Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Good Guys

I've lived in Sacramento going on three years now. I grew up on the east coast and have seen a lot of major news events. Some things cross the country in news and in the 1990's news was very different than what it is nowadays. Major event's like the O.J. Simpson car chase is one thing that went across the country. We were all glued to the television as it unfolded LIVE! So when I heard about an incident that happened in 1991, I was intrigued. I became even more intrigued once I learned that it happened right here in Sacramento.

It all started at the brand new, just opened the weekend before The Good Guys store.
The Good Guys had just opened in South Sacramento. It was April 4th and they were having this huge sale. The store was surprisingly busy for a weekday probably due to the sale and the fact that the store was new to the area. It was around 2:00 p.m. when four young Vietnamese men entered the store. They were armed with hand guns and one shot gun. The men ranged in age from 17-21 years old. They proceeded to gather all of the customers and employees into a group at the front of the store and locked them in the store. The group of customers and employees was over 40 people and included men, women and children. Luckily, before the doors were locked and everyone herded to the front, a few people escaped and phone calls were made to 911 to alert the police that a "robbery" was happening.

The police immediately got on the scene but at this point the young men were already talking to the police and had a list of demands. With the door locked and only one other way into the store they were pretty much hunkered down and secure inside the store. The gunmen immediately demanded bulletproof vests, 4 million dollars and 1,000 year old Ginseng roots. They also wanted a 50 person helicopter to take them to Thailand. The negotiators couldn't get a clear idea of what they wanted because their demands constantly kept changing. They were able to give them vests in exchange for some of the hostages. Since the gunmen had moved everyone to the front of the store, it placed the hostages in front of two large, glass doors. Media ascended on the scene almost before the police. They caught the entire scene on live television.

Eight hours into the incident, the gunmen shot a 22 year old hostage in the leg and released him in exchange for telling the media exactly what they wanted. The gunmen had instructed him to tell the world they were on a suicide mission and bring light to the troubles of their homeland. Police knew they had to do something so they entered the building from the rear and simultaneously shot one of the gunmen through the glass in the front of the building. One gunman was able to get away from the gunfire and began shooting the hostages. This all happened on live television.

This event was the longest and largest American hostage situation on American soil. Three hostages were killed and three gunmen were killed. One gunman was caught and is in a California prison. Another 14 hostages sustained injuries ranging from gunshot wounds to major cuts from the shattered glass. One hostage was 5 months pregnant and suffered a miscarriage while being held.

My fiancé was only 9 at the time but he remembers this incident vividly. He had even begged his mom to take him to the store that week. His dad had been in the store the day before the incident. His mom knew and worked with one of the hostages that was shot and killed. No one had saw this coming. Everyone wonders why they didn't choose the bank that was right beside the store. They still don't know the real reasons behind the incident but the victims have said that they had to forgive to be able to move on.

Could you forgive after something like this? I don't know if I could...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekend Review

The house has been on the market for 15 days. We had an open house this weekend and had 14 people walk through it. That brings our number up to 16 people total. Now we are just waiting on someone to buy it. I got a lot of questions about the new house and when it will be done. The question is the end of April. So we need to sell this house ASAP! We have been telling everyone we know about it. Come buy it! lol

Since we had the open house we had to do a lot of our errands on the Saturday. Since I've been really trying to get back into working out, we thought it might be some nice motivation. We also had a gift card so that was an added plus. I ended up getting these beauties...
On Sunday morning, I actually got up and worked out some. I know shocking but I did. Now I just have to keep it up. We also went and looked at my dream car...
Maybe someday. You have to aim high that's for sure! So I thought why not the top of the line. Literally my weekend was looking at this car, getting the house ready for the open house and buying work out gear. No joke.

This week has got to get better!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five on Friday

1. It's been 12 days that our house has been on the market. Let's cross our fingers we get  a buyer! We are on a time crunch! We are trying to move into our new house! That can't happen until we sell our current home. I literally wake up everyday and hope it's the day the house sells.
2. I'm ready for a day off. I mean yes I have the weekends off but I need an extra day. Between boxing up a lot of the house, keeping the house in "showing" condition everyday and then having to be out of the house at random times all weekend for showings it's just exhausting. The state of California celebrates Cesar Chavez day so I will be resting that day for sure. Don't know who Cesar Chavez is? Well you can read about him here. He deserved a day of recognition.

3. We are headed to our wedding venue this coming week to do some planning and even though I'm stressed about other things this makes me happy!

I have a chuck Norris daily calendar and it makes me smile!

5. Thank goodness it's Friday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Theater Thursday

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing... it's Theater Thursday! Every Thursday, I take a movie that I've recently watched and talk about it. It's always a movie that isn't in the theater and is available to watch at home. This week's featured movie is, Up In The Air.
Up In The Air stars George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a man who fires people for a living. He travelled over 350,000 miles last year and he's working his way to 10 million. He shows one airline his loyalty and is making it his own goal to become one of 7 people to hit that 10 million mark. He gets a major hit to his goal though when his company decides to try out firing people over video teleconference instead of sending guys like Ryan out to fire them in person. The person driving the idea of firing by video conference is Natalie (Anna Kendrick), a young girl who doesn't have a lot of life experience and who's never actually fired anyone... ever.

Before they start the video firing, Ryan takes Natalie out on the road to show her what it's really like to fire someone. While on the road Ryan meets a lady who starts to make him think that he wants more than to be on the road 350,000 miles a year. Natalie on the other hand has to learn how hard it is to fire someone and watch the outcome. It surprises her how hard it is and how great Ryan is at his job. She realizes that maybe they really do need a human touch.

Ryan on the other hand is starting to wonder if he needs to come off the road. When he meets Alex he realizes the connection that he's been missing. Is it something he really wants?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday