Sunday, September 14, 2014

Top Ten Unexpected Never Saw It Coming Moments

I quit my latest job after working at the company for two days. What happened? I can't disclose because I signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement. I knew the job wasn't permanent. I didn't expect to quit after two work shifts.

The two day job quitting inspired me to blog my latest top ten. Unexpected moments and events happen to everyone daily. Sometimes these are favorable and sometimes these are unfavorable. Everyone hopes anything out of the ordinary happens result in good fortunes. Timing and luck are factors. We can't avoid the bad fortunes. We hope to experience more unexpected favorables than unfavorables. The quitting job event above was unfavorable.

Here are the top ten unexpected never saw it coming moments:

10. I Became An Anime Fan (1996). I woke up listening to the ending song from Sailor Moon. My sister watched the English anime dub. I became a Japanese anime or Japanese cartoon fan when I started watching Sailor Moon. I watched a variety of anime series when I rented anime at Blockbuster Video. I was an employee. Rentals were free. I attended my first anime convention in 1997.

9. Switched Majors (1995). I started my college education majoring in mathematics at San Jose State University. I switched majors three years later from mathematics to economics. My dream of teaching high school math was over. The switch was a good choice looking back. I believe I stopped being a teacher in today's public education environment.

8. Going Back To College (2009). I went back to college attending De Anza College taking ballroom dancing classes and earning an AA degree in Accounting. I never expected going back to school after being laid off during the Great Recession. There were too few job openings I might as well do something productive with my free time. Accounting was another option to major after quitting majoring in mathematics.

7. Mahjong (Riichi) (2009). A friend challenged me and another friend to learn how to play Mahjong (Riichi) in ten days. The challenge was accomplished. Mahjong is one of my favorite games to play today.

I quit Mahjong in 2007 after self learning. It was too hard. I lost interest. I'm happy I was given another chance to play again.

6. Quit Or Retire Top Hobbies (Various Years). There were top hobbies I quit or retired. The ending results were a better life. I never thought about quitting because I experience happy times. The hobbies I quit were collecting baseball cards after high school and playing role playing games in 2001. The hobby I retire was Japanese Anime in 2014.

5. Hired At Grubb & Ellis (1998). My first job after graduating high school was at the commercial real estate company Grubb & Ellis. I never knew my first career was in commercial real estate. I never expected to work in commercial real estate for 8.5 years. Everyone in the research department was looking for any employment after college.

4. Wearing Costumes At Anime Conventions (2004). I watched an anime series titled "Fullmetal Alchemist" at the Fanime Con '04 midnight marathon. Everyone who stayed from midnight to 7am watched 17 episodes. I said to myself, "I'm cosplaying (the main character)" after episode eight. I wore a total of eight costumes. I want to thank my mom for making the costumes.

3. Reading Fiction Books (2008). I had always read non-fiction books which were business, self-improvement, true stories, and investment. Fiction books were not going to improve my life. I was wrong. I learned more about life reading fiction books. I read 75% fiction and 25% non-fiction today.

2. The Job Market Still Sucks (2011). I started looking for a job after I graduated at De Anza College. A B.S. in Economics and an A.A. in Accounting are a good combination. I find a job quickly. I found a job . . . two years and four months later. The biggest obstacle was no recent job experience. Almost all job recruiters and human resources wanted candidates with job experience. They ignored my timeline going back to college. In other words, they dismissed my two years going back to school. Unfair.

1. Growing Up (2008). I'm a grown up adult. I didn't expect to "grow up". I was lucky I realized I must grow up. I should have grown up years ago. Life is much better from a mature point of view.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Roadblocks On My Life's Road

I wrote a list of obstacles preventing me from living a good life. My list was written weeks after I started working at Artisan. The timing is good to share my list given what happened the week of Mon Sep 8. Obviously, no money, major health problems, and family tragedies are roadblocks. Here are roadblocks that apply to my life.

Live at home with my parents too long. The economy is terrible. Silicon Valley is expensive to live. It's acceptable to live with my parents in an expensive area with low paying jobs; however, living with my parents for an extended amount of time limits how I want to live my life. I'm finding a new job hoping to move out.

No job. If I don't find a job soon, then I have a gap on my resume. I can't have gaps. The job market is rough. I need everything on my resume to present myself attractable to companies.

No friends. People is key to my success in life. My life is doomed with no friends. No social activity. I always meet new people and make new friends. People are a top priority in my life. They provide support when I need it. I do my best to provide support to them when needed.

Lose my memories. Memories is my life's most precious. If I lose my memories, then I lose my life. My good memories and my bad memories define who I am. I take care of my brain.

Single and lonely. I believe life's ultimate happiness is falling in love. There is no substitution to a human being sharing your life. The physical contact, the memories created between the couple, the mental challenge staying active, the emotional support, the financial advantage, and the spirit of being a couple--not being lonely. Couples who stay together show me they're strong and committed to keep their relationship together. Strength and commitment are two respectable attributes in a person.

No physical activity. I feel weak without physical activity. Working out at the gym and hiking are two physical activities I value the most. I fail to understand how some people function without physical activity. Physical activity has advantages including slowing the progression of aging, mental resting, and stronger tolerance to stress.

No internet. Email, social networking, researching, job searching. My life is stalled without internet access.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Recovered Tragedies

Everyone is going to experience a tragedy. There's no escaping the bad moments. It's part of life. The best people endure the pain and suffering following a tragedy. They have strength. They have courage. They learn from the tragedy. Wisdom is acquired. They continue moving forward.

I experience tragedies. I find a way to overcome these bad events. I remember them. I learn from them. I get stronger. I get smarter. I get wiser. I'm better prepared the next time I experience a tragedy. I never quit because quitting means I might as well be dead. My world didn't come to an end. Something good comes out of my tragedies. My life helps me out whether I do it myself or outside influence helps me.

Here are some personal tragedies and the aftermath.

Quitting Anime (2004). Quitting anime was a minor tragedy. I talked to a high school friend who was phasing out of anime because he was losing interest and new life priorities. Anime was a big part of my life. I questioned life without anime after the conversation.

One event saved me from quitting anime. The event was the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist Midnight Marathon at Fanime Con '04. I wore a costume of the main character thanks to my mom who created the costume. Watching 17 straight episodes from midnight to 7am saved me from quitting anime and I started wearing costumes to anime conventions. I continued being an anime for 10 more years.

I Was Lost (2008). The lowest moment ever in my life. I really didn't know who I was. I was confused, weak, and ignorant. I didn't know what was going on. I had no control. The Raymond Mar I knew before Sat Oct 4, 2008 was not the real Raymond Mar.

What happened on Sat Oct 4, 2008? I realized I must grow up. My life changed forever. I began finding who is the real Raymond Mar. I remembered the new adventures, experiences, interests, and people entering my life. I took responsibility for my actions and my thoughts. I stopped taking life for granted. I earned what I want. I began to live life from a mature point of view.

My learning and my growing continues. They never stop. There are more people to meet. There are more new experiences to experience and new adventures to seek. I continue to be active physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. I stay active going to the gym and hiking. I read books and learn something new. I stay positive and strong. I work hard to earn a higher income. I keep looking for new opportunities in anything that interests me. I'm not going to settle.

The Breakup (2013). Alien cat broke up with me. We dated for 2 years and 10 months. I was depressed. The extra free time made me think. I thought about working hard to get a job. I was unemployed at the time. It was time to refresh my job skills, redo my resume, and job search every day. Finding a full time job is a full time job. I worked hard and I worked correctly to find a job. I found a job six weeks later.

Two Days And Out (2014). I quit my new job after working for two days on Tue Sep 9. I can't explain the details because I signed a non-disclosure agreement. I was sad and I was mad. The rest of the week I job search, refresh my job skills, and learn new job skills. I continue working hard on the weekends. What happens next? Time will tell.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Various) Finally, when my past companies went downhill, I found another job to save me. I worked at Colliers leaving Grubb & Ellis in 1999. I worked at Cisco leaving Colliers in 2007. There is another job waiting for me after leaving Artisan. When am I starting my new job? Very soon.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Today Is The Saddest Day In My Life Ever

Today is the saddest day in my life. I don't remember any sadder day. I don't remember blogging something sad. I'm human. I have feeling of being sad and depressed. I realize there are sadder days in the future; however, the present is the present. It's a very say day.

What happened? I started a new job yesterday. I quit today. I'm not showing up for work tomorrow. My reasons are valid. I prepared for the job. I was excited to start a new career. I purchased new shoes, changed my oil in my car for the longer commute, and adapted a new sleep routine. I completed tasks that needed to be completed a while back. What a waste of effort. I resigned my last job which was going downhill. I resigned two jobs in less than a week. I'm unemployed again.

If there's one happy note from most of my jobs I resigned, then the note is all of them were going downhill. Two companies were bankrupt.

How Do I Cheer Myself Up?

Live my life faithfully. Continue living. Keep going. Don't stop. Be strong. Be true. Learn from my mistakes. For instance, I start job searching after I post my blog. I continue learning new job skills and reviewing my Excel and Access. I complete tasks from my to do list that needed to be completed months ago. Don't live being a loser. Earn being a winner.


Saturday, September 06, 2014

Work Sat Sep 6, 2014

Sun Aug 24 was my first Sun shift at the Mountain View store. The bad attitude manager told me to work at the back end. The back end was quiet. I was productive. I talked to a co-worker. He was tired, angry, and stressed because the store was busy. Sundays are usually dead. Not today.

I work up the earliest in months on Tue Aug 26. I still arrived late. One of the spice racks broke spilling bottles. Fortunately, one bottle was broken. I worked the front end for two hours.

I entered Coronas, Michelob, and Sierra Nevada Pale beers in the database. The good manager special ordered the non-artisan beers for one of his customers. I experienced trouble entering the beers because I misread the quantity for the Coronas. I looked at the cases the first time. The invoice was incorrect. I looked at the cases the second time. The invoice was correct. The angle looking at the cases deceived me. I didn't see the additional cases next to the cases I saw initially.

I encountered green lights and green lights turning yellow on the street before the freeway entrance driving home.

There was a Wed Aug 27 wine tasting. Turnout was high. The owner organized a meeting which was short. Wow. I moved my car out of the parking lot. I ate lunch at the taco truck after parking my car on the street.

I took my car to get my tires rotated and balanced before work. The wait was short at the tire shop. I was their first customer for the day. There were too many cars on the streets and freeway after leaving the tire shop.

The bad attitude manager removed my name on my work assigned laptop on Fri Aug 29. Two new hires started today. One of the two was my replacement. I trained him. It seemed the store was making changes. New cleaning supplies were purchased. Our weekly janitor scrubbed the bathroom floors. How long are those changes keeping the store cleaner going to last after I leave the company? I expect a short period.

I delivered a paycheck to a co-worker at the second store after my shift ended as a favor.

The second store was the usual on Sat Aug 30. Turnout for the tasting was okay. The manager told me to go home 30 minutes early.

I continued training my replacement at the first store on Sun Aug 31. The new hire told me how he was hired. The interview process started the first week of Aug after he found the job posting. Interesting. I submitted my two week notice weeks after the first week of Aug. The new hire is an employee at the second store like me. Which data entry worker was going to be fired?

Tue Sep 2. A part time worker with French wine knowledge quit. I wasn't surprised. She planned to quit. It was a matter of when.

The owner showed up when the store opened on Wed Sep 3. Why? The store was short handed. She helped customers. I avoided her.

I learned more about the company's history when I talked to the assistant manger during lunch. The history and information included when the store opened, the longest tenured employees, and how the second store co-owners met. The assistant manager couldn't verify all the information because she learned by picking up bits of information here and there like me during my ten months on the job. Regardless, the back story and history were interesting. The history lesson happened on Thur Sep 4.

The inventory clerk shared a response from a customer when he carried cases of wine to his car. The customer said, "I'm alive and I'm here".

Fri Sep 5 was my last day. I emailed the entire company a thank you email with my contact information. The store was busy. It was a full house for the tasting. The part time data entry came back from her vacation. She brought snacks for everyone. My last invoice and my last wines I priced were Pinot Noir and Syrah from Melville. My entire day was easy with multiple blocks of free time. I checked my Twitter and updated my apps on my phone.

Goodbye Artisan. New experiences, new knowledge, and new people are coming next week. Earn them. Take nothing for granted. There is no time to relax Sat Sep 6 and Sun Sep 7. I use the weekend to catch up odds and ends, change the oil in my car, and purchase new shoes.


Thursday, September 04, 2014

Nostalgia Atari 2600 And Wine Pallets

I played the Atari 2600 when I was a kid. I didn't clean the cartridges with rubbing alcohol. I read comics eating a burrito and drinking wine on a clean counter looking outside on a partly cloudy cool day.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Top Ten My World Changers

I was inspired to blog today's top ten from reading a San Jose Mercury newspaper article on Steve Jobs changing the world when Jobs pulled a Mac out of the bag on Jan 19, 2014. There are moments in our lives that change our own world. The most common world changers are marriage, new job, moving out of your parent's house, death, big victories, and awful defeats. Life is more exciting creating world changers. World changers can be life depressing. Get stronger creating world changes. Get stronger overcoming world changing disasters.

One world changer was a new haircut on Aug 2004. My haircuts today are buzz cuts. I look handsome, younger, stronger, and confident. These are good qualities to attract people. I removed my entire hair during one summer 2009. I see myself the Bruce Willis bald look in the future.

Here are my top ten world changers which changed my world:

10. Team Fortress 2 (2007). I played my first online video game playing with others around the world. The players vs players shooting game is still popular today.

9. Social Networking (2009). I created a Facebook account in Apr 2009 and a Twitter account in Nov 2009. I also include online chatting in 2007.

8. Colliers International (1999-2007). I was introduced to Excel and Access beyond the books. I was also introduced to data entry and database administration.

7. My New Face (2007-2010). I wore braces from Jan 2007 to Aug 2009 and treated my acne with Accutane from Feb 2009 to Feb 2010.

6. Cooking (2005-present). I'm not a five star chef. There's still much more to learn. My never ending goal is cooking delicious food. Basic cooking skills are necessary to live independently.

5. Changed My Major To Economics (1995). I started my college life as a Mathematics major who wanted to teach high school mathematics. The goal fell through. I changed my major to Economics. My major classes become more interesting. I met more classmates. My GPA went up at the end of each semester.

4. Back To School (2009-2011). I went back to college to earn an AA degree in Accounting from De Anza College. My Business Analyst contract was terminated because of the financial recession which explained the free time unemployed. However, the primary reason I went back to college was to relive my college years. I wanted to experience college life as a student and correct the mistakes when I attended San Jose State. I didn't experience college life as a student at San Jose State. My life at De Anza was satisfactory.

3. Job Searching Again (Jun 2014-present). I started to job search. The time is now to find another job. I realized how important hard work, perfect work, and putting in the time to achieve goals. Furthermore, I'm learning Python, reviewing pivot tables, reviewing v-lookups, and relearning SQL. I plan to learn data analysis soon.

2. Japanese Anime (1996-2014). I'm retired from the Japanese anime hobby. Watching anime was an entertainment medium that satisfied me American television failed for a long time. I met lots of people and made lots of friends. Anime influenced some of my past and present hobbies and beliefs. I wore costumes to anime conventions.

1. Growing Up (Sat Oct 4, 2008). My life changed forever when I realized I must grow up. Life is much better from a mature point of view. It's time to stop being naive. It's time to be responsible. Stop taking life for granted. Get stronger, smarter, wiser, and kinder. Earn your successes. The changes were immediate. New clothes, new PC, new gym workouts, fiction books, new board games including Mahjong (Riichi), and new hobbies such as ballroom dancing and hiking.