Saturday, March 30, 2002

Stolen Truck Leaves Long Doughnut Trail
Fri Mar 29, 7:10 AM ET

SLIDELL, La. (Reuters) - Two people left a 15-mile-long trail of doughnuts after they took a Krispy Kreme truck from a parking lot and fled, police said on Thursday.

The truck was parked at a convenience store with its rear doors open and engine running while a deliveryman carried doughnuts inside, said Slidell police spokesman Rob Callahan.

Two suspects hopped in the truck and sped off to the nearby town of Lacombe, with doughnuts spilling out along the way, he said.

They abandoned the truck when they were spotted by police responding to reports of a dangerous driver who was losing his doughnuts. Passenger Rose Houk, 31, was captured, but the driver, whose name was not released, ran away.

Houk told police they had been smoking crack cocaine for several hours before the incident, which occurred Wednesday, said Callahan.

Their motive for taking the Krispy Kreme truck was unclear.

"I don't know if it was a need for transportation of if they just had the munchies," he said.

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This is from my good friend Daniel, who is working in an orphanage in Brazil:

Dear Friend,

Let me take you through a typical and some less typical days here with the boys of the Rescue House. Typically I will rise at 6:30 and about five minutes later will persuade Jefferson and Michelle (Michael) to do the same. Jefferson typically requires quite a lot of persuasion, it isn't that he doesn't like school, he just really likes to sleep as well. After some quick grooming and a short prayer we walk to school together. After I get back I have about forty-five minutes before it's time to make breakfast and wake the remaining boys. The morning is filled with homework, a devotional, and playing with the boys. Another walk to school to retrieve the "morning school boys" then it's lunch together and back to school with the three "afternoon school boys". The afternoon looks similiar to the morning, with different boys.

Are you tired yet? I usually am, and night is typically the "hardest" part of the day. We pick up the boys from school, re-heat lunch, call it dinner, and sit down to a nice quiet meal...haha. Then we'll have some free time or watch a short video before our night devotional. Afterwards I'll grab the pasta (toothpaste) and the boys work to defeat cavities. Then I work to defeat a boys natural aversion to bedtime, if their all in bed and quiet (that's the kicker) by 9:00 then I declare myself the myself. Truthfully though I feel victorious when I've applied grace to frustration, humility to dis-respect, compassion to hurts, and love to everything. I don't always feel like a winner but God's kept me in the battle anyway. Involved with me, or really the other way around, in all this is Robert, who is my work partner here.

A less typical day would look like when we took the boys on a two hour hike up a river to sit at a beautiful waterfall and share bread together. Or like last weekend when we went fishing with our bamboo poles, and Renilson not only caught two fish but also his own finger on a hook. The fish we did catch made excellent lunch and dinner later.

You may have noticed that the boys I mentioned only add up to five instead of six. This is because one of the boys, Fernando, went back to the streets two weeks ago. Pray with us for his safety and his return. I face frustration and discouragement regularly but when Fernando left the house that was certainly the worst. It got me thinking.

In the same way that I get frustrated when the boys don't respond positively to my attempts to mold and shape their lives into something beautiful for God, I wonder how often I myself must cause frustration to God, squirming around in His fingers as He trys to mold me into His image. Certainly my own love and care towards these boys is tainted by my very human nature but I pursue, by grace, to labor for the good of these boys. How much more is God laboring for my own, and your, good. God who is perfect and love incarnate. In the responses of these boys to my own efforts, sometimes positive and sometimes negative, I see my own responses to God's efforts on my behalf...sometimes positive like when Jefferson accepted the responsibility for his actions and accepted discipline, and sometimes negative like when Fernando left the house rather than live under authority.

I hope your responding to God's efforts in your life in a positive way. This is usually hardest when the efforts cause pain, but this is also usually when the most fruit is born. The mercy and joy of The Lord to you.


Tuesday, March 26, 2002

There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three which says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver".

This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study session.

That week this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest so as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot then she thought again about the verse that says,"He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver."

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. For if the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"

He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's the easy part. When I see my image reflected in it."

-Author Unknown

Friday, March 15, 2002

I sprained my ankle playing disc golf at Wills Park yesterday. It was a grand spill. I went to retrieve my disc out of the creek, and as I turned around to go back up the slope, I fell into the embankment. It was extremely muddy, and I was laughing as I climbed out. I decided to go home, after several joggers snickered at me for being covered with red Georgia mud.

After I got home, I cleaned up and sat down to study for awhile. After a bit I got up to get something to drink, stepped down on my right foot, and "OUCH"! I wasn't anticipating that! It had swollen up while I had been sitting there. So now I am on crutches, and having to explain the details of my fall to everyone at school. One little girl was walking by with her class, and exclaimed to her friend, "Look, Miss Vetter broke her leg!". Oh, the stories that I am sure are going around now....

Monday, March 11, 2002

Wanna see my baby, Maggie?:

Saturday, March 09, 2002

OK, in the last post I asked some questions. Being the geek Jason is, he decided to answer some of them for me. I know I am just so grateful to now know the answers:

If a cat always lands on its feet, and buttered bread always lands butter side down, what would happen if you tied buttered bread on top of a cat?

Answer: The simple physics of it requires that the cat land on its feet. Furthermore, since the bread in that case has not yet landed on the ground since it is safely tied on the cat's back, the tenet that "buttered bread always lands butter side down" has not been violated.

If it's zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?

Answer: In order to answer this question, you have to specify whether those are Celsius or Fahrenheit degrees. For the sake of easier math, I'll assume those are Celsius degrees. First you must convert to an absolute temperature scale, namely the Kelvin scale. Zero degrees Celsius is equivalent to 273.15 Kelvin. The expression "twice as cold" implies "half the temperature," and half of 273.15 K is 136.575 K. Now if we desire we can convert this back to Celsius, which is -136.575 degrees Celsius. Quite chilly.
Editor's Note: Since weather is normally calculated in Fahrenheit, I decided to do the math with Fahrenheit instead of Celsius. (Stop laughing, Jason. You too, Becca. I can add with a calculator and modern internet tools.) Convert 0 degrees Fahrenheit to Celsius = -17.78. Multiply by 2, since it's negative = -35.56 degrees. Convert back to Fahrenheit = -32.008 degrees.
Jason's Addendum to Editor's Note: Your calculation for the twice-as-cold problem is in error. You must convert to the Kelvin scale (because it is an absolute scale) in order for "half the temperature" to have any real meaning, since temperature is a measure of the average kinetic energy in a body. Zero degrees Fahrenheit corresponds to (5/9)*(0-32) = -17.778 degrees Celsius, which in turn corresponds to -17.778 + 273.16 = 255.382 Kelvin. Now for the answer you can take half of 255.382 Kelvin, which is 127.691 Kelvin, which is -145.469 degrees Celsius, which is
(9/5)*(-145.469)+32 = -229.844 degrees Fahrenheit..

Editor's Response to Jason's Addendum to Editor's Note: I have no idea what he just said. This is why I took "Math for Liberal Arts Majors" in college.

How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn't grow in it?

Answer: There is insufficient information given to answer this question. One would need to know the volume of all of the sponges in the ocean, the volume of the ocean, and the average length and width of the ocean.

How come you press harder on a remote control when you know the battery is dead?

Answer: Increased pressure on the remote control button assures improved contact between the conductors, improving the probability that what little potential of the battery remains may be sufficient.

Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car, he sticks his head out the window.

Answer: Yes, I have noticed. I have 2 theories, one involving distribution of pressure and the other involving instinct and germs.

Could someone ever get addicted to counseling? If so, how could you treat them?

Answer: I think people do get addicted to counseling all the time. They need a friend and a Bible.

Whose cruel idea was it for the word "lisp" to have an "s" in it?

Answer: Somebody who spoke Middle English.

Why does an alarm clock "go off" when it begins ringing?

Answer: "off" sometimes means "on"

Why is lemon juice mostly artificial ingredients but dishwashing liquid contains real lemons?

Answer: Invalid question. Lemon juice is juice squeezed directly from a lemon. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling an imitation.

Why do people without a watch look at their wrist when you ask them what time it is?

Answer: Either out of habit or to see if they are wearing their watch.

Why do you ask someone without a watch what time it is?

Answer: There is a non-zero probability that the person has seen a reasonably accurate time-telling device within the last say, half hour, and can give me a reasonable estimate of the current time.

What do you do when you discover and an endangered animal that eats only endangered plants?

Answer: Run computer simulations to see what animal-to-plant ratio produces a self-sustaining environment and try to duplicate that environment by re-distributing the animals accordingly.

Why does your nose run and your feet smell?

Answer: My nose isn't running and my feet don't smell.