Posts Tagged ‘friends

29
Nov
08

Tracking and Touching

My brothers and I hung out at my friend’s farm last night and woke up this morning to the news that his brother-in-law had shot a buck down in the field, but it ran off. We were enlisted to see if we could find it. After a couple hours early in the morning they stopped for breakfast and then we all went out to take another crack at trying to find the buck. It had crossed over two roads and over a couple fields, through some woods and probably into a wetlands. We never did find it.

On our way back, we stopped in at the Apple store so my brother could get the USB power adapter for his iPhone replaced. I went so I could put my hands on the new Macbook and Macbook Pro. I’m liking the new ‘button-less’ trackpad, even though he doesn’t quite like it. When I get around to being able to upgrade, I’m probably going to pick me up one of those Macbook Pros.

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26
Jul
08

RP International Conference 2008

The week after the bike trip was the quadrennial Reformed Presbyterian International Conference…and attending the conference was the main reason for the trip occurring at that particular time and to that particular destination. The sessions were a good learning time, I hope to sit down and review my notes soon so I can put into practice anything that I found I could use. Because the Reformed Presbyterian Church is a fairly small denomination, I knew a lot of people who were there and even more than I would have if the conference was a couple years ago because I’ve been out here in Pennsylvania and have met a whole different crowd.

A group of about 25 of us in our 20’s+ who are single traveled up the road to visit the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. After lunch we toured the outdoor sculptures by riding a tram on a guided tour. There are a number of large pieces, mostly abstract but some are realistic, such as a 30 ft horse or a 24 foot garden trowel. Afterward many of us explored the portion intended for kids, but it looked so interesting that we wandered through it. I took a bunch of photos of the park on the tour and while walking around.

Other highlights include the talent show, a concert by New Song, exploring the school’s observatory, and meeting new friends. The night the observatory was open almost couldn’t have been better (except less light pollution). I saw Jupiter and a binary through their smaller 8″ scopes and a cluster, the moon and a couple other things through the big 16″ telescope. The moon had just come up above the trees and so the operators pushed the mount and controls just a little bit further than it would have liked to be able to take a look. It was orange, due to the atmosphere, and we were able to see many craters up close.

I really enjoyed the conference and think it was totally worth spending most of my vacation days to attend. I’m definitely planning to go in 2012, Lord willing.

02
Jul
08

Softball = Fun

Tonight was game four for the Pittsburgh Sports League softball team I’m on with a bunch of other greater Pittsburgh area new media people. The origin of the team came when tehjim asked on Twitter what softball position each would want to play. I guess there was enough feedback that it was clear there’d be enough people to play so here we are, playing. As the Yinz Team, in gold.

We definitely aren’t there to win at all cost, but to have fun. It’s been quite the hoot playing with the loudest team and getting soundly beaten every time so far. Which I attribute to this being our first time playing as a team and that we (generally) aren’t particularly athletic. In fact, tonight we lost 0-18 but stayed around and chatted until the 9:00 game was about to start. Many of the other teams seem to take it just a bit too seriously. Nonetheless, we seem to be doing better as we go along – if only we could get a few more runs so that the game would go a bit longer than five innings.

Go Yinz Team!

29
Nov
07

Outdoor Ice Skating

It’s been a really long time since I’ve been ice skating. But when @wingsfrompye asked on Twitter if anyone was interested in going I said, “Sure!” We’d tried last Tuesday, but noone else seemed interested. Today, it appears that enough others were interested so we went ahead and met up. I arrived about 8:30 as I’d been at a Bible study that ran late, due mostly to the battery in the minivan I’m borrowing from my parents being low enough that it wouldn’t start. I had to run up and see if anyone was left in the office who could help jump the car. Gratefully, there was, so I was able to get it started right away. I also misjudged how long it would take to get there (something I’m still working on here in Pittsburgh).

Met up with the group at the outdoor skating rink in North Park. It was fun trying to get on the ice again, but I have this feeling that I was missing something. My skates weren’t tight enough or something because my feet kept trying to tilt to one side instead of staying more straight up and down. Plus the surface didn’t seem that smooth. Maybe that’s because it was the end of the day and the rink is outside. Oh well, I had fun anyway and I didn’t fall down once (I did lose my balance a bit and had my hands on the ice, but got back up).

16
Nov
07

Light Up Night

Tonight, I went with some friends to Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night. As we were waiting for some, didn’t arrive downtown till shortly after 8pm. We walked over as parking was likely to be an issue. First stop was at AiP and I ran into one friend who was headed to Station Square, then spent a while conversing with various people I know from school.

Ice Sculptures

Then, as everyone I came over with seemed to have disappeared, I decided to check out the Market Square area and see what all the buzz about Light Up Night was.

Market Square

Apparently, today is the opening of the ice rink in the PPG square along with the formal lighting of the various Christmas trees and lights for the city.

Ice Skating Rink

The evening was to end with fireworks, but I was in the wrong spot to see them. Oh, well. Rachel has a few better pictures. Finally met up with the group again and walked back. Hung out for a while, played Uno, ordered pizza and watched Aladdin (might have been my first time all the way through).

It was a good evening. First time I’ve explored the Light Up Night in the 2-ish years I’ve been in the Pittsburgh area. Possibly would have been a bit more interesting if I’d been there earlier, but that’s all right. There’s always next year.

11
Nov
07

Retreat, Relationships, Reflection

This weekend (as I mentioned yesterday), I was at the college retreat held at the church-house I used to live in up in Gibsonia. Being some distance away from the city, it was nice to not be concerned with work or projects or life events for a bit. About 60 attended from Geneva, Grove City, Penn State, CMU, Duquesne, IUK and Ball State.

One great thing about retreats like this, is a chance to see, talk to and catch up with people I’ve met before, but haven’t seen for a while. I was also able to meet a few new people. I’m still working on the ‘stand in the corner and hope people will come talk to me’ syndrome. I guess I need to make a more concerted effort to just walk up to people I don’t know and introduce myself. Once I get past that, conversation seems to go okay (though I know I need to work on asking questions, too).

The subject of the retreat was faith and I was challenged to be more trusting and bold in life situations. One portion of the time was set aside for reflection on how our lives are going and what we need to do about it. I’ve not sat down to think about where I’m going or what I’m doing for quite a while now. It always seems like I’m too busy.

One fun highlight was Saturday evening, we went on the (now traditional) hike/walk to Yonder Knoll. About half of the group hiked and slid down the steep hill along the back of the property. In the cold. And the dark. This time we also made certain to count how many were going (last year one got left behind on the way back). We arrived with little incident on a field that is also a nice gently sloping hill. While it was partly foggy and slightly cloudy, it was a good time to look at the stars. I wished I had remembered to bring my binoculars and to ascertain the location of Comet Holmes. After looking at the stars and singing for a while, it was midnight and we headed back. Whoever was in the lead wasn’t exactly sure where the better way back was, so we wandered in the wilderness for a bit…circling around 2-3 times. Eventually we arrived back at the house, slightly muddy and with leaves and weeds caught on gloves and coats, but it was a good time nonetheless.

08
Nov
07

Blogfest 12

Apparently, Pittsburgh really has a fairly strong blog population. I guess some time ago, a couple/few years (?), a number of bloggers who follow each other decided to meet up. This evening was the latest of these events. I’ve met many of  those who were there through Podcamp and other various events, so it was certainly nice to be able to converse in a room where everyone can hear each other…instead of competing with some band or other. Not that bands are bad exactly, but those sorts of events just don’t lend themselves to people getting to know each other.

I arrived about 7:45, after having a prior engagement run till 7:30 instead of 7:00 as I’d hoped. Oh, well. I’m sure I ended up missing several people who were there earlier. Maybe next time?