July 31, 2003: It's the last day of July, and I just
went and decided that I better recognize that fact. Okay, not really.
I really don't have much to say, but I went through my pictures of the
party and ceremony, and I found one that I actually liked. You see it
on the front page. Anyways, the crazy 8s thing refers to the fact that
my baby Catherine passed the 8888 mileage mark today while going home.
Cool, huh? Well, hope you all had a cheaper July than I did, and here's
to a great August! (BTW, NBC Thursday nights are outstanding! Scrubs is
freaking hilarious! Will & Grace - hilarious! And I hope to see the
rest of Friends before the new season starts - and boy do I miss Survivor!)
More to come, I swear!
July 29, 2003: I do apologize for not putting up more
pictures, but I am getting them in a slow trickle, and haven't had much
time to do anything substantial with the webpage. I did get Jason's infamous
pictures which I had heard about, and believe you me, you all WON'T be
seeing some of them. But most are pretty damned funny and will be up shortly.
I am thinking this weekend will be a great time for me to get them all
done. Hopefully I'll even have the nice, tame pictures taken by my Uncle
Steve. We'll see.
Part of the reason I haven't finished my website is that I went down to
Los Angeles this past weekend. My best friend Mila was having a birthday
party (Happy Birthday Mila & Happy Belated Birthday Robbie!) and I
was invited! I'm just as shocked as you, especially considering Mila witnessed
my nomination for best drunken performance by an idiot with a stripper
at a party! I headed down to LA after finishing up CMGT 555 (finally)
Sat morning, and about 4 hours later, I was hanging out with my Mom and
Harv in Duarte! We had dinner and then I went down to Jason's house, as
he was coming along to the party too, as now he and Mila are buds, thanks
to me, of course. :-) At his house I got the CD of pictures (which I finally
had the courage to look at yesterday morning) he had taken at my party.
Anyways, at Mila's party, it was a mini-high school reunion of sorts,
as I saw Jacen, Ben, Bryan, Kevin, Cindy/Sveta (yay!), Rena & Angie,
Geoff, Monina (!), and Ken/Spitting Boy. It was a blast to see them, and
was cool to be able to easily slip back into the groove of talking to
them all. It was great to see Sveta again, after it had been so long since
seeing her. And Monina is always a trip. Bryan works for Digiscope and
his high school picture is actually in the movie T3 when the T-X is going
through the databases searching for the kids she's trying to kill. Cool
shit! Anyways, it was a good party, fun was had, I crashed at Jason's
parents' house, had a great breakfast the next day thanks to Jason's mom,
and then I was on my way back to Vegas. And now the work week is dragging
along, but fortunately, I have cool people to work with, so all is good.
What's New? Some more movie reviews (I've been going
a lot lately with DC & Berta, which is great. They're cool to hang
out with). I swear, by this weekend, there will be pictures up of the
The Joy of being a Captain
July 24, 2003: So sorry for not updating this site in
such a long time. The last time I did, I had too much stuff to worry about
as the party and promotion ceremony drew near. Well, I guess now is as
good a time as ever to recap the events of last weekend. So with no more
On Wednesday night, Byron flew in and boy were his arms
tired! Sorry. He got in that evening a little later than expected as Las
Vegas decided to have a freaky thunderstorm. Go figure. Once he got settled,
we took off for Best Buy to get his laptop fixed (turned out he just needed
to plug it in - Byron's not the brightest bulb in the bunch! ;-) Just
kidding Byron) and then just hung out and went to Wendy's, and not much
On Thursday, I still had to go to work, so Byron kicked
it at my place and learned how to love playing Rise of Nations. I swear,
that game is crack in electronic form. Anyways, it was a day at work that
wouldn't seem to end, but somehow I got through it. I had arranged to
meet up with my Mom and Harv for dinner at Bally's, so I drug Byron along
because he needed to get out of the house. It was good to see the folks
again, and after a good dinner at the Cafe in Bally's, we said goodbye
to the parents and wandered up the strip a little, first hitting BarbaryCoast,
then Flamingo and finally O'Shea's. We played a little Blackjack here
and there, but really nothing was hitting. So we decided to go back and
chill at the apartment and wait for Jason to arrive, as he was driving
up that night. I took a nap on the couch because he wasn't planning to
get here until 2 or so. I groggily recognized his presence when he finally
got here, but pretty much went to sleep after he got there.
The next day, Friday, I HAD taken the day off, so we
all slowly got up and I started to panic about how the ceremony would
go, if all the folks would make it to the ceremony without incident, etc.
I also had a dentist's appt that morning, so if he said I needed a root
canal, TOO BAD! Not today, doc. I got back, stressed some more, got my
uniform ready, and then drove us up to the base to get there an hour early
so as to practice and make sure we knew what to do. And all of us were,
as Lt Col Boyer and SSgt Masur did everything right. Marian got a cool
cake for the ceremony (a huge cake, I should say), lots of treats, and
the ceremony was set up perfect. Unfortunately, my Dad, Uncle Richard
and Aunt Diane got stuck at the gate (I swear I left their names at the
visitor's center), but eventually were let in. It all worked out, as the
ceremony didn't start right on time. The ceremony was awesome, and I was
blown away by Lt Col Boyer having memorized key highlights of my illustrious
career (;-) ) and memorizing the oath of office. I think I managed to
stumble through my 'words' okay enough, but you can't pay me enough to
watch the video of it. But I got video just in case I ever get drunk enough
again to watch it. After the ceremony, everybody had time to go get checked
in at the hotel or gamble or change, and at 6:30 we met up at Outback
for dinner! It was a great time as my dad was hitting on Marian (not for
reals, but it was funny nonetheless). I got a little toasty there after
3 beers. My dad gave me this incredible wood carving circle with my name
on it, a latin phrase I can't remember the meaning of, and US Air Force
on it. I'll take a picture of it and show it to you. It's incredible.
I got some gambling money from Mom and Harv, which is ALWAYS appreciated.
So after dinner, we all went to Boulder Station for some gambling enjoyment.
I went especially to go play some craps with Uncle Richard and Aunt Diane,
as they are my gambling buddies from way back. Amazingly, we had some
pretty good luck there combined with the new strategy. Anyways, we ended
up playing there till 11. Uncle Steve and Aunt Gladys found us at the
tables and it was great to see them. It was really nice to finally see
a lot of the Barnes family who I haven't seen all that much of lately.
Richard and Diane left but I stayed at the table for another hour, not
really losing but not really winning. I was primarily killing time as
both Byron & I were stuck there as Jason had gone to the airport to
pick up Kasey and Ilyne. Finally at 12 I quit, having drank plenty and
feeling quite good. Byron & I went out to wait for Jason at the front
gate, and sure enough, there he pulled up with two of the coolest girls
ever, Kasey & Ilyne! So the evening wasn't over yet. We went to my
apartment, brought up the girls' stuff, then went back out to the Las
Vegas Strip! We drove up and down the Strip, then parked at Paris and
started our meandering crawl. At Paris Jason bought us these huge Eiffel
Tower margaritas, but they were probably the nastiest thing ever. Especially
combined with all the other beer I'd drank. Regardless, pretty much all
of us felt skanky having drank these things. I couldn't even finish mine.
Both Byron and Kasey dropped theirs upon getting them. No class. We eventually
made our way from Paris up to Caesar's Palace, where we stumbled around
some more (I am VERY fuzzy during this part, which explains the lack of
details), I started feeling better, but when it's 4 am, you should just
go to bed. So we all passed out.
Saturday. Ugh. I was very hungover. Hungover with a capital
H. H in neon. And loud disco bells. It was horrible. But I didn't have
to throw up. I just wanted to get better fast, because I knew I had to
be able to drink again this night, of all nights! So we slowly but surely
got ourselves up and at em, and we started watching videos that Kasey
had brought of Azores bullfights. Pretty entertaining to see the old place
and the stupidity of some of those fools. At this time Mila arrived, as
she had said she couldn't come up until Saturday morning. A little while
later, people started getting hungry, and we went to Jason's Deli for
lunch. I could eat, but really not that much. During lunch, the discussion
led to going on roller coasters. Well, hangover or not, I can't pass that
up, and the coaster in question was Manhattan Express at NY NY. Yes, I
had been on it before, but not for years. So I butched up and went with
them to go on it. (I originally had stated I wanted to stay home and die,
but I changed my mind) Maybe not my best move, but honestly, that ride
rocks. It's violent as hell and I had a slight headache from it, but it
was worth it. Especially afterwards when I watched Jason, Ilyne, Kasey
& Byron participate in a horse-racing arcade game where you literally
have to whip and ride a horse to make the horse go. Suckers. They were
all exhausted by the time it was done. Anyways...... got back to the apartment
with Byron, I took a short nap, and then started to get ready for the
party. I wanted to get there about a half hour early just to be able to
welcome the guests. Sure enough, about 15 minutes till, my folks showed
up, and then more and more flowed in. I had to be geeky at the beginning
of the party, as I had forgotten to copy my mp3s to my laptop, which was
serving as the DJ station this evening. Anyways, lots of people showed
up. Azores folks , UCLA , work folks, Barnes family folks, Sperske family
folks and just folks were there. It was a blast to see everyone again.
A surprise to me was to see my cousins Wendy & Richard, who I really
can't remember the last time I saw them. Well, as the night went on ,
more drinks were drank, some dancing happened, food was eaten, and more
drinks were brought and drank. At a certain point in the night, a large
majority of people left, and all of a sudden Debbie came into the party.
Wearing my service coat, tie, and not much else. It seems Debbie was the
idea of Mr. Byron Kelly and evolved into a 'dancer' paid for by my oh-so-nice
friends. So I had a stripper. If I can help it, those pictures will never
be seen on this website. Just not a good thing. It was fun though!!!!
And the mystery of Debbie can be forever put to rest. We ended up staying
up a lot later than that, going downstairs eventually and gambling (and
Jason and Byron proceeding to get royally trashed), shooting the shit
and watching Kasey be Kasey. Again, we were up till about 4 when most
of us just passed out. The next I knew, it was
Sunday. Apparently some of the group had gone back to
my apartment to sleep, and I can't blame them. You should have seen this
room in the harsh light of day. I would not have wanted to clean this
room if my life had depended on it. NO THANKS. I gave housekeeping a nice
big tip and vacated the premises. Byron was severely hungover and I wasn't
doing so bad. I had kinda sobered up when we stayed up late that night,
so I was just bleh, but not killmeIwanttodie. Anyways, we all ended up
back at my place, at which Jason, Kasey, Ilyne, & Mila all left for
the airport or California. Byron stayed to recover but also because he
wasn't leaving till Tuesday morning. So Byron recovered Sunday, we watched
two discs of Friends Season 4, and then on Monday we recovered more, played
Rise of Nations head-to-head (very fun), gambled some more, and had a
nice relaxing day.
Tuesday Byron went back to San Antonio, I went back to work (joy), and
now it's Thursday. Yesterday I went home sick because I got fever/cold
whatever crud and I was sick as hell. I'm still feeling it, but not nearly
as bad as yesterday. It was one of those delirious sicknesses that won't
let you sleep even when you're really tired. Miserable.
So that's my story. It was a great weekend and possibly one of the best
ever! It was great to see my Dad again, all the family I hadn't seen in
a while, friends from Lajes.....<sigh> Good times. I'm sorry that
not everyone was able to come out; but you all know you were invited and
we'll have to make it up one day. Perhaps the San Antonio folks will get
that opportunity next month as I may be headed out there in August.
What's New? If you're still reading this, you deserve
a cookie. Go get a bag of Soft Batch chocolate chip cookies, microwave
them, and congratulate yourself. This was my longest post ever on my website.
Anyways, no pictures up yet. I have some, but I'm going to wait until
I get more back to actually put up a page of them.
Only 4 more days till I'm a Captain!
July 14, 2003: Crazy, huh? It doesn't seem like 4 years
ago that I graduated from UCLA. Sad, sad, sad. Okay, so here's my admission
that yes, it may have been foolish to put all my party details on the
webpage, but like I said in the guestbook, and as I'm saying now, I don't
think there is a Debbie! There....is......no.....Debbie! :-) Ah, who cares,
the more the merrier!
It does sound like it'll be fun. In the meantime though, while waiting
for the end of the week to occur, things have been boring and somewhat
frustrating. My computer crashed on me this morning - great, my computer
dies on Monday morning. Isn't that great?
Oh, if you're going to be joining me this weekend and you aren't aware
of how unreal hot it is, don't bother bringing cold weather clothes. Look
at my home page. The weather is at the bottom. And it's not lying. And
it doesn't matter if it's a 'dry' heat. The heat is mofo hot. I didn't
leave my apartment on Saturday - at all. I ended up watching Adaptation,
and hooboy that was a weird movie. The last third just goes all out crazy.
Rent at your own risk - it is an enjoyable movie, but just....odd.
I'm still addicted to that crack also known as Rise of Nations for the
PC. It's an unbelievably fun game. If you're into that kind of stuff.
I also had a chance to chat with my UCLA friend, Ryan. He's living in
Ohio now, is married, and is getting deployed out to the desert with,
of all people, the Army. Poor guy. Here's to a speedy return, Ryan!
Speaking of which, Marian's husband, Drew, also just left for Pakistan.
People left and right are getting sent! We just got word that he finally
made it out to Pakistan. Drew, come back home soon!
For some reason, I think there's more that I want to say. Yet I can't
think of what it is. Hmm... Well, see ya when I see ya.
What's New? That weather thing on my home page is new.
It is just a way for you to see that it is ungodly hot here and that I'm
suffering for you all. I also saw Pirates of
the Caribbean this last Friday - in one word, a review (Goseeit).
Party details are becoming clear
July 9, 2003: It's so cool - I'm going to be a Captain
soon, and I'll be making millions of dollars and buying cars, houses,
oh it will be glorious. So, to celebrate my transition to billionairehood,
I want to remind those that I am having a cool party at the Boulder Station.
for the Boulder Station website, and click here
for a map showing where Boulder Station is located.
Some details: The actual party will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2003.
The fun begins at 6:00pm, although you can probably rest assured that
I'll be there beforehand. Also rest assured that I will be sober before
6. Afterwards, hey, no promises. Free booze, on me, until 10:00pm. I want
to be a good host, but I want to save some of my millions for myself.
Also there will be food for munching, but I'm not serving dinner, so you
better get there early or eat dinner on your own. I have no idea how this
is all going to turn out - but it should be fun. There's going to be music,
gambling, drinks, food, all the proper ingredients for a party.
My promotion ceremony is going to be on Friday, July 18, 2003. That will
be held at 3:30pm at the Mass Briefing Room in Bldg 878 of Nellis AFB.
It's right near the flight line and hopefully, if the heat doesn't melt
the jets into the tarmac, we'll be able to go take some pictures in front
of the planes. For those who are going to the ceremony, I'll send you
more details through email and the phone to make sure you can get on base
and not get lost.
In other news, my fourth of July weekend was nice and long, but pretty
uneventful. After seeing T3, I really didn't much besides on the 4th,
seeing some pretty good fireworks in Henderson with DC & Berta. The
rest of the weekend I got my hair cut, spent money I shouldn't have at
the mall, but best of all, I bought crack - I mean, I bought a game called
Rise of Nations. It's incredible. It's like Age of Empires meets Risk.
The other day I ended up conquering 75% of the world as the Spanish. It
was a blast, even if the settings of the game was set to Easiest. Back
off. It's just that when I play on any higher level, I get my ass handed
to me. Oh well.
What's New? I put another burned CD in my listing, also
updated DVDs (can you believe I haven't actually bought one in a few weeks?
I love 4 day weekends
July 3, 2003: Isn't it great when I share such insights?
This was the first day of the 4-day weekend and I have gotta say that
this was not such a bad way to start it. I love when I only have to work
3 days in a week too. Nice. So today I went to the mall and bought some
clothes and a VERY cool toy, a universal remote control from Radio Shack.
Check it out at this
website. I had read a recommendation from Sound & Vision about
it and when I finally saw it, I had to have it. And it is cool to use.
Highly recommended. I also saw the Terminator
3 movie, which is another definite recommendation. So, tomorrow I'm
going to sleep in, do something during the day, and then go see some fireworks
at night. July 4 is cool!
What's New? I updated my movies
page, and put up the last 4 movies I've seen but have been too lazy to
put up the review for.. Also, I started up a page
on my burned-CDs. I'll keep updating with more CDs and with the explanations
of why the songs ended up on these CDs in the first place.
Shoot me an email if you want
to. I may respond. (okay, you know I will - what else have I got to