The 40th is with Me

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On October 6, 2017, I turned 40 years-old and appropriately celebrated the entire weekend in cosplay. 

First, on October 5th at New York Comic Con, at the Javits Center. 

With Maria & Cheri

Then, on my actual birthday, at Sonicboombox’s NYCC After Party, at Bowlmor in Times Square. 

With Maria, Cheri, & Rob

On October 7th, I reprised my Empire Strikes Back Han Solo when we attended An Evening with Mark Hamill, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. 

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Finally, on October 8th, the ultimate celebration – thanks to my wonderful aunt Carlene. A Star Wars Birthday Celebration with family and friends. 

My cousins’ Imperial March surprise.

My nephews, Logan & Grayson

My father

My mother

Uncle Matt, Mom, Aunt Christine, Aunt Carlene

Erin, Jason, Jim, Cheri, Mike, Maria, Liane

Evelyn, Liane, Cheri, Mark, Maria


Yours Truly

Bruce Campbell: Hail to the Chin

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The star of the Evil Dead series began his book tour on August 14, 2017. First stop: Ridgewood, NJ. Next stop: Long Island, New York – my neighborhood.

Hail to the Chin is a sequel to his first memoir, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor

Released in 2001, the first book became a New York Times Bestseller. It covers the early years of Bruce Campbell’s career, up till the end of the 20th century. It includes how he and his pals, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, accomplished the not-so-quick-and-easy task of making the original Evil Dead film. 

Metaphorically referred to as part two of a three-act story, Hail to the Chin picks up where If Chins left off.

Bruce managed to summarize his preceding “confessions” in the opening pages of his new book, which then brings the reader up to speed. This next batch of insightful rants span over the last 20 years – Bruce Campbell’s “maturing years” in the biz.

While 300+ local fans and I waited for him to speak at the Book Revue, here in good ole Long Island, his new pages kept me occupied. I read the first few chapters and laughed out loud in several parts. That’s Bruce for ya. Sharp, honest, and witty.

As a filmmaker, I find a lot of value in his anecdotes. The film business isn’t easy. It’s refreshing to see the reality from the inside out. 

Bruce explains his struggles with his post-Army of Darkness TV career. How Brisco County Jr. failed to renew after its first season, due to unsatisfactory ratings. How Jack of All Trades – shot in New Zealand – failed around the time Peter Jackson claimed all local film and television crew, to create that 3-part epic, Lord of the Rings. 

Then, it was just about showtime. I carefully closed the book, placed it in my messenger bag, and… 3, 2, 1…

The crowd exploded. Figuratively. 

Standing before us, in the far corner of the bookstore, was the Man of the Hour. And, he didn’t waste any time either. He dove right into the Q&A, which lasted no longer than 7-10-minutes. He knew he was in for a long night. 

Before the rapid-fire Q&A session, he prepared us for the forthcoming signing procedure. There were no personalized autographs; however, he was generous enough to allow one additional item get signed. That extra item could’ve been anything… Posters; action-figures; body parts… You name it, he’d sign it.

I managed to capture some video of Mr. Campbell, from my third row seat. Below are 2 clips that range from 40-75 seconds each. Or, if you’d like to watch the entire Q&A, please scroll down to the bottom of this post. 

Clip 1 of 2: Bruce Campbell on Ash vs Evil Dead

Clip 2 of 2: Bruce Campbell Gives You Some Sugar

You can find Hail to the Chin at your local bookstore, or on Amazon.com.

Stay groovy, my friends.

Mike Polizzi 

Here’s the full Q&A video:

Hamlet with Oscar Isaac

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(A Poe fo Show)

Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the title character in this well crafted, intimate production of William Shakespeare’s longest and most powerful play, Hamlet. A timeless tale of a troubled prince who plots revenge against his uncle, who murdered his father in exchange for the throne and his mother.

Directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, this 4 hour production of the life and death tragedy is performed at The Public Theater – a Shakespeare Workshop in New York City. It was founded in the mid-1950s by Joseph Papp. A place where up-and-coming playwrights and performers are able to showcase their work.

The Anspacher Theater, one of the chambers within The Public, is where Hamlet is featured. Although, you won’t find your typical, escalated stage here. Instead, there’s a small raised step in the background, primarily used as an actor “bullpen,” and for prop storage. The performance space is mostly the flat surface of the theater’s red carpeted floor, surrounded by a semicircle of 275 seats.

The space is tighter than what you might expect, yet very cozy. That’s what made this particular experience so special.

If you’re unfamiliar with the work, you certainly might recognize many of Hamlet’s poetic lines, recited in film and television. The original Star Trek, for instance, made numerous references to the play – usually spoken by Bones, and then called out by Spock. The sixth film was even subtitled The Undiscovered Country, which is said in the famous “to be or not to be” monologue (Act III, Scene I). Or, perhaps you’re familiar with that iconic image of Hamlet holding the skull of poor Yorick, a fellow of infinite jest.

Classic quotes and images aside, you might also assume the play is dressed with armored knights and such. After all, it does take place during the Middle Ages, in and around a royal palace in Elsinore, Denmark. Nevertheless, it’s been interpreted many different ways, using many different eras.

This particular interpretation of the Shakespearean classic, here in New York, is unique. It requires your imagination, as the actors project their superb talents in selected casual attire, while using limited props and no backdrop scenery. A sturdy folding table, flowers, dirt, wine bottles & glasses are the extent of what you’ll see. A 21st century sight with 400-year-old dialogue.

Hamlet (Isaac) is seen mostly in a black t-shirt and hoodie, an occasional gray sweater, and sometimes a dark pair of sweatpants. In the middle of the play, when his lunacy escalates, the troubled prince bounces off the imaginary walls in his black underwear. A sight all the ladies in my party certainly enjoyed; however, it portrayed the character in his appropriate idle state.

Horatio, portrayed humorously by Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), wore a short sleeved polo shirt and jeans.

Claudius, the King of Denmark, played by Ritchie Coster (The Dark Knight), wore what appeared to be a light gray linen suit and black t-shirt. When he switched to play the ghost of Hamlet’s murdered father, he removed the blazer and t-shirt.

Ophelia, played by Gayle Rankin, wore a dark blouse and skirt. Her father, the king’s chief counselor, Polonius (Peter Friedman) was the most formal in a three piece suit and tie. He is also the father of Laertes (Anatol Yusef), who wore an open short-sleeve button down and t-shirt…

As for the remaining talented cast… Matthew Saldivar portrayed Guildenstern in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts; Charlayne Woodard wore a stunning purple dress as Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude; and Roberta Colindrez appeared to be quite comfortable in her jogging suit, as Rosencrantz.

To compliment all of the above was an original music score, composed and performed by Dutch musician Ernst Reijseger. Setup in the corner of that small raised platform, Ernst delivered subtle, eerie music from a cello and wooden pipe organ – with the occasional accompaniment of wooden pipes, performed by the cast. This also marked the first time I’ve witnessed someone pluck cello strings in a guitar-like fashion. Something Ernst displayed throughout the show, whenever the mood called for something more cheerful.

We may have missed him at Star Wars Celebration – most likely due to his preparations for Hamlet but, after a few moments of patience by devoted fans – mostly flailing fan-girls, like my girlfriend and her sister – we met the star himself. Oscar Isaac entered the lobby shortly after the show ended and, humble and kind gentleman that he is, greeted each and every one of us.

The sold-out show began its run on June 20, 2017 and is scheduled to end on September 3rd.

Within this wall of cyber flesh, there is a soul that counts thee its creditor very much for reading. In other words, thanks for reading.

Farewell for now,

Mike Polizzi

A Taste of New York on Four Wheels

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The following article was written & published in 2011:

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Steve Valentino, a New York native, relocated to North Carolina in 2009 with his lovely wife, a heart full of passion and a fist full of meatballs.

Inspired by his Italiano papa, Steve delivers an authentic flavor that Southerners have never experienced before. From the Steve-O Hero, his signature slow-cooked tomato-sauced meatballs on garlic bread, to his phenomenal Betty Melt, an amazing multi-cheese sandwich grilled on his one-of-a-kind “Shotgun Betty” beer bread.

Of course, this fantastic operation didn’t just transpire overnight. Back on Long Island, NY, Steve was a jack-of-all-trades. A painter, a sculptor, a chef and a special effects make-up artist with a day job. A young man in search for his calling.

For nearly a decade, Steve and his fiancee, Christina – a former student of East Carolina University – visited friends in Raleigh, NC on a regular basis. They fell in love with the pleasant city and decided to move there, shortly after their wedding in April 2009.

Christina was fortunate enough to have her job transferred to North Carolina. Steve, on the other hand, was not so lucky. He had lost his job in the midst of the recession and was stranded and unemployed, along with the millions of other Americans. But, being the go-getter that he is, Steve managed to turn a negative into a positive.

If nobody wants to hire me, he thought, then I will!

So, he pursued the food vending industry, with intentions on possibly running a hotdog cart in downtown Raleigh.

Steve did his research and inquired with the local zoning board. He advised them on how he wanted to include additional menu items on his hot dog cart, such has his home style Italian cuisine – which would have been a perfect idea; but, the board had to decline his proposal. According to regulations, in order for him to serve his own specialties, Steve would have to acquire an enclosed kitchen.

Unbeknownst to the growth of the food truck industry, Steve was on the hunt for four wheels and an engine. And, in February 2010… he found it!

A Grumman Step Van.

It was in terrible condition and reeked from the previous owner’s fish business. Nevertheless, Steve saw its potential and was fortunate enough to have his handy-dandy brother Frank in town at the time.

Frank was able to guide and assist his ambitious brother through all the rough patches and together, along with the support from his wife and local friends, they built the truck that stands today.

Valentino’s Food Truck was born!

But, where was he going to park and serve?

Being a beer enthusiast and a home brewer, Steve stumbled upon the LoneRider Brewery, home of the Shotgun Betty – a sensational wheat beer with an insignia modeled after the tap-room’s charismatic bartender, Jackie.

Just like an outlaw from the Old West, Steve stepped over the threshold of the LoneRider and caused dead silence. He gazed upon the bewildered patrons, as their eyes locked on his presence. They observed, as he slowly wandered to the bar, where Jackie courageously welcomed him.

He ordered a beer, and then had a thought for the bartender.

“I reckon you don’t serve food here, do ya, darlin’?”

“Sorry, stranger,” Jackie replied. “But, you can bring food in.”

“Well, what if I told ya I wanted to bring food and cook it here?”

“What do you mean? Like a barbecue?”

“No, ma’am. Like a food truck.”

Of course, Jackie thought it was a brilliant idea. So, she introduced Steve to the owners and they immediately embraced his proposal. They felt it was a suitable addition to their establishment and they gave Steve a place to go on a weekly basis.

On Thursdays and Fridays, Valentino’s Food Truck pulls up alongside their loading dock. Menus are placed at the bar, Steve fires up the grill, and then he takes care of dinner from 5pm – 9pm. Ales for outlaws and food for foodies – YEEHAW!

Valentino’s Food Truck eventually extended their services at Big Boss Brewery, where they serve lunch and late-night dishes to the patrons on Fridays.

Steve has certainly developed a symbiotic relationship between the breweries and his food truck. He even incorporates their beer in some of his recipes, such as LoneRider’s Shotgun Betty – the ingredient that encompasses the “Betty Melt” (UPDATE: Now called the “Lindy Melt”). He creates sauces and glazes with the beer, as well, and has been able to be quite creative with his cuisine.

In only a half year of business, Valentino’s Food Truck has already made an impact on the Raleigh community, with numerous followers from not only the breweries, but from a variety of special events, as well.

Steve manages his business with pride and, for the first time in his life, strongly believes he has found his calling.

Mike Polizzi 

The above article was originally published in the Raleigh Downtowner Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 4.

The following is a short video I produced in 2010, covering Valentino’s Food Truck.

Valentino’s Food Truck on Yelp!

Valentino’s on Twitter

Valentino’s Website

Hans Zimmer: Live from New York

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This week, everybody’s favorite film composer – next to John Williams and Danny Elfman – visited New York City.

Hans Zimmer has enriched many films with his intense, beautiful music. The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, The Lion King, and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are only a fraction of what this genius has done. He’s composed music for at least 150 films since the 1980s, but I first noticed his talent in the early 1990s, during my adolescent years. I noticed his score for Backdraft (1991), which was also used in the trailer for Jurassic Park (1993). From that point, I knew to keep my ears out for whatever he delivered next.

In 1995, the German film score composer captured more than my ears. He seized my heart with his powerful music from Crimson Tide. That epic theme, the track titled Roll Tide, still gives me the thrills and chills today. Earlier this week, I got to experience that track live at Radio City Music Hall, along with many other favorites.

On April 9th, while briefly thumbing through Twitter, I came across Hans Zimmer’s tweet about touring in North America for the very first time. Literally seconds later, I purchased myself a ticket. The choices for New York were either July 25th (Tuesday) or 26th (Wednesday).

I chose the 25th, as it was the final day of my summer “staycation,” and, damn, what a way to end a vacation! The concert was absolutely epic. The lighting effects were phenomenal. The musicians were just WOW!

Like a rockstar, Hans Zimmer led his musicians without a conductor. They did it rock band style, but with strings, brass, and a choir – in addition to the percussion, synthesizers, guitars, and electric cello. Zimmer bounced around stage with a banjo for his Sherlock Holmes theme; his guitar for Gladiator; the synthesizer for Crimson Tide; the piano for Inception

Speaking personally, as a guy who grew-up as a film score enthusiast, as well as someone who composes music for independent films, this was the best concert I’ve ever experienced! And, I also attended Danny Elfman’s Music from the films of Tim Burton concert a couple of years prior (that, too, was amazing). But, this one… Hans Zimmer Live… This was an exciting 3-hours.

The theater went dark at 8pm sharp. The spotlights shined on the enormous stage. What followed was what I like to call Hans Zimmer’s Greatest Hits:

  1. Driving (from Driving Miss Daisy); Discombobulate (from Sherlock Holmes); Zoosters Breakout (from Madagascar)
  2. Roll Tide (from Crimson Tide)
  3. 160 bpm (from Angels & Demons)
  4. The Gladiator Suite (The Wheat; The Battle; Elysium; Now We Are Free)
  5. Chevaliers de Sangreal (from The Da Vinci Code)
  6. The Lion King Suite, featuring Lebo M himself (Circle of Life; This Land; King of Pride Rock)
  7. The Pirates of the Caribbean Suite (Jack Sparrow; One Day; Up Is Down; He’s a Pirate)
    • INTERMISSION
  8. You’re So Cool (from True Romance)
  9. Main Theme (from Rain Man)
  10. What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving the World? (from Man of Steel)
  11. Is She With You? (Wonder Woman Theme, from Dawn of Justice)
  12. Journey to the Line (from The Thin Red Line)
  13. The Electro Suite (from The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
  14. The Dark Knight Trilogy Suite (Why So Serious?; Like a Dog Chasing Cars; Why Do We Fall?; Introduce a Little Anarchy…)
    • After Introduce a Little Anarchy, Hans abandoned his synthesizer and approached the microphone at center stage. We expected him to deliver another short speech, as he did throughout the show, in between medleys. But, instead, he began to chant, “Deshi, Deshi! Basara, Basara!” He did this repeatedly, until the choir joined him, and then the orchestra… It was Bane’s Theme (from The Dark Knight Rises), which concluded the suite.
    • Hans spoke of Heath Ledger’s tragedy, and also the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.
  15. Aurora (Hans Zimmer’s musical embrace in 2012. This piece was to help raise money for the victims of the massacre in the Aurora, CO movie theater, during The Dark Knight Rises premiere)
  16. The Interstellar Suite (Day One; Where We’re Going; No Time for Caution; Stay)
    • He said goodnight after this, and then the theater illuminated. Some people began to leave, but most of us “stayed” – like the last track instructed. Finally, the perfect ending to a perfect concert followed. The lights dimmed once again for…
  17. The Inception Suite (Dream is Collapsing; Mombasa; Time)

The concert ended at 11pm and I hurried back to Penn Station, to catch my midnight train home.

Hans Zimmer, along with his amazing musicians, rocked New York!

Bravo!

Mike Polizzi

Anti-Social Media: Why I Quit Facebook

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In 2007, I abandoned something called MySpace for something called Facebook. I didn’t quite get it at first. But, all of my friends were migrating to it, and it seemed like the place to be. So, I logged in every other night, to get accustomed to it. Whenever time permitted, really. Whenever I had Internet access.

You see, kids, back then, the Internet wasn’t conveniently accessible like it is today. I didn’t carry it in my pocket until around 2010. Until then, I had to use a physical computer that plugged into a wall. That was my only passage to cyberspace.

To take advantage of Facebook’s purpose – to connect with friends – meant that I had to put myself out there. I had to share my “status.” I was a little skeptical about that, perhaps even a bit shy… I was a private person on the edge of exposure. But, I used the Internet to conquer boredom, so…

Statuses back then were actually pretty lame. Before it asked you, “what’s on your mind,” I had to complete the sentence, “Mike is __________.” I would say things like, “Mike is watching Star Wars for the one billionth time.” Or, “Mike is heading home from work and really needs a beer.” Or, “Mike is chillin’ like a villain.” This was the bait on the hook, so to speak.

Eventually, another bored soul would see your lame status on the “newsfeed.” They might give you a “thumbs up,” or make a comment, or both, or they might even ignore you.

Over the years, more friends – and even family members – boarded the Facebook train. The platform evolved. The engineers made subtle alterations to the layout, which many of us noticed, and were pissed off. But, that gave us something to complain about via status updates. I eventually noticed tiny advertisements that “coincidentally” catered to my interests. And then, those “likes” – the infamous thumbs up i-con – expanded with additional options. Emoticons. A heart; a laughing face; a crying face; an angry face… As the social media platform evolved, so did our mobile phones.

Today, a mobile phone is first and foremost a computer and a camera.

Did you know?

– The average smartphone user checks their phone 150 times per day!

– Millennials use it over 5-hours per day!

– Generation X-ers (my generation) use it more than 5-hours per day!

That’s a lot of lost time!!!

Like zombies, they/we/you roam the land of the living with heads down. Staring into that small, glowing screen, like a moth making sweet, tender love to a bright, white light. We are the Walking Dead!

Everybody feels an urge to post the most mundane things, with the occasional proud achievement. They need to post. They need to share and comment on a regular basis. Like a crack junkie, they need their fix! They need their “likes!”

Social media – Facebook, in this example – is no different than a slot machine. It’s designed to keep you glued to the screen, to nurture your addiction.

You know why? 

Because, that’s what it’s supposed to do!

That’s how the people behind-the-scenes get paid!

It’s constantly being designed to get you to stay logged in longer; to click more; to share more; to post more… All of this, so they can provide content for their advertising platform.

They know when you are sleeping. They know when you’re awake. They know if you’ve been bad or good… But, seriously, they know what you search for on the inter-webs, even when you’re closed out of the site. Algorithms!

It’s a business.

They are profiting.

You are not.

You are losing.

What are you losing?

Time!

You are losing approximately 76-days of your life, per year. That’s based on the recent statistics I listed earlier. That’s 5-hours per day multiplied by 365-days per year. That equals 1,825-hours, which translates to 76-days!

To be fair, that statistic is based on the amount of time you spend on your phone itself – not necessarily specific to Social Media use. But, let’s face it, it’s all social media! You’re being social. You’re using media.

Texting or messaging; taking and sharing selfies…

So, yeah, you probably spend 76 consecutive days worth of smartphone use – per year. If you’d like to challenge yourself on that statistic, download an app called Moment. It tracks the amount of time you spend on your phone.

This past June, I decided to wean off Facebook.

Why just Facebook? Why not Twitter and Instagram, too?

Because, Facebook is the leading drug – so to speak – whereas, for me, Twitter and Instagram aren’t as addictive. They could be, but I don’t allow them to be. I also use those other platforms as an extension for this website. Therefore, they are used with intention – nowadays, anyway. But, the reason I call Facebook a drug, is because it’s designed to give you a dopamine high. It’s the most addictive, in my opinion, and it rewires your brain. It also messes with your emotions.

What I do like about Facebook is the event pages, the groups, and the messenger applications. So, when I said I “weaned off,” what I meant was, I quit participating in status updates and reading that overwhelming, never-ending newsfeed. I kept my Facebook profile for everything else – but, only for a short while.

Why quit posting “status updates” and avoid the newsfeed?

Well, I had a few reasons . . .

It can cause Anxiety, Stress, and Depression.

I had an ex-girlfriend that was originally – and still is – a friend of my current girlfriend, her sister, and some other mutual friends. So, seeing her appear every now and then, caused me a great deal of unnecessary anxiety. Before she and I jumped into our whirlwind relationship, she was first a friend of mine. Someone I really started to connect with. But, we took it too far, too fast. And, now that it’s been over for a about a year, I still felt a confused sense of sadness, stress, awkwardness, and obligation. I wondered why – after all this time… Sure, I missed her potential platonic friendship. But, then it finally hit me. It was Facebook itself, with all of it’s shit being thrown into my face – especially with those damn “on this day” memories.

Look: the point is, I’ve seen other people experience their own pain and suffering. All due to Facebook. I guess that’s what happens when 2-billion people use the damn thing.

It Kills Friendships.

Remember the last Presidential Election?

Are you paying attention to the madness that’s followed it?

You might be posting your anger and defensive opinions on today’s political situation. Someone you once respected disagrees with your views and values, and now you have lost a little – if not a lot of – respect for that person.

Politics, Religion, and Sexuality should be nobody’s business but their own. You do you, as they say.

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It Feeds (or Hurts) Your Ego; Turns you into a Narcissist.

We were all given the tools to create a persona. You only post the best side of your life, or maybe even sometimes exaggerate it just bit. You do this to attract more attention. More “likes.” You always appear to be laughing, traveling, and having the time of your life. And, as for the recipient… Well, they eventually question themselves. They compare themselves to your extraordinary, so-called happy life. They see your new selfie and think, “Wow, I wish I could go dancing on a rooftop, instead of sitting around at home in my underwear.” And that person that saw your dancing duck-faced-selfie might be your best friend. Your brother from another mother. Your sister from another mister. And, they may not “like” it. They may be too jealous to give you the satisfaction of a thumbs up. And, in reality, you probably just posed for that selfie. You don’t even like dancing. You just wanted something to share in that moment. You inserted that dollar into the slot machine, and you’re waiting for the payout.

So, you keep checking your phone to see how many “likes” your post received. You might wonder why your so-called best friend didn’t like it, or comment yet. You know they are online. Facebook is telling you that they are online! Why the bloody hell don’t they like your picture yet? It’s brilliant! You look awesome in it! Plus, the Empire State Building looks spectacular (but really blurry) in the background! At least like it for the Empire State Building, damn it! Why don’t they like your post!?! Why!?! Whyyyy!?! Aaaaaaagggghhhhhh!

It’s Unattractive and Rude.

Today, the majority of people keep their smartphone glued to their hand and in sight at all times. All times! When this occurs during real, live social scenarios, it could be – if you’re even aware of it – rude. I’m guilty of this myself, but I’ve become more conscious of it – hence this rant. They use their phones right in front of your face! During lunch; during dinner; in a meeting; during a movie; with good company… They give you divided attention… They “yes” you to death, but aren’t really listening.

It’s important to check the phone every minute, though, right? It’s very important. Everybody has to text. Everybody has to tweet. Everybody has to share that shitty photo of their half-eaten sandwich. It must go on Facebook, to entertain your “fans” – the other social media junkies that are missing out on your present experience.

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In reality, nobody gives two shits what you ate or what you’re doing. You are sacrificing your own real-life experiences to feed your persona. That is all. It is never going to matter in the end. So, why spend your valuable time – those 5-hours per day – when you should be investing in actual relationships with real, live people! The people who actually give two shits about you. If you’re not sure who they are, look away from your screen for a second. They are the people that spend time with you on a regular basis. The people that go out of their way for you. The people that love you. They don’t deserve to be ignored, because your bullshit post requires your immediate attention.

“You are sacrificing your own real-life experiences to feed your persona.”

On July 7, 2017, I officially deleted my Facebook account. The whole damn thing. All my photos, all my status updates, all my “friends.” 10 years of participation . . . gone. And, for the first time in a very, very long time, I feel awake! I feel alive! I am more creative! More productive! I’ve gained an additional 76-days per year back! And, now, I can finally start living again. I can finally start contributing to society, and be more attentive to my loved ones.

When it comes to social media, it’s best to identify intention versus addiction. It might take some practice, but one tip is to remove all social media apps from your mobile device. At the very least, try that for 21-days. They say it takes 21-days to form or break a habit.

Going forward, I only use my phone with intention. I use the Internet for research, and I use this website as an obligation to write more often, because that’s what I love to do.

Before I close this rant, I leave you with one final note…

Life is what happens when you aren’t using your smartphone.

This is Mike Polizzi, last survivor of Facebook, signing off.

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