Offical Language

Cuando viajas a Francia, hablas francés. Cuando viajas a Japón, hablas japonés. Cuando viajas a México, hablas español. ¿Por qué cuando los extranjeros viajan a los Estados Unidos se piensa que inglés es la única opción?
Para ser totalmente honesto, no estoy seguro por que hay controversia alguna sobre el idioma del inglés como el idioma oficial de los Estados Unidos. Después de todo, no promovemos un país de inglés solamente. Creemos en la diversidad, pero si inmigrantes no hablan inglés, ellos aíslan a si mismos. Los Estados Unidos no es un hotel donde la gente se puede registrar por veinte años y luego regresar a su país original cuando se desee. Somos un país que se define de una historia, una que es de los inmigrantes y la síntesis de las culturas. No se necesita sacrificar la identidad
cultural para aprender inglés. Hay que aprender la gramática solamente.
Pensarías que con todas discusiones sobre los derechos iguales de igualdad de los trabajadores inmigrantes últimamente, alguien comprendería que el idioma del inglés les daría a los inmigrantes más opciones para discutir sobre salarios justos. Aprendiendo inglés, inmigrantes serían bilingües; una ventaja clara para alguien que vive en un país tan diverso como es el nuestro y una habilidad
que justifica frecuentemente salarios mejores. Claro, no estoy pidiendo a cualquiera olvidar su tradición, cultura o lenguaje. Pero, ¿Por qué tengo que aprender albanés, polaco, español, cantonés, japonés, portugués, ruso, alemán, francés, griego o italiano? Comprendes la idea, cuando todos podrían aprender un sólo idioma: inglés.

sunday

Wow.. we pulled it off some how. i got sunday morning early to get things ready for sunday morning service. I started my normal routine. Walked in my office and started powering up the video equiptment. I noticed that all the screens were off sync. not just genlock but h sync, v sync.. everything. I rebooted the mainframe.. same problem. it wasn’t until a few cycled i noticed a message that was showing up on the console display.
“**** WARNING **** Calibration Lost “
My heart sunk. Of all possible days for this to happen not today.. not this morning. Pastor Jim was out of town so James Keller was leading the service. We always look forward to these times when we can get out of the normal routine. I had decided that the best way to set an atmosphere for this was to completely change the visual aspect of the service. We used alot of visual elements both on screen and on stage. Special lighting.. special sound effects.. it was just all and all.. out of the ordinary. So having a working video switcher was somewhat needed. I called Echolab. He called me back right away. we went through a few diagnostics and pretty much came to the conclusion that i was screwed. So the hamster started spinning his wheel and i rememeberd that we had a small 4 ch composite switcher. So i quickly wired it in to the system, bypassing the mainframe. not the best quality but it worked. ok that problem solved. I also noticed that the sub’s were sounding really wierd. almost like the choke cap was not working right.. maybe a blown speaker? hopefully just a messed up amp. so i swaped amps.. sounded great. ok.. that problem solved. now i needed to split the video into segments for joe’s song. that took a while but it finally all took. All in all .. it turned out ok.. check it out for yourself.

saturday?

Tuesday felt like saturday, and yesterday didn’t feel like the weekend at all.  I guess missing work and staying in late meant it actually WAS saturday but it just didn’t feel like it.  I spent the morning working on programming trunks for our new traffic monitoring network.  All of our stations are now broadcasting traffic updates in the AM and PMD.  Then i went with Patti, Hannah, Randal, his friend and a friend of theres to see pirates of the caribibian.  It was good.. but slow.  took a while for things to finally unfold.  Then we went and ate.. the ladies at luby’s said i didn’t look 27.. i was so happy!  doesn’t make them a better luby’s though.. just nice people.  then we came here and worked on fixing another computer.  Now it’s sunday am.. about to pull off one of the biggest sunday morning’s we have ever pulled off.  check it out..  http://www.abundant-grace.com/

 

For Patti

Sometimes i don’t know how you can put up with my chaotic life. Between long days at the office, long nights at the church, my weird family and all the drama that comes in between all of that, I’m surprised you’ve managed to stay sane. I know the biggest reason I haven’t been picked up by the guys in a generic white van is because you’ve kept me intact through all the madness. Weeks like these are hard, especially after having one of the best weekends we’ve had in a long time.. having to come back down to reality and the normal day to day routines. I’m going to try and finish off everything tonight so that we can have the weekend again. Or Saturday at least.
I love you Patti. Not just because you keep my life in order but because you’ve given me my life back. At least the enjoyable parts. You give me a reason to smile in the morning, I actually anticipate coming home, where before I would work as long as I needed to… not in any hurry to get home. I love going over to your house, hanging out with you and the kids. Even if we’re not doing anything other than just watching CSI on tv. I enjoy that. I love you not just for the big things.. but for the little things too.
One of these days life will be back to normal.. when everything is done and gone, life will be normal.

It’s been 10 years already?

I got an email from Naitha. Some of the guys from my class want to get together and plan this reunion shindig thing. In a way i’m excited to see some of the old gang. But then on another aspect, it’s shocking to think that it’s been 10 years already. And the reality that i’m almost 30 just sets in deeper and deeper. I mean.. 30 was always an age that everyone else was. not me.

Fun filled weekend

Friday Hannah went off to camp.  I swung by the church in the morning before they left and about got attacked by Hannah, Amber and Abby.  so we had the rest of the weekend to ourselves.  Megan went off to the Warped tour.  This would be the weekend that we would have gone to cornerstone.  Saturday we just hung out.. ran a few errands. took care of some stuff.. just real laid back.  That evening we went to see the Peking Acrobats.  it was amazing.  i must have held my breath through half of the performances. 

It was so nice to not be stressed or running around rushed.  we just hung out and relaxed and enjoyed ourselves.  Now with the holidays comming up hopefuly they can stay relaxed.