FF 9911

And…here we go!

1. Do they have know how wrong they are?

2. I need heavier kettlebells; it was as if this ones are filled with air.

3. That was a bowl of oatmeal and not soup.

4. Planking seemed so comfortable.

5. As I said, Party Rock! lol why do they have to do this to music?.

6. Orange? some new twist.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include relaxing and Sunday, I want to do some more relaxing!

Going Postal

Some weeks ago there was a notice by our mailbox at home saying that mail delivery might be cut back to only 3 days a week. At the time I was not surprised since we get most of our bills electronically and a good portion of the mail we actually get is a lot of junk.

I read here and there that the postal service is in trouble and losing money. I am not as close to all of that anymore since it has been a long time since I worked for a company that actually did direct mail. Not too far back I did do a project with some address standardization, but I had no direct contact with anything even remotely related to the USPS.

This week Daniel and I were discussing the mail taking a long time to deliver some important things and it all came back to me. If we do start getting less and less mail, the delivery service will slow down. I remember how in Colombia mail only comes once in a great while when you get an actual letter. Most bills were distributed by the companies own carriers.

This reminds me of how Japan Post is a pretty big private company now, but I have no clue if that has been a success or a failure. Now the news media outlets are all buzzing with “plans to save” the USPS. Also tomorrow the president is supposed to speak on his plan for job creation… but if the USPS fails, that is a lot of jobs, that is a lot of money, scary really.

I wish I had some insight to share here, but it is just me wondering what the mail will look like five years from now. Is the digital age killing more than just news papers and media like CDs and DvDs?

Netflix eventually ran blockbuster out of business, like blockbuster had done to the local video store. Robots are replacing people, maybe not the humanoid looking ones, but every time that you get something from a vending machine… well that machine replaced a human.

Our society is changing rapidly. It might feel that way because we are witnessing it as it unfolds, but this century things are changing at a staggering pace. I am very curious as to how the president is going to address the job creation thing, not just from the now perspective but also about the future… how are we going to retrain the country and also the world to move into the digital age. Its not that it is coming anymore, it is here.

Enter Camp Logtar

I have always been very honest with my thoughts, often told I am too honest. I know I sometimes piss people off because they think I am giving them a “how you should live your life” instead of a “hey, this is how I feel or would react to this situation.” It made my life tons easier, because I don’t have to check the multi-personal-guesser-widget before I say something. I don’t care what most people think of me if I say something, and I only stop when I think (or I am made aware of) the respect line has been crossed with someone. In a blog it is pretty easy, quit reading me already. In other interactions is a little more difficult. You either take me as I am or move along in your merry life. I will seriously not miss you. There is less than a handful of people that have left my life for one reason or another and I would want to catch up with them again. I have reached out to most of those anyway.

This for some reason has made people call me arrogant. (Having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.) Which is totally bizarre to people that truly get to know me, because I don’t think I am better than other people in plenty of ways.

While I think it is due to a lot of people having severe inferiority complexes, I have tried to explore that notion and found little evidence of it. I am not better than anyone else at living life, I just think I am awesome at living my life. I like being happy, I like being the idiot in the office that smiles every day… and guess what, when I don’t smile people ask… some people even care.

Its funny to me when people think I am someone they can step all over because I am “a nice guy.” I am friendly, I do enjoy getting to know people, but I don’t want everyone to be my friend or aspire to be liked by everyone. I think it is a privilege to be my friend, but only because I think that everyone’s friendship, every connection in life is a privilege… you don’t want that connection, it sucks, but from my point of view it is your loss. I don’t think I am awesome out of self importance, I am awesome because the people that I have around me enjoy my company most of the time.

Lets take a simple subject for example. Gay marriage.

I am all for it. What you do in the bedroom is YOUR business, not mine. I also think that you don’t chose to be gay, you are BORN THAT WAY. I am pretty set on that belief. I really don’t care what you think about the subject. That does not make me arrogant, just confident on what I believe. The gay people I know did not chose the way the feel, the just do. I have asked them flat out if they chose to be that way or if they were born that way, and so far I get 100% of them agreeing with my point of view. If you think different, I don’t hate you, belittle you or think you a lesser human being. We just disagree. We might agree on 87% of your other views, but for this one I am confident I am right because most of the people that have tried to “change” this point of view don’t even know any gay people.

Travis and I have been friends since college, for many reasons, many little strands make that relationship a pretty solid rope. (Not the many hooks I am leaving there, shinny for the taking) He knows me a lot better than most people, we have shared plenty of history and will probably continue to share and make memories in the future. We disagree so much is not even funny, he thinks I am wrong all the time and hates the fact that I don’t see a lot of things from his point of view; even when I completely understand his rationalization for the opposing view. He knows me like not many others do because he is one of the only people that understands parts of my way of thinking and has seen me grow as a person through the years. We played video games together in college, he knows how good I can be a strategy based games. I know I can not ever beat him in any Nintendo game. The reason I think he knows me as well as he does (besides him being just brilliant, lol) is that he has listened to me and asked me about the reasons for my beliefs instead of assuming really anything. He got to know me instead of trying to judge me. That is what a true friend does.

He is not the only person that knows me to this level either, I have connections like that with Daniel, Mike, Phil, Jon, Tom and now Golden, they are some of my best friends. I hate the fact that they are spread all over the country because I would love to be able to hang out with all of them more often, or BBQ in our back yards every weekend… they would all gain entry to CAMP LOGTAR (my private compound if I ever won the lottery).

If you think I am arrogant, you don’t know me

Boycott Colombiana!

So I guess as a Colombian I am supposed to be pissed about a movie that looks so kick ass I cannot wait to see it.

The name of the film is Colombiana… and here is a snip of the movie plot…

Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who witnessed her parents’ murder as a child in Bogotá and grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target: the monster responsible for her parents’ death

My Mom, Bea and I discussed the film over dinner on Saturday. We laughed and concluded that it will be cool to see a “Colombiana” portrayed as an all kind of baddass assassin.

I have always tried to be careful when Colombia is portrayed in a public light. I even saw the Colombian coffee growers being sue happy over a cartoon as somewhat of a publicity stunt. Boycotting a movie over the use of the name of the country and location seems ridiculous. As ridiculous as a Mexican saying that they would not see “El Marichi” with Antonion Banderas.

Zoe Saldana is all kinds of cool. You might not recognize her, but she was the main chick in avatar and also played the crap out of Uhura. However, I though she was cool since she played Eva in Center Stage… don’t hate, watch the movie is actually a good movie. I want to see her more as an action Hero than Angelina Jolie… and she was one of my favorite actresses in the past, but I think Zoe will be awesome as an assassin. That she is Colombian is no big deal to me at all.

I have come to expect Hollywood to portray Colombia as a place that you have to ride with chickens and pigs both in the plane and public transportation to get around. Heck, even “Colombian-Americans” think that way the first time they go visit the country if they are going for the first time.

If anyone watches this movie and it cements for them their view of Colombia, well, we are dealing with the same level of intelligence of someone that thinks every Russian is in the KGB and thinks that Meesha was in Argentina simply looking for other secret operatives.

Its a movie people, go see it if you like action. Try to be entertained by it. I am going to see it, I don’t expect anyone with half a brain to ever think of Colombia as a one dimensional place that is all about violence. Isn’t that place Mexico now? I keed I keed!


And…here we go!

1. It’s fun to ride a roller coaster.

2. A mess is easy to make.

3. I like to be active.

4. The reason so many people love drama, I will never know!

5. Something I’m very much excited about is taking ASL classes with Bea.

6. Buying a juicer and a magic bullet was well worth it.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching TV with the wife, tomorrow my plans include taking my Mom out to eat whatever she wants and Sunday, I want to hopefully be outside if the rain is momentary!