5 Forgotten Cartoons From The 90’s

If you grew up in the 90s, you know what good television was. Tons of great movies and TV shows came from the 90s era, but some seem to have been completely forgotten. It’s sad to know that we have move past our generation and started watching cartoons that can’t even compare to what we watched. Cartoons nowadays have filters on it, careful not to offend anyone, very innocent-like. The following shows are forgotten about and never had to worry about offending people because, lets face it, 90s kids are the bees-knees and don’t get offended.

1. Ren & Stimpy

Ren & Stimpy was one of my favorites. Their hilarious banter and love/hate relationship with each other was amazing to watch growing up. This cartoon served no educational purpose, just pure entertainment. They showed butts, boogers, and even pus-filled pimples, and to top it all off, they were simply the best duo for any cartoon characters in my opinion. This is rated my all-time favorite cartoon from my childhood.  You can watch full episodes of Ren & Stimpy for free at http://watchcartoonsonline.eu

2. Rocko’s Modern Life

This show was a fantastic after school, sit down with a nacho Lunchable, be lazy and not do homework kind of show. Rocko was seemingly normal whereas his friends and neighbors were absolute whack-jobs that needed medication. His angry and annoying frog neighbors, The Bigheads, were a nice relief for the shows over zealousness for weirdos like Heffer and Filburt. While the Bigheads were also weird, they were the equivalent of Squidward from Spongebob. Again, a great 90s show that needs to be brought back to the air. Watch Rocko’s Modern Life at http://watchcartoonsonline.eu

3. Ahh! Real Monsters

There’s not a whole lot to say about this other than it was awesome! Fairly creepy at times but hilarious nonetheless. Armpit guy, Krumm, was my favorite character. When he dropped his eyeballs, for some reason made me laugh so hard, then again, I was like 6 and thought farting was my best comedy act. The show also had no fears when it came to men wearing high-heels, as the characters professor had red high-heels on the entire show. In the 90s, that was kind of weird. But who cares, right? It was the 90s. Screw it. Watch full episodes of Ahh! Real Monsters at http://watchcartoonsonline.eu

4. Recess

Recess was probably the best 90s Disney cartoon in my opinion. Even though it aired in 1997, I still consider it a 90s show. It was wacky, and even though a lot of what happened on their playground, some of it was relatable. Such as bullies, playground politics, lunchroom politics and all the getting into trouble for doing the right thing. It still towers over some 90s shows and reigns superior to all of the other Disney cartoons in my opinion. This one is certainly missed.  Watch Full episodes of Recess at http://watchcartoonsonline.eu

5. Cow and Chicken

Here it Is, ladies and gentlemen. Cow and Chicken. The cartoon that explores a strange relationship between a mentally disabled cow and a con artist chicken who are somehow involved with a clearly homosexual red devil. This show is simply hilarious. I have spent countless hours watching them, and due to the lack of parenting my parents did, I am grateful for it. You can watch full episodes of Cow and Chicken at http://watchcartoonsonline.eu

 

5 High Paying Careers For Felons

Everyone knows that felons are considered undesirables in the working world. Whether your felony conviction was violent or completely harmless like mine was, you may be finding it incredibly difficult to find companies who can look past our transgressions and give us hope for  a positive future.

This list will show you 5 companies that hire felons and pay well. Some may even offer benefits and a higher cost, but it’s insurance nonetheless.

  1. TruGreen

TruGreen is the very company that I work for. During the interviewing process (2 interviews total) I told them about the felony on my background. It’s non-violent, conviction is pending. The way it works, at least at my branch, is they review felonies on a per-case basis. Depending on the crime, you’re able to work here as long as it’s non-violent.

What they do:

TruGreen is a lawn care company. Essentially, you drive a company truck that is loaded up with the pesticides and other materials needed for weed control, mosquitos, etc. TruGreen bought a company called Scotts Lawn Care. They are the ones who do landscaping. I do not know about their felony policy.

Pay: Locations base pay differ, but at the branch I am hired in at starts you at $14.00/hr with plenty of hours (about 60+ per week) and anything above 40 hours is T+1/2. So roughly about 21.00 per hour.

Incentives: TruGreen offers a fantastic commission incentive on top of your hourly pay. During your daily route, you’re encouraged to make sales to neighbors of the customer. Whatever service you set up, you instantly get a nice commission from that sale. You’re also able to receive a 10% bonus check of your total earned sales at the end of the month.

Another nice incentive is during the off-season, TruGreen pays 100% of your unemployment and guarantees your job in the next season. I can’t find a reason not to work for these guys. They value they’re employees and they’re open to hiring people with mistakes in life.

  1. Swift Transportation Trucking 

Swift Transportation is a trucking company that hires basically anyone willing to do the work. Trucking is hard and sometimes dirty work. You spend weeks on the road and never get enough time with your family. This is a great career to get into if you don’t have kids and love to travel. Swift Transportation pays well, offers insurance and even pays your tuition to attend their trucking school.

What they do:

It’s simple. Transports goods across the country to other companies.

Pay: You get paid weekly on per-mile basis and also load deliveries. You can easily drive 2,500 miles in a week and sometimes more. Judging on my research, the Avery first year driver at Swift Transportation averages about $700-$900+ per week.

Remember, this is 3 weeks OTR (over the road) and 3 days home. That’s right, 3 weeks to 3 days.

  1. Construction Companies

Any felon can pretty much get a job doing construction. It’s hard back-breaking work but the career opportunities are endless.  The money is great, usually they offer benefits like health insurance and did I mention the money is great? Things are always being built and there’s always demand for construction laborers. If you have no experience in construction, you’ll start as a laborer. Some of the trades to get into are:

  • Brick/block Masonry ($13-$20/hr)
  • Carpentry ($13-$17/hr)
  • Concrete and foundation ($10-$17/hr)
  • Roofing ($10-$20/hr)
  • Flooring ($10-$16/hr)

Keep in mind the pay grades listed are ball park for starting laborers. Pay is entirely dependent upon which company you pursue. I loves working construction, but it’s extremely hard on your body. If you plan to make it a career, make sure you go for the long haul, otherwise you’re just killing yourself.

  1. Offshore Driller

Another field where a felon can get a high-paying job is off-shore drilling. While oil drillers make decent money, they also are required to spend around 3 weeks to a month on an oil rig. This is usually followed by a two-week break. The job is available primarily in such areas as the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.

Pay: Average pay for a deck worker (entry level) is about $300 per day. That averages to be about $5,000 per month after taxes are taken out and working 5 day work weeks. Just have to find a way to get hired at one of them. If you persevere and put in the work to do a job like this, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find one.

  1. Computer Network Support Specialist

The broad field of IT has been known to provide some jobs for convicted felons who don’t have a history of fraud, theft, violence or computer related crimes. If you meet that criteria and already have some experience with computers or have a strong desire to learn, this would be a good path to consider.

These days, almost every company needs a fast, secure, and reliable in-house network as well as stable connectivity to the Internet. With the proper skills and credentials, your future may involve testing, analyzing, and troubleshooting various types of computer networks and minimizing the times when they are offline.

Pay: Entry-level starts out between $14 and $17 an hour. Average hourly is roughly $32 per hour for the experienced specialists and it usually requires at least an associates degree to get you started.

If you’re thinking to yourself that you can’t get an associates degree, you’re wrong. Applying online for financial aid can get you pell grants, which is free money from the federal government that you don’t have to pay back and would pay for 2 years of community college. 2 years at a community college gives you an associates degree, and almost any college offers a computer science degree.

If you’re a felon with any questions about how to kickstart your future, please leave a comment, and I’ll be happy to help you out. Everyone deserves a second chance regardless of your mistakes.

 

Why Having A.D.D. As An Adult Has Made My Life Miserable

I thought I’d take a minute to explain to you what it’s like to have ADD as an adult. Not the “I can’t focus for an hour so I must have ADD” kind of annoying person that everyone knows. I’m talking about the real deal Attention Deficit Disorder that requires heavy medication to be able to function normally.

Now, your first question may be “how did you find out?” Or “why should we care?”  Well, you don’t have to care, however, being informed on something could potentially help someone you know (or yourself) tremendously. ADD has made me suffer academically and has caused my marriage to dwindle down to having to fight to keep it going every day. I dropped out of college because of this.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I will list each major symptom (there’s a lot) and describe to you my typical actions involving this symptom. Also note ADD is never simply ADD. It is usually paired with some other mental condition like bipolar disorder. The real bipolar, not the fake one that everyone says they have.

  1. Having trouble concentrating and staying focused. This can include zoning out. For instance, zoning out during a lecture in class is common for almost anyone, however, zoning out when your friends or family are speaking to you, even if you don’t intend to, is not normal. 9 times out of 10, you don’t even realize you’re doing it. You’ll suddenly snap out of it and try to remember what was just going on. Thrown into the mix of not being able to concentrate and losing minutes of your life to the unknown, extreme distractibility causes me to overlook details in my every day tasks. Forgetting an appointment I made yesterday to take my kids to the doctor is not uncommon for me, in fact, it’s totally the norm.
  2. Hyper focus. This is essentially a coping mechanism for distraction. Have you ever found yourself jumping from hobby to hobby, going full force and becoming obsessed with the hobby only to get bored with it? That’s what hyper focus is. You delve so far into something new and you lose track of time and even days because you’re so focused on this new thing you learned about. In the 4 years I’ve been with Liz, I’ve gone from computer repair to construction work and building things at home to Magic the gathering cards to professional videography. Surpringly enough, the last one is lucrative, so I intend to stick with it even though I’m already bored with it.
  3. Impulsivity. This one I suffer from to a major fault in my character. I impulsively spend money because I think something is cool. I say incredibly rude things to people even if I shouldn’t say it. It’s not because I’m blunt, it’s simply because my brain tells me I need to say it, so I do. There’s a different between being a huge dick to people and calling them out and having a genuine issue with your brain. Impulsivity has a range of impulses, mine are usually money and being an asshole. Other symptoms of this is interrupting people when they talk, poor self control, act wrecklessly and spontaneously and have trouble behaving in social environments, all of which I have displayed on occasion but are not prominent.
  4. Emotional difficulties. Another big one that will affect your marriage and life pretty harshly. I have a huge sense of underachievement, constantly seeking validation and compliments from people. Because of this, I come off as needy, although I’m not. I don’t deal well with frustration.. Most stressful and frustrating situations cause me to freak out and yell at people and ruin my entire day. It’s not fun, it’s quite hard to deal with. One more symptom added to this is hypersensitivity to criticism. Anytime I receive negative criticism on any project I do, I take it 100% personally. As a personal attack against me. One thing to always keep in your head is they are not being mean to you. You asked for the criticism by doing the project you took on or by behaving a certain way, accept it and move on. It’s still hard for me but I manage to do this every day.

This blog may seem like ADD is a super serial disease or something. It’s not. You can easily control it if you catch it in time. It took me 26 years to figure out I had it and now I have to take medication that I’m not able to afford. So for now, I’m trying to build my self-control and be aware of myself and the things that I do so I am able to actively correct my behavior if needed.

ADD, believe it or not, has really put a strain on my relationships with my family and my marriage. It’s not fun to have to constantly apologize to them for hurting them in some way. It’s not fun living with feelings of depression and feeling like nothing you’ve ever done means anything or matters.

I deal with the way I am to the best of my abilities, and sometimes it’s not enough and I lose grip on reality and ignore my problems, which makes it worse. Do yourself a favor, and if you display these symptoms and your education has suffered and your relationships suffer because you can’t stay organized and stay focused on important things, talk to your doctor. Only good can come of it.

Ciao!