Thanks to everyone for your birthday well wishes and support! After 24 years of living in God’s grace and mercy, I thank and praise God for each and everyone of you! I don’t think birthdays aren’t about thinking you’re the boss for the day. Rather, I think they should be all about celebrating the life God’s given a person and the wonderful people He’s placed in his or her life to share in that person’s “great adventure.” A birthday is an occasion not to make much of me/you, but to make much of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the giver of true life and freedom!
From those I was totally surprised to see and wish me a happy birthday to those who knew it was Sunday and let others know so I could be embarassed, thanks again!
I didn’t get to go karting on Sunday. Adam’s Kart Track was too busy (they said the time my group would be able to race would be well into the night as in after 10 PM) and I think I might just go to Dromo1 from now on. I had a good dinner at California Pizza Kitchen in Rancho Cucamonga with Matt Quan and Steve Quon from USC’s AACF, David – Matt’s younger brother and 2003 WRX driver who will be a 4th year student at UCI, and Tim Seargeant from my church high school senior Sunday School class. I’m still itching to get my karting fix so if anyone is going anytime soon, please let me know! Time in the batting cage would be an acceptable alternative for the most part as well. It’s not really much fun doing those alone, although it still is a good amount of fun. It’s just a lot more fun when there are others around to share in the excitement!
On a different note, he’s baaaa-aaack! Mark’s back and he pitched well on Sunday. For those of you unaware of my allegiances, I’m a huge Mark Prior fan because he was in a few of my classes at USC. He went on the disabled list at the end of May after he suffered a hairline fracture to his right elbow when a hit ball came right back at him. The last time he pitched on my birthday was June 26, 2003 when he dominated the Milwaukee Brewers and racked up a career-high 15 strikeouts if I remember correctly. On Sunday, he beat the Chicago White Sox and their pitching ace of the season to date by pitching 6 strong innings without giving up any runs, without walking an batter, and striking out three.
The San Diego Padres are currently struggling to hold onto a lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers as I write this. Here’s hoping the Pads snap out of their funk soon! UPDATE: The Padres won! The Angels are on a roll right now! I think they definitely can make a very strong postseason run provided their players stay healthy.
My dealership’s (Pacific BMW) service director took me to lunch on Thursday for my birthday. I didn’t know how that was going to go because I didn’t know if he was going to talk about work much or what not. I asked him what his interests were and he mentioned NHRA drag racing! My mom’s cousin just so happens to be Roland Leong who used to drive “The Hawaiian” top fuel dragster and later the Hawaiian Punch funny car. He was the first funny car driver to go over 290 mph in 1991! My service director totally knew who he is and used to hang around him and the other OG drag racing people in Southern California in the early 1970s. We spent the rest of the entire lunch time just talking about drag racing…REAL drag racing, folks! I’m talking running a 1/4 mile in less than 8 seconds (Pro Stock). Funny cars and Top Fuel dragsters run the quarter in less than 5!
I hit 30,000 miles on “Devoted Dan” on June 17th. I’ll try to take him in for his 30,000 mile service to Irvine Subaru early Saturday morning unless Steve’s high school basketball team has a game in the morning. If that’s the case, I’ll have to reschedule Dan’s service for some other time. I’ve got about 5 quarts of Mobil 1 5W-30, oil filter, air filter, and a fuel filter ready to go in! All of my filters were purchased from Jamie Thomas a.k.a. “Subie Gal” – www.subiegal.com. She’s the internet parts manager at Chaplin’s Subaru in Washington. And she also does a little of this on some weekends…
Not to us, but to Your name be the glory! All glory, honor, and praise! It’s all for You, Lord!