FOR AUGUST 2014
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ending Sunday, August 31st, 2014
a great week to say the least!
How do I explain this? Well -- I had been doing everything
the company asked me to do since the day I started. I worked
on this contract for over a year, mostly 60-80 hour work weeks
which includes working at night and on the weekends. On Wednesday
I had a meeting with my new manager. Mind you, it was the
third manager I have had since I started. And he passes on
the "lovely" news.
have to lay you off...."
why?" I asked? "Corporate decision (of course) as
you were un billable". Yes, that is true. The contract
we were on was lost barely a month ago (3.5 weeks to be exact)
so yes, I was un billable for that time. However, I was asked
to move over to a different group, new technology and I had
been not only completing all the training they asked me to
complete, but was ready to start doing some shadowing work.
that wasn't enough. You would think a super huge company like
this wouldn't have problems shifting or moving people around
to different areas. Heck, the whole time I had been there
I never touched any of the technology that I have known for
years. It was always NEW technology. So over the past 14 months
I was constantly training and thrown right into the fire.
"Sink or swim" has always been the mantra for me
so I did what I have always done. I swam.
I find myself out of a job which is a VERY uncomfortable place
to be. I LIKE what I do and I like working. I like the challenges
that IT presents me and I like to stand out and excel. Now
when I wake up tomorrow I will LITERALLY have nothing to do.
that is not true. First and foremost -- God is on my side.
And He has NEVER let me down. Oh sure, we have trials in our
lives. I was talking to one of our Pastors last night and
he brought up something that I hadn't considered. He said
"People think God puts bad situations on us. He doesn't.
That is just part of life. It is how YOU handle the situation
is what matters. Do you seek God first or do you put everything
on your own hands?" Great point. I am going to lean on
God like I always do and pray that whatever happens, I know
He will always take good care of me.
not as bad as I make it feel. By that I mean, the situation
isn't nearly as bad as my personal take on it is. Yes, I have
a decent (generous to be exact) separation package. I have
some time to not rush out and take the first job that comes
along. I have made up for my own shortcomings with working
harder and studying harder. Heck, I even got several certifications
completed while I was at the "old" company that
I know other companies will see the value. But it's where
God wants me to be. That He needs to be the focus and learn
on Him! Sometimes I just needed to be reminded of that.
company was where I always wanted to work. I was thinking
about my 401k, my Stock investments, Health Insurance, etc.
I have to redo all that. I had three weeks vacation and of
that, I took one week in 14 months. It's easier to do when
you work from home. Now wherever I go, I will probably have
to join the rat race again and drive all over the place and
sit in traffic. LOL. While I am NOT looking forward to that
again, I will deal with it.
God, all things are possible." I truly believe that.
Sometimes you just need a change of scenery and to be honest,
when you are home alone all day long you don't really have
any meaningful conversations unless you bump into a neighbor
at the mailbox (LOL). We shall see what He has in store for
me and I know that God will make everything work out just
fine. Again, this is just an uncomfortable position to be
it for now. I hope by next's week's blog I will have more
information. Don't be surprised if I have to -- even at my
own dismay -- if I have to leave SOCAL again. It won't be
the end of the world -- just a new adventure...
ending Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Well...I spent all of last week studying SRM and
took the test (passed) so now I have 40 hours of training
for SRM. Talked to my boss about it late Friday about getting
some lab work so I can soon start shadowing and then eventually
going ahead and being a Sr. S.A. for ViPR/SRM. This is really
the way technology is headed and I am grateful and feeling
very blessed to be giving the opportunity to increase my skill
set and be useable. The last 3 weeks I have basically been
"on the bench" so to speak but at least I am getting
the training done. Nobody wants to sit on the bench, trust
tomorrow I hope to get into the lab and get some work done
and get a few deployments under my belt so I can say I am
"proficient" with ViPR/SRM and be useful again,
was great as always. Forgot to shut my phone off though and
people at Church got to hear the "Futurama" them
song. Not so good!! "Oops, sorry!" Other than that,
nothing else much is going on. Doing my weekly work outs,
studying for work and relaxing. Since one of my favorite movies
was recorded for me automatically I am going to watch it.
"The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"....
GREAT movie and I highly suggest it.
That's it for a short blog. Have a great weekend! (No venting
this week, I am sure you got enough of that through the media
ending Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Great week of rest and relaxation! I actually got
to hang out with friends and even rode the CBR up to LA to
hang out with my friends up there for the day. That was really
nice as I have never been up to Hermosa Beach Pier which was
a lot nicer than I thought it was going to be. Still -- there
is always a spectacle of people out there doing some really
weird things. Always entertaining to say the very least. So
I was "oot and aboot" (as the Canadians say haha).
also got some shopping done that I needed to knock out. I
am not sure why I cannot find a store in America that sells
American Made products. I needed a new shower curtain, a fan
for my office and a new frying pan. Thinking Bed, Bath and
Beyond might be the right place -- I was sorely disappointed.
All they had were Chinese made items which I really did not
want to buy. I actually wrote the CEO of BBB and told them
that I want the option of being able to buy US made products.
I don't care if they are more expensive, they are far higher
quality products which you don't have to replace.
Church this weekend. I could have gone and I will go again
soon but I think sometimes I need to get time and peace away
from everything for reflection and rest. And that is what
I did this week.
tomorrow (Monday) I have another full week of classes before
I hope to move over to Storage Resource Management, part of
the Advanced Software Division for the company I work for.
Let's hope the transition goes smoothly. My boss is being
swapped out this week so I'll get to talk to the outgoing
and incoming boss. Neat as always. I think I am on my 3rd
or 4th boss -- so it's hard to maintain some sense of stability
in who you are reporting to.
that is about it. I want to rest as much as possible today
then back to training and my work out schedule (which I took
off this week). Hope you had a fantastic and God-blessed week!
ending Sunday, August 10th, 2014
God bless her soul, if mom was still on this earth
I would have gotten to say happy 67th birthday to my mom on
August 7th. Unfortunately for those of us still here on the
planet and still working out God's will in our lives, she
was taken away -- before OUR time, but not God's time. I miss
her often, think about her a lot and if she was here, I would
do everything I could to take care of her. She took good care
of me and my siblings when we were growing up. She was instrumental
-- not the catalyst to everything that is GOOD about me. The
bad stuff about me, well that is my own doing. I cannot blame
anyone else for my own shortcomings.
I told you this planet is going to hell in a hand basket?
Have you ever read "Revelation"? It is the last
chapter of the New Testament. God warned us of floods (we're
having them) and plagues (ebola ring a bell?). We're having
them now. He spoke of the Devil being in charge of the earth
for time, a time and a half a time. That would be Barak Obama.
Now whether I am being a doomsday prophet or not, and I do
not think I am, I can see many correlations to the Bible and
what is going on to this planet, our Country right now. Everything
is corrupt. Our Government, our Politicians and the WORLD
in general. We're being invaded and our Government sits on
their hands. No wait, they go on VACATION and do nothing.
What do we pay these people for anyway??
I feel safer now than I did 10, 20, 30 years ago? Ah, the
innocence of the child I once was. I remember when America
was proud of being a, for a good majority, Christian. Now
we have atheist and the ACLU pushing God out of everything.
Never mind our money says "In God we Trust" -- I
am sure they'll get that removed shortly. Never mind that
our Country was founded
by Christians. (Click link for an in depth explanation
with proof!). Atheist and the ACLU are going to remove what
sense of conservatism and good will this country once had.
In answer to the original question starting this paragraph,
an emphatic NO!
we have to deal with the influx of illegal invaders. We have
to deal with ISIS (the most brutal form of the fake religion
known as Islam!). ISIS feels it's OK to behead children. CHILDREN!
If that is not the most barbaric thing on earth I do not know
what is. Children are innocent!!!! But they kill these kids
to teach their parents "Bow to Allah or we'll slaughter
your family!". Hmmm, and they say Islam is a peaceful
religion. Here's a good
site that debunks and disproves
Islam. It's a fake religion created by mohammad (not gonna
capitalize his name) as an excuse to be a pedophile and to
destroy anyone who disagrees with him. It was created around
603 AD. 570 years AFTER Christ died for our sins. How anyone
can buy Islam as a true and peaceful religion, I really think
they need their heads checked.
rather than bash on that "fake" religion, I would
rather talk about how great Church was this weekend. Pastor
Bob was on fire. He makes eye contact with me a lot. I think
he knows I am the guy asking "Why aren't we taking care
of Americans instead of sending missionaries overseas and
pouring donations to the Church into Mexico?" I think
that is a fair question. Much like our Government, it seems
even our Churches are forgetting that Americans need help.
They need jobs. Some are homeless, starving, cannot find a
job -- yet we open the flood gates for illegals who do not
want to be Americans and do not want to integrate into America.
For them, America is "Jobs, money and welfare -- that
we can send back to the country we love!" (Guess? It
I know I am ranting. Yes, I know that I have been a Political
BUG over the past couple months. But I am paying much attention
to what is going on in this world. When I read God's word
I can see this coming to fruition. I have said many times
we need to lock our borders down, deport illegals and then
get after ISIS. What is our Government doing? NOTHING! Dropping
a few bombs on some artillery pieces is not going to stop
terrorism. In fact, these nut cases are using the internet
to recruit more radical islamist to commit more acts of terror.
If we don't stop this, we'll either turn into "Northern
Mexico" or we'll have to bow down to their fake god allah.
I ask again. What is the most POWERFUL nation in the world
doing? NOTHING! And don't forget, as ISIS takes more and more
countries over, eventually they will overtake Pakistan, India
and possibly Iran. All of these countries have NUCLEAR weapons.
Can anyone say World War 3? I can -- and it isn't going to
end well for humanity. Folks, get ready for REVELATION. It's
coming sooner than we know.
to leave you on such a negative note, but right now, all I
can do is pray that God intervenes or prepare myself for God's
ending Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
are many ways to serve your Country...
Yep! That is what I did this week and will continue
to do as often as I can. This week I called every Senator
and Congressman I could to show support for our Immigration
Laws as they stand. We do not need amnesty, we need LEGAL
immigrants. Everyone who is pro-illegal-immigration seems
to think that if you are against it, you must be a racist.
Funny part about that is I have never mentioned race when
I saw our Constitution and our Immigration Laws need to be
upheld and respected.
Watch this video again: http://tinyurl.com/m28vcal
example, we have Luis V. Gutierrez. He is a Democratic Congressman
from Illinois who is also a huge proponent of ILLEGAL immigration
(Amnesty). Why? Oh -- well maybe because he is a part of La
Raza which is a pro-Hispanic group in America that only caters
to Hispanics. I thought this country eliminated racism, didn't
we? Why do we need specific groups catering only to one specific
race? I don't understand that.
Gutierrez is trying to get our Constitution changed to that
he can force America to open the floodgates for millions and
millions of more foreigners to come to America. And why are
they coming here? Well for jobs of course. There are MILLIONS
and MILLIONS of Americans out of work. We're 17 TRILLION dollars
in debt. 50% of the illegals in America are on some form of
Government support (welfare, housing, medical, etc). We cannot
take care of Americans -- how on earth are we going to be
able to support another 5-6 million more people who are NOT
contributing to America?
I am happy to welcome anyone who wants to immigrate LEGALLY
to the United States, become a US citizen and embrace being
an American. That's not what the illegals want. They want
to bring their country here. If you love your country so much,
why aren't you back there working hard to change YOUR country?
America doesn't need to be changed. Our Constitution and the
hard work of our forefathers is why this country became so
great. There were many lives who paid for our freedom and
democracy. There is no need to change it now.
yes, I am protesting Amnesty. There are millions of people
waiting in line to immigrate here legally. Why should they
be passed up in favor of those who do not respect America
and our immigration laws? We already spend billions in aid
to other countries here in the West. Why isn't that money
being used to get rid of gangs, violence, corruption, etc?
We love our America and we want to keep it land of the free
and the home of the brave. We do not want it to to be the
welfare capital of the world. That will only lead to the destruction
would make a lot of sense of Luis V. Gutierrez to take his
rear end south of our Border and fight as hard down there
as he does here for the benefit of the people he says he wants
to help. Instead he says "I want to punish Americans
for not supporting Amnesty!!!" Really? You want to punish
Americans who support our own constitution? Those of us who
are War-Time veterans like myself? We didn't fight so that
our laws could be changed to benefit other countries. We fought
for THIS country!
I know I am waxing philosophically here but I bleed red, white
and blue. I love this country and I can see it imploding from
the inside out. We have to get a handle o this and get Americans
working, get this country healthy and then we can reach out
and help other countries get their act together. But a weak
America benefits no one -- and that is the state we're in
church this week due to protesting. I want to remind people
about breaking US immigration laws since I am on the subject
of my faith. Jesus said "Give unto Cesar's what it Cesar's
and give unto God's what is God's". In other words, Jesus
respected the law of the land, why don't these foreigners?
And if you want to know, try waltzing into another country
and demand they make you a citizen. See how far that takes
you (jail at best, shot on site at the worst and yes, that
happens south of our borders).
you are truly an American. If you are against socialism and
communism (which is what the Democratic party is) then you
will do something about it and call, write or go speak to
your Congressmen and Senators and tell them you want our Constitution
respected. You want our laws upheld and you want people that
cannot follow our laws to be sent back home. We'll welcome
them if they come back and immigrate legally.
note of the day: Microsoft laid of thousands of high tech
workers then proceeded to tell Congress they want more foreign
VISAS for foreign technology workers. They say they need them.
Really? You just laid off thousands of AMERICANS and now you
say you need thousands of foreign workers? This, my friends,
is all about profits and stock returns. We already have Americans
who can do those jobs, pay them a fair wage instead of paying
cut rate salaries to foreigners who have no vested interest
in America or BEING Americas.
Bless America and save us from the morons in Government!