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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

From the "Damn, I wish I had thought of that" file

Sounds like porn, but isn't. It's like netflix, only for action sports videos. The cool part is, you could never rent these before. The only way you could watch a surf video was if you bought it or you had a friend who had bought it. At 25 to 35 bucks a pop, I've only seen a handful of videos. Sign me up.

Friday, April 18, 2003

A week of ups and downs
Up: After a week and a half in the hospital with a bowel obstruction, Theresa's Mom gets good news from a cat scan, no surgery.
Down: Luke is getting teeth, and as a result wakes up 27 times in the middle of the night.
Down: I oversleep and almost miss an interview.
Up: I was not only on time, but I had a great third interview at one of the two prosperous internet companies in the bay area. The interview ends with the words, "Great! If we decide to go forward with this, could you start on Monday?"
Down: As I'm walking out of the interview Theresa calls to tell me that the spots on her Mom's liver are growing and she will resume chemotherapy.
Down: When I get to work, there is a huge string of emails regarding our branch's production and it ends with, "Yeah, I'm going to need everyone to come in on Saturday."
Down: When I get home from work I get the "Thank you for your time, but you didn't get the job email" Rats.
Up: I spent the morning on my longboard with Phil, Ross, Beave, and Mike. Followed by breakfast at Ferrell's Donuts in Santa Cruz
Up: Luke was already asleep by the time I got home, so I was able to enjoy some rare one-on-one time with Jack. There was a lot of tickling and wrestling.
Down: The Regional V.P. of Sales was in our office to put the smack down on our office for generally sucking.
Up: Had lunch with a co-worker and his friend Josh Shipp who is a motivational speaker, I needed some motivating.
Up: Theresa's Mom gets to come home from the hospital.
Down: A loan I've been working on for 2 months gets squashed by a lame underwriting restriction.
Up: The same loan is resurrected by my hard working assistant.

Lets hope for many ups this weekend. Happy Easter.

Friday, April 11, 2003

Note to self: Put the camera in the car
When was driving home from work at 3:30 this morning I saw the most INSANE moon hovering low over the Santa Cruz mountains in the west. It was about 3/5ths full and HUGE. The moon was a super bright orangey-pink like I have never experienced before. I thought I was in a science fiction movie, it didn't even look close to being real. I realized that I have probably never been driving west in San Jose at that hour, and perhaps this is a common occurrence. I may get up at three one day next week to see if I can catch the moon in this state again (No I definitely won't, but it is a good idea). Don't ask why I was coming home from work at 3:30 AM, it's classified info. But this moon was seriously worth the sleep deprivation.

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Jason fixed my picture, yay!
Not that I'm particularly thrilled with the new one, or of any picture of myself for that matter. I am no longer wearing a bunny suit. This is a good thing. In other news, I snuck in a brief surf this morning. It was about shoulder high and peeling fast! I came to the realization that I'm really not a shortboarder. Shortboarding and longboarding are very different, on a longboard you really just point the board in the direction you want to go and you just glide along. On a shortboard, you have to pump and really work for your speed, which is damn hard. I'm going to work on that. I'll keep you posted (No, I probably won't). This morning did provide me with some much needed water time, the annual Morro Bay Surf Expedition is happening early this year, and I need to be ready to surf 'till I puke next Tuesday. I will let you know how the trip goes. (No really, I will).