FOR JUNE 2014
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ending Sunday, June 29th, 2014
By that I mean, I feel "sick" but don't
feel terrible. Not like I have a cold or anything. I have
been dealing with lymph nodes in my neck that have been going
bonkers. In all fairness, they have been doing that regularly
since I was about 19. I think it has something to do with
picking up depleted uranium rounds when I was in the Marine
Corps. Those are rounds shot by F-18s and Harriers on the
target range. We went there to pick up the target and I think
I should not have picked up one of those rounds. I have always
had lymph node problems and "not as much energy"
as I used to have when I was younger.
I am just getting old. Maybe. I don't feel old -- nor do I
look old. LOL!
be safe I did get a checkup from the Doctor on Monday and
blood tests which came back negative. She thinks I am fine
(I'm fine, you're fine, we're all fine!) and she said just
come back if it gets worse. So that is where I have been all
week. Tired, resting but still getting my work done.
of work, I had my monthly review with my boss and she understands
why I didn't have the "free time" to get my cert
done before end of June. I should have some time this last
month on this contract then I will pick up where I left off
and try and get it completed before the end of July. Let's
hope I don't constantly get interrupted at work any more.
They found another guy to help the guy that had been pining
me all day long so hopefully that dies down completely.
was awesome (as always) on Saturday night. Pastor Bob always
has a good message. When he is up there speaking I can see
him look over at me 5-10 times during the sermon. I sometimes
just want to yell out "What do you want to ask me, Pastor!"
lol. I imagine when we have some time we'll talk because I
know he got my email.
else is A-OK. I need to get out of the house so I got myself
a ticket to Cineapolis tonight to watch Transformers. I heard
it's OK from some, great from others and horrible from more.
So we'll see how it ends up. I am getting a late night show
and eat a late dinner there. Greatest theatre ever!
you had a great week and talk to you later!
ending Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
not a "Fubol" fan, but I'm supporting TEAM USA!!!
If you know me (and if you're reading this, odds
are you know me pretty well), I am not a big fan of soccer.
In all fairness, watching that game and golf bores me to tears.
Funny thing is I will play both if the opportunity arises
but I cannot watch it on TV. I'll just fall asleep. Not kidding.
I know a there are many soccer-moms (and dads) out there and
I applaud that you support your children in the games (I've
been a few games for my family as well). However in this case,
it's "TEAM USA" and I will support my country on
the world stage. I mean we call it the "Superbowl"
but that's only relevant to the US, not other countries.
watched the game against Ghana and didn't see what the hype
was about. However, I did learn that Ghana has beaten the
US in the last couple World Cup games so I was excited to
watch the game and see the team win. Now we have to face Portugal
in a few hours and I am not sure how that will turn out either.
If we win, we'll go on to the next round. If not, we may not
make it through. It's interesting to watch the spectacle that
is "Futbol" but -- it still doesn't excite me the
way NFL games do :)
this week was OK. Just watching the fort until the assignment
is up at the end of July. I'm going to talk to my boss on
Tuesday so we can find out which avenue I am going into. Do
I stay with Isilon or do I go into "Cloud" storage?
I think the way technology is going getting "into the
cloud" is the right direction to go. Plus, SRM will be
easy for me since I've had many years of working out ECC (SRM
is the new ECC). Either way in the end, it truly is whatever
the company needs me to do -- and I'll be happy doing either
simply because I love what I do and I love my job.
was great this weekend as always. I know it's hard for Pastor
Bob to talk about homosexuality and I know that many people
think that as Christians, we're against everything. We're
not. We are following God's word on what He says is acceptable
or not. Some say it's "how they were made" and to
some degree I can understand that. However, I do think just
like drugs or alcohol or even sexual addictions, those things
can be fought off with God on your side. If your troubles
are laid at the feet of Jesus, He is good to help you through
it. I know this is hard for even some of you to read but know
that I love everyone, no matter what your preference is. I
am far, far from perfect (again, there was only One who was
perfect) and have a lot to work on myself.
suppose I am "waxing copasetic" so to speak and
few, if any, really care about my opinion. That said, I follow
what the Lord says to my best ability. Even when I falter,
He is there to pick me up.
that is about it for the week. I have my regular chores to
do, the house is clean, etc. I need to change the oil in the
CBR and wash the car but that can wait another week. I haven't
even ridden the CBR for a few months. Waiting on another Holiday
where I can ride with very few (if any) riders up there and
you know me, I don't like to drag knee when "Officers
of the Law" are around. Not good for my insurance rates
and I don't want my girlfriend (that is my CBR you know) impounded.
Haha. I hope you have a great rest of your week and don't
let my opinions bother you. I don't hate (such a strong word)
anyone or anything. I just want this world to live in harmony.
Dang -- that sounds like and old Coca Cola commercial.
ending Sunday, June 15th, 2014
Finally I had a "short" travel week. I
just had to drive North to Irvine to meet up with my boss
and my boss's boss to provide a presentation on "Cloud
Storage". The interesting part about that meeting is
I was offered an opportunity to switch off what I am doing
now and get more involved with Cloud Storage which, believe
or not I am definitely interested. I think the way that technology
is going that is going to be the end result of all storage.
I.T. will no longer be looked via the physical hardware it
will be more of JBODs, SSDs and software. At least that's
the way I see technology going. I know Amazon has cloud storage
as well as Google. So other companies are going that way and
we really need to be on top of it.
had a nice dinner in Irvine after the presentation, stayed
in the hotel that night because the next morning we had another
meeting. That's where we talked about what direction I want
to go in. Honestly it isn't about what I want to do (because
I love technology) it's more about what the company needs.
So I will talk to my boss about that tomorrow and figure out
where to go from there. Either way, I work for the best company
in the world (IMHO) and am really happy with how well they
have taken care of me. I know they are glad I am not afraid
to work an 80 hour week if I have to in order to get things
as always, was fantastic this weekend. I can see Pastor Bob
looking over at me several times during the service. I wonder
if he is thinking "Oh yeah that is the guy that has been
asking me questions about what this Church is doing".
Yes, that is me. As I said before I think need to fill our
pot full first (the US) to overflow before we have enough
to give to others (countries). It's not that I do not want
to help but when I see US citizens struggling while I see
this country overrun by foreigners who have no allegiance
to this country (they simply want to make this country a carbon
copy of where they left. Sort of like buying a new home and
then just decorating it the way you want. We built this country,
you really have to right to come squat on our soil, tell us
how to run our country and suck our social services dry. All
this is done with no regard for US Citizens who have lost
their jobs to outsourcing or foreigners here on VISAs.) I'm
dumbfounded on a regular basis on why we snug our noses at
our own citizens while we pander to those who break our laws
on a daily basis.
try doing that in another other country -- some of them simply
shoot you -- and you'll find that our immigration laws are
LAX at best! Sorry, another rant but if this keeps up I am
asking my employer if they can send to work in Australia.
racing was great this weekend. If you didn't watch it I assure
you, it was one of the best races to date. I also saw a special
on Discovery where a guy that lost the same fingertip I lost,
doing the same thing I did (flying model airplanes) had it
replaced. Basically they grew him another one. So, I did send
the Doctor my information. I would love to see if he is interested
in performing the same work for me. Hoping I can be a test
subject, lol. Because if I have to pay for it it's going to
be more expensive than I can afford.
-- enough about the babbling. That is it for the week. I hope
the Lord has blessed you immensely. I am still praying for
my Aunt and my Brother-In-Law that everything works out. We
do not understand God's plans -- nor are we supposed to know
them -- until the day comes when he greets us at the gate.
All I know is that I trust Him completely. Lord knows I am
far, far, far more blessed than I deserve.
ending Sunday, June 8th, 2014
So tomorrow I have to head up to the Irvine office
and give a presentation to my boss and my boss' boss :) Such
fun! I know what they want in that presentation so I have
created what I think I need to do (in my own words). Then
I am staying the night for another regional meeting before
driving back down to San Diego. I am supposed to pick up the
big boss tomorrow on the way there. Should be an interesting
conversation for sure.
also have to get my certification done which, after that is
done on Tuesday I will have a few weeks to study before I
take the test. I want to get that done and off the books so
I get my bonus and can make back a small portion of the money
I have spent helping people who refuse to help themselves.
I know that God's plan for me is to help others but I also
think He wants me not to feed them fish, but teach them to
fish. I have tried that many times and I know that when people
are refusing to learn, grow and reach their goals that sometimes
you just have to pull away and leave them to their own devices.
weekend is some WSBK which I am looking forward to. I also
need to get some laundry done and other chores completed as
well as tuning up that presentation and such. Church was awesome
this weekend. You wouldn't believe what the sermon was on
but trust me, if you are a man it was a little unsettling,
to say the least, haha.
summer approaches I am thinking it's time to dust off the
CBR, get the oil and filter changed, check the tire pressure
and make a few runs on the bike. I love riding it but the
weather and work has kept me on two wheels.
is it. Short and sweet. Have a great weekend!
ending Sunday, June 1st, 2014
grateful and the ungrateful..
Have you ever wondered if the good deeds you are
doing to help others go not only unnoticed but even blown
over? In this case I have helped someone close to me who is
having hard times (let's face it, they have had "hard
times" their entire life). In this case I not only paid
for a car for them (which I found out had a blown engine)
but paid for the motor to be repaired. Then just this last
week I found out this person "pawned" the car for
furniture to get into some Government Assisted housing. Ok,
I understand that but why not call me and ask me for help
with the furniture. Things you don't pawn: Anything you need
to survive. That includes you mode of transportation to work,
your phone, food, clothing, etc. Things that are needed on
a day to day basis.
top of that, this "person" couldn't pay their own
phone bill. So after paying $3000.00 to fix the car and another
$1000.00 to get the car out of pawn I paid for a phone with
a 2GB data plan. The point of the phone is so that this person
doesn't have to pay the phone bill, so they can take calls
from school for the kids, take calls for job interviews, etc.
You know what this person said to me? "I need more than
2GB of data!!!" No "Thank you" no "I appreciate
you helping me out. Nope. They have the audacity to complain
that the phone they do not have to pay for doesn't have enough
data to meet their needs.
when I check in with this person, because I laid down some
ground rules for my assistance I get a "I'm busy right
now, stop bro-mancing me!" Really?! I just spent over
$4000.00 so you have transportation AND I paid for you to
have a phone and you think I am "bugging" you? This
person has no problem "bugging me" while I am at
work complaining about the peril they brought upon themselves
but now when I want to know that they are using gifts from
God to make a positive impact on their life I am "bothering"
them. There is nothing more in this life that is more unrewarding
than helping the most UNGRATEFUL people on the planet. I think
at this point I will just stop helping this person because
if anyone had helped me the way I have helped them I would
be the most grateful person on this planet.
fact, people that were there for me when I was injured almost
5 years ago, I thank them as much as possible. I go out of
my way to do things for them to show them how thankful I am.
I would never, ever "bite the hand that feeds me"
for crying out loud. I am just disappointed in the way people
who are lazy, who do not want to get a job, who do not hold
themselves accountable for their own actions are so ungrateful
when people go out of their way to help them. I could have
used that money to go to Europe this year (which was my plan)
but that isn't going to happen. I could use that money to
put that in my retirement.
know what? We we all stand before our Maker, He is going to
ask us "What did you do for those who have helped you?"
and they will have no answer. They will have to hold themselves
accountable not to me, but to He is on High. I will tell you
something. I never, EVER want to be in front of the Lord and
be embarrassed with my own behavior. I am grateful that God
has a plan for me and I have never taken it for granted. I
have worked really hard to help others but when I run into
situations like this the only thing I can say is "What
are you going to say to God when he asks you the same questions?
What will be your answer for your behavior?" Woe be unto
top of that, my Aunt has been diagnosed with liver cancer
and my bother in law has skin cancer. Please pray for them
both. They are good people and they take care of their families.
This is God's way of getting our attention that this is a
short life on earth. How are you going to spend it? I am going
to make the most of the blessings God has given me to help
others. But I will use more scrutiny on who I help and how
much help I will offer. You either take advantage of that
help and get yourself straightened out or you can wallow in
the mire on your own. I will not keep "feeding people
fish" that refuse to learn how to fish on their own.
is it for this week. I have to finish training and I have
a presentation to complete this week for a meeting on the
9th so I am already behind. Pray for me that I get through
this and pray for others who are far more dire circumstances
than I am in. I thank the Lord every day for the blessings
I have received and have tried not to be bitter but to be
honest, I am angry person today...