Monday, January 23, 2006 

Recapping the weekend

Recapping the weekend

Friday
Went to happy hour and had a few beers.
Went to the gym to do some free weights (I've been so focused in on kickboxing that I havne't done free weights in a while)
Watach Finding Neverland with Stef, but I fell asleep
Played XBox online with Hiram.

Saturday
Played flag football
Cleaned up my house
Hosted a bunch of people at my house for the Manny Pacquiao fight.
- This was an interesting twist to my weekend. I was thinking there were going to be 4-5 people at my place. There ended up being 10, a few of whom I didn't even know. I guess that's what happens when you get PPV. It was unexpected, but expected.
Played XBox until 3:00am with Hiram.

Sunday
Softball practice
Watched 2 football games with Tam & Judd
Worked out again doing free weights (whoa - I may ditch kickboxing now)
Went to church
Played XBox again

Looking Forward
I need to do some essentials in the next few days such as grocery shopping, household shopping, taxes and studying for my CCNP BSCI test. Studying for Cisco tests sucks. They are really hard, but at least my brain is rotten at a slower rate.
The weekdays will be filled with the obvious studying, starting softball (up to 4 games in 2 days) again and then kickboxing.
It looks like next weekend is starting to take shape now. Hang out with the young'ins on Friday night at Santana Row, watch USF at SCU on Saturday night, go to Vallejo on Sunday, and watch SMC at SCU on Monday night.

Thursday, January 19, 2006 

Save the Bluths

I just started watching Arrested Development on DVD. It's so funny. It is scheduled to be cancelled, but the public can still persuade other TV networks to pick it up. Save the Bluths!

http://www.savethebluths.org/

Sunday, January 15, 2006 

I'm sorry Hilton workers

I partied last night at Joe's birthday in SF. Luckily I decided to stay at the Hilton down the street. (Awesome room by the way. Reminds me of London). I made it back to my room in one piece at the end of the night, but sadly the room suffered some damage due to my liquid "illness". To all the Hilton workers, I'm sorry for messing up the room. I'm sorry for making it smell bad. I'm sorry for staying several hours after check-out. It's just one of those things that happens. However, I will continue to stay at Hiltons and happily spend my company's money there.

Friday, January 13, 2006 

I'm sick, but I have to party this weekend

So I have a cough, chest congestion, my nose is stuffy and my ears have this tickling sensation whenever I try to swallow. I'm obviously sick. I blame fucking Frenchy for getting me sick in Vegas last weekend. Usually it's not a problem, but this Saturday is going to be pretty busy for me. Other than the usual game of football with the guys, I have to watch 2 NFL football games (these will have to be Tivo'd), buy a few birthday presents, go to my Uncle's birthday party, Stef's birthday party and Joe's birthday party. Luckily they're all in the San Francisco vacinity, so I can make all 3 parties. I'm staying in an SF hotel on Saturday night just so I can drink a little more without worrying about getting home. Anyways, if anybody has a cure for whatever sickness I have then please pass it on.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 

I Can't Teach Fractions

So I'm working with some kids this morning. The following questions comes up: Put the fractions in order from least to greatest - 1/4, 1/5, 1/8. Pretty simple eh?

Let's take a step back. I've been working with at-risk 3rd graders for the last 6 months and they have been improving their comprehension of reading and maths gradually. The program that I'm working on is a before-school program where the students pretty much work at their individual pace - no teaching, just hold onto your seats and hope for the best type of situation.

So getting back to the situation, I basically told this student to get the least common denominator (which for those that are little bit out of it is "40"). He said did not know what denominator was. I asked him if he knew what a numerator was - he didn't know either. Frustration started to kick in on my part. I drew pictures. I drew on his eraser to explain fractions. Nothing worked.

It really sucks for these kids where they come from messed up homes, parents who can't speak English, single parent homes, etc. I feel really bad for them. The teachers don't get a break either. They are stuck in a classroom of 30+ where they can only help 1 or 2 at a time. Somebody needs to fix this!

Any ideas on how to fix this?

BTW: In case you are wondering what I did to finish up the question... I told him the answer and we went on.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 

Zags beat the silly... again

Another NCAA season and another lost to the Zags in the conference play. One day my Broncos will regain that form it once had with Steve Nash. When that happens, I'll be there. However, I'm a fan and I'll get through these losses.

On a side note - Adam Morrison is really that good. He created his shots. Amazing!

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SCU's Most Wanted - Public Enemy #1
Adam Morrison

Sunday, January 08, 2006 

Visiting the AVN in Vegas

Here's a quick picture from the Paris hotel during my trip to the AVN's in Vegas:


Can't Touch This!

*Notice VJ in the background.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 

Returning Stuff

So I'm returning a few things after the post-Christmas shopping:
1. Spark plug cables - b/c my car's problem ended up being a bigger issue
2. Toys R Us Gift Card - b/c it was an extra gift just in case
3. DVD - b/c it was a gift and I already have it

This blog is not a gripe over the unfairness of return practies. These are all legitimate returns. I did not use the stuff. I did not break it and pass it off and a defect. I had the receipt and I returned them within the return period. I just simply did not need this stuff. This blog is to describe the feeling you get from returning the items. I feel like such a criminal. Even though the employees have no emotional attachment to the items or the business, they make you feel like it's a sin. "Why are you returning the item?" "Don't you want it?" "Why did you buy it in the first place?" "The food on my family's plate is at stake if you return this!" Okay, so these really aren't things people say, but you get the idea. Companies need to have a more liberal return policy like Costco or Nordstroms - no questions asked. If you look it up, you can actually find an urban legend of a man returning car tires to Nordstroms.

 

Happy New Years!

It's a couple of days late, but I'm wrapping up my long week(end). Let's do a little recap of what I've been up to in the last week or so:
Saturday, December 24
Played in our annual pre-Christmas Day high school bowl game. I lost for the first time ever.

Sunday, December 25
Hung out with the Teruel Family - all 13 grandchildren, 1 grandpa, and numerous uncles and aunts..

Monday, December 26-29
Flew out to Charleston, South Carolina for work. See additional blog for a little more detail. I also decided to plan a New Year's Eve party at my place.

Friday, December 30
Took an unofficial day off to catch up with life and prepare for New Year's Eve.

Saturday, December 31
Had a New Year's Eve party at my place. 11 people showed up - Joe, Eric, Toan, Jennifer, Steve, Sarah, Matt, Stef, Stef's 2 friends and me. This was a pretty cool decision - it was a lot better to hang out at home with friends and my BBQ pit.