Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Positives Wed Jul 1-Tue Jul 21, 2015

*Phone interviewed for a Junior Analyst position.

*Finished reading Salesforce for Dummies by Tom Wong, Liz Kao, and Matt Kaufman and Head First Data Analysis by Michael Milton.

*Watched Interstellar, Zero Dark Thirty, and Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance).

*Cleaned the house.

*Informational interviewed for a salaried professional position at Robert Half.

*Video interviewed for a Data Analyst position.

*Ate all you can eat sushi for the first time at Kenzo Sushi.

*Finished Crysis: Warhead.

*CERT training.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Did I Make A Difference?

I'm living in my middle years. I ask myself the question, "Did I make a difference?" for the first time. Did I? Many friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances, past and present, made a difference in my life. Some people I met briefly made a difference, too. They made my life better. I'm a better person today.

A friend told me to improve my gym workouts. My mom made costumes to have more fun at anime conventions when I was an anime fan. I was challenged to learn Mahjong (Riichi) for the second time; it's one of my all time favorite tabletop games. My dad showed me how to change the oil in a car. I consulted my techie friends for building a PC and buying a smart phone. Another friend introduced me to buy used books at library sales. My out of state friend shared investment knowledge. My sister introduced me to ballroom dancing. There were people who called me out my bad behavior. There were many little things: wet shaving, drinking wine, finding a good restaurant, cooking tips, learning the RMA process, downloading useful apps, suggesting a new place to visit, and much more.

I'm in debt to life. I'm in debt to people. I want to pay life and the people back for these differences. I really don't know how. The best I do is become a better person. I hope the stronger, smarter, kinder, and wiser Raymond Mar pays back life helping people become better soon. I conclude today's blog quoting Steve Jobs, "Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Um, once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again."

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Positives Sat Jun 13-Tue Jun 30, 2015

*Finished reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, The Bridge Over The River Kwai by Pierre Boulle, and The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell.

*Finished reading Teach Yourself Visually by Justin Davis and Richard Wentk.

*Watched The Last Stand and Blackhat movies.

*Phone interviewed for a Data Analyst contractor position at a search engine company, a Sales Operations Analyst at a manufacturing company, and a Corporate Real Estate Analyst position at a hard drive company.

*Cleaned my car leather seats with Lexol Leather Cleaner.

*The Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA Finals.

*Interviewed for a Sales Operations Data Management and Governance Analyst position for a security network company.

*Backed mimoodz LED light bulb on Kickstarter.