Sunday, December 31, 2006
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
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
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
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
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
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
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
Monday, November 06, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Does the US have the authority to control who has access to the universe?
Thursday, October 26, 2006
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
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
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
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
The music reminded us that there is always beauty to be found in life – even amid the ashes.
To End All Wars
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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.
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
Enjoying refreshing Sonic Slushes
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
- Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer
- Fresh Salsa (I don't know why, but not a single grocery store has any kind of fresh salsa). We're still looking for a good alternative to our favorite Reser's Baja Cafe Salsa.
- Adam’s Peanut Butter
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
Monday, September 11, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
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.
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
Monday, August 21, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
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
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
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
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
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
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
There is one more thought on the road trip that will be posted later. Stay tuned.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
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
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
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
Oh, and also thanks for being willing to move across the country too.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
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
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
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Monday, June 12, 2006
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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.
Friday, June 02, 2006
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
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
Monday, May 22, 2006
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
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
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
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
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.”