I brought a kid home with me on Thursday night…

I’ll try to make this a quick entry since things are slow here at work for now.

During Geoff’s concert, he shared about the continued efforts of Compassion International around the world.  Listening to him, I thought about the good situation that God has currently placed me in and figured it wouldn’t be a burden at all to sponsor another child through Compassion.  So I went to the table during the intermission and started talking to Dana Weaver, Geoff’s guitarist.  He didn’t remember me from DCLA 2003 in Sacramento in July 2003 which was okay.  I don’t blame him since he’s seen thousands of people since we dropped him and Geoff off at the Sacramento airport.  What finally jogged his memory was that a friend and I made a late night In-N-Out run to get him something after he and Geoff performed because he didn’t have dinner yet.  I guess In-N-Out food can have a lasting effect on some people who can’t get it like we can!

At the table, I knew I wanted to get another boy from Brazil because Brazil and its people appreciate good race car drivers and racing.  I picked a kid named Felipe (just like Ferrari’s Felipe Massa) whose bio mentioned he enjoys playing with cars.  No, I didn’t read his bio before I selected him.  I only had two criteria.  The child must be a boy (sorry, girls) and from Brazil.  Now that I’m sponsoring him in addition to Jardel, I really need to get on the ball and write to these kids!!!

After the intermission, Mark Harris, who used to be a member of 4Him, performed.  He was pretty good and was definitely very passionate about the music he played and sang.  It also made me think I should pick up some of the group’s older albums.  As a finale, Geoff and Dana came back out and those of us in the crowd (pretty small – 50-60 people I’m guessing) all sang “How Great Is Our God.”  I thought about recording it, but figured that song is all about God and I should focus on worshiping Him over trying to get some video of Geoff, Dana, and Mark performing it.

Once the concert was all said and done, I waited around for Geoff for a few minutes.  When he came out, the first thing he did was give me a big hug!  I guess Dana had told him I was there.  Geoff told me he went jogging earlier in the week wearing the USC t-shirt I gave him in 2003 and that he wondered what I was up to because of that.  We caught up a little, but other people wanted to talk to him and I didn’t want to take him away from that either.  After he was done with them, we chatted some more and he signed a CD for me “for old times’ sake.”  I wanted him to sign a few more that I could give to others, but it was already pretty late and I understood that he and Dana both have had a long day as they flew into LAX from Nashville earlier the same day.

The drive home was nice and wide open.  Getting to the church earlier in the night was a different story.  I left Santa Monica at 6 PM (even though I originally was planning to leave at 4 PM) and got to Loma Linda (about 75 miles east) around 8 PM when Geoff was just starting.  While I was going through downtown LA on the 10 East, I was pretty tired behind the wheel and basically feel asleep for a second or two (I woke up early that day to get into work early which I did, but got buried with a request for advertising which kept me there until 6 PM).  The car began to veer slowly toward the center divider (I was in the number 1 lane going maybe 20-25 MPH in traffic).  When I’m tired or lazy driving, I usually place my fingers at the lower two spokes (there’s four on 2002-2004 WRXs, three on 2005-later) at the 5 and 7 o’clock positions (yes, I know that’s not the proper 9 and 3…btw, folks…10 and 2 is WRONG, even if the DMV handbook says it’s right).  I had a muscle spasm like the ones you get when you’re trying to fight falling asleep and somehow ended up honking the horn of my car.  If I had a 3 spoke steering wheel, my fingers probably wouldn’t have depressed the airbag cover and thus caused the horn to sound.  That honk woke me up so I could rein the car back in.  After that, I’m sure my heart rate shot up quite a bit and you can be sure I was WIDE awake the rest of the drive out there.  Getting out there in 2 hours was a very nice surprise because I was expecting it to take 3 hours had I left at 4 PM.  I also just missed a big accident on the 10 East at Baldwin that I heard about on the radio just a handful of minutes after I passed the Baldwin exit.

Now to quote a line from one of my favorite movies of all-time, Cool Runnings, “You know what Sanka (the push cart driver played by Doug E. Doug) always says?  Get back to work!”

About USCTrojan4JC

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

7 responses to “”

  1. spagetystwauce says :

    hahaha. i wish i had a mod for my car. im still undecided as to what i should get.

  2. yEunGeEE says :

    i read it and i still dont get what you mean by ‘kid’you didnt adopt anyone did you

  3. umenabottleorum says :

    that’s so freaking awesome!!!! the kid and the hug and the in-n-out!!!

  4. heyjuke says :

    my friend fell asleep at the wheel just this past sat and the car ended up rolling over; needless to say, it was totaled. take care while driving!

  5. flowerence says :

    ryc: well… i didn’t either til i tried it a few times.  I think the appeal is that its relatively low calorie, cool, and refreshing.  I dunno.. maybe its a girl thing.  About the logo.. yeah i GUESS it looks similar to Jamba Juice… but not really.  I definitely would not make that connection off-hand.

  6. yEunGeEE says :

    haha nah i didnt make the listtop 100 guitarists of all timeis a rolling stone cover article for one of the issuesso i looked it up online and copy pasted it since i didnt have a hard copy

  7. yEunGeEE says :

    oh i see. i used to sponsor a kid in south americaim not sure what happened to him hahai acctually dont totally agree with the list..but its rolling stone. who can argue?

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