FOR FEBRUARY 2009
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Week ending February 22nd, 2009
A GREAT WEEK!
one of the most fun weeks I've had in a long time! Work wise
things are going relatively smoothly even though our first
quarter sales results were announced and, rather than a lay
off, the company has decided to reduce everyone's pay by 5%.
It's ok for me as I am living well within my means. For some
people living on the edge though, this is not good news. Hopefully
we can all tighten our budgets and make it through. It's still
a lot better than a 100% pay reduction, for sure.
this was the big weekend for Bx4!!! First off I want to thank
my friends for hanging out with me. We had so many people
drive down from Orange County for it. I am grateful for all
the good friends I have in my life. You know I appreciate
you more than you can imagine. Dinner was great! We had sushi
until we were royally stuffed then ended up walking around
the Gas Lamp, which is a really cool thing if you've never
done it. I was going to do some karaoke but really my voice,
with this cold, is not in the best of shape. At the very least
I would have provided some good laughs. Check out the pictures
when you get some time!
is a list of 20 random "Goals" (not all) I wanted
to accomplish in my life by this age. There are still some
things left to do but most of this list is complete!
Become a private pilot: CHECK
2. Race Motorcycles as an expert: CHECK
3. Play music for a living: CHECK
4. Play in front of a crowd of at least 20,000 people: CHECK
5. Meet Metallica: CHECK (bonus: Played LIVE on stage with
6. Learn to snowboard: CHECK
7. Learn to surf: CHECK
8. Ride longer than 1000 miles one way on a motorcycle: CHECK
9. Fly to Paris on a whim: CHECK
10. Start a career in the IT Industry: CHECK
11. Start my own business: CHECK
12. Find my real father: NO
13. Get married: NO
14. Start a family: NO
15. Own a home either in CA or FL: NO
16. Learn to play golf: CHECK
17. Shoot an 80 or better in golf: CHECK
18. Take a college course and pass with an A: CHECK
19. Drive cross country in a car: CHECK (did it 4 times)
20. See all my favorite bands live in concert: CHECK
week was relatively uneventful. I did go out with friends
for Indian Food which, if you know me, you know that is my
all time favorite after Sushi. The place was OK and the food
was decent but nothing matches "India Cook House"
in Irvine. They have absolutely the best Indian food I've
week I am headed up OC on Tuesday to hit my favorite Italian
Food place. haha. Yeah I do love to eat I think and I love
going out to dinner and hanging with friends. If you have
read about Jesus at all, one of his favorite things to do
was to sit down and break bread. I won't speak for Him but
I will say that He knew that was a good way to interact with
people and build up rapport. I'd say he was really on to something,
eh? You bet!
Facebook! I have reconnected with so many of my friends it's
almost unbelievable. It's so much better than MySpace, which
to me seems more like it's just a place to "hook up"
or something. Facebook seems to be centered more around connecting
with friends which is the only reason I would use a social
web site. I've even found a few of my racing buddies on there
too. Since I'm not racing anymore I can live vicariously through
them. That's not so bad. I don't need to be the center of
attention. And it's good to root on my friends and see them
that's about it for this week. Once again I want to thank
everyone for coming out, making the long drive and chilling
for the night. See you guys next weekend in OC!!!
Week ending February 15th, 2009
to be home :)
this week was spent in OC training on the equipment I work
on. The classes are for a certification that will GREATLY
increase my value as a SAN Engineer. I was really excited
to attend the class and learned a lot. I have much to study
for and one more week long class to take but all the extra
effort will be worth it.
I was in OC I took the opportunity to have dinner every night
with friends from my old stomping grounds and even took a
trip up to long beach to have dinner with a new friend. Funny
thing is once I got back home to San Diego I realized "Hey,
I don't have my wallet!" Well come to find out I had
left it at the restaurant. Someone was nice enough to turn
it in (with nothing missing even!). So, the next day after
class I had to drive all the way back to Long Beach to pick
it up. Worth it though as having to cancel all my cards and
have new ones sent is a pain. There are good people still
left in this world.
did work out in OC too. The first gym I went to was the 24hr
in Irvine. You know the one, right? The one right off the
405 near the airport that you can see from the freeway? It's
like the biggest gym ever and supposed to be really nice.
Well, it is nice, I'll give it that, but mostly machine weights.
There are hardly any free weights so needless to say I had
kind of a weak workout. The next time I went to my old gym
in Foothill Ranch and actually bumped into several people
I used to talk to regularly there. It was good to see them
keeping up their workouts.
of the days in OC we ran up to Westminster and had Vietnamese
food. It's the place I used to go to a lot. However, the place
had changed and the food they offered now was just soup. It
was still good (especially considering it was raining and
soup is perfect for cold, rainy days).
in case you didn't see the photo on the main page I did end
up buying a new truck. It's a 2009 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD Sport.
It's silver (because black is too hard to keep clean and is
too hot during the summer!). I finally managed to find a dealer
who would work with me. Because I have excellent credit (and
worked hard for that) I didn't feel like the dealers were
giving me the best deal. I qualify for the lowest interest
rates available but I wanted that PLUS the cash rebate. These
are hard times and you have to be willing to bargain. I finally
ended up finding a dealer that would give me both so the payments
are about the same amount to buy this truck as the lease payments
were on the Tundra. Also, I save a LOT in gas with a V6 (avg
20mpg vs 14 on the Tundra).
really cool features I like are the backup camera (it shows
up INSIDE the rear view mirror. That totally rocks) and the
bluetooth phone connection built into the stereo and controlled
on the steering wheel. I can pretty much dial and talk to
anyone without a headset OR touching my phone at all since
the controls are all voice command. One thing it doesn't have
is rear window defroster. I guess the side mirrors are auto.
It's still a way cool (and sporty!) truck to drive. Handles
like a sports car even!
was AWESOME this weekend. We had Bob Butterworth come speak
and if you haven't heard him, he's just awesome. He has a
great sense of humor but the lessons he gives are of real
value as well. Since it was V-DAY his lesson was about love
(giving and being) and I really took a lot from that. Also,
since I finished my daily devotional and didn't pick a new
one up I started back on my reading plan. I'm already halfway
through the New Testament and plan on finishing a complete
read through of the bible again (3rd time). It's amazing how
much I realize I missed or didn't understand completely the
first couple times through.
the NFL season is over but my favorite time of the year is
rolling up March 1st. Motorcycle Road Racing! MotoGP, World
Superbike and AMA racing all start up soon as I am excited
about that. Lots of changes in the pits and with Spies moving
to MotoGP we finally have another American to root for (cause
I wasn't a big fan of Hopkins). Bummer that Hayden is riding
for Ducati because I really am not a fan of their bikes OR
their whining in WSBK. However, if they treat him better than
Honda and give him a bike he can work with, I'll be happy
think that is about it for this week. As you can tell it was
pretty busy. I had a lot of fun hanging with friends. Can't
remember when I've had such a good time :) Hope you had a
fantastic week and we'll chat with you AFTER Bx4. Once again
if you didn't get the invite, drop me an email and I'll give
you the details. I didn't invite a ton of people. Just my
close, personal friends. It should be fun though and something
you don't want to miss!
a great FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC week (I know I will!) :)
Week ending February 8th, 2009
a week! I was so busy at work I don't think I had time to
think much less get stuff done. I have a lot of things that
are either ready to be certified or in the certification process
AND I have a huge incentive project I am working on. Yes,
a big one. And just at the wrong time I am getting some training
that I have been wanting for a long time all next week in
O.C. So that means I am going to be a week behind everyone
else working on other sections of the project.
top it all off, the lease is up on my Tundra and I am trying
to figure out what to do. I can buy a new truck but the payments
are going to be higher and I really don't want a huge car
payment. I can buy my current truck but I really don't need
a big truck anymore. I'd rather have something a little smaller.
Yesterday I went to one Toyota dealer who "misquoted"
a price (haha, when has THAT ever happened before?!) so I
ended up basically wasting 4 hours doing nothing. Well that's
not true. Their computers were all screwy so I had to fill
the application out three times. Both times I tried to use
their computer system it failed so I had to go to a paper
also had to go back to the store and exchange some slacks
that I bought for work. Unfortunately I didn't really look
at the label closely when I bought them. Turns out I bought
the "slim fit" ones. When I tried them on at home...well...let's
just say it was far, far too tight of a fit. haha. There are
certain parts of one's body that you don't want to have squished
in tight pants, haha. So I did manage to get those replaced.
I still have to get to the grocery store and back to the dealer
today before I tie up some loose ends before heading to Irvine
still managed to go hang out with friends on Friday, lol.
We hit up the Gas Lamp and had something to eat and then checked
out the various establishments. That was fun. It's good to
get out and relax. I've been so busy with work and my personal
life that letting loose was waaaaay overdue. Oh don't worry,
I didn't get crazy, haha. Not that I don't think about it
sometimes. All that partying in my early 20s is done with.
I have no desire to get drunk or puke my guts out. In fact,
if I remember correctly, I was excited about being able to
buy beer when I turned 21 oh, for exactly like 5 seconds.
Then it was no big deal.
something OUT-FREAKING-STANDING in the works for my life and
I'll clue you guys in to the news in a couple weeks. Still
have some details to work out and, as with anything else that
is new, I'm always a little apprehensive. It's funny because
when people first meet me I am always on the conservative
side. It takes a while of getting to know me before I really
loosen up and am comfortable around them. Sometimes it freaks
people out. Like "I didn't know you were this funny...."
or "Geez, where you been hiding that?!" Haha. It's
not that I'm a prude or anything. I think it has something
to do with gaining trust. Once you have my trust you get the
rest of me. Of course, once my trust is gone it's nearly impossible
to get it back. Takes a lot of work :)
that's about it for this week's "soap box rantings.."
Well actually, it's not much of a rant considering how great
things have been going. Now if I can just work out a deal
for a new truck.... haha. Have a fan-freaking-tastic WEEK!
I'll let you know how my week in OC went.
and don't forget Bx4!!! If you haven't received your invite,
I didn't mean to miss you. Drop me and email and I'll give
you the details or check my Facebook account (don't use myspace
that much anymore!).
Week ending February 1st, 2009
week's blog is going to be different. In preparation for Bx4
(Brian's Big Birthday Bash!) I thought I would spend a little
time reflecting on just a few of the things I've learned over
my lifetime. I just jotted down what came to mind. Everyone
on Facebook is doing the "25" things about them.
I thought I'd take this in a different direction and post
25 personal musings. Things I've learned that have served
Musings". (Some of my own, some from others):
Lust is the single greatest betrayer of love.
2. Preach the Gospel with actions, not just words.
3. Happiness is a personal choice. We either choose to be
happy or we choose to be sad.
4. You can not move forward with your life if you're staring
at a rear view mirror.
5. The more you want someone, the less they'll want you. The
less you want someone, the more they'll want you. We all want
what we can not have and when we finally have it, we don't
want it anymore.
6. To get what you want in life, you have to be willing to
let go of everything else that binds you.
7. When God takes someone away from you, it's not His way
of punishing you. It means He has someone better in mind.
8. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over
and over expecting different results each time.
9. Those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to
is what you get when you fail.
11. Living to please others is a hopeless endeavor, doomed
12. Learn to seek approval from within and people will love
you for who you are.
13. If someone takes you for granted, you're not obligated
to keep them in your life. You are, however, obligated to
forgive them. Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame
14. The measure of a true friend is if they call you just
to say hello and see how you're doing.
15. The difference between success and failure is 2%. 99%
16. The greatest way to overcome fear is to face it head-on.
17. When you're truly 100% confident in your own skin, you'll
never again say to yourself "I hope they like/approve/love
18. The more beautiful someone is on the outside, the more
proportionally unattractive they are on the inside. I have
yet to see otherwise.
19. Integrity is knowing what the right thing to do is, then
20. The richest people I know are surrounded by those who
truly love them, not thick wallets.
21. When someone walks away from you, let them go. They were
never meant to be in your life forever. Learn from the experience
22. Learn to have fun. The most attractive people I've ever
met are not the ones that "look" hot, but are just
FUN to hang out with.
23. The best way to solve a problem is to spend 90% of your
time analyzing it and 10% of your time finding a resolution.
24. We're here for a limited time. Be sure to let those you
love know that you love them, for we never know what tomorrow
25. The purpose of a door mat is to wipe your feet on it,
not love and respect it. Nobody I've ever known either loves
or respects a door mat.
you enjoyed that. This week work was great (busy, but fun)
and I just got back from a Superbowl party so I am pooped.
Have a great rest of your Sunday and we'll talk to you next