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Time to get Motivated!

It’s a new year and I know that many of you have resolutions that you’re full-on kicking ass on.    (Oops. One of mine is to not end sentences with prepositions, so let’s just cross that one off.   Oops, twice.)    Some of you are so hard-working and strong of spirit that you broke it already!

I have some other personal resolutions, but nothing I  really want to share.   Outside of overcoming my unhealthy obsession with Lindsay Lohan and replacing it with an unhealthy obsession with Ariana Grande.

Ariana cosmo


Another is not sharing information that gets me classified as a top-notch creep.  So I guess that’s another one broken.  Damn.

I was at a restaurant talking about my blog and someone mentioned they liked my work.  Unfortunately, they were talking about another local blog that’s been retired for over a year.   So I’m resolving to become THE local food and drink blog that people talk about here in Ann Arbor.

There are some other terrific local bloggers here and I’m not talking about smacking them down. There’s certainly room at the top.  But my goal is to have people recognize me or quote me when I’m out and about.   It’s happened a couple times before and it feels so good.   But it’ll feel even better when I walk in a local restaurant get freebies or special service without even introducing myself.   Or have my mere presence striking fear into the hearts of the servers and chef.   Or even be the guy who journalists on a deadline seek out when they want that comment about a restaurant or food trend.

I wanted to hang some motivational posters around my office that would remind me of my goals. You know, the ones that look like this …

motivation myfreewallpapershubcom

Or like this…

motiv eagle bestilycom


But looking at that on the daily is NOT going to inspire me to blogging greatness. Or mediocre-ness, either.   I need bad-assed quotes to really become the big-time player pimp of Ann Arbor food bloggers.

OK, next year I’ll resolve to make bigger goals.

Then it hit me – I can make my own.  I’ve taken some nice pictures over the years and all I need to do is to add some messages that genuinely move me.   Since I’m a easygoing person and bad-assed quotes aren’t my forte, I had to look to others.   Fortunately, I didn’t have to look much further than my iPhone library.

These are the first two that are going to catapult me to greatness, featuring that Atlanta-based poet Young Jeezy –

M Jeezy So Paid

M Jeezy Amazing



Feel free to use them for whatever you’re dreaming of.   Damn, more prepositions.

Here are the original songs…

Akon’s (witih Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy) – I’m so paid.


Kanye West’s Amazing (with Young Jeezy)



What are your resolutions?





About thefoodandwinehedonist

I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

12 comments on “Time to get Motivated!

  1. thehonkinggoose
    January 9, 2015

    lol – that’s damn inspirational I tell ya! I haven’t decided on my resolution yet, but I’ma get on that real soon.

  2. Max D.
    January 9, 2015

    For absolute inspiration in the form of posters, mugs, etc., you must go to

    I don’t make resolutions, mostly because I’m very, very close to being perfect, so what’s the point? In fact, I work hard at not being perfect. Everyone knows a face is made all the more attractive by a mole or scar. I guess I could start gardening, or volunteer at the animal shelter, but I already do those things.

    One thing I won’t do is become a grammar tyrant. Which brings me to one comment: end as many sentences as you want with a preposition. That rule was invented by 19th century uptight grammarians with an inferiority complex. They considered English to be inferior to Latin, and set about some rules that would make English more Latin-like. In Latin, you can’t end sentences with prepositions (not because it’s a rule, but because you just can’t), so they figured English would be a better language if it followed the same rule.

    Another silly rule: never start a sentence with a coordinating conjunction like “and” or “but.”

    Maybe my resolution should be not to keep my damn mouth shut when it comes to language rules. But then I wouldn’t have anything to argue against. (Double rule break! Score!)

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      January 9, 2015

      Well, you’re the English Prof… thanks for alleviating my guilt! (Catholic, can’t help it)

      Btw, where do you fall on the debate about 2 spaces after a period?

      • Max D.
        January 9, 2015

        I’m old school, so two spaces. But I ain’t judgin’ any body.

      • Max D.
        January 12, 2015

        Oh, another annoyingly stupid rule: never split the infinitive. As in “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Nineteenth century grammarians noticed that you can’t split the infinitive in Latin, so again, they thought we could ennoble English by having Latin grammar rules. Of course, they probably could’ve noticed that in Latin the infinitive is only one word, which makes it really, really hard to split.

  3. Max D.
    January 9, 2015

    I think I’m going to start going to Ann Arbor restaurants and saying things like “The Food and Wine Hedonist said that this place makes excellent cocktails.” Or, “I’m not sure I want to eat there. The FWH wasn’t all that impressed with the food presentation.”

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      January 9, 2015

      My old tagline still applies – If you there, mention my name. You may not get anything for free but, if enough of you do, I might.

  4. A Famished Foodie
    January 9, 2015

    Akon…you have kids right? they’re pretty embarrassed by you, correct?

  5. thewineraconteur
    January 19, 2015

    Just remember the great line from the old comedians that did nightclub acts. When they would see a lady or ladies leaving the table they would say “Hey lady, mention my name and you will get a good seat.” They will be quoting you soon.

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