Monday, September 12, 2005

Time

Well I went grocery shopping at Walmart today and they annouced over the speaker system that a tornado warning had been issued in town. I ended up staying there for about 45 minutes before they let us resume shopping. Some of the streets were partially flooded on my way back so I had some fun sloshing through the water in my car. This evening has gone by fairly quickly and some of the things I wanted to do I haven't found the time for quite yet.

Next weekend I'll be going to school for a course in property assessment and valuation. It is going to go from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday followed by a test on Friday.
It seems like it should be fairly practical for what I'm learning in the office.

I'm signing off for now. Later...

Monday, August 22, 2005

Back from Camp

I arrived at Chapter Camp in Detroit Lakes Minnesota on Sunday evening and stayed there until Friday afternoon. I spent a lot of time working in the kitchen washing dishes and also setting up tables during the lunch hours. During our free time I got to ride the zip line down into the lake, soak in the hot tub and just walk around the camp ground. . I didn't get the chance to take as many pictures as I would have liked to on my camera because the batteries I had weren't working at the time. Hopefully I can get a hold of some photos from other people because a lot of the area where we were at was very scenic. During the evenings they had praise and worship sessions followed by time spent within the individual chapters. Overall, I was glad I went and would definitely recommend it.

Lifelight festival seems to be coming up fairly quickly over labor day weekend and I'm hoping to go down there possibly Friday and Saturday (God willing). I've gone the past two or three years and it's been a good experience getting to hear a lot of bands I haven't heard before and spending time with people you don't always get the chance to see. It should be a good time this year.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Abortion Information

I read an article today that stated the FDA is expected to decide at the end of this month whether or not morning -after pill contraceptives can be legally sold over the counter. The manufacturer claims that the pill simply prevents pregnancy. What they don't tell you however is the pill can act to abort a child in the first few days of their life.
Since 1973 over 46,000,000 babies have been killed through means of abortion. Statistically it's like I'm standing with two of my friends and one of us ends up being terminated.
Sadly enough, the commonly prescribed birth control pill itself can act as an abortive agent by preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the lining of the uterus. Without nourishment and room for growth the baby dies in the first few days of life (2).
Almost 99% of all abortions done in the United States involve the woman having the right to choose to have sexual intercourse. So to say that abortion should be legal simply because of rape really isn't as big of an issue as it is commonly made out to be, the rape case involving abortion is a small occurance overall (1). A rapist on trial may go free due to a faulty justice system, but a child aborted in a case of rape is always the one punished.
In the case of a woman having an abortion to save her life I feel that both child and mother should be treated as patients. I'd like to end with a quote from former president of Planned Parenthood Alan Guttmacher. "Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal disease such as cancer or leukemia, and if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save the life of the mother." (3)

1. Just over 1% of all abortions in the United States happen as a result of rape: Torres A and Forrest JD, Why do women have abortions? Family Planning Perspectives, 1988, 24(4):169-176.
2. http://www.rockforlife.org/html/know_contraception.html
3. http://www.rockforlife.org/html/know_prolifehandbook.html#howdoesitaffectus

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Fame

If you were famous right now, what would you most likely be famous for? Just a question.

Like a Mallard Duck

Well, it's official. I am scheduled to work at Chapter Camp in Detroit Lakes Minnesota from Aug 15-19. Sounds like I could be doing anything from working in the kitchen to helping out with different activities. I'm really looking forward to it. I know a few people that are going already and I'm sure I'll meet quite a few more when I get there. I went there a couple years ago when I was a student. I had a good time and grew in my faith. It'll be fun to see God at work while I'm there.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Tantum Ergo

"Tantum Ergo sacramentum,
veneremur cernis
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritu;
Praestat fides supplementum
sensuum defectu;
Genitori, Genitoque;
Lavset jubilation;
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
sit et benedicto
procedenti abutroque
Comparsit laudatio, Amen."

Therefore
"Down in adoration falling,
Lo! he sacred Host we hail!
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing,
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.
To the everlasting Father,
And the Son who reigns on high
With the Holy Spirit proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless Majesty, Amen."

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Jazzfest, mostly...

I went down to Madison with Amber wednesday night and hung out there for a while. I played some foosball when I was there and got schooled by her sister who initially claimed she had some skills and later proved it several times over.

I ended up taking their dog Lucky for a walk in which he managed to pull me around the neighborhood before we returned back to Amber's house for supper.

Later in the week we went and stayed at Al's house for a while and watched the movies "Bend it Like Beckham" and "King Arthur" among other things.

Saturday morning we left for Sioux Falls to go to Jazzfest. We went to the mall first because Al and Amber had to get some wedding gifts for the shower they were going to. So naturally we went to Hot Topic and Spencer's for those items. After that we went to a couple of bookstores and left the mall to check out Jazzfest. We got there and found a spot with some shade and layed down for a while.

We left Jazzfest a couple hours later to go eat at the Hu-Hot. I think we all got pretty stuffed when we were there but mostly when we were done with the cheesecake that Amber ordered.

We left there and went back to Jazzfest. Kenny Wayne Shepherd came on the stage around 10:00 and Amber and I decided to get up closer to the stage before the performance started.

The band put on a pretty good show, Kenny Wayne showed off some of his ability to play one handed and behind his head among other things. Overall, it was an impressive show.

They shot off a few fireworks at the end and we all went back to Madison for the night.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Bikers Riding Against the Wind (Need More Sunscreen)

After golfing nine holes in Colman with Rachel we went back to Madison and saw War of the Worlds with Sarah and Sheldon. I liked how the movie was portrayed in a more modern setting. I think it gave the story a realistic feel for this century.

Sarah, Rachel, James and I decided to ride our bikes down to Mark's farm in Colton on Sunday which ended up being a 30 mile ride against the wind. We left around 1:30 and got to the farm around 5:30.

We didn't get back till late and I eventually got back to Watertown around 11:00.

All in all I had a pretty good time, just need to wear more sun screen next time.