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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I was finally able to open an IRA account so I could roll-over my PERS from the City. If there was a year extension, I'd just leave it there because I might be able to come back by January. At any rate, my opening an IRA would officially cut all my ties with the City. That's sad. Hopefully, I can make a successful comeback by the end of the year.

Nothing much to report today. I'm waiting for an email from my friend. She was supposed to send me some pictures and music so I can assemble them into this little video. Apparently a relative passed away and they want to show a little picture video about him. I'm going to be working on a tight deadline. Hmm... let me see if she sent the files already... Nope. Not yet.. Its gonna be a trick to finish it with so little time given to me.

Short blog today, nothing special happening at work.

I should start practicing for my practical test on Saturday. I'l probably do that on Thursday. Then I have to study for my Citizenship test/interview on Wednesday. I'll probably study for that during the weekend. Wow! It's gonna be a hectic week for me, studying for two different tests. I like it though.

Have I ever told you that I love tests?

I finished the 2nd season of Criminal Minds. I truly love that show! It always keeps you guessing and the plot is never the same. As promised, I'll be doing my Movie-A-Day thing after this series, unfortunately, I won't be watching a movie tonight. I plan on sleeping early. I felt so restless this morning. It was hard to get up. It took me a while before I stood up from bed. Its probably because my body was tired from the exercise on the Wii. Crap! I forgot to play today. I'll make that up tomorrow.

I love my Wii...

Monday, July 28, 2008

I took the plunge and bought a Wii Fit today. I was thinking of not getting it but the thought of playing videogames and making myself "fit" took the better of me. I tried it and I was so impressed with it. The Wii is definitely a good platform that involves the player so much, it immerses you in the experience. I tried the aerobics part of the game, I jogged a short distance and now I'm feeling it in my thighs. Incredible machine. That is definitely a great buy.

Now, no more spending! I will make do with I have right now. I'm really satisfied with it. I'm even taking lessons from my sister. My brother was supposed to get his today, but he said he didn't get it yet. We'll see. Now I can't wait to jump on it again and try another exercise.

I'm trying to swear off sodas right now. The sugared drinks. Its hard because since I was a kid, I've been drinking them like water. Now, I'm trying to replace soft drinks with plain water. It does the trick and now I drink a lot. I guess thats good for someone right?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I bought myself a WII last Thursday and started playing it. That sure is a fun console. That whole console is a going to be my training regimen. Hopefully it'll keep me fit.

Anyway, I saw the Cotto-Margarito fight and that sure was a great one. You would never know the outcome during the first 8 rounds, but Cotto sure got rocked in the 10th. Cotto just gave up the following round. It was either he was too tired to continue or the beating that he took from Margarito was too much and too fast. He took a knee the first knockdown then he just fell the second time without Margarito throwing a punch. In my opinion, if the fight went the distance, Cotto might have pulled off the decision because he was landing the crisper punches. But looking at Cotto's face, you knew that he lost the match. Margarito deserved the win.

My Movie-A-Day experiment is taking a short break. I've been watching Criminal Minds, 2nd season. Probably after that, I'll be continuing my movie-a-day regimen.

Last Friday at work was the busiest day as I was scheduling service one after the other. It sure kept me busy and my primary driver busy. He was complaining that whenever he was on-call, there were no calls. Now that there were calls, he's complaining about where all the calls are coming from. I don't know what the mindset is with the people I work with. They like the free time but complain that its slow, then on the other hand, if I give them calls, they either pass the call or just complain about too many calls. I just don't get it.

Well, hopefully, its gonna be another busy week....

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Strange thing happened on my way to work...

I was driving down Middlefield road in Palo Alto going to work when I heard something hit my car! I thought a car hit me because I really felt the jolt, but it wasn't strong enough for me to swerve. When I looked at my mirror to see what hit me, I saw the dead body of a squirrel, writhing in pain on the road!

Can you believe that? Its either a squirrel just fell off a tree or it committed suicide by car.

On the bright side, there were no dents to the car, but poor squirrel...

Anyway, today was a busy day at work. That was surprising. Everybody was out on calls. There were some screwball calls but, all in all, it kept me busy, which was good. I am getting bored.

I got the email from FD that I passed the PHQ exam and made it to the 2nd phase of the process, which is the Criticall phase of the process. It was the typing exam. Thank God it falls on a Saturday. I don't want to miss another day at work. Too bad that I won't be able to see my friend at the PD though. I believe she comes in at 11:30 am that Saturday. Oh well, at least I passed another phase.

Here's to tomorrow....

Saturday, July 19, 2008

We just got home from watching The Dark Knight. That movie was AWESOME!! I'm not the type that gets suckered into believing all the hype about the movie... but it sure was good. A lot of people were talking about giving Heath Ledger an Oscar nod for his acting there... well, I don't know about that. Sure, he was very believable as the Joker in the movie, I'll tell ya, he was better than Jack Nicholson was when he played the Joker. But I don't think its an Oscar nod though. Sure its too early to be talking about Oscars since we got almost a whole year of movies to go through. Great movies come out during the holidays, so we can expect great acting to come up during that season.

Is it wrong to say that since people were talking about giving Heath an Oscar nomination, why not give Robert Downey jr. an Oscar for his role in Iron Man. He was great there and really believable as Tony Stark?

Anyway, the weekend is looking good so far. Lots of great food here at my brother's place. The Dark Knight was great! The guys are playing with the Wii right now. We're probably gonna take in a couple of movies later. The fun's not done yet.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Its been a slow week at work. The highlight of this week has to be my PHQ test for SJFD. Taking the test for the 2nd time is like a walk in the park. I believe the only difference this time was that I now have experience as a public safety dispatcher. I don't believe that would change anything though. I still have my resolve. I know I can do that job... I should just let it flow...

Anyway, tomorrow is a big sibling gathering. Potluck at my brother's place. Afterwards, we'll be watching The Dark Knight. We already have plans of leaving early so we could get great seats. That would be a tough nut to crack since we're speculating that the place would be sold out. The earlier, the better, is what I say. But an hour before showtime should be sufficient. Tomorrow will be a whole day affair. Watching movies before and after and eating a whole lot of food. I should be leaving his place, full and a few pounds heavier. I hate it, but what are you gonna do?

In the grand scheme of things... it starts and ends with family...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

One thing that was always constant on Saturdays was my doing my laundry and I always mail my movies in... I didn't forget the laundry part, but I forgot to mail my movies. Its a good thing I remembered today, but I hope its not too late. I always get my movies on Tuesday and the new ones too. But this is kinda late so I'm in uncharted waters here.

Anyway, weekends are always me watching my movies. I was supposed to watch the Ruins but its never too late for that. Instead I was watching most of my HD-DVD movies. It was almost a Keanu Reeves day today. It started out with Constantine, that was a good movie. I was supposed to watch the Matrix trilogy but I watched Unforgiven instead. That movie was LEGENDARY! No wonder it won Best Picture that year. Clint Eastwood is a terrific director. Spike Lee doesn't know what he's talking about...

The IPhone 3G came out last Friday. Lots of people bought it, of course, but there were some complaints. Just like the 1st generation IPhone, activating the phone took forever. It seems that Apple is underestimating the number of people that would want to activate the IPhone at the same time. Their servers got worked out the first 3 hours of the 3G launch. That was all on the East Coast. The West coast had the same problems but not as much. At any rate, Apple's IPhone 3G release is a success. I was almost tempted to get one, but I'm satisfied with the one I have. Probably next time....

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Hell's Kitchen Season 4 is over. The battle between Petrozza and Christina is done. I guess the judges went with the younger chef. That's right. Christina won.

That's too bad. I wanted Petrozza to win this one.

This is the reason why I don't like living in the West Coast. It gets a delayed broadcast compared to those from the East, unless its a really big event like the Oscars or Grammys. I guess I'll just wait for my DVR to record this show and watch it later.

Anyway... Congratulations Christina...
I was supposed to start Movie-a-day 2 days ago, but I ended up sleeping instead. So I started it yesterday. Yesterday I saw "The Invisible". The movie was good, targeting the youth for a supernatural thriller. The soundtrack used was awesome, the kind of music I regularly listen to. Margarita looked cute even with the knit cap on. I didn't know she was on the Russian gymnastics team. I'll probably do another movie tonight.

Tonight is also the season finale for Hell's Kitchen. It's probably finished now in the East Coast. Let me check the wires...

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Weekend with my sister was a success. We enjoyed chicken wings and some movies. It was cool hanging out with her. What's missing was my brother which, for some strange reason, was incommunicado. We'll probably hang sometime during the month before the new X-Files movie comes out.

What I couldn't stand was the heat. On the night my sister slept over, I gave her the fan for the night. It was too hot and uncomfortable, I wasn't able to sleep. I really hate summer. there are no ways of cooling yourself in the heat, but you sure can warm up in the cold. I hate summer.

Anyway, I'm trying something different for this blog. What I'm going to try and do, is watch a movie a day. I don't know what I'll watch but that's the plan so far.

I was watching the Olympics trials over the weekend. The swimming trials were incredible. There were too many good swimmers that it was too bad that they were just sending the top 2. Lots of records were broken, world and american records.

I also got to watch UFC 86. There's a new Light-heavyweight champ, Forest Griffin. It was a match that was too close to call. Lots of pundits were already calling it the match of 2008! Funny, considering we're only halfway thru the year. At any rate, the match was that good! I have mixed feelings about the match, it could've gone either way in my book. I got to hand it to Rampage though, he is a great interview. Entertaining as always. He admits to getting his ass whupped! Rampage should ask for a rematch, but chances are that might not happen till next year. We'll see if Forest last that long as champ.

Anyway, I'll try and get some rest and watch that movie....

Thursday, July 03, 2008

My sister is visiting me today. We're gonna be watching a few movies and catching up as usual... Whenever she visits, we do takeout and do some serious catching up, usually staying up till the early hours of the next morning. I like it when she visits. I like it too when I visit my brother, which would be sometime next week.

I am going to enjoy this long weekend....

Oh by the way, FD responded thru email today. My app passed thru their rigorous check and I made it to the PHQ testing phase. Unfortunately, its not during the weekend. It'll be on July 15th, which I believe is a Tuesday... or is it a Wednesday.... Either way, I won't be making it to work. Have to go thru the whole process again.... I'll take it...

My friend and I got to talking and she was giving me updates on what's going on in the fourth floor. Apparently another batchmate of mine quit the 911 business. That's too bad... I really thought she had it in her to last a few years or so... I was really surprised with that one. My friend also mentioned that only one FD calltaker remains out of their last academy. Their academy had 4 people in it! What a mortality rate huh? Tells you how much stress and involvement this job entails.

I've said this before and I'll say it again... I know I could do this job, I believe that I could do it....