Since USC’s 12-time national champion baseball team hasn’t been up to par the last few years, here are two local teams I’m rooting for this year.
1) Cal State Fullerton Titans
The Titans are currently leading the UCLA Bruins 2-1 in the top of the 8th inning. A Titan victory should send them to Omaha for the College World Series.
2) UC Irvine Anteaters
The Anteaters defeated the Wichita State Shockers 3-2 today to advance to the College World Series for the first time.
Those of you who went to or currently attend these schools, please track their progress and support them in their quest for supremacy on the diamond!
Today a band of believers from our church left for Arizona to help jump-start a “Power Plant.” Please keep them in your prayers. Even if the going gets tough, pray that they won’t get going, but instead trust in our sovereign God to do as He pleases so He may be glorified the most.
2 Corinthians 4
Paul’s Apostolic Ministry
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not reach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
From one jump-start to another
(Actual car and battery in photo are not mine)
The original battery on “Devoted Dan” died on Thursday. I should’ve thought it was on its last legs when I started the car for my morning commute. I had to crank longer than usual for the car to come to life. Instead, I thought nothing of it. Thank God my friend and brother in Christ, Rex, who is a Senior New Vehicle Data Editor at Edmunds.com, was working late. He carpooled in the morning and his wife Emily came to take him home after she dropped her sister off at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX for those who aren’t Los Angelenos). Her vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, had a brand spankin’ new set of jumper cables in it they had for “just in case” situations. I usually carry a set of cables in the trunk, but never put them back in since I went to the track (I emptied the trunk because it was something I thought I didn’t need = weight.).
Having never jump-started a vehicle myself before, but seeing others do it a few times (two handfuls or so), it was a good time to use some knowledge I got from…the Internet. After all, if it’s on the Internet, it must be true (not!). A few years ago, I thought it would be good for me to know how to jump-start an automobile with a dead battery. So I searched and found an article with steps on how to jump-start a vehicle. I made my own mnemonic “device.” The first step in jump-starting a vehicle is to connect the cables to the red (positive, +) terminal of the dead battery. So I thought, “Red…DEAD. Red…DEAD. Red…DEAD.” “Red” rhymes with “dead.”
Here’s an article on how to jump-start a vehicle by Edmunds.com Editor-in-Chief, Karl Brauer. There’s also a video on how to do it on that page as well.
Quick Steps (Caution: don’t let the vehicles touch each other (duh) and don’t let the cable clamps touch each other):
- Red – Dead
- Red – Good
- Black – Good
- Black – Unpainted metal surface on the engine of the Dead vehicle (an unpainted bolt or bracket that is as far as from the dead battery as possible is ideal) – this serves as the ground
Since the OEM battery bit the dust, I figured it’s “Upgrade Time.” The first thing I did was to search NASIOC.com (North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club). It is believed to be the third largest Internet car forum (I don’t know what the top two are. I’m guessing a Honda one and maybe VWVortex.com.). The result of my search was that an OPTIMA® RedTop battery, Model 35, would be the best battery I could put into the car. It’s quite a bit more expensive because it isn’t like a conventional lead acid battery.
The OPTIMA RedTop – Info – Cool technology stuff after the jump
(Click to enlarge image)
Now that I knew which battery to get, the next thing to do was to get the battery. As ESPN’s College Football Analyst, “The Coach” Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast, my friend!” I couldn’t locate one (the Model 35 with top posts only) yesterday and this morning at SEARS Auto Center, Auto Zone, or anywhere else. At KRAGEN Auto Parts yesterday, I was introduced to the EXIDE Select Orbital battery which supposedly uses the same or similar technology. Because it wasn’t a Group 35 top posts-only battery, I thought it wouldn’t be compatible with my vehicle. I did a little more research last night and the KRAGEN web site said the 75 model with top and side posts would work with a 2004 Subaru Impreza.
I went back to the KRAGEN in Alhambra this afternoon only to find the one I had seen last night was a 78 model. Next, I drove to the KRAGEN in El Sereno because the guy (manager?) at the Alhambra store called them when I was there last night and asked if they had those. He said they did last night, but when I went there this afternoon they didn’t. They hadn’t had any for a while. The parts consultant there was kind enough to check what stores might have the 75 model in stock. The computer said the Montebello store had them in stock. She gave them a call to confirm for me and I headed on my way.
I took the Eastern to the 710 South to the 60 West only to find our friend “traffic.” I exited on Findlay and went East on Via Campo until I hit Vail, which I then went South on. I find it interesting that I know the streets of Montebello a little bit better because of the convalescent home my maternal grandmother was until she passed away. It also helped me find the batting cages two weekends ago. I finally arrived at the KRAGEN in Montebello and they indeed had the EXIDE Orbital Select 75. Great!
As I headed back to my uncle’s truck to retrieve the old battery I would turn in (if you don’t bring your old battery, you have to pay an $8.00 core charge – it’s not a bad charge because it helps ensure batteries are properly disposed of), an old friend from Pilgrim School, Ken Takahashi, spotted me and said, “Hey, Loren!” He bought whatever it is he came for pretty quickly because he was leaving as I was bringing the old battery into the store. He was kind enough to hold the door for me to since I was using both hands to carry the battery.
At $159.99 plus sales tax and a core charge (a charge you have to pay if you don’t bring your old battery in), it isn’t cheap. Yes, I could’ve dropped a conventional battery into the car. But I wanted what I thought was best for it and was gladly willing to pay for it. What makes the RedTop and Select Orbital batteries so much better than conventional lead acid batteries? Click on some of the links above and you’ll soon find out why!
I was a little concerned with how the battery would fit into the car because I already knew (thanks to NASIOC) that the battery cables in the Subaru Impreza aren’t very long. As a result, I had to install the battery so it sat crooked. No worries, friends. That sucker isn’t going to go anywhere as I made sure I was securely in place by tightening the battery tie-down.
Devoted Dan’s New Power Plant
Tip of the Day: Always use gloves when working with automobile batteries. Even though you can’t see it, there could be lead acid on the battery’s casing.
Down but not out – The San Diego Padres
Padre pitcher Jake Peavy hits an RBI double to support his own cause on Thursday night
The National League West first place San Diego Padres rallied from four runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodger$ on Thursday night. The Padres now lead this year’s season series 5-4. Perhaps we may see Padre dominance of the Dodger$ for the second straight year as the Dodger$ started out with the lead in last year’s season series only to became the property of the San Diego Padres – they got OWNED.
The Padres also rallied from a five-run deficit against the Seattle Mariners last night to tie the game before losing the game in the 11th inning.
Thanks to and praise God we have a new physical place to worship Him at church! Of couse that doesn’t mean our worship to Him is limited to that room in any way.
Warning: Short rant ahead
Am I the only one who thinks the stage is way too high in the new “Praise Center?” It’s distracting to see the worship team so high up there. They’re at the same visual level as the screens displaying the lyrics to the songs we’re singing as our worship to God. Whoever’s preaching that’s normal to tall in stature (fyi: 5’9″ is considered average for an adult male) is almost at the same height of the cross. That’s not cool in my opinion.
I saw the 2008 Mercury Mariner commercial featuring the “OK Go” song again. I’m pretty sure it was filmed at VKC on campus at USC. I’m surprised that commercial isn’t on YouTube, but the 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid “Tree” commercial with Jill Wagner is. :shrug:
Congratulations to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks! Quack! Quack! Quack!
This afternoon, I got an update on the Vehicle Testing Assistant position I applied for. I was told that there are outside candidates that will be interviewed over the course of the next week. I should know by the end of next week what the future holds. God is in control! Thank you all for your prayers and support! We’ll see if this small dream will come true. I say “small” because it pales in comparison to what God has in store for all of His people.
What time is it? Not game time. Not tool time. Not time to get a watch. Not daytime or nighttime. Tonight (Monday night) was rally time!
Brandon, this photo’s for you!
The Team Edmunds co-ed softball team rallied in the bottom of the 7th inning from three runs down to pull out the victory. We are now 3-3! I don’t think I’ve ever looked so forward to a softball game as I did tonight. I wanted to make up for the crummy performance I had two weeks ago. It felt like such a long time! I was reunited with my old baseball/softball-playing self (I was going to say old self, but that would kind of sound like how I was before Christ became my Lord and Savior) and it felt so good! I didn’t make any errors defensively. Then again I only had two or three ground balls hit to me in right field.
I didn’t make any outs offensively. I was “4-for-4” from the pentagonal dish tonight. I use the quotes because I consider the first hit an error on a tough play the right-center fielder tried to make as he was running back for the ball I hit. Some would call it a base hit for a 2-run home run though. In my second at-bat, I hit a ground ball to the second baseman and beat the throw to first easily. For at-bat #3, I lined a single by the pitcher into center which brought in a run if I remember correctly.
My fourth at-bat was during our last inning rally with one out and a baserunner at second base. I swung at the first pitch and missed it. I got a little worried fearing the previous game’s disappointment might be relived. I swung at the next pitch and barely made contact with the ball which produced a dribbler in front of the plate. Since both the catcher and pitcher were either caught off guard by it or hoping it would go foul, I easily beat the throw to first (more so than the infield single I got earlier). The runner who was at second base advanced to third base.
Here’s how the rest of our rally played out. The batter after me hit a ground ball to the second baseman and beat the play at first. I slid into second base even though no throw was made there. I just wanted to make sure any possible double play attempt would be as difficult as possible for the shortstop (baseball/softball is always more fun when you get dirty–something that can’t be done on a basketball court!). The runner behind me and I scored when the next batter hit a double to tie the game. He advanced to third base on the throw home and represented the go-ahead run at that time. The next batter hit a bloop single that barely dropped in front of the left-center fielder and the rest is history!
Not only did it feel good to get over the mental hurdle of being in a funk, but the team rallied to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! I’m already looking forward to next week. Hopefully, a rally won’t be necessary for our team to win the game!