Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I've learned so much about myself and am in a happier place. Not everything turned out to be what I expected since moving out here to SF/Bay Area, but I have no regrets. Let 2009 bring even more new and wonderful opportunities.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
The BIG 3 finally got the bailout but Bush screwed the unions to do it. He just dictated that American corporations pay their employees significantly less than the employees of foreign owned manufacturers. And/or, he dictated that American corporations pick the pocket of their senior retirees. American capitalism, at its finest.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Before Marylin, before Madonna, there was Bettie Page (1923-2008). With a statuesque tall figure, long black hair, beautiful smile, and striking blue eyes, she was the 1950's pin-up model. Rest in peace Bettie. You were ahead of your time and paved the way for the women of today.
I know that Mike's heart is in the right place.
He however doesn't realize that the reprocussions that will follow with the American auto industry collapse is force a real change. The people will revolt against those that voted to hurt the average worker, and that this will spark a massive revolution.
The top 1% have had too much power for far too long, while the rest of the country has seen poverty overtake many states and all people from different walks of life.
The domestics are to blame mostly for this but they are not alone. For so long they have catered to what the oil cartels have wanted in creating a poisonous product to our planet.
The oil companies are responsible for creating wars and destabilizing other nations plundering their resources in the relentless pursuit of high profits, and stifling any new inventions that would get us off oil.
The right wingers and the god-loving freaks are responsible for voting in crooks and liars.
We need to wake up people.
Reason I've been following this so much and why I post so many car posts is because I used to work in the auto industry and I still love cars.
I support and believe in the American made auto industry. I am mixed about this for many reasons.
On one hand, I want not just us, but the whole world OFF of oil. Oil is a limited resource and like it or not, WE WILL run out of it. It poisons our planet in numerous ways.
These sociopathic corporatists don't understand and relentless in stopping anything new from replacing the internal combustion engine or even making it more fuel efficient. They along with their other Wall Street buddies are responsible for why our economy is deeply affected now with 1.5 million jobs lost in the last few months.
On the other hand, I want the American people to get it through their heads that our politicians need to be held accountable for the decisions they make.
They need to understand that when they vote for someone that seeks to undermine their way of making a living causing hardship for them and their families, it is their fundamental right to fight ... not just for themselves, but the good of everyone.
I'm not hateful towards religion because I personally know some wonderful people who are religious and they are not hateful at all. But in the midwest and southern states where the Big 3 have left their mark if they collapse, those states will be the first hit very hard.
Katrina will be a walk in the park.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
All this talk of corporate bailouts for the banks as well as the U.S. automobile manufacturers....what about the little guy that's been busting his ass trying to keep his head above water making ends meet with no relief in sight?
Capitalism with no regulation benefits the very elite few while profiting from the middle-class and poor majority.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The 2008 Tesla Roadster Electric Vehicle
Here are the specs:
Motor 375 volt AC induction air-cooled electric motor with variable frequency drive.
Max Net Power 248 HP (185 kW) @ 4500-8500 rpm
Max rpm 14,000
Efficiency 92% average, 85% at peak power
Torque 276 ft/lb (375 Nm) @ 0-4500 rpm
Single speed fixed gear with electrically-actuated parking lock mechanism and mechanical lubrication pump
Overall Final Drive 8.28:1
Reverse Reverse direction of motor, limited to 15 mph
Final Drive Ratio 3.12:1
Front Suspension Independent. Upper and lower unequal length wishbones. Co-axial coil spring/telescopic damper. Sway bar.
Rear Suspension Independent. Upper and lower unequal length wishbones. Co-axial coil spring/telescopic damper. Sway bar.
Hydraulically operated. Tandem master cylinder with vacuum servo and anti-lock braking system. Front and rear ventilated disc. Cable operated self adjusting hand brake on rear calipers.
Type Forged Light alloy
Size - front 6J x 16
Size - rear 7.5J x 17
Type Yokohama Neova AD07 LTS
Size - front 175/55 R16
Size - rear 225/45 R17
Overall length (in. / mm) 155.4 / 3946
Overall width - incl. mirrors (in. / mm) 72.9 / 1851
Overall height (mid-laden weight) (in. / mm) 44.35 / 1126.5
Wheelbase (in. / mm) 92.6 / 2351
Track - front (in. / mm) 57.7 / 1455.6
Track - rear (in. / mm) 59.0 / 1484.5
Curb weight (lbs/kgs) 2723/1238
Leg Room (in./mm) 42.0 / 1067
Front Head Room (in./mm) 36.7 / 932
Front Shoulder Room (in./mm) 26.0 / 660
Standard Interior features
1. Heated sport seats with inflatable lumbar support
2. Three-spoke leather-wrapped MOMO sport steering wheel
3. Leather seats and trim in black, dark gray, light gray, or beige
4. Stereo sound system with single-disc CD player, iPod interface, and MP3 playback
5. Cruise Control
6. Homelink universal transmitter to operate compatible garage, gate, and home lighting/home security systems
7. Power windows and locks
8. Air conditioning
9. Retractable cup holder
Standard Exterior Features
1. Double-insulated black soft top
2. Halogen low and high-beam headlamp assemblies
3. LED tail lights
4. Forged uni-directional seven-spoke wheels in silver finish: 16" front, 17" rear
5. Locking wheel lugs
6. Battery heater for cold weather charging to -20 degrees Celsius
7. High Power Connector with integral safety features for 3.5 hour charge
Standard Safety and Security Features
1. Four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
2. Traction control
3. Tire pressure monitoring system
4. Front and rear crumple zones
5. Driver and passenger front airbags
6. Rigid occupant safety cell
7. Side impact door beams
8. Seatbelt pretensioners
9. Integrated headrests
10. Emergency tire Inflator/sealant
11. Vehicle theft-deterrent and motor immobilizer system
12. PIN code prevents unauthorized vehicle operation
13. Valet Mode restricts vehicle speed, acceleration, and distance
Factory-installed options and accessories
1. Premium leather seats available in nine colors or combination of colors with embroidered Tesla Motors logo
2. Premium audio package. Includes satellite radio, navigation and 7 speaker sound system with subwoofer
3. Microfiber cloth seats in black
4. Bluetooth cellular phone integration
5. Matching body-colored carbon fiber hardtop with full headliner
6. Metallic and premium paint
7. Tesla Motors custom floor mats
8. Mobile Connector for travel charging
* Specifications as of Summer 2008
Price right now: $109,000
One can dream right? Hehehe
The Mazda RX-8. The only reason I'd want to own this car is the engine. Imagine an engine about the same size as a 4-cylinder, has NO valves, no camshaft, and no pistons, yet can deliver the power of a V-8 with a 10,000 RPM redline. Oh Man....
Four disc brakes including four ventilated discs
Electronic brake distribution
Wishbone front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs , multi-link rear suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs
Body color front and rear bumpers
Driver and passenger power door mirrors
External dimensions: overall length (inches): 174.3, overall width (inches): 69.7, overall height (inches): 52.8, wheelbase (inches): 106.4, front track (inches): 58.9, rear track (inches): 59.3 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 34.8
Projector beam lens halogen bulb headlights
Heat reflective glass
Luxury trim leather on gearknob
Opening rear ¼ windows
Fixed rear window with defogger
Tinted glass on cabin
Weights: curb weight (lbs) 3,075
Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe
The Pony Car. The only true American sports car. If I had to choose the years, they would be the '66, '71, and the 2007.
Here are the specs (keep in mind that at factory, the stock engine is a 4.6l V-8 @400HP. Carroll Shelby's design is the 5.4L version @540HP:
- Front engine, RWD, 4 passenger, 2 door coupe
- Supercharged DOHC 32 valve V8 engine
- 330 CID (5408 cc) displacement
- Power: 540 hp (410 kW) (550 CV)
- Torque: 510 ft.-lbs.
- 6 Speed Manual Transmission
- 3.73 differential ratio
- 18 x 9.5" Alcoa wheels on Goodyear F1 tires (front: P255/45ZR18 rear: 285/40/ZR18)
- Tuned suspension by Shelby and Ford Racing
- 3,800 lb (1,700 kg) curb weight
- 107.1 in (2,720 mm) wheelbase
- 188×73.9×54.5 in (4.78×1.88×1.38 m)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I am actually very surprised that while the gay marriage issue is still hot in the country, that Prince as come out stating that,
"God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, 'Enough."
These are words coming from a man who wrote many sexually charged music and lyrics (erotic city, darlin' nikki, head, sister) for most of his career, had married an underage girl (she was 16 at the time and divorced her just as quickly), dressed in some rather gender-bending roles, and has fucked both male and female partners most of his life. What an idiot.
You can read this article here.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Today was the most empowering unification experience I had the pleasure of being a part of.
Nationwide, protests against PROP 8 (funded by the Mormon church and conservative religious right) were held around the country and I had the chance to be part of the anger that many gay folk feel here in San Francisco and around the country. I could feel the emotional charge of the rally.
This is what gay pride SHOULD be about.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Proposition 8 was passed last night. So what. To every hate monger, to every religious hypocrite and bigot, just like the civil rights movement of the 1960's which paved the way for BARAK OBAMA to become a symbol of race unity in this country, WE SHALL OVERCOME.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
It's time that the corrupt, hypocritical, and thieving political GOP machine is finally removed from office along with the crooks that paved the way for the most costly theft in the history of the world. I cast my vote this morning to OBAMA. I think its time the United States chooses a minority to unite and lead this nation. It is long overdue.
Still, it bothers me that in our gay society there are those out there that have voted for Mcain knowing full well he is part of the Bush administration's bad policies. It's as simple as racism. Hard to believe that in the 21rst century with all the education and equal rights that we have fought for, there are those out there that still hold these deep seeding distrust towards someone just because of the color of their skin.
Have we not overcome this? I actually was reading on Michael Moore's website a few months ago an article about a Vietnam veteran who is feeling the sting of 8 years of the republican controlled government. He spent 25 years working as a machinist only to see his job gone, and to further add insult to injury, the man he voted for in 2000 and 2004, betray him and his state of Ohio. He made one comment that was honest but hit me: "I'm trying to get it around my head that I'll be voting for a black man." WOW. We have a long way to go still.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I can't believe that in another 6 months it will be a year that Vic and I have moved from old New England to out here in the Bay Area on the peninsula 10 minutes just outside from San Francisco. The other night while we were watching a movie, Vic asked me if I want to move back east, New York city specifically.
I was stunned. But I am thinking about it. If the job market does not improve here where I can't find more permanent work, I told Vic then let's do it.
I'm not going to attack SF. I LOVE the city. It's a magical place that I am slowly beginning to know. Unfortunately for me I don't enjoy going into it other than for work or seeing my friends. San Francisco does not have a nighlife compared to that of New York. In fact, NO CITY in the world does. While some may argue that there are more artists and creative people in SF, I tend to disagree compared to NYC. The energy is NY is way fast-paced which I'm used to and I miss it.
San Francisco is 750,000 people while New York city is 8 million. There is NO comparison.
We're still deciding, so who knows what will happen. I let Vic know that IF I decide to stay here in the Bay Area and he decides to go back east, then it will mean the end of us but I want him to be happy. He loves New York, for him it is where he feels most himself.
New York for me is and ALWAYS will be my home.
Friday, October 31, 2008
My friend Jay married his partner Brian on October 3rd 2008. If there's anyone that is more deserving in truly being happy to share the rest of his life with the person he loves is this man. My friend, YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY. May your love last a lifetime. CONGRATULATIONS!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
These are both very heated subjects here in the state of California. It was the same way back east when both Vic & I lived in Massachusetts. Yet, gay marriage was passed and the bigoted religious establishments failed. They lost because people in that state saw right through their cover "protect the institute of marriage between and man and woman" as nothing more than hate speech. Will it work over here in CA like it it did in MA? We'll see.
Whatever your stance is on gay marriage, I just wanna say to all gay folk reading this: THIS IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE. This is not about money. It is not about benefitting. We need this simply because we need the same protections that the heterosexuals take for granted every day.
A national HATE CRIME bill is NOT enough.
It amazes me how the same pathetic religious organizations that were planted back east in MA are trying the same vile, hypocritical tactics here. WOW.
Religion is a poison. No matter how good the intentions seem to be from whatever group, it creates wars, ignorance, greed, division, and ultimately: DEATH.
Look at the latest war fuck up under Bush. IRAQ.
Blackwater: A war profiteer in charge of the most dangerous mercenary contact-for-hire private army in which the CEO is supposedly very religious and is one of the contributors of PROP 8. He is a member of another hate group called FOCUS ON THE FAMILY and is right now making a killing in IRAQ as one of the money contractors in that country.
The mormons: Take a look in Texas and Warren Jeffs. The deliberate withholding of educating children, forcing and raping of young girls at a very young age to become married and have families in polygamous marriages. These are the people funding this hate bill against US gay folk.
But I have to ask though: Do we gay folk really want it? Do we really want to be married? Can I ask why do we need to adopt that word marriage? We are not man and woman. We are men and men or woman and woman. Why can't we just accept "domestic partnership" and still ensure those same rights are guaranteed towards us just like straight folk?
Its a tough call for both Vic & I. We both have spoken about it a few times but in the end we always looked at the bad and here's why.
Marriage is a very big responsibility. There are legal things that happen when a man and woman get married. Not only does the bride take on the husband's last name (sometimes she keeps her own maiden but traditionally not), but whatever property he or she owns, unless they sign a prenuptual agreement (and that can be broken as well as Britney Spears' ex did by blackmailing her) it now legally becomes both of theirs. Sure, there are plenty of benefits. Health costs are cheaper, and if something should happen to one spouse let's say by illness, the other spouse has power of attorney to decide the other's fate.
After seeing what happened in the state of Florida a few years ago between Michael Schiavo and his wife Terry who was in a vegetative state with no hope of recovery versus the nasty 15-year fight with her family and the crazy religious groups, Vic & I took out living wills saying that if one of us should become incapacitated where we cannot take care of ourselves (such as a coma) that we (Vic for I or I for Vic) will have the power of attorney NOT to keep us alive.
I did this simply because I as much as I love my sister, my cousin John, his family and his sister Ara, I do not trust them or any other member of my family to respect and honor my wishes in time of grief if I should pass. I don't trust Vic's family either. Don't get me wrong, they are great people that I know would take the shirt of their backs for me, but seeing how they are full-blooded Italians, blood is thicker than water, and family is EVERYTHING to them. If he should heaven forbid become ill and pass on, I have this feeling in my gut that I would be met with a vicious tooth-and-nail fight.
People can act very crazy when they are in pain.
Vic and I have argued long and hard about this.
A fellow straight bud told me that we gay folk don't know how lucky we are.
We gay people if its over, we just move out. When married people are over, they go to court and pay money to attorneys and start the legal battles of this-is-mine and this-is-yours.
He went further asking me: Do you really wanna be with somebody that once was hot as hell and now let's just say everything went downhill?
I laughed at that one.
Then comes the legal bills. Do you really want to be responsible for someone else and all their shit?
For me, I LOVE Vic flaws and all. I've been with this man nearly 15 years. NO ONE will ever be good enough as he.
I've been out since I was 17 years old. Most of the queers I've encountered are selfish, self serving individuals in for the NOW, for the moment, NOT for the long haul.
I hope that PROP 8 is defeated and that gay marriage does become official in the state of CA. I hope that these guys that decide to get married get a full blown reality check of the responsibility that comes along with making that decision. If things don't work out, it's not as simple as packing up your things and finding somewhere else to live. ;)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I hate how the US wireless carriers sign these exclusive backroom deals with cellphone manufacturers by not providing real choice, taking complete advantage, and screwing the average American. As usual, this is what happens when supposed free markets are allowed to run rampant with no government regulation or oversight.
Thanks to corporatists, monopolies abuse, control, take a lot, give very little, and dictate what we can and cannot do.
Anyhow, Research In Motion has just released the new Blackberry Storm which is their answer to Apple's iPHONE. As usual however, its exclusive to Verizon, just as the iPHONE is exclusive to AT&T. Vic & I are seriously thinking about getting out of our contracts with AT&T and heading to Verizon just for the STORM.
We found a place not far from where we currently live but much bigger and for a few hundred dollars more. The only bad side is that there is no garage. No biggy. Its not as if the truck is exposed to heavy rains, snow or even harsher elements. We're in CA and its almost always sunny here unlike the seasonal changes back in the north east.
Its been rough the last 6 months out here getting used to being in a completely different area but each day I am loving every moment. Making friends has been great. So many wonderful people that are making both Vic & I feel welcome. I went to the very first 'cuda in the city this past Saturday night meeting a friend of mine that was performing and a few other people there. I had a great time.
The other day I was doing routine inspection of the truck's engine making sure all the fluids were topped off and that everything was functioning normally. After spending close to $4000 on the vehicle there shouldn't be any problems. Tired of putting money into it though. I still want to remove the thermostat so that the engine runs cooler.
Last week I went to an APPLE seminar in Cupertino (south on the peninsula) in hopes that I get hired to work in one of the many retail Apple stores in the bay area. SF would be best though........
I was very intimidated because many of these people that were at this event along with me have worked in higher executive positions in the tech sector than I. But I remembered why I was chosen to come. It was my resume in which they saw something that appealed greatly. I hope this opportunity leads me to working for them. Besides, I want a MACBOOK!
Friday, September 19, 2008
For 25 years I have been wanting to be in San Francisco, but not just the city, the whole bay area. Its very much like Boston although not as heavily congested. Hard to believe I'm here although many of the hard realities and adjustments to a very different area than what I've been accustomed to have set in. I am slowly becoming familiar with the downtown and south of market areas.
I spent all morning and early afternoon in the city interviewing for two possible positions in IT desktop support. I need to get back to work into something a little more permanent. I'm getting tired of these short-term contracts to be honest. In-between interviews, I had time and walked around the downtown area and just explored the amazing European architecture, listened to the sounds, taking all in.
I LOVE THIS PLACE. There is a magic here. Just like NYC, it is no wonder it is visited by so many every year. They are different though, SF is a visually very beautiful city, while NY is more of an exciting place, and MUCH larger on grander scale. I still miss my hometown and eventually I will see it again. But I am so lucky to be in San Francisco. Both Vic & I are.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Only 2 short term contract positions I got and I keep getting called by this pathetic INSIGHT GLOBAL agency that has not made any effort in finding me a job but still keeps on calling me regardless. Last time I yelled at the last rep that called me and told him,
"I'm NOT yelling at you personally, but there's no accountability from your company. If you're not going to hire me, please stop calling. You are wasting my time"
All I want is a permanent job. Please give me work with a decent paycheck please. I'm not asking for the fucking world on a silver platter man.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
1. A TRUE FRIEND IS HONEST WITH YOU.
2. A TRUE FRIEND STICKS BY YOU NO MATTER WHAT.
3. A TRUE FRIEND LOVES AND ACCEPTS YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE.
4. A TRUE FRIEND WOULD WALK THROUGH FIRE FOR YOU.
5. A TRUE FRIEND'S ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.
6. A TRUE FRIEND WOULD KILL AND DIE FOR YOU.
7. A TRUE FRIEND RESPECTS YOU.
8. A TRUE FRIEND IS LOYAL AND HONORS YOU.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
9. A TRUE FRIEND WOULD TRY EVERY SINGLE DAY NEVER GIVING UP ON THE PEOPLE THEY CARE ABOUT BEING THERE ESPECIALLY IF THEY SCREWED UP.
ANYTHING LESS IS NOT A FRIEND.