FOR DECEMBER 2012
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ending Sunday, December 16th, 2012
said, I spent far more money than I really wanted to. The
truck finally hit 45k miles so I had to replace the tires
(1k), get the oil/filter changed and then I needed to get
my annual inspection (which you have to do here in VA but
don't have to do so in CA or FL). Not sure what I am going
to do with the truck. It's paid off in Feb 14 so there's the
option of keeping it with no car payments or buying a new
car. I'm sort of wavering in between. It's a want not a need
so that is the direction I am leaning towards. I'd love to
have a Lexus but really the dealers hardball all the time
and I don't have time to haggle over cars. They want the maximum
amount of money they can get and I want to pay the least amount.
There's a balance somewhere but I don't have the time to deal
did some solo flying this weekend. I was going to do another
dual flight just to bone up some more but the instructor was
sick so I went ahead and did some flight maneuvers in the
area between Leesburg and Winchester. Then I flew over to
Martinsburg AFB and did a landing and takeoff then I flew
back over to Leesburg. I did everything correctly, including
squawking the right codes, lol, and that matters a lot. So
the flying was good, got some grocery shopping done, got a
hair cut and then to Church on Saturday night.
thing is my Pastor said "Hey I had been wondering where
you were." So I explained the past month in a half ordeal
that went on with me and he said the same thing I said "Praise
God!" I'm a walking example that God has plans for us
all if you just have faith. If He wanted me, He would have
taken me. He's had at least 4 or 5 chances that I should have
already died. It just makes things more clearly for me.
has been going fine. I am starting to catch back up to where
I was, but there are some difficult things to deal with (mainly
people, not objects). WE'll figure them out over time I am
sure. Either way, we all figure out how to work with each
other and treat it like a family or some of us walk away.
For me, I am loyal to my boss and his company so whatever
direction he wants to go, I will follow.
it or not I am taking another vacation. This time it's a planned
one and not like the last one that I did NOT plan for. I'm
flying commercial this time on the 22nd and will be back on
New Years day. There are some things I plan to do with family
and such so I will probably not fill out next week's blog.
You can however catch up with me on FaceBook since that's
about the only collaborative application I'll be able to have
access to. I will have my iPad with me :)
think that is about it. I hope you all have a MERRY CHRISTmas
this year and that the Lord blesses you as much as He has
blessed me. Take care!
ending Sunday, December 9th, 2012
glad to be feeling normal, remembering the things I am supposed
to be doing and so happy and grateful for the company and
boss that I work for. It's not often you find good hearted
people who care about their employees but my boss is something
special. I wish you all could work for people like ours and
I am not just saying that or trying to win kudos. You know
me, I write straight from the sleeve. They know that I am
very happy where I am right now. If I wasn't I wouldn't have
bought a house and stayed here in VA, I would have high-tailed
it back to San Diego which WAS my home -- but my home is here
this weekend I got to do some flying which I haven't done
in a while and I was definitely rusty. Since the 172 that
I normally fly wasn't available I had to fly a Piper Archer.
Not a bad plane but heavy on the controls. It was heavier
than a 172 so it was smoother in the air. Granted, it was
a very old airplane and all of the electronics were outdated.
It also made you select one tank or the other instead of both
so you have to remember to switch them over or you can run
out of aviation fuel pretty quickly. It was a good flight
though and I need to get back to studying my materials and
working with my instructor. Until I get a clean bill of health
I will be flying ONLY with an instructor, no solos so don't
Saturday night we had the company party which was great. To
say we're spoiled as employees is an understatement. I know
what I have to do is do a great job and not make mistakes
(which I know we all do) but you just have to be very careful
with what you do. We went to Texas de Brasil again which was
great but this time I didn't gorge myself on food. The dinner
was really nice, the boss said some really great words, I
got to connect with people I haven't seen in a while and yep,
I even got pointed out as the "golden child" so
to speak. When you've been granted a "get out of jail
free" card by God as many times as me (four!) then you
know that His plans are out there and definitely greater than
also had the carpenter come out and fix my garage door so
now I can lock my place up again. Let's hope the Police never
have to break it down again, ever! It didn't cost me as much
as I thought it would and the guys did a really good job so
I am happy. Not to mention that the value of the home has
gone up by like 35k so that's another benefit. I have some
equity in the home which is a really good thing!
I think that is about it. Not a lot of stuff to talk about.
Well I could talk about family issues but that's not something
I want to drag out online right now. Suffice to say I am very
disappointed in someone who has not nor will ever hold "themselves"
accountable for their actions or the people that depend on
them. Family is important to me, whether they are direct or
indirect, it doesn't matter. God says "take care of each
other" and I know I have been far more blessed in that
area than I deserve and all I want to do is be able to do
the same for others. We're only on this planet for a limited
time and as we all know, it's not about how much money you
have collected or how many toys you have. It's about relationships
and showing the other people in your lives that you love and
care about them. That is what made my mom such a great and
special person. She knew that and I expect others to follow
a great weekend.
ending Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
the first week home from the debacle early in November is
over. I'm really glad to be back to life, back to work and
grateful for my friends and family for looking out for me.
If God wanted me, He would have taken me. The last 6 years
of my life has been full of crazy things. The crash racing
at Willow Springs that broke my collar bone and later, as
we found out, my neck. I should be paralyzed or dead from
there was the accident in 2009 where I was simply trying to
defend a woman from being slapped around and ended up getting
my head bashed against the concrete which in turn caused me
end up having brain surgery and out of work 9 weeks (they
told me 6 months, but I'm a fighter and I don't like being
away from work). Then less than a year later I had a seizure
because I wasn't taking my meds but even then that was light.
I was out for 15 minutes and was back on the meds.
time they have no idea what happened to me. I've been though
INOVA emergency, ICU, a neurologist and a General Practitioner
in the last 30 days. Between all of them, none of them have
any idea what happened to me. Some think it was another seizure
but not due to the head injury but a funky virus that no one
can identify. Maybe I'll finally make the record books --
but not the way I wanted to. I wanted to do that either with
music or racing. Now maybe flying, lol.
was my first week back to work as well and they would only
let me work 6 hours a day. I am approved to go back to full
time next week which will be great. I still need to get my
garage door repaired so that is on the agenda but there will
be no working out the rest of this year. I'll get back to
my P90X in January when I feel back to normal. This time right
now is for rest and recovery. I was so humbled by the support
at work and how many people cared. You don't realize sometimes
that people really do care about you and I couldn't be more
this weekend I drove down to Norfolk to see the decommissioning
of the USS Enterprise, a ship I served on briefly when I was
in the Marine Corps and we were certifying new FA-18 pilots
for carrier qualifications. I went with my good friends Jack
Springer and his daughter, Stephanie. It was a sad moment
to see the largest aircraft carrier ever be put to rest but
the good part is that it's going to be revived with CVN-80
in the next 10 years or so. We always have to have an "Enterprise"
in the fleet as we have always had since our Country's birth
when we stole a ship of the same name from the British (thanks!).
I am back to resting though I did clean the house up, washed
the dishes, dusted, washed my clothes and just made my house
look normal again. My sister and her family received their
early Christmas present which they love and I know they needed
it. I am grateful for the job I have and the people I work
for which gives me the opportunity to not only help my family
but to help others less fortunate. God says our job here is
not to be focused on ourselves but to follow Him and to help
others and that is what I am trying to do.
wait to be checked out and have an answer as to what happened,
back to Church, back to work full time, paying my bills off
and finishing up my flying lessons. I was initially going
to buy a plane but I think for now I would be better served
just renting one and doing that. That will let me fly when
I want but without the overhead and expenses of owning your
own plane. I'll let someone else deal with the maintenance
and other costs and there are plenty here at the airport next
to my house that are available. The owner of the plane I like
knows I take good care of that plane so I'll be careful with
think that is about it for this week. Waiting for the Bucs
game to start at 4pm. Hope they beat the Broncos because we
need the wins. Thanks again to everyone for you grace, care
and love. I'm so thankful that every time I have found myself
in a bad spot, someone is there to save me. I think God puts
everyone in those positions to help whether they believe it
or not. Again, if He wanted me, He would have already taken
me by now.
you have a great week and talk to you later. Have a fantastic,
safe and healthy week yourselves!