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. 

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.

Be open to decisions and understand

You will experience forms of negativity throughout your life. You will be afraid and that’s okay. There are others that share the same experience. Unfortunately, very few suppress the negativity. Instead, they reinforce it. There is no benefit. There is no purpose. There is only disappointment. You will never understand why it “needs” to be reinforced.

Fuck them. It’s cancer; how these people exist and think it is okay. Don’t confuse negativity with criticism or debate. There are always improvements that are necessary or valid points that are being made. But, to those who just think that everything you know or do is what everyone wants or thinks – that’s sad.

Not everything I say or do is correct. That’s okay, I’m open to hear what people think. I will try to understand you, as you, hopefully, try to understand me, and this is where a decision can develop. You can still choose to support your side, or you can choose the other. Either way, there is no wrong answer as long as you respect those who don’t have the same choice as you do. This shouldn’t result in hatred, fear, anger, or any correlated feelings. Just understand, and be able to move on. It’s okay. You have finally begun to understand why someone doesn’t want what you want.

Lets move away from negativity.

Decisions. Sometimes hard to make, many times very easy. But have you ever feel a time where you made a decision that you didn’t make yourself? As a kid, choosing your starting 5 when playing basketball at recess, or maybe what type of friends you want to have?

I feel like I was lucky. I met this goofy kid, while working in retail, but we worked different departments. I usually like to say hello to the new people who get hired because it helps with the communication as work (Which is necessary 100% of the time). Who knew that I would end up friends with this guy through a video game; in fact, a game that I never wanted at first. Destiny, on the midnight release, was bigger than I thought. Lots of people came into the store and purchased the game. We happened to sell a lot of energy drinks too (Not surprised). At the end of the shift, my coworkers went to buy their copies and recommended that I should get it. As reluctant as I was, I didn’t want to buy it. However, I somehow became very open to getting the game once I found out almost all of my coworkers had it. So, I said screw it…. and we played 15 hours straight. Dumbest and best decision I ever made.

Back to the goofy kid, we became better friends and was able to get to know his group of friends. The one thing that brought them all together? Cars. Another thing I was skeptical about. I loved cars as a kid and unfortunately lost interest growing up. However, after seeing everyone very happy and proud of the cars they owned, i said screw it… bought a new car the following day and never looked back. Long story short, those group of friends are now my very good friends and it’s nice to share a common interest.

Sure, I did make the decision to do all of these things; However, I also didn’t make any decisions at all – where I pretty much went with the flow. I was open to decision at these times, where I built my own curiosity. The “What if?” thing. Don’t be afraid to go with the flow. Sometimes, a decision is being made in front of you – and you unconsciously force a different decision. Be open to decisions, and understand those decisions. To the decision that you didn’t make, understand that decision and why you didn’t choose that one. Either way, you have made a decision and you continue on with life. Easy processes, no negativity, happy life.

Legsport Duckbill Install

Finally. The day has come to install this beauty. Below, I will go over every step I took to install the Legsport Duckbill (since no one has made a DIY yet.)


I will also post this DIY to the FT86 forum for a second reference.

Things you will need for the installation:

  • Microfiber Cloth(s)
  • Detailing Spray (Meguiar’s: Quik Detailer)
  • 3M double-sided mounting tape (Might be provided with purchase of Duckbill)
  • Optional: A friend to help
  • Time of Install: 5 – 30 minutes

Step One: Clean and make sure that no residue or packaging material is on the Duckbill. I suggest using Meguiar’s: Quik Detailer and a microfiber cloth (shown in step three). These will do the best job possible for getting anything off the Duckbill.

Step two: Prepare the duckbill by taping along the edges and curve crease. Be prepared to use all the tape provided! As you can see, I was given enough tape just to tape the important parts of the Duckbill, so please follow my tape pattern for optimal fitment.


Step 3: Once Duckbill has been prepped, proceed to clean the surface area of the trunk to prevent from any residue getting onto the tape of the Duckbill. We don’t want anything getting in the way and create a pocket for wind to get in! Again, I recommend Meguiar’s: Quik Detailer and a microfiber cloth to clean this area.


Step 4: Now that you have the surface cleaned, Duckbill cleaned and prepped with tape, and your helping buddy is ready – you can now proceed with placing the Duckbill onto the trunk. Be sure to remove the tape cover before placing the Duckbill on the trunk. This is where teamwork and communication is needed so that the Duckbill is placed on properly.

Step 4.1: I’m sure most of us may not have a buddy available to help and are doing the install ourselves. That is okay! I did this install myself and was relieved to know that this install was easy. Before removing the tape cover, place the Duckbill onto the trunk and position accordingly. Once positioned, lift the duckbill slightly so that you can remove the tape cover as you are firmly pressing the Duckbill onto the trunk.


Step 5: VIOLA! You have successfully installed your new Legsport FR-S/BRZ/TOYOTA86 Duckbill. Please be sure to secure the Duckbill by pushing down on the areas taped down to ensure that the tape makes contact with both the trunk and the Duckbill. Apply moderate pressure. I recommend giving the tape 2 – 3 days to settle before going on the roads. Unless you are a Dare Devel like me, you wait a day and drive up to 80 MPH/129 KPM (Legally, of course). Don’t be me.

You might be asking yourself “How does he know how to install Duckbills?” Well, I don’t, but that’s the fun part to modifications! If you have any questions or concerns or possibly made a few mistakes along the way, feel free to contact me and I will answer any questions you have.

RPMs staggering from 1k down to 400

I hate this. Half the time I feel like it’s gonna stall out from me. Don’t buy an FR-S, ladies and gentleman. (Is it an 86 now?…yeah whatever, i’m kidding.)

Maybe this baby needs a tune. I’ve heard about this ridiculous open tablet that can flash the ECU of the car to help with this issue – maybe keep it at a solid 1k. But for $499? You can kiss my sweet ass before I decide to buy that. Looks like I’ve got a lot to research to figure out a cheaper way of tuning my car.

Besides that, I just recently purchased the Fumoto Oil Drain Valve, which I will install very soon because my oil change frequency is very close to car washes, and a secret new part will be coming shortly after!

I’m excited how things are slowly growing for this car and I’m happy to have a group of friends who have a strong passion for cars. Without their help, installations would take long, YouTube would be my only friend, and I’ll magically screw up and turn my car into a piece o’ shit. Luckily that isn’t the case.

Thank you for those who are currently following my build! For those who are slowly coming in, I also appreciate your time and I hope to show you my wonderful work of art! 

Maki Ramen 

This is the first time I have eaten ramen, besides out of a styrofoam cup. It looked very close to what you would see in Naruto. Especially those Narutomaki, those fancy pink and white swirl pads,  it’s fish paste that takes pretty good.

A whole bowl of soup, ramen, mushrooms, half a boiled egg, bulgogi, and a strip of seaweed wrap. One must be crazy to not eat this delicacy.

Maki is quite small, the size of a boba shop, but with all the amazing flavors. This might be our designated ramen shop (I’m lying. I’m always willing to try other places).

If you are in the area, give it a try!

Lardarius Webb Charity Softball Game

Football players playing softball. Quite the show, but a very fun time indeed! The charity helps support family’s with low income/homeless and help with food, finding shelter, paying bills, etc.

It’s good to give. 

Thank you Baltimore Ravens for the awesome game and I hope the best for this upcoming season! All in all, I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Credit card?

Okay. I keep getting questions from friends asking if getting a credit card is good or bad? First of all, before you google your favorite credit card, try to imagine how much money you can get, etc.  – understand that it is a simple concept that can make or break the way your credit will be.

Credit is “imaginary money” (don’t quote me on this) that has been provided to you to make any necessary purchases – given that any money you borrow, you must pay back. It’s like having miniature loans. You use the “credit” to purchase your items, which the credit company gives you about 1 month to pay off. Purchases made in the statement month (see the terms and conditions of what a statement month is for your credit card company) will be required for you to pay that following month.

What I would recommend starting off with, is applying for a joint credit card with your parent at your current bank. This would help with building up your credit (if you don’t already have any) and help you learn more about the card as you use it.

Those who already have good credit, I recommend to sign up for any cards that can offer rewards. If you can afford the yearly fee, more power to you. Free is always good for me, so I like to stick will those credit cards. Theoretically, you are going to spend the money anyways, why not get something back instead of just giving your money away by paying cash or debit?

Rewards can involve money back, gift cards, free plane tickets, discounts, or even vacations!

For those who have bad credit, don’t worry! There are credit cards that support applicants with bad credit. You can keep track of your credit by downloading the Credit Karma App (sorry no link, they can pay me to do all of that) and monitor the numbers. Start now by only spending what you have.

This brings me to my next point – DON’T SPEND THE MONEY YOU DONT HAVE. Yes, there are times where we may have to put a bill or two on the card where we might have to wait for the money next paycheck, which is fine. As long as you pay within the statement month, you are in the clear. Most companies will remind you when your next payment is so that you can schedule payments accordingly. There are times where I feel people will not have self control and will spend all of the credit they have – and that is abusing the credit card. That’s just like borrowing something and not being able to give it back.

Keep in mind, credit cards are not for everyone. Like I stated above, many people do not have self control. That is your decision. I’m merely stating the benefits of the credit card and how it can make your life a bit easier.

Be sure to pay it off in full every chance you get (to capitalize, spend only what you can afford) because this can build your credit to a very strong number. If you make the bare minimum payment, this is do little to nothing to those numbers. You might as well cancel the card after you pay it off because it tells you that you may not be financially responsible.

Be honest to yourself and figure out if you are ready for this type of responsibility. I knew at 18, I was going to get a card and start building up. This gave me many options for my future (present now) to purchase and car and a home.

You can say that credit can also a form of trust. A person (company) is trusting you with there money to use to pay for whichever you desire, hoping that you will pay them back. To continue with the imagery, this person will be nice and not charge you anything if you pay back in full, within the statement month span; however, they will charge interest every month you don’t pay and their trust for you will slowly decrease. The more trust you have and then better you start paying this person back, you slowly start to accumulate a reward for your efforts.

Build trust and Understand your limits.

Anymore questions? Feel free to reach out to me at anytime! I’m always willing to help and give advice.

Vacation time

Good Lordy, the moment is coming near. A week of no stress, a loud family, lots of food, and good times. 

Come to think of it, I haven’t seen my whole family in a while. I’m sure I’ll be playing 21 questions with them all vacation. Where do you work now? Do you have a girlfriend? How is she? When are you going to get married so we can go to a wedding?

People say that these type of questions annoy them… to the point where they have memes specifically for these questions! I like it when I am asked about my life. It gives the satisfaction of knowing that my family cares about what’s going on in my life.

Family. Don’t take them for granted. Gotta love em.

Late Night Marauder

A little late on my post, I presume. However, who isn’t fashionably late? 

A lot has been going on in my mind, to where I am understanding more about how happy I am in my current situation. Before I begin, I never expected to tell anyone about this because I expected criticism in the lines of being a failure and such. Who gives a shit? As long as you are happy, work hard, and you are able to contribute your happiness and support to others – I believe that can stand for success.

Back to what I was about to announce – I am a college dropout, I have a Government job, I own a home and car, and I am 21. Let’s break this down a little more. WHAT.

What was I thinking dropping out of college? For short, I wasn’t really interested in school. Now, to many of you, it seems like a stupid idea. Honestly, at the time, I was thinking the same thing. What gave me a bit of hope was my older brother telling me “This is your life. There are many people that have done well in life and haven’t gotten a diploma – but those exact people are the 1 percenters of the world.” This goes back to my favorite saying (this is mine, I don’t need to cite shit), from my last story, “my path, my pace.” I believed that I had a better future than to just pay my way to earning a piece of paper that will say my name and not guarantee a job. So what did you do? I worked my ass off, got myself an internship, worked even harder, and stumbled my way into government work. 

I work and make a pretty good living. Doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop here. I just need to gain more experience and work harder. There might be a time where I will have to blossom and pursue a different company that can support me. However, I do a great job and the work is in a field I am knowledgeable in. Getting this job was hard. I applied to dozens and dozens of jobs before getting a call back – finding out that they were interested in what I can provide (with my skills and knowledge from my internship). Nevertheless, after many interviews, three weeks roll by and I was awarded the job! My beautiful girlfriend sat right next to me, in my car, listening to the job offer voicemail. Take as many attempts as you possibly can in life. It may not work the first time, but it sure as hell will work one day.

I own a home and a car. These are great accomplishments, but mainly I purchased this home for my mom and the car was a gift to myself (as seen in the pictures). My mom has been working hard her whole life, taking care of my brothers and I. Ladies and gentleman, she worked three jobs just to take care of baby me. If that doesn’t say hard work and dedication, than I don’t know what is. Sadly, many of us were or are still in this situation. I want to tell you that it is okay and it will continue to be okay. One day, you’ll realize that your hard work has paid off and that you’ll feel empowered to want to do more, and to give back. Use your situation as your fuel and drive towards your dreams.

Age, really, has nothing to do with anything.  I have been in tough situations, was (and still am) mentored by my hardworking family, and I have been broke. You start to appreciate life a bit more with nothing to your name. My piece of advice for you is to work your ass off, take as many attempts as you possibly can until you succeed, and use your situation to drive towards your dreams. Follow your path, and your pace.