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BLOGS FOR JANUARY 2011

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Week ending Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Great end of the Month :)

Overall I really can't complain about 2011. By far it's been shaping up a lot better than 2010, haha. Let's just say that God always has great plans for you, you just have to be patient -- silent -- and listen. Those are traits I am working on but my ears are open!

This week was pretty busy at work with so many things hitting me at the same time and I need to work my tail off to get them going. I'm also helping another teammate with one of his solutions as well in addition to my work so let's just say that I am not hurting for things to do.

I got all my workouts done this week and trimming down my calroic intake has resulted in a 5lb loss so far, which is good. Ideally I am going to drop another 8lbs or so to get to where I want to be physically. It's not so much worrying about putting on muscle anymore as it is to defining what I already have, so that's good.

Saturday I put on the 'ol RACE leathers which I haven't worn in like, 2 years. It was good to put them back on and know that I fit in them as well as I did before, even with the 10-15 extra lbs of weight. I got up early and headed up to Palomar Mountain. On the way there I met another group of about 8 guys who were riding together so we made it a team.

I made it clear that I wasn't going to be busting any "time" records up there. I just wanted to go up and get rid of the "chicken strips" that I had on the bike (haha). So it was a nice ride up. Halfway to the top I got to "follow" a CHP officer who was scouting the Mountain. When I got up there I had some breakfast at Mother's kitchen and then rode back down. Just one ride up and one ride down and that was good enough. I didn't want to push it. The photographer got a photo of me so I'll post that when I can.

Later that day I went to a friend's Birthday party and met up with a bunch of friends. After that I headed to Church which was great (as always) and Pastor Bob was as funny as I can ever remember. I was glad to be back in my favorite spot and being attentive, more than ever.

Well I think that is about it. There are other things going but as I always say, it's not good to tell everyone ALL of your secrets, especially out here in the open. Hope you have a great rest of your week!!!

B.

Week ending Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
Wow, lol!

So 2011 is already setting up to exceed 2010, that is for sure. Not that it's hard considering how terrible my birthday was! The simple fact that I am alive, cognizant and able to function prior to the accident is a testimony to God that He indeed has a plan and purpose for me. When I know what that is I will post it here.

Yesterday I picked up my 2011 CBR1000RR Repsol version. I had been holding off on getting a bike to buy a house but given that all they could show me were terrible "fix er uppers" and then the accident, I put that behind me for now. I had put the deposit down in early December thinking the bike wouldn't be available until Feb/Mar but it got here early. I got a GREAT rate on the bike and out the door cost were slightly above MSRP, which means I know I saved thousands.

My buddy from work drove up to LA with me to pick it up and I rode it straight home. It was such a nice ride and the bike handles like a dream. I did indeed use the "Moto Man" break in method and I can clearly tell the bike pulls like a freight train. I even averaged about 37MPG on the way home so that was pretty good considering I was hammering the bike hard.

On Sunday I rode the bike up to Temecula to hang out with John and we did a quick ride and then stopped at Starbucks for coffee. I let him ride it and he had nothing but praise for it. In fact he said it was so light and agile that it reminded him of his old CBR929RR except that it had a lot more steam up top, lol. It was great to see him and we'll ride again soon.

On Friday night I went out with a friend and we had a good time. We went to this "Crepes" place in Del Mar and it was really great! I think I can speak for both of us when I said we had a fantastic time.

I did miss Church on Saturday because right at that time I had to pick up a friend from the Airport and drop her off at her dads house. She is relocating to Pensicola, Florida with her husband and trying to settle in there.

So the bike was the first surprise and there is another one coming soon. I can't say anything yet because I don't want to jinx it but it's for sure good news :) Above all, keep your faith in God because the whole experience last year taught me that sometimes we all need God's loving discipline. I for one needed it and am GLAD to have that reminder.

That's it for now. I will post more as I receive more information but take a look at the bike if you'd like and hop over to FaceBook to read John's comment on his ride. Honestly I should be writing for a Motorcycle Magazine but honestly, I hear the salary isn't great though I would love to travel around the world like my friend used to do. I know he's doing well though.

Have a fantastic rest of your week!

 

Week ending Sunday, January 16th, 2011
Hmmmm....

Well overall it's been another healthy and relaxing week. At work we lost another team member who is going to a smaller company to do Sales Engineering. That is good for him as I suppose it was time for him to move on to better things for him. We did have a going-away get together Friday night so it was good to hang out. I even played some pool (terribly) but still, it was a lot of fun.

So next month I am headed back to Orange County to get this small procedure completed. It should go just fine as I have a lot of faith in Surgeon. Hopefully it won't make me unable to drive home but if that is the case I can call on my friends up there and they will help me out. I don't anticipate any problems and I won't require any downtime from work.

This weekend I haven't been feeling spectacular. In fact, I was supposed to go to Church last night but laid down to rest thinking "I'll be up in plenty of time to get ready" but that didn't happen. I slept past the normal time but I am sure God is not going to be angry with me. Since I wasn't feeling great anyway perhaps that was His way of saying "Rest!" -- because Lord knows I don't rest as often as I should.

It's a Martin Luther King holiday for us tomorrow so I am not sure what I am planning to do. I did get a call from the Honda dealer that the REPSOL came in and I did fill out the application because, unless I see great interest rates (based on my great credit rating), I am going to skip it this year. Besides, there is more technology in the BMW, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki bikes that I may just go with another brand. That said, I do love the Repsol colors!

I did get all my workouts done this week and in fact, I also ran -- a LOT. I've gotten myself down to 8 minute miles. Granted, that's not as fast as I was in my early 20s (sub 6 minute miles), it's still not bad for someone who is very soon to be something north of 40 - HAH! Speaking of that, the waitress on Friday thought I was in my late 20s, early 30s. God, love her!

Also if I didn't mention it this week I did sign up for a Twitter account. I don't really use it for anything other than following some of my favorite people's daily "Twits" (haha) about what is going on in their lives. Think of it as a long-distance family unit :)

Well I think that is about it. I really do need to get some rest and watching football sometimes helps me sleep (kind of like watching Golf on TV haha). Hope you had a great week yourselves and talk to you soon!!

B.


Week ending Sunday, January 9th, 2011
Relaxing Week :)

Ok so it's been a pretty easy going week. It's not often that I have a week where things aren't hectic, especially when work is headed the direction it's headed in. I am especially concerned with the number of people who have left in the past 3 months. A lot of really great, talented people are walking away and that's never a good sign. That is expected though when your company is purchased by another company. The culture has changed and I suppose a lot of people lose heart.

I do think things will change in a positive way for everyone so that's the good part about "breakups", so to speak. LOL. The only thing that is constant in life, is change :)

So I signed up for Twitter this week. I guess Alessandra Torresini convinced me to do so and it's actually pretty cool to see what she's "jabbering" about. It's too bad that I won't be seeing my favorite "Cylon" gracing my big screen TV. I do hope that she find something else because she is a likeable character. I don't really check it out too much so if you want an easy way to find me that is FaceBook.

On the positive side it looks like I'll be having surgery next month to fix some of the post "brain surgery" work that was left. Now, there is no doubt the doctors did a good job of patching me back together but I also don't want to have to wear hats either, haha. I have been assured a lot of the damage can be corrected and nobody will be the wiser, including me. That's always good news to hear.

Additionally I just received a call today from Honda that they are getting the REPSOL editions in a week or so. I left him a message in return saying "We have to do the paperwork because I want to make sure when I drive up there the bike will be ready to pick up. It will be sooooo gooood (!!!) to get back on two wheels and just enjoy the ride. I do plan on doing a few occasional track days but for the most part the bike is going to be a commuter.

This week Pastor Bob is in the Far East but we still got to listen to him at the service via the big screen. Always great to listen to Pastor Bob because I always learn something important that I should be doing which falls much more in line with what God is expecting from me and not the sinful things I think of for myself.

That should be about it. Still working at the gym and I have even started to include more distance running as my goal is trim off a little fat. It's not that I am overweight by any means but if I can clean things up a tad, you know me, I'll do it.

NFL is over and MotoGP is about 3 months away. Guess I'll have to find some time to drive up to Mammoth :) Have a great week!

 

Week ending Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Great way to start out a New Year with lots of rest and relaxation. Over the past few weeks I've been out to dinner at least four of five times, hung out with friends on Christmas Day and did some traveling around, even driving up to Orange County.

There are a lot of things to be thankful for 2010. I know a lot of you might say "Why?!" but honestly, while it was a traumatic and tough year for me, there are so many things to be grateful for. I never, ever thought that I would be injured so badly (those things have come around a lot more than I'd like). The mercy and grace of God can not be under-stated.

If you remember, I was in the hospital, on my birthday of all things, and it got pretty close. It turns out I had to have brain surgery to remove a blood clot from the injury. During that time I was in a medically induced coma. After the surgery the blood pressure on my skull became stratospheric that it told my heart "Hey shut down, I can't deal with this..." and my heart stopped.

I was lucky enough to have a full time nurse in intensive care and she hit the panic button which brought in a "team" of Doctors looking at me. When this happened I did experience "the after-life". I know many people will say there is no such thing but I will tell you this: When I essentially "died" I did go to the other side and I saw my mom. Standing behind her was someone and as best as I can recall that was Jesus.

I know that was my mom, I even heard her voice. She kept lightly tapping on my arm and said many times "You're not ready yet...you're not ready yet..." As this was going on the Doctors had put shunts in my skull to bleed off the pressure and then injected my heart (directly) with adrenaline. That brought me back around. They took me out of the coma briefly and my sister was standing there. She told me that I said to her "Where's mom?! I was just talking to her..."

Well, needless to say my sister said that was surreal experience for her (and for me no doubt!). But to those who say there is no God and that people just die, I am here to tell you from personal experience that nothing could be further from the truth. There IS indeed a wonderful, loving God who cares about us. It's time that we recognize that and live our lives not for the things of this earth but for our Creator! AMEN to that!

I was hospitalized for 3 weeks and it took me 6 more weeks before I could get approval to go back to work. I was really glad to get back to work and be productive. It's really BORING sitting around the house (though I have enjoyed my vacation). Since then I got back to gym (though not quite as intensely) and stayed away from getting into bad situations.

Work is going fine as I have plenty of things to do. They've been bringing me around slowly -- probably more slowly than I have wanted them to, but I understand they are being cautious. Either way I am working hard and even got my Security+ certification which was required to stay on this contract. And hey, it's always good to add certs to your resume because you never know what's going to happen.

I enjoyed a trip to Florida twice this year. Once after I got out of the hospital and again during Thanksgiving. I got to spend time with my family which I enjoy, hung out with friends and played a lot of golf.

This year I am looking forward to putting my nose to the grindstone at work and doing something beneficial to others. I know sometimes we think we have it bad but all you have to do is see the situations other people are in and you'll figure out that God has put us here for the GOOD of mankind, not for ourselves.

Well that is about it. I know it's kind of long but it's a good way to start the year with the right attitude. And that's the goal of this year. Happy New Year to all of you and may be you be blessed and loved by God as much as I feel that I am.

See you next week!

B.

 
 
 
 
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