Yes! My own profile
page to do whatever I want with!
And so the madness begins...
story: My name's Attila-Giovanni Gabor (that's "Attila" with 2 "T's", and
Giovanni being part of my first name). I was born in Santa Monica,
California, but was raised in Vero Beach, Florida. Back home I'm
really involved in the Martial Arts at my dojo, the Vero Beach Karate
Association. I've been in the martial arts since I was 5 years old and
I'm currently a Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt). I've trained in several styles ranging from Karate and Tae
Kwon Do to Jui-Jitsu and Judo with some traditional weapons training
somewhere in the middle. And just because people ask me this all the
time, yes I can do some flips. There's actually an emerging style that
combines Traditional Martial Arts with Gymnastics called XMA (Xtreme
Anyway, when I'm not training at my martial arts school (which is almost
never; I train 3 days a week and teach 4 days a week), I'm involved in
sports at my school like swimming and track. I also read a lot. I almost
always have a book on me, and I usually have a few more lined up to
read. Thank God for public libraries because books are expensive,
especially when I don't have a job (that pays anyway...long story...kinda). I usually stick to a few genres;
anything martial arts related, Fiction (favorite author is Stephen King;
the Dark Tower series completely owned everything I read up to that
point), some non-fiction like books on physics (I've read stuff by
Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, and some stuff about Relativity and
Quantum Entanglement; luckily it's all conceptual otherwise I'd probably
be completely lost).
I just like to keep myself well rounded. Looking at me you probably
wouldn't guess that I'm a Star Trek fan (Trekkie. Favorite series is TNG),
but I do everything ranging from sports, martial arts, several styles of
dance (ballet being one of them; the girls love that, and it compliments
my martial arts skills), to science fair, web design, and some
I also tend to ramble on and on and on and on so I think I'll end my free
What did you think
about your apartment?
I thought my apartment was well
structured. Everyone had their strengths and weaknesses, and everything
we did revolved around that. For instance, I liked to cook,
but I wasn’t too big on taking out the trash (c'mon, who actually likes
taking out the trash?). One of the other guys in my apartment didn’t
cook too often but balanced it out by taking out the trash most of the
time when it got full and stunk up the kitchen.
What did you learn from
living in an apartment with other people?
Living with other people has its ups
and downs. There are a lot of different habits you have to adjust to;
some habits you like, others you learn to tolerate, no matter how creepy
(for lack of a better word) and annoying they are.
Here's a short list of things I
1. Keep a window unlocked to climb
through when you don't have the Master Apartment Key.
2. It's really easy to get on the roof.
3. The drop from the roof to the ground isn't as far as it seems. Just
bend your knees and roll when you land.
4. Game Cube will consume your soul. If you find yourself playing 'till
1 or 2 (or 4) in the morning, find the nearest support group to help you
with your addiction.
5. If the trash isn't taken out every week, it will come to life and
weak havoc on your nostrils.
6. I use every pot, pan, and utensil know to man when cooking, so try
not to be the one who has to clean up after me. You have been
7. In the morning, highly caffeinated coffee is the best replacement for
Red Bull...and it's cheaper.
Describe what you did
and learned at your summer work site.
Let's start with what I did. First two
weeks - nothing.
Nada, zip, null. Pick one. It explains it all. All I did during that two
week period was try to stay awake during a couple meetings (The only way
I knew I didn't fall asleep was if the last thing I remember hearing
made sense with the next thing I heard), sleep, and write down katas
(a preset series of movements such as blocks, kicks, punches, and
stances; I told you I'm a martial arts nerd).
However, all that was because my mentor was out sick with
Pneumonia, Bronchitis, and a nasal cold - all at once! I'd rather my
mentor be home recovering than having him die on me because I got bored.
After he got back, things started to pick up speed. I got my project and
started working on it. I would be assisting the team working on RCCA
(Root Cause and Corrective Action) for Hardware Damage and FOD (Foreign
Object Debris). RCCA is a process that looks for the "root cause" of the
given problem by starting with the Problem Statement, then developing
potential Causes for the Problem Statement which leads to the
development and implementation of Corrective Actions used to eliminate
the problem Statement. Sounds easy? Not when the problem you're dealing
with has eleven 11" x "15 size pages worth of potential causes for the
problem. That translates into over 300 potential causes. However, the
hard work I did was rewarding. How often do you get to say you worked
for NASA? Not very often...
What was your favorite
experience at NASA SHARP?
There are so many different things to
choose from. We went to sooo many different places, and were involved in
a lot of activities. The trip to Santa Monica and Venice Beach was fun;
however, being from Florida, I wasn't used to swimming in the cold
Pacific Sea. No one was, really. In the end we had a contest to see who
would get out the cold water first. That sorta worked. At one point my
body went completely numb so I couldn't feel the cold water anymore.
The rest of the "SHARPIES" were really cool too. We had plenty of laughs
and came up with a bunch of inside jokes that no one will probably
get...but that's 'cause you're not Analog...see what I mean.
Anyway, I know I'm definitely going to miss everyone when I go back home
(I finally met someone who is more lost and rambles more than I do...and
that's saying something...I ramble about rambling...see what I mean?).
That, and it's not everyday that I get to make fun about someone in
Tagalog, have that person understand, then have him make fun of me and
have a good laugh about it...then make fun of other people in Tagalog
without them knowing it (more inside jokes).
Anyway, my incessant rambling has to end somewhere, so peace out
Words to live by:
(This should be interesting...)
"A pessimist says
the glass is half empty. An optimist says the glass is half full. And an
engineer says it’s a good thing I put half of my water in a redundant
glass." -Ratbert (from the "Dilbert" cartoon)
“Good judgment comes from experience…and
experience comes from poor judgment.” – some random poster I saw
“If you train to
damage, you won’t even bruise your opponent. If you train to ruin,
you’ll damage him. If you train to kill, you’ll destroy him. If you want
to kill, get a weapon.” - random martial arts quote
"The needs of the
many outweigh the needs of the few" - Spock (I told you I was a
"ASSUME makes and
ASS out of U and ME" - I dunno where I got that from, but it sounds
"You have to risk something to gain
something" – Joel Melvin (fellow SHARPIE)
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