Arsenal 2 West Ham 1

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised his side’s mental strength after Eddie Nketiah’s late winner maintained their 100% start to the season against West Ham.The result condemned the Hammers to a second successive defeat – the third time in the past four seasons they have lost their first two matches. “What I like is the approach the boys had in the last 25 minutes where I could see they were a bit down and then they lift it,” Arteta said. “Probably a few months ago we would have drawn or lost that game and today we win it. In the end you have to find a way because there will be games like this through the season.” The Gunners largely controlled the opening stages of the contest and deservedly went ahead when Alexandre Lacazette headed in from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s chipped cross.

However, the Hammers, who always looked dangerous on the counter-attack, levelled just before the interval when Michail Antonio bundled in Ryan Fredericks’ cross at the end of a sweeping move. While Arsenal continued to enjoy more of the ball after the break, David Moyes’ side created the better openings in front of goal with Antonio heading against the bar and seeing a scuffed close-range effort saved by Bernd Leno. But, Nketiah’s late tap-in from a Dani Ceballos pass ensured Arsenal continued their fine home record against the Hammers, having won 11 of the last 12 meetings at Emirates Stadium.

While there have been considerable signs of improvement at Arsenal since Arteta took charge last December this performance appeared to fizzle out after Lacazette had registered his 50th goal in all competitions for the club. The crispness of passing, swift attacking and solidity at the back were all noticeably missing and it allowed West Ham a route back into the encounter. However, the pleasing aspect for the Spaniard will be that his team were still capable of eking out a victory from an under-par showing. Nervy at the back throughout, Arteta’s side survived several close scares and struggled to break free of their lethargy despite the introduction of £72m winger Nicolas Pepe. It took another substitute, Nketiah, to make the difference, with his tap-in coming eight minutes after he had come on to replace Lacazette.

Should The Drinking Age Be Lowered?

When I growing up the drinking age was 18. As a kid I never did like the idea of drinking much. That was mainly because as a kid, maybe at the age of 7 or 8, I took a little sip of beer or something and it was so bitter that I “yucked” at it. (I am so sorry beer that I ever did that. I know I was just a kid at the time but still, I apologize)

When I was 16 that changed and I looked at beer differently. My older cousins took me to a restaurant where they knew the owner and they were over 18, they served my cousins beer. I took a glass and got almost drunk at that. That was my first proper taste of beer. And I was hooked. At 17 I and my friends would buy bottles from a bar in Edapally and the bartenders would only tell us “you can’t drink it in here but I will sell it to you as long as you carry it of in a bag”. Ofcourse we said yes and it was glorious. We friends shared a few bottles between us and it was fun.

I see it as a rite of passage for a lot of people, especially here in India. Now, a few years ago – I don’t remember which year – they changed the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21 in most states in India. In a couple of states it’s 25! What the fuck!! I think they can keep it at 18 for beer and maybe 21 for hard liquour. Knowing the kind of trouble some of these kids get into (comparatively, I was more careful when I was a teenager) it would be wise.

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Part Working Weekend

Woe is me! Such is life! I am working for a few hours this weekend. split between Saturday and Sunday. We need to create client ids for around 125 newly hired employees for our company. This falls to me mainly now and I have to pick someone else to shoulder some of that burden. They do not make it easy to create these ids and it is a bit tedious and takes up some time.

So this morning at 6:30 am I made sure that after my training batch trainees left for the day and I wished them a happy weekend and made sure I had everything ready for creating sad ids. I then got my breakfast of chapatti and peanut butter while I checked my office mail. 20 minutes later, I was in bed and watched some Corner Gas before I fell asleep. I woke up at 2 pm and brushed my teeth and then ate lunch. Back to bed watching 3 episodes of Defending Jacob before I woke up for coffee.

At 6 pm I went to take a shave and a shower and went down to get the groceries that I had ordered. Once I did that I started to work on the id creation for a couple of hours, stopping just to place an order for fried rice, some dumplings and dragon chicken for dinner. I have had two beers along with dinner and now waiting for the football to start.

Knight Nostalgic

Knight Rider is an American entertainment franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The core of Knight Rider is its four television series: Knight Rider (1982–1986), stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech, modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced, artificially intelligent, self-aware, and nearly indestructible car voice by William Daniels. Edward Mulhare as Devon Miles, the leader of FLAG, Patricia McPherson as Dr. Bonnie Barstow (Seasons 1, 3-4), KITT’s chief technician, Rebecca Holden as April Curtis (Season 2), chief technician for KITT & Peter Parros as Reginald Cornelius III aka RC3 (Season 4), driver of the FLAG mobile unit and occasional sideman were the other main cast members.

Now I know that they have had revival of the show in various formats but the main one is ofcourse the original and it is way more popular and part of pop culture as an icon of the 80s. It is well know and I know that it has it’s really cheesy moments, as was par for the course, for 80s tv shows that served as more or less a family entertainer. It was hugely popular and I enjoyed watching the four seasons when I was a kid. My dad & sis watched it with me and mom whenever she felt like it as well. Growing up in Kuwait, it was more or less one of the top 3 shows of the time and all my friends loved the car and the adventures of Michael Knight. I also remember that at one time, maybe at the age of 8 or 9, I asked my parents to change my name to Michael mainly because of the character.

I haven’t watched any of Knight Rider since 1987 when I left Kuwait along with my family and moved back to India. At many times I have been made aware of the show’s reruns happening on some cable tv channel or the other but I just never had the urge to sit and watch some. The 2008 show pilot also did not interest me much and I stopped watching it after a few minutes. But the original still has it’s charms. And finally, maybe for nostalgic reasons, I think I have generated enough interest in me to watch the show again. Mind you I have watched some episodes multiple times but I haven’t since I turned 13 so that is a long, long time ago.

Hopefully I will watch it soon.

Why Is Cheerleading A Thing?

Of all the things that I find odd in American culture, cheerleading is one of the oddest. I guess, I can throw in Canada as well though it isn’t in anyway as big as it is in the US. India too has succumbed to the cheerleading virus with the launch of the Indian to borrow money Premier League cricket league and them bringing cheerleaders for the teams. Funny thing is how many of the cheerleaders are white and not India.

Cheerleading is an activity in which the participants (called cheerleaders) cheer for their team as a form of encouragement. It can range from chanting slogans to intense physical activity. It can be performed to motivate sports teams, to entertain the audience, or for competition. Cheerleading routines typically range anywhere from one to three minutes, and contain components of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting. Cheerleading originated in the United States, and remains predominantly in America, with an estimated 3.85 million participants as of 2017.

I understand women dancing. I like women. I like the energy they bring. I like women in skimpy outfits. All good. Hey, if no one is forcing them to do that, I say let them do it. However what I have seen in American schools, colleges and even some sporting events, and what I can’t understand, is how serious they take it. Especially young teens in school with even their mothers taking a big role in pushing them to get selected to the cheerleading squad. Seriously? And the routines that they have are very cheesy and silly and ofcourse in the end they have to hoot and shout and pretend like it’s the greatest thing on the planet.

I have laughed myself silly at them. I shake my head whenever I see them. And to be honest I don’t like the idea of teenaged girls in those outfits and beeing leered at. Atleast in the tv shows and movies that I have watched, the actresses who portray the “teen” is atleast 20 or 21 in most cases. Grown women is another thing. But I still find it ridiculous that this is a thing. And that’s because when you have male sportsmens and teams and female cheerleaders it’s like the women are only good to cheer on the men who are strong and athletic. Women play most of those same sports too. I would rather watch them play sports.

What Do You Collect?

I used to collect books – the first thing that I collected. Then it was music cassettes and followed by cds. Man, I had an amazing collection of cassettes and cds for the longest time. Ever since I was 11 or 12 I collected music albums on cassettes and by the age of 22-23 I started collecting CDs. I spent a bunch of money buying the albums I had on cassettes on cds. But yes by then I also started selling off my cassettes which gave me some money back.

I collected cds till my early 30s but then realizing that space was a concern in my small apartment, I ripped all my cds into mp3 format and saved them on a hard drive. I started doing this back in 2006-07 and by the time 2010 came along I stopped buying cds. In 2015 I sold all my cds and the remaining cassettes as I had everything on mp3 format and the cds were just taking up space and from 2009 onwards all new purchases (I rarely buy any new music anymore) is all digital and online. But then I had a new thing to collect. Star Trek spaceships.

I bought a shelf to display them and bought closed to 50 of them. Now that is on the back burner. I feel like I will only buy a few more and keep most of them in a cupboard. Mostly because it gets very dusty here and it’s hard to clean the ships and the shelves all the time. But since late 2018 dvds have been the thing that I love collecting. I buy them online and display them on my two shelves. I don’t have a bluray player and most of the blurays of the movies that I have checked out are more expensive than dvds and well I don’t want to spend that much money.

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Martinez Joins Aston Villa

Emiliano Martinez became Aston Villa’s third signing of the summer transfer window on Wednesday. And the goalkeeper was quick to get to know his new surroundings at Bodymoor Heath as he posed for photos around the training ground.

The goalkeeper arrives at Villa Park on a four-year deal with a stellar reputation following an outstanding end to the 2019/20 campaign with the Gunners. With trophies in the cabinet, Martinez felt like it was the right time to start a new journey.

“When I won the FA Cup and the Community Shield, I told my family that it’s time to have a new challenge,” he told VillaTV. “He [Dean Smith] explained why he wants me here, the process that he wants from the club and also the playing style, and that’s why I decided to come here. “Aston Villa gave the opportunity, I trust the process, the playing style and I truly believe that we can have a good season. “I always decide with my family, I ask for opinions and they all said good things about Villa. “I always follow my instincts, and I had no doubts about coming here.” Martinez, who had two years remaining on his Arsenal contract, impressed when he stepped in for Bernd Leno when the German was injured following June’s Premier League restart, but was absent from the matchday squad for the opening weekend win at Fulham.

The Argentine kept nine clean sheets in 23 games last season and helped Arsenal win the FA Cup, and also started in their Community Shield triumph over Liverpool at the start of 2020/21. The 28-year-old posted an emotional farewell message to Arsenal supporters on Tuesday, in which he outlined his frustration at a lack of playing time during the majority of his time at the club. In a post on Instagram, Martinez, who joined Arsenal from Independiente in 2010, said: “I could not be happier to leave through the front door, with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me.

“I’m very grateful for the 11 years at Arsenal, even if it was hard for me and I suffered through my time. “Season after season I was trying come back to the club I love to try and have my chance. “I’m proud to have overcome my frustration and show the Arsenal fanbase what it missed ten years ago. I knew I could do the same thing years before. “It was hard, but I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.”

Aubameyang Signs New 3 Year Arsenal Deal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal. Having put pen to paper on his new deal, our 31-year-old captain wanted to break the news on and on social media by telling fans LIVE that he was staying, with the ambition to lift more trophies and leave a long-term legacy. The Gabon international signed from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and has since made 111 appearances and scored 72 goals. In his first full season with us, Auba jointly won the colonial loans Premier League Golden Boot with 22 goals.

Last season he netted 29 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice in the Heads Up FA Cup final victory against Chelsea. He kicked off this season in similar fashion, scoring against Liverpool in the Community Shield as we lifted the trophy on penalties.

“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Auba said. “It’s thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here. I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”

Mikel Arteta added: “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us.  He’s a superb player with an incredible mentality. Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working. He’s an important leader for the team and a big part of what we’re building.  He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”

Technical director Edu said: “It’s clear Auba loves the club and everything we stand for on and off the pitch. He’s obviously a very important part of the team so we’re all delighted he has committed his future to us. It’s a big boost for everyone – fans, team-mates and staff.”

2 Muslim Jokes

A guy walks into a Muslim bookstore wearing a Make America Great Again hat…
As he was wandering around taking a look, the clerk asked if he could help the man find anything.

“Do you have a copy of Donald Trump’s book on his U.S. immigration policy regarding Muslims and illegal aliens?”

The clerk said, “Kiss my ass… get out… and stay out!”

The man said, “Yes, that’s the one. Do you have it in paperback?”

A muslim woman free casino cash no deposit is getting arrested
The police officer handcuffs her

“You have the right to remain silent” he says.

She suddenly starts laughing. The police officer notices, and questions her behavior.

“Why, you see, I’m just happy to finally have a right!”

Night Shift Instead

Ah, I was wrong about my shift for this week and probably for the next couple of weeks as well. The latest batch joined the office on Monday and instead of the 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm shift, it is now instead a 9:30 pm to 6:30 am shift. I guess the one hour difference does make some difference. This is ofcourse not that great for my health but it can’t be helped. I need to make sure that I get enough sleep, probably more hours that usual and get lots of rest in between.

But in reality I was working from around 5:30 pm or 6pm yesterday. That’s the worst part as we have a lot of other work that is done in tandem with a large set of new people joining the organization. I worked for 3.5 hours on Sunday to get a bunch of this stuff done and coached a colleague on how he can do the same for another set as well. This looks like we will have to do this again for this weekend as well.

At 3:45 am I stopped to go get some coffee and a small snack (biscuits) and then at 6 I toasted bread for 2 peanut butter sandwiches which was my breakfast. At 6:30 am I quit everything and got into bed so I can watch some Corner Gas and then went to sleep.

Fan Of These Bands

Back in 2007 I had written a post about the number of years that I had been a fan of my favourite bands. 2007 is such a long time ago now and it’s time to see how may years have I been a fan of the artists that I enjoy listening to so much. My list of songs & albums and decided that it deserved a post. So here it is, in descending order, the bands that I have been a fan of (I’m not including bands that have disbanded but artists who have died are included, provided that they have a considerable amount of recorded material) :

Band / Artist No. of Years Year which I first heard them

  1. Bon Jovi – 34 – 1986
  2. Europe – 34 – 1986
  3. Scorpions – 33 – 1987
  4. Van Halen – 33 – cialis 5 1987
  5. Deep Purple – 33 -1987
  6. Bryan Adams – 32 – 1988
  7. Def Leppard – 32 – 1988
  8. Neil Young – 32 – 1988
  9. Eric Clapton – 32 – 1988
  10. Deep Purple – 32 – 1988
  11. AC / DC – 32 – 1988
  12. Aerosmith – 32 – 1988
  13. Guns n’Roses – 31 – 1989
  14. Metallica – 31 – 1989
  15. Alice Cooper 31 – 1989
  16. Warrant – 31 – 1989
  17. Poison – 30 – 1990
  18. Iron Maiden – 30 – 1990
  19. Jeff Healey – 30 – 1990
  20. Queensryche – 29 – 1991
  21. Megadeth – 29 – 1991
  22. Rush – 28 – 1992
  23. Pearl Jam – 28 – loans quick cash 1992
  24. Joe Satriani – 28 -1992
  25. Yngwie Malmsteen – 28 – 1992
  26. Steve Vai – 27 – 1993
  27. Alice In Chains – 27 – 1993
  28. Crash Test Dummies – 27 – 1993
  29. Ugly Kid Joe – 27 – 1993
  30. Barenaked Ladies – 22

These are the longest that I can think of. There are other bands that I like, but I either own just a few songs (like Ozzy, Judas Priest) and or never bought any of their albums (Led Zepplin).

Blocked By A Racist

Someone I know only online just asked me if he would be thought of as a racist if he thought some Africans / people of Africa heritage were ok but that some of them are still more monkey than the rest of us!!!! This guy actually said that.

I was like “Excuse me!! That is not something you say” but he then proceeded to send a pic of a football player and typed “Look at this guy! Look at his head especially his face and his mannerism. Don’t tell me this guy isn’t part gorilla or some other species!”

I was blown away but then all I could say was that humans are basically less hairy apes. We chimps and other monkeys all had evolved from a common ancestor.

To that he started abusing me. I checked his Twitter profile page – AH! Creationist. I had hit a nerve. I abused him back and told him to shove his opinions up his arsehole! I am now blocked by him and feeling rather proud of myself!

What Is On Your Music Playlist Right Now?

Mostly the same bands and artists that I usually listen to. The classics are always great. Most bands that I currently listen to I have been listening to for a long, long time. Bands from the 70s, 80s & 90s and a few from the 2000s. There are a few artists that I listen to a bit more now than previously. Like Slayer – I barely listened to them for so long but recently, since the past 2 years, I have been playing them on Youtube a lot more.

One band that I have started listening to are Greek Black Metal band formed in 1987 and their first album came out in 1991 but I only started listening to them last year and they blow me away. I have also been watching/listening to some cover bands, The Classic Rock Show and the Lexington Lab Band, that are a class above (meaning about as good as top class rock bands but these guys only play covers) a lot on Youtube since they do really fine, almost updated, covers of some of my bands songs and bands.

Other than that ofcourse I listen to my fav bands – Rush, Barenaked Ladies, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Queensryche, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Dream Theatre, Bryan Adams, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc etc a lot.

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