Friday, June 24, 2022

My Thoughts On The Golden State Warriors Won The 2022 NBA Finals

Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors winning the 2022 NBA Finals defeating the Boston Celtics 4-2. The Warriors are the 2021-2022 NBA Champions. The Warriors won four out of the last eight NBA Finals. The previous NBA Finals championships are 2015, 2017, and 2018. I share my thoughts.

*Egos are checked at the door. All professional athletes have egos. The Warriors play for the team.

*1+1+1=3. I wrote the math formula one superstar plus good coaching plus good management or good ownership equals a championship at There's An A In Overachieving on Oct 11, 2020. The formula applies to the Warriors with Stephen Curry, head coach Steve Kerr, and primary owner Joe Lacob.

*The core remains with Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala since 2015. Curry was drafted in 2009. Thompson was drafted in 2011. Green was drafted in 2012.

*Health, strength, conditioning, and injuries are factors. One can say the odds favor the team winning the war on attrition.

*Timing and luck are factors, too. Be honest.

*The ownership lead by Lacob and Peter Guber invested in a new arena. The old arena Oracle Arena was outdated. The ownership purchased 12 acres in the Mission Bay neighborhood in San Francisco on Oct 2015. JPMorgan Chase purchased the naming rights naming the arena Chase Center on Jan 2016. Construction began on Jan 2017. The arena was financed privately. No public money was involved.

The Warriors played their first game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct 24, 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic suspended the 2019-2020 NBA Season. No games played at Chase Center for the rest of the season. No fans attended or limited fans attended the 2020-2021 season.

Ownership persevered the COVID-19 pandemic. The Warriors won the 2021-2022 season. Congratulations to the ownership. You won a championship at Chase Center. You won the bet. Chase Center is a cash cow with the addition of tournaments, concerts, and theaters.

*Identify talent. Develop the young players. Teach them. Mentor them. The draft picks Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, James Wiseman, Kevon Looney, and Jordan Poole either are key players today or potential key players tomorrow. General Manager Bob Myers didn't acquire a veteran or an all-star by trading their young players. Management and the coaching staff believed in the young players for the playoffs.

*The light bulbs turned on for Andrew Wiggins and Looney. They understood what they needed to do.

*I can't confirm Curry played golf after the Game 1 loss. There was nothing new to learn. No changes were needed. Curry might as well play golf to relax.

*Kerr benched Green in the fourth quarter of Game 4. Kerr switched Poole for offensive sequences and Green for defensive sequences. The coaching decision changed the NBA Finals to favor the Warriors.

Play the game. The coach makes coaching decisions with the flow. Every game is different. Play a different card from a stack of cards depending on the game flow.

*The Celtics focused their defense on Curry for Game 5. The Celtics sold on Curry's offensive shooting. There were no problems for the Warriors. Other teammates stepped up providing the offense. The Warriors won Game 5 taking a 3-2 series lead.

*The Celtics are a young team with championship potential. I expect the Celtics to be back in the NBA Finals. There are missing puzzle pieces. The Celtics need a point guard and a veteran off the bench. The Celtics need more strength training and conditioning. The players must learn to communicate better.

*I connect the dots backwards. The Warriors scored 21 consecutive points which was the longest scoring run in an NBA Finals over the last 50 years in Game 6 on the road. The game was over. The series was over. Pic credit Bleacher Report.

Update On A Past Blog

Thur Jun 23, 2022 was the first day of the 2022 NBA Draft. The Warriors drafted Patrick Baldwin, Jr., forward, Milwaukee with the 28th overall pick. I remind the NBA draft is a crapshoot from Instant Bullets Blog Jul 19, 2019 on Jul 19, 2019. Past performance doesn't guarantee future outcomes good or bad.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Follow Your Deal Makers And Deal Breakers Finding Love

An Apr 15, 2021 celebrity headline stated singer Jennifer Lopez and former baseball player Alex Rodriguez broke up their two-year wedding engagement. The couple were together for four years dating on Mar 2017 and engaged for two years starting on Mar 2019. Multiple sources stated the couple "hit a rough patch." Multiple sources also stated Lopez couldn't trust Rodriguez. The couple struggled for which the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated some of the problems. Lopez was quoted they tried to make the relationship work.

They broke up in the end. The sad side is a broken relationship. The good times are over. The memories are the past happy or sad. The grieving begins. Lopez and Rodriguez are single again. They go back to their square one dating people.

The happy side is Lopez and Rodriguez are free to find someone else who matches each of them. They find a better match. They find a stronger match. Mismatch relationships rarely work long-term. Be honest. Follow truth identity. Practice true personality.

There is giving and taking in relationships. There is compromise. Regardless, follow your deal makers. Follow your deal breakers. If you marry someone with deal breakers, those deal breakers affect your relationship in time. Truth becomes reality after the honeymoon phase.

Most relationships don't work. Nobody needs to be a relationship expert to know most relationships never last. All couples experience slowdowns and conflicts. Choose either happy being single or miserable in a relationship--especially, a mismatch relationship. Give it time. Misery is inevitable in a mismatch relationship. End a relationship with deal breakers. Cut the losses. Move on. Save time. Time is the ultimate judge.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Instant Bullets Blog Jun 18, 2022

*How old were you when you realized being nice, working hard, and accepting additional responsibilities to be rewarded was total shit?

*Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced company employees are known as Metamates. Imagine a PowerPower animated slide changing from teammates to metamates.

*His Bitter Half From Merrie Melodies starring Daffy Duck. Watch the cartoon from Internet Archive. Daffy Duck ended the cartoon on a positive note when he married a rich single mother duck from a personal ad before personal ads became reality. There was too much political incorrectness today including toy gun violence, Indians, assaults, domestic violence, and spanking. The honeymoon phase is depicted accurately.

*Check Credit Card Readers. A Reddit post showed a video a Convenience store customer uncovers card skimmer device at 7-Eleven.

*You ever get so bored at work you start doing your job right.

*Common Job Interview Mistakes. The Onion published an article Common Mistakes Everyone Makes During Job Interviews. There's no faster way to ruin a job interview than to express your belief you deserve dignity and respect.

"You're overqualified. We're worried you get bored and leave after a few months" means you're confident and intelligent. You find another job at the first sign of crap, sketchiness, or abusive behavior. They want someone dumb and insecure to control.

*Tommy Lee Jones tells Will Smith A person is smart. People are dumb . . . Imagine what you'll know tomorrow. The bench scene after Jones selected Smith in the testing scene.

*Three Card Monte. The three card game also known as Find the Lady is a scam. The victims are tricked in betting money to find the money card among three face-down playing cards.

A dealer places three cards face down on a table. The dealer shows one of the cards is the money card while rearranging the cards quickly to confuse the player which of the three cards is the money card. The rearranging is when the dealer confuses the player to select the incorrect card. The player selects one of the three cards. If the player correctly identifies the money card, the player wins. Otherwise, the player loses.

*Things You Do Wrong Every Day. Watch the YouTube video to correct something done every day. My favorites are peal a banana on the bottom or the blossom end; apply a pea size toothpaste on the toothbrush; milk and eggs belong on the top rear of the refrigerator instead of the doors because the doors are the warmest; secure writing on paper by writing random letters over the original writing instead of striking out; peal sticky notes on its sides instead of its bottom; use the pizza saver to assist taking a slice of pizza by placing and holding the pizza saver on the adjacent slice; slide sleep on your left side down on the mattress for a more restful night sleep; and place a store purchased ice cream in a freezer bag.

*Online ASCII Tools. The website provides ASCII utilities on the browser. Convert ASCII to decimal and vice versa. Convert ASCII to hexadecimal and vice versa. Draw an ASCII table. Create random ASCII. Create an ASCII to an image. Create an ASCII to HTML. Convert text to ASCII art or ASCII image. Website ONLINEASCIITOOLS.

Another ASCII website is ASCII Art Generator.

*Jeff Bezos The Musical. Jimmy Kimmel Live did a spoof on former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos starring Jason Alexander with George Takei.

*The 2022 Los Angeles Chargers football schedule released as an anime The Chargers 2022 Schedule, But It's Anime | LA Chargers. In contrast, the 2022 Cleveland Browns football schedule is a PowerPoint slide presentation with music.

*Analysis include the letters a-n-a-l. We can't spell analysis without the letters a-n-a-l.

*"Ennis, girls don't fall in love with fun." --Cassie Cartwright, Brokeback Mountain

*My Facebook timeline is 96% brainless posts, 2% life event posts, and 2% intelligent posts. I spend less time on Facebook and more time on my Twitter @ININ61. I follow 48 Twitter accounts.

*Wash Words And Their Definitions. whitewash: to gloss over or cover up an error, a fault, or some wrongdoing. In sports, it's to hold an opponent scoreless.

greenwash: a superficial or insincere display of concern for the environment by an organization; the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how a company's products are more environmentally sound.

sportswash: an individual, group, corporation, or government using sports to improve their tarnished reputation hosting a sporting event, the purchase a sports team, or by participation in the sport itself.

The Streisand effect is an attempt to hide or remove information resulting in an increase awareness of the information. People aware of withheld information are motivated to research deeper. The effect is named after actress and singer Barbra Streisand who tried to stop a coastal project from taking a picture of her house along the California coast in Malibu, CA. People became more interested in Streisand's house afterwards.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Allergies And Coughs April 2022

I got sick in April 2022. The last time I got sick was in Nov 2018 Allergies And Coughs November 2018. I was sick free for a personal record 1,236 days or approximately 41 months from Nov 24, 2018 to Apr 13, 2022. I blog how I treated myself and the likely causes because I want to reference my treatment the next time I get sick. No panic. Obvious symptoms. Minimal pain. Quick recovery.

Wed Apr 13, 2022. Sore throat developing. My mom told me her sore throat started three days ago. Allergies were possible. Air was dry. Humidity at 40%.

Thur Apr 14. Full sore throat. Runny nose. My initial diagnosis is allergies. Ear thermometer 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit. No fever. If I experienced a fever, then I took a COVID-19 test. I wore a Breathe Right nasal strip while I slept.

Fri Apr 15. I took a Zyrtec at 10:50am. I craved for food. My ears popped open a little.

Sat Apr 16. I took a Zyrtec at 12:30pm. Congestion, mucus flowed down my throat, and minimal coughing. I applied skin lotion on my dried skin nose before I went to sleep. I continued Breathe Right nasal strips throughout my sickness.

Sun Apr 17. I took a Zyrtec at 1:00pm. I continued cold showers. I ate chocolate to control my cough. Sore throat improved with minimal pain when I swallowed. If I didn't drink Coke for lunch and dinner, then my throat acted up with mucus and coughing.

Mon Apr 18. I took a Zyrtec at 2:10pm. Best sleep last night. I coughed briefly when I ate breakfast. I coughed out one phlegm. I drank Coke for lunch only. I ate chocolate throughout the day. I applied skin lotion on my dried skin nose for the third consecutive night.

Tue Apr 19. I took a Zyrtec at 4:15pm. Ears still plugged up. The morning mucus down my throat was the worse throughout my sickness. I felt optimistic recovery was quick as long as I slept well. Most of the rare and inconsistent coughs were in the afternoon and early evenings. Ears improved significantly in the afternoon. The night was warm 57 degrees at 9:41pm. The low was forecasted at 49 degrees.

Wed Apr 20. I took a Zyrtec at 4:15pm. Cold morning. Throat most active during my sickness phlegm flowed down my throat causing coughs. I woke up the earliest because I might feel cold. Daytime high 70 degrees. Coughs subsided as the day progressed.

Thur Apr 21. I took a Zyrtec at 4:30pm. Coughed two times for the entire day. There was a big ear pop in the early afternoon which opened my ears. I slept quickly.

Fri Apr 22. I took my last Zyrtec at 4:30pm. My throat felt like a second sore throat. No coughing. Lower amount of phlegm down my throat More times my ears popped out.

How Did I Get Sick?

My mom. My mom was sick three days before I got sick. Probability: 90%.

In the air. The air felt funny when I breathe in and breathe out during my last jog before I got sick. Probability: 25%.

Update On A Past Blog

I want to mention the specific day I wrote Seven Thousand Dollars 1998 Mentality In 2022 on May 31, 2022. I wrote the blog on Tue Apr 19, 2022 and posted on Tue May 31, 2022. My sickness inspired me to write the blog because 2022 year-to-date has the year 2008 and year 2009 feelings. In addition, I took a two week break from job training and I took one and a half week break from physical training.

The sickness was an opportunity for a distraction. I wrote The Best Life Time Out Or Distraction Is Being Sick on Nov 15, 2012. It was a time out. My body told me to recover.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Feel Your Burden And Your Lover's Burden

I speak for most couples dating. I speak for most couples as fiancees. I speak for most couples as husbands and wives. I speak for most couples as lifetime partners. Friends are included--I speak for circles of friends. We are a burden to some degree little or big. We are a burden to ourselves to some degree little or big. Overweight and unhealthy. Short-temper. Slow learner. Bad cook. Loud talker. Unemployed. Obsessed with cats. Smoker. Drives too fast. Too quiet. Snorer. Hates music. Impolite. The list is infinite.

Nobody is perfect. Is the tolerance of one person a tolerant match for the other person? Different tolerances for different people. Different strokes for different folks. Patience, acceptance, and matching are important for a long-lasting relationship. Can't handle the burden? Close the chapter. End the relationship. Cut the losses. Can you make an effort to reduce burden to yourself and to others? Take a deep breath. You can contribute to the world there's one less burdensome troubled person.

Sunday, June 05, 2022

End It Now

My dad and I went to my nephew's graduation from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts on Feb 2018. My mom couldn't attend because she was sick. All local dens attended. The ceremony took place at an elementary school's multi-purpose room. The day and time were a weekday evening when the parents were out of work and their children were out of school. An outsider expected everyone to be happy on a childhood memory.

On the contrary, almost everyone wanted to go home. All of the parents were fatigued. All of the parents faked smiles and faked enthusiasm. The food provided were pizza, potato chips, candy, and soda. Poor food choices to keep people awake. Some parents must have thought, "Where's the coffee?" Most of the kids lost focus for which they frolic around. Some older Boy Scouts forgot their cues when accepting new Boy Scouts members. The event was rushed towards the end. The school custodians urged parents to speed up the ceremony at the 9pm mark.

I blamed nobody wanting to end it now. Tonight was a school night. Any unfinished homework must be completed. Dinner must be served. Pizza, potato chips, candy, and soda were not dinner. The parents prepared the children for bed. Some working parents might have unfinished assignments for work. All working parents lost sleep hours for the night; moreover, many working parents thought about work during the ceremony. Families made big adjustments for the night affecting tomorrow and the rest of the week. Welcome to today's rapid family lifestyle.

Saturday, June 04, 2022

Shelter In-Place COVID-19 Blog May 2022

California issued shelter in-place orders on Tue Mar 17, 2020. I have been logging the highlights and lowlights. Positive rates continued to increase. All governments issued no long-term mask mandates. Monkeypox was in the news. The May month was faster than Apr.

Mon May 2. Completed local errands post office, Nob Hill, and Target.

Tue May 3. Completed local errands Nob Hill and AAA insurance first thing in the morning. More people were maskless outdoors.

Wed May 4. The Center For Disease Control (CDC) recommended masks on all public transportation despite a federal judge struck down the federal mask mandate for public transportation.

The first US COVID-19 death was Feb 29, 2020; although, multiple reports stated doctors revised a past death certificate the first US COVID-19 death was Jan 9, 2020. Coroners found earlier instances of COVID-19 deaths. 100 US COVID-19 deaths on Mar 17, 2020. 5,000 US COVID-19 deaths on Mar 31, 2020. 10,000 US COVID-19 deaths on Apr 4, 2020. 100,000 US COVID-19 deaths on May 23, 2020. 500,000 US COVID-19 deaths on Feb 21, 2021. 1,000,000 US COVID-19 deaths on May 4, 2022.

Secretary Of State Antony Blinken tested positive for COVID-19. Blinken was fully vaccinated and boosted. Mild symptoms.

Thur May 5. San Mateo County was one of the first counties in CA to build a test and treatment center. The location was the College Of San Mateo. People could get tested and get medications if qualified.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated 15 million people died from COVID-19 worldwide. The 15 million included people impacted by overwhelmed health systems; for example, cancer patients unable to get treatment at a hospital full of COVID-19 patients.. Most of the deaths occurred in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) limited the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to the rare risk of blood clots. Adults who couldn't get another vaccine or specifically requested Johnson & Johnson vaccine could get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The clot forms within the first two weeks. There is no worry afterwards.

Mon May 9. The City Of San Jose reinstated mask mandates for city workers effective Fri May 6 for two weeks.

Wed May 11. North Korea locked down acknowledging a COVID-19 outbreak. The leader Kim Jong Un wore a mask in public. Experts said North Korea might be seeking outside aid.

Thur May 12. COVID-19 cases increased in CA. San Francisco county's positive rate 9.4% was one of the highest in the state. Hospitalization rates were low.

North Korea reported six people died and 350,000 people treated for COVID-19. One of the six deaths was infected with omicron.

Fri May 13. All Bay Area counties had the highest infection rates in CA. Officials said case numbers are likely higher because home testers don't report their positively rates. Counties asked everyone to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated and boosted if eligible.

Mon May 16. The federal government offered residents up to eight COVID-19 rapid antigen tests shipped free via the United States Postal Service.

Tue May 17. The FDA authorized the Pfizer booster shots for children ages 5-11. The booster shot was administered at least five months after the second shot.

Thur May 19. The CDC recommended the Pfizer booster shots for children ages 5-11. The booster shot was administered at least five months after the second shot.

Fri May 20. I watched the San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants from the 8th inning to the 10th inning.

Berkeley Unified School District reinstated indoor mask mandates starting Mon May 23. The previously indoor mask mandate ended on Mar 2022.

Sun May 22. The WHO said the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. 1 billion people in lower income countries haven't been vaccinated. 60% of the world population is unvaccinated. 70 countries reported case numbers increasing.

Wed May 25. Pfizer provided COVID-19 vaccines, medicines, and medical products to treat other diseases and cancer to 45 lower-income countries at not-for-profit prices.

Thur May 26. COVID-19 omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants were detected in South Africa, parts of Europe, and the US.

Sat May 28. CA Governor Gavin Newsom tested positive for COVID-19. Mild symptoms. Newsome was vaccinated and boosted twice. Newsom was isolated. He took the Paxlovid antivirus pill.

Mon May 30. The City Of San Jose extended a city program providing up to $15,000 grants to support small businesses with rent and utilities related to COVID-19 to Jun 30, 2022. The dates the small businesses affected were from Mar 24, 2020 to Aug 19, 2021. The grants are funded from the American Rescue Plan Act. 300 grants are available. The qualifications are the business reside in San Jose, employ fewer than 10 full time employees, and earned less than $3 million in 2020 or 2021.

Tue May 31. Mailed a letter at the post office and shopped for groceries at Costco and Safeway. There were lots of cars entering Costco. There were few shoppers inside the warehouse. Many cars entering Costco drove to the gas station. It must be cars filling up gas after the Memorial Day weekend.