Back in 2017, after graduating from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine with an MBA in Leadership, I took a break from college. I had the opportunity to earn a certificate from Harvard, but it was not a degree & from my perspective, too expensive of a program to pay for out of pocket. After a short time, I decided to attend Capella University. I took quite a few classes, working towards a PhD & passing them all, before transferring to Northcentral University. I took one class at Northcentral & did not care much for the program. After this, I again took a break. I then heard about this program with Walden University & was recently accepted. I start class August 30th 2021.

Unless I find additional funding, I will not complete this program. However, it is possible that I will. Either way, I’ll take a class or two & see how it goes. I earned my MBA while working as a Finance Manager at an auto dealership. I wrote their business plan & helped expand operations during my time there. After the dealership, I returned to working for the federal government, & after we completed our work, I took a vacation in Vegas.

Fixed Another Gaming PC

He showed up with numerous computer issues, as well as one of the dirtiest computers I’ve ever seen. I cleaned it up & updated his bios & drivers. A few things still aren’t sorted out, but I’ll work on it more tomorrow. For one, his Starcraft 2 continues to crash but only on the one profile.

I forgot to mention that his motherboard wasn’t mounted correctly. It was wobbling inside when the GPU fans spun up because it was missing five screws & the screws that were in there were barely tightened. I was able to fix his mounting job & now there’s no wobble.

I also bought some vans.

Vans named these Chili Pepper; I call them the Chili Peppers..

More selfies from the gym..

I bought an old iMac

I’ve purchased these in the past and refurbished them a bit before reselling. This one I may end up swapping in an SSD & I may even replace the video card. It’s a bit of work, but if I replace the graphics card with a card from an Alienware laptop, I can then put a newer version of Apple OS on it. The SSD will also speed things up & I can clean out any dust that’s likely inside. Additionally, I will probably remove the optical drive because I could then increase the airflow inside, thus keeping the machine cooler. I’ll make that decision at a later date. I considered buying a few of these, but I only ended up getting one from the charity auction. I do not have a lot of space currently, considering all of the electronics & things I already own, & I also need to fix a few things on my backup BMW.

Speaking of, I did some traveling to go get my BMW from storage. I needed a replacement car since that woman totaled mine. I hope to hear from her insurance company soon about a settlement.

Here I am at the Mall of America. I don’t take selfies very well. Plus I turn 40 this year. I lost count of the number of times someone said I look good for my age. I thank them. I went into the Christmas store, which opened in July & will remain until they shutdown around January.

It’s really a fun place, but I didn’t stay very long.

I also stopped by Legoland. I always stop there if I’m at the mall.

There was also a sock store. Hilarious. I had some other photos from the Christmas store & I may post those later.

I had a delicious burger for lunch.

I picked up this fragrance awhile back.

Anyway, I was out in Minneapolis around midnight too.

Then this photo was just before sunrise.

I had some hot wings & later I tried these at what they call a level 10. These are level 7. I guess the levels go up to 20. After having a level 10 and a level 7, I feel like an 8 or 9 would be great, but anywhere from 7 to 10 seems fine.

This is the gate at my storage facility.

Besides Mall of America, I also stopped at Apache Mall. This is a statue of George Washington.

There was also Abraham Lincoln.

Of course Thomas Jefferson is there too.

Unfortunately all known likenesses of Adamson Tannehill were destroyed by the British via invasions & fires. I really can’t blame them too much, they had to have disliked the fact that anytime they went after him, they lost. So instead they went after paintings and what not.

Check out the shower at my gym, pretty fancy.

I did play a bit of Fortnite the other day with Topher & had a good run in Arena with Alex tonight. We gained some points.

Speaking of Egypt, Mostafa kind of upset me again with his talk & timing yesterday. He tries to manipulate the narrative & sometimes has a selective, perhaps poor, memory. He said that there was an 8GB and a 4GB stick in a laptop when there were only two 4GB sticks & then he asked me about some ram I was carrying to put away, as if I had an ulterior motive for the ram, which I didn’t. It’s frustrating because I advised him to sell off some of this excess old stock he has and some of what he’s collected from junked computers, and he wanted me to test and list items for sale online on my own time with a percentage payment when they sold. I said that would be fine, not because I need the money, not because I want to do it, but because I know it would help him. Then he acts odd when I have some of those items just in the other room, as if I had plans other than what we discussed for them. It’s ridiculous and I have experience with Egyptians in this regard. I understand his point, to a degree, but it’s me, not someone else. I am doing my best by this guy & it frustrated me so I’m writing about it. I hope he realizes, because, some people continually get the wrong idea. Or sometimes, they do it just to mix up emotions & do what I call, 3rd party, emotional manipulation. This is done by telling one story, that usually isn’t true, in conjunction with another set of events, all the while, the negative emotions are coming from an entirely different source, usually a personal one having to do with money or health, or something in that regard. I will do my best with it and I know that he knows the truth, but he may continue to act in this way. It’s what I’ve experienced. I know that he believes what he believes, but I found the ram he was talking about and none of them are 8GB. I did find an 8GB but that’s a completely different brand & had been there with the rest of the ram since the day I started.

It was great also today to hear from Moses up in Canada. He called after I had emailed him & we chatted a bit again about doing business together. I hope one day that we do & I know that he is doing big things up there in Canada & I’d really like to help if I could.

Clothes Shopping!

I know it is still a ways away, but I was preparing for winter by buying some sweaters & I also bought about 15 new pairs of dress pants & dress shirts.

Fortunately I know how to shop & at Kohl’s I saved myself over $500 dollars.

It should have been around $589 with tax, but instead it was under $50.

Between shoes & clothes, after all the shopping, I spent over $1000. It would have been a lot more if I didn’t know a few ways to save money.

This isn’t everything I got, but you get the idea. I’ll post some more later, along with some of my colognes, shoes, & other things.

Someone hit my car..

So I was coming back to the office to drop off some cases of water when this woman ran a red light at over 60mph and totaled my BMW..

Fortunately I have another BMW and there were multiple witnesses, and she has insurance. I hope she’s okay but apparently she hit her head and had to be taken into the emergency room. I am okay, but she basically destroyed my car. Now I have to file a claim with her insurance company & figure out a way to get to my other BMW which is parked in storage over a hundred mile away.

I’m thankful for my friends & that she didn’t injure me. I went to a club afterward and met some Egyptian people who were very kind to me. They already knew what happened because Mostafa told them. It’s a complicated thing, but Minnesota has no fault in this state. That means that if I am injured, my insurance would pay, no matter who is at fault. Fortunately I am okay & I hope she has good insurance & that she recovers. She was going so fast her car didn’t stop until after the ambulance there. I was going slow, just crossing the intersection behind another car who was turning. The guy ahead of me ran over to check on me & was glad I was okay & he said to me, “She nearly hit me before she hit you!” I said I know I saw her run the red light. He & I talked about how if she had hit him while he was turning it would have been awful & someone probably would have died. Fortunately I was able to stop fast enough to only have her destroy my front end. She was going over 60mph easily, based on my experience, and ran the red light, hence why my entire front end is destroyed. Her SUV basically has damage from the front of her car down the side and she scraped through everything on my front end driving so fast.