Archive | October 2006

How Can I Keep From Singing Your (God’s) Praise?

Hello, all!

Quick entry tonight!  I promise!

My favorite song on Chris Tomlin’s new album, See the Morning, is “How Can I Keep From Singing Your Praise.”  If you don’t hear it in the background (like you all should! j/k), you can listen to it here.  Please purchase the song and/or album if you keep it on your computer’s hard drive for more than 24 hours to continue supporting the work of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  The additional tracks on the “Special Edition” album (this is one of them…it’s the acoustic version of track 1 on the “regular” CD) are totally worth it!  I was wrong in earlier saying that they were only available through Family Christian Stores.  The “Live Worship” CD that came with my See the Morning (Special Edition) pre-order purchase was what was exclusive to Family Christian Stores.

Here are the lyrics to this wonderful song (thanks to Hugh Chou @ www.hughchou.org)!  This song is based off a similarly-titled hymn that Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman decided to “mod.”

How Can I Keep From Singing Your Praise
There is an endless song
Echoes in my soul
I hear the music ring
And though storms may come
I am holding on
To the rock I cling

How can I keep from singing Your praise?
How can I ever say enough?
How amazing is Your love
How can I keep from shouting Your name?
I know I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart want to sing

I will lift my eyes
In the darkest night
For I know my Savior lives
And I will walk with You
Knowing You see me through
And sing the songs You give

How can I keep from singing Your praise?
How can I ever say enough?
How amazing is Your love
How can I keep from shouting Your name?
I know I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart want to sing

I can sing in the troubled times
Sing when I win
I can sing when I lose my step
And I fall down again

I can sing ’cause You pick me up
Sing ’cause You’re there
I can sing ’cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to You in prayer

I can sing with my last breath
Sing for I know
That I’ll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne

How can I keep from singing Your praise?
How can I ever say enough?
How amazing is Your love
How can I keep from shouting Your name?
I know I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart
I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart
I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart want to sing


On the job front, I interviewed with Edmunds.com last Thursday for their Incentives & Rebates Data Editor position.  I’ll find out at the end of the week if I got the position.  Please pray not that I’ll get the job, but for whatever would give God the most glory would totally come to fruition.  I am hoping that getting the job is within His plan, but I ultimately He is in control and that’s all that really matters.


I thought this was really cool!  I’ve actually met one of the supposed fourteen (other than myself)!


HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are:
14
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Sharkbitten!!!


Jeff “The Shark” Samardzija on his way to the game-winning touchdown against UCLA.  Notre Dame won 20-17 in what some could say was another “Instant Classic.”  UCLA’s come from ahead loss was the second Notre Dame has been given this season, the first coming from a generous Michigan State team.

I wanted both teams to lose!

UCLA’s offense was too conservative on their last full series-three running plays with minimal gain.  They needed to get a first down!  I give props to Brady Quinn for the pump fake and pass to “The Shark” and to “The Shark” for a great run after the catch. It was a good game to watch!

The All-New 2007 Acura MDX went on sale today.  It’s not exactly the best-looking vehicle out there, but I’ve always been one for function over form anyway!

Highlights

  • 3.7L SOHC VTEC® V-6 with 300 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque
  • Honda/Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD™)
  • Much more available through the Techonology, Sport, and Entertainment Packages
  • Base Model starts at $39,995, Technology Package – $43,495, Sport Package (Tech Pkg plus Sport Options) – $45,595, Technology plus Entertainment Package – $45,695, and Sport plus Entertainment Package – $47,795

For more information, check out www.acura.com/mdx.

You Are 83% American
You’re as American as red meat and shooting ranges.
Tough and independent, you think big.
You love everything about the US, wrong or right.
And anyone who criticizes your home better not do it in front of you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
To give that right to me
And I’ll gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
There ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the U.S.A.

It looks like the CHP dream will be put on hold for at least at year…

Major League Baseball playoffs

They’ve been pretty cool to watch here and there this year.  Out of the ALCS and NLCS teams, I don’t have any problems with any of the four.

Since Oakland was already eliminated by Detroit in walk-off fashion, I will start with those two teams.

I like Oakland because they have former USC pitcher and 2002 American League Cy Young award winner, Barry Zito, who was also Mark Prior’s teammate at University High in San Diego.  I also like Mark Kotsay who played for a few years with the San Diego Padres and went to Cal State Fullerton.

The Detroit Tigers don’t really have any players I’m a big fan of.  What’s amazing is their turnaround from almost losing 120 games in the 2003 season to be the World Series-bound American League champions.  I give a lot of credit to Jim Leland who’s been there before when he took the Florida Marlins to the World Series title in 1997.

Now onto the National League:

I like the Mets because they SWEPT THE DODGERS!  What made it even sweeter was the number of former Dodgers that are currently on the Mets (Shawn Green, Paul Lo Duca (Mike Piazza and he are the only Dodgers I’ve ever really liked), Jose Valentin, and Guillermo Mota) were able to stick it to their former team…and get the job done in LA!!!

The St. Louis Cardinals is a team with several former Angels.  Even though the Cards are the Cubs’ biggest rival, I don’t mind supporting them.  Albert Pujols is simply awesome!  He’s a monster (in a good way) and I think he’s the best player in baseball right now.  From what I know, I have heard that he’s also a solid Christian and is involved with quite a few charitable efforts off the field.  The former Angels on the Cardinals I like are Jim Edmonds (who made the best catch I’ve ever seen a clip of while he was an Angel…I also model some of my golf swing after one of his older swings where he wouldn’t really step with his right foot, but just turn it inward and then forward as he swung through), David Eckstein (the X-factor, this guy is a gamer!!!  he’s only 5’6″ or so but has done quite well for himself, he hit a home run tonight in the Cardinals 12-5 loss against the Mets which evened their series at two games apiece), and Scott Spiezio, who started the Angels’ miraculous comeback in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series!

Poll
What is the most exciting play in sports?

A) Walk-off home run (walk-off means the batter hits it which results in his (or her) team winning the game)
B) “Hail Mary” for the winning touchdown
C) Buzzer beater in basketball
D) Last-lap pass to win an auto race
E) Soccer shootout
F) Hockey shootout
G) Other – Please specify what you think

I would argue “A” because it starts with the crack (or ping) of the bat, a determination/hope that the ball will travel far enough for the home run, and then witnessing it clear the wall to win the game do it for me.

As much as I hate to re-live it, here’s the Dodgers’ comeback against my NL West Champion Padres on September 18, 2006.

Here’s Nomar with another walk-off home run, a grand slam no less, against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 24, 2006.

I’ve always been a fan of Nomar since he was among the trio of awesome American League shortstops in the late 1990s/early part of this decade.  I never was a big Alex Rodriguez fan.  I can’t stand Derek Jeter because he’s a Yankee even though he has the same birthday as me (June 26) and I wore #2 on my baseball jersey (I liked #2 because it was Al Unser, Jr.’s race car number from 1996 to 1999…I also figured it was cool to be #2 to #1 Jesus Christ).  Plus with Nomar, you can call him “No-MAH!”


Yesterday, I went to Dromo 1 with Matt Quan (Xanga: mattyq) and his old roommate, Justin Sebe, who I hadn’t seen for about two years and whose birthday is tomorrow (we think).  Matt qualified and finished 3rd.  I qualified and finished 4th.  I’m not too sure what position Justin qualified and finished in.  I had the 2nd fastest best lap of the race at 25.086 seconds.  I turned that lap on the 10th lap of the race (14 laps) which I like seeing because even though I tired as the race progressed, my lap times were still getting better.  The best lap of the race was a 24.265 set by the winner who left all of us in his dust!  I passed Matt for 3rd place lap 12 going into turn 3 because he was being held up by the 2nd place kart.  I gave 3rd place right back to him on lap 13 when I spun in turn 2 trying to take a more protective line even though Matt had settled back into cruise mode after I made the pass.  I still had a great time racing clean with Matt and it’s good to know we’ve still got it!  We’re about even in the times we’ve run in terms of where we finish relative to each other.  Matt finished the highest out of the three of us the first time we ever went on October 26, 2002 (Game 6 of the World Series between the Angels and Giants).  After that, I think I placed better the next two or three times.  There were some parts of the When all is said and done though, Matt was the winner (for you l337 folks – “t3h w1nn4r”) this time!

The last two times I went in July I had best laps of 24.672 and 24.405 seconds.  What happened?  Turn 4 was made a lot tighter (I had to get off the gas instead of being flat out) and it gave me fits the whole time.  I also wasn’t driving as well as I usually do because I brushed the wall quite a few times in qualifying and the early laps of the race.  I just never got into “the zone.”  I can’t believe how sore I felt after our race.  It was definitely the most sore I’ve ever been after one race at Dromo.  Keep in mind I’ve done two consecutive races back-to-back on a couple occasions and didn’t come close to feeling as beat as I did.

After we were done, we had dinner at the Yard House at the Irvine Spectrum.  I had the Penne with Roasted Chicken and a few glasses of water.  We also had some onion rings and cocunut shrimp.  That was a great dinner!  I hope I can make pasta like that one day!


The first Bowl Championship Series standings of the 2006 college football season were released today with USC in the #2 spot behind the Ohio State Buckeyes and ahead of the Michigan Wolverines.  We’ll see how well the Trojans finish the season and if they can stay in the #2 slot in the BCS, or as some college football fans call it, the BS standings.


The message given today at church from Revelation 5 was awesome!  It totally reminded me of the Newsboys’ song “He Reigns”.  I used to have it in .wma format before I tanked my own hard drive last December.  Right now, I only have it in m4p format when I bought it off iTunes I think in late 2004 or early 2005.  Otherwise, I’d have it playing in the background.  Chris Tomlin’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” is still pretty awesome though, don’t you think?

Pastor Jackson said imagine how loud a packed football stadium gets with roughly 100,000 people. Let’s look at God’s Word below (courtesy of Biblegateway.com)!  Imagine how LOUD verses 11 through 14 would sound!  If you have the song “He Reigns”, let me encourage you to listen to it right now and CRANK UP THE VOLUME!!!   “Agnus Dei” would be AWESOME here too!  I think I will try to post it to my web space for ya’ll to listen to!  Fellow lefty Mac Powell knows a little thing or two about rockin’ & rollin’!  For those of you who can’t automatically hear it, you can listen to it here.

Revelation 5 (English Standard Version)
The Scroll and the Lamb

 1Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”  

 6And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang a new song, saying,

   “Worthy are you to take the scroll
   and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
   from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
   and they shall reign on the earth.”

     11Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

He Reigns
It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain
It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain
The song of Asian believers
Filled with God’s holy fire
It’s every tribe, every tongue, every nation
A love song born of a grateful choir

It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns

Let it rise about the four winds
Caught up in the heavenly sound
Let praises echo from the towers of cathedrals
To the faithful gathered underground
Of all the songs sung from the dawn of creation
Some were meant to persist
Of all the bells rung from a thousand steeples
None rings truer than this

And all the powers of darkness
Tremble at what they’ve just heard
‘Cause all the powers of darkness
Can’t drown out a single word

When all God’s children sing out
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
All God’s people singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns

Agnus Dei/Worthy
Alleluia, Alleluia
For our Lord God Almighty reigns
Alleluia, Alleluia
For our Lord God Almighty reigns

Holy, Holy
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
You are Holy
Holy
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy Is the Lamb
Worthy Is the Lamb
Amen

Holy, You are holy
King of kings, Lord of lords
You are holy
Holy, You are holy
King of kings, Lord of lords
I worship You

I just got back from my CHP written exam.  It was definitely one of the few exams I’ve taken in my life I can confidently say I totally owned.

I talked to the officer who was there after I completed the exam about the CHP’s vision requirement.  I first read it in September and realized I didn’t comply.  I e-mailed Uncle Jimmy (Lee) from church and the recruiting officer I initially had contact with to try to formulate a “game plan” for my pickle.

Here is the requirement:

  • Vision. The applicant must read from a standard eye test chart. If eyeglasses or hard contact lenses are worn, uncorrected vision must be no less than 20/40 in each eye and corrected to 20/20 in each eye. Applicants who have successfully worn soft contact lenses for the past 12 months are not required to meet an uncorrected standard as long as their corrected vision is 20/20 in each eye. At least four quarterly checks for vision stabilization are required for applicants who have had any eye surgery. Normal color vision is required as assessed by the Farnsworth-D-15 test. An X-Chrom Lens is prohibited.

So it looks like I may need to wait at least year before I can progress even further in the process because I fall in the “hard contact lenses” category above and I definitely cannot see 20/40 uncorrected.  I still plan on going to the physical abilities test (PAT) on November 4, 2006 just to see what they say.  The officer who was at the exam today said to give her a call on Monday and see if there’s anything else that could possibly help me out in this situation.


Job hunt update: God provided an interview for me at Edmunds.com for their Incentives and Rebates Data Editor position on Thursday morning at 11 AM.  I would appreciate it if you all who would like to pray for me approached God’s throne of grace with confidence to intercede for lil ol’ me.  I say “lil ol’ me” because there are so many other things going on in this world that need a lot more prayer than my work situation.  Thanks to God first, the Trojan network, and Kelsey who I knew from InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship (Xanga: scunicorn98) for helping me out!

Edmunds.com is a great web site!  It’s one I’ve spent countless hours on reading reviews and previews of many automobiles, my own including.  I totally used it before I got the car I drive, although I didn’t need the information I got that much since the dealer gave us a great deal from the get-go.  The only downside to working at Edmunds would be commuting to Santa Monica.  I’m sure it’d be well worth it!  Although, I definitely am thinking about getting a beater car with a slushbox (automatic transmission) if I get the job and have to deal with that commute.


If I could remove words from people’s vocabulary/vernacular, I would remove “luck” and anything related to it and “it’s a small world”.

  1. Luck.  I don’t believe in luck.  God is sovereign and that’s all I care about.  When I was a wee lad, I used to thing Friday the 13th was bad news…like a high-horsepower front-wheel drive vehicle.  When I was in elementary school, I lost my recorder (musical instrument) on Friday the 13th.  I don’t remember what year it was.  Others simply talked about it like it was a very bad thing.  And like some things in life, if you think something about something, something it ends up becoming true although it may usually be attributed to your perception of things.
  2. It’s a small world.  It’s not a small world, folks!  The whole is huge!  The fact that you run into people or know someone who knows someone else is something I believe God simply appoints and arranges.  Here’s some interesting things that have happened through the association that I work at Sierra Acura.
         In August, I found a loaner agreement from a repair order that had the name of a person (Patrick) who went to Pilgrim School.  Patrick was my sister’s year.  It turns out he just traded in his Acura CL Type-S for a new Carbon Bronze Pearl RDX.  He brought his vehicle in last Tuesday (10/10/2006) for a rattle that was caused by a loose sensor in the left rear quarter panel.  I e-mailed him last night and it looks like we were able to nip it in the bud (what’s the origin of that saying anyway?).
         Last Friday (10/06/2006), I ran into two people I knew who were waiting for service to be completed on their vehicles.  The first was Julian who I had known from USC.  He had a Black 2005 TSX that was in for a left front door lock actuator (front door lock actuators are a common problem on 2005-2006 TSXs) that wasn’t working properly.  The second was Mark who I had met through the weekly Subaru meets I would go to every now and then.  He brought in his mother’s Silver 2006 TL for its first oil change (the first one’s free if the vehicle is purchased from us).
         Last Monday (10/09/2006), I was leaving for the night when I ran into Brian who was also from Pilgrim and also my sister’s year.  He purchased a Silver 2006 RSX Type-S in July and brought it in for its first oil change.  I was planning on going straight home, but he and his brother, Kevin, invited me to go to dinner with them at Kabuki.  I figured it’d be a good opportunity to catch up on things and it definitely was!  I also almost lost my right contact lens there when it came out while we were paying the bill.  I ended up finding it on the seat of the booth we got.


I’m still experiencing stop sign pandemonium on what seems to be a daily basis.  What is it with these people?

Regarding my earlier entry on cars pretending to be sports cars, I just wanted to thank Motor Trend magazine for doing the very thing I was saying shouldn’t be done.  In their November 2006 issue, they have a “sport sedan” comparison with the Toyota Camry SE V6, the Nissan Altima SE-R, the Chevrolet Malibu SS, and the Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart.

Comparison finishing order and their brief comments:

  1. Toyota Camry SE – Best overall package on a superb new platform.  Performance, quality, safety, and comfort–what a concept.
  2. Nissan Altima SE-R – If you put more emphasis on sport than sedan, this is your car.  Can’t wait to test the new one.
  3. Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart – A nicer car than its third-place finish indicates.  Doesn’t overwhelm, but does everything well.
  4. Chevrolet Malibu SS – In this case, you don’t get what you don’t pay for.  Costs less, but gives less.  We’d like to try one with GM’s 3.6-liter DOHC (Dual OverHead Camshaft for those of you who aren’t automotive folks) V-6 and a six-speed automatic, even if it costs $1000 more.

BAD Motor Trend!  BAD!  The only one I would even consider to be a sport sedan is the Nissan Altima SE-R!



Will Ferrell knows what’s up!  Do you?!

FIGHT ON!  BEAT THE SUN DEVILS!

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Time for another exciting entry!

Let’s see what’s been going on.  The San Diego Padres were eliminated Sunday night by the St. Louis Cardinals, but at least they didn’t get swept like the Dodger$!  Ultimately, they didn’t produce nearly enough offensively to win the series.  My high school baseball coach, Mike Sarafian, always preached to us that the three main aspects of any baseball game are pitching, hitting, and defense.  If your team “wins” two out of those three, you should win the game.  There’s also the old saying, “Good pitching will always beat good hitting.”  We’ll see if the New York Mets can make a solid argument against that.

USC beat Washington by six points at the LA Coliseum where USC has won 29 games in a row.  I’m not sure if I was there for their last loss there against a Tyrone-Willingham-coached Stanford team in 2001.  Here’s some good news for Trojan fans, Pete Carroll is undefeated in November.  We should be all right, but then again, that’s why they play the games!

Last Saturday, on 4th down and goal on the Washington 4-yard line with USC leading by 3 points, the Trojans decided to kick a field goal to increase their lead to 6 points.  A “Miller Lite” Good Call (you real sports fans out there will know what I’m referring to) or Bad Call?

I would’ve gone for the touchdown on 4th down.  Here’s my reasoning (Remember, I’m far from a being a football expert.  Motorsports and baseball are my forte.):

  • If successful, you get the TD and get a 10 point lead.  Nice!
  • If unsucessful, the Washington offense has to start on the 4-yard line (roughly depending on where the 4th down play ends) meaning they would have to drive 96 yards instead of the probably 80 yards because USC’s kicker has been consistently booming most of his kicks into the end zone the entire season.
  • A Washington field goal would tie the game probably sending it into overtime.
  • You still lose if Washington scores a TD.
  • Our defense hasn’t been getting much pressure on opposing quarterbacks with just four rushers.  This was really made evident the previous week against Washington State.  It’s scary to place them in the same situation.  It seems like in these situations we give the opposition way too much and let them drive way more than I’m comfortable with.

Stop sign madness!  It seems like other drivers on the road are getting worse at it lately!  Have you ever wondered how many Asian drivers in the San Gabriel Valley even get their license in the first place?  Yeah.  I’m sure Erwin would give me at least a point for that.


Last Thursday, I decided I want to start looking for new work.  It looks like the Trojan network (remember, it’s not University of Spoiled Children…I’ve got loans up the wazoo to prove I’m not spoiled in that way…it’s the University of Social Connections.  Some also say it’s the University of Smart Chinamen.  I think I’m far from smart though.) might come into play for me!  Praise God!  We’ll see what happens.

The next job I’d get would just be something to hopefully hold me over until I can become a CHP officer.  I take my written exam for the CHP cadet application process this Saturday!  I think I can actually say this is a test I’m looking forward to!  I can’t recall any other tests/exams I’ve looked forward to in my life except for maybe my driver’s license test (passed 1st try with a maximum 15 errors (NICE!) although the lady I had (Montebello DMV) marked me off for some things I know I didn’t commit…e.g., she said I didn’t look over my shoulder when changing lanes…WHAT?!  I was looking over so much in an exaggerated way I was almost falling out of my seat!…I got a perfect score on the test to get my learner’s permit (thank you Melrose Driving School for having us simply memorize answers…I don’t know how much I actually learned…although I could argue I minimally learned about 4-way stops! )


Gut Feelings

Have you ever wondered about how God designed us when it comes to having “gut feelings”?

Here are a few examples of how I’ve witnessed my “gut feelings” happen before my very eyes…

My freshman year at USC, I was talking to someone on AIM and I told the person something to the effect of, “I’ll see you later today.  I don’t know how or where, but I’ll see you later!”  After I commuted to campus, I ran into this person at Taper Hall!


Perhaps this one will be a better example.  On the afternoon of August 11, 2006, I was driving home after finishing my volunteer effort at DCLA 2006 (which I know I still have yet to post about…and summer retreat) for the week.  I was on the Westbound Pomona (60) Freeway between the Paramount Blvd. on-ramp and the Garfield Ave./Wilcox Ave. exit (my usual exit).  There’s a flatbed truck that merges onto the freeway and I’m traveling in the slow lane since I’ll be exiting soon.  This truck is carrying way more then it could really safely transport.  So I’m following it (not closely) when I get this gut feeling that I wouldn’t be surprised if something will fall off the truck into my path.  Soon enough, the airflow catches underneath a door (standard size – 7′ x 2-3/4′?) causing it to fly up and out of the bed of the truck.  Since I was “ready” for this, I hit the brakes and moved to the shoulder until I had passed the door.  I think the SUV (this guy had been speeding earlier and was pretty close to my rear) behind me drove right over it.  That incident definitely made me think, “WHOA!”

Yesterday, I was in the third car in line to turn left onto Commonwealth from Atlantic when I was driving to work.  I was thinking about trying to go when it turned yellow and then red because I know I’d probably lose about 2 minutes or so if I waited for the traffic light to cycle through again.  Out of the blue (or left field), I thought what if there’s a cop nearby?  I looked to my right onto Commonwealth and there he was about fourth or fifth in line waiting for the light to turn green so he could proceed West (straight) on Commonwealth.  I was really glad I didn’t do something dumb that time!  He actually proceeded to speed by and hurriedly pass a few cars that were in front of him and pull someone over.  I passed that scene about three blocks after I made my left turn.

What I want to know, is what’s the deal with gut feelings from a Biblical perspective?  Do tell all of you in Xanga-land!  Thanks and God bless!


San Diego Padres – NL West CHAMPS!!!

Don’t give me that co-champion nonsense! The Pads have 13 out of 18 reasons why they’re the CHAMPS!!!

Dodgers vs Padres NLCS = Padres NL CHAMPS!!!
 
I will admit I was wrong.  The Dodger$ made the playoffs.  Boo!
 

 
 
Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
 
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
 
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
 
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
 
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine
 
Here’s what Chris Tomlin wrote in the liner notes:
I was diong some research on John Newton and the writing of the hymm, “Amazing Grace.”  John Newton wrote these lyrics as a poem for a sermon describing what God had done for him; that God had not only saved his soul, but also saved him from slave trading.  That sentence inspired me to write the simple refrain, “my chains are gone…”  I also found it interesting that the familiar last verse, “when we’ve been there ten thousand years,” was not in the original, but added years later by another author.  I have included in this version Newton’s original last verse. -Chris

 
I used Mozilla Firefox for the first time last night.  It seems pretty quick and simple.  One thing I noticed is it used up about 44 MB of RAM with my start page loaded (start.earthlink.net) whereas Microsoft Internet Explorer used only about 28 MB of RAM.  I’m going to stick with MSIE for now.  Say all you want about viruses and vulnerability, if you know what you’re doing on the Internet, they aren’t a problem at all!
 

The video clip in my previous entry was taken from Richard Burns Rally for the PC.  In it, I’m driving a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRC (world rally championship) rally car with Petter Solberg’s 2005 Rally Corsica (France) livery.
 
You can’t do this on a Mac, Jack!!!




 
I also wanted to correct an earlier mention of the acronym “WRX”.  Apparently, it stands for “World Rally eXperimental”.  I was wrong in saying it stood for “World Rally Cross”.
 
Another interpretation of it is as follows bellow (from a Subaru of Japan employee or something like that):
What does WRX stand for? WR stands for “World Rally”, and “X” stands for the mathematical symbol for the unknown, that means its possibility is infinite. Many people also have other ideas what the “X” stands for, but this information comes from FHI/STi (Fuji Heavy Industries/Subaru Tecnica International) and was further confirmed by SOA (Subaru of America).

I spent some time tonight shaking the rust off my driving skills…below is my best result.  I didn’t make a video of all the times I rolled the car or stuffed it into a tree.