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?