Fun Facebook stats (as of 11:50 AM on 3/8/14):
So… What can we extrapolate from this information?
*Presence calculated by (#”were here” / #likes) x 100
Well, we have to take a leap of faith to say these numbers mean anything beyond simple Facebook likes. The thing is, you can be “at” a restaurant without liking the page, but we will assume otherwise so the data can mean something.
Turns out 87.9% of Pho 1 Grill’s Facebook fans have been to the restaurant, which is a hearty percentage, in my opinion (not that I know what an average is).
Tay Ho, meanwhile, has a much lower presence percentage - only 39.7%. What can this mean? Well, if the assumptions hold, then the people who visit that restaurant… don’t actually eat there. Or they just forget to check-in (but I doubt that); the difference is far too great. Tay Ho runs Facebook contests to raffle off gift cards, so that explains its ridiculous leap in likes, and I think it explains the low presence as well… People who like the page just want the gift card; they heard about it somewhere, from someone, and they’re free riding to a meal.
Vietnam Garden has an even greater presence than Pho 1 Grill! It’s nearly perfect, and that’s incredible. Sure, the sheer number of likes is low, but the quality seems to be very, very high. To put it simply, Vietnam Garden has roughly a third of Tay Ho’s likes but almost as many check-ins. What does that say about Vietnam Garden? Loyalty and reality. About Tay Ho? Desperation and vanity.
But Vietnam Garden’s not even the best Vietnamese page… That would be Pho So 1 (the original - not for sale, btdubs). It doesn’t even have an official Facebook page, but it does have 615 likes and 6,100 “were here” - an amazing 991.9% presence! What in the world? That destroys the validity of my previous assumption that checking-in requires a like, though it may say something that the people who check-in at Pho So 1 don’t end up liking the page (when the options are probably adjacent on the Facebook app).**
**In case you’re wondering: Mekong - 64,007 likes, 16,171 “were here” | 25.3% presence
Now, does liking the page lead to going to the restaurant, or does going to the restaurant lead to liking the page? Probably the latter. But we can’t be sure, and it most likely doesn’t unanimously swing one way, i.e. some people find the restaurant through the page then go grab the food. Maybe some people eat at a restaurant then go home and like the page. Then they either never eventually check-in on their return trips… Or they never return to the place they liked.
Weird. Still fun to play around with the numbers.
I realize Quidditch will never be the serious sport I want it to be. I know, it seems obvious, but there are teams out there that genuinely place conditioning and athletic ability above all else. There are seriously competitive Quidditch teams! It’s just that William & Mary isn’t one of them.
And I guess that’s okay. We have a great camaraderie on the squad, and for some, that’s really all that matters. Personally, I think it’s wonderful to have such a friendly and tightly knit team, but at the same time, I’m a real competitive person. I crave athletic contests and really, really miss physically going all out for a few hours. Tournaments have the potential to provide that, but we’re not good enough to last that long.
I shouldn’t say never, I suppose. There may come a day when I become captain - if I stick around. It’s a toss-up at this point. I really hate having to run around with a broom… It’s stupid. But if I get that captaincy, I will run the team like we used to do in track. Conditioning will be a dominant aspect, and practices will be mandatory; a person who cannot carve out a small window of time a few times a week doesn’t have the required commitment. Sprints, sprints, sprints. Sprints galore!
Seriously, though. Don’t get me wrong. Quidditch has been a one-of-a-kind experience, and I’m glad I joined. But it’s so ridiculous, isn’t it? I’m not even a huge Harry Potter fan, and I only joined for a taste of athletics. Now that I see how the team operates, I know it can’t really fulfill my need for competition - unless changes are made.
But let’s see how this season goes.
I’m the only person I know who really, really doesn’t like mac and cheese.
I don’t know about you, but I was always taught to tip more generously if a restaurant willingly gave me something for free, e.g. a friend comps me an appetizer.
So, my brother has a Verizon Fios set-top box with HD capability. But I just found out that he hasn’t ever actually had a HDMI cable connected to it… And it’s been years. He’s been wasting money! So I tore up the house searching for a HDMI cable, and in my room, I unearthed a lot of… things.
Possessions I re-discovered:
And a lot of really obscure, somewhat forgotten memories.*
*Yerp. Cheesy. But that I have all this stuff makes me feel really blessed. Add this new collection to the things I actually was aware of, and man… So lucky.
AND THE WALTER MITTY SOUNDTRACK…
How could you do anything but run and do jumping jacks and smile when you listen to that music?!
The fact that “Happy” exists is, in my opinion, absolutely fantastic.
I love that there’s a song that exists for utter joy’s sake - there is no greater feeling than that of pure happiness.
Personally, I make it a point to not listen to sad music. It’s not that I really think that those songs will change my mood (though I think research shows otherwise), but why would I even risk that? The best songs are those that inspire you to smile and clap and sing; they’re the ones with choruses that ring in your head and make you laugh at the thought of them.
Now, obviously this is my opinion. Of course there are acoustically memorable songs that express sadness. Hell, those must outnumber positive songs.
A few years back (April 20, 2011, actually), I made the conscious decision to be a happy person. I realized (and this revelation exists as an unused college essay) that a lot of people waste their lives pouting and disagreeing. At that period of my life, there was a lot more personal disaccord than I thought was healthy. I wanted to soak in my own misery, but for whatever reason, I chose to let things flow as they may from that point - one of the best decisions of my life.
Ever since then, in a general sense, I’ve been a genuinely joyous guy. I’m sarcastic and occasionally snide, but I find the simplest of pleasures and take everything in stride. Some things have gone wrong, but a lot of things just turn out right, even when the horizon looks bleak. I really believe that’s a function of my commitment to finding silver linings, and it’s more or less become instinct. At this point, I can’t really picture anything that’d devastate me; there are only setbacks and opportunities to further drive and succeed.
I mean, there are things to complain about. I haven’t found best friends in college, and I don’t know if I ever will. My brother has shown zero initiative in his life. My suit doesn’t fit exactly like I want it to. My writing quality’s kinda fallen down the drain. The Quidditch team is shockingly uncommitted to athletic progress. And I’ve got at least 20 books on the “to read” queue.
But there are so many things to be happy about! I love my classes, and my internship search is going better than I expected - 1 interview down, 2 to go. Pho 1 Grill has been doing very well (and tonight was awesome*). Spring break is here, and perfect frisbee weather is just around the corner! Kina’s releasing a new album soon. Wong Fu’s making a movie, and I donated. The Eagles just re-signed Jason Peters, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, and Jason Kelce. The Wizards have won 6 straight. And I’m still relatively in-shape!
*Because we were short on staff, and with only 3 front-of-house, it was quite a thrill ride.
I’ve been listening to “Happy” since starting this post, and it’s so infectious… How can you be down when such a wonderful song exists?
That I try to write everything down and record it in some way is an effect of my insistence on retaining memories as vividly as possible. But it’s also in fear of losing my memory.
If I someday got Alzheimer’s, I would be heartbroken.*
*Yes, I just watched the Seth Rogen video.
And fun fact: I first heard of Alzheimer’s in elementary school; it was mentioned in a Ronald Reagan biography (I loved presidential biographies as a child), and it scared me even then.