FOR MARCH 2011
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ending Sunday, March 27th, 2011
I am fine -- I think.
don't know what has been going on the last week or so. I wasn't
able to sleep at all M/T/W and then T/F/S/S I have woken up
like I've been drinking all night. I haven't been drinking
and I have been able to sleep but getting out of bed lately
is hard. I think I need to eliminate all of the caffeine I
have been drinking (too much coffee) and I know I am adjusting
to the time change.
also wonder if I am just not eating healthy or something.
I have been forcing myself to drink at least three full 32
ounce bottles of water every day to flush my system out so
I imagine that is part of the problem as well. Still haven't
been to the gym yet though I will as soon as I start FEELING
better. I need to get myself back in shape. When I feel bad
like this all I want to do is veg all day on the couch and
just nap. Can't figure it out.
first week of work is in the books and it's going OK so far.
They really expect a lot of me and I am looking forward to
this challenge. I just want to do a great job and make a good
impression on the company and my boss.
haven't found a new church yet but that is also on my agenda.
Trust me, I feel the distance from God when I cannot go or
am in a new place where I don't know the Churches or people
here. The good thing is that they have a lot of Christian
radio stations here so I can at least listen in a lot.
it for now, I need to rest some more. Hoping I feel better
ending Sunday, March 20th, 2011
in Ashburn, VA :)
well I am here. Arrived in Ashburn on Tuesday AM after leaving
Del Mar, CA on Saturday around 1:30pm. I actually stopped
and slept in hotels each night but I would have rather driven
straight through. It's ok though, I wasn't in a super hurry
to get here. Arrived on the appointed date so all is good.
drive wasn't too bad but I do have to tell you that there
is not much to see on the 40 when you're going through the
middle of the Country. Just lots of open land, lots of desert
and small towns that populate the route. I did enjoy New Mexico
and Tennessee, even though I am certainly not a fan of any
of their football teams, haha.
the 11th was my last day with HP on the NMCI contract. It
was a bitter departure as I was very much in support of both
the Navy and the Marine Corps but now it's just mostly the
Navy. I worked most of the week with some time off on Monday
to help the movers load their truck with all my stuff. I made
sure to pass on as much knowledge as I could before I left
the contract. Can you believe it, the CBR came without a scratch
on it. The guy who was driving, Sergio, was really good and
took good care of the bike and flat screen for me. Props to
ended up giving away a Washer/Dryer to a family that needed
it and I also gave away the CR250R because really, I won't
be able to ride it here. The laws are getting more and more
firm against off-road riding and honestly one bike is enough
for me right now. I also gave away a lot of other things --
all told probably around $2,500.00 worth of stuff. I tried
to make sure that it went to people who needed it, not who
just "wanted" it.
was going to give away my desk but that didn't happen because
the old one basically fell apart so I decided to just toss
it out. When I got to VA I made sure I bought an air mattress
(which I slept on for 3 days in the empty Town Home until
the movers got here on Friday) as well as a small desk. I
also picked up a lot of stuff for the bathrooms as there are
two in this big Town Home along with the attached, two car
garage. Ironically, my truck is TOO BIG to fit in the garage,
lol! At least the bike is in the garage as well as all my
tools and other things I need to work on. I am going to buy
a work bench eventually so I have something to set my other
tools on. Right now the air compressor seems to have stopped
working. C'est la vie.
area is really nice. It's VERY clean (a lot like Irvine, to
be honest) and there are some really rustic historical buildings.
Everything is, well, pretty. There are some photos HERE
on Facebook that I took with my phone when I arrived. I've
already spent more money than I wanted to in order to make
the place presentable when my family arrives in June. We have
a plan to go to DC on the weekend and visit the Washington
Monument, Smithsonian and the White House so I wanted to make
the place as presentable as possible. However, I don't think
I will stay here past the first year of the lease as I will
be on a house hunt -- provided this new position works out.
did have lunch with the new boss on Wednesday and he seems
like a very easy going guy and we both think a lot alike.
He knows that I have leaned a lot from the past four years
working on the most intense DoD contract, at least in my opinion
and the bonus is that we have a lot less restrictions on what
we can or can not do on this new contract (and it's FIVE years!)
That's a good sign because with the old job everything had
to be so locked down that it made it extremely hard to give
the customer the kind of service they wanted. All understandable
but it'll be nice to actually do much more work and lot less
far I haven't found a new Church but that is on my list for
sure. I bet there are some Calvary Chapel based Churches around
here so I'll be looking for one of them soon. I was so excited
to see my bible. The movers grabbed it and stuffed it in one
of the boxes before I noticed it was gone. I thought they
might take it so I wouldn't be upset about that (hey, everyone
should be reading God's word!). When my stuff arrived on Friday
I was extremely happy to be able to sit down and read God's
word, for SURE!
Town Home is starting to look more livable. Since I threw
so much stuff away there are a lot of things that also need
to be replaced. The new desk I have is much smaller than the
old one and that will go downstairs in the work area. I'll
buy a larger desk, a new bed and bedroom furniture and move
the old stuff into the spare room in time for my family when
they get here. That way they don't have to sleep on an air
mattress like I did (no thanks, haha). When I buy a house
I will buy new living room furniture as well as a dining room
table that I like.
is MotoGP racing today but I had to buy the MotoGP package
this year because DirecTV won't be able to install my dish
until this coming Saturday. Everything is here and ready for
them to start but given the rules of the Town Home community
we have to wait for the Board of Governors to approve the
installation on the roof as that is the ONLY place it can
the weather hasn't been too bad. It was really cold when I
got here but it's been warming up. It was even 74 degrees
yesterday so no need for the heater. Oh and if I didn't tell
you this is a THREE story Town Home. First floor is the garage
and office space, second floor is the kitchen, dining room
and living room and the third floor are the two bedrooms,
my bathroom, guest bathroom and the washer dryer. When I think
about it, it's not really that bad but I want to buy a DETACHED
home with a yard that I can mow. You know, with a riding tractor
with headphones so I can listen to music while I cut the grass
in CA has been really supportive and they were wondering if
I would miss California and the answer is no. I will DEFINITELY
miss all the great friends that I have there and I'll make
new ones here as well. Home, Sebring Florida, is only a 12
hour drive away and my relatives in Boston are about 7 hours
away so I don't even have to fly if I don't want to :) The
neighbors are really quiet and I have been introducing myself
to them when I see them. I can tell that VA isn't too much
different than California. I mean, people have their goals
in mind and they don't really interact too much. The main
difference being that people drive here a lot nicer than in
CA and well, I can't white line with my bike anymore. I can
deal with that though.
this blog was longer than I expected it to be. I guess I had
a lot of reflection going on (I certainly had a lot of that
as well on the drive here). I'm sure I could fill the page
up and bore you to death so rather than do that I'll close
it here. Thanks for reading, yes I miss you all in California
and you're always welcome to visit me whenever you want. I
have a spare room ready for you and yes, my BBQ grill is here
a great weekend and be SURE to watch the MotoGP race in a
few hours on Speed TV!!!!!
ending Sunday, March 7th, 2011
is here, but San Diego -- I'm OUT!
this is my last week in San Diego and my last week at HP.
It's been a fantastic four years and I have some great highs
and great lows but overall I have really enjoyed my time here.
Honestly, I've been in California for 25 years now and it's
time for me to go. I came where when I was 17, was stationed
in O.C. at El Toro in the Marines and I just stayed.
the time I have been here I have had some great relationships
and some really, REALLY bad ones. I finally came to grips
with God and accepting Jesus in my life. You know, the Holy
Spirit will eventually take hold of you when you are ready.
Some people will claim they "made" you a Christian
but people don't do that, the Holy Spirit does. People lead
you to the cross, Jesus takes you through to the other side.
Amen to that.
have missed Church a lot lately but that is due to me having
to pack up the condo and get ready to move. I have actually
thrown a lot of stuff out already. Some things that really
meant a lot to me in the past no longer hold any bearing so
they had to go. Sometimes we tend to hold on to things we
shouldn't and even at my age it has taken a long time for
me to get to that point. But the lessons I have learned here
will follow me for the rest of my life.
been doing OK but a little tentative since the "Grand
Mal" Seizure last weekend. I've had sore shoulders, sore
thighs, sore back, headaches a sick stomach and a sore tongue
as well to follow all of that up. The Doctors are not exactly
sure why it happened but they do know that I still have a
lot of healing to do with my brain for this to go away. I
have to stay on the medication and will eventually get a notice
from California DMV saying my license is suspending but the
Doctor said for me to fill out the notice, send it to him
and as long as I stay on the meds, he'll sign it. That's good.
will definitely miss the great weather and so many things
you can do in California but I won't really "miss"
it. What I will miss are the lifelong friendships that I have
made. To me it's like one big family that I have to walk away
from and as sad as that is, they will still be reachable via
Facebook, Email and my cell phone (which is coming with me,
I am not changing my number, lol). I do look forward to the
beautiful area in Northern Virginia that I am moving to and
the four seasons that come with it.
addition I am going to be working on a new contract in operations
which is something that will present a challenge but something
I am really, really looking forward to. I've already started
making friends and the place I am moving into is larger, in
a nice area and even has an ATTACHED two car garage so I can
park both my truck and my motorcycle together and keep them
out of the weather. I am leaving this coming Friday the 11th
so I anticipate I will be there by the 15th. Just need to
hang out on Monday to load everything up into the mover's
truck and toss the rest of the things I no longer associate
that said, this will be the last blog entry until I get settled
in, set everything up and can relax before I start work. I
think I will start sometime after the 15th but more likely
around the 21st or something. We'll see how it goes. I am
also really looking forward to the cross country drive. I
have always loved those long drive and I'll be headed straight
across the I-40. Plenty of places to see and many places to
stop and rest my tired and wounded brain. I look forward to
checking in again with you all when I get to my NEW home :)
a great rest of your week and talk to you later!