FOR JULY 2007
ending July 29th, 2007
All moved, but not
I spent my first night in the new "pad" this past
Sunday night. Not too bad. It's quiet and the cool ocean breeze
makes air conditioning unnecessary. The new surroundings are
nice and I'm already liking it.
move went relatively well. Just me and my friend John doing
all the work. (Thanks again, amigo!) It took a toal of three
trips using my race trailer. The biggest part was the garage,
believe it or not. I'm amazed at how much "junk"
I had collected. I threw out at least six 50 gallon trash
bags full of things I don't want, need or use anymore (Not
just the garage but the entire house). In fact, I threw out
such things such as....
bass guitars (Yep!)
paintings/posters, including the ones in my garage.
bags full of flight gear (compass, headset, flight calculator,
CBR parts that weren't claimed on Sunday.
tons, tons of stuff from my past (musical, trinkets, etc).
old, cheap shade I used only one time.
clothes (mine and some I am not sure where they came from)
lot of my past history went (gleefully) to the dumpster.
My new house is clean, dust free (haha) and relatively live-able.
No more rat-packing things. Most of what I kept consisted
of photos, furniture, typical household items and whatnot.
I just sorta dumbed things down to a point where it's simple
but looks decent. I even moved my desk into the living room
area so now my bedroom seems (and is) huge, with lots of space.
The only bad thing is that my shelves in the garage are like,
too much for the area and I had to get rid of a couple of
them. The garage has my W/D and fridge in there. I am going
to sell them since the new place has them and the next time
I move it will be into a house. That is where I will really
go crazy with new furniture and appliances.
is going extremely well and they are dropping more and more
projects on my lap which is fine by me. The more projects
I have to work on the more I learn. I truly do love my job
and I'm grateful for that. So many people go to work unmotivated
because they're working for a salary and not in a career they
enjoy. All credit goes to God. He knew exactly what I needed
and provided it right on time. His timing is always perfect.
In fact, I simply do not stress or worry anymore. What a load
off my shoulders :)
only thing left to deal with right now is the trailer. I'm
scrambling to find a place to store it within a 20 mile radius
of home. I plan on racing in August if time permits and it's
nice to have the trailer somewhere close.
it for now. This is the first chance I have had to sit down
and write and thus the 3 day delay.
Keep 'er shiny side up and see ya next week.
ending July 22nd, 2007
Careful out there....
Wednesday as I was leaving work I decided to lane share coming
up to a red light. As I got to the last set of cars the light
turned green. I went ahead of the cars and, just as I got
to the intersection, this white van came barreling through
the red light. I don't think he even cared that he was running
the light. The only saving grace was that he was in the middle
of three lanes and not the lane closest to me, otherwise I
wouldn't be here to write this right now. I was halfway through
the first lane and he missed me by about 2 feet doing about
60 mph. Granted, I should have been more cautious crossing
the intersection, I just didn't think someone would blatantly
run the light. As I rode ride home I pondered what was so
important to this guy that he would risk my life or someone
was my last service at Saddleback. Neither Clayton nor Derek
was there to see me off but Pastor Rick (not Warren) was and
he and his staff gave me a warm farewell. He suggested since
I am moving to SD that I should attend the San Clemente Church.
I'll have to think about it since the drive would still be
pretty far. That may have to do until I find a new Church
closer to home.
reminds me! I found a condo to move into close to
work and, get this: CLOSE TO THE BEACH! (WOOT!) Like in, less
than a mile. It's about the same size as the place I have
now except the garage is not attached but that is no big deal.
Unless you go farther inland you'll not find too many places
with attached garages. The best part is the rent is less than
what I am paying now and is in a VERY nice part of SD so I
have no complaints. On the days I don't go to the gym I was
thinking about running to the beach and back to get in some
cardio work. I can't wait to get moved in as 4 months of 160
mile round trip commutes was starting to wear thin. At least
the Bandit makes the commute FUN :) (With great power comes
did not make it to Laguna Seca this weekend. There was a slim
chance I was going to go but things didn't pan out. It's ok
though as watching the race on TV it appears I didn't miss
much. Nicky got taken out by Hopkins in the first turn and
never recovered. You could tell that Hayden was on a mission
and it's a shame they collided. Hopkins must have been fuming
that Hayden got around him (He doesn't like Nicky) and tried
to stuff his bike underneath Nicky's. That never works (don't
ask me how I know, I've been there). On the plus side, Roger
Lee did pretty well and Miguel Duhammel...not so good. I hope
Roger Lee gets a chance to ride in MotoGP next year. It'll
be interesting to see if both of them go to Kawasaki since
I don't think Nicky will be back with Honda.
friend and I worked really hard on the cover song Friday night.
All I have to do is redo my vocals, mix it together and upload
it to the site. That will probably happen the weekend after
I move. I still have too much to do and too little time to
get everything rolling.
That's it for now. Hope you had a great week and keep it shiny
side up (...while watching for people in a hurry barreling
through your spot on the asphalt...)
ending July 15th, 2007
been an extremely interesting and busy week. Crunch time is
here and I getting ready to move soon. I'll start packing
next week and, depending on what a little birdie says, next
weekend may be booked or not. If it is then I really have
to put the hammer down to get everything done by the 28th.
we did the all-female newbie street "training" class.
We had seven students and it went pretty well. One girl showed
up on a brand new GSX-R600. She had roughly 300 miles on it
and made noticeable improvements during the day. We talked
for about an hour on some important street survival skills
and then we did drills (hard braking, fast acceleration, etc).
Our friend Lisle even did a stoppie testing the limits of
the brakes on her GSX-R1000. I was impressed. Her riding skills
have come a long way since the incident on ACH. I'm sure we'll
do more in the future as it seems the students really enjoyed
work I have a ton of projects to get done. One that is super
important has to be completed and working by the end of the
month. It requires a lot of time in the lab so I am going
to basically be living there at work for the next two weeks.
That's great though because the lab is my favorite place to
I still don't have the pictures from the reunion yet. As soon
as I receive them I'll post them on the site.
else is going great both in work and my personal life so I
have no complaints. My friends think I'm up to no good because
I have this constant grin on my face. What can I say? When
life is good, just be thankful and enjoy it. You never know
what's coming around the corner.
on what happens later in the week I may not be able to update
the blog until next Monday but I should be updating the site
periodically throughout the week.
-- are we ever going to get your R-Tard --- err --- Motard
back together? LOL. Why do I have the feeling your bike is
going to be a fixture in my garage for a long, long time?
JUST KIDDING, BRO.
to chill with a friend. Stay
safe and keep the shiny side up!
ending July 8th, 2007
back from Florida!
trip started out on Thursday, June 28th, when I arrived at
LAX @ 8am. I checked in my bags, did the "E Ticket"
thing, passed through security and waited at the gate. It
was then that I looked at my ticket. It did not say "Boarding
Pass" with a seat assignment. That was odd. I spoke with
the agent at the gate who promptly informed me that I was
on "standby" - standby for a flight I had been booked
on for 2.5 months. D'OH. (FYI this was United Airlines. The
worst flying experience I've ever had.)
make a long story short, the plane left at 10:40 am -- with
my bags but without me. Many calls and hours later
I was booked on a flight out of San Diego the next morning
at 6am -- at an additional cost of $300.00. Stuff happens
but I wasn't going to let this stop me from having a great
got to Florida on Friday afternoon and met up with my friends
for a pre-reunion meet and greet. We hung out that night catching
up and having a great time. The next morning I played Golf
with a few friends, had lunch then headed home to spend the
afternoon with my family. It was my niece's birthday so she
had a bunch of friends over. We waited for the party to be
over then hit the pool and relaxed. That evening I headed
over to the official reunion. We had an awesome time and it
was really great to reconnect with people I have not seen
for years. Funny thing is, I did not need to wear a name tag.
Everyone recognized me right away. I guess I haven't changed
too much "physically" over the years (many of them
next day I went to a local service with one of my friends
- "Calvary Bible Church". It was pretty neat to
see a new and growing Church take root back home. My friend
mentioned to the Pastor that I am a member of Saddleback to
which the Pastor replied "I guess I better be on my game
today!" I had to chuckle at that. So many people know
and respect Pastor Rick that he is known worldwide even though
he likes to keep low profile. He's a very humble guy and someone
I've really learned a lot from. On that note I am happy to
report that I have finished reading the entire bible!
To celebrate, I will start reading it all over again. :)
rest of the week was spent fishing, swimming, taking the nieces
and my nephew to the mall, hanging with my best friend from
home and his family, going to dinner with my sister and bro-in-law
and basically just enjoying the time with my family. We did
not make it to Bush Gardens as planned but we did have a great
BBQ instead! It rained every day and we had two days in a
row of some pretty violent thunderstorms. I had forgotten
how bad the storms could get over there. I left on the 4th
in the afternoon arriving in San Diego just in time to see
loads of fireworks -- from the plane. That was very cool.
in all it was a good trip and I had a lot of fun. It's amazing
to see how much my friends have changed. I come from a very
small town so everyone knows everyone else and you will always
bump into someone you know. No matter where I went I was greeted
with a familiar, smiling and friendly face. Pics of the reunion
to follow as soon as they are sent to me.
about it for now. No racing next weekend due to packing my
pad up for the move. Too much to do and too little time to
get things done. I will race again in August but will probably
need to do a Sat practice to get myself back up to speed --
especially since I am going to be running the bigger 190 rear
tire. I don't suspect it will be that big of a handling change
but the practice time will help me get the bike set up correctly.
The goal is to be smoother and faster, not necessarily to
win or place.
far as I know we're still on for the "All Female"
Newbie riding class on the 21st which we'll probably do at
Verizon Wireless. More info will be posted on that as soon
as it's confirmed.
a great week!!!