Sunday, October 30, 2005

Low Key Leigh

After a very busy week, my weekend finally arrived! What did I do? Whatever the hell I wanted! I woke up Saturday morning and ate the biggest bowl of Lucky Charms ever, then sort of cleaned up my digs. I later went surfing around 2:30pm and had a great time! I didn't have my crew of Nicole and Steve and whoever with me, so I had some Leigh-time in the water. The waves were decent and as I was about to paddle in, Alison came in. We chatted for a little bit, but I was again on my own. Later that evening I was supposed to appear at a couple Halloween parties, but just didn't feel like socializing in big groups. Instead I went over to Ami's place. She got the second CD of the L Word in, so we bagged that. That was a nice end to a relaxing day.

This morning I stayed in my pj's until about 2pm and then decided to go surfing. It was pretty flat today, but I got countless little waves. Nicole was out there and I was happy to see her. But again, very low key and mellow. I came home and made the mistake of buying candy for the kids for tomorrow, in case I decide to stay home. Guess who's going to eat most of those sweets.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Networking Mayhem


After having a short weekend in the beauty of nature, I now find myself up the ass of a server. My company is going through a huge system switch, which includes a server change (from an IBM Netfinity to a Dell PE 2600). This cutover affects everything from sales to operations, so it's a very big deal. My job is to ensure all systems are functional between the cutover and after, so that means that I have to be at all my centers the day before and after. I have 7 centers, and 4 offsites that I service. If you do the math for this week, it calculates to shitload of overtime. Well, one the servers went down at my site here in Campbell and I have been spending the last 24 hours trying to get it functioning for tonight's cutover. It MUST be working in order to do a information migration. I am at the tale end of this issue (thank goodness), but still have quite a long day ahead of me. I actually am waiting for Server Support to finish stuff on their end at the moment, so I have a sort of break.

I have been working since Sunday night, basically just breaking to eat and sleep, and it's gonna be that way until Friday. I will have my social life back and hopefully there will be some surfing involved. I've been a total hermit turning down invites from friends to hangout or have dinner. I'll come back out of my world of wires and data drops soon.

Image from: wids.net/haruka/ 200309a.html

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Hotel California


I survived my camping trip for my environmental bio class. I actually grew up across the street from the same mountain range, so I was no stranger to the locale. In fact the view you see in the pic is the same is what we saw when we walked out our front door. I still have no idea how my parents were able to sell that house. Anyway, I laughed when people were putting on bug repellent. There are some wimpy mosquito's here in Cali - try just going outside to check the mail in Florida. You'll come back in looking like you've got chickenpox.

We did a lot of hiking and bird watching (lots of raptors and woodpeckers). California has some of the toughest laws protecting it's wildlife and it gives a silent pride being a native to this state. We saw the moon come up, but it was nothing compared to mine and Hannah's surf/moon session. It also made my view of the stars, well, sucky. As to more practical matters, I actually set my camp and tent up myself and did pretty well. And with a not so silent pride, I bragged to my father about my new found skill.

Speaking of my parents, they are in the middle of nasty tornados in Florida. Wilma is approaching and my dad is assuring me that she will stay south and not be anything more than a Cat 2. They are in Palm Bay, near Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. I still worry and I am not sure how they could live there (they've been there for the last 2 years). I will be watching you Wilma. Be nice.

Picture above: My view of our sundown hike amongst the creepy abandoned barn.

Friday, October 21, 2005

The Snow White Theory


This past summer I came up with a concept I called the Snow White Theory. For the last couple years I became obsessed with trying to figure out how long it takes humans to become, well, human. My questions were pointed towards the duration it takes people to learn things like compassion, guilt, and selflessness. I also wondered if these traits were innate or learned. So, my answers to these inquires were met with the Snow White Theory, stating that who we are is directly influenced by the people and environment around us. For example, as for the name-sake of the theory, look at the character of Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In the story's most simple non-symbolic terms, Snow White is a bland, innocent, and naive person. When you add the other characters, such as the Seven Dwarfs, they somewhat color her world with some dimension and personality (thus them having a human attribute). Not to say we are as basic or boring as Snow White, quite the contrary. I believe we all contribute something to one another. And with that belief I come to the conclusion that from birth, the way we react to situations, the virtues we develop, and emotional maturity we gain, is all influenced by the people that surround us. All of this is nothing new, but how valid is this concept and how deeply are we affected by the individuals that shape our world?

The reason I am, again, revisiting this idea, is because my friend Tiffany added the concept of time to this equation. She simply stated (without even knowing my theory, or us even having any conversation on the subject) "I think it's all about timing. My husband tells that he thinks that it's fate that we are together, and I just laugh. I figure the time was right, meaning that I was emotionally ready to get married. 5 years ago there's no way I could've married him." The nonchalant, "as a matter of fact", shoulder-shrugging way Tiffany said it, really made an impact on my view on how we interact with one another. Do we really move step by step from person to person? Do we somehow evolve as we meet these people? Of course we do, but the question is do we, at the right time and circumstance, meet people that are suitable to our emotional growth and need? And is this somehow planned or freewill (this question was brought up to me by my form Lit Professor, Julie when I had let her in on my subject of obsession. I didn't put much energy into thinking about that factor, but it's seemingly making sense to ask that).

I am going leave here for now, but I sure there will be another epiphany that will come about concerning our humanity.

Illustration taken from: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/illustrations/sevendwarfs/newelldwarf.html

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Harvest Moon



I spent the last three days surfing and I am pretty pooped! Last night was the grande finale of my sessions for the week, as I stayed out with my new friend Hannah and waited for the moon to rise. I got to Cowells at about 4:30pm and EVERYONE was out there: Alison, her roommate Peter, Nicole, Steve, Laurie, Hannah and other familiars. The surf was so fun due to the fading swell and negative low tide! The waves keep rolling in. The sun was going down and it was starting to get breezy and cold. Then then the sun did go down and it was just freezing! But as soon as the moon started peeking from the cloud cover it was just amazing! The clouds were illuminated and the bright moonbeams reflected and shimmered bright orange and yellow on the water surface. It so happened that it was a harvest moon as Hannah pointed out, so it appeared bigger and brighter. I wish I had my camera!

It was very much worth the hypothermia and frozen ass!! I would totally do it again. I don't think I could have had a more fun and beautiful evening.

Picture taken from: http://www.sundog.clara.co.uk/halo/pmoon3.htm

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Fall Afternoon

The waves came! After I had been late to Nicole's Kyu and saw some awesome aikido moves, it was to the beach I went. Steamer Lane and indicator was howling! Head high sets came in and it was a shortboard's paradise. I got a pic of a calm moment inbetween the sets:



I am not quite there skillwise yet, although on a negative tide I will sometimes surf the very end of Indicator. So headed back to Cowells. It was a lot of fun but a lot of work paddling. I really need to start swimming again to get my endurance back. Anyway, it turned out to be a sunny day, no rain, but a lot of wind. This after my session (the low tide happen to be in the middle of the afternoon, so it wasn't dark when I got out):



Nicole had just drove up as I was changing, but I went back to the cliff and caught a glimpse of her catching a wave:



When I got home, my friend Briana had been hanging out at my place. I came in and starting doing something in my kitchen and she had just come out the shower was topless! I wish everyday ended like this! Briana is so carefree and very comfortable with herself, so it wasn't a big deal. But I still wish all my days ended like that. Briana and I chatted for awhile and she had to go off to work. I made stuffed bellpeppers, which turned out awesome. Now I am ready to relax!

Gettin' Ready

Sorry I haven't posted since last week, but work and class has been insane (I mean the combination of them both). I, like Alice, am doing whores, I mean chores, such as laundry, dishes, cleaning the kitchen, etc.

I have paused to drink some coffee, eat my banana nut muffin, and check blogs. Its going to be a busy day today. In about half an hour I am going to Santa Cruz for my surf buddy's (Nicole)aikido test, called a kyu, I think. Then on to some surfing right after! There is a swell in, but its pretty windy and rainy out. I'll try to get some atmospheric pics in.

Next week for my environmental bio lab, we are going camping! I can't wait for that! I will be sure to get losta pics on that trip.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Friday Night Special to Sunday Pit Stop


Geez this weekend had been busy! Friday I went surfing until it got dark. At first glance it didn't look like much, but that soon changed with the low tide, then it became just pure fun! I have several really good rides, my turns were awesome. I remember finishing a wave and wishing someone had seen my ride, then I looked up at the cliff and I had an audience of Alison, Briana, Scott, and their dog Kiedus. Yes! The ride had been claimed! They were waving to me with great enthusiasm!

Yesterday I had my niece's 9th birthday to attend. I can't believe she's getting so big, so fast! We went to Golfland with other family members and were there for a few hours. I then decided to go surfing (it was around 5:30pm already). By the time I got to Santa Cruz it was cold and very, very windy. Getting into the water was a challenge as my 9' surfboard felt like 9' kite. When I got into the water, the winds were off shore, so it took a great effort doing anything, especially catching waves. I did manage a few, but it was getting dark and cold. I got bitch-slapped a couple times and was getting tired, so I started in. After changing in the dark and cold, I headed over to my best friend's place for her boyfriends birthday fondue party. I love fondue...I had a great time, met some fun people, but man, I am pooped today!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Getting My Bits Stuck

Last night I had to go into work to take care of some last minute things before my company cutover to a system and procedural upgrade. One lame task they gave the technicians to do was drill a 2"-3" diameter hole on the counter tops so cables could reach through to the data drops. Easy enough, you can buy a drill saw at Home Depot and attach it as a bit. Well, I got back to work, climbed the counter top so I could get leverage and started drilling. I got half way through, the smell was awful, and then the bit snapped, but not before wedging the bit into the counter. Here's what it looked like:




Good thing my boss brought another drill and bit in! I tried again, but the thing flung out of my hands almost taking off my arm! We then decided to get someone with man-arms to take care of that deed. The guy we found also did not have it that easy, but we got it done. The lesson is: Don't let technical people handle power tools. At least ones with girlie-arms.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Autumn Beauty


Ok, so the swell didn't turn out to be as good as I thought it was going to be. It was a NW swell and it couldn't quite make it into the cove. I did catch a few yesterday and met a very cute surfer girl out in the water, so it was well worth the paddle. This morning, however, it looked like a lake. It was absolutely flat on the westside, but beautiful through out Monterey Bay. Finally some good photo ops!!! I just need a better digital camera, but I happy with what I got today.



Nicole and I went over to the Pleasure Point Area, checked out 38th (flat) and Sharks Cove (flat). There was a grom surf contest and we watched that for awhile and that totally made the trip over well worth my time. Those kids ripped!



I decided to rest today and let my vocal chords recover. I may go night surfing tomorrow, but we will see if the tide turns and the swell pushes.