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Who is Raymond Mar? Read below to answer the question. I live in San Jose my entire life. I'm an analyst, a reporter, a data manager, and a programmer. I elaborate my hobbies. I list the books I read. I share my favorites such as sport teams, music, and movies. My "About Me" changes because I discover more about me finding something new and saying goodbye to something old. Get up and do something, anything is my life motto. Click Latest Update to read what has been going on recently.


Gym. I workout four days a week. I follow four weight training programs from bodybuilding.com. I follow two weight plate training programs for my home mini-gym. I bike on the stationary bike and I jog on the treadmill for cardio workouts. I continue to improve my workouts such as finding new workout guides. Hiking, backpacking, and cleaning the house are considered workouts.

Movies. Watching good movies is worth my time. I avoid stupid movies. I'm picky purchasing movies for which I ask myself the question, "Am I going to watch the movie multiple times?" If the answer is yes, then I purchase the movie. My all-time favorites are the following: 12 Angry Men, A Few Good Men, A League Of Their Own, Aliens, All The President's Men, Ben Hur, Black Hawk Down, Breaking Away, Casablanca, Clerks, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Good Will Hunting, Hot Fuzz, La La Land, Mary Poppins, Office Space, Parasite (2019), Saving Private Ryan, Stand By Me, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, The Dark Knight, The Godfather, The Princess Bride, The Shawshank Redemption, The Sound Of Music, Titanic, Toy Story, Wall Street, and UP!

The Outdoors. I started hiking in Mar 2009. My favorite places to hike are Castle Rock State Park, Angel Island State Park, and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. I hike, camp, and backpack anywhere including urban hiking and open trails. Give me my hiking hat and my hiking shoes. I like to see new scenery.

Board Games. I play kiddie games such as Chutes & Ladders and Candy Land; mainstream games such as Settlers Of Catan and chess; card games such as Ascension and Fluxx; party games such as Pictionary and Beyond Balderdash; and board gamers games such as Viticulture and Puerto Rico. I also play Hong Kong and Japanese or Riichi Mahjong. My favorite casino game is craps.

Music. Classic rock, classical music, classic jazz, and big bands are my favorite music. The Beatles is my all-time favorite band. Let It Be is my all-time favorite Beatles song. Paul McCartney is my favorite Beatle. I listen to 80s rock and 80s pop most of the time and 90s rock and 90s pop sometimes on cardio workouts.

Podcasts. I listen to 99% Invisible, Awesome Etiquette, Freakonomics, MuggleCast, Sex With Emily, and Stuff You Should Know. My current events podcasts are 60 Minutes and Nightline. I completed Cautionary Tales Season 1. My retired podcasts are Car Talk and NBC Sports Bay Area Happy Hour.

Sports. I follow the headlines in football, baseball, and basketball. I'm a San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks, and San Jose Earthquakes fan. I cheer for the Oakland A's. I follow the headlines for college football and college basketball casually especially the bowls games and March Madness, respectively.

Books. I started reading books in 2001. I started reading more fiction books than non-fiction in 2008. The fiction books include bestsellers, classic literature, dystopian, and young adult. Also, I read fantasy, sci-fi, crime, and mystery. My top non-fiction books are business, investments, sports, technology, and advice. I'm open to all recommendations.

Author's Last Name A-Gl

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson
  • i, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • The Fermata by Nicholson Baker
  • Uncle John's Great Big Bathroom Reader by The Bathroom Readers' Institute
  • The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
  • City Of Thieves by David Benioff
  • Forever . . . by Judy Blume
  • Superfudge by Judy Blume
  • Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Mystery Of The Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • The Bridge Over The River Kawi by Pierre Boulle
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Kissing School by Cherie Byrd
  • The Art Of Hugging by William Cane
  • The Art Of Kissing by William Cane
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Don't Sweat The Small Stuff . . . And It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
  • How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Alice's Adventures In Wonderland And Through The Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Built To Last by Jim Collins
  • Good To Great by Jim Collins
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • The Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep) by Philip K. Dick
  • The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • The Preserving Machine by Philip K. Dick
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Negotiating For Dummies by Michael and Mimi Donaldson
  • The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Return Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  • Business @ The Speed Of Thought by Bill Gates
  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Author's Last Name Gm-P

  • Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Beach House by Jane Green
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  • The Age Of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan
  • The Firm by John Grisham
  • Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • How To Master The Art Of Selling by Tom Hopkins
  • The Season by Patricia Hornung and Robin Moore
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • How To Invest In Real Estate With Little Or No Money Down by Robert Irwin
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  • Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Up In The Air by Walter Kirn
  • Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Prophecy by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Retire Young, Retire Rich by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • Beating The Street by Peter Lynch
  • One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch
  • Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay
  • Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
  • I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Bringing Down The House by Ben Mezrich
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Who's Looking Out For Me by Bill O'Reilly
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Animal House by George Orwell
  • A Hat Full Of Sky by Terry Pratchett
  • Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
  • Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
  • Eric by Terry Pratchett
  • Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  • Guards! Guards by Terry Pratchett
  • Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
  • Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett
  • Mort by Terry Pratchett
  • Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
  • Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  • Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
  • Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  • Strata by Terry Pratchett
  • The Color Of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
  • The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
  • Thief Of Time by Terry Pratchett
  • Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Author's Last Name Q-Z

  • Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
  • Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos
  • Negotiating For Your Life by Nicole Schapiro
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • Seinlanguage by Jerry Seinfeld
  • The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Shuffle Up And Deal by Mike Sexton
  • The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
  • Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World by Maria Shriver
  • The Eye Of The Storm by Robert Slater
  • The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
  • Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • Q&A by Vikas Swarup
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
  • Couples by John Updike
  • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
  • Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • Slaughter House-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Bridges Of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Little House On The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
  • The Shack by W.M. Paul Young
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I read the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling from Sep 2019 to Mar 2020. I'm decades late to the party. The series is a modern-day classic for people ages 10-100. My favorite characters are Harry Potter, Minerva McGonagall, and Harry Potter's godfather. Gryffindor is my house. My favorite volume is Year 5 Order Of The Phoenix.

Vacation. I visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Yosemite, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, Huntington Library, Hoover Dam, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia in Canada, the Russian River, and Zion National Park in Utah.

Cooking. I'm a novice cook. 95% of the meals I cook are healthy. I continue learning cooking techniques including stir-frying, baking, and roasting to make the meals taste better. I have cookbooks and printed recipes I'm eager to try. Click Cooking 101 to view simple recipes.

My household minimizes eating processed foods. We rarely eat frozen foods. We don't eat deli meats. The acceptable canned foods are chili, tomato sauce, fruits, vegetables, and ingredients for big meals such as olives and tuna. My household must eat rice, fruits, and vegetables.

Television. I watch little TV. I spend more time watching sports than primetime. I watch TV series on DVD because I don't have cable. My TV DVD collection is small. My all-time favorites are Breaking Bad, Firefly, Knight Rider, Leave It To Beaver, Malcolm In The Middle, Seinfeld, The A-Team, The Dukes Of Hazard, The Simpsons, and Three's Company.

Dancing. I learned ballroom dancing in Jan 2009. My sister danced competitively. She taught me during her free time. I learned the fox trot, waltz, tango, cha cha cha, nite club two-step, east coast swing, west coast swing, and the hustle.

Other Parts Of Me: Taking pictures of police cars, writing blogs posted on my webpage Innovating Common Knowledge, writing personal blogs posted at Finding Raymond Mar, watching ballet especially The Nutcracker, and exploring new places to visit.

Japanese Anime. I'm a retired anime fan.

Video Games. I take advantage of the COVID-19 global pandemic free time coming out of video game retirement playing classic video games. The first game I finished is Final Fantasy VI.