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My Homepage!

Welcome to Shutterfly! Although this is primarily a photo-sharing site, I've made it my HOMEPAGE with this one being the front page (page 1) to share information about myself as well as updates on my recent activities. You can save this site to the FAVORITES section on your computer or BOOKMARK it at the very top of your screen naming it anything that will remind you of me.  That way you can view it anytime for changes or updated information!

In February 2011 I moved from the "Land of Enchantment" (New Mexico) to "The Bayou State" (Louisiana) and settled here for the 2nd time in 20 years.  After 17 years in Texas and 3 years in New Mexico I became a resident of Louisiana once again, and have been a resident in this arts and party state for a total of 4 years making it my 3rd longest state of residence behind Iowa and Texas!

On the right is a map showing where I live, and the most recent update about me is right underneath it.  Below the update is a weekly photo, and underneath it is the current temperature here and at other locations where family and friends are. Below them are three photo albums with a guest book beneath them making it possible to leave a comment or suggestion to let me know you were here! Under it is another photo album followed by a collection of my favorite sites.  Below them are some videos that are important to me.

Below this section is a photo slideshow of pictures taken of me over the past few years followed by some information about my background, and a photo album with pictures taken of some Mardi Gras parades here.  Underneath it is a listing of all 6 pages I have on this site with links to each one!  Below them is another photo album followed by saved updates of the past, a future photo album to be put together soon, and a calendar with special events for the month highlighted.  Because each photo album or slideshow can not display more than 50 pictures, the best 50 are being selected for each album if there are that many to share.  Each photo album is changed from a slideshow to a moving filmstrip and back again over a month's time to keep the look on this page fresh.

You're also welcome to write me anytime! My E-Mail address is: Jugglingted@yahoo.com


50 Memorable Photos of Me

Ted Photos

Driver's License
Driver's License
A recent driver's license photo
As a Knight of Columbus
As a Knight of Columbus
In uniform
With Glasses
With Glasses
Wearing my night-driving glasses
Posing with my Cat
Posing with my Cat

Goldie and I in 2004


Goldie and I together
Goldie and I together

A photo before giving my cat Goldie away in 2004


Above the Rio Grande
Above the Rio Grande

At the border with Texas left and Mexico right


Hiking with friends
Hiking with friends

Taking a hike with TaeKwonDo friends


At the Alamo
At the Alamo
San Antonio's Alamo in 2009
Eating outside in Austin
Eating outside in Austin
Treated to Dinner in 2006
Shopping in San Antonio
Shopping in San Antonio
With a Life-Sized Bear in 2009
Summer Vacation 2009
Summer Vacation 2009
Iowa Corn near the Field of Dreams
Summer Vacation 2009
Summer Vacation 2009
In My Living Room
Mardi Gras 2011
Mardi Gras 2011
My Take of Beads at Mardi Gras
30-Year Class Reunion with Girls
30-Year Class Reunion with Girls
July 2010 with Classmates
30-Year Class Reunion with Guys
30-Year Class Reunion with Guys
July 2010 with Classmates
My Siblings and I
My Siblings and I
Us 5 Kids in the late 1980s
My Brothers and I in Order of Oldest
My Brothers and I in Order of Oldest
With my 3 brothers in 2010
My Family Without My Sister
My Family Without My Sister
Summer of 2010
In TaeKwonDo Class
In TaeKwonDo Class
About to break a board with a knife-hand strike
In TaeKwonDo Classs
In TaeKwonDo Classs
Splitting a Board in Half with a Hand Strike
In TaeKwonDo Class
In TaeKwonDo Class
Sparring with a Classmate
A Moment to Remember
A Moment to Remember
Slam-dunking a basketball in 1988
With
With "The Cup"
Posing with Hockey's "Stanley Cup" Trophy
Posing with Professional Wrestling Champion Jeff Hardy
Posing with Professional Wrestling Champion Jeff Hardy
Thanksgiving Weekend 2012
With Professional Wrestling's Championship Belt
With Professional Wrestling's Championship Belt
November 2012
In front of Station KJBC at Work
In front of Station KJBC at Work
Standing among our front Statues
Studio Work
Studio Work

At Work as Sound Engineer at Station KJBC


On a backhoe
On a backhoe

Working at a Pet Cemetery in 2004


In Uniform and Ready for Work
In Uniform and Ready for Work

At Home in Big Bend National Park


Forever Resorts Retail Clerk
Forever Resorts Retail Clerk
At work in the Rio Grande Village Store 2007
Ready to Entertain
Ready to Entertain
My Juggling Performance Costume
Dressed Up
Dressed Up
Preparing to Perform Outdoors
Entertaining
Entertaining
Performing outdoors at a birthday party
Juggling fire in 1988
Juggling fire in 1988

Saying goodbye to Twin Lakes Bible Camp with a show


At Home Preparing to Officiate
At Home Preparing to Officiate
As a Referee
At Work
At Work
As a Cefco Convenience Store Deli worker in 2007
At Work
At Work
As a Walmart cashier in 2007
At a Work Seminar
At a Work Seminar
Updating Computer Skills in 2012
Dressed Up
Dressed Up
Prepared for a Job Interview in 2007
Faculty Yearbook Photo
Faculty Yearbook Photo
Taken October 2010
With a Navajo Jingle Dancer in November 2010
With a Navajo Jingle Dancer in November 2010
Opening Ceremony for a New Community Center in New Mexico
With Science Students in 2009
With Science Students in 2009
Joining in During an Egg-Drop Contest
With Navajo Personnel in 2009
With Navajo Personnel in 2009
Blessing Ceremony with Navajo Custodian and Navajo Deacon
Helping Bless a New School Bus
Helping Bless a New School Bus
Providing Holy Water for Fr. Ravi
Summer 2009
Summer 2009
With My Church Family in New Mexico
With my car in Colorado
With my car in Colorado

My 1st car - an Olds Delta 88 - two years after purchasing it


With My Van
With My Van

My 2nd Vehicle - a Ford Aerostar Minivan in 2006


In a Dream Car
In a Dream Car

Enjoying a Friend's 1969 Dodge Charger


Inside the 'General Lee'
Inside the 'General Lee'

A 1969 Dodge Charger just like the Dukes of Hazard drove


My Future Vehicle?
My Future Vehicle?
A 3-Wheeler I'd Like
Smiling for the Camera
Smiling for the Camera

Coming in for a closeup
Coming in for a closeup
My first webcam picture!
At home with Goldie
At home with Goldie
My cat and I
Enjoying a good book
Enjoying a good book
At a friend's home in 2005
October 2009
October 2009
Outdoors on Pet Day
Summer 2010
Summer 2010
At a friend's home in Round Rock
My 3 Brothers and I
My 3 Brothers and I
Summer of 2010
Retail Work in Big Bend, TX
Retail Work in Big Bend, TX

Ready at the Cash Register at Rio Grande Village Store


A Nicely Framed Photo
A Nicely Framed Photo

Worth a thousand words


Welcome to My World!

I enjoy writing to keep friends and family members informed of my activities!  Some years ago I began chatting online with a few friends on AOL's Instant Messenger.  By being on AOL Messenger I was allowed to put together my own webpage free of charge on their site.  Posting photographs and updated information saved me from having to email everyone regularly.  But by the end of 2008 AOL deleted all its homepages removing everything I had put together!  Thanks to a friend of mine in Texas I came across this site which allows me to do the same as before, so first a little about me.

I grew up in Iowa spending all my schooling years there.  After graduating I moved around the Midwest spending time in Kansas, Illinois, Colorado and Wisconsin before heading south in 1988.  After a long year in Louisiana and 18 total years in Texas I moved to the high desert of New Mexico to work at a mission school in Native American country before my work there ended just 3 years later and I left that fascinating land the last day of January 2011.  It is said that New Mexico is the "land of enchantment" but I will confess that it is really the "land of entrapment", for the longer a person resides there the more they wish to stay!  Although it was foreign to me when I first arrived I left with a fond appreciation for its beauty, history and culture.  I returned to Shreveport, Louisiana in February 2011 to live and work once again for the Christian Service Program, performing social service work among the poor, hungry and homeless in one of the state's largest cities.  I had worked for the very same agency 18 years earlier coming from Texas before moving back to the Lone Star state.  After 2 full years this time I was let go and went unemployed for a time before being hired in July at a bowling center just across the river in Bossier City.  There I worked the front desk as a customer service representative for the next 5 months before departing in December.

My full-time employment now includes 9 years in customer service sales and retail, 9 years in nonprofit/volunteer work, and 7 years in religious education.


Mardi Gras Parades in Shreveport, Louisiana

Mardi Gras in Shreveport

Getting ready
Getting ready
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Groups set up shelter along the way
Groups set up shelter along the way
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Church Ministry provided help
Church Ministry provided help
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Souvenirs
Souvenirs
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A great selection
A great selection
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Motorcycle cops make sure the path is ready
Motorcycle cops make sure the path is ready
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Law enforcement keeps the way clear
Law enforcement keeps the way clear
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Gathering close to catch beads
Gathering close to catch beads
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Float bead throwers
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Colorful float
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More beads to catch
More beads to catch
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Familiar Name
Familiar Name
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Bead throwers arranged on a float
Bead throwers arranged on a float
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Beads and souvenirs being thrown
Beads and souvenirs being thrown
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Partyville
Partyville
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Glamorous
Glamorous
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More bead throwers
More bead throwers
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After a cold night with my souvenirs
After a cold night with my souvenirs
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My collection for the evening
My collection for the evening
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People getting their places early
People getting their places early
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Getting good places early
Getting good places early
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Streets filled
Streets filled
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Notice the food sign
Notice the food sign
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A big crowd
A big crowd
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Me afterwards
Me afterwards
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Let the parade begin
Let the parade begin
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Horses lead the way
Horses lead the way
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Clydesdales
Clydesdales
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Symbolic
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Me after parade 3
Me after parade 3
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Beads drying out after the rain
Beads drying out after the rain
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My Pages

Christian Services
Recent Missionary Work
2010 Reunion
The Summer of 2009
Big Bend National Park

Annual Airshow in Bossier City

Barksdale Air Force Base

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Past Updates

Saturday, March 1st

The map above shows where I live in the Ark-La-Tex area near the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.  By clicking "My Home" just below the map you can get a good look at the house and neighborhood I'm in.


All 6 pages of mine on this site are being updated with their writing, videos and pictures.  A few pictures have yet to be added.


Be sure and scroll down a bit to find the most recent picture of me - taken after the city's Mardi Gras parade tonight!


Job searching and running errands have kept me busy most days with recreation time being taken nearly every evening.  1 week ago tonight I attended the first of two large Mardi Gras parades held in the city (the Krewe of Centaur), Sunday a men's social at Arby's, Monday an evening of pickleball and Tuesday volleyball.  This evening is the second of two large Mardi Gras parades with Lent beginning next week and I was able to attend it as well.  It was the Krewe of Gemini parade and their site can be viewed here.  Last week's Mardi Gras parade can still be viewed online in segments by clicking here, and information about the game of pickleball can be viewed by clicking here.


Three music videos have been added to the Video section below highlighting my favorite Christian songs.


Temperatures cooled off midweek and are gradually rising again this weekend.  Friday's high reached 55 and today peaked at 75.  Sunday is expected to reach 70 with some rain before cooling off Monday.  We've received just over 3 inches of rain this year which is well below our normal amount of 8 1/2 inches for this time of year.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

Gasoline prices had risen 1 cent/day for 22 straight days until today.  They leveled off today and may have peaked out.  The national average for unleaded gasoline is now $3.44/gallon or 23 cents more than the average in Louisiana.  Prices here in the city range from $3.09-$3.35/gallon, and I filled up earlier this week for $3.16/gallon.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word, and prices on that site helped me find the best-priced stations during my recent trip to west Texas and back (from $2.98 - 3.15/gallon).


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  The Christian concert 'Winter Jam' tour is coming next Friday and I hope to be there.  Elton John is coming later this month!  The CenturyLink Center's event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week with special events in the area found by clicking here.
  Other events in town can be viewed by clicking here.

 

I'm using my laptop daily and purchased it 3 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social network site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site where I can be accessed, especially when it comes to putting one's favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

The Olympic games ended last weekend with the hosting nation Russia securing the most medals (33) and the most gold medals with 13.  The United States was 2nd with 28 and first in bronze medals with 12.  Norway was 3rd with 26.  Canada was 4th and the Netherlands 5th.  A few memorable highlights of the games can be seen by clicking here, and some of the most exciting finishes can be viewed by clicking here.

College basketball continues this weekend and will see conference tournaments taking place next week.  The top men's teams are currently Florida, Wichita State, Arizona and Syracuse.  Iowa State is #16, Iowa #20 and Texas #24.  Today saw 9 upsets including Oklahoma State shocking #5 ranked Kansas 72-65, Kansas State edging #16 ranked Iowa State 80-73, and 12th ranked Virginia surprising #4 ranked Syracuse 75-56.  Also today top-ranked Florida downed LSU 79-61.  Sunday Iowa hosts Purdue.
In women's play the top teams are Connecticut, Notre Dame, Louisville and  Stanford with Connecticut and Notre Dame still unbeaten.  LSU is #22.  Today Iowa State downed Kansas 87-79, and Texas edged Texas Tech 67-64.  Sunday LSU plays at Alabama, Iowa visits Illinois, #13 ranked South Carolina State hosts unbeaten Notre Dame and #4 ranked South Carolina visits #10 ranked Tennessee.

NBA's basketball season is nearing the end of its season.  Indiana, Oklahoma City, Miami and San Antonio are still the best teams.

The NHL Hockey season is winding down and resumed play this week after seeing no action during the Winter Olympic games.  Today Chicago hosted Pittsburgh in a game held outdoors at Soldier Field's football stadium during snowy conditions.  Chicago prevailed 5-1.  The best teams are currently Anaheim, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Colorado.

To read specially saved UPDATES from past dates look on the left side of this page and scroll down.

Christmas Eve - December 24th

The map above shows the Shreveport/Bossier City area and my home's location.  By clicking the words "My Home" at the bottom of the map, a closer image of my residence will pop up.  Clicking the 'yellow man' icon next to it on the left will put you right outside my home, able to view the entire area by using the circular direction mover!


A Very Merry Christmas to You!  Below in the video section is my favorite TV Christmas program - "A Christmas Carol" - that you can watch during this holiday time.
This year you can track Santa in a special way.  To see where he is, play a free game or two or some Christmas music just click HERE.


After 5 months of work at a major bowling center in Bossier City I felt demoted and decided to quit giving me some time off, an opportunity to enjoy the holiday season, and look for more professional employment.  My work there was enjoyable especially with the entertaining atmosphere it offered compared to other work places I've been.
The annual Christmas party was held there earlier this month for all employees and each was allowed to bring a member of their family or a friend.  While there I was fortunate to win a very nice gift.  A picture of it can be seen below this section.  The work site can be viewed online by clicking here, or on YouTube by clicking this link.


Last week I joined a number of single adults from a nearby church for an early Christmas dinner, and on Christmas day I hope to join them in serving a meal to those who are less fortunate.


Temperatures began dropping Saturday evening after reaching the 70s for the 3rd straight day, and have not surpassed the 50s since.  Yesterday's high reached 48 degrees and the rest of the week should be in the 50s with lows near freezing.  We have received almost 50 inches of rain for the year which is our normal annual amount, and may receive more before Christmas day.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

Gasoline prices are fluctuating - first dropping for several days and then rising a few before dropping again and rising once more.  Prices have now risen the past 5 days so that the national average for unleaded gasoline stands at $3.24/gallon or 17 cents more than the average here.  Those in the city range from $2.92-$3.27/gallon, and I filled up yesterday for $2.99/gallon.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  Its event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week, and special events in this area can be found by clicking here.
  Other events in town can be found by clicking here.

 

I'm using my laptop daily and next week I'll have had it for exactly 3 years!  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site where I can be accessed, especially when it comes to putting one's favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  I've been contacted twice by individuals looking to hire me for my time and juggling experience after finding me on the site.  The first was in 2012 for the filming of a reality series here in the city, and the second was earlier this month to entertain at Marshall Texas' Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival.  Marshall's page online can be viewed here.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

College Football is now in "Bowl Season" with 35 bowl games being played over the next 3 weeks.  Saturday saw 4 bowl games played including Southern California getting by #20 ranked Fresno State 45-20, Colorado State coming back against Washington State 48-45, and Louisiana-Lafayette holding off Tulane in a battle between Louisiana schools 24-21.  Last night East Carolina downed Ohio 37-20, and today Boise State takes on Oregon State. 
Auburn's final play miracle to upset #1 ranked Alabama is still being talked about and has put the Tigers in the national championship game in early January against top-ranked Florida State.  Highlights of that remarkable finish can still be seen and heard by clicking here.

My College Teams:
#16 LSU               9-3   vs. Iowa January 1st
#27 Notre Dame  8-4   vs. Rutgers December 28th
#28 Iowa               8-4   vs. LSU January 1st
#30 Texas             8-4   vs. Oregon December 30th
Iowa State            3-9

Shreveport's Independence Bowl will be played a week from today on December 31st and will feature 7-5 Arizona (who upset #10 ranked Oregon 42-16 in November) and 7-5 Boston College (who has the leading running back in the country this year).


The NFL football season has just one more week of action remaining before the playoffs begin!  This past weekend saw Dallas come back to edge Washington 24-23, Carolina doing the same against New Orleans 17-13, and Indianapolis downing Kansas City 23-7.  Next Sunday night on NBC Philadelphia will travel to Dallas with the winner going to the playoffs.  That game and every Sunday night game on NBC can be viewed online here.

My NFL Teams:
Kansas City       11-4
New Orleans      10-5
Dallas                 8-7
New York Jets    7-8
Minnesota          4-10-1

College basketball is well underway.  The top teams in the country are Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Louisville.  Iowa State is ranked #14 and last night downed Akron 83-60.  Tomorrow night the Cyclones will take on Boise State.  Iowa is #22 in the nation.



To read saved UPDATES of the past look on the left side of this page and scroll down.

Monday, November 18th (My Birthday)

It's My Birthday!

The map above shows where I live in the Shreveport/Bossier City metropolitan area and includes the home I'm living in.  By clicking the words "My Home" at the bottom of the map a closer image of my residence will pop up on the left side.  Clicking the 'yellow man' icon next to it will put you right outside able to view the entire area around it by using the circular direction mover!


My favorite recent picture is posted below this section - taken 1 year ago this month (Thanksgiving weekend).


I'm employed at a major bowling center in Bossier City just across the Red River from Shreveport, and have been working there 4 months.  Bowling is the #1 form of family entertainment in America, and we provide a place of entertainment, fitness and fun for families, individuals and parties.  It's been quite a challenge to learn everything about the front desk reception area since it could be considered the command center of the entire building.  My current job site can be viewed online by clicking here, or on YouTube by clicking this link.


In September I attended my 3rd Christian concert in the past two years.  First was Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels and Louie Giglio in 2011 in Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium.  Last year was Michael W. Smith and the group L'Angelus in a Bossier City church.  This most recent time I saw Steven Curtis Chapman, Laura Story and Jason Gray in a Shreveport church.  We were the first stop on this trio's long tour making the night similar to a trial/rehearsal for the remainder of their concerts.  Mistakes during the show made it that much more enjoyable.  A series of pictures I took that night has been posted below this section next to slideshows of the other 2 concerts, and a video has been added to the video section near the bottom of this page with another one beneath it that includes the lyrics so that you can sing along.  Click on each colored name above to check out their own websites and hear their music or inspirational talks.


Temperatures rose this past weekend tying a record high of 84 degrees Sunday.  Today reached 74 and the rest of this week should peak around 70 before cooling off once again this coming weekend.  We've also received 44 inches of rain for the year which is an inch below normal for this time.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

Gasoline prices nationwide have remained steady the past 8 days and may have bottomed out after weeks of falling.  The national average price for unleaded gasoline now stands at $3.21/gallon or 23 cents more than the average here in Louisiana - one of the 10 cheapest-priced states in the country!  Prices here in the city range from $2.89 - $3.14/gallon, and I filled up last week for $2.93/gallon.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  Its event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week.  Special events in this area can be found by clicking here.
  Other events in town can be looked at by clicking here.

 

I'm using my laptop daily and purchased it nearly 3 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site where I can be accessed, especially when it comes to putting one's favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  This past weekend I was called and asked to entertain during the 'Festival of Lights' in Marshall, Texas Saturday December 7th.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

High school football is in playoff mode now.  This past weekend in Texas Midland Lee got by El Dorado 47-28, and Odessa High handled El Paso Franklin 61-15.  This coming weekend Midland Lee takes on Southlake Carroll and Odessa High will face Arlington Martin.
Here in town #17 ranked Byrd High had this past weekend off and will take on Archbishop Shaw this coming Friday.

Byrd High *           9-1
Midland Lee *       9-2
Thoreau High         6-4
Odessa High *       6-5
Midland High         5-5
Odessa Permian    4-6
Denison                  1-8


College Football season is nearly over with Thanksgiving approaching.  This past weekend #12 ranked Oklahoma State got by Texas 38-13, #7 ranked Auburn edged Georgia 43-38, and USC surprised #4 ranked Stanford 20-17.  This coming weekend  #19 ranked Wisconsin travels to Minnesota, #12 ranked Texas A&M visits LSU, #8 ranked Missouri goes to Mississippi, and #4 ranked Baylor plays at #10 ranked Oklahoma State.

My College Teams:
#22 LSU       7-3
#28 Texas     7-3
Notre Dame  7-3
Iowa               6-4
Iowa State     1-9



The NFL football season is in its second half and saw the only remaining unbeaten team finally lose a game.  The Kansas City Chiefs were outplayed by the Denver Bronchos and lost 27-17 Sunday night.  In other games Pittsburgh surprised Detroit 37-27, New Orleans edged San Francisco 23-20, and Chicago came back to beat Baltimore in overtime 23-20.  The Sunday night game can be viewed online through NBC's site here.

My NFL Teams:
Kansas City       9-1
New Orleans      8-2
New York Jets   5-5
Dallas                 5-5
Minnesota          2-8



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Monday, September 23rd - It's Fall!

The map above shows where I live in Shreveport.  By clicking the words "My Home" at the bottom of the map a closer image will pop up with a snapshot of my home on the left side.  Clicking the 'yellow man' icon next to it will put you right outside my residence, able to view the entire area by using the circular direction mover!


Sunday was an employee's gathering at my work place.  It was a staff meeting but also an opportunity to work together and get to know each other through games and fun.  Unfortunately it turned badly for me after a bowling pin relay!  A co-worker who knew I could juggle held out a set of the real bowling pins we had just used, and invited me to juggle for the group.  I took 1 in one hand and then 1 in another hand and attempted to juggle them together but after a few seconds one came tumbling down close to my face and grazed me just under my right eye.  It's weight and the force of it twisting in the air was enough to leave me with a mark that swelled up and turned red and then purple!  Needless to say I learned my lesson and hope to heal from this embarrassing moment soon!
I've been working at a bowling center in Bossier City the past 2 months.  It's busy and enjoyable work, but I have my eyes out for more professional employment and work that I would prefer.  My current job site can be viewed online by clicking here, or on YouTube by clicking this link.


I took my minivan in to be serviced last Thursday.  Its brakes and air conditioning were serviced and I feel more confident driving on the roads.


This Thursday evening I hope to attend another Christian Concert.  I've had the pleasure of seeing Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels and Louie Giglio perform at Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium, and Michael W. Smith and the group L'Angelus perform at a Bossier City church.  This time it will be Steven Curtis Chapman, Laura Story and Jason Gray at a Shreveport church!  Click on each name to check out their websites and hear some of their music or talks.


Temperatures cooled off over the weekend beginning with a rainstorm last Thursday evening.  Rain continued off and on for 24 hours and daily highs fell from the mid 90s to the low 80s in the days afterwards.  Sunday's high was 84 and today reached 87.  It's expected to peak at 90 later this week but not much more.  Almost 4 inches of rain fell Friday to end a 5-week drought with summer coming to an official end.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

Gasoline prices have dropped each day for the past 3 weeks - since Labor Day weekend!  The national average for unleaded gasoline now stands at $3.48/gallon or 23 cents more than the average here in Louisiana.  Prices in the city range from $3.05 - $3.49/gallon.  I filled up with 19 gallons of gas Sunday for $3.14/gallon and should be fine until October.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  Its event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week.  Special events in this area can be found by clicking here.
 

 

I'm using my laptop daily and purchased it 2 1/2 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site where I can be accessed, especially when it comes to putting one's favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

Major League Baseball's season is winding down with Boston, Oakland and Detroit leading the American League while Atlanta, St. Louis and Los Angeles lead the National League.  The Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's have secured playoff spots in the American League with 3 spots remaining to be claimed.  Detroit, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Texas, Kansas City and the New York Yankees are battling for those 3 spots.  The National League has its 5 playoff teams with the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds all preparing to make an appearance at playoff time.  Live look-ins on games can be viewed each evening through YAHOO by clicking here.  The Houston Astros have lost their last 10 games and have the worst record in baseball this year.  The season ends next Sunday! 

College Football completed it's 4th week of competition Saturday.  Big games included #5 ranked Stanford over Arizona State 42-28, #15 Michigan edging Connecticut 24-21, and #22 ranked Notre Dame getting by Michigan State 17-13.  Other games of interest to me include #6 ranked LSU over Auburn 35-21, Iowa over Western Michigan 59-3, and Texas over Kansas State 31-21. 

My College Teams:
#6 LSU                  4-0
#22 Notre Dame  3-1
Iowa                      3-1
Texas                    2-2
Iowa State            0-2


High school football continued this past weekend.  Friday the Thoreau Hawks in New Mexico reversed their previous week's 44-6 loss by beating Ramah 44-6.  Next weekend the #88 ranked Hawks host #91 ranked Navajo Pine in what should be an even match-up.  My own high school in Iowa (Denison) lost to Storm Lake 24-7.  Next weekend the Denison Monarchs travel to Atlantic and although the Monarchs have lost all their games and Atlantic has won once, the game should be quite close.  In Texas, Midland High got by Amarillo Tascosa 37-27 and next weekend the Bulldogs will host the Odessa Permian Panthers.  Midland Lee had the weekend off and next week will travel to Lubbock Coronado.  Odessa Permian beat Abilene High and Odessa High lost to San Angelo Central.
Over the weekend the nation's longest winning streak in high school football came to an end when Clairton, Pennsylvania lost 42-24 ending a 66-game winning streak which dates back to the beginning of the 2009 football season!

Midland Lee        2-1
Midland High       2-1
Odessa High        2-2
Thoreau High       2-2
Odessa Permian   1-3
Denison                 0-4

The NFL football season is finishing it's 3rd week of play this weekend.  There are 7 teams that are unbeaten now after 3 weeks of play.  Surprises at this point include the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers having lost all 3 of their games while the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs have won all 3 of theirs!  My teams had a good weekend with 4 winning and 1 losing.  Even with no tv reception I'm able to catch every Sunday night game this season through NBC's online sports site here.

My NFL Teams:
Kansas City       3-0
New Orleans      3-0
Dallas                 2-1
New York Jets    2-1
Minnesota          0-3




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Labor Day - September 2nd

The map above shows where I live in Shreveport.  By clicking the words "My Home" at the bottom of the map, a closer image will pop up with a snapshot of my home on the left side.  Clicking the 'yellow man' icon next to it will put you right outside my residence, able to view the entire area by using the circular direction mover!


Today my Dad celebrates his 80th birthday.  His photo can be seen below this section.
Happy Birthday Dad!


I've been employed at a major bowling center across the Red River in Bossier City for 8 weeks now.  It has been challenging being the only one over the age of 30 working the front desk, and has required much time to learn all the facets of the computerized register as well as other aspects of the business.  My job site can be viewed online by clicking here, and on YouTube by clicking this link.


Temperatures may be cooling off a bit this week.  After reaching 100 degrees each of the last two days we managed to only reach 92 today.  Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90s this week.  We've also received 27 inches of rain so far this year which is 7 inches below normal for this time.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

After peaking August 30th, gasoline prices seem to have leveled off and are dropping a bit now.  Today the national average for unleaded gasoline stands at $3.61/gallon or 21 cents more than the average here in Louisiana.  Prices in the city now range from $3.20 - $3.59/gallon, and I last filled up a week ago for $3.23/gallon.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


I received a surprise visit from a family I knew well in New Mexico recently but hadn't seen since moving here to Shreveport 2 1/2 years ago.  They took the time to stop and visit me at my workplace here on their way to Dallas before heading back home.  Thank you to the Sleuth family!


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  Its event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week.  Special events in this area can be found by clicking here.
 

 

I'm using my laptop daily now and purchased it 2 1/2 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site where I can be accessed, especially when it comes to putting one's favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

Major League Baseball's season continues with Boston, Detroit, Texas and Oakland leading the American League while Atlanta, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and St. Louis lead the National League.  The Oakland A's have won 4 in a row tying them for 3rd in the American League with Texas, while the Los Angeles Dodgers have won 4 in row as well keeping them in 2nd place in the National League.  The season continues through September 29th.
The Double-A Midland Rockhounds played their final game of the season this afternoon and ended an otherwise disappointing year with a win over Frisco.  The team lost 78 of 140 games this season.  Midland finished 7th in the 8-team Texas League, and the team and its fans are looking for better things next season.  The broadcast of their games can be heard on Midland's talk radio station by clicking here, or if on a different station should be able to be heard online here!

The college football season began this past weekend with many good games and a few surprises.  The biggest game of the weekend featured #5 ranked Georgia visiting #8 ranked Clemson.  The Clemson Tigers surprised the Bulldogs and pulled out a 38-35 win.  Our LSU Tigers went into Cowboys Stadium and edged out the TCU Horned Frogs 37-27.  Notre Dame jumped out to a 14-0 1st quarter lead against Temple and never looked back winning 28-6.  Iowa had problems with Northern Illinois.  Trailing 10-0 in the first quarter, the Hawkeyes managed to tie the game twice before taking a 24-17 halftime lead.  But it wouldn't hold up as Northern Illinois scored the final 10 points of the game and pulled out a 30-27 win, kicking the winning field goal with just 10 seconds left in the game!  Iowa State also had its hands full even though they too played at home.  The Cyclones ran into a problem-causing Northern Iowa team again this year.  Though they tied the game once and pulled to within a point late in the 3rd quarter, Iowa State never led in the game and lost 28-20.  It looked like the same demise would happen in Austin as well when New Mexico State took a 7-0 lead against Texas in the 2nd quarter, but the Longhorns would come back and pour it on for a 56-7 win.
High school football began this past weekend as well.  The Midland High Bulldogs hosted El Paso Americas in west Texas and won 41-23.  Crosstown rival Midland Lee hosted El Paso Coronado and won by almost the same margin 48-21.  Odessa High lost at Amarillo High, and Odessa Permian lost to El Paso Montwood.
The NFL football season officially begins this coming Thursday night when Superbowl champion Baltimore travels to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Bronchos.


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Monday, July 8th - I Began a New Job!

Posting updates should be easier now after having internet service installed in the house last week.  It has been very helpful accessing the internet from the public library as well as McDonald's recently.


I have found myself unemployed more than just a few times in my life, but this time was quite the experience!  No longer do employers or businesses seem to have paper applications to be filled out, but to save on paper each business seems to hire through applications filled out online.  After 11 weeks without pay; the first 7 while emptying out an abandoned home to make it liveable again, and the next 4 actively job searching, I have been offered a job just across the river in Bossier City!  Training begins tomorrow morning.    


Temperatures here in the city cooled off over the 4th of July weekend a bit but reached 93 today and are expected to peak at 95 the next two days.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

Gasoline prices have been dropping, but seem to have bottomed out over the holiday weekend and are beginning to rise.  The national average for unleaded gasoline now stands at $3.50/gallon or 22 cents more than the average here in Louisiana.  Prices here in the city range from $3.13 - $3.49/gallon, and I filled up yesterday for $3.18/gallon.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


Tuesday evenings I've usually been able to get out for some special activity.  Nearby First United Methodist Church has an active singles group and provides an opportunity to be with other single adults, while Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church gives an opportunity to learn about and share the Catholic faith.  Last Tuesday I had a phone line and internet service installed in my home, so I enjoyed the use of both that evening.  This coming Tuesday I will be training for my new job!


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  Its event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week.  Special events in this area can be found by clicking here.
 

 

My 2 years of recent social service work here in the city was with the Christian Service Program.  The nonprofit ministry began in the early 1970s reaching out to the poor, hungry and homeless where the need in the city was the greatest.  My work there involved supervising a transitional home for men and another next door for women, allowing each who came to benefit by being in a safer place so that progress toward becoming self-sufficent might be easier and help avoid having to go back on the streets.  Their stay allowed each to apply and obtain a regular income from work or from the government, and our savings policy enabled all to leave with enough finances to obtain a place of their own.
A similar organization - "Centerpoint" - has shut its doors at least temporarily.  They are the major information and referral place for the city, help families with past-due utility bills, and steer those with no place to stay to organizations that can help them.  Their loss will be greatly felt, and similar social service organizations will now also run the possibility of being closed down.

 

I'm using my laptop regularly now and purchased it 2 1/2 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site I can be accessed, especially when it comes to putting one's favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

Major League Baseball's season continues with Boston, Oakland, Texas and Detroit leading the American League while Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Atlanta and Arizona lead the National League.  The Arizona Diamondbacks have won 5 games in a row to catch the leaders in their bracket.  The annual All-Star game is July 16th, and the season runs through September 29th.

The Oklahoma Sooners are college softball's national champions, and video highlights of the women's softball tournament can be viewed by clicking here.
The UCLA Bruins surprised their competition and many fans by becoming college baseball's national champions!  Video highlights of the men's baseball tournament can be seen by clicking here.

Wimbledon's Tennis tournament came to a surprising conclusion this past weekend when
Marion Bartoli won her first major tournament beating Sabine Lisicki Saturday.  The following day Andy Murray defeated the top-ranked player in the world Novak Djokovic, and became the first Englishman to win this annual English tournament since the 1930s!

Congratulations again to the Chicago Blackhawks who became the NHL Hockey champions recently.  3 of their 6 championship series games against Boston went into overtime, and 4 games were decided by just 1 goal.
The picture below this section shows me standing next to the trophy that was awarded to Chicago after their win.
What is it like when the championship is won?  Take a look!

Congratulations again to the Miami Heat who were crowned NBA's basketball champions last month.



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Thursday, June 13th

Today is the feast day of my patron saint - St. Anthony of Padua!  He is the patron of the poor and invoked as the finder of lost articles.  His image as depicted through history can be seen just below this update section!


It has been difficult to post updates here as regularly as I have in the past now that I've moved into a small older home which has no internet service or landline phone.  But periodic updates should be posted here when it's possible to find a way online, especially when there's important news to report.


I recently decided to finally exchange a picture at the top of this page for a more recent one after having the same 4 pictures for nearly a year!  The two on the outside are older ones taken almost 10 years ago, while the two in the middle are more recent with one taken just last year.  The one that was replaced will find its way back on this page relatively soon.
Photo albums on this page are being updated as well when an opportunity arises, with the most recent one being the one on the left below with 50 photos.  Shutterfly will only allow 50 photos to be viewed from an album on its pages, and you can view each picture more clearly by clicking onto it.


I'm still between jobs having recently prepared a home to be inhabited again after being willed to my parish church.  Although some cleaning and repair work is still needed, the pastor has allowed me to move into it and become its guardian.  It's location can be seen on the map above.


Temperatures are beginning to rise as summer approaches.  Yesterday's high was 93, and today's high as well as that of the following few days should be near 95.  This is also the rainy season in Shreveport so thunderstorms could occur any day!  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

Gasoline prices have been steady the past 2 weeks now with the national average for unleaded gasoline at $3.62/gallon or 28 cents more than the average here in Louisiana - the 5th cheapest state average in the country!  South Carolina and Alabama have the cheapest prices while Hawaii and Michigan have the highest ones.  Prices here in the city now range from $3.15 - $3.68/gallon, and I filled up for $3.21/gallon a week ago.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


Tuesday evenings I choose to get out for some kind of activity.  Katy and her singles group at nearby First United Methodist Church have provided an opportunity to be with other single adults, and the staff at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church have given me a chance to learn and share about the Catholic faith.  This past Tuesday I joined the singles group for a potluck dinner with board games afterwards.  Next Tuesday I hope to join them for an evening of volleyball.


Last night on the SYFY Channel the program "Ghost Hunters" was aired showing their crew coming here to Shreveport to check out 2 areas of the city that are just blocks away from where I had been living.  A preview of that episode can be viewed by clicking here.


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  Its event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week.  A new casino is opening up just across the river this weekend in Bossier City.  Other special events in this area can be found by clicking here.
 

 

My recent work here in the city has been with the Christian Service Program.  The work is social service for a nonprofit organization that helps the poor, hungry and homeless where the need in the city seems to be the greatest.  My work involved supervising a transitional home for men and another next door for women with the hope that each person who came would benefit in a safer situation and might make better progress then toward becoming self-sufficent so that they wouldn't wind up back on the streets again.  Their stay with us would allow them the opportunity to obtain a regular income either from work or from the government and our savings policy would help them leave with enough finances to obtain a place they could call their own.  Another similar organization "Centerpoint" shut down its doors yesterday, possibly due to lack of funding.  They were the information and referral place for the city, helped families with past-due utility bills, and steered the homeless to organizations that could help them.  Their loss will be greatly felt here as similar social service organizations also run the possibility of being shut down.

 

I'm using my laptop when I can and purchased it 2 1/2 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site I can be accessed when it comes to putting my favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

The NBA Basketball playoffs are in the championship series with the final two teams playing in a best of 7 series on ABC.  Tuesday night Miami traveled to San Antonio and lost to the Spurs 113-77!  Tonight the two play again in San Antonio with the Spurs leading the series 2 games to 1.

 

 

The NHL Hockey playoffs are now in the championship series with the final two teams beginning their best of 7 series on NBC last night.  Two of my favorite teams will battle for the Stanley Cup this week and next as the Boston Bruins traveled to Chicago for game 1 Wednesday.  The result was the 5th longest championship series game in history going 3 overtimes before Chicago took its only lead on the winning shot at midnight after 112 minutes of play on the ice!  Game 2 will be played in Chicago Saturday with the Blackhawks now leading the series 1 game to 0.  What is it like when the championship is won?  Take a look!


Congratulations again to college softball's national champions - the Oklahoma Sooners!  Oklahoma ended up winning all of their playoff games and lost only 4 times in their 60 games this season.  Video highlights of the entire World Series tournament - 1 game at a time - can be seen by clicking here.
The College Baseball world series tournament begins this coming weekend with the final 8 teams playing in a double-elimination tournament (lose twice and you go home).  Saturday Mississippi State takes on #3 ranked Oregon State, and Indiana takes on Louisville.  Sunday top-ranked North Carolina takes on state rival North Carolina State, and #4 ranked LSU meets UCLA.  The championship game is expected to be played the 25th or 26th of this month.


Major League Baseball's season continues this week with Boston, Oakland and Texas leading the American League while St. Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh lead the National League.  The Atlanta Braves have the best record at home while the St. Louis Cardinals have the best record as a visiting team.  The baseball season runs through September 29th.


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Memorial Day - May 27th

The map above shows where I used to live and work, and also where I am now!  By clicking on the words at the bottom of the map you can view the area that was my home while working for Christian Services or the area that has been my home all month.  After doing so on either line at the bottom of the map, a screen will pop up with a very small 'postcard' type image on the left side.  Click on the small yellow person-symbol right next to it and a new image will put you right outside my homeX off any white description box, and the white arrows along the road will give you a choice to move in certain directions.  You can take a walk down the street by clicking one of the arrows, or take a stroll around the block by turning at each intersection.  Adjusting the dial on the top left side can also help you see where you're going, even allowing you to turn a complete circle to view the entire area around you!


Today is Memorial Day.  Take time out today to remember those who offered their lives for our freedom!


I am currently between jobs but keeping busy by helping prepare a recently abandoned home to be lived in.  A couple of former coworkers and some local church friends encouraged me to stay here in the city rather than leave for another state and have provided me with a temporary place to stay.


Temperatures have been normal or slightly above this holiday weekend.  Saturday reached 86 with Sunday peaking at 83 and 87 for the holiday today.  Rain is expected later this week, and we've received 21 inches so far this calendar year.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

Gasoline prices seem to have peaked this past Tuesday and have fallen the past 5 days.  The national average for unleaded gasoline is $3.65/gallon or 35 cents more than the average here in Louisiana - the 5th cheapest state average in the country!  Prices here in the city range from $3.14 - $3.69/gallon, and I filled up yesterday for $3.16/gallon!  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


Each week I look forward to Tuesday evenings when I can get away for a weekday evening.  I'm grateful to Katy and her group at First United Methodist Church for the opportunity to be with other singles in town, and to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church for an opportunity to share my interest in theology.  Last Tuesday was a long day and an evening of rest so I missed out on both options, but this week I hope to go on a tour of a nearby historical cemetery.


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  Its event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week.  Other special events in this area can be found by clicking here.
 

 

For 800 straight days I worked for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport ending in late April.  It was the 2nd time I had done so with the first being in 1993 and staying just over a year.  The work was social service related for a now 40 year-old nonprofit organization that was started by an independent Catholic nun in the early 70s to help the poor, hungry and homeless here.  Sr. Margaret McCaffrey was a woman ahead of her time in many respects and who felt the poor needed not only an advocate to speak up for and help them but someone they would consider a friend and not just another agency.  I had the great privilege of working with her for 16 months nearly 20 years ago before returning to Texas in 1994.  Years later after being laid off from work in New Mexico I returned in February 2011My work these past two years concentrated on supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women after interviewing those expressing an interest in coming to live with us and evaluating if they were sincere in their desire to better themselves and accept responsibility for becoming self sufficient.  Our residents were often recently released from prison or mentally slow, runaways or throwaways from family, transients from other areas, individuals who were down on their luck and unable to afford a place to stay or had been living on the streets for weeks or even years!  Our purpose was to help each one with a safe place to stay and provide the opportunity for each to become self sufficient by applying for work or government assistance, saving up for a place of their own and performing community service in return for their stay.  By doing so each individual who came to us as homeless would be able to leave with a regular income and enough money saved up to obtain a place of their own.

 

I'm using my laptop almost daily and purchased it 2 1/2 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site I can be accessed when it comes to putting my favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  Because I plan on moving from my current residence soon I'll be editing it shortly.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

Sunday saw two great auto races including "the greatest spectacle in racing" with the running of the Indy 500.  Veteran driver Tony Kanaan won it for the first time with a new record average speed of 187 mph!  There were also 67 lead changes in the race setting another record.  Segments of the race can still be viewed by clicking here!  Afterwards the longest car race of the year was run with the Coca Cola 600.  Kevin Harvick won that race after leading 28 of the 400 laps while female driver Danica Patrick finished 15 laps back in 29th place.

NBA Basketball playoffs continued this holiday weekend with 4 teams battling each other in a best of 7 series.  Last night the Miami Heat went on the road to Indiana and beat the Pacers to take a 2 game to 1 lead in their series.  Game 4 will be played Tuesday evening.  Tonight San Antonio completed a "sweep" of Memphis beating the Grizzlies in 4 straight games.  That means San Antonio will face the winner of the Miami-Indiana series for this year's NBA title!

 

 

The NHL Hockey playoffs continued this weekend as well with the number of teams remaining still at 6.  Last night San Jose won on their home ice to even their best of 7 series with Los Angeles at 3 games each.  Their deciding game 7 will be played in Los Angeles Tuesday evening.  Tonight Chicago showed resilience and edged Detroit for the 2nd time in a row to even their best of 7 series at 3 games each.  Their decisive game 7 will be played in Chicago Wednesday evening.


College Softball's world series tournament begins this Thursday with 8 teams battling it out for the national championship.  Texas faces Arizona State and top-ranked Oklahoma meets Michigan.  Also 2nd ranked Florida faces Tennessee and Nebraska goes against Washington.
The College Baseball world series tournament begins 2 weeks later.


Major League Baseball's season continues this holiday with Texas, Boston (with a 4-game winning streak) and the New York Yankees leading the American League while St. Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh continue to lead the National League.  The baseball season runs through September 29th.



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Mother's Day - May 12th

The map above not only shows where I used to live and work, but also shows where I am now!  By clicking on the words at the bottom of the map you can now view the area that was my home for 2 years as well as the area that has been my home this month.  After clicking on either of the lines at the bottom of the map a screen will pop up with a very small 'postcard' type image on the left side.  Click on the small yellow person-symbol right next to it and a new image will put you right outside my homeX off the white description box and the white arrows along the road will give you a choice to move in either direction.  You can walk down the street by clicking either arrow or take a stroll around the block by turning at each intersection.  Adjusting the dial on the top left side can help you see where you're going, and even allow you to turn a complete circle to view the entire area around you!


This is Mother's Day, and I'd like to extend a special "Happy Mother's Day" to all moms reading this update!  Just below this section is a photo of my own mom taken just a few years ago.  Happy Mother's Day Mom!
It was 29 years ago today that I graduated from college - my last day as a student after 17 straight years in school!
B
ecause Goodwill had no one helping people with their income taxes this year I received help by a group of VITA Volunteers elsewhere on April 12th, and received a small refund from the IRS.

Three weeks ago today I was surprisingly asked to leave the Christian Service Program after 26 months here.  Even though I wasn't prepared to leave I'm grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those we served, especially those needing a safe place to stay in order to get back on their feet again.  Even though I'm between jobs at present I'm helping prepare an abandoned home to be lived in again and am being helped by friends to do so.
Last Sunday I went to see the movie "Home Run" just across the river in Bossier City.  Information about the movie can be seen by clicking here.
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After a warming spell, temperatures cooled off a bit Thursday but have gradually warmed up since.  Saturday reached 80 degrees but today only got into the 70s.  Monday is expected to reach 80 and then 85 degrees on Tuesday.  We've also received over 18 inches of rain for the year.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

After remaining fairly steady for nearly 3 weeks gasoline prices are now on the rise!  Prices have increased the past 8 days and it appears they will continue rising, so fuel up soon or risk paying more next time!  The national average for unleaded gasoline is now $3.58/gallon or 30 cents more than the average here in Louisiana - the 5th cheapest state average in the country!  Prices here in the city range from $3.17 - $3.49/gallon, and today I filled up for $3.27/gallon when the average in the city is $3.30.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


Each week I look forward to Tuesday evenings when I can get away for an evening on a weekday.  Usually it's helping with a religious education class at my church or joining a few single adults in an activity.  I'm grateful to Katy and her group at First United Methodist Church for the opportunity to be with other singles in town, and to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church for an opportunity to share my interest in theology.  Last Tuesday I helped HUB Ministries feed a group of poor and in some cases homeless adults, and this coming Tuesday plan on helping teach a church class.


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  Its event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week.  Other special events in this area can be found by clicking here.
 

 

Because I lived at my workplace I was able to save my 19 year-old minivan several miles of driving once I moved to Shreveport.  I've owned it the past 10 years and average just over 11,000 miles/year.  But during the 2 years I lived and worked at Christian Services I only averaged 6200 miles!  After filling up recently I found the van is getting nearly 20 mpg in city driving!

 

For 800 days I got to work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport a 2nd time after departing some 19 years ago.  In doing so I was able to perform social service work for a now 40 year-old nonprofit organization that was started by an independent Catholic nun in the early 70s to help the poor, hungry and homeless in the city.  Sr. Margaret McCaffrey was a woman ahead of her time who felt the poor needed not only an advocate to speak up for and help them but someone they could consider a friend and not just another agency.  I had the privilege of working with her for 16 months back in the 1990s before returning to Texas in 1994.  After being laid off from work in New Mexico I returned in February 2011My work these past two years was supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women while interviewing and evaluating others who expressed a need to come and a desire to get back on their feet.  Our residents were often recently released from prison or mentally slow, runaways or throwaways from family, transients from other areas, individuals who were down on their luck unable to afford a place to stay or had been living on the streets for weeks or even years!  Our purpose was to help each one with a safe place to stay and provide the opportunity for each to become self sufficient by applying for work or government assistance, saving up for a place of their own and performing community service in return for their stay.  By doing so each individual who came to us as homeless would be able to leave us with enough money to obtain a place of their own.

 

I'm using my laptop almost daily and purchased it just over 2 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site I can be accessed when it comes to putting my favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  Because I plan on moving from my current temporary residence very soon, I'll be editing it this month.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

NBA Basketball playoffs continued this weekend.  After today there are 8 teams still competing for this year's title.  Miami leads Chicago as expected 2 games to 1 in their best of 7 series while San Antonio and Golden State are tied at 2 games each.  Indiana suprisingly leads New York 2 games to 1 in their series while Memphis looks to pull an upset over Oklahoma City leading the #1 team in the West 2 games to 1.  Monday Chicago hosts Miami and Oklahoma City visits Memphis. 

 

 

The NHL Hockey playoffs continued this weekend with another team being eliminated.  Detroit surprised Anaheim eliminating the 2nd best team in the West 3-2 today narrowing the field down to its final 10 teams.  After tomorrow there will be only 8 as Monday sees the deciding game between Boston and Toronto, as well as the final game between Washington and the New York Rangers.


Major League Baseball's season continues with Texas, the New York Yankees and their 5-game winning streak, and Baltimore leading the American League while St. Louis, San Francisco and Cincinnati lead the National League.  The baseball season runs through September 29th.



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Easter Sunday March 31st

Feel free to check out my area here and what it really looks like in person by using the map above.  To do so click on the words at the bottom of the map "This is Where I Live".  A screen will pop up with a very small 'postcard' type image on the left side, and a small yellow person-symbol right next to it.  Click on THAT yellow person-symbol, and a new image will come up putting you right outside my front door!  X off the white description box and you'll see the white arrows on the road for a direction to move.  By clicking on the arrows you can move in either direction.  If it fails, try it again by starting over.  You can also continue clicking the arrows to walk down the street for blocks or turn and go around the block.  A dial on the left side near the top can even be used to turn your view so you can see where you're going!  You can also walk all the way downtown by going right from the front of my home (7 or 8 blocks).  Keep going still further and you'll cross the Red River Bridge!


Today is Easter Sunday and the official beginning of Spring.  The new month of April begins tomorrow.


Temperatures warmed up to 70 degrees today and we received 1/2 an inch of rain giving us 4 inches for the month of March.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

 

After peaking February 25th, gasoline prices have dropped steadily.  Prices have fallen the past 13 days so today the national average is $3.61/gallon or 16 cents more than the average here in Louisiana.  I last filled up yesterday for $3.39/gallon.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


This past Friday was the annual "Christ Walk" reenacting the Stations of the Cross with people here getting a chance to walk a mile and a half stopping along the way at various sites of hope for those in need of assistance, including our Christian Service Program.  Photos should be coming soon.


Our transitional homes have remained steady for a while with 4 men and no women in our shelters.  2 mentally ill men were interviewed in their hospitals this past week but neither has a caseworker willing to follow up on their progress, so we remain at 4 male residents this week. 

 

Each week I look forward to Tuesday evenings since it's often the only weekday evening I feel able to get away from my workplace home.  It's usually spent helping teach a religious education class or joining a singles group for an activity.  Last week I participated in a show-and-tell talent evening demonstrating the art of juggling over dinner and also learning to fly fish.  This coming Tuesday I hope to join a number of friends in an evening of volleyball.


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts and their event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week.  Special events in this area can be found by clicking here.
 

 

Because I live at my workplace I've saved my 19 year-old minivan several miles of driving since making Shreveport my home.  I've now owned my van 10 years averaging a little over 11,000 miles/year which is almost twice as much as my average here (6200 miles/year).

 

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor, hungry and homeless in the city.  Sr. Margaret McCaffrey was a woman ahead of her time who felt the poor needed not only an advocate to help and speak up for them but someone they could consider a friend, and I had the privilege of working with her for 16 months back in the 1990s.  I came back in February 2011 after being laid off from work in New Mexico.  My work here involves supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women taking in those who wish to become self-sufficient.  Our residents are often those who have been released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a place to stay, or have been living on the streets for weeks or even years!  Our purpose is to provide each of them with a safe place to stay and the opportunity to become self-sufficient including applying for work, saving up for a place of their own and performing community service in this area in return for their stay.  A photo of our director of 15 years standing in front of our transitional homes and office building can be seen just below this section.

 

I'm using my laptop almost daily and obtained it 2 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling!

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site I can be found on and it's one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located.  Producers of Country Music Television apparently found me there when they came to Shreveport in 2011 to film a new reality TV series.  "Bayou Billionaires" aired each Saturday evening on CMT beginning in January of last year.  I was contacted about appearing on an episode to give a juggling lesson to a 10 year-old in the family.  It never aired because it didn't go as planned (Reality TV has no script.)  Click here to view the website that has each and every episode of this series featuring a local family that struck it rich when natural gas was found on their property!  I'm disappointed but not surprised that the segment with me did not air since it's not easy for a 10 year-old to learn the art of juggling in less than an hour!  You can still find my juggling page online by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

College basketball's "March Madness" tournament continued this weekend and the men's tournament is down to 4 teams after today.  There were 3 upsets to get those final 4 teams as Syracuse upset Marquette, Michigan upset Florida, and Wichita State surprised Ohio State.  The other winner was Louisville over Duke.
In the women's tournament the #1 team in the nation went down in defeat this weekend when Louisville upset Baylor 82-81.  Also this weekend Georgia upset Stanford, Notre Dame handled Kansas, and Connecticut blew out Maryland.  The women's tournament is down to 8 teams and will be down to 4 after Tuesday.


NBA Basketball saw its 2nd longest winning streak come to an end when the Miami Heat lost at Chicago ending a 27-game winning streak.  Miami still owns the best record in the league with 3 weeks left in the basketball season and leads both New York and Indiana in the East.  San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers lead in the West.  11 of the 16 playoff teams this season have already been decided and include all 6 of those mentioned above.

 

 

NHL Hockey has a shortened season due to a long strike that was settled in January and will finish in 4 weeksThe Chicago Blackhawks got off to a record-setting start by not losing a game in regulation time their first 24 games and are still the team to beat.  They lead the league with the best overall record while Anaheim and Minnesota are 2nd and 3rd in the West.  In the East Montreal leads with Pittsburgh 2nd and Boston 3rd.


The Major League Baseball season officially gets underway this evening with 1 game - the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros in a night game to officially begin the baseball season.  Other teams will begin their seasons tomorrow or Tuesday.  The baseball season runs through September 29th. 



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Christmas Day 2012

 

A very Merry Christmas to everyone reading this update, and a very happy New Year to you as well! Santa had quite a job last night and anyone could track his whereabouts during Christmas eve night by clicking here.

Our annual fundraising telethon was earlier this month and a short video segment of the televised fundraiser can be viewed by clicking here.

Temperatures warmed up this past weekend with highs in the 60s but changed today with a high expected near 50. It has also rained all morning and somewhat this afternoon as temperatures begin to cool. We've already received 50 inches of rain this year which is normal for a full year. A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here.

Gasoline prices recently rose after a long period of dropping, but seem to be steady now. The national average is $3.24/gallon or 16 cents more than the average here in Louisiana. Sunday I filled up for $2.94/gallon and should be okay until the new year. Prices here in town are now almost all under $3.00/gallon and a photo of one station can be seen just below this section! A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


Our men's transitional home gained a resident this past Friday giving us 7 men, but he chose to break our curfew twice in two days and was taken away by police officers after theatening the life of his step father. Our women's transitional home took in a new resident for an emergency stay this past Thursday giving us 4 women and then departed Saturday.

Each week I look forward to Tuesday evenings as it's the only weekday evening I can comfortably get away from my residence here. It's usually spent helping teach a religious education class or joining a singles group for a service-oriented or recreational event. Last week I volunteered to help an organization feed about 100 people who wouldn't have food otherwise. Today I rested on Christmas day after attending Midnight Mass and a brief meal at a friend's home late last evening.

The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week. Special events in this area can be found by clicking here.

Because I live at my workplace I'm saving my 18 year-old minivan several miles of driving. After almost two years here I'm averaging just 500 miles/month or 5000 miles a year less than what I normally drive! The saving in mileage should allow it to last a year longer than expected. A week from now I'm planning on getting away to west Texas for a few days and will make the 1000 mile round-trip to a city that was my home for 13 years to go through storage, see a dentist, and visit friends.

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor, hungry and homeless in the city. I had the privilege of working with her for 16 months back in the 1990s, and returned after being laid off from work in New Mexico two years ago. My work involves supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have either been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for months or even years! Our purpose is to provide each of them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to become self-sufficient including applying for work, obtaining a job, saving up for their own place and performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.

I'm using my laptop almost daily now and obtained it 2 years ago this week during Christmas Break. It has especially come in handy when traveling and I'm grateful to have it!

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another site I can be found on and it's one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located. The producers of Country Music Television apparently found me there when they came to Shreveport last year to film a new reality TV series. "Bayou Billionaires" has aired each Saturday evening on CMT since January 21st. I was contacted about giving a juggling lesson for a 10 year-old in the family as part of an episode and waited to see it on the air but in vain. Click here to view the website that has each and every episode of this series featuring a local family that struck it rich when natural gas was found on their property! I'm disappointed but not surprised that the segment of my juggling lesson has not been aired since it's not easy for a 10 year-old to learn the art of juggling in less than an hour! You can still find my juggling page online by clicking this link.



SPORTS: The NBA Basketball season is well underway with Miami, New York and Atlanta leading in the East while Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio lead in the West. Charlotte has lost 15 in a row after winning 7 of their first 12 games.
College basketball is also being played with Duke, Michigan, Arizona and Louisville leading the nation while in women's play Stanford, Connecticut, Baylor and Duke are the best teams.

The NHL Hockey season was scheduled to begin back in October but remains on strike. All games through January 14th have been cancelled meaning that now 50% of the hockey season has been called off without a single game being played. If it's not resolved soon, the entire season will be lost.

College football is in Bowl Season for 3 weeks meaning the better teams play 1 final game before the end of their school year. Winners so far have been Arizona, BYU, UCF, Louisiana-Lafayette, nationally ranked Utah State, and nationally ranked Boise State. Yesterday SMU dominated Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl 43-10. Tomorrow Western Kentucky takes on Central Michigan. Some upcoming games that should be exciting to watch include the Holiday Bowl December 27th between Baylor and nationally ranked UCLA, the Capital One Bowl New Year's Day between #7 Georgia and nationally ranked Nebraska, the Fiesta Bowl January 3rd between #4 Oregon and #5 Kansas State, and the Cotton Bowl January 4th between #9 Texas A&M and nationally ranked Oklahoma! The Texas Longhorns will play December 29th against nationally ranked Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl. The Iowa State Cyclones will play December 31st against Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl. LSU will play that same evening against Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Notre Dame is the best team in the country having won all its games by an average of 17 points and will play for the national championship January 7th against defending champion Alabama! The Fighting Irish's website can be viewed by clicking here, and a preview of their matchup with Alabama can be read about here.
The teams I followed this year are:
#1 Notre Dame 12-0
#8 LSU 10-2
#24 Texas 8-4
Iowa State 6-6
Iowa 4-8

The Independence Bowl is played each year right here in Shreveport and this coming Friday December 28th will feature 8-4 Louisiana-Monroe against 8-4 Ohio. Apparently Louisiana Tech (9-3) was offered the chance to play in this Bowl Game but turned it down in the hope of being invited to a bigger game on New Year's Day. But when that didn't happen they found themselves without an invitation at all, and that is a shame not only for them but for all football fans because the Bulldogs had the highest scoring team in college football this year and the game here could have turned into an all Louisiana Bowl Game! That story can be viewed by clicking here. A preview of this year's game can be read about here, and I hope to be in attendance for the 2nd year in a row.

In October I attended my first college football game in 10 months and was treated to a classic right here in town. It featured the same nationally ranked Texas A&M team that knocked off Alabama in November against a nationally ranked Louisiana Tech team. The result was an exciting 2 point victory for the Aggies of Texas A&M in the highest scoring football game I've ever attended! It just so happens that the quarterback of Texas A&M was also awarded the Heisman Trophy for being the most outstanding college football player this year. I hope to post a few pictures taken at the game on here soon. The game itself should still be viewable online by clicking here.

The NFL Football season now has only 1 more week of games as teams scramble for a playoff spot. 10 of the 12 playoff teams have already been established and the final 2 will be decided next weekend. Big games this past weekend included New Orleans edging Dallas in overtime 34-31, Washington getting by Philadelphia 27-20, Cincinnati surprising Pittsburgh 13-10, and Seattle overpowering San Francisco 42-13.

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My Birthday - November 18th

 

Today is my birthday, so I've been away from the computer for a while enjoying some time away! I got an early present last night and to see what it was check out the sports section below.

Louisiana has become my 3rd longest state of residence behind Iowa and Texas. This month makes 37 months I've been able to call Louisiana home pushing it ahead of New Mexico, and making Shreveport my 4th longest place of residence behind Denison Iowa, Midland Texas, and Big Bend National Park in Texas.

Temperatures have been gradually warming up over the past week. Highs have been in the 60s near 70 this past weekend and are expected to reach the low 70s this week. A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link.


Gasoline prices continue dropping as Thanksgiving approaches. The national average is now $3.43/gallon or 25 cents more than the average here in Louisiana. A week ago I fueled up for $3.15/gallon so I'm set at least until Thanksgiving weekend! A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


Our men's and women's transitional homes have had a bit of transition the past two weeks. One male resident was dismissed due to noncompliance after just 4 days with us, a former male resident was admitted but only stayed 2 days before walking out, a female resident walked out after 5 days with us, another male resident was taken in 10 days ago and is doing fine, and another male resident with his own truck was admitted 2 days ago giving us 5 men and 2 women in our transitional homes.

Each week I look forward to Tuesday evenings as it's the only weekday evening I feel comfortable getting away from my workplace residence. It's usually spent helping teach a religious education class at church or joining a singles group for a service-oriented or recreational event. Last Tuesday I helped a group called HUB Ministries feed almost 100 people with Bingo afterwards, and this Tuesday I hope to join a number of singles in an evening of volleyball.

In 9 days I hope to attend a professional wrestling event just across the river in Bossier City. Other special events in Shreveport and nearby Bossier City can be found by clicking here.

Because I live at my workplace I'm saving my 18 year-old minivan some miles. Last month I reached 10,000 miles driven since moving here 21 months ago now. That's an average of about 500 miles/month or 5000 miles a year less than what I normally drive! The saving in mileage should allow it to last a year longer than expected.

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor, hungry and homeless in the city. My work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have either been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for months or even years! Our purpose is to provide each of them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to become self-sufficient including applying for work, obtaining a job, saving up for their own place and performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.

I'm using my laptop almost daily now and obtained it almost 23 months ago during Christmas break. It has especially come in handy when traveling!

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another site I can be found on and it's one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located. The producers of Country Music Television apparently found me there when they came to Shreveport last year to film a new reality TV series. "Bayou Billionaires" has aired each Saturday evening on CMT since January 21st. I was contacted about giving a juggling lesson for a 10 year-old in the family as part of an episode and waited to see it on the air but in vain. Click here to view the website that has each and every episode of this series featuring a local family that struck it rich when natural gas was found on their property! I'm disappointed but not surprised that the segment of my juggling lesson has not been aired since it's not easy for a 10 year-old to learn the art of juggling in less than an hour! You can still find my juggling page online by clicking this link.



SPORTS: The NBA Basketball season is now well underway, and college basketball has gotten off to a good start as well. The NHL Hockey season was scheduled to begin in October but it will be December at the earliest before we see a hockey game due to a strike.

High School Football is in playoff mode now. The teams I'm following have all finished their seasons though. Denison High School in Iowa, Midland High and Midland Lee in west Texas, and Thoreau High in New Mexico all failed to the make the playoffs this season but will be back next year! A few video highlights of Denison's games this season can be viewed by clicking here!
Midland Lee 6-4
Midland High 5-5
Thoreau High 2-7
Denison-Schleswig 1-8

College football had a very big day of games Saturday. They included nationally ranked UCLA over nationally ranked USC 38-28, nationally ranked Oklahoma State over nationally ranked Texas Tech 59-21, Utah State upsetting nationally ranked Louisiana Tech in overtime 48-41, nationally ranked Stanford upsetting unbeaten Oregon in overtime 17-14, and Baylor dominating the #1 team in America Kansas State 52-24! Other games included nationally ranked Michigan over Iowa 42-17, Iowa State taking care of Kansas 51-23, unbeaten Notre Dame shutting out Wake Forest 38-0, and nationally ranked LSU getting by Mississippi 41-35. My teams are doing very well now as the season winds down, and for the first time in 19 years Notre Dame is the #1 team in America:
#1 Notre Dame 11-0
#7 LSU 9-2
#16 Texas 8-2
Iowa State 6-5
Iowa 4-7

5 weeks ago I attended my first college football game in years and was treated to a classic right here in town. It featured the same Texas A&M team that knocked off top-ranked Alabama earlier this momth, and I hope to post a few pictures I took on here soon. The game itself should still be viewable online by clicking here.

NFL Football is in the 2nd half of its season and has some big games this weekend. They've included Houston over Jacksonville in overtime 43-37, Dallas over Cleveland in overtime 23-20, Tampa Bay over Carolina in overtime 27-21 and Atlanta getting by Arizona 23-19. Two other big ones saw Baltimore surprise Pittsburgh tonight 13-10, and Monday night Chicago travels to face San Francisco.

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Late October - 21st, 2012

 

Last Saturday I enjoyed one of the most exciting football games I've ever been to, and today I'll be attending a secular Franciscan Order meeting at a nearby church.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 80s each afternoon this weekend with lows close to 60. Last weekend's rainfall raised our total for the year to 43 inches which is 3 inches above normal for this time of the year. A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link.


After leveling off on the 14th, gas prices have dropped each of the past 5 days so that today the national average is $3.70/gallon or 19 cents more than the average here in Louisiana. Four weeks ago I last filled up for $3.39/gallon and plan to do so again this weekend. A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


This week our women's shelter admitted a 2nd resident while our men's shelter continues to have 3 residents. Our director, Brother Giovanni, had back surgery almost 2 weeks ago and is now going through physical therapy. We hope he can return to work in another week. He's 70 years old and has been in charge of the Christian Service Program the past 14 years.

Each week I look forward to Tuesday evenings as it's the only weekday evening I can get away from my workplace residence. I spend it either helping teach a group of adults in a religious education setting or joining a nearby church singles group for a service-oriented or recreational event. This past Tuesday I joined them for an evening of volleyball and played 5 games! Next week I hope to do so again.

Our largest arts event of the year - The Red River Revel - was held here last week. This coming week the state fair comes to town! Other special events here in Shreveport and nearby Bossier City can be found by clicking here.

Because I live at my workplace I'm saving my 18 year-old minivan some miles. Averaging just over 500 miles/month here is 5000 miles a year less than what I normally drive! The saving in mileage should allow it to last another 2 or 3 years before it will need to be replaced.

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor, hungry and homeless in the city. My work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have either been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for months or even years! Our purpose is to provide each of them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to become self-sufficient including applying for work, obtaining a job, saving up for their own place and performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.

I'm using my laptop almost daily now and obtained it 22 months ago during Christmas break. It has especially come in handy when traveling!

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another site I can be found on and it's one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located. The producers of Country Music Television apparently found me there when they came to Shreveport last year to film a new reality TV series. "Bayou Billionaires" has aired each Saturday evening on CMT since January 21st. I was contacted about giving a juggling lesson for a 10 year-old in the family as part of an episode and waited to see it on the air but in vain. Click here to view the website that has each and every episode of this series featuring a local family that struck it rich when natural gas was found on their property! I'm disappointed but not surprised that the segment of my juggling lesson has not been aired since it's not easy for a 10 year-old to learn the art of juggling in less than an hour! You can still find my juggling page online by clicking this link.



SPORTS: Major League Baseball is winding down with only 3 teams still playing. The Detroit Tigers elminated the New York Yankees to win the American League title and will be in this year's World Series. This weekend defending champion St. Louis will play at San Francisco with the winner of their best of 7 series claiming the National League title and facing Detroit in the World Series next week.

College football weekend concluded with another exciting set of games. Big games included LSU holding off Texas A&M 24-19, Ohio State coming back to beat Purdue in overtime 29-22, and Texas Tech getting by TCU in triple overtime 56-53. Other games included Oklahoma State taking out Iowa State 31-10, Notre Dame edging BYU 17-14, Penn State downing Iowa 38-14, and Texas holding off Baylor 56-50.
My teams are still doing well with 1 month left in the season:
#5 Notre Dame 7-0
#6 LSU 7-1
#24 Texas 5-2
Iowa State 4-3
Iowa 4-3


Last Saturday night I attended my 3rd major college football game - all of them here in Shreveport - and it was a classic that lived up to all the hype. 2 of the nation's 25 best teams came to town to square off as #22 ranked Texas A&M led early and dominated the first half of their game against #23 ranked Louisiana Tech. But the 2nd half saw a very different game as the momentum changed and Louisiana Tech fought back. Even though the Bulldogs found themselves behind by 27 points twice in the game, they pulled to within 2 on two separate occasions including the final minute of the game, but came up short and lost to the Aggies 59-57 in the highest scoring football game this year and the highest scoring game I've ever been to! There were 15 touchdowns, 27 penalties, and 187 total plays in a game that lasted almost 4 1/2 hours! The stadium is shown below this section, and the game should now be available to view online by clicking here.

The NFL football season enters another week of play this weekend. Big games Sunday include Baltimore at Houston, the New York Giants hosting Washington, and the New York Jets at New England. Other games include Minnesota hosting Arizona and New Orleans at Tampa Bay.

In High School Football the teams I'm following include Denison High School in Iowa, Midland High and Midland Lee in west Texas, and Thoreau High in New Mexico. Friday night in Texas Midland Lee edged Midland High 41-38 for bragging rights in the city, while in Iowa Sergeant Bluff-Luton edged the Denison Monarchs 23-20. Thoreau High won its 2nd game in a row with a 28-12 win over Wingate High. A few video highlights of Denison's games can be viewed by clicking here!
Midland Lee 5-2
Midland High 3-4
Thoreau High 2-4
Denison-Schleswig 1-8

A recent Nascar race had a terrible multi-car accident on the final lap. It can be viewed by clicking here.

Each photo album I have on this site with this page and my other pages from the top tabs are being made more complete with additional pictures since they can hold and display up to 50 in all.

To read saved UPDATES of the past look on the left side of this page and scroll down.

Labor Day 2012

 

Sunday my dad turned 79 years old. His latest picture is posted below this section. Happy Birthday Dad!

Temperatures have warmed up ever since Hurricane Isaac came through town last Thursday. Afternoon highs have been in the upper 90s with lows in the 70s. We've received 33 1/2 inches of rain for the year which is just half an inch below normal.
The Red River separating Shreveport from Bossier City is holding at just over 14 feet deep and was the place where fireworks were shot from a barge back on July 4th. A video of the finale I took is posted near the bottom of this page. A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link.


Gasoline prices have remained steady the past 5 days after a short rise. The national average is now $3.80/gallon or 13 cents more than the average here in Louisiana. Saturday I filled up for $3.41/gallon in anticipation of prices increasing again. A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


My work can present a new challenge at any time and is never boring! At the present time we have 3 men in our transitional home while the women's house is being cleaned up and prepared for its next resident since it's currently empty.

Tuesday evening is my weekly opportunity to get away from my workplace residence. I spend it either helping teach a group of adults in a religious education setting or joining a church singles group for a service-oriented event or recreational one. Last week was a potluck dinner with games afterwards including a game of Spades I participated in. Recently we went out to play miniature golf at a fancy indoor course. Its website and course can be viewed here.

Special events here in Shreveport can be found by clicking here.

Back in April I attended an airshow held at Barksdale Air Force Base just across the Red River in Bossier City. Though I came away sunburned it was well worth going. The Base is home to the B-52 Bomber which is the biggest one flown in this country, and over 20 of them are there at the base. The feature attraction for the airshow, however, was the Air Force Thunderbirds and their flight show! This holiday weekend I have posted 50 photos taken during the airshow and hope to post a video on this page soon as well. They can be viewed near the bottom of this page on the left side. The Airshow's website is here.


Because I live at my workplace I'm saving my minivan from being driven as usual. Averaging only 500 miles/month here is 5000 miles a year less than what I'm used to driving! The amount I'm saving should allow it to last another 2 or 3 years before it will need to be replaced.

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in the city. My work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for months or even years! Our purpose is to provide each of them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to become self-sufficient including applying for work, obtaining a job, saving up for their own place and performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.

I'm using my laptop more and more and got it 20 months ago during Christmas break. It has especially come in handy when traveling, and I'm glad to have it!

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another site I can be found on and it's one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located. The producers of Country Music Television apparently found me there when they came to Shreveport last summer to film a new reality TV series. "Bayou Billionaires" has aired each Saturday evening on CMT since January 21st. I was contacted about giving a juggling lesson for a 10 year-old in the family as part of an episode and have been waiting to see it on the air but in vain. Click here to view the website that has each and every episode of this new series featuring a local family that struck it rich when natural gas was found on their property! I'm disappointed but not surprised that the segment of my juggling lesson has not been aired since it's not easy for a 10 year-old to learn the art of juggling in less than an hour! You can still find my juggling page online by clicking this link.



SPORTS:

Major League Baseball continues its season for one more month ending October 3rd. Texas, the New York Yankees and Oakland lead the American League while Washington, Cincinnati and San Francisco lead the National League.

The Midland Rockhounds are a minor league baseball team I follow and are part of the 8-team Texas League as the minor league affiliate of the Oakland A's. Tonight their season came to an end with a close come-from-behind 2-1 win at Frisco in 10 innings. The win ends a 4-game losing streak and the Rockhounds season. Midland won 64 games this season and lost 74 which is 5th best in the 8-team league. Better luck next year! The team's webpage can be viewed by clicking here while most of their games can be heard online by clicking here.

The College Football season officially began this past Thursday with most games played Saturday and a few others Sunday and today. The top 3 teams all won easily with #1 USC beating Hawaii 49-10, #2 Alabama surprising nationally ranked Michigan 41-14, and #3 LSU taking care of North Texas by the same score. #15 Texas got by Wyoming 37-17, and #25 Notre Dame handled Navy 50-10! Next week Notre Dame hosts Purdue. Iowa had a tough time with Northern Illinois trailing after 3 quarters but came from behind to win 18-17, while Iowa State had a tough time with Tulsa early on before going on to win 38-23. Next week Iowa State travels to face Iowa! Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech were scheduled to play here in town Thursday night but that game will now be played October 13th.
Next weekend two big games to watch are top 10 Georgia visiting unbeaten Missouri, and surprise winner New Mexico traveling to take on Texas.
Iowa 1-0
Iowa State 1-0
Notre Dame 1-0
Texas 1-0
LSU 1-0

The NFL football season will get underway next weekend with an opening game this Wednesday night featuring the Superbowl champion New York Giants taking on the Dallas Cowboys! Other games will be played Sunday and Monday next week including San Francisco facing Green Bay in a rematch of last year's conference title game Sunday afternoon, and Pittsburgh taking on Denver and its newly acquired quarterback Sunday evening.

The Olympic games in England caught the attention of much of the world, and concluded 3 weeks ago. The final medal count had the United States leading the rest of the world with 46 gold medals and 29 silver medals, as well as 104 total medals. China was 2nd in gold medals with 38, 2nd in silver with 27 and 2nd in total medals with 87. Russia led all nations with 33 bronze medals and was 3rd in overall medals with 82. The hosting nation - Great Britain - fared well also being 3rd in gold medals and 4th in total medals. 79 nations in all won at least 1 medal! The final medal count and results for each day's events can be found by clicking here. Highlights from the summer games in China 4 years ago can still be viewed online by clicking here. The Olympic website can be viewed by clicking this link. My favorite moment from the games 4 years ago was this one, and the 5 biggest moments of the games 4 years ago can be viewed in this 10-minute video! Highlights of the U.S. men winning the gold medal in volleyball can be seen by clicking here.

All photo albums on this page are being made more complete with additional pictures.

To read saved UPDATES of the past look on the left side of this page and scroll down.

Independence Day 2012

 

Today is our nation's birthday and you can celebrate right on your computer! Click here to shoot off fireworks right from your computer, and here to do so closeup.

 

Temperatures this week have been in the mid 90s after receiving rain Sunday afternoon, but are expected to climb near 100 today through Friday. Lows are in the mid 70s. The depth of the Red River separating Shreveport from Bossier City is now just under 25 feet. A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link.

 

Gasoline prices may have bottomed out after weeks of falling. Prices have leveled off the past 4 days rising slightly two of those days. Still, some stations here in town are selling gasoline for under $3.00/gallon. The national average remains $3.38/gallon or 33 cents more than the average here in Louisiana. A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.

 

My work here seems to always have a new challenge. This week I hope to develop a more understanding and patient attitude toward those we're housing so that they can be given ample opportunity to get back on their feet and not be dismissed for simple rule violations. We currently have 4 men and 1 woman in our two transitional homes.

 

Today I attended a "healing Mass" and hope to be present at a sidewalk counseling session Friday evening. An introduction to the "Just Faith" church program and its 30-week program is planned for this coming Sunday.

 

Special events here in Shreveport can be found by clicking here.

 

I was glad to get away to west Texas for 5 days in June and ran a number of errands while there. Because I did I don't expect to get away from the area again until Thanksgiving in November. Pictures will be coming here later this month.

 

In April I attended an airshow held at Barksdale Air Force Base just across the Red River in Bossier City. Though I came away sunburned it was well worth going. The Base is home to the B-52 Bomber which is the biggest one flown in this country, and over 20 of them are there at the base. The feature attraction for the airshow, however, was the Air Force Thunderbirds and their flight show! I hope to post some pictures taken that day as well as a video or two before the end of July. The Airshow's website is here.

 

Mardi Gras in Louisiana took place in February. A slideshow of several photos from the Mardi Gras parades I attended here is being put together and should be added near the bottom of this column very soon.

 

Because I live at my workplace I'm not driving my minivan as much as I ordinarily would. At least once a year I make a 1000 mile or longer roundtrip, and did so just last month so it will be another 6 months before I do so again.

 

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in the city. My work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for months or even years! Our purpose is to provide each of them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to become self-sufficient including applying for work, obtaining a job, saving up for their own place and performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.

 

I'm using my laptop more and more and have had it 18 months! It has especially come in handy when traveling, and I'm glad to have it.

 

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site I can be found on and it's one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located. The producers of Country Music Television apparently found me there when they came to Shreveport last summer to film a new reality TV series. "Bayou Billionaires" has aired each Saturday evening on CMT since January 21st. I was contacted about giving a juggling lesson for a 10 year-old in the family as part of an episode and have been waiting to see it on the air but in vain. Click here to view the website that has each and every episode of this new series featuring a local family that struck it rich when natural gas was found on their property! I'm disappointed but not surprised that the segment of my juggling lesson has not been aired since it's not easy for a 10 year-old to learn the art of juggling in less than an hour! You can still find my juggling page online by clicking this link.



SPORTS:

Wimbledon's Tennis Tournament is going on and concludes this coming weekend. The men's bracket is down to 4 competitors all ranked among the top 6 in the world. The women's bracket is also down to its final 4 competitors and all are ranked among the top 8 players in the world!

 

Major League Baseball is approaching its annual All-Star game next week when the season will be half over. Currently Texas, the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels lead in the American League, while Washington, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh lead in the National League.

 

The Minor League baseball team I follow most is the Midland Rockhounds from the city that was my home for 13 years. The Rockhounds are part of the 8-team Texas League and the minor league affiliate of the Oakland A's. Last night Midland beat Springfield 8-3 giving making it 3 wins in their last 4 games! Still, the Rockhounds have a ways to go in order to make the playoffs this year. They've still lost more games than they've won but are at least on a winning streak of sorts. This evening they play at Springfield again. The team's webpage can be viewed by clicking here while their games can be heard almost every evening by clicking here.

 

The College World Series just crowned its national champions. In baseball Arizona upset the defending champions from South Carolina, and in softball Alabama edged Oklahoma for this year's title!

 

The Olympic games in England will begin the last week of this month and highlights from the last Olympic Games in Canada can still be viewed online Click here for lasting images of the games 4 years ago. The Olympic website can be seen by clicking this link. My favorite moment from the games 4 years ago was this one, and the 5 biggest moments of the games can be viewed in this 10-minute video! Highlights of the U.S. men winning the gold medal in volleyball can be seen by clicking here.

 

To read saved UPDATES of the past look on the left side of this page and scroll down.

Mother's Day 2012

 

Today is Mother's Day! Take time to thank your mom today for giving you the gift of life, whether she's still among us or has passed on. Happy Mother's Day Mom!

Temperatures were cooler this past week and this weekend with a nice rainfall Saturday! Highs have been in the 70s near 80. A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link.


Gasoline prices continue to drop slowly so that today the national average is $3.73/gallon or 20 cents more than the average here in Louisiana. Two weeks ago I filled up my minivan with $60 worth of fuel which amounted to 17 gallons at $3.52/gallon. With prices continuing to decline, I don't expect to fuel up again for awhile. A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


Saturday I took a motorized tour of some historic places in the city. The highlight was the Municipal Auditorium which has housed several legendary singers including Elvis Presley in his 1st concert tour! The Shreveport tour can be found online by clicking here.

My work here can be challenging at times. Friday a male resident was dismissed from our shelter because he was using some of his income to purchase alcohol and gamble at one of the local casinos. Our only female resident was given 4 more nights to stay due to her selfish behavior and noncompliant attitude, but chose to leave immediately showing us that she does have another place to stay.


Last month I drove to Tyler, Texas for the third time this calendar year to attend a seminar with a few friends from church. This most recent time I also received a tour of a very historic church there. The photos I took will be posted here, hopefully by the end of May. The church's website is here.

Last month I attended an airshow held at Barksdale Air Force Base just across the Red River in Bossier City. Though I came away sunburned it was well worth it. The Base is home to the B-52 Bomber which my uncle flew during his time in the service, and has at least 20 of them there, but the feature attraction were the Air Force Thunderbirds! I hope to post a full photo album along with a video or two on here soon. The Airshow's website is here.


You can still view "The Passion of the Christ" during this Easter season with its English subtitles by clicking here. It is one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen, and the one without subtitles is posted in my video section below along with highlights from the movie and an interview with the actor who played Jesus.


Mardi Gras in Louisiana took place in February. A slideshow of several photos from the Mardi Gras parades I attended here is being put together and will be added near the bottom of this column this weekend.

Because I'm living at my workplace I'm driving my minivan less than normally. Since I purchased it 9 years ago I'm averaging 11,000 miles/year, yet am putting only 6000 miles a year on it while here in Shreveport!
I was planning on departing for a week's getaway 1 week from today, but that will be delayed a bit due to a fundraising event next weekend, and a getaway by my employer that week. Sometime in June I hope to drive to west Texas to see the dentist, have my hair cut, go through storage, visit friends, and clear my mind so that I can come back refreshed and ready to be more effective in the work I do.

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in the city. My work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for months or even years! Our purpose is to provide each of them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to become self-sufficient including applying for work, obtaining a job, saving up for their own place and performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.

I'm gradually using my laptop more and more and have had it for 16 months. It has especially come in handy when traveling, and I plan on taking it with me during my trip to west Texas next month!

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another site I can be found on and it's one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located. The producers of Country Music Television apparently found me there when they came to Shreveport to film a new reality TV series. "Bayou Billionaires" has aired each Saturday evening on CMT since January 21st. I was contacted about giving a juggling lesson for a 10 year old in the family and have been waiting to see if it will actually air. Click here to view the website that has each and every episode to see the series that features a local family that struck it rich when natural gas was found on their property! I'm disappointed that the juggling instruction segment I gave has not aired, but am not surprised. It's hard for a 10 year-old to learn the art of juggling in less than an hour! You can still find my juggling page online by clicking this link.



SPORTS:

The NHL Hockey playoffs continue this week with 4 teams competing for the oldest trophy in American sports! The Los Angeles Kings first eliminated the best team this year when they knocked out Vancouver and then did the same to another favorite when they faced St. Louis. Tonight they upset Phoenix to take a 1-0 lead in that best of 7 series and have now won 9 of their 10 playoff games! The New York Rangers were the 2nd best team this year and Saturday night eliminated Washington. They now face New Jersey beginning Monday evening in a best of 7 series. The Rangers are my favorite team, and highlights of their dramatic come-from-behind win against Washington a week ago today can be viewed by clicking here.


The NBA basketball playoffs also continue this week with 8 teams competing for this year's title after the Los Angeles Clippers eliminated Memphis today. The favorites in the East are Miami and Indiana, while those in the West are San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

Major League Baseball is still early in its season and has Texas, Baltimore and Tampa Bay leading in the American League while Los Angeles with its 4-game winning streak, Atlanta and Washington are leading in the National League.


Midland Texas is my home-away-from-home since I spent 13 years there, rent a storage unit there, and find myself there at least once a year. Their professional baseball team is still one I follow when I can. The Midland Rockhounds are part of the 8-team Texas League and the minor league affiliate of the Oakland A's. Today Midland's losing streak extended to 6 straight games after losing at San Antonio, so the team should feel better heading home to face division leader Frisco. The Rockhounds have won 18 and lost 18 so far this season. Their webpage can be viewed by clicking here, and their games can be heard almost every evening by clicking here.
The Shreveport Captains team was sold November 29th and relocated to Laredo, Texas taking the city's only professional baseball team away! It isn't known yet if a team will come to the Shreveport area after the lack of fan attendance last year.


Horse racing's Kentucky Derby was run a week ago with a surprise winner! The video of the race, in case you missed it, can be seen by clicking here. It's considered the first challenge in horse racing's "Triple Crown". The second will be next weekend!


The Olympic games in England will begin in less than 100 days, but highlights from the last Olympic Games in Canada can still be viewed online. You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past look on the left side of this page and scroll down.

Holy Thursday - April 5th, 2012

 

Temperatures this week have reached daily highs near 80 and we've had some rain off and on including a big storm earlier in the week. This weekend is expected to be similar. A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link.


Gasoline prices have risen 8 of the past 10 days so that today the national average is $3.91/gallon or 11 cents more than the average here in Louisiana. Prices in some California cities are reaching $5.00/gallon, and much of the nation has reached or is bordering on $4.00/gallon. Yesterday I filled up my minivan for $3.65/gallon since prices seem to continue rising. A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


The season of Lent is in its final days with the Last Supper remembered today, and our Lord's crucifixion and death tomorrow on Good Friday. "The Passion of the Christ" movie can be watched in its full 2 hours as seen in theaters (with English subtitles) by clicking here. The movie without the subtitles is posted on my video section below along with highlights from the movie and an interview with the actor who played Jesus. Watching these can help a person reflect on this holy time of year, and a photo below this section can help stimulate reflection on this weekend's events in history. In addition, here are 10 things you can do to refresh your soul before Easter:

1) Volunteer.
2) Pray.
3) Slow down.
4) Be kind.
5) Read a good book.
6) Reach out to others.
7) Tune out distractions.
8) Get involved in interactive or spiritual activities.
9) Donate unnecessary items.
10) Give to a charity.

My work here often presents a challenge. This week is Holy Week, and it's been a challenge for me to be an example for our residents and not be looked at as authoritarian during this holy time of the year. We were inspected by bug exterminators and also had the fire marshal check our homes for fire alarms and fire extinguishers.


Last month the Texas Boys Choir came to town and performed at the Cathedral here in the city! They sang Latin hymns, westerns, movie themes and even "Bohemian Rhapsody" with no instruments and were quite entertaining!


I attended my second Christian concert since moving to Louisiana recently. Singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith came to Bossier City (just across the Red River from Shreveport) and gave a very peaceful and blessed concert joined by the group L'Angelus who happen to be from Louisiana! A photo album of the concert that night can be found below alongside the one given by Chris Tomlin back in October. I was able to catch Michael's final song (before his encore) on video and have added it to my videos below in time for Easter!

Mardi Gras in Louisiana ended in February with the city of Shreveport having several parades. I was able to attend 2 of them. The first was rather chilly with temperatures in the upper 30s but I still walked away with several beaded necklaces, a few plastic cups, some coins and a stuffed animal. The second one was wet when it began to downpour rain just as the parade began passing my way, yet I still managed to leave with several more beaded necklaces, some plastic cups, a plastic pirate's knife and a whistle besides getting drenched! Louisiana truly is a party state and the people here know how to have fun. A photo album of the Mardi Gras parades here will be coming very soon!

In February I attended a conference featuring Catholic author and apologist Patrick Madrid! His basic message was that we need to get out of our comfort zones and share the truth with others or they may never hear it. During breaks between talks I purchased 4 CDs, 3 books and 2 DVDs and had my picture taken with him! His book "Where is That in the Bible?" is still a great help to me, and his website can be viewed by clicking here.

In January I was invited to a Christian movie at a nearby "Cowboy Church". The movie was "Courageous" and offered a message for every man especially all fathers! It's part of a series of movies being produced that include "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof" - 2 movies I hope to see soon. You can view part of "Courageous" by clicking here.

I drove my minivan 6008 miles during my 1st year here in Shreveport or about 500 miles/month. I've driven 106,000 miles in the 9 years I've owned it which averages out to over 11,000 miles/year! Living at my workplace here has helped keep my mileage down enough that I expect it to last another 2 or 3 years which will give me plenty of time to save up for and purchase my next vehicle!

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in the city. My work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for months or even years! Our purpose is to provide each of them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to become self-sufficient including applying for work, obtaining a job, saving up for their own place and performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.

I'm gradually using my laptop more and more and have had it for 15 months now. It has especially come in handy when traveling!

In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another site I can be found on and it's one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located. The producers of Country Music Television apparently found me there when they came to Shreveport to film a new reality TV series, and contacted me regarding a juggling lesson for one of their actors! They began airing this series "Bayou Billionaires" the 21st of January and it continues each Saturday evening on CMT. Click here to view the website that has each and every episode so far to get an idea of what it's about. The one which may include me is scheduled to air very soon, but may not air at all. You can also find my juggling page online by clicking this link.



SPORTS:

Major League Baseball has begun!

Last night the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals faced the Florida Marlins to begin this year's baseball season! St. Louis won 4-1, and most of the other teams will begin play today.


College basketball's tournament to decide the year's national champion for men and women is over! The men's tournament saw #1 ranked Kentucky hold off #6 ranked Kansas 67-59 to be crowned national champions. Although I missed predicting a number of games correctly, I did pick Kentucky to win it all at the beginning of the tournament. My predicted brackets and the actual results can be viewed here.
The women's tournament saw #1 ranked Baylor easily handle #4 ranked Notre Dame 80-61 to finish an undefeated season by winning all 40 of their games this year! Congratulations to the Kentucky Wildcats, and the Baylor Bears for their national championship seasons.

The NBA basketball season will end in 3 weeks and currently has Chicago, Miami and Indiana leading in the East, while Oklahoma City, San Antonio with its 9-game winning streak, and the Los Angeles Lakers continue to lead in the West.

The NHL Hockey season will end this coming weekend! The New York Rangers, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and St. Louis currently have the best records.

Wrestlemania - professional wrestling's annual extravaganza - took place Sunday in Miami. The results that night can be viewed by clicking here.

The next Olympic games are coming in just over 3 months, but highlights from the last Olympic Games in Canada can still be viewed online. You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past look on the left side of this page and scroll down.

Superbowl Sunday, February 5th, 2012

It's Superbowl Sunday!  The game can be watched online with your choice of camera angle right on your computer by clicking here!
Now that the game is over . . .
this link shows the Giants trying to run out the clock in order to kick the winning field goal with no time left, but instead scoring a touchdown to give New England the ball with time to put together the winning drive.  By letting the video run after that play, it will also show the catch of the game that kept New York's drive alive to eventually score the winning points.

 

Temperatures have been mild lately with highs reaching 70 degrees and rainy, but are expected to cool off starting Sunday with a high of 60.  Last year we finished with 33 inches of precipitation or 18 1/2 below normal.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking on this link.


Gasoline prices peaked at nearly $4.00/gallon nationwide last year and dropped to a low near $3.00/gallon by the end of the year.  Prices have risen each of the last 11 days so that now the average for Unleaded is $3.43/gallon or 5 cents more than here in Louisiana.  Last week I filled up with 18 1/2 gallons of gasoline that totaled $60.00 at $3.23/gallon.  The van is getting 17 mpg in city driving.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.

 

Work has been a bit challenging lately with a special meeting needed between myself and our soup kitchen staff to iron out problems regarding our shelters' residents, and supervising a new resident with mental health issues.  I'm always preparing for the unexpected here especially having been surprised a number of times by the actions of our transitional home residents.

 

Last weekend I carpooled with 3 others from my church to drive 90 miles each way to Tyler, TX and attend a Secular Franciscan Order orientation.

Last month my employer celebrated 50 years in religious life as a Franciscan Brother with a special celebration in the Cathedral here in town!  I watched as he and a few others were honored for their long lives of service.

 

Recently I learned to ride a horse!  It's something I have been curious about for years and always wanted to try.  I was taught by someone who trains horses for showing in competition, and rode an older horse that didn't have the wildness that could have caused problems.  Doing so I learned to steer the horse left and right, slow him down, stop, and accelerate gradually.  But I also learned that a horse is not like a computer but has its own personality and won't always do what you ask of it.  It was a great experience, but I also found out that I can't handle riding faster than a quick trot or slow gallup, at least for now!
Immediately afterwards I was invited to attend the Christian movie, "Courageous" at a nearby Cowboy church.  It is a movie meant especially for men and has a very important and valid message!  It's part of a Christian series of movies being produced that include "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof".  You can view part of it by clicking here.


The most recent photo album was added near the bottom of this page on the right side and shows pictures I took at the Independence Bowl game played here in town the day after Christmas.  Because only 50 photos can be displayed in each photo album I'm trying to prepare only the best ones!
Also a few videos have been added at the very bottom of this page.  Feel free to click on them and see some of the most inspiring videos online I've ever seen! 

It was a year ago this weekend that I made the long journey moving from my 3-year residence in New Mexico to my present location here in Louisiana during a winter storm!  In the past year I've driven my minivan exactly 6000 miles or 500 miles/month!  That's mostly because I live at my workplace.  The lower mileage here should allow it to last long enough to provide me plenty of time to find and purchase my next vehicle in another 2 or 3 years.


I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in the city.  Specifically my work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women.  Our residents have been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for months or even years!  Our purpose is to provide each of them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to become self-sufficient including applying for work, obtaining a job, saving up for their own place and performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.


I'm gradually using my laptop more and more and have had it for 13 months now.  It has especially come in handy when traveling!


In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  That page can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another site I can be found on and it's one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located.  The producers of Country Music Television apparently found me there when they came to Shreveport to film an episode of a new series, and contacted me regarding a possible juggling lesson for one of their actors!  They began airing this series "Bayou Billionaires" the 21st of January and it continues each Saturday evening on CMT.  The episode that might include me is expected to air this month!  Click here to view the 1st episode in it's entirety, and here to view the 2nd episode aired the last Saturday in January.  Episode 3 aired this weekend and can be viewed by clicking here!  Check here regularly for the date of my appearance which I will post here as soon as I find out!  You can also find my juggling page online by clicking this link.



SPORTS:

The NFL football season has come down to its final game Sunday!  It is the Superbowl and will determine this year's professional football champions.  The New England Patriots will get their rematch with the New York Giants in this year's game late Sunday afternoon and are a 3-point favorite to win.  They were surprised by the Giants 4 years ago ruining their perfect unbeaten season.  Both quarterbacks are pictured below this section!


The college football season crowned the Alabama Crimson Tide as champions this year when they dominated our LSU Tigers 21-0.  2 weeks earlier the Independence Bowl was played here in town and I was in attendance despite the poor weather conditions! In that game Missouri outplayed North Carolina 41-24.  For information about the game click here, and for a replay of the game on your computer click here!
 

 

The NHL Hockey season is now in its 2nd half after the annual all-star game was played last Sunday.  At this time, Detroit, the New York Rangers and Boston have the best records.

 

The college basketball season is more than half over with Kentucky, Syracuse, Ohio State and Missouri leading the nation in men's play while Baylor, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Stanford lead in women's play.  This weekend Notre Dame surprised nationally ranked Marquette by 17 points while Northern Iowa upset #13 Creighton by 3.

 

The NBA basketball season is well underway with Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia leading in the East while Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver lead in the West.

T
hough the last Olympic Games in Canada were held over a year ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.

Christmas Day . . . Merry Christmas 2011

Today is CHRISTMAS DAY!  Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


Here in town temperatures have been a bit below normal with highs around 50 and lows around 40 with plenty of rain this weekend!  We've received 30 inches of precipitation this year but are still 20 inches below normal, so even though we're having a wet Christmas weekend the rain is most welcome.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking on this link.


Gasoline prices peaked at an average of $3.97/gallon in May before dropping.  The national average has dropped slightly each day it seems for the past 2 weeks, and now the national average price for Unleaded is $3.23/gallon or 18 cents more than here in Louisiana. A week ago I filled up for $2.99/gallon and shouldn't have to fuel up again for a while.  My minivan is getting 17 mpg in city driving and I hope to get an estimate of its mileage in highway driving soon. A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.

 

Two weeks ago I attended a pair of I-49 meetings open to the public where the city is seeking opinions of the public on its plans to connect the interstate between I-20 and I-220 going right through my neighborhood here!  It appears that they are set on moving those who have been living here for years in the name of "progress", and I was able to voice my opinion on nonprofit organizations that are in the area including ours.  You can read the newspaper's article about the first meeting by clicking here.

 

Earlier this month I left this area for the first time in 6 months and drove to west Texas where my rented storage unit is to take care of business and to get away so that I could come back refreshed and renewed to begin work again.  While in Texas I got some winter clothing from my rented storage unit, paid its rent for the next several months, saw the dentist and had a cavity filled, had my hair cut, got my minivan serviced, did some banking and visited friends.  Unfortunately while there in west Texas the temperature froze and my minivan's sliding door apparently broke or slipped off its runner while trying to shut it!  It will not open more than an inch or so, but also will not shut completely.  After taking care of business and errands here this week I hope to have it repaired or replaced before the new year.

 

The photo albums on this page are being edited from time to time, and a new one should be posted in time for the new year!  The latest one is below with pictures taken during my move from New Mexico to Louisiana nearly a year ago in the midst of a winter storm!  I've noticed that only 50 photos can be displayed in each photo album so I'm preparing the 50 best ones in each album to view!  I also hope to edit the information for each picture so that it's possible to read what each photo is about! 

Since moving here for work in February I've driven my minivan an average of just over 100 miles a week, mostly because I live at my workplace.  That even takes into account my two getaways to west Texas, and that should allow my minivan to last longer than expected.


I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in the city.  Specifically my work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women.  Our residents have been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for years.  Our purpose is to provide them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to reach goals in order to become self-sufficient such as applying for work, finding a job, and saving up for their own place in addition to performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.

My laptop is here with me but I don't use it everyday because of where I work.  It was purchased during Christmas break in December 1 year ago this week.


In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  That page can be accessed by clicking on this link.

I can also be found on another site that happens to be one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located.  It appears the producers of Country Music Television found me there when they came to Shreveport and contacted me regarding a juggling lesson for one of their actors!  They plan on airing this episode of a new series during the Christmas season.  You can find my page there by clicking on this link.



SPORTS:

College football is in "Bowl Season" with the better teams playing 1 final game to end their year.  So far Temple handled Wyoming 37-15, Ohio upset Utah State 24-23, Louisiana-Lafayette edged San Diego State on the final play of their game 32-30, Marshall downed Florida International 20-10, TCU got by Louisiana Tech 24-17, nationally ranked Boise State easily handled Arizona State 56-24, and last night Southern Mississippi edged Nevada 24-17.  Those bowl games I'll be watching closely include the Independence Bowl right here in town tomorrow when the North Carolina Tar Heels meet the Missouri Tigers!  For information about this game - one that I will be attending - click here.  Two days later comes the Holiday Bowl December 28th with Texas facing California, the Sports Bowl December 29th when Notre Dame faces Florida State, the Pinstripe Bowl December 30th when Iowa State faces Rutgers, the Insight Bowl on the same day when Iowa meets Oklahoma, and the national championship game January 9th when top ranked LSU meets 2nd ranked Alabama for the 2nd time this season!  Here are the rankings and records of the teams I'm following, and I'm proud to say that all 5 made it into a bowl game this year: 

#1  LSU Tigers                            13-0
#28  Notre Dame Fighting Irish    8-3
Texas Longhorns                          7-5
Iowa Hawkeyes                            7-5
Iowa State Cyclones                     6-6



Next weekend is the final week of play in the NFL football season so games this weekend help to determine who will make the playoffs.  Saturday Cincinnati remained in the playoff race with their win over Arizona.  In New York the Giants upset the Jets and are still in the running for a playoff spot, while Oakland beat Kansas City in overtime to keep their playoff hopes alive.  Detroit beat San Diego and secured a playoff spot, but tonight Chicago hurt its chances by losing to top-ranked Green Bay.  Tomorrow Atlanta tries to stay in the running when they meet division leader New Orleans.  Here are the win-loss records of the teams I'm following this year:

New Orleans Saints    11-3
New York Jets              8-7
Dallas Cowboys            8-7
Kansas City Chiefs        6-9
Minnesota Vikings        3-12


The NHL Hockey season is underway.

 

The college basketball season is underway!

 

The NBA basketball season officially began TODAY!  Basketball fans have been waiting for almost 2 months for this day since players and owners could not reach contract agreements, but the basketball season officially got underway this Christmas Day!

T
hough the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held over a year ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.


To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down and look on the left side of this page!

My Birthday Weekend November 2011

It's My Birthday Weekend!

It's hard to believe but growing up I thought of 50 as OLD, and two days ago I actually reached that milestone! The birthday month for my family continues as my brother George celebrated on the 5th, my sister Roseann celebrated the 9th, and I celebrated the 18th. Mom will celebrate hers right after Thanksgiving!
A photo below this section was taken a year ago today in New Mexico during the grand opening of the town's Community Center. I had a small role in the process of bringing such an opportunity to the small community of Thoreau as a founding member of its board of directors, and at the grand opening a year ago today a Navajo Jingle Dancer performed and allowed me to pose with her for this picture!


This evening is my employer's annual "Poor Man's Supper" where anyone in the city can give a donation and receive soup and bread allowing them to be in solidarity with the city's poor to understand what it's like not to know where your next meal is coming from. It will be my first time there!

Temperatures have definitely been fall-like and cooled off after an overnight thunderstorm last week. Highs were in the 60s but reached 80 this weekend. Even though we received just over an inch of rain last week we're still well below our average precipitation for this time of year! A weather almanac with current conditions can be found by clicking on this link.


Gasoline price averages peaked in May at $3.97/gallon before bottoming out in late June. After rising again prices leveled off and now have dropped for the 11th straight day. Today the national average price for Unleaded stands at $3.36 or 21 cents more than here in Louisiana. Two weeks ago I fueled up my minivan for the first time in 5 weeks at $3.12/gallon. It took 17 1/2 gallons to fill it up giving me a 17 mpg average in city driving! A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


Last Thursday was the city's annual 'Operation Stand Down' sponsored by the Veteran's Administration. It was a day where all social service organizations (including ours) take time out to help those who are in need or homeless. This year it was held on our street at a nearby church, and included breakfast treats with coffee, a Thanksgiving meal for lunch, free blood pressure testing, eye exams, and HIV testing, free haircuts, and free clothing! It ran from 8am to 4pm and saw well over 100 people helped! The preview video of this event can be viewed by clicking this link, and the day's summary video can be watched by clicking here.

I added 2 photo albums to this page last month and hope to add 2 more during November. The one of my pet cat has been moved to my "Previous Employment" or "Recent Missionary Work" page since I had her only while living and working in New Mexico.

The State Fair left town recently after being here a full 2 weeks! To get a feel for what it was like click here!

Since moving here for work in February I've driven my minivan an average of only 100 miles a week, mostly because I live at my workplace. That even takes into account my one getaway to west Texas 5 months ago and is about half the national average! On that occasion in June I brought back some summer clothing from a rented storage unit, had my minivan serviced, saw the dentist, got my hair cut, and visited with friends. I expect to get away again in early December for similar reasons, so my 17 year-old minivan is getting some much-needed rest while I'm here.


I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in the city. Specifically my work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for years. Our purpose is to provide them with a safe place to stay along with the time and opportunity to reach their goals such as applying for work, finding a job, and saving up for their own place in addition to performing community service in this area of town in return for their stay.

My relatively new laptop is here with me but I tend not to use it often because of where I work. It was purchased during Christmas break in December just before the new year began, and has especially come in handy when traveling!


In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". That page can be accessed by clicking on this link.

I can also be found on another site that happens to be one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located. It appears the producers of Country Music Television found me there when they came to Shreveport and contacted me regarding a juggling lesson for one of their actors! They plan on airing this episode of a new series during the Christmas season. You can find my page there by clicking on this link.



SPORTS:

The high school football season is in playoff mode with the season over for almost every school including all the ones I followed this year. In general my teams did alright including Midland High and Odessa Permian, both of whom made the playoffs. Still, they combined for a losing record this year of 27 wins and 34 losses.

Odessa Permian TX 6-5
Midland High TX 6-5
Midland Lee TX 6-4
Denison-Schleswig IA 5-4
Odessa High TX 2-8
Thoreau High NM 2-8


The college football season saw "Upset Weekend" this weekend as 4 top-10 teams went down in defeat, 3 of which were in the top 5! The first happened Friday night when I got an unexpected birthday present with my native state's Cyclones of Iowa State - a 27-point underdog - surprising the #2 ranked and unbeaten Oklahoma State Cowboys 37-31 in double overtime! Saturday the upsets continued as North Carolina State beat #7 Clemson by 24 points, Baylor knocked off #5 Oklahoma by a touchdown, and Southern California went up to Oregon and knocked out the #4 Oregon Ducks by 3 points. The results now have the #1, #2 and #3 teams all in the Southeast Conference! Other games included Iowa over Purdue 31-21, Notre Dame over Boston College 16-14, Kansas State over Texas 17-13, and top-ranked LSU over Mississippi 52-3. Here are the national rankings and records of the teams I'm following:

#1 LSU Tigers 11-0
#23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 8-3
Iowa Hawkeyes 7-4
#30 Texas Longhorns 6-4
Iowa State Cyclones 6-4


A dark cloud has fallen over the traditional college team called Penn State. College football's winningest coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions was fired this month as the result of a child molesting scandal involving one of his assistant coaches. The man who has won more games as a coach than any other in college football history is through coaching and may forever have his name tarnished because of his actions or lack of taking action. Joe's 45-year career as Penn State's football coach is over, and the press conference announcing that decision can be viewed by clicking on this link.



NFL football is in the 2nd half of its season with the Superbowl champion Green Bay Packers still undefeated! Big games today included the Cowboys over the Redskins in overtime 27-24, Chicago over San Diego 31-21, and Philadelphia getting by the New York Giants 17-10. Here are the win-loss records of the teams I'm following this year:

New Orleans Saints 7-3
Dallas Cowboys 6-4
New York Jets 5-5
Kansas City Chiefs 4-5
Minnesota Vikings 2-8


Congratulations again to baseball's champions - the St. Louis Cardinals! It was a close and exciting World Series this fall with St. Louis edging the Texas Rangers 4 games to 3. For those who find long baseball games boring, you can check out the video highlights of each game below reducing a 3-hour game into 5 minutes of highlights!
Click here to view highlights of Game 1.
Click here to view highlights of Game 2.
Click here to view highlights of Game 3.
Click here to view highlights of Game 4.
Click here to view highlights of Game 5.
Click here to view highlights of Game 6.
Click here to view highlights of Game 7.


The NHL Hockey season is underway.

The college basketball season is now underway!

But the NBA basketball season is on hold since disagreements between the players and team owners have kept the season from starting as planned. All games scheduled for November have been canceled and if no progress is made soon the games for December will be canceled as well!

T
hough the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held over a year ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events! You can find them by clicking this link.


To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down and look on the left side of this page!

Columbus Day 2011

Pictured above is my brother George with his 3 children on his wedding day last month.  It's the most up-to-date picture I have of his family and the nicest one too!


The last 4 evenings I've been able to get away for some free time which has been rare!  Saturday evening I enjoyed the end of the Red River Revel festival downtown and Sunday evening some professional entertainment just across the river.  Monday evening my co-workers and I went to hear the mayor speak about plans for this area of the city and last night we attended a fund-raising dinner at a nearby church.

This past weekend I got to experience the annual outdoor arts fair here in the city with several food booths and artist booths from woodwork to painters to sculptors and everyone in between!  A live band played for all those not browsing and it made for a nice evening out.  You can see what the Red River Revel was about by clicking on this link!
Sunday evening I attended a professional wrestling event for only the 5th or 6th time in my life when the WWE came to Bossier City just across the Red River.  Almost 1/2 of its superstars were in attendance for those who came out and featured 8 matches including a pair of tag-team events.  Photos of both events should be posted on here soon.  That event can be found on this link.

Temperatures have definitely cooled off from last month with highs in the 80s or near 90.  Last month saw record-setting temperatures on several days and we reached 100 degrees or more 61 times this year far surpassing the previous record!  Precipitation this year totals almost 19 inches or half the normal amount for this time of year and we expect a little rain today.  A weather almanac with current conditions can be found by clicking on
this link.


Gasoline prices peaked in May at $3.97/gallon before bottoming out in late June and then rising again.  The national average price for Unleaded bottomed out on the 6th and has risen slightly since as it stands today at $3.45 which is 19 cents more than the average here in Louisiana.  I filled up my minivan almost 2 weeks ago for $3.08/gallon minus a 10 cent discount or $2.98/gallon putting as much in as possible (10 gallons)!  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


There was a lot of excitement here 2 weeks ago when a number of police units came to pick up one of our residents for armed robbery!  He was away at the time but when he returned I did as officers suggested and called 9-1-1 after escorting him to his room.  A few minutes later he ran out the door with a load of clothing in a suitcase and took off in an awaiting truck.  The next day he was caught several miles south of here in Baton Rouge!  His sister and brother-in-law came to get his many belongings but were not given the hammer, sledge hammer, and brass knuckles he left since these could be used as weapons.

Since moving here for work in February I've driven my minivan an average of only 100 miles a week, mostly because I live at my workplace.  That's about half the national average!  During that time I've managed to 
get away only once - to Texas.  On that occasion in June I brought back some summer clothing, had my minivan serviced, saw the dentist, had my hair cut, and got to visit with friends.  I hope to get away again next month for similar reasons so my 17 year-old minivan is getting some much-needed rest while I'm here.


I recently added a video below here that I took during July 4th weekend when the Shreveport Captains came from 5 runs down to win their game in extra innings!  It's the final game-winning hit just before the fireworks show began.

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization begun by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in the city.  Specifically my work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women.  Our residents have either been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for years.  Our purpose is to provide them with a safe place to stay and the time and opportunity to reach goals such as applying for work, finding a job, saving up for their own place, and performing community service for this area of town.

My relatively new laptop is here with me but I tend not to use it often because of where I work.  It was purchased during Christmas break in December just before the new year began, and has especially come in handy when traveling!


In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  That page can be accessed by clicking on this link.

I can also be found on another site that happens to be one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be located.  It appears the producers of Country Music Television found me here when they came to Shreveport and contacted me regarding a juggling lesson for one of their actors!  They plan on airing this episode of a new series close to the Christmas season.  You can find my page there by clicking on this link.



SPORTS:

Friday night the high school football teams I follow had a terrible night!  My high school in Iowa faced a state-ranked opponent and went down in defeat for the 3rd week in a row as Bishop Heelan Catholic downed the Denison Monarchs by 3 touchdowns 37-16.
The Thoreau New Mexico Hawks came into their match-up against Tohatchi with a chance to win their 3rd game of the season but lost 56-6.  Last year Thoreau, which was my home, finished 4th to last in the entire nation and even though they've won twice this season they're still ranked 4th to last!  My Texas teams didn't fair much better as the state-ranked Midland Lee Rebels were upset by the Abilene Cooper Cougars 24-14!  The Odessa High Bronchos were trounced by the Abilene High Eagles 63-20, and in a great match-up the Odessa Permian Panthers came into Midland and edged the Midland High Bulldogs 28-26.

Midland High  TX           5-1        415th in the nation
Midland Lee  TX             5-1        475th in the nation  
Odessa Permian  TX       4-2        506th in the nation
Denison-Schleswig  IA   4-3      7071st in the nation     
Thoreau High  NM          2-5     14694th in the nation  
Odessa High  TX             1-5      3939th in the nation  


The college football season entered week #6 this past weekend with some great games!  Top-ranked LSU handled nationally-ranked Florida 41-11, defending champion Auburn lost to 10th-ranked Arkansas 38-14, Nebraska came from 21 points down to edge Ohio State 34-27, and unbeaten Oklahoma had no trouble with unbeaten Texas 55-17 in the Red River Rivalry!  Other games included Penn State beating Iowa 13-3, nationally-ranked Baylor getting by Iowa State 49-26, and Notre Dame outscoring Air Force 59-33.  Here are the current rankings and records of the teams I'm following this year:  

#1  LSU Tigers                           6-0
#21  Texas Longhorns               4-1
#29  Notre Dame Fighting Irish  4-2
Iowa State Cyclones                   3-2
Iowa Hawkeyes                          3-2


The NFL season entered week 5 with only 2 unbeaten teams - the Superbowl champion Green Bay Packers and the surprise Detroit Lions.  After play for the weekend was over the two are still unbeaten!  Big match-ups included Kansas City coming from 17 points down to beat the Indianapolis Colts 28-24, the Buffalo Bills holding off the Philadelphia Eagles 31-24, and the New Orleans Saints scoring in the final minute to edge Carolina 30-27.  Here are the win-loss records of the teams I follow:

New Orleans Saints   4-1
Dallas Cowboys         2-2
New York Jets           2-3
Kansas City Chiefs     2-3
Minnesota Vikings      1-4


The Major League baseball playoffs are down to the final 4 teams.  With the American League-leading New York Yankees and National League-leading Philadelphia Phillies both eliminated, there seems to be no clear-cut favorite.  Last night after a 2-hour rain delay, the Texas Rangers traveled to Detroit where the Tigers took charge and edged the Rangers 5-2.  Tonight Texas fought right back but needed extra innings to down the Tigers 7-3 and take a 3 game to 1 lead in their best of 7 series with game 5 tomorrow afternoon.  Monday the St. Louis Cardinals overcame Milwaukee's home field advantage and scored frequently for a 12-3 upset win over the Brewers.  Tonight the Cardinals were at home and after going up 4-0 early held off Milwaukee 4-3 to take a 2 game to 1 lead in their best of 7 series.  Game 4 is at St. Louis tomorrow night.

The Women's NBA (WNBA) basketball season is over after the best team this year - the Minnesota Lynx - outscored Atlanta 19-8 in the 3rd quarter and went on to a 73-67 win and this year's title in their best of 5 series 3 games to 0.

T
hough the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held over a year ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.


To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

Labor Day Weekend 2011

Pictured above is a photo of my dad and mom taken fairly recently since it was dad's birthday this weekend. Happy Birthday again Dad!


Temperatures last month were quite warm with record-setting temperatures on several days. The mercury got over 100 degrees nearly every day and even tied an all-time high temperature for the city of 109! This weekend we've felt the effects of a tropical storm having overcast skies, cooler temperatures and even some rain Saturday and Sunday. Today was sunny but cool with a high of 86. A weather almanac with current conditions here can be found by clicking on this link.

Gasoline prices peaked in May at $3.97/gallon before bottoming out in late June. This weekend they rose slightly making holiday travel a little tougher but are still decent. The national average for Unleaded stands at $3.66 or 14 cents more than the average here in Louisiana, and I filled up my minivan a week ago for $3.35/gallon. A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


I arrived here in Louisiana half a year ago with a job opportunity waiting for me at Christian Services. During that time I've settled in to my position as the guardian or supervisor of a men's shelter and next door women's shelter along with all the responsibilities that come with it. It has taken awhile to adapt to the work and the culture here but during these 6 months I feel I've become more understanding and developed empathy toward those we minister to. Last week the last 2 residents in our women's shelter departed leaving the house completely empty and giving us an opportunity to really clean it.

I've driven my minivan just over 3100 miles in 30 weeks (6000 mile/yr average) since I have the luxury of living at my work place, and have managed to get away only once since arriving here. On that one occasion in June I brought back some summer clothing, had my minivan serviced, saw the dentist, had my hair cut, and got to visit with friends. I don't expect to get away again until October or November so my minivan is getting some much needed rest while I'm here.


I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization that was started by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in this city. Specifically my work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have either been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for years. Our purpose is to provide them with a safe place and at the same time an opportunity to reach their goals including applying for work, saving up for their own place, and performing community service for this area of town.

Last month I received a call from a producer of CMT (Country Music Television). He found me on a website listing me as a juggler teaching others the art of juggling here in Louisiana! Two weeks later I participated in the filming of an episode as part of a new series that will begin airing in December called "Billionaire Bayou". This particular one is about the children of a large family that are seeking to learn or do something unique after cashing in their mineral rights, and I quickly learned what reality TV is. I didn't even meet them until the cameras were rolling, and there was no script! When all was said and done I wasn't pleased with how I did, but then again reality TV is filming with no retakes. This program won't air until December or January so maybe by then I'll be more ready to watch myself on TV.

After having my wallet and prescription glasses stolen in May I've reestablished my identity with a Louisiana driver's license, new prescription glasses for driving at night, and Louisiana plates for my minivan!

My relatively new laptop is here with me but I tend not to use it often because of where I work. It was purchased during Christmas break in December just before the new year began, and has especially come in handy when traveling!


In addition to this page I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". That page can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another site I'm on that happens to be one where those looking for a specific talent or wishing to advertise their talent can be found. It appears the producers of Country Music Television found this site and in coming to Shreveport contacted me regarding a juggling lesson for one of their actors! You can find my page there by clicking on this link.



SPORTS:

High school football is played each Friday night or Saturday. My old high school in Iowa began its season upsetting state-ranked Harlan 43-42 in overtime, and followed that win up the following week with a 20-14 win at Atlantic. They had this past weekend off. Playing this past weekend though were the Thoreau Hawks in New Mexico who had ended a 19-game losing streak by edging Navajo Pine 8-6 a week ago. Reality set in this past Friday night though as they lost to Navajo Prep 43-14. The Midland High Bulldogs in Texas won their opener 17-14, and Friday night beat El Paso Del Valle 44-14. Their crosstown rivals Midland Lee also won their opener 44-7 and won again 42-3 over El Paso Coronado Friday night. The Odessa Permian Panthers opened their season with a 40-27 loss a week ago but scored often Friday night and got by Bethel 59-44, while their crosstown rival Odessa High was blown out a week ago 50-7 and though they played much better this weekend they still fell short against Lubbock Monterey 21-20.

Denison-Schleswig IA 2-0
Midland High TX 2-0
Midland Lee TX 2-0
Thoreau High NM 1-1
Odessa Permian TX 1-1
Odessa High TX 0-2

The college football season got underway this past weekend with at least 4 games being adversely affected and delayed due to hazardous weather. The game of the week featured the 4th best rated team in the nation (LSU) against the 3rd best rated team (Oregon). The first half was a great competition with LSU leading 16-13, but then the Tigers went on a tear and eventually upset the Oregon Ducks 40-27 moving up to a #2 ranking in the nation! 17th ranked Notre Dame's game was delayed twice due to lightning and the Fighting Irish fought back from a large deficit but only managed to make it a close outcome 23-20. The 25th ranked Longhorns of Texas dominated the 2nd half of their game against Rice and won 34-9. The Iowa Hawkeyes took charge right away in their game against Tennessee Tech taking a 27-0 lead at halftime and won 34-7, while the Cyclones of Iowa State had their hands full with Northern Iowa. Trailing 13-7 after 3 quarters, Iowa State came all the way back and scored the winning touchdown in the final minute to edge Northern Iowa 20-19!
Next week's big games include the Iowa Hawkeyes visiting the Iowa State Cyclones at noon Saturday, top 10 Alabama traveling to top 20 Penn State Saturday afternoon, and Notre Dame at Michigan Saturday evening.

#2 LSU Tigers 1-0
#23 Texas Longhorns 1-0
#31 Iowa Hawkeyes 1-0
Iowa State Cyclones 1-0
#39 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0-1


The NFL season officially gets underway this Thursday when the local New Orleans Saints travel to Green Bay to take on the defending NFL champion Packers! Other featured games on Sunday include Minnesota traveling to San Diego, Kansas City hosting Buffalo, and Dallas traveling to New York to play the Jets Sunday evening.

Minnesota Vikings 0-0
Kansas City Chiefs 0-0
New York Jets 0-0
Dallas Cowboys 0-0
New Orleans Saints 0-0

In Major League baseball the New York Yankees have won 5 games in a row and lead the American League with the Boston Red Sox 2nd and Texas Rangers 3rd. In the National League the Philadelphia Phillies still own the best record in baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers 2nd and Atlanta Braves 3rd. The season ends September 30th!

The local Shreveport Captains broke a 7-game losing streak by winning their final game of the season last Wednesday night 7-6 over Ft. Worth. Shreveport's record for the year ends up being 45 wins and 55 losses preventing them from making the playoffs by finishing 10th of 14 teams after winning their league title last year.
July 4th weekend I went to watch them play for the only time this year because of a fireworks show after the game and witnessed a great come-from-behind victory! A video I took of the final play will be posted here later this month, and a writeup of the game can be read by clicking this link. Shreveport won the American Association baseball title last season and can be followed online each year by clicking here.

The Midland Rockhounds baseball team in west Texas played their final game of the season tonight at playoff-bound Frisco. The Rockhounds ended their season on a winning note by beating the Rough Riders 4-1 to finish their season with 63 wins and 77 losses (6th place among 8 teams in the Texas League). They're done for the year but they can be followed or listened to online each year by clicking here.


Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held over a year ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events! You can find them by clicking this link.


To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

End of July 2011

Pictured above is the USA's tying goal in the final minutes of their game against Brazil coming off the head of their star player on the right. It was probably THE match of this year's World Cup tournament, and the goal allowed the USA to win in overtime and eventually make it into the championship game a week later. The goal keeper in green and her Brazilian teammate in yellow couldn't stop this ball from going into the net, and the USA tied the 3rd best team in the world with less than 2 minutes to play even though they were outnumbered on the field thanks to a penalty 55 minutes earlier!
For video highlights of this great game click here. The goal and the magnificent pass that made it possible can be seen on video by clicking here. Check out further details in the SPORTS section below!


Temperatures have been consistent here reaching 100 degrees almost every day with lows in the 70s. We've also received an occasional short shower on a late afternoon or early evening. A weather almanac with current conditions here can be found by clicking on this link.


Gasoline prices peaked in May when the national average reached $3.97/gallon. After bottoming out in late June they rose steadily, but have leveled off and remain steady this week. The national average for Unleaded today stands at $3.69 or 9 cents more than the average here in Louisiana. 3 weeks ago I filled up my minivan here for $3.34/gallon! A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.

2 months ago my wallet and prescription glasses were stolen, and I've reestablished my identity with a Louisiana driver's license, an eye exam for prescription glasses to drive at night, and now have Louisiana plates on my minivan.

I've managed to get away once since arriving here 5 months ago, and probably won't be able to again until November or December. During my time off in early June I managed to bring back some summer clothing, had my minivan serviced, saw the dentist, had my hair cut, and got to visit with friends. I also found the device to download photos from my camera so I hope to share recent pictures and videos soon!

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization that was started by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in this city. Specifically my work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have either been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for years. Our purpose is to provide them with a safe place and at the same time an opportunity to reach their goals including applying for work, saving up for their own place, and performing community service for this area of town.

My relatively new laptop is here with me but I tend not to use it often because of where I work. It was purchased during Christmas break in December just before the new year began, and has especially come in handy when traveling!

In addition to this page, I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". That page can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another site I'm on and it just happens to be a site where those looking for a specific talent can find it! You can find my page there by clicking on this link.



SPORTS:

Currently in Major League baseball the Boston Red Sox continue to lead the American League with the New York Yankees 2nd and the Texas Rangers 3rd. In the National League it's still the Philadelphia Phillies leading the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants. The Seattle Mariners ended a 17-game losing streak with a 9-2 win at Yankee Stadium today!

The local Shreveport Captains followed a 7-game losing streak last week with a 3-game winning streak over the weekend. A 10-0 loss Sunday has been followed by a 5-4 win last night over their division leaders from Grand Prairie! The Captains face Grand Prairie again tonight with a chance to make up some ground and get back into the playoff race with another win. Shreveport is still below par winning 32 games and losing 36 on the year.
July 4th weekend I went to watch them play for the first time this year because of a fireworks show after the game and witnessed a great come-from-behind victory! A writeup of this game can be read by clicking this link. Shreveport is the defending American Association baseball champions and they can be followed online by clicking here.

The Midland Rockhounds baseball team in west Texas is in its "2nd season" this year after winning 27 games and losing 43 the first half of the year. The team has a 3-game losing streak that they'll try to end tonight at Frisco and improve their record which stands at 13-18. The Rockhounds can be followed or listened to online by clicking here.


The women's World Cup soccer tournament ended recently with 4th-ranked Japan edging the top-ranked team from the United States in a penalty kick shootout after a 2-2 overtime tie. It was the first time Japan has ever beaten the American women, but it's not all bad. Japan's win lifted the spirits of those in their country who are still dealing with the tragedy and difficult living experienced after an earthquake and tsunami earlier this year killed over 20,000 people there. A highlight video of today's title match can be viewed by clicking on this link. News of the various World Cup matches can be found by clicking on this link, while video highlights of individual games can be seen by clicking here.

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held over a year ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events! You can find them by clicking this link.


To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

Independence Day - July 4th, 2011

Pictured above is a fireworks celebration at Centennial Plaza in Midland Texas some years ago!  With the dry spring and summer months in certain areas here in the South, the sale of fireworks has been banned so many are awaiting their town or city's display.  You can also create your own show for your computer by clicking on this link.

Temperatures continue to be 5-10 degrees above normal here with lows in the 70s and highs near or above 100 degrees.  Yesterday reached 103 and today 101!  Like other areas here we are below our average rainfall for this time of year, but this evening a quick shower dropped temperatures quickly, and we managed to get some rain.  A weather almanac with current conditions here can be found by clicking on this link.

Gasoline prices peaked in May with the national average reaching $3.97/gallon, but have steadily declined since that time and now seem to have leveled off.  The national average for Unleaded today stands at $3.57/gallon or 19 cents higher than the average here in Louisiana. 
A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.

Since my wallet and prescription glasses were stolen in May I've had an eye exam, gotten new glasses (for driving at night), a Louisiana driver's license, and a social security card.  This week I hope to have Louisiana plates put on my van.

The first full week of June I was able to get away to Texas for a few days but don't expect to get away again for some time!  On this recent getaway I brought back summer clothing from storage, had my minivan serviced, saw the dentist, had my hair cut, and got to visit with a few friends.  I also
found the device to download photos from my camera so I hope to share recent pictures and videos here soon!

My relatively new laptop is here with me, but I tend not to use it much because of where I work.  It was purchased during Christmas break in December just before the new year began, and has especially come in handy when traveling!
In addition to this page, I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  That page can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another page I have and happens to be a site that helps those with specific talents to be found by those looking to learn or be entertained.  You can find my page there by clicking on
this link.

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work 
for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization that was started by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in this city.  Specifically my work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women.  Our residents have either been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for years.  Our purpose is to provide them with a safe place and at the same time an opportunity to reach their goals including applying for work, saving up for their own place, and performing community service for this area of town.


SPORTS:

Wimbledon's annual tennis tournament concluded yesterday with Novak Djokovic beating Rafael Nadal for the men's title and the #1 ranking in the world.


The women's World Cup soccer tournament continues with the United States ranked as the top team in the world!  The best 16 teams across the globe have gathered in Germany to decide the best female soccer team on the face of the planet - something done every 4 years like the Olympic Games.  Last week the American team opened with a 2-0 win over North Korea, and shut out Columbia 3-0.  But on Wednesday the team realized they're not perfect and lost to Sweden 2-1.  A win earns a team 3 points while a draw/tie earns them 1.  The tournament is now in the round of elimination - lose and you go home!  For the United States their next match should be a classic as they go against Unbeaten Brazil!  Scores and highlights of each game can be found by clicking on this link.

Professional baseball continues with the New York Yankees leading the American League while the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are right behind.  In the National League it's the Philadelphia Phillies leading the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants.  Next week is the annual all-star game now that the season is half over and runs through September 30th.

The local Shreveport Captains are halfway through their season which ends after August.  Last Saturday evening I took the opportunity to attend their game along with 3000 other fans because of a fireworks show afterwards.  I wanted to see the team play also but went for the fireworks display.  I didn't expect to witness a great game but it turned out to be one!  Shreveport played well early taking a 1-0 lead, but then fell behind 5-1 midway through the game.  In the 7th inning an Amarillo infielder dropped a routine fly ball allowing a run to score and the Captains were now down 5-2.  In the final inning 1 out away from losing, Shreveport's batter hit a 3-run home run to tie the game, and the public address system played music from the baseball movie "The Natural"!  Tied 5-5 after 9 inning, the game went to a 10th inning and the Captains loaded the bases.  Again with 2 outs their batter stepped up and hit a single past the infielders to the outfield and the runner on 3rd base scored easily for a 6-5 Shreveport win!  The Captains rallied from behind in extra innings scoring the final 5 runs of the game.  The fireworks afterwords were like frosting on the cake of a terrific come-from-behind win and a wonderful way to end the evening.  A writeup of the game can be read by clicking this link.  But Amarillo got its revenge as the two traveled to Texas for their next 3 games.  The Amarillo Sox came from 6 runs down to win 14-13, and the next next night jumped out to an 8-0 lead before winning 17-6!  The Captains have now won 26 and lost 23 which is the 6th best record in the 14-team league and good enough for 2nd place in their division behind Grand Prairie.  Shreveport is the defending American Association baseball champions with their season running through the end of August.  They can be followed online by clicking here.

The Midland Rockhounds baseball team in west Texas completed their 1st half season winning 27 games but losing 43!  Now in their "2nd Season" the team has won 6 and lost 5 after a 15-5 win over Springfield.  Midland will have to win their division title this half of the season in order to get into the playoffs.  The Rockhounds can be followed or listened to online by clicking here.

Baseball's College World Series is over and this year's national champion is South Carolina who repeats as champions.  Congratulations Gamecocks!

The Dallas Mavericks upset the Miami Heat to win the NBA title in June.  It is the 1st title for Dallas, and makes a long time Texan like me proud.

The NHL hockey playoffs concluded just 3 days later with the Boston Bruins upsetting the league's best team this year - Vancouver - in a best of 7 series 4 games to 3 to win the Stanley Cup.  The city of Boston is still celebrating with the Stanley Cup trophy pictured at the top of this page next to me - the oldest trophy in American sports.  It was rare to have the hockey season extend past the basketball season this year.

The Shreveport/Bossier Mudbugs - the local hockey team here - successfully won the Central Hockey League title by edging Colorado 4 games to 3 late in May.  But due to a lack of ticket sales and fan interest, the owner has disbanded the team for next year unable to raise enough to make it profitable!  The only game I attended was their final home game in the playoffs and it can be read about by clicking on this link.  A scoring highlight video of the game can be seen by clicking on this link.  The Mudbugs can be followed by clicking here.

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held over a year ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

Memorial Day 2011

It's Memorial Day today, and the above picture helps remind us what this holiday weekend is all about.

My employer and coworker, both of whom are Franciscan Brothers have returned from their community gathering in the Midwest and it's a relief to have them back and no longer be the only employee living on the premises here.

Sunday I attended our local hockey team's celebration of winning their league's championship! A gathering was held indoors out of the warm weekend heat and it was a pleasure to see them in person and hear them talk about their season. To see video highlights of their final home game - a game that I went to see - click on this link. You can check out the details more in the SPORTS section below.

Temperatures have warmed up gradually and this weekend are reaching 90-95 degrees with 50-75% humidity. A weather almanac including current conditions can be found by clicking on this link.

Gasoline prices peaked on the 11th of this month at $3.97/gallon and have been on a steady decline since. The national average for Unleaded today stands at $3.78/gallon or 17 cents higher than the average here in Louisiana. I last fueled up for $3.64/gallon 3 weeks ago.
A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking
this word.

Earlier this month my wallet and prescription glasses were stolen from my minivan. Since that time I've gotten a Louisiana driver's license, an eye exam and new glasses, and changed my bank account here. This week I hope to obtain either Louisiana plates for my van or a social security card.

I work for the Christian Service Program here in Shreveport performing social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization that was started by an independent Catholic nun to help the poor and homeless in this city. Specifically my work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one next door for women. Our residents have either been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family or transients from other areas, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or have been living on the streets for years. Our purpose is to provide them with a safe place and at the same time an opportunity to reach their goals including community service work, applying for a job and saving for their own place.

I'm hoping to get away to Texas next weekend to go through items in my rented storage unit, get a much needed hair cut and dental checkup, and have my minivan's air conditioning system looked over thoroughly before returning back to work here through the summer.

My relatively new laptop is here with me, but I tend not to use it much because of where I work. It was purchased during Christmas break in December just before the new year began, and has especially come in handy when traveling!

In addition to this page, I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook". That page can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another page I have and happens to be a site that helps those with specific talents to be found by those looking to learn or be entertained. You can find my page there by clicking on this link.


SPORTS:

Sunday was the greatest spectacle in racing - the Indy 500 car race! It had an exciting finish with the leader hitting the wall in the final turn of the final lap and finishing 2nd as a result. That finish can be viewed by clicking on this link.
Yesterday was also the running of the longest race of the year - the Coca Cola 600, and that too saw the leader on the final lap fail to win by running out of fuel! You can see the video of this finish by clicking on this link.

The local hockey team here was successful in winning the Central Hockey League title by edging Colorado 2-1 Friday night. They won the series 4 games to 3 and Sunday brought the trophy back home to show and display for the fans and allowed the public to share in their joy with autographs and testimonies!
A week ago I attended their final home game and saw them win 7-2 to take a 3 game to 2 lead in the series. The report of that game can be read by clicking on this link. A short video highlight of the game can be seen by clicking on this link. The Mudbugs can be listened to or followed by clicking here.

The NHL hockey playoffs continue this week with the championship series getting underway Wednesday when Boston travels to Vancouver.

The NBA basketball playoffs also continue this week with the championship series beginning Tuesday evening. The Dallas Mavericks travel to Miami to take on the Heat!

Professional baseball began its season last month, and the top teams are still the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox in the American League, with the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals leading the National League. The season runs through September 30th.

The local Shreveport Captains began their season earlier this month and today ended a 3-game losing streak with an 8-2 win. They have now won 10 of their 18 games this season. They are also baseball's defending American Association League Champions and can be followed or listened to online by clicking here.

The Midland Rockhounds baseball team in west Texas has had a tough month of March losing 10 games more than they won, but tonight they were victorious and have now won 21 of their 50 games this season. They can be followed or listened to online by clicking here.

The auto racing season started in February with the annual running of the great American race - the Daytona 500 in February. Today was the other great American race - the Indianapolis 500!

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held over a year ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events! You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

April is ending today and the month of May will be here in the morning!  My Easter Sunday was very much a day of rest but also one of enjoyment and quiet.

Temperatures will remain warm this weekend but overcast skies will keep it from getting too warm.  Highs are expected to be in the 80s with a cold front coming through Monday to cool things off for the first half of the week.  A major thunderstorm hit us Wednesday evening and refreshed us with enough rain to put us close to normal for this time of year.

Gasoline prices continue increasing about a penny a day.  The national average for Unleaded today stands at $3.91/gallon or 15 cents higher than the average here in Louisiana, so consider fueling up regularly before it reaches the $4 mark in order to save!  At the rate it's rising, the national average will hit $4.00/gallon on May 5th.  I last fueled up for $3.60/gallon this past Tuesday.
A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking 
this word.

April saw my 3rd month here and my income taxes being done by a group of VITA workers at the Goodwill Center, while I made further adjustments to the climate and work here.  May holds a possible getaway to west Texas where my storage unit, barber and dentist are before returning back here to stay for the summer.  The work I'm performing is social service work for a 40 year-old nonprofit organization that helps the poor and homeless in a decent sized city.  Specifically my work is supervising a transitional home for men and another one for women.  Our residents have either been recently released from prison, are mentally slow, are runaways or throwaways from family, are transients from other areas who find themselves here with no place to stay, are down on their luck and can no longer afford a home, or are chronically homeless.

Even though I own a relatively new laptop here I tend not to use it much because of where I work.  It was purchased during Christmas break in December just before the new year began, and has really come in handy when traveling!

In addition to this page, I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  That page can be accessed by clicking on this link.

There is another page I can be found on, and is a site that helps those with specific talents to be found by those looking to learn or be entertained.  You can find my page there by clicking on this link.


SPORTS:

The NHL hockey playoffs continue this weekend and will run through the month of May.  16 playoff teams have been narrowed down to 8 with the top team in the league this season being Vancouver.  The Canucks eliminated last year's champions from Chicago.  Other favorites include Detroit and Washington.  I have my attention this week and next on the Boston-Philadelphia matchup beginning their best of 7 series this afternoon.  4 of the 5 games played so far in this 2nd round of the playoffs have been upsets, including Boston's win at Philadelphia today.

The local team here can also be followed or listened to in their playoff series by clicking here.

The NBA basketball season is also in playoff mode with 8 teams remaining.  This year's top team was the Chicago Bulls, but other favorites include the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Oklahoma City Thunder.  The biggest surprise so far has been heavily favored San Antonio being knocked out by Memphis.

Professional baseball began its season 4 weeks ago and the top teams currently are the Cleveland Indians in the American League, and Philadelphia Phillies who have won their last 5 games in the National League.  The Minnesota Twins have lost their last 5 games and have the worst record in the league winning only 35% of their games.  The season runs through September 30th.

The local Shreveport Captains can be followed or listened to online by clicking here.

The Midland Rockhounds baseball team can also be followed or listened to by clicking here.

The auto racing season continues as well after beginning in February with the annual running of the great American race - the Daytona 500, and continues through November!

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held just over a year ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

Spring has arrived in 2011

March 3rd was my brother Jim's birthday, and just two days later my brother Tom celebrated his!  Pictured above is Tom with his family along with my other brother George.

Mardi Gras celebrations are over now that the season of Lent has begun, but the people in this great state enjoy having fun and celebrating with parades.  Their theme is "Let the Good Times Roll!"
2 weeks ago today I attended my first ever Mardi Gras parade in Louisiana.  Floats with people throwing beads, cups and coins were separated by other vehicles so that those who walked up to them in to get a better chance of having beaded necklaces thrown to them would not be run over!  About a dozen floats paraded down the street and I walked away with 48 necklaces along with a group of 12 more in patriotic colors joined together making 60 beaded necklaces in all!

Temperatures have been warm this week with lows in the 50s and highs near 80.  The humidity and warm temperatures have already brought out mosquitoes!

Gasoline prices have leveled off the past 8 days after rising sharply before that.  The national average for Unleaded today remains at $3.53/gallon or 14 cents higher than it is here in Louisiana.  I last fueled up my minivan a week ago today for $3.36/gallon.
A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking 
this word.

18 years ago this month I struggled to find worthwhile employment, unable to find full-time work for nearly a year and even went on food stamps.  After hearing about the Christian Service Program in Shreveport, Louisiana I moved there to perform social service work under the direction of the program's founder - Sr. Margaret McCaffrey.  I was there for 16 months before returning to Texas and eventually on to New Mexico.  Now I not only find myself in the same city I arrived in 18 years ago but also working for the same program!  My work here involves supervising a men's shelter and next door women's shelter as well as interviewing for intakes in each and following up on each resident's progress toward independent living.

After working at a Mission School in a remote area of New Mexico and getting to know the Native American people there over a 3-year period, I was laid off from St. Bonaventure Mission due to budget cuts necessary to keep the Mission running.  I left my residence in Thoreau the last Sunday in January with my minivan packed full of belongings and made the trip to my new home and work place in the midst of a winter storm.  As a result of driving through hazardous conditions and experiencing electrical problems with my van, the trip took 8 days instead of 3.  I finally arrived here 5 weeks ago and have readjusted to city life in a different state.
During the move I spent a night with my brother and his family in Albuquerque, a night in a Plains, TX motel, 3 nights with friends in Midland, a night in a Sweetwater motel, a night at a church residence in Gatesville, and a night with a friend in Belton.  It's a blessing to have such good friends along the way and to see them again.  Spending time with them made for a more enjoyable driving experience, and I hope to write it all up in detail soon.
Repair work, maintenance and upgrades on my minivan along the way gave me confidence it would reach Shreveport and run well after I arrived and it has!
The organization I'm working for operates a men's shelter, a women's shelter, a thrift store, a computer lab learning center, a soup kitchen and an office building.  I've already conducted 4 weekly house meetings for the men and 2 for the women.  In doing so they are reminded of our guidelines for staying and get to understand what type of supervisor I am.

During my time in New Mexico I was a part of our Mission's Meals-&-Faith-On-Wheels program during my final 15 weeks there and made 20-25 runs in all.  As a result I plan on also posting a journal entry here to share some personal insights on this aspect of the mission's outreach.
The mission's jeep driver has brought much needed food and supplies to families on reservation territory for 4 years along notoriously bad roads.  I accompanied her once or twice a week to offer spiritual assistance to those we visited through prayer, blessing and simple conversation.  It was as close to being a missionary as I've ever felt!

During Christmas break I purchased a laptop computer and it has come in quite handy, especially when traveling.  I hope to keep my family and friends updated more and have it for many years to come!

In addition to this page, I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook".  My page can be accessed by clicking on the following link:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703633861

There is another page I can be found on, and it is a site that helps those with specific talents to be found by those looking to learn or be entertained.  You can find my page there by clicking on this link.


SPORTS:

The college basketball season's final playoff tournament to determine this year's national champion is well underway!  It's called "March Madness" and continues throughout this month.  The 64 best teams in the land are in the NCAA tournament and the next 32 are in the NIT tournament.  After play tonight, the 64 top teams have been narrowed down to 24 and after Sunday will be down to 16.  8th ranked Texas edged Oakland Friday 85-81, and will face Arizona Sunday evening.  5th ranked Notre Dame beat Akron 69-56 Friday and will meet Florida State Sunday night.
In the NIT tournament New Mexico beat UTEP 69-57 to advance to the 2nd round and will face Alabama Monday night.  The NCAA tournament has had only 8 upsets or surprising winners in its 40 games so far.

In the women's tournament 3 of my 4 teams lost today in their opening round matchups.  Texas was edged out by Marquette 68-65.  32nd ranked Iowa State lost to Marist 74-64.  And 27th ranked Iowa was beaten by Gonzaga 92-86.  8th ranked Notre Dame however took care of Utah 67-54 and will advance to play Monday night against Temple.

Professional basketball is in the 2nd half of its season with teams scrambling to qualify for the playoffs.  The top teams in the East at the present time are the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.  The best in the West are the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

Hockey is nearing the end of its season with the top teams being the Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitols.

The auto racing season is well underway as well after getting started last month with the annual running of the great American race - the Daytona 500, and continues through November!

Professional baseball begins later this month and will run through September.

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held a year ago last month, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

My Last Days in New Mexico

The land of enchantment called New Mexico has been my home for the past three years, and on Wednesday I'll be departing from it.  Each day I'm here will be cherished!

After being part of our Mission's Meals-&-Faith-On-Wheels program for 14 weeks, I plan on making 2 runs this week - my final ones to say goodbye to the elders living here.  I've made about 20 runs in all and each has had a profound impact on me.  I also plan on posting a journal entry here to share some personal insights on this aspect of the mission's outreach.
Our jeep driver has brought much needed food and supplies to families on reservation territory for 4 years along notoriously bad roads.  I've accompanied her once or twice a week to offer spiritual assistance to those we visit through prayer, blessing and simple conversation.  It's as close to being a missionary as I've ever been!

Last week I made a trip to Texas bringing half of my belongings to store away.  Going there my van required two repairs while in Albuquerque - a pair of tires needed replacing, and the front end aligned to keep the new ones from wearing badly.  The rest of the way there and my way back went without a hitch!

During this month I've been staying at home as much as possible while school classes go on just half a mile from my home.  By doing so I'm not interfering with the teachers and students at school who already know that I'll be leaving later this month.  An all-school Mass held each Thursday morning has allowed me to come on campus twice this month, and it felt good to be there!

I arrived back here after a job interview in Louisiana as this new year began with an opportunity to visit friends and run errands in Texas.  The trip was a week long getaway and totalled over 2000 miles!  While driving through a few large towns, I chose to purchase a laptop computer so that once I returned home I could continue searching online for work from the comfort of my home.  After struggling with my old computer which runs slowly, my new Dell laptop is a worthwhile change!

Friday December 17th was my final day teaching at St. Bonaventure Mission School.  I told the school's students about my upcoming departure, and was given some warm embraces and a few homemade cards from them as well as a beautiful Navajo blanket from 7 of the school's Navajo faculty!

St. Bonaventure Mission and School's Board of Directors/Trustees came for their quarterly meeting earlier this month.  Hopefully their gathering will provide a means for the school and the mission as a whole to find a way to continue on and flourish during this recent lack of donations.
I hope to post a few more pictures of this area including our school on here before moving this week.

In addition to this page, I have one on the most popular social networking site, "Facebook" and also put together a page for the Mission's school there.  My page can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703633861

This weekend was the "March for Life" remembering the Supreme Court's decision in 1973 allowing women to end their unborn child's life legalizing abortion in this country.  While in Texas Friday I got to participate in a prayer vigil remembering this anniversary.

Gasoline prices nationally continue creeping up.  Today the national average for Unleaded is $3.09/gallon which is 13 cents more than the average here in New Mexico!  The amount here in town rose 2 cents last week to $3.01.  During my trip to Texas last week I fueled up cheaply in Albuquerque and in Midland but saw several stations priced above $3.00/gallon.
A national map with the price by county can be viewed by clicking on this word.

Back in November I attended a Kateri Tekakwitha retreat in Gallup.  The retreat came at a good time for me since I had just heard that my work here would end right after Christmas due to budget cuts by the Mission, so it made a good starting point for my job search and personal reflection.  The Retreat Center can be viewed by clicking on this word.

 

 

SPORTS:

The NFL football season has come down to its final 4 games - 2 today, the all-star game next Sunday, and the Superbowl championship game the Sunday after that one!  During the playoffs, the team with the better record gets to play at home, and yet the visiting team has won a surprising 5 of the 8 playoff games coming into today.  This afternoon the Green Bay Packers traveled to Chicago and faced their long time rival the Bears.  Green Bay won its 3rd playoff game in a row as a visiting team 21-14 and as a result will be in the Superbowl this year.  This evening the New York Jets visited Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers hoping to do the same thing the Packers did.  After falling behind 24-0, the Jets mounted a comeback but fell short and lost 24-19 sending Pittsburgh to the Superbowl this year to face Green Bay.

My Teams:
Jets   13-6 = eliminated in the playoffs
Chiefs 10-7 = elminated in the playoffs
Vikings  6-10
Cowboys 6-10

 Basketball - Monday evening December 6th was my last game as a referee for our school's basketball teams.  I was privileged to officiate a matchup between the unbeaten Laguna Eagles and our own unbeaten St. Bonaventure Knights.  An exciting game had an exciting ending with our Knights prevailing 36-30 to remain unbeaten!
Our teams have returned to play this month but I have not been able to attend their games.  They finished 2010 with the following records:
Varsity Boys  4-0
Varsity Girls  0-4
JV Boys 0-8
JV Girls 0-8

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held last February, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

Epiphany 2011

Just above here is pictured the main office building and chapel at St. Bonaventure Mission School.  This weekend the Board of Trustees/Directors has arrived for their quarterly meeting to discuss the situation for the school and the mission in general.

The 2nd photo at the top of this page is my picture in our school's yearbook this year, and was taken in October.  It was also the profile picture on my Facebook page and will be again later this month:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703633861

After staying off campus for the first 3 days of classes this calendar year, I went to join the students and faculty there for the weekly all-school Mass this Thursday.  It was nice to see them all again, and I was surprised to see them all dressed with a blue sweatshirt with the school's logo on it so that everyone looked the same!

Last week I left for a job interview in Shreveport, Louisiana and drove through the state of Texas to get there.  It was a business trip of over 2000 miles and I got to have a cavity filled by my dentist, and my hair cut for the first time since July!  I also purchased a laptop computer to continue job searching online during my final days of residence here.  After looking over Shreveport, I left the more humid and mild 70-degree temperatures to return to a cold and snow-covered high desert area of New Mexico with a few inches of snow on the ground and highs only reaching the freezing point!

After struggling with an old and fairly slow computer at home, the new Dell laptop I purchased last week is a worthwhile change with more speed and the ability to do more things.

Gasoline prices nationally are slowly creeping up.  Today the national average for Unleaded is $3.06/gallon which is 17 cents more than the average here in New Mexico!  The amount here in town has been $2.94 all week.  While going through New Mexico and Louisiana I was surpised to find prices in Texas more expensive!
A national map with the price by county can be viewed by clicking on this word.

I'm hoping to post a few pictures and videos taken at our school this year before I leave here.  One video at the bottom of this section was taken this fall and is probably the most exciting football play our town's high school team made all year!

Two professional football players came here to talk at our local schools this fall to motivate our students in making good choices.  I hope to post some of these pictures and a video or two here soon.

After being part of our Mission's Meals-&-Faith-On-Wheels program for 14 weeks, I hope to make at least one more run in January before leaving this wonderful land.  I have made about 20 runs in all and each has been an experience.  I also plan on posting a journal entry here before leaving the area to share insights on this aspect of the mission's outreach.
Our jeep driver has brought much needed food and supplies to various families on reservation territory for 4 years along notoriously bad roads.  I have accompanied her once or twice a week to offer spiritual assistance to those we visit through prayer, blessing and conversation.  It's as close to being a missionary as I've ever been!

Friday December 17th was our last day of school before Christmas break and turned out to be my final day teaching at St. Bonaventure Mission School.  Although parents were not informed of my upcoming departure, I was able to tell the school's students about my leaving and how much I will miss them.  That day I received the beautiful Navajo blanket pictured above!

In November I attended a Kateri Tekakwitha retreat in Gallup.  The retreat came at a good time for me since I had just heard that my work here would end right after Christmas, so it made a good starting point to my job search and personal reflection.  The Retreat Center can be viewed by clicking on this word.

 

 

SPORTS:

Football - In college football the Iowa Hawkeyes surprised nationally ranked Missouri last week coming from behind 24-20 after 3 quarters to win 27-24 in the Insight Bowl.  On New Year's eve Notre Dame jumped out to a 27-3 halftime lead over rival Miami and went on to double them up 33-17 in the Sun Bowl.  Tomorrow begins a bowl game a day for the next 5 days!

My Teams:
Iowa   8-5
Notre Dame 8-5
Texas  5-7
Iowa State 5-7

The NFL season is over and now it's playoff time.  All 12 playoff teams have been decided and I was fortunate to pick up the games on my van's radio to keep me awake while driving last week.
This evening the New York Jets travel to Indianapolis while the Kansas City Chiefs host Baltimore at noon Sunday.

My Teams:
Jets  11-5 = playoff bound
Chiefs   10-6 = playoff bound
Vikings   6-10
Cowboys 6-10

Basketball - Monday evening December 6th turned out to be my last game as a referee for our school's basketball teams.  In one of the most exciting games I've seen our school play, I was privileged to officiate a classic matchup between the unbeaten Laguna Eagles and our own unbeaten St. Bonaventure Knights.  An exciting game had an exciting ending with our Knights prevailing 36-30 to remain unbeaten!
Our teams resume play this week.

Varsity Boys 4-0
Varsity Girls  0-4
JV Boys   0-8
JV Girls  0-8

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held last February, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

Veteran's Day 2010

NEWS:
Today we honor all veterans who have served and are serving our country, including those who paid the ultimate price by giving up their lives!

I am preparing for what lies ahead for me.  I recently heard that my position at our mission school will be phased out at the end of December due to budget cuts coming from two years of decreasing donations.  For that reason I hope to post here soon pictures and videos taken during this school year.  The first video at the bottom of this section was probably the greatest play our town's high school football team made all year!

Saturday I will attend a special retreat in Gallup and it comes at a good time for me to reflect on the people of this area and where I feel called to serve next.

Yesterday morning temperatures dropped to 9 degrees making it the coldest morning we've had this season.  Temperatures this week are expected to be cool with lows around 20 and highs in the 50s.

Last Saturday the new community center in town had a cleanup day to prepare the grounds for its grand opening on the 20th.  About half of all the necessary work was done.

This Halloween most of our school's teachers gathered at the home of our principal for dinner and gave out treats to over 500 visiting trick or treaters!

Gasoline prices are rising slowly and have gone up 8 of the last 9 days.  The national average price for Unleaded gasoline today is $2.87/gallon while the price here in town has risen 3 cents this week to $2.78.  I managed to fuel up in Gallup Tuesday putting 15 gallons in my minivan at $2.64/gallon!
A national map with the price by county can be viewed by clicking on this
word.

This week is my 9th week as part of our Mission's Meals-&-Faith-on-Wheels program.  I won't be going this week though due to the illness of our driver and the shorthandedness of our kitchen staff.
Our jeep delivery driver brings much needed food and supplies to various families on reservation territory along notoriously bad roads.  I have been going with her to offer spiritual assistance through prayer, blessing and conversation.  It's as close to being a missionary as I've ever felt!

Our school gym was used for a fundraising Pow Wow for a day this fall and I hope to post photos and a video from that ceremony here soon.

We've had two former professional football players come to town to give motivational talks to the youth in our schools and both were warmly received.  Michael Cobb from the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals, and Lavar Fisher of the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints both had the attention of their audience and made a good impression!  I hope to post pictures of their visits and maybe a video here soon.

A page referring to my trip to Iowa this summer has been added with its link above (2010 Reunion).  It should be completed by Thanksgiving with pictures taken on the way there and back.

My home computer continues to give me problems, but I hope to have it looked at and fixed if possible during Christmas break in December.  Please be patient until it runs normally again.

 

 

SPORTS:

Basketball - Our school's junior varsity girls and boys teams played their first games Wednesday hosting last year's champions - Baca!  I was asked to referee the games and was assisted by a former coach from our school.  The girls were tied at halftime 4-4, but eventually lost 18-6.  The boys played well early, but then seemed to fall apart and lost 36-4.  Next week the varsity girls and boys will play their home opening games.

Football - 2 weeks ago our Thoreau Hawks played their final game of the high school season against a decent Crownpoint team on the road.  In a game typical of their season this year our Hawks were able to score in their 5th straight game, but barely avoided losing on account of the 50-point Mercy Rule.  Their 44-6 loss gives the team 38 points in their 9 games this season (32 of which I saw in person and 26 of which I caught on video this year), and a 19-game losing streak to finish winless for the 2nd season in a row!  They were outscored this year 390-38 or an average of 43-4 each game, but there's always next year.  My only regret is that I won't be here to watch them play next year.

I also follow high school football from my longtime residence area of west Texas.
Last Friday state-ranked Abilene High beat Odessa Permian 42-14 making the first time in several years the mighty Panthers of Permian finish in last place in their district.  That same night the Odessa High Bronchos surprised the Midland Lee Rebels 48-21 and finish ahead of them in the district standings this year.  The big game of the weekend was played in Midland, Texas where the once-beaten Midland High Bulldogs upset unbeaten and #7 in the state Abilene Cooper 42-35 to finish in a 3-way tie with the Cougars and the Eagles of Abilene High this year.  Midland High is now the #13 team in the state with Abilene Cooper #14 and Abilene High #15.  All 3 of these teams are in the playoffs and will face teams from Arlington this Friday, and as a bonus the Odessa High Bronchos also made the playoffs this year.  It'll be the Metroplex of Arlington vs. the Petroplex of west Texas!

These 4 schools in west Texas have a combined record of 24 wins and 16 losses.

Midland High   9-1
Midland Lee   6-4
Odessa High   5-5
Odessa Permian 4-6
Thoreau High   0-9

In college football, Notre Dame hosts #15 ranked Utah this Saturday.  Texas is at home against #11 ranked Oklahoma State.  Iowa State travels to Colorado.  And #13 ranked Iowa travels to Northwestern.
Iowa   7-2
Iowa State 5-5
Texas   4-5
Notre Dame 4-5

The NFL season marked its halfway point last weekend with each team playing it's 8th game and 3 games going into overtime.  This weekend begins the 2nd half of the season, and the two featured games are the last games.  Sunday night has 2 of the best 4 teams in the American Football Conference facing each other when New England travels to Pittsburgh, and Monday night Philadelphia visits Washington with the winner in 2nd place in their division.

Jets   6-2
Chiefs  5-3
Vikings  3-5
Cowboys 1-7

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held in February, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page!

It's Fall - September 29th, 2010

Yesterday our school was blessed to have a former professional football player come for a motivational talk to our students.  Lavar Fisher from the Arizona Cardinals spoke to our older students about their education and decision making in life.

My minivan seems to only need the fan belt and serpentine belt replaced!  I hope to have both taken care of this week, and ride my bike to work and back.

I've reached a milestone of sorts this month.  The 32 months I've been working here for St. Bonaventure Mission has surpassed the time I spent at St. Stephen's Church in Midland Texas, and is my 3rd longest term of employment since finishing school over 20 years ago!

This week is my 3rd week as part of our new Meals-&-Faith-on-Wheels program.  Our jeep driver of four years has been delivering much appreciated food and supplies by jeep to various homes on the reservation that have notoriously bad roads.  Two weeks ago I joined her to help pray with and visit and assist the families with anything they needed.  It's as close to being a "missionary" as I've ever been!

We've had only 7 1/2 inches of precipitation for the year but that is normal for this time of year.  Lows are now close to 40 with highs near 80.

The national average price for Unleaded gasoline has dropped the past 3 days and today is $2.70/gallon.  The price here in town dropped 5 cents to $2.65 today.
A national map with the price by county can be viewed by clicking on this word.

10 days ago I drove 60 miles to Laguna to attend their annual festival with Native American dancing, crafts and food.  There were some 200 Native American dancers at one time dancing non-stop in the afternoon sun in a circle to a drum and chant as part of their annual ceremony.  Because photography is not allowed I have no pictures to share.  The festival also includes families opening their doors to visitors for a free lunch and I chose to eat at the convent hosted by 2 religious sisters.  I also browsed through many of the various craft items and bought a few before returning home.

Some of our students competed in the county fair over Labor day weekend, and I hope to post photos and a video or two of their events here by the end of the month.

This summer I got away to Texas for a long week and then to Iowa for nearly two weeks.  In addition to seeing some of my long-distance friends I also got to meet family members and attend my high school class reunion!  The trips were long and warm but fun.  The one to Texas was 2200 miles in all and the one to Iowa was 3800 miles round trip making 6000 miles altogether!  A page referring to my trip to Iowa was recently added with its link above (2010 Reunion) and a photo album of pictures from my high school class reunion can now be viewed.

My home computer still hasn't been fixed but it's running well enough to work.  I hope to have it looked at by our school's computer teacher to have it running regularly soon.  Please be patient as it runs slowly.

 

 

SPORTS:

Football - Last weekend our local high school team continued its struggle to not only win a game but to get on the scoreboard.  They lost at Grants 54-0, and this Friday are at home against Ft. Wingate.  The Thoreau High Hawks have now lost all 4 of their games and have yet to score a point.  They've been outscored 182-0 or an average of 45-0 each game.

I still follow Odessa High and Odessa Permian as well as Midland High and Midland Lee in Texas.  These 4 schools in west Texas have a combined record of 17 wins and 3 losses.
Midland High   5-0
Midland Lee   5-0
Odessa Permian 4-1
Odessa High   3-2
Thoreau High  0-4

The college football season enters its 5th week of play this coming weekend.  The Iowa State Cyclones are coming off a win and will host Texas Tech.
17th ranked Iowa is also coming off a win and will host nationally ranked Penn State.
19th ranked Texas was upset by UCLA last weekend and will face rival Oklahoma.
Notre Dame looks to break their 3-game losing slump by playing at Boston College.
Texas  3-1
Iowa   3-1
Iowa State  2-2
Notre Dame 1-3

The NFL season continues with its 4th week of play this coming weekend.  Last weekend saw the winless Cowboys surprising the previously unbeaten Houston Texans, while Minnesota picked up its first win and Kansas City remained unbeaten!  The game of the week this coming weekend is Monday night's matchup between New England and Miami.  Dallas, Minnesota and Kansas City all have the week off.

Baseball - The four playoff teams in the American League have been settled.  The Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins are joined by the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.  In the National League the Philadelphia Phillies are joined by the Cincinnati Reds as playoff teams with two more teams to be decided later this week.  San Francisco, San Diego and Atlanta are competing for those final two spots.

Minor League Baseball is over in Texas!  Northwest Arkansas shutout Midland Texas 2-0 to win their best of 5 series 3 games to 1 and win the Texas League title!  The Midland Rockhounds were looking to successfully defend the title they won last year, and almost did against the best team in the league this year.  Midland finished the year with an average 70 win and 70 loss season and met Northwest Arkansas - who won 16 games more than the Rockhounds did - in this year's championship series.  Even though Midland out-hit their opponents 34-22 in their 4 games, Northwest Arkansas made use of their fewer hits to outscore the Rockhounds 13-8 in the series and ended it all.  Midland finishes the year with 74 wins and 74 losses, just 2 playoff wins short of winning their 2nd straight title.
Their biggest win this year was 16-0 and their greatest loss was 13-0.  They are a Double-A affiliate of the Oakland A's, and one of 8 teams that play in the Texas League.

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held in February, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.

Memorial Day 2010

IMPORTANT BULLETIN:  Please note that my home computer isn't running very well due to a virus it caught, and may not be fixed or replaced until July 1st.  For now I can still access email and the internet from my workplace.

Sunday morning I attended St. Paul Church in Crownpoint and was present to see one of our school's students receiving his first communion!  He had been baptized during the Easter Vigil in April.  Congratulations Tristan!

This week I hope to pick up a part for my van in nearby Gallup and also shop for a digital camera to replace the one I've had for the past 3 1/2 years.  My camera was recently dropped onto a concrete surface and has not taken good photos since.  In the time I've had it I've taken over 2000 pictures including those posted on this site!

Temperatures this week are near 40 each morning and in the 80s each afternoon with very low humidity.

Gasoline prices continue dropping an average of a penny a day so that on this holiday the national average for unleaded is $2.73/gallon.  Prices here in town did not change this past week and remain at $2.62.  The last time I fueled up my van in nearby Gallup I paid $2.47/gallon.  A national map with the price by county can be viewed by clicking on this word.

Wednesday of last week was our last day of school classes.  It was both joyful and sad as we waved goodbye to our students for the summer break also realizing that eight of our teaching staff will not be back next year.  During this holiday weekend a pair of them left for their future home in Florida.

Last Friday a Christian concert was held outdoors in the downtown area with booths set up informing others of suicide and its prevention as well as alcoholism and its harmful aspects.  Even though I was outdoors less than 3 hours I managed to get sunburned!
The first suicide intervention meeting for the community was held on April 23rd in the town's high school cafeteria.  It came after our town experienced 3 youth suicides in just two weeks!  A few days later a town-wide prayer service was held in one of the town's churches with 6 pastors present, and the following day a Prayer Walk and blessing of the area was led by our school's students and faculty.  Some photos taken during the Prayer Walk have been added to this page, and the event made the television news!  The TV segment can still be viewed by clicking on this link.  A reporter came from Farmington to cover the next community meeting and her story appeared in a recent edition of the Farmington Daily-Times.  It can still be read by clicking on this link.

Our school graduated fourteen 8th graders and 23 preschoolers this year with ceremonies held in our school gym.  The average amount of time our 8th graders spent at St. Bonaventure School was 5 years.  Their cake is pictured above!
The public high school in town graduated 103 seniors this year with their ceremony held outdoors on the football field!

My position at school is to help and assist those who wish to become a Christian in the Catholic Church and this year a pair of 3rd graders received their first communion in our school chapel while the grandmother of one of them was welcomed fully into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.  Their photos have been posted on this page.

 

 

SPORTS:  Sunday was the greatest spectacle in racing - the Indy 500!  This year's race featured 4 female drivers, and ended with each driver looking to conserve fuel so as not to run out.

This past Saturday the NHL Hockey championship series began with both teams wanting to win this year's Stanley Cup trophy!  Their best of seven series began with the Chicago Blackhawks edging the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5.  Game two will be played this evening on NBC.

The NBA Basketball playoffs are finally down to 2 teams!  Last Friday the Boston Celtics eliminated Orlando 4 games to 2, and Saturday the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated Phoenix 4 games to 2 setting up the renewal of a big rivalry - the Celtics and the Lakers.  These two will begin their best of seven series Thursday with either Boston or Los Angeles having already won half of all the NBA's championships.  Boston has won the title 17 times and Los Angeles 15 times.

The Major League Baseball season began in April.  The Tampa Bay Rays still have the league's best record having won 2/3 of their 51 games thus far.  The New York Yankees are second with a record of 31-20.  Atlanta has won its last 6 games and has the best home record in the League.  Play continues through October 3rd.
Minor League Baseball is being played in my former home of Midland Texas as well.  The Midland Rockhounds are a Double-A affiliate of the Oakland A's, and have stumbled during this month of May.  But today they finished the month with their 2nd straight win and 6th in their last 9 games giving them a 24-26 record which ties them for 5th among the 8 teams in the Texas League.  Midland will host the 74th annual Texas League All-Star game on June 30th, a game I hope to be present for!  Their games can be heard each evening by clicking on this link.

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held in February, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can find them by clicking this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page, and enjoy Memorial Day weekend!

The Last Day of April 2010

Today our school's junior high students put on a "recycled fashion show" for the school.  The students put together interesting clothing made of materials that would ordinarily be thrown away!  After school today I drove to nearby Gallup for banking and shopping.

It has snowed with flurries on and off during the day thanks to the jet stream running through this area.  Temperatures were in the 20s this morning and only reached 50 today.

Tomorrow begins a new month, and the running of the Kentucky Derby!

Yesterday a pair of 3rd graders received communion for the first time during our all-school Mass, and the grandmother of one of them was baptized into the Church!  All three have been students of mine during this school year.

Wednesday our school led a Prayer Walk through town to bless the entire area after the suicides that have devastated the community.  A large banner was paraded through the downton area before our school was blessed.  Then we walked to the neighboring public school to do the same before continuing on to our mission's thrift store where it was blessed.  Then we continued on through our trailer park blessing the road and properties along the way, and ended at our mission office where the hallways and work rooms were blessed as well.  The windy weather did not hamper this 1 1/2 hour ceremonial blessing done by both our visiting priest using holy water and our Navajo custodian with burning sage.  The television news showed a segment of this and it can be viewed by clicking on this link.
The previous night a town-wide prayer service was held at the Baptist church and included 6 local pastors who led those present in song and words of comfort and encouragment!

A week ago a suicide intervention community meeting was held in our town's high school cafeteria.  The program included several expert speakers and about 100 folks from town.  Our town has been devastated by 3 suicides and a few failed attempts during the month of April.

Last weekend the annual "Gathering of Nations" was held in Albuquerque.  It is the largest annual gathering of Native Americans in the country, and is celebrated with dancing, food, and various items for sale.  Over 400 Indian tribes around the country were represented!  A link to this event can be seen by clicking on this link.  The local news story can be viewed by clicking on this site.

A week ago today I joined our 3rd grade class on its field trip to Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave about an hour's drive from town.  It was so cold and windy with some snowfall that we almost turned around during our climb uphill around the rim of their dormant volcano and went back down.  Our 3rd graders were determined to make it to the top, though, with their jackets, caps, hoods and all, and we did!  Photos taken during the day should be pictured here this weekend.
To view images of this volcano and ice cave you can visit one tourist's webpage by clicking on this link, or visiting the park's link at this website.

Gasoline prices have risen the past five days so that now the national average stands at $2.89/gallon.  Those here in town rose 6 cents to $2.91, and today I fueled up in nearby Gallup where the price was $2.73/gallon.  A national map with the price by county can be viewed by clicking on this word.

 

 

SPORTS:  The 1st round of the NHL Hockey playoffs is over with 16 teams being narrowed to 8.  The biggest story is the Washington Capitols who finished with the best record in the league being eliminated by the Montreal Canadians who lost more games this year than they won!  Along with Montreal are Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose, and Vancouver.

The NBA Basketball playoffs are also going on this week with 16 teams being narrowed down to 8 by the end of this weekend.  With only one more team to be decided those that have advanced already include Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio and Utah.

The Major League Baseball season began earlier this month.  The Tampa Bay Rays own the best record in baseball having won 17 of their 23 games.  The New York Mets have won their last 8 games and have the 3rd best record in the National League.  Play continues through October 3rd.
Minor League Baseball is played in my former home of Midland Texas as well.  The Midland Rockhounds are a Double-A affiliate of the Oakland A's, and are currently tied for 3rd in an 8-team league called the Texas League.  They will host the Texas League All-Star game on June 30th - a game I hope to be present for!  Their games can be heard by clicking on this link.

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada were held 2 months ago, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can do so by clicking this link.

To see again the exciting final 2 laps of this year's Daytona 500 stock car race run on Valentine's day, click on this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page.

Easter Sunday - April 4th, 2010

Our 4-day holiday weekend is half over with today being Easter Sunday!

After going to the cathedral in Gallup last night for the Easter Vigil Mass, I went to Bluewater for an Easter Sunday Mass, and then joined 10 other teachers for a late lunch/early dinner.

Temperatures have been mild but windy with highs in the 60s lately.  Morning lows are still below freezing.

Thursday afternoon our school's junior high girls took on the faculty in a volleyball challenge in order to raise money for the people of Haiti.  The idea resulted in so much interest that each side fielded a pair of teams!  The first faculty team easily beat the first girls team, but the second girls team beat the second faculty team just as easily.  To decide the winner, a tie-breaking game was played just before the end of the school day.  It combined players for both girls teams and both faculty teams in one matchup.  The result was a close and exciting 3rd game with the faculty winning in the end!  Over $300.00 was raised during this challenge by players who puchaed uniforms, and by students and other faculty members for their attendance.

Gasoline prices nationwide are slowly rising after remaining steady for the past two weeks.  Today the national average price for Unleaded gasoline stands at $2.83/gallon - the highest it has been in a year and a half!  Prices here in town dropped 3 cents last week to $2.79, and I fueled up in nearby Gallup last night for $2.69/gallon.  To see what prices are in your area, click on this link.

I'm thrilled that my van is running again!  It didn't run the week of Spring Break so I stayed put and cleaned my home.  I was without its use for 31 out of 32 days in all before it was properly repaired so did a lot of walking!  The van had a new starter installed and a rebuilt distributor put in, and was tuned up with new spark plugs and spark plug wires.  At the end of the school year in May it will need a minor repair in order to make it to Iowa safely in July.
After it was fixed I made my first trip to Gallup in 5 weeks and went again last night.

A week ago I upgraded my computer from Internet Explorer 7 to Internet Explorer 8, and it is running much better!

I also attended recently the funeral of an 18 year-old Native American girl who passed away after having a seizure while giving birth to twin daughters.  All 3 died and were buried in the same casket.  Rest in peace Amber Abeita.

Check out the latest photo slideshows added to this page.  3 wonderful donors pooled their funds together to purchase a new bus for our school which was blessed ceremoniously and used for the first time in March.
And our annual basketball awards banquet was held in March with medals given to each player and awards given to the team's better players.  Our coach was also honored since he will not be returning next year.  Pictures taken during both of these events can be found on this page below.

 

 

 

 

SPORTS:  College basketball's "March Madness" tournament will end Tuesday  The best 64 teams in the nation have now been narrowed down to 2!  Saturday evening #10 ranked Butler edged #13 ranked Michigan State 52-50, and #3 ranked Duke easily handled #6 ranked West Virginia by 21 points.  Monday evening #3 ranked Duke will face #10 ranked Butler for this year's national championship!

In women's action #1 ranked and unbeaten Connecticut and #2 ranked Stanford both won their national semifinal games this evening pitting them against each other Tuesday night in the women's national championship game.

Though the Winter Olympic Games in Canada are over, it's still possible to view video highlights and even the full video segments of several of the events!  You can do so by clicking this link.

To see again the exciting final 2 laps of this year's Daytona 500 stock car race run on Valentine's day, click on this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page.

Spring Break is here! - March 12th, 2010

School classes are out for the next 9 days, and both students and teachers are ready for this break!

Tomorrow night daylight savings time begins when we set our clocks ahead one hour.  The result will be darker mornings and lighter evenings!

Two weeks into this new month we've seen a switch of weather conditions.  The first week of March saw mild temperatures with lows in the 20s and highs in the 50s, but this week began with snow and cold winds and continued until today!  A sign of Spring was seen today with sunshine, 50 degrees and only a slight breeze.

After sitting idle in my driveway for 18 days, my minivan which hasn't started even after two jumpstart attempts was towed to our mission's maintenance garage yesterday where a new starter was installed.  Today I went to pick up my van, drove to the post office and then downtown before returning home.  But after stopping, it wouldn't start again!  Even though it seems better in wanting to start, while being driven it ran like it wasn't getting enough "juice".  Apparently, something else is wrong, whether the battery, fuel filter or something else.  And this comes just as Spring Break is beginning, so I may end up staying here next week.

Our school's science fair winners are competing in Albuquerque this weekend in the state science fair!  Photos of our school's winners are posted in a filmstrip below on the left side of this page.

Gasoline prices continue to rise.  The national average price for Unleaded gasoline today rose for the 10th day in a row to $2.78/gallon - the highest it's been in over 16 months!  Prices here in town are $2.82/gallon, and I last fueled up in nearby Gallup for $2.53/gallon.  To see what prices are in your area, click on this link.

This town of Thoreau has not seen a Sunday Mass celebrated in several years, including my entire time here.  However, that could all change later this month as our school's chaplain from Gallup who comes each Thursday to celebrate a weekly all-school Mass is considering coming to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass for the community on March 28th!  It could be the first of many Sunday Masses here.

This 3rd full week of Lent ends tomorrow.  The 40-day season called Lent is one of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in solidarity with the last days of Jesus before His crucifixion on Good Friday.  Such a practice invites us to look beyond ourselves and reach out to others, providing us with an opportunity to discipline ourselves regarding those things we indulge in such as food, time and money.

More pictures will be added to this page and the other 3 pages I have here during Spring Break since those stored on my computer are once again accessible!

An engagement party was held for two of our school's faculty members recently!  Our 4th grade teacher from Chicago - Josh, and our 5th grade teacher from Wisconsin - Megan got engaged in February and were invited to a dinner social to receive some gifts from their fellow teachers.  It was an enjoyable 4-hour get-together, and I hope to post photos from that evening this weekend on MY JOB page whose link can be found on the top of this page.

Last month I received the free H1N1 virus shot at our school.  My decision to get the shot was helped by my dad's suggestion, our school nurse's advice and the fact of working with so many children here.  Although I haven't gotten the flu or a cold since, I did develop a dry throat for a few days but feel fine now.

 

 

SPORTS:  College basketball's "March Madness" tournament will begin next week after the 64 teams are announced Sunday evening.  The winner of the tournament will be the one to win all 6 of their games and will be crowned national champions for this year.
Of my favorite teams the #8 ranked New Mexico Lobos lost tonight to San Diego State 72-69.  Texas lost to nationally ranked Baylor last night 86-67, and Notre Dame lost to nationally ranked West Virginia tonight 53-51.  Northern Iowa won its conference tournament earlier this week with a win over Wichita State.  All of these teams now wait to see if they will be invited to the national tournament that's referred to as March Madness!
In women's play #6 ranked Notre Dame lost to top-ranked and undefeated Connecticut earlier this week.  Iowa State was edged by Oklahoma State this evening 62-59 in the Big 12 Conference tournament, and in that same tournament Texas was beaten by nationally ranked Texas A&M 77-64.  All 3 teams now wait to see if they will be invited to the national tournament.

Our school's basketball teams played two special exhibition games Wednesday to end their play for the year.  The Varsity girls beat the Junior Varsity girls, and the Varsity boys beat the Junior Varsity boys, just as expected but all had fun.  Those in attendance included other 8th graders, 7th graders, 6th graders and 5th graders who did not go out for basketball, as well as our school's 4th graders who will be eligible to play next year.  I was called upon to help referee both games and enjoyed doing so.  A basketball awards night will be coming later this month to recognize our most outstanding players.

The Winter Olympic Games in Canada are over, but video highlights and even full events like the gold medal hockey game can still be viewed online by clicking this link.  The United States won more medals than in any winter Olympic games previously, and the host nation Canada won more gold medals than the other competing countries.  26 nations in all won at least one medal while 69 others failed to win one.

The Daytona 500 stock car race was run on Valentine's day.  You can still view the exciting final 2 laps by clicking on this link.

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page.

January 29th, 2010

It's the end of an unusual week!  After having school classes cancelled Thursday due to winter weather conditions, it was thought that with no improvement this would become a 4-day weekend but that was not to be.  Classes were held as usual on time Friday, and now it is officially the weekend!

After school today I drove our P.E. teacher to Gallup where we both did some banking, and after dropping him off I went to fuel up and do some shopping.  Then I met him at a sports bar to share a pizza and a few drinks before we returned home.

Tuesday and Wednesday I had the privilege of refereeing a pair of basketball games for our school's JV teams!  As an official, I tend to let the players play since they are in 6th and 7th grade, and not stop play for every violation I see like traveling or double dribble or fouls etc. unless it is blatant.  Parents seem to enjoy watching their children play that way rather than have a referee blow his whistle and stop the action every minute of the game.

Monday morning on the way to work I suffered a fender bender coming out of the trailer park!  Since the snowfall last week the roads through the trailer park had become very slippery and were still 100% snow and ice covered.  Not watching everything resulted in running into the jeep ahead of me at the stop sign leaving the park!  The size of the damage is minimal, but would be costly to repair due to the type of damage done.

14-18 inches of snow fell here over a 5-day period last week.  More snow fell Wednesday evening cancelling classes Thursday, but not today.  Temperatures have been in the teens overnight and close to 40 each afternoon this week.

Gasoline prices peaked two weeks ago and have slowly dropped nearly every day since.  The national average today stands at $2.68/gallon.  Prices here in town dropped 4 cents this week to $2.73.  Last night I fueled up my van in Gallup for $2.59/gallon.  To see what prices are in your area, click on this link.

A week ago today was the anniversary of the well-known Roe vs. Wade decision.  What began as a woman's right to carry her child to term and give birth to a newborn, or end her pregnancy so that she could carry on with her independence and viability for employment has become a nation-wide debate on whether or not a woman's choice to end her pregnancy trumps a child's right to live.  As touchy a subject as this is, it's important to realize what abortion is and what it does, not only to the developing child but also to the mother-to-be afterwards.  Let us pray that every person in this nation and across the globe has a right to live, love, and be loved, and that all human life is respected with dignity from the moment of conception until a natural death.

 

 

SPORTS:  The NFL football season will end very soon.  This coming Sunday is the annual pro-bowl with all-stars from every team playing, and the following Sunday will be the year's final game - the Superbowl!
Last Sunday the home team won both playoff games, and as a result the Indianapolis Colts will face the New Orleans Saints on February 7th in the NFL's championship game!  The Colts came from behind Sunday and beat the New York Jets 30-17.  Later the Saints needed overtime to edge out my favorite team - the Minnesota Vikings 31-28.

The teams I follow finished with a combined record of 40 wins and 31 losses including 4 wins and 3 losses in the playoffs, and individually are:
Minnesota Vikings 13-5
Dallas Cowboys    12-6
New York Jets      11-8
Kansas City Chiefs 4-12

My favorite college teams finished the year with a combined record of 37 wins and 15 losses and individually:
#2 Texas  13-1
#7 Iowa   11-2
Iowa State  7-6
Notre Dame 6-6

In college basketball #1 ranked Kentucky is coming off its first loss of the year to South Carolina Wednesday and will play at home Saturday.  Also #2 ranked Kansas travels to nationally ranked Kansas State while #3 ranked Villanova has the weekend off.

In women's play #1 ranked Connecticut visits Pittsburgh Saturday while #2 ranked Stanford hosts Arizona.  Also tomorrow #3 ranked Notre Dame travels to Syracuse.

In NBA basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers own the league's best record at 37-11.  Los Angeles is 2nd and Denver 3rd.  New Jersey owns the worst record having won only 4 times this season!

In NHL hockey, San Jose leads the league with a record of 35-10.  Washington is 2nd having won 9 of their last 10 games and Chicago is 3rd.

Christmas Day 2009

Merry Christmas!

To get a feel for what a traditional Christmas is like in New Mexico, click on this link!

It certainly looks and feels like Christmas here!  Temperatures are in the single digits overnight and around the freezing mark during the afternoon with snow still on the ground and some ice on most streets!  Tuesday we received 3-4 inches of new snow and much of it is still here since it hasn't really warmed up much.  The water pipes in my home froze up overnight so I went the day with no running water.  Today's low was 2 degrees and the high only reached 27.  Tomorrow is expected to be even colder!

The first of two weeks off for Christmas break is nearly over and I still haven't gone anywhere.  Getting my home organized and cleaned as well as getting away to Texas to see friends are among my plans during this longest of all breaks during the school year.

I'm still trying to overcome a persistent cough that I've had for over a week.  Orange juice, hot tea, throat drops and warm rest haven't helped much, so now I'm taking medicine.

A week ago gasoline prices dropped below $2.60/gallon for the first time in nearly 2 months.  Yesterday was the 10th straight day that the national average has been $2.58 or $2.59/gallon.  Prices here in town dropped 11 cents last week to $2.58/gallon and remain that amount today.  A week ago today I fueled up in nearby Gallup for $2.49/gallon!  To see what prices are in your area, and become eligible for a $250.00 gas card click on this link.

A propane tank truck accident happened just 7 miles outside of town along the interstate and closed the highway in both directions all day Monday beginning at 10AM.  It took more than 12 hours to once again open I-40 in both directions after traffic was rerouted around the accident.  The television news story and video of this incident can be seen by clicking on this link.

9 days ago today was our school's annual Christmas pageant attended by over 300 adults and family members!  Our kids presented the Christmas story well, and even led everyone in singing "Silent Night" in Navajo!

December 5th was St. Bonaventure Mission's annual Community Christmas Dinner and Gift day!  About 1000 people came to the school's cafeteria for a full dinner including turkey, corn, cranberries, a muffin, and slice of pumpkin pie to go along with punch or coffee!  Each family was also given a large trash bag as they entered the school's gym and allowed to fill it with donated clothing, blankets, shoes and toys.  Some 500 people came just to go through our school's gym to pick up items they liked or needed and left in addition to those who came to the cafeteria to eat first, meaning 1500 in all went through our school's gym to pick up needed clothing and supplies.  The day ran from 10AM - 2PM and I helped bus tables in the cafeteria to serve the people we live among and work with!

 

 

SPORTS:  The college football season began its Bowl games last Saturday when the best teams play one more game to finish their football season.  New Mexico led the way with the first bowl game in Albuquerque that afternoon.  Fresno State with one of the best running backs in the nation met Wyoming, and fans were not disappointed when the two went into double overtime before Wyoming surprised Fresno State 35-28.  There have been 5 other games since that one and 3 more are scheduled for Saturday.

The national rankings and records of my favorite teams are:
#2 Texas  13-0
#10 Iowa  10-2
Iowa State  6-6
Notre Dame 6-6
Their combined record of 35 wins and 14 losses averages 5 wins for every 2 losses - a good season for them!  3 of my 4 teams will play in Bowl games.  The Iowa State Cyclones will meet the Minnesota Gophers on New Year's eve night in Arizona.  The Iowa Hawkeyes face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on the evening of January 5th in this year's Orange Bowl in Miami.  Two days later #2 ranked Texas will face #1 ranked Alabama in the national championship game in California to officially end college football this school year!

The final two weeks of the NFL football season begins today with every game critical to making the playoffs.  Sunday Kansas City visits Cincinnati looking for a respectable end to their season since they've lost too many games to make the playoffs this year.  The Jets need a win to qualify for the playoffs and will face the only unbeaten team remaining when they travel to Indianapolis.  The Cowboys visit the Redskins Sunday night and a win would almost guarantee them a playoff spot, while the Vikings go to Chicago Monday night.  Going into this weekend my favorite teams look like this:
Minnesota Vikings 11-3 
Dallas Cowboys  9-5
New York Jets  7-7 
Kansas City Chiefs 3-11

Congratulations to the Abilene High Eagles who finished their season with an unbeaten 16-0 record by edging Katy High School to win the 5A Texas state high school football title!  Abilene High used to play in the same district as Midland and Odessa.

College basketball and the NBA basketball seasons began in November.  The NHL Hockey season is also underway!

To read saved UPDATES of the past scroll down a bit and look on the left side of this page.

November 22nd, 2009

NEWS:  Even though this is a weekend here at home, it's hard not to look ahead and anticipate Thanksgiving vacation which will begin after just 2 days of classes this week.  Our first break of longer than 3 days in a row this school year begins after school Tuesday.  In all it will be a 5-day vacation break from Wednesday-Sunday.

This past Friday was a busy day for me.  It not only featured a regular school day, but afterwards some Christmas shopping in Gallup for our junior high students, and then a lock-in at our school with most of our junior high students and some faculty members.  A few minutes after 6AM Saturday morning it was over and time to go home and sleep!  The kids had fun playing video games, basketball, other games, viewed a movie, and had fun interacting with each other.  Even the faculty members got involved.

Thursday our JV girls and boys basketball teams played against St. Francis of Assisi School in Gallup for the 3rd time.  St. Francis School only goes up to 5th grade, so when our JV teams (5th and 6th graders) play them we are expected to win.  Our girls won 12-0 and the boys did also 18-6.  Our girls team has now beaten St. Francis School in Gallup all 3 times but lost to Baca School in Prewitt earlier this week 13-7 giving them a 3-1 record.  Our boys team has beaten St. Francis School in Gallup all 3 times and also lost to Baca School in Prewitt 14-11 giving them a 3-1 record.  During their tournament in Prewitt my admission ticket number was called for a "Turkey Shoot" which meant make a free throw and I would receive a real turkey as a gift.  Unfortunately I threw up an airball missing everything and missed out on the opportunity.

Two weeks ago our varsity boys and girls teams played their only matchup so far this season.  Many schools in the area only go up to 5th or 6th grade so it's hard to find a school that has a 7th and 8th grade.  We traveled 30 miles to Grants to take on St. Teresa of Avila School and both games were close!  The girls eventually prevailed 25-15, and the boys lost a heartbreaker 39-31.  Often times the games can be very one-sided but these were not, and everyone present enjoyed the action!

Last week I had reason to celebrate.  It was my birthday, and I enjoyed being sung to by 150 of our school's students.  I also enjoyed the many birthday email cards I received from friends and family!

My mother was released from the hospital last Monday and continues to recover from open heart surgery.  Thanksgiving day will be her birthday as well as her 50th wedding anniversary to my father.  Please keep her in your prayers.

It felt like Christmas this past week even though it's only Thanksgiving time.  Temperatures dipped way down with lows of 9, 11, 16, 20 and 16.  Highs during the week were in the 50s.

Gas prices nationwide have remained steady for the past few weeks.  Since October 23rd the national average has been between $2.63 and $2.69/gallon.  Today the national average rose 2 cents in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and now stands at $2.66.  I last filled up my minivan in Gallup for $2.54/gallon.  To see what prices are in your area, check out MY FAVORITE SITES below under the file called "Gas Prices".

Earlier this month I drove to Gallup to attend the funeral of a Catholic nun who was killed near here along the Arizona border.  Sr. Marguerite Bartz was 64 years old and lived and taught in Navajo, New Mexico.  Her funeral held at the Cathedral church in Gallup was standing room only with about 500 people in attendance and was a wonderful tribute to her.  Afterwards I did some banking, fueled up my minivan, had photos developed and did some shopping.

On November 3rd Bishop James Wall visited our school, led us in worship, and ate with several of our students - many of whom were dressed in traditional Native American clothing.

Flu and colds are still going around schools but aren't as noticeable now.

All 4 of my pages are being slightly updated this month to make them more complete and easier to read.

 

 

SPORTS:  In college football Saturday Iowa played their final game of the season hosting the Minnesota Gophers.  The Hawkeyes of Iowa have been known for two things this year - their great starting quarterback who was knocked out with an injury earlier this month, and their great defense.  The Iowa defense dominated in their game this weekend holding Minnesota scoreless as the Hawkeyes won their 10th game this year 12-0.  Iowa State traveled to Missouri for their final game of the season needing a win to assure themselves of a bowl game next month.  Their opponents came up with over 500 yards of offense and the Cyclones lost to a good Missouri team 34-24.  Notre Dame has lost a lot of respect from the media this year for losing games they were expected to win, and that continued Saturday when their final home game of the season resulted in a 33-30 overtime loss to Connecticut.  Big 12 Conference leading Texas beat Kansas 51-20 to remain unbeaten.  After facing Texas A&M this Thanksgiving weekend, they will meet Nebraska in their conference title game.  A win in that game would almost certainly place them into the national championship game in January!  The records and national rankings of my favorite teams now look like this:
#3 Texas  11-0
#13 Iowa  10-2
Notre Dame 6-5
Iowa State  6-6
Their combined record of 33 wins and 13 losses is the best it has been in years!  Next weekend Texas travels to Texas A&M, and Notre Dame visits Stanford.

In Texas high school football I follow 4 teams.  Playoff action began a week ago when their final district standings were:

(1st place) Odessa High  8-2
(2nd place) Amarillo High 8-2
(3rd place) Odessa Permian 7-3
(4th place) Midland Lee  6-4
(5th place) Midland High  5-5

The top 4 teams this year made the playoffs and began play last weekend.  Odessa High and Odessa Permian won their games while Amarillo High and Midland Lee lost.  This weekend both Odessa teams faced a pair of Arlington teams as 9-2 Odessa High met 9-2 Arlington High, and 8-3 Odessa Permian faced 7-4 Arlington Martin.  It was a weekend for the metroplex as Friday night Odessa High scored 42 points, but lost to Arlington High 70-42!  And Saturday afternoon the legendary Panthers of Odessa Permian were beaten by Arlington Martin 25-15.  All 4 of my Texas teams and the local team here in town are now done for the year.  Their combined record of 28 wins and 25 losses isn't bad but has been better in the past.

Friday November 6th was the final night of high school football here in Thoreau!  The night was cool but with little or no wind so very bearable.  Coming into town to face our Thoreau High Hawks was the #5 ranked team in the state - Bloomfield!  Judging by scores against common opponents this year, I expected a 70-0 loss with our team finishing the season without a win.  There were two reasons I went to this game - because it was our last home game, and to see if a quality opponent could actually score 100 points in a high school football game (against us)!
It was apparent from the start that Bloomfield would dominate this game.  On the opening kickoff, Thoreau High fumbled the ball and Bloomfield recoved it.  A minute later they were in the endzone for the game's 1st score: 7-0 Bloomfield.  After kicking off again, Thoreau High held onto the ball, but on their 1st play from scrimmage they fumbled the ball once again and Bloomfield picked it up and ran it in for another touchdown.  Just 2 minutes into the game and Bloomfield was already ahead 14-0!  They would go on to score twice more in the opening quarter for a 28-0 lead, and added another four touchdowns in the 2nd quarter for a 55-0 halftime lead!  The chances of seeing a 100-0 game looked very possible indeed.  In the 2nd half, it appeared that Bloomfield took their starters out of the game since they scored only 3 points and would go on to win 58-0!  The time-keeper was merciful by letting the clock in the 2nd half run continuously when it should have stopped on such plays as incomplete passes, turnovers, out of bounds tackles, and scores.  A surprise happened on the final play of the game however.  With 30 seconds left in the game, Bloomfield called time-out, and ran one final play.  It was one that was going for a touchdown, but their player stopped just short of the goal line as if to say "I could have scored against you, but chose not to"!  The clock continued running and ran out mercifully for our Thoreau High Hawks who failed to score for the 5th time in 8 games this year averaging a 44-4 loss each and every week.  They finish 0-8 this year.

Like high school football, there are a few teams I follow in NFL football.  Today the Minnesota Vikings won their game against Seattle and the Kansas City Chiefs upset the defending Superbowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime!  The Dallas Cowboys came from behind in the final quarter and beat the Washington Redskins while the New York Jets lost at New England.  Their records after today are:
Minnesota 9-1 
Dallas  7-3
New York  4-6 
Kansas City 3-7

College basketball and the NBA basketball seasons are now underway as is the NHL Hockey season.

October 28th, 2009

NEWS:  It snowed today, and not just a little bit either!  I woke this morning to find some 3-4 inches of snow piled on my van and front porch.  It was also a very cold day beginning at 27 degrees and didn't get above 40!  Check it out for yourself by clicking here!

Today our school had a disaster drill as all students and faculty and staff jumped aboard our school buses for a 10-mile drive away from the interstate and railroad.  Although it was cold, the drill went well.

I've had some trouble with my computer lately as it's running slower than normal.  Please be patient if you're sending emails to me.

Tomorrow we have an all-school Mass with a very prominent priest from Gallup coming, and next Tuesday it will be the bishop himself who will come!

Flu and colds continue going through our school as well as other schools with attendance still down noticeably and an occasional teacher or two absent.

Yesterday was Parent-Teacher conferences at our school now that 1st quarter report cards have been given out.  3 familes came to visit with me.

Last Saturday our school's gymnasium hosted a halloween party for the town and included game booths, a haunted house, and food.  During the 2-hour party several families came with their children dressed up in army gear, scary wear, space and superhero characters and more.  Afterwards I drove to Gallup to attend a UFO film festival and talk.  It was the 4th such conference I've attended, all of them in the past two years.  In Gallup I saw 2 films, the trailer to a third, and heard a 1-hour talk by Gerald Anderson who witnessed the 2nd Roswell crash near Socorro as a child.  He is now in his 60s, and even took the time to answer my questions.

Last Friday night I attended our high school's 2nd home football game since it was homecoming!  The town's parade late that afternoon went right by our school and I hope to post photos of it soon on my St. Bonaventure School page.  For details of the game and halftime ceremony, check out the SPORTS section below.

On Sunday the 18th I had quite an experience in Grants driving there for the 50th anniversary of St. Theresa of Avila Parish.  I heard that our bishop would be there for the celebration so planned on being there.  After the Sunday Mass the parish's annual festival was celebrated with lunch, game booths and a raffle.  Even though I enjoyed all the festivities there and was treated to a free barbecued lunch with brisket, beans, coleslaw and bread, it was what happened right after the Mass that I will remember most.  Because I wasn't aware of the church's Mass times, I arrived early enough not to be late.  The only vehicle there was an old pickup truck loaded with boxed items and had Mexican license plates.  The driver and his wife were being helped by another man attempting to change a flat tire so I offered to help.  Even though I wasn't able to do much for them, I noticed that the items in the back were religious items made by the driver and included large crucifxes, statues and rosaries!  I encouraged them to stay until after Mass so that I could purchase some of them.  Purchasing items like this is much more economical than doing so at a store or gift shop, much like it is among the Native American artists in my area.  After Mass I was able to purchase a rather large and elaborate crucifix and a well-known statue image of the child Jesus known as Divino Nino or Divine Child.  The cost was extremely cheap and I plan on placing them both in my school's classroom.

Gas prices have leveled off lately rising only 2 cents during the past 5 days to a national average of $2.68.  They had risen 12 cents the previous 6 days!  On Sunday I fueled up in Gallup for $2.45/gallon and that may be the last time I'm able to find gas for under $2.50.  To see what prices are in your area, check out MY FAVORITE SITES section below under the file "Gas Prices".

 

 

SPORTS:  It was a brisk, cool Friday night at the town's homecoming football game with its halftime princess and queen-crowning ceremony in Thoreau.  A week after watching what looked like the worst team in America play a game they should have won, the Thoreau High Hawks showed some talent that was worthy of respect!  Arriving just 5 minutes before kickoff, I had to wait in a long line before entering the stadium.  Even there, though, I could hear the public address announcer giving details of each play.  By the time I got in, the game was nearly 5 minutes over and Thoreau High had already scored a touchdown to take a 6-0 lead!  I was there in time to watch their successful 2-point conversion try and it was 8-0 Thoreau!  The crowd was ecstatic and the stands were nearly full!  Judging by how they had played against common opponents I expected a 21-point loss by the home team and here they were with an early lead!  The Hawks would continue leading the game for a full quarter until midway through the 2nd quarter when Crownpoint tied the game 14-14.  The game remained tied at halftime when a princess for each of the 4 grades was crowned and then the school's homecoming queen was announced and crowned as well.  I was able to get down on the field to take photos of the royalty candidates and might be able to post them soon.  In the 2nd half the cold really became apparent as some bundled up with blankets or even removed their gloves to have something warm to sit on rather than the cold metal benches.  Crownpoint soon scored to put Thoreau High behind for the first time in the game 20-14 but missed their 2-point try.  The Hawks' lack of speed hurt their chances of catching up and Crownpoint would score again in the 4th quarter to take a 26-14 lead.  Even though Thoreau's defense prevented yet another score, their offense could not do much at all and the Hawks lost again but more respectfully 26-14.  They have 2 games remaining on the next two Fridays and both are here at home but against very good teams so it appears they will go winless this year.

In Texas high school football I still follow 4 teams.  Midland High beat Amarillo Tascosa and Midland Lee edged Lubbock Monterey.  Odessa Permian shutout Lubbock Coronado, and in the game of the night 1st place Odessa High without their star running back beat 2nd place Amarillo High!  The district standings going into this weekend are:
(1st) Odessa High  7-1
(3rd) Odessa Permian 5-3
(4th) Midland Lee  5-3
(5th) Midland High  5-3
This Friday 4th place Midland Lee travels to 2nd place Amarillo High, and 1st place Odessa High visits 5th place Midland High.

Baseball's World Series began tonight with last year's champion Philadelphia Phillies visiting the New York Yankees!  Philadelphia won 6-1 and takes a 1 game to 0 lead in their best of seven series meaning the first team to win 4 times is this year's baseball champions!  The two play again Thursday evening.

In college football Saturday Notre Dame was helped by 5 Boston College turnovers, including 2 in the final quarter and won by 4.  Iowa State came up with 8 turnovers in their game against rival Nebraska and edged the Cornhuskers 9-7!  Big 10 Conference leader Iowa scored on the final play of their game and remained unbeaten edging Michigan State by 2.  Big 12 Conference leader Texas dominated early with a 21-point 1st quarter lead at Missouri and went on to win by 34 points.  With all four of my teams winning their rankings and records going into this weekend are:
#3 Texas  7-0
#6 Iowa  8-0
#24 Notre Dame 5-2
Iowa State  5-3

In NFL football Sunday the Minnesota Vikings are my favorite team and they lost their first game of the year - to last year's Superbowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.  This coming Sunday will be a thriller as they travel to Green Bay to play against their quarterback's former team!

October 4th, 2009

The state fair in Albuquerque ended last Sunday night, and the annual hot air balloon fest began this weekend!  Various airshows can be viewed each morning and evening LIVE at this link:
BALLOON FEST LIVE or SKY CAM LIVE.

I stayed home this weekend instead of traveling to teacher conventions or various Native American celebrations to catch up on rest.

Friday was "Pet Day" at our school with many students bringing a pet or stuffed animal.  At the end of the day, all pets were blessed ceremonially outdoors by our school's principal.

We experienced a low of 23 Friday morning but temperatures warmed up to 72 in time to make it a very mild afternoon.

A handful of students and families have signed up for my class and are meeting with me on a weekly basis in preparation for baptism into the Church.

Gas prices during September dropped or remained the same nearly every day ending with an average price nationwide of $2.47/gallon!

The Major League Baseball season ends today with 8 teams advancing on to playoff action.  A tie between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins will result in a single playoff game between the two Tuesday afternoon.

In Texas high school football Friday night, Midland Lee edged Amarillo Tascosa 35-32 and Midland High held off Lubbock Monterey 27-19.  The big game of the night featured both Odessa schools opposing each other.  The result from Ratliff Stadium was Odessa High beating Coach Gary Gaines and Odessa Permian 26-7!  The local team here in Thoreau played at nearby Wingate but remained winless losing 52-6.  All 3 of their games have been played on the road, and the team is averaging a 44-7 loss each time they play.  After Friday night's games, my teams are now:
Odessa High: 4-1
Midland Lee: 3-2
Midland High: 3-2
Odessa Permian 2-3
Thoreau High: 0-3

I expected the college teams I follow to have an easy Saturday since all of them played at home, but it ended up being closer than I expected!  2nd ranked Texas had the weekend off, while Notre Dame had yet another come from behind victory in the final minute!  The Fighting Irish beat Washington 37-30 in overtime.  Nationally ranked Iowa held off Arkansas State 24-21 in their game, while Iowa State had its hands full in their conference opener.  The Cyclones rushed down the field for what looked like the tying score in the final minute of their game but missed the extra point kick and lost to Kansas State 24-23.  After this weekend of play my teams are now:
#2 Texas: 4-0
#12 Iowa: 5-0
#31 Notre Dame 4-1
Iowa State: 3-2

The NFL football season has its 4th weekend of play today and tomorrow with their season running through December.  My teams took a big hit this weekend with 3 playing and losing Sunday.  The New York Jets lost to New Orleans, Dallas lost to Denver, and Kansas City lost to the New York Giants.  Monday night featured a real classic with Minnesota beating Green Bay whose quarterback they got over the summer.  After 4 weeks of action my teams are now:
Minnesota Vikings 4-0
New York Jets 3-1
Dallas Cowboys 2-2
Kansas City Chiefs 0-4

Labor Day weekend 2009

The 3rd week of classes at my school have ended and things are going fairly well.  My classes have not yet begun, but I expect them to get underway a week from today.

Our school had a parents' meeting for the older students (6th-8th grades) and more recently the younger ones (Kindergarten-5th grades).  That gave me an opportunity to introduce myself to them and mention why I am here (to help those who wish to become Christians in the Catholic Church).  So the stage is set for my classes to begin.

Being a sports fan, I follow several sports and certain teams in them.  This Labor Day weekend the Midland Rockhounds baseball team in Texas clinched a playoff spot and ended their season Labor Day with the best record in the 8-team Texas League.  Wednesday they begin a best of 5 AA playoff series against San Antonio.  The nearby Albuquerque Isotopes baseball team finished with the second best record in the 17-team Pacific Coast League and will also be in the playoffs.  This Wednesday they begin a best of 5 AAA playoff series against Memphis.

High school football has only completed its 2nd week and already is off to a good start.  The local Thoreau High Hawks though look like they are in for a long season as they began their season this weekend losing 57-0!  Odessa High, Odessa Permian and Midland Lee began district play in Texas with wins this holiday weekend.  The Rebels of Midland Lee came from 14 points down to beat their crosstown rivals from Midland High 31-28.  The last 4 minutes of the game saw 3 touchdowns and 3 lead changes!  This "Tall City Classic" matchup can still be watched online by clicking this link and scrolling down to view any or all segments of the game.  This 5-minute video during the 4th quarter is probably the most action-packed to watch if you don't want to see the entire game!

Summer Vacation 2009 is Officially Over!

I recently returned home from the longest vacation getaway of my life just after midnight July 30th to end 4 weeks of travel away from home!

Friday morning July 3rd I left town and began a trip that took me through New Mexico into Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and across the Mississippi River into Illinois before turning around and making my way back home.  Along the way I got to see my parents in Iowa, both brothers of mine living in Iowa and their families, my other brother and his family in New Mexico, my uncle and aunt in Missouri, and friends all along the way.  I was also able to see a number of sights and purchase souvenirs to remember this trip, but my minivan required repair on two separate occasions.  Fortunately, it is running well.  Significant stops along the way were Albuquerque and Roswell New Mexico; Midland, Round Rock, San Antonio, Lake Belton, Gatesville, Ft. Worth, Rhome, Groom and Amarillo Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Arkansas City, Holton and Independence Kansas; Nevada Missouri; Denison, Ida Grove, Moville, Sioux City, LeMars, Grand Junction, Dyersville, Epworth, Peosta, Dubuque, Mason City, Wesley, West Bend, Pocahontas and Missouri Valley Iowa.  I am extremely grateful to the friends and family members I met along the way, and regret not seeing everyone I had hoped to.  Gasoline prices were lower than expected, and the scenery and tourist attractions were wonderful to take in.  However, I did forget some of my belongings along the way, traveled during some of the warmest weather experiencing 100 degrees several times, and spent more on souvenirs and car repair than expected.  But it was all worth it!

A detailed report of these 4 weeks is being put together becoming the 3rd page on this site including pictures, videos and a lot of descriptive writing.

In the section FAVORITE SITES on the right above is a link to Roswell's annual UFO Symposium held every July 4th weekend.  I was there for the 2nd year in a row!

Summer plans 2009

Last summer was the first time I had longer than two weeks off for a vacation.  That's because I was a school teacher.  I learned that teachers usually have an entire summer off unless they teach summer school, so again this summer I'm enjoying a long vacation.  I plan on traveling for three weeks this time spending one week in Texas, one in Iowa, and a week traveling to both and returning back home.  The day of my departure is drawing closer but hasn't been determined yet.  An important summer meeting concerning my job and the work I do at the mission hasn't been set yet, and I want to be present for it.  When the date is determined, I can schedule my vacation around it.

Check this section later for the day of my leaving.

Attachments:
A getaway to Iowa

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Calendar

Sunday, June 21, 2009 - Sunday, June 21, 2009
Father's Day
Happy Father's Day Dad!
Monday, June 22, 2009 - Monday, June 22, 2009
Home
6/23/2009 4:00:00 PM - 6/23/2009 11:30:00 PM
Classroom
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Home
Friday, June 26, 2009 - Friday, June 26, 2009
Home
6/27/2009 5:00:00 PM - 6/27/2009 11:30:00 PM
Flea Market and Church
Sunday, June 28, 2009 - Sunday, June 28, 2009
Home
6/29/2009 4:30:00 PM - 6/29/2009 11:30:00 PM
Classroom
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Home
Thursday, June 25, 2009 - Thursday, June 25, 2009
We lose Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Home Inspection
7/2/2009 4:30:00 PM - 7/2/2009 8:30:00 PM
Classroom
Friday, July 03, 2009 - Friday, July 03, 2009
Thoreau to Roswell
7/4/2009 7:00:00 AM - 7/4/2009 8:00:00 AM
Rowell to Midland
Sunday, July 19, 2009 - Sunday, July 19, 2009
In Sioux City
Saturday, July 18, 2009 - Saturday, July 18, 2009
In Denison
Friday, July 17, 2009 - Friday, July 17, 2009
Missouri to Iowa
Thursday, July 16, 2009 - Thursday, July 16, 2009
Kansas to Missouri
Sunday, July 05, 2009 - Sunday, July 05, 2009
In Midland
Monday, July 06, 2009 - Monday, July 06, 2009
In Midland
Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - Tuesday, July 07, 2009
In Midland
Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Midland to Round Rock
Thursday, July 09, 2009 - Thursday, July 09, 2009
Touring San Antonio
Friday, July 10, 2009 - Friday, July 10, 2009
Round Rock to Lake Belton
Saturday, July 11, 2009 - Saturday, July 11, 2009
Lake Belton
Sunday, July 12, 2009 - Sunday, July 12, 2009
Touring Gatesville
7/13/2009 5:30:00 AM - 7/13/2009 6:30:00 AM
Lake Belton to Ft. Worth
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Ft. Worth to Rhome
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Texas to Kansas
Monday, July 20, 2009 - Monday, July 20, 2009
Sioux City to LeMars
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Grand Junction
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Visiting the Field of Dreams
Thursday, July 23, 2009 - Thursday, July 23, 2009
Going to see my brother Tom
Friday, July 24, 2009 - Friday, July 24, 2009
Returning to Sioux City
Saturday, July 25, 2009 - Saturday, July 25, 2009
Iowa to Kansas
Sunday, July 26, 2009 - Sunday, July 26, 2009
Independence Kansas
Monday, July 27, 2009 - Monday, July 27, 2009
Kansas to Oklahoma
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Oklahoma to Texas
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
In Midland
Thursday, July 30, 2009 - Thursday, July 30, 2009
Texas to New Mexico
Friday, July 31, 2009 - Friday, July 31, 2009
Recuperating at home
Monday, August 10, 2009 - Friday, August 14, 2009
Orientation week

Teacher Orientation for this school year.

Monday, August 17, 2009 - Monday, August 17, 2009
School begins

The 2009-2010 school year begins with a 1/2 day of classes.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 - Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tribal Festivals in Gallup
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - Tuesday, August 18, 2009
!/2 day of school
2nd day of classes includes a junior high parent meeting.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - Wednesday, August 19, 2009
1/2 day of school
Our 3rd day of classes includes a blessing of our repaired chapel and gymnasium.
Thursday, August 20, 2009 - Thursday, August 20, 2009
1st full day of school
Friday, August 21, 2009 - Friday, August 21, 2009
Wolf visits our school
Saturday, August 22, 2009 - Saturday, August 22, 2009
Relgion Teachers Conference
Monday, August 24, 2009 - Monday, August 24, 2009
2nd week of classes begins
Monday, August 31, 2009 - Monday, August 31, 2009
3rd week of school begins
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Dad's birthday
Thursday, September 03, 2009 - Thursday, September 03, 2009
School Parent's meeting
Monday, September 07, 2009 - Monday, September 07, 2009
Labor Day
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - Tuesday, September 08, 2009
School resumes
Friday, September 11, 2009 - Friday, September 11, 2009
9/11 Anniversary
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - Saturday, September 12, 2009
State Fair begins
Friday, September 18, 2009 - Friday, September 18, 2009
Teacher In-Service
Sunday, September 20, 2009 - Sunday, September 20, 2009
Catechetical Sunday
Recognizing all Religion teachers/Sunday School teachers for this school year
Saturday, September 19, 2009 - Saturday, September 19, 2009
Laguna Pueblo Festival
Friday, September 25, 2009 - Friday, September 25, 2009
Catholic School Teachers Gathering in Gallup
Sunday, September 27, 2009 - Sunday, September 27, 2009
Religious Education Teachers Conference in Gallup
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Angels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael's feast day
Friday, October 02, 2009 - Friday, October 02, 2009
Pet Day at school
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 - Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Picture Day
Thursday, October 08, 2009 - Thursday, October 08, 2009
Retreat for Teachers
Sunday, October 11, 2009 - Sunday, October 11, 2009
Rosary Rally in Gallup
Monday, October 12, 2009 - Monday, October 12, 2009
Columbus Day!
Saturday, October 31, 2009 - Saturday, October 31, 2009
Halloween
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Red Ribbon Day
Thursday, October 15, 2009 - Thursday, October 15, 2009
Egg Drop
Friday, October 16, 2009 - Friday, October 16, 2009
Teacher In-Service
10/24/2009 8:00:00 PM - 10/24/2009 10:00:00 PM
Halloween Party House
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/24/2009 1:00:00 AM - 10/24/2009 3:30:00 AM
High School Football
Sunday, November 01, 2009 - Sunday, November 01, 2009
All Saints Day/Time Change
Monday, November 02, 2009 - Monday, November 02, 2009
All Souls Day
An opportunity to remember all those who have passed on
11/3/2009 5:00:00 PM - 11/3/2009 6:00:00 PM
School Mass with our Bishop
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Anti-Crime meeting in Crownpoint
Thursday, November 05, 2009 - Thursday, November 05, 2009
Brother George turns 47
Monday, November 09, 2009 - Monday, November 09, 2009
Sister Roseann's birthday
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Veteran's Day
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My Birthday
Thursday, November 26, 2009 - Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thanksgiving

Mom's Birthday

Mom and Dad's 50th Anniversary

11/21/2009 3:00:00 AM - 11/21/2009 1:00:00 PM
School Lock-In
Saturday, December 05, 2009 - Saturday, December 05, 2009
Community Christmas Dinner and Gift Day
Saturday, December 19, 2009 - Saturday, December 19, 2009
Christmas Break begins
Friday, December 25, 2009 - Friday, December 25, 2009
Christmas Day
Thursday, December 31, 2009 - Thursday, December 31, 2009
2009 ends
Friday, January 01, 2010 - Friday, January 01, 2010
2010 begins
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Holy Day
Immaculate Conception
Monday, January 04, 2010 - Monday, January 04, 2010
Back to School
Friday, January 15, 2010 - Friday, January 15, 2010
Teacher In-Service
Monday, January 18, 2010 - Monday, January 18, 2010
National Holiday
1/31/2010 7:00:00 AM - 2/7/2010 6:30:00 AM
Catholic Schools Week
Friday, February 12, 2010 - Friday, February 12, 2010
In-Service Teacher Meeting
Monday, February 15, 2010 - Monday, February 15, 2010
Holiday - President's Day
Friday, February 05, 2010 - Friday, February 05, 2010
Science Fair at school
Sunday, February 14, 2010 - Sunday, February 14, 2010
Valentine's Day
Sunday, February 07, 2010 - Sunday, February 07, 2010
Superbowl Sunday
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Boys vs. Girls Basketball Games
Friday, March 12, 2010 - Friday, March 12, 2010
Early Dismissal
Saturday, March 13, 2010 - Saturday, March 13, 2010
Spring Break begins
Friday, March 19, 2010 - Friday, March 19, 2010
Laguna Pueblo festival
Friday, March 05, 2010 - Friday, March 05, 2010
Faculty In-Service
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
St. Patrick's Day
3/14/2010 7:00:00 AM - 3/22/2010 5:30:00 AM
Spring Break
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - Thursday, March 25, 2010
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Basketball Awards Banquet
Friday, April 02, 2010 - Friday, April 02, 2010
Good Friday - No School
Sunday, April 04, 2010 - Sunday, April 04, 2010
Easter Sunday
Thursday, April 22, 2010 - Thursday, April 22, 2010
Earth Day
Friday, April 23, 2010 - Friday, April 23, 2010
Field Trip
Saturday, April 24, 2010 - Saturday, April 24, 2010
Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow in Albuquerque
Friday, May 07, 2010 - Friday, May 07, 2010
Teacher In-Service, and Appreciation Dinner for those departing
Sunday, May 09, 2010 - Sunday, May 09, 2010
Mother's Day
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Talent Show
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Last Day of School
Friday, May 14, 2010 - Friday, May 14, 2010
School Dance Tonight
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - Thursday, May 20, 2010
8th Grade Graduation evening
Friday, May 21, 2010 - Friday, May 21, 2010
Preschool Graduation morning
Friday, May 28, 2010 - Friday, May 28, 2010
Public School Barbecue Lunch
Monday, May 31, 2010 - Monday, May 31, 2010
Memorial Day
Monday, June 14, 2010 - Monday, June 14, 2010
Flag Day
Sunday, June 20, 2010 - Sunday, June 20, 2010
Father's Day
Thursday, July 01, 2010 - Thursday, July 01, 2010
Dentist Appointment
Saturday, June 26, 2010 - Saturday, June 26, 2010
Arlington to Gatesville
Friday, June 25, 2010 - Friday, June 25, 2010
Midland to Arlington
Thursday, June 24, 2010 - Thursday, June 24, 2010
To Midland Texas
Sunday, June 27, 2010 - Sunday, June 27, 2010
Gatesville to Round Rock
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Round Rock to Belton
Thursday, July 01, 2010 - Thursday, July 01, 2010
Belton to Midland
Dental appointment
Saturday, July 03, 2010 - Saturday, July 03, 2010
Midland to Roswell
Sunday, July 04, 2010 - Sunday, July 04, 2010
Roswell to Thoreau
Independence Day!
Saturday, July 24, 2010 - Saturday, July 24, 2010
Reunion Dinner
Monday, July 19, 2010 - Monday, July 19, 2010
Dentist Appointment
Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Sunday, July 18, 2010
To Texas!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Oklahoma City to Kansas
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Arlington to Oklahoma City
Thursday, July 22, 2010 - Thursday, July 22, 2010
Kansas to Iowa
Monday, July 26, 2010 - Monday, July 26, 2010
Iowa to Kansas
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Kansas to Texas
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - Wednesday, July 28, 2010
To Midland
Thursday, July 29, 2010 - Thursday, July 29, 2010
Haircut
Friday, July 30, 2010 - Friday, July 30, 2010
To New Mexico
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Orientation for Teachers
Monday, August 16, 2010 - Monday, August 16, 2010
School begins!
Friday, August 13, 2010 - Friday, August 13, 2010
Staff Meeting
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - Thursday, August 12, 2010
Orientation
Saturday, August 14, 2010 - Saturday, August 14, 2010
Discernment Retreat
Thursday, August 19, 2010 - Thursday, August 19, 2010
1st Full Day of School
Saturday, August 21, 2010 - Saturday, August 21, 2010
Religion Teacher's Conference
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Preschool Parents' Meeting
Thursday, September 02, 2010 - Thursday, September 02, 2010
Elementary School Parents' Meeting
Saturday, August 28, 2010 - Saturday, August 28, 2010
CPR Training
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Mid School Parents' Meeting
Monday, September 06, 2010 - Monday, September 06, 2010
Labor Day
Thursday, September 02, 2010 - Thursday, September 02, 2010
Happy Birthday Dad!
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - Thursday, September 23, 2010
Fall Begins
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 - Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Accreditation
Thursday, October 07, 2010 - Thursday, October 07, 2010
Accreditation
Friday, October 08, 2010 - Friday, October 08, 2010
Pet Day
Monday, October 04, 2010 - Monday, October 04, 2010
Native Hope Training Seminar
Saturday, October 16, 2010 - Saturday, October 16, 2010
Pow Wow
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Picture Day
Thursday, October 21, 2010 - Thursday, October 21, 2010
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
Friday, October 22, 2010 - Friday, October 22, 2010
Teacher In-Service Day
Sunday, October 31, 2010 - Sunday, October 31, 2010
Halloween
Saturday, October 30, 2010 - Saturday, October 30, 2010
Haunted House
Monday, November 01, 2010 - Monday, November 01, 2010
All Saints Day
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Election Day
Friday, November 05, 2010 - Friday, November 05, 2010
Happy Birthday George!
Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Happy Birthday Roseann
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - Thursday, November 11, 2010
Veteran's Day
Saturday, November 20, 2010 - Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thoreau Community Center opens
Thursday, November 18, 2010 - Thursday, November 18, 2010
My Birthday
Thursday, November 25, 2010 - Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thanksgiving Day!
Friday, November 26, 2010 - Friday, November 26, 2010
Happy Birthday Mom
Sunday, November 28, 2010 - Sunday, November 28, 2010
Advent Begins
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Christmas Pageant
Friday, December 17, 2010 - Friday, December 17, 2010
Final Day of Class this Year
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Dentist Appointment in Texas
Saturday, December 25, 2010 - Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Holy Day
Friday, December 31, 2010 - Friday, December 31, 2010
2010 Ends
Monday, December 27, 2010 - Monday, December 27, 2010
Leave for Texas
Saturday, January 01, 2011 - Saturday, January 01, 2011
2011 Begins!
Sunday, January 02, 2011 - Sunday, January 02, 2011
Return to New Mexico
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Leave for Texas
Friday, January 21, 2011 - Friday, January 21, 2011
Back to New Mexico
Monday, January 24, 2011 - Monday, January 24, 2011
Last Long Food Delivery Run
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Last Short Food Delivery Run
Sunday, January 30, 2011 - Sunday, January 30, 2011
Leave Thoreau!
Monday, January 31, 2011 - Monday, January 31, 2011
Leave New Mexico!
Sunday, February 06, 2011 - Sunday, February 06, 2011
Leave Texas!
Monday, February 07, 2011 - Monday, February 07, 2011
Move into Shreveport and begin work
Monday, February 21, 2011 - Monday, February 21, 2011
President's Day
Thursday, March 03, 2011 - Thursday, March 03, 2011
Happy Birthday Jim!
Saturday, March 05, 2011 - Saturday, March 05, 2011
Happy Birthday Tom
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Lent Begins
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - Thursday, March 17, 2011
St. Patrick's Day
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - Sunday, March 20, 2011
Spring Begins
Thursday, March 31, 2011 - Thursday, March 31, 2011
Baseball Season begins
Thursday, April 14, 2011 - Thursday, April 14, 2011
Income Taxes done
Monday, April 18, 2011 - Monday, April 18, 2011
Tax Day
Friday, April 22, 2011 - Friday, April 22, 2011
Good Friday
Sunday, April 24, 2011 - Sunday, April 24, 2011
Easter Sunday!
Thursday, May 05, 2011 - Thursday, May 05, 2011
National Day of Prayer
Sunday, May 08, 2011 - Sunday, May 08, 2011
Mother's Day
Monday, June 06, 2011 - Monday, June 06, 2011
Dental Checkup
Monday, May 30, 2011 - Monday, May 30, 2011
Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Flag Day
Sunday, June 19, 2011 - Sunday, June 19, 2011
Father's Day
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Summer Begins
Monday, July 04, 2011 - Monday, July 04, 2011
Independence Day
Friday, September 02, 2011 - Friday, September 02, 2011
Dad's Birthday
Monday, September 05, 2011 - Monday, September 05, 2011
Labor Day
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - Sunday, September 11, 2011
9/11 Anniversary
Saturday, November 05, 2011 - Saturday, November 05, 2011
My Brother George turns 49
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
My Sister Roseann turns 51
Friday, November 18, 2011 - Friday, November 18, 2011
My Birthday!
Thursday, November 24, 2011 - Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 26, 2011 - Saturday, November 26, 2011
Mom's Birthday
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - Tuesday, October 04, 2011
St. Francis Remembered
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Columbus Day
Monday, October 31, 2011 - Monday, October 31, 2011
Halloween!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - Tuesday, November 01, 2011
All Saints Day
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - Wednesday, November 02, 2011
All Souls Day
Saturday, December 03, 2011 - Saturday, December 03, 2011
Leave Shreveport
Saturday, December 03, 2011 - Saturday, December 03, 2011
Leave Shreveport
Sunday, December 04, 2011 - Sunday, December 04, 2011
Arrive in Midland
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Leave Midland
Friday, December 09, 2011 - Friday, December 09, 2011
Arrive in Shreveport
Sunday, December 11, 2011 - Sunday, December 11, 2011
Telethon for Christian Services
Sunday, December 25, 2011 - Sunday, December 25, 2011
Christmas Day
Saturday, December 31, 2011 - Saturday, December 31, 2011
2011 Ends
Sunday, January 01, 2012 - Sunday, January 01, 2012
2012 Begins
Thursday, February 02, 2012 - Thursday, February 02, 2012
Ground Hog Day
Friday, February 17, 2012 - Friday, February 17, 2012
Conference with Patrick Madrid
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Saturday, February 18, 2012
Conference with Patrick Madrid
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Valentine's Day
Monday, February 20, 2012 - Monday, February 20, 2012
President's Day
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Ash Wednesday
Saturday, March 03, 2012 - Saturday, March 03, 2012
Jim's Birthday
Happy Birthday Jim!
Monday, March 05, 2012 - Monday, March 05, 2012
Tom's Birthday
Happy Birthday Tom!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Spring Begins!
Friday, April 06, 2012 - Friday, April 06, 2012
Good Friday
Sunday, April 08, 2012 - Sunday, April 08, 2012
Easter
Thursday, May 03, 2012 - Thursday, May 03, 2012
Niece Sarah turns 12
Sunday, May 13, 2012 - Sunday, May 13, 2012
Mother's Day
Monday, May 28, 2012 - Monday, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day
Sunday, June 17, 2012 - Sunday, June 17, 2012
Father's Day
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Dentist
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Summer Begins
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Independence Day
Sunday, September 02, 2012 - Sunday, September 02, 2012
Dad's Birthday
Monday, September 03, 2012 - Monday, September 03, 2012
Labor Day
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - Tuesday, September 11, 2012
9/11 Remembered
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Saturday, September 22, 2012
Fall Begins
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Halloween
Thursday, November 01, 2012 - Thursday, November 01, 2012
All Saints Day
Monday, October 08, 2012 - Monday, October 08, 2012
Columbus Day
Saturday, November 03, 2012 - Saturday, November 03, 2012
Time Change
Monday, November 05, 2012 - Monday, November 05, 2012
Happy Birthday George!
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Election Day
Thursday, November 08, 2012 - Thursday, November 08, 2012
Operation Stand Down
Friday, November 09, 2012 - Friday, November 09, 2012
Happy Birthday Roseann
Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Thursday, November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 26, 2012 - Monday, November 26, 2012
Happy Birthday Mom!
Monday, November 12, 2012 - Monday, November 12, 2012
Veteran's Day
Sunday, November 18, 2012 - Sunday, November 18, 2012
I'm 51 Today!
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - Tuesday, January 01, 2013
2013 begins
Friday, December 21, 2012 - Friday, December 21, 2012
Winter Begins
Monday, February 11, 2013 - Monday, February 11, 2013
Dentist Appointment
Monday, February 18, 2013 - Monday, February 18, 2013
President's Day
Sunday, February 10, 2013 - Sunday, February 10, 2013
Monica's Birthday
My Niece is 10!
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - Thursday, February 14, 2013
Valentine's Day!
Sunday, March 03, 2013 - Sunday, March 03, 2013
Happy Birthday Jim!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Happy Birthday Tom!
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - Sunday, March 17, 2013
St. Patrick's Day
Sunday, March 31, 2013 - Sunday, March 31, 2013
Easter Sunday
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Spring Begins
Thursday, March 21, 2013 - Thursday, March 21, 2013
March Madness Begins
The season-ending college basketball tournament begins!
Sunday, March 24, 2013 - Sunday, March 24, 2013
Palm Sunday
Friday, March 29, 2013 - Friday, March 29, 2013
Good Friday
Sunday, April 07, 2013 - Sunday, April 07, 2013
Mercy Sunday
Monday, April 15, 2013 - Monday, April 15, 2013
Tax Day
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - Sunday, April 21, 2013
Asked to Leave Christian Services
Sunday, May 12, 2013 - Sunday, May 12, 2013
Mother's Day
Monday, May 27, 2013 - Monday, May 27, 2013
Memorial Day
Sunday, June 16, 2013 - Sunday, June 16, 2013
Father's Day
Thursday, July 04, 2013 - Thursday, July 04, 2013
Independence Day
Saturday, August 10, 2013 - Saturday, August 10, 2013
Happiness Saturday
An annual celebration party at Holiday Lanes Bowling Center in Bossier City, LA
Monday, August 12, 2013 - Monday, August 12, 2013
School Begins
Monday, September 02, 2013 - Monday, September 02, 2013
Happy Birthday Dad
Saturday, August 31, 2013 - Saturday, August 31, 2013
Labor Day Weekend begins
Sunday, September 22, 2013 - Sunday, September 22, 2013
Fall Begins
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 - Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Happy Birthday George
Saturday, November 09, 2013 - Saturday, November 09, 2013
Happy Birthday Roseann
Monday, November 18, 2013 - Monday, November 18, 2013
My Birthday
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Happy Birthday Mom
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving
Sunday, December 08, 2013 - Sunday, December 08, 2013
Party at Work
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Christmas Day
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - Wednesday, January 01, 2014
2014 Begins
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - Saturday, December 21, 2013
Winter Begins
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. day
Monday, January 20, 2014 - Monday, January 20, 2014
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 17, 2014 - Monday, February 17, 2014
President's Day
Friday, February 14, 2014 - Friday, February 14, 2014
Valentine's Day
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lincoln's Birthday
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Saturday, February 22, 2014
Washington's Birthday
Monday, March 03, 2014 - Monday, March 03, 2014
Jim's Birthday
My brother Jim turns 46.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Tom's Birthday
My brother Tom turns 45 today.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Ash Wednesday
The season of Lent begins
Monday, March 17, 2014 - Monday, March 17, 2014
St. Patrick's Day
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Thursday, March 20, 2014
Spring Begins
Sunday, March 09, 2014 - Sunday, March 09, 2014
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Monday, April 07, 2014 - Monday, April 07, 2014
Christie's Birthday
Brother Jim's wife
Monday, April 21, 2014 - Monday, April 21, 2014
Tod's Birthday
Brother George's son
Saturday, May 03, 2014 - Saturday, May 03, 2014
Sarah's Birthday
Brother Tom's daughter
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Kelly's Birthday
Brother Tom's wife
Friday, June 06, 2014 - Friday, June 06, 2014
Uncle Leo and Aunt Lil's Anniversary
61 years!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Ann's Birthday
Brother George's daughter
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Rick's Birthday
Brother George's son
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter
Friday, July 04, 2014 - Friday, July 04, 2014
Independence Day

Map


Holy Thursday, April 17th

The map above shows where I live in the Shreveport/Bossier City area near the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.  By clicking "My Home" just below the map you can get a real look at the house I'm in and the surrounding neighborhood.


It's nearly the end of Holy week with Holy Thursday today (recalling the Last Supper), Good Friday (the day recalling the crucifixion and death of our Lord), and Easter Sunday (recalling the resurrection) all in just a few days time!


Earlier this month the historical Shreveport Municipal Auditorium held it's Grand Re-Opening, and I hope to post a few pictures and video of the event.  Pictured below this section is Elvis' lead guitarist James Burton posing with me during the ceremony.


I had my income taxes done last week by a group of volunteers.  Thank you VITA!


Well-known professional wrestler Ultimate Warrior passed away this month at the age of 54.  His most memorable match was pinning Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI 24 years ago to become professional wrestling's new champion.  But another great moment of his happened earlier in his career and has been added to the Video Section below.  Also part of his Hall of Fame induction speech just 3 days before his death has been added!


Temperatures are gradually warming up after a cool down Monday.  Yesterday's high was 66.  Today peaked at 68, but the next several days should see highs above 75.  We've also received 11 1/2 inches of rain for the year which is 4 inches below normal for this time of year.  A weather almanac with current conditions in Shreveport can be found by clicking this link, and the national forecast for the next 3 days can be seen by clicking here, or for the next week by going here.

 

Gasoline prices have risen the past 3 days and today the national average for unleaded gasoline is $3.61/gallon or 18 cents more than the average here in Louisiana.  Prices in the city now range from $3.33-$3.67/gallon, and I filled up this past weekend for $3.34/gallon.  A national map with the price by county can be seen by clicking this word.


The CenturyLink Center hosts various entertainment coming to the area including concerts.  The CenturyLink Center's event site can be seen by clicking here.
The Shreveport-Bossier City area with its 250,000 people has events running every week with special events in the area found by clicking here.
  Other events in town can be viewed by clicking here.

 

I'm using my laptop daily and purchased it over 3 years ago.  It has especially come in handy when traveling.

 

In addition to this page I have another on one of the most popular social network sites, "Facebook".  It can be accessed by clicking on this link.

 

There is another site where I can be accessed, especially when it comes to putting one's favorite hobby to work.  The site is for those looking for talent or wanting to advertise services they offer.  My 'Juggler for Hire' page can be seen by clicking this link.



SPORTS:  

Major League baseball's season is well underway and will run through the end of September.  The Milwaukee Brewers own the best record in the league with 11 wins and 5 losses.  Oakland and Atlanta are both 10-5.


NBA's basketball regular season ended last night, and the playoffs will get underway this weekend.  16 teams will battle it out for this year's championship with the top teams being San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana.


The NHL Hockey season is in playoff mode now!  16 teams are battling in miniseries playoffs until just 2 remain.  Last night Dallas lost to Anaheim, Pittsburgh edged Columbus, and Montreal needed overtime to get by Tampa Bay.  Tonight the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia, St. Louis edged Chicago in triple overtime, Colorado got by Minnesota in overtime, and San Jose doubled up Los Angeles.


To read specially saved UPDATES from the past look on the left side of this page and scroll down.


Me with Elvis' lead guitarist - the legendary James Burton - April 3rd!

Weather Here and where Friends and Family are!

Shreveport, LA

Midland, TX

Thoreau, NM

Albuquerque, NM

Denison, IA

Sioux City, IA

Mason City, IA

Northfield, MN

Nevada, MO

Christian Concerts!

Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport

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Michael W. Smith tonight!
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My GUESTBOOK: Feel free to comment!

2/10/2014 8:17:44 AM - 002073773329
Thank you Mary. I will be away from Shreveport returning to a former residence in west Texas this week but expect to be back this coming weekend!
1/23/2014 3:44:50 AM - 007032554792
HELLO TED I MISS YOU.
12/24/2013 6:32:21 AM - 002073773329
Thank you for your comments Mary. I hope I can tutor you a bit more on things you'd like to learn about Shutterfly though I still don't know everything.
Here's wishing all visitors to my site a very blessed and Merry Christmas!
12/23/2013 1:44:44 AM - 007032554792
WELL TED. THAT DID NOT WORK THE WAY I HOPED IT WOULD. I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN . WHAT IS YOUR GOING PAY FOR A GOOD TEACHER. LOL BUT NO JOKE I NEED HELP. YOUR FRIEND MARY
11/15/2013 12:21:22 AM - 007032554792
HI TED, I HAVE COOKED TO MUCH JUST FOR ME TO EAT ALONE. IF YOU HAVE NOT EAT YET PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COME ON OVER. I WANT EVEN ASK YOU TO DO THE DISHES. LOL ! I WOULD LIKE TO PUT MY PIC ON HERE BUT I AM NOT SURE HOW. HAVE A BLESSED NIGHT ALWAYS MARY
11/14/2013 6:12:44 AM - 002073773329
Thanks for the questions and comments Mary and Leah. Let me know if you need further help in setting up or editing your page or in creating a 2nd page or more like I've done. Hope to see or hear from you again soon!
11/10/2013 1:14:17 AM - 007032554792
HELLO TED, IT IS ME AGAIN. I AM BRING A BREAKFAST SNACK TO R,C,I,A, CLASS. I WILL HAVE TO BECERAFUL ON THE BUS WITH IT. I HOPE EVERYONE WILL IN JOY IT. I PRAY YOU ARE HAVING A GRATE NIGHT. I KNOW YOU MIGHT NOT GET TIME TO CHECK THIS
BEFRE SUNDAY NOV,10,2013 AT 10:10 AM. I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.
11/7/2013 10:25:25 PM - 007032554792
HELLO TED, BIG ? HAVE YOU MADE ANY MONEY ON SELLING PIC'S ON SHUTTERFLY . SHE HAS A VERY GOOD EYE FOR BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY CAN YOU HELP OR TELL US HOW TO SET UP HER PAGE PLEASE. AND DOES SHUTTER FLY EVER CHARGE YOU UNLESS YOU SALE A PICTURE.
11/7/2013 9:13:50 AM - 002073773329
Thank you for the invitation Mary! I hope to catch you soon, especially since it's my weekend now! And welcome to Shutterfly. :)
11/7/2013 4:50:39 AM - 007032554792
HELLO TED, I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU YET. I HOPE I AM NOT BEING PUSHY. I HAVE A NEW IDEA MY OLDEST BEST FRIEND IS HERE TO SLEEP OVER WE HAVE BEEN FRIEND'S SINCE WE WERE SWEET 16. PLEASE COME AND MEET HER. SHE IS THE CUTE ONE OF US. WE CAN COOK AND MAKE SHUTTER FLY PAGE'S. YOUR AGAPE FRIEND MARY
11/6/2013 3:37:08 AM - 007032554792
HELLO MY NEW DEAREST FRIEND, I AM SO GLAD TO SEE YOUR HOME PAGE. I JUST LOVE THE WAY YOU LET US ALL KNOW ALL ABOUT YOUR LIFE. I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO HELP ME MAKE ONE. I WILL GLADLY COOK DINNER ONE THURSDAY NIGHT FOR YOUR HELP. I AM SORRY I DID NOT LOOK YOU UP THE DAY I GOT YOUR FIRST E MAIL. I LOVE YOUR PICTURE'S. I AM A BIG HAM AND SHUTTER BUG. YOU HAVE SEEN MY WALL'S SO YOU KNOW ABOUT 1/4 OF MY PICTURE'S. I LOVE THE WAY YOU HAVE LET ME KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT YOURSELF. I AM A OPEN BOOK IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING JUST ASK. YOUR AGAPE FRIEND MARY
6/28/2013 7:53:16 PM - 002073773329
Thank you Lee! I know Shutterfly will allow more than 50 pictures in any photo album, but my experience is the site will only allow the first 50 to be displayed in a slideshow or filmstrip method. I will check out your pictures too, and send any questions I have your way. Thanks for the comment!
6/18/2013 7:39:35 AM - fb:100000213394047
Ted, I notice you said S only allows 50 pics per album. If you click on settings or "other views", you can make your ALBUM into a SLIDESHOW, which then allows 99 or more (along with other permissions and settings). You can increase the size of the pics in the slideshow...most of mine are set at 600. you can ck out my site on here to see or email if any questions. Happy Monday!
3/17/2013 8:46:26 AM - 002073773329
Thank you Lee! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and to all others reading this page. Let me know if you have trouble using the map at the top of this page.
Concerning the newly elected Pope - he is the first from South America in centuries, and the first to take the name "Francis". He's also missing part of a lung which is a result of an illness before he was 30. As long as he stays healthy and continues doing as he's done doctors believe he should be okay.  As for a charism he seems to live simply, sees his peers as equals, and has a desire to reach out to the poor and outcast including those with AIDS which is very admirable!
3/15/2013 6:52:28 AM - 001009713641
Hi Ted--it is almost St. Patricks Day; it is the Ides of March today! I wandered onto your page, wondering how you've been and am anxious to try out your "interactive map" with the little yellow man! I'll have to do it when off work for the weekend (s/b in bed already,as I must get up in five hours!). Tax season is keeping me busy but I've been on a M-F 10-6 schedule and getting used to it. take care and keep in touch! What do you think of the new Pope? He only has one lung--do you know how he lost the other?
1/25/2013 4:51:55 AM - 002073773329
Thank you for taking the time to visit my homepage here. After a number of years on this site and with your help this page has now been viewed 10,000 times!
12/25/2012 11:48:34 PM - 002073773329
A very merry Christmas to all my friends and family, especially those who are taking the time to view this webpage of mine. Here's also to a very happy and prosperous New Year!
4/8/2012 5:27:54 AM - 001009713641
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU,TED! Gas was cheaper for YOU than when I just filled the tank on Thursday at HEB on the way home; it was $3.79/gal. Today I saw that our Chevron is at $3.84/gal! I see no changes in sight...but going up! In going to the Christian concerts there, have you ever heard of a John Hall? Backin the late 70's when I was in our church choir, John performed with our choir for an Easter cantata...he has a marvelous voice,and it was such fun.
3/17/2012 3:15:40 AM - 002073773329
Thank you Lee! Apologist is one who speaks on defense of something in this case the faith. And your statement brings back a memory to me. I once heard we may be the only Bible someone ever reads!
And yes, I've gained weight since I live at my workplace and don't get out and around biking or walking much. I guess I need to either eat less or work out more!
3/15/2012 5:07:41 AM - 001009713641
I like the purple background you've chosen...nice and bright! I see how you say you may have gained weight, as I see all that good food in the slideshow on this page. haha--you look very good for being a half century old, junior! haha
3/15/2012 5:01:28 AM - 001009713641
I have always wondered what IS an apologist...he was quite right about our needing to get out of our comfort zones in order to be a good example of what a Christian is...I remember my choir director telling us that we may be the ONLY "Christian" a visitor sees...and he will think that all Christians are like what we are reflecting...you never know who you may really touch. ANd if never in the World, we'll not be able to reach people.
I am impressed that you were a speaker at a college! Kudos!!
11/23/2011 3:51:57 AM - 002073773329
Thank you Lee! Apparently only those with a Shutterfly page or account can comment here. I hope to add another photo album here over the holiday weekend and a 2nd one the last week of the month.
11/20/2011 10:23:00 PM - 001009713641
great slideshow above here of the concert in Shreveport!~ It looks like rain--lots of clouds...but today is my ONE day allowed day to water,so I just finished doing the backyard and am working my way with just the hose end dripped along the front shrubs.
11/20/2011 10:08:52 PM - 001009713641
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN,TED! I HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL ONE--SORRY I MISSED IT 918TH?)...I KNOW I DID NOT GET ON THE COMPUTER RECENTLY,AS FELT LIKE COMING DOWN WITH SOMETHING (HAD TO BE MAJOR TO MISS THE COMPUTER. LOL). I see your temps today is like ours---it is currently 81 and muggy...have a Happy TG!!
11/15/2011 10:56:21 PM - 002073773329
Thank you Lee! Yes, the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium has hosted such greats as Johnny Cash and even Elvis Presley in his 1st American tour many years ago, but isn't used as much these days. And yes, my birthday is coming so watch on here this weekend to see how old I'll be!
11/15/2011 9:12:55 PM - 001009713641
amazing how large the auditorium is inside! nice slideshow above~ it is still sprinklikng here...we got rain this morn---enough to fill my birdbath. but it is now humid/muggy,so the windows are closed and a/c on. I hope you'll have a wonderful birthday~~ I just can't remember how old you will be....I WANT to say that I remember you turning the big 5-0...so that would make you the double nickels this year~
10/11/2010 3:26:43 AM - 002073773329
It definitely feels like Fall these days with Halloween and Thanksgiving coming soon!
9/6/2010 8:13:16 PM - 003053831623
Hi Ted, great page you have here. Now I need to make one! Have a great everything,
Saffy
9/3/2010 8:09:14 PM - 002073773329
It's always interesting to see who has viewed my homepage, so you're more than welcome to leave a comment.
7/17/2010 10:16:31 AM - 002073773329
It is unfortunate that a good friend of mine felt the need to insult me and attempt to ruin my reputation on this site recently. Rather than respond in kind and do the same right back, I will refrain from doing so since two wrongs do not make a right. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and there are often two sides to every story, but to go online and try to defame someone on a page or online sight that all of their friends can read is borderline slanderous and uncalled for! Such comments will be deleted from this site as soon as I am aware of them.
6/18/2010 5:19:06 PM - 002073773329
Congratulations to your new cat family Lee, and to cheaper gasoline prices there as well!
4/16/2010 11:09:15 PM - 002073773329
It must be officially spring because today we are getting our first real downfall of rain!
3/15/2010 1:55:12 AM - 002073773329
It is Spring Break week, and I hope to either head to Texas to visit friends or stick around here and prepare for the remainder of the school year. Either way, attending the Laguna Pueblo festival Friday the 19th is on my agenda.
3/9/2010 3:49:35 AM - 001009713641
Ted--ck your messages from Shutterfly---if you create a NEW site or add a video, you can get up to 60 free pics! I just created "crafting with Lee" to house pics of my craft creations! Deadline is March 10,Wed!
3/6/2010 7:19:49 PM - 001009713641
hey---I just noticed: you got rid of the Christmas background! good boy--green for St. Pat!
3/6/2010 7:19:01 PM - 001009713641
I see Psycho found the obligatory sink picture. Mine have done this,too. haha.
It seems you may be HOME today instead of going to the science fair thing? Hope you enjoy the day! I am going to rake the front lawn...boring,but will get it done. If you have a radio, you may want to find Kim Komando, the computer guru--she is on now in Austin on 590am, KLBJ til 3pm.
3/5/2010 8:57:29 AM - 001009713641
Happy Friday,Ted..and Happy bday to Tom! it was 71 here today! I raked the front lawn and pulled more weeds! no luck on the job front yet..great pics of you here!
3/2/2010 5:57:26 AM - 001009713641
March came in like a lion, I'd guess--since we had rain around midnight and continuing on during the day---even a touch of thunder (which scared Bear--and was the kittens first experience in life!) It was 58 degrees at 1pm...then 41 degrees by 5pm...now in the 30's!....but s/b in the 70's by the weekend!
2/28/2010 6:52:07 AM - 001009713641
the teachers go out and wave goodby to the kids?? wow...that is VERY unusual...warming!
2/27/2010 5:18:16 AM - 001009713641
Happy Friday, Teacher Ted...I had trouble finding your guestbook. lol. I need a seeing-eye teacher. (joke---"dog"__)
2/26/2010 10:01:16 AM - 001009713641
you're lucky to get rides to work---if it is 1 or 8 dgrees, that is COLD for walking to work! by the way, you can change your background to a diff color now. wink.
2/23/2010 9:34:56 AM - 001009713641
I hope your battery works!!
2/23/2010 9:34:39 AM - 001009713641
19 by you right now???? wow!! It is 39 & I am awaiting the now FOUR inches of snow forecasted for today! i added lots of pics to my 4 shutterfly sites tonight.
2/18/2010 7:20:17 PM - 001009713641
hI TED, See my sites here for the news update on today's plane crash in town!! I posted 2 pics on my facebook page.
2/12/2010 6:15:37 AM - 001009713641
Psycho is so cute! great pics!
2/11/2010 11:31:22 PM - 001009713641
that bus ride sounds like real excitement=-==glad you didn't get stuck! Tv said that Bill Clinton is in the hospital--something about his heart. See: I read YOUR page and leave YOU comments....hint,hint!
2/5/2010 3:58:13 AM - 002073773329
Yes, even though I was a bit hesitant to get the H1N1 shot, the advice of our school nurse and my dad's medical expertise led me to decide that as long as I'm working with children every day it would be to my benefit to do so. Having never gotten a flu shot before and done alright except a time or two, this shot was offered free of charge and nearly everyone at our school received it.
2/3/2010 10:05:41 PM - 001009713641
oooh, you got the shot! I have heard so many bad things that were put INTO it..so I won't get one. hope you stay well!
1/29/2010 11:30:50 AM - 001009713641
wow..i finally get to hear how the accident happened! I'll have to call you this weekend! We are getting lots of rain and wind right now...I am off to bed now...it is now 5:30! Have a great weekend!
1/27/2010 12:33:14 AM - 001009713641
GOT ALMOST UP TO 70 DEGREES TODAY! but it is getting chilly now. i changed all page colors of my 4 sites here. am working on putting my den pc back together. Give Psycho a kiss for me!
1/26/2010 8:25:44 AM - 001009713641
17! wow--and I thought our 33 degrees was cold! My kittens are bundled up!
1/10/2010 6:37:39 AM - 001009713641
Thanks for visiting my pet page yesterday. I uploaded 2 new videos to my pet page on the NEW KITTENS page. It is to go down to 13 tonight! I am sorry to hear of the passing of your retired bishop.
12/31/2009 8:10:30 AM - 001009713641
so: do you now have water working again in your trailor?? Psycho can't be left there w/o water or heat...Happy New Year!
12/20/2009 11:31:27 PM - 001009713641
Oh,Ted!! How cute!! I like the new Christmas colors,decos on here...and pics! I just signed in but can't take time now ,as I must get work done here...will read all your updates tonight! Merry Christmas!
12/3/2009 3:07:48 AM - 001009713641
you don't visit my page anymore. :(
It is 45 degrees now, and we are forecast to get rain'/sleet/snow on Friday!!
11/27/2009 4:27:48 AM - 001009713641
Happy Thanksgiving,Ted--I'm glad I got a chance to talk with you on the phone tonight. It sounds like you had a great progressive dinner!
I hope you enjoyed my comical telephone message I left before you got home. hehe
11/12/2009 5:24:18 AM - 001009713641
I hope your mom improves asap! I had checked your page/site yesterday...so already had read all this when we spoke by phone today...guess I am up to date with your site! Hope you made it to the post office in time! Take care!
11/6/2009 7:18:02 AM - 001009713641
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE!!!!
11/2/2009 5:16:24 AM - 001009713641
HEY,IT'S 6 DEGREES COLDER HERE RIGHT NOW...11:16PM NOV 1ST
11/1/2009 9:05:04 AM - 001009713641
your team will face their BIGGEST foe??? lol, if they score ZERO in every game, they HAVE no "biggest" foe!
10/20/2009 9:11:38 AM - 001009713641
GO HAWKS! :)
(YOU were tough on them. lol)
Hook 'em Horns!
10/16/2009 5:14:10 AM - 001009713641
I just filled the tank on Wednesday at our Chevron station: $2.35/gallon! I saw it for $2.35 at the HEB by Sean's sub.
It is now in the 60's and very windy---all my windows are open and the cats are happy/sleeping. It is to be like this for the next week!
10/13/2009 7:38:24 AM - 001009713641
i like having your NEWs at the top! It makes it much easier for all your readers to see what has changed/added.
10/6/2009 10:48:16 PM - 001009713641
Ted,
I created a Halloween video of you from JIBJAB...I emailed it to you, but I also have the embedding code if you want it...I think you can copy it from my shutterfly site to post on here if you like.
lee
9/24/2009 1:50:15 AM - 001009713641
HI,
I'm relaxing in the COOL evening here,watching new Fall shows, and updating my shutterfly sites with pictures,text,etc...this is so nice! I was hoping you might have had time to add another day here,but guess that will wait til the weekend!
9/17/2009 4:18:54 AM - 002086520181
All your stuff is pretty neat....I am glad that you got to take that vacation..cause now we are on to bigger and better things huh?
9/16/2009 4:10:22 AM - 002073773329
Thank you for your comments and messages! It's always nice to hear from friends and to know that people are visiting and enjoy my website!
9/16/2009 2:36:40 AM - 002086520181
hey you
9/15/2009 5:25:43 AM - 002086520181
goodnite sweet pea, i miss you, thinking of you,,Te Amoe
9/14/2009 2:49:23 AM - 001009713641
I enjoyed travelling through your footsteps here this rainy evening...thanks. I look forward to the next installment!
9/11/2009 2:34:19 AM - 001009713641
You noticed that date,too: 09/09/09!!! I thought about that...but no one ever mentioned anything, even on the news on tv (*usually they do!). Hope you have a good week---we finally got a touch of rain today....not much,but better than nothing!
9/9/2009 4:13:46 AM - 002086520181
Hey you! guess you have really been busy huh? I haven't heard from you for a couple of days. ?????????????????????
9/5/2009 9:28:12 AM - 001009713641
WILL YOU BE VISITING YOUR BROTHER THIS WEEKEND OR STAYING AT HOME?
9/4/2009 4:31:45 AM - 002086520181
can't wait to see you xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
9/2/2009 4:29:15 AM - 001009713641
Have a great week of work and a happy Holiday weekend!
9/2/2009 3:43:30 AM - 002086520181
Hey you, i love all the hard work you have put unto your pages. It roks and it is awesome. Wished you were here or I was there. i needed a hug today. xoxoxoxox miss ya
8/24/2009 5:33:44 AM - 002084664012
Awesome photos of San Antonio. Loved the slideshow about the Wolf session and the Navaho blessing at the school!
8/16/2009 9:31:29 AM - 001009713641
looking great, Ted!! It is after 4am,so I shall view the3 videos tomorrow!!!
8/15/2009 9:15:39 AM - 001009713641
hi....we are all waiting to see more of your vacation pictures and journal! smiles.
Tell us how SCHOOL prep is going!
"This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein."
8/10/2009 8:40:35 AM - 001009713641
...but PATIENCE is not my virtue.............
8/9/2009 7:35:23 AM - 001009713641
Great Psycho pics!!!
8/7/2009 11:57:38 AM - 001009713641
FINALLY GOT MY WEBCAM INFO UP ON MY 2 SITES..HAD ALOT OF SECTIONS TO DELETE,AS THEY FINALLY ALL SHOWED UP! WHAT A MESS! PLEASANT DREAMS TO YOU NOW! IT IS 7AM!
8/7/2009 2:10:54 AM - 001009713641
Aug 6: I just learned that you can only have a MAXIMUM OF 100 pics in an album for viewable pictures....so be sure NOT to exceed 100 if you'd like them all to be visible in whatever mode you set yours to.
I also may have run into the first size restriction: I tried adding a journal entry but it wouldn't do it...same for adding TEXT or LINKS or FEEDS........I sent them a question to clarify things.
8/5/2009 2:45:44 AM - 001009713641
HI TED,
Thanks for your comments on my site pages. I just read all of yours here to see what is new. I like how you now that your pics "one at a time", it is a nice change...now I may do THAT on MY page.lol. Thanks for adding your temperature on my page---it's nice to see the variances! I'd like your IOWA temps right now===got up to 104 degrees again today! I look forward to your vacation pics and stories anxiously!
8/1/2009 10:29:21 AM - 001009713641
hi--was just heading to bed but checked computer first and found that you DID update some already! 4 weeks.....poor Psycho!!!!! I am SO glad you are home for him now!! Have a great weekend!
8/1/2009 2:48:50 AM - 002073773329
Thank you for your comments. I am back from vacation safely at home!
7/26/2009 2:39:03 AM - 001009713641
HI TED!
I SEE YOU GOT ON HERE TODAY==GOOD TO READ THE UPDATE. I WAS UPDATING MY SITES HERE,TOO. I LOOK FORWARD TO READING ALL ABOUT YOUR TRIP SOON!
7/22/2009 5:57:39 PM - 002074917858
I enjoy all of your comments, pictures, and the places you visit and the adventures that you share with all of your friends.. You make a difference in lots of peoples lives... thanks for all that you do and all the prayers for all of you family and friends.. lots of love thanks..
7/19/2009 8:32:41 PM - 001009713641
wow---you've received 640 views already!!!! You are popular!! Hope you are enjoying Iowa now.
7/12/2009 9:45:56 AM - 001009713641
I took the liberty to upload your San Antonio pictures. However, they did not bear the titles and descriptions I put on them on MY site. I was unable to "add a page" to place these separately from your home page, so that may be something you wish to do to separate them. On my site, I made a separate page entitled San Antonio.
7/11/2009 10:52:39 PM - 001009713641
Hi Ted,
Sorry, but I am unable to add a video to your page for Roswell. I was told that I already had maxed my 10 videos---so they must mean a TOTAL of 10 videos,regardless of how many sites one has or to add to a friend's site.
Enjoy your vacation! It was fun playing tourist in San Antonio.
7/8/2009 3:48:40 PM - 002077454875
Hello Ted, I read everything you posted on your website, and I must say it is very impressive. As you know, Karen and I are professional photographers, and the photos you posted look great. It sounds like you live a very active life.
You mentioned that when you first arrived in New Mexico you had to go to the hospital, what had happened to you?
Well, I am in the process of processing photos of a wedding Karen and I shot on the 4th of July at St. Stephens church. We shot over 1000 plus photos. So it takes me and Karen about a week to complete the photo processing and place them on a CD for our clients. We also recorded the wedding ceremony and wedding reception on video. We transfer the video which was shot in mini DV to a regular DVD format and put it in chapters. I edit all of our videos as well.
Well, I have to get back to work right now. I enjoyed looking at your new webpage. Keep up the great work. Please continue to keep in contact with us through your webpage. I would also really enjoy seeing any new photos that you might add to your site here.
Well, take care, may God always bless and keep you in His protection.
Your Friends Don and Karen.
P.S. If you should get a chance please take some photos of the local sights and scenery and maybe you could post them here. Karen and I would love to see them. Thanks again. Don


7/1/2009 10:47:42 PM - 001009713641
well, you must soon be starting your vacation trip! Drive carefully, and have a Happy Fourth!!
7/1/2009 6:35:24 AM - 002073773329
You are welcome and encouraged to sign my guestbook, and I will try to use it to answer any questions you might have.
6/28/2009 12:06:01 AM - 002074817255
You forgot to mention the great Ed McMahon, who just passed on June 23 he had an amazing life as well.
6/27/2009 3:44:43 AM - 002073773329
This page was created 2 weeks ago, and is continuously being updated. Thank you Lee, Mary, Devone, Kay, Cindy, Donna, and Anne Marie for taking the time to sign this guestbook! Thank you also to those who have left comments on my photos and update blogs. I'm glad to see them all, and I'm open to suggestions on making this an even better page!
6/27/2009 2:54:36 AM - 001009713641
HMMM, HOW did you get the different color of print in your entry about Big Bend?? That is cool!
6/25/2009 1:14:57 PM - 002075465434
I met you in Big Bend while I was working on a horned lizard project. Thanks for the updates. Thoreau seems like a great new home for you. Wishing you all the best!
6/25/2009 7:04:22 AM - 001009713641
WONDERFUL VIDEOS CHOSEN, TED!! THANK YOU.
6/23/2009 3:30:05 AM - 001009713641
hey,Ted! It works! it IS interactive===I just added Round Rock to your weather. Now you can see how much HOTTER we are!! I prefer YOUR weather!!
6/23/2009 3:08:14 AM - 001009713641
i like the map=-=== nice touch!!
6/22/2009 11:58:24 AM - 002075512319
cool beans my friend i like it check out me on facebook
6/22/2009 5:29:14 AM - 002075410953
love your homepage and seeing the different sides of you in pictures. take care and did you find out when you were leaving on vacation? I hope to seeyou when you come thru take care
6/21/2009 10:56:30 PM - 002075405031
love the new homepage! hope you have a great vacation and I do hope to see you again while you're in Texas.
6/19/2009 8:04:04 AM - 002074469877
well ted i looked at the mission where u teach and i think it is great that u are there to help these people. they are very fortunate to have u. it is a very beautiful place. keep up the good work. u seem to be making a difference in there lives. Devone
6/16/2009 5:12:22 AM - 001009713641
That Amtrak train that goes past you: I bet it is the same one I rode from San Antonio to L.A. the other year! (nov of 2006)....but you werern't there yet!
Have a great week. I am waiting to see you add PAGES next.
6/16/2009 3:56:06 AM - 002074817255
So far it looks great! I can't wait to see it grow.
6/13/2009 8:14:58 PM - 001009713641
Greetings from Texas, Ted!
Thanks for the invitation; I'm glad you decided to make a site here as I did. It has great features, which you will soon realize. See you on your trip---I will show you San Antonio!
Lee in Round Rock
6/13/2009 9:01:41 AM - 002073773329
Feel free to leave a comment in this guestbook. I enjoy hearing from my friends!

Independence Bowl 2011

Missouri vs. North Carolina!

Entering Independence Bowl Stadium
Entering Independence Bowl Stadium
Hazardous Weather Conditions
The Local LSU Limo!
The Local LSU Limo!
Catered Driving to the Game
Indoor Pep Rally
Indoor Pep Rally
A chance to get out of the cold and rain just before the game
Indoor Pep Rally
Indoor Pep Rally

Indoor Pep Rally
Indoor Pep Rally
Features a lot of things available to everyone
Indoor Pep Rally
Indoor Pep Rally

Indoor Pep Rally
Indoor Pep Rally

Just outside the stadium
Just outside the stadium
Weather is terrible!
This Is the Place!
This Is the Place!
Fans going into the stadium
Missouri's Truck
Missouri's Truck
A look at the Tigers' Supply truck
Missouri's schedule this year
Missouri's schedule this year

My 1st look at the stadium
My 1st look at the stadium
It's cold and drizzly with only a few fans
The Missouri Side
The Missouri Side
Pregame performers leave the field
The North Carolina side
The North Carolina side

The Missouri side
The Missouri side

Both School Bands playing
Both School Bands playing
Both bands perform together before the game
Here come the Tigers!
Here come the Tigers!

The Missouri crowd
The Missouri crowd
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The North Carolina crowd
The North Carolina crowd
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Missouri's band
Missouri's band
Cornered in the stadium
North Carolina's band
North Carolina's band
Cornered in the stadium
Halftime
Halftime
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Missouri coming out for the 2nd half
Missouri coming out for the 2nd half
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The Tigers are ready for the 2nd half
The Tigers are ready for the 2nd half
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Missouri takes the field for the 2nd half!
Missouri takes the field for the 2nd half!
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Fans on the right of me
Fans on the right of me
Endzone bleachers where I was
Fans on the left of me
Fans on the left of me
Endzone bleachers where I was
The final score
The final score
The scoreboard behind me
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Missouri Wins!
Missouri Wins!
The gathering at midfield after the game
Hail to Missouri
Hail to Missouri
The Tigers are awarded the trophy!
Congratulations Missouri
Congratulations Missouri
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Missouri
Missouri
Hail to the Champions!
The Tigers win their final Big 12 game!
The Tigers win their final Big 12 game!
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The Play Clock
The Play Clock
This device blocked the wind for me throughout the game

My Favorite Sites

Gas Prices
Finding gas prices anywhere
Radio Stations online
Finding any Radio Station including those broadcasting online
My Music Jukebox
My 100 favorite songs with a mixture of Classic Rock and Contemporary Christian selections
Catholic Media and Information
Eternal Word Television Network
My Workplace
Holiday Lanes Bowling Center in Bossier City, Louisiana

My Inspirational Videos


Ultimate Warrior's Hall of Fame Induction Speech 3 days before his death
The Ultimate Warrior spoke for 40 minutes during his Hall of Fame Induction Speech, but this segment was probably the best part.

Ultimate Warrior vs. Honky Tonk Man at SummerSlam 1988
The Ultimate Warrior surprises the Intercontinental champion by beating him in just 31 seconds!

Me Juggling 3 tennis balls in 2 ways!
A short demonstration of juggling 3 balls in a cascade/crisscross and changing to a series/circle

Highlights from "The Passion of the Christ"
Memorable moments from the 2004 movie put to music and song

Short Interview with actor Jim Caviezel
A brief interview with the man who played Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ" sharing what it was like to play the role and what went through his mind during its filming

Full Interview with actor Jim Caviezel in 2013
Jim Caviezel is interviewed by Rock Church Pastor Dave Cooper in San Diego March 2013, and shares what happened to him during the filming of "The Passion of the Christ".

Tenth Avenue North's full Winter Jam Performance
From the live online concert feed in Kentucky, Tenth Avenue North performs for the local crowd and those viewing online March 15, 2014.
Tenth Avenue North sings "Losing" and "Strong Enough to Save"
As part of the annual Winter Jam concert tour by Christian recording artists and groups, Tenth Avenue North came here March 7th - taken with my camera!

Laura Story sings "Blessings" Live in 2013
Laura Story singing "Blessings" here in Shreveport joined by Steven Curtis Chapman as part of Steven's 'Glorious Unfolding' Tour (caught with my camera).

"Blessings" by Laura Story
Lyrics to the song sung above so that you can sing along!

Michael W. Smith performs Live in 2012
Michael and the group "L'Angelus" play their finale "Mighty to Save" before a full church in Bossier City (captured with my camera)!
"Mighty to Save" by Michael W. Smith
Lyrics to the song sung above so that you can sing along!

Christy Nockels - Waiting Here For You
Singing as a part of Chris Tomlin's 2011 tour that came here to Shreveport - one of my very favorite Christian songs!

Mandisa - Overcomer
The lyrics of this song have become my motto recently and have encouraged me not to give up.  Another of my very favorite Christian songs!

The Newsboys - You Are My King (Amazing Love)
My favorite Christian song of all - with the lyrics to sing along!

Shreveport Captains win in 10 innings before fireworks show!
July 2nd 2011 at my only Shreveport Captains game of the year, I saw Shreveport tie the game dramatically in the 9th inning before winning with this bases-loaded hit in the 10th (with my camera).

Fireworks Finale Extravaganza on the Red River
The finale of a July 4th Fireworks display on the Red River between Shreveport and Bossier City in 2012 (caught with my camera)!

Christian recording artist Chris Tomlin sings his greatest hits in 2007
Performing outdoors in the Netherlands.

Free Hugs Campaign
The most popular YouTube video of 2006!

Don't Quit
A suicidal girl makes a plea to others who might feel the same way she has - to go on and not quit life!

America's Got Talent audition (2006)
Bianca Ryan shares her singing ability in the first year of America's Got Talent and would eventually win the competition!

Britain's Got Talent audition (2009)
Susan Boyle makes her singing debut, and would go on to finish second.

Korea's Got Talent audition - 2011
Lonely and homeless boy shares his singing talent during an audition.

The Dick and Rick Hoyt story
A father and son grow up loving and relying on each other despite hardship, and compete in the Ironman competition.

Dick and Rick Hoyt in action
Dad and son compete as a team together in the annual "Ironman" competition of swimming, biking and running showing that winning isn't as important as teamwork!

College Football: Alabama at Auburn - November 2013
Below is a classic rivalry with the winner advancing to the conference championship game.  It's unbeaten, #1 ranked Alabama at once-beaten, #4 ranked Auburn with a finish for the ages!
College Football: Texas A&M vs. Duke - New Year's Eve
Below is surprising Atlantic Coast Conference champion Duke taking on Texas A&M in quarterback Johnny Manziel's final college game - a thriller to the end!
College Football's National Championship game January 2006
#2 ranked Texas takes on #1 ranked USC for the national championship in college football, January 2006!
The Miracle Olympic Moment
It's time for the Olympics, and one winter olympic moment that won't be forgotten can be heard here.

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