Wednesday, April 11, 2018

No Help For Those Behind

I went to a Bank Of America in another part of my city earlier today. The visit inspires me to write today's blog. Winners receive good things. Losers receive bad things. Or the good performers receive benefits. The good performers take care of themselves. The bad performers get little help. The bad performers are behind needing lots of help. Interpret them anyway you want.

It was decades ago I went to the Bank Of America mentioned above. I ran errands outside my neighborhood. I knew there was a Bank Of America nearby. I entered the bank for which I required teller service. The inside of the bank looked like 1980s. There were Plexiglas security barriers between the tellers and customers. The card machines didn't accept card chip technology. I couldn't determine if their security cameras recorded in HD. I guessed the ATM machines were not updated with the latest features such as security screen and horizontal mirror.

I felt I went to an inferior Bank Of America branch. It was like I visited a loser branch. The line was long because of tellers understaffed. The latest and greatest features are found in the best performing Bank Of America; for example, their card readers accept card chip. Where's the help for these worse performing Bank Of America branches needing upgrades to attract more customers? I must feel grateful my nearby Bank Of America branches include the latest and greatest features. I see many customers. Winners attract customers. Losers repel customers. Winners can get help when needed. Losers can get help if needed. A common saying "life is unfair" applies to business.


Sunday, April 08, 2018

I Owe The World

The world doesn't recognize who I am. Life owes me nothing. I'm invisible. Nobody knows me. I'm in debt to life. I'm in debt to the world. I must earn respect. I must earn recognition. I must earn freedom. Strength, courage, knowledge, grit, intelligence, and wisdom are developing respect, recognition, and freedom. I'm working hard intelligently to be happy.

I have a personal responsibility. I take care of myself. I achieve my happiness with some support. The breakdown is below:

1. Freedom. My freedom is a work in progress. I see freedom living on my own. I see freedom being a mature adult. I work full time being free. I find a long-term relationship with a woman soon.

2. Goodbye. I'm retired watching anime and playing video games which were two long-time hobbies. I say goodbye to some friends. It's time to move on. Perhaps we see each other again.

3. Stay Healthy. I minimize eating processed foods. I workout at the gym four or five days a week. I sleep eight hours a night. I eat three meals a day.

4. Never Stop Learning. I also include reviewing the basics such as databases and Excel. I have been learning Python, CSS, JavaScript, Tableau, Oracle, and more. I realize I have a gift on databases and analysis. I never had training. I learned on the job. My intuition assisted me. I self-teach myself a database foundation. Thank you YouTube videos.

5. New Adventures And New Experiences. I seek new adventures and experience new experiences 24/7. My life is never settled. Life is work, leisure, rest, and self-fulfillment.

One person may ask today's blog is another self-pity blog. My answer is no. Today's blog is for humankind. I owe the world for saving my butt. I was weak. I was naive. I took life for granted. I owe the people who helped me in the past. Much appreciated, people. Thank you, world. Thank you, life. It's time to pay back. I trust one day both the world and life reward me for my hard work. I earn everything working intelligently.


Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The Green Steno Notebook 2

The picture above is the notebook I acquired on the first day of my new white collar job. I wrote notes during my job training. I wrote other notes, reminders, and knowledge thereafter. I share many of them. Here is the second blog.

*Sep 2009. I have an above average long term memory. I share some of my past memories:

Sep 1985: I purchased a cinnamon roll in junior high school for $.30.
Summer 1989: I watched Will Clark hit his first career grand slam at Candlestick Park San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies.
Summer 1996: I watched Sailor Moon which introduced me to Japanese Anime.
Sep 2004: I cosplayed for the first time. My cosplay was Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist.
May 2007: I purchased my first car 2005 Toyota Camry.
Fall 1997 and Summer 2009: I watched Titanic twice and UP! twice, respectively, in the movie theaters.
Oct 2008: I read The Choice by Nicholas Sparks which was my first fiction book I read in decades.
Winter 2009: I learned the Fox Trot my first ballroom dance lesson.

*Nov 2009. I created a Twitter account @ININ61 at Monsieur Beans in the Willow Glen neighborhood in San Jose, CA. It was my first time I connected my laptop to a WiFi network outside my home.

*Dec 2009. Police officers and sales people are the best sources for good restaurants. There was an article on best places for breakfast. The list included the following: Lloyd's Donut Kitchen, Country Way, Dino's Family, Queen Donuts, Flames, Country Inn, Jim's Country Style Restaurant, Bill's Cafe, Holder's Country Inn, Greenlee's Bakery, Cafe Rosalena, Santa Cruz Diner, Heavenly Cafe, Sunrise Cafe, and Red Apple.

*Early 2010. I remember watching a movie a donut machine making donuts continuously. The name of the movie is The Donuts released in 1963. The main character's name is Homer. Click The Donuts for the IMDB information.

*Mar 2010. I asked myself the question, "Where are the anime fans in the 1990s?"

*Apr 2010. I believe the following below:

*Have nothing, do nothing, get nothing, be nothing, and people treat you like nothing. Never be a nobody.
*Life is really not that bad. Skip a night watching the news on TV. You may feel better. If you feel better, skip more nights watching the news on TV.
*Curses are meant to be broken.
*Redemption is one of the best ways to learn anything--to learn from your mistakes.
*"I believe" is a great conversation starter.
*Education is not always the answer.

*Apr 2010. Say you have 20 people. Split into groups of four or five. Each group eats at a different restaurant such as Thai, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, or American. It's like a seminar split into smaller groups which satisfies people who prefer small groups. Smaller groups are easier to get to know each other.

*Aug 2010. Cook green beans in two batches in a smaller pot. Cook bok choy in three batches. I wrote the two sentences in Aug 2010. It took me years later to follow through.

*Aug 2010. The standard biological sex symbol for male is the Mars symbol ♂ representing a shield and spear and for female is the Venus symbol ♀ representing a bronze mirror with a handle. Wiki source Gender symbol.

*Oct 2010. Websites Shirt.Woot, Black Friday, Reddit, and Las Vegas Gold Star to find last minute good deals.

*Oct 2010. Watch Love Actually. I actually watched the move in Nov 2011.

*Oct 2010. A rhetorical question is a question asked for effect which neither expects nor require an answer. In other words, don't answer a rhetorical question.

*Dec 2010. My friend Appu told me to watch YouTube tutorials. I followed his advice starting in Jul 2014. Some of the tutorials I watched were Excel, SQL, Python, HTML5, and electricity.

*Dec 2010. Pour milk little by little in a cereal bowl to keep the cereal crunchy.

*Jan 2011. Windows 7. Press the Windows key and the number button together to open the program pinned on the taskbar.


Monday, April 02, 2018

I Need More Stories

One gauge to determine how good a person's life is stories. Does a person share many stories? It's likely he or she lived a good life. Does a person share few stories? It's likely he or she lived a boring life. Some stories are bad; however, some bad stories have good endings. Lessons are learned. Wisdom acquired. Strength gained. There are tips to improve the quality of stories at the end of today's blog.

I already have stories such as the first time I was an inpatient in a hospital, improving my Mahjong skills, cosplaying, backpacking, late bloomer growing up, ballroom dancing, self-teaching new job skills, local sports teams winning championships, and attended a Paul McCartney concert. I share stories getting married and becoming independent soon. I need stories visiting a European country, visiting Hawaii, playing new board games, making new friends, and improving my cooking skills.

Tell a Story

The scenario is I'm interviewing for a job. One of the interviewers asked me to tell a story. I was inspired from the movie "La La Land" when Emma Stone's character was asked to share a story in a movie casting.

"Okay, it's a risky story. Risky is an incorrect adjective. I can't think of another adjective. Interpret the story on your own terms.

"I want to share a story finding my wife. I'm looking for a woman who is still new in life. She is still fresh. She's behind in life. I'm behind in life. I want her and I to catch up what we missed. I haven't visited a foreign country. Canada doesn't count. There are places I haven't visit in San Francisco, and my home city San Jose. My bucket list includes a Chow Mein pot luck, hosting board game nights, hiking in Hawaii, and an all-time favorite movie night binge. There is a blackout night we pretend there's no electricity we entertain ourselves with candles and flashlights.

"The best example I'm catching up is I drank an alcoholic beverage for the first time when I worked at a retail start-up. Another best example is I both camped and backpacked for the first time when I visited Zion National Park."

Tips To Tell A Good Story

Carmine Gallo wrote the book "The Storyteller's Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch On and Other's Don't" shared some rules from The Costco Connection magazine July 2017. Here they are:

*Don't tell a boring story.
*Do tell a story with a clearly defined villain.
*Don't pretend you never had to struggle.
*Do embrace your past and the experiences that define you.
*Don't end the story in the middle.
*Do provide a happy ending.

Side note 1: Alex Haley said the best way to being a speech is, "Let me tell you a story."

Side note 2: A little knowledge is better than a lot of ignorance.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Throwback Blog: Daylight Standard Time

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 Daylight Standard Time in Nov 2007. I remind everyone to check flashlights and smoke detectors on the two days we change our clocks one hour forward for daylight savings time and change our clocks one hour backward for daylight standard time. I also check my first aid kit for expired medications. Finally, Popcorn or 777-2676 was discontinued. The 777-2676 number told the listener the time.

I forgot to mention in the last Blog entry I’m watching Heroes. I’m currently on episode 14. Please, no spoilers.

Sunday November 4, 2007 began Daylight Standard Time. All clocks moved backward giving everyone one extra hour. On the other hand, we lose one hour when all clocks moved forward for Daylight Savings Time.
The two days are the days we must check the smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and batteries in flashlights. If your residence is missing smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and flashlights, you’re smoking something. After you read the Blog, go to the hardware store and buy these lifesaving items.

First, check smoke alarms. Check the batteries by using a battery reader. If you don’t have a battery reader, buy one at an electronics store. Make sure the smoke alarms are clean such as no dust and no spider webs. Each floor must have a smoke alarm including one near the kitchen. Replace low charged batteries.

Second, check the fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers must be clean. Check the gage. The arrow must be in the green. Each floor must have a fire extinguishers including one near the kitchen.

Last, check flashlights. Check the batteries by using a battery reader. Replace low charged batteries. Have spare bulbs because flashlight bulbs do burn out. The number of flashlights equals the number of people or number of floors whichever is greater in a residence. My house has two floors and we have seven flashlights.

Side Note. Popcorn or 777-2676 to know the official time is no longer in service, at least in the State of California. My thoughts are if it takes the same amount of time, money, and effort to tell everyone who dials Popcorn is disconnected, why is Popcorn disconnected?


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Allergies And Coughs January 2018

I started the year getting sick. I blog how I treated myself and the likely causes because I want to reference my treatment the next time I get sick. I didn't panic. I read my past sickness blogs to remind myself what I must do and don't. Coke, chocolate, and rest were my best treatments. Today's blog is minimally edited.

Wed Jan 10, 2018. Dry air. Throat was itchy. I woke up in the middle of the night to open my bedroom window because there was a fire in the fireplace. I slept with the window opened all night.

Thur Jan 11. Mental fatigue. I took a 52 minute nap. I felt better. Full workout at the gym. My throat was itchy before I went to sleep. I slept at 3am because I waited for the room to cool due to the fire in the fireplace.

Fri Jan 12. I took a Zyrtec at 12:10pm. Drank Coke. Troubled sleeping because I was too hot. I removed blankets. Very little coughing. I wanted to take another Zyrtec because mucus dripped down my throat. I couldn't because Zyrtec is taken once every 24 hours.

Sat Jan 13. Throat itched all day. Little coughing. I ate Ghirardelli chocolate squares which soothed my throat. Went to bed at 3am.

Sun Jan 14. High 70 degrees and low 48 degrees. I took a Zyrtec at 12:00pm. Fireplace was active. Little cough. Throat itchy. I baked brownies because I craved chocolate. I thought about my past sicknesses chocolate worked to soothe my throat. I washed my blankets. I slept with new bed sheets.

Mon Jan 15. High 66 and low 52. I lost my voice. I took a Zyrtec at 12:00pm. Small yellow color phlegm coughed out. I took at nap 5pm-8pm. I fear my sickness wasn't getting worse. The worse was coming soon. I went to bed at 12am. One long cough woke me up. I fell asleep at 4am.

Tue Jan 16. High 67 and low 49. I woke up at 6:15am coughing. The fear was realized. I took at Zyrtec at 6:50am being desperate. Ghirardelli dark chocolate 60% cacao and brownies didn't help. I felt bloated drinking water.

I read my last sicknesses blog Allergies And Coughs October 2016. My recovery started on the seventh day after visiting an urgent care center. Today was day six. Coughed out small phlegm yellow color. Took a nap at 10am and at 2:30pm. My cough intensified waking up due to phlegm. I wanted to take Zyrtec. I saved Zyrtec before I slept and at least 12 hours the last time I took Zyrtec at 6:50am.

I went to bed at 1am. I coughed at 2:45am. I took Zyrtec at 3am. I coughed major at 4:55am. Zyrtec stopped working? I said to myself, "don't play doctor." If my sickness got worse, then I visit an urgent care center. I ate two slices of bread and a brownie. Felt a little bloated. I watched TV. I went to bed at 6am. I kept the lamp on.

Wed Jan 17. High 65 and low 50. No medications today. I toughed it out. Runny nose. Stuffy nose woke up me. Sneezing. All three were minimized after eating breakfast. Coughing minimized. Yellow colored phlegm. No afternoon nap. My plan was to sleep before 12am to begin a consistent weeknight normal sleep pattern. I went to bed at 1am. Coughing. Drank water. Coughing reduced. I ate two slices of bread, brownie, and cashews at 2am. I applied a Breathe Right strip on my nose at 4:30am.

Thur Jan 18. High 63 and low 47. Phlegm yellow color. Woke up at 9:30am with a long cough. I continued taking no medicine. I watched my water intake making sure I didn't get bloated. I woke up again at 11:00am half slept and half awoke. There were more long coughs. I told my body I'm on my own. I went to bed at 2:30am after eating bread, brownies, and cashews waiting for the room to cool. The fireplace was active earlier.

Fri Jan 19. High 56 and low 40. I thought about Zyrtec before going to bed. The mystery continued what sickness I had. I woke up at 10am. I cleaned my room. I vacuumed the mattress removing the white specks from my mattress pad. I coughed more. Throat dripping phlegm got worse. I drank less water. I slept with new bed sheets. I wore new pajamas. If I slept poorly, then I take a Zyrtec tomorrow. Fireplace was active. I opened my windows to cool the room. I planned to visit the urgent care center on Mon Jan 22 if no improvement.

Sat Jan 20. High 58 and low 42. Best sleep since Mon Jan 15. Chocolate had been working. I stopped drinking Coke. I took a Zyrtec at 10:30pm. Phlegm color yellow. Coughing minimal throughout the day; however, I coughed more taking the Zyrtec. I washed jackets. I ate chocolate before going to sleep.

Sun Jan 21. High 58 and low 46. Zyrtec was mixed results. I slept in two phases. No phlegm down my throat. Let's see how the Zyrtec worked today. I coughed out phlegm yellow color three times before 11:40am. I debated taking another Zyrtec at 10:30pm. I could take it tomorrow at 10:30pm if I couldn't sleep tonight. Coughs were here and there. There was nothing to worry. I must sleep to recover. I gained three pounds due to lack of sleep and lack of exercise.

Mon Jan 22. High 60 and low 44. I woke up two times due to bad coughs. Ate Ghirardelli chocolate. I feel asleep. I took it easy. Afternoons naps. No Zyrtec. If I didn't improve before Fri Jan 26, then I visit an urgent care center. One major cough and a few minor coughs in the morning. I could deal with daytime phlegm down my throat because it helped me recover. I couldn't deal with nighttime phlegm down my throat because I couldn't sleep. Coughs good daytime. Coughs bad nighttime.

I reviewed my sicknesses blog Allergies And Coughs October 2016 again. I was inconsistent taking Zyrtec in Oct 2016. Perhaps I should be consistent. I took a Zyrtec at 11:30pm starting today for the week. Coughs were few today. I felt phlegm down my throat. I couldn't drink water today because I felt bloated. I had been eating Jell-O for a few days. I desired to go back to the gym. I didn't know what day. My answer was when I start getting good sleep.

Tue Jan 23. High 59 and low 42. Setback. I woke up twice because of two long coughs. I ate multiple Ghirardelli chocolates squares to calm down. I stopped taking Zyrtec. Fri Jan 26 visit to urgent care center if I got worse was still a go. Coughs unproductive no phlegm in the morning. The afternoon coughing improved with light yellow phlegm. I went back to old school recovery my body took care of itself recovering. itself. Zyrtec doubtful. Perhaps I needed to eat a meal before I took a Zyrtec. Trial and error. I ate two slices of bread and cashews before I slept.

Wed Jan 24. High 59 and low 43. I was in bed 12am to 12pm. I slept for ten hours last night. Best sleep. No Zyrtec. I woke up once last night. I ate Ghirardelli squares. I went back to sleep. Phlegm light yellow color. Two coughs in the afternoon. Fireplace was active. Cough intensified at night. I ate Cadbury chocolate to temporarily relieve my cough.

Thur Jan 25. High 57 and low 40. I went to bed at 2am. I woke up at 7:45am. I couldn't get back to sleep. One big cough woke me up. I ate chocolate to get back to sleep. I woke up at 12pm. My throat felt like sandpaper. I could taste food fortunately. Coughs were few. No coughs in the afternoon. Phlegm continued down my throat. I drank Starbucks hot chocolate.

Fri Jan 26. High 57 and low 38. Went to bed at 2am. I woke up at 9am. I went back to sleep. I woke up at 11:50am. Target day to go back to the gym was Mon Jan 29. One major cough last night before I slept. One Cadbury chocolate square calmed me. Fireplace was active. I opened my bedroom window upstairs. Phlegm was active at night. Minor coughing when exposed to the fire.

Sat Jan 27. High 62 and low 42. Slept without interruption. Throat felt dry. I slept at 1am. I woke up at 9:30am. No coughing. Air still dried. Rare cough when phlegm down my throat. I drank chocolate milk. More random coughs at nighttime. There was a major cough in the morning before I brushed my teeth. I didn't brush my teeth before I went to bed just in case I needed to eat Cadbury chocolate. I should have brushed my teeth.

Sun Jan 28. High 67 and low 43. I still had sensitivity to cold. Cold made me cough. I slept with four blankets last night. Cough went down. My throat was dry when I woke up. I still had sensitivity to dry air. No interruptions sleeping last night from 1:30am-12pm. Phlegm color was white.

Mon Jan 29. High 67 and low 48. I slept from 2am to 11am. No interruptions. Extra sleep continued during the week. One cough in the morning. One cough in the afternoon. Phlegm down my throat when I'm cold. Easy cardio workout. I coughed once in the gym from phlegm. No drinking cold water. I was sensitive to cold at the gym. Needed to eat chocolate when I arrived home.

Tue Jan 30. High 68 and low 46. I slept from 12am to 11am. I woke up in the morning because I was cold. I added another blanket. One cough in the morning. No coughs the rest of the day. No phlegm down my throat at the gym. I drank room temperature bottle water.

Wed Jan 31. High 68 and low 47. I slept from 12:30am to 10:45am. It took a long time to fall asleep. I was too warm. I opened the window for 30 minutes. I woke up in the middle of the night needing another blanket from three blankets to four blankets. Throat felt like sandpaper when the air was dry. Drank water. Body still sensitive to cold. I didn't have the "I like cold" feeling. Phlegm color white.

Thur Feb 1. High 73 and low 50. I slept from 12:45am to 10:30am. I still took time to fall asleep. The window opened at night before I went to bed helped me fall asleep. The temperature differences between the highs and lows were a concern because my body had difficulty adjusting to warm days and cold nights. I must establish a normal sleep routine soon. I didn't want to continue adjusting next week. Maybe sickness recovery a factor? Phlegm color white.

Fri Feb 2. High 74 and low 50. I slept from 12:15am to 10:30am. I woke up at 6:40am because I thought of a blog idea. Troubled getting back to sleep. I needed a fourth blanket momentarily. Phlegm color white.

Sat Feb 3. High 76 and low 52. I slept with four blankets last night. I wore jeans and two short sleeve shirts during errands. I wore a t-shirt and shorts at home during the day. I opened the windows fully before I went to sleep. Phlegm color white.

Mon Feb 5. High 76 and low 49. Today was the day after Super Bowl. I slept 4am-11am. I woke up with phlegm down my throat. No rain forecasted this week. Warm temperatures. Dry air. I continued eating Cadbury chocolate. I ate anything including pizza and salad. No phlegm throughout the day. I wore extra clothes. My cold tolerance continued to be weak.

Tue Feb 6. High 76 and low 47. I slept 3:15am-12pm. Dry air. Recovery continued. Normal sleep pattern must be established. One hour spent per job skill learning and reviewing. Windows opened fully to keep room cool all day. Gym exercises continued to ease to normal workouts. Take it easy. Take it slow. Increment.

Wed Feb 7. High 77 and low 49. I slept 1:30am-11:30am. I drank water two times because the dry air woke me up twice. Phlegm had not been a problem. Rest. Ate good meals. I ate chocolate to soothe my phlegm down my throat at night.

Thur Feb 8. High 77 and low 49. I slept 12:15am-11:15am. I was too hot last night. I woke up early in the morning because I heard dad's alarm. I had trouble getting back to sleep. I removed one blanket resulting in sleeping with one blanket and a bed sheet. Temperature range 70-40 was as bad as 80-50.

Fri Feb 9. High 78 and low 49. I slept 12:15am-11:00am. I started sleeping with two blankets. I needed an extra blanket in the middle of the night. There was phlegm down my throat three instances. I ate chocolate to soothe my throat.

Sat Feb 10. High 71 and low 43. I slept 2:00am-11:30am. I took a long time to fall asleep. I was on the computer job searching and catching up with my email before I went to bed. No chocolate needed last night.

How Did I Get Sick

Frozen Pork Meals. The family didn't eat fresh meals on Sun Jan 14. Eating poor meals could contribute to a sickness which has in the past. My sickness symptoms started on Mon Jan 10. My sickness intensified on Mon Jan 15. Probability: 75%.

Side note: I experience sick like symptoms when I ate Mexican Oregano two times in early Mar 2018. I drank Coke for one day or two days. Symptoms disappeared.

Fireplace Active. The wood burning stove at the fireplace was burning wood. My room was too hot. The air was dry. I opened the windows to cool the room. I slept with the windows opened. I should have set a timer to wake up in the middle of the night to close the windows to prevent sleeping in too cold conditions. Probability: 60%.

It Was In The Air. Everyone was getting sick. Probability: 40%.

Mattress Pad. I didn't realize my mattress pad was breaking apart. I might have been inhaling the white specks. There was a blessing in disguise. I vacuumed my mattress removing the specks. I removed the pad. I don't sleep with a mattress pad currently. Probability: 20%.

Too Much Time On The Computer. I got sick of all the times I stayed up late on the internet. I have been staying up late on the internet in the past; fortunately, staying up is irregular. Probability: 15%.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

SOMT: A Few Malls Still Exists Today

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.

I shopped at a small mall yesterday to purchase a new pair of shoes. The mall was dead. Most of the people were alone on their phones or laptops. The few people shopped three-fourths of the mall occupied by stores. Also, the few people socialized without their electronics. These few people reminded me of malls of the old days. It was inevitable many malls closed today. One obvious reason is online shopping. There is no reason to leave your residence when consumers shop conveniently in front of their computer wearing pajamas. Another reason is there were too many malls.

I remember the malls were a magnet for people to get together. Loitering was acceptable in some malls. People left their residence, hung out, and met new people. No smart phones. No laptops. People communicated face-to-face. Some conversations could be started by walking around observing other people and stores.

I believe malls exist today and tomorrow. I believe there are people who keep the mall tradition alive. People shop, people meet, people eat together in food courts, and people socialize.

Update On A Past Blog

I want to add another movie for my blog Top Ten Movies I Watched Late on Mar 1, 2013. I blogged if I watched these movies earlier in my life, then I could have been a better person earlier in my life. I could have been wiser and smarter. The movie I add is "Fast Times At Ridgemont High." The movie depicted typical high school life such as sex, dating, drugs, and part-time jobs all are true today. Also, the movie depicted political topics such as abortion.