It’s a celebration of the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s promise of saving us. That’s pretty cool. Thanks, God!
I’m just happy to be back home with family today, away from work. Good times.
Filed under Family, Holiday
Two years ago I stood in a not so brightly-lit parking lot. In the distance I could see that big yellow sign that read “Best Buy.” It was 11PM. I was cold and I am pretty sure I wasn’t the only one. I stood there with my friend as we waited for midnight. I had no intention of buying anything. In fact, I only went there because my friend wanted to get a laptop. I knew that day that it would be my last time participating on Black Friday. I didn’t want to go through it anymore.
In previous years, I actually had an intent to buy something. I would show up at Wal-Mart at midnight, wait for a bit and maybe, just maybe buy that video game at $20 cheaper than the MSRP. And the years before that, I would drive and roam around my neighborhood, looking to buy something at a great price that I am pretty sure I didn’t need.
Since then, I have given up on Black Friday. It’s not that I don’t like great deals. It’s just that I didn’t care anymore. I no longer wanted to become part of the machine that society has told me that I needed to be a part of. It’s tiring. It’s stressful. It’s not what Christmas is all about.
Filed under Faith, Holiday
Everything that God’s provided. Thankful all day, every day.
Crazy to think that this blog is celebrating three years old today.
I started this blog because I had stopped my livejournal and needed a fresh start to blog about things that matter but not necessarily PG-13. I’ve done so. But three years is pretty impressive for a blog that has over 700 entries.
I was at a strange part in my life in 2010 when this blog began. I was moving back home from San Jose and going through a lot of emotional deal. Then it was work and travel and all that nuts.
And three years later, I am still the same and pretty much changed. I don’t think I’m going to read back on my entries, but it’s been a fun and crazy journey. Three years is pretty good. Three more years maybe? We can do it!
Is Black History Month good or bad? It’s kind of both.
Growing up and attending elementary school, we were always taught about the importance of Black History Month. And I was all for it. We learned about Harriet Tubman, Crispus Attucks, MLK and all the important black people in American history. It was cool, I learned a lot and it was good.
But as the years went on in my life and now I am in my 20s, I start to rethink Black History Month. Is it important anymore? Do we still need it?
This is a tough subject because there are two arguments for it and I am on the fence because I agree with both.
First, let me show you what sparked my desire to write this entry. Check this out.
Year of the snake!
I’m pretty sure somewhere back home it’s February 10. With that said, happy new year!
It’s good to celebrate. Unfortunately, I am nowhere near home so I can’t celebrate with the family. But I will see my parents for a lunch on Feb 12, so I can make that as they go venturing to Vegas for vacation.
But man oh man, it’s the new year. All snake and everything.
I normally don’t celebrate on my own. I don’t get any moon cakes or anything, but maybe I will. Who knows? It’s a good time to celebrate!
OK. So what?
That’s all today is. I don’t care about you hoping for a better year because last year was so bad. Stop categorizing life in 365-day increments. Don’t live life in a box. Live life outside the box.
Get a new calendar and live life. That’s all you gotta do. I don’t care if it is 2013 now. A new chapter doesn’t begin now. A new chapter is when you make the change, not the calendar. So forget resolutions and all that stuff that you feel you have to do today.
So really, there isn’t a celebration. It’s just another day. Don’t rely on the calendar to tell you when things get better or how you will change. You control your own life, not the calendar. Go live it and love life and have fun doing it!
This will be the first ever Thanksgiving for me where I won’t be with family. I have work today. But I think the fact that I am not with my family today is a good reminder of the things I am thankful for. I am not at home because of my job. This job is something that I should not have. So very few people in my line of work would be in this position.
But thank God that I got my 49ers gig out of college and three years of working my ass off got me here. Now I am doing something I am really good at and I am enjoying it.
It’s a tough thing too moving to LA not knowing anyone, but I have found a decent place to live and the surrounding is pretty nice. More importantly, a good church community. Things aren’t easy now, but I can’t complain. I got it good.
This is my concern every December…
Today I was shopping at Costco. Costco is one of the happiest places on earth for me. I was free sampling and buying things in bulk. But as I turned a corner on the aisle, I saw Christmas gift wrap, ribbons, decoration lights on sale. What the hell is going on?
It’s August and Christmas stuff is out? We haven’t even hit the other upcoming holidays yet in Halloween and Thanksgiving. And now our commercialism tells us to prepare for Christmas?
It was right then and there in Costco that I realized that I had to quit Christmas.
Actually, it’s been five years since I’ve been toying with the idea of giving up Christmas. I had worried for so long about people forgetting about Jesus that every time December rolls around, I see less Jesus and more consumption.
Filed under Faith, Holiday