FOR APRIL 2007
ending April 29th, 2007
flight and car rental has been paid for so it looks like I
am flying home at the end of June. It'll be good to visit
my family as I haven't seen them (except for my sister) since
my mom's funeral. Dude, I seriously need to get home more
often. Sorry, gang! Looks like fun in the sun is on the agenda.
Golf, swimming in the lake, fishing and a trip to Bush Gardens
(woot!) along with some meeting and greeting of old friends
and a big BBQ!
going to make my schedule a tad tight as I am staying in OC
until the end of July. I'll miss it here but I'm really excited
about the move and the direction my life is headed. I've already
made a bunch of new friends at work (they're all really good
people and have taught me a ton about SANs in such a short
time). It was pretty easy to find those who share my faith
as well. In fact one of the guys has invited me to attend
his non-denominational Church to see what it's like.
week I picked up two new assignments. One is relatively easy
(HBAs) and the other is a lot tougher (SQL database requirements).
The work really has me excited and engrossed in what I do.
Lots and lots of time in the lab (which is huge and contains
rows and rows of servers) make the days fly by. I can't remember
a job that felt like a hobby as much as this one does, even
when I put in 12 hour days. Granted, working on (or racing)
bikes would have been the ultimate but while I did have an
offer to be a shop manager for a large dealer, the salary
left a lot to be desired. I have to think long range for the
benefit of my family. I'm really happy with my job, the company
and the location (San Diego is a great town!).
neighbors are so cool. They keep reminding me I am leaving
and say they will miss me. I like them too but the 84 mile
one way drive (or ride in my case) is just a tad much. It's
forced me to switch my workouts to the weekend as I just don't
have time during the week. Add in Church on Saturdays, race
weekends, lots of biblical reading (finished 2 books already
in the past month) hanging with friends, golf, bike work,
dinners with friends, dating, etc and my schedule is packed.
also plan on a few track days at Buttonwillow and Pahrump
and may try the Streets WSMC series at least once this year
since I've never been there. The RR is well suited for Streets
(so they say) and the participation is smaller so that makes
for a good race weekend.
to get some sleep. I am driving to New Mexico tomorrow. Should
take me about 11 hours to make the trip then I have to rush
and catch a flight back. Busy week indeed.
ending April 22nd, 2007
funerals in the span of three weeks.
Last weekend at the WSMC races my friend, Chris McCauley,
crashed in turn 8. He was launched off the bike, over the
turn 8 wall and onto the access road for Streets of Willow.
He never regained consciousness and died the next day at the
Hospital. The funeral was held this past Thursday and was
a fitting tribute to a good man. A man of God, a great husband,
father and friend. There were about 600 people there and I
did take the opportunity to say a few words on Chris' behalf.
I had not know him for a long time but he made an impact on
my life. May
his family find comfort, peace and solace in their time of
loss. It's extremely heartbreaking to look into the eyes of
a child who just lost a father.
I did OK at the races and scored my first top 10 finish in
one of the most competitive classes (I'm a small fish in a
very big pond), I could not find any reason
to celebrate. Losing a friend (friends even) certainly puts
life in a different perspective. Racing is fun but not at
the expense of your life when you have a family that is depending
on you. I've already made a promise to my friends and family
(who did ask me to quit racing by the way). I told them that
if I go now, I go with a smile on my face doing something
I love (Chris did too). But if I one day have a family I will
put away the racing leathers. I will not stop riding but I
will try and reduce the risk. I would not want to leave my
for life in general, I have no complaints. Things have been
great. In fact, I'm having a have a hard time remembering
when life has been so good. Though the recent tragedies have
been an eye opener in many ways, I know God has a plan for
us all. His plans for me are good and I know that. I've been
blessed in so many ways that I find myself constantly saying
"Thank you." I've been walking around with this
big smile on my face and people are wondering why.
just aren't like they used to be and that's a good thing.
My attitude, my perspective - all has changed for the better.
And all simply because I've placed my faith where it squarely
There are pictures up
from last week's WSMC races (No, I am NOT flipping off the
camera guy, I was giving him a thumbs up!). The racing
page also has the lowdown on the race.
See you next week.
ending April 15th, 2007
past Thursday I received a very surprising call. It was from
the man who the drunk driver I chased down last fall hit (read
the full story HERE).
The call was very unexpected. "Hi Brian, you don't know
me but...." It was great to hear from him. He is doing
well. His Prius was totaled in the accident and I guess he
had good insurance because he said he was well taken care
of. The woman that hit him did NOT have insurance and was
driving (drunk, mind you) on a suspended license. He said
he wanted to thank me and all I could say was that he was
welcome and The Lord was watching out for him, his wife and
his three kids. I still don't think what I did was out of
the ordinary even though he insisted it was. I just did what
I think anyone would do in the same situation.
has been going great! I spent all of this week in the lab
(Tues-Thurs) working some solutions to our SAN 3 and SAN 4
product offerings. What I have learned is I have stepped into
some amazing technology at the right time. The things I am
learning are on a very high engineering level and it's going
to take a lot of time, patience and studying to get it all
down. I've been taking the Bandit to work every day (it's
cool to come out for lunch and see people gawking at it saying
"What is that?!" and "That's not a Honda!"
haha.) and have been averaging 44 mpg. Not too bad! It takes
me about 1 hour and 5 minutes to make the trip (one way).
I've been wearing headphones (bad, I know) so I can listen
to the radio. That makes the ride more bearable.
status with my apartment is still the same and my work has
been very understanding about the situation. Unless I want
to blow my savings (of which the moving expenses are tax deductible)
they're OK with me staying here until the lease is up at the
end of July. Maybe this is a good opportunity to give me more
time to seek out a nicer place or go ahead with the plans
to purchase a condo. If I do buy, it will definitely need
to have a two car garage. I plan on setting up a personal
bike shop in there :)
was WSMC weekend and the race report can be found on the RACING
page. I arrived at Willow at noon on Saturday and only got
in a few practice sessions. Jeff Tigert helped me with my
setup. That was great as he is always busy but managed to
find time for me. Thanks, Jeff! I made the mistake of getting
my Devonshire reservations too late and they had no rooms
so I had to stay at a Motel 6 in Lancaster. Bad idea. Apparently
that's the "party" hotel. I'll say no more about
that. Just don't stay there if you need sleep.
some of my friends came to support me this week and they had
a great time, even if the weather was terrible and they had
to wait all day to see me race. Thanks for coming, gang!
always, pics will be on the site when they are available.
Have a great week!
ending April 8th, 2007
days of trying to negotiate with the complex I live in, it
seems they are bound and determined to make me stay in my
apartment or pay a huge fine to leave -- and I don't have
much of a leg to stand on. Apparently I am stuck here until
the end of August unless I can find someone to take over the
lease before then. Even so I would still have to pay what
amounts to an extra month's rent. That's like, three plus
sets of racing tires I could buy instead - LOL. The bad part
is I had a really nice place picked out close to the ocean
with a big back yard (so I could have a dog), a place to store
my trailer and yes, even a bigger garage.
good news in all this is that my new employer is very understanding
and is going to allow me to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays
and travel the rest of the week to the office until I move.
I need to be there so I can spend more time in the lab. The
lab is just flat out awesome because every new (and old) piece
of equipment is in there for me to experiment with and come
up with new solutions. Some of the people I work with actually
have patents for their designs. I work with an amazing group
of very intelligent and experienced co-workers and they're
all very cool.
follow up on the story last week, my friend is hanging in
there as best she can. I've been chatting with her every other
day and keeping her in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there
was more I could do.
Rick brought up a good point this weekend about faith and
those who don't believe. He was in a debate with an atheist
and during the conversation he said "Would you say that
of all the knowledge in the Universe, man has been able to
grasp only about .01% of it?" (In other words, 99.99%
is still unknown to man). The atheist replied "Yes, of
course. There are many things we still do not understand."
Rick replied "So based on only knowing .01% of all there
is to know in the Universe you mean to tell me you are absolutely
100% positive there is no God?" Kind of hard to argue
with that point, huh? :)
you next weekend at Willow Springs. I'm excited! Going to
try and make it through these next few races without being
hit and/or crashing so I can move out of "nervice"
class. I had lessons from an AMA racer last weekend in which
he said my lines and form were fine, I just need to apex later
and stand the bike up sooner. He said I am losing 3-5 seconds
per lap on that alone. I'll practice that on Saturday and
hope it translates into better lap times.
ending April 1st, 2007
has been a tragic week for a very close friend of mine. I
pray that she and her family find comfort and solace. I'm
at a loss for words to explain what happened or why. In fact,
I'm just simply at a loss for words.
be headed to Willow Springs early tomorrow morning for practice.
My trainer-to-be had a minor incident and can't make it so
I'm flying solo.
to you soon.