Phoenix Trip Explanation

At almost every job that I’ve had I experienced burnout. You see in my mind being a “good” employee was taking on as much work as possible, while rarely taking any breaks and time off. What usually ends up happening is I’ll start missing out on important life events. I’ll be skipping out on celebrating many things with family and friends, while also never getting to say my goodbyes at funerals. Eventually, it’ll hit me hard that I’m being overwhelmed, and sooner or later my anxiety/depression kicks in, and now it takes an enormous amount of energy just to get out of bed.

So lately I decided to change some of my ways. The new me was going to take breaks and time off away from work as much as possible. I now don’t care how much of a “lazy” employee it makes me look like, my health and well-being is more important than anything. So with all that being said about 3 months ago I randomly started planning on a trip. I didn’t know what I was going to do, and just so happened to look up SF Giants games. At first I wanted to see if I could catch a game with them playing against the LA Dodgers or the SD Padres but those were all mid-week games. Then I found out on the weekend of July 17th-19th they would play against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

I planned out my trip as leaving early morning, arrive at Phoenix around Noon-ish, go exploring around the city, go check into the hotel, and be at the ballpark probably an hour before the game starts at 5:10pm.

Everything about the plan was pretty solid, and the only thing left for me to do was follow through with it. On the night before the trip I decided to go to bed early and get some extra sleep. What really ended up happening was I was more excited about the trip, and couldn’t sleep. I forgot what time I slept, but when I woke up, it was past 11am, and by the time I got ready and was out the door it was already Noon.

So after the late start, I was finally on the road. The drive there wasn’t too bad, and the only other delay I had was about an hour outside of Phoenix. It was about a 6 car accident caused by extremely bad weather (the accidents was so bad that they had a chopper land on the highway) . The detour probably tacked on about 45 minutes to my trip.

When I finally got to my hotel and was checked in, it was 4:45pm. I just quickly dropped everything off in my room, and left for Chase Field. I didn’t know where there stadium was exactly at, and when I saw it was located Downtown Phoenix, my mood went from “I’ll be a little late” to “I’m going to be hella late”.

Since it was Downtown, I couldn’t find any free parking at all. The only lots available to park costs $20, I didn’t have any cash on hand, and there was no convenience store around. I had to drive like 5 miles outside of town, finally came across an ATM at a 7-11, and drove all the way back to spend $20 bucks just to park, not even having made my way into the stadium yet.

I parked, and walked. It wasn’t too far, but the humidity was high. Making my way up to the stadium I kind of got nervous pulling out my ticket cause it was printed on paper instead of an actual ticket stub. I got in line, the lady scanned it, and I successfully got in.

The time was now around to 6pm. Running late, I didn’t have any time to walk around Chase Field, I immediately tried to find my seat. While I was on my way towards my section, it was a Star Wars night and I kept bumping into a bunch of Stormtroopers, Darth Vaders, and other various characters. I found it hella funny that I saw an advertisement for that themed night on one of the TVs I was passing by and the SF Giants were pictured as the Dark Side.

It was in the 4th inning when I finally reached my seat (between 1st base & away team bullpen) and there was a lady sitting in it. She was with her family, and when I asked her to please move, I saw she was kind of disappointed that I showed up because she now had to “squeeze” in with me. It was all fine because when she moved over, and I sat down, there was still plenty of space between us. I eventually started up small talk with them and found out they live in Arizona but are from Daly City, and Sacramento. We started talking more about the SF Giants seasons, and The Bay Area. Overall they’re pretty cool people.

While I was sitting and watching the game. Looking around I noticed Chase Field is kind of amazing. Really more of the retractable roof it has and how the A/C can blast pretty high and instantly get rid of the humidity. The SF Giants dominated that game, and by the 7th Inning Stretch, I decided to get up and do a small walk around. I went to the snack bar, ordered a small $1.50 hotdog (really worth it), and the $6.50 hotdog (hella NOT worth it) with a small soda on the side. I stood off in an area on the side and was just people/Star Wars character watching, it was nice.

After the game, I went back to the hotel. I was HELLA tired from driving, and being at the ballgame. I fell right asleep, but in the middle of the night I woke up with my ride side hurting pretty bad, it was to the point of where it was causing me to have a shortness of breath. I eventually fell back asleep but still woke up with the same problem. I didn’t have medical insurance at the time so I toughed it out, ate breakfast at some hole-in-the-wall diner, and drove home.

I found out it was a pinched nerve causing that problem. You know how I know? I woke up Monday morning, had a good sneeze (which I thought was going to be painful), but felt the nerve shift into where it was supposed to be and I could all of sudden breathe with no problems. It was disgustingly satisfying.

After that Phoenix trip, I felt like I needed to do more things. So, I’m going to start doing more random adventures. If it seems fun, and is a unique experience, I’ll probably do it.

Back Again, From San Diego.

I came back from San Diego with my Dad last Tuesday, and headed back on Friday, then came home with everyone (except auntie Jessie) on Sunday.

It seems the quick trip back home was to pay some bills, water the plants, and so my Dad can join in live for his fantasy football draft with his co-workers.

I’m tired of short stay travels and I have a new rule while long distance driving. If I can’t listen to what I want to listen to on the radio, then I’m not getting behind the wheel. It doesn’t mean I’ll be driving and listening to only uncensored rap songs in the car with my parents, it just means if I want to listen to 90’s, 2k pop, or whatever that’s what I’m going to do, and if I can’t well someone else is driving.

Last but not least Alzheimer’s disease is pretty scary. Hearing about it one thing but seeing someone with it is heart breaking. I’ll probably write more about it later, right now I’m too tired and about to catch up on some much needed rest.



San Diego Bound.

In about 2 hours I’m bout to head out to San Diego with the family for a week.

One of my Mom’s sisters has Alzheimer’s disease. She’s been in San Diego for about a month or so, and before that she was in Samoa. So while she’s in the states I’m pretty sure all the brothers and sisters are going to come through to help out and all catch up with each other. I smell a mini reunion is about to happen.

I haven’t had a job in awhile, and I hate to be traveling places without cash. It just sucks that when I do have a job, I’ll have money to spend but can never get any time off. It’s true, now that I think of it. I’ve never took vacation (Or wasn’t allowed to) at any of my full time jobs. At my next job before I’m about to be hired, I think I’ll let them know that I’m a guy who likes to take vacation.

Also I’ve been thinking that I might backpack someplace before I’m 30. I’m serious about doing it too.

Well, I haven’t packed yet for the trip, so I better get to it.

Sitting Back.

It’s what I felt like saying after the 49ers game at the bar. Oh well, now I’m just waiting on baseball season.

I’m also planning on traveling more. Since I’m out of debt, I’ve been stacking paper. I was thinking of catching some Giant’s games this year. Home or away it doesn’t matter.

I'm In The Bay Area!!!

My bad for all yall calling… I couldn’t afford to pickup my phone while driving cause through mountains and fog and all that, I didn’t want to risk anything…

So yeah I’m in the Bay Area and I’ll be back in Las Vegas around Monday night-ish… The computer I’m on is my cousin’s. I’m on a 56k and for some reason it’s not that bad… Well, I can’t really watch movies but for surfing, in my head I thought it would take forever, but it’s okay…

This is the Samoan-Ninja signing off… LAtEZ.

I Got The "D", Double "O", "D", Double "O", Style…

I’m sick… But yeah friday was an awesome day/night… I wish I had my camera because we (Me, Colette And Nancy) went down to some Jewish store. Where I bought a chuck-e-cheese cheese fries potato chips and a drink, had some of their chocolate candy bars that Colette bought. After that headed to a music store and was surprised to see some Mac Dre stuff like Thizzle TV and other of his albums, but I didn’t see any Mistah FAB… Then to an antique shop, where they had hella old stuff, I wanted to buy some but didn’t, it would’ve been that situation where you buy it and then after you buy it you regret that you bought it, yeah something like that… After that went to a reggae store and bought 2 CDs, one was Reggae Gold, and the other was the store clerks album he said it was good but the album was garbage… Then headed out to the Mirage where we saw dolphins, lions, tigers, cougars, llamas, swans?, a rooster and a turkey. That whole mini zoo owned by Sigefrid and Roy, yup.

After that we were supposed to eat but I had to go home and go grocery shopping… So I went shopping and ended up kickin at home for awhile, watched ATL and it was an alright movie, when it would get interesting it the movie would slow back down and then the ending kinda turned lame. They tried being deep by having some guy read a poem in the end but it sucked because the guy was hella speaking fast and he was too close to the mic because he sounded like shit…

After the movie headed out and dropped Di off at the hotel where Daniel and Pine was at… I left cause I heard that Daniel was sleeping so I met up with some friends at a pool hall and that was awesome too… Came back to the hotel to pick up Di, Daniel was up and kinda mad cause we didn’t kick it… So I parked, and we kicked it… It was funny cause we kept talking about myspace and politics… The myspace part is about this girl out of KC, Missouri(sp?) sayin she knows how The Bay is and that she knows me cause we went to school together but she doesn’t ring a bell… Then politics including pariotism, President Bush, and 9/11…

After kickin at the hotel I went home and woke up hella sick.. Called off of work and been sleeping ever since… Sore throat, light-headedness, stuffy nose, so yeah I want to go back to work ASAP… Ohh yeah and at work, when I work on cars, sometimes people gives me TIPS!!! Woot!!!… So far total tips is $7.. $5 from putting on 4 new tires on some old ass rusty truck… And then $2 for installing a battery, the guy goes “thanks, here go grab a beer after work!”

That’s been it really… I feel bad cause when I woke up sick, that day I was supposed to be kickin it with Daniel & Bear but I was sick like a mofo and didn’t want to move at all… I’m kinda better now but damn I wish I had a camera so I could take pictures but yeah next paycheck or so… This is the Samoan-Ninja signing off.. LAtEZ.