Monthly Archives: September 2005

I’ve never seen myself as a BOOK before…

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10th Anniversary Celebration

Hi, folks. Just a note as to what the last few pictures are…

Cornerstone just celebrated their 10th anniversary at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. As you can barely tell in the poor resolution photos I posted from my phone, we have grown just a bit. At the beginning, Cornerstone was just 26 people. About 3 1/2 yrs later, when the new building went up (and when I started going), it was about 400. Now, we have to have five services to fit in the 2600+ people that attend our little church every week. It is truly exciting to be a part of the growth. I feel blessed to belong.

I am starting to feel better. I got my CPAP machine about two weeks ago now, and it’s slowly starting to give me more energy to make it through the day. I napped for a bit today, but I had a busy day. Met a friend of mine from church this morning, finished installing a computer that I started yesterday, went to the doctor’s office, went to lunch with another friend, and made it home about 2:30. So, I don’t blame myself if I needed a bit of a nap. I go back to the doctor’s Friday, hopefully for the last time for a while. Even the doc says he’s beginning to see me a bit too much. I’d like to thank Jodi, my friends from church, and my coworkers for their thoughts, prayers, and well wishes over the past 45 days. I really appreciate all of you!

Time to clean the house. I am supposed to start a Life Group at my house tomorrow night. Only two people have committed to come…will be interesting to see how this turns out. Talk to you later…and God Bless You!

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Cornerstone 10th Anniversary Celebration…as seen from my phone

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Picture from the BOB…er…Chase Field on inauguration night!

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California Pics…Jeff’s friend and his baby

How cute! This tyke is giving a big “thumbs up” to Claim Jumper restaurant.

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More from California

Lisa and what could possibly be one of the cutest babies ever…Trevor!

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Here’s Nathan and Trevor…what a pair of smiles! And thanks for going to the pier and the beach with us, Nathan!

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Sanity. There ARE people that possess it.

According to a flash by the Drudge Report, only 13% of people say that President Bush is “most responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane”.

Which just goes to show you. It only takes a minority of loud-mouthed idiots to make it look like we’ve all gone mad.

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Sure. Blame Bush for Katrina.

That’s right. If it makes you sleep better at night, go ahead and blame President Bush for Hurricane Katrina.

I know. You’re saying “we don’t blame him for the hurricane, but we blame him for not doing enough to help.” But I have one question: why is it Bush’s fault? I work with the public in my job. However, if I don’t follow up on an issue (and I do because I’m human), is it the fault of the CEO, or is it my fault? Or could it be that I was just out sick (like I have been)? Or could it have been my boss’s fault? Come on, people. I won’t pretend that I know what it’s like to be a refugee from this storm, to have lost my house, loved ones, pets, possessions, etc. But I would hope that if I did, my first thoughts would be on recovery, instead of finding someone to blame for the results of an Act of God. Don’t like that terminology, athesists? Check your insurance policies; I’m sure you’ll find it there too.

CNN even tried to place blame on the mayor for his evacuation plan. And in spite of the personal attack levied against him by CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien, he answered like a MAN.

S. O’BRIEN: Your evacuation plan before — when you put people into the Superdome. It wasn’t thought out. You got 20,000 people in there. And that you bear the brunt of the blame for some of this, a large chunk of it.

NAGIN: Look, I’ll take whatever responsibility that I have to take. But let me ask you this question: When you have a city of 500,000 people, and you have a category 5 storm bearing down on you, and you have the best you’ve ever done is evacuate 60 percent of the people out of the city, and you have never issued a mandatory evacuation in the city’s history, a city that is a couple of hundred years old, I did that. I elevated the level of distress to the citizens.

And I don’t know what else I could do, other than to tell them that it’s a mandatory evacuation. And if they stayed, make sure you have a frigging ax in your home, where you can bust out the roof just in case the water starts flowing.

And as a last resort, once this thing is above a category 3, there are no buildings in this city to withstand a category 3, a category 4 or a category 5 storm, other than the Superdome. That’s where we sent people as a shelter of last resort. When that filled up, we sent them to the Convention Center. Now, you tell me what else we could have done.(Italics mine)

Is that all we can do? Try to place blame even while those public servants are trying to do what they can to end the suffering of hundreds of thousands? Then, my friends, we are truly pathetic. No other word can describe it. Pathetic.

To the Katrina refugees that have landed in my fair state of Arizona, I say welcome, and hopefully we can help you rebuild your lives. To the rest of the refugees, I say God Bless You, and know my prayers are with you. But to all of you I say find something else to do besides blame Bush because you feel that the federal government is moving too slow to provide relief. Until you understand all the logistics involved with restoring an area below sea level hit by a category 5 hurricane, please be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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