Thursday, May 30, 2013

Annoying Driving Habits

Yeah- I like to post a lot of things that bother me... or it kind of sounds like complaining..haha.  Maybe it's my attempt to create a world that caters to me.  How selfish of me!  Well, here's my list of things that bug me when I'm on the road:

1. People cutting into your lane right before the exit off ramp.
This especially annoys me when they have all the time in the world to get into that lane, and then for some reason, they HAVE TO go in front of you just to exit when there's absolutely no cars behind me.  I don't get it.  I guess it goes along with the phrase I like to use when driving- "everyone always has to be first."  I am convinced that at least 75% of drivers always has to be first in line, which leads to my next one:

2. Impatience at a red light, at your expense.
When I'm the only car at a red light, and there's a few lanes going straight, there's always the car that eventually makes it to the red light that's in the same lane as me.  And of course, they just can't stand being in the lane behind another car, so they move over into the empty lane to be right next to me.  And of course, once the light turns green, they take off, get in the lane I'm in, and then half a block down, they start signaling and turn into to gas station, only to force me to slow down, and sometimes slamming on the brakes.  All this while there's still no cars behind me.  There probably would have only been a 3 second difference if they just stayed behind me.  Again, everyone always has to be first!

3. Swinging out while making a turn.
I am still trying to figure out the reasons and the thought process of why people swing out when making a turn.  There's absolutely no need to swing out and cross into the lane next to you when making a left turn at an intersection.  There's plenty of room to make a left turn.  If that driver is worried about hitting the curb even before making the turn, then that driver shouldn't even be on the road!  That person will most-likely cause an accident with the lane next to the driver.  Even with u-turns, when there's plenty of room to turn into, still no need to!

oh and believe me- there's plenty more, but these are my top ones that bug me.... maybe I should just take public transportation :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

small helpful item

Another little cheap thing I've found..

If you're into lotions and all those things without the chemicals, a simple and cheap solution is going to Target where the travel products are.. and find a little jar of Vaseline.  Use that as lotion.. for only a little over $1.  And to me personally, it actually feels better than using lotions.  Maybe petroleum jelly is better..?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Past Post from a site that shut down 4- Why 35?

From 9/29/12

Why the number 35?
Here's why..
Since I was a child, I always wanted to have a favorite number.  I wanted a number that had a meaning or significance behind it.  But I never really had any number to consider because I wanted to have a unique number.  The number 3 would be an easy one because I'm a third child, or the number 6 because it's the day of my birthday.  Too common of a thing..
It wasn't until, high school or college (can't remember exactly) when I gave in to a "common" reason for having a favorite number.  I went with sports athletes.
So who may have worn the wonderful number of 35 you may ask?
Right around that time is when I starting playing ice hockey, and I realized that I loved to play the position of goalie.  Yes, people say you have to be crazy to play goalie, so go ahead, call me crazy!  I love it!  Well, at that time, the San Jose Sharks goalie was Evgeni Nabokov, so naturally, he is who I love to watch, and his number was 35.  Years, later, it got changed to number 20 when Vesa Toskala took 35.  But it does seem to be a common hockey goalie number.  With no further explanation, number 35 became the number of my choice, and that's what I went with from then on out.  It also turned out that one of my favorite SF Giants players at the time was SS Rich Aurillia who also sported number 35.  I think he was having his career year that season.  That just made the number even better!  
So there you have it- the number thirty five.  Not your typical "3" or "7" but it works for me!

Past Post from a site that shut down 3- Those Little Things

From 10/1/12

You know how there's always those little small things in the day that bother you, but by the end of the day, you totally forget what they are?  Well, I'm going to attempt to capture those little bothers..  Let's see what we come up with!
-web browsers:
They seem enjoy causing problems with inconsistencies.  
Chrome- I edit an email one way, but once it gets sent, it totally formats it another way.  It was what I always used cause it seemed to be fastest, but the editing and everything must have been skipped in trying to make it faster.
Firefox- Too many updates!  It seems like almost once a week, there's update that causes you to just sit there for a few minutes.. updating... updating..
Internet Explorer- May be my go-to browser.  I know in the past, it's been a lot slower and there was too many extra features which slowed it down.
If there's anything that's ever proven itself unreliable, it would be technology.
You would think that as years go by and as technology advances, it would become more reliable and simple things would be easier.  For example, think of a Microsoft Windows OS.  I'm now using Windows 7, which waaaay far along from when it first started.  YET, you're still not allowed to rename a file just because the file is open.  How terrible is that!  We've come so far along in the world of technology yet we're not allowed to rename a file just because it's opened.  That's inconvenient.
Another one, I just tried opened up an app on my iphone and it just did the OS update.  Now the app lags.  I thought updates were supposed to help!  Now it's pretty much a useless app.
Inconsistencies again, really deflates a person's enjoyment of technology.
Don't you just hate it when things always happen in bunches!  As soon as I sit down to eat lunch in the cafeteria, someone walks in, needing my help with something, while getting a call on my work phone, and someone texting me on my personal phone.  Yup, happens all the time.  While the whole morning, it's absolutely calm with no one.  Yet at lunch time, everyone decides to contact you.
-flies and bugs:
Nothing else really needs to be said about that...
..except for those pesky spider webs!  Why does it seem like I always run into them?!  Even when there's someone in front of me, I somehow still manage to get a spider web on me.  One of those mysteries in life, I guess.
I guess that's enough for one day.. So many little things can happen in one day!

Past Post from a site that shut down 2- SF Giants Victory Celebrations

From 11/2/12

In 2010, when the Giants won the world series, I was on a cruise to Mexico.  It was great because there were a good amount of Giants fans gathered in a lounge room, and actually there were Giants fans scattered all throughout the ship watching on different television sets.  But for me and my group of friends, we were in a lounge, floating on the Pacific Ocean.  There was an excitement in the ocean air and sure enough, the Giants won that clinching game and we celebrated on the ship.  It was a great moment!  We celebrated on a ship in the Pacific Ocean, heading away from the country which where the World Series was held.

In 2012, when the Giants won the world series, I was able to watch up to the 9th inning at home.  I was hoping the game would have ended by the 9th because I knew I had a hockey game at night.  Just my luck, the game was tied after the 9th and I had to take off to Oakland to get ready for my game.  As I was listening to the 10th in the car, of course, that's when the Giants' Scutaro knocked in the game-winning run.  So immediately I was thinking I had to hurry up and get to the rink because they have a TV inside and of course they'd be showing it.  I'm now heading toward the parking lot of the rink and I noticed there's lots of cars in the area, and then saw a sign that said "FULL" in front of the lot.  GREAT!! Now I had to find street parking.  I circled and circled the area and couldn't find a single spot to park.  I believe it was around 10 to 15 minutes that has now passed and I finally just end up parking in a store parking lot.  Funny thing is that it was closed and the area has been strict with parking, but as I was getting my gear out of my car, I saw a worker in the store.  We made contact and I pointed to the ground as if to say "can I park here?"  And he gives me the nod.  Alright!  So I hurry up to the rink which is now about a two block walk.  I knew the Tigers were batting and just got two outs.  I cross a couple of streets and make it toward the entrance of the rink.  As I'm a few steps from stepping into the doors, I hear the huge roar of "YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHH!"  from all over the place.  It was the stangest cheer I've heard because across the rink, there's an appartment, probably about 7 stories or so, and the street isn't that wide, so sound carries everywhere.  The cheer was like an outdoor, surround sound yell.  In some ways, it was kind of neat to be outside listening to that.  There must have been a ton of Giants fans living in Oakland and that area.  The downside is that I missed the final out by a few steps.  I walk inside and get to see the celebration on TV about 15 seconds after they won it.  I celebrated in the hockey rink I play at.  The Giants and hockey- what a great combination! :)

Past Post from a site that shut down 1- Useful Items For A Buck!

From 11/7/12

Shopping at the Dollar Tree (the store with the green tree).  It's convenient and nice if you can find the right things.  So far, the worst things in the Dollar Trees are the always seemingly long lines, which I really don't understand because isnt' everything a dollar?  Are people asking for price checks on items?!  Anyways, I know items sold aren't exactly the best quality by far, but there's still some items that can be of some use.  Here's my list of those things..
-duct tape
You may not get a lot from a roll sold at a dollar store, but if you just need some for a quick fix, go here.  It's a little thinner than most popular brands, but especially for things like art projects or something not heavy duty, dollar store is your place!
-safety goggles
Believe it or not, the dollar store cares about your eyeballs!  For simple protection this litle piece of plastic will at least protect your eyes from paint, water, or other non-high powered things.. and believe it or not, they're pretty comfortable and it slightly wraps around your head.
-drop cloths
I saw plastic drop cloths to cover a good amount of area if you're going to work on a messy project.  In a regular hardware store, you may find one drop cloth to be 3 to 5 dollars, but one for a dollar.  I'm on it!
-plastic table cloths
I learned this from being in Hong Kong.  Over in HK, they line the table with a plastic lining (similar to the plastic drop cloth).  If you're having a party, then looks don't matter.  Drop a plastic table cloth on and it makes clean up sooooo much easier.  Just roll it up and dump.  Done!
-foil pans
These can be useful for anything that's not heavy.  Probably wouldn't want to use it if you need to hold a bunch of baked potatoes or anything like that, but if you're holding things like salad or something lighter, might as well get it for a buck!
Believe it or not, how can a hammer really "break" on you.  If you need simple tools, check them out.  If you're thinking about the more finer-detailed tools (such as eyeglass screwdrivers or a philips screwdriver) where there's more intricate parts, then just be sure to take a careful look at it and make sure it looks okay.  Other useful items may be like rope, string, or even a small dustpan with broom (about 6" long).  That thing has helped me clean up my counters quite quickly.

Things That Bug Me...

What are some things that bug me?..

1. When people add the phrase "may or may not" or "can or can not".
For example, when someone says.. "Thanks for the invite to the party! I may or may not make it."  That doesn't help explain anything at all!

2. My terrible memory.  Why can't I remember things.. sometimes.  

3. I can't remember what #3 was...