It was such a long week last week that I didn’t even have the time or energy to post throughout the week. The intensity of the training was very high. All I wanted to do after each night was just go to bed. Well, actually, I stayed up quite late watching Law & Order.
The training went pretty well. Although there was a lot of material covered, I’m pretty excited about starting my support raising.
I came back with a new-found confidence that God really has my team picked out…I just have to go and find them.
I’m contemplating actually buying a domain name and some web space and move away from my tripod web site. I’ve been with tripod a long time and I really don’t like how they put TWO pop-unders as well as a web banner. It’s gotten annoying and it’s about time I’ve graduated from the free web space providers and moved to a more “grown up” space.
If you guys want to recommend a domain company, let me know.
36 hours from now, I’ll be at Dulles International Airport boarding a gate to go to Orlando, FL for my GCM staff training. I’m pretty excited about it but I’m also a little nervous. It’s pretty much an intense week of learning how to talk with people.
The past few days, I’ve spent working on my web page. I must admit, it looks okay. If you want to test-drive it for me and tell me what you think, let me know. I’ll send you the link.
In other news, I compiled logjam
with tags support
. It requires you to download the logjam cvs
and compile it from source. But it worked for me…with some tweaking. I had to install a lot of stuff to make it work.
I’m going to read the book I have to read before going to Staff Training.
I’m proud to say as of yesterday, I became a registered Republican! It’s been a long-time coming. I moved from the Democratic party to be an independent. Then, after taking the advice of a friend, I wanted to vote in the Republican primaries. So, I changed my address on my voting card and changed my party affiliation to be a Republican.
I realize that the Republican party in general doesn’t hold to my values of open source software and environmental issues, but it does fit more with my moral values than the democratic party.
I told my friend this yesterday. His reply, “Mike, welcome home.”
(Two posts within minutes of each other!!)
I started getting into them because they were on the WOW 2004 CD. And then I bought their Chronicles 1992-2004 CD.
And one-by-one, I start listening to their songs.
Today’s addition is “Bus Driver”. It’s an upbeat little song about how we really don’t know what’s going on behind the person’s face. I love the ending:
And I wonder how this world would be
if I was never here to drive this bus around from Ashbury to Main.
Suppose this town would be the same
but with one bus’ less exhaust
But that bank and retail stores,
They just wouldn’t be the same…
But what can I see from the limited confines of my bus driving seat?
How true it is…
Long, long time ago, when I was setting up stuff on my terminal, I never set noclobber. And today…I regretted it.
All day today, I’ve been working on web-based forms so people that want to support me but live out-of-state can fill out an on-line form instead of waiting for me to mail them something. And as I was adding the finishing touches on all of the pages, I accidentally cat-ed a file into ALL of the files, destroying all of my work!
Needless to say, firefox's cache saved the day…otherwise I would have been really angry.
I’m so sleepy…it’s been a long day.
Some doped up punk: “Dude, I gots to hit that sweet lady H” (another words, Heroin)
High guy: “Man! Where’s my special ‘K at?” (Ketamine)
I love wikipedia!
A new user pic by the way!
I just got one on my upper right-back corner of my mouth. It’s right along the gum line between my cheek and my teeth. It’s painful. And it sucks.
I cried earlier today. I began to teach myself how to play The Valley Song by Jars of Clay. As I sang the verses, they started to hit me in a different way than I’m used to…
I really started to feel it in the second verse:
When death, like a gypsy,
Comes to steal what I love
I will still look to the heavens
I will still seek Your face
But I fear You aren’t listening
Because there are no words
Just the stillness…and the hunger
For a faith that assures…
I fear sometimes that God isn’t there because he doesn’t say anything. But perhaps he is so close…he doesn’t have the words that will comfort me. But only his presence.
The power went out in my house at around 10:30 PM last night and I was in the middle of watching Something’s Got to Give. It was an okay movie…the one thing that it really hit me on was just how we have to be willing to be vulnerable and heart in order to be intimate with someone. (And by intimate, I mean both physically as well as emotionally.)
You have to be willing to take the chance to be hurt in order to experience love the way it was meant to be experienced. I look at Jesus’ life and this is the kind of love that he gave: he was willing to be rejected, hurt, and even forgotten for the chance to get to know us.
The last few days, I’ve been pondering why Jesus allowed Judas to be among is greatest disciples. If he knew that Judas was going to betray him, why didn’t he just dismiss him?
And I think the answer remains in love. That perhaps in order to show the world that his love was unconditional, he loved him and had him among his friends, even at the last supper.
He does this everyday with every person. He gives us all the chance to reject him. Sometimes, I do. Sometimes, I welcome him with open arms…
For this is love…