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Champions!

Monday, September 26, 2005 10:12 AM

Yesterday, in our much delayed tournament finale, the Holy Shepherd Men defeated St. Phillip twice, 15-8 and 8-4, to win the Lutheran Men's Softball League title.  Both games were punctuated with great defense and timely hitting.  We set the tone on the very first pitch when the first game resumed with St. Phillip having runners on first and second with nobody out.  A fly went to Chris in left field and after the catch he caught the runner on second off the base for a quick double play and we were rolling.  The second game was tight all of the way and with a 7-4 lead and only a few minutes left on the clock, the bottom of the batting order got a number of timely hits to score an insurance run and run out the clock, clinching Holy Shepherd's first Lutheran Men's Softball League title since 1983.
 
By: Shane
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Politics

Monday, September 26, 2005 10:10 AM

You are a

Social Liberal
(63% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(31% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Democrat




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid


The results from this quiz are pretty much what I would have expected. I would have probably guessed a little more centrist, but it's very close.
 
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Rocky Flats Cleanup Nears End

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 12:10 PM

Even though I have moved on from Rocky Flats, I have continued to watch the news about the closure project as it approaches completion.  Today, the Boulder Daily Camera ran an article detailing the remaining items of the cleanup and the details of the final closure of the site.  I can see the progress as I look out from my new office window across the plain leading to the Flats.  I can now see all the way to the mountains where the Rocky Flats industrial area once stood.  In approximately one month, the Department of Energy and Kaiser-Hill will declare physical completion of the cleanup and begin the process of transferring the site to the Fish and Wildlife Service for the creation of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge marking the end of an era for the Denver area.  Read the article online at the Boulder Daily Camera.
 
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Buffalo and Toronto

Monday, September 19, 2005 2:11 PM

This past weekend I visited Andrea in Buffalo.  I got in late Thursday night and then we relaxed and ran errands on Friday before going to her Bar and Bench night for PAD at Bennigan's.  This particular Bennigan's easily won the award for the worst restaurant customer service I have ever seen for a number of slights over the course of about 2 hours.  After that, we rented "Shall We Dance" and then watched the movie for the rest of the night.

On Saturday, we got up and drove up to Niagara-on-the-Lake to get some wine at Peller Estates before heading up to Toronto to watch the Blue Jays play the Yankees at Rogers Centre.  In a great game, we watched Shawn Chacon of the Yankees (formerly of the Rockies) outduel Gustavo Chacin of the Jays 1-0.  The game was my first American League game and the atmosphere in the packed Rogers Centre was a lot of fun.  Following the game we drove back to Buffalo and had dinner at Chef's.  After dinner we were listening to the UB-Rutgers game on the radio and decided that since UB was still in the game and the fireworks hadn't happened yet, that we would go use the free tickets Andrea had to watch the fireworks and the second half of the game.  We got to UB Stadium right as the fireworks were starting and then stayed for the second half of UB's 17-3 loss to Rutgers.  After having attended games at a number of "big time" college football venues including CU, USC, Nebraska, and Kansas State, I was amazed at how "high school" the game atmosphere at UB is, though I guess I shouldn't be too surprised given that ESPN calls UB the worst Division I-A team in the country.

Sunday was another lazy day as I helped Andrea back up her iTunes library to DVD and then we watched some movies on the UB cable system before I had to fly back to Denver.  Photos from the weekend are on my photo page.

 
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Weekend

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:22 PM

This past weekend was a good weekend.  On Saturday, John and I went to the CU - New Mexico State game and watched the Buffs stomp on NMSU 39-0.  They had a halftime fireworks show that was ok, but nothing terribly impressive as well.

On Sunday, I played in my church softball team's end of the year tournament.  We went in as the #2 seed, but lost our first game two weeks ago to Hosanna 8-5 and had to work our way through the losers' bracket.  On Sunday, we beat #5 seed Concordia 9-8, #4 seed Our Father 26-8, and then #3 seed Hosanna 12-8 to advance to the championship game.  It was the first trip to the championship game for Holy Shepherd in over 20 years.  The championship was tied at 3 in the second inning at about 8:30 pm when the power went out, so the game will hopefully be made up in two weeks. 

 
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Hurricane Katrina

Tuesday, September 6, 2005 10:39 AM

Jackson Square in New Orleans, August 2000 I have been watching all of the coverage of Hurricane Katrina over the past week, and I am still unable to put real, meaningful words to the disaster.  One of my coworker's parents lost their house on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, but thankfully they are among the living.  I keep thinking about the 1.3 million homeless people and the death of a great American city.  New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast will rebuild and recover, but will never be anything remotely approaching the same.  Donate to the relief and rebuilding efforts at Habitat for Humanity, ELCA Disaster Reponse, and the American Red Cross.  the photo above is one I took in August of 2000 of Jackson Square in New Orleans in happier times.
 
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