Archive for October, 2006

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October 31st, 2006

happy reformation day everyone!

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i want to blog.. really i do

October 31st, 2006

i just am too tired to make sense of anything right now. so i’ll have to save my blogging for another day.

but life is good. God is good. sleep is good too.

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fairfax =! the cities

October 29th, 2006

(ok. so i lied about being in the cities. i didn’t know… i wasn’t informed with anything cept tammy saying “hey.. we’re playing in fairfax.. i think it’s outside of the cities. i’m not sure though” 😛 and here is blog entry that i have on a text document since i’m sitting outside and picking up wireless. 🙂 )

i’m in fairfax minnesota.

where is fairfax minnesota? i have no idea. pretty far from… well.. anything.

we are staying at a host home. well.. we THINK we are staying at a host home. we pull up to the address that we were given… and.. the house is completely dark. the doorbell is not even in existance… since it was pulled out of the wall. hmm.. sketchy. well.. we have a name of this person that we are supposed to stay with… but no number. nor do we have cell phone reception to even call if we wanted. so … we drive to the gas station. “hey… do you know ted?” “oh yea.” and then all the ladies at the gas station continue on about all the details of ted’s life and inform us that the house that we have the address to was his brother’s house… and someone in their family died.. and now the house is empty… and they use it to house family when they come in town…

ok. great. so where’s ted? “take a right after the funeral home and you’ll see the house. it’s right on the edge of town… you’ll see it”

soo… we drive. “hey.. what’s the address?” “i donno.. she didn’t say. she said the light would be on” “there’s lots of houses with lights on” … hmmm.

we ask some random person if they know ted. sure enough. “right down the block.. the white house.”

(small town life is interesting…. and baffels me just the same)

so.. no answer. ted isn’t around. back to talk to karen at the gas station. “oh.. just go right in… it’s probably open” “really?” “yea. and if anyone says anything, just say karen told you so.”

back to the house where we were supposed to stay. nope. all three doors are locked. we call ted’s daughter. she comes over and shows us where the key is.

so fast forward to now… we are in the house… the heat is just starting to kick in (mind you.. we are in central minnesota. it’s kinda cold right now). we had a little acoustic “optional” rehersal. (i keep walking away from this entry… and getting distracted… i just need to point that out) now i’m thiking i should go to bed. i’m seeing a wireless network here.. but i can’t seem to join it. phoey! so i’ll just keep this text file on my desktop and post this when i return to civiliation 🙂

but in other news.. since i’m in minnesota, and passed through the cities.. i had an oppourtunity to meet and eat dinner with some great past watermarkers at the moa (and for those of you who don’t know.. moa = mall of america. w3rd).. mary bull and bodil, the great dane. oh it was fun reminicing about danmark and just having a grand old time laughing with great friends. what a blessing 🙂

alright. i’m cold. i think i’m gonna bundle up and get some sleep. happy daylight savings time night.

update: it’s now sunday.. and we played our first ‘set’ at the event thing… and now i have a big long break (well.. i’ve got about an hour till i have to be back at the school) and i’m sitting just outside of “downtown” … by the railroad tracks and the public bathrooms. and still i have no cell phone reception. (well.. i had a brief moment of cell phone reception.. just enough to get some text messages and maybe send one reply. now i’m back to ‘no service’. arrrg!

and another frustrating thing.. is that i’m seeing some wireless networks… but none of them work! ok. i can’t wait to get back to milwaukee where people don’t stare at me when they see me walk on the street or go into the resturant. 😛

although fairfax is looking a lot like a ghost town right now… i’m gonna walk another block to the “center” of “downtown” and see if anything is open. heh.

ok. so pretty much nothing is open. but i finally found a wireless network that works.

no cell phone reception though. i’ll deal with it. wireless is better anyways 🙂

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going to minnesota

October 28th, 2006

for the weekend. if you live in the cities area… give me a call.

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wake me up before you go go

October 26th, 2006

i’m off to work again. yesterday was my first day and boy was it entertaining. i’ll have to write more.. but imagine a huge office building filled with computers, servers, printers, more servers, etc…. all… WITHOUT power for almost two hours. 😛

welp. see ya later.

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bullhorn

October 24th, 2006

there’s something horribly, horribly RIGHT about this video.

“how we love others is how we love God.”

worth the headaches.

October 24th, 2006

i’ve been getting headaches lately.

i think i’ve been thinking and worrying too much lately. and i haven’t really pinpointed what exactly i am worried about…

i start my job tomorrow. i can’t wait. i think once i pay off all my recent ‘big’ purchases that will eliminate some of my headaches. also… lately i have felt really lazy and unmotivated. having a job to go to will help me from feeling so lazy.

i should also get my car checked out. i was rear-ended last night while at a stoplight. i was on my way home… turning right at a stoplight.. i had just started going (since the light turned green)… while taking a sip of my soda that i just got at the wendy’s on the corner… and *bam.* it sounded louder and more severe than it really was. it looks like my bumper did what it was supposed to do… and looks just the SLIGHTEST amount pushed in. the most major damage was to my “God is not mad at you, no matter what” bumper sticker… where most of the ink was rubbed off. ahh well. guess i’ll have to get another bumper sticker. no biggie. the guy didn’t have insurance. but he did pull over and was very apologetic. (which.. for the neighborhood that i was in… this was a big surprise to me) if he was a jerk and/or didn’t pull over… i would be super peeved. but i’m not.

now… for a completely different subject… since that’s just how my brain works…

i was driving home from lunch today… driving past a grade school on capitol… seeing the kids out on the swing set playing… with their big fuzzy winter coats surrounding them… making it almost impossible for them to move their limbs…. and i started reflecting on our growth throughout our lives.

we all know that we grow physically. does anyone know exactly how many percent we grow from when our hearts first start beating? i’ve been trying to wrap my brain around the math… from… what… an inch or two… to… 4, 5, 6 some odd feet? that’s a whole lot of growth.

and also our ‘world’ grows with us. well.. the world doesn’t grow… but our realization of the world is what grows and changes. to think of the little girl on the swing in that huge pink coat… her world was probably just big enough to fit her school… her house/family… and maybe a couple parks… the grocery store… etc. i remember when life was that simple. and my world consisted of all that i knew in my neighborhood… the bike path… my friends’ houses…. the bakery where i would get free cookies…. and extending to couple different states where we traveled to for vacations. everything was all right and good with the world. at least in my little world… it was. and that’s all that i could see… and that’s all that i knew… and that was ok.

now, while i have physically stopped growing… my world keeps growing. everything is NOT just “alright” in this world. and now that i see that… how can i not be moved to act? i remember reading a bumper sticker that said “if you aren’t outraged, then you haven’t been paying attention.” so true. if we aren’t moved to do something about all the injustice and wrong in the world… that means that our world has not grown to include those things. (either we are unaware, or we turn our heads and ignore those “parts” of the world because of our own fear and discomfort) using excuses like “well.. the problem is too big anyways.” or “i’m so far away…..” doesn’t cut it. i’ve used them both. they are just signs of laziness. i refuse to continue this self destructive path. i want to do something to change the world.

i’ve been reading a lot about some of the politics surrounding this upcoming election. if you’ve been reading my blog, you may have seen a couple posts about voting no on this marriage amendment thing. i must say i’m really passionate about this issue.. and the more and more i talk to people… the more and more i worry about our state’s well-being if this amendment passes. it would be our state taking a giant step backwards in time. if we make it legal to discriminate against a group of people… what will be next? is the next amendment going to be going back in time even more… and making it legal to have slaves? i mean.. yea… people think “yea.. right. that will never happen.” but i’ve been hearing HORROR stories from other states that have passed similar amendments… stories of people using the amendment to strip ‘domestic abuse’ rights from girls who ‘shack up’ with their boyfriend who now is beating them. i’m sorry. but if you use the law to defend an abusive boyfriend… i’m leaving that state! my goodness! or how ’bout states that have used the amendment to take benefits away from children of same-sex families? what did that child do to deserve that? what is the child going to do? get a full time job at the age of 12? seriously people! these horror stories are just making me mad. it almost makes me want to not read / listen to/ watch any of the news. but that would be like me “turning my head” in order to make my “world” all “good and right.”

that’s not what Jesus did…. and i follow Him.

so i’ll live with the headaches. it means that i’m paying attention.

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another personality quiz.

October 20th, 2006

My Personality

Neuroticism

20

Extraversion

93

Openness To Experience

43

Agreeableness

95

Conscientiousness

26

You are sociable, outgoing, energetic, and lively. You prefer to be around people much of the time. You are generally calm and composed, reacting moderately well to situations that most people would describe as stressful. A desire for tradition does not prevent you from trying new things. Your thinking is neither simple nor complex. To others you appear to be a well-educated person but not an intellectual. You have a strong interest in others’ needs and well-being. You are pleasant, sympathetic, and cooperative. You like to live for the moment and do what feels good now. Your work tends to be careless and disorganized.
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alright. so the survey thing doesn’t give me the option to copy and paste the other graphs. so if you want to see the breakdown of my personality in fun bar graphs and colors, then click on “view full report“… but i’ll post the text of the ‘breakdown’ cuz i find some of this pretty interesting…

Neuroticism

You are a calm person who is considered almost fearless by some. You rarely get angry and it takes a lot to make you angry. Mostly your emotions are on an even keel and you do not get depressed easily. You are not generally self conscious about yourself. You do not experience strong, irresistible cravings and consequently do not find yourself tempted to overindulge. You are poised, confident, and clear-thinking when stressed.

Extraversion

You genuinely like other people and openly demonstrate positive feelings toward others. You make friends quickly and it is easy for you to form close, intimate relationships. You find the company of others pleasantly stimulating and rewarding, and you enjoy the excitement that crowds provide. You tend not to talk much and prefer to let others control the activities of groups. You lead a fast-paced and busy life. You move about quickly, energetically, and vigorously and are involved in many activities. You love bright lights and hustle and bustle. You are likely to take risks and seek thrills. You experience a range of positive feelings, including happiness, enthusiasm, optimism, and joy.

Openness To Experience

ou prefer facts over fantasy and are more interested in what is happening in the real word. You love beauty, both in art and in nature. Sometimes you become easily involved and absorbed in artistic and natural events. You have good access to and awareness of your own feelings. Familiar routines are good, but sometimes you like to spice up your life with a bit of adventure or activity. You prefer dealing with either people or things rather than ideas. You regard intellectual exercises as a waste of your time. You like the security of tradition, but sometimes have a desire to bend the rules and challenge conventional thinking.

Agreeableness

You naturally assume that most people are fair, honest, and have good intentions. There are times when you believe that a certain amount of deception in social relationships is necessary, however you are mostly candid, frank and sincere. People find it moderately easy to relate to you. You find helping other people genuinely rewarding and are generally willing to assist those who are in need. You find that doing things for others is a form of self-fulfillment rather than self-sacrifice. You dislike confrontations and are perfectly willing to compromise or to deny your own needs in order to get along with others. You do not like to claim that you are better than other people, and generally shy from talking yourself up. You are mostly a compassionate person, however you prefer to make objective judgments when possible.

Conscientiousness

Often you do not feel effective, and may have a sense that you are not in control of your life. In general you tend to be disorganized and scattered. You have a strong sense of duty and obligation, and feel a moral obligation to do the right thing. You are content to get by with a minimal amount of work, and might be seen by others as lazy. You have a reasonable amount of will-power and are able to follow through on tasks that you feel you need to complete. You can be distracted however and have been known to procrastinate. You are not an overly cautious person. You will think about alternatives and consequences but make up your mind fairly quickly.

ok. so looking at the graphs… the lowest score is “anxiety” where i scored 0. my second lowest is intellect… which is a whopping 5! 😛 hehe. i find that kinda funny actually 🙂

alright. enough procrastinating (didn’t my test results say something about that?).. gonna go work on stuff now.

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i love the shepherd express!

October 19th, 2006

everyone (especially everyone in wisconsin) needs to read this article from the shepherd express.

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planes, trains and… the bus

October 18th, 2006

i forget that i haven’t posted many details about my whole job situation. i am being cautious, so feel free to email me (t AT thisroad DOT org) if you want more details about my job and what i’ll be doing.

but i will share the fact that my first day will be in exactly one week. 🙂 i have mixed emotions. i’m super excited to get started at a job that i’m sure that i’ll enjoy. i’m not excited about having to get up early and drive to work. although i was super geeked to see that i could take the bus to work… and only have to transfer once. technically driving would be cheaper (since i won’t have to pay for parking. w00t!) … but with all the construction and traffic … i’m sure the bus will be much better on my stress / anxiety levels. 🙂 it would mean leaving my apartment one full hour before having to be at work… but hey.. maybe i could actually finally have the time to read a book… or even just take a nap while listening to my ipod. mmmm.. that makes me happy just thinking about it. i’ll probably end up driving for the first week or so… and then go buy some bus passes to try it out before i rip my hair out 😛

*random subject change* so on my random play from itunes just played collective soul. man.. i miss them. they used to be one of my favorite bands. anyone know if they are still around?

oh. and i kinda lied about the title. i’m not gonna talk about planes and trains.. 😛

ok. gotta get working on some of my freelance stuff. i’m hoping to have most of this work done before i start my job. i just need to keep motivated! 🙂

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