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people who know me know that i have my own style. not good or bad. just mine. i like to be different, but not crazy. i want to stick out, but not turn heads. you know? lately, however, i find myself becoming more… hipster. v-necks and skinny jeans make up most of my daily wear. maybe it’s because of my weight loss. maybe i’ve always wanted to be a hipster, but it wasn’t until i lost weight that i could actually wear hipster clothing.

one thing i’ve wondered about my new style: how do guys carry around their keys and phone in their pockets in skinny jeans? i spent most of the day carrying around my phone and keys in my hands, and to be honest, i felt like a woman. i usually have to carry stuff in my hands like bags or a guitar and holding my keys and phone made it quite difficult. if any of my readers have any insight into this that does not require me to buy a man bag, that would be helpful.

i never thought i would follow a particular “fashion”. i just wore whatever. now i’ve fallen prey to a trend. what would you characterize your style as?


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May 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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haircut = stranger

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man, i feel bad for this kid posting his picture like this but i needed a good bad haircut pic.

it’s funny how a haircut can make someone look like a different person. i have a friend who had kinda long hair. he was cool. that’s right. was. as soon as he got his haircut. boom! looks like a dufus. ok, maybe not a dufus, but he looks like someone you would pick on. pre-haircut, he was a cool-looking dude. you wanna hang with him. post-haircut, i wanna punch him in the face and take his lunch money. nothing changed about who he is. same guy. but my perception of him instantly changed.

and it’s not just him. i think this way about all my friends (mostly guys) who get haircuts. for some reason, i can’t see them or treat them the same way as i did before they got their haircuts. does this mean i’m shallow? does appearance mean that much to me that any alteration of it affects my opinion and reaction towards you? btw, women, it usually doesn’t affect you as much UNLESS you get a fantastically great looking haircut, or a horrifically bad one. i might have to treat you different accordingly.

the funny thing is, i’ll act the same way as i usually do after i get a haircut as before UNTIL i see myself in the mirror and then i start acting all different. like i’m saying, “dude, you’re not supposed to act like that looking like that. you’re cool hair is gone, you gotta act like a dufus now.”

anyone else go through this?

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April 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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names to faces

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you ever see that clip from the office where michael scott uses some kind of pneumonic device to learn peoples’ names?  well, here it is.  it’s bad quality, but you’ll understand the gist.

man, michael scott cracks me up so much.

so in the last couple of months, i’ve met what seems like 1,000 people.  that might be an exaggeration, maybe realistically more like 200-300.  that’s not so much an exaggeration.  i have 2 new jobs each with dozens of co-workers i’ve never met, i sang in the passion choir (a 200 member choir and i met maybe 50 of them), i’ve been teaching SAT prep courses at high schools with classes of 15-25 students each, i’m about to start with georgia tech’s asian christian fellowship where i will meet more students, i lead worship with very talented musicians that i’ve been meeting for the first time, and what’s more, my friends have been introducing me to their friends (either new or visiting from out-of-state).

i don’t say this to complain.  i say this so that you’ll give me a break if i forget your name if i’ve met you before.  although i feel like the demographics for my blog are more people that i know pretty well and haven’t forgotten the names of.  sometimes i just make a up a name based on what i think your name should be.  if you look like a chris, i’m going to probably call you chris even though your real name is matt (that’s if i forgot your name, i’m not going to intentionally call you chris when i know your name is matt).  and can i just say one thing i’ve observed?  white people, i’m talking to you.  you all have so many “common” names, it’s really hard to get them all straight.  i mean: matt, steve, chris, nathan, sean, shawn, brad, etc.  at least with koreans, half of our population is david/john and the other half is daniel/james and they’re usually brothers.  with women, same thing: grace or hannah/esther.  you have a pretty good chance of saying the correct name if you just guess.

i say this to be facetious of course.  i’d say i’m pretty good at learning names.  it’s just lately it’s been name overload so it’s been taking me a while.  so if you see me for the first (or second time) and i can’t get your name down, i will need some mercy.  i get this conversation all the time:

me: hey, my name is enoch.  i don’t think we’ve met

anonymous: oh, yeah.  actually we’ve met before.

me: crap. what was your name again?

anonymous: it’s anonymous.  we met at that obscure thing 4 years ago where there was a huge crowd of people and you looked at me for 1 second and i haven’t seen you since and i heard your name from someone.  that’s where we met.

me: …i see

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January 13, 2012 at 11:18 am

2 months

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it’s been 2 months since i got my first smart phone.  i just wanted to write about my observations and experiences with it:

– it’s like having an ipod touch that’s always connected to the internet

– autocorrect got annoying so i turned it off

– as long as i have my phone, i always have something to do

– when i first got my phone, i swore i would never leave it anywhere and would always have it by my side.  i have just last night forgot it at home when i stepped out and this morning forgot it when i went grocery shopping.

– i used to check my email about 20 times a day.  i now check it double that.  i can’t tell if i’m exaggerating or not.

– if you words with friends me, you will get immediate retaliation for your word against me.

– pandora in the car is awesome.

– less missed calls in the car.  i used to not hear my phone over the music playing, but now my phone politely turns down the music in order to let me know someone is calling.  how considerate.

– if you don’t know my new number, let me know and i’ll give it to you (no more 704, sadly).

– i love having more than a 1.4mp camera

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December 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

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all new, all fresh

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so i’m in the middle of a phase where i’m just changing a bunch of things.  out with the old, in with the new.  here are some of the things:

– started paleo

– new iphone (my first smartphone ever!  can you believe i haven’t renewed my contract in 9 years?  9 YEARS?!?!?)

– new job opportunities (i can expand on that one at a later time)

– new jobs

– new motivation

i mean, that’s a lot of stuff.  especially for a guy who likes things to stay consistent.  so far, it’s been a good feeling doing these new things.  i really do feel like  new person.  i especially can’t believe what i’ve been missing out on without a smart phone.  i now know how people can spend so much time on their phone.  i never understood that.

so here’s to new things.  a new journey.  and hopefully new results.

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October 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

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paleo roadtrip

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don’t worry, my blog is not going all nutritional.  that’s what this blog is for.  this is a one-entry thing (unless something cool happens)

recently i have started the paleo lifestyle.  it was tough to start, but it is getting easier as time goes on.  if you’re unfamiliar with paleo, click here.  if you’re too lazy, it’s essentially called the “caveman diet.”  only natural foods like meats, nuts, veggies, and fruits.  nothing processed.  it’s been going well so far.  i’ve lost 16 pounds and still losing 🙂

i’m currently in raleigh, nc for  a wedding.  one of my worries was how i was going to make the 6.5 hour drive without stopping for fast food or snacks.   here’s how i made it with no trouble at all:

i packed my own lunch – steamed broccoli, grilled zucchini, steamed chicken, some baked tofu

and some snacks – hard boiled eggs,

and these delicious friends from trader joes:


with their help, i made it the whole trip without stopping for fast food (although i could so go for some qdoba or bojangles).

my next challenge is how to make it through a wedding weekend going paleo (and then another wedding weekend next week).

then my next challenge will be how to make the trip back to atlanta without having prepared food before hand.  maybe i’ll just snack it until i get home.

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October 1, 2011 at 7:42 am

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hold up!!

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i was driving the other day and saw someone standing outside with a gigantic sign for one off those going out of business liquidation sales.  i always felt really bad for them.  it’s usually when it’s hottest and i’ve even seen some apartment complexes dressing people up in big bear-like costumes in the middle of july.  that’s just mean.

so i kept driving and saw another guy holding a smaller sign.  it said, “we buy gold.”  he was advertising one of those stores that buy gold that keep popping up all over the place.  i was thinking, “is that sign doing anything?”  is someone going to be driving down the road, see the sign and be like, “OH YEAH!!!  i got a whole bunch of gold in my trunk i need to sell!!  thanks for reminding me, bro!”  or, “man, this gold necklace my ex gave me is super heavy, i want to get rid of it, but i don’t want to throw it away or give it to anyone…  wait a minute, what’s that sign?  WHAT!?!??  they BUY gold?!?!?”

who are they trying to reach exactly?  and why do they have to put this poor guy outside for this very pointless marketing strategy?  really?  REALLY?

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September 30, 2011 at 7:45 am

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