Monday, October 15, 2018

Counterintuitive To-Do List

I was inspired to write an opposite to-do list or an opposite checklist on Sun Oct 7. I was on my desk preparing to write what I must accomplish in the morning. I thought of the opposite idea. I experimented the opposite planner Sun Oct 7 to Sun Oct 14. It felt different writing down everything I accomplished instead of writing down everything to accomplish. The satisfactory feeling was no different writing down everything I accomplished and crossing out everything on my to-do list. There was no increase or decrease in motivation to complete my responsibilities. The following is my counterintuitive to-do list:

Sun Oct 7: Washed sheets, washed hiking hat, job searched, checked email, downloaded financial statements, cleaned desk, archived past blogs, prepared items to sell on eBay, paid DMV car registration, put hiking gear back in closet, uploaded a blog, and played Mahjong.

Mon Oct: 8 Self foot spa, learned Power Query, learned SQL, installed permanent light timer, job searched, checked email, shopped for books online, and cooked.

Tue Oct 9: Learned Power Query, learned Power Business Intelligence, job searched, checked email, archived past blogs, learned Power Pivot, cleaned hiking equipment, cooked, and wrote blogs.

Wed Oct 10: Learned SQL, cooked, job searched, checked email, archived past blogs, learned Python, and workout at the gym.

Thur Oct 11: Self foot spa, learned Power Query, learned Power Business Intelligence, shopped, cooked, checked email, job searched, and workout at the gym.

Fri Oct 12: Cleaned toilet, learned Power Query, learned SQL, cooked, job searched, checked email, learned Python, and workout at the gym.

Sat Oct: 13 Wrote a blog, read a book, cooked, watched an inning NLCS, read another book, uploaded two blogs, watched an inning ALCS, washed towels, and played Mahjong.

Sun Oct 14: Checked email, shopped, attended a gathering in Japantown-San Jose, CA, watched football, cooked, job searched, and uploaded a blog.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Five Quickie Questions

I was inspired from the podcast Sex With Emily. Emily asks five quickie questions to her podcast guests. The questions asked vary. Here are my five favorite with my answers.

1. Biggest turn on. Intelligence and adventure.

2. Biggest turn off. Social awkwardness or poor conversationalist and low self-esteem.

3. What's one thing you tell your partner about your body? Teasing. Grab my butt or slap my butt.

4. Craziness place to have sex. In my car at a parking garage.

5. Biggest pet peeve. Waste food.

Update On A Past Blog

I realized losing my job skills on Jan 2013 A Concern That Requires My Attention. I relearned Business Analyst skills and reviewed Excel and Crystal Reports incorrectly. Fortunately, I began reviewing Excel correctly starting on Aug 2014. I'm learning Python, Power Query, and Microsoft Power Business Intelligence today. I'm reviewing SQL and VBA today.

My latest concern is losing my communication skills. Another negative being unemployed is losing professional communication skills from small talk with co-workers to presentation in a meeting. Similarly, I'm losing my social communication skills. Most of the people in my life have moved on. My life is on pause. I don't know when my life resumes play when I achieve freedom. Socializing is hard when I'm home working hard to find a job.

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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Use It Or Lose It

An obvious blog. A simple blog. I remind myself the life lesson I learned at De Anza College Fall 2010. Use it or lose it. Don't let anything sit around doing nothing. Use it now. Don't let it collect dust. Use anything to make life better. An obvious example is our brains. I wrote a blog The Brain Use It Or Lose It on Sep 22, 2015. It's a judgment call. Sometimes we hold back for good reason. Sometimes we don't need to use it now. It can wait. Timing is bad. Regardless, take advantage of using it to save time, to save money, to learn, to gain an advantage, and to win. Otherwise, get rid of it. Junk is useless.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Am I Being Bold Or Stupid?

I'm long-term unemployed. Do I wait for a job offer matching my skills and knowledge? Do I accept any job? I can work in data entry, as a retail associate, or as a content review analyst. There is no right or wrong answer. Do I make a bold intelligent choice waiting for a matching job which sets a solid career path? Do I make a stupid life forever unemployed choice? A third choice is do I take any job which sets a ruined career path?

I continue training like minor league baseball players training to play in the major league. I learn new job skills. I review existing job skills. Regardless, how can my resume get worse waiting? Patience is a virtue. However, is there virtue having a weak resume?

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Throwback Blog: No Words For Human Feelings

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 No Words For Human Feelings in Sep 2015. I remind myself sometimes we solve problems using our feelings. We use our intuition. Words can't explain parts of life. The feelings are the best way to communicate. Sometimes feelings are the only way to communicate. The late Steve Jobs said, "I began to realize that an intuitive understanding and consciousness was more significant than abstract thinking and intellectual logical analysis . . . intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That's had a big impact on my work."


Humans have feelings. We live our lives with feelings every breath we take. Sleep or awake. Working or studying. Driving or relaxing. Feelings guide how we live our lives. We make choices based on feelings sometimes. These choices include professional, big life moments, leisure, and personal. Human feelings define us being human.

We know the common feelings: happy, goodness, sincerity, trustworthy, positive, comfortable, strong, and optimistic. There are also sad, evil, ungrateful, dishonest, negative, uneasy, weak, and pessimistic. More common feelings include anger, frustration, relief, fatigue, fresh, energize, focus, pain, and confuse.

On the other hand, no words describe some human feelings. Some human's aurora naturally spreads joy, comfort, and happiness. In contrast, some human's aurora naturally spreads depression, distrust, and sadness. How does a person portray himself or herself with a group of people? There's no thinking. The person's feelings come out naturally. How does a person improve their natural aurora in a positive way? I'm not a psychologist. My answer is wisdom, experience more life experiences, genuine, and strength.

Trust the gut feelings. Trust intuition. Sometimes no thinking is the best way to make good choices. There are no words to describe these choices. There are no words to describe the process for the conclusion. Sometimes the best way to get out of problems is gut feelings. Life is full of feelings. People must never fake human feelings. Life punishes fakers. Follow the feelings. Go with the feeling flow. Trust your feelings to understand today's blog.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Farewell Orchard Supply Hardware Store



Orchard Supply Hardware's (OSH) parent company Lowe's announced all OSH stores permanently close on Dec 31, 2018. All participating stores are liquidating their inventory with sales. Discounts increase as the days move closer to Dec 31, 2018. I share my memories and feedback below:

*Light bulbs. I'm attracted to light bulbs. I walked to the light bulbs aisle first when my family shopped at OSH when I was a child.

*Indoor plants. I purchased two indoor plants for my cubicle when I worked at Palo Alto Networks in Nov 2014. The air was dry on my floor. The indoor plants somehow made my cubicle bearable.

*Last purchase before liquidation. I purchased silicon tape for my car in case a tube cracked. The silicon tape temporary seals the cracked tube to drive home safely.

*A true hardware store. OSH was the hardware store I shopped before The Home Depot and Lowe's opened their stores in the Bay Area. I wrote a blog titled SOMT: When A Supermarket Was Just Buying Family Groceries on Dec 5, 2012. I wrote a grocery store is buying groceries, an auto store is buying auto parts, a drug store is buying drugs, and an office supply store is buying office supplies. There was no Costco, Target, and Wal-Mart in my childhood.

*Bad management. Many employees know people leave bad companies because of bad management. Perhaps Lowe's intentionally managed OSH terrible to the point of closing stores to eliminate competition.

*On the other hand . . . I believe out with the old and in with the new. Nothing lasts forever. If OSH failed to keep up with today's retail business environment, then it's inevitable OSH permanently closes. I hope for the best for the OSH employees.

*Black Friday purchases. I purchased a leaf blower in 2009. I purchased a flashlight set in 2014.

*We pay the sales tax. OSH promoted customers pay no sales tax on weekends.

*How To Fair. OSH's yearly event at a fairgrounds or convention centers. The How To Fair was like a trade show or home improvement convention. The fair attracts home improvement companies to sponsor, home improvement celebrities, free samples, classes, and coupons. I have three How To Fair buckets. My last How To Fair was 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

*Desk fan. My room got hot during the summers. Some days were not worth turning on the home air conditioner. The home air conditioner was poor keeping the second floor cool. I purchased a desk fan in Jul 2005. The fan works today.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

**8-872-****

Everyone receives unsolicited phone calls. Some calls are cold call sales such as solar panels, home improvement, and real estate. Some calls are scams such as pay a fee to avoid getting arrested and bad credit cards. My household received a call from the phone number at today's blog title last night at 8:29pm. Someone is desperate for money the caller works night hours. I give the benefit of the doubt the caller is cold calling.

Moreover, I give the benefit of the doubt the caller is dealt a bad hand of cards. The caller is down on his or her luck. There have been bad moments. I experience a little sadness the caller disturbs people in the night. I experience a little sympathy the caller disturbs people in the night. The caller is working to make a living. My household lets the voice mail answer the call.

I took a moment to reflect my life. I'm lucky despite being unemployed and living with my parents. I could be the person making cold calls. I could be the person with no education. I could be the person with poor learning ability. I review my existing job skills and learn new job skills five days a week preparing for my next job. Unfortunately, there are too many people living today. The world is too crowded. There are too few opportunities. The size of the pie remains the same. I hope timing and luck favors me soon to earn my freedom.

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