Monday, July 26, 2010

Air Max 90 - Infrared




Finally came in today.  Release date was 7/24/10.  These of course are an iconic and OG colorway of this classic sneaker.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Barry's Bachelor Palace

My friend Barry earlier this year picked up a nice condo/loft in Monrovia and today I had a chance to visit.  He is not done with it...but he has some very NICE pieces in there.  Here is a sneak peek of what NICE FURNITURE looks like....LOL.

Kitchen area



Living area


All his stuff is from either Crate and Barrel or Room and Board.  He is actually addicted to ROOM AND BOARD and goes there too much..and spends way too much.  But hey...I like shoes, watches and other "stupid" things...so hey if he wants to spend money on nice ish for this pad...go for it.

EMECO NAVY CHAIR


This simple chair.  You have seen them everywhere.  But do you know the history?  Go ahead and google NAVY CHAIR..or EMECO NAVY CHAIR.  This thing has mad history....and umm...yeah.  This is a real one.  Fakes are EVERYWHERE.  So how much does a legit, authentic EMECO NAVY CHAIR COST?  Kiddies...take a look at what a $400+ chair looks like.  Dude has 4 for his dining table.  So yes...$1600 for chairs only.  WOW.


EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR



this is the Herman Mille Eames Lounge Chair in Walnit with the optional wooden legs.  It is surprisingly very comfy. It is DESIGNED.  Very iconic and and just done right.  Wanna know how much one of these bad boys cost?  This is what a $600+ chair looks like....crazy.  But hey...your ass does fit in it very nicely. 

Again, you pay for quality and nicely designed things.  I can relate to that.
He also has a nice set of GLOBAL knives for his kitchen that I did not get to take a pic of.  Next time.  But yeah...dude knows what he likes..and he likes the good ish!

Stacked Sandwich in Arcadia, CA



After a good workout, what better way to ruin it then to have a sandwich right?  My friend and I headed out to STACKED SANDWICH in Arcadia, CA.  Now...this place has good Yelp reviews and my buddy ate here before so he said I had to try it. 

I ordered the BEEF BARCHETTA sandwich, which is beef dipped in a nice spicy chili chipotle au jus, swiss cheese, french fries, garlic mayo, grilled onions and a horseradish sauce.  I had mine sans onion and horseradish.  Here is my review...

PRO - Super flavorful.  The meat is tender and spicy enough and everything does taste and is fresh.  Fries are good and very tasty.  Exactly what I expect from a $9 sandwich.  Very flavorful.

CON - and what a CON.  I mean super disappointed.  Look at the pics.  Seriously..WHERE'S THE BEEF?  I was like wow...is that all there is? I mean the place is called STACKED sandwich...where is the STACKING?  There is none.  I am expecting this meat over flowing with juices and barely there bread unable to contain the insides.  Nope.  Let's compare...Phillipes and The Hat...you all know those places.  Those places are not known for super amounts of meat either but its at least DOUBLE of what I got here.  Same price too.  A pastrami from The Hat or a beef dip from Phillipes is around $9 too...and you get waaaaay more meat.  So yeah man I am a tad disappointed.

Even my pal's sister, who is a new mom that shared a TBA (Turkey Bacon Avocado) mentioned her sandwich hardly had any turkey in it. She said it tasted good..but def not enough turkey.

So I guess I recco this place if you are a light eater and DONT LIKE a lot of meat in your sandwich.  As for me...if I am paying $10 I want more...lots more.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Jeremy Lin signs with WARRIORS! Supporting a brother for sure!

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Jeremy Lin makes good

The Bay Area's newest rock star is Jeremy Lin, an undrafted rookie guard from Harvard whose primary résumé item until recently was being the first player in Ivy League history to record 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals. The Dallas Mavericks were the only team to extend Lin an invitation to summer league to play behind highly touted guards Roddy Beaubois and Dominique Jones.

Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images
Jeremy Lin beat the traffic in Las Vegas, and earned an NBA roster spot.

Then something phenomenal occurred in Las Vegas:

Lin matched No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall possession for possession down the stretch of Lin's fourth summer league game.

Cox Pavilion is usually a fairly subdued venue, a place where people mill about, and where executives, scouts and media schmooze with only one eye on the game. But for about 15 minutes last Thursday, the place had all the intensity of an NBA playoff game.

Here was Lin tying up Wall on a drive, forcing a jump ball. Then Lin drained a 3-pointer, which he promptly followed with a 360 degree spin move in traffic. After that, he snatched a rebound away from JaVale McGee.

Those are just a few of the highlights.

On Wednesday, the kid from Palo Alto agreed to a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, his home team. Throngs of media turned out for Lin's introduction.

We caught up with Lin by phone on Thursday:

So how insane is this?
Awww, man. Very, very, very insane. Obviously, this is like my dream come true, playing in the NBA with this team. It's been a day or two and it still hasn't sunk in. I'm still riding this emotional high. It's been unreal. It really has.

In some sense, was this route better than being drafted -- where you might've been stashed or banished to the bench or even gone unsigned as a second-rounder?
It's way, way better. Now looking back, I'm so happy that I went undrafted. There are a lot of people who are going to get stuck in situations, or could've been in a better situation somewhere else, but they got drafted so that team has their rights. I honestly believe it was a blessing in disguise to go undrafted because if I were drafted, I wouldn't have had that opportunity to test the field and take offers from different teams. That's what helped me a ton in the end.

How important is the [Asian-American] identity stuff?
You know, it's important but not as important  as my being a Christian. That's first and foremost the most important thing to me when it comes to my identity.

Is it more important to your folks?
No. We believe in the same thing. That's how our house is and how I was raised. We've always taken our Christianity and our walks with God as our first priority.

Let's talk about summer league last week. The John Wall game ... which suddenly became The Jeremy Lin Game. All business stopped in that gym during the fourth quarter. Everyone was gripped by what was going on down on the floor.
Roddy [Beaubois] was hurt so I got a chance to get a little more playing time in the first half, which helped a lot because I got a chance to get comfortable. Going into the fourth quarter, we were down. I wanted something to happen. I was just, like, playing. It just felt like it was college again. I was just, like, out there. It felt very, very comfortable and very relaxed. It was such a natural feeling. It wasn't like that with most of the other games. In those other games, it was more like, "Wow, this is a job interview. I have to perform well." I had that kind of pressure. But in the Washington game, going against John Wall in the fourth quarter, trying to come back, I was just playing off instincts. It was the best quarter I had in summer league at the best possible time. If the Dallas Mavericks weren't scheduled to play the Washington Wizards, I might not be in the NBA.

So your feeling is that the Wall matchup was the decisive factor for your getting that contract from the Golden State?
That was the biggest thing by far. Like you said, business stopped and that's what everyone was watching. Because it was John Wall. Nobody was really paying attention to me before that. But after that, people started talking about me.

You said you were relaxed, but you seemed pretty bent about that charge call on your 360 spin move.
I mean relaxed in that I wasn't thinking about how big the game was. I was just focused completely on the game. I wasn't thinking, "Oh, this person's watching so I have to perform well." You know what I mean?

Relaxed in a larger, just-go-out-and-play sense?
Right.

There were a couple of huge plays in that sequence.
That charge call on the spin move? I didn't even see the guy, so I had no idea if it was a charge. But I heard the crowd's reaction, so I immediately assumed that it wasn't. But looking back on the tape, it was a pretty tough call. I was shocked because the whole gym was rooting for John Wall the entire game from the very beginning. So at first I was like, "John Wall must've taken the charge." I didn't know if it was him or not, but that was the first thing that came to my mind. Then, I realized, "Wait, they're rooting for me." I was like, "Whoa. What just happened?" Because, like, thirty minutes ago everyone was rooting for him.

So what changed?
I'm not even sure.

Are you a pure 1? A 2? Does it matter?
I'm a 1, but I can also play the 2. But I'm naturally and primarily a point guard. A lot of people don't realize that I didn't play the 1 in college. I played the 2. In summer league I was splitting time. In my eyes, I'm an NBA point guard and that's my natural position. I believe that.

You’ll probably be seeing more minutes -- albeit practice minutes -- against Steph Curry and Monta Ellis than anyone else in the league. Do you have a scouting report on those two guys?
Steph Curry is a playmaker and we all know he can score and shoot. But he's really, really smart. He knows how to see angles and get into the lane. He's just a complete offensive player. We saw at the end of last season how good he is. Monta Ellis is a big-time scorer and a very explosive offensive player. He's really quick and primarily a slasher. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from both of those guys. I can't wait to see them play and pick their brains --

And guard them for two hours a day.
That's going to be awesome! I'm going to learn a lot. That's going to help me so much.

Have you gotten a call from either Joe Lacob or Peter Guber yet?
No. I've talked to Larry Riley, Bobby Rowell and Travis Schlenk.

Is there a shoe or merchandise deal in the works?
That's something for my agent. It's been so crazy, I haven't really had any time to think about it. Things have been so busy. I know there's interest in terms of different companies but I don't know exactly what's going on.

Is self-branding in any way a small part of your ambition? Will it be cool to have a shoe?
It would be cool, but it's not a goal or anything.

When you hit the scene at Harvard and you guys started to win, was there an academic celeb scene at Lavieties Pavilion?
Not that I noticed. But Arne Duncan showed up.

What was your favorite class at Harvard?
Sociology 128: Methods of Social Science Research. Basically, it was a semester-long sociology experiment. My friends and I did an experiment on the differences between athletes and non-athletes when it comes to motivation and results in the classroom.

And?
The non-athletes had the highest GPAs, then the walk-ons next, then the recruited athletes. That's what we anticipated. But one of the other interesting things we found was that some of the athletes thought that they would've gotten better grades had they had more time. But then some of the non-athletes thought that some of the athletes were lazier or naturally not as smart. So there was a difference in perception of why that disparity exists -- but the disparity is indisputable.

Do you think there's a sense of entitlement among some athletes?
I think there's a sense of entitlement for both.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Incase EO Messenger Bag



Incase...one the best on the game.  Check em out at www.goincase.com all their products are just super engineered.  Using materials and actually DESIGNED to be functional.  They make some of the best covers for alot of apple products but they do make other bags and such.  I really like the brand itself too.  Edgy, very street and urban but super functional above all else.

Kindle protected





My screen protector and case came in.  Now I can be NOT SO Chinese and remove the plastic protector it came in! HA!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wall Sized Bruce Lee by Fathead

Fathead - BRUCE LEE


Nice...It may be time to redeco the bedroom!  Bruce Lee wall sized graphic.  I approve!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Primitive X Justene Jaro - Underwear & Infrareds

AM 90 Infrareds....yummy












Time to X-PLODE!!!!




As some of you may remember from an earlier post, I was trying out some of those preworkout drinks that are supposed to give you a better pump etc.  Well, I did like the thermogenic effects of the drinks...I did not get the BUZZ or the jitters..but I did get a better sweat and felt the blood flowing much better as I was training. 

Anyways...I decided to go with the NO XPLODE packs.  I like these because it is super convenient as it comes in sealed 1 serving packs.  I can literally pack it with me when I am driving to the gym and drink.  Once I arrive I will be ready to go!  I will see how it goes.  Either way if I makes me THINK I am working out better than so be it....anything to help the sweat, blood and fat flowing.

This is it...the combo.  Best protein out there..and No XPlode....time to kill it!



Let's hope I can keep this up and not have my dang feet bothering me!

Summertime learning - Latest Study Book



Along with my other goodies from Amazon today, I got my next "study guide" in a basic library of reference.  Professional No Limit Hold'em is supposedly one of the better books on the game.  Somewhat advanced but several of my playing buddies have it and say it is a good read.

But bear in mind the game is evolving and changing all the time.  So a lot of times these book's are kind of out of date.  BUT...and here is the BUT.  It does provide the basic foundation you need for a solid BASE GAME and BASE KNOWLEDGE.  Which is where I am.  I still need to finish Harrington's Cash game book...but for now I will keep this handy until I am ready to crack it open.  I basically read these like a text book in school.  I do not sit down and read it for FUN per se....its more like school.  I actually read these with a highlighter in hand and then sometimes go back and re read sections as needed and skip sections that I think I dont need or need to know right now.  Who knows...it will all help me accomplish my bucketlist task scheduled for next year.  Yes sir....2011 should be good.

Summer Time reading - Bourdain - MEDIUM RAW


The Amazon fairy came today and I got some goodies.  Been looking forward to reading Bourdain's new book.  Cannot wait to get started!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

PR work - Brook Burke on People.com

Brooke Burke on People.com


Check out this video feature on PEOPLE.COM with Brooke Burke talking about her new game - GET MOVING: FAMILY FITNESS.

This is one of the projects I am currently working on as I am freelancing.  Very happy this came out so good!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lessons from a home game

Last night I was playing cards at my friend's house.  We had a nice full table of 9 players and we were getting close to 1AM and decided that we would add antes to the pot as we were going to just make one more round of hands.  The button was on me so the antes would go one rotation until it came back to me and we would end and go home.  Suffice it to say, I was not winning once the antes were add.  I was a little above my buy in and was going to maybe break even...until...the second to last hand.  I was small blind...and had the infamous FISH/DONK hand of K9 off.  A definitely fold in most situations.  Bad position and just really bad hand...so I should of folded immediately.  But...I let my emotions..and the thought of hey just one more hand to go...let's just play.  flop comes out Kx 5h 2h.  I bet, BB calls, and the cutoff shoves all in.  Now this is pretty much a FOLD 99% of the time right?  No way my K is good is it?  Unless that person is on a draw right?  Well...I basically threw any logic or good thought and decided to call.  She flipped over pocket 5s giving her 3 of a kind to my pair of Kings and a 9 kicker.  The BB was almost going to call with his heart draw as he has QT of hearts.  The turn brought another heart and would of mode his flush.  Anyways...I learned something that night.

What separates the pros and experts from people like me?  DISCIPLINE. and NOT LETTING your emotions get the best of you.

I chatted with my friends from last night and they all agreed my call was "reasonable" and not bad at all based on the circumstances.  The player that shoved is NOTORIOUS for being very aggressive on draws.  I expected her to ahve a baby Ace or a heart draw and wanted to get paid for it.  So I received some consolation on my play under those specific circumstances.  But I know now...in poker, life or anything...you need to be disciplined and focused and never make rash emotional decisions.  Luckily it was a friendly home game and I just lost my buy in...I did not have to rebuy at all so it is all good.  I hope I do not ever make that mistake again...ever.  UGH!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Poker is NOT gambling....

http://www.economist.com/node/16507710

I would say THE ECONOMIST is pretty legit...and if their view is poker is more skill than chance...maybe the US needs to chill out on online poker etc.

Friday, July 9, 2010

So Fresh and So Clean



Picked up some more toiletries for the bod and the mug.  I am definitely a big fan of Origins stuff.  I had the clay scrubber before and I went back to this one..the "checks and balances" face wash.  For soap, I finished up the Origins "jumpstart" and wanted to try others on my list.  I really like Anthony logisitics as well...so I finally grabbed a bottle of this body wash that I wanted to try.

yes...so I am a little metro when it comes to stuff like this. I simply can no longer use regular bar soap.  I need to good stuff! I like to smell nice!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 2010 Kicks

I decided to put together an updated slide show of the kicks I picked up since the last time which was Feb 2009.  Here are the shoes....