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Week ending Sunday, May 26th 2013
It's been another hectic week. Lots of stuff to do at work, so very little time to get it done and again, working a lot of extra hours every week. Sometimes I don't even put all of the extra time on my timecard because you just forget about it when you want to rest. Sad part about being salaried is you can work a lot of extra hours and you still get paid only for 40 so well, it is what it is. Either way, the issues I am trying to resolve, I'll get them fixed. It's just not happening as fast as I would like it to.

Since it's a holiday weekend I at least got a little extra sleep in so far so that is good. I went to a different Church this weekend with my friend and be supportive. Next week I'll be back at mine but Pastor Bob, again, won't be back until September at the earliest. We miss that guy!

I hope tomorrow that I can take a safe jaunt up and down Palomar Mountain a few times. I haven't ridden there since I moved to VA so now that I am back I'd like to go do a morning run and be back by around noon (if possible). Gotta be careful, with my skull I cannot take another smack to the head if you know what I mean. The CBR definitely misses me and I need to clear it's throat.

My friend from VA is coming to San Diego in a few weeks so I hope I can get a day or two off from work so I can say hi to them and take them to the Zoo or something. They have always wanted to come out and visit so it'll be good to see them. Tons of other stuff going on but that's about it. Just tired and worn out!

More next week as always. Hope you had a great weekend...


Week ending Sunday, May 19th 2013
Yes, I said that too. So much for the quiet week. Things are going haywire again and I'm already tired and burned out. We'll see what happens but this week's blog is short because, again, I'm tired. Think I already need a vacation or at least a week where I can do nothing else but sleep.

Church -- great as always (still no Pastor Bob until the fall)
Work -- ok.
MotoGP -- Very good.
Everything else -- meh.

That's all I can say right now. I need sleep. Have a great week.


Week ending Sunday, May 12th 2013
Quiet weeks are good weeks...
Yes, I said that. I like quiet weeks where there is very little fret over and many more things to look forward to. This past week I was holding the fort alone which isn't a bad thing. I have most of the infrastructure under control and I know how to troubleshoot their equipment. We have identified that the forms they use to request storage needs to be ditched and that is a good thing. The greatest problem I have right now is that things are erratic so it's hard for me to find what I want, when I need it. My CLI for the Cisco switches is coming along and I'm getting where I need to be.

The other good bit a news is that my boss got promoted and a new person is taking charge. What's good? I am still going to be reporting to my current boss but the other team is reporting to the new boss which means that I will most likely get to focus on the Architecture work that I had been longing to do and why I accepted this position in the first place. I've already put together a brief overview of what documents need to be created and what we have to do to get things working. Also, the CEO and another VP left so I am not sure if that is good news or bad news. We shall see.

This weekend is "Mother's Day" weekend and I do miss my mom. A LOT! I had a dream about her the other night and I know she is heaven, right where I saw her in 2010. I know most people don't believe that story but if you think all there is to life is what is on this Earth -- right now -- you are sorely mistaken. I couldn't have dreamed or imagined what happened no matter how how I tried. I know she is up speaking with God and Jesus and petitioning them for both me, my sister and the brother I almost never talk to (his choice). Either way I know we'll be fine and I simply cannot wait to see her again.

On the negative side my lymph nodes have been acting crazy. It's better this week than last week but I have an appointment next week to get them checked out by a Doctor. You cannot take things like this lightly as it will certainly come back to bite you. I want to get back to working out again and while I am not tired, so to speak, I have simply not enough energy or enthusiasm to go do it. That'll bite me as well. I'm in great shape for being such an "old man" so to keep healthy, I need to work out. I wonder if being completely off red meat is why I'm feeling odd. Maybe my body is trying to make that adjustment. Not sure.

Nothing else new to report other than I haven't received my renter's monthly rent payment yet so I will call the Property Management company in VA tomorrow and find out what the deal is. I have to get my check off to the mortgage company tomorrow so if they don't pay, while I can cover it, I will be short on funds until they do.

Church was great this weekend and even brought a friend with me this time. I cannot wait until Pastor Botsford comes back. Miss that guy!

Hope you had a great weekend and talk to you later!


Week ending Sunday, May 5th 2013
Steady as she goes...
You already know that I've had a rough time adjusting to a different way of doing business. Some companies differ greatly than others so you either become flexible and change or you get ousted. So far I am doing the best that I can to make the changes necessary and adjust. Government work is by far different than the commercial side. That much I think everyone would agree upon. So while I am getting things done (and I am) and I am making the adjustment, it's not coming along quite as fast as I would like it.

We'll see what happens. I've been working far more hours here than I ever did with Government jobs. In a two week period so far, I worked 120 hours (that's basically 3 weeks worth of work in 2 weeks) and most of the weeks it's between 50-60 hours. Too bad I don't get paid by the hour, eh? Either way, I'm used to working my tail off. I may not be the most intelligent person on the planet (many would agree with that statement), but I think my tenacity ranks up there with the best of them. I am tenacious with figuring things out, fixing problems and making things work the way they are designed.

Speaking of being tenacious (I'm already wearing that term out), when I was a child I was told I would never amount to anything. I've been ridiculed, knocked down, bad-mouthed, spat at, condescended to, slapped around, ended up in the hospital, died, been brought back (through God's grace) though my adult life as well and never one time have I given up. I will never let someone else's opinion of me run my life or keep my down. Relationships might have been rough on me, but it wasn't the end of my life -- just another chapter -- and another beginning. If I wasn't tenacious, I wouldn't have succeeded in music, racing, flying or my career. A job is not going to keep me down either!

Speaking of music, I made a surprise visit to see my old band "Pyromania" (there's a video of us on the music page from the House of Blues). I didn't tell them I was coming so when I showed up, boy were they surprised. I think in all the years of playing music, this is the first time I got to see my band from the seats and not the stage. Quite a fun and interesting experience to say the least. It was great to reconnect with longtime friends and I think they were as happy to see me as I was to see them. AND the show was great so that was good. The band is on it's 11th year of playing so we all did something right.

This weekend until the fall we don't have Pastor Bob but we've been having some good Pastors coming though as this weekend's service was just as good. After Church I got to bed early (10) forgetting that work this weekend is 8pm tonight not 8am, lol. So I did get to watch the MotoGP races and they're getting better but not quite as competitive as I would like them to be.

Well I think that is about it for the week. Hope you enjoyed your "May the 4th Be With You" weekend and I will talk to you later.

God bless,


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