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.