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10 years ago: 19 years old, I was already working for Acer America as a technical support engineer; I was just about to be promoted to the online services department.

Five years ago: 24 years old, I don’t know it yet, but my marriage is about to be over and I’m in Hawai’i with my soon-to-be ex and her family. I love it there so much I actually try to find a way to stay. Maui is amazing.

1 year ago: 28 years old, Just got done with the Best Weekend Evar 2004.


5 snacks I enjoy:
1. Wheat Thins
2. Red Vines
3. Nestle Flipz
4. Kit Kats
5. baby carrots

5 artists that I know the lyrics of most of their songs:
1. Frank Sinatra
2. Tony Bennett
3. aiko
4. the brilliant green
5. puffy

5 things Iā€™d do with $100 million:
1. Give half to .
2. Give my mother, father, grandmother, , and $200K each.
3. Pay off debt.
4. Buy a modest home in San Francisco and New York.
5. Make happy.

5 locations Iā€™d like to run away to:
1. San Francisco.
2. Seattle.
3. Kyoto.
4. Sapporo.
5. Vancouver.

5 bad habits I have:
1. Biting my lips.
2. Starting projects and not finishing them.
3. Apparently… flirting.
4. Being a packrat.
5. Laughing inappropriately.

5 things I like doing:
1. Watching baseball.
2. Writing.
3. Playing video games.
4. Curling up with a good book.
5. Watching a movie or television.

5 things I would never wear:
1. Spandex
2. Makeup
3. Earrings
4. Anything that would require puncturing a hole on my body.
5. high heels.

5 TV shows I like:
1. The West Wing
2. Scrubs
3. Friends
4. Family Guy
5. Law & Order

5 movies I like:
1. Ocean’s Eleven
2. The Examination for Lieutenant
3. High Fidelity
4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
5. Serenity

5 famous people Iā€™d like to meet:
1. Aaron Sorkin
2. Joss Whedon
3. Dorothy C. Fontana
4. Herman Wouk
5. W. E. B. Griffin

5 favorite toys:
1. Laptop
2. Xbox
3. Cell Phone
4. PS2
5. Gamecube

Twenty-Eight: Update for January 1st

On my birthday, I wrote up ten resolutions that I wanted to follow. As many of you know, I do resolutions on my birthday, not January First. So, for those of you who did not sit at the cool kids’ table, here’s the list and some updates:

1) I resolve to remain single for at least six months from April 1st.
2) I resolve to remain single for at least six months from April 1st.
3) I resolve to remain single for at least six months from April 1st.
4) I resolve to do more upper body work so I can lose some flub.
5) I resolve to get out more.
6) I resolve to finish Knight Commander by Christmas.
7) I resolve to return to school this fall.
8) I resolve to move to the city (or nearby) by September.
9) I resolve to find another career to shift into that is as lucrative as my current line of work.
10) Finally, I resolve to be present at at least four baseball games per month for the rest of this season.


1) I resolve to remain single for at least six months from April 1st.
2) I resolve to remain single for at least six months from April 1st.
2) I resolve to remain single for at least six months from April 1st.
I’m still single and I intend to remain so for as long as I can manage.

4) I resolve to do more upper body work so I can lose some flub.
I lost twenty-three pounds, on top of the 50 I lost before my birthday.

5) I resolve to get out more.
Done so many times over. šŸ™‚

6) I resolve to finish Knight Commander by Christmas.
Okay, so this one definitely didn’t happen. In fact, the only progress I really made on this book was getting the outline completed, which in itself is a major step but nowhere near completing the book. I will have to update this to read that I resolve to finish the book by my next birthday.

7) I resolve to return to school this fall.
There was literally no time or money to devote to school last year. It sucked, because I saw my friends from college in various places, and all of them were telling me how awesome Japanese 6 was. Damn it. I wanted to finish my Japanese classes, too! I’ll have to see about spring quarter, for sure.

8) I resolve to move to the city (or nearby) by September.
If Todd had a decent paying job to be able to afford to move out, I would have done this by September, but it just wasn’t going to happen with all the various bills and things. It’ll take some serious cash to move me to the city, but at least now that Todd’s job at PG&E is becoming certain, that’s a possibility by August.

9) I resolve to find another career to shift into that is as lucrative as my current line of work.
Still working on this.

10) Finally, I resolve to be present at at least four baseball games per month for the rest of this season.
It was a shitload of fun to do this. I love baseball so much, and being able to go to all those games just reminded me how much I’m in love with this game. Of course, now that it’s winter, I’ve realized I’m going through withdrawals, and I’ve been playing MVP Baseball on my Xbox almost every day, now. It’s more fun if you substitute all the real players with you and your friends, and some anime characters. is the best closer in the game right now. MVP needs to allow me to create women players, too.

And there you have it. šŸ™‚

Back in a Groove (but not really)

After getting everything off of my chest, it seems as though some of the burden I’d been carrying allowed me to sort of carry on a little better than I had previously. I spent most of the day literally vegging out, playing EverQuest with Jody all day and all night, until finally I went all bleary eyed and decided to play some Crimson Skies on the Xbox.

A sidenote about Crimson Skies: If you own an Xbox and you’re looking for a good all-around game that has both a great single player campaign as well as an awesome array of multiplayer options, then look no further. I wanted to finish the campaign on the single player side first, but I’ve already been dipping into the multiplayer part of the game and have been having a lot of fun with it. Not to mention that the community for Xbox Live has been pretty well-behaved, given the scope of personalities out there on the internet. Even when stomp, people are pretty gracious about it and have fun, which is the fucking point. I get pissed off when people get so competative as to be angry when they lose and ruin the game by being egomaniacs. There’s always someone better than you out there, no matter what. It’s a vicious circle.

Had a couple of friends come over tonight, as well, though my vegging all day did not really allow me to be as sociable as I would like to be. Following a crappy Halloween night, where only two people showed out of the five that said they would be there to hang out, I was really feeling like Saturday was just a bad day altogether. I didn’t go anywhere, I stayed home all day and just spread myself out over a chair and did my impression of a bump on a log. It felt good and I didn’t want to have to do anything anyway.

Today’s Anime Selection: Video Girl Ai

I finished Initial D: Second Stage, and all I can say about it is that I started playing that Tokyo Street Racing game on the PS2 again. Initial D is an amazing anime series, and I did enjoy it enough to start being a little more observant about cars and street racing. Not that I consider myself an expert, but Initial D’s technical stuff was pretty accurate, according to my dad. My father is an amateur mechanic, but he rebuilt his old 1972 Mustang, so I’m inclined to go with his opinion on cars. In fact, we got so into it, that both of us started playing that racing game, and he was pointing out the gear shift timing problems on the car I was using. It’s pretty cool when I can share anime with my dad, who’s not really into it to begin with.

Today, though, I sat down and watched Video Girl Ai for the millionth time. Eh, I needed something weepy and sappy for today, not to mention that I reread all the mange I had for that series last night while I was at work…

The Quest for my Field of Dreams

I bought a Sony PlayStation way back in mid-1995, with a couple of games. Prior to that I owned the Sega Master System (SMS), the original 8-bit Nintendo, then an SNES. When I bought the PSX, it was like stepping into a whole other world for me as far as console gaming was concerned. As with the other consoles, I always loved and enjoyed the baseball games they made. With the Nintendo, I couldn’t get enough of the Nintendo-released Baseball(tm), or R.B.I Baseball, or Bases Loaded. For the SNES, it was Ken Griffey Baseball. So for the PlayStation, I had one choice: Triple Play Baseball ’97. It came out just before spring training in 1996, and I loved it to death. Todd used to play this one game called Baseball All-Stars, and it had this option to create your own players. TPB did the same thing, and it captured the whole arcade feel that some of the baseball games for the PC had lost. The PC games tended to be a little more clinical than fun, often just being fantasy league simulators with the option of watching full games played out, like Baseball Mogul.

TPB 97 was followed by 98. 98’s version improved several features but retained most of the game that I loved. 99 was the same thing, and 2000 was amazing. Then, in 01, things started to suck. 2002 I didn’t even bother buying, as it had taken it to moving a cursor around this stupid little box in order to get a proper hit. You couldn’t even be bothered with the feel of actually swinging the bat anymore, not the way I was used to. In the other games, you moved the directional pad a certain way, you swung the bat and off you went. Now, with the newer games, you must move your bat into position and then swing, instead of changing bat position on the fly. I felt too removed from the gameplay for it to be enjoyed.

Now that I have a PS2, I’ve been looking for a decent baseball game to play. I bought the 2002 TPB but it blew chunks, so I traded it back in for store credit and I picked up High Heat Baseball 2003. Everything that Triple Play lost, High Heat made up for. Gone is the stupid cursor, and they enhanced the aftertouch on pitching to make those curves a little curvier, or the knuckleball almost insanely wicked. I love this game, it just returned to me all the cool features I loved about all my early baseball games. Also, it does allow me to create players, so now I have this roster of players made up of nothing but anime characters!

I’m taking this team to the series!