My name is Louis, and I am just a simple person that loves to talk about a lot of random subjects. I always love to hang around with friends and discuss various topics from politics, sports, fitness, careers, love life, movies, music, etc. Thus, naming my blog “random screws and views.” Getting involved in various conversations, either having a deep understanding of the subject or not, gives me the opportunity to learn new things and drop my two cents. In particular, I always passionate that involve innovations in information technology, especially in the area of wireless communications; sports, particularly running and triathlon; and food and travel.
My passion in wireless communications is very much a reflection of my education, and my career in the technology consulting arena. Since 2003, I have supported clients in the commercial, federal, state, and local government, and transportation sector to solve their toughest problems that affects their business goals. This include solutions that provide continuity of operations (COOP), emergency preparedness, disaster recovery, network infrastructure analysis, network threat and vulnerability analysis, and wireless survivability. What interests me the most in wireless communications is the ability to provide convenient and/or continuous communications with our business partners, clients, and most especially our loved ones, while being on the go. The rapid changes in technology is also a key driver that enhances my motivation to learn.
My passion for sports started when I was young — so young, I couldn’t even remember how young. Having played basketball and being a member of my high school varsity football (soccer ) team has kept me a very active lifestyle. Not until 2004 that I experienced a very painful knee injury — it was a tear on my meniscus (a cartilage that serves as our knees shock absorber). Consecutive recurrence of the injury has forced me to quit playing basketball and soccer. I felt like I was sentenced to death, but remained hopeful that I will be able to get back into my sporting lifestyle. The positive attitude allowed me to discover cycling when I joined a spinning class at Lifetime Fitness. In 2010, a very good friend of mine, at Lifetime Fitness, urged me to join three of my other friends to run the Broadstreet 10-miler in Philadelphia, PA. Having worries about a possibility of recurring another knee injury, I slowly managed to train and participate in the biggest 10-miler race in the US. The race in Philly also gave me the so called “running bug.” That same year, I have participated in two 10k (6.2 miles), an 8k (5-miles), and my very first half marathon (13.1 miles). In 2011, I revived my swimming to join my very first indoor triathlon, and now aiming for a goal to finish my very first outdoor triathlon in 2012, while training for a possible first marathon in NYC — yes!, that’s the ING NYC marathon (one of the big 5 marathons).
Another passion that I have is exploring good eats and enjoying it with good wine. Who doesn’t like good eats? As Chef Eric Ripert says, ” the very essence of dining, fine or not fine dining, is to capture the experience.” Food has always been an important part of our daily lives. Having a meal will always keep us nourished, and food also brings people together. Sharing laughs, stories, or just simply catching up, good food (and wine) is the magnet that brings everyone together.
I hope everyone who finds my site may find it helpful whether they’re looking for the latest in wireless technology, training tips on their very first 5k run, or my opinion on a particular dish or restaurant.