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Author: Marceel

Marceel is a digital media technician living in Los Angeles, CA. He is a small business owner and freelancer that has worked on everything from portfolio websites to SEO optimization of nationally ranked sites.

Lost in My Memory

Many of my previous posts were deleted over the weekend.

Why?

I had to handle a server migration.

Basically, I moved all of my active websites to a new hosting platform.

This caused me to take backups of my sites beforehand, but did not capture all of the database/posts I made after the backup.

Thus, many of my recent posts were lost.

Its all good though, because I remember the stories clearly in my mind.

Considering rewriting them, but not too motivated to do it.

Fathers Day on Skid Row

Taking a walk through Skid Row

Everyone out here is enjoying their Sunday.

BBQs, music, dancing.

I’m at a small get together right now listening to MARTIN on someone’s giant Bluetooth speaker. ***Pam is crazy!***

It’s tough driving by this place and looking at the tents, litter, and pretty much everything bad. But taking a step back and listening to everyone and seeing their faces feels good.

These people are happier than me.

Now back to work.

How to find new Cannabis Products?

By working for the man.

Doing research about the product.

and trusting brands you’ve probably heard of.

Its hard to find new Cannabis products. Im tired of the same catalog of vapes and edibles.

Not a fan of flower (against popular opinion)

Not interested in disturbing others (with smell)

Not really interested in experimenting without proper guidance. Or a “smoke buddy” as us hipsters call it.

But when I see something I like

and I can trust it won’t make me:

trip out,

knock out,

or genuinely spaz out,

I’ll go ahead and try it out.

Here’s a marijuana delivery service that I recommend for the best THC products in the game. Grassdoor.

They are expensive.

Use this referral link to get 25% off your first 2 orders.

https://grassdoor.app.link/5YEQhMHHM6

The island chill pre-rolls look like tampons. You’ve been warned.

Pro tip:

Sativa makes you creative, goofy, and social. Gives me headaches.

Indica chills you the f* out. Relaxes the muscles and makes you sleepy. Also makes me lazy.

Awkward Pickup from Planned Parenthood

Picked up a young college girl from planned parenthood today.

Short ride. Maybe 10 minutes (2 miles)

She was on the phone with one of her girlfriends.

Basically, I eavesdropped on the entire conversation.

Something about yeast infection, good bacteria, Pap smears, and her current relationship. Very awkward because I’m not normally exposed to this stuff.

She then explained how she can do better than the guy she’s seeing and that he needs more self confidence in himself. Safe to say she had a big ego and big problems.

Dropped her off and found myself temporarily scared of the opposite sex.

The Real MVP

The real MVP goes to the recent passenger who hooked me up with spray on hand sanitizer. Actually, it may have been alcohol.

Either way, she was rambling on about how “safe” she was and boating about how she applies alcohol and sanitizer to her hands (and gloves) multiple times during the day. I told her I do the same, but the alcohol I have really drys out my hands.

Out of the kindness of her heart, she gifted me a bottle of spray on sanitizer. It had a mix with glycerin to make your hands feel soft (or something like that). She says she was a housekeeper and makes it herself.

Shout out to this lady helping me out.

*as a side note, Sushi (my car’s name) showed me he has an advanced safety braking system. While on the 101 I was stuck in stop and go traffic and found myself in a situation where I was going to fast to stop. I had a 100% chance of rear ending the vehicle in front of me. I slammed on my brakes as hard as I could but it wasn’t enough…however Sushi’s safety’s brakes kicked in and stopped the hell out of my car. I somehow escaped financial ruin thanks to an automated system.

Maybe that’s why this lady gifted me the sanitizer. She still the MVP for that.

Crazy Rideshare Stories

I want to tell you about the crazy stories I’ve gone through while driving for Lyft and Uber.

The stay at home order has me driving more in order to cover my bills and to pay for all of the non-sense items I buy.

I started driving back in December and usually part time on the weekends. I’m not full time, but holy crap have I been in the wildest situations I’d never thought if be in.

I’m mainly drive around Los Angeles, so all the experiences you will soon read are from this area.

Here’s a list of some from the top of my head:

Passenger at 5am jumps out of bushes and does a full wardrobe in the backseat while heading to work.

Lady applies 3 large squirts of hand sanitizer within a 1 mile trip. Jumped out the car so fast when I stopped.

Chick doesn’t want me to drop her off at her pinned location. I follow her directions and go into circles before asking her to get out. She doesn’t.

Polo Gee falls asleep in my car and I couldn’t wake him up. Dropped him off half awake in the middle of the night.

Teenage moms kid kept asking if I was her daddy.

Wore the wrong colors and picked up someone at a liquor store. I was confronted and had to bribe my way out of the situation.

Dropped off a dog 30 minutes away to a grooming establishment. He kept licking my elbow.

Since I get multiple crazies every time I’ll drive, I’ll try to post my stories as many as possible.

Years from now, I may regret this 👀

People Really Need Entertainment

It’s been a while since I’ve written here.

I always want to give updates, but I never find the time to sit down and write. *actually type…because it’s 2020.

Procrastination is real.

I promise to catch you up with my thoughts and experiences, because lord have mercy…there has been many.

FB slander, a crazy germaphobic passenger, and an intern that doesn’t follow directions. Man, there has been a lot. But right now, I need to ramble about this Corona Virus-COVID-19 whatever you’re local brainwashing media tells you.

Los Angeles is basically shut down with a “Stay at Home Order.” People who are out in public are required to cover their face and basically not be social. It’s not normal.

I’ve had people randomly try to start conversations with me after saying “hey” or “how’s it going” or even “good morning.”

I’m a REAL introvert. Most of the time I’m saying these phrases to be courteous. These obvious people needing individuals (otherwise known as Extroverts) start rambling on just to keep the convo going.

I literally told a lady “hey what’s up” and she went on to say

“hi. It’s such a beautiful day outside. How has your day been?”

“It’s been good” I said.

She replies with: “that’s awesome” and proceeds to talk about how she’s thankful for her job and how she wants to buy an E-Class Benz because her car was stolen a couple weeks ago.

At this point, I’m just like….yeah I’m not the one. People really need entertainment.

Who knows when the order will be lifted?

Hopefully soon.

Everything Will Be Just Fine

Too many clients, not enough time.

Not enough staff (or maybe not enough employees you can trust)

You are a professional.

You do your job well and you know when a job is done well.

Take a step back.

Understand you can’t do it all.

You need help…even if you may not know it.

You will burnout.

You cannot expect to take on more clients without a team of people backing you up.

Morale of the story:

Don’t skip those very social Taco Tuesdays.

Don’t say no to happy hour because you’re “too busy” to attend.

Go out and meet new people.

Meet people that will help you develop your dream.

Take a step back and remember everything will be just fine.

Can 1 Person Change a Business?

The quick answer: No.

Ok you can close your browser now…

Damn thats cliche

Can 1 person change a business?

You can’t really say. I mean Steve Jobs was said to have “changed” Apple and make it a dominant company in the tech space, but he never did it alone.

You can’t change a business alone. Lets get that out of the way now.

If you’re an entrepreneur or have your own business and you’re trying to be superman (or woman) then it is possible.

But you’re risking your health.

Your time.

Your relationships.

and most likely your insanity.

Ok hold on chill out. I’m just stating the obvious here.

I’ve been working 3 months now for a Home Decor business based in Los Angeles. They usually handle B2B sales and everything is done by paper. They subcontracted me out to help their business “Go Digital.”

Now, here’s the problem…

This company has been operating the same since 1965. Everything about their product logistics and business models is kind of dated. The most modern thing in the office was probably me.

I came in excited to make a change, but soon realized I can’t do it all.

Discussing issues with management is a drag.

Seasoned employees aren’t interested in change.

They are severely understaffed…and the list goes on.

Good people. Great business.

But 1 person isn’t going to change company culture.

1 person isn’t going to develop online infrastructure that integrates with Quickbooks.

1 person isn’t going to operate an e-commerce site

and 1 person isn’t going to generate sales.

Every business needs to find its balance.

But don’t expect 1 person to change a business.

5 Keys to Success
• Buy In From Top to Bottom
• Develop Long Term Training/Awareness
• Hire a Content Manager
• Require Participation
• Use the Right Tools and Measure It

Zach Basner from Inbound

Inventory Management Book Wishlist

I enjoy reading about management logistics and how to keep a business running smoothly. I came across these 3 books and am putting them on my wishlist. If you have a copy, share it with me!

Inventory Management Explained by David J. Piasecki

ISBN-10: 0972763112

Essentials of Inventory Management by Max Muller

ISBN-10: 1400212375

Inventory Accuracy: People, Processes, & Technology by David J. Piasecki

ISBN-10: 0972763104