The 54th Deadline: Stability


The 54th Deadline: Whether you love it or hate it, money definitely defines what you can do.

Hi there. I hope the winter season has been going well for you guys. Around here, it’s been a basically low-snow winter because the rain keeps washing it away. I don’t really want to deal with driving in the snow, so I have my fingers crossed any snow comes in limited, manageable quantities.

But yeah, I guess the topic of money has made its way up, and it’s something I can’t keep ignoring. And who can blame me? Money is very important from the start you are born in this world.

After all, money defines what kind of life you will have.

And before we go into the shallow implications of what money can entail, it’s key to realize that money is like a measure of progress, so to speak. My parents are both immigrants who came here from Vietnam to seek a better life. When it came time for them to work minimum wage/low-paying jobs, they took them without a second thought.

It was really hard at the beginning. It was beyond difficult, but my parents managed to stick through it all, and from that they tried (in their eyes) to give my two younger brothers and myself the best lives they could do with what they could earn.

Mind you, I will admit our lives were not luxurious. We didn’t have cable the whole time I was growing up.

We rarely went on real vacations, so this meant no trips to Disneyland or anything of that sort. An idea of a big trip was driving across the state to see grandma. And that was basically it, in a nutshell.

My brothers and I rarely got a lot of cool stuff compared to the other kids. My parents could seldom splurge for toys or even video games outside of a special occasion.

The list goes on, but my family was leaning toward being middle class or maybe even a tier below that, if only a little.

Still, I can say with complete honesty that life wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t fancy or something to brag about, but it was my life. Nothing too spectacular, but it was my life.

In my current state, I have learned a lot about how I am when it comes to managing my funds. In short, I am awful at it.

I really need to budget better, but by that I mean I need to start setting aside my paycheck and paying things accordingly versus just doing it sporadically.

For instance, let’s say I need food in my refrigerator. Instead of making one efficient trip to the grocery store to last me the whole week and then some, I find myself taking frequent trips and spending chunks of $20+ at a time.

Obviously, this isn’t how I should do it. What can I say? I was spoiled at one point when I was falling apart and just trying to figure out life.

When you are living at home rent-free and not having to worry about the grocery bill, you just overlook how much everything really costs to feed your own belly.

Part of it comes from me not having a stove, so I need to buy the microwaveable crap that tastes subpar, but it’s quick and easy. As an aspiring chef, I would rather just try to cook my own meals. I would be able to practice cooking and make food that is enjoyable for my taste buds.

But alas, this is the nature of my standing in life and a gauge of (or lack of, depending on how you look at it) stability.


It’s such an important word for someone like me. A year ago on this same day, I was unemployed and on food stamps.
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Daily NhanSense – Day 22

Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 22’s Topic: Dreams.

Do you happen to remember that one particular question we’re all asked as children?

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s such a novel question when you think about it. What do people, especially adults, hope to expect from a kid who barely knows that there is more to life than lunch and recess at school?

And let’s be real here. Every kid changes their mind at least 10,000,000+ times before they even have an inkling of what they want to do with their lives.

But I digress.

I remember a lot of my random answers as a child.

Firefighter. That’s a laugh. Even when I was younger, I wasn’t a very strong kid.

Be a doctor! My parents would tell me. Yeah, but I didn’t want to be one.

Be an engineer! “They make good money,” they would tell me. But math fell out of favor for me after the third grade. Not to mention, it’s safe to say that I don’t want to risk people’s lives with the bridges I design or anything like that. Cough. Cough.

Hey, the in-class simulations on the computer told me so!

Welp. That’s life in a nutshell. I think it’s odd how we are expected to lock in an answer so young and then expect ourselves to make that certain dream, that one particular nugget always looming in our imaginations, a reality at some point.

Sure, ideally, if someone had the destiny of being the greatest cardboard box designer in the world. By golly, that person should not let that potential go to waste.

Or so one would think.

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Anime Recommendation: Hataraku Maou-sama!

English Translation of Lyrics
(Get out of your cage)
(True sky)

It all starts right here, right now
Let’s picture what we can do
Unbelievable things might happen
But we can overcome them all

(For our dreams)
Our dreams are born from nothing and take us (fly) to that shining sky
(Spread your wings)
I want to spread my wings
Now here I go, with the greatest smile on my face

Let’s set out to an unknown world
(Go to another world)
We’ll be the ones to choose and decide the future

Let’s chase after our dreams
There will be times when we cry, but they will be precious memories
Don’t fade away
I’m sure you’ll be able to meet your future self

(Get out of your cage)
(True sky)

Working Hard for the Money
Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!) is very high up on my personal favorites for this anime season. It does a lot of things right to make itself stand out in an ideal way.

Synopsis: Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses—and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation—he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses!

Pleasantly unique would be a great description for this anime. Hataraku Maou-sama! takes the fish-out-of-water premise and spruces it up, with large doses of hilarious and interesting results.

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Showstopper: Kitchen Nightmares

Nhan-Fiction Note: As described in yesterday’s post, I am attempting to make each day of the week have some kind of “scheduled” post theme to go along with the other random stuff I post. For today, I will be starting the Showstopper series for Wednesday.

I watch all kinds of different shows, so I guess it is good that I talk about some of the things I like. Also, please note that some of the videos shown below do contain swearing. Just for your information.
Gordon Ramsay is my favorite celebrity chef in the world.
 I will always take his word when it comes to the culinary arts.

I also am a huge fan of one of his signature shows called Kitchen Nightmares. I have seen every episode for both the UK and American versions of the TV program. There is something about restaurants that appeal to me. I have always been fascinated by the inner workings of the food service industry, from how the servers take your order to how a restaurant’s kitchen service “line” is set up to create (hopefully) tasty dishes for the customers.

The premise of Kitchen Nightmares, of course, involves Ramsay checking out a failing restaurant to analyze and devise a plan of attack at saving the business.

The show follows a consistent structure in most cases: a restaurant is drowning in debt and is in need of dire help, Ramsay comes into the restaurant and starts to pick apart the restaurant’s shortcomings (bad food, hideous decor, inept management and so forth), Ramsay has to convince the owner(s) of the failing restaurant to change, the relaunch/restaurant renovation occurs next and then everything (presumably) looks like the given restaurant is back on track toward success.
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Nader Nazemi

Colorado suspect was brilliant science student – Yahoo! News.

This incident should be studied and the reasons that triggers an apparently normal person to commit such a heinous crime revealed. We all have a bit of evil with us, but to actually unleash it or to set is loose is something that never really happens. James Eagen Holmes and the Batman Massacre he has committed is an atrocity and a modern day holocaust. A tragedy indeed.

DENVER (AP) — James Eagen Holmes came from a well-tendedSan Diego enclave of two-story homes with red-tiled roofs, where neighbors recall him as a clean-cut, studious young man of sparing words.

Tall and dark-haired, he stared clear-eyed at the camera in a 2004 high school yearbook snapshot, wearing a white junior varsity soccer uniform — No. 16. The son of a nurse, Arlene, and a software company manager, Robert, James Holmes was…

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Happy Birthday, Rikki!

Dear Rikki,

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you the HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY possible. You have, and always will be, someone I look up to in more ways than one.
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