FOR OCTOBER 2008
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ending October 26th, 2008
a FULL relaxing week!
was a nice change. Work was relatively easy this week. Not
really that much going on other than jamming on a few projects.
This was the last week for my good friend Jason. He has moved
on to greener pastures. It will be a bummer as him and I often
carpooled and hung out after work. I definitely wish him well
and I know that we'll keep in touch. I am sure the team is
going to miss the banana bread Mondays :)
did take Jason out after work on Thursday and had a good,
fun crowd. We even watched a World Series game (halfway paying
attention) in the process. The place we go to has some of
the best burgers, just watch out for the owner and her paddle,
lol. "None for me, Lady! I've been a good boy!"
signed up for Facebook a few months ago after some encouragement
from friends and ended up touching base with a lot of my high
school friends. In the process I bumped into my first love/crush.
Haha. It is good to see her doing well with her life and her
great family. It's neat to see people after many years having
a fun, successful life and I'd like to think that I am no
different. While I don't have a family I can safely say that
I've accomplished much over the years and have no regrets.
Life is definitely good and I'm as happy as I can be. I think
my appetite speaks for that too, haha.
of which if all goes well I should bust my heaviest weight
this week. I've really stuck with the shakes even though sometimes
I am sick of drinking them. It has, however, paid off in a
big way and seeing the gains as well as the increased weights
on the bench in rewarding. I'll be glad when I reach my goal
and can stop drinking them though. haha.
was excellent Saturday night as always. Bob finished up his
series that started with Husband/Fathers, Wives/Mothers, Children
and now work. It put a lot of things into perspective, as
his sermons usually do and definitely keeps me on track.
of "track", haha, the RR is sold. I am delivering
the bike to the new owner on Sunday. It will be sad to see
the bike go but hey, that's life. You do your thing and then
you move on to the next. Kind of like with me and music. I
did my 10 years or so performing around the Country and when
it ran it's course, I moved on to racing. Now that the racing
bit is done I am looking forward to life's next great challenge.
We'll see what that is in the coming months.
wedding is this Saturday so I am looking forward to that.
It should be a hoot. Still trying to figure out if I should
wear a suit or go more casual. Bah, I probably should wear
a suit just in case. I can always take the jacket off later.
that's about it for this week. I think I am going to chill
in front of the TV for a while and catch up on some of my
reading then hit the sack. It's been a long week but a rewarding
one. We'll check in with you next week and hopefully I will
have some pictures to post on the web site of the wedding.
a great week!
ending October 19th, 2008
beat *snore* lol. Sleepy :)
as relaxing as this week was, I'm really tired. I went to
John's bachelor party yesterday and we had a lot of fun. The
food was good that's for sure. Then we all went to a cigar
bar but I did not partake, lol. Cigars give me a headache
so I split time between the room and outside. I even went
to the sushi bar next door and pigged out. haha. John's boss,
who's a pretty cool guy, wants to start getting some group
rides together and I am down for that. Just need to slap some
new tires on the Bandit.
the party I headed home, changed and then headed out to the
Hard Rock Hotel to hang out with my friend Jen. That was pretty
interesting. A lot of her friends are from work and I know
them so we all hung out and went dancing (yeah, I danced again!
haha). I didn't get home until late but when I did the power
was out! They were changing the transformers so the entire
block was out of power. Have you ever tried to brush your
teeth without being able to see? haha. Quite interesting.
of last week I took a Symantec class from home. It's called
"Virtual Academy" where you wear headsets and interact
with the instructor online. It actually worked pretty well.
I was able to sit in PJs and drink coffee while taking the
class. Then we had labs to do which was even easier as they
were VMWare boxes so we could connect easily. I got all my
labs done and everything working and really learned a lot.
The RR is now sold. The guy who bought it is going to pick
it up this coming weekend. So now I will pay off a few bills
and then consider what to do about the Bandit. I can keep
it or I can sell it and buy a 1000RR. I still have yet to
decide. Once I pay some of these bills off I'll be looking
pretty good financially to start looking at a house.
friends are asking me why I am not racing anymore. It comes
down simply to one thing: MONEY! haha. It costs a LOT to race
(to the tune of about $1,500.00 per race weekend. And because
it costs so much I ended up skipping a lot of practice time
which in turn didn't help me be any faster. In fact, all it
did was set me back. Before I broke my collar bone I was making
a lot of strides getting faster and faster each session but
then I had to take 6 months off. The doctor did not piece
my shoulder back together so it took a lot longer to heal.
way, I am OK with not racing. As fun as it was, it really
was a huge drain on my finances. There are many other things
I could be doing with my money -- more productive things!
not too much of an update. It's Sunday and I just finish watching
the MotoGP race. Nicky did good. Almost took 4th, just a hair
off. He'll get em next time.
hope you had a great week and we'll talk to you later.
is good, keep smiling! Later Gators :)
ending October 12th, 2008
a week, lol!
things kind of hit the fan at work. One of my solutions isn't
working in production and of course all fingers point to me.
They should though, it is my solution. Pouring over the docs
the field support people think I overlooked something. So
Thursday and Friday morning I am busting my tail trying to
figure out what's wrong. On Friday morning both the vendor
and the field support people call me. The vendor says "Our
docs are missing some instructions" and the Field Support
person calls to say "You didn't miss it, the docs are
wrong!" Vindication :) So I worked late on Friday and
10 hours on Saturday to figure out what the problem was and
correct it. So today I am going to finish up the changes to
the documents and hopefully that will be the end of the issue.
week should be much more relaxing considering some of the
things going on at work -- but it's really nothing I can't
handle. All I have to say is life's too short to sweat the
SMALL stuff. Leave it God to handle and move on! That is what
I am doing. Life is good, I'm smiling and the future is so
bright I've gotta wear shades! LOL :)
am taking a web-based training class so I'll be home all this
week -- a much needed break, too. Nothing like being in class
wearing PJs, a warm cup of coffee at my side, pen in hand
and headset blaring the teacher. That should be fun. The class
is on Archiving which is one of my big projects at the moment
and will hopefully boost my career as well.
now on the big announcement. I'm done racing and doing
track days. I had been thinking about this for some
time. I haven't raced in over a year now and don't really
miss it. Track days are fun but they're still expensive. So
on Thursday night I posted the trailer and the bike for sale
on Craigslist. The first person to come look at the trailer
after work on Friday bought it on the spot for what I was
asking for! So that's $120.00 a month saved in storage fees
and some cash to pay off the bills. When I sell the RR, that
will leave me with just the Bandit and the Dirt Bike. And
that's fine by me. Racing was a great experience. I can say
I did it and survived :) I competed against some really talented
people and though I didn't win anything and my best placement
was 6th, I really did meet some great people and had a lot
of fun. Life goes on and without change their is no growth.
I'm ready for life's next challenge.
what is next? I haven't really decided. It won't be music
or racing, lol. I really want to get some of my last bills
paid off so I can put together a down payment for a house.
I haven't thought too much about where I want to live but
right now is really a good time to buy a house, so we'll see
Tuesday I had Jury duty (boooo! lol). I managed to delay it
because they had two long trials coming up and I just can
not be on a 3 week or 8 week trial with so much going on at
work. I got them to delay service until near Christmas. Hopefully
it will be nice and slow then :)
really that is about it for this week. Nothing too special
going on due to all the extra hours I have put in at work.
I am going to meet a friend later today for dinner and to
watch the game. My other friend wanted me to go join her downtown
on Friday but since I worked late and had to work the next
day I decided to pass.
am making plans to head to Florida next month, maybe for two
weeks. I haven't really decided but it will be good to hang
out with the family over Thanksgiving.
is John's bachelor party. From what I understand it's going
to be PG rated, lol, so that should be fine. We're going out
to eat and then I think a cigar bar and then the aircraft
hanger to check out the planes his boss has. I think they
have an F-4 Phantom! That should be a hoot. Haven't seen one
since I was in the Marines.
hope you have a good rest of your week and stay out of trouble.
I know I am -- haha, sort of! *wink*
ending October 5th, 2008
trust your week went well! Mine was great, as always :) Hope
you got a chance to watch the Pyromania
Promo Video I made when I was in the band. It's
week I got a lot accomplished at work and given that I have
training a week from Monday and Jury Duty this Tuesday, that's
a good thing. The two new guys we hired are doing really well.
I've been trying to help them along with the processes here
so that they aren't in the dark when it comes to "what's
next" with their solutions.
week, personally, was nice and quiet. I actually took some
time to get rid of the last of the major boxes and stuff from
the move that I didn't empty. It's amazing the amount of "junk"
I have collected over the years! Guitar and motorcycle mags,
bill summaries (I was holding them to destroy later, I never
throw out bills with account numbers!), etc. Heh, I found
my Christmas decorations so this year's tree is going to look
"proper" :) After that I got the patio cleaned up
and threw out the plants I bought over the summer. Apparently
they weren't the kind of plants that thrive in the sun even
though the clerk told me they would. I watered them regularly
but they died anyway. I will eventually get some furniture
and also run a chain of white lights to decorate a tad.
was great on Saturday. Pastor Bob is in Hawaii on a marriage
retreat so we had a guest speaker. His name? Butterworth!
So you know how he introduced his wife, right? The lovely
Mrs. Butterworth! He had everyone laughing. He was a good
speaker and the message was very clear too on how to handle
adversity. The key point is give it up to God but don't sit
around either. Like, if you lose your job and pray over it,
you still need to get your resume out there! God isn't going
to do your resume for you, haha.
that I met some friends and we headed to the Gas Lamp district.
Now you know me, I'm not a big party guy. They wanted to meet
up to watch the UFC fight which lasted I think, 20 seconds.
After that we went to the place next door that had a cover
band where, several times the girls got oogled. I for one
have very little patience for rude people and twice had to
tell the guys to back off and leave them alone. It's amazing
how a little alcohol can make guys act with no regard to anyone
else's personal space. We did end up meeting some cool people
from Canada who are here for the Miramar Air Show.
of the Air Show, I'm not going. John can't make it down and
I have a friend showing up here in about an hour from Palm
Springs. We're going to watch the game and her and I are going
to get some dinner. Oh and the MotoGP race is on today as
well. I saw that Nicky is on the front row. Let's hope that
he can stay with the fast guys. I know he's worried about
the Michelins but it doesn't seem to bother Lorenzo.
one quick story. Yesterday my neighbor was out with her dog.
She has this 75lb lab/rot mix and he's a handful. She has
a choke collar but the dog wasn't responding to it. Another
neighbor had her dog out and the lab/rot mix nearly pulled
her arm off trying to get to him. So I took at look at the
collar and she had it rigged wrong. The spikes are supposed
to dig into his neck (it doesn't hurt too bad, don't worry)
but because she rigged it wrong, they weren't working. I showed
her how to rig it correctly and when the dog acted up the
next time she grabbed the collar and BOOM, the dog instantly
behaved. He doesn't like those spikes in his neck but they
work :) She thanked me for the help because she had been struggling
to keep the dog under control for some time.
that's about it for this week. As I said, pretty quiet and
nothing too unusual. You know me though, haha. I talk about
a lot of things but not EVERY thing :)
the rest of your week goes well and we'll talk to you next