FOR FEBRUARY 2007
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last week was good, this week was great! It started off with
me heading in to the new job on Monday after busy weekend
at WSMC. It's a very long drive but when I take my truck I
have plenty of time to listen to the radio. When I ride my
bike I miss a lot of traffic and have lots of time to think
and reflect as well as plan my day. I got a lot of stuff done
and for the next couple of months I will basically be living
in the lab learning how to develop high end storage area network
solutions. I know the job is new and fresh, but so far I am
really enjoying the challenge.
my friends took me to K1 in Irvine to go cart racing. I had
a blast. It was the first time I had tried the electric carts
out. They are just as fast as the gas ones. Unlike the gas
ones the electric ones have reverse -- and I got to use it
a lot because they do tend to spin out rather easily.
was asked on a date for my birthday on Wednesday. That was
fun! It was very cool of her to take me anywhere I wanted
to go and you guessed it, I chose a really great Indian restaurant.
I love Indian food and this place has the best I have tried
in OC. On Thursday a friend came down and took me to dinner
at Dave and Busters in the Irvine Spectrum. They have really
good food and lots of great games to play. After that we went
to the book store where I picked up some books for work and
a really good Christian book entitled: "101 Most Powerful
Prayers in the Bible." I figure it can't hurt to have
weekend I bought a bunch of new clothes for work (and myself!)
and a new monitor for my PC since the one I had went caput.
Well, I'd love to say it exploded into a ball of smoke and
flames (as that would sound much more interesting) but the
sad truth is it just kind of fizzled out. So I got a 20"
ViewSonic flat screen. Wow, who knew the internet had so much
color and graphics?! I'm finally no longer "out dated"
- until something bigger and better comes along, haha.
I also installed my new Brembo radial master cylinder on the
RR. Much, much better. The brakes on the bike have never made
me comfortable and now with the brembos on I feel like I can
go deeper into the corners and brake harder without having
that wooden/faded feeling you get from outdated brakes. I'm
looking forward to testing them during the ARC class at next
month's WSMC races.
also finished up the work on Troy's SV650 (as I write this,
Troy is currently on a plane to France) and am just waiting
for the parts to complete John's engine rebuild for his motard.
Then I'll finally have some room in my garage for my next
project: Turning my bike trailer into a something more than
just a trailer. Pics will come on that project as it progresses.
usual, any updates will be posted on the main page as they
ending February 18th, 2007
a week! Last Weds, Valentine's Day none-the-less, was the
last day at my firm. I wasn't as sad as I thought I would
be. I had been planning this for at least a year. To be honest,
it was really hard to keep from smiling. This all really started
in early December 2006 when I phoned up a friend who is in
the industry I wanted to make a change to. It just so happened
when I called he said that he had an opening and would be
happy to have me on his team.
months later and I start my first day -- tomorrow. I'll be
able to work remotely from home some days and drive others.
It's a long drive but it's ok, this will work until I can
figure out the logistics to move as soon as possible. Ideally
I'd like to move sooner rather than later. I can't think of
any reason to stick around OC (other than my Church and friends)
and I am looking forward to new places and new faces. The
plan is to stick this out for at least a year or two and then
possibly relocate out of California. Going back home to Florida
(yes Lisa, I know you want me to come home!) is an option
I've been thinking about.
I've said time and time again, God has a plan for me and I
welcome it with open arms. His timing couldn't have been more
perfect for allowing all this to happen. It just goes to show
that if you maintain your faith in Him, He will maintain His
promises to you. It's taken all the worry out of my life knowing
that He has everything planned out for me and those things
are good. :)
night I packed everything up and headed to the track. I left
kind of late (8pm) thinking I would miss traffic but no such
luck. I rolled into Lancaster at 11:00pm and decided to stay
there in a hotel. I finally fell asleep at 12:30am and got
up at 6:00am sharp and headed to the track. There's more info
on the racing page
on the track particulars if you're interested in reading it.
Anyway, the first thing I did on Saturday morning after tech
inspection was to change back to the Michelins. I just feel
more comfortable with them and now that you can flip them,
they last twice as long at Willow so I was happy with the
switch. Dave Moss was around so I gave him my take offs (which
had exactly 1/2 a track day and one big crash on them).
best lap time on Saturday was still slow. I started at 1:42
and slowly whittled it down to 1:36 by the end of the day.
Still 3 seconds off my fastest pace (1:33) and still not comfortable.
Especially from turn 5 through turn 7 (where I crashed and
broke my collar bone). I am getting smoked through those turns
and I just have to relax. The bike feels GREAT and is handling
fine. Even through turn 8, sixth gear and leaned over like
crazy, it soaks up everything and gives me good feedback.
No wobbles, skipping, bouncing, shudders or even the slightest
hint of a tank slapper. Bottom line: My lap time problems
are in my head and have nothing to do with the bike or the
night I decided to stay at the Devonshire in Rosamond since
they had room and it was close. That allowed me to crash (err
SLEEP!) early (9pm) and get to the track by 6:30am. I got
to chat with Dave Moss, Jason Curtis and Jeff Tigert a bit.
They are all really cool, down to earth guys. Jeff happily
gave me some pointers (ie: Stop shifting to third in turn
1 and just roll through carrying your momentum in 4th, which
worked out a lot better). I got my two practice sessions in,
flipped the tires and looked at my grid. D'oh! 28th (out of
37 riders). Well, I had no points for the year so that's what
I get. Though it was a disappointment, no big deal until I
realized I would be starting in the "second wave."
That meant I'd have no chance of placing (and really with
my lap times, I'd be lucky to get a top 15 finish). Zero chance
of catching anyone in the first group.
rest of the racing story can be found on my racing page. Bottom
line is I had a great time and didn't crash. I scored my two
points for the day which means as long as I keep that up and
work on my lap times, sooner or later I'll get a much better
grid spot. Didn't help that we had a guy running 1:29s in
the novice group. haha. Always a sandbagger in the bunch!
have some money saved and I am hoovering over the "process
enrollment" button at www.freddiespencer.com.
$2,295.00 for two days of racing instruction from my childhood
hero. Do I dare do it?????
from the track day will come soon as will updates on the new
job and move. Stay tuned!
ending February 11th, 2007
are heating up for the class reunion as I have bumped into
people I haven't talked to in years online. It will be good
to see everyone and reminisce about the good times we had.
I haven't been home since my mom died and obviously the situation
at the time didn't call for visiting with friends or "hanging
out." That was definitely one of the lowest times in
my life. Credit God for preparing my family and I for the
worst and leading us through.
had another scare this weekend when relatives found my Grandmother
unresponsive (but still breathing) and had to rush her to
the hospital. After several hours on an IV and many, many
test she finally came to. They don't know what happened but
she was severely dehydrated and unconscious. I'm just glad
that she is going to be OK and hope she can return home soon.
was great as always on Saturday. I'm going to miss Saddleback
and my friends there, especially Pastor Clayton and Pastor
Derek. This weekend's service was about faith and boy was
it an eye-opener. I never realized how little faith I had
until I had it spelled out for me. My entire life has been
spent not trusting God. I've always tried to control the outcome
of every situation in my life when really what I should have
done was just relax and let it go. Maybe that is why I haven't
been worried about this move or career change. Maybe, just
maybe, I'm finally learning to trust God. So far He hasn't
let me down, even when in my mind I thought he did. As I am
learning, just be patient and He'll work out the details for
me. I like that. It makes living "stress free" a
lot easier. And I admit, life is good right now...
I spent some time hanging out with John and tearing down his
Motard (or as I like to call 'em - "reeeeetards!"
- no offense, haha! Dirt bikes on the street!? Oooook!). It
was a mess with the connecting rod pin worn and the rings
wearing so hard into the cylinder the groove was letting oil
spew into the combustion chamber. Can you say "smokin'
like a siv?" I can. Don't worry, John, we'll get 'er
running better than ever when the new parts come in. My garage
does look like a bike shop though with five bikes parked in
for my move, I am thinking about getting rid of my furniture
(if you can call it that). I've had it forever and now seems
like a good time to go buy new stuff. That way I don't have
to cart a bunch of old stuff that looks like it belongs on
the set of "That 70's Show" with me. I was thinking
of having a yard sale but figured I may just donate it all
to charity. Someone out there could make good use of it. I
plan on keeping very little save for my personal stuff and
yes, most of what is in the garage (my "den" as
I like to call it, haha.)
I've been trying to decide if I should upload some of the
cover songs I have been working on (I have not quit playing
music all-together). What do you think? Yes/no/maybe? You
can hear the other songs I have covered on the music
page. I even have a couple original songs but
I don't think the public will ever get to hear them. That's
probably a good thing...
it for now. Have a good week. As always if there is anything
pertinent to add during the week I'll post it on the front
page. Talk to you all later! :)
ending February 4th, 2007
good news came late on Friday so
I got to celebrate a little over the weekend, hence the late
update. I passed the DoD security screen and have been granted
a secret clearance. I will still have to interview with the
FBI over the next 6-12 months. It's just to dig in a little
deeper and to make sure I am squeaky clean (I am, haha). So
now that the biggest hurdle has been cleared I can give notice
to my business partner and think about sub-leasing my apartment
-- unless they somehow let me out of the lease sooner. I hope
to move soon, maybe by the end of this month depending on
how things work with the lease. I'm really excited about this
opportunity! As I've said many times before, God always takes
care of our needs. He knew all along that I needed a change
and waited for the right time to make it happen in my life.
God's timing is always perfect!
received an email this week about my web site asking why I
had a blog and what the site was for. Interesting question.
The site was originally put up for my music endeavors but
since then my goals and direction in life have changed and
the site has become an opportune way for me to update my family
and very close friends on what's new. In Church this week
we learned there are people who just get by, some who live
for success and and yet some who live to make a difference.
That's what I hope to do when I leave this planet is to make
an impact, a difference, in at least one person's life. If
I can do that then God's purpose for my life will be fulfilled.
Maybe by having the site up I can help a lost soul find a
relationship with the Lord. To me, that would be the greatest
thing I could do in this world.
will update the site during the week if there is any news.
I still plan on coming home in June for my High School reunion
(my new job comes with three weeks vacation a year!). Spark
up the grill, we're going to have one heck of a BBQ when I
get there! :)