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Week ending Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Well it's been a good -- well GREAT week socially as I've got to spend more time with friends, hang out, socialize and get my personal life back in order. This week I spent Easter with the "Springer" family (pics posted on FaceBook) which is always a lot of fun. They always make the best meals and it's always fun to hang out with them. Also hung out with my friend Jason this weekend as well, but that was for another reason.

Not so sure about the new job that I accepted here. It seems they are not using me for what I bring to the table as far as experience goes. They have me doing basic SAN stuff, which I've done for years and that's fine, but the job description was to do SAN Architectural work -- I thought they wanted me to help them fix their infrastructure. I am not sure if that is due to me being new or that they don't have a focus on what they're trying to accomplish.

Hopefully that gets resolved tomorrow. I think one of three things are going to happen.

a) They fire me.
b) I resign.
c) The get me on track with what I am supposed to be doing.

Those are the only three options I think that are available. There really is no "in-between" option. I left VA where I was doing SAN Architectural and Engineering work which later was relegated to SAN Admin work when I got everything accomplished. That is why I took this position so I could get back to what I love doing -- fixing broken things. We'll see what happens and I really don't know what it is, but I do know one thing: My faith in God is strong and He never puts me in a position where I will fail. And even so, if I do, it leads me to better things. I know it's only been three weeks and I might be a bit impatient but at some point they have to stop the bleeding which is why they hired me.

I didn't go to Church this weekend as Horizon wanted us to bring a new person to Church and I didn't' have one so I watched it online. It's nearly the same as being there so I am ok with that. I still am glad to be back to my "home" Church and always look forward to visiting every week.

I finally got the replacement fairing for my CBR (also pics on FB) so I got to do a shakedown run on Saturday. Maybe next weekend I will make a run up to Palomar Mountain and see how it goes the race tires that haven't been scrubbed in yet. I will take the opportunity to do so as soon as I get up that mountain.

That's about it for this week. I'll post what happens at work when I have more information. Consider "no news" as "good news". Hope you had a fantastic weekend. Remember: "HE HAS RISEN!" God bless you all.




Week ending Sunday, March 24th, 2013
Second week down...

Yet another week down at the new job and "so far" everything is going OK. I have learned a few things about where I am at what they are trying to accomplish. I also know why they like CLI (I'm more of a GUI type guy, because I visualize everything in my head and CLI doesn't let you do that -- maybe I am simply not that imaginative?!). Anyway, the second week is down and I have a good idea of what we're trying to accomplish here. So work is going OK and I am waiting for that first paycheck to arrive. Possibly in the next two weeks then I'll be OK. It cost me a TON of money to move myself back here and I've been something I haven't been in a LONG time: BROKE! LOL.

Friday I went to Sushi dinner with my "mentor" from EMC and her and I think a lot alike. Probably because all that I know I learned from her. She did say some nice things about my old work at the company I worked for back here in 2007-2011 (documentation) and that it was spot on. That people using it and complaining about it were not reading the documentation through. Well, you gotta read every part of the document and be sure you're doing the right thing so there you have it.

My town home here is starting to shape up. I just need to start unpacking more boxes. The furniture is all laid out and the house is clean now. Once I have some income coming in again I'll get the things that I need, get some groceries, catch up on some bills (they are being paid, just the minimum amount for now). I still don't have the replacement fairing for the CBR yet that the movers damaged so as soon as I get that on the bike I will start riding it to work.

Church was great again at Horizon and we had another speaker that I liked a lot. I will probably not go to the Palm Sunday service next week if I cannot find a guest. They're trying to get people to Christ by bringing friends and well most of my friends here are already going to their Church so they are ok. If I can't find someone to go I will watch the service online. That's OK with me as well. I can miss the traffic :)

Honestly that is about it for the week. Just been staying busy with work and getting the house stuff done. The home I own in VA, the people renting it are happy with the place (they should, it's brand new!) so I don't have to worry about that for now. As soon as things settle down I will get back to flight school and finish everything up. I cannot wait to have my pilot's license and just go fly, ride the bike and enjoy the lifestyle here I have been missing since I left San Diego.

Hope you all have a blessed week!


Week ending Sunday, March 17th, 2013
First week at the new job in books...

And another great sermon by Pastor Bob at Horizons, so glad to be home.

The first week of work was pretty good. There is just a lot of things I have to learn at the new company I am at and some things that need to be updated and/or changed. When you jump from one environment to another everything really needs to be standardized and on the same page, so to speak. That's really what I am working on the most right now is gathering data and making sure that I put a couple of options (at least) for the new company to mull over and decide which way they want to go.

As for the house I am in now -- well that is another story. The house still isn't complete and once it is (this week or next) then I'll be able to start making it livable. Right now I am on a tight budget because I had to pay out a lot of money out of my own pocket to get back here. So we'll see how that goes since I don't think my first paycheck is still another 30 days away. Have enough my my account to pay the mortgage and rent but that's about it. This is where you need to have faith in God that He will provide and I am not going to worry about it. He will show me the way I should go. Just like going to VA and coming back to SOCAL.

I do miss my house a lot, lol. It was MINE and new and well, here I go complaining again but this place is more expensive and about 35 years old! But I am learning to deal with it because of the weather and my friends being here and especially my Church, which is fantastic and I have missed it a lot. As soon as I get the replacement fairing for the CBR I plan on getting back to riding to work and getting around. Maybe a Palomar Mountain run again when the weather is warm enough. That is such a fun ride. And let's not forget that we can play golf here year round.

I wish I had a lot more to update on the site this week but again I am still setting in. I'm sure things will get more complicated before it starts to settle down. In the meantime have a great weekend!


Week ending Sunday, March 10th, 2013

First update back in SOCAL...

Ok well the last time I wrote the weekly blog I was still in my place in Virginia and now as I sit and write this I am in San Diego, in my new (but smaller) place and just getting back into the normal groove. Well technically that starts tomorrow when I arrive at the new job. Since the last time I wrote I have driven to Florida from Virginia, got to spend a day with my family before being told my stuff would arrive sooner than expected. So I left Sunday morning, arrived in Florida that night (at 10pm) then left for San Diego Tuesday morning and arrived in San Diego Wednesday night. How's that for trucking fast?! LOL!

When I got here I met the person who I am leasing the town home from and my friend Jason who has been a God-send since I've been here. He's helped me out a lot with getting things organized. He help me upload my stuff from the movers (who, by the way, destroyed the fairing on my CBR! GRRR!) -- I mean he really went out of the way to help me out a lot. I went with him to the new office on Friday to get some paperwork completed, we did lunch and then I slept in my house in Del Mar. On Saturday I worked with the DirecTV and Time Warner guys to get my internet and TV working (yay!) and also worked with the contractors who are still, at the time of this writing, days if not weeks behind the 8 ball with getting this place into shape. I told them they will have to work Saturdays since I am not going to be here during the week.

On Saturday night I went back to my old Church (Horizon North County) where I met with one of my friends I haven't seen in a long time as well as the Pastor (Roger) who helped me and my family out a lot when I was in the hospital in 2010. I can't believe it's already been that long but I am grateful for the people in my life who have gone far and above what is necessary to help me along. I know that God has planned this all out for me so it's in my best interest to trust in the Lord and let Him work His miracles in my life -- and there have been a lot of them. It was good just to be back to my normal church, setting into the old routine that made me happy (prayer) and being surrounded by friends.

Look, I know leaving for VA was God's plan for me as well as coming back here. It was well known that I wasn't adjusting well to the cold and the lack of friends so I think God said "I need you to be back with your brethren and back into My word) which is what I am doing.

There are still a lot of things that need to be done with this house and it's going to take a long time before this place is livable. I still do miss the friends I made in VA and I DEFINITELY miss my own home but what can you do? My place is now rented and that part is taken care of. Eventually I will try to buy a place out here when/if I can find something that I like and makes sense.

Today (Sunday) I played golf with my good friend Jack as well as Jason and that was really fun to be with the old crew. Pretty soon I am going to set up a get-together with other friends I haven't seen in a long time, put my nose to the grindstone at work, get things back in order here and then finish up with my pilots license. Almost finished that before I left and that's something off my bucket list that needs to be done.

Well I think that is about it for now. I have to get my laundry done and get ready for my new job tomorrow. I am very thankful for the great people I met and worked with in VA and I know we'll do the same here in San Diego. I am definitely enjoying the warm weather, cool breezes and the relaxing atmosphere that comes with living in SOCAL.

Hope you had a great and blessed week and talk to you later!


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