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I’ll Miss You Buddy

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2007 at 8:00 pm

So I got a call from my dad today saying that my childhood dog, Buddy, died. I wanted to take a moment and devote some time to him. He was an amazing dog that loved to be loved, and I hope that I loved him enough while he was with us. We had him for a little over 10 years, and in those 10 years he never disappointed me. Sure, there were times when he would pee on the carpet or bark too late, or even throw up in my room (a few times I even stepped in it). I was angry at those moments, but now, I can safely say that those are all beautiful memories I have with one of my best friends.

If any dog deserves to go to Heaven, it’s Buddy. I’m amazed that he turned out as gentle as he did. His previous owner’s left him in a kennel all day because they had no fence around their backyard. That would explain why he ran around like crazy, even in his last weeks. But that doesn’t explain his affection and trust towards people. He never made me feel like he didn’t trust me, even in the beginning, only that he loved me and wanted to be with me.

He slept in my room for years, and now it is more clear than ever how much I will miss those nights. Sometimes he would wake up randomly and come over to my bed and push his nose against my arm, trying to get me to pet him. I usually would for a moment, then tell him to go back to sleep, which he usually did because he was such a good dog. I wish now that I had pet him every single one of those times, instead of dismissing him in my tiredness.

I love you Buddy, I won’t ever forget you, and I hope you know that you gave me more cherished memories and affection than I can ever repay you for. I will miss you dearly, old friend. You may think this is overly sentimental for a dog, if you do then you have never had a pet like him.

Goodbye Buddy.


Square 1.1

In Habitat for Humanity, Spokane, Whitworth on September 22, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Ok, so I’m slowly moving away from square one on the whole Habitat for Humanity Whitworth chapter. I met with Dr. Sittser, who is on the Habitat for Humanity Spokane Board of Directors luckily, and he gave me some suggestions for recruiting some students to the cause. I don’t know if he will be able to advise us because he already advises two other clubs, but here’s to hoping. These are some of the ideas he gave me:

1) Go for small groups (athletic teams, bible studies, any small group). They already have established leadership and it is is easier for their leaders to influence them to go than me.
2) Advertise a lot. Advertise everywhere.
3) Go to the Service Learning Fair (I already was going to attend that, though. Professor Rhodes is going to make an announcement at the fair for anyone ho wants to get some service hours to volunteer with me tat the local Habitat. And then hopefully they will want to join.)
4) Make connections with everyone I can, and tell them what I’m doing.

Luckily, some of this already happened. My mom knows a brother of a professor here and he passed on my name to him (thanks Mom!), and he passed on my name to Mr. Spaun (the Assistant Director of the Service-Learning/Community Engagement department). He contacted me yesterday and we set up a meeting time to exchange some thoughts on getting Habitat underway. Hopefully he will be able to advise us, or I might have to go back to Professor Rhodes and see if she wants to! At the very least this meeting will give me some more ideas, and that is always helpful.

I really want an advisor because I feel like I’m doing everything for this to get done (which I basically am, seeing as how I’m pretty much alone in it so far. But a big thank you to my RA Jeff for helping me out and encouraging me so much!) It feels just like last year when everyone was too busy for Students for Global Wellness and I took over. There were some great kids involved with it, doing Habitat builds and the such, but not much other leadership.

I just don’t want to do it alone anymore. Even though it is somewhat nice to do things by myself, it would be great to rely on someone else for something. I feel like I can’t handle it, but I know I can. If I don’t do it, it won’t get done. So I will handle it, alone or otherwise. Keep me in your prayers!

Okay, enough of the feel sorry for myself junk. There’s more work to be done. 🙂

Back to Square One

In Cup of Cool Water, Habitat for Humanity, Spokane on September 15, 2007 at 12:12 pm

I was supposed to meet with a possible advisor yesterday (Friday), and I did. But… we had a meeting at 2:00 PM (which I was 5 minutes early for) but she didn’t come in until 2:10-ish. And when she came in two other guys followed her to her office and began discussing a matter about Work-study. This proceeded for 25 minutes before she noticed me.

I sat there, for 25 minutes listening to their conversation, screaming in my head ‘I have an appointment! My time is important, too!’ I was rather upset, but never let it show. Around 2:35 she suddenly called, ‘Are you Jaryd?’ To which I meekly responded, ‘Yes.’ She was very sorry that she hadn’t noticed the time and let me wait this long. She took another three minutes or so to finish up her other conversation before she called me in to her office.

I understand it was a mistake and I hold no grudge, but at the time I was pretty darn angry. Anyways… so we began talking and she asked me what she could do to help me with the Habitat club. I told her I needed an advisor right now to help bounce ideas off of. She told me she had just met a faculty member that actually was on the Habitat for Humanity Spokane Board of Directors.


We went to go find him. He supposedly was in the chapel, which he was, and we started talking about the club. He is already an advisor to two other clubs, so he said he would be weary about advising another one. Ok, I thought, that’s cool. But he would still like to talk about it… on Wednesday! AAHH!! I already waited a week to talk to Professor Rhodes, now I have to wait another half-week to talk to him??!?!?! I just want to help people!

So now I am back to square one. Waiting. Seems to be a lot of what I am doing these days when it comes to the Habitat club. I can’t get anything going without and advisor and some officers… it will happen though. I will happen.

And also, I tried to go to the Cup of Cool Water (a street youth outreach program) training session last night, but I didn’t know that Spokane was designed by idiot, so that posed a problem. I drove around looking for it (and yes, I google-map’d it, so I kind of knew where I should be). When I kind of found it, there was no parking around. anywhere. The only thing was the pay parking and I didn’t have any change, and I sure am not getting my car-towed to go to an informational meeting. Since I didn’t go to that meeting, I can’t go to today’s meeting. Which means I will have to wait until February to do it. Gar!

And then I spent 45 minutes trying to find Whitworth again because the road I drove down on turns into a one way, so I couldn’t just go back the way I came. Nice.

It is probably for the best though, seeing as how I need to concentrate my energy on the Habitat club. So we will see what happens. Stay tuned for more of my manic mishaps!

Tune in next week. Same bat-time, same bat-channel!

Whitworth Chapter of Habitat for Humanity

In Habitat for Humanity, Poverty, Spokane, Whitworth on September 6, 2007 at 5:43 pm

I’ve just contacted the Spokane HfH affiliate Volunteer Coordinator, Adam Borgman, and let him know about my interest (my vision, more like it) for a Whitworth University Habitat for Humanity chapter. Hopefully he will reply (to either my email, or my voicemail that I left him) today, or at the latest by tomorrow. I want to get going on this as soon as possible; time is of the essence.

I will be talking to the senator in Duvall (my dorm hall), Candice, about starting the club. Hopefully we can get some funding from ASWU (Associated Students of Whitworth University) or something of that nature. If not any funding, than at least permission to put up posters and other awareness raising materials.

First Whitworth, and then the world!