Passing On

Long time readers of this stupid little blog might have noticed that I have an odd responsibility to pass on the news of people's death, especially ones who had some small impact on my life... like that of Bozo, Pat Morita, or the latest Stan Berenstain. For those who were not literate as small children, he was the creater of the Berenstain Bears, a delightful family who tough us values and other key things needed in life.

Speaking of death, this story gave me a little chill. It appears that a young gal died after a kiss from her boyfriend. Talk about literally taking one's breath away with a kiss.

Well, I really don't have anything really worth posting tonight, but wanted something new to take the place of all those haiku. I have posted some new photos over at flickr. You can see some previews over to the right -------> Most are from a trip to Italy I was fortunate to take. For some reason tonight I was sort of wishing I was back on the beach outside of Rome. Once you see the photo, you might want to join me.

Some of my students need to read:


Holiday Haiku

For the holiday weekend, I'm serving up an extra helping of Haiku Friday like a fine turkey dinner... with extra stuffing. So sit back, loosen up your belt, and feast on these...

I feel like a kid
Stuck in the basement to eat
At least I got pie.

iPod hard drive crash
Replacement comes in the mail
Yeah for warranty.

Two Thai teas to drink
Set the spice level to four
In my red curry.

The East versus West
Paulie gets a gift robot
If he dies, he dies.

Four pounds of turkey
One hundred pounds of woman
Twelve minute pig out

Parade loving folk
Sent into a mass panic
When balloons attack

The drug tryptophan
In pure form makes one sleepy
But not in turkey

Wax on and wax off
The karate kid was taught
The teacher is gone

Currently listening to:

Youth In Yellow

This week's theme at Photo Friday is Yellow. This photo was taken on a bridge leading to a park on the southern edge of Taejon.

Currently listening to: Chilliwack -


Remember The Stuffing Lady

Some might say it was ironic that Ruth Seims, the creator of Stove Top Stuffing, passed away shortly before Thanksgiving. Let us all take a moment today to be thankful for the quick and less messy way to enjoy the fine taste of stuffing. Thanks Ruth.

Tonight, somebody better be bringing:

When I'm Gone

My friend Bethany recently directed people to a cool way to wear your deceased loved ones, even if that loved one is a pet who has passed. And while this might be easier than keeping someone in a glass sarcophagus like Uncle Ho, others might be a little freaked out when the dead start to rise... from their finger jewelry.

But it would be selfish to only have one person sporting a piece of me after my time on this celestial ball comes to a sudden end. If only there were another option... oh wait there is. For about the cost of the The Best of Hanson CD, you can take my breath away, and keep it in a little vial. And there are so many options of how you can display the carbon dioxide I produce. If you are religious how about a cross? Or maybe you want to remember me as the dog that I am. Maybe you hope that in my breath is some secret I will whisper in your ear.

So who wants one? If you order one, I'll fill it up for free. Although for an extra $10, payable to me, I'll make sure the breath captured is scented in your choice of: Thai food, Chinese food, Mexican food, Freshly brushed teeth, or Kimchi.

So if you want a keepsake that will last longer than a t-shirt, get busy. Sorry, I'm not giving out locks of hair for fear that someone would want to clone me someday.

Currently soothing my throat with a:


Wait A Second

Recently a friend made fun of me for my knowledge of completely random information as well as my mad internet searching skills. I have to take this as a compliment, especially as later they asked me to help them find some information online...

So today, I bring you some more random information that you can use to impress friends and family. In fact, I'm going to help you celebrate a little longer this New Year's Eve. According to the article this year we will be adding another second to the end of the year. Yes, a whole second is going to be added to this fine year. And while it will give many an extra second to kiss the one they love, or are at least celebrating with, it does pose some questions. Will Dick Clark and Regis Philbin will have to stutter? I can hear them saying, "Five, Four, Three, Two, One, One...Happy New Years!!" And if I'm working the overnight shift, will I be creditted for that extra work I might do?

As a reader of this blog you will have a head start for planning what you will do your extra second. Please spred the word, making sure you tell them where you heard it first. And I pitty those who are not informed and wake up an extra second early on January 1.

Currently listening to: Sting -


Can't Stop The Haiku

Another week gone
Time to publish some haiku
Will I get comments?

Late into the night
Questioning community
Why did the mic break?


It's close to midnight
Time for a cool zombie dance
Beware the thriller.

Not if black or white
But the question in Dubai
Is he boy or girl

Currently listening to: Club 977


For The Birds

I admit I'm a bit of an internet junkie. Mix that with my curiosity of odd news, and you have a dangerous mix. Like today I was telling a story to friends that comes from the Netherlands. It goes a little like this...

Most people think that domino toppling ended with the decline of sales of Domino Rally sometime in the late 80s. But luckily classic 80's rock is not the only thing that is kept alive in Europe. There is even a yearly attempt to set a world record for domino toppling.

And while most people thing that this is a fairly safe and simple sport, this year's attemtpt at a record turned fatal. Sadly a sparrow decided to join in the fun, and took out a few thousand dominos before it was taken out. Now the lone gunman finds himself the target of those who want his death.

What does this all have to do with the grand scheme of life? I have no clue, just thought I'd share what I've learned this week. And I hadn't updated in a little while...

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Happy Haiku

Another Friday
s posted for your fun
Enjoy the reading.

This path that I'm on
God directs and I follow
I wish I knew more.

Sloth loves Baby Ruth
But down here it is our time
They never say die.

Thought he hit a deer
Got out to take a look-see
But the deer hit him

New photos online
Some great shots of days gone by
Look at link on right.

Currently listening to: Hall & Oates -


My Fifteen Minutes Are Ticking Away

Last spring I did an interview for a paper in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area about a website that I was prone to leave comments on from time to time. I was excited to have yet another fun little story about my near brush with fame, but shortly after the interview the website in question vanished quicker than something that vanishes really quickly. I thought all was loss, until tonight. I was shocked, amazed, and honored to see that my interview had been published a few weeks ago. So swing over and read my interview that many in the greater Allentown and Bethlehem area have already read. Be sure to leave a comment while you are there to show your support of all things that mention Cordell. Perhaps someday I can be big in Bethlehem.

Currently playing in the next room:


Just Another Manic Monday

Just because there might be someone out there who is the least interested in knowning what my day looked like... I give you a run down of my last 24 hours or so.

0:00 - Yahoo Euchre - I won 7 of 9 games. Also during this time various light checks of my and other dorms
2:00 - Found my bed.
6:55 - Second alarm goes off. I toss on some clothes, exit my room, and proceed to wake up students.
7:15 - Breakfast
7:50 - Morning announcements
8:00 - Bust four students for sneaking food well after breakfast time was up. (see 7:15)
8:20 - Pick up paper for printers
8:30 - Test vents in dorm for aroma and smoke distrubution.
8:40 - Room checks
9:00 - Work on snack budget report. Discover I've spent over 1,000,000W on snacks.
10:00 - Ride with newly engaged couple to do dorm store shopping.
11:35 - Lunch - had a salad, dang I'm healthy.
13:00 - Bike ride
14:20 - Nap
14:30 - Shower
15:00 - Welcome kids home with news that most have to clean their rooms. Monitor cleaning of rooms. Make four students write the time of breakfast fifty times. (See 8:00)
17:30 - Dinner - Baked potatoes
18:00 - Order 35,000 W of kimbap for snack
20:00 - Moniter study hall/chatting oline with babes
21:00 - Pick up kimbap.
21:45 - Served snack to students
22:00 - Moniter chores
22:30 - Send the kids to bed - Lights out for half of the dorm students.
22:45 - Collect handphones from students.
23:00 - Lights out for the rest of the dorm.
11:30 - Surf the web pondering things like does everything sound like Coldplay now, do I need to start taking Panexa, how much caffeine would it take to kill a man of my size and what is going on?

Now I go to bed, knowing that tomorrow I can sleep in.

Currently listening to: Katie Melua -


Haiku Mania

Friday has arrived, and you know what that means... HAIKUS. And like every Friday, here come the personal, pop culture, and current news haiku.

Free train trip to Seoul
Indian food with no cost
And a doughnut run.

Land of Confusion
Phil Collins and some puppets
Still scares me sometimes.

Home Depot's catch phrase
"You Can Do It, We Can Help"
Is not always true


To give a little insight into the first haiku, today I took the train to Seoul. As some of my friends know, often strange things happen to me when I'm exploring by myself. Today was no exception. The train was delayed so much they gave out refunds at the station. I then took my broken iPod to the Apple store, where they told me they would replace it in two weeks. After that good news, I decided to head over to Itaewon to get some Indian food. As I entered the place, I met a nice young couple who invited me to join them. After some really good conversation, and some great food, they picked up the tab.

But the sight of the day had to be one large white man walking through the subway with six dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts. It was like I didn't think I stuck out enough, so I had to have two large bags full of fresh, delicious smelling, original glazed doughnuts. The things I'll do for my students.

There is so much I'd love to say about this last week... Until I decide to put it in a post, just know that God has been great and has taught me a lot this week. Things about myself, friendships, His will and timing, and choices.

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Recalling What?

I'm a little concerned, confused, and shocked at the product being recalled in this article. Unless the people who wrote the article have updated it, there is a funny typo in the first paragraph to be found.