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365 Thought Provoking Questions: Answered #353-365

Well, here we are, the final set of the 365 Thought Provoking Questions. Once again, let's give credit to the folks over at Marc and Angel Hack Life for the wonderful blueprint of questions that has not only racked the brains of many, but has given many bloggers and internet enthusiasts something productive to delve into. It's been a blast, and hopefully we can begin another section of interesting questions that keeps the issue of life and the reminder of never becoming complacent with it in on our radars. So without further adieu, here are the final questions:

354. Where do you spend most of your time while you’re awake?
Well, at the place every other hard-working, middle class American spends the majority of their time - at work. For me it's behind my desk in a cubicle with two other co-workers I am lucky to say I have fun with and who make the day go by much quicker. 
Maybe someday I'll hit the lotto and can spend it on the beach. Wouldn't that be nice...

The Pondering 10 - Common Fashion Dislikes

I'm no fashion expert, and by no means am I credible enough to offer advice on trendy looks and what's currently in-style. After all, I am a six-foot five, two hundred-forty pound man that often shops through Big and Tall sections. And for those of you who are fashion bloggers and fashion fanatics, take a look at those Big and Tall areas at your local mall and see exactly what we have to work with. It's hard. And its tough. A Big and Tall fashion blog is desperately in need for us above-average in size folks. Nonetheless, I like to believe I make it work. However, what doesn't work are certain fashionable uses by individuals that simply bug the heck out of me. Some might agree, and others may find these to be ridiculous, but I'll leave that up to  you, and I'd love to hear feedback from the fashionably gifted. The following Pondering 10 are common fashion uses that I absolutely dislike.

True Tales From Parks and Recreation - How Free is Free?

Note: I work for a park slowly in continuing development in Manhattan that is five miles along the waterfront of the Hudson River. As a Public Programs Coordinator, yours truly handles anything public related in regards to permitting (athletic facilities, film shoots, photo shoots, weddings, and other small gatherings), and of course, dealing with any questions or inquiries from the public. The following series will present stories, e-mails, phone calls, conversations, interactions, and sights I've seen from the people of New York City in regards to a public park. And yes, these are all real! And are all true!
Welcome to another little snippet of Parks and Recreation.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

What is it about?
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her over. 
Who is in it? 
Michael Cera - Scott Pilgrim
Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Julie Powers
Keiran Culkin - Wallace Wells

2012 Bucket List - #15 Complete a Jigsaw Puzzle

When was the last time you completed a puzzle? Seriously, when was the last time you completed a jigsaw puzzle? Yes, a jigsaw puzzle! If, ever? 
These days, the art of the puzzle seems so far fetched and almost so two-decades ago that the thought of completing one is about as current as recording your favorite songs off the radio using a tape cassette. 
However, as a bucket list tasks for 2012, yours truly wanted to do exactly that. After all, it is a task that takes me back to a childhood of doing puzzles with my mom, and of course, can enhance and sharpen some of the mental attributes that may be diminishing in the technological, focus-challenged, attention deficient society we all live in.

Putting The Blame Where it Belongs in Gang Greenland

Several days later, I think Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are still picking grass out of their facemasks. 
And I know for sure, Jets fans and the football world are still groaning about the effort we all saw by the Jets at Metlife Stadium.
What was that?!
There is no need to rehash, repeat, or regurgitate all of the hoopla that has surrounded the New York Jets heading into this 2012 season. We all know the Jets are a mess, and have become every sports outlet's goldmine for debate and analysis. So far, the Jets are the gift that just keeps on giving in that aspect. And while the argument of Tebow versus Sanchez, or Sanchez versus Tebow, is the hot topic, the overall concern in Gang greenland is growing. We are getting to a point where there is serious concern over the team's ability and capabilities come September 9th, when these games begin to count.

Dome Pondering Celebrates 600

On Sunday, August 19th, 2012, Dome Pondering celebrates the milestone of six hundred posts since switching over to Blogger. After celebrating the big 500 in March (Dome Pondering Celebrates 500), this milestone will mark the shortest time between 100 post milestones the DP (pre-blogger as well) have ever had. This is quite the accomplishment, and very evident of the growth of this blog as well as the increased demand from you, the reader. As always with the DP milestones, the following are my favorite posts over the past hundred posts: 
Top Five Favorite Posts Over Last 100

1. What Does 27 Mean? - 5/25/12

2. Horror In Aurora: Where Are We Safe? - 7/20/12

3. Looking Death in the Face - 5/3/12

4. Looking Death in the Face (Again) - 5/11/12

5. Cursed? A Quick Knicks Rant Following Game 2 - 5/1/12

True Tales From Parks and Recreation - Professional Mini-Golfer?

Note: I work for a park slowly in continuing development in Manhattan that is five miles along the waterfront of the Hudson River. As a Public Programs Coordinator, yours truly handles anything public related in regards to permitting (athletic facilities, film shoots, photo shoots, weddings, and other small gatherings), and of course, dealing with any questions or inquiries from the public. The following series will present stories, e-mails, phone calls, conversations, interactions, and sights I've seen from the people of New York City in regards to a public park. And yes, these are all real! And are all true!
Welcome to another little snippet of Parks and Recreation.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

What is it about? 
The hopeless son of a viking Chief in a land of dragon-fighting vikings befriends a dragon and learns there is more to the creatures than  he, or his community assumed. 
Who is in it? 
Jay Baruchel - Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
Gerard Butler - Stoick the Vast
Christopher Mintz-Plasse - Fishlegs

Dome Pondering Import - Felix Hernandez's Perfect Game

On Wednesday, August 15th, 2012, "King" Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners became the 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game. In what has become a rare third perfect game accomplished in this 2012 season, Hernandez finally managed to receive the spotlight as one of the game's best pitchers, a recognition he is often left out of as part of the woeful Seattle Mariners.

In a rare feat, the Mariners become the first team to ever throw a perfect game, and to have one thrown against them. And even more rare, its the first time two perfect games have been throw in the same ball park (Safeco Field). While I still find it hard to top Matt Cain's perfecto which included 14K's, The King's reign was just as dominant with twelve strikeouts and an amazing 68.1% of his pitches for strikes. Simply, amazing. 
As usual, the following video import was captured by a lucky fan who happened to pick the perfect day to attend a ballgame:

2012 Bucket List - #27 Run a 5K

After having to create the D-Robo 5K run last year to meet this bucket list objective, yours truly actually entered and ran a course which happened to be somewhere other than my favorite treadmill at my gym. Yes, after a few years of doubt, and motivation to prove some doctors wrong, I entered the Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium
After learning how to strengthen my legs and somewhat prepare myself for activities to hide my disabilities, I felt the time was indeed right to run a 5K. And what better place to do so than running a course designed inside one of my favorite places on earth, Yankee Stadium!

Pondering Picture #25

Dome Pondering Import - "John Sterling Has Epic Screw Up On Air"

Everything about the New York Yankees organization is first class. The on-field product. The stadium. The front office. Their television presentation. The brand. Everything...except their radio broadcast. Yeaaaaaaah, we all know it's pretty bad as John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman have provided years and years of questionable broadcasting. Despite being entertaining, with catchy home run calls, both, specifically Sterling, have been known to mess up calls and badly mislead their audience, which ironically, also adds to the entertainment. And when you're listening to the radio for play-by-play, it is vital for the announcer to paint a picture for the audience. 
The following import is from the WFAN's, The Boomer and Carton Show (Who have such an entertaining morning sports show), as they dissect another Sterling gaffe. They usually have a segment where they make fun of Sterling and Waldman's broadcast, but this mistake as they say, takes the cake. Please take a few minut…

True Tales From Parks and Recreation - Dog Gang Running Wild

I've mentioned here on the DP a couple of times what I do for a living. For you new DP devotees, or those that have simply forgotten (shame on you!), currently I work for a park slowly in continuing development in Manhattan that is five miles along the waterfront of the Hudson River. As a Public Programs Coordinator, yours truly handles anything public related in regards to permitting (athletic facilities, film shoots, photo shoots, weddings, and other small gatherings), and of course, dealing with any questions or inquiries from the public. As part of my job, I am very much accessible to the public through the park's info e-mail line, or even a phone call a way. 
With that said, over the past two-plus years in this position, I have come to find that dealing with the public can be downright interesting at times. From e-mails, phone calls, or interaction when out in the public, yours truly has had some interesting interactions with the general public. So far, this job has taug…

365 Thought Provoking Questions. Answered #338-353

338. Where or who do you turn to when you need good advice?

I have a terrible support system. Not because my friends are awful, but because I usually try to solve my own problems internally - yes, meaning by myself. It's not the greatest system, and actually it isn't recommended, but somehow, I continue to do it. It is definitely something I need to change. 
However, in those rare moments where I do need to bounce things off of someone, I'll do so with the tag team partner, with my mom (who always will be on my side), and of course, turn to faith. 
339. What artistic medium do you use to express yourself?
I'm not much of an visual artistic person if that is what this question is focusing on. My wife has most of that  element through her photography and/or interior designing career, so most of the artistry ability in the relationship is carried on her end to balance our marriage.
I'm the words and reasoning end, as you can tell by this little blog here called Dome Po…

The Pondering 10 - Jobs I Never Want To Have

Throughout your life, you will hold many jobs. Some you loved. Some you hated. Some you never had. And others you wish you never left. We all strive for the ideal job in which we are able to be happy, be successful, be challenged, and of course, be able to live comfortably with a reasonable income. However, there are those jobs in life that we all have no interest at all in ever pursuing. That doesn't necessarily mean those jobs are terrible or less demeaning in some way, but it simply means those jobs will never appeal to us for specific reasons. The following Pondering 10 list is of the jobs that yours truly will never (ever!) want.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Tower Heist (2011)

What is it about? 
Building employees, who are victims of a wealthy tenant's Ponzi scheme, conspire and work together to rob what is left of the man's fortune to not only put him in jail, but to get revenge. 
Who is in it? 
Ben Stiller - Josh Kovaks
Eddie Murphy - Slide
Casey Affleck - Charlie
Matthew Broderick - Mr. Fitzhugh

Celebrating a Life Changing Moment

Today is the ten year anniversary of one of the biggest, and the most important moments in my life. Honestly, one could go as saying this moment helped shaped and provide the very foundation of the person I have become, and will continue to transform into as I grow older. 
Ten years ago, on August 4th, 2012, yours truly was baptized and declared to the world my intention to follow my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. 
As with most baptisms of new Christians, or those who waited before the moment was right like myself, I was asked to give a brief speech, a testimony if you will, before my baptism. Traditionally, I decided to share with those who were in attendance a little bit of my life, and what brought me to that very stage on that day.

Pondering Picture #24

Gun Control Is Well Overdue

It only took a massacre shooting for the issue of gun control to be brought to the forefront of our political table. However, lo and behold, the topic is now one on our radars with an impending presidential election coming in November. And sadly, in the wake of such a massacre, and several other deaths, especially those of children here in New York City and around the country, you have to wonder, when is enough, enough? 
I completely understand the NRA's sole position in defending the stance against gun control - the United States Constitution. After all, that's a pretty heavy defense, and a very powerful ingredient of what makes this country so great. 
However, after reading stories like this, and this, and this, how can we honestly and logically dismiss the issue of gun control?

365 Thought Provoking Questions. Answered: #322-337

322. What is the number one quality that makes someone a good leader?

The number one quality of a leader is to be respected. If you don't have the utmost respect from those you are attempting to lead, then every other quality that follows is shallow. 
323. What bad habits do you want to break?
I would have to say staying up late. I've always been a night owl. You can ask my parents, my college roommates, and my wife, for some reason I work better when the sun goes down. Call me a vampire. However, as I get older, I'd like to break the habit of staying up late and burning the string on both ends. And while I am at it, I'd like to get into the habit of waking up early and becoming more of a morning person.