Monday, February 27, 2017

Throwback Blog: De Anza Week May 31, 2010

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 De Anza Week May 31, 2010 in Jun 2010. I blogged my days I went back to college after I lost my job during The Great Recession. My experiences at De Anza College should have been experienced the first time I went to college at San Jose State University. I arrived late for classes for which my tardiness happened after Memorial Day weekend. I scored high test scores even though I studied half-ass. I crammed upcoming tests. I discovered something new which was eat Milky Way bars cold. I took advantage of being a student again which was completed satisfactory.

Mon May 31, 2010

No school. Memorial Day weekend.

Tue June 1, 2010

We got our second mid-term scores. I arrived late. I entered the door and the instructor called my name to get my mid-term. Good timing, lol. The instructor was not happy. She was more angry than the first mid-term in Acct 1B. One person almost got a perfect. There were three students who scored above 88%. I was one of the three. I got a 90%.

Note to self: eat Milky Way candy bars cold.

I forgot to mention the second mid-term for Bus 18 the instructor added four points for the curve. There were two announcements. The first announcement was class on Thur June 10 is not cancelled. The second announcement is the third mid-term is delayed from Thur June 3 to Tue June 8. This weekend I'm cramming.

I got a 105% for the Acct 66 mid-term. The extra credit increased my score above 100%. The adjustments for studying the class paid off. Unbelievable! One question was difficult I actually answered most of it correctly.

Thur June 3, 2010

The last quiz for Acct 1C was taken. I got an 8 out of 10. Not too bad for me not reading chapter 24 and not doing the homework. The chapter is almost completed.

This weekend I'm cramming four chapters for Tue's mid-term in Bus 18. I have a homework assignment to help me study.

After Bus 18 I went home because I forgot to put the defrosted chicken in the refrigerator. I stopped at McDonalds for a 10 piece chicken mcnugget combo dinner. Throughout the day I have been eating out: breakfast, lunch, snacks. All the food I ate I purchased.

I arrived 15 minutes late for Acct 66C. The instructor jokingly asked "Why I was late?" I got caught off guard I had no response. I sarcastically sprinted to my seat. The class was boring again. I focused on the lecture and copying the homework from the projector.

This weekend is catch up on all schoolwork.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Top Ten Advice I Reference In My Life

Honest people follow their own life advice. They are being themselves. They help other people in trouble giving good life advice they experienced themselves. Here are the top ten advice I reference in my life:

10. Innovate Infinitely. Never stop improving life. Never stop learning. Never stop innovating life.

9. Steve Jobs Quotes. There are many Steve Jobs quotes. Here are a few of my favorites: (1) Stay hungry, stay foolish. (2) You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. (3) Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. (4) Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. (5) 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.

8. My Daily Rules Of Life. (1) Don't criticize, condemn, and complain, and don't compare with others. (2) Don't act like a jerk or bitch. (3) Always speak calmly and be calm. (4) Don't daydream when driving. (5) Keep your head up high . . . look at their cute face when talking. (6) Breath with your nose and stand up straight. (7) Have faith. Believe in yourself. (8) Let me think. Be discrete. (9) Welcome the roller coaster life.

7. Avoid The Urge To Splurge. Wait 24 hours for buying unplanned goods or services under $100. Wait 48 hours for buying unplanned goods or services $100 and over. The rule prevents hording. Hoarding is a waste of time because time buying useless goods, waste of space in my residence, and a waste of money which I could be spent on more important goods or services.

6. Everyone Is Human. I remind myself everyone is human. We make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes. Everyone is different. We think different. We have different likes and dislikes. We have feelings. Nobody is perfect.

5. Be A Good Guy. A good guy is strong, smart, kind, and wise. A good guy helps people. A good guy is a good communicator. A good guy is professional. Don't be a nice guy.

4. Always Meet New People. Nobody can't be successful living a lonely life. Good people spend time with good people. There are times some relationships end. Never stop meeting new people. Never stop creating new circle of friends.

3. Be Intelligent. Live the present, live the moment intelligently. Work hard intelligently. Add the word intelligently to the daily routine.

2. Use Intuition. There are moments logic, knowledge, and thinking are useless. Trust the gut feeling to solve problems.

1. Simple Advice Words. Take nothing for granted. Earn my happiness. Be responsible. Grow up. Be professional. Time will tell. Be sincere.


Monday, February 20, 2017

SOMT: Flea Markets

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 remember shopping at the flea market with my family when I was young. The oldest I shopped was my sophomore year in high school. Almost all the time my family and my uncle's family shopped together. The flea market was busy. Parking lots filled to capacity. The high demand for parking spaces allowed the flea market to charge a parking fee. Police officers were on duty to control traffic and watch pedestrians cross the street.

There were activities for the family besides shopping. There were carnival rides, arcades, restaurants, live bands, midway games, and other shows I can't remember. The most common sellers were antiques, clothes, produce, toys, and music cassettes. There were many one-time sellers selling their junk. There were three wheel drink carts powered by electricity driving along the selling aisles. A person drove the cart in the front. The back of the cart was a cube which stored the drinks. The person stopped the cart, turned the swivel chair, grabbed a cup, and dispensed soda or beer. The flea market earned lots of money on hot days.

The following are some of my flea market memories:

*One visit my mom didn't purchase soda from a cart vendor because he used his hands to put ice in the cup.
*My parents purchased four love birds. They were our family pets.
*I collected baseball cards for four years. I purchased baseball cards from a regular seller.
*My family stopped watching Super Bowl XXIV at halftime to shop at the flea market. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55-10.
*I played the arcade game Smash TV.

Times have changed. The flea market still exists with lower turnout. Parking is free; however, the flea market charges an entrance fee which makes no sense because the flea market wants to attract more shoppers. Further, the parking lot area shrank. Single family high-density homes are built on the former parking lots. There are no need for police officers to monitor automobile traffic and pedestrian traffic. I haven't seen any flea market advertising in the local media for decades. Finally, the internet changes the way we shop for bargains which includes Amazon and eBay.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Anti-Social For The First Time

Blogger's note: Today's blog is posted at both Innovating Common Knowledge and Finding Raymond Mar.

I feel anti-social today and yesterday for the first time in my life. I never believed people can be anti-social. People can be alone to take a break from being with people. People can't be alone to avoid human contact. I'm incorrect. People can be alone to avoid human contact.

I believe I'm anti-social for the entire week. I had trouble sleeping Sun Feb 12. I thought my trouble was drinking Coke and an adrenaline rush--Coke and adrenaline are a bad mix. Today's blog questions the Coke and adrenaline. I workout at the gym yesterday and earlier today only. I didn't workout most of the weekdays. I didn't learn Python and JavaScript the entire work week. I did review Excel and VBA earlier today before going to the gym. I job searched inconsistently. The bottom line is I'm not being myself.

Why do I feel anti-social? Can it be a chemical imbalance? Can it be a hormone imbalance? My brain messes up my feelings. I'm not a psychologist. My answers are yes. Also, I have thought about me being a failure. I'm doing my best to find a job, meet new people, and live independently. None of the three exist. I ask myself what am I doing wrong? Sometimes I answer I'm doing everything correctly. I'm strengthening my resume learning new job skills. I job search two times a day five days a week. I workout at the gym four or five days a week. Sometimes I answer I'm a failure. Almost all the people I know have jobs, live independently, and have a social life. They're mature adults living independently. I want to stay away from them. It's not their fault I feel anti-social. I feel like a failure when I'm in their presence.

Today's blog is an example I'm a human being. Feeling anti-social is temporary. I continue holding on. I hope next week I'm myself again. Life flows my way soon.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wrap Up 2016 Pics

I wrap up the 2016 year in pictures. I hope 2017 brings more pictures. Eating garlic tater tots for the first time. Maybe I order them frozen delivered to an Amazon locker or I order more watching a Dodgers game at AT&T Park hearing Vin Scully. I play Munchkin at home because I was sick. I studied the spinal column waiting for the doctor. Proverbs can’t save Office Depot from closing stores. Gregg Popovich for USA President minimizes business closers. I recycle all my drugs because I don’t need them when I eat property prepared Chinese roast pork.


Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Motivated To Do What I'm Doing

My motivation is at my highest in my entire life. I'm motivated to be strong, smart, kind, and wise. I'm motivated to earn my independence. I'm learning new job skills and reviewing existing job knowledge six days a week. I'm learning Python for the second time. I'm reviewing HTML. I'm learning HTML5 and CSS next. I job search five days a week. I say goodbye to people hindering my motivation to be independence. I workout at the gym four or five days a week. I find time to relax such as read a book or watch a movie. I pace myself to avoid burnout.

I recently discovered motivation is more important than knowledge. My "will" is more important than my "knowledge". Desire is more important than book smarts. Anyone who feels unsuccessful must find the courage to generate self-motivation to work hard becoming successful. Enduring pain is a sign of courage. Learning from failure is a sign of growth. There is nothing to lose being unsuccessful. I have nothing to lose. I'm at the bottom working to move up. Get up and do something, anything.

My independence, my new knowledge, my new career, the people I meet, the people who are involved in my life including friendships and co-workers, new circle of friends, new experiences, new adventures . . . all of them are coming to my life. Be patient. Good things come to those who wait. Good things come to those working at them. Happiness is my end result.


Sunday, February 05, 2017

2016 Year In Review. Is 2016 or 2007 The Worst Year Of My Life?

I stopped my year in reviews a long time ago. I don't remember the last time I wrote a review. Reviewing past years were a waste of time. I believed the reviews brought me bad luck. I never understood why people do personal yearly reviews. 2016 was a bad year. I revive reviewing my past year because I want to learn what I did wrong. Could I have done something different? What were the good choices? What were the bad choices? I select my 2016 Moment Of The Year first. There were highlights. I reflect my 2016 second. Finally, I answer the question is 2016 or 2007 the worst year of my life.

2016 Moment Of The Year
Nominees: Innovate Infinitely Webpage Redesigned; Learning New Job Skills Such As CSS, HTML5, Linux, Python, and VBA; Samsung Galaxy S7; Zion National Park
Explanation: I was inspired to redesign my webpage because I wanted to learn HTML5 and CSS. I also wanted to redesign my webpage to add my webpage to my resume comfortably. I also learned new job skills to strengthen my resume. I purchased a new smart phone replacing my HTC One M7. My cousin organized a second trip to Zion National Park in the last two years for which we hiked The Subway Bottom Up.
What Won: Zion National Park
What Should Have Won: Zion National Park
My Thoughts Jan 2017: The winner Zion National Park was a no-brainer. Zion should have won in 2015. Learning New Job Skills won in 2014.

Reflect 2016

The four nominees for my 2016 Moment Of The Year said how bad my 2016. The four nominees, quality-wise and quantity-wise, were poor moments. 2016 was a bad year. I job searched two times a day five days a week. I worked out at the gym four or five days a week. I learned new job skills and review existing job skills five or six days a week. I minimized eating junk food. I read books. I controlled my spending. I was a good person. Where were the rewards? I'm still unemployed. I still live with my parents. I'm not in the driver's seat in my life. I continue waiting for my life car to drive--to maximize control of my own life. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

Moreover, everyone upgrades their smart phones. If it wasn't for learning new job skills, then I never redesign my webpage.

My top concerns ending 2016 and entering 2017 are meeting new people and making new friends. My 2016 social life was almost nonexistent. I'm afraid my lack of social interaction weakens my social skills. Nobody wants to be with a loser.

Life is a zero sum. There are some people who experienced a good 2016. 2016 was a bad year for many people. I'm in the majority. I hope for a good 2017.

Is 2016 or 2007 The Worst Year Of My Life?

2016 and 2007 are the only bad years of my life from Jan 1 to Dec 31. I took 2007 for granted. I got a new job. I owned my first car. I failed to take advantage of the good moments given to me. 2007 was a bad year because I was naive. I took 2007 for granted. I'm a mature, a professional, and a good person today. I did everything right in 2016. Nothing happened. Bad luck. Bad timing. 2016 was a boring year. The answer is obvious. 2016 is the worst year of my life.

Side note: There were seven nominees for my 2007 Moment Of The Year. Click Moment Of The Years to view my past moments.