Cousin Thelma Visits Phoenix

My cousin messaged me a week ago and wanted to just get away and come visit. So we spent the weekend showing her around the State!

Mexican food at Valle Luna, where she even ate some of the leftovers for breakfast the next morning.

Our cool zen backyard.


Up to Montezuma’s castle

Stopped in Sedona for a quick look and some coffee



A quick stop so Thelma can get some fresh air and not feel so car-sick

Damien made a cute snowman

The Grand Canyon

A quick dinner at McDonald’s before heading home

The next day, we had Filipino food while Damien was at school

Thelma, coming from Seattle, had to go to a Mariner’s game

We were going to go to Papago, but it was rush hour, so we went for a hike at Thunderbird Park. Damien and Thelma ran up to the top!

Then we stuffed ourselves with sushi!

Last meal together before flying home, had to visit the Place.

Spartan Super 2017

We finished the Spartan Super! 8.47 miles of what felt like mostly only going uphill in shitty terrain! Would definitely have done better if my knee wasn’t messed up. Also, Damien was just getting over a really bad cold.

It was great hanging out with old friends I haven’t seen in a long time. Most obstacles are easy, it’s the terrain and challenges that suck, like carrying heavy sandbags or buckets of rock up and down hillsides worn smooth by countless other Spartans and trying not to fall.

I definitely love Arizonans, there are so many friendly people at events who are supportive, encouraging, and motivating. 

It was definitely an experience. One more for the trifecta!


The whole team (minus four no-shows/postpones)

Ran into Cory, my Marine brother!

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

2016 in Review


  • Double Funeral in Yuma for Uncle Forrest and Aunt Becky


  • Went to the Amazing Arizona Comicon
  • Went to the Renaissance Festival
  • Ran a Spartan Race with Damien
  • RSA Conference and met up with
    • Jack Jones
    • James Lynn
    • Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek
    • Rami Malek
  • Got to see old friends
    • Greg Fuse (Marine brother)
    • Visiting the Roses


  • I did a massive Enterprise Risk Assessment at work
  • Ukulele Serenade to Jaime
  • Damien’s wisdom teeth were finally pulled
  • Mom visiting for Easter
  • Viviana’s birthday (family get together)
  • Jaime’s Gall Bladder had to be removed


  • I took an Aspiring Leaders Development Class
  • Damien and I ran the Warrior Dash
  • I ran Pat’s Run
  • We attended Marc and Jolyn’s wedding
  • Spent the day at the Wildlife zoo with Family


  • RIP Jason Kossman (Marine brother)
  • Attended Jaime’s cousin, Julie and Tyler’s wedding in Yuma and spent time with the family
  • Damon Graduated high school!
  • Went to Walnut Creek
    • Visit the Roses
  • Jaime and I bought cars (cash!)


  • Cole and I went to the Gartner Summit in Washington DC (saw Colin Powell)
  • Washington mall
  • Visited Bismarck Lopez (Marine brother)
  • Visited John Rivera (Marine brother) and family

  • Knocked it out of the park at Comicon with our Venetian Carnivale themed Harlequin and Jester


  • Visited by Justin Neu (Marine brother) and family
  • Ukulele meetups begin and Jaime and I go
  • Cole, Earl, and I take NIST Cybersecurity Framework classes


  • Damien’s birthday (Big 2 oh!)
  • Lake Powell vacation with friends


  • Went to the Vegas PCI Conference


  • Walnut Creek X 2
    • Visited the Roses
  • Attended Phoenix Comicon Fanfest
  • Yoshi passed away 🙁


  • Bisbee Photographers Weekend
  • Rob passed away 🙁 attended Rob’s Funeral

    • Friends get together
    • Morgan, Lorraine and Lawrence Greeff and Roxy
    • Glendale Glitters
  • Thanksgiving/Jaime’s birthday (family get together)


  • Attended the San Francisco CISO Summit
  • Auntie Gloria passed away 🙁
  • Victor’s birthday (family get together)
  • Jaime and I played in the Sam Ash Ukulele Concert
  • Jerell’s graduation (family get together)
  • Michigan for a “White” Christmas
  • 641.72 miles done in 2016, an additional 101.03 over last year’s 🙂 but I gained 25 lbs due to eating too much! 🙁

Jerell’s Graduation

We had a lovely time joining our family to celebrate Jerell’s graduation. He’s going to go do great things!


The majority of this group is family


left to right: Hector Jr, Henry Senior, Amelia, Hazel, Helena, and Hethel