Archive | September 2005

I’ll try to keep it short! 


Hopefully, the San Diego Padres can hold off those pesky San Francisco Giants over the next few days to win the NL West/Worst!  The Pads just went up 9-6 in the second game of their four game series in the bottom of the 4th inning.



How ’bout those USC Trojans?!  They crushed the Oregon Ducks’ quack attack in the second half of their 45-13 victory at Autzen Stadium.  “The President” Reggie Bush only needed one cleat to shake ‘n’ bake/break the ankles of/juke a hapless Duck defender.  Reggie is so quick (4.28 second 40-yard dash speed according to last week’s Sporting News magazine which featured him on the cover) he shot out of his right cleat when the ball was snapped on this play! Next up: the #14-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 1 AM PDT on ABC.


My track day at the Streets of Willow Springs on Friday went very well!  No offs or spins.  Nick Lui (Xanga: sup cuz) came with me and rode as my passenger in 4 out of the 5 sessions I ran.  He didn’t ride with me in my 3rd session because he went with someone else who had a legendary AE86.  In that 3rd session, I had my favorite moment of the day!  I had a HUGE slide when I was taking turn 1 (the “kink” to the right on the front straightaway going uphill) flat out (as in not lifting off the gas) at about 90 mph.  I was probably 30-40 degrees sideways or at least it felt like it!  I naturally began to try to lift my right foot, but immediately told myself, “I have all-wheel drive.  Floor it!”  So I mashed the gas back down and steered into the slide with some steering input to the left (just the right amount mind you, too little wouldn’t get me out of the slide and too much could possible shoot me straight off the left side of the track.  I was still able to brake and downshift into 2nd gear for turn 2 without any major difficulty too!  I also had a great time “tossing” and sliding the car through the last part of the chicane which bends to the left on the back straight.  I put in almost $50.00 of 100 octane unleaded (VP Racing Fuels www.vpracingfuels.com. EDIT: updated link thanks to Brent Chun) in on Thursday night at $5.959/gallon at the Unocal 76 on Arroyo and Glenarm in Pasadena.  I also went through 1-3/4 tank and my front brake pads at the track as well.  It’s like the ol’ saying, ya gotta pay to play!  See the track map below in my last post for reference regarding which turn is where.  No pictures this time, folks!


Public Service Announcement/My $0.02:
The government should require ALL people to at least attend one open track day and reason some on-track and classroom instruction on handling a person’s car at the limits at the soon-to-be-driver’s expense when undergoing driver’s education/training.  In the early weeks and months of having my all-wheel drive vehicle, I may not have been able to do what I did when I had that “moment.”  It’s so natural to lift off the gas and/or apply the brakes.  I learned the “hard” way when I had a harmless spin on the 60 West  going about 70 mph dodging some tire debris back in May 2004 on a Wednesday night around 11 PM.  I was swerving around some tire debris (back then, I was still on my stock springs compared to now also) and got on the brakes when I dodged the second “portion” of debris.  Hitting the brakes shifted more weight up front (the car already has a 60/40 front/rear weight distribution for starters) and made the back really light.  Combine that with some turning and it isn’t too difficulty for the back end to go around.  I did a 900 deg spin without hitting anything and went on my way back home-shaken not stirred.


Church: It’s great being around high schoolers so much!  Thanks to God for the youth He’s placed in my and the other staff members’ lives!  We love ya’ll!   TTP (Sunday School Teacher Training Program) has 0wn3d me like USC has its last three bowl game opponents.  It’s okay, because the end goal is so totally worth it!


By the way, I’m calling all my fellow Trojans out there to join me in coining the usage of the word “USC!”  From now on “USC” will be synonymous with words such as annihilate, wax, dominate, destroy, etc.  For example, The USC Trojans have gone USC on the UCLA Bruins the last six years in a row!  Everyone, join me and FIGHT ON!


Work: I’ve actually been enjoying my work a lot the last couple of weeks!  Praise the Lord!



Attention Toyota owners/drivers!
I heard on the radio if you get your Toyota serviced at your local Southern California Toyota dealer for $70.00 or more, you can receive 4 free tickets to the October 16th Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway in Fontana, CA for the Indy Racing League race.  If you can help me out, I’d really appreciate it!  Who wouldn’t want to catch some 220 mph action?!  Yeah yeah…they’re going around in circles (technically ELLIPSES), but they’re doing it much faster than (most of) you would ever dare to drive!  200 mph = 1 football field per second.


In closing, these long post probably are the reason why I don’t post as often!


Magnificent Obsession
By Steven Curtis Chapman from the album Declaration (©2001 Sparrow Records)


Lord, You know how much
I want to know so much
In the way of answers and explanations
I have cried and prayed
And still I seem to stay
In the middle of life’s complications
All this pursuing leaves me feeling
like I’m chasing down the wind
But now it’s brought me back to You
And I can see again


This is everything I want
This is everything I need
I want this to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You, Jesus
Be my magnificent obsession


So capture my heart again
Take me to depths I’ve never been
Into the riches of Your grace and Your mercy
Return me to the cross
And let me be completely lost
In the wonder of the love
That You’ve shown me
Cut through these chains that tie
me down to so many lesser things
Let all my dreams fall to the ground
Until this one remains


You are everything I want
And You are everything I need
Lord, You are all my heart desires
You are everything to me


You are everything I want
You are everything I need
I want You to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You
I want it all to be for You

It’s been way too long since I last posted!


Please pray for my sister, Leilani!  You can read about what is going on with her here.


Cliff Notes® version:
1) My computer’s motherboard (I think.  For those who are curious, it is an ABIT NF7-S 1.0) took a dump on me early last week after about 2-1/2 years of faithful service
2) I spent four days in training for a new dealer management software (DMS) my dealership (Pacific BMW – http://www.pacificbmw.com – shameless plug) will be switching to in November.  I loved being out of the office for a little bit and also the opportunity to actually apply stuff I learned in college there.  Our operations manager has been really cool in letting me get fairly involved with some of the things going on as we implement it!
3) I took “Devoted Dan” (the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan I drive) in for his 33,750 mile oil change on Saturday morning at Irvine Subaru (http://www.irvinesubaru.com).  When I came in, I told the service advisor, Rich, that the car’s brake fluid was flushed and tires were rotated even though I stated not to perform those two things on the 30,000 mile service back in July.  I didn’t want them done because the brake fluid was a high boiling point race-type fluid (Motul RBF 600) and my tires had only about 1,000 miles on them.  Rich kind of remembered that I asked specifically for those not to be done and he said he’d comp that day’s oil change!  SCORE!  What a pleasant surprise!  Major props to Irvine Subaru!!!
4)  I got a new AMD(!) Athlon 64 3400+ CPU and ASUS K8N-E Deluxe motherboard on Saturday morning (finally got it pretty much all up and running tonight…its BIOS got semi-messed up when I flashed to a newer revision BIOS on Sunday night…still waiting for ASUS tech support to respond to my inquiry).


“President” (Reggie) Bush was in action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last Saturday night.  He helped the USC Trojans defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks, 70-17, in their 2005 season home opener.  This Saturday, they’ll be at Autzen Stadium taking on the University of Oregon Ducks at 4:00 PM on ABC.  FIGHT ON!  BEAT THE DUCKS!!!











USC 70, Arkansas 17








University of Southern California tailback Reggie Bush, right makes the reception for a first quarter touchdown during a game against the University of Arkansas Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

FYI: Casting Crowns will be at UCI’s Bren Events Center on Sunday, October 2, 2005.  Who wants to go?!


I’ll be doing laps around the place below (the Streets of Willow Springs if the picture doesn’t load) all day on Friday!   I still would like to have a photographer if someone with free time and the proper hardware wants to go.


A photo from my first track day of me driving along the front straightaway of the infield road course at California Speedway in Fontana, CA.

When asked what his response was to September 11, 2001, Steven Curtis Chapman said “God is God.”  That’s the short version of course.


My response to all that has happened as a result of Hurricane Katrina is the same – God is God.


God Is God
By Steven Curtis Chapman from the album Declaration (©2001 Sparrow Records)


And the pain falls like a curtain
On the things I once called certain
And I have to say the words I fear the most
I just don’t know


And the questions without answers
Come and paralyze the dancer
So I stand here on the stage afraid to move
Afraid to fall, oh, but fall I must
On this truth that my life has been formed from the dust


God is God and I am not
I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting
God is God and I am man
So I’ll never understand it all
For only God is God


And the sky begins to thunder
And I’m filled with awe and wonder
‘Til the only burning question that remains
Is who am I


Can I form a single mountain
Take the stars in hand and count them
Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me
He is first and last before all that has been
Beyond all that will pass


Oh, how great are the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable for to Him and through
Him and from Him are all things


So let us worship before the throne
Of the One who is worthy of worship alone


President Bush was in action last Saturday!  Reggie Bush that is!!!   Beat the (Arkansas) Razorbacks (at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 17, 2005)!!!



Yesterday (Tuesday, September 6, 2005), I received an e-mail out of the blue from former USC star pitcher Rik Currier.  He had found me through the inSCircle network on alumni.usc.edu.  He told me a little bit about his company and what have you.  Hehehe.  I gave him the president of my company’s e-mail address and told him to go from there since the president and founder of Pacific BMW is also a Trojan (MBA 1978).


Here is Rik’s reply to me today below:



Hi Loren,


Thank you for replying to my e-mail.  It’s always good to talk to fellow Trojans.  Your response is the type of thing that helps me see that the Trojan network is alive and well.   I have always heard about the network but the past few weeks it has come to life.  It’s awesome.   


I also want to thank you for giving me the referral of your boss (insert boss’ name here).  After I am through sending this e-mail I will send him one. 


As far as Mark Prior, it is his Birthday today.  I haven’t talked to him in a while.  I tried to call his number but he changed it again.  I can’t keep up with how much he changes his phone number.  Once I get the number and talk to him I will tell him you said hi. 


Thanks again and I look forward to meeting you sometime, maybe at a football game.


 


Thanks,


Rik


 
That’s right, folks!  Mark Prior turned 25 today!  I sent him a present in the mail last week which included the Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown CD/DVD and the book Called Up by former major league pitcher Dave Dravecky.  Please continue to pray for him whenever you hear about him.  I continually hope and pray God will somehow use him to make an impact in people’s lives for His glory, honor, and praise!


While I was at cubs.mlb.com, I read the following:



Cubs pitcher Mark Prior is the team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award this year. Prior is a member of the advisory board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois, which assists academically capable and motivated children in need. The program provides value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. The right-hander hosted a golf tournament for the organization in June, which raised more than $80,000 for the charity. Prior and his wife Heather also spend time with the children in the program.

The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to the community and understanding the value of helping others. The winner is announced during the World Series. Prior, by the way, celebrated his 25th birthday on Wednesday.


I ❤ my Trojan family!!!


As great as my Trojan family is, I love my family in Christ so much more!  Some of our brothers and sisters who regularly sponsor children throughout the world were severely devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  I commend those of you who have already prayed for and sent contributions to organizations such as The Salvation Army (http://www.thesalvationarmy.org) and Samaritan’s Purse (http://www.samaritanspurse.org).  I held off hoping the wonderful people at Compassion International would put together their own effort.  Last night, I found out what it is and cheerfully tried to make my own lil contribution to God’s efforts to bring His relief and hope to those who need it.



Katrina Sponsor Assistance



More than 1,800 Compassion sponsors live in areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The emotional, physical and financial challenges they face are overwhelming.


Many of these dear friends have established a meaningful relationship with the children they sponsor. They desperately want to keep their sponsorships active yet many may be unable to make their support payments for the next few months due to the losses they have suffered.


God can use you to stand in the gap for one or more of these sponsors.


Donate now to cover for their payments and allow them to continue the relationship that means so much to them. Your gift will be an incredible blessing to a sponsor during this time of heartbreaking need.


Any amount raised that exceeds what is needed will be applied to Compassion’s Unsponsored Children’s Fund.

Heart to God, Hand to Man
By Geoff Moore & The Distance from the album Ev-O-Lu-Tion (©1993 ForeFront Records)
Dedicated to the men and women of The Salvation Army
In darkest England 1865,
a dismal slum of poverty.
A band of believers rescued from the night,
played songs of hope and offered light.

If a man is hungry,
give him food to eat.
If a stranger’s thirsty,
give him drink.
If a woman’s battered, if a child’s abandoned,
bring them in,
give them what they need.

A heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Hallelujah band.
A heart to God and a hand to man.

Like an army marching as to war,
come to set the captives free.
The bread of life for the poorest of poor,
hear their cries, bringing relief.

If a man is hungry,
give him food to eat.
If a stranger’s thirsty,
give him drink.
If a woman’s battered, if a child’s abandoned,
bring them in,
give them what they need.

A heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Hallelujah band.
A heart to God and a hand to man.

While women weep as they do now,
while children are hungry,
while hope can be found.
While one soul remains without light,
I will fight on, fight on,
I’ll fight to the very end.

A heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Hallelujah band.
A heart to God and a hand to man.

Singing a heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Hallelujah band.

Singing a heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Salvation Army band.

This entry is dedicated to Hanley Liu (Xanga: randomranting).  What an amazing brother and friend! :o)


I don’t have any pictures of Hanley that I know of (which means we need to spend more time with each other).  This will have to do for now:


I Love Apostle Paul
By ApologetiX

I saw him standin’ there writin’ letters to me
I knew he once had been a proud Pharisee
His faith was kind of strong
In God’s favorite Son
And I could tell he didn’t belong in prison with me, yeah me
Yeah, I could tell he didn’t belong in prison with me, yeah me

Singin’ – I love Apostle Paul
He put a lotta lines in the Good Book baby
I love Apostle Paul
From Romans into Philemon yes indeed

He smiled, so I got up and asked “Were you framed?”
“Well, that don’t matter,” he said, “’cause I’m not ashamed”
“For Jesus to take me home – I need to be in Rome”
“When execution comes – you’ll see I’ll be free, yeah free
When execution comes – you see, I’ll be free indeed”

Singin’ – I love Apostle Paul
He put a lotta lines in the Good Book baby
I love Apostle Paul
From Romans into Philemon yes indeed

His letters won’t take you long – You need to read them all
So let’s get movin’ on – and read ’em with me, yeah me
And we’ll review them all and see what became of Paul
Second Timothy

Singin’ – I love Apostle Paul
He put a lotta lines in the Good Book baby
I love Apostle Paul
From Romans into Philemon yes indeed

Singin’ – I love Apostle Paul
He put a lotta lines in the Good Book baby
I love Apostle Paul
So come and take a Bible lesson

I love Apostle Paul
He put a lotta lines in the Good Book baby
I love Apostle Paul
So come and take a Bible lesson

I love Apostle Paul
He put a lotta lines in the Good Book baby
I love Apostle Paul
So come and take a Bible lesson

I love Apostle Paul
He put a lotta lines in the Good Book baby
I love Apostle Paul
From Romans into Philemon yes indeed


It’s interesting to have access to some word processing features.  What’s the catch, Xanga?


Lawton (Xanga: chung_lawton), thanks for the shout out.  It was very unexpected and greatly appreciated.


Like many others, I’m stoked that college football season is here!  The USC Trojans will be going for an unprecedented third straight (AP) national championship!!!  The only team that can beat them is themselves!  Last year’s team left no doubt.  Here’s to a three-peat/three-Pete (Carroll)!!!


On a more serious note, please keep the people affected by Hurricane Katrina in your prayers, people.  I don’t personally know anybody who was affected by the hurricane, but since when was caring for others only limited to us?  Let’s remember that we are not home yet and ask God to show us His glory throughout everything that transpires!


On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, I e-mailed Jamie Thomas, Internet Parts Manager of Chaplin’s Subaru in Washington an inquiry about a new set of front brake pads for the Rex.  She’s also known as “Subie Gal” in the Subaru community and American rally racing.  I also asked her how she and her family we’re doing, etc.  She said her father and his wife lost everything they had (materially).  They are safe physically.  She said she’s afraid they’ve lost a part of their lives-like their history has been erased.  No matter who we are or where we’re from, there are people hurting and in need.  You may not know them personally, but how can your heart not go out to them?  Jamie says what has happened as a result of the hurricane is a “horrible thing. horrible.” but she thanks God that her dad and his wife are out of the city and alive.


Jamie in an article from the July 25, 2005 issue of Sports Illustrated: Read here


Jamie’s rally car, “Burnsie,” a 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon named after World Rally race car driver Richard Burns (2001 World Rally Championship Driver’s Champion in a 2001 Subaru Impreza WRC race car of course):


I ❤ her license plate!


Let us pray without end
And when we finish start again
Like breathing out and breathing in
(Oh!) Let us pray