FOR JANUARY 2007
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ending January 28th, 2007
Busy week this week!
I had to go back and do the drug screen again because apparently
the person who took the sample didn't sign it so when it got
to the lab they rejected it. This time I went to a place in
Costa Mesa during lunch time since it was closer to my office.
I had a nice ride there until it started raining. Haha, I
had forgotten how fun it was to ride in the rain -- and get
soaked. Anyway, I got that completed and passed the drug test
and the company background. I am still waiting on the Government
security clearance to clear. If you've never completed a US
Government security test let's just say you better have a
good memory. I even had to list close friends I have known
for at least 7 years who know where I live. Good thing I have
life-long friends, lol.
the first time in a while I added some music to my site. However
this time it's not me doing cover tunes but music from my
friend Jeff Northam. He's amazingly talented with a piano.
The three samples I added are all tunes he wrote and played
himself. I like to listen to them when I want to relax and
chill out. It's really good to listen to at work, mixed in-between
Christian radio. I wish I could play the piano. That was a
goal of mine but due to injuring my right middle finger I
doubt I will be able to now. I guess since I haven't tried
yet I will never know. Reading the sheet music is the hardest
thing for me. I understand the keys, notes, chords, etc but
the sheet music may as well be written in Japanese.
night I went to dinner and the movies with a friend. On her
suggestion we saw "Babel." If you're looking for
a review here it is: "Save your cash and go see another
movie." Yes, Brad Pitt was in it but it was just a little
too demented for me. The plot was fine, I understood what
was going on but the way it was presented was 100% negative.
I looked at the faces of the people coming out after and everyone
looked depressed. That's all you really need to know about
a movie, whether if was good or not, are the faces of the
people coming out.
already in Joshua in the bible right now. I wish I had more
time to read before I go to bed but this job change, move
and all the other ancillary stuff has kept me uber busy. I
haven't even had time to poke around with the bikes or finish
the work on the CR250 so I can ride it. Well, I can ride it
now it's just not 100% where I want it. I rode it a few months
ago and had a great time but still it wasn't pulling hard
enough for me. The compression is fine I just think I have
to replace the EIC. Anyway, that's it for this week. If I
have any new news regarding the job/move, etc I will post
it on the site as soon as I know. Have a great week!
ending January 21st, 2007
This weekend I decided against racing WSMC. Checked the temps
and the forecast for winds and decided this is one of those
weekends I should probably skip after talking to KK. He said
those temps and winds just wreak havoc there. Since I am not
trying to turn pro it was best for me sit out. I'll try WSMC
again in February -- my birthday weekend -- how cool is that?
it turned out that worked fine as I got to bring a friend
to Church with me. She had never been to Saddleback and was
very impressed. Not with the music, not with the layout or
anything else. She was impressed with the message and Pastor
Doug Fields. That was a pleasant surprise to me. Most people
I invite to Church are more impressed with the campus and
facilities and few really pay attention to the message. I
was very happy that she appreciated the message more than
anything. Doug is such a great speaker. He keeps us rolling
with his funny one-liners but his message is always poignant.
for the job front, all the paperwork for backgrounds has been
completed so now all I have to do is wait for the green light
so I can give my notice and start earnestly looking for a
new place. I spent a little time searching this weekend and
realized I'll be able to afford to buy a place for almost
what I am paying right now for rent. I had been waiting to
buy for several reasons but I figure I am going to settle
down where I am headed and buying makes sense. There no time
like the present! Besides, I've already got a ton of ideas
for what I am going to do with the garage space.
Week ending January 14th, 2007
Well, so far so good! Last Friday I filled out my application,
received my offer letter (which I signed, BTW!) and took my
drug test. Odd, most drug test require a urine sample. This
one required me to give not just a hair or two, but some rather
large locks. I understand hair gives a better idea if you
are a drug user or not but still -- I felt like asking the
guy to trim a little bit more and save me the $30.00 I normally
pay for a haircut -- HAHA!
Now all I have to do is fill out some background information
and I am all set. I have to start looking to either rent or
buy where I am headed. I haven't decided yet what I want to
do. I need to scout the area as I am not really that familiar
with it and I am not sure where the best places to live are.
I do know that I don't want a super long commute.
am really excited about these upcoming changes in my life.
God has the reins and I am just sitting in the passenger seat.
Obviously this was part of His plan all along for me. I am
sad in a way to see my investment and relationship with my
own business end but at the same time, I was really bored
and felt un-challenged. This new opportunity provides me some
in-depth training in technology and it's something I have
been interested in for a long time.
am a bit sad to leave OC and this area. I've lived here a
long time and know the area well. Some of my closest friends
are here. I have some great neighbors that I will miss. They
really are more like my friends. They bring me food all the
time and are always asking me how I am doing and what is new
in my life. I've only lived here a few years but still, it
feels like home. You know what they say, the only thing constant
in life is change.
like I said before, this is God's plan for me. Obviously staying
here was never part of His long term plan for my life. Moving
to a new area, making new friends and the upcoming challenges
this new career is going to afford will keep me plenty busy
and excited. I haven't been this excited about a change since
I left the Marines -- and I was plenty happy about that decision.
tuned, more to come on this saga...
YEAR IN REVIEW
Just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all
my family and friends and I hope you had a great holiday.
My Christmas was pretty good! I also wanted to take this opportunity
reflect on 2006 - both good and bad.
let's see, 2006 started off as the first year I have been
without my mom. It's weird because I still have the urge to
call her sometimes then I remember "Oh yeah, I can't
do that anymore." The good that has come of this is I
have become closer to God and my family whom I talk to quite
often. My mom really accomplished her greatest goal in life
through her death - bringing us all closer together. (God
bless you, mom and rest in peace).
attended a lot of track days this year on the RR cumulating
in my first WSMC Novice race in June. Of course, I started
the first class session on too hot a hot pace using worn Power
Race tires and by lap 8 I had tucked the front end in turn
4b and destroyed my new paint job, a rear set and a brake
lever. No problem. Between classes I got the bike fixed with
help from friends, put new tires on and ended up finishing
and passing the school. The very next day I raced my first
race starting 26th and ending up 14th (only three laps due
to a red flag). I didn't accomplish my goal of winning or
placing but I did learn what to expect and that I will have
to work a lot harder if I want to win. It was a humbling experience
for me without a doubt.
July I was taking racing lessons from Kenny Kopecky only to
crash on the very first lap and break my collar bone and destroy
my bodywork, brakes and rearset in addition to my gloves and
my leathers. I got a nice ride to Antelope Valley Hospital
and woke up hours later in pain. Concussions are bad, mmmmmmk?
Thankfully I have good friends who came and got me from the
Hospital and took me home. The RR is back together and I am
going to start racing again in January and try for the rookie
of the year honors. In the 600cc class that's a tough challenge
but I am ready and very excited. I've always lived my life
"shooting for stars" and taking on the biggest challenges
I could find and learning to face my greatest fears. If I
am not willing to take chances on what I believe in, truly
believe in, what good am I as a person?
also grown a lot spiritually which for me has been the single
most important aspect of my life that has changed this year.
It's amazing what reflecting on your life and it's purpose
on this planet can do to change your perspective and rearrange
priorities. What used to be important in my life has now taken
a back seat to doing what glorifies God and His purpose for
me. I am His humble servant. I've learned to put myself out
there in service of others and give my testimony not by my
words, but by my actions -- which say more than words ever
had some real bad luck this year in both business and my personal
life. But each time I fall I have learned to pick myself up,
dust myself off and keep trying. That's just life and you
learn to roll with the punches. What does not kill me can
only make me stronger. Most importantly I've learned who my
real friends are. Many people come and go throughout our lives
but our true friends, the ones who love us for who we really
are (warts and all) will always be there. 2006 has opened
my eyes to who my real friends are and how important they
are in my life. My 2006 could be summed up as the year of
God, Family and Friends.
all of you who have been there for me, to all of you who's
lives we have touched in return, to my family who means the
world to me....THANK YOU and have a wonderful
Christmas Holiday and a prosperous 2007!