House, Gallery, Jobs, Aspirations, Updates, Plans, Volleyball, Hollidays, Motorcycling

I know it might be lame to use my tags as a title but in this case I had no other way to join the themes of this post since they are … rather un-joinable.

I am settled in my house. You can check out the link included below for pictures. It took a while, and more money than I was expecting (thank goodness for higher than expected stock performances), but I am here. Now that I am here, I am constantly fighting the battles of wanting various decorative (or even functional) improvements, with the absolute longing to have as little $hit as possible. If that doesn’t sound like an in(e)ternal Kramer battle nothing does. We have come a long way in decorating, and allocating space, and giving the house an identity befitting to us, whatever that means. The kids seem to love it. The only thing I am concerned about is that I am committed to house payments, and that my job is contractual. This puts a bit of stress on me to save up and to prepare to bring the animals into the boat if it where to start raining. Also, I cannot help daydreaming all-the-friggin-time of life in Cloudcroft, NM. Yeah there is no tech market there, and after a few months I may dislike the nature of the people there. Who knows? When I visit the place in reality or in my imagination I am happy, and so I go. For now I can only hope that I will someday be fortunate enough to own property there.

In addition to playing around the house I have been fortunate enough, rather by necessity or by design, to ride my bike quite often recently. I really was never able to bond with my GSXR as I did not have it long enough, and since I was unable to drive it on base. The time spent with Cameron, yes she has a name, has made me like her that much more. Add a 35 year old, never know what to expect engine, and I am smitten. Recently, quite out of nowhere, she has been running and sounding as if she was only 10 years old. I think it may have something to do with the temperature SAE30 <55f. If you are capable physically and financially, I HIGHLY recommend purchasing one of the 2k-3k Japanese museum pieces. 2 months ago I was fortunate enough to be invited (I asked) to coach the Texas State Men's Volleyball team. They had a coach already and I was faced with a new role of supplementing a system that was already in place. At first I was a bit fearful that the players would not listen to me, or that they would generally believe that their skill or knowledge bases were advanced enough to warrant doing their own thing. As luck would have it, I was assigned to develop the younger, less experienced players, who for the most part hang on my every word. They have grown on me tremendously, and I cannot help to feel like a father to some of them. When people talk trash about them, it really bothers me, and I want to show them up. I guess that is coaching no? They have come along way in the 8 weeks we have worked together. I cannot take all the credit on that one. Many of them have gone out of their way to improve their understanding of the game. I will continue to coach them through this March, and possibly early April. After that, who knows ...? One reason I am unsure of my coaching schedule is because I will likely be having my ankle surgery (FINALLY!) in the next month or so. I find out the 4th of December when exactly that will go down. I am just tired of waking in pain. I am also fattening up a bit as I am much more reluctant to participate in anything for fear of wrecking something. (Yes, I actually dislocated it 6 or so weeks ago talking to my mother). The job situation is going well. I get paid a good sum of money to sit around and screw with Linux and code. Add the fact that I get to work on one of the cooler projects involving a small level of national security and I find myself ... happy. For those of you who are not intimately familiar with my family, particular the Kramer side of the house, I need to express how amazing that statement was. For I, like my father before me, Thomas Humbug, and his father before him, Gof Uckitall, and his father before him, Ben Pisdov, do not find happiness in a job easily. That being said ... I still daydream of other projects. I recently happen to run into the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum by pure chance and could not help but to be entirely envious of the owner. His profession, in the most scenic part of the Texas Hill Country is to rebuild old motorcycles. What a tough gig. He actually lives at the museum with his wife, who helps. I took some pictures. (See below)

Presently I am planning to pursue either a Bachelors in Math, (since I would be able to complete this in a year or so) or, a Bachelors in Meteorology. Either way I have 80k to spend on an education, and I am not ready to commit to a doctorate program. As far as I know Incarnate Word University is the only school even remotely local to offer a meteorology degree. The problem now is the 3 year commitment, and the 20k a semester price tag. Perhaps when my future becomes clearer I can pursue that. Until then I will have to be satisfied with a really nice weather station and a roof-mounted webcam (pointed from my house to downtown SA). Perhaps I can even submit weather reports to NOAA.

As I mentioned earlier I was able to post a bunch of pictures to my gallery. The picture of Los Maples State Park are nice since the leaves were changing color. Also, you have to check out Logan’s Halloween costume. Holy hell that what funny. Anyways, since the custom when I am busy and procrastinating is to shotgun them out, here they are:

Travel->Texas->Trip to Los Maples State Park
Travel->Texas->Picnic with Pickle at Bastrop State Park

Residence->San Antonio – Our first house

Motorcycles->Lone Star Motorcycle Museum
Motorcycles->My CB500

Holidays->Halloween 2009
Holidays->Thanksgiving 2009

Shanoh Dorso

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