Advice to UW freshmen, especially Justin…

… if he actually goes this year.

The University of Washington is an excellent school with a great balance of academics and a fun social scene. There are tons of great people and more groups and activities to be involved with than you have ever experienced before. Here are a few things I recommend you do while at UW in order to have the best possible experience:

-Be outgoing and be willing to befriend people who you wouldn’t usually talk to. You’ll meet some lions in sheeps clothing.

-Don’t start school with a girlfriend. Your wifey will make your college experience much less enjoyable. You will talk to her for hours on the phone every night telling each other how much you miss one another. My friend Richard did this and ended up not liking school at all. Being single and free will give you much greater independence to try new things.

-Party like a rockstar, but never neglect your studies. Remember you need to have a good college GPA in order to get a good job. Your community college GPA is meaningless, all people care about is how you do at UW.

-Take classes outside your comfort zone. I especially recommend Logic, Law and philosophy courses.

-You will have tons of free time, make use of it by working out at the IMA (Intramural Activities Center). It’s a great gym with lots of free and very cheap classes, basketball, tennis, etc.

-Pick a practical major and take classes you want for fun on the side; you will graduate and then will want a good job. Don’t end up flipping burgers at McD’s like a certain brother of ours lol. For instance, I was a business major, but took lots of english and philosophy classes because I was interested in those subjects. Look closely at Business, Engineering and Bio (if you want to be a doctor).

-Try as many new things as you can. There is a sailing club, rock climbing club, skiing club, etc.

Anybody else who went to UW want to add anything to this?

Richard Schreiber aka “Shannon”- Quick Profile

Richard Schreiber was one of my roommates while I was in the fraternity. Like Trey Wattson, he was a year younger than me. Shannon Schreiber was the type of guy everyone loved, funny and smart. He knew how to push people’s buttons to win them over. I respect Richard Schreibers people skills and his charisma. Mr. Schreiber is also an excellent budding writer. Shannon transferred schools after his freshman year from UW to Santa Clara to be closer to his girlfriend (who he later broke up with) and his family. I had an interview with Chevron about a year and a half ago that turned into a notorious adventure and I have a lot of other stories involving Richard, however I need his permission to publish them here for people’s entertainment. Shannon, send me a message or call me if you’re okay with me putting something up. I’d like to do an interview… look at the interviews I have done with Faryar Faramarzi or Arcadia Corbett for examples.

Joel got suckered by Metropolitan Park Apts.

I moved yesterday from the old condo on Eastlake with big, gay Brent to my new studio on 6th and Washington at the Metropolitan Park Apartments with a kind friend’s assistance.

Buyer’s remorse has started to set in already. I am paying $925 rent + $75 parking for the new studio. Don’t get wrong, I think I will enjoy living there; it’s just that I’m paying 20-35% more than I should be for what I’m getting. If I had put more thought into it and not been hurried, I probably would’ve kept looking. The Metropolitan Park Apts complex is located at 601 S Washington St. Seattle, WA 98104 and can be reached at 206-682-7600. The secured building has a nice rooftop deck, a small gym with a sauna and a manned front office. My studio is small, about 15 ft x 25 ft.. around 400 sq ft, though they advertised it as 500. I have new carpets and the appliances are okay, but the place has seen better days. The greatest benefit for me is that I am now a mere 6 blocks from work. I have a porch overlooking the street outside with some pleasant trees and a little park to look at… along with tons of sketchy homeless people. While I was moving in, I must’ve seen a couple dozen bums meandering up and down the road. I think I’m going to have to buy a can of mace or a gun to be on the safe side lol. I have a 6 month lease and will probably move out once its up.

Pictures will be coming soon, once I get internet and my computers up and running.

Enjoying the moment

I am a driven, ambitious person and I generally surround myself with similar people. My friends are very intelligent people who are rapidly forging themselves into great successes. Many of them, myself included, never seem to be satisfied with what we have achieved so far. I think that this is a good thing, but we also need to pause to enjoy what we have and the moment we are in.

I am grateful for what life has given me. I went through some hardships when I was younger, but without those, I don’t think I would be able to fully appreciate the quality of life that I now have. I don’t have much stability, but that’s not what I want at this point. I have a solid job at an interesting start-up company, an awesome group of friends, romance, great health and I live downtown in beautiful Seattle. Eventually, I want to get an MBA or JD.. or both, make one hell of a lot of money, find my “twwwuuue wuv” (Princess Bride haha), travel the world, improve my writing, and try as many new experiences as I can.

How to get more visitors and traffic on your blog or website

Are you looking to get more people to visit your website and wondering how you can drive search engine traffic through your blog? Well, you’ve come to the right place for some basic tips.

First, you need to decide what keywords you want to rank for. Do you want people searching for “purse” to come to your website or people searching for “specialty coach bag”? Usually this is fairly intuitive, but there are some helpful research tools out there to tell you how often people search on a certain topic. You can use Google AdWords tools or Yahoo’s keyword suggestion tool or smaller organization’s tools like Wordze.

Now you’ve decided that you want the search engine results page to return your website in the #1 position for “purse”. If you want to rank for a competitive query, you need to have lots of copy (writing) that contains the keyword “purse”. You want to get the word “purse” in as many times on your webpage as possible, without spamming. So place the word “purse” in your title tags, meta tags, headers, subtitles and the actual content itself.

Once your web copy has been written and is on the page, you need to take care of your internal linking. Make sure the “purse” webpage has links pointing to it from every page on your website with the anchor text “purse”.

To finish up, you need to get other websites to link to your website with the anchor text “purse”. You can do this by providing helpful information about purses and hoping people link to you or by asking friendly webmasters to give you links.

Looking for cheap U-District Seattle bars and clubs?

The best bars the University District in Seattle has to offer if you are a student, homeless person or cheapskate:

Cheapest bars in the University District:

Earls on the Ave. No place in Seattle is cheaper to get drunk at than Earls. A little old lady named Michelle works there and fills up your pint glass to the top with hard liquor and then tops it off with a teensy-weensy squirt of mixer. 1 drink will make a 120 pound girl blackout, 2 drinks will get a big guy drunk, 3 drinks will make him puke and 4 drinks will have him holding onto the ground so he doesn’t fall off. $4 for the daily drink special which goes all day. 4720 University Way N Seattle, WA 98105. 206-525-4493

Dante’s. Old school decorations and lots of pool tables make this a fun bar to hit, but it is priced a bit on the higher end for the U-District. 206-525-1300. 5300 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

The Irish Immigrant. Frat-tastic bar with a pretty shitty interior but occasionally has good drink specials. 206-525-2955. 5260 University Way Seattle, WA 98125

Tommy’s Bar and Nightclub. Don’t go to Tommy’s unless you are pure ghetto and want to get your ass kicked by a bunch of thugs. The thugs took over this bar about two years ago and recently even the bouncer outside got shot in the head. If you do go, be sure to bring your SEAL team as backup. 206-634-3144. 4552 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

The RAM. Decent deals on Sunday night after 9- half off your tab, making this overpriced restaurant bar worth a visit. 206-525-3565. 4730 University Village Seattle, WA 98105

The Seven Seas Restaurant w/ cocktails! One of the best kept secrets in the cheap alcoholics Seattle scene, the Seven Seas is a little Chinese restaurant with a cocktail lounge in the back that serves cheap drinks and great Chinese food. Not very classy though lol. (206) 522-3863. 8914 Lake City Way Ne, Seattle

The woman’s perspective on dating me: an analogy

“She’s been out fishing in a little boat for most of her adult life, trying to make a quality catch. Thus far, she’s had little success, mostly pulling in garbage and minnows that she just throws back and occasionally she might get a decent trout or maybe even tuna. After a lifetime of shit she’s ready to call it quits and draw up her line and go home with her sorry take. Then she feels a sudden strong tug. Another jerk knocks her to her knees. She jumps up and grabs the trusty fishing pole as her line pulls taut. Her eyes follow the line out and there is a breath-taking sight: she has an enormous killer whale on her line. When he dives again, she has a decision to make: do the wise thing and cut the line or put everything at risk and try to reel in the grandest catch of them all?”

1999 Blue Ford Contour Review: Problematic and Fugly

I have driven an aging blue Ford Contour for the last couple of years and it has been a trusty transportation device (except for when the brakes exploded). I have put approximately 20k miles on it, mostly shuttling myself back and forth between Seattle and my grandparent’s house in Puyallup. The Ford Contour is pretty roomy, which is great for tall guys. The Contour also is the least romantic vehicle ever made. It’s not-so-ballsy 4 banger engine will get you around, but not fast. The smooth lines do not compare to those of Ford’s better vehicles, such as the Mustang, or cars from better makers like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, or just about any other car maker in existence.

I can’t wait to purchase a better vehicle. I want to get something with some balls and fire… Suggestions?