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Week ending Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Good week...

That 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 with that.

I 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.

Funny 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.

Work 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.

Believe 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 :)

I 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!


Week ending Sunday, December 9th, 2012
Back in Saddle!

So 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 and now.

So 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 worry.

Then 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 our own.

I 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!

Well 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 her wisdom.

Have a great weekend.

Week ending Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
Better every day!

Well 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 that accident.

Then 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.

This 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.

This 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 grateful.

Also 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!).

Today 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.

Can't 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 it.

I 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.

Hope you have a great week and talk to you later. Have a fantastic, safe and healthy week yourselves!


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