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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Last night the Fresno State Bulldogs football team played the Toledo Rockets. The game was here in Fresno, and since I can get free tickets through my connections I went to the game. My friend Chris and I painted our chests because ESPN2 was broadcasting the game. I had the letters "ES" painted on me, and Chris had the letters "PN" painted on him. In case you are not familiar with ESPN, it is the major sports network here in the US.
To get these letters painted on me, I need to get rid of my chest hair. So instead of shaving my chest like I did last year when I painted myself for the football game, I decided to have my chest waxed. It was a very interesting experience. I will hopefully be putting up a video of that sometime soon, but that story is for another time.
Along with painting my chest, I made a sign for the game that said in big letters "I WAXED MY CHEST FOR ESPN2". My hope was to get on television, because stations like to put that sort of stuff on. Anyways, my family taped the game, and told me after it was over that I did make it on, and the announcers actually talked about me, I still haven't seen it so I don't know exactly what was said. On the way back from the football stadium (It is about a 7 minute walk from my dorm room) I was walking with my friend Stephen, and we came across the ESPN Radio setup. They had a huge stage with lights and all that fun stuff set up, it almost looked like a on location television stage that news crews set up for sporting events. Plus there were a number of tables with people sitting there watching the radio people do their talk show. Anyways, I walked past this place (which I had no idea it was there before) and I held up my sign so people could see it. I didn't think anyone could until someone said, "hey we need to put you on the radio." So needless to say they brought me up on stage, and did a short interview with me on the radio (even though my voice was almost gone from yelling/cheering at the football game).
Plus, Chris and I made it into the Fresno Bee newspaper, which is the major newspaper for the area. We got in the Sports section, in the area where they talked about the football game. We also got our picture taken for a smaller online newspaper type website, and we are there. I will hopefully post pictures of this stuff in my next post, or as soon as I can get a hold of a scanner.
So this has got to be some kind of record for me. I was on TV, Radio, and the Newspaper all within 24 hours.
Monday, September 26, 2005
This may not sound like new to most of you, but for us it is the "talk of the town". We had rain today - the first time in over four months! OK, it only lasted for a couple of minutes, but it poured! Fall is here. Cooler weather (only hit 83F/28C today). And, now rain!
After a whirlwind trip to Detroit and then London, I'm home again with my family. It was great to see my family in the Detroit area (those who were around!) and then to have Ken & Ginny pick me up and take me to Ontario. I was able to meet Lori's friend Darryl - which was great. I'm not sure what kind of impression I made after 4 hours of sleep and a quick wake up call by Lori. He seems like a great guy! The best part was being there for my mom and dad and to help them out while mom was in the hospital. My role as chauffeur was not new, just different. Used to be my dad drove me around. I figure I put about 500 kms on their car while I was there. I went to Kitchener to see my brother's family - it's a good thing too - Rebecca pulled a muscle at school and so that was the only chance I got to see her or Gisela. I also went to Zurich/Bayfield and stopped in to see my Aunt Carol & Uncle Dave and my cousin Kevin at their greenhouses and then off to see Ken & Ginny and have a quick lunch with them before going back to London to see mom in the hospital. They have very short visiting hours there (4pm-8pm) although we didn't always abide by them! I'm happy to say mom is home today and doing fantastically well. Oh sure, she has some pain when she walks - but that's to be expected. She looks and sounds great. Thanks to all of you who prayed for my mom. God is so good!
Friday, September 23, 2005
So this week there was a lightning/thunder storm around Fresno. We got a little bit of rain, but the lightning was large and visible almost all directions while inside Fresno. The storm was definitely a fair distance away from the city, but it made for some spectactular views. Whereas lightning and thunder are not really that strange for me, since weather is quite constant here in the valley people from the area find the lightning quite amazing (which it is nonetheless). Anyways, I took about 520 pictures to capture some of the lightning, and I got a few good shots. I am sharing those with you now.
Again, click on the picture to see the larger view.
Monday, September 19, 2005
It's been over a week since any of us have blogged! Last week was busy. Our fall launch at church was extremely demanding, and we were all preparing for Kathy's trip. She left Saturday to head for Ontario, with a stopover for a few days in Michigan. She'll be back late this coming Saturday.
The boys (at least Jonathan and Andrew) and I are "holding the fort down" this week. Please feel sorry for us as we try to manage without Kathy!
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Another Week Has Passed...........
Another week has passed and now it is only 6 days till I fly out to visit my family and especially to be with my mom and dad as she has surgery again. I couldn't stand the thought of not being there for them during another surgery so I worked it out with my family, and my employer and God supplied the funds for me to go! Praise the Lord! I am excited that I will get to see so many of my family both when I land in Detroit and when I arrive in Ontario. I am sad, though, that I won't get to see my sister and her friend Darryl. :( Oh well, that's life. This is one of the busiest weeks at work because of the California High School Exit Exam - we're testing over 300 students in our district. The logisitics is always fun! Plus with leaving town next weekend I will have to have all the materials packed and ready to go before I do.
Thursday night is Kings County College Night - it will be held at the Event Center at Lemoore High School. Jonathan, Andrew and I will probably all attend. It will give J a chance to look more closely at a 4 year college to complete his degree and will give Andrew some ideas of where to go next fall. Since he's already decided he'll be going into full-time ministry, he is not taking a year off school to work. He is thinking about taking 2 years at a local college (College of the Sequoias where J goes, or West Hills College). Those are the two closest 2-Year colleges around and both have good reputations. It's exciting and yet scary that our youngest will be graduating from high school this year. I think I'm almost middle-aged now!
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
I lost a bunch of blood today
Alright, so it isn't as bad as it sounds. Today was the first of 4 blood drives held at the University throughout the school year. Since I started at Fresno State I haven't missed a blood drive. I think I just gave for my 11th or 12th time. (Each time is a pint, 8 pints equal one US gallon, or 3.78 litres). They let you pick what color of bandage you want. I always get pink, so here is a picture of the bandage.
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I will hopefully be posting soon about my recent hair cut. I can't tell you much more than that for now though.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Tripping (well travelling really)
Alright, we bought our airline tickets a week ago today. American Airlines is our airline of choice, and we got a great deal. Our plan is to leave Los Angeles international airport on the 26th of December at 7:05pm, and we will then arrive at London Heathrow airport about 1:25pm the next day (the 27th). Our flight back home leaves Dublin, Ireland on the 16th of January and we change planes at Chicago O'Hare, and arrive back in Los Angeles later that evening. Our tickets ended up only costing us $392.25, which is a really good deal.
I have also been looking at some other plane tickets and trips lately. My good friend Neil is living in China this year teaching English at a University there. I am seriously considering visiting him there maybe during spring break, or when classes are over at the end of the school year. That would be a lot of fun.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Laser Tag is Hard Work
If you ever need a good workout, I recommend laser tag. It was a blast last Saturday night to take the youth to Fresno. We played three games of laser tag and by the last game I had improved quite a bit. It's not like shooting a real gun at all. You don't line up sights or anything. You just aim and shoot. Plus there are some techniques that one must become familiar with also. I guess you can tell, I didn't win one game. Not even close really. But it was great fun. I really enjoyed myself.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
We finally had enough with all of our car problems! Both of Jonathan's vehicles are currently out of commission (including the Merkur he bought two weeks ago). But yesterday was the last straw - our Ford Windstar van had the transmission blow for the second time in just over three years.
So, it was time to re-evaluate our vehicle situation. And, in unusual fashion we did some shopping around and within 24 hours we purchased a brand new car, a 2005 Hyundai Sonata, virtually fully loaded. We got an excellent deal, and were highly impressed with the warranty: 5 years bumper-to-bumper including roadside assistance, and 10 years drivetrain. We also decided that now that the boys are older we no longer need a minivan, since we rarely all travel together anymore, and Luke and Jonathan have their own cars.
Now we have SIX vehicles in our family. Anyone want to buy a minivan?