Archive | September, 2010

Welcome.. Andy Crouch

29 Sep

Glad that Andy Crouch, Senior Editor of Christianity Today, has joined our Fuller Seminary Trustee Board.

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How to Pick A Spouse

24 Sep
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Turned in my first draft of “How to Pick A Spouse” to the publishers. If they say yes, great! If they say no, I’ll be in the same class as J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) and Frank Herbert (Dune) who had their “great works”  turned down by publishers as not being good enough!

My own lovely spouse Pam won the “Best Supporting Role” award at the 2010 Academy Awards Ceremony (a.k.a. my 30th anniversary of ministry celebration last month). Here she is receiving her well-deserved honors from none other than Governor Linda Lingle. Funny thing is, after the program ended, Pam stumbled upon another award left on the side of the stage. It had an engraved plate saying, “Best Wife.”

“Who’s getting this one?!” she asked. I won’t post that picture here. But I’ll just say thank God for helping me choose a spouse with a sense of humor.

Photos from my recent trip

1 Sep

Here are the photos I promised from our recent family trip to Alaska, San Francisco, Seattle and British Columbia. I’ll clump these In all it was a great trip of cold weather, wildlife and wonderful food.

Pictorially, let’s start with Alaska. Check out the real live wild Bald Eagle that landed near our boat on a small ice berg there. A first for me. Made me feel patriotic.

Tracy Arm Fjord Alaska near a huge glacier. This place is about 45 miles south of Juneau and includes 2 fjords over 30 miles long. 1/5 of the area is covered in ice. I was struck with awe at the magnitude and beauty of the place.

It was my first time on an ocean liner! We all had to dress up for dinner a couple of nights. A tie, ugh! But it was really nice to be with my son Quinn and Pam.

We went on these high speed zodiac-like rafts in Ketchikan, Alaska, to zoom around Volcano Cliffs and see the birds and seals and whales and otters. Saw 30 otters sleeping on Kelp. We wore these fashion-forward orange suits to keep us dry and warm as we skimmed waves at high speed to see the nearby islands and cliffs.

We also went up to 300-foot blue glaciers. They are blue because of how the light hit the glacier. Like a prism. Glacier ice is so hard it has no air bubbles in it. It can’t absorb blue from the light spectrum, hence the "blue" ice from reflected light. Made me feel like I got to go to the planet of Pandora. Always wanted to be an avatar.

Bonus: saw 65 seals lying near it on an iceberg!

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Seattle

1 Sep

Then we went to a bunch of museums in Seattle. There was the Museum of Flight, where we saw the actual Airforce One used by  President Eisenhower. Oh and here I am making like Richard Nixon on the Airforce One plane.

At the Rock’Roll Music Experience Museum, first I see the Supremes and then this tree of guitars! Btw, these were the actual costumes worn by the Supremes for the Sonny and Cher Show….or was it the Flip Wilson Show?

The architect of the Rock’Roll Music Experience Museum was Frank Gehry…one of my favorite architects. He did the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Did I mention he went to USC? Love his wavy style of the roof.

At the Science Fiction museum we got to see the actual equipment used on Star Trek shows to get beamed up by Scotty, take reads of the planet and be used by Doc for medicine.

Ever notice in Star Trek if ever a red-uniformed staff member joins Kirk or Spock or Doc in going down to a planet he gets killed? Glad the Museum pointed that out to me. There’s also a shot below of the original uniform worn by Captain James T. Kirk and Spock and Kirk’s chair on the USS Enterprise. Very cool for us Trekies.

Our last stop was in Victoria, BC. It was pretty strange meeting Darth Vader playing the violin on the streets here. I thought for a sec we were still in the Seattle SciFi museum!

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California

1 Sep

In California, we just had to check out the cafeteria on the Yahoo! campus (Cupertino, CA).

We also visited the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. Here is by far the coolest Dragon Seahorse I have ever seen!

At the San Francisco Kimball Natural History Museum we saw an albino crocodile–a real live one. Another first for me!

And here’s a shot of my kind of restaurant: eat phenomenal food in San Francisco at the Foreign Cinema Restaurant and, when it gets dark, watch foreign films on a big white screen. They showed Fellini’s Roma while we were there but we ate and ran.

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