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Custom Tony La Russa Oakland Athletics bobblehead

Before and after.

This was something I had thought about for some time but never got to it. But after the two-year hiatus, I got an old Tony La Russa Cardinals bobblehead and converted it into what he wore when managing the A’s.

From the socks to the uniform, I think I captured it well. It wasn’t an easy conversion but I am happy with what I ended up with.

One issue I did encounter was that the head fell off. I don’t have any glue so I will glue it back on later.

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Custom Jim Johnson Oakland Athletics bobblehead

The before and after.

After a two-year hiatus, I have returned to paint bobbleheads. I had planned this for a while but since I moved to LA, I didn’t bring any of my bobblehead tools, which basically meant i didn’t paint.

But with the A’s picking up Jim Johnson, I decided to paint his bobblehead. He didn’t start off well but I think he’s going to get it right soon.

The process for this was simple. Dremel sand off all the logos I didn’t want to keep. I gave a quick white coating to the entire thing before I started painting it. The gallery will show the progression of it.

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Uncertainty again!

I think one of the craziest things about my career is that it’s ever changing. Whether or not it’s my position or the assignments I do, it’s always changing. Most times these things are unpredictable but that’s what I love about my job. It’s not your M-F, 9-5 kind of deal. Every day is different. The hours are different. It’s fun.

So I sit here wondering what is my next step. I’ve gotten real far and I know I got the skills. But where do I go from here? I think that maybe I’ll figure it out soon. But until then, I know where I stand and where I’ll go.

To be continued and onward and upward. Life’s good because God is good.

BTW, I can’t wait to head back to the Bay this weekend. Oh yeah!!!

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In one month, my bobblehead project is revived with Jim Johnson

In one month I’ll get my supplies back and I’ll work on this. I hope by then we’ll officially know his number so I can paint it on.

This might feature that new green alt and cap. We’ll see.

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The Sochi no toilet paper flushing is part of weird Asian culture

When I moved out of the dorms my sophomore year, one of my roommates told me he doesn’t flush toilet paper. He throws it in the trash. I never made sense out of it. He’s Chinese.

When I moved to my current living situation, this sign is on the wall next to the toilet. The landlady is Chinese. I have never followed her instructions and her toilet has never clogged because of toilet paper.

I never understood it. It can’t be for reasons not to clog the toilet because toilet paper is designed to flush without clogging. It’s soft tissue that doesn’t harden with water. And putting my toilet paper in the trash after I ate a burrito? You’ve got to be kidding me. That would smell.

Don’t give me the old pipes thing because where I’ve lived before, those pipes are capable of handling it. And for the accommodations in Sochi, if they’re using old pipes, that’s just irresponsible.

But this must be an Asian culture thing because apparently the Olympics in Sochi are all about it. This is stupid. People are silly. Toilet paper doesn’t clog toilets. It’s probably biodegradable too.

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Almost got to 400 on the tank

I own a 2011 Corolla. I filled my tank to the max after a malfunctioning pump in Lost Hills, CA. Today, I almost cracked 400 miles before the light went on. Pretty sweet.

I don’t know if I’ll ever get anywhere near that again. But for Isabella, she did real good. Real good.

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2013 in review for my blog

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Uh Oh, SpaghettiOs: Company Pulls Pearl Harbor Tweet


Branding gone wrong.

Originally posted on NewsFeed:

Corporations should know it’s best to leave American tragedies out of marketing promotions (see AT&T’s 9/11 blunder), but apparently Campbell’s soup brand SpagettiOs thought it would be okay honor the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor by featuring a cartoon noodle with its tongue hanging out, proudly holding the American flag. Good idea? Bad idea.


Social media fired back with an outpour of criticism from folks who found the ad distasteful and disrespectful. The brand has since pulled the tweet and issued an apology.

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The story of my fascination with JFK’s assassination


My JFK story.

Originally posted on But at the end of the day...:

John F. Kennedy

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and even though I was born more than two decades after the incident, the event itself still resonates with me.

I know that even though I didn’t live through it, something about it still captures me about it. it isn’t just the incident itself, but the aftermath of it and how it still affects us today.

Am I a conspiracy theorists that thinks Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone? Was it an inside job? Did the driver shoot JFK? I don’t know. And that adds on to the fascination with me.

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10 random facts about Sam

Costco is king.

Just for fun, here are 10 random facts about me. Some you may know, some you may not.

  1. I have a slight phobia of mirrors.
  2. I can sing along to every track of Avril Lavigne’s debut album.
  3. UHF is the greatest movie of all time and I can recite the entire script!
  4. My car’s name is Isabella.
  5. I currently have two ideas for a book that I plan to write. One of them involves cake.
  6. Red is my least favorite color.
  7. My last meal would be mac & cheese.
  8. I’ve owned and wear the same pair of glasses since 2004.
  9. I know the free sample schedule at Costco. I go there, load up for a free meal.
  10. I’ve seen every episode of Desperate Housewives.

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