Friday, November 21, 2014

Buffalo Snow- My Collection of Pictures

I moved to California in October 2009 to open up some new opportunities for myself. The West Coast is the Best Coast and one of the reasons this is true is because of the sunny days, year throughout. Now, I do enjoy snow; trips home for the December holidays are a custom and the week or two at home with snow on the ground is thrilling.


Who the hell has ever heard of this? Unless it's because of snow-covered roads causing auto-accidents, deaths are very unusual in any discussion of mere snowfall. So what the heck is going on in Buffalo? Maybe some Buffalo residents can read this and comment about their experience. (hopefully you're OK)

The news stories from NBC tell a harrowing tale of Western NY residents as they cope with 8 feet of snow around (and even inside) their homes.

The death toll from the epic snowstorm this week climbed by three on Friday to 13. That included two elderly residents of a nursing home in the town of Cheektowaga died during an evacuation on Thursday when the roof began buckling. 
At least 30 building collapses were reported overnight, mostly farm buildings and flat-roof structures, and authorities said they expected more as they made their way around after sunrise. The storm dumped more than 7 feet of snow in some places. 
“It’s getting heavier,” Thomas Mudd Jr. of Cheektowaga told The Associated Press as he and his wife shoveled 4 to 5 feet of snow off their roof. “It’s supposed to warm up and we're supposed to get rain on the weekend, which will make it even heavier. So I didn't want my roof collapsing.

A few flakes fell atop this guy's head and shoulders, but no damage done to anyone in Syracuse luckily. These next few images have been collected over the years, the top being most recent and longer and longer ago as we go down.

The Vegan Straight Edge Anti-War Mobile. My car 2006-2009.
Snow and Piano. You don't see these together everyday.

Love within one's heart is much stronger than forced political obedience.
This image has been traveling around the web via email.
Pretty epic.

Lastly, to go with this blog's theme of Herbivore Athletics, we feature two skiers who
clearly give their ALL to win this race. Cross-country skiing is the best cardio-vascular
exercise for humans. Great sport...can only be done in snow. Maybe Buffalo's ski
sales will go up in the coming days. Let's look at the cup as half-full!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 2014 News (Billy Prusinowski's and The World's)

Graph of Blogger page views

How do people build their blogs without selling out? No I won't pump your crappy supplements and say I've used them to attain my physique when I really haven't. Actually, I took your product, it contributed to my seizure disorder and I built no muscle because of it.

No I won't post naked pictures.

No I won't do that #sfs crap on my Instagram or other cheap tricks to get followers that don't know how to read anyway.

Maybe I'll just add topics that some people are actually searching for online like Adrian Peterson (NFL's favorite child abuser), Ray Rice (NFL's favorite domestic partner abuser), Roger Goddell (NFL's lover of child abusers and domestic partner abusers.

What I do like about blogging like this is that when I tag names like I just did, search engines are more likely to direct searches for those names to the articles that I just linked them too. (If you haven't clicked on them, FYI I linked them all to sites condemning their behavior. Not bullshit like F*X News) And you'll notice me not actually spelling out the name of that news station, nor talking about it because that will, in turn, make them higher in search engine results, which really no one wants. Even the fuckers that think they do want that, I am helping save their lives. The frail, back country hicks and hickettes all airbrushed and poised to look like news-authorities are worse than ever in 2014 and spreading hatred faster than Ebola to their viewers. 

While you are not watching that crap, I would like to suggest watching The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I in two days when it comes out in theaters. This movie has a major revolutionary undertone that is helping to teach the world to not just distrust authority, but to see the corruption and evil behind much of it. Even the salute from The Hunger Games is now being used in the real world much as it was used in the movie.

Thai Students Protest Government
Five student protestors were arrested in Thailand today for holding up the three-fingered “Mockingjay” salute, which opponents to the country’s military junta have adopted from The Hunger Games as a symbol of their resistance.

I hope this sign catches on in student protest movements. It is always heart-wrenching when you see it in the film! Allison Dunham and I will be there hooting and hollering in the Santa Cruz Regal 9 with our own hands up in the mockingjay salute with Katniss and Peeta baby!

Black Masks remind me of the good ol' days. Go SEAC!

Good thing we can actually make it to the movie theaters in Santa Cruz. I just spent a weekend in the frozen tundra of Upstate NY. Have you heard about their insane snowfall? Coming off the plane from California, a few tourist-style snow selfies were taken, but that hardly describes the half of it.

Billy Prusinowski from Syracuse
The snow in Syracuse was epic. It ended up with is in a car wreck on an icy bridge, but I digress. The snow just a few hours west in Buffalo, NY is absolutely insane. Here are some of the pictures of yesterday and today's snowfall that caused fatalities! I've never even heard of that having grown up in Syracuse for the first 22 years of my life.

More about the 70 inches of snow in this news story

Most of the time, killer snowfall stories are worth a laugh or two. Folks from warm weather areas are hit with an inch and act like it's the end of the world. Well, when Buffalo or Syracuse or even further upstate make a cry for help, it has to be Syracuse. These residents deal with way over 100 inches of snow every winter, so anything less than a total snow onslaught wouldn't even get media attention. This, my friends, is serious. So while we keep Buffalo in our thoughts, let's let the important part of our mind wander back to the Hunger Games and our star, Katniss Lawrence. I mean, Jennifer Lawrence. Thanks for being one of us and taking nudes on your phone. We do the same, but don't caught up in the iCould nude selfie scandals like you did. Sorry about your privacy, thanks for all of the "activity" that's resulted from it ;)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day: Doing Interviews to Be Posted in Days To Come

A friend from the Syracuse Straight Edge Community of days past came through Santa Cruz on his travels up and down the Left Coast. Was nice to see an old face and reminisce about our vegan mafia mayhem and the bands and the shows, etc. Viva La 315 Hardcore. We snapped a quick pic after downing our Vega protein shakes in my kitchen. Great workout at the Santa Cruz gym that won't be named :)

Sean O'Grady and Billy Pruz
Interviews with other hardcore kids who have started new endeavors upcoming. As well as interviews with a competitive powerlifting athlete who I like to call my friend and an inspiration. Stay tuned and blog more!

Off for a Veteran's Day bike ride with my lady. Adios and enjoy your day off :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Saving Money as a 30 Year Old

You're now 30 and understand that your fleeting time on this planet needs to be spent making money.

You're not a dollar-obsessed sugar baby, you're not a welfare-hating, closed-minded conservative, you just want to do things that cost money. Well year after year (as we now surely realize add up quite quickly), the money you save here and there can end up in investments that earn you wealth without you doing anything. Save $2 here, find 25 cents there, avoid spending $12 somewhere're on the right path!

Here is my easy list: (Organized by subjects)

A) Cars: 

1) Avoid parking tickets! That's $40 that can buy your next dinner out. Take a few minutes extra and find a real parking space. Or pay the extra 2 quarters at the meter in case your appointment runs over. It's worth it. 

2) Use them less. Anywhere you can comfortably bike or walk, or even carpool, do it. Every time you are behind the wheel you risk having an accident. You also burn ga$. You also wear out tires, use windshield fluid, dirty your oil, and have those things replaced all the sooner. You'll get more exercise by doing all those things too!

3) Don't put off getting your maintenance. The longer you wait, the more likely a bare tire tread or low air pressure will get you a blowout or cause an accident. You'll end up paying additionally for the damage done, then still have to get maintenance (probably more now) anyway. 

B) Pick Up Change:

Picking it up adds up, slowly but surely. Not your key to getting rich, nor something to be done 100% of the time (try to refrain from doing this at a fancy dinner party or during a job interview), but if you do a bit of walking every day (which you should definitely be doing) you could stumble upon that extra cost to "Super Size" your next meal!

C) Don't Super Size Your Meal! Don't Get ANY Fast Food:

This is a fitness tip that doubles as a fiscal tip. Plan your meals for the week on your day off. We all like thinking about food, so while you do that, make your shopping list. Shop at any grocery store that's cheaper than Whole Foods to stock up on what you need then prep your meals. What is meal prep? Cooking your foods in bulk (the big money saver) then portioning them off into containers that you can take to work or school so you won't have to go the fast food route. 

This is meal prep. Check out the Vegan Options she lists!

D) Drugs:

Don't do them. They are expensive. They will kill you one way or another. Trying to escape reality is something that people like to do, and you see this everyday. Taking the huge risk of buying drugs from a sketchy dope dealer and not knowing what you're going to get is bad enough. Try and foot the medical bill for bleach ingestion or inhalation. Peer influence is still a very real phenomenon at 30, so your friends might get into drugs too. If you're the resilient one, just don't forget to think about how easily others become addicted. Addicts will lie to you, steal from you, and end up costing you so much money (especially if the addict is you). This is not only a money saver, but also a life saver. 

E) Clothes:

1) Wear and Care versus Wear and Tear. Nice clothes are a burden on your wallet. Buying them once every couple years is bad enough. Buying new ones to place worn out ones every year is way worse. Dude, you've been alive for 30 years now. That really nice blue woven you paid $70 for in 2007 looked great on you. You don't want to have to replace it every 12 months because you've wrecked it. That pace will cost you $490 dollars by 2014 for that one shirt! And we all know you want more than just one shirt. Hang your shirts. If your closet is moist or your shirts are hung while moist, metal hangers will rust-stain your stuff. Get plastic hangers if this is a likelihood. Or even better yet, save the padded hangers that your dry cleaner always gives you! 

2) Dry cleaning and washing. Read the tags on your stuff. Ruining them in the wash sucks, so don't wash reds with your whites, don't use bleach on darks, don't spin wash things that need dry cleaning, and don't be lazy with weekly laundry. Saving your stinky stuff for weeks will cost you the same amount at the laundromat, probably cause mildew growth, cause you to lose socks and panties while carrying five massive laundry bags around, and will make you more likely to buy more new, expensive clothes. You see such a bland of "leftovers" in your dresser and closet because your nice stuff has been in your laundry basket for 3 weeks. Avoid going out and spending $100+ on a new outfit and just do your damn laundry. If you can consolidate and do it with somebody else, that can save money too (but you should really like that person!). 

PS- Without getting too much into religious dogmas, I grew up going to church on every Sunday and every holy day of obligation until I was 20 years old. It was always interesting to see how much my parents put into the collection basket (Catholic Churches ask for money from their church attendees once or twice per mass). It seemed like a good chunk of change, multiplying $20 (I think that was their standard donation) by 52 Sundays and at least 10 additional holy days. Was that 10% of their income? I don't know; I didn't keep track of my parents' yearly incomes. They say the recommended donation to your church is 10% of one's income.

...While searching for the above meme, this one also showed up and fit quite perfectly into the theme of Saving Money. So I'll leave you with this.