Sunday, January 28, 2007

So, today on my last day of being a teenager I decided to discus some of the best (and worst) parts of the last year.

January (the all of 3 days included)

· A bocce ball set

· A DQ cake.

· Really, that is all I got.


  • I discovered my undying hatred of all things mathematic.
  • I lost my keys.
  • I had a kind of good valentines day.


  • HAWAII for spring break!!!!!!!!
  • Lots of new friends
  • I also learned that I would be out at Camp Reed of the summer
  • My roommate was only in the room for half the month (the other half was spent in his girlfriend’s room).


  • School is almost over
  • I went to DC for a great Ignition Solidarity Network conference and meet up with a few congressional aids.
  • Lots and lots of studying.


  • Finals suck,
  • School is over during after the first Friday of the month.
  • Lots of fun hanging out with Mother before Becky got home.


  • Missing the beach for the first time ever
  • Missing friends from school.
  • Being back at Camp!!!!


  • Quite possibly the best two consecutive weeks of my life (sessions 3 and 4)
  • Camp kicking butt,
  • Great friends
  • Great times,
  • Great JCs,
  • Great conversations under beautiful stars,
  • The conversation I will never forget.
  • Even more great conversations
  • A very challenging cabin


  • Having a great finish at camp
  • Having to leave early to go to Peer Ministry training
  • New friends
  • New opportunities
  • New bread machine
  • New chapel
  • New me.
  • New blog
  • Great emails


  • School sucks
  • Chapel managing
  • I love working in University Ministry
  • The freshman retreat that I helped lead
  • More great emails


  • Quinn gets married!!!
  • Quinn abandons me for a huge event in the chapel that I have nightmares about.
  • The chapel event went fine
  • October goes quickly.
  • Great Litany of the Saints
  • Mean letter to the bishops
  • A few great emails


  • Dems take both houses!!!!!
  • A great start to the holiday season thanks to one of Becky’s teammates for having us over for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • I went on a great retreat.


  • The amazing emails I have come to live by stop suddenly
  • Snow finally on the ground in Denver
  • Lots of studying
  • Good Christmas
  • Meeting up with old friends
  • Writing nice letters

January (the 28 days that count)-

  • Great end to Christmas break
  • More Peer Ministry training
  • School starts again
  • The chapel gets dedicated
  • The Archbishops homily sucks
  • Easily the worst 7 consecutive days of my life
  • I have to resign from Peer Ministry
  • On many fronts my heart breaks yet is overwhelmed
  • Parents come to town!!!

Friday, January 19, 2007

I had really weird dedication dreams last night. I think that might show that I have a serious problem. Chuck, the archbishop, spilled oil on the carpet in the dream. It was no good. However, the other day I learned that oil spilled on carpet can be absorbed by using corn starch. A person who lives in west spilled oil in there room and was able to get it up using corn starch.

For those of who didn’t hear, Denver will be hosting the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Good job Denver. I must admit that Denver is a better choice for many political reasons.

Finally I must say that if I ever had to hide cocaine, I wouldn’t think to hide it here.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I may or may not be going crazy. This week has been very long, and I really can’t wait for it to be over. The set up for the dedication has been a pain. People kept asking for a job to be done while I was doing another job. Seriously people. I’m not just standing around, don’t give me your bitch jobs if I am already doing a good job.

The dedication mass will take about two-ish hours. I am looking forward to the reception and the entire thing being over. I really have just wanted to punch people in the face this week because it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we make this our spiritual home, not the fact that we have spread oil all over the altar or that we have blessed the walls. Here are some photos of the chapel. It really is beautiful.

I am really excited for some classes this semester, not so much for others.


I don’t believe that the conflict in Iraq will be settled any time soon (10-20 years) and that America is rather vulnerable at this point in time. However, I believe that any cap or cutting of funding by congress will only hurt America for the next few years. By pissing off the administration congress will only be making its job harder for these last two years of the administration. They will be prevented from getting any real work done like healthcare reform, minimum wage or any other crucial issues that could really help them in 2008. The best argument that I have heard is that the president doesn’t have the power to send more troops because of the limitations set in the original authorization for this war.


Congrats to the women’s basketball team. I just heard that they won tonight over Nebraska-Kearney. Often times teams will get “Kearneyed” by unfair officiating, but they won by 30ish points. Becky had 2 fouls (Father must be so proud) and 12 points. GI BECKY!!!!

Finally please keep the Stimac family in your prayers. Steph’s grandfather, Martin, suffered a stroke a few days ago, and will most likely pass this evening or tomorrow morning. Keep the family in your prayers as they suffer this devastating loss.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Today is the first day of classes. wish me luck.

All I have for you today is one of the "in briefs" from the SR. Here it is.

Police car stolen during traffic stop

A brazen thief made off with a Spokane police car early Monday while the officer was out of the vehicle handling a traffic violation.

Police arrested 23-year-old Oleg V. Saley after he allegedly hopped into the police car and drove two blocks before crashing into a utility pole.

Police spokesman Cpl. Tom Lee said Officer Tim Ottmar was out of his car handling a traffic infraction about 2 a.m. when Saley made his move.

He jumped into the car, which had its lights on and was parked on the 500 block of east Courtland Avenue, and took off, police said. He crashed the vehicle on Lidgerwood Street.

A second patrol car apprehended Saley at Division Street and Glass Avenue, about 15 minutes after the crime. Police aren't sure if there was more than one suspect.

Saley was booked into jail on charges of first-degree theft.

– Melodie Little

Monday, January 15, 2007

Yes, I know that it has been a while, but I am still alive in case you were wondering. Congrats to the RU ladies basketball team on winning both of there games last weekend. This story has a picture of my sister. GO BECKY!!!! This week they leave on Wednesday for Nebraska. Best of luck to them.

Tomorrow classes start. The problem is that we have four weeks off for Christmas, so after about 3 weeks we really miss school and the people here, but then the night before class (right now) you feel kind of apprehensive.

Today the new doors for the chapel arrived. These doors will be on tracks and for most of the time will be closed, separating the sanctuary and the narthex. For larger masses they will open up and allow for seating in the narthex. I just happened to walk into the chapel today to look around and they were in, so I was checking them out. They were up against the wall so I could only see the narthex side, and they are very blue. It is supposed to look like waves, but I just see a lot of blue. The sanctuary side will show a wheat field I think. I hope they grow on me because as of right now I’m not sure how I feel about them. Hopefully I will post some pictures of them later.

There is one week left until the 33rd anniversary of the decision in Roe v. Wade. I am still trying to decide whether or not to write a letter to the editor of the SR or the Highlander about focusing on other pro-life issues that actually have a chance of being passed by a legislature.

I hope all is well with you all, have a great day and a good first week of classes.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I didn't go out onto the dock.

The Narrows in winter

We really ought to do a winter session.

Today is my last full day in Spokane. My flight for Denver leaves tomorrow at 6 in the morning. That is really early, and I am not really looking forward to it. All things considered it was a great break. Food, family and friends really were the highlights. There are a few things I wish I could have done differently or earlier, but I can’t.

I do have a few thoughts on Spokane and related subjects lingering after this break though.

· Spokane is too small, or better put, I saw everyone from Spokane that I know at the Gonzaga game last night

· Gonzaga basketball games are better during the school year. During break the student section is about a fifth of its usual size, and the lack of energy can be felt.

· Franks dinner has great hash browns. I don’t know why, but their hash browns are the best I have every had.

· The north-side is too far away. Yes, I like going to family brunches and friends houses, but they live so far away.

· The Washington State liquor board is full of crap. This one is really for my cousin Jeff who will soon be opening a restaurant on the corner of 1st and Cedar. It was supposed to have the soft opening on the 27th of December, but they are being held up because they don’t have a liquor license.

· Washington is beautiful.

· Camp really ought to have a winter session. It was beautiful when I visited with Stephi (Woozles). Have a great day!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Okay, it has been a while. The break has been great. it has had lots of good food, family, friends and fun.

The main reason I am writing this is my disgust at a Reuters for writing this article. It was a tragic accident and the family of the 10 year old is already going through enough pain, don’t write about it.

Right now I am watching the seventh season of the West Wing. I am still on the first DVD and it has been a long time since I got them, so I am proud of myself. This is the greatest facebook group ever.

This afternoon I have my meeting with camp. I really don’t know what to expect, but I think I have some good ideas.

What is with the zags sucking so much. I cant wait for conference games, then things should go better.

Have a great day.