Sunday, February 07, 2016

Top Ten Table Top Game Moments

Playing board games is one of my favorite hobbies. Board games bring people together. I see myself playing board games in my old years to keep using my brain. I used to play role playing games back in college. Any games played on a table are table top gaming.

I'm not really good at playing board games and role playing games. I haven't won popular games such as Puerto Rico, Dominion playing with four players, 7 Wonders, and Munchkin. I'm getting better playing games recently. My guesses are I'm concentrating better and I'm learning from my mistakes faster.

I experienced my memorable moments for which I share in the meantime. 1997 was a great role playing game year. My regular Robotech players were together adjusting our schedules. Also, I was introduced to Dungeon & Dragons. 1997 Year Of The Role Playing Game is number 13 in my Top 40 Most Memorable Moments.

Here are my top ten table top game moments:

10. Robotech Guts (Summer 1994). My character played a win or my character dies game of Guts. I drew a card and the game master drew a card from a standard 52 deck of cards. If I won, then my character lived. If I lost, my character died. I drew a three of clubs. The game master drew a two of clubs. I won.

9. First Wins (Multiple Dates). I remember my first games won. Some of them were Mahjong (Riichi) first hand in Oct 2009, Mahjong (Riichi) first game in Jul 2010, three player Dominion in Oct 2012, Master's Gallery in Jan 2014, and Ascension player vs player in Jan 2015. I counted Ascension even though my opponent and I played on our smart phones.

8. Actual Shadownrun Earthquake (1992). I played a Shadowrun role playing game at a friend's house. There was an earthquake. We were shocked minutes after the earthquake ended.

7. Betrayal House On The Hill First Edition (Aug 2008). The first edition was out of print because there were too many errors. The game was expensive on eBay. I received an email from a friend who saw a new version at a gift shop. I purchased the game at suggested retail price.

6. Marge's Wedding Dress (2002). My friends and I played The Simpsons Trivia Game. One question was from the episode "Marge On The Lam." I guessed out of the blue Marge's wedding dress. My guess was the correct answer.

5. Chess (Fall 1988). I was introduced to chess in high school. I played chess during the lunch hour in my freshmen, part of my sophomore, and my junior years. I also learned how to play four player chess.

4. Pictionary (1987-1988). My family and I played Pictionary on Sat evenings. Fun times during me and my siblings' childhood.

3. Mystery Mansion (1986-1988). My brother and my cousin played Mystery Mansion when we were kids. Some of the games we didn't finish in the evening we continued the next morning.

2. Mahjong (Riichi) (2009-present). I mentioned my first Mahjong (Riichi) wins earlier. I actually played in 2007 for which I quit. A friend challenged me and another friend to learn the rules and hands in one week. Thank you mDuo13 for the challenge. Mahjong (Riichi) is one of my all time favorite games.

Similarly, I played Mahjong Classical Version when I was in junior high with my brother and my cousin.

1. 2007 The Year My Eyes Were Opened (2007). Forget the Toys R Us games I played when I was a child. Forget Monopoly, Clue, Life, UNO, and Scrabble. I welcomed Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, Munchkin, and Carcassonne.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Throwback Blog: Potluck

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled Potluck in Nov 2006. It seems my Instant Bullets blogs began a long time ago. Pay attention to the second emoji bullet point calling for help. It's true today. The third emoji bullet point is a good resource to meet people and make new friends. The bottom line is be social, learn how to communicate, and be confident.


O__o Today I voted in the 2006 mid-term elections. I waited one hour to vote. A couple of booths experienced technical difficulties. Before I voted, I requested the poll worker to reactivate my card to make sure the card is active while voting. I’m going to miss calls from President Bill Clinton and Clint Eastwood telling me who to vote LOL!

O__o Help, call the police. If you’re in a situation where the last means of communications is writing, then write “Help, 911” or “Help, call police” on paper, cardboard, or anything. There are places where people can buy help banners. And remember when the U.S.A flag is flown upside down, it’s a signal for help.

O__o Do you want an investment that costs $6.00? Purchase the “How To Be Popular: You’re Never Too Young or Too Old” booklet by Abigail Van Buren aka Dear Abby. Send a check or money order for $6.00 written to Dear Abby and a business-size, self-addressed envelope to the following address (postage is included),

Dear Abby
Popularity Booklet
P.O. Box 447
Mt. Morris, IL 61054-0447

Also visit for additional information and other booklets. I read a few pages and I learned something already. I learned to stop mumbling and never sell to your family and friends no matter how strongly you believe in it.

O__o 13 time all-star and 4 time NBA champion Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal formed a Miami-based real estate company in September 2006 named The O’Neal Group. O’Neal’s company plans to enter the real estate markets in New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, and Los Angeles, California. O’Neal’s private real estate portfolio is valued over $50 million.

The basketball player played for the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers before being traded to the Miami Heat after the 2003-04 season. O’Neal won the NBA MVP in the 1999-2000 season. O’Neal is a reserve police officer for the City of Miami.

O’Neal is one example thinking ahead for his retirement $-)


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Save Your Money For Moment Days

A common saying about saving money is "save your money for a rainy day." The saying has merit. Saving money is good. A savings can be used for emergencies, retirement, and the moments. What are the moments? A dream vacation, big ticketed goods such as a car and television, upgrade a computer, a wedding, and remodeling a residence. Other moments are one shot moments or once in a lifetime moments.

There's another good reason to save money. The reason is the life changers. The best example happened on Sat Oct 4, 2008. It was the day I realized I must grow up. I spent money to begin growing up. I purchased new clothes, I built a new desktop computer, I purchased a new mattress, and I started my fiction book collection. I went on a vacation escape to Washington and Canada. I controlled my spending even though there was no spending cap. My recent life changers happened on Oct 2015 when my cousin invited me to a trip at Zion National Park. It was the first time I backpacked 23 miles. Who knows when the next time I backpacked at Zion? Sometimes the life changers happen suddenly. I spent money getting minor facial treatment removing bumps and purchasing an exfoliating cream for my calluses feet from my dermatologist on Mon Jan 18, 2016. My initial appointment was just a routine checkup. And I have an opportunity to participate in a new mobile phone plan which saves money in the long run. I must purchase a new phone at full price. The timing is good to purchase Samsung's latest Galaxy S smart phone.

One advantage being a non-materialistic person is money ready to be cashed out for life changers.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SOMT: USB Flash Memory Drives

Blogger’s Note: SOMT stands for Sign Of My Times, an occasional blog sharing my thoughts how time changes life from when I was young to today.

My first USB flash memory drive was a 128MB Soyo Cigar Pro I purchased at Fry's Electronics in 1998. I paid $50. Click here to view a pic and description from

I admit I'm not a tech expert and I'm not a tech historian. Flash memory drives have been getting faster, bigger, and cheaper. The picture above is most of my USB flash drives. I have a SanDisk 4GB Micro Cruzer in my daily backpack and a Swiss Army 8GB on my keychain both not pictured.

The SanDisk Mini Cruzer 128MB and SanDisk Mini Cruzer 512MB were plenty of backing up files space when I ran Windows XP back in the early 2000s. I purchased the Micro Center 4GB in 2010 for my files when I attended De Anza College. The cost was $14.98. The SanDisk 8GB Micro Cruzer replaced the SanDisk 4GB Micro Cruzer for backing up pics. The Sandisk 16GB Ultra was purchased from a 3 pack on Black Friday 2012 for $19.99. The 16GBs are used for all backups. The SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 64GB was purchased on Black Friday 2015 for $17.00. My current USB flash memory drives are still sufficient. It's a matter of time when file sizes get bigger and more files to backup I use my 64GB.

I conclude my SOMT brief evolution on USB flash memory drives.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Instant Bullets Blog Jan 25, 2016 (last bullets Dec 1, 2015)

*The Fairly Intelligent Fly. Clickhere to read the fable by James Thurber. Read the moral there is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.

*Watching Movies Again. If you feel like watching a movie, consider rewatching movies watched years ago. I rewatched The Matrix trilogy, Dead Poets Society, Goodfellas, and Good Will Hunting recently. I understood more rewatching these movies again.

*More Hours Driver Training. Pilots require thousands of hours training to fly an airplane. I believe more hours are required for automobile drivers. How about a require driving refresher course? Police, fire, paramedics, medical, and military require refresher courses and routine testing. Professional sports require practice and drills. People can learn something from pilots, police, fire, paramedics, medical, military, and professional sports. Find time to refresh our skills, practice, and learn new skills in our own professions. Never stop learning. Never stop innovating.

*Don't Be An Old Fuck. Speaking of never stop learning. Speaking of never stop innovating. Keep your brain sharp. Work intelligently indefinitely. Do you need ideas to learn something new? Take a look at my Top Ten I Want To Learn More.

*Henry B. I believe the top reason why Henry B. at Palo Alto Networks hired me for a contract position was because Henry B. wanted to give me a chance to improve my resume. He wanted to fill my resume gap. He was laid off in a past position. I believe someone at Palo Alto Networks gave him a chance to fill his resume gap. He paid it forward to me.

*Living The Present Physically. Getting physical is an example of living the present. Being physical today reduces stress, stays focus, lives with lots of energy daily, and lowers the chances of getting chronic sickness. Being physical today prepares the future with good health, slow aging, and minimizing popping pills at an older age.

*My Job Search Taking Longer. I felt stupid when I started job searching. My friends who lost their jobs via layoffs found another job up to two months later. I'm job searching more than two months. I'm looking for new positions excluding data entry. If I apply to data entry jobs, then I find a job up to two months. The job searching is taking longer because I'm applying to business analyst, data analyst, and reporting analyst positions. I'm not stupid. I can't give up.

*My Parents Have No Social Life. My parents have very little friends. They have no social life. They're always late. They're disorganized in the house. They have poor socializing skills. I wonder if my parents question why nobody calls them for gatherings. My parents are boring. They put no effort being good people. Ironically, I think they're happy the way they're living their senior years. Ignorance is bliss.

*Add up the little things for something big. We hear the little things make a big difference when succeeding at our goals, daily responsibilities, and assignments. The little things also apply to disasters, complications, tragedies, and frustrating moments. Everyone experience bad days. Nothing is going correctly. It's those little things going against us adding up to something big. The idea applies to positive outcomes and negative outcomes.

*Complementary Relationship. We hear the common descriptions describing a good relationship: chemistry, getting along with each other, good communication, kindness, and common interests. One description under recognized is complementary. For example, the late Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell. Powell complemented Jobs giving him an anchor, keeping Jobs in check intelligently, and filling the missing pieces of Jobs emotionally. Think how you complement your partner for those who are in a relationship.

*Practice Eye Contract. I made a discovery when I brushed my teeth on Nov 17, 2015. I looked at myself in the mirror eyes open. I made eye contact with myself. I brushed my teeth with my eyes closed before Nov 17, 2015. I practice eye contract making eye contact with myself brushing my teeth in front of the mirror.

*Truly Experience Life. If you never experienced rejection, failure, frustration, depression, and tragedies, then you never experienced life. If you never encounter problems and solve problems indefinitely, then you never experienced life. Agree or disagree?

*Skipping Meal Mistake. Jan 10, 2016 was the laziest day my household experienced. Nobody cooked lunch. I watched the NFL playoffs. My mom didn't cook. My dad didn't cook. The minimum I could have done was baked frozen chicken stripes. There was no bread, no rice, and no vegetables. I could have eating a fruit. Another option was ordering a pizza or take out Chinese. There are restaurants a short driving distance I missed a little of the NFL playoffs. And there is a Safeway minutes away. I could have purchased frozen meals or buy something in the deli for my parents and I. I ended up cooking dinner after 7pm. Dinner was served at 8:30pm.

Lesson learned. Never skip breakfast in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, and dinner in the evening. I must do whatever it takes to eat meals. It's better to eat something than nothing; however, the logic must not be abused such that I eat junk food or eating out of the house all the time.

*Give My Mom Credit. She made correct choices regarding poor fruits and vegetables. She taught us to avoid iceberg lettuce and golden delicious apples. Iceberg lettuce is mostly water. There is too much sugar in golden delicious apples.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

I Blog, You Comment Jan 23, 2016

I read everyone's viewpoint agreeing, disagreeing or both.

Almost everyone said it's better to do nothing than do something Half Ass Is Better Than Nothing.

"My husband cooks half ass. He does cleaning half ass. It's not worth him doing anything. Let him watch his sports. I cook and clean myself." --Kasandra Matthes, Culpeper, VA

"The people at my workplace work half ass. Sometimes even worse. I would rather do it myself from the start than correct the mistakes from my co-workers." --Ella Adan, Westport, CT

I received feedback asking for a follow up to my Timeout Good Raymond Mar. I blogged I needed to take a break from job searching. The timeout was worth the break. I was stressed out. Pace myself. I refocused myself. I remembered to take life one day at a time intelligently.

"I read articles. More people are stressing out." --Ranae Bickers, Annapolis, MD

"I refuse jobs working over 60 hours, over 40 hours. The long-term affects to my body and my mind are damaging for my future. What's the money going to help me when I'm 65? Medical bills. Money can't buy good senior citizen health." --Maida Donoghue, via email

I'm still job searching. I didn't get a job when I wrote I Get A Job Very Soon weeks later.

"My two sons and daughters experienced unemployed. Layoffs and cutbacks of hours. We believe in faith. They got jobs eventually. They never gave up. I would never give up for my children." --Carl Calfee, Mcallen, TX

"Job searching is a full time process. . . . One company out of many will see who you are and like you. That's when you're going to get hired. I see you're a good person. A company finds the pot of gold--you. You think back why the companies rejected you and the one company hired you. Everything has a reason." --Aurelio Chisum, Stone Mountain, GA

There were many comments taking my Fake Happiness blog deeper in the fake abyss. I wrote my past happy moments were faked. My past happy moments were unearned. My past happiness moments were one offs and short-lived.

"You have not struggled enough. Happiness is achieved when a person conquers all the sufferings in life. You need more struggles. Don't avoid struggles. Bring them in life, fight them, and win them. Then you happy." --Wing Leung, China

"I bet your family cuddled you too much. Too much comfort. Shielded you [from] the outside world. You asked what you want and you got it. They told you to live easy and life happy. You're a spoiled adult." --Coral Lusby, West Deptford, NJ

"Happy life. Own a home paid off the mortgage. That's happiness." --Elaine Dressler, Miami Gardens, FL

"You don't know happiness. That's why you are a coward. Get the courage to do something new. Take a risk. Earn the happiness as a reward. Get out. Take your head out of your ass. Work to happiness. That's the problem with the world. People want happiness the easy way, the lazy way, short-cutting success. My days we earned our money honestly. Happiness was the end result." --Monte Mccary, South El Monte, CA

"My happiness is living alone. No drama. No conflicts. Peace." --Linwood Crowell, Bronx, NY

"You're happy. You're in paradise. You're smart, healthy, have people in your life. You have goals. You're going to be happy." --Cara Germain, Greensburg, PA

"Long time reader. You don't know happiness. Most of your blogs are crap. You say you know everything in life. You don't. You're full of crap. I want see results. I want see you living what you wrote. I have not seen anything." --Galeazzo Scopel, Italy

Thank you for the congratulations and positive comments blogging for ten years. I Remember My 10 Year Blog Anniversary Yesterday was written to recognize my tenth year.

"Congrats! I hope you blog for another ten more years." --Tiana Hanning, Kissimmee, FL

"Keep the blogs on pics you share from your phone. They're interesting with your interesting comments." --Malcom Swinger, Anaheim, CA

"I hope you find a job soon. Your work blogs assured me I'm not the only person in the world working with dummy people." --Bennett Barcus, Mesa, AZ

People told me my Intelligence May Change Your Daily Life Intelligently was simply intelligent. Be smarter adding the word "intelligently" to your daily routine.

"Let me sum the blog intelligently. We read and hear people trying to be different, and it's cool. We read and hear different perspectives to be different and to stand out. I tell you something that adding the word "intelligence" or "intelligently" is simply intelligence. Work hard intelligently. Play hard intelligently. I tell my boyfriend to coach his youth sports to play, have fun, be a kid, and be intelligent." --Easter Janicki, Appleton, WI

The point for my blog Good You Experience Being Unemployed Is Unfair is life is unfair. Some people misunderstood commenting on my job searching.

"Finding a job shouldn't take more than six months. You're heading there. Your job searching techniques are ineffective. Networking, networking, networking." --Brad, Calumet City, IL

"I don't understand why you can't find a job. The economy is improving. What're you doing? Applying for senior positions you're underqualified?" --Deandre Turberville, Elkton, MD

"Go back to school. Get an intership. Then do a good job the company hires you full time. Then drop out." --Rubie Winsett, Hartselle, AL

"The job searching and job hiring process are outdated and broken. Outdated because the questions asked don't work anymore. Broken because companies are hiring the wrong people. Unfairness in life can be seen in companies. I see people not qualified earning paychecks and I see people qualified getting unemployed checks in the mail and I even see overqualified people doing nothing and earning paychecks." --Jackson Saulsbury, Omaha, NE

I appreciate comments suggesting how to keep using my brain in The Brain Use It Or Lose It.

"Crossword puzzles, read books, play games, and socialize. That's how I use my 85 year old brain today." --Pamelia Moreles, Hendersonville, NC

"Walking 30 minutes a day, stretches, fruits, vegetables. No sweets. No processed foods. No binge TV." --redlitemad, Skokie, IL

"I encourage healthy habits to my family. Eat healthy, exercise, read books, conversations, and good manners." --Darline Rodas, Bethel Park, PA

"Never stop learning attitude. That's how I keep using my brain. It's simple." --Delia Mcshan, Portland, OR


Friday, January 22, 2016

Take The Time Cleaning And Organizing

The rewards for cleaning and organizing are limitless. A residence, a car, a workspace, a workshop . . . anywhere tidiness requires work. For example, there is less stress because a person knows where everything is. The less clutter the less stress. The more organize the more time saved in the long run. Routine maintenance is required to keep and to improve neatness. In addition, a person may find something misplaced. A clean area lowers the chances for health problems.

There are no short cuts to clean and to organize. A cleaned and organized person is professional, mature, and responsible. To end on a sarcastic note, use Walter White from the TV series Breaking Bad as an example of being clean.