Archive for October, 2007

Kings Pray CSS

October 27, 2007

Excuse the weirdness of the site right now. I’m about half way through messing with the layout, but I just need to get some sleep now :-). Hope you like where it’s going, and please comment to my previous entry: Fighting Poverty.

P.S. Brian, are you happy now? The site’s not ugly anymore (hopefully).

Fighting Poverty: Any Ideas?

October 26, 2007

I’ve told this to a small number of people personally (and once here) that my passion for a while has been fighting poverty. My parents did a good job instilling in us the need to not take things for granted. I also think that poverty is one of those diseases that we basically know the cure to, i.e. if you had to eradicate one of the following from the planet in the next year, which would you have a better shot of doing: cancer or poverty?

The best way to fight poverty, in my mind, is the teaching a man to fish method. I like to dream of ways to start programs that do just this in Williamsport actually, and I’m sure there are organizations doing this around the world. So my two questions are these (and, PLEASE if you have ANY input, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get it in the comments section):

  1. What are some of the existing organizations out there that do this? (in US? in foreign countries? in third-world countries?)
  2. What are some of the ways you think this could happen in suburbia?

What better way to show people love than to put our money where our mouth is literally. I think if you talk to someone, you reach them. If you mow their yard, you say something to them in a tangible way. If you actually help them get on their feet financially AND possibly sacrifice your own money to do it, you say something tangible about sacrifice to them. It’s got to open doors to their heart (Acts 4:32-37, Matthew 6:21).

Let’s get the conversation started. I want to do something meaningful and not theoretical in this area before I’m 30.

Motivated

October 25, 2007

You might think by the given title that this is going to be a profoundly insightful post having to do with motivation on abstract levels of human emotion. You’d be wrong.

Basically, I just wanted to celebrate how motivated I was last night to work on the apartment. The past couple nights it seems we’ve hit that one week project barrier where the initial excitement has died down a bit. Last night, however, I dominated this apartment. Dominated. I setup the entertainment center with all our gaming goodies (I got the xbox, playstation, AND cable box to work simultaneously on my old, coaxial-cabled TV – boom, baby, boom), built the two Big Lots “wooden” bookshelves, and put together the black wire bookshelf I used last year. We can finally put stuff away!

Now I just need to fix the coffeetable I broke…L-brachets to the rescue!

Quick Update on the Apartment

October 19, 2007

This has got to be quick, because we just landed a HUGE client yesterday, and I’ll be getting their site up today.

We went to Big Lots today and found everything we need. Also they have $29 DVD players…. We got a TV stand and two bookshelves for the apartment and only spent $158! Yay! It’s not a knock-you-on-your-butt good deal, but it’s not $300 either. After the wedding, honeymoon, and other apartment startup costs, I’m just happy to keep our expenses for October down. Once we hit November, and I get another paycheck or two under our belts, we’ll be good again (moving in the positive direction), but for right now we’re fighting off going into more debt as much as we can :-).

We’re here!

October 17, 2007

So we’ve finally…finally moved into our apartment in Montoursville. For good, though. Really.

Stuff is scattered throughout, but I still just love this place. And, the pieces are coming together. I forgot my wireless router at my Dad’s office, so I’m working from the bedroom now (where our modem is), but I can see our office/music room shaping up nicely, and I’m so excited to see how good the apartment looks in a week or two.

Ok, some concrete details to keep the blogging public up-to-date: we need a bookshelf and a tv stand with moderate desperation. We’ll probably be checking out a place on route 15 soon, because our friends tipped us off that we might find good, discounted furniture there. I also need to wash my office chair, because after a year at the Mount (the 2006-2007 year, not my Senior year) and a few months in my Dad’s garage, it’s quite filthy. Maybe I should post a picture….

Finally, besides just putting things away, we have our own list of hardhat fix-ups to do around the place. We have to attach a mirror to the back of Emily’s dresser. We also have to put some L-brachets on our brand-new, now broken coffee table to give it new life. Note to self: don’t sit on cheap, Wal-mart coffee tables.

New Car!

October 2, 2007

This will be short and sweet. We’re getting a new car!!!

The car we originally wanted was sold just before I got there, so we looked around for an alternative. We found a 2002 Dodge Intrepid with 45,000 miles on it. Works for me :-). (It’s a little bulky, but whatever, it was a good deal)

Now we’re just working out a loan with the Credit Union and getting the car insurance straight.