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Traffic, traffic, and more traffic

I am an LA baby and have spent hours, days, weeks, and months being stuck in traffic.

Today I find myself in Beijing China…also stuck in traffic.
However, this is traffic, unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
This traffic is frustrating.
This traffic is insane.
This traffic is downright ridiculous.

Imagine being 1 mile away from work and spending 45 minutes stuck in a sluggish moving traffic line full of transit buses, personal cars, people on mopeds, bike riders, and people walking. The people on bikes are moving faster than anyone else on the road.

Everyone is running into each other. Like ants.

This is how my morning is going.

I woke up today at 6:00 am in order to get ready and make it into work by 9:00 am.
I left the house around 7:40 am (10 minutes late) and ended up at my destination at 9:30 am.

The traffic today wasn’t unordinary.
There was no crash holding up the line. There was no issue with the subway routes. This was a regular old day in Beijing.

And what makes matters worst…I didn’t even have my morning coffee.
What a start to my day.

As I left the house this morning, I knew I was in for a treat. I used my iPhone to pay my transit fare on the first bus and was surprised that it wasn’t nearly as full as the other days. I actually could turn around and spread my legs while standing on the bus. Getting off the bus was smooth and painless.

The 2nd bus, however, was pure hell.
As the bus approached the stop, I could see the bus was literally at its capacity with passengers squeezed into the 3 layered bus. The bus driver barely had any room himself to drive this jalopy.

I opted to enter through the middle of the bus.
There were about 50 people lined up to get on this bus and there was about room for 5 of those people. However, like a giant centipede, everyone started pushing against each other and squeezing into the bus. Luckily I was near the front of the line and slid my way in rather easily. But literally, I had one chick being squeezed into my ribs and another guy next to me being pushed deeper and deeper into this packed bus. It was hell.

The bus smelled like sweat and stress.

Everytime the bus driver braked, the momentum would cause the whole pile to move. No one was safe.

I eventually got on the bus and into the crazily packed subway full of people trying to get to their destinations. Other than the fact the security people always wave their little stick near my grown, it was easy getting on the well air conditioned train. The only issue I had was all the people with hot morning breath.

I got off the subway and walked another 20 minutes to get to my destination. I literally had to keep my head on a swivel because bikes and motorized scooters kept swooping by me. Jeez Beijing has too many people.

I can’t get over how bad traffic is here. I miss LA.

30 Seconds of Your Life Wasted

Sitting in my chair watching Soul Plane wondering why this movie is so damn funny.

So many stereotypes.

I repeat…SO MANY stereotypes.

Anyways, I’ve been MIA for a while and dealing with life changes.

Most of this time has been wasted reading articles on social media, traveling around LA for work, and playing PS4.

Time wasted?

Or time well spent.

Probably both.

I continue to nerd out and spend money on tv show memorabilia and random electronics.

I don’t even have a wallet anymore.

I hand the cashier loose and folded dollar bills knowing damn well I hated getting those when I was a cashier.

Does that make me an asshole?

To sum it up, I’ve been busy.

The same excuse I tell my friends when they invite me to places. The same excuse I give to my family when they ask me to visit. The same excuse I keep telling myself everyday.

The truth is…

I just wasted 10 minutes of my life writing this and you just wasted 30 seconds of your time reading it.

Thank you come again 📖

Look at you. Company man

Look at you. 👀

Company man.

Make a catchy song.

You have great ideas

You over think everything

You’re a genius

You.

You’re set for greatness and you don’t even know it.

But you never act on your ideas.

You find one problem and toss them in the waste basket.

You’ve settled and you know it.

Look at you. 👀

Company man.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask A Professional

Don’t be afraid to ask a professional for help.

They know more than you do.

They usually want to help.

They can help you NOT make rookie mistakes.

For example,

Last night I asked a coworker’s advice on what image to post on Instagram.

She has a better eye for quality (and probably gets 10x more likes than I ever will).

She basically looked at the images I took with my iPhone, grimaced at them and chose the least crooked photo out of the 4.

The post performed well.

And this method still hasn’t failed me yet.

If you ever doubt yourself, reach out to a professional. They’ll end up saving you a lot of time in the long run.

Are We Under Cyber Attack?

First the FCC announced they plan to vote on ending internet freedom, now everything tech is malfunctioning.

Our site keeps delivering 500 errors.

My computer won’t let me write to our servers.

Our phone systems are glitchy.

And now McDonalds tablets are acting up.

Coincidence?

Maybe…

How well do you understand your job?

You understand a concept.

You’ve tested it.

The theory makes sense.

You understand the process.

You have the right tools.

You know the steps.

Your method is foolproof.

But ask yourself…

Can you teach this method to somebody else?

How well do you really know your job?

Can you teach someone your process and expect them to deliver the same results you do?

Maybe.

But probably not.

Or, maybe you’re scared of teaching them.

Scared to teach someone how to do your job.

Scared that teaching them to do your job will lead to you not having a job.

Think about it…

Sometimes you need help doing a task.

You know that extra hand can help you be more productive.

But you don’t do it.

You make up excuses.

You make an excuse about not having excuses.

And then you say, I can do it on my own.

How well do you really understand your job?

*Re-reads job description*

Oh nevermind, that task is not in my job description.

(another excuse)

Who works on Weekends?

Wake up: 8:00am

Do Laundry: 9:00am

Go to Costco: 11:00am

Take a nap: 1:00pm

Go to work: 4:00pm

I’m behind on projects. Might as well catch up while I have the day off.

Music. Coding, Designing,

Water. Tea. Bathroom

Facebook. Repeat

Get off: 11:00pm

Just requested my UberPool and waited forever for them to show up.

I’m in.

The ride home is relaxing.

I enjoy seeing people dressed up in costumes and having a good time.

They must be celebrating Halloween. Even though the 31st is four days out.

Tonight is the night to party.

But not for me.

I’m a workaholic.

Im on my way home to relax. I’ll save my energy for the next one.

You’re Not Trendy

Why do what everyone else is doing?

Be yourself

Do you.

Find your own style

Find your own niche

Find your own community

If anything, you write to entertain yourself. You use it as a way to recap what you learn and to remind you how far you have come.

And to think…

You always told yourself you wouldn’t do it.

Look at you now.

Just Another Friday

Have you ever been in a situation where your supervisor tells you to work on a task, but you have no idea how to do it?

You probably have.

This happened to me today…on a Friday.

I was asked to create a custom post type template with PHP and connect it to our WordPress staging site.

Now…I’m pretty good at HTML and CSS, but anything outside of that, I struggle with.

But even with my obvious discomfort with the task I did it anyway.

I relied on Google to help me out.

I searched a few tutorials and web forums and was able to get the basic idea of what I needed to do.

But man…the coding.

The coding was so difficult.

I must’ve broke our staging site 3 times by misplacing a bracket or by looping in the wrong function.

So much frustration.

Oh is it already time to leave?

Deuces ✌🏼

Am I Wasting Time?

Last night, as I was getting ready for bed, a thought hit me.

Am I wasting time?

Am I living paycheck to paycheck and wasting away my life grinding for numbers in my bank account?

The answer is yes. Yes I am.

Even though I love what I do and enjoy coming up with new ideas to improve productivity…at the end of the day, I go home to an empty bedroom.

I sit down, eat my “bachelor” dinner, scroll my Facebook feed, and go to bed.

*If you are not familiar with a bachelor dinner, you probably never had it. Think fast and simple food. Like frozen meals, burritos, or my favorite: Top Ramen noodles.

This work grind process is repeated Monday through Friday. 5 Days a week, every week.

Day after day until you finally notice that 2 months, 3 months, 1 year, and then 5 years have passed.

You don’t WANT to waste your time grinding to support your lifestyle. But you have to.

You enjoy the perks of living in a capitalist society.

You enjoy the perks of having extra money to spend on yourself or someone else.

You enjoy the perks of living a better life.

You enjoy the new car you can afford.

You enjoy the new iPhones, expensive concerts, and nice clothes you can buy.

The short term benefits are amazing.

But it still keeps you up at night.

Is your time really worth it?

Will you wake up 10 years from now and look back on what you accomplished?

Just something to think about…