Monday, October 26, 2015

Top Ten Kid Moments

My kindergarten to sixth grade kid years were boring, uninspiring, slow growing, little developing, and being behind. There was little parental involvement. They were inactive, cheap, and overprotective. They took life for granted ignoring problems hoping they fixed themselves. My childhood was too much fun. The child years were too loose with little guidance. Ironically, I admit some children wished they had my parents because they provided shelter, food, and clothing.

I'm happy to share top kid moments. Some of these moments were experienced with good timing, good fortunes, and dumb luck. Sesame Street is a good example. The classic Sesame Street taught me how to be a good child my parents failed to teach me. I'm lucky I was young at the time Sesame Street influenced my childhood development. I was also lucky to watch the Saturday morning cartoons. Bugs Bunny, Richie Rich, A Pup Named Scooby Doo, and The Real Ghostbusters were my favorites. There are no Saturday morning cartoons today. The Saturday morning cartoons are number six in my top ten.

Here are the top ten kid moments:

10. Won $5 Pumpkin Contest (6th Grade). My junior high school held a guess the pumpkins' total weight contest. I won in the 6th grade division. It was the only time I won cash in any contest throughout my life.

9. Captain Of A Train (Kindergarten). My brother, cousin, and I played on a steam locomotive train at Washington Park in Alameda, CA. We played "captain, there's a fire" for which all the kids told me there was a pretend fire. I investigated. I extinguished the fire. My brother and cousin were my lieutenants. We continued the game throughout the entire day.

8. Solo Play (Various). There were times I was responsible keeping myself occupied. I played Puzzletown Set D Mayor Fox's Town Center. I rode my bike around the neighborhood outdoors and used the sofa indoors pretending I was a school bus driver. I pretended selling new cars at my car dealership named "Snoopy Car Dealer". I was a cashier at a grocery store and a BEST department store using a broken calculator, toy money, and a file cabinet as the till. I was a banker using Legos and preschool toys as the computers. And I was a teacher using obsolete primary grade textbooks my parents got at school closures.

7. I'm Bugs Bunny (1st Grade). I broke saltine crackers in half as carrots when I pretended I was Bugs Bunny.

6. Morning Game Shows And Cartoons (Various). My summer vacation mornings were occupied watching game shows. My Saturday mornings were occupied watching network cartoons. I was sad seeing college football games broadcasted during the fall and winter seasons.

5. First Football Touchdown (5th Grade). There was a fumble. A popular fifth grader told me to pick up the ball. I picked up the ball. I ran to the end zone. It was my first touchdown. I scored many more touchdowns in lunch hour football games.

4. Animal Telephone (Kindergarten-2nd Grade). My brother and I collected stuffed animals. We pretended our beds were apartments housing our own stuffed animals. We took turns an animal from one apartment called an animal from another apartment to hang out. Each of us owned toy jeeps big enough to put our animals inside. We used the jeeps to transport some of our animals inside the house; for example, my parent's bed was the grocery store. It was like old school socializing. Call a friend. Think of an activity. Do it.

3. Lunch Hour Run (2nd Grade And 3rd Grade). My elementary school promoted physical fitness. Students ran around the 1/4th mile grass field every Wednesday. We checked-in every 1/4th mile to 5th grade volunteers with clipboards. I started running in the second half of my 2nd grade year. I ran my entire 3rd grade year. I made the special running wall in my 3rd grade year where top runners were recognized. The teacher coordinator added all of the top runners' miles ran on a global map as if one person ran the entire world.

2. Girls I Liked And Liked Me (Various). I was a quiet child. I had my share of girls I liked. I had my share of girls liking me. My first friend was Carolyn Harper in Kindergarten. We telephoned each other. I liked a red haired girl named Meghan who sat on my left in 1st grade. There was a girl who liked me named Joann in 1st grade. A 1st grade girl named Amy liked me when I was in 3rd grade. I liked a girl named Jackie Russell in 5th grade. I wasn't sure she liked me. Deborah Biron sat next to me in 6th grade. We teased each other--friendly bullying. We never expressed liking each other. And there was a girl from another junior high school I befriended in the school bus going home in 6th grade. Her name was Cristina Dugglby. We dated a couple of times in high school.

1. Triple Play (4th Grade-6th Grade). GI Joe, Transformers, and MASK were the toys my brother and I played throughout our youths. We played on Saturdays and during the summers. We created scenarios or plots. What was the evil planning to destroy? The good responded to the evil. We never played randomly. We took turns playing the good guys and the bad guys. We also watched the cartoons.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sometimes Any Given Sunday

I'm a football fan. I'm a casual football fan who follows the headlines. I know the teams, the popular players, the all-star professionals, and some NFL history. I know enough NFL knowledge to participate in football conversations. I listen to sports talk shows sometimes. I always watch the Super Bowl. I plan nothing else on Super Bowl Sunday.

Sometimes I watch football games on Sundays during the NFL season. Sometimes I don't watch. Sometimes I don't watch my San Francisco 49ers. I'm not a die-hard football fan who must watch football games. I don't even have cable. Sometimes I watch parts of a football games such as the last minutes of the fourth quarter when the game is close.

I live a balance life. There are some priorities which must be completed on any given Sunday. Some of the priorities include working out at the gym, cooking meals, paying bills, checking emails, playing board games, and catching up on something I'm behind. Sometimes I listen to football games on radio. I stop watching football games when the end result is a blow out. I believe there are some people who fit my football fan profile. There are some any given Sundays I have no priorities. I watch an entire football game. My way I enjoy my NFL football doesn't make me any less of a sincere football fan.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Top Ten Vacations

Active leisure is part of our lives. We must find time to take an extended break. Pause. Turn off. Tune out. Find a distraction. See something different. Do something different. Be active at something not done in a long time. Take a vacation. Relax, refresh, refocus, and re-energize. Hopefully good stories are shared at the end of the vacation. Sometimes vacations are a catalyst for good fortunes coming soon.

I realized the importance of vacations when I took a staycation in 2015 for the first time in my life. I was unemployed spending hours seven days a week job searching, learning new job skills, and refreshing existing job skills. I took a one week staycation listening to podcasts, watching DVDs, and watching baseball on TV. I ate at an all you can eat sushi restaurant for the first time. My staycation reminded me to pace myself. My staycation reminded me my strengths. Avoid overstressing. Do everything one at a time. I discovered my sense of urgency finding a job must have intelligence.

Here are the top ten vacations:

10. Russian River (2013). The last time I took a vacation prior to the staycation was a weekend trip canoeing along the Russian River. It was my first time visiting Wine Country in Northern California. Very calm.

9. Cal Poly (1998). A friend invited me to visit him during Cal Poly Open House weekend. I helped his club raise money during the event cooking teriyaki chicken. Cal Poly was the first time I walked inside a university in my life. Cal Poly was the last time I walked inside a university after I graduated from San Jose State University.

The Cal Poly weekend vacation was the first time I went on vacation solo. I went shopping at an outlet strip mall purchasing neck ties.

8. Oregon (2005). My parents, uncle, and aunt took a road trip from the Bay Area to Oregon as far north as Portland. We were interested in purchasing real estate. My uncle knew a real estate contact person. It was the first time I purchased goods in a retail store without a sales tax.

7. Santa Barbara Weekend Trip (1998). My mom and I planned a weekend trip at the last minute. We transported our family birds to one of my aunts in Los Angeles. We met at my grandfather's house. The next day we drove my grandfather back to the Bay Area.

The highlight of the trip was a Mustang car driving next to me from Soledad to San Jose. Sometimes I was in front of the Mustang. Sometimes the Mustang was in front of me. We separated when I took another freeway entrance. We drove together at least 2.5 hours.

6. Las Vegas Grand Canyon (1997). My family's first biggest summer vacation. We stayed at a time share during our stay in Las Vegas. We took a two day trip to the Grand Canyon in the middle of the Las Vegas vacation.

The Las Vegas Grand Canyon vacation was all a first time for me. They included first time to Las Vegas, first time I gambled, first time in Arizona, and first time in another time zone even though Arizona doesn't recognize daylight savings.

5. Washington Canada (2005). Another vacation filled with firsts. My friend moved to Washington in 2002. I visited him in Washington for the first time. The first time highlights included visiting the Space Needle, visiting Canada, and riding a ferry.

The life lesson I learned was be patient.

4. Yosemite National Park (1995). 1995 was filled with family vacations. We visited Disneyland, stayed with my grandparents in Santa Barbara, and canoed in the Sacramento River. The best vacation was Yosemite. It was my first time visiting one of the most popular national parks in the USA. Every Californian should visit Yosemite even if it's one day.

3. Las Vegas (2004). Win money in Las Vegas is a shoe-in for a great three day vacation. My Washington friend and I walked away winning money playing craps and playing Camel Races in Luxor. We also played $2-$4 limit poker at Binion's Horseshoe when we visited Fremont Street.

2. Washington Canada (2008). The timing was perfect to visit my Washington friend for the second time. I lost my job because my contact was terminated. I was lost personally. I didn't know who I was. I was a wreck. The Washington Canada trip was my ultimate distraction. The sky was the limit when it came to spending. I discovered I was a beginner again ready to start my life fresh.

1. Zion National Park (2015). My cousin organized a two day backpacking trip to Zion National Park. We backpacked The Narrows Top Bottom. Our GPS recorded 23 miles of hiking down the Virgin River.

A good vacation is when there are a lot of firsts. I checked off lots of first times and checked off items in my bucket list. They included backpacking, camping, multi-day hiking, adjusting my clock to another time zone, and visiting Utah. I also visited Las Vegas where I met my cousin's party for the first time since 2006.

I experienced what it was like feeling I want to quit. I didn't quit because I must finish the hike. There were no alternate short cut routes. I also experienced willpower. The first day was willpower and adrenaline. I learned the importance of willpower.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Tactics And Intelligence Are Keys To Success

A clean baby room minimizing dust and a safe baby room no posters dropping are important to raise a healthy baby. Good parents pace themselves when parking and vigilant in the candy aisle. Boyfriends better learn the truth of diamonds or they can’t afford restaurants, amusement parks, and sports when the couple starts a family.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

I Blog, You Comment Sun Oct 11, 2015

We learn from each other. Reading your feedback is one example.

More people responded to Never Give Up Finding The Ultimate Happiness blog. Love is the ultimate happiness. No material object is a love substitute.

Married for 50 years. We married young. Ups and downs. Healthy arguments. Compromises for both us to be happy. --0re0 via email

Marriage is too much work. Too much stress. Love is overrated. I love myself being single. --Burl Runkle, Scarsdale, NY

I'm lucky. All my closest friends are divorced once or even twice. My wife and I get along very well. Luck was on our side, and we're not taking our marriage granted. --Ernest Dipiazza, Hinesville, GA

I'm single in my 50s. I'm not giving up finding my future husband. It's difficult. I know I find my hidden treasure. Maybe being mid-age is an advantage. I've seen people in their 20s acting immature. I experienced my 20s except I was more polite and sociable than these 20 year olds today. --Dorian Sprankle, Denver, CO

Your future love is going to be a nightmare. Your ultimate nightmare. Find something else to be happy. --Ron Shipman, Grove City, OH

I'm a woman in my 40s. Many of the single men in my age group are cowards, disgusting, overweight, uncomfortable to be around. People are different. I find my love eventually. Stay optimistic. --Theresa Lilley, New York, NY

Finding my wife is a losing battle. I give up. I have money, I'm handsome, and I'm smart. I can't find the woman of my life. F*** this! --Isaiah Garney, Mechanicsburg, PA

People shared interesting one wishes responding to My One Wish.

My one wish is not world peace, not all people who can read, not solving environmental problems, not end world hunger. It's getting rid of the politicans. --Pete Chan, Lynnwood, WA

My one wish is resurrecting President John F. Kennedy. --iluvkennedy via email

Randomly kill half of the world population. --Demetrius Stowell

The long-term unemployed shared their thoughts when my contract was satisfied at my last job. Work Fri May 1, 2015
was my last work blog entry.

The employed people are shocked to hear I've been unemployed for eight months. They tell me why it's taking a long time to find a job. The economy is improving. Companies are hiring. [I] assure everyone I'm job searching five days a week. --Chau Brekke, Bismarck, ND

People don't realize you lose your job you find another job instantly. Not true. You're going to have to job search. But if you people who can get you an interview, more advantage to you. --Sherwood Blurton, Los Angeles, CA

My two children graduated college recently. My neighbor's son graduated college last semester. All of them can't get interviews. Zero experience. It's stupid. My time companies love to hire recent graduates. Companies train them. Today, no on the job training. --Shaunda Olague, Houston, TX

Some people were confused reading The Past Caught Up With Me. I blogged the problems I ignored in the past caught up with me in a negative way. I blogged what I thought was correct is incorrect today. I'm working hard catching up what I missed. I'm working hard correcting my past mistakes.

I'm confused. Why did it take you decades to realize what you did is wrong? You knew it was wrong and you still did it wrong. --Tammara Deland, Horn Lake, MS

You were stupid in your past. Your stupidity caught up with you. --Vernita Laforce, Richmond Hill, NY

This blog doesn't make any sense to me. You stayed home after graduating from college and getting a job. You lived a life with no friends. You lived a live with no experiences. You were happy being bored. *shakes head* Why did you live that life? Are you still living that life? --Hyman Hudson, Eastpointe, MI

I blogged My Manifesto Jun 11, 2015 telling the world I'm going to be successful, I'm going to live my life my way, and promised myself independence no matter what it takes. The feedback is all positive.

Excellent blog! I wish you good luck and good fortunes! --Neely Field, Reno, NV

I wrote my manifesto after reading your manifesto. My manifesto: lose weight permanently, fight my depression, clean my house, throw away junk, stop watching TV, and smile more. --Louis Phinney, Michigan City, IN

Forget goals. Write a manifesto. The word "manifesto" sticks out better. Much stronger! Big time stronger --Rodger Reitzel, Staunton, VA

I'm an English teacher in high school. My semester project to my students is write your own manifesto. --Skye Legree, Eastpointe, MI

Your future is brighter. I have hope for you. --Jackson Golightly, Key West, FL

My favorite parts of your blog are new circle of friends, and new adventures and new experiences. I adapt those two to my life --Lacey Ortman, Buckeye, AZ


Saturday, October 10, 2015

40 For 40: The Conversational Grandmother

Introduction: I start a new blog series titled "40 For 40." I share moments and experiences I lived in my 40 years. The ESPN 30 For 30 inspired me to create my 40 For 40 blogs. The sport documentary series detailed people, sport teams, moments, events, and controversial situations. The same ideas apply to my 40 For 40.

My fourth 40 For 40 blog is my first long conversation with a new person.

My mom, aunt, brother, cousin, and I took the Alameda County transit bus from Alameda, CA to San Francisco round trip. My mom and aunt didn't like to drive on the freeway. We departed from the San Francisco bus depot, walked to Chinatown, spent the day at Chinatown, and walked back to the bus depot. Bus letter "O" was our bus.

The five of us arrived early for the next bus from San Francisco to Alameda one trip in 1981. I walked away on my own to a bus pole where bus O stopped. I held on the pole with my two hands to move myself in circles around the pole because I was bored. There was a grandmother in her 80s five feet away from me. She and I talked for a long time. I talked about my family, school, and how I spent my time by myself. She never talked about herself. She listened to everything I said. She responded to everything I said. I didn't know if I bored her. I didn't know if I was interesting. I believed she was being a grandmother as if I was her grandson.

The grandmother followed social conversation human relations etiquette. She was a good listener. She became interested in others. She didn't complain I talked too much. I was a child. I believed she appreciated my time with her because she was with nobody else. She made me feel important by keeping her company. She let me do a great deal of talking, and I hoped I wasn't boring.

I'm looking forward to pay it forward to a young child needing someone to talk.


Friday, October 09, 2015

Yes Slow Down

The world is tired. Exhausted. Fatigued. The information age is making us live too fast in today's history. Nobody needs to be a sleeping expert to know lack of sleep lowers productivity physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Nobody needs to be a medical doctor to know too much caffeine can cause future medical problems. Why do many of us choose to live a fast pace life? Money? Success? Just because many people are living a fast pace life doesn't mean you must join them.

Slow down. We get more done slowing down. Fewer errors. More relaxed. We help other people slowing down; in contrast, we help fewer people speeding up. Let's complete our responsibilities one at a time. The person who invented multi-tasking is an idiot. The reality is nobody multi-tasks. The best workers complete their assignments one at a time. Work more intelligently.

Obey your body when it tells you to sleep. Everyone should sleep healthy from head to toe. Avoid long-term medical problems sleeping more hours. The information age can help us fall asleep; for instance, I use the Calm Radio app's Sleep Channel to listen to music or the Relax Melodies app to listen to sounds. If the task at hand can wait, then complete the task tomorrow. The world isn't ending tomorrow.

Is the stress worth it? I see people when I leave the house making unnecessary mistakes. I see people stressing out the smallest problems. I see people losing focus. I see people driving recklessly. I see people overreacting. I see people's body language saying I want out or I don't want to do this. I see people losing their professional attitude. I see people desperate for sleep, and most of them sleep for a little bit.

The world wants everyone to slow down. Take a breath. There's a chain effect. The more people who relax, the more people experience less stress, the world is more at peace. Think intelligently to live a life with less stress. Live intelligently to live a life with more sleep.


Thursday, October 08, 2015

Today I Want To Talk About Adventure

Life is meant to live actively. Avoid living a boring life. There is an adventure indoors and outdoors people must seek. Seek adventures indefinitely. Never be complacent. Get up and do something. Get up and do anything.

One attribute a social person attracting people is adventures. The sociable person shares adventure stories. It's like Dos Equis' The Most Interesting Man In The World. He did this and did that. Nobody wants to be associated with a boring person knowing nothing. Find adventures to change your life. Find adventures to meet new people. Find adventures to become more active. Find adventures to become smarter, stronger, kinder, and wiser. Find adventures to find more about you. Life is an adventure. Live it.

Money is important to find adventures; however, money shouldn't hinder finding adventures. There are some free or inexpensive adventures. Think carefully. Think simple. What are your surroundings? Are there new places to visit? Are there free events? What do you have in your residence? Can you think of a better way to clean your residence? Can you reorganize? How about the library checking out books or checking out movies? Have you purchased fruit at a farmer's market? Is there a park you haven't visited before?

My life is dead without adventures. I stop breathing without adventures. My adventures are not necessarily fun. Finding a job is an adventure. I'm learning new job skills, learning more about myself, and learning more about life. I share my job searching adventure stories to socialize. Many full time workers experience job searching. Good conversation starter. My adventures can be as simple as trying a new food, visiting a new store, hiking a new trail, rearranging my room, and reading a book. My adventures can be big such as camping, visiting a foreign country, attending out of town conventions, and road trips.

To repeat, live active to avoid live boring. Find the courage to try something new. Check off more first time doing this and doing that. Check off watching a complete TV series for the first time. Check off visiting a new city for the first time. Check off eating at a new restaurant for the first time. Check off paying money to listen to a song in a juke box for the first time. Check off listening to classic jazz for the first time. Add more bullet points to your life's resume.


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

What I Learned Finishing CERT Academy Training?

I completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy training in Feb 2015. It was a two week, three days a week course plus a final for a total of 7 training days. I learned two concepts. The first concept was extinguishing light fires, triage, light search & rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, and CERT organization. These are skills CERT volunteers apply in disasters. A wide area disaster requires these skills to help people.

The second concept I learned was any school environment teaches the foundation only. School environments include K-12 schools, colleges, academies, training seminars, vocational, and any boot camps. The students don't become experts immediately. Students graduating with a 4.0 GPA don't necessarily mean they're a professional fresh from graduating. Take the initiative. Students are responsible to get experience outside the school environment. Students are responsible to learn more outside the school environment. The acquiring experience and extended learning are indefinite. Bruce Lee said it best, “Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement . . . for learning is boundless.”

The CERT academy was information overload. We didn't finish learning the entire material in a 2 inch binder. I'm responsible to learn new skills to be a smarter CERT volunteer. I must acquire more knowledge such as first aid and CPR. I must stay physically fit. I must participate in practice drills to keep my life saving skills sharp. The idea continuing CERT training outside the academy applies to real life. Don't take your knowledge for granted. You learn it. You know it. You remember it. You're a master. The chain is incorrect. There's going to be periods of time you must review your knowledge. You must refresh your skills. You must learn new knowledge. Police, fire fighters, paramedics, military, and teachers are required to refresh their skills, to retrain, and learn new knowledge. Professional sports players practice their fundamentals daily.

Choose your strengths. We are different. Pursue the skills you feel comfortable learning. For example, in CERT training, I was comfortable learning search &rescue. Learning search & rescue was more natural than learning first aid. Another example is computer programming. I had trouble learning programming skills in college. On the other hand, learning economic theory was easier; in particular, microeconomic theory. Economics was natural because abstract thinking was one of my learning strengths.

My best story to illustrate taking my knowledge for granted happened in high school. I took French I in my freshmen year. I earned an A. I aced the final. The teacher told the class after we took the final to spend time each summer vacation day to review our French vocabulary. I didn't. I believed I remember my French. I was wrong. I spent my summer vacation having too much fun. I enrolled in French II in my sophomore year. I forgot most of my French vocabulary. I struggled the entire year. I should have spent time during the summer to review my French. The students didn't have textbooks. The teacher returned our homework assignments. Access to French I material was available. There was no excuse failing to review French I.

In conclusion, learn first aid and prepare for disasters. Also, continue learning outside the classroom. Don't take knowledge for granted. Never stop learning. Continue training. Continue refreshing. Innovate infinitely.