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ending Sunday, September 29th, 2013
and other things!
So I am doing training this week and over the weekend.
Work is slowing down due to it being the end of the quarter,
which means reports, so I have turned my attention to focusing
on studying and for exams. My boss is encouraging it and I
personally want to get them in the books as well. Not just
for my job but overall for my career.
first I wasn't too excited about NAS storage but right now
we have a lot of block level guys and they really needed a
NAS guy. Plus in this position I get to be the lead for NAS
so I am OK with it. In fact, I am embracing it because it
gives me more responsibility and more goals to shoot for.
Granted there are things that I need to do better (I've been
taking copious notes and have learned to stop responding without
a lot of thought. Plus, it helps working remote (except for
thought this weekend we were supposed to serve the homeless
again but I didn't get the notification so I suppose it got
canceled or something. It's ok, I will fill in wherever they
need me at Church. They know I am available and I've said
it more than once that I will do whatever they need me to
do. Just like what I said at work.
of Church, Pastor Bob had a great sermon this weekend on letting
go of things we cannot control. I had learned that about 7
years ago but it was good to get a refresher on that topic.
Let go, let God! I think I've even said that before on the
blog -- but I mean it.
was football this weekend and of course, ANOTHER disappointing
game and another Buccaneer loss. I'm being reminded of the
1984-1996 Buccaneers. I mean they are playing that badly.
It's hard to root for a team that is destined to fail or prone
to failure. Maybe I see a lot of myself in that team which
is why I haven't given up on them yet. I haven't given up
on myself either so well, there are correlations to both.
from home has presented one thing I hadn't planned on. Being
home alone all the time does have it's drawbacks. I did enjoy
the co-worker interactive conversations and now all I get
are phone calls or emails. It's ok though, it does give me
peace and solace and maybe that what I enjoy the most about
honestly think that is it for the week. There's some WSBK
races I want to watch and I did watch Iron Man 3 (hadn't seen
it yet). I do know RDJ isn't going to do Iron Man solo movies
anymore. Too bad, I loved him and Gwenneth Paltrow as they
were both perfect for the movie. We do get to see more of
him with Iron Man but it will only be with the Avengers. Ah
well, that's better than nothing.
you had a great week and as always, will talk to you later!
ending Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
-- except for my neighbors!
Am I whining?! I kind of feel like it. I know I've
said something about my neighbors -- in fact I went and talked
them earlier this week and they understand that our windows
are so close to each other that it makes logical sense to
close them. Not because anyone is trying to be mean but simply
out of respect for each other. It's been a little more quiet
(especially after I told them I can hear when they flush their
toilet -- that's how loud it is) and I have a ton of stuff
to do for work.
was told this past week that I will probably go to Seattle
again for at least two weeks to sit down with the engineering
team to get the more critical information you won't get from
the classes. Not sure how I feel about that. I mean anytime
you can get training is great, I am just no so sure about
being in Seattle during the winter, haha.
than Church this weekend, which was fantastic as always, that
is really about it. I'm keeping it short this week and of
course you can catch me on Facebook.
a great and blessed weekend!
ending Sunday, September 15th, 2013
out loud week!
So...this week I posted a link from Yahoo that our
"lovely" California Governor is going to sign a
bill that gives ILLEGAL ALIENS legal CA driver's licenses.
Nice. Now we're going to reward ILLEGAL INVADERS with "legal"
identification. We can't even get clear background checks
on foreigners! Basically what we're saying is "Yes, we
know you're here illegally but even WE do not enforce our
own laws. So bring more of you! Our tax payers will pay for
all your expenses you even though YOU have no regard whatsoever
for our laws, will not learn English, will not follow our
laws and entered this country LEGALLY!"
Even our elected officials will not enforce the laws that
our forefathers enacted to PROTECT this country. Now all of
you who pay taxes will see your social security dwindle to
nothing (ie: you will have nothing to live off of when YOU
retire). Their "excuse" is it will make the roads
safer. HOW?! They're already driving illegally and many of
them are sitting in our jails because they drive drunk with
no insurance and end up killing law-abiding citizens. They
have no regard -- NONE -- for US laws. They have no regard
for US citizens. Having seen their "work" first
hand, I'd say we're getting what we paid for. They want to
turn Southern, California (and the rest of the US) into "Northern
Mexico". They waive their country's flag on US soil and
DEMAND they be made US citizens. Why?! They do not
want to be Americans. They want to be a Mexican or
South American or Russian or Chinese or wherever they are
from "Citizen" while being spoon-fed from American
I am not cold-hearted. I understand the plight these people
face every day in their own Country. That said, why aren't
they trying to change THEIR own country? Why aren't they taking
the US-taxpayer paid Educations (those that do) and go home
and make a change where THEY came from? Why is it that America
has to be the "Welfare Country" for the world? Why
are MY (and your) tax dollars, that should be set aside to
take care of Americans when they retire, to pay for US Legal
Born children to go to school, to pay for road improvements
and for US defense being spent on hand outs to people who
could care LESS about America??? They are the complete opposite
of what JFK said about being an American. They are "asking
what our Country can (and will) do for them -- NOT what THEY
can for for our country." And as US wartime veteran and
former US Marine -- I am embarrassed to be an American right
now that my vent is over (because even when I explain to my
friends, they are all for allowing these illegals to invade
our country and, one anchor baby at a time, revert us into
a 3rd world country. They think it's great because they can
buy stuff "cheaper" (even though they have to spend
more money in the end to replace the crap made overseas because
they are built by "slave workers". Even my LEGAL
US Immigrants are OK with ILLEGAL INVADERS having US driver's
licenses. Nice. OK since you're OK with spoon feeding the
invaders, why don't we make sure that the taxes paid to subsidize
these illegal invaders come from YOUR salary! I'm willing
to bet your tune would change then....
for everything else I have new neighbors with a 4 year old
who likes to scream at the top of her lungs all day long.
Now, we don't have A/C here so I leave the windows open. I'm
trying to get work done and all I hear are ear-piercing screams
all day long. Look -- I love kids and I don't have a problem
with having neighbors with kids. I do however have a problem
though with being so close to them and hearing EVERY PEEP
they make (because they do not respect their neighbors) --
I feel like I have to be integrated into their family. And
trust me, if I wanted kids or a family I would have gotten
I am a God-fearing man. I know to love thy neighbor -- but
apparently THY NEIGHBOR doesn't love us because they feel
it's ok to annoy the entire block all day long.
Bob is back! Fantastic service this weekend and so glad to
have him back and invigorating our service to the Lord. I
got to watch the Buccaneers lose another close game and watch
Nicky Hayden sit around in 9th place about a minute behind
the leaders. Blah! What bad weekend. And work is pressure
but I am trying to do the best I can. That is really about
it for the week. Hope you had a great weekend. I am going
to "sweat" out the rest of the day because, of course,
I cannot open the windows here and get any cool air without
the screams of a 4 year old all day.
ending Sunday, September 8th, 2013
as she goes, Capt'n!
Other than the hot weather here, this week has been
much better. I mean the work is getting done, no one is complain
(that I know about ) and my work schedule is starting to come
down to more like 10 to 11 hours a day instead of 14-16. In
fact, since I wasn't on call this weekend I vegged out. Still
too hot to go out and do anything, though I had been thinking
about the beach.
night was the second service for Pastor Mile McIntosh. Next
Saturday Pastor Bob is back! We're all excited to see him
and hope the time of rest and recuperation has invigorated
his passion. Not that he ever had that problem but I think
this time he finally realized he did need rest. Even God said
REST! So we're looking forward to seeing him come back.
was also the opening week for NFL. Already my Gators lost
to UM and today, the Bucs lost a game they should have won
handily (and even the pundits said they would) and they lost
that one. I am starting to theorize that I love a loser. I
mean, maybe I think that I myself am a loser and need to associate
myself with teams who fail so that I don't feel like the only
one on this planet who fails. Well -- that isn't true -- but
that is how I feel sometimes. I've been a Buccaneer fan since
I saw my first game as a 6 year old and of course, huge Gator
fan. Both teams lost and well, that's that! Nothing I can
do about it.
is a bunch of work related training I need to get back on
and that should be happening soon. Thought I was going to
finish my private pilot's license (didn't happen, move cost
me all my savings -- then swapping a terrible job for a much,
MUCH better one) but as it turns out, that's just not a feasible
option. Not not for sure, maybe never. I hate starting things
I cannot finish but in this case it's really out of my hands.
If it is God's plan for me, it will happen. That's all I or
anyone else should be concerned about. If we focus on our
troubles instead of the One who takes care of them for us,
we're looking in the wrong direction.
think of anything else this week. No MotoGP, no WSBK, but
lots of cleaning and dinner to make. Yes I cook, I am just
not a Chef by any means! LOL. Have a great rest of your weekend!
ending Sunday, September 1st, 2013
your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Bony fingers!
Ok That's pretty much how the new job is going. Not
complaining at all because I work from home but man, when
you do that, you tend to work a LOT of hours. Definitely averages
about 10-14 hours a day, but that's easy to do when you don't
have to deal with traffic and such. Wish I had started doing
this sooner, would have helped me out a lot with less "distractions".
I did it a few times at the DEA but honestly, they want your
rear-end in the seat so they can keep tabs on you (I am theorizing
worked about 58 hours this week during the week then worked
a few hours Friday night, 7 hours on Saturday and a few hours
on Sunday. I am hoping that tomorrow morning I can put the
leathers on and take the CBR out to "clear it's throat".
It's been sitting in the garage collecting dust because I'm
at home all the time. Hopefully I can just take a quick AM
run up and down and then call it a day at my favorite spot
(you all know where it is). Once that is done I'll come back
home and hopefully relax.
I have new neighbors. May I remind you this area is normally
very, very quiet with a lot of retirees or older people who
don't party (yay!). Well, they are a family from another country
and I guess they are not used to keeping the noise down because
they are extremely noisy. I have to have the windows open
to let the cool air in. Well, whatever cool air we get because
the last couple of weeks it's been so hot that I've been sweating
like crazy, even with a fan on me. It's been both hot and
humid here. Very much unlike SOCAL but this happens every
4-6 years or so. Let's hope we get our cooler weather back.
I do remember back in like in the summer of 2006 it being
like 80 and humid at night, too!
(Saturday) I got to FINALLY do some work with my Church. The
last Saturday of every month they feed
the homeless in downtown San Diego near the Mission.
I got to serve this weekend which was really good the chef
that created the meal did a great job. It's so sad to hear
people say "This may be the only time I eat all day".
What do I do? I know these people need help but I am one person.
How can I help all these people who need encouragement, assistance
and a way out of the life they are living now. If only they
turned their face towards the Lord would they see there is
always a true, guaranteed way out of anything -- if you let
go and let God take control. I look forward to serving with
them next month and I want to get more involved in more missionary
no secret I am trying to help my sister buy a house in Sebring
but the work trying to get that inexpensive house is far more
work that it took me to buy that HUGE town home in Virginia.
Let's all pray that it works out so my sister stops being
a renter and starts to become a homeowner. I know where she
lives and even I cannot sleep there due to the road traffic.
Her house is right on the parkway. I am not sure how anyone
gets any sleep. Dear Sebring, don't put a parkway in the middle
of a residential area. There was plenty of land elsewhere
to make that road!
that is about it for the week. Enjoy your holiday and I'll
go watch my MotoGP and WSBK races. I don't even think AMA
is on TV anymore. At least, I don't see it so I'll still with
the foreign races!