Tuesday, August 31, 2004

New G5 iMac!



I want one!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Check out this website, very funny.

I wish they had something like this for Mariners fans.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

My Art

I got a little bit of my art work up on the ol' world wide web.


Check it out. I will be getting much more up eventually, and designing a site for it. I have got to get my new design site done first, the old one is bad news.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Were is the Balance?

My wife and I have been frustrated with our current church lately because they seem to be taking a conservative approach to everything. Politically, spiritually, ect. I for one do not think any church should take any political side, but that’s beside the point here. I get annoyed with the idea that seems to be popular among conservative Christians, that we are the last line of defense of moral values, and the idea that we are right and they are wrong, so they can shove it. It seems so contrary to Christ's teachings to me.

So in our frustration we have been talking about going to St. John's Episcopal Church on Sunday mornings, but staying involved in our church at the same capacity the rest of the week. So today I went to check out their website. After reading around a bit and reading their newsletter I find the opposite problem our church has. They are over relativising everything. I don't understand how you can believe in the Bible and be so vague on truth.

When will we learn, there is a balance to everything. There is truth; there is right and wrong. But we do not have the market cornered on what that is, only God does, but we should strive to know it and learn it. We should base our beliefs in it on the bible, and on the teachings of Christ. We should have loving attitudes towards everyone, no matter what their opinions on "truth". We should accept all people, but reject all sin. We should not bring along an attitude of "I know the truth, and what I say is it" but with the attitude that you do not know everything, that God is teaching us new things everyday. You have to be open to the idea of being wrong before God can show you or tell you when you are wrong.

I pray that I do not let my own beliefs, pride, and arrogance, get in the way of letting God reveal truth to me. I pray that I listen to that truth, and I live by it, and stand on it. I pray that I respond to those who disagree as Christ would, with absolute love.

P.S. - We may still check out this church, that was just my impression on it based on the website.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Bye Edgar.

Edgar was Mariners fans' best friend
Steve Kelley / Seattle Times staff columnist

Remember the day your best friend came up to you in the elementary school hallway and said his father had been transferred and he was leaving your hometown for good?

Remember how sad you felt?

That's how yesterday was.

In a crowded interview room underneath Safeco Field, Edgar Martinez announced that, after 18 years as a Mariner, he will retire at the end of this season.

It wasn't a death in the family. It wasn't a tragedy. But it hurt anyway.

It was one of those inevitable time passages you know in your head will come, but you hope in your heart will get postponed this year and next year and the year after that.

"Today feels a little bit like a funeral," said former Mariners reliever Norm Charlton, who played with Martinez in 1993, '95-97 and 2001. "You pay tribute to Edgar the same way you do for a war hero, but you try to turn it into a celebration, not a time of mourning."

Everything good that has happened to the Mariners has had Edgar Martinez's imprimatur.

He is this franchise, the one player in the team's history every fan feels he or she knows. They lazily chant his name "Ed-guuur," every time he comes to bat.

He is a neighbor who just happened to win batting titles. He is that smiling face who became the greatest designated hitter ever.

He is the Mariners star who delivers his lines with perfect pitch in almost all of the team's award-winning commercials.

In Seattle, he simply is Edgar.

"His legacy will be felt by this organization for many, many years to come," Charlton said.

When all of the other Mariners left, Edgar stayed. Through the worst of times and into the best of times, when he could have moved, he didn't. In 1992, when the team was horrible, Edgar led the American League in hitting. In 1995, when he helped save the game in this city, he won a second batting title.

"His name is synonymous with the team," Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said in his eloquent tribute. "He is what Cal Ripken was to Baltimore, Tony Gwynn was to San Diego and Ted Williams was to Boston. It is impossible to picture Edgar in anything but a Mariners uniform."

He will forever be linked with the greatest moment in team history, the double down the left-field line he hit off Jack McDowell that beat the New York Yankees in the fifth and final game of the 1995 American League Division Series.

On that night, Mariners manager Bob Melvin was sitting at home watching like every fan and marveling at Martinez.

"It was perfect Edgar," said Melvin, a former major-league catcher with seven teams, six of them in the American League. "You know he's looking out over the plate. The ball's a little bit in and he pulls his hands in and reacts to it. I still get goose bumps when I see it.

"I've been behind the plate many a time where you think you've finally set him up so you can get him inside, then he pulls his hands in and whips one down the left-field line."

Edgar has hit 305 home runs and 510 doubles. He has driven in 1,244 runs and has a career batting average of .312.

He is so respected around the league, players on every team call him Papi.

"It is a term of endearment and respect in Puerto Rico, and Edgar has earned it," said Mariners vice president Lee Pelekoudas. "He is the kindest, humblest man you'll ever meet."

This is Edgar Martinez:

It is early in the morning in the Mariners' spring-training clubhouse in Peoria. He looks everybody in the eye when he smiles and says good morning. Then he disappears into the training room to mix up a protein shake. A reporter asks him how it tastes, and he smiles and says it tastes great.

And the next morning, he not only makes a shake for himself but he makes one for the reporter.

Of course I'll remember "The Double" that beat the Yankees, but I'll also remember the two home runs he hit in the fourth game of that series. He had seven RBI in that game. Without them there wouldn't have been The Double.

Even more important, I'll remember the small moments.

The tears that welled in his eyes when he talked about where he was and how he felt when he heard his idol, Roberto Clemente, had died.

I'll remember many times waiting by his locker stall as deadline ticked closer and closer — waiting not because he was voraciously chowing down his post-game meal but because he was finishing his elaborate and exhausting workout routine.

Edgar always was the best weapon the Mariners had, in season or offseason.

"I was trying to get Ellis Burks to come here last year," Melvin said. "Ellis had pretty much made up his mind that he was going to Boston. He had played there before, and his wife's family was from there.

"But I said to him, 'Hey Ellis, I want you to think about one thing. If you come to Seattle, you'll be able to spend a year with Edgar Martinez. If you were an art major, it's like spending a year with Picasso.' He called (former manager) Dusty Baker that night and said that affected him so much he had to think a little more about it. That's the effect Edgar Martinez has on guys."

Burks thought seriously about spending the year with Edgar before he surrendered to his family's wish to be back in Boston.

Although Edgar Martinez is the last person who would want a fuss made over him, we should feel fortunate he announced his retirement this week. Now we can come to the stadium these last two months and cheer him as if he were our neighbor and give him the thoughtful long goodbye he deserves.

We can say, "Thanks, Edgar."

Thanks for enriching our lives with your skills. And for making it feel, at times, as if you really were our best friend.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

When I Look At the World

I was thinking about this song the other day from U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind. The song is basicaly a pleed to God to let him see the world how God does, because when he looks at the World all he sees are the bad things.

When you look at the world
What is it that you see?
People find all kinds of things
That bring them to their knees

I see an expression
So clear and so true
That changes the atmosphere
When you walk into the room

So, I try to be like you
Try to feel it like you do
But without you, it's no use
I can't see what you see
When I look at the world

When the night is someone else's
And you're tryin' to get some sleep
When your thoughts are too expensive
To ever wanna keep
When there's all kinds of chaos
And everyone is walking lame
You don't even blink now, do you?
Don't even look away

So, I try to be like you
Try to feel it like you do
But without you, it's no use
I can't see what you see
When I look at the world

I can't wait any longer
I can't wait till I'm stronger
Can't wait any longer
To see what you see
When I look at the world

I'm in the waiting room
I can't see for the smoke
I think of you and your holy book
When the rest of us choke

Tell me, tell me
What do you see?
Tell me, tell me
What's wrong with me?

As I was thinking I pictured a little glob in my head and I was looking down on it seeing all the bad things, armies marching across nations and planes crashing into buildings, ect. Then I started thinking about God and how he could let it go on. Then it hit me, if you look really close you can see why, you have to look past the surface, the nations, the things that go on on a major scale, look past all that to the little things. To people who love their children, to great friendships, to little boys helping old women across the street, to people smiling at oneanother as they walk past at the grocery store, to people working in a food bank, to people giving there time, and lives to help others. If you add all these things up, there is more good in this world then there is bad.

This was really encouraging to me, thought I would share.