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Week ending Sunday, February 26th, 2011

Finally! The time has arrived for me to pick up the house keys for my new home tomorrow and I'm extremely excited (can you tell? lol). After the pre-buy inspection was done a week ago Friday we had a follow up "Post 'we fixed it'" inspection which went pretty well. They fixed all the minor things they needed to fix and then I found a little rust above the garage door where it looked like the paint was a bit thin. They said they would fix it before Monday which is good (this was as of this past Friday).

On Monday I will meet with the lending company and sign all the documents (which should take about an hour) and then they will hand me the keys. From then on it'll be a race for me to get the blinds and install them, find the throw rugs and mats I need as well as the Epoxy for the garage floor. I also need to buy paint as well as the garage is not finished. That means a lot of sanding and prepping but none of that is going to be completed before the epoxy is done as I need to move what is here in the garage to my new place before the end of March. I can do it, I am sure of that.

On March 4th my friends are helping me move the big furniture so I have to get the blinds purchased and installed before then. I don't want to move anything over to the house until the windows are covered for sure. I most likely won't have internet access for a week as the internet and DirecTV folks can't make it there until the 10th. In fact I think they're both going to be there the same day. I also need to have the company that installed the networking equipment in the house to reconfigure it as the way it works now I cannot get internet access to all the rooms so we're going to get that fixed asap. As you can tell I have a lot of things to get done in the next 30 days. I did tell my landlord yesterday that I was moving. He was happy for me that I found a place and I am glad that I had a place to stay while I was getting adjusted.

In addition to all the good stuff going on with the house, work is going well too. There are always things you have to pay attention to but so far I guess everything is working well because I haven't had any emergency calls. Once I get settled into the house I will continue flying as I have a new flight instructor. I guess the one I had and I just weren't on the same page. It's ok as neither of us are angry at each other. I just need to fly with someone who is on the same page.

On top of all the good news I was searching more for the right kind of Church and I found one. And not only is a great Non-Denominational Church, the Pastor is also affiliated with Calvary Chapel and knows my Pastor from Horizon RSF! And the best part is the Church is about 1/4 of a mile from my house and they have Saturday night services (which I prefer). Did you ever have so many good things happen to you in a row that you wonder "Is there bad news coming to balance everything out?!" I definitely don't believe that I deserve all the blessings that have been bestowed on me but I do know that God loves me. I'm not perfect by any means and there are many things I need to clean up but I'm getting there -- and He is shining upon me. Thank you Jesus!

My birthday this past Tuesday was quiet. It's been two years since I had that accident and I would like to say that I'm a lot better off now than I was then. I'm still amazed that I am alive. To say that I am grateful is an understatement at the very least. I've seen other people with similar injuries who never recover and it makes me wonder "What plan do you have for me, God?" I know that He does and it's my job to be patient, to be quiet and to listen intently.

World Superbike is on in a few hours so bring on the Motorcycle racing!!!

Well that's it for the week. Hope your week went well and know that I'm praying for you as well!


Week ending Sunday, February 19th, 2011
Good news!

Great week of getting things done! As I always say, work is going well and I am getting my targets accomplished. There is a lot of work still to be done with how the storage is laid out but that is coming along nicely and no complaints. It's always good when your boss is on your side, that's for sure. I still haven't found a good Church yet but I'm waiting until I move at the end of the month to see if there is a good one close to home. In the meantime I am reading my bible every day and I should finish up the New Testament again by the end of March and start from the Old Testament again.

On Friday I had to take a half day off work and meet the home inspector. I hired an independent inspector come and check the house out prior to this meeting and reviewed his notes before I started with the homebuilder's inspector. He found about 6-7 things that needed to be fixed and I went over them with the inspector. They are minor things so it's not a big deal. They know they have to fix everything before I get the keys at the end of month. I did find out that I have to move what "little" yard I do have. That's part of our homeowner's agreement. I also have to shovel out the sidewalk in front of my house even though I don't own it (LOL!). So I have to buy a hand push (no engine) mower and some snow shovels. Probably a weed-eater too.

Once I get the keys I have to go get the blinds and the epoxy for the garage. I want to get that finished first then every day or so I will start taking stuff over to the new house. The epoxy on the garage floor will take about week for it to be safe to move the motorcycle over as well as my tools and other things. I want to get that settled in first. I also have to buy an approved garbage and recycler cans which have to be moved out on specific dates. There's a lot of work in owning a home, I am finding that out for sure, but it'll be worth it in the long run. Already the home's value has gone up as they're selling the last few Town Homes in my area 6k higher than I paid.

On Saturday I did a check flight with a Senior Flight Instructor from the school. We worked on the following maneuvers: Slow Flight, Power OFF stalls, Power ON stalls, Steep turns and Turns around a point. I got good grades for everything and just some minor instructor on turns around a point, slow flight and power off stalls. Nothing big just some things he said the FAA Officer might nick pick about. It was pretty windy too (gusting up to 25KTS) so it was good to get in more seat time when the weather does not want to behave (which happens a lot around here). In the end he said "You're definitely ready to move on to stage two..." which means the cross country flying/navigation and more solos. Let's hope the weather clears up. It's supposed to snow tonight (heh).

I have some minor concerns with how my training is progressing because according to their own syllabus I should have been soloing after 10-12 hours and I didn't even get to solo until 25 dual flight hours. I remember back in the mid 90s I had soloed after 12 hours and had flown roughly 45 hours so it's not like I am a newby. I just have to deal with the "Special Flight Rules Area" stuff that goes on here near Dulles and DC. You have to be really aware of what's going on lest you have a F16 escort you to a base and get suspended, which I definitely don't want to happen.

Good part is several of my new neighbors are pilots and they fly out of the same airport I do so we'll have something to talk about. Hopefully this weekend we can have a community BBQ or something :)

Tonight I am headed out to have dinner with a friend and since there is no work tomorrow I'll have to figure out what to do with my time. Rest in peace, Whitney Houston. I had such a huge crush on her when I was a kid and this is a shame, but I know that she is in God's hands and singing her heart out with the rest of the believers in the Kingdom of God.

Have a great rest of your weekend!


Week ending Sunday, February 12th, 2011
Still in a holding pattern...flying wise.

Well I hope you all had a good week. Work was busy as ever and I am getting a lot of stuff off my plate so that we can move on to the next project. The next few phases will be very important and I know everyone is looking forward to getting to that point. As I said it's going well so I am going to keep my nose to the grindstone and make sure that happens.

Flying wise -- the weather here just isn't complying. I could do more dual instruction but we're not getting anywhere. I need to do the solos and work on my own so that I can get in enough confidence to be able to take my instructor up with me and show my progress. So far they're saying "No student pilot is going to go up with winds any higher than 10kts". Well, the winds are almost never below 10kts so I sit in another holding pattern waiting for the weather to clear up. In the mean time I've been studying my books and trying to stay on top of everything I need to know.

This has been a sad weekend for Whitney Houston fans. May she rest in peace and may God comfort her family in their time of loss. I hope she is up there singing with God's choir. I'm not going to speculate what happened (though I am sure most of us have a pretty good idea of what went on). Let's let their family grieve, heal and pick up the pieces of their lives.

On Saturday I went to Liberty Mountain Ski Resort (pics on facebook). Had a good time actually. It's a lot smaller than Mammoth and there wasn't a ton of soft snow there (mostly hard packed snow) but it was still decent snowboarding and I am sure we'll be headed back there again, soon. Being a small ski resort it's not nearly as packed as Mammoth so that's good. I might even pick up a pair of skis as well so I can board so ski if I want.

Everything is going fine. I have the walk-through to do on the new house this Friday. Just received my homeowners insurance and I still need to call the other facilities to get my electricity, gas, water, etc transferred over to my name. I am just not going to do that until the walk-through has been completed so I can make sure everything is in order. Once that happens I'll switch the services over. On the 27th I will sign the mortgage paperwork and then I'll go to Lowes or Home Depot and get the epoxy stuff so I can fix up the garage.

After that I need to buy the floor mats, throw rugs and blinds. Then I will still need to get new living room and dining room furniture and set up a time to start moving what I do have now over there. Eventually I donate my old furniture. I said a long time ago I was never going to buy furniture until I bought a house and that time has come -- so away with the "bachelor" stuff. HAHA!

Hope you had a great weekend and talk to you later!



Week ending Sunday, February 5th, 2011
In a holding pattern...

Work wise everything is going great right now and I hope it continues to stay that way. I've been spending a lot of time creating storage pools and migrating the luns over so I can clear up white space and reclaim unused storage. So far, so good. I just have to do it after hours because we don't want to interfere with normal operations. It's going smooth and I really do love what I do and feel very blessed.

As far as being in the pattern, it's really about a couple things: The House and Flying.

Flying-wise, I've been told that I cannot do any solos when the wind is 10KTS or greater. And around here, it always seems to be very windy in the winter. I mean it hasn't snowed in a couple weeks. It was supposed to snow this weekend but didn't and it's going to warm up again this week. It was 68 degrees last week and I feel like I brought some of that San Diego weather with me (haha). My instructor said "Don't worry about the solo time you'll get that when you do your cross country flights..." And that's fine. We're going to see if we can do night flights as well since I need at least 3 hours (and I really like flying at night). We'll see how that goes.

As for the house, all the paperwork has been filled out electronically. The next step is to meet with the builder on the 17th to do a walk through. I am having my own home inspector check out the place before we do that and make sure that this home is built to specs (and not having any flashbacks to the 70s-90s when they built homes really badly). When that is checked off then I have to meet with them again on the 27th, sign the final documents and then they will hand me the keys.

I still have to get blinds, throw rugs and I still have no decent Living Room and Dining Room furniture. I may have to take some time doing that right now as that's a pretty large expense. I just paid off my bedroom furniture and I want to pay down all my credit cards (nothing too high) so that I can spend what I need on the new furniture and maybe get a dog (small, my place has no room for the dog to run around anyway). Not to mention that I want to get my private pilot's license so I can start doing some flights to Florida and maybe even California :)

Let's not forget that I still have to MOVE (which is a pain) but hopefully I won't ever have to move again for a long time haha). I think I will rent a moving van and move the stuff myself with a friend instead of hiring movers. I don't want them to damage anything including the walls and floors). I also have to move all the utilities over there, change my address with all my accounts and so on and so on. It's not easy being a first time home owner, lol.

And on top of that I still haven't found a good Church here but I am hoping that the new city will offer a place like Horizon's in San Diego was for me as well. You know, God always has great plans for you and I trust that He has a reason for me being here (and I can see that already) and that whatever happens, I trust Him completely.

Well that is about it. Hope you enjoy your Super Bowl day! Game comes on at 6:30 and I am going to my bosses house. Been helping him work on his rental place so it'll be good to just hang out and talk. Have a great weekend!


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