2019 Reading List

Listing of the books I managed to consume in 2019. I would say I don’t have a lot of time on my hands and that I don’t have time to read with my job and everything else that I have going on, but I think I managed to consume a good number of books this year. Some from different genres, some technical, and some that are just books I read over and over(The Martian). Without further ado, here is my list of books for 2019:

Oath of Office
The Pacific Crucible
The devil in the white city
The Magitech Chronicles books 1-4
Mech Warriors: The complete series
The True Measure
A house Divided
The Ibarra Sanctions
Terran Strike Marines Books 1 and 2
Iron Dragoons
Ark Royal Series Books 1-12
Complete book of the SR-71
Hell Divers V
Underwater Photography Masterclass
Vengence of the Iron Dwarf
Warrior King (Odyssey One Book 5)
Odysseus Awakening (Odyssey One Book 6)
Ferrum Corde (Terran Armor Corps Book 6)
Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One Book 7)
Krox Rises: The Magitech Chronicles Book 5
Infinity War: Collected Edition
Nefarius: The Magitech Chronicles Book 6
The Ruins of Anthalas (The Ember War Saga Book 2)
Blood of Heroes (The Ember War Saga Book 3)
Earth Defiant (The Ember War Saga Book 4)
The Gardens of Nibiru (The Ember War Saga Book 5)
The Battle of the Void (The Ember War Saga Book 6)
The Siege of Earth (The Ember War Saga Book 7)
The Crucible (The Ember War Saga Book 8)
Cartwright’s Cavaliers (The Revelations Cycle Book 1)
Asbaran Solutions (The Revelations Cycle Book 2)
Winged Hussars (The Revelations Cycle Book 3)
The Dotari Salvation (Terran Strike Marines Book 1)
The Golden Horde (The Revelations Cycle Book 4)
Peacemaker (The Revelations Cycle Book 6)
Karma Upsilon 4 (Jim Cartwright at Large Book 1)
Valley of Loss (Jim Cartwright at Large Book 2)
Empire of Machines (Jim Cartwright at Large Book 3)
Eye of Minerva (Jim Cartwright at Large Book 4)
The Midnight Sun (The Omega War Book 2)
Rage of Winter (Terran Strike Marines Book 2)
Valdar’s Hammer (Terran Strike Marines Book 3)
Dark Moon Arisen (The Omega War Book 3)
Sinclair’s Scorpions (The Omega War Book 5)
The Beast of Eridu (Terran Strike Marines Book 4)
Til Valhalla: An Ember War Novel
When the Axe Falls (The Omega War Book 7)
Archangel One
Godswar: The Magitech Chronicles Book 7
The Xaros Reckoning (The Ember War Saga Book 9)
Alabaster Noon (The Omega War Book 12)
Armageddon (Expeditionary Force Book 8)
Renegades (Expeditionary Force Book 7)
Storm Clouds (The Guild Wars Book 1)
Hunted (Jim Cartwright at Large Book 5)
Hollow Core (School of Swords and Serpents Book 1)
Gott Mit Uns (Terran Strike Marines Book 5)
Iron Dragoons (Terran Armor Corps Book 1)
The Martian

Walt Disney World in October

As a family we made our yearly trip to WDW for Food and Wine and to have some fun in the heat and humidity. We as parents like going and our son likes to go and has a good time. At least we think he does and usually he doesn’t dissuade us from that notion. Here are some of the shots I took as we went to Epcot and Animal Kingdom.

Epcot food and Wine and of course character Meet and Greets:


Random shots from around the park.

What trip to Florida would be complete with out a thunderstorm and some really bad weather. This was a shot I got as we were running back to our hotel trying to get in before the storm hit.

Animal Kingdom and Avatar Land:

And of course since it was a quick vacation here is the child hurriedly finishing his homework before he has to go back to school the next day. So sad for him.

My letter to Subaru of America

Dear Subaru:


This past week I purchased a brand new Subaru Outback. Unfortunately this process was not without it’s issues and problems. First off let me say that I had researched the Outback for a few months, my Father in law had one and I knew what I wanted. I had browsed the Subaru.com site and knew what features I wanted along with what colors and interior. So when I went looking I was looking for a very specific car:


A red Subaru Outback with Black Leather Interior, with Moonroof and Keyless Entry.


This car was difficult to find I ended up looking at all of the Southern California Dealerships and talking to all of the different internet departments at them. Some of the dealerships wanted me to custom order my car and wait until February to get it. Others wanted me to purchase site unseen a car that was close to what I wanted that they had coming in the next couple of weeks. I didn’t like any of those options.

Then the Internet Manager from Singh Subaru called and helped me out. We spoke on the phone for several minutes and I explained what I was looking for. He said I don’t have that on the lot, but I have found one that I can bring in. He said let me get back to you once I have secured the car and that it can be delivered. About an hour later he called and told me was able to secure the car and asked when I could be down. I said I will be there in an hour, he said no problem I will have the car onsite when you get here. My wife and I drove down to their dealership through traffic and everything and were very excited to see the car. When we got there we found out two things:

  1. the Internet Manager had left for the day.
  2. The Sales Manager that was there said we needed to work out a deal before he could bring the car onsite and I would have to wait until the next day to get it, if we did workout a deal.

At this point I politely told the Sales Manager that I felt we had been lied to and that there was a lack of trust on my part. He told me how he had been working on the deal all day long and that he couldn’t possibly do something like have the car on the lot without a deal in place. He also said that the Internet Manager was wrong and on and on he went.  I responded with he hadn’t been working on this that long since I had only been talking to the Internet Manager for 2 hours. However at this point my trust had been violated and I decided to leave with my wife.

During this time I had received an email from Sierra Subaru in Monrovia. As I was leaving Singh I called them and asked to make sure the car was in stock and on the lot. Michael Conquilla told me the car was there and that he would be there waiting. My wife and I drove over there which required about another hour. We got there and the car I wanted was sitting right out there in the front of the lot with a sign on it that said “Reserved for Joe Jenkins”. That brought a smile to my face and made me happy. I went into the dealership and met with Michael, over the next hour we did a test drive and came to a deal on the car and my trade-in. A couple of hours after that I was leaving the lot with my brand new Outback that had everything on it I wanted and was exactly the right color.

Lots of accolades for Sierra Subaru and I would highly recommend them if you are in the market for a new Subaru.

I write this letter just so you know how some people are treated and some of the shenanigans that were pulled. If no one tells you what goes on then there isn’t a way for you to know.

Thank you for your time,

Joseph Jenkins

Cowfish Restuarant

Cowfish Restuarant Sign
Cowfish Restuarant Sign

While on vacation last month we went to a Restuarant in Universal Orlando called cowfish. This is a unique place that servers raw fish and beef together. I am not a huge fan of beef, but I am a huge fan of raw fish. My wife had been to this place before while in Raleigh NC. This was my first experience with it. The upside is the menu is very close to the other places. The downside is that this restaurant isn’t ran by cowfish, but by Universal Orlando. So they don’t carry all of the same things such as the full menu or the gift shop. The food was good we had the following items and would highly recommend them.

Crispy calamari


Tuna & avocado-tini

Doug’s filet roll

Hopefully on one of my next trips to NC I can hit up one of the actual cowfish restaurants. Then again hopefully they will decide to being this place out to California.  I think a place like this could do very well.

My Family posing with the Cowfish:

Family with Cowfish
Family with Cowfish

Here are the signs for their bathrooms which I thought were pretty funny.

Men's Restuarant Woman's Restuarant

Disney Cruise and WDW

We spent the last week on a 3 day Disney Cruise to the Bahamas and then 4 nights at the Yacht Club Resort in WDW. Always have a good time when we are doing Disney things, my son is still at an age where he enjoys hanging out with us, but we were able to give him some alone time so that he could go out and roam the ship and make new friends. We did have some issues with Hurricane Joaquin as it cost our day at Nassau, but the flip side was that it made the weather in Florida absolutely wonderful. All in all we had a good time, here are some of the shots I took while there.



Darpa Robotics Challenge

On Saturday I took the child to go and see the Darpa Robotics Challenge over at the Fairplex in Pomona. I have to say it was a great show considering it only cost us for parking and then everything was free inside. There was so many things that were interactive and my son could play with. He was able to test out some underwater drones along with some aerial ones. We watched a little bit of the challenge and got to see the MIT Cheetah run a little on the course. My son wants to be an Engineer(not network), with an emphasis on Robotics so this was a great thing for him to see and get to interact with. As you entered into the expo area, DARPA had a huge showing of all of the stuff they have done over the time. It is really amazing to see what a dedicated bunch of people can accomplish when they aren’t hampered by bureaucracy.


Below are just some of the pics I shot while I was there and looking around with my iphone.