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Updates-Beware(Lots of Text)

Training Update
1) Training is going well in terms of endurance. I will need to step up my minute per mile to make my goal of below 3:10:59.
2) If I reached a qualifying time at the Surf City USA Marathon, I would not be able to do Boston because it sold out in under 8 hours this year. With a qualifying time, I want to sign up for 2012 Boston Marathon. Let’s just hope they do not require better qualifying times for next year’s event…
3) I will be doing up for a 24-hour Ragnar Relay-Southern California. Basically for 24 hours straight you split up 192.3 miles between 12 people. The race starts in Huntington Beach and ends in Coronado(San Diego)….should be quite the experience….
In hindsight, it actually worked fine that the Boston Marathon sold out. The Boston Marathon is April 18, so the timing would not work out for the relay.

By reading the above mentioned words, one might ask, “Does he do anything else besides run?”. Here is the rest……..
Life Update
1) Although not happening so quickly, my job search is primary thing going on with me. I’m putting in the work each day, staying optimistic, and eventually things will work out.
2) I am starting a very small side business selling balancing wine holders. Sales begin at the beginning of December and they make great personal, holiday or business gifts at a reasonable price.(Also makes a really good piece to display a wine at a restaurant or small wine shop)
3) Continuing my mandarin twice a week. I did not want to forget everything I learned, and I know it’s worth the time to keep at it. It’s a good thing my teacher is a stickler for tones because I have some bad habits ingrained in my pronunciation and it takes a lot of work to change it.
4) The weather is beyond amazing and one of the reasons why I am able to do all these running things. Although home is definitely not as happening as Shanghai, there are more than enough things going on here to keep me busy.

Other Updates
1) I’ve been given confirmation by various sources. After 10 months, the Bryan Special has taken down from menu at Sarnies. Not going to lie, but I wish it stayed up longer. It had a good run, but who knows it might be possible to order it by special order.
Enjoy this sandwich related Curb Your Enthusiasm clip
2)There is a Xinjiang Restaurant in Los Angeles called Omar. This is the first restaurant of its kind to my knowledge in Southern California, and I will be trying it out this Saturday.
3)Oregon Football is #1. It’s almost hard for me to fathom the current situation. Although I am a USC alum, I have been a lifelong Oregon fan , so I am beyond excited to see their success this season. While I cannot get too excited and need to take each game at a time, there is no doubting the Oregon Football is a far cry away from the days of people being satisfied with a Las Vegas Bowl victory over Air Force(Yes, I did attend the 1997 Las Vegas Bowl(Oregon 41 Air Force 13) and it was my first time in Vegas.)

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The New Year Smells like Roses

Although I have not completely finished my list of New Year Resolutions, one of the resolutions will be to write (at least) two entries a week on a blog. The hope is to write about topics I have insight or have strong opinions about my daily life, sports, travel, technology and international relations. Along the way, I imagine I it might stray change into something that else, but here we go….
My new year started by waking up at 7:30 am and going to the Rose Bowl with my family. Even though I graduated USC, I grew a Oregon fan and will keep up this affiliation throughout my life.
We arrived at the Rose Bowl at about 10:30, and pressed on to the alumni tailgate. The alumni tailgate included an all you can drink beverages as well as a barbecue lunch meal. With a few thousand people at the event, you would imagine there would be more than 10 portable toilets. I figured the restroom shortage controlled the alcohol consumption because 45 minutes is a long wait just to pee.
I really had a good feeling the Ducks were going to win, and Lee Corso and the ESPN College GameDay crew picked the Ducks. I get scared when too many people are picking the Ducks to win, because it’s much easier to under promise and over deliver. I guess the bad signs started from the beginning when the marching band played to the wrong side. The Ducks started the game slow and it was clear they were not playing their game. (I thought it looked like Masoli might have been slightly injured) Even though they were not playing their game (I have to give my props to the OSU defense as well),I think they would have pulled the game out without a late 3rd quarter fumble deep in OSU territory.
Oregon couldn’t pull it out, but my dad is definitely smiling happy about the Rose Bowl appearance. Next year there I much to look forward to with a team only losing a few starters, so who knows maybe they will be in the hunt to win their first Rose Bowl since 1917. The team has a nice nucleus and it will be exciting to see what next year brings and as well as the new jersey combination’s.
Side rant: While watching the Bowl Games on the TV, I never think about TV timeouts. As a live spectator, TV timeouts really suck the life out of the game and hurt any momentum gained and lost from both sides. Realistically speaking this will never because the commercials contribute to making college football and the BSC lots of money.

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