….. who knew this was still active?…….  Maybe I’ll start to write again……

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Uganda ’08 Final video

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Final Project!!!


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It is finished……..

…….. finally after 5 months.

On Sept. 28, Joni took me to the ER, and yet again, ended up in surgery to repair another ventral hernia.  Actually to repair an old one, and fix a brand new one.

10 days after that, I went back to the Dr. to have the staples removed, only to find out that 2″ of the incision on the surface hadn’t healed properly, and about 5″ deep internally had failed to heal.

For the next 3 months, every morning after my shower, Joni had to pack the wound with about 2′ of gauze, and put enough pads on the surface to make sure that it didn’t “seep” through my clothes.  I know….. yick!

After 3 months of this, the internal wound was only slightly smaller, and Joni was instructed by the Dr. to push her finger as far as she could into the wound so that the skin wouldn’t heal and cause an abscess. Nice……

On Jan. 2, we decided to go with a “wound vac”.  Basically a vacuum that sucks the fluid from the wound, and pulls the skin together, so that it will heal more quickly.

It did….. finally.  The KCI rep told me that the vac increases the healing time twice to 2/3 as fast.  I can’t imagine asking Joni to pack that wound until summer time.

Today, the Dr. released me with some antibiotic cream and a guaze pad.  FINALLY!!!!

Joni is the real hero here.  The CRAP that she had to go through to help me through this was above and beyond.  She didn’t sign up for this 13 years ago, but did it all without a complaint.  That’s only one reason why I love her beyond any and everything.


When should I get my new hernia fixed……….


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Habits are hard to break

I was teaching today and explaining to a trumpet student the bad habit that he had acquired with his tonguing.  His tongue is coming between his teeth instead of touching behind his front teeth.

Why is this important?

It dawned on me that when I play my trombone, I do the same thing.  Always have.  Have known it since college and have never changed.  Gave one of the 5 best senior trombone recitals one of the jazz faculty had ever heard.  Still tonguing between my teeth.  The wrong way.

Why is this important?

I’ve never broken a bad habit once I acquire it.  Tongue between my teeth.  Still chew my finger nails.  Eat bad food out of habit.  I’m sure there’s more but it’s late.

I wonder why that is………


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So the schedule is killing….

…….my blog time.

Class on Mon/Wed/Fri nights, internship on most Tuesdays & Thursdays, and every Sat. morning.  Don’t feel much like filling ya’ll in, but I’ll continue to do my best.

The internship is still a lot of fun, and am getting more hands on time each week.  I’ve had actual “product” played on the air which is quite exciting.  After Bulls games, we record the post game pressers, and then I cut them up into short segments that our update guys can use the next day. 

Last week, I cut my first 2 Sportscenter update demos.  This week my plan is to cut 5 demos, forcing myself to do each one in one take, just as if I were doing an actual Sportscenter update.

Hopefully, I can fill you in on a more regular basis, but I’m not making any promises.  I’m in the middle of a video project at school, and also a video project for church that I’ll get school credit for.

If you’re interested in hearing my demo let me know and I’ll send you an attachment of it.  I’m really quite excited about them!


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What can I learn from an Atheist……….

I’m a big Penn & Teller Fan.  Great performers.  I’ve even listened to Penn’s radio show occasionally.  He’s really smart, and really atheist.

Check out this video.  I first saw it on Los’ blog.  Thanks bro!



Let’s get over it and share.


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