Monday, July 18, 2011

A Eulogy for my grandmother

On Saturday July 16th, 2011, I gave a eulogy for my grandmother.  Here is the text of the eulogy:


Today I am honored and humbled to talk about my grandmother.  She was a constant presence in my life. From the time I lived with her and her family (while my parents worked in the Middle East) to the time she spent some time with my wife Michelle and me. I could count her for sound advice, an understanding heart and wisdom of ages.  Her walk with the Lord was admirable and the fear of the Lord visible.

Couple of days before she passed away, I spent some time with her and I saw a side of her which I hadn't seen before.  She was a fighter and a person how never gave up. It makes sense now this fighting spirit helped her raise her children into god fearing individuals, parents and grandparents.  As my uncle stated a few days ago, imagine if she wasn't a fighter where would the kids be. Where would I be?

I close now by saying this:
I realize I will see her again but till then I will remember the following:
- Her zeal for the Lord
- Her fear of the Lord
- Her courage for the Lord
- Her patience and loving kindness

I will also try to instill these virtues with my children.  Thanks again for touching our lives and we love you grandma!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Looking Overseas and Beyond

Rather than go to the Lord's Supper, today I stayed home today since my daughter Tabitha has been sick with a cough and a high fever. I realized that with four small kids that I don't have time to socialize with my friends nor do activities with my wife. With four kids, my life revolves around work, commuting (4-5 hours a day) and spending time with my family. It's been good to get a break during the Christmas and just relax. We are planning to go South Carolina for a church conference next week.

As far as work is concerned, I am open to job close by my house. If that doesn't pan, I am considering getting a job at the UN and work in Europe (Austria, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, UK and others) or South America (Mexico, Brazil) for a few years and expose my family to the international life. I was blessed when I was kid to have seen different cultures and lifestyles and those experiences have helped me in my life. According to some of my co-workers, FAA has to take you back in once you decide to return to the US. I am checking on it. That's all for now.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Congrats Bro.!

Well, here is a blog post after two months. Yesterday I went to Mike Anderson's groom shower (a Christian bachelor party with lots of foods and great fellowship) at BD Mongolian Grill at Bethesda, MD. It was great! I see a young dental student ready to take the big plunge with his beloved fiancee Anna "So to be Anderson" Hartley. He was sitting with other men who are married. I wondered what they were thinking: Were they remembering their big days or what life is all about after we, the married men, were married.

Hey Mike, if you are reading this, you will be joining our club soon and you will be a joyful man. You may not happy all the time nor sad all time but you will appreciate what marriage is all about. Congrats Bro.! Michelle and I are excited for you and Anna and we will joining you on your big day! Is Mark and Angie's ex-pet dog coming to the wedding? :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Teachers' Basketball game

Last night my daughter Tabitha insisted that I take her to a basketball game played by the faculty members of New Market Elementary School. In other words, Tabitha wanted to see Ms. Warner, her Kindergarten Teacher, play some ball. So today I got home at 5:43am and took Tabitha and Seth to the basketball game. I had to pay $3 for tickets and then we watched the game. The game was lively and I have to say that the teachers are extremely competitive. There was shoving, pushing, teachers fighting over a ball, etc., etc. In the end, it was a good game. My daughter wasn't watching the game but she was screaming, "Let's go New Market" and "You can do it Ms. Warner". Meanwhile Seth was awfully quite and the only question is asked me is, "Why are there basketball nets in the roof?" I had to explain to him that the other baskets rolled down when there wasn't an actual game being played. After I answered him, I realized that he is our little scientist.
After the game was over, Tabitha was upset that the game wasn't long enough. My social butterfly!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

coughing, coughing, and sucking on bugs

For the last five months or so, I have been hampered by this persistent cough which doesn't seem to go away. I have been on inhalers, cough syrups, antibotics, steroids and nothing seems to be working really well. Only time and prayers should heal it. One thing does seem to do its job is sucking on cloves. Yup! Good ole' organic cloves. My daughter Patricia starts to gag when I show the cloves on my tongue. She thinks the cloves are dead bugs. Aren't I mean? :)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I have to say...

I have to say that the position of the US President has been a huge fascination of mine from the last six and half years. I am a history buff and am a fan of social history. I don't care much for how a war was executed or which policies helped a country or two. I am a fan of social history and have been for most of my life. What I care about is how people through the rivers of time thought and perceived life around them. When you study this, you realize that the people may dress different, think different or even speak different but the common things that tie altogether through the splitting forces of time is how people individually react to stresses, joys and tragedies in life. US Presidents go through a heightened state of reactions since their decisions impact millions of people around them. My fascination started when I read the biography of John Adams by David McCullough. The book showed a human who was trying to do his best to lead a country but no one was happy with him. He wasn't as charismatic as Washington or articulate as Jefferson but he was nevertheless a nobleman who realized that his position was greater than him.

Anyway after going to the Inauguration last week, I thought it would be nice to put CSPAN videos of the inaugurations speeches. All the presidents when are they ready to take the office for the first time are full of hope and promise but by the time they are done with their term they realize that they reality of the job. Enjoy the speeches:

2009 - Barak Obama



2001 - George W. Bush



1993 - Bill Clinton



1989 - George H. W. Bush



1981 - Ronald Reagen



1977 - Jimmy Carter



1974 - Gerald Ford



1969 - Richard Nixon



1965 - Lyndon Johnson



1961 - John Kennedy



1953 - Dwight Eisenhower



1945 - Harry Truman (speech from 1949)



1933 - Franklin Roosevelt

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Can we PLEASE make it part of the Bailout package?

As you may be following that the American auto industry (GM,Ford and Chrysler) is asking the US Government to bail them out with a $33 to $15 billion (not million but billion) loan. The Legislative body and the Executive body are currently scrutinizing the three companies and their bad practices. Today the President Elect Barack Obama stated that the CEO of GM should step down and Chrysler should be merged. I don't have an MBA or have any high level business acumen but I do read the papers and see that the big three pay around $70/hr on average to auto worker since the auto workers are part of an auto labor union. I also saw recently that GM cancelled their multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Tiger Woods. I don't know that an endorsement deal with an uber-good athlete is not a good marketing strategy. What I do know is a decent understanding of NFL football? The brain power behind Ford is also managing the Detroit Lions who still haven't won a game this year (0-13 to be precise). Henry Ford, the founder of Ford, must be rolling his grave (figuratively) to see his lineage not able to manage this creation. The Ford family's poor understanding of business, which is evident by Ford companies desire for taxpayer money, and having one of the worst NFL franchises in the last two decades. This worst franchise had one of the best running backs ever and they still kept loosing. People like Wayne Fontes and Matt Millen exemplify the astute business moves of the Ford family. Couple of years ago Matt Millen got an extension deal who was hired as their President, and General Manger (GM) with no GM experience. Matt Millen is probably one of the worst ever GMs in the history of NFL. He drafted poorly for the Lions picks in almost every draft he was involved. The biggest problem with the Lions is that they have never had a franchise quarterback. They need to hire a person like Bill Parcells to fix their problems but as you can see they haven't. These type of moves exemplify the Ford family. Therefore the bailout package must include that the Ford family sell the Detroit Lions and give their Thanksgiving game back to the league. For the last number of years, I have felt sick overeating on the turkey and watching the Lions loose. Then again the world isn't that bad. Could you imagine if Al Davis was running Ford, GM or Chrysler? Yikes!