I update this blog almost every day. It could be about anything: politics & current events, religion, work, geek-related materials. Sometimes I just post random thoughts.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
I have received a lot of positive comments on how I handled our church controversy at our council meeting. It makes you wonder what the problem is, or at least it makes you wonder how many people have a problem.
I couldn't make it to the softball game on Tuesday, hence no stats. I wonder if we one...I obviously want us to win, but there is that part of me that says, "You need me." ;)
Ryan Bronkema leaves tomorrow, we are having a lunch to wish him luck on further ventures. It is good to know he will only be a few hours away but he will be sorely missed. I can't believe Jacque hired Ryan, Peter and I in the same year. What was she thinking?
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
- Getting a $10 parking ticket (Welcome to UW LaCrosse)
- Waiting 30 minutes to return the keys to the U Haul (You're a good man, Gus!)
- Waiting 10 minutes to get our food in the Hardees drive through (Customer service in LaCrosse in currently 0-2)
- Good conversation on the trip home
- Our church has continued to lose members over the last 30 years, to the point that our church has currently 340 members when it used to have 800 members.
- Our church is old...meaning, there are not a lot of young people to keep the church going as our church continues to age.
- Our church has a habit of not following procedure when disagreements come up and as a result, things are made much more difficult. I realize this more now as Staff/Parish Relations Commitee Chair.
- Our church has a habit of always looking at things negatively: money, membership, ministry. It can be challenging as a member to be positive when people jump on the negative.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Ugh...to be a Methodist and see stuff like this is very disheartening as a Christian.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Oh boy...this one is hard to comment on. First of all, you have to be convinced that if global warming is happening, it is happening at a significant rate. Second, you have to be convinced that mankind is the major contributor top this global warming. I am not convinced in either case. As a result, I find this story completely laughable.
Thanks to the Drudge Report for these two interesting links.
Surprise! There is now a fledgling democratic government in Iraq and WMDs have been found in Iraq. I am not at all surprised. I have been supportive of the Bush Administration's decision to invade Iraq, take out a known dictator and establish a democratic government. I would not deny mistakes have been made on the way in its execution, but I would never question why it all began. I realize this story will be overlooked and the Bush bashing will continue.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Yesterday's game was disheartening because we were actually winning for the first three innings of the game. We were hitting well and our defense was superb. Ultimately, our pitching was not as consistent as before and that meant walks. We also got sloppy in catching fly balls which then led to lots of runs scored. We gave up 15 runs in one inning and that pretty much sealed out fate. We have one player on our team that has a really crappy attitude and it sucks because I think the rest of the team has a pretty high morale despite our fate in many games.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
This past Thursday and Friday I was in Milwaukee to stand in my friend Nick Sayner's wedding. It was really nice to see him again and to connect with friends who I have not seen in a really long time. It was nice to see Nick and Shawnta so happy...I hope they are enjoying their cruise (they left Sunday).
Tonight is our softball game. Hopefully Christa will be able to make it on time. She will be towing the line for our Vacation Bible School group while I leave to be on time for a game that probably won't start until 8:00 pm. She has been there for all my games...it would cost our team 25% of our cheering section ;).
Thursday, June 15, 2006
- steam clean all of our furniture
- shampoo all carpeting
- wax all tile floors
- clean all windows
- powerwash the bathtub
It's not the most exciting thing to post about, but I am really impressed by the fact that we receive this service.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
So, let's move to the commentary. We only lost 9-8 and we played an entire game. Ironically, we actually were down a person and were only playing with 9 guys even though you are allowed to have ten. I assumed we would have done worse, but we did better. I can think of a few additional reasons why we faired better than usual:
- We had a really good pitcher this game who almost always put the ball where it was needed and got a lot of guys to fly out.
- Our old pitcher was able to play left field where we truly excelled and caught at least five balls.
- All of our other players were playing in positions where they were good. No one looked like a liability.
- We did not have any opposing batters that were left handed.
- Their pitcher was awful and threw a lot of balls. I would say he walked at least 10-12 batters during the course of the game.
I also have to say that our opponents were some of the worst sports I have ever played against. I have never seen a team talk so much trash in a game. When I blew a throw they all laughed at me...what are we in, grade school? They got mad at us when we weren't swining at their pitches...however, if I did not move out of the way the ball was going to hit me. Sorry folks, not swinging at that. They would shout things when the ball was in the air and we were trying to catch it. The jawed at runners when they were on the base. It finalyl came to a head when one of our players got into an elevated discussion at second base. Yeah, they were bad. At the end of the game one of their players said, "If we lost to these guys, I would have cut all of your nuts off!" *sigh*
This being my fourth game, I am starting to relax out there. I think the first few games I was getting over the nerves of playing a game I had never really played competitively. Now, I feel more relaxed, especially playing first base. The fice at bats last night also had me more comfortable batting. I need to be careful not to swing at anything that comes over the plate. I could probably get a few more walks that way.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Kudos to Christa for playing softball for the last few practices or our ever-improving team. Tex, our captain, has called several practices over the last few weeks so that we can improve our skills and attempt to be more competitive in the games that we play. Sadly, our practices have not been too well attended, but Christa has helped out by throwing with us and also hitting for two hours somtimes so that we might practice fielding and catching. It has been wonderful. There is talk of sneaking her into one of our games...we could use the help :).
Kudos to Peter and Ryan for advising an amazing group of students to get NACURH 2007. That bid team was focused, prepared and motivated and those two played a key role in making sure that happened. I was simply happy to be along for the ride and see a lot of excited students and advisors when we got the bid.
Kudos to Chris CA-walish for his internship at Notre Dame. How cool is that? He's come a long way and I am excited that he has the opportunity to grow as a professional.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
However, there is something to be said for having people in the building. The last week has been rather strange with it empty. I have appreciated the silence for sleep purposes, but often my motivation was low and I think it was because there was no one in the buliding. When you live in a building with 220 residents 9 months of the year you get used to it. Even as an introvert, I know that I gain motivation and inspiration for my job from the people in the building. So, it is nice to have things back to "normal".
Saturday, June 10, 2006
What I Liked: I really enjoyed the new characters that were added. I especially liked Kelsey Grammar playing the role of "Beast". I also thought they did an "Ocean's 11"-like job of giving all of the major characters a decent amount of screen time. I thought the action sequences were incredible and overall there was a pretty decent story line.
What I Didn't Like: For a 1 hour and 45 minute film, it seemed very busy. With all the characters and subplots, I felt like the movie could have been longer and more developed. It seemed like many doors were open and they needed to be closed quickly.
Overall: It was an entertaining movie, what I would expect from a summer blockbuster. Grade: B.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Sadly, this game ended in three innings. A 20 run mercy rule was invoked as we were down 22-2. The one week we were actually competitive I was not there. I come back and we get slaughtered. Argh.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
The National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) is a student run and operated leadership organization. They host a yearly conference of anywhere between 2000-3000 delegates at a school that wins the bid to host. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh had a very motivated and excited group of students that bid for and won the opportunity to host this NACURH conference in 2007.
I will one of two advisors working with this group of students to make NACURH 2007 happen. Afte the initial excitement of getting the bid, it is beginning to set in that we have a lot of work to do. Woot!
Friday, June 02, 2006
June 1, 2006 – I am sitting at the computer at 12:43 p.m. Pacific Time and we got back from lunch. The NACURH 2007 bid team just presented this morning and they were phenomenal. It is hard to encapsulate my thoughts at this moment. I am proud on many levels, but what is most satisfying is that they presented a strong bid, gave a flawless presentation and answered the Q&A session very, very well. From a sports perspective, they left it all out on the court and there is nothing more that they can do. It is out of our hands now and we will need to wait until Saturday.
On a different level, I was very impressed with the excitement and emotion that this group of students (and advisors) has shown for this process. Regardless of the outcome, they really accomplished something here, and even for the brief amount of time that I helped out, I am proud to be a part of this process.
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On an interesting side note, during one of the rehearsals, Peter thought it would be good for the bid team to know about our advising experience in case they were asked a question about it. It is pretty crazy if you broke down the conferences we have attended, the awards we have won and the organizations that we have advised. I am pretty excited for the opportunity to possibly co-advise the NACURH 2007 conference with Peter.
May 31, 2006 – I have yet to hear about the results of our Breese softball team. I did not play so my stats will remain stable for another week. I talked to Christa earlier this morning and she said that the senior/central staff members won the game against the CAs and PAs in the first annual Residence Life Softball game. I honestly thought we were going to lose and lose badly. So that was a pleasant surprise. I wish I could have played in the game.
I am really happy with the progress that the NACURH 2007 bid team has been making. They sounded really good yesterday and I was excited to see them finally get to practice on the stage. I think this group has some real potential. What will be difficult is that we present on Thursday morning and then we play the waiting game. We will find out the results on Saturday night at the banquet.
May 30, 2006 – I am writing this first entry from Towle Hall in
I read the first 150 pages of the book in one sitting…I was completely into the book. I was really impressed with the clues and how the book unfolded. Unfortunately, I let the hype of the book/movie ruin it for me because I watched a History Channel special which revealed the secret of the Da Vinci code. So, what was probably meant to be the climax of the book was actually a little disappointing.