[Day 95] How two penniless backpackers produced an award-winning travel show and got Anthony Bourdain on it

Two years ago, two backpackers came to me with an ambitious proposal. They were two American guys who just quit their high paying, Bostonian jobs to pursue the dream of having their own travel show. They had no money and no connection. Like all protagonists of rag to riches stories, all they had was an idea, load of enthusiasm, and–this and is different–an “eye candy.” Ray, the aspiring director, playfully pointed at his friend Mark, who was tall, lean with tousled hair and a sun-kissed smile. They wanted to have Anthony Bourdain on their show. They needed Anthony Bourdain on their show. The entire existence of their show banked on the participation of Anthony Bourdain. I didn’t quite understand their reasoning at that time–I didn’t even know who Anthony Bourdain was. But I figured it was some sort of fanaticism, and I’m drawn to fanaticism like a moth to a flame.

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The two backpackers with a big plan

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[Day 94] Best jokes from the Grotto – San Francisco’s got comedians

Today, Tucker and I went to “Good Times in the Grotto” and it was lit. In Tucker’s words, all the comedians “are surprisingly good for a free basement show.” It was down in the basement of a sports store in Mission. I knew I was going to love the place when I walked in and people smiled at me and the first person I talked me turned out to not work in tech. Score.

Below are some of the best jokes from the night. My memory is quite bad so I don’t remember all who said what. But the lineup includes Roman Leo, Hence Singleton, Morgan, Ben Lupinetti, William Lushbaugh, Ruby Gill, Nando Molina, Jazmyn Washington. If you try enough combinations, you’ll eventually get it right.

Here you go!

“When my girlfriend rides a bike it looks like she’s exercising but when I ride a bike it looks like I don’t own a car.”

“When I need encouragement I think of Ray Charles. He was a blind man who did heroin. Think about it for a second. If he could find the vein I can find a job.” – Nando Molina

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[Day 94] Best jokes from the Grotto – San Francisco’s got comedians

[Day 93] Who is the best professor in the world

Another of my answers on Quora went viral. It got 300k views and 10k upvotes in 3 days. My friends saw my answer and messaged me “congrats” and I was like: “why?” Are those upvotes going to improve my life in anyway? Can I brag about them on my resume or use them to buy foodstamp?

I like writing answers on Quora. It’s a nice feeling when somebody thanks you for your answer. It’s like, okay, I might suck at life but at least someone on the Internet finds me useful. I just don’t think I deserve any merit when one of my answers accidentally goes viral.

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[Day 93] Who is the best professor in the world

[Day 92] Is it okay to tell someone you wouldn’t date them because they are ugly?

Today, I told a friend about the time I went out with a guy who told me it wouldn’t work out because he didn’t find me attractive. I was cool with it and we remained good friends until today. My friend, after hearing the story, said:

“That wasn’t very nice of him.”

“I disagree,” I said. “I think that was incredibly nice of him to tell me that.”

And then we proceeded to have a head-on discussion for almost an hour. He stood by his words that no one should ever reject another person for not being attractive enough. And I’m a believer that if it’s the real reason why you don’t want to date the other person then you should just tell them.

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[Day 92] Is it okay to tell someone you wouldn’t date them because they are ugly?

[Day 91] Sh*t my roommates say while watching the Olympics

Background information: all my roommates are chess players and they exercise about once a year.

“I feel bad for gymnasts. Nobody gives a **** about them until the Olympics.”

“Why does that girl have her makeup on? Did she wake up this morning telling herself that I’m gonna sweat my ass off today I’d better do it in style?”

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[Day 91] Sh*t my roommates say while watching the Olympics