Update for May 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007 2:45pm (EDT)
We are in our house at Fire Island. Got here last night and did a little bit of work then crashed. I had the Fire Department mandatory meeting this morning. The change of command for our chief's was today too. Last night during the boat ride over, my dad called and told me that my step-sister just delivered a baby boy. He is health and mother and son are doing just fine. Have not heard what they decided to call the child yet. So I am an Uncle again. Out here it is cold today but the sun is out. We had a cold front come through but everyone is in high spirits. Memorial Day weekend is just next week and hopefully the weather will be better.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:00am (EDT)
Class is over and I got an A- in this one. Now I just have to wait for all of the records and grades to post before I start the paperwork for my Masters. Big brush fire down in Central Jersey last night. Was up at the Fire Academy last night talking with a friend. Picked up some lesson plans for use out on the island. Got to get to work. Have lots of things to do today.
Sunday, May 13, 2007 2:00pm (EDT)
It's Mothers Day. Had a nice early Mother's Day with my mom when we had dinner in Phoenix only 6 days ago. I was in Phoenix and mom and I had dinner together. The reception is really bad out here on the cell phone so have not yet tried to call her. I will be on the 2:55pm boat back to civilization with Ben & Jerry. I'm going to take them to Brooklyn and then head on over to Jersey. Had a nice weekend so far. Relaxing and enjoyable with friends. Cool but nice out here.
Saturday, May 12, 2007 1:40pm (EDT)
I am out on Fire Island right now for my first trip out here this season. My house is not open yet, so I am staying at the hotel this weekend. Working on some fire department stuff and finishing my school work. This is my last week for school. Ramon is training a new guy in the office. Very nice guy named Nathaniel who is a native French Canadian. He is great at a massage too. I think he will work out great this year here in the office. Great attitude and very mature compared to a few others we have had in the office at the start of the year. Then again, he has his BS in Physics & Psychology with a minor in German and Chemistry. So I think he will work out great here. Isaac just had his big birthday party. Had to miss it again because I had to work. The weather is great out here. Not to warm and not to cold last night. Hope to go out driving later to get familiar again with the equipment. Basically hanging out and enjoying everyone's company out here.
Thursday, May 10, 2007 7:00am (EDT)
Have been busy since I got back. The flight back was nice and short. I slept almost the entire way. Good thing too because we got home, showered and headed for work. Yesterday I had a board meeting in the city so did not get home until 11pm. Tired but just showered and now heading to work. Tonight I am co-hosting our annual Tough Drag night. Should be interesting. Then this weekend I am headed out to Fire Island for the first time this season.
Monday, May 7, 2007 8:15pm Arizona Standard Time (PDT)
So far I have had a very nice birthday. Had a nice call from my dad and had dinner with my mom. Right now we are at the Phoenix Airport waiting on our flight to load. We are headed back to Newark on a red-eye out at 10:35pm tonight. We could have stayed at mom's a bit longer but was not sure how things were going to be. So now we are here 2 hours early. Maybe later security would be a mess but everything was smooth. Yesterday I got to go up in a Phoenix Fire Department ladder truck about 100' in the air. I have a few pictures of that to upload. Think I will try and nap a bit before the plane.
Sunday, May 6, 2007 9:35am Arizona Standard Time (PDT)
Well I have had it. I am moving rooms. At 8am this morning, they continued renovating the room right above mine. I thought for sure they would not be working on Sunday but they are. Pound, Pound, Pound at 8am. So they are moving me to the 12th floor and now I have to get everything pulled together and moved. Since I am staying the extra day, it will be nice to be on the special floor that I can pronounce but can not spell. I get food tonight and a continental breakfast in the morning. So that will be nice. Just got back from Starbucks and our brunch starts at 11am so I need to see how much I can get packed and moved now. Just need to check in on a few things for class but mostly done now with that.
Sunday, May 6, 2007 5:20am Arizona Standard Time (PDT)
The power blinked twice last night during the coronation. Knocked out internet service so I was just checking to see if it was back up. Not yet it appears. Last night was fun. The event was over around 11pm which was nice. The set was really nice. It was all made out of Styrofoam and was sculpted to look like the forbidden city of China. It was great talking with friends that I know around the court circuit. Since New York is a brother court to Phoenix, we were presented during the first set. So got everything out of the way early.
Saturday, May 5, 2007 6:50am Arizona Standard Time (PDT)
At a Starbucks on Indian School Road in Phoenix working on my University of Phoenix Online school project. Funny. One of the guys last night at the Out of Town show told me he worked for the University of Phoenix. So he told me how to stop by the campus here and chat with them on Monday. Going to look up my academic councilor who I have talked with and emailed with over the years. Let's see how long it takes me to get through this paper I am working on. I read it on the plane and now need to do some major revisions to it. It's a team paper that needs some of my attention.
Friday, May 4, 2007 10:15pm Arizona Standard Time (PDT)
Had a nice day. Went to see the new Spiderman movie after we got here. Our room was not ready yet. When we got back, it was still not ready. So we hung out in the Hospitality suite. Picked up our tickets and talked with friends. Earlier in the day, I found out that my work was not going to perform a major upgrade on Sunday which is why I was flying back early. So I am staying until Monday night. That will be nice because instead of flying back Sunday, I can work on some times with my school work.
Called my cousin who lives near here. She said my Aunt and Uncle were flying in that afternoon. So they drove over to the hotel and met me for a few minutes. We talked in the foyer of the hotel here while my friends were in eating. It was good to see them. I can not remember when I last saw them, so it was really good to see them. Then, because I am staying until Monday. My mom will be flying in on Monday. So we are having dinner after she lands before I fly out that evening. Should be nice. I have not seen mom for a long time now either. She is also going to give me a tour of her new house down here. It will be great to see her.
Tonight went well. After they left, I went back in and finished eating and then headed to the Out of Town show in one of the ballrooms. I did a little John Denver number called Grandma's Feather Bed. It was cute, short and sweet. Several people liked it. So now they are all off on a bar tour while I am here in my room updating my web page and doing some school work. It is going to be a busy Saturday.
Friday, May 4, 2007 8:35am Arizona Standard Time
We have started our decent into Phoenix. Edward was just playing a game on my computer. I was amazed at how well he can work out those strategy problems on Bejeweled. Should be landing shortly. I worked on my team paper while we were flying. Have a lot of work to do on it. It's due Sunday but I want to get it to the team later today. Depends upon if we can get checked into our hotel or not and when Spiderman is playing locally. Either way, I am ready for some ground under my feet. Can not imagine someone flying more than 4 hours in coach. First class would be a different thing. Just looked outside and the ground is getting closer so we are headed to it.
Friday, May 4, 2007 7:30am Arizona Standard Time (34,000')
So far the plane ride has been nice. We still have about an hour before we start our decent into Phoenix. This is going to be a short trip for me. Edward is with me but he will be staying an extra day to visit his mother who now lives in the area. My mother lives in the area too but she forgot that I was coming and ran away before I got here. She is back in Oregon right now. She actually flies into Phoenix on Monday but I have to be back at work on Sunday night due to a large database conversion that we are doing. Looking forward to seeing everyone here. It should be a fun time. Edward and I are hoping to go to see Spiderman 3 this afternoon.
Thursday, May 3, 2007 6:20pm EDT
I was off today for Fire Instructor training at the Hackensack Fire Department. One of the safety officers gave me a tour after the class. What a major difference from my department out on the island. We had a nice time at the class and talked about how to modify things from the class to my situation out on the island. I got the final schedule of drills from our new chief just yesterday. I now know which drills I am scheduled to teach out on the island. Now I need to come up with my lesson plans and get them approved by the chief. But first, I need to finish this class. It is my last class and I am a bit behind in it. Also, I fly out to Phoenix in the morning so there goes a good portion of the day in the air. Sigh, always something else to do. It is my mom's birthday today. So I called her to wish her a happy birthday and it turned out she was still in the hospital. Found out that my step-dad hurt his back some how and had to be transported to the hospital this morning. He did not do anything specific to it, just in general. Hope he is alright. So it will be a memorable birthday for my mom. One she will not forget in the near future. Oh well. I have killed enough time working on this update. I need to get back to my paper. I have an individual paper and a team assignment due this week.