Saturday, January 23, 2021
Friday, August 28, 2020
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Some of my friends here are surprised that I have experience racism first hand. Yes I have, I've been jumped, punched in the face, called Gook, Long Duck Dong, Zipperhead and it all goes back to intent, one of my best friends still calls me Zip with love and I don't mind in the least (please don't call any other Asians that!)
What I do mind is getting judged by the surface of my skin, know what? I grew up in a rural town in Arizona, I was born in another town in AZ. I learned how to cope, since joining the military, I have met folks from all over the world and all walks of life. I have made friends with homeless folks and people who run companies.
Know what? We are all human, we are all insecure, different colors, viewpoints, different answers and in the end we all die.
Please, stop hating people for dumb reasons like skin color or appearance. Instead, use something important like actions. Each one of us is a story, perhaps it's time to do some self editing to improve what the world reads.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Friday, November 11, 2016
The bride grew up in northern California and her group of buddies from high school was like a rainbow of races and religions, a Hindu, a Muslim, a ginger, with the same in sexual orientations. From grade school, her best friend was a Hispanic. The idea of KKK or discrimination was a something that was done in the past or someplace else.
Myself, I grew up in rural Arizona and was the only Asian in my graduating class and did have my share of bullying. An example, we had a substitute teacher one day and he was a Vietnam vet and looking back, I think I game him flashbacks because he would stare at me and tell me stories about his buddies being tortured by gooks (I hadn't seen Full Metal Jacket yet so I had no idea what he was talking about other than this adult hated me for some reason).
I came from a society that was foreign to what my wife grew up in and when I came to California after joining the military, I realized that I liked how people were treated much better than the crap I grew up with.
Now with this election cycle, I have grew up with both types of people who are alien to each other, many of those from my childhood couldn't have imagined that a black man or a woman would ever be president. My wife's crowd, it was just expected to happen one day.
Between the two, they can't understand why the other makes the choice they do. Myself, I lean more her way but I can see the other way. Right now at this moment, our government isn't a smooth running machine, there is constant bickering, obstructionists for no good reason other than that they are the other party.
As your lowest of lowly new employees, my very humble words of advice are this. While I didn't vote for you, I hope you can be the fox in the hen house and clean up some of the lack of efficiency that we currently have. Both houses are on your side now, don't screw up and if you want to keep the other side the peace, dont take away freedoms that were dearly needed. Secretly, I think you come to the table with your own agenda that has nothing to do with the platform you ran and if you had used it, it might have had a broader appeal instead of the party line you sort of followed. You're a loud bombastic guy, I'm hoping that whatever big dream that you are chasing is for the good and you don't keep it hidden for long.
You have the power now, wield it wisely and step back when it's emotion guiding your actions and wait until the statesman mantle is back in place.
Also, please don't fire me, I like keeping a roof over my wife and daughter's head.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
If you have visited the blog before, you know we are utter nerds. River is a badass in both the Firefly and Doctor Who universe and we want our daughter will grow in a land of endless possibilities without limits. The human race is at the cusp of something greater in the next hundred years, we have to be ready for change to come and move forward and embrace it. Not turn away, I want to install that sense of wonder into her operating system. She’s the future of my little corner of the world.
I want to give it all to her on a platter, teach her to love life, be kind to others and never stop asking why.
Oh, and we have a baby registry on Amazon.
Juniper's Baby Registry
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
The longer version is the 4 months prior to my retirement, we were living in housing and searching for the proper house, good location, good price per square foot and something that we would both enjoy. That search took a while and we finally set our eyes on a house that was about to go into default and paid 50 thousand less than the prior owner. It did need some work but it held out the water, the location was great and it had a nice fenced back yard which the dogs have enjoyed greatly.
There was a 3 month wait while the house closed and during that time, we made good use out of the Tardis camper and the A-frame that I picked up at an auction a year earlier for $450, word of advice, neither are suited for long term camping during a rainy winter in the northwest, they did keep us dry (mostly) but with the extreme humidity and warm bodies occupying them, they did get moldy and musty. Now both need extensive remodels with much of the wood in the A-frame replaced. The Tardis was actually okay because I had already replaced everything but the Tacoma it lives on has a blown head gasket.
I applied for the job at the local naval hospital in August and didn’t hear back till mid-October which caused a bit of stress because I had also applied for other jobs all over and had no idea where we were going to end up. So, I settled on the familiar and didn’t go after an exciting career starting something new. At the hospital, I took over many of the duties that have always caused the department problems, retiring of medical records, supply and being a continual presence in records.
Ten months into my retirement, the bride is working at the local library and says it’s the best job she’s ever had. I have finally got a handle of everything at work, doing supply properly is no joke, it would be much easier if they had an Amazon time of system and supply clerks didn’t have to fight for every dollar spent but I think I’ve finally reached a nice balance. My mom sold her restaurant and finally retired and in that process, she bought me and the bride an Alaskan cruise and right now, during which time I wrote this post and am now getting around to posting.
Yes, I’m slacking on my writing, inspiration is hard to come by when life is treating you alright. Life is amazingly good, have a house we love, still married to the girl of my dreams and all of the bills are getting paid, you can’t ask for much more.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Friday, September 06, 2013
The bride has been talking about wanting to go to Glacier National Park for years and now that we live in Washington, it's just a hop, skip and a jump. Taking a week of leave, checking out the sights and taking a bunch of pictures. Also get a chance to test out the Tardis camper, hopefully Neal (my Toyota Tacoma with 274 thousand miles) can handle the trip and we don't get eaten by bears getting ready for winter.
I'm also testing out my EC tech bluetooth keyboard that I picked up off Amazon for 13 bucks with the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 with Evernote. Blogging light. Too bad I can't use this to upload my pictures from my camera but I do like the Photoshop touch, which does work on the Kindle. You upload the pictures up to Adobe and from there you can edit them on the Kindle.
Enough with geek speak, I'm still here and alive. Have a year of left of this canoe club and then need to find out what I'm going to do when I grow up.