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I’m now officially part of a “pour crew…” Which entails pouring concrete into huge steel boxes that are designed to form giant concrete structures.

Also the pour crew does a lot of clean up, as well. Which I don’t mind. Hell, that is all I did at the temp service..!

So yesterday being my first day, I met the guys on my crew and they all seemed to be pretty cool…

There are 5 of us workers, then a foreman and a bigger boss man. And of the 5 workers, 3 are new.

One has been there 2 days…

One has been there a week…

And one has been there 3 weeks.

Then add me to that and it’s a whole new crew, basically.

We were doing all clean up yesterday.

Lots of clean up.

Supposedly, in preparation for some “pours” that were scheduled for later that day…

And I mean way later too…

Like 9 PM.

We were supposed to work this super long day yesterday that could have gone till like MIDNIGHT..! But I think the weather caused that to be changed. Because the weather was really bad.

It started thunder storming and that killed the work day after only 5 hrs. But still, even though it was a short day. I learned a little of what the job entails.

I learned that we get 50-60 + hrs a week.

I’m making 10.00 an hr starting out. And after 90 days I’m eligible for like a 2-3 DOLLAR raise..!

Plus full benefits..!

Oh and by the way, this place is like prison on the outside world…

Meaning that EVERYONE here is an ex con..!

I have found home.

Also yesterday I got to kick it with my good friend LEE who helped me get this job and I haven’t seen him since prison..!

Lee is a stand up dude. And it’s great to be working with him.

I’m blessed to have this job. And I intend to make full use of it and not ever take this opportunity for granted.

I may never see another opportunity like this and because of that I have to do my very best with this.

There’s a real chance for me to get ahead for once since being out and I’m hoping to do just that.

Enjoy today everyone and make the most of it..!

 

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Out with the old, and in with the new.

I’m not going to expose the temp service for the frauds that they are.

I’m not going to expose all the bullshit they do and the people involved.

I’m not…

Or, am I..?

We’ll see I guess.

So, yesterday..!!!!

Wow.!!!

Let me give you the run down.

It all started Monday afternoon on my way back to the temp service to pick up a check I had no idea was going to be so messed up…

Well, during that ride, I was on the phone with a good friend of mine named Lee who I was locked up with.

Lee got out a few months before me, and he has a really good job working in a plant that forms huge concrete structures that are used to build roadways and bridges.

I was talking to Lee about just how bad I needed a job (and a good one at that) ,and I was hoping he could help me find one where he worked at.

He told me to come out there where he worked and to try and fill out an application.

Oh…

And when I say “out there…”

I mean, “out there..”

It’s a decent little hump out to where he works.

So, I said “ok.” And hoped that sometime this week I would be able to get out there.

Yesterday, I don’t go to work because what work is there really for me.

So, with that, I decide to try to find a way out there.

But I have no ride at all.

Then, as a last resort, I place an ad on craigslist “looking for a driver..”

“$10.00 an hr.,” I say in the ad.

I figured whatever I would spend on this trip would be cheaper than an uber at least. So fuck it…

I took a chance and placed the ad…

Within half an hour I had 3 responses.

I rolled the dice, picked a name, and told him to “come on.”

Funny how this guy ends up being a guy I know from probation who I took a “thinking for a change” class with.

Cool cat, though.

And soon, we were on the road.

We get out to the monstrosity of a compound that this concrete plant is about 45 mins later.

I am amazed by the size of the concrete pieces this place makes.

They are the biggest damn structures I have ever seen.

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I go inside and ask the receptionist if I can fill out an application and she says “sure.”

So I do so, and when done she asked me if I had any experience.

My common, yet vague response is always the same…

“Oh yeah,” I said. “I have tons of experience in a lot of different construction fields.”

She told me to hold on a sec.

Then came back with a man who turned out to be the plant manager.

I talked with him briefly and must of made an impression with him because I said ” go on to the back and lets fill out the rest of your paperwork.”

“Holy shit,” I thought…

I am about to get a real job…!

I go to the back and met a woman who gave me a paper to take to an off site medical center.

I go there and take the drug test.

Pass that, of course.

Then come back and take a safety test. Then fill out my tax information. Then take a picture for my id badge and BOOM..!

Today I start my very first day on a job my homeboy Lee said is more of a CAREER..!

This company pays top dollar and has tons of overtime, benefits and room for advancement.

Plus they build shit..!

And people are always building shit…!

There will always be work here.

It’s tough and hard work. But it’s a real fucking job…

And a good one too.

I am blessed to have this opportunity.

Oh and my criminal record which I had to include…

They couldn’t have gave a damn about that.

Today starts the first day of a new chapter in my life of freedom.

And with that, I ain’t looking back.

The temp service was bullshit and I got a major grudge with them folks for a number of reasons. But I’ll give them the benefit of just leaving it be…

I will try to pay it forward as Lee did for me, and if I can help any individuals find work as I have, I will do so.

As for the mural work, that had to be rescheduled for the time being until I can figure out what my work weeks are going to look like.

And it’s ironic too, as I was walking through the plant yesterday, a woman called me about a Paint Nite with Joe event…

Had to reschedule that, too.

Wish me luck.

Today is day one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Ex Con GARNISHED and EXTORTED..!

As an ex con trying to rebuild and reestablish his life in the free world, for every step I try to take in the right direction…

It seems something always happens that tries to push me further towards the wrong direction.

And after you read this, you’ll understand better when I say, “it’s almost like they want me to fail and go back to prison…”

Who is ” they..” You might wonder.

The system.

So here is the deal…

I’ve been working my day laborer job, trying to work as much as possible in an effort to get out from under the drowning debt I have in bills.

Well, yesterday I work all day. And when I go to pick up my check which should have been a little over 50 bucks…

Guess how much it ended up being..?

26 dollars..!

What the fuck..?! I said.

Where’s the rest of my check at..? I asked.

Turns out that money was taken for garnished wages due to outstanding court fines, and a processing fee the temp service is allowed to tack on in addition to that garnishment..!

This totaled OVER  50 % of my income yesterday..!!

So if I already couldn’t survive on 200 dollars a week, then there CERTAINLY is no way I’m going to be able to survive on less than that..!!

This is really fucked up..!

I mean, yes, I owe a shit ton in court fines that I must pay if I ever hope to see a drivers license again. But we’re talking around 15,000 dollars..!

I’ve been out of prison now for 4 months now after 7 years in..!

I’ve got no real job training or experience…

No license or trade…

Because of that, I don’t make shit and I haven’t been able to find a decent job, yet.

So I haven’t really yet been in a position to even THINK about paying on any of that yet…

What I do know is that these court fines and this EXTORTION of my wages are going to make it really hard to live off of 26 dollars a day.

How the hell can I expect to pay any bills with that..!?

Where do the courts AND the temp service get off taking over 5o % of my pay..?!

Hell, I’m already making these people a KILLING..! And then they’re gonna add on a processing fee for the garnishments..!

AND the processing fee is higher than the damn garnishment..!

That is total bullshit..!

I like to think I’m out here doing as much as I can in an effort to get my life back on track.

But every time I turn around it’s something else.!

Check out this day labor pay check…

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That “Misc deduction” is the actually FEE the temp service TOOK for processing the garnishment..!

Here is my check before deductions…

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And here it is after.

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I’m going to shoot an Episode of The After Prison Show today about all of this, as well.

And it’s not going to be negative, either..

Aside from this crazy garnishment shit costing me more than half of my total earnings yesterday…

I do have quite a bit of good stuff going on regardless of all that.

Like the prospect of A REAL JOB..!

And a good one, too.

Oh, and today I’m going to give the bingo hall and preschool a bid for some mural work. I’ve got a meeting today at 6 PM for that.

Also, there are a few Paint Nite with Joe developments to mention, as well…!

So look updates to all of that coming in the near future…

And until then, how bout a laugh to stop the tears…

Help me out here…

I need a caption idea for this cartoon….

What do you think this guy should be saying to me after I see just how little my check is after all this garnishment extortion…

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Whelp, that’s about all I got for now.

Hope all of you have an awesome Tuesday and make the most of it.

I have no choice but to do exactly that, myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentines Day or an Ex Prisoner.

Today is Valentines Day. And this is the first Valentines Day I get to spend out in the free world…

I’m going to try and make today a nice special day for me and my girlfriend. Because truth be told, every holiday I’ve been out here for thus far has been a disaster.

Seriously, every one of them.

Halloween-disaster.

My birthday-not so much.

Thanksgiving-big disaster.

Christmas-big disaster.

New years-huge disaster.

Yep I don’t think there has been a holiday yet that hasn’t turned out to be a disaster …

So, there’s hope for today that that won’t happen.

Sorry also for snapping a little lately. And thank God I didn’t post YESTERDAY…

OhmyGod that would have been…

Well…

A disaster.

Yep, times are tough as fuck right now for ol Joe out here in the free world…

Bills are piling up.

Work has not been the best (as in actually having work that is….)

And old demons are playing on my conscious quite a bit.

But despite all that, I’m still focused on keeping on…

Gotta maintain the good fight and keep an optimistic outlook.

I’m constantly looking for BETTER MORE STABLE work.

And I’m looking to further my art ventures as much as I can, too.

Something will come from all this dedication as long as I just stay after it.

And stay after it, I do.

Today, I just want today to be a good day. A day where I can make my girlfriend happy and I can get done what I am supposed too.

You know, all this that I’m going through right now is EXACTLY why guys end up going back to prison…

It’s fucking de ja vu.

I mean, this was how it all started for me the last time before I spiraled out of control and ended up getting arrested and sent back to prison for 7 years.

I can’t let that happen this time.

And I won’t.

I remember the last time, back in 2008…

I had just gotten laid off from my job because of the “recession.”

I asked my girlfriend at the time, I said, “what is something that would make you NOT want to be with me..?”

“If you didn’t have a job and if we had no money.” She said.

Voila.

Drug sales entered the picture.

Definitely not going down that road again.

Moving on to more positive things…

It’s Valentines Day folks..! And I hope yours is a special one spent with someone just as special..!

I’m thankful that I’m not in prison for this one and that I’m able to spend it out here with the woman I love. No matter the circumstances. Fuck it for today.

Today is about love.

Tomorrow the stress can return.

Happy Valentines Day everyone.