Sunday, June 19, 2011

Positives Thur June 2-Sat June 18, 2011

*Played 7-Wonders and Turns & Taxis board games for the first time.

*Watched X-Men: First Class movie.

*Car maintenance: oil change and headlight restoration.

*Sprinkled ground cinnamon on toast for the first time.

*Ate Trader Joe’s Olive Oil potato chips for the first time. Too oily. I also ate Safeway sandwich creame cookies for the first time.

*Attended my cousin’s high school dinner celebration.

*Visited Coyote Point in San Mateo for the first time.

*Hit softballs in a batting cage. The last time I hit a softball was in 2002.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Life Separated By The Presidents Of The United States Of America

I thought about this blog idea on my bed being lazy. I share random events, moments, accomplishments, mistakes, successes, and failures in my life divided by US Presidents. There are no restrictions—anything goes. I choose to write the blog in bullet format. I start with President Ronald Regan.

President Ronald Regan (1981-1989): Too Conservative

From the movie “Back To The Future”:
Dr. Emmett Brown: Then tell me, "Future Boy", who's President in the United States in 1985?
Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.
Dr. Emmett Brown: Ronald Reagan? The actor?

Ronald Regan defined my childhood for the most part. He was a conservative Republican. I was too conservative. I was afraid to talk to people, afraid to try new foods, and had no friends. I never took risks. I lived my life playing alone except with my brother. I avoided trouble and conflicts. I was too well behaved. My parents had little involvement in my childhood life.

* Some people say my parents did a decent job raising me. They never abused me. They didn’t divorce. I was well fed, clothed, and lived in a house. On the other hand, we never talked about drugs, sex, money, the f-word, and the common sense lessons in life. If something wasn’t broken, it wasn’t fixed. All was quiet and calm in the house, and my parents never changed how they raised me.

* I went to a private school from kindergarten through third grade between 1980-1983. My first exposure in public school was in fourth grade starting. It was also the first time I heard the f-word. And it was the first time I had to sell something for school fund raising.

* My first girlfriend was in 1988. We meet at the Christmas dance. I was in eighth grade and she was in seventh grade.

* A fellow classmate gave me the nickname “rapid” when I played lunch hour football in eighth grade. I scored many touchdowns.

* I never had any friends visit my house throughout my days in elementary school and junior high. My parents failed to teach me friends are important. That explains why my parents have very little friends and nobody visits our house.

* My brother and I played GI Joe, Transformers, and MASK. Those three TV series and toys were our “triple play.” We took turns playing the good guys and the bad guys. I thank my cousin who introduced us to GI Joe that lead my brother and I to Transformers and MASK.

* The first family boardgame was Monopoly. We played it wrong. My mom was too lazy to read the rules. I was embarrassed playing Monopoly incorrectly at a neighborhood kid’s birthday party.

* I got the chicken pox in second grade in 1982. On a rainy afternoon, there was a stray dog that jumped the side fence and stayed in the backyard. My parents called animal control. An officer came by and caught the dog.

* There were many new changes in my junior high school when I started sixth grade in the 1985-1986 school year. The sixth graders had a separate line for food in the cafeteria. Sixth graders were prohibited using lockers. My sixth grade started a ban on students taking showers after PE. And it was the last year the school awarded ice cream parties to the grade that sold the most fund raising magazines.

* There were times in elementary and junior high I was picked and teased. Obviously it wasn’t my fault. Thinking back I could have prevented it by wearing better clothes, acted and behaved a normal kid, and be more sociable. I’m glad I never told my parents because they most likely give me bad advice on how to deal and solve my bad treatment.

* The first video game consoles were pong my dad made from scratch, Atari 2600, the Coleco Telstar Arcade, and the original Nintendo Entertainment System. We played pong and the Atari 2600 on a black and white television. WTH?!?

* The first movies I watched showing nudity were Smoky and the Bandit Part II, Private School, and Revenge Of The Nerds. The first published media I saw showing nudity was a Hawaiian calendar that showed topless women.

* I almost repeated fourth grade. My studying skills and basic skills were at border line failing. I had to take a special reading class in second, fifth, and sixth grades. I have been a slow reader. How did I graduate high school and college? I must have done some big improvement I never realized.

Written report cards were given to students to give to their parents. The parents received the copied version and the teachers retained the original version. I remember the distinct report card smell. My junior high report cards were printed from a computer.

* I ran a mile every Wednesday in third grade. I participated in the weekly running program at the end of my second grade and throughout my third grade. My fast running helped me win third place in my fifth grade elementary school Olympics. My elementary school had an Olympics day were each grade competed with each other in Olympics events such as running.

* One of my favorite activities I played alone was operating a cash register in a pretend store. I used a broken old calculator I put on top of a small file cabinet which was the till. I used play money I placed inside the small file cabinet. I used colored blocks for the display so the customer knew the price. And I drew the price scanner on a piece of paper and taped it on the table.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Positives Fri May 13-Wed June 1, 2011

*Finished watching Yumekui Merry and Trinity Blood.

*Watched The Adjustment Bureau movie.

*Tried Costco Peach Apple juice, Fage yogurt, and Trader Joe’s cocoa with cold milk.

*Attended the Mountain View A La Carte Craft Faire.

*Finished Quickbooks class at Mission College.

*Ate at Flames and Tomatina restaurants for the first time.

*Fanime Con ’11. Highlights were I debuted Medic from Team Fortress 2 cosplay, my first video game cosplay; cosplay; swap meet; mah jong; Valve cosplay gathering; and being with friends and making new friends.

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