Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I was asked last night if I was ever going to start blogging again. I think I have been waiting for inspiration to strike. The bad news, inspiration hasn't so much as flicked me. Nothing. Nada. Not even a little tickle. Truth be told, life has been a little busy.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday, August 03, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sometime today we will finally be connected to the internet for the first time since the big move almost a week ago. I am super excited. Expect bigger and better things next week when I no longer have to send my blogs in to Blogger using morse code and a telegraph. Of course, things have definitely been better since I stopped using that danged, unreliable pony express...
Thursday, July 09, 2009
I miss teaching. I really miss the interaction with the students every day. I really started to feel a sense of ownership towards my kids. I have found myself wondering how their next teacher is going to do. Is that person going to know them like I did? Are they going to care like I did? Are they going to give that little extra to make sure that the kids were pushed to learn as much as possible? I hope so.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Med school starts in a month. I can't wait. I'm ready to get on with this next stage of life. Until then, God has seen fit to give me a time of respite. While I'm soaking it in as much as I can, I know that this is probably the calm before the storm and God knows that I am going to need a little extra rest in the days to come. During the month of July, it is looking like I will be spending lots of time with my wife putting together our new apartment, enjoying God, working for Bios down at Paradise Bakery, and playing basketball.
Monday, July 06, 2009
There has been no posting the past three weeks due to vacations and moving. Regularly scheduled posts will resume tomorrow, pinky swear. A quick update is in order however. My beautiful wife and I moved from Central Phoenix to North Glendale this past week. It was an excellent move, no issues or problems arose. My father, mother, brother, FIG, and MIG were all crucial to everything going so smoothly. We love our new place and there will be more in the future about it. Really. Posting resumes tomorrow. Probably.
Monday, June 15, 2009
First of all, be prepared. This is a long one. But by the end, I discover what is most important (after God).
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Do you people seriously have nothing better to do than write me nasty emails? Just because I have not written anything for the past week, this does not give you license to become vulgar and slanderous. I'm sorry I took away the only bright spot in your otherwise droll lives. My bad. I'm back.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Today, my beautiful wife and I celebrate our third anniversary. At the first anniversary, we were still in our honeymoon phase. Life was wonderful and lovey dovey. For our second anniversary, we had no money, but we were in love. Life was wonderful and lovey dovey. Now that we have reached our third year, things are different. We have even less money now. Life is more wonderful. And we are still madly in love (and by that, I mean that we are still infatuated with one another.) Our love (the verb kind) is stronger than ever, and we are both getting better at it. To top it all off, we have achieved a small level of legitimacy. A marriage that has lasted for three years is a pretty amazing thing these days.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This past semester I have been teaching strings to kindergarten through tenth grade. That's right, violin, viola, and cello skills are also part of my repertoire. From the end of January to last night, I have been instructing them in the ways of the musical artist. Over and over again I have drilled theory, composers, and music into their heads. They have spent the past three and a half months training, preparing, and studying to be concert performers.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Short post today, sorry. I should have more for the rest of the week. Anyway, here is a quick update on life along with my thoughts. I am going to med school starting in August. My beautiful wife is now a professional nanny. We may move. We may not. We have been blessed with great jobs. We have an adorable puppy named Turk. We do not have kids. I like that for now. I played basketball in high school. I lost in a basketball shooting contest on Saturday to a fourth grader. I have my first strings concert next Monday. It is also my last concert. My students sound amazing. My headphones for my iPod went kaput so now I ride my bike in silence. Thirty miles is a long time to listen to the wind. Wolverine is a good movie. But not great. My wife has the most beautiful laugh. I need a new blue pen. Fifth graders can be devious. Arizona is hot in the summer.
Friday, May 01, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Bored? Try making some food. I found a site that is very helpful - it generates random recipes! How cool is that? Here are my favorites so far.*
- 4 bananas
- 100g beef
- pre-heat the oven to 230 C
- discard the bananas
- toast the beef
- bake for 30 minutes and serve hot
- 80ml whipped cream
- 50ml apple sauce
- 20ml lemonade
- 80g grapes
- pre-heat the oven to 180 C
- eat the apple sauce
- barbeque the lemonade
- defrost the whipped cream
- discard the grapes
- bake for 50 minutes and serve hot
*Please understand that I am not as stupid as I look or sound, nasty comments insulting my intelligence will not be appreciated but may be laughed at if funny enough. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read the recipe again and pay attention to the details this time. That is all.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The filming for Turk is still happening. In fact it should happen this afternoon. Parts of it should be done anyway.
Monday, April 27, 2009
You have been waiting for today since last week. Each day you have ripped away the pages of your Far Side daily calendar in eager anticipation of this glorious morning. You probably raced to the computer anxiously waiting for it to boot up. Then you typed in beradical.blogspot.com and with barely contained excitement you watched the page load. Today is the day the new Turk video comes out! Right? Well, to be perfectly honest, that's not entirely true. In fact, it might be more true to say that today is not the day the new Turk video comes out.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
If some of you were "lucky" enough to experience the ads on my site, my bad. The problem has been rectified and the person in charge of that was shot. We are looking into solutions that will allow me to make millions off of posting while not offending any visitors. For those of you who felt the need to write nasty emails, my inbox is full. Stop sending them to me. Seriously. Some of you are quite imaginative, I will give you guys that.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
My wife has been in Vegas for most of the week at a conference for her business. She flew out early Wednesday morning and will come back late Saturday. I have really missed her a lot and it has surprised me. I thought that since it was only for four days, it wouldn't be too bad. But truly, as husband and wife, we have become one. Half of me is missing. It sucks. I didn't realize how much I really missed her until yesterday.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
In my "daily" devotions and in my ponderings, I have noticed that there are few, if any, good examples of being a husband in the Bible. Men do a lot of cool things in the Bible, they kill giants, overthrow evil empires, slay ferocious lions, live in palaces, and run races. What they don't do is show a good example of how to be a husband. It seems to me that one of the defining characteristics of a true manly man is how well he treats his wife and the type of husband he is. He can do a lot of manly things, but it takes a real man to be a good husband.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Lately I have begun praying a lot more. This has been a good thing. For a while one of the all- consuming desires in my heart was the idea of getting in to medical school. It seemed that was all I prayed about (not really, but it came up a lot). Once I got the acceptance letter, I found that I wasn't taking the little times throughout the day to pray like a I had before. This past week, while I was on spring break, I began to work on my relationship with God. Every morning I woke up and opened up my Bible. After reading, I would pray that God would awaken a desire in me to be passionate about a relationship with him.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So I got called into to see my boss at the Donor Network last week. Normally if she has anything to say to me, she will just send out a quick email. When I saw the request asking me to come in to see her, I became a little apprehensive. Everything I had done wrong at work flashed through my mind. There were two things I could think of - I had made a mistake when wrapping an instrument tray and I had gone around to all the chairs in the common area and lowered them to their lowest setting. Just kidding. I didn't actually do the last one but it is a pretty good idea now that I think of it.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Most of you know how much I love pandas. Actually, it's really not so much that I love pandas, it's that I love the word pandemonium. It makes me think of a bunch of little pandas bashing each other over the head with bamboo sticks. Heheh. What a great mental picture.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Yesterday I officially became a student at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. In just four, short years I will graduate from there as a doctor of osteopathic medicine. A lot of thought, angst, and prayer went into making the decision to go to this particular school.
Eventually it came to down to three main things. The most important aspect (other than it being a med school) was that it is in Arizona. Although the school is in Glendale which is in the opposite corner of Phoenix from where our friends and family live, we are both just happy to be able continue to live in Arizona. The second is the school's reputation. Midwestern is one of the best DO schools in the country. They have an excellent pass rate for the boards and they have a history of excellence in education. The final issue that weighed in heavily was its philosophy of medicine. I chose not to go the traditional MD route and instead went the DO path for a number of reasons, which I will share in a future post. For now, let's just say that it lines up more with the way I view life.
And so I am now an AZCOM (Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine) student. I signed my life away yesterday. Now come some even harder decisions - where to live, how to pay for school, and when to have kids. Oh boy.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Snickers - Rugby from Spy Films on Vimeo.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Some of you have pointed out that I have begun putting up a lot of videos on my blog. This is true. There will be another video on Thursday. Part of the reason that this is happening can be explained by a general sense of apathy on my part. I just don't feel like writing and I don't care to put in the time right now to think about it, but I do want to appease the often angry mob that is my reader base. To compromise, I give you cheap entertainment. It's kind of like the husband who buys his wife diamonds to cover for the fact that he works 100+ hours a week and is never home. This way I can keep you visiting the site so that when I do have something important to say, you are here to read it.
The good news is that I plan to start writing more once I get caught up on sleep. This past weekend I managed to get 4 hours of sleep in a 48 hour period. It was not good. As I talked with my beautiful wife on Sunday night, I realized that I couldn't remember the past four days at all. Either I'm going crazy or I just need to sleep. So to sum up, expect lots of good writing to start appearing in the middle of next week sometime. For now, enjoy the the shiny rocks.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Here's a fun site to visit for those of you with a little extra time on your hands. I created the awesome looking super dude pictured above. If you are wondering why he has suspenders, wonder no more. They are there to keep his pants from falling down. Enjoy
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Update: I have relinked the video. Sorry about that.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
The rumors are true. I am now a music teacher for grades K-10 at Bios Christian Academy in Gilbert. What's that you say? You thought I only taught math, and grades 4-6, and managed the computers, and substituted for various other subjects? Well, you are wrong. As the resident renaissance man, whenever the call goes out for a new subject to be taught, I answer courageously. I am the rubber plug that stops the flow of injustice. I am the mirror that reflects the light from the bathroom to prevent stubbed toes in the dark of the night. I am the spell checker that prevents words from being spelled eroneously... erroneosly... erroniously... aironeiously... wrongly. I am the abacus that calculates at break-neck speeds. I am the head of the department of redundancy department. I am the headache in the criminal mind. I am the public on public transportation. I am the surprise you find in your cereal box. I am the neurosis that makes you spend $500 an hour on a shrink. I am the fingernails scraping on the souls of ne'er-do-wells. I am the batteries that are not included. I am the 3 AM wrong number. I am... rambling. That's enough for today I think.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Those of you who are especially observant will note the new gadget I have placed on the right side of the screen. Now with just a few clicks of the mouse, you too can become a groupie. It's just like back in the day when you followed around the Grateful Dead and sang along with Jerry Garcia (You Deadheads out there know who you are, don't be ashamed). Anyway, now you can be a Be Radical groupie, or as I like to call you, Roupies. Clever, wouldn't you say?
Monday, January 26, 2009
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I have been teaching full time for just over a week now and I have to be completely honest: I love it. Working with 4th-6th graders all day is a blast. I was talking with my brother last night and we came to the conclusion that teaching is in our blood. Our grandpa teaches, our uncle teaches, our dad teaches, and our mom teaches. We can't help wanting to be teachers ourselves. Maybe, if you're lucky, one day your kids will be taught by the brothers Ihms and thus become the smartest kids in the world.
Friday, January 09, 2009
I started a new job. Starting in January, I became a full time elementary teacher. I love it. The school I work for is called Bios Christian Academy. It's a pretty new school with only about 40 students. Right now it is first grade through tenth but next year it should be K-12. I still work with the high school students and math sometimes, but officially I teach elementary. More on Bios next week.
With the new job have come changes to the old one. I still work with Donor Network, but I have cut my shifts from five to three a week and I have crammed all three into the weekend. It hasn't been too bad so far, but I spend 24 hours in a 40 hour period on call every weekend. This could end up being pretty tiring, but for now it is working well. Working for Donor Network has been good for me because they have always been so kind to me as far as giving me exactly what I want for a schedule. It has been a great experience.
Finally a quick update on med schools. I have interviewed with two schools so far but have not heard anything back, good or bad. I spent some time shadowing the provost of one of the schools I applied to and he said he would put in a good word for me. And that's about it there. I am still hoping to know something definite by late February or early March.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
I have decided to do the typical New Year's post. Lame. I understand. But more will be forthcoming this year. More great posts that knock your socks off, not more lame posts. I have a brief 15 minute break in my day which should allow for more frequent posting. So, if all goes according to plan, you should start seeing consistent posting on a daily basis.
Which brings us to the resolutions section.
Write on blog at least 4 times a week. I'm sure this will fade quickly, but with any luck, I might keep this one until April...
Start a Bible study for married couples. Jamie and I really see a need for this in our community and in our own lives. We have at least 7 married couples we can think of that we would like to meet with and possibly more. Hopefully we can get on this and get it started soon.
Read the Bible. My plan is to read through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice. Right now I'm going at it the way the US hopes to get out Iraq - no real plan, just me and the Bible and a goal.
Go camping with my wife at least once this year. We have the camping stuff, we probably have the time, I just don't have the motivation. Here it is. I'm resolved to do this.
Lose weight. Just kidding.
Get into med school? Can I resolve to do this? I don't really have much control over this, but this is my goal for this year - to start med school.
Come up with a better list of resolutions for next year.