Category Archive: Personal

Jan 12 2016

Work-life balance is not

Holy crap, what a couple of weeks it has been. You can tell my work-life balance is completely out of whack when I go more than a couple of days withoutte. The past few weeks I’ve been the Capture Manager on a major proposal with a crazy, compressed schedule. Essentially, when I haven’t been sleeping, …

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Nov 30 2015

LISA set to launch this week

Flight teams prepare for LISA Pathfinder liftoff Wednesday. It’ll loiter around L1 for about half a year looking for gravitational waves. ================= I’m back from a long weekend of umpiring, doing the Brenda Marsha ASA Thanksgiving tournament up in Chino Hills, CA. It is one of the funner tourneys of the year, because it’s a …

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Nov 26 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

We’ll spend the day with my wife’s extended family at her brother’s house. Friday, I’ll leave bright and early for a softball tourney that’ll last through Sunday, so blogging may be on the light side (depending on my game schedule) until Monday. There are literally hundreds of things for which I’m thankful, but here are …

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Aug 25 2015

Back after a long day

Didn’t get any blogging done, ’cause I was up at 2am to drive to a lunch meeting about a future SATCOM opportunity. Got home at 9pm and went straight to bed. Hopefully I can tell you more about the trip at a later date.

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Aug 17 2015

MUOS testing

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Well, drove up to Virginia for the weekend to visit my sisters and their families and just had a blast, including catching more fish than anybody else on Saturday. Unfortunately, my sisters live across the street from each other in a connectivity black hole — they still have dial-up for Pete’s sake! Got back to …

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Aug 10 2015

More MUOS testing

Back in Fort Bragg the next two weeks for MUOS TECHEVAL testing. I should be able to keep up with blogging, though today’s traveling made it difficult. Should be up in a few hours to blog normally for Tuesday.

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Aug 06 2015

Hey, this is cool!

JetHawks Baseball Team Honoring Astronaut with Bobblehead. This is cool not because an astronaut got a bobblehead made of himself (though in truth, I’m et up with jealousy over that), but because I go to JetHawk stadium every time I’m in Lancaster, CA for a state softball championship tourney. We have a parade for all …

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Aug 03 2015

I worked the ASA girl’s fastpitch 12U championship game

All last week I was umpiring at the ASA 12-and-under Girl’s Western National Championship fastpitch softball tournament. I was able to blog during most of the tournament in spite of 108 degree heat, but Saturday was championship day and I was too distracted to blog… ’cause I was working the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!! At a NATIONAL …

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Jul 26 2015

Back from MUOS testing

I spent the past week testing MUOS communications in Fort Bragg, NC. Funny story: about 8 years ago, Margaret Robbie (the godmother of Navy SATCOM testing) and I were planning all the Technical Evaluation (TECHEVAL) testing for MUOS after launch. TECHEVAL 1 (after the first launch) was easy peasey, but TECHEVAL 2…that would be a …

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Jun 26 2015

Gotta love almost zero connectivity

My normal productivity has grounded down to almost nothing since both of my laptops were stolen a couple of weeks ago. I’m still waiting for the insurance company to process my claim, and until they do, I’m making due with loaner equipment that just isn’t cutting the mustard. My company, thankfully, did not hold me …

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Jun 14 2015

What to do when both your work laptop and personal laptop are stolen

Cry. Or throw a temper tantrum: Yeah, that’s how I felt when I realized my briefcase, with both of my laptops, had been stolen from the back of my car. Notes to self: always put laptops in the trunk from now on, and backup data!! Fortunately, my work provided me a loaner computer while they …

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Jun 11 2015

Congrats to my daughter, Jordan

She graduated High School last night. I’m so proud of her!! Jordan signing her letter of intent to play softball at Southern Virginia University on 4 June. Top Left: Jordan and her boyfriend, Trevor Top Right: The Fam (Me, my wife Julie, Jordan’s coach Mike, my mom Sylvia, Jordan, and Trevor Center: Jordan signing her …

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Jun 01 2015

Ok…that didn’t work out so well

Due to some personal issues, I wasn’t able to come close to finishing my Roadmap to Mars through the Moon project. I apologize for that. I’m going to continue to work on that project, but it’s time to restart the news-commentary role of this blog. On the plus side, the Input Deprivation Week was successful. …

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May 22 2015

I’m going to do an experiment

This is a great article about taking action. It has nothing to do with the Space Industry, but well worth the read anyways — I sent it to my entire family. The article’s title is “The Art of Manliness”, but it’s really about how to make real progress toward goals. In it, it makes the …

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May 21 2015

Hey, that’s me on TV!

I umpired a great High School playoff game yesterday…3-2 in extra innings. KUSI News – San Diego, CA I’m the base umpire — you can see me in the beginning in the background, and then me running in the foreground for one of the base hits. It was my first HS playoff game ever, and …

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May 12 2015

Back from a brief hiatus

Had a big project dumped on my lap, so I had to take a quick break from blogging (and sleeping) to get it done. But it is done…so back to blogging!

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Apr 14 2015

1000 posts and counting…

Thanks so much for your clicking and reading! The spring Softball season is wrapping up. I love umpiring, but the spring season is definitely a grind. Umpiring almost every day, and a lot of days I’m working more than one game (example: this week I’m working 9 games — one each on M, T, W, …

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Apr 06 2015

Alright — back on the crab (as it were)

Hi folks. Sometimes you just need a break. I went into Easter weekend sick with a persistent cold which I had because I tend to run in the red until my body simply says, “Enough, idiot.” I ended up sleeping all day Friday, slept on Saturday when I wasn’t umpiring or going to Church, and …

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Feb 26 2015

SLS will include an avionics package with its booster test fire

NASA, Orbital ATK to Debut “Flight-Like Avionics” During Upcoming SLS Booster Firing. Actually, there’s not a whole lot in the article, but these have been some pretty slow news days. Plus, posting this article lets me tell you that I had a late start this morning, but I’m on the news hunt now. Last night, …

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Feb 13 2015

Blogging will be light to non-existent this weekend (UPDATE)

I’m traveling to Nation Umpire School up near Sacramento. I will be super busy Saturday and Sunday, and driving back either Sunday night or Monday morning (depending on how tired I am). I will try to get some blog posts in when I can before Tuesday, but I make no promises. Update: We actually finished …

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