Monday, July 27, 2015

What I’ve learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

3651.  Contemplate yourself surrounded by the circumstances you are seeking and they will appear;
3652.  When you see what you contemplate as if it’s already here, the universe will ultimately offer you experiences that match what you’re contemplating;
3653.  Zikrayet Lebanese Restaurant & Lounge (Zikrayet.com) in (Old Town) Alexandria is actually a pretty nice hookah bar;
3654.  Levant Restaurant & Lounge (LevantVA.com) in Tysons Corner is a really nice hookah bar;
3655.  The red in the American flag stands for hardiness and valor, the white for purity and innocence, and the blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice.  The original American flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes to represent the original 13 colonies; today the official flag, which was ordered by President Eisenhower and adopted in July of 1960, has 50 stars for the 50 states and 13 stripes;
3656.  Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going;
3657.  According to Stephanie (i.e., “Skyler”), I’m “trouble;”
3658.  “Becca” said I smelled good;
3659.  Kaitlan said I was adorable;
3660.  When (you’re) tubing, watch out for the (jagged) riverbed rocks;
3661.  A Moscow mule (i.e., vodka, ginger beer & lime juice) with simple syrup and crushed mint is really tasty;
3662.  Having two to three orgasms a week will help you live longer.  Why?  Sex reduces stress, boosts the body’s immune system, allows you to connect with another person and can even control one’s appetite;
3663.  Sipping a cup of coffee decreases your risk of many chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  The key here is not to drink too much.  Overdosing on caffeine can trigger insomnia and anxiety;
3664.  In a study performed by the Annals of Internal Medicine, the adults with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish like salmon, trout and tuna) lived more than two years longer than those with lower blood levels;
3665.  When you’re fueling up at the gas station, don’t be confused about which side of the car has the gas tank ever again.  Look at the gas indicator on your dashboard and you’ll see a small arrow beside it; the arrow points to the side of your car where the tank is;
3666.  If you think you’re about to cry, rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth.  The activity disorients your brain and prevents you from tearing up;
3667.  Eat the healthiest foods on your plate first.  Especially if your portions are large, the healthy foods may fill you up and you’ll eat less of the unhealthy stuff;
3668.  The best and worst booze to drink if you want to lose weight: The best: 1.  Wine; 2.  Vermouth; 3.  Straight liquors; and 4.  Light beers; The worst: 1.  Sugar-packed cocktails; and 2.  High-alcohol craft beers;
3669.  Five foods that are adding years to your face: 1.  Sugar (i.e., excess sugars can undergo a process called glycation, in which they collide with proteins or fats to form damaged proteins, aptly called AGEs (“Advanced Glycation End Products”) throughout your body.  Not only do these proteins function poorly, but they are less elastic than nature intended.  Plus, glycation produces inflammatory proteins in the body, which can lead to accelerated skin aging); 2.  Charbroiled burgers (i.e., foods that have been heated at high temperatures have also gone through the process of glycation.  What’s more, direct exposure to temperatures above 300 degrees can trigger the production of pro-inflammatory heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)); 3.  Fried foods (i.e., fried foods’ trans fats set off inflammatory pathways in the body, leading to the breakdown of collagen, your skin’s main structural protein); 4.  Alcohol (i.e., boozy beverages affect the function of your body’s No. 1 detoxifying organ: your liver.  When the liver is damaged or slowed in its ability to function well and flush toxins from your system, you just might see the effects on your skin.  What’s more, alcohol consumption can prevent you from entering into the deepest, most restorative stages of sleep.  And when you’re skimping on sleep, your skin is missing out on important repair time); and 5. Packaged foods (i.e., in countries that consume little to no processed foods, people have remarkably healthier skin than in countries that eat from boxes and jars.  While nitrates may spur inflammation, salt dries the skin and can damage its capillaries.  The result: Everything from age spots to acne to rosacea);
3669.  Five foods that’ll make you look younger: 1.  Sweet potatoes (i.e., beta-carotene, which makes these tubers orange, balances your skin’s pH, helps combat dryness and promotes cell turnover, all resulting in smoother skin); 2.  Wild salmon (i.e., the pigment that makes the fish pink, astaxanthin, is a powerful foe of free radicals, rogue molecules that damage cell membranes and DNA and cause skin to age.  A study found that eating one serving every five days can prevent actinic keratosis – ugly rough patches that are precancerous); 3.  Tomatoes (i.e., the fruit’s red pigment, lycopene, is a potent antioxidant that shields skin from sun damage – like sunscreen, but from the inside out.  To best absorb lycopene, eat tomatoes with olive oil); 4.  Citrus fruits (i.e., vitamin C is essential to building collagen, a vital component of young-looking skin, which starts breaking down in your twenties.  Citrus also contains bioflavonoids, which protect skin from UV rays and help prevent cell death); and 5.  Leafy greens (i.e., spinach, kale and other greens contain lutein, which protects skin from sun-induced inflammation and wrinkles);
3670.  Nothing says “classy” like heading down to the (Old Town) Alexandria waterfront on the King Street Trolley with a hip flask in your back pocket;
3671.  Nowadays, I can’t eat a (single) cupcake or a doughnut without getting a sugar headache/rush;
3672.  Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again;
3673.  Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear;
3674.  A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination;
3675.  The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall;
3676.  It always seems impossible until it’s done;
3677.  According to the Book of Mormon, Jesus (Christ) visited the Americas after his resurrection;
3678.  Apparently, you can have maggots in your scrotum;
3679.  “Hasa diga eebowai!” (i.e., Fuck you, god!);
3680.  “The Book of Mormon” is like a long, rated R episode of “South Park;”
3681.  It’s funny how some things can be so politically incorrect, yet fly under the radar, while others are (totally) lambasted by the media;
3682.  Tia is 5’10;”
3683.  It’s better to have a few things you really love than tons of stuff you don’t care about;
3684.  Sometimes people are just jerks, but sometimes they’re being jerks because you’re accidentally pushing their buttons.  The point is to take a moment, think about why someone is reacting to you in an extreme or aggressive way, and take responsibility for your role in it.  Yes, there will be times when you truly didn’t do anything, but those moments are rare;
3685.  Comparison is the death of happiness.  When your friends are having life experiences that you’re not – whether it’s hitting career goals, getting married or buying their first place – it can be hard to step outside the situation and just be happy for them.  But one thing is for certain: Measuring your life against someone else’s is a recipe for disaster.  And let’s be real: You never really know what someone else’s life is like.  There are plenty of people in unhappy marriages and loads of people who are successful at work, but don’t love what they do.  Simply put, the grass is always greener and appearances can be deceiving, so just focus on living your best life instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing;
3686.  You’ll always be happy in your dream job, but the truth is that even the greatest gig on the planet has its ups and downs.  Some days your job will drive you nuts and that is okay.  That doesn’t mean you don’t have a good thing going.  Furthermore, every great job should challenge you in some way.  If you’re not feeling challenged – by people, your workload, a project, what have you – you’re not growing.  You’re not learning;
3687.  There’s only one right path for each of us.  The truth is that we all have countless skills – and the ability to learn more – and there are an unlimited number of jobs and career paths that we can thrive in.  You’re selling yourself short if you think you’re only good for one role;
3688.  When your dreams are too specific, they can crush you because your chances of achieving them are so slim.  Sure, shoot for the stars, but don’t put all of your eggs in one tiny basket because life rarely works out the way you plan it;
3689.  Dreams are adjustable.  Yours are always going to be affected by what you’ve achieved.  You don’t have to settle for complacency and you certainly don’t have to stick to the plan.  There’s always another career goal you can set – or you can calibrate and focus your time and mind on personal or other pursuits;
3690.  If you’re in pursuit of happiness, then working toward a high-salaried job isn’t necessarily the best strategy.  A recent study conducted by Princeton economist Angus Deaton and famed psychologist Daniel Kahneman found that making more than $75,000.00 per year has no measurable impact on your contentment.  But do you know what does?  Experiences.  Another study out of Cornell University found that experiences deliver more long-term happiness and contentment than material possessions.  According to science, making less (but enough to cover our basic needs), in a position that allows us to pursue our passions and spend more time with people we love, could be a key to contentment;
3691.  The Echostage bus sucks;
3692.  Apparently, on weekdays, the Echostage bus doesn’t run until the venue opens;
3693.  Donald Cumming’s voice (to me) sounds like a mix between Bob Dylan and Tom Petty;
3694.  Brandon Flowers (the lead singer of “The Killers”) watches “Lost.” . . . He’s (only) on season 3;
3695.  Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it because nobody else will;
3696.  Apparently,( according to Kim,) I should pass on my genes;
3697.  According to Kim, I should pass on my genes;
3698.  A traditional calzone uses the same amount of dough as an entire pizza . . . and that it’s meant to serve four people;
3699.  Motivation comes from action; action and motivation are simultaneous;
3700.  Sunscreen is expensive;

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What I’ve learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

3601.  “The House of Dancing Water” show at the City of Dreams casino in Macau is like Cirque du Soleil on steroids;
3602.  I’m a (big) fan of soup buns/dumplings;
3603.  It finally happened in the early morning of May 22nd, 2015;
3604.  What happens in Macau stays in Macau;
3605.  The egg custard in Macau has a flaky crust;
3606.  Apparently, Macau is famous for jerky. . . . Who knew?
3607.  They have Uber in Hong Kong;
3608.  Mango pudding tastes like sweet potato (to me);
3609.  Apparently, Shanghai cuisine has very bold flavors.  It’s very salty or very sweet.  There’s no subtlety;
3610.  How do you eat a Chinese feast or dim sum without stuffing yourself and/or totally wrecking your diet?  The answer is: You can try everything, but you can only have one piece.  You can’t have seconds. . . . And you should chew slowly and thoroughly so you (can enjoy and) savor the taste;
3611.  My (paternal) grandmother was a “Doraemon” fan;
3612.  I can say I’ve had high tea (at Alibi in the Langham Place Hotel Hong Kong);
3613.  My (paternal) grandfather wanted to be a medical doctor;
3614.  Apparently, my (paternal) grandfather was the number one track athlete at his high school . . . and the number one swimmer too;
3615.  My (paternal) grandfather is 97 (years old);
3616.  My grandfather was 20 (years old) and my grandmother was 19 when they had my uncle David;
3617.  My (paternal) grandfather used to own an apartment (going) up Victoria Peak (in Hong Kong);
3618.  Apparently, my dad asked to go to boarding school in Australia (with my uncle David);
3619.  Sometimes even when you get knocked down, you can still win;
3620.  It ain’t how you hit the mat; it’s how you get up;
3621.  German researchers have found that, after drinking about 17 ounces of water, study subjects’ metabolic rates increased by about 30 percent.  The effects were quick and relatively long-lasting: The rise occurred within 10 minutes of drinking the water and lasted for up to 40 minutes;
3622.  Researchers at UC Berkeley found that mice on a high-fat diet that drank sweetened grapefruit juice gained less weight than other mice that drank sweetened water.  After 100 days, the juice-drinking mice weighed 18.4 percent less than the other mice and they had better metabolic health (i.e., better blood-sugar levels and insulin sensitivity).  The results only occurred with a high-fat diet;
3623.  According to research, exposure to the cold can boost your metabolism by anything from 8 to 80 percent, depending on variables like the duration, your age and your BMI;
3624.  A 2014 study found that 15 minutes in the cold could be the metabolic equivalent of an hour of exercise;
3625.  Researchers have found that moderate exposure to UV rays releases nitric oxide, which slows the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes;
3626.  A study published in the journal Diabetes found that a dip in calcium levels can trigger the release of calcitriol, a hormone that causes people to store fat;
3627.  Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that genuinely laughing out loud causes a 10 to 20 percent increase in energy expenditure and heart rate.  Based on their study, 10 to 15 minutes of legit laughter a day could burn up to 40 extra calories;
3628.  Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day;
3629.  If you don’t want to do the splits, don’t walk on a wet grate in sandals;
3630.  The funny thing about a dream is that sometimes it doesn’t lead you to where you thought it would;
3631.  Here’s another funny thing about dreams: Even the ones that don’t work out can lead you to new places and new dreams that are better than you could have ever imagined;
3632.  “Following your dreams” isn’t always about seeing them through all the way to their happy ending.  Sometimes the end comes sooner than you thought it would.  Sometimes the end of a dream isn’t the Oscar or the Nobel or the giant corner office; sometimes the end of a dream is simply the quiet moment when you admit to yourself, I’m done now.  That’s not failure . . . that’s freedom.  It’s the freedom to do other things and follow new paths, whatever and wherever they may be;
3633.  Trading stocks because they’re cheap, without understanding technical or fundamental trading, is nothing but gambling;
3634.  Investors know the way, gamblers hope and pray;
3635.  Most financial experts recommend, “Diversify, diversify, diversify.”  Yet, the best investors in the world do not diversify.  Warren Buffet, the world’s richest investor, says, “Diversification is protection against ignorance.  It makes little sense for those who know what they are doing;”
3636.  It seems to me that (most) bartenders (tend to) leave (their current jobs) after 3-4 years;
3637.  The Spanish-style, pulled pork bocata from the Pepe food truck (Facebook.com/PepeFoodTruck) is pretty tasty;
3638.  Apparently, listening to “Mumford & Sons” inspires interpretative dance;
3639.  Out of all of the lobster rolls made with claw meat, I like the ones at Willie T’s Lobster Shack (WillieTsLobsterShack.com) in D.C. the best;
3640.  Shannon likes tequila and whiskey, but not Scotch;
3641.  Some women are so beautiful (specifically Brandi Holtby) that they’re still attractive even if they dye their hair purple and blue;
3642.  The (Washington) Capitals have a yoga instructor;
3643.  Braden Holtby (of the Washington Capitals) wears a fedora;
3644.  The “DNV Rooftop Lounge” at the top of the Donovan Hotel (DonovanHotelDC.com/restaurant/bars/index.html) in D.C. is a great place to have a drink;
3645.  I think a couple of (gay) guys tried to pick me up. . . . I guess that’s what you get for going to the Capital Pride Concert;
3646.  Apparently, Carnie Wilson and Chynna Phillips have been friends for over 46 years;
3647.  Chynna Phillips looks great without even considering her age;
3648.  Megan loves strawberries . . . and (she) isn’t lactose intolerant;
3649.  On Wednesdays, 100 Montaditos (US.100Montaditos.com) in D.C. has its classic montaditos from 1-40 for $1.00 and French fries, regular draft beers and sodas for $2.00;
3650.  Our ability to enjoy life comes from how we choose to process life, rather than from externals.  Nothing outside of ourselves has the power to bestow happiness or fulfillment upon us.  What determines the quality of our life is our choice to be fulfilled or not, based upon how we think, how we view ourselves and our place in the universe;

Sunday, June 7, 2015

What I’ve learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

3551.  Hong Kong is 12 hours ahead of D.C.;
3552.  The weather in Hong Kong (at least in May) is similar to the weather in D.C. during the summer . . . 85 and humid;
3553.  Central Hong Kong reminds me of downtown Miami (i.e., Brickell). . . . I think it’s (because of) the palm trees;
3554.  Hong Kong has a unique smell to it;
3555.  The food in Hong Kong is very meat and starch heavy.  There aren’t a lot of vegetables (at least in the restaurants);
3556.  Evaporated milk is homogenized milk with 60% of its water removed and vitamin D added for nutritional purposes.  Sweetened, condensed milk is a mixture of whole milk and about 40 to 45% sugar, which is heated until about 60% of the water evaporates;
3557.  You don’t need to tip in Hong Kong;
3558.  In Hong Kong, you can buy liquor at 7-Eleven;
3559.  They still use bamboo scaffolding in Hong Kong;
3560.  The driver’s seat is on the right side of the car in Hong Kong;
3561.  You have to custom order cars in Hong Kong. . . . Land is just too expensive for car dealerships;
3562.  You have to pay for bags in Hong Kong;
3563.  An insane number of people use the (Hong Kong) M(ass )T(ransit )R(ailway);
3564.  The escalators in the (Hong Kong) MTR are twice as fast as the escalators in the Washington Metro;
3565.  The (Hong Kong) MTR reminds me of the London Underground;
3566.  Electricity is really cheap in Hong Kong.  Apparently, it's (highly) subsidized by the (Hong Kong) government;
3567.  (I've been told) you go to Hong Kong for the food and (the) shopping, not the culture (i.e., because of all of the redevelopment from the lack of land);
3568.  Johnny said I have some “game;”
3569.  Every chromosome in the body has a little protective cap, called a telomere, on its end, which determines how quickly the body's cells age.  Exercise lengthens those telomeres, according to the first-ever controlled trial of telomere length, published in The Lancet Oncology.  The result: Fewer illnesses and a longer life, says lead author Dean Ornish, M.D., founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute;
3570.  When researchers from McMaster University (in Ontario) biopsied the skin of adults 40 and older, they found that those participants who regularly exercised had skin that, on a microscopic level, was similar to that of 20- to 30-year-olds;
3571.  When researchers asked a group of sedentary folks, aged 65 and older, to jog or cycle at about 65% of their maximum aerobic capacity for 30 minutes twice a week, it only took three months for their skin to resemble the skin of 20- to 40-year-olds.  Researchers believe that the various substances released by your muscles during exercise may be behind the suppleness;
3572.  In one Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study, adults who performed regular exercise for just one year increased the size of their hippocampus (i.e., the memory center) and turned back their brains' clocks by about two years;
3573.  Apparently, it’s tradition for you to wash your dishes and eating utensils with hot tea at dim sum restaurants (in Hong Kong);
3574.  My (paternal) grandfather is a big fan of fish . . . and egg custard;
3575.  The rain and the mist are warm in Hong Kong;
3576.  It amazes me how people were able to haul up to (the summit of) Victoria Peak (i.e., a mountain) all of the materials needed to build an eight story shopping center;
3577.  I can say I’ve ridden in a Maserati;
3578.  Apparently, cars cost twice as much in Hong Kong as they do in the U.S. (because of the high import tariffs);
3579.  Wayne reminds me of an Asian Peter Griffin;
3580.  Yes, fried French toast is a thing;
3581.  The floating villages in Hong Kong don’t really exist anymore;
3582.  McDonald’s tastes different in Hong Kong.  The buns are fluffier and less chewy and they don't have a sour aftertaste. . . . The hash browns taste different too.  Apparently, they don't put salt on them;
3583.  My (paternal) great grandfather used to own shipping docks in Hong Kong(, which are probably worth billions today);
3584.  Most cars are black, gray, silver or white in Hong Kong;
3585.  Hong Kong has beaches. . . . Who knew?
3586.  There are 6 developed/main islands in Hong Kong;
3587.  The Sham Tseng area of Hong Kong is famous for roast goose;
3588.  If you want to get food smells and grease off your hands, try dipping your fingers in hot (black) tea;
3589.  Tsui Wah (TsuiWah.com) is (like) the McDonald’s of Hong Kong;
3590.  Apparently, there aren’t any open container laws in Hong Kong;
3591.  Yuzu is kind of like lemon;
3592.  There aren’t a lot of “to go” street food stalls in Hong Kong anymore;
3593.  There’s a great view of the Hong Kong skyline from the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade in Kowloon;
3594.  The Tian Tan Buddha (i.e., “Big Buddha”) in Hong Kong isn’t that old.  It was completed in 1993;
3595.  There are wild dogs at the Tian Tan Buddha . . . and wild cattle;
3596.  My uncle used to be (the) treasurer for the Hong Kong Jockey Club;
3597.  My cousin is a member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club;
3598.  There isn’t a bar exam to join the Hong Kong Bar (Association), but you do have to complete an apprenticeship to become a member;
3599.  If you ever want a soufflé the size of a basketball, go to the Tai Ping Koon Restaurant (TaiPingKoon.com) in Hong Kong;
3600.  The casinos in Macau are (way) bigger than the casinos in (Las) Vegas;

Sunday, May 10, 2015

What I’ve learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

3501.  The amount of effort the human body expends on digestion, detoxification and elimination of sugar alone ends up leaching nutrition and energy from nearly every bodily function.  In particular, magnesium and B vitamins take a big hit around sugar;
3502.  B vitamins are essential to healthy brain function.  Your brain needs vitamin B to divide glutamic acid;
3503.  When refined sugar is consumed daily, the symbiotic healthy bacteria in our intestines actually wither and die, depleting our stock of vitamin B.  Low stock in vitamin B has a strong map-effect on brain function, lessening your ability to calculate or remember;
3504.  Most people, even with a clean diet, are already mineral deficient;
3505.  Chocolate cravings in women are often attributed specifically to magnesium deficiency.  A daily magnesium supplement helps the body absorb calcium and cut back on cravings;
3506.  Sugar is one of the single most inflammatory substances the body can absorb;
3507.  When the body's system consistently experiences an inflammatory response, it leaves you wide open to disease and aging;
3508.  Heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer and digestive conditions are all linked to inflammation in the body;
3509.  Over time, excess sugar will eventually come to affect every organ in the body.  Upon initial intake, sugar is stored in the liver as glucose.  Too much sugar throws the liver into overdrive.  Once the liver maxes out its capacity for glucose, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood stream in the form of fatty acids.  The body carries these to every part of the body, storing them as fat;
3510.  Insulin is the hormone created in the pancreas responsible for the storing and processing of sugar;
3511.  When you consume meals high in sugar, the body's demand for insulin increases.  If insulin levels remain consistently high, your body's sensitivity to the hormone becomes numbed, causing glucose to build up in the blood;
3512.  In order to keep the body in equilibrium, insulin levels should remain within a safe zone consistently throughout the day.  Spikes and dips lead to a litany of health issues from fatigue to kidney failure.  If your blood sugar dips too low, the body’s cells become energy starved.  Depending on the duration of the dip, minor or major complications can arise;
3513.  Normal body pH falls between 7.35 and 7.45, even marginal deviations on either side of the spectrum can lead to major side effects;
3514.  When consumed every day, sugar produces a continuously acidic environment within the body's system, meaning more and more minerals are required to offset the imbalance;
3515.  Disease loves an acidic climate.  Obesity, cancer, heartburn, even signs of aging can be linked to acidic build up in the body;
3516.  Chronically acidic diets (more than achievable with the ubiquity of high fructose corn syrups and fructose overloaded products on the market) leads to serious health risk and affects all cellular function, from the beating of your heart to the neural workings of your brain;
3517.  An alkaline diet high in water dense vegetables, good fats and fiber rich foods will rid the body of toxins and keep you feeling younger, leaner and stronger;
3518.  While some studies insist sugar is “non-addictive,” sugar intake spikes dopamine levels in the brain, giving you a consistent rush that will have you wanting more.  The good news is, you can absolutely rewire your brain.  Seven days has been known to create new habit forming pathways within the brain.  One week cold turkey without sugar will ease you into a solid regimen going forward;
3519.  Cancer cells thrive on sugar;
3520.  Research shows sugar not only feeds existing cancer cells, it is a primary driver in oncogenesis, the initiation of cancerous characteristics in healthy cells;
3521.  High sugar diets are strongly linked to pancreatic cancer;
3522.  The thread between high sugar diets and acid build up, obesity and diabetes all raise the risk factor for certain types of cancer;
3523.  The World Health Organization previously recommended no more than 10% of daily calorie intake should be derived from sugar.  They are considering lowering that percentage to five (i.e., 25 grams for the average adult);
3524.  The first YouTube video was uploaded on (Saturday,) April 23rd, 2005;
3525.  Anne Hathaway was (William) Shakespeare’s wife;
3526.  One of the problems with work is that you waste a lot of time with people you can’t stand;
3527.  Shōchū is like the Japanese version of vodka;
3528.  The “fish and chips” (specialty) roll (i.e., flounder, malt vinegar, potato crisps & wasabi tartar) at SEI (SEIRestaurant.com) in D.C. is pretty tasty;
3529.  A single entry visa into China is $140.00 for U.S. citizens and $30.00 for everyone else. . . . Who says the Chinese don’t like Americans?
3530.  Flonase actually works. . . . The smell reminds me of orchids;
3531.  According to Luisa, she sweats a lot . . . and it’s the stinky kind;
3532.  Eddie Vedder worked as a nightshift security guard at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California;
3533.  It seems that after living in a newly constructed place for about seven years, things start to break down;
3534.  (President) George Washington signed the first Patent Act into law on April 10th, 1790;
3535.  Sometimes it’s easier to want something than to have something;
3536.  The bacon wrapped scallops are really salty at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse (in D.C.);
3537.  When a waiter/waitress asks me if I want bread, I should (just) say “no.”  When a waiter/waitress asks me if I want more bread, I should definitely say “no;”
3538.  Happiness is not an object you search out and grab onto.  Happiness is a process;
3539.  The Whole Foods (Market) in Clarendon has Happy Hour every day from 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock.  It includes a Happy Hour food menu featuring half a dozen oysters for $6.00;
3540.  I know Gary.  Gary has a brother, (named) Richard.  Richard plays guitar.  Richard plays (lead) guitar in a band (i.e., “O.A.R.”).  Richard knows Brooks Laich (of the Washington Capitals) and Julianne Hough. . . . Who knew?
3541.  Laura’s hands and fingers are about the size of mine;
3542.  Laura said I have soft hands;
3543.  Laura has soft hands;
3544.  If she holds hands with you, tells you where she hangs out and says she’ll remember you because she’s only had a couple of drinks, ask her for her number, even if she says she’s had a boyfriend for two years;
3545.  Anyone can be an entrepreneur.  All it takes is a little drive and ambition;
3546.  In the 19th century, people consumed an average of about 13 grams of sugar a day.  Today, we consume an incredible 285 grams of sugar per day;
3547.  Success does not insure health, wealth or happiness;
3548.  Airport lounges can be rather nice (specifically the oneworld International Business Lounge at LAX) . . . free food and drinks!
3549.  There are a lot of 7-Elevens in Hong Kong;
3550.  One U.S. dollar is worth 7.75 Hong Kong dollars (in May of 2015);

Monday, April 6, 2015

What I’ve learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

3451.  Julie’s hands are smaller than mine;
3452.  Apparently, Julie likes tongue;
3453.  A life is like a garden.  Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory;
3454.  It’s interesting how someone can become unhappy about her/his job, even though s/he’s very well paid, once s/he finds out s/he’ll never get promoted;
3455.  No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying;
3456.  It’s not a good idea to “hit on” a uniformed, on duty cop when she’s buying snacks at 7-Eleven;
3457.  There’s a parts discount (i.e., about 25%) if you get your GE appliance serviced by one of their company technicians;
3458.  The Kiwis (i.e., New Zealanders) celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (too);
3459.  “Cary Brothers” is a one man act.  There’s no brother;
3460.  Rachael Yamagata has gained (some) weight;
3461.  Rachael Yamagata grew up in Arlington(, Virginia,) and she went to Holton-Arms (School) in Bethesda(, Maryland);
3462.  Rachael Yamagata seems like she’s drunk or (that she) has A(ttention )D(eficit )H(yperactivity )D(isorder);
3463.  Cary Brothers, Rachael Yamagata and Joshua Radin went to school together (at Northwestern University);
3464.  According to Joshua Radin, Cary Brothers and Rachael Yamagata like to drink into the wee hours of the morning (when they’re out on tour together);
3465.  A warmed Starbucks chocolate caramel muffin is a pretty good substitute for a lava cake;
3466.  Surprisingly, Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner works really well;
3467.  Don’t ever burn popcorn in the microwave.  It smells really bad and odor just lingers . . . for days;
3468.  You can make popcorn in the microwave by putting a ¼ cup of kernels in a brown paper bag, folding the top over (to seal it) and microwaving it on high for 1 ½ minutes. . . . After you eat the popped kernels, you can put the bag back in and microwave it again for 1 ½ minutes to pop the leftover kernels;
3469.  Fear is a monster, a beast that devours happiness.  Being comfortable is fear’s greatest strategy.  Comfort is attractive.  Comfort feels like success (even though it’s stagnation).  It stops you from trying.  It stops you from growing;
3470.  If you define yourself by what you do not have rather than what you do have, your spirit will weaken and your heart will fail you.  The world is full of abundance.  Focus on what the world gives you and then take action to create the rest.  Stop waiting for luck.  Create your own;
3471.  According to a cardiologist, the 10 worst foods for your heart are: 1.  French fries (i.e., pure carbohydrate fried in saturated & trans-fats and covered in sodium); 2.  Sausage (i.e., saturated fat); 3.  Red meat, including pork (i.e., cholesterol & saturated fat); 4.  Potato & corn chips (i.e., pure carbohydrate fried in trans-fat and covered in sodium); 5.  Soda (i.e., processed sugar); 6.  Baked goods made with tropical oils (i.e., coconut, palm kernel & palm oils); 7.  Chinese food (i.e., saturated fat & sodium); 8.  Pizza (i.e., crust: carbohydrates & sodium; sauce: sodium; cheese: saturated fat & sodium; and meat toppings like pepperoni & sausage: saturated fat); 9.  Canned soup (i.e., sodium); and 10.  Butter-, mayo- or sour cream-laden foods (i.e., saturated fat & cholesterol);
3472.  Change is the essential process of all existence;
3473.  Kaitlan said I have soft hands;
3474.  Alexander Ovechkin is (only) the 6th player in NHL history to score (at least) 50 goals in 6 (different) seasons (in the league);
3475.  Apparently, my body type is between an ectomorph and a mesomorph(, but predominantly ectomorph);
3476.  If you want your life to go beyond ordinary to extraordinary, you must expand your concept of yourself.  To reach extraordinary levels, where all things are possible, you must change what you believe is true about yourself;
3477.  If you’re in the Air Force, you can be a flight attendant on “Air Force One;”
3478.  When the president travels, they take two “Air Force Ones” with one on standby;
3479.  89 percent of bank robbers are caught at (either) their mom’s or their girlfriend’s house;
3480.  99 percent of bank robbers are men;
3481.  Check cashing places are not F.D.I.C.-insured;
3482.  Money is not the most important thing in life, but it does affect many things that are important to a full and happy life;
3483.  Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine;
3484.  (I can say) I was at the game that Braden Holtby tied Olaf Kolzig for the most wins in a season by a Capitals goalie (i.e., 41) as well as tied Jim Carey for the most shutouts in a season by a Capitals goalie (i.e., 9);
3485.  Braden Holtby got his 9th shutout of the season and his 3rd (this season) against the Bruins. . . . Apparently, it’s the first time in the 91-year history of the (Boston) Bruins that they’ve been shut out with no goals (scored) in a series against the same team in the same season;
3486.  The “Nick Howard” sign has been abandoned in L.A.;
3487.  What has this world come to? . . . Besides at a (night) club or a hotel bar, when did a Jack (Daniels) and diet (Coke) become a $12.00 drink?
3488.  Success isn’t something that just happens.  Success is learned, success is practiced and then it’s shared;
3489.  When we’re stressed at work, the high levels of stress and anxiety translate to higher cortisol throughout the body.  The excess cortisol creates an increased appetite, weakens the immune system and, among other things, causes weight gain;
3490.  Apparently, “War Machine” (i.e., Don Cheadle) is an environmentalist;
3491.  Apparently, Freida Pinto (the actress from “Slumdog Millionaire”) is an environmentalist too;
3492.  Usher is a U2 fan;
3493.  Gwen Stefani is rather attractive in person . . . at least from 50 feet away;
3494.  Don’t get the lobster roll at Bonefish Grill. . . . It’s tiny;
3495.  Life is a storm(, my young friend).  You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next.  What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.  You must look into that storm and shout (as you did in Rome.  )”Do your worst, for I will do mine.”  Then the fates will know you (as we know you);
3496.  Women value physical symmetry because it’s a sign of good health and good genes.  The deeper a man’s voice, the more likely he is to be symmetrical;
3497.  There is no single most-attractive scent, but studies show that women can smell symmetry, just like they can hear it;
3498.  Apparently, you shouldn’t top your sushi with the pickled ginger. . . . It’s there as a palate cleanser, not (as) a condiment;
3499.  You must be born into royalty, but to be an entrepreneur you need only create an empire in your mind;
3500.  Refined sugars deplete essential minerals and vitamins within the body;

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What I’ve learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

3401.  First impressions are tied intimately to positive body language.  Strong posture, a firm handshake, smiling and opening your shoulders to the person you’re talking to will help ensure that your first impression is a good one;
3402.  The University of Virginia’s men’s basketball team has only won seven games in Chapel Hill against the University of North Carolina;
3403.  On February 2nd, 2015, the University of Virginia’s men’s basketball team beat a ranked University of North Carolina men’s basketball team in Chapel Hill for the first time since 1981;
3404.  You can’t give away what you don’t have. . . . If what you give out is self-respect and love, the universe will return the love and respect you’ve been radiating with increased abundance, happiness and opportunity. . . . If you want happiness and hope to give away (and more of the same to bequeath to your children), make sure love and respect are present in all your dealings with the world;
3405.  Stop focusing on the obstacles and start focusing on where you are going;
3406.  Tony Bennett is the only active (men’s college basketball) coach to have a win over all five active Hall of Fame coaches (i.e., Syracuse University’s Jim Boeheim, Southern Methodist University’s Larry Brown, Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski, the University of Louisville’s Rick Pitino and the University of North Carolina’s Roy Williams . . . obviously they can’t beat themselves);
3407.  According to Dave, I’m not as shy as when we first met . . . progress;
3408.  Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence;
3409.  Mousse is basically a fluffier version of pudding;
3410.  Studying alone does you no good.  Study that does not motivate action isn’t useful.  It’s intellectual vanity.  It’s just something to make you feel better about yourself without taking any risk.  You must better yourself through action;
3411.  Six seconds of hugging is the minimum time necessary to promote the flow of oxytocin and serotonin, mood-boosting chemicals that promote bonding;
3412.  The White House has its own beer;
3413.  The Obama presidency is the first time alcohol has been brewed in the White House;
3414.  Aside from official state functions, the president pays for his own groceries at the end of every month;
3415.  By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail;
3416.  Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing;
3417.  The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself;
3418.  Well done is better than well said;
3419.  Never confuse motion with action;
3420.  Jim Morrison (the lead singer of “The Doors”) graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria (in 1961);
3421.  The first organized act of civil disobedience (of the Civil Rights movement) was a “sit in” in 1939 at the segregated Barrett Library on Queen Street in (Old Town) Alexandria;
3422.  In 1909, Orville Wright flew back and forth from Fort Meyer in Arlington to Shuter’s Hill (now the George Washington Masonic National Memorial) in (Old Town) Alexandria as a flight demonstration for the U.S. Army;
3423.  The Wright Brothers were awarded the world’s first military airplane contract (in 1909);
3424.  The Happy Hour Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon (i.e., both Canyon Road) at Virtue (Feed & Grain) are (actually) pretty good;
3425.  If you're dining out on a budget, avoid ordering (inexpensive) pasta dishes.  It's almost always a better value to order a chicken or pork entree that has substantial ingredients.  The only exception is if the restaurant specializes in pasta;
3426.  You want to approach new sushi bars carefully.  Always start by ordering some simple tuna sashimi.  This basic sashimi will give you a very accurate view of the quality of the fish (and food) at the sushi bar;
3427.  A simple way to quickly tell whether a restaurant is sanitary is to duck into the bathrooms.  If the bathrooms are a mess, then you can assume the kitchen is not as clean as you'd like;
3428.  If you want to give your oatmeal some flavor, try some (fruit) preserves;
3429.  Jamie Foxx is a decent three-point shooter;
3430.  Joe Harris (of the Cleveland Cavaliers) will get your Starbucks order;
3431.  It’s funny how some people(, in their minds,) can be so convinced that they’re right that they’ll still argue with you when the evidence to the contrary is (sitting) right before their eyes;
3432.  Freezing rain means waddling like a penguin . . . and a sore butt;
3433.  Apparently, Miss D.C. (i.e., Teresa Davis) and Miss D.C. Teen U.S.A. (i.e., Niara Iman) will show up to your condo(minium) building's Chinese New Year party;
3434.  (It's suspected that) people have sex about three times a month in the downstairs bathroom at Murphy's (Grand Irish Pub);
3435.  Megan’s dad was a mailman;
3436.  Veal chops are a little fatty, but they're very tender;
3437.  If you want something bad enough, you will find a way, if not, you will always find an excuse;
3438.  The cuddling that comes before sex, it turns out, is just as important as sex itself.  In fact, science has found that initiating physical affection, whether it eventually leads to sex or not, is seriously good for our relationships;
3439.  A study, first released last year and set to be published in the Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, looked at 397 cohabiting heterosexual couples to see how initiations of physical intimacy – that is, the physical nudges we use to indicate we’re in the mood – influenced their relationship.  This could mean cuddling, kissing, spooning and even sexy massages.  While past studies have suggested that these initiating moves might be negatively coercive, the latest study found that general attempts at physical intimacy increased relationship satisfaction, relationship stability, better communication and less conflict;
3440.  Both male and female participants experienced positive outcomes of physical intimacy, the relationship particularly benefitted when men made the initiating moves, since the initiations of cuddling and touch provided women with reassurance and commitment;
3441.  Many couples naturally experience decreased sexual activity as time goes on, but this study suggests even if we think our significant other might not be in the mood, it’s still important to try.  Initiation communicates a desire to be close, have sex and create interest in the relationship.  So even when couples don’t have sex, they are strengthening the relationship by communicating desires to be close and being committed to the relationship;
3442.  Cuddling not only tells your partner you desire them; touch itself has encouraging health benefits.  All kinds of physical contact, including hugs, have been shown to reduce stress, curb anxiety/depression and strengthen the immune system;
3443.  When we’re physically close to someone, our bodies release oxytocin, the “happy chemical” that contributes to feelings of intimacy and well-being in relationships;
3444.  It’s amazing what can be accomplished when no cares who gets the credit;
3445.  Play the board as it is, not how you want it to be;
3446.  Coming into the 2014-‘15 men’s college basketball season, only three schools had won the outright, regular season, A(tlantic )C(oast )C(onference) title in back-to-back seasons: Duke University, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. . . . You can now add the University of Virginia to that list;
3447.  (It seems like) Mr. Gwen Stefani (i.e., Gavin Rossdale) hasn’t aged much;
3448.  It’s kind of awkward hitting on a girl with her father sitting (just) two feet away (and he can hear your entire conversation);
3449.  Julie said I have nice hands;
3450.  Apparently, Julie likes her fingers sucked;

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What I’ve learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

3351.  Be specific about what you want and take action.  Decide on one thing that you would like to work on and do it today.  Work at it daily rather than making it a long-range objective;
3352.  You are unique.  But the key is in knowing what makes you unique;
3353.  New Year’s Eve gets confusing when your school’s fight song is set to “Auld Lang Syne;”
3354.  I can now say that I’ve been to a Winter Classic (hockey) game;
3355.  Eric Fehr (of the Washington Capitals) really likes playing outdoors;
3356.  The Winter Classic has a playoff feel to it;
3357.  Apparently, you can make a banjolele out of a Danish butter cookie tin;
3358.  (Prime rib) au jus isn’t a bad steak sauce;
3359.  Be wary of playing Pictionary against Kelsey (Muka) and Kristen (Cunningham). . . . They’re telepathic;
3360.  “The Sheppard” (i.e., “Spike” Mendelsohn’s speakeasy) is named after Senator Morris Sheppard, who sponsored the Sheppard Bone-Dry Act (of 1917) that banned alcohol(ic beverages) in D.C.;
3361.  The Corvette engine in the Cadillac CTS-V has a nice roar/sound to it;
3362.  I can say that I’ve gone 105 mph on the Whitehurst Freeway (in Georgetown);
3363.  Corn Chex is a decent substitute for croutons;
3364.  You know it’s (freezing) cold when you can feel the biting wind through your gloves;
3365.  According to Scott Shane in his book, The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors and Policy Makers Live By, people who dealt drugs as teenagers are between 11 and 21 percent more likely than other people to start their own businesses in adulthood.  And their higher rate of self-employment isn’t the result of wealth accumulated dealing drugs, a greater likelihood of having a criminal record or lower wages;
3366.  In entrepreneurship, you’re the boss.  So it requires leadership.  And some research shows being super-smart actually makes you worse at being a leader;
3367.  According to Shane, studies have found that people are more satisfied with their jobs when they are working for themselves than when they are working for others.  In fact, the studies show that to be as satisfied when someone is working for others as s/he is when s/he is working for herself/himself, the average person needs to make two-and-a-half times as much money;
3368.  I need to work on my posture (when I’m sitting down);
3369.  I’m not a fan of button fly jeans(. . . . They’re so hard to button and unbutton);
3370.  (If you want) to get rid of (a lot of) the grease in your pepperoni, place them between a couple of paper towels and microwave them on high for 30 seconds;
3371.  I know someone whose taken photo(graph)s for Scott Weiland;
3372.  What do you need to do to be the 1st star of the game?  If you’re John Carlson, the answer is: Score the game winning goal against the (Detroit) Red Wings on your 25th birthday;
3373.  Tia is from (just) outside Raleigh, North Carolina;
3374.  Ariane is a morning person;
3375.  Ariane has relatives in Pennsylvania and Belgium;
3376.  Ariane is a rower;
3377.  Don’t find fault, find a remedy;
3378.  If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right;
3379.  You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do;
3380.  Most people get ahead during the time that others waste;
3381.  As President, Thomas Jefferson was the first person to stock the White House with wine (and he spent a third of his salary doing so his first year);
3382.  To do something really great, there requires a long obedience in the same direction;
3383.  (Fruit) preserves make pretty good yogurt mix-ins;
3384.  If you like oysters, go to Meridian Pint (MeridianPint.com) in D.C. on Mondays or Tuesdays for Happy Hour.  From 5 o’clock to 7 o’clock, they have a half dozen oysters with a pint of Founders Porter for $10.00;
3385.  I can now say that I’ve seen a top 5 (men’s) college basketball upset in person (specifically Georgetown beating then 4th ranked Villanova 78-58);
3386.  According to research from Gallup, companies fail to make the right person manager 82% of the time;
3387.  The people who find a way to succeed don’t make excuses;
3388.  Arctic char is like salmon;
3389.  I can now say that I’ve (inadvertently) been to a “March for Life;”
3390.  Don’t make lunch plans in Penn Quarter/Chinatown during the “March for Life;”
3391.  Glass covered, (ceramic) baking dishes (i.e., CorningWare) work well for storing cupcakes overnight;
3392.  Nothing says classy like using Dawn dishwashing liquid for hand soap (i.e., Mac’s Club Deuce in Miami);
3393.  “Area 31” (Area31Restaurant.com) has a great view of downtown Miami;
3394.  Apparently, a plane can be too heavy to land (specifically at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport);
3395.  On Monday nights, it’s ½ off (pork spare)ribs at Sweet Fire Donna’s (SweetFireDonnas.com) in (Old Town) Alexandria starting at 5 o’clock until they’re gone;
3396.  Pork spare ribs can be rather fatty;
3397.  Apparently, storing cupcakes in the refrigerator is bad (i.e., it dries them out), but (oddly enough) storing them in the freezer is okay;
3398.  Dr. Wasink recently conducted a study in the Atlanta and D.C. metro(politan) areas that suggested nearly 60% of grocery store purchases happened within 12 inches of eye level.  That being said, most of the cheapest options are on the bottom shelf;
3399.  Alexander Ovechkin is (only) the 5th NHL player to score (at least) 30 goals in each of his first 10 seasons in the league;
3400.  Research shows (that) most people decide whether or not they like you within the first seven seconds of meeting you.  Then they spend the rest of the conversation internally justifying their initial reaction;