FOR APRIL 2008
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ending April 27th, 2008
up, G?! :)
been a great week, that's for sure. I had so much to accomplish
at work. Three of my projects are really important to the
contract so I am burning the midnight oil to get them done.
The really great thing about this is that I am gaining a ton
of experience. Looking back over the past year, where I was
then and where I am now, I am really glad to have this opportunity.
No matter what happens, when the time comes to move on I will
be in excellent shape.
those of you who know me well know that I have a long history
of playing music. I haven't played much in the past three
years or so, but a friend of mine got in contact with me recently.
He needs someone to fill in on bass (I can feel the calluses
growing now haha) for a tad until they find a permanent bass
player. The good thing is this will help get my chops up to
speed and we get to play some really good gigs. This band
even plays in Hawaii so it'll be nice, should I get to go,
to check out the Islands.
the racing front, I've sent a ton of racing resumes out. Primarily
I am focusing on Honda dealers because, well, I race a Honda
and I really do prefer their bikes to the other manufacturers.
One of my friends got me in contact with a Christian racing
group, so that would be a great thing. Initially when I decided
to race I wasn't really walking in the faith, certainly not
as strong as I should have been. Back then I was a "babe
in the woods" so to speak. But as my faith grew, so did
my desire to serve and reach out to others through the gifts
I've been given. Now, I am not saying I am a great racer.
In fact, compared to the average club racer, I'm slow. But
that's ok. The point isn't to win races and get some kind
of big racing contract. It's to have fun and to reach others.
than that, things have really been going great. It's been
a great weekend too. It's been hot out, so I've been getting
a little sun.
morning (Sunday) I loaded up the refrigerator and drove it
down to a needy "Saddleback Church" family in Anaheim.
I loaded it up myself, tied it down to the truck and hit the
frige all loaded up
(Click for larger image and yes,
I need to wash my truck)
was about a 160 mile round trip but the gratified look off
the recipients made the drive well worth it. I am still trying
to find a needy family to donate my washer/dryer to as well.
Once I do that I can finish up my garage so that I can actually
work on my bikes. Besides, I have a washer/dryer here and
will buy new ones when I buy a house (hopefully soon!).
everything is going well on your end. Remember to keep the
rubber-side down and take it to the track. It'll keep the
tickets off your driving record and keep ya safe.
ending April 20th, 2008
what can I say about this week but busy, busy? I have a board
full of important projects and they are all due like, now.
So I worked late this week and over the weekend to get them
done. Now, on Sunday afternoon, I can finally relax a tad.
night at Church I got to chat a bit with our Pastor and our
Associate Pastor. They want me to get with some of the Deacons
and start a "Riding Ministry." Sounds like fun and
it's something I am interested in. We've decided for the first
ride we're going to make it a short one and just whet their
appetite for riding. I promised NOT to wear my leathers (it
forces me to ride slower) and that I wouldn't ride fast at
all. Considering most of the riders have cruisers (cough!),
we'll be going plenty slow -- LOL -- and that's ok with me.
was a late day so I skipped the gym. I left the office around
7pm. Where I work at, there's always a homeless person asking
for help and if I have cash, they get it. There happened to
be the same gentleman I see just about every day and I had
some cash so I waved him over. I handed him everything I had
in my wallet (I think it was only $10, but it's all I had).
He knows me and we've chatted a few times. I always say "God
Bless" when I drive away and, knowing this, he handed
me a "Paper Bible." It was a small Bible with just
quotes from various passages.
asked him "Do you have a bible?" and he
said "No, I lost mine a while ago so I just read
Now, I have two bibles, both given to me as gifts. The smaller
one was always in my truck for Saturday services so without
a second thought I reached over, grabbed the bible sitting
on my console and handed it to him.
"Here", I said. "This is for you."
Are you sure man?" he replied, with a large, appreciative
I'm sure." as I smiled back.
light turned green and it was time to go. I said "God
Bless and enjoy it...", smiled and waved and stepped
on the gas. Looking in the rear view mirror I could see him
smiling and flipping through the pages.
glad I was able to get the word into the hands of someone
who needed to be fed. And it's the same thing I told my Pastor
on Saturday night. That I was glad to attend Horizons and
that I was being fed. Both our Pastor and the Associate Pastor
reminded me "Men's ministry meets on Tuesday nights,
will we be seeing you? Dinner is awesome!" "In
that case" I replied "You bet I'll be there."
week in my opinion. I guess I am getting the reputation as
being a bit of a bible thumper and I suppose my site is proof
of that. I post what goes on in my life. I'm not saying it
to puff my own chest out or lay my accomplishments out in
front of others. It's just my life and as I've stated before,
God separates those who are around us for ulterior motives.
I can personally attest that it's happened to me and I couldn't
be more grateful that He's held true to His word.
people who were bad for me are no longer in my life. It's
brought a huge wave of confidence back in my step and lots
of smiling. Nobody ever said being a Christian was easy, but
it's not supposed to be depressing either. And it isn't if
you keep things in perspective.
my Canadian buds, sorry I couldn't make it Vegas to see you
this weekend. I did plan on riding, but work calls. Given
that I get 3 weeks a year of vacation, I felt like it was
in my best interest to get these projects done. Otherwise
I'll have a ton of vacation I can't use later ;)
about it for this week. Hope your week was as fun as mine.
Looking forward to the track on May 5th, so keep 'er shiny
side up, kids! :)
ending April 13th, 2008
a great week! Lots of good stuff happening that's for sure.
Work is great as always so I won't dive into all the details.
Suffice to say things are going really well and I'm happy
(aren't I always? ;)
got myself signed up for another track day next month at the
Big Track of Willow Springs. I've been poking around and feeling
things out as far as sponsorship goes. I have a few things
in the fire and if they work out I will get back to racing
again for the second half of the WSMC season. The last track
day I went to got me fired up, even if I was poking around
in the street group (hey, the Doctor told me to take it easy
so I did!). I had forgotten how much I love just buzzing around
the track where my mind is clear and it's just me and the
sound of my RR's motor humming. I imagine it will take me
all day to get back to my normal lap speeds and perhaps even
break into the high 20's, which I am confident I can do (and
is fast for a 600). Just need to focus on being smooth.
also got back to my full gym schedule this week. I'm still
a tad sore but it was really good to hit the weights again.
I am surprised how taking a month off can put you so far off
your normal lifting weight. I imagine that in a week or so
I'll be back up to the normal weights (not that far off now)
but this week was brutal, haha.
weekend we had some awesomely hot weather and I even got a
didn't get a chance to dive into the pool but if the temperature
is any indication I'll be diving in soon. Gotta love the weather
here in San Diego and the people are even cooler. I've got
great neighbors too, that's for sure. Quiet. Love it.
did want to let off one small rant. My family knows how I
feel about spending time together. You only have a small amount
of time on this earth. Before you know it, we'll all be gone.
While we're here, we need to put by-gone's aside and hang
out. That was always my mom's goal. Once a year. So if certain
members of my family do not want to hang out with the rest
of us, well it's their loss. Nobody is twisting your arm.
Leese, I'll see ya in November....
about it for this week. The racing page has been updated a
tad. Not sure if I am going to be able to keep my race number
or not but meh, no big deal. I'm just looking forward to hanging
out with my friends and burning up those Michelins!
I always like to say, "Keep 'er shiny side up!"
Gotta go, the pizza is here!
ending April 6th, 2008
much a quiet week here in Bri-town, haha. I finally got the
clearance to head back to the gym this Monday. That is good
news as I have been off now for a month and I am jonesing
to get back. It's also what kept me in check at the track.
Heh. Riding in the "Street" group is pretty humbling
but I wasn't out there to prove anything to anyone. Just kicking
back and having fun and that's what it's all about.
boss' last day was on Monday so now we're leader-less for
a while. It's ok as my focus has been 100% on getting my projects
out the door. I'm also doing a lot of LUN provisioning on
a Symmetrix which is some really good experience to have.
I have FOUR projects that are getting approval on Wednesday
so it's going to be quite busy. All of them are high profile
as well and getting approval is difficult at best. Cross your
was great as always. I definitely have been learning a lot
from Pastor Bob and making friends with some of the Deacons
and Pastors. It turns out one of my Pastors is a former Dirt
Bike racer and used to own a Yamaha dealership. That's pretty
cool. He immediately caught on to my love of motorcycles.
I also keep in touch with my Saddleback friends. By the way,
CONGRATS to Pastor Clayton -- him and his Wife are expecting
child #4. Woo, that's a lot of mouths to feed. haha.
than that, as I said it's been a quiet week. It's starting
to get warm here so I'll be taking some late afternoon runs
on the beach on my off-gym days. Pics to follow, of course
(of the beach, nerds! LOL).
only other thing I will say has to do with friends. Some come,
some go. There's a real easy way to measure which ones value
you for your friendship and which ones are more interested
in what they can get out of you. In my lifetime I've learned
to distance myself from "friends" who have ulterior
motives. As Jesus once said "If you come to a house and
the people will not hear your words, wipe the dust off your
feet as you leave." I did my part and what God expects
of me. I've learned to let things that are not in my control.
And sometimes, that means a friend. It all works out in the
end, of that I am sure.
Hey Dad, would love to come to Barber for that race. You paying
for the flight?! Haha. In all fairness, I'll get out to see
ya sometime soon.
a great rest of your week :)