Thank You Thank You

I promised.  I promised myself and my readers that I would give less attention and less of my time writing about negativity and experiences that upset me, but finally, finally, finally, finally, someone actually apologized.

The corner store near my house opens at 6am.  I got there at 5:45am and waited outside in the parking lot for the doors to open.

At 6am the lights go on, and the woman inside behind the counter walks towards the door to unlock it.  I’m at the door waiting to greet her.

When she opens she tells me there’s no money in the register, and the woman who is in charge of the cash is on her way.  In charge of the cash?  Really?

You just opened the door, but you don’t have any access to the cash that belongs in the register?

Anyway, I said okay and I returned to the parking lot to continue waiting patiently.  The lady who runs the cash register shows up about five after six, and finally they’re ready to serve me at about ten after.

With an attitude, she asks me what I want, and after I tell her, she rips open the glass doors that encase my item.  She pushed those glass doors so hard, I thought they were going to shatter.  Then she turns around and insults me for coming to the store so early.

If you’re a retail manager, and you run a convenient store, shouldn’t you want people at the door with money for purchases?  Yes.  Are you supposed to judge your customers after they purchase items in your store?  No.

Look, if you’re miserable and upset about something, you’re not supposed to take it out on your customers.  You should be thanking your customers for supporting your business.

You should be happy that people want to come to your store and see your face at six in the morning.

I’m going to leave it at that.  I can feel this post beginning to snowball out of control as I’m now thinking back to that morning.

I did want to mention though, this is the same store I left because the Manager was threatening me during meetings.  He would also blow me off and tell me I was lying when I expressed my concerns about things that were happening to me in the store during working hours.  I walked out.

Thank you for the apology.

 

NCAA College Football Week 5 Feature Game Follow Up

Our attempt to go 3-0-1 versus the spread this weekend was crushed in USC’s 14-28 loss to Washington.  We caught the line at 10, but obviously, that wasn’t enough.  Table Seven is now 2-1-1 versus the spread. 


USC lost by 14 to Washington, are you shocked?  Washington does have a good team this year, but I thought for sure USC was going to come closer than 14.  Senior WR, Michael Pittman Jr. did have a touchdown, but he was the only one the trio that did.  Turnovers really ruined USC’s chances as quarterback Matt Fink threw three interceptions.  With this win, the Huskies improved their record to 4-1.  The Trojans are now 3-2, and this is their second loss on the road.


In general, it was an amazing weekend of college football!  The Tar Heels played an outstanding game against the number one team in the country, Clemson.  The game was a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter until Clemson scored and took the lead for the first time in the game.  Then, North Carolina came right back and scored.  The score was 21-20, Clemson was winning by one point.  The Tar Heel coaching staff decided to go for the 2-point conversion, and QB Sam Howell was stuffed short.  The game ended 21-20, Clemson won, and I’m still trying to figure out for the life of me, why the decision to go for two?  Why?  Why would you play your ass off for four quarters against the best team in the country, and then gamble the game away at the very end?  It didn’t make sense to me, it really felt like UNC just gave Clemson the game.  They could’ve kicked the extra point and battled it out in overtime.  Obviously, if they converted, it would’ve been the best call ever, but c’mon.  If you don’t need two, you don’t go for two.


Michigan beat Rutgers 52-0, and that’s exactly what Michigan needed to do this week.  Wisconsin looked terrible in their throwback uniforms, but the odd look brought them good luck in their game against Northwestern.  It was a 24-15 win for the Badgers.  Kellen Mond led Texas A&M to a 31-27 victory over the Razorbacks, and Arizona upset number fifteen California 24-17.  Earning respect on the field was our call to Notre Dame this week, and they answered by beating (18) UVA 35-20.


Alright my good friends.  Week five has come and gone, and the overall picture of who’s who in NCAA College Football is starting to come into focus.  We picked Washington to win their game against USC, and they did, but we also picked USC to cover the 10 point spread, and they didn’t.  That’s okay though, it’s early.  The upset this week definitely goes to Arizona in their win over Cal, and we’re happy to send some respect in Notre Dame’s direction for beating (18)UVA by fifteen.  Don’t forget to check back Thursday, October 3rd, for the Table 7 Top 6, and our Week Six, NCAA College Football Feature Game Preview.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.   

Table 7; The Truth

I would like to thank WordPress for sending us the happy anniversary card.  Today, September 23, 2019, is officially our one year anniversary since being on the internet.

When we started https://noozbuffet.com a year ago, I told you;

Nooz Buffet is information that’s relevant, progressive, and in sync year around as the seasons change and time moves forward.

and as fate would have it, our anniversary happens to coincide with the 2019 Fall Equinox.

Thank you, and stay tuned.  Another year of real truth is on the menu!

 

NCAA College Football Feature Follow-up

Sunday, September 22, 2019.

First things first, money, right?  Okay, we gave you SMU getting 9.5 points.  THEY COVERED.!!🎆🎇🎉🎊💲  https://noozbuffet.com is now 2-0-1 versus the spread.


SMU did the unexpected.  They traveled to Fort Worth as 9.5 point underdogs, and beat (25)Texas Christian 41-38.  We knew SMU was outscoring opponents 35-6 in the first quarter, and of course, playing on the road this week, we stressed the importance of them getting off to a fast start.

Boy oh boy, they didn’t disappoint us either.  SMU QB Shane Buechele rushed 4 yards for the Mustangs first touchdown.  Then, TCU fumbled the ball on their own 1 yard line, and SMU recovered.  On the ensuing drive, Xavier Jones rushed 1 yard for the Mustangs second touchdown, and it was 15-0 just like that.  When the first quarter ended, SMU was winning 18-7.  They scored early and often.  Mission complete.

Shane Buechele did throw an interception, but he also threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns.  His completion percentage was almost 70%.  On the ground, Xavier Jones did carry the load.  He touched the rock 19 times, and had 79 yards and a touchdown.  (that’s a little over 4 yards per carry)  Not bad at all.

TCU never really did rebound from that first quarter.  They trailed the entire game despite scoring 21 points in the second half and almost making a comeback.  I don’t know what happened to that two-headed monster in the backfield, but Darius Anderson did some serious damage.  He rushed for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The Horned Frogs did a really good job spreading the ball around.  Eight different receivers caught passes, but Pro Wells stood out with 2 td’s.

We said when it was all said and done, only one team would remain undefeated.  The SMU Mustangs are now 4-0.  I really thought this win would spring them into the NCAA Top 25, but I guess voters aren’t giving them that much respect yet.

I don’t know WTF these people look at.  UCF loss to Pitt and they’re still in, Army’s in with one loss, and Michigan has one loss.  They’re even considering one-loss Iowa State for the 25th spot.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Saturday, and we’ll see y’all next week.  Don’t forget, every Thursday we post the Table 7 Top 6, at 6am, and the Nooz Buffet NCAA College Football Feature Game of the Week analysis is up by 3pm.   

 

Table Seven NCAA College Football Feature Game of the Week

There are a few games this weekend that are well deserving of super hype and attention, but as shocking as it may be, our NCAA College Football Feature Game pick is the game between SMU and TCU.


Southern Methodist is traveling to Texas Christian, and when it’s all said and done, only one of them will remain undefeated.

The SMU Mustangs won a tight game against Arkansas State 37-30 during the first week of the season, and since, they’ve continued taking care of business.  They beat North Texas 49-27, and Texas State 47-17.  They’re unranked, but they’re 3-0.  Running back Xavier Jones has 291 yards and 7 touchdowns on 54 carries.  He’s capable of carrying the load, and SMU will need him to be productive.  The Mustangs are outscoring opponents 35-6 in first quarter play, and this week, more than ever, they’ll have come out and make an early statement.  They’re on the road, and the environment will be hostile.

TCU is ranked 25th, they’re 2-0, and they’re home.  They will be up and ready for this game.  They have wins over Pine Bluff and Purdue and seek win number three this weekend.  TCU has the advantage of playing home so it can only work in their favor if they’re scoring early and often.  Last week the Horned Frog defense held Purdue running back King Doerue to 27 yards on 11 carries and picked off quarterback Jack Plummer twice.  As a matter of fact, the Boiler Makers touched pay dirt one time, and it was  in the fourth quarter.  They’ll need the same effort this week out of their defense.  On offense, TCU seems to have a two-headed monster emerging out of the backfield.  Combined, Olonilua and Anderson rushed for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns on 34 carries.  If SMU can’t stop the run, it’s going to be a long hard afternoon.

Alright everyone, there you have it.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy college football weekend.  Enjoy all the games, and don’t forget to leave us a message.  You know we like hearing from you!  Down below, as you can see, we picked TCU, the home favorite, to win the game, but we think SMU will cover the 9.5 point spread.


Table Seven Feature Game Pick of the Week

TCU

Versus The Spread

SMU +9.5

Week 4, Ncaa College Football

Table 7 Top 6


  1. (11)Michigan @ (13)Wisconsin- This classic Big 10 match-up kicks off at 12 noon on Saturday.  Both teams are undefeated.
  2. Tennessee @ (9) Florida- Tennessee travels to the swamp to play the Gators this weekend, but those Gators are hot and hungry with wins over Kentucky and Miami.  Florida is undefeated, Tennessee on the other hand, well, they’re still looking for their first win.  Won’t be this week.
  3. Boston College @ Rutgers- This is another game that kicks off Saturday afternoon at 12.  B.C. will be traveling to my home and native land, New Jersey, to play the 1-1 Scarlet Knights.  Last week Rutgers had a bye, which is good.  Hopefully they took advantage of that extra time to prepare.  Boston College lost last week 24-48 against Kansas so this is an important one as I’m sure they’ve already had a “w” penciled in. Shhh!  Upset?  I hope.
  4. SMU @ (25) TCU- Last week, TCU was victorious over Purdue, 34-13, while SMU enjoyed the weekend off.  The last time SMU played they bitched whipped North Texas 49-27.  SMU and TCU are both undefeated, but a slight edge will be given to TCU because after-all, they’re playing home.  TCU is ranked 25th, and that’s good for SMU as a win would bring them some much needed respect and recognition.  This should be a really good game.
  5. (15) UFC @ PITT- I don’t know for a fact, but I’m pretty sure Central Florida plays every week with a bit of a chip on their shoulder because of the way they’re treated when playoff time rolls around, and rightfully so.  They’re one of several teams that get railroaded despite having a perfect record.  Right now, they’re fast off to a 3-0 start, which includes last week’s 45-27 win over Stanford.  Coach Narduzzi and his Pittsburgh Panthers lost 10-17 to in-state rival (13)Penn State last week.  I like Pitt, I sincerely do, and I hope they continue to get better and win games, but right now they’re not at the Penn State level.  I hope they’re over it, and focused on UCF because this game won’t be easy for them.
  6. (7) Notre Dame @ (3) Georgia- Kick off time is Saturday evening at 8pm, and the Georgia Bulldogs are home.  Both teams are undefeated and both won last week in blow out fashion.  Showtime!

Kentucky Blows It In Final Seconds

You could actually say the wind blew it because the winning kick sailed wide right with like :43 left on the game clock.


Good Morning NJ, PA, and the rest of the world.  I hope everyone has a wonderful day to today with it being Sunday and all.  Some people work today, some don’t, but what’s important is that we’re doing whatever it is we would like.

I don’t know how many people actually watched the Florida Gators play Kentucky last night, but it was a fabulous game as expected.  I said Kentucky would show up at night, at home, and win this game, but they ended up loosing 29-21.  If you took Kentucky with the 8 points then at least you didn’t lose any money.

I know some people got the spread at 9.5 so congratulations to all of you.

I was a 22-21 ball game with just under a minute left to play.  Kentucky drove the ball down the field in dramatic fashion, and on fourth down, special teams came on the field to kick the potential game winning field goal.  The Wildcats missed the kick and turned the ball over on downs.  Then Florida put the nail in the coffin with another touchdown run that went for 76 yards, and the extra point was good.

When the final quarter bagan, Kentucky was winning this game 21-10, but the Wildcats didn’t score any points in the fourth quarter.  In fact, they were leading the Gators 21-16 all the way up until…

Florida intercepted a pass at the six minute mark, and on their possession, the backup QB, Trask, ran it into the endzone for six.  Florida went for two but failed to convert, and the score was 22-21, which is where it stayed until the  final minute.

Florida is now 3-0 and ranked first in the SEC East, while Kentucky fell to 2-1.  They’re ranked fifth in the same division.

Wait, what?  Hawaii?  I don’t know.

Noozbuffet.com is now 1-1 with Feature Game Picks.

 

Feature Follow-Up

Saturday came and went, and we all saw Clemson win 24-10 over the Texas A&M Aggies. I know Texas A&M covered the point spread, but I really thought they had a shot at winning the game and stealing some early season confidence from the Tigers.

There isn’t much to say. Against a team like Clemson, you have to play a perfect game. Kellen Mond, the Texas A&m quarterback turned the ball over twice. He threw an interception late in the game in Clemson territory, and he fumbled ball early on. I’m not putting the loss on his shoulders, but like I said, you can’t turn the ball over and expect to beat the best team in the country.

I didn’t actually watch the game, but I did see the highlights, and I saw enough to know Clemson pretty much dominated the game. The score made it look closer than it was, but Texas A&M scored a touchdown with a few seconds left in the game. In my book, it was a 24-3 game, and defensively, Clemson dominated.

Offensively, Trevor Lawrence, played okay. He had a rushing touchdown, and one passing. Clemson WR Justyn Ross had 7 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Important Highlights From “Alistair Cooke’s America”

Pgs. 1-140

Good afternoon everyone.  😃

I just started reading a new book, and it’s a massive hardcover with about 400 pages and some amazing pictures.  The title is “America,” and it was written by Alistair Cooke.  The author was a child during World War I, which gives us an idea of how old he is or would be today, and he was from Blackpool England.

I love the internet and researching information on the internet, but nothing can take the place of books.  For one, we know Alistair Cooke wrote this book, and he gives us a little background of who he is and where he’s from.

There’s a lot of plagiarism on the internet, and information changes fast.

I’m about a third of the way through this book, and it covers roughly the time between the Columbus Voyage in 1492 to the seventies.  That’s a lot of information.  A lot.  Obviously, there’s a lot of information shaved out as well, so this book in my opinion, is an excellent source of the most important information regarding our side of the globe, written by someone from the other side.

As I’ve read, I also highlighted.  So, I’m going to take out of it what’s most important to me, and share it with all of you.

  • “San Francisco was exclusively founded by Australian convicts.”
  • “The determined adventurer has to make a special effort, if he wishes to imitate the pioneer, and penetrate the Great Basin in Nevada or the vastness of the Bitterroot Mountains or the High Sierras.”- In this quote, the author is giving his opinion about a person today making his or her way across the country from New York to California, because as he says, all of it may be driven across comfortably on cement highways.  The ability to drive and fly has pretty much taken from the spirit of the pioneer.
  • The second region embraces what is now the United States.  It is Tocqueville succinctly observes, “more varied on its surface and better suited for the habitation of man.”  So, indeed it is.  Which is why the almost four million square miles of Canada house only twenty-one million people, and the three million square miles of the continuous land area of the United States (excluding the outposts of Alaska and Hawaii) support a population of over two hundred million.  At one time, the land masses were split into regions.  Canada was the first, North America was the second, and South America, I guess, was the third.  Interesting indeed.  The author’s also talking about habitable land here, and it’s amazing.  Twenty-one million people live in Canada on four million square miles, while in the United States, two hundred million people live on three million square miles.  WOW.  
  • “Father of Waters”-also known as the Mississippi River.
  • “Who was the first white man to discover America?  We do not know.  It was named after Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine business man.”- Well, there it is.  There were tribes of people already here in North America we’ve always called Indians, or Native Americans.  Where did they come from?  That’s an interesting question. 
  • “Geographers and Mathematicians were beginning to agree that the earth was round, but there were not too many sailors who cared to believe it.  There was however, a superb one, who had spent so much of his time with astronomers and mathematicians and had been a master mariner with the Portuguese.  Christopher Columbus.”- In terms of discovering America, we know it wasn’t Christopher Columbus, but there records concerning the Spanish’s rampage through Central America and Mexico.  
  • “To the Portuguese goes the melancholy privilege of having started the European enslavement of African Negros, in 1444, fifty years before Columbus.”
  • “They would build a New England, and a better one.”- LOL, Yes, it was literally supposed to be a better newer England.
  • Virgina…There developed inevitably a recognizable class system: at the top a small and hard-working class of landowners; a main body of yeomen who, once black slavery relieved them of hard labor, became a middle class; and at the bottom the indentured servants. – An indentured servant is an employee working within a system of unfree labor who is bound by a signed or forced contract.  The employee or servant must work for a particular employer for a fixed time.  I read somewhere once, whenever there’s a class system in place there’s also slavery.
  • John Winthrop believed that hunting with a gun was wrong only if you couldn’t make a profit from the kill.  He thought it would be wrong to move to New England unless the colony could guarantee a financial success.  It was a man’s duty to GOD to use his talents to the full.  His material success would be the visible sign of God’s blessings.- For anyone who thinks God doesn’t want you to work, or money is evil, it’s not true, according to God of course.  In fact God’s does want you to work.  
  • “He advised all young sons to take old women for mistresses because they’re more discreet, and so thankful.  – Benjamin Franklin
  • “He did not like to be touched,and when he became the first President he laid down a rule that all people coming to see him should remain standing in his presence.”  “Yet there are several things about him that made him an unquestionable leader of the new nation.  A pervasive sense of responsibility, an unflagging impression of shrewd judgement, and total integrity.”-George Washington
  • “One thing must be clear by now: a revolutionary chain does not forge itself.  It has to be secured by conspiracy.”  
  • “So there came into being a string of Middle Colonies-New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware-whose only original links were the English language, the English common law, and an itch to start afresh, for various reasons, in the New World.
  • Pennsylvania was founded because Charles II owed £16,000 to a dead admiral who, alive, had been grieved by his son’s embrace of the Quakers and by his frequent wrangles with the Establishment.  The King was happy to get rid of his son, William Penn, by settling the debt with a grant of land in America, very fertile bursting with minerals, no less than three hundred miles long and one hundred and sixty miles wide!”
  • “By 1733 there were thirteen Colonies settled along the Atlantic seaboard-in order of founding Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Georgia.  Each had its own currency, its own government, its own trade laws and religious ways.”I put this quote in bold because it really is amazing when you look at where we started, or how we started as a Nation.  There’s a reason why it was like this.  When you consolidate, or unite the States to make a country, you lose or sacrifice the closeness between the people and government.  When every state had its own government, laws etc. there was a more personable relationship, therefore, the people were always heard.  There input was always taken into consideration.  There was no hierarchy or chain to go through if you were having issues with something.  We had it right.
  • “But the colonies had been on a very loose rein to the old country and took something for granted that London had long overlooked: the rising power and effectiveness of the separate colonial governments.”
  • So it proclaimed that everything beyond the crest of the Appalachians was untouchable Crown property, strictly off limits.  The young colonist had seen a paradise through a door they had prised open and it was slammed in their faces.  They felt cheated of their wartime inheritance.” 
  • The British then reminded them that, inheritance or not, it was a new frontier that would have to be defended.  London gave the colonist a year to suggest ways in which this might be done.  At the end of that time, London offered them a choice: either to raise their own patrol or to pay through taxation for the maintenance of ten thousand British soldiers.  The colonist didn’t want to do either, so Parliament, in 1765, ina routine session with little debate or indignation, passed a tax bill, the Stamp Act.”- LOL, oh boy.  This did not go over well with the colonist.
  • “It was the first internal tax that Britain had ever imposed, and its effect was to unite the colonist in a fury.  The revenue agents appointed to sell the stamps were about as popular as lepers.  If they had any sense they quit their jobs or were soon persuaded to do so by mobs that tarred and feathered them, sacked their homes, and rioted-in Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, and North Carolina-outside the houses of the Royal Governors.  Within the year, a Parliament dazed by the viciousness of this response listened to an eloquent appeal by William Pitt the elder and repealed the Stamp Act.  The rejoicing in America was evidently as widespread as the original defiance.  Toasting the Royal Family was again a safe thing to do at public dinners.”-You see that defiance and rebellion enabled the Americans to live on happy, loose, and talking shit over dinner.  Moral was up.  

 

Okay, this concludes my selection of important highlights from the book,  ” Alistair Cooke’s America.”  I selected the text that was important or stood out to me from the first 140 pages.  When I finish reading I’ll post highlights from the last 260 pages.  Thanks for reading.