Friday, June 29, 2007

Good Day

A great day for Rip City. Zach Randolph is gone & Greg Oden is in. Happy day. One way to find out about the Blazers number one pick is by reading his blog, click here for it. I also wholeheartedly agree with Hutch's take on Kevin Pritchard.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Beaver Baseball & Israel

Congrats to Oregon State Baseball for defending their national title and winning two years in a row. Also, Israel had the first professional sports game in 5,000 years. Click here for the details on the Israel Baseball League. During the first game the biggest problem was the announcers figuring out a Hebrew translation for Strike, Home Plate, pitcher, and other key baseball words.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Marriage VI

Today Carolyn & I celebrate our sixth anniversary. I always thought when we first got married that reaching our fifth anniversary would be a great milestone, but the sixth seems bigger. Maby it's because there is a baby on the way, but I sure am thankful for my wife. I can't imagine life without out her and she is such a blessing to me. Marriage has such potential to push you towards growth or tear you down. I definitely have been built up and pushed to grow from Carolyn. To celebrate we're heading to Cannon Beach tomorrow. Needless to say, I'm excited.

Carolyn,

Thanks for being such a great friend and partner. I've enjoyed the last six years of living with you more than any other time in my life. Even during those times when we hated out jobs! Though our lives will never be the same with a baby coming (it's already different) there is nothing in life I want to go through without you, especially parenthood. You'll be a great mom and you're already loving our child by letting baby take over your body. Thank you so much for your respect and support. Your personal sacrifice for us to move to Arkansas and believing in my vision means a lot. Thank you for believing in my dream and for being a part of it. You are an amazing woman and I'm blessed to share life with you.

Happy Anniversary,

Greg

Friday, June 22, 2007

Cardboard Signs

Down in Arkansas there aren't any panhandlers, no one is ever sitting with a sign asking for money at off ramps. I had forgotten how witty some of those signs can be. While in Seattle this week I saw one of my all time favorites, "Father killed by Ninja, need money for karate lessons."

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

ACSD

Well, I've been in Minneapolis since Sunday at the ACSD annual conference. We drove up from Arkansas on Sunday and I was able to bring my bike along. Me and a couple other guys went on a 43 mile ride around town and I quickly realized there really are a lot of lakes here. We got to see a lot of the city and even rode through downtown. It was so nice to just be in a city again. We've had a number of good speakers and only one really bad one. Donald Miller was one of our keynote speakers (not the bad one). It was the second time I've heard him speak, and in this context it was high quality. I did get the feeling he said some things just to push people's buttons, but everyday since then I've had at least two conversations about it so people are conversing about important stuff. One thing is about being here is that I'm a 'professional,' which is weirding me out a little bit. It has been reaffirming that this is a career path I want to pursue. It's also been great, cause Joe Slavens is here. It's been nice catching up with him and how life at MBC is going. The conference ends on Thursday and by Monday night we'll be back in the NW.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Hide & Seek

Who knew? The UN has a commission that is still looking for weapons of mass distruction. The commission has $300 million in reserves funded from Iraqi oil. I thought the world was in agreement that we were wrong about that. The funny thing is, the US & Britain want to shut the commission down, but Russia won't agree to it and on it goes. You can read all about it on MSNBC.