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Cal Tech Mall is a blog post site that you can come and read about new technologies, my personal experiences with them, and ideas for where technologies are headed in the future.

Of course, with this page just getting rebooted, things may chance.  Its an evolutionary process.  I plan to put nearly anything that comes across my mind on this site.  When things are rolling a little bit better, I may start to specialize a little bit more.  But for now, we will have to see where this all goes.

California is the edge of western civilization.  It represents everything that I want to be, where I want to go and what I want to accomplish.  Cal is a prefect representation of what I want this blog to represent, become, and help me become.

I quick anecdote.  A story about a ride, and reflection, and a realization that will guide me moving forward.

I was in Chicago recently.  I went up to visit friends and have a night out visiting all the local hot spots.  I had friends who were from Naperville, but lived in downtown Chicago.  Our plan was to attend a Blackhawks game, and then head out onto the town.  One of my friends who was from Naperville ended up getting us a stretch H2 Hummer from this local limousine rental company called Naperville Limo.

We all took the limousine rental to the game and then headed into the United Center.  Then about halfway through the 1st period of the game it hit me… I didn’t even like hockey.  I took a quick look around at my surroundings and realized that I did not feel comfortable.  What was I doing with my time?  The group of guys that I was friends with were more of friends of friends.  My closest friend in the group was actually sitting a handful of seat down from me, so I couldn’t even speak to him.  I told the group I was going to go look at some of the store merchendise in the gift shop.

So I got up, and left the building.  I got lucky and happened to see the H2 limo that we had gotten for the night waiting outside as soon as I walked out of the United Center.  So I walked over, and asked the chauffeur to give me a ride through the city.

As I was rolling through Chicago, just me and the limo driver.  I couldn’t help but think of the Kanye West song, Street Lights.  If you haven’t heard it, this is it right here:

This made me think about just what I was doing with the time that I had.  Why I am using it the way that I am.  When do I begin living every day without any regret of how I spent the hours that I did?  Why do we do the things that we do?

I decided it was time to stop having to ask those questions.  It was time to designate my life to doing what I want to do in a way that can still provide value to society and allow me to be there for the people that I love.  It was time to stop going to hockey games.  It was time to live.

It took me a long time to get to that stage.  But I don’t really know why it did take so long.  What was the things that were holding me back?  Why did getting traction to move forward feel like running in mud?  I couldn’t and still really answer all of this questions.  But I do know that asking them in the first place is a step in the right direction.

Take every moment of life every morning, every sunrise as an opportunity to move in a direction that you want to end up.  The moments are street lights.  Take them all in, but don’t let them hold you up.  There will be more street lights as you move down the path you are supposed to be journeying on as your strive towards the life you want.  Maybe it takes a lone limousine ride in Chicago to figure this out.  Maybe you come about this as your mowing a lawn, or on a run.  I don’t know where it will hit you, but when it does, listen.  And then act.

 

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