Thursday, August 31, 2006

I know this guy!

I played soccer with him in middle school. I'm gonna draft him to my fantasy football team!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Back in Cali

After a week or so of sitting around at my parents house and occasionally Boundary Bay (not the actual bay.. you Bellinghammers know what I mean) I left for Cali last Friday. I stopped off in Medford for a night, and Menlo Park CA for a night, before getting here Sunday afternoon.

I was unfortunately greeted with some bad news. My friend, Simon Mary, is in the hospital in intensive care, and the doctors can't figure out whats wrong with him. He has some sort of Toxin in his body and the doctors can't get rid of it and can't find where it is coming from. Please pray for him. Simon is a great guy, who has suffered a lot recently. He is from Nigeria and is a convert from Islam. I hope he'll be back soon.

But then I got some good news. Fourteen New guys are joining my class! that means my class will have 22 guys in it this year. This includes four new students from Uganda. It also includes Chris, a Seattle guy who went to college at Mt. Angel. Its nice to have him here. We also have 12 new Pre Theologians. Overall, its pretty exciting around here right now... but we'll see how it gets when classes start up and stress begins to mount.

Gotta get going, but I'll hopefully add something soon. The internet isn't working on my room and for some reason my login password wouldn't work until right now, which is why I haven't written sooner.

Adios.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Packin up...

and moving out of the St. James Cathedral rectory. I'm kind of bummed. I have an awesome view of the city. I'll also miss all the people I worked with here. It is a great parish.

Anyways, the plan is to head up to Bellingham and hang out with my mom on her birthday (pretty cool my mom's birthday is on the feast of the Assumption). Then tomorrow I'm going to go visit Camp Hamilton and spend a couple days there and help out the staff. Then Friday or Saturday I'll come home and hang out in Bellingham for a few days before taking off back to LA on the 26th or something like that... I'm flexible.

Take it easy.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Some Fun Times Part II

Continued from previous post...

My friend Quinn and I decided to try and go get some tickets. We talked to a couple of Independent Ticket Brokers (scalpers) and were disapointed that they were so expensive. Not willing to give up at this point, I went into a Starbucks and asked a dude if he had anything I could make a sign with. Using a Pizza box, I made a sign explaining that I needed 2 tickets... I believe it read, "I Need 2 Tickets."

So we wakled away from the ticket brokers and away from quest and finally a girl stopped us and randomly asked if we needed 2 tickets. I wonder how she knew.

She sold us two $75 seats for 60 a piece. We saved 30 bucks right there. Then I ran into my friend Matt... who happened to owe me 40 dollars, and he set me up. Keeping in mind that this was 40 dollars I never expected to see again, it felt like I got a 75 dollar ticket for 20 bucks.

Into the stadium...

It didn't take us long to spot Beckham. Here he is. He's the one in the blue shoes.

Freddy Adu, the 17 year old phenom, was there warming up. He played pretty well. Roberto Carlos pretty much man-handled him once or twice, but Freddy had a lot to do with DC's goal.

Real Madrid Celebrating after their goal, a nice shot off the near post and in. Although it was about 20 minutes into the game, a lot of the crowd missed this due to traffic.

Our seats were very pretty high up, but they were right on the halfway line, and there wasn't a single inch of the field we couldn't see. Quest Field was a great site for this.

The game was very good. Real scored first, and then DC scored a few minutes later. The Real stars only played for a half each, which was kind of unfortunate. The most exciting stretch of the game came very close to the end, when Robert Carlos crushed the ball off a free kick (and I mean crushed! this was definately the hardest strike I've ever witnessed). I'm not exactly sure what happened next, its kind of blurry, but I think I saw a crossbar get hit, an almost own goal, and then like two shots from about 3 feet out get saved off the line. It was pretty amazing.

This was the first professional game I've ever seen, and I hope it won't be my last. It was quite fun.

Friday, August 11, 2006

These Were Some Fun Times

Recently I've had the opportunity to attend some pretty fun sporting events. The rist was the Seattle Mariners vs. The Oakland A's game last saturday. The M's played pretty bad, but we were so close it was impossible not to enjoy ourselves. How close were we? how about the FIRST ROW!

Here are some pictures... First, A's pitcher Dan Haren.

Here's one of Ichiro... (if you haven't realized it by now, we were right down the right field line which is his territory. If you're familiar with Safeco Field, we were right behind the tarp.)

And here is one of the group. From Left to right, its Quinn, Me, Scott, and Brandon.


The next game: I went to this Brazilian restaurant down on 1st and University here in Seattle. They have a decent Happy hour special where you can get this 9 dollar sandwhich for 4.50. Its really good. Then, as I'm eating, I realized that Roberto Carlos, a brazilian soccer player was in town with the rest of his powerhouse team Real Madrid. Team members include David Beckham, Ruud Van Nistlerooy, and Cannavaro and many others. Real was in town to play a game at Qwest Field against MLS team DC United.

I said to the Bartender, "Gee, I sure would like to know where they are staying." And the Bartender goes... "I know where they're staying." (No, I'm not going to say where.)

So I called up my buddy Adam, who I've blogged about before, and suggested that we go to find the team. He thought it was a good idea. We walked down to the Hotel and waited in line at the desk. I finally got to the front and said, "Hi, I'm David Beckham, and this is my friend Ronaldo. We're with Real Madrid. I believe you have a room for us." The man at the desk stood there with a confused look and said, "are you playing games with us." Now what I should have said was, "No. We're playing a game tomorrow though. You should come check it out." Instead I said, "Yes. We are playing games with you." He asked if we were guests in the hotel, and when we said no, he said, "Since you're not guests, I can't tell you who is staying here."

So we went and found a couple of guests to ask for us, but the desk guy said he couldn't answer him either. Fortunate for us though, the guests we asked were really cool people. They were from Washington DC and worked for the NSA (National Security Association). They invited us out to dinner, so we decided to go. We ate at the Palamino, a nice Italian Restaurant on 5th. A little too expensive for me, so I just sat and enjoyed the conversation.

When we got back to the Hotel, I went up to a security guard and said, "Its pretty cool Beckham is staying here, huh?" He said that he couldn't confirm or deny anyone to be there." Then I saw some guys walk in, who were quite athletic looking. I thought to myself, That looks like DC United. I said "Good luck tomorrow, guys," to bait them into a thank you or any clue as to whether or not they were actually on the Team. A couple of them said thanks, but not too enthusiastically, so I don't know if it was them or not.

To be continued...

Friday, August 04, 2006

Wedding!

It's seriously beautiful in Bellingham right now. I can't believe I'm on a computer, when I could be out on Lake Whatcom or something. This wont be too long of a post.

The reason I'm in bellingham, is because I will be serving in my freinds' wedding. I met Mike and Kristine independently of each other. Kristine and I became friends in college my sophomore year and Mike and I first met when he was a seminarian living at Sacred Heart. They met each other at Western after Mike discerned he didn't have a priestly vocation.

I wish them the best... they are both committed to holiness... and both hope to raise many priests and nuns.

For pictures of the occasion visit Mike's sister's blog Viper's World.

I'm off to the Church!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Mass 101

Taught by the great preacher Fulton Sheen!

Awesome! Thanks Andrew.