FOR JUNE 2008
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ending June 29th, 2008
a nice, lazy Sunday and it was a relatively relaxing week
overall as well. Almost all of my projects at work are complete
that we had earmarked as urgent so I spent most of this week
catching up and more teaching the PCL how to configure and
assign storage. Pretty soon they should be able to handle
all of that themselves so we (storage) can focus more on our
night after work my friend Jason and I cruised over to his
house to look at a section of his fence from the gate to the
side of the house. The gate was in pretty sad shape and he
wanted to replace it so he asked for my help. We had dinner
and decided on a plan to replace the gate. More on that later.
Thursday night we had another band rehearsal. Granted this
one went MUCH better than the first one, we still were short
a drummer. I'm not sure why that is as finding bass players
has always been harder for me than finding drummers. So since
our drummer didn't show up we grabbed a replacement guy and
jammed for a couple hours. I have to learn to take it easy
on my voice. What I am singing now is pretty hard for me so
I have to tone it down or I'll blow my voice out after five
or six songs. Midway through the session I took it easy and
was able to make it the full two hours. We did make some progress
but we need to do something to find a reliable drummer.
Saturday morning I woke up late as I didn't get to bed until
after 2am (heh). I loaded up my tools and compressor and headed
over to Jason's house. As soon as I got there we drove over
to Home Depot where we took the list we had made on Tuesday
night of the materials we needed. While he was taking care
of a few things I tore down the old fencing and gate and started
to take an assessment of things. We got the lumber in order
and started cutting. We got the upper section of the fence
done and while Jason was grabbing some things we missed from
Home Depot, I mounted the upper fence section. We then had
some lunch (YAY FOR BIG STEAKS! WOOT!).
that we worked on the middle section and laid down some concrete
to support things. The old gate just sat on the ground with
nothing to support it so it was really rickety (if that's
a word, haha). Once that was done we built the gate and mounted
everything. It came out pretty good and it's as solid as a
rock. Other than a few minor things, it looks pro :)
we were done we went out and got some really great pizza.
After that I showed him how to cut some drywall to fix the
portion of his wall that the water heater ruined when it exploded.
Heh. Being a homeowner is great and all but you really have
to be handy to fix things when they go wrong. We figure we
saved him a pretty large chunk of change doing the wall and
fencing on our own. There are some pics HERE
if you want to check out the before and after stuff. I have
a sunburn though it's not too bad. As you can tell from the
pics, I needed some color anyway.
today was a lazy Sunday as I took care of my normal things
I do on Sunday. And!!! Lots of professional motorcycle racing
with both World Superbike (WSB) and MotoGP going on. I already
watched the WSBK races and now I'm watching Valentino Rossi
make a huge mistake and crash into another rider. My boy Hayden
is in third place and I've got my fingers crossed he can hang
on to it. Wow, lots of crashes already. Hopefully everyone
is ok. Crashing definitely sucks!
that is about it for now. As you can tell it was a busy but
FUN FUN FUN week. Building that fence and
gate was a pretty rewarding experience and being able to help
a friend out made it all worth it. Jason's a cool cat for
sure and a good friend. It's also good for me to keep my "man
skills" up, haha. Been a while since I've done some wood
you had a great week and keep smiling. Life is GOOD
:) I'll leave you with this great quote:
"Blessed is the man who seeks not the counsel of
ending June 22nd, 2008
It's Sunday and I just got back from the mall (yes me -- yes,
the mall haha). I had to pick a few things up that you can
only get there so I was forced to do it. Men and malls just
don't go together well. The sun is out and it's hot a heck
but I think later today I will swing by the fair with my "friend"
and check out the slingshot ride. Now that looks COOL!
now the MotoGP race is on from England and I'm sitting here
wondering what the deal is with Hayden. He got the new motor
and frame that he wanted but he's in 5th place after being
as high as third. I mean, I pull for the guy every race but
I can start to see what Honda is concerned about and that
is simply that he doesn't have the "killer" instinct
to push the bike to it's very limit. I learned first hand
what happens when you push it past the limit (you crash) but
still, he's on the best bike in the group and has the best
supporting cast. He should be doing better. Wow, he just tried
to past Dovincioso and nearly binned it. Make smarter passing
Spies, the AMA Champ, is riding in this race and isn't doing
too well. By my count he's in 15th place about 31 seconds
down. No worries bro, I've been there too. Just keep your
head down and the throttle twisted and you'll do fine.
friend came in from out of town yesterday so I took her to
Church (Of course!) and then we went to eat and hang out for
a while ;) She really enjoyed the service and dinner afterwards
was impeccable as always. I think Saturday's have become my
regular Sushi days, lol. Can't live without it. She's headed
home today so "C" have a great flight and we'll
talk to you soon.
All in all this has been an excellent week, work wise and
life wise. I can't really complain at all. Every day I'm waking
up with a smile on my face. Almost makes me feel guilty. NOT!!!
haha! When God' rules your life, you have plenty to smile
about. Work is going good with our new boss but once again
we've lost another team member. We knew this was going to
happen but you hate to see it. He's a pretty cool guy and
we share a lot of common hobbies (riding motorcycles being
one of them). But, we're all wishing him the best and we're
sure we'll hear from him again soon.
Oh yeah! The band thing. That's going very well too (it's
a trend what can I say? haha) We're having a jam session this
Thursday now that I'm over my cold. I guess my voice passed
the test because they want to jam and learn new songs. I figure
if we can bang out about 10 decent songs we can start playing
shows really soon. I'd like to do Canes as I remember playing
there in the past and they have a really good sound system
and the area is great (right on Mission Beach). After the
first show we'll take an assessment of how things are and
then decide where we want to play from there. It'll be fun
being a front man is new to me and not having to carry around
gear is a nice added touch.
that is about it for my week. There's some other things mixed
in there but tis better to keep some cards held close to the
Have a great week and we'll chat with you later.
ending June 15th, 2008
you make it past Friday the 13th ok? Haha. Yeah, what a week.
The cold I caught over the weekend got really bad on Sunday
night. I went into work on Monday but left at noon and ended
up sleeping 14 hours straight on Tuesday. The good part about
that was I was feeling much better. Summer head colds - whodathunkit?
Because I was sick I pretty much stayed away from the gym
all week. I hate missing workouts but what are you going to
do? Make everyone else sick? I'm pretty sure that's where
I picked the cold up, by the way.
I was sick I wasn't able to hook up for another jam session
but I am sure that will happen soon. There's nothing worse
than trying to sing with a cold. I've done it before and well,
it never seems to work out. I'd have to pull an Ashley Simpson
and just lip sync. ROFL!
bad thing about being sick is you can't hang out with your
friends. Ah well, we'll be having a MotoGP party soon, won't
we John? Speaking of racing, did you watch the WSBK races?
Noriuki Haga raced both races this weekend and won - with
a broken collar bone. I guess he went to Dr. Ting in LA (who
is well known as the expert on broken collar bones for racers)
and fixed him up good. He got a plate, a rod and six screws
I guess -- and lots of pain killing shots. When I broke my
collar bone, the Doctor told me that it wasn't worth the cost
to him to do the surgery. That's the difference between being
a club racer and a world renowned WSBK racer, I guess. haha.
was different this weekend. They had this violinist play.
He was actually pretty funny. He told this joke:
"Do you know the difference between a fiddle and a violin?
The number of teeth you have." - haha. I thought it was
pretty funny. He did this long solo that was pretty cool but
before he started he played "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
(gotta be a Southerner to know that one!). Well about the
first couple lines of it. He started laughing -- and so did
I. I think only 4 or 5 of us got it, but it was still funny.
much to report from work this week. Same ol, same ol. That's
good though as it's really keeping me busy and each week provides
a new challenge. We're working with a contractor on some special
software. She's pretty funny and cool to hang out with. I've
been working with the testing group a lot because I have so
many solutions going for certification. A lot of the work
I am doing is going to have a positive effect (hopefully)
on whether we keep this account or not. We'll see :)
about it for this week. I hope you have a good rest of your
weekend. I'm getting ready to go watch a movie with a friend.
Which might be hard with traffic like it is, living right
next to the fair and the US Open this week at the same time.
to you later!!
ending June 8th, 2008
other than the cold I am fighting right now this was an excellent
and fun-filled week :) Last Sunday I got to watch a day full
of motorcycle racing (both WSBK and AMA). Then on Tuesday
some of us from work went to the Cubs/Padres game. I stayed
late at work and then took the Trolley over to the park. What
was so funny about the ride over is there were nothing but
Cubs fans. I'm serious, it looked liked "Wrigley Field
West". I mean, I know the Padres aren't having a great
season but you'd think there'd be more of their fans their
than ours. We met some pretty interesting people at the Ballpark
too. A group of people from another company were there. We
we're just all having a great time laughing and joking around.
We exchanged business cards too so we'll see where that goes
Wednesday after work I had an "audition" session
with a guitarist and a bassist for this new project I am working
on. Unfortunately the drummer flaked (there's always one unreliable
guy in a band, right?!) so we had to run through the songs
without a percussion session -- which makes things a tad difficult.
I'd say it went pretty well. Being as I have started bands
before, this one went much better than the other two. If we
can find a reliable drummer I think we'll be good to go. I
have a friend that books bands and he seems interested in
doing our booking for us. Next session I'll be bringing my
guitar to fill in some parts. Besides, I'll always be a guitarist
at heart even if I am the lead singer in this band.
was really busy this week. We had the manufacturer of our
storage come out on Tuesday and Wednesday and most of Thursday.
Two of our storage devices needed a lot of work (they are
getting up there in age, technology-wise so that's understandable).
I learned a lot as far as the inner workings of the storage
so it was by no means a waste of time. Work is going good
as far as I can tell and every day is fun. It's an exciting
job and I love what I do. Review time is coming up too so
we'll see what happens there.
Saturday morning I got up early to go golfing with a friend
from work. The night before I woke up a few times during the
night as I thought I was having allergy problems. (Can't....breathe....*grin*)
Well I am here to tell you on Sunday afternoon that it wasn't
just allergies -- I have a full-blown cold - D'oh! It's no
wonder I wasn't as sharp as I could have been on the course.
Actually it started off well enough. A birdie, bogey and two
pars, so I was even through four holes, then it all went downhill
from there. Haha. Oh well, at least I did not take any mulligans.
No cheating here.
night I took a friend to Church with me. She is not a Christian
but is interested in learning more. She was taken back a bit
by our Pastor (He is very much old-school about what the Good
Book says, not what man's interpretation is). So she didn't
like some of the things he had to say but understood why he
said it. He wasn't bashing anyone or anything, just more or
less showing what God's word says and how people can do things,
such as Yoga, and not realize they are actually straying away
from where God says you need to be.
Church we went and did my favorite - SUSHI! I pigged out (stuffy
nose and all) and that's when she was telling that though
she didn't always agree with our Pastor, she did respect him
and he really gave her food for thought. Well, let's see if
some of those words sink in and make a difference in her life.
I Really do like my Pastor and feel that the message is exactly
what I missing from Saddleback.
I sit here chucking down "DayQuil" wondering how
long this box of tissue is going to last, I think I'll flip
the tube on and watch today's MotoGP race. Please tell me
Hayden found some speed somewhere. My boy ain't' doing too
well this and it looks like he might have to find another
employer next year. That's the thanks you get for winning
a MotoGP championship, I guess. They change the bike on you
to fit another rider's style and then poof, you're out of
a job. I am sure another team will pick him up though. He's
too good of a rider to be jobless.
that's it for now. As you can tell I had a pretty fun but
busy week. It looks to be more of the same this week as well,
but that's just the way I like it.
and keep 'er shiny side up!
ending June 1st, 2008
Sunday and a weekend full of World Superbike and AMA Racing!
I am much more excited about the WSBK races than I am the
AMA. The AMA races are, for the most part, pretty boring.
"Suzuki wins" - yawnl. At least with WSBK you never
know who is going to win and as Carlos Checa and the Honda
CBR1000RR proved, it's anybody's game. I'm not surprised the
Harleys -- err Ducatis did not fair well. Having ridden them,
they have no gas up top and always lag behind the faster 4
cylinder bikes on long tracks like that. Plus, Ducati whines
so much about getting their way in WSBK I am surprised they
don't just start calling it World Ducati Cup. Build a race-able
1000c 4-banger and quit yer crying! HAHA. :)
up on Tuesday I will be showing up late and staying late at
work because when I "clock" out, I'm headed right
to Petco Park with the gang from work to go see my Cubbies
take on the lowly San Diego Padres. Sorry San Diego fans,
this just isn't your year. I haven't been to a baseball game
in a long time. In fact, I think the last game I went to was
in the late 90s at Anaheim Stadium. I'm definitely looking
forward to a hot dog, a coke, some peanuts and watching the
Cubs rip some home runs.
is going great as always. Most of my projects are now in the
certification process so I feel good that come November I'll
be able to take a few weeks off and head home to Florida for
Turkey, Fun, Sun and LOTS of Golf. They've got some great
courses in my hometown and it's a rip to play with my friends
for a little friendly game of (non cash) betting. Maybe if
I win this year, I'll have him wash my rental car. Muahaha.
was great, as always, last night. We're getting a guest speaker
next month, Greg Laurie. If you listen to 107.9 then you may
have heard his name. He's widely known with Calvary Chapel
and I've listened to him many times. I really like how he
delivers the message and am looking forward to hearing him
in person. Oh yeah, we had Sarah McIntosh again this weekend.
I've heard a lot of singers before and her voice is like a
"Siren" (in a good way) to me. Probably one of the
most beautiful voices I've heard in a long time. She's really
it's short but this week has been pretty busy with work and
I still have some things to take care of before I hit the
sack. Hope you're doing well and chat with you later!