Alcatraz Trip

February 18th thru the 22nd I took a late Birthday vacation to San Francisco.

It’s been awhile since I flew in an airplane. I actually got lucky with both flights cause I got to sit next to window (No squishing anyone).

Anyways, you’re probably thinking why I went to the Bay Area (cause I’m usually there a couple of times every year). Well, it’s basically because I won’t be visiting San Francisco for a while. I’ve decided that from here on out I’m going to use my vacation to visit cities I’ve never been to. So before I stop going to The Bay, why not take one more trip to see Family and also visit Alcatraz.

The only downside of the trip was the weather. It rained hard and it caused us to cancel visiting a couple of spots but overall It was still a good trip.

I’ll post pictures later.

Here And There

March, April, and May I’ve been hella busy.

So busy that I haven’t had any time to update this website. Remember when I said I was going to start with the intention of living a healthy work/life balance? Well life problems kept knocking on my door and I had to handle those issues with doing a bunch of overtime at work. Oh well, them’s the breaks, time to bring you up to speed.

At the end of March & the beginning of April took a couple trips to Arizona to see RJ throw shotput and discus. The first trip we were rollin’ deep with hella family members, and the second trip we took my Auntie Nellie. Both were fun quick turnaround trips, but is was all just too short.

April 2nd, I bought my first car. It’s a used 2005 white Dodge Magnum… Then on April 29th my engine blew up and because of that unfortunate event I had to take out another loan (which put me new car territory debt), and work every Saturday in May… I didn’t get my car back till around May 16th, and it’s been running smooth since. On another note, I kind of named my car FN-2187 or Finn and been thinking about getting my license plate that says TikFury, it’s a serious idea too.

Also in the middle of April, I took a trip down to the Bay Area with my parents for my Auntie To’oa 1 year funeral anniversary. Usually when I go to the Bay Area I usually hang out with my cousins house out in Richmond, but this time I figured I better stick close to my parents and start going to the events I came down for. Overall it was a good memorial and seeing all the family I haven’t seen in a while was very welcoming.

Now that financially I’m in a good position, I can take some small breaks here and there. I mean making money is great BUT 50 hour work weeks to me aren’t. It’s a burnout to me but I had to do what I had to do to stay afloat on these bills. It also hella helps that I live with my parents. One day I’ll get my ass up out of here again.

Well, that pretty much wraps up what the hell I’ve been doing lately and for future plans I’m trying to take a vacation out of this country sometime this year, maybe even cross an item off my bucket list. Only time can tell.

Later.

The Catch Up

Ugh. I really need to stop procrastinating on making blog posts. Lots of stuff has happened since my last update, and now I wish I posted each time those events were happening while it was all fresh in my head. Oh well, the only pictures and videos I have are of my San Francisco trip, that’s good enough I guess. Anyways, here’s what happened to me so far.

In August, I was in Jerry’s wedding. Everything went perfect… Well, everything except for ONE thing. I’m being really “biased” on this because it had to do with me. You see I was given the task of the “Best Man Speech” without being the Best Man. About 2 weeks before the wedding I would jot down different ideas and whatnot. Fast forward to the actual wedding, I had a bunch of scribbled up notes, and in the heat of the moment I said “Fuck it” and winged the whole thing. If you asked me how it went, the replay in my head has me standing for 10 minutes saying “Uhhhh”. I’m probably hella judging it really harshly, I bet it’s really not ALL that bad… You know what? Scratch that, my speech hella sucked. If you’re ever in that position please prepare WAY ahead of time. Well at least I can say the speech I gave qualified as an item on my Bucket List. I’ll go ahead and cross off “Address a speech to at least a hundred people”. It didn’t have to be a good speech, just A speech haha. (There is a video of my speech, and NO, I’m not going to post it.)

In late October my employment status changed from Temp to being hired on full-time. One thing that I really love about the place is the co-workers. I’m surrounded by a bunch of like-minded nerds and it really makes working enjoyable.

In November, I went to the Bay Area. I was supposed to attend a surprise Birthday party for an elderly Aunt but there was a change of plans, and I didn’t get to go but something else did happen. I got to hit up one of my favorite buffets called Hot Pot City, then walked around the 49ers museum at Levi’s Stadium. Then the next day a bunch of family members came over and we had ourselves an early Thanksgiving. On my last day, got a sandwich from Little Luccas, and then hit up Baker beach then made it back to the my cousin’s house in time to watch the Warriors play/WWE Survivor Series. It was a small yet very awesome trip.

That’s not even all the photos I took. All the pictures from my trip are in the gallery and can be viewed here. Before I go I’d like to say Happy New Year to everyone, and that one of my New Year Resolutions is to travel A LOT. Next post I’ll make a list of places I would like to go, and hell, maybe I’ll even go get my damn passport renewed. Anyways guys, be safe, and don’t treat people like shit. Make this New Year a good one, no matter what. Later.

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.

Hometown Celebrations

I went to the Bay Area on March 20th with my parents and my cousins for two funerals, a death anniversary, and Wrestlemania. I stayed there for almost 2 weeks and returned home March 31st.

We took two cars, the Green Goblin and the Dodge Durango. My truck ran smooth during the entire trip. I only felt a little nervous climbing the hills of Tehachapi but after that I was pretty damn sure it would make it all the way. The trip took a little bit more than nine hours but just thankful to have made it without any problems.

The first funeral was my Aunty To’oa. My memory of her is when I was a kid, and was living back in the Bay Area, I remember going over my auntie’s house with my mom. They’d be gossiping for hours and the best part was my auntie would be baking a bunch of Samoan goodies. I’d be stuffing my face while they were talking away. Probably nobody else can bake as good as my auntie.

The death anniversary was my Uncle Huber. Last year I was in the funeral, I just didn’t post any updates about it. I remember Uncle Huber being really quiet. He was one of those men who didn’t say much, but when he spoke people listened.

The second funeral was my Uncle Eddie. I have a memory of him, my dad, and me standing in line at a Sizzler. I was a bit chubby and in middle school at that time. He gave me advice about my weight and going to high school. It was basically to start losing weight so when I get to high school I can can get out there and start chasing girls. I remember telling him “Nah, I’ll have a car to chase them with”.

My cousin Josh treated me and his brothers to Wrestlemania 31. It was freakin’ awesome. We missed out on the pre-show matches cause we decided to eat at McDonalds first, and also cause of the long walk from the golf course (designated parking lot) that is across the street from the stadium. I only have one bad thing to say about the experience and it’s about the seat size at Levi’s. I mean holy crap was the seats small, I sat down and my sides were being hella bunched up. The way me and my cousin made it work was that one person had to lean forward while the other leaned back. After the show I bought a hat as a souvenir and now I practically wear it almost everywhere I go (It’s my new favorite hat). Another minor thing to complain about was that I didn’t get to really explore the stadium and get some garlic fries but who cares, I was at freakin’ WRESTLEMANIA!

The drive home wasn’t that bad. I got lost somewhere near Buttonwillow cause the GPS didn’t update in time but instead of backtracking I decided to keep heading in the same direction and let the GPS reroute. I soon passed by some farms, and then nothing. After awhile I started passing by some mansions. I also noticed that the cars all around me were all the luxurious types. I couldn’t figure out why there were so many rich people in the middle of nowhere, and soon enough my question was answered as I passed by a Halliburton oil refinery. I stopped at Baker and ate at Burger King, and soon enough I made it home. Another smooth ride, and now I’m sure I can take my truck anywhere including the moon and back.

The entire trip was a sad, unique, and happy experience all rolled into one. Also, I might go back sometime for the 4th of July. We’ll see.

[Edited 4-22-2015: Added post title. I can’t believe I posted without a title. Didn’t know it was possible.]

 

 

Back On My Bullshit

Close to two weeks ago I took a trip to the Bay Area to see my cousin’s football game. Trips to San Francisco always end up being nice. I got to kick it with family, see the New Bay Bridge, and on the way back to Vegas we stopped at a farm and bought some delicious fruits and habanero pistachio nuts.

In about 20 days or so I’m going to be taking another trip and this time it’ll be to Texas. I’ll be trying my hand at farming on my Uncle’s ranch. I hear there’s going to be a lot of horse riding, and building/breaking down of fences. Real tough ranch hand work, and since my Uncle was in the Marines I know he’s NOT going to go easy on me.

Oh and before I can ride any of the horses I have to be under 300 pounds, and I’m currently clocking in at 357. I figured I have to lose about 3 pounds per day till I leave to barely qualify. So what’s the quickest way to lose weight in a very short amount of time? Fasting.

I’ll keep you guys updated as much as possible before I head out.

Bay Area Food

I went up to the Bay Area this past weekend and I hella overate but it was still awesome and I had a great freakin’ time.

The first meal was at my favorite deli and that’s Camino Corner. It’s a spot I used to eat at all the time growing up in San Bruno and it was right around the corner from old apartment. I ordered a double mushroom burger and it was delicious as usual. They still on point with their food and service.

Later that day my Dad, Uncle Orcutt, Shooter, Uncle J, and I went to see my cousin play football against Wilcox High over in Santa Clara. He’s pretty good, but the team’s cheering section was, uhh, well they tried. After the game we were hungry and I ate at Bravo Pizza for the first time. It was just me, Shooter, and Uncle J. I have to say I really love their pizza crust. It’s not hard like rocks, it’s really chewy, and with good quality toppings of pepperoni, salami, onions, mushrooms, and sausage it was great.

The next night ate at a Lee’s Garden Buffet (Not pictured), it’s right next to Hilltop Mall. Not bad of a selection, but the service was really slow in getting the drinks refilled. Then later that night ate at Rolling Pin Donuts. It was awesome! If I had more cash on me I would’ve gotten hella donuts, other baked goods, and a cup of hot cappuccino. But since my funds were depleting at a very fast rate I settled for just two donuts.

Next day I had Darby Dan’s for lunch. At first I didn’t think I had ate there before but when I arrived it seemed really familiar. It felt like one of my Uncles might have taken me there a long time ago. The sandwiches were good, although I kind of wanted to get a crab & shrimp sandwich but they weren’t serving it at the time. I haven’t had dutch crunch bread in hella long, and well it kind of fucked up the top of my mouth kinda of like how Capn Crunch does, yeah it’s bout same thing.

That’s pretty much how I spent all my time in the Bay Area. Mostly eating. Hahaha.