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    30th January 2007

    Before January ends…

    …I should write one more little blog update.

    Open mic was outstanding. All the performers were good and I think the ensembles that I was a part of performed well – not perfect or certain, but I think we were entertaining at least. I wish I had gotten someone to video our little sets, but maybe next time, eh? The featured performer for the evening was Kate Hurley, who I knew from her singing on Enter the Worship Circle, Third Circle. She was really good and was also really friendly when I chatted with her for a few minutes afterwards. Nick and I also chatted with a local duo called True North, who had also played at the Wired Bean. Hopefully we’ll run into them again sometime.

    While Josh and Michael and I were playing I mentioned that we played for worship for this little revolutionary group, and then afterwards some students wanted to know where we met so they could check us out the next day. Of course, one of these girls was the sister of one of my middle school friends, Dave Otten, who was also in attendance with his parents (to see one of his sister’s friends play). It was interesting and fun catching up little with Dave and his family. (ED’s forever, Dave…)

    I love it when people come back into my life – even for a brief moment.

    Alright. I’m down at school, which means I should either use my time for studying or taking a nap – or maybe I’ll call some old friends…


    26th January 2007

    Open Mic Night at Everyday Joe’s!

    Tomorrow night in the Fort of Collins, I am playing with two different musical acts at Everyday Joe’s Open Mic. The schedule for the evening looks like this:

    7 pm- Welcome
    7:05-7:15 pm- True North
    7:20-7:30- Ron Vail
    7:35-7:45- Michael, Josh, Daryl
    7:50- 8- Suzanne Sinclair
    8:05- 8:35- Featured writer Susanna Childress
    8:40-9:10- Featured musician Kate Hurley
    9:15-9:25- Jason Hardung
    9:30-9:45- Nick & Daryl

    I’m pretty sure everyone that is playing is going to be pretty rad. The two groups I am playing with might switch spots depending on if/when Josh gets off work. I know that the people who saw Nick and I play at The Wired Bean enjoyed what they saw, so hopefully we can do some more of that pleasing tomorrow. Info on Everyday Joe’s can be found here.


    Donald “Denver” Woodhall: February 28, 1980 – January 20, 2007, IN LIGHT ETERNAL

    Lux æterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in æternum, quia pius es. Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis.

    May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord, with thy saints in eternity, for thou art merciful. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon them.

    Today has been a long day. Denver was my roomate for my first couple weeks at Craig Hospital; I learned of his passing this morning on my way to class and was able to attend a memorial service for him in Broomfield this afternoon. He was a loving and generous Christian, greatly missed by his friends and family, with whom my thoughts and prayers currently reside.


    22nd January 2007

    So much to say, so much to say, so much to say…

    I’m thinking of a Dave Matthews Band song with that headline, but now that moment is passed and it is time to write:

    My brother Eric, along with his wife and kids (and his sister-in-law become babysitter) are in Mexico, as are my sister and her newly wedded husband; while here in wonderful Colorado (I used to think it was the most wonderful place on Earth) it has been snowing on and off all day (I woke up with an inch of powder on my car and another inch fell while I was in church) and just told me that it is 14 degrees (feels like 4); I just deleted 76 spam comments and approved 1 comment – also spam, but all it said was, “Electric toothbrush: Keep up hygiene of a mouth,” and it only had one link and it was to a page with links to buy toothbrushes (comment found here: Welcome to Isabelle!). I am kind of obsessive about brushing my teeth these days, partly because I like clean teeth and partly because my family has one genetic flaw and it is that our teeth rot easily.

    My younger (but huger) brother, Michael (see him at the end of February as the character Big Deal in Loveland High’s production of Westside Story), and I are both in fair need of haircuts these days – Mike says that he might go in for one tomorrow, but I might just stop washing my hair and start wearing headbands all the time again in an attempt to fit in with the other seminary students. Wait, that would have rather the opposite effect as the one I just described.

    Michael, by the way, has applied to only two schools, one of which is the University of Hawaii – which I think he should go to so I can escape the snow should I continue living someplace with snow after this year.

    And my sister Carrie’s wedding was beautiful. I could have and almost did write a couple thousand words about it. The reception was the most amazing wedding reception I have ever been to. The location was prime; the decorating was superb; the music and DJ were sassy yet tasteful; the food was off the hook (Cafe Mexicali); and the company was superb! The photographer was also stellar, but I don’t think the website that Loren is building my cousin Ben is up yet for me to link to.

    I played at a couple of open mic events the week of the wedding; had some relatives come hang out at Avogadro’s Number with me or show up and watch as I played with Nick Temple at The Wired Bean. Which brings up an interesting point: This Saturday evening at Everyday Joe’s in Fort Collins – open mic, Nick and I as well as some church boys and I will be trying to get some slots to play in. Perhaps if I find out when we will get to play I will post it here.

    I could also have written a couple thousand words about how when I don’t write anything for this site for a while, it probably means I’m 1) not doing anything exciting, and 2) not excited about anything; I thought about writing about this but didn’t – even though I had nothing better to do for a whole week, proving precisely what I would have said.

    And finally, I have class again tomorrow. I’m not sure whether I am secretly excited about this because it means I have something to do again – something to bring order and action to the string of sleeping in and reading the newspaper that my life has been recently – or whether I am dreadfully pained in my head and heart by the start of another semester and the awful commuting and procrastinating that it will bring.
    ***All names of individuals in this work have not been***
    ***changed for the individuals’ protection-sorry guys.***

    10th January 2007

    The first post of 2007.

    It has a been some time since I wrote anything significant for this website, which is kind of funny because I have been doing a lot of nothing for the last couple of weeks. Perhaps this says something about me, and I’m not sure what it says, but I when I have stuff to do – when I’m busy – I seem to find more time to do stuff like blog. Maybe it is because I don’t spend as much time doing nothing; or because I don’t sleep in late and then read the whole newspaper, RH line comments included (the Loveland Reporter-Herald has a daily feature in which readers can call in and leave comments on articles or issues and the paper prints a selection of the comments – which can be quite entertaining at times).

    But here I am, trying to write something for all you all out there who still occasionally check this site out; hoping it might at least be either as humorous as the RH line or in some small wayit might be meaningful, either to you or to me for having written it. It’s not snowing anymore, but there is still a load of snow on the ground outside and banks of snow several feet high lining roads. I think that last year I started out by writing some Resolutions of some sort. I think I’ve done decently well on them at times – and decently poorly at other times.

    But I don’t really think that I have any resolutions for this year (maybe I should keep working on the ones from last year). Maybe I’ll work on it and get back to you.

    In the meantime, my sister is getting married this week, which is exciting. We have family from the east coast already out here staying with us, and more on the way. It should be a good time, and more than that, weddings are an important thing – it is good to be a witness when people publicly commit and join their lives together.

    Oh yeah, I’m going to put a link to a site here. My brother Eric linked to this site today, also, but it is the site of an artist named Akiane. She hails from Missouri and a mere 12 years of age, but her paintings are unbelievable (she also writes poetry that has literary critics asking how such a young girl could write with such a mature voice). She has been painting since she was a little girl, when she says she started having visions and dreams from God – even though at the time, her parents were Atheists. Through her, her family has been changed, and she is committed to using her gifts to help people around the world. Her site is She has a book that tells both her life story as well as shows most of her paintings a good amount of her poetry. It’s pretty cool, so check it out.

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