Monday, January 12, 2009

The Killers

So I've been listening to The Killers' new album, Day & Age. I am blown away by it. All of it. I don't really understand the meaning of any of the lyrics--they are out there, but the music is awesome and Brandon Flowers sounds amazing as always. Buy it. Get it. Got it? Good. Play it over and over again for days on end.

This is what I usually do with my music. I find a few good songs that I fall in love with, and they play non stop for roughly 3 months. Is that obsessive or what? Though, I am discovering that more and more people do this. Is this an American problem? Is it an Asian problem? Is it a problem with societies across the globe?! Who knows?! But I'm not going to stop!

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Wow, two blog posts in two days! That's a record!

I don't think I've ever written a list of resolutions before, so let's see how this goes. These are in no particular order.

-Get an affordable apartment, or at least my own room.

-Do $250k in Sales for Nova

-Go to FHE consistently

-Be better at paying tithing right away

-Win a kicboxing match at 130lbs

-Win MMA at 130lbs

-Put myself in a position to start dating long term

-Read through the Bible, Book of Mormon, and D&C from cover to cover

-Run 20 minutes every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

-Get 10 consistent ladies signed up for my Women's MMA class

-Be better at skimboarding

-Catch a wave on a surf board without falling off.

I think that's well rounded in work/social/physical/spiritual. Right? Let's see how this goes!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


So, I stink at this blogging thing. At some point, I may attempt to try to play 'catch up.' But let's not bank on it.

I feel that 2008 was an eventful year both for myself and the world. Here are my most memorable moments of 2008:

January-Moved back home after graduating from UW. I remember picking my stuff up in Seattle right after I got back from Christmas (2007) in Iowa. I also started my paralegal certificate at Skagit because I thought working in a law office would be easy.

February: I started working at Best Buy and a law office. And going to school at night. And I became public affairs of the paralegal club. And the activities coordinator at church.

March: I think I had some sort of a spring break or something. I met up with a few old friends.

April/May: long months! I was still busy doing all that stuff! I think I went on 2 dates as well. Lovelynn and Jason got married.

June: Walked in my UW graduation, finished working at Best Buy and the Law Office, finished the paralegal thing.

July: Moved to California.

August: Got a job at Nova.

September: Started kickboxing. Worked on Prop 8 stuff. Went to Vegas for the first time, broke even.

October: Joined the Fil-Am Republican Association of Los Angeles. Subscribed to a chiropractor.

November: Spoke at the Beverly Hills Country Club for Prop 8. Voted yes on Prop 8 and for McCain/Palin, but wasn't shocked when Obama won. Celebrated Savannah's 2nd birthday, got to see my parents and my brother in Arizona. Spent Thanksgiving in California.

December: Survived layoffs at work. Home for Christmas!

I'd have to look up the exact dates, but at some point, Elisha went on her mission to Spain, Megan went to Argentina, Sam came back from Siberia, and Carl returned from Norway.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

I didn't blog in October?!

Man October was such a crazy month!

Work (as in my 8-5 job) is getting more comfortable, but also a little stressful because of the market and whatnot. However, it has also gotten 10x more fun.

I go to see my chiropractor Dr Bazil 3 times a week. I feel so much more healthy!

I'm fighting on December 6.

I'm making a commercial for Bend n Stretch. Pics coming soon!

I've decided to run for congress. Sometime.

I'm going to be a fight promoter.

We're going to win Prop 8.

I think McCain will win, too.

I still don't have an apartment.

I get to see my whole family this Friday!

I have a cold right now, but other than that, I love life.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Update! Random Thoughts

Ok, a lot has happened! And I apologize for the lack of proficient blogging, but a quick update will have to suffice. And these are in no sensible order:

-My job is still pretty fun. It's not everything I ever hoped for, but it keeps me busy (and not just busy work, but real work) and I find new ways to challenge myself everyday and contribute to the overall company in meaningful ways. I also have fun with my coworkers. A group of us have been eating lunch together every day for like 2 weeks now, and it's my favorite part of my working day.

-I started going to Elite MMA, and they have offered for me to join their fight team, get sponsored, and teach there. I also have some other opportunities with them that I will yet reveal until it's official. My coaches there are Steve Rodarte and Sonny Hughes.

-I'm still working on the Proposition 8 campaign, which has proved challenging, yet rewarding. It's interesting to see that while our country preaches freedom of religion, religions are prohibited from practicing politics. Even more interesting is that freedom -for- religions get stricken down by politicians, who suffer no recourse from religious institutions because of the 'tax exempt' rule.

-I suffered from a bout of Glory-day syndrome. For those of you that don't know...that's a term in the athletic/fighting world that pertains to fighters/athletes who used to be really good, and then somehow got out of their grove, lost it, and then try to make a comeback. I figured there was no point in reminiscing about the old days, or how things used to be, so I quickly got over it and am enjoying starting my new life down here. I think living in the past is extremely detrimental to your present and future.

-A quote from RS today, "You may have the faith to move mountains, but don't be surprised when God hands you the shovel."

-I watched Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog. My favorite songs are A Man's Gotta Do, and On The Rise.

Best musical since Jesus Christ Superstar.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Employment! (but not fame...or a lot of wealth for that matter)

Finally, after 7 weeks, probably about 200 emails and random applications, and 8 interviews (2 of which were complete scams..) I got a job!

It's with a pretty cool company with a lot of room for growth. It's a high-end lamp company. They have offices internationally, but LA is their main office. Everyone is super friendly, and I found out I got it yesterday, which is the same day I interviewed as well. I'm just doing customer service and project management at first, but I have room to grow into sales and business development in a year too. It's a really nice office, but it happens to be in the 'almost' ghetto, bordering the Compton area. Basically, if I ever get lost on my way to work, I will be shot. But it's the trade-off I have accepted.

Now I'm on the search for an apartment to live in. Which will be tricky. With prices here, and what I'm making, after all my bills and whatever, I will have about $100 left over. So much for being filthy rich!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Grr blogging

Ok, I should blog more, I know. I also realize that not everyone likes to read about politics. So I might start a second blog only for my political rants, and export all of these political blogs over there, and I'll keep this blog for my fun stuff. Like my adventures with rattlesnakes. And being on the verge of death in Compton. Or my application process for the LA Sheriff's Dept. And what about getting hired as director of an MMA program at a super ritzy gym in souther Orange County.

Yeah. I'm in over my head.

But check out how cute my niece is!

(Don't judge--Kortney made me watch High School Musical, and I kind of like the music...)