Thursday, September 23, 2004 

Softball: It doesn't get better than winning

The Crack Pandas won their first playoff game for the summer season. We won 23-22. It was awesome! I have never wanted to win a game more in my life. Everybody was talking so much 'shit'. The umpire was making bad calls. The catcher placed the bat in front of me to try to trip me up and then he threw the ball at me. But I got the last laugh as we won. They wanted the win just as much as I did. Despite all the 'shit' talking that they did, nothing feels better than beating them. I love winning! It doesn't get better than this!

Monday, September 13, 2004 

Watching The Benefactor

Rule #1: You don't have a second chance to make a first impression.

Interesting rule. It makes me think about how I've interacted with new people that I meet. These are words to live by from a self-made billionaire.

So the more I think about how I'm going to live the rest of my life - the more I think about starting my own business. I think I have an idea of how to go forward, but making the leap is going to be tough. I do know that I need to save a little more cash. Furthermore, I need to make a sound business plan. Marking this day, I will have a solid business plan by November 1, 2004.

Sunday, September 12, 2004 

Back to reality

So I flew in from Auckland on Saturday, 9/11. Yes, it was 9/11 (kinda' scary, but that's a different subject all together). Anyways, I didn't sleep on the flight back just b/c the time of the flight was aligned with Auckland time. I got back and did my normal weekend routine of errands, cooking, calling Mom & Dad and catching up with a friend or two.

So just before I got back, I went skydiving. Going up in single-engine Cessna was a little scary. I jumped about 10500 feet (it was supposed to be 12000, but I didn't complain). I was getting nauscious on the way up. After I jumped I thought I could hold my stomach until I landed, but it I didn't. I threw up twice (the first one was all over my jump suit). However, it was fun and it was something that I needed to cross off my list. I think the bungey jump was a little scarier, but the skydive was definitely fun too. The 20 sec freefall was crazy. I was in total shock at the beginning, but once I realized what was going on I really enjoyed it.

Now I'm back to reality. I see the next few weeks to be really busy. Hopefully I won't have to travel. As exciting as it may be to go to Italy or some other foreign land, I do enjoy sitting back at home.

P.S. The famous actress that I saw at the Chocolate Fish in Wellington, NZ was Naomi Watts - future actress of King Kong (Christmas 2005). She's the blonde girl in the stripped shirt on the left-hand side of the picture (yeah, I know it could be anybody, but trust me):

Monday, September 06, 2004 

Greatings from New Zealand

It's been an awesome few days. I've finally made it down to New Zealand. From 9/1-9/6 I stayed in Queenstown where I did 2 Bungee jumps, rafting, 2 snowboarding trips and a bus tour of Milford Sound. I also met some cool people like my roommate Tom and Jason of the UK.

I am in Wellington today where I did a bus tour of the city. I saw the actress from the new King Kong movie (I'll look up her name later). I didn't take a picture of her because the bus driver didn't want me to make a scene.

The trip has been so fun (even by myself). I'm still considering whether or not I want to do this for an extended period of time, but these little trips give me a good insight. I'm gotten a lot of feedback from my fellow backpackers about the pros & cons of backpacking for 1 year or longer. I'm still undecided, but I will have to do some serious thinking when I get back.

I'm off to Auckland tonight. On 9/8 I will take a bus to Waitomo Caves & Rotorua. On 9/9 I will take a bus back to Auckland. On 9/10 I will do my skydive and hopefully watch the NFL kickoff game. Hopefully at that time I can finally understand the meaning of vacation as all of my goals would have been met. =)