Saturday, July 9, 2011

Love is all you need, especially today on my Anniversary, July 9th.

The Beatles performed a song on July 7, 1967 that was written by one of their own, John Lennon. This song was also used in the romantic comedy, "Love Actually" in 2003. Two years later it is the song that was playing as I watched my beautiful wife walk down the isle to marry me on July 9, 2005, just two days and 38 years after the song was first heard. This song was titled, "All You Need Is Love". Now on this day just six years after our wedding day, my Coach's RULE of the day is to LOVE. Love whomever you are with. Love whomever you want. Love each and everyone or just yourself. But go out and LOVE!!!

"All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles (lyrics)

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy.
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time - It's easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love (all together now)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

Monday, May 16, 2011

San Jose State Spartans vs. Cal State Spartans

In a recent article on the website entitled, "Is It Time for San Jose St. to Consider a Name Change to California St?" The writer Matt Peloquin brought up some great remarks and views about this particular question. Here is my answer to the question that was the title of this article............

I am a 2004 graduate of San Jose State University (SJSU). As much as I love saying SJSU or San Jose State. Even when I was a student I always wondered why we didn't go by California State University or Cal State. My father was a graduate of Cal, and even though a lot of people consider them UC-Berkeley, they are still very well recognized at Cal or California. They were the first in the UC system, just like San Jose State was the first in the Cal State system.

I can see where a lot of us would not like our school to be referred to as Cal State San Jose or even worse CSU-San Jose. But from reading the article as well as my own beliefs I do feel that our alma matter should be referred to California State University or Cal State plain and simple. If you look up and down the coast and beyond almost every state has a University of and a State University. And they refer to them for example as Washington and Washington State. Oregon and Oregon State. Even Wisconsin who doesn't have a Wisconsin State does have a University of Wisconsin even thought they have more campuses in the system other than the one that is most recognized from Madison.

So with that, here is my Coach's RULE of the day.....Why can't we have a California State University to go a long with our University of California? Especially when there are more than one UC schools but the one that counts is the first one from Berkeley referred to simply as Cal. So with having many schools in the CSU system, why not do the same and only have the one that counts be the very first one being the one in San Jose and simply refer to it as California State or just Cal State. I think I can say it..........

Let's go Cal State Spartans!!!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Enough already...for all you hatters out there.

I've HAD enough. I normally don't discuss politics because it's a lose-lose situation. However, I am done.........All of you calling out Obama saying that it wasn't him that shot Bin Laden, you are right it wasn't him. BUT he was the one that gave the OK to go do it. Plus can I remind everyone that Clinton originally made orders to find Bin Landed and never did. G-Dub when he was in office had the shit hit the fan and instead of finding Bin Laden he went after Saddam Hussein. You know what, Bin Laden was finally found and is living in eternity. I would like to ask all Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Tea Party, etc. stop battle amongst each other and let's remember that WE are all Americans!!!! If we would stop all the bickering and whining about this party says this and that person did that.......maybe we would get some things figured out and done. Like a better educational system where our teachers are valued instead of faulted for it all. A health care system where EVERYONE wouldn't have to worry if they are going to die, just because they have a little cough but can't afford to go to the doctor. We are always talking about peace, but we don't even have it in our own backyards. It starts at home and with small steps people. I'll get off my soap box after Coach's RULE of the day is.......start living life happier and more peaceful. When you are upset, take a breath and relax before you do something stupid. But most of all, start caring for one another rather than worrying about your neighbor. Peace, I'm out!!!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It was meant to be!!!!!

In the Fall of 1996, I met this girl working the hot dog stand at a high school football game. I was going to the rival high school at the time and when I walked up I thought she was so beautiful that when she asked me what I would like, I said, "what do you ladies have?" I did this so I could hear her talk and just stare at her for just a few more minutes. Then I kindly asked for a hot cocoa still trying to get the nerve to ask her for her phone number. When she turned around and said, "one hot cocoa, MOM!" I was stuck. I didn't know what to do. I didn't want to ask her for her number in front of her Mom. So I did what at the time was the stupidest mistake, and I just took my hot cocoa and left, never to see her again....or at least I thought.

Let's fast forward to February of 2000. I meet this beautiful young woman at college. She is in the same play that I am in. It's called "The Time Of Your Life" by William Saroyan. We were talking and hanging out backstage and really hit it off. Then one day on March 8, 2000. This beautiful young woman, Heather, asked me to be her excuse to miss her English class. I told her I had to go shopping for shoes but she is more than welcome to come a long. After a day filled with shoe shopping, movies, and of course a grand dinner at the All-American restaurant........Jack in the Box, I had won her heart as she had mine. A few dates later I wore a blue bucket hat, that my Aunt Peach gave me that had the Hawaiian Islands on it, that was the same hat that I wore back at the hot dog stand. Heather, with her photogenic memory, looks at me and asks, "did you ever ask for a hot cocoa at the hot dog stand at Edison?" I looked right back at her and said, "THAT WAS YOU!!!!"

So here we are today, March 8, 2011. Heather and I have been together for 11 years, married for 6 this coming summer. And as I sit here writing this to you from the same exact place that I proposed to her on of course March 8, 2004. I must say that my Coach's RULE of the Day is to never count out fate for it is part of life. Never think something will or won't happen. Things happen for a reason. Sometimes they are good, like this one. Sometimes they are bad. But no matter what happens never give up on life or

fate. Each and everyone one of us is meant to walk a path. We may not know what that path is or where it is taking us. But we need to just lace up our shoes pull up our socks and get ready for this fantastic journey of life and fate.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

KIN 710 Week 6 Homework Assignment

Well this weeks work was quite interesting for the simple fact that the website we use to check our courses and homework assignments crashed and didn't get up and running again until earlier today. However, I was still able to go on finally and see what homework had to be done this week for my classes. The paper for my other class I shall do later, but the assignment for this week in my kinesiology technology class is as follows......

This week we learned about professional networking and setting up professional portfolios. We had to set up a linkedIn account as well as a Plaxo account. Both of these sites are about professional networking. I've actually had a linkedIn account for a few years now but I this was my first time setting up a Plaxo account. I really have enjoyed linkedIn over time finding old as well as current colleagues and getting to see what they are doing know and even meeting people through their site that might help me in my future. These sites really help you to network with out having to do too much foot work. Meaning, normally you call a former colleague and say hello and tell them that you have heard that they are working for "so and so" and that you were wondering if they could pass your info on to them or if by any chance you could get "so and so's" information so that you can contact them. In this case you don't have to do all that running around. You just look up your friends site, see if there is someone of interests to you, send an email saying you'd like to meet them and wallah there you are now connected to someone that you feel can get you to the next level in your career. Both these sites have also taken on the whole facebook, myspace style with that they have it where you can update your status for the day and let people know how you are doing or feeling and so on. The other thing is the sites allow you to contact to things like this blog or twitter or even facebook pages that you have so that future or current employers, colleagues, etc. can see what you are all about. Now with everything on the world wide web, you must becareful of what you share and don't share. You never know when you might make a comment that you are later going to regret. For example a current San Diego Padre baseball player made a tweet saying they didn't like Panda Express because it made them sick and told people to never eat there. Well what he didn't know is that one of his team owners is also a part owner of Panda Express. So guess what, someone finally told him what he did wrong and he erased the tweet and then put up a new tweet about how great Panda Express is. So again, always be careful of what you write or say on your blogs, twitter, facebook, or any other social network you have because you never know who might be reading it.

Another part of our assignment was to to create a professional portfolio or website basically. Here is the link to mine......

Now for my Coach's RULE of the day, "You can't help the unexpected. You never know when something may or may not work when you want it to, or how you want it to. So be flexible and open minded and don't sweat the little things. If something goes wrong or doesn't pan out the way you had wanted or hoped, it's not the end of the world. Remember to just breath, relax, and soon you will be back on track."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

KIN 710 Week 5 Homework Assignment

For this weeks assignment we had to play around with image generators as well as a website called library thing, where you can find books that you have read and see who else has read them as well. But we'll discuss more of that later. For now, this weeks assignment, even though was less demanding by means of how much work to do, seemed a lot harder for me, because of being sick. I've been sick since Monday. In fact I haven't gone to one practice this week and as we speak my women's basketball team is playing Concordia University while I sit here drained and tired doing my homework, because their is no time like the present.

Anywho, the first assignment was to play around with a website that dealt with image generators. Basically it gives you different images that you can play around with and see what you can do with them. This is the one the I decided to do....... - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

The reason why I chose this image. Is because it reminds me of my wife's and my save the date card. We went to Santa Cruz and drew our initials in the sand and the wedding date. It was quite romantic to us and we have always loved that area in Santa Cruz and Monterey. Plus with this icon, the waves keep coming and washing our initials away but then they keep appearing. And it shows how deep our love for one another goes. That no matter what tries to ruin it or change it, we will always hold strong.

Ok, enough with the mushy stuff. The next website to view was the Library Thing. This was cool, in the fact that I could just type in any book that I have read, and the cover and author and everything just pops up. In fact one of the books, I accidentally got the title wrong and the website was still able to find it. The other cool thing about it was that it had reviews from other people that have read the book. So, not only could you see who else has read the book, but you can also compare notes as to what they thought about it compared to what you thought about it. Another thing I noticed is sometimes, there are different covers for the books. Like my Yogi Berra book had one cover when I added it to my catalog. But then I was able to change it to the cover that I actually own. Here is the link to my book catalog......

So as always, let me leave you with my Coach's RULE of the day......"No matter how bad or hard you want something. If you are not up to doing it or if you are feeling sick. Take it easy. People will understand. And it is always better to take a few days off and rest/relax and not get other people sick, then to be the outbreak monkey and have everyone blaming you for getting sick."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

KIN 710 Week 4 Homework Assignment

The first thing we had to do for my kinesiology class what to look up website called delicious. It's a website where you can bookmark links of websites rather just bookmarking them on your web browser. It was an ok website. I don't know if I'd really want everyone or anyone seeing what I am bookmarking. I'm sure it would be a great tool for a classroom or even for coaching to find something to show my athletes quickly, but I just don't think the website is for me.

The next website to research was technorati. Now this one, I really had a hard time navigating. We were to put Kinesiology in the search menu and see what came, but it kept telling me there were no links to my search. I'm not sure if I was doing something wrong, but I really didn't find it useful.

Then we had to research youtube. I LOVE youtube. I used to have a video on their but we eventually deleted them. The video I posted to my blog is of dance revolution. It's a guy that does different dances to different songs. One of my friends originally sent me this link, saying that he reminded her of me. He is very talented, so I will take that as a compliment. I have and will continue to use youtube in my coaching and teaching career. In fact one of my athletes father has put up a video of all her highlights so far this year at FPU. So that goes to show that people of all ages use youtube.

Finally we had to look up podcasts and see how they helped or related to our field. I like hearing about different drills not just reading about them. So I found podcasts to really help me there. I found some great drills that deal with conditioning, which as a coach I love. Reading drills sometimes is tiring and I can get really bored doing it. But listening to someone actually explain the drills really helps to keep focus. Plus this could help me with my coaching, because I could just have my athletes listen to the podcast rather than having me re-explain it to them.

So my Coach's RULE of the day is, "sometimes we say too much and we end up putting our foot in our mouth. When you find that happens, just make sure you've taken a shower before and always admit when you made a mistake."

You Tube Video

A lot of my friends say he reminds them of me, since I like to dance a lot.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

KIN 710 Week 3 Homework Assignment

In the past few years, I have come to notice that I can't live without a lot of things. It's sad, but I look back and don't realize how I ever lived without a cell phone, the internet, cable tv with channels upon channels. Growing up I had regular attenae television, only a house phone, and I still typed on a typewriter.

Now, I can not only blog, tweet, check my facebook, as well as the internet and e-mail on my phone or computer. But now because of all these creative apps for everything, I can even tell my cable box at home to record a program by using my phone......I can't believe it, I don't even have to be home to record a program anymore.

For my assignment this week, I had to set up a bloglines account and add some news and twitter feeds to it. After playing with the bloglines account, it is actually a great internet site and tool to use. Because of adding all the different feeds, I can just go to this one account and check up on news and information from around the world, as well as friends, and classmates, rather than exploring all different sites.

Next I had to check out I have to admit this website was awesome. I really liked that it had templates for budget spreadsheets, calendars, statistics information. Basically everything a coach is always going to need at some point in his/her career.

I also had to explore web 2.0 and their award winning sites. A lot of these sights I already use, like twitter, facebook, and the one I love the most google maps. I am such a map freak, I am constantly looking at google maps even if I am not going anywhere, simply so that I can see what things looks like in other cities, towns, and countries.

So, over all a lot of the things that we have explored in this class have not only been fun and entertaining, but I really see me putting a lot of this stuff to use as my career matures.

My Coach's RULE of the day is that technology is a lot like life. You may be scared to do things at times, but the more you experience and try, the more comfortable and relaxed you get. And then next thing you know it starts to come easy to you and is not as scary as you thought it would be.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Article Reading Assignment for KIN710

Hello Everyone,

This week, really won't be a so called RULE of the day/week. Instead I had to read three articles for my Kinesiology class and then write a blog about them. So here it goes..........

The first article I read was "Social Networking" by Alfred C. Weaver and Benjamin B. Morrison of the University of Virginia. I found this article to be quite amusing since I have been active in social networking for the past five years. I originally got started with having a myspace account and then I did some youtube stuff and now I am very active with facebook and now this blog thanks to this class. What is really interesting is how social networks change as time goes on. I mean back in 2005 when I started on myspace, that was the "thing". As the years went on more and more of my friends and people around me started going to facebook and now I have too. In fact I don't even remember the last time I actually checked my myspace page, sorry Tom.

The second article I read was "Web, Library, and Teen Services 2.0" by Kimberly Bolan, Meg Canada, and Rob Cullin. One thing I like about this article was the way it was broken down. I'm not very big on reading and reading and reading and reading, even though I am making all of you do this now. But I really like the box of examples of Web 2.0 in the Library. All this time I've been using wikipedia or I should say wikis, social networking sites, like I discussed above, and blogs and didn't even realize that it had a main title. Web 2.0 I thought was just some jargin and it is but now because of this article I now know that it refers to on the content and things on the web like I said before, wikis, social networks, blogs, photosharing sites, even RSS, which I didn't know what just an acronym for Really Simple Syndication until this article meaning that it refers to all the news sources on the web.

The third and final article that I would like to discuss today is an "Editorial: Examining Social Software in Teacher Education" by Richard E. Ferdig from the University of Florida. It discusses ways that social software can be used in the classroom. Meaning that is doesn't only discuss how you can use blogging or facebook like we are doing in this class. But also how video games, PDA's, and other devices can be used. I find it interesting that they discussed video games especially since a while back they came out with video games that were supposed to help you with thinking and memorizing. I found it to be quite amusing and the students that I taught at the time enjoyed it to. I found that some online learning tools as well as video games could be a great way to award a student who has finished their work in a timely manner while waiting for the other students. Or maybe just have a fun day that could be learning at the same time. Like with my athletes I find that giving them so called day off from the regular practice plan and maybe just getting together and having fun still helps them think and move around because we will play with the Wii or even some of these dance games that are out on the xbox and other playing devices.

So over all, these articles had some great points and intriguing discussing topics. I sure hope that my blog about that has been as entertaining as I found some of these articles to be. Feel free to read it and enjoy. And you know what, I just can't leave this blog without having my Coach's RULE of the day, "Open your mind, let new things in on a constant. For one day you never know, you might need some of that knowledge that you took for granted at that moment."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My photo from flickr

I tagged this specific photo as the one for the assignment, because it was part of my road trip that I did this past summer. My wife and I went up to Portland and back down the coast and while doing so came across a tree you can drive your car through. Well, I should say most cars, many large SUVs had issues....FYI. But this pic is of me standing in the center of a tree that had fallen over many many years ago. I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Technology in today's world.

Twelve years ago, I couldn't understand why all my friends had pagers and thought they were so cool. Then seven years ago, I became a broadcaster and realized I needed a cell phone for my job, but still didn't understand why. Now today, as I write to you, I am not sitting in the comfortability of my own home. I am actually on the road to Santa Barbara on our FPU Sunbird team bus. I am not even typing this on my lap top or computer. I am doing all this on my iPhone. In fact I must admit it's hard for me to live without my iPhone. I have a gps on my phone, I can check my facebook and twitter page on here. I can talk to people without calling them, thanks to texting. A lot of my friends don't even have land lines anymore because of this. You can pay your bills online, buy tickets, to sporting events or even movies. Shoot you don't even need to leave your home now-a-days because of all the technology we have. And trust me, I'm not saying that is a good thing. But what I am saying is that technology has evolved in so many ways throughout my lifetime. It is hard to even understand sometime how we got by without all this, but we did. So Coach's RULE of the day is, "don't be afraid of technology, embrace it. Play with it, see what you might discover. Because you never know, you might actually realize it is better than what you had before."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Waz up people.........

Hello hello, y'all. It's Coach Rule coming to you from the middle of the Central Valley in California, in a awesome town named Fresno. I started this blog because of my physical education course that I am taking at the school I am coaching at, Fresno Pacific University. However, the journalist in me must say that he is going to like this journey of having his own personal blog. Hopefully I will be able to enlighten, inspire, and entertain you as the days, weeks, months, and years go let me leave you with Coach's RULE of the day............"Always be open to the unexpected, you never know if you might actually like it!"