Wednesday, June 28, 2006

What Does AX 2001 And Potentially AX 2006 Have In Common?

Also, what does Fanime 2002, Anime Expo 2002, Fanime 2004 and Anime Expo 2004 have in common?

The two comparisons are related to me personally. First, Anime Expo (AX) 2001 and potentially AX 2006. Days before AX 2001, I felt depressed. I felt the world was going against me. I wanted to control everything in my life to become successful. I wanted everything in my life and my surroundings to be my way. Yes success is about controlling your actions. And yes, success is choosing what you can control and what you can’t control.

Earlier in the week, I felt depressed. I felt there is so much going on and not enough time to complete everything. At this moment, I’m not prepared for the AX trip to Anaheim. And work is just horrible. There is no soul. The building is where a human being goes in and only a body goes out. I’m tired going to work everyday.

Fortunately, I remember what I learned back at AX 01. Control what you can control and control what you can’t control. I can control what I do at AX. I can’t control the dull work place atmosphere. I can control my time after work. I can’t control the assignments given to me at work. I can control and protect my positive attitude and upbeat feelings. I can’t control my co-worker trying my make my life miserable and get attention from me (for example, sets his phone ring tone so loud my 89 year old grandmother can hear it across the floor.)

I’m scared of AX 06 which leads to Fanime 02, AX 02, Fanime 04 and AX 04. The four conventions have in common is I felt no enjoyment at those four conventions. Events leading to the four conventions were positive and I was really upbeat. I wanted to best of the best to forget my worst of the worst in life. Unfortunately, the four cons were some of the worst convention experiences. I admit the week’s events leading to AX 06 are depressing which should mean I have a great AX 06; on the other hand, there are instances I have happy AX 06 moments. (Please, no jinxes. No jinxes. No jinxes.) How ironic.

I have been making lots of adjustments in planning and scheduling. I must welcome the adjustments and I must improvise to have a great AX 06. I must work hard and at the same time have hardcore fun.

After work today, I’m going to finish packing. I have the focus. I can control my focus to finish packing *__* Thursday I’m going to pick up the rental car and me and two friends are going to drive to Anaheim early Friday morning and arrive between 7:00 A.M. and 8:00 A.M.

On another subject, anime fans, does it seem every even year convention is a good convention and every odd year convention is a bad convention . . . like Star Trek’s even year good movie and odd year bad movie? Curses are meant to be broken just like the Boston Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series. Is AX 06 going to reverse the curse? We shall see ^_^


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Sunday, June 25, 2006

A Car Key Is Used To Lock And Unlock Doors

I arrived just in time for the San Jose State University Park and Ride shuttle bus Spring Semester 1993. After I grabbed my backpack, locked the driver side door, and closed the driver side door, I realized I forgot to remove the car keys from the ignition. I was really pissed. I called San Jose State University police to help me unlock the door.

Since then, I always use my car keys to lock the door after I park. Lesson learned. Always lock the car with your keys. No exception. Locking the car with your keys guarantees you have the keys the next time your drive the car, and when you're home, you have the house key. The same idea applies to cars with remote locking doors. You have the remote on your hand which guarantees you have the car key.

There is another choice for drivers who choose not to lock the car with the car keys. First, hold the car keys with your hand. Then say the following, "Got the keys. Got the keys. You may close the door. You may close the door." Saying the four sentences assures yourself you have the car keys. You must say the four sentences after you hold the keys with your hand.

Keys are used to lock and unlock anything. Spend the extra 2 seconds to assure yourself you locked the anything with the keys.


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Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Red Light At Bird

My commute to work is short. The time is around 15-20 minutes. There is freeway driving which is reverse commute and brief. (Those who live in the San Jose area, I drive Southbound Interstate 280 and take the Bird Avenue exit.) There is a signal light at the end of the exit. Almost everytime I arrive at the signal light, it's either the light turns red or the light already turned red and the cross traffic just got the green light.

Is this a sign? Those who read my Blog, and there are a few out there *hee hee*, know my job sucks. Is the red light telling me to stop going to work and do something else? Just do something. Do anything. In my 31 years living, I experienced one successful sign. The successful sign took place in late 2004. On my way to work, I experienced a green light turning yellow when I drive through an intersection practically at least once. The sign told me to slow down, take it easy, and enjoy life. I have slowed down, took it easy, and enjoyed life (except work of course :-O) Any other signs I either missed it or the sign was just an event with no sign.

The problem is the something else, the anything else is unknown to me. I still need to find the something for me to do anything. I'm going to keep going and move forward to find the something. When I find the something, the Blog is the first place I share.


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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Another Fast Week

Here is quickie Blog entry. My company’s corporate office is moving and the server is going off-line in about 15 minutes. I’m at work ready to leave. I’m listening to 98.5 KFOX, the South Bay Classic Rock station. There are a few people remaining in the office. Some brokers are doing their cold calls.

The week went by fast. I’m starting to wake up earlier in the morning to learn Crystal Reports, edit the cosplay pics from Fanime Con 2006, and read Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins. The benefit of waking up earlier is I arrive to work on time LOL!

Later tonight and tomorrow night I’m going to the gym. Father’s Day is Saturday and Sunday for my family. My friend Steve from Washington is in Alaska on vacation.

Thank you for reading my Blog.


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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Whoever Though Of The Word “Rush” Lived A Short Life

In Herbert Simon’s writing “What We Know About The Creative Process”, he said it takes 10 years and 50,000 chunks of knowledge to become an expert. To expand on the idea, it takes 18 years to become an adult. And company executives have at least 10 years of experience in their field of expertise.

On my first day in my Washington Canada trip in August 2005, my friend took the scenic route from Seattle/Tacoma airport to his home in Lilliwaup. I saw the homes along the rivers and lakes. Almost all of the people outside their homes were retired people well into their late 60s. The impression I got was they never rush success.

Don’t rush success. Don’t rush being an expert. The days of the dot com where 20 year olds were making millions are gone. I felt rushed after I graduated college. My co-workers and my friends were rising up their career ladders to new responsibilities and challenges. I felt left behind. I felt sad my life was in a crawl and the world moved forward without me ;__;

Today, I’m taking life slower and learning, enjoying, and having fun. I realize my co-workers and my friends had the experience and the knowledge to move forward. Timing was in their favor. I’m hoping that 10 years from now, my success is going to be 100 times better than today, and I learned new concepts, met lots of new people, thought of new ideas, and experience new experiences—no regrets.

Everyone, *raises his water bottle* here’s to life meant to be enjoyed by everyone at the speed of a baby’s first steps.


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Friday, June 09, 2006

I’m Tired

Last night, I went to the gym. It was two weeks since the last time I went to the gym. I suffered a cramp on my lower right leg while on the stationary bike. My workout was shortened and I went home. Today I feel a little better. I’m probably going to the gym for a light treadmill and weights workout.

Between last night and the morning drive to work, I thought why I have been tired. I believe the reason is I’m tired of the same same everyday: go to work, go home, cook, sleep, read books, look at my stocks, watch anime, workout at the gym . . . just doing the same ol’ activities daily and weekly. (I can write a separate Blog on work. Work has been the same since day one. Monthly reports, quarterly reports, annual reports, daily reports . . . it’s all the same.)

On the other hand, the last two years I have been doing lots of new activities. I named 2006 the Year Of The First and I named 2005 the Year Of The New. I could have named 2004 the Year Of The Wake Up You Sorry Ass since I never officially named year 2004 LOL!

Life is living in the present. Life your life now or regret it later. Life is taking a collection of everything in the present, a collection of everything done today. For the young people in their teens and 20’s, remember life living in the present. I realized how to live life in my 30s and I could have done a lot more in my 20s :-(

Here are some of my life collections since 2004:

--Two cosplays attending anime conventions
--Vacationed in Washington and Canada
--Learned SQL and Crystal Reports XI
--Read lots of books including One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch, Moneyball by Michael Lewis, and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
--Met lots of new people
--Started a Blog which I’m happy to say is going well :-)
--Created a new webpage
--Attended a night class at De Anza College

The collection is pretty good, yet I still feel tired today of doing the same same everyday: go to work, go home, cook, sleep, read books, look at my stocks, watch anime, workout at the gym . . . . I’m waiting for the big moment to eliminate my tiredness. I’m working and I’m searching for the big moment. I know my present collection of life’s present moments sooner or later brings me to the big moment. The big moment is going to inspire me, bring me new energy, give me new life experiences, take my life to new levels I never dreamed, and open new roads and doors.

In my webpage, I shared the Top 30 Most Memorable Moments in my 30 years. Actually, it’s the top 29 because I removed the number one moment. Why? I never had a number one moment during my 30 years. None. The number one moment is the moment cherished daily. And today, I live life today working, looking, and searching for the big moment. Even when the big moment comes in my 40s, it’s going to be the time when I’m never going to be tired living life ever again!


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Friday, June 02, 2006

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.” --Thomas Henry Huxley

I was a quiet child during my young years. I kept to myself and went along with the group. I rarely spoke out. I liked action movies; although, I created almost no action.

As I look back, there must have been situations where I could initiate action and succeeded. Why didn’t I? Was I afraid to fail? Was I scared I get teased? Was I embarrassed? The answer was all of the above and then some.

The title speaks itself. Action speaks louder than words. Straightforward example: a couple loves each other and says, “I Love You.” The couple must demonstrate, must show, and prove their love using action for “I Love You” to have meaning, to have creditability, to have faith, and to have sincerity. The common actions are hugs and kisses, gifts, love letters, and being together and sharing life.

Think about famous people using action. Dr. Martin Luther King’s non-violent protests. Barry Bonds hitting home runs and chasing Hank Aaron’s all time career home run record. Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Martha Stewart and her Martha Stewart Living business. Albert Einstein, Time Magazine’s person of the century, contributions to science using action. For me, my time is coming up. The beast is waking up from a long hibernation.

Today’s school teaches student to behave quietly and learn from the textbooks. The famous people above found success learning outside the classroom and outside the textbooks. It’s really difficult for quiet people to be successful. Quiet, no. Modest, yes.

One may know the periodic table. One may know all of the Presidents of the United States. One may know how to fix cars. Action is required for the knowledge learned to be useful. After reading the blog, go rent an action movie. LOL!

Unrelated topic. For people in the airsoft hobby, always wear protective eye when skirmishing and when working on the airsoft weapons such as loading BBs, fixing the weapons, and upgrading the weapons. One time, I was uploading the BBs and one BB shot out of the magazine clip and was 1/8th inch away from my eye. Always wear goggles when handling airsoft weapons (^.^)


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