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The lie we live

The lie we live (can you see the big picture?)

Most people don’t understand why you work, let alone how all the “pieces” of the world fit together so conveniently.

Like why is it so difficult for the majority of people to get substantially “ahead?” Or even those that DO have the potential to get ahead, don’t – because they’re busy living their lives “consuming” their excess pay on trivial things.

Those that take many steps back to analyze history and the “big picture” will understand this video montage made by Spencer Cathcart titled The Lie We Live. It’s meant to wake you up a little and put things into perspective, or to possibly redefine what it all means. And for whom.

Constant Contact (2015)

(Too Much) Constant Contact?

Just a brief editorial about the state of communication in today’s day and age. And I’d like to chime in about what I call (and is commonly known as) “constant contact.”

What did people do just 50 years ago? (That’d be 1965 for those that are wondering). What was the “mindset” for people going about their way back in those times?

People did things. With no “digital entertainment” options available 50 years ago, most people actually did tangible things. Whether they were reading (much diminished today) or physical work (fixing stuff, exploring the world, personally meeting up with others, etc.), time was spent in much different ways.

Less (remote) talking – more alone time (or face to face). Back in the day, people either talked face to face, or via LANDLINE telephone (or “pay phone” in cases urgent in nature). Things that happened were very much physical – and mental (via contemplation, study).

Memory and physical artifacts. When you talk to a person a generation or two beyond yours – you might sense a different way of recollecting life. Yep. The old-fashioned way: via memory and story-telling. That is nearly absent in today’s world. And instead of digital photos – physical photos, or even drawings or poems documented an important occasion worth remembering.

Constant Contact hurting humanity Hoboken NJ

Hey! Why is “too much contact” bad? Doesn’t it make life better?

This is a good question. Much like many new modern “conveniences,” those in favor will tout the “benefits” of our new found ways of disseminating information. But they will never discuss the detriments that come along with them. (Or at least think for more than one second about it).

On occasion, I’ll browse a stupid “feed” of tweets that have a common similarity. And I’ll notice things like:

  • Someone mentioning it’s “cold” in Hoboken. Really? Did you need to just say “Brrr?” Yeah so? It’s like me telling the world I just had diarrhea squirts. Not necessary. We know it’s cold.
  • A stupid sports “tweet” like – “He should have caught that…” (really? Does “the world” need to know that you’re dissatisfied that some over-paid “actor” didn’t catch a ball? Pathetic!)
  • Yet another “selfie.” One thing that should absolutely just “go away” on it’s own – are selfie photos. Truly believe they are THE most pathetic examples of human life on earth.

My point is – that all this “fluff” flying around is NOT beneficial to society. It doesn’t provide philosophical perspective. No critical thinking. No deep contemplation. 99% of what you see is meant for “instant” reaction. Anything worth “deep thought” is really not that at all. It usually has “social” connection – and in no way will be “thought about later.”

We’ve received many emails from readers who “get” what we’re talking about. But how many don’t get it? You reach who you reach, and that’s about it. Others will hopefully follow in due time. It’s up to them.

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Jar Goods – Local Gravy

Jar Goods – Tasty sauce in a jar (local too!)

John Vitelli from Jar Goods is out to dispel the myth that great tomato sauce can’t come from a jar (like Hoboken Farms sauce has already done!)

Jar Goods is Hoboken, NJ based, but “Classic Red” has Jersey City roots. The recipe is that of my fathers, who, over a period of 50 years, perfected it at famed Jersey City restaurant Jule’s. After soaking up his knowledge and receiving his blessing, Jar Goods got underway with the goal of making meal preparation easier for the busy but discerning home cook.

Classic Red is made in small batches with simple, fresh ingredients. It’s a versatile, gourmet sauce of rich, complex flavor. Classic Red is also gluten-free, vegan, all-natural and made with non-GMO tomatoes. To date Classic Red is available in over 90 retailers across 8 states, including 20 Whole Foods.

Jar Goods Classic Red Sauce Hoboken NJ

Does Jar Goods make the grade?

We recently paired Jar Goods Classic Red sauce with our staple dinner dish: Low Carb Chicken Parm. How did it taste?

At first – I tasted the sauce out of the jar, uncooked – and thought it might have been a bit bitter, but after heating it up on the stovetop first – the taste mellowed out quite nicely.

The carb content is a bit on the high side (12g per 1/2 cup), but it is to be expected, because of the added sugar (although not too sweet). But the taste was fantastic – and on par with our favorite Hoboken Farms Sauce.

This sauce isn’t as “chunky” as others, so it would be a preference choice based on your mood. Just the right amount of salt, too.

Give Jar Goods a shot, and support a local business in the process!

PS: Low Carb Chicken Parm is easy. Just substitute bread crumbs with either almond flour, or even better, crushed pork skins (Pork Clouds are our current favorite). Brown each side on the pan (in either ghee or butter), then bake at 350 for maybe 30 minutes (adjust to thickness of chicken breast). Viola!

Jar Goods Classic Red Sauce Chicken Parm Hoboken NJ

Arroyo – For Rent

So you want to start a liquor store? Arroyo for rent in Hoboken

Arroyo Liquors was one of those places that you’d have to do a double-take to be sure it was open or doomed. But now, it appears that the store is for rent.

The space is 1100 square feet – with 800 additional sq. ft. of storage. While you can “rent” the space, you’d have to BUY the liquor license to run it. Liquor stores all seem to have no problem turning a profit in town – maybe these guys were just tired of it. I’d suspect that dealing with drunks all the time (without a bouncer to help you out) is a royal pain.

Have tons of money burning a hole in your pocket? Call 201-238-5033 to find out how you can take a crack at running your own liquor store!.

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Address: 260 1st St, Hoboken, NJ 07030-3500
Telephone: (201) 659-5787

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“You Deserve to be Broke!”

Tom Vu – “You Deserve to be Broke” infomercial

Thought some of you out there might get a kick out of this old-school “get rich quick” Real Estate seminar from Tom Vu. And this was back in the day when you couldn’t vet out snake oil salesmen like this on late night TV. All it took back in the late 80′s was some bikini girls and the phrase “You deserve to be broke!”

While Tom Vu was sued and “investigated” for all sorts of crap – he lives on today. He now actually makes his “millions” playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. Guess Real Estate “flipping” is a thing of the past!

Maybe if they bring back crazy sub-primes and everyone and their brother are buying properties they can’t afford – you too, can be a multi-millionaire!

Customer Service Tips

Customer Service Tips {For Millennials}

Back in the day – if you “progressed” through your adolescence with a smidgen of quality and even mediocre skills – you’d eventually land a “job” which would vault you into adulthood as a member of society who received compensation for your time (i.e., “work.”)

It was actually a “big deal” to have a “real” job. And by “real,” we mean at some kind of known establishment (a store, a “big company,” or what have you). This was a step up from “paper boy,” or other tasks like shoveling snow, mowing lawns, etc.

And when you got those “real” jobs, it was of the utmost importance to act, behave and truly BE a REAL adult member of society. That meant having pleasant demeanor, professional ethic, and enthusiasm for the paid work you were afforded. Remember, they picked YOU over probably countless others that “applied” for that same position – so proving your worth was paramount.

bad customer service is the norm in america now

WTF happened with our “youth?”

Almost overnight – I’ve noticed that the bottom of the barrel workforce has gotten markedly worse! And I can say it’s almost entirely the “Millennial” generation (but not 100%).

Next time you go to a supermarket, drug store, gas station – anywhere a “Millennial” might land a job. And check out how God-damn lazy, inept and lackadaisical these unappreciative “employees” have become!

It’s like we’ve introduced an entire generation of WHOLLY RETARDED yet fully “functional” people. And I’m not “insulting” this group by mentioning “retarded,” no. It’s the effective comparison between 22 year-olds TODAY versus say 50 years ago. Yes, comparatively, you can say the difference between them is LIKE a retarded person in the 50′s and the “regular” youth of the 50′s.

Some sound advice for the (working) Millennial generation

The reason this post was composed was specifically because of a “cashier” we saw very recently. She was one-tick above comatose. She was not “retarded” or disabled. Just socially inept. But she had perfect makeup and tight yoga pants – which is “A-OK!” But it reminded us of the countless similar situations we’ve endured over the past few months alone.

Okay – let’s highlight some very obvious problems we see frequently (almost daily) when it comes to the “new” workforce that is unfortunately entering the job market. Consider these “tips” things you should strive to improve:

  • ZERO EYE CONTACT. Today’s “Millennials” are so absorbed with digital communication that they are practically UNABLE to make eye contact with most humans (other than their so-called “close” friends or family). In a customer service industry, eye-contact is quite possibly THE most important thing you can do. “Cashiers” we encounter these days barely even say “hello” to you anymore, and certainly cannot tolerate looking at you or making eye-contact. It’s like a disease.
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  • COINS IN HAND FIRST! Literally 19 out of 20 “cashiers” we visit (whether gas station, supermarket, mall store) – put the COINS ON TOP OF THE BILLS when handing us our change for our purchase. How do you not get this? Are they not customers EVER? It’s quite possible that all they ever use is debit cards and “cash” is completely foreign to them. But putting the coins on the bills is THE most annoying thing ever – because it requires the customer to correct the situation EVERY time it happens. Remember: COINS in HAND first, then BILLS on FINGERTIPS next. Got it?
  • LEAVE THE PHONE OUT OF IT. Each “Millennial” cashier at the supermarket we’ve seen – has their smartphone (usually iPhone) no further than a foot away from them. During shopping lulls or even in-between customers, they HAVE to “refresh” the device to get the latest stupid “updates” from whatever phony friends they have. Their mind is ELSEWHERE at all times. Even when they’re not “checking” it, they’re thinking about it. Leave the damn phone in some locker in the employee break room. What is so freakin’ important?
  • STRIVE FOR PERFECTION. What has happened to “work pride?” Even in a menial job, you should try to BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE. Excel at everything. Why is this important? Because if you can separate yourself from the rest of the dregs in your company – you will have a very good chance of getting promoted. Quickly. And getting promoted not only looks good on your piece of shit resume, it often leads to NEW and unforeseen opportunity.
  • HARD WORK TODAY = REWARDS TOMORROW. Many of the “Millennials” these days feel like they are “OWED” something. Not sure why, but they do. But long forgotten is the mantra about “EARNING” a living. Earning something absolutely does NOT have INSTANT rewards (much the way people feel these days with “instant gratification.”)

Great inventors or businessmen of days past didn’t do things overnight. It required years or even decades of trial and error, failed endeavors and more – but most often included persistence, patience and intestinal fortitude to continue ahead. Today? Forget about it. The entire world thinks they’re worth their weight in gold because they know “how to Google” shit. C’mon already!

These points are not applicable to everyone, of course. Just the people we see and can vouch that they suck ass and are in need of a huge attitude adjustment. There are some (albeit very few) “Millennials” that “get it.” Many we know were raised the right way. With minimal TV and technology-based entertainment, as well as a good learning experience doing hard work (like farming, or caring for animals, etc.)

Why they don’t teach kids today the way they used to just sucks. More reason for “home schooling” or other alternative ways of gaining skills (like interning, etc.)

The bottom line is that – for whatever reason is to “blame,” – I’m quite concerned about the future of this country – when almost an entire workforce entering the “market” is next to useless when it comes to real-world functionality. Something needs to be done soon – and it always starts AT HOME. So many of you parents are equally to blame for raising such morons. And don’t forget – just because you can use a phone any chimpanzee could learn in a day – does NOT make you skilled.

Sadly – perhaps it’s all “relative?”

The “dumbing down” of society is a vicious (downward) cycle. I’m sure kids working at “convenience” stores like CVS back in the 70′s or 80′s were considered to be equally as “stupid and inept” as kids of the “2010′s” are today.

But maybe not…

While the kids of the 80′s could slash and slay the kids of the 2010′s when it came to “self-reliance,” how to use manual tools and general know-how, the kids of the 2010′s could absolutely DESTROY the kids of the 80′s when it comes to fake digital photography, most “likes” and power-rankings on Yelp. Maybe that alone would wake some people up when it boils down to how relative “usefulness” is in society.

Whereas the kids of the 80′s would survive quite fine without electricity – today, we have a nation of zombies when the power goes out.

Yes, relatively one generation usually feels the “newer” generation has a lot to learn – the tide has changed quite dramatically in 2015. And it’s a scary outlook for sure.

How many of you can even comprehend what we’re talking about? Do you see the writing on the wall?