Wednesday, November 30, 2011

all good things come to an end..


The warm hazy weather with all day glassy is over. Cooler this morning with southeast wind stirring early. Surf is still rolling in but the winds hacked it up fairly early. Offshores ( cold ones ) tomorrow


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Afternoon off

 Had a half-day at work,glad to have the afternoon off, bigger at the pier but I chose to go out at the city limits- friendlier environment and clean conditions as the tide dropped.

Monday, November 28, 2011

twilight

 Glassy all day, hazy but warm temps this afternoon. Finished the day in the water.Grateful!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

This is the day the Lord has made....


Glorious warm morning, glad to get out and enjoy it. ( Surf was weak but fun at times )
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Friday, November 25, 2011

11.25.11


Day after Thanksgiving- grateful for time with friends/family and 1000`s of calories consumed, also grateful for a beautiful morning with surf and a chance to exercise some of it off.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving morning


Another great day. Not much surf and fat high tide but a gift from God just the same.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving


The Rest of the Story _- as told by Corey Trenda of World Vision




The other night Janet and I watched a recording of a recent World Vision

weekly chapel service. It started with a faded documentary-style video,

circa 1979, chronicling a dramatic moment when World Vision’s ship

Seasweep rescued a floundering vessel crammed with Vietnamese boat

people. One four-year-old boy who was on that boat that day …then stood

up and spoke to the chapel crowd! Now in his mid-30’s, Vinh is a

graduate of Harvard Medical School and a skin cancer surgeon in

Colorado. He said, “Without a doubt, if it had it not been for World

Vision, the story of my life would have ended anonymously at the age of

4 in the South China Sea.”



Vinh’s parents had 11 children (he has only three of his own, thank you

very much), and of the 11, five have Masters’ degrees and five have

doctorates. The youngest recently graduated from Stanford and is on his

way to medical school at Penn. Dad worked every hour he could as a

laborer for a company that manufactures air conditioners, though the

plant was not air conditioned and he stood all day on the assembly line

through Arkansas summers. As Vinh told the audience, thanks to his

father’s commitment, today he and his siblings all sit in offices, make

their living based on their minds, and work in air conditioned

facilities.



All in one generation. It’s a great illustration of the incredible

opportunity possible in America—with sufficient parental sacrifice, a

strong work ethic cascading down to the children, (yes, let’s

acknowledge serious IQs and study habits!) …and the kindness of others,

especially the amazing church which sponsored them from the refugee

camp, helped them into an apartment, likely found the father a job, and

told them all about Jesus.



World Vision played but one tiny, yet also decisive, role…saving the

lives of 93 people that fateful day caught on film, including this

entire family. What an amazing privilege for our staff to hear “the

rest of the story” from Vinh and to have played a small yet critical

role in it.



Somewhere in here is a lesson on gratitude. Vinh was thanking “people I

will never meet”: not only the World Vision staff, but also the donors

who supported this risky, reckless and costly venture. WV put a ship on

the South China Sea to resupply Vietnamese refugee boats at a time when

no governments wanted to get involved. Then the crew superseded the

rules of the ship’s registration by following the law of their

conscience, dramatically hoisting these 93 people aboard the Seasweep

when their refugee boat was irreparable and had been floundering

helplessly for six days, now out of food. Vinh’s mother was so beside

herself at being unable to meet her children’s needs that “she would

have given her blood” to nourish them; she has since admitted that she

considered drowning the youngest ones to save them an agonizingly slow

death. Such was the desperation of their situation when Seasweep found

them.
How do we—you and I—get the privilege of being part of stories like


this, and of literally millions more we’ll never hear this side of

eternity? Rich Stearns went up to the podium to close chapel after Vinh

sat down, and he became emotional. He wondered if maybe this is what

the entertainment will be in heaven, hearing such testimonies.



In the meantime, it’s a huge blessing to savor the representative

gratitude of one young father, husband, doctor, and son. He was on his

way to becoming a statistic, simply a rounding error to add to the

estimated three hundred thousand souls who had by then already been lost

at sea as Vietnamese boat people.



Often, this is what life is like. We do our one part, we respond to an

inner prompting of the heart and provide a helping hand—a touch, a word,

a gift, and we have no idea how the story of that life ends. We never

learn the rest of the story. Granted, the story isn’t usually as

dramatic as Vinh’s—certainly my own story is not, though someone I’ll

never meet provided the scholarship which allowed me to finish college

summa cum laude and land a great corporate job that fed my young family

and gave me skills and clarity of purpose which I employ every day.



And perhaps I’ll even take a moment to thank God for those people like

Vinh, those I’ve personally or vicariously been able to somehow touch,

bless, and strengthen on their journey, often without even knowing them.

The apostle Paul encourages us, “Let us not grow weary in doing good,

for at the proper time we shall reap a harvest if we do not give

up.” (Gal 6:9)



Giving thanks isn’t just a way to honor God by recalling our own life’s

blessings, but also an opportunity to encourage ourselves by recalling

the privilege God has given us of helping others in our own outpourings

of time, talent and treasure. And what a great way to not grow weary in

doing good!



Who knows—maybe a long ago passerby or someone you or I haven’t even

met, like Vinh, will be thanking God this week for a decisive impact in

their life in which we had a hand.



Understanding that, Vinh’s story is a Thanksgiving gift to us all.




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Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday again


Started a new job today, nice drive up coast showed some decent windswell this morning but water quality after the rain was questionable and I had work to do.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

11.20.2011

Cloudy, rain imminent,weak windswell. Good day to relax and count our blessings.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

downtime


No work today, not much surf either, been weak for days but I took the longboard out for some peace and exercise. Got the weekend off to a good start
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday morning 11.13

glorious morning, sunny, warm, caught a few really fun waves, headed home really grateful




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Saturday, November 12, 2011

storm surf



Hard to be in the right spot and bone-chilling cold winds. I just took pics this morning

Monday, November 7, 2011

backlit


Nice afternoon at HB, had to hurry home without surfing as in-laws are in town.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday 11.6

Cold and rainy air temp 49 with sideshores. I paddled out but southwinds messed things up quickly.

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11.5.11

after the rain of yesterday comes a short period windswell
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

11.3.11

Nice surf time after work, watched the sun set and then headed home to the family, feeling blessed.

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