Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Throwback Blog: De Anza Week Mar 21, 2011

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 Mar 21, 2011 in Mar 2011. Another De Anza College blog when I went back to school during the Great Recession. The Mar 21, 2011 week was finals week for the Winter Quarter 2011. I was sick before and during finals week. Moreover, it was mid-terms at Mission College where I took Quickbooks. I ended the blog saying Winter 2011 was my worse quarter. There was a sickness bug throughout campus. Motivation was weak. Student-teacher connections were weak. It was a fatigued quarter. Everyone had grit. Everyone adjusted.

Mon Mar 21

Today was the last day of instruction. Finals started tomorrow. My Intermediate Acct professor was on-call for jury duty. The probability was rare to be called in on the first day and the probability was rare to serve. My professor was called in and he served.

The professor arrived late. He showed his juror badge. The students received the practice final from a student at the beginning of class. We received extra credit by completing the practice final by Friday, the day of our final. The professor lectured and reviewed a few of the questions. The final was Chapters 16, 18, and 19.

Intro to Business was my first final. There were conflicts with some students if we took the final on Wed. Everyone choose to have the final today. The final was 100 questions consisted of 40% new material after the third mid-term and 60% old material. I didn’t study. My feeling was I passed the class. I answered all the accounting, stocks, and investment questions correctly. I better answered them correctly because I’m an accounting major and I followed the stock market during the dot-com era. I submitted more extra credit when I submitted my final. The extra credit was 20 points for selling a stock with at least $1,000 profit and 2 points for buying and selling an exchanged traded fund involving currency.

I went home one hour earlier. It took me one hour to complete the Intro to Business final.

Tue Mar 22

My sinus infection got worse Monday night. I scheduled an appointment in the afternoon with my primary care physician. He extended my antibiotics for five more days and said I continue to take Mucinix D. He also gave me a prescription for codeine and Nasonex.

Quickbooks class was short. We took our mid-term. The mid-term was 25 true and false and 15 multiple choice. 50% of the questions were from the textbook. I didn’t study. I answered the accounting concepts questions correctly. I better answered them correctly because I’m an accounting major. There was no lecture afterwards. I start working on the take home mid-term during spring break.

Wed Mar 23

I took two teaspoons of codeine and sprayed Nasonex inside my nose. It took me a long time to sleep. The codeine didn’t work.

I went to De Anza at 12:30pm because there was a study group for Intermediate Acct. Two students including myself showed up. I studied the textbook and my classmate worked on the practice mid-term. He looked at my practice mid-term I completed Tue afternoon as a guide. I spent Monday night and Tuesday afternoon on the practice mid-term.

I went back home to eat a late lunch and read Chapter 16. I drove back to De Anza at 7:10pm for the dance class final. The turnout was small. I recognized a few students who didn’t attend. They might not know we had a final. We reviewed the Cha Cha Cha, Waltz, Salsa, Nite Club Two-Step, and our dance demo West Coast Swing. The instructor ended the class as if tonight was a regular class meeting since finals we danced longer than a regular class meeting.

Fri Mar 25

This was it. I studied Chapters 16, 18, and 19 and reviewed the practice final twice for Intermediate Acct. I did my best. My goal was to pass the class. An A, B, or C grade doesn’t matter. I just wanted to pass. My sinus infection improved such that I cough less. I thought to myself I keep warm, I cough less. I drank lots of hot water. I stopped taking codeine on Wed night and continued spraying Nasonex. I continued the antibiotics and Mucinix D. My sleep was better Wed and Thur.

The Intermediate Acct final match the practice final mostly. The professor tweaked some of the questions such that students must know their basic Accounting 1B. I forgot most of my Accounting 1B. There were no CPA questions from Chapter 16. There were three questions exactly from the practice final. The final wasn’t hard in my opinion. I thought the final was written such that to earn an A on the final you must know basic 1B.

I returned my Intro to Business rented textbook to the bookstore. If students failed to return the textbook, the bookstore charged the full price on the textbook and the student owned it. Damn!


There were few highlights in Winter ’11 quarter. Fall ’10 was the worse quarter. Winter ’11 is my worse quarter, and no other quarter comes as worse as this quarter. I choose to review the Winter ’11 highlights using a Q&A format.

What went wrong?

Laziness, boring classes, lost interest, lack of focus, no connection between the instructor and the students. There was no challenge. There was a fatigue bug throughout the quarter. It seemed everyone at De Anza including the teachers and staff were tired—lacked energy. There was also a sickness bug. My classmate in Intermediate Acct had the flu and missed one week. I had a sinus infection and I missed one week. My counselor said there was a sickness bug in her building.

The late lunch and study break between Intro to Business failed. I believed the break between the classes contributed to my quarter long fatigue. My late lunch didn’t give me enough energy to focus in dance class. I stopped attending Mon night dance class in March.

I should have taken more naps when I felt fatigue instead of fighting the fatigue. My fatigue contributed a significant part to my sinus infection.

Winter ’11 worse than San Jose State’s Fall Semester 1993?

Definitely no. I was naive, took my professors for granted such that they gave me a good grade anyways since I get along with them well, and making little efforts in my homework. I was immature back in 1993.

There were lots of incidents, events, and moments beyond your control.

There were too many. They were all in a negative way. Add them up and I felt frustrated, angry, and stressed. The small incidents included lots of red lights at intersections and long delays in the supermarket lines. The large incidents included my home almost robbed.

What was the Winter ’11 lesson learned?

I learned a life lesson in past quarters. There was no lesson learned.

What are your changes for Spring ’11?

One, consistency in my life. My daily schedule was inconsistent throughout the quarter. Sometimes I sleep early, sometimes I sleep late. Sometimes I have a good week working out three days a week, sometimes I have a bad week not working out at all.

Two, I want to control more of my life. If something bad happens, I want to take control to turn the bad to good.

Three, I have a break between my classes in Spring ’11. I’m going home instead of staying on campus.

Fourth, if I feel tired, I take a nap. Don’t fight it, sleep it.

January started great for everyone.

Yeah, January started great. I remember the first day of classes in Winter ’10. Nobody wanted to show up. The students, instructors, and staff wanted to go home and stay on vacation.

Everyone looked forward to Winter ’11 because many people had a bad 2010 year. They hoped for a good start to 2011. It seemed, at least in my classes and the staff I talked to, Winter ’11 was not a good start.

What saved Winter ’11 from a disaster?

First, seeing a doctor for my sinus infection. Initially I thought my sickness was something I recover myself like in 2009 and 2010. I needed a doctor to examine me and to prescribe antibiotics.

Second, changing my studying in Intermediate Acct. I was able to complete the pre-lecture homework without reading the chapter. The material and concepts became harder. I read the chapter first and then completed the pre-lecture homework. The change saved time, eased my frustration, and I understood the material faster.

Third, took it slow and did a little each time. For example, most of the quarter I completed my Intermediate Acct homework all in one day. The last month I completed the homework a little each day up to the due date.

Fourth, stopped attending Monday night dance class. I got more free time eating and studying at home on Mondays instead of staying on campus.

How fast was Winter ’11?

It was the fastest quarter and the fastest three months ever in my life. One advantage to the quarter system was if the class stinks, it ends faster than semester.

You received information in Fall ’10 there was a highly recommended Intro to Business instructor. He taught Tuesday and Thursday. You didn’t want to attend classes four days a week. You registered for a Monday and Wednesday Intro to Business class after Intermediate Acct. It turned out the Monday and Wednesday instructor was boring. Should you have taken the guarantee Tuesday and Thursday class?

Hindsight is 20/20. I thought nobody can screw up an introduction class. I was wrong. My Monday and Wednesday instructor was boring, unchallenging, and the homework assignments were either too easy or too confusing. If somebody can screw up a cooking a hamburger, somebody can screw up anything.

What was something you’re not going to miss?

The Intro to Business lesson videos.

What were the highlights?

I watched classic movies I checked out at the library, I submitted graduation forms, and I ate out less often.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Top Ten Songs That Cheers Me Up Updated

I felt depressed, sad, and desponded recently. We're human. I looked at my top ten songs to cheer me up. I was shocked some of the top ten songs were on the list they shouldn't been. I felt angry. Enough said. Here are my top ten songs updated:

10. "We Are The Champions" by Queen. Band member Brian May was quoted, "We wanted to get the crowds waving and singing. It's very unifying and positive."

9. "Don't Dream It's Over" by Sixpence None The Richer. The band sang the song originally sung by Crowded House.

8. "Feel Again" by One Republic. Come back on your own. Embrace life. Love again. The song was released in 2012.

7. "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette. Part of the lyrics below:

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

6. "Hold On" by Wilson Philips. Hang on for one more day. I'm reminded my life in the early 1990s. The song was a Song Of The Year nominee for the 1991 Grammy Awards.

5. "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty. The song saved my ass when I was lost. I didn't know what I was doing in Sep-Oct 2008. Rob Thomas wrote the song for people who are, "messed up and feel alone like that. We all feel a little messed up sometimes... you're not alone."

4. "Better Days" by Goo Goo Dolls. I learned the power of forgiveness listening to the song. I feel optimistic. The song was originally for a Target store Christmas album.

3. "Man In The Mirror" by Michael Jackson. Part of the lyrics below:

And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

2. "Hey Jude" by The Beatles. Paul McCartney wrote the song to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian, during Lennon's divorce. The song comforts me in a different way. Song credited to Lennon-McCartney.

Honorable mentions: "Take A Chance" by ABBA, "Cuts Like A Knife" by Bryan Adams, "Changes" by David Bowie, "Lose Yourself" by EMINEM, "Crazy For You" by Madonna, "You're The One That I Want" by Olivia Newton-John, and "Lady Madonna" by The Beatles.

1. "Let It Be" by The Beatles. One of the best life lessons I learned. I listen to the song to remember the wisdom let it be.

Side note: Here's my initial top ten songs that cheer me up on Feb 27, 2013: Top Ten Songs That Cheers Me Up


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Quick Raymond Mar Question And Answer

I ask myself ten short questions. I answer my questions to the point.

1. What's your next decision? My next job offer. I want my next job to be permanent or a contract job which strengthens my resume. I can accept a data entry job to earn short-term cash. A data entry job weakens my resume.

2. When do I feel free? I live independently. I make my own choices, live a good life consistently, control more of my life, and live proactively.

3. What are the things I'm grateful for? Living at home to lower my living expenses, good health, my smarter intelligence, getting stronger, and my nothing to lose attitude.

4. Why am I motivated to do what I'm doing now? I want independence. I have nothing to lose. I do whatever it takes to reach my independence. If I stop working, then I live a lonely life. The first steps I'm doing are job searching, learning new job skills, and reviewing existing job skills.

5. Am I taking risks? Yes. My parents want me to get any job as long as it pays. I'm taking a risk waiting for the job which matches my career goals and job skills. I'm not wasting my time on a job which doesn't help me get a better job.

6. What's your favorite season? Autumn. The weather begins to cool down. Football season is in the early weeks. I have some of my best moments during the autumn months and the month of December. Life goes back to normal after the summer relaxing months.

7. Do you believe in small talk? Why or why not? Yes. The reason I believe in small talk is because small talk can lead to long conversations. Small talk is an ice breaker when meeting new people. I always meet new people. I always make new friends. I believe a person can't have too many friends.

8. Where am I wasting time in a typical day? Doing too much house chores such as cooking, cleaning, and tidying up messy areas. My parents are inactive keeping the house in a livable state. If my parents put half-effort keeping the house clean and cooking meals, then I spend more time learning new job skills.

9. What are you missing in my life today? One obvious answer is independence. Another answer is knowledge and wisdom. I'm behind in job skills, life knowledge, and adult wisdom. Fortunately, I'm catching up what I missed in my younger years. If something's missing, find it.

10. What year did you want to be born? 1973. I experienced bad breaks because I was born one year later.


Thursday, March 09, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Quotes 2

Here is another top ten favorite quotes. The first Top Ten Favorite Quotes was written on Wed Dec 30, 2015. We model these famous people's successes and failures to help us live better lives.

10. Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong. --Muhammad Ali

9. Never underestimate the heart of a champion. --Rudy Tomjanovich

8. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. -- Matthew 7:7

7. I miss 100% of the shots I don't take. --Wayne Gretzky

6. I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done. --Lucille Ball

5. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. --Albert Einstein

4. He not busy being born is busy dying. --Bob Dylan

3. I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring. --David Bowie

2. I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself? --Yogi Berra

It ain't over till it's over. --Yogi Berra

You can observe a lot by just watching. --Yogi Berra

You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours. --Yogi Berra

I tell the kids somebody's gotta win, somebody's gotta lose. Just don't fight about it. Just try to get better. --Yogi Berra

1. Being honest may not get you a lot of friends it’ll get you the right ones. --John Lennon

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. --John Lennon

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it. --John Lennon


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

A Preview My Future Health Problems

I threw up my breakfast on Sun Mar 5, 2017. I started passing gas burping. Then I started coughing. My stomach began to hurt I eventually threw up. I thought I had the stomach flu. I ate saltine crackers, drank 7-UP, drank ginger ale, ate plain toast, ate Jell-O, and ate rice Sun Mar 5-Tue Mar 7.

I realized today I don't have the stomach flu. I have serious indigestion or bloating. There are no other symptoms such as fever, headaches, or wheezing. I took two Gas-X before I went to bed last night. I realized I should eat yogurt while I feel asleep.

I ate yogurt which calmed my stomach pains in the afternoon. My stomach has been improving starting yesterday. It's like my digestive system is fatigued like muscle soreness. My digestive system needs rest.

Sun Mar 5 was the first time I threw up because I felt bloated. I felt bloated in the past. I anticipate bloating continues to be a lifelong health problem. Moreover, the common remedies for bloating such as ginger ale and saltine crackers no longer cure my bloating.

Minimizing Health Problems

The best way to minimize future health problems is being healthy today. I eat healthy meals three times a day. I minimize eating processed foods and junk foods. Moderation is incorrect. Minimize is correct. I stay hydrated. I exercise four to five days a week. I hope eating healthy, minimizing, and exercising delays and prevents future health problems. I'm going to experience health problems due to aging naturally. If I experience major health problems, then I hope I recover as quickly as I can.


Sunday, March 05, 2017

Don't Be Me

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

We've been told to like ourselves. Great. There are parts of our lives we dislike. I accept. Here are parts of my life I don't want other people to be. I also share what I'm doing to turn around my dislike to like. Don't live my life I did in my past. I admit today's blog is another "don't make the same mistakes as me" blog. I remind myself as repetition; don't make these mistakes again.

1. Living at home with my parents. I remember reading a college graduating speech saying live with your parents as long as you can. I accepted the bad advice. A person knows the time to move out is when the person becomes an adult. Independence is achieved when a son or daughter moves out of the house. Become independent naturally; however, don't rush being independent. I became an adult too late in my life. I'm a late bloomer. I'm preparing my moving out when my opportunity comes.

2. Unemployed too many times. I worked in Commercial Real Estate for 8.5 years. High job security. Low career advancement. I failed to learn new skills during the 8.5 years. I learned small skills here and there. Those small skills were weak transferrable skills. The best way to minimize unemployment is learn new job skills indefinitely. I learned the lesson in Aug 2014. Job searching is a full time job. I learn new job skills such as Python and Tableau and I review existing job skills such as Excel and SQL when I'm not job searching.

3. Small circle of friends. Call my circle small. Call my circles few. There are too few people in my life. I need more friends. I need more contacts. I said goodbye to some people because I must move on. Some people held me back. Some people and I diverge to different paths. People come and go naturally in our lives. People change as time moves forward. Meet new people continuously. Make new friends continuously.

4. Expand yourself. My mind was closed most of my life when I was introduced to something new or I discovered something new for which I ignored. I opened my mind for the first time in Oct 2008. The world is full of interesting which must be discovered. Keep an open mind when introduced to new hobbies. Hobbies come and go like people. Some hobbies we lose interest naturally. Some hobbies we grow out. Some hobbies we discover new they're better than existing hobbies. Hobbies, interests, experiences, adventures, and people all belong to expand yourself. Get up and do something, anything.

5. Desire more important than knowledge. I was raised to be a smart person. High GPA is important. A's are important. Know everything. Making mistakes mean I'm a stupid person. They're all incorrect. I recently discovered desire or motivation is more important than a high IQ. My desire is the reason I'm learning new skills I never thought I learn which are Python, JavaScript, and CSS. Nobody knows the future. One of these days the new skills help me become successful. Never stop learning. Never stop innovating. Innovating infinitely. The last three sentences are motivating me to learn. Nobody needs to be smart to motivate oneself to be a better person.

Side note: Here's the top mistakes blog I wrote in my Finding Raymond Mar blog titled Top Mistakes The Final Part. Click the label "Top Mistakes" below to read my top mistakes blogs.


Saturday, March 04, 2017

I Blog, You Comment Mar 4, 2017

I believe Election 2016 and President Donald Trump are the reasons comments decreased. Take a break watching the news. Read my readers' comments below.

Speaking of taking a break, I mentioned people are tired in Today I Want To Talk About Labor Day 2016. People forget how they work well. Multi-tasking is a lie.

I take a break by not watching the news. I shut of the news after Trump was elected President. So much free time sleeping. --Gertrude Burns, Whitehall, PA

New job policy at my company. Unlimited days off. Take a break when you need it. Morale is up. Productivity is up. Fortunately the honor system works. --Oscar Nunez, Richmond, VA

You Have Problems? So Do I was a blog telling everyone I have problems and you have problems. Nobody is alone when it comes to problems.

I felt better when I read your blog. I experienced too many problems since I was a teenager. I have a little bit more motivation to get better. --iluvcookies via email

I thought I am the only person with back problems and knee problems. I lost count the number of surgeries and physical therapy. I realized there are people with back problems and knee problems, not just back problems only or knee problems only. --Sandy Jenkins, Green Bay, WI

Divorced twice. My exs cheated on me. I went to therapy finally. She put everything in perspective. I'm not the only person with these exclusive problems. I can be a winner for the first time in my life. --Angel Davidson, Coachella, CA

The world always has problems. It has in the past. It has today. It will tomorrow. The best thing we can do is live a good life. The world needs one less person with problems affecting others. --Perry Carroll, Marion, NC

I was raised by my parents telling me life is full of problems. Live your life fixing your problems because you can't avoid problems. --Edward Boyd, England

Multi-tasking is full of sh**. How can a person juggle many problems at the same time? At work? No way. At home? Honey, I need help. Myself? Fix my knee problems, finances, and lemon Kia. Yeah, right. --Rita Patton, Nashville, TN

I was a smart 4.0 student in high school and college. Awesome. Nope. I learned book knowledge. I didn't learn life knowledge. I live on my own being an idiot who can't solve problems outside the classrooms. --Milton Wang, Rochester, NY

A shelter life equals ignoring problems. I'm paying the price at 40 years old. I don't know when I'm caught up or when I learn what I missed years ago or even decades ago. --Tabitha Underwood, Rockledge, FL

It's great we work hard to create something new. We must remember to maintain our lives. I remind myself in Maintenance Is Important As Innovating Infinitely. Find time for personal maintenance just like a car, a computer, and a home.

Sleep, shower, read a book, and brush my teeth are my daily maintenance. --Sheila Schneider, Ashburn, VA

I spend a minimum of two hours on a Sat or a Sun reviewing or learning new knowledge. It can be related to work or personal interest. --Kent Fuller, Australia

As a baseball coach, I remind my players to spend time maintaining themselves outside baseball. A great baseball player is well-rounded inside and outside the game. --David Edwards, Los Angeles, CA

Senior citizens reminisce their young years being outside in SOMT: Cities, Downtowns, Stores, Parties Meet People where they met people out of their houses. In contrast, many young people today isolate themselves with their electronic devices.

I remember the crazy conversations, pranks, avoiding the police, staying past 2am when I was in high school. I remember the partying, LSD, and trying something new just to try something new. That's living life. That's learning not in school. --Betty Banks, Norcross, GA

I met my wife at a social activity outside the home. My grandkids tell me they meet their dates online. That's not dating. --Curt Collins, Fayetteville, NC

Video games are making people dumb. Why? It's obvious. They're playing video games. For the love of your brains youths, go outside and stimulate it. Not in front of a TV. --Erika Frank, Crawfordsville, IN

Many people disagreed Luck Is Part Of Life. I blogged luck is a determining factor how we live our lives in the present. Sometimes our moments come down to good luck or bad luck.

I worked hard to become a professional lawyer. Luck didn't help me become a partner. Long hours, learning from my mistakes, and listening to my clients are the reasons I'm successful. --Paul Rose, North Bergen, NJ

I don't believe in luck. If something bad happened to me, then there was a reason. I analyzed what I did wrong. I wrote my mistakes. I corrected my mistakes. Success follows. No luck here. --Keller Schultz, Concord, NH

I'm a successful business owner. It's not luck. It's being smart. Making timely business decisions. Prepare for the future when the economy is going up and when the economy is going down. I have backup plans ready. --Melvin Jimenez via email

I teach my son and daughter luck is not a factor to become successful. I tell them luck isn't going to get them A's and B's in school. Study hard. --Jaime Nichols, Orange, NJ

I remember I wear my lucky ring when I needed luck. My father told me to not wear my lucky ring the next time I needed luck. I didn't, and I haven't since. I'm 35. No more lucky ring since I was 17. --Lisa Hansen, Reno, NV

100 is an approximate number of good luck moments. Winning contracts, winning a contest, etc. etc. I can't tell you how good luck and good fortunate helped me. --Wilbert Reyes, Portland, ME

Bad luck is my motto in life. I do everything right. I have little to show. And I have health problems requiring frequent visits to the doctor. My life is on pause too many times. My life is full of bad luck. --Steve Holloway, Milwaukee, WI