Sunday, November 30, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Friday Knights 1st Episode is up!

The first episode of mine and Nick's "show" is now up for your viewing pleasure on my other newly created blog Friday Knights of the Round Table. Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Down to Hershey

This past Sunday I took the day off of work and Kristina and I went down to Hershey, Pa. to visit the Davis'. For those who don't know, they left us this summer to become House Parents at Milton Hershey School. We were really excited, this was the first time we had seen them since the wedding reception.

It was a really easy drive down there; all the way down 84, then on 81. No tolls, traffic or bad weather. We left here just after 9 on Sunday morning and arrived just after 2pm down there. The house they are living in is amazing. Their apartment is attached right to the kids house, which is huge. It was nice that they didn't have any kids yet so we were able to utilize the entire house while we were down there.

This is our "hotel room" where me and Kristina slept.

It was a nice relaxing time while we were down there. We just hung out a bunch, visited Jon and Kate +8's house (not very exciting as there was no one visible from the outside), and went to a really sweet mall. We visited Sierra at Chocolate World and I bought some chocolate bars. There was a 5-pound bar that you could buy for $30, but I stuck with the 1/2-pound bar. We also went on a tour of the school, visited a couple of the houses Ace and Debbie were working at and Kristina got to go to the outlet stores. And finally me and Ace got to talk a bunch about Wheel of Time, which I think was cathartic for the both of us.

Ian in his room.

On the return journey we got stuck in some traffic and tried to detour, then quit the detour after the GPS wanted to take us home by way of Iowa. It was a little longer ride than expected but we got home and in bed relatively early so all ended well. All in all we had a great time and can't wait to go back. We are hoping everything works out so we can soon.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Change and Hope

So Barack Obama is now the President Elect. Starting next January we here in America are going to have 4 years (hopefully that's all) of an Obama administration. I was sitting there watching the TV when they announced it and all I could think of was, well America you got what you asked for. For the past 4-8 years we have all been inundated with anti-Bush slams and a lot of talk about change. Well, I fear that we are going to have "change"; and a lot of it.

This election would not be as big of a deal if it were not for the number of seats that Republicans have lost in Congress. For at least the next 2 years the Democrats are going to have carte blanche on any policies and bills that they want to pass. This country just took a radical turn to the left. As I look at the TV and see all the Obama supporters cheering in the streets of Chicago waving their "Change" posters around in the air I wonder: What about this amazing country do they want to change so badly? Is it the healthcare system that everyone in the world, except us, think is the best around? Is it the war in Iraq that has steadily been getting better, and keeping us safe? Is it the millions of opportunities left out there to make something of yourself and advance yourself in the world if you are just willing to put in some hard work? America is the greatest nation this world has ever seen, and they just voted to "change" it.

As I look back on this campaign, and into the future, I do have hope though. Hope that as President of the free world Barack Obama will realize all the power that he has. I hope that he will be the man that he has said he is for the past couple months, and not the one that he has been for the past couple years. He touted himself as a man who could work across the aisle but his record does not show it. He said he was a uniter but his record shows him as one of the most partisan Senators of the past 4 years. I hope Obama falls very far to the right and lands somewhere in the happy middle where most Presidents have been, and should be. Because right now he is a lot more to the left and a lot more of a radical than, I think, most people realize. I hope that the true colors of Barack Obama do not come out, but stay hidden behind this mask of middle America that he has been wearing all these months.

So America, you got what you asked for, Barack Hussein Obama will be the next President of the United States of America. Here we go...