I’ve been gone for too long!

HAPPY BELATED 125th ANNIVERSARY, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!!!  Keep on inventing the future, honoring the past, and FIGHTING ON!!!   Victory signs up!!!


Oh and BEAT THE IRISH (the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish)!!!  The Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh (More info on the USC-Notre Dame rivalry: here) will be on Saturday at 12:30 PM PDT on NBC (I think).

2002 Heisman Memorial Trophy Winner and current QB of the Cincinatti Bengals Carson Palmer holding the Jewelled Shillelagh in victory (The first of three straight USC 31-point drubbings against the “Fighting” Irish).

Getting the PC up and running again is a pain, but I did it!

My PC steering wheel (don’t laugh! ), the Logitech MOMO Force went kaput on me Saturday night while I was driving in Richard Burns Rally.

I sent an e-mail to Logitech saying I need a repair and bought the wheel back in April 2001 (meaning it’s well beyond its 1-year warranty and in theory, $$$ for them), but still haven’t received a reply from them.

I was thinking about putting the song “Children of a Burning Heart” from Steven Curtis Chapman’s Signs of Life (©1996 Sparrow Records) on this page after hearing Ted’s (Xanga: deadkau) message and Hanley’s (Xanga: randomranting) $0.02 in Sunday School about people giving their all to proclaim God’s gift of love and grace to all.

Children of the Burning Heart
We were the dreamers, the boys on the wild frontier
The new believers with nothing in the world to fear
We had discovered the treasure of
the love and the grace of God
And it burned like a fire in
our hearts and we would…

Throw back our heads and run with the passion
Through the fields of forgiveness and grace
We carried/carry the eternal flame
With an undying hope and a blazing conviction
Of a truth that would/will never fade
We were/are glowing in the dark
Children of the burning heart

And now for the dreamers, and
those who have dared to believe
The flames call us deeper into the great mystery
For as we draw near to the Father
we are lost in this one desire
To be wholly consumed by His fire, so let us..


So come on let’s…


Keep on glowing in the dark
Children of the burning heart

I decided to throw Brave onto this page instead featuring my favorite female artist, Nichole Nordeman.   I still don’t have any of her older albums (as in before Woven & Spun), but hopefully I’ll get my hands on ’em one of these days!

By Nichole Nordeman and Jay Joyce from the album Brave (©2005 Sparrow Records)

The gate is wide
The road is paved in moderation
The crowd is kind and quick to pull you in
Welcome to the middle ground
You’re safe and sound and
Until now it’s where I’ve been

‘Cause it’s been fear that ties me down to everything
But it’s been love, Your love, that cuts the strings

So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave

I am small
And I speak when I’m spoken to
But I am willing to risk it all
I say Your name
Just Your name and I’m ready to jump
Even ready to fall…

Why did I take this vow of compromise?
Why did I try to keep it all inside?

So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave

I’ve never known a fire that didn’t begin with a flame
Every storm will start with just a drop of rain
But if you believe in me
That changes everything
So long, I’m gone

So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
I wanna be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave

Please pray for me regarding my work.  I’ve been so swamped lately!  Our dealership’s (Pacific BMW in Glendale, CA – shameless plug: www.pacificbmw.com) dealer management software (DMS) conversion from ADP’s (Automated Data Processing) DealerSuite (our version is three(!) generations old running on terminal emulators in Windows off a UNIX-based system) to Procede Software’s Excede (Windows-based DMS using a SQL (pronounced “sequel”) Server relational database management software (RDBMS)) is gonna be a leap of faith.  I was told today to focus more on the conversion and implementation than my normal warranty functions.  It felt good and bad because I like the fact that I can focus on something I’m probably of more value to the company at doing yet at the same time, I feel bad that it seems like I don’t need to be as concerned with normal warranty matters (FYI: broken cupholders and things damaged by the customer or wear and tear items (unless you have a full maintenance plan like BMW’s on your vehicle) are NOT warranty matters, so please don’t try to cheat the system by going to your respective vehicles’ dealers’ service departments trying to get something covered under warranty that really isn’t a warranty matter).

Last Thursday, I attended a full day warranty training at BMW of North America’s training facility in Oxnard, CA.  My partner, our dealer’s senior warranty administrator, came off looking pretty sharp in my estimation.  A service manager from a small BMW dealership (Continental is its name if I remember correctly) in Oceanside said if we’re ever down there looking for work, we could look him up.  As I was leaving for the day, the Warranties Manager of BMW North America told me that I had contributed some good (read: useful) feedback throughout the day.  I also spoke with one of the other BMW NA guys about how I thought it would be cool to work for BMW NA.

With that said, I’ve also thought about at least trying to apply for Subaru of America’s Dealer Service Representative position as well.

I just don’t want to leave my current company until our new dealership buildings are done (See above.  Total completion will probably be Q1 or Q2 2007)!  When it is finished, it will probably be one of the largest BMW dealerships in the country, if not the largest.  In Glendale, we don’t have the room to build out so we’re building up.

Thanks for reading!  Thanks for your prayers and care!  Have a great one and God bless!

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

3 responses to “”

  1. Anonymous says :

    My White Sox vs your Angels, we’re see who comes out on top! 😛 Nah jk, it’ll be a very good series! Did your stearing wheel have force feedback?

  2. alexander_to says :


  3. Miss_Oblivion says :

    so much school spirit going on… :)how ya doing, loren?

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