FOR OCTOBER 2014
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ending Sunday, October 26th, 2014
the second time in three years, good bye San Diego.... (sigh,
You all know how much I LOVE San Diego. It's home
to me and the second closest thing to paradise as far as I
am concerned. However, the futile attempts to try and secure
a new position that would allow me to stay here phased out
and I just couldn't wait any longer. I had an offer on the
table and they wanted an answer. It's not that I didn't want
the job (I do!) I was hoping I wouldn't have to do a THIRD
cross country move in 3 years. This is getting old and I won't
be doing it again.
I get settled in Florida, that's it. I am simply not moving
again I don't care how much the salary is or for WHO it's
for. It's too much work and stress and leaving friends that
I don't like dealing with. I already know what Florida's weather
is like -- having been raised there until I joined the Marines.
My family is there and so are my friends from my childhood
so there are some really good things about it. I just simply
do not EVER want to do another cross country move.
not angry at my old employer, more like disappointed. I get
that it's a business decision but with my background and experience,
there aren't too many people who can do what I do. Normally
you'd think they would do whatever they could to keep me but
I think the fact I got a new boss who didn't know me and he
"convinced" me to move over to his group is what
lead to me being where I am at now. The original hiring boss
totally had my back but when he moved over, I ended up with
a new boss who didn't know (or care) about me.
now comes the part I dread the most. I have to pack all my
stuff up AGAIN and have it shipped cross country. Every time
I do that, something gets broken or destroyed. Case in point,
the movers lost a leg to one of my couches and broken the
fairing on my CBR. I am shuddering at the thought of what
they are going to break this time. Then there is the point
some of my adopted family members are here. Jason, Tim, Jack,
Jane, Christina, etc. I will miss them all a lot and all the
fun times hanging out. I'll have to come back whenever I can
to see them or they can come see me in Florida. You never
thing I know for sure -- and that is God's plans for me are
never quite the same as my own plans. And that is OK. I embrace
it fully because He has always taken good care of me. I will
indeed miss going to Horizon and Pastor Bob but I can always
catch his sermons online as well. I just started to meet some
new people as well and I guess I will make new friends in
Florida. There is a lot of "red-neckery" so to speak
but I am also used to that.
the plus side? Family #1 for sure. Friends #2 and of course,
I can actually GO to Buccaneer games as well! I really enjoyed
the game I went to a couple weeks ago so the opportunity to
go to more games is really great.
I said, I am in good hands. God's hands. Who is going to take
better care of me than my Maker? My faith will always be on
His shoulders and there's nothing wrong with that at all.
I will definitely have to find a new church and, provided
everything works out I will start looking to buy a place.
At least the housing market is better and of course there
is no state tax! It's like getting a significant raise that
is for sure.
to all my friends here, this is "See you later"
not goodbye. To my family and friends back home I will see
you all again soon. Just not 100% of the exact date. All glory
ending Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Had a fantastic week in Florida spending time with
family and friends. I always like visiting but even the thought
of living there makes me very, very hesitant. I flew out Thursday
morning (had to get up at 4am) and made it to Tampa International
at 4pm EST. By 7pm I was in Sebring attending my nephews JV
football game. He didn't know I was coming but he looked over
at his mom and saw me sitting there and gave me a big smile.
He was happy to see his Uncle there. Oh and they won the game
like 40-7. They did really good this year almost going undefeated.
They lost the game this past Thursday -- though at that point
I was already on the way back home.
I drove up to Orlando to meet a friend of mine about another
job opportunity. In fact, my phone was blowing up the whole
time I was in Sebring. When I got back Friday night I had
dinner with my good friends back home. Saturday night I had
dinner with other friends so that was good too! Had a great
dinner with my sister on Sunday night and then pretty much
the rest of the time was spent hanging out with family. We
had some good lunches and lots of time to talk. Very little
time was spent with my nieces as they are anti-family or something.
Oh and I love Cody's!
I took my brother in law to the Buccaneer game. In fact I
got 2 seats on the Buccaneer 40 yard line, 4 rows back. We
were so close we could literally reach over and high five
the players. That of course is provided they were winning.
In fact, it turned out to be a debacle of a game but hey the
experience was great to have and hang out with my brother
in law. Would have been much nicer if they had won or at least
made a game of it lol. Go Bucs (next year!).
back VERY VERY late on Thursday. Ok well, early Friday AM.
I received a couple of calls that I had to take care of. What
I can say so far is that I have three different avenues. One
of them is in Orlando (not my first choice). Two more are
here in San Diego and we're going back and forth on this.
Unfortunately the time limit to respond to the Orlando one
is short so I am trying to get one of the other two to respond
timely so I don't lose the bird in the hand to the two that
may or may not be "in the bush" so to speak. By
tomorrow I should have a final answer as to where I am going
and what I will be doing.
was awesome this weekend as always. We had Ross Rhodes again.
Always loved listening to that wise and insightful Pastor.
He came in last year to fill in for Pastor Bob when he took
a short sabbatical. I think Pastor Bob is off on a missionary
trip this weekend which is why he wasn't there but Ross is
always great to listen to.
I have 3 weeks left on this "involuntary" vacation
so I want to make the most of it. No matter where I go or
what I end up doing, I have 100% faith in God that His plans
are always greater for me than my own. He has always looked
after me and blessed me far greater than I have ever deserved.
It certainly humbles me each and every single day.
to watch some MotoGP racing and then watch both my fantasy
football teams lose. Hey, at least the Bucs aren't playing
and losing this weekend :) Have a great rest of your weekend
and talk to you later!
ending Sunday, October 5th, 2014
always has a great plan if you keep your faith in Him!
Yay! Finally some good news to report. I am no longer
jobless! LOL. Well, there was a point in time where I was
not 100% sure what was going to happen. It started out rough
on August 27th finding out the company you thought you were
going to retire at didn't hit their quarterly revenue goals,
have a new boss who doesn't really know you and you have been
asked to change technologies. All within the span of less
than 30 days!
Disney was over, I was going to do ViPR/SRM per the new bosses
request (instead of staying with Isilon) and he tells me,
two weeks into our new boss/employee relationship, that because
I was "not billable to a client I had to be laid off".
Nice. Ok, plan A: Pray! Plan B: Go look for a new job. In
all fairness, I am not angry. Disappointed of course, as would
anyone else be if they have ever been in this position before.
I did get a nice severance package so I had some time, but
honestly looking for a job is a full time job. Had some good
interviews and some bad interviews.
first company that gave me an offer wanted me to move to North
Carolina. Not interested. Second one was a company I was just
working for through EMC. However, they wanted me to move to
Orlando (on my own dime). The offer was nice, but I am not
in a position to eat another $12,000 relocation cost on my
own again. I had just done than in March of 2013 when I moved
back to SOCAL and I just don't have $12,000 laying around.
I just spent $4,000.00 helping a relative out. My rent is
expensive here. Granted, I paid all my credit cards off but
I have bills too.
I did not decline the offer, that is what they said. That
I declined the offer. What I asked them is if they didn't
want to cover the relocation cost, could they offer a sign-on
bonus to help off-set the cost. NOPE! They just said declined
the offer. I had some contract jobs offered at me. In fact,
there's an NMCI job here local that would actually pay the
highest rate but I'd have to go to North Island every day
and deal with the traffic. Not such an interesting option.
The traffic going there and back is horrendous. And if I took
my CBR there's a chance it would get stolen.
good thing is when Oct 1 came around, the job offers started
flying. I don't start the new job until the severance is over.
That gives me some time to take a breather and a vacation!
So -- some time late this week I will NOT be in California
(any thieves reading thing, I got some guard dogs in the house.
They bite! HARD! haha). So next week I will NOT have a blog
update. If you want to find out where I am and what I am doing,
hit me up on that silly place called FaceBook.
was awesome this weekend. The topic was "Let it Go"
and the every time Pastor Bob said that all I could think
of was Def Leppard's song of the same name. Made me smile.
The message was pertinent and to the point and something we
all needed to hear. It's about letting the bad things go,
show forgiveness (it only takes one to forgive, but it takes
two to reconcile!) and move on with your life. If you have
read my blog since I started it, you can see that forgiveness
wasn't easy for me, but with God's help I was able to not
only forgive, but to forget and move on with my life.
the people I had done wrong to in my life forgive me. I hope
so. Usually the things that I do are never done with the intent
of malace. I am human and fallible. So I pray they forgive
me, just as the Father has forgiven me for my many misdeeds.
That is what God has instilled within us, to be shining beacon
in the vast expanse of darkness on this earth. To whom I have
wronged, I ask for your forgiveness. To whom who have hurt
me, rest assured, I forgave you many times over. As Pastor
Bob said "LET IT GO!"
about it for the week. I watched the Bucs lose a close OT
game and now I have some WSBK to watch. Tomorrow back to my
normal routine (workout, etc) then have to go get my signed
offer letter PDF'd and then get ready for my travel plans
God, all things are possible. Keep the faith because no matter
how dark it appears now, His plans for you are greater than