Tom Ortega II

Farewell, Tupperware Cup, Thanks for the Memories

In Life on October 27, 2016 at 3:32 pm

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‘Tis a sad day. One of my vintage Tupperware cup finally cracked.ūüė¶

It may seem silly to pine over a cracked cup from the late 70s. Therefore, lemme give some background on why this is so sad to me: I used to use these cups all the time in my younger years.

I remember sneaking drinks of my grandma’s coffee, which was really just sugary milk with a hint of Folgers. (She shoulda made Grandmabucks, charged $6 per cup and made a killing, but alas I digress.)

I remember dunking Pan Dulce on Pan Tuesday at my Uncle Enrique’s house.

Don’t be a political label, be a complex person

In Community, Life on October 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm

Read this good article first, then read this.

That linked article is a good read, even if the title is a bit sensationalist. I love the juxtaposition of how the writer makes your realize you both love and hate the exact same ideal presented in two different ways. John mentioned me in his link to the article and while this started out as a comment there, I figured I should just make my own post because it’s a topic very dear to my heart and mind.

My problem is with our country’s divide. From day one of this election year, my battle tune has been the same: I hope the 2 party system dies. To me, it is the 2 party system that is feeding, energizing and growing this great divide. With 2 sides, you can’t agree on anything because that means you’ve “joined the other side”. With more than 2 parties, you can compromise and still be seen as being true to yourself. Why am I so certain that we can kill the 2 party system and still be okay? Because I’ve never been a one party kinda guy.

I’m outside the divide. I’m a big city boy, have been most of my life (I LOVE New York and Hong Kong), but was also very spiritually minded for again my whole life. I grew up poor in an inner-city ghetto, but am now close to a 1%er living in farm country of a red state (and love the small town, family friendly¬†vibe).

True Genius

In Silicon Valley Living on September 16, 2016 at 10:54 am

Every once awhile, life will present you an opportunity to meet a true genius. You all have stories, I’m sure of when you met yours. Though, I’m willing to bet you would be hard pressed to match the experience that Doug Menuez has had. Here’s a brief excerpt from his bio on one (just one!) of his many projects, but the one that introduced me to him.

He gained exclusive, unprecedented access to record the rise of Silicon Valley from 1985-2000 and documented the private daily lives of its most brilliant innovators, including three years with Steve Jobs, as well as covering Bill Gates, John Warnock, Carol Bartz, Andy Grove, John Sculley, Bill Joy, and John Doerr during an era when more jobs and wealth were created than at any time in human history.

For 15 years, he covered tech when it went from quietly changing the world behind the scenes to becoming the in your face revolution that continues to this day. This man had unfettered access to a man that many claim is the single most important business person to ever walk this planet, Steve Jobs.