FOR MARCH 2014
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ending Sunday, March 30th, 2014
quiet, which is a good thing....
Got a little so-so news this week. They are working
on the contract I'm on right now and they are trying to extend
it out until the end of August. That's good and bad. We shall
see how it goes. I am not opposed to whatever the plan man
be. My new boss and I talked about it and she knows I am the
"good trooper" and do what I am asked to do. I feel
if you are blessed with a good job, you owe it to your employer
to fulfill the role they ask you to take, as long as it is
ethical (and it is).
I am keeping my nose to the grindstone, getting my work done
and of course going to finish my certs. I keep saying I am
going to do that but alas, I haven't had a chance to do that.
Since I have a lot of vacation to take I might as well do
some home training and get that done, maybe travel to Europe
as I have been thinking about it and maybe actually going
shopping. I have looked over my clothes and they are so 1999-ish.
It's about time I got with the times, you know what I mean?
was fantastic as always this weekend. Pastor Bob used a really
nice way of getting our attention in that he needs volunteers
for the Easter Services so I signed up for all four weeks
in April, provided of course that I am not on call or that
I have some emergency at work. We'll also see how that goes
but that's one way I feel I can give back to God. I also haven't
been able to find that homeless guy. I hope he got the help
he needed since I have no earthly way to find him.
MotoGP this weekend and I am really scared to say that the
Gator basketball team is in the final four. I know now that
I have said it, I have jinxed it. Bah, that always happens.
Oh well, it's not something I would pray over, but I do hope
they win it out!!!
it for this weekend. Short and sweet. Hope you had a fantastic
weekend and talk to you later!
ending Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
quiet on the home front.
So it's been a really quiet week after a couple of
busy weeks. Very glad for that. Not really much to talk about
other than I took Friday off to relax, hung out with friends
on Saturday (after Church of course) and watched MotoGP racing.
really spent a lot of the week just relaxing and re-charging.
Did some house cleaning and shopping and today (Sunday) I
watched the first MotoGP of the year and it was a really great
for Church, Pastor Bob always lays out God's word straight
from the Bible with no mishmash of us "peasant"
human spin on things. That's just how I like it.
than that, my family is fine -- friends are fine -- work is
ok. I just really feel like keeping it short this week.
a great rest of your weekend!
ending Sunday, March 16th, 2014
ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go...wait I work from home...
That is the only joy of working from home -- and
punishment as well. I was calculating the hours I work in
a week and it's usually right around 60 hours a week. That's
not so bad considering that I don't have to get up, shower/shave/dress
and sit in bumper to bumper traffic all day. In this case,
I actually CAN go run and get my exercise in and do the things
I need to do while working so it's a wash either way.
week I am doing some cluster upgrades which is good but it's
Sat/Sun/Monday and very late at night. I am not even sure
how I get up as early as I do when I don't get to bed until
like 2am. I just know I have to get the job done and if I
don't sleep I can make up for it later. It's a good thing
today is not a run/exercise/lift day or I don't think I'd
have the energy. I really need a nap right now.
was awesome on Saturday night. I know I say that a lot but
I actually mean it. Pastor Bob's message was pretty entertaining
to say the least and he got a few laughs as well. His sense
of humor is evolving but the message is still the same.
went looking for this homeless guy I met on Monday. He has
a family and they live by the river in a tent somewhere. He
has a wife and three kids and he doesn't want a hand out,
he wants a hand UP and that's what I would like to do. I've
already contacted my church and I know he has some kind of
group helping him but he doesn't have a phone number (and
obviously no address) so I will pray that it's God's will
for me to find them and help them get into a reasonable place.
I know this has to be a struggle for the kids as well. Breaks
my heart to see a family go through this and our CIVIL SOCIETY
turns their nose at him.
is the compassion that we had when this country was founded?
What are the people with wealth in abundance? You can't take
that with you when you die. If God has blessed you to be rich,
should you not listen to Jesus' words? "To much is given,
much is expected". Do you serve God or money? Which is
it? What about the people who have been struggling through
this economy? What about Americans that are out of work because
an illegal is here doing the work for far less and under the
don't want to get started on the whole illegal immigration
debate. I'm sorry. You are not an "undocumented immigrant"
-- you ARE an ILLEGAL ALIEN. You are here illegally, that
doesn't make you an immigrant. It makes you a law breaker.
And it's these people who, God bless them -- I understand
they need help too -- but why are we thumbing our noses at
people in our own backyard and taking care of other countries
problems? Let's get this country STRONG again and Americans
working. Only then will be have an abundance to help others.
I know I didn't want to go off on a tirade but I am really
sick and tired of Americans being kicked to the curb and the
taxes from hard working Americans are spent on people who
are here illegally and abuse our laws!
well I didn't want to do that but I did anyway. I am compassionate,
I just want to see this country be a model for other countries.
You can't do that by breaking your own rules and over-extending
yourself. In the process, America itself is lost in the process.
That's already happening now and this country is going straight
down the tubes. With no strong America, what happens to the
world? Tyranny, sin, murders, rapes, invasions, slavery, child
slavery and sex trade, homosexuality in abundance.
wait...that's already happening right now....
ending Sunday, March 9th, 2014
Jose, San Francisco -- it was a good week.
So this week I was up in San Jose and San Francisco
for work. It was supposed to be a team-building event (and
it was) but we also had a lot to talk about. There has been
a change in our current contract and it appears that we'll
be moving off this contract either the end of April or, if
things change, the end of August. Either way I'll be off this
contract and on to another.
OK and I'm fine with that. When I was in San Jose our new
was there and she and I got to talk about where I am headed
with my career and what I want to do. Ideally I want to stay
here in SOCAL (and she knows that) and that I do like working
from home. I actually work harder and longer when I work from
home because I don't have to get up, drive and then drive
back so the time wasted traveling back and forth is spent
actually working. So we'll see where that goes.
spent some time in the San Jose office and then spent a day
in San Francisco. Normally I post photos here but I've been
keeping all new photos on FaceBook as it's easier to manage
and easier to keep more private lol. There was definitely
a lot to do downtown and had a great time with our team. It's
going to stink when we all have to go to different contracts.
I'm sure we'll all stay in touch.
flying part is the thing I can do without. Plus, now is the
time where I have to hunker down and get my certificates completed.
My boss did tell me that she wanted me to put 100% effort
into that so I will be working on that this week. I also may
end up back in Seattle again which I am OK with. It will give
me an opportunity to learn more in depth on Isilon and then
from there, I may end up somewhere else. We'll see.
was great as always this weekend. Pastor Bob was on fire and
I love it when he is energetic and focused. I also got to
watch the WSBK races this weekend which was great! Great races
for sure and who knows what will go on with MotoGP. It's looking
like a farce right now (as bad as AMA was).
honestly about it for this week. Gotta get my chores done
and as the weather warms up I am going to push myself with
my exercise. I want to get that body I've been dreaming about.
Well, that also requires me to eat a little better. I'm in
great shape but I want to be in that "Hey you could be
a male model" kind of shape! Haha. We can always dream.
Have a blessed weekend!
ending Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
the road again, this time for work!
Well it's time to travel for work again and this
time, it's not really that far. It's just "up the road"
to San Jose but it will be for a week of "team building"
-- and we need it. There are some severe changes on the contract
I am working on which really, we have no idea where that is
going to lead. I don't want to give any details other than
the fact that I'll be on the contract for the next three months,
then it's over as far as I am aware.
hoping that is not the case, but it appears on the surface
that is where things are headed. We would like to think the
client will reconsider their position but the more I learned
the more I understood they really didn't want to make that
decision either. They got forced to make that decision. It's
not good for the customer or for us (and my teammates) but
it is what it is. Whenever I get embedded into a contract
I make a lot of friends and it becomes like family to me so
when things like this happens it's a lot like a divorce and
you have to say goodbye to people you care about a lot. Maybe
I am a sentimental fool or something. It's business to some
but to me, it is indeed like family.
least while I am up in San Jose I can check the area out (only
been there once or twice) and I will knock out some of my
training. I won't have much else to do so that's plenty of
"study time in a hotel room" which is what I did
a couple times in Wyoming when the customer's network went
down. I won't have a rental car with me so I won't be going
anywhere anytime soon.
we'll see where things go. I definitely need to finish my
certificates and keep things going as planned. Let's see what
my boss has in store for me as well. He's a good guy and he
cares about his people so I trust that he'll be looking out
else is status quo. Nothing has changed here. Just waiting
for my tax return to come back so I can pay off what is left
on my credit cards and put the rest away to save for a trip
to Europe. Just waiting for my new passport to get here. I
am thinking I will go to the UK but that may change. I might
go where there is a MotoGP race I can attend. It's been 10
years since I have been overseas so it is about time.
is fine, family is fine, friends are fine (as far as they
have been telling me) and I am glad to be back home in San
Diego and getting back to Church. Love it as always and love
listening to Pastor Bob talk.
that is about it for this week. Next weekend we have some
MotoGP starting up which will be great. That always holds
me over until the NFL season starts. Speaking of which I put
a "Tampa Bay Buccaneers" license plate on my car.
Can't wait to get all the laughs from the Charger fans here
in San Diego LOL!
a great rest of your weekend and talk to you soon!