December 2, 2007

It was raining on Friday in Los Angeles.  Unusual, wet, meaningful rain.  Cleansing rain.  Cool rain.  Rain that makes all the colours saturated.  Yummy rain.  Rain that beckoned me to run in it.  So, decked out in plastic clothes specially crafted (in China?) just for running, I ventured out.

It rarely rains in LA.  I thought of the recent fires.  I thought of home.  I thought of my father.  Once we’d seen a runner running while it was snowing, through slushy streets, and my father had commented, “Now that’s dedication.”  While it was only rain, and it was a cool 59’F in the balmy California fall, I was still running in the rain.  And I wondered if he’ll be proud of me, and say, “Now that’s dedication.”

I got slapped in the face several times by low-hanging, sopping-wet branches.  Water ran down my neck and sloshed into my aerated shoes.  And it was one of my best runs yet.  Strong stride, good turnover, little bounce.  And not too hot!


December 2, 2007

UPDATE (2009-11-21):

A lot of people are coming here from “The Writing On The Wall.”  Welcome!

Click here for my tiny post about Pastor Billy Joe.

For more posts about the ORU lawsuit click here.

ORIGINAL POST (2007-12-02):

So I heard from another (different) source a few days ago that current Executive Regent/Interim President Billy Joe Daugherty had been fired from the Campus Pastor position at ORU some time during the past year (2007) for confronting Richard about his alleged antics (financial and otherwise). Following the firing, Daugherty and his church – Victory Christian Center (VCC) – was booted from the Mabee Center as a cumulative result of Richard’s reaction to Daugherty’s defiance. VCC had been housed at the Mabee Center for decades before being booted.

Here is the open letter from the Board of Regents outlining the complete results from the recent meetings.

Here is a TulsaWorld article providing more information about Mart Green, whose family is giving the $70 million to ORU, conditionally.

Key quote: “Green said that as part of his review, he is seeking advice on ‘what good governance looks like at universities.   …We think the biggest issue is not the finances. That’s not the root problem. It is the lack of trust, and that’s a spiritual issue.'”

Also interesting: “Worried about the plight of people facing issues such as AIDS, Green started a nonprofit film company to tell their stories.” I find this interesting because I have a friend who just started a nonprofit film company.  It’s an odd duck – with little precedent.


December 2, 2007

Regent students are getting in on the action.


December 2, 2007

So yesterday’s goal was to run 8 miles.  But my running partner and I (others were out of town) arrived at the designated location without a designated route!  So we ran when we thought would be about 8 miles.  And afterwards, we discovered, with the use of sophisticated measuring devices (my car), that we’d run 9 whole miles!  The great part is, it was a good run.  We took it slow at the beginning and ran strong at the end.  I think I could have gone at least 3 or 4 more miles!  It was a good day.

So I’m starting to enjoy running!  It’s fun when you don’t feel like you’re in pain the whole time!

Don’t know if we’ll do 9 miles again next week or if we’ll move ahead to 10 miles…


December 2, 2007

Okay, the cat didn’t look too upset.  And it’s funny.  I found it on Switchfoot’s website.

Click here.