Mission: Water (Day 3)
Posted June 20th, 2012
"And then one day Jed was shooting at some food,
when up from the ground came a bubbling crude"
Well, Ole Jed Clampett (If you are older than me you know this reference of the Beverly Hillbillies; if you are younger than me check out retro episodes on TV Land or some other station that makes me feel old) struck oil and a geyser spewed forth oil. That oil changed their lifestyle.
Our team hit WATER, and the water spewing forth in a geyser will change LIVES! At 29 meters (that's how they do it in El Salvador) we hit the aquifer and after testing for contaminants and purity, we have a water source for a village of over 300 people!!!!!
Today, they are installing the pump and pouring a concrete base.
Though it has ...
Posted July 5th, 2011
Kayak Jousting (click here for 1 1/2 minute video)
A year ago, my brother-in-law, Jack, and I were out for a kayak cruise on the lake by my parent's cottage in northern Wisconsin. We were having fun and at one moment we starting paddling toward eachother. Our boats brushed alongside one another and each of us had the same idea at the same moment: Kayak Jousting!
One year later, with some clever innovation by super-genius Jack a new sport was born. I have not yet mined the spiritual significance of this endeavor. I thought the examples of spiritual warfare, "sin and purity cannot exist together", and arming yourself (Eph 6), were a bit obvious. Maybe learning about the the cr...
Train for the Barrington Freedom Run this Sept
Posted April 25th, 2011
Several people have asked about this years Barrington Freedom Run...Sponsored by www.we-do-care.org (who hasn't offically posted this year's event on its website, this event has always raised awaremenss for the realities of sending young men and women to far off lands for the cause of freedom. It is truly an inspiring event. Here is a "from-the-couch-to-the startline" plan to finish this year's race:
Walk 20 min
Walk 20 min
Walk 20 min
Walk 20 min
Take it easy, just move your body forward!
Run/Walk 20 min
Marine Corps Marathon (mile 10-16)
Posted November 21st, 2010
This thing is getting real now! The water stations are not just for mere refreshment anymore. I am thirsty and need the little break. Oh, someone is screaming my name...yes! It is! It's Paige!!!! I haven't seen her since the start line and didn't really expect to find her. She had my Endurance Cubes, tasty little gummy bears filled with the right sugars and some caffeine for a bounce. I stopped to hang with her for a second and catch up (really I needed a break). I felt the impact of the cubes immediately, or maybe it was the person who handed them to me.
The spouse of a marathon trainer sacrifices greatly for these events. Especially a slow pace, 8-month trainer like ...
Marine Corps Marathon (miles 5-10)
Posted November 17th, 2010
Entering DC (specifically Georgetown) I felt strong and inspired. But I had three very tactical things on my mind. First, I needed to figure out when to ditch my hat. I didn't want to get freezing cold, but I had run for almost 40 minutes and was starting to get hot. Similarly, I was wearing a ratty old long sleeve shirt and knew I would have to discard it as well (if only because my bib was underneath and I wanted to get some pics!). Finally, I had to pee. These three things, as seemingly innocent as they were. consumed my thoughts during this stage. In part because I wanted to manage things well, but also because I had this feeling in the back of my mind that once I was in full gear, and had t...
Marine Corps Marathon (miles 1-4)
Posted November 15th, 2010
Donning my favorite Blackhawks knit hat and a long sleeve T from my first official Half Marathon, I made it to the start corral about 20 minutes before the start. the only problem was, that was still 18 minutes until I crossed the starting line. The "KABOOM" of the howitzer canon at the start still rocked my heart.
I prayed a very simple prayer at the start: that God would tell me a story of sacrifice that morning. Seeing the reality of so many runners at the starting line started His answer. Young and old, fat and slim, soldier and civilian; a huge number of people (over 20,000) sacrificed a great deal to be standing there.
The first four miles were pretty hilly. In the beautiful parks ...
Habitat for Humanity DAY 2
Posted October 14th, 2010
Look at the amaizing adventure our team is on!!!!
Hey all ya'all! Day 2 here in Mississippi. Today's lesson......do not leave Rich David alone......he talks to everyone everywhere. Today he made friends and influenced the head of Americorp along with a representative from US Congressman Dave Obey's office.(Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee) She was telling Rich that both Americorp and Habitat representatives petition the congressman's office for money. Having heard that, our very own "Washington Wanna Be" (Mayor David as we now refer to him) went into full Politian mode and told them how these well deserving young folks bring their youth a...
Big Ten Football Picks (Week 5)
Posted October 8th, 2010
Paige reasserted herself last week with a 5-1 mark, and pulls into the lead. Steve is 34-7 on the young season and Paige has a game advantage at 35-6. The Big Ten had a great opening weekend with Iowa and Michigan State winning huge home games and seemingly declaring their intention to run for the Roses. When Illinois held OSU in check, the rest of the conference saw some hope. Michigan's defense will ensure the Wolverines play exciting football games throughout the fall, but remember, the ball isn't round, and sometimes the bounces don't go your way.Minnesota has a pulse, but NW is looking toward a special season. Here are our picks this week:
Big Ten Weekly Football Picks (week #4)
Posted October 2nd, 2010
Big Ten play gets underways and every team in the league (except Purdue) gets a chance to make a statement. Some need a reality check (Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern) others can stake a championship claim (OSU, Wisconsin, Sparty, Iowa, and Penn State) while Illinos and Minnesota can save their seasons with upsets at home. NAtional game of the week is the SEC tilt between Alabama and Florida.
Pursuit of 6 straight title begins for the Buckeyes
Day off for the punters, but kickoffs will be plentiful
After each losing in non-c...
Weekly Big Ten Football Picks–#3
Posted September 20th, 2010
Didn't get these updated to Blog, but they were in hand before kickoff...I left off the comments. But suffice it to say, I'M BACK!!!. 12-0 this week picked up two games on Paige who missed on Notre Dame and Iowa. So that means the running total is:
Michigan State/Notre Dame