Ham Radio??? Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 

I’m studying for the Technician class of Ham Radio Licenses. It’s Scientific. I’m learning about how electricity behaves. It’s confusing. Possibly one of the hardest pieces of material I’ve had to read. It’s hard. But I’m going to get my license and understand what to do with it damn it!

The ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) puts out a handbook (not the one pictured to the left) that allows you to study for the license test and hopefully pass it with flying colors. The book is extremely helpful and has many references to their website. It’s nice to have multiple tutors and study guides at your convience.

I find that if I read the book with Halo, he is getting his Advanced Technician (level 3) license, he’s able to help me understand what I’m reading. Except we’re so busy right now it’s hard to have that sit down time at all. Plus it’s hard so I’m reluctant to avidly read it. What needs to happen is a bearing down and just plowing through the materials. I’ve found that I want to understand all the concepts I’m reading and they will be explained later and I’m not wanting to move forward thus stagnating myself in my learning process. It’s frustrating to not easily grasp a concept. Talk about Shakespeare or Donne or English sub textual communication and I could talk for hours. Talk about the Rogue and I could talk for days. Talk about Ham Radios and I’m lost after 5 minutes.

::sigh::

Just buck up and get through it, right?? Sure. There’s a lot of information to cover before the February 20th test. And with the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras coming up…. it’s going to take dedication and resolve to get through it.

Then there’s also the job hunt. The Iron Bird Cafe’s opening date is now pushed back to March 1st. I’ve littered the main parts of Fresno with my resume and applications and there’s nothing biting. I will be looking for a way to get student loans and maybe just hit up the school thing again. I need to talk to a counselor.

I feel like a slacker, a failure. It’s hard and maybe I’m not doing enough. This effects not only me, but those around me that expect me to be successful. Again…. it just takes bearing down and going for it. I guess I’ve been lazy long enough. It’s time to actually get serious and make something happen.

Poor Poor Scarlett! Tuesday, Jan 26 2010 

So… ok ok I’ve been putting this off for a while. Scarlett has had her check engine light on for a long long time. I haven’t exactly had the means to pay…. ok I”m lying it wasn’t a high priority for me. Scarlett ran ok, she just never hit 4th gear! My registration is up in February and I needed to get Scarlett smogged for the first time. That means I need to fix her so I can then get her smogged and then make my registration payment… easy right??

Dr. Dave is a mechanic and so I thought I was going to be smooth sailing. But Dr. Dave can’t work on Mazdas. Crap! I asked him to recommend me to someone trustworthy. I mean seriously, I’m a chick. I walk into a mechanic place and have the word ‘sucker’ across my forehead! I know NOTHING about cars and I don’t really understand too much about maintenance other than put gas in and change the oil. Dr. Dave sent my to his friend Russ at Auto Performance Lab. Wow, does Russ know his stuff. I asked him to look at the back breaks and see if they were in need of fixing because I hear noises back there when I break. And sure enough they do need replacing. And then the check engine light is on because of some dohickie that makes the sensor thingy transition over for my car and basically making it possible for Scarlett to reach 4th gear! I’m listening to Russ tell me about the cost and labor and diagnostics and hearing the cash register ring up. I was super worried that this would drain my bank account when there’s not much int here to begin with! But when it’s all said and done?? I’m getting outta there for under $400! Whew!!!

If you’re in Fresno I highly recommend going to Russ and letting him work on your car. He’s the MAN! Oh and if you have a GM go to Dr. Dave cause he rocks also!

A big Thank you to Marcel for picking me up at the shop, I was really honestly too lazy to walk from McKinley & Clark to Olive & Broadway.

Ok… so there… I blogged again!

Out of Retirement? Thursday, Jan 21 2010 

I haven’t been on here in quite some time. Causes?? Life. Busy. Stress. And the whole I’m still not at a job where I sit in front of a computer for multiple hours a day. A reason for blogging today?? The horrendous experience at the DMV.

Ok so this started on the 19th. I had to renew my license before the 20th. I went to the DMV at 1:00 pm. Waited 2.5 hours to see someone only to find out that our wonderful court system did not process a payment to a ticket I made back in November. While sitting at the DMV I call the court and talk to someone about the situation. They show I have $0 balance and need to put it through their computer system to release the hold on my license. This takes me to 5pm on the 19th. I’m screwed. I have to go back the morning of the 20th. So I get up and am there at 8:30 am. I think I’m late snce they open at 8 am right??? NOPE! They don’t open until 9 am. So I’m standing in line for 30 minutes waiting for the doors to open. Mind you we’ve been having a storm of epic porportions and I’m standing in the rain. Oh and I also have to take a lovely id pic too…. argh! Finally, the doors open and I get my number. The clerk I talked to at the court system actually called me back (totally above and beyond if you ask me!) to apologize and there were computer glitches and such but don’t worry it’s all fixed. Cool I thought. So I’m waiting to see someone at the DMV and it takes about an hour. I see the same clerk that helped me on the 19th. Coolness. I take my written, pass. Take the pic, not too shabby. And I’m outta there.

I promptly get ready for my lunch date with the Dad and as I’m headed out a mishap of embarrassing proportions occurs. I will not delve into details, it was bad I’m leaving it at that. I’m now running late for my lunch and as I get on the (still raining) wet highway I merge into the fast lane to pick up some time and get pulled over by the UC I merged in front of. He says how I’m driving too fast in the rain and regardless of my proper blinker usage he had to “slam” on his brakes. Yeah Yeah. I apologize and tell him I though there was room. I’m not in hysterics, I don’t use an excuse, but I hand him my license that’s expiring. D’Oh! Ok so technically it’s still legal. So cool. I’m preparing to hand him my paper license renewal proof and he comes back and tells me he’s going to let me go. AWESOME! I make it to lunch on time and my lesson is learned.

Work…. well work yesterday was fun. I had a good time. And I loved all the people that came out and hung out. It was very nice to be around friends after a hectic day.

Oh yeah… if I forgot to tell you, yesterday was my Birthday.

In other news:

The Rogue is coming along. There has been many many snafu’s but we’re handling everything one at a time. It should be good and we’ll get everything all set for the beginning in March. Did you see the Muse?

Yeah, I like her. She’s going to look amazing on the T-Shirt. Cool!

Ok, so no promises on a regular posting or anything. Or maybe I’ll come back and be good about it…. who knows.

Iron Lakes, Zumwalt Meadow, Fresno Dome & The Bull Buck Thursday, Jul 2 2009 

So it’s been about 3 weeks and I havne’t exactly posted about the adventures we’ve had because I’ve lagged on uploading all the pics we’ve taken! I still don’t have everything from this last weekend, but I have enough to post.

Iron Lakes was amazing. I think I have posted about this, but now I have more pics!

HPIM0587This is the view from the hike in. We at about 8500-9000 ft. The air was thin but it was a great view!

HPIM0591The boys fished a little bit, although not long enough to catch anything.

HPIM0598We took a hike around the lake because we saw something in the distance…

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HPIM0605The skies looked threatening so we headed out. Safety first!

On the drive back we hit up the Fresno Dome Campground to check out the spot and see if we wanted to camp there.

HPIM0611The view from the meadow was amazing! Seeing this made me want to climb it and see what I could see from the top.

The next weekend had us traveling to Kings and Sequoia National Parks for a trek to Zumwalt Meadow and Roaring Rapid Falls.

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We hit up Road’s End and Muir Rock. It was a gorgeous day. But the pay off was Zumwalt Meadow. The pics speak for themselves and it’s a wonderful place! There’s a foot bridge to the different vistas of the meadow so tourists don’t destroy it.

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Then it was off to hike to Roaring Rapid Falls. There had been a fire a season or two ago and in the forest from fire comes new life.

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The Falls were beautiful! And it was a wonderful day hiking! Da Mommy was tagging along and she loved it.

The next weekend we were all set for camping! Yay! We were going to hit up the Fresno Dome campground but upon arrival IT WAS FULL! So we headed a little down the road and looked at Little Sandy and Big Sandy. We found a great spot in Big Sandy and set up camp. Karen our camp host was super nice. We chilled Friday night and woke up early for some BOMB breakfast (thank you allrecipes.com) and headed to the trailhead for Fresno Dome.

The hike was great and we had a wonderful time. From the top of the Dome you could see Oakhurst and all the way down to the Central Valley. It was a panoramic view that took your breath away!

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HPIM0651Yeah it was pretty steep!

We hiked back down and went to a waterfall on the side of the road for lunch. Then it was naptime and relaxing until we were headed out Sunday morning.

On the way back down the mountain we passed by Nelder and decided to visit the Bull Buck. An amazing Sequoia that is so big it looks fake! Pictures don’t exactly do it justice. But this 2700+ year old tree is alive and well.

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The next hiking adventure planned is Quartz Mountain and the Mist Trail. (not on the same day! oy!) We saw Quartz Mountain when we were on top of Fresno Dome and the Mist Trail is a must see in Yosemite!

Sorry for lagging, but hopefully the pics have made up for the amazing times we’ve shared over the past month. If you’re in Cali, GO HIKING!!! Be respectful of nature around you and always Safety First!

Happy International Sushi Day!! Thursday, Jun 18 2009 

Today marks the 1st Annual International Sushi Day and a friend of mine and I celebrated with a great meal from Sushi 80’s.
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Fright Night Scream Park Audition Info!!! Thursday, Jun 4 2009 

Fright Night Scream Park is auditioning for positions involved in this October’s series of show nights

(Oct 2,3,9,10,16,17,21,22,23,24,25,28,29,30,31 & Nov 1. open from: All Wed, Thur, Sun: 7-10. All Fri, Sat, 7-12.)

(Other preseason dates of expected attendance to follow at the audition.)

 Fright Night is a volunteer based Halloween attraction and is in the second season of operation. The crew is largely student based & with varied performing experience. As a leader involved with Fright Night, you would be a mentor and help train and manage the crew, as well as become familiar with all of the brief acting parts in your zone (12-21 parts).

As a part of the actor leadership crew at Fright night, we foster a fun, enthusiastic environment for actors young & old and support each other in growth and excellence in the Haunted House Industry.

These auditions for leadership positions are happening June 27 & 28 at FrightNightScreamPark. Auditions will consist of recitation of a monologue, a cold script, an improv. audition, and a script of your choosing. (Bing with you a monologue to perform.) These positions will be stipend pay (ranging from $300-$500) for managing, lead acting, actor mentoring and training as well as full (acting) participation in all Fright Night show dates. (Potential for bonus cash occurs on a performance basis nightly during shows.)

Auditions are located at 801 Santa Anna, Clovis CA (Sierra Vista Mall – Old movie Theatre), Sat. & Sun. (27th & 28 of June)4-7pm. Bring a resume with most recent job & any production/ management/ acting experience. Please email jeff@frightnightscreampark.com with any questions.

 Thanks,

Jeff Boyajian,

Personnel Supervisor FrightNightScreamPark

Jeff Boyajian,

Fright Night Scream Park Fright Night Productions, LLC

707.535.6624

Earth Day! Wednesday, Apr 22 2009 

earthIt’s Earth Day and as I’m not the most Eco-conscious person, I do value the planet I live on. It’s interesting because it’s been in my relationship with Halo that I’ve really found a love for things in nature. He shows me rocks I would have never looked at and explains how they formed, we spend a lot of time outside (this weekend we’re planning on hiking in Hetch Hetchy, or fondly called Hiccup Packapy), watching Planet Earth was an amazing eye opener to how diverse everything is on this planet, and the unfortunate disintegration of our natural environment.

We both were watching Discovery Channel’s How the Earth Was Madeand saw a preview for the new Disney and Planet Earth movie that follows 3 families of animals, it’s definitely a must see. And if you go opening weekend, Disney will plant a tree for every ticket sold. I think that’s a very cool thing. It makes me remember how as a child we used to collect and save our pennies for my Grandma, Grandpa died of cancer when I was young and in his honor Grandma was a part of the “Pennies for Pines”, a company that allowed you to collect pennies and would donate acreage to the memory of a lost loved one and save the pines planted and growing on that land. I haven’t thought about that in a while and I should check and see where Grandpa’s trees are.

So, what are your Earth Day plans? Are you thinking about what you can do to help out the environment?

Today is also Administrative Professionals Day, so thank your local Secretary Administrative Professional!

Dr. Dave sent me this yesterday and Marcel, it made me think of you:

Hearing the Wind Tuesday, Apr 14 2009 

a1bellow outside of my office (we’re supposed to have wind gusts up to 45 mph) and I’m cold inside. Drinking my tea and turning up the heater isn’t seeming to work. It’s the dreaded spring cold that always seems to come up, and I think it’s creeping up on me. I hate colds and I just want to go back to bed.

Taxes are due tomorrow and it has me thoroughly depressed and acting bitchy. I’m sorry now. It’s going to be ok, but it’s another financial stress on me and it really sucks because I was just beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Today is April 14th. It’s a special day to me. If you know me you know why and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Last night Halo and I tried a Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe that we tweaked to make better. Using virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, garlic powder and Italian dressing to dip the pounded flat chicken breasts in; then into a bread crumb seasoned with Italian seasoning, garlic, Parmesan cheese and pepper. We baked it for 30 minutes, taking it out at 15 minutes to flip the breasts and then again at 10 minutes to add a jar of roasted garlic tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. We made garlic mashed potatoes and garlic cheese bread to go along with it. it turned out amazing! The chicken was really moist and the roasted garlic tomato sauce went extremely well with Halo’s mashed potatoes. Another fabulous recipe and a good home cooked meal.

Ok… going back to work now and trying to get everything done. 🙂

Da Count: Eh… Friday, Apr 10 2009 

Ok ok I know I can find something to be thankful about.

(1) Easter, this is cool. I’m super stoked about it cause I’ll be camping and not having to go through uncomfortable and sometimes tense situations with the fight over going to church or not with the fam.

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(2) It’s almost someone’s birthday and I am so very happy about it, I hope #8 will be a great year for him.

(3) So salve my bruised, beaten, sorry excuse for a money making machine ass after getting my taxes done yesterday (I owe how much?!? in 4 figures?!? Where the eff am I going to get that kind of money?!?) We are going camping!  HA Uncle Sam, you and your tax raping machine cannot keep me down! And eff you for telling me that I was going to get a break this year because I’m a single white female that has no financial means to save ANYTHING! Eff You!

(4) That last rant felt incredibly good. So there, I am counting the fact that I have a blog and I can rant and I can go camping and I am celebrating Easter my way! Ha!

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Oh yeah and I’m going to Da Count This Guy for showin me some blogger love! Thanks Dude… I think you rock too!

Milk, the movie Tuesday, Mar 31 2009 

milkI am not usually a fan of Sean Penn, not for this dude’s reasons, but because I never seem to connect with his characters. I think he’s always morose and his off screen temper tantrums are highly unattractive. Actors who are prima donalds are a pain in the ass back stage! Ugh! That being said, this weekend Halo and I watched Milk and I’m still reeling.

Milk is a bio-pic of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician voted into public office. He was assassinated in 1978 by fellow politician Dan White. Milk was a highly charismatic and highly controversial public figure who came onto the scene with the establishment of the Castro District, in San Francisco, as a safe haven for homosexuals. The story follows Milk’s rise from 1970 to his death and even showed the amazing response his memorial garnered, 30,000+ marchers holding candles. Milk follows the unsuccessful relationships, campaigns, the speeches and the call for all to come out, and even the doggie poop legislation.

I talked to my mother about watching the film and she told me about the climate at the time in San Francisco. My mother lived there with her family and the nightly news was often plastered with Milk’s press genius ways. My mother remembers the Twinkie Defense and the White Night Riots. It was very interesting to listen to her view point as a youth growing up in such a havoc filled environment. Change is never easy and the people of San Francisco were fighting for and against change constantly.  

As a heterosexual, the movie was a little uncomfortable to watch, there are many sex scenes and I wasn’t expecting or anticipating it. In talking with Halo I had to recognize how someone that is homosexual must feel going to a movie where there are many heterosexual sex scenes, I mean that has to be uncomfortable. It was nice to be taken out of my comfort zone and shown where I could be more sensitive.

The movie parallels the fight that went on most recently with the Proposition 8 vote. In the movie, Milk fights a Proposition 6 (which would fire all homosexual teachers and supporters of those teachers) based on civil liberties. There was such fear, bumper stickers of “Save Our Children, Vote Yes on Prop. 6” were spread all up and down California. The fear was the recruitment of children to a lifestyle that was deemed evil. The vote was a statewide vote, not just a county, and one time Gov. Ronald Reagan and Pres. Jimmy Carter both spoke out against Prop. 6. The response was amazing and the political fight was brutal. While watching the movie I noticed the distinct similarities with Prop. 8 that came to ballot in this most recent election. The fight of the Christian right versus those that think civil rights should be extended to everyone regardless of sexual preference. Milk’s battle with Prop. 6 was a success. California’s battle for Prop. 8 was not. And I think it’s because we can’t really name a figure head who fought the proposition. There were many arguments that came out against Prop. 8 but there was not one leader of the fight. In any organization there needs to be someone that heads up the group, represents the needs of their people, who is the leader of the GLBT community?

There is one group that I know about that’s actually working on making a difference and fighting the Prop 8 passing, Meet in the Middle is a Fresno organization that is willing to fight this horrid injustice. Now is not the time to be apathetic. Now is the time to be active and fight for those rights that you deserve. I was particularly impressed that in their next meeting, Meet in the Middle will have a phone conference with Cleve Jones, one of the main characters in Milk. Jones is the creator of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and continues to advocate for change.

I would recommend watching Milk, what was uncomfortable at first really made an impact in the end. The performances by the actors were superb, yes, even Sean Penn’s… there’s no doubt about his deserving the Academy Award for this performance. The story is one that resonates today and maybe Harvey Milk will inspire this new havoc of a political environment in California to change.

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