Your ARENA is what your success is based on
Have you ever seen a turtle beat a rabbit in running? Well maybe in a children’s parable, but not in reality. Its because the turtle would never challenge a rabbit to a race. The same reason why Barry Sanders would never challenge Michael Jordan to a game of 1 on 1. Its because the turtle and Barry Sanders has something in common. It apparently isn’t their speed but, its that they know that they can only win in their element, which I like to call their “arena”. A fish will always outswim a bird, even though there are birds that swim, such as penguins. Its not because of talent or intelligence, but because that it is that animals arena. If you find your arena, then you find your success. Be it a classroom, court of law, office, corner store, stage, field, factory, podium etc., you find your arena and compete in your own niche, you will find success.
Freaking Spell Check!
Don’t you just despise that squiggly black, red or green line. A slip of the finger on the key board is all you need. I mean, I’m not perfect, but when I actually do try and spell a word that I don’t know correctly, I’m discouraged to hit the space bar after I type the last letter in the word for fear of being hammered by the Squigglies. Then when the darned squiggly red line does pop under that word it speaks to me saying, “yeah, you’re stupid” or “the I before E rule isn’t true”. Then I hit backspace and try and spell the word over and over again without right clicking and seeing the correct spelling. Then when I give up after 3 or 4 times and go to the stupid box or the suggestion box that pops up after right clicking on the darn squiggly line, I go “I knew it was that.” just to make myself feel better. Sometimes I just leave words misspelled and forget about them and then I go to Spell Check, just to have my ego dashed to bits against the rocky face of multiple squiggly lines that takes me about 5 minutes to go through all of them. How about those green lines that gives you grammar suggestions or tells you that its a sentence fragment. Really? Why am I listening to a computer and it cant even count past 1. The worst of all is when you click on a red or green squiggly line and it says “no suggestions” or “add to dictionary” which means that the word you spelled is so off, that the computer cant even find it anywhere in the world. Might as well say “pathetic” when you right click. Better yet, if you spell a word that bad, you should get an automatic Skype call from Ray Lewis to give you a pep talk to keep you motivated to continue working. Enough badly spelled words and you should get a voicemail message from Mel Gibson screaming anti-Semitic, sexist or other racial slurs at you for about a minute. By the way, the red line got me when I tried to spell anti-Semitic. The excuse I gave myself was that I don’t use that word often… (sigh) Freaking Spell Check.
An exerpt from my book The Chess Players
From Chapter 7: Exodus
My room never felt so good. I left the bible study and the brainwashed kids to their lessons on morality and faith, which seems like a big fucking contradiction in this place. Dinner time rolls around and I get it served to me in my room by one of the guards that took his time getting it up here since its cold and the gravy on the imitation mashed potatoes has lost its viscosity. Well at least I have time to read tonight. A silver lining in a grey cloud. I’m busy reading and the knob turns. My mind races and prepares for the worst. The door opens and a bandaged Japanese face walks in. “Kim!” I shout. “Man I thought things went bad in that hospital.” I hop up and hug him. “Oww.” He grunts. “I still have a wound there.” He says smiling. A labored walk favoring his right side he goes to his bed and has a seat. He tells me of the whole process of getting stitched up and how they kept him for a few days because of an infection flare up. He says in a few weeks he’ll be as good as new. He said that he saw Steve downstairs in the cafeteria earlier.
My buddy is back, but things have to change. Even though he says he’s fine. I’ve noticed his gaze has changed. He doesn’t resemble the highly disciplined yakuza kid I first met. That knife stole something from my friend that I don’t think I can steal back. The eyes never lie….
What is Alpha Peye???
Many people have asked me what does your name mean and how did you come up with it? Well its actually pretty simple…
One day I was washing my car and it hit me.
Alpha, the first letter in the Greek alphabet representing the first letter of my name, A. Is the first, the beginning of something. Also represents having the highest rank in a dominance hierarchy of animals or for this case in humans, the most powerful and assertive person in the group. Having the, highest mark or grade i.e. an alpha steak, or an alpha grade. The brightest star in the constellation, standing out.
Pi, the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet representing the first letter of my last name, P. The ratio of the circumference of a circle(360 degrees) to its diameter.
Eye, the Eye of Horus. A symbol of health, protection and royal power. The first six powers of 2. 1/4, 1/2, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 and 1/64. Also eye, of the all seeing eye that you find inside the pyramid of your U.S. 1 dollar bill that is traced back to the Eye of Horus that represents knowledge and protection.
Now some simple addition… Alpha + Pi - i + Eye = Alpha-Peye. Which means the protector and king of the beginning of true knowledge and there after, that possesses an unblinking eye that sees and knows 360 degrees of knowledge.
I think that’s simple enough…
Haiku! A Field of Few
Enveloped by them
Only seen when the wind blows
They await to bloom
Bulging, throbbing, congested
It spews its hot blood
All-Star Weekend Top 10
10: Weird wardrobes worn by the players
9: EVERYONE is texting, tweeting, instagraming or facebooking during the game
8: Nick Cannon getting clowned by Kenny and Charles for talking too much during the competitions
7: Yao Ming gaining weight and looking like the Gangnam Style guy
6: Night club prices hiking 1000 percent to get in
5: People blowing all of their tax return money just to look important
4: The look on people’s faces when Tuesday comes and they look at their bank account
3: The amount of “molly’s” being ingested just because people heard it on a song
2: Idiots getting arrested and having to sit in a cell until Tuesday morning
1: 3 to 5 weeks after All-Star weekend, guys getting text messages and calls from professional and amateur groupies saying I’m pregnant.
Reps and Dems: 10 items or less…
In the 10 items or less line at your local grocer, you sometimes have people in line with a few items over….
Democrats notice they have more than 10 items and get in another line.
Republicans notice they have more than 10 items and think to themselves, “well hell, I’m already in line and nobody has the balls to tell me about the rules. And if they do, I’ll filibuster them and take up more time until the cashier gives in.”
This has been another episode of Reps and Dems.
Haiku! Blades of Grass
A forest to ants
These swords of green cut through soil
and impale the heavens