Defined Myself Through Things I've Never Done

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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
--
George Bernard Shaw

Today is my 33rd birthday, so I decided I was going to make it special! 3+3=6 things I've never done. I wanted to choose some things that meant something to me, and these new things are what I came up with.

1.
I am defined by my identity: Renewed My License At The San Francisco DMV

This particular thing was a necessity because my driver's license expired today. I went to the San Francisco DMV around 7:30 (30 minutes before they open). This wasn't too bad. After the doors opened, I got a number and was called within minutes. After a quick eye test, Lorena took care of my renewal very quickly. Surprisingly, the thing that took longest was the computer system that takes the new picture. It was overall not too bad of an experience.
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2.
I am defined by my fitness: Picked Up Over 450 Pounds

I didn't quite complete this 455 lb. deadlift, but I was awful close. I had never even been able to get this heavy of a weight off the ground before. Next time, I'll be able to stand up with it!


3.
I am defined by my love for baseball and my city: Stood Next To The San Francisco Giants World Series Trophy And Worn A Championship Ring

Today, the Giants World Series trophy made a visit to my workplace. After I waited in line and took my picture with the trophy, I got to put the ring on my finger.
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4.
I am defined by my heritage: Visited The Chinese Historical Society

As a Chinese-American, I often feel like my heritage is under-represented in historical recollection. In general, people know Chinese immigrants helped build the railroads, but the amount of African-American civil rights history that is taught in schools in comparison completely overshadows anything I've ever learned about topics like the
Chinese Exclusion Act or the Chinese Massacre of 1871 in Los Angeles.

That brought me to the Chinese Historical Society of America on Clay Street. "Founded in 1963, CHSA is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to the documentation, study, and presentation of Chinese American history." It's not a huge museum, but I enjoyed it. Plus, it's free on the first Thursday of the month.
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5.
I am defined by my wife and my sentiment: Made A Scrapbook

J and I got married in August 2008. A year later, since the traditional first anniversary gift is paper, I prepared a love letters scavenger hunt. Each letter in the scavenger hunt described a reason I loved her related to a particular location, and this would be followed by the next location. There were twelve in all, and the gift included a scrapbook that we could put together after the weekend was over. It had been almost two years since then. I had procrastinated enough on this project, so I finally put it together today. It was a great feeling of accomplishment, and I'm so glad I took care of that.
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6.
I am defined by my love of food: Eaten The Popover From Wayfare Tavern

J and I used to watch a lot of Food Network, and Tyler Florence has always been a likable personality to us. Not too long ago, he opened a restaurant in the City called Wayfare Tavern. As it turns out, the popovers at the restaurant are number 72 on the 7x7 Big Eat List.

I wanted to give this place a shot for a nice little birthday dinner. It was nice. It was a little pricey, but overall, I had a good time. I thought all the food I had tasted good but was more expensive than it should've been.
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I had a great birthday. I feel very fortunate to have an amazing wife, great friends, and so many elements of my life that make me who I am today.

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