Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I woke up on Saturday with an amazing idea. Let's go to Ikea and just look and maybe purchase a few small organizational items. Dhrumil, of course, knew that going to Ikea meant more for me than just eating Swedish meatballs, it meant possibly buying a piece of furniture. With this thought he decided to take the Camry since it is our "large car" and my little Cobalt can only hold so much. Walking around Ikea, my stomach happy and full of meatballs, I had another amazing idea... let's buy a chair NOW. Dhrumil, ofcourse knowing I would decide this, said ok and we picked out a very nice one.
In the past we have been able to maneuver Ikea furniture into our car. Not this time. Ends up after 1 hour of trying to push the chair into the car we had to strap it to the top... no easy feat for a tall man and a short little woman... and drive 40 miles on the busiest interstate around back to our apartment. WE DID IT and we felt great for doing it. :) Teamwork...
We love the chair.
CYCLONE SIDR - LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Dear Friends,How many times have we heard that phrase? Location, Location, Location. Unfortunately, location played a big part in the tragic events of last week. Bangladesh lies just a few feet above sea level right on the Indian Ocean. Hundreds of rivers to overflow and no higher ground. Also its remote location makes it difficult to speed aid to the people in need. Lack of equipment, infrastructure and communication make it difficult to even put a handle on the size of the task ahead. In 11 districts 90% of the crops have been lost and an estimated 200,000 livestock have been killed. They are even using elephants as part of the clean up effort.Location will also play a part as international awareness and interest in the coming days and weeks will diminish. This was not a hurricane that hit a state in the US. This was not a tragedy that effected foreign tourists at the beach that was caught on tape. This was not a sensational tabloid story of the rich and famous having a member of their family die. No, these were just nameless people from a far off place that happens to be in the wrong location. Because of location the cyclone will mostly likely be only a 30 second piece on tonight's evening news if its mentioned at all.Honestly, it has been hard for me to process it all from even just 80 miles away. The reality of the need can be overwhelming. The idea that location, location, location has affected the people of Bangladesh on a such a large scale has kept me up tonight with tears in my eyes. Please be praying in the days ahead that God will open opportunities to share His love.Serving Bangladesh,Duane for Lori, Justus and Jared
CLICK TO SEE MORE PICTURES AT CNN.COM
1. PRAY FOR THE AFFECTED CHURCHES.2. PRAY THAT AN OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE FOR TENTS AND FOOD TO BE SENT TO BANGLADESH WILL GET GOVERNMENT APPROVAL.3. PRAY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TO BE DEMONSTRATED IN THE MIDST OF SUFFERING.4. PRAY FOR A HEATH CARE MINISTRIES TEAM THAT IS BEING FORMED. PRAY FOR SCHEDULES AND VISAS.5. PRAY FOR ALL THE NEEDED PERMISSIONS TO GET THE AID INTO THE COUNTRY.
If you or your church would like to help with the relief efforts please email us at DuaneLori@gmail.com
THE DANIELSEN FAMILY, QUOTE AND LINKS
THE DANIELSEN FAMILY:Thank you for praying for us during the storm. Thank you for the many emails and calls to see how we were doing. Dhaka was hit but we only experienced heavy winds and rain and minimal damage here in the capital. We temporaily lost power and communication for a little over a day. QUOTE:
"Sadly, because this cyclone was on the other side of the world, many have disregarded the loss and devestation that you've experienced, and we need to have our spiritual eyes opened to the human need you are serving."
Dr. Bruce Bell - Liberty UniversityLINKS:Videos at CNN http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/11/19/bangladesh.cyclone/#cnnSTCVideo
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite tv shows. Jon and Kate Plus 8... it's on TLC on Mondays nights and you have to watch it. Both Dhrumil and I really enjoy it. It's about a family who has twins and sextuplets! It's amazing how they deal with it and it's also really funny and cute. Check it out!!!!!!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The hotel was behind us... I promise! What's with D?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The life of a commuter was one that I experienced for a short while. Before I excepted my job at the college in the Empire State building, I interned for an orchestra in the garment district. I loved passing the big needle threading the button, stopping at Starbucks and then up the strange elevator to the hip office with each desk blaring different classical music pieces.
Once I started at the college and the daily grind of riding the train became a reality... it turned into something not as glamorous:
Packed trains, lots of unique personalities, walking 10 blocks, falling in front of hundreds during rush hour on Madison Ave. (oh yes I did that) trying to walk in a major blizzard, walking in the rain getting soaked and hit by hundreds of umbrellas, staring down taxi drives who I thought were going to kill me, being stranded by a taxi driver and having no clue where I was, smiling at the security guards in the Empire State Building, being asked by tourists from other countries to take their picture in the lobby, riding the elevator and S T O P P I N G on every floor, eating in little Korea town, almost fainting on the train in the midst of many men (yup did that 2 times), working at an office with no window visible, cutting the line to go to the top of the building and leaving really early and getting home really late.
I could go on and on. No matter how much the tourists bothered me or how many bruises I got from people running into me I was always struck by how awesome it was to work in the most famous building in America in one of the most famous cities in the world.
I miss you NYC... oh and I miss the Starbucks on EVERY corner.
Monday, October 15, 2007
My first day of the real world and I was scared to death. College was behind me and now it was time to put my learning to the test. My first "real job" was working for an oil company in the contracts department and I didn't have a clue what to expect.
I can't remember the first time I met him, but his first day was around the same time as mine. My first impression was of his huge smile and easy going nature. We were starting this new step in life at the same time, though coming from completely different worlds and ways of living. I kinda felt like we were in it together although we hardly knew each other. Those few months of working together, eating lunch together, barely scratching the surface of each other's lives were special.
I felt like I knew him personally, but then again I didn't know him at all. All I know is that he was a genuine person, a person who gave everyone a shot, a funny person and someone who always had a huge smile no matter how late he had been out the night before. He was real and that is what I appreciated most about him.
We didn't talk much after he left the Oil Company, only a few times on IM, but his death is hitting me deeper than I would have ever thought possible. Those few short months that he was in my life really meant something and I will always remember them. It makes me think how much you can impact someone's life and not really notice. Who will remember me when I'm gone? Someone I only spent a fraction of my life with?
RIP Jason Lantieri you will be missed by so many. May God be with your family and loved ones during this hard time. I will always remember you as a funny and crazy guy who took chances and was one of the most real people I knew.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
We haven't had hot water since Wed and I'm dirty! I had to boil water to wash... AHHH! :)
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Here is the story of the day... after work I was walking Willougby and not really paying much attention. At one point on our walk Willougby stopped and would not come. I turned around to see why and I saw a bone sticking out of his mouth. This bone was nasty.... flesh and blood hanging off of it. Well I didn't want him to get sick and I grabbed hold of the bone before I knew how nasty it was. While screaming out of disgust (so loud the commuters walking home heard it through their ipods) I wrestled the bone out of his mouth. Once I finally got it out I screamed again because of the blood (or bbq sauce if it was a chicken leg) on my hand and tried not to puke. So that's my story... I still feel sick thinking of it. The question is... what was the bone?
Saturday, September 29, 2007
The first week at the Norwegian Oil company went very well and though I am a bit rusty on all things oil, I think I'll survive. I still think it is crazy I am back in Corporate America after the longings of nonprofit work. This is definitely a change from working in a College, but maybe it's a change for the better. I have decided that I need to be sure I have a creative output elsewhere and then use all my brain type A power to understand my job.
I'm trying to think if I have any embarrassing stories from this past week, but I think I still have a clean slate in that area so far.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
"DOG VS. MAN"
I am still amazed how living so close to the city we have access to so many diverse and cultural experiences. Before we went to the show we ate at an amazing tiny Italian restaurant down the street from Times Square. The best part was the it was actually affordable. :)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Update on the toe... it still hurts. Soon to come... interview stories. Picture ..."art in my mixer."
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Yesterday was amazing outside... no humidity and mid 70s. With all my freetime I created a gormet dinner and Dhrumil, Willoughby and I headed over to Cove Island. Take a look at some of the random pictures we took. I think I was getting a bit camera happy.
"We Know We're Cool"
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The whole interviewing process is like a step in the direction of self examination. You have to decide what are your best skills, what you can bring to the company. You have to figure out what you are good at, what you would like to do. Yes, a job is needed for money and it is a part of life, but there is so much more to life for me. It all seems a bit idiotic at times. Walking into the plastic world of money and trying to sell yourself to perfect strangers who don't know you at all. Trying to put your life on a piece of paper and contort yourself to fit their specific "job type." Though the guards are up while interviewing, it is still a very vulnerable position that you put yourself in. Having to do this three times in three and half years has made me think so much about what is my "career purpose" in life. I have had to step back each time and figure out what my next move is, evaluate all I have learned, put myself back out there to be not only re-examined by myself, but also by perfect strangers.