Start Saying Hello. It’s a Small World.

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I say hello to people, every day, almost every time I see someone. And this has really started to pay dividends. First, because I get to meet tons of new people, get new perspectives, and just in general have an all around better day on the regular.

But, I have started to run into people again for a second time.

Yesterday I was at a Starbucks, and I saw this dude in a Bathory hoodie. I kept starting at him as he just seemed familiar but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Anyways, before I left I complimented him on the hoodie and said hello. He was stoked that I liked the music he listened to and he said have a good day.

Later on I checked up on my Instagram and I see the same dude in the same hoodie in my posts. It was NickWaste a local drummer for the 1034 band whom I met a few months back in Guitar Center! I commented on the photo,

DUDE I KNEW IT WAS YOU THAT’S WHY I KEPT STARING

We then chatted some more and had a good time. We will probably kick it soon too. That will be fun!

But then I had another experience.

I met this man Martin in line at IKEA a few days ago. We were both waiting forever so we got to talking. He is from Denmark and is out here working in the shipping industry. We decided to meet up for a beer this week and then I raised him one more and invited him to a local chess meetup. We could play a game and then go grab a drink after.

We had fun playing, I won hahaha (we will see who wins next week) and then we went to this bar around the corner after. We get to talking to these two dudes next to us and what a small world it turns out that one of them was the employee that worked where I work before I got hired! He moved on to another job for more pay and then the company hired me later on.

What a small world.

We talked about all the mutual co-workers we knew and again exchanged numbers as we will meet up again soon at some point. Definitely we are planning to surprise our mutual friend who also works with me and goes to that same bar.

This is what happens when you talk to people.

You make connections, you gain friends, and trust me this world is so small. Much Much smaller than it seems. If you keep talking to people you are going to run into them again. And further you never know who people know. Maybe you don’t see them but you know a mutual friend of theirs. So many opportunities can be opened to you so long as you just say hello and talk to the person next to you.

I’m already looking forward for my next small world moment.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan

Pacific Living

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As most of you may know by now, I now live in Redondo Beach, Southern California. Just a few minutes from my apartment are coffee shops, hit restaurants, Pacific Ocean, The Strand Bike-path, great weather, and just all around good time.

Originally I grew up in Southern California, but I will be honest. As a child I did not appreciate it. It was not until that my house was foreclosed on that my family had to move away did I realize how special living in beach city California really is. Over many years I lived in Oregon, Washington D.C., and inland California, and as each year passed the more I realized that I loved the Ocean.

I didn’t necessarily have to swim in it mind you, but just being near it and seeing gives me peace.

So I came back to Southern California about a year and a half ago and over this course I stayed at few different places courtesy of my friends and family. But eventually it was time to move out and get my own place.

And I couldn’t be happier.

I finally get to decorate it how I want, and work on living how I want. In fact one of the first things I did was get myself a new beach cruiser bicycle. Now that I had my own place, I had my own room to store my things. Beforehand it was complicated to get things such as bikes as I would have to keep them in my friends garages etc. and sometimes people would get upset at that feeling like I was invading their personal space.

But now that I have my own place, I can store whatever the hell I want in it.

So I decided to start with a bike.

And man it sure looks pretty. Metallic Black with white wheel rims, gives off such a classy Southern California look. This is the “Old Skool” model compliments of Huntington Beach Bicycle Company. Today I put on my black jacket and my shades and cruised all my way down the beach to work today.

I got more than a few head nods.

Felt good man. It sure felt good. Riding a bike by the beach in Southern California is quintessential Cali living. It really doesn’t get much better than that. And I didn’t spend any money on gas or put my miles on my car/tires either. That is pretty nice too.

There are lots of bonuses to riding a bike, that is if you have an area that permits it. Luckily I do. Which is also why I moved here. Contrary to many of the past places that I lived in the past 7 years there really was not much to do in any of them. But down by the beach I can surf, swim, bicycle, skateboard, walk around town, etc. and even tonight there is a local chess meetup that I will attend.

I would ride my bike to that too, but the coffee shop is actually so close to where I live I might as well walk!

It really doesn’t get better than that.

Heck, come down to Redondo Beach sometime and if you see a clean Metallic Black HBBC Cruiser rolling around give me a holler,

Because you know it’s me.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan

Back after a short break.

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As some of you may have noticed, I took a short break from writing my daily blog posts over the last week. Sorry I was gone. But now I am returning to writing some more. I wrote a post semi-recently where I mentioned that if I didn’t have much to write about I wouldn’t just write for the sake of writing, however while that sounded good that was not really true.

There is always something to write about. You just have to think about it a little bit harder sometimes than others.

Honestly the chief reason that my posts in this past week have been scarce has been due to the fact that I just moved into my own apartment. Moving everything in and out has been quite hectic and finally I am getting close to settled in.

But still not quite just yet.

My bro helped me move in a Television today and some other hutches as well from when I used to live at his place. I really appreciate his help today, I totally could not have done that on my own. It has been a solid amount of work.

But it is very cool; my apartment is finally starting to come together.

I can’t wait until I am done. Not only will it be a nice place for my friends to visit and for people to come hang out at, but it will be something for me to be fully proud of. I finally have my own place and it is mine alone to take care of. If anything is to be done I need to do it or lest the whole thing will turn into a mess.

Which I will not allow.

I cannot stand messiness, something that in the past I had to deal with from many of my roommates. I like to keep things nice and tidy. The highest goal is to have my apartment look like the inside was the set for an interior design magazine stock photo set.

Well, it’s not quite there, but it is getting there. And I am excited for how it will look when it is all done, because I have found that your living arrangements really do have a large effect on your psyche. If your home is presentable, you will feel presentable.

If your home is a blast zone, well you will feel like that too.

 

Well my short break is over, and it is back to work. Until next time everyone.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan

Time Management

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How ironic was it that Aijwei wanted me to write a blog post for him about time management because he fucked up managing his.

I told him that I would.

But then I fucked up managing mine.

 

Manana.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan