Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Isn't it funny....

My brother Brad used to be the trouble maker in the family. He never did anything to horrible but he was definitely one to watch. But now, I have been just informed that he is an E-7 in the military. His wife Jacqueline says , "Brad made the E-7 list. He should be promoted with in the next couple of months! He was the only one in his company that made the list. He is very fortunate; it was a small list this time." I am very proud of him and I am glad that he found his little niche in life. Above is a picture of what his new E-7 patch looks like. He is moving up real fast maybe someday he will make it to top rank of E-9 which would be a very difficult task to do but I have faith in him.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Breakfast with Grandma

My Grandma, Dad, and cousin Krystina all went to the Sons of Norway for breakfast. This was really great. My cousin just moved here from Puyallup Washington and I have not gotten to know her in years. She has grown up so much and is turning into a very responsible young girl. It was also great to spend time with my Grandma Gene who I do not go and see enough. It was also very nice to see my Dad we do not seem to do much either. We all meet this women that you see sited at the end of the table. She was a real pleasure to talk with. She was an old friend of my Grandmothers from North Dakota. I think she said she was 86 yet she was so full of life and energy. She gave the breakfast an interesting twist because she was such a great story teller.

Grandma's 80th

We celebrated my Grandmother Alice's 80th birthday at Tomato Street on St. Patricks day. She is doing great for being 80. I just hope that when I get to that age that I am as healthy as she is.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Gonzaga at Night

The shutter delay created some neat effects.

The firman stood awfully still for this photo.

Gonzaga Fire

Church steeples.

With the Gonzaga basketball team doing so well there has been an increase amount of students applying to Gonzaga. I have heard that some students even reside in hotels around the school. Gonzaga therefore needed more dorms. The projected cost of building the new dorms was anywhere from 8-10 million dollars. All hopes of new residency was dashed when the unfinished Gonzaga dormitories caught fire earlier this morning. Rumors slowly unfold saying that it was a possible portable heater that caused the destruction. Scroll down to see more photos of the fire.
Firmen watch the fire too.

Interior of building.

Brave fireman.
Back side of building.

I ride by this building every morining on may way to school. I watched it slowly form and today I watched it smolder in ruins. It is almost sad, yet I can not figure out why. The building was incomplete and no one was harmed but I feel a real sense of loss.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

A recent survery was done asking Americans what their five freedoms were. It turned out that only 1 in 1000 could answer this question yet 22% can name all five Simpsons characters. Can you? You might ask yourself why this is important. The truth of the matter is knowing your five freedoms is not as important as knowing how they are being taken away from you. For more information on this survey Click here.

I recently attended a speech on the Patriot Act. I learned that many of our rights are being taken away because of this. The Patriot Act allows goverment officials to tap in to my phone, computer, and personal life if they feel I am a threat. Yet ask yourself how many terrorist have been caught from these tactics. Neither you nor I can go on to the internet and learn about Islalmic religion with out the threat of being watched. This truly does happen. For more information about the ACLU click here.