FOR JULY 2008
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ending July 27th, 2008
to the grind :)
Well after such a fun weekend last week it was back to work.
As usual, I am up to my ears in projects and other than a
few minor glitches, things are going well. Our new boss is
attentive and understands the processes well so he's really
helping us get our projects out the door.
had plans for this weekend but at the last minute things changed
so instead I got to chill and relax. Saturday of course was
Church and that was great as always. We didn't have Pastor
Bob but that's OK. David does a great job as well. My condolences
go out to the Laurie family and the loss of their son this
past week. We're not sure why God makes the choices He makes
but we trust that He has plans for everyone. You know what
they say -- "Only the good die young."
I decided that I had neglected my truck for far too long so
I filled 'er up with a full tank (that'll be $100.00 please
- yikes!), gave it a much needed bath inside and out and got
an oil and filter change. The lease on the truck runs out
in February and I haven't decided if I am going to keep it
or buy something new. I was thinking about a GMC since we
get the employee discount. However, I do like that it's a
Toyota (rock solid) and that it's 4WD. I got it to go snowboarding
with and to haul the bikes so the more I think about it, the
more I am content with keeping it.
and speaking of new vehicles, I have been pondering selling
both the Bandit and RR since they are paid off and buying
a new CBR1000RR. Honestly, I don't like the looks of the new
RR but I do like the performance. And I could use it for both
street and track since I think at this point I don't plan
on doing anymore racing, just track days. But, there's also
the house I want to buy too so I can't be out buying toys
of I am planning on being a homeowner.
know, I was going walk down to the beach and try and get a
tan on this "whiter than white" body but the sun
has been inconsistent today. Living this close to the ocean
we sometimes get a lot of haze so one minute it's bright and
sunny and the next it's overcast and cool. Ah well, maybe
next week. I do really like living this close to the beach.
I don't even need A/C here :)
I finish up this weeks blog, I am already contemplating a
few options for what to do next weekend. I think I might end
up in OC helping a friend work on his new fishing boat. That'll
be fun to get the thing going and do a little tuna fishing!!
Woot. Just hanging out with the guys, shooting the breeze
and catching lots of fresh sushi!
that's it for now. I hope you all had as fantastic a week
as I did! Remember to keep smiling. No matter how bad you
think your life is at the moment, someone out there has it
much worse. Life could be a LOT worse for us all than it is
now. So live in the moment, stop to smell the roses and SMILE!!!
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!!
ending July 20th, 2008
a FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC week!
As I mentioned in last week's blog, my friend John offered
me a three day VIP ticket (with LUXURY box, mind you) ticket
to this year's MotoGP race at Laguna Seca. I was like "Ummm,
yeeeeeah, I thiiiiink I can do that!" So I put in for
my vacation time and took a half day off on Thursday and all
of Friday off! I made sure my backpack was loaded, tossed
on my leathers and me and the Bandit hit the road around 11am
the way up I stopped in LA to have lunch with some former
co-workers. What was interesting about that lunch is that
so many people were still working there! That place never
changes, lol. The lunch was good and the company was excellent.
I figured I wouldn't have a chance to stop by too often during
working hours so I jumped at the opportunity to reconnect
with old friends.
lunch I hit the road again around 2pm and other than the smell
of lovely cow patties along the way, I rolled into Monterey
at 7:00 pm. John met me out front where we unloaded my stuff,
I took a shower and then we headed out to Schooners for dinner.
Schooners was great as it's right on the ocean. So we had
a nice dinner and watched the dolphins jump. That was way
dinner we headed to bed where I was introduced to the NIGHTLY
singing choir of SEAGULLS!! Man those birds were hollering
every single night, lol. One would start squawking then they'd
all join in. We didn't get much sleep over the next 3 nights
but it was still fun. Other than that the hotel was first
Friday morning we rode up to the track and had breakfast in
our very own VIP suit! This place was awesome. Catered breakfast,
lunch and even dinner. We had all the water/soda/coffee, etc
we could drink. The room was really nice and it was just above
the garages for the racing teams along the last corner/front
straight!!! It had AC, TVs and all the works. After breakfast
John and I walked downstairs where we bumped into Loris Capirossi.
On the way in I bumped into Valentino Rossi as well but he
didn't want to take photos. John was like "Man how do
you recognize all these guys?" and I was like "Well
I've watched their racing careers for years so I know who
they are!" haha.
that we walked around a bit and looked at all the bikes, vendor
displays, AMA and MotoGP racing pits and even got to chat
it up with the likes of Tommy Hayden, Danny Eislick and many
more. After that we hung out at the VIP suite and watched
that night we headed to "The Sardine Factory" for
a really, REALLY nice dinner. Jenny was there along with our
other friends (Ron, Andrew, Monica, et al) and afterwards
we headed back to Schooners where I ran into none other than
Kevin Schwantz! We got to chat with him for a few minutes
and that was pretty cool.
morning we were back at the track early. This time I bumped
into Valentino Rossi again and he shook my hand. (No time
for a photo!) I don't think he really understood my English
though, haha. The funny part of the day was realizing I stuck
my phone in my pocket without locking it on the ride over
and it made about 75 phone calls in about 2 hours to everyone
I knew. LOL. Sorry if my phone called you! It even dialed
people I had forgotten were in my phone. Needless to say,
those numbers are now deleted so that won't ever happen again
were there early enough to watch practice and qualifying.
That was awesome as we even saw a pretty big wreck right on
our corner (we were in suite 3 right on the last corner of
the front straight). We saw Jamie Hacking running across the
track (while the officials were telling him no) so he could
get his backup bike and qualify. After that I took a lot of
pictures and then we headed back to the hotel where we showered
and then headed back to the Sardine Factory for dinner again
and then hung out on Cannery Row for a while.
Row was a trip. Every bike you can imagine was there. Even
some old 2 strokes and lots of, gag me here -- Ducatis. Haha.
The best bike of them all was the very rare Honda RC45! After
hanging out at Cannery Row we headed back for some rest and
once again got up early to get to the track.
time we loaded up the truck in advance. We got the races where
we had breakfast, walked around, bumped into more famous people
(Tom Cruise was there, but we didn't talk to him). Later that
day we got to walk the pits and look at all the MotoGP garages
(very cool!) and then the races! That was one of the best
races up until Casey Stoner crashed. I didn't bring Nicky
any luck but it was good to see him finish ahead of Colin
Edwards (KARMA! KARMA!).
the races were over we headed back to the hotel, loaded the
bikes up, popped in a few DVDs and made it back to Irvine
by 11:30 pm. I unloaded my bike and put my racing gear on
and then rode the 60 miles back home. It was a nice, cool,
quiet ride. I ended up hitting the sack around 1:30 am. Needless
to say I was a happy camper after spending a GREAT week around
the MotoGP atmosphere.
have to give a big shout out to John who "hooked a bruddah
up" with the best tickets money can buy if you are going
to watch a race. That was a once in a lifetime opportunity
and I didn't want to pass it up. It was, hands down, one for
the record books as far as quality fun goes. You can have
your fancy cars, houses and money. But having a birds-eye,
front row seat to the best racing in the world is an unforgettable
experience - priceless!!!
thanks again! I definitely owe you more than one. YOU ROCK!
it for now. I am going to load up the photos later tonight
after John sends me his (and I combine them with mine). Should
be one of my largest photo albums to date. Come back later
tonight or tomorrow to check them out.
Have a GREAT week everybody! (Stepping off of Cloud 9 now,
ending July 13th, 2008
I am drained (physically and mentally)! This was our Corporate
"conference" week and I was invited to a roundtable
discussion on Tuesday to talk about some strategies for storage
and archiving. We have a lot of solutions to fit the customer's
needs but it soon became apparent that we don't have all the
information necessary so we're going to go back and meet with
them again soon to get more details.
that night was one of two vendor parties I got invited to!
I got to strut around in a suit looking all important and
stuff, lol. This party was at the top of the Hard Rock hotel
which was really nice! I went with a friend of mine and it
was funny to watch all the guys drooling over her. She's cool
peeps so I can understand why they like her. The party was
fun, I ate a lot and we all had a good time. There wasn't
much discussion about solutions but I did see a lot of familiar
faces so it was good to reconnect with friends and catch up
on their happenings.
next night I went to Jason's Corporate party. This was at
the Skybox next to, and a great view of, Petco Park! What
was great is some of our customers were there too so I got
to chatting with them for a long time about their solutions.
We started with two people and ended up with a conference
of five, haha. During the course of the night they kept bringing
out these "hors d'oeuvres". Mental note folks: When
someone brings you something on an oyster shell, pass on it!
I started feeling sick and by the time I got home I ended
up tossing cookies for a while :( (oh joy). More Sprite please!
next day I came in early to finish building some servers and
then jetted at 11 to wait on the plumber. The only bad part
is the new water heater he brought was the same model as the
old, only this one works better. At least I don't have to
worry about the laundry room flooding anymore! Though I was
still feeling under the weather I did help him out a little
bit between conference calls and some documentation work.
rest of the week was spent resting and relaxing. I did get
to watch the MotoGP races today and man, Nicky is having a
lot of bad luck. What is the deal with that? On that note.....
other excellent tidbit is that I was given a free
VIP pass to Laguna Seca next week!!!! My buddy John
called me yesterday to give me the news so I will be riding
the Bandit up to Monterey on Thursday night provided I get
the vacation approved. Should be a blast! Haven't been since
2005 so I'm really looking forward to it! Maybe I'll be good
luck for my boy Hayden and he can pull off a win!
bless, have a great week and keep 'er shiny side up!
ending July 6th, 2008
weekend for me, how was yours? Well actually it was more than
just a weekend. I took a vacation day on Thursday to go with
our Fourth of July day off, so I had a really nice, looooooong
weekend. And I needed it. Muahaha
was a really easy week at work. Everything I have is being
certified at the moment so I had a lot of time to get some
of the other minor things I needed to do out of the way. Our
friend's last day at work was Thursday but I missed it so
we took him out to Sushi on Wednesday. Had a REALLY good lunch
too. I'll never complain about Sushi for lunch, that's for
Friday morning I played golf with Jason and Jack and played
probably the best game of my life :) I shot an 80 on a par
72. Par meaning if you shot the number per hole that the course
says you should shoot, then you'd end up with a 72. Eight
over par is pretty darn good. Usually I am about a 12-14 handicap.
So shooting 4 under my normal is pretty good. I normally have
a couple of "blow up" holes a game (double bogey
or worse) but on Friday I had only one double bogey and two
birdies (1 under) for the day. I was 5 over on the front nine
and 3 over on the back. Usually I get tired at the end of
the day but on Friday I was "ON FIIIIIIIIRE!!!"
the game I went to Jason's house where I hung some drywall
for him. Err, better yet -- taught him how to hang drywall
himself. He's learning pretty good now and his house is starting
to look better and better. By the way bro, hit those spots
on the fence ya missed, mmmk?
Friday night I went out. On the way out we saw the fireworks
going off and man -- right by the Del Mar fair there were
a ton of people parked to the side of the freeway watching
the show. I just have to say this. Just coz you have your
hazard lights on does not mean it's OK to park on the side
of the freeway you nerds :) It means you have some trouble
and need help. Anyway, we went out to eat and I also have
to say... TRY THE SEARED AHI TUNA! WOOT. That was some good
rest of the weekend was uneventful. Church on Saturday night
was great as always. We had General Dees speak and they asked
all who were in the Military or are in now to stand up. So
I stood up and they laid hands on me and we all had a good
prayer for those who are serving or have served so that we
can all enjoy the freedom we all cherish so deeply. That was
a really special moment for me. All I could think was "SEMPER
Tuesday night I am going to a vendor party at the Hard Rock
in downtown San Diego after work. :) Should be lots of fun.
Great place to make contacts and well, since I got an RSVP,
I better show up! haha.
that is it for now. No motorcycle racing this weekend and
no track days scheduled for a while. The RR is probably wondering
if I have abandoned it. By the way, the Bandit is paid off
so I may sell it to find a different street ride. Not sure
what I am going to get but I may ogle another CBR :) We'll
a great weekend and talk to you later!