Trip BBQ Photos

Here’s some photos from my trip. They’re from the BBQ we had a la casa de los padres de Jenny.

Some Awesome Ladies and I
Hotties + I = awesome: yeah, that’s right, this one is of me and the ladies.

Jenny and Tracy - again!
Phil+Jenny and Tracy: This one is of Jenny and Tracy, but it looks pretty sweet. Phil is in the background grilling.

Luebbe, Phil, 4L, & Varv
Luebbe, Phil, 4L, Varv: Some of the guys chilling out at the BBQ. I think Phil may be giving me a death glare.

Group Photo
Group Photo: Neither of the group photos turned out great, but this one turned out best. Sorry, Phil, looks like a hand obscured your face. I like this one ’cause people are actually smiling.

Jesse at the BBQ
Jesse at his normal: Yup, it’s Jesse!

Return from the Land of My Homies

I returned from Nebraska yesterday evening. I had a great time while I was there. I saw over a dozen of my college friends through such activities as the co-consumption of coffee, devouring of food, watching of movies, playing of videogames (Burnout 3 is sweet), playing card games, and much discussion. Do to the great amount of verbal interaction, ridiculous statements, and funny moments, I got many new quotes to put in the database so you should be seeing a few new ones mixed in randomly as the QOTD (or as I select them for the QOTD).

Changing my setting for just a few days by being with old friends in my old town gave me a different perspective about some of the things going on in my life. It helped me realize how bitter I am about some of the events in my life from the last year and show me they aren’t worth being bitter over. I really enjoyed having some people speak to me truthfully about what they see in my life and taking a real interest in how things go.

Luebbe provided plenty of deep conversation. I had a nice breakfast with Erika and him at a bagel shop playing horrible, football-themed, song parodies. It was good hanging out with people who’re okay with being honest with each other and with themselves most of the time.

The hard part about being back home now is going to be living like I have been while having these fresh memories of what friendship can be. Can the friendships I have here develop into such deep ones? I hope so.

Thanks to all of you who I saw while I was in town, many thanks to my gracious host for the weekend, and I hope y’all keep on keeping it real. We only get one shot at life; don’t waste it lying to yourself about who you are or who you want to be.

Some Thanks Giving

I thank God for who he is and what he’s done in my life, for my family and all the many blessings he’s provided us with over the years, for my friends old and new, and most especially of all for you.

One of the biggest things I’m thankful for this year is meeting Allie this summer and getting to know her. As I’ve mentioned, she’s here in Colorado right now and we’ve been spending a lot of time together. Yesterday was most excellent — Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, some chill-time at home, and dinner and a movie at FlatIron Crossing mall.

Today involved traditional family Thanksgiving with relatives and later in the evening Allie and I went to be with people from my church for continued eating and game playing.

Some of the most exciting news of the day involves a measurement and the difference of an inch. After years of thinking she measured 5′ 3″ tall, a tapemeasure has confirmed Allie to be 5′ 4″ tall. This is exciting stuff!

Unfortunately, I am only 6′ 1/8″ tall and therefore unable to conscientously round up to 6′ 1″. Alas.

Tomorrow I will be working while you are playing and shopping and whatnot (and unfortunately for you, I suppose, whatnot may also include working). ‘Twill be hazardous for the health of retail employees, I fear.

Seeing Many

I saw many friends yesterday. I got to Nebraska shortly after noon. I proceeded to my former place of residence on campus and spoke to my Residence Director, some friends in a connected hall (Dennis, Zach), bought a book of undergraduate literature which includes three of my poems, saw and talked to more friends, and then went to SpaghettiWorks. At SpaghettiWorks, I saw more friends.

From there, I proceeded to the Crescent Moon and talked to Wiggins for quite a while. It’s incredible having somebody in my life who can listen to whatever I say no matter how personal it is and not have them think any worse of me. Wiggins is like that with me and he definitely threw a lot of truth and ideas to think about in my direction. If you don’t have somebody like that in your life… get it! It’s good. One of the hard parts about being in Colorado is I don’t have somebody like that in my life as consistently as I used to, but it’s good to have it at all.

At 8pm many people converged upon The Pit (Jake, Varv, and Phil’s house). A few episodes of Invader Zim were watched and some talking was done. I got to see Jesse Luebbe, Tyler, Jake, Phil, Cora, and Tracy. Grant also came by and we talked for a little while.

Once that was done, I left to go visit Pizzo. We were able to walk around and talk for a while and it was good.

So basically, in the last day I’ve seen, talked to, and spent more time with friends than I have probably in the last month (other than Main Event). I needed it.

That’s all for now. G’day.

So Much to Think About

I went to Main Event primarily for social reasons. I figured it would also be a good time to worship God through music and hearing a lot about him, but I considered that it would simply be another advantage and not so much my focus. It turns out this idea was wrong. God totally used this weekend to tell me some things. One of the biggest is that Japan still matters and missions still matter and that if I’m not going, I better be staying for the right reasons. So I’m evaluating my reasons to make sure they’re legit and not excuses.

One of the other big things is the importance of spending time with him. Having been a Christian most of my life, it would seem like this should be obvious. I know about it, for sure, but so often it’s easy to put aside the simple things like spending time reading the Bible in order to run off and gratify my own selfish desires. That ain’t cool! I need to spend more time listening to him and talking to him.

My primary reason for going was also satisfied. Thursday night, I got to Kansas State and was able to spend a large amount of time with Allie and also go to Nav Nite. The time together with Allie was wonderful. God gave us some good opportunities to talk and he certainly answered some prayers.

I really enjoyed seeing my other friends as well including many from this summer like Engle, Larry, Leslie, and others. I saw some friends from Nebraska including Cora, Jake, and Double-J. There’s also Jenny who somehow seems no longer a Nebraskan while she’s wearing purple, but is certainly not somebody I would consider a “Wildcat” yet. But she’s a friend, so the color doesn’t matter.

As soon as I finish posting this, I’m gonna get ready and drive up to Lincoln and spend the rest of today there before heading home tomorrow. Yay for that!

This is me signing off. G’day.