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June 17, 2008

Comm Tech

The means of communication in today's world are unparalleled! Just four years ago Jill and I ditched our home phone and now all we have are cell phones.  I can get e-mail, texts, phone calls, internet, and directions anywhere I get a phone signal... which is basically everywhere.  And now when we're online we can use Skype to talk for…
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June 17, 2008

Owatonna Sculpture

I saw this driving down to Owatonna last week on I-35.  It's a large sculpture at the local airport made of planes.  It looks like old fighter jets and as far as I could tell from driving by they looked like real planes that had just been hollowed out and mounted on tall stands.  So I'm not sure if its…
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June 17, 2008

Work Place

So I have this friend, we'll call her... Oh whatever, we'll call her Katie because that's her name. Katie works with a girl we'll call Francis, because I can't remember the girl's real name and because she should remain anonymous. Francis comes to Katie's desk and asks, "Is there anything you need me to do for you?" Katie says, "No…
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June 16, 2008

On the Topic Running

I used to run. I run now. The funny thing about it is that when I used to run I didn't realize what great shape I was in. Running now I realize what bad shape I'm in! As Matt mentioned we ran four miles on Saturday (each Saturday we'll increase until we hit our goal). Our goal is a half…
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June 15, 2008

Not much, but much

I've never been much of a runner.... I mean, I've always run... but typically it was because I was playing basketball or running home scared after watching a repeat of a news report on tornadoes and thinking it was live.  I was five and didn't know tornadoes didn't happen in the winter.  But the last couple years Jill and I…
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June 13, 2008

I Scream

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" I was just thinking, wouldn't it be funny -just totally nuts- if we actually did scream for ice cream? There we'd be at a friends house or in the grocery store screaming at the tops of our lungs for ice cream. Hilarious. Anyway, I was just thinking about it... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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June 12, 2008

Sliding Doors

I am in no way recommending the movie (Starring Gweneth Paltrow), because it has to many "cringe" factors to recommend to anyone -however I have seen it and had a day, or night, similar to it. In the movie they show her living two parallel lives. One is the life she has -having just missed the subway home (the door…
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June 10, 2008

Going Green Gone Too Far

I'm all about going green.  We recycle.  We own a compact car (and its green of course).  We walk to nearby stores.  We carry our own shopping bag.  And so forth.  They are conscious choices we make to do our part and lessen our "carbon footprint".  The City of Minneapolis decided to force us to conserve energy by passing an…
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June 9, 2008

When We Left Earth

The Discovery Channel is airing a special series called "When We Left Earth". It's a fascinating look into NASA's space program... from Mercury to Apollo and beyond. The last episode talked about how President Kennedy announced in the early '60s that the US would land on the moon before the end of the that decade. Nowadays the shuttle seems to…
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June 9, 2008

Student Ministry

Today we celebrated the graduation of 6th graders into Jr. High at Valley Creek. Basically it means they move from Kid's Church to Youth Group. This year there were 5 transitioning into the youth group which we'll be jump-starting in late August. Jill and I are pumped to be able to once again get on the "front lines" of student…
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June 7, 2008

Mackinaw Island Fudge

Last night we visited the Jollys and went to Nelsons Ice Cream shop.  Among their numerous flavors of ice cream was Mackinaw Island Fudge Ice Cream.  This is definitely one of my favorite ice cream flavors of all-time and it is rare to see it in Minnesota.  The taste of it definitely brings back many memories.  I think the one…
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June 5, 2008

Hope in the Future

This isn't it- the limit of hope- or anything but it has admittedly given me some reason for hope. The cup being held by the littlest girl in the photo (Caroline -who you'll be glad to know is no longer bald) is the very same cup in the other photo. The first picture is from three and a half years…
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June 4, 2008

So close

I remember the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup Finals well.  Mario Lemieux led the Pittsburgh Penguins to back-to-back championships.  So when Pittsburgh made it again to the Finals I thought it would be another magical season.  Moments ago, they came a few inches away from staving off the Red Wings to force a game 7.  I don't really mind Detroit…
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June 2, 2008

Surf’s Up

Slightly overshadowed by our skydiving experience was last Sunday's surf lesson in San Diego. Beth, Jill, Ian, Christian, Brooke, Haley and I all surfed on La Jolla beach while Mom took pictures and videotaped. It was a first-time experience for all of us and everyone managed to "pop up" on their board at one point during the lesson. We were…
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May 31, 2008

Skydiving

Jill, Beth, and I went skydiving this past Monday (Memorial Day) in San Diego. Beth had called the day before and scheduled us to jump in the morning. We hurried to get out there by 10am, but ended up waiting about 3 hours anyway. During the wait, we watched a Dharma-Style legal video and signed our name about 25 times…
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May 29, 2008

Purpose

"For I know the plans I have for you... plans to prosper you and not to harm you... plans to give you a hope and a future." This verse from Jeremiah was my dad's favorite scripture. Looking back over some of his writings, I can see how much this verse impacted his life.  He believed that God had given him…
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May 22, 2008

Arch Nemesis

Dad's arch-nemesis was any man in black and white stripes. It didn't matter if you found them on a football field, basketball court, or baseball stadium... chances are that these men were there and making a "bad call" or else they were accused of pulling a "homer"... meaning that they made calls that favored the home team. This came in…
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May 22, 2008

California

A couple months ago, Jill and I purchased tickets to California to visit her mom in LA and my sister in San Diego... long before the events of the last two weeks.  We flew in late last night to Los Angeles and tomorrow we will meet Beth and the kids and stay with them in San Diego.  My mom will…
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May 19, 2008

10 Days Later

It's hard to believe that tomorrow marks ten days since Dad passed away. We are still seeing friends sign the guestbook at the funeral home and Butler Eagle and I've been updating them on this site as they are written. Jill videotaped the memorial service and we hope to have that posted online for those of you who couldn't make…
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May 16, 2008

Flying Home

Jill and I are leaving tomorrow evening to head back to MN. We will be flying out to California to visit Beth and the kids on Thursday (a trip already planned a couple months back). Mom is flying out a week from tomorrow to spend a couple weeks in CA. As we get back into the swing of things, I…
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May 16, 2008

Online Guestbook from Butler Eagle

The following is a collection of notes over the past week from the Butler Eagle website. To view simply click on the following link -> How kind God is to have given Paul and Phyllis to me as friends and mentors in my teenage years. Words will never adequately express the depth of love and care I received from the…
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May 16, 2008

Online Guestbook from Funeral Home

This is a collection of notes over the past week from the Wujek-Calcaterra website. Phill, Allen email (Tuesday, May 20th, 2008) Paul was a wonderful Godly man with a quick wit and marevlous spirit. I enjoyed many talks with him he will be missed. We send our best to Phyllis and your loving family. Phill Allen family. Eric Grubbs email…
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May 14, 2008

Tribute Video

We just returned from the memorial service not long ago. It was a great time of celebration of Dad's life and where he is now. Below is the tribute video that we showed during the service. Press "play now" to view...
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May 13, 2008

Last Moments

Honestly everything has been such a blur the last few days. I can imagine that the depth of this loss won't settle until later. It's hard to imagine that my dad was leaving a message on my cell phone one day and barely breathing the next. Even near the end he maintained his focus of faith, hope, and love. He…
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