Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Q&A: Image

January 31 - What do you want to be?

2014 - A wealthier version of me - entered March 16

2015 - Caught up!

2016 - Relaxed, without a to do list. - entered May 1

2017 - Me - entered February 4

2018 - A Tesla owner. - entered February 3

It's another day of Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal. Such fun.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Q&A: Forget

January 30 - What do you want to forget?

2014 - Every bad night of sleep - entered February 16

2015 - My last employer

2016 - My time at World Vision - entered May 1

2017 - This presidency (except I don't want to be doomed to repeat) - entered February 4

2018 - Stuff I've read recently in the news about people being cruel to children or animals - entered Feb. 3

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Monday, January 29, 2018


January 29 - What was the last TV show you watched?

2014 - Arrested Development. We're finally watching it on Netflix. Season 2 isn't as funny as Season 1. - entered February 1

2015 - Gavin and Stacey (Nessa and Smithy's baby is born). We never did finish Arrested Development.

2016 - 12 Monkeys (writing time travel, especially episodic is hard!) - entered May 1

2017 - Travellers - entered February 4

2018 - Just finished Colony season 2.

I remember as really young child waking up late from a nap and learning for the first time that TV was on a set schedule that waited for no man. I have always hated that. And now everything is on our schedule. And it's awesome. It's way before the start of my Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal, but it was Mr. Rogers.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Q&A: Home

January 28 - How do you describe home?

2014 - Chaotic, not as clean/peaceful as I'd like - entered February 10

2015 - Welcome, respite, a place I like arriving at

2016 - Preparing for lift-off - entered May 1

2017 - Constantly trying to keep clean - entered February 4

2018 - Today? A tad overwhelming.

Me? Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam and I’ll show you a smelly house. Which has nothing really to do with the Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Q&A: Art

January 27 - What art movement best describes you today? (Surrealism? Modernism? Dada?)

2014 - Brian from "Spaced" - entered March 16

2015 - Calm and quiet like a peaceful Money - entered January 28

2016 - Blank canvas (so tired) - entered May 1

2017 - Amateur cameraphone photographer - entered February 4

2018 - Crash glass (destructive and then creative). - entered January 28

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Q&A: Need

January 26 - Today you needed more __________.

2014 - Free time at work. Long meetings, no downtime, no chance to exercise. - entered March 20

2015 - Not sure. I didn't feel a need or want for anything, really. I was content.

2016 - More courage in throwing stuff out. - entered April 23

2017 - Can't think of anything. Beautiful, sunny Saturday! - entered February 4

2018 - Patience. - entered January 28

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Q&A: Essence

January 25 - What makes "you" you?

2014 - Don't know. I'm just the side of an identity crisis right now. - entered March 26

2015 - Refusal to stand still? Nearly a year later I'm still not entirely sure, but I'm feeling confident.

2016 - I'm going to go with "Refusal to stand still." I like that. - entered April 23

2017 - Stubborn idealist perhaps.

2018 - On a lifelong quest for better self.

Me? The guy filling out the Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal every day. That makes this blog my blog.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Q&A: Company

January 24 - If you were going o start your own company, what would it be?

2014 - It would be a bakery. Lori would bake cupcakes or a sandwich shop where the sandwiches were named after the customers. - entered March 29

2015 - A small digital consultancy. Oh wait, I did.

2016 - Something with ongoing subscriptions so money keeps coming in automatically after the sale. - entered April 23

2017 - That doesn't appeal to me right now. - entered January 25

2018 - I’d still like to have a very exclusive referral-only cupcakery.

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal - thanks for visiting. Happy Birthday to my brother.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Q&A: Break

January 23 - Do you need a break? From what?

2014 - Yes ! From all of the little things at home and work that keep me from the big thing. - entered April 5

2015 - Fortunately, it's Saturday so I have break right now! - entered January 24

2016 - Yes - way too much "to do" not enough time. - entered March 20

2017 - Yes. Politics.

2018 - Yes. Being hungry all the time.

A break? No, it’s barely January. These Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal entries will keep on coming.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Q&A: Seeking

January 22 - Are you seeking security or adventure?

2014 - Definitely security. Life is way too complicated to think of adding anything unpredictable. - entered March 20

2015 - Security. Though I might be imagining stability. - entered January 24

2016 - Security. I have enough adventure right now thank to all the travel! - entered March 20

2017 - Security. This world has gone crazy.

2018 - Security. I think adventure (to a small degree) finds me regardless. - entered January 23

Here's another entry for the Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Q&A: Awaiting

January 21 - What are you looking forward to?

2014 - Paying off our credit card debt. - entered April 13

2015 - Date night. Work has ut into time with Lori.

2016 - Sunshine - entered March 20

2017 - Trump's Impeachment - entered January 22

2018 - A new chapter. - entered January 23

This feels like a long January so far. Not bad, just long. Here's today's Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Q&A: Grudge

January 20 - Are you holding a grudge? About?

2014 - Not sure, but I am a little frustrated by our situation. Is that a grudge? - entered April 14

2015 - I don't think so? I have some disappointment but not a grudge.

2016 - No, not anymore. - entered March 20

2017 - I'm kind of an Anti-"Trump Supporter" - entered January 22

2018 - After consulting, I’d say someone at work who I’ve tried for a long time to partner with unsuccessfully.

It’s very windy as I enter today's Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal. Still, much nicer weather in L.A. today compared to Seattle yesterday.

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Q&A: Food

January 19 - List three foods you ate today.

2014 - Breakfast: Birthday cake and coffee; Lunch: Bierocks, German Potato Salad, Salad with homemade green goddess dressing; Dinner: Chicken Broccoli Potato Soup and Birthday Cake. - entered February 2

2015 - Life cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios, Mallow Oats (store brand) - a cereal kinda day - entered January 20

2016 - So far, just oatmeal and coffee. Thinking about having some cereal. - entered February 13

2017 - Coffee, oatmeal, doughnuts - entered January 22

2018 - Today (1/20) - Coffee and a Luna Bar, but yesterday (1/19): airline food - entered January 20

When Cameron was in Egypt’s land, Let my Cameron go. Sure, it has nothing to do with this, but it came to mind this morning for some reason as I was entering today’s entry from the Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Q&A: Peaceful

January 18 - What was peaceful about today?

2014 - Seahawks trounced Denver in the Super Bowl. - entered February 2

2015 - Certainly not the nail biter conference championship game again Green Bay. But - Super Bowl, baby!

2016 - Ben didn't scratch me at all today - he had a really good day.

2017 - Commute was uneventful.

2018 - It's been a quiet day at work so far.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Q&A: Clothes

January 17 - What's the oldest thing you're wearing today?

2014 - My "Mickey" t-shirt from probably 1998 or 1999 when I needed a new shirt on the way to a CLU-PLU game and the only place I could find was a Club Disney in Calabasas. - entered February 1

2015 - This Hawaiian shirt and these jeans are both pretty old.

2016 - Probably my shorts. - entered January 18

2017 - Not sure... my shorts or my socks?

2018 - Guessing socks or underwear. Shoes, jeans and dress shirt are probably newer. - entered January 18

Yep, this is another entry from Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal - I bet you're not surprised at this point.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Q&A: Money

January 16 - Do you owe someone money? Does someone owe you?

2014 - I can't think of any. But I do need to finish my taxes (refund) and pay my property taxes. - entered Feb. 17

2015 - Not really, but we did just place an order for Girl Scout Cookies. - entered January 17

2016 - I think Rachel owes us $25. We owe credit card companies more than $25. - entered January 18

2017 - I can't think of any. - Entered January 17

2018 - Yes, we owe Ellie some money.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Q&A: Lunch

January 15 - On a scale of one to ten, how was your lunch today?

2014 - Eight. It was Hawaiian Haystacks (or Burmese Stacky-Uppies) but we had to do portion control. Boo. - entered April 6

2015 - Eight - Ritz crackers and microwaved clam chowder. Nothing special, but tasty and eaten while taking an actual break.

2016 - Nine - Kalua Pig w/ rice and corn - Just Lori and I. - entered January 18

2017 - Seven - Peanut Butter Mighty Muffin

2018 - Eight - Chips and Salsa, Steamed Veggies. Not entirely bad for me. - entered January 16.

Welcome to the next day of the Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Q&A: Placement

January 14 - Are you a leader or follower?

2014 - Leader.... Though follower is definitely easier. - entered April 13

2015 - Leader - but knowing how and when to follow is also a good skill to have. - entered January 15

2016 - Leader - entered January 15

2017 - Leader - entered January 16

2018 - Leader, though sometimes following is easier. - Januar 16

Thanks for following along as we work our way through the Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Laundry Folder: Not a Bad Thing

Someone posted a video similar to this one of a this device which, as you can see, folds laundry.

The comments were things like "#lazy" and "First World Problems!"

It was frustrating. Here was a group of smart people (most people who used LinkedIn for social media seem to be pretty thoughtful usually) immediately thinking of how it wasn't relevant to them and declaring the product to be a bad idea and why we're in trouble in the prosperous countries because we can't even fold our own clothes.

I immediately thought of laundromats that offer "fluff-and-fold" service - you drop off laundry and they wash, dry and fold it and you pick it up later as well as hotels that will clean your clothes for you. This device in those settings may save some time and offer a consistent output. They might also prevent repetitive stress injuries. Why sell one to a household when you can sell 10, 100, 1000 at a time to a company?

I also thought about combining it with a conveyor belt or a bin that you can dump a lot of laundry into, or a bigger end receptacle where you can put a basket so all the clean laundry is folded and in a basket.

In looking for the video again, I discovered a few things... there's a company in Japan that made one a few years ago where you could dump in a whole basket. It took five hours to fold the load. And Panasonic had a device at CES that took up a whole wall. One part was a dresser. You take something out and wear it, then you throw it into another bin on the device and it washes, folds and puts it back in the dresser. It looked like something out of the Jetsons.

And I also learned that they actually are targeting households:

Lori also suggests that people probably derided the dishwasher in the early days, too.

Besides being a convenience, it's another reminder that the robots are coming for the jobs. But it's not something we should fear.

Q&A: Travel

January 13 - Where do you want to travel next?

2014 - I'd like to go to Hawaii or Miami. - entered March 10

2015 - Hawaii, Miami, London, Dublin.

2016 - Hawaii, Miami, London, Dublin, New York. But it will be L.A. again. - entered January 15

2017 - Those 5 but it will be Bellevue - entered January 16

2018 - Still those 5, but next will either be Bellevue or Anaheim.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Q&A: Accessory

January 12 - What's your favorite accessory?

2014 - Is the iPhone an accessory? I'd say my Fischer Space Pen which I'm ironically not using at the moment. - entered February 28

2015 - Probably my Samsung Galaxy S5 which is pretty cool, though rubbish as a phone. - entered January 13

2016 - Still my S5. Though I also like my Fitbit. - entered January 15

2017 - My Samsung Galaxy S5. My old, slow, frustrating S5.

2018 - Either my Samsung Galaxy S7 or my Fitbit.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Q&A: Lost

January 11 - Today you lost ______

2014 - Hope for any future with this organization. (Note: it came back two days later) - entered March 25

2015 - Track of time. Holy cow. Alarm in 6 hours! Good night!

2016 - Nothing - entered January 15

2017 - Sleep

2018 - For a moment today, I think I thought I was in control of everything. And then I wasn't.

Now on year 5 of Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Q&A: Inspired

January 10 - Write down something that inspired you today.

2014 - The rain. It was wonderful and made me feel nostalgic. - entered February 10

2015 - The sense of calm. It's been a busy week.

2016 - I'm inspired (motivated) to find some checks I've misplaced.

2017 - I'm inspired by the new year. A good time for some changes. - accidentally entered January 6

2018 - My employer made it very clear that they value and appreciate me. - entered January 11

This is the latest the gift I received in 2014 — Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Q&A: Typical

January 9 - Was today typical? Why or why not?

2014 - Mostly typical. Typical stuff happened. Boring. Which is fine. - entered April 8

2015 - I hope it wasn't typical. I got out of the office way too late and it was way too busy.

2016 - So far, pretty typical - church. Though we watched a video because the pastor was sick. - entered January 10

2017 - I guess... a work day, tired, poor sleep.

2018 - So much not. But can't talk about it yet. - entered January 11

This is the latest from my Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal that I got in 2014 as a gift.