Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I guess it comes down to your philosophy of government, but it seems a little over the top for the LA city council to ban fast food restaurant development in the poor section of South LA. I appreciate the government trying to help people live healthier lives (fight obesity), but in a "free market" society should they be able to dictate to this level? They'd be just as effective if they didn't allow grocery stores in that neighborhood to sell soft drinks. I guess I'm working under the biased perspective of seeing a great "fast food" company from the inside prove there is such a thing as healthy locally sustainable fast-food (with green energy no less). Burgerville has plenty of healthy alternatives and even their classic fast food fair is the best you can get.

Monday, July 28, 2008


The most recent pictures of Elisa are here.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Air Dryers

Air Dryers in public bathrooms have always bugged me. I've seen this Dyson commercial before:

After watching this I thought, "Yeah, that bugs me too. So Hans, why haven't I ever seen this thingy anywhere before?" They have them at MSP where we got to try it during our layover. I'm impressed. The bonus is it leaves your fingers feeling tingly.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Elisa @ 7 Months

Weighing in at 15lbs and 26 1/2 inches tall.

Summer Weddings

There were a number of summer weddings that we missed out on this summer that we wish we could have been at. Some of them were former RAs: Jason, Chris, Brian, Jared, & Josh all are getting married this summer. It warmed my heart to see this picture from Jason & Ashley's wedding:

Jason's J. Alvin Groom Cake

The Real Life J. Alvin

Past & present J. Alvinites who were at the wedding.

These are the guys I work & live with....It's awesome.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


We're back at home. It's nice to be back in our apartment. Elisa traveled well as usual, but for some reason she couldn't sleep on our second flight. So, really she only had about an hour nap on the first flight. Needless to say she was exhausted. In less than three minutes after putting her in her crib she was out. I'd like to be too, goodnight.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wedding Pictures

My Beautiful Girls

Carolyn & me with John & Kristine

John bought a set of 60's era Schwinns as a surprise for Kristine. She didn't know about them until they got on to ride into the sunset.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Get Smart

As part of my best man duties for John's wedding I was able to put together his bachelor party. We got together with some of his friends on Friday night and had a great dinner at a Japanese Steak House in Tacoma. It was one of those "cook your food right in front of you so you can watch the cook flip his spatula and knife quickly and shoot big flames right up in your face" places. Then we hit the batting cages and spent some quality time together before we heading to the theater to watch Get Smart. It was hilarious. I don't know if I was just in the mood, but all of us seemed to really enjoy it. It's very ridiculous and very silly, just like the TV show was. Fantastic.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Weddings, I love weddings!

Well, the day finally arrived. Carolyn's brother John is married. We had a busy week last week getting ready, but Saturday was a beautiful day and we had a fantastic wedding. Kristine was gorgeous and John was very happy. I'm so thankful that Carolyn & I got to be a part of their special day.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Happy Day

Happy Birthday Carolyn! I'm so glad I get to spend this day being especially thankful for you.

Monday, July 07, 2008


On my way to class today I passed my second favorite bookstore in the world. I was incredibly sad to see that Pilgrim's is Closed! Shut down. Where, oh where will I sell my Christian books that Powell's won't buy?

Sunday, July 06, 2008

More Traditions

Last week we had two huge milestones in Elisa's life. She went to the beach and visited the Tillamook Cheese Factory for the first time. As I see it, by giving her these experiences at such a young age, we've instilled core Brock family values that will last a lifetime (namely: love of beach & cheese).

Elisa & her Great Gramma

Once again...

I've left Carolyn & Elisa for a few days. This time they are in Tacoma and I'm down in Portland for a of theology classes at Western Seminary. I'm pretty excited about it. I'm taking "Mesiah in the Old Testament" taught by John Sailhamer. I just wish I could bring Carolyn & Elisa with me. For now, I'll just settle with some phone calls and pictures.