On This Sunday…: All in a week’s time

San Jose State University

San Jose State University

On This Sunday, I’m all settled in in the Bay Area…for the most part.

It’s been eight days since I made the move from L.A. to this region to pursue career opportunities while still attending graduate school. With stunning speed and success, I secured a place in Campbell, Santa Clara County the day after I moved here. That’s one big hurdle out of the way. The last major hurdle to clear is finding work of any kind for the time being. I am confident I am near that point.

Have a wonderful week, America.

On This Sunday: Now What?

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Downtown San Jose, shortly before touching down at Mineta San Jose International Airport

Well, I did it. I moved to the Bay Area yesterday and now, a new chapter of my life begins.

On This Sunday, I’m still figuring out how my short term plans will play out. I have yet to find permanent housing arrangements or any kind of work for the time being. I hope to resolve those issues within the next week.

I was predestined to move to San Jose from L.A., given the lack of opportunities in the southern part of this state. My only regret was that I did not make the move sooner. With the help of the many contacts and friends I have in the Bay Area, my career prospects stand a fighting chance here than if I continued to live in Southern California. I’ll still miss SoCal — it is where I spent nearly my entire life and where my career got started. However, unlike two years ago, I won’t be that far away from the place I called home. I can take solace in that fact.

Have a wonderful week, America. I hope this gamble works…and the only other kind of gambling I’ve ever engaged in was playing the lottery scratchers. Those things are fun to play with, even if you don’t win anything.

On This Sunday…: Gearing Up for a Major Change

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On This Sunday, I’m preparing to make a risky yet necessary decision to keep my professional hopes alive.

This Saturday, I’m moving to the Bay Area from L.A., where I believe I stand a better chance of getting my career back on track. My only regret is that I did not do this sooner.

There’s no turning back now. It’s the Bay Area or nothing.

Have a wonderful week, America.

Reflections and Expectations: For Better or For Worse

On this edition, I will not be looking back at the month that was. It was largely uneventful with hardly anything worth sharing.

Instead, there’s one thing I can look ahead to in the month of October: Moving to the Bay Area from L.A. on Oct. 11, despite not having a job nor a home lined up yet.

Since the beginning of the year, the Bay Area consistently held better hopes of reviving my moribund career prospects than if I decided to continue living in Southern California. I pursued opportunities up north while living down south, possibly affecting the outcomes of earlier opportunities I was in consideration for. I’m determined to finally change all that in less than two weeks.

I know for certain that the opportunities are there. I’m working with my existing network of contacts in the area in hopes of finding work up there soon. These individuals have proven themselves to be helpful and supportive in many ways and have become some of my greatest advocates.

It is a pretty risky and gutsy decision to make — the latter attribute I credit to my good friend Jessica Lawlor and how she always encourages everyone to #GetGutsy. I’m making this move without the kind of certainty and financial safety net that I enjoyed in previous relocations elsewhere. There’s always the chance this might not work out and it would all be for nothing. However, I’m confident that this is a gamble worth taking for it is the only real choice I have left to find the happiness, stability and security that diminished over the last two and a half years. Oh, I’ll still be in graduate school at San Jose State, thanks to the distance-learning nature of the program.

I hope this all works out. What’s left of any hopes I still possess for my future now rest solely in the Bay Area.

On This Sunday…: Changes

On This Sunday, I’m preparing to make one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made under less-than-ideal circumstances. My new edition of Reflections and Expectations tomorrow will cover what that will be and why it has to be done.

In the meantime, to lighten things up a bit today, here’s a video of a hamster eating tiny hot dogs. Enjoy and have a wonderful week, America.

 

On This Sunday…: About Last Sunday

On This Sunday, thank you.

That’s right. Thanks to you, the reader, for taking the time to read my story last week in response to the recent spate of domestic violence incidents involving NFL players. If you were watching the news this week, I’m sure you’d be shaking your head like I am over how the NFL continues to poorly address this issue. I’ll leave it to others to hold the league and its players more accountable on that matter.

The story I told last week is something that I have always been comfortable sharing, despite its dark subject matter. I believe that sharing stories like this to others is one of the best coping mechanisms to help me recover through such trauma I experienced as a child. I shared my story last week not to bring attention to my own story but rather to add some personal perspective of how this is a real problem that affects real people. That’s what I hope readers took away from all this — domestic violence and child abuse should not be trivialized and should be taken more seriously.

If you know someone who might be a victim of domestic violence or are one, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233. The hotline is open 24/7 and is completely confidential.

If you know someone who might be a victim of child abuse or are one, please visit this link for the contact information in your state.

On This Sunday…: Role Models, Part II

This is an extension of the previous edition of On This Sunday…

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, with a commentary on Minnesota Vikings reinstating Adrian Peterson and why this is the wrong move.

UPDATE (8:30 a.m. PT Wednesday): The Minnesota Vikings has since reversed course and barred Adrian Peterson from playing for the team until his legal matters are resolved.