Archive for February 2011

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."

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