FOR DECEMBER 2013
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ending Sunday, December 29th, 2013
end of an odd, hectic, crazy and sometimes fun year.
Sometimes you're glad year is over -- sometimes you
are not. In this case, the year has been drastic. So rather
than just talk about the week I'd rather review some of the
things that have occurred this year.
1. Nearly finished flying in VA.
I was nearly finished with all of my flying. I had completed
some of the pre-final exam flights and was ready to take my
final flight exam and flight when #2 happened.
2. Got a call for a job offer to move back to San Diego.
At the end of January I got a call from a friend of mine about
a possible job back home in San Diego. Since the Government
facility I was working at had a new VP (and he had some weird
ideas when it came to technology) and I felt that I didn't
want to lose touch with my skill set on EMC storage, I decided
to take the job offer. I had to leave my brand new home in
VA (now and investment) but this was the right move for me.
3. Found out the job was not what it was supposed to be.
I was supposed to be a Storage Architect but instead this
company was so discombobulated, it turned out to be a never
evening fire right. Whoever designed their infrastructure
had no idea how IT works (sorry, it's just the truth).
Contract ends, the job of a lifetime opens.
Knowing this company was going downhill fast (their stock
went from $20.00 a share down to $4 a share and eventually
de-listed and private) I started looking around. I had always
wanted to work at EMC. I have really loved their storage products
for years so this was a job I simply could not say no to.
Salary wasn't an issue (I took a pay cut to be honest) but
this is what I wanted to do. As a benefit, I get to work from
home -- from anywhere I want to!).
My niece goes missing.
My niece, Alexis, went missing not long after I took the new
job. She ran away willingly because she decided she couldn't
live with her dad. She's been missing ever since and there's
a chance she may be involved in child trafficking. We're not
sure yet but whatever situation she is in, she is not relying
on family to help her. Just strangers and that in not a good
position to be in. All we can do is pray that she is safe
and brought home to her mom soon.
Met up with friends!
Coming back home to San Diego has been a blessing. I have
gotten to hang out with my friends like Jason and Jack and
Jane (whom I spent Thanksgiving with) and this year, I reconnected
with an old friend and spent Christmas with her family. That
was great as I made some new friends as well.
New job is a handful.
The new job is great, but very busy and handful. I need to
finish with my training to get my certifications complete
which I will do in January. There are fires here but not nearly
as bad as the other company.
Doing God's work.
I've had some opportunities to do the Lord's work this year
and I made it clear that I was willing to offer more of my
time and resources to help Horizon North County as much as
I can to accomplish God's will for us all. There should be
more news coming soon on that.
Helping my family.
The last couple of years I have helped my family out as much
as possible. This year I helped my brother get a new engine
in his car and I'll be helping him get a computer to help
him manage his finances and give his kids a tool to learn
Back home with Horizon North County.
Of the many good things about coming back home to San Diego
(the weather, the friends, the lifestyle here, etc) is my
favorite place to give all to God. I love the Church, love
my Pastor and it's a great congregation. I cannot say enough
about how much of a positive influence it has been for not
only me but everyone who attends. I hope in 2014 I can do
more for the Lord by being involved deeply with the Church.
a brief review of the year. There are many more things you
can read about if you browse over the past 51 blog entries.
They go more into detail about each and every week. We call
them blogs not diaries because obviously I don't say everything
I want to say here where it's publicly accessible. My friends
know me. My family knows me and of course, God knows me better
than anyone else.
hope that you are blessed in 2014 as well as you I have been.
"If you have as much as much faith as a mustard seed,
you can tell that mountain to move and it will..." If
you want to make a change, get right with God first. Forgive
others who have hurt you and do more to help others. Our time
on this planet is short in the grand scheme of things, why
not make it your priority for others to see God through your
in with you after the the New Year. Be safe my friends!
ending Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
week -- better week...
So it was much more quiet this week than last week.
Things are cooling down and I think a lot of that has to do
with it being the Christmas holiday (I don't say "Happy
Holiday" because Christmas is about CHRIST!). I'm ok
with that because honestly I just needed to detox. Given how
much I worked last week it was a welcome relief to actually
get some shut-eye in.
doesn't mean of course that I was totally relaxing. I have
a cluster to keep my eyes on. Just waiting to see when/if
it blows up. Then it will be hell on earth for sure. Not much
I can do about it now but watch and wait. I've done my part
that is for sure. Just watch and wait. Patience, is said,
is a virtue and Lord knows I've still never competently grasped
was fantastic this weekend. Love listening to Pastor Bob and
this week they had an actor that has done something like 3500
"Les Miserables" shows. Fantastic voice, great performance
-- just not my cup of tea. I haven't quite gotten to the point
where I feel I have become more sophisticated as I should
be. There are some parts of me being a "Country"
boy as I am that will never go away.
I was supposed to drive up to Hollywood for a friend's birthday
party but that got canceled as I was halfway there so I had
to drive all the way back. No big deal. I bought a nice luxury
car and since I don't drive that much working from home it
was good to stretch it's legs a bit and go for a ride. Now
that I am back home I am going to hit the hay early and watch
some old STNG episodes (ok there is still some nerd left in
me) and get up for work early tomorrow.
you want to hear the "doodle" I did this weekend,
just to see if I still remembered how to play it, here
you go. Email me if you know what song it is
hope you have a fantastic CHRISTmas and that God bring's you
the blessings you deserve. Keep Him #1 in your life and all
that He has planned for you will come.
ending Sunday, December 15th, 2013
about looooong hours...
This was probably the most have worked in a week.
By my count right now, 82 hours for the week including a 23
hour work day on Tuesday. That's the thing about being in
IT. When things go South really quick then you have to stay
with it until it's fixed. And that is what I have been working
on all week. We had a cluster problem that needed to get fixed.
It's up and working now but there are some other issues that
need to be fixed.
I worked Monday through Sunday. In fact, I am working now
while I watch a cluster get it's firmware upgraded. So I have
to be patient and wait for that to finish. Once that is done
then I can sleep but have to get up early again. Since the
account I am attached to is in Florida they are up 3 hours
ahead of me, lol. That means my day usually starts at 6am.
But I love what I do, love who I work for and enjoy my job
so I cannot ask for more.
week I took care of my brother for Christmas so he is happy
(fixed his car) and I had to spend another $1000.00 to fix
the front door (again). This time I had to kick it in myself
-- didn't know I had the strength to do that, lol! Door broke,
locked myself out, was going to be late for a work meeting.
Ah well, so much for the bonus this year!! But it's all good,
money was spent helping others and that's what I like to do.
didn't make it to Church at all this week so I am already
missing it but I keep my Bible study every night and my daily
devotionals so I am always trying to stay in God's word. I
learn something new and important every time I read -- even
if it's the same chapters I have read time and time again.
God speaks to us differently and sometimes He says "Read
that again, Brian. You missed something important!" How
glorious is the Lord?! Amen to that.
that is it for this week's blog. I have to get back to work.
Hope you had a great week and talk to you later.
ending Sunday, December 8th, 2013
as a mouse...
Yes I have been extremely quiet this week and I am
not going to type much in this week's blog. The reason is
because I have been studying for two exams that I am taking
this week and next week (one exam each Tuesday). Work is going...OK
for now. There's a lot of things I want to say about that
but keep in mind, new company, new job, new equipment, new
processes for a new customer. Everything is new and at times
I feel very overwhelmed. Good thing at least is I have a boss
that I believe in and trust. I mean, he hasn't given a reason
not to doubt him.
was fantastic this weekend and always great to sit and listen
to Pastor Bob. Funny thing is, I think he knows where I always
sit because he does look over at me quite often. Sometimes
I just want to wait after the service and catch up with him
but he's usually busy meeting those who have needs and I do
not want to take his time away from serving those in need
to just catch up with me.
didn't help out my family this year with an "early"
Christmas gift. This time it was my brother and I helped him
get his car fixed. I'm tapped out this Christmas so if you
do not get a card or you do not receive a gift, I hope you
understand. I tend to look at Christmas as an opportunity
to serve those in need and my family does. I still help others
as much as I can. Truly that is what the Lord should have
be do and I am in no position to argue with Him. I have been
blessed far more than I deserve.
really about it. Not much else to talk about. Hope you had
a fantastic week and hope to catch up with you later!
ending Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Ok well a rough week at work and that's calling it
as lightly as I can. It's not as if I don't understand the
technology, I actually do. In fact, I am scheduled to take
two of my exams in a few weeks to get my certifications complete.
That is how far I have come along. Learning the processes
here, especially for as big as a client that I work for, is
the tough part. It's actually more difficult that the Government
because at least with the Government the standards are written,
documented and easy to find. Not saying the customer doesn't
(they do) just hard to find. Also their terminology is a lot
different so that is just taking a while to grasp. If you
think about it, new job, new company, new client, new storage
I hadn't worked on before. Needless to say there is a larger
than normal learning curve, but I am sticking with it. Love
my job, love my company, love the storage. I will get there.
I am determined!!!!
was FANTASTIC! Once again I got to hang out with the Springers
who are my "West Coast" family so to speak. Have
been friends with them forever and the fact they have taken
me in as one of their own family members has been fantastic.
I could not ask for better friends and family members, ever!
They are just that great to me and I am so glad to know them.
We even played this new game that is like monopoly but you
own power companies. I did not win, Derek did because he's
played that game before and had the inside edge, lol!
helping out my family member. You know I have a little brother
who is going through tough times so I am doing what I can
to help him out. What I want him to understand is simply this:
"Say what you mean, mean what you say". I'm not
worried that I am helping him out financially a little bit.
He is my little brother, I just hope that he takes the lessons
and advice I am giving him and taking it to heart. If he wants
to get out of the rut he is in, he needs to take control of
his life. That is where being a big brother comes in. I give
him advice -- usually the same -- and keep hammering it in
until he truly understands the concept. I am sure he will
get it. Let's just hope that he understands we have to make
adjustments to accommodate and that he needs to realize just
how far we have to extend ourselves to help him. I do love
my family even if sometimes we can frustrate each other.
lost today, bummer. Florida lost to FSU. Bummer. No MotoGP
racing and this is my ON CALL weekend so I have been home
unable to really go out and do anything. That's ok, like I
said, I love my job and my boss and love where I live. We'll
see how everything pans out. Everything is new to me so I
hope they have both the patience and faith in me and trust
me, there will be rewards for everyone involved.
you had a great weekend and talk to you later!