Reflections and Expectations: A Long Summer

Greetings, friends. Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend.

As August comes to a close, let’s look back at the month that was and look ahead to September.


Graduate school – On Aug. 4, I started my second semester with the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

The current class I’m taking covers the fundamentals of transportation management, serving as a beginner’s course for students pursuing their Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) degrees through the program. Lots of reading and a few written assignments so far. However, I’m off to a cautiously optimistic start.

Labor Day weekend in San Diego – There was an added bonus to this occasion.

On Thursday afternoon, I had a job interview in Downtown San Diego. While I won’t divulge much about where or what it entails, I am still grateful for the opportunity to be considered for an opportunity there, regardless of the eventual decision that I will receive.

After the interview, I stayed put in the area by spending the rest of the weekend with family down here — an increasingly common occurrence on holiday weekends throughout the year within the last year or so. I’m always glad to be down here to spend time in a great part of the state with some pretty wonderful people. There was definitely more to love about this visit in particular.

#EverySimpsonsEver – Yes. I took part in that marathon on FXX although I didn’t watch all episodes that have aired so far. I mainly watched my favorites from earlier seasons of the series — “Marge vs. the Monorail,” “Homie the Clown,” “The Springfield Files,” “Last Exit to Springfield” among others.

The marathon runs through Labor Day although I have since largely stopped watching. I look forward to re-watching older episodes some more later in the year when Simpsons World launches, a site that will stream full episodes of the complete series.


  • OC PRSA Luncheon – It’s the only major event that I can highlight for now. I’m on the planning committee for this event. If you’re in the area, register today.

How was your summer? What are you looking forward to this fall? Share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you.