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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2 days 17 hours ago

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… Read more »

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4 days 3 hours ago

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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6 days 20 hours ago

I have given back a small piece for the incredible light you have given my life:
https://survivorroad.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/very-inspiring-blog-award/

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8 days 22 hours ago

Ok so I put your URL in my reader…. lets see if it works!

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8 days 22 hours ago

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

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IBikeNYC
8 days 15 hours ago

Very well put and exactly what I’d been thinking!

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9 days 18 hours ago

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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9 days 18 hours ago

The BEST picture ever.

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9 days 22 hours ago

Congratulations on making it happen Jason. The new site looks great!

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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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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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13 days 20 hours ago

You are amazingly honest and cool. Glad to meet you. Best wishes :)

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20 days 18 hours ago

Thank you ever so much for the follow!

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23 days 21 hours ago

I have a feeling I will enjoy following you!! I hate snow too, by the way (I’m from CT).

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27 days 14 hours ago

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 month 4 days ago

You’re a good soul, Jason. God bless you always!

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2 months 5 days ago

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.… Read more »

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2 months 14 days ago

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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2 months 24 days ago

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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2 months 26 days ago

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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2 months 28 days ago

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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2 months 27 days ago

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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2 months 29 days ago

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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3 months 5 days ago

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… Read more »

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3 months 5 days ago

More snow!

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3 months 5 days ago

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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3 months 5 days ago

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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3 months 12 days ago

Hi Jason I know your Blog is Award free but I nominated you for this Awesome Award!
http://yesterdayafter.com/2015/10/28/the-respect-award/

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3 months 12 days ago

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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3 months 17 days ago

I come from a town that is part of a snowbelt which means we get a sh*tload of snow. 😛

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3 months 18 days ago

You ROCK!! :) That’s an amazing bio – straight forward, I like it! Very nice indeed.

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3 months 19 days ago

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3 months 19 days ago

Thanks for following my blog!

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3 months 19 days ago

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4 months 9 days ago

Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Bloggers Recognition Award.

Here’s a link: https://ananonymousoutsider.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/bloggers-recognition-award/

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4 months 12 days ago

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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4 months 12 days ago

I nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award, congrats!

https://thomasmwatt.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/sunshine-blogger-award/

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4 months 16 days ago

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4 months 17 days ago

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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4 months 18 days ago

My dear Jason, I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I know that you might have been there and done that and not into awards, but I couldn’t resist adding you. For more about this, click on the link below. Kind regards, Jacqueline :)
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4 months 19 days ago

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… Read more »

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4 months 30 days ago

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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5 months 2 days ago

Jason, Hi. Thank you for becoming a follower of my Blog. Appreciate it!
I love how painfully brutal you can be at times (most times) :)

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5 months 13 days ago

Dude, I was like, absent from your blog a while and it became “Happy Bunny”ish?

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5 months 12 days ago

I actually liked the Happy Bunny one :(

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5 months 16 days ago

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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5 months 20 days ago

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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5 months 21 days ago

Hi, cool blog. Thanks for connecting. I’m looking forward to interacting with you. Regards, John :-)

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