Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Coming Clean...

I'll be honest right now. This has been one of the toughest semesters of my life. School is hard(er than it has ever been for me). Other aspects of formation are hard(er than they were last semester). Every time I sit down to pray I fall asleep. Its been very frustrating as it is, and its been worse with people letting me know that I look too skinny (can you believe that? Me? Skinny? Like I don't already know!), or that I look like I just got out of bed. This will all be even more frustrating when our "consultations" happen at the end of the week. Consultations are a mixed blessing. Its when all our profs get together and talk about us before we head into our annual review. Good stuff comes out, but some stuff that's hard to hear comes out as well. But I promise to take what they have to say seriously so I can live out the call as well as I can.

You who know me as that handsome zealous stud from college wouldn't even recognize me now. I'm just a handsome stud. The zeal part has been a bit lacking as of late. (please take the last few sentences as a joke, except for the part about zeal.) I've definitely been humbled this year. That's definitely not a bad thing, but the process of being humbled isn't easy to go through. Its like how Michael Jordan must have felt transitioning to Baseball, and then transitioning a bunch of years later to the Washington Wizards. Its like A-Rod must feel in New York. Its hard, but its life.

Which brings me to Ash Wednesday. Lent is upon us. I'm pretty excited about it. I see it as a huge opportunity for growth. I need to simplify some things, and just, you know, kick it in the desert with the Lord for a while. I'm pretty much going to give up blogging until Easter. There might be exceptions. If an emergency happens, I'll let you know. I'll be flying home in late March for a couple of weeks, so I'll make a post reminding you to pray for me. If anything else huge happens, I might get on for a quick word.

So, please pray for me if you have a second. I'll be checking the email, so if you have some words of encouragement for me, they would be greatly appreciated. Please pray for other seminarians who might be in a similar boat as me. Pray for our priests too. God willing...

A couple quick things...

I had a pretty good weekend. I never made it to OC, but I did get down to LA to hang out with a friend of mine from College who is hoping to get into film. He's doing good so far, and he's gotten a job on a set for a pretty big production. More on this later.

School is back in full swing. I'm already tired. It is a lot of work. Probably the most rigorous schooling I've had, at least since I was supposed to read 250 pages a week in my sixth grade literature class. Only then I was reading classics like "Hatchet" rather than classics like, "Introduction to Moral Theology," by Romanus Cessario, O.P. (Both great books by the way).

My Christian Anthropology prof had a great quote about heresy. He said, "All heresy is an exageration of a truth, to the point where it becomes false." Pretty spot on in my opinion. I mean, you emphasise the divinity of Christ enough and it swallows up his humanity. Same with the humaniy swallowing up the divinity. You can even emphasise revelation enough to the point where you disregard Man's ability to reason. Likewise, you emphasise Man's ability to reason out truths and you don't need revelation anymore. Try to find a heresy that doesn't apply to this definition... I can't do it. I've been trying all day.

Also, you should really check this out. Pretty important, it seems. I'm trying to work my way through it... I'm on page 3. But this isn't surprising. I'll be interested to see what comes of it. My guess is nothing. Nothing will come from it.

I'm gonna leave this space blank until a video gets posted of Gonzaga's senior night.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Blast!

If you missed the Gonzaga vs. Memphis game you missed out. One of the gutsiest games ever for a zag team ever, albeit in a losing effort. They were still missing Hetvelt, then Mallon got hurt, then Bouldin fouled out with a lot of time left and we had to rely on Pendo and Kuso to play like 10 minutes of regulation with 4 fouls each. This was not easy, but they came back from 11, took it to overtime, had the lead with like 7 seconds left before some clown pulled off a shot out of his... ignorance. A great effort, although it came up short.

Now I'm off to LA/OC till tomorrow. Later.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Gigantopithecus Blacki

These are pictures of my hometown, Bellingham WA, in the county of Whatcom. The top one is of the new boardwalk going to Boulevard Park. The bottom one I took looking back at Mt. Baker from that Park right across from the Belwether.
Pretty cool, huh? Well I love my home county and my home state a lot. Well, today Jimmy Akin put up a link to the BFRO, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. Go ahead and click around... its pretty hilarious. I also want to notice that the home county has 15 sightings!!! But by far the most awesome part of this is that it shows a resolution made by the County Council declaring Whatcom County a "Sasquatch Protection and Refuge Area! Here it is:

SPONSORED BY: Consent
PROPOSED BY: Harris
INTRODUCTION DATE: 6/9/92

Resolution No. 92-043

Declaring Whatcom County A Sasquatch Protection and Refuge Area

WHEREAS, legend, purported recent findings and spoor suggest that Bigfoot may exist; and

WHEREAS, if such a creature exists, it is inadequately protected and in danger of death and injury;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Whatcom County Council that, Whatcom County is herby declared a Sasquatch protection and refuge area, and all citizens are asked to recognize said status.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this resolution shall be effective immediately.

APPROVED this 9th day of June, 1991.

(Signed)
ATTEST:
Ramona Reeves, Council Clerk

(Signed)
WHATCOM COUNTY COUNCIL
WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON
Daniel M. Warner, Chair
Wow. I can sleep in peace now knowing that Sasquatch, Gigantopithecus Blacki in Latin, is safe in my home county. Way to go Giganto, and way to go County Council.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Last GU Post For a While...

I promise...

When I was in third grade I went to a Christian Bible Camp. It was nothing like the camp from that one movie, Jesus Camp, but it was run by a protestant ministry. It was there that I met Gonzaga player, John Kinloch (who went by the name "Hoosier." He was even my counselor one summer. I thought he was the coolest guy ever. That year my friends and I started getting a bit potty mouthed, as a lot of early middle schoolers do, and we had one word in particular we used. Well we were using the word pretty frequently at camp and Hoosier didn't like it, so he asked us to come up with a "substitute swear word." My friend nick came up with the winner: Shnangleberry. So in honor of Hoosier, my favorite counselor ever, I'd like to say this...

That game was a pile of Shnangleberries.

This was destined to happen. Dick Davey's last season as SC coach. That Perriseau kid's last game in Spokane, his home town. A fifty game winning streak on the line. Josh Heytvelt out. A Zag team that I love, that is a little down this year compared to recent Zag teams... again, this game was bound to happen.

And it did. It was sad. But it wasn't all bad. Thanks SC for handling it pretty classy. As well as GU. I was pretty proud of Raivio. He battled and battled and was the only guy we had who would hit Free Throws. Oh yeah... the difference in the game? 11. The difference in free throws? 11. We were cold from the line, making a miserable 22 of 36, and Raivio was 12 for 12. It was all around Shnangleberries.

To any Zag fans stumbling across this... Keep supporting the guys. All is not lost.

To any SCU people reading this... Read the GIRM.

Go Zags. Beat Memphis.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Spitzer Email

I know I'm not a "Gonzaga Basketball" blogger, and that I've been probably guilty of boring all of you with my disproportionate amount of GU posts, but with the semester I'm having, a ball game here and there is really just about all the Tomfoolery I can handle. So sorry, but if it wasn't for GU my posts would consist of nothing more than, "I studied and prayed today." So... whatever.

I met Gonzaga University President Robert Spitzer last summer when I was at the Cathedral. He was the celebrant at a wedding. Although I wasn't invited to the wedding, I still went to see Fr. Spitzer preach and to meet him in the Sacristy. Mission accomplished on both accounts. I thought the guy was real cool and his wedding homily was pretty extraordinary. He also seems to be pretty popular on campus with some of the students, at least the students I know who go/went to GU. Also some people who post on the GU Basketball message boards say good things about him. This email on the Josh Heytvelt situation from Fr. Spitzer to the GU community was pretty cool I thought:

Dear Members of the Gonzaga Community,

As you may have heard, two of our basketball players, Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis, were arrested last night on charges of possession of illegal substances. This news has reached every media outlet and is being extensively covered nationally.

I have met with Trustee Chair Mike Patterson, Coach Mark Few and Athletic Director Mike Roth. We are currently investigating the facts surrounding the situation, and I assure you we are taking these allegations very seriously.

The same norms and procedures of discipline will be applied to these students as to any other students at the university. Please keep these players, their teammates and the coaches in your prayers. They will need our support, both temporally and spiritually.

Robert J. Spitzer, S.J.
President
You got it Fr. I'm on it.

Something tells me this is going to turn out like it did at Notre Dame. We'll see.

Here is Jeremy Pargo being awesome.
That dunk was impressive to begin with, but the fact that the St. Mary's dude tried to block it and whiffed terribly made it impressive to like the infinitieth power. Thats a lot of power.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Shoot x2

Well some bad news for me and some really bad news for everyone else (who likes the Zags). I'll give it in the order I heard it. Bad News for me: I agreed to drive to Ontario to pick up some people from the airport. When? 5 something. When does the GU game start? 5 something. So, I won't be watching it tonight. I'll just record it and watch it later.

Now the really bad news for everyone else (who likes the Zags). Josh Heytvelt will be out for a little while. For being stupid. Disapointing considering this is probably the biggest week of WCC basketball for the Zags in a long time, and its disapointing because... well, for a lot of reasons.

It must be said that these guys aren't guilty yet. The article says that they have denied any wrongdoing, and because they've never lied to me before, I probably shouldn't just assume they're lying now. We'll see what happens. La Rev is out on the town watching some other games, and I can only imagine what it will be like over there when he resumes his blog.

In the meantime, Mallon is going to have to Bring some serious hustle, and Kuso and Pendo have to play smart. We are really only 3 deep at the post now (that is, unless Burgess picks up some minutes). That is scary considering the frequency with which Kuso and Pendo pick up fouls. I'm still confident in the guys though. We'll keep the streak going.

But I really am going to wish this was here:

Friday, February 09, 2007

School Update

Although this semester has been terribly demanding it has also been very rewarding. Our classes are hard, but are extremely interesting. Some projects I have:

Moral Theology (My favorite class): I have a 10-15 page paper critiquing "The Fundamental Option" in light of the encyclical Veritatis Spleandor. I'll tell you more about it once I get to the writing part, but right now I'm working my way through Bernard Haering, who wrote a lot about this idea. I came across his review of the encyclical, and I'll just say that he didn't like it. But for me, any excuse to read an encyclical and apply it in this way is pretty cool.

Christian Anthropology: I get to read Gaudium et Spes and explain the document's take on human anthropology. I'm going to use paragraph 22 as the frame to view the rest of the document, mainly the parts on the individual christian, the family, and the society. I'm not too sure how well this will come out, but it is my priority because its due this wednesday.

History: An annotated Bibliography. Just five sources, if I remember correctly, on any topic I choose prior to the reformation. I'm going to do the rise of monasticism. The rule of St. Benedict is an example of a source I will use. I have to write 2 pages per source... not that hard, but it will be good to start early.

Pauline Lit: Exegesis. Nuff said.

Thats it for the major classes. If I start early, these won't be too tough.

This weekend I plan to watch the Gonzaga game. THe next two games are against Saint Mary's College and Santa Clara. To me, it seems like the biggest weekend of WCC play in a long time for the Zags. If they lose one of these games they could wind up being in second place heading into the final stretch. We MUST win. The Kennel had better be seriously noisy... like this:

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Well, at least it was worth the money I paid...

Actually, no. No. That was definately not worth the zero dollars I paid. Pathetic. My first Gonzaga game is definately a game I want to forget. I'm not sure how it looked on TV, but in person it was probably the most frustrated I've been watching GU. Here is a picture of the LMU student section:
Not too impressive with the numbers (although I was sort of impressed with the noise). Aside from the students, there were some LMU supporters in my section, which was pretty sparse. I was pretty impressed with the number of Zag fans in attendance. What I was definately not impressed with was that I didn't hear one peep out of any of them the whole game, except for the guy in the Turiaf Lakers Jersey.

Still, seeing the boys in person was pretty exciting.

These were taken at halftime. We missed the first few minutes of the game, and when we finally got there it was 9-7 Gonzaga. Also at halftime, I met Bardo. I don't even remember what the guy's first name is, but he sure is cool. Here ya go.
Dang. I need a haircut.

So halftime was pretty cool. And the first half wasn't bad. But thats where this post is going to end. Just nothing great to report.

Oh... Micah Downs was fouled on that three attempt to tie it.

Now, imagine the lamest video ever is playing right here.

Monday, February 05, 2007

YEAH BABY!!!!!!!

My friend Mike is the former student body president at Loyola Marymount. He has some hookups. These hookups include TICKETS TO TONIGHT'S GONZAGA GAME!!!!!! I'm quite stoked right now. We're gonna have to book it, since the game starts at 9 and our class ends at 8, but we'll make it. Come back tomorrow for pictures of the game.

Here is what happened last year:
BONUS: Formation day tomorrow which means I get to sleep in!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

St. Charles, North Hollywood

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, and I must say it has been a little difficult getting pumped up for this one. This is mainly because of how excited I was last year for the game. It was definately the best and worse Super Bowl of my life. I'll be pulling for the Colts. I do like Manning and want him to win, but I also don't want to have to wonder what could have been if Robbie Gould had missed that field goal in the NFC Semifinal, keeping the Seahawks alive. So, GOOOOO COOOOOLTS!!!

The last couple of weeks I've traveled a bit further than normal to attend Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in the North Hollywood/Toluca Lake area. I first saw this Church because it is nearby a friend's house. I always wanted to go inside, and finally last week I was in the area and went to Sunday Mass. Here is a picture of the outside:
The inside is nice too, but it was a little dark and I didn't get a very good picture. The reason I went back this week is that the liturgy is simply wonderful. Is it my "Dream Liturgy?" No. But there was nothing off-putting about this parish, and I bet that about 98% of Catholics would agree. The Choir at their 10am Mass was wonderful. They sing some of the songs that everyone can sing, like Holy God We Praise Thy Name, but they also added a couple of songs at the offertory and at communion that served no other purpose than to be beautiful and draw people deeper into the liturgy. So if you are ever in the LA area and are looking for a good parish, make sure you check them out.

While looking for parish website I found this website that tells you where certain movie stars hang out. Turns out St. Charles was Bob Hope's parish. It also turns out that a cast member from a favorite show of mine growing up was married there... that would of course be Growing Pains. But the website didn't mention one person who shows up at every Mass without fail...

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Goodbye Late Tuesday

I was disapointed to hear that one of my favorite local (Bellingham) bands is not going to be a band anymore. From their website:

You'd think that with our experience in writing breakup songs, the following would be easy for us to write. However, it is not. So, here goes. After 6-and-a-half fun (really fun) years, 4 full length albums and a Christmas EP,we have made the decision to break for an indefinite amount of time.

Turns out I'm a little late on the info. This came out at the end of November. They played their last show Friday night in Bellingham, where the band began and where a lot of their fans still live. I obviously wasn't able to attend, but I did send a quick email to them asking whether or not they'd be recording the final show, so I could at least pretend I was there. Here is the response:
the word on the street is: yes, this show will be recorded. more to come, after the show.
thanks for writing. sorry california and bellingham aren't neighbors.

sincerely,
dana
She writes how people talk! But its good they'll be recording.

Bellingham has a lot of local bands because of the college students and hippies running around, but these girls were my favorite. My favorite CD of theirs is their debut, self titled album. The second one has some great tracks too, but the third one is of note for Catholics. Its called "Remember We Forget." If there are any Chesterton fans out there you might remember this from his book Orthodoxy:
Every man has forgotten who he is. One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God; but thou shalt not know thyself. We are all under the same mental calamity; we have all forgotten our names. We have all forgotten what we really are. All that we call common sense and rationality and practicality and positivism only means that for certain dead levels of our life we forget that we have forgotten. All that we call spirit and art and ecstasy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forget.

So if anyone is looking for something new, a little low key and laid back with some positive themes, check out Late Tuesday (Link on the right). They are probably most liked by a Christian audience, but if you don't like Christian music (which is ok, since I don't really either) you still might like them.

The only videos of the girls on youtube are pretty low quality, except one. I'm gonna put it here, but please know I'm not endorsing Dawson's Creek in ANY way. So, I'm also going to put a video up of Adam Morrison destroying San Francisco. Mute the Morrison video and watch it, while listening to the Audio of Late Tuesday. The Song is I Must Go.

Sorry playing the two videos makes it a little choppy, but its better than Dawson's Creek.

No Tickets

Nothing came through with the tickets, so I watched the Zags here on the big screen. Its funny how basketball games go sometimes. The game started and it wasn't too long before the Zags were destroying Pepperdine. So I started to feel a little sorry for the Waves. I mean, all those fans came out to watch their favorite team, and they were all going to be dissapointed. So I found myself hopeing that the difference would stay at about 20.

I've done this before, and everytime it happens, it backfires terribly. Remember when the Mariners were up by 12 going into the seventh and Cleveland came back and won on a triple by Omar Vizquel that scored Lofton from first? I do. Because I actually felt bad for Cleveland that day. Turns out, I'm just a big sports wuss.

Well, back to todays game, the tables started to turn. At one point Pepperdine was down by 2. I started figuratively beating myself up because I sort of willed this to happen. Good thing the Zags absolutely destroyed the team in the second half. Heytvelt had his most dominant game ever and by himself outrebounded Pepperdine. In the second half, Gonzaga outscored the Waves 46-25, although a lot of that 25 was scored against our reserves.

When it was all over, I didn't feel sorry for Pepperdine at all.

Miracle Drug:

The Black Dahlia (plus one)

Friday night has pretty much become movie night around these parts. Unfortuneatley, two movies I really wanted to see aren't in theaters around here anymore. I thought Children of Men would be a good one, and a couple people really wanted to see The Last King of Scotland. No Dice. We would have had to travel to Oxnard for these. So, we decided to rent something.

After a long debate we settled on The Black Dahlia, starring Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, and (Sehome High School Alum) Hillary Swank. None of us were quite sure what to expect. We had all seen the preview, but didn't hear much about it after that. Now I know why. There isn't anything to talk about.

I would suggest to avoid this one. I was entertained, but just a bit confused and disapointed at the end. Basically its about these Cop boxers who are friends and try to solve the murder of a young woman. There is some corruption, some double crossing, some weirdness, but thats about it. I honestly woke up today not remembering what happened and how all these people fit together. The film is based on a novel, so maybe adapting it to the screen was too difficult. In terms of style, I didn't like the Film Noir style of it.

The actors did alright with this movie. Johansson wasn't great, but Hartnett was pretty good, as was Swank and a couple of the lesser known actors. Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia from the Harry Potter Movies) played, in my oppinion, a fantastic crazy person.

So, again, avoid this one.

Now as for the plus one. The other day I was flipping back and forth between Sportscenter and the movie Jarhead. Jarhead should have been called, "Don't Join the Marines." It was just really frustrating to watch these guys run around like total dirtbags in the desert. I might give it one more shot to pay some more attention to it, but probably not. It was just kind of a downer.

But Jamie fox is awesome. I love this job... Hooo-ahhh

I need to end this with something positive. Something from a good movie... and I've got the perfect thing:
Wow.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Viva La Revolucion!!!

Welcome anyone coming here through La Revolucion...

Its true. I am looking for tickets to Saturday's Pepperdine game, so if you have any, please let me know. I'll be willing to pay big bucks, as long as big bucks doesn't go too far beyond Face Value. But I'll also be willing to chip in a few waters for you and your buddies. (don't worry, that was a joke. Unless you actually want some waters. Then I was totally serious.)

Should you choose to accept this proposal you'd be making me quite happy... you see, I've never actually seen a Gonzaga game in person. I've been aboard the Zags wagon ever since the John Kinloch era (although it may be known to you as a different era. 94-95 ish). He was actually my camp counselor one year. We also went to the same High School (Sehome) although we were a bunch of years apart. Including Mr. Kinloch, who was known around camp as Hoosier, there have been several other guys from Sehome to suit up for the Zags. All of them have the last name Spink.

As I said, I've never seen a zag game in person, but I have seen a Zag play in person. Sean Mallon. It was my senior year at SHS and after losing by two to stud freshman Aaron Brooks (Yes. THE Aaron Brooks. From Oregon) and his Franklin team (which also featured Alvin Snow who went on to have some good years at EWU), we played Ferris. I remember a couple of things about this game. One, was that it was not nearly as fun as the previous two games. The other thing I remember was my favorite player, 6 foot 10 inch MuelenVander dunking over Sean Mallon. He was my favorite player because he wore goggles. And he dunked over Sean Mallon.

So there is a concise history of my Zag Fandom. Please, help a brother out. Just so you know you aren't giving a ticket to someone totally weird, here is a picture of me.See! Nothing weird at all!!!

I also leave videos here almost every time. I forget why, but I do. Here is one from the John Kinloch era:
Thanks for the visit. If you'd like to learn more about the 2000 WIAA State Basketball Tournament, visit this link.
HOLY SCHMOLIES!!!! I just noticed something on this link. La Revolucion's least favorite player ever lost in the Championship game... Corey Belser! Wow. Just look at all the people who played in this thing... Jenson from UW. Conroy and Roy, also from UW. Boxley from Portland (or maybe Portland State.???) Not to mention Ridnour from the 2A bracket. Seriously.. look around and see if I missed anyone.

And thanks again for considering giving me your Pepperdine tickets if you had some.