Saturday, October 14th
Chorale and Women's Chamber Choir put on a Car Wash fundraiser
at the New Starbucks off San Fernando (by Green Thumb). Then
we had thunderstorms last night.
got plenty of time to figure out our next fundraiser, but I think
we'll plan a little further in advance for the next one. (Explanation
needed - I'm the Vice President of Chorale, thus I head up the
planning for socials and fund raisers along with Elissa the Chorale
car wash seems somewhat (whispered) junior highish - but actually
it really fit well. By college just about everyone has been involved
in one so the planning isn't that hard and not only do you make
a good deal of money but it's just plain great fun. Most important
on the logistics side it was a good opportunity for us officers
to get coordinated in our efforts together so when we take on
the larger projects we have planned we're not just a committee
of buffoons. (I just wanted to say buffoons cause it's a cool
word - but it really is a little intense don't you think?) I
was very encouraged as well to see what an incredibly excited
and giving chorale we have this year. Everyone was there having
a great time and so many people stepped forward to serve in the
preparations for the car wash. This is going to be a great year
both in our musical abilities and in fellowship together!
the fundraiser side it really worked well also. We were really
praying it wouldn't rain! The forecast was likely rain, but like
I mentioned it came that night. We actually had some great sun
and the time of day, 2-6 PM, along with the clouds made for some
great lighting for photos. The most important part of our fundraiser
however was the interaction we had with our local community.
We had some great opportunities to talk with people and invite
them to come to our concerts here on campus. Sure it was strange
to see a bunch of people standing on a curb in tuxedos holding
a sign and singing Car Wash (and in the case of Randy... moving
rhythmically while singing whole musicals he had composed in
his mind on the spot) but we really turned a fundraiser cliché into
something unique and were able to share a very original message.
had a lot of fun with the posters and the photo shoot we did
for the car wash before hand. Here they are below - I'll post
the link to photos from the Car Wash once I have those available
to the public on the Chorale website.
a few fun facts - Dr. Plew called Kevine Malone, the past manager
of the Dodgers who owns a Mercedes dealership and we got to use
their car wash truck. Humerously we ran out of water right at
the end and had to use buckets for the last couple cars. (The
truck uses soft water so we couldn't just fill it up with hard
water that corrodes everyone's paint job.)
shot for the campus email. Does the waterfall look familiar?
If not check the you might check the archives. : )
we're headed (Carnegie Hall) and I know it's out of proportion.
you recognize this picture. President Bush said we could use
the white house lawn any time. We can't use the parking lot of
course cause the soap flows down the storm drains, but they keep
the grass cut pretty short so it wasn't to bad.
time for me to finish my full schedule for this semester. If
I have time I may head out to Vasquez rocks this evening. Here's
some more photos from the car wash.
I've begun signing my name because when I write Joshua Wheeler
and Josh Wheeler it helps me get better search engine rankings
for my own name - Josh Wheeler. Which really doesn't matter...
except that it's kind of fun! : )
October 9th, 2006
and I arrived back at college this morning or last night, depending
on how you view 1:45am. Much thanks to cousin Brian for picking
us up from LAX! We won't be seeing Minnesota for a long time
now, at least not in person. I've got plenty of photos though
of the beautiful fall colors and yes... the promised photos
of the alpacas. (They're quite the critters.)
I didn't get a chance to put these last few photos up from
MN I'm going to go ahead and let this update meamble back through
the Saturday before we left. They're really far more exciting
than... well, I don't have any pictures from today anyway.
Saturday is a good day to relive - especially since I'm sure
you'll laugh when you see the Alpaca pictures (I know Grandma
will : )
got up not so early in the morning (the sun was already up)
and then decided to take a quick bike ride.
horses pastured in a pasture along the road. Certainly not
an uncommon sight - and one of my favorites.
my stopping my bike and hopping off with a camera around my
neck, a vest with pockets of lenses, a flash and filters and
a tripod dangling from a clip on my vest about waste high this
goose almost waddled out of site. I had to snap a really quick
shot - thus the reason the composition of the photo is somewhat
is the lake across the street from the culdesac our house is
on. I took a route that brought me to the house; I tossed my
bike in the back of our truck and caught a short ride back
to the apartment with dad.
don't really have much to say - except I think I know what
kind of farm Dr. Seuss grew up on. Yep, Alpacas aren't Llamas
(that was a factual error in my last post... and I knew that,
I just figured they were pretty close to Llamas. Nope) Imagine
ET as a furry camel.
enough jokes about Alpacas. Suffice to say, they're really
cute; and they act as cute as they look.
couple of rebelious teenagers with their well trimmed haircuts.
OK, actually these are babies who haven't been around long
enough to grow full locks of hair yet. They're really sweat.
any celebrities coming to mind? - Unfortunately I don't really
know any celebrities names - but can't you just see a hollywood
hairstylist visiting an Alpaca farm and saying - "THAT's
IT! Zee fresh knu look I have been zerching my whole life for,
and now it is placed before my vewy eyes." And then the
'I'm so cool I don't need to be able to see because I don't
actually move all day' look sweeps america... I've got it.
The name for my new rock band - "The Alpacas"!
of the babies chewing on some grass. Alpacas are cool. I like
personality - and they've got plenty of it.
Osceola Train Ride
love trains - and we took an incredible train ride along the
St. Croix river. Autumn was a perfect season because many trees
had lost there leaves and so we could see through to the river,
when normally the trees would have allowed a limited view of
waterfall we stopped at before boarding the train. Waterfalls
don't really dry up during the summer in Minnesota...
are a couple shots of a Beaver dam we could see from the train.
It's incredible to see just how big Beaver dams really are.
the engine to the other side of the train for the trip back.
are some photos of O' Brien State Park - which the train travels
little town of Osceola in Wisconsin where the train departs
stopped at Lake Alice in O' Brien as the sun was setting before
getting some dinner at a Bar and Grill in town.
we came out from dinner the moon was framed behind the pines
picture perfect - so I took some pictures.
October 6th, 2006
some photos from today. There are so many stories to tell, but
it's already quite late tonight.
bike ride to O' Brien State Park this morning
time a cheerful gust of wind rushes into the forest to hide from
the clouds the leaves join into the fun and leap from the trees
swirling all around. One of them decided to fit its self neatly
upon my tripod.
from Nate and my ride this afternoon
Lutheran Church on the corner of our town's intersection
girls thought it would be nice to tour a museam and then take pictures
of all of the Dolla Häst in our town… so Nate and I
decided to go for a bike ride. (Actually the museum looked really
fun - but I looked both ways very carefully several times before
snapping this picture really quick. For self-image sake I think
the bike ride was the right choice - and it was incredible!)
familiar? We rode on some back roads (meaning we saw maybe... at
least I think we saw a car?) to the lake across the street from
our house and then rode back down to the main road (meaning if
you're really patient and quiet you might see some cars). We passed
our in construction house and then this pond - of which I have
taken, shall we say, quite a few photos.
Moonrise above the St. Croix River
and I had a little fun with my camera on thirty second exposure.
or goodmorning, tomorrow some pictures of Stillwater and the
Alpaca Farm (i.e. Llamas).
is harvest moon, but the moon is round and bright tonight as well.
I'm sitting in the second story of our apartment in Minnesota.
My sister and I left LAX wednesday at 1:00am and got here about
6:00am. We didn't want to lose any of our time back here, and that's
the only time Sun
Country flies from LA to MSP. Thanks to Shane and Elizabeth for
dropping us off at the Van Nuys fly away. (They've remodeled
and it's an incredible facility - but do bring cash to purchase
$3 ticket to LA - that's all the ticket machines take.) How many
times did we sing 'I'll Fly Away'? - it was Shane's suggestion.
we went to see the house construction (Rachel's first time ever).
Progress has been made since I last saw it - the whole downstairs
has been framed and it's really starting to take shape. This friday
the siding arrives and the sheetrock is going up soon. We did alot,
but if I'm getting up for the sun rise I need to go to bed, so
I'll just post photos real quick. (They're more fun anyway.)
were taken on our paddle boat ride down the St. Croix today and
in Pothole park. That's right - a whole park dedicated to potholes.
(Potholes are deep holes in the rock cliffs above the St. Croix,
some of which are over 60 ft deep.) Unfortunately, if you were
looking forward to seeing pictures of the potholes, I mostly took
pictures of the gorious fall colors - because incredibly cool as
it's kinda hard to take a shockingly majestic pictures
of deep holes in a rock.
last paragraph! - FALL! fall, FaLL, Fall fall... what
an amazing season! The air is brisk but not cold, the sun is bright,
world is filled with the fragrance of freshly fallen leaves and
damp bark and all the other wonderful smells of the forest. Time
loses its urgency and you feel no pressures closing in on you.
You don't ask how long a walk was and the question, "what time
is it?" doesn't really come to your mind. All
you God's creation is preparing for winter and you are caught up
in that sense of anticipation, in a non urgent manner. You know
something wonderful is coming, when the first snow will cover the
world all around and transform it into an amazing - you know the
cliche - winter wonderland; but you can't make it happen any faster,
so why worry. And yes, if the feeling of fall that drifts lightly
through the air isn't enough to distract you from hurry - the trees,
bushes, shrubs and vines will. You are surrounded by the brighest
reds and oranges and yellows. Under your feet leaves rustle and
crunch softly and in the blue sky above geese and ducks, and sometimes
even a hawk or eagle, are if not glimpsed then heard. The overload
of colors seen for so short a time of the year suddenly overwhelms
you and you think about what is around you and what you are doing.
The present takes the future - standing in open mouth
amazement - and gently sits it down behind the curtain and takes
its rightful though brief place solo, at center stage.
cozy little upstairs apartment
next door neighbors
St. Croix River
and views from the river below
closely at this photo for one of the majestic rulers
of the river.
whose going to get married here so I can take their wedding photos
on this perfect bridge?
pictures begs explanation - so ask me about it sometime... just
kidding. This has been named by Rippley's believe it or not the
most realistic natural rock formation in the US. (Or something
along those lines.) You can go rock climbing up his face if you
the last two photos below of FALL!
- Josh Wheeler
"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
the former shall not be remembered or come to mind."
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updates on the house construction check - The
Wheeler Family Website.
Tuesday, October 24th
following photos are from back at the beginning of this semester,
when bible study went to Mammoth for retreat. Maybe some day
I'll tell the story, but there's more to explain than this...
and I'm not actually sure I could explain it.
If the first paragraph was perhaps the king of vague statements
here's a little more of the story. I climed a mountain and took
pictures. Why? well... that's the part that's hard to explain.
I really like climbing mountains for the challenge and especially
for the views. It's amazing to be looking out over mountains
and valley's from a place where I'm sure few have been before.
But there's a lot more to say about climbing mountains than that,
especially in regards to time. Sometimes I wonder if it's the
air at higher altitudes that seems to slow time down?