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Monday, December 31, 2007

I have to blog before the new year starts.... just a few more seconds.....

Friday, December 28, 2007

My second week of CTO training was off to a bumpy start. I guess thats normal since all of us are coming from a controlled environment and in the real world of the control room, anything goes...

My grades were nothing to write home about. They were lower than I expected. But I kinda new that since I was, in my CTO's eyes, always asking for help in almost all my calls except for alarm calls. With the CTO hovering behind me, its hard not to do that. You're looking for their approval. You don't want to make a mistake or be over descriptive in making a call. And that's primary! Secondary is a different beast because most of the time, your RPs are asking for advice or referrals or making you send the officers to a very minor call like obscene calls. It was crazy. Some of the callers were even clueless as to what was happening to them.

Like I said, second week of CTO training was a bumpy ride. But I like all these hiccups. You learn by making mistakes. If you don't make mistakes, you won't learn anything new. This is very helpful in secondary.

I've noticed something though. There are times when I need a jumpstart to get going with my event. I noticed that with the calls today. Sure, I get the location, but I pause on the remarks field. I don't know how to start it. That's just a few calls though. Not all the calls I got. There were calls that were automatic... you know, easy as heck. There were some that just stumped me.... I need to learn from that. I don't take too many calls on secondary, but they sure stretch your memory muscle.

I've seen most of my classmates already. Some are very receptive. And then there are a few that have this big sign that says "don't talk to me, I'm busy!" Okay, I guess, I'll give space to them. Then again, we weren't that close to begin with, anyway.

My CTO and I tried something different today. He gave me space. He wasn't right behind me, sharing one pod station. I had my own station while he was on the pod next to me. That was cool. I had my own space. It felt like I was "signed off". Yeah, right. It felt different. It's like your first time swimming, I guess. You're starting out with a life preserver that's tethered close to someone. Then, the string is getting longer and longer. But you know that the string is still there, and you have that safety net.

Anyway, tomorrow is another day. I'll be seeing some of my friends as its going to be their Monday tomorrow. Familiar faces are cool. It doesn't make you feel alone. Its not like you're Will Smith in "I am legend". Familiar faces are comforting to me. I don't know, I guess I'm feeling very sensitive right now.

I blame it on the weather.... stupid windy bay area weather....

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve..... I'm spending today with Mom and my sister. I went to my Mom's early and decided to buy a pizza for lunch. I forgot that the pizza place was in this small strip mall that included Honeybaked ham! I thought to myself, since I was already there and had a parking space, might as well get some ham. I love their slab of ribs, so I took a slab home.

I brought with me my book, hoping that I would be able to study or at least look at different type codes and what my approach would be, in case, I get to receive the call, which is highly likely. But every time I head on over to Mom's, I just get to relax and bond with the family. So chances are, I won't be able to.

I am so tired after the third day of CTO training. I was too tired to wakeup that day, it was unreal. It was not like me. No wonder the schedule was set up like that. 4 days of ten hours and three days off in a row. That works like gangbusters.

Looking back, the past year has been a true blessing. From problems at my old job and the longing for a dream job, to actually getting it. From old acquaintances and friends to new acquaintances and new friends. From uncertain stability to instant stability but with guarded optimism. It truly has been a great and roller coaster kind of a year.

Mid year, I was wondering if I would get the chance of showing my worth in the PD. The long process of background checks and waiting for the response from the hiring people, was sure worth it. I almost broke down and could not feel my legs when I heard the news that I was in. Thank God for that.

Moving from one city to another has been a regular mandate for me. But with this most recent move, I think I made the last one.

Now, I think I need to look for my other half....

The quest begins in the new year....

Sunday, December 23, 2007

That was a crazy 4 days of CTO hands on stuff.... I am so physically and mentally tired right now.... I have to get ready, my brother is treating us to a late birthday lunch at Jerry's, which is turning out to be our favorite restaurant.

I'll update this later and probably try and upload my video...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I was planning on posting earlier but changed my mind because I had to visit my mom today. Its her birthday, so I bought food and celebrated her birthday by watching a couple of movies with her and my sister.

The food was good. I really love King Eggroll.

Anyway, last Friday's ride-along was awesome!!! Car stops, alarm calls, a DUI stop, 1051, driving w/o a license and turns out to have 2 6m's on him.... it was great patrolling district Charles. The officer I was rolling with is up for sergeant. Good luck to you Robbie!!! We had an earlier call that said there was a 415A w/ almost 20 people involved! I was surprised but I told Rob, hey, I'm down with that. If someone's gonna hit me, I'll kick their ass back, you know... But we were on the other side of the city, when we got there, the fight was over but the people were involved were running all over the place but we were able to catch one of the guys. As we were arriving, he hid behind this white SUV. We jumped out of the car and headed towards him. He went down on the ground, bleeding. Apparently, he jumped over a steel fence with some barbed wire. He had a wound that was 3x the size of a quarter, and some scratches at the back from the barbed wire. That was a cool call, air 2 was flying over trying to catch another guy that got away. All in all, a great ride-along.

Today was the start of CTO training for my academy. I don't get to start till Wednesday. That was cool. Have to go to PAC tomorrow to p/u my blue book to study in advance for my CTO. I wanna stay ahead of the game, that was how I tackled the first 5 weeks of the academy and it worked wonders. Plus I need to get my flash drive from Debra to try and finish this project I'm doing w/ the pictures and get some of the pictures that Kim took during graduation. Boy, I never thought it was gonna be a long day... oh well... at least I get to start on Wednesday, right?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

As promised... the web premiere of the video I made for Academy #34, the edited version... Not sure if the extended version would fit here, but I'll try it when I'm done with it...

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Graduation day has finally come and pass...

We were practicing the march and ceremony 4 hours before showtime. It was quick and easy. Surprisingly, everyone followed and no one made a mistake. I guess that's the big difference with having a lot of women and having a lot of men in a graduating class. The women listen more often than the men.

It was uneventful. It was mentioned to us though that the badges that we were getting had to be returned at a later date. They weren't our own to keep. Apparently the badges that were ours are being made and we'll be given the new ones at a later date. A few of my peers questioned why? Made me scratch my head. Does it matter? We just graduated. The badge is just a symbol. Like I said before, sometimes the priorities of my peers are sketchy. I just don't get it.

Family and friends were aplenty today. My sister almost pissed me off today. Just couldn't follow directions. My brother showed up too. That was good.

I had my mother and sister join me in touring the place that I work. The parking was unbelievable. Apparently, everyone parked there at that time. I showed them where the control room was, but we didn't go inside. They didn't want to, but Irene wanted us to go in.

We later ate dinner at Gerry's. That was a great dinner. I'm still full. I could barely breathe. Thank God we were coming in tomorrow at 3pm. I could catch up with a little sleep.

I'll try and finish my extended pix show later. The one I did for graduation was good but.... See, I wanted to show it during graduation day itself. Instead, I showed the whole class the video and it sort of lost its magic. And then, loop it before graduation, man, I got sick of the song already.

At least with this new and extended one, I'm using different songs. It'll be better, I'll see if I can post the short one, or as I call it, the movie version, here.

Tomorrow is Ride-along day. Officially, THE last day of the Academy. That's gonna be a first for me. Most of the veterans of the control room said to go to a busy district or at least do a C3. That would be cool.... something to definitely look forward to.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Slight correction to the last blog.... Floyd kicked Hatton's ass on the 10th round, not the 7th, as I previously mentioned.

Today's Tuesday. You know what that means... its exam day. Not only is it exam day, but the Finals!!! I didn't get much sleep last night as I was prepping for the test. I wanted to take the written test first, then go do the practicals. I got my wish. The written test was easy, well I thought it was easy. It was a bunch of recall, I had to stretch my brain muscle for that. But I got it. I passed that. Now, onto HELL... the practicals. Everybody dreaded doing it because you never know what you'd get or what you'd be able to do under pressure. I, personally, thought they were easy. I was just too stupid to use the right typecode. I know what it was. Why the heck I used those is beyond me. My left brain was telling me to use A, but my hands stopped listening and developed a mind of its own. Ergo, I made 3 critical errors that killed my score. I passed though, but it should've been higher. My bad.

I was surprised they graded both exams on the same day. They mentioned earlier that the scores for the afternoon class might be delivered tomorrow. That would be diabolical. Half of the class would be on pins and needles, waiting for their score. But as soon as the advisers emerged from the training office, they came out with both exams. They handed it out and we got our grades. I'm not sure where I stand in class, but I think I slipped to the middle of the pack.

I believe all of us passed the Finals, which means that everybody is marching on Thursday, G-day. Graduation day. Nice...

Now comes the tough part of our test, CTO training. No more excuses. This is where you separate the best from the good. I look at this as my career. I've always endured in hardships. This won't be any different. I expect a tough road ahead. Nothing less.

From the stories that were shared from CTOs and our advisers, not everyone from the graduating class last the probation period. Not because of their own performance, but because they chose to leave. I'll be honest with you. I find that weird. The whole hiring process was backbreaking and thorough that when you do pass, you'd hesitate to leave because you'd feel kind of disheartened to go through that long process then quit in the end. There may be a few classmates of mine that might not last rotation. That's just me I guess. It might be me. I don't know....

All I know is that I passed the damn exam, I passed all the exams without any retakes and I passed Academy 34!!!!

My brother was nice enough to foot the bill of dinner on my graduation day. Cool. He gave a few suggestions on where to dine. I liked Gerry's but they open quite late considering we're gonna be leaving graduation at around 3pm at the latest. Probably not there, but we could kill time with a movie or something.

All I know is that a couple of bottles of lager would be going down my system tonight... I can't wait to empty a clip tomorrow at the range... that's what I'm looking forward to doing.... sweet!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

What a great match. There were too much holding calls. I'm pretty sure the ref, Joe Cortez, got his money's worth on that fire. He was almost in on every move of the match. There were too many holding and dirty tactics that both boxers were using.

But in the end, the better fighter won. My boy, Floyd, knocked the limey wanker out in the 7th, not once but twice. He fell badly the second time around that if Joe didn't stop the fight, the corner made sure that the fight would be stopped because they threw the towel in. Hatton was cut and his face was getting badly swollen. Sure, Hatton was throwing more punches but he was missing. Floyd was throwing less, but he was more efficient. He was landing more power punches. Floyd's been fighting top notch opponents. Hatton was fighting opponents that weren't top notch, not till the last 3 fights and those were to fighters well past their prime. To be the best, you got to beat the best. He didn't.

Floyd said he'll be concentrating on his promotion outfit. Probably fighting in 1 or 2 years from now. Yeah, right. He said that when he kicked Oscar's ass. But, I don't know. He might be serious about it this time.

I'm watching the replay right now. That left hook of Floyd sure is sneaky. It just comes out of nowhere and the funny thing is, it keeps landing and Hatton knows that its coming, but he still can't defend it. That's the problem if you have no strategy and just go gung-ho and attack your opponent.

I should be getting right now. I have a study group to go to at 11am. Too early, I know. My brain isn't responding right, right now. But let me tell you, I'm forgetting some of the codes and abbreviations right now. My classmates would be my salvation.

I'll finish the fight tonight. I might visit Mom later, not sure yet.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

I've decided to buy the PPV to Mayweather-Hatton match. While watching this, I was jumping to the UFC's Ultimate Fighter show. Sad to say, it's a delayed telecast. I hate being in the West Coast. We always get shows 3 hours late.

The preliminaries are done and the fight will begin in probably 25 minutes.

I need to take a break. That's what Ms. Lannigan said during her talk to us in our Ergonomics class. Always take mini breaks. It will relax you, or something like that.

I love watching Mayweather fight. He's really good. I hope he kicks Hatton's ass. I think that guy fights dirty.

I'm watching the weigh-in right now. Boy, that English crowd sure looks rowdy. Hatton is not in Floyd's league....

Break time...

Updates later...

Friday, December 07, 2007

Today was more practicals and a few tips on how to approach our final call-taking exam on Tuesday. For the most part of our practical sessions during the last 3 days, those kind of calls are the kind of calls we'll be expecting during the finals, the caveat is that the callers would be much better and there would be a CTO hovering over your shoulder, grading your every move. The trick is to NOT FREEZE.

Today's session of practicals, especially during the control room session for our group, I was fortunate enough to get TC. She asked me if I wanted to take the calls or type the responses. I said I'd take the call, but was presented another option: Do you want to do both? I thought about it, and I said, what the hey, let me do both. So from 1240-1540, I was getting the calls. Whether it be primary (mostly alarm calls) and secondary (referrals and transfers), I was on it. I took them like a pro. I'm not sure if T was being funny, but she said if it were her, she'd be signing me off! Yeah right. I still need to learn the essentials of handling the calls. Because if it were me, I'd be making events out of almost all the calls I get.

There were a lot of downtime today though. It was busy at one point, but for the most part, I've been getting alarm calls. Apparently there was a power outage in the East side so most of the calls coming from that area would be alarm calls. During my time with T, she pushed me aside in one call. It was so confusing, even the other CTOs were baffled about it. Sorry, 1036. But in the long run, I was proud of myself. I took them like a champ. It wasn't that hard, but then again, it wasn't that easy, especially the secondary calls. You have to be well versed with the law and how PD responds. I need to brush up on that.

For the most part, my group went to their CTOs. I thought that was cool. At least you get to learn and get your feet wet with your CTO. But some of them weren't just ready yet to take a call. My philosophy: let me sink or swim. I have the basics, you're there. You won't let me drown, I have a life preserver, what's to worry about? If I don't know the answer, I have someone to fall back to. Plus, T was very helpful in feeding me the info. Unfortunately, she was telling me the questions on my ear thats got the headphone in. So, I was really practicing active listening.

It was, all in all, something that I see myself doing for years. There's never a dull moment. Everyday is different. Not to mention the benefits we get from the city. Heck, yeah, I see myself doing this for a long time. The only way you'll see me out of here, is if you fire my butt. Which, of course, won't happen.

Again, a lot of back-biting today from some of my classmates. I just couldn't believe the bickering that they do. Like Rodney King said before, Can't we just all get along? I guess, you can't teach old dogs new tricks. Its hard for them to adjust. But I think that's a cop-out. You adjust to the rigors of the job, even if its an academy. The instructors/advisers should not adjust for you. As a matter of fact, they've been bending backwards for us. Its just crazy. At the rate they're going, they might just talk their way out of a job. I just don't care who your SO knows, what kind of help would that do when you're alone in a pod taking calls in primary? You can't just start name-dropping in a middle of a call right? You settle down and go back to basics. Back to what our advisers, who you thought were too hard on you, kept harping on us. They are being hard for a reason. This is the master plan. Its worked before. Why change something thats not broken? When you're on the floor, you're gonna be ready. Because the academy prepared you for situations like this.

Stop complaining and man up. Like my old boss said, NUFF SAID.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

A week of almost practicals, getting ready for the big one this coming Tuesday. FINALS!!!

Oh yeah, I passed the test last Tuesday. Nice. Back in the high life, baby!! Now its concentrating on Finals. Its a day where we get 2 tests. A written one, it has 75 questions worth 88 points, and a practical call-taking test. Nobody has failed a final call-taking test. I take it back. If somebody freezes, then they fail. Its their form of weeding out the bad seeds... and keeping the ones that can adjust to pressure. I think I'll be seeing all my classmates at the next level. Confidence is dictating me to say this. I know I'm very capable of passing that test. I know myself. I know I won't freeze. Freezing is not knowing what to do after you say hello... I hate to be that person.

Well, its just a few more days till graduation. My whole family is going. Its going to be great!! If they want, they can tour my "house". But knowing my brother, he may want to skip that, so we might just be eating out afterwards. That's cool. At least I get to spend it with my family and friends from work.

I finally met my CTO today. GG looks cool. When I was doing my sit-alongs this week and mentioning that he was my CTO, they kept telling me he was a great guy. The CTO that signed them off. I hope I don't disappoint. He's a fellow techno geek so we will be able to relate. And the best part is, I just realized this yesterday, I'm getting the holidays off!!! I thought Christmas eve and New Years eve fell during the middle of the week. I was wrong. It fell on a Monday and Tuesday. That was extra cool! I know my mom would be very appreciative of that fact. Coolness!!!

These past few days, I've noticed there was a lot of tension in class. The class seems divided but not really. Just a few ego's clashing. The funny thing is, it doesn't involve me, considering I'm the only guy in the class. Too much estrogen, I guess. I'll be honest with you, I don't really much care about all that, I got other things to worry about, so with my buddies at class.

These last days will not define us @ work, it will show our true mettle... This is where you separate the good ones from the bad... and from the looks of it, all of us will make the grade. Unless someone trips... chances are, nobody's gonna help them pick up. Tomorrow is another day of practicals, so I'm looking forward to it. Nothing better than to hone your skills...

Let's get this party started.... Bring on the pain...

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Rejoined some of my classmates for a quick study group for this coming Tuesday's test. It was comforting to know a few items that I missed from my original studying. Now I think that I will do better than expected this time around.

During the study group, a few items were discussed that weren't related to the exam for next Tuesday. I couldn't believe that they still can't get over it. A friend of mine once told me about two things in life that you should never forget: Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut. I'll leave it at that.

I was disheartened that the 49ers lost another "close" game today. What can I say? I'm not expecting too much from them nowadays. I think I'm gonna give up on the QB. Its time to move on and get a good one from the draft, or at least get someone that can turn this franchise around. I know its early but it might be time to say that Mr. Smith was a mistake.

What I did to forget all this was to watch the past. My favorite years of 49ers football was the 88 and 89 season. Those were great teams especially the 89 team, which I thought was the best team of all time. Even better than the 94 team. I think, head to head the 89 team would beat the 94 team very handily.

Just a couple of weeks till the academy is done. I can't wait to start the CTO phase of my stay at the PD. I want to start getting calls right now, dang it! I know, be careful what you wish for... This is why I was hired, to take that call. Thanks for the instruction, but let's put it into action! I believe that is what we'll be doing for the next couple of weeks. I'm so excited I tell ya...

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Okay, I forgot to post the day after the POST exam... I passed... not the highest but I passed. It was a sigh of relief to know that, to be honest with you... I, again, was ill prepared. If I were doing my radio show, I'd just be introducing the next song or probably do a time check. It wasn't pretty, but I got the job done.

Anyway, I saw "American Gangster" the other day. I was surprised that the director was Ridley Scott. It does have his usual color though. It was nicely shot, kudos to the DP. The acting of Denzel Washington was superb. Russell Crowe too. But as a whole, I was kinda disappointed. I was expecting this great movie. It was a good movie, don't get me wrong. It wasn't great. I was disappointed.

I went to my favorite store to buy the Bluray copy of Dave Matthews live at Radio city. To my surprise, it was all gone. I'm not even sure if they had it to begin with. But normally, they carry the obscure kind of DVDs there, but not this particular one. Instead, I bought some other dvds to add to my collection.

The study session last Friday was complete and productive compared to the week before. This past session was more straight-forward and geared towards the test. As in, spoon feeding us the "possible" answers to the test. Of course, Kim wouldn't tell us what's on the test. But she sure made a point to tell us what to study for the test. She sure showed a lot of poise that day. She never exploded or snapped at anybody for asking stupid questions. If it were me, I'd probably give a smart-ass response. What can I say, I'm a jerk at heart. But she didn't, which is why I applaud her efforts.

I found out who my CTO was yesterday too. I'm going to do Watch 2 with GG with SMT as my days off. Thats cool. That means that after my ride-along, that last day of the academy, I'll be having 4 straight days-off before coming back to work on Wednesday! Score!!!! That's cool, I still get to see my close friends and the rest of my batch mates. With the way the Watches are structured, we'll get to see each other for about a couple of hours or so, then the shift change.

Now, its just a couple of weeks of practicals. Getting us ready for the final 2 exams, which are on the same day. Talk about tension. Our CTO will be grading us on our practicals. I don't even know where to start when it comes to the final exam.

That's for next week. I'm more concerned with the coming test this Tuesday...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Last week was the mother of all bad weeks. I refuse to talk about it... It was just the worst week, as far as I'm concerned.

When I woke up this morning, it felt different though. It felt like a turning point. Feels like I turned the tide or something because everything clicked today. When we were doing practicals, rapport with people. Everything clicked.

Mary in the control room mentioned to me that, guys included, it is impossible not to cry once you hit the floor. The reason being, is that you're gonna be having a bad day, a bad week and sometimes it would be too overwhelming. And when you get "the call", it would just trigger a downward spiral. Of course, we don't want that to happen. With that said, I think I've experienced my first bad week. Albeit, its during academy, it was still a bad week for me.

Tomorrow is the POST test. A test that, I think, defines all of us in the academy. Its the Peace officer standards test, for crying out loud. I've been studying like crazy and things just don't seem to gel. Memorization is out of the question for me, I think I'm too late in the game. So, I'm just reading and hopefully everything sticks for tomorrow.

Of course, I'll follow the usual drills I do: wake up early, head off for a nice breakfast and arrive early to familiarize myself with my surroundings. Stroll on the roof and suck in some fresh air. Routine. I've been doing that since the first week of the academy. It worked for the first 6 weeks, then last week arrived. It just threw me off track.

Now its all about getting back on track....

Piece of cake...

I'll update tomorrow on the results...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

What a bad start to the week...

I was almost late last Monday. Stupid alarm clock didn't work. Must have been user error as I later checked it, it was in the off position. I, eventually, woke up at 6:30 for my 7am class last Monday. Nice.

The following day was exam day. Geography, my strongest suit. Yeah, right! That turned out to be my lowest score for the whole academy, so far. It dropped my average. I should stop putting a strain on myself. I'm just putting more pressure on myself to produce more. Instead of being happy with an A, I get upset that I didn't get an A+. Right now, I'm aiming just to pass the coming tests, as they are not going to get any easy.

Today was cool. The whole class did a lot of practicals. We separated into 2 groups. One group was inside the control room and the other group was divided into 2 sub-groups of 3 and were given situations for practicals. What I couldn't get was, how easy it was for me to create an event when I wasn't on the hot seat. As soon as it was my turn, total brain freeze. NICE... I know how to deal with it, its just that, the questions aren't coming out. Like I said, a total brain freeze. We were then told that it was okay for us to be uneasy about the whole exercise. We would grow accustomed to the whole call-taking practicals in time for the Finals. I hope so, at the rate I'm going, I'm not sure I'll last.

Here's the thing, I know all this. I know that I need to get the location first, the location info, the phone #, one liner, type code and then shoot it out. I know that. Like what Scot said, its all a matter of style. All of us have a way of getting to the endpoint, as long as we are getting there, the how is just gray area.

I try to stick to the formulas. The proper way. That would come in time. Like what I said before: Repetition is the mother of all skill. The more I encounter this, the better at it we'll be. Its been a 2 week break, as far as practicals go. We've been doing academics the last 2 weeks and trying to get ready for the tests. The class, wasn't really that focused on practicals. Well, that's how I see it though. I may be wrong.... it might just be me.

I hope not...

All of us have the potential to be great. Some are just late bloomers while others (ME), bloomed too early. That's just me talking, I guess. Don't read into it too much.

I like the sense of family though. The first day of class, we were told that we may have our own cliques. On this 3rd day of the 7th week of the Academy, I must say, that that statement is true. I can honestly say that the academy has 3 main groups and 5 floaters. I'll be honest with you, I didn't think that I would be part of one, but I am. I have grown a fondness for my friends, I can't really consider them my best friends yet, but they're close enough. Let's just say that they have my back and I, theirs.

I'll try and wake up early tomorrow and get ready for class. One of those few times where we're allowed to wear CPT and not our uniforms. I just love the holidays. And everybody in class does too. I'll be going to Mom's for thanksgiving. I'm in charge of dessert. Saturday is my friend's wife's birthday. So, I'll be heading over there to socialize. I need to get ready for the POST exam though. That's coming on Tuesday. I really am not ready for that, but what the hey... I know I'm gonna pass it. Its all about the studying of almost 20 pages of material and trying to memorize them. I really am looking for it...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Today was one of those unexpected days... I woke up to the sounds of my upstairs neighbors rump-shakin'... Wasn't really what I expected. I was promised quiet dammit!

Anyway, I was able to study for my test today. Waking early to moans wasn't my idea of a conducive learning process, so I left extra early to do some studying @ PAC. I caught up with some reading and some fresh air on the roof. It helped. But as usual I forget to touch on a few items which caused my demise. I didn't ace my test, 2 mistakes. Not that bad, but to my standards, it wasn't keeping up with the Steins. I don't have to be hard on myself. My average is still up there, but in the end, 2nd place is the first loser. I need to step up for the next test, which happens to be geography, not my strongest point.

We got out polo shirts today. Whoo-hoo!! I can finally wear some shirts to work, starting Thursday. Unfortunately, tomorrow is uniform inspection. The DC will be coming up to check on our uniforms and to "quiz" us. Thanks for the heads-up, Tera! Not that the group needs it. We're experts by now, as far as typecodes go.

We need practicals, but thats me talking.

In the world of Academy 34, where the ration of men to women is 1:11, its good to align yourself with people, that in the long run, would be considered people that would have your back. That's too wordy, but I finally found friends that got my back. Its true what they said during the first week. Cliques will be formed but its extra hard for the only guy to be part of a clique. I try not to align myself with anyone but if people, out of the blue, show some concern about you, that's VERY touching. I'll try to go against my better judgment and open up to a few people.

Its hard on my end because thats not how I was brought up. I think its too late to change but then again, some of my classmates can be very persistent. I'll just give in...

Our lone class today was Intro to Law. At first glance, it had the potential to be the most boring class in the curriculum, but it wasn't. We were laughing the whole time and it was fun. I wouldn't mind another whole day of this. We're learning and having fun. I couldn't believe that Intro to Law could be this entertaining, but I guess its how you present it. Just like a good chef, its all about presentation. The instructor is very good to present the law and throw in some comments and opinions that helped the class, i believe, understand it better. See, if I were the teacher of this subject, I would go the serious route. The class would be half-asleep before the first hour ended. Sgt. Wiley asked us to introduce ourselves and give a movie line. Out of all my favorite movies and the memorable quotes there, I chose Marlon Brando's At the Waterfront scene! A movie which I haven't really seen. Thats bad in so many levels. Someone just had to quote a Jerry Maguire movie. Nice Lindsay!

Anyway, tomorrow is another day. Will I wake up to the passionate sounds of the bed frame clanking against the cheap wooden floor, they pathetically call my roof?

That is the momentous question, indeed....

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Last night was my first here at the new apartment. It sure gets cold in the morning. I'm not sure if its the windows but the air outside sure gets in real quick. What a day not to have any linens to cover up.

Anyway, I used to work at this radio station where they considered the "icon" of all radio stations. The reason why radio is where it was back then. I just visited the website of the station now. I believe I mentioned that they changed the call signs. They totally removed the past and put in the "new". There are times when thats good, then there are times when you don't fix whats not broken.

Before, it was all about the music. Which is why its RADIO. If it were shows with attitude, I'd rather watch TV. At least there, you get to see the police chase the bad guys. I was just disappointed that they were doing shout-outs and other crap like that.

How the mighty have fallen... Our group was one of the better ones. I wasn't easily accepted when I got there. I had to prove myself. When you did, you were one of the boys. You quickly had this air of contempt against the other radio stations. Then again, we WERE the best. But it was also about the music then.

I just get frustrated. I wish I had a lot of money to open up my station there and compete against these Adam Henrys and bring back the old crew. You know, kick their ass...

I guess I care too much about the medium I used to be in.

Its real quiet here in this neighborhood. I was surprised last night. There was this guy on a microphone, probably somewhere near city hall, saying stuff. Well, its either that or there's a concert somewhere. But you could hear it from here. Not too much sirens here, but when there's an Adam Henry that drives by with the subs cranking, you could feel the windows vibrate... I thought that was weird...

How far we've come...

Saturday, November 10, 2007

It is official... I live in SJ now!!! Just did the move this morning. I hired these guys to do my move and I thought that it would be a little bit over $600 for the total move (considering I was moving from Salinas to SJ, the mileage alone is killer). But I was able to get a good deal and I am now here. I think I'm getting a little sick though. I don't know why... But I was feeling a little fever about to break...

Anyway, the move was easy. Thanks to my sister who really helped a lot by packing my stuff in boxes and putting stuff in bags. Without her, the move would've been a little bit longer than expected. It was sweet.

I still need to fix a few areas in the apartment. I forgot it was an old building, so I need to get some adapters for the plugs that I have. But overall, its been great.

I just left a few things over in the other apartment. A few boxes, my knives, my roomba and a few cleaning supplies. It was cool though. I need to call the landlord there and tell her that I've moved and would probably head on over for the last time this coming Friday and leave the keys and whatnot there. Power is still there till Saturday. That's all I need, I guess.

I will miss the weather in Salinas, and a few friends. But other than that, its nice to be back in SJ. I need to re-connect with a few friends of mine. That shouldn't be hard. I take it back, finding where they are is the battle. But its a welcome battle though.

I didn't buy any linens for my bed today. I was really feeling sick when I was at Target that I didn't want to go to the second level to get some linens. That was crazy. You can put the cart on an escalator while you go up the other way. That was crazy. If I went up, I'd probably screw it up and miss everything.

I am feeling a little better now though. I was kind of retracing my steps as to why I was feeling that way. It was either the coffee or the buffet from last night. That's why I don't like drinking coffee. It just screws up my whole body.

No more coffee.... I need to start my assignment and continue my studying for Tuesday's test. I don't feel that sick where I might lose concentration.

Postscript... It feels like 10pm but its only 8pm... crazy....

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Its Wednesday, the day after our Final Code test where we should get a 100% to pass. I was going crazy because I wasn't able to study over the weekend because I was moving most of my small stuff to my new apartment. I did not touch any reading material until Sunday, our group study session. That helped a lot, I thought.

Surprisingly, the advisers tried a different route in handing our score. Before they would hand them to us at class. But yesterday, they called us one by one into their office and gave our test right then. The theory behind it was that if you missed a few items, they would give you the make-up test right there. Even if you missed 1 item, they'd give you the test right there. Now, guess who was the one they called first? ME! When I entered the room, they ushered me towards the big table and there lay my test. Like being dealt a hand in texas hold'em, the test was face down. They asked me how I thought I did, I asked how many I missed? They told me to go ahead and look... so that's what I did. Out of all the numbers there, I focused on the bottom part... 100%!!! Sweet! A sigh of relief on my part. They started congratulating me. Nice job and all that. I was happy, of course. They mentioned that once you go back to class, don't tell your score till the break period. So when I entered the room, my head was down and I didn't look at anybody. Back to the discussion.... In the end, I made it. It was my third perfect score. Not bad, I got a little stumped with a couple of abbreviations, but I got it.

This raised my average to a little over 99%... who said that seniority wasn't a factor? Maybe to the others, but not to me. I'm still in the mix, I think...

Anyway, that was yesterday. Today, I got a ticket for parking without a sticker. Stupid me! I forgot to put my parking permit on my mirror. That's what I get when I'm in a hurry! All it takes is one mistake and you're gonna learn from that. You just need to experience it and learning takes its course.

As far as the road rally pix, I'm almost done with the whole class'. I'm just waiting for a last set of pictures. I'm done with team KTP. Done with team Camos. Its just the other group that's killing me. Well, I'm done with theirs, its just that clarity of the pix is at question. They're too grainy. The pixelization blows!! Just send me the damn pictures already. I'm not going to wait forever for it. I know I'm a nice guy, but its beginning to be annoying. Priorities, of course, but you have to consider the other person's too, right?

Just a few more days till my official move. Saturday is the big day! I'm finally out of Salinas and back home in San Jose! I'm excited, of course. I can get to see my friends again. I have to make a few house calls especially with the close one I have here. It's been years since they last saw me. I can't wait till this moving this ends. I'm gonna miss Salinas because of the weather and a few friends, but other than that, I'm glad I'm leaving. A few bad memories, led to a lot of sleepless nights... thank God that's over...

Thursday, November 01, 2007

ROAD RALLY!!!


Coco, Nicole, Lindsay and XDJ @ Evergreen Police Academy


@ AMC Theaters, El Paseo de Saratoga


@ Fire Station #29

We did well but, surprisingly, we ended up last. Our plan of hitting the farthest first backfired against us. The traffic killed us. Tip for the next academy: hit the closest ones first then go for the farthest; traffic isn't that bad towards midday...

All in all, a fun day. We get to tell Ken where we wanted to go... he showed us how NOT to drive in reverse... and the roads around the city sure needs a little attention.

A day filled with excitement for all 3 teams. A team started early, a team got pulled over by SCPD and one of the teams witnessed a crime in progress!! Road rally rules!!! Go KTP, the love patrol!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

2 ago, earthquake rattles sj... nfd

That would be my liner... no emer here but what a shake that was...

Apparently, the cell sites are down, LL are available. My brother's ok, he felt it all the way at Fremont. Still don't know where the epicenter is but for sure we'll hear it on the news.

The neighbors here at my Mom's are outside. Shouting, not screaming, about the experience. Not enough to call 911 for a disturbance... hehehe....

What's the first thing to do when there's an earthquake? No, not hide under a table... that's when there's a nuclear explosion... You stand under the door. That's the sturdiest part of the room...

It's been awhile since the last quake... I'm sure there would be some aftershocks...

That's just great! I won't be able to sleep till later...
Its Tuesday... You know what that means... its test day!!! The test covered 6 categories which pretty much encompassed the last 3 tests that we had. I thought last week's test was harder compared to this week's. Oh, yeah, I aced the test today. I think there were only 3 of us that aced it. Its cool, though, I thought I missed a couple of items. I was wrong....

My average went up, which is good.... but "I'm not going after seniority"... yeah right. I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't. Its good to pass, but its better to be #1. I don't think I am though... but who's counting?

The last few days, our call-taking practicals turned a corner. We were getting harder calls to process. A lot of mixed priorities. Today was nothing different. It was tougher, because the instructors were giving us past events that really happened and was really that crazy!! I was on the hot seat for the first call today and it was tough. You're on pins and needles, you can feel the tension, and thats where you kinda stop and see where your station in life is... its that hard!!! It makes you want to pause and examine the world we live in and all the crazies that surround us. At one point, you kinda think, "what the hell is this guy thinking?" Incredible. I love my job...

Tomorrow is map day. Rather, Geography day. Thursday is Road rally day. And Friday, we get to dress up because the chief is going to be giving us a class and we best be in our best behavior. Not that we've been bad... We're talking about the COP here.

Anyway, I like what one of the CTOs told me one I was doing a sit-along... Enjoy the academy, you'll learn a lot... I sure am. It makes me wonder though... what if I didn't get this job? Where would I be now? I know I'll still be in my other job but this is more rewarding...

I really couldn't stop from thanking Him everyday for giving me this job, for making new friends which is gonna be part of my extended family now, for accepting us into a very close knit family. I love this togetherness that the academy is showing us...

On a different note, by next week, we're supposed to pick a class speaker. My name came up a couple of times. Being the only guy, they said, makes sense. I'd do it, I told them, but somebody needs to write for me, because if I were the one to write my own speech, I'm going to talk about a lot of things and not stay in focus. Thats just me, I'm all over the place... I'd rather someone else though, but I like talking IFO of people... Public speaking is my forte...

Can't wait for the road rally.... that seems to be fun... I don't think I'll be wearing any costumes tomorrow though... I know, I'm a square... Just don't feel like it... I'll probably buy some candy... give those that'll come in a costume some...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I found an apartment!!! WHOO-HOOO!!! It's at downtown San Jose, close to the new city hall!! The rent is cool too. If all goes well, I could move my stuff in as early as tomorrow. Can you believe that? I'll probably move my stuff either the first weekend of November or the following weekend. I can't move during the week because of academy duties. I can only move during the weekends. Which blows because finding movers would be costly. Who cares? As long as I get to move to my place, I'm cool.

From what I gather, the place is quiet. The neighbors are single and either students or teachers. That's cool. At least its quiet. I don't have to worry about sleeping during the day (I'm kinda thinking that I'll be getting the mids shift after academy). The place looks like our old apartment back in Rexford. When I saw it, I told myself, welcome home.

Its gonna be hard moving though. The driveway is a little tight, so when the movers come over, they may have to park outside and move the stuff in one at a time. I hope thats cool. If I'm going to spend a pretty penny, might as well make the most of it. Of course, I'll be moving some of my stuff early. But here's my problem... I need to have electricity already in that place, that means changing the name of my pad to my name and to remove electricity over in my old place. Thats harsh. Change my internet too, not to mention my cable. Oh well, that moving for you.

I'm just happy that the whole process of looking for an apartment is over. Now the stressful part of moving begins. I read somewhere that moving is one of the top stressful activities there is. I'll start to move my dresses and probably small appliances once I get the chance to move in, which could be as early as tomorrow. My sister is letting me borrow her luggage. Cool, I can move some of my dresses in already.

Tomorrow is the lease signing... I can't wait...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The third test was a little harder than I thought... but at least it was organized. It wasn't an amalgam of questions of all the covered material. They decided to categorize them. That was a relief. But, I didn't do good as I expected. I had 5 mistakes. That's not good at all. 2 were mental errors, the other 3, well I got confused. I was supposed to do some extended reading this morning, but unfortunately, I accidentally left the reading material at home. That's what happens when you can't turn on the darn light in the bedroom for fear of waking up everybody.

I really need to get a place of my own. Its not that I don't like the present company, its just that, if there's chaos in my apartment, its my chaos. Not somebody else's.

I know. It sounds like I'm just making excuses. I'm not, its just frustrating when you could've done better. At any rate, I'm still one of the top, but its kinda crowded now. A classmate aced the test, and a couple had 3 mistakes and that's with the ones that I know about. The others are really discreet about their score. I need to keep up. I need to set the bar. Not the other way around. Of course, like any test, there were a couple of people that didn't pass the test. That wasn't good. I feel for them. All this preparation and for what? To retake the test again. That blows... One thing I can't take is someone crying.... I don't know why, but the image of Tom Hanks just jumps at me when I see this happen, especially after a test: "There's no crying in baseball!!" In this case, "There's no crying in test scores!!"

I'm like the tinman. I guess I need to have a heart. I do have one, and a big one at that. But I just don't see the reason behind the crying. Then again, we all have priorities and when you get behind with the studying, you need to desperately catch up. Now, I just don't see myself in that position. I'm sorry.

Anyway, different topic. I'm going to be apartment hunting tomorrow. If worse comes to worse, I'll end up here in the same complex with my mom. I wish it were farther but, in desperation, you really can't choose. I'll be giving my letter of intent to leave to my landlord at Salinas on Sunday. What the hey? The thought of leaving with nowhere in particular to go is gut-wrenching but I guess I can throw all my stuff in storage and just live it out here at Mom's...

Bad idea.... look for a place... how hard can it be?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Its the night before the 3rd test, and I believe I'm 97% ready. The last 3 percent are just a few unit ids which I know already but just needs a few polishing...

Still need to go to Summit and get a couple of pants. The last thing I need is to not have a fresh pair of pants when the uniform inspection comes in. Thats just gravy...

Everybody in class seems to be getting it all this call taking practicals. I have to admit, this is a bright group. Quick to grasp the basics and apply it. I believe this is a testament to the rigid hiring process of the PD. Why would you settle for mediocre? Go for the best...

We had a study group last Sunday. It was a little hard for me because over the weekends I drive back to Salinas. When I got to our study group, I was about a half an hour late. Thats because of an 1183 on 101 and every single car getting to look at the accident. Nice. Well, we stayed for almost 4 hours for the study group. I thought it was productive. Yancie's daughter was very helpful.

As far as my study techniques, I always study in advance. What really stuck to me was in the last sit-along I did, the CTO was quizzing me on type codes used on the floor. I was just done with the basic 10-code but really didn't memorize all of them. So he's asking away, and there I was stumped! I didn't like that feeling. He gave me a friendly advise to start memorizing because these codes would be very vital. I took that to heart. On day 1 of the academy, I memorized everything except for unit IDs and dispositions (because they didn't give it on our packet). Now, everything is a breeze. The gals keep asking me what my secret is to memorizing. I just didn't have the heart to tell them that I got them all before the academy started. I had nothing better to do than watch reruns on TV, so might as well memorize type codes.

I just need to brush up on a few items and I am good to go...

Cramming gets me going, but being prepared prior gets me an extra hour of sleep...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Wasn't able to blog the last few day. Catching up on some assigned work and memorization. Now that we're getting into practicals, its gonna be a little tough @ the academy. I loved school before and I'm still loving the atmosphere now.

Call me crazy but I just love the dynamics...

A whole lot of catching up to do, as far as getting to know the proper way of call taking. All of us were on the hotseat. I'll be honest with you, I did not do well. For a simple call like what I got, that was bad, even for me. I guess I need to be more adamant about the information I want. There were a few that did really good... Gotta give them props...

Well, as far as the exam on Tuesday, I think I'm 85% good to go. Its not that easy to memorize each and every unit there is in the PD. Not to mention all the possible type codes there is in CAD. Add to that the radio frequencies AND dispositions. Thats like almost 400 pieces of information that we need to know by the 5th week, mandatory.

No pressure...

Didn't I say I love the academy....

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I wasn't that anxious with the test this morning... It was more of, I didn't want to overload my head with information... I just stopped studying last night, and popped in "Top Gun". Not my first choice when it comes to movies that would motivate me... but that was the only one I could find for my HD-dvd player...

Morning came and I just ate a light breakfast and went to PAC. I just went to the roof and took in some fresh air. I guess that's gonna be routine for me now before an exam, head to the roof and let everything sink in. The roof of PAC is nice. Nice view of the city and fresh air in the morning.

The exam was just like I expected it. It was too long though. Almost hit the hour mark. Understandable since it was 190 items!!! It was hard and it wasn't. When it was all said and done (it took the proctors almost 4 hours to grade the test), I did really well. I only made 2 mistakes. In hindsight, those mistakes could've been avoided if I wasn't studying the wrong word for it! My bad... POSS as I was studying as Possession, it should've been Possible. The other mistake was definitely a blunder. I was supposed to give the acronym and I misspelled it! It was RMS not RMC. I knew that but, you know, nobody's perfect. I got a 98.94% It is to the percentage I guess.

I found the test relaxing, curiously enough.

Yup, today was a good day. Hopefully that spells for a good week.

I still need to get word from a few apartments I'm inquiring about. I really want to move to SJ already, despite the weather...

That would have to be some getting used to...

Monday, October 15, 2007

I really enjoyed my weekend off... didn't enjoy the traffic driving home to Salinas though... darn that 101 traffic... Was able to watch my shows and sleep on my bed... I really miss the weather too, overcast with a little wind please...

Today was different, as far as I was concerned. I felt detached, I don't know why... even my classmates noticed it... it's not that I chose to be quiet... its my nature... They'll get the drift though... I still have their back on the floor... but during the academy, I'm a competitor... I'm sorry... I'll help you if you ask for help, if you're not gonna ask, I'm not gonna help... you know what I mean... But after graduation, out there on the floor, we're gonna be united... after all, we're Academy 34!!!

Anyway, tomorrow will be test #2... I believe I'm ready... I just did the reviewer that one my classmates did... she's something else... studying and having the time to do review material for the class... I'm ready... I don't want to over-study, if there's such a word... I'll just leave a little early tomorrow to study and probably grab a lite breakfast...

Well that's the plan. Chances are, its gonna be broken by 6am... we'll see. Scot was supposed to proctor our exam but apparently he's gonna be doing the oral boards for the coming academy... I just did that a few months ago... Good luck to the coming class...

Now, didn't I mention that I was going to get rid of all these darn ellipses...

Thats for next time... I'll update this tomorrow with results of TEST #2...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Saturday... the first weekend of the academy... finally under my belt...

I'm just trying to re-group and relax... Yesterday and today will be my relaxation days... until I start to move out of Salinas... then its gonna be extra hectic...

I am 10-10... till Sunday afternoon where I will trek back to Mom's and get ready for Monday, which will be a long day... The study group is scheduled at 6am... I'm ready for that... I just need to be a couple of steps ahead of the test and I'll be fine...

Right now, I'm not there yet... I'll definitely catch up tomorrow...

I feel relaxed though... that's a start...

I gotta stop with the ellipses... its starting to drive me crazy... but then again, I'm gonna start using that and a lot of abbreviations after I graduate...

It's His will that I'm here... I will serve the purpose... I won't let You down...
Not as we... (unreleased a.m. song)(as heard on H.M.D)

Reborn and shivering
Spat out on new terrain
Unsure, unconvincing,
This fake and shaky hour

Day one, day one
Start over again
Step one, step one
I'm barely making sense for now
I'm faking it till I'm pseudo-making it
From scratch, begin again
But this time I as "I"
And not as "we"

Gun-shy and shivering
Timid without a hand
Feign brave with steel intent
Little and hardly here

Day one, day one start over again
Step one, step one
I'm barely making sense for now
I'm faking it till I'm pseudo-making it
From scratch begin again
But this time I as "I"
And not as "we"

Eyes wet toward
wide open frayed
If God's taking bets,
I pray he wants to lose

Day one, day one start over again
Step one, step one
I'm barely making sense for now
I'm faking it till I'm pseudo-making it
From scratch begin again
But this time I as "I"
And not as "we


Pretty much summarizes my life right now...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Today is the end of Day 4 of Life at the Police Academy, PSCS style...

I passed the 1st of 10 tests, got a 100% on ten codes and phonetics... I thought the test was too easy... not cocky, confident...

I am now immersed in ten code, 11 code and type code talks... Thats cool... Its nice to be part of a family... to be part of the SJPD family is something I will treasure from here on... We take care of our own... I like that...

There are way too many 10-36s... not at liberty to divulge...

Its been almost 15 years since I've been to a school-type situation... Its getting used to, but as far as memorization goes, I still have what it takes to go up against the kids of the class...

Oh yeah, demographics wise... I am THE ONLY male in the class... nice... One of the older students too... most of them are mid 20's... The last few days were introducing ourselves to the staff, to the deputy chief and his staff, taking lots of pictures (Our individual pictures, as well as a group shot, is now at the walking strip heading towards the "floor")... nice... Thats one way of introducing yourself to the rest of the team...

It still hasn't sunk in yet though... I still can't believe that I'm working for the city of San Jose, representing the PD... totally unreal... I'm still stoked about it... And everytime they make us listen to some 911 tapes, both the funny and the sublime, I can't help but wonder about the total gratification it must feel when you've helped someone that is genuinely seeking help and you're the lone voice of the PD that can help them... I love it...

Now, I feel that I finally found my calling... I'm not the type of person that lets people down... I won't let my new family down...

Go Blue...

Friday, October 05, 2007

Salinas, Thoughts:

The manager of the Red Sox is giving a press conference. They just won the game with a 3 run walk-off HR from Manny Ramirez. What a hit!!

Focus, PJ!

You need to go back and study your codes...

What am I doing? I'm sitting here, in front of my laptop, thinking of random thoughts, going to random sites, when I should be studying.... My sister put herself on a one month exile from work. She's studying for her upcoming USMLE step 2 test sometime this month. I'm not sure when it is...

Focus, PJ! Don't lose focus...

I need to stop typing and go back to reviewing my memorization of codes... I'm already done with the first 5 pages of codes. The easy part is the last 2 pages which are close to abbreviations of the codes. I think they are easier than the 10 code, 11 code and some of the type codes there are...

Focus, PJ!!!

I was watching this show on spiketv earlier. I think it was one of those caught on video, police videos. I was watching it and shouting out loud what code it was. I was getting it though... thats a good sign...

FOCUS, PJ!!!

I'm out... Academy starts on Monday... I think I'm ready, wardrobe wise. I got my supplies ready... I'm so excited... Next time you'll be reading from me, I'll be reporting from mom's place at good old SJ...

Monday, September 24, 2007

I'm still disappointed over the weekend.... Chelsea lost, 49ers lost.... What a bad week for favorite teams...

I just like relaxing today, nothing serious...

I'm still smoke-free!!! I honestly don't know how many days its been, but that drug does work... expensive, but its my magic pill. I need to fill my prescription though. My insurance won't cover it, so I guess its out-of-pocket for me. I don't care, its working.

I'll probably get it tomorrow... Got nothing better to do anyway...

My brother sure wants me to move with him badly.... He hasn't done back-to-back calls in a long time. He did it twice yesterday. My God, dude! Relax a bit.

I can't believe I'm watching this darn dance show! Talk about nothing else to watch! I'll just pop in a dvd. There has to be something better than "Dancing with the stars"!

Ah, yes!! Done channel surfing and found a manly show: Monday Night Raw!!! Wrestling!!! Ain't nothing more manly than that!

I should just sleep... this commercial is making me want to buy this videogame by promoting it using girls in bikinis....

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Quick update on UFC 76...

Chuck Liddell and Diego Sanchez lose!!! Wow, they're on a losing streak....

Shogun loses first match to Forrest Griffin!!

It sure is a night of upsets... although I don't think you'd consider Jon Fitch's win over Diego an upset. Fitch is on a current 14 fight win streak... Chuck was supposed to win that fight though....

This must screw up the match maker's plan on fixing up fights though... The light heavyweight division is so loaded with talent, we haven't seen the Axe murderer, Vanderlei Siilva, yet...

Okay.... I can sleep now....
I finally got my last checks!!! I was supposed to get them last Thursday... but for some strange reason, payroll forgot to stamp-sign the checks... so guess what happened when I went to the bank to deposit them? "The checks aren't worth more than the paper it was made from." Nice... I called my boss, who was at the store then, told her about the snafu. We overnight the checks to the main office. They sent them today. Sure enough, they were the same checks but signed. I endorsed the back of the checks, so my signature was still there.

Had to drive to San Jose to my bank. Thank God they were open during Saturday. That was sweet. I finally have some money to carry around and money in the bank.

I'm not gonna go crazy-like and spend the rest of them. I'm too reasonable and frugal for that.

I just need to keep up with my studying. I keep saying that, but I really need to deliver. There are a few codes that I still need to brush up on.

My friend from work has been calling me. She just calls me to vent on her frustration with the new manager at my old store. That's fine. I get to know what's happening at my old store and at the same time, I'm giving her advice on how to do stuff. Not that she can't handle the situation, its just that she finds it comforting to know that she's not alone in that situation. Been there, done that. My boss, well, ex-boss and my friend kinda noticed that this new guy might be holding something against females. Aside from that, the truck that they just got last Thursday was still sitting at the back, unprocessed. Nice.... I really am not missing work....

Well, tomorrow is the big derby match. I thought I was gonna miss it, but guess what? I don't have work tomorrow. Its Chelsea v. Manchester United. Go Blues!!!! That's too bad JM is not there anymore. I find that strange that the head coach would leave even before the middle of the season. That too bad for Jose.... with injuries and a new coach, its gonna be hard going up against Rooney and the rest of the Red devils....

Add to that the 49ers are playing the Steelers today. What a Sunday!!!! Chelsea at 8am, 49ers at 10pm. Perfect!!! All I need to do is wake up early, enjoy the pre-game and buy some breakfast....

I need to sleep early tonight.... Wait... I need to read play-by-play updates of UFC 76 tonight.... what a hectic weekend.... From what I know now, Japanese legend Sakuraba lost a decision, and Diego has a cut on his eye, end of round 2....

I'll try and update when UFC 76 is done....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Today is, if I'm not mistaken, my 5th day of not smoking. The drug really works!! Now, all I have to do is convince my doctor to sign off on the medication. Its expensive. I'm loving it though. I'm not smelling as bad. There are definitely no cravings. I just don't have to miss my taking the medication.

Just a few more days and I should be changing the banner headline of my blog. There will be no more musings from a hardware store as I will be leaving the world of retail and entering the world of public service and law enforcement. Then again, I can't really put on the headline, observations from a 911 call taker. Everything I do is going to be confidential. I guess this is where I draw the line and not involve work in my blogging, which is going to be different, but I'll take it.

I can concentrate on my dvd reviews, which I haven't been doing in a while. I got a stack of movies to review and I haven't been watching any of them lately. I'll probably watch Alligator later. If I'm not mistaken, I remember this movie vividly when I was a kid. My mom took to the big city to watch this alligator terrorize a city because some kid flushed a baby alligator down a toilet. I remember the big displays they had then... Can't wait...

Oh yeah, I still need to start memorizing for the academy. My strategy is to write down every code on an index card, shuffle them, and go from there. I separated the 7 page code sheet from the other codes that I need to memorize.

I went to my first sit-along at the SJPD. That was cool!! I could do that job easy. Of course, Chris made it look so easy. I won't tell you the set-up, I'm not really sure if its classified. All I know is that its really state-of-the-art kinda stuff, as far as I'm concerned. I'm stoked about it!! The rest of the dispatchers were kinda surprised of the number of dispatchers attending the Academy. We should fit in real well come December as most of these guys will go for their vacations and stuff. I don't mind. Put me in, Coach!!! I'm ready. I was situated at the 311 section. It was cool. We took all these calls, some of them were funny, serious and crazy hilarious. Like I said, I can't get into specifics. I'm just loving the current situation I'm in.

If its Your will, its Your will.... Thanks, Lord....

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Just a few more days till I'm officially out of good old HFT... I got word that my replacement's coming in on Monday. I'm off then but that's good. At least he'll see what the store is about without me there.

If I could be able to get away for a few days to extend my study time, I'd do it. I'm so behind. I need to start memorizing stuff for the start of Academy.

One more day and I should be able to quit smoking!!! That's good. The medicine is working. I have no cravings at all. I just need go get out of the routine, the habit. If I do, its smooth sailing afterwards.

I'll finally be able to take out my family for a little celebration on Sunday. I passed after all. Not to mention, taking out a couple of guys from work for their great work last inventory. I should do that soon, while I still have some money.

Do I move to SJ or not... that is the question...

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Pending a physical test, I'M IN!!!!!!

Just got the word today. I am so stoked!!! It's unofficial, but official... sounds weird, I know. But I'll take it!!

Anyway, spent last Sunday with the whole family. We ate at some sushi place at Santana row. It was good, not great. Promised my mom I'd take the family out when I get in, so I guess we'll be going out again this coming Sunday.

I feel great!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

What a week it has been... We just finished doing the store's inventory today. This whole week was marred by a lot of events but in the end, it all worked out. We were short-handed, used a ton of hours but the end results will speak for themselves tomorrow. I've done 12 hour and 16 hour days this week. For some strange reason, I don't feel tired. Maybe I'm in denial. There are just a few events at my store where I spend a ton of personal hours: SWS and inventory. I know I'm not feeling it right now, but I'm gonna crash soon. Hopefully not but I really doubt it.

It's just a couple of weeks away before I find out if I passed or not. My mom has a feeling I passed. My aunt from a thousand miles away thinks I did pass even before the backgrounds (don't know the reliability on that, we'll see). The brass meets after labor day weekend. I will find my fate afterwards. This will be the last time you'll be hearing me talk about this till after the verdict has been handed out.

I need to sleep... inventory isn't done yet. I still have variances to finish and the truck to process tomorrow. Its an early start to another crazy day at HFT.

Just another day.... yeah right...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Yesterday, I was drafted to get a u-haul truck, and gather some store fixtures from a distant store by my DM. I was to travel to Sta. Maria and visit their old store and get the fixtures and drive back. Getting the truck was the easy part. What a drive!

I spent more time driving than loading up the fixtures in the truck and standing combined. When I was driving to and back, I thought to myself, darn, I should have brought my camera with me. There were nice spots that I thought deserved to be photographed. Nice shot of the ocean would've been nice. Then there were those spots that I observed from my GPS. According to the navi, there should have been a small lake in this area, but now it was dry and full of shrubs. Global warming. I believe I noticed 3 or 4 like that during my trip. It was a little hot in those areas that I drove past. Too bad, I didn't bring my camera.

Just a few more days till my inventory. If its gonna be like my recent audit, then it should be great!!!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Just got back from a visit with mom. We were watching the Zodiac this morning. I know what you're thinking. Its nothing better than to wake up, eat breakfast with mom while watching a movie about the zodiac killer. About the movie, it had a good ensemble and a great director, David Fincher. You might remember him from 7. Anyway, I had great hopes for the movie, despite what my spoiler of a sister said. The first 30 minutes was good but then it started to drag... then it kinda dragged some more... until I started to doze off. My mom was a total sport. She really stayed till the end. I never finished the movie because I had to use the little boys room. As soon as i came back, the movie was over. I jokingly told mom that, finally, the movie was over, huh? My mom agreed and gave away the ending! Nice, mom.

After watching the movie, I decided to pack up. At the last minute, I decided to head over to my brother for a quick visit and possibly dinner. I was outside his place, which was a gated community. I called his mobile, no answer. Tried his home phone, no answer. So much for surprise visits. I will never come unannounced again. I just drove home.

I'm on vacation by the way. I'll try and enjoy this one before I go crazy at work again.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Has it been that long since my last post? Dang!

I'll try and update as much as I can. After all, I am on vacation.

I got that 300 movie on blu-ray, so I'll try to do a little mini on that.

I saw the Untouchables on Blu-Ray. All I can say is WOW. The graphics sure are great! And my tv isn't a 1080p. I was impressed with the video transfer. That famous scene that took place by the stairs inside the train station was incredible. You could definitely watch it all over again.

Well, like I said, its been a while since I last posted. I'll try to correct that, but I said that before too...

Friday, May 25, 2007

Again, its been a while since I've written something down... I sincerely apologize...

Just a few more days till the last SWS of the fiscal year. I honestly feel that we're not that ready for this SWS. Its probably just me. My guys think its gonna be a good one. I don't know... I just feel otherwise.

On a different note, I got my transcripts from college. I was just really noticing my "accomplishments" those 4 years I was there. I sure, sucked back then. I could've done better. Of course, remorse in the end.

Another holiday coming up. I might end up going to mom's place this weekend. Just to get together. I missed spending Mother's day with her. I'm a bum. I'll probably make it up during Sunday. Watch some movies and probably eat out.

I just feel so tired this last 2 weeks. I feel exhausted...

Catch ya next time... I'll probably be much more upbeat...

Friday, May 11, 2007

Okay, so I didn't follow up on my promise... what's new?

I was so disappointed with that loss of De la Hoya, that I didn't bother to post online... he shoulda won that fight. But then again Mayweather was more effective with his punches, so there goes my PPV money. Its a good thing I wasn't at Vegas or else I would've lost some money betting there.

Anyway, I passed my oral interview with flying colors. I sure looked pimped out. My mother took pictures of me wearint that suit. I felt it was a little cheesy for her to take pictures. But now, I'm gonna have my sister send me those pix. I looked goooood!

Anyway, like I said, I passed it. One foot in the proverbial door. Now comes the background process. I have to go to a mandatory background seminar on the same day of my manager's meeting. Great. What a long day this will be. But I'm stoked. I'm back in the game again.

I'm debating now whether to go to my Mom's place to spend mother's day there or to just rest here at home. I'll probably just give her a call and wish her a great mother's day come Sunday. I feel so drained. Have you ever had that feeling when you're body is going 100 mph that you couldn't stop to check what day it is of the week? My body is running full throttle, its a good thing my mind is keeping pace with it.

Just relaxin' right now, watching a Hall and Oates concert on HD. It sure is a nice concert, though. I LOVE HD!! There was this rumor when I was in High school that those two were gay and living together. I may have to buy the dvd of this concert.

My body is telling me to sleep right now... so I guess I better follow its request... I don't want it to fail me now...

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Just saw Spiderman 3. It looked okay, although I thought that MJ sang way too many songs. Once is more than enough. Okay, I get it, she's a singer. But that doesn't mean you have to justify her singing. The FX were unreal. Who did it? Was it ILM or WETA? I need to check that again.

I'm currently watching the undercard of the De La Hoya/Mayweather fight. So far, the first match is a humdinger. Both fighters falling down, both fighters undefeated. Action packed indeed. A prelude to the main event.

Oh yeah, I also saw The Ex. It made me fall asleep. Although, the humor was spot on, it became really lame towards the middle and I just dozed off. Its scrubs in a different setting. Zach Braff's character is just like his character in Scrubs. You were kinda waiting for Turk to show up and start dancing.

I was able to re-connect with old friends last night. Buddies I used to hang out with during my college days. I was able to find them on Friendster. It was either that or Myspace. I already told my mom that the only reason I'd be going home is to see my Nana. I'd probably add another reason, to go see my friends. I miss the good old days...

I'll update this later after the fight... I know, I said that before, but I swear I'll do it...

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Chelsea has lost the chance to go to the Champions league finals. They lost, on penalty kicks, to Liverpool. Two of the stars they acquired during the pre-season didn't play (Schevchenko and Ballack). Carvalho didn't play. They were just injured. It sure was heart-breaking to see them go down. Close but no cigar. I'm not making excuses for them. It just sucks. They won't win the Premiership, Man U already is 5 points up on them, so mathematically, they're out. Last chance is the FA cup, which they'll face Man U at the championship. I'm just frustrated about all this.

My sister and I picked up mom from SFO yesterday. She came back from Manila. It was nice to see pictures of my relatives, as well as hearing stories from my mom on where she went and all the fun she had. That was cool. But, I still wouldn't be going back. I made that promise years ago, and I already told my nana about that.

I just watched Deja Vu on BD. It was nicely done. You could really see the detail in the movie. That's why I only buy BD movies that are action packed. Then again, I bought the Queen, which was a good buy too. The movie was not provocative but the topic was. I thought Helen Mirren deserved that Oscar for that movie. Anyway, the video on both movies were awesome. It was a good buy.

I'll be going to Monterrey tomorrow. I'll be buying a suit for my interview next Wednesday. I'll be bringing my new camera, just in case I chance upon scenic areas there.

Catch ya later

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Its finally the weekend!!! I'm spending my days off with my sister. I'll be cooking my easy fix salmon. I'll show her how to fry a salmon with none of the smell, apparently she hates it.

Well, today is my orientation for the SJPD. Its just this hour of information that leads to the practical test next week. I am so stoked. It starts at 9am at some middle school here in San Jose. I don't know where it is, so I should start getting ready, huh?

I'll update this post later...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A month after my last blog... WOW! That's just wrong. Its not that I have nothing to write. Its just that I was too busy doing stuff. I'll try and avoid that direction.

A lot of stuff has happened, store-wise, but I won't divulge anything.

I passed my POST exam though. Cool. I'll be having my orientation this Saturday and my practical exam the week after. I really am looking forward to getting this position. After this, I could probably say that I can stop searching for a job.

A tragedy has occurred in Virginia as an ass-clown murdered 32 people and then shot himself. What was amazing was that, after killing a couple of people in the first building, this ass-clown took the time to capture his manifesto on video, go to the post office and send it to NBC, then continue on with his killing spree. Now, I haven't seen this manifesto. I know, for sure, that its floating somewhere online. I may watch it to see his stupid diatribe. The video would be very helpful to certain people because they can study what is going on inside the head of a madman. You know, before the killing.

I feel for the people that lost their loved ones, their friends, classmates, teachers and family members. This will, no doubt, be a part of this country's history, albeit, a sad part. Every media outlet is talking about this tragedy. Its fine to talk about memories of the people that were lost. But let's stop talking about the ass-clown. We already know that he's a madman. There is no way that that was an act of a rational person. I'm not gonna talk about this subject anymore. Nuff said.

Lets change the subject. My mom went back home to visit the relatives especially my nana. She seems to be doing well. Lost a lot of weight but is still thinking right. That's my nana. My nana is responsible for me being this way. I dread the thought that the "day" would come. I don't even want to mention it. She's 92. I would really like to talk to her though. I'll probably do that during the weekend. I'll be spending the weekend with my sister. A few days off to get away from the madness that is work.

I need some rest. I'm getting really tired.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

At the rate I'm going, this shouldn't be a daily blog. Rather a bi-weekly blog. I'm so disappointed.

Since the last time I posted, a lot of stuff has happened. The SWS was a success. Of course, there could be some improvements but thats for the next one. I was the only one that made the projections and the store that made the biggest increase for the week. That was just fantastic.

Fast forward to today. I just took the PSD test today. When I took the test 5 years ago, I thought it wasn't that hard. I passed it, of course. But failed the background. Haven't stayed in the country that long. I sort of remember the test again when I took it today. It was still the same but the PHQ, unlike last time, had a few twists. Especially after going through this current situation that I'm in, the questions had more meaning. Before, I never asked the help of the proctor to understand the question. Now, I believe, I asked the proctor, who was from the backgrounds unit, a lot of questions. If I were dishonest about my answers, I would've been disqualified. Now, I don't like that to happen again. Especially since I know that I could do the job. I still can, mind you. The timeline for the position is insane. I get the results in 3 weeks. If I pass, I schedule for a practical test. But before that, there is an orientation day. Now when I pass the practical, which would be sometime April, comes the background phase. This takes approximately 3 months. The final results would be released by September. A formal job offer in October for the academy.

Did I mention that it was almost 300 of us that took the test today? I believe they're only looking for 10 to join them. That's less than 5% of the bunch. This would all be worthwhile if I passed the doggone test.

I just finished watching "The Holiday". I thought it was a good romantic comedy. Nancy Myers sure can write a great script. If only I could do that to the ideas that I have...

Here's to another long 12-hour-day week...

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Oscar's has just finished broadcasting. A few surprises but, overall, it was good. I liked the intro of the Oscars, where all the nominees were featured. That was unique and a good idea. Since not all of them are gonna be winning. Overall, the show was good and entertaining. I'd watch it again.

Anyway, it is just a few more days till SWS prep. A few more days till the first biggest sale of the year. I'm excited. And to add the tension, a probable overhaul of staff. That is just sinister. No specifics.

I'm excited for the coming week. And quite possible, my next post would be after the SWS. I'll try and give updates throughout the week, but that might prove to be hard. No sleep and all, you know.

Till then...

Monday, February 19, 2007

Has it really been that long since my last post??? A lot of stuff has happened since then...

My store has improved tremendously (although it still needs work, there's always room for improvement). We were visited by the big 2. They gave us two thumbs up. No to-do list, which I thought was great!

My ESPs for the last 3 weeks were up there, we weren't getting figures for the district. That's a big improvement. That means the majority of the guys are on the bus.

We're getting ready for the SWS. A big mess still at the back, but manageable. It can be accomplished with a few elbow grease and sweat.

Its been a busy 3 weeks. And the busiest days are yet to come.

My mom is flying off come April. She's heading to my birthplace. Thats cool. Its been almost 8 years since she last flew home. She wanted to take care of personal stuff and to see my nana. She's doing ok. I wish I could see her. I miss our conversations in the morning.

My diet is always changing. I swore off complex carbs. But I see myself drawn to it again. I'll cut down, of course. I'm more of a high proten guy.

Oh yeah, the auditor is in town. Surprise! Of course, at my weakest, he shows up. I should've known. Now, I'm in a rut. I'll be decked points. My score will probably go up a few but not back to where I'm used to. It'll reach the high 90s again by the next audit. That's a guarantee.

I ought to sleep... have to wake up early again... just in time to see my favorite show Squawk in the street. Suddenly I'm drawn to financial shows.

Call me crazy...

Saturday, February 03, 2007

The crew has been, surprisingly, doing well in ESPs this week. I really hope that its not just a whim. I hope this is trending forward for us. We've been dead last for the last 2 months its not even funny.

I was surprised last night. I saw a naked guy walking along the street...

details later...

off with the family today...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I'm still sick but recovering... very slowly.... Its day 4 and I'm still feeling light-headed. I feel like riding on an airplane and experiencing motion sickness. Thats how close I could describe what I've been feeling the last 4 days. Although, I haven't been puking nor is my stomache upset. When I told my doctor that, she was kinda dumbfounded about it. Drink lots of water. And that is what I've doing.

I've been doing some research and was surprised to learn that my last gig as a Radio Announcer, 99.5 DWRT, signed off permanently last December. It emerged during the first week of the new year still carrying the frequency but changed the call letters. No longer is it called DWRT, which is the banner and standard of radio excellence (it was when I was there). It is now called Hit FM. WTF? Well, I guess the owners (they own 4 or 5 stations) are trying to remove that big shadow of DWRT. By re-formatting and, I'm assuming, changing management. If I owned it, that's what I would do.

I remember the old days when we were cutting edge, music wise. The announcers were at the top of the totem pole. Although not practiced and considered illegal, there were other radio stations that would "pirate" an announcer from us and get offered big moolah to transfer. Now, thats really old school, right? Then, the owner, RT, sold the station along with everything to the principal new owners now... I forget his name. He can't beat us, so he bought us. Nice. I still wonder about all those LPs that are sitting with the radio transmitter right now. I don't think its still there. Its probably all warped now. Those LPs are worth a lot of money and some are hard to find. Don't get me started with the 45s that were there. What a great music library RT had then. Too bad its gathering dust now.

I'll be honest with you. I still have plans of going back home and going back to radio. All the stuff I now know. I could contribute a lot. But... not anymore. I haven't been listening to terrestrial radio anymore. I have satellite radio and am loving every minute of it. That is my dream job! Getting into satellite radio.

I wonder if my friends still have a job after this re-format. I hope they're ok.

I should stop typing. I'm getting dizzy again... and hungry...

Monday, January 22, 2007

This is the 2nd day that I'm sick. I couldn't breathe. My whole body was aching. My head was throbbing. What a day. But it sure wasn't like Sunday.

What a game that was between Arsenal and Manchester United. Man U was ahead 1-0 with 10 minutes remaining. Then a goal by von Persie. I was happy with a tie because it'll just be a point ahead of Chelsea. Then the unthinkable happened. With 3 minutes into injury time, Thierry Henry hit a great header and scored Arsenal's 2nd goal of the day. Manchester United was shell-shocked. SAF called the loss a kick in the teeth. What a match.

Then there was the AFC championship. I really thought that Peyton would choke again because its the big game. Especially when they were down at halftime. I almost gave up on the game. But, since I was sick, I had nothing else to do but watch the game. The final drive of the Colts which resulted in the lead and the final score was great. I almost thought that Tom Brady would call on the ghost of Joe Montana and do another last minute come from behind magic. That ended with an interception. That ended the streak of the Pats with a loss.

A lot of great sport matches last Sunday. I couldn't take it anymore. I OD'd on Ibuprofen. Now my ears are all clogged up and my head feels like its floating right now. I should drink more water. That should diffuse this feeling that I have.

I need to get some rest...

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Chelsea lost another game, this time to Liverpool. I like Liverpool too because of Gerard but I still bleed Chelsea Blue. I would not be surprised if Mourinho would be fired by the end of the season. I don't think he should be though. You can't expect to win every year, but with the payroll that they have they should though. They should start selling some other players that they don't use. Thats just me...

I didn't watch the GG. But I heard that my favorite Hugh Laurie won Best Actor. How about that? I guess he beat Kiefer. I was watching his interview with one of those E girls. I sure wasn't impressed with the interviewer. She should have done a lot more research.

Anyway, back to the store. We just got a visit from my DM last Friday. Surprising because Friday is supposed to be office day, closer to home. That was a curve right there. It was a better visit. Much better than the last visit. Like I told her, we're taking baby steps to get the store on the right path. Even she agreed that the store is looking better, needs work, but getting better. That's always good, we're improving for the better.

I have this bad cough that I can't get rid off. Must be the new brand of cigs I'm trying. I knew I shouldn't have tried the new one. I should've stuck with the old ones. I guess I'll be drinking some meds again. I hate drinking meds.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Becks wearing an L.A. Galaxy jersey. I couldn't believe the news I saw today. MLS announcing the signing of David Beckham, one of the most popular players in the world, to a $250 million deal. He will be playing for the Galaxy come August. His contract with Madrid ends June. This is huge news. Too bad there aren't any SJ Earthquakes right now. Houston bought the team. Some would say that it was a bad move for Beckham to move to MLS. I would tend to agree because aside from the MLS cup, there are no other major club championships here. One would say the CONCACAF but its not the UEFA champions league. I'm really not sold out on the idea that he's washed up though. He could still play. I can't wait to watch MLS now.

Anyway, back in the homefront. Today was truck day. We were short handed but we delivered much to my surprise. My HC called in but it felt like he wasn't needed because we finished that truck way early. I was very impressed. Kudos to the gang.

A little drama towards the end of my gig today but nothing worth reporting.

I'm just happy that the load was processed early...

According to the weatherdude, there's gonna be snow flurries here in my area. The next couple of days would be the coldest here in my area. Apparently there's a cold storm coming. I can't wait for the snow though.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I can't believe it! 2 weeks of vacation... done with. Just like that. I didn't even feel it go by.

Anyway, back to the real world. Its my second day at work and my DM just visited. She's cool, by-the-book type. I like it when the bosses drop by for visits. Keeps me, as well as the troops, on our toes. It was going well till the last thing on her checklist. I can't believe that there were no signs! I was really pissed off. I could've fired somebody.

But I must admit that the store looks better than it was when I left. Kudos to the gang. Of course, there's a but. It looks good but we shouldn't let our guard down as far as doing the essentials (putting ad signs up, which drives our sales). That was a letdown right there.

Anyway, my DM said that she'd be back next week to check up on our status as a whole. We need to clean the warehouse, I need to clean my office and the floor needs some attention. Its true what she said. I'm pretty backed up. My vacation, although needed for my me-time, pushed status back. The store looked good but not great. It could be better. And once we hit that, we should do good.

I need to hire more people. I'll probably hire 2 part-time people. I'll probably hire guys to deal with the floor. I got one app in already. One more and I should be fine.

Over the weekend, I saw Lady in the Water on BD. The video was great! A lot of people shot down that movie but I totally loved it. It was written well. And I was surprised that the presentation of the movie, when it played, was anamorphic on my TV screen. That was kinda rare for a high definition movie. Normally, they'd be letterboxed but not this. I was impressed with the BD version. The HD-dvd version, I wasn't happy. Whenever HD-DVD puts out a combination dvd out, it just screws up with my player. My player doesn't recognize the HD side. But it plays the SD side. Go figure. I'll probably stick with BD for now.

I better rest now and save my energy for tomorrow. I might fire somebody...