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ending August 31st, 2008
FUN, FUN WEEK!!!
well this is a long holiday weekend, FINALLY, so I have been
having a lot of fun, going out, hanging with friends, etc.
The week was a little slow at work due to me having to wait
on some vendors. On Friday we had our "team building"
picnic. I went and hung out for a while and then we did our
own team building exercise -- we played golf and had a great
I hung out with a friend and then Saturday I laid out at the
pool and got a little sun. It was kind of overcast so I didn't
get a lot but at least I knocked some of the pasty white off
me, HAHAH. Later that night I went out for dinner and then
a walk on the beach. Been doing that a lot lately. I guess
I enjoy the beach at night :)
is Sunday and I will be watching some of the races, walking
down to the beach (again) and then going out to dinner on
a date so that will be fun. I have a lot of things in mind
as far as options but anyone that knows me knows that I am
rather spontaneous so I guess I'll figure it out when I get
is actually "Harvest at the Ranch" weekend and though
I volunteered to be a "roadie" for Cutless I guess
they needed to do the load-in on Thursday and I couldn't get
out of work and knowing how crowded it's going to be today
I doubt I'll be able to make it, but I will watch it online.
I know, I know -- it's not the same as being there but knowing
that parking lot I won't find a place to park anywhere so
it's just easier to watch it online. I'll be back next Saturday
night so I don't think the Man upstairs will hold it against
else is going great, actually. Better than expected. I am
having so much fun just hanging out and relaxing with friends,
new and old. And NAT!! My best buddy in Australia here is
your cameo appearance. I hope things are going well for you
in the "Land Down Under" and that you keep a bright
outlook on life. Thanks for uploading that song for me on
MySpace. That brings back a lot of good memories.
know this is short but I'm uploading it a tad early as I have
so much planned for today and then Monday I am going to play
it by ear. Maybe get another game of Golf in if the guys are
hope you had as good a week as I did and that you are doing
well. I know my family right now has to worry about the Hurricanes
that are coming through. Anyone who questions why I left Florida
need not wonder anymore, lol. We had an earthquake a few weeks
ago and they don't even bother me anymore. My worst nightmare
as a kid was tornados. They are sneaky and you never know
when they are coming. Earthquakes are the same way but to
me at least they are not nearly as intimidating. I dunno why.
that is about it. No riding this weekend. Just sun and fun!
Have a great rest of your holiday weekend and we'll talk to
you next week!!!!
ending August 24th, 2008
ya have a good week?? I did for sure!
wise as always, it was fun. I spent a lot of time in the lab
working on the big project I mentioned last time. I had to
build a couple servers, install the old software and now I
am performing the upgrade to make sure everything goes as
planned. After that, I need to rebuild the servers again and
then do a clean install. Once that is done I can finish the
documentation and send that one down for certification. So
all in all, a good week and no issues really.
Tuesday night we went out after work to celebrate one of our
co-workers getting married. Good for him as he's a good guy
and they've been together for a long time. I somehow ended
up with the waitresses' phone number (and I was only there
for about an hour) and hardly drank anything. How'd that happen?!
Saturday night I went out with a friend for sushi and then
we hung out at the beach. If you have never hung out at the
beach at night, it's pretty darn cool. It was warm and humid
out so it made it comfortable. It started getting overcast
and cloudy and we could watch the trains as they came by from
a long ways off, piercing the clouds with it's big headlight
and almost silently cruising by. The house where I parked
at is for sale. It's really nice and right on the beach. I
am guessing it's worth about 3 million, if not more -- and
it's only a 3BDR! We got to chat for a while so that was fun.
Sunday, was a pretty busy day. I headed off to cycle gear
to pick up two gallons of Repsol oil (I'm a homer, what can
I say?!) and a couple of filters for both the RR and Bandit.
The Bandit, if you remember, had been down due to one of the
clutch cover bolts coming out and spraying oil down the side
of the bike. I am lucky I didn't lose it on the way to work
over that sweeping right hander. I could be dead right now.
I suppose God has other plans for me. I feel like a cat sometimes
as I know I've cheated death more times that I should have.
finished up the Bandit, re-installed the air filters, replaced
the missing bolt, replaced the oil and filter and then cleaned
it up real good. I am going to ride it work tomorrow which
will be fun. It's been a few weeks since I've been able to
ride it. I also changed the oil and filter on the RR and cleaned
it as well. Not sure when I am going to do another track day
but hopefully soon.
thing today. On the way back from Cycle Gear I stopped off
to get a soda at the 7-11 across the street from my house.
Well anyway, when I get to the counter the lady that works
there says "Hold on a moment" in broken English
and then calls her counter-part to the front. She starts talking
in Spanish to her friend and she begins translating. "She
thinks you are very handsome" she tells me (as her friend
starts blushing). She went on to pay me a lot of nice compliments.
"I'm flattered..." I told her "...thank you
very much". I mean, the lady is nice and all but right
now I am not really interested in dating anyone (not even
my gorgeous and single neighbor, lol). I'm enjoying my single-dom.
thought it was a nice compliment and a great end to my week.
When I told her how old I was she was very surprised. She
thought I was in my late 20s. Credit that to taking care of
myself at the gym and mom's good jeans! It's always nice to
receive a compliment, no matter when or from whom.
and speaking of the gym I'm doing an experiment right now
with some new weight gainer. The guy that sold it to me was
like "Ya wanna gain a lot of muscle in 3 months?! Here,
take these!!!" Well I look at the bottle. Stone cold
'roids. I tell him "Uhh no thanks!!!" We all know
what steroids do to men and I have no interest in that. Let's
see what the legal, non physically-deforming protein/carb
shakes do instead. Goal is 180 by December. Totally do-able.
that is it for now. Hope you all had as great a week as I
did and we'll talk to you later! Always remember, shiny side
ending August 17th, 2008
not a bad week, just one issue really....
are a couple things I wanted to talk about. Number one is
that things are starting to settle down a bit at work. We
have a new employee so I've been taking some time to show
him how to create LUNS and distribute storage to the servers
in the lab. We're also working with the vendors on a pretty
large project that should help the contract out immensely
in the long run. I definitely hope we win this contract when
it's up for bid. I really like what I do and where I work
a lot. But you knew that already. Can't wait to start on the
new project on Monday!!!
other thing I wanted to talk about is trust. You know, I can
forgive people for just about anything. Forgive, forget and
move on, right? That is the "Godly" thing to do.
Well to me there are only two things that I have a hard time
coming to grips with. One is infidelity and the other is lying.
I have never understood why someone I care about would lie
to me. I suppose they are trying to maintain a sense of self-image
either to themselves or to me. Either way, once you lie to
me there is no basis of trust anymore and without trust, there
is nothing to build on. The foundation is gone. It disappoints
me, but it also means that person can no longer be a part
of my life - I simply won't allow it. I said what I needed
to say so I can let go and move on.
thing I can not live with in life is regret. Regret for not
saying the things that need to be said. Regret for not doing
the things that need to be done. I think I even mention this
on my ABOUT page. I try to live my life with no regrets and
no matter what happens, I can and will handle it. When relationships
with people end for me and I accept (and forgive), moving
on won't be hard. And the best part is, each time something
like this happens I become stronger...and wiser. Whatever
happens, I am confident that God's plan will be done in my
life. Maybe that's why I don't worry or stress anymore. Either
way, the future looks bright and I'm happy - aren't I always?!
was awesome this week. We had a guest speaker and he was hilarious.
He was a Senior Pastor in Milwaukee and is originally from
the UK. I have heard many Pastors but none with such great
wit and an excellent sense of timing as this one. I sure hope
he comes back again soon. I never laughed so hard in my life.
I'm definitely buying his daily devotional book for sure next
weekend (I didn't have any cash left on me after offerings,
I decided to show the Bandit some TLC since I may be selling
it soon. I broke out the tools, cranked the radio up and tore
into the top end to do a valve adjustment. I also pulled the
filters and cleaned them too. I am going to do an oil/filter
change and slap some new tires on it as well. Maybe new plugs
too. Then I'll wash/wax it and ride it to work a little before
I list it for sale. I've been toying with the new CBR1000RR
or a new R1. I hear the new R1 is going to be pretty good,
but we'll have to wait until next month to find out for sure.
actually Saturday that I am writing this so it's posted a
day early. That's because I plan on getting a little sun tomorrow
(Beach run, WOOT!) then watching the MotoGP race and after
that, watching the Bucs preseason game against the dreaded
(cheater) New England Patriots - LOL. And yeah, gotta get
some chores in too before I hit the sack.
Hope you have an excellent rest of your week! I'll leave you
with these little caveats to live by. It's just a few tid
bits that I try to keep in mind when life throws you a curveball:
If it frightens you, do it.
settle, every time you settle you get exactly what you settled
matter what happens, you will handle it.
you do what you have always done, you will get what you
have always gotten.
are the only "person" on this planet responsible
for your needs, wants and happiness.
tolerate the intolerable, ever.
blaming. Victims never succeed.
with integrity. Decide what is right and do it!
difficult situations and conflict head on.
willing to let go of what you have so you can get what you
importantly!!! Have fun. If you are not having
fun, something is wrong!
you next week!
ending August 10th, 2008
a great week :)
also been a very fun and long weekend. The week started off
very well at work. The projects that I have coming back to
engineering from certification are being reworked. We figured
the problem out and sent one of them back for certification
so I think we'll be OK there for now. I got some new software
in that I have to certify for the SAN so that's going to be
fun as well. It fixes some issues and vulnerabilities that
we had with the original installation and, because I like
what the software does, it makes that much more enjoyable.
top of all this, Friday I received my "Performance Review"
and I am pleased to say I made lots of improvement. My boss
said they were impressed with the progress I have made and
that I should be in line for a raise :) We'll see how that
goes, haha. Extra cash in my pocket is always a good thing
when house-hunting is on my mind.
week I upped the weight again on my workouts and yes, I am
feeling it really well. haha. I also realized that while my
stomach is starting to form the kind of six pack that I wanted,
the sides aren't coming along. Well no duh! I don't do enough
oblique exercises. Well that all changed this week and let
me tell you, my sides are reminding me "today" that
I am working out hard. Pain is just the body telling you you're
alive, so I welcome it. The best part of all this working
out is I can physically see the results so it's keeping me
motivated to work out even harder.
weekend I had intended to go "patio/bbq grill" shopping
but several of the places I went to either didn't have what
I was looking for or what they did have was far too much.
I spent a lot on groceries last week, including the New York
strip steak and veggies I am munching on now (WOOT!) and wanted
to grill today. Well since I couldn't find what I wanted I
decided to go ahead and splurge on new clothes for work. And
spend I did. Let's just say -- A LOT. But I did get what I
wanted and since I don't spoil myself too often (hehe) this
was overdue anyway.
is Sunday and I got to watch a little football then laid out
at the pool and got some sun. As you have seen from some of
the MotoGP photos, I really needed to get rid of the whiteness
that is me. haha. I brought a few books and ended up reading
one of the 200 page books while getting what I would call
"more red" than tan ;)
was supposed to play golf on Saturday but that changed and
well -- Friday and Saturday -- let's just say I had a great
time!!! (Thanks!!) Most of you know by now that the blog isn't
about EVERY part of my life, just a sample of some of the
things that go on. I did miss Church on Saturday night but
I'll watch the service online tonight (I know I know, it's
not the same!) and make sure I make it next Saturday :)
that is about it for the week. No motorcycle racing but at
least football is here. Have a great rest of your week!!!!
ending August 3rd, 2008
I say anything: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRO! I won't
tell everyone reading the blog how old you are now -- old
man, haha! I hope you have a fantastic birthday and that life
is treating you well. My mom's will be on Thursday and I'll
be thinking about her. It's been almost three years now...wow.
Time sure does fly.
on the the nitty gritty. I knew it was coming, it was just
a matter of time. ...I had a BAD week at work (for once, haha).
Yes I know, I've praised often how much I like my job and
how interesting and fun the work is. That I'm always excited
to go to work and that still holds true. If you saw the lab
I get to play in, you'd understand. Anyway, I have two solutions
that are software dependent and we didn't catch something
in the lab that showed up on not the first certification,
but the second. That means the first certification is bad
too and both solutions need to come back and be reworked.
I already have the fix, it's just going to delay the process
for months. Not a good thing at all. Since I know what the
problem is at least I can avoid it next time.
than that it's been relatively quiet here. I was supposed
to go to OC this weekend but my bud doesn't have the parts
yet for his motor so I guess we can always try again later.
Friday night I hung out with friends and had a pretty good
time. Don't worry, we were all well behaved :)
I cleaned up a bit as I was expecting a friend but she didn't
finish work until late and it was kinda late for her to drive
down here so we'll try again next weekend. (Won't we?! Dork!!!
:)) At least a lot of old boxes and stuff that made the house
look too much like a bachelors pad are gone. haha. Now it's
starting to look like home sweet home. Comfy even! I may head
to Home Depot when I get some time and grab a table, chairs
and tiki torches to lounge out on the patio -- and a big grill
to BBQ on! WOOT!
night was pretty awesome at Horizons. Sometimes you get a
message that just speaks to the issues you are facing that
day, week, month or, HEH, year. So it's always good to be
fed with knowledge and understanding. I was thinking about
some of the songs they played tonight and I got to wondering
if I should cover any Jeremy Camp stuff. Love his voice, just
not sure I could do his songs any justice.
on that note, no cover band for me at the moment. After these
last few practices I was quickly reminded why I stopped playing
in bands in the first place. There are too many expectations
and, dare I say, egos that get in the way of people just going
out and jamming and having a great time. All I ever want to
do is just jam, have fun and make people smile. I got to do
that with both big bands, especially when we did the show
in Wisconsin that drew like, 8,000 people to our area. Now
THAT was fun! Summerfest, I think it was. 2004?! Yeah. That
still SORE from working out hard the past couple weeks but
that was to make up for missing a weeks worth when I went
to the races. At least I am still seeing weight gain (though
not as much as I want) and things are "shaping"
up nicely. I pushed a little heavier this week. 180lb dumbell
presses! (2x90). It's easier to do them with my tweaked collar
bone than the bench press.
I'm going to walk down to the beach and catch a few rays (never
mind, I'm going to jog instead!), watch some AMA races, hit
the store for a tad and catch a movie later with a friend.
I was thinking about Batman since I've heard a lot of good
things about it. Not sure. If you have a recommendation for
a good movie, drop me a note.
John, you're only going to be single for what, 3 more months?
I haven't heard a thing about your Bachelor party. When is
it? Where are we going?! HAHA. I have a few fun ideas so when
you're ready to chat about it, let me know. I need a trip
to OC soon anyway. I miss my old stomping grounds! Thanks
again for the great time at Laguna ;) Oh and thanks to Ms.
J for keeping me smiling!
that's about it for now other than updating the ABOUT ME page.
Nothing special just needed updating. I hope your week has
been as blessed and fun as mine (minus the bad solution at
work and all - haha).