Daily Life

I like Scooters, I really do.  Both of their downtown locations are nice with decent enough atmospheres.  I went to the downtown location on the ground floor of the Gold’s Building the other day to do a little studying.  I found that Scooters isn’t the best location for a student to plop down and crank out a little homework.  The tables are too small to break out a notebook and text book.  If you’re going to be using a computer as well, forget about it.  It’s a great coffee shop if you’re going to just escape and read a book or have a conversation with a friend.  I’d give it top marks for that.  But if academic endeavors are your game, I’d suggest looking elsewhere.  Considering this is their closest location to campus, it might be worth considering making some accommodations in that vein.

Also, the central barista stand makes it difficult to find a quiet corner if that’s your aim.  I think this is fairly standard throughout the other Scooter’s I’ve been to and at least in the case of this location, I don’t think it would matter much where the barista is located.   considering it’s a fairly small location.  I’m told their coffee is good though, but I don’t drink coffee, so I’m not going to grade that.  Their staff is friendly and accommodating and made me a mean mint hot chocolate.  Good stuff.

So, to recap, if you’re going  just to catchup with a friend or escape over the lunch hour, I’ll give it an A-.   If you’re going get some book work done, it’s barely passable, just a C.


Oh, hey there world!  It’s been not quite a year since I last posted and almost one year to the day I did a post very similar to this one.  And a lot has happened since then.  I mean a lot.  I may or may not try to outline some of it at some point, but that’s not for today.  I’m intending to post more as we go forward.  If there’s one thing to note, it’s this.  I’ve left my  job at the University.  Most of you that will read this know that already.  Some of you may not.  I’ve returned to school full time to pursue my degree and finally finish this thing off.  I’ve begun the Nonprofit Administration program through the school of Public Administration through the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  I’m largely taking online classes, so I’ll have a bit of freedom in my schedule, at least for a while.  It’s looking like I’ll be working a bazillion hours this summer, though (which will probably cut into my blogging time, just to prepare you).  So, as I begin this new venture, I’m hoping to renew whatever blogging ventures I had some time ago.

I think it’s time I come back to the blog-o-sphere.  It’s only been, what, 8 months since my last post? 

There’s been a lot happening lately.  The Haiti quake has raised a lot of questions in my mind and heart over the past week.  As I wrestle with those I can’t help but ache for the pain suffered by those in the small island country.  One of my favorite pastors I listen to on-line frequently is Mark Driscoll.  He started an organization just after the quake called Churches Helping Churches.  They’re putting together a documentary of their trip there last week and will be presenting it on Sunday.  I’m expecting it to be great and extraordinarily difficult to watch. 

It’s been gut wrenching and encouraging to hear from those we’ve interacted with for those of us who have been there.  At Grace, we’ve been getting constant updates from Dony and El Shaddai in Las Cayes as they keep us updated on how to pray and what is happening as they try to dig out from the rubble.  The stories of lives lost and families destroyed crumble the heart.  The stories of the power of the Gospel and the love of Christ bring life and encouragement.  The juxtaposition is striking.  I don’t know what to do with these feelings most of the time.  I’ve been struck often this week at how difficult it is for MY heart to break when I see and hear this.  The calloused nature of my heart is more apparent every day.  Oh, Lord!  How I need the gospel in my life.  All I can do now is give a little spare change and pray a lot.  I ask you do the same if you haven’t already.  There are many worthwhile places you can do that.

I leave you with this quote from C.S. Lewis that John Piper posted on facebook this morning.  I struck me deeply when I read it.

You will certainly carry out God’s purpose, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.

I pray it’s more like John.

I went to a photo seminar this weekend.  I had never been to one of those before.  I’m not going to lie, it was a little overwhelming on several different levels.  It was a fantastic time though.  I was able to learn from some of the best photographers in the business and catch up with some of the best in the state, many of which I worked with when I was working at the Daily Nebraskan.  I felt a bit like the odd ball being a photographer who doesn’t take pictures.   There really was one main reason for me going though.   A photographer, Lane Hickenbottom, one of those I had run into while at the DN and one of the best wedding photographers in Omaha right now gave a seminar on how to develop a photography business, rather timely given the current state of shambles the news industry is in.  I’m looking at doing something kinda like what he’s doing.  Not become a wedding photographer, I ‘m not planning on doing that, I’d just refer you to Lane if you did, but I am looking at getting something else going.  Kinda similar, I’m not ging to give a lot of details at this point, because I don’t have a lot of details yet.  He covered a lot of stuff that I never would have thought of.  That’s the information I’m going to remember and there was a lot of good stuff.

He gave us a little home work assignment, which I think I’ve taken care of up in here, but I need to get on to some actual homework for my class this week.

I’ll post some of the links from the other photographers later this week, there’s some stuff you guys need to see.  Really powerful stuff.

I’m going to a photo seminar this weekend.  I’ve never been to one of these before.  I’m starting to get so far out of the loop that I need to sorta jump back in yesterday.  I’m pretty excited about it but I’m a little nervous too.  Sorta the ugly duckling, ya know the photographer that doesn’t take photos.  I actually did get to take some photos this weekend.  My friend Ben had this spectacular birthday party which also doubled as an open-mic night.  His wife, Renee, also a brilliant photog, let me have a turn with the camera.  I’m excited to see them.  It was super fun.  Rumor has it she’ll post them on her website at some point.  If she doesn’t I’ll put some of mine up once I get them.

Woah!  It’s been a while.  So much has happened between my last post and now.  Since I last left you:

– Christmas!

– 2009 began.  Nebraska beat Clemson in the Gator Bowl.

– Josh moved out.  Nothing terribly eventful happened during that process.

– Zach moved in.  While he was moving in the basemet flooded.  It was cold, cold, cold water.  Covered 90% of the basement.  Only a box of magazines was lost, still don’t know how that happened.

– I began taking classes again at the University and remembered why it was that I stopped taking classes in the first place.

– Alternator on my car went out at the intersection of 27th and Vine (big, major intersection if you’re not familiar with the geography of Lincoln).  It was really cold.

– I may or may not be moving into a sweet new pad in May or June or July or August or whenever the Bakers can sell their house.

– A new President was sworn into office and the early reviews are…mixed.

– I spent a weekend in Colorado and didn’t ski.

– India team from last summer presented in Norfolk.  On the way home the alternator went out again…10 miles north of Schuyler.  That’s almost 2 hours away from home.  I have good friends.

– Spring can’t decide if it wants to come or not.

– Baseball starts up in full swing soon.

Other than that, nothing much has happened.  There are a few other things that have happened that I may talk about some other time, some others that I won’t.  Maybe I’ll post a little more often.


I registered for classes for next semester in an attempt to once again pursue this pesky degree.

Environmental Geology – Monday’s and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:45
Introduction to English Studies – Tuesday and Thrusdays from 12:30-1:45

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