Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm not dead

It's been a while since I posted on here last. Being married keeps me busy!

Page and I are planning on launching a blog together, stay tuned for details.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May need to blog more

I just realized it's been over a month since I posted again. Shame on me.

 Since my last post the following has occurred:
  • USCM - a big Mazda meet w/ a cruise of 50+ cars then bbq/tailgate and Great America.
  • Bachelor Party - me and the boys went to San Clemente State Beach for a weekend. Good times were had by all. No one died and we didn't lose anything important. I think we burned all the digital camera memory cards so no evidence could be found :)
  • My brother turned 20 and I couldn't be there. I wish I could be around more. I still feel bad for missing his high school graduation.
  • My sister returned from FL and will be visiting for a few weeks then back to FL.
  • Took amazing engagement pics - Our photographer Anne from One Fine Day Photography came to San Fran and Page and I had a great time shooting for 2 afternoons. I'm sure most of you have seen the pictures.
  • 2 Mazda Install days - worked on the car at Kyle's house to get belts changed, fluids flushed, and HID lighting installed. It's always enjoyable to work on cars with friends.
  • I started riding my motorcycle to work more frequently. It saves me $4 a day from Muni fares, is faster and more convenient. Last time I rode the Muni the doors flew open at full speed, how dangerous is that!?
I will be spending a few days in Riverside coming up for my cousin Kevin's wedding and then for Page's cousin's wedding the following weekend.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spring time

Easter, Spring break and April have arrived and I realized its been 2 months since I blogged last... sorry about that!

Work has been extremely challenging, but it is still fun and exciting. I look forward to going into the office everyday and solving problems and making progress. Long hours and busy weeks fly by as we're preparing for lots of great things. We brought on new people, and lost some too. All part of building the right team.

With the start of the year came a new season of autocross. I decided at the end of last season to sit out this year to save money and save the car from getting too beat up. I miss it. The fun, the adrenaline, a place to test your driving talents. In the end it's all worth it, as the money I am saving is going towards the wedding and honeymoon. I'm getting my automotive fix with the Speed Channel, car magazines, and doing some maintenance on the car.

Wedding plans are coming along. We ordered the invitations from one of my clients ( and they came out great. Looking forward to getting our engagement photos done here in SF in 2 weeks. Figuring out details for rehearsal dinner, honeymoon and day after brunch.

I found a church here in the city that I really like. I saw poster for it in the subway going to work one day and it made me go check it out. It's similar to Sandals for all you 951'ers. In fact, I made a friend who went to UCR and Sandals so he knows all about it and was great to find him. It feels good to find a place to go were people know your name (sort of like Cheers) and you feel a part of something when you help.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thriving and thankful

With some of the recent events going on I've been thinking about how thankful I am to have everything I do right now in life. A fiancée, an exciting and fulfilling job, a really nice place to live, a car to get around and more. Friends who have been laid off from their work, with families and house payments. San Francisco seems like a better place to be than Riverside even though it has a higher cost of living. So much more opportunity here, and the economy has been hurt less.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wedding Registry Reviews - Bed Bath & Beyond & Macy's

So with the wedding just under 6 months away, my fiancée and I set out this past week to create a wedding registry and 2 stores, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Macy's. We weren't too interested in registering at places like Crate and Barrel, Target, Amazon, or anywhere else. They didn't have good return policies, were only online, didn't have convenient locations, or the type/style of products we would like in our home.

Bed Bath & Beyond - This was our first stop. Not having created a wedding registry before this was an excellent first experience. We walked to the Customer Service desk and asked for help creating a registry. A manager jumped out of no where to welcome us, shake our hands and welcome us to the store. We were immediately offered a chair to sit in and bottles of water. They paged employees on the store PA system to get someone over to help us and we were met by a nice young girl who got us started. After filling out a couple pages of paperwork we we're offered a guided tour through the store, or the option of going it alone. We had a checklist for common items, and I was handed a scanner! This is the stuff the guys live for. Every 10-15 minutes an employee or the manager would walk up and check on us, see if we had any questions or needed help. It was especially easy to find the code to scan for products, every item's price on the shelf had a bar code, sets of products had barcodes for each item in the set as well. Adding a product to our registry was only one click and a "beep" away.  When we were finished, we received all of the catalogs, info, policies, and a print out of our list in a nice gift box with a bow.  Online has more options and a wider product offering than the store location we went to, but it is a little frustrating to shop on their website. It would be really helpful if they had better search and filtering options, as well as product reviews. BB&B has a really good return program and offers a nice completion program of 10% off  any items on the list you did not receive. Managing the registry online is pretty easy to do. We spent about 2.5 hours here then grabbed some dinner.

Macy's -  We were able to goto the 2nd largest Macy's here in downtown San Francisco. The store is 8 stories tall, has a separate multi-story building for menswear. We headed up to the 6th floor to get a registry started. We were helped by an older lady, who struck us as a "cat lady" if you know what I mean. The store was nice and had plenty of choices. Macy's tries to push one of their Macy's credit cards on you to get $100 free, but that wasn't worth it in our opinion. We found most everything we wanted there since we had done some reconnaissance online beforehand.  It was crazy we went from the 6th floor to the 7th, to the basement, to the 6th again. Pretty fun experience because it's such a HUGE store. We left with a print out of our items and a business card with the email of the lady who helped us. No fancy box or extra materials to take home. Their online registry manager is undergoing some changes this weekend so we can't access it, and she couldn't show us how to manage it, but I'm sure we can figure it out. One pain about adding items with the scanner at Macy's is that you had to scan the upc barcode which was on the bottom of every box on the shelf. Try holding a big heavy box of fine china, and a scanner and scan the item without dropping it, not that easy.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

iPhone Apps

So there are 10's of thousands of iPhone apps out there but I just wanted to list a few of my faves that I'm using.

  1. Facebook - keep in touch with friends and family on this social media network
  2. Tweetdeck - always gotta find out whats happening in the Twitter'sphere
  3. SportsCenter - you can watch gamecasts of live events if you aren't infront of a tv
  4. TheWeatherChannel - I need to know should I wear the Columbia jacket or not.
  5. TRAFFIC! - I rarely use this one in SF, but it's handy in so-cal for seeing live traffic
  6. Yelp - this has been one of the most helpful apps/sites for me to find new food joints!
  7. Pandora - stream some great music
  8. Southwest - buy tickets and check-in online. I'm flying about once a month so this handy

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Vote to support suicide prevention - To Write Love on Her Arms

Chances are you or someone you know has been directly affected by depression, addiction, self-injury or suicide. What if there was something you could to to help those people?

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. My sister is currently interning in Florida for 5 months at TWLOHA setting up events, promoting, creating street teams, and most importantly, listening and couseling with those who are struggling to find hope in this world. TWLOHA is trying to win Chase's Community Giving contest to use $1,000,000 to create IMAlive, an online chat tool to let people, young and old contact TWLOHA staff and other qualified individuals to find ways to escape the pain they are living in. Since 2006, TWLOHA hasresponded to more than 100,000 messages from people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. This tool will save lives and give people hope.

No one is asking you to give any money, they are just asking for a vote. It takes less than a minute. Voting today means saving lives tomorrow.