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Slack Lining and Geocaching

In Puyallup, Recreation on May 31, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Let me start out this post by saying that I love slack lining!  From Wikipedia:

Slacklining is a balance sport which utilizes nylon webbing stretched tight between two anchor points. Slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut; it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a large narrow trampoline. The line’s tension can be adjusted to suit the user and different types of dynamic webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping the slacker’s footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope. The dynamic nature of the line allows for impressive tricks and stunts.

Sounds pretty fun, huh?  It is pretty difficult to get started, though.  I couldn’t even take a step the first time I tried it.  The second day I did it was a bit shaky as well, but I took a few steps.  Then a few more.  And eventually I was balancing on the line for a minute at a time.  Now I can walk across the whole length of the line, and turn around; I immediately fall after the turning around part, though.  I want to get pretty good by the time I go back to Whitworth so I can show off my balancing skills.

Geocaching is my next biggest hobby.  I say next because I haven’t actually done it yet.  What is geocaching?  From Wikipedia:

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and “treasure,” usually toys or trinkets of little value. Today, well over 800,000 geocaches are registered on various websites devoted to the pastime. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the worldand on all seven continents, including Antarctica.[1]

Basically, geocaching is a global treasure hunt aided by GPS units.  There are a couple hundred in the Puyallup area even!  So I will have plenty to do this summer.  I am going on a test run of a cache with on my friends, then I will get a bigger group together later this month.  Maybe have a race to find two or three of them.  The possibilities are endless!!


White African-American Boy not ‘Black’ Enough for Award

In Public Education on May 14, 2008 at 7:53 am


I think the levels of stupidity displayed by public education administrators are ridiculous. Then again, who can blame them? They are held hostage by their actions, or inactions, all under the watchful eye of a dimwitted public. I guess they do thinks that look “correct,” (to some people, anyway) even when they are blatantly wrong.

First Final is Done

In Whitworth on May 14, 2008 at 7:35 am

I just completed my Intro to Business Management final.  Took me all of 20 minutes.  But, it wasn’t really a final, so much as my final test in that class.  I’m pretty lucky this semester with finals; no cumulative finals, just final tests.

I think it went pretty well, and I’m confident I will get a good grade on it, as well as the class.  Wish me luck as I do my last two finals, a presentation, and finish up a research paper in the next two days!

World Vision Phone Interview

In Puyallup on May 12, 2008 at 1:09 pm

I’ve been trying to get an internship this summer at World Vision so I could get some experience with the organization, maybe also meet some people so I would have some contacts if I apply for a job there once I’m out of school.  I spoke to Grace at World Vision today for about half an hour.  She asked me some questions about my interests, and what kind of internship I would be interested in, and stuff like that.  I think it went well, and I should be hearing from her in a few days.

I still need to talk to Party City to see if getting hired for the summer is a possibility.


In Internet, Religion on May 11, 2008 at 11:30 pm

UPDATE:  Please see comments below to see other perspectives on this issue.  The person’s blog that I read obviously discusses something that isn’t universally practiced, or at least not in the exact same way.


I am a member of a site called 43 Things, where you make a list of things you want to do.  You can set time frames, reminders, make entries about your progress, comment on other people’s entries, etc… It is pretty cool.  The reminders are helping me to stop bite my nails.  I’ve been (mostly) biting free for about 4 days!  My fingers already look better.

I was looking around at some guy’s profile page, and his top goal was to become a Quaker.  I thought, Aren’t you what you believe in?  Why can’t you just be a Quaker?  Is there some sort of process?  Turns out there is.  Here are some of his entries.

met with my clearness committee for membership this morning. wooohooo! will meet with them again in a few weeks.

Clearness committee?  Sounds interesting.

They are going to recommend membership to the larger membership and marriage committee, and then it will go before the business meeting for approval. Yippee!

Larger memberships and marriage committee?  Business meeting?

I’ve been asked by the nominating committee of my meeting to consider the position of recording clerk. It will be proposed at meeting for business. I’ll shadow the current recording clerk this Sunday, and we’ll compare notes afterward. I’m currently looking for all I can find on the topic in our meeting library, and hopefully ordering the rest. I don’t think this proposal needs seasoning, so I should know tomorrow!

My membership is put forward at Sunday’s meeting, too, but that does season, so I should know in another month.

Too exciting!

Nominating committee?  This is getting a bit ridiculous.  Do you have to get a job at the church you are a member of?  Or does this guy just want to be a record clerk?

today my membership was put forward to the meeting, and will season for a month. jane said very nice things about me and my study of quakerism. I also took notes again today in business meeting, along with the current recording clerk. my nomination for recording clerk was approved, and next month I begin in earnest. I have so much to learn before then.

This whole process sounds a bit… bureaucratic, to me.  I can understand why they might want to meet with you, pray with you, and test out your church membership for a bit, but this many committees and meetings seems like it is taking the focus off of, I don’t know, Jesus.  Maybe I’m just old fashioned that way.

Not Feeling Well

In Africa, Poverty, Whitworth on May 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm

I participated in fast to raise money for missionaries in Uganda. This is how it works:

  1. Student signs up
  2. Students meal card is locked out of Saga from 5 AM Wednesday morning until 5 PM Thursday evening.
  3. The money that would have been spent in Saga is donated to the missionaries

I didn’t get a chance to sign up (I forgot), but I decided to fast anyway.  I thought it went until 5 AM, so I set my goal then.  I went 36 hours with only drinking water, and I was feeling pretty awful this morning.  I was light headed and I felt sick to my stomach so I decided to eat some oatmeal around 11:00 AM.  I’m feeling much better since then.  It feels good to eat.