Archive for 2011

The Hunger Games: Official Trailer

From the series that I couldn't put down.  The official Hunger Games Trailer.

May the odds be EVER in your favor...

The Hunger Games

Taken directly from Wikipedia: 
The Hunger Games is a first person young-adult science fiction novel written by Suzanne Collins. It was originally published on September 14, 2008, by Scholastic.[1] It is the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy.[2] It introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the United States once existed. This is where a government working in a central city called the Capitol holds power. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of 12 districts for a massive televised battle in which only one person can survive.
The movie will be out next spring.  This is what excites me.  Yes the books were good, but I am looking forward to Katniss kicking some butt with her bow.

iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S was announced just a few days ago.  The question you ask yourself "is it worth the upgrade?"  Well, my answer will always be, if you can upgrade for the discounted price, yes!  I don't know who would not be able to sell the previous gen unit for the price you pay in the upgrade.  I have always cleaned up, erased and sold my iPhone on craigslist or ebay for more than what I paid for it, and it was over a year old.
So Thursday evening, 8:45pm I decided to wait up until 10:01-3am eastern time to order the new iPhone.  When I tried to place the order EARLY, like 9:45, I realized that I counted wrong, and I am already 45 minutes late.  I kept getting errors, etc. and the order would just not process.  I checked twitter, and a lot of people on my timeline were having troubles too.

I almost quit trying at about 11:00pm, but something went through, and I got a message from Apple saying my rsvp was in and I would get an email to finish the order.
I got up at 6am, to check my email, and sure enough, I had an email saying finish my order.  I go stuck when it would not let me change my shipping address, so I changed my ATT billing address to my current address, called ATT made sure they saw the update, and then called and waited, and waited, and waited for apple sales to pick up.  When they did, the girl could not do anything for me, but transferred me to someone with a little power.  Stephanie took me through and waited online for my order to be placed, and after a couple of hours, she called me to let me know she changed my shipping address, and my brand new (looks exactly the same) iPhone will be at my door on October 14!  One week from today!  

The Dark Knight Rises

Movie looks good.  Here is the first look of Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman.  Looking pretty tough on that bike.


My wife came by my school on Friday to give me a surprise.  I thought it would be a nice cold Iced Coffee.  She made me close my eyes and open my hands.  I felt a plastic thing, like a large sharpie.  I opened my eyes and saw a pregnancy test that said, "PREGNANT" What?  Are you kidding?  Since we have been trying for a few years now, and I am positive it was me that is the reason, I was so happy.  I changed my diet to vegetarian for a month, took grape seed oil pills, and Raw vitamin E pills.  I am pretty sure that, along with lots of prayers is what made this little baby.


So, when I started my little blog, I was going to write about the mileage on my car. Where I was, what I was doing when my car hit certain mile points. I stopped about 40,000 miles ago, but now that I have hit 100,000 I never would have guessed that I would be where I am today, when my car hit the 6 digit mark.
I am living in Nebraska, working back at Westside ECC, and was driving a car I bought in hawaii 7 years ago. Never thought I would be back here. I was driving with Carissa to see Kelly Heflin dance at her recital. Who knows where I will be when my next car hits a major milestone.

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Day 1, 2011

Going Veg.
Today is Day one of going vegetarian. I did it last year around this time leading up to my birthday so wanted to try a bit longer. My main focus is health and having a baby. If changing my diet to subtract meat, adding some vitamins that help the swimmers swim faster and stronger, this will be easy.

Homemade salsa, guacamole, with black beans on tortillas, and pita chips. Melon for dessert.

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Go Sun Devils.  ASU decided their logo was to "cartoony" today they introduced a more edgy logo.  I like it.  Can't wait for an all black hat with the logo in gold.

Wendy's All New Natural Fries

They look good, they taste good, but are they as "natural" as they claim?   A blogger has poked a hole in Wendy's claims of the fries being "natural". A report shows the fries use a stew of exotic laboratory chemicals to improve the fries' appearance, flavor, and ease of cooking.

The fries do away with the steam skinning -- ironically, one of the most "natural" parts of the average fast food company's fry manufacturing process.  

Chopped, the fries begin their chemical journey with a dip in sodium acid pyrophosphate.  They're also powdered with slightly more natural D-glucose (crystallized from corn).  Together the two components prevent the fries from browning during their first fry at the factory and their second fry at the restaurant.

What do you think?

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Six years ago I married the love of my life and my best friend.  Happy Anniversary Carissa.  I love you.

iPad 2

Yesterday iPad 2 was announced to the world.  First question, will I get one? Yes.  The dual cameras alone is enough for me, yet double the speed, thinner and a bit lighter, easier to hold, I will take all those.  Hoping my dad will buy one for my mom, so I can then use FaceTime and see my family back home more often.  Got one iPad-First Gen, for sale.  Any takers?

Chad Scholl, Bond #16

Rose from Chad's funeral.  Orange was his favorite color.

It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know that Brother Chad Scholl passed away Monday evening, February 21, 2011, around 6:30 p.m.  As you all know, Chad battled mightily for the last month at Clarkson Hospital as he struggled with liver and renal failure, the final chapter of a 25+ year struggle with the residual effects of his victory against Ewings Sarcoma when he was 9 years old.  
Chad was a founding father of the Nebraska Gamma Chapter at Creighton University, Bond #16, and graduated in 2001 as a PharmD.  Chad's commitment to and love for Phi Delta Theta and all of his brothers was very evident to me and to many of you, from his time as an active member of the chapter to his years of service as Chapter Advisor.  
It has been very uplifting during the last month for Chad's family to see that Phi Delta Theta commitment returned to Chad by the chapter.  Chad regularly received visits from a number of his fraternity brothers, including many actives who had not previously had the chance to meet Chad.  Additionally, the chapter provided evening meals to Chad and his family during their entire recent stay in the hospital, a very impressive and honorable service to Chad's family during a very trying time.  Chad is the first member of the NE Gamma Chapter to pass away and will be honored in the fraternity tradition.
Ryan Schroer, Bond #1

Chad opened his home to me and my family this past year, and I had to honor of being his roommate again.  We lived together in Keiwit Hall for 2 years and then he moved into a house I bought, and we spent a year together going through our Junior year at Creighton.  We were separated by distance as I moved back to Hawaii, but due to job circumstances, had moved back to Omaha, but needed a place to stay.  Chad without hesitation, offered his home to me, then a few weeks later to my wife, her brother, my dog, and four cats.  I didn't want to overstay my welcome, so we moved out and into our current place, another great fraternity brother's house.
Chad and I joined the same fraternity, Phi Delta Theta our sophomore year.  We were initiated together and became founding fathers of Nebraska Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta.  We have had many date-parties, formals, and other evenings of drinks and food.  
I will miss the laughs about Jersey Shore, the conversations about our undergrad days, enjoying a beer with him at happy hour, and just grilling out on his deck. 
Chad in January 2011.

In Coelo quie est-In Heaven there is Rest.

Cultiva Coffee Co.

Read about this place on yelp. There are not too many places you find on yelp with 5 star ratings. This place had 10 reviews with all five stars. Since we ventured out of Omaha today, I though we better stop in for some coffee. The decor is nice, the coffee pretty good, free wifi, but one thing that I don't like is the seating. Not the layout, but the hard chairs. Why do coffee houses put hard chairs in their shops? Is it to get people out faster? Whatever the reason, I don't like it.
I do however like the clientele that walks through the door, even if I was only in there for 30 minutes. You have your normal students studying, your coffee snobs, like myself, on an iPad or MacBook. Then you have your hippies, who don't shave their armpits...<---- ewww. Hahaha. Either way, I will have to make this a mandatory stop on our trips to Lincoln, especially since my wife found Open Harvest CoOp, which she fell in love with. Great, I guess it's a good reason to get out of Omaha.

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 Think Different

The quote that started it all....

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Five Love Languages

This book is great for anyone in a relationship, especially those who are married. No matter if you have been married for 10 years, or a newlywed, this book will help you in your relationship. I was given this book and it has helped me realize how my wife needs to bs loved. The book explains that there are 5 simple way people feel loved:
Acts of Service
Words of Affirmation
Physical Touch
Quality Time
You need to figure out how you feel love, and your spouse. You may be surprised. Many people try to give love the way they feel it the most. I may like to receive gifts, and shower my wife with gifts, where just spending quality time with her would show her that I love her more than anything in the world. More than if I bought her a new car!
If you really want to make your spouse fall in love with you all over again, read this book, then share it with your spouse.

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Groundhog Day

February 2, Groundhogs Day in Omaha, NE.  Mr. Punxsutawney Phil came out today and looked for his shadow.  Mr. Phil did not see his shadow which means that Spring should be right around the corner.  Doesn't seem like it's near, since today we have had the coldest wind chills since I have moved back to Nebraska, -30 degrees.  It is hard to explain that from -30 to even zero you can feel the difference.

Here is Punxsutawney on his annual visit to see the shadow, or not.

To finish out the day, we fired up the PS3, turned on Netflix, and we watched Groundhog Day.  "Anyone up for some flapjacks?"

So while we are freezing and dreaming of Hawaii, and one day being back there, here's to the cold, and hopefully an early and warm Spring.

I just heard on the radio today that an organization called Fixed Point Foundations created a super bowl commercial, that FOX declined.   After a few months of working on the commercial and raising funds (3.1 Million for 30 seconds) for its broadcast, however, Fox sent what Taunton calls "a carefully worded document" explaining the network "would not air anything with religious doctrine."

This is a bunch of bologna.  I have embedded the commercial here, and you tell me if you are offended with the "religious doctrine."

More Coffee Please

I have started to read. Wait, let me say it differently, since last April, when I got my ipad, I have stated to read. I used to go into bookstores all the time and buy books, but would never read them. Now on my ipad, I can have 10,20,50 books with me at a time.
I stopped into Books-a-Million since I heard they had good coffee (Yelp)
I grabbed a cup of their Joe Muggs, pulled up a chair and got out my ipad. Nice hot coffee with good flavor, quiet reading spot with semi hard chairs. Staff was very friendly and helpful when I got up to look for an "old fashion book" the paper one!
My wife likes books, so we will definitely be back.

Same day, now finishing another cup out at Scooters. I don't really like their coffee, but the free wifi, and nice people watching makes the day go by...

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Snow Day!

My first year back as a director, and we finally get our first snow day.  I guess last year they had one in October, we are now at January 10, and are here with 2 kids.

Happy New Year!

Well for the first time in many, many years, I did not have any fireworks on New Year's Eve.  There was one year I flew out of Hawaii, and back to Omaha, but watched some fireworks from the plane, and another year, my mom was with me and we had champagne at Mark and Pam's house.  This year was my first year having Christmas away from Hawaii, and ringing in the new year with some red wine and watching TV, instead of being outside blowing stuff up, and "chasing away the bad luck..."
Purpose:  This is my word for 2011. I listen to KLOVE the radio station, and they challenged their listeners to choose a word they can live by in 2011.
I pray that I can find purpose, for the financial hardship, for my house in Hawaii not selling, and the reason why the Lord led us to Omaha, away from our family and friends.

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