Thursday, September 27, 2007

I get to see the Dalai Lama!

I am so freakin' psyched! I was given a ticket to see the Dalai Lama when he comes to Ithaca in a couple of weeks. I don't even believe in Nirvana, but you know what? I'm there!

So, here's the scoop...

The Cornell United Religious Work (CURW is the clearinghouse for all the various chaplaincies on campus) invited me to come and speak to the chaplains about the American Indian Program, challenges faced by American Indian students, and my personal academic interest in the intersection of Native and Christian traditions.

It was a great meeting. I really enjoyed meeting all of them. There were chaplains from all the various Christian traditions, as well as other world religious traditions. They seemed really interested in learning more about the challenges American Indians face in the American educational system. I hope I was able to give them information that they may not have known and will be useful for them.

Then, they gave me a ticket to the Dalai Lama event, which CURW is basically hosting. I'm telling you that just getting to meet those chaplains and talking with them was probably the best thing I've done in months...but, then they gave me a ticket to see the Dalai Lama.

This job just keeps getting betterer and betterer!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!


13 Things Rockin' My World Right Now

Well, Thursday Thirteen #1 went ok, so here's another dose...

13 Things Rockin' My World Right Now
(in no particular order)

1. Takin' students leaders to dinner to plan out their year.
2. 33 American Indian high school seniors visiting campus this weekend.
3. I love, love, love my job!
4. Getting to speak to all the campus chaplains about things I'm passionate about.
5. My new rice cooker.
6. The energy that college & high school students have.
7. Jesus...he constantly rocks my world!
8. The weather finally cooling off.
9. My iPod...what'd we do before these things?
10. Getting to do recruitment travel next week.
11. Seeing friends from Harvard who are now grad students at my new university.
12. Netflix...dude, they deliver movies to your house! How cool is that!
13. Getting a ticket to see the Dalai Lama when he visits! Too Awesome!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sooner Joke of the Week

Only 2 weeks to OU-Texass
Avoid the Rush, Hate Texass Now!

Crook'em Horns! (Special thanks to Laroo)

1. What do you call a drug ring in Austin? A huddle.
2. There's four Texass Longhorns in a car, who's driving? The police.
3. Did you hear the Texass Longhorns have adopted a new "Honor System"? "Yes your Honor, No your Honor."
4. The Texass Longhorns knew they had to do something for their defense,so they hired a new defensive coordinator: F. Lee Bailey.
5. How did the Texass Longhorns spend their first week at fall practice? Studying their Miranda Rights.
6. What do you say to a Longhorn in a suit? "Will the defendant please rise?"
7. If you see Longhorn football player on a bike, why don't you swerve to hit him? It might be your bike!
8. The Longhorns employ scouts. But they're to look out for cops, not to scout high school kids.
9. I heard a rumor that the Texass Department of Corrections plans to build a new prison in Austin so Longhorns can walk to school.
10. What do you call it when a Longhorn goes on vacation? Time off for good behavior.
11. Why couldn't the Longhorn enter huddle on the football field? It's a parole violation to associate with known felons.

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Music Monday

She gives me a hat tip for giving her the idea for the so-called iPod Shuffle of the Week...well, I'm givin' a hat tip to Melessa for giving me a better name and a regular day to do it on!

I debut for your blog reading pleasure:

Music Monday

1. Do It Again. Point of Grace
2. This is Worth Fighting For. The Ink Spots
3. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The Andrews Sisters
4. Real Emotions. Los Lonely Boys
5. My Toy Soldier. 50-Cent featuring Tony Yayo
6. A Cold Heart Turns. Rebecca St. James
7. The Love He has for You. Point of Grace
8. I Walk the Line. Los Lonely Boys
9. Mrs. Morgan. DC Talk
10. Men's Grass Dance. Eagle Claw

Now, I swear I put the first 10 songs that came up, and I definitely had it on shuffle...and that's what so weird. 2 Point of Grace songs, 2 Los Lonely Boys songs.

But, by far the weirdest of all are numbers 2 and 3 because those are both Big Band songs from the World War II era (hey, I grew up with my grandparents)...and what's on tv right now? Ken Burns' The War on PBS. I tell you it's just plain freaky!

The rules, for bloggers who want to play:
Get your iPod or media-player of choice set the thing to shuffle, then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Sexist post alert!

Romney? Obama? Giuliani? Clinton? McCain?
Screw the candidates...
I'm votin' for First Lady!
Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) with his smokin' hot trophy-wife Jeri.
(I learned about Thompson's wife

The Thompsons at a party for the Macedonian Embassy (source)

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

So, I know quite a few bloggers play Thursday Thirteen and I thought I might try it too. The basic idea is every Thursday you come up with a list of thirteen items. Thursday Thirteen can literally be about anything.

I guess I'll see how it goes. So, my very first Thursday Thirteen (in no particular order):

13 Things You'll Never Hear an Indian* Say:

1) "You can't feed that to the dog!"
2) "Do you think my hair is too long?"
3) "I can't wear shorts - look how white my legs are."
4) "My Grandma was a Cherokee Princess."
5) "I've never eaten beans."
6) "Sorry, but you can't sleep hear tonight."
7) "Hey, anybody want this block of cheese?"
8) "The judges were right, the other dancer deserved to win."
9) "No thanks, I'm a vegetarian."
10) "No, I won't help you move."
11) "My tribal officials are the most trustworthy people in the whole world."
12) "No thanks, I don't want any frybread."
13) "I'm gonna vote for the most qualified candidate for Tribal Council and not my relative."

*American Indians...not India Indians.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sooner Joke of the Week

Why did Oklahoma State choose orange as its primary color?

So they could wear their uniforms to the game on Saturday, to go hunting on Sunday, and to pick up trash the rest of the week!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Batsh*t Crazy Award

The story (here) isn't reported very well, but there most likely wasn't much to work with.

Evidently, State Senator Ernie Chambers (left) of Nebraska has filed a lawsuit and named...get this...God as the defendent.

This whack-job even tried to serve God with papers and states, "Plaintiff, despite reasonable efforts to effectuate personal service upon defendant 'Come out, come out, wherever you are,' has been unable to do so."
I hope Senator Chambers hasn't forgotten that God has subpoenaed him to the Final Judgement.

Cukoo, Cukoo, Cukoo!!!
Image Credit


Man, I love football season!

BayouDog posted these "motivational" posters about the SEC over at his blog (here). They are Hi-freakin'-larious! He's sayin' he wants to do a set for each conference. I cannot wait to see what he comes up with for the Big XII. Enjoy!

Note: click on the photo to make bigger if necessary.

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!

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Monday, September 17, 2007

breathing room

Finally...a little breathing room.

I've been living from paycheck to paycheck for years now. I was the epitome of starving college/grad student. Ramen noodles and I are good, good friends (luckily, I actually like ramen noodles).

Then I got this sweet job that I have now. I love my job! Maybe I'm still in the honeymoon program, but I'm loving it right now. I love being able to work with students and help them succeed.

But, one would think that leaving school and finally getting a good paying job, with real benefits would really loosen up the purse-strings. But, in my case that wasn't the case. Here's why.

When I received my job offer I had already made plans to stay in Boston for at least a year, and had plans to stay on at the museum I was working with. I had already agreed to rent an apartment for the summer in Boston when I realized I would be moving prior to the end of that sub-lease.

So, I moved to my new job and rented a place in the town, but I was still paying rent in Boston. Now, I know some of you will say I should have just let the Boston apartment go. And normally I would have. The problem was that I was sub-leasing from a friend of mine at Harvard. If it weren't for that fact I would have definitely stopped paying the rent in Boston. But, I just couldn't do that to a friend.

So, from June though August I was paying two rents in two cities. It wasn't until this past Friday that I received a paycheck that wasn't taken by one of the rents. Wow, it's like I'm rich all of a sudden. Too bad I'm not!

Now, don't go assuming that I'm rolling in dough now...I'm not. There are a billion things I need to get, that I haven't because I was spending all my income on two apartments.

When I moved to Boston, I sold everything, and I mean everything, I owned. Now, I have a new apartment and I have nothing. I'm trying to get all my kitchen stuff, all the normal stuff a house needs like cleaning stuff, bed linens for a new bed (luckily I rented a place that was furnished).

And, on top of home needs, I need to outfit myself. I've been living, and dressing, as a student for about ten years. Needless to say, my wardrobe wasn't exactly office friendly. Luckily for me, the office I work in is very flexible and I've been able to wear jeans and polo shirts most of the time and its hunky-dory.

But, I definitely would like to upgrade my wardrobe to a more business casual look. It would make me feel more professional, and I think it would help me as I navigate different offices on campus. 'Cause, let's be honest, I don't look like a 35 year old student services professional...I look like a young grad student...and people often treat me as such. It isn't their fault, that's what they are used to and I look the part. So, I'm working on upgrading my wardrobe.

And then I'm also trying to save for a decent older used car, wanting to take a trip back to Oklahoma to see friends, etc., etc., etc.

So, it definitely feels good to be a little more financially free since I'm not paying two rents, but there are lots of other places I need to direct that money. I guess, in reality, I'm not really any better off financially, but that I'm finally able to focus on some of my material needs. Which, all in all, feels pretty darn good.

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!


Sunday, September 16, 2007

iPod shuffle of the week

I haven't done this for a while and I'm thinking I should update more on this than I have been. So, I thought reviving the iPod shuffle could kick-off a more active blog. Here goes:

1. Sinking. Jars of Clay
2. Centerfold. The J. Geils Band
3. A day in the life. The Beatles
4. Cave of the Heart. John Michael Talbot
5. When You Hold Me. Jaci Velasquez
6. Someday Right Now. Mustard Plug
7. Blackbird. The Beatles
8. Ocean. Ten Shekel Shirt
9. Phase 4 Gourd Song 3. Cozad Family & Friends Oklahoma Gourd Songs
10. Sunday Morning Comin' Down. Kris Kristofferson

The rules, for bloggers who want to play:
Get your iPod or media-player of choice set the thing to shuffle, then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Church, football, Sooner joke & life...

Church update...
Thanks to everyone who left comments after my post (here) on my dilemma with church right now. I haven't found a solution to my problem yet. I've still considering going to a Protestant church, but haven't done so yet. Nor have I been to Mass (I know, I know).

I will say that I have started listening to a couple of Podcasts and I've started listening to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) more lately. I know a lot of conservative Catholics, especially the Latin Mass enthusiasts, find CCM to be really troublesome and not good quality. But, having grown up Protestant with that style hymnody, I really find CCM to be very uplifting. I find my entire mood changes when I'm listening to CCM...even my spiritual mood, which is awesome in my book. But, as I said, I'm still not going to church.

I really appreciate everything that was said, and I will even make a couple of comments on the comments.

---Eucharistic Adoration
Yes, Rebecca, I have kept Eucharistic Adoration at various times in my life. Right now is, admittedly, not one of those times. Perhaps it is something I should try again...I'll think about it.
And thanks for the encouragement to know that JPII and Mother Theresa also suffered times of doubt or darkness. It always helps to know one isn't alone.

And, thanks to you, YoungCatholicSTL, for suggesting I might find what I'm missing by attending a Traditional Latin Mass (TLM). I admit that I've never been to one and don't even know if one is available in my area. I don't currently have a car, so that does curtail my ability to make it to different parishes in the area also. If I could find a TLM in the area that I could get to given my transport deficiency I would probably go just out of curiosity. However, I'm still not convinced that I would like the Mass in Latin. I really believe, that no matter what else, if the Mass was still said exclusively in Latin I would never have considered entering the Church. Again, I'm reserving judgement, but I'm skeptical.

---and thanks to
Thanks to Buckeye Catholic who gave some sound advice, to Steve who can relate, and to Melessa for reminding me I'm not alone.

I'll be sure to keep updating on this. I think this may just be a process I need to work through...and hopefully I'll come out with an even stronger faith in the end.

Holy Cow! My Sooners opened up a great big'ol can of whoop ass on the Miami Hurricanes, beating the U 51-13! It was an amazing game. The only way it could have been better is if I had been watching it with other OU fans. But, seeing as I'm in central New York there aren't that many Sooners around here. Though I have met one person at the school I work at who got a PhD from OU.

Sam Bradford is lookin' flat dang amazing! I know everyone is surprised at how good the team looks at this point, but let's be honest, we all knew the team was going to be good and that the only question was if Stoops could find a QB. Well, I don't know what rock Stoops found Sam Bradford, but we need to have that rock put on a pedastal and stored in the Switzer Center!

We started out the season #8, moved to #5 after the opener, then jumped to #3 after the Miami win. Now, if only USC or LSU would lose.

Sooner Joke of the Week
So, after the joke about creation I thought I'd add a new section to my blog weekly called Sooner Joke of the Week. Here's this week's joke:

What does a University of Texas graduate say to a Sooner?
Would you like fries with that?

Life in general
Life is fairly good right now. I'm really liking my job. I went through a little bump with the students a couple of weeks ago, but it's looking really good right now. I'm working a bunch of hours, but I'm really not mindng since I like the job so much.

The recruitment season for me will start in earnest in a couple of weeks and then I'll be on the road for about 17 days in October. I'm excited about it though.

That's about it for now.

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

It's all about balance...

Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God was missing for 6 days.

Eventually, Michael, the archangel found him resting on the 7th day. He inquired of God, "Where have you been?"

God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downward through the clouds. "I've put LIFE on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."

"Balance?", inquired Michael, still confused.

God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth. "For example, Northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while Southern Europe is gong to be poor, the Middle East over there will be a hot spot."

"Over there, I've placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people"

God continued, pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot and arid, while this one will be very cold and covered with ice."

The archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a beautiful land in the center of a large mass. "What is that one?"

"Ah" , said God.
"That is Oklahoma, the most glorious place on Earth. There's beautiful lakes, rivers, and streams, and prairie. The people from Oklahoma are going to be modest, intelligent and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hard-working and high achieving and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace."

"I'm also going to give them a super human football team which will be admired and feared by all who come across them."

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then proclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there will always be balance."

God replied wisely, "Wait until you see the land of loud-mouth morons I'm putting next to them."

"I will call it TEXAS"

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#5 and Quote of the week...

My beloved Oklahoma Sooners moved up to #5 in the AP Poll this week after kicking the snot out of North Texas 79-10!
Rumor has it that Coach Stoops instructed the running backs to just fall down if they broke past the offensive line in the fourth quarter. TOO FRIGGIN' AWESOME!
Sam Bradford looked really good this past weekend. We'll be able to tell more this weekend though when Miami comes into Norman. This should be a real test for the Sooners and we'll be able to see just how good the Sooners could be.
Quote of the week:
"You know you're not in high school anymore when you see the Sooner Schooner rollin' in!"
Reese Davis referring to rookie North Texas head coach Todd Dodge who took over the Mean Grean straight from coaching high school.

QB Sam Bradford against UNT

Thanks Be to God and BOOMER SOONER!

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Sooner Legend: Jack "Indian Jack" Jacobs

No Hitter in Beantown!

BOSTON -- For 23-year-old right-hander Clay Buchholz, whose understated Beaumont, Texas, drawl bespeaks a grasp of higher powers, the moment came around the seventh inning of his second Major League start.

"You know when everybody knows what's going on," said Buchholz on Saturday night, still wearing his Red Sox jersey, "and then you look at the scoreboard, and then say, 'Oh, Lord.'"
And so the 6-foot-3 rookie, whose Major League focus matched a singularly dominant repertoire on one historic night, finally noticed a lack of Red Sox sitting near him in the dugout. Then he went out and became only the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first or second Major League start.

By completing the 17th no-hitter in Red Sox history, Buchholz accomplished at such an early stage in his career what Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling never did in a Red Sox uniform.

Buchholz struck out nine, walked three and hit a batter as Boston won, 10-0, before 36,819 thrilled fans. And he threw 115 pitches before a workload-leery Red Sox front office, which gleefully celebrated with hugs and fist pumps on the last offering, a 1-2 curveball that froze Nick Markakis.

Buchholz joined Mark Buehrle of the White Sox (April 18) and Justin Verlander of the Tigers (June 12) among the pitchers to throw a no-hitter this season -- all of whom are American Leaguers. He also became the 21st rookie to throw a no-hitter, the first since Florida's Anibal Sanchez on Sept. 6, 2006.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Buchholz is the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first or second Major League start. Bobo Hollomon threw a no-hitter in his debut on May 6, 1953, for the St. Louis Browns at home against the Philadelphia A's, and Wilson Alvarez did it in his second start on Aug. 11, 1991, for the White Sox at Baltimore.

Considered one of the franchise's top pitching prospects since his arrival as a sandwich pick -- 42nd overall -- out of Angelina College in 2005, compensation for Martinez leaving as a free agent, Buchholz didn't take long to establish himself in the Majors.

For nine innings, Buchholz sparkled among thousands of flashbulbs. He commanded his fastball early, working in a devastating array of offspeed pitches.

After each out, typically the result of a gravity-defying curveball or an immaculately released changeup, the nervous Red Sox rookie nibbled on his glove, enjoying the scene. No later than the seventh inning, the crowd had reached a fever pitch.

Miguel Tejada led off the seventh with a hot shot up the middle. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia dove to his right, stabbing the bounding ball. He turned and threw. Tejada, hurtling headfirst into first, was late.

"To me," Tejada said, "that was the best play they made the whole night."

Buchholz's defensive reputation lags behind the Gold Glove candidate Pedroia's. Nevertheless, he came up with his own top play in the eighth, snaring a Jay Payton rocket on the mound and throwing him out.

Still, Jason Varitek took special care to note the impressive ground that center fielder Coco Crisp covered on a pair of Corey Patterson drives to the outfield gap -- one in the sixth, one in the ninth. That was the most "overlooked" performance, the Sox catcher said.

Answered Crisp, "All the credit goes to [Buchholz]."

"We're back there just trying to make plays for him," Crisp said. "We're his pawns ... and you know, we've got to come up with the plays. That's our job."

The night belonged to Buchholz. When he rang up the final out, a delayed punchout that sent the crowd and the home dugout into a frenzy, the Red Sox spilled onto the field, forming a bounding huddle around the rookie pitcher.

Crisp and third baseman Mike Lowell expressed disappointment that David Ortiz -- "camera hog," Lowell called Big Papi -- beat them to the punch.

"You're rooting for him," Lowell said. "You're absolutely rooting for him."
After the game, Crisp ticked off the many ways in which Buchholz took control.

"He was able to stay focused," he said, "and not allow too many hard-hit balls. And the ones that were hit stayed up in the air."

Perhaps most importantly, Crisp said, on a night when he began the fifth and sixth by walking leadoff men -- "a couple of big innings that can throw a pitcher off" -- Buchholz "was able to relax, go back out there, take a couple of deep breaths at times and stay in his rhythm."

Before the game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke of a letdown in Buchholz's Triple-A performance after he made his Major League debut on Aug. 17. For two weeks, the prospect shuttled across upstate New York, losing his next two starts as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

But, Francona added, "I think we still love this kid to death. And we're excited for a chance to run him out there and see how he does."

Kevin Youkilis added a three-run home run to the cause. Still, the Red Sox's 10-run outburst and the circumstances of the effort -- the Yankees won in the afternoon, staying five games back in the AL East -- remained secondary to Buchholz's singular brilliance.

"I don't even have a word for it," Buchholz said.

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