Shared Items for the week of January 31, 2010*

* Q: Wha? A: Every week I go through about 1000 posts on my RSS feed. These are ones that I thought worth sharing. You can find previous Shared Items here.

For the week of 2010-01-30 in Tweets

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For the week of 2010-01-24 in Tweets

  • Back from Haiti and are now safe and sound on US soil – in Florida. Have I got a story for you. #fb #
  • AA 1763 to ORD. AA 425 to SEA. #fb #
  • Back from Haiti. All safe and sound. Thank you sooooo much to everyone for your prayers while we were gone. Keep praying though! #

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Back in the United States

Good news everyone! We’re back on US soil, solid ground so to speak. I’m currently at the Miami Airport waiting for our flight to leave (AA 1763 to ORD, AA 425 to SEA). We get in at 6:35pm local time. I’ll have more of an update when I get back and I’m not using an iPhone.

Another Haiti Update

Some of this information is going to be repeated becuase I had about all of four minutes last time I was online. Once you get to the second paragraph, it should be mostly new stuff:

As you probably know by now, there was a severe earthquake (and several dozen aftershocks) just south of Port-au-Prince Haiti on Tuesday. I am staying about 125 miles north near a town called Port-de-Paix. We felt the earthquake (best guess is around a 3.0 or so, perhaps less), however I and the rest of my team is safe. The missionaries we are staying with have enough food, water, gas, and other essentials to last for a very long time (easily several months).

Unfortunately, getting out of the country has proven to be a bit difficult. Port-au-Prince (which is where we flew into and are supposed to fly out of) is in ruins, although the airport is reasonably intact (or so I’ve heard). We were scheduled to fly back on Monday, 18 January. However, American Airlines has cancelled all flights for the time being and has rescheduled us for Saturday, 23 January. Additionally, we have to take a short “commuter” flight (from Port-de-Paix to Port-au-Prince) on a local airline that has also stopped operating and has stated that they will not resume operations until American Airlines starts flying (which should be Tuesday, 19 January).

Several aid ships for several nations are here or enroute. The United States Military has or very shortly will take over control off the airport and hopefully things will get going again. It’s rumored (although I can’t substantiate this) that Monday is the day they are airlifting a bunch of stuff in, which is why we can’t fly out.

We’re past plans B, C, and D and are on to about Plan E now. We are monitoring the situation and still attempting to get out on Monday (although we don’t really think that will happen). One possibility might be to get a flight out on an missionary flight operated by Missionary Flights International. However, we won’t be moving until it’s a “slam dunk” to get back to Miami (or somewhere else in the US).

Contact with the outside world as also been at a minimum. So far, I’ve only been able to get Internet access for about 10 minutes in the last 10 days. I haven’t read any news reports or seen any photos from Port-au-Prince, thus all I know is what Bruce (one of the missionaries) has relayed to us (to his credit, he has been doing a great job of keeping us apprised of what’s going on).

We’ve continued on with our original plans as best we can and have generally been in good spirits; however, yesterday was a bit tough as final word came down that American Airlines was not flying on Monday and our flight have been pushed back almost an entire week. I think everyone has taken the news rather well and has shifted gears to figure out how to make the best of the situation we are in. Most of us have jobs and took a large chunk of vacation time to come down to Haiti and now we have to dig into that bank even more, which hurts a bit (at least for me).

I’m also tired of eating oatmeal and tuna fish sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, respectively, everyday; however, Deb (Bruce’s wife) has cooked amazing dinners for us every night and I’ve been eating better down here than I have at home most nights.

We’ll continue to keep on keeping on down here. I’d ask that you pray for safe (and soon) travel back to Seattle and peace of heart and mind while we are down here.

Know that we are safe and will get back to Seattle as soon as safely possible. Feel free to post comments below. Updates will be provided when I get more Internet access. You can also stay up-to-date at http://www.upc.org.

Andrew, out.

Update from Haiti

This is just a quick update to tell you that first off I am, along with the rest of our team, ok. We are in Port-da-Paix, which is about 125 miles north of Port-au-Prince. At about 4:45pm on Tuesday we felt an small tremor (~3.0 or so on the Richter scale, best guess). We thought it was an isolated and local tremor. As we all now know it was quite more than that.

There really isn’t a lot were are able to do from where we are, so we are going about our project as usual. We get intermedite updates from our hosts as time and information permits. However, this is the worst thing to Haiti in at least 100 years.

My biggest concern right now is getting back home. To get back to the US, we have to take a 45 minute flight into Port-Au-Prince and then catch an an American Airlines flight to Miami. Right now, we don’t know if American Airlines if flying or not.

I’d ask that you pray for the people of Haiti. That you would pray for us and the rest of our trip. And that you pray that God would find us getting home safely.

-Andrew

For the week of 2010-01-10 in Tweets

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In Haiti

Believe it or not, Andrew isn’t at home, please a message… at the beep. I must be out, or I’d pick up the phone. Where could I be? Believe it or not, I’m not home!

I have left the country (no, really, I’m out of the country again) and am on vacation from 8 January 2010 through 18 January 2010. I will be returning to life as you know it on Tuesday, 19 January 2010.

I do not plan on having access to email (or really any form of communication), so don’t plan on hearing from me until after the 19th.

If this is a real emergency (i.e. someone is going to die), my parents have my emergency contact information.

Good luck.

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For the week of 2010-01-03 in Tweets

  • @mattmatt Godspeed in reply to mattmatt #
  • I think i'm inoculated from just about everything now…ready for Haiti #fb #
  • For the record, Firefly/Serenity is still amazing. #fb #
  • @galynbell it's pretty much the best thing ever. I just wish they'd let me use it at work. in reply to galynbell #
  • Am I ready for this New Year? #fb #
  • After being off since Christmas Eve, going back to work on Monday is going to suuuuck #fb #

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Quotes of 2009, Part 2

As I do every year about this time, I’m clearing out the “Favorite Quotations” section from my Facebook profile to make way for the new quotes I will undoubtedly amass in 2010. Here are the second set of quotes from 2009:

“Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.” – Mark Twain

“The good thing about being young is that we are not experienced enough to know we cannot possibly do the things we are doing.” – Gene Brown

“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” – Caterina Fake (http://www.caterina.net/archive/001196.html)

“The best way to graduate from beginner is to get in way over your head. Nothing makes you better faster.” – Jason Fried, 37Signals.com (http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1940-the-best-way-to-graduate-from-beginner-is)

“Life is too short not to have an EVIL PLAN. Life is too short not to do something that matters. Life is too short to sleepwalk through it, hoping, dreaming, but never quite waking up. Life is too short not to become the person you were born to be.” – Hugh MacLeod, http://gapingvoid.com/2009/09/22/life-is-too-short-not-to-have-an-evil-plan/

“Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It’s healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I’ve worked with is brought down by any rumor of a cold. Oh, I’ll accommodate them, I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a ‘vegetarian plate’, if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.” – Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential