April 24 2006
its been a while seen the last post, so here are some random pics hope ya'll enjoy!!!
L-Town what what.....
Boy band yeah!
Not really sure......
From here down was all in the same day....
.....i donno, what do you think?
How can you look at that and say there is no God?
Our God reigns......
March 29 2006
So we have a new little friend.
Heâ€™s pretty cool. He mostly just hangs out and doesnâ€™t really say much. Heâ€™s pretty laid back and just kinda a go with the flow kinda guy. I guess thatâ€™s why we get alone.
March 27 2006
The mom and dad came down!!!
So I got to see the old people this last week. We adventured around the island and played here and there!
They got to give me food and pay for my food and take me to food, It was great! I didnâ€™t get to see them all that much since I still had to work and we also had the Mississippi team in, but it was ok. On the last night, they took me out to the nieceâ€™s restaurant on the island, called Mamas Fish Houseâ€ . (WOW!!!!) It was a great way to end the week, and to give me more food, since there is no way I could ever go there on my own.
I Love them soooooo much and it was really great seeing and making fun of them.
March 12 2006
What a great week. The one and only "Zach Ingle Experience" came down to Hawaii to hang out!
He play a little guitarâ€¦.ok a lot of guitar..
We hung out on campus doing some outreach events!!!
And we went hiking, and got a little muddy.
Then on Wednesday "Miss Leslie Dudney" flew in to Maui to lead worship for us on Thursday night!!! It was great, I got to see my sis for the first time since I've been here. Anyways, we dressed up to pick her upâ€¦
Thursday night went great so Friday we were going to hang out at the beachâ€¦. Big beach that is, and the waves were huge!!!
Then Friday came and we we're sad b/c Zach was leaving at 4 and Leslie was leaving at 6, so after telling the Experience good-bye we got a cool black and white with our sister.
So it was a great week and I think we are going to try to do it again!!!!
p.s. im really tired so sorry if this blog was not that deep
March 03 2006
Ooooo poor jeffâ€¦. So we went to the beach today, and wellâ€¦â€¦.we weâ€™re kinda out in the sun to longâ€¦.well at least jeff was (Im still ok) but yeah you got to see these pics.
wow yeah maybe just a little to much sun
March 02 2006
This is my "O" to my best friend and brother in Christ Mr. Justin Vance aka "Justincredible". Many of you know him, some of you don't, but after this blog everyone will. There's no real reason why im doing this and its kinda long but if you know Justin you will read this so that you can get to know him even better and remember him since he's not in the boro right nightâ€¦.So with out any more delay Here's Justin
He's a cool guy, and for some odd reason we seem to get alone really well.
I guess its b/c we can just be really stupid together.
But as I said he's a pretty cool guy, and he has pretty good skill'sâ€¦
like playing the guitar
Being a ninja
And getting his picture taken
He's a pretty laid back, go with the flow kinda guy.
And im sure your thinking isn't heâ€¦.well you knowâ€¦you knowâ€¦kindaâ€¦
And the answer is noâ€¦.as funny as those pictures are, no. he just really likes to spoon. And actually he has a good little something going on right now with a great little young ladyâ€¦.if I do say so my selfâ€¦
He's just a great guy to hang out with and be around.
He's that good old country boy.
You always have a good time when you with him.
He'll keep you laughing .
He knows how to play Jenga
He will share his food with you
And he's always looking out for you
So to my bro this is for you. For all the great memories so far. Everything from driving down the road listing to MuteMath in Mississippi at night doing about 95 with the windows down, to scuba class almost being drowned by you, to having fun in the AO parking lot with peoples cars,
He's a nice guy, he's a great guy, he's my friend. But most importantly he's my brother in Christ....
so can i get a what what for Mr. justin Vacne
March 01 2006
For those of you that go to AO you know about our BIG signs that go on campus. Well Jeff and I thought it would be a good idea to make one for down hereâ€¦â€¦
Making the signâ€¦.
What we needed
Wood and tools
We thought this was pretty funny, but we still took a chance and used it even though weâ€™re not Hawaiianâ€¦..
And we worked hard really really hard
Starting to come together
Then it was time to paintâ€¦.
Then spray painting
We weâ€™re mostly making it up as we went, but we weâ€™re happy w/ the end resultâ€¦.well I was since I was spraying. Jeff had to hold the stencils downâ€¦.lol
And finally after 3 weeks of working on this thingâ€¦.yes 3 weeks we got it on campus!!!
So we weâ€™re really happy with what it came out looking like. We also went one past AO sign. You see our sign you can take out of the legs and just paint a new one to put inâ€¦AO sign you canâ€™t do thatâ€¦. Anyways what do yaâ€™ll thank about the sign. We have gotten mixed feed backâ€¦
Good or Bad?
February 24 2006
I went surfing last weekend and it was greatâ€¦. I can now say "I can surf!!!" We went out to where a lot of the locals go and made our way in, and much fun was had. When we first got there I thought the waves looked kinda small only to find out that they are much BIGGER when you're out there on them. But along with surfing for the first time, I got to see some whales swimming by about 100 yards out. Super cool!!! It was a great day
February 19 2006
So, yesterday morning..... I finally got my first chance to surf. HECK YEAH!!! I was so incredibly stoked.
I got up at 7am.... (how un-godly is that?) and waited for Shawn to pick me up.
Hodge wanted to sleep in and catch up on his rest..... so, he didn't come. (Pansy)
Well, things were goin alittle slower than expected, so I just walked up to his house and we left around 8 or so.
We got out to where we were goin (I have no idea how to spell it for you, so I won't try) and the water was smooth as glass........and the waves were perfect for learning on. They ranged from 1 1/2 to about 3 feet depending on the set that was rolling in at the time.
Shawn let me borrow his 9' long board (talk about a tank in da water) and it was on!!!!!!!
We paddle out what I would like to call, the "staging zone" were we'd wait on the waves to come.
From there, we'd paddle and try and get enough speed to get in front of the wave and then let it take us........... AND THEN, WE GOT TO PADDLE BACK TO THE STAGING ZONE.......... WHICH SUCKS!!!!!!!!
I can't lie; I think that I fell off that stupid board everyway possible. I fell to the side. I fell backwards as the board launched out from under me. I fell in front of the board (now how I fell in front of a 9' board when I was standing at the very back... I have no clue.... all I can say is that it was talent.) I fell on the board. I fell under the board. I FELL. I FELL ALOT.
And in the course of falling, I got my first battle scar.
And then, about 5 minutes later, I got my second wound from the treacherous ocean coralâ€¦.. but this time, I wasn't even falling off the board or anything cool like that. I was just trying to get on the stupid thing when my foot slipped and hit some coralâ€¦â€¦.. talk about gay!
But my day was not unsuccessful; OH NO MY FRIENDS!!! I WOULD HAVE MY VICTORY. I WOULD ESTABLISH DOMINANCE!!!!!!!
I finally caught my first wave.
(ok, so maybe it wasn't this exact one......)
I was picked up by the wave and from there, I decided that the ocean would no longer own me. I would own it. So, I grabbed hold of the wave like a mad man at the end of his pitiful rope. I lassoed it like a sea turtle and held on for dear life.
As my ride came to an endâ€¦. I showed off my incredible mainland heritage and began yelling in triumph. "I got itâ€¦ I got itâ€¦ It's on now, Baby!..... Woooo-hooooâ€¦.. Bring itâ€¦ Let's goâ€¦ I GOT YOUâ€¦ I GOT YOU!!!!!!"
At thisâ€¦. Shawn was just laughin at me and smiling in approval of my first wave.
We stayed out on the water for another 30-45 mins, and the ocean then resumed its battering and dominance over me.
But this I can now say, "I CAME, I SAW, I CONQUERED!"
February 19 2006
God calls us to get OUT of our comfort zone and get away from what's easy. You see after so much easiness, the life of easiness then become our norm. Then we become what I call (this is a Hodg-eism) a jellyfish. If you know anything about jellyfish, they don't really move. They just go with the current, with what's easy. They don't have to move b/c the life around them is so easy. The current takes them everywhere. They are so in there comfort zone that they don't even know what's going on around them.
I feel that we has Christian fall into this trap day in and day out. We get so consumed about ourselves and what's easy for us. We sit and hang out with people that are just like us, people that will just verify our opinions. We stay in our groups b/c it's easy and it's comfortable. And people can see that there's something different about us as Christians. However, just like a jellyfish people are afraid of us. They know that if they try to get to close too our little groups they might get stung.
We want things to be easy. I mean who doesn't? However, I've looked and I can't find in the Bible where says that Christian have it "easy". Actually it's pretty much the opposite. Now it's not always bad to be comfortable, God will put us in a comfortable place sometimes so that we can get our feet set on solid ground and get ready for the next step in his glory.
February 13 2006
On the 10th day of February of the 2006th year of our Lord Jesus, the greatest reunion of all time took place in the land of Maui, Hawaii. The players of this fateful journey where that of greatest kinship. They were known as Justin Hood, the Great Naked One, Hodg-E the Keeper of the White Moon in the Turtle Order, and Jeff The Red (but mostly white), the Great Diving Ninja.
When our long lost hero Justin Hood landed in the strange Valley Isle, there was much joy and excitement in the air. This day was foretold long ago, and now had come to pass. Upon seeing his two brethren, he exclaimed, "What the fat?!!!" (talk about some freaked out Hawaiians)
Hodg-E the Keeper of the White Moon in the Turtle Order, and Jeff, ran to meet him.
As they returned to the Fortress of Anexxation (akaâ€¦. Our house, the Annex), Justin's heart was lifted to the heavenly blessed music of Kenny Chesney with such lyrics depicting sexy tractors and clear water beaches.
And there in the sanctity of their lair, the Greatest Reunion of All Time began.
Justin surely believed that his journey would be a treacherous and challenging one indeed. Hence the full pack of clothes for one weekend.
The joy of the newly reunited brotherhood was electrifying.
The trio then headed to the local market (mall) to enjoy the modern architecture.
(Fast forward to next day.)
On the waking morn of the 11th day of February of the 2006th year of our Lord Jesus, our group of Heroes headed to the baptism of fellow believers.
There they found 2 of the fair Blondo sistersâ€¦â€¦
(ain't they so cute!.... Hodg-E)
And then Gerard, their good friend and worship leader, received his water Baptism to show his commitment to the Lord.
(that's what its all aboutâ€¦. Justin)
(Ok, I'm tired of writing in the King James Versionâ€¦ so here's the Message translationâ€¦ Jeff)
After going to the Baptism, we went to the only Krispy Kreme in the entire state of Hawaii. Out of over 100 islands in the entire archipelago, we have the only one on Maui.
After five doughnuts and a pint of milk a pieceâ€¦ we pretty much cried like little girls because we couldn't take any more.
We even managed to get over the racism problem here on the islands.
We decided to go up into the West Maui Mountains (which many of you have seen in our pics) and Justin found the infamous "Loke St." sign. Turdâ€¦ that one's just for you.
We got to the top and goofed off while enjoying the vast wonder that is God's magnificent creation.
We went back home and got ready to go surfing with a guy from the church (Shawn).
As you can seeâ€¦. Obviously when we go surfing, I, look like a ninja.
Well, the water was completely flat, so instead, we went diving.
We got some great pics of a school of Yellow Tailed Jacks.
AND THEN WE FOUND THEMâ€¦.. WE FOUND THE AKWARD TURTLES!!!
And somehow, in the middle of all of God's beautiful under-water creationâ€¦ Hodge and Justin found some time to spoon.
Not only did Hodge spoon with Justin, but he managed to somehow "ride" a turtleâ€¦. I can't lie, I was impressedâ€¦.. (no pic here, since it's a $500 fine to touch one; much less ride it) Poor turtle.
From there, we went to Jack in the Box for dinner and headed back to the Annex to shower and clean up before that night.
We went to the beach with some of our local friends to have a bonfireâ€¦. Actually it was more of a campfire, but oh well.
What we had come to find out though, is that someone else had the idea, they just lit a car on fire insteadâ€¦.. that was interesting.
After the proper authorities had put out the fire, and had leftâ€¦â€¦ we proceeded to have our own "bonfire".
Here's some great pics from the bonfireâ€¦. They've got everybody from Forrest to Jah to Tez to Dave to Gerard to Steve to Us.
The crazy thing was that we couldn't really leave until much later than we were going to stay because about 200 local high school kids decided that it'd be cool to come out to our particular spot to get hi. Talk about fun. YEA!!! So, that was annoying.
Spooning was promised to the phusebox world, and Justin and Hodge provided on the TWIN bed.
And when we woke up Saturday morning we were met with the nastiness of our room that can only come from the 3 of us being together. It is in this messy state that we write this blog to you now.
Sunday was coolâ€¦ but we didn't take any pictures, so that's that.
This morning was kinda hard since we had to get up at around 5 O'clock to take Justin to the airport. However before we sent our best bud back to the big island we had to make one last stop at Krispy Kreme (witch is pretty good at 6 in the morning)
We also found something that made us think of Jeffâ€¦.we said this is Jeff before and after Hawaii!!!!
So this ended our O so great weekend. We hope that everyone has enjoyed this, "THE GREATEST REUNION OF ALL TIME" blog. Thanks for keeping up with it, and please comment freely.
February 09 2006
So this was a sad night for me, come on a journey with me so that I can share with you what happened
So I was making my why into the kitchen when it all started.
It was about 10pm and since my mom is pretty much the most freaken coolest mom EVER, she had sent me some snakes(aka snacks) this week. (This made me very happy since we can't really afford snakes(aka snacks) down here, I love my mama.) So knowing that I have snakes(snacks) just waiting on me I headed for our (mine and jeffs) own pantry.
And yes that said Missionaries Pantry (that's what they call us) its kinda funny!
Anyways, I opened up the "MISSIONARIES PANTRY" looking forâ€¦â€¦.MY "Chips Ahoy" Chewy cookies. You know the best kind of cookie ever, b/c there all chewy and soft :), yeah thoseâ€¦..and found
THEY WERE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was terrible, I was so confused.
And that's when it hit meâ€¦..they were really gone.
But thenI remembered that tonight was youth group night. and jeff and I just so happen to live in the church.( so the youth room is about 3 steps from our room and the kitchen. The youth also always eats after they are done with church for the nightâ€¦) So I new if I probably looked around I would find some evidenceâ€¦â€¦. and then a brake throughâ€¦.
But it was to late
So who did this? Why was this done? These are question that must be and will be answered soon. more to come in the next few days, But for now it is a sad night for Hodg-E
February 08 2006
Plowin these fields in the hot summer sun
over by gate Lodi here she comes
with a basket fun chicken and a big cold jug of sweet tie.
I make a little room and she climes on up
Open up the throttle and stir a little dust
Look at her face she ainâ€™t aw foolin meâ€¦..
February 04 2006
The Pentagon announced today the formation of a new 500-man elite
fighting unit called the United States Redneck Special Forces. These
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana,
Tennessee and Texas boys will be dropped off into Iraq and have been given only the following facts about terrorists:
1. The season opened today.
2. There is no limit.
3. They taste just like chicken.
4. They think hunting is wrong!
5. They donâ€™t think NASCAR is a sport
6. They hate-
7. They are DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the death of Dale Earnhardt.
We expect the problem in Iraq to be over by Friday.
February 02 2006
Ok guysâ€¦ hereâ€™s the challenge for yaâ€¦ The locals here in Maui (as well as the other islands) have their own dialect called â€œPigeonâ€. Pigeon is basically a mixture of English and Gibberishâ€¦â€¦â€¦. So, your quiz is to see if you can translate the following saying. Justin and Leslie are disqualified to this contest, b/c all they have to do is get a local to translate it for them. (sorry guys) Also, if you happen to have lived in Hawaii for any good length of time, you need not apply.
Okâ€¦ Here goesâ€¦
What kine dis?
Eh so what u guys like go beach & small kine swim and den go grind aftah? When u guys like go? I stay bored la datâ€¦ We go bu. Shoots den! Shpoock ya latahz.
Not too hard, but weâ€™ll see how you do. I hope you did better than the spell check on Wordâ€¦. Itâ€™s wiggin out.
-Jeff, Hodge, and Jah (thanx for providing the dialogue)
January 30 2006
It has been brought to my attention lately by a few of my fellow phuseboxers that I have a lack of melanin... a.k.a. I am not tan.... or as others would want to put.... I'm very white...... thank you for the epiphany that I have never been able to quite grasp as I look in the mirror for myself. Funny, I've never been told that I'm extremely white... oh wait, yes i have, in fact, even by a homeless guy. So, for all of those out there who would like to comment on my lack of color, please feel free to let it all go on this post. Please hold nothing back so that we can move on from here.
(this is not an attack to anyone's comment, unless it would be considered to be to the original comment left on the "Great Saturday" blog)
January 30 2006
What a Great Saturday. We woke up around 11!!!!!!!!!!!!(since we have to be up everyday by 8 thatâ€™s nice for us.) After a lot of doing nothing Jeff and I both wanted to go hiking up this trail that we had heard of. So off we went. We now had a missionâ€¦.to get to the top so we could just get away from everything and be our selves. It was only around a 20min drive to get to the trail, so it wasnâ€™t that far away. But none the less we are still idiots where every we be.
So once we got there we saw where we thought we were goingâ€¦. you see where jeff is pointing, yeah thatâ€™s only half wayâ€¦.we found this out after we got there :)
So we got started on our missionâ€¦yea it was a little up hilly but we are men or something like thatâ€¦.
And let me just say wowâ€¦. So amazingâ€¦.just looking around was breath taking.
But we would not be stop so we push onâ€¦.
Only stopping to take random picturesâ€¦.
And then finally after around a two hour hike we made it to the top. And we could finally be our selves and just kick backâ€¦â€¦.
okâ€¦.so maybe this is more like itâ€¦..
dwuaaaaaa.......so after being complete idiots once again, we looked around to see Gods beauty being unveiled to us.
Dang!!! Our God made all of this. My God put this in placeâ€¦.It was so amazing seeing his arte work. It was very nice to be that high up away from everything. Only hearing Gods voiceâ€¦..yeah preatty cool
And if you will notices on the last picture we were up in the cloudsâ€¦..yeahâ€¦.it was great.
Hope you enjoyed our Saturday b/c we sure did!!!! Be on the look out for our Saturday night coming up next, yeah our first BEACH BONFIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 28 2006
They cost to much down hereâ€¦â€¦.
Yeah, so everyone knows Dr. Pepper right?
Yeah sure you do. Great Doctor if I do say so myself. One of my favorites. Well anyways as we know Doctors can cost a lot, and everyone canâ€™t afford â€œDr.Pepperâ€ even if he is the best. So what do we do, well I will tell you what we do, we go to his brotherâ€¦â€¦â€¦.Dr. Thunder
The Doctor you can always get to. He doesnâ€™t cost anywhere near what his brother Dr. Pepper does. But heâ€™s not as goodâ€¦â€¦
Well being down here in the islands, we donâ€™t really have those Doctors. (and if you could find them there is no way you could afford them)But, its ok for those of you worrying about me right nowâ€¦â€¦because I have found someone who can cur my sickness itâ€™s there LONG LOST COUINâ€¦â€¦.
Itâ€™s Dr. Skipper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is so much better, I can get six appointments for only one dollar!!!!! He is highly favored among the Hawaii-boys
Ok so this was pretty much the worst post I have ever done. But when I saw this Dr. Skipper canâ€¦â€¦.O I lost it. so sorry if yaâ€™ll didnâ€™t get the same thing out of it as I did but I thought I was funny!