Archive | December 2006

Still pretty sick

I finished watching 24 Season One today.  Does anyone have Season Two that they’re willing to let me borrow?

The UCLA Bruins lost the Emerald Bowl last night to the Florida State Seminoles.  Where was that defense when USC played them?

The California Golden Bears had an impressive win against the Texas A&M Aggies tonight in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.  I really must say I think Jeff Tedford is a class act and a good coach.  He strikes me as someone who is a good man off the field as well.

Their gold jerseys however, have got to go!!!  They need to stop wanting to look like the Oregon Ducks!

@ home sick for another day.  I think I might have acute bronchitis and not the flu.

@ home sick.  I feel like a hungry Cookie Monster – crummy.

60K Sunday

60,000 miles!

I found it interesting/funny that Pastor Jackson mentioned his Acura Integra hit 200,000 miles during the Christmas message on Sunday morning.  At the rate I’m going, I’ll need about 7 more years to reach that!  I also don’t recommend taking photos while driving.  I should listen to my own advice!  Sometimes I’m just stubborn like that.

By the way, I should give some “props” to Photobucket for making it easy to copy URLs by simply clicking on the “URL Link”.  If I had a STAPLES™ “easy” button, I’d give it a good press right now!

One more thing, it is NOT cool that I now see Trojan condom advertisements in AOL Instant Messenger!

How awesome is the Lord most high!

I’m still feeling under the weather/sick like a dog.  Speaking of which, have you ever thought about those figures of speech?  Regardless of how we feel, we’ll always be “under the weather”.  What if the weather is good?  Wouldn’t that be a good thing?  The phrase “sick like a dog” is also a confusing one.  Dogs aren’t always sick.  Also, I don’t really know what a sick dog is like.


Last Sunday when Jerry (Xanga: scaryhairyjerry) preached from Genesis 32, he mentioned that he went to a barber shop where the people there were watching old World Wrestling Federation footage.  I found it pretty interesting because I spent a good amount of time the previous night watching compilations of The Rock’s funniest moments.


God is awesome because of who He was, is, and is to come and for what He’s done, is doing, and will do according to His perfect will.

For my Bible reading yesterday (I try to read three chapters a day), I read Isaiah 49-51.  When I realized that I would have Isaiah 52-54 for today’s reading, I got very excited!!!  How cool is it that I get to read some of the greatest prophecies of Jesus Christ on the day we celebrate His birthday!  To think all the reading I’ve done (and haven’t done!) over the years would bring me to reading those chapters on this day is mind-blowing!

So let me share in my joy by copying and pasting Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (New American Standard Bible) from BibleGateway.com

Isaiah 52-53 (New American Standard Bible)

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Isaiah 52

The Exalted Servant
    13Behold, My servant will prosper,
         He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.
    14Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
         So His appearance was marred more than any man
         And His form more than the sons of men.
    15Thus He will sprinkle many nations,
         Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
         For what had not been told them they will see,
         And what they had not heard they will understand.

Isaiah 53

The Suffering Servant
    1Who has believed our message?
         And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
    2For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
         And like a root out of parched ground;
         He has no stately form or majesty
         That we should look upon Him,
         Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
    3He was despised and forsaken of men,
         A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
         And like one from whom men hide their face
         He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
    4Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
         And our sorrows He carried;
         Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
         Smitten of God, and afflicted.
    5But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
         He was crushed for our iniquities;
         The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
         And by His scourging we are healed.
    6All of us like sheep have gone astray,
         Each of us has turned to his own way;
         But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
         To fall on Him.
    7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
         Yet He did not open His mouth;
         Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
         And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
         So He did not open His mouth.
    8By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
         And as for His generation, who considered
         That He was cut off out of the land of the living
         For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
    9His grave was assigned with wicked men,
         Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
         Because He had done no violence,
         Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
    10But the LORD was pleased
         To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
         If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
         He will see His offspring,
         He will prolong His days,
         And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
    11As a result of the anguish of His soul,
         He will see it and be satisfied;
         By His knowledge the Righteous One,
         My Servant, will justify the many,
         As He will bear their iniquities.
    12Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
         And He will divide the booty with the strong;
         Because He poured out Himself to death,
         And was numbered with the transgressors;
         Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
         And interceded for the transgressors.

I’m feeling sick again.  Your prayers would be greatly appreciated!  Late this afternoon/early evening, the bad cough, body aches, and mild chills I had last Tuesday when I left work early have returned.

Merry CHRISTmas to all and to all a good night!

Did you know?  Jesus Christ most likely was not born on December 25th.

When was Jesus born? – This link seems to have pretty solid (read: Biblically accurate) information on it. – http://www.new-life.net/chrtms10.htm

Here’s what it says at the bottom of the page:

The purpose of this article is NOT to suggest that we change the day of Christmas or the year of our calendars! It is to give added meaning and insight to our Lord’s birth, particularly from a Jewish perspective. But shouldn’t we celebrate Jesus’ birthday on the correct day? If it really mattered to Jesus when we celebrate His birth, then He would have made the exact day crystal clear with absolute certainty. What we celebrate is far more important than the day we celebrate it one. For example, in the United States we celebrate Presidents’ Day in February, but this doesn’t mean that all the presidents were born in February.

The essential fact is that God did enflesh Himself in time and space (1 John 4:2). He was born from a woman on a specific day in a specific year, walked among us, died for our sins, was raised from the dead, and ascended into heaven. This is what we celebrate at Christmas: God was (and is) with us!


In other “news”, Devoted Dan passed 60,000 miles today on my way to church this morning. A small tribute to my faithful friend and photographic evidence of this milestone (pun intended) will follow in the next few days.  I first got him on January 3, 2004 and have been putting about 20,000 miles every year on him.  There is some error involved as the odometer is calibrated for the original 16″ x 6.5″ wheels and tires that original came with the vehicle.  I’d say well over 50,000 miles were logged with slightly larger “plus 1″ tires and wheels (17″ x 7”).

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Jonathan (Xanga: yutaka731) was our “winner” with the guess of Mount Palomar.  After hearing about how windy the roads leading to it were and riding in the bus to summer retreat in August, I knew I had to drive those roads in the car!

I took the 60 West to the 15 South to the 76 East to San Diego County Road S6 North to get to my destination.  I left a little before 9:30 AM PST and returned a little after 4:00 PM PST.  I got to the Observatory around 11:40 AM and left around 12:50 PM.

First, I got my kicks on Route 76 (actually, it’s a highway)


Seeing how the foliage has turned is definitely a beautiful sight!  Note: I do not recommend taking photos while you’re driving.  The first one above would’ve been awesome if it wasn’t so out of focus.  Oh well.  You can’t win ’em all!  The drive up San Diego County Road S6 was awesome!  The drive down was even better!!!  Tight turns and going through thick fog a few times was a blast!  No, I was not traveling at unsafe speeds!  I’d say I was driving about 70-85% of my ability at the most.  Honest!  The tires and brakes can vouch for me!

Up on the mountaintop




Inside the observatory, home of the 200″ Hale Telescope



The sign says, “Wheels on which dome rolls”

I tried to take this photo without using the flash.  Bad idea?  It probably was.


Here’s a scale model of the Hale Telescope

^ The real deal ^

On the way down, I saw snow on the side of the road and couldn’t resist driving into it just to experience “The Beauty of All-Wheel Drive” (Subaru’s old slogan circa 2002-2003).  Dan got his first taste of snow and I think he really liked it!  He wants more!!!  Chains?  HA!  Where we’re going, we don’t need chains!  (Note: Just because you have all-wheel drive doesn’t mean you can drive in snow.  For example, if you have all-wheel drive and maximum performance summer tires (stock Subaru Impreza WRX STIs and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions) or regular all-season tires, that won’t be enough.  The tires and wheels on Dan are 2006 WRX stock wheels and tires – Bridgestone Potenza RE92 M&S (mud & snow-rated <- that’s IMPORTANT to have) tires in P215/45R17 size on 17″ x 7″ wheels.)









You can see how dirty “Devoted Dan” got!

The most significant thought that came to my tiny mind was the fact that we as human beings have a desire to understand the “mystery of the universe”.  If only we all could realize that our God is the God of holiness and yet He welcomes broken hearts and souls like ours and draws us to Himself.  How awesome is the Lord most high!


I really enjoyed the musical and program put on at my church, First Chinese Baptist Church, Walnut, tonight.  Pastor Ted (Xanga: deadkau) has a couple of photos up on his Xanga.  The kids and Low family put forth a tremendous effort.  As some rally race car drivers would say, they were at “maximum attack.”  When all was said and done, the song that came to my mind was “Enough” by Chris Tomlin.  So here it is!  The song I hope ya’ll are hearing is the acoustic version off the special edition of the See the Morning album that was released on September 26, 2006.  For some of you out there, it may make a great Christmas gift to help your fellow brother or sister worship our great and awesome Lord!

Enough
By Chris Tomlin from the album Not to Us

You are my supply
My breath of life
Still more awesome than I know
You are my reward
Worth living for
Still more awesome than I know

Chorus
All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You’re my sacrifice
Of greatest price
Still more awesome than I know
You’re the coming King
You are everything 
Still more awesome than I know

Chorus

Bridge
More than all I want
More than all I need
You are more than enough for me
More than all I know
More than all I can see (YEAH!)
You are more than enough

Chorus

Snow problem, mon!

Thanks for your prayers!  I’m feeling better, but I’m not at 100% yet.

I decided to go on my 2006 ICE (not “R.Y.C.E.”) Winter Retreat by myself today.  Let’s see who can figure out where I went.  (Hint: It was somewhere I was hoping to go a few months ago.)  It was nice spending time by myself with God and “Devoted Dan” (the car)!

I think I have a case of influenza.   Your prayers to our God would be greatly appreciated!

From: http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/hw122044.asp

Influenza

Symptoms

The symptoms of influenza (flu) appear suddenly and often include:

  • Fever of 100 °F(37.8 °C) to 104 °F(40 °C), which can reach 106 °F(41 °C) when symptoms first develop. Fever is usually continuous, but it may come and go. Fever may be lower in older adults than in children and younger adults.
  • Shaking chills.
  • Body aches and muscle pain (often severe), commonly in the back, arms, or legs.
  • Headache.
  • Pain when you move your eyes.
  • Fatigue, a general feeling of sickness (malaise), and loss of appetite.
  • A dry cough, runny nose, and a dry or sore throat. You may not notice these during the first few days of the illness when other symptoms are more severe. As your fever goes away, these symptoms may become more evident.

When fever is high, other symptoms usually are more severe.

Other conditions have symptoms similar to the flu, such as the common cold, bacterial infections, and infectious mononucleosis.

From: http://www.webmd.com/content/article/128/116937.htm?z=1020_00000_6698_f2_01

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

WebMD Public Information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

SymptomsColdFlu
FeverRareCharacteristic, high (100-102°F); lasts 3-4 days
HeadacheRareProminent
General Aches, PainsSlightUsual; often severe
Fatigue, WeaknessQuite mildCan last up to 2-3 weeks
Extreme ExhaustionNeverEarly and prominent
Stuffy NoseCommonSometimes
SneezingUsualSometimes
Sore ThroatCommonSometimes
Chest Discomfort, CoughMild to moderate; hacking coughCommon; can become severe
ComplicationsSinus congestion or earacheBronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening
PreventionNoneAnnual vaccination; amantadine rimantadine or oseltamirvir (antiviral drugs)
TreatmentOnly temporary relief of symptomsAmantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir or zanamavir within 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t Mess With Texas!”?

Well, how about this, “Don’t Mess With CHRISTmas!”

Don’t forget it’s our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we celebrate not just this Christmas season, but all the time!


I’ve had a cough since last Thursday.  I have a sore throat now because of it as well.  Your prayers would be appreciated.  I guess it’s time for my one “bad cold” a year (on average).  Other than that, God has blessed me with being healthy the rest of the time.  I still have yet to ever break a bone or severely sprain anything.  I haven’t even had a cavity before and it’s not because I eat well by any means.  Then again, I guess my bad vision might even things out.


God blessed me with the privilege of seeing the Hwang Family (Jerry, Jackie, and Josie) again on Sunday!

Praise God for who He is and His word!  My thoughts after the sermon – Luke 9:23-27 (link is to the entire chapter) and Galatians 2:15-21 (link is to the entire chapter) FTW (for the win)!!!

I fell in love with this girl all over again.


A Better Folding Chair?

Who can help me design a better folding chair?  I can’t stand how my rear always seems to slide to the front of the seat when I’m usually seated in a metal folding chair.  It also happens in plastic chairs of the design most of you grew up with in elementary school.  The “new and improved” chair would have to be unpadded because padded chairs can’t be stacked as tightly.  I’m thinking if the contour of the seat bottom was redesigned, that would solve my “problem.”  Who else out there has experienced “butt sliding?”


Random fact – Plain M&M’s are probably my favorite candy.  Heide Gummy Bears (don’t accept imitations!) are up there too.  What’s yours?