It’s been way too long since my last entry! I will TRY to keep this as short as possible since I have work later this morning (start of entry: ~ Midnight).
I will publicly thank and praise GOD for three people who have blessed my life below:
Jerry Hwang (Xanga: scaryhairyjerry)
I first met Jerry in April (I think) 2002 at a church on the west side where he spoke from Acts 20 about leadership passing the baton as in a relay race. I’ve never heard of leadership being handed down in that way before. Most people usually would call it the passing of the torch. As ESPN’s College Gameday’s Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast, my friend!” Little did I know that Jerry was not “most people” as I would later find out over the next few years.
Jerry and Jackie first came to FCBC Walnut in the summer of 2002. The thing I remember the most about Jerry when we (USC Asian American Christian Fellowship core leadership) were introduced to him other than his speaking from Acts 20 was that he said an interesting about him was that at that time, he had been married to Jackie longer than he dated her. Jerry was actually the second contact I had made through serving with USC’s AACF that God brought to serve at our church.
Over the years, I have continually grown in appreciation for who God has made Jerry to be. Jerry is “s-m-r-t, I mean s-m-a-r-t” to quote the one and only Homer J. Simpson. But beyond being knowledgeable about a vast array of things, God has also given Jerry a tremendous amount of wisdom. Now being knowledgeable and wise are great for starters, but the real kicker is that Jerry is well…real, or genuine with you. Those who have interacted with him personally can all vouch for that. And for those who haven’t, “let me tell ya something” to quote Fire Marshall Bill of In Living Color fame (do you all remember when Jim Carrey played that role? I probably just dated myself with that reminder.), Jerry is as straight as they come…not as an arrow because if I would say that, that would be too cliche, how ’bout more like a quarter-mile drag strip like at the Pomona Fairgrounds. I think that will do nicely.
Some memories I have of Jerry:
- Taking him to a Padres vs. Dodgers game where the Pads won and a drunk fan threatened me as we were leaving the right field pavillion…where the true blue collar fans sit…and watch the Dodger$ lose regularly!
- Snowball fight at Winter Retreat 2002
- Playing football in the snow at Winter Retreat 2003
- Jerry not having gum on his plate at Winter Retreat 2004 and the ensuing chaos started by Thea (Xanga: SeeYaThea) after Ted Low (Xanga: Strikezone) won the game
- Surprise party for Jerry’s birthday on November 5, 2004 when Jerry walked through his garage door and the first thing he said was, “Oh no.”
- Teaching and sitting in 12th grade Sunday School with Jerry throughout the 2004-2005 school year…whoever thought you could play a baseball game on a dry erase board?
- Taking Jerry to his first live Steven Curtis Chapman (and MercyMe) concert with Steve and Hanley on December 10, 2005…on our way to the Great Western Forum, I made one right turn at a modest rate of speed and Jerry said, “I believe.”
- The atomic watch…’nuff said
- Throwing some pitches to him on Thanksgiving Day in 2004 and 2005
- Having Jerry speak at a USC AACF large group meeting during the Spring 2003 semester at USC the night after USC beat UCLA at basketball.
- Letting Jerry drive “Devoted Dan” one night in the summer of 2005…he didn’t stall everyone and he did better than some other people who have driven Dan!
- And others I can’t think of at this time!
I love Jerry, Jackie, and Josie and thank and praise God that He has blessed all of us with their presence. I don’t think I’m the only one out there that can simply enjoy watching Josie do her thing! The “thing” is we also don’t really see when she’s crying and pooping. Show your love (think Showtime at the Apollo) to Jerry and Jackie when you see them and may you be encouraged to love others like they have loved and touched us!
Ted Kau (Xanga: deadkau)
I first met Ted in January 2001 when he was the retreat speaker for the 2001 USC AACF winter retreat. Little did we know we would end up seeing much more of each other over the next few years as well. I think it was April 2001 that the Kau family first started coming to our church. After English service had ended, I still remember greeting and welcoming him and his family in the aisle closest to the exit doors by the men’s bathroom in the Multi-Activity Center (MAC) – I think it’s the NE corner of the MAC, someone please correct me if I’m mistaken.
Ted is simply one of the most caring people I know. I honestly don’t know how he’s been able to handle so many things going at what seems like 200 miles per hour all the time. His love for Chris, his wife, and his kids, Samantha, Renee, and Isaac inspire me to love my future family in a similar way. I believe he is an excellent parent (at least from what I’ve seen) in that he wholly loves his kids and at the same time, they don’t get away with doing what is wrong and are disciplined lovingly by him. I haven’t spent as much time with Ted as I have with Jerry which probably just happened because of the things I was involved with at church.
Some memories I have of Ted:
- Sharing about his kids’ “happy song” and dance during one of his messages at USC AACF winter retreat 2001
- The discussion that was sparked as a result of him sharing about courtship at that same retreat
- Riding in the blue eggmobile (Toyota Previa, folks) to San Diego on November 22, 2003 when TURF went to visit UCSD students and also gave out care packages to some homeless people in Downtown San Diego…USC beat UCLA at the Coliseum 47-22 that day for their fifth victory in a row in that rivalry…at times, Sammy slept on my left shoulder and Renee on my right during the trip down to SD. I rode shotgun on the way back up. That night, Ted shared with me about how his father used to interact with him and things along those lines if I remember correctly.
- Witnessing Ted officiate Ryan & Lisa Chan’s wedding
- Sharing my “Oh, no, dear. She’s left-handed!” golf joke I originally heard from my high school baseball coach with Ted
- Riding in the Chevrolet Express van on unpaved Mexican roads!!! YEAH!!!
- Partnering with Ted in the initial construction at the Templo Cristiano de la Nueva Jerusalem in August 2005…witnessing him use bits ‘n’ pieces of Spanish when interacting with Cyrillo
- I think that’s all that’s coming to mind right now…it’s almost 1 AM!
We’re all praying for you and your family, Ted!
Edwin Fung (Xanga: DEAD_ED_WALKING)
Finally, someone at church who understands why Settlers is an awesome game! Even before learning of Ed’s love for Settlers, I have always enjoyed his presence. He is usually pretty laid back like I am. He also has a great smile! More importantly, it’s awesome to see how he has developed a heart for others in conjunction with some of his peers such as, but not limited to, Jon Ng, Jason Lee, Preston Fong, Nick Lui, and probably some other guys I’m forgetting (my apologeties to those of you who know who you are….please let me know and I’ll edit this puppy). While he’s away, let’s continue to pray for him to be the light of Christ to all those around him in San Francisco.
Some memories of Ed (not nearly as many as Jerry and Ted):
- Playing football in the snow at Winter Retreat 2003 – I tackled him and Preston all day long…that’s right…ALL DAY LONG, BABY!
- Riding next to him to Pine Summit on the way to Winter Retreat 2005
- Playing broomball on at least one occasion if I remember correctly
- Playing Settlers with him as Nick’s partner along with Elmer (teh winnAr of that night’s 2 hour, 20 minute or so game) who was paired with Hanley, and Jason who was paired with Leslie. The 7 that I think it was Jason rolled with the dice and the way that Ed reacted will forever be etched and impressed in my memory. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him more animated than that ever!
- Watching his antics on the basketball court
- Thinking of his shoe collection (I don’t know if it still really exists or not) reminds me of my cap (as in hat) collection…he only has one pair of feet yet he has (or had) a lot of shoes…the same goes for me…only one head the last time I checked, yet I can be a man of many not faces, but hats
- Reading about his DIY Toyota Camry left front window regulator repair adventure
- Being reminded of “The Tint Shop” every time I see the green Camry and its rear license plate frame
- Knowing he is a fellow Oakley X Metal Juliet wearer…I’ve had mine since June 1999…it’s definitely seen better days
- Forgiving the fact that he likes UCLA…we can’t always support the winning team I guess…hehehe
Thanks for sharing the life God’s given you with us, Ed! We can’t wait ’til you return!
Well, it looks like Tyrone is going to have some seat time behind the wheel of a new BMW 325i sedan and Raymond is going to have some behind the wheel of a new Acura TSX. To be honest, I don’t think it’s a good idea for them to be driving cars like these at their age with their experience. Then again, I’m not their parents nor would it ever be my place to tell parents how to parent their children.
2006 BMW 325i
2006 Acura TSX
Here’s my take/my concerns:
-These cars have 200 or more horsepower at the crank (TSX – 205 hp@ 7000 rpm, 164 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm and 325i – 215 hp @ 6250 rpm, 185 lb-ft of torque at 2750 rpm) – these cars can get these guys going much faster than they should be going
-Both cars are capable of handling well, but come standard with all-season tires – a bad combination…dangerous if a driver becomes overconfident in his/her driving abilities and/or the car’s abilities…beyond the laws of physics
-Statistically, most people get into an accident (not necessarily their fault as was the case with mine) with the first car they drive…I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a beater car get smashed up (in my case, a 1993 Oldsmobile Achieva S) than a nice car (2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan – definitely not as “nice” as both the 325i and TSX…but a whole lot faster )
-TSX is a front-wheel drive car. If not driven properly, things can go from bad to worse quickly
-BMW is a rear-wheel drive car. It generally would not understeer nearly as much as a TSX. Then again, the 325i is shod with all-season tires from the factory. As long as the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) is left on, spinning this rear-wheel drive car shouldn’t really happen because it’s a pretty effective electrical nanny. The driver of an E46 BMW M3 Coupe definitely vouched for DSC keeping him from spinning on the same wet track I spun on two weeks ago in a cold, wet morning session.
To make a long story short, please be in prayer for these guys!!! I definitely will be! I may also need to explain some things about vehicle dynamics with them as well. That is, if they want to learn. I won’t force them to learn anything, although it could definitely help them. This is not to say I’m not an expert or professional by any means, but by the grace of God, I’ve received a fair share of positive comments on my track driving abilities by drivers of faster cars on paper (E46 M3, WRX STi, Porsche Boxster, and Acura NSX to name a few).
End time – 1:30 AM!!! D’OH!!!