Normalize smoking pot but don’t forget its incriminating past

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Sativa leaf | Photo by Kym MacKinnon on Unsplash

In early 2020— when I started smoking weed again during quarantine — I bought cannabis stocks: Aurora (ACB), Organigram Holdings (OGI), as well as Curaleaf (CURLF). I recently liquidated the rest of my speculative portfolio, but I kept the weed, and I’m also considering investing in more.

I still remember the first time smoked pot. It’s one of those things that nobody really forgets. I fondly look back at the conversation I had with my friend years ago about kaboosh being a word (I’m still not sure if it is). When I got home my mom yelled at me, but her normally shrill voice echoed and sounded like she was on the second floor. I dawdled to my room, blasted deafening music in my headphones, and my mind drifted. …


What if there is nothing else? All of our beliefs remain beliefs? Nothing could substantiate anything real beyond our tangible world, aside from our mere faith? Are we prepared to be rejected by our own devotion? If we blindly follow certain doctrines it’s only fair to assume that “it” will — or already has — abandon us, even without our knowing?

If it comes to it, would we be ready to relinquish what drove us to this very point in humanity, since at this point it could be the root cause of our suffering?

Could collective faith ever be acceptably reduced to serve a single man and his purpose, as this life only caters to what one personally makes of it? Do we exist through word of doctrines that no longer apply in this world? Is our faith outdated? Do these beliefs have the ability to adapt through the generations undeterred? …


It’s not always rainbows and profits

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Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

Whenever I hear aspiring entrepreneurs say that they’ll get into dropshipping for the pure sake of making big money, I immediately tune them out and disregard their ideas. Nothing they say will ever get me to believe that it’s a sustainable long-term business.

Sure, there’s a handful who make an absolute killing dropshipping and they’re pretty shrewd about it. However, these people are few and far between and many don’t last. If you’re looking to make a buck or two by working your ass off to the bone, then by all means go for it. …


It shows us the fine line between entrepreneurs and creators

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Image by Blomst from Pixabay

Before Tesla’s 2008 Roadster, there was AC Propulsion’s 2003 prototype, tzero. Before tzero, there was General Motor’s EV1 in 1996.

Fueled by passion

AC Propulsion, co-founded in 1992 by Alan Cocconi — who designed and built EV1’s controller — predated Tesla. Cocconi and GM clashed with their ideas, which lead to the subsequent creation of his EV company. (GM destroyed most of their EV1s in 2003.)

Along with partner Peter Gage, AC Propulsion went on to create its gamechanging EV technology.

In 1997, the the duo built the first prototype for tzero (named after the mathematical symbol, t0). It had lead-acid batteries that weighed a ton (same as the EV1), which posed as an impediment in design and overall structure. This version could go zero to 60 in 4.1 …


Thoughts from a consumer’s standpoint

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Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich from Pexels

In early 2019, I used Affirm for the first time to buy a handbag. Affirm paid the retailer upfront and I was left to pay three installments. If I paid it off in three months (or less) no interest would be added. At one of my jobs— a luxury consignment store — I’m steadily seeing more people do the same thing: using Affirm to pay for their large purchases. Where are all the credit cards?

Personally, I like it

From a buyer’s perspective, it’s not bad. I wouldn’t buy anything like a brand name bag through installments ever again, but I’ll admit that the purchasing process with Affirm is easy. I have pretty good credit (meaning my arrow on the meter is on the bright green), so I was quickly approved for a “loan” to purchase the bag. …


There’s no other place like it

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via public domain

When they sold pets

My brother reminded me of this the other day. Dude remember when Walmart sold pets? It unlocked a strange memory I completely forgot I had. I’m pretty sure my first pets — goldfishes — when I was maybe ten years old were from Wal-Mart. I remember in kindergarten or first grade I had some pals over and my mom came into the living room holding a napkin with my dead goldfishes. She said she was going to flush them down the toilet. Playtime turned into a funeral that day.

The woman who bought me a lollipop

One time as a kid I was minding my own business in line when a young woman with a khaki coat asked if I wanted a lollipop and she’d buy it for me. My mom, who was next to me, said it was okay since apparently all the lady wanted was cash-back (or something like that). In retrospect, my mom technically let me take candy from a stranger. …


As told by a 22 year old

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Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

I didn’t think smoking was cool, I just liked the buzz it gave.

I picked up a smoking habit when I was a teenager in high school. I’d go back and forth quitting and starting it back up again. One time I realized I was doing it more often, and I knew I had to stop or else my parents would’ve eventually found out (not to mention that it’s bad bad bad for you).

One night I chained smoked one third of a pack of cigarettes, thinking I’d “get it out of my system.” I smoked them all down to the butt. Needless to say, I was right and I quit that very day. …


Dan Rice predated Uncle Sam

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Dan Rice | public domain

In 1868, Dan Rice wanted to become the eighteenth president of the United States. He wanted to add the position to his vast list of professions, which included: dancer, director, producer, actor, songwriter, entrepreneur, animal trainer, philanthropist, and, last but not least, clown.

Happy beginnings

Rice was born in 1823 in New York. His birth name was Daniel McLaren, and his father gave him the nickname “Dan Rice” after an Irish clown. His parents annulled their marriage but Dan maintained relationships with both of them, even after they remarried.

At a prepubescent age, he was tasked by his stepfather to deliver a horse from New York to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While traveling around the area he found work as a stable boy and occasionally raced horses. He enjoyed himself so much that he never bothered to return back to his parents. …


When others are giving up, keep going

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There’s a lot of existing material with the rhetoric to keep going and to just do it. While it’s all good advice, many don’t mention one significant — yet relatable — thing that’s a huge incentive to not give up.

Articles with a motivational premise have one thing in common: the writer is usually speaking from experience or they’re writing about someone else’s. Their content screams you can be like me, too! It makes the reader picture success and all its glory, which can be a very powerful incentive. …


I have proof

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Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Whenever I make up genius phrases or find cool words — which is often — I put it in my Instagram bio. Sometimes I’ll go the extra mile and get someone to permanently write a beloved word or phrase on me, simply because I want to change my bio to something else.

How to find your old Instagram bios (as of when this post gets published): settings > security > access data > profile info. You’ll also see other previous information such as old usernames and email addresses. …

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Liberty Ann

I’m interested in whatever keeps humanity going. 22.

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