Here are my Blog entries for 2005. This archive will be somewhat small since I just started it in '05.
This was, for me, a memorable year. I know some would find that surprising considering my current situation, but this is a year that I'll never forget. I think I will always look at 2005 as the year that changed my life. Here are the many highlights of my 2005:
Back to School: Without a job or a car, I started 2005 taking a class at San Antonio College and taking the bus to get there. It was great for me. The class got me back into web design, something I've always enjoyed doing and helped pave the way for me to launch the website I have here now.
Paying off Debt: I'm still working on it, but I've managed to pay off over half of my debts that I got myself into while living in Austin.
Getting The Job: I'm still not sure what I enjoy about it more: the fact that I have a job or the fact that it is NOT retail. I enjoy what I'm doing and there's so many opportunities at the company I work for.
Spurs Championship: A third title...all within my lifetime and all events I will never forget. Celebrating the 2005 NBA Championship was a blast, and I can't wait to celebrate the 4th. Go Spurs Go!
Longhorn Football Season: It all started back on the first day of the year with the Rose Bowl win against Michigan. Now, after a huge win at Ohio State and overcoming the OU hump, my beloved Texas Longhorns are undefeated and returning to the Rose Bowl, this time for the national championship. Win or lose, this was an amazing season I will never forget.
The Support of Friends: My friends know my sitaution and have been some of my biggest supporters this year. My return to San Antonio meant reuniting with the San Antonio Crew. I love all you guys and I can't wait for Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
The Support of Family: Easily, the biggest highlight of the year. It was rough at first but my family stuck by me and while it sucks living at home with little-to-no independence, they've helped me get to work on time when necessary.
My resolution for 2005 was simple: Turn my life around. I'm proud to say I've met that resolution and will continue to do so in 2006. My next goal is to get completely out of debt and get back on my own again. 2005 was a special year and I'm going to miss it. My only hope is that life just keeps getting better and better from here.
Happy New Year Everybody!
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary since I moved back to San Antonio after living in Austin for three years. The move, I remember, wasn't an easy day. Needless to say, I had a bunch of crap being the pack-rat that I am and tensions were high between my father and I for the financial situation I had put my family in. And while I have been able to make the hour long trip to Austin to visit friends a few times since then, it was so very hard to say "good-bye" that day.
I did get to go out and watch a wrestling pay-per-view last night, but I really couldn't celebrate much because my stomach has been upset pretty much all weekend. I have, however, had a chance to reflect on the events of the past year.
My "fresh start" wasn't such much at the beginning. The only upside of the first month was that it actually snowed on Christmas Day...the first White Christmas ever in the Rio Grande Valley and I was there. But it took a whole month before my father would speak to me. We never did talk much about what happened and I don't think we ever really had to. I know I screwed up. I apologized to him, shared a hug with him, and he knew I wanted to make things right.
The job search wasn't easy. It took a few months which gave me time to take a class and slowly work my way back into the whole school thing and pursue a web design degree...which I am still working on. I faced a lot of job rejections but didn't quit. Finally, my current employer came calling. I know it was an iffy choice for them. It had to be. My three interviews consisted of the three department managers. But they took a chance on me and I know I haven't disappointed. The rest, as they say, is history.
In a year's time I've payed off about half of my debts and my goals have remained the same: Pay-off my debts, get a car, get through school, get back on my own, and be wary of the relationships I get into. But so many "thank yous" must be given out.
First off, I have to thank my friend, Rob (aka Katsu). You were the first to present me with the idea of moving back home to get back on my feet.
To Big Mike: I can't thank you enough for spending so much on gas to get me where I need to be. Thanks for being there for me.
To Little Mike and Rene: thanks for making the transition back into school so easy and for keeping me motivated when it got really tough for me.
To Cat, Rob, and Matt: together, we took down Ganon in Four Swords and were a great party in Crystal Chronicles (even though I saved your asses so many times). As with all great teams, we've continued to support each other. Thank you so much for that.
To my parents: I can't thank you enough for letting me live at home rent free. Thank you for a second chance and for believing in me...and for letting me use the car. :-)
And last but definitely not least, my sister, Jennifer: as siblings go, you're the only one I have and I couldn't ask for a better one...even though you can be lazy at times. You've been the biggest supporter of me and have always been there for me. I love you so much and I can't thank you enough.
Only a year has passed and while it feels like I've accomplished so much, I know that there's so much more I have to do. I'll keep on. You can be sure of that.
"We'll be back!" --Vince Young, UT quarterback after 2005 Rose Bowl
For any Longhorn fan, this is a dream come true. After seasons of doubt and so many bad memories (Chris Simms), my beloved Texas Longhorns have gone 12-0, won the Big XII Championship, and will head back to the Rose Bowl. This time, the opponent is USC and the national championship is at stake. And thankfully, the Horns are there without any lame ass BCS controversy. One month from today, I'll be watching the Texas Longhorns play for the national championship. I can't wait.
I know its been so long since I've updated, but its just been a busy month. Now I've finally got a chance to add some stuff.
This past week, I was informed of a situation that really ticks me off (see Rants). My sister's friend is in a so-called "relationship" with some abusive asshole that gives men a bad name. A person like that is not a man and if I hear any more stories about this little boy, I'm going to do something about it.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe debuts this week. That will be my next movie to see. I am currently finishing my review of Walk the Line and hope to have that up soon.
Life has been quite busy over the past few weeks or so. I'm finally glad that I get to update my blog here and let everyone know how things have been.
First, a big congrats to my Texas Longhorns who are now 10-0 and have cliched the Big XII South Division title. The only games now left on the schedule are the meeting with Texas A&M on November 25 and the Big XII Championship in Houston on December 3. A win in both of those games assures them a Rose Bowl berth and a shot at the National Championship.
And so far so good for the San Antonio Spurs who are 5-2 and stand on top of the Southwest Division. The season is still young so there isn't much more I can say here....except GINOBILI!!!
A lot of my friends seemed surprised I haven't bought Star Wars Episode III on DVD yet. As I've told many people before, I'm waiting for George Lucas to release a box set with all 6 movies on DVD. I'm a patient man. So no worries.
And the holiday movie season will kick off this coming weekend with the releases of Walk the Line and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This holiday movie season looks to be a good one.
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Since my last update, things have been very hectic. I have been sick over the last week or so and have been recovering from all that. I'm still trying to get my voice back. I just hate when the seasons change.
On October 22, I attended my first Longhorn football game in five years. I had missed that experience so much, but I didn't realize just how much until the Longhorn band marched through the tunnel and crowd erupted. Seeing close to 84,000 people fill that stadium wearing burnt orange is amazing. We went on to crush Texas Tech 52-17 and happily serenaded them with the famous "overrated" chant.
For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Astros made it to the World Series. They played four tough, nail-biting games against the Chicago White Sox and came up short each time. While they couldn't bring a championship home, it was great to see them on top of the National League. It was a great season and I'm very proud to be an Astros fan right now.
And, on November 1, the San Antonio Spurs will begin their title defense against the Denver Nuggets. This season looks even more promising than the last and I know we'll be in the finals against going for championship number four.
Oh, and for Halloween, I'll be dressing up as Rex Kwon Do. If you have no idea who that is, you need to check out Napoleon Dynamite. That's all for now. Till next time, Bow to your Sensai!
I know it has been a while since I updated this but so much has happened the in past couple of weeks that I have finally now gotten a chance to sit down and write a little. So, here I am.
Obviously the biggest news of the past couple of weeks has to be the Longhorns bringing the Golden Hat back to Texas after it spent five long years in Oklahoma. My beloved Longhorns beat down those damn Sooners 45-12 and now look ahead to the Colorado Buffaloes' visit to Austin this Saturday. The 'Horns will be hooking it to the Big XII.
The new Smallville season is now three episodes old and it has been nothing short of amazing. Today's episode was spectacular and has to be rated among the top 10 of all time. Next week, Clark meets Arthur Curry, who comic fans know grows up to be the future Aquaman. Should be an amazing episode.
Also this weekend, I will be attending my first NFL game as the Atlanta Falcons come to the Alamodome to take on the New Orleans Saints of San Antonio. The game just sold out today and I know it's gonna get loud in there. But it won't be as loud as 84,000 screaming Longhorns fans that will be in Austin next weekend. I'll be there when my Horns take on Texas Tech.
I do want to thank my friend Jesse for convincing me to give Final Fantasy VII a shot. I have the PC version and I've been playing through it for an hour or so a night. So far so good I guess. I mean I haven't died yet. Till next time, laters all.
The Season 5 Premiere of Smallville was today and it was awesome. It was a great start to a season where "Everything [I've] waited to see will happen." I can't wait to see what happens in the coming weeks.
My beloved Texas Longhorns begin Big XII Conference play when they travel to Columbia, Missouri to face the Missouri Tigers. The game kicks-off at 11:30 AM Central this Saturday. The Big XII is on notice. The Stampede of the Horns is coming through.
Now, if you don't mind, I'm gonna go watch the Smallville premiere again. I just love the DVR feature on my new computer.
I need to first express my lack of respect for NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. If you want to know why, first read this article. Now I'm sure that Jerry Jones and that guy who owns the Houston Texans are partially to blame for San Antonio not having an NFL team, but when tickets went on sale last week for the New Orleans Saints' three "home" games that will be played here in the Alamo City, we all busted our "small market" asses to the ticket lines. And had ticketmaster.com not crashed, we'd have bought a lot more tickets. We will sell out all three games and show all the stuck up owners and officials of the NFL that San Antonio knows football. Tagliabue, don't even bother showing up. We want people at the games who actually want to be there.
I'm happy to say that I have talked to a few New Orleans evacuees that are here in San Antonio. I talk to a few every now and then on my bus rides to work. It's amazing how high-spirited these people are. It seems as if they have accepted what has happened in their lives and are happy to be moving on. I can't say that I know what they are going through but one of my ex-girlfriends happens to be named Katrina. Yep...she was a total bitch too.
After a 51-10 beatdown of the Rice Owls, my Longhorns are 3-0 and are taking a bye week before beginning conference play at the Missouri Tigers on October 1. My one worry in the past is that we'd be looking ahead to the annual meeting with Oklahoma, but not this team. I know Mack Brown will keep them focused and the Horns will stampede right through Columbia. Hook 'em Horns!
I just got back today from a little road trip to Austin with my friend, Mike. We had a fun trip in which we stayed with my friend, Cathy, and her husband, Robert. I got to eat lunch at Freebirds and say "hi" to some people I used to work with at Fry's Electronics.
Later on in the evening, we hit up Rob's (aka Katsu; not Cathy's husband) place for some BBQ and to watch a great football game as my beloved Texas Longhorns pulled off a great win on the road against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Behind the arm of Vince Young and the legs of Jamaal Charles, the Horns came back in the 4th quarter for a 25-22 win that keeps them in the national title hunt. After watching last night's game, I'm confident that Texas will be playing in the Rose Bowl again...this time, for the national championship. Hook 'em Horns!
Overall, the trip was a lot of fun. It was great to see that everyone is doing well. Thanks to Katsu for letting us grill and watch the game at your place...even though you hate college football and running quarterbacks. Hey, at least the Irish won. Thanks to Cathy and Robert for letting Mike and I crash in your guest rooms. It felt so nice to sleep in a bed again. And thanks again to Mike for doing all the driving. You rock man.
I first want to wish my friend, Ivy, luck. Two weeks ago, she left for Basic Training as she begins life in the United State Air Force. Second, I have a new computer! It is a brand new Dell Dimension 9100. So this is my first website update on this computer.
A special congratulations goes out to my parents who just celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary. They've worked so hard for so long raising my sister and I and it's amazing to see them reach this milestone.
The 2005 Texas Longhorn football season is set to begin tomorrow at 6:00 pm against the Louisiana-Lafeyette Ragin' Cajuns. Oh...it's gonna get ugly. And we are less than a month away from the season 5 premiere of Smallville. Early news indicates that this will be the best season yet. September 29 can't come soon enough.