Men

“Being yourself is the best gift you can give”

         -I don’t remember where I read this quote, but it’s true.

Don’t ever deny who you are.


Yes, I am competitive.  Yes, I am aggressive and physical by nature.  Yes, I will argue if something is unfair.

I played sports, I weight train, and I’ve fooled around with MMA training for a short while.  I  also wrestled.  I like to compete, what can I say?

Many people believe we live in a world that’s dismantling the family by targeting the father, and feminizing men.

What do you think?



The only way someone can break you down is by making you think you’re wrong or by making you think there’s something wrong with you.

Once they put doubt in you, it’s open season.  Instead of admitting what you believe in and what you stand for, you’ll get defensive and deny who you are.

Don’t ever deny who you are.

“Being yourself is the best gift you can give.”

Reconnecting & Sharing Some love

Wow.  What’s up everyone?  How y’all doing?  It has definitely been a while since connecting with all of you, but I finally have a free moment.  Here at Table Seven things have gotten busy out of nowhere, mostly because of college football season.

I know not everyone who follows my blog is into football, but that’s pretty much what I’ve been busy covering with The Table Seven Top 6, the Feature Game Analysis, and then the follow up on Sunday morning.  That’s all content produced weekly so I’ve been writing, scheduling, and then getting some other stuff done outside of working on the website.

We kind of flow along with the seasons here, and the changeover from summer to fall happened in September, but here we are more than three quarters into the year.  Before you know it, we’ll be counting down for 2020.  2020!

Just a reminder in case you forgot, we take off the last week of December and the first week of January.  We definitely need that down time, and it also gives us a chance to prepare and plan some new content for the upcoming year.

How’s everyone doing with their workout and weight training routines?  I think we all started up together in October 2018.  I shared some of my routines, you can check those articles out in the archives, but I hope everyone is sticking with it and achieving their goals.  Trust me when I tell you, we are in sync here, so if you feel like your life is in disarray, follow along.

In the beginning of this year we posted that picture of a plant just starting to sprout up through some rocks, and it was our way of saying, “we’re going to make some decisions, we’re going to plant some seeds, and even though the conditions are less than favorable and literally, rocky, we’re going to have a year of growth and accomplishment.”

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I joined Planet Fitness in October of 2018, and I hadn’t been to a gym in fifteen years.  I’m still going, and I really hope all of you are as well and achieving your health and fitness goals.

What’s up with work?  LOL.  If you’ve been following along you probably read those two articles about “At Will” employment, if you haven’t, they’re still up on the homepage I think.  Here in Pennsylvania the laws regarding uncontracted employees are “At Will,” which means you can be fired without a reason.  After being fired twice for no reason, I started realizing that no one gets fired for no reason.  Then I went a little deeper and realized employers can and do fire you for any reason they want regardless of Federal Laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace because they’re hiding behind the ‘At Will” shield.

Well, get ready for the movement because I decided to fight it, and we’re probably going to start with a petition to have it removed.  Forever.  If you live locally and you would like to get involved. check back here at https://noozbuffet.com for updates.  You can also check my twitter page.  That shit isn’t right.  Equality, that’s what I’m about.

I hope you guys are having an easier time with work and fining careers you’re happy with.  For those of you have, congratulations!  For those who are still struggling, stick with it.  Trust me, I know it can be very difficult, but don’t give up.  I’m 39, and my career path is finally opening up.  I worked for minimum wage with a college degree just to stay working.  LOL, yeah, you don’t know the half of it, but like I said, stick with it.  Even if you can’t find a job immediately that’s going to pay you for doing what you love, take any job to secure an income, and do what you love on the side.

Be patient, but be persistent.  0924191207_Film2

Like a snake.  🤣  LOL.  I was walking home from the gym two weeks ago and I almost jumped into traffic to avoid this nasty creature.  As much as I really wanted to keep walking, I said let me go back and take a picture of it for the website in case I write something about snakes, lol.  I didn’t know what the hell I was going to use it for, but here it is.  It’s a perfect picture for the analogy.  Yay, I got to use the snake picture.

Speaking of pictures, I would like to thank Pexels.com for their amazing collection of pictures.  For all my readers with blogs of their own, check out Pexels.com if you’re in a jam and need pictures.  They have a really nice selection of free photos.

How beautiful is October?  The summer is over, and it’s not really hot.  It’s not too cold yet either because it’s still not winter.  The temperature is kind of warm with a cool breeze, and it’s sweatshirt chilly in the morning.  The leaves are turning colors. 💕   If I had my way (but I don’t) I would just bury myself in blankets, hit loop on the movie playlist, and cuddle up all day.

Some time next week I’m going to post November’s 52 card “body head spread” tarot reading.  The readings are getting really good, but they are general.  If you like the video and you’re resonating with it, write in and request something a little more specific and personal.

I would like for you guys to write in more anyway.  We always welcome your opinions with open-unbiased arms.  Seriously.  We like hearing from you.  Like us, follow along, whatever.  Let’s get this community thing going.  I follow and support, and I can be annoying sometimes, but I love reading what other people are writing and posting.  I love the arts, and I admire people who are good at what they do.  I’m not gonna blow them or anything, I’m just saying.

Well, I guess that about wraps it up.  Like I said, it has been a while since I felt like I was connecting with all of you, but posts like this always do the trick.  You know, just casually writing and catching up.

Have a good night, and enjoy your Friday.  It’s the last day of the week!

 

 

Writing; Beginning To….End?

          I was six years old when I became conscious of my writing.  My father bought a football game for our Nintendo, and when he came home from work on Friday, we would play all weekend.  Me, my brother, and my father, yup, we played nintendo all weekend.

          So one weekend, I grabbed a few sheets of paper and started making a sports page just like something you’d see in your newspaper.  I wrote about the games we played against each other.

       If I played against my brother, and he used the Giants, and I used the Raiders, I’d write about the game between the Giants and the Raiders.  I had so much fun with it.  I wrote about how I was going to beat everyone, and they laughed and said bullshit.

     If someone told me I would eventually go to school and get a degree in the Media/Journalism field, I probably would’ve never believed it, but it’s funny how things work out.   Truthfully speaking, my writing was something I never paid attention to despite the fact that it became apart of who I was at such a young age.


A while ago someone said to me, “Oh, you’re a writer?  Well, we all write don’t we?”  Yes Mr. Sarcastic, we all write, but writing is a talent.  Just because you write checks to pay your bills, that doesn’t make you a writer.  It’s an art, although I never looked at it that way.  I’m not trying to blow myself here, but I’m just saying.

     I get really upset when I create something, especially if it’s sports related, and I write and publish it through my site, and all of a sudden I’ll see a company like FOX Sports, for example, publish something similar.  It’s probably coincidental, (that’s what I tell myself) but it still bothers me.  I’m very very protective of my work because the field of Journalism and writing in general is filled with people like Mr. Sarcastic.

     Mr. Sarcastic is that person who has zero talent, zero writing ability, zero creativity, and absolutely zero fucking respect for the art and the people who are passionate about it, but he/she gets all the jobs in all the best places.  Mr. Sarcastic is the person who tells you to submit an article or ideas to him/her, but instead of publishing your work, he rewrites it, puts his own spin on it, and publishes it under his name.

     When you apply for a job with the Mr. Sarcastics of the world, they know you need a job writing for their publication in order to publish your work, but they don’t hire you.  It’s a vicious circle.  Someone at some point has to give you a shot right?  How are you supposed to have writing clips if you can’t get a job writing.  Do you get it?  They’re asking for something you cannot possibly have unless you get hired.  Where does it begin?  How do you get your stinky foot in the door?


     I graduated college in 2003, and let me tell you something about journalism, it’s lost.  It’s lost because like I said, it’s filled with Mr. Sarcastic.  Now, that’s not the only reason, but that’s a large part of it.

    I can’t speak about journalism in the 1970’s because I wasn’t alive, but I graduated college in 2003, and I’m amazed at all the change the field has endured over the last twenty years.  Most of it being because of technology.

     Let us get down to business here.🔥🔥  As a citizen of this country, it is your right to know the TRUTH about what’s going on.  Today, you keep hearing the term “fake news” thrown around, and what people mean when they say that is the news your getting is made up to forward an agenda.

     As a journalist/reporter, it’s our job to give you the FACTS.  That is it.  Just the FACTS.  The TRUTH, well, that’s for you to decide.  The TRUTH, is something that will eventually come out.  As journalist/reporter we’re not supposed to be biased or give you our opinions about anything we write or report about.

     What do we see today?  Biased and opinionated journalism.  It’s everywhere!  What happened to Journalism?  Ask Mr. Sarcastic.  Ask Mr. Sarcastic how long has it been since he stepped out of his office and went digging for a story.  When was the last time he pushed so hard to get the facts about something, he was threatened.  Ask Mr. Sarcastic how often he just rewrites press releases, or takes information from his news feed and feeds it to you.  At the highest levels, ask Mr, Sarcastic how much money he gets paid to follow the narrative, and report “fake news.”


     What happened to journalism?  Is that what you ask?  Well, you’re asking the wrong question.  The question is, what happened to the Journalist.  Ask Mr. Sarcastic.

     Afterall, it is Mr. Sarcastic that’s keeping the journalist out of work, but let us forget about Mr. Sarcastic for now.  He made his point, and we know where he stands.  He will never get fired.  We can’t beat him, he’ll never hire us, and honestly, we’ll never get along with him anyway, but we don’t have to.

     This comes down to doing what’s right.  This comes down to doing your job the way it’s supposed to be done.  The best part about being a journalist, is that it’s your job to get the news.  It’s your job to get the FACTS.  We have a right to know what’s going on, and we have an obligation to the people we report to.

    It’s a war.  It’s good versus evil.  It’s truth against lies and deceit.  Are you going to keep quiet, or are you going to speak up?  Are you going to follow a narrative, or are you going to wake up and break out to get the facts about an original story?  What kind of a person are you?  Are you a journalist or are you Mr. Sarcastic?  People always talk about our second amendment right being infringed upon, but what about our first?

     Journalism has a whole lot to do with the first amendment.  Our first amendment guarantees us the freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the right of the individual to speak freely.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

-law.cormell.edu

     This is why I say it’s a war.  If Mr. Sarcastic is in and the journalist is out, then we’re compromising our first amendment.  One time, I heard someone say, “we should need a certificate to be a journalist.”  Are you kidding me?  You have the first amendment giving you the right, what more do you need?  Oh, they’re looking for some type of regulation so when Mr. Sarcastic doesn’t let the journalist work, the certification will be some kind of background check that prevents him from ever getting hired within the business.  It’s another slander campaign against the individual.

     No thanks.  Getting a degree made it difficult enough.  Remember, I was writing when I was six.  No regulations, no certifications, no restrictions.  (This is why the internet is regulated the way it is.)  Whenever you have a platform that enables you to reach people, someone has to be in charge of watching, listening, and regulating content.  They want to know what you’re saying, who your audience is, and if people are actually following you.  They laugh at us and say we write for no money, but they fear us because money doesn’t drive our content.

     Journalism is lost because the journalist is without a home right now.  He/she is roaming the world wide web.   No one wants the journalist around.  Who’s going to let him/her in?  Where will it begin?


     Here were are.  Thirty-three years later.  We’ve gone from the little boy writing sports articles about Nintendo games to, to this.  When the fuck did everything get so serious?  Oh, I forgot, it’s not serious as long as Mr. Sarcastic is around, because he doesn’t give you the FACTS.  He tells stories.  Like we’re children in a kindergarten classroom.  Dumb us down more please.  Thank you.

Have a good day everyone.

 

 

 

Table Seven Seeking Change For “At Will Clause” 2

Hello everyone, how are you doing today?  This is obviously part 2, or the next in a series of updates regarding the “At Will” clause here in Pennsylvania.

Update:  The truth about “At Will” is that your employers (bosses, managers, supervisors, etc., can fire you without a reason, if you aren’t contracted.

The problem with At WIll, is that more often than not, you are getting fired a reason.  A manager, boss, etc., may have a problem with female employees for example, and decide to fire them.  He/she can never get in any legal trouble for violating federal laws against discrimination in the workplace because…

hey, it was “At Will’.  No reason at all.  I just felt like firing her.


This is what we should, as a community and state seek to remove.

Even if you are working at a local food store without a contract, you should never lose your job without reason.

But….if you’re….

Habitually late?- okay.

Not showing up?- okay

Stealing?- okay.

Damaging property?- Okay.

Physically Assaulting a co-worker or boss?- okay.

How about this one?  “At Will” works both ways too.  You as an employee can leave a place of employment without reason.  That’s right.  Walk right out.  You’re covered just like the employer is, but how many employers held your feet to the fire for making that decision, and said you weren’t rehirable because of job abandonment?   They always find ways to put the employee at a disadvantage, and keep people who they want, without a job.


I think it’s a good idea to start a petition.  Maybe, get out there on the streets, start a petition, and have whoever agrees, sign it, and then we mail it in.

Write in Pennsylvania, or anyone who wants help with this.  Let me know what you’re thinking.


Alright.  Have a good day.  It is a Monday, but we’ll get through it.  We always do.

Table Seven Seeking Change For “At Will” Clause.

Hello everyone.  If you’ve been following my blog, then you’re probably aware that we’re based in Pennsylvania, but personally, I’ve been living here since 2012.  As I’m slowly finding out, certain things are done differently here, especially when it comes to working and the relationships between employer and employee.

Employment at Will in Pennsylvania: The Basics

Since 1891, Pennsylvania has subscribed to the theory of employment at will. Thus, as the court noted in Stumpp v. Stroudsburg Municipal Authority 540 Pa. 391, 396 (1995), “as a general rule, employees are at-will, absent a contract, and may be terminated at any time, for any reason or for no reason.”

The above article was copied from the site, corporate.findlaw.com

This clause has been a real issue for me for the last two years.  Twice, I was fired from a place of employment for no reason at all.

I’m definitely going to get into the details a little later, but for now I’m going to keep it simple and tell you why I have a problem with this.

You could say that I’m upset because I was fired no reason, but the real issue here is that employers are using the At Will Clause/law as a shield.

You see, you cannot fire a person based on sex, race, religion, color, sexual preference, etc., but in Pennsylvania, they can and do and then hide behind the At Will Clause.

It is my belief that I was fired from the preschool I was working at because I was a man, but because of the At Will Clause, I didn’t have a leg to stand on.

If I had my way the At Will Clause would be removed, forgotten about, and never used again, but I’m going to need help.

DECEITFUL, ENVIOUS, JEALOUS, HATEFUL, and RACIST people who are also you’re bosses and managers are hiding behind the At Will Clause.

Lets hold these people accountable, and lets see why people like myself are really getting fired.  Is it really just because they felt like it?

Write in let me know what’s up especially if you live in Pennsylvania and have been affected by this.

 

I’m not lazy.  I’m not looking for a reason not to work, but for some reason, keeping a job has been difficult.  I’m passionate, punctual, educated, and I work very hard.  I haven’t given any employer a reason to fire me, but it’s not like they need one.

Follow our blog for details and updates.

 

 

Court Response; Way Too Coincidental

In January 2019, I decided I wanted to become a teacher again, but I don’t live in New Jersey now, I live in Pennsylvania.  In New Jersey, I already completed the Master’s Courses for a Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education, and that was in 2007, but because I’m in a different state, different rules apply.

I tried to apply to the Master’s Program at Cedar Crest College, and they rejected my application.  Unbelievable!?!?

Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to substitute teach because it would give me a chance to get some classroom experience again, and I could meet teachers and other professionals in the school system.  Perhaps, this would increase my chances of getting accepted into a Master’s Program, and I could get my Pennsylvania Teaching Certification.

I applied to the Substitute Teacher Service in March 2019, and part of that application process was a criminal background check, an FBI background check, and Child Abuse History Clearance, a TB Test, three references, and college degree, and the list goes on.

During my interview with STS, they said I might not be hirable until the school year of September, 2020 because I had a misdemeanor on my background check.  They said the law/rule is that if you have a misdemeanor 1, you have to wait 5 years until you can be cleared to teach.  I didn’t have a misdemeanor 1.

My paperwork went through, and STS hired me in April 2019, and I worked in the Allentown School District for the remainder of the school year.

In August 2019, I got an email saying that a company named ESS was taking over the Allentown School District account and STS was no longer in service there.

So now, I work for ESS as a substitute teacher in the Allentown School District, but I’m still an employee of STS.

I asked the person who hired me at STS if I could work in the Bethlehem School District since the Substitute Teacher Service still had that account, and she said she would forward my paperwork.  When she got back to me, she informed that Bethlehem wasn’t going to allow me to work in their district until the school year of 2020 because I had a misdemeanor on my background check.  She said I had to wait 5 years.

I argued back.  I told her we already covered this issue when you hired me.  Why is it an issue now?

She said Bethlehem reserves the right to choose who they want to work in their district, and I said, maybe that’s true, but you’re telling me they’re not hiring me because of the misdemeanor on my record.

Long Long story short, I called an attorney because I wanted to sue the Bethlehem School District and the Substitute Teacher Service for not letting me work during the 2019, 2020 school year.  That was two days ago.

Last night I had a dream that I was shitting in a stall with no door on it in front of the courtroom in Allentown  Everyone in court was laughing at me and the judge was taking pictures.

Today, I got served a letter that I owe the State of Pennsylvania 8,500 dollars.  I’m not really sure what that’s about, but that seems really coincidental.

Write in, and let me know what you think.  Alright everyone, have a good day.

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.

 

Time To Be Frank, or whoever you really are.

Somewhere during the last twenty years, I lost myself,  I lost everything that made me, me.  I lost whatever made me Frank.

When you’re lost or lose yourself, you’re no longer a leader, therefore, you’re easily led.  If you don’t wake up, you drift further and further from your center because you’re being led astray.

In the absence of my shit, I’ve explored, I’ve experimented, and I’ve talked to people that otherwise, I wouldn’t have spoken to.  In the end, I became good.  Just good.  I immersed myself in studies and learned all about astrology, numerology, spirituality, meditation, and so on.  In doing so, I found something I was passionate about.

No more taking the wheel with the windows down on a hot summer night.  I traded in the Caddy for a station wagon  so-to-speak.  No more arrogance, no more outspokenness, no more Frank.  More listening, and less talking.

But… where has being good got me?  It’s gotten me ignored, it’s hard to find a job, and I haven’t had a romantic partner in seven years.  I bite my tongue now, and try my best to speak the truth.

People treat me differently because I’ve become a different person, but you see, there has to be a balance to this, and what I’m finding out is that people will shit, shit, and shit all over you as long as they feel like they can get away with it, and believe me, I’ve let people get away with some shit.  No more however, no more.

I’m not asking for anything anymore, because at this point, I almost don’t care.  If my life never turns out the way I thought, expected, or hoped,  than I guess it wasn’t meant to be, but…..

…..no matter how scared I may be, I will never be controlled by fear.

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!