Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
UPDATE-- I went ahead and ordered my deraileur hanger from the deraileurhanger.com thing. It came, I am riding, all is well. Ernest at G's is still trying to figure out why he hasn't got the one he ordered for me. I guess when that one comes, I will have a back up.
We are posing in front of the conference banner standing on the platform--it was completely dark in there as the room was closed when not in use for a plenary session. So the sign in back is kind of dark and we are glad we did not get hurt climbing around in the dark.
A photographer was there are said that the photos may not show up on the website even if they were inthe paper. He said his assignment was for a page three piece--anyone see that in the Whittier Daily News?
Friday, November 25, 2005
Glen and I had several invitations to join other families, but we chose to go to St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Uptown Whittier to help serve dinner to the neighborhood. We worked from 11:30 to 2:20 and saw such a variety of guests, including our church friend, Mark. Many were dressed so nicely and so happy to get a meal and friendly company. Many seemed needy in simple and complex ways. A wide range of people -- homeless, poor, lonely, addicted, broken, and/or mentally ill -- and all were warmly welcomed in the Lord’s name. Some had just gotten off work, probably minimum wage jobs, and wanted to provide a nice meal for their families. We filled “to go” boxes with more dinners, and some guests really stocked up on those. It was all interesting, touching, and meaningful to us. It felt important to participate, sharing with others, when we are so blessed.
Driving home, we passed Whittier Village Theaters at about 2:25 and spontaneously stopped in to attend the 2:30 showing of “Walk the Line,” a story of Johnny Cash. I knew Glen wanted to see this, and I enjoyed it as well. Then we rushed to Black Angus for our traditional turkey dinner. The restaurant was crowded and it was fun to be with lots of families celebrating around us, and to have our dinner prepared and brought to us, because we were tired. We came home and relaxed with the dogs. It was a different Thanksgiving, yet still very meaningful, interesting, and fun. Fun to be together and grateful to the Lord for everything. We did think fondly of you all...loved ones in other settings that day.
On Wednesday, Glen had a meeting with World Vision in Los Angeles to discuss future business. We took the train to Union Station, and then the Red Line to the area near World Vision offices. We found a Thai Café for lunch. It was rated “A” and was busy, so I thought it would be a good place to eat. I had Yellow Curry Chicken and Glen had Pad Thai noodles.
Glen then walked me back to the train station, and I headed back to Union Station to wait for him to finish his meeting. There wasn’t an obvious place near World Vision to hang out, so off I went. Union Station was full of activity, being the day before Thanksgiving, so I had a great time people watching. I collected information and impressions to build characters and settings and mood for future books I may write. That is fun for me. I also read some, unwound and sat quietly, worked on this and that, and enjoyed a few hours to myself.
Glen arrived around 5:15 and I met him at Track 9A to catch the 5:20 train to get back to our truck and head home. He had a verbal contract with World Vision for the next year! We celebrated in our hearts and conversation and thanked God for caring for us step-by-step. This was a big day, a new work agreement, and affirmation of God’s blessing in Glen’s business, time in the city, unusual food, and a train ride. We had fun.
We attended the Thanksgiving Service that night at church. Glen read a psalm of Thanksgiving. Many people shared what they are grateful for, which is so encouraging to hear. We worshiped our God and joined together with other believers in a time of thanksgiving, which was important to us. We went out for dinner with friends after church. Juan Gonzalez, our young friend, waited on us, just a week or so into his job there, which Glen helped him get.
We had a nice day here in Placerville. It is raining this morning, but Thanksgiving was bright and comfortable. We had a full house of twenty year old guys. With Debbie, Doris, Cindy, Brianna, and Shawntea here, Beth wasn't as out numbered as in previous years. Lots of good food and company. Yea to Beth for preparing such a delicious dinner. And as a special bonus there are lots of left overs for sons to take home. Family members not present were missed but were here in spirit. All in all a great day.
Brianna is helping with peeling the apples for the apple pies. Beth, Doris and Andrew share a light hearted moment in the kitchen. Grandmother and her grandsons. Steve added an extention to the table to fit everyone. How blessed to have these moments together.
I am proud of all the guys. Each is striving in his own way to make it in this world. I am glad I get to see them and have some time to talk to them. I deeply appreciate times like these.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners was the plenary speaker on Friday evening. I talked to him briefly after his sermon to a packed house of 1,800 or 1,900 folks. When I told him that I had been Jeff Barneson's friend since third grade, he said that deserved a hug, so he hugged me. Jim said that Jeff is one of the most encouraging people in his life. It was nice to see Bob and Donna at church today.
I met Jeremy Del Rio, who I had previously only known from reading his blog. Here we are shown with Rudy Carrasco who blogs at Urban Onramps right after they had done a workshop on the next generation of leadership. More on that later.
Shane Claiborne, The Simple Way, Philadelphia and Noel Castellanos, CCDA Institute Director, posed for a picture with me on Saturday--I told them that I was really cheap and in search of souvenirs
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
His name is Juan Herndez and he spoke to the conference here about the justice issues surrounding immigration. Very interesting facts. Like this one from Exodus 23:9 “Do not oppress an alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt."
I actually saw him on Bill O'Rielly. He said he left there pretty bruised up.
Others you know from their blogs. Jeremy Del Rio, pictured on the left, blogs from Lower Manhatten, New York City. His blog is called A Way with Words: In Pursuit of Authenticity. I met him for the first time in person here in Indianapolis at the CCDA National Conference. He is pretty cool. Rudy, on the right side of the picture, is trying to push me over by leaning against me, blogs at Urban Onramps. I have known Rudy for a number of years. So I know he was real.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Sam had something on his neck yesterday that looked kind of uncomfortable, so we took him to see Dr. Camacho today. They shaved off some fur to get a good look at it, called it a "hot spot" and gave us something to put on it.
The hot spot happens when there is some sort of irritation and he scratches and pesters it until it looks really bad. Hopefully, this will go away quickly and we won't need one of those collar things. Sam is resting well and hardly acts like he thinks anything is wrong.
Friday, November 11, 2005
Tomorrow afternoon Don and Nille Taylor will be here with Nille's sister Suse from Denmark and daughter-in-law Erica from Sacramento. It will be good to see them again!
Sunday afternoon we are going to the Crest Theatre to see "The Squid and the Whale". It is finally here in our area. Have a great story about Rob and the Crest Theatre...just ask him. (Sorry, Rob. Love, Mom)
Last night I got a call from Lance Hayman. He is here for a short time before heading back to Iraq. Hard to imagine the little guy over there. Pray for our troops.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
On the good side, this part, is designed to break so that your frame or your derailleur don't break. That's what Mr. Earnest told me, so I believe him. I am supposed to call him Wednesday to see if it came in.
In times like this it is also good to know Matt Biskup. He's the undisputed King of Derailleur Hangers and has derailleurhanger.com. Next time we'll all know.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
It will go through San Francisco, Sausalito, Santa Rosa, Martinez, San Jose, the Monterey Peninsula, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks to finish at Redondo Beach.