Nathanael

Thoughts and Happenings…

Yeah it’s been rough…

Ok Ok yeah I know I keep saying in all the recent, well the last blogs I wrote not really recent, that I just haven’t had time to write well I won’t say that again. It would not be true ha ha. This semester has not turned out the way that I thought it would for me. You see it is my last semester and I thought i would have all this time and it would be great and I would make tons of new friends. Well it kind of has been just the opposite of that.

You see I hate to say it but I have kind of gone backwards a little. I mean that, I have not had time for a lot of my friends, I haven’t even seen my roommates and I live with them. School is ruling my life along with Cheering. Now I have a new job which I love but I have to work evenings so it has just been a little rough. But looking over the hill I only have right around 3 weeks left of school. That is including my Final Exams. You have no idea how excited I am!

I have made a promise to myself and to God that I am going to get back on track. I miss a lot of my friends so i am going to start hanging out with them more especially once school ends. I also have to make a few hard decisions but that is all to come. Be looking for some pictures. I have a lot that I haven’t posted. Be Blessed.

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Delimas, Frustration, Other, Reflection, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I am still Alive I promise…

Yeah it has been way to long since I have posted anything. I have been a slacker the past few weeks. I think because I have just had a lot to take care of. School started back which means all the extra stuff that comes with school started back as well. I thought I would have a lot of time to myself but it turns out that it is not going happen because everything is starting to take a lot of time. I am really excited about what this semester holds but it might be a little challenging as well.

The classes I am taking this semester are Audio II, Record Label Operations, Strategic Management, Tour Production, and Senior Capstone. Most of them will be interesting but very time consuming outside of class. Then there is Cheerleading… YES I am a cheerleader. Actually I really enjoy, but as of right now I am not allowed to do anything cause of my shoulder. It is all messed up and I am ready for it to stop hurting so I can work out and stunt and tumble again. We just started working our competition squad. We have a long way to go but it will be a lot of fun.

I am sitting in my house right now about to take a nap and finish some HW before practice tonight. I am going to try to write some more blogs soon getting a little deeper about what is going on in my life. Be Blessed

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Changes, Other, Reflection | Leave a comment

How to Fix Grand Cherokee Brake Lights…

I forgot to post how you fix your Brake Lights and Tail lights on a Grand Cherokee. At least this is what fixed mine when the brake lights where dim during the day and when I turned on my lights at night I would loose Taillights and Brake Lights. Hopefully it will work for you too. Be Blessed

 

1. Remove the tail light assembly. Most of you know how to remove the light assembly if you’ve changed bulbs, so I won’t cover that. 

2. disconnect the wiring harness by sliding the red locking clip to the side in order to press the side of the male connector and pull apart. 

3. Once you’ve got the tail assembly away from the vehicle and on a bench, remove the light socket for the tail/brake light. You will see 3 silver contact points inside the black plastic ring. 2 are grouped together and there is one that is opposite of the 2. The one by itself is the ground; the other two are the contacts for the tail light and brake light. The problem lies with the ground connector. (BTW, I tested continuity with all lights and contacts including the turn signal and the reverse light to verify that the circuit board itself was good, and it was). 

4. clean all contacts with a Q-Tip and some sort of contact cleaner – rubbing alcohol will work. 

5. You should notice that the ground contact is depressed into the plastic and the plastic itelf is slightly warped down. I was able to use a small pair of needle nose pliers that have a 45 degree angle to press up on the contact from underneath using the opposite lip of the hole as leverage (very carefully). Once it had moved up a bit, I was able to wedge a mini-flathead screwdriver in between the metal contact and the plastic to force the contact up even further (again, very carefully). Once it looked even with the rest, gently reinsert the connector and test. 

 

Good Luck! Let me know if it works for you as well.

August 8, 2008 Posted by | Delimas, JGC Brake Lights, Other | Leave a comment

Men Fix Their Own Cars…

Ok so my last post was telling you what was going wrong with my car and what I did through out the weekend. This one is going to tell you how God just blessed me today by helping me fix my car by myself. So at the beginning of this week I still have no taillights or brake lights at night. It is getting really frustrating cause people keep yelling at me and honking at me and I can’t drive at night right. Well Yesterday which was Wed. the 6th I decided too look online to see if any other Jeeps where having the same problem. Well to my surprise there were a lot. Jeep probably should recall a lot of jeeps to fix cause they are all having the same problem. But back to my story. I was just about to give up when I saw one more page that I could read and it was a question and answer page. So decided to read it. Well the guy had the same kind of JGC I had with the same problems and under was some random guy that answered him. He said he had the same issues and fixed it buy doing this and that. I looked at it for a sec and was wondering if it would actually work on my car. So I decided to be a mechanic and try ha ha. It worked! It took me about 2 hours to do with all the wiring and Grounding and stuff but I fixed my car with God’s help cause i am no mechanic. Now my Taillights and Brake lights work better than before.  So yes I was feeling like a manly man at that moment.

That part of my day made everything else go great. But to top it all off I met up with a friend I just found out that was out here and she took me to a apt building and we went to the roof to grill out with her friends. you could see all of Downtown LA it was so much fun! I met a lot of cool people there too. there was this one guy that he and I came up with this incredible idea for a shop, but I can’t tell you cause you wil want to steal it cause it is BRILLIANT!!!!

August 8, 2008 Posted by | Blessings, Break Down, California, Delimas, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Where to Begin?…

Ok so this past weekend actually was pretty awesome. I got to Azusa, CA on Friday night trying to figure out what I was going to do then finally decided to rent a movie. But I got a call from my friend Sarah and they wanted me to come eat with them at Cocos so of course I will come eat, I mean how can I pass up food right. So needless to say it was a fun time eating with Sarah her mom and Bethany or so called (BF) from Sarah. Well after we eat they head to some Book extravaganza where they are releasing a new book and I go home to watch my movie.

Something I need to tell you before the next part is, I have been having trouble for about a year with my car. You see my taillights and brake lights were going out a lot and I kept getting pulled over because I would be missing one or the other side, you know what I mean. Well about 2 weeks ago this weird electrical problem started to take over my car right and now I would have Taillights as brake lights during the day (which are dim) and at night when I turned on my lights I would loose both Taillights and brake lights so I had nothing on my back of my car.

Ok so after you knowing that I am driving home and every person that drives by me both ways was waving at me yelling at me and honking that I don’t have lights. Of course I know this that is why I try not to drive at night. Well after watching my movie (Vantage Point) that night I try to get rest and plan on trying to take it in the next day to get fixed. So the next morning rolls around and I have band practice but afterward I take my car to a couple different places to see if they could tell me what is wrong, and guess what NOTHING. They were all like you have to take it to a dealer and leave it with them. Of course I am out here in CA and I have no time to take my car and leave it. So I decide just to wait and pray right. But after all the excitement of trying to fix my car which i didn’t, I went out by the pool and chilled there for the rest of the afternoon, WHICH WAS AMAZING!!!!! Sarah and I had a new friend come over to hang with us (Lauren), She was really cool and liked to have fun.

That evening we went over to Jake’s house (Bethany’s BF) and watched 21 and ate Cookies (MY FAVORITE) It was a nice relaxing evening and then after we got home I went out with a friend to chill and it became a late night before I knew it.

i know this is getting really long but hey your the one reading it. So Sunday rolled around and I was pretty tired but you know what, the sermon that the Pastor preached was just what I needed to hear. You see there had been some stuff in my life that I needed to confess but I hadn’t and that is kind of what he preached on. So yes i confessed them On Sunday and now I feel so much better. It is hard for us as humans not to dwell on our pasts, and wonder how God doesn’t do the same. But I can assure you He does not. He forgives and Forgets!

Sunday afternoon was one of just sitting at Sarah’s house just resting and watching the Incredibles! So yeah it was nice then I had to drive back home to my place. So yeah that is the weekend and I will post another post about the past two days…..

August 6, 2008 Posted by | Break Down, California, Delimas, People | Leave a comment

Earthquake in CA…

So it started off as a normal day. you know get up early (not wanting to crawl out of bed) go to work (get stopped by LA traffic in the morning half asleep) and start the normal routine of making sure everything is perfect before the bosses get there in the morning. Well ever since I have gotten here to CA everyone has been talking about how they were due for a major earthquake.

Well considering I am from the south and we don’t get that many earthquakes down there I was kind of interested but never thought it would actually happen while I was here. I WAS WRONG! So yesterday on 7/28/08 I was making a run to go get a few things for our craft service department and when I got back and was bringing things in I started to see people coming outside. At first I didn’t pay any attention to it but as I kept looking there were a lot of people outside. I thought to myself after seeing that maybe they are all just on a break at the same time. Funny thought that so many people would be on a break at Disney Studios at the same time though but after a sec I just began to work again.

Well after a little while my two bosses (Dawn King, Amanda Zemke) came in and said Nathan why weren’t you outside. I was like why would i be outside. They said that there was a big earthquake and everyone evacuated. I thought they were just kidding me but soon realized they were not and everyone was outside cause they evacuated the buildings and then there is me sitting in my room working without a since of what is really going on. HMMMMMMMM must have been a God thing. But still I think it is pretty funny that I didn’t feel a thing and it registered as a 5.8. 

So yeah I had my first CA earthquake experience and I didn’t even feel it.

 

 

Not really our earthquake just one i found on the Internet

Not really our earthquake just one i found on the Internet

July 30, 2008 Posted by | Blessings, California, Delimas, Earthquake, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Lots to Tell…

Ok so I know it has been a long time since I have posted. One reason is because there has been a lot going on here in CA and at my job so I will try to tell you as much as I can in as little words as possible so here we go….

The week after the Dodger’s game was a pretty good week. I mean I can not complain at all because it was fairly normal until Friday. It started as a normal day and actually we thought we were going to be able to leave early, then we got a call saying some executives were coming in to review some things. So of course we had to get things ready for them, not that big of a deal and when they got here they started talking to my boss ect… I was working on a few other things back in my office after Ian got called in there as well when next thing I notice, Ian my other boss came into my room and shut the door (never a good sign). He told me what was going on and that there were going to be some changes. I didn’t believe him at first but sure enough there was some changes being made. 

The next week I had a lot more responsibility, until Amanda another Assistant Editor would come in to help out. We were able the rest of that week to get everything done we needed to do which was great. Now we are preparing to organize all the digital takes and such for the Editor to come back in on the 4th of Aug. So there are a few more things that we need to take care of but all in all it is going great. We have another Assistant Editor coming in today, her name is Dawn. So slowly but surely everything will be back to normal soon. 

This coming weekend I am not sure what I will be doing yet. I have a few options. I mean I could go back to Azusa but there is a chance that I could possibly go down to San Diego to do a few fun things. So we will see. i will keep you posted.

July 28, 2008 Posted by | California, Changes, Delimas, Other | Leave a comment

Running Errands…

Ok so I just wanted to say that I do not like running errands! But I really don’t like when you are trying to find one specific thing and you go to like 6 stores and they don’t have it. Yeah that is what happened to me today. It was not fun. But then I figured out that I was getting frustrated cause I had no food in my belly. So After I ate I was all better. Still hoping though that it doesn’t happen to me again.

 

July 10, 2008 Posted by | Delimas, Errands, Frustration, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Got the OK…

Well this coming week is going to be a very busy one for me. You see I just got the ok to move all my stuff from my old Apt into my new house that I am renting with two other AWESOME people so I don’t have to do it when I get back from CA, which is actually a huge blessing considering I will be extremely tiered. Also this week I am having to prepare all of our Editing equipment and supplies to be shipped to CA at the end of the week, so I have to work late on that at the office. So I have both of those things then I really would like to see my friends before I leave as well. So needless to say I am trying to figure out my sched for the next few days. 

But it is going to be amazing living in CA for 7 weeks, even though I am not entirely sure where I am going to live yet. I know God will provide.

June 23, 2008 Posted by | Delimas, Future, Housing, Other, Travel | 1 Comment

Barely Making it Off the Interstate…

Wow, ok so I haven’t had a really stressful day in a long time, actually I don’t get stressed a lot at all I usually get more focused. But today is in the running of kind of a stressful day. So I get up this morning like I always do and take my shower get ready for work get in my car start driving right?…. Well about half way to work (about a 25 min drive to work) I realize my car (actually my brothers car) is acting kind of funny. I look at the gages and the battery gage is all the way down and the next thing I know BOOM, all of the electronics shut off. But the car is still running praise God. I get over into the right lane just in case the rest of the car decides to shut down but it ran ok cause I kept it reved up! Well I get off my exit just waiting for my car to die but it doesn’t it allows me to get a mile away from work when bla buh bluh bluh eeewwwwwwwwwww (that is a car dying soung) so I coast into a parking lot and do the whole calling AAA thing and to get it toed and calling my boss telling them I would be late. Needless to say I finally got it toed and actually got it worked on today. It did cost my whole pay check for the week but at least i have a car now. If I would have gone to a main dealership I probably would have had to sell my right arm or something to pay for it.

 

A nice thing that did happen today was my boss was nice enough to come pick me up. I was already behind on work and had more work given to me when I arrived so needless to say I am still working and it is 7 tonight. I am waiting on some drives to finish up and then I need to make some DVD’s but I might have to wait till tomorrow cause my eyes are getting really tiered of looking at the computer screens.

Not sure what I will do tonight… I might just go eat at Fridays where my friend works, well I might not really eat but I will go socialize with him, then go home and eat some cereal and go to bed. that would be nice Bed YES I think I might try to do that but who is to say I will actually do it, probably will find somethig else to distract me. I just pray that tomorrow will not be as crazy for me as today…

May 30, 2008 Posted by | Break Down, Delimas, Other, Reflection, Travel, Uncategorized | Leave a comment