FOR JUNE 2007
ending June 24th, 2007
night my friend came over and helped me work on my cover song.
She has a nice voice so when all the tracks are done it will
sound pretty good. We hung out for a while and had dinner
and basically just chatted about nothing in particular. She's
cool peeps and good to hang out with. We'll finish up the
song after I get back from my vacation after the 4th.
of the vacation, my best friend from HS called on Saturday
to check the fight info and set up a golf game for Friday.
We haven't played golf since I was home in 2005 so it will
be good to hang out with him and rap about what's been going
on in our lives. Everything is all planned out. I'm taking
my nieces and nephew to Bush Gardens in Tampa a week from
tomorrow so I bet they are looking forward to that. I know
I am. Haven't been to an amusement park in a while so that'll
just got through watching the MotoGP race from the UK. Nicky
had his best grid placement all year and just like the last
wet race, he tucked the front. There's been at least 3 wet
races this year and he hasn't done well in any of them. At
least the new chassis seems to be working for him and hopefully
he can get back on the podium soon. Keep the faith, bro.
yeah, this past week at work was excellent. I got to do
some serious testing in the lab on servers that were breaking
down in the field. I got the problem to duplicate in the
lab but for different reasons. I have a couple days next
week to resolve the problem before I'm out of town. Work's
been going great and I love it. I just can't wait to get
moved to SD and cut out this long commute. Only 5 more weeks
of driving before that happens. That reminds me, I need
to start packing!
Not much else going on this week. I was going to post a
rant but figured why bother? Not my place to criticize or
judge others so I will leave that alone. That's one thing
I am learning. The less I say the better off I am. "Silence
is a friend who never betrays." (read Proverbs for
I get back from Florida I am going to tear into the RR.
It needs a lot done. The chain/sprockets, oil, filter and
air cleaner need to be changed as well as replacing the
water-wetter and fluid. I also have to safety-wire the water
drain bolt. They almost DQ'd me from WSMC last month for
that so I have to get it done. Next month will be my last
race on the 180 rear tire. I have a new set of 190s ready
to go and will also rework the stock suspension (new valves/internals)
and get it setup by a pro. I'm hoping the bigger tire and
suspension changes will give me more grip and the confidence
to go faster at Willow.
special shout out to my friend Adrian Limon who
is going to be married next weekend. Brother, I wish you
and your soon to be wife the very best. You both are great
people. Just goes to show you that God richly blesses those
who live in His word and you both have been doing that.
I'm out of here to see "Rise of the Silver Surfer".
Have a good one!
ending June 17th, 2007
great week in the books and one more closer to my trip home
to Florida. I'm really looking forward to hanging with my
friends and family.
week at work was spent on some of my EMC training. That was
good as it has helped me better understand the architecture
of the systems and how control center and power path work.
I'm going to sign up for the EMC classes soon. It requires
a two year commitment to my employer but I am ok with that
as the training cost well over 10k.
had to be at the office on Friday morning for a meeting so
I decided to drive my truck. BIG MISTAKE.
Hah. I thought I would give the Bandit a break and since it
was Friday it wouldn't be as crowded on the roads. Well, there
go my lack of perception skills - exposed. The Del Mar fair
is this week and the roads were jam packed. I left the office
at 1:30 and did not get home until 4:00 pm! I'll be great
when I move closer to work.
just got back from WSMC weekend so the RACING
page has been updated. I arrived at the track late on Saturday
afternoon and was surprised to see there were a lot of open
spaces. Some of it had to do with everyone going to Miller
this weekend and some of it may have been a protest against
what happened with Larry (OR maybe just that it was Father's
Day???). Either way, it was an interesting weekend and I was
not really happy with how I performed. In fact, I downright
stunk up the joint. See the racing page for the GORY details.
song is coming along great. I have a friend coming over soon
to help me finish up the back up vocals. She has a great voice
so it will definitely help make the song even better. Hopefully
I'll get it on the site soon. I have put one of my mom's covers
up there as well. She had a great voice and I think it would
be a shame not to share it with others. It's a song I remember
her singing as a kid and always made me sad. Go to the MUSIC
page to hear it.
those asking, I am up to Hosea now so I should be finished
up with the OT soon.
getting myself cleaned up as I am bolting out of here to hang
the rest of the day with my friend. Hope you had a great week.
FATHERS DAY to all you dads out there.
ending June 10th, 2007
updating the blog early this am (Sun) as I slam a hot coffee.
Getting ready to bolt out of here in a few minutes and hang
out with friends for the day.
Sunday, after I made my blog entry, my friend and I went to
dinner and the movies. She's interesting in learning to ride
so after a nice dinner and the movie I took her for a safe
but spirited ride through Santiago Canyon Road. The road has
a lot of overhanging trees which act as a canopy most of the
way. When you ride at night your headlights illuminate the
trees and it becomes a really serene, romantic sort of ride.
She definitely enjoyed riding on the back of the Bandit and
said other than the blind drop (it's really neat but can scare
you if you don't know the road) she had a great time. So did
week I turned in my notice that I am not renewing my apartment
lease. It's funny but they countered by offering to "only"
raise my rent by $75.00/mo. Ummm.....no thanks! I mean, my
place it great and all. A/C, attached garage, W/D hookups
inside (coz let's face it, sharing laundry facilities really
bites!), etc. I have found much better places in SD -- for
less money -- with better amenities. (like a bigger garage,
an extra room, two stories, etc).
Friday night I went to dinner with my friend Alex and his
wife, Irena. We went to "You and I Sushi" in Laguna
Hills. That's the place we had a SCS get together a couple
of years ago. It's good to see Alex and his family are doing
well. Alex works for Toyota now so when I buy my next truck,
I'll see if he can swing me a deal (that or use my EDS GM
employee discount). I think for now I am done buying new cars.
Maybe an '08 600RR so I can keep up at the track. (haha, it
ain't the bike -- it's the rider who's slow!)
morning I got up early to help my friend Derek clean the carbs
on his 1985 Yamaha 700 Maxium. After we got 'er humming like
a sewing machine he treated me to Indian for lunch. Thanks
mang! Let's do that again soon before I leave. After that
it was my work out then church at 6:30 with Doug Fields. He's
great and always keeps me laughing. Yesterday was about circumcision
so you know it was hilarious (yet still a good message).
of working out, switching my lifting to Fri/Sat/Sun (off Mon-Thur)
instead of splitting during the week has really helped out
a lot. The pure whey protein isolate shakes I am taking ($50.00
a jug!) has been helping too so thanks, Dan! I've gained 10
lbs of muscle without adding fat or using steroids. My goal
is 180lbs and super lean (11% BF right now) by the end of
2007 and that seems very attainable.
That's it for now. WSMC next weekend then Florida on the 27th
(no blog report that week as it will be combined with the
Stay out of trouble :)
ending June 3rd, 2007
can I say but another fantastic week! I managed
to get two very important projects completed at work. Both
of them patches for ECC. These were two solutions that had
to go out to the field ASAP so it really built a lot of confidence
to get them completed and approved so quickly. We all celebrated
by having dinner after work on Thursday with one of our vendors.
Speaking of which, that dinner was interesting. It turns out
the Regional V.P. is also a rider. We got to chatting a bit
about riding when my friends mentioned that I race. The V.P.
was like "Oh really? Tell me more about that..."
so we got into a long discussion about my goals as a privateer
racer: a) Not crashing, b) Not getting lapped and c) Not finishing
last - haha. Anyway, I mentioned I was looking for a sponsor
and they seemed very interested in getting involved. Stay
tuned, I might just have major (read: monetary investment)
sponsorship in the next few months.
Saturday I rolled into the 6:30 pm service at Saddleback when
I noticed the band was about to go on and there were no stage
lights. It seems the person who normally runs them wasn't
there. I mentioned my previous musical/stage experience with
lighting so I got nominated to run them. They have a very
complex lighting system and it took me roughly 15 minutes
to really start to figure it out. Once I got it going things
were relatively OK. I didn't blind anyone and most people
didn't even notice (except when I was fumbling around looking
for the spotlight to put on Pastor Clayton - haha). Best of
all, no one got hurt (grin). So...I got to serve the Church
in a way that I had never thought of before. Too bad I am
leaving OC and Saddleback soon. It was fun running the lighting
and I had a front row seat for Rick's sermon.
week I was asked if I would do a special "newbie"
training session for a group of new female riders. My friend,
who lives in Riverside, had attended one of my newbie rides
and said she learned a lot and asked if I would do it again
for her and many of her friends. I told her I would be happy
to. Stay tuned as I'll be posting more info on the time/date
of the class if you are interested in attending. Make note,
this is a female rider only class.
Lastly, the cover song isn't done but that's because I need
a female vocalist to help me with the backup tracks and one
of my good friends is going to help me. That will delay the
release of the song but I promise it will be worth the wait!
about it for now. I am getting ready to go to dinner/movies
with a friend. Should be loads of fun because--she sure is!
you next week. Same time, same "Bat" channel. -
Ride safe :)