September 2006

I’m leaving for Istanbul on Monday. I can’t wait! My flight leaves at 4:15 in the afternoon which means I’ll be able to sleep a lot on the plane. Almost three years have gone by since I first travelled to Turkey and that is just too long in my book. I was rambling on about how excited I was to get back there when I realized I kept talking about the food. Kim laughed at me. I had a day dream earlier today about eating iskender and profiterol. Since it’s Ramadan I will have to be discreet or wait until the sun goes down. It’s probably good for me, I would waste my trip away planning the whole time around eating. Now I can focus on spending quality time with my friends. It really would’ve been a toss up. Sorry Ally!



I would like to dedicate this post to one of my best friends, Kim Weisenthal. I decided to do this because Kim was one of the main reasons I created a blog. I figured the least I could do was write a post about her. She is a dear friend. We’ve been friends four years and counting. Kim was the first person I met at Cal Baptist. We were in the same freshman orientation class (Derek remembers that most definitely), and ditched a community service clean-up project to take a trip to the mall. We’ve gone to the beach at 2 a.m. together. We have played football together. We have served together. We have laughed together. We’ve cried together. We’ve gone to India together. It’s difficult for me to look back over these last four years and remember a time where Kim wasn’t involved somehow. She is so loyal and great at keeping in contact. She is a friend who cares deeply. I remember when I was having a hard time during summer break Kim and another amazing friend Melissa decided to drive 12 hours to see me just I wouldn’t have to be alone. That is the kind of friend I have been so blessed to have over these past four years. So if you don’t know Kim, you should get to know her. She’s an extrovert so she would love to meet you. If you do know her, write a comment here to let her know how she’s blessed your life.

I think I’m breaking some kind of record by writing three times in one day. I couldn’t help it…I am watching the Ultimate Fighting Championships on pay-per-view right now. When did my life become this?? I guess you can tell how thrilling the fighting is to me considering that I’m writing a post. I have to be honest: I always thought this fighting thing was “white trash”. Come to find out, a lot of these fighters are accountants, teachers, etc. Either that means UFC isn’t as white trash as I first thought or this explains the educational system nowadays. Even still, I’m somehow attracted to this kind of fighting. The trailer park is callin me back! I need to get back in the classroom!


One day I was browsing the internet trying to gain some more insight on the benefits of eating organic food. I stumbled upon this website and found the reason to go organic. Store Wars. When I saw Cuke and Darth Tater fighting I couldn’t help but be pulled in by the force of organic foods!

It’s been awhile since my last post. To those 2 people who actually read my blog I apologize for the delay! I haven’t been updating lately mostly due to the fact that nothing has really happened since my last post. I need to get used to writing about nothing to become an avid “poster” on my blog I suppose.

I have spent my days working out, reading, journaling, going to Barnes and Nobles, going to Borders, sleeping, and eating. I’m pretty bored with it all at the moment, so I’m heading back to Riverside on Monday. Soon after heading back to Riverside I will packing my bags yet again to go visit my wonderful friends in Istanbul! I can’t wait! Pictures to follow.

Two days ago my dear friend Lyssa invited me to see Dave Matthews Band since she had an extra ticket. We left around 4:00 and arrived in San Jose at 5:30. We ate some tasty Togo’s sandwiches and headed off to Shoreline Amphitheater to witness one of the best live performances I have seen to date. I’ve seen a lot of shows at Shoreline (Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Hanson) and nothing compared to last night. We sat on the lawn to listen to some of my favorite songs by the artists like Grace is Gone, Diggin A Ditch, and All Along the Watch Tower. Out of the 200+ songs they could choose from to select as their playlist they played almost all of my favorites. I couldn’t have asked for a better night: DMB jamming out for hours, watching old hippies and gen-Xers grooving to the music, and getting to catch up with an old friend. To make the night even better, DMB played a few new songs that were incredible! I’m tired after getting in at 2 in the morning and having to wake up 5 hours later to head to church, but it was all worth it. Good times…good times.

0502_dave_matthews_band_c-1.jpgI’m going to see DAVE MATTHEWS BAND tomorrow night!!

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