17 Jul 2006

Crazy Weekend Fun

Submitted by Paul Brown

This last weekend was great! I got out and did some fun stuff with some new friends from church and friends that are friends of these friends. (Got it?)

Sample craziness:

  • Mango chicken Chinese special
  • Cool Runnings
  • Golf ball hunting by night in a creek
  • Holding a palm-sized tarantula in my palm
  • Bacon & Cheese flavored cricket
  • The rest is classified.... :)
8 Jul 2006

Paul Brown Worldwide

Submitted by Paul Brown

I will know I'm really famous when a google search for "Paul Brown" turns up something about me!

In the meantime, here are some of the other Paul Brown's worldwide:

  • Paul Brown Hawaii hair and beauty products
  • Coach Paul Brown, quoting from wikipedia, "A seminal figure in American football history, Brown is considered the 'father of the modern offense,' with many also adding that he ranks as the greatest football coach in history."
  • Jazz musician Paul Brown, with Grammy awards as a producer and chart topping tracks as a performer.
  • NPR reporter Paul Brown
  • Paul Brown professional services of massage therapy and web design. (I like that particular combination myself... hahaha!)
  • Artist Paul Brown, specializing in classical realism.
  • The Strange Life and Stranger Death of Paul Brown, a story about a nuclear engineer and muscle car hobbyist who died mysteriously while involved in an investigation about stock price manipulation.
  • Artist and writer Paul Brown
  • Twenty-five producers/actors/writers named Paul Brown (go to bugmenot.com for a login to the IMDB)
  • Paul Brown Loft Apartments in St. Louis.
  • Professor Paul Brown, professor of Materials Science at Pennsylvania State University
  • The Paul Brown Show on Edmonton's Best Rock 100.3 FM
  • Special Assistant to the Provost, Paul Brown at San José State University
  • Memphis musician Paul Brown (listen to his lyrics, pretty sweet....)
  • "Chief Plumber" Paul Brown of INFORMIX and co-author of Object-Relational DBMS: Tracking the Next Great Wave, Developing Object-Relational Database Applications
  • Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Paul Brown
  • Registered Piano Tuner Paul Brown, of Vancouver
  • Emerging Technologies and Research Support Coordinator Paul Brown at Indiana State University
  • Lawyer Paul Brown of Houston
  • and last but I hope not least

  • Friendly Nerd Paul Brown

And Google will give you more if you go looking!

1 Jul 2006

I will offer up my life

Submitted by Paul Brown

I will offer up my life in spirit and truth
Pouring out the oil of love as my worship to You
In surrender I must give my every part
Lord receive the sacrifice of a broken heart

Jesus, what can I give
What can I bring
To so faithful a friend
To so loving a king
Savior, what can be said
What can be sung
As a praise of Your name
For the things You have done
Oh my words could not tell
Not even in part
Of the debt of love that is owed
By this thankful heart

You deserve my every breath for You've paid the great cost
Giving up Your life to death, even death on a cross
You took all my shame away, there defeated my sin
Opened up the gates of Heaven, and have beckoned me in

Jesus, what can I give
What can I bring
To so faithful a friend
To so loving a king
Savior, what can be said
What can be sung
As a praise of Your name
For the things You have done
Oh my words could not tell
Not even in part
Of the debt of love that is owed
Of the debt of love that is owed
Of the debt of love that is owed
By this thankful heart

-- by Delirious?

28 Jun 2006

News Part II

Submitted by Paul Brown

As promised, here is part II of my moving news. I finished the previous post with Thursday, June 15. I'll try to speed up; you probalby don't want to know EVERYTHING. It's really boring! =)

On Friday the 16th, I didn't go to work because I wanted to take care of things. I went to transfer my driver's license from Iowa to Colorado, and there I found out that taking a number and waiting in line isn't just a Portuguese thing. The good thing was that I didn't have to work, so I could be patient, and that they included the expected waiting time on the slip of paper with the number, so I knew from the start that I would be there for a few hours.

When I was almost to be called, I noticed some older ladies talking next to me and saying that the line went really quickly and that they wouldn't have to wait long. I guess they hadn't seen what it said on their number slip: waiting time, 2 hours 45 min. And that just a little before lunch time! So I decided to tell them how it works and suggested that they go do something else and come back later. That was my good deed of the day. =)

Saturday I went with my uncle Neil to Colorado Springs for the wedding reception of a cousin of mine. It was a good thing that I went with Neil, because I didn't know anyone else. But it was good to get out and do something, and the food was good. I also enjoyed meeting again my cousin and uncle and aunt since I should have had less than half my current age when I saw them last. I hope to get to know them better.

I've already visited two churches. One is located not far from my apartment. I have been learning about it through the internet and it seems like a good church. I've visited twice now and haven't yet met anyone and no one has introduced himself to me. I'll have to take my own iniciative to make any connection. I'm not sure yet that this will the the church that I'll make home.

The other church that I visited doesn't really seem like a church. It meets on Tuesday evenings and are almost all young people there. The music is really good in an alternative style and the preaching is also quite good. They don't have the structure or culture tipical of a church, and I have the feeling that many of the young people there go to other more "normal" churchs on Sundays. The teaching pastor, Dave Terpstra, posts on some blogs (1 and 2), and it seems there is some connection with the "emerging church movement". I've done a littel reading about that movement, and there are strong opinions about it. So I'll be checking things out with some care....

I started working, too. Now I've been working for a week and a two days at Peak Power Engineering, Inc.. It is a consulting firm in the area of electrical power systems. There are three principal engineers and another nine or ten (more or less) other engineers, four CAD technicians, and a secretary. I enjoy the work, but I'll like it better when I have a better handle on things. I'm still in the phase of starting from an example project and trying to follow it and adapt it. I know it will be a good experience, and since it is a small firm, I think I have the opportunity in my own hands to either be great or just be OK. The biggest problem now is going to bed late and getting up early, which leaves me unbearably sleepy after lunch.

We have things almost caught up, but I'm gonig to have to leave it for part III to finish up.... Leave questions and I'll respond!

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