Archive for June, 2008

Congratulations Celtics!

 | June 18, 2008 1:03 PM

Kevin Garnett (left), Ray Allen (center), and Paul Pierce (right) celebrated in the Celtics locker room after their NBA championship victory.

I am happy for the Big Three, aka GPA, especially Ray Allen seated below with his son.

Kevin Garnett (left), Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Doc Rivers (right) posed for photos during celebrations.

I am also happy for Leon Powe, below holding up his son. His story is truly amazing, growing up poor, sometimes homeless.

Leon Powe (0) celebrated with his son after the game.

One thing I really like about the Big Three is that they genuinely seem to like each other. They support each other and are committed to winning together as a team. This photo illustrates that.

After nearly 20 years of mediocrity, the Celtics are 29-4 (through Jan. 10) and flying high again, due largely to the play of the new Big Three -- Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.

Here are a few more. Notice something similar in each one?

The Celtics have the league's best overall record and also have the best record in back-to-back games.

Celtics stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen have developed chemistry off the court even as they are getting used to each other on it.

If you noticed the Asian dude behind the big three in every photo you win the prize! That dude is Bryan Doo, the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Celtics. We both attended Highrock Church and even went on a short-term missions trip together. I always enjoy seeing him behind the bench whenever I watch a Celtics game. In yesterday’s post game celebrations I saw Bryan talking with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Congratulations to Bryan as well!

From left, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett enjoyed the final minutes of the Celtics\' romp over the Nets Wednesday.

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Mighty to Save

 | June 17, 2008 9:23 AM

Sometimes Isaac doesn’t like me singing. Maybe cause I sing so out of tune. :-)

I don’t remember exactly what happened but Isaac said something about the song “Mighty to Save.” I think maybe Isaac was saying it is a children’s song. Dylan corrected him and said “It is a God song.”

I asked Dylan how he knew that and he said he heard me sing it. He then started to sing it. It was cute. :-)

Here is a video of “Mighty to Save” illustrated with children’s pictures, very cute.

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One Way

 | June 16, 2008 3:13 PM

Yesterday during service we sang the song “One Way” by Hillsong United. I YouTubed for this song and found this video.

What was fun was finding this video of “One Way” being performed in Japanese at a Hillsong United concert.

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.
Rev 7:9

It’s always awesome seeing God praised in other languages. However it is especially exciting when it is in Japanese considering how ambivalent Japanese have been about Christianity. Too bad the concert itself was not in Japan.

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Auto Movers

 | 11:40 AM

Dependable Auto Movers

For some reason the auto moving business seems to be one of the shadier ones.

My friends recommended Arizona Auto Transport. They used it for moving their car from L.A. to Boston.

I used Arizona Auto Transport 602-971-9611 which was brokered by www.trustedauto.com for $950. It’s important to use someone with good references since there’s plenty of horror stories with auto transport.

For my move from Boston to Silicon Valley I ended up using Dependable Auto Movers for two reasons.

  1. Arizona Auto Transport is more expensive for shipping cars to Silicon Valley because they first ship them to L.A. and then ship them to north to Silicon Valley.
  2. They were recommended to me by my moving company, Gentle Giant.

They did a reasonable job though the car arrived later than they initially planned. It was also quite dirty but I think that is to be expected. I appreciated though that they picked up from my work parking lot and dropped off at my apartment.

My recommendation would be to first check with Arizona Auto Transport and then compare with Dependable Auto Movers.  If they are similar I would go with Arizona Auto Transport.

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Lazy Guide to Investing

 | June 13, 2008 4:34 PM

I read Paul Farrell’s book Lazy Guide to Investing and because of it instead of just investing in the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index I also added the Vanguard Small Cap Index and the Vanguard Total International Stock Index.  I am not sure why I allocated the way I did but it did not work out, the Small Caps dragged me down and now it seems I shouldn’t have it in my portfolio since I have the Total Stock Market already.

Anyway here is a recent article summarizing how the different Lazy Portfolios did in 2007, ‘Lazy Portfolios’ sparkle in ’07, but new year brings adjustments.

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Ray Allen goes up and under

This has been the best NBA playoffs ever. Sure my Raptors got bounced right away. Sure I wanted to see Canadian Steve Nash or good guy Chris Paul in the finals, even if it would be at the expense of my old favorites, the Spurs. Sure my favorite player, Dwight Howard, lost to the Piston punks. But the level of competitiveness and play has been fantastic.

And now we get the dream finals, Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers. On one side I dislike the Lakers because Kobe Bryant is the anti-MJ. On the other side it’s hard not to cheer for the possessed Kevin Garnett, the “black Larry Bird” (my friend coined that) Paul Pierce, and the smooth shooting “Jesus Shuttlesworth” Ray Allen (“Save us Jesus! Save us!” - He Got Game). Plus who can’t like Leon Powe, he’s from my neighborhood, Oakland (okay it’s true, I’ve only been here nine months, but I’m feeling acclimated).

I have seen so many games but last night was date night so I thought I was going to miss much of the epic Game 4. It turned out, not by plan, that the restaurant we went to, Thai Basil, had the game on and I had a nice seat to watch the action while engaging in stimulating conversation with my wife.

I commented to the wife that the Lakers were building a big lead but they always do that in the first quarter. By the time we left though the lead was huge. When we got home we started putting the kids to bed. I was in charge of taking care of Victoria so I turned on the game. I watched the beginning of the third quarter and saw the Celtics chop the Lakers’ lead down to 12 but then saw it go back up to 20. I then turned off the TV, figuring the game was over and that maybe the Lakers would win the series (my prediction though obviously not my desire).

Later as I sat in Dylan’s bedroom waiting for Dylan to fall asleep I saw on Yahoo! sports that the Celtics were only four points behind! Then I saw that they were up by four points. I then said “Sorry Dylan, I’ve got to go” and ran downstairs to watch the last two minutes. With about half a minute left in the game I heard Dylan call for me and I responded “I’ll be up soon.” With a few seconds left in the game I went back upstairs, checked that Dylan was asleep, went back down and watched an hour of press conferences and highlights while working on my computer.

By the way I can’t believe during Kobe’s press conference that he said he was going to drink lots of beer, wine and twenty shots. Not only does the man have anger issues, is an alleged rapist and a horrible teammate, he’s now admitting he’s a borderline alcoholic.

Bill Simmons has a fantastic diary of The Comeback Game. It’s entertaining reading how upset he is at the beginning, elated in the middle and exhausted at the end. I can’t believe I missed the biggest comeback in NBA history.

As Bill Simmons said:

The Kobe-MJ thing … done. Over. Jordan never would have let that happen in the Finals. Ever. Under any circumstances. Nobody is ever allowed to bring this up again.

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Batting Stances: 1980′s

 | June 8, 2008 7:41 AM

It was a friend, Paul Kahn, who pointed out to me the Sports Guy’s article which had an “apology” in response to my angry letter. In that same article Paul pointed out a hilarious YouTube video from the Sports Guy which Paul said is “my reward.”

I love the 80′s, I love the Eric Davis impersonation, I love Paul Molitor, I wish the video included a John Olerud impersonation, and I miss Phil “Toilet Bowl” Plantier.

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Sports GuyA few months ago I wrote an angry letter to the sports guy about his article which seemed to encourage violence against fans of the opposing team. Sports Guy apologized, kind of, in a later article in the Clarifications and Follow-Ups section.

In last week’s hockey column, I mentioned the fights during and after the Bruins-Canadiens games in Boston but didn’t know about the fan who was brutally beaten up after Game 3 — obviously, I wouldn’t have made the Murph/Sully joke had I known someone was hurt. Here’s a Boston Herald column that explains what happened. Not Boston’s best day.

Not exactly what I was looking for. Sports Guy seems to be saying it is alright to attack opposing fans as long as no one is really hurt. But I guess that’s still better than nothing.

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Here are some photos from the “Seattle grandparents” visit, Ji Seon’s parents. Notice someone is absent from all the photos? :-)

Dylan’s new bike from his Seattle grandparents.

Dylan\'s new bike

Isaac loving Victoria.

Isaac loving Victoria

Victoria exploring her new home.

Victoria exploring her new home

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