FOR DECEMBER 2008
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ending December 28th 2008
was your Christmas?
was quiet. I started feeling sick on Christmas eve so I had
to take it easy. I pretty much just vegged out. We were off
work Weds and Thurs so I took Friday as a vacation day. Most
people are off work anyway. We have Thursday and Friday off
next week as well. Still considering taking off on Wednesday
since I didn't get to go snowboarding after all.
night I went out with a friend and had dinner. It was nice!
I had steak (yes, I am a meat eater, lol) and lots of salad,
onion rings, etc. Maybe that is why I was sick on Weds/Thurs/Friday.
I didn't start feeling better until Saturday afternoon, just
in time for Saturday services at Horizon. That was great,
as always and I really like listening to Pastor Bob. Of all
the Churches I have been to, by far Pastor Bob is the one
I enjoy listening to the most (even more than Rick Warren
-- which says a lot!).
did manage to get another run in on Wednesday morning. I ran
the same path that I ran last week, but managed to run it
longer than I did before. I didn't stop until like the last
1/4 mile or so. All of that is uphill so it takes a lot out
know this is short and there's other things I could be talking
about but nothing really worth complaining about, haha. Life
is truly good, of that I can say for sure. You just have to
keep your chin up and keep trucking, ya know? What else can
-- I am really looking forward to it. Sometimes you just feel
that a certain year is going to be great. Maybe it's my optimism
or maybe I'm just a little on the 5150 side (crazy) but I
still think it's going to be great. Life is really what you
make of it. You can choose to be happy or you can choose to
be sad. Either way, it's still a choice we all make :)
a great NEW YEARS and stay out of trouble. I will talk to
you all next week!
Gators (coz right now, the Bucs are out of the playoffs so
I'm looking forward to the BCS Championship game!)
ending December 21st 2008
-- this was the week I had to serve Jury Duty. I've somehow
throughout my years on this Earth been able to avoid it but
now they are making it really hard to do so. So on Tuesday
morning I got up super early, headed down to the Old Town
Trolley Station and rode it downtown. I knew from talking
to friends that it would be a long first day and of course
it was. They didn't even call my name until 1:30 in the afternoon.
I spent most of the day reading a book I brought and texting
friends (lol). They finally give us our court assignment and
we all walk next door to the Courthouse.
we show up, they make us stand outside for a good 45 minutes
while they are figuring things out inside. When they finally
call us in (by assigned seat number I might add) the Judge
gives us the lowdown. It's a criminal case and the defendant
is charged with misdemeanor assault, on a Police Officer even.
There is one Defense Attorney assigned and two Prosecutors.
Anyway, as the day wears on they work on the first round of
eliminations and I somehow made it through. I think they only
sent 7 people home out of 48. The next day it had been raining,
really hard all day, so there were people who were late to
Court. The Judge wouldn't start the session until everyone
was there so we ended up sitting around until almost lunch
time waiting on the late people.
we started (finally) the Attorneys went around asking individuals
questions. The Prosecutors didn't ask me any but the defense
did. The first question he asked me was "Do you think
violence is acceptable?" and my answer to him was "It
depends on the circumstances." He then asked a similar
question, albeit phrased differently and my answer was still
the same! "It depends on the circumstances." Anyway,
when the eliminations started I thought "Oh man, they
are going to pick me!" As soon as I sat down in the Jurors'
Box (after many people had been excused) the defense Attorney
"excused" me from service. WOOT! I
guess having an opinion and being able to think objectively
is not desired on the Jury, haha. I'm glad to have skated
the experience for another year :)
rest of the week was relatively uneventful. Work was quiet,
just the way I like it, and probably due to so many people
starting their Christmas Vacations early. I did have to lug
some 75lb back up batteries on Friday. Four of them to be
exact as one of our Storage Devices started going on the fritz.
It was a good workout though and you know me, I am never afraid
of manual labor.
Saturday I got up early to play golf with my friend, Jason.
I have to say, after shooting an 80 the last time I played
Encinitas Ranch I really stunk up the joint. HAHA. I was T-Totally-Terrible!
LOL. I mean I've had some bad days playing golf but this one
takes the cake. Only a few pars, no birdies and lots and lots
of bogeys. haha. Well I will never make it as a pro-golfer
so Tiger Wood's career is safe -- for now!! HAHAH.
are you doing for Christmas? I actually plan on serving at
Horizon's on Christmas Eve. They need some "manual labor"
so I volunteered. They are taking down the Nativity scene
I think so I'll grab my hammer and start breaking things.
I'm pretty good at that ;) I'll attend the service earlier
in the evening and just stick around. After Christmas I am
going snowboarding. No ifs/ands/butts about it. It's supposed
to rain here all week so that means lots of snow at Mammoth
and me buzzing around the Mountain in 4WD. Hehe. It's what
I bought it for so that'll be fun. The last time I went my
truck was buried in 3 feet of snow. I had to dig the door
area out just to get in and then drive down the Mountain in
a blizzard (really!). Fun stuff for sure :)
I go I wanted to leave you a link for something I've shared
with a few friends and family and maybe you've seen it before.
I'm not a big "American Idol" fan nor do I watch
the show. Frankly I think Simon Cowell can be rude and inappropriate
(hey, it gets ratings though, doesn't it?! LOL). The British
version of that show is called "Britain's Got Talent"
GUY (click link) does have amazing talent. You
may not appreciate the music but you gotta appreciate someone
with that kind of voice. Hope you enjoy it.
that is about it for the week. I hope life is treating you
well. I have to say, I've got no complaints, that's for sure
:) Congrats to Derek and Lena on their new child and my bud
Kevin on his new son. Now where's my cigar?! JUST KIDDING.
a great rest of your week and a BLESSED
May peace and joy abound in your life.
ending December 14th 2008
have quieted down at work this week. That's a good thing considering
all the layoffs we had. It's definitely disheartening to see
people go especially with Christmas coming up. We even had
one person let go not related to the lay off. I just have
to say, you reap what you sow. I've really been sticking my
nose to the grindstone and trying to get my solutions out.
My plate at work is full and the days are zooming by. I like
staying busy though and am learning a lot so that's good.
week I worked really hard at the gym. My weight is only 10lbs
off my goal and I am the heaviest I've been in my life. I
was going to start working with a personal trainer but after
seeing the cost, I think I'm doing just fine without it, lol.
It was way more expensive than I thought it was going to be.
I knew when I started taking the shakes that I would gain
some fat (and I have) so I've decided to add in some cardio
via running. I really like running because, much like being
on a motorcycle, it gives me time to think.
yesterday I suited up with my jogging clothes and ran down
Del Mar Heights to the beach here in Del Mar. From there I
headed South and ended up at Torrey Pines State Beach. Even
though the weather was "blah" at best (it had been
raining earlier in the day). I then headed back East towards
the 5 freeway. When I got close I headed North again. Now,
the run towards the beach was downhill and of course that
means it was uphill the rest of the way. One thing is for
sure, I got a heck of a workout.
is coming up and I think I am going to go snowboarding. I
have been checking out some of the lodges that are available
and there are some really good deals going on right now. My
friend has a season pass and some guest passes as well so
I plan on getting a lot of snowboarding in. I also plan on
getting in some dirt bike riding as well. The CR250 has been
sitting in the garage for some time and it's high time I loaded
it up in the truck and had some fun.
hadn't been to Church in a few weeks so it was good to be
back. They are doing a living nativity scene so the campus
is really busy. Pastor Bob had an interesting statement to
make in regards to Einstein and God. Einstein's "Theory
of Relatively" in regards to the speed of light and time
makes sense when you think about God. God is everywhere at
all times. The faster you come to the speed of light, the
slower time goes. It is possible then, according to the theory,
to go fast enough that time would stop completely. If you
think about it, it makes complete sense that God could be
everywhere at all times.
really about it for now. Interesting stuff to ponder for the
week, eh? As always, you can comment on the blog entry on
Go ahead and drop me a line.
ya next week!
ending December 7th 2008
to the grind...
this was an interesting and odd week. After having spent a
really nice vacation in Florida I came back to work on Monday
only to see people being politely marched out the front door.
One by one, people were being laid off. I don't know how I
managed to avoid it. Perhaps God has other plans for me, but
it was really scary and I have been keeping everyone in my
prayers. It seems many companies will lay people off right
before Christmas. It weird, but definitely not the first time
I've seen that and very "Scrooge-ish" if you get
weekend I did something I haven't done in a long time. I hung
out in Hollywood. Back in the day I used to be there every
other weekend. Either my band was playing up there that weekend
or I was hanging out with friends. Since my friend "C"
and I missed our last opportunity to hang out I drove up to
OC and picked her and her roommate up. We went to a nice sushi
dinner first and then we drove to the "Cat Club"
to see her friend's band play. The band wasn't too bad, really,
but the Cat Club is still the same, lol. Definitely a dive!
It was pretty neat to see some of the music that is coming
out of that area.
that we headed over to the Rainbow (it's not what your thinking,
trust me) and ate a tad more before I dropped them off and
drove home. It was a late night but definitely fun and worth
the trip. It always helps when you stay out of trouble, lol.
There were a few famous people bumping around in there but
we didn't care. We were hungry and just wanted to grab something
to eat before the drive home.
than a few "minor" issues when I got back from vacation
it's been a relatively quiet week. Everyone at work is walking
around on egg shells because they're worried (and rightfully
so) about the future. Me too. I am not sure what I would do
if got laid off. I don't really have a "Plan B"
in place so I guess I should start seriously thinking about
it. The economy is terrible at the moment so this is obviously
not the best time to be looking for work.
this time every year I put up a Christmas tree and hang up
the lights, but I am not doing it this year. Why? Well the
more I think about it, the more I don't think the "Santa"
stuff is appropriate. Yes, we should celebrate Christmas but
not the pagan Holiday that it represents. How about CHRISTmas?
You feeling me?!?!? I realize a lot of people are going to
disagree with me, lol, but seriously. I'm A-OK with nativity
scenes, because that is what Christmas is meant to be about.
not about a fat man in a red suit giving out gifts. That has
nothing to do with Christ! Correct me if I am wrong, right?
lol. Seriously, you can post on the guestbook if you want
to debate this with me (to complain about the blog) but I'm
pretty firm on my stance with this. I understand some people
have kids and they want them to celebrate the Holiday. I just
think that there's more to Christmas than
Santa, ya know?
it for this week. Keep your fingers crossed that the layoffs
are done at work and those who were effected by them find
gainful, happy employment elsewhere. See you next week :)
PS: Today is "Pearl Harbor" remembrance day. Remember