Sunday, December 31, 2006

Year in Review

Politics: Democrats given control of Congress because of Iraq, vowed to raise the minimum wage. Nimble and graceful Barack Obama became the Democtrats' Fred Astaire, adored because of, well, perhaps the way he wears his hat, the way he sips his tea. And the way he isn't Hillary.

Social Justice: This year's civil-rights outrage was "soaring" and "record" gasoline prices, a violation of American's inalienable right to pay for a gallon no more than they paid 25 years ago. By December the price of a gallon, adjusted for inflation, was 83 cents lower than in 1981. Although no one had complained, the human-rights director for the provocatively named city of St. Paul, Minn., had a HAPPY EASTER sign removed from city hall.

Environment: Two U.S. explorers went to the North Pole to study how global warming threatens polar bears. They had planned to go last year, but were forced to delay Project Thin Ice because of unusually heavy snow and ice. The "emerging hurricane problem," which, after Katrina, The New York Times identified as a consequence of global warming, did not emerge. The unusually tranquil Atlantic hurricane season was explained as a consequence of...global warming affecting the Pacific.

Government: The Florida woman who wounded with a shot-gun the alligator that entered her house and attacked her golden retriever was given a warning citation for hunting without a permit. Compassionate social democracy: The Danish government continued to pay prostitutes to service the disabled. Ancient Greece pioneered philosophy and democracy. Modern Greece this year gave the world a new wrinkle in creative accounting: It became 25 percent richer after its GDP was revised to account for such booming service industries as prostitution and money laundering.

Transitions: Lillian Gertrude Asplund was 5 when her father smiled and said, "Go ahead, we will get into one of the other boats." He did not. Lillian never married, and retired early to take care of her mother, who never recovered from losing her husband. Lillian, the last American survivor of the Titanic, was 99.

-Adapted from George Will's The Last Word-Newsweek 12-18-06

Monday, December 18, 2006

PDX

Someone once said, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Well, this holds true in my affection for Portland. In our first day back in town Carolyn & I experienced many of our favorite Portland things. We hiked from McCleary Park through Forest Park up to Pittock mansion, ate at Burgerville, shopped at Saturday Market (it’s open everyday through Christmas Eve), and spent some time with my family. Just driving through downtown & looking out at Mt. Hood from the West hills is so refreshing. We’re heading to the beach tomorrow & then playing Settlers with friends in the evening. It feels weird being on “vacation” and everywhere I am feels so normal, like I was here yesterday.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Nighttime Ultimate

With frost on the ground, the Ultimate team gathered at 11pm last night to play a friendly game of night Ultimate. Carolyn & I joined in the fun. It was totally dark so they lined the field with white Christmas lights and had each player wearing glowsticks (different colors for each team) and we used an LED flashlight disc to play with. I was really cold at first, but once we started running I warmed up and had a really fun time. The field looked amazing with the lights and just a little fog on the ground to create a really cool glowing effect. I was worried about collisions due to the darkness, but there were only three incidents that stopped play. Now that I think about it, I was in the middle of two of those collisions. Both involved people running into me and the only lasting injuries on my part is a mild fat lip (disc vs. face). I know, when a glowing red object flies at your head your suppose to catch it not just let it hit you in the face. I'll try to remember next time.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Night Launch


This is a picture of Daytona Beach last night with the Space Shuttle Discovery launching in the distace. This is the first night launch of a space shuttle in 4 years. Watching a night launch is one my "Before I die" list. From this picture, it only confirms how cool it would be. For current info on STS-116 mission click here.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Red Punch, Christmas Parties, & Embarrassment

This week has been the week of Christmas parties for Carolyn & me (5 in three days). Last night was the annual J. Alvin Christmas party (pictures forthcoming) and it was fantastic. Ceilings of lights, live 60 foot Christmas tree, wooden lodge, & a petting zoo & that was just in the Atrium. Not to mention the escape from Chernobyl slide, Winter Wonderland, Nightmare Before Christmas, & sand filled suites.

Tonight was a party for all the faculty/staff of JBU at the Presidents brand new house. The Dr. Pollard & his family moved into their new house about three weeks ago. It is only natural to get a beverage when you enter a party. I followed my social instincts upon entering the party & grabbed a cup of red punch. What followed was easily my most embarrassing moment I've had in the last five years.

I'm sitting on the Pollard's brand new couch in their brand new home with a bunch of people I don't really know. When greeted by someone I do know I spill my cup of red punch all over my lap & the President's brand new couch. Fortunately they had some sort of stain guard on their brand new couch. My pants didn't fair so well. I spent the rest of the evening looking like I had a bladder control issue.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Or you could use Beano

So, a lady had some extreme gas on a plane. Embarrassing to be sure, however what works in your bathroom at home isn't going to cut it in seat 32B. For the record, matches aren't a good solution to flatulence on a plane. She's now barred from American Airlines for life. You can read the full story here.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

'Tis the Season

As we are in the season of Advent, we take part in the anticipation of Christ's birth. Well, the Brewster & Hutchison families both had an experiential way to anticipate birth this year. Eliana Joy Hutchison was born Sunday evening (7 lbs 12 oz) & Asher Josiah Brewster was born Tuesday (7lbs. 10oz).

Congratulations to my dear friends. I can't wait to meet your new children & see the rest of your family too!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

It's Over

To choose winners & celebrate the end of No-shave November we had an all hall dinner together. It was great to have three really long tables in the atrium & everyone chowing on chicken nuggets.

Snow

We got snow Thursday night, and now it is slowly fading away. It was sure fun to have around though.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Best Rate Around

I don't know about you, but I've been very unsatisfied with my savings interest rate for some time now. The current credit union we're using isn't even at 1%. I wanted to pass along some good news. ING has a online savings account that gives a $25 sign up bonus (with $250 depposit) and has %4.41 interest. I was just reffered to it by a coworker & I really like it. It's super easy to use & all online. They don't have the overhead of branch tellers, nor do they send out paper statements. So, overall better interest rates. If you're interested contact me or leave a comment. I'll send you a link & I'll also get $10 for referring.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Price is Right

Back in early October during Mid-semester break 3 JBU students drove all the way to LA for a chance to be on the Price is Right. Lo-and-behold they not only got into the audience, one of them was chosen as a contestant. Not only was she chosen as a contestant she made it all the way to the showcase showdown & won! You can watch the dream of these three ladies come true this Thursday's broadcast.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Christmas Spending

According to Newsweek, each person will spend an average of $604 on presents this year. Individually, not households. So, does this suprise you? Did you think it'd be more or less? I guess I'm a little suprised it isn't higher, at the same time it gives much more insight to the Christmas stress (I suspect very few people actually budget throughout the year to ease the December burden).

Friday, November 24, 2006

Merry Christmas

Not to minimize Thanksgiving (it was great), however, now that it's over it's officially Christmas season. For the first time in our entire lives we don't have a Fir Christmas tree. It's a Scotch Pine:






Wii

Very impressive & tons of fun.

Monday, November 20, 2006

1st again

8-3 thanks to Donovan McNabb's torn ACL. My opponent this week had same record, but held the top spot because of total points. With his quaterback going down he didn't have much of a chance to keep the lead.

Over the weekend....

We watched Nacho Libre. Favorite line from the movie:

"They don't think I know a butt load of crap about the gospel, but I do!"

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

No-Shave November



Grizzly Adams didn't shave, neither should you. So, the propaganda goes. Halfway through the month & I'm still getting questions like: Are you participating in no shave November?

Monday, November 13, 2006

Friday, November 10, 2006

Night Lights



Streetlights as seen from space.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Consumerism & the Church

C.S. Lewis wrote: “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes.” He suggests that reading books from different time periods helps to correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. “And that means the old books.”
Consumerism and choice: this is the spirit of our age. It’s not that buying and selling things is bad. Or that an abundance of choices is evil.

These are inescapable facts of life. The danger is how such a culture distorts our ability to see. We’re trained to look at everything through a consumer lens: from goods, to services, to relationships, to God.

The problem is not the choices we’re presented with, but the basis on which we decide among them. And one of the “old books,” the Bible, helps us clarify the prevailing distortions of our present age.

-From Leadership Journal – Vol. XXVII Num. 3

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Old Dog, Same Tricks

Rasheed Wallace lead the league last year in technical fouls, just like he did when he was with the Blazers. The NBA has tightened up it's policy and so far Sheed has 4 T's in as many games.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Tom Brady

He had 4 interceptions last night thus giving me 0 points for quaterback position.

Now, I'm 7-2.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

For the record...

NBA has started last night. Dan Dickau is back on the Blazers and the Bulls are good again.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

Undefeated No Longer?

So far in my inaugural session of fantasy football I’m undefeated, 7-0. My perfect season is about to come to a destructive end unless Tom Brady & the Patriots have a phenomenal night.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

irony

2a. Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs.

So, two days before Halloween it’s 80 degrees and the 2-liter of Coke I just bought has a Santa on the label.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Quotage-Our Right?

"Freedom of action in space is as important to the United States as air power and sea power." An excerpt from a new National Space Policy signed by President Gorge W. Bush, which asserts the United States' right to deny access to outer space to anyone it deems "hostile to U.S. interests."

Does the US have the authority to control who has access to the universe?

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Two Times...

...I've watched Super Size Me in the last two days. This week is my turn for coordinating the campus wide educational programming. The topic is physical, which we applied as nutrition & exercise. So, all told I've watched Super Size Me 5 times, 4 in the last month. I think I get it now.

Anyway, it is an extreme movie, but contains a lot of information that I think is good to be known. Like, it isn't just about fast food. It's all the food we eat that can be an issue. My biggest vice that was featured is the soft drinks. I prefer my sugar carbonated with lots of caffeine. We'll top off the educational week with a 5k fun run on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Cheese!

Let the record show: I like it. It is clear to most of the free world that I love Tillamook medium cheddar. The baby loaf is always found in my fridge, more frequent than having bread in the house.


I came to the realization the other day that in the last two weeks, we've gone through 6 different kinds of cheese. When my Mom came to visit she brought us some Tilly Pepper-Jack. Yum. When Carolyn's parents came they brought us some Colby made by Amish folk. Yum. We've also had fresh parmesan, blue cheese, & dried parmesan. Yum.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Dodgeball!

This week I've been playing intramural dodgeball with a suite out of J. Alvin. We won our first game on Monday night 4 games to 2. Tonight we lost both matches, 4-0 & the last match 4-3. Well played on both sides.





By the way:
I have a new found love for dodgeball.

Newest Resident of J. Alvin & our family

This is Noah.

Cross Country Visitors

No, we didn’t go to Rio. This is a place we visited with Carolyn’s parents who came to visit. We had a wonderful time with them. They drove down via the Grand Canyon and were able to stay 6 days. We got to show them around the place, take them to Sonic, and see all kinds of exciting things. I’m so thankful for supportive loving in-laws. It’s rare to have them & I don’t want to take them for granted.


The fam in front of our humble residence hall, J. Alvin.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Cold?

The first sign of winter has shown itself. We had to scrape ice from the windshield before we left for church this morning.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Krispy Kreme vs. Dunkin' Donuts

In my mind, there's no contest. Krispy Kreme wins out easy, Dunkin' Donuts has always kind of grossed me out. Read all about the donut turf wars here. Which do you think is better?

The Boy Who Ran Like a Deer

This NPR story of middle schooler Kevin Cox takes place as he was preparing for a cross country meet in Southern Oregon he made a new friend (Be sure to look at the photo gallery).

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Food for the Soul, Part 1

The following excerpt is from the story of a 24 year old Scotsman who was captured by the Japanese and forced with other British prisoners to build the ‘Railroad of Death’ (so named because of the many live lost through forced labor to build it). It is an intriguing and unique perspective on WWII (that isn’t based in Europe) and shows how the love of Christ overcomes famine, captivity, torture, and selfishness. I’ll give away a bit of the story: the sacrificial love of a few men brought hope to the entire camp and changed lives. The book was recently made into a movie of the same name staring Keifer Sutherland. The following takes place after many of the prisoners had gotten resourceful and made instruments out of bamboo and whatever they could find to start a rag-tag orchestra:
One night, as the orchestra was playing Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, I was sitting on the outside of the amphitheatre, not far from the road. A sick party was being marched in from another camp. It must have been a long march, for they looked exhausted. They were bound for the cook-house for a bowl of rice, and were wearily limping past the amphitheatre when the haunting strains of Schubert’s lovely music reached their ears. They turned their heads; they stopped; they sat down. The rice could wait.
While they listened, their faces came to life. When the music had ended, they rose reluctantly, one by one, and moved on. I heard a little skeleton of a man say to his companion with feeling, ‘God, that was lovely – bloody lovely!’
I thought to myself as I heard this, ‘Aren’t there two kinds of food – one for the body and one for the soul? And of the two surely the latter is the more satisfying.’

The music reminded us that there is always beauty to be found in life – even amid the ashes.

To End All Wars
Ernest Gordon

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Best Deals

The best times to buy everything & reasons why can be found by clicking here. Here are some examples:

Airplane Tickets: On a Wednesday, 21 days (or a couple of days earlier) before your flight.

Cars: Weekday mornings in September.

Computers & Electronics: Weekday mornings in September.

Gas: Early morning or late evening on a weekday.

Year 1

Carolyn & I are re-reading the Harry Potter series in preparation for the last book to come out this summer. So creative, fun, & enjoyable. My favorite quote comes from the end of chapter 10 when Ron & Harry finally become friends with Hermione:

But, from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Our First House Guest

Carolyn & I drove to Tulsa on Saturday to pick up Mom in the afternoon. Somehow we missed her walking into the greeting area and she wandered around for ½ before we found her. Tulsa is a small airport too-our bad. So we drove around the city and had dinner at nice little Italian place at RiverWalk Crossing. The next day was Mom’s birthday and we dove deep into Oklahoma culture by going to the Tulsa State Fair. You know how fair food is, well we ate it. The highlight was frozen cheesecake on a stick dipped in chocolate and drizzled with caramel. To cap off our day of culinary delights Mom got to go to America's Drive-In for her birthday dinner at Sonic. Mom was able to stay through Wednesday and we showed her all the sights in Siloam Springs (There aren’t very many). It was so great to have time to hang out together and to show off our new home. Fun times had by all.

Enjoying refreshing Sonic Slushes

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Quotage-Heaven is like...

While out for a run this evening Carolyn shared this realization with me while we were ascending a steady incline-
“Hell is like running up hill-forever. Heaven is like riding your bike down hill.”

God's Country?

Last weekend I ran my second triathlon. It went well for going on 3 hours sleep and remnants of being sick. The reason I bring it up is the difference between events. The first event was in Oregon. The second obviously here in Arkansas, but it started with prayer & corporate recitation of the Lord's Prayer. That would never happen in Portland. To reiterate how different Arkansas is to Portland, here is the sign that greets drivers on the East entrance to town.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

My Favorite Things...

...that can't be found in Arkansas.

Though these items can't be found, I'm willing to let them go because we can get Tillamook Cheese! I do believe that Tillamook's medium chedder is one of my favorite things I wouldn't be able to do without.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Whale Watching

Some sports shouldn't be combined. Like kayaking and whale watching.

Just watch this & see for yourself.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Quotage-To the best of our knowledge...

"To the best of our knowledge, it's the first time we've encoutered this problem in flight." Air Canada Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stuart, on one of the airline's pilots being locked out of the cockpit minutes before landing-after returning from the bathroom. The crew removed the door from its hinges and the pilot landed the plane safely.

Monday, September 04, 2006

As Promised....

Here is the video you've all been waiting for since the post from August 19th. This video was how the J. Alvin RA team introduced themselves to the 400 new freshman. As the video ended we came out from backstage & some ran through the crowd from the back of the cathedral for some live action wrestling on the stage. Needless to say there was much cheering and chaos. The men of J. Alvin were the only wrestlers, though the other resident hall skits included super-women heros and TV personalities. Enjoy:

Friday, September 01, 2006

Dumpster Diving at 2am

Last night we had the first ever J. Alvin Cereal Night. Picking up on an old white hall tradition I thought it'd be a good way to hang out with some of the guys and make them feel welcome in our apartment. We started about 9pm. Lasted well past the 12:30 mark. We had about 90 guys enjoying the wonder that is cereal late at night. As we were heading for bed I went for my wallet. Alas, it was not to be found. So, after searching the house we headed to the dumpster, just in case. We dove in, not finding anything. Got an email this morning. It's found.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Our House

Here are a couple pics of our apartment. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen/dining room, and living room.

This is what you see when you first walk in the outside door. Our kitchen. To the right out of view is a wonderful dishwasher (our first ever since marriage). Dining room (below) is in the same room with the kitchen.


This is a little closet that we weren't sure what to do with. Carolyn did a nice job putting up little shelves. It now houses games on the lower shelf, pretty mugs (polish pottery-truth be told it's a lot of Becca stuff. Becca, we love our mugs-do you recognize the tray?), and some glass.



Walk down the hallway past this closet and see the bathroom (below). Carolyn painted it purple-ish. We installed the shelves from Ikea to store towels.







Left Right














When you walk in the bedroom this is your view. Sorry about the glaring light. The curtain we picked up at IKEA.

Carolyn painted the wall blue. It looks really cool. The shelves are IKEA and on the other wall of the room is wooden closets.


Here is our living room.
This first pic is the view when you walk in.

This is from the other side of the room.

This last pic is from the couch. The chairs are from IKEA. Hope the clarity is okay. I took them all with my palm, so it isn't highest quality.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Nascar Technology

There are many things in the family sedan that you’re driving that have been developed through racing technology. Disc brakes, radial tires, and many safety advancements are just a few examples. This development somehow slipped by unnoticed...until now:

Monday, August 21, 2006

Tornado?

So, I'm chillin this afternoon, when I here this dull roar. I thought, is that a vacuum, or a siren. Well, turns out it was the city tornado siren. First day of class & I had to run around the dorm to tell everyone to get in the basement. Needless to say it was hot and stinky after about 10 minutes. Finally we got to leave after about 1/2 an hour. No tornado, just lots of lightening and tons of rain in a very short time. A few buildings on campus had some flooding. A few leaks in J. Alvin, but no big deal. Only the third time it's rained since we've been here, but every time it comes on super fast.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

WWF - JAW

J. Alvin Wresting
Every year all the residence halls do an introduction for the new students. Your looking at the wrestlers: Mr. America, Captian Surgery, and Akward Ninja to name a few. We had a great video and I will in some way, some how get the video for you. It is fantastic. I just have to figure out how to do it. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Fireflies

I've always heard about the firefly in stories of people camping or movies about living out on the prairie. To me, they've always been a mythical figure of the American childhood experience. Well tonight I saw my very first firefly. It was amazing.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

J. Alvin Rules

It's official, my RA's are the coolest. In their first test of resilience they passed with flying colors.


Allow me to introduce the 2006 RA Olympiad Gold medal winners:

J. Alvin Brown Hall

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Unpacked

It's official. The last box was just unpacked. Now anything left can be catagorized as "cleaning," not upacking.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Fuzzy Blog



Click on comic to see original.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A Car & Her Boy

Call me old fashioned, but I believe that cars are feminine. I don't know why, maybe it comes from generations of naming ships. Ask the Beach Boys. They only sang about cars & women so there must be some connection. The purpose of this post is to silence the naysayers out there. When I told many members of my family (not to name names Mom & Uncle Rick) that we were driving to Arkansas they often replied sarcastically, "In what?" No one believed that our Betsy could make it. Well, let me tell you she not only made the 2,412 miles without incident, she also did it with recently fixed air conditioning. Carolyn & I now ride in cool comfort.



Betsy is a '91 Buick Regal GS. She's not quick off the line, but she's got power that doesn't quit. This V-6 3.8 automatic also gets 32 miles a gallon. Not too shabby for a 15 year old car with 221,000 miles. I know I drive a Gramma car. Okay, it was my Gramma's, but I thoroughly believe that every person should be proud of his/her ride. Just see Hutch's posts on driving (in personal-On I-205 & Stop Light). He's proud of his car, I respect that. I'm not advocating pride (in the sin sense), just care for what takes care of you. If you can't relate, maybe I'm just old fashioned.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Strange Place?

A few observations on living in a new place: Going on a late night walk with Carolyn, we don't need a sweat shirt or jacket. This doesn't feel like that great of a revelation, but every time I start to head out the door, I am stopped by this internal watchdog that says I need a jacket. I have to tell myself, multiple times; its okay-it's actually rather hot outside. The lowest temperature since we've been here was 70.

The road kill is different. Armadillos. It's just weird to see the majority of road kill not being furry.

The bugs are louder. There are these bugs in the trees that create a veritable tsunami of sound. I don't know what they are, but they scare me.

Someone warned us when we left that we'd have to deal with ticks and chiggers when we went hiking. I thought whatever, it won't be a problem. Today we went hiking. When we got home I found this little bug crawling on my arm. It looked like a tiny spider that was grayish and kind of red (is it a chigger?). I showed it to Carolyn & we both don't know what it is. I took my socks off. Walked around for a while and began wiping some dirt off of my feet. Mind you this is a good 3 hours after the hike was over. I found about four of those little things trying to burrow into my ankles. They looked liked flecks of dirt. Now all night I've thought there are bugs crawling on me. This will take some getting used to.

I've yet to see a strange looking boy on a broken down wooden porch playing a banjo while a bloodhound rummages through the rusting cars in the yard. I haven't even seen someone with bad teeth. However, country music does play in the grocery stores. Everything mentioned above will become normal, but this country music thing is where I draw the line. May I never get used to that.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

IKEA

We had to travel yonder to find it, but we made our big Ikea trip. It was a bit of a drive all the way to just outside of Dallas in Frisco Texas, 4 ½ hours one way. We had fun though. We picked up a couple of chairs, some lighting for the house, some shelves, and a curtain. One of the best things about Ikea is their kitchen. It’s cheap, delicious, and it’s right there so you can take a break while you shop.

Sometimes when I’m in a department store or in the mall I think about the layout of the store and the motivation of the design (grocery stores put milk in the back so you’ll look at other stuff and buy more when you just stopped to get milk). Most stores are designed to keep you in. Get lost amongst the clothes and shiny things. It sometimes makes me feel disgruntled that they are trying to trick me. Ikea is definitely designed to keep you in.

Their floor plan is a labyrinth that takes you all around the store directed by friendly blue arrows. They place the food court right at the point when you’re thinking, I’m about done here, I should go. But, you see affordable tasty food, get nourished and find you have more stamina to shop. Unlike other stores, I see Ikea’s ploy and am impressed. I don’t feel tricked because the prices are so great. And their stuff is just neat. Designed on purpose to be functional yet attractive. My favorite department the lighting. So many cool shapes and shades. I really like cool lights.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to go to Ikea and live in Portland, click here. You’re wait is almost over. I think Costco just dropped down a level on the after church lunch hierarchy.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Favorite Commercial

Click here to watch my one of my all time favorite commercials. It was shown during Super Bowl XL. You know, the one with the referees.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Final Road Trip Update

As you can tell from the picture above, the road trip is over. We arrived yeterday to find our apartment filled with a bunch of boxes. We've been on campus for about 24 hours now and it is very stange. The weirdness is walking around the dorm & campus realizing that this is where I live, I'm not visiting. The vacation is over and it was a one-way trip. We are very excited to have the rest of this week to get settled in and I'll begin my new job August 1st.

There is one more thought on the road trip that will be posted later. Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Rad Trip Update, Day 5

Well, we made it from Denver to Wichita in about 7 hours. Smooth drive. Today was the first day we've been able to only stop when we need to get gas. Efficient driving, that's what I'm talking about.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Touring Sans Lance

It looks like the American domination of the Tour de France will continue for the eight year in a row. There hasn't been as much coverage since Lance is out, but Floyd Landis is set up to win it all tomorrow. He regained the lead today by 59 seconds and baring any unforeseen events he should win it all. As with all great sports victories Landis has dealt with a bad hip for the entire tour. He is scheduled to have his hip replaced as soon as the race is over. Endurance athletes, who can understand them?

Road Trip Update, Day 5

Rocky Mountain High: Well we're in Denver and had a great day exploring the city. Denver has some very cool architecture and it was fun just to look at all the buildings. Their library was designed by Michael Graves of The Portland Building & Target fame. They also have a very funky art museum, and are about to finish an even funkier addition to the museum. Unfortunately the US mint & the capitol building weren't open for tours on the weekend, but we enjoyed our stay. I'll openly admit that I thought that there would be amazing views of the Rockies from the city, but I'm uninspired. There are mountains in the distance, but nothing greater looking than when in Portland. I'm chalking up the disappointment to hazy sky and summer melting of snow. Tomorrow we're going for 500+ miles. Our goal is Wichita with arrival in Siloam Springs on Monday. Kansas here we come!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Roadtrip Update, Day 4

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was just down the road from our campground and was definitely my favorite place. There were many times it felt like we were in a sci-fi movie. Strange smells, big animals running wild, boiling water, and mud that explodes. Very cool. Colorado here we come!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

United Van Lines


Our earthly posessions headed out without us last week. We hope they'll be waiting for us when we arrive on JBU's campus.

ROAD TRIP! Day 1

We're heading on our one way trip south to Arkansas. After many sad goodbyes to our friends and family we've made our first day, all the way to Missoula Montana. We've already seen liscense plates from 26 of the states, including Arkansas. Tomorrow we begin a two day stop in Yellowstone where Micah & Christa will join us for some camping.

Congrats Cassidy & Andrew

I'd like to introduce Andrew & Cassidy Harper. They had a beautiful wedding last Saturday at Officers Row in Vancouver USA. They are now heading to a new life in Georgia.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Hagg Lake Triathlon


Last Saturday the three of us completed out first ever Triathlon. Carolyn's brother John is on the right.

1/2 mile swim
12.9 mile bike
3 mile run

Fun times had by all. Special thanks to our parents for coming out to support us. It was nice having someone waiting at the finish line.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Public Chorus

Having grown up in the church, I'm used to groups of people singing. As I've gotten older I came to the realization that people outside of the churchprobably don't sing together that much, okay really not at all.

I was almostbeginning to think that it was somewhat of a "church" phenomenon, adults singing together on a regular basis. At certain concerts I've attended thecrowd would sing along, but it is really the band, not the crowd singing. Of course you've got the random person during the national anthem singing along at a Blazer game and everyone in a five row radius gets really annoyed with, but that's about it. Then I realized...the 7th inning stretch. Since I didn't go to baseballgames as a kid, I didn't know that adults really sang 'Take me out to theballgame' at every game. On fathers day I went to Safeco, and stared in wonder at everybody singing along. Everybody knows the song, but I really couldn't imagine adults singing it...out loud...together...with other adults (who might even be sober) around. It just seems weird, I don't know how they do it with a straight face.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Sebastian Telfair

High School basketball phenom from New York, drafted by the Blazers at age 19 two years ago. Blazers used their 13th pick in 2004 to get him. Was it worth it?

Two years of investment gone: Blazers trade Sebastian Telfair to Celtics for 7th pick in today's NBA draft, according to ESPN.

It will be interesting to see what the Blazers do with their other pics today. NBA draft begins today at 4pm.

Friday, June 23, 2006

1/2 Decade

Carolyn, Happy Anniversary. 5 years down and I still am excited about tomorrow. It is great to hit a milestone like five years and I’ve loved our adventures. Thank you for showing me the joy of children’s books and being so much fun to be with. My life has been absolutely better living it with you. Thanks for marrying me.

Oh, and also thanks for being willing to move across the country too.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

OSU!

Omaha:
Beavers make their way to the college world series championship with a chance to win it all for the first time ever! Oregon State will face the Tar Heels of North Carolina. If you live in Portland, did you even know the Beavers were in the CWS (college world series)?

There is such a media absence of the OSU's success it is disheartening. Last year, when they went to the CWS for the first time since the 50's it was big news. That year they were promptly beaten and sent home. This year, they are vying for it all and where is the buzz? I hope it increases.

If this were the football team, not even a snail would be able to hide from knowing about it. Too bad our culture is so biased against so many sports. It's all about the money. Football is big money. Just look at the investment in the respective stadiums. Well, I for one am starting to become more and more of a baseball fan. I used to say I'd rather watch paint dry than a baseball game. It may be that my in-laws have had undue influence, but I believe it was just ignorance. I didn't understand the game. Now I know more about it and thoroughly enjoy it.

All that to say, GO BEAVS!

6-26 UPDATE: Beavers have split 2 games with NC. The deciding game is this afternoon at 4pm. Watch it on ESPN or listen 1360AM & 1080AM in Portland.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

To Own a Dragon




Finished Don Miller & John MacMurry's new book. Easy to read and goes by quickly, I found it more enjoyable than Blue Like Jazz. This one probably isn't as well written, but I appreciate some of the conclusions in they reach. This book wrestles with the idea of God as Father in a practical way that I have ever experienced before, though have thought about often. I think we all have tried to figure out what God as Father looks like, and though my experience was nothing like Don's he still relates some emotions and thoughts that are universal to experiencing God. Definitely worth the library check out.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Funny Hats

My wife has this propensity to wonder what it would be like to work at any job. Garbage man, baker, artisan, you know...whatever. The only place she has said she wouldn't like to try is Hot Dog on a Stick. It's the crazy outfits.

I can't say that I blame her. You too can appreciate the fine culinary and clothing design brilliance that is Hot Dog on a Stick today for FREE! Click here for more information.

Influencing the world for good, one Hot Dog at a time.

Monday, June 12, 2006

SLURPEE RUN!

I love Slurpees. I always have. The day before graduation last month I made a run with my brother & father-in-law. Carolyn's Dad had never had a Slurpee. How can you be an American and not consume a Slurpee?!?$%# Anyway, we made the run and it was delicious.

For the good of my fellow man, I implore you to click the link here for a buy one get one free Mountain Dew Slurpee coupon (Click on Superman for the coupon).

Enjoy brethren.

Influencing the world for good, one Slurpee at a time.

Friday, June 09, 2006



Saw X-3 the other day. I enjoyed it very much and do recomend it. The theme of discrimination continues, only with a twist. As with any sequal it stays the same but is different. When I saw the first two I was very surprised how good they were. I thought they'd be horrible. I will say 3 isn't as good, didn't have as much depth (not that summer blockbusters are known for depth).

Tuesday I was told that I missed a key component of the story. It comes after the credits roll. So, if you see X-3, don't leave until the very end.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Determination

This kid has it.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Rose Festival Update:

Get the Party Started Fireworks tonight @ 9:45 - waterfront park.
WEEKEND!

Congratulations everybody, it's Friday. For those of you who don't get "weekends" because of work, don't be offended. I don't mean to rub it in. I only work 20 hours a week, and Monday was a holiday, but for some reason this week seemed long to me. Happy day it's Friday!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

First Time Since August: Find #84

We finally went geocaching again. The last geocache we completed was in Washington DC last August. Monday we found a great book cache at Powell Butte. It only took nine months (note: during that time I finished at Western) but finally got another one. I'm always amazed when I go geocaching what cool places I find. Turns out Powell Butte is very bike friendly. Besides Forest Park it is the only place I know of in town that has wide enough trails and allows mountain biking.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006



What's Spinning?
Stavesacre - How to live with a curse

Thanks for the loan Jed.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Evel Knievel
So, I saw an article the other day about how Evel can barely walk from his condo to the pool any more and is living in constant pain. As I glanced through the article it detailed how the 67-year-old cultural icon has an incurable disease of the lungs that causes scaring and hardening making it hard to breath sometimes. But, that isn't the big problem. He has broken over 40 bones in his body and has enough metal in him to build a Hummer. Not to mention the short-term memory damage from so many concussions.

The guy has survived over 300 perilous motorcycle jumps. Multiple times he has crashed, but always lived to tell about it later. Here is what I think is so strange: "I can't wait to meet God," he says, "and ask why he didn't make me go faster on some of those jumps, why he put me through all this pain. He knows I'm not evil."

It is interesting that he blames God for all of his pain. That he is a good person and not evil, therefore he shouldn't have this much pain. He doesn't "blame" God for letting him live survive all his wrecks, letting him land so many safely, nor going off them in the first place. But he seems to think the consequences are God's fault.

Another example of why it is important to think about the implications of your theology.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Reason #1,482 of why I'm not a Matador
or
Bull takes Fighter.

Thursday, May 11, 2006



Good Thing We Don't Drink Coffee:

Did a search using the Starbuck store location tool on their website, just for curiosity's sake. Turns out there are 42 Starbucks locations within a five mile of my house. That's a lot. So, I decided to see how many there is near our new home in Siloam Springs. Well, I had to broaden the search radius to fifty miles to find only 1. That one Starbucks is about 35 miles away. That's okay with me. 42:1, good thing I don't drink coffee.

Bonus Quiz: What was the last state in the union to get a Starbucks? Make your guesses in comments.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Travel Sites
I don't know about you, but I've had a hard time finding an air travel site that consistently provides the best deal. I always feel like I should check against at least three others. There are way too many to name, and how is a man with limited resources and a slow internet connection to do it all? Relax, everything will be okay. There is now a site that searches them all for you. Behold: www.kayak.com

Friday, May 05, 2006



Cannon Beach

I love going to the beach. We both had the day off yesterday and went. It was actually warm on the beach and beautiful. With the impending move to a landlocked state we are going to try to get here as much as possible.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

NEWS FLASH

Stay at home mothers do a lot! The research has bene done and it is clearly a high paying job. If they were getting paid, moms would make $134,121 a year. We should all thank our mothers (or wives respectively) for staying home to take care of the kids. “It’s good to acknowledge the job that’s being done, and that it’s not that these women are settling for ’just a mom, they are actually doing an awful lot.”

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