FOR DECEMBER 2009
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ending Dec 27th, 2009
life is good :)
relaxed after a very fun and MUCH NEEDED vacation to Mammoth
this week. I had a really good time. Packed my stuff after
checking out the Living Nativity on Sat night and then drove
the 6.5 hours to Bishop on Sunday where I was staying. It
was much less expensive to stay in Bishop. Just to give you
an idea, the cheapest hotel was $150.00 a night in Mammoth
and they were really bad rooms. I got a much nicer room in
Bishop for much less than that.
drive up was nice. Hardly any traffic and the Tacoma actually
got some decent mileage going up (18MPG up, 20MPG down). I
didn't stop the entire way and I actually made it there on
a tank of gas from San Diego. Not bad, eh? I could have never
done that with the Tundra. It was a serious gas hog. By the
way, though I had chains, I did not need them as the truck's
4WD performed so good. I love having that switch to 4WD on
the fly option. Best handling 4WD truck I've owned to date!
up on Monday AM after a good nights sleep and got to the slopes
early. Definitely was out of boarding shape as it took me
a few runs to get everything working right again, haha. I
spent most of the morning just enjoying the sights (there's
so much to see and appreciate on the Mountain). It wasn't
snowing in the morning and the slopes were pretty fast as
it had been packed pretty well by machines and riders.
lunch it started to get cloudy and before you know it, it
started snowing. It snowed the rest of the day and all night.
That was really good as it made the runs down a little more
manageable and not quite so fast. The next morning it started
snowing again. I think we had about 2 feet of snow while I
was there. I decided that it would be good to try skiing,
which as it turns out was pretty fun. I still have some work
to do but I think I will buy a new board and skis so that
I can snowboard and ski the next time I go up.
Wednesday I was starting to get a little overly confident.
On one of the moguls as I was trying a few jumps I made too
much speed at the bottom. When I tried to make a turn my ski
pole got caught under one of my skis and I ended up doing
the "Superman" and landed on the same shoulder that
I broke my collar bone on a few years ago racing. When I say
I hit hard, I mean I hit REALLY hard. I think I sprained my
shoulder or separated it. I'm ok, just have to take it easy
and not hit the gym for a week or two (much needed break anyway
since skiing and snowboarding is good cardio work).
my friends Tim and Missy showed up. We did a little boarding
and then after we went to their place and made dinner and
hung out for a while. It was good to see them. Tim and I go
way back to my "Creeping Death" days. Tim was our
"enforcer" who really helped us out the day Metallica
showed up to one of our gigs. We're going to try and snowboard
more together and already made plans to do some dirt biking.
drove back up on Thursday and got settled back at home before
heading back to Church for the Midnight Christmas candlelight
service, which was EXCELLENT by the way. I also went back
last night for my regular Saturday services, also excellent.
Pastor Bob did a great job so I just wanted to say THANKS
rest of the week is going towards some of my own "Honey-Dos"
(just no honey to make the list, haha!).
I don't think I mentioned this but I got my annual review
just before I left on vacation. I got a REALLY good review
and a small bonus so I have put a little more $$ into my savings
(for house hunting) and I am thinking about buying a big screen
TV since mine is only 19". I have an idea of the TV I
am getting. It will be good to watch the NFL, MotoGP races
and cool movies when I get the TV and the entertainment package
as well (surround sound speakers, etc). That will be my Christmas
present to myself, haha.
of Christmas, I did spend it with the "Springer"
family. They are so good to me and I am very glad to have
them in my life. Jack said that I was like another son in
his family so that was about the best compliment I've gotten
in a long time. He and his wife Jane are like family to me.
We had the best Christmas dinner and I had a great time. Hanging
out with them was better than any Christmas present in a box
one could ever get. So thank you Jack and Jane! And Jack,
heal up that hand so we can get some games of golf in!
since I am on vacation until after the New Year I think I
might get a few games of golf in while I am getting my chores
done and having a blast. I might still mix in a few runs and
cardio until my shoulder feels better.
that is it for now. I am going to spark up the grill and watch
a few more NFL games. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
to you and yours.
God bless you even more than He has blessed me this year!!!
ending Dec 20th, 2009
you had a fantastic week and that your Christmas is going
to be as good as mine. Why? Because tomorrow morning (it's
Saturday as I write this) I am on my way to MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN!
I'm really excited though the weather report says that it's
only going to snow lightly on Monday. That's ok, I know the
base is as high as 6 foot so there should be something to
snowboard on. Probably not a lot of soft white fluffy snow
(for my inevitable CRASH landings) so I'll have to take it
easy on the mountain.
be a good test for the truck's 4WD since, to this point, the
only time I've used it is during the rain. And that's only
happened twice since I bought it. Can you tell it never rains
in San Diego? haha.
started my vacation with a good round of Golf at Encinitas
Ranch. I'll have to get out and play more often because I
think I've figured out why I keep hooking the ball. HAHA.
Tuesday I had a nice dinner at Island Prime right on the bay.
If you haven't been there I highly suggest it. It has one
of the nicest views in San Diego county!
going to head out to Church early tonight due to the opening
of the Living Nativity set that is going on. I am sure it's
going to be crowded. After that I need to gather the rest
of my stuff for tomorrow, get everything packed and hit the
sack early for the long (8 hour) drive tomorrow.
is for now. Short update but I am sure that I will have lots
to talk about next week when I get back. In the meantime,
SIGN THE GUESTBOOK! LOL. I know a lot of you are visiting
so let people know you where here!
safe you guys!
ending Dec 13th, 2009
was this a great week?! Well let me tell ya! I put in for
the first vacation I've asked for in over a year, two weeks
worth! Well, most people will be out anyway during the Holidays
but I've got plans to spend the week before Christmas up at
Mammoth doing some snowboarding. I will probably check out
other things to do since I'll be meeting some friends up there.
like I'll be heading out early next Sunday morning so I'll
be updating the blog on Saturday sometime. I'll be sure to
post pics as I'll be taking the new digital camera with me.
With all this rain that we've been having the mountains are
looking great. They had over 3 feet of snow the past couple
days. If it's anything like it was when I went in January
2008, I guess I can wake up expecting to see my truck buried
in snow. Kind of like this,
haha. Definitely looking forward to lots of snow, lots of
snowboarding and enjoying the serenity that I find when I
head to the mountains :)
is fine. A few of my friends have been asking about the economy
and how it's effected me personally. So far I've been blessed
to still have a job. We laid a lot of people off a year ago
and I am very thankful for what I have (even if I don't get
along as well as I should with a few people). We'll see what
2010 brings. Like I said, I would love to and work in Europe
or Australia (not Asia) if for anything, something different.
again was awesome. You know, you guys are welcome to come
with me sometime. I also have some very cool research on the
validity of the Bible if you want something to help you along.
There's a lot of compelling evidence to prove that what the
Bible says is absolutely true. I know a lot of people are
doubting Thomas' and such but if you read the research you
can definitely see that a lot of concrete evidence exists.
As my friend once said to me "If you're right and I'm
wrong, no big deal. But if I am right and you are wrong --
VERY BIG DEAL!" He's right!
weekend was very relaxed. I was hoping that Charles would
do another bootcamp this weekend but that didn't happen so
I was a lazy bum most of the weekend. I did hang out with
friends a bit on Friday night. I had to bail early though
for reasons I'll explain some other time (haha).
is coming up soon. What are your plans? I definitely plan
on attending the Christmas Eve service at Horizon. I went
to something similar about 5 years ago where they had stringed
instruments playing Christmas songs. I really enjoyed it a
think of anything else to add at the moment. Life is great,
I'm having fun and taking it one day at a time. I'll leave
you with a quote that I love from Albert Einstein:
"Two things are infinite, space and human stupidity...and
I'm not sure about the former..."
Makes a crack up every time. Have a great rest of your week!
ending Dec 6th, 2009
week, I must say!!! I am pooped beyond belief because after
all of my workouts that I normally do, my personal trainer
said "Hey, come to my bootcamp workouts on Saturday in
PB"... so I said "Umm ok, I'll go". I wasn't
prepared as well as I thought I was going to be, that's for
during my weekday workouts I do 10 minutes of straight cardio
(40 second mild pace, 20 seconds of sprints per minute) so
I thought that I would be fine for the bootcamp. NOT! When
he said bootcamp, he meant it because we spent the entire
hour doing some pretty high intensity cardio workouts. Gotta
say, I was dying for breath out there but I felt good on the
drive home. Sure, I've been sore all week but at least that's
proof that I worked my tail off.
going to continue going to the bootcamps because to be frank
I am embarrassed at how easily I run out of breath. I was
thinking of maybe finding some pickup basketball games or
something of the like so that I can do something I like. Then
at least it won't feel like the WORK part of working out :)
haha. Whatever works, right?! haha.
supposed to rain this week and they are anticipating around
9 feet of snow at Mammoth so I am heading up there the 20th-24th
for some much needed boarding and fun! Just need to find a
place to stay for the week. Shouldn't be too bad since I'll
be there DURING the week and can probably find a reasonable
hotel rate. In fact, after I finish writing this blog I should
probably start looking for hotel rooms. Anyone else want to
go?! Speak now or forever hold your peace!
is going well and nothing new to report there except I got
a couple big "doozies" off my plate this week so
I have some more free time and feel OK with being able to
take a week or two (I think I'll take 2) off.
was also great this weekend and I have to say, there was a
personal message for me, of that I am sure. I always listen
decently well but this weekend I was leaning forward, at the
edge of my seat so obviously I felt the message was an important
one for me. What was it about? Well, what vices do most of
us have? Anger, Bitterness, Jealousy, Sexual Immorality (and
I don't just mean cheating on your spouse), Gossip, etc. You
name it. I am guilty of most (if not all) of them. It was
a good "check yourself" weekend -- and one that
I definitely needed.
this weekend I broke my bass out of the case (hey, that rhymes!).
I had been listening to Muse's "Hysteria" and thought
that would be a good bass line to learn. Well, I think I have
the basics down and just need to work on the tempo. If I can
nail this down maybe I'll cover the song since I like it so
much. If you want to know which song I am talking about, click
HERE for the song on YouTube. Make sure
to turn your speakers down so you don't alarm your cube-mates
(haha). And yes, that IS a bass that starts the song off.
It is distorted though a bass amp. Tell me, don't'cha think
that is one cool bass line?! It makes the song, IMHO.
that's it for this week. Welcome to DECEMBER and I hope you
have a great rest of your weekend. Your Christmas cards are
in the mail, by the way!