Monday, June 30, 2008

Race Report!


This past Friday I had my big racing debut! I spent the night racing out at sunny south raceway in Grand Bay, Al. Let me tell you, I think this is the most fun i've ever had!! Talk about checking something off the bucket list! I can't even describe the rush you get from being out on the track with all these other cars. I truly had a blast. But as for the racing. It was my first time out so not too much could be expected from me, but I was pretty proud of the outcome. I just spent the night learning. I requested the rear (after drawing the pole) and spent my night in the back. Although I was in the back, I never got lapped and I never lost the pack. Success?? I think yes... I brought the car back with all the fenders and didn't blow it up or anything. I am SOOOOOO ready for next time.. but its gonna be 3 weeks! Hopefully it goes by fast enough! well, thats all I have for now....... more pics to come!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Kickin' It Old School

It's summer now and i'm already slacking on my posts so here is a new one! First of all, for those of you who don't know me very well, I need to explain something. My nights are filled with all sorts of dreams. I know thats not very exciting, but my dreams are CRAZY and the great thing is I remember them very vividly. So, I thought I would share my dream from last night with you ;)

Ok, so last night I remember 2 parts to my dream. I don't know if they were connected or completely different. The first one wasn't that strange and I only remember one specific thing. I remember my mom showing up holding 2 bags of sunflower seeds. One was ranch, for my sister, and the other was nacho cheese, for me. I asked my sister today if she even liked ranch sunflower seeds and the answer was no. I have no idea what that was all about, but the second one was a little more interesting.

There is no clear start to it but the first thing I remember is turning my big wheel onto beachview (the road I live off of) from the stop sign. Yes I said my BIG WHEEL, ha! I didn't realize it at the time, but I was in a race. Needless to say I didn't do very well in it. I got stuck behind someone doing 20 (I know that sounds like lightning on a big wheel, but I remember being mad because we were going so slow) and didn't have an opportunity to pass because there was traffic coming down the other lane. Another thing I remember was that I was peddling my guts out but my big wheel just wasn't moving and all these other guys were passing me up. I remember thinking that they had figured something out with the gear ratio??? Well we crossed the finish line and there was a ton of guys already down there. The top four guys were giving each other high fives and some pounds and kept talking about how some people actually cared about racing unlike the others that were just piddling around.

Well, that wasn't one of my craziest or longest dreams, but I just felt like sharing it. I hope it makes everyone see how big of a weirdo I am or gives you a good laugh. I always get a good laugh out of these dreams.

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Great Weekend

The title says it all. I had an amazing weekend at a D Now in Citronelle, AL. I honestly just don't know what to say about it though other than that. One fun thing about working with high school kids is that the boys will do absolutely anything that you convince them is cool; even the gallon challenge! Needless to say we watched two of them puke their guts out trying to down a gallon of milk on a hot day, ha! I feel like such a bum right now that I can't even write anything about the weekend. It was amazing to watch the students because they were truly willing to lay everything out there in praise and that amazes me. It seems like sometimes we get so timid around others at that age because everything is about looking "cool." I remember those days, and i'm truly glad i'm not in high school anymore!

On another note I am done with FINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Big breath out) Talk about relief. I feel pretty good about it too. I'm pretty much on summer vacation now. What do I do now?? ha... I'm moving out on Thursday and headed back to the coast for the break. I'm gonna be making that bank this summer working. No class for me. I just can't take anymore at the moment. Then as soon as I finish the race car i'll be spending weekends beating the doors off of it! Oh well this is all I have for now... sorry for the lack of substance.

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Friday, May 2, 2008

Farewell!

See ya'll later! Wow, that sounds like i'm leaving for good. I'm NOT! I headed to Citronelle this weekend to do one of my favorite things ever.. WORSHIP!! We are playing a D Now and I can't wait! I'm so pumped up right now, ha! But, i'll be back sometime Sunday and i'll have an update... Be real! Have a great weekend to anyone who might be reading this!

In response to my last blog, I thought I would go ahead and answer my own question because I find it strange that I would pose a question that I haven't even answered. So whats it gonna be?? drum role please... haha.. That was dumb! At the moment my song is Have it all by Jeremy Kay. If you haven't heard it check it out!

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Walking Across Campus

I find it funny, sometimes, of some of the things I notice while walking across campus. Today I saw a man, looked like a professor, walking around campus in sandals while also rocking a nice pair of thick wool socks??? I don't know why but it made me laugh. Another thing I notice a lot is an individuals inability to face another. Why don't some even look up? It makes me wonder sometimes. Then a lot of the people, that do look up, look like they are miserable. Is it so hard to just be pleasant and smile? A simple smile can mean so much. I mean I don't know everyones story, I wish I could hear them all, but aren't we alive? I just can't comprehend how life can get so low that you don't even want it anymore. I am so thankful for the simple fact that I am alive and all those little things that keep me going. I praise God for Everything! The cool breeze, a beautiful sunset, and even those not so good times or a hurricane because I am ALIVE!! What am I trying to say here?? Be happy! Hold your head up and SMILE because we are ALIVE!!

Until Next Time (smiling),
Kyle

Oh.. one more thing.... I think we should all have life theme music!!... is that weird?? What would your song be?? think about it!

Dega Bound

I got a call from a friend about noon on saturday. He said "hey Kyle wanna go to Talladega tomorrow?" My natural response was "heck to the yeah!!" So there it was, plans for Sunday. Now it was one LONG day, but fun anyways. I met the bus at 4 AM in Ocean Springs and we headed out making stops along the coast and even one in Saraland picking up other race fans on their way to the race. We got to Talladega about an hour before the race (just in time) and right when I got to my seat they were finishing up driver introductions. Now it wasn't the prettiest day ( see picture) but it was a perfect day to be out seeing a race. It was nice hot having to be scorched. Soon after reaching my seat, the invocation, National Anthem, and the most famous words in motorsports "Gentlemen start your engines" we were off. The race wasn't the most exciting one i've ever seen out here, but it's not about that. Until you've seen 300,000 people in one place for an event, you just won't understand. It's an amazing site. Amazing but a little crazy. You will see ALL types at a big race, ha! I had a guy behind me that was so drunk that he forgot he had a beer in his hand, then when a wreck happened he proceeded to dump it all over me; wonderful. Even though I had a beer shower it was still a fun day. I'm never disappointed with Talladega and will continue returning every chance I get! This is another Kyle recommendation: Go see a big race!
Keep it real ya'll!

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Friday, April 25, 2008

I Need Words


I need Words
As Wide as Sky
I need a Language wide as
This Longing inside
And I need a voice
Bigger than MINE
And I need a Song to sing You
That i've yet to find
Oh, I need you........
To be here now......

Riding back home yesterday I decided, don't know why, to put in David Crowder* Band's first major release Can you hear us? I probably haven't listened to this album in the past two years and honestly its a mistake. I forgot how amazing of an album this is. It was a different time for the DC*B. Their first indie release, All I Can Say, was almost unrecognizable to the DC*B listener of today, but it led to this album. This is the album that truly gave DC*B their sound. It's not near as electronic as their newer albums but is better, in its own regards and my opinion, than their latest two releases. Can you hear us? is the stepping stone the band used to leap to their most accomplished album of their career Illuminate; amazing album, go get it if you don't have it!!! NOW!!!............ Back to Can you hear us. This album is absolutely amazing. The songs on this album are simply beautifully written expressions of praise and joy. The pictures painted by these songs are done like only David Crowder himself can do. This is an album that will take you places, if you know what I mean. I'm sitting here considering hopping in my truck and just driving. I know i'm terrible at promoting anything, but you can trust me on this one. I WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN!!!

PS: I couldn't wait and made it out to the rope swing yesterday afternoon!! A couple of my buddies met me up there and we spent the afternoon goofing off at the creek. It was a little chilly but definitely worth it!

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Expelled

I just got back to the room after viewing Ben Stein's new documentary Expelled. I'm not going to give a full review of the movie basically because i'm not good at that, but I am gonna give my opinions of it. First off, depending on your belief system, your opinion of the movie might be very different than mine. I know where I stand on the matter and the other side is just as steadfast in their own beliefs, so i'm not trying to change any minds here. Ok... about the movie... The easily overlooked core of this movie is Freedom and the point is brought to light by the argument between intelligent design vs. darwinism.... Here is an overview I found of the official website:
WHO? Ben Stein, in the new film EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed
What?
His heroic and, at times, shocking journey confronting the world’s top scientists, educators and philosophers, regarding the persecution of the many by an elite few.
Where?
Ben travels the world on his quest, and learns an awe-inspiring truth…that bewilders him, then angers him…and then spurs him to action!
WHY?
Ben realizes that he has been “Expelled,” and that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired – for the “crime” of merely believing that there might be evidence of “design” in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance.
Well that is what they are saying about it. I'm gonna stop myself here instead of possibly ruining the whole film for someone that might actually want to see it. I definitely recommend you find time to go out and see this one. It is sure to stir you up no matter what side of the wall you are on.

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Monday, April 21, 2008

Enjoy the Ride

I don't know how everyone else feels about this, but I really love days when I can take the long way... anywhere! Especially on a beautiful day. It just gives a lot of time for thought, reflection, and even a little imagination. It's always nice to have a little personal time for that.

Today, with no class, I was really able to meander my way around the country on my way back to campus. I did my best to avoid highways and, I must say, did a pretty good job of it. I took the scenic route out towards our camp and even did a little slippin' and slidin' around the corners of old dirt roads. I made it a point to get out and take a look at the creek near our camp and almost let myself get a little stupid. When I got to the dead end a bunch of turkeys scattered, which really gave me an itch, and I just wish I was a little faster with the camera. But back to getting stupid, I walked down the path to the creek and the first thing that catches my eye is a brand new rope swing. I found a stick and pulled it in to me, gave it a little tug, got a brilliant idea in my head, and then let my senses get the best of me. I just wanted to swing out over the creek but saw myself only falling in and ruining everything I had on me.

After the tree incident I turned around and headed back down towards the camp for a little bit. I really don't know why I don't spend much time out there this time of the year because it's amazing. Maybe it's because that is like my second home during the deer season. I just get a little burned out. The first thing I think when the pond catches my eye is "man I wish I had my pole," but of course if I did, have one, it would be raining. The sun was so bright I could see every fish in there, and since I don't have my pole I see that lunker bass that looks like a log floating around in there. I'll get them next time!

It just feels good to get out and enjoy a drive. Just listening to the radio and letting my mind wander all over. I must admit that seeing that rope swing really excites me about the summer! I can't wait! Well, I hope everyone survived their Monday and want to wish you luck for the week. It's almost over!

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Coast Livin'

Today was one of those days that reminds me of how much I do love the coast life. I can't really think where I would rather live. Well to be honest I do often dream of leaving, but days like to day continue to make me realize how much I would miss this place.

The day started as so many like it do. My dad came in to my room way too early and woke me up with a question. He said, "hey Kyle, wanna go fishin?" So of course I babble out something similar to a yes and the plans were set. We spent the next little while loading the boat back up for the "maiden voyage" of the year. Soon after the boat was loaded we were headed to the launch and putting the boat in the water.

We launched out of Graveline bayou and wound our way around to the gulf. As we were coming to the mouth of the bayou we were waved down by one of our local characters, old man Moses (for any coasties that may have heard, this is the same Moses who just had his fema trailer/meth lab explode last weekend, ha!), who had to show off his morning catch, a big red fish. After a quick look we were on our way. We pointed the boat at Horn Island and put the hammer down. After a twenty minute ride or so we arrived at the lagoon.

The day was spent with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Just more relaxing than anything. My dad and I spent a little while walking around and trying to catch a few fish, but it just wasn't the day for that. It was a day for enjoying. Once we were all good a sunburned we turned the nose around, and after another quick lesson of me trying to teach my dad to use his gps for the third year in a row, we headed back home. We got back to the house and my dad proceeded to give me the same lecture on washing and caring for the boat that he has given me for the past fifteen years or so, and I pretended to listen again.

It wasn't much, but it's always enough. Enough to lift my spirits. Enough to keep me going. Enough to reaffirm my love for the coast, and enough to leave me with some AWESOME raccoon eyes!!


And let the beauty of the

LORD our GOD be upon us!!
Psalm 90.17

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Day Closer

Well.... I spent another day getting a step closer to finally finishing this car! It's been a long road and i'm finally getting to the end. The process has taken me a little over a year now, but I can't even begin to claim that i've been working on it for that long. This was one of those projects that me and my buddies would work on a little bit here and a little bit there whenever we had time. It wasn't until recent that I got really serious about finishing it. So, how much do I have wrapped up in this car? After a quick tally it is concluded that I have around $800 in it so far... The car is the best deal i've ever gotten!!! It cost me exactly.. NOTHING! One of those rare moments where someone wants to get rid of a car so bad that they tell you if you haul it off it's yours! The problem was that he couldn't keep it running so I figured it would be something to tinker with, but to my surprise $45 and a day later the car was running like a champ. Thats when the build process began; or maybe I should say the tear down process. Well after all the fun i'm pretty close to done now. We just got done with the roll cage, seat, and all the other safety equipment. Now its just sitting waiting for a paint job and the little finishing touches. This is my other "summer plan." This will bring my weekend a little excitement. Even though it took so long to build, by the end of the summer there probably won't be much left, ha! Well... enough racecar babble...

Until Next time,
Kyle

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Adventure

The trip is official. Well all the particulars aren't worked out yet but, the general idea is in place. The trip officially begins on July 13 and is slated to wrap up on or around the 19th. The final destination is Davis Mountain State Park in Ft. Davis, Texas. This is WAY west TX and the nearest town is Alpine. We really don't know when we are gonna get out there but we are planning on taking as much time as we want. We are gonna try to find some "roadside" attractions on the way out there and might even take Hwy. 90 all the way out. Don't really have anything set in stone but, that makes things more interesting in my opinion. Once we get out there we are planning on hiking up to the primitive campsites and spend a few days just chillin' and doing some serious wandering around. Last time we were out here we were, needless to say, lucky to get out! ha! Its all good. I can't wait to tackle this place again.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Watch the Wind Blow By

Oh to be alive! What a day.... It is truly one of those days. I have a HUGE test tomorrow, a pair of case studies due, and a group project to be working on, but I could care Less! Today is one of those rare days that could be called, dare I say, perfect. One of those days I could spend the entirety of just laying in the grass looking up. Why isn't every day like this??? I'm just sitting here drinking a sweet tea, enjoying the cool breeze, and just soaking up the day. Plus its the perfect time of year to enjoy such a day. Campus is amazing at this time of year, everything has come back alive. Everything is such a bright green and is offset perfectly by the completely blue sky and soft sunshine. There is not a cloud in sight. How much more perfect could it get?? Well, when I was leaving Harkins hall, they were cutting the grass and that was the first smell that hit me when stepping out and I do love the smell of fresh cut grass. Then I get back to my room, open my window up, then turn on the radio and wouldn't you know that they are playing everything I want to hear! I do love some country music, ha! I just have to stop and thank the Lord for days like today, because its the little things in life that keep me motivated on the "not so perfect" days.

So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open,
drinking in your strength and glory.
In your generous love I am really living at last!
My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
My arms wave like banners of praise to you.
Psalms 63.2-4 Message Remix

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Monday, April 14, 2008

Surprising Results

I just got out of a hour and a half long class discussion on universal health care. It was awesome to be able to have such a "spirited" friendly debate among classmates. I was impressed with how important the issues concerning our nation were to the students i'm in nursing school with, and how passionate some of them were concerning the issues. What i'm getting at is we conducted a mock vote in the class and with the opinions expressed during the discussion the outcome kind of surprised me. Well here are the results: 2-not voting, 3- wrote in Ron Paul, 4- Hilary Clinton, 9- Barack Obama, and finally 15- John McCain. The bulk of the debating came from Obama supporters and I was expecting a land-slide victory in his favor. I guess the silent majority speaks louder than words alone.

On another note... I need to make another musical plug... While you are checking out Andrew White, go ahead and cruise on over and check out my room mate James' music page. James is another USM student with some amazing talents. GO!! check it out and enjoy...

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Motivation

So, I guess i'll try this again. It's been a really long time since I was a blogger. I don't know why I ever quit, but for some reason I just lost my motivation. Now, all of the sudden, it's back and I think i'm going to have to give the credit to Andrew White. I really don't know what it was, but him starting a blog convinced me that it was time to start mine back up. So here I am!!

Since i'm giving the man credit i'm also gonna give him a plug. I'll just start with a question. Do you like music? I mean real music... and are you tired, as I am, of being bombarded with a bunch of talentless puppets on the radio? I am SO sick and tired of hearing good "singers." What happened to the legitimate musician? What happened to real talent? Well, if you are ready to hear someone with actual "talent" again check out the music of USM student Andrew White. You can get a good taste of it on Myspace. Andrew is a singer/songwriter from the Tupelo, MS area with a true heart for worship. So, go NOW, listen and ENJOY but, as they say on reading rainbow, don't take my word for it.

Until Next Time,
Kyle

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Save The Whales??

Okay, so don't get me wrong... I'm just glad to see that celebrities are trying to stand up for something, but save the whales? I'm not saying I don't think whales aren't amazing creatures, but the celebrity animal rights craze is just getting a little silly. Daily I am bombarded with images and videos of celebrities that have adopted a cat and are trying to convince me that I will become a more fulfilled person if I follow along. I recently came across a list of the celebrities that support animal rights, and the amount of money they have donated, and needless to say I was amazed at the money that has been thrown at this issue.

The most recent event that has caught my attention involved "Hero's" star Hayden Panattiere. A video surfaced from Britain's Sky News of the actress and six other activists paddling on surfboards out into a cove in the town of Taiji in southwestern Japan, in an attempt to interfere with a dolphin hunt there. She was quoted saying "I feel the need to be a voice of worthy and important causes whose efforts impact the lives of every person on Earth." Later she added "Now more than ever the world has to come together to make changes. Just because certain cultures have had long-standing traditions does not mean that in today's world they are acceptable any longer. The world and the environment are evolving and that means we must change our ways as human beings as well."


Now, if I had read that quote and didn't know the situation that provoked it I would have thought Panettiere was truly on to something. Again, i'm not against animals rights, I'm just more for human rights. In my opinion we shouldn't be saying "save the whales," we should be saying " Save the HUMANS!" There is larger issues out there than whales. The one that lays heaviest on my heart is Africa. When speaking about Africa, one of the largest issues on the continent is the water crisis. A recent study done throughout Africa reports that nearly one million people do not have enough clean water to meet there basic human needs. As a result of this more than 2,500 children are dying daily.

Unsafe drinking water can carry diseases such as malaria, trypanosomiasis, intestinal worm infections, dengue, and schistosomiasis - as well as bacteria that can lead to deadly diarrheal infections, such as cholera and dysentery. These diseases and infections affect children and the elderly more because of their weakened immune systems. Entire villages and communities are being wiped out by the diseases living in this dirty water. Now, with all the money being thrown at animals, why are there places in the world where people are living like this.

It only takes $3500 to build a well and provide an entire community with clean water. Now if you're ready to get involved check out Six Mile Drought. This is a group from the Hattiesburg area that is putting their money where their mouth is. They are raising money to build as many wells as they can in Kenya. They recently raised enough to build their first well and are already on their way to a second. What can you do? They take donations and are also selling Six Mile Drought t-shirts with all the proceeds going directly into the well fund.

Until next time,
Kyle