Diode Dynamics/Winjet Foglight Kit 

First, I want to introduce how I was brought to complete this unnecessary but possible combination. I was driving late at night, on a public road, and was turning into the highway when I encountered a raccoon. As hopeful as I was at the time, the raccoon was making its way across the street and I slowed down to give it time. As I was speeding up as it was out of the way, it decided to move back and made contact with my front bumper. I drove all the way hope to find out that my front foglight bezel is missing and the foglight frame arms have broken off. This was VERY unfortunate, but that’s the past.

What I kept on my car, previously installed were:

 – H11 foglight harness with connectors

– Stainless steel mounting hardware set (4 screws, 4 wing nuts, 4 washers)

– 4 T-Tap wire connectors

The new hardware I installed were:

– 2 H11 Yellow Glass-lens foglight assemblies, (interchangeable left and right), with 55W H11 halogen bulbs

– 2 Gloss Black Fog/turn bezels (left and right side)

If you have read this far, YES THIS WORKS. I took this path because I hated how the insides of the Diode Dynamics foglight assemblies got dirty very quickly. I also wanted the yellow glass on the foglights for a cleaner look (with LEDS On and Off) and the gloss bezels to match with my raven black paint. 

Installation took only 20 minutes and I love how it looks. To those who aren’t following my instagram, my new tires are in and the wheels are coming soon! 

Unlucky camper

Let’s start off by saying that I’m a proficient driver and this event was avoided but fate had its own way of saying “Nah bro.”

Jumps right in front of my car. At first, it seemed very easy to believe that I just ran it over and that was it. As soon as I got home, I was curious if I received any damage and unfortunately I did. My foglight popped right out of the socket, the bezel was completely missing, and my turn signal bulb popped out from the fuse. At 3 in the morning, I could not process this all at once. I woke up the next morning and was able to find a solution.

I purchased new cheap foglights to replace the old ones and will only replace the foglight enclosures. Think of it as a foglight brand collaboration. I believe it will work but we will have to see. This Friday is when the new foglights come in and I will find out if it works. Worst of all, this happened on a Monday. 

Two years

The big TWO. I have gotten to a point in my life where I realize that I am growing up. 

Backtrack to a younger me, I made plenty of mistakes and I am glad to have had those experience to learn and grow. My beautiful girlfriend entered into my life two years ago, on September 5th, 2015. It all started with an unintentional Skype video chat – I’ll get into details about that at a later time.

With the two years we have been together, I can our relationship is not perfect. We have had fights, unnecessary arguments, and tears shed. We have had wonderful dates, smiles all day, endless laughter, and unconditional love. What we have gone through, these past two year, have built us to where we are now. I have no regrets. I know that being with this girl is the one decision in my life that was right. How do I know? I can feel it in my gut.

Thank you for the wonderful two years, and for many more to come, my beautiful angel. 

The groove of the train

I own a car and take a train. Why, you may ask? The fact that I like to preserve my car as much as I can, which involves me taking the train. This puts little to no mileage on my car every day. 

At my old job, I had to travel 100+ miles collectively each day. That’s a lot of stress on a car – on a sports car. In the end, I actually save money this way. Less money I have to spend on gas, low-mileage, and I can sleep on the train whenever I get sleepy from work. 

The stigma of taking the train is a little weird and confusing on the east coast. We have multiple train systems that take us from point A to point B. We have the MARC train and the metro. No, they are not the same.

I feel more comfortable taking the MARC train, given the fact that the seats are more spread out and comfortable. The metro is a bit grimy and has those moments where you don’t want to fall asleep. Honestly, it’s the Peace of Mind that correlates with my decision of commute. Also, from where I live – the MARC is a MUCH faster commute (measured by time of travel). I save near almost an hour of commute time and even the hassle of being stuck in traffic. The worst delay I have ever experienced on the train was at least a 5 minute delay. You can’t beat that.

I love my share of driving my car and having my “zone” to sing to mediocre classics – but I rather catch up on my sleep. Don’t worry, the train has both quiet cars and cars with a “stop alarm”. The quiet cars are an introvert’s best friend. As for the other cars, you have the conductor announcing each stop by name – you can’t miss it. Me, being able to sleep through an earthquake (yep, this has happened before),  the regulars cars are good for me to sleep and wake me up in time for my stop. Happy me!

If you are looking for a better commute experience, and you have the opportunity, commute to work by train. Those who take the metro, good on yah. I’m kidding, it’s not all that bad.*

You’ll be surprised how much easier your commute can be. Especially those who work in DC, no one likes getting stuck in DC with lots of cars, rediculous speed cameras, and magician potholes. 

Happy commuting!

* It’s that bad.

Scared and deserve it.

My wake up call of a lifetime. Many awkward conversations. One realization. People don’t deserve negativity in life, no matter who you are. 

Love and positivity is what this world needs. It starts with decisions in life. These decisions should not be taken lightly. Bad decision can create unnecessary situations. I try to make the best decisions in life with what I have. Somehow, I feel as if I do no good. I wish of a better day, today. I’ll feel better in time. I just need to get through this current speedbump.

Aram’s Army

Happy birthday, brother. I have to tell you, things are looking up and life is getting a bit easier every day. I remember you talking about many things you wanted to do growing up – it’s like you wanted to change the world. It’s a little rough down here and it surely will need a bit of change from what’s going on but I’m sure you know that.

Remember when we tried to fix that radio/gps during Outdoor Ed, we got lost, and pretty much just tossed it to the ground and tried to figure our way back to camp? Yeah, that’s pretty much the rut that we are in right now. 

Other than that, work is looking great and I’m planning to have my girlfriend move in very soon. She cares about me a lot, and I love her so much. She keeps me sane. You would like her. 

I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy lots of cake. We all miss you bud.

Speaking with “higher-ups”

I am happy with the people that lead our team. The sense of them wanting to help you better yourself in your career is amazing. I spoke with a Senior Lead (We can refer to her as Alice) in our Creaive Design department about life and my career and was told to get in contact with her once I gain more experience or I finish school. 

Now that I am back at with the same company, I get contact Alice and she remembers me! We connected on LinkedIn during my internship days and explained to me about the work they were doing at the time, which was 360 integration (with the 360 cameras and such) for shark week. After speaking with her, I was able to get in contact with her Managers and was set an appointment to meet up with my director, the department VPs and Alice!

As I grow older, I understand more about communication and staying in contact with people. It makes sense that networking is another tool to use in life – to help progress. The simple act of speaking to someone, communicating and letting everyone know that you are here and ready to make a difference is powerful. The relationship you build with people really matters, and if you can make an impact, your name will be rememebered. I promise you this.

Happy Hump Day!

Saying Goodbye

It’s a little weird, moving from job to job so quickly. I was just getting very close my coworkers and things we finally picking up after many ideas and decisions. 

Things are looking up for the progress of my career. I get to work at a Fortune 500 company everyday, I have a beautiful girlfriend that supports me every step of the way – going the extra mile by getting her degree and working at the same time, a tough, motivating family that has my back, and you, the reader.

My stories are meant to tell you my experiences of life. What I have gone through or am going through, which may hopefully help those that are trying to find out what to do. It’s not an easy process, believe me. Especially without a degree, but this is where you have to pick it up 100 times more.

I’m blessed, and so should you. You have a chance to live, plenty of time to succeed, and lots of room for error. But hey. I’m just getting started.

Much change in the upcoming month

To those who read my blogs, I thank you for your patience. Don’t get me wrong. No one ever said it was easy to run a blog. Obviously, in order to do so, I must provide content to showcase first. I have been gone for the past week and it’s sad to say that I was fighting to figure out what to do when I found out that my office’s contract was due to expire and our time was growing thin to find another job.

I would like to point out that my luck, throughout my endeavors of life, has assisted me with great generosity. My internship Director, Dan, from when I interned at Discovery during my college years reached out to me in regards to an opportunity. An opportunity that could potentially grow into something bigger. Granted, I currently have a Full-Time job making a decent living and could potentially have another contract to continue work. This opportunity is a contract job with similar pay and Full-time; however, the contract is designated to end in a year.

I had a talk with the director, man to man, in understanding the risk to taking this opportunity. To understand that a job will be presented to me if my work can support the company. That has been always been my purpose in life. To quit the talking and get the work done. I lacked this trait at a young age. As I grew older, I worked on it – building my craft. Currently, it is a habit of mine. I can’t stand 50% effort from myself. I can only push for 100% or bust. I see it like this, you have the time work on yourself in life – whether you want to perfect your body as a body builder, perfect your intelligence with math, science, technology, etc, or perfect your craft, whether art, cooking, etc. What do you do with the time given? I hear many of my classmates, whether on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, etc, say that they are grinding, getting money, and flaunting away. To be honest, I applaud that behavior because of the motivation that “shows”.

However, when nothing is to show for it – it all becomes “talk”. Everyone is going out to party, going to the clubs, buying expensive things that we can’t afford, and for what? Are you really building yourself? My best-friend died at the age of 19. He had his time taken away from him, but he is now in a peaceful place. He always told me to keep working hard, as he did – fighting his cancer. He is always on my mind when I have these moments and it makes me want to see progression from my friends too. I want to help those close to me, as he helped me. I don’t want to see those around me fail. However, I do want the bullshitters to stop with their nonsense and take a step back to think about their life.

Could you work hard now for that trip to another country? yes. Could you go now? yes, if you had the money. But the questions come – will you have money when you get back? Will you have a JOB when you get back? Was it worth the time used?

Depending on your purpose and the way you answer those questions will tell you something. As humans, we sometimes need our asses handed to us before realizing the truth. But don’t be late and regret the things you would’ve accomplished in your life – rather than accomplishing something from your wish-list/bucket-list. Please understand that bucket lists are lists of task to do before you die. If you have watched The Bucket List, you would understand more. You have more time than you think. Make the world better, invent something, save the world, build. Otherwise, those people you paid for your flights, hotel stay, event hosts, etc, are smiling all the way to the bank – retiring at the age of 30 because they worked hard getting your money while you enjoyed their amenities. Stay Woke. Be useful of your time.

Opportunities can come out of nowhere

It’s been a rough few weeks since I have heard about the layoffs at my job. I’m applying left and right, and luckily I got a text from an old friend that interned with me at Discovery. She told me that our old boss was talking about me and was wondering what I was up to. She continued to announce that he had a bit of work for me and wanted to see if I was interested. Obviously, I was.

Its crazy to know that I was on the brink of freaking out because of the constant search for other work opportunities. I guess this is God’s way of saying “Take it easy man. You are still young.” I smiled as I saw the message.

Nonetheless, this is still just an opportunity that will hopefully provide a higher salary for the work. Of course, if I am not blessed with higher pay – I must make the decision to continue my search or to bite the bullet and take the job. In my mind, I am more confident to find better opportunities for similar or more pay if this opportunity is unable to provide that for me. Lets hope that this one is a keeper.