FOR MARCH 2008
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ending March 30th, 2008
long work week. A couple of 12 hour days and I've gotten many
of my projects out the door and on their way to certification.
In the process though, my boss is leaving. He accepted a promotion.
In a little over a year at my new job, I'm soon to be on my
third boss. I wonder if I should start taking this personal
- LOL. Nah, I am happy for my boss that he's moving up the
Corporate ladder. I really enjoy what I do and feel like I'll
be on this level for some time and that suits me just fine.
I like the lab a lot!
year at Chris McAuley's funeral the Pastor made a comment
that didn't sit right with me. It was a knock on Rick Warren
and "A Purpose Driven Life". I made it a point after
the service to track the Pastor down at his office and politely/respectfully
let him know that I didn't think his comments were Godly or
appropriate -- especially at a funeral. My friend's funeral.
I really like my new Church. But this weekend we had an "Associate
Pastor" giving the message and once again, there was
a knock on Rick Warren. I wasn't able to get to the Pastor
so I wrote him an email, again using tact and professionalism,
that his comments weren't necessary. We're all on God's side
here. If I wasn't for Rick Warren, "A Purpose Driven
Life" and Saddleback Church, I would not be a Christian
today and definitely not as strong in my faith. That's how
much of a positive influence Rick has had on my life. Heck,
I was Baptized at Saddleback. Saddleback is an excellent Church
for new believers and that is where I was at during the time
I was a member. But as my heart yearned to grow closer to
God, I needed a Church that really dug into God's word and
that's what I have now.
Christians, we need to remember to stick together, that God
has a plan for us all, and to not be afraid to stand up for
God's word -- whenever -- wherever.
than that, I've been really busy and learning a lot. A new
paint job for the RR will happen whenever I get the time to
take the bodywork off and can find a local, reputable painter.
I think I'll just stick to track days since I still have a
ton of fun and can do it at my leisure.
check back in with you guys next week. Oh
yeah, congrats Bro on the new job!
ending March 23rd, 2008
this week started off kind of weird. I had a Doctor's appointment
on Sat and to my surprise he removed the stitches (only 5
of them but still!) Then I had to do some tap dancing to get
him agree to let me do the track day on Monday. After promising
to ride in the street group he said I could go. "Just
take it easy and don't ride too hard." I agreed.
drove up to Streets (Rosamond) on Sunday. On the way there
I stopped in OC and had dinner with my friend Alex and his
family. That was fun. At around 7:30 I hit the road, making
it to the hotel and in bed by 10pm. Monday morning I woke
up early and headed to the track, parked, ate some breakfast,
gulped down some coffee (which I am not supposed to be drinking
-- ssssh!) and waited for the my first track day since my
last race in August.
was really cold so I didn't want to hit the first session.
Since I was under orders, I followed them and signed up for
the Street group. That was kind of a humbling experience since
I've been a racer (now retired, lol) but something I needed
to do. I couldn't lean off the bike too far so that limited
my traction in the corners. I only got in one session before
lunchtime. The Sport and Race groups had several crashes so
that slowed things up.
now the funny story. My bike was parked in front of my trailer
on the rear stand, which has a big red handle. A BIG
RED HANDLE. There was
about 40 feet of room behind the bike for people to walk or
ride their bikes to the starting grid. Keep that in mind.
FOURTY FEET. Around 1:30, after my second
session, the guy in the space next to me is walking from his
trailer to the somewhere up front and TRIPS over my bike stand.
He goes tumbling down and my bike soon follows him. Now the
left side of my bike had some damage from being T-Boned last
year and the right has damage from today's incident (much
worse) to go along with it. So I have scratched and broken
up bodywork on my bike and I'm not the one who caused any
of it (haha). As I watched the bike fall (no way I could rush
up and reach it in time given my condition) all I could say
was "DUDE, COME ON MAN!!!!!" - LOL.
his defense, he was very apologetic and offered to pay for
the damage but I just told him "It's ok, don't worry
about it." Yes, I was visibly angry (he had plenty
of space to walk, why he chose to walk so close to my bike
I'll never know) but I did not vent my anger AT him. I just
kept quiet, picked the bike up and parked it in the trailer.
I had one more session for the day so I wanted to test the
bike to make sure there wasn't any mechanical damage -- and
it ran flawlessly. It's a Honda, come on :) I guess it's time
to pony up for another paint job. Maybe now I'll finally pay
someone else to do it. He didn't mean to do it, so I can't
really be angry. Stuff happens...
I did get to hang out with a few friends for the day and help
them with some issues with their bikes so that was good. I
always like passing on the knowledge I have learned when it
comes to bikes hoping to give riders the freedom to do their
own maintenence and hopefully help them to understand how
to make the bike suit their riding style.
week at work has been rather hectic. I pulled late nights
almost every night as I had a super important project due.
Kind of weird to leave the office after 12am (can you say
16 hour work days!?). Security actually turned the lights
off around 10pm and I had to coerce them to turn them back
on. They did not, however, shut off the A/C, which I don't
understand. It was already cold in there. The good news is
I got the project completed and I have one more to do as far
as priority deliverables right now for the year. My plate
is full at work and that's good as I really, really like what
I do and the people I work with.
weekend was Easter. I hope if you never go to Church you at
least made some effort this weekend. Our Pastor's message
was great as always. Like I said last week, his messages are
always direct, to the point and right from the word.
about it for this weekend. I plan on taking off the race plastics
on the RR soon and sending them in to be repainted in the
same scheme. Not even sure I am going to use my racing number
since I don't plan on racing anymore. Maybe just for sentimental
the rest of your East Sunday and as I always say: "Keep
'er shiny side up!"
ending March 16th, 2008
:) Went to the doctor yesterday and he took out 'me stitches
and said "I'll see you in three weeks for a checkup."
I said "Wait a sec, Doc. I want to know if I can go to
the track on Monday" and he said "No, absolutely
not. I don't want you bouncing around on a dirt bike and risking
injury." Realizing he didn't know what "kind"
of track I was talking about I said "Well wait. I mean
street riding on my track bike. It's not dirt, it's just going
around a racetrack ummm, kinda fast." He said "Ok
that is fine but no racing." When I explained the groups
he said that he wanted me in the "street" group
so I wouldn't go crazy and do something stupid. I promised
him I would and I intend to keep that promise.
I am free and clear for tomorrow and excited. I haven't been
to the track in almost 8 months and have never actually ridden
"Streets" (the smaller track at Willow Springs).
So this will be a fun an interesting experience. I just know
to take it easy. In fact I don't even think I am taking the
tire warmers or generator because I don't want to be tempted
to go full bore. I am stopping by Alex's tonight on the way
there and helping him with his suspension so I'll tell him
then that I am not taking the generator. haha.
man, last night was Palm Sunday service (well, a day early)
and my Pastor had a great message that really spoke to me
as a follower of Jesus. He said you have to stop "trying"
to follow Jesus and start "dying" to follow Him.
It really opened my eyes because we often say "I am trying
to stop this..." or "I am trying to stop that..."
but in reality we never do. It's because we try but don't
commit. When you are dying to do something, the you put in
100% effort, no less. And dying to follow Him is the same
as dying to one's self. Great message. My friend thinks my
Pastor is too "Preachy" but he is exactly the kind
of Pastor I wanted and needed. I'm glad to have found him.
than that, things are going SPLENDID, thank you. I am still
having water heater problems here. Think "flood"
one day and "cold shower" the next. We're trying
to get this thing fixed but the homeowner's insurance doesn't
want to replace it. It was replaced 4 years ago (with a really
cheap one) and I think that is why this one isn't lasting.
It's totally on it's last leg and I think sooner rather than
later this thing is gonna pop and take the washer/dryer with
it. Suicide by machine, who'da thunk it?? haha.
you guys are doing fantastic and talk to you soon. Might have
some pictures up from the track sometime next week so check
back when you can.
ending March 9th, 2008
was a very quiet week. Nothing too much out of the ordinary.
Actually that's far, far from the truth :)
actually doing some work for a presentation tomorrow (Monday)
that I have do while waiting for the MotoGP races to start
on Speed. So I have "Tora, Tora, Tora" on the TV.
Let me check when it's on. D'oh! I just now looked and the
race starts on Speed at 7pm! I don't ever remember them waiting
this long to show the race. Maybe because it was run at night
really I am laid up at the moment (and a little dizzy). Not
going to go into any details but suffice to say I am fine
and recovering. It reminded me a lot of when I crashed at
Willow a couple years ago and broke my collar bone. There
was a lot of "fuzzy-ness" mixed in with passing
out, lol. I can't remember much from Friday around 2pm to
Saturday AM when I woke up. No, I didn't have an accident,
in case you are wondering. But given the meds, haha, it's
best I not write too much right now.
about all I want to write at the moment. I'll fill in more
next week. Have a good one and keep 'er shiny side up!
ending March 2nd, 2008
was a great week, work and personal wise :) At work I managed
to get three projects done and complete an install of some
software I had been trying to install for six months after
many, many delays. It feels good to finally get those projects
off my shelf and to push forward with other solutions. I have
some very important projects coming up that are imperative
to the infrastructure so I need all the time I have to burn
week is going to be busy as I am taking a half day off on
Friday for personal reasons so I'll have to stave off the
gym for a few days. Speaking of which the workouts are really
helping. I am almost back to my maximum weight without gaining
any fat. I look better now than I did a year ago and way better
than I did when I got out of boot camp. All the hard work
over the years has really paid off. So many people quit when
they don't see instant results but I knew for me at least
that it would take some time for the results I wanted. I'm
really glad I stuck it out.
MotoGP starts next weekend. We've also started the WSBK races
and I think AMA Racing is starting soon so I'll have plenty
of racing to watch in between snowboarding and golfing trips,
haha. I've also put the new guitar to good use and have been
working on my chops again. I literally stopped playing for
a couple years and didn't realize how far out of playing shape
I had gotten. But now I can play most of the songs I used
to be able to play and am adding a few more to my repertoire.
I don't think I have another band in my future but you never
know. It's always fun to go jam with friends or keep company
entertained. You haven't laughed until you've done some home
impromptu shows, haha.
of racing I think I am done, though I will be hitting the
track here soon. I haven't even seen a track since August
of last year, which is a long time for me. But I've been riding
the Bandit to work whenever the weather allows and lately
it's been awesome. So while racing may not be in my future
there will always be track days and lots of rubber to lay
down on the track.
was great as always. I got myself signed up to do a two day
missionary trip to Mexico to build houses. I've been wanting
to do that for a long time. Since I'm not racing it's another
good way to do the Lord's work and to reach out to others.
They know that I have a truck, lots of tools and a trailer
to carry all the materials and supplies we'll need.
of Church, I have some friends from Saddleback in the area
today and they are on their way over so I need to be going
soon. They want to check out the new place and see how close
I live to the beach (literally it's about a mile walk to a
really nice beach with lots of surfing opportunities).
with that, I'll wrap up this week's blog. Hope you are all
having a great weekend and I'll be sure to check in soon.
There's pictures coming so don't go too far now, ya' hear?
'er shiny side up!