FOR APRIL 2014
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ending Sunday, April 27th, 2014
the road again....
I know I say that a lot but that is part of my job
-- it's what I do you know? If my employer says "We need
you to go here and help this customer out" then I am
not going to argue. Under the circumstances, we could be all
out of work or homeless (such as the people I am trying to
help) which is not a good position to be in by any means.
So -- I'll be flying in to Orlando on Tuesday to say goodbye
to our friends who are leaving the current contract we're
top of that, I'm actually the last person to be on call when
the change-over happens on the 1st. Not sure if I explained
this but basically our company lost a bid to add additional
staff to the contract we had and in the process, we actually
lost the entire thing. That's business, they say. There are
friends of mine that are going to be out of work on the 1st
and while I still have a job for the next couple of months,
I have no idea if I will still be working when the "clean
up" group that I am on has completed. I'm by flying in
to Orlando on Tuesday and flying back on Thursday afternoon.
D-Day of course is the 1st (next day).
I am on-call that means I have to be within 30 minutes of
my PC and I cannot do that while on a plane so one of my coworkers
is going to handle my on-call duties while I fly. When I get
back of course there will be no more on-call duties and I
won't have to work 12-16 hours a day anymore. Hopefully that
will give me the time I need to complete my required training.
I haven't heard back from "Roy" the homeless guy
(and his family). I know I talked to him on Monday and he
said that the help I have provided him has opened other doors
and he is getting help from more people. It's really not me
that has helped him. Sure I provided some temporary measures
to assist but really it's his faith in God (and my dependence
on God to provide His will) is really what has helped him
more than anything. He has my phone number and knows how to
reach me should he need anything -- and yes, I told him to
call me if he needed help.
am more bothered about my own Church right now and them seemingly
lack of the welfare of it's local citizens (and families)
vs these "welfare" trips to foreign countries (not
going to say which they are, that's not the point). We have
Americans here, San Diego residents that need help, that are
not on drugs or drinking and that they are a victim of circumstances
and a bad economy, not because they chose to be homeless or
out of work. Yes there are people who prefer to do nothing
but drink, do drives and do NOTHING their entire lives, but
the ones I know are not in that category.
why can't our Church help the needy people in their own back
yard instead of traveling thousands of miles to help others?
Shouldn't we be taking care of our own house before we tell
others what needs to be cleaned in their own? Didn't Jesus
say not to point out the spec in someone else's eye while
ignoring the LOG in our own eye? This is what I am talking
about here. Let's get our citizens back to work and not suffering
before we start helping other countries out.
already know how I feel about ILLEGAL immigration (they are
not undocumented immigrants, that false term needs to just
go away). I'm not going to rant on that this week but yes,
that was brought up again and apparently the media is still
using the wrong term to define people that are here illegally
but that's another paradigm that will never be solved as long
as people in our Government snub their noses at it's own citizens.
I'm started to understand why other countries hate America.
It's not because of the success we've had as a country --
it's because we cannot seem to keep our noses out of other
country's business. Sheesh.
so no church this weekend. Not so much out of spite of what
our Church IS or IS NOT doing, but I am also on call so I
cannot be gone for too long (and I don't want my phone ringing
in Church). I did get to watch MotoGP this weekend (Come on
Nick!!! Pipped by your own teammate AT THE LINE?!). I know
there are some WSBK races to watch as well and of course,
laundry and other things to do before I fly this week. Hope
you had a fantastic week and thanks to everyone who visited
my web site from FaceBook last week. Not sure who you are
(because nobody signed the guest book) but that's for mentioning
it on FB.
a great week everyone and God bless you all!
ending Sunday, April 20th, 2014
on the homeless front...LONG rant today!
No, not me. Though some days I feel like I SHOULD
be a homeless person. "Nomad, vagabond -- call me what
you will...." (Sorry, Metallica). So on Thursday night
I went to pick up tickets to the movie "Heaven is
for Real" which I had been looking forward to going
to see. It's at the "Cinapolis: theatre which is considered
a "Luxury" movie theatre. I had a date set up but
she cancelled at the last minute (go figure!). Since it's
in the Del Mar shopping center complex, it's not a far drive
do I see on the corner again in the same spot?! Yep, Roy the
homeless guy (the guy with a wife and three young children
which I posted on FB a few weeks ago). So I park the car and
walk over and talk to Roy for a good 1/2 hour going over what
he has been doing and what the status of his situation is.
"Not good" was his reply. He went over the different
avenues he has tried to get help and we talked about same
the issues we talked about last time. I tell Roy "Hey,
let's do this, let me give you a ride to the river since it's
late. I just need to grab these tickets and we'll be on our
way". So he sat quietly in my car while I grabbed the
tickets and then I drove him at his drop off point. He told
me more of his story and said how grateful he was and that
he hopes God blesses me for helping him and his family (God
has blessed me far more than I deserve, I am just the LEAST
of His servants -- just doing His will).
I drop Roy off, I hand him $200.00 to get a hotel room so
that he and his family do not have to be in a tent for Easter.
He was grateful, said thanks and I told him I would talk to
my Church on Sunday since I am working the Easter service.
He said he would get the hotel room (he did) and I told him
that if he did I would buy their family dinner. He contacted
me several hours later and said what hotel and room number
and that the family wanted 2 large cheese pizzas so I sent
them the pizzas, deserts and 5 cokes :)
Saturday night I went to see the move (since there was no
Saturday night service this weekend anyway) which I thought
was decent. (Definitely "Hollywood's work in there) I
could correlate a lot of the Near Death Experiences (NDEs)
to what happened to me when I had my own NDE, but there are
definitely differences. I do not think that God shows us all
the same thing (wouldn't that be boring?!). In my case, I
saw my mother and I saw the image of either God, the Son or
the Holy Spirit. I do not know since I could not see His face.
In the movie the child saw Jesus and his face and he spoke
to his relatives. I was not able to see or do many of those
things. I could only see and hear my (at the time) very young
Sunday I not only attended the Easter service for Horizon
but also worked as an usher which is the job they asked me
to do. I had a chance to BRIEFLY talk to Pastor Bob (obviously
he was very busy with planning for a large service of 4500
people). I mentioned my email to him and that he didn't reply
and he sort of shrugged it off. OK. I get it. You're a busy
man, but I want to help a needy family, where is my Church?
Where are you when there are KIDS suffering here in America?
You spend a lot of time with helping Mexico, what about the
sick, poor and needy right here in our back yard? This isn't
just a homeless man...this is a homeless FAMILY!!!
I was handed a few pamphlets with the names of "other"
Churches who are better (apparently) equipped to help a needy
family. Apparently, my own Church either does not want or
cannot help it's local citizens the way I feel they should
be doing. (More on that in a few). Roy called me later today
and told me that the money I gave him helped immensely (and
that the pizza was good and his family loved it!). Roy told
me that a lot of Churches refuse to help him due to the fact
it has to be reported to the Government and that he feels
that is why many Churches do "charity" work out
of the country -- because it doesn't have to be reported in
the same fashion. I will be asking my Church and some of the
Pastors I trust to find out what the deal is with that. .
not a Church's sole existence to be an extension of God? Are
they not supposed to be helping the needy, the poor, the homeless
and abused -- RIGHT HERE in our own back
yard? Why are we investing American money in foreign countries?
Look, I get it. We should help when we can, but I truly believe
that we need to get America healthy before we start over-extending
ourselves (as we have been doing over and over) trying to
help other countries. Heck, most of these countries don't
even want us there! Let's not make Church about being a tax
write off and start making it about helping those in need.
Not hand outs but HAND UPS! Let's help people get on their
feet (who truly wish to be independent, healthy and live normal
God were to show up, what would our Churches say to them?
Are they truly doing God's work or doing what is right and
just in their own eyes? Many of you who know me know that
I am the first person to step up to the plate to help others.
Not only do I feel that is God's will for me, but I also know
my mother was the same way. She HATED seeing other people
suffer, even if it meant she would go without. If I have to
sell or give away everything I have (and I have done that
before, given away most everything I have) to help others
in need, I surely expect my own Church to bring their focus
HOME to the community they are supposed to serve. Not foreign
countries ...especially to those that see America not as "The
land of opportunity" for them, but a land of hand outs
for those who aren't even supposed to be here, while spitting
in the faces of it's own citizens.
that's enough of the rant for now. Yes, I am opinionated.
That comes from experience and a "ground level"
view of what is going on with not only San Diego, but the
rest of this Country. And I am getting downright sick with
the "Me me me-ness" of this Country. When God blesses
you, you should be passing those blessings on to others. You
are NOT taking anything with you when you die -- however --
you WILL have to stand before the judgment seat and explain
yourself. LORD KNOWS I have some 'splaining to do myself.
I am far from perfect as everyone who knows me or has met
me knows that first hand....
Cheers and have a great rest of your Easter.
ending Sunday, April 13th, 2014
much of a vacation, really. LOL
That is very much true. When you're home and your
work PC is right there (and you have work to do that Friday
night) well, it's not too much of a vacation. On Monday I
suited up the leathers for the first time in -- well almost
a year now that I think about it and made a quick ride up
to Palomar. Of course, as soon as the twisties start I come
up to a CHP car. Well, I got a nice "escort" all
the way up to Mothers. At least it was a nice ride. Since
the tires were cold on the way down I took it easy and rode
all the way home. No one (not even one motorcycle) was on
the mountain the whole time except when I got to the bottom
of the mountain. Then there were three bikes coming up but
by then I was done for the day.
Tuesday I went shopping. Clothes shopping. Yes, you heard
that right. Anyone that knows me knows that I wear the same
clothes until they wear out. I don't see a reason to replace
clothes just because they might be out of style to some. Heck,
there are kids all over the world who wish they had a new
pair of shoes, pants, shirts, etc. In my case, I only buy
new clothes every 5-8 years (depending on my needs). This
time I got some new jeans, a nice shirt, new skivvies, new
socks, a new pair of Eccos along with Nike running shoes,
shorts and tee. That was it, but don't ask how much I spent.
It was way more than I should have.
rest of the week was me trying to get some training done.
Of course I was using my work PC so it wasn't long before
emails started piling up and I ended up Weds-Fri getting some
work completed. I did not finish the training but I will try
to get that work done over the next week or so as it's on
my "TO DO" list. There are many things my new boss
has me doing and a lot of them are tied to my quarterly bonuses
so well, they need to be done!
weekend was no Saturday services at Horizon. They are doing
the Easter thing and since I don't have anyone to bring I
decided to stay at home. Well that is not true, I went golfing
with Jack and Jason today so that was great. It was good hanging
out with my friends, relaxing and talking. Today is some MotoGP
racing and WSBK so I will be watching them both shortly (while
doing laundry lol. such is my life!!). I hope you had a great
weekend. I have three more weeks of vacation to burn and I
have to figure out how I am going to find the time to take
off from work and what I shall do during that time.
it! Have a great rest of your week and talk to you soon!
ending Sunday, April 6th, 2014
a STAY-CATION and I'll take it!
Yessiree! I am on vacation this week and I am excited
about that. Been a while since I have had a vacation where
I didn't go anywhere. This will allow me to detox a bit form
work (it's been busy and hectic but I still love what I do),
go ride the CBR up and down Palomar Mountain (Monday), hit
the beach! (Tuesday) then spend the next three days studying
for a work test.
this week I had to boot a friend off FaceBook. Look, that
is not something I wanted to do but I gave them many chances
to stop using my FB page for their personal "Anti-Christian"
sentiments. I understand how atheist are because I was one
once. Trust me, it took an act of God to set my head straight
but there is no looking back. And having been on the other
side, I definitely know there is something more to life that
what we do day to day here. It's OK if you want to state your
opinion but don't harass my friends and berate us because
our beliefs differ from yours. Enough on that!
was also a shopping spree this weekend. I haven't shopped
for clothes in about 5 years so I'm way past due! I spent
more than I would have liked (let's just say it's more than
I have spent for clothes in a long time -- and you all know
me, I have absolutely no sense of style!). I did buy 2 new
pair of shoes, one for running and new pair of Eccos (these
are the shoe type, not the boot type I have). I also bought
some new jeans, some running gear (shorts/shirt) and some
other things that I needed.
all set and I know what my plans are going to be for my vacation.
The question is who I am going to hang out? LOL! I know that
Kevin will be around Tuesday for lunch and I am thinking Hodad's
would be great. Haven't been there in a while and I love that
was awesome as always with Pastor Bob and I did volunteer
to work during the Easter celebration that we're having (which
should be another doozie! haha). Love my time with my Church,
I love having a relationship with God (I don't care what atheist
choose to believe in or not, honestly. It's their lives at
stake not mine).
think of anything else. There is no racing this weekend which
I am bummed about but I think COTA is this Sunday in Texas.
I really hope Honda finds some speed to give to Hayden. He
doesn't deserve to be in the middle of the pack. He has far
more talent than what MotoGP wants to give to him.
a great weekend!