TED Talk: How to Make Stress Your Friend

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TED Talk: A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter

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LA Trip 2018: Mission Bar & Grill at SFO

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During my brief LA trip on August 20 and 21, I had a brief stop at San Francisco International Airport.

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Feeling hungry, I stopped by Mission Bar & Grill inside the airport to have a late lunch before boarding my next flight home to Vancouver.

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I decided to have their Fried Calamari along with an orange juice. It was 2:30 pm at the time, and fairly busy – but I didn’t have to wait long for the food to arrive. (In fact, based on the time stamps on the photos I took, the calamari took less than 10 minutes to come to my table.)

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The calamari came with some excellent dipping sauce. I enjoyed it – it was awesome.

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The staff was friendly and professional – exactly what you would expect in an establishment at a busy international airport. Not a fancy meal, but I would say everything was great. Awesome experience.

Chatting 1988 Dodgers book on AM590 The Answer with GabeRealSports

I had the opportunity recently to speak with GabeRealSports on his weekly show, The Sports Corner, on AM590 The Answer (radio home of the LA Rams).

Something to be very proud of…

I’ve had several people tell me that I did a fantastic job writing The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season. They tell me I should be proud of myself.

And I should be.

There were a lot of odds against me, but I persevered and “hit a home run,” just to use a baseball expression.

First of all, I am based in Vancouver, Canada, and I had full-time commitments to my teaching jobs. I conducted just one interview in person, and that was only because the ex-player (Franklin Stubbs) just happened to be in town as a coach for a series against Vancouver’s Single-A baseball team.

Second, there were so many negative people around me. I succeeded in blocking them out. With people whom I know, I tend to be friendly with them. Yet, quite a few get hostile if they disagree with the direction I’m taking in my own life. That’s life, I suppose. But having so much negativity around you can suck the energy out of you. I chose to block them out. Believe me, it’s hard. There were some who said “So what?” (ie. who the hell cares?) when I explained that I was writing this book because it was the 30th anniversary of the last Dodgers championship. There were others who scoffed, saying in a condescending manner, “How much money can you make from this?” All sorts of negativity…

Third, there’s also timing. With my full-time teaching life – and no vacation at all during that time – I had very little time to commit to writing. But I made it work. I also had a short time frame because I wanted to have this book published by 2018 – meaning I had to scramble for potential publishers, write up proposals to be sent out, and make sure that ultimately the finished product would be done by October 2017 just to have it ready to be published by 2018! There was also scrambling to get photos for the book, and so on.

Overall, I’m proud to have this book out. I hope that members of the 1988 Dodgers are proud too.