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Time Out

I have needed to do this for a long time, but better late then never. 

Tomorrow I will have 200 + students moving through room #2 at Frost Middle School, and in light of that huge time commitment and the blessing of having Katy in town my blog is taking a break.  No great loss, I know.  For some reason I will feel better if this is a quote “official timeout” as opposed to me simply ignoring my blog.  I hope to be back sometime in the not to distant future, but that is all for now.

… better late then never …

Not sure if two times in a row counts as being stuck in a rut, but looking back over my blogging it looks as if I have slipped into a blog after each time I see Katy rhythm.  Not sure how her moving to CA will impact this trend yet.  Only time will tell. 

I just got back from PA on Saturday morning … after going seven weeks without seeing each other the twelve day trip was a true blessing.  Now that I am back in CA and looking back the trip I am amazed at the number of things that we were able to do over the time that I was there.  Here are a few highlights.

1. Emerging from the visit a perfect 2-0 in UNO Attack with the second game being an especially dramatic comefrombehind victory.

2. I was able to take part in the every couple of years Heinle Family bike trip.  I had been playing basketball and spending some quality time on the elliptical machine before heading back in preparation for the trip but I can speak with complete conviction that basketball and the elliptical machine are two entirely different muscle groups.  The trip went along the C&O canal (think back to your US history class when you learned about the canal building era and the teacher talked about the importance of the Eire Canal … well the C&O canal probably got a sidebar at that point).  The trip is almost entirely flat except for the periodical down hill that the Locks provide.  The miserable soreness of my backside was easily eclipsed fun that we had along the way.  Fun events included flicking a very angry rattle snake off the path, seeing the Antietam battlefield, watching Katy try and run over a groundhog, and seeing undeniable proof that my girlfriend could kick my butt in a bike race.

3. We were able to make a quick run to Canada and Niagara falls over Memorial day weekend.  We didn’t have long there, due to time constraints, but I completely understand why everyone goes to visit.  What I do not understand is why in the world anyone would want to try and go over the top in a barrel…

4. Gettysburg … if you have the chance go.  It is an incredibly sobering visit.  Nothing was quite as sobering as looking at the hill that Pickett’s charge took place on. That charge was categoricly insane.   I think time spent at places like Gettysburg is well spent.  So much of our lives are centered around what we need, or what we want.  A place like Gettysburg is a mandatory confrontation with the fact that there are people who believe in things that are bigger then themselves. 

Those four points don’t even begin to cover all the things that took place over the time in PA, but they do give a little glimpse.  It was hard to come back especially hard to say goodbye, but as I learn each day God is good all the time.  Right now I am back in SCV looking for a job.  I had an interview this morning and am hoping to maybe line some more up for next week.  If you think about it I would appreciate prayer that God will lead me to the right job.

Long overdue list of thankfullness.

Well there are so many things to be thankful for but I think I am going to write about a couple of them.

 1. Most of you know this but by now, but the Lord has blessed me with an amazing girlfriend.  Her name is Katy Heinle and we have been dating for almost two months now.  I am amazed at the way the Lord has lead over the last few months, He is so faithful.  The catch is that Katy lives in PA.  The distance definitely been hard at times but God has been so good, she was able to visit for a week this month and I will be able to visit at the beginning of next month.  Even all the way in PA Katy is a blessing from the Lord and I am thankful the Lord brought her into my life. 

  Our “First” DateHaving fun 

2. I am about two months away from getting my credential and being declared a teacher by the State of California.  I entered the year excited about the program and looking foreword to what the Lord would teach me through it, but not convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that I wanted to be a teacher.  Now I am emerging with a peace about being a teacher.  The more I teach the more I like it.  It isn’t always easy, in-fact it rarely is but so far it has all been worth it.  I am even enjoying JH, something I never anticipated. The Lord has blessed me with a career that I am very excited about.

 3. The third blessing that I am listing (this is by no means and exhaustive list) is how much of a blessing it has been to have my family in the country.  It is a gift from the Lord to be able to have my parents on speed dial, in the same time zone, and only a 2.25 hr – 4 hr drive away depending on traffic. 

 I am truly blessed! A poem that my mom has on our bathroom mirror says it the best.

Though He has given so much to me,

Give one thing more, – a grateful heart;

Not thankful when it pleases me,

As if they blessings had spare days,

But such a heart whose pulse may be thy praise.

-George Herbert

Combo Blog … like a combo meal … but its a blog

First of all student teaching stepped up to the next level.  I am now teaching five periods a day and using my own lesson plans.  I love it.  Teaching has definitely introduced me to a whole new level of tired though.  Five periods of lecture and you are ready to crawl into a fetal position for 2.7 days.  The best way to understand it is to think of it as a performance (for my sake/reputation please picture an athletic performance).    An interactive one, but a performance none the less.  Each period goes differently and has totaly different personalities.  By the end of the day I am the tiredest and it is the hardest to speak clearly but by that time I know how to explain things the best and have developed the best explanations so there is a give and take. The best part of the day is the middle (5th and 6th period) One thing is for sure teaching is never, ever, ever, ever dull.

 Second. You know who is a genius … the guy who brought sticker technology to the stamp industry.  A sticker that I don’t have lick is  879 times better then one that I have to lick because it helps me avoid the long lasting aftertaste of glue (thank you Barbro). 

 This lame combo meal/blog only has two items … think of it as a budget combo blog.

Student Teaching

Well I haven’t blogged in a long time.   I am now three weeks into student teaching and hearing things like “Mr. Dalton can I go to the bathroom.” After these three weeks I can honestly say that I think I am going to love it.  Everyday there is at least one thing that makes me laugh so hard.  Never really sure when or where it will come from but without fail the moment  shows up. 

On Friday I lectured for five straight periods on Gandhi’s Salt march and it’s significance in India’s movement towards independence.  I only had one studnet fall asleep out of about 185 students so not so bad.  Can I just say that I was SO tired that I when I made it home I crawled straight into bed and slept for two hours.  Maybe I need teaching roids or something – can some one get to work on that – but I was so tired that by seventh period I was misreading complex words such as “the.”

I really enjoyed it though.  It absolutely makes it worth it when a student makes a connection – when all of a sudden they understand.  I pray that through my time there they will continue to learn about history, but I will also be able to learn about life truths.  I pray that the Lord will grant me wisdom as I teach the material. 

Well that about sums it up for now.

Technological wonder #1

This is something that I plan to continue to post about when I find things that fall into this category. 

1. I know that technology carried us to the moon, but ultimately it is the little things that amaze me.  Recently I was purchasing a new shirt in my effort to look like a teacher, that claimed to be wrinkle and stain defender.  After examining the tags I discovered the way  they did it – they covered the shirt with a light layer of Teflon.  That is amazing I can see it now … A scientist is frying his eggs before going to work and suddenly a thought crosses his mind.  Teflon keeps egs from sticking to a frying pan maybe it would keep things from sticking to a shirt.  After weeks and weeks of testing they discover that by putting Teflon on a shirt it becomes wrinkle and stain invincible.  Amazing …  capitalism working at its finest.  Like I said before, NASA did a great job but who ever came up with idea of putting Teflon gets four and a half gold stars from me. 

Coming to terms with my Comfort

I live a comfortable life.  I wake up in a warm bed tohot coffee in the coffee maker.  There is hot water in the shower and if needed clean clothes from the drier.  There is always food, of sorts in the fridge and in case of “emergency” Ralphs is 67 seconds away.  My car, Anne starts on command and rarely complains.  Life is so comfortable that I have been forced to pay a monthly fee so that I can go the local gym to fight for my fitness.  When something breaks I put in the maintenance request at the leasing office and it gets taken care of, effectively ensuring the continuation of my mechanical ineptness. There are least 10 solid churches to attend within 30 minutes drive.  I am surrounded by believing friends and family.  With the punch of a single button I can call any member of my family, and that is only the beginning.  I live a comfortable life.  

Comfort is a blessing.  It makes it possible to do things I love.  I have had the luxury of spending my life learning.  Now I have the joy of helping others learn.  I am able to spend time reading and playing sports, two of my favorite activities.  Church attendance is as simple as getting in my car.  Fellowship with believers is real and common.

Comfort is a curse.  It leads to complacency.  Mediocrity runs rampant.  The more time I have the less I spend doing things that matter.  Instead of my time studying God’s word and my discipline growing with my freedom, I have to work to keep them from being crowded out by my comfortable activities.  Instead of working for excellence in the things that matter, I find myself working just to get by. 

I do not understand everything about my comfortable life and I do not know what the future holds, but there are some things that I do know.  I know that I don’t deserve it.  I know that this may be my last day of comfort.  I know that it can make me soft.  I know that I must pursue on God with the same zeal in this time of comfort as I do in times of difficulty.  I know that no matter what happens in the future or how uncomfortable my life may get God has not changed.  As I move foreword my goal is to take the right road, not the easy one.  To what is best not just what is convenient.  To think of others, above all to serve my God not myself.  I don’t know what you life is like, it may be one of comfort of difficulty.  Both can blessing and both can be a curse.  No matter what life holds take comfort in the things that we know about God and find comfort  in his arms not in the fleeting comfort of this world because we have no way to know what tomorrow may hold for us. 

A Few of my favorite things…

So I was looking back on the year 2006 and decided that I would write a little bit about some of my favorite non-eternal things from this year.

Books: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – I read this book over the summer it is was superb.  Not a kids book by any means.  The story is captivating and leans heavily on Hosseini’s story telling.  By the end of I found myself wishing that it had been true.  It is an excellent picture of a father son relationship and the disease of jealousy.  Definitely not a feel good story but it does end with hope for the future. 

Movies: The Prestige A very interesting with a great twist at the end.  The twist at the end was one that I never saw coming.  I know some people who figured it out, more power to them.  I was blindsided.  An insightful picture of how obsession can destroy a person. 

Food: My most significant culinary discovery took place in Ralphs earlier this year.  My guess is this is old news to some, but for me it was ground breaking (perhaps growing up in Pakistan had something to do with it my lack of knowledge).  I discovered that they sell green olives that are stuffed with Jalapenos.  Two of my favorite things in the world in one place.  How did I not think of this before?

Favorite Passtime: The San Diego Super Chargers … need I say more?  I didn’t think so. 

A Second attempt

Well I wrote an elaborate description of my trip to the Grand Canyon and then as I was about half way done with it and it dawned on me that I would not even want to read it.  It was too long.  So after a quick reevaluation I decided that I would upload some of the better pictures and write about a few high-points or low-points.  In no particular order:

1. I have been told that this is not necesarily a popular opinion, but I think the desert is beautiful.  It is a refreshing contrast to the urban sprawl that is Los Angles.

2. When you set up your camera on a rock to use the self timer and before it takes the picture it gets blown off the rock it is officially windy. 

3. The Grand Canyon is beautiful and it is huge, it makes you feel small and insignificant.   I love places that make me feel small, and consequently help me remember how BIG God is. 

4. In the month of December it is cold at the Grand Canyon.  I knew this going in and think it is fairly obvious but just in-case you forgot it is freezing.  A Survival note for anyone who is stranded in Grand Canyon National park: The bathrooms by Yavapai Observation Point are heated. God bless America. Not sure if they leave them unlocked all night, but when we discovered them in the morning it was amazing.  I think the last time I was that excited was when I discovered basketball in ninth grade.   There is a sign on the door that says “Your fees at work” … lets just say that it was TOTALY worth the $25 fee to be warm for a couple of minutes while we brushed our teeth. 

5. When your bottle of water in the tent has ice in it it is time to get a hotel room or better gear. On a similar note, when you pay $25 to brush your teeth in a warm bathroom and think it was a steal, it is cold.

6. No matter what anyone else says it is better be hot then cold.  It is not always possible to put more clothes on and when it is hot you just find some shade sit still and live with it.  When it is cold you … shiver, shiver, and shiver some more.  

7. Everyone should go to the Grand Canyon.

Enjoy the Pics.

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Grand Canyon

First View of the Grand Canyon

Some local wildlife … clearly very interested in us

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The End of a Great Trip

It was an amazing trip and neither the pictures nor my writing do it justice.

The First Post

Well I have never done this before, and to be honest I am not totally sure what I think about starting a blog.  I think I am starting mainly because I like to write and if anyone else decides to read it then … cool.  Well I just got back from a Grand Canyon road trip so I am waiting to get my pictures off my camera and will be posting about it soon.