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Getting into Netflix is just one of those things that sort of happens. Either you go the subscription, or like me you just got added to someone else’s account and used it like a leach. However it happened, by now I bet you’ve gotten pretty used to having access to lots of streaming content whenever you want it. If you’re like me, you’ve also probably spent more time browsing through possible choices than you’ve actually spent streaming content. Well, here’s a revolutionary idea — why not try canceling your Netflix?

My Netflix Got Canceled in 2020 — It Was One of the Best Things to Happen to Me

Despite being a grown man, married with a house, I was still on my wife’s parent’s Netflix account when the unthinkable occurred — my Netflix was canceled! If you were paying attention up above, I had the bad habit of spending way too much time browsing through Netflix’s (now growingly less extensive) content library. I also relied on it for most of my entertainment needs. Yes, I’m sad to say I was even one of those people who looked forward to the first of the month to see what new movies and shows had been added. However, it’s been months now since I’ve had Netflix. And what joyous, blissful months they’ve been! I didn’t realize how much there was to the world before my Netflix got canceled. …


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10. Hermione Granger

Considered by many to be the greatest witch of her age, what Miss Granger lacks in raw power she makes up for in skill and practice. In general, power is a fixed quantity in the Harry Potter world. The power you are born with is the power you keep. Hermione, however, is one of the few characters who achieves great skill mostly through hard work. She edges out many other strong characters in Harry Potter due to her prodigious work ethic, friendship, and ability to get even more powerful overtime.

9. Minerva McGonagall

Minerva is not as extraordinary of a wizard of the likes of Voldemort, but there are few witches or wizards as powerful as she. She edges out other powerful wizards like Flitwick largely thanks to her wide range of abilities — she’s brave enough to be in Griffindor, but smart enough to be in Ravenclaw, too. Also, she’s an Animagus, something very few characters ever achieve. Her power is also noted by Dumbledore who makes her his second in command, and she is able to take charge during the battle of Hogwarts effortlessly. …


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Learning how to cook is a very important manly art — but that doesn’t mean you need to be a pro chef. There are several great foods you can learn how to cook that taste great without a whole lot of prep time. And when we lead busy lives of work, exercising, family and hobbies, it doesn’t always make sense to spend hours in the kitchen. Luckily, these five foods every man should know how to cook can be cooked in a matter of minutes, and are great for almost any dining occasion.

Bacon

I don’t know how the malicious lie that bacon isn’t good for you ever got spread, but when I was growing up, people said bacon killed you with every bite you took. In reality, bacon is fine for you in moderation, and even contains a lot of good nutrients. Plus, every man loves bacon. But cooking it right is easier said than done. Because bacon is pork, it needs to be fully cooked when you eat it, as pork can have harmful bacteria in it. However, you also don’t want to overcook your bacon, because that can be bad for you, too. Finding the right balance between too much and not enough is critical whenever cooking pork, and bacon is no exception. …


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Sometimes we spend so much time trying to land our dream job that once we get it, it can be hard to realize that we have it. Our dream jobs can also change. It might have been your dream job to work at Starbucks when you were young (I know it was mine). Today, however, you know yourself better, you’ve achieved much, and you have an altogether different dream job. Or maybe you don’t know what your dream job is. …


Whatever you do, don’t make mistake number five

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Oh great! That “most wonderful time of the year” that is the Christmas Season is once again upon us. And so are the expectations. Family obligations, Zoom-based Christmas parties thanks to the pandemic, and more. But hold on there brave man — just because there’s a pandemic that doesn’t mean you get to get out of purchasing a thoughtful present for your significant other. Now, I know that where you are at in your relationship — whether that be married, engaged, dating or “it’s complicated” — greatly impacts what kind of gift you are going to want to give your wife. …


Themes of decline and decay run throughout the Lord of the Rings. But that’s not where the story ends.

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I’ve probably watched the Lord of the Rings a thousand times. I’ve read the Hobbit a few times, and the other books at least once. But it never struck me until my last watch through how incredibly important themes of decay are to the story. It’s prevalent from the very onset of LOTR — it comes in when Gandalf greets Bilbo and tells Bilbo “you haven’t aged a day”. In fact, Bilbo’s birthday party is what sets off the events of the hobbits leaving the Shire, and it’s one of the ring’s notable powers: its bearer does not age (unless if you are Gollum then I guess you age really badly?). But it is also prevalent in other ways throughout the story. The kingdoms of men have seen better days. There are old ruins lying around everywhere that make you feel as though the vast landscape of Middle Earth was once more vibrant. …


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What are your big plans for 2021? After a year like this one, it feels like “having plans” could be a bit of a stretch. With new restrictions coming into place here in California and in places around the world, it seems we’re not out of the woods yet. Although that backpacking trip around Europe will certainly have to wait, you don’t have to put a hold on your life. In fact, there are plenty of things you can still adequately plan for, regardless of whatever 2021 has in store for us.

Plan for Health

A new year’s resolution favorite, there’s never a bad time to start trying to be healthier. The great outdoors has much to offer in this regards. And if you’re lucky enough to live in California, you don’t have to put your exercise on hold just because the gyms are shut down. There are plenty of activities to be done outside, and the weather permits it. If you’re in an area with a colder climate — well, pick up a winter sport. Or maybe your gyms aren’t even closed. The point is, in 2021, we’d be best off focusing on what we can control, not on the places we can’t go. So get in shape and get ready for what life will be like in the not so distant future when airlines don’t reserve the middle seat for nobody. …


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I’m super passionate about yogurt. In fact, there’s rarely a time when I don’t have plenty of yogurt lining the shelves of my fridge. And there’s a good reason for that. Yogurt is a miracle food. It’s got so many things that you need — protein, calcium, and don’t forget those probiotics. It’s the perfect midday snack, pre workout boost, or the last thing you eat before going to sleep. What’s more, it can work wonders for your gut. And, as it turns out, having excellent gut health is indispensable for maintaining peak performance.

Why I Eat Yogurt

I’ve eaten a lot of yogurt since I was young. But as I got older, I found that the cheap, sugary stuff from the store wasn’t really cutting it anymore. For me, I wanted to find yogurt that was rich in nutrients but also low in sugar. Through research, I found that despite what you might think, some yogurts are actually healthier than others. …


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I know plenty of people who don’t like Halloween. What’s more, I know people who even think it is aggressively anti-Christian. Is, however, Halloween actually anti-Christian? Or do some people just misuse it that way? Is it really a pagan holiday?

Well, as with most things, the truth is something of a mixed bag.

Is Halloween Based on a Pagan Holiday?

Well, not really. Looking around today you might not think it, but the western world used to actually be a very Christian place. So it stands to reason that big, Christian celebrations would take place around big, Christian Holidays. Take, for example, All Saints Day. Do you know when All Saints Day is? Funny enough, All Saints happens on November 1st — the very next day after Halloween. Also did you know that All Saints Day also goes by another name — “All Hallows”. Hmm. Do you see the similarity between “All Hallows” and “Halloween”? All Hallow’s Eve. Halloween. …


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I don’t have to run a Google Search to know what’s on everyone of my California friends’ minds right now — should we all leave California?

How did we get here? Wasn’t it just yesterday we were bragging about the good weather, the plentiful recreational activities, Disney Land, and the beach? Why does everybody want to leave? Surely California is a paradise state still, right? I mean, Gavin Newsom says so.

I guess it was somewhere during the course of the tough Covid-19 crackdowns, the hazardous air quality due to rampant wildfires, riots in major metropolitan areas, homeless running the streets, and what seems to be a myriad of strange political decisions leaving much to be desired that we all started thinking the same thing — we’ve got to get out of California. …

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