Monday, October 30, 2017

Throwback Blog: Top Ten Life Lessons From The Beatles

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 Top Ten Life Lessons From The Beatles in Jul 2015. My top ten lessons are valid today. Life gets better. Treat your lover well. The sun always rises. Men who knows the something in their women love is strong. A strong support is important to be successful. Communication is important in any relationship. The roads and the life are long and winding. Trust your feelings. Sometimes you must go back to your past to correct present mistakes. And let it be.

One of my friend's classmates was born in Russia when he attended San Jose State University. He learned English listening to The Beatles. I replied, "He also learned life lessons." The conversation inspired me to blog the top ten Beatles songs I learned life lessons:

10. Getting Better. Be optimistic. Paul McCartney was quoted, "It's getting better all the time." John Lennon replied, "Can't get no worse!" Lennon also admitted in reference to the song he was physically and verbally abusive to his women. He learned to be peaceful. He stopped being violent.

9. You're Going To Lose That Girl. Treat your girl with respect, appreciation, and kindness. Otherwise, she finds another man. Maybe the other man is a friend. Likewise for women. Women must also treat their man with respect, appreciation, and kindness.

8. Here Comes The Sun. My take on the song is the world didn't come to an end. The sun rises the next day. George Harrison wrote the song with Eric Clapton in April 1969. The month experienced the most hours of sunlight in London after an unseasonably cold February and March. The record was broken in April 1984.

7. Something. George Harrison was quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine on writing love songs, "All love is part of a universal love. When you love a woman, it's the God in her that you see." What is the something you see in a women you want to spend the rest of your life with here.

6. Carry That Weight. I believe Carry That Weight was the only song all four Beatles sang together. Don't carry your entire life on your shoulders. Successful people must have people to assist them.

5. We Can Work It Out. One of the lyrics states, "Life is very short. There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend." I feel sad hearing relationships break off. I refer to any relationships: friendships, romantic, companionship, professional partnerships, neighbors, etc. Sometimes the break off is natural. Sometimes the break off is not natural—it can be saved. If there are conflicts, then people must find ways to keep it going. Wise up. Get stronger.

4. The Long And Winding Road. The song was The Beatles' 20th and last number one song in the USA on June 1970. McCartney was quoted, "It's rather a sad song." Sad songs can acknowledge a person's sad feelings. My take on the song is life is not a simple short road and straight shot to happiness.

3. I've Got A Feeling. I believe there are some human feelings which can't be explained in words. I also believe humans should trust their feelings. I'm going to follow the feeling. McCartney wrote the song for his late wife Linda Eastman.

2. Get Back The song was performed three times as part of the rooftop performance on top of Apple Studios in Savile Row, London. Police interrupted their performance because of noise complaints from office workers.

My take on the song is if I'm experiencing life problems, go back to my past. Remember my past successes and past failures to help me solve my current problems.

1. Let It Be. McCartney dreamed about his mother. His mother told him, "It will be all right, just let it be." McCartney was blessed to have the dream to inspire him writing "Let It Be."


Sunday, October 29, 2017

SOMT: McDonald's Big Mac Combo $2.99 And Donut Shop Donuts $0.50

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.

The inspiration for today's blog was buying two donuts at a donut shop on May 2017. The last time I purchased donuts at the same donut shop was Oct 2014. The cost for two glazed donuts was $1.90. I paid $2.20 last month for two smaller sized glazed donuts.

I remember when retail prices, grocery prices, and restaurant prices were cheaper. Almost everyone agrees the past times were easier. Almost everyone agrees the past times were cheaper. People paid $2.99 for a Big Mac number one combo. Gas prices were in the $1.00-$2.00 per gallon, and people complained when prices broke $2.00 per gallon. Many homes owners never thought their homes reached a million dollars. Some of those homes are breaking the million dollar mark in hot real estate markets. Many landlords never thought their apartments reached a thousand dollars per month. Some of those apartments are breaking the thousand dollar mark in high demand markets. Movie matinee was $4.25. College education, medical insurance, and utilities are common knowledge prices are going up.

Prices are going up. Welcome to Economics 101. Supply and demand. Inflation. Cost of living increase. One can say prices are going down. One can say prices for medical care are cheaper. Better technology to run tests faster and more accurate decreases wait time for patients. New surgery techniques patients recover faster resulting in less time as a hospital inpatient. There are more over-the-counter drugs more powerful requiring fewer dosages.

One can say prices for operating all ground transportation are cheaper. Gas mileage is better. There are hybrid cars. Ground transportation innovates their durability lasts longer compared to 40 years ago. Desktop computers are cheaper such as bigger disk drive memory. Computer hardware lasts longer in durability and in more performance; for example, motherboards don't need a video card for basic desktop use. LED light bulbs are energy efficient costing pennies. The cost of backpacking equipment is going down because the durability lasts longer and equipment serves more functions. Flat panel television, clothing, and appliances are common knowledge prices have been going down.

Perspective determines whether we are living prices going up or prices doing down. Perspective is correct on both viewpoints. Costco's food court prices are the same since Costco opened their food courts.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Top Ten Daily Changes After O'Connor Hospital

I was an impatient in a hospital on Apr 2017 for the first time in my life. I was diagnosed with Acute Gallstone Pancreatitis. I needed two surgeries. The first surgery removed gallstones or Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP). The second surgery removed my gallbladder or Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. I stayed in O'Connor Hospital for five days and four nights.

Taking time away from daily routines can be good. Examples of taking time away are a vacation, a sabbatical, a temporary assignment or task, and being an inpatient in a hospital. Sometimes taking time away changes daily routines. There are new routines. There are routines no longer needed. There are existing routines improved. There is a new outlook on routines big and small. New wisdom, stronger, smarter, and growth can happen.

Here are the top ten daily changes after O'Connor Hospital. The daily changes also happened during my recovery period at home.

10. Drink Less Water. Common knowledge says humans should drink eight glasses of water a day. It doesn't apply to my body.

9. Browse Less Online. No more checking Amazon's Deal Of The Day. No more checking Kickstarter.

8. Read Personal Email Daily. I read all email once a day instead of reading all my lower priority emails once a week.

7. New Jobs Search Schedule. I continue job searching two times every weekday. I switch job searching some websites from the afternoon to the evening and vice versa. I started applying for Business Systems Analyst as long as I qualify for 50% of the job requirements. I brought back the Sun morning job search.

6. New Dental Care. Good hygiene prevents health problems. I change my cup once a week instead of once every two weeks when I brush my teeth. I use a Waterpix. I brought back proxabrushes.

I have a heighten importance to practice good dental care when my welcome inpatient basket included mouthwash, toothbrush, and toothpaste. O'Connor Hospital knows dental care is important to prevent spreading bacteria. I brushed my teeth two times a day. I rinsed my mouth with mouthwash when my mouth felt dirty.

5. Spend Extra Money Eating Out. There are times I must eat out. There is no spending limit when I eat at restaurants. Health, energy, and focus are priority when I'm out of the house. I avoid getting sick due to fatigue.

4. I have a new respect for medical personnel which includes doctors, nurses, and technicians. I already have a respect for first responders and engineers.

3. New Podcast Schedule. Podcasts are off when I job search. I listen to podcasts driving, cooking, and cleaning the house.

2. R-E-L-A-X. Take it easy on weekends. Everyone needs a break. I stopped my sense of urgency getting a job. Take it slow. Take small steps. Increment. Add all the little things something big happens.

No more personal projects on weekends. Weekend gym workouts are allowed if I missed a weekday gym day. The Sun job search is brief.

1. Understand Personal Responsibility. The inpatient or outpatient has a responsibility to help medical personnel do their jobs. In other words, help the medical personnel to help me. Make it easier for them to take care of me. Keep them informed any changes. I take care of myself when I can take care of myself. Patient responsibility is an example of personal responsibility.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Change Says No To Raymond Mar

I drove by two elementary schools I attended in my childhood earlier today because I was in the neighborhood completing errands. The first school is Serra Elementary School in Sunnyvale, CA. I attended Serra in kindergarten and first grade. Serra closed at the end of the 1988-1989 school year according to the California Department Of Education. Serra is a Montessori school today. The second school is R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School or Meyerholz in San Jose, CA. I attended Meyerholz in second grade and third grade. Seeing the two schools inspired me to write today's blog. There are two parts. Part I is my thoughts on change. Part II is my life on change.

Part I: There Is A Change Every Second

Nobody lives the same life. Life finds a way to change you. Life finds a way to change your surroundings. Every day you go outside there is a change. Every day indoors something changes even beyond your control; for example, a new refrigerator to replace a broken refrigerator or upgrading windows. Life finds a way to change anything. Life changes everything. You can control some changes. You can't control some changes.

One example of change is a married couple. Life changes the partners in time. I'm single for which I guarantee life changes the partners in time. The couple hopes with good luck and good fortune the change flows favorably the couple changes together they are married their entire lives. I hear stories couples divorce after being married for at least 20 years.

I saw Serra and Meyerholz schools changed. There are more classroom buildings. There are more parking spaces. The playgrounds shrank. The grass fields shrank because more fields are paved with asphalt. The height of the perimeter fences is lowered. However, the original buildings remain with new paint color. I'm guessing the schools were built in the 1950s.

Part II: When's My Next Change?

My first change was on Sat Oct 4, 2008. It was the day I realized I must grow up. I stopped taking life for granted. I became responsible. I must earn my successes. My life changed forever living life as a mature adult.

There is no change number two yet. My second change is freedom. My freedom includes working full time, living at my own residence, and in love with a woman. I work hard daily to earn my freedom. Life is telling me no change today. It's like I submit a request to life I want a change to live in freedom. Life rejects my request. Reapply tomorrow. The rejections are piling up. The losing streak continues.

There have been small changes. These small changes are too small for the big change. Some of the small changes are retiring from anime, reading more fiction books than nonfiction books, new gym workouts, and saying goodbye to people who held me back. Change number two is a big change.

The bottom line is I can't quit. If I stop applying for change number two life, then I guarantee no change. I have no freedom. I earn my second change life approves my request eventually.

Side note: I heard the song "Changes" by the late David Bowie in front of Meyerholz.


Sunday, October 08, 2017

Staying Busy Hoping For The Best

I make gains every day. It's a small gain or a big gain. I learn something new such as Python, JavaScript, and CSS. I review something existing such as SQL and Excel. I drill myself such as repeat learning Python and working out at the gym. There are the everyday tasks such as job searching, reading books, eating healthy, and sleeping eight hours a night. The gains can be generalized getting better, getting stronger, being braver, getting smarter, and acquiring wisdom.

I continue either moving forward or moving upwards; each practically means the same. I describe with any adjective or adverb. I work hard intelligently I earn my good outcomes. I live life continuing--no quitting. If I quit, then there's no hope for the best. The people, the friends, the good luck, the opportunities, the money, and the fortunes are coming soon. They come to me. Life flows with me.

I never complain about my current life. I focus on my life joys. I have no time being dreadful wasting my life. I'm happy. There is more happiness in my future.


Monday, October 02, 2017

Some Of My Favorite Movie Scenes

One YouTube positive everyone agrees is watching favorite scenes from movies. Here are some of my favorite movie scenes.

Good Will Hunting. Chuckie is brutally honest with Will he owes Chuckie to not waste his genius talents or else Chuckie kills Will.

Lean On Me. Dr. Frank Napier tells Principal Joe Clark he is the H.N.I.C.

The Patriot. Benjamin Martin and two of his sons ambush the British to rescue the eldest son. Violent movie scene.

Predator Part I and Predator Part II. Guerrilla base attack scene one and scene two. Violent movie scenes.

Rocky IV. Rocky Balboa trains in U.S.S.R. to fight Drago.

Moneyball. Billy Beane meets with the scouts to discuss replacing Oakland A's ballplayers lost via free agency.

Dead Poet's Society. Various scenes John Keating interacting with his students. The scene where Keating tells his students to stand on the teacher's desk is included.

Stand By Me. Chris Chambers teaches Gordie Lachance grown-up wisdom don't let anyone "drag you down."

Traffic. Seth Abrahms teaches Robert Wakefield drug economics.

A Few Good Men. "You can't handle the truth" courtroom scene.

Here are two good opening scenes.

Deadpool. The opening song is Angel Of The Morning by Juice Newton.

Hell Or High Water. Brothers Toby and Tanner Howard rob two banks in the morning.


Sunday, October 01, 2017

Turn Back The Clock On Anime

I saw a tweet showing a smartphone with No Face as its wallpaper from the anime movie Spirited Away. The tweet inspired me to turn back the clock to one of my longest hobbies Japanese Anime. I retired from anime in Sep 2014.

My turn back the clock was watching episodes from selected anime series. These classic anime series have good plot, good character, originality, rely less on graphics, and rely more on good story. Some of these anime series are classics from my generation. Here is the timeline below:

Thur Sep 14: No Face was my temporary smartphone’s wallpaper. I included the original No Face and my smartphone wallpaper No Face above. I watched Ranma 1/2 volume 1 episode 15 and volume 2 episodes 1 and 2 Viz Video USA release.

Fri Sep 15: I watched Cowboy Bebop episodes 1 and 5. I watched Card Captor Sakura episode 21.

Sat Sep 16. I watched Sailor Moon episodes 37 and 39.

Sun Sep 17: I watched Spirited Away and Card Captor Sakura episode 3.

Mon Sep 18: I listened to Card Captor Sakura Character Songbook CD. I watched Tenchi Muyo TV series episodes 1 and 2.

Tue Sep 19: I watched Sailor Moon Stars episodes 187 and 188.

Sat Sep 23: I watched Maho Tsukai Tai OVA episode 3. I watched Hime-Chan No Ribbon episodes 22 and 39.

The turn back the clock was supposed to be seven days. I added bonus episodes after watching Maho Tsukai Tai OVA episode 3 because I needed to watch the last two episodes. Also, I didn’t watch any Sailor Moon Super episodes.

Mon Sep 25: I watched Sailor Moon Super episode 114.

Wed Sep 27: I watched Sailor Moon Super episode 115.

Sat Sep 30: I watched Maho Tsukai Tai OVA episodes 5 and 6.