Tagged, but why…

July 12, 2008 at 3:27 am | Posted in About Me | Leave a comment

Attached or Single? Attached.
Best Friend? Betahany
Cake or Pie? Depends on what kind but I think Cake, Carrot Cake mmmm.
Day of Choice? 10/25/2002
Essential Items? wallet, keys, smile, Bethany
Favorite Color? why must I have a favorite
Gummy Bears or Worms? no thank you
Home Town? Port Hueneme, CA currently Thousand Oaks
Indulgences? Ice Cream, Ice Cream with toppings, Ice Cream on something with toppings
January or July? January
Kids? What!! more… you are kidding right.
Like or Love? Love
Marriage Date? 10/25/2002
Number of Siblings? four
Phobias/fears? Not being able to provide for my family, Something happening to my girls (Bethany, Amanda, and Kaitlyn)
Quotes? “Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I’m being repressed!”
Reason to Smile? My Girls, especially Bethany
Season? Fall
Tag Four: If you are reading this you are tagged.
Unknown fact about me? I would like to run my own business.  But the risk is too high.  I don’t want to put my Girls at risk.
Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals? Oppressor of Animals all the way, but I don’t like beef as much as I used to.
X-Rays or Ultrasounds? X-Rays, they are superheroish
Your Favorite Food? Ice Cream, Cereal, Bethany’s cooking
Zodiac? Killer, no thank you.

BOS:BIAB

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What a Rollercoaster Ride

June 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Life, Work | 1 Comment
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So there I was minding my own business cleaning up from dinner when the phone rings.  The person on the other end asked for me by name.  My first thought was “oh great, a telemarketer”.  Then the person introduces himself and it was even worse, a recruiter.  Now for those of you who have never had to deal with recruiters before just let me say this, they can be really pushy.  The only way that they make a living is by getting you to change jobs.  Me being a programmer with a pretty good resume I get called by them a lot when I am looking for work, but I was not looking for work. 

I had actually worked with this recruiter before and he is a pretty nice guy.  While he talks fast just like the rest of them he is a lot less pushy and he knows that we are dealing with my life and not just a commission.  I listened to what he had to say and asked him to give me a few days to think about it.  Well, it seemed like it wouldn’t hurt to go to an interview so a week ago Friday I went to talk to some people about a job opening they had. 

Now, when I say that I was not working for work I should clarify.  The current job I have is not something that I want to be doing for the rest of my life.  I work on phone voice recognition systems, but it is not as exciting as it sounds.  My real love is in web/windows application programming.  To top it off the company that I work for is have some pretty bad financial problems, even though there are over 40 thousand employees all over the US.  I do really like the team that I work on, my boss is great, and the team I am on is not one that is likely to get let go anytime soon.  So when the recruiter called me back this Monday and offered me the job it was a hard decision. 

On the one hand I have a pretty good job that is very family friendly.  On the other hand this new job is a pretty high level position with higher pay and more visibility to the big bosses.  Also, the new job would be using the latest technologies to build web applications, a good resume builder. 

Well, on Thursday just 6 days after I went to an interview I was in my bosses office turning in my 2 week notice.  I am really excited about this new opportunity but also pretty nervous.  Hopefully I will like my coworkers and this will be a great new position with long term potential. 

New Design for 2DoNext

June 9, 2008 at 12:39 am | Posted in 2DoNext.com | Leave a comment

So we put out the new design for 2DoNext.com a couple of weeks ago.  Thanks to Trevor it looks really good.  I hope that people will like the new design and it will get more action on the site. 

With the new design I also added a buddy feature.  This is more like a traditional social networking site where you can request to be buddies with someone and they have to accept the invitation.  This allows you to get better recommendations based on your buddies ratings.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Busy, Busy, Busy…

May 24, 2008 at 4:07 pm | Posted in Family | Leave a comment
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Well, I have been so busy working on my site that I have had to push the blog off to the side.  There are only so many hours in the day and playing with the little girls is not something that can be postponed. 

The facelift for 2DoNext.com is almost complete, thanks to my brother who helped me out with the new look of the site.  Hopefully, people will like the new look and it will generate more attention.  If you get a chance check it out and let me know what you think.  The updated site will be there in a few days.

Rent this house, only 4000 a month!!

March 1, 2008 at 5:23 pm | Posted in Housing, Rent | 1 Comment
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I like to browse craigslist.  It is a good time killer and has become an obsession.  Lately I have been seeing people trying to rent out their houses.  I assume these are homes that they can not sell but are not living in so they want to make some money on them.  The part I find so interesting is that they are trying to get people to pay most of the mortgage payment in rent.  A mortgage payment that most people know was too high to start with. 

Here is a great example.
http://ventura.craigslist.org/apa/569214155.html

You only have to pay 4k a month to live in this house.  I will admit that this is a very nice house in a nice area of Thousand Oaks, CA.  But 4,000 a month, wow.  4,000 that is just thrown away.  I could not imagine having that much money to just throw out every month. 

What could you get for 4000 a month, besides a huge savings account.  Let’s take a look.  At a 6% interest rate you could get a loan for about 600k.  The average home you can buy in this area for that kind of money is 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1800 square feet. 

I don’t know about you but I think that I would rather buy than rent.  But it is still taking home owners a while to understand that their properties are not worth what realtors were once telling them.

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