A project to allow multiple choice votes for the KmikeyM shareholder community. Often focused on quick votes to control the smaller aspects of Mike Merrill's life.
My entire life I’ve had the bad habit of chewing my nails. I’ve tried sheer will-power, applying bitter-tasting concoctions, and even allowing coworkers to violently slap my hands when they catch me doing it. With a general level of anxiety higher than normal and increased drinking I find that most mornings I wake up with a few fingernails hastily shorn.
The only time I was able to stop biting my nails was after getting them professionally done at a salon. I had the currency of the top eight countries by GDP painted on my fingers. It was beautiful.
Obviously I can’t go to a nail salon, but I can paint my nails. So the question is, what color*?
(*colors limited due to 🦠coronavirus)
If the shareholder proposal to Drink With Intention passes, these are the possible paths:
Drink Less, Try More Cannabis Drinking more in a time of increased anxiety allows me to fog up my brain and relax, but alcohol isn’t the only way to do this. Instead, try cannabis!
Track What You Drink Historically I’ve responded well to simply tracking behaviors as a way to regulate them, and shouldn’t we also set a baseline for how much I’m drinking before deciding how much to reduce it?
Research and Share What You Drink Drink what you want, but do your homework and learn about what you’re consuming. Learn about the kinds of wine and the regions and the winemakers and develop your ability to taste and understand what you drink. And then share that information.
Put More Thought Into What You Drink (cocktails!) Similar to research and share, but more premeditated. Turn the act of drinking into an activity. Embrace cocktails and learn to mix and match ingredients and plan a wine “tour” of a specific region or type.
Stop Drinking Look, alcohol is poison, and it’s best to not drink poison.
Drink More On the other hand, everything is a shit show, enjoy yourself while you can.
Whatever policy is chosen, assuming the corresponding KmikeyM vote passes, will be undertaken for a period of two weeks and then we’ll come back for a shareholder review of the results.
We're a week past due for a beard vote and I'm going to play the coronavirus. Last week I was feeling pretty anxious and depressed and it took me a few days to realize that. I'm not really that in touch with my own feelings, so sadness usually manifests as being tired for me.
Anyway, let's get into this next beard vote. Here is a photo of me where I look stoned but I am not. It's just the evening light of Los Angeles casting a ruddy glow. As always to see the latest pics you can go to my alt Instagram account where I post a selfie each day: @theK5M
Let's figure out what to do next...
I've never grown a beard before, and now whenever I drink water I think there is a bug in my glass until I realize it's just the long hairs of my mustache. Also, sauce gets stuck in there now. The lower neck beard part is growing thick while the sides are still a bit patchy. I bought a beard brush and I pet it twice a day like taking care of a horse.
Overall I like the roguish look of it, but maybe it is time to bring in some help. I'm open to just "free growing" the beard until the next vote (March 19th) but I'd like to go to a professional and get some grooming done. If I was growing my hair out I'd go to a barber, and there are plenty of places in LA that will groom a beard.
If the shareholders agree that I should endorse a candidate the next step will be determining which candidate should be endorsed.
I’m listing all the candidates currently running (based on this NY Times page) that I can vote for as a registered Democrat in the state of California.
✅ Beard IIKeep the beard, schedule a vote in one month. (57%)
It's been a month since the shareholders voted to allow me to have a beard and it's time to check in and see if I should keep it for a while or shave it off.
To see the latest pics you can go to my alt Instagram account where I post a selfie each day: @theK5M
My beard is not as impressive as the header image... yet!
UPDATE: If the vote goes in favor of the beard there will be a vote about styling/trimming.
It's a six-part series, so I could just wait five weeks and then catch up on all of them at once. OTOH, then I wouldn't get to talk to other people about it and i'd be yelling 'no spoilers' all the time. I don't know... what do you think?
I committed to helping Norberto with a video today, but my friend Mathew is leaving LA forever and having people meet up at a brewery. Should I maintain my commitment with Norberto or should I go say goodbye to my friend Mathew? Or, is there another option?
A classic Goldilocks situation here. The checkered blazer is slightly too big and the velvet blazer is slightly too small.
The checkered blazer is from Brooks Brothers and I fell in love with it years ago, but couldn't justify the cost for something that is, let's be honest, pretty garish. Apparently I wasn't the only one that thought so and was able to pick it up on clearance sale. It was only made in a very boxy style so I then brought it in to get tailored and it's still a bit on the big side. I have worn this only once since moving to Los Angeles, when I MC'd the holiday party at my former employer and created a holiday quiz show. It's the perfect jacket for a quiz show host, but otherwise I'm not sure I need to hang on to it. And as I mentioned, it's a little too big for me.
The blue velvet blazer I love, even though I typically only wear it to year end holiday parties. But it's a bit snug and I can't quite button the bottom button and be comfortable. So while I like it, I don't really wear it anymore. So why am I keeping it? I don't currently have a decent "evening" jacket alternative. But is that a reason to keep it?
This is a part of a series of votes to clean out my wardrobe. Using the "does it spark joy" method I'll write up some notes on my feelings and then let the shareholders decide if I should keep them or get rid of them.
First up is two pair of pants I rarely wear:
The Nantucket Reds are "casual pants" from Brooks Brothers. They were purchased for me by an ex-girlfriend's mother and I have not worn them in months. They look good with my Sperry's boat shoes but they feel a bit loud and they are tight in the waist. Do they spark joy? No, I don't really care about these pants.
The Chess Pants are in the classic trad style of "go to hell" pants and are also from Brooks Brothers. I love these pants. I bought them when we first started Chroma and I think of them as my "game designer" pants. But I haven't worn them in over two years. They are the pants version of an old favorite t-shirt. I would not miss them if they disappeared, but I can't bring myself to get rid of them. Do they spark joy? No, but they spark sadness when I think about getting ride of them.
I’m at Smoke House, a Hollywood institution, with Aaron. I just had an old fashioned and I need another drink. What should I get?
This is part 2 of a vote about my official position. See part 1 on KmikeyM.com.
Please vote for one of the following options:
[Pioneering] KmikeyM is a crypto advocate and believes that the tokenization of physical and digital assets will be the gateway to unlocking new microcosms of value for citizens everywhere. KmikeyM looks forward to exploring options for a working crypto solution to his own market.
[Positive] KmikeyM is a crypto enthusiast and believes cryptocurrency is an exciting new wave of financial innovation. He holds a number of positions in various projects and expects crypto investing will outperform the regular markets.
[Hopeful] KmikeyM is optimistic about crypto and enjoys collecting and holding tokens as a way to participate. He encourages people to get involved and believes the crypto “killer app” is just around the corner.
[Lucrative] KmikeyM feels like investing in cryptocurrency can be a lucrative opportunity, but does not believe crypto is a long lasting mainstream happening. KmikeyM will invest to make profit, but holds no ideological belief about the technology.
[Interested] KmikeyM is fascinated by the promise of crypto but has a wait and see approach regarding the implementation because involvement requires a high technical understanding and few safeguards. He would not advise anyone to invest more than a token amount.
[Curious] KmikeyM believes that crypto is an interesting idea, but is skeptical of mainstream adoption and wouldn’t advise participation beyond entertainment purposes.
[Negative] KmikeyM sees crypto enthusiasm as another in a long line of technical utopian dreams of Ayn Randian thinkers who will no doubt end up very rich causing great harm to society.
Did a nice hike and took a dip in the ocean. I heard about a good fish taco, but there are rumors of “the best lobster roll”...
I’m meeting my friend at Destroyer, Jordan Kahn's minimalist, daytime-only spot for inventive Scandinavian-style breakfast & lunch fare (I don’t know who Jordan is, but I think he’s a fancy restaurant person). Knowing that breakfast is the most Important meal of the day, help me pick what to get.
After the dialup call I want to go see a movie. But what movie do I want to go see?
or, don't go to a movie you dummy!
Well, technically second beverage because I had some sparkling water, or as the label says "Aqua Medium." But it's 5pm and we're about to head to the hotel.
What should my first drink be?
I love lunch! Where should I go?
I need to pick up some coffee at the place near my work GGET. This is a rapid vote that will run for just 30 min. Check the link to see the options, then help me figure out which kind to get!
Tomorrow is Sunday, known to many as a day of rest. My plans for tomorrow are to go to the gym and then drive with my girlfriend to Palm Springs to spend a few days and welcome 2019. Typically I wake up at 6:30am, but I have some prep to do before we head out and I definitely want to have enough time for the gym. So can I sleep in, or should I get up at my regular time?