Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Semesters over

My semester is officially over now. Of course my work load seriously dropped the last week or so. Since then, I've read Harry Potter, watched the entire second season of Smallville, went and Saw Narnia (Awesome movie) and Harry Potter and the goblet of fire. Its been pretty sweet.

I'm definately ready to come home this friday. I can't wait to get back and spend some time with family and friends. This time of year isn't the same when its sunny outside and stuff.

The Seahawks have definately looked impressive so far. One more win and we got home field advantage as long as we last in the playoffs. This will be huge, since our twelfth man is now a force to be reconed with.

I like what I saw at the Zags last week, for the most part anyway. With Raivio out most of the game, they did well against a Washington team I feel was underrated since the beginning of the season. Washington's freshmen look great, their sophmore transer Appleby was huge in the game. Then with Raivio out against WSU and Oklahoma State they got a couple of solid wins. Adam Morrisons bank three pointer was kind of ugly, but he seemed off all game. Good players get lucky from time to time. I hope OSU does well the rest of the season though. Their defense is the best I've seen so far this season.

See you all in Seattle


Monday, November 28, 2005

Terri Schiavo and 1st Kings

My moral theology paper on Terri Schiavo is going just swimmingly right now. I hope I will find a way to post it so that you two can read it. Either that, or maybe I'll just e-mail both of you a copy.

I'm also doing the exegesis for my Old Testament calss on first Kings 18 21-40. Its about this dude, Elijah, who tries to convince the people of Israel that Yahweh is God, and not the imitation god Baal that some of them were worshiping. So he challenges 450 of Baal's priests to a duel, and they each build these big fires to sacrifice a bull. Whichever fire God decides to light will be the one with the true God. Elijah won, so he killed the 450 priests. It's been a pretty fun assignment.

Not much Tomfoolery here lately. Its been cold though. We actually made it into the upper 30s I think.

My stinkin fantasy football team lost thanks to Peyton stupid Manning. The Seahawks won, but they didn't really deserve it, although I was really impressed with the fans at Qwest Field. The Huskies Basketball team is finally ranked decently (18th and 19th). Also, Jake Locker, a great Product of my home County (and a good Catholic) is going to lead his Ferndale Team to the Washington State Dairy Farmers Association state Championship. I might even get to watch the game on our satelite dish.

See ya later,


Saturday, November 26, 2005

Happy Advent

Ordinary Time is now over, which means we're in Advent. I couldn't be happier to tell you the truth, I needed a change of season.

I got to spend some time with Jamie and Jesse Oakland on Friday, which was great. We even got to go to Disneyland. The Magic Kingdom was closed because there were too many people, so we went into California Adventure, where I had never been before. I thought it was cool. The Tower of Terror was pretty sweet. Also the Bugs Life show was awesome. Then when it closed Disneyland had started letting people in again, so we went and rode the tea cups and the Thunder Mountain Railroad. All in all it was a pretty sweet time.

On to Sports. Holy Gonzaga! Great stuff from them. I'm disapointed about Heytvelt getting injured though. He needs to work on his maturity out there, and this would have been a great season for him to do that. He played way below his abilities in my oppinion (and one great example is the play where he got hurt). Also, I think people are really underestimating the Washington Huskies squad. I'm a little concerned about their defense though. The Irish escaped Standford with a win, barely. I watched the whole game and couldn't understand how a mediocre offense was racking up that many points with their backup quarterback. Oh well, onto the BCS. Oh, I almost forgot. What Lou Holtz should have said in his "debate" about whether Oregon deserved the BCS berth over Notre Dame was, "No. Because Oregon is overrated." Why don't we ask USC who the Better team is. Or Washington for that matter. And while Notre Dame was busy knocking off Pittsburgh and Michigan (both ranked at the time and we were the visiting team), Oregon was busy struggling at Houston and playing Montana at home. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to prove were BCS worthy when we win the Fiesta bowl in January.

Oh well, Seahawks tommorrow, then I gotta get a move on with this paper on the Teri Schiavo case. So I'll let you folks know whats up when I'm finished, and hopefully I can post some of my paper on this site.

Check back soon you two.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

More Pictures

Me on the mountain
Originally uploaded by oakdog6079.
I added some more pictures to my flickr page. Most of them are of my pilgrimage to Europe last february, but there are some other ones of me at the U2 concert last year as well.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Busy busy busy and Go Zags

Well after being sick I was insanely busy this last week or so.

I had a philosophy paper due a couple days ago that was difficult for me to write. It was on his views of analogy as applied to God and creation. Basically he tries to answer the question of how we can say anything meaningful about God, since he is infinite and we are finite and use finite language. Aquinas answers that any term we apply to god is done so in an analogous sense. So if I say God is powerful, then I'm using the term analogously. In that sense, it is known as an analogy of participation. It was a hard paper to write, but it is done now, so thats good.

I also took a day off Sunday to go visit my old roomate Brandon and his girlfriend Rylee who were down in Anaheim at Disneyland. We hung out a bit and went to Santa Monica, which was really nice, and then drove through Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and Hollywood, which was really really nice. Anyways, it was after a few hours of Rylee Blatantly thrusting her hand in front of my face and me not catching on before Rylee finally told me that they got engaged the night before at the Magic Kingdom. Congratulations guys. I hope to see you at the wedding.

Thats always the way I saw myself doing it, except not the Magic Kindom, but the magic Kingdome. During the seventh inning stretch on the diamond vision. Then they tore the magic kingdome down, and my plans were thwarted, so I decided to be celibate.

Holy Cow, what a game by Gonzaga last night. Triple overtime and a three point victory. INCREDIBLE. Morrison is awesome, and I can't tell if I like his look or hate it (He has really long hair and a perve mustache) but I laugh everytime I see him. He is insanely good though. Raivio is stepping up and playing great as is batista. I would love to see more production out of the other guys though, with the exception of Freshman Jeremy Pargo. Josh Heytvelt got some good minutes and did some good things, but made a lot of Freshmen mistakes, such as a goaltend and and a couple dumb fouls. I'm looking forward to tonights game against UCONN. Hopefully they play well.

Anyways, other than that I got some thangsgiving plans, but I also have to write a paper on the Terri Schiavo case for my moral theology class. It should be pretty exciting.

Happy thanksgiving everyone, except you Shaun. You Canadian.


Monday, November 14, 2005

Seattle Fun


After a wonderful weekend in Seattle hanging out with my buddies, I'm back at seminary and I'm....Sick. Yep. Sick. Sore Throat, wicked congestion, etc. Its all because I was standing around in the Seattle Rain without a Jacket on. So, I got to miss philosophy today, and spanish. And, I got to sleep in quite a bit.

But before I got sick, there was much fun to be had in Seattle/Bellingham/Olympia. Nick picked me up at the airport and we drove up to Bellingham. I got to hang out with my bud scott a bit while we were there. Nick and I got caught up on what Seminary life is like for me, and what married life is like for him. My family is doing very well. It was nice to see them.

Then Saturday Shaun picked me up and we drove to Olympia. It took a long long time. There was very bad traffic for the last few miles. We got to the church and I didn't even have my belt on. I tried to fasten it on the way in but it got stuck in a loop. I walked into the church as I was trying to fix it and found myself being looked at by an entire congregation. Turns out I walked right in on the procession (Thanks Dan for delaying the wedding enough so I didnt miss anything). I stepped aside so the Bride could walk up the Aisle and then it was all good after that. I love Catholic weddings, especially when I'm one of the only people who knows whats going on. Nobody knows any of the responses or anything. Oh well. It was a great service, and father Nathe preached it up.

The reception was also good. I danced up a storm. It was awesome seeing the Nash batch together again, minus Andy (filming a movie) and Joel (Who knows what this guys up to). The fourth floor from freshman year girls were there too. April, Shaunna and Annette anyway. I cant wait to post some pictures, but until I get a card reader or a digital camera chord in my possession it will have to do.

I was mighty depressed leaving, but I'm doing better now, except for being sick that is.

More later,


Wednesday, November 09, 2005


This weekend will be my first time back to Bellingham since entering the seminary. I'm pretty danged excited about that. My to do list includes some of the following (In no particular order (My family will come first)):

1)Eat at Bob's burgers and brew
2)Eat at Boundary bay brewery
3)get some hot wings at the Beaver
4)Get a coffee at a starbucks that knows what its doing.
5)Dinner with the fam
6)Hang out with Nick
7)Maybe stop by Xavier house
8)Stop by sacred heart and Assumption to see Fr. Frank and Fr. Dave
9)Hang out with Shaun
10)Get some pictures to post online
11)stop by my brothers house and chill with his roomates

Just a few of my favorite people/things to do in Bellingham. Then its to Ryan and Sara's wedding! WOO-HOO!!!!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

U2, some other people, soccer

I realized at about 5 o'clock on November 2nd that U2 was playing in LA. So, I did what any other fan would do, and hopped in the car at 5:05 to head to the staples center to try and get tickets. It didn't work out.

But, I did see Matthew McConohey and Chris Kattan wandering about. They had tickets to the show. Matthew had leather pants on. They were kind of nasty. Chris Kattan was normal though.

It wasn't a waste though because I got to go to Jon Frye's house and watch the Sonics game (at least the last minute or so) and we hung out.

I got on an indoor soccer team. Its coed, and the play is fast. I was dying out there. I had a goal, but thats about it. I didn't play a whole lot of minutes because I couldn't feel my legs after a while. Maybe I should have that checked out.


Monday, October 31, 2005

Grassroots Films

The vocations video mentioned below was produced by a studio called Grassroots films. They have several projects in the works, and several already completed. Make sure you check them out. Here is the URL:

The video below can be downloaded in Quicktime and in a larger format than the one listed below.


Sunday, October 30, 2005

Vocations video

The Archdiocese of New York put out a great vocations video. Check it out. Here is the URL:

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

School gets serious

Schoolwork piled up on me real quick lately. Friday I have a midterm due in Hebrew, then I have to catch up on my Hebrew worksheets I've been neglecting. Then I have another Philosophy paper. Then I have a couple larger than usual assignments in Theology. Pile that on top of all of our usual activities here and its easy to see I'll be pretty busy the next couple of weeks.

I'm getting excited to come home in November though. I'll be in bellingham for a day, and then in Olympia for a couple more for my friend Ryan's wedding. It should be a blast, and I can't wait to see a lot of my college friends again.

We had a rector's conference last night in which we discussed the apostolic visitation. Turns out were due for our scheduled visit anyways (we are supposed to be visited every 20 years and our last one was in 1985). The only thing that will change is that the media will scrutinize the visit a lot harder.

Hopefully I'll have more exciting news soon. I know there are about 2 people who read this thing and might be disapointed.


Sunday, October 23, 2005


10 points in the last 40 seconds to seal it! If anyone thinks we aren't heading to the playoffs let them be anathema!

Also, I started a site to share my pictures. Mostly there are just a bunch of old ones on their now. I will try to put more on there later. Here is the URL:

Sorry it isn't linked, but I you can copy and paste it.

Friday, October 21, 2005

soccer 032

soccer 032
Originally uploaded by oakdog6079.
This is my intramural champion soccer team. I'm just seeing how this works. Its more of a test.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


My prayers were answered with some rain this week. Its sunny here so often that a sunny day doesnt mean anything. People out here are pretty funny though. They put those yellow Caution wet floor Signs out on the sidewalks when it rains. And they worry about driving. Its just like driving on a normal road guys...except you cant start or stop quite as fast.

Now to baseball...

I'm happy with the World Series matchup. One team has never won it before, and the other hasn't won it since 1917. I'm kind of pulling for Houston, because it would be good to see Bagwell and Biggio get rings before they retire.

More later

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Son of a ...

I wanted to hurt someone yesterday after the USC vs. Notre Dame game. After The game my mom (my parents were visiting this weekend) took me shopping and I had to look at a bunch of red and yellow puke jerseys being worn by a bunch of happy trojan fans.

Enjoy it USC, because by the looks of things we'll be dominating you for a few years to come.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Baseball playoffs

So if you missed it, or just don't pay any attention to it, game two of the Angels' Whit Sox' series ended in quite a bit of controversy.

Basically what happened is AJ Pierzynski struck out but started running to first as Angel's catcher Josh Paul rolled the ball away from him. Pierzynski thought the ball bounced in the dirt, which under MLB rules gives him a chance to run to first to beat a throw. Mike Sciocia ran out and argued but couldn't get the call overturned. It was obvious by Josh Paul's body language that he caught the ball in the air. The next hitter, Joe Crede, hit a double which scored a pinch runner, ending the game. Not only that, but the replay shows the ump making an "out" call. Now the debate is, whether it was a strike or not, and whether the White Sox deserved to win or not.

Here is my take:

It looked like it bounced into Paul's glove, making pierzynski right, but it is definately questionable. I'm more disapointed that a great game had to end like that. We could have seen Mark Buerlhe pitch into the tenth inning as a starter. One of the most courageous pitching performances ever is washed away from memory because this play will live on and on in sportswriters memories. Plus nothing is more dramatic than extra inning baseball in the playoffs.

Also many people have been attacking the umps, which I think is unfair. One sportswriter said they seemed "defensive" during their press conference, which apparently is a bad thing. I thought they were commendable to even have a press conference, and I thought they did a good job of "defending" their call, as they should do.

I've officially switched to cheering for the Angels, because I don't want this play to be remembered forever as the play that cost the Angel's a trip to the world series.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


A few things to mention:

Mike Koenen, the kicker from WWU the last few years and a former soccer teamate of mine made his first field goal in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons. It was a 58 yarder, the furthest field goal made by anyone this year in the entire league and the second longest in the falcon's history. He usually punts, but kicked this field goal because it was out of Todd Pederson's range.

Matt Good has an MP3 player on his website ) some of the acoustic tracks of his new greatest hits album. Just click to launch player. Overall I like them all, but I think North American For life and Hello Time Bomb could have been a little better. Truffle Pigs and Tripoli are both excellent though. Check em out if youre in an extremely laid back mood.

The Yankees lost. A-Rod played horribly. I was happy.

Hockey started. I miss watching the Canucks with Shawn and Quinn, so thats kind of lame.


Friday, October 07, 2005

Week in Review

This week was one of the better weeks I've had here.

I got my philosophy paper all done. I wrote about Aristotle's notion that a virtue is a mean between two extremes. So a virtue,for example, purity, has a vice of deficiency (lust) and also a vice of excess (prudishness/puritanism). Probably not the best paper I have ever written, but it turned out alright. If I can figure out how to, I would like to post my assignments on this site.

Tuesday was fun. The newly ordained priests who studied here at the seminary last year came back and celebrated Mass with all of us. Their visit was inspirational. It got all of us pumped up to keep studying. We also got Filet Mignon, which is always good.

I've been pretty much addicted to LOST on ABC. Three other guys here and I have been watching it, so wednesday nights are quite exciting. LOST has definately taken the place of ALIAS (which got off to a bad season start, in my oppinion).

Thursday our vocation director came out here and visited with us. I appreciate the visits that people make. We definately need the support, and it keeps us in tune to what is going on in the Archdiocese.

Anyways I don't really have too many plans for the weekend. Probably a lot of Baseball and football watching. Might make it down to LA also to visit some people.

More updates soon (if anyone is actually reading this)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


I saw a politics test on Matt Goods website and took it. Apparently I favor a totalitarian government. I won't say exactly what my ideology is, but if you take the test you might see someone that I identify with in the famous people category.


  • My semester

    So my semester is going well so far. I have spanish everyday, which is fun. I also have a philosophy class, an intro to Theology class, and a scripture with hebrew class. I'm enjoying them all, but probably would take philosophy as my favorite. I have morning prayer at either 6:45 or 7:00 every morning. I've only missed a couple of times! (for those of you who really know me, you know thats quite an accomplishment.)

    So far everything is going well. One thing thats kind of annoying is that Im definately one of the youngest people here. Its not lonely, just kind of lame. The MLB playoffs are starting and I don't have anyone to go watch the games with. But I'm sure that situation will improve.

    One of my favorite things is praying the liturgy of the hours, morning and evening prayer, out of the breviary. I started saying it at camp this summer, usually just evening prayer, but praying it in the community is way better.

    I have to finish up a philosophy paper on Aristotle's virtue ethics, but another update is coming.

    Sunday, October 02, 2005

    Review of my Summer

    As most of you know, after I finished working at St. Jude's Catholic Church I spent the summer working for the Catholic Youth Organizations as one of their summer camp counselors. To make a long story short I had a blast. I spent the whole summer at Camp Hamilton, between Duval and Monroe. I spent the first four sessions as the Camp Minister, getting a chance to talk about faith with every kid, and the last two sessions as a cabin leader. I met lots of great kids, and met some great staff members as well. (I miss you guys) And now for some camp stories...

    There is a tradition at Camp Hamilton that if any staff member gets five letters on one day they get thrown in the lake. So one day Im minding my own business and Jon Frye yells "Mail Call." Next thing I know I had five letters in my hand, which meant I was getting wet. It was the last day, and we were in the longhouse, so rather than sending me to the lake, they decided to dump a pitcher of water over my head. The kids all loved it, and I got to hear the "We Love You Bryan Song." Then I got my letters. One of them was a postcard from my friend Val, who was in India. The other four were all from the archbishop. (I'll get my revenge one day)

    During session six my lodge (Klamath) was playing a game of capture the flag against the other guys lodge (klickitat). Another counselor named Andy and I were talking trash to each other (he was in jail, and I was playing some stellar defense). I walked behind the Klamath shelter and saw a humongous Cougar like animal looking at one of my campers. I dropped a couple of expletives (that have since been absolved) and yelled that I thought I saw a cougar. Don't worry, we got all the kids inside and counted, and to this day we're pretty sure we didn't lose anyone. But the moral of the story is that Justin got the flag across the line before the cougar invasion happened, sealing a victory for Klamath Lodge.

    Some things I learned from Camp:

    1)That middle schoolers aren't as scary as they appear.
    2)The best cooking equipment is alluminum foil and fire.
    3)God is cool for inventing Camp Hamilton.
    4)I need to learn how to play the frickin guitar.

    Camp was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot, and hopefully will make it back for at least a couple sessions next year.



    Friday, September 30, 2005

    First Post

    Hello and welcome to my new Blog. I accidently came across this site while I was writing a philosophy paper, so I decided to take a break. Here I will hopefully be able to update all of you on what my life is like here at the Seminary. Hopefully I can post some pictures of what I'm up to and it will be just like you all are here with me. Take it easy, and please check back often.