Nakofan Blog Archive - 2008

Here are my blog entries for 2008

December 31, 2008 - Saying good-bye to the best year of my life

I am back on here just in time to post a blog that I've been thinking about for almost a week now. Why this blog over all the others I've written? Well, that's just how great 2008 was for me. I've looked back over the blogs this year and thought more about the many things I've done this year. No, it didn't start off great, but I've been able to accomplish so much this year. Here's the highlights of 2008:

  • Work: World Savings fully mergers with Wachovia and I take on the responsibility of working as an analyst for Central Refunds and Lost-Stolen teams. I manage to pick on everything quite well and receive so much positive feedback. Later on in the year, after some organizational changes, I volunteered to handle the Investment Client Services team as well. It was more responsibility, but I feel like I've made so much more of an impact as a result. Later on, I am awarded a STAR award and a very good raise in salary. I worked so hard at my job in 2008 and while I hold some nerves about Wachovia merging with Wells Fargo, I am keeping the positive attitude as the merger becomes official this evening and the changes begin.
  • New Car: In May, I traded in my 2003 Mazda Tribute and purchased a brand new 2009 Toyota Corolla. I got a great deal and I have enjoyed driving my new car. Even more, it's a sign of how much progress I've made since moved back to San Antonio, but more on that later.
  • Big Mike: I'm proud to say that my long time best friend, Michael, recently married his girlfriend of just over two years, Melinda. Mike has always been supportive of me, especially when life got really tough a few years ago. I was very happy and honored to be one of the best men at his wedding and gave the first toast of the night at the reception. Mike and Melinda are great for each other and I wish them nothing but the best...except Melinda owes me two tacos. :-P
  • Friends: So much great news for all my other friends too! Cathy moved to San Antonio over the summer to attend the University of the Incarnate Word. Gabe is going to be a dad yet again. His wife is pregnant with their third child, which they just found out is going to be a boy. I have a few other friends that are expecting their first child as well. I made so many new friends this year and it's all been a lot of fun. You can never have enough friends. The biggest highlight was getting to see Angela in June. I hadn't seen her since we left Stevenson Middle School thirteen years earlier. Getting to hang with her for the night and catch up as much as we could made that day very, very special. Hopefully, we'll get to hang again soon.
  • Wrestling: You knew this category was coming. It was yet another year of great shows courtesy of Anarchy Championship Wrestling, Combined Wrestling Federation, River City Wrestling, and a couple of Southern Championship Wrestling shows. I also got to attend XCW Battle Box 9 in April. ACW kept going strong. CWF provided an opportunity to see some TNA stars. RCW made its return. SCW was simply a roller coaster. Obviously, though, the biggest highlight was the 5150 Mafia Road Trip to Houston for TNA Victory Road 2008. That weekend was nothing but fun and I enjoyed every moment of it.
  • Debt Free: Four years ago, I moved back home to San Antonio after things got really rough for me in Austin. Thanks to some flashes of stupidity and an ex-girlfriend that took advantage of that, I came home with a large amount of credit card debt. Well, this "boomerang" kid can proudly say that I am now debt free. Making that final payment provided such a relief. I can't thank my parents enough for their support as well as the family and friends that have been there for me over these last four years. I will not make the same mistakes again and I have y'all to thank for that motivation.
  • As much as it pains me to say good-bye to 2008, I do look forward to what 2009 has to offer. In about a week's time, my parents will be moving to Phoenix for at least a couple of years. I will be staying here in San Antonio and will be taking care of the house along with my sister (starting in April) while they are gone. I know I will miss my family (and the 50-inch TV they are taking with them) but I look forward to life on my own again. I don't know what the new year will bring, but I know that 2008 set a high standard for me.

    To everyone out there, I wish you all a Happy New Year. And remember that no matter how tough life may get, if you continue to work hard, it will get better.

    And now...the 2008 Nakofan Awards for the year's best. These just happen to be my personal favorites for the year. Enjoy!

    Best Movie: The Dark Knight
    Best TV Show: Heroes
    Best Actor: Heath Ledger as The Joker (The Dark Knight)
    Best Actress: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin (Saturday Night Live)
    Best PS2 Game: Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
    Best Wii Game: Super Smash Brothers Brawl
    Best XBOX 360 Game: Ninja Gaiden II
    Best PS3 Game: Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: HD Remix
    Best Album: Heart Station by Utada Hikaru
    Best Song: Spaz by N.E.R.D.
    Most Memorable Moment: Getting to see Angela again for the first time in 13 years
    Best Road Trip: Houston, Texas for TNA Victory Road 2008
    Biggest Accomplishment: Paying off the last of my debts

    Currently Playing: Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories

    November 7, 2008 - What I learned from this election

    I hate politics. Always have. I've always thought that the two worst things to ever happen to government have always been politics and religion. I've been eligible to vote for the previous two presidential elections, but when I looked at who the candidates were, I simply didn't care to waste my vote on either one of them. This election was different. This time I cared. After the running mates were announced, I found myself watching CNN more and researching the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates. I even watched the debates. Based on my own research, I made my choice.

    I voted early and felt happy about it. On election night, I had my TV on CNN HD and I kept up with election results on my dad's laptop. When Barack Obama was officially projected to become the 44th President of the United States of America, I was happy. Yes, I voted for Obama.I won't deny that Obama's win isn't historic. As a history major, it's very easy to recognize how important this all is. I watched John McCain's concession speech and Obama's victory speech. The contrast between the people in the crowd at these speeches really surprised me.

    While I haven't voted in past elections, I've always kept up with them on election night. This year, for the first time ever that I can recall, a crowd of supporters booed the winning candidate at a concession speech. That shocked me. Later on, at the victory speech, people applauded John McCain. The people in the crowds were a big contrast. In Phoenix, Arizona, the crowd was older and, for the most part, white. These people booed and shouted "No way" when McCain said he would work with the new president. In Chicago, Illinois, the crowd was one of the most diverse collection of people I'd seen since I attended the University of Texas. I get online and see bulletins, blogs, and messages saying that the country is going to go to shit over the next four years. What's even more pathetic is that some of these messages are racially motivated.

    I don't like the fact that racism still exists in this country, but I have to admit that it still does. I found that out first hand when four of my friends and I got pulled over by a bunch of Castroville policeman...all white men. We were told to put our hands up and were searched for weapons. And why? I guess when the people of Medina county see five brown-skinned people in a 2009 Toyota Corolla leaving a McDonald's, we must be up to no good. Things like that put the scary thought in my head that I may be alive to see a president get assassinated. Right now, there's some racist group that's plotting an attempt on Barack Obama's life. Any why? Because he's African-American. And these groups think an African-American is not worthy enough to be the leader of the free world because his skin color is different from the previous 43 presidents.

    To all these people who are already doubting Obama, why not wait and see what he does? Yeah, I voted for him, Obama but if McCain had won, I would not be sitting saying the next four years are going to suck. I would be sitting here saying what I am saying to Barack Obama now: Let's see what you got. Here's your chance to show me and the rest of the world what you can do. Show us that the people of this country picked the right person to lead us. You'll get your first evaluation in 2012.

    So what did I learn from all this? I learned that most people in this country wanted a change. I learned that there are people who make decisions on who to vote for based on race and sex. I learned that there are some people who will blindly support a candidate because their boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife does without making a choice for themselves. I learned that some people will always be ignorant racists and I can't change that. I learned that I'm lucky enough to be part of a generation that, for the most part, did not grow up with racism. I learned that negative campaigning can be your downfall. I learned that anything is possible in this world. Most importantly, I learned that voting is important. I learned a lot, but I'm glad the 2008 Presidential Campaigns are over. It's so nice to watch TV without political ads. Still, I will miss seeing Tina Fey portray Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. Quite frankly, that's the only thing about this election season that I will miss.

    Currently Listening To: Los Lonely Boys - Forgiven

    November 2, 2008 - Even more changes...

    What a ride I've been on since my last blog. Everything from traveling to Houston, great wrestling shows, working for a bank that announced two mergers in a week, and attending a Longhorn game. And yeah there was a bit of drama, which sucks, but I've made it through September and October. The final stretch of 2008 is here.

    School and work have kept me very busy over the last month and a half. There was a tough one week stretch which began with the announcement that the company I work for merged with Citi and ended with the announcement that we had merged with Wells Fargo. I can sum up that week with three letters...WTF!?! Needless to say, it was a bit crazy and I have found myself watching CNN and CNBC a bit more since then, but overall I am happy that we are merging with Wells Fargo. They don't currently have a call center in San Antonio and their culture fits in better with the Wachovia model than Citi does. I don't know whether or not my job will be affected by this all. I just have to remain focused on what I am doing and continue to bust my ass as I have been doing all year long.

    As mentioned before, I attended a Texas Longhorns football game this year. I was one of the 98,383 people who watched the Horns beat down Missouri 56-31. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is simply beautiful with all the new renovations and the atmosphere is a Longhorn fans dream. The only sad part of the night is some pathetic, drunk loser from Missouri who tried to start a fight with me in the stands with about 14 minutes left in the game. I just laughed at him as the cops dragged him off to jail. And I thought Sooner fans were assholes. Ah, don't you just love College Football?

    Movie wise, I haven't attended many recently. I think The Dark Knight was the last big movie that I had any major motivation to see. I did finally get to see Religulous and I really enjoyed it. Whether you like Bill Maher or not, he makes a lot of valid points throughout the comedic documentary. It's nice to see someone who shares my thoughts on religion put together a great film. It's easily one of my favorite films of all time. As for future movies, I'm really just awaiting the releases of Wall-E and The Dark Knight on DVD later this year. Plus, I'll definitely be checking out The Dark Knight when it gets re-released in IMAX theaters this January.

    Speaking of January, there is something very major happening. My father has accepted a new position within USAA. That new position is in Phoenix. So, come January, both of my parents will be moving to Arizona. It's an exciting and great opportunity for him and I'm happy for him. It hasn't fully hit me yet that my parents will be living in another state. I guess I look at it also as an opportunity for me. Since my sister and I will be staying in the house when they move away, it'll be a chance for me to "own" a house. I look forward to the challenge and am excited for the future.

    Time to get back an hour of sleep...I need it. I leave you with my Halloween costume for 2008.

    Why so serious?

    This was easily the best Halloween costume I've ever had.

    Currently Listening To: Los Lonely Boys - Forgiven

    September 10, 2008 - So many changes...

    I swear, you never realize how busy you get until you remember that you have a website and look up when the last time was that you posted a blog. Damn...that long, huh? Time flies when you're busting your ass, but the rewards are well worth the hard work.

    I have officially been at UTSA for a full calendar year and I have kept a 4.0 GPA as a Roadrunner. My two classes this semester appear very interesting early on but will involve quite a bit of writing so I'll likely be spending a lot of time in the library yet again. Still, I enjoy being a history major so much more than being an engineering major. The campus itself, though, looks so much better than it did last year. All the major construction finished and one of my classes allows me to see campus life at its peak.

    My sister finally got her own place and has moved out of the house. I'm very happy for her because I know she's been looking forward to it for a while. I do miss her at times, but she's not too far away in case we ever want to hang out. That's good and bad though. I swear I've done so much lifting and carrying just moving her and my friend, Cathy, into their new places. At least Jenny didn't have the piano to move. I'm already dreading move out day.

    My favorite time of the year has finally season! So far, my Texas Longhorns are 2-0 and I just bought tickets for the game against Arkansas in Austin. The game was set for this Saturday, but has since been postponed to September 27 due to the threat of Hurricane Ike. Still, I'm happy that I will get to check out a game this season, especially with the renovations to the stadium finally finishing. Hook 'em Horns!

    Currently Listening To: Los Lonely Boys - Forgiven

    July 21, 2008 - Best Road Trip...EVER!

    Yeah, it took me a while for it to sink all in. Did I really make it all the way to Houston and witness a TNA pay-per-view live? Did I really get to hang out at the Hyatt with the TNA roster? Yep, I did. And it was awesome. The entire road trip went off completely drama free. A big thanks to Hernandez for getting myself and the rest of the 5150 Mafia tickets to the show. It was a trip we'll never forget.

    So, everyone wants details, huh? We checked into the hotel (which was very nice by the way) and stop number one was the liquor store. Priorities, people. After some drinks and a swim, we headed down to cool off in the pool and then made our way into downtown Houston. The TNA roster was staying at the Hyatt Regency and Hernandez invited us all to hang out with everyone at the bar there in the hotel. We went and we had a great time. Getting to talk to so many of the wrestlers that we'd watched on TV for years was a big thrill. And yes, Gail Kim is so much more beautiful in person. Listening to Hector Guerrero tell stories about his older brother, Eddie, was simply priceless. We headed back to our hotel that night in awe, but anxious. This had only been day one of the trip.

    Gail Kim and I.  It was so great to meet her.

    We killed time the next day by heading out to the Galleria. I swear to you, that mall does not end! It just went on and on forever. After eating and shopping, we headed back to the hotel for some drinks before making our way to Reliant Arena for the show. The Houston crowd wasn't that impressive, but the show was great. They only filled about half of the arena for the show and I couldn't help but think that if they'd gone to the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, the entire building would have been sold out. The show was great (except for the main event ending which made no sense). Unfortunately, I didn't get to be a part of the Fan's Revenge Lumberjack Match since they were only using people who submitted a video online, but it didn't take away from the fact that I was there. Two years ago, while watching TNA pay-per-views and Mike's place, I never would have thought that I would get to see one live. Well, there I was. I lost my voice halfway through the show, but I still had a lot of fun.

    After the show, we headed back to the hotel to get a little break. Then we headed back down to the Hyatt on another invite from Hernandez. We got to meet a few more members of the roster that weren't there the night before. Salinas, in particular, was hilarious and a really cool person to talk to. It was a great way to cap off a fun weekend. I couldn't have asked for a better road trip and I couldn't have asked for anyone else to go with me than the people that went. To think that we all go the shows here in San Antonio together and we got to make a trip to Houston for a TNA show. The next step is to be front row when TNA makes the trip to San Antonio.

    I'm just going to finish this blog off by saying that Hector Guerrero is awesome, Chris Parks is cool, ODB is funny, Salinas is hilarious, Gail Kim is very beautiful, Samoa Joe plays Rockband, Kevin Nash is #$%@ing tall, and the Dark Knight OWNS! Again, I must give a special thanks to Hernandez for the tickets. I look forward to see you and Homicide back in San Antonio when River City Wrestling returns on August 30.

    Currently Listening To: N.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds

    July 10, 2008 - Ready for Houston

    So as I mentioned in my last blog, I will be attending TNA's Victory Road pay-per-view in Houston this weekend. What I didn't mention before is something that I am extremely excited about. During the TNA Tag Team Championship match between LAX (Hernandez and Homicide) and Beer Money (Robert Roode and James Storm), I will be one of twelve fans who will surround the ring armed with a leather belt. My first TNA show ever and I'm going to be a part of one of the matches. I wish the rest of the 5150 Mafia could surround ring with me. Free tickets, road trip with some of my closest friends, great deal on a nice hotel, and I get to be on pay-per-view... this weekend is going to be awesome!

    There's not a whole lot I can add here. I'm just excited about the trip. If you got $30 to spare, check out TNA Victory Road this Sunday night at 7:00 Central time. I'll be sporting one of the new 5150 Mafia t-shirts. See you when I get back!

    Currently Listening To: N.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds

    June 25, 2008 - One of the Best Moments in my Life

    Yeah, I know. It's been a while. But in my defense, I've had so much going on...and a lot of it has been great. The new car has worked out well so far. No issues and I've taken it to Austin once already. In a few weeks, I will be taking it to Houston with some friends for the TNA Victory Road pay-per-view. "Hotstuff" Hernandez of the Latin American X-change (LAX) was awesome enough to get myself and the rest of the 5150 Mafia tickets to the show. Look for us on pay-per-view July 13.

    The highlight of the last month, though, clearly has to be one of the biggest highlights of my life. Well, let me give a little backstory. I met a lot of good people during my days at Coke R. Stevenson Middle School. One person that always stood out was a girl that I will admit I had a crush on in those days. Her name was Angela. After we finished our 8th grade year, she moved away to Washington. The one regret I've always had was that I never acted on my attraction to her, and I was never going to see her again. Or so I thought...

    About a year ago, in a bit of boredom, I did a search on myspace for people from my past. Yep, I found her and it was really cool to find out how life had gone for her since she left San Antonio in 1995. Her life has been great and she's a fellow fan of Smallville. Still, I thought this was the only way I'd ever connect with her. Earlier this month, that changed. She made a visit to San Antonio, and there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to see her again. So on June 7, I met up with her and her boyfriend in the Hyatt on the Riverwalk and, for the first time in 13 years, gave her a hug. We had some drinks at Coyote Ugly and hit up Rive before heading off to Mi Tierra for some food. I had a lot of fun that night and, I finally got to come clean about the crush I had on her back in middle school and how I've regretted that I never acted on it.

    Okay, so some of y'all will think I'm making such a big deal about a childhood crush. It's a lot more than that, though. Throughout my life, I've met a lot of people. Some people that have been there for me, stood by me, and helped me. And some people have used me, lied to me, and hurt me one way or another. Some people I keep close and some that I want to forget. Angela is someone who I have never forgotten and will never forget. So many people treated me like crap at that point in my life. She was always a great friend to me. To get to hang out with her after saying "good-bye" 13 years earlier was just a thrill. She flew back to Pennsylvania, but it's nothing to be sad about. She has a great life, one that anyone could be proud of. We'll always have our Smallville discussions and I know I'll see her again. I just hope it doesn't take another 13 years.

    Since Angela's visit, things have continued to get better for me. Maybe it's because I feel like I've been able to live with no regrets for the first time. I don't know. I'm no expert, but I'm enjoying it all. SCW and ACW shows have been great and I'm looking forward to the return of RCW. But more than anything, I can't wait to experience my first TNA show. To be honest, I just can't wait to see what great moment life is going to offer me next. 2008 may have started off slow, but it is already a year that I will never forget.

    Currently Listening To: N.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds

    May 18, 2008 - Another big step...

    Yeah, it's been a while, but life has been busy as usual for the last month and a half. So much has happened, though, and it has been great. Much of the time was spend finishing up the Spring semester. It was a lot of work, but I did walk away with A's in both of my classes for the second consecutive semester. Now, I get a little break from school until I take a class that starts in July. Shortly after the semester ended, my cat, Ignacio, turned one. He's grown so much over the last year and it's been great to see. He's a great friend to have around and it's nice to have him around.

    Just this past weekend, I had a reason to sit back and look at how much my life has gotten better since I returned to San Antonio in December of 2004. I look at how much I struggled just to find a job. Then I found a job and dealt with a two hour bus ride day after day just to get to work. It was tough, but I always showed up on time. Along the way, I did have friends and family who were able to give me a ride and that was always greatly appreciated. After paying off so many debts, my credit improved. I was able to purchase a car in October 2006. It was a 2003 Mazda Tribute that my mother had owned and it was in great shape. It still is, actually, but it is no longer mine.

    Yesterday, I took advantage of my even better credit, and traded the Tribute in and purchased a brand new 2009 Toyota Corolla. It is my first new car purchase ever and I love it. The car is a great ride as has so many useful features to it. Most importantly, it is great on gas. I got a good deal on it and I'm proud of that. This is a great reliable car that I know is a great investment for me. Anyone want to go for a ride?

    My new 2009 Toyota Corolla (front)

    So, needless to say, things are going very well. I just taking it all one day at a time and letting the best things happen. The next step for me is finding my own place to live and I may not be that far off from that. That and getting my degree are the two big goals I have next in my life and I'll be working hard to get there. Thanks to everyone who has supported me and been there for me. I couldn't have done it without y'all.

    Currently Listening To: Utada Hikaru - Heart Station

    April 5, 2008 - The Experience of XCW

    A few months back, a few of the local wrestlers asked me when I would make the trip up to Denton, Texas to check out an Xtreme Championship Wrestling (XCW) show. I asked them what the biggest show of the year is and the quick response was Battle Box. After a further explanation of what that was, I found out the date and time of Battle Box 9 and got the day off. Yesterday was that day. And it was a great experience.

    My friend, Lisa, met at my place yesterday morning and we left my house at 10:30 am. We only hit traffic around downtown Fort Worth, but we made it to Denton in five hours. Along the way, I finally got my first glimpse of Texas Motor Speedway. That's another experience I hope to live later on in life. Anyway, after re-filling on gas (it took a whole tank to make the trip, but I managed to find a station that had gas for $3.15 a gallon) and picking up a 12-pack of Bud Light (it's BYOB), we made it to the XCW Arena. The promoter knew we were making the trip and allowed us to purchase pre-sale tickets. After waiting for a few hours, the doors opened. The arena was a little smaller than the Venue, but the set up was great. Lisa, Robi (who showed up just in time for the show), and I managed to grab some of the few chairs they had there. The rest of the crowd either had lawn chairs or stood for the show.

    The crowd was quite different from the San Antonio crowds I've been used to. They cheered and booed opposite at times for who I did (examples being Scott Mackenzie, Andy Dalton, and Joey Spector), but they were very into the show. Much of the crowd was college students (being that the University of North Texas was right up the road), and they added to the overall feel of the show.

    So how does Battle Box work? Overall, the event is a one-night tournament. The event starts off with a 20-man Battle Royal. The first four eliminated are completely out of the Battle Box tournament. The next four eliminated are added to the barbed wire match, the next four to the ladders and light tubes match, the next four to the tables match, and the final four remaining in the ring immediately begin the kendo stick match. The winners of each of the four matches bring their respective weapons with them for the steel cage match. The winner of that match would normally receive a shot at the XCW Championship. This year, however, Greg Symmonds had to vacate the title due to an injury, so the winner would be crowned the XCW Champion.

    The show was great. There wasn't a bad match the whole night. My match of the night pick goes to the Ladders and Light Tubes match. This match was insane-ingly bloody throughout (largely by Dalton and Spector) and proved some of the best moments of the night. Scott Mackenzie ended up winning that match and also won the steel cage match against MASADA, Hugh Rogue, and a heavily-armored Kevin Douglas. Seeing Mackenzie win the XCW Championship was awesome. He's always been one of the most underrated wrestlers in Texas and I'm hoping his title reign gives him some recognition. Congrats Scott.

    Battle Box 9 was well worth the five hour drive and I'm planning to make the trip every year for this show. Getting to experience a great independent promotions "Wrestlemania" live is always great. I personally want to thank Andy Dalton, Chris Marval, Don Juan, and "Pops" (the XCW owner...I didn't get your name, but I heard everyone calling you that) for their assistance in getting me the information I needed. A thank you also goes out to Greg Symmonds who called and checked up on me while he was in the hospital and was just minutes away from shoulder surgery. You're one of the best in Texas and I can't wait to see you back in the ring at 100%. Good luck to you and keep in touch. Special thanks goes to Lisa for helping make this a fun road trip with some great DJ work on my iPod. A big thanks goes to Robi for saving me the trouble of booking a motel room and allowing me to crash at her rather luxurious apartment in Las Colinas. I can't wait for Battle Box 10.

    And a quick we remember a certain someone who bailed out to Amarillo and won a championship she didn't earn. Well, she always told me she wanted to be put in serious matches and not be a joke all the time. Well, she finally made her title defense...and I laughed my ass off. Let's face it, Starr, you are a joke.

    Starr Defends Her Title in a Pillow Fight Match: Part 1 - Part 2

    Currently Listening To: Utada Hikaru - Heart Station

    March 20, 2008 - Let the Madness Begin!

    I love March. March brings my birthday, Spring Break, the anticipation of baseball season, and the NCAA basketball tournament. Yes, it's the time of year when productivity in the corporate world drops as people fill out their brackets. But can you blame them? It's great and it's exciting and I'm loving the fact that I get to take a few days off to enjoy the opening games of the tourney. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed in the hope that I can get tickets to the Final Four this year. It's awesome when the Final Four is in San Antonio.

    And everyone asks that magical question this time of year: Who do you have in your Final Four? Well now that the tourney has been under way for all of 30 minutes, I guess I can reveal my picks. I have North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, and UCLA making it to San Antonio for a chance at the National Championship. A link to my bracket predictions is just below.

    My Bracket Predictions (PDF format)

    I will say that I've always been so-so when it comes to Bracketology, but I always have fun with it anyway. In all seriousness, though, I think Texas has a great shot to win it all this year since the South Regional Final is in Houston and the Final Four is in San Antonio. We'll see how it all plays out.

    Anyway, I'm going to enjoy my little extended weekend. There is a CWF show on Saturday with LAX, The Naturals, Kazarian, and Lance Hoyt on the card. I can't wait to join my fellow 5150 Mafia members in the front row. Should be awesome. Especially since this show is going to be the pilot for the upcoming global TV show that will be produced.

    All that and Utada Hikaru's new album came out yesterday. I've heard it and it's awesome. Yep, like I've said before. March really is the best month of the year.

    Currently Listening To: Utada Hikaru - Heart Station

    March 7, 2008 - The New Year finally begins for me

    2008 didn't start off as good as I'd hoped it would but things did change quickly once March hit. Since I last put a blog up, life has gone on. The merger with Wachovia finally completed and I'm happy that World Savings has fully closed. Since the merger finished, I found that I've enjoyed my work a whole lot more. As with most things, I've managed to pick up on things very well under the Wachovia system.

    And that was pretty much one of the few highlights of February. About midway through that month I was looking forward to March, traditionally my best month every year. And no, it's not just because that's my birthday month. Some of the best things in my life have happened in March. I guess you can say that this is the month where the new year for me begins.

    March 1 got this month off to a great start as a new promotion debuted in San Antonio. The Combined Wrestling Federation (CWF) put together a great show and will be running twice a month here in town. Their biggest attraction: they'll be bringing in a lot of TNA superstars and some of the great talent available around South Texas. Hernandez of LAX is working a lot with this promotion so all should go well. I can't wait for the next show on March 22.

    And yes, it is March 7. At 3:17 am this morning, I officially turned 27. Today was great. I took today off from work and just relaxed. Even when running a few errands, I didn't fell at all stressed. I had dinner tonight at the Magic Time Machine with my family, my Aunt Cindy, my cousin Sarah, Big Mike, and Melinda. I've always enjoyed going to that restaurant and it was a lot of fun today. I can't wait to go back.

    So yeah...maybe it is the fact that my birthday falls in March that just makes this month so great. Either way, March 7 kicks off a new year for me. And so far, things are looking great. A big thank you to everyone who called me, sent me a text message, or a myspace message to wish my a happy birthday. This truly was a great day and I'm looking forward to the year to come.

    February 3, 2008 - I'm OK...but I'll never understand some people

    So far, 2008 hasn't gotten off to the best of starts, but some things are starting to look a little brighter. Attending LuAnn's rosary and funeral was very, very tough. It was difficult for me to accept that this was really it. I cried so much, but it never really hit me that this was all real until her coffin was put over her grave and "Amazing Grace" was being played. I miss her. I really do. But talking with my sister that weekend and knowing that for the last month of her life, I was able to see her smile. That says a lot to me. Knowing that she had so much fun every time we went out is something I can be proud of. I'll never forget her smile and I'll never forget how great a person she is.

    Life has been ok. Both UFC events so far this year have been great to watch. Brock Lesnar debuted in the UFC last night, and, although he was impressive, his lack of MMA experience showed when Frank Mir forced him to submit to a kneebar at 1:30 in the first round. Honestly, it was a great fight and I do think that Lesnar has the potential to have a great MMA career. There is just so much more to the sport that he will have to learn.

    As far as the local wrestling promotions, 2008 has gotten off to a good start. ACW had their one year anniversary show on January 20 and it was a great way to follow the 2007 Lone Star Classic. I also made the drive to Uvalde the following Saturday to see an SCW show and they did put together something great. The biggest thing this year that I am looking forward to is the debut of a new promotion. On March 1, the Combined Wrestling Federation (CWF) will host their first show at the Coalition Coliseum (formerly a part of the local Graham Central Station). The first show has LAX, Petey Williams, and Daivari on the card and the promotion has promised two shows a month with appearances by TNA superstars. I can't wait to see what this promotion is going to be all about.

    At the previously mentioned ACW show, I also received some crazy news. When the show opened, the promoter passed on the news that Starr was not going to be there for her scheduled Thumbtacks/Staple Gun match against Miss Diss_lexia. After the show, I received a couple of conflicting stories. One stated that she had moved back to El Paso, but the real I found out to be true by doing some research of my own...just makes me shakes my head in disgust.

    Let me first say that despite all the hate that I have for her, I still had some respect for her. Not anymore though. As it turns out, Paloma (Starr's real name) decided to drop out of school and run off to Amarillo, Texas to marry her boyfriend, Cody Jones. When Paloma and I used to hang out, she always told me how proud she was of herself for having a full four year scholarship to UTSA and maintained a 4.0 GPA. She always valued her education. Even more so, she always said she never wanted to get married. She never believed in it. And, quite frankly, as much as she sleeps around, that's understandable. So explain to me why someone would drop a full scholarship to marry "The Hoodlum Highlight Reel". Well, my first was, "maybe she's pregnant..." But then I found out that she was booked in a match against Chuey Martinez's Ring Rat for the PWF Women's Championship. And I just laughed.

    I had to laugh. Because when a Women's Championship comes down to two fat, ugly, no-talent women who sleep around to get ahead in the business, that tells a whole lot of people that your women's division is a joke. PWF...the Pro Wrestling Federation in Amarillo, Texas. Honestly, Chris Walker and Mike DiBiase, is that the best y'all can come up with? The fact that Cody Jones was one-half of your promotion's tag team champions made your product a joke. Now that you have "Slutty Sasquatch" as your women's champion, your promotion is just a bad stand-up comedy show. I guess I won't have to worry about the Panhandle challenging San Antonio for the title of "Best Wrestling in Texas".

    Many people have asked me why I care so much if I hate Paloma as much as I do. Well, as I said earlier, I still had some respect for her. But, like so many idiots in this world, she dropped everything right in her life to run off and be with some guy. And it sickens me that so many women in this world think they have to have someone in their life to validate their own existence. The dumbest mistake anyone can make is destroying their own life to run off and be with someone. Paloma is a prime example. Honestly, Palo, what's gonna happen when you and the hoodlum don't work out? What's gonna happen when you get injured and will never be able to wrestle again? What degree are you going to fall back on? You didn't think about that, did you?

    There are so many people in this world that are always busting their asses to make their lives better. And, sadly, there are also people who just look for ways to destroy their own lives. I don't get it and I'll probably never understand it.

    January 16, 2008 - Tell Your Friends and Family That You Love Them

    It's tough to gauge where this new year is going to go. Following the drama of the holiday season, 2008 started out with me popping fireworks and playing Rockband at my friend, Kristen's, house. A great way to open the year, but I think the years of living at home again have just started to wear on me. It's been tough, so much so that I had to get away to South Padre Island for a weekend (just so I could be out of the house) before the semester started. Day one of the semester happened to be the first time ever that I've had a professor not show up for class. On day two, I got a phone call from said professor informing me of the change in my class' time and room. But I got another phone call that day that I never thought I'd get.

    A little over a month ago, a friend of mine at work, Lisa, set me up on a blind date with her best friend, Luann. The two of us ate at Johnny Carino's and enjoyed great conversation. There were so many great things about her from the way that she carried herself to the smile she always put on. We had a great dinner and went out on future dates to see I Am Legend at the Alamo Drafthouse (a movie theater she'd never been to) and went to Fatso's to watch the Tennessee Titans play a regular season game against the New York Jets. She always had a smile and I always enjoyed my time with her.

    On January 8, the two of us met at Chili's for lunch. She worked the late shift at the Toyota Factory in town and so we had a chance to meet up before she went into work. That was the last time I ever saw her. I never did tell her that I liked her a lot and now I won't get that chance.

    Yesterday evening, I got a call from Lisa that Luann had been killed in a traffic accident earlier in the day. For those who live in San Antonio, she was the driver of the car that collided with a Somerset ISD school bus on the south side of town.

    Today was just a roller coaster day. Some moments, I kept myself busy working, but other moments, I had to stop and just let some tears go. This is one of those moments in life where you just have to stop and appreciate the many people who are a part of your life. As tough as it has been living at home again, I am forever grateful to my parents for their help in turning my life around. I love my sister because no matter what dumb mistakes I've made in the past, she is always there for me and even offered to attend Luann's wake with me. I love all my friends because they have done nothing but support me...whether they know what to say or not.

    There are so many people I could mention, but I have give special thanks to Lisa. Had it not been for her, I never would have met Luann. I'll never forget that she told me, "Hey, there's someone I want you to meet," and proceeded to tell me all about her best friend/sister-in-law. She even gave me Luann's phone number that day and showed me her picture.

    Most importantly, I am thankful that I met Luann. I was still getting to know Luann, but what I will always remember is her smile and her positive outlook on life. She really enjoyed her job and loved to have fun. There was never a dull moment when I got to hang out with her or talk to her on the phone. And I'll never forget that about her.

    Luann was 35 and is survived by her three children and countless other family members and friends. She will be forever missed.

    LuAnn Martinez Flores
    LuAnn Martinez Flores
    1972 - 2008

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    Luann's Obituary: Click Here

    Lu Ann Martinez Flores, age 35, of San Antonio went to be with the Lord on January 15, 2008. The loving mother of three children, Justin Paige, April Victoria and Brooke Flores; whose father is Homer S. Flores, Jr. Lu Ann is survived by her parents Victoria Perez and Marcus F. Martinez; 5 sisters: Irma Rose, Patricia (Oscar) Hernandez, Vikki (Jesse) Garcia, Doris (Isaac) Cortez, and Mary Helen (Joe) Moreno; 3 brothers: Mark Michael (Lydia), Timothy, and Gary Max Martinez; Lu Ann was also survived by many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and numerous friends. Lu Ann was a 1991 graduate of South San Antonio High School. Prior to moving back to San Antonio she was born and raised in Somerset, TX. Lu Ann was employed at Heroes Logistics, a supplier to Toyota. Lu Ann will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral services will be at Trevino Funeral Home, 2525 Palo Alto Rd. Visitation will take place on Friday, January 18th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, followed by a Rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral Service will be from 10:00 - 11:00 am, Saturday, January 19th. Interment will follow at First Memorial Park, Highway 16 South at 1604. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a trust fund opened in memory of Lu Ann Martinez Flores at Frost Bank, PO Box 241916 San Antonio, TX. 78224.

    Published in the San Antonio Express-News on 1/18/2008.

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