Friday, July 27, 2007

coming right up... VACATION!!!

This might be the last post for a while... there is a possibility of a random post after while (we've got a student event later tonight... DRIVE-IN... and so if the set up goes well, there's a chance of a random post or two later). But, I wanted to let everyone know that I would be gone on vacation for the next week or so...

I'm going camping with my wife and my parents at Seneca Lake in Ohio. It's great... no Wifi... limited cell reception... but on that note, with no Wifi means no work... but it also means no blogging.

So, hopefully I'll have a few vacation photos when I get back and a couple of stories. Don't lose heart... I will return!!!


Middle School Cougars' Game!!!

The Middle Schoolers headed to Elfstrom Stadium for a great Kane County Cougar's game as the Cougars took on the Fort Wayne Wizards.

It was a great night for a baseball game... but by the looks of the stands, not everyone agrees.

But we had some great seats. About 3 or 4 rows up from the field on the 3rd base side!!!

Andrew Meyer is surprised at how much fun he had.

And really, we did have a great time.

The Cougars won!!! Always great... and we had a blast.

And it was fireworks night!!!

So, after the game, we really had a blast...


Thursday, July 26, 2007

World's Largest Pillow Fight!!!

This sounds like fun...

"On August 11, 2007, the Kane County Cougars will attempt to break the record for the World’s Largest Pillow Fight, presented by Back to Bed.

Immediately following the Cougars 6pm game, fans with pillows will be invited onto the field to participate in a good natured pillow fight with their family, friends and other fans in an effort to set a new, official World Record.

Every fan who would like to participate in the World Record attempt will need to complete a Registration Form & Waiver and bring it to the game on August 11, 2007. As fans turn in their completed Registration Form & Waiver at the ballpark, they will receive a wristband which will give them access to the field for the pillow fight. Each participant must complete a Registration Form & Waiver and have their own wristband and pillow to be allowed to participate in the World Record attempt."

I might have to track down a ticket or two for that game...


Cat's stuck...

This morning I was sitting in my chair doing some reading and as I was sitting there, suddenly our cat "Spot" attacked her "garfield" toy... only to suddenly realize that her claw got stuck in the toy and she couldn't get it out.

So she sat there for about 10 minutes trying to get it out. So I snapped a picture.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Addicted to blogging??? Maybe...

I took this little quiz tonight and found out that I am...
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See if you're addicted like me.


Fatness is contagious???

I was watching ABC 7 News Chicago here tonight and saw this story...

There may be some truth to it, but at what point will we begin to blame ourselves for our messes rather than blaming someone else. I can almost hear my mother's voice... "If all your friends jumped off the bridge..."

Here is a clip of THIS story...

"If your friends and family get fat, chances are you will too, researchers report in a startling new study that suggests obesity is "socially contagious" and can spread easily from person to person. The large, federally funded study found that to be true even if your loved ones lived far away. Social ties seemed to play a surprisingly strong role, even more than genes are known to do."

I don't think fatness or obesity is contagious... I think some folks are just looking for another excuse for their actions...


Sermon is online...

I preached a couple of weekends ago. I preached in the midst of our Sunday morning adult worship summer series on the "Sermon on the Mount."

It is online in an MP3 format for download... If you missed me (and there wasn't much to miss there), click HERE and download away and enjoy.


Today was the day...

Today, I finally got my hands on an iPhone!

It was sweet!!! Quite possibly as sweet as I was hoping! The only the issue that I had was it was hard for me to push the buttons to spell things. My thumbs are too big and too clumsy, but my guess is that I would get used to it and would be two-thumb-texting in no time.

Here's a quick picture that I took... It's not good... but you get the picture.

But... now I have to wait...



Facebook page...

I broke down yesterday and started a Facebook page. HERE's the link.

I did in part because some of our students are beginning to go to Facebook rather than Myspace. So, I wanted to get a profile there before they go that direction in mass.

Just thought I'd share.


reading update... 1290 pages!

Last night, I polished off "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini (author of Kite Runner... which is next).

That takes my reading total for the summer up to 1290... only 710 behind schedule.

Overall, I would say that I enjoyed this book. It certainly wasn't a book that I would have picked up with a good review from a friend. In fact, I wasn't recommended this book, but Kite Runner... which is next... but I requested this book through our library and when it came, they gave me a week. It was almost like they challenged me and told me that I couldn't read it in a week... well, I showed them!!!

It was an interesting book and Khaled kept me turning the pages and interested in what was coming next. It did get a little predictable toward the end, but he threw in one final twist on the last page that left a good impression. If you've got the time... pick it up!


Diet update!!!

This morning...


That's a grand total of 40.5 pounds since January 2007. (Now I'm going to a pizza buffet bar called Cici's for lunch and then to the Apple Store!!!)


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Man vs. Wild fake??

This story just about shook my world...

Check it out HERE:

Here's a snipet...
"Channel 4 is to investigate a claim that it misled viewers in a survival series, in the latest allegation of reality being manipulated on a TV show.

Born Survivor featured British adventurer Bear Grylls dealing with "perilous situations" in the wild.

But a crew member told the Sunday Times some nights were spent in hotels.

Channel 4 insisted Grylls was never billed as working entirely unaided, but promised to raise the matter with the production company that made the show.

American survival consultant Mark Weinert, who was recruited by Diverse Productions, told the paper Grylls claimed to be stranded on a desert island on one occasion."

I love Man vs. Wild... but, they never say that it is actual situation. It's that he is showing you how to do it.

It's still good stuff.


Careful what you eat...

I saw this story on the Internet this afternoon...

Check it out HERE:
" A Havre, Mo., resident said he would never buy barbecue potato chips again after finding a deep fried mouse in a bag of Lays K.C. Masterpiece chips.

Jack Hines, 66, discovered the deep fried mouse when he reached into a bag of Lays June 19, the Havre Daily News reported.

"I just about put it in my mouth," said Hines. "I was sitting there watching TV in the dark and I grabbed for three fingers of potato chips and I grabbed a mouse. It shook me up a bit and I threw it over my head."

After finding the rodent he contacted Gary and Leo's IGA in Havre, where he purchased the chips, to see what he should do about it.

"They told me to call the 800 number on the back of the bag," Hines said. "The lady that I talked to (from the 800 number) said they wanted the mouse and the bag of remaining chips that were left. They did ask me if I was feeling sick, and I said no I am not."

He said a Frito Lay representative is scheduled to come to Havre to pick up the mouse and bag of chips."

Two Learnings:
1. Don't eat in the dark.
2. Don't eat what you haven't already looked at.


Monday, July 23, 2007

Nooma free online...

I don't know if any of you out there are Rob Bell (Nooma) fans...

I am.
I just finished Velvet Elvis. And it was great!

If you want to, Rob just released his 17th Nooma video and for the next couple of days, you can view it for free on his myspace page. It's little... but if you know the control scroll mouse trick, you can make it larger. The video is called today and it's pretty darn good.



Saturday, July 21, 2007

Last 5 Visitor locations...

People are stopping by like crazy... especially with the CIY stuff...

But there are others too.

Here are the locations of the last 5 visitors to my little blog...
1. Rochester, MN
2. Rome, Italy
3. Sparland, IL
4. Batavia, IL
5. Langley, Canada

If you're wondering where each of those sites are, I added a little "mapquest" link.



Reading Update...

I realized this morning that I've failed update on my summer reading schedule of reading 3000 pages. At this point in the summer, I should have read 1,750 pages. This past week, I polished off "Trogan Horse" by Marc Cerasini. It was a pretty good read, but it's hard to read books that deal with pre-season 1 material knowing what happens later.

But it counted for 352 pages... with 372 done...

Bringing the total to 724 pages.


This morning I wrapped up a book that I've been reading off and on for a while now...

Rob Bell's "Velvet Elvis"...

It was a good read. Rob's work is extremely post-modern. But a good read none the less.

It counted for 194 pages...

Bringing the grand total to 918 pages.

As for right now, as for "church reading" I'm between books. As for "personal," I started last night on "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini (writer of "The Kite Runner") and knocked off about 70 pages. I'm hoping to wrap it up this weekend (it's 372 and due back to the public library on Tuesday...). So, hopefully I'll have a new update soon...


24's Lady Pres...

24 looks to be hoping that Hilary wins the Presidential election so that they can say that life imitates art... I would NEVER vote for her.

But I will be interesting to see what 24 will do with this story line... HERE's the article from

"Fox's 24 might not know exactly what story they are spinning this coming season — what with the recent and abrupt scrapping of plans to film in Africa (see the Ausiello Report) — but at the very least they know who will be in charge. Seeing as how Geena Davis might be otherwise occupied with Criminal Minds, Cherry Jones has been appointed president, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter, representing the first major casting for Season 7.

Jones, 51, has appeared in such recent films as Ocean's Twelve, The Village and Signs. Also of note, she became the first openly lesbian actress to win a Tony award (for The Heiress) when she thanked her longtime partner during her 1995 acceptance speech.

We'll see... Only 177 days until Season 7!!! (11 hours... 50 minutes... 50 seconds... but who's counting).


Friday, July 20, 2007

Books ordered...

Well, I just finished ordering all of the books for my Fall Semester at LCS as well as Jackie's books. Altogether, I think we spent about $143 for 4 classes... not too shabby at all. In fact, that's the purpose for this post.

The BEST place to search online for books is a website that Tadd, our TA for Hebrew last semester, put me onto. It's called "" The only way that I can describe it to you is that it's kinda like "Google" for searching for books.

At first, I was skeptical. But after using it once, I was hooked. I bought every single book for this semester using it. In fact, over the summer I used it to track down a book that was supposedly "unavailable."

You go to the site... type in the book title, author, ISBN number or whatever and then search. It is going to take a couple of moments and then return with a listing of every book, it's location, price, shipping price and total price in ascending order from cheapest to most expense. Then you click the one that you want to buy, check it out and add it to your shopping cart. You don't actually buy anything through their site, they just hook you up with,,,, or whatever site it is that has that book. But by using this list, you can tell in advance without much searching that is the cheapest... or the most expensive.

Time saved!! And in the end, MONEY SAVED!!!!

There were several times during this book purchasing round that if I hadn't known better, I would have bought a book from Amazon because they had it, not realizing that I could have bought it about $15 cheaper somewhere else.

And with being in Graduate school, having a pretty wide library and reading a lot, I like to save money on books.

So, check it out... you'll be glad you did.


Thursday, July 19, 2007

new camper!!!

My vacation is coming up here in a couple of weeks. And most years, we got to Seneca Lake and spend some time camping, boating, skiing and hanging out.

My folks just bought a new camper. It's similar to this one... this one isn't it... but it is similar.

I'm looking forward to seeing it and hanging out in it.


Fresh Frontline Findings!!!

Hey gang...
I just emailed out a fresh group of Frontline Student Ministry findings... NEWSLETTER!!!... If you didn't get a copy or would like a copy, point your browser HERE.



Shuffle up and deal

This is post 401!!!!

Wow... Amazing that I have filled up up the Internet with more than 400 posts...

This morning, I thought I would get back into the blogging habit with a little "Shuffle Up and Deal." The rules... turn shuffle "on" on your iTunes or MP3 player. Then list the first 5 songs that pop up without cheating by skipping a song... no matter how bad it might look.

Here are my top 5:
1. Quiet Time by Big Daddy Weave off the "What I Was Made For" album (not a good one to start with... it's all silence...)
2. Pray by Darlene Zschech off the "Wow Hits 2005: Purple Disk"
3. You're Not Alone by Storyside B off the "Everything and More" album
4. Hold On by the Almost off of the "Southern Weather" Album
5. Winds of Change by Kutless off the "Hearts of the Innocent" Album

There you go!!! Some good stuff to listen to on Thursday morning!!!


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

CIY short video

Here is the much anticipated "short" CIY video that we showed on July 15, 2007 in both adult worship services. Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I'm not dead...

Contrary to what some may say... I'm not dead and I haven't fallen in a hole. I know it's been a couple of days since I last blogged, but things have been pretty crazy. Plus, we've got Jackie's parents in town for a week-long visit, so I haven't had my typical couch time to browse and post.

Hopefully the posting will pick up soon.

Until then...


Sunday, July 15, 2007

I preached today...

I thought I would post a simple post that I preached today in "Big" Church. I taught on Matthew 5:33-48... We should have the MP3 up on our church's website soon. As soon as it is, I'll post a link and all my faithful blog readers can download it and listen away...


Friday, July 13, 2007

Indiana Waitress Gets Dream Tip

I got a thrill this afternoon when I found $9 in my golf bag that I didn't know that I had... my little find had nothing on this girl...

"Waitress Jessica Osborne is getting more than a good tip. She's getting $10,000 for her college education. The 20-year-old waits tables at a Pizza Hut in northeast Indiana. The money is from a mother and her two sons who are regular customers, but don't want to be named.

Osborne says she'd told the family how she had started college twice before, but had to quit because she didn't have the money. Osborne says the $10,000 gift made her cry so hard, she couldn't breathe. And she's having trouble getting people to believe her. Osborne says a co-worker thought she was lying."

HERE'S where the story comes from...

New addition to the Clark household

When we got home from Six Flags last night and got the mail, we had a delivery notice from the post office...

Our new addition had arrived!!!!

Here is one of the first photos of the new bundle of joy... Jackie's new iBook G4.

Here is a little wider shot...

But the next one is the best...

Here, the new bundle of joy meets its old brother... my 13 inch white MacBook.

It was an incredible moment...

Now, all kidding aside, it is a great computer. I sat down with it some this afternoon and updated it software and got it ready for Jackie. It's going to be a great little machine.


The Day I Suddenly Knew Kung Fu

Here's a pretty sweet... and cheesy... video that a couple of friends of mine put together for a conference in California.


iPhone buyers happy!!!

Those who have bought iPhones... I'm still waiting to buy mine... are extremely happy with them. Check out this article:

"Early iPhone owners are overwhelmingly happy with their devices, a survey out Friday says, and Apple and AT&T are luring customers from rivals as a result.

In one of the first such studies, 90% of 200 owners said they were "extremely" or "very" satisfied with their phone. And 85% said they are "extremely" or "very" likely to recommend the device to others, says the online survey conducted and paid for by market researcher Interpret of Santa Monica, Calif. The firm surveyed 1,000 cellphone users July 6-10."

Click HERE to read the rest of the article.


Great Day at Six Flags

Yesterday was an incredible day at Six Flags, Great America. The weather was perfect... sunshine all day with some passing clouds. We rode a ton of roller coasters and spent about 4 hours in the waterpark, Hurricane Harbor.

It was a great day!!


Monday, July 09, 2007

Guitar Hero III - Legends of Rock...

After a couple of weeks of speculation that Guitar Hero III... which I am eagerly waiting for with gift card in hand to purchase... wasn't coming out on PS 2 (which I still play). It would seem that GH3 will be coming out on PS 2 after all.

Here is a bit of the story:
"First of all, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is the full, silly title for the third installment of the popular franchise. We won't be mad if you just refer to the game as Guitar Hero III and forget the Legends of Rock bit, because we already have.

Activision have also announced their exclusive partnership with Gibson Guitar Corp. today, and have revealed images of their new, wireless axe controller designs for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii."

Check out the rest HERE.

As for me... I'm ready to ROCK!

24 Season 7 is being re-written??!!

It looks like Season 7 of 24 is coming fresh off the presses... maybe now as we speak.

Check out this article from

"Season 7 of 24 promises to be its most tense yet. At least on the set.

Execs at the Fox hit have scrapped virtually their entire story line for the season, delaying the start of production by roughly three weeks. According to sources, the 11th-hour time-out was called after the network put the kibosh on a costly plan to shoot a number of episodes in Africa. Producers briefly toyed with the idea of finding a location in Los Angeles that could sub for the continent, but they ultimately decided to ditch the whole concept and start over from scratch."

Click HERE to read the rest of the article.

I can't wait until Season 7... only 189 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes, 3 seconds until Season 7!!!! Yeah, I really do know how long until then... oh wait... 55 minutes, 35 seconds...

Gotta go!!!

New Mac addition to the Clark household...

The Clark household is proud to announce an addition to our family. Others of my friends are announcing their new baby's... Our family is proud to announce a brand new (to us) Mac iBook is coming to our home.

Jackie needed a new computer. I had an old Dell Windows computer that originally was running Windows ME and was upgraded. But it was totally giving up... it was slow... some of the keys on the keyboard didn't work... it needed to go. So, this little baby is coming home.

I can't wait to hold it for the first time. Hopefully soon... More pictures to come.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

Diet update...

Several people this morning made mention of the weight that I've lost. I'm not sure if they are reading my blog and so they knew to ask... or if it is just becoming fairly noticeable...

Either way... It's nice!!!

Officially this morning, my weight loss since January 2007 is 36 pounds. My hope is to be up to 45 pounds... or down to 255 before vacation on July 28th.

We'll see what happens.

But it feels good.


Crazy people... The Running of the Bulls

Crazy people...

Click HERE to read the story...


Geography test...

Follow THIS LINK to a fun little flash game about US Geography. In the game, you put the states on the map in the location where they are actually located and then they keep track of how many you get right and how far on average you are from actual...

I've always been pretty good at Geography...
I go 45 out of 50 perfect with an average miss of 9 miles.



Tunak Tuank Tun with English subtitles

I spent a little time this afternoon and put the English subtitles to this popular CIY dance song. Some of the subtitles go by fast... good thing the song is given to repetition.


Tunak Tunak Tun TN3 Throwdown

This video was shot, I'm guessing by CIY, on the last night of TN 3. We are up front somewhere.


Saturday, July 07, 2007

A parable about the Kingdom of God...

Recently, after visiting Laurel Falls with our student ministry, Jackie shared this parable with me... So, I thought I would post it here.

The Kingdom of God is like a waterfall pool...

Some students, when seeing a waterfall pool like Laurel Falls, some students jump right in and swim around. Some students, when seeing the same pool get in, but wait until everyone else is ready to come in with them. Other students desperately want to get into the water, but want someone to convince them and help them by showing them how to get in. While other students refuse to get in regardless of what you say or share.

The same is true of the Kingdom of God... Some can't wait to get in... Some want to get in, but want to wait until others are ready to get in... Others need some help, persuasion and encouragement from someone they trust... While others refuse to get in regardless of what is shared or how they are encouraged.

In going along with that idea... some students jump right in and you can't get them out no matter what you say. Others are prone to jump in and then get out 5 minutes later because it wasn't as fun as they thought it would be.

As Jackie and I stood and watched the reactions of our students to the pool of water at Laurel Falls, I couldn't help but think these thoughts about the Kingdom of God.


CIY has been good for my blog.

CIY and the pictures have been good for my blog in terms of visits. I've had a ton... including a bunch who are showing up looking for Tunak Tunak Tun translations.

There's a bunch of hits.

Hopefully they are happy readers.


Other thoughts on Transformers...

I visit quite a few other blogs... usually about 20 or 25 that I keep up with. Most of them are friends of mine who are in ministry or in ministry related fields...

Most of them have been posting about the recent Transformers Movie. So, I thought I would link to some of their reviews.
-Josh Griffin's blog
-Chris Gender's blog
-Corry Man's blog
-Taffy's blog

There are a couple of different perspectives on the movie... me... I'm hoping for Round 3 sometime soon.


Friday, July 06, 2007

Korn Founder's Book... Might be an interesting read

The power of Jesus unleashed in someone's life can make a total transformation. I saw this story referenced in a recent edition of CCM (Christian Music Magazine). I think this book might make an interesting read.

Here's a small snipet from the's description:

"In February 2005, more than 10,000 people in Bakersfield, California, watched as Brian "Head" Welch–the former lead guitarist of the controversial Nu–metal band Korn–was saved by Jesus Christ. The event set off a media frenzy as observers from around the world sought to understand what led this rock star out of the darkness and into the light.

Now, in this courageous memoir, Head talks for the first time about his shocking embrace of God and the tumultuous decade that led him into the arms of Jesus Christ. Taking the reader backstage with Korn, Head tells the inside story of life in the band and how his rock star lifestyle resulted in an all–consuming addiction to methamphetamines. Head writes openly about the tour bus mayhem of Ozzfest and The Family Values tour, while providing a candid look at how the routine of recording and traveling placed him in a cycle of addiction that he could not break on his own."

Until Jesus got a hold of his life...


Last 10 Visitors...

I'm getting a ton of hits here on my blog each and every day.

Here's where the last 10 people to check out my blog are coming from:
1. Leland, Illinois
2. Hiplito Yrigoyen, Misiones, Argentina
3. New Delhi, Delhi, India
4. Hobart, Indiana
5. Batavia, Illinois
6. Oak Forest, Illinois
7. Jakarta, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
8. Kent, Washington
9. Geneva, Illinois
10. Bolingbrook, Illinois

If you're city, state or location wasn't represented... stop back again soon... maybe you'll be next!!


Google Searches leading here...

I'm always amazed at what leads people to my blog...

Here are a few of the recent Google searches that have brought people to Jim-land:
-milligan CIY 2007 video tunak
-jim clark blog
-CIY videos
-tunak tunak tun translation
-transformers was awesome
-greg frazee

Interesting... In fact, the Tunak Tunak Tun translation showed up as a Google search about 5 times... Seems others from CIY are seeing it too...


Becareful who you give your deactivated cell phone to...

I saw this story on our local newspaper's website (Daily Harold).

Here's a snipet of the story. (To read the whole story... click HERE.)
"A 4-year-old girl in a Carpentersville apartment last month was playing with a deactivated cell phone, a phone that can't make or receive calls - with one notable exception.

Because of federal laws, the Carpentersville girl was able to call 911, which she did 287 times over 30 days, according to Steve Cordes, executive director of QuadCom, which answers 911 calls for several Kane County towns.

The Carpentersville girl is just one of a growing number of kids calling 911 from used cell phones their parents have given them as a toy, Cordes said."

Be careful who you give your old cell phone... that supposedly doesn't work... The police might show up...


Toby Mac's new video... Boomin'

Toby Mac, of DC Talk fame, has just put out a new video... and it's pretty awesome.

Click HERE to check it out.


Transformers... round 2!!!

Will Deuerling and a couple of his friends and I went to see Transformers again... this is Round 2 for me.

It was better this time than the last time... It was easier to pick up the dialogue and one-liners.

Good deal!!!

(This is a picture of Ratchet by the way...)


Thursday, July 05, 2007

CIY picture video (long)

Here is the long (7 minute) version of the picture video. A shorter one, with less pictures will be shown on July 15th in both morning adult worship services.



Diet update!!!

Yesterday morning was the best weight that I have posted since beginning this diet back in January. Officially yesterday morning, I was 265.5. That's a total weight loss since January of 34.5 pounds! It's also a total weight loss for the "You On a Diet" portion of this weight loss plan of 24.5 pounds!!!

Pretty awesome. I've lost 1/8 of myself.

My hope is that by vacation (July 28th), I'm pulling 250. I think that's a reasonable goal.

I thought I would share the good news with you.



Last night's fireworks in Batavia were really great. I hope you got the chance to enjoy the fireworks somewhere.

At one point in the show, I grabbed my cell phone and snapped this quick picture.

Happy Belated Independance Day.


Tunak Tunak Tun translation

All last week at CIY, the morning session included grooving out to a wierd song from a singing/dancing Indian (country... not Native American) dude. We wondered what the lyrics were... If you missed it, HERE'S the video on this blog.

Today, Sandy sent me a translation...
If you've always wondered, but never knew, here are the lyrics:
translation eng english
refrain: (5x)
Tunak tunak Tun
Tunak tunak Tun
Tunak tunak Tun
Da Da Da
refrain: (5x)
Tunk tunk Tun
Tunk tunk Tun
Tunk tunk Tun
Da Da Da
Dholna, vaje tumbe val taar
soode dil de pukar
Aaja karle ye pyar
Sweetheart, the strings of the instrument play
listen to what the heart says
Come and love me
refrain (4x)
Duniya yaara rang-birangi' naal
Paidi naye changi
Soonn yaara bole ek tara
Mehndi Da Yaara
refrain (4x)
refrain (4x)
The world is a colorful place
it's not good nor bad
Listen friends the iktaara(1) says
Mehndi's friends
refrain (4x)
Dholna Kadeh Mere Nal Hass
Mainu Dil Valli Dass
Nahin Taan Teri Meri Bass
Sweetheart, come smile with me sometimes
My heart's keeper (lover) look
This body is not under your or my control
refrain2 refrain2
Dholna Tu Chann Mein Chakor
Sadde Varga Na Hor
Rab Hath Saddi Dor
Sweetheart, you are moon and I am Chakor(2)
there no one like us
Our threads of life is in the hands of god
refrain2 refrain2

(1): iktaara = Musical instrument with one string
(2): Chakor = A mythical bird that is supposed to look at the moon continuously like it is in love with it

Now you can sing, dance and know what you're singing about...

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independance Day!!!

Jackie and I are about 10 minutes from walking out the door to go and see some fireworks. It's a great chance to remember the freedoms that we have and celebrate those who have sacrificed for us to have those freedoms.

I hope that you have had a great Independance Day and caught some great fireworks tonight or earlier this week.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

a couple of left behind CIY pics...

Okay... so I said the other day that I had posted all of the CIY pics. But tonight, Sandy (one of our trip leaders) handed me a disk with some pictures that I didn't have. And a couple of them were so good that I couldn't not put them here.

So, I share with you a couple of lost and left-behind CIY pics.

Like this one of Paige, Bailey and Bekah. I'm assuming that they have been in the dorm too long and here seem to be going a little crazy.

Here they seem a little bit more normal...

Here Natalie, Paige and Tori pause for a quick pic.

Mike pauses for Sunday morning cup of coffee before we headed off to church before the return trip.

Clayton's got his collar up and Natalie is ready for church on Sunday morning.

Paige and Jackie take in the view at Laurel Falls.

Finally, Paige and Bailey play in a slide at Woodlawn Lakes Christian Camp.

It was a great week!!!


First personal iPhone siting...

Last night, after leaving the Transformers movie... several of us who went together and saw the movie together, were standing around talking. As we were talking, a couple of guys walked up to my right and as I noticed them, one of the guys pulled something out of his pocket...

It was an iPhone!!!

Although, I didn't know the guy, was I really tempted to go over and have a closer look. But you'll be thankful to know that I maintained a reasonable distance... while alerting Steve Osborne (another intense Mac guy who is on staff here) to it's presence... I looked on from a far.

It seemed a bit smaller than either Steve or I were anticipating. I need to find a reason to go to the Apple store so I can have a look at one up close and personal without looking over someone's shoulder....


Transformers was AWESOME!!!

Oh my...

I just got home from the opening showing of "Transformers."

It is simply one of the most incredible movies that I have EVER seen. If you miss this... you will have missed the best movie of the last 5 years.

The story grabbed you by the seat of your pants and never let go until the last credit rolled.


The graphics were incredible. The Transformers were awesome. The story was powerful.

Man... what a movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get out and see it... But before you do, take a look at this review from Plugged In Magazine... a magazine operated by Focus on the Family... HERE. Make sure that this is a movie that is appropriate for what you are planning to see. "Transformers" is rated PG-13.


Sunday, July 01, 2007

I'm back!!!

What a week!!!!

I'm officially back. It was a great week... but I am glad to be home.

Feel free to check out some of those pics from the week!!!


CIY pics 6 - Saturday and last!!!

Saturday was a day of travel.

Here is Paige, Bekah, Bailey and Ann in the midst of packing and getting ready to head from Illinois.

At this point, I am sitting on my couch posting the final of the pictures... and man, is it good to be home. Here are the last set of CIY pics to be posted from the week.


We travelled from Milligan up to Cincinnati and made our Saturday stop at Woodlawn Lakes Christian Camp and Retreat Center.

Quickly after getting out of the vans, a softball game broke out. We played softball for a while.

And we played more softball!!!

Following dinner, we headed into town for some dinner at Wendy's. The final riding place of the clothes pin was in Jackie's hoodie. Right now, it's on the floor in our house.

On our way back to the camp, we stopped at Wal-Mart for some supplies. While Jackie and I were inside, an impromptu "dance party" broke out in the parking lot to some Beach Boys.

We headed back to camp where we played some "Capture the Flag" until lights out time.

It was a great trip. We had great students for the trip and an incredible time. We're hoping to have some more of the pictures ready for a video that we'll show on July 15th if we can work it out. We'll also burn that video to a DVD for all those who travelled with the crew this year.

While I've got a second... thanks to Jackie, Mike Jackson, Ann Janson, Sandy Oler and Chris Reimers for helping lead the trip. I couldn't have done it without you.