FOR SEPTEMBER 2007
ending September 30th, 2007
Been such a busy week
at work. I've been assigned three very important projects
that have a high profile within the company. So much so that
I have to take a couple days off and work from home so I can
get the documentation completed in time. The good thing is
the lab has been very good about getting my equipment ready.
I also received my NASE and NACE certifications from NetApp
on Friday so I am very excited about that. Have to go get
them framed :)
the weekend I headed down to OC to get a haircut, washed my
truck and stopped off to pick up my chain and sprockets that
were inadvertently delivered to my old address. While I was
there I found out my old place has already been rented out
and there's a couple living there. My old neighbor, Mike,
said that the guy is an off roader and works in the garage
as much as I used to. He joked about my old hood being a wrencher's
place and he's right :) All of us had one project or another
going on all the time.
stopped by and attended Saddleback's Saturday service while
I was there. It was good to see Pastor Clayton. He was surprised
to see me and we did get to chat for a while. He asked about
my life and how my new place is, etc. I also got to see many
of my friends who I haven't seen in a while. I even got invited
on a sailboat ride in Newport Beach for the next day but already
of which, I got up early today, made a big egg/pancake breakfast
and started tearing into the RR. I've been ignoring the bike
since I didn't race last month. But it looks like I'll be
racing twice in October starting next weekend at Streets then
two weeks later at the Big Track. My goal right now is just
to get smoother and stop worrying about where I finish in
of bikes, I got a look at the 2008 1000RR. I was all set to
buy the bike and then meh, it's ugly. I actually like the
look of the 1098 but just can't bare to buy a V-Twin. I'd
rather have all my teeth pulled with a pair of pliers than
buy a wannabe Harley :) haha. I do really like what Yamaha
did with the 2008 R6 so that's a possibility, or I will just
sell the 05 and get an 08.
rant I did want to get off my chest is the drivers in OC!
They don't seem to do this here in San Diego. Why, when there
is a ton of room behind me and I am pulling a trailer do people
in OC feel the need to gun it to get in front of me and exit
right away instead of pulling in behind me, where there is
plenty of room and they aren't force to hurry their exit?
That happened several times in OC. Maybe people in OC just
don't like trailers? lol.
that's pretty much my week. Lots of other stuff going on too.
I was going to talk about being hit on at the grocery store
but, lol, I'm not into married women. You ladies with rings
need to behave! HAHA.
a great week!!!
ending September 23th, 2007
Heh, another great
week. Sometimes I look up in amazement and wonder what I have
done to deserve such good fortune, ya know? Anyway, not much
to report this week (that I can talk about) so I will try
and keep it short.
I was at the gym and made my way over the the "Smith"
machine area. There was guy there, probably about 6' and 220lbs.
He was dead lifting 305lbs and being coached by an older guy
who turned out to be a former Olympic trainer. Well I walked
over to an area not far away and started doing my dead lifts
(235lbs). As I am doing my first set the trainer looks over
at me and says "Hey, how much do you weigh?" I reply
"160lbs." He smiles and says "That's very,
very good. 75lbs over your body weight. And not only are you
lifting a lot, you're also lifting correctly. Look around.
There's 100 people in this gym and yet only two of you are
doing dead lifts. That should tell you something. You're both
smart lifters! I've seen a ton of guys in here but only you
two actually lift the correct way."
a nice compliment. He went on to explain that he used to train
people for the Olympics and now works as a personal trainer.
He didn't seem to be joshing me to get business because, though
he introduced himself, he didn't offer his information. He
just said "Have a good weekend!"
when he left. So that was good to have someone else notice
the hard work I've been doing at the gym. I'm still lifting
on a regular schedule, taking the whey protein and working
as hard as I can.
the week at work was good. Very, very busy. In fact I had
to take Thursday off and work from home so I could finish
up my documents. It gets hard to complete them at work because
I am constantly interrupted (in good ways).
still haven't made it back to OC to pick up my parts for the
RR. I plan on racing in early October and getting in a Saturday
practice. Then I may go ahead and race a few weeks later as
well. I need more seat time on the RR and the only way to
get it is to get off my duff.
you had a great weekend. I sure did :) Talk to you next week.
Week ending September 16th, 2007
Work has been going
phenomenal, each week bettering the week before. I had my
review on Friday as our boss was in town from Oklahoma. He
said I was doing a great job and then assigned me two very
large projects that are going to have high visibility within
the company. On top of that, I made a suggestion in regards
to how our engineering documentation could be modified to
make it a lot easier when we make changes. This would basically
cut down necessary paperwork for each project by four times
over. The current main project I am working on is going to
act as the pilot for the new documentation process and if
it works out well, it will be implemented across all of our
SAN documentation. NEAT!
weekend was the Toyota 200 at Willow Springs so I did not
go racing. Too crowded and too much going on so I felt it
would be better to kick back and work on the 600RR. I have
a new chain and sprockets to install that will lower my gearing
even more. When I went to the 190 rear tire it's so much taller
that when I raced last month I had a hard time adjusting.
I will probably try the new setting at Streets in early October
as I am very interested in trying that track out.
do another "conversation" as this one took place
earlier in the week:
"Hey, wanna go to a nudie bar?"
M: "Uhh no thanks."
T: "Why not? If you say because you don't like them,
ok. If you say because it's against your morals, you're being
religious and that's just stupid."
M: "Excuse me? My faith and my morals play a big part
in it. But it's not just that. If you want to sit around in
a dingy bar tossing dollars to women, that's your business.
Has nothing to do with me."
T: "Dude, you're being lame."
M: "I don't need to justify myself to anyone."
T: "What the big deal? You don't like women?"
B: "Sure I do. Love them. I just don't think it's right
and I prefer class."
T: "Come on dude, they're all plasticed up!"
M: "All the more reason to skip it. I've got better uses
for my money..."
Not sure what the attraction is for them to hit the nudie
bars. I've never been interested. Maybe it's because not only
is not moral or ethical, it's just never been appealing to
me to sit around, drink beer and gawk at women who throw their
self-respect out the window. More power to you if that floats
of morals and ethics, Church was great on Saturday. We had
a guest Pastor as Pastor Bob was in Australia this week. I
forget his name already but he was great. He is from North
Carolina and it was one of the better sermons I've heard.
We're still outside in the Courtyard and yep, the Hot Air
Balloons are still flying by :)
have been going out more often and those who know me best
know what's going in that department right now. As I said,
some things will never make this page. :)
than that the week was fairly uneventful. I got to sit around
today and watch the Bucs totally destroy the Saints. That
made up for the terrible game last weekend. I was supposed
to play golf today but haven't been feeling exceptional since
that Chinese lunch on Thursday. haha.
major decision I am sitting on right now is what to do with
the Bandit. As much fun as I had building that bike, I am
seriously considering selling it now that it's paid off. I've
had my eye on a new litrebike and if the rumors of the 2008
CBR1000RR are true, I may go ahead and buy one. One that I
can do track days with or I may go ahead and buy a 2008 600RR
and sell my '05. I'm trying to figure out what would be best.
It's not really the bike that is holding me back on the track
and since my ride to work is so short now riding a litrebike
to work wouldn't be bad at all.
a great week and I'll talk to you later...
ending September 9th, 2007
of the most interesting parts of my job as a SAN Engineer
is writing technical documents. And when I say technical documents,
I mean a slew of them. There are usually 8 different documents
required every time I create a solution. When I am done with
the engineering I usually have to spend several days writing
the documentation for Management's approval. The way it works
is each solution has to go to a review board after Information
Audit scans them for possible exploits into the system. Neat!
If you don't pass a scan you have to explain the vulnerabilities.
In other words, you better do a good job!
of last week was spent updating the documents for three separate
solutions and then attend a review board on one of them (which
was approved, by the way).
Thursday the blood mobile was here so I decided to go ahead
and donate. I haven't done it since the late 90s. I don't
remember it taking so much out of me but it did. One thing
I noticed was that the people running this blood mobile were
very experienced. One guy was donating red blood cells so
they had a centrifuge there and you could see the red blood
cells being separated from the plasma. When it was done, they
gave him his plasma back. Pretty neat stuff!
On Friday after work the group wanted to meet up for dinner
so I showed up late because Mon/Wed/Fri are my workout days.
I probably should have skipped the work out too because I
was didn't have much energy and had to skip the dead lifts
and reverse lifts. It's ok, I still got a decent work out
in. But we hung out for a while, I had the fish and chips
and pretty much laughed at the guys gawking at some "tattoed"
up Hawaii girl. Hey go for it -- not my style. I've never
thought tattoos were attractive. (No offense if you got 'em...)
let's talk about Sunday. I have been waiting nine months for
this day. Anyone who knows me knows that I am huge NFL fan,
Buccaneers, ya know? I watched all 4 preseason games and the
team looked great. The season opener rolls around today and
I get settled in for a long day of Football. After watching
the Green Bay/Philadelphia game the Bucs were next. The first
quarter was great and then the team just fell flat, eventually
losing 20-6. LOL. I'm thinking "I waited all year for
THIS?!" If Jon Gruden doesn't get this team in shape
soon he'll be out of a job.
rest of the weekend was relatively uneventful. Church on Sat
night of course and a couple other things. Like I said before,
we can't expose every single aspect of our life online so
some things are never going to make it to the blog :)
of which, this blog was created as a way for my family and
close friends to keep up to date with what's going on in my
life. Originally I was going to post rants and raves on here
as well, but who really cares about my opinion? HAHA. I learned
a long time ago that "silence is a friend who will never
betray." That's one of the reasons why I don't frequent
message boards anymore. They usually end up bickering like
a bunch of chickens. Who's got time for that?
Now that summer is over, fall is here and winter soon approaches,
I am going to work on my snowboard. I need new bindings and
I plan on making at least 2-3 trips to Mammoth this year.
Besides, I haven't really had a chance to test the 4WD out
on the Tundra and snow is the main reason I bought the thing.
it for now. See you next week!
ending September 2nd, 2007
What a busy week.
On Tuesday I headed up to Irvine Valley College to take my
NetApp certifications. I had studied a lot and taken a few
classes and wasn't really 100% sure how I would do on the
exams. It's been a long time since I'd been in a college classroom
or taken a test. It actually made me think about finishing
up my degree since I'm not that far off.
I decided I was going to go for both the NACP and NACE certifications
(getting both certifications essentially makes you a NetApp
expert). That required me to take four exams. I started at
10 am and finished around 2 pm - and aced them all :)
now my value goes up considerably at work since I am now qualified
to have the job - haha. Next up will be my EMC certifications
which are a tad harder. But my boss said that once I pass
the next exam I can pretty much write my own ticket as far
as salary and stuff. He thinks I will eventually make twice
what I am making now. If true that will definitely help out
next year when I go house shopping in earnest.
did lose a member of our team this week but that was his own
undoing. I certainly wish him the best of luck and hope he
can get his life straightened out.
The rest of the week was uneventful. I was supposed to go
to track day tomorrow at Streets but that didn't pan out.
There are a couple other ones I can go to so I'll probably
sign up next week.
morning I walked down to the beach. I posted some photos
so you can get an idea of how nice the area is that I live
in now. They were taken with my cell phone so you'll have
to excuse the quality. It's really clean and quiet, people
pick up after themselves, there's no trash, etc. The way the
beach is situated here you have to walk down one street over
to cross the railroad tracks then go down some steps. There's
a 40 foot cliff all along the beach and the beach itself is
short. The waves are nice though and there were a lot of surfers
enjoying themselves. There was even one guy on a log (log
is surfer talk for a really long board) who had a paddle and
would stand up on his board and paddle out then surf back.
He never got down on his stomach. Pretty interesting to say
tomorrow is Labor Day I think I'll head out for a ride up
to Palomar and then go to the beach and get some sun. I'm
as white as a ghost and still a tad red from Saturday but
not too bad. That's what I get for walking around shirtless
without any sunscreen (haha).
did get a chance to watch the MotoGP races today. All I can
say is Nicky is having about the worst luck imaginable and
everything is going Casey Stoner's way. If this keeps up he
will be crowned champion at the next race. Too bad it took
Honda so long to sort out the 800. I do know that Honda is
a tad hard-headed when it comes to admitting they might not
have gotten things right the first time.
was awesome as always on Saturday night. We've been having
services outside in the Courtyard. I will say all the hot
air balloons that float by make it difficult to focus at times
but we have an entertaining (and funny) Pastor so the message
isn't lost by any means.
about it for now.
my way out the door to hang with a friend. Have a good week
and I'll check in with you later.