Monday, January 28, 2008

Another layoff :-(

Last Tuesday, my job at Serena Software, along with those of all of the co-workers in my development group [plus our neighbors in the happy pod], was offshored to India. It was a total surprise--and a very unpleasant one. On Friday, I had a phone interview with a company in downtown Portland. It seemed to go well, but it is always hard to tell. Oh, well, God will take care of us.

On Friday, Joy and I drove up to Multnomah Falls to see them with the ice around. It was very pretty--but cold.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A great basketball game!

Last evening, the PAA Cougar girls played a close, hard-fought game with the Catlin Gabel Eagles. It was back and forth the whole game. PAA trailed by one point with 6 seconds to go and we had the ball. My daughter was called for traveling, giving the Eagles the ball. Luckily for us, they threw the ball out-of-bounds, giving us one more chance. My daughter, Vainiaku, was under the basket with the ball, shooting and making the shot, as the buzzer rang to end the game with a win. Go Cougars!

Our good friends Les & Keri came to watch the game. They are new, proud grandparents!

Today, our son John is going up with his classmates from Portland Adventist Elementary School to Mt. Hood Meadows for a day of skiing. It should be a very nice up there. There is no new snow, but they have over 11 feet of snow at the base, so there shouldn't be any rocks showing!

Monday, January 14, 2008

A good weekend

Ron Halverson had the sermon on Sabbath, January . His topic was preparing, via prayer, for the upcoming Shawn Boonstra evangelistic series, Revelation Speaks Peace, to be held here in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. On Sabbath afternoon, he had a follow-up meeting at the Ambridge Event Center to help us learn to be Prayer Warriors.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

An up and down week

The last week has been full of ups and downs. Last Thursday, a car that I owned several years ago came back to haunt my finances. I managed to get a loan against my 401k to be able to make ends meet, but it was still a traumatic experience. I've been riding TriMet to save some money. It takes much longer to get to and from work, though.

The PAA girls lost badly against Clatskanie last Thursday. The Tigers played man-to-man defense and the Cougars didn't cope too well. On Saturday evening, the Cougar hosted the Rainier Columbians. They led for a while, but at the end of the game, the Columbians out played us. Last evening, PAA hosted the Oregon Episcopal School Aardvarks. The game was very close through the first 3 quarters; in fact, it was tied up at the half. The Cougars broke the game open in the 4th quarter with some very good passing and inside scoring by Hannah King, and ended up winning by about 10 points. OES had a girl who scored 6 three pointers. Tomorrow evening, the Cougars are playing at Warrenton High School against the Warriors. I won't be able to attend this game, but hopefully, we will win again. On Saturday evening, PAA is playing at Riverdale High School against the Mavericks. I'm sure the girls will be tired after all of these games.

The video card on my HP Pavilion dv9330us notebook died on Christmas day. After talking with tech support and trying their suggestions, it was sent out to get repaired on January 2. HP was very prompt in getting it fixed. I had it delivered back on Monday, January 7. They had to replace the mainboard. It is working fine, now. While it was down, I was using an old Dell PIII/550 [running Windows 2000]. That computer was top of the line and very fast 10 years ago, but now it seems as slow as molasses. I'm glad to have my notebook back!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy New Year--2008!

I had a long stretch off over the holidays, but never got around to updating my blog.

For Christmas, our family got a Nintendo Wii. It came bundled with Wii Sports, and we also purchased Wii Play with an extra remote. John got The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii. We plan to buy Wii Fit when it is available here in the US. It is a lot of fun to play the sports games. Boxing, tennis, and baseball all make you work. After a round of boxing, I'm really sweating.

On Christmas, we drove up to Joy's sister's house in Vernonia. We could still see the high water mark on the houses from last months floods. We had a White Christmas for the first time in many years. It was lovely driving through the Coast Range with snowflakes falling and seeing the snow accumulating on the fir boughs!

Last weekend, we drove up to my parent's home in Glenoma, Washington. We had a lot of snow there, too. My folks are members of an RV club that has a swimming pool, sauna, and hot tub. It was neat to be swimming in a warm pool while looking out the window at the snow falling. I actually made a snow angel while just wearing my swimming suit! Brrrrrr!!!

New Years Eve, we celebrated with our good friends Les & Keri. We watched a couple of movies (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Live Free or Die Hard), played with the Wii, and danced, before raising our goblets of Martinelli's sparkling cider.

Tonight, PAA will be playing the Clatskanie Tigers in basketball. Hopefully, the Cougars will start the year with a win.