Unexpected…

December 5, 2011

I can not remember for the life of me if I mentioned this in my last two posts, but I’ve been away for 3 weeks out of November, and spent most of Octoboer and the last couple weeks here in New York training and preparing for my new job.  Although I was skeptical, I did actually get promoted.

I spent 3 weeks across the country in California where I met a real fine group of people.  I also fell in love with the state itself and the San Francisco area.  A big plus for me out there is that everyone seems to ride a bike, scooter, or motorcycle.  Here in Long Island that does happen but only for a certain time of the year, and the roads can be as safe as a bear cave.

Aside from turning 24, other events have transpired that I won’t really get into detail about here, but I just wanted to say how funny life is and how things can just fall into place.  Well, not really fall into just a “place” but how events can just arrange themselves in such a weird way.  The last two quarters of this year have been so “high octane”, at least for me.  Family, relationships, love, friendship, work, health and mortality have all been topics that were shaken in the last 4-5 months.  A lot of change has happened but I just feel like it will keep coming in waves.

If we are all still here in 2012, I’m sure it’ll at least be a very, very interesting year.

Local Bars

September 30, 2011

I’ve been living in my town for about 15 years.  When I was just hitting the double digits in age a new store appeared to be opening up in the small strip of shops behind my house.  After making a candy-run one summer day I peered inside and deemed it a restaurant.  However, I didn’t exactly know what a bar was like or about, causing me to mislabel it.

Tonight, on the eve of what is a very important day for me professionally, my friend decides he wants to drink. Where?  How about that local bar behind your house that has wings and stuff? Sure.

This isn’t the first local bar I’ve been to, there’s another one a few minutes away by car I frequented when my childhood friend became the main bartender there.  Local bars always seemed like gritty, vapid, real-life examples of “misery loves company.” After going to this bar though, I can honestly say that isn’t always the case.  Bar-behind-my-house had around 8 occupants, and it looked like it could easily hold 5 times that on a busy night.  Flat screen televisions were scattered just below the ceiling along the wooden walls for all to view whatever sporting channel had a game on.  The bartenders and other employees were an assortment of people with different ethnicities and ages, and gave off a similar vibe to the employees you’d find in a mom-and-pop pizza place.  (One of which happens to be down the block.) Other patrons of the bar discussed their work, politics, and stuff every human being goes through to keep themselves afloat in this world.  It wasn’t pathetic, or shady, it was very human.  Also, what I find funny, or even strange, was that the first person I met in this town ended up walking through bar-behind-my-house’s doors.

Can’t put my finger on why, but it was comforting having a quiet area to order wings, drink some beer and have a conversation with my friend about life.  A potential reason may be that the place I work in can seem like a large departure from plain old human nature, and seems unreal at times.  The place I thought would indicate total loss of integrity upon visiting turned out to be a means of legitimately winding down a long work day.

Not exactly a post about achieving new heights in wisdom or character, but something was definitely endearing about the environment that’s been behind my house so long.

Sean

No More “Day One”‘s.

September 27, 2011

It has been quite some time since I last wrote what I was up to, which isn’t a good thing since this website is a privilege and I should not abuse it.  However I shall correct that, or try my best to, and really integrate this website in my day to day like it deserves to be.

Now…

The purpose of this website was to write about the things I don’t know, and how I come about getting to know these things.  Be it a movie, book, or some life skill, I want to talk about it here.  Since April I’ve been all over the place, trying to do too many things at once, and not really accomplishing much.  Two things have changed in my life though, that are making me put my foot down and make sure progress actually happens.

Looking back at all the activities and skills I’ve tackled from childhood to now, I’ve had many “Day One”’s.  You know, you get up, you have a little fire in your eye and you look at the thing you’ve been trying to get better at or learn and declare that you will conquer it once and for all.  “All right, day one, going to do xxxx, let’s go!”.  (A good example of an “update” that would be plastered on someone’s personal site at their favorite social network) Eventually the practice falls by the wayside due to other things in life or just pure laziness, and then something will spark interest again way later and you’re at “Day One” again.

This is not groundbreaking news but I’ve decided this whole “Day One” debacle is a giant waste of time.  Working out for a period and getting somewhat fit, just to regress then start over, is a pain.  Consistency would have granted much better results than trying to perform in bursts.  Again, this isn’t something everyone doesn’t know already.  I mention it though because I’ve made the decision to eliminate the whole cycle because I honestly don’t think I have time for this “Day One” thing anymore.  I’m young yes, but I’ve been at the same point physically and mentally for a while, and I hate stagnation.  I may know a lot more about different bits of tech, skills, and whatnot than I did a few years back, but there aren’t many tangible skills that have come from that.  That needs to change.

The number of the day I’m on right now isn’t known to me, but I have a flow going and I refuse to go back to a “Day One” situation if I have anything to do with it.  I’ll put up a revised itinerary sometime tomorrow.

-Sean

 

Currently filling in…

April 5, 2011

Status update:

Going over my poorly written review of “The Fighter”.

Doing a week of at home work outs before setting foot in my gym. (WEAK)

Learning about pirates in the 1600’s.

Playing with my iPad 2.

Considering a bicycle to ride to work. If it is warm why not? Must research pricing and routes.

Need to explore manhattan.

Long Island Motocross is seemingly closed. Will call them back in a month to see if I can join their ranks…

Bye!

-Sean

Biggest blank of all…

March 27, 2011

Salutations,

I am still in the process of learning the design skills I need before I tell more people about this site. I’ve still been writing, although I have thrown some stuff out after reviewing some of my work. As an update I wanted to post that I’m going to be continually working on my biggest weakness ever, history.

Of course I went through history courses throughout my entire life but it never stuck and wasn’t compelling to me. Now I find it almost indispensable to have a good grip on history of this country and at least some knowledge of others. Nowadays I just feel ignorant, and for good reason. Participating in any political conversation isn’t an option for me and certain things in this world I don’t understand because I don’t have a good grip on history. Especially this past century.

How to patch this up? Well I’ve enlisted the aid of a book by the name of, A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror by Larry Schweikart. It goes without saying that this book is long, and it also goes without saying I should read more books than one when it comes to recounting any historical event. This combined with the bevy of news apps available to me on my shiny new iPad should get me up to speed. More importantly it should get me an opinion on today’s current events.

After this, I’m going to work on learning about another kind of history: my family and background.

Sean

Fill the what?

March 19, 2011

Hello,

My name is Sean. I’m a curious and over-ambitious fellow particularly interested in filling-in the gaps (“blanks”) in my knowledge of the world. There are so many movies I haven’t seen, books I have not read, and general bits of information I don’t know. I absolutely despise not knowing about something, and have always wished to gain a knowledge of everything. That is unfortunately impossible, but my goal is to round myself out and gain as much know-how on what’s out there as possible. I kept myself in a bubble for a good portion of my life and shut out anything unfamiliar to me, which puts me at this disadvantage today. However I consider this lack of experience an advantage because I get to see, read, and learn about what I missed and write about it here, providing myself and others with a reference to the good and bad I experience from this day and on.

This primary post is incredibly formal sounding but I wanted to express why this site was created and will continue to exist in as clear a manner as possible. Once I start sharing my views it will surely get quite informal here.

Bye for now…

Sean