Uke Again

If you enjoyed my former post from Jake Shimabukuro (Jake plays While my guitar gently weeps on the Uke), you'll love these two original compositions.

"Let's Dance"

Orange World


"How to" of the day.

I subscribe to a fun little RSS feed called the "Wiki how to of the day". It is written by anybody, and offers advice on just about everything from removing stains to measure the height of a tree.

I found today's article interesting. How to Dissuade Yourself from Becoming a Blogger.

Guess I should have read that one. :)

Mexico Video Part 2

Brian just finished the long version (6:11) of our Mexico video. If you already saw the old one, fast forward about halfway through to see what's been added.


September 11, 2006

I just finished watching the five-hour ABC production, "The Path to 9/11". It brought back the some of the emotion and shock of that day.

I'm sure that this is the moment of our generation where we will always remember where we were, such as previous generations did with Kennedy's assassination.

I remember waking up for work that day, driving in to Costco with a CD in the deck, not listening to the radio. As I walked into Costco at about 11:45am, I was surprised to see many customers—and even managers—standing around the TVs.

I found a co-worker and asked what was happening.

He said, "You don't know?!...terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center. It is sick. Wait 'till they show the towers collapse again."

Towers collapse?

I just wanted to go home and watch the news that day. But instead I found myself selling electronics. Fortunately, most people weren't in the mood to buy electronics...except for one guy. He wanted to know everything there was to know about a new Dish Network TV system. I couldn't believe it! He acted as if this was a normal day!

I wonder how to conclude thoughts on the fifth anniversary of that day. Do I talk about what's happened since? Do I close with a prayer? I know that I'm thankful for the life I have and thank those who gave their lives so I could have mine. I do pray that the families of the victims would find peace if they have not, and learn to trust God.


State Fair

Our family has a tradition of going to the Oregon State Fair each year. Over the years, some parts became old, and some more fun. For example: The rides-boring, the animals and 'shopping' booths-awesome! Last year, Ali and I bought enough Quick 'n Brite to last a lifetime.

We had a great time this year. My Mom and Dad, Annie and I with our spouses Matt and Ali. But the prodigal son AJ is in California on a road trip. We hope he returns soon. I think his plan is Monday. (There will be no party or joyous celebration.)


Lake Tahoe Album

I have a new photo album from Lake Tahoe. Check it out at:

I'll tell you about it soon!



Last Thursday I popped in Jack Johnson's newest album and cranked it on my way down to Multnomah. I was excited because it was a sunny day. I was excited because I got to sleep in. But I was actually excited because I was heading to class.

This is what I hope to be one of my last 2 terms, so I have a certain excitement about finishing the job. Especially since I've never been one to finish well.

So as I am doing my homework, I'll take a break to share with you, my reader...or at least classes:

Career Development: A standard course where we go through the joy of resumes, and a wonderful career match test. I'm actually looking forward to the class.

Creative Classroom Communication: A course that unlike its name, is about teaching in any setting.

Co-operative Problem Solving: Basically learning how to mediate. Very useful!

Well, back to homework. I have a group presentation already this Friday!


Monthly Update

Yes, I am alive and well!

You may notice the new blog template. I switched over to the new blogger ( which is only avalible for a few at a time. Slowly, I will get things back in order, add links, books I'm reading and the like.

Lake Tahoe was a wonderfully relaxing time. I'll post some pictures from the experience later.

School started last Thursday. (Yeah!?)

I hope that Fall brings a refreshment to life.