Archive | April 2006

The Real #1 Pick:


If it’s in the game, it’s in the game.  EA SPORTS – It’s in the game! – NCAA Football 2007





The San Diego Padres lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight (Friday night), 3-0.





HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HANLEY LIU!!!
(Xanga: randomranting)


“Mini-tribute” to come later!  We thank and praise God for you!





My cousin Steph Kippen (my dad’s brother’s daughter) and her husband, Dan, had their second child yesterday, Kyle Stewart.  He joins his sister Alison in their family.





In different news, Subaru World Rally Team’s Petter Solberg is currently in 2nd place after the first day of the 2006 Rally Argentina.  It’s good to see him and his co-driver, Phil Mills, doing well again!


 

 






Dear Reader,

The Bible is full of scriptures exhorting the Church to bring prayers and requests to the Lord. In Matthew 7, Jesus states that our Father in heaven will give good things to those who ask Him. We invite you to join us in asking our heavenly Father for good things for the world’s children living in poverty.


April 30 is Compassion Sunday — a day when sponsors, pastors, and people who care about impoverished children will speak up in congregations all across the United States. We are asking God for 21,000 child sponsors through this event this year. Last year, nearly 17,000 children found sponsors on Compassion Sunday!


In light of this event, we are setting aside April 28 as a global day for prayer and fasting — a day we can come together as the worldwide Body of Christ before the Lord. We are asking that His glory will be seen through this special Sunday as sponsors and advocates communicate the needs of the world’s poor children to congregations across the country.


Will you join us in this? Will you agree to reserve April 28th as a day of prayer and fasting for Compassion Sunday?


We hope that all Compassion staff, sponsors, project workers and volunteers, child advocates, partners, and Compassion-sponsored children and children awaiting sponsors through this event, along with their parents, will join in this day of prayer and fasting. Invite your church to unite in this day of prayer for children who need sponsors!

We desire to see a great moving of God’s Spirit across this land as presentations are made and people step forward to reach out to children in need. Join us in bringing this request to our Father in Heaven! And, if you haven’t yet, please visit us online to request your materials for hosting a Compassion Sunday event at your church. Thank you in advance for joining your hearts with ours.

On behalf of the children,

Regina Hopewell
Advocates Network Director





The latest thing I’ve been in awe of is how God used Cyrus of Persia to allow some of His people to return to Israel after they were in exile.  Here we have a real king that existed in history (evident through archaeological digs and findings) that did things consistent with the things written in 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Daniel. It’s part of God’s/His story that makes so much sense I would think it would be harder not to believe in Him and what He’s done throughout the endless ages.  So why not crown Him with praises?  Why isn’t He exalted in every nation even though He’s sovereign over all Creation?  He is the Lord Most High and He should be magnified!





<RANT>

I can’t believe how many people are complaining about gasoline prices.  We have it good compared to many other places around the world.


From http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/global_gasprices/
























































































































































Nation City Price in USD Regular/Gallon
Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48
Norway Oslo $6.27
Italy Milan $5.96
Denmark Copenhagen $5.93
Belgium Brussels $5.91
Sweden Stockholm $5.80
United Kingdom London $5.79
Germany Frankfurt $5.57
France Paris $5.54
Portugal Lisbon $5.35
Hungary Budapest $4.94
Luxembourg $4.82
Croatia Zagreb $4.81
Ireland Dublin $4.78
Switzerland Geneva $4.74
Spain Madrid $4.55
Japan Tokyo $4.24
Czech Republic Prague $4.19
Romania Bucharest $4.09
Andorra $4.08
Estonia Tallinn $3.62
Bulgaria Sofia $3.52
Brazil Brasilia $3.12
Cuba Havana $3.03
Taiwan Taipei $2.84
Lebanon Beirut $2.63
South Africa Johannesburg $2.62
Nicaragua Managua $2.61
Panama Panama City $2.19
Russia Moscow $2.10
Puerto Rico San Juan $1.74
Saudi Arabia Riyadh $0.91
Kuwait Kuwait City $0.78
Egypt Cairo $0.65
Nigeria Lagos $0.38
Venezuela Caracas $0.12


Would you like some cheese to go along with that whine?  </RANT>






More 2007 BMW 3 Series Coupe Information (most of it is for the UK) and Photos here: http://www.worldcarfans.com/news.cfm/newsid/2060421.007/country/gcf/BMW/new-bmw-3-series-coupe-revealed-uk-market







Your Major League Baseball update


Good guys
San Diego Padres – 8-12, 5th in NL West/Worst 
Chicago Cubs – 12-7, 4th in NL Central
Anaheim Angels – 11-10, Tied for 1st in AL West


Bad guys
Los Angeles Dodgers – 10-11, Tied for 3rd in the NL West/Worst
New York Yankees – 10-8, 2nd in AL East







Make friends with your fast!

Actually, the 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI clocked a 4.5 second 0-60 mph time in the December 2005 issue of Motor Trend.


Anyway, I just wanted to encourage those of you out there who read the first part of my entry to make friends with your fast.  Not a fast that has to do with driving.  But a fast to lift up the lives of children around the world who still have yet to experience God’s compassion, love, grace, mercy, kindness, unfailing love, and so much more.  This Friday, let me encourage you all to pray and fast for these people.  Beyond Friday, let me encourage you all to keep the children of this world in your prayers and on your hearts that we may yearn and strive to see our great God reach every single one as Geoff says/sings.

Just replaced Devoted Dan’s windshield wiper refills (a.k.a. inserts) after I got home from work…


Let’s just say it was not exactly what I would call fun (Note: When installing wiper refills, it helps a *lot* to leave the plastic guides on the inserts as you slide them through.  I learned the hard way on the first one I replaced.).  The replacement refills don’t seem to be of the same quality that the originals (which lasted me 2+ years before I started to see streaking might I add) were, but hey, at least I’m streak-free now!  The new ones are also noisier, but like I said before, I’m streak-free now!






For any of you Geoff Moore fans out there or anyone else for that matter, Geoff’s web site (www.geoffmoore.com) was updated recently.  It now uses Macromedia Flash!  My favorite additions are some of the new things he wrote for the site regarding adoption and Compassion International and some recent pictures of his family including his two adopted Chinese daughters, Anna Grace and Ashley Rose.



On Compassion International:


When I first started making records, (Yes, they were vinyl. If you don’t know, ask your parents!!) I soon discovered that being a recording artist gives you a platform.  Through the years, that platform has allowed me the privilege of, not only sharing my songs with a lot of people, but promoting causes I believe in.  Compassion has been the most significant partnership of my ministry.  Chances are if you’ve seen me play, you’ve heard me speak about the work of Compassion.  From my first trip to Haiti until my most recent trip to Kenya and Rwanda, I have been exposed to their amazing work all over the world.  You may have heard me say that I believe if we are Christians, it’s not if we help the poor, it’s simply a question of how.  I want you to know that I have seen the work of Compassion.  I have met their employees and thousands of the children they help everyday.  And I have seen their books, and I can tell you wholeheartedly that we can trust them.  They are being the hands and feet of Jesus everyday in places we may never go or ever see.  I urge you, I’d beg if it would help, to consider sponsoring a child today.  If you have any questions please email me and I will get you an answer.  Simply click on the Compassion International link, if you live in the US, or Compassion Canada for my friends up north, and you can find a child to build a friendship with right now.  If you live elsewhere in the world, contact us and I will connect you with other countries.  The old saying,”this will change your life,” has been way over used, but in this case, it’s true.  And not just your life, but the life of a child that desperately needs your help right now.  Every child sponsored through Compassion is connected to a local evangelical church.  And they become Christians by the tens of thousands every year.  We are literally investing in eternity.  We must continue to reach them until all are cared for, every single one.

http://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/futurevehicles/new3coupe/default.htm


The New 3 Series Coupe (E92) – Arriving at your local BMW Service Department  starting in September 2006








The Most Powerful 3 Series Coupe. Ever.





The all-new 3 Series Coupe is hitting the roads in September and when it does, be prepared for a re-sculpted look, a twin-turbo engine and, perhaps the biggest news of all, all-wheel drive.

Re-sculpted, inside and out.
It’s rare to find such a sporty machine that also carries its own when it comes to refinement. But with the 3 Series Coupe, absolutely nothing has been compromised.

There’s the aggressive, muscular hood. Flowing signature lines along the profile. Standard Xenon Adaptive Lights. And if you can draw yourself away from the exterior long enough, you’ll notice exquisite changes to the interior as well. New ambient interior lighting. New colors for the leather upholstery. Beautiful pearl gloss accents throughout. And a new comfort feature that provides easier access to the seatbelt.

Then there’s the power – 300 horses worth of twin-turbo power.
Just like any other BMW, the all-new 3 Series Coupe is outfitted to provide an exhilarating drive. Under the hood of the 335i Coupe is an inline 6-cylinder engine with high precision injection and twin-turbo chargers, giving you 300 horses of heart-pounding power and class-leading 300 ft. lbs. of torque.

The 328i and 328xi Coupes are just as impressive, featuring a more powerful and fuel efficient, inline 6-cylinder engine with Valvetronic. This new engine produces 230 horsepower and 200 ft. lbs. of torque. But because of its inline orientation of cylinders there are fewer vibrations, which means a smoother ride for you.

It’s history in the making.
With the launch of the all-new 3 Series Coupe comes a very big first. It’s the first time we’re offering a coupe with xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system.

When you’re on smooth, dry roads, xDrive gives you a sporty, rear-wheel drive feel. But as soon as you hit a snow-covered road, slippery conditions, or an uphill curve, it automatically sends more torque to whichever axle has more traction, resulting in optimal stability and performance.

Add to that the driving dynamics intrinsic to a 3 Series Coupe, and there’s no straightaway, no hill, no windy country road, you can’t conquer.


Features



























































































































































Performance 328i 328xi 335i
Acceleration 0-60 mph1
(manual / automatic)
6.2 / 6.8 seconds n/a 5.3 / 5.5 seconds
3.0-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC), 4-valve inline 230 horsepower, 6-cylinder engine with composite magnesium/aluminum engine block, Valvetronic system s s
3.0-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC), 4-valve inline 300 horsepower, 6-cylinder engine with high precision injection and turbo charger s
Max. torque / Engine speed 200 ft. lbs. / 2750 200 ft. lbs. / 2750 300 ft. lbs. / 1400-5000
Brake front / Diameter (inches) Disc vent. / 11.8 Disc vent. / 11.8 Disc vent. / 13.7
Brake rear / Diameter (inches) Disc vent. / 11.8 Disc vent. / 11.8 Disc vent. / 13.2
Top speed mph (with Sport Package)4 130 (150) 130 (150) 130 (150)
Power-weight ratio 14.6 14.9 11.9
 
Vehicle Dimensions 328i 328xi 335i
Length (inches) 181.1 181.1 181.1
Width (inches) 70.2 70.2 70.2
Height, unloaded (inches) 54.1 n/a 54.1
Wheelbase (inches) 108.7 108.7 108.7
Unladen weight (lbs) 3351 n/a 3571
 
Handling 328i 328xi 335i
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by Features, with Dynamic Traction Control s s s
xDrive all-wheel drive s
 
Wheels 328i 328xi 335i
Wheels – 17″ alloy style 157 w/225/45 R17 all-season run-flat tires s s
Wheels – 17″ alloy style 185 w/225/45 R17 all-season run-flat tires 2
Wheels – 18″ alloy style 189w/225/40 R18 (f) / 255/35R18 (r) performance tires 2
Wheels – 18″ alloy style 197w/225/40 R18 (f) / 255/35R18 (r) performance tires 2 3



s Standard
1 BMW AG Test Results. Refers to manual transmission. Actual acceleration results may vary, depending on specification of vehicle; road and environmental conditions; testing procedures and driving style. These results should be used for comparison only, and verification should not be attempted on public roads. BMW urges you to obey all posted speed laws and always wear safety belts.
2 Included in optional Sport Package
3 Sport Package required
4 Top speed is electronically limited

n/a – not yet available

Thanks to everyone who’s praying for me and for your encouragment.  I still care about this person and ultimately want God’s best for her.  I don’t know whether I should remain optimistic and perservere (and trust God) or just throw in the towel, move on, and trust God.  At this current point in time, I believe she is worth pursuing still.  I believe she’s a woman of good character, genuinely kind, and God-loving.  We’ll see. All I want is for God to work in me and accomplish His good will through me one way or the other.  All I know is that God is in control (cue Twila Paris’ song here).






As the late Harry Caray would say, “CUBS WIN!  CUBS WIN!”


I went to the rubber game (the “rubber game” is the deciding game of a series…the Cubs won Monday night’s game backed by a masterful performance by “The Professor”, Greg Maddux, now 40 years young and the Dodgers won last (Tuesday) night) of the Cubs vs. Dodgers 3-game series in LA tonight.  The Cubs beat the Dodgers in their own house 5-4 to win 2 out of the 3 games in the series.  It was a close game throughout and I’m glad the Cubbies pulled it out in the top of the 8th inning by scoring 3 runs.


My co-worker, Roy, invited me to tonight’s game.  One of his friends works for WESCOM and got free tickets to tonight’s game.  We had seats in section 38A, Box 3, Seats 3 and 4.  Seating chart here.  The seats were within one of the newly added baseline field boxes for the 2006 Season.  It felt weird because I had never sat so close to the field in a professional game before and the viewing angle is so low.  I’d actually say it’s not one of the best viewing experiences I’ve had at a baseball game.  On the drive there, I asked Roy about his younger brother’s, Jorden’s, experience at church over the last few years.  Jorden and his cousins actually go to Jeremy’s (Xanga: jeremywu) church.  Please pray God will continue to work through me in ministering to Roy.  Pray also that his younger brother (he’s a junior at Mark Keppel High School) can also actively share about God with Roy as well.  Btw, Roy’s 26 years old.  At work last Saturday (ugh), I asked if he was busy for Easter and he said he might visit his brother’s church.  I don’t think he made it out.  Anyway, I will not relent in praying for him.  I would appreciate ya’ll in joining me in prayer as well.







Today (technically yesterday since I started this entry before midnight but now it’s past) was Al Unser, Jr.’s birthday.  I e-mailed his mom who used to run his fan club last night with birthday greetings (no, I didn’t type out the song).  He was one of my two childhood heroes/idols growing up.  The other was Wally Joyner, first basemen of the California Angels 1986-1991 & 2001, Kansas City Royals 1992-1995, and San Diego Padres 1996-2000.



I first found out who Al Unser, Jr. was after I purchased his video game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System.  That was a great, fun game (Al Unser Jr. Arcade Racing for the PC was not.  I never played Al Unser Jr.’s “Road to the Top” for the Super NES either)!  It was pretty easy, but had its challenging moments.  I still remember getting it from the Toys ‘R’ Us in Rosemead and it cost something like $29.99 or $29.95 if I remember correctly.



In 1992, Al won the Indy 500 by 0.043 second over Scott Goodyear.  It was and still is the closest finish in Indy 500 history.  I remember watching this race on the TV in my family’s 1991 Chevy conversion van while we were in San Francisco for the Memorial Day weekend.  This was the race that got me hooked on Al and open-wheel racing.




In 1994, Al joined Team Penske to win his second Indy 500 in 1994 and second CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) championship in 1994 (he won his first driving the Valvoline Lola-Chevy indy car in 1990).  Al had an amazing year in 1994 winning 8 out of 16 races en route to that year’s championship.


In 1995, Al won 4 races and finished second in the championship to current Sauber BMW Formula 1 driver, Jacques Villeneuve, despite failing to qualify for the Indy 500 because of a struggling Penske chassis superspeedway package (which was later resolved as was evident in his 2nd place finish to Andre Ribeiro at the Michican 500-mile race (Honda’s first ever win in CART)).


I joined the Al Unser, Jr. Fan Club (don’t laugh!) in 1996 and got to meet him for the first time in 1996.  My dad was with me when I met him and snapped a picture of us.  I also found out he was left-handed that day.  Ever since then, I’ve worn my watch on my left hand even though I’m left-handed because I first noticed that was how he wore his watch.


Here’s a picture of us at his 1998 fan club meeting at California Speedway in Fontana, CA.

The 1997 California fan club meeting was held at Speed Zone in the City of Industry.  My dad and I went to that and I got to race on the Slick Trax against Al.  I led most of the race until I got caught up in lap traffic.  Al also had a kart that was clearly faster than everyone else’s because his kart would just eat people alive on the straights.  He passed me by bumping my kart out of the way and going by, but I didn’t mind because I was having a great time and I knew he was too.  Plus, I can always say I was beat by the kart, not the driver in that race! j/k




From 1996 and on (to 1999) in CART, Al was winless mainly because of the tires and engine Team Penske was using.  He basically ran for “best of the rest” in many races.  The Honda engines were the class of the field all those years except for 1997.  Cars on Firestone tires easily outran the Goodyear-shod cars on any given weekend.  Al and Gil de Ferran, one of my other favorite drivers who drove for Team Penske 2000-2003 (2000 & 2001 CART champion and 2003 Indy 500 winner), often were the top running drivers on Goodyear tires.



In 2000, Al went to the Indy Racing League and re-united with Rick Galles, his owner from 1983 to 1984 and 1988 to 1993.  Al won 3 races in the Indy Racing League from 2000 to 2004.  A few weeks ago, he announced he was coming out of retirement to run the 2006 Indy 500.


Despite all the accolades and achievements, Al is still just a mere mortal human being. He divorced his wife Shelley and fought alcohol addiction.  He has four kids, Alfred (sometimes referred to as “Just Al”), Shannon, Cody, and Joey from his marriage.  “Just Al” is currently racing in the 2006 Toyota Atlantic Championship.  His life reminds me that you can “have it all” without having it all.  I don’t know where he really is in his relationship with God other than I know he believes in Him.  I am inclined to think his mom is a fellow believer in the way she responds to my e-mails.  Either way, I’ll keep praying for whenever I remember to.  One of the ways I am reminded is when the Long Beach Grand Prix comes into town every year.  Al won it a record 6 times (1988-1992 and 1994-1995)!


For more information, you can check out
Wikipedia – Al Unser, Jr.






Yeah.  I know I still need to share about my week in San Diego (March 20-24) as well.  God is good!


Let my lifesong sing to You…


And though my heart is torn, I will praise You in the storm…


And now my lifesong sings…And now my lifesong sings to You…


Blessed be the name of the Lord.  For He alone is worthy…of all glory, honor, and praise.

Down but not out.


CliffsNotes® notes version: I asked the woman I’m currently interested in tonight for her contact information and was denied.  My perfect streak is still intact.  I’m still batting .000 in my lifetime in that every person I’ve ever been interested in has never reciprocated.  I will keep praying and keep fighting on for ol’ JC!  He has already fought on to victory!


Here in the love and power of Christ I stand!






Resurrection Day last Sunday reminded me of this song.  I LOVE how you can hear the voices of little kids in the background in the third verse!  I also love how you can hear Geoff come in on verse two!


In Christ Alone
Sung by Geoff Moore and Adrienne Liesching


In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again (YEAH!!!!!!!)
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt of life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

After further thought, I thought I should clarify what I said about Good Friday.  It wasn’t “good” for Jesus in terms of our blurred human perspective of what dictates a “good” day.  It was extremely good in that His death on Good Friday brought glory to God the Father and atonement to His chosen followers.


To God Be the Glory
To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.


MAD props to God for who He is and working in the lives of those who were baptized last (Friday) night including:



  • Jason Lee
  • Don Nguyen
  • Andy Chan
  • Nick Lui
  • Michelle Yuen
  • Josiah Hsiung
  • Elizabeth Chow

Tonight we witnessed some of the most beautiful sights (check out Ted’s Xanga to view an AMAZING moment in time!) and sounds God allows us to experience here on earth while we live these lives that are not our own.  So let us not forget we are not home yet!


We are not home yet
We are not home yet
Keep on looking ahead
Let your heart not forget
We are not home yet

Subies @ USC! April 10, 2005



The #99 Easy Street Motorsports 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi driven by Gary Sheehan that raced in last Sunday’s SPEED World GT race at Long Beach (To be aired on SPEED Channel this Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 11 AM PDT)



Easy Street’s 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI with a special livery for their drag race car driver, Julie Stepan


For more information: www.fastfeelsgood.com.





Today is Good Friday.  The day we celebate today was anything but good for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Let me encourage you all to spend some serious time remembering and reflecting on His death and subsequent resurrection.



Oh the wonderful cross (2x)
Bids me come and die
And find that I
May truly live
Oh the wonderful cross (2x)
All who gather here
By grace draw near
And bless Your name

Praise God for His message shared through Ted on Sunday!  GR8 stuff!


At first I wanted to put “Speechless” on here because of one of the songs Steve played that had the lines:


When I think about the Lord
And how He saved me
And how He raised me


Those made me think of the chorus to Geoff and Steven’s “Speechless”


I am speechless
I’m astonished and amazed
I am silenced by Your wonderous grace
You have saved me
You have raised me from the grave
And I speechless
In Your presence now
I’m astounded as I consider how
You have shown us
A love that leaves us
Speechless


But after this listening to the message on Sunday in Fairway, there was no doubt what song I wanted to put up, especially as we remember and reflect upon our Lord Jesus Christ’s death *and* resurrection this Easter!  That song is “The Wonderful Cross”.  I’m not going to ask you to sing with me, but if you have a few minutes, definitely take the time to reflect on the sacrifice of love Christ joyfully made (Hebrews 12:1-2).  As Geoff sings in one of his songs, it was a price that was paid so that love could save the day.


The Wonderful Cross
By Isaac Watts, Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, J.D. Walt (from the album The Noise We Make)


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
All who gather here by grace draw near and bless Your name

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all


If the song sounds vaguely familiar, the original hymn is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts (http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/w/h/e/whenisur.htm – includes a MIDI version, lyrics, and the history of the hymn and other cool info as well)


Galatians 6:11-18 (English Standard Version)


Final Warning and Benediction

 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.


From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

To all the UCLA fans who took joy in USC’s loss to Texas, I will simply say, “What goes around comes around!” To the UCLA fans who didn’t care that USC lost to Texas, you can disregard the previous comment.


Tonight I watched the best college basketball game I’ve watched in five years (the last time USC went to the tourney and lost to eventual champion Duke in the Elite Eight due to an interestingly-timed time out for Coach K to curse/cuss at his players on their way to a victory in a plot by CBS and the NCAA to keep ratings up and sell more Duke merchandise…ya’ll know I’m right…Duke, UNC, ND, and Michigan are probably at the top of the charts in terms of apparel and merchandise sold)!


The agony of defeat never tasted so sweet!





Baseball’s back!!!  Let all the earth rejoice!  All the earth rejoice!  j/k!


Teams I love:
San Diego Padres (1-0)
Chicago Cubs (1-0)
Anaheim Angels (1-0)


Teams I despise:
Los Angeles Dodger$ (0-1)
New York Yankee$ (1-0)





Check out the current issue of Sport Compact Car!

After talking to Nick Lui (Xanga: sup_cuz) and Brian Park, it seems that I took the owner of the red NSX (that probably is not him behind the wheel in the cover shot) in my car during my last track day at Buttonwillow Raceway in session 2.




Look at how relaxed he is even though I’m driving the wheels off the car!  Session 2 had its moments because there was some on/off drizzle while I was turning my laps.  I was glad I was able to provide him with tips and information that helped him go faster with his own car later in the day!