Archive for December, 2008

Bird Watching in Sunnyvale

 | December 31, 2008 5:49 PM

Having lived here in the Bay Area for over a year I find myself often being surprised by the flora and fauna of this area.  In particular I have enjoyed bird watching here.

One of the first birds that amazed me was the hummingbird.  I had never seen one before and I was fascinated by these small birds that dart and hover around so quickly, not unlike how insects fly.  Here is a photo of a Sunnyvale hummingbird from Flickr.

HummerPreen by oskay

In September when I was walking with Dylan to the San Jose Children’s Museum I saw an egret in the Guadalupe River.  I was so excited as I shouted and pointed it out to Dylan that the bird flew away.  I just could not believe such a large and majestic bird lived here right in the city.  Below is a photo I found on Flickr of possibly the same egret.

Great Egret by gimlack

A few weeks ago I watched a peregrine falcon swoop into my backyard and rest on the fence.  Again I was amazed at this large bird of prey just sitting a few feet away.  The falcon was my favorite bird when I was growing up because that was the name of my school intramural team.  Here I found a photo on Flickr of possibly the same falcon.

Peregrine Falcon Sunnyvale by gimlack

Recently I was visiting Las Palmas park with Dylan and Isaac.  There was a group of birds flying around and making an incredible commotion.  At first I assumed that it was your typical small birds but when the group swooped into a small tree I was able to observe that they were parrots.  They are green and incredibly noisy.  As I watched them chew on the branches I wondered where they came from since I had never seen them before.  Here is an article about these parrots, called mitred conures.  This article, which is about ten years old, says these parrots "likely started as escaped or lost pets."  Again Flickr provides an astounding photo.

Wild Parrots in Sunnyvale by larryhendler

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Hello Candy Man

 | December 29, 2008 10:09 PM

In my fantasy rotisserie league I am still first but the westview wildcats and now the kentucky simonsays are right behind me.

Fri, Dec 26 12:35 PM PST I offered my friend, Mike Law, the following trade which was accepted and went through on Sun, Dec 28, 4:28 PM PST.  It looks good based on the 2009 stats.

PR PRK GP FG% FT% 3PM REB AST STL BLK PTS
Chris Duhon 7.89 9 29 .420 .879 1.5 3.8 8.5 1.0 0.1 11.9
Kendrick Perkins 4.33 16 31 .593 .557 0.0 8.6 1.2 0.3 1.9 9.0
for
Marcus Camby 9.03 4 25 .518 .764 0.0 12.3 2.0 1.1 2.9 11.4

This trade will be good for my friend.  Duhon is one of the top point guards in the league and Perkins has been averaging a double double in December.  My friend needed the depth and the assists.

For my team I don’t need Duhon’s assists.  Also my team is deeper and I can replace Perkins with Kaman who will be hopefully back soon.  Camby is a bit better than Perkins so I’m happy with the deal, as long as Camby stays healthy.  Plus Camby is a former Raptors #1 pick.

Looking back at my other trades I am becoming less happy with the results.

  1. LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol for Elton Brand
    Elton Brand dislocated his shoulder and it does not look good.  Aldridge is playing better and better.
  2. Troy Murphy for Tracy McGrady
    McGrady comes back from his injury playing like a top 5 player making me regret dropping him.  Then he starts playing badly and ends up hurt again making me regret trading for him.
  3. O.J. Mayo, Tyson Chandler for Dirk Nowitski
    Only trade I’m happy about.
  4. Tayshaun Prince for Shawn Marion
    Shawn Marion is playing worse and worse.  He really doesn’t look like a good fit with Wade.  Prince is amazingly doing even worse.
  5. Nate Robinson, Jameer Nelson for Josh Smith
    Nate and Jameer are playing amazing.  Josh Smith is still inconsistent and annoying me.
  6. Al Horford for Carlos Boozer
    Horford has been playing better and better while Boozer is still hurt with no return date in sight.
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Merry Christmas

 | December 25, 2008 1:47 PM

I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas.  In the morning we opened presents.  Dylan and Isaac enjoyed all the GeoTrax toys they received.  Ji Seon appreciated all the clothes I bought her though they were the wrong size.  You would think I would know what size to buy her after knowing her for almost 15 years.  I appreciated the clothes Ji Seon bought me.

Later in the morning we went to Pastor Abel and Annie’s home for a small “Christ Mass”.  We celebrated communion, shared what we are thankful for and what we desire for 2009, and prayed for each other.  My children, especially the boys, were of course screaming and frolicking the whole time.  Victoria insisted on drinking my communion wine which was real wine so I gave her some.  I thought she was only going to take a small sip and then spit it out so I had my hand out.  Unbeknownst she actually took a few big sips and then spat out everything.  I am glad Abel and Annie did not mind the wine stains on their sofa and carpet.  Sorry guys! 🙁

In the afternoon we plan on video chatting with my sister’s family and my parents.  And then we will call Ji Seon’s parents.

Tonight we’ll be going for dinner at the Law’s house with another GrX family.

Though we are not near our blood family it is nice to have our church family here to celebrate Christmas.

Merry Christmas everybody!

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Best Moments of the Day 4 – 6

 | December 12, 2008 2:07 PM
  1. Having a dinner date with Ji Seon at the Tofu House and enjoying soon-doo-boo ji-gae.  Not so sure it sat well with my stomach later though.
  2. Watching Victoria and her new best friend, Summer, say hello to each other.
  3. Finally going to bed after being up since 1 AM.  Isaac woke me up and afterwards I could not sleep.
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Grateful for Jesus

 | December 9, 2008 9:17 PM

Before when I would feel spiritual and emotional I would find myself thanking God for forgiving my sins.  But now when I have those moments, which are not common but refreshing, I find myself thanking God for Jesus.

I asked Ji Seon about this and she thinks it is because my relationship with God has become more personal.  I am grateful that God sent his Son Jesus, that he became flesh and lived with us and then died and conquered death for us.

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This seems like a good idea, permanently disable Google Personalized Search.  I tried it and it seemed to delete my Google Personalized Search account or something like that.

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At my old church, Highrock, a North Korean refugee gave her testimony.  Honestly I have read many first hand accounts of the suffering of North Koreans but this is one of the worst.

After reading this and chatting about it with Alan who was reading it at the same time I looked down at my bowl of rice, kimchee, and chicken and started to cry.  The bowl in my hands would be a week to a month of food for those poor suffering people of North Korea.

I think one of the reasons this testimony so affected me was because I imagined the younger brother of this refugee as being Isaac and the baby as Victoria.

God forgive us.  Forgive us for living trivial lives while your heart breaks for the North Koreans.  Thank you for this testimony to remind me of what matters.

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“I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.”
Robert Orben

I love my kids but today’s best moment has to be the time I am spending now alone.  Ji Seon took the kids to a friend’s for a play date and now I am enjoying peace and quiet while doing work and watching on the internet the Raptors get pummeled by the Cavs.

This morning was Isaac’s Christmas performance at his preschool.  Isaac stood in the front row and just looked around while his classmates sang.  Kind of like what Dylan did at that age except Isaac didn’t even try to do the motions.  Isaac looked quite content though.

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Best Moments of the Day 2

 | December 8, 2008 11:24 PM

The best moment was at the park with the kids when Victoria was playing with me and smiling while trying to put her hand into my mouth.

The next best moment was meeting a mom who is new to the area and is looking for community.  I suggested GrX and specifically the Mom’s Ministry and she agreed to let Ji Seon contact her.

The third best moment was helping Dylan learn how to slide down the pole.

What is not so great is that Isaac won’t say he loves me anymore.  He only loves 엄마 (“umma”, mommy in Korean).  Maybe I need to buy him more toys. 🙂

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Best Moments of the Day 1

 | December 7, 2008 9:26 PM

I read this in a blog about writing down the The Best Moment of Your Day.  The idea is to see what the pattern is in what you consider the best moments.

Today the best moment was having friends over for dinner.  We all attend GrX church but could not attend the church banquet because our children go to sleep earlier.  Therefore I suggested we have our own small banquet at our house.  We invited the Law family, Michael, Glo and their boys Elliott and Bennett and the Kim family, Kwang and Esther and their son Elijah.  The Law’s and Kim’s did not know each other but they got along well, they’re both easy going.

It was just fun having friends together and enjoying each other’s company.

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