Monday, 14 January 2019

Fancy 40% off Food in Menagerie? Or Watching UFC?

And meeting some new people?

Swanky Spinningfields restaurant Menagerie has 40% off in its January sale when booked in advance. Well, guess what? You don't even have to book in: I've done it for you. The only catch? You're eating with me on Wednesday at 7pm. Well, what kid of catch is that? That sounds awesome if you ask me. Hence, you should check out the Meetup on Manchester Cool Bars. There are 2 of us so far.

On Saturday night / Sunday morning, UFC goes to Brooklyn for a Fight Night. Among the headliners are postergirl Paige Van Zant, and 2 champions vying for each other's belts- bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and flyweight Henry CeJudo. Again, Manchester Cool Bars will be dropping into Manchester's Genting Casino, where there'll be plenty of screens, drinks, and food available.

ID essential for Genting.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Possibly the dullest blog post on PIASOM yet

My gossip about Chloe Khan's perspective on the timeless 'baboon vs badger' debate made it into celeb mag Popbitch.

Love Island S1 winner Cally Jane Beech and, if I'm reading this right, her mum, both liked my tweet. I'm currently hammering through the first season on Netflix now.

As a result... that's it.
Me, Chet Johnson, Cally Jane Beech

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Off Citalopram, Onto Mirtazapine

Just got back from my GP appt, where I explained that Citalopram was sending me to sleep and, weirdly, turning me into an emotional wreck. I burst into tears watching ET The Extra Terrestrial the other day, for fuck's sake.

Still, Spielberg, man.

Anyway, it turned out that I was supposed to take it at night, but I'd been taking it in the middle of the day and the morning. It was supposed to help me sleep. I'm sure it didn't say that on the packet though.

I dunno.

Either way, it didn't work for me- the reactions I was having are reported in about 1 in 20 people or something. It was time to move on to something else. I'm on the lowest dose of Mirtazapine as of tonight.

If you're reading this for advice, bear in mind that everyone's reactions are different, and that this blog post is based solely on my experience. Many other people will have had similar experiences to mine on this, but always consult your doctor before you change anything. You may be different.

Let's see if I sleep better, if I can get my weight below 80kgs (I'm currently at 83.4, not the worst, not the best), and if anything happens on the woman scene. January's a quiet month for social, but it's also a great time for cut-price food deals. So who knows.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Celebs, Models, Animated TV Shows and Minimalism, Obviously


I uploaded more blog posts in 2018 than in any other year, with 194 posts in the can. But how is 2019 going?

Great, actually. I'm descending into normalcy and averageness with copious amounts of Netflix series, seeing as no-one is doing anything in terms of going out. Bojack Horseman is getting better as the season moves on- it's more than an animated comedy, and in fact an intimate depiction of regret, addiction and unrequited love. Just with animals. Pacific Heat is trying to be Archer with Aussies. It's not working. Final Space is the animated Red Dwarf. Has potential.

I should really focus on catching up with movies that I've missed, but... cartoons.

I wanted to give a shout out to my friend's new agency. Emmerald Barwise has just launched Boutique Girls UK escort agency. I only know what's on the site, before you ask!

Today I dropped into Takk in the Northern Quarter for a New Year's Brunch with Manchester Minimalists, a meetup group looking at how minimalism can benefit our lives. Nice group of people with some interesting discussion. Also, a cosy, perhaps minimalist venue was chosen, with bare brick walls, laid back indie on the speakers and copious back-issues of Vice and Wired on the shelves. Tasty food too.

In other news, porn star Abigail Mac weighs in on the baboon vs badger debate through Instagram Stories' questions function...

1.6 million followers and she chose to answer my question! Wrongly.

Also making her guess is Playboy model and star of Snog Marry Avoid, Chloe Khan. 1.5 million followers!

That's about it for now. Bloody dental surgery tomorrow morning. Charming.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

No, I did not lose weight over Christmas

I mentioned here on the 22nd that I was going to attempt to get into shape with clean eating and no alcohol, coupled with a few home workouts watching a few Netflix shows.

I have no willpower, though, and couldn't avoid the selection boxes, or the free whisky. Despite doing some hand weights and even a handful of hill sprints, I still put weight on. I was at 82.6kg; earlier this week I was at 85.2, the heaviest I've ever been in my life.


More recently I was 82.9.

I think these rain-rotting, sleep destroying antidepressants I'm on are a big factor. I've ran out of them and I'm seeing the doctor in the middle of the month (the earliest I could). Citalopram might work for some people, but it sure as shit didn't work for me. I only moved onto it from Sertraline because I felt that was doing nothing positive for me. So, although I didn't so much binge on junk food, The healthy food didn't quite counter it out.

For now, though, I'll purposefully have a short break from rigid healthy eating, and go back to it possibly in February. There are too many restaurant deals to take advantage of. I'll still eat veg at home but it won't be my best habits in action.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

New Year's Eve in Theatre Impossible Manchester

I got tickets for Theatre Impossible as suggested by one of my group. I've been there a few times and started to feel that the crazy stage shows and RnB was getting a bit repetitive, but I was happy to be with my mates regardless.

I found the customers and staff to be rude, arrogant types- ignorant, shovey, mannerless. It didn't surprise me that it kicked off a few times that night, not that I had anything to do with it.

Still, the stage shows were pretty... interesting.

So, I think I'll rule out Theatre Impossible from now on. Shame as the music had a bit of dance and a bit of garage mixed into the overplayed RnB and hip hop. That said, the group I was out with was, as always, great and I'm looking forward to more nights out with them in 2019.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Christmas Week

Great time with the famalam. Nothing major to tell. One of my presents was a subscription to Netflix, so I've spent the last few days doing weights and watching animation- Rick and Morty, Bojack Horseman, Big Mouth. All funny stuff. Well, except for the weights.

I've spent the last few months reading The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy, a 'political thriller' about the possibility of nuclear war becoming more likely due to a missing Israeli warhead and an incompetent president. First published in 1991, it foresaw the Clinton / Lewinski scandal, the questionable intelligence of Bush Jr and the hazardous shortcomings of Trump. That said, despite President Fowler, the fictional world leader, having these aforementioned issues, he still comes across a thousand times more eloquent than any of them. (Obama was a lot more respectable and capable, mind.)

It may be a highly acclaimed release, but I read Clancy for war stories. This is a war novel with no war in it. There's some offensive action that takes place in the last eighth of the book, but a lot of it is one long build-up to a terrorist act, and a quick retribution. Like all the Clancy novels I've read, it's heavy, masculine, formal, intensely-detailed and, for all I know, well-researched and realistic. It just wasn't that much fun. Red Storm Rising and Without Remorse were better.

There was a movie adaptation of TSOAF, but it isn't on Netflix. It's apparently very different.