Monthly Archives: January 2011

Having faith in God is believing that He’ll get you out of the mud

I was sitting in the office today collecting my thoughts about life when I started to try to put my current life situation in some sort of perspective. The best thing that I could come up with was what you see in this video: trying to drive while stuck in mud.

It’s not to say that I am going nowhere in my life, but it is saying that I am stuck in mud right now. It’s hard tying to figure out my direction and ultimately figure out how to get there. I’m stuck.

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Waiting 3 hours in line for that was totally worth it

Bobblehead, BBQ set and tickets. Baseball season is coming!

This morning, I went to the Oakland Coliseum with my buddy to buy tickets for the upcoming Oakland Athletics baseball season. Tickets went on sale at 9AM and we showed up at around 9:25AM. There was a line and it took us three hours to get to the box office.

There were 10 windows open but because a lot of fans were undecided, it took longer than it should have. But standing in line for three hours to get tickets was something that was worth it.

What was cool about the whole thing was that if I bought tickets for five different games, I received a free Roy Steele (A’s P.A. announcer) bobblehead and a BBQ set. Totally worth it. I just spent $75 on my tickets but to get those things (retail about $40) and to get early tickets to this season was worth all the wait. Now I just hope that I would actually be around to catch these games.

I’ve got a good feeling about this A’s team.

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I love the Oakland Athletics’ new gold/canary home alternate jerseys!

This was the first photo of the new jerseys that surfaced on the Internet.

Josh Willingham wearing the nice new alternate.

Today, the Oakland Athletics unveiled their new alternate gold jerseys for home games. They will replace the black alternates they have used for the past three seasons.

This was no surprise as the A’s tried to sell all the black jerseys in a sale recently and it was rumored that a new gold top was going to be made. Now, it’s official.

These new gold tops, in my opinion, are beautiful. From my first glance, it reminds of the jerseys they wore during the 1970s. In fact, the only differences is that this is a button up and the pipings are different. Other than that, it’s exactly what I was hoping for in the team’s new jersey.

This is the first time since 1983 that the A’s have had a chest insignia on their uniform. And since they are going with a gold top, it completes the phase of the A’s team colors. They now have the required home whites, road grays along with their road greens and now gold tops.

General manager Billy Beane called this gold color that of a “canary”. I agree. It’s like a bird. But it’s beautiful.

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Have you seen it? It’s the Gaels Gone Wild!

Just wanted to plug this story I wrote about this hot new video that’s taking the Bay Area by storm. I interviewed my old high school buddy was behind this whole “Gaels Gone Wild” movement.

To read the story, visit this link.

*Also, the Saint Mary’s athletics blog mentioned my story too!

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Discipline: My battle to do what’s right for me

I am not going to open this until I get a new job.

So my new TV finally was delivered today. As you can see, it’s not a huge thing but it’s still a nice TV. I bought this for only $560 — which was more than half the retail value cost. So I was proud of myself for that online deal.

Now that it’s here, I won’t open it. In fact, I don’t want to open it until I’ve earned it. Much like my XBox 360 situation, I only bought it because of the deal. Now I will have to wait until I can actually earn it.

I’m in this big rut right now where I want to find a real reporting job (that pays well obviously… or well enough). I can be a writer, editor, consultant, etc. I pretty much just want to get into the media world and make a real impact. I want to get to the roots of good quality journalism.

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The dawn of a new era: HKBS is the hottest band out there today!

This logo took me two minutes to create.

Yesterday, my friend Chris and my cousin Stephen came over to to my house to play Rock Band 3. We decided that we needed to make a band within the game and have them do tour stuff in the game.

When Chris and I were kids in elementary school, we imitated The Beatles a lot! One of the random things that came up when we were kids (and when we discovered profanity) was the term bullshit. Somehow, someway, we ended up with the term “Hong Kong Bullshit”. Yesterday, having not said that since elementary school, we decided to name our band HKBS.

Our band features me on the drums, Chris on lead guitar, Brandon Flowers (lead singer of The Killers) on vocal and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on keyboard/bass. We created each of them and now we just finished our East Coast tour. Stephen is our official manager for the band.

My hands hurt from all the drumming… plus I got some blisters too.

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Top reasons why Twitter might be right or wrong for you

One of Twitter's mascots.

I had a conversation (well, through instant messaging) with a friend about Twitter. He has an account but never uses it because he doesn’t understand the point of it. I have two Twitter accounts (one for work and one for personal use) and I actually agreed with him.

I never wanted to get a Twitter account, ever. I thought it was just pointless to have numerous tweets and updates about things that really don’t matter. But because I am in the media field, a lot of breaking news and quick updates are on Twitter first before they hit any online site.

For me, I couldn’t afford to be behind everyone else in feeding information to people. So in June of 2009, I finally caved in an got a Twitter account for work. Now I’m reaching 10,000 tweets and there’s no stopping me.

I’ve been on both sides of the Twitter argument and I understand the pros and cons of it. Here are my Top 5 reasons why you should or shouldn’t use Twitter.

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Thanks to Twitter, I have won another contest

Now I own an autograph from this awesome player.

I personally don’t like Twitter too much. But since I am working on a computer all day and I need to use Twitter to keep in touch with the media world, I have to use it. In fact, I plan on making a post about why Twitter is a good and bad thing.

But anyway, through Twitter, I won another contest! In fact, I’ve won two contests via Twitter in the past. I won a UFC glove and an Oakland A’s blanket.

So, during my lunch break I was on Twitter and the Jacksonville Jaguars Twitter account was running a contest. First to answer some trivia questions would win autographed items. They threw a few questions but I didn’t answer them fast enough. Then, they asked a question I already knew the answer to.

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I finally bought a suit because the sale was too good to pass up

Lookin' fly!

I’ve always liked dressing up. A part of me likes to look fly, no lie and look ballin’! Of course, in order to look good I have to wear the right things.

For a person my age, the best thing I could do is to wear a suit. I’m an adult and adults wear suits. Plus, I had never owned one before, so it was something I had always wanted.

My office in San Francisco is right next to a Van Heusen store. And since they were having an “out of season” sale, I thought that I would see if I could find anything I liked. And yes I did. I found a suit at a pretty reasonable price.

This was a very interesting sale because it was one of those triple sales where they keep adding on discounts on top of discounts. Since spending a lot of money on suits wasn’t my thing, I had to find the cheapest suit with the biggest discounts. I found the one I wanted.

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Trusting in God is like driving in the dark

Check your headlights when you drive in the dark.

I came across this reading today from Our Daily Bread and it really touched on me since I was going through some things in my life. I’m at the point in my life where I am not so sure what I need to do or what I have to do. There’s a lot of pressure on me and I know that as it gets harder, my trust in God to deliver me somewhere grows stronger.

The reading from today touched on trusting God, how it’s not somewhere where we see the result first before committing to the trust. Trust, much like any other situation, relies on believing in something even though the result isn’t 100-percent guaranteed.

The message compared it to driving in the dark:

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