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Who is Raymond Mar? Read below to answer the question. 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. I'm a different person yesterday. I'm a better person today. Click Latest Update to read what has been going on recently.

About Me. My name is Raymond Mar. I live in San Jose my entire life. I workout at the gym, read books, play board games, hike, and cook. I find new adventures and new experiences. I live a proactive life. I'm working intelligently to earn a good life. I meet new people and make new friends. Get up and do something, anything is my life motto.

I'm physically active four to five days a week at the gym. I follow three weight training programs from 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.

The Outdoors. I started hiking in Mar 2009. My favorite places to hike are Castle Rock, Angel Island, and Point Lobos. 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.

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. I listen to 80s rock and 80s pop most of the time and 90s rock and 90s pop sometimes on cardio workouts.

Books. I started reading books in 2001. Books became a hobby in 2002. I read business, investment, self-improvement, technology, and advice. I read more fiction books than non-fiction starting in 2008. The fiction books include bestsellers, classics, and young adult. I'm a sucker for recommendations.

Author's Last Name A-J

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Author's Last Name K-Z

  • 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
  • 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
  • Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
  • Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett
  • Mort by Terry Pratchett
  • Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
  • Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  • The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
  • Thief Of Time by Terry Pratchett
  • Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
  • Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
  • 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 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

Cooking. I rate my cooking skills "survivable" because I cook healthy meals like a single person. I have lots to learn including stir-frying and making the meals taste better. I have cookbooks and printed recipes I'm eager to try; however, I have simple recipes at my Cooking 101.

I minimize eating processed foods in my household. We rarely eat frozen foods. We don't eat deli meats. The only canned foods my family and I eat are chili, tomato sauce for spaghetti, and ingredients for big meals such as olives and tuna. My family and I must eat rice, fruits, and vegetables.

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.

Dancing. I learned ballroom dancing in Jan 2009. My sister danced competitively and 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.

Movies. Watching good movies is worth my time. I avoid stupid movies. I'm picky purchasing DVD and BD 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: 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, Saving Private Ryan, Stand By Me, The Dark Knight, The Godfather, The Princess Bride, The Sound Of Music, Titanic, Toy Story, Wall Street, and UP!

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.

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 and Oakland Raiders. I follow the headlines for college football and college basketball casually especially the bowls games and March Madness, respectively.

Vacation. My family and I started going on vacations in 2001. In the 1990s, my family and I went to Disneyland and Santa Barbara many times, and Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon once. In 2001, my family and I went to Seaworld and the San Diego Zoo. In 2003, my family and I went to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Huntington Library, San Diego, and Hoover Dam.

For myself, I started going on vacations in 2004. I went to Las Vegas in 2004, 2006, and 2015; Washington and British Columbia, Canada in 2005, 2008, and 2009; and Oregon in 2005. My latest vacation was visiting Zion National Park in Utah in 2015 and 2016. Click My Photo Album to view my vacation pics.

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

Japanese Anime. I'm a retired anime fan.

Video Games. I'm retired playing video games. I play a little mobile games.

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.