A Video From Me

A short video of me explaining The Butler Journal. I want people to put a face and a voice to the person who operates this site.


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4 Tips For College Freshmen

I decided to try something different today. Today’s post is my first official video blog. Let me know what you think.


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5 Things to do in Washington D.C.

5 things dcLast week I had the chance to visit Washington D.C. My fraternity had its centennial celebration there. In between meeting and talking to my frat brothers I had the opportunity to check out different sites in the city. Below are 5 of them

dr kingMonuments

You can’t go to Washington D.C. without seeing the numerous monuments that are there. This wasn’t my first time being in D.C., but I still wanted to see some of them. This time around I had the chance to see the Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. It was my first time seeing the Dr. King memorial because it wasn’t completed last time I visited D.C. The atmosphere near the memorial was very calm and peaceful. Everyone should check out the Dr. King memorial if you get a chance. He did so much for a lot of people and gave the ultimate sacrifice so that people could have equality.

Washington Nationals Game

If you’re a MLB fan you have to check out a Washington Nationals game. Nationals Park is a nice stadium. There are a lot of places where you can watch the game at with a good view. They also have an area outside of the stadium called Fairgrounds where they have a bar and food vendors.


U Street

U Street is one of the best places to go in the city for nightlife. There are several bars and restaurants to go to. Ben’s Chili Bowl is a must visit if you’re ever in D.C. They have very good chili dogs and half-smokes.

Howard University

Howard University is one of the best HBCUs out there. It is commonly referred to as the “Mecca” because of its success and diverse group of students. Also, five of the “Divine Nine” fraternities and sororities were founded there.

The White House

You can’t go Washington D.C. and not see the White House. The White House is the residence and workplace of the President of the USA. It is located on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I’ve had the opportunity to see the White House a couple of times. I haven’t been able to take a tour yet. It takes months for your tour request to be approved or denied.

These are just 5 things to do in D.C. I know there is a lot more to do there. I didn’t even mention Adams Morgan, the museums, Chinatown or some of the other sporting events that they have in town.

Have you ever been to Washington D.C.? What are some of your favorite things to do and see while you are there?

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Ebay Update 7/22

ebayImmediately after my last update I sold 5 items in a span of a couple of days. I was able to end June on a positive note. July has been very slow, but I’m not worried. I went out of town last week so I had to end all of my auctions. I should have a great week. I also have a few new items to add tomorrow as well.

The Air Max shoes below were one of my best sales last month. I found them for $8 at a flea market. They sold for $45. Not too bad if I say so myself.



Here are some of the auctions that I am running right now.

Philadelphia Phillies

Sporting News Water Bottle

Jet Magazine 2002

Brand New Ticket to Ride Europe Board Game

Men’s Hampden Watch

Ninja Turtles Lunch Box & Puzzle

Cleveland Browns Glass

Air Jordan XIII French Blue/Flint Grey

Flud “The Order” Watch

How have your side hustles been going? Are you a fan of Ebay???



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My Go Fund Me Experiment

go fund meHave you ever heard of GoFundMe.com? It’s a crowd funding website that is similar to Kickstarter.com. It allows people to raise money for creative projects, trips, etc. I read a story about a gentleman who originally wanted to raise $100 so that he could make potato salad. Yes potato salad. As of me writing this post he has raised over $49,000. The donations are still coming in.  He will be able to make a lot of potato salad with that money.

I figured I might as well try an experiment. I’m slowly working on getting my debt repayment plan back in order. One of my goals was to have two of my debts paid off by the end of August. One of them is gone, but I still have another to go. I created a Wells Fargo Loan Payoff. I owe $1710 on that loan. I am raising money to get rid of it once and for all. I want to see if this experiment works. If it does I will be ecstatic. If not I will continue to make payments on it month by month.

Here is the link for the Wells Fargo Loan Payoff.

Have you ever used GoFundMe or Kickstarter? Did you have any success? Would you use any of these platforms to raise money?

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20 Random Facts About Me

jbsdI have seen a few of these “20 Random Facts About Me” post show up on some of my favorite bloggers websites. I figured I might as well join the party. Here goes nothing.

  1. I played baseball for 2 years in high school……..JV baseball in the 9th and 10th grade.
  2. I have my BA in Marketing.
  3. 2pac Shakur is my favorite rapper of all time.
  4. I love to travel.
  5. I broke my left arm playing kickball 8th grade. Ouch!!
  6. Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies.
  7. Miami  is my favorite city to visit.
  8. I love Nike shoes.
  9. I once won $1200 on a slot machine in Las Vegas.
  10. The Butler Journal has been around since March 2013.
  11. I am a huge Prince fan.
  12. I hate Sallie Mae.
  13. I love sports.
  14. I interned at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
  15. I lived in Savannah, GA for 8 years.
  16. I’ve been to 9 MLB parks.
  17. I like the taste of whiskey.
  18. I was a contestant on The Price is Right.
  19. I have a small t-shirt company called Nomad Tees.
  20. I participated in 2 alternative spring break trips in college.

Well there you have it. Those are 20 random facts about me. Any questions???

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Job Search Site Survey Results

shareasimageLast month I made a post asking people if job search websites actually worked. I received a pretty good amount of responses from my readers. Here are the results.


As you can see 10% of the people surveyed received a job from Monster, Career Builder and “other”. 20% received a job through Indeed.  A surprising 70% didn’t receive a job through any of these websites. Maybe they found jobs via networking or something. Craigslist and Snag a job both received 0 votes. I would have thought more people would have gotten a job using some of these sites. I guess I was wrong.

I’ve found employment through Indeed and Craigslist (PT Job). Looking at these results I wouldn’t be motivated to use many of these websites if I were looking for work.

What about you? Would you use any of these websites to look for work? Would you try other options?

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