FOR OCTOBER 2007
ending October 28th, 2007
This was an interesting
last Sunday afternoon I noticed the smell of smoke. Thick,
heavy smoke. I thought one of the condos in my area was on
fire or something. I looked outside but didn't see a fire
nor did I notice any sirens or see any fire trucks. I switched
on the news and there it was -- a huge fire, several actually
-- not very far from my house.
didn't see anything pressing in the news on my area Sunday
night so I went to bed. When I woke up on Monday morning the
smoke was worse and the news was telling us to stay home if
we didn't need to be on the freeway. I called in to work and
most everyone was staying home. The fire was coming closer
to my area. By Wednesday when I headed to work they had issued
mandatory evacuations for areas just North East of me. In
fact the fire came as close as two miles. Less than two miles
away they had a row of 12-14 fire trucks protecting the neighborhood.
I did call some of the local charities to see if I could help
fight the fire but I was told "Contact the SD Fire Dept..."
So I guess I will check into being a volunteer fire fighter.
of this week was a short week. The air was so bad they wouldn't
let anyone come to work. So I left early on Wednesday and
after hearing they needed cots and sleeping bags at Qualcomm
I decided to go to Sports Chalet to pick some of those items
up. I ended up getting some 2 cots (all they had!), 4 sleeping
bags and four pillows. Off I went to Qualcomm and boy was
it packed. There had to be at least 15,000 people who were
displaced from the fire.
I got in the donation line and about an hour later I was offloading
the goods I had brought. This is where my faith in
humanity was restored. I was AMAZED at the amount
of necessary items that were donated! Huge piles and piles
of everything you can think of. I'm very proud of the people
of San Diego who really pulled together during a rough time.
As I dropped my stuff off onto the HUGE pile of sleeping blankets,
air mattresses and other bedding I couldn't help but think
how much God has blessed this entire community. There was
more than enough stuff there to take care of everyone.
fire destroyed something like 14 houses not too far from my
Church. Next Saturday many of us from Horizons who volunteered
are going to the houses that were destroyed to help the homeowners
sift through and claim as many valuables as they can. Pastor
Bob had a really good sermon yesterday on hope that really
hit home and hopefully helped to ease the heavy hearts of
the people who lost their homes. Surprisingly enough, it rained
a tad on Saturday. That was some much needed rain and we hope
we get more.
was even more interesting is my OLD neighborhood in OC also
had a pretty fast moving fire. In fact, some of the places
I used to ride in Silverado Canyon were hit (not far from
Cook's Corner). I need to swing by to see if one of the coolest
little canyon rides is still there. My neighbors are fine
and that's a good thing.
received a ton of phone calls and emails from friends and
family making sure I am ok. Many of them know that where I
live was one of the places evacuated. Thankfully I live close
enough to the beach and the winds shifted just in time to
spare us all. Definitely God working his magic in our lives.
I was VERY proud of the way the entire San Diego community
pulled together though all of this. I've never been around
such a great group of people who really care about each other.
No offense to OC or LA, but if you saw what I saw over this
past week even you'd have to agree. San Diego people really
take care of each other.
about it for now. I hope everyone is safe and sound! Thanks
again to everyone to called to check in on me. I love you
too, knuckleheads :)
ya next week!
ending October 21st, 2007
Not going to post
much today. Why?
this afternoon around 2pm I noticed the smell of something
burning. I look outside and I see lots of brown smoke. I thought
there was a fire in my complex but it turns out that it's
not close. There are a couple of huge fires burning in the
East County area and that is pouring into the beach areas.
I had to close my windows so my eyes would stop burning. Apparently
there has been a few houses consumed and one person died (RIP).
I am watching the news and paying attention because there
is always a chance for the fires to come this way. There are
some mandatory evacuations near Ramona, Poway, etc. I have
friends that live in the Santee area so I am keeping my eyes
and ears open for them. They know they are welcome to stay
here while the fire is being dealt with.
than that, it was a quiet week. No racing this weekend and
I am not sure when I will be headed back out to the track.
As of right now the racing is on hiatus. I do want to do some
track days but I am finding it harder and harder to be motivated
to get to the track.
was awesome as always :)
will be posted later.
ending October 14th, 2007
Excellent week! Work
has been going exceptionally well. I have been buried in the
lab with a lot of troubleshooting. The best part about this
is that I am learning so much. I wouldn't say I am an expert,
but I am learning. The job has me excited enough to order
tons of books. In fact I just ordered a couple hundred dollars
worth this week :)
am trying to psych myself up for racing this weekend but it's
just not there. I think I am going to just do track days for
the rest of the year while I think about what I want to do.
I am spending a ton of money and having fun, yes, but I also
want to buy a house next year and I won't be able to continue
racing and buy the kind of house I want. Track days are less
expensive (no racing fees, for one!) and because I am not
going full tilt I can make tires last longer. I'm in no danger
of winning anything given the competition I face every month
either. So why try and kill myself racing when I can just
kick back at the track and have fun?
I do plan on getting in a lot more snowboarding and dirt biking
this winter. The CR250 is ready to roll and I am really looking
forward to riding it. I also have a new snowboard and will
be buying new bindings and boots. I had so much fun the last
time I snowboarded. Plus, it's great exercise.
of which, I got another compliment at the gym this week. I
guess I look small (I'm small boned, not small) so some guys
aren't used to seeing me toss up 160lbs in dumbbells when
doing presses or deadlifting 100lbs over my own weight :)
I really do appreciate the comments and it also serves as
motivation to keep it going. I'm really focusing on core body
strength as well as my shoulders (which are starting to shape
up nicely). I want nice, round/wide shoulders and that takes
a lot of work. My weight is also going up nicely as well so
the shakes and eating like a pig are helping a lot - haha.
What can I say, sushi is addictive!
reminds me, thanks to John and Mel for hanging out on Saturday
night. The sushi was great and it was fun to chat things up.
The next time we go to eat I promise my "friend"
will be there. She said she is looking forward to meeting
you guys. And Church before was great, as always, with a message
that really hit home ("It's ok to be angry, in a Christian
way, when the time calls for it. After all, Jesus got angry
when it was right to do so.)
up to Nicky Hayden. Keep working hard and I'm betting next
year will be even better. Kind of weird your motor went out
on you, but that's racing.
about it for this week. Have a good one and I'll chat with
ending October 7th, 2007
For once in as long
as I can remember, I didn't have too much on my plate the
entire week, lol. Oh I have projects that have deadlines but
overall I am on top of everything.
I was supposed to go racing this weekend but a friend wanted
to hang out and I couldn't say no :) I
actually don't mind that I didn't race because I can save
the tire funds for an extra set at the Big Track. There also
isn't a lot of participation in the "Streets" series
and I don't know why. Either way, I am still waiting for the
track that is supposed to be built over by the Indian Casinos.
That would be awesome as I would not have to drive so far
and blow a whole weekend. Maybe they'll have garages you can
rent too! We'll see.
for work, it's going great as always. Nothing really new to
add other than things have been calm. One of my best-est buds
put in his resignation on Monday but no one can really blame
him. It has nothing to do with our work in general -- he just
got one HECK of an offer (think "double" his salary)
so all we can do is wish him luck. He's one of the few fellow
Christians in our group as well but that just goes to prove
God takes care of those who keep their faith in him. I
should know, I'm a living example :)
probably looks like I am purposely keeping the blog short
but really, there isn't that much going on (well, things that
I can talk about here, haha) so no need to bore you. No sense
in venting over the Gators losing two in a row (goodbye repeat!)
or the Bucs losing to Dungy -- again.
a great week and we'll talk to you next week :)