Well… and there we go another year. 2016 has been very good to me. I know many says 2016 is a horrible year, but 2016 to me has been really blessed.
So let’s reflect what has happened.
First, I am an uncle again!!! Welcome Ethan Chan!!!
In earlier 2016, we decided to buy a new house. This was such a life changing experience. This also lead to a career change, I decided to leave BlueCat, one of the best job I ever had. Oh and for the first time in my career, I received 3 different awards from BlueCat for my performance!!!
But with these changes lead to even better experiences. We love our new neighborhood and believe it or not… I love my new job with Gigamon even more!!!!
so on other news…
This year (2016) has been a year of tennis and travel and no travel.
First of all tennis ….
Well… I got bumped from 2.5 rating to 3.0. It is a really nothing, but my goal for 2017 is to get to 3.5. Vicky’s 3.0 team made it to the Nationals again and got 3rd place!!!
As for travel in 2016 I’ve been traveling a lot for work but not much personal travel because of our new home purchase. Because of this this was also the first year that we (Vicky and I) spend both Thanksgiving and Christmas with our pup, Hugo, in Seattle.
So where have I been for work this year?
San Francisco, Califorina
Las Vegas … way to many times in 2016
Personal travel this year
This year has been a stay home year, but that has been really fine with me, because during the work week, I’ve been traveling pretty crazy during the year for work.
Once again, looking back at 2016 for me, personally, it has been pretty good. We’ve been very blessed and I hope 2017 will be another peaceful and wonderful year.
So of course, this is a new years eve post, so I have to post some goals.
1) Improve my Tennis Game
2) Spend more time with family
3) Try to make it to next years Presidents Club Trip
4) Have more social events and share our wonderful home with friends
5) Ride my bike more
6) Change up my diet a bit
7) Reconnect with my friends
8) Do some home automation
9) Work on the back yard
10) Travel the “world” and have fun!!!
Funny… I remember when this blog first got started, I was posting 2-5 times a day, then it was once a day, then maybe one a week, then maybe once ever two weeks, or once a month, once a quarter… then once a year? and I just missed 2015 entirely!!!! you would think that with the invention of mobile devices and better and easier apps, I would be posting more often, but sadly no I did not.
So just to recap what happened in 2015…
Traveled alot… including
Glacier National Park
yep it was a year of travel.
So 2015 was also a year of new things.
So last year I joined USTA and started to play team tennis, mixed double in particular. I did not play much, and not a single win last season, but I did lose over 10 pounds which is a win in my book.
Speaking of tennis… last night at my Men’s 3.0 team, I got my first USTA win in a men’s doubles game. It was a 2-6, 6-2, and 10-8 (tie breaker) win.
I still need alot of work, but it is a good start.
Well, it is close to the end of 2014. So many things has happened. I pretty much have abandoned my blog for most of the year, but there are so many things that is going on in my life that I think I should start posting things on my blog again. Now rules for posting about my life will change a great deal in this new world of Information security and personal security, so I will only talk about generic thing that I think will contribute to the world. I will minimize talking about any thing that can Identify me. All travel pictures will likely contain few personal images and posted after the trip is over and never during the trip.
I am also thinking about changing the theme of my website. In 2012, I did a 365 challenge for photographs. I did it and it was harder than I expected. I will try to do a 52 challenge which means I will post a least one entry a week. I will hope to keep it meaningful.
So this week, I finally received my email from Seattle Parks and Recreation about the tennis court incident.
So the following is the email that I recieved.
July 21, 2014
Dear Min-Hsao Chen,
I’m sorry for your experience at the Victory Heights Playground tennis courts.
Seattle Parks and Recreation’s policy is that facilities are to be used for their intended uses: tenniscourts are for tennis, which does not include “soccer tennis.”
The only exceptions are the designated courts at Cal Anderson Park and Judkins Playfields, where dodgeball and bike polo are allowed.
The reasons for keeping tennis courts exclusively for tennis play are that:
1. Tennis courts are the only places available for playing tennis (other activities can usually manage in other places).
2. Activities other than tennis often harm the court surface and/or net.
You could print this out to take with you; or, if you encountered this again, maybe it would be sufficient you just to confidently state that, when you contacted Seattle Parks, the Superintendent’s Office verified that tennis courts are intended for tennis only; and if the “soccer tennis” players had any doubt, they could contact me as well at PKS_Info@seattle.gov.
Thanks for checking, and my apologies for my delay in replying.
Superintendent’s Office, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Why do people don’t follow rules? what are rules for, if people don’t follow them.
So Today, when my wife, Vicky and I arrived at the Victory Height tennis court to play tennis, I met two individuals playing soccer tennis on the Victory Height tennis court. (Soccer tennis is using a soccer ball and kicking the ball back and forth across the net and court). When my wife and I address the individual and asking them, if we can play tennis on the court, they told us they just go there. I then ask them if we can use the court because they can play soccer on the large grass field and we can only play tennis on the tennis court, they then told us they will be playing for another 30 minutes. Then a young 7 year old kid nearby pointed out the posted court rules which states that the “courts should only be used for tennis and other city approved activities”. I then address this to the individuals playing the soccer tennis and they argue that their activity was a city approved activity and would not leave the court. I complained and stated that “that can’t be right”, since it is stated that it is for tennis only and they don’t have any written statement from the city therefore it is not approved.
My problem is this, if I was in their shoes playing soccer on a tennis court when someone shows up playing tennis, I would yield the court. Instead they call me grumpy and saying that these are rules and not laws and that it can be bent or broken and they are not meant for them.
So my question is Am I wrong for following rules? What is the point of posting rules stating that the tennis court is only for tennis and people don’t follow them?
Is this just Seattle? or is it just me getting old and grumpy?
So today is the end of week one at my new job, or should I say the beginning of week 2. So far it has been a pretty remarkable experience. I went through 4 days of training and still trying to get my head around everything that I am learning. IPv6, DHCP, DNS… etc. All the things that I’ve used and know about but I am just doing a major deep dive into these subjects. It is good to be back in the mist of all the technical goodness. Tomorrow begins my week too and it starts with an early morning travel. Once again, I think I will try again this year to start my blog back. hopefully this will continue.
It’s been a long while since I wrote on my blog, but I feel this is an important occasion to update my blog. So today is my first day at my new job with BlueCat Networks. After close to 7 years working at Sparling, I finally called it quits, little over a week ago, on Valentines day (2/14/2014). It was a difficult decision, but it was time to move on. It’s always the people that I missed the most. So for the last week, I’ve been throwing away everything, reshaping my office, and preparing for my new work day today. During my week off, I’ve been really enjoy my time off, like I said, I been cleaning up the house, walking 10K steps a day and trying to eat healthy. It’s pretty amazing. So today starts my new work life. In a few minutes I will be on a conference call with my new boss and start my new work day. Wish me luck.
Well, it has been such a nice a wonderful weekend, so during this weekend, I decided to do some cleaning and get rid of some old stuff that’s been following me around for sometimes. So when I open up this one suit case, it was full of old tee shirts. I will probably never wear them again, but I hated the idea of throwing them again. They are my history, they are my past… they mean so much to me.
My logical and not emotional wife asked me a simple question, “when was the last time you’ve wore those?”
My response… “uh… 1995…”. Right, that wasn’t too long ago, but what 1995 was 17 years ago!!!!
Yeah… Vicky is right … I will probably never wear them ever again and they are just taking up space… but they are still so special to me… So I decided to digitize them.
So here they are… let me know what you think.
1994-1995 AP Chemistry
This shirt is my high school senior AP chemistry shirt… I am sure all my classmates are all rich and famous now :)… maybe I should keep this shirt 😉
1995 Auburn High School Science Olympiad shirt
This shirt was for the 1995 AHS Science Olympiad Team and yes we made the nationals that year!!! This shirt is special because I created this shirt with my friend Ming Yan. It is also special because we printed all these shirts in the Technology Student Association club in AHS. Note that this was a 4 color screen print, however the back design has more than 4 colors…. pretty cool right?
Additional information about the design, the fonts are of course Star Trek DS9 Fonts and the idea for the back came from the Sliders TV show opening.
Auburn High School Science Olympiad Team Shirt
Very late 80 and early 90 style and look.
Catholic Youth Organization
This shirt was from our teen youth group in Auburn St. Michael Catholic Church. Once again Vintage 1995.
The following shirts are from college… few years laters
Catholic Student Organization Pan Y Vino XLII and XLIII Shirt
Pan Y Vino is a biannual retreat for the CSO. These shirts were from the two time that I was part of the host team. Those were special times.
Catholic Student Organization
Catholic Student Organization
These are CSO @ AU shirts
One year before the 1996 summer olympics in Atlanta, many women softball team came to Columbus, GA for a pre Olympics fast pitch softball competition. The is the shirt made for that event, for cheering on the Republic of China team!!!
I recently finished a great book by https://twitter.com/#!/michiokaku. He is a theoretical physicist that writes books about technology and about the future. Take a look at his wiki page. Anyways, the book Physics of the Future is very good, I think anyone who loves science and wonders what the future might be like should give it a read. He paints a future not of just pure science fiction prespective, but of a future with advancements based on the current technology and why that future is possible, etc. If you are too lazy to read the actual book…try the audiobook. It is a good way to learn something in your daily commute.
Today, I found out that my grandmother passed away. She was my last remaining Grandparents. My Grandmother was always the best to me. I was planning a trip back to Taiwan this summer, but now it’s too late. 外婆, I miss you.
Oh, it’s been a while since my last update to my blog. Few things, yesterday was Mardi Gras. It is hard to believe that it is Mardi Gras again and how my life have changes from 4 years ago. Anyways, it was pretty fun hanging out with my buddies at the Tree.
After my first MRI in my life, the doctors determined that it is a moderate knee ligament injury. So I am on down low for the remaining snowboarding season this year. The good news is I probably don’t need any surgery and will recover with time.
Today is another relaxed and cooking weekend. Of course following the tradition of making steam buns on the weekend, this weekend is no different. We made another batch of steam buns this weekend and the results were wonderful. We’ve made alot of improvements from weeks before. We made some pork steam buns today. Check out the pictures below.
So, tonight Vicky decided to try her baking skills and made an Apple Tart. It was amazing, it was hard to believe it was her first time baking it. Check it out.
So yeah… no snowboarding today, but we did cook some beautiful food!!! yum yum!!
So yesterday was a good night, celebrating the Chinese New Year with friends, cooking some Crawfish etouffee, and playing few rounds of poker. The etouffee was extremely popular, it was all gone fairly early. I need to make alot more next time and the poker? Well, lets just say that I did not do too bad.
So Today isn’t too bad as well. Today is a really relaxing day at home made some red bean bao zi. It was ok. Only one batch turned out ok, and the rest looked really bad. It tasted ok, but just looked bad… however, I’ve learned alot and I think I’ve almost got it.
The weather forecast said that today the weather suppose to warm up and snow will turned in to rain. Well… that did not happen. The snow continued. I did not mind at all. Get a chance to work from home and of course enjoying the snow a bit.
So today is an atypical Sunday, or maybe it is a typical Sunday in 2012. Anyways, today started off with me steaming mantou (饅頭) (Chinese Steamed Buns), then in the evenings making some dumplings, and of course Vicky baked some yellow cake from scratch!!!
Today is my first day returning to work. Oh my gosh I was so jet lagged in the morning. The weather in Seattle today is just wet and nasty, but it is still great to be back in Seattle. So work is still work even in 2012, but I did catch up on my Auburn football tonight. Well, instead of watching the boring Orange bowl. I decided to watch the replay on ESPN3 of the Chick-fil-a bowl (Peach bowl). It was actually a pretty good game, especially in the beginning. I am very glad that Auburn won. What a great way to end 2011. So what’s next? the LSU / Alabama rematch. I can’t wait.
At the end of every year, I look back on the year before and see what I have accomplished. This year is no different. So here are what’s went on last year 2011 !!!
1) I got married. Yep… Min is off the market and not available anymore. I got married on February 5, 2011. It was a lovely wedding and we are very very very happy together. As a matter of fact, in 2011 my little sister also got married plus 4 other close friends.
2) STP – Seattle to Portland bike ride. The 202 miles bike ride from Seattle to Portland. It’s the longest I’ve ever travelled on a bicycle in one day 150 miles and 202 miles in two days.
3) Auburn National Championship — AMAZING in the beginning of the year, Auburn beat Oregon and won the national championship!!!!
This coming year 2012 what are my goals…
1) be more healthy — dang cold and flu and all these other aliments go to heck.
2) be more productive — But for work and for family … enough said.
3) be more attentive to my professional life — maybe get another certification
4) be more time cautious and travel less — most people want to travel more in the year ahead, I want my wife and I to spend more time at home and less time on the road. This past month is one such example of the total craziness.
5) be more money conscious — I am no longer single… I got to start to think long term and long term planning, therefore I got to be thinking more about my future fiances.
I am sure there are more things that should be doing for the new year but I am sure this is a good start!!!
Happy New Year Everyone!!!
Oh and one more thing… check out my new project365 website. It is my 2012 goal to have a photo-a-day blog journal. Check it out!!!