Archive | January 2005

Belong
by Geoff Moore & Steven Curtis Chapman


This life I’m living
I’m so quick to call it mine
These days, these hours
The moments we call time


But every beat of my heart
And every breath I take
Are ones that You have given
Reminding me that always


For You I was created
To sing salvation’s song
For You have bought me with Your blood
To You, I do
Belong


Only a Savior would pay so great a price
How deep the love must be
That would make such a sacrifice
How could I ever thank You
What could I ever say
Except that I will follow
And with my life, I will proclaim


And every beat of my heart
And every breath I take
Are ones that You have given
Reminding me that always





Good two-hour episode of “24” tonight!  For those of you who don’t watch it, you don’t know what you’re missing.  It will be on Monday nights at 9 PM (regular one-hour episodes) this season.  It’s been cool watching it with my dad the last two nights.  During one of the commercial breaks, he talked to me about choosing a home/property.  The topic came up after seeing the slides that the recent rains have caused.  He talked about avoiding getting property on a hill built on a fill instead of a cut.  Anyway, maybe “24” can end up becoming the first real father-son time we’ve ever had on a regular basis.  Who knows what may come from this?  Your prayers would be appreciated!


I can’t seem to find my USC beanie anywhere!    I was pretty sure I brought it home from Jerry’s house Friday night/Saturday morning.  I miss it because it’s cold where I work!  The rain doesn’t help.  I wore a blue and white USC alternate color cap today.  Those colors actually go well with my work clothes though – blue pants and white, buttoned, collared, long-sleeve shirt!


It’s never too late to show the Compassion God’s shown us!


Current thoughts: 2 Corinthians 4

The following link is dedicated to Cheryl Wong and Samantha Chew who were singing the song below when I walked into the church office after I was done with TTP.  It’s the Starbucks commercial with their parody of “Eye of the Tiger” (of Rocky fame) by Survivor.  Apple QuickTime Player is required to view the commercial.


http://www.squizzle.com/moviewatch.asp?id=991  Warning: Explicit language further down on the page if you read all the comments.  So please don’t!  If you’re on dial-up (56k or less), check yourself before you wreck yourself.  In other words, it may take a long time for you to stream or download the commercial for your viewing pleasure.


Glen’s the man, going to work
Got his tie, got ambition.
Middle management is right in his grasp; it’s a dream he will never let die.
Glen’s the man of the hour, he’s the king of his cube.
Status quo reports have finally met their rival.
(Glen’s) burning the candle at both ends on his way to the top.
He knows one day he just could become supervisor.


It’s already past 11 PM!!!  Ahhhhh!!!


My dad and I watched the two hour season premiere of “24” on FOX tonight.  There is so much suspense and drama!  Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is the man!  It’s much better than Alias in the sense that there isn’t all the racy sex stuff in it.  It’s just action-packed!


I had a pretty good day at church today.  The amount of work I’m/we’re going to have to do makes me feel like I’m in school again.  It’s actually not necessarily a bad thing!  Now you may be thinking, “Who are you and what have you done with Loren?”  School not necessarily a bad thing?  Here’s my reasoning.  I’ve been out of school since May 2003.  I haven’t had to think deeply, study, and read much since I graduated.  My brain’s (already previously limited) thinking capacity and ability has atrophied significantly in the last 19 months.  It’s time to shake the rust off and get myself edumacated!  Please pray for me as I commit myself to being equipped to teach His word to His children.  I know I’m going to need your prayers (and encouragement)!


I stayed at church to watch Jason Lee’s team play at 5 PM and Hanley’s team play at 6 PM.  I almost miss playing basketball.  My sore right shoulder (for almost two months now!) told my brain and fingers to type “almost” in the previous sentence.  It’s a good thing God made me left-handed!  w00t!  However, I will still say that this is FOOTBALL season right now.  And as I look outside and listen to the rain fall, this is FOOTBALL weather.  So why aren’t we playing FOOTBALL?!  I guess it makes too much sense.  FOOTBALL > basketball!  I said it!  Hahahaha!  All you basketball lovers out there, take that!  Baseball is the REAL, original “bball” anyway…since 1845!  BASEBALL > basketball! (#1 on the list below) And while I’m at it, VOLLEYBALL > basketball!  GOLF > basketball! (#4 on the list below) MOTORSPORTS (auto racing) > basketball!!! (#2 on the list below)
USA TODAY’s 10 Hardest Things To Do In Sports – http://www.usatoday.com/sports/ten-hardest-splash.htm


I’m still looking for two people who’d be gracious enough to replace me in collecting the offering money and response slips for our church’s Fairway worship service.  Doing this holds me up a few minutes from getting to my high school senior Sunday School class and also keeps me from going to the traditional English worship service to be with the kids.  Ideally, I’d like to switch-off between going to Fairway and the traditional service every week.  So if you think you could serve our God and His people in this way, please let me know ASAP.  Please help me help you!  <-I just love saying that…even if it’s not totally the case!


I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  Take care and God bless!  Fight on!

Ah yes!  Saturday!  My usual day of rest! 


I woke up a little before 1 PM this afternoon.  That was good sleep!  I had a weird dream during it.  In it, I was driving our family’s old 1993 Oldsmobile Achieva S (2.2L SOHC (single overhead camshaft) inline-4, front-wheel drive) and I was trying to make a left turn and the car just wouldn’t turn!  It felt like the front tires just had no grip that the car would keep going in a straight line.  This can best be described as understeer or “push”.  I had to slow to almost a stop before it started to turn.  I don’t remember all the details, but it just wasn’t cool!  Understeer = bad, folks!  My dad donated the car to charity at the end of 2004.  It served us pretty well for the most part.  It had a little over 170,000 miles (2 engines and many electrical gremlins) on it I believe.  It went through two accidents, one with my dad many years ago, and one I went through on the early morning of December 2, 2000 (the same night I had watched “Unbreakable”) on the 60 East right before the 710 interchange.  The accident wasn’t of my doing of course!  It held up quite well, especially since I was going about 70-72 mph.  The car (blue Toyota Paseo) ahead and to my right was cut off by another car and swerved into my lane (driver had basically lost control by then) and I had nowhere to go so I just hit the brakes and basically thought, “Ahhh!  No way I’m gonna get out of this one.  I’m gonna hit him. Let’s just hope for the best.”  His car pushed my car into a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse that was on my left rear and that sandwiched him between my car and the center divider.  Thank God we were all fine (after all, I was unbreakable!  j/k!  Seriously though, as human beings, we are so fragile!  And that’s why we all need God!  Or as Hanley would say in acronym form, W.A.N.G.).  After the accident, I was able to drive it home just fine because the car was still mechanically fine.  The right front and left rear corners were just totally bashed in.  I still don’t know why the insurance company had to total it.  Maybe it was because it simply wasn’t worth much.  I had to drive the car after after my family’s 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL (3.1L OHV (overhead valve) V-6, front-wheel drive) broke on me my senior year at USC.  That one only got to 97,000 and some odd change miles.  I really wanted to make 100,000 miles on it before I graduated.  So for the rest of my senior year, I used my uncle’s truck and the Olds Achieva.


Last night at church was good (as it usually is)!  The drive out is usually always tough on me.  I get SO sleepy in stop and go traffic.  I think the fact that I usually just stay in one lane behind the same car for most of the time just lulls me to sleep.  Over the years, I’ve definitely had my share of moments where I’ve scared myself at how sleepy I’ve been at times.  It also is hard that maybe a fourth to a third of the time I drive from work in Glendale straight to church (about 40 miles, 134 E -> 210 E -> 57 S -> 60 W), I really need to use the bathroom as soon as I get to church, even if I use it right after I’m done at work.  I dunno.  I think I need to find myself a personal doctor and/or pharmicist.  The drive last night was better than usual.  I got to church in about 65 minutes with the rain instead of the usual 75 to 90 minutes without rain.


God’s Word is great!  It’s also a light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path.  I was glad that Meryl shared her heart to everyone about how important worshiping God with reverence is.  We had an overhead projector go out on us (its bulb went out I think) and we had to get three more to continue the set.  We ended up with an overhead graveyard/junkyard at the front of the room.  Jerry shared God’s Word from Psalm 23 about how we being the dumb sheep we are (I was surprised that Jerry didn’t talk about how sheep are pretty much the dumbest (intelligence-wise) animals out there), have been influenced by and have easily followed other influences in our lives instead of following our Good Shepherd who knows what’s best for us.  The verse I actually am most reminded of as I write this is Isaiah 53:6 (NASB) which says:

“All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.”

I also thought about the song “Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns as well.  When I asked Jerry on Thursday night what the central truth of the message was going to be, this was the first thing that came to mind.  The song is more about listening to and obeying God’s call for a person’s life.  But I also thought it’s relevant in the sense that we (remember, dumb sheep) hear so many things from the world around us while God is trying to speak to us with His voice of truth simultaneously.  I’ll type the lyrics out at the end of this entry.


After Friday night high school large group unikoi fellowship (that’s a mouthful), we went to Jerry’s to “baptize” the foosball table Uncle Peter and Auntie Sally Gin had given them.  I played David Wong mano y mano (one on one) and he went USC on me and won, 10-2.  I played another game teamed with Edwin Fung against Hanley and Jon Ng and he had an epic match!  It was what Oklahoma vs. USC should’ve been.  We pulled it off just barely to win, 10-9.


The drive home was quite interesting.  I drove 70 mph home in the rain.  There were a few interesting times in the #1 lane (left lane) between Hacienda Blvd and the 605 interchange on the 60 West.  There were some spots of standing water mixed with the uneven pavement in that lane that made car want to pull right a few times.  The cool thing is that the full time all-wheel drive of my car and the tires’ excellent resistance to hydroplaning just meant I had to focus on keeping the streering wheel straight and that was all!  🙂  I find it interesting that I’m much more focused (as well I should be..you probably should be too!) when driving in the rain.  I turn the radio off so I can hear every little thing going on and I feel my senses are heightened and sharper when it’s raining.  Imagine if I could be so focused in every area of my life in the same way all the time, that’d be so awesome, especially if it meant being focused on God!


Edmunds.com’s – Tips and Techniques for Driving in Rain (a must read for anyone and everyone who drives!): http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/safety/articles/45401/article.html


I have the LA Auto Show special on KCBS channel 2 on TV in the background right now.  If anyone wants to go to the first 2005 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show (01/07/2005 – 01/16/2005), IM, e-mail, or call me!  The reason why I said first is because the LA Auto Show is trying to migrate it’s date to November over the next couple of years.  Part of the reason behind that is Detroit’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is usually at the same time as the LA Auto Show and as a result, some auto makers focus more on that show and have more grandiose debuts at it.  In other words, the LA Auto Show was getting less love in general from the manufacturers.  For more information, you can check out www.laautoshow.com.


I’ve got a long day at church tomorrow.  It should be a good one though!  There’s a high school Sunday School teachers’ meeting at 8:45 AM.  After that, I’ll probably go to Fairway.  After Fairway, I  will be at Sunday School with Jerry and the SENIORS(!).  For those of you in other grades that may read this, ya’ll are great as individuals!  I just think the seniors are great as a group that I’ve had the privilege of being around.  From 2 PM to 4:30 PM, I will have my first Teacher Training Program (TTP) class!  Please pray that God will use this to equip me to teach His people over the long run.  The training program is a two year commitment.  So for those of you who like doing things on Sunday afternoons, I probably won’t have the pleasure of joining you anytime soon!


I updated my xanga song to “God Follower” by Steven Curtis Chapman off his Declaration (©2001 Sparrow Records) album.  This is the song I named my xanga username after.


Fight on, God bless, and listen to His voice of truth!


Voice of Truth
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 / 1 Corinthians 1:20 – 2:4
Lyrics & Music: Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman


Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I’m in
Onto the crashing waves


To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He’s holding out His hand


But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again, “Boy, you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win!”


But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth


Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand


But the giant’s calling out my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again, “Boy, you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win!”


But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don’t seem so high
From on top of them lookin’ down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me


I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

American Dream
Mark 8:34-37 / Ephesians 5:25-33
Lyrics: Mark Hall / Music: Casting Crowns


All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul
But he’s moving on full steam
He’s chasing the American Dream
And he’s gonna give his family the finer things


Not this time son I’ve no time to waste
Maybe tomorrow we’ll have time to play
And then he slips into his new BMW(!)
And drives farther and farther and farther away


So he works all day and tries to sleep at night
He says things will get better;
Better in time


‘Cause he works and he builds with his own two hands
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are comin’ crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
His kingdom stands


His American Dream is beginning to seem
More and more like a nightmare
With every passing day
“Daddy, can you come to my game?”
“Oh Baby, please don’t work late.”
Another wasted weekend
And they are slipping away


‘Cause he works all day and lies awake at night
He tells them things will get better
It’ll just take a little more time


He used to say, “Whoever dies with the most toys wins”
But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end
I’ll take a shack on a rock
Over a castle in the sand


Now he works all day and cries alone at night
It’s not getting any better
Looks like he’s running out of time


‘Cause he worked and he built with his own two hands
And he poured all he had in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are coming crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
His kingdom stands


All they really wanted was You
All they really wanted was You
All they really wanted was You


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GREAT small group meeting tonight (technically last night/Thursday night)!  I was convicted that I need to be more loving toward my own family with how I speak to them sometimes.  I confess that sometimes I’m nicer to outsiders than I am to the people closest to me.  It shouldn’t be that way!  Lord, reign in me!


I also had the pleasure of conversing with a dear friend about the future God may have for us as individuals.  The world tells us to establish a career path and work our way up the corporate ladder over time.  I know it tells me it’d be so awesome to have a beautiful, loving, godly wife, 2.5 kids, a home, and a dog.  And while I’m at it, throwing in a BMW wouldn’t hurt as well.  After all, I do work for a BMW dealership.  But then again, Scoobys (Subarus) are far superior cars! 


I think that’s about it for now!  I’m looking forward to Friday night (technically, tonight) with the high schoolers!  I don’t really have plans for the weekend, but I’m sure it’ll be over before I know it!


Fight on and God bless!!!

I’m still riding the high from the USC Trojans’ dominant victory over the Oklahoma Sooners!   I just got done watching part of Jimmy Kimmel Live where they had Matt Leinart on the show.  Whether he stays or goes, USC will be in GR8 shape for the 2005 football season.  If he goes there won’t be trouble, and if he stays it surely won’t double.  So by January 15, 2005, Mr. Leinart will have to let us know if he stays or if he goes.  For those of you too young to get the obscure song reference I’m making here, just watch any of the Pontiac G6 (fun fact – the G6 is the replacement for the Grand Am) commercials and you’ll hear the song without the lyrics.

I watched the season premiere of Alias tonight (Wednesday night).  It was okay/pretty good, but not awesome like USC winning the national championship Tuesday night.  I confess that I first started watching the show because I thought Jennifer Garner was attractive.  However by last season, my favorite character on the show was Marshall.  His character is hilirious!  His character really only got decent air time in the second hour of tonight’s two hour premiere.  Before that, I was actually concerned they may have dropped him from the show!  I’m glad they didn’t!

Today (technically yesterday/Wednesday since it’s after midnight) marked one year that I’ve been working for Pacific BMW’s Parts Department.  It’s been pretty good overall.  I’ve definitely had more highs than lows.  The last month and a half has been kinda crummy though since they want me to focus on answering telephone calls nobody else is able to answer.  I really would like to see how things go until our new building is completed in roughly around 18 months.  At that time, I’ll probably re-evaluate everything and see if I should stay or should I go.

I’m getting pretty sleepy here!  I guess I’ll try to prematurely end this entry.

Casting Crowns’ self-titled album is great!  The songs that have really been ministering to me lately are “The Voice of Truth” and “American Dream”.  Here’s to being based on the solid rock that is the Lord Jesus Christ!  Here’s to laying down our lives at His feet!  Here’s to casting down our crowns before the holy Lamb of God!  Here’s to singing…

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God

Parting thought based off of “On Our Side” from Chris Tomlin’s Arriving album:
(If it helps you get in the mood, sway left to right and clap once, then right to left and clap once)
If God is on (clap) our side, (clap) who can be (clap) against us (clap…hopefully you get the beat by now!)
If God is on our side, we won’t be afraid
Though the mountains may fall
And the sky will crumble
There ain’t nothing gonna stand in our way

NATIONAL CHAMPS!!! 


We are the champions, my friend
We’ll keep on fighting to the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for SOONERS
‘Cause we are the champions
Of the world


FIGHT ON!!!


Fight on for ol’ SC
Our men fight on to victory
Our Alma Mater dear
looks up to you
Fight on and win
For ol’ SC
Fight on to victory
Fight on!


Fight on for ol’ JC
He will fight on to victory.
Our Savior with no fear,
believes in you
Fight on not sin
For ol’ JC
Fight on eternally
Fight on!

I was so looking forward to broomball today (Sunday, January 2, 2005…I don’t know when I’ll finish this entry)!  I am THE MAN on the ice!  I can’t roller skate/blade or ice skate, but sneakers/athletic shoes on ice work for me so well!  It’s so much fun to go baseball sliding all over the ice.  Falling is almost inevitable.  The trick is to fall gracefully!


Today was the first day of our church’s Fairway service (First Chinese Baptist Church, Walnut’s contemporary worship service) at 10:10 AM.  I got to church a little bit “late” (around 9:10 AM) to do “security”.  Usually, I just stand around, observe things, and shoot the breeze with men at our church roughly twice my age.  For you “criminals” at church out there, especially those of you still in junior high and high school, pretend I never wrote that.  I thought God’s Word was preached well in Fairway by Jerry.  He unraveled what it really meant to be merciful and pure in heart.  For the former, my understanding of being merciful was extending mercy people in the same way God has extended it to us knuckleheads (failures…sinners) who are His children.  It goes beyond being God not giving us what we truly deserve.  Regarding the latter, the biggest thing that stuck out in my mind was how easy it is to fall into doing the right things for the wrong reasons.  For those who serve in many ways at church, this is extremely easy to do even in an unconscious manner.


After Fairway, I went to the high school senior Sunday School class where I try to help Jerry out.  Sometimes, I feel like I’m not contributing much.  I just want them to know that I’m there for them.  I haven’t had any formal training, but I’m looking forward to the Teacher Training Program (TTP) starting up next Sunday!  This will mean my Sunday afternoons from 2 PM to 4:30 PM will be unavailable for the next two years!  It’s a sacrifice, but it’s a commitment that’s more than worth it!  We’re going to be going through Robert S. McGee’s The Search for Significance as our next unit.  Jerry had the class (and me) do a reflection exercise today.  It’s nice to hear them say some things that don’t fall under your typical “church answers.”  The senior class is fantastic!  They’re intelligent and highly capable thinkers.  I believe they know just as much, if not more than, I know about church stuff.  I know Hanley loves ’em to death, but I’m sorry, bro.  They’re Jerry and mine now!  Muhahahahaha!  I LOVE THE SENIOR CLASS! 


After Sunday School, I sat in on a high school core leadership meeting.  Without saying too much, we all definitely want to see God work in amazing ways in the unikoi high school group!  It’s not going to be easy, but here’s to having the kids fall more in love with Him and desire Him in every aspect of their lives.  Please be praying for His people (the student leaders, staff, and all people who come) in unikoi.


Upon the conclusion of the meeting, I was geared up to play broomball.  It had been way too long since I last dominated on the ice!  I drove “Devoted Dan,” my Scoobaru to the Ice Arena at a somewhat hurried pace knowing that we had the place booked at 3:45 PM and I wanted to make sure I got there in time (plus have time to change out of my church clothes).  Driving my Scooby (Subaru for those of you who are familiar with  Scooby-speak), I really have peace of mind at all times knowing “Devoted Dan,” a.k.a. “Double D,” can handle anything nature can throw at him.  After I got done changing at the Ice Arena (one item which I changed into was my replica 2002 Carson Palmer USC football jersey to commemorate his winning of the Heisman Memorial Trophy and USC’s domination against Iowa in the 2003 FedEx Orange Bowl…here’s to hoping 2004 Heisman winner Matt Leinart (a southpaw – “left-handed thrower” for those who don’t speak “sports”) and this year’s edition of USC Trojan football can lay the smackdown in the same way), everyone had gone outside and said that the ice arena double-booked itself for the time slot!  BOO on them!  :thumbsdown:


So we did what we do best as college students/young adults and loitered in the parking lot for a good amount of time.  We spent much of that time batting around ideas on what we were going to do.  After we decided on going back to church for further discussion, I went back to my car and noticed three small dents in the hood.  At first, I was totally bummed!  My best guess is that the HAIL(!) that beat down last week may have caused them (my car is parked outside every night).  I figured that debris kicked up by other vehicles couldn’t have been the cause because they would’ve made a dent and taken paint off.  I’m just glad I don’t have a nicer car like a Subaru Impreza WRX STi, or a BMW, or anything else!  It’s a lot easier to shrug things off and figure they were probably going to be inevitable anyway.  After all, material things aren’t valuable to God like people are!  So these small dents in the hood can now go along with the small crack in the lower driver side corner of my windshield, various little chips on my front bumpers from debris, and the couple of nicks in my rear bumper.


We drove back to church at a leisurely pace and once there, we all dilly-dallied about for a few more minutes before deciding on going bowling.  Bowling usually’s pretty fun although my performance usually would be like making a skunk smell good if that makes any sense for those of you who get my kinda humor.  I wasn’t really planning on playing but Erwin put my sister and me in a game already.  Lani tore it up!  I’m actually proud of how she did…just a lil!  I still have not been able to break 100 since high school.  My personal best is only a 128 to boot.  I’m just way too inconsistent releasing the ball.  To my delight, my third game started off with a two spares and a strike (my first one of the whole night).  I went up for the fourth frame and couldn’t find the ball that I had been using the entire time!  D’oh!  I tried to use whatever balls were there and rolled two gutter balls!  Man!  All that down the “toilet” (I figure some kids may end up reading this so I won’t use another word for toilet I would usually use…it rhymes with clapper)!  I was bummin’!  On a side note, an alley’s house balls are almost all drilled for right-handed people so BOO on them!  :thumbsdown:


After we went bowling for a good time (I was trying to rhyme with a movie title), we went to Ted’s place for dinner and a “white elephant” gift exchange.  I donated a Switchfoot Live DVD to the cause.  Michelle gave some very cool nifty lil things in the exchange.  One was a very nice set that contained a pen, keyring (I think.  I didn’t examine it much.), and a business card holder.  She told me to pick it while it was still wrapped and amongst the other gifts.  I figured she only wanted what was best for me, right?  Isaac, Ted’s son, thought it looked good to him so I didn’t mind parting with it because I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it.  I then proceded to get the last gift left and it was a 36-CD pot holder.  That was very SWEET (as in cool…what do people say for “cool” these days…a few years ago, it was “dope”…I think “tight” is still used…some people will say “sick”…I still like “SWEET”)!  Thanks, Ted!  My sister staked her claim on it though and it looks like it will be going with her a little over 2,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean when she goes back to Hawai’i.


I stayed at Ted’s until 9:55 PM or so and drove Michelle and Amanda back to their respective homes in Rowland Heights before getting some gasoline and driving my sister and me back home to Monterey Park.  I’m glad I was able to drop Michelle off during a break in the rain.  I was going to walk her to her door but she 1-UP’ed me by having her garage opener with her so she could easily gain entry.  Next, I took Amanda home and a light drizzle had started back up by then.  By the time I had gotten to Crossroads Parkway or so on the 60 West, the rain started really coming down!  I consider any instances when I put my windshield wiper speed to “high” as heavy rain.  Dan (my car) and his shoes (Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Positions) handled it like a walk in the park and got us home safely without any drama.  Praise God I was able to take Michelle and Amanda home before the rain really came down hard!  On a similar note, behind the wheel of my car in the rain and knowing that it has full-time all-wheel drive, it’s nice to have peace of mind and a sense of security.  Sometimes I feel almost invincible in the rain!  Rain time (usually) = Play time!  Please pray that I don’t deceive myself!  While full-time AWD is FANTASTIC, it still can’t defy the laws of physics.  Let’s make sure I remember that at all times!


For all those returning to school, have a great one devoting all that you do (that is good and honorable and pleasing) to our God!  For everyone else, take care and God bless!  Cool runnings – “Peace be the journey”  Rain is in the forecast for the next week on an “off and on” basis.

 n00b alert!!!  I have joined xanga!  Let’s see what it is I’ve been missing out on all this time.


I fell asleep before 11 PM last night on New Year’s Eve.  I woke up at 9 AM this morning.  I still got sleepy watching the Texas Longhorns vs. the Michigan Wolverines during the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl.  I wonder if something is wrong with me.


I played some Richard Burns Rally on my PC today.  I crashed out of the rallies at Finland (snow), USA (gravel), France (wet tarmac…tarmac is called “asphalt” by most of us Yanks in America), and Australia (gravel).  At Australia, I was comfortably leading (>1 minute) in the 5th out of 6th stages and stuffed my Subaru into a tree after going into a turn too hot because I caught too much air off a jump right before the turn.  I still had some fun though!


On January 4, 2005, the #1 USC Trojans (12-0) take on the #2 Oklahoma Sooners (12-0) at 5 PM PST live on ABC in the FedEx Orange Bowl for college football’s division I-A national championship.  Tune in for what should be the greatest college football game of the year!  And that my friends, to quote the coach, Lee Corso, deserves a “Yo!”  We will see who the real #1 is!  Auburn fans, I’m sorry to say this but ya’ll aren’t worthy.  We whooped ya’ll good AT Auburn to open last season, 23-0.  We beat Virginia Tech to open this season and here’s hoping that Auburn will be exposed as true pretenders.  The real #1 team in the country:


Holy Is the Lord
©2003 worshiptogether.com
Written by Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio


We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great, how awesome is He


And together we sing
(Everyone sing)


Holy is the Lord God Almighty
the earth is filled with His glory (2x)
the earth is filled with His glory


It’s rising up all around
It’s the anthem of the Lord’s renown (2x)