FOR SEPTEMBER 2012
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ending Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Well it wasn't a bad week but it wasn't a good week
either. Work-wise everything is fine, just a couple of minor
things to clear up and everything will be great. I know a
lot was accomplished and I stayed extremely busy so overall
not too bad.
weekend they had the "Leesburg Airshow" which scale-wise
it's a lot smaller than say a Military Airshow (like Miramar
or El Toro) but it was pretty good. I went with my neighbors
and we got to see some vintage WW2 airplanes, so bi-planes,
a sport plane and even a C5 Galaxy over fly the runway. I
then took them over to AV-ED and showed them the plane I fly
the most and it seemed to get them interested in flying so
that is a good thing.
have also been studying my ground school book and so far I
am pretty much right on top of things. I know that I'll be
ready to take the ground exam in a few weeks and even my instructor
is trying to schedule the 3rd check ride which is the last
dual flight before the FAA Examiner will come up to give me
the test. Should go well but I am not in a super-big rush
to get it done. I also helped my friend record another song
this weekend so that was good. I have a some really good recording
gear so its nice to get back into the groove.
was awesome again this weekend. I have really warmed up to
our Pastor a lot and actually he's interjecting a lot of humor
into the message so that keeps everyone focused and on the
message. I think a lot of people pay more attention to instruction
when its fun and interesting. Regardless, reading the Bible
is always interesting but adding humor is just an added benefit.
the MotoGP race this weekend and I am glad Nicky is ok. He
came really close to doing the same thing Super Sic did last
year and its good to know that he'll be able to ride the next
race. Watching the Bucs vs that "DC" team right
now (its halftime) and not looking so good. Josh isn't looking
like the franchise QGB right now so I hope he gets it together.
about it for now, short but sweet. Hope you had a great week!
ending Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
So the week went ok. Work-wise, as always, I am getting
things done. There was a lot to do and I made sure everything
was completed. I do have some vacation time coming up and
I am not sure what to do this year. I definitely want to go
to the UK and check things out as I have never been there
but I think for sure I will be going to Florida for Christmas
this year. I will probably go to SOCAL for Thanksgiving as
I know I can hang out with my friends and since my sister
doesn't have much time off then.
weekend I was supposed to solo again just to keep my chops
up but the weather didn't seem to want to comply so that got
canceled. Since there was no flight I did a ride through most
of Western VA which was really fun. It's been a while since
I dragged a little knee but I did it safely, so don't worry!
I did due my chores such as mow the yard and clean up the
house a bit then I went to our Saturday night Church services
which I always like and try never to miss. The Pastor is so
good and it's nice to know we're with a Church that is true
to the word and we bring and read from the Bible every service.
also watched some AMA racing this weekend which was good and
then today (Sunday) I got to watch the Bucs once again play
good against the run, bad against the pass and somehow our
offense is stuck in first gear. At least with the Gators they
know how to make second half adjustments and I think Schiano
needs to learn how to do that or we'll have another losing
season. In all fairness, those were two road teams against
some very tough NFC East teams. Next weekend the dreaded team
from here goes to Tampa so I hope we can win that one! Sheesh.
I think that is about it. Not really that much to add. There's
a lot of things I need to get done and I need to study that
ground school exam before I can take the FAA Examiner verbal
and flight test. Once that is done I'll be free to fly whenever
and wherever I want which was the main reason for this. First
cross country will probably be to Boston to see my Aunts and
take them flying. Haven't been up there in years so that would
be great. Then I will head down to GA and FLA to visit family
that is it. Hope you had a great week and talk to you later!
ending Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Overall it was a great week. I mean work went pretty
well as I got a lot done and even had the vendor give me a
few compliments on my work. That's always nice to hear. It
is a really good thing that I love what I do or I'd probably
be bonking my head on the desk all day long -- haha. Either
way I did accomplish a lot and I'm very happy about this.
weekend I did another flight with AV-ED only I took a different
instructor with me to critique my performance maneuvers. He
said I did a really good job and that I just have to review
the documentation to make sure that I run them the exact same
way because he said the FAA Examiner is going to ask me the
same questions. Actually it was a great flight as the weather
was great, the sky was clear and the temperatures were way
better than the summer has been. I ordered and ASA Ground
Study booklet so I can prepare in haste for the ground exam
and then all I really need to do are a few check riders with
examiners to test everything and then go for broke with the
I get my license I do want to fly to Boston and see my family
first then fly down to Georgia and then on to Florida. I'll
see Pops in St. Mary's and then my family so I'll land at
Sebring Airport. Just have to pay attention to what is going
on and if I do indeed do the long cross country I'll use flight
following because that way I'll be in contact with the controllers
and make sure I don't make any silly airspace mistakes (like
flying into restricted area, that is not a good idea).
was awesome again this week and I like I said I am really
getting used to the new place of worship. Like I always say
"God's plans are always greater for us than our own".
I also was telling my friends "You have to love and respect
yourself before others will love and respect you". That's
something I have learned as I've gotten older.
I watched the MotoGP races and all I have to say to Dani Pedrosa
is "KARMA!" Glad he didn't get hurt but he did the
same thing to Hayden in 2006 and nearly cost him the Championship.
Now he's 38 points down on the leader with only a few races
to go. That's racing I guess. I also watched the Buccaneer
game today with the Giants. They actually should have won
that game but I think the fact that the defense got worn out
due to the offense not generating anything just sent the game
down hill. They still had a chance to win it at the end and
that's showing me they are a better team. They didn't quit
on their coach.
this weekend I helped a friend of mine record a song. We used
my AW16G and my new electronic drum kit so I laid down the
drum tracks while he played guitar. I just made some stuff
up honestly. He added in his vocals and we'll finish it next
week. He wants to cut a CD which I think is really neat and
any way I can help others, you know I'll do it.
about it for now. Hope you had a great week and talk to you
ending Sunday, September 9th, 2012
a bad week...
not a bad week overall. We had a vendor come in to upgrade
our SAN arrays (the vendor won't let us do it ourselves and
I have done it before) and that went fine. I went ahead and
created the storage pools so now we have another 180TB of
storage space so its all good. Our customer is happy and that
is the most important thing when you're a contractor. Well,
that and keeping your boss happy. Work is going fine so that's
the report for this week.
was awesome this weekend as it always is. Our Pastor used
some doughnuts in place of Manna to prove a point and it was
extremely funny. He had the whole congregation laughing and
I think as a Pastor, to keep people interested, you really
do have to make them smile. Cornerstone is one of those very
good "Calvary" based Churches that I really like
a lot and it helps that this Church is very similar to the
one I had to grudgingly leave last year in San Diego (Horizons).
weekend I went ahead and did another solo flight. I really
need to study for the ground exam and I have been working
on that but I wanted to get in some flight maneuvers which
I did (Slow Flight, Steep Turns, Stalls) and then I went to
Martinsberg to do some landings. I posted some photos of that
on my FB page along with some photos from the MetalliBash
that I never uploaded. Those are the photos of Lars and Kirk
from Metallica joining us on stage. That was great!
also went ahead this week and purchased some throw rugs for
the living room and some ornaments and evergreen trees I planted
in the front yard. I know its almost the FALL and it will
be cold here soon but I wanted to get them planted so they
could start growing. Hopefully by this time next year I'll
have some trees blocking the master bedroom downstairs so
guests don't have to worry about trying to peek through. HAHA.
than that I have some Buccaneer football to watch today as
well as the AMA races. I've still been having headaches and
I don't know what they are from but I am taking aspirin and
hoping this eventually fades. If not I guess I will have to
go get a checkup completed.
it for now. Have a fantastic rest of your week!
ending Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
week with a Holiday tomorrow!
let's see. Still a lot of work was accomplished this week
at the office though I have been hearing some rumors about
them possibly consolidating the data centers and that has
me a tad worried. Not sure where I'd go from here but if this
job ends up being eliminated then I will have to weigh my
options. Since I just bought a house the ideal thing to do
would be to find another job here but almost all of them demand
TRAVELING. The best option for me would be to rent my home
and move back to SOCAL (where there are always a lot of jobs
for what I do) or maybe try to go to Florida. Either way I
am not going to worry about it for now. My faith is in the
Lord and His plans for me are always better than my own.
weekend I completed the last of the required SOLO cross country
flights. I went to York again since Charlottesville had a
TFR due to "VIP" movement in the area. Hah. That
is the bad thing about flying around here is you always have
to worry about "Temporary Flight Restrictions" and
squaking the wrong codes. I've made it a habit to turn the
squak code to the "return" code as soon as I leave
the Dulles Class B airspace that way I don't mess it up when
I get back to Leesburg Executive. There's a photo on FB of
the plane I flew parked at York, PA when I stopped there and
grabbed some lunch yesterday. Now I just have to hunker down,
study the ground testing materials and then get ready for
the FAA Examiner flight (crossing fingers).
was awesome yesterday and it always is. There are some things
coming up that I want to get involved in but I have to wait
the one year period with my Church so that they can see that
I am earnestly committed to doing whatever I can to serve.
I know other people are doing the same and if it wasn't for
this move here I'd be back at Horizon's begging Pastor Bob
for something to do. :)
else is going well. The NFL season starts next week and there's
no MotoGP or WSBK racing going on. Heck there isn't even any
AMA racing to watch so I think I am going to get my weekly
chores done, study my materials for flying and then talk to
the boss on Tuesday to find out what's really going on. Always,
always remember that worry is never a good thing. It means
you are not trusting in the Lord for all your needs and I'm
not worried. Hey look, I had my skull bashed in (wrong place,
wrong time and I was't looking for it) and He pulled me through.
My friends and family prayed hard but in the end, it's HIS
will that matters, not our own.
a great rest of your Holiday weekend and stay out of trouble!