Life is a highway…

Get your kicks on Route 66!

Okay.  Here we go.  Focus.  Speed.  Faster than fast…quicker than quick…I am Lightning!

Thanks, Uncle Ted (Xanga: Strikezone) for letting me watch the movie with some of your small group’s families last Saturday morning!

To date, this is my favorite movie of the year!  I laughed, got the urge to go driving (not racing), and almost cried at the end!  It was a GREAT movie!  I already intend to get the DVD of it.

I give the movie 5 lug nuts (out of 5).  There is a great story told with a great lesson to be learned.  The movie is not just about NASCAR-style (not my favorite) stock car racing.


Congratulations, Class of 2006 Graduates!

This is a quick shout out to all those who recenlty graduated/will be graduating.

A special mention goes out to the high school seniors from Hanley & my high school senior class at First Chinese Baptist Church, Walnut.

This Saturday, I’m going to try to go karting at Dromo1 in the early afternoon.  You all (and my seniors from last year as well since none of ya’ll went karting with me last summer except for Tim) are most than welcome to join me as my treat.  In other words, I would gladly pay to get you into a go kart for about 15 minutes.  It’d be cool if your a parent (or parents) came along too!  I won’t pay for them though.  If you’re under 18 years old, there’s waiver information below.

From www.dromo1.com:

Dromo One (D1) is located in Southern California, D1 offers a one-thousand foot track and racing machines built in the USA fully loaded with 270cc custom built honda engines. To say the least, these karts do more than just “go”.

No training or previous experience is necessary. The only requirement for drivers is a minimum height of 5 ft. (60″). All racers will need to sign a liability release form; an accompanying parent or legal guardian will need to sign for those under 18 years of age.

Upon signing into a race, D1 provides a thorough briefing session, a racing suit, full-face helmet with headsock, neck brace and gloves. All racers are required to wear closed-toe shoes; no tank tops.

Dromo One requires that for Drivers/Spectators under 18 years of age — a Parent/LEGAL Guardian with a valid ID* complete a Liability Release Waiver. The .pdf Waiver can be downloaded, filled out completely, signed, and then brought in with the consenting accompanying Parent/LEGAL Guardian.

Waiver here: http://www.dromo1.com/D1%20Waiver-under-18.pdf

Speaking of graduation, I went to Diamond Bar High School’s (DBHS) graduation ceremony last Thursday night.  Thanks to Raymond Tay (Xanga: VitalManhattan) for inviting me and getting the ticket for me.  After the ceremony, I was able to find Jeffrey Wu, Michael Hwang, and Alison Yeung and all of their respective families.  I also quickly passed by Katy Tan while I was searching for my kids in the masses.  I also ran into Cynthia and Beatrice too.  I saw Tyrone (Xanga: AznLzyGuy) later in the night when we went to dinner at Banana Bay.

I really appreciated being able to witness some of my kids’ graduate because I wasn’t invited to any high school graduations last year.  Thanks again to all those who included me to some extent in what God’s done in their lives throughout their high school career/sentence.  Hehehe.

The one thing I hate most about those graduations is how the speeches are always about you, you, you, YOU.  It really should be about God, God, God, GOD!  The only time I heard God mentioned throughout the ceremony was during the pledge of allegiance to Old Glory (the American flag).

The one thing I LOVE most about graduations is seeing people all jazzed up that they’ve completed that particular chapter of their lives.  How much better will it be when Jesus will read our names in the Book of Life?!?!  That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!!

On Friday night, Pastor (hehehehe) Jerry “The General” Hwang (Xanga: scaryhairyjerry) shared God’s Word with the high schoolers from Revelation 2:1-11 and 3:14-22.

The greatest “gem” God spoke to me was when Jerry said, “It’s not about devotions; it’s about devotion.”

Two questions Jerry said we should ask ourselves is (No, “Do you feel lucky, p____?  Well, do you?” are not any of them):

1. Do I love Jesus?
2. How am I doing spiritually?

It hit me like a lightning bolt
I saw a different dude from me
And I heard somebody say, “Let’s go!”

Saddle up your horses!

On Saturday night, I went to the Yeung residence where we had a farewell party for the Hwangs, Jerry, Jackie (Xanga: wackijackie), and Josie (Xanga: TBD/TBA – j/k!).

This is a wonderful family who I believe God is leading in abondoning it all for the sake of His call!

I LOVE watching Josie as she moves around, plays with objects (sometimes trying to stick them in her mouth), and drinking (because she holds her breath as she drinks).  It really makes me wish I was well on my way toward settling down (in other words, seeing someone and getting married) and having a kid or two or three (in the long run of course).

My favorite picture of Josie:

She’s a masterpiece that all creation quietly applauds
And she’s covered with the fingerprints of God

Before we know it, she’ll be walkin’ and talkin’…(hopefully) drivin’ (it depends on where God leads Daddy and Mommy)…and then bringin’ home boys to meet Dad who will make sure they know their Greek New Testament or he might end up throwing the Book at them…the Good Book that is!

Happy Birthday Greetings to Alex Kwan (Xanga: TenThousandPoetWarriors)!  His birthday was last Saturday for those who didn’t remember.  It wouldn’t hurt to send him a belated birthday message if you forgot.

After all, it’s better late than never…or is it…always late, but worth the wait? j/k!

Thanks and praise be to God for this brother of ours!  He’s been blessed with many gifts (the “fool” is smart!!!) and a heart for people.  Tell him to put more photos of himself on the Web because I couldn’t find anything to steal to slap onto this entry.  N/m!  Thanks to Josh’s (Xanga: zoshyii) flickr site, I now have a photo of his mug I can slap onto here!

Who wants to see Steven Curtis Chapman in concert on Friday night, June 30, 2006 at the Grove of Anaheim?  If there isn’t a Unikoi staff meeting that night, that’s where I want to be!!!  For now, I’m just trying to gauge interest.  Or how ’bout having our Unikoi staff meeting AT the SCC concert?!   The last time I saw him perform/help lead us in a little worship was at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood back in December 2005.  It was a little weird that it was a Christmas concert put on SCC and MercyMe.

Job search update:

Please continue to pray for God’s provision of work for me as I leave my current employer at the end of this month.

I’ve got two (2) things kind of going for me…

1. Goodrich Corporation in Chula Vista, CA (near San Diego, ya’ll) – I received a call last Monday afternoon saying that they were looking for someone with my qualifications and skills for a Business Advisor Associate I or II.  That position basically is a fairly entry-level job working with SAP R/3 with this Fortune 500 organization.  On one hand, I’d actually be using the education my parents spent much of their hard-earned money on if I were to get the job.  On the other hand, I’d have to move down to Chula Vista/SD.  Another thing is that I’ve lost most of my interest in Information Systems/Information Technology since I’ve been out of school for three years already.  Being a fighter nut, see my previous super-long entry, the fact that Goodrich has technologies on most airplanes in use today, is ultra-cool.

What’s also cool is that I didn’t even apply for anything at that organization.  It seems that a person working in their HR department found my resume on Monster.com and decided to contact me.  I spoke with him for about 25 minutes last Friday morning and he said he would pass along his notes from our conversation onto a hiring manager who would then probably contact me.  Again, the biggest “hurdle” with this situation would be moving out and down to Chula Vista/SD.

2. Sierra Acura in Alhambra, CA – I received a call from a person who seemed like he was their Senior Warranty Administrator yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.  This also was something I did not apply for.  The position they’re offering would be doing the same thing I’m doing right now without the crazy workload.  The dealership is also closer than my current one.  The problems with this are the reasons I’m leaving my current work is that I am wanting to get out of warranty and dealerships because I didn’t enjoy doing it anymore and because I wasn’t cool with some of the things that went on in the warranty process.  The person I spoke with straight up asked me how much I was currently earning and said that they would match it, if not give me $1/hour more.  That surprised me because this was our first conversation ever.  It sounds like they need to hire someone as soon as possible.  I setup to meet with this gentleman on Friday morning to talk about things a little bit more.  Sierra Acura is a lot smaller than Pacific BMW and I know for sure that they are constructing or expanding at the current moment like Pacific is with its new building.  I also am not thrilled about the idea of working with more technicians and service advisors and parking “Devoted Dan” on the streets again.  We’ll see how this pans out.  There’s a part of me that really wants to give this a shot hoping that “things” will be different at this other dealership.  After all, I’m not looking to make a name for myself and make a lot (think “American Dream” by Casting Crowns).  All I want is Jesus (yeah…I got that from a Geoff Moore song on his A Beautiful Sound album) and to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God (Micah 6:8…think of “The Walk” by Steven Curtis Chapman).

On the other front, all of the jobs I’ve applied to by sending resumes, I still have yet to hear from.  All I know is God is sovereign and He is in control (think Twila Paris song here)!  What happened today was cool also because I said a quick prayer for God to provide as I was walking (I parked Dan about 2-1/2 blocks away this morning, due to street cleaning on one side and parking simply being a pain to find) in to work.

Another long entry is now in the books, folks!  This one took me about two hours.

Some other things:

Go Cal State Fullerton Titans in the 2006 NCAA College Baseball World Series!!!

For those who want actual evidence of my lap times back in May, you can go here:

Saturday, May 20, 2006 – Intermediate Group Lap Times

Sunday, May 21, 2006 – MazdaFest Mixed Lap Times

At that second link, you can see some of Pastor Ted’s (Xanga: deadkau) friend’s (Brent Chun – blog) lap times.

Comparing my times in Dan to Brent’s in his 1994 Miata would not be a true apples-to-apples comparison because of the huge differences between our cars and the different track layouts used between Saturday when I went and Sunday when he went.  As you can see, in the configuration Brent drove (config #1 counter-clockwise I think), the Star Mazda Turn in the lower right area of the diagram.  I drove config #13 clockwise which didn’t use the Star Mazda Turn.

That’s all for now!  Fight on and God bless!

About USCTrojan4JC

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

3 responses to “”

  1. yutaka731 says :

    Screw the Titans! Lets go Beavs! You know it and I know it, the only reason why CSUF is good in baseball is because of the limit on scholarships. Many of the players are forced to walk-on. Now, lets see, would you rather pay $1500 a semester at CSUF or 10x that at USC?On another note, I’d move down to SD. Don’t you know people down there? At least you can see all the Padre games you want. If you really want to see a USC football game, it can be done. Steve did it and his sister has done for the last several years. I really think that it would be good to put your education to work for you. Glad that He has blessed you with some conversations with other employers. Keep the faith and keep fighting on!

  2. Strikezone says :

    I’m glad you were able to join us for the movie. I also thought it was superb. I hate to admit it, but I also got a little teary eyed near the end. I’m glad you’ve got some prospective employers interested in you. Praying for you.

  3. brentlicious says :

    All I need to do is add a turbo and AWD and ABS and Traction Control and better tires to my Miata. Oh yes, and a better driver would help too. :)Looking forward to “Cars”!I’ll keep praying for wisdom in your job search.

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