Oct 25, 2016
Two summer vacations. The first vacation was a staycation Thur Aug 4-Sun Aug 7. I took a break from job searching. The highlights were eating at Los Gatos Cafe, KoJa Kitchen, and Ike’s Sandwiches for the first time. I watched two Jack Ryan movies Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger.
The second vacation was at Zion National Park in Springdale, UT Thur Sep 15-Sun Sep 18. We hiked The Subway Bottom Up. The hike was my most strenuous hike. We also hiked The Narrows Bottom Up from the Temple Of Sinawava to the entrance of Wall Street. We camped at Quail Creek State Park in Hurricane, UT.
New Outdoor Equipment. I purchased the REI Passage 1 Tent and Chaco Outcross Evo 2 water shoes during the REI Labor Day Sale. The timing was good because I used them for the Zion vacation.
Movies. I watched more movies. They were We’re The Millers, Mallrats, Reality Bites, Money Train, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Rocky, The Big Lebowski, White Men Can’t Jump, The Lost Boys, Airplane, Flight, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, North By Northwest, The Full Monty, Dawn Of The Dead (1978), The Omega Man (1978), and Shaun Of The Dead.
Job Searching. My job search includes learning new job skills. My Python and CSS learning consists of YouTube videos and Codecademy. I finished reading Python Crash Course by Eric Matthes. I job search weekdays two times a day.
Kickstarter. I backed the video game 911 Operator. The player is a 911 dispatcher responding to 911 calls. I play the video game after I find a job. I come out of video game retirement temporarily. Also, I received my Cyanide & Happiness Joking Hazard card game.
Books. I finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I finished the book the evening I arrived home from Zion National Park.
Sunglasses repaired. I own a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses. The right temple broke during my Zion vacation. I purchased another pair of sunglasses at the Visitor’s Center. I must protect my eyes. Maui Jim repairs their broken sunglasses for a fee. Complete the online form and follow their procedures. The total wait time was one week which included shipping.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals. My dad and I watched a Thursday Night Football game at Levi’s Stadium on Oct 6. Thank you cousin Chris for the tickets. I used my Clipper Card for the first time. The Clipper Card is an easy way to pay for public transit in the San Francisco Bay Area. I ate garlic tater tots for the first time.
Two more day hikes. The first hike was Mission Peak in Fremont, CA during Labor Day weekend. I hiked with trekking poles for the first time. I wore my Camelbak backpack for the first time. The second hike was Castle Rock State Park in Los Gatos, CA on Oct 8. The last time I hiked Castle Rock was Feb 2011. There is less green color grass and plants today. I visited Summit Rock for the first time along the Skyline Trial at Sanborn County Park before Castle Rock. I used MapMyHike app for the first time to track my hike.
June 29, 2016
I'm job searching. My contract at Palo Alto Networks was satisfied. Finding a job is a challenge. There are weeks I get calls expressing interest. There are weeks I find no positions to apply. I was interviewed face to face four times. I lost count the number of phone interviews after 11. I job search two times a day every weekday. One of my cousins from Los Angeles connected me for consulting jobs.
Job searching is a full time job. I learn new skills and review existing skills when I'm not job searching. I reviewed Excel, PowerPoint, SQL, and SFDC. I also reviewed analysis and statistics. I learned Oracle, Tableau, and VBA. I also learned KPI and dashboards. My current projects are learning Python for the second time, Linux, and web design. The learning and training consists of YouTube videos and books.
Speaking of Python, I installed VirtualBox and Ubuntu to learn Python and Linux. I'm using Sublime Text to write Python and HTML. The new webpage design you're seeing is temporary. I'm learning web design which includes reviewing HTML 4 and learning HTML 5.
I lost 10 pounds in Aug 2015. My workouts have been consistent going to the gym 4-5 days a week. I purchased the Harbinger Pro Wristwrap workout glove to protect my hands. I purchased a P90X 14mm exercise mat for sit-ups at home. I purchased J&D sports smart phone armband to listen to music doing cardio. Under Armor socks are the best. Nike socks are good, too. I either lift weights or cardio cycling on the stationary bike and running on the treadmill. I got sick once with the 24 hour sickness in Dec 2015. I never felt healthier in my entire life.
Movies. I watched The Equalizer, Sleepless In Seattle, School Of Rock, The Expendables 2, Despicable Me, The Last Stand, Blackhat, Interstellar, Zero Dark Thirty, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), American Sniper, New In Town, The Five Year Engagement, Clue, Superman Returns, Mercury Rising, Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator Genisys, Jurassic World, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Spy (2015), Inside Out, A Christmas Story, San Andreas, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, Star Wars Episode VII, Where Does It Hurt, The Martian, Shawn The Sheep, Taxi Driver, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Deadpool, The Shining, Poltergeist, Apocalypse Now, Norma Rae, The Birds, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Million Dollar Arm, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Shutter Island, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Breaking Away, St. Elmo's Fire, Guardians Of The Galaxy, and Dallas Buyers Club. I also watched The Brain That Changes Itself documentary at Documentary Storm.
Kickstarter. I backed the Playbulb LED color lightbulb, Zerohour Relic XR flashlight, SuperVizor emergency car escape tool, Owltac A1T Endure flashlight, and CodeUpStart online Python class.
CERT. I completed a 21 hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in Campbell, CA on Mar 2015. CERT is a volunteer emergency team deployed in catastrophes. CERT members help professional emergency responders with lower priority disaster calls. CERT members are trained in light search and rescue, first aid, triage, and emergency shelter operations. The CERT training convinced me to purchase the ETON FRX3 emergency crank radio, a portable stretcher in my car, a USB portable battery from Omaker, and respiratory masks. I have participated in CERT drill exercises to keep my skills sharp.
TV. I watch a little television. I finished Burn Notice Season 2 and Season 3. I also watched The X-files six episode special.
New desktop PC. My desktop stopped working in Dec 2014. I choose to upgrade. My new hardware consists of the Intel i5 4690K CPU, ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X motherboard, EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 750ti 2GB GDDR5 GPU, SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SSD, and Corsair Vengeance DDR3 2X8GB RAM. The upgrade was completed in Mar 2015.
Books. I read Couples by John Updike, The Pearl and Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, The Bridge Over The River Kawi by Pierre Boulle, The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Martian by Andy Weir, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and 1984 by George Orwell. I also read books on Excel, VBA, Linux, Python, Oracle, Tableau, SFDC, and data analysis.
New podcasts. I started listening to Car Talk reruns, Freakonomics, and Awesome Etiquette in Mar 2015.
Bay Area sports. Congrats to the Golden State Warriors winning the 2015 NBA Finals. I watched a soccer match San Jose Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew at Avaya Stadium in May 2015 and a football game San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings at Levi's Stadium in Sep 2015 both for the first time. I also watched the 49ers game vs. Seattle Seahawks in Oct 2015.
New hiking and backpacking equipment. I purchased a Black Diamond Spot Storm head lamp, Eagle Creek Compression Sac, REI Radiant sleeping bag, Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro trekking poles, Kelty Redcloud 90 (2016) backpack, Camelbak Fourteener 24 backpack, REI Half Dome 2 tent, and a Tilley Airpro hat.
Hiking and backpacking adventures. I hiked at Mission Peak Regional Park in Fremont, CA for the first time during Labor Day Weekend 2015. I camped at a KOA Camping and backpacked The Narrows Top to Bottom at Zion National Park both in Utah for the first time in Oct 2015. I mixed homemade trail mix consisting of almonds, walnuts, cashews, M&M's, and dried cranberries.
New restaurants I ate for the first time: Bill of Fare, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Patxi's Pizza, Gay Nineties, Kenzo Sushi, White Kastle Burger in Las Vegas, Texas Roadhouse in Utah, The Pasta Market, Main Street Burger, Men Bei, Kula Sushi, Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, and Jersey Mike's Subs. I also ate desserts at Paris Baguette, Yogurt Dublin, Meadowlark Dairy, Auntie Anne's Pretzel, and 85 Degrees Celsius for the first time. I learned how to cook pasta at Cucina Bambini Pasta Workshop.
Mahjong. I played Hong Kong Mahjong in Aug 2015 for the first time since 1998. I played a four wind round or tonpeisen Japanese Mahjong (Riichi) for the first time in Dec 2015 and Riichi outdoors for the first time in Jun 2016. My Riichi skills have been getting better. I placed first more times in 2016 than in 2009-2015. I'm getting more good luck.
Halloween 2015 weekend. I came out of anime retirement wearing my Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist cosplay to visit a haunted house in the neighborhood. I wore my Haku from Spirited Away to play Riichi.
1,000 Innovating Common Knowledge blogs. I wrote my 1,000th blog at my Innovating Common Knowledge blog in Nov 2015.
New smart phone. I purchased the Samsung Galaxy S7 on Mar 2016. It replaced my HTC One M7. I purchased a Sandisk 64GB micro SD card for external memory and a Supcase S7 beltclip to carry my phone when I'm out of the house. I mentioned the sports armband at "lost 10 pounds" above.
The Tech Museum. My parents, brother's family, and I visited The Tech Museum in Downtown San Jose in Apr 2016. The last time I went to the museum was in 2009. The museum expanded with more exhibits.
Mobile games. I play Baloon Tower Defense (BTD5) on my smart phone. I completed the entire beginning levels in Dec 2015. I play during holidays only when BTD5 doubles the coins or doubles the money after I finished the beginning levels.