FOR MAY 2007
ending May 27th, 2007
week for sure as we had NetAPP training M-F in San Diego.
I actually had to commute home a few times but that worked
out OK. What we learned on the NetAPP SAN via their Lab was
invaluable and we're going to be taking more training in a
few weeks. Definitely studying and learning a ton and hope
to get my NetAPP CE soon. The tests are apparently pretty
over my bible the other day as I finished Jeremiah I noticed
that I have less than 100 pages before completing it entirely
- start to finish (I read the NT first). I plan on starting
over again with the goal being to read it through once a year.
Something interesting I learned in Church this weekend was
that if you want God to bless a part of your life (careers,
finances, friendships, relationships, hobbies, etc) then you
have to put God first in all of them. That's something I realize
I hadn't been doing in the past but have earnestly over the
last year or so. I can safely say I feel my life has been
richly blessed. And it happened soon after I put God first
- in everything.
finally found some time today to upload the pictures
of my family that had been missing (all on my
mom's side since I don't know my biological father). Thank
you, Joanne, for forwarding them to me.
a funny note, today I was replacing the chain and sprockets
on the Bandit when my Motion Pro chain tool broke. It didn't
simply break - it snapped in half! - D'OH! Well, the thread
for the main press did. It's about 1" thick so I don't
know how I did that. I don't think I over-torqued it but it
snapped anyway. Either way it's time to swing by Cycle Gear
tomorrow to see if they have another or I'll be driving my
truck to work all week! (...and it's not-so-good on gas if
you know what I mean...)
bought a book this week called "Performance Riding
Techniques" (A. Ibbott). It's a bunch of interviews
and riding advice from most of the top riders on the MotoGP
circuit (yep, even Nicky). It has some great advice on braking,
cornering, overtaking, starts, mental preparedness and so
much more. I've really learned a lot about braking which I
hope translates into lower lap times next month at Willow.
I rank it right up there with "Total Control"
(L. Parks) as far as invaluable riding information. I don't
have plans to be a MotoGP racer but I do want to insure I
don't get lapped. haha. =)
been slacking on the cover songs but tomorrow is a lazy day.
I'll try and finish it up and have it online before "shut-eye"
time. That's it for now. Have a great week!
Big shout out to my little bro, Joe, who took second place
in his first race! (Racing a Mustang on an oval). Gratz and
ending May 19th, 2007
will be a rather short update. I am headed to Willow in the
morning (tomorrow) to do a few practice sessions then racing
on Sunday. If I get home early enough I'll update the racing
page. Otherwise it will have to wait as I'll be out of town
all next week for NetAPP training! (Good stuff!!!!!!!!!)
this week has been super busy. In fact I haven't even had
time to work on the song I wanted to add to the site. That
will have to wait until next weekend. I have a ton of pics
to add to the site of my family
in Boston so I'll do that later in the week as well. (patience,
looking forward to heading home next month. I really like
visiting my family and friends. It seems every time I go home
I bump into someone I haven't seen since my high school days.
Time really does change people -- in more ways than one.
Everything else is going great. No complaints! :)
it for now. Catch ya later...
ending May 12th, 2007
past week I received my "final" secret clearance,
so I am now legit. We celebrated by building a bunch of W2K
servers in the lab. The fun part is after we build them, we
get to try and break them. And break them we have, haha. In
fact, we broke one of them so badly that I have to spend next
week fixing it :)
know what a science/space geek I am, right!? For the first
time in a while the night sky has been clear and Mars super
bright so I broke out my 6" telescope and got some great
views. It was too bright outside to see nebulae but it was
still awesome. I plan on getting a better telescope with GPS
and camera mount so I can take photos.
now....some bad news. The Bandit doesn't look like it's going
to make it much longer as is. The bore job wasn't done correctly
and I am losing far too much oil. I will wait until I move
at the end of July to fix it. Shouldn't be too hard or expensive
to fix though and will be a fun project. By that time I should
have my dog too :)
week I finished reading Jeremiah and have started on Isaiah.
I should be done with the entire Bible soon and then -- I'll
start all over again :) I'm also nearly done with "Knowing
God" (J.I. Packer). All this reading lately has me considering
going back to school and completing my degree. I think I finally
know what I want to major in. Any guesses?! It'll be hard
to find the time as it is now but I am determined to finish.
instrument tracks are done for one of the cover songs I'm
working on (Thanks Jeff!). All that's left is to record the
vocals which I'll do tonight. This is definitely going to
be a challenge but I am up to it. The song should be up on
the site sometime later this week.
entire weekend was a blast. On Sunday I went to Saddleback
with friends at 9am then spent the day with them and their
mom(s). And yes, we did have Indian for lunch (woot!). Happy
Mother's Day to my mom, my sister, my mom-away-from-mom and
all you moms out there.
it for now. See you next weekend at Willow where I'll have
those stickers in remembrance of Chris McCauley. Come by and
see me if you want one. Just look for bike #602.
ending May 6th, 2007
but busy week. Last Sunday I drove my friend's moving van
from Lake Elsinore, CA to Albuquerque, NM. Counting the time
change it took 13-1/2 hours. I would have made it sooner but
the 15 was shut down for a while to run power lines across
the freeway, the 40 was narrowed down to 2 lanes in several
spots and of course the moving van had a speed governor. The
maximum speed was 75 MPH (d'oh! - lol) and it managed to remind
me (constantly) why I love my Toyota (rattle, shake, squeak,
etc - boo Ford!) But I got there safely and in the nick of
time. I needed to get to the airport ASAP to catch my 8:45pm
flight back. I pulled into my parking spot around 12:45am
and, since I had been up since 4:00am, immediately hit the
ride was peaceful (aside from the aforementioned squeaks)
and I enjoyed the quiet and solitude. The scenery was awesome
as well. It's easy to forget how nice Northern, AZ and NM
are. Lots of pine trees and green grass everywhere. There
were also thousands of Harley Davidson cruisers on the road
as well, apparently on their way back from a run to Laughlin.
No kidding, every 10 miles or so I would see a bike broken
down on the side of the road.
managed to finish my first project at work (QLogic HBAs) so
that was great. Apparently they like my enthusiasm because
they keep assigning me new projects. That's good because I
am really enjoying all that I am learning. How grateful I
am for God's grace to have landed a job that motivates me
to work hard.
had a friend come look at my apartment on Friday. Hopefully
I can sub-lease it soon and be moved ASAP. I am thinking about
taking the train to work. It's affordable and apparently with
my wireless NIC card I can work and enjoy a coffee while on
the train. The actual price of the train tickets is cheaper
than the amount I would spend on gas -- even on the Bandit.
also spent some time this week on two new cover songs. Music
is still a big part of my life, even though my days of performing
in smoky, alcohol filled clubs is (thankfully) over. Both
of them are by the same artist and the choice of songs just
might surprise you. I have enjoyed this particular artist
for some time and the covers would be a fitting tribute. They
should be on the site in the next few weeks. Let's just hope
I do them justice!
that's about it for now. I am headed out the door in a few
minutes to catch Spider-Man 3 with a friend. Have a great
week and check out the new pictures on the site. See ya next