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Mike Nguyen
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[i listen to maurice sendak's last interview a lot]

“I'm not unhappy about becoming old. I'm not unhappy about what must be. It makes me cry only when I see my friends go before me, and life gets emptied. It is a blessing to get old. It is a blessing to find the time to do the things, to read the books, to listen to the music. I cry a lot because I miss people. I cry a lot because they die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more. Oh God, there are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready.” 
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i was gonna skip working out today, but then i witnessed a fight outside my office. i think it was a sign to make sure im in shape when its eventually my turn.
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this video does a good summary of how i remember SF
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been checking this blog for some time now and everytime i wonder if its really run by a cute girl in high school. its too cool tho!
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an analogy for digital v. IRL
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at family gatherings, i always pester my two uncles who i have a lot to learn from. one is a sheriff/taekwondo expert/violence junky, the other is a street fighter who grew up having to always fight guys twice his size. this weekend i told them how much violence i witness in nyc, and how i have to prepare myself for the inevitable brawl i know is coming

the street fighter:
-never fight someone at their height. if hes taller, lower yourself. the distance will give you time to react
-strike with speed to the soft spots: nose/mouth, neck, sternum, below the ribs. its a mistake to concentrate on just the head
-always keep your eyes up (since we were practicing and i kept dropping my eyes to his body blows). concentrate on the whole outline.
-do not flinch (my weakness. every movement around my nose and my eyes would shut tight). only practice will help. plus, blinking wont do you any good since a strike will fly at you faster than you have time
-practice with someone to deaden your nerves in your forearms and fists.  

the sheriff:
-always keep your fists up, chin tucked in (its an instant knockout button), and expose your forehead (the thickest bone in your head)
-learn what its like to get punched in the face. its not the end of the world, and you will live

tangent sheriff notes:
-it takes a certain someone to fight. most people just dont have it in them to strike another human being. he loves it tho
-heroine is on the upswing these days. meth is still big, but heroine is finding a surge with teens for some strange reason
-i asked him about riots in SF vs NY. he says a lot of crowd control approaches are up to the administrations. west coast liberal cities are very hands off, nyc is very "shut it down now".
-he'll shoot you in the chest and say he was aiming for the limbs, but you moved. hes sad if you survive
-when he arrives to the scene, people look to him to have a solution amidst the chaos. its really not in his incentive to straighten it out completely, and if he cant believe anyone, everyone goes to jail.
-i am in total awe of how he can juggle humor, aggression, and responsibility.  hes a really chill guy and i have to probe him constantly to get this out of him.
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ba da da da da GRIP. ba da da da da. IS A BITCH
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tonight i watched my friend run her food truck, and then after it sold out, she went inside to DJ til close.

this is the amount of energy it takes to be an artist here. i got stressed out just watching her.
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i hope this isnt staged. i want to dream that people like this exist. i want to make her my ex wife and stare lovingly at her during divorce proceedings.

you are so beautiful it cost me my life and sanity. i regret nothing. i would do it all over again just to kiss the sky one last time.

please take me back. i can change.

love,
mike
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research analyst
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media research in television and internet
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  • CBS
    research analyst, 1 - present
    Provide research for 14 CBS owned and operated stations, 6 CW stations. Responsible for: national and local ratings analysis, qualitative data, presentations, spending reports, market DMA info, and all sales/marketing research inquiries.
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mike is neither a pea nor a nut; he's a legume.
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