Sunday, December 30, 2007


So, I am trying a new service called Feedburner. They keep track of how many people are subscribed to my blog. It should just be the handful of friends that know about it, but I'm curious.

Anyway, the cooler thing is that they offer and email subscription. You can get me sent to your email every time I update this blog. The login is over there on the right, I won't care if you do it, it's a free service and I thought some of you that get sick of my sporadic updating schedule might like it. I checked it out and it seems to be upscale, as in "no spam." The site is owned by Google now, so they probably have all the information they need from you, after all, with Google Desktop, they can read your minds!

Take care.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Karate Kid

So, this Christmas, I received "The Karate Kid Collection" from my mom. This contains the 3 Karate Kid movies, plus "The Next Karate Kid" with Hillary Swank. I've never seen the last one, and still don't have much interest in it, but I'll watch it someday.

I was 5 when the first movie was released and have seen it many times, so many that it has become part of my being. I'll explain.

My family used to quote Karate Kid to each other, a lot. We would say, "squished, just like grape" and every one would laugh. We, my brother and I, would pull out chopsticks and try to get a fly. But this is minor compared to what happens in my mind now.

I went to Florida in August/September and there were some sizable waves. Without realizing it, I tried to keep my balance like Daniel Larusso did in the Karate Kid movies. I hadn't even noticed until I watched that scene last night.

Another weird thing is that every time someone sings the "Happy Birthday" song, I think of that scene in the movie, well, just the singing in that scene... Mr. Miyagi is singing and after each phrase, Daniel blows a noise maker. I think that every time I sing or hear "Happy Birthday."

I still have a crush on Elisabeth Shue, Daniel's love interest. I watch every movie of hers as I find them, even the bad ones (like Cousin Bette). She's another reason I love the "Back to the Future" movies.

Also, here's a really bad video that I love. My first video post.... enjoy.

Rock and roll here, pizza here.

Friday, December 21, 2007


I'm done with finals...finally.

Maybe now I can get back to my regularly scheduled life and see family, go Christmas shopping, find out what my wife looks like. You know, normal things.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Advent Project

As part of my degree program, I need to take Advanced Conducting with Dr. Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf. We have to put on a final program in which a few of us get together and put on a worship service during the season of Advent.

Tonight we had our service and it went very well. I am incredibly proud of the way my choir sang. Yippee!