FOR JUNE 2013
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ending Friday, June 30th, 2013
the road and where is Lexie?
Well this isn't good. My niece is still missing and
has been so for the last 9 days. Nobody knows where she is
and to be honest, law enforcement hasn't been very good about
this. You would think any missing 16 year old would mean that
they would subpoena the Bus drivers that took here to where
she was going. Maybe one of them would have recognized her
and said where she was dropped off and if they saw who picked
her up. Who let's a 16 year old on a bus without a parent
or ID with them, I don't know. Either way I have been praying
for my niece to at least contact her mom and let her know
she is OK. At least she could sleep this. I hope nothing bad
has happened to her, dear Lord!
On my way again back to Seattle then next week to Orlando
for a full week. Not sure how I am going to fit the training
in but I guess I will try to do that when I am in the hotel.
I haven't even had a chance to get back to working out. I
know the travel will slow down once everything settles down
and my role is more defined (Isilon/DataDomain/VMAX but right
now I think DataDomain and Isilon are primary as we have a
lot of VMAX expertise). Last week was OK in Seattle but I
hope the weather clears up and the trains are more quiet.
Can't seem to get any sleep over there.
was great yesterday as it was a worship service of music which
I liked a lot. I really miss Pastor Bob but had a chance to
ask Pastor Roger to pray for my sister and my niece and that
we can get this fixed as soon as possible.
all of my friends, please say a prayer for my sister Lisa
and her daughter and that she is found, safe and sound. This
is so hard on my sister and it's really tearing her down hard
emotionally. There is nothing I can say to her to make her
feel better. The only thing I can do is comfort her and pray
for her and this situation. No one deserves this but especially
a parent. I know that kid has some issues but hopefully she
is smart enough to realize that the people who love her the
most are trying to save her from making a huge mistake. Everyone
things running away from home is the best idea but as history
has shown us, it's normally a huge mistake.
you really do need to contact your mom. All she wants to know
is that you are OK. If you decide you don't want to be with
your family, I get it. But leaving everyone in the dark, running
away from the people who love you and protect you, well that
isn't the best idea ever.
about it for this week. I should be back on Weds and then
I will be gone for another week or two so I may not have any
July blog updates for a while. You can always check facebook
for any updates on the current situation and if you want to
get in contact me or if you have leads that will help us find
my niece that'd be great.
ending Friday, June 23rd, 2013
week at the new gig!
And yep, I am very happy about it. All last week
was spent training and I need to go into the office tomorrow
as I got my laptop and everything I need (except a monitor)
to work from home and then of course, work on the road. Looking
forward to it, believe it or not. From this perspective I
get my hands on new technology and get to see different environment's
implementation so that is good. Either way I am happy where
I am and am working for a really good company.
else is ok. It hasn't been too busy. I've been studying and
also taking some time to relax. I am actually starting to
feel better (even though I am sneezing a lot, haha). Eventually
I want to get back to working out and since right now I am
working from home there is nothing stopping me from taking
a 1/2 hour run during lunch breaks.
than that it was a very uneventful week. I did go by the office
to turn in some paperwork and I filled out most (if not all)
if the forms that need to be filled. Church was awesome this
weekend as always.
a heavy note, my Niece has run away and hasn't checked in
with the family since Thursday morning. I'm trying to help
my sister as much as I can but the Police won't report her
as missing (even though she ran away with someone she met
online -- this is not going to turn out well if the Police
do not get involved). I don't know what to say other than
I am praying for my sister and her child. I don't know what
is going on in that kids head. We all wanted to run away from
home at some point as kids -- but most of us were smart enough
to realize even though our parents were strict, they loved
niece hasn't figured that out and I pray she is OK. That's
really all I can do. I hope she is safe and sound and that
no harm comes to her. And if that is true, then I hope when
she does come home she realizes the hardship she has put on
her family. We don't know if she alive...or not. Like I said,
we can only pray.
So if you don't mind me asking, please pray for my sister
and her niece and that they find her safe and sound.
ending Friday, June 16th, 2013
a relaxing week :)
So...I had a great time relaxing most of the week.
Stayed at home and of course stayed out of trouble. Tomorrow
starts my first day with the new company and I am really thankful
for that. As you are well aware if you have been reading along,
that was a disaster from the first day I showed up to work.
Thankfully God took hold of my plans and the mess I walked
into and got me straight out of there.
hard being a Christian when you are surrounded by non-believers.
I mean, I was a Marine back in the day and I've never heard
so much swearing in the office. Over what?! Typical daily
work tasks. Nothing to get upset about and making me wish
we had a bleep sensor available LOL! It was probably the most
toxic environment I've ever been in and so glad to be away.
I've been off that time has been spent relaxing and trying
to get healthy again. I don't think I have a cold but probably
something left over from that seizure back in November. The
rest has been good for me but at some point I need to get
back into my workout routine and get back in shape. Well,
that's not fair. I am not in bad shape, I just don't have
the stamina I am used to from being lethargic and resting
a lot. It'll change soon.
Church was really good this weekend and the Pastor did something
nice for all the dads like they did last month for Mother's
Day. Definitely enjoyed sitting there and listening to how
old some of these men were (in their 90s) and still had their
wits about them. It was really nice to see and I hope that
if I do live to the ripe old age these men are at that I have
my mind healthy along the ride with with me!
than that, I think that is about it. Watched the MotoGP race
today and was disappointed in my boy Hayden. SPOILER! He crashed
it for the week. I will tell you more next week about how
the first 40 hours at the new job goes. I expect GREAT things!
ending Friday, June 9th, 2013
Glorious week after the dust has settled...
You know, God is always good for you and His plans
for you are not always in align with what you want or expect.
In this case, I knew that the job had I had moved here for
was an utter disaster. Heck, even the company that offered
the job and the consulting company knew that as well. They
don't even have a replacement for me (and good luck finding
someone). But without badgering them, as they have to face
that reality every day at work, I can talk about the good
has been some great and much needed time off. It'd been over
a year since I've had any real sort of vacation so I have
taken it easy since a week ago Thursday. I have a lot of contact
in the Storage industry so I started making calls and word
got out fast that I was ready to find a Company that was better
managed and organized -- and I have done so! I'm expecting
an offer tomorrow from a place I have been wanting to work
for some time. It's been a blessing because the fear and panic
that sets in when you know something isn't right (even from
the beginning) the Lord watches over you.
in point: Bad job, knowing I am miserable, God says "Ok,
I have a different plan for you that was not the one you imagined"
and thus, 3 days after the debacle that was the last job,
He ends up putting me where I needed to be all along. Maybe
the move out here, the cost incurred (that the past employer
felt they shouldn't shoulder anything) was the reminder that
I needed that while I had good intentions, it wasn't the plan
He wanted me to be on.
that I am where I need to be, I have another full week of
vacation! So I plan to rest, relax and I will deal with having
no income (again) for at least 2-4 weeks (which means now
I still have no savings but have enough to scrape by). The
salary wasn't what I was looking for but there are bonuses
that will make up for the lost revenue. Besides, what I do
for a career isn't about money, it's because I love what I
do and I look at it as a full time hobby. And to me, people
will always excel when they do what they love.
for everything else, I am feeling fine. Still have lymph node
issues but slowly they are starting to get better. I think
whatever is bothering me, my body is taking care of it on
it's own. I did go to the doctor but they said "Your
results say OK" so I have to believe them. I'll be fine
and even if I am not, where I am going, eventually, is a much
better place than Earth.
was excellent this weekend as we had a Pastor come visit that
I haven't heard before. He was young but the message was great
and he reminded be a lot of Pastor Bob. There is no MotoGP
racing this weekend but there is some WSBK that I will be
watching. All I know is I am very blessed, thankful and happy.
Happy to be out of there, happy to be where I want to be and
happy that God never fails.
a great weekend!
ending Friday, May 31s, 2013
if we didn't see this coming...
If you don't already know, the "contract"
I have been working on since I left VA was unceremoniously
ended on Friday. It's not as if hadn't expected it at all.
Given the circumstances, and knowing they would end it or
I would, well -- they beat me to the punch. Good for them
and honestly, I don't care if they read my blog or not. They
saved me the hardship of having to tell them what they already
knew which was I was NOT happy there.
could be bitter or angry, but I'm not. I'm actually relieved.
God knows I wanted out of that bad environment as soon as
possible and had been keeping my options open (and they are
open right now!). I've had some calls and lots of emails out
already so the pipeline, so to speak, was already filling
up. Who do I blame for this fiasco?! Do I blame the recruiting
company? Not really, they're trying to make a buck. I'm smart
enough to know that and I tend to ignore it. Do I blame the
company I worked at? Not really. They were in bad shape before
I got there and have been for some time. Their environment
is not (and never was) stable and others have already left.
I'm betting more will be leaving. Even their CEO was fired
and their VP resigned, is that not a sign?!
who I blame?! Myself!!!!!!
you heard that right. Had I done my homework (ie: looked at
their stock price, which has been on a downward spiral over
the last year from $20+ a share down to $4 or so and fluctuating.
I think it might be at $6 but that's not a true indicator
of how well or bad they are doing), I might have know this
was a disaster for ME waiting to happen. I should have asked
more questions, poked around, looked at the company reviews
from employees online (yes, you can do that now). I would
have clearly learned I was making a BIG mistake.
is the first time when I prayed over something and I wasn't
sure. Now I know that if God isn't responding, that is not
a yes. That's a "keep praying harder" answer. I
walked away from a great company, a fantastic boss, a new
home and some sense of security to a RAGING, MESSED UP INFERNO.
Really, had I known they were THIS bad, THIS discombobulated,
I would have stayed home in VA. Hindsight is 20/20 they say.
I hope my old boss forgives me and somehow finds a way to
bring me back to VA.
my good friend Jeff used to say "Brian, it is what it
is..." Amen to that.
now what? Well as I said the feelers are out. Not sure how
long finding the RIGHT position will take but I haven't ruled
out moving to another state. Honestly I wish I could reverse
time back to early February and just stay where I was at.
I think I got complacent and didn't realize how truly blessed
I was until I saw everything crash in the stupidity of my
I've learned what NOT to do next time. I've learned that when
my boss is giving me good advice, he isn't being selfish,
he's trying to help (He told me this would happen, and sure
enough, it did!) I've learned if you don't pray hard enough
or God doesn't give you a clear indication of what to do,
stay put, be silent and pray more.
thing I do know is God's plans for me a greater than my own.
He'll take care of me, He always has. This is a reminder to
lean not on my own understanding, but His.
won't bad mouth anyone. I could, but what's the point? I am
not the judge of other people. I've been given a trial, something
to deal with and I'll get through this. I could have died
when I had that accident that cracked my skull, but He pulled
me through. He put my boss in the right position when I had
the seizure, could have died then too.
line is, I didn't want to work there and in the end, they
didn't want me there either. That's fine. We just disagree
and that's not uncommon. Besides, I have never been able to
put square pegs in round holes and someday, they'll realize
that too. My standpoint in life is focused on what God would
ask me to do and that didn't fit in very well with their environment.
Hopefully, wherever I end up, I will be in a good position
to be successful for the company and that I lean much more
on God and put myself behind His word.
I post this on Sunday but while I am responding to potential
job offers and thinking about where God wants me to go, I
decided to write the blog out early. I'll be at Church Saturday
night as always and I'll be doing what He wants me to do in
order to get things back into place, where they should be.
for listening. Thanks to my family and friends who, regardless
of how far and hard I fall, they always pick me up. And I
thank God every day that I wake up, open my eyes and see each
new day as an opportunity to do God's work.
a great weekend.