FOR JANUARY 2011
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ending Sunday, January 30th, 2011
end of the Month :)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
ending Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
a fantastic rest of your week!
ending Sunday, January 16th, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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 :)
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!!
ending Sunday, January 9th, 2011
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
ending Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
you next week!