I just got back from my CHP written exam.  It was definitely one of the few exams I’ve taken in my life I can confidently say I totally owned.

I talked to the officer who was there after I completed the exam about the CHP’s vision requirement.  I first read it in September and realized I didn’t comply.  I e-mailed Uncle Jimmy (Lee) from church and the recruiting officer I initially had contact with to try to formulate a “game plan” for my pickle.

Here is the requirement:

  • Vision. The applicant must read from a standard eye test chart. If eyeglasses or hard contact lenses are worn, uncorrected vision must be no less than 20/40 in each eye and corrected to 20/20 in each eye. Applicants who have successfully worn soft contact lenses for the past 12 months are not required to meet an uncorrected standard as long as their corrected vision is 20/20 in each eye. At least four quarterly checks for vision stabilization are required for applicants who have had any eye surgery. Normal color vision is required as assessed by the Farnsworth-D-15 test. An X-Chrom Lens is prohibited.

So it looks like I may need to wait at least year before I can progress even further in the process because I fall in the “hard contact lenses” category above and I definitely cannot see 20/40 uncorrected.  I still plan on going to the physical abilities test (PAT) on November 4, 2006 just to see what they say.  The officer who was at the exam today said to give her a call on Monday and see if there’s anything else that could possibly help me out in this situation.

Job hunt update: God provided an interview for me at Edmunds.com for their Incentives and Rebates Data Editor position on Thursday morning at 11 AM.  I would appreciate it if you all who would like to pray for me approached God’s throne of grace with confidence to intercede for lil ol’ me.  I say “lil ol’ me” because there are so many other things going on in this world that need a lot more prayer than my work situation.  Thanks to God first, the Trojan network, and Kelsey who I knew from InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship (Xanga: scunicorn98) for helping me out!

Edmunds.com is a great web site!  It’s one I’ve spent countless hours on reading reviews and previews of many automobiles, my own including.  I totally used it before I got the car I drive, although I didn’t need the information I got that much since the dealer gave us a great deal from the get-go.  The only downside to working at Edmunds would be commuting to Santa Monica.  I’m sure it’d be well worth it!  Although, I definitely am thinking about getting a beater car with a slushbox (automatic transmission) if I get the job and have to deal with that commute.

If I could remove words from people’s vocabulary/vernacular, I would remove “luck” and anything related to it and “it’s a small world”.

  1. Luck.  I don’t believe in luck.  God is sovereign and that’s all I care about.  When I was a wee lad, I used to thing Friday the 13th was bad news…like a high-horsepower front-wheel drive vehicle.  When I was in elementary school, I lost my recorder (musical instrument) on Friday the 13th.  I don’t remember what year it was.  Others simply talked about it like it was a very bad thing.  And like some things in life, if you think something about something, something it ends up becoming true although it may usually be attributed to your perception of things.
  2. It’s a small world.  It’s not a small world, folks!  The whole is huge!  The fact that you run into people or know someone who knows someone else is something I believe God simply appoints and arranges.  Here’s some interesting things that have happened through the association that I work at Sierra Acura.
         In August, I found a loaner agreement from a repair order that had the name of a person (Patrick) who went to Pilgrim School.  Patrick was my sister’s year.  It turns out he just traded in his Acura CL Type-S for a new Carbon Bronze Pearl RDX.  He brought his vehicle in last Tuesday (10/10/2006) for a rattle that was caused by a loose sensor in the left rear quarter panel.  I e-mailed him last night and it looks like we were able to nip it in the bud (what’s the origin of that saying anyway?).
         Last Friday (10/06/2006), I ran into two people I knew who were waiting for service to be completed on their vehicles.  The first was Julian who I had known from USC.  He had a Black 2005 TSX that was in for a left front door lock actuator (front door lock actuators are a common problem on 2005-2006 TSXs) that wasn’t working properly.  The second was Mark who I had met through the weekly Subaru meets I would go to every now and then.  He brought in his mother’s Silver 2006 TL for its first oil change (the first one’s free if the vehicle is purchased from us).
         Last Monday (10/09/2006), I was leaving for the night when I ran into Brian who was also from Pilgrim and also my sister’s year.  He purchased a Silver 2006 RSX Type-S in July and brought it in for its first oil change.  I was planning on going straight home, but he and his brother, Kevin, invited me to go to dinner with them at Kabuki.  I figured it’d be a good opportunity to catch up on things and it definitely was!  I also almost lost my right contact lens there when it came out while we were paying the bill.  I ended up finding it on the seat of the booth we got.

I’m still experiencing stop sign pandemonium on what seems to be a daily basis.  What is it with these people?

Regarding my earlier entry on cars pretending to be sports cars, I just wanted to thank Motor Trend magazine for doing the very thing I was saying shouldn’t be done.  In their November 2006 issue, they have a “sport sedan” comparison with the Toyota Camry SE V6, the Nissan Altima SE-R, the Chevrolet Malibu SS, and the Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart.

Comparison finishing order and their brief comments:

  1. Toyota Camry SE – Best overall package on a superb new platform.  Performance, quality, safety, and comfort–what a concept.
  2. Nissan Altima SE-R – If you put more emphasis on sport than sedan, this is your car.  Can’t wait to test the new one.
  3. Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart – A nicer car than its third-place finish indicates.  Doesn’t overwhelm, but does everything well.
  4. Chevrolet Malibu SS – In this case, you don’t get what you don’t pay for.  Costs less, but gives less.  We’d like to try one with GM’s 3.6-liter DOHC (Dual OverHead Camshaft for those of you who aren’t automotive folks) V-6 and a six-speed automatic, even if it costs $1000 more.

BAD Motor Trend!  BAD!  The only one I would even consider to be a sport sedan is the Nissan Altima SE-R!

Will Ferrell knows what’s up!  Do you?!



About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

3 responses to “”

  1. Anonymous says :

    HAHAHHHA you are sooo weird

  2. Space_Cowboy says :

    Oh wow dude.  You’re gonna be a copper?  So if i get pulled over driving in California can I just say to the CHP, ” Yo dude.  I know Loren Wong.  Yea?  You know Loren too?  Okay so I’m gonna go now.  Byebye”?

  3. Space_Cowboy says :

    by the way, what’s your email? you can email it to me at panjanon@gmail.com for secrecy sake if you like. i often times send out mass emails (due to boredom in this countryside town) and i would to send them to you too (if you dont mind me talking about countryside life… or complaining about something… ken says i complain about everything).

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