Saturday, May 14, 2016

Positives Mon Apr 11-Fri May 13, 2016

*Cleaned the house.

*Checked flashlights and smoke detector batteries, and first aid kit.

*Ate at Jersey Mike's Subs for the first time.

*Installed hooks in the shower for my bath sponge and back scrubber.

*Participated in a CERT neighborhood drill practice.

*Watched Million Dollar Arm, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Shutter Island, and The Mirror Has Two Faces movies.

*Completed CodeUpStart Python Flask building Punchstarter website course.

*Satisfied learning VBA Macros for Excel.

*Installed VirtualBox and Ubunta in my desktop.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Why Was April 2016 Sad?

It started on Fri Apr 15. Nothing went my way. I wasn't mad. I wasn't blaming others. I wasn't blaming myself. I was sad. Simply sad.

Share The Background For A Better Understanding

I have been unemployed since May 1, 2015. I have been job searching. There were four interviews. I lost count the number of phone interviews at 11. I have been learning new job skills and reviewing existing job skills. Some of the new job skills are Oracle, Tableau, and VBA Macros. Some of the existing job skills are Excel, SQL, and Salesforce. The last job interview was Nov 2015. I knew if I didn't get the job, the job search becomes harder. It has been harder each month with no employment which adds another month of unemployment on my resume.

I have been making sacrifices. I have almost no social life. I stopped hanging out with my closest friends. They were little help. I contributed almost nothing in our hangouts. The short answer is I grew out of them. We diverged in our interests, hobbies, and thoughts. I have new priorities. Maybe we meet up later in time. My limited social interactions are with three other friends we rarely hang out because they're busy with other priorities and a Mahjong (Riichi) group I meet once or twice a month.

My parents have been little help. They help me the easy way. I live in their house rent free as long as I contribute to the chores and cook meals. Ironically, many people like me consider my parents help easy and big. I admit living rent free is huge in Silicon Valley high cost of living. Moreover, my thinking goes deeper. My parents can help me find a job by communicating and networking with their friends. Unfortunately, my parents have no friends.

Every Fri Is A Sad Day

Yes. I wish I never reach Fri. Fri is the end of another work week without a job offer contract or full time. Fri is the end of another work week my hard work job searching and working on my job skills resulted in no interviews. Fri is the end of another work week I'm still at home. No independence. No spending time with friends. No spending time meeting new people and making new friends. No spending time experiencing new experiences. No spending time seeking new adventures. I'm lonely.

It's the waiting game at home for Sat and Sun. I want Mon now to continue job searching and learning new job skills. I spend either Sat or Sun job searching and learning new job skills

What Other Events Made Apr Sad?

My brother's family stayed over a week for their children's Spring Vacation. Nothing against my brother's family. They were a distraction. I went with them to a museum which was a distraction that worked a little bit.

No interviews. One phone interview. The position I phoned interview it seemed there was no hire. I saw the same position online two weeks later. It's a job frustration I experienced. I interviewed. Nobody was hired. Job opening went back on the market.

I experienced minor lower back pain during the last week of Apr. It resulted from lifting a heavy object incorrectly which was my fault. Lesson learned. Lift correctly or use a cart. Another lesson I learned was my treatment. I took Advil, applied ice, and applied Icy Hot. None worked. I should have rested on the day my back hurt. Thereafter, resume normal activities without going to the gym. I believe Advil, ice, Icy Hot, and lying down on my bed delayed my recovery. I stopped the treatment on Fri Apr 29. My back started to feel better on Sat Apr 30.

You're Not Alone

I know there are people in a similar situation as me. Similar age. Live at home. Lonely. Smart. Professional. Mature. Doing the best they can. Hoping for the best. No breaks. Bad luck. The people I know are not in my situation. That's why I'm lonely. Everyone else are working, going to school, or raising a family. They have reliable friends with commonality enjoying their company.

Apr Starts Future Apr Sad Months?

God, I hope not. Years ago Mar was a bad month for a good stretch of years. If I remember correctly, bad Mar months started in 2002. It stopped in 2009 or 2010.

Anything Happy Happened In Apr?

To repeat, the lessons learned during the last week of Apr regarding my minor lower back pain are remembered forever. Another happy moment was improving my Mahjong (Riichi) skills which included placing first in official games.

What Do You Want To Say To Yourself?

Don't give up. Move forward. I have nothing to lose. Keep learning. These are clique. These are to the point. Work hard intelligently. Hope for the best. One of these days good luck and favorable timing come to you.

There Are Four More Days To Fri

I'm not thinking about Fri. I'm thinking about the present day. Make the present day productive for my future independence. My future Fri happiness.

Do You Have Anything To Add?

For now, no. I said everything to the point. I was concise. I can self interview myself if I have more. Let's hope not. Let's hope the next self-interview is happy.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Positives Sun Mar 20-Sun Apr 10, 2016

*Purchased a new smart phone, 64GB microSD, and belt clip. I also purchased The Resistance: The Dystopian Universe.

*Watched Norma Rae, The Birds, and Avengers: Age Of Ultron movies.

*Ate at Capriotti's Sandwich Shop for the first time.

*Ate Oberto Beef Jerky, Mint Oreos, and Hershey Extra Creamy With Toffee & Almonds for the first time.

*Phone interviewed for a financial analyst position at a medical tech company.

*Visited The Tech Museum for the first time since 2009.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I'm Doing The Best I Can, Really II

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

I'm still unemployed. I'm still living at home. My life is moving slowly. I'm doing the best I can. I really am. I job search two times a day six days a week. I work on my personal projects six days a week which are learning Python and VBA. I learn Python at CodeUpStart. The ten lessons I completed so far are poorly taught. I complete the class because I backed the class on Kickstarter. I learn VBA watching YouTube tutorials and reading books. There are days I cook meals for the household. My leisure activities are playing Mahjong (Riichi) and working out at the gym four or five days a week. Three hours a week are spent doing errands out of the house.

I eat three meals a day. I rarely eat at restaurants. I rarely watch television. I sleep eight hours a night. I groom myself to keep my appearance good. I take advantage of opportunities meeting new people. I listen to music, listen to sports on the radio, and listen to podcasts during some of my daily activities.

Independence Is Part Of My Current Manifesto

Some of the small accomplishments during my unemployment include reading books, losing ten pounds, upgrading my phone, and watching one movie on Sat nights. One book worth mentioning is Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I do a good job controlling my spending. I minimize splurges.

Some of the big accomplishments during my unemployment include backpacking and camping for the first time in Utah, visiting Las Vegas for the first time since 2006, and writing my 1,000th blog. Another big accomplishment is my new feelings: sacrifice, nothing to lose attitude, going out of my comfort zone, willpower, and not giving up. I learn new job skills such as Oracle, Tableau, and forecasting. I review my existing skills Excel, PowerPoint, and SQL.

I work hard intelligently working my way to live independently. I'm stronger with the pains of rejection. I'm wiser with the mistakes I learn. My brain grows bigger with new knowledge. Each day is devoted to be a good productive day. I feel I'm close to find a job. I feel I'm close to move out. I feel I'm close to live a good life consistently. I feel I'm close to make more good choices. I feel I'm close to control more of my life. I feel I'm close to live a more proactive life. The easy life is gone. I'm responsible to earn my successes. I need a little luck. I need timing in my favor. The life flows with me. I'm an independent mature adult very soon.

Further, there is more working hard intelligently after I fulfill the independent mature adult manifesto. There are more people to meet. There are more adventures to seek. There are more experiences to experience. Never take life for granted. Never stop learning, training, and reviewing. I never stop innovating my life.

Side note: The first time I wrote I'm Doing The Best I Can, Really was on Oct 8, 2012. The two blogs are similar. The difference between the Oct 8, 2012 and Apr 6, 2016 is anime not disclosed in both blogs. I watched anime in 2012. I'm not watching anime today because I retired in Sep 2014.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Positives Thur Mar 10-Sat Mar 19, 2016

*Learned VBA Excel macros watching YouTube tutorials satisfactory.

*Purchased new Nike trainer shoes for the gym.

*Finished watching The X-Files six episode mini series.

*Won Starbucks $10 gift card and Target $10 gift card.

*Watched Poltergeist and Apocalypse Now movies.

*Ate Quaker 10g Protein almond cranberry oatmeal for the first time.

*Successfully backed Kickstarter Joking Hazard card game.

*Drank Clover milk for the first time.

*Finished reading Microsoft Excel Programming by Denise Etheridge satisfactory.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Positives Fri Feb 19-Wed Mar 9, 2016

*Attended a Red Cross Shelter training course.

*Watched Deadpool and The Shining movies.

*Ate at Kula Sushi for the first time.

*Informational interview for a Data Analyst position at a recruiting agency.

*Read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

*Backed Build Kickstarter with Python and Bootstrap by CodeUp Start on Kickstarter.

*Cleaned the house.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Positives Mon Feb 1-Thur Feb 18, 2016

*Cleaned the house.

*Watched Casino as a rewatch and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

*Super Bowl 50.

*Phone interviewed for a Customer Support Analyst and a Business Analyst positions.

*Attended a MBA tech network gathering.

*Happy Chinese New Year.