Moritz Life

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Cereal anyone?

As Kathy alluded in an earlier post, I have a new blog devoted to one of my hobbies. My hobby is cereal box collecting, as most of you know. My blog is actually much broader, covering the whole issue of cereal and its role in our lives and culture. If you are looking for something (and even fun occasionally!) subscribe to my blog at:

Saturday, August 27, 2005


My Life

Seems like it just gets busier and busier. I get to join the youth tonight for my first try at Laser Tag. I think I will surprise them as I am an excellent shot! (Well, at least in theory - don't know if these sites will be accurate or not).

I am excited to see my family in Ontario again and even some in Detroit (where I'll be flying in and out of). I will leave Hanford on September 17th (dad's 74th birthday) and arrive back in Hanford on September 24th (mom & dad's 50th anniversary). I know my boys are gonna worry about who's going to feed them, but this time I think I'll let them try their hand at cooking and see how it goes. They really need to learn how to look after themselves better. Jonathan (reluctantly) has joined Andrew in doing his own laundry. Andrew does it 'cause he wants to.

We will be continuing with the Thursday Night Marketplace in downtown Hanford through the end of September. We've had an even better response to our booth this year. Every year seems to get better. This is our 3rd summer. More and more people are stopping in to talk about their great experiences with Shaklee and want to order products again. It's been kinda hot this summer, but usually there's a breeze to keep us somewhat comfortable.

Have a great week!

Friday, August 26, 2005


Finished First Full week

I have now finished my first full week of school as a Junior in College. And I have to say it went quite well. Fortunately I was able to plan my schedule so that I do not have classes on Friday, which gives me a three-day weekend, which is super nice. What made this week even more exciting, was that yesterday in my marketing class, we watched a video on the Toronto Blue Jays and their marketing strategies that they use. Although the video was from circa 1993-1994, and during that time they almost sold out every seat in the stadium. Going there this summer though, I know this is not the case anymore. It was exciting though to watch the video because it was a little taste of Canada for me.

I am going to go out and buy my textbooks right away, I will probably end up spending about $400...

And for the most interesting and exciting news, my friends and I are planning on purchasing our plane tickets for our Europe trip on Sunday night. That is our first official step of doing anything towards our trip, and kind of the deciding factor as to who is for sure coming along. Our plane ticket (roundtrip to Europe) is going to be about $392, which is cheaper than my textbooks...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005



Alright, so I have no almost finished my first two days of classes. Yesterday, Monday, I had Principles of Finance, and my only evening class, which is a Statistics. Today, I attended two of my classes, Management and Marketing. In just less than an hour I have my raquetball class. That should be a lot of fun.

This semester is shaping up to be very exciting. All of the classes I am taking (not including raquetball) are upper-division business classes, and I finally get to take a marketing class.

My good friend Neil, who graduated last year, will be on his way to China at the end of the week to teach English at a University there. He took a year of Mandarin chinese last year, and is looking at international relations as a career. I got to see him and wish him well yesterday.


Recent events in photos

Several developments over the past few days in photos:
Jonathan buys another car
Luke (plus mom and dad) attend Fresno State University Craig Scholar's Dinner at President's House. Luke is President of the Craig Scholars. (photo 1) (photo 2)
Andrew began his last year of High School on Monday.

Friday, August 19, 2005


What kind of cereal am I?

I took this quiz that I found on Lloyd's cereal blog ( and these are my results! :
Frosted Mini Wheats - ah a sweet crunchy outside
coated with sugar and a normal inside.
your outside- covered w/sugar like you. it hides ur
imperfections and makes u likeable enough
cause u are generally nice and kind however...
ur inside- ur essence. u have secrets and are sort
of a little dark cause you only show people one
side of you. mayb ur just shy or something bad
happened once but there is definately more to u
than meets the eye. the great thing about ur
inside is it is whole and true- u are honest
nice and caring and ur friends are tight, u
just make them slower cause ur trust is hard to

What kind of cereal are you?
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Cool, huh! I've been pretty busy this last week. It's heckacrazy at school and I was in Sacramento for meetings in the middle of the week (went up Tuesday and back home Wednesday night). Then last night we had Thursday Night Marketplace, which is always a blast and tonight I just crashed and didn't do much. Well, I baked a pan of rocky road squares I wanted to try and did laundry. Not too much actually - a fairly easy evening.

I am so happy I am able to go to Ontario the week (Sep 21) of mom's surgery to be with her and dad. It has been very difficult for me to be so far away while she's in the hospital - so I'm looking forward to being there for them.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


School starting up

Well, it is the fall again, and school is about to start (it seems like that happens at least once a year). I am super involved in a lot of different things this year, again, and that means that I have a bunch of stuff to do even before I sit in my first class of the semester.

My three main positions this year are President of the Craig Business Scholars, President of the Central Valley Veritas club, and Vice-President of the Council of President's Scholars. This week has been quite busy with the latter position. There are 50 new freshmen who have gotten the Smittcamp Scholarship, and as the Vice-President of the student government for that group, we have been doing a lot of welcome activities for the scholars. (If you don't know, the large scholarship I got was the Smittcamp Scholarship). Tuesday I was able to move into my new dorm two days earlier than normal. I then attended the welcome dinner for the new freshmen at the President of the University's house, and then was a part of the Q&A we put on for the freshmen. On Wednesday, I gave a tour of the university to a group of the freshmen, and then we had a pizza and bowling activity scheduled (at no cost of course).

Thursday is when everyone else (including most of my roommates) move into the dorm with me. I also have a luncheon to attend with all of the newest faculty of the University. (They needed some students to eat with this group to introduce them to the student body). Plus, on Sunday, I get to MC the welcome dinner for the Craig Business Scholars, which will also be held at the President's house. My parents get to attend this one every year, lucky them.

School starts on Monday. I am really looking forward to it. I finally get to take some marketing classes, which is very exciting because it is my major.

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Back to routine

Unfortunately you haven't heard much from us recently as life has been very busy, especially now that school is starting again. Andrew registered for his senior year in High School this week. Jonathan returned to College of the Sequoias. And, Luke moved back to Fresno to begin his third year at Fresno State next week. Once things get back to "normal" around here we hope to continue keeping you informed of what's going in our lives on a more regular basis.
By the way, as you've heard us say earlier, this has been an extremely HOT summer. In fact, a record was broken for the longest string of 100+ F days!

Thursday, August 11, 2005


Chocolate Cookies

As this school year begins, so does another season of high school marching band, which i will be apart of this year. I will once again be playing the 5th bass drum, which is the largest bass drum that marches on the field. my back is quite sore from carrying for around 7 hrs a day, but it is alot of fun, and i hope you all can make it to the one of our performances.

-Andrew Moritz

Sunday, August 07, 2005


More Pictures

Ok, so I know most of you have been to my flickr photo page, but I hvae added a bunch of pictures lately, so I encourage everyone to check them out again.

Go to to see all the photos,

and go to to see a slide show of the pictures


Saturday, August 06, 2005


Random Blogkeeping

Ok, well this is just a quick update about me.

First, summer is quickly coming to a close. I move into my dorm on the 16th of August, which is only just over a week away!!! I don't start school until the 24th, but still.

Second, It is REALLY hot here. We are fairly close to breaking the record for the number of consecutive days above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If we reach above 100 every day from now until Thursday we will tie the record of 20 consecutive days. It has been hot.

Third, I am currently house-sitting for a couple in our Church as they are on a Cruise this week. I am finished tomorrow, and it has been fun so far. They have two cats, a chinchilla, and about 25 pigeons that I need to take care of everyday, as well as a pool (which comes in handy at the moment [see "Second" above].

Last, I am sure that most of you have heard that I am taking an exciting trip this winter. If not, I am. A few of my friends and I are planning on taking a three-week backpacking trip through Europe. It is going to be very packed and so much fun. Within the three weeks, we will be going to the following countries, France, Spain, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, the Vatican, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, and Ireland. We are not sure we will get to go to every single one of these countries, but it is our plan. We will be taking the train pretty much everywhere, and staying in Youth Hostels. I have done many, many, many hours of planning for this thing (as I am a lot like my Dad). This last winter break from school, I spent 30+ hours planning and researching for this trip. Plus a lot more since then. I have budgeted out the trip for a maximum of $2000 for the entire three weeks, which is a steal of deal. And that is everything included, flight, train pass, food, lodging, souvenirs, the works. And since we are all friends who are going, it is going to be a lot of fun. If you want, you can check out my website I have created for it. I would recommend taking a look at the PDF travel handbook, and the PowerPoint slides for the trip route. Website is here. (Click on Go to Eurotrizzle when you get to the site)

Any questions, just let me know!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Cayucos, California

The last couple of days we spent at the "coast" in a town called Cayucos. It is right on the ocean and the house we stayed at was about a block from the beach. I led a retreat for our Children's Ministry Team and besides planning the event and delivering the majority of the training, I planned the meals and bought the food. It was a busy time and I'm tired and back home to rest. We had a great trip there and back with only a small glitch. On the way home as we were going to connect to Hwy 41 which takes us home, there was a big sign that said the road was closed due to fire. We took the detour which was almost an hour longer than the planned trip. We did get to see some countryside we haven't seen before. All in all it was a great time. Hopefully I'll have a couple of pictures to post.


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