As figured, I failed the CHP physical abilities test (PAT) this morning due to the “gift” (sarcasm is on, folks) of poor vision.  It was pretty fitting that out of the seven stations that were setup there, that was the first one I had to go to was the vision one (station number 1) because we counted ourselves off 1-7 and I ended up as a “1”.  For a “1” like me, it’s hard not to instinctively say “8” after the person next to you just said “7”.  One person did and they were totally riding the person for that.   It was surprising to get a glimpse of what things in the academy would kind of be like in that they were totally yelling at people and giving some people a hard time.  I didn’t get yelled at because I didn’t provide them with any reason to yell at me.  I actually thought it was pretty cool to be in that pseudo-military environment.  Shouting “Yes, sir!” and things like that felt pretty good.  I felt like I was in the “system.”  There was one guy with a WRX who got there late and “deferred” his PAT to a later time.  The CHP officer totally ate him up for breakfast.  I knew he had a WRX because I could hear the distinct boxer rumble of the ReX.  I don’t know what it looked like because I was standing at attention and looking at the back of the head of the person in front of me the whole time.

I forgot to post the following information earlier although I did e-mail some of you here and there.  It applies to Honda and Acura vehicles around the turn of the millenium and their automatic transmissions.

It’s regarding a class action lawsuit against American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and affects the vehicles below.  You can go to for more information.


Model Year

Honda Accord


Honda Odyssey


Honda Prelude


Acura 3.2 CL


Acura 3.2 TL


Certain Acura 3.2 CL & TL *


Regarding USC’s loss last Saturday at Oregon State in Corvallis, Oregon, I was one of probably many who saw a loss on the horizon.  I’m glad it was against Oregon State and not in any of our big games in the month of November.  The encouraging thing is if we see the same 2nd half Booty-rockin’ everywhere, our offense will be that much better!  We’ll see how things go today at The Farm against the Stanford Cardinal.  Fight on!  BEAT THE CARDINAL!

I shared a brief spiel last night during High School Bible Fellowship/Unikoi/Insert-other-name-here (since I like being funny, how ’bout we name it “Friday Night Lights” based off 1 John 1:5-10 and/or Matthew 5:14-16?) about how much I thank God for Uncle Tony Firth because his birthday is November 5th (he also made sure we all knew his spirtual, or as he calls it, his real, birthday is August 28th).  I realized I forgot to share one of the most important things I wanted to say.

Because of who God is and all He’s given Uncle Tony, Uncle Tony has given so much of himself to me and many others. Because of that, I am inspired to give of myself to the youth of our chuch.  Hopefully God can use my measly offerings to encourage our current youth to invest themselves in the future youth.  Remember, it only take a spark to get a fire going.  And soon all those around…  Some of you may know the rest to that.  And if you don’t, just read below!  For those of you who remember the days of awesome MIDI songs, you can listen to the song here.

It only takes a spark to get a fire going,
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing;

That’s how it is with God’s Love,
Once you’ve experienced it,
Your spread the love to everyone
You want to pass it on.

What a wonderous time is spring,
When all the tress are budding
The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming;

That’s how it is with God’s love,
Once you’ve experienced it.
You want to sing, it’s fresh like spring,
You want to pass it on.

I wish for you my friend
This happiness that I’ve found;
You can depend on God
It matters not where you’re bound,

I’ll shout it from the mountain top – PRAISE GOD!
I want the world to know
The Lord of love has come to me
I want to pass it on.

I’ll shout it from the mountain top – PRAISE GOD!
I want the world to know
The Lord of love has come to me
I want to pass it on.

For those of you who weren’t there last night, I took a page out of Uncle Daniel Lim’s playbook and decided to make an acronym, yes-me the acronym-hater (sounds 1 Timothy 1:12-17-ish), out of his name.

Without further ado, here it is…

  • True
  • Original
  • Neat
  • Young

For “true”, I used the photo below of Tony the Tiger (They’re Grrrrrrreaattttt!).  I selected the word “True” because Uncle Tony is dependable, reliable, and faithful.  He took my sister and me to church on Friday nights coming from San Pedro and dropped us off at home afterward for about a year to a year and a half.  He also doesn’t hesitate to go out of his way when we are in need and he knows of a way he can help out.  He shared a story with me of how he helped a couple get married (the groom was someone who became a believer through God working in our high school ministry) a few years ago.  I know he also has helped some of us out on staff when the unexpected arises through his prayers and sometimes, financial support.

For “original”, I used a photo of a Cadillac Seville STS, because Uncle Tony used to give me rides in his Seville.  Since he was rockin’ a Caddy, we all know Uncle Tony was a baller, shot-caller, right?!  Uncle Tony is GANGSTA!  He’s OG!  j/k!  He’s not really a gangster.  Unless you want to call him a “Gospel Gangster”, I don’t think the term fits him that well.  I selected the word “original” because there is no one like Uncle Tony at our church.  For one, he’ll often share some pretty novel ideas.  When Uncle Tony speaks, we (the staff) automatically stop and listen.  His mannerisms and speech are one-of-a-kind as well as the love he has shown…because of the love he was shown by our God.

The next word, “neat”, is a word I selected because Uncle Tony never, and I mean, never looks like a mangy bum like sometimes I can be (j/k or am I?).  He is always very neat and proper in his appearance, dress, and conduct with others.  All this however, doesn’t mean Uncle Tony doesn’t know how to have fun!  For “neat”, I selected a photo of an Acura MDX.  Everytime I see a black previous-generation (model year 2001 to MY2006) MDX, I quickly and simply thank and praise God for Uncle Tony.  People’s vehicles are the best reminders for me of the people God’s placed in my life.  For example, a green Pontiac Trans Sport will remind me both of Uncle Joe Wong and Jon Mak.  A green Honda Accord previous-generation sedan will remind me of Steve Quon.  A silver current-generation Honda Accord Sedan will remind me of Steve Loo, although that one is a little more specific because the 2004 model has a “wide” reverse light section on the tail lights, the 2005 model has a “skinny” one, and the 2006 model now has LED tail lights instead.  A white Toyota Camry sedan from two generations ago will remind me of Hanley.  Back on track, the word “neat” is also fitting because I think his 2004 MDX is neat because of the navigation system in it and the rear DVD entertainment system it’s equipped with.

Our last word, “young”, was selected because Uncle Tony is young at heart!  He is someone who has the need…the need for speed every now and then!  I think his 2003 Ford Mustang GT Convertible is pretty cool.  I’ve also followed him to a retreat surprised at how fast (yet still completely safe at the same time) he was traveling (we were in the carpool lane on hwy 60).  He enjoys playing golf and then and is also able to carry a conversion on most sports.  He relates well with most of the youth, but more importantly, is a living, vibrant example of God’s love, grace, mercy, compassion, kindness, and Word being lived out.

Wallpaper anyone?

Sunday, November 5, 2006 is also Jerry Hwang‘s birthday!  Although “The General” is in Wheaton, IL, we can still celebrate the life God’s given him through good ol’ Xanga.  I’ll try to put up a blurb tomorrow thanking and praising God for him.

About USCTrojan4JC

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

2 responses to “”

  1. heyjuke says :

    my small group is called Friday Night Lights… so now we’ll have a theme verse as well!

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