A Civic Milestone

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I got my 2010 Honda Civic 4 years ago after my first car, a 2001 Toyota Camry, broke down and it costed too much to fix. I was driving from to work to Best Buy and I happened to scroll the odometer setting and noticed that it read: 49,997

Once I picked up my items, I wanted to witness the rollover — so I drove around the Best Buy parking lot. For those who may have saw me driving around may have wondered what the hell I was doing, when I got the picture capturing the moment.

I love my Honda Civic, and can’t believe it has been 4 years since I got it. Even with a couple of bruises, it looks as good as the day I bought it — and since I haven’t washed since I bought it, that is really saying something.

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Louis CK vs. Bradley Cooper

You should always check you facts — unless you are on the Internet.

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Things Said To Me: FedEx Edition

FedEx Worker: Can you please write down your address.
Me: It is on the shipping label.
FW: Ok. What is the company’s shipping address?
Me: That is also written on the shipping label.
FW: Oh, I see now. I need all this information now that we are going paperless.
Me: Paperless shipping?
FW: Yes. All companies are going paperless. The devil is working overtime … Oh, you are not religious are you?
Me: No, I am not.
FW; But you believe, right?
Me: …. I just want to ship my package.

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Michael Sam: First Out NFL Player?

Yesterday college superstar Michael Sam of the Missouri Tigers announced that he gay to public at large. This is a few months ahead of the NFL Draft, which he is widely expected to be drafted … or will he. Here are the possible scenarios:

  1. He will be drafted and sign huge deal with Nike
  2. Will not be drafted and sign huge deal with Nike
  3. He will not be drafted and sue the NFL for discrimination

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Jason Collins came out last year, but it was after his contract was finished with the Wizards so he didn’t really have much to lose with his announcement — but it was great that he came out.

If were a betting man, I would like he would be drafted by San Franscisco 49ers

source: ESPN.com

 

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Movies on a Treadmill: The Butler, Ass Backwards, Blue Jasmine

Since I have decided to be more dedicated to my fitness, while I am on the tread mill for an hour I decided to watch a movie to pass the time. I didn’t get a chance to see a lot of movies in the theater in 2013, so I will use this workout time to catch up.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

My immediate thought is that is is like “Forrest Gump” with more racism and bigotry. With that said, the ending really got to me — luckily, I was the only person in the gym. What I don’t understand is people’s reaction for Oprah Winfrey not being nominated for an Oscar. Her role gave you some funny moments, but that character could have been played by anyone and it would have the same effect.

Ass Backwards

I like Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael but I feel the movie missed its mark. There were some laughs, but I just understand why the characters they played would do what they do in the film.

Blue Jasmine

Really great movie, but you can’t watch without feeling icky that you are enjoying a Woody Allen movie.

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Goals for 2014

2013 wasn’t that great so I would like to make 2014 better.

Here are my goals for 2014:

  1. Road trip to the Pacific Northwest
  2. Play two tennis tournaments outside of Texas
  3. Play more tennis tournaments inside of Texas
  4. Read more books
  5. Get extra fit for my 35th birthday
  6. Work less, have more fun.
  7. Use my Rosetta Stone to learn Chinese (added)
  8. Get to 1000 post before my 10th year blog anniversary (added)

After my fun solo road trip to North Carolina this past October, I really would like to do a road trip to the Pacific Northwest. I never been there before and I think it would be a place that I like. I would go to Portland, OR and Seattle, WA and possible Vancouver, BC, CA. I would try to schedule this trip around my birthday and I would be able to play a few tournaments, thereby striking my first two goals off the list.

I felt that I was mentally slow in 2013 because I haven’t been reading any books or seeing many movies. It has been all about work and then I get home and plop on the couch. I only read one book, and in 2014, I want to read at least 1 book a month I have my stack of books ready and I bought a book off of Amazon.com to prepare. I think I will do a mini-books reports in order to keep my honest.

I started off 2013 working out a lot and I was doing really well in the gym, but the last few months I have only been in a gym about 5 times — which is awful. I ended up gaining all the weight I lost in the first half of 2013. I am doing 2014 in a big way and my goal is to get in the best shape of my life by my 35th birthday. I was looking at an old picture of my self from college when I was dedicated to loosing weight. I lost 50 pounds and I was the most fit I ever been in my life. But as a college student you all the spare time in the world to go to the gym because you don’t have a real job and only study for a few hours a day. Most of all, you are BROKE so you can’t afford much food. I know I can’t recapture my former body, but I am going to try as close as possible to do so and keep it as a new life goal. My sweet tooth is going to get me into trouble and I need to nip this problem in the bud as soon as I can before it is too late.

I haven’t played much tennis in 2013 due to work, but I made the semi-finals in 3 out of the 4 tournaments I played in. I also played in my first tennis tournament outside of Texas in 3 years. 2010 I played in Germany and The Netherlands, and in 2013 I played in Chicago, IL. I played really well at the beginning but my last make I suffered from muscle cramps because I thought playing indoors would mean it would less out than playing than outside — it was out. It was the mid 70s in Chicago but one of the tennis facilities was 85 degrees and 90% humidity, and I never sweat so much in my life. As a result of dehydration — cramps. This lead into my next goal of getting extra fit this year, which should help out with my fitness issue. Hopefully by doing this I can win my first tournament and stop my depressing streak of getting only the semi-finals.

Lastly, I have been working hellish hours at work, but I don’t mind because I love my job. However, my job seems to be consuming me, and I missing out on being social. This year, I am going to try to get on a normal work schedule and try to schedule more time to hang out with people who I only see once every few months. Need to be more social and less of an hermit.

It will be interesting to see how much of this I actual do, but getting fit and healthier on top of my list.

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2013: Year in Review

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Tennis
Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Tennis
Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Trip, Tennis
Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Trip
Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Shitty Birthday
Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Fantastic Trip to See Friends
Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Shitty Christmas
Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Shitty New Years Eve/Day

Hope for a better 2014

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Nine

Well, appearantly 12/18/13 was the 9th anniversary of my blog, but I was too busy to realize this. I had a calendar reminder for this, but it was on my iPhone … but I no longer own an iPhone so I never received it.

Next year will be better … I hope.

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Binge Watching

I took this holiday weekend to catch up on some TV shows that were in my queue.

Ja’mie: Private School Girl

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I was a big fan Chris Lilley’s series “High School High” but “Ja’mie…” was a bit of a disappointment. The series was 6 episodes, but it felt like the entire series took place over a week’s time — but it was over a few months? It just all seemed a bit one note to me and really repetitive.

Boardwalk Empire – Season 4

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I will try to forget this season ever happened. Chalky White is not really a complicated character, so to devote the season completely to him I found ineffective. After season 3 set the bar so high, I wasn’t sure how they would top it — but they didn’t. I found myself bored more of the time and scenes were predictable.

Law & Order UK – Series 7

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I was unaware that Freema Agyeman left the series, but I still love the translation of the US series.

Downton Abbey – Series 4

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I get the UK airing of shows because I am not patient enough to wait until they are released in the US. I am not going to spoil this for those in the US whom have not viewed it, but found the season to be pretty solid. I like how the family dynamic is changing. They lost three key characters last series (Lady Sybil, Matthew Crowley, and Miss O’Brien) but they managed to fill the void.

Shows I still have to watch: Orange is the New Black, Veep, House of Cards and The Young Doctor’s Notebook

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Five Star

Sometimes when I am over-tired, I do weird things. Last night, I starting doing these dance moves to a song playing in my head called “I Can’t Wait Another Minute.” I had no idea now I knew the song, but I figured that it has to be some song that heard as child. I was curious, so I looked up the song on Youtube. I found out that the song is by a British pop group Five Star aka 5 Star — and my dance move were surprisingly accurate.

I was doing the choreography from the chorus but I have not recollection of every doing this dance before. It’s funny what sinks into your subconscious. You would I would remember those outfits, but I do remember the sweaters they are wearing in the video for “All Fall Down.”

These sweaters are burned into my psyche and I will never forget.

When I watch these videos now I can’t believe how much the stole from the Jackson 5. The name of the group is a nod to the Jackson 5, the styling, the choreography, and the group is compromised of siblings and managed by their father.

I will have to take some time this weekend and look at all of their videos. And I think I may have to buy a couple of songs. “I Can’t Wait Another Minute” is a great pop song and I think I should add it to my collection.

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