FOR OCTOBER 2011
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ending Sunday, October 30th, 2011
SURPRISING week, to say the least!
before I give you the update I have to ask a silly question.
"What's the deal with it snowing in October?! Where is
this so-called ozone issue and global warming?!" It was
36 degrees most of Saturday and it snowed. SNOWED! The kids
down the street were out playing in it and as you can see
from the photos HERE, I am not kidding. And this was before
the snow REALLY started falling. In San Diego I could ride
the CBR year round but definitely not here. I'll have to park
it for the winter, lol.
things are getting done and I am ironing out issues that I
suspected when I first got here but that's sort of changing.
We think we have everyone on the same page and the changes
I am making to the Storage Area Network are really starting
to make a positive impact for the environment. So that's a
good thing on your check off of "things to do list"
that are at least, for this career, are finally going in the
night I watched Pastor Bob's sermon online. I don't mind the
new Church at all but I don't really feel the same sense of
warmth and "home" as I did at Horizons. It's so
much like Saddleback where I feel like there is much more
of God's word that I am missing out on and you sort of --
well to some degree -- feel left wanting to know much more.
We'll see how things go. I am not too worried about it right
now because I am still reading my Bible every night. At least
two chapters a night (usually four full pages) before I go
Sunday morning I had to clean off my truck. Couldn't see through
the windshield with all the snow/ice. Took a long time for
the truck to warm up enough where I could turn the heater
on and start melting the ice off the windscreen. Once that
was done I made my way out to Leesburg and had to do the same
thing on the Cessna 162 Skycatcher. That is a new "Light
Sport Plane" from Cessna (though made in China for some
silly reason). That said, I had to de-ice the wings and control
surfaces and then with my instructor we flew out to the practice
area. I really liked the plane. It was really sensitive to
control inputs but really easy to fly and actually very fun.
Plus the view is phenomenal. If I can get the video from my
instructor I will post it up.
weekend is the last weekend before the break for MotoGP. I'm
going to miss "Super Sic" out there flying around.
The funeral was very touching and I know that he and Valentino
were very close. I know that Edwards is not going to race
and they're having an AMA rider take his place. Doubtful he'll
do well in a new environment, new track, new bike, new team,
etc. That's a lot to ask anyone to do, IMHO. Given that Nicky
had such a great start last week I am hoping that this final
week he is able to get back up on the podium. Ducati has a
lot of work to do with their bikes if they're ever going to
forward to my trip back home in three weeks. We should have
a lot of things planned (Sebring ((Home)), Orlando and quite
possibly hang out for a full day in Tampa. I will also be
stopping through Georgia briefly to hang out with my dad and
possibly record a song if we have time to do that. I also
definitely plan on playing a lot of golf. I haven't played
in a few months so I am rusty but I plan on playing a lot.
that is about it for the week. I hope you are being as blessed
as I am. Every day I am grateful that I am alive and able
to do something positive for others. One of these days I'll
have God's will presented to me but in the meantime "To
make things move you first have to move yourself!" And
that is what I plan to do.
a great rest of your week!
ending Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
news, Sad News kind of week.
I start my normal blog entry I have to say this is one of
the saddest weeks in racing. Not only did we lose an Indy
Car racer last weekend (even Danica Patrick said "This
is enough" and moved over to NASCAR) but Marco Simoncelli
died in the Malaysian Grand Prix today. I wasn't a big follower
of him but enjoyed his character and antics in racing.
the race apparently he lost the front, it grabbed again, the
bike wheeled back over to the racing line where he was hit
by both Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. It was the saddest
thing I've ever seen because it also showed that his helmet
came off during the crash. Of course speed has the dignity
not to show the gruesome details (and we don't need to see
that) they did say that he went into cardiac arrest during
transport to the hospital and died from the severe brain and
chest injuries suffered from the crash.
love MotoGP racing and it's one of the things I am always
excited to hear about during the weekend but this is a tragic
accident and certainly reminds us that your life can be taken
away at any time and you should really live your life to the
fullest and listen to God's voice directing your path. My
condolences go out to Marco's family and I pray for comfort
in their time of loss. As the result of the crash they canceled
the MotoGP race and that is fitting.
on my side is OK but that crash certainly reminded me of the
one I had racing in 2006. What I didn't realize is that in
addition to breaking my collar bone I had also broken my neck
on top of the concussion. I thought I hit the side of my head
but it was closer to the top than I thought it was and yes,
watching what happened this weekend reminded me how life is
short and precious.
all is going OK. Just a lot on my plate and there are a lot
of things to get completed so I can move over to operations.
On the plus side I got to test out my new David Clark head
set which was a really nice upgrade from the headsets I had
been borrowing from AV-ED. The instructor said he wants me
to get ready to solo and I am ready for that. I don't even
think we talked about landings but I think he knows both my
takeoffs and landings are pretty good. I'm just really rusty
with some aeronautical procedures but otherwise it's good.
instructor likes to make abrupt maneuvers and I have to say
I don't really like that because you never know how much force
a small airplane can take and knowing history, it doesn't
take much to rip a plane's tail off. I don't mind if we have
a parachute or something but that isn't the case. The flight
yesterday was good and that was one of the smoothest take
offs and smoothest landings I've had so far. Now I have to
go fill out the forms to do my solos and to fly the Cessna
162 Skycatcher :)
wasn't feeling great over the weekend so I watched Horizon's
service online and that's great for me too. I love listening
to Pastor Bob but I hope I get back to my normal self soon.
Got so much to do and little time to get it done. That said
there is a Buccaneer game from London today at 1pm so as soon
as I am done with this I'll be checking it out.
you had a great weekend and we'll talk to you next week!
ending Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Sailing (If I had a sailboat!)
a bad week overall. Getting a lot of work done at the office,
moving forward with the projects that I have under my belt
and fairly soon I should be moving over to operations on a
regular basis. What was also good is that they sent me my
business cards. That will help a lot as well when I am golfing
or meeting people, I can help introduce them to our company.
got some more flying this weekend. Working again on slow flight,
power off stalls and power on stalls. We also did some "attitude
recovery" and some bad weather flying (blind) practice
as well. The instructor thinks that I am OK to start soloing
but there are a few more things I need to get good at. Essentially
I need to have a small notebook with me which has all the
channel codes I need. Already know the squak codes for our
area and what we use that that's good. I also ordered a new
David Clark headset and bag because I am tired of using their
headsets. I will also get certified to fly the Cessna 162
Skycatcher which I am looking forward too. Don't need the
bigger, bulky 172s.
did go back to McClean Bible Church this weekend and it wasn't
so bad. The Pastor is OK and I suppose it will take some time
for me to get used to him. I had grown such a strong about
of love and respect for Pastor Botsford that it's just another
thing here in VA I have to get used to. I did take some time
after the service to talk to a few of the people there and
they leaned that came from Saddleback and Horizons (which
is a branch of Calvary Chapel). I did ask the Pastor why people
don't bring Bibles and he said "Well we print it up on
the screen for them." Ok that left a door wide open for
me. "How then are they sure that is what Scripture said
-- not that I don't believe it is, but we all need our Bibles
with us. Me especially as I prefer to read directly from the
word and study the Bible..." Of course, the Pastor smirked
at me but I was trying to make a point. To truly be a disciple
you really need to be into God's word.
way I made some new friends and it was so funny that they
said it IS a lot like L.A./O.C. here. Everyone cares about
the things they own and they're all trying to climb the corporate
ladder. That's what I loved so much about San Diego. Everyone
was laid back and they weren't trying to step on each other
to get something they want. As I said, I knew all my neighbors
in San Diego but I have yet to meet any of them here. I suppose
when it gets cold that will happen. Not supposed to snow until
late Jan-Feb. We'll see. I was hoping for a white Christmas!
weekend I am going to watch the MotoGP race and the Buccaneer
game. Let's hope the Bucs get their game in gear and that,
in MotoGP (with both factory Yamaha riders out) that Hayden
can get himself on the podium. He didn't do too bad as he
qualified 6th but I hope they move him to 4th since no Lorenzo
or Spies in the mix. I am already looking forward to next
year when they bring out the 1000cc bikes again. Flash back
to 2005 when Hayden won at Laguna and then in 2006 when he
won the championship (despite his teammate who took him out
in a race). Oh I and I finally did some grocery shopping today
as well. It's been a while, haha. That tends to happen when
you're living in blissful singledom :)
all is going well with you and that you are feeling God's
blessing as much as I am. Life is very short and God has great
plans for you. Pray that He reveals them to you before your
time clock runs out.
ending Sunday, October 9th, 2011
this week as pretty quiet which I like. Not much really going
on other than trying to stay busy and get my job done. It's
been a rough 30 days or so but I am keeping my head above
water and not going to let myself down. I do really like what
I do and I try to stay as focused as I can. It's good that
I don't have the nagging, annoying things that used to go
on at work over here so that's a very welcomed change of pace.
the odd side, I got some weird texts on my phone this week
from two numbers I don't recognize. I'm sure it's probably
just people who mix my phone number up with someone else's
number. Not sure who would text me the word "cute"
(I don't think I am -- just saying). The other one the phone
said "I can't interpolate what this person is trying
to send to you..." so I just deleted it. Weird stuff,
did some flying on Saturday. We did more slow flights, power
off stalls and then power ON stalls (which is the area I am
struggling). I think the biggest problem is that I am being
very rough on the controls, especially the rudder. I am having
a hard time keeping the nose straight when we do the power
on stalls so one of the wing will dip to one side or the other
side the natural reaction is to use the ailerons but that
is a no-no. It's a sure way to get yourself into a spin. Once
we worked on that we did some emergency landing procedures
so I know I need to work on that as well.
make it to the new Church here but that's mostly because I
am feeling a tad under the weather. I did listen to Pastor
Bob's service from Horizon North County (www.horizon.org)
and that was great. Reminds me of being back home in San Diego
-- and of course I have probably been feeling a bit home sick.
The service was great as always and I definitely miss sitting
in that Church on Saturday nights.
about it for this week. Nothing special, of course. There
is no MotoGP racing but I did watch the Lighting lose last
night and am watching the Bucs get their face smashed in by
the 9'ers. This is a game I thought would be more balanced
but as I am watching it, it's 24-3 right now and I am wondering
if they are not adjusting the time change. haha. Well I need
some excuse for their bad play right now.
you have a great rest of your weekend. Tomorrow is a Holiday
for us so I think I am going to relax a bit, do some grocery
shopping and be lazy. No gym for me either -- I get that day
off and I need a break.
a great rest of your weekend!
ending Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
this week was ok compared to the last couple of weeks. No
major mess ups (which is always a good thing) and I actually
got out of the house a few times. Last Thursday I did stalls
for flight training which I always, always hate. At least
this time the instructor is very aware that we don't want
to be doing any un-intentional spins. We did slow flights
and power off stalls which were OK but when we got to power
on stalls we had some issues there. It's so hard to keep the
nose pointed straight that when I was trying to do them the
plane wanted to go into a spin.
instructor caught it a few times and said "Well I think
you need to relax and just do some seat time so you know exactly
what you need to do. And just practice handling the rudder
so you do ok." So that's where I am at with flight training.
I need to set up a flight for this upcoming weekend. I do
want to fly the new Cessna 162! It's brand spanking new and
really neat so I can't wait to get certified to fly it. The
instructor wants me to stick to 172s but I want to be able
to fly any single engine plane that I want to fly.
wise, as I said, everything was ok. I have so much to do and
there's always pressure but I am doing good. We've made a
lot of progress and I've started replicating data from the
primary site to the backup site so day by day things are getting
better and better. I do like that we're not allowed to work
overtime so that gives me a good work/life balance that I
enjoy. I just wish there were more things to do here. Back
home in San Diego I'd be at the beach or the Gas Lamp or even
at a ball game :) But, you go where God wants you to go and
I am at peace with His decision.
this weekend I went to "McClain Bible Church" which
I was hoping was a lot like Horizons North County in Rancho
Santa Fe but it ended up being a lot like Saddleback. Saddleback
is sort of a "newbie" Church where they don't bring
bibles and don't really read directly from the word. That's
what I loved about Horizons because every service was reading
more and more of the bible so your faith grows. The service
wasn't bad but I was the only person there with a bible. And
it was a remote site too, which isn't that bad. I mean the
sermon was ok but it just didn't feel like to me that it was
home. I think I'll attend more services until I find a church
more like Horizons.
watched some NFL games today and also watched the Japan MotoGP
race. Nicky was actually doing well until he ran off track.
I think he finished 7th or 8th but had he not run off the
track he would have finished at least 3rd or 4th. "To
finish first, you must first finish" is how I think the
old adage goes and it's very applicable here. Tomorrow night
the Buccaneers play on Monday Night Football so I am looking
forward to that. Unfortunately the game doesn't even start
until 8:30pm here. Talk about being just a TAAAAAAAAAAAAD
homesick (and I think I am a little). I am so used to how
things are done on the West Coast that I just need to learn
that is about it for the week. Hope you had a fantastic week
and talk to you next time!2