Reflections and Expectations: Is it August yet?

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

July has been a pretty dull month.

No major trips, no new job yet and hardly much noteworthy or groundbreaking developments to report on.

Still, there’s always a few things here and there to pick out and highlight.

Let’s see what those were as we look back on the month that was and look ahead to August.


Fourth of July in Los Angeles – Although I did not have any major plans this year unlike the last two, I went to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles for the Fourth of July festivities and fireworks show.

I showed up several hours early at the park that day. Everything up until the fireworks show at 9 p.m. was pretty dull although I did my best to make the most of it. The end of the festivities did not disappoint.

Griffith Observatory – Of all the years I have lived in Los Angeles, I had not visited the Griffith Observatory at all until July 5. It is an amazing place with a great view of the L.A. skyline from the outside of the observatory and fantastic planetary exhibits on the inside. Great use of time on that beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Mineta program (graduate school) – On July 9, I was formally admitted to the Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) program, administered by the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

The MSTM program will serve as a continuation of the Certificate in Transportation Management program I started off with in January. If all goes well, I have eight classes and two years left until I earn that master’s degree. I’ll get there.


  • Second semester of graduate school – Now that I will return as a student pursuing a master’s degree, I am getting ready for the start of the Fall 2014 semester Monday with the introductory MTM 201 course on the fundamentals of transportation management. Now, I’m really getting started.
  • Job search – It might finally come to an end…I hope. Better sooner than later.

How has your summer been so far? Share your thoughts below. I would love to hear from you.


2 thoughts on “Reflections and Expectations: Is it August yet?

  1. Waiting to receive that full-time position… a part-time paid internship is better than nothing!

    • Even a part-time internship for me would be great right about now. It would be nice to get back to work somewhere again. I’m getting there. Thanks for chiming in, Erica!

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