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The Dust of Everyday Life

A few months back I was asked to write a few words on my hopes for Sugoi Japan, a project by Dentsu & the Yomirui Shimbun (the largest news paper in Japan). Sugoi Japan is an attempt to poll the Japanese public and find their favorite cultural creations that they would share with the international community. I wrote:

“Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso once said that with great reverence. I can see the influence of Japanese Popular Arts and Culture on the souls of our fans every day. When you gaze upon the 80,000+ fans at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, you quickly appreciate this influence. Attendees dressed in a colorful array of costumes and proudly displaying their love of Japanese Art is an awesome spectacle. There’s an energy and excitement that honors generations of artists and dreamers across the world. This enthusiasm for art improves every aspect of our lives and unifies people with great passions.

That is what is truly wonderful about Sugoi-Japan’s mission in bringing together these passions and recognizing them. Sugoi-Japan washes the dust from ordinary days and shares the splendor of Japanese Popular Arts with everyone.

On behalf of fans everywhere, I thank you.” – Marc Perez –

What makes this an especially fun bit, is that the other individual they got to comment was Guillermo del Toro, and that’s great company to be among.

Peace be with all of you.  =)

The Rent is Due!

Success is never owned, it is only rented; and the rent is due every day. -Rory Vaden

Not all work earns you a pay check, and some of the most worthwhile work doesn’t come with a paycheck at all. Wither its learning something new in your spare time that will help you with your job, or that just goes to make you a more well rounded individual, working hard is always worth it. Moving the ball down the field is hard, play after play, game after game, season after season takes its toll, but looking back and seeing what you have accomplished in-spite of yourself can be a great feeling. I have made some very serious mistakes in my choices the last few years that have truly taught me the meaning of regret. However those choices and mistakes have put me where I am and made me who I am now.

I am thankful for all of you in my life.

I hope you are all doing well & God bless. =)

Peace be with you.


Two points to…

So at work during our twice a week meetings we always have someone who is in a jokester mood. The joking usually comes out in some smart aleck comment when another employee is complaining or says something that is a bit off and hilarity usually ensues. So with that I am going to keep a running log of those comments and, if I can remember, a record of what sparked the comment.

Here are the current few I can remember:

David: I will not be around as often as I am going to Graduate school.
Greg: Translation: “I’m sorry my success is inconvenient for you”.

Ray: Well they need a faster speed, what comes between 3 & 10?
Marc: 4, 5,….6….7…8……9.
Ray: Shut up…

Pam$5.20 to drive to work in the “express” lanes but we are going 20mph. #ripoff
(Image of traffic and freeway, on the ground it says “Exprs”)
JoshOh that’s the exprs lane. It’s the Chinese knockoff express lane. Doesn’t work quite as well.

If you feel like searching for these in the future as I add more, the hash tag for these will be: #TwoPointsTo

Hope you got a few laughs and that your doing well!
Peace be with you.

Francis Scott Key Key

“We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition… In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.”
– George Washington – Baltimore – January 27, 1793

The passage above made by this nations greatest founding father was his attempt at calling out those who should serve, even if they had different opinions & beliefs then his own or what were the popular at the time.

Are you living the life you are called to? Are you making the choices you should based upon your faith?

We all have challenges and weaknesses, it is what you are doing here and now that makes the difference, because you can’t change the past.

Good night dear reader, God bless and peace be with you.


Let me tell you about my attempted flight with Norwegian Airlines.

We had been backed away from the gate and the captain came on to report that during the start up checklist he noticed a reported mechanical issue with the Wing Spoiler before pulling away and was now going through a second test. The second test failed as well, so maintenance was called. LAX would not grant us a new gate or let us return to the original gate, so we were towed to an outlying facility for maintenance while the passengers waited on board.

After 4 hours, the engineers reported back that they were unable to isolate the issue, and we were being removed from the plane for the night. Buses were brought out to the remote terminal to take us back to the Tom Bradley terminal. After waiting 2 hours in the new terminal, Norwegian notified everyone that we need to leave the terminal area and go to baggage claim, where we were promised food, drinks and a place to rest while things were sorted out. (Side note: President Obama is in town, so got a nice shot of Air Force one.) [soliloquy id=”134″]

Unfortunately, the baggage section they moved us to is under construction so 30 minutes later with no food, water or hotels we were asked to leave the Tom Bradley terminal so construction could continue.

Its now 0230am, many passengers have attempted to find hotels, and most every hotel within 50 miles are all sold out (Something even the airline admitted). So 300+ people(including many families and European tourists) have now been kicked out of the airport, with no access to hotel rooms, no cash assistance, no food, no water. Its a nightmare and almost became a riot.

So now almost 9 hours later, their has been no proactive contact from the airline. The airline website still lists last nights flight as delayed:

Calls to customer service result in a “Sorry we can not help you. You are welcome to cancel your flight and get a refund.”

All this to say, Norwegian is a terrible Airline, with horrible customer service who has ruined trips for hundreds of people with little to no remorse.

As of now, personally I will miss my connecting train to Paris, two business meetings, have wasted a hotel night in London and am left with the worst customer service experience ever.
Also as a sad coincidence My fiance who attempted to surprise me by joining my flight is upset and feels lied to by the airline (as do the rest of the passengers). No good deed goes unpunished.

Will we see this situation fixed? It’s not looking that way so far. So off we go into battle trying to get someone who has the power to fix this to notice us.

Thanks for the support, tweets and kind words from other travelers.

Join our running complaints on twitter at: ‪#‎NeverFlyNorwegian‬
Lets see if we can get it trending.


2 Upset Passengers of Flight DY7096

Just FYI:

Norwegian is a new to the US low cost European airline (think southwest minus the awesome customer service)
Flight # DY7096
Original Departure Time 2030
Emptied Plane at 0000
Kicked out of terminal at 230


All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
– Plutarch

It was not until a few years ago that I started to understand the term, peace be with you. Its not about not going to war, its about a mental peace washing over you. In the middle of a struggle or difficulty its hard to be calm in all that is stressing you.

Peace is not about running away from your fears or issues, but about knowing that you can only do so much, the rest is up to God, and being completely comfortable with that.

Don’t run away, embrace the issues and work through them. Don’t. Ever. Give. Up.

Good night world… peace be with you.


Life Experiences

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Continuing with the theme of attitude; bitterness the cousin to anger will rear its ugly head if you don’t watch out. Life is hard, but then again no one said it would be easy.

I hope you are all enjoying this day of our Lord.

Peace be with you. =)


God bless…


So a man falls down a hole…

Leo McGarry:  How’d it go?

Josh Lyman: Did you wait around for me?

Leo McGarry: How’d it go?

Josh Lyman: He thinks I may have an eating disorder…

Leo McGarry: [bemused] Josh…

Josh Lyman: …and a fear of rectangles. That’s not weird, is it?

Josh Lyman: I didn’t cut my hand on a glass. I broke a window in my apartment.

Leo McGarry: This guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can’t get out.
A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey you, can you help me out?”
The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up “Father, I’m down in this hole, can you help me out?”
The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it’s me, can you help me out?”
And the friend jumps in the hole.
Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.”
The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out.”

– Aaron Sorkin “West Wing”

I don’t know the way out, but we can get out together with help from our friends. =)

God bless.



When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood.

-Sam Ewing

Coming home to a changed environment is always hard, but much like going to your childhood home, its not the differences in the environment that you miss.
It’s the past that you long for, that sense of being “Home”.

You can’t change the past, but you can work for a better future with what is best from the past into the here and now.

Prayers for all of you.

God bless.


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