Just Me Against The World


Sleep Paralysis Type of Night

July 10th, 2018

I can’t really explained how this all happened last night or what triggered it, but it was disturbing enough for me to dust off my blog this morning and write about it. I usually have random issues with sleeping, though this is the first time I’ve ever experienced sleep paralysis and it’s not something I would like to go through again if at all avoidable. Maybe it’s stress from work trying to constantly get things right, thinking about training this new hire, looking for a bigger house, considering selling my condo, planning two trips to the pacific northwest, or something completely unrelated. I’ll never know. 

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Chinese, Japanese, Look At These

October 31st, 2017

I have to skip my fitness blog this week because I wanted to address something that happened over the weekend and became a bigger ordeal to some than others. On Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing against the Houston Astros in the MLB World Series. Probably a pretty cool thing for people who watch baseball, which I don’t claim that I do. During the game I was scrolling through Twitter and saw a bunch of posts about some Astros fool named Yuli Gurriel pulling his eyes back to be “slanted” to make fun of Japanese Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish and calling him “chinito” to top it off. Call it racist, call it rude, call it racially insensitive, call it derogatory. Whatever you want to call it, make sure you call it wrong and f*cked up. People were trying to pass it off that Gurriel had dirt in his eyes and needed eye drops. You have to be dumb as hell to believe that. Everyone knows damn well what Gurriel was doing, especially him.

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Back To The Basics

October 23rd, 2017

I was kind of busy last week so I didn’t get to start writing this blog post, which more than likely means that this won’t go up on Monday. Damn. Only the third week in and I’m already lagging. But since this is the first of a series of workout routines, I wanted to get into more detail and even have some videos to go with it. The videos will definitely improve, though. Probably more than they even need to since it’s just a bunch of exercises at the gym. Anyhow, let’s get cracking.

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Chu’s Your Gym Wisely

October 16th, 2017

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Thinking about working out is already stressful enough if this is a new lifestyle that you want to take on. Then pile on the sales pressure from your gym and it might turn you back to eating chips in the dark corner of your kitchen while nobody is watching (I actually do this). I’ll use this post to list out a few things to keep an eye out for when signing up for a gym membership because you’ll be locked in for a year or longer to get the better rates. These people can be vultures. Worse than the prototypical used car salesman that promises you world and gives you a RAV 4 with a leaking radiator. Sorry. You signed on the line, bro. Nothing we do about it now. You should have read the 90 page contract before you initialed by all 400 disclaimers.

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Welcome To RikDaddy Fitness

October 10th, 2017

Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally not some kind of health nut. If you see all the fried chicken and tacos I eat, calorie counting definitely isn’t my thing. I love to eat, but I also don’t want to weigh 400 lbs because of my lack of a proper diet. It’s not a good look for someone who is nearing 40 and standing at barely 5′ 7″. I’ll look more like an overstuffed dumpling and need to go back to wearing size XL and consider swimming with a t-shirt on. I actually started working out close to 10 years ago without any professional training (for obvious reasons that I’ll get into with another blog post). One of my yappy aunts is the reason I actually took fitness more seriously.

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Oh My Leezy

January 26th, 2017

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I don’t even know where to begin with this one because life seems really messed up to me right now. In the blink of an eye, our friend Jennifer Lee (Jenn LA) was stolen from us. Everything seems so unreal because just a few weeks ago we were talking about her wedding and now we are planning her funeral. Like I said, it’s just messed up. I was in China in the middle of a meeting and people know that when I’m in meetings, I don’t check my phone. But there happened to be a small break so I looked at my phone and there were a bunch of messages. A couple were from Ernie Alderete and couple from my sister followed by missed FaceTime calls. We actually got into an argument earlier and I thought she wanted to talk about that. I quickly glanced at Ernie’s text, but Jean’s messages read “Call me ASAP!” and “Call me!!” so I called her back. Her face was swollen with tears running down it. I could barely hear what she was saying because the internet was choppy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gone But Never Forgotten

January 13th, 2017

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The last two Januarys have been extremely tough for me and my heart hasn’t stopped hurting in this 12 month timespan. As the anniversary of my big bro Scott Bui’s passing is just around the corner, I lose another close friend Jenn Lee to a senseless act that I cannot comprehend. At age 38, I am learning that this type of thing never gets easier. The pain and hurt will never go away for any of us. We just learn to cope with it slowly. Day-by-day. Week-by-week. Month-by-month. Year-by-year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamal The Great

July 8th, 2016

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Certain things in life are more important than simply being rich and famous. I know, it’s crazy concept, right? But money can only buy you so many things in life. Mostly stuff that you probably don’t even need. Then there’s fame. Fame will probably get you laid so I guess that’s not such a bad thing. But to me, being a great human being pays more dividends than any fat paycheck or quick hit ever will. Whoever said “never meet your heroes/idols” obviously didn’t have NBA star Jamal Crawford aka J Crossover  in mind. Rewind back to before Jamal signed with the LA Clippers four years ago. I always admired his game. He had and still has one of the deadliest crossovers in the business (hence the nickname J Crossover). But because he played for other teams, I didn’t get to watch him as much as I wanted to due to me being too cheap to pay for NBA League Pass. Once the Clips signed him, he quickly became one of my favorite players. Just as much off the court as on it.

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The Legacy of Scott Bui aka #TheGun

January 21st, 2016

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At the time I started writing this entry it will be close to 36 hours since my dear friend, Scott Bui, was stolen from us. All of my thoughts are scattered right now and I’m an emotional wreck so this blog post will be forever incomplete and a jumbled mess because I will continue adding to it as wonderful memories of Scott pop into my head. I’ll never be finished with this entry and over time, it might become the length of a Harry Potter book. Since Sunday morning my heart hasn’t stopped hurting and I haven’t been able to stop the tears from running down my face. Does this type of pain ever go away? When does this supposed healing process begin? Read the rest of this entry »

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Why I’m Not Married Yet

January 7th, 2016

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I was just talking to my friend about this last night because I hear this a lot. “You’re such a great guy, why aren’t you married yet?” Ok. Maybe they don’t say that I’m a great guy. I could’ve just added that part in, but the fact of the matter is that I just turned 37 and I’m the last single dude out of all of my friends. For real. Look at all of our group pics and I’m always the odd man out. 5th wheel. 7th wheel. 15th wheel. You name it and it’s me. Is there some kind of science to this? Probably not. I’d like to think that there was. I can only go by what I know, which obviously isn’t much. Read the rest of this entry »

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