here are some of the pix that i took of the southlands tornado

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you can see the rest on my flickr photostream

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so here is a short clip of the southlands tornado in aurora that was sputtering out by the time it was passing by my house

with news of the impending divorce of jon & kate … i thought i would share about my grandparents .. and ther 60 years of marriage and how they are still setting an example and going strong .. so suck it jon and kate

as some of you know, i was lucky enough to get to go out to korea on short notice for my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary.  and although they had an arranged marriage… my grandparents showed love and care that even people that voluntary marry dont ever show.

it ended up being 19 of us from the states going out there for the celebration.  As eldest grandchild and being a boy and all … it was extra special for me to be there … and my son is the eldest grandchild … and a boy .. so again extra extra special

there was also more than 2 dozen immediate family and some cousins as well…

my grandfather made the whole trip memorable (not that it was not anyway) but made it even more special for my son christian who went with me.  we had gone to just spend some time with my grandpa and grandma the night before we were supposed to come back and my grandfather said the following

he said that he had the most important first borns in his life.  my grandmother was a firstborn … i was the first grandchild and their first grandchild was there as well. i admit i cried for a bit cause it is so awesome just sitting in the same room as my grandfather and grandmother… but for him to say something like that… was profound…. and also out of character for a korean

i hope fly them out to denver next year… or take the whole family out … and set aside a few days of just being around my grandparents… even if we are not doing anything…

check out the small group of family that was there before the celebration dinner … and consider that we were missing about a 1/4 of the grand kids and cousins (my wife and 2 other kids were mia). I am the freaky tall one on the right and note that i was a step below everyone on the top level squinting like a mother and swollen cause of jetlag and allergies 😉

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sad news out of bangkok regarding the death of david carradine.  i grew up watching re-runs of ‘kung fu’ after school as a FOB in LA back in he 80s and wondering why they had round eye playing a shaolin monk.

i guess there are some weird details about how he was hung in the closet with rope around his neck, wrist and genitals … maybe there were women there helping him and things went wrong … maybe it was just auto-erotic asphyxia … maybe we should mind our own dang business and let his family mourn

i enjoyed his recent work in the ‘kill bill’ movies .. and was looking forward to his appearance on that new show ‘mental’

you will be missed grasshopper

ronald reagan was just about to enter into his first term president when i came into the US … and i grew up watching and reading how ronald reagan _did_ that president gig

it has been 5 years since his passing and amazing the legacy that he left

what the hell happened with this family? i think kate was a fame monger and jon was just blasé about the whole thing… just liked the check every month.  i get glimpses when my wife or kids watch the show and generally i am just in the room working when the show is on or they watch off dvr.  i always just felt that jon was a pansy for letting his wife brow beat him all the time… and allowing her to just make him look stupid all the time

so i guess the rumor is that jon had an affair with a 23 teacher lady… and kate was doing her bodyguard.  at the minimum, it seems that both have had inappropriate  emotional attachments and spending way too much time with these ‘others’ .. to give the perception that there were issues

and what the hell was that show where they are sitting separately and doing their post show things apart … just feeding the full to the fire.

as christians… should they even be fueling the gossip?  should i be even blogging about this?

they both claim and are being made fun of on shows like the soup… that it is all about the kids and it should be.  they have put the well being of their kids by seeking the fame and celebrity.  what kind of speaking tours is kate going to give when the topic that she is supposed to be speaking it, being a christian mother to multiples and keeping a strong marriage, is being blasted away?

i hope they saved some of that money they get for allowing every aspect of their lives to be filmed and whoring out their kids … again for fame.  i mention it, cause i saw a shot where jon is driving around in a audi r8 sports car (yeah, real practical for the 8 kids) .. and i guess they just moved into a huge new house or something

i guess the controversy is good for ratings… i am just SOOOOO happy that the leaning channel (TLC) is contributing and becoming a tabloid feed .. not with just this show, but all of the midgets, 16 kids family or whatever the new flavor is.  i am just surprised that they did not give octomom a show.. since that is what she was probably looking for

once wish … gosselins … get off the f’ing tv.  live off the royalties and stuff .. and get out of the limelight.   repair your marriage.  take care of your kids. ’nuff said

so on my recent trip to korea, i lost a pair of my shure scl3 series headphones. i was proud of them as i had gotten them for under $100 for headphones that normally go for $300.

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i called san fran lost and found and the airline and they said that in the time i realize they were missing (walking thru customs) and looking up contact info and reporting the ‘loss’ they disappeared.

what would you do? would you keep something as simple as earphones if found on a plane? would you turn it it? if you worked the lost and found dept.. would you swipe them? i think most places have a rule about you becoming the new owner if the item is not claimed after X number of days … but this was within hours. would you have waited the 14-30 days to to take ownership of something you ‘found’ or just thought … who cares .. and skipped the lost and found?

i missed my earphones so much, that i had to order some new ones… and i found a last pair of shure se410 earphones (normally ~$400) on amazon for under $100.  so i think i did ok… just irritated that simple things like this are not returned.

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i found a lot of ‘used’ earphones without boxes or the additional earbuds and proof of ownership … i guess i should have looked for used slc3 earphones on craigslist and other sites…

well anyway… i cant wait

this series should be over .. the nuggets _let_ the lakers win some… but could have and should have won all of them

and what is with the birdman?  i like that he worked through the drug suspension and is back, appreciating the game that he plays and is one of those guys doing the little things like signing autographs before and after the game.  interesting that he was more popular with the fans than carmelo, chaunce, or even iverson.

i wonder if the game would have been the same if not for the pepsi center… and booting WWE out

so the jetlag that i was thinking had not hit me that hard finally hit yesterday.  in the day and a half, i got more sleep than the combined week before.  yeah.. a whole week of teetering on the edge and then sun/mon … i got like 15 hours of sleep

i thought the altitude migraine was going easy on me too… and that came back with a vengeance.

all as well .. we tried to take the kids fishing at aurora reservoir and that sucked .. and then the rain came.

we love rain, but this was flash flood rain for a bit while we were having lunch

in light of my trip to korea the past week, i wanted to focus in on the sacrifice that the americans have made for my country.  we have our memorial day on june 25th, on the day the war started, but

based on a few sources, there were 33,741 combat deaths as well as 2,827 non combat deaths.

also for the ~113,000+ south korean military and ~550,000 south korean civilians.  there were ~1.3 million north koreans killed as well.  we were all koreans.  my dad had/has family up there.

so thank you for helping our country and paying the ultimate price so that we could have freedom.

we can discuss the politics of it later, but today, i just remember and honor the dead

i had planned on taking my son to the WWE Monday Night RAW show at the Pepsi Center.. cause the tix were like $20.

But the Nuggets are doing really well against the Lakers… altho they let 2 of the 3 games they _should_ have won let slip out of their fingers.  wish my wife still worked for that home builder that had the suite at pepsi center, cause we used to get to go to a lot of nuggets games

but back to the wresling.  it would have been a fun escapism thing that had been popular enough to be sold out…  i guess wrasslin’ is still fun for people.

i just hate how it was all handled by stan kroenke and letting that vince mcmahon guyt make lim look the fool.

it is kind of strange that the NBA also was so ridgid on having the game on monday

can you hear the song?

recently, i went on a 24 day no-shaving documentation tour to show you the plight of the asian man and the ability to grow some facial hair.  this was a shave @ easter time, and then not touching a razor for more than 3 weeks.  I will make an animated video of it for you all to laugh at…

anyway, the thing that i wanted to show was that looks are deceiving.  up until i was about 7, i had coppery/reddish hair and it started to get darker with age… the weird part was that hair on my chin was about 30% red/coppery so it blended in with my skin and so it looked like i had even less hair

so here is the picture of my chin after 24 days…

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again… more than 3 weeks of not shaving anywhere on my face … and that is all i got.  it does come in like a decent gotee shape and everything, but it is sparse at best

so hopefully this pic is a clear indication that it is not for lack of trying, it just ‘looks’ like there is less hair because of  my red hairs… which also helped foster the freak of nature korean thing…

  • roundish eyes
  • red hair
  • 6 foot 4 inches tall
  • ability to speak decent korean and freaking people out at korean markets and restaurants

ok.. this commercial is funny cause they actually got a native korean spaker to do it.. and the subtitles match the spoken word pretty well.. but what i am trying to understand is the concept…  i kept watching it over and over — thank you dvr

i understand they want to have ‘auditions’ for cows to come to california… but an asian cow?  a korean cow?  for a cheese commercial?

if you have not seen it… here it is

now… props for getting a cow names ‘soo’ and using the line ‘pick soo, shes got soul/seoul’

now we deconstruct this thing….

  • like i said.. MOST asians are severely lactose intolerant or to some degree.  we are more highly evolved and stop producing lactase once we are done succling.  i loves me ice cream and pizza.. but i pay for it later
  • aren’t there enough stereotypes of asians wanting to come to america… and into california in particular?  do we need fresh off the boat cows too?
  • do we need a korea bovine town now in LA?
  • they used the wrong kind of cow.  korean cows are generally brown… and not balck and white like the american dairy cow
  • korean cows.. similar to japanese kobe beef are pampered… cause there is not a lot of land for open pastures … and are given tea and other weird treatment to make the meat so much mo the better

I guess the only thing they got right is that korea would be sending beef to the US… cause korea liked to stop imports of american beef anytime there is any scare of mad cow

i bet the pork imports will stop now too… cause we have enough animal flus … we stick to the birds and you guys can keep the mad cow and swine flu

so if you all dont know or have not heard… heavenfest will be back this year and it will be yet another awesome day of music… i think it drew about 12,000 people last year…. all on the land surrounding my church northern hills.

last year was the first and my bud dave powers spent loads of time and effort organizing it … (i know that he wants it to be a nameless and faceless expression of his faith and that the focus be on God, but dave is the instrument, hands and feet that took the first steps of thousands to get the first heavenfest organized) … getting bands and artists like jeremy camp, skillet, group one crew and the like… and making it a great day to soak in the sun and music.

I posted a photosynth of some of the pictures i took last year ( see some here )

I am actually so excited for this year…. they got some little groups like third day, skillet, stellar kart, kutless, matthew west… but it also give a venue for local artists and bands.

i was hoping to play with my other bud dan this year, but not sure yet… we shall see.   hope to at least be part of the media team and take pictures and stuff…

click on the heavenfest banner on the left for more info…. cool part is the pay what you can option… if you cant afford the $29 for the all day pass for 90+ bands/artists… then do what you can…especially in these hard economic times

just thought i would start my bloggin with one of the most important things …

i had been wrasslin with the idea about blogging like i used to again.  I had taken quite a bit of time off and i do miss it.

thought i would try facebook for a bit and twitter for a bit and whatever is out there for a bit, but it is not gratifying like good ol blogging.

although twitter and facebook on my blackberry plus my adhd are a fierce combo, i like rambling and adding pictures and video and whatever else without having to go into another section or tab

i had done a couple of blogging fasts last year during some times where i needed to focus on other things, but i think things are finally getting back to normal… and i can start writing again.

theTunes

  • above the golden state
  • anberlin
  • casting crowns
  • danyew
  • david crowder band
  • downhere
  • family force 5
  • fm static
  • hillsong london
  • hillsong united
  • jimmy needham
  • kutless
  • leeland
  • matt redman
  • matthew west
  • mikeschair
  • nevertheless
  • phil wickham
  • pillar
  • red
  • relient k
  • rush of fools
  • sanctus real
  • seven places
  • seventh day slumber
  • skillet
  • starfield
  • stellar kart
  • tenth avenue north
  • the classic crime
  • this beautiful replublic
  • thousand foot krutch

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