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ending January 27th, 2008
what a great time we had! I spent Fri/Sat/Sun at Mammoth.
I hadn't been snowboarding in almost two years so I was
amped to go with all this great weather. It started with
me getting new snow tires for the truck then grabbing some
bindings and new boots for the snowboard earlier in the
week. I managed to get it done by Thursday so I was ready
night I went over to my friend Paulo's house and hung out
there. We were leaving first thing in the morning so it
made sense for me to drive up on Thursday night so we could
get an early start. We got up early on Friday but didn't
exactly get off as early as we wanted. Our good friend Quynh
got there on time but we didn't manage to hit the road until
drive up was relatively uneventful until we got to the high
desert just outside of China Lake. There was snow everywhere.
China Lake is around 4000 feet but it's in the desert so
I wasn't expecting snow there but sure enough, there were
loads of it. Once we got past there it was smooth sailing.
We stopped in Bishop so I could get some snow chains, just
in case, but it turns out I didn't need them.
we turned on to the 209 from the 395 there was snow and
chains were required for cars and trucks without 4WD. Now,
this is why I bought the truck in the first place, so I
wouldn't need to have chains. Anyway, with 4WD on the truck
handled great and didn't slip much at all. We turned in
to the condo place and still had some time for some snow
fun. There was a big embankment of snow next to the condo
so we built a large ramp and made a few runs on a saucer
sled. That was a riot!
that we sparked up the fireplace, ordered some pizzas, watched
a few movies then hit the sack. Early the next morning we
grabbed our boards and headed to the mountains. The last
time we were there we went to the main lodge but this time
we decided on Eagle Lodge. That was a great idea as it was
less packed and we had pretty much clean runs. Since I hadn't
been in a while I did a few runs down the green slopes before
headed to the blues. I was able to handle left turns just
fine but transitioning from left to right is a little more
difficult for me. I think with some more time and practice
I could be hitting the steep runs. I made a couple runs
without falling down too much and I only managed to "run
into" (literally, I smacked right into her) one person
the entire day (haha).
that we went out to dinner at Grumpy's, watched a few more
movies then hit the sack. I got up early on Sunday to drive
home when I found this.
LOL! It took me about 20 minutes to get all the snow off
the truck and then trusting the truck's power and 4WD to
get me out (which it did just fine on the first try!). After
warming up the truck I hit the road. It took me 7 hours
to get back to San Diego because I took the 395 all the
way to the 15. But that wasn't the major problem. The problem
was on the first leg of the 209 and 395 I had to drive through
a BLIZZARD! You literally could not see the road. On the
other side I noticed the CHP was escorting drivers up to
Mammoth. Lucky them. The conditions did not clear up until
about 25 miles before Bishop. After that it was smooth sailing
to get home.
have a whole bunch of pictures up on the site soon and I've
already posted a few that I took with my cell phone. Not
the best quality but you get the idea. We're already making
plans to go again next month and I can not wait. Mammoth
rocks and the clean air and beautiful scenery makes the
long drive worth the trip!
you around and be safe!
ending January 20th, 2008
Work is extremely busy and I have a bunch of new projects
to work on. So far everything has been going really well.
In fact we have tomorrow off so I am planning to play golf
with some co-workers. We have a little golf "clique"
at work and we try and play as much as we can together.
else is going well. Next month is my birthday so I went
ahead and bought myself an early birthday present. I'll
post up pics as soon as it arrives. It may surprise you
what it is :)
was great yesterday as well. I really do like my Pastor
as well. He's on a series right now about Israel and what
is going on in regards to scripture. Amazing to see so many
of the prophecies written coming true before our very eyes.
than that, it's been a pretty quiet week. Not too much going
on. I am planning on going to Mammoth next week so that
will be fun. I will be picking up some new boots and bindings
this week. I heard they have gotten a lot of snow recently.
think WSMC was this weekend but I haven't renewed my license
or my number. Doubtful I will even race this year but I
definitely want to get in a few track days.
that is it for this week. I know it's kinda short but I've
got a ton of stuff to do and little time to get it done.
Talk to you next week.
ending January 13th, 2008
My first week back
at work after a very, very long vacation (and long overdue,
I might add!). Things went fairly smoothly and I got some
new projects to work on. I have so much planned for work
and the good part is, I have pretty much dictated my direction/path.
We have a lot of opportunity to attend classes so it looks
like 2008 is going to be the year I get "edumacated"
for sure. :)
appears that Mammoth (and all the other mountains) got a
lot of snow this week. That's a good thing coz I am headed
to Sports Chalet to pick up some new boots and bindings
for my "End of January, 3 day jaunt" to Mammoth.
Been a few years since I've been there and it will be a
very good test of the 4WD on the Tundra. Ummm duh, that's
the whole reason I bought the truck with 4WD. The last time
I went up there I had to put chains on my 2WD. Not fun.
Not fun at all. And it handled like absolute poop. (Well,
weather was so nice today I almost tossed the leathers on
an went for a jaunt to Palomar. Then I remembered it was
Sunday today and there's a ton of squids up there. Not to
mention I don't want to damage the bodywork anymore than
I have already. The Bandit really wasn't made to do canyon
carving on, haha. The reminds me, it's paid off, what do
I do with it? I am thinking of selling it to the highest
bidder and taking the cash and lumping it down on something
a little more, sporty shall we say? Oh, I freely admit I
am drooling over the ZX-10. I've never been much of a Kawi
guy (and that pipe is beyond UGLY) but yeah, the numbers
are looking good.
me see what the bike mags have to say. If I can find a deal
I might be sporting something a little more refined for
canyon carving. And I promise, if you see me on V-Twin you
have every right to shoot me dead on the spot. haha.
I think I started a new "tradition" the past couple
weeks. I have been gorging on Sushi either before or right
after Church on Saturdays. Yesterday I had a rainbow roll,
2 spicy tuna wraps and 4 halibut and I was still hungry.
Must be all the weight lifting. I've had to stay off the
protein powders for a while. I have a theory and will let
I busted a new weight high for the past 2 years but I'll
wait to see if it holds next week before I release the numbers.
a great week and talk to you soon.
ending January 6th, 2008
Well how was you
New Year? Mine was quiet. I got up early on New Years, warmed
up the Bandit, tossed on my leathers, helmet, boots and
gloves and headed NorthEast. The ride to Palomar was nice
and quiet. Oddly enough, it was colder in the pass than
it was on the Mountain itself.
I got on the mountain the road was clear. I rode up the
tight side and was taking it easy to make sure the tires
were warm. Good that I did because several turns had a massive
amount of sand and rocks. Definitely not safe. A little
further up the mountain the road cleaned up and I was able
to lean the bike over further. Coming across a sweeping
right hander I heard some scraping. I was fairly certain
it was the new bodywork. Once I got to the top of the mountain
and dismounted, my summations were correct. I scraped up
my brand new bodywork. I wasn't aware that it was so close
to the ground but oh well. That just gives me a reason to
either repaint it or go ahead and buy another street bike
what should I get? A CBR1000RR? An R1? A ZX-10? To be honest,
I am really like what Kawasaki did with the ZX-10R. Other
than the ugly pipe the bike looks really nice. I'm not completely
sold on the looks of the new CBR1000RR but it appears performance
wise it's right on top with the other bikes.
also hit Home Depot this week to buy some stuff for the
condo. Believe it not I bought a lot of plants. Yes. Plants.
So now my place looks a bit more like home and all the light
bulbs work :) I did not get a chance to go snowboarding
as my buddy is still out of town but man, with all this
rain and snow lately I will definitely have to make it to
Mammoth. I heard they got a TON of snow! Church was also
great this weekend as always. I brought a friend this time.
Been trying to do that more often.
now my 2 week vacation is over. I'm motivated to get back
to work as I have some new solutions to start on that are
going to make a huge impact on the infrastructure.
New Year is sure to bring great things and I am looking
forward to it. Looking back on the past year, at first I
didn't think anything could top it but I am sure that with
lots of faith anything is possible. You know what they say...
who think they can, can. Those who think they cannot, can't..."
Which one is it going to be for you?
a great rest of your weekend and I'll talk to you next week.