Bruins and Golden Domers, it’s not your fault!

EA SPORTS – It’s in the game!  What is “it” you ask?  “It” is Trojan domination!  Fight on!!!

New wallpaper anyone?

I played my first game (and only so far) of NCAA Football 2007 on Sunday night.  My Trojans beat the Arkansas Razorbacks, 38-7, on the road to open up the 2006 season.  Arkansas‘ points came off an interception John David Booty  threw while he was getting hit, affecting the intended trajectory and path of the football.  The Arkansas defender returned the interception for a touchdown.  I scored my points thanks to 2 TD passes (Btw, Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith are studs in the game), 2 QB sneaks for TDs, 1 rushing TD, and a 41-yard field goal (I also missed a 47-yard FG wide left…it was long enough though).  This was all done at the All-American, the second hardest difficulty.  I can’t hang with the Heisman difficulty.  I firmly believe the computer cheats at the Heisman level.

Work has been pretty enjoyable lately.  The relaxed environment is such a huge blessing.  Praise God!  That doesn’t mean there still isn’t a lot of work to get done!  I asked my manager for time off without pay for August 4-11, 2006 (FCBC Walnut Summer Retreat at Mt.Palomar on August 4-7 and DCLA 2006 at the AnaheimConvention Center on August 7-11) and he didn’t have any problem with giving it to me!  PTL!  It was actually something I mentioned during the initial interview.

Don’t laugh too hard at what I’m about to say.  I was driving on Saturday night when I thought I might seriously want to become a California Highway Patrol Officer.  I’m going to try to take some time really praying about this one.

Why would I want to become a CHiP?  I would think it would give me a great opportunity to help people and make a difference in people’s lives.  The idea of patrolling the state’s freeways and highways appeals to a vigilante desire to carry out justice I’ve kind of always had.  I love the fact that I would receive advanced driver training.  The possible downsides could be crazy hours (=time away from family) and the element of danger.  I don’t think being a CHiP officer would be nearly as dangerous as being a local police department officer.

I went to tonight’s (Tuesday night’s) Dodger game with Steve Quon.  The good guys, the San Diego Padres, won 7-3.  I experienced the worst heckling in all my years of going to Dodger Stadium (always rooting for the other team since 1996).  There were a few drunk guys just being “unpleasant people” behind us.  If provoked, I’d be so tempted to go “USC” (think 2003 Orange Bowl against Iowa, the 2004 Rose Bowl against Michigan, the 2005 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, last 7 USC vs. UCLA football games, and the last 4 USC vs. ND football games) on their candy “behinds”!!!  At the end after all was said and done and the Pads emerged victorious, I just told the people behind me, “Have a nice evening, gentlemen.”  I was so tempted to say, “Scoreboard!” too, but decided discretion was the better part of valor.  The Pads will try to break out the brooms tomorrow (technically, today – Wednesday) and sweep the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine in the early afternoon.

Three Sundays ago, I bowled a 149 at Covina Bowl.  It was a personal best (PB) for me.  My previous PB was a 128 I got during my freshman or sophomore year at Shatto Lanes close to Pilgrim School, where I went to school for Kindergarten to 12th grade, excluding 7th grade (Punahou School in Hawai’i).  What really helped me was a turkey over the 8th, 9th, and first ball of the 10th frame.  I think the fact that I named myself “Joe” that night helped too.  I chose “Joe” because I like to think of myself as an “average Joe.”  Those who know me well also know I like to make lame “Joe Momma” jokes.  I was surprised Uncle Joe, Christi, David, and Cheryl’s dad, didn’t say anything.  After all, he was using the lane next to us.

However, my score was nothing next to what Preston, Jaclyn, and Tiffany Lew bowled that night if I remember correctly.  I forgot what Jon Ng bowled that night.

Last, but most important, I want to give “mad props”, a.k.a. all glory and honor and praise, to God for

Throughout this summer, I’ve been so blessed to witness and experience God working in the lives of His church’s youth and my fellow peers.  He is truly building up His community.  Come and take your place among the threads (reference from Geoff Moore & The Distance’s Threads album, ©1997 ForeFront Records)!

Verse One
There is a Thread
Running between us
The first and last
Breath that we breathe

And in this Strand
Of flesh and bone
Reside the hopes and dreams we call our own

(And) There’s a Hand
That sews the threads together
Around one Strand
Of saving scarlet thread

Come as you are
Weary, worn, and tattered
Come and take
Your place among the threads.

Verse Two
There is a Thread
Sometimes unseen
Moving through life’s tapestry
And when this Strand
Enters a soul
It’s woven to the One that makes us whole

(And) There’s a Hand
That sews the threads together
Around one Strand
Of saving scarlet thread

Come as you are
Weary, worn, and tattered
Come and take your place
Among the threads
Come and take your place
Among the threads

Remember “Halftime” is on Thursday, or “Jueves” in Español, at The Wong (not mine) residence!

About USCTrojan4JC

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

9 responses to “”

  1. Alex115 says :

    Oooh, I’ll be praying for you, but I believe CHiP is more dangerous because where local PD, your backup is either with you, or only 5-10 minutes away by car, a backup CHiP may be up to 20-30 minutes away…

  2. gmonkey says :

    It’s an awesome game. I was surprised how good they made Booty and Sanchez and yes Jarrett and Smith are out of this world crazy good. I believe the TB is supposed to be Chauncy Washington, but he has C.J. Gable’s number. He’s pretty good too. But of course it’s still just summer ball for us. I mean where else can Ryan Ting run a punt return for a TD or beat UTEP 91-14? And yes, the computer cheats at all levels, it’s just more frequent on the Heisman level. Fight on!

  3. Strikezone says :

    I have a friend who is a CHP officer. Let me know if you are interested in talking to him. Sounds like the Dodger game was fun. I’ll keep you in mind if I come across any extra tickets.

  4. gunnerman says :

    be careful with those drunk cholos, i’ve many fights…they get crazy around the 7th inning.

  5. FatBoyChubbs says :

    yeah… be careful when you go to dodger games. that’s where all the crazy, belligerant raiders fans go during the off-season. Go blue!

  6. udonoogen says :

    i get excited when ppl start talking about college football… its coming!  =)

  7. ericdtong says :

    wow, a CHiP eh? yeah, i can see you as one, upholding man’s laws and God’s law too! okay now that was corny…

  8. SportyABG says :

    Can’t wait till college football starts up again!! Both of our teams will be very different this upcoming season, compared to last year. 🙂

  9. Miss_Oblivion says :

    Hi Loren!  Just dropped by… hope you are well.  Your posts all tend to be incredibly long, but they also keep me well informed on you life.  Take care and good luck.  🙂

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