good times in the North Country

Thursday, October 06, 2005


i would definately sue for being the catalyst for expulsion. memo to the kids.....never write down what you do, and if you video tape it, keep it in a hidden folder on a separate hard drive!

in all seriousness, i want to give a shout out to my boys JAKE, RYAN, TY, CHRIS, and DAVE!! if you don' t know "the news" by now, you probably will soon. we are all so close i almost feel guilty like i just got kicked out too. (kinda like how i felt the night ryan got a ticket on miller road right behind me!) i'm sorry it had to come to this boys, but i guess ya have to dig deep to find something good out of this mess. you might be down, but you're not out!!! it seems like a HUGE deal now, but in the whole scheme of things, it's just a little speed bump on the road of life.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Career Day

yesterday was career day here at MTU. there were 196 companies from around the world here which was pretty amazing. i don't know if you guys have really ever heard of any of these companies, but here are a few that were on campus: Microsoft, Intel, IBM, John Deere, U.S. Department of Defense, Boeing, BASF, Caterpillar, General Motors, Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Polaris, S.C. Johnson, Dow, Kraft Foods, Marathon Petroleum, 3M, Bosch Corp., and the list just keeps going. it was absolutely amazing!! how could anyone pass up an opportunity like this? so with resumes in hand and my pimp suit on, i went to talk with the designers of our world. what would the world be like without engineers? let's take brushing your teeth for instance. an engineer designed your toothbrush, who also chemically designed your toothpaste, that is in a squeeze tube designed by an engineer. where does the water come from? how do the faucets work? where does the wastewater go to? you could just keep going and going, and all of it was designed and perfected by an engineer. i don't know where i was going with that thought, but take time to thank the engineers who made your life a lot easier today!

Actually, Weekends are great in general!

you saw what i did on friday, but saturday and sunday ended up turning out pretty good too. saturday, i spent the entire day down in Baraga with a bunch of people down there. we went goose hunting in the morning and got a handful of geese. after the goose slaughter, we all played paintball in the woods for a while. i must say, between shooting geese and shooting people, i had the most kills of the day. :) the shooting spree didn't stop there....sunday i went to a sportsmans club because they were having a big fundraiser. i got to shoot .45 handguns, .308 and .243 rifles, shotguns, and my bow. even though they changed the rules and made me shoot from farther away than normal, i won the prize along with some admiration for my archery skills. that's the wrap on my weekend, prolly doesn't sound fun to most, but paradise for me!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Fridays are great!

SO HERE I WAS...sitting here half naked (reading some transportation engineering, fresh out of a shower to wash today’s work out off of me) and Ross comes to the door. He told me there was a hockey tryout for the Pioneers hockey team tonight. Now, asking me if I want to play hockey is like asking Tiger Woods if he wants to golf. I stepped out onto the ice, and I had no idea what i was in store for. Come to find out, this team was the first “professional” hockey team ever in America. It’s over a hundred years old. There are several semi-pro, triple A, and NCAA Division I players on the team! They won the National Championship last year, they play in 3 or 4 different states, and they sometimes play in front of 3500+ fans against a team whose players have trading cards of themselves. I’ve never played in a caliber of play as I did tonight. It was great! I could go on and on, but it’s getting late...or early I guess. I will mention that I did score our first goal though! I'll give definate mad props to the guy who had the assist on my goal; all I had to do was finish. Just as an added note, the guy's name is Bill and he played down in Texas last year for a semi-pro team. I also had a killer time on college avenue with the IV boys for the homecoming parade. Crazy kids. That's another story for another time. Btw, Fever Pitch is a decent flick too. Until next time...keep it real!

Monday, September 19, 2005

movie night at the pad

SO HERE I WAS.......kinda tuckered out from all the people and all the activities, so i made the executive decision to have my own movie night at my place on saturday night. i rented Friday Night Lights (which i had already seen), and Coach Carter. you have to understand that i'm a sports freak to say the least, so there is always a lot of testosterone flowing when i get my hands on movies like these. to make a long story short, by the time 3:00 A.M. rolled around, i pretty much was ready to go out and conquer the world. as most of you know, i am also a big fan of "quotes," so i thought i would share a couple from the movies.

Coach Carter and his post-game speech at end of movie….

Four months ago when I took this job at Richmond, I had a plan. My plan failed. I came to coach basketball players, and you became students. I came to teach boys, and you became men. For that, I thank you!

Timo Cruz talking to Coach Carter….

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world, and there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as children. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear; our presence automatically liberates others. Sir, I just want to say thank you…you saved my life.

well, that took up a ton of space, so i'll cut this post off. due to the probing of a good friend, i'll try to keep this updated more frequently.

also, if you have seen a good movie lately, or know of a "must see," let me know!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

pimp my phone

Welcome to this edition of MTU's Pimp My Phone, this is your host Fat Jim....or is it J Diddy? At any rate, the boys at pimp my phone gave me the hook up. I'm all carbon fibered out now. Ladies are on that more than they are on my tricked out Ferrari. I just thought I would give a shout out to my boys at ebay for making this all happen. Xzibit has nothin' on you boys. Keep it real and drop me a line...

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Hurricane Relief

Garron Lenaz recovers an American flag from the rubble in front of his home in Gulfport, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Aug. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

WOW!! It's amazing hearing about and seeing pictures of the dissaster down south!! There are many relief projects going on, but I just thought I would share this one because it is close to home for me. One of our Inter Varsity staff workers jumped in a big army truck and headed south stopping along the way to pick up donated supplies. He has been down there for about a week now. I thought I would share this update with you.......

Hi, Amy!
I just received a phone call from Jon asking me to e-mail everyone I
have addresses for regarding the people he is working with in New Orleans.
He is in a small community of about 6,000 people southeast of New Orleans.
It is estimated that about 1,000 of them have died, many of them still in
their attics. He said the smell is so bad that it is overpowering.
Neither the media nor the National Guard have made it to this area yet, so
the police are working tirelessly to try to recover victims still alive.
Yesterday they found three people, which is encouraging, but it is still
an overwhelming and emotional task. The area is still under water, so his
was the first shipment of food, water, and supplies to this area.
Tomorrow he is headed to a nearby community to deliver supplies to the
people there. He asked for prayer for the police and the survivors in
this area. They are exhausted, physically and emotionally, and really
need encouragement to face the long days ahead. Thank you so much for
your prayers!



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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Good Times!!

How about we take Labor Day weekend and rewind it to the beginning. My visit to the old stomping grounds was well worth the $100+ in gas and the extra food money. Maranatha still wreaks of many rules, but we would all be corrupt humans without them.

Special thanks go out to everyone who acted like they were happy to see me. It was almost like old times....bowling, football/soccer games, Milwaukee, dorm life.....takes me back. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to do it all MTU style with you Watertown kids!