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5 Dec 2014 – ON MY WAY TO A NEW CAREER!!!

The best way I could sum up this past year is probably rough.  I lost my job in the IT field back in April after working with the company for eighteen months and went on unemployment.  Sadly, there are pretty much no other IT jobs around this area, so I was applying for anything I thought I might be able to do.

I applied for loss prevention at a big box store, parts driver for a service shop, tire technician at a chain store, office assistant for a state facility, cell phone salesperson, shift lead at a fast food restaurant…  If I thought I could do it,  I applied.  Alas, while I attended interviews and even second interviews, nobody wanted to actually hire me.  I was apparently overqualified for some, underqualified for others, and who knows what else.

Big opportunity in a small space

Big opportunity in a small space

I’d grumbled and talked about maybe getting my Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) quite a bit, so Cindy made sure to pass the notice you see above on to me.  I figured it sounded like a good opportunity to talk to someone who knows the real deal when it comes to this sort of thing.  My unemployment payments were about to run out and I was feeling just a wee bit stressed.  I was pretty much broke and my credit ain’t exactly stellar, but maybe someone there would know something Cindy and I didn’t about how to make this happen.

I was and still am more glad I went to that event at the museum :)  I met Gail with Roadmaster along with one of their instructors and a couple of local industry people.  I explained my situation and asked for any help I could get.  And I got more help than I ever expected :cool:

I worked with Gail, several different people in the trucking industry, and even more people in the Utah Department of Workforce Services.  The end result of much peoplework and paperwork is that I am taking part in a program administered by the state of Utah with federal government funding to train people for jobs that are actually in demand :D  That’s right – I start school MONDAY :thumb:

I’m going to be up at Roadmaster’s school near Salt Lake City for three weeks of twelve hour days while staying in a hotel.  Cindy is going to do the best single parent impersonation she can and take care of Ember all by herself.  Once I graduate at the end of December, I’ll have my Class A CDL along with several endorsements.

Now, I know some are thinking that a CDL is great, but you still need to get an actual job when you’re done.  This is one of the things I’m thrilled beyond belief about  – I already have a job waiting for me!  Actually, I have several jobs waiting for me and I get to choose which is messing with my brain a bit after so long on unemployment :wink:

I’m going to cut this off here due to time constraints, but I will update my status when I have the chance :)

Have a great day, everyone, and wish me luck :mrgreen:

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Storm In The Desert

We are having some weather here in The Used To Be Golden State………………….

I took these this afternoon, on the way home from work. Got my box of stuff to take to the new hangar and called out sick.

My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 does take pretty good pictures

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11 December 2014 – Sitrep

Sorry for the delays in posting, but I’m at truck driving school.  I’ll be back soon!

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30 November 2014 – Yet Another Circumnavigation of the Solar System!

25 Oct 2014 - Ember and myself smiling for a selfie

25 Oct 2014 – Ember and myself smiling for a selfie

“This year gone by ain’t been a piece of cake!”
PREACH IT, JIMMY :D  !!!
Seriously, it’s been a tough year and that’s putting it mildly. That said, I still have Ember, I still have Cindy, I still have my family, still have my friends, and I’m still on the better side of the ground :wink:
So, I’m 38 today. Well, there’s less than an hour until midnight here, so I’m gonna call it close enough. I was born 1 December 1976 in San Diego, CA which was a Wednesday. Saying a lot has happened since then is an understatement, but I just know there’s so much more to see and do in the future.

This song, Trip Around The Sun, is one of my favorites from Jimmy and I’m sure to play it on the anniversary of my arrival. I hope you enjoy it, too :)
Have a wonderful day, everyone :thumb:
I love the airplanes, but click here if you’d like to hear a better quality recording :cool:

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24 November 2014 – Winter Gloom

24 Nov 14 - Blowing snow

24 Nov 14 – Blowing snow

Not my favorite type of weather if I’m honest.  Not good for riding and not good for trying to go get things done when I’m watching my daughter who’s not feeling well at all.

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23 November 2014 – Winter Wonderland in Price, UT Tonight

Well, it’s that time of the year again.  It’s winter in Utah.  We’ve had a few flakes in the past week, but just look at what happened tonight!  The forecast called for about 0.5″ of snow accumulation.  I think the forecast was just a wee bit off :wink:

23 Nov 2014 - Looking at the snow on my back deck

23 Nov 2014 – Looking at the snow on my back deck

As you can see, there’s plenty of snow on our back deck.  All those tracks are from the neighborhood cats that come by for a snack and a drink as we leave food and water out year round for a cat that was abandoned here by the previous residents and that refuses to come inside when it’s -20° out.

After I took this pic, I noticed that my weather station receiver inside showed zero wind when I knew the wind was blowing outside.  I went back out and noticed that the anemometer was caked in snow and couldn’t turn.  A few seconds with a broom fixed that :thumb:

23 Nov 2014 - Current weather conditions

23 Nov 2014 – Current weather conditions

And here are some recent weather conditions from my home weather station.  It’s cold, breezy, and wet.  That said, it’s really not THAT bad :wink:  As long as the snow melts in the next couple of days, I’ll still get out and ride my motorcycle :cool:

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon :)  Have fun, stay safe, and stay warm everyone :mrgreen:

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15 November 2014 – Cold, Gray, and Windy

OK, so the whole day wasn’t this way.  I was out on my motorcycle earlier and it was cold and windy, but it was also sunny :)  After I dropped by home to take care of some stuff, it got gray and it reminded me of one of my favorite songs:

I remember when Hazy Shade of Winter as performed by The Bengals was all over the radio.  It’s really appropriate for here as we do get snow unlike San Diego :thumb:

15 Nov 14 - Weather between Price and Helper, UT

15 Nov 14 – Weather between Price and Helper, UT

Yeah, it’s gray out.  And cold.  We just got snow a couple of days ago.

15 Nov 14 - NWS Current conditions and forecast

15 Nov 14 – NWS Current conditions and forecast

So, just how cold and windy is it?  This is the report from Buck Davis Field near Price, UT.

15 Nov 14 - My home weather station's readings

15 Nov 14 – My home weather station’s readings

And here’s the report from my home weather station.  Please note that wind readings will be a bit slower at home due to trees surrounding the house :wink:

Basically, I’m glad to be inside for most of the day and my motorcycle is usually on the battery charger when I’m not riding it, but we’re not that bad yet :cool:

Have a great day, everyone :mrgreen:

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The Last Navy Prowlers

VAQ-134, The Garudas have completed the last active deployment of the Venerable Grumman EA-6B Prowler.

I was a young Airman Apprentice serving aboard USS Independence CV-62 as Fly One Blueshirt on the Flight Deck when VAQ-132 came aboard as part of Carrier Air Wing Seven…………..This was the first shipboard deployment for the Prowler…………………………Spring 1974……………………………I was 19. I turned 20 in September of that year…..while at Sea in The Mediterranean. Do the Arithmetic……………………..

Link to the article at Jalopnik is below……………………….

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-navys-ea-6b-prowler-completes-its-final-carrier-cru-1659101419

The Garudas CAG Bird

The Navy's EA-6B Prowler Completes Its Final Carrier Cruise

The Changing Of The Guard

The Navy's EA-6B Prowler Completes Its Final Carrier Cruise

The Best Looking Prowler CAG Jet, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patriot CAG-1

 

 

 

 

 

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13 Nov 2014 – First Snow of the Year!

Well, it was in our forecast and it actually happened :)  SNOW!!!

13 Nov 2014 - IT SNOWED!!!

13 Nov 2014 – IT SNOWED!!!

My kind of snowfall, too – Enough to see it fall but not enough to mess up the roads :wink:

13 Nov 2014 - Weather just before I left home for the day

13 Nov 2014 – Weather just before I left home for the day

Not exactly toasty, but not bad at all :cool:

13 Nov 2014 - Snow on the taillight and rear fender

13 Nov 2014 – Snow on the taillight and rear fender

13 Nov 2014 - Snow on the rear view mirror and wind deflector

13 Nov 2014 – Snow on the rear view mirror and wind deflector

13 Nov 2014 - Snow on the speedometer

13 Nov 2014 – Snow on the speedometer

Yes, I did take the bike out for a ride :thumb:

13 Nov 2014 - Parked under cover and charging the battery

13 Nov 2014 – Parked under cover and charging the battery

Of course, I also killed the battery figuring out it’s cold enough to have to mess with the choke while cranking the starter to get it running.  I jumped it to get it going and the stuck it on the charger as you see here to make sure it’s good to go for later :)

That’s all for now, but I hope you have a great day :mrgreen:

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Cool! The Red Baron flies again! Man spends £50,000 building himself an exact working replica of the German pilot’s Fokker triplane

This one is pretty cool! That is a model airplane of the highest order!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2829796/The-ultimate-model-plane-Man-spends-50-000-building-exact-working-replica-Red-Baron-s-Fokker-triplane-home.html

Jaunt: The assistant at Derby Aero Club in his fully-functional replica. His madcap project took 3,500 hours and began 15 years ago, when he built a radio-controlled quarter-size model of the Red Baron's scarlet craft - but he said: 'I had to have the real thing'

Jaunt: The assistant at Derby Aero Club in his fully-functional replica. His madcap project took 3,500 hours and began 15 years ago, when he built a radio-controlled quarter-size model of the Red Baron’s scarlet craft – but he said: ‘I had to have the real thing’

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