Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Positives Sat Apr 21-Mon May 7, 2018

*Purchased a rain jacket and backup hiking sandals.

*Drank La Croix sparking water for the first time.

*Applied Vanilla Bean Burt's Bees lip balm for the first time. Vanilla!

*Watched Out Of Africa (1985) and Mary Poppins movies.

*Purchased a Corsair MM300 gaming mouse pad and a Kensington Pro Fit wireless mouse.

*Finishedreading A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

*Ate at Peking Delight restaurant for the first time.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Positives Mon Mar 26-Fri Apr 20, 2018

*Phone interviewed for a Data Analyst position at a medical start-up.

*Ate at Smashburger for the first time.

*Watched Clash Of The Titans (1981), Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, Footloose (1984) movies.

*Cleaned the house.

*Ate Oroweat Country Sweet Hawaiian bread for the first time.

*Flashlight and first-aid kit check.

Monday, April 2, 2018

What Is The Feeling For 2018? Good Or Bad Year

The end of each year I have a feeling which predicts the next year good or bad. The accuracy is good. Here is a table of past years which includes the outcomes as accurate and brief comments.

Year Feeling Next Year Accurate? Comment
2000 2001 Good Yes An event in San Francisco brought all my friends closer together a few more years. The idea "Innovate Infinitely" was created. Both happened in Sep 2000.
2002 2003 Good Yes My manager was fired for incompetence. I created an eBay account. I learned the importance of financial education. These three events happened in Fall 2002.
2003 2004 Bad No Initially, 2004 was a bad year. I realized 2004 was a good year blogged here.
2004 2005 Good Yes The Las Vegas trip in Dec 2004 was the moment which set up two more good years.
2005 2006 Good Yes 2005 was a year of many firsts which included a trip to Canada, a trip to Oregon, my first laptop, and an appreciation for classic rock.
2006 2007 Bad Yes Staff started to leave my company. No leadership. 2007 is the second worse year of my life; however, I have been questioning the degree of how bad.
2008 2009 Good Yes My life changed on Sat Oct 4, 2008 when I realized I must grow up.
2009 2010 Bad No 2010 was the second of four consecutive good years. Everyone was tired at the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. The economy was in the Great Recession. 2010 was a slow start for many people.
2012 2013 Bad Yes My life began getting bad after the San Francisco Giants won the 2012 World Series.
2014 2015 Good Yes Going back to a white collar job in Nov 2014 opened my eyes how important reviewing existing job skills and learning new job skills continuously are important.
2017 2018 Bad ? I say with high confidence I felt no good feelings for 2018. As of the blog entry, I have been experiencing setbacks going backwards; for instance, I got sick for two weeks in Jan 2018.

We think about great successes are an accumulation of intelligent hard work. We think about catastrophes are an accumulation of many mistakes. Sometimes one positive discovery or one mistake can change a person's life. The events, the initiators, the beginnings, and the momentum starters are valid to start the new year on a good note or a bad note. A disaster may happen ruining a good year. Recovering from a bad start may or may not happen.

Continuing the 2017 and 2018 predicting a bad year, there is a chance 2018 is a good year. I changed my 2004 opinion from a bad year to a good year. I have been thinking about changing my 2007 opinion from a bad year to a good year because 2007 may have more good moments than bad moments. 2007 included a new job, my first car, and an introduction to tabletop gaming outside old school board games such as Monopoly and UNO. There were no events, initiators, beginnings, and momentum starters at the end of 2017. Time will tell how 2018 turns out.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Positives Sat Mar 10-Sun Mar 25, 2018

*Ate fried Hostess Twinkies and CupCakes for the first time. I also ate Chobani yogurt for the first time.

*Watched The Bridges Of Madison County, Julie & Julia, and City Slickers movies.

*Finished reading The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick.

*Purchased a new pair of shoes for the gym.

*Ate at April 8 Cafe for the first time.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Positives Mon Feb 12-Fri Mar 9, 2018

*Cleaned the house.

*Finished reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.

*Watched Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, The Devil Wears Prada, Sophie's Choice, and Kramer vs. Kramer movies.

*Updated my webpage Innovate Infinitely.

*Ate Belvita Vanilla Oat for the first time.

*Phone interviewed for a Business Analyst position.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Positives Sun Jan 15-Sun Feb 11, 2018

*Watched Catch-22, Spies Like Us, Boiler Room, Carrie (1976), and Moonlight (2016) movies.

*Finished reading The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and rereading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

*Super Bowl LII.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

My Past History Indicates From Worse To Better

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

The late Steve Jobs said, "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future." There are sayings regarding a person living a bad life. It can't get worse; it can only get better. Everyone must experience hell before heaven. Frustrations, mistakes, and pain are part of growing up. Be prepared for failures before success. Everyone has bad years and everyone has good years. You win some and you lose some. Sometimes bad years are nobody's fault--it's life. The bottom line is everything we do today affects tomorrow; in particular, if life is bad today, then do something for a good life tomorrow. Trust hard work intelligently, good luck, and favorable timing everything goes well soon. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope for the best.

I share my past bad years which became future good years. I hope my past history dictates what happens for the rest of 2017 and beyond because I'm unemployed and I live with my parents.

2000. The Y2K catastrophe never happened. My company moved to a new building for which everyone settled in slowly. The dot-com stock market crashed creating a recession. Most people didn't know how to handle the uncertainty beginning a new millennium which included myself. Fanime Con 2000 which took place at a convention center and held for four days both for the first time was bad. Anime Expo 2000 which took place at Disneyland could be considered one of the worse big anime conventions in anime convention history.

An event in San Francisco brought all my friends closer together a few more years. I created Innovate Infinitely which became my personal webpage innovateinfinitely.com in May 1, 2004. These two happened in Sep.

2002. 2002 was a year of mistakes I corrected years later. It was like 2001: The Sequel which flopped. My manager was fired for incompetence. I learned one lesson: have nothing, do nothing, get nothing, be nothing, and people treat you like nothing. Never be a nobody. Working at my company became comfortable up to late 2006. Two small events affecting me today were I created an eBay account and I discovered the importance of financial education.

2004. Wait. Why is 2004 on the list? 2004 Was [Actually] A Good Year. I admit I made a mistake. The anime conventions I attended were bad thereby 2004 was a bad year. The blog link tells otherwise. For instance, I wore a costume to an anime convention for the first time which delayed anime retirement to Sep 2014. I met lots of new people, made new friends, and created memories.

2007. The second worse year in my life. The year started sad because my grandfather died. The permanent downfall started in late May. I took life for granted. I said to myself 2007 was going to be a good year no matter what because I started to wear braces in Jan, started a new job in Mar, and purchased my first car in May. On the one hand, I have a new smile when my braces were removed in Aug 2009 and my car is still in good condition. On the other hand, my job was terminated in Nov 2008 because of the financial real estate bubble.

I was introduced to Japanese MahJong or Riichi in Aug. I quit because it was too hard. A friend challenged me to relearn Riichi in one week on Oct 2009. I play Riichi today. Also, I was introduced to social live chatting at AOL's AIM. I created social networking accounts Facebook in Apr 2009 and Twitter in Nov 2009.

I played The Settlers of Catan board game for the first time. The game reintroduced me to board games as a top hobby. Click Top Ten Favorite Board Games to read my all-time favorites which includes Puerto Rico, Chess, and Dominion.

I played Team Fortress 2 (TF2) video game from Oct to 2011. TF2 was the first time I played online with other people. Side note: I played Starcraft offline and with people on a local network.

2007 was a foolish year I acquired life wisdom. Don't take life for granted. Don't take life too easy. I didn't take responsibility seriously. I didn't earn my successes sincerely and honestly.

Is 2007 the second worse year in my life? I wonder is 2007 actually a bad year?

2008. 2008 was one of three years which started bad and ended good. I realized I must grow up on Sat Oct 4. 2008 continued 2007 taking life for granted, living with too much fun, being irresponsible, and being dishonest. I made changes which impacted my life immediately. Some of the changes included new clothes, new desktop PC, new mattress, and new blog Finding Raymond Mar. I started to read fiction books. I found new hobbies such as hiking, ballroom dancing, and listening to classic jazz. Taking ballroom dancing class in college resulted in earning an AA degree in Accounting in Mar 2011. Almost all the changes and new interests positively influenced my life today.

2013. The second of three years which started bad and ended good. 2013 was too much fun. It was like I graduated from college to take a long vacation. Some memories were created. There was nothing to write home sharing those memories. I continued getting calls and interviews for jobs; unfortunately, no offers.

One mistake I made was job training at Accountemps' self-taught courses. Some of the courses I enrolled were business analyst, Excel, PowerPoint, and accounting. The courses were a waste of time. I learned nothing. However, I corrected the self-taught attitude by watching YouTube tutorial videos starting on Aug 2014. I have been learning new job skills such as Python, CSS, and JavaScript on YouTube today.

2013 ended good because I found a job working at a retail start-up which sold wine. I drank wine for the first time on my second day. I learned almost all wine sold at supermarkets and drug stores are terrible. I drink wine on special occasions only. Also, I wrote work blogs which continued at my next job on Nov 2014.

2014. The third of three years which started bad and ended good. The accounting degree I earned in 2011 helped me at my retail start-up such as purchase orders and accounts payable. The start-up went downhill in May. My contract was terminated in Sep. 2014 ended good because I worked at Palo Alto Networks in Nov learning SAP and Salesforce.

I retired from anime in Sep. The free time is devoted to new interests, new adventures, and new experiences. For instance, more time to read books, more time to workout at the gym, more time playing MahJong, and more time learning new job skills.

Two small events affecting me today were watching Breaking Bad and podcasts. I rarely watch TV. Breaking Bad sets my standards which TV series I watch. I listen to four podcasts which are Sex With Emily, CarTalk, Awesome Etiquette, and Freakonomics.

2016. It's too early to say how 2016 affects my life as of today. 2016 life continues today: job searching, learning new jobs skills, reviewing existing job skills, working out at the gym four to five days a week, reading books, minimizing eating processed foods, and writing blogs. Social life can be more active. 2016 is the worse year of my life because I'm not independent. I'm not giving up living independent.