Bruce Lee Mindset

brucelee-running

You always hear that people can do anything if they put their minds to it and I believe this to be true as long as what they are trying to do is realistic. You can’t just set a goal like being a millionaire without first being a thousandaire. What I’ve learned in life is that you have a better chance of accomplishing goals if you keep them simple, in view, and you are able to concentrate on them. Achieving one specific goal is usually favorable to working towards 10 different goals that never get accomplished. This Bruce Lee way of thinking makes it so you don’t get stopped by your mind in life. Your mind controls you but you limit yourself. For this example, I suppose there is a point of physical exhaustion where you will literally break down but I have to imagine most people never get to this point. People will generally stop for fear of “dieing”, but as Bruce says, you’re better off dead.

By |2013-03-15T02:50:02-04:00February 27th, 2013|My Brain|0 Comments

Normal

So the alcohol has been drained from my body and I feel normal again. A new line “get the poison out” is catching on. I heard it on the Howard Stern show when the creator of the sybian was dirty talking this girl on the sybian and used that line. I also heard it on ESPN so I’m not really sure where it’s origin was but if you come to this blog I’ll try to give my best updates on newest culture trends.

I went to the gym today (but not this morning) and ran 6 miles in 35:15 which was pretty good. I felt really good and could have continued. I don’t know if I would have been able to go the full ten at that pace but I think I’m in line to get there by May. I weighed in at 178 which is still about 5-8 pounds more than my ideal running weight but I know that’s going to be hard to achieve as long as I continue to drink on the weekends. I’m really taking this running as serious as I can because at this age, these are going to be my last few best effort attempts at setting times. Plus it keeps me in really good shape.

My dad is a habitual gum chewer and I pretty much never developed the habit but lately he’s been buying different flavors and I’ve come into contact these past few days. He usually buys the blue trident which I find very off putting but there is this orange and pink flavor that get me hooked. I start off with 2 pieces and they will lose their flavor within one minute. But the geniuses within the Trident gum factory have this planned so you just pop in another piece. 10 minutes later I’ve had 5 pieces and this huge wad of gum in my mouth which I don’t spit out for hours and just keep adding to it with more pieces. I know it’s bad for my teeth but once I get started there is no stopping. I have to go back to the dentist this Thursday which isn’t helping the cause. I have ok teeth, besides the two crowns on my front, and would like to keep them that way so I’m going to have to put an end to this gum popping.

I’ve been playing poker and betting on sports off and on but nothing worth talking about. Rimm (Research in Motion, the people who make Blackberry) has made a comeback from it’s earnings debacle and all my other positions have been stable. I’m actually considering restarting and selling everything and then picking one or two companies I like and then writing covered calls on them. I think this would be more profitable then some of the positions I’m in now. I remember the Shee telling me that you don’t really have to know what you’re talking about when talking finance, you just need to know a couple of buzzwords. Positions are a good one because it’s so broad and sounds like a smart word. Equities is a nifty because any nitwit can invest in stocks but if you are putting your money in equities, whoa nelly, you must know what you are talking about. Just mentioning interest rates and their general effect on the market has credence. With interest rates low and steady it’s not surprising to see more money moving towards the equity markets, now’s a good time to load up on positions. Easy as cake.

If you want to know my schedule and when to check for posts. I’ll usually post late at night on the weekdays so people can check first thing in the morning and see something new. Midday posts are rare but certainly not a never. If things come into my head sometimes I’ll quickly post something. Usually never evening posts and no weekend posts. I still find this as entertaining for me as I hope it is for you. I’m a bit surprised I haven’t heard anything from the quotes of the day, I’ve trying to pick good ones and thought it was a good addition but maybe I was off on that.

I also have a drunk video from Jkash once he gets the right USB cord. The bbm is as follows (I’ve taken excerpts):
Him: I’m mad I started the video late. You were not speaking English for a while before I started it.
Me: Is the vid on your phone or camera cause some have different ports
Him: Phone. I’m not a dumb shit. We have the same phone port. It’s smaller than most.
Nowhere did I imply that he was a dumb shit but my question must have come across, how are you that stupid that you don’t know the difference between a phone and camera USB cord? I didn’t mean it that way but the response was pretty funny.

By |2010-04-14T00:55:58-04:00April 14th, 2010|My Life, Sports|0 Comments

Another call out and brag post

I could call out in the comment section of the last post but I like devoting an entire post just to make sure we’re all on point here. Unless I’m mistaken, I searched the last post for any word starting with “the” and came across two there’s. There’s is a contraction for there is and used properly in both spots. They’re means they are and wouldn’t make sense. So either I’m even dumber than I thought or someone must be mistaken. Plus the call out at the end. Correct me if I’m wrong.

So I’m going to do some bragging here mixed in with the problems of my life. Let’s start with finance and 3 particular situations, followed by the harsh reality. (I’ll make this brief because I’m sure it will bore a few). I did a college project on the movie rental industry senior year of college. My group determined that Netflix will be the industry leader, Blockbuster will decline, and the movie gallery will go BK. Netflix was trading at 10 when the project started and now it’s 70. Blockbuster is trading for pennies now and it was trading for 9 bucks 5 years ago. Movie Gallery is no longer. Example 2, I personally told Sam Levin that I thought Palm was overvalued at 12-15 bucks or so because I thought the product was weak and the financials looked terrible, it is now trading at 5 bucks and I even tried to buy put options but couldn’t figure it out on first glance and gave up trying. Example 3, I owned baidu at 125 dollars in 08′, and it is now trading at 573 dollars a share. I sold it at 150. Point being through all this, I have some good ideas but my execution is just not there. The harsh reality is that I’ve bought thousands of shares of Sirius radio, which I still own, and it’s trading at 93 cents. I’ve bought it so many times I don’t even know my cost basis but it has to be 2+. I own RIMM which has been a fine move but hardly a knockout. I do my best to understand how to play this game but my timing is just god awful. I do have faith though that this will turn around at some point in the future.

A quick poker brag and then once again the harsh reality. Go to sharkscope and type me in under pokerstars and see the havoc. I’ve played 4,000 sngs for a measly profit and my account has been cursed. Find me many recreational players who have played more games than I have. Do you have any idea how many hands I’ve played in cash games? Thousand upon thousand upon thousands. When I think I’m better than you at poker I have the experience to back it up. People don’t play this many games without being a good player. However, I can’t win at this game because I have this poor money mgmt and even if you’re the best player in the world (i’m not), you can’t beat the game without money management. I know I can be a good player but I just haven’t been able to put the pieces together to be truly profitable. Once again, I know I’m good, I know I know what I’m talking about, I just am not displaying results. Anything that I like doing I generally try to put forth as much effort as possible. I have done this in a sense with poker and have pretty much given up due to lack of profit and wasting of time.

I obviously brag about running. I know that the majority of people out there could care less. This is easily the worst “sport” to be good at. There’s no excitement, no drama, no one really cares. I finished in the 151 out of 11,000 males (no need to count females although 9 did beat me) in the broad street last year and I expect to do better this year. This is what I’m good at and you come to this blog so you will learn. Sure I can’t make a layup in bball or throw a baseball accurately but honestly who even cares how a team does in some rec league. Yes our bball team went 0-8 but is that going to stop me from entering the summer league, no way. I’ve grown so far past records and stats that I’m happy to play the game and will enjoy it the best I can.

I’ll brag in my taste for movies. I watched the six sense for the first time in a couple years and this movie deserves the 4 star rating on Comcast’s description. It gave me chills at some parts, made me feel emotion in others. You feel for the characters which is what I was explaining about Pelham. There’s no way that Sixth Sense can be a good movie and Pelham can be a good movie. They are so far apart in how good they are that the rating scale needs to be used appropriately. Say I give 6th sense a 9.5 which would signify an incredibly good rating, Pelham has to be AT LEAST 4 points lower which would put it at a 5.5 and thus an avg movie. When you clarify something is good, you have to compare it to something to understand how good it really is. I also want to explain how the rating system comes into play. Jkash made a point that going for a girl that is a 10 is usually not the best move due to their inflated self image and hard to get mentality. You want the 7.5 girl who has a personality and will treat you with respect. He thought that a 7.5 would signify that she would be better than 75% of other girls. I gave him my thought that even though she’s a 7.5 rating she can easily be better than 75% of other girls. People will read this and call me “shallow” (this term will be my new thing) but I want to explain. This rating scale doesn’t really mean anything. People with low self esteem are the ones who get hurt by this. I would have no problem if girls would give me a 2, you just retaliate with insults against them until you bring their self esteem down to your rating. Also please don’t bring this up to me in conversation, it just leads to failure.

Here’s one final thing. If you have read my blog earlier and you see me in person in the future and I bring up something that you read, don’t be an asshole and let me repeat what you already know, just stop me and tell me that you already know.

By |2010-03-17T01:08:06-04:00March 17th, 2010|My Brain|3 Comments

Weekend

This weekend was an absolute blur. I started drinking at 430 or so on Friday and somehow make it to 2 or 3 in the morning. There are just hours of time in there where I’m doing stupid shit that I can’t take any accountability for. I take responsibility for my actions, but it’s not like it’s me doing it. It’s like an alter ego. I’ve been doing the same shit weekend after weekend so I really don’t even have the much to comment on.

Golfed Sunday at Limekiln. I was 94 or so but hit the ball real solid. If I just took an hour and practiced my short game I think I’m playing mid 80’s golf.

I’ve been running alot. Ran a 17:32 for a 5k last Wednesday. I’m doing the Sea Isle 10 miler so that will be the next goal. I’ve actually been pretty spot on on goals I set for myself and then doing them. I should do about a 60 minute 10 miler in the sand. It’s not the best terrain but I’m in better shape now then when I did the broad street. At least at 25 i’m not washed up yet. Maybe in a year or two.

By |2010-01-26T22:25:46-05:00July 20th, 2009|Sports|0 Comments

Friday

Yesterday I ran a 59 quarter, followed by a slow lap, then a 5:20 mile, lap, then a 2:35 half, then 7:30 minutes on the stadium stairs, and then a 65 quarter to top it off. I think I can do the quarter a couple of seconds faster if I had someone running with me. I was pretty pleased with my mile time which I think I can nick 5 minutes fresh. And I missed my goal on the half by 5 seconds at the point of the workout. Today I ran 60 minutes straight at about 6:45 to 7 minute pace and I felt pretty good.

After yesterday’s post, 17 people are wondering why I’m posting today. I decided that I’m not going to try to post things that I think everyone will want to read. I’m going to write whatever I want to write about and if you don’t like it then you don’t have to read it. If you don’t like track writing, fan fucking tastic, I don’t care.

Today will be attempt two at asking this bartender out. I put her number in my phone wrong the first time after I told her I would take her out last wednesday which I obviously blew off. So now I have to say sorry and try again. I don’t really do dates but this girl I believe is out of my league so I’d be a fool not to try. I bet this girl gets hit on all the time so I’m not guaranteeing great success but if she tried giving me her number once, hopefully it’ll work again. However to quote the Piano man:

“I’ve gotta get it right the first time
That’s the main thing
I can’t afford to let it pass
You get it right the next time that’s not the same thing
Gonna have to make the first time last.”

By |2010-01-27T19:30:31-05:00June 12th, 2009|My Life, Sports|0 Comments

What for?

I’ve been keeping this blog for about 6+ months for what? I think I used to do it to entertain people and let people know what goes through my brain on certain topics. Lately though I think I’ve just stopped caring what other people think about what I’m doing. I’ll run through some general things that I could certainly write as blog entries that hold some entertainment value (to me) but most likely to no one else.

I ran a 2:15 in a half mile, then followed it with a 65 quarter and then a 5:47 mile. Today I plan on running a fresh 400 and see how fast I do it. This is what I’m doing with my life. Getting in good shape and trying to run fast times on a track. Do you think the average person even knows what those times are? Do they care? No. So why write about it.

Another topic. We lost in bball last night by 2 points on a questionable call. We were tied with 30 seconds left. 90% of the time you should win or go to overtime. We turn the ball over with 3 seconds, they throw it in and call a timeout. We foul them with 3 seconds left (horrible call by the ref at that point of the game) and we lose the game on a 1 and 1. I could go into details about what happened, how we should have won, what we did wrong to lose to a team I thought we were more talented then. But do the people who come to this blog really care? I think they could care less.

A final example. I could use this blog as a communication device to express my thoughts on my opponents vetos in scattergories. (Scattergories is played by rolling a dice that gives a key letter and then you have to come up with things that go with the categories on the card). So if I wanted I could write here, so everyone else who reads this would know, that I think that it is insane that they veto the answer Pluto for things found on a map. 3 out of 3 Vetos. There is this thing called a solar system. It holds the planet Pluto. If you think there is no such thing as a map of the solar system then I think it’s ok to veto. If I brought you a piece of paper with the sun and our planets, sized correctly with specific details what would you call this piece of paper? Oh and Clues can grow. Just because they aren’t physically growing doesn’t mean they can’t grow towards solving the answer. It’s like here’s a small clue to help you out. Now here’s a big clue to help you out further. Clue sizes range from little to big, they can grow.

Bottomline is that all these topics are bs. I don’t think the majority of people care and I don’t really care if they care. When I started this I thought it would be cool if you could get hundreds or thousands of people to follow your thoughts. But after doing it for a while I’m not really driven by anything to maintain this. It’s fun when it starts out but my reasons for keeping this have dwindled. I spent 150 for 2 years to hold this domain name so I’m not saying I’m giving up but I might take a break for a little while. People could think I’m in a bad mood or some other crazy reason why I wrote this but there is absolutely nothing wrong with me. I’m completely content and happy and will start to concentrate on other things. I think this last point I just stumbled upon accidentally is really why. You have to find things to do to entertain yourself. Whether it’s movies, sports, books, games or anything in between, you have to do something. I used this blog for a while to entertain myself but I think I’m shifting gears to something else. Sometimes you have to move on.

By |2010-01-26T22:29:20-05:00June 11th, 2009|My Brain, Sports|3 Comments

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