Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas

This is the Christmas Entry. Merry Christmas to all of you that read this.

I spent the day today at Kim's parents' house and had christmas with her and her family. This was one of the more special christmas' that I have had in a long time. I felt not only a real part of her family, but I felt that I was celebrating with family, like it should be. The other day, Tuesday I think it was, Kim's father thanked me for a being a part of their family. I am really thankful this christmas to be a part of their family. They have accepted me into the family without question and with open arms. I feel at times that I am going to end up being closer to this family than to my blood kin, but that is partially because of proximity and Kim's strong attachment.

Over the last couple of years I have started to grow some bonds with my family that were never there as I was growing up and it's really a difficult process for me at times, but along those lines I have found some new family. My mom told me years ago that I have a half-sister out in the world somewhere that had been given up for adoption. Almost six years ago I posted a thing on adoption.com that allowed me to post the info I had about my half-sister and leave out there to find. About a week ago she contacted me. We have been e-mailing back and forth a little bit and it is very exciting to me. We will see what happens of that.

So all in all this christmas has just been a great time to reflect on all the things that I am thankful for and I plan on having a nice long post for the end of the year to detail those things.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good sight. God bless those that accept it and those that don't He'll probably bless you anyway. :)

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Massive Update

First of all, I deleted 140 spammer comments yesterday. LAME!

Now on to the good stuff. This past weekend Kim and I went to Sherman Oaks to visit my grandparents. It was a most relaxing trip. Unfortunately my grandma was pretty much laid out, she had knee surgery that Tuesday and so was still recuperating from that, but she was able to chat with us, so it was nice. They have a lot going on right now, selling their old studio, buying a new one, and filing lawsuit against a previous potential buyer. Lots of fun.

I don't think that I mentioned this earlier, but Kim's car had been acting up and we took it into Continental Motor Works here in town. WORD OF WARNING!!! These guys will rip you off if possible. When we brought Kim's car in they said that they'll run a diagnostic and call me with what's wrong. 4 hours later they called and told me that the spark plugs needed replacing and that the PC valve needed replacing. Grand total for that work parts and labor.....$500! Ridiculous I said. So he told me it was fine to come pick it up. It would only be $190 for the diagnostic. Freaking ridiculous. So I went with my grandpa and picked up a spark plug set, and Davidyo and I replaced the spark plugs ourselves, for about $60 dollars and an hour of time. So it works now and everything is good, but now my Volvo is acting up. It's never ending cycle. I've got it going into the Volvo dealer on Monday for a diagnostic that was only 5 dollars more than the cheapest place I found and I have reccomendations that this guy is good. So yeah, we'll see what the problem is.

So speaking of these cars, I spent probably 5 hours or so after the Continental Motor Works fiasco reading about how cars work on http://howstuffworks.com. Great, great site if you want to know about something from the basic level up. I now understand basically how cars work and am starting to recognize things inside the engine and under the car. Which reminds me, my grandpa got me a 2 ton floor jack and two jack stands. Woot!

In other news, I took my real estate licensing exam on Tues and found out this morning that I PASSED!!!! WOOHOO!!!! I don't have to take it again. Now I just have to take the classes associated with that, get and pay for the actual license, and find a broker to work for. Woot bang.

I think that's all for now, but yeah AWESOMENESS, I'm done with my test!!!!

Monday, December 13, 2004

It worked

So for the past two weeks, maybe even a little less. Sean and I have been conspiring to get Paul a Kitchenaid stand mixer. This baby can cost upwards of $350 bucks for this model. So instead of Sean and I paying almost 200 bucks a piece, I contacted all the people that know Paul and got donations from them. About 20 people later we made our quota with people donating anywhere from 5-25 bucks per person.

Last night we presented it to him and he loved it. A lot of the people that helped to make the purchase showed up to see what his reaction would be. It was very cool.

Sean and I also pitched in to get David and new toolbox for his myriad of tools stored haphazardly in a leather satchel. Sean also got me the Aladdin DVD and David and I pitched in a long time ago to get Sean a very nice coffee maker. This coffee maker was user this morning and I have to say that the coffee is far superior to that of the formerly used french press, IMHO. The fact that it was Kona coffee helped too.

There is now 8 days until I take my Real Estate Licensing exam. I really need to do well on this so that I can get started on my future career. The other pressing dilema is to figure out exactly which broker firm I want to go work for. I think I have mostly made up my mind on going to work at Realty One in Atascadero. This does mean however that I won't be able to live off of the money that I have saved up as would have happened had I worked at ReMax.

Kim and I have been discussing what we are going to do about the car situation. We are definitely going to be selling her Thunderbird once we get it to a condtion that is working. Right now it is shaking really, really badly the moment you start the car and doesn't stop. I think maybe it is something to do with the spark plugs, but we'll see tomorrow when I take it into the shop.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

New Members

So today was the day that Kim and I officially joined the Atascadero United Methodist Church. It was nice, everyone came up after the service and welcomed us to the church. I felt really good about it. So did the music director of the church, Kim's former piano teacher. He pulled her aside mere moments after the service was over and we had talked to everyone. He wants her to start training as a sub for the pianist and eventually the organist and was absolutely thrilled when he found out that Kim and I would be joining the church. So Kim is going to learn to play the Organ, which will be cool. Her parents have a full-size organ at their house that is a legacy of Kim's grandfather, and so very special. It's going to be good that she is going to learn to play it.

That's all I just wanted to share with everyone because I was excited about it.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Opinionated Commentary

So I watch a small portion of the movie "Mission to Mars" for the second time. I have one word for that movie. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, DUMB!! For you kings of sarcasm and smartasses out there, that is one word repeated 5 times.

More commmentary. I finally finished the book The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum. Very, very good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it right up to the horribly stupid ending. It was a very, dissappointing ending and I believe that has to do with the fact that there's a sequel. If feels though, like the end was both abrupt and not well thought out, maybe because he wasn't sure when he started writing that he was going to have two books? I don't know, but I didn't like the ending.

Number of people that read my blog. Too few. My fault, but too few. I have had more comments in a week from spammers than I've gotten the whole year from friends. So if you're a friend, feel free to comment a lot and prove me wrong.

That's all for now.

Monday, December 06, 2004

My Christmas List

Upon Request:

DVDs: All Widescreen of course.
  • Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Platinum Edition
  • Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • X-men United: X2
  • Aladdin


Tool Things
  • A cordless drill
  • A toolbox to carry my tools that is big, but portable


Clothes
  • Nice Van Heusen solid color ties
  • Nice dress shirts, size 16-16 1/2 by 34/35, I like van Heusen
  • Nice dress slacks, size 34x32 preferrably black or navy blue
  • A tie rack or hanger for my closet
  • A pants press


Kitchen Items
  • A deep fryer, mmmm
  • 12in Splatter Screen


Intangible Stuff
  • I want a good Real Estate Job
  • Semi-instant hot water from the tap
  • and of course the unoriginal World Peace


These are just some ideas for those that don't have one. Use your best judgement.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

I'm finished

So I finished my last class at Cal Poly today. I feel really good. Especially because I passed the class with a B just for the simple fact that I gave a really good presentation.

I gave a presentation on Père Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and believe it or not I actually found it enjoyable. Teilhard's tried in his time to unite religion and science and actually predicted that something similar to the internet would form, an "information web" he called it. Interesting, no? Seeing as how he died in 1955. He was also real big on the whole, everything-is-connected-through-energies-and-spirit, thing. Very Eastern, but apparently really big in the 60's.

Anyway, that's about all.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Busy Time of Year

I am starting to get really booked on the number of performances that I have. Between TMC and my new Handbell choir I have like 6 concerts coming up in the next 4 weeks. It's going to be fun.

That's it for now.