Monthly Archives: December 2006

Birthday Horoscope – Sagittarius

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Let the world be known, I am not really into Astrology and Horroscopes; and when I say not really, I mean I don’t pay attention to them AT ALL. I categorize Astrology with organized religion minus the organization (wherever that file may be). So, with that disclaimer out there, my mom sent me a newspaper clipping of my horroscope from my birthday this year. I would like to tear apart its semantics and say that it is such a broad description it could apply to hundreds of thousands of people, which is probably true and why they put it in the newspaper. Because of this clipping and this post I am going to dive deeper into the crazy under world (or should I say over…stars…shrug) of astrology and my horriscope.

This is what started this little astrology rant of mine:
Sagittarius Horoscope December 18
Sagittarius Horoscope for December 18th

I read this clipping and was like; “wow, I really like what this thing is saying” AND I can relate on one level or another to everything mentioned in the horoscope that came out on my birthday.

Ok. So now, I am going to give you some basic characteristics of a Sagittarius and I will tell you if they apply to me. Anyone out there that knows me, feel free to call “bullshit” in the comments section if you see fit:

The symbol of this zodiac sign is half horse and half man holding a bow and arrow.I do not resemble this character one bit…see below.

Picture of a Sagittarius, half horse half man with bow and arrow

Sagittarius is constantly searching for greater awareness via new ideas and new experiences. This applies to me

Sagittarius love getting beyond their immediate surroundings via adventure, travel and philosophy. I like this one…it hits the nail right on the head (adventure and Travel in one: Mexico trips, mountain biking, surf trips to Indo, South America, Central America, Carribean, Africa, Australia, New Zealand; Philosophy: Atlas Shrugged, Fountainhead, Senior Thesis on Michel Foucault)

Sagittarius often look to the silver lining of a dark cloud and could be considered optimists. This is me…although I may make fun of the bad, I will always pursue the silver lining.

There is a connection between Sagittarius and Horses.This really couldn’t be further from the truth. Horses scare me and they are stinky. It could be just because I have not spent much time around them and the few times I have, I had a bad experience. At present, the only connection I have to horses is through Summer. Her mom breeds Hanoverian Horses

The Sagittarius Motto is “It is better to know how to learn than to know.” This kind of reminds me of the old biblical passage of teaching a hungry man to fish as opposed to feeding him. This particular horriscope goes on to describing this motto as an infinite quest for wisdom and the “things to come”. This does apply to me, but at this point I feel like they are stroking my ego a bit.

A Sag can feel sullen if his/her wings are clipped. Yup…but I can’t give you the reasons why yet. :-)

Sagittarius Element: Fire; Fire gives you light and heat and can provide this for many others without depleting its supply. Although it is a fire, it is not hot, it is only warm acting as a far away beacon or lighthouse leading the way to a destination that is forever changing. Hmmmm, this one may apply to me in the fact that I have new goals and aspirations before I accomplish my old ones…so I will never in my life accomplish my goals and say…ok, what should I do now? There are always new ones keeping me busy as I accomplish old ones.

Sagittarius Quality: Unshakable Optimistic AttitudeIt says unshakable optimistic attitude but contradicts itself by saying that a Sag can be very sullen if its wings are clipped. I think they are reaching a little bit here.


Ninth House: Travel We already explored this one on item number three

Ruling Planet: Jupiter; Jupitor is the largest planet in our Solar System and often leads this zodiac sign to over indulge or overspend making Sagittarius the King of big, better and more. This large planet encourages Sagitarrius to take risks and create opportunities that help this sign live life as an adventure and believe in something greater then themselves. Well, the first thing I get out of this is that for all those great qualities I have, I am destined to compete with “The Smiths” for a bigger house, faster car, nicer suit…hey, this sounds familiar, maybe there WAS truth to that at one time.

Alright, that was my analysis of my Zodiac Sign, Sagittarius. Thanks for the Birthday Horoscope Mom….good stuff. :-)


Lost and Found in America

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I was zoning out on TV yesterday and heard, I think a celebrity, say something very insightful (imagine that) about their life at that point in time. She said, “the good thing about being in your 30’s is that you know what you love and whom you love so it’s no where near as hard as the previous 30 years of your life.”

Stefan Rest and Summer Hogan; Christmas 2006

Its a very good point. I struggled with my identity, as all children do, until I thought I discovered who I was (ah, right) around my Junior or Senior year of high school. I progressed on that path through the tutiledge of many great people, some of which know they influenced me and some of them that don’t until my mid 20’s. I was content and happy with my life goals except for one goal which I had never tried to tackle. I felt like I was lacking a few things that I never had and one goal that so many other people had obtained. Get A Real Job so I can have; Money. White Collar job. Nice Car. Expensive Suits. Expensive Watches. Dry Cleaning. Weekends off. Holidays off.

So, i jumped into the job market of San Diego and started my quest to be a rich business man with an Armani Suit, Ferragamo Shoes, a Brietling Bently Watch, Zegna ties, VIP Tables with Bottle Service and a top of the line BMW to get me there. Hence, getting swept downstream with the masses, the sheep that make this world go around and essentially loosing my identity all over again (not that I ever had it in High School, but I was lost again).

It took me 6 years to figure out what makes me tick, find myself again and prioritize the important elements of my life…But now I’ve go my eyes on the prize.

This is a bit of a rant so I will summarize;
I was once lost in the “American Way”, but now I am Found…on the right path again with the right person. We are pictured above(maybe I am not completely on the right path…I am growing a mustache ha!) on our way to Summers grandma’s house in Poway California for a Christmas Eve Dinner and some exchanging of gifts.

being tagged

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Summer tagged my blog requiring me to tell you 5 Things You Don’t Know About Me and then tag 5 other blogs requiring them to do the same thing. If you are one of the blogs I tagged, I am sorry, I don’t know you. But we are related some way/how because I did searches for things that I am interested in and your blogs came up first in the search results. Please…repeat…its good stuff.

Here are 5 things that you don’t know about me:

1. I was the Ice Cream Man

2. Regardless of extensive international travel, turbulence on an air plane still makes me nervous

3. I drove alone South on Interstate 95 in the year 2000 directly through Hurricane Floyd (155mph winds) from North Carolina to Florida (600 miles) because the evacuation route that was offered to evacuees would have stranded me inland/landlocked away from pumping hurricane surf

4. I can’t ride a wheelie on my bike

5. All of my muscles are bionic so I jump onto the roofs of tall buildings (too bad I am afraid of heights)

I don’t know five people with blogs that haven’t already been tagged so I am going to pick this one freestyle:

Google Search: Surfers Blog

Blogger Search: South Jersey

Search: Mountain Bike

Search: Porn Star (actually #2 in SERP’s, first one was spam)

Search: Monkey (title was flying space monkey)

Search: I hate taxes

Puerto Rico Surfing

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Summer and I are heading out in a few minutes. She is running around closing up last minute business items…we are completely packed…have a ride to the airport lined up and are both looking forward to some R&R away from all the bullshit we all deal with in our every day lives.

Purpose of trip? Surf, find new places to stay, see the arecibo observatory, drink Presidente’s…hang with mark…

running late..bye

S. California Surf Report

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Pictures of Encinitas Surf

I was quite dissapointed this morning with the surf. We have all been eagerly anticipating this great north west swell that has been predicted by all of the Southern California surf reports to be epic. I woke up early, a little worried about the extreme high tides and how they would effect the swell…and the worst case scenario came true. Unlike the 2005 December North West swell that hit california hard and long…this one is roping in medium size closeouts and is less than desirable.

I took this picture, as it was the first wave in 30 waves that looked like it was going to line up…if you look down the line you’ll see the first 100 yards just closed out. There were a few guys out there…a boogie and a couple of surfers that weren’t catching anything aside from the occasional drop into a close out barrell with no time to travel. It looked shithouse…time to back up my boards I guess…Summer and I are leaving for Rincon Puerto Rico tomorrow.

The surf report for Rincon is looking decent for this week. We may get some swell..but i am probably jinx’n it by even saying this….it was flat the entire time the last time we were there!