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AAJA’s #V3con was an experience I will cherish forever

Samuel:

My journalism life.

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

The Japanese American National Museum was my weekly home for almost two months. It’s a great place.

During the time between my departure from the NFL Network and my arrival at Yahoo, I was looking for something to do to occupy my time. I think that for me, I just wanted to stay connected. I wanted to stay fresh. I needed to really make myself useful.

Thanks to a suggestion of a friend, I got connected with the Asian American Journalists Association. This was a group that I had always known about. But because their meetings were far away and I was a poor college student back then, I never gave it much thought. I always thought that I would learn my way through my field in journalism without them. And so far, I was right.

But now that I am in Los Angeles and they have an LA chapter…

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Tears of a Clown

Vaseline on my cheek, wipe off the white

Just me and the mirror under the small light

Another day gone by in front of the crowd

They kept chanting my name oh so loud

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Thank God for making me a writer. I know I am good

Over the past month, I have had two people ask me for their help in reviewing and editing their papers for school. One of them asked me to edit several short papers and to ensure that the message portrayed is understandable. He got a 95%.

The other is my foreign housemate who writes about medical studies. Last week he asked me to edit his 17-page paper and in exchange on his own accord without telling me, got me desserts. I have no idea what half of the words he said in the paper but he told me he got 100% on it.

That brings me joy, that something I am good at is something people believe in me enough to put their schoolwork in my hands. Awesome!

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Lois

Can you read my mind?

Do you know what I’m thinking of? There’s so much going on in my mind right now. I’m not sure how all of this is possible. Only yesterday did you come into my life and swoop me from the sky. This can’t be real. How can a man catch me in mid-air with one arm and catch a helicopter in another? Am I dreaming all of this? This is probably when I should wake up from this wild fantasy.

But I can’t. You’re all I’ve been thinking of since I met you. I don’t know if you’ll ever tell me the answers to all the questions I have.

Do you know what it is that you do to me?

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Why I’m Thankful I Got a D

Samuel:

There are two people that I credit for inspiring me to become a writer. Maybe I should write to them like this person did.

Originally posted on chica and bubba:

Do you ever have those moments where you feel like you are supposed to write a letter to someone?  Maybe it’s a get well card for someone battling a nasty illness, a hello message for a friend I haven’t seen in ages, or a thank you card for a helpful neighbor.  I get those feelings quite often, but 99% of the time I just ignore them.  Maybe I can’t find the right kind of stationery, or if I could, I know I couldn’t find an address and a stamp.  I make really good excuses, and those really good notes go unwritten.

About a week ago I again had that feeling after reading the editor’s note in Real Simple magazine.  It was about thanking someone for a conversation that changed your life.  I immediately had a person in mind, but I began rationalizing that I would never find a way to…

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What’s coming up next in my life?

I'm going to two more concerts this month. One to see Chris Brown. The other to see The Game.

WOW. I cannot believe it’s already mid-October and there’s just a lot of stuff that’s on my plate… and I have to eat it all.

First, the fun stuff.

As you know, I just got back from the Lupe Fiasco concert last week. It was a great show and he did all the songs I liked… and more. This coming Saturday, I will get to see Chris Brown. I have been a Brown fan since Day 1. He makes great music and is a tremendous dancer. He is a great artist.

Of course, people want to remember him from his acts outside of his music. The Rihanna incident. The chair throwing incident. He’s a crazy guy. But I have always wanted to see him perform. I heard his concerts are wild, so let’s see how I handle all that.

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Please get your facts straight!

I am not perfect when I do my writing and stuff, but I try so hard to get my facts straight. But when the national media does it, it’s a SMH incident.

Here’s a report from NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk — notorious for having some shoddy reporting. I’ve highlighted the factual errors in their report (just in case they edit the original piece).

Here’s the original piece:

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I met one of my favorite sports writers last night and he was so nice to me

Good writer, but even greater person.

You want a feel good story from last night’s 30-7 pounding at Candlestick Park? How about a story of a 49ers writer (me) making friends with a Texans writer (John McClain).

First, let me tell you why John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is one of my favorite writers.

I first heard about McClain a few years ago when watching the NFL Network and seeing him on several “Top 10″ programs. Having been part of the Houston football community, he knew so much about the Houston Oilers. I really enjoyed his insight about Bum Phillips, “White Shoes” Johnson and all the great history of the Oilers.

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My first ever blog post for Hyphen magazine

Pretty cool magazine.

Check it out. I got in touch with Hyphen magazine when I was at Facebook a while back and needing to add some Asian-American sports touch, they asked me to write about Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.

This is the first time I’ve written for them and I plan to write a few more in the future.

Read my Spoelstra piece here.

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My awesome night with Grub Crawl

The evening's program.

I actually should have written about this earlier, but I got really busy and never got around to it.

Last Wednesday, I joined Grub Crawl in their restaurant hopping adventure. It’s like bar hopping, except it’s with food. There were three restaurants that we went to and a ballpark tour of AT&T Park afterward.

About two months ago, I met the co-founder of Grub Crawl at an SJSU alumni event. We got to talking and with my need to find other outlets to write and his site looking for some writing help, we got to talking. I was invited to last Wednesday’s tour to document and get some quotes.

I had a blast just checking out the restaurants and doing the ballpark tour (even though I’ve done it before). I got to meet new people and have great food.

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