Never say "Because I'm the Mother" or "Because I'm the Father." The more said, the less creditability the children believes from their parents. Children learns. Explain the reasons.
No hitting and no spanking. The acceptable physical contact are hugs, kisses, holding hands in the park, and dancing to Elvis Presley's Burning Love.
Know the trends. Kermit the Frog is green, Barney is a purple dinosaur, Angelica is four years old, and Pikachu is a yellow mouse. If parents know the Major League Baseball Rosters and who married who and who divorced who, there is no excuse to not know Sponge Bob Square Pants.
Be patient. It takes 18 years for children to become adults. Parents, there is plenty of time to raise children. Doogie Hauser, M.D. children are very, very rare. Regardless, lessons on life need to be taught and their questions answered.
Teach the little things. Knowledge equips the children to learn and have an active life ahead. Start with telling time, fold the clothes, count from 1 to 20, say thank you, brush their teeth, know the home phone number, share, make the bed, eat properly to grow healthy and to become smart, drink water, and put things away when done.
Wonder with the children. They love new things, new sights, and anything interesting. Look, there's a butterfly. When they run, hold hands and run with them.
Never forget to say "Good Morning," "Good Afternoon," and "Good Night, Sweet Dreams."
Have a sense of humor. Situation: The child spills milk. Don't say, "Look at the mess you made. It's all over the floor. Don't do it again!" Rather, say, "Well, at least the entire milk carton was not spilled. Ha, Ha. I grab the towels, you pick up the milk carton, and lets clean the mess together."
Top 30 Blogs From Innovating Common Knowledge Blog
Here is my 300th blog from Innovating Common Knowledge. I declared myself lost on Tue Sep 2, 2008. I list my top 30 blogs to remember who I am. I forgot the real Raymond Mar-the guy who innovates his life, a patient person, a person everyone enjoys my company, a charming gentleman, modest, and a "there he is" person.
The 300th blog reminds me to act, behave, think, and portray myself as a grown up man. It's time to relearn the lessons I learned. It's time recall the meaning of Innovating Infinitely. It's time to grow up.
Here are the top 30 blogs sorted by date latest to earliest. The blogs include the title, date, wisdom gained, and an excerpt. Click on the title for the entire blog.
Wisdom Gained: Never take anything and anyone for granted.
Excerpt: Never [take] anyone or anything for granted. Most of my successes and most of the people in my life I have taken for granted. I sincerely apologize ^^
I do a great job going from point A to point B when it comes to meeting new people, keeping my relations with family and friends, learning new hobbies and new interests, and accomplishing my assignments, responsibilities, and personal projects. I fail to continue to strengthen myself, to innovate my skills and knowledge, improve my relations, and to embrace change in my life (i.e., go with the flow).
Continue finding and accomplishing point C, point D, point E, point F, point G, and so on. Never stop innovating life! Never take life for granted!
Excerpt: My gut, my intuition, my instinct takes over me when I'm in fear or when I don't know what I'm doing. Almost all of my instances and situations I'm scared or I'm clueless my gut feeling takes control of my thinking, my actions, my movements, and my speech. Sometimes I'm correct and sometimes I'm incorrect.
I consciously realized yesterday my gut feeling has saved my ass many times, and I never realized most of the time. I just live life without thinking my actions and my gut feeling has taken control of my life for better or for worse.
I believe my way of going through my life is my gut feeling. There is a well known saying "Trust your gut feeling." Today, I'm giving maximum trust to my gut feeling.
Wisdom Gained: Continue to live life finding what you want to do.
Excerpt: I believe there is always a better life. One may see a husband, wife, and their two kids walking in the park smiling happily. Most people think they're having the best time of their lives. Who knows, perhaps, the [husband or the] wife is thinking in the back of [the] head, "This life stinks and I want more?" I walk around my company campus, I see different people when I shop, I see families when I watch a movie or walk in the park, I think either they're having a [content] life or they're having a good life and want a better life.
I admit I ask myself the question quite a few times. Who [has] not ask themselves the question? If you have not ask yourself the question, then ask yourself the question and answer honestly? My answers vary. One day I have a different answer. Another day, another different answer. Timing is everything.
Wisdom Gained: The video does a better job explaining what I learned. Watch it!
Excerpt: Check out the video "Underground", a short film by Kristen Dehnert & Aimee Lagos. The film is 11 minutes. Continue to watch after the credits for the lesson ^__^ Enjoy. If you choose to watch the video at Yahoo website, click the link
Wisdom Gained: Remember to learn from you failures as well as your successes.
Excerpt: One of the ways to be successful is to model from the successful people in business, entertainment, government, and sports. Another way to be successful is to learn from the successful people's failures. In Bill Gates' book "Business @ The Speed Of Thought," Gates devoted half of a chapter on failures. He shared his failed businesses and what he learned from the failures. Observe your daily life and take note how other people live their lives, how businesses conduct daily operations, and how you live your life. Find your failures and learn from them. (And be aware of your successes and innovate your successes.)
Wisdom Gained: It takes patience to learn who a person is for long-term family, friend, business, and romantic relationships.
Excerpt: Nobody can know too many people. Always meet people and know many people. If the people you're going to meet are going to be long lasting relationships whether it's business, friends, companions, partners, acquaintances, or personal, it's going to happen in time. Be patient. It takes time to develop, earn, and strengthen relationships. The relationship grows when you and your group participates in more events such as working on projects, taking a trip, attending a concert, playing poker, and eating at a restaurant which results in the more everyone knows each other a little at a time. Nobody is going to tell someone or a group of people his or her life history in one social event or one instance. It takes months, even years, to truly know a person or people. True and long lasting relationships say, "I know *insert name(s)* for X years."
Wisdom Gained: Do something else to take your mind off something you hate.
Excerpt: Don't sweat the small stuff. If something happens and it's not going to matter one year later, then forget about it. If someone cuts you off driving in the freeway, forget it. If you spilled milk, clean it up, and forget it. If you didn't win a contest, forget it. If a stranger said something insulting, forget it. Find something else to be productive. When you accomplish something else, you feel good and the bad feelings from the hated something or hated someone is forgotten.
Wisdom Gained: Meet new people and make new friends continuously.
Excerpt: My 12 year mistake was I failed to continuously meet new people and make new friends. In September 2004, I attended an anime convention. I wore a costume for the first time and participated in a gathering where I met people. The event was a wake up call.
Nobody can ever have too many friends. It's a small world. Since 2004 when I started to meet new people, some of the new people I met knew others and those others I met them at another event. It's the circle of friends. My circles are overlapping and I'm creating new circles. I'm re-learning how to meet new people, to make new friends, and to be a popular person. A popular person is not being the "Big Person On Campus." A popular person is a person who is being liked. If you want to be liked, then be helpful to others, present yourself with positive character, possess the charming attitude, influence others to be better and to take the next step forward, be a good listener, smile--in short, have a friendly personality. You're not going to make new friends every time you meet new people in a social instance; however, it's a small world and you may see them in the future for which you may become friends at a later date.
Who you know is more important that what you know. Schools fail to teach the lesson.
Excerpt: When I feel lonely, I want to be alone. Take a break from work, take a break from hanging out with family and friends, and take a break from your daily routine. Turn yourself off from the outside, take a breath, and think about your present.
There is a benefit to the lonely feeling. The lonely feeling assures the world revolves around nobody. The world is part of us and we are part of the world. Nobody is the whole entire world. If a person feels happy, sad, angry, depressed, or lonely, the world goes on. The sun rises and sets everyday. If anything good or anything bad happens, the world goes on.
Wisdom Gained: You must earn what you want in life.
Excerpt: There is a lesson in life school[s] and college failed to teach me. My schools and college earned an F for failing to teach me the word "earn." Life doesn't give you your life on a silver platter. You must earn whatever you want, your desires, and your goals. If you want to be a friend, you must earn their friendship and their respect. If you want your special person in your life to be with your for the rest of your life, you must earn their love.
Successes must be earned. Everyone must work and earn. Work and earn. Get up from the couch. Get up from the computer. Go out and earn your life. Want a new job? Earn it. Want to meet new people and find new friends? Earn them. Want to buy your dream car? Go earn it. Want to get promoted? Earn it. Want your children to respect you and trust you? Earn them. Want to be a starter in football? Earn it. Want to influence others and be a leader? Earn them. Want to be part of an elite group? You must earn the group's respect and their acceptance. Anything you do, any goals, any desires, any achievements, any wants, you must earn it.
Excerpt: You are responsible for yourself. At Cisco, I talked to a few co-workers, and many of them worked at Cisco less than six months. They told me nobody is going to sit down and teach you. You must learn it yourself. You are given an assignment, here are the guidelines, now do it.
Wisdom Gained: Schools have summer vacations; life doesn't have summer vacations.
Excerpt: Most of today's USA public schools year starts in September and ends in June. June to August is summer vacation. Schools have endings and college have endings. The ultimate ending is graduation. Unfortunately, schools following the June to August summer vacation schedule create a false sense of what life is about. Life doesn't have two and a half months summer vacations. Life doesn't give you an ending. You must work on your ending. If you want a bright ending, then get up the couch and create action.
Wisdom Gained: Have courage to say goodbye to anything precious.
Excerpt: In our lives, we cherish many people, places, and things. Only a few are cherished forever in our lives. For the rest, have the courage to release the cherish and move forward in life.
As time moves forward, we encounter new people, new places, and new items. There is a moment where we must make a choice to keep an existing cherish or choose a new cherish. And sometimes we must say goodbye to a cherish and find a new cherish to continue living.
Wisdom Gained: First years, first impressions, first go-around, and first successes are equally important as second years, second impressions, second go-around, and second successes.
Excerpt: The second year, the second go around, the sophomore year determines how good someone or something is. My first year at my present company gave me the wrong impression how friendly my company was-the company began going downhill in terms of workplace morale. Some people I met I thought they were cool people at first-the more I knew them, the more I realized they were jerks. And my laptop worked without problems even though other people reported problems on my model in their first year of use-so far so good in the second year ^_^
When everything is going smoothly in the first year taking classes at high school, the first year working in a company, the first year in a serious relationship, the first year driving a new car, whatever first year, the second year determines how good it is. In the first year, some people tend to have the mindset, the thinking, and the attitude that everything was going perfectly, flawless, and joyful. The first impression was positive. Everything was mistake free or problem free; unfortunately, mistakes and problems are going to happen sooner or later. The second year determines if any mistakes and problems could be corrected to continue the classes, the career, the relationship, keeping the laptop.
If you have a great first year at something, then keep the momentum going in the second year and beyond because it's the second year that counts. Continuing innovating to be better and innovate infinitely.
Wisdom Gained: Everyone has the right to find happiness.
Excerpt: New happiness can be anything including hanging out with my friends more often, make new friends, meet new people, get a new job, learn a new hobby, read more books, travel, visit a new place, anything happiness goes.
After you read the Blog, go find happiness. Good luck and smile happily! *:)
Excerpt: The lesson of life I learned cosplaying is to never rush. Making a cosplay takes time. There is research, purchasing the materials including fabric, and labor. When I created my Edward Elric, I purchased art books to get pictures, researched for tips and suggestions on how to make the red jacket and black vest on the Internet, researched boots styles on the Internet, researched how to find a leathermaster to make the belt pad, asked co-workers where I get a custom made clasp, shopped around for a wig, and shopped on eBay for the white gloves. Lots of work to make the cosplay? Absolutely.
The same applies to my Syaoran and Hitsugaya cosplays. Never rush success. Never rush a goal. Goals and accomplishments take time. The Edward Elric cosplay took lots of free time after work and on weekends which debut at Japantown Anime Faire 2004. I have been receiving positive feedback XD
Complete a goal slowly and keep the goal in focus. It's a matter of time when the goal is accomplished :]
[My thanks to my Mom who sewed my Edward, Syaoran, and Hitsugaya cosplays XD]
Wisdom Gained: Take life one day at a time. Have fun, learn, and enjoy.
Excerpt: In Herbert Simon's writing "What We Know About The Creative Process", he said it takes 10 years and 50,000 chunks of knowledge to become an expert. To expand on the idea, it takes 18 years to become an adult. Don't rush success. Don't rush being an expert.
Wisdom Gained: If you talk the talk, you must stand by your talk.
Excerpt: Action speaks louder than words. Straightforward example: a couple loves each other and says, "I Love You." The couple must demonstrate, must show, and prove their love using action for "I Love You" to have meaning, to have creditability, to have faith, and to have sincerity. The common actions are hugs and kisses, gifts, love letters, and being together and sharing life.
Think about famous people using action. Dr. Martin Luther King's non-violent protests. Barry Bonds hitting home runs and chasing Hank Aaron's all time career home run record. Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Martha Stewart and her Martha Stewart Living business. Albert Einstein, Time Magazine's person of the century, contributions to science using action.
Today's school teaches student to behave quietly and learn from the textbooks. The famous people above found success learning outside the classroom and outside the textbooks.
Excerpt: If you want to receive later in life, then you must give first. Give first, receive later. Give something to receive something. Correct choice of attitude, wrong choice of words.
Do something to receive something is the better phase. Substitute give with do. The word do is a stronger word because it makes the person do it. It's like Nike's phase "Just Do It." If you want to receive something, just do it. Do first, receive later--not give first, receive later.
Wisdom Gained: Money is a way to help people, create action, and show appreciation.
Excerpt: *In my Dad's company, the company matched dollar for dollar up to a maximum (I forgot the maximum) to help the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in September 2005. All donations for Hurricane Katrina regardless of taxable income are tax deductible for the 2005 tax year.
*In a Florida high school, a junior purchased 500 roses for his classmates on Valentine's Day. The junior saved his money since December and paid $900. Unfortunately, he was 100 roses short :-<
*A long time ago, Donald Trump was in Los Angeles to attend a function. His limo broke down. He was able to get a ride from a couple heading towards the function. Trump arrived at the function on time. In appreciation, Trump paid the couple's mortgage in full.
*Antonio Esfandiari, one of the youngest professional poker players gave $400,000 to his parents after winning his first million dollar championship poker event. Before playing poker, Esfandiari was a professional magician at private parties.
*A pregnant waitress in Virginia received a $973.65 tip from a couple they paid $1,000 for a $26.35 meal. The widow left the tip because she "didn't need it." The waitress was crying with excitement.
The above examples demonstrate there are people who know how to use $$$$$ to help people, create action, and show appreciation. These people really know how to use money $-))
Wisdom Gained: Fight the pain, the suffering, and the struggles to keep living.
Excerpt: If life is bad for us, why live life? Why live a life full of struggles and mishaps? Isn't life supposed to be good for everyone? Isn't life supposed to treat everyone fairly to a good life. Why do bad things happen to good people who try their hardest? When are the rewards coming?
Why do we sufferers of the bad side of life still live. The reason is to fight, fight, fight. Without the suffering, without the pain, we don't have a life. We live to fight and conquer these bad sides of our lives. We fight to live. Without the fight to win attitude, there is no point in living. Continue the fight. I am. When the day is bad, remember tomorrow is another day. When a job is loss, it may be a blessing in disguise. When the night calls for sleep, dream the victory. Good luck, everyone!
Excerpt: Obi-Wan: I suggest you try it again, Luke. That time, let go your conscious self . . . and act on instinct.
[Obi-Wan places helmet with blast shield on Luke.]
Luke: With the blast shield down, I can't even see. How am I supposed to fight?
Obi-Wan: Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them.
The scene is my all-time favorite scene. Why? For many of us, we are told to use our instincts or our gut feelings. Learn to trust gut feelings. Our instincts tend to be the correct choices.
When Obi-Wan said eyes can be deceiving, he is correct big time. Many people depend on their eyes too much. They fail to think carefully whether what is seen is the truth. To correct the error, they must think with their minds. See with their minds and the truth is exposed.
Excerpt: Everything we do in the present, right now, at this moment, and anything done today for the future time will tell. We are given the moments in the present and must be proactive in the moments to make the best choices. The ultimate judge is time. Time choose whether our actions today affects tomorrow in our favor, against our favor, or nobody's favor.
Excerpt: Live the present. Live the moment. For some of us, one moment in time-the present time-is going to last a lifetime and brings us to a higher level in life never dreamed of before. Don't think about the future consequences. Think about future consequences and nobody is going to move on. Create memories today . . . create a ton of memories today for the future. Use the present today, right now, for a bright future. Cherish the present days. Don't waste today.
Nobody knows the future. Nobody. Everyone knows the present. Today, we live the present and know what's going to at this time. If nobody knows the future, why worry about it? It could be good or bad. Never worry about tomorrow. Live today . . . live right now to the fullest. Life is more value when lived today with full mighty.
Wisdom Gained: Wait 24 hours for goods or services less than $100 and 48 hours for greater than $100 to avoid the urge to splurge.
Excerpt: The 24/48 rule is 24 hours and 48 hours. When the consumer has the urge to splurge, the 24/48 rule activates. The consumer must wait 24 hours to purchase an item less than $100.00 and 48 hours to purchase an item $100.00 and greater. The 24/48 rule dollar amount threshold is a judgment call. The rule works for me because the next day or two, I lose the urge to splurge. I think to myself, "Did I really need to buy it?"
Wisdom Gained: Do the little things and they add up in time.
Excerpt: One little thing is to Say Hi and Smile to co-workers, family, and friends. Doing Say Hi and Smile is an impression-an impression people remember. In my workplace, the people who Say Hi and Smile are the top workers, the top professionals who knows their line of work, have lots of knowledge and experience, and are open. (Well, most of them anyway. There are a few exceptions. Hee, hee.)
Say Hi and Smile can also be the little things that gets you the promotion, the job hiring, the contract, the sale, meeting new people and them remembering you, and the something special you always wanted. If there is competition for a job, I bet Say Hi and Smile is the little thing that makes a difference who gets the job. I'm sure the level of knowledge is the same for all the competitors; however, the Say Hi and Smile is the difference and whoever Say Hi and Smile, the person has a higher chance of getting the job. Good luck!
Excerpt: On the first day of the vacation, Steve drove around Hood Canal. He wanted to take the scenic route from the airport to Lilliwaup, Steve's home city. During the drive, I paid attention to the homes facing the waterfront. Most of the people I saw are in their retirement age, have middle class cars (in other words, no BMWs, Mercedes, and Lexuses) parked on their driveways, and wearing clothes that likely were purchased from Old Navy or Ross. These people didn't earn the money to buy these homes to live for retirement and/or for a vacation home overnight. It took years for these retirees to make money. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. These people won their marathons and are retired. It takes time to become successful. I should enjoy the marathon. That is the inspiration from the Washington Canada Vacation. *Hooray, hooray, hooray*
Wisdom Gained: When you in a jam, go back to the basics. Go remind yourself the basics which is what I'm doing :D :D :D
Excerpt: My cousins and I played Super Smash Brothers for the Nintendo Game Cube. I rarely played the game and I stink. When my cousins went back to the hotel, I practiced for two hours. I did the training mode, I re-read the instruction manual on basic movements and special movements for the Pikachu character. After the practice, I remembered many of the moves and basic strategies.
When you are in a jam, go back to the basics. Read some books, remember the successes, call people if needed, do something basic to remind you and/or to learn something new to get out of a jam-to solve the problem.
Here is a summary of the Wisdom Gained:
Never take anything and anyone for granted.
Trust my gut feeling.
I updated my daily top five rules for living.
Continue to live life finding what you want to do.
[Observe people who they are and not what we think they are.]
Remember to learn from you failures as well as your successes.
It takes patience to learn who a person is for long-term family, friend, business, and romantic relationships.
Do something else to take your mind off something you hate.
Meet new people and make new friends continuously.
It's OK to be alone.
You must earn what you want in life.
You are responsible for yourself.
Schools have summer vacations; life doesn't have summer vacations.
Age is just a number.
Have courage to say goodbye to anything precious.
First years, first impressions, first go-around, and first successes are equally important as second years, second impressions, second go-around, and second successes.
Everyone has the right to find happiness.
Be patient. Never rush.
Take life one day at a time. Have fun, learn, and enjoy.
If you talk the talk, you must stand by your talk.
Do something to receive something.
Money is a way to help people, create action, and show appreciation.
Fight the pain, the suffering, and the struggles to keep living.
Use your mind to see.
Time is the ultimate judge.
Live the present. Live the moment.
Wait 24 hours for goods or services less than $100 and 48 hours for greater than $100 to avoid the urge to splurge.
Do the little things and they add up in time.
Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
When you in a jam, go back to the basics. Go remind yourself the basics which is what I'm doing :D :D :D
Top 40 Most Memorable Moments
No introduction needed. Here are the Top 40 Most Memorable Moments:
Growing Up (Oct 4, 2008). My life changed forever when I realized I must grow up. I walked to my car after attending the Los Altos Fall Festival when the moment happened. The life changes were immediate. I built a new Gaming PC, I started to read fiction books, I wore new clothes, I purchased my first fine watch, and I slept on a new mattress. I found new hobbies which included hiking, ballroom dancing, and listening to classic jazz. I started following new gym workout plans. I live life stronger, smarter, wiser, kinder, and mature. The real innovate infinitely continues today.
Cosplaying (Sep 11, 2004-May 27, 2013). I wore a costume to an anime convention for the first time on Sep 11, 2004. Wearing costumes to anime conventions is called cosplaying. I cosplayed at all anime conventions I attended from Sep 2004 to my last anime convention on May 24-27, 2013. Many memories were created. I made many friends at cosplay gatherings. Cosplaying saved me from quitting anime at the end of 2004. I thank my mom for making the costumes.
Balroom Dancing (Jan 2009-Mar 2011). My sister was an amateur ballroom dancer. She introduced me to ballroom dancing. Dancing is a great social activity. I took dancing classes at De Anza College. I met new people and made friends.
The Real Job Training (Oct-Nov 2013 And Jul 2014-Present). The false job training included taking online classes from a job agency. Waste of time. The real job training was watching YouTube videos on SQL, Excel, and Access. Another real job training was learning Python at CodeAcademy.
De Anza College (Mar 2009-Jun 2011). I choose to go back to school after I lost my job at Cisco. I took Beginning Weightlifting and Social Dance in Spring Quarter 2009. I choose to go back to school full time majoring in Accounting. Accounting was an alternate major when I attended San Jose State. I earned my AA degree in Mar 2011. I finished in Jun 2011. Going back to school was a second chance to relive life as a true college student. My experience was satisfactory.
The Triple Play (1984-1988). My brother and I played G.I. Joe, Transformers, and MASK. We played on Saturdays and during the summers. We created plots to determine the scenarios like a cartoon episode. Our collections were not the biggest. I believed having enough toys for the three series was better than having all the toys for one series. There was a lot of variety.
Cisco (Mar 19, 2007-Nov 22, 2008). My first job working at a tech company. I experienced working in a cubicle for the first time, eating in a cafeteria, and my first work issued laptop. I went on a business trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on my second week. My 18 months was good experience in the tech sector. My contract was terminated because of the financial real estate bubble burst leading to the Great Recession.
Hiking (Apr 2009-Present). Hiking became a new hobby. My first trail was Uvas Canyon in Morgan Hill, CA. Some of my favorite trails include Castle Rock State Park in Los Gatos, CA, Point Lobos in Monterey, CA, and Pinnacles in Paicines, CA. I purchased hiking clothing, shoes and a backpack at the 2009 REI anniversary sale.
Washington Canada 2008 (Nov 15-20, 2008). I visited my friend who lived in Washington for the second time. We went to Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The highlights included visiting Hurricane Ridge, playing Betrayal At the House On The Hill board game, touring The Underground Tour in Downtown Seattle, and shopping for books. I also climbed the indoor wall at REI in Downtown Seattle. The timing was good because I needed a life distraction desperately. The vacation satisfied the distraction.
Fanime Con 2009 (May 22-25, 2009). Best Fanime Con I attended. Everything started on time. The weather was perfect for people wearing costumes. I made lots of money at the Swap Meet. I danced at the Black and White ball. I was always doing something. It was the perfect con with minimal problems.
San Francisco (Sep 2009-Present). People who live in the San Francisco Bay Area are spoiled. We are a drive away or public transit away from one of the best tourist attractions in the world. I take advantage of every opportunity to visit San Francisco especially since Sep 2009. I walked round trip on the Golden Gate Bridge, rode the Cable Car, urban hiked The Embarcadero, visited Coit Tower, hiked Angel Island, shopped at Union Square, drove on Lombard Street, and much more. There is more to experience.
My Bible (Aug 7, 2012). I pray once a week reading a bible I created from past blogs. My bible reminds me who I am, my strengths, and my lessons learned from my mistakes. My bible also includes Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. I say with high confidence I'm who I am today reading the bible weekly: stronger, smarter, kinder, wiser, confident, and having faith in myself.
The Year Of The Role Playing Game (RPG) (1997). 1997 was the perfect year for RPG. Everyone was in San Jose, everyone adjusted their college and work schedules, everyone participated in the action, and the plots were terrific. The memories are remembered for a long time.
Raymond Mar Becomes An Anime Fan (Summer 1996). I became an anime fan watching Sailor Moon on TV. The first anime series I purchased was the first season of Ranma 1/2. Anime has influenced my life. I created many memories. Some of my personal growth was from anime. I announced my retirement in Jul 2014.
innovateinfinitely.com Is Online (May 1, 2004). I choose to create a web site to promote Innovate Infinitely. It took 10 months finding a web hosting company, learning how to register a domain name, learning how the Domain Name Servers work, and learning the basics of web pages and the Internet. The experience and journey were worth my time.
Innovate Infinitely Was Created (Sep 2000). There is no innovateinfinitely.com without Innovate Infinitely. Innovate Infinitely was created driving to Japantown-San Jose. The words "Innovate" and "Infinitely" came to my mind waiting at a signal light. I said the words together, "Innovate Infinitely . . . Never Stop Innovating Life". I innovate infinitely. Always find something new to learn, always improve, always create, and always becoming a better person.
Artisan Wine Depot (Nov 20, 2013-Sep 5, 2014). My first job after graduating De Anza College. The retail start up hired me as a Data Entry/Bookkeeper. I entered new products in the database, researched pricing online, and received shipments. I learned wine. I drank my first alcoholic beverage on Nov 21, 2013 when the owner organized an employee food pairing training.
My New Face (Various). I wore braces from Jan 17, 2007 to Aug 19, 2009. I treated my acne with Accutane from Feb 2009 to Feb 2010. I have a better smile. I have a more handsome face.
Mahjong (Riichi) (Oct 2009). I played Mahjong (Riichi) for the first time in summer 2007. I hated it. I quit. I accepted a challenge from a friend to relearn Mahjong (Riichi). I accepted. Mahjong (Riichi) is one of my all time favorite table top games. I see myself playing Mahjong (Riichi) in my senior citizen years. The game is social. Thinking is required. My first match win happened in Jul 2010.
Social Networking (Various). We all know these social networking sites to keep in touch. I created a Yelp account in Feb 2009. I joined Facebook in Apr 2009. I started tweeting at Twitter in Nov 2009. I include live chatting AIM from AOL in Aug 2007. I also include my professional networking LinkedIn account created in Mar 2006.
My Blogs (Various). I created two blogs. The first blog is Innovating Common Knowledge created in Aug 4, 2005. Innovating Common Knowledge innovates life's common knowledge. I share my experiences. My second blog is Finding Raymond Mar created in Sep 2, 2008. Finding Raymond Mar is my personal blog. I blog anything without restrictions.
Team Fortress 2 (Oct 21, 2007). My first video game I played online with other players. The game was popular I played too many hours in the evenings. My work performance the next day was unproductive when I played on a weeknight. I created a Monday Night Team Fortress 2 (MNTF2) to allow myself to play on days excluding Fri and Sat. Most of my friends played on MNTF2. I experienced how a gamer plays all night and sleeps in the morning when the sun rises.
Fanime Forums Valentine's Day Gathering (Feb 18, 2006). It was my first forum gathering. We met at a bowling alley. I met lots of new people and made lots of friends. I keep in touch with most of them on social networking. Some of the people are still my friends today. I attended many future gatherings. It's interesting all of us have changed for better or for worse.
My First Car (May 19, 2007). I purchased my first car from my neighbor who moved to Virginia. It was the Toyota Camry 2005 XLE V6. Very dependable car. No major problems. I take my car to the auto repair shop for routine repairs. I change the oil myself using Castrol. I fill my car with Chevron gas.
Washington Canada 2005 (Aug 27-Sep 4, 2005). I visited my Washington friend in his home state for the first time. It was my first time in Washington. It was my first trip visiting Canada in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. Some of my highlights included visiting the Space Needle, winning money at an Indian Casino, shopping for used books, visiting small towns, and seeing new sights I never saw in California. I don't consider Canada my first foreign country because anyone in the United States can visit Canada easily.
South Bay Job Search Network (Oct 14, 2013). I joined a local job networking group. Their experiences and their knowledge helped me get a job in Nov 2013. I used their information to improve my job search. They inspired me to continue learning new job skills and to continue reviewing my existing job skills. Joining the CSIX job networking group is included in the moment.
Paul McCartney Up And Coming Tour (Jul 10, 2010). I missed the opportunity to see Paul McCartney at the HP Pavilion in 2005. I wasn't making the same mistake twice. I saw Paul McCartney at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Great concert. He played for almost three hours.
Classic Rock Music (Sep 2005). I was introduced to the local classic rock station 98.5 KFOX. The station saved me from driving without music. I lost interest in pop music. Classic rock is one of my favorite music today. The Beatles is my favorite band.
Anime Expo 2006 (Jul 1-4, 2006). Best Anime Expo I attended. Some of the highlights included the guest of honor CLAMP, costume gatherings, meeting new people, and sneaking in the dealer's room without lining up. It was the last year Anime Expo was held at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The Perfect Semester At San Jose State University (Fall 1996). I attended classes on Tue and Thur. I learned how to write. 3.64 semester GPA. I mastered the shooting arcade game Area 51. I worked part-time at Blockbuster. I lost weight. I began listening to music while I studied.
Las Vegas 2004 (Dec 13-15, 2004). My friend from Washington and I met in Las Vegas. Both of us won money at the Luxor casino playing craps and playing the camel race machine. We visited Fremont Street where we played limit poker at Binion's. The casinos we stayed overnight were Paris Las Vegas and Bellagio. The Bellagio is my all time favorite hotel and casino.
New Haircut (Sep 2004). My new haircut is a buzzcut. The reasons included wearing wigs when I wear costumes at anime conventions, faster time getting a haircut, less time hair maintenance, and staying cool in the summers.
My First Smart Phone (Jul 6, 2011). Verizon announced ending the unlimited data plan which motivated me to purchase a smart phone to grandfather the unlimited data plan for my future smart phones. I purchased the Droid X^2. The smart phone was mid-tier. The 4G phones were too expensive and too heavy at the time.
My First Laptop (Feb 2005). I purchased the Dell 8600 Inspiron. The timing was fortunate. Dell sold my laptop at a close out price. It was convenient completing computer tasks outside my home. Some of the conveniences included testing the DVD ROM playing The Matrix Reloaded, watching anime, working on my resume at Barnes & Noble, and surfing the web with my friends at Tapioca Express. I replaced the hard drive. I upgraded the RAM.
Oregon Trip (Nov 16-20, 2005). My parents, uncle, aunt, and I drove from the Bay Area to Oregon for a road trip. We visited Portland, Salem, and Multnomah Falls. Shopping, sight seeing, and real estate were our top activities. I won $100 at an Indian gaming casino along Interstate 5.
Rent A DVD From The De Anza College Library (Oct 2010-Mar 2011). All students enrolled have access to library services. The library's DVD selection was good. I rented one DVD a week for my movie of the week. Almost all of the movies I rented were from the American Film Institute's Top 100 Movies 1997 edition. Some of the movies I rented include King Kong, Singin' in the Rain, Midnight Cowboy, Vertigo, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
Ice Skating Lessons (Aug-Oct 2010). I was inspired to take ice skating lessons when I ice skated for the first time in Mar 2010. I thought about ice skating when I visited the Charles Schulz Museum in Jul 18, 2009. I signed up for lessons at the Ice Center Cupertino. I purchased my own ice skates in Oct 2010. I'm ready for the hot summer days skating inside an ice rink.
My First Visit To The HP Pavilion (Apr 14, 2011). The San Jose Event Center was built in Sep 1993. It took me 17.5 years to visit the arena which is currently named SAP Center. My first visit was watching the San Jose Sharks defeating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the NHL divisional playoffs. The moment was also my first hockey game, first major sports playoff game, and first playoff game win.
The San Francisco Giants Won The 2010 World Series (Nov 1, 2010). I drove to my ballroom dance class when I heard Duane Kuiper's radio call in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series. I honk my horn on the freeway entrance.
My Boss Was Fired (Sep 2002). Officially, she found another job. Unofficially, she was fired. The reasons were incompetence and doing nothing. Lesson learned: have nothing, do nothing, get nothing, be nothing, and people treat you like nothing. Never be a nobody.