Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Still Searching

The clock is ticking and I'm still unemployed. Yesterday morning I heard back from Concordia and it turns out I'm not the guy for them. There was an internal candidate and I'm thankful they gave me a shot at it. I will keep applying and doing what I can, but please join me in praying that I will get a job before August 1.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Too Close

On Thursday afternoon I was on my way into Portland for an interview and just before getting to Scappoose I saw this Explorer in mid air coming towards me. It happened on a four lane highway and when I first saw the Explorer, it was in the turning lane and I was in the lane closest to it. I thought for sure it was going to land right on top of me. When I replay it in my mind I can see it all happening in slow motion. I can still see little details, like how it would be suspended in mid air in between each of it's rolls, how the bumper was starting to come off, and seeing the oil filter go flying underneath my car. I was hit with a few pieces of debris and there were a number of bangs from stuff bouncing around underneath my car. The strangest thing was that fluid from the explorer's engine sprayed all over the length of my car. When I saw that I knew I really was I close as I thought I had been. It was a little after 3 when it happened and there was a lot of traffic so I couldn't just veer off to the right to avoid him. I slowed way down, but there were other cars all around me and fortunately I was just far enough away. I ended up learning later that a Ford Explorer is 16 times more likely than a typical family car to kill occupants of another vehicle in a crash.

Like everyone else, I pulled off to the shoulder and tried to call 911. I couldn't get through so I ran to one of the cars to see if the driver was okay. I was the first one to the white car and the woman was alive, but certainly not okay. I think she was one of the people with serious injuries. I made sure she had a pulse and then waited until the ambulance arrived before I left (it felt like it took forever). I've never seen such a violent accident that close. There were four cars involved and at least two of them had their wheels ripped off and every single one had air bags deployed. Here is an article about the accident if you'd like to check it out. I hope everyone will end up being okay eventually.

When I showed up for the interview about 45 minutes later, I was still shaking a little bit. The lesson of the day for me was how quickly life can change. Things you have absolutely no control of, like the frequent roll over rate of SUVs, can completely change your life in an instant. Three of those cars were just driving along perfectly safely and responsibly. It only took one little Honda Civic to set off a chain reaction that happened so fast that they couldn't avoid it. I'm very grateful and thankful that I was spared from being the fifth car in this accident.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Search Continues

Last week was quite eventful on the job search front. I already mentioned in my last post that I had a second interview at Concordia on Wednesday for an advising position (I was 1 of 2). That interview went great and after 3 hours I had another interview for a different position. Since I was on campus they invited me to lunch with residence life folks to interview for another job I had applied for. Thursday I got the call that I didn't get the advising job and half an hour later I was invited back to campus for a second interview for the res life job.

As I drove into Portland Thursday afternoon I was only a few feet away from being involved in a major car accident, but that is another post all together. Thursday night I hung out with the staff, toured the campus, ate dinner at Kennedy school, and met with some students. It was great and I'm really excited about joining the team at Concordia. On Friday I found out I'm one of two (again) and was invited back, although this time with Carolyn. On Monday afternoon we'll be heading in and I'm excited for Carolyn to meet everyone and see the campus. I love working with college students and this position is a really good fit for us. I'm very excited and hopeful, but I've definitely realized again how very little control I have. I can only do my best, pray, and wait.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Good Things

I've mentioned this before, but I've had so many "It's worth it" moments this summer. The picture above is one of those moments. Elisa having a tea party with my Mom and Gramma. My Gramma always had tea parties and is a favorite memory of her from childhood. I'm so happy that Elisa can have those experiences with her too.

In other news, I had an interview at Concordia University in Portland yesterday for a job that I'm really excited about. Tomorrow I have a second interview that will last a bit longer and will be there most of the morning. I'm really hopeful and think this advising position would be a good fit for me. I'm trying not to get too far ahead of myself, but I am really hopeful that by the end of the week I might have a job.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Celebrating Brain Freezes

This month is the Slurpee's 44th birthday and to celebrate 7-11 is giving them out for free tomorrow. Don't drink it too fast or you'll end up with sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (the scientific term for a brain freeze).

Friday, July 09, 2010

My Beautiful Wife

I am so thankful for this woman for so many reasons. She is a beautiful woman of God. She is smart and has taught me the value of reading a book. She is an amazing mother and constantly amazes me with her wisdom and patience. I really appreciate her willingness to try new things and be creative. She is the first person I want to talk over a new idea with and the last person I want to see at the end of the day. Life with Carolyn has made me a better man and I'm amazed that I get to married to her. Happy Birthday Carolyn, I'm so happy to share today with you!

Thursday, July 08, 2010


Where to begin? We've been back in the NW for about a month now. We really have enjoyed being with our families. There have been many times when I've seen Elisa playing with her grandparents and thought to myself, "This is why we did it." It's been stressful being in such a state of transition with searching for a home and job, but I'm really happy to be back in the NW.

After a drought of 4 1/2 straight weeks full of NO's from the job prospects, I'm finally starting to see some action. I had two interviews last week, two this week, and one scheduled for next week. It's also been encouraging to have some student development job postings in the last few weeks. I'm hopeful that I'll have an offer soon.