Sunday, October 18, 2009

Q3 Update

Category: Blogging
Welcome to the Q3 Update. Wow, how things keep moving. The world still moves, and every day brings it’s new mysteries, challenges and many blessings. Iris and Mia have moved in; work is jumpin’, the Ink Rocked, the Skillet Cooked, and the Building is constantly transforming. We even re-painted my office. Wedding plans are coming along. We went to the Bridal Fair at the Hyatt Downtown Hotel, and as we were going thru things, we kinda felt a little tall in the fact that we have most everything nailed down already. Invites will be going out soon, so keep a look out.

As for everything else, we’re moving along. We have a new Elliptical machine in my office at home; which is going to work out great being that I am in a weight loss challenge at work. And Today we officially ended our first Tattoo Trade show; Rock the Ink. If you made it out, great, I saw a lot of people out here that I knew, and if you didn’t make it out, I’m sorry, you missed a very interesting event. We move onward and upward to the rest of our conventions of the season, and soon the Holidays will be upon us.

Well; I am going to get up on outta here, and go try to spend some quality time… Good night ya’ll, be safe, have fun, enjoy life and enjoy each other. God Bless.

Michael~

PS: I know I was listening to Achy Breaky Heart... We were playing it as a Joke to Kelly up here at west security... I dont have an Achy Breaky Heart... I promise... =o)
Currently listening:
Achy Breaky Heart
By Billy Ray Cyrus

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Going Thru it...

Current mood: angry
Category: Blogging
I would have to say, going thru the grieving process is pretty heavy. And to this day, I feel bad for anyone I've ever not empathized with during this process.

I have gone thru a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions, pretty morbid ones too. Not just the sad kind either, its pretty hard to describe. Some of these thoughts have even made me question my own sanity, and on occasion my ability to function in society. I've had to make some pretty tough decisions in the last 4 months, decisions I would not dare tackle without my mother's opinion, however being in the position I have had no choice. Some of the decisions I've made I'm not too proud of, some I stick behind, and some that have unintentionally hurt other people. It has made me a stronger person though. It's tough, loosing mama. I still remember, vividly the moment I was informed. No one truly understands the moment their world stops until their in that moment. You hear the earth crack, yet still retain your hearing, your heart stop, yet, you're still alive, the air taken away, yet others are still talking. Its hard to phathom these emotions until you are standing in that one spot you dread your whole life to be in.

I get it, and it is no joke. I'm glad I have had those who understand that they will never begin to understand, yet stand beside me anyway to offer their true support and friendship.

This has been a trying couple of weeks, however I'm still here, I'm still standing, still breathing, and still ticking. Life goes on, it's awful, horrible, and disgusting, but I try to look at it in the best possible way I can, full of life, happiness and Joy, for God is in control of all that surrounds me, for even this is apart of his divine plan of good things for me. (Even if I can't see it yet.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Q2 Update

The Q2 Update for 2009
Current mood: dorky
Category: Blogging

Can you believe it, summer is upon us! It’s getting warm outside. I can usually tell, because my office is HOT! This little rink-a-dink fan just ain’t cuttin’ it. Can you believe it’s been a month already??? Yesterday, May 4th was one month since we buried Mom. The Family is hanging in there, I think some numbness to the situation is starting to settle in. About 4 days out of the week, there is at least 1 of us at her grave, although I haven’t visited since April 26th. It’s tough for me, I still have a very hard time when I allow my self to wallow in the moment. I have to keep my self busy in order to not think about it and have a total melt down in the process.

The kids (my brothers and sister) have signed over powers of executorship over to me, and let me tell you what, if you really want to get under someone’s skin; make them the executor of your estate when you’re gone, because this is some bull shit right here, I tell you. Probate, IRS, Estate Identification #, the Banks, mortgage, the family, insurance, who gets what, how and… Ugh!!! I feel sorry for Iris, at the end of the day when I call her, she gets what’s left over of all this. Thank God she is a strong woman, because, without her gentle guidance and soothing voice, I’d be the next one in a pine box right now. Things are getting better though, I’m learning to breathe again, and it will only make a me a stronger person at the end of the day. I tell you what though, there ain’t nothing in this world harder than loosing mom, if you can survive that, you can survive anything.

On to other things; Iris finally set her last day at dreamworks, I’m so excited, July 24th will be her move date down here. Everyone, I’m sure some of you reading this have told me already that you want to know when would be a good day so we can all go out and do something fun; we will, I’ll keep you posted.

As for the convention center – We just had a nice robotics convention just sweep thru, we’re gearing up for the last set of conventions coming thru before summer, then we can take a small break. We have Queensryche coming in to town on 05/29 and a concert and car show just after that on 06/07. We have one or two cage fights coming up and the Chef’s Knockout on 06/28, stay tuned to www.albuquerquecc.com for more details as they come up.

Well, that’s about all for now, take care, than you all for your care and support, I’ll be seeing you around!

M~

Currently listening:
Pray For The Fish
By Made Popular By: Randy Travis
Release date: 2008-05-01

Saturday, April 11, 2009

TIme keeps on ticking...

Current mood: sad
Category: Blogging
Well, it's been about 16 days since the rug was pulled out from under me; and it's been one week today since I've had to bury my mama, and every time I think about it, I well up, and almost loose it. I miss her terribly. It's been 17 Days since I talked to her last, and I remember it vividly. Our last conversation was about me not going to church with her that night. I wanted to go see the kids, then Go home and pack for my trip. She was sitting on her bed, doing her make up, giving me the guilt trip that I wasn't going to church. Our last phone call the night before was about what she learned in church that night.

My mom went to church by herself that night, sat in our same spot, enjoyed her Praise and Worship, came home, and went out with Stacy and Friends. Mom sent me a text message just before 1AM to ask me a question, and I put it off, deciding that I'll just call her tomorrow, because I was tired. A decision that will haunt me forever. As most all of you know, my Mom was my best friend. She meant the world to me, and she was apart of almost every decision I've ever made.

I'm not scared of too many things in this world, however I'm deathly afraid of what the future holds without my mama in it. My one saving grace is my salvation, family, my brothers and my sister, their kids, and most of all Iris and Mia. I wouldn't necessarily say this is a new chapter, but a new book. We have to start all over again, with the lessons and trials we've learned from the previous life and beginning a new without the #1 influence in our lives, or rock, our mentor, our saving grace, our mama.

We all have our trials, and tribulations, however the one thing I suggest, is never take your loved ones for granted. As my family and I found out the hard way, no one is promised tomorrow. Like my friend Kim says, "Live, Laugh, Love" every day, live your life not regretting anything, because when that day comes, when God reaches down his hand and and calls one of us to come home, he's not going to ask if we're ready, so we have to be prepared.

I know this seems a bit solemn however, ya'll come to read what's on my mind. I know I'm usually full of life and spirit, and I am. Just give me a minute, I just lost my mama, and my best friend.

Thank you all for those who came or called, or emailed their love and support; my great friends, you are awesome. I felt the world stop for a minute, and you all were there to pick up the pieces around me. You know who you are. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Thank you Charles Mitchell "Skip". You were asked to do this family an enormous duty, despite your close connection to my mom, and you completed it flawlessly, with grace, elegance, and class. You have one more mission this family asks of you. We all will see you again!

As my mom always said "Go Big, or Go Home."

Michael~
Currently watching:
Remember the Titans (Full Screen Edition)
Release date: 2001-03-20

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mom

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Mom

Don't grieve for me now, I am free;
I'm following the path God has laid, you see.
I took his hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
to laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found the peace at the end of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
O yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life's been full, I've savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,
God wanted me now - He set me free.

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CHAVEZ -- Theresa "Terry" Elaine
Chavez, of Albuquerque and Isleta Pueblo at 51 years old, a daughter,
sister, single mother, grandmother and good friend went to be with our
heavenly father on Thursday, March 26, 2009.
Terry was a wonderful devoted mother to her children and
grandchildren. In her own words, "my heart will always belong to my
kids." Terry was always on a football or soccer field cheering being
her kids' "Best Fan". Our mother was a fighter and suffered from
serious health issues over the last 22 years. She was diagnosed and
treated for cancer; however she never showed her pain and suffering.
Terry passed away at her home peacefully in her sleep with her cat at
her side. Our mother was a strong woman of God and attended Legacy
Church faithfully with her children and grandchildren. We know beyond a
shadow of a doubt she is with our Lord God, free from the pain and
torment this lifelong struggle brought her. Pallbearers will be Michael Chavez, Jason Chavez, Scooter Chavez, Angelo Mora, Jim Ryder and Kenny Lingad. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Animal Humane Society in memory of Terry Chavez, 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

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Notes from my mom's Funeral

I dont know how long I'll keep this up, however, for those of you who weren't able to make it, and those who just may want to read it again, here are m notes.

The song that played after that, was Sissy's Song - By Alan Jackson.
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I guess I could easily sit here and tell you stories to make you all feel sorry for me and my family, however, I’m not going to do that today. ....

I am here to tell you that although I’m going to miss my mother dearly, I am at peace
with her passing now.....

As many of you know, my mother was my best friend. ....

I have many good friends, several great friends and peppered in there are a few true friends, ....
however, my mother was my best friend. ....

I told her EVERYTHING. We talked about every thing under the sun. ....

We wouldmake it each other’s mission to make each other laugh every chance we got.
Sometimes at many of ya’ll’s expense too. We’d crack each other up.

My mom loved to laugh, she loved to smile, and her greatest ....mission.... in life was to see her kids happy and successful.

Sure I’m going to miss my mom, how could I not. I am going to miss my noon phone call, my Wednesday night church buddy, our sunday morning - dragging each other out of bed at 10am – phone call, church
buddy.

My Sunday mexican food lunch buddy. ....

My Comedic side kick, however knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that she spent her last
evening on this earth, in church praying for us; and reitering the promise that she loved the lord Jesus christ as her lord and savior carries the belief that she is with the Lord our God; free for the first time of the pain and suffering this life long struggle has brought her.....

Tod brought up a good point last night, and I remembered a conversation that my mom, Jim and I had a long time ago. We came to the conclusion that if one of us should pass on, we should throw a
party.

I mean, my mom’s happy. She is, for the first time, free from pain. ....

I mean- show of hands –how many people saw her go thru what she went thru with all of her surgeries?

Do you remember the pain she went thru?

Rose, do you remember her holding our hand and begging ....us.... – that she just can’t take
another drain?....

Jason, do you remember the IV’s and Tubes and drains she came home with?....

I remember – taking care of her with all of that stuff, I remember being at her bed side, begging her to fight for her life and for her daughter when she was barely hanging on by a wing and a prayer, and she fought – she fought for us. she fought for us.....

So tell me, what makes more sense - morn her passing and wishing she was still here in that God forsaken torment and torture, or be happy, excited, and filled with Joy that for the first time in almost 22 years, she is no longer in any torment, any pain, any suffering. She probably forgot what that felt like. ....

I mean, she just hit the lottery. She is in HEAVEN, gearing up for a new work that God has set for her! We should be happy, we should be excited! We should be overjoyed!....

We will miss my mother. We will miss my best friend. ....

Each one of you here today are here because she left some kind of lasting impression on you. Take that memory home with you, and not only cherrish it, but use it. Use it to do something kind for someone else. Someone you probably don’t even know.


Make it your personal mission to put a smile on someone else’s face for no other reason than to just see them smile.

This is what she did. You want to honor my mother’s memory, that’s how you do it. Use what she taught you, and get-r-done.....

Today is the worst day of my life – I have to bury my mother, and my best friend. I’m going to cry, I’m going to break down, I’m going to almost not make it, however, once I realize that I’m going to live
thru this, I’m on a mission. I hope you’ll join me! ....

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sad News about my Mother...

For those of you who dont already know, (and I feel bad for you finding out this way), however my mother passed away Thursday morning in her sleep. Exact COD is unknown at this time, however she was relaxed and appeared as if she had been comfortably asleep.
I'm headed out of town to get away, so I wont exactly be reachable, however, Ill keep you posted on all the details as to the arrangements as nothings going to jump off until I get back. I can tell you there will be a memorial service on Friday Evening, and the Funeral on Saturday. Keep an eye on the paper.

For those of you who do know, and have been asked not to call, thank you, its been pretty overwhelming for me and right now your prayers are the best thing for me and my family right now. My mom was 51 years old, healthy with 4 great kids, all graduated, all successful, and all well rounded. She was an awesome woman of God, she was straight with the Lord God, and I know she is in heaven now, free from all pain and torment her life has taken her thru.
Thank you again!
Michael D. Chavez
Command Master Chief

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Q1 Update for 2009

So, we’re rounding out the first quarter of ’09; wow, isn’t time flyin’ by!? What can I say, it’s been great! Pretty soon I’ll be celebrating 3 years at the convention center, my 2nd year in my new house, I’m leaving for another cruise again here next week. (Which I have to say is the first vacation I’ve taken since I started working for the center). Life is great. And yes, I did dress up as Mall Cop, and go see the movie! It’s was great, it was funny, we had a great time! For those of you who went, thanks! For those of you who missed it, well… what can I say, You missed it! =o)

I think what has really made my life great is I’ve finally found someone. Someone who loves me, who respects me, she is smart, she is be-a-utiful, she is an awesome woman! I couldn’t have asked for anyone better! (She’s going with me on my cruise by the way…). I could go on and on about Iris, however, I’ll give you this, because this is all you really need anyway - My mom absolutely loves her! My whole family loves her, what can I say, she’s awesome!! And you know – If Mama likes her – She’s gotta be special. So, we’re headed off to Jamaica, and the Grand Camen Islands next weekend. It’s going to be a great 10 day vacation.

As for what’s happening here at the Convention Center, we just wrapped up Jerry Seinfeld. We have some great groups coming in; like the All American Rejects, Gabriel Iglesias, Queensreich, and KoRn just to name a few. We’re pretty busy with conventions; and a new piece of business we just picked up is the Mixed Martial Arts Fighting. It’s pretty interesting. Everything is just grand over here. We are in the midst of some changes around here, we have a new General Manager – Great guy, ton’s of experience, and I can’t wait to start picking his brain on what he’s experienced with other venues.

The old folks are still doing great. They’re slowing down now, only hitting the casino about twice a week. Mom is lovin’ the bar-tending gig at the casino, and she actually bar-tends every now and then here at the center when she’s not at the casino.

Jason, Scoot, and Savvy are doing great. Jason and Scoot’s babies are doing good. If you see Jason’s, I had NOTHING to do with it. Yes, he looks like me, however, I promise, he’s not mine! =o) Although if he looks like me, hopefully he’ll be as smart as me too! We have a bunch of different stuff coming up, summer’s creeping up on us here, time for the family BBQ’s at mom’s, I have 4 weeks of vacation to burn this year, so I’m doing my best to work on that. Life is just swell. I know the economy stinks, my advice is to keep your mind on the positive things right now. I mean, I don’t even wanna look at my 401k right now, I don’t want to even devote any energy to it. Keep your mind positive, do what’s right, help other people, and just enjoy what you have and cherish it. You honestly don’t know what you have until it’s gone. I hang out with my mom as much as I possibly can, I call my grandparents as often as I can. Because right now, in these times, each other’s love and support are crucial with all of this depressing news around us.

Well, that’s about it for the Q1 End update. More to come, I promise in Q2 as things are lookin’ awesome!

Have a great day!

M~

Monday, January 12, 2009

Check out this event: Mall Cop - Opening Day

Monday, January 12, 2009


Hosted By:
Michael

When:
Friday, January 16, 2009

Where:
Convention Center / Century 14 Downtown
Downtown Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM
87102

Description:
Mall Cop Debut......