The Girlfriend Experience *SPOILER ALERT*

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Well, I got home from a short week at work and happened upon my wife watching this TV show. I am finding it quite hard to properly express how it made me feel but I am going to give it a go.

Basically, the show is about a female law student who is doing an internship at some law firm and she is a prostitute or high-class call girl (I don’t see the difference between the two….). The story follows how she fantastically fails to balance these two careers.

So I only managed to catch the second half of the first season (and I am pretty much glad I didn’t watch the first half of the season. The main characters fall from grace is inevitable as I feel like the writers wrote themselves into a nice little corner, but I will get into that later). By the time I started she had been left $500,000 by a now dead client (not from her job as an intern, but from her prostituting), she had a stalker (possibly from her prostituting), she was being blackmailed (to give up the $500k she was left from her prostituting or she would be exposed as being a prostitute) and she had slept with one of her bosses.

It was at this point that I felt that the show really lost the plot. They tried to make her job as an intern interesting and add some dynamics to her life – a “friend” from the office, a cool boss (not the one she slept with, another one), and some really beautiful interior designing for her apartment and also her office space that distracted from the many things the show was lacking.

She eventually gets fired from her work when she is exposed as a prostitute. She, in the process, takes down the boss who she slept with. It was at this point where they should have brought the show to an end. The writers (in my expert opinion as someone who has NEVER written a TV show in my LIFE) reduced the number of story arcs that could be explored by firing her from her job as an intern.

The reason why I am of this opinion is that once she lost her job as an intern, the only thing they could write about is her having sex for money. They had the potential to push a few story arcs, but one of the guys turns into someone she has internet sex with a few times, and the other guy is too wasted for there to be a viable story to write about him.

The show has one recognizable face (or one face I recognized), which is Chloe O’Brian from 24. She is floating around in the show. The rest of the cast felt as forgettable as the story they were trying to do.

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Unfortunately, the show felt as though it was a vague challenge to Suits (which I thought was also absolutely ridiculous… and I only managed to watch the first season then I had to stop…). This to me felt like they wanted to portray the main lady as a strong, independent and decisive woman. Instead I found that she struggled making decisions, she wanted to bake her cake, watch it rise in the oven, take it out, smell it, eat it and sell it all at the same time; furthermore she could not be trusted (there are a few times that it feels like she’s trying REALLY hard to manipulate people by recording conversation. NOT. COOL).

All in all, it was a great bit of background TV. I hope that they DO NOT do another season of the show. Even if they do, it’s not like I would watch it. I would much rather spend my time looking for comics to download and read… or sleep.

Final Verdict: There are more interesting was to spend 24 minutes (that’s the length of an episode)

Go Get It in 2017

There are various sayings of encouragement one can use. “If you don’t shoot, you won’t score”

“If you don’t shoot, you don’t score”

“If at first, you don’t succeed…..”

“If you don’t buy a ticket to the lottery….”

I have probably been lulled into a state of comfort because of the fact that I have a job at the moment. However, it would be totally remiss of me to say that I am a happy camper at my current place of employment. So what is the plan?

Before I skirt around the plan, there are some other things that I might as well mumble loudly about. It is next to impossible to be completely happy at work. That is something that needs to be clarified. An important question that one needs to also ask themselves is why do we work. For myself, the answers are all over the place. I work to survive (feed, clothe and entertain myself). When taking into consideration Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, my reason for working is still at the second stage – safety.

Work for me feels like a way of being safe. I am not a very good at taking risks, and this is the reason why I have probably found myself in a little bit of a weird place. I have been working for the same organization for the last six years of my life. Sometimes too afraid of change, other times too comfortable to fathom what the world out there other than my current employer is like. At the same time, I make time every day to complain about one or five aspects regarding work. Of course, everyone complains about work. I used to think that my dream job was being a video game tester, but I don’t think I am cut out doing what I enjoy doing in my spare time for a living. I mean, I like my field of employment. There are many aspects that I can get to experience, there are always challenges, problems that need to be solved and daily minor victories that I am able to celebrate, even if they are celebrated all by myself.

They say that human being use a minute percentage of the capacity of our brains. Sometimes I feel it is because of the false sense of comfort that is portrayed to us through the various medias that we see and hear. We/I spend too much time being happy about the minor victories but never realizing that there is so much more that is out there for one to achieve.

2017 is the year for positivity. So this year I challenge everyone who takes the time to listen to my ramblings to take at least one step out of their comfort zone. Do something that you know you should have done a while ago. This should be the year of always forward, backward never. My middle school had a Latin saying on the coat of arms. It read “Ex fide Fiducia” – From faith arises confidence. Let’s have a little more faith in ourselves and also in each other. Let’s go and buy that lottery ticket. Let’s definitely take that shot. We all only have one life. Live it to the fullest.

“Hell is when the person you become meets the person you could have been”

24: Legacy *Possible Spoiler Alert*

First off 24 was my show. I thoroughly enjoyed Seasons 1-5. Seasons 6-8 were possibly overkill. I had seen my man Jack Bauer kill enough people in the first five seasons. Seasons 6-8 and the other funny spin-off they did was enough for me to agree that as much as Bauer was truly a man’s man, he should also be tried at the Hague for crimes against humanity (while trying to save the world at the same time).

Of course then came about this new latest spin-off of 24 called 24: Legacy. Now I have only watched the first two episodes (not including the pilot), and I have to say I was a little bit impressed. They seem to have given us a new cast. It’s not like they had another choice as most of the old cast had died in various ways.

So the new lead of 24 is black. He’s some guy that I have watched acting in other movies and TV related things. I couldn’t be bothered to Google him. I feel that it is a positive move by them. I could go into a mumble about how nice it is to have a brother of colour as the leading role for a series, but I don’t know yet if he is going to fly or fall. Apart from that there seem to be the usual office politics happening both inside CTU and outside CTU. The fact is, office politics happens everywhere. Bad guys deal with it, good guys deal with it,  everybody works has to deal with office politics at some point in their lives.

Apart from that there seem to be the usual office politics happening both inside CTU and outside CTU. The fact is, office politics happens everywhere. Bad guys deal with it, good guys deal with it,  everybody works has to deal with office politics at some point in their lives.

They have also flown as close as possible (I feel) to many themes that were present in previous seasons of 24. They are telling the story slowly, there are many sub-plots that have already started to be told, and will be told during the reason of this season. They have kept the show exciting and tried to add as much suspense as possible by the use of a much better score compared to that of the previous 24s.

The action was not too far fetched. CTU feels a little more current that it did when the first few season of 24 were done. They make better use of drones and the wonderful CCTV system that watches everybody in the first world. One was also quick to note that Samsung and Ford strategically placed a few of their products in the show. Of course the two products placed are Samsung phones which never need recharging and Ford cars that never need fuel.

Overall I enjoyed the first two episodes of this new season. I am going to take a break from watching it and wait for all the episodes to become available THEN I will start watching it again. I also noted that they are telling the story in such a way that one does not have to have been a 24 fanboi to watch this latest release of CTU. It feels like a show for everybody (over the age of 16). I hope that this season doesn’t disappoint and that they extend it past a mini series and continue into a full fledged season or three of the new and improved CTU.

Let 2017 Be The Year You Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself — Thought Catalog

Omar YassenSeriously. Let 2017 be the year you finally accept what you have done, and come to terms with the fact that you will never be able to change that. Let it be the year you come to terms with everything that you haven’t done, and everything that you haven’t accomplished, and just let it be.…

via Let 2017 Be The Year You Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself — Thought Catalog

I’m Deleting Snapchat, And You Should Too — Thought Catalog

Saulo MohanaSnapchat is the prime example of what happens when you don’t have enough people of color building a product. In recent history, in the Audacity of Whiteness: Snapchat released a blatantly racist yellowface filter, which excessively slants your eyes, rounds cheeks, and adds buckteeth for good measure. The company maintains this filter is “anime-inspired.”…

via I’m Deleting Snapchat, And You Should Too — Thought Catalog

 

 

Seasons Greetings to All of You!!!

I hope that everyone had a good Christmas and are planning on have planned an enjoyable New Years Eve. Mine will be spent with my wonderful wife and a few friends. There will be drinking and eating and general merriment being made as we usher in a new year.

Let us go into this new year with an open heart. Let us try and continue to be grateful for what we have and not complain about what we don’t have. Let’s not look back on 2016 and compare it with 2017. The mantra should be that 2016 was not a great year. Let us strive to make 2017 more memorable, more entertaining, more adventurous and more loving that 2016 was. It is possible if we try.

To all the friends that you may or I may have parted ways with in 2016: Everything in life happens for a reason. Sometimes it is a need for space, sometimes we are not good for each other, other times life gets in the way and you may be gone from sight but far from forgotten. Ultimately we have to make sure we take care of number one. We all have varying degrees of love for the people we know, but there are some people who are more of an emotional drain that an addition. We need not feel bad about the decisions we make as this is the university of life. We are forever learning.

May we strive to continue to plan plan plan. This is the first step to achieving anything we want to. I hope that everyone plans on being a better person, husband, wife, child, grandchild, grandparent, father and mother in 2017. Let’s all strive to take better care of our health, which will take care of our wealth; let us also take better care of the world we live in. There is only one planet Earth, and some may not even get to see the beauty that some of us are fortunate enough to have been given.

If I did not get a chance to see you in 2016, I will hopefully make it up to you in 2017. Be safe on the roads, in the bars, at the dinner dances and at your homes this New Years Eve.

Good Bless

Tongs & Bibi

How To Move House (Stress Free) – Tongs’ Free Guide

Hi guys! It has been a while since I last posted something, and that is because there is a lot that has been going on in my simpleton life. The project that I was working on in the Midlands came to an end (Finally after what felt like an eternity and after I was abandoned and left to deal with a few last minute things that had to be completed ALL by myself) and I was moved to another project in another part of Zimbabwe. In fact I am now doing a little project for the largest platinum mine in Zimbabwe. Of course this entailed me moving from the Midlands to Mashonaland West (Approximately 240km).

During this rather harrowing experience I realised that there are somethings that I can bring to the attention of people who are considering moving, to help them make the transition from old home to new home as painless as possible.

  1. If you can avoid it, don’t do it – Moving is NOT worth it. You will be stressed, you won’t sleep well for a few days, you will lose stuff (I lost the remote for the TV and I can’t find it three weeks later). Find a house, and live there forever. Alternatively make SHITLOADS of money so that when you move you first go stay in a local hotel for the night and the next day everything is set up for you… and nothing is lost (like a TV remote).
  2. Keep all your boxes and get more boxes – I used to wonder why TVs and other electronic goods came in boxes with all this kaylite in it. It’s not because they wanted to make sure that when you take the TV from the shop home it doesn’t get damaged. It’s so that if you go on any subsiquent trips with the TV it would be well protected and all the components would be safe (apart from the remote. The remote didn’t want to leave the old home). It makes life so much easier as it doesn’t take long to pack the TV, the TV is secure and I felt more comfortable watching the TV getting loaded onto the back of the truck in its box and with kaylite. Also if things are boxed, it is easier to pack the house up and to pack the truck up as well. It would be advisable to make friends with the local supermarket where you shop and to visit them regularly a few weeks prior to moving to get extra boxes which you can use for you other kitchen items that didn’t come in boxes.
  3. Don’t move at the end of the month – This one is pretty self explainatory. If you can avoid it, avoid it. It is not the time to do it. Unless you can’t avoid it of course. On the other hand end of the month will mean you may get to miss out on some bills as opposed to mid month. The best thing to do is get your shit in order so that you move when you want to move.
  4. Where possible organise and pay the transporter in advance, make sure you get a transporter with a vehicle in good condition and one that you can trust – It is pretty self explanatory. Get a truck that is in good condition, a truck driver who has an assistant so you don’t have to off/load the truck yourself.
  5. Move at a Godly Hour – Where possible, don’t move in the middle of the night. We arrived at our new home at midnight, and finished offloading around 2am. It was probably the most painful thing that I have experienced in a long time. This might be where the remote got lost.

I hope that these small pointers will help make your move less painful. As I (think I) said, the other option is to make enough money so that someone else move all your stuff for you and you simply arrive on location, or buy a caravan and you can live where ever you want.