Monday, December 31, 2018

A Second Look At 2017

It's the time I look back at my 2017 blogs to give myself feedback. The goals delaying one year are relearning from my mistakes, reinforcing my lessons, reminding myself my moments, refreshing acquired knowledge, rediscovering new wisdom, correcting errant blogs, and sharing changes. These blogs are also the 2017 best blogs. There are 13 blogs for A Second Look At 2017.

Blog Title: 1. Schools Have Summer Vacations And Life Has Summer Vacations
Date: Tuesday January 3
Summary: There is an ending to everything controlled or not controlled.
Feedback: The blog may be misleading. There are short-term endings. There are one-time endings. Sometimes we create the endings. Sometimes life creates the endings. Work meetings end. Waiting for a car in a repair shop has an ending. Seasons have endings. Holidays have endings. The end of a calendar year is an ending. Time passes.

Blog Title: 2. Top Ten Men Truths
Date: Saturday January 7
Summary: Ten truths distinguishing a boy over 18 years old and a man over 18 years old. I do no justice summarizing here. Click the link to read in its entirety.
Feedback: Top blog for 2017. I nominate the blog for any blog of the year award.

Blog Title: 3. Live Quitting Or Die Believing
Date: Saturday January 14
Summary: The time to wait is subjective. The time to believe is subjective. Waiting and believing have an end time.
Feedback: I did it again. I wrote eight self-pity blogs or bullshit blogs in 2016. I wanted to stop blogging self-pity blogs in 2017. I was wrong. The world knows my current life situation. The bullshit blogs are complaining blogs. I express my frustrations. I express my anger. There's no need to repeat again for another year. Flipping an innovating common knowledge blog to my current life situation is terrible. There are seven bullshit blogs in 2017.

Blog Title: 4. Don't Be Me
Date: Sunday March 5
Summary: I want mature adults to move out of their parent's house at first opportunity intelligently, to learning new career skills indefinitely, to never stop meeting new people, to expand their lives, and to remember desire is more important than knowledge.
Feedback: These are tough adult lessons. If I teach a young person these lessons which change his or her life, then I'm happy.

Blog Title: 5. Two Personal Vows
Date: Wednesday April 12
Summary: The first vow is money doesn't change who I am. The second vow is control stress.
Feedback: Quoted for emphasis. Its ironic work must be done to control stress. Some stress is required to minimize stress. Stress can cause people to lose intelligence. My intuition says stress can cause brain damage such as memory loss, weaker comprehension, and behavior problems.

Blog Title: 6. What Is Believe?
Date: Saturday June 17
Summary: I don't need believe to complete my goals. I have to find a job. Do I need to believe? Students must graduate schools to increase their chances of success. Do they need to believe?
Feedback: Another bullshit blog. I removed daily rule #7 "Have faith. Believe in yourself." on Mar 12, 2018.

Blog Title: 7. Anything Better Than Duct Tape?
Date: Saturday August 5
Summary: I question the attitude of improving everything every day.
Feedback: There is another term. It's called creative exhaustion.

Blog Title: 8. Hate Yourself Today Only
Date: Wednesday August 9
Summary: Hate yourself is an easier way to find flaws, weaknesses, and whatever missing.
Feedback: Here is one way to be brutally honest with yourself. Turn your self-hate to self-love. Find everything you hate. Fix everything you hate. One must work to fix problems. Self-love is not automatic.

Blog Title: 9. Be Patient, I Rescue My Loneliness And Other People's Loneliness
Date: Monday August 14
Summary: There are lonely people in the world. I save myself first. I save lonely people next. I welcome people with weak self-esteem if they're motivated to strengthen their self-esteem. Nobody lives a happy life being lonely.
Feedback: The irony is I need people to help achieve freedom. I refer independence in the blog as freedom. I achieve both rescuing lonely people and earning freedom. Both complements each other. On the other hand, why do people want to spend time with losers who are unemployed and live with their parents? Where are the unemployed and live with their parents? Where are the people down on their luck? Where are the people not given chances? I must have bad luck finding unemployed and live with their parents people.

Blog Title: 10. Higher Priority Job Hiring And Higher Weight Job Hiring
Date: Sunday September 10
Summary: Times have changed regarding the job hiring system today and our father's job hiring system yesterday. Experience is valued. Good attitude is not valued.
Feedback: More people blame today's information age making jobs harder to find. Automated cars lead to automated trucks. Robots work in shipping and receiving. Customers order fast food at self-pay kiosks. For example, I saw kiosks at Costco's Food Court. I'm sure Costco has plenty of other customer service positions and more food preparation position for the food court cashiers.

Another ironic thought. Hiring managers hire people with matching knowledge, recent experience, and relevant experience because they're less likely to take another person's job. A job candidate with a high desire to learn and strong motivation to get better is more likely to take another person's job. There is a fear. The fear is a new job candidate replaces an existing job candidate. The job market is tough. Some workers do anything to protect their jobs. Some workers do anything to avoid entering the unemployed abyss.

What do we blame? Blame the job hiring system. Blame population overcrowding. There are too many people. There are too few job openings.

I have a degree in Economics. I learned new industries create more new jobs. The job workforce increases. I question the job creation theory. How does the robotics industry create more new jobs because many robots substitute human labor with automation?

Blog Title: 11. Life Goes On
Date: Saturday September 23
Summary: Anything that happens today good and bad anything happens tomorrow good and bad. Life is unfair. Life goes on.
Feedback: Everyday we wake up there is a chance of something happening. Sometime we're prepared. Sometimes we're not prepared. We roll the dice 24/7. Coincidences happen. Logical events happen. Illogical events happen. Weird events happen. We're at the right place at the right time. We're at the wrong place at the wrong time. Take a chance something good happens. Take a chance something bad happens. Life is full of chances.

Blog Title: 12. Throwback Blog: How Do They Do It? How Do They Do It?
Date: Wednesday November 30
Summary: I ask the question how some people attract people no matter where they are. Charism. Good looks. Voice tone. Luck. I also ask why some people repel from me. Poor physical appearance. Weak self-esteem. Loud voice. Luck.
Feedback: A common saying is don't judge a person by their appearance. Let's play the brutal honest card. We do judge a person by their appearance. Most of the time our judgement is correct. Take care of your body physically speaking. Good grooming. Good clothing. Good smile. Good communication skills. Back up the grooming, clothing, smile, and communication skills with intelligence, confidence, and mature behavior.

I thought back to Fanime Con 2009. I wore costumes to anime conventions. I wore makeup for the first time in my life. I couldn't believe makeup makes a difference to a person's looks. The makeup covered my pores. I attracted people. People came to me. I have a better understanding why women wear makeup. Also, perhaps, why men wear makeup. The makeup industry doesn't exist without Hollywood.

Maybe I'm scaring people without my knowledge. Maybe the people I scare have poor self-esteem. Maybe the people I scare are weak. I'm portraying myself unconsciously too strong, too smart, and too confidence; on the other hand, I question do I want to meet weak people. Do I want weak friends? I admit I have more work to strengthen my self-esteem. I admit I scare people off when I'm laser focused on a task. I look intimidating.

Blog Title: 13. The World Is Too Many And Too Few
Date: Saturday December 2
Summary: There are too many good people. There are too few good opportunities.
Feedback: It's a conversation nobody wants to talk about. The population continues to grow. Is the number of opportunities matching the population growth? People are living longer. Overcrowding is the number one global problem.


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Highlight And Favorite 2017 Tweets

Here are my 41 highlight Tweets and 8 favorite Favorites Tweets in 2017. The goals delaying one year are relearning from my mistakes, reinforcing my lessons, reminding myself my moments, refreshing acquired knowledge, rediscovering new wisdom, and sharing changes. Follow me @inin61 Enjoy!


Jan 07: published an article on men truths given from men like you and me from Askmen subreddit

Jan 09: RT @normfeuti: RETAIL 1/8 "Returns" Read RETAIL every day at

Jan 21: superfluous: Being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. Unnecessary or needless. #mynewwordoftheday

Jan 25: The Dow Jones closes above 20000 first time in history closing at 20068.51. Intraday high 20075.73. S&P closes 2298.37. NASDAQ 5656.34.

Feb 09: Parents, teach your young children eye contact with other people by asking them what's the color of the other person's eyes.

Feb 27: I crave intelligence again.

Mar 04: The simple answer to Excel's pivot tables is calculations with criteria. It creates reports which contain calculations with criteria.

Mar 10: Person A: Say something intelligent.
Person B: I believe you're cute. "

Mar 19: Tonight's 60 Minutes' segment takes place in San Francisco. USF [outsources] workers to cut costs. The displaced workers trained replacements

Apr 13: Check your vehicle for recalls. NHTSA's free website Enter your vehicle's VIN.

Apr 16: Headliner from Mercury News. Wettest winter rain on record water conservation habits continue. I continue my habits such as shorter showers.

Apr 20: fibromyalgia is chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and widespread tenderness #mynewwordoftheday

Apr 23: I can't explain why it took me decades to watch the movie A Few Good Men in its entirety. Good movie with an all-star cast.

Apr 23: I had watch parts of A Few Good Men staying in hotels for decades. I watched the beginning. Now I understand the ending #raymondshistorybook

May 16: I finished reading The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz book by L. Frank Baum. Good fairytale book any age. There are differences between book & movie

May 16: Dorothy wore ruby slippers in The Wizard Of Oz movie. The book version she wore silver shoes. #mytriviaoftheday

Jun 06: An example of bad luck. Nikki Nelson's opponent had four queens with two pocket Q's. Nelson had a royal flush at the flop.

Jun 06: The Car Connection published an article self driving cars is a $7T industry by 2050

Jul 01: Write all your handwriting in cursive for July. Bring back cursive. No print. Do you remember your cursive handwriting?

Jul 02: The Simpsons episode Bart's Comet, Flanders sang the song Que Sera, Sera or Whatever will be, will be by Doris Day #mytriviaoftheday

Jul 07: TIL a government security clearance costs a minimum $50,000.

Jul 15: Checklist. Do you have the following: shelter, food, and support? Also, do you have a bed, a refrigerator, and a toilet?

Jul 15: Are you in good health? Do you have a brain or no mental illness? Is access to retail stores close by? If all answers are yes, then

Jul 15: you should be happy. Otherwise, no complaining about life.

Jul 23: Purple Rain by Prince on a Technics SL-1200 M3D Turntable #mysongoftheday

Jul 23: Prince said Purple Rain means the end of the world being with your lover letting faith guide you through purple rain

Jul 25: Zero is an even number. #mytriviaoftheday

Jul 25: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE was found in 90% of brains donated deceased players studied for concussions

Aug 07: Nothing cannot last forever.

Aug 11: Husbands and boyfriends better complete the honey to-do list. Wives and girlfriends must not abuse your honey to-do list.

Aug 15: Excel tip. Ctrl + Shift + ~ converts a cell to General format. General format useful to see what's really in the cell. No format deception.

Aug 17: I never had a flying dream.

Aug 20: I dreamed I flew for the first time. Flew locally from my house to De Anza college. Low altitude. Song I Want To Break Free by Queen played.

Aug 22: RT @RogerCude: This is what the #SolarEclipse2017 looked like from a plane!

Sep 07: Excel tip. Use integer INT() function to remove decimals. =INT(16.98748754) returns 16. Likewise for INT(16.11245478) and INT(16.45487897).

Sep 19: Excel tip. Deactivate GETPIVOTDATA cell referencing in pivot table. File>Options>Formulas>uncheck Use GetPivotData functions for Pivot...

Sep 19: Board gamer spent $16k+ on Kickstarter board games Original Reddit

Oct 05: Project Euler has a 46k text file containing 5,000+ first names Source:

Nov 01: A baby monitor alerts the caregiver taking care of a person with Alzheimer's disease anywhere in the house

Dec 06: Mercury News 12/3 today's homes burn faster because open floor plans and synthetic materials. Up to 3 min escape. 30 years ago up to 17 min.

Dec 15: TIL Color Hex website Find a color's RGB, HEX, CMYK. Get the color codes for Facebook, Google, and popular color palettes.

Favorite Favorites

Jan 17: @HistoryInPics, Very excited to wish a Happy 95th Birthday to the fabulous @BettyMWhite.,,,

Feb 5: @NickiJhabvala, Just another game ...

Apr 18: @arstechnica, Trump will sign executive order to begin revamp of H-1B visa program

Apr 18: @arstechnica, "Think of how the average police car wastes as it idles for hours every day—with this, that's a thing of the past."

Jun 12: @warriors, For the second time in three seasons, the Warriors are your NBA Champions!

Jul 19: @SexWithEmily, Having sex regularly makes you healthier, but aspects of your sex life can tell you ABOUT your health. @bustle

Sep 28: @hughhefner, "In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life." - Hugh M. Hefner 1926 - 2017

Nov 3: @SexWithEmily, No better way to break in the rooms in your house than to have sex in them all.


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Top 2017 Pics

Here are the 33 top pictures I took in 2017. They’re sorted from the start of the year to the end of the year. The goals delaying one year are relearning from my mistakes, reinforcing my lessons, reminding myself my moments, refreshing acquired knowledge, rediscovering new wisdom, and sharing changes. Enjoy!


Sunday, December 23, 2018

Black Friday 2018

My Black Friday 2018 shopping was 55% bare necessities, 18% upgrades, and 27% fun or splurge. I include a Cyber Monday 2018 purchase which was fun or splurge in the percentages above.

Wed Nov 22

I purchased Nike SB Bruin Max Vapor skateboard shoes at Amazon.

Fri Nov 24

Pep Boys 7:57am. Two Castrol 5 gallon oil and two Purolator oil filters. Bare necessities.

Target 8:56am. Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000. Bare necessities.

Best Buy 9:19am. Samsung 28" LED monitor U28E590D. Upgrades.

Office Depot Office Max 10:10am. Two 24-pack Crystal Geyser bottle water. Bare necessities. SanDisk 128GB 3.0 USB flash memory stick. Upgrades.

The two closest Office Depot Office Max stores closed. We assisted a UPS driver who lost his package in the Office Depot Office Max strip shopping mall. The delivery truck back door was unlocked.

Rite-Aid 10:56am. Haagen-Dizs two 14oz vanilla ice cream. Fun or splurge.

USPS 1:22pm. Mailed letter Priority Mail.

Target 2:06pm. Maple Cheerios. Fun or splurge. I purchased a box of Cheerios because I wanted a 20% coupon on my Cartwheel account.

Sat Nov 24

I purchased Earth Therapeutics foot creams and Faberware paring knife at Kohl's. Bare necessities and upgrades, respectively.

Mon Nov 26

I purchased Kingdomino board game at Target. Fun or splurge.

Thur Nov 29

I purchased Head & Shoulders shampoo regular and Head & Shoulders shampoo eucalyptus at Walgreens. Bare necessities. I included the two shampoo bottles because I paid the same price from a past Black Friday using a manufacture coupon. I paid $7 for the two bottles.

Tue Dec 4

I returned the SanDisk 128GB 3.0 USB flash memory stick back to Office Depot Office Max.

Black Fridays achieved the status quo years ago in my opinion. I shop on Black Fridays to purchase bare necessities which includes stocking up on bare necessities, to buy new durable goods, to upgrade existing durable goods, and to buy DVDs on my wish list. Black Fridays are good shopping days for appliances, clothes, new TVs, desktop parts, and towels. If I can wait for the Black Friday, then I wait.

Black Friday happens daily on SlickDeals. I subscribe to their Frontpage Deals alerts.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Allergies And Coughs November 2018

I got sick a third time in 2018. Frustrating again. The first time I got sick was Jan 2018 Allergies And Coughs January 2018. The second time I got sick was Apr 2018 Allergies And Coughs April 2018. I blog how I treated myself and the likely causes because I want to reference my treatment the next time I get sick. I didn't panic. Obvious symptoms. Minimal pain. Quick recovery. Today's blog is minimally edited.

Sat Nov 24, 2018. Sore throat began late night. I confirmed after drinking water the pain was sore throat pain instead of dry throat pain. I began thinking about the causes for my upcoming sickness. I felt warm to cold in a warm room. I felt eating.

Sun Nov 25. My body wanted a double breakfast. I took an afternoon nap. It was too early to tell how to treat my upcoming sickness. I hoped my sickness was a sore throat only. My ears popped open at night when I opened my mouth.

Mon Nov 26. Sore throat improved. Runny nose at night. White color mucus. No nap.

Tue Nov 27. I woke up with a stuffy nose. Phlegm ran down my throat. If I coughed, then bad news because there was sickness. No yogurt. No medications. No drugs. I drank Coke. Ate wisely. Took naps. White color phlegm. I coughed once at Staples. I coughed once before lunch. I took a 2.5 hour afternoon nap. Sore throat disappeared at night. I slept with a Breathe Right strip.

Wed Nov 28. One long coughed. If I long coughed a few times, then I took Mucinex DM. I wore my Breathe Right strip all day. Recovery was faster as long as I sleep well. My past sicknesses recovery was slow when I coughed while I fall asleep. White phlegm color. I took a one hour nap. I coughed. Phlegm down my throat. Yellow phlegm color. I took Mucinex DM at 10pm. Weather temperatures normal for Nov and autumn season.

Thur Nov 29. No problems sleeping last night. I continue drinking Coke for lunch and dinner. I took a Mucinex DM at 10:15am. Ears popped when I opened my mouth. I had diarrhea after breakfast. I watched my liquid intake. My causes for diarrhea were either too much liquid in my body or Mucinex DM. Coughs were dry and few throughout the day. I worked out at the gym lifting weights on machines minimal workout. No coughing at the gym. I took a Mucinex DM at 11:30pm drinking a few sips of water instead of a full glass. No diarrhea. I wore a Breathe Right strip when I slept.

Fri Nov 30. I slept 10+ hours last night. The heater was accidentally on throughout the night woke me up at 6:45am. My throat felt dry fearing another sore throat. I drank three sips of water. I went back to bed after turning off the heater. I woke up at 11am. No coughing. I took a Mucinex DM at 11:30am. White phlegm color. I worked out at the gym free weights minimal workout. I took a Mucinex DM at midnight.

Sat Dec 1. Good sleep last night. I took a Mucinex DM at 12:10pm. I had diarrhea three times. My body must be rejecting Mucinex DM. I stopped taking Mucinex DM.

Sun Dec 2. One diarrhea in the morning. Last day I drank Coke.

Tue Dec 4. Cardio workout 20 minutes on the cycle and 20 minutes on the treadmill.

Wed Dec 5. Cardio workout 20 minutes on the cycle and 20 minutes on the treadmill.

How Did I Get Sick

My brother's family. All of them had the flu the week before they visited for Thanksgiving holiday. They showed no symptoms when they visited. Probability: 20%.

In the air. It's flu season. It's Black Friday where people shopped at stores. Probability: 40%.

Poor lunch. I ate a poor lunch when we came home for Black Friday to rest. There was more shopping in the afternoon. Probability: 33%.

Mom's leftover bad chicken. I was the only person eating my mom's leftover bad chicken to make homemade fried rice in the microwave. Probability: 25%.

Frozen shrimp. The family ate frozen shrimp the day after Thanksgiving. I ate cold frozen shrimp. I initially thought it got cold after being on the serving plate. Maybe my shrimp was not fully cooked. Food allergy was my sickness. Probability: 70%.

Poor body hygiene. I didn't wash my hair in four days. Probability: 10%.


Sunday, December 09, 2018

First Time I Saw A Restaurant Close On Tuesdays

Blogger's note: I initially wrote the blog for my personal blog Finding Raymond Mar. An event which happened on Tue Dec 4 changed my mind. I choose to post today's blog at Innovating Common Knowledge titled First Time I Saw A Restaurant Close On Tuesdays and at Finding Raymond Mar titled Is This My Life? Today's blog is minimally edited for grammar.

2018 is over. I wanted to try a restaurant in another city for the first time. I was in the area on Tue Dec 4. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. Are you serious? The event summed my recent life. Bad luck. Bad timing. Misfortunes. Missed chances. Missed opportunities. Slipped through the cracks. Just one away. Every good moment there is an asterisk or fine print ruining the good moment; in other words, there is a "but" ruining the good. The world didn't come to an end when I get a sore throat, lose my computer data, minor back pain, miss a sale, or don't get the job. My life can't get worse spiritually speaking. I have shelter, I'm in good health, I have a desktop with internet access, and I live with minimal expenses. On the other hand, my life can get worse such as a car accident, cancer, a devastating earthquake, or being lost in the woods. I'm done with 2018. I'm frustrated what I can't control. Bad results happen. I'm frustrated what I can control I receive small rewards. I'm done controlling everything I can control. Life is unfair. I'm the unfortunate more bad moments than good moments.

2018 is the same as 2016 and 2017. All three are dull years. Ironically, 2018 is the fastest year. 2016 and 2017 were fast years, too. 2014 and 2015 were slower years for which they were better than 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Life itself takes over in 2019. I respond what life gives me. I go with the flow. I'm going back to the past when life controlled me. I follow life, destiny, fate, karma, and Act of God. I maintain being a good person--the same life I have been living hoping for the best. I continue self-responsibility. I experienced more good calendar years than bad calendar years when life controlled me. I have done everything I can do in my control. I have done everything life given me. I react. I try to be proactive if the situation calls. It's a judgment call.

It's not bullshit. It's the truth. It's reality. I receive feedback I'm not doing enough. I'm open to opinions. I receive any communication I'm not doing enough, I'm not focus, I'm not working hard enough, and/or I'm making bad choices. I'm past the clique advice. I'm past the common knowledge. I continue to be open. Tell me something new. I welcome new ideas. I ignore communications making the other person feel better taking advantage of my current depressed life.

2018 is the same as 2016 and 2017. I'm 99.99% confident there are other people living my similar life situation.

Living Solo Is Temporary

I take my chances living alone compared to being with people to avoid loneliness. Most of the people I said goodbye in past years dragged me down. There was no joy. There was no happiness. I felt routine being with these people. I was the lowest common denominator. One goal after I earned freedom is create new circle of friends to share life. We help each other live better lives. We help each other keep our life fresh.


Saturday, December 08, 2018

There Are Losers For Every Winner

You don't need to be a sports fan to know there is one Super Bowl winner in football, one World Series winner in baseball, one NBA Finals winner in basketball, and one Stanley Cup finals winner in hockey. The rest of the teams lost; moreover, there are teams finishing a season with a losing record. Every team doesn't win their championship. Every team doesn't win 100% of their games. There are exceptions such as the 1972 Miami Dolphins going 17-0 including their Super Bowl championship.

The sports analogy applies to life in general. There are winners. There are losers. We are told in our young years we can do anything we want. Success comes with hard work. We are not told in our young years success is not guaranteed. Most parents don't teach their children "life is not fair" seriously. There are people doing their best without successful outcomes. There are no rewards. There are people unblessed. There are people with misfortunes. There are people who made a mistake they never recovered. Sometimes an Act Of God is responsible for the loss outcomes. Sometimes an Act Of God is responsible for a handicap.

Good people think optimistically. Be positive. Good things happen to those who wait. Successful people work hard focusing on their goals. Never give up. These phases are common when we earn our desires. However, we should prepare for losses. The plaintiff and the defendant both don't win in a court. One person wins in a boxing match. One person wins in a poker tournament. One person wins an Oscar in a category. One student wins in a spelling bee. Losing stinks. There are people who lose more than win. Losing too many times feels like there's no reason to live life. There are people who live many unfortunate moments they die in unfortunate causes. It's life.

How Many Rejections Does A Person Take?

In particular, how many job rejections does an unemployed person take? The job market continues to be tough despite good economic news and low unemployment rate. There are many job applicants for a job opening. Some unemployed quit job searching. They admit loss. They believe nobody gives them an opportunity. They can't compete in today's job market requiring complex skills and advanced knowledge. The job hiring system rewards job candidates with both recent experience and relevant knowledge. Most unemployed learning new skills are denied job offers because they don't have recent experience or there are gaps in their employment history. The unemployed who stop looking for a job are excluded from the unemployment rate.

The world is zero-sum. People who win more than lose there are people who lose more than win. How does God console the people who lose more than win?


Friday, November 30, 2018

Throwback Blog: 1996

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 1996 in Dec 2013. It's good timing to remind myself life flows my way. The stars are aligned. The wind blows at my back. I have good luck. I have good timing. There are fortunate events. New experiences. New hobbies. All of the above happened in 1996 except for my Modern Geometry class. Life is not perfect. The next time I experience a 1996 like year I promise I take nothing for granted. I always have the never stop acquiring wisdom and knowledge attitude.

The year was 1996. It was a good year. I was a junior at San Jose State University. I changed majors from Mathematics to Economics in the Fall Semester 1995. On the one hand, the change of major started my rise to the best semesters and best life as a college student. On the other hand, I failed to realize I was learning life lessons outside the textbooks and outside the classrooms. I continued to act like a sixteen year old high school student. The lessons were there. The experiences were there. I failed to learn from them.

The good life was given to me on a silver platter. I took everything for granted. What could I have done? I was naive. I still had the wisdom of a high school student.

Let's take a look at my top moments with feedback. Today's blog is an example to learn from the past to prevent repeating the mistakes for the future.

I started the Spring Semester in a good and bad way. One of my required Economic classes was cancelled last minute. I added Mathematical Methods for Economics to replace the cancelled class on the first day of instruction. I just found the class that worked with my class schedule. The class involved calculus which I learned from my lower division math classes. I earned an easy A.

The three other classes I enrolled were Religion In America, Economic Statistics, and Modern Geometry. My moment in Religion In America was I crammed on the day of the final. The final was during the evening. I woke up early, drove to school, and crammed everything in the library. My final grade was a B+. I called that final "The Miracle Final". The professor who taught Economic Statistics was a good professor. I heard rumors he was a terrible professor. My grade proved otherwise which was an A-.

The best life lesson I failed to learn happened in my Modern Geometry class. The class was the first time I experienced a person after high school who disliked me. The person was the professor. He had a conflict against me. The professor didn't hate me. He wasn't out to get me. It was a relationship where there was no connection. It was minimal respect, at best, between a professor and a student. Nothing more. Nothing special. The lesson I should had learned was some people can't get along with others. There were people who don't like me for whatever reason.

For instance, all students gave a 15 minute presentation. My presentation was one of the best. I knew my material and I communicated well. My presentation grade was a C. There were some students who did worse than me. They earned higher grades. My final grade was a C+.

The semester was my final semester as a math tutor. All of the tutors moved furniture around the old Mathematics & Computer Science office which was the new location for math tutoring. The department office moved upstairs. The pay was a little bit above minimal wage. It was easy money because very few students asked for help.

My summer was very active. I started working at Blockbuster Video. It was my first retail job. I got the job because the store manager went to my high school. Working in retail was a great experience for better and for worse. I learned a lot about human relations I didn't learn in school from a customer and from a coworker points of view. I also learned there are many types of people observing all the customers. Some customers were friendly. Some customers were understanding. Some customers were rude. Some customers were irrational. And there were a few with short tempers. I always thought I never experience weird, crazy, and moronic people. I was wrong. I encountered many different types of people.

My Blockbuster Video store was pro-employee. If an employee had a problem, then management fixed it quickly. On the contrary, I heard stories from my friends today their management didn't care in their retail jobs. My friends were surprised when I tell them my positive retail stories. My retail experience was rare. Employees were treated terrible and management didn't care in most retail stores.

Furthermore, all Blockbuster Video stores were managed differently. One might think all the stores were the same such as New Releases at the back of the store and food in front of the cashier. Every store I substituted when shorthanded was managed differently; for example, closing procedures, cash drops, and priorities when helping customers.

I was introduced to new hobbies during the summer. I became a Japanese anime fan. I was hooked on Sailor Moon. I woke up hearing Sailor Moon on TV in the afternoon because I had a closing shift the night before. And I started rollerblading. I purchased a pair of rollerblades, wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads at Big 5. I wore my bike helmet.

Japanese anime and rollerblading were my new hobbies and interests throughout the 1990s. (Gym was the third hobby that happened in 1999.) Board games, reading fiction books, hiking, ballroom dancing, and much more new interests and hobbies started happening in the late 2000s. I failed to learn that living a good life involved seeking new adventures and experiencing new experiences. Japanese anime and rollerblading were two great examples.

I quit my Blockbuster Video summer job to focus on my Fall Semester. Best semester ever. My classes were Macroeconomic Analysis, Writing Workshop for Economists, Human Sexuality, and Environmental Economic & Policy. All four classes were taken continuously on Tues and Thurs. There were no breaks. I had a natural four day weekend. Thanksgiving holiday was the best since I had no school on Wed before Thanksgiving and the following Mon.

I called the professor who taught Macroeconomic Analysis "The Marine". He was a person with a strong upper body, buzz cut haircut, and a firm voice. Open book and open note exams graded on a curve. My Writing Workshop for Economists professor taught me how to write. All my English professors failed to teach me. Human Sexuality class was kickback easy. We finished early for some classes. I used the free time to play the shooting video game Area 51 with an art major in the Student Union arcade. It was a miracle I stayed awake during Environmental Economic & Policy class. I earned a B+ on Macroeconomic Analysis and an A- on the other three classes.

I should have introduced myself with the art major. We could have been friends. Another lesson I failed to learn. Always meet new people and make new friends.

I went back to Blockbuster Video after Halloween because I needed income. The store manager agreed to my requested part-time schedule since I was a full time student. Blockbuster was more fun during the Christmas holiday compared to the summer. One reason was I met new coworkers who were more sociable. We were on the same level working in retail providing customer service to every type of behavior from friendly to rude. We watched each other's back well. Another reason was great movies to rent from the summer blockbusters including Independence Day, Mission: Impossible, Twister, and The Rock.

Other events that happened include my first Animerica anime magazine purchase; I attended Slug-A-Thon, my first gaming convention; visited Japantown in San Jose for the first time; and purchased Ranma 1/2 VHS tapes on clearance at a closing comic book store. These events were more examples of experiencing new experiences which was a lesson I failed to learn.


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Common Knowledge Is Not Common

If there is a book on all of the knowledge in the world, the length and width are bigger than China and Russia and the height breaks the atmosphere. There are also volumes in the millions--perhaps, billions. Does everyone know how to perform medical surgery? Does everyone know how to change a car's tire? Does everyone know how to fly an airplane? Does everyone know ancient history in the BC years?

We react shockingly when someone doesn't know common knowledge such as Tom Hanks is an actor, LeBron James is a professional basketball player, oxygen is in water, CPU stands for computer processing unit in a computer, paper comes from trees, the north-east-south-west directions, and Thomas Jefferson was never a President naturally. Call it trivia. Call it knowledge. Call it professional skills. Nobody knows everything. Common knowledge may be common from one person's perspective. Common knowledge may not be common from another person's perspective. It's a judgment call. We should never be shocked when someone doesn't know Easter holiday celebrates the return of Jesus from the dead, Lima is the capital of Peru, and zero is an even number. We're really not stupid. There is too much knowledge.

Update On A Past Blog

I listen to podcasts. Car Talk is one of my four first podcasts. I started listening on Mon Feb 23, 2015 at my workplace Work Sat Mar 7, 2015. I'm retiring Car Talk. Car Talk has been airing reruns. I'm listening to reruns I listened in the past. I assure the reader I'm listening to reruns for the second time because I have an above average long-term memory. Thank you Car Talk!

The three of my four first podcasts are Sex With Emily, Awesome Etiquette, and Freakonomics. I started listening to Awesome Etiquette on episode one.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Too Much Stimuli Or Too Much Screen Time

I'm going back in time to my grade school years. There were books, magazines, television, radios, board games, and arcades. There were video games such as the Atari and Pong, personal computers such as the Apple II and Commodore 64, and any games played on a table such as role-playing games and dominos. The term "tabletop gaming" wasn't said in my past. People socialized face-to-face and with the telephone. People communicated paper and pen writing letters and notes.

Books, magazines, television, radios, board games or tabletop games exist today. Video games exist today. There's no need to leave the house to play video games at arcades; although, arcades still exist in fewer numbers. Personal computers can be laptops. People continue to socialize face-to-face and with the telephone. People continue paper and pen writing letters and notes.

There is little change between my grade school years and today. What is the little change? A screen--rather, more screens. Everything above is completed on a screen. The screen comes from a desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone. The four technology hardware gives us more choices to read books and magazines, watch television, listen to the radio, play video games, play tabletop games, and communicate such as email, text, and social networking. Today's information age technology gives us more choices.

There have been a few new changes doing everything on a screen. One can say the changes are many. One can say the changes are huge. I stand by my simple opinion. There isn't too much stimuli. There is too much screen time. Everything I mentioned above still exists today. Shopping existed in my past. The change is shopping at home using the internet. Workers must work to earn an income. The change is some workers work remotely anywhere. We have been writing letters. The change is emailing. Podcasts are like 60 Minutes on TV. YouTube video tutorials are like borrowing a how-to video at the library. People can invest such as stocks and bonds on the internet without a financial advisor. People share opinions writing blogs instead of writing to a newspaper opinion column. Everything is done on a screen. One negative factor with too much screen time is too much isolation. Social isolation is another conversation.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Reward Failure In Schools

I remember my school years teachers rewarded students who answer questions correctly. Teachers penalized students who answer questions incorrectly. Maybe I slipped through the cracks nobody taught me to learn from failure. I'm fortunate I self-discovered learning from failure years later.

I defend my past teachers. I defend most teachers today. How do teachers teach failure is good? Maybe the answer is impossible. Learn from failure is a self-discover life lesson. Disregard the high grades. Disregard earning big points. Focus on the concepts. The better way to learn is make mistakes. Wisdom is acquired making the last mistake. Intelligence is acquired doing something and doing anything to eliminate wrong solutions. Life experience is acquired by trial and error.

Side note: The number 40 in WD-40 means the inventor failed making WD-40 39 times. They discovered WD-40 on their 40th attempt.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Green Steno Notebook 3

The picture above is the notebook I acquired on the first day of my new white collar job. I wrote notes during my job training. I wrote other notes, reminders, and knowledge thereafter. I share many of them. Here is the third blog.

*Jan 2011. My friends and I stayed at The Wilshire Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles June 30, 2010-July 5, 2010. Room number 1178.

*Feb 2011. Cinderella Liberty the movie click here for IMDB information. Cinderella Liberty is also a navy jargon which means a sailor given a pass which expires at midnight.

*Apr 18, 2011. Avoid eating noodles on gym days.

*May 2011. ephemeral: lasting for a very short time.

*May 2011. Eat warm salami and rice together.

*May 2011. The most important lecture Arithmetic, Population and Energy by Professor Al Bartlett.

*May 2011. Junior is younger or subtract. Senior is older or add. A man is 40 and a woman is 20 years his junior means the woman is 20 years old. A man is 40 and a woman is 20 years his senior means the woman is 60 years old.

*Jul 19, 2011. Dental floss cut on my gum. Dental floss in front a mirror. Side note: it took me years later to resume dental flossing in front of a mirror.

*Aug 11, 2011. I listened to a song Take A Chance by ABBA on US Highway 101 Northbound in Sunnyvale, CA.

*Oct 3, 2011. Jean Nate body splash horse race commercial in 1984

*Apr 7, 2013. Garage door open with cover to block the sun. An idea is hang a tarp from the top of the open garage door. Secure the tarp with heavy rocks or bricks.

*July 27. 2013 The driving video game I saw at Chuck E Cheese's in 1981 or 1982 is The Driver by Kasco. YouTube video: I have strong confidence the video was a red car and not a racing track depicted on the YouTube Video . One scene was a truck spilling tree trunks on the road. Here's a French version of The Driver

*Aug 21, 2013. 1980s television shows. Click title for the Wiki. Lottery!, The Quest, Grand Slam released in 1990, Outlaws, and The Charmings.

*Sep 16, 2013. Colgate Peroxide good for minor oral health problems.

*Nov 12, 2013. Project A bicycle scene starring Jackie Chan

*Apr 18, 2014. Appu recommended personal projects to strengthen my resume. I started my personal projects in Aug 2014.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Self-Esteem Blog

How does a person know he or she has poor self-esteem? It's hard for a person to self-asses himself or herself physically, mentally or intelligently, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. He or she does good living a good life for which he or she doesn't question how good. There are people who call out personal shortcomings accurately. How does a person respond when people or the world tells him or her you have poor self-esteem? The question is does he or she accepts the call out sincerely or denies the call out knowing it's true.
Take note of the conversation tone. It's a personal judgment call.

I'm no expert being a psychologist. I'm no expert teaching self-improvement. I know there is no quick solution to strengthen self-esteem. Time is required. Mistakes are made. Trial and error are required. Prepare to say good-bye to people, places, and things. Patience is necessary. Get healthy. Sleep well. Sitting in front of a television and/or playing video games eight hours a day are prohibited. Spend time with good people. If you don't have good people, then find good people. Good people are hard to find. Prepare for time being alone. Learn to be professional. Learn new skills. Relearn existing skills. Hope for good luck. Hope for fortunate timing.

Update On A Past Blog

Today's blog reminded me a past blog The Person Wants No Help on Mar 24, 2015. I wrote some people don't need help with their problems. Also, how long do people continue telling the problem people they need help? Helpers do the best they can. Some people accept help. Some people refuse help. Maybe the source of a person's problems and the personal choice to accept or to refuse help is poor self-esteem?


Wednesday, November 07, 2018

You're Smarter Than You Think

You may be smarter than you think. There are more people than you think who can't read. Never take reading for granted. 911 operators receive ridiculous emergency calls. I hope you call 911 for legitimate emergencies. You don't drive while intoxicated. A good parent never abuses his or her children. There are no felonies in your record. Everyone makes mistakes. Smart people pay for their mistakes. Smart people learn from their mistakes.

You don't embarrass yourself or other people when you're socializing. You're open to new ideas. You listen to opinions. You always meet new people. There is no complaining. There is no need for good self-esteem assurance via online social networks.

Desire Greater Than Knowledge

Schools teach book knowledge; however, one of the few life skills schools teach successfully is the quote, "I will is more important than I know." Motivation is more important than book smarts. If you don't know it, then you learn it. Innovate infinitely. You don't live a couch potato. You don't watch TV eight hours a day. You don't play video games daily. There is something missing you find it no matter how long it takes. Live life one day at a time intelligently.

Update On A Past Blog

The Prepare Multiple Conversation Subjects blog reminded me there are winners and losers in life. I actually realized nobody wins all the time years ago. Good people don't win all the time. Winners and losers apply to job searches, college applications, games, contests, and life in general.

Presidential speech writers prepare two speeches. The first speech is a winner. The second speech is a loser. The multiple speech preparation applies to CEOs, head of households, coaches, and ourselves.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Throwback Blog: I Remember That Guy

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 I Remember That Guy in Sep 2009. I have an above average long term memory. I saw a student who attended my junior high school when I shopped at Costco. The student was enrolled in a special education classroom or orthopedically handicapped or OH. Pardon my lack of being politically correct. He must use a walker to balance himself. His body shook involuntarily. He talked to himself.

The student was the same when I saw him at Costco. He had a walker. His body shook involuntarily. He talked to himself. His physical appearance stayed the same from junior high and as an adult. He didn't age older.

Take a moment to think about your life and compare with the student. The blog made me pause a moment to reflect how lucky my life is good.

This blog entry is delicate and fragile. I do my best to write without offending anyone. If I do, I apologize in advanced. I'm going to type as is without proofreading.

I was at Costco on Thur Sep 17 buying dinner. I paid for the groceries and walked to the exit. I pass by the food court on my right. I saw a group of mentally and physically handicapped people. I recognized one of the people in the group. He went to my junior high and high school.

I thought about how he's living life today. He lives his life fully dependent 24/7. Comparing my life with other people is a no-no, yet I still do it when I converse with people. My life is good compared with him. I bet he rather be laid off, little money, and going back to school than living mentally and physically handicapped. I saw him alone everytime I walked around campus. He talked with himself, shook his body, and needed a walker. He must be with other people for mental, physical, emotional, financial, and probably spiritual needs. He's not going to get a job. It's highly likely he's going to get married. He can't drive a car. He can't even travel to a foreign country on vacation assuming he can't ride an airplane.

Yeah, something to think about.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Today I Want To Talk About Taking Care Of Yourself

Self-responsibility. Self-respect. I'm serious. Everyone can live better lives working on themselves. Everyone can achieve one step closer to become happy. Take care of yourself honestly. Take care of yourself sincerely. Don't take life for granted. Don't take your body for granted.

Take care of yourself head to toe. Take care of yourself inside and outside. Everything is important. Physical health is important. Eat healthily. Be physical move your body. Mental health is important. Read books. Learn new skills such as job related skills. More knowledge is required in today's information age. Surround yourself with good people to be emotionally stable. Be honest choosing your circle of relationships. Sleep well to practice good spiritually. Our bodies must sleep to recover. A good recovery is required for good physical, mental, and emotional well being. Finally, control your spending. Make good financial choices. Minimize eating out. Buy the best mattress you can afford.

I've seen people and I've heard of people stressing out. In particular, stressed out mothers and fathers affect their children. Stressed out people forget who they are. Stressed out people become weaker, think slower, lose patience, self-esteem becomes poor, and spend more money on processed foods. They fail to take time to take care of their bodies. No self-responsibility. No self-respect. It's ironic intelligent hard work is required to take care of our bodies which includes family time and leisure time.

Update On A Past Blog

I listed books which were New York Times Best Sellers in 2008 in Instant Bullets Blog Nov 11, 2017. The books are under the bullet point "Top Ten New York Times Books Best Seller list in 2008." I finished reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho in Feb 2018. I forgot to add The Beach House by Jane Green on the list for which I finished reading in Sep 2018. I'm currently reading City Of Thieves by David Benioff.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Instant Bullets Blog Oct 21, 2018

*Two Absolute Minimums. An individual's absolute minimum is become a better person each day. Everyday a person becomes better today compared to yesterday. A married couple's absolute minimum is become a better couple each day. Everyday the marriage becomes better today compared to yesterday.

*Faster Car Repair Service. Tell the repair shop manager you have an important event to attend; for example, a wedding trip, a family reunion, or a child's finals recital. Maybe the repair shop fast track your auto repair request.

*Backyard Peace. My mom helped me transfer one of my indoor plants to a bigger pot with better soil. We were in the backyard. I rarely go to the backyard. The ten minutes I helped I felt peace because of the trees and plants.

*Shoes. I better understand why women own many shoes. One reason is art. Women shoes are art. Women shoes are beauty. Another reason is practicality. Women wear the proper shoe for the proper occasion. I own many shoes for the occasion. My shoes are the following: cardio at the gym, weights at the gym, hiking or backpacking, cleats for playing sports on grass, skater shoes for socializing, outdoor shoes involving water, backup sandals for backpacking, sandals walking around the house, ROTC military boots, formal shoes when I wear a suit, and ballroom dancing.

*Stress must be in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) infectious diseases. A group of people stresses out when one person in the group stressed out. Stress is contagious.

*Chrome And Firefox Add-Ons. Here are my add-ons for my two browsers: Awesome Screenshot: Screen Video Recorder; Chrome Download Manager for Chrome only; Complete YouTube Downloader for Firefox only; Download Manager (S3) for Firefox only; Flash and Video Download for Firefox only; Flash Video Downloader for Firefox only; Forest: stay focused, be present; Full Page Screen Capture; Go Back With Backspace for Chrome only; HTTPS Everywhere; Imagus; Mercury Reader; OneTab; Privacy Badger; The Camelizer; The Flash Video Downloader for Chrome only; uBlock Origin; Video DownloadHelper for Firefox only; and Video Downloader professional for Chrome only.

*Labyrinth Movie Life Lessons. The worm said things don't appear as they seem. The wiseman said sometimes you must go backwards (to go forwards).

*Neighbors And Family Friends Keep In Touch. Buy a birthday cake to a neighbor's or family friend's son or daughter on their birthday. Drop off the cake at the residence. Spend a few minutes small talk catching up. A simple idea.

Update On A Past Blog

Freakonomics posted a podcast titled Here’s Why You’re Not an Elite Athlete (Ep. 351) on Sep 26, 2018. The podcast reminded me I wrote Top Ten Life Lessons I Learned Watching Sports on Nov 5, 2016. Some of my lessons included redemption, streaks and slumps, and consistency. The Freakonomics podcast mentioned luck, circumstances, and talent are reasons to be an elite athlete. My blog and the podcast both mentioned good coaching and support.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Counterintuitive To-Do List

I was inspired to write an opposite to-do list or an opposite checklist on Sun Oct 7. I was on my desk preparing to write what I must accomplish in the morning. I thought of the opposite idea. I experimented the opposite planner Sun Oct 7 to Sun Oct 14. It felt different writing down everything I accomplished instead of writing down everything to accomplish. The satisfactory feeling was no different writing down everything I accomplished and crossing out everything on my to-do list. There was no increase or decrease in motivation to complete my responsibilities. The following is my counterintuitive to-do list:

Sun Oct 7: Washed sheets, washed hiking hat, job searched, checked email, downloaded financial statements, cleaned desk, archived past blogs, prepared items to sell on eBay, paid DMV car registration, put hiking gear back in closet, uploaded a blog, and played Mahjong.

Mon Oct: 8 Self foot spa, learned Power Query, learned SQL, installed permanent light timer, job searched, checked email, shopped for books online, and cooked.

Tue Oct 9: Learned Power Query, learned Power Business Intelligence, job searched, checked email, archived past blogs, learned Power Pivot, cleaned hiking equipment, cooked, and wrote blogs.

Wed Oct 10: Learned SQL, cooked, job searched, checked email, archived past blogs, learned Python, and workout at the gym.

Thur Oct 11: Self foot spa, learned Power Query, learned Power Business Intelligence, shopped, cooked, checked email, job searched, and workout at the gym.

Fri Oct 12: Cleaned toilet, learned Power Query, learned SQL, cooked, job searched, checked email, learned Python, and workout at the gym.

Sat Oct: 13 Wrote a blog, read a book, cooked, watched an inning NLCS, read another book, uploaded two blogs, watched an inning ALCS, washed towels, and played Mahjong.

Sun Oct 14: Checked email, shopped, attended a gathering in Japantown-San Jose, CA, watched football, cooked, job searched, and uploaded a blog.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Five Quickie Questions

I was inspired from the podcast Sex With Emily. Emily asks five quickie questions to her podcast guests. The questions asked vary. Here are my five favorites with my answers.

1. Biggest turn on. Intelligence and adventure.

2. Biggest turn off. Social awkwardness or poor conversationalist and low self-esteem.

3. What's one thing you tell your partner about your body? Teasing. Grab my butt or slap my butt.

4. Craziness place to have sex. In my car at a parking garage.

5. Biggest pet peeve. Waste food.

Update On A Past Blog

I realized losing my job skills on Jan 2013 A Concern That Requires My Attention. I relearned Business Analyst skills and reviewed Excel and Crystal Reports incorrectly. Fortunately, I began reviewing Excel correctly starting on Aug 2014. I'm learning Python, Power Query, and Microsoft Power Business Intelligence today. I'm reviewing SQL and VBA today.

My latest concern is losing my communication skills. Another negative being unemployed is losing professional communication skills from small talk with co-workers to presentation in a meeting. Similarly, I'm losing my social communication skills. Most of the people in my life have moved on. My life is on pause. I don't know when my life resumes play when I achieve freedom. Socializing is hard when I'm home working hard to find a job.


Sunday, October 07, 2018

Use It Or Lose It

An obvious blog. A simple blog. I remind myself the life lesson I learned at De Anza College Fall 2010. Use it or lose it. Don't let anything sit around doing nothing. Use it now. Don't let it collect dust. Use anything to make life better. An obvious example is our brains. I wrote a blog The Brain Use It Or Lose It on Sep 22, 2015. It's a judgment call. Sometimes we hold back for good reason. Sometimes we don't need to use it now. It can wait. Timing is bad. Regardless, take advantage of using it to save time, to save money, to learn, to gain an advantage, and to win. Otherwise, get rid of it. Junk is useless.


Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Am I Being Bold Or Stupid?

I'm long-term unemployed. Do I wait for a job offer matching my skills and knowledge? Do I accept any job? I can work in data entry, as a retail associate, or as a content review analyst. There is no right or wrong answer. Do I make a bold intelligent choice waiting for a matching job which sets a solid career path? Do I make a stupid life forever unemployed choice? A third choice is do I take any job which sets a ruined career path?

I continue training like minor league baseball players training to play in the major league. I learn new job skills. I review existing job skills. Regardless, how can my resume get worse waiting? Patience is a virtue. However, is there virtue having a weak resume?


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Throwback Blog: No Words For Human Feelings

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 No Words For Human Feelings in Sep 2015. I remind myself sometimes we solve problems using our feelings. We use our intuition. Words can't explain parts of life. The feelings are the best way to communicate. Sometimes feelings are the only way to communicate. The late Steve Jobs said, "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."

Humans have feelings. We live our lives with feelings every breath we take. Sleep or awake. Working or studying. Driving or relaxing. Feelings guide how we live our lives. We make choices based on feelings sometimes. These choices include professional, big life moments, leisure, and personal. Human feelings define us being human.

We know the common feelings: happy, goodness, sincerity, trustworthy, positive, comfortable, strong, and optimistic. There are also sad, evil, ungrateful, dishonest, negative, uneasy, weak, and pessimistic. More common feelings include anger, frustration, relief, fatigue, fresh, energize, focus, pain, and confuse.

On the other hand, no words describe some human feelings. Some human's aurora naturally spreads joy, comfort, and happiness. In contrast, some human's aurora naturally spreads depression, distrust, and sadness. How does a person portray himself or herself with a group of people? There's no thinking. The person's feelings come out naturally. How does a person improve their natural aurora in a positive way? I'm not a psychologist. My answer is wisdom, experience more life experiences, genuine, and strength.

Trust the gut feelings. Trust intuition. Sometimes no thinking is the best way to make good choices. There are no words to describe these choices. There are no words to describe the process for the conclusion. Sometimes the best way to get out of problems is gut feelings. Life is full of feelings. People must never fake human feelings. Life punishes fakers. Follow the feelings. Go with the feeling flow. Trust your feelings to understand today's blog.


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Farewell Orchard Supply Hardware Store

Orchard Supply Hardware's (OSH) parent company Lowe's announced all OSH stores permanently close on Dec 31, 2018. All participating stores are liquidating their inventory with sales. Discounts increase as the days move closer to Dec 31, 2018. I share my memories and feedback below:

*Light bulbs. I'm attracted to light bulbs. I walked to the light bulbs aisle first when my family shopped at OSH when I was a child.

*Indoor plants. I purchased two indoor plants for my cubicle when I worked at Palo Alto Networks in Nov 2014. The air was dry on my floor. The indoor plants somehow made my cubicle bearable.

*Last purchase before liquidation. I purchased silicon tape for my car in case a tube cracked. The silicon tape temporary seals the cracked tube to drive home safely.

*A true hardware store. OSH was the hardware store I shopped before The Home Depot and Lowe's opened their stores in the Bay Area. I wrote a blog titled SOMT: When A Supermarket Was Just Buying Family Groceries on Dec 5, 2012. I wrote a grocery store is buying groceries, an auto store is buying auto parts, a drug store is buying drugs, and an office supply store is buying office supplies. There was no Costco, Target, and Wal-Mart in my childhood.

*Bad management. Many employees know people leave bad companies because of bad management. Perhaps Lowe's intentionally managed OSH terrible to the point of closing stores to eliminate competition.

*On the other hand . . . I believe out with the old and in with the new. Nothing lasts forever. If OSH failed to keep up with today's retail business environment, then it's inevitable OSH permanently closes. I hope for the best for the OSH employees.

*Black Friday purchases. I purchased a leaf blower in 2009. I purchased a flashlight set in 2014.

*We pay the sales tax. OSH promoted customers pay no sales tax on weekends.

*How To Fair. OSH's yearly event at a fairgrounds or convention centers. The How To Fair was like a trade show or home improvement convention. The fair attracts home improvement companies to sponsor, home improvement celebrities, free samples, classes, and coupons. I have three How To Fair buckets. My last How To Fair was 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

*Desk fan. My room got hot during the summers. Some days were not worth turning on the home air conditioner. The home air conditioner was poor keeping the second floor cool. I purchased a desk fan in Jul 2005. The fan works today.


Friday, September 21, 2018


Everyone receives unsolicited phone calls. Some calls are cold call sales such as solar panels, home improvement, and real estate. Some calls are scams such as pay a fee to avoid getting arrested and bad credit cards. My household received a call from the phone number at today's blog title last night at 8:29pm. Someone is desperate for money the caller works night hours. I give the benefit of the doubt the caller is cold calling.

Moreover, I give the benefit of the doubt the caller is dealt a bad hand of cards. The caller is down on his or her luck. There have been bad moments. I experience a little sadness the caller disturbs people in the night. I experience a little sympathy the caller disturbs people in the night. The caller is working to make a living. My household lets the voice mail answer the call.

I took a moment to reflect my life. I'm lucky despite being unemployed and living with my parents. I could be the person making cold calls. I could be the person with no education. I could be the person with poor learning ability. I review my existing job skills and learn new job skills five days a week preparing for my next job. Unfortunately, there are too many people living today. The world is too crowded. There are too few opportunities. The size of the pie remains the same. I hope timing and luck favors me soon to earn my freedom.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Lesson To Be Successful Rarely Taught

What is the lesson to be successful? The lesson is timing, luck, opportunity, and chance. How are timing, luck, opportunity, and chance taught? Impossible. If there is a way, then someone teach me. Also, if there is a way, then it's likely the teaching is difficult. Forget the quotes from the most successful people in business, sports, politics, and arts. Timing, luck, opportunity, and chance are four simple words to success. Many people can be engineers. Many people can be plumbers. Many people can be doctors and nurses. Many people can be accountants. Many people can be athletes making an income. Many people can be actors or actresses. Few people achieve those professions.

Are you at the right place at the right time? If yes, then timing favors you. Are you in good health? If yes, then you're lucky. Similarly, do you have a good brain and do you live in a good community? You have good luck. Do you have a complete college education or do you have good training? If yes, then you have opportunity. Do you have interviews? Do you have callbacks? Do you have invites? Do you have offers? Are you in the second round of an audition? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you have a chance.

Some people have the timing, luck, opportunity, and chance. Some people don't have the timing, luck, opportunity, and chance. There are winners and losers in championship games such as the Super Bowl and World Series. There are winners and losers in life. Some bad people win. Some good people lose. Life is unfair. Pray timing, luck, opportunity, and chance come to you.

Update On A Past Blog

Do you need a conversation starter? Do you need an ice breaker? Click Tell Me You Games for tips to get people talking. My tips I wrote on Dec 2014 may be silly. My tips are successful when people talk. The games bring back old school socialization. There are no texting, emailing, and video chatting. Everyone is present. Conversations are intelligent. Technology is okay to lookup information.


Saturday, September 08, 2018

No Time To Plan

I was a person who must have a plan to complete tasks years ago. Research. Get information beforehand. Think it through. Learn it first. Plan ahead.

Sometimes planning ahead works. Sometimes planning ahead is infeasible. There is no time to research. Information is unavailable. Forget thinking. The learning manual is too complex.

I make a judgment call today. Plan ahead or do it now is a case by case basis. It depends on the situation. Sometimes there is no time to plan. Spontaneous planning is required to complete a task. Plan last minute. Immediate action. Learn by trial and error. Use intuition. It's faster to just do it. Do as it goes. There is no shame switching from a plan ahead to no time to plan mindset. There is no lower intelligence the situation calls for no time to plan ahead.

A Dating Tip

I have a better understanding some people prefer to date a spontaneous person; likewise, marry a spontaneous person. Spontaneity adds surprise and excitement to a relationship. Sometimes the unknown adds joy. Spontaneity tests courage--intelligent spontaneity is more accurate.

Update On A Past Blog

The 2018-2019 NFL season started. I was reminded I wrote September, The Beginning of the End when Sep was the beginning of my calendar year instead of Jan. Sep was the month my school year began and temperatures began to cool down. I take back Sep begins my new calendar year. One reason is school years begin in Aug before Labor Day. I'm with the crowd. Jan begins my new calendar year. If the past year was a bad year, then Jan is a fresh start. If the past year was a good year, then Jan continues the good year momentum to make the upcoming year better. New Year's Day is not just another day. New Year's Day can be a beginning.


Thursday, September 06, 2018

The New York Times Op-Ed I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration Sep 5, 2018

Blogger's Note: My feeling after reading the Op-Ed is good people still exists in today's complex world. I feel optimistic today. There are more good people than bad people. Some companies, governments, teams, organizations, and families are run by bad people. Yet there are good people who keep these companies, governments, teams, organizations, and families running as smooth as possible. Give these strong and courageous good people beers. These good people wait for the time the bad people are gone.

The article from The New York Times website I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

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President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I would know. I am one of them.

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

"There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next," a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

The result is a two-track presidency.

Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.

We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.