Opinionated Man

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I was born in Pusan, South Korea and was left on a street when I was 3 years old. I was adopted and lived my early childhood in Jackson, Mississippi which was… interesting. I moved to Memphis, TN around the first grade and although similar in some ways, Memphis was very different in others. My adopted parents are white. My mom is a writer and my father is a doctor, I have an adopted sister who is Korean as well, and I have a white adopted brother. I am the middle child.

I grew up playing competitive soccer, golf, and gymnastics. I hate baseball so I guess I will never be “American.” Something about small hard objects being thrown at my face does not appeal to me. I was never tall enough when I was younger and did not get picked often to play basketball. They would say “we will takkkkkkeeee… Cindy!!!” “DAMMIT!!!” Growing up with all white friends and black school mates was a bummer because I was generally in the lower 25% in height and weight. A fact that was readily apparent in physical altercations, but I will say that I gave as good as I got. I grew up white which really is the simple truth. I didn’t even eat Asian food, and yes I say Asian here because I wasn’t Korean at the time.

I attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and quickly went from a good student to a below average student. Mainly because for some reason to do well in school you have to attend class, a concept that passed me by. I did not do well in college mostly because of anger at my birth mom, which I discovered in 2000. I still have not met her or talked to her and she has kept me from ever meeting my older sister, whom I didn’t know existed till 2000 as well. It took me 12 years to move past that. I still like soju though… so at least I have a comforting companion.

I enjoy writing, poetry, history, animal shows, ESPN, a few regular shows, and I also LOVE Anthony Bourdain. If I could meet him I would, he has inspired me in many ways. I would also love to meet Robert Jordan, W.E.B. Griffin, and Raymond E. Feist, my three favorite authors. Unfortunately I will have to wait a bit to meet Jordan, RIP we will always miss you Robert. Your light still shines.

Currently I work in information technology under the yoke of Corporate Rule… but maybe one day I will be able to be a real writer. Right now I do not consider myself a writer at all, in fact I would say I am an amateur pretending to be a writer. I will accept the title of blogger though, that I suppose I have earned. I enjoy scotch, 12 years or even older if I can afford it. Famous Grouse is my favorite brand because it is cheap, but if I could drink Macallen every day I would. Unfortunately my Crohn’s keeps me from drinking too much of that, probably a good thing.

What else… this is beginning to sound pretty frivolous. I like debate and I admire conviction and passion in anyone. I dislike people that throw facts around without basis, or that try to validate themselves by throwing up hypothetical statements. That to me is the most annoying thing ever. I guess I am more human than I thought.

I currently live in Colorado with my wife and two daughters. It snows here. I hate snow. Anyways, that is pretty much me.

This blog was created January 3rd, 2013.

Jason C. Cushman

-Opinionated Man

aopinionatedman@gmail.com

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1,946 thoughts on “Opinionated Man

  1. Brendaline

    Wow Jason — aka OM — I am very much blown away by your childhood story of being Korean adopted by white, American parents with your siblings. An altogether unique experience your share.

    I am so sorry for what you went through by your biological mother. That must be a difficult and ongoing battle. How wonderful and comforting to know that you were blessed with adoptive parents such as yours who helped instill your values and experiences to the man you are today.

    You are blessed to have a cherished love you share with your wife and children — what a wonderful gift to be dually blessed in this regard.

    Your writing and its style is a gift and a therapeutic healing agent that is quite touching and I empathize with you greatly. I wish you nothing but continued success in all your endeavours and best of happiness in the creative, uniquely personal writings of yours. Keep them coming.

    Be blessed, Brendaline 🙂

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  2. Casey Alexander

    Hey– I saw an earlier conversation about pushing traffic. I know you like a challenge so maybe just decided to entice us all to come over here 😉 but I believe WP can actually move your followers for you, if you like. They did it for me when I tried self-hosted for 15 minutes (ha ha).

    I don’t know if it depends on who’s doing your hosting, but if you haven’t already, send an email “request to move followers” to the Happiness Engineers. They should be able to help. Of course, since you have your mom impersonating thousands of readers, it may be more difficult…they only had to move a few hundred for me. Not sure if numbers matter.

    You are already wayyyyy more successful than I was at the whole make-your-own-page bit, by the way. 😉 Knowing how much work it is to get started, I’m very impressed.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Thank you for stopping by as well! 🙂

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I got it Laura and responded. Can you provide a few more details please so I can investigate? I also am trying to figure out if you were able to see my new self-hosted dashboard OR my WP.com dashboard. That is very crazy! o.O

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  3. Jim Thompson

    Oh, dear! I was about to address you as Jason, but due to Ritu’s comment I feel I must call you Doctor Cushman. Your story touched me, in that you resisted the temptation to give in to opposition and all sorts of difficulty.

    I do, however, take exception to your denigrating of unpublished writers. You see, writers write, while authors are published. Yes, there are innumerable scribblers who dedicate themselves to lazy prose, or even poetry, but they are NOT writers. Writers take enough pride in their work that they make it the best they can manage. That’s because writers are, first of all, communicators. And you, Doc, are that.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      LoL, well I am not a doctor Jim so I appreciate whatever you wish to call me! OM or Jason works! 😉

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  4. Deb

    I hadn’t read your “About” page until now. You have had such an interesting life! Challenging for sure and no doubt will give you endless things to write about if you so choose. Also…living under the yoke of Corporate Rule! Love it 😉 I have just left Corporate America and start a new job Monday. I will still be doing Finance consistent with my background but I will be working for the Mark Twain House & Museum. I can’t wait!! Something new and completely different, and hopefully something I will feel great about.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Thank you Deb for giving this a read and for the kind words!

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I appreciate you doing that man and thanks for letting me see the link!

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        1. Opinionated Man Post author

          The old one is probably the link share I am doing. I am doing a bunch of bouncing here to push traffic. It is a lot of work… but necessary!

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  5. Eric

    I love “intersting.” I feel like you have enough material in that one word to blog for a lifetime.

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      1. Opinionated Man Post author

        You are both too kind. 🙂 Thank you for giving my profile a read!

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  6. americanvaluesrestored

    You are a character, a joy to read. I appreciate your honesty and writing style. You get to the point, a concept I am still working on. I once lived in Colorado, and loved the snow, as long as I was able to go to it, rather than have it come to me.

    Godspeed.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I guess that is all the difference right? If you choose to embrace the snow. lol 😉

      I appreciate you stopping by and for your kind comment! Thank you!

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      LoL I got to dress up this past Halloween! Glad you liked it and I appreciate you stopping by today Lou!

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  7. Enjoying The Simple Things In Life

    I know you are! It will take time but I know you are going to put in the work to get it where you want it.

    I LOVE Anthony Bourdain! I want to plan family vacations around restaurants he has featured on his shows because he is amazing!

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        1. Opinionated Man Post author

          I know right? That would be a dream! He deserves it though since he is so witty! 🙂

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          1. Niki's Simple Life

            I know, he really is. And as glamorous as it seems, I’m sure it’s rougher than it looks… always on the go, living out of a suitcase, missing family things. I just like the idea of getting paid to eat and racking up all of those passport stamps!

  8. Enjoying The Simple Things In Life

    I’ve never been to your website, just read new posts as they hit my WordPress reader and browsed recent posts. I can see how therapeutic this is for you. I didn’t expect to read what I did in your bio, although not surprised, I love your honesty and I’m glad you were able to find a way to move on from such a heartbreaking situation. I’m about to resubscribe, and I look forward to reading more. You are not only entertaining but inspiring.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I appreciate your kind words and that you stopped by! Hopefully my website won’t look so bare for long! Working hard at getting it back up. 🙂

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I really appreciate your well wishes! Thank you!!! 🙂

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  9. BarbCT

    Jason, I’m a relatively new follower and I am really enjoying it. The fact that you speak your mind is actually encouraging to me as I have trouble being as blunt about some things. I’m glad I found your blog.

    On another note, I have a couple of bugaboos (peeves) about grammatical errors, which are admittedly my problem. Your OM title is grammatically incorrect and it bothers me every time I see it. You should say AN Opinionated Man, not A Opinionated Man. Reference: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/591/01/

    Keep writing and teaching us newbies with non-niche blogs how it’s done.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I knew there was SOMETHING wrong with my screen name! lmao… 😉

      I am glad you found something worth reading here. Hopefully eventually you can overlook my username! lol

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  10. soulinsurreal

    Hello, Jason!

    I like the way you call yourself- Opinionated Man and it really fits on how your mind thinks.
    By the way, thanks for following me. That means a lot to me as I am a newbie to ‘blogosphere’ (a term which I learned from your blog posts). I do not have my own domain yet because I am still exploring ‘blogosphere’ (man, I really enjoy using this word. LOL). I’ve read your bio because I was looking for an idea on how and what to make and write on my page. And your bio is uniquely written.
    P.S.
    I love your blogs, especially your poems. I also write poetry. I would love to hear your comments too on my blog. And one more thing, how do you get tons of followers? So far, I only have two 🙁

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  11. Eliza

    I love the Wheel of Time! … just finished re-reading it and sad that it’s over….by the way – I had lot of problems with acid reflux and food allergies – and got fed up with doctors…just started chewing my food 30-40 times each bite and everything’s settling down – don’t know if you want to try it for reducing the symptoms of Chron’s?

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  13. Davina Lyons

    I’ve followed your blog for a while but never read your bio until this moment. I knew about your sister because of a post that I reblogged. I now have more insight and really appreciate your writing and how “real” you are in the land of FAKE. You inspire me to blog! I have so many thoughts to share and people to collaborate with before I pass from this life. Thanks again!

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  14. Liz

    My husband and I are staying in the Denver area for another couple of weeks. As a warm climate girl, all I have to say is this snow nonsense is for the birds.

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  15. mikemacdee

    You got a fascinating backstory, man. Hope you get your writing career underway. Apparently sites like Amazon and Smashwords are making that world way more accessible these days.

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    1. Naomi-Precious

      Very fascinating… what I would advice is to forgive your mother and reconcile…. nothing heals like forgivene..ss! Been there… take my word… I know what it means to be hur…t. But I am saying, there is no way ou..t. The chains only fall when u forgive!

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  16. jennymarie4

    Hi Jason,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for the follow! Look forward to reading your posts, I enjoyed your bio. Take care, Jenny

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  17. aihiakashieka

    When I read this I thought I was reading or heard the voice of a confused teenager. I guess that’s normal if you’re a writer? A silly voice inside your head that predisposes you to think this person is still in a certain age. You’re a really good writer! It made me believe you were something else but when I read at the bottom you were married with kids I almost didn’t believe it! Your writing voice is powerful. I wish I could write like you, but we’re all unique and different and if you think your not a writer then stop. Because as far as I can tell you can really catch the heart and sympathy of your readers! I bet you can even do good writing a novel one day! peace! 🙂

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  18. coralswimming

    Hi Jason! I just wanted to thank you for following my blog. It means a great deal to me. I enjoyed reading your bio. Your writing is engaging and entertaining. I feel like I can get a glimpse of your inside while laughing with you on the outside.

    I can relate about aspiring to be a “real writer”. Blessed is he/she who can do what he/she loves for a living 🙂

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I feel more and more like a writer each day. I just don’t claim it yet. 😉

      I appreciate your kind words and encouragement! Thanks for connecting back! 🙂

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  19. Faraday's Candle

    We LOVE Anthony Bourdain!! Have you seen the episode in Utica NY ? His encounter with the 10 year old daughter of a Cornell professor was priceless. it should be on YouTube.

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  21. anroworld

    Nice to meet you, Jason! First of all, I like your style of writing, there is something usual and unusual at the same time, you are very honest and you are able to show your life without showing your picture. You caught my attention! Secondly, I would like to thank you for following my blog, every reader is a treasure for me! Thank you! A very nice start for a new day! Ann

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  23. Don Charisma

    Hi blog owner, I’ve nominated you for the “I Don’t Do Awards” Award … pop over and pick up your badge anytime 🙂

    Cheers

    A Reader

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  25. Jarrod Brown

    The I grew up white quote stayed with me. I get what it’s like growing up as the only (or one of few) around a vast majority. I actually just wrote a poem on it. I didn’t want to be disrespectful and link it here. But you should check it out.

    Anyways, keep doing you thing. I look forward to your blogs like many others do!!!

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  26. Olga

    Hi OM, well, I have a lot of thoughts upon reading this specific article of yours… In a nutshell, well done, sir! I have read your posts before and enjoyed them very much, and finally today, on your sick day (hope you’re getting better by the minute), stumbled upon this page. Your story is very honest and moving. It inspired me to share some of my poetry as well (which I have never done online in the past, thinking of the “sharing” possibilities)… And I have never lived the childhood you did, though at the age of 20, I also moved to the US and had to start my life all over again. That “new life” void needed to be filled and reading / blogging / art were there to help.
    Thanks for stopping by my page. Hope to see more posts from you soon!

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  28. Lynz Real Cooking

    Hi, I like your blog! I am a mom of 9 and lived in Saudi Arabia for 16 years! My kids and I relocated back to the U.S. I like what you have to say. Come see me and read my story if you have time!

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  30. chevvy8

    Hello Jason, yes I found your Bio very interesting in the detail. I’m nowhere near as sophisticated as you in the Blogosphere. I’m intrigued how you manage so many followers. I’ll check you out some more. For now though – pleased to meet you and I’m from South Africa where I guess Color of skin is not taken lightly 🙂 Chevvy

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I make my rounds and I interact with people as they interact back! It is a constant cycle social media. Thanks for giving my bio a read! 🙂

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  32. Robin

    I can’t believe I never read your bio, although that shouldn’t surprise me because I often forget to do that. It is the hello – this is all about me page! When I take time to get on my Reader (not often enough), I always enjoy reading what you have to say. You are an excellent writer, so don’t give up on the dream 🙂 I’m curious as to what type of book you would like to write?!

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I really don’t know. There are books I feel I should write and there are ones I “want” to write. Maybe one day right? Thanks for giving my bio a read! 🙂

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      1. Robin

        I’m sure that will resolved itself in time; or maybe the two can come together – your “should write” and your “want to write”. One day! I managed to get two poems accepted to be published in an anthology of local Northern Virginia poets. Very exciting. It’s not a big national book release, but I am thrilled just the same. First time I ever submitted anything. Don’t give up the dream 🙂

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  33. Megan

    I love finding other bloggers from this beautiful state especially ones I can laugh with ( I hate the snow too) .
    Nice to meet you!
    Cheers from The MomHood

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  35. Carly

    This is the most interesting and most enjoyable About Me page I have ever read so far. 😀

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  36. koolitzable

    Whether you see my comment or not..I would say I am an amateur pretending to be a writer – I feel that too..hahaha

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  37. Terese

    Jason,
    Stopping by to give you a very big THANK YOU for reposting one of my blogs! It is greatly appreciated! Hope all is well! 🙂

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  40. christiepage "pando pandemonium"

    enjoying catching up on your blog…found your bio fascinating as I was married to an orphan from South Korea who was adopted by white Irish-Catholic parents in New York. They also had another adopted son from SK as well as two daughters of their own. Ours was an interesting union and we have remained friends although not still married. Anyway, enjoy your writing and the platform that you give to other’s like myself trying to put passion to verse. Thank you!!

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  41. Sanah

    Hello Opinionated Man! First thing – Love the logo! I absolutely love your style of writing. Its blunt, its real, its hard-hitting. I’m a fan! I’ve had some troubles too but it takes a lot of courage to talk and write about it.
    Love and Respect!
    https://sartorialsociety.wordpress.com/

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  42. pattyalcala

    I love the bio. I always love your honesty. Thank you for allowing me to talk about myself here unapologetically. I am a writer and advocate for children with chronic illnesses and their families. My blog: http://iamnotsickboy.com in honor of my son who lost his battle with chronic illnesses much too soon. With education and some important changes, we can make the necessary changes in our broken healthcare system!
    My second blog: http://strawberriesforever.com is where I put my personal writings, poems, and photos. Hope to see you soon.

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  44. andysmerdon

    Pleased to meet you Jason – I’m offended, but I’ll still follow you. Haha – take it easy and thanks for visiting and following my site

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  45. morlock13

    LOL! I love this: “My goal with this blog is to offend everyone in the world at least once with my words… so no one has a reason to have a heightened sense of themselves. We are all ignorant, we are all found wanting, we are all bad people sometimes.”

    I know! Just as Barnabas Collins might say. Thanks!

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  46. thedivinepeach

    Hi Jason,
    Thanks for following my blog! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I have just enjoyed reading some of your posts 🙂 You definitely don’t write like an amateur! Your “we will takkkkkkeeee… Cindy!” “DAMMIT!” really made me chuckle, I’ve definitely been there! I look forward to reading many more of your posts.
    Kind regards,
    Debra

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      1. Ritu

        Please do! Shall I get the tea tray out, or would you prefer something stronger??! 😀

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          1. Ritu

            Do you need nibbles? Indian bar snacks consist of Bombay mix, and peanuts.. Don’t forget the peanuts!!

  47. ELK

    Hello, Opinionated Man! Thank you so much for following my blog!
    I truly hope you like my writing and my stories, since I am really enjoying your posts. Also, let me tell you I appreciate every single like I have gotten from you so far. It really means a lot.
    Have a wonderful day x

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  48. bekitschig

    Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I am really looking forward to discovering your blog more. I am adopted as well and find it interesting what paths in life others are taking. It certainly is not an easy start to life. It seems to get easier as years go by. I wish you luck with your writing and aspirations.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I thank you for the kind words and also for taking the time to drop by! All the best with your blogging as well this year! 🙂

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  49. Gleaning The Scriptures

    Hey Jason, I want to express my gratitude for you following my page. feel free to keep in contact. I like your style of writing. Also your spoken word. Maybe it would be cool if there were audiobooks books available “out there” that were spoken by you. Anyway, I would love constructive criticism of my work. feel free to help.

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  51. ShadowStar

    Hey there, dunno how you managed to find my blog and followed it, but thanks!
    Your Bio was an interesting read. Can’t say i relate much. Still, It’s interesting.

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  52. Leela

    Hey, your blog is great. Especially, the posts about feminism – they’re hilarious and close to the truth at the same time. I have written a few posts about pseudo-feminism myself and I can relate to you. Keep going.
    -Leela

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      1. Leela

        It was my pleasure. I have written a few posts about feminism. Do check them out if you have time.

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  54. Sam

    I love reading your blogs. I finally got around to reading the about the author section and am floored by how much we have in common (I promise that was not a pick up line). I just don’t know many other “abandoned” South Koreans who like food, who grew up White, and who write! 🙂 Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that I love reading what you throw out there!

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  55. Mary Tang

    Jason, this is a most interesting blog. Must admit to reading an entire post without understand very much of it but then there are others that I have learnt from and things that I am now aware of from reading them. Thank you for sharing your story. Many of us who’s experienced similar life events are grateful for your openness.

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          1. Opinionated Man Post author

            😉 But I am posty lol. Thanks for stopping by and reading. Hope you find something amusing. 😉

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  57. Power of Mum

    Hey, I came over to thank you for following my blog. I’m glad I came across yours this morning. Off to find some more of your popular posts now : -)

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  58. Akanksha Varma

    Interesting! To be honest, I hated your blog at first. The appearance, your posts and especially the frequency with which you posted. But now, for quite some time, I’m loving your posts and everything you write. I’m hilarious and is fun to read. I love your blog Jason 😀 Will it marry mine? Just kidding! Only, why don’t you allow kid guest post bloggers? I want to share one of my poem so bad with you!

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I don’t share bloggers under the age of 18 due to internet protocol and safety measures. It is also very much a way of protecting myself from any type of “problems.” I’m married and not a rich man by any standard so I can’t afford to have anything happen that would jeopardize my family. Hope that makes sense and thank you for the kind words!

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  60. wlloydjr

    Hey Opinionated Man. Beautiful family. I just wanted to drop in and apologize for being an ignorant ass the first time we talked. I’ve been watching your blog and you’re ready helping a lot of people. Giving them strength to keep blogging. Keep up the awesome work!

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  61. Kerry

    You’re such a handsome and amazing person Jason. We need more people like you in the world who’s paying it forward with motivation rather than money. Stay true, thank YOU! 🙂

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  64. Alaina

    I found you through Lucky Otter. Wondered what you were so opinionated about, so I clicked on your Author Bio to find out. Now I’m angry at your birth mother, too.

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  65. rosaleen82

    Oh, hey! Thanks for following. Your goal for this blog is uhm… interesting. I lack the drive. When I insult anyone, it’s usually by accident. 😛

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  67. Kokoseyo

    Thanks for following! You have an interesting perspective on things… i look forward to reading your posts!

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  68. Darie's Daily Dish

    Thanks for the follow, I look forward to reading more of your site,,, I’m new at this, it’s been a struggle trying to figure out the aesthetics of site building, to make it presentable,, plus WTF is a plugin!??😁😳 I thought it might be something naughty,,, lol,, anyhow,, watch and follow me, I plan on becoming the next Anthony Bourdain; female version,,, 😎

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  69. isabellamorgan

    Thanks for the follow. It only took you six hours – I’m impressed.
    And congratulations for being able to follow me. 😀
    steals your scotch 😉

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  71. Karin

    Thanks for sharing your story. It is amazing that you have moved past the anger at your birth mom. I think mastering forgiveness is one of the most difficult things on this planet. Congratulations for that achievement ( and also for your very successful blog, of course).

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      1. Karin

        I was hesitating what to answer.But now that I read your post on your upbringing with faith, I’ll give it a try.
        I’m sorry to hear that you are sill angry.
        That stuff is really hard to forgive.
        I want to share what has helped me recently. I have read two books by Robert Schwartz about pre-incarnation planning, Your Soul’s Plan and Your Soul’s Gift. They contain heart-wrenching real life accounts of people who had to go through major challenges in life. And they contain interviews with psychic mediums who have access to the dialogues of the pre-birth planning sessions.
        It turned out that most of our suffering here was planned before. That blew my mind. There was some higher good for all the challenges. Mainly to make us turn inside and find out about our true eternal nature as love.
        If you are open to this kind of stuff, maybe you find comfort in these books as well. (The second book even contains Jesus channelings by Pam Kribbe).

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  72. Julien Berthelot

    Hi, Opinionated Man, you’ve subscribed to my website 8 months ago. I am currently moving my subscribers to a new Newsletter that will be a 100% better than before, 1st you’ll receive less e-mails (About 1 a week). 2nd: all the information of the week will be in that same e-mail, so no e-mail each time I post a new article… And finally I’m sure you’re going to love it because it will feature a beautiful design you’ll love, with pictures, text, hyperlinks and more, all of that in one e-mail. So please, if you want to change the method you receive your e-mail, click on the link below and subscribe ! Once you will be subscribed, it shouldn’t take more than 48 hours for your account to be removed from the older method. (I am commenting on your website because there is no other way to contact you 😉)

    Thanks for your time and keep Simming !

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  74. chrllrobb.blog

    So glad you are back . I just read this about page. I can’t believe they would suspend you for FOLLOWING someone. I follow a lot of people. I don’t always respond to them, or like them, but I do read as much as I can. And what I want to read. Guess I better not follow too many. I am so slow in figuring out things about anything. I am still trying to figure out how to use some of the widgets. I don’t want to have to worry about following people I like and want to follow.

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  75. PerfectingAsamPedas

    Hello OM, thanks for stopping by and following my blog, I appreciate it. I browsed through your blog and enjoyed reading some of your hilarious/sarcastic posts. Looking forward to read more from you!

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  76. MyLovingWife

    Hello OM, I’ve just nominated you for a Liebster Award. I don’t know that you care about this at this point, but to me it was another small way to let you know that you and your blog are loved and respected. Don’t flame me 😛 . Cheers 😉

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  78. Perse

    Hey I noticed you have a picture slideshow widget! What’s the shortcode for that? Or is it one of the widgets WordPress offers? Me want!

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  79. Perse

    I just noticed you changed your theme back! Yippee! The OM I know and love has returned! (Oops didn’t mean to say the L word, your bio said not to 😉 )

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      1. Perse

        Well if I’d been visiting your blog for the first time, I would have liked it. It’s not so congested. But you have a brand going with your congested look, and I had a feeling I knew what your theme change really hinted at. It was sad to see the revolutionary opinionated man defeated at last…so I missed the congested theme, the one you have now. Call me crazy, but it’s the truth.

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  80. caseyalexanderblog

    So, I read a couple different blog posts, all referencing your suspension but none of them explain why. Is there a blog that says what happened? I’m genuinely interested, because you were one of the first bloggers to reach out to me. And, as an adoptive mom, I have a vested interest in continuing to be friends with you. I have to find out how you turned out SO RIGHT. 🙂 I don’t really know why they tried to take you out, but I’m glad you’re still here!

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Basically I was suspended for being a “mass follower.” The issue is that WordPress wants to stop this practice, but technically they cannot punish us for using the tools they provide and also when sooooo many other blogs have used this same practice. That is why they tried to disable my abilities. I do not mass like or even “like” often, but I do follow a lot of blogs daily. -OM

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  81. emilyjemma

    Glad all the bother got sorted for you. When i hear about things like this, i see Mel Gibson in a kilt yelling ‘FREEDOM’!! It’s never a pretty sight.

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  82. naptimethoughts

    Oh, OM. I’ve never liked your page, so I never read it. That is my choice as a reader, obviously. I was, however, ready to organize a virtual march on WordPress in order to save your blog. Although I don’t like your words, I’d fight to the death for your right to say them.
    Corny but true.
    If your page was shut down, (for being spammy? For real?) then what? It’s a slippery slope and I’m glad to see you back.
    You know, in an existential kind of way.

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  83. Julie (aka Cookie)

    I read on a fellow bloggers site a reblogged post regarding the “take down” of your blog and now of it’s subsequent up and running status. Curious as to why the uproar, I wanted to come visit. Like you, I am adopted, I too have had to come to terms with a birthmother’s choice and move forward.
    I appreciate your honesty and look forward to reading more—
    Sending warmer days to Colorado from Georgia—
    Julie

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  84. marcies04

    Hi, everyone. I am so excited that the suspension has been lifted off HARSH REALITY. Word Press had no clue who they were messing with. Glad to have you back OM. We, and I hope I am speaking for every blogger here, are happy to see the suspension lifted because – yes, we need you. Now, there I have said it. Most of us newbies who have tuned into to Harsh Reality are still here because not only did you inspire and motivate us but you helped us by opening your blog up to us. My own sites have benefited greatly as a result and for that I am thankful. Having said that, I want to tell everyone about two new sites I have been working on. One is for children called Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal for kids of all ages http://soapstonecreekjournal.com/. This site represents our print magazine debuting in May 2015 and yes, we are sending out a call for submissions from children writers around the world. We also accept stories and artwork from children of all ages. Email me and I will gladly send you information about our new blogsite and print kids journal. soapstonecreekjournal@gmail.com.
    I am also working on a Christian site – visit the link to see what we’re up to. https://lighthouseonthehillliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/.
    Thanks OM for another opportunity to toot my horn – you’re the best and Word Press knows what’s best for them, they better leave you be!
    Hey, our families could have been neighbors! I was born in Alabama!
    Warmest Wishes
    Marcella

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  85. Perse

    OM, a friend of mine asked the folks over at Blogging 101 The Commons to clarify what’s going on here with the following limitations and such. She was told that the ability to follow and like has been restored to people like you and storytimewithjohn, who was also affected. Is that true? And are you gonna come back to us? I missed the old blog layout 🙂

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      1. Perse

        I didn’t take the news very well at all. It was my pleasure, setting the facts straight. Hope you’re doing all right. I was going to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award, but I thought you might want your space. I was glad that Ritu nominated you, though. You really deserve it.

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  87. direktor59

    That’s about as straight forward a bio I’ve ever read. I enjoy the honesty and emotion. It’s an excellent take of life. None of the flowery bs were all inundated with on a daily basis. Just the facts ma’am, just the facts. Wishing you well.

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  93. curtisbausse

    Thanks for follwing my blog. You have a really interesting story there – I look forward to reading more. Wishing you all success in your moving and inspiring life! (Like you, I seriously have to limit the scotch – wish I could drink it more often!)

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  94. Angie K

    One thing in common is that I hate throwing facts around. I actually hate giving facts about myself (as I just admitted in my today’s post actually – how spooky!). As for not being picked for basketball, believe me, you haven’t missed THAT much! Being so tall, I kept being harassed into playing it, and I absolutely hated it. As I hated playing volleyball and handball, for that matter. But that’s just me: don’t mind the idea of a ball thrown at me that much, but can’t cope with running and getting elbows digging into my body!

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  95. toad2014

    i had thought my story was interesting until i read yours. If you are a believer may your god lay blessing upon you and your family…

    Yes, i do have many different opinions, however they keep tell to be quiet!

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  96. Baroness Selene Nott

    I read your story life by accident, and I liked, because I identified myself in some aspects of your story. You don’t need to be adopt to feel bad or rejection of your parents, in my case my parent was like a military with me, all the time wonded me with bad words: “I’m stupid, I don’t think because I’m girl”….and more words I did not end up naming, I endured psychological abuse for many years, until I can leave my house on my own, reading your story, I think, I wished my parents had been wiser in life and they had abandoned me and maybe my time in a foster family could be better….but I know too that you need to be very lucky to have a very nice foster family or biological parents.

    I didn’t talk to my parents 12 years ago, but I was living all the time with the trouble about why my parents were a shit with me?, but one day I decided to change the things in a way…well if they were a shit I will don’t be like them, I will forgive them and I will start to speak again with them…and so on I left behind my past and I’m more happy….is far from being a united and loving family….but at least we only say hi and it is enought for me.

    And your writing is honest so I read everything hugs.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I appreciate you giving my brief story a read and for the kind words! Thank you for that and I wish you the best with your blogging the rest of this year! -OM

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  98. TSeiha DESIGN

    Hi Jason, your story is touching me. Thanks for sharing us that, you know? Many true stories we read, many things we learned, right? Maybe I can ask something related with IT someday, lol.
    By the way, thanks for stopping by at TSeiha and following us. Cheers.

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  99. bookreviews1966

    Great blog, great comments, wow, I had to leave one comment to you. I admire all that you write and do here. Please stop by me too…bless you, a new follower for 2015 ME JAckie

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  101. Inspiration Indulgence

    I am a beginner blogger..I haven’t come across many blogs that catch my eye, but I love hearing your words and I enjoy your humor. Any personalized tips to grow my traffic and grow my blog? Thank you for taking the time to reply!

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  102. nicolerigets

    You have a great writing voice… it’s engaging and the pace keeps it fresh. Thank you for visiting my Blog and Following me.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      You are very kind! I am becoming more of a writer each day. Thanks for also connecting back and all the best with your blogging this year!

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      1. matthewtownley

        I really admire what you have done with yourself, you went through a tough time and now are living happily with your family 🙂 you truly are an inspiration.

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  103. xxwriggly

    Hi, Thanks for the follow! Sounds like you’ve had a rough life. I’m happy you’ve done so well with yourself. That’s a rough road to manage little lone master. Good for you! I’m going to snoop through your blog and see if I can’t find something that offends me. That way you can cross me off your list. ;D

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      1. xxwriggly

        Not a problem. I have read a few different post and honestly you sound like you belong in my group of friends. There are 4 of us, including myself, and we always talk like this about pretty much everything. I’ve been reading off some of your posts to my cousin and we’ve been laughing our asses off lol

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          1. xxwriggly

            Yes and I appreciate it. I can’t visit too often though. If I do I will never post on my own blog again. lol

  104. Sheila Kathryn

    Hi! Thanks for the follow. 🙂 your blog is unique. When I read this page I thought ‘Yikes don’t mess with him’ hahahaha. But you do have an amazing way of expressing your self. Good luck!

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Well I am glad to hear the page didn’t scare you away and I appreciate you giving it a read! Thanks and happy blogging this year!

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  105. Christopher T

    Thanks for the follow (my first under the new blog name). I will follow in return and I look forward to my turn to be offended.
    Cheers!
    Chris

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  107. classtheatrix

    Thanks for your follow. I hesitantly decided to follow you. I decided that I am looking forward to getting offended. Then I can practice zen and the art of whitty comebacks and taking it like a man!

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  109. Abhishek Singh (Axle)

    So, I’m here, like what, 2 years late? No worries.

    Great blogs from whatever I’ve read. Enjoy them! I wish I found more time to read and write, and maybe one day I will. Right now, school’s killing me as it is. The usual drama of attending classes passes me too.

    Nice story too!

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  110. Susan M. Wolfe

    Thanks for the follow. You’ve made me giggle tonight. I am thoroughly enjoying your posts.

    p.s. Lucky you to have overcome some of your own harsh realities.

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  111. Adam

    I’ve never seen snow. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
    Anyway, love your blog! Glad to see someone, even with a career and a family, to be so dedicated to their blog.

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  112. kinneret

    Thank you for following me and I am now following you. I really appreciate your personal statement and your biography is very interesting. We have crohns in the family too (two relatives), very severe in one case. I hope my daughter doesn’t have/ develop it. It can be passed on, but hopefully that will not be the case with your family or with mine.

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      1. kinneret

        You’re welcome…It is not usually that bad, but my sister in law has had 12 operations for it, so her case is one of the most severe.

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  113. clarepooley33

    Thank-you for visiting my blog and the follow. I have been enjoying reading a few of your posts this evening. I admire your honesty and I love your sense of humour.

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  114. Leona

    I’m a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain and Raymond E. Feist and I also work in IT, though not under corporate yoke. Switched to small companies in 2012 and glad of it. Stopped by to say thank you, I got a lot of new followers after your blogger bio sharing post. You got a lot of karma points from that, can’t thank you enough!

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  115. hispanic1983mormon

    Thank you for following my blog! I am checking out yours and you seem to be a power-blogger. I especially liked A Blogger Evolution. You seem to know a lot about blogging.
    I’m just curious, how did you find my blog? I just started it and it says I’ve had no visitors, but somehow you were able to follow it. I’m just wondering how in the heck you found it then!

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  116. DIY April

    I moved to Jackson, MS, from a small town in Kansas and it seemed like another universe! You sound amazing and I look forward to future healthy debates.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Jackson is a whole lot different from Kansas! I was amazed at how different Wyoming was from Tennessee when I first got out here! heh

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  117. Prajakta

    I admit I never got around stalking your blog from end to end, and I regret I left it so late! Your blog is amazing. Right from the design to the way you have opened it up to your readers is outstanding. And the fact that you are so generous about it as well!

    Going through your older posts, your About page and the welcoming way you have responded to almost every comment you have got is commendable. I don’t think I’d have that kind of patience. Kudos!

    What I noticed is that such massive following and views haven’t gone to your head at all. No sign of over-the-top pompousness (it is well within acceptable limits!) and callous assumptions. Your comments and responses are as lucid as your earlier one. Which I really admired – you have grown as a blogger but retained the very essence your started out with.

    So, I guess I don’t know where I am going with this. So I bade farewell! Looking forward to more opinionated posts and perhaps a disagreement here and there 🙂

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Still, it was a thoughtful comment and I appreciate you taking the time to say all that. I don’t let “it” go to my head, because “it” doesn’t pay me anything and I still do this for free after two years lol. But it has been an amusing ride. 😉

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  118. emike

    Thanks for following my blog. You have a fine blog and an interesting bio. I will be reading you. Hope you find mine as interesting too.

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  121. Carlos

    Thanks for the follow Jason. I really like what I’ve seen on your blog thus far and am looking forward to your future posts. Best of luck!

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  122. Sujatha

    Hi Jason!

    Hope you’re well! I wanted to first of all thank you for being a subscriber to my blog!

    I’m reaching out to you to let you know about some changes to my blog site. A couple of months ago, I moved to a self hosted site. While the link remains the same and I could move all my subscribers over without a hitch, I just found out that my WordPress followers like yourself would have to visit my new site and resubscribe to it if you wanted to keep receiving email notifications every time I posted (which I’m hoping you do!).

    I just wanted to bring this to your attention. I’m reaching to all my lovely fellow WordPress followers because I’ve loved the interaction I’ve had with all of them even if it was just a plain old ‘like’!

    Have a great day and enjoy your winter break!

    Best,

    Sujatha

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  123. yogalok

    Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I would love to connect with you and follow your articles. Regards!

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  124. Nneka

    Awesome blog. I will be playing catch up but thanks for the follow. I’m an aspiring writer myself, eagerly waiting for my first publication to be released. Stay blessed!

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  125. gfchopstix

    Hi Jason, thanks for following my blog. Your bio is sad, yet inspiring. Beautiful photo of you with your daughters.

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  126. The Girl From The Moon

    Thank you for following my blog. (: I’m a Korean American myself, still struggling with the concept of home. Looking forward to keeping in touch.

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  127. sdaniel257

    Hey, thank you for being my follower. You have an in interesting blog :-). And i love snow even though i came from a tropical place to U.S. Don’t know just can’t explain why?

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  128. phoenixofthesoulsociety

    Thank you for following me. I appreciate that you’ve decided to give my blog a chance. I’d love to hear feedback from far more experienced bloggers such as yourself if you have the time. Again thank you.
    ~Nix

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Get out and interact with other bloggers! Enjoy the community that is present here. Thanks for the visit and I wish you the best with your blogging!

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  129. Katie Prescott Beasley

    Thanks for checking out my blog! My kids are also adopted–they’re blackish-brown (that might offend someone) and the mister and I are white. So, issues, right? Your bio got my attention and then it just made me laugh. Really. I read it out loud to Mr. Beasley. And then I had to laugh at myself because I did that stupid white American thing and nearly said aloud to the screen, “Korean? Hey! I know some guys from Korea!” As if I need to get y’all together for a dinner party or something. I’m looking forward to reading more. Thanks again.

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  130. psarabella

    When I was in the U.S. Army, I was stationed at a base near Pyeongtaek, South Korea for a year. I also was stationed at a base in Colorado Springs, CO which is where I met my husband. You have a very interesting blog here. Good luck on your future endeavors. By the way, thank you for the follow at my blog.

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  131. S. Heo

    Thank you for following my blog! 🙂 I loved reading your bio because of how honest it was. Looking forward to your posts!

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  132. coupleschronicle

    What a story. You are so blessed having a wonderful white parents.

    Me too.. I love to write.. But I consider myself a writer.hehe.. I believe being a writer is being true to yourself. Writing from the heart not from what people will say about you..

    I am an Asian and I ate a lot of Asian foods… haha..

    Again I love you Bio…Inspiring one.

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  134. growingawildflower

    Loved reading your bio! Thank you for visiting and following my blog http://growingawildflower.wordpress.com I have some cookie recipes that you and your girls could have fun making together!
    I never really enjoyed standing at the home plate with a speeding ball coming in my direction. I always had the fear of getting hit in the head. Plus, I was picked last for everything too. So I know how you felt.

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  135. Bear Amarth

    I bumped into Opinionated Man via the suggested blogs thingy. Your mission of offending everyone at least once is laudable. We all need to be humbled sometimes in life. Thanks for sharing what you do here and I look forward to reading more. Laters!

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      1. Bear Amarth

        Isn’t that the truth?? Laughter is the best medicine sometimes. Beer and shisha are also good alternatives. Thanks for following me too!

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  136. Melody

    Howdy! I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! If you would like to see the nomination and participate, you can check it out here. http://unchainedemporium.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/one-lovely-blog-nomination/ You should definitely stop by and read the post script. I’m so tired of the naysayers trying to bring you down because they didn’t read your disclaimer. Or maybe they did but they just feel inclined to argue? Whatever… I still think you deserve an award. There’s something to be said for being straightforward!

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  137. Anonymous

    Thanks for the follow. Loved reading your bio, not at all what I expected. I also have a passion for malt whisky. My favourites are 10 year old Jura and a 16 year old Lagavulen. Look forward to reading more in the future

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  138. emschierbeek

    I read your sarcastic, jackass comments and it feels like coming home, or talking to myself. It’s always comforting knowing there are people out there who hate the same people as I do…

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  140. DogDharma

    Mr. O Man, what an amazing life you’ve had from South Korea to growing up in the Deep South. I am white and grew up in Arkansas, but attended a formerly all-black school when the Supreme Court *finally* enforced integration by busing students to different districts. One of my junior high school friends was a recent immigrant from the Philippines. Our clique was the “misfits.” I’m short, too, and one of my posts mentions Anthony Bourdain’s recent episode on Iran. If I could *do* a sport, it would be soccer. So now you’ve got me thinking I should try some scotch… 🙂

    Thank you for following my blog.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Scotch is the lifeblood of man… man just doesn’t know it! 😉 I saw that Iran episode, it was excellent! I am glad you stopped by and thanks for dropping me a line! 🙂

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  142. lbeth1950

    Find your feelings on adoptions intriguing
    Since I spent most most of my early life wishing I’d been adopted and hoping I wasn’t related to my family. Unfortunately I saw myself in them everywhere I looked, so I had little expectation of salvation. I held them responsible for every thing I didn’t like about myself and everything wrong in my life. Funny how that works.

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  143. Erin Hillary

    Mr. Opinionated, thanks for following me! I’m new to the blogging arena so we’ll see how it goes, but perhaps knowing that people out there, like you, might be interested in what I have to say is good motivation to keep it up! I’ll be checking out your site for all the things that pop into your head about the world. Interesting take on things so far, I like it!

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  144. the waxing poetic project

    Hi OM/Opinionated Man, thanks for following me over at The Waxing Poetic Project. I too, feel the very same way about baseball. Looking forward to reading your some more of your humorous posts. I really liked your list about who should not read your blog – clever! 🙂

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I appreciate the kind words and thanks for giving my blog a browse! I hope you find some new connections in the Meet and Greet thread! Check it out if you get a chance. 🙂

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  145. goannasnake

    Thanks for following my Fictionary. I hope you enjoy my Accidental Words. I love the idea of your “Meet and Greet”. I look forward to being offended by you at least once. 🙂

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  146. crissynf

    Thanks, for following me! I hate snow as well, unfortunately, for me I live in the second snowiest city in Canada. 🙁

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  147. LisaMartinez

    Hey thanks for following me, that made my day. I just started my blog this week. Hope all is well with you, looking forward to reading more…

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      1. SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

        I remembered liking this bio a while back and don’t remember seeing the pic. So, I am glad to see that you have added it. Nice to put a face to all that Harsh Reality 😉

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  148. Kendra S

    Hey! Thanks very much for the follow 🙂 I look forward to checking out your blog! And I, too, hate snow.

    Kendra

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  149. Lindy Moone

    This comment is about me, since I “and 999 other bloggers liked this”. I am therefore awesome. I’m number 1000! This has never happened to me before, and I hope I win something bad for me, like a Mars Bar.

    Oh, and your blog is pretty good. Mine sucks. I have no time for it anymore. Which is why I’m here, making better use of my time begging for Mars Bars. Begging versus blogging. It’s kind of the same thing, anyway.

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    1. Opinionated Man

      Heh well I appreciate the visit and thanks for being number 1,000 again. 🙂

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  150. Mathukutty P. V.

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. You talked everything with open heart in about page. God has his own plan for every person. Trust in him and believe that whatever he does is good for you. Best wishes.

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  151. clara54

    I like your blog and how you talk the real talk. Thanks for following my blog. I’m following you right back:)

    Peace & blessings

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  153. quietwoman

    I’m sorry to hear what your birthmother did to you. Did she intentionaly do that or what? Do u know why? Most birthmothers love their children very much. I am a birthmother and it hurts my heart to hear this story. I know God has a plan for your life and I hope you can someday can heal over this and find forgiveness. I also was abandoned by my father but that is another story. Ive been reading some of your blog and really enjoy your humorous, straight forward style.

    Rhonda

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Well it was most likely intentional, but life goes on right? I appreciate the kind words and thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave me such a nice comment! 🙂

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    2. K. Caffee

      Sticking my nose in here. If Korea has the same population issues as China, she could be working under the impression that she “saved” her son, or worse. He “died” so that she could preserve the older child. I have heard of Chinese mothers doing this, because they are only allowed one child. Occasionally, though, the families will run short on funds. So, having a second child that “dies” gives them a chance to “adopt” the child, and get a little extra money along the way. (Reprehensible, I know, but it is still done.)

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      1. quietwoman

        Well that’s horrible. What if she just lost him in the crowd? Maybe for reasons we don’t understand she had to leave him there. If it were me I’d search for the woman and confront her and demand an answer. It would torment me forever to not know why.

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  155. DoomPatrolman

    Holy guacamole, Batman. That was the most epic Author Bio ever. For a minute I thought you were gonna go all anonymous on us, but then at the end — BAM! — your real name. That, to me, is conviction. Get to it, Opinionated Man. You have a new fan.

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  156. caratoday

    Thanks so much for following me at Spark.Twinkle.Shine! You’re putting yourself out there– it’s such a gift– Wishing you many blessings and true connection as you let your light shine–

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  157. Sabrina

    Nice bio. I can’t say that I relate completely.. but I’m Asian too and totally “Americanized”. My brother and I joke that we’re bad Asians. 🙂 Looking forward to following your blog.

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  158. Sophie, She Wrote

    This is ace! Love the blog and I am very impressed (and not at all jealous) with the success you have had – more people follow your blog than will ever look at mine. Ever!

    Will follow but only on here because otherwise it would be weird plus I live in the UK so I can’t afford the airfare.

    Soph

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  160. wobblygoggy

    Are you perhaps a writing rather than cartooning version of me from across the Atlantic? Maybe…. hooray for opinions!

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        1. Shannon

          I agree. But then…there IS somewhere else we go one day…no matter what we each believe it is even if it is only to feed a tree. Human beings are wired to be upset with the idea of being sentient and then denied eternity.

          Maybe it does go on somewhere and maybe we will read it one day?

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  161. Jack Crispy

    Thanks for visiting my blog and deciding to follow me! I hope you enjoy reading my posts:)

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  162. Cheryl-Lynn Roberts

    Thanks for following another one of my blogs…but they are all still me…it made me laugh to see OM following NtouchAlecoute (my workshop site) cos you probably follow soooo many…take it easy man…like a post here and there…you don’t hve to follow so many…hope you are well as well as your wife and girls…glad to read you took the weekend off…good:) be well, Cheryl-Lynn aka Oliana

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        1. Opinionated Man Post author

          The lack of community really killed blogspot for me as well. It is so hard to branch out or even to “connect” easily on that site.

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  164. gipsika

    LoL OpinionatedMan, I must have annoyed you many times because when I write a good debate post I love throwing in the hypotheticals and arguing on both sides. Conversely I always enjoy your comments. I also feel you are very generous offering other authors a space to advertise their novels. Well done, Idk if you are too American to “do” karma but you created yourself some brilliant ones there.

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  165. vw1212

    Like that you made it legit. It’s like shacking up with a lady for years then deciding to get married. Congrats. 🙂
    PS: talking about your very real bio.

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  168. motherhendiaries

    Hey Jason! I’m sharing the love forward from Jeanine Lebsack (Jsak1’s Blog) – I know I’m but one of a kazillion people who have visited your blog, but I gotta say I love your About page… tangential, chatty, touching and funny. Sounds like the perfect combination for a follow! 🙂 It is lovely to meet you out here in Blogland – Mother Hen

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      1. iLLu5ion

        you know what? I was studying about the Korean war recently! I just read that you are from Korea and it got me fascinated.

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  169. Ladyluck

    I enjoy your blog and wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. There is no obligation on your part, but I would be happy if you accept it. Here is the link to my post with rules of this award: http://bit.ly/Zol9ar. Thanks for your inspiration and for having a “lovely” blog.

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  170. adegrandis

    Hi, what it wrong with frivolous? Frivolous is good! Life is too short to take seriously love your bio and I reckon you are already a writer. I was a corporate lawyer for years least ways that was my fancy dress costume inside there was always a writer – just took a few years before the costume got too suffocating and I discarded it in favour of writing full time. Feels great and thanks for following my blog which is me developing my craft. Power to the Pen!

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Frivolous is only bad if it is a waste of time. To a Korean, that is a sin. 😉 I appreciate the visit. I actually wanted to be a lawyer, but it just didn’t seem a safe gamble by the time I was “serious” about school. Oh well, other dreams right? 😉

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      1. fotinimakri

        Like i said before in another blog iam not kind. I just saying the truth. And yes reality is harsh but thats life, with ups and downs and i hate snow me to.

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    1. calensariel

      I can really appreciate your story. We have an adopted daughter from Bangalore, India. She became a part of our life when she was seven. Watching her grow up was a real learning experience for us. A few years ago she went to India for a month with friends and they visited Bangalore. She didn’t want to look for her mother or brother (who is the same age as our bio son). I grieved that choice a little, but it was hers to make. She’s married now with three beautiful boys. I think your voice needs to be heard. So keep pushing to get lots of words out!

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  171. joaynn510

    I love this! I was surprised to see something happened where I was no longer following your blog, which by the way is one of my favorites. Sadly you’re not the first person I experienced this with. I had to go and re-follow another one of my favorite blogs. Anyways….so glad I visited your blog today otherwise I would have never known I wasn’t following you anymore. Love your bio. I enjoy seeing you from time to time on my blog as well. I don’t visit as much as I’d like to because of health reasons but I will try and do better in the future. Keep doing what you do. Glad to be back in your opinionated world. Take care!

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  172. spb

    HarsH ReaLiTy–

    thanks for visiting

    and following my blogsite

    susanpowersbourne

    –spb

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  173. Ann St. Vincent

    I thought I should formally say “thank you” so much for the blog follow! I hope you continue to enjoy what you read and I look forward to exploring your blog.

    Ann

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  174. Littlebeut333

    Hey Opinionated Man! I am enjoying a little browse around your site as I like your writing and your ‘tude’ makes me chuckle! Except for when your opinion makes me bristle 🙂 I am a depressed woman btw but I promise I’ll never write to you again ;), I agree we shouldn’t congregate…Thanks for amusing me this evening with your opinionated spillages, you have yourself a regular reader (and I do read as opposed to having a ‘like button’ spree)…Luv Dawny 🙂

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  175. diademstots

    Thank you for following my blog . Your bio is one of the longest I’ve seen on the blogosphere yet captivating 🙂 thumbs up.

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  176. prisonedfreedom

    Hi! 😀 Thank you for following my blog! I’m still new to this world of blogging and still learning. I like the way you told a little of your life story here in About page. It’s honest and it makes me smile for some reason 🙂 Again, thank you and good luck!

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  177. Patricia Salamone

    A wonderful introduction. You had quite a start in life. However you seemed to have made it to adulthood well enough so apparently someone did something right. If you were loved and cared for with that love then you have much to be thankful for. I think you are a wonderful writer. Take it from me, growing up in any family is not easy unless of course you are an only child. Imagine growing up in a family of six children with poor parents and winding up as a middle child. Then add being raised in New York to the package. Love your sense of humor and your little one’s are beautiful. Great blog!!!

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  178. rabbit

    Thanks for following! I found your blog very interesting! (I can speak Korean as well haha)

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I can read and write it, but am horrible at speaking and have a very small vocabulary. Maybe one day! Thanks for taking the time to stop by! 🙂

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      1. rabbit

        I think korean sounds nice. It’s a nice country as well. You’re most welcome. Well yr blog just caught my eye! 🙂

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  179. Your Moderate Mama

    Thanks for the blog follow… I’m new to this crazy blogging world and it brought some much needed encouragement

    Your calling in life to keep people humble is a high one!!! Good luck!! 🙂

    -Sarah

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I appreciate the kind comment and thanks for connecting! I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I have the past two years! 🙂

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  183. tricouple1968

    Great Bio and adorable daughters! I know what you mean about not calling yourself a “writer.” I have run a couple marathons and several half marathons and I still hesitate to call myself a “runner”…….probably because I’m fairly slow.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog – I look forward to following yours. I already can already tell I’m going to enjoy it – I love your writing style:)

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I can get that and I still hesitate to call myself a writer even though I have felt like one for some time. I appreciate the kind words and thanks for taking the time to stop by!

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  184. ameyvaidya

    Love your blog and bio …superb..Thanks for stopping by at codingarsenal.
    Man you write a lot 😀 ..Now i am pumped up too 🙂 How do you manage it with work load and writing stuff .

    Regards

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Thank you for the kind comment and for taking the time to give my bio a view! I appreciate the visit and the connection back as well!

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  185. SilverSwanne

    Thanks for stopping by SwanneReflections and following me. This is my newest blog. You might enjoy SwanneSong: Views From the Edge, my ‘soap box’ blog. I also write about my travels at The Traveling Alchemist, since 2008.

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      1. allthoughtswork

        Check out more of his stuff, it’s inspired. He’s the most successful comedian. In. The. World.

        It’s because he’s seen so much of it and knows we are all equally nuts in our own unique ways. Personally, I just laugh my ass off at his impressions of accents because they are so freakin’ dead on.

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  186. elizabethweaver

    Fabulous bio! I’m sorry you have Crohn’s and that you live in CO & don’t like snow, but am impressed with how well you’re doing despite a significant challenge (the former.) However, from your bio you are no stranger to adapting to challenges, which I deeply admire. Thank you for following my blog.

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  187. carlyjgallant

    Looks like I’m going to have to up the ante on my bio page! It’s really nice to meet you! I love your blog. So honest. I like that. Thank you!

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  188. Mariam

    nice intro 🙂 nice to have met you. I have colitis, but I’m Muslim so I don’t drink. still, I have to watch my greasy food intakes which make it difficult because I can’t cook and have to run on fast food. plus I’m of indian descent so that doesn’t make it any easier. theres LOTS of oil in their food. thanks for the follow. I’m starting a writer group which you may like to be a part of, if not, check out my writing site: http://marimimiwriting.wordpress.com/. have you thought of self publishing with lulu or have a copy of the writer’s market?

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I self published through Amazon and it was fun, but I currently have no product for sale. I appreciate the kind words and I’ll check out your blog. 🙂

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  190. Goldenpudding

    Thanks for following me and leading me to your blog! I think we’re all fucked up in our own way, but plaudits to you for putting it all out there on your About page 🙂

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      1. Aimee Mae

        Thanks for following my fledgling blog. I have just read a few of your posts, and you have such an easygoing, conversational style; I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

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  192. antoniopetralia

    I want to thank you for visiting my blog and following me, it really made my day for you to be my first follower. And even that alone would be bough cause for me to follow you too. But after reading a few of your posts, I don’t think it’s enough just to click the “follow” button.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog. Some of your posts are very funny, and others give genuine advice on hard subjects. But I always feel like I’m in the room listening to you; you have an incredible author’s voice. And for the record, after reading your blog, I don’t care if you haven’t been published yet–I certainly consider you a “real writer.” And again, thanks for taking the time to check out my blog too!

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Very kind comment and I thank you for taking the time to check out my small blog! I am happy to be your first follower and I appreciate you making a connection back! 🙂

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  193. meganpanwar

    Thank you for checking out my blog and subscribing! Not even going to lie, you made me feel special after seeing how big you are on WordPress! I enjoyed reading about you as well as some of your posts, very interesting! I look forward to reading more!

    -Megan Panwar

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Thanks for the kind words Megan. Just a blogger here, just like you, and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by! I wish you the best with your blogging the rest of the year!

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  194. jacqui aka shofargirl

    Loved your bio but most of all your honesty. Thanks for coming over to read some of my words. I grew up thinking my mum was my mum but she wasn’t. Just the other day I found out she was my sister the whole dynamics changed inside but I am who I am with or without them and God loves me this way so that is okay. That’s my passion. I’m glad you like blogging so do I. I smiled because I love the snow and miss it don’t get much of it where I am. It doesn’t matter if your only an amateur writer they are the best I think the only motive is just writing the bonus if someone reads it. Gods blessings to you and your family. jacqui x

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  195. shakky92

    Reality indeed can be harsh…I really enjoyed this honest and detailed bio, thank you for sharing it with us! I look forward to reading your work!

    Also a massive thank you for stopping by my blog and following my “fruitless” journey!

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  196. Sunny Peter

    Hi Jason, I love the genuineness in your voice. You are loved because you are that – genuine. Thank you for the follow! and I look forward to reading your posts regularly. Regards

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  197. underdaddy

    I find this all very interesting, in the vast sea of the internet your blog was suggested to me and I find out that we likely grew up near each other and went to the same college at the same time. Go Big Orange. Maybe WordPress is just creepy like that.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Go big orange and thanks for the visit! That is cool maybe we saw each other at some point… but I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t recognize me if you aren’t Asian. 😉 Thanks for taking the time to drop by!

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      1. underdaddy

        I wasn’t allowed out of the engineering building long enough to meet people or socialize, besides I’m a bald white dude, who blends in better than that at UT? Anyway, good to meet you electronically!

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        1. Opinionated Man Post author

          You as well and I had some engineer friends. I wasn’t ever in that building myself, mainly coming up with reasons not to go to class lol. 😉

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  198. kanzensakura

    Reality can be brutal, but also kind. I think all of us are part of that reality and we make of it what we choose. Looking at your smiling face, it seems you have done much good with your reality. Thank you for following my poetry blog. You can also visit me at: http://kanzensakura.wordpress.com kind of a South meets East mishmash. I’m sure you couldn’t relate to that, grin! I hope you will visit often and feel welcomed.

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  199. alexjrankin

    Hi Mr Opinionated, thanks for the follow. You’re blog is certainly a place of variety. I’ll be sure to head your way if I ever need offending.

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  200. knightwriter96

    Great post! You say you are not a writer, but I think you are because your bio paints a picture (a vivid one), one that drew me in and kept me interested until the end. It also left me wanting more. Continued blessings to you and your family! 🙂

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  201. lunaree

    Thank you so much for following my tiny blog 🙂 Reading through some of your posts and your bio, I had to follow you as well because of your outlook and honest writing style! Just reading your posts makes me feel a little happier, and honestly makes me want to better myself! Thanks again!

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      Makes you happy? Man… I have to work on my “harsh reality” then! lol 😉
      Thanks for the kind words and for dropping by my small blog!

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  202. Julxrp

    Thank you for following my blog. Reading your About page is inspiring. I too grew up in a place where I was a minority and always picked last or not picked at all for anything. Never stopped me from having a good time though.
    To be honest, I didn’t think of putting a personal history; maybe I should. 🙂

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  203. J. Francis

    Hey Jason, just so you know I was born in the United States, but totally by mistake. I was supposed to be born in Wales but popped out a month early while my mother was here in the States and really messed up my her plans to return. We came back to the USA in 1950, (yup I’m an old guy) and I never did care for baseball, I think because at the time we didn’t have it in our School. However; it makes no difference, baseball, nor any other activity defines who you are, nor does it alter the fact that you’re an American. Just take look at me dude. 🙂 Oh yeah, I can’t stand football either. But that’s another story.

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  204. lellybeans

    Great site. I’m new back in blogging and finding so much good stuff like yours! 🙂

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  205. August

    Thank you so much for following my blog. I love that you are helping our species find the humility and compassion that we so desperately seem to lack these days… by insulting them in a humorous and intelligent way. You give me hope for the future. Rock on you awesome dude!

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  206. Pratik Kirve

    Thanks for following my blog ‘Crazy fACTS’. Glad to connect with you.
    I really liked your honesty. It takes courage to come through. Cherish it.
    Have a happy Blogging and Writing journey. 🙂 🙂

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  207. phuongnamn

    You are my new idol. I love your fierce honesty and outtake of your life. You’re truly so great and just so refreshing.
    -Much love from MA (where it also snows, and I also hate it.)

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I appreciate that and I am actually in the process of having a gold idol commissioned for public worship… 😉

      Thanks for the visit and the kind comment! -OM

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  208. blackolivechronicles

    I totally love how you intend to “offend everyone in the world at least once”! This is so required. People are suddenly so much more vain, haughty and intolerant to imperfections. They pretend to be always nice and squeaky clean. That doesn’t leave much space for unpretentious souls to survive without fear.
    And everyone is “bad” at some point or the other. (Well, the distinction between good and bad is so subjective anyway! )

    Let the enriching, offensive thoughts whip and flow!

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      1. theblackolivechronicles

        I jotted down a few humble words on my mean self. Lol. And I was thinking of you, how you want to offend people too. (Though am sure you’re not as mean as I am) Maybe you would want to give it a read and let me know how you feel?

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  209. Because I Lived

    Jason, thank you for finding and following my blog. 🙂 What an interesting story you have! I am impressed with all you are doing with your day job, blog, and life in general. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  210. patricia

    Jason, your about page is fascinating. I look forward to reading your blog. Thanks much for following mine. Someone recently told me it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. I’m sure both of us have spent at least that much time writing…

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  211. duhelloann

    Hey Jason! Thanks for following me 🙂 Your bio is so interesting, and it’s amazing to see how far you’ve come. It’s good to keep in touch with our roots right? 🙂

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  212. matthewkr1078

    Whoa….once living in Jackson, MS and you’re Korean. I actually thought my sister and myself were quite possibly the only Koreans that lived in the state! Good to know that we weren’t the only ones at one point lol.

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  213. doublemfighter

    Thanks for the Follow. I appreciate it. I also appreciate and respect what you blog about. We need more people like you to bring out the true reality that no one really wants to talk about.

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    1. Opinionated Man Post author

      I appreciate the strong compliment and thanks for taking the time to stop by and connect! I hope you find something amusing here to read further. 🙂

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  214. Dana

    Jason, thanks for the visit and follow! Enjoyed reading your inspiring bio here, and I appreciate your straightforward style of writing. Like you, I also work in corporate IT right now but aspire to be a writer. All the best wishes in your journey, and I look forward to reading more from you!

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  215. narcopathcrusher

    This is the most amazing self intro i have ever read. You give the feeling of someone who survived great tragedies with grace and emerged stronger than before. I don’t know you personally but i want you to know i am really proud of you. My birth mother is a malignant narcissist and i grew up without love. It makes me happy to hear that you have 2 families who love you: the ones who adopted you and the one you created. It shows that there is hope and light for every one of us. Your writing moved me. This is what it takes to be a real writer. Changing the world for the better with your words as a sword. You are one already. I am looking really forward or reading more from you.

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