On Humanity


Thank God it’s mid-November

After a few weeks off from work to vis­it and expe­ri­ence Japan with an awe­some bunch of friends, things have picked up both at work and at home. Don’t you just like it when you come back to work and you receive over 400 emails? Besides try­ing to find the time to do laun­dry and pro­cess­ing the pho­tos I’ve tak­en from the trip, I’m still try­ing to not think about Japan too much. But when you very much enjoyed an expe­ri­ence, it’s hard not to rem­i­nisce and reply all the fun stuff that you did. The thing I miss the most would prob­a­bly be the food. Oh man… the food!

Any­ways, besides try­ing to process and upload pho­tos, clean my room, do laun­dry, etc. I’m try­ing to get ready in sell­ing or tran­si­tion­ing my Accord to Gab­by. Its lease is up ear­ly Decem­ber. I did­n’t know what to do, whether to buy it out from Hon­da, return it or get a new car/SUV. I’ve tak­en great care of it and vice-ver­sa. So what bet­ter way to let go of it than to have some­one you know take over. This way, you feel at ease see­ing some­thing sen­ti­men­tal be tak­en care of by some­one who appre­ci­ates it. Well, I hope things go as plan so I may get a new one soon—I’m think­ing of the Pilot. What you think? See me rollin’ in one?

I think it’s a good invest­ment if I get one as I don’t dri­ve that much dur­ing the week­days so I save on gas and mileage. That, and I’ll be able to go up the moun­tain a bit eas­i­er this upcom­ing sea­son, which I hope will be a good one. Any­ways, time to do some catch­ing up. I’ll leave you with a bless­ing that my aunt (from Nor­walk) sent me this morn­ing:

May today there be peace with­in.
May you trust God that you are exact­ly where you are meant to be.
May you not for­get the infi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love
that has been giv­en to you….
May you be con­tent know­ing you are a child of God…
Let His pres­ence set­tle into your bones, and allow your soul the free­dom
to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

God Bless You All!

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

This is how fast this year is cur­rent­ly going.

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I just need more free time to relax and catch-up on all the things I need and want to accom­plish. But hey… I guess just go with the flow right? Alas, its the week­end.

Have a great, safe Memo­r­i­al Day week­end!

What Causes the Lazy?

I just over­heard some­one say­ing this:

I get lazy when I don’t do any­thing.

Does that sound weird to you at all, or is it just me? I mean, aren’t you already lazy if you don’t do any­thing? The def­i­n­i­tion of “lazy”:

adj. la·z·er, la·zi·est

1. Resis­tant to work or exer­tion; dis­posed to idle­ness.
2. Slow-mov­ing; slug­gish: a lazy riv­er.
3. Con­ducive to idle­ness or indo­lence: a lazy sum­mer day.

Mean­while, I also know that if you don’t do any­thing, you are relax­ing, but that itself is weird too. I mean, “relax­ing” is a verb.

Abbr. V or vb.
* The part of speech that express­es exis­tence, action, or occur­rence in most lan­guages.

Action” is the key­word. So I guess, if you are relax­ing you ain’t real­ly doing noth­ing or any­thing. Thus, my pre­vi­ous state­ment that “if you don’t do any­thing, you are relax­ing” is some­what wrong to an extent to what relax­ing is define d as. Know­ing this, it proves say­ing that

[you] get lazy when [you] don’t do any­thing”

just does­n’t make sense—just plain pleonas­tic.

Bot­tom-line kids, don’t do drugs.

WTF Used Drugs?

Well, I’ve been sick the past two weeks. I’ve been cough­ing and all that oth­er nasty stuff that comes with it. This past week­end, I was­n’t even able to get out of the house. I pret­ty much stayed in my room and just coughed my lungs out. Oh what great fun it was?!

Any­ways, giv­en the fact that I picked the High-Val­ue PPO for my med­ical when I came in to work at the Bay last April ’05 (and the fact that I haven’t got­ten sick till now), my pri­ma­ry physi­cian is in LA. So, after call­ing Alame­da Hos­pi­tal for the past two days and email­ing them to help me find a doc­tor that can do a check up on me, Dr. Mom (and side­kick, my aunt) bugged me and told me to just call in to our fam­i­ly doc­tor’s clin­ic.

Fun­ny thing though, my mom called the clin­ic first to set­up some kind of appoint­ment with the admin per­son­els to get the doc­tor free for a bit in order to talk to me. But thats not it yet, my mom told the admin lady that since I’m over here, he (the doc­tor) should just lis­ten to me cough “over the phone” so he can pre­scribe me some med­i­cine. Moms… moms…

Mean­while, I got some prescription—believe it or not. The clin­ic then faxed the order over to the Rite-Aid across the street from work so I can eas­i­ly just pick it up. After fif­teen min­utes or so, I final­ly got the drug for $85. Damn, I hate get­ting sick—you feel like crap and get robbed at the same time.

So, fast for­ward to about a cou­ple of min­utes ago… remem­ber­ing what the phar­ma­cist told me about the dosage of each pre­scrip­tion, I decid­ed to just take every­thing at night before going to bed. Then, the moment of truth came. After tak­ing out the stuff from the paper bag, I thought to myself: “this bet­ter be worth $85, and not get me sick for anoth­er year or so.” Tak­ing one tea­spoon of the cough syrup and a tablet of some aller­gy stuff (seems it’s a sea­son­al thing), I final­ly got to the last item; which was for Bron­chi­tis (I guess).

Care­ful­ly try­ing to open the pack­age, I saw the fol­low­ing:

The quan­ti­ty on the receipt and brochure states that there should be 5 pills. One pill per day. But damn, WTF?!?! This ain’t 5.

Wowsers. Haven’t gone run­ning for days; cough­ing my lungs out; had to pay $85 to get well; and now this. Damn. Ai Dios Mio!

That being that, I just have to write about it and share it. Just remem­ber to check your pre­scrip­tions when you leave the phar­ma­cy so you don’t run into things like this. I nev­er thought it was pos­si­ble for such an over­sight from the phar­ma­cist. They usu­al­ly do dou­ble-check­s/triple-checks so they give you the right stuff.

I’m going to try and wake up real­ly ear­ly to go to the phar­ma­cy and do some­thing about this sit­u­a­tion. Sucks ass. Damn. This is so messed up.

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January Has Come and Gone

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Here Ye! Here Ye! by stechico.

Wow! That was one fast month. The day seems to be get­ting short­er and short­er, and the weath­er changes more fre­quent­ly than ever (at least in SF).

Since the start of the year, I cre­at­ed a new project for myself just to use my new toys more and get more expe­ri­ence as well with pho­tog­ra­phy. It’s pret­ty much a‑pho­to-a-day. It’s hard to pick one pho­to that describes and sums up my day as I tend to take a bunch. But what can I tell you, so far so good. You may take a look at the Flickr set over here.

Amongst oth­er things in the world of muah, I’ve been active as ever doing beta-test­ing for dif­fer­ent Web 2.0 com­pa­nies. It’s fun see­ing and expe­ri­ence peo­ple’s accom­plish­ments and cre­ativ­i­ty. Not to men­tion, it gives you ideas when the bulb is dim.

Besides the wait for my Yahoo! Mail Beta invite (still), I just signed up for a beta-test with OmniDrive. Hope­ful­ly, I can grab one and see what the fuss is all about. Techcrunch’s Michael Arring­ton seems to like it ver­sus oth­er com­pa­nies cur­rent­ly in the online stor­age mar­ket.

Mean­while, board­ing sea­son is fun so far. I went up with a cou­ple of friends to North Tahoe for MLK Hol­i­day Week­end. I can’t wait to go up again. Hope­ful­ly, some time soon but most like­ly for Big­gy’s BDay first week­end of March around the South Tahoe area.

Any­ways, three big trips for me this year: Hawaii, Japan and P.I. Oth­er than the major sav­ing-up for cash, I also need to save PTO days from MA. Going to go to Hawaii for Fari­da & Brad’s wed­ding on the first week­end of August. I think it’s in the north-west part of the Big Island. Should be good times as the old roomies from 916 are com­ing. That’ll be cool too as I have nev­er been to the Big Island but have been to Oahu back in the ear­ly 90’s with my fam­i­ly.

Then, dur­ing the first week of Novem­ber, Japan with some UCI buds. Belle seems to be the ring-leader of this trip. It’s just hard to get every­one on board this one as it is like­ly to span 10 days (a day or two more for relax­ation after we get back from the flight). Hope it goes through, and we get a good group size to go. I can’t wait to take pho­tos over there.

Last but not least, ever since my bro and I got here in 88–89, we haven’t spent Christ­mas nor New Year’s in the P.I. So, my grand­ma blurt­ed out the idea that we should all go for the Hol­i­days this year. What can I say, it’s all gravy with my grand­ma’s idea. Damn, that should be fun.

From my mind to yours, if you are ever in a rutt… turn to your friends for some good times!

Update:
After writ­ing this, I got an email from Yahoo! Mail Beta regard­ing my invite. Final­ly! This thing is clean. I hope to see more new func­tion­al­i­ty. Dope­ness.