Posted by: rusch | February 27, 2009

Random facts about me

Movies:

I like bad movies.  There are times when a movie is so bad it is good.  Some examples include, but are not limited to “Red Dawn”, “The Black Hole”, “Flash Gordon” (Queen did the soundtrack for this one), and “The Monster Squad”.  All of them deserve watching because they cross the threshold from being merely a bad movie to beings works of art.  Someday, I will watch Ed Wood’s classic “Plan 9 from Outer Space”.

Books:

99.9572% (with +/- .o2 percent margin of error) of all the books I read are non-fiction.  There are some books that are exceptions within the last year such as “The Da Vinci Code”, “The Things They Carried”, and “World War Z”.  Most of the time, however, I am some thick tome (an exaggeration) on LDS Church History.  Why just the other day I made a list of Church history books I want to read in the next year.  We will see if I get through them all.  My guess is probably not.

Food:

I am a foodie and collect cookbooks.  I conquered the barbeque and now want to take on the Crock Pot as I love slow cooked foods.  Hopefully someone will give Tina and I one as a wedding present.

Fears:

When I was in the scouts, I used to be afraid of forrest fires.  One summer our troop went to Scout Camp during a week of severe forest fire warnings near Mount Hood.  I must admit that I was afraid of having to leave all my new camping stuff behind to what ended up being non-existent flames.

Quirky Habits:

It takes me quite a while to get out of bed in the morning.  My alarm goes off at 6:45am but I am rarely out of bed before 7:15am.  I like having that time to adjust to being awake though it makes me late to work almost every day.

Posted by: rusch | February 21, 2009

Where have I been?

I have been away for far too long. I have been writing, just not here. I don’t feel bad about it. I just don’t have the time.

Posted by: rusch | January 26, 2009

What have I been up to?

It seem like everything lately.

For those who don’t know, over the Holidays (Christmas and New Years) my girlfriend and I decided to get married and got engaged. About a week and a half ago, I gave her the ring and formally proposed. We then celebrated by going out to eat at Harvest at Thanksgiving Point. The food there is great. I highly recommend it.

Work. All I can say is that things have been crazy lately. Between school (BYU) and making wedding plans, work has kind of taken a backseat which is too bad. I like my job and feel bad that I have been kind of coasting. However, I have resolved that this week is going to be different starting tomorrow.

Spiritually, I am doing much better now than I was a couple of weeks ago. As friend of mine described his own situation, I was going through my own private recession but am glad that emotionally things are getting back to normal. I love reading the scriptures and am devoting more of my free reading to doing that.

So, things are good and getting better. I will write more sometime this week.

Posted by: rusch | January 13, 2009

I am getting married

Hey all, I have some good new. Tina Davis and I will be getting married in April.

Posted by: rusch | December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

Today was pretty low key.  We all woke up early because Jon, Emily, and my little nephew Jack all had to leave by about ten thirty.  We started opening presents around seven thirty, took a break for breakfast, and then finished opening stuff up.  After that the rest of the day was spent sleeping, eating, playing with my new iPod, talking to Tina on the phone, and anything else which did require mental or physical exertion.

I also started reading a new book entitle “Shooter”.  It is the autobiography of a real-life Marine Corps career scout sniper.  The book basically details all the people this guy killed during the Iraq war.  Thankfully this book flies unlike most things I read.  I will finish “Shooter” sometime this week.

Tina comes tomorrow.  It will be good to see each other after being apart for about a week.  I hope she likes Altanta and likes hanging out with my family.

All in all, it has been a good day.

Posted by: rusch | December 22, 2008

Non Dairy Creamer

Third Eye Blind is not my favorite band but I do like this song.  Here’s “Non Dairy Creamer”.  I hope you like it.

Posted by: rusch | December 20, 2008

Let it snow

Well, winter has arrived in Utah in a big way.  We had a massive snow storm this afternoon, perhaps one of the worst I have ever been in.  By all rights, I should not have been driving.  I came close to running into another car while making a right hand turn on Center street in Provo.  I-25 was nasty.  Literally, it took close to two hours for me to drive from my house in Provo to the airport.  If you are on the road, stay safe!!!  Getting there safe is more important than making good time.

Posted by: rusch | December 18, 2008

Oh the places I’ve lived: Portland

The first place that registers in my memory as a place I’ve lived, is the house at 8950 S.W. Crestwood Street in Portland, Oregon.  I lived there from as far back as I can remember until my family uprooted and settled in Atlanta in the Summer of 1993.

It was perfrect.  It was in a cul de sac that lent itself well to very active children who, more than anything else, loved playing outside.  The only hazard was our neighbor Dick, who dank ( I mean get totally bombed) and then drive his car to get more booze.  Other then that, it was great.

The house was split level home, built sometime in early seventies/late sixties time frame.  There were three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the top level; a dining room, living room, and kitchen on the mid-level; and another family room, a utility room, and a half bathroom on the lowest level.  The home had an above ground pool built with a large wood deck built around it.  My dad took the pool out shortly after we moved there as he had no interest in keeping up a pool.  Plus with small kids, a pool is a big liability.  Years later, the family would tear down the deck to follow the prophet’s counsel to plant a garden.  I remember feeling kind of sad because I loved playing on the deck.  Sadly, the garden yielded little fruit, or anything else for that matter.

Around 1990/1991, my Dad began to come into his own with his career and thought it was time to upgrade.  Dad put the house on the market, but it didn’t sell.  This was kind of sad because we had found another house we thought was perfect.  We would drive by our “dream” house on Sunday afternoons.  Alas, it was not meant to be.

In 1992 my parents decided to remodel the home.  The remod was extensive.  The kitchen was completely gutted and a new one put in, complete with new appliances, and a food storage room.  This was a great period.  We ate lots of frozen burritos and other microwavable goodness because, well, for a while the microwave was the only thing we had to prepare food with for about a month while the contractor worked on our kitchen.

The second major improvement was part of the basement family room was partitioned off to create my own bedroom.  It was small, but it was so nice to have some privacy, perhaps a great deal more privacy than I had experienced before.  Oh, and it was nice to no longer have to share a room.

Well, about a year after the great remodeling, my parents put the house on the market.  Dad lost his job and was picked up by a consulting firm in Atlanta.  During one of his trips to Atlanta, Mom and Dad went house hunting.  It was during that trip they found the house the Ruschs have called home since.

Sometime time around finding the house in Atlanta, Mom and Dad were able to sell the house in Atlanta, thus sealing our fate.

I remember that fateful day during the summer of 1993 when the moving company pulled up in a tractor trailer and put everything we owned into boxes and then headed off for Atlanta.  Oddly enough, that day was the only day I ever saw someone drive a Yugo.

Though my family literally moved from one side of the U.S. to the other, I have kept in close contact with my friends in Portland.  I went there to visit during the summer ’96, and was there during the Spring of 2005 for a good friend’s wedding.  Whenever I am in town, I am make it a point to swing by the old home.  It looks just like I remember it, except smaller, but is still able to stir up fond memories of a wonderful childhood.

Posted by: rusch | December 14, 2008

Breakin the Law

I am going to break the law by describing what happened during tonights BYU v.s. the University of Portland basketball. Game

Both teams put on shorts and basketball shoes.  There was a ball.  Both teams put said ball through respective hoops.  One team put the ball through more times than the other.  When it was all over, both teams went home.

Posted by: rusch | December 12, 2008

And the door slammed shut

Not really.  When I told Tina about the title of this post, she reminded that there is still hope.  In case your wondering what all this means, I will explain.

Ever since I got home from my mission is 2000, I have been interested in being a full time seminary teacher for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  During the 2006-2007 school year, I went so far in pursuing this by substitute teaching some early morning classes back in Atlanta.  I loved it, and held out hope that maybe, just maybe, the stars would align and somehow I would be able to land one of those highly sought after full time positions.

Well, on my birthday, I took the day off from work.  I went on down to the CES preservice office at BYU and sat down and talked with head of things there.  Essentially the message was, unless I was willing to quit my job to take the classes and do the student teaching, this wasn’t going to work out.  I went so far as to check in with the preservice head honcho there.  He gave me hope telling me that the preservice classes just might be available online through the LDS Institute of Religion in Logan.

It’s a long shot, but I will still stay optomistic about this while this option is still a possibility.  We will have to wait and see.

Thanks to Tina for keeping hope alive.  Because without hope, what kind of life is there?

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