FOR AUGUST 2007
ending August 26th, 2007
I went to grab something to eat with a friend whom I haven't
seen in a while. He's known me now for about 10 years. He
knew the "old" me, saw me perform in my bands, etc.
We've kept in touch over the years and lately since I moved
to SD we've had plenty of time to catch up. We jump in my
truck and the conversation goes something like this:
H = him
"Hey man, how's it going?"
M: "Great thanks, what's up?"
H: "Not much. Nice bible..."
(One of my bibles was on the passenger seat.)
H: "Oh yeah, I've heard you're a Christian now.
I'm frankly quite surprised. You and I used to think so much
alike." (He is agnostic).
H: "I've heard your kind of a (bible)
M: "A thumper? (laughing) Oh -- you
mean bible thumper. That's good to hear."
H: "Yeah. Well not so much a thumper, but you're
not hiding it. That's really weird man. I mean, I can see
the change. And don't get me wrong, I like it. You're a better
person than you used to be. Night and day. It's just weird,
you know, seeing you like this."
M: "Umm, like what?" (laughing again)
H: "You know. The opposite of what you used
to be. You used to wonder if there is a god. Now you know?
You're much calmer, you don't interrupt conversations anymore,
you're a LOT less animated. Calm, cool and assured. I mean,
I like the new you...but are you really a Christian?"
M: "I'm not sure what you mean by that..."
H: "You know. Are you sure you didn't do this
for that girl you used to go out with?"
M: (laughing again) "I've been a Christian
for three years now. She's been gone a long time. I did it
for me. Besides, I was ready. It was time for a change. I
realized how much I needed this when my mom died. That was
really the most convincing thing."
H: "Oh yeah, I remember that. Sorry.
H: "Wait a minute. Three years?"
M: "Well almost. This October will be three."
H: "Wow. Is being a Christian what you really
(As he asked this question he looked me square in the
eyes and I could tell he was searching to see if I was being
M: "Of course. I'm happier than I've ever been
and quite content."
(I returned his intense eye contact making sure that
he knew I was serious.)
H: "Damn." (with a grin he says)
"I guess I won't be seeing you in hell...."
M: (laughing) "There's still time to change
that you know...."
converstation was more in depth but that's the important parts.
It was a really interesting chat. No, I don't hide it, but
I don't think I'm much of a "thumper" either. When
asked I don't shy away from it, but I also don't force my
view on others. It was good we had this talk. I think that
he understands better where I am coming from and why. It has
separated me from some close friends (I was aware that might
happen) and I am ok with it because it's made my true friends
even closer. It doesn't mean I am lame or don't have any fun.
He's gotten to see the fun part of my life as well.
On to the rest of the week:
a week at work. I was part of a small but important
presentation on Wednesday to some big-wigs from the Navy.
I had the responsibility of presenting one piece of software
and my teammate the other. We gave them a really good show.
In fact, the Director of our entire group stuck his head in
to say hi. That was some great exposure. My boss wrote me
a note later that afternoon to say "Good job, they really
were impressed!" Made my week for sure.
of work, I'll be in OC all day on Tuesday for my NetApp certification
at Irvine Valley College. I took classes there back in '97/'98
so I know the campus fairly well. I'm looking forward to this
certification because this plus having my EMC credentials
will really boost my value to the company.
the gym front my schedule is back to normal. I found a 24
Hour close to work that has the free weights I was looking
for. Now I can work out during the week and have my weekends
mostly free again. I tell ya, after missing the gym for basically
three weeks straight I'm sore all over. But sore is good.
Oh yeah, my weight is still going up too. :)
a while there I was considering selling the RR and getting
a 250GP bike. But after talking to a lot of pro riders I've
decided I'm on the right bike. The problem isn't the bike,
it's me not getting enough seat time. When I was doing the
Saturday practices I dropped my time around 7 seconds per
lap. In fact, my first Pro race I broke my personal best lap
time three laps in a row. But since I stopped practicing it's
really set me back. I was trying to make my tires last but
I'll have to stop being frugal and just buy two sets per race
weekend. I'm not going to be the king of the middleweight
class and that's ok. I'd just like to be a lot closer to the
guys up front. That will come when I get more seat time.
was great to wake up to the rain this morning, by the way.
We haven't had rain in a long time.
of NEAT stuff happened over the weekend but I don't think
I'll be posting about that. Some parts of my life need
to remain private, as it should be. :)
you next week and RIDE SAFE!
ending August 19th, 2007
This has been one
for the books that you just have to laugh at.
Ever have one of those weeks where it just seems not much
is going in the right direction? Well, lol, that was my week
in a nutshell. In the past I used to get easily frustrated
but lately I've been learning how fun it is to just laugh
Friday DirecTV finally shows up to install my dish. Turns
out the first tech that came out basically didn't want to
install it because it was late in the day and he wanted to
go home. heh. Anyway, the guy installs the dish and we go
to turn my TV on and it pops, smokes and dies. I have to buy
a new TV which I did on the way back from Willow. Before I
left I set the TiVO to record the MotoGP races. I get home,
un box the new TV, plug it in and everything works. Great!
Now for racing! NOT!!!!!! For some reason the DirecTV recorder
did not record the race even though as I searched through
the recording settings it's there, set to record.
night I get a call from a friend. Haven't seen her since I
moved. She leaves me the following VM message. "Hey,
what are you doing this weekend? I'll be down in SD and wanted
to see you while I'm there..." I'm thinking - "Well
I'll be in Rosamond racing when you arrive. Have fun :)"
I like being spontaneous as much as the next guy but not when
I am racing. (See the racing
page for this month's racing news which compliments
the rest of this week's blog.) I finally had a chance to call
her on the way back from Willow so we rescheduled for later.
of racing, on the way back one of the tires on the trailer
literally EXPLODED right at the I-5 and El Toro road. I mean
there were chunks of tire going everywhere. As I was pulling
over on the off ramp I glanced in the side view mirror and
had to admire how the tire grandiosely gave up it's life.
No problem, right? I'll just grab the spare in the trailer
and get going. So I pull the blown tire off and get ready
to slap the spare on and --- it doesn't fit.
D'oh. Now who sells a trailer with a spare that doesn't fit?
(Or better yet: Who buys a trailer without checking to make
sure the spare fits??? haha) I made the decision to leave
the trailer there and go in search of a new tire. Firestone?
Nope. Sears? Nope. Just Tires? NEGATIVE! I finally ended up
an hour later at Pep Boys not far from where I used to live.
$180.00 and two tires later I am back on the road.
morning I woke up feeling under the weather but I decided
to race anyway. As you'll read on the racing page, that probably
wasn't the best of ideas. (no, I did not crash, haha!) I didn't
bring back any trophies but when you read why I was gridded
at the back of the pack you'll laugh with me too.
is going well is work AND the ride TO work. One of my co-workers
lives on the way and we've been carpooling all week. It's
been great. Saves gas, nice conversation and it allows me
to enjoy my "Coffee Bean" coffee on the way. No
for the new place, the neighbors are extremely quiet and I
hardly ever see them. At my old place in Foothill Ranch all
the neighbors were very cool. They were always hanging around
outside and were generally friendly. In fact, when I left
one of them told me she loved me and was going to miss me
a lot. I'll miss them too. The new neighbors are older and
keep to themselves. Even when I got home late one Friday night
-- not even a peep out of them. My guess is they are all retirees.
it for now. I hope you got as big a laugh out of this week
as I have. :)
ending August 12th, 2007
It's been really busy
so this week's blog will be shorter than normal.
I have several "urgent" projects at work that need
to be completed like -- yesterday so I've been buried. It's
very similar to fire-fighting where I get one project after
another and all are emergency fixes. I'm happy because it
keeps me engrossed at the office so I don't even notice how
late it is when I leave. And to top it off, I spend a good
majority of my time in the lab which I really enjoy.
went out after work on Tuesday. I played foosball which I
haven't done in a long time. I was really rusty but it was
good to hang out, eat and relax. It's one of the ways we build
teamwork at the office. (And it's a great way to blow off
steam too, haha).
get a chance to take the Bandit up to Palomar this weekend.
Apparently I tore the heat wrap on the lower section of the
headers when I loaded it in the trailer to move so I need
to either pull the heat wrap all together or fix it. That
requires pulling the lowers so it will have to wait until
after I get back from WSMC next weekend. Definitely looking
forward to that. It'll be good to get back out on the track.
than that, I am back into my normal gym routine. The first
24 Hour I went to down the street is too small. They don't
have very much in the area of free weights so I am going to
try the one closer to work. I'm also going to try working
out at lunch time on M/W/F to see how that goes. Should save
me time over the weekend to hang out with friends.
on Sat was great. I switched to their 6pm Sat service which
works out great. The congregation is much less crowded and
everyone there is really friendly. I think I'll keep going
to this one. After that I cruised down the street from home
to check things out. Have to say...this area is pretty nice.
Looks a tad like the old place a little, only a lot closer
to the beach. That reminds me, I have to jog down there in
the am and catch the sunrise!
it for now. Sorry for the short update but I've been really
busy and getting out more often. I'll try and write more later
in the week if I have time....
ending August 5th, 2007
first week in the new place and everything is perfect. The
only real problems have been a neighbor who doesn't like me
starting the Bandit at 7:00am (The association told her pretty
much to "deal with it...") and DirecTV coming out
yesterday but not installing my dish. The technician said
that I don't have a decent view of the southwestern sky but
the readings on the dish said that my signal is 80% (it's
above the minimum of 70% DirecTV recommends). DirecTV said
they'd send someone out again soon to install it so all is
good. Can't miss my WSBK, AMA and MotoGP races!
also got my internet connection set up on Thursday. Now I
am wired and have access again. The cable here is faster than
back in OC so that was a nice surprise. Now with the new connection
I was able to fix the errors I had on the blog from last month.
Friday our company had a big picnic/BBQ by the beach in Mission
Bay so we got a 1/2 day off. We played volleyball, football
and basically hung around and stuffed our faces. It was good
to chat with people away from work. Lots of really cool people.
that me and friend stopped by Fry's where I basically bought
a new computer - new motherboard, CPU, memory, video card,
etc. I have a "top of the line" PC now. Testing
it over the weekend it's in the 95th percentile of all the
home based computers tested online. Now that's fast :) Definitely
a huge upgrade compared to what I had before.
got up early this morning to go check out a new church. It
was pretty good. Definitely different than Saddleback but
I expected it to be so. It's more along the lines of what
I was looking for (Engrossed in the word, bring your bible,
mmmk? If you don't, they hand you one). Everyone I met was
very friendly and made me feel welcome.
have basically unpacked everything except my room. The next
thing after that is to sort out the garage and I'm all settled
in. I think I mentioned it before but I really like the layout
of the place. With my desk in the living room it gives me
a ton of space in my bedroom. I even have a REAL dining room
to put my kitchen table in. It looks like a real home and
not just a bachelor's pad, especially since I junked so much
stuff. haha. I'll post up some pics once everything is all
settled. The view from the pool is awesome and I have yet
to take a jog down to the beach. May do that early in the
I get my place situated I'll have some time over the weekends
to run the Bandit up to Palomar. It's been -- sheesh -- about
a year and half since I've been up there. Racing has sort
of curved my street riding time (so did that long commute
to work) but now I'll have time to go hang out and get a little
FUN street riding in.
also have to find a new 24hr Fitness around here. I think
the closest one is not too far from work. I don't want to
miss too much time at the gym since I've gotten into a groove
and really seen some marked improvement.
Birthday to my brother, Joe (Aug 3rd). Hope you and
the wife had a nice time. (I can still kick your butt....haha)
coming Tuesday would have been my mom's 60th birthday. I know
all of us will be reminded of how big of a hole her loss has
left in our lives.
it for now. I'm hanging with friends later tonight so we'll
check back in with you later.