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Time seems to be moving along quite quickly as of late. I have settled into a routine of riding my bike to work, working out, riding home, working on my house, and sleeping. A few months ago I bought, installed, and configured my weatherstation. Also, I started playing tennis again, or I suppose I should say I plan to resume playing competitive tennis again.

Last weekend I finally had time to do some long awaited Ahuiz Gallery maintenance. I dusted off some old volleyball photos from 1872 and posted them. Hopefully I will find someone with more photos of 2010 NIRSA Nationals. Apparently I was just too busy to take any. Anyhow the additions are as follows:

Volleyball
Volleyball->NIRSA Nationals 2010
Volleyball->NIRSA Nationals 2005
Volleyball->NIRSA Nationals 2003
Volleyball->Camp Phoenix Volleyball
Volleyball->Dale, Texas
Volleyball->All-Navy Volleyball

Holidays->Christmas 2009

Family->Mom and Dad
Family->Tanyas Bunch
Family->Mathews Bunch
Family->Mathews Bunch->Wang Woody Johnson

Miscellaneous->Weather
Miscellaneous->Weather->Weather Station
Miscellaneous->Weather->Hurricane Alex

Mountain Biking->Bluff Creek Ranch pt 1+2

Travel-Texas
Travel->Texas->Los Maples State Park pt 1+2
Travel->Texas->New Diana (Tanya’s House)
Travel->Texas->South Padre
Travel->Texas->South Padre->South Padre 2010
Travel->Texas->South Padre->South Padre 2010

Motorcycles->My CB500

Shanoh Dorso

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

Gallery Update … Again

Hello all,

Since I last wrote I was officially awarded my masters, ended my enlisted career with the Navy, have lived without work for a month, moved into a hotel across the country, and bought a motorcycle. Presently I do not have time to write about all of that. However I have uploaded pretty pictures for you to look at.

Leaving Texas for San Diego
Leaving Texas for San Diego->Our New Temp Home
Leaving Texas for San Diego->Arizona Sandstorm
Leaving Texas for San Diego->Big Bear
Leaving Texas for San Diego->Goodbye Sandy Eggo
Leaving Texas for San Diego->New Mexico
Leaving Texas for San Diego->New Mexico->Albuquerque/Sandia Peak
Leaving Texas for San Diego->New Mexico->Valley of Fires

Travel ->Concan Texas

Family ->Jade ->Sixth Birthday

Residence ->San Diego ->Sandra Visits San Diego

TTFM
–Shane

Gallery Update

Hello all,

Once again I have updated the gallery and attempted to fight the gallery2 embed-video plugin demons. I succeeded on the first account, and failed on the latter. Galleries that have been updated are:

Family
Family->Laura
Family->Logan
Family->Jade

Holidays->Christmas

Augmentation->Phoenix
Augmentation->Panoramics

As I said earlier embed-video is still crapping all over the place and there does not seem to be any end in sight. I have now spent about 18 hours working on it. As such, I resign to linking to each and every video I upload to Google Video. The most recent additions are shown below:

Christmas Presents
Christmas Presents II
Christmas Presents III
Christmas Presents IV

Jade Dancing II

Logan Playing Guitar I
Logan Playing Guitar 1I
Logan Playing Guitar III

Sledding I
Sledding II
Sledding III
Sledding IV
Sledding V
Sledding VI
Sledding VII

Doogle Soccer

Well, that is it for now. I will post more as they are taken.

Shane

A cold front approaches hell

I am back home now from my adventure up North. The trip back was relatively uneventful with the exception being when a 10-ish year old Afghani kid pointed a rifle with a laser attachment right at my forehead as our convoy made its was through a choke point. I was looking out the window keeping a watchful eye on the street vendors when I noticed the kid raise the weapon and walk the mounted laser from the front of our Humvee to my forehead. Granted I did not feel threated at the time, as I was wearing every kind of armor imaginable in an up-armored Humvee. Honestly, I am glad that the driver, passenger and gunner did not hear my report on the matter, as each confessed later that they would have shot and killed the kid. I kind of chuckle to think the only time I have ever had a gun pulled on me was by a kid.

In other news I have been sick lately. Being sick here really isn’t that bad. In between all the wonderful things that come with having the flu I have been updating my gallery. I am happy to say it is now entirely up to date. There are a ton of additional pictures from Afghanistan. On the down side, EmbedVideo is still taking a crap on me so I was not able to upload the videos into my Gallery2 from Google Video despite spending a good 3 hours reading up on the problem tonight. Nonetheless they are viewable via Google Video.

The following are some of the more notable additions:

In addition the following videos are now available:

I know why I sing

I now know the ropes here. I have settled into my pattern of daily activities just fine. The only exception to the rule is a bazaar, massage, funeral, or nearby attack here and there. We are really in kind of a funny place here, where we hear stories of loss, and hard fought battles, and we sometimes even here them or see their remains yet, for whatever reason, we are typically untouched here. My friends come in and go, and the stories come in with them. Just a few days one of my super friends (that’s Special Forces to you non-military types) was in a heavily contested battle that was responsible for more UN deaths in one fight than any battle since 2005, and more total deaths than any since the operation began. He and his buddies were okay as they were kind of out of the game for a while, and by the time the insurgents found and surrounded them it was time to call in the air strike. Apparently the conversation went something like this”

Pilot: “Jesus you guys are surrounded. You want me to just drop them now?”
Super Friend: “Uh, yeah that would be nice thanks.”

All in all I believe we lost 13 or 14 allies in that battle. The French were hit very hard losing ten soldiers. It was a day of mourning for many people here on base. The whole battle occurred about 25 miles from here.

Me? I just pass time by playing volleyball, working out, doing schoolwork, watching movies, reading books, or growing out my mustache.

I had my first experience outside the wire recently as my job required me to take a two hour round trip. At first I was pretty nervous and looked at every passing truck with cautious eyes. After a while I was desensitized to it all and even found myself getting pretty pissed off that one of our gunners found it necessary to point his rifle at every truck driver he thought was too close. I can assure you if one of those Jingle trucks (see my Afghanistan/Random gallery for pics) was filled with explosives, it would not matter if the damn thing detonated 10, 25, or even 50 feet away, even in an up-armored Humvee. See that’s the thing here, that’s the depressing part. Yes there are insurgents, yes, they are killing more of us daily, but the battle we are losing is with ourselves. We have won over about 20% of the country and about 30% loath us. That means that 50% are somewhere in between. Pointing weapons at everyone you fear on the road will not go far in winning the undecided over. It is just plain stupidity. If we pull out and Afghanistan collapses in our wake it will be mostly due to the thoughtlessness of some of our heroes here. It is sad but it is true. It really screws with my head sometimes. I’m reminded of the flight over here from Ireland. We were flying over Kyrgyzstan and a few people noticed some villages down below. All of the sudden there were cries of “towel heads”, and “those little f’ers are laying bombs down there”. We were nowhere near hostile territory. That is the issue here too. Everyone is Bruce Willis from Die Hard, everyone is a bonafied badass, and every Afghani is our enemy. I have alienated myself a bit from many of the army people here because of my open thoughts on the matter. In a nutshell, we don’t have qualified people here. We need educated people that can flip the switch from kill mode to ambassador mode and back without anything in between. We may have bitten off more than we can chew here.

I got fitted for a suit today. Some of the Afghani locals can make amazing suits from scratch for about 60 bucks. I printed out a picture of an Armani I was drooling over and took it to the tailor. I am anxious to see how that comes out. School will be out for me soon. I can’t believe I am finishing my masters. The time came and went so fast. Unfortunately I may be forced with the epic decision of playing on the Navy Volleyball team, or attending my graduating ceremony, which is only held once a year, and which I missed this last year. I cannot wait for the cold weather to come roaring in here. Many people think I am crazy or retarded or both, partially because the mustache, but I feel alive, and happy during the winter. I think it is partly from memories of being at Texas State University on some November Saturday lying around in my dorm room when a beautiful mid day storm blasts through. The downbursts are chilling to the bone; the entire sky is gray and dark blue. I think to date that feeling is one of the best I have ever had. I think that is why I like Halloween so much. Anyways, winter should be a doozy here. Apparently the huts get down to about 30 degrees so I should be nice and hunkered down in my cold weather gear and zero degree-rated sleeping bag.

If any of you are interested check out my Afghanistan Gallery. It is password protected for obvious reasons. If you feel like checking out some of my pictures, including a crazy (blurry) picture of an Afghani riding between the grill and engine of a Jingle truck going 60mph, then call my wife or mother and ask for the password.

I should be able to post regularly now that I am all settled in. Keep all of us in your thoughts. There are a lot of young people here in Afghanistan that are in more danger than you care to know.

Site Updates

I just finished making a few updates to my gallery. I finally completed the Boston Gallery and created my Mountain Bike Gallery. I also categorized all my videos and added several recent biking videos here. Dad, I finally posted my woodwork pictures under my miscellaneous gallery. They can be viewed here: Woodworking projects

In addition to gallery changes, I will be updating my contact and project pages.

Gallery Update

I have updated many of the albums posted in our Gallery.

Photos have been added in the following places:

And finally I created a video album located here: Videos

Regards,

Shane

Like sands of the hourglass…

A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks. I visited Mount Washington for the first time ever. The views within the Presidential Mountain Range are ridiculous. The scenery ranks up there with The Grand Canyon. Practically every direction yields a breath-taking scene. Just when I thought I could not be more impressed I took a trip out to Moosehead Lake and ran around for a while. Climbing up Mt. Kineo yielded most the awe inspiring views I have ever seen hands down. I could not believe how beautiful the whole area was. I couldn’t help but to think that if Maine had any kind of tech industry whatsoever, that I would live here in a heartbeat. I kind of scoff now when I hear co-workers gripe about how horrible Maine is. How good can it be when your only views of it are from withing an ugly, steel, ship, or from a barstool? There was also a notable side trip that I will not discuss in great detail. For information go to the gallery located below:

http://www.ahuiz.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=2149.

In order to view the “Our Happy Place Gallery” you will need a password from me. You can request one via my contact tab on my home page.

In between the two trips detailed above my friends and I fell in love with the local Goodwill Stores (or St. Vincent De Paul’s ;) ) and decided to purchase an assortment of 80’s clothes. We paraded around Brunswick and Bath with our radical threads and though we were first received with a great deal of skepticism, by the end of the night all knew that the Big Iron ran Maine. Kind of ridiculous I know, but we did meet a ton of people based solely on their interest in our clothes. This is what happens when Navy people get bored.

I plan on taking Laura up to Moosehead and Our Happy Place to stay a day or so provided we can find somebody to watch Jade. I plan on renting a cabin and a boat and taking her out to Mt. Kineo. If all goes well I will have another child in about 9.5 months. Just kidding on that one…..kind of. The cabins are beautiful and sit right on the water. They have fire pits where you can just sit back and enjoy the scenery as you roast Jello Pudding Pops, or whatever you enjoy roasting in a fire. I spend most of my days looking forward to that getaway. I am probably setting myself up for frustration but I have no other option.

Until next time, toodles.

Finally….

Friends, Countryman, Texans,

I was finally able to post the buttload of images I have been storing to the Ahuiz Gallery located at http://www.ahuiz.com/gallery2/. Please feel free to run through the images and give me feedback. I would like to know you favorites, and would also appreciate receiving email containing images I have not posted of our family. If there are any changes or suggestions what-so-ever please write me and let me know. I will be adding some other images, but for the most part I will be following the same format. In the event that you want a high resolution copy of one of the images, just shoot me a message and I will send it to you.

Shane




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