College Retrospective

June 15, 2010

Lakers/Celtics, Game 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 5:29 am

I love basketball. I love playing basketball more than football or track. Each sport has its own focus and thing I like about it, but basketball is the best, for many reasons (I’ll write something on the beauty of basketball later). I played power-forward in basketball, and I loved the physics involved in it. If you don’t understand physics, play a big man’s position for a while and you’ll learn, and if you don’t you’ll get tossed around. Anyway, I’m not much of a watcher, or a fan, but I love playing. I do watch, I stay up to date, but I’m a very active person, and live my life actively. So I could never enjoy a game that much watching it.
I watched the game 5 of the Lakers/Celtics game, and it was terrible. I didn’t like it. Players couldn’t keep their cool, and were pushing and shoving way too much. I’m a very physical player, but there were so many intentional fouls (Even though they were called normal fouls, they were obvious), they were just throwing their arms and bodies everywhere. I’ve never seen such terrible defenses. People were getting thrown around like ragdolls and had tempers like that of 5 years olds. It was a terrible display of professional sports.
As far as the game being played, I watched in agony as the Lakers went down, even with Kobe scoring an amazing 19 points in the third quarter alone. And surprisingly, the deficit for the Lakers only grew from halftime to the end of the third. Kobe decided (which I agree with), to take over at the halftime, and they still lost with so many mistakes on defenses. The Celtics did a number on the Lakers. There was no supporting cast for Kobe. And they didn’t step up and take charge. And I’m a Laker fan so that makes me a little frustrated.


Stupid Commercials

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 5:28 am

I’m done with Television. I can’t stand a lot about it. But advertisers, I really don’t like. They have stopped advertising products. They advertise lifestyles and fantasies; most of which has nothing to do with the product. A commercial I see a lot is a totino’s pizza rolls commercial. Aimed at little kids, teenagers too I guess. But it starts out with kids having a water fight and saying their favorite things of summer. “Having fun”, wearing our “favorite colors”(This color one is a stupid line), and then “Jamming to our favorite bands”. Then is goes “And Totino’s!” They eat and run around, promoting physical activity while advertising a not so healthy product. Then it continues, with a skateboarder(I forget what exactly he likes, then a girl underwater “Friends”(saying what she likes), and then a kid says “But most of all, Totino’s!”. The commercial is basically saying some tiny pizza roll is better than everything, friends, family, fun, etc. And it’s promoting a lifestyle like “Hey, if you eat Totimo’s you’ll have friends and be cool too, and you’ll automatically have a life.” It’s stupid how advertisers get us. Commercials like this sadly work too. I saw a commercial based just of blurry lights on a dark background. Just lights, then at the end, showed a car. I would go into what the appeals to the commercial is and so forth, but that would be an essay. I was purely using that as an example. Goodbye for now.

The U.S. Open

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 5:27 am

I’m going to the U.S. Open tomorrow. Well, technically its not the actual thing. It’s only a practice round; for 45 dollars, too. I couldn’t get any tickets for the rounds. So I settled for less. But really, its like seeing the Lakers and Celtics warm up and pay only for that. I get to go to Pebble Beach see such a beautiful piece of nature flow with man’s engineering in such an amazing way. I get to see fancy people walk a fancy lawn hitting a rock with a stick across it. Golf’s a wonderful thing. But, the terrible thing is, no cellphones allowed! My blackberry, the thing that keeps me so organized and connected, its like an even more portable laptop to me. That’s always on hand wherever I go. I love it. And they’re not allowed.
But really, maybe this is what I need. I’ve been really busy lately and I need a vacation. I have been too connected. This little “vacation” of mine will help me unwind; stop worrying about my life for a day. I need this. I need to stop checking my phone constantly. Being away from my phone for a day will help me to relax for once. I need to see what around me instead of what’s going on wherever else. It’s a much needed vacation.

The Sad Truth of Sports, Part 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 5:27 am

Competitions are kinda depressing, I’ve realized. Because no matter what, one nation of fans is going to be let down. Fans, who have nothing to do with the team except that they support and buy team’s products; They have nothing to do with the team’s production, training, and have no say in what goes on with decisions. They are not stockholders, but they invest so much of themselves into a team, to see victory, to give them hope. But in the end, a whole nation of fans who’ve invested so much into the team, will be let down. And there’s no avoiding it. One team will win, and one team will lose, no matter what. I’m not the “Fan” type, really, I’m usually the person on the team. But I can deal with loss, because know I left everything on the field, court, or track. I know I trained as hard as I could and planned and mentally prepared, I devote myself to the sport and I still fail; that’s how life is. I love when I see myself do something that I didn’t know I had. It shows me more potential. I love it. I love playing the game, I get mad at losses, but I don’t hold on to it. I’ve noticed fans do, And more than that, they criticize so much, when they’re not in the game. People who simply watch, and take it for face value or what the see it as, when they’re not in the weightroom or the gym when it matters. That’s probably why I don’t watch games so much or invest myself in the careers of others.

April 21, 2010

Gotta have ’em!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — johnyourk @ 4:39 pm

This is the new slogan for McDonald’s. And no, I don’t have a personal war with Mcdonald’s. They just happen to do something I’m not particularly liking. And I notice them more. They do have more ads than any other fast food chain. I’ve seen this ad on bilboards and every other possible place that there could be ads placed. And I’ve started noticing this new ad campaign probably about a month ago. But about a half hour ago I saw, on my way to school, on of the ads on a bus. And i really looked at it this time and thought about it.

This ad illustrates our culture, in my opinion. And this isn’t the first. There have been ads with this angle for probably the past decade but none are coming to mind and this kinda epitomizes it.

The angle is that this ad blurs the lines between wants and needs. And illustrates our consumerist culture of “I gotta have it” mindset. This mindset is dangerous but is becoming a more and more common theme in the american culture. That we feel the need to want. And that we’ll be happy wanting more and more. And when we get whatever it is we get, that we’ll be happy. But oh how quickly that superficial happiness fades. and we’re left with junk and obesity.

I personally don’t like ads that tell me what I want or need. and they’re out there all the time. And it reflects our culture, sadly. well, that’s all I have to say on this subject.

April 19, 2010

The extinction of the “dollar menu”

     I know I shouldn’t be eating fast food since I’m currently in a sport right now, but every now and then this season, I’ve went to the local Mcdonald’s or Burger King. And something I noticed yesterday at night when I went to Burger King; It was a poster in the window advertising a new burger, called the “buck double”. I would’ve been confused by this ad if McDonald’s didn’t come out with their own version month’s earlier. It looked just like a double cheeseburger except it had one less piece of cheese. i wouldn’t have notice the difference if it weren’t for McDonald’s. McDonald’s has their own called the “McDouble”.  

Can you see...

...the difference? (Not the background either)

     This bother’s me. That a whole new name and burger would be created just to take less from customers. McDonald’s had the one dollar double cheeseburger and subtly replaced it with the Mcdouble, then gave it it’s own ad campaign later on. Burger King is following suit these months later. I personally don’t like that they gave a burger with one less piece of cheese it’s own name and identity and an ad campaign, to sell more and give less for it. It’s identical for one less piece of cheese. Does that constitute a separate burger? I don’t like it personally.

     Burger King played it smarter, marketing-wise. They had a long campaign about the double cheeseburger and how it was a quarter-pounder and such. Raising the attention to this burger and got me, personally, on the bandwagon. I knew it was too good to be true, and i knew would end soon. That day has come and now the double cheeseburger is 1.29. Subway, my favorite fast food place(Does it count as a fast food joint, since it’s semi-healthy?), also did a cheap tactic similar to burger king’s. This made me a little mad also. They had around eight 5 dollar footlongs, and then during the superbowl season they announced a 5-dollar footlong ad campaign where all regular footlongs were 5 dollars; and again, I knew this wouldn’t last long. When they recently stopped the campign, i was surprised to find my favorite 5 dollar footlongs were more, and the list of 5 dollar footlongs were down to about four.

     I don’t know if it’s just me, but that one piece of cheese does a lot for me in terms of flavor. And just knowing I’ve been shorted makes me less want to buy it and like it. McDonald’s McDouble is also 1.29. I don’t think a piece of cheese is worth 29 cents.

      One thing my brother pointed out a while ago, is that fast food joints have scrapped the name “dollar menu”. Now they use the term “Value menu”. This doesn’t sound like much difference, and sounds interchangable, but it really is just a broader term that gives the businesses a way to not be held down to just a dollar  and still claim that a product is cheap. Next time you enter a fast food joint, try to see the subtle differences.

     I did in the past do the math behind the price differences and value burgers, but that was a while ago. I hope you like math, my next post will have the math on it. Comment if you still see these rare places that still have “dollar menus”.

April 13, 2010

The word: wander

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — johnyourk @ 9:38 pm

In the past two days I’ve seen an article and an online essay sample that used “wondering” or “wonder”. The article is from the homepage of the wordpress website, and excellent article since I like cooking, and they use the word once.
Here’s the link:

The second was about Oepedius “wandering”. The essay was selling for 11.95 and “wonder” was the predominent term. Is it just me, or is is supposed to be “wander”.

April 5, 2010

Update: 4/5/2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 8:10 pm

     I got a laptop over spring break. Going to use it for school, getting myself organized, kinda like my blackberry. It’s basically a bigger, better-in-every-way(except portability) version of my blackberry. It’ll help me a lot as long as I don’t spend too much time on the games. It’s a Toshiba. Yes, i am promoting Toshiba. I like it, has everything I need. Not exactly what I wanted, but it does what I want it to. But that’s what happens when you don’t have the proper funds.

     And last week was spring break for me, and I went into spring break telling myself I need to catch up on my math and do some studying for my other classes, a lot of studying. Also, I was going to catch up on some much-needed napping. i didn’t get to either of those. I ended up driving around everywhere looking at laptops and doing a lot of work. And then track and then youth group work. I had a busy break, and all the free time I did have, went to lazier things, like tv and video games.

     My track meet up in the bay area on saturday went as I expected. I false started on my first race of the day. well, I didn’t expect that. This was the first race I false started in my career, and it was embarrassing. I was so pumped and focus. My focus and level of intensity was higher than it has been for a long time. I got in my blocks, only thinking about the hurdles in front of me. And on the set, I twitched, barely noticable, and i knew that would DQ me, but i hoped he didn’t see, and the gun went off a millisecond later and I thought I was good, and halfway to the first hurdle and i heard the second gun go off. I was disqualified.

     Then my second race, I was so nervous and out of it, it was the 400 hurdles, the event I’m better at, but its a hard race to run, and I was psyching myself out, my mind kept jumping from one thing to the next, and I told myself to take it out hard, but instead I started real slow. By the end of the first 300 I had so much energy I sprinted it as if I didn’t just run a 300, and my time was what i expected, since I haven’t ran in a meet in over two months. I wasn’t tired at the end, but i was mad at myself. I didn’t expect any different. I should’ve ran about 5 seconds faster than I did. which in track, 5 seconds is a lot. I feel good about the potential I saw, I just hope I can do it in the future.

March 21, 2010

Update: 3/22/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — johnyourk @ 10:19 pm

     Got my first paycheck of 131.75 dollars. Very easy job. But my boss only gives me about 1 day per month of work. He’s a workaholic and he doesn’t let me work often.

      My brother Jay came back from Texas, where he was living with his friend, and being his personal trainer came back home about a week ago. His friend Tim got signed with a semi-pro athletic team in Cali, so he came back here, and now he got his old job back(which is my new job), so I think I’m fired…

    Last Friday I got left while my team went up to a track meet near the bay area. The coaches don’t like me and I’m getting fed up with the track team. So I went to my old high school to practice with them, which I actually prefer. I wanted to go to the beach, I should’ve went to the beach instead of track practice. It was a beautiful day.

     Spring break is coming. My brother who’s going to school on the other side of the country went to Florida, and his spring break was I think two weeks ago, and he asked me to go, but for obvious reasons, didn’t; and also I don’t have that kind of money. One more week till spring break, and for mine, I’m getting my wisdom teeth pulled. Really good way to spend my spring break. I’ll probably be at the beach everyday after I recover. Then also I want to go paintballing again, maybe then. I need a break at this point in my life.

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