Monthly Archives: November 2005


Karate Kid Actor Pat Morita Dies

Friday Nov 25, 2005 10:30am EST
Pat Morita


Actor Pat Morita, best known for his role as Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, has died at age 73.

The Oscar-nominated actor passed away on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas of natural causes, said his wife of 12 years, Evelyn, the Associated Press reports. She said in a statement that her husband, who first rose to fame with a role on the sitcom Happy Days, “dedicated his entire life to acting and comedy.”

The 1984 Karate Kid role was a career-defining part for Morita and it spawned three sequels, the last of which, 1994’s The Next Karate Kid, starred Hilary Swank.

In the original, as Kesuke Miyagi, the mentor to Ralph Macchio’s
“Daniel-san,” Morita taught karate while trying to catch flies with chopsticks and offering such advice as “wax on, wax off.”
He got a best supporting actor Oscar nod for the role, but lost to Haing S. Ngor, who appeared in The Killing Fields.

Although Morita is best-known for that part, he was a prolific actor, appearing in Honeymoon in Vegas, Spy Hard, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, The Center of the World and nearly 100 other roles.

Born in northern California on June 28, 1932, the son of migrant fruit pickers, Morita spent most of his early years in the hospital with spinal tuberculosis, according to the AP. He later recovered only to be sent to a Japanese-American internment camp in Arizona during World War II.

“One day I was an invalid,” he recalled in a 1989 AP interview. “The next day I was public enemy No. 1 being escorted to an internment camp.

After the war, Morita’s family opened a restaurant, where Morita tried his comedy on patrons. It was slow going, but at age 30 he entered show business full time.

Morita is to be buried at Palm Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery. He is survived by his wife and three daughters from a previous marriage.

25 Days And Counting

December 17, 2005…Bon Jovi Live at the MCI Center. I’m ready…I’ve been ready for a couple months now. Bring it on…I’m ready to rock!!!


Well I knew it. Somehow I just did. When Brodie got sacked on the first play from scrimmage, I just knew. I should have turned the TV off then. For four straight years, Auburn has beaten Alabama in the Iron Bowl. That hasn’t happened since Pat Dye was the head coach for the Tigers/Eagles (1986-1989). Even though I just had that feeling at the beginning, I did hope that the team would pull it out if for nothing else, but those seniors who have never beaten Auburn and have been through so much. This group of seniors started their careers with Dennis Franchione high-tailing it out of town for Texas A&M. That was and still is to some degree a very fresh wound especially when you hear that your coach is no longer your coach from a patron in the restaurant you happen to be eating in that day. After that, they endured the coaching search that resulted in the hiring of Mike Price only to have him fired 4 months later for off the field indiscretions. If only the University President had a morals clause in his contract…but I won’t get into that. In any case, Mike Price is now the head coach at UTEP. After his firing, the athletic department rushed to find a new coach and ended up with Mike Shula who had about 100 days to get ready for the season opener. As a result, his first season wasn’t all that stellar. Last season seemed to be headed in the right direction until Brodie tore his ACL in the knee opposite the one he tore in his junior year of high school causing him to miss his entire senior high school season, so actually this year is the only senior season he’s ever played. After all that junk they went through having to play under probation for NCAA violations that occurred before they even signed their letters of intent, coaching changes, injuries, etc., this season seemed to be looking up. We were 9-0 going into the LSU game but playing without our senior center JB Closner due to an injury late it the Mississippi State game. LSU picked us apart and we lost the game in overtime 16-13. But I thought we held our heads up high and started focusing on the next game at hand. The big one. The one to make or break the season. All the seniors definitely knew how important this game was. Their last chance to beat Auburn during their career. Their bowl selection saving grace. Their chance to say we had a 10-1 regular season. But alas NO. Brodie got sacked 11 times for whatever reason. I don’t care…all I know is it shouldn’t have happened. Auburn came to play and our scout team apparently got on the bus instead of our starters. Auburn scored all their points in the 1st half to dig us a hole that we had no chance of getting out of.

But here’s the thing. I’m a bigger picture kind of girl. We beat South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee this year. And I wouldn’t trade any one of those wins to have won on Saturday. We outscored our opponents this season 250-124 and won 82% of our games. In the third quarter alone, we outscored them 74-13. So what we didn’t beat Auburn. That doesn’t mean we never will again. So what we didn’t get to the national championship. That doesn’t mean we never will again. So what we didn’t go undefeated. That doesn’t mean we never will again. This group of guys accomplished so much on the Alabama football field despite their humble beginnings and struggles with adversity. We have a bowl game left to play. It won’t be a BCS bowl because we dropped to 14th in the rankings. But I don’t really mind settling for the Peach, Cotton, or Outback. I remember before the BCS when these used to be really good bowl games to get invited to. I’m looking forward to finding out where we go.

So in the end…I’m still smiling and singing the fight song. It’s sort of a requirement that comes with that piece of paper that cost $50,000…but it’s a requirement that I appreciate, am proud of, and love. For all those seniors on that team, I’m proud to stand up and say thanks for playing for us. The Bear would have been proud of what you accomplished. You ain’t nothin’ but winners in my book. I’m thrilled to be an alumnus with you. ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

Don’t Look Now

I listen to WASH-FM 97.1 in the mornings while I’m getting ready because it’s basically just noise in the background, but their news reports are timed just right while I’m getting ready that I get my daily dose of the USA Today before I head off to my commute. This morning I turned it on and they were already playing Christmas music. WASH-FM is known for being Washington’s Christmas station because they play Christmas music from late November through Christmas Day and nothing else. It’s nice for those of us (like me) who love Christmas and love Christmas music…but seriously…It’s November 18th…The turkey ain’t even been killed yet for some Thanksgiving dinners.

I’ll admit that I’ve been wanting to get my Christmas tree out and decorate it all week, but I’ve exercised some self-control and appreciation for the holiday that seems so overlooked…THANKSGIVING!!! I mean I love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but even they can’t have a parade without Santa Claus bringing up the rear. I love Santa Claus and all things Christmas (except greed and commercialism…don’t like those), but the Macy’s Parade comes on at 9am on Thanksgiving morning and ends at noon. Theoretically, the arrival of Santa Claus at the end of the parade is supposed to signal the beginning of the Christmas holidays…but come on…I’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has had their Thanksgiving feast by NOON.

Love Thanksgiving and Love Christmas, but a little acknowledged separation of the two would be nice.

Two (or three) Things

Two Names You Go By: Leann, Lee

Two Parts of Your Heritage: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football (talk about overcoming obstacles of your birth) and The State of North Carolina

Two Things That Scare You: John Malkovich and drowning (separate or together…either way…SCARY!)

Two of Your Everyday Essentials: chocolate and email

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now: sweater and black pants

Two of Your Favorite Bands or Musical Artists: Bon Jovi and Michael W. Smith

Two Things You Want in a Relationship: communication and laughter

Two Truths: hindsight is always 20/20 and “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8)

Two Things You Hate (or rather dislike with a passion): crimes against humanity and traffic (which some might call a crime against humanity)

Two Physical Things that Appeal to You: smiles and hugs

Two(Three) of Your Favorite Hobbies: cooking/baking, sleeping, and watching TV

Two Things You Want Really Badly: A husband and children (in that order)

Two Places You Want to go on Vacation: Seattle and North Carolina Mountains

Two Things You Want to Do Before You Die: be a wife and a mother and see Peyton Manning and Shaun Alexander win super bowls (on the same team or different teams…I’m not picky)

Two Ways that you are stereotypically a Chick/Guy: I’m a hopeless romantic and I’m sensitive about certain things.

Two Things You Normally Wouldn’t Admit: I can’t ride a bike (it’s a control thing) and I haven’t been kissed since I was 16 (this one I can’t explain)

Two people I would like to see take this quiz: whoever hasn’t already.

Well Played…

People Magazine!

This year’s Sexiest Man Alive goes to Matthew McConaughey. I couldn’t have chosen better myself. It’s a great article about him, and he really is that consummate guy that all the men want to hang out with and all the women want to be with.

Some of my favorite quotes from the article:

Valentine’s Day or any day? “For me, one of the toughest things about Valentine’s Day is that it gets geared up as the day to profess your love. See, T-E-S-T – that’s a bad word that doesn’t go with L-O-V-E. Now, if I find a gift that goes, ‘Ooh, that’s her’ or ‘That’s my woman,’ I’m going to get it and I’m not going to hold onto it. I don’t know how to save it. I’ll give it to you on Tuesday. The tough thing is that some of my best gifts can be Tuesday in November and then come Christmas and birthday I’m going, ‘I’ve painted myself in a corner! How am I going to get out? I can’t top the last one that I gave “just because”!'”

My father always taught me . . . “Don’t say ‘can’t’ and don’t lie. Always say ‘Yes ma’am’ and ‘No sir.’ My first whupping was when I told my brother Pat I hated him. My dad said, ‘You never hate anything.’ I haven’t hated anything since.”

My mother [Kay, 73] always told me . . . “If you woke up and you were in a bad mood, she’d make breakfast and say, ‘You come in here when you’re ready to see the rose in the vase and not the dust on the table.’ “

When I look in the mirror, I see . . . “my mom and my dad. I’ll see lines and say, ‘Those are good smilers, man.’ But most of the time, I see my best friend.”

Upon hearing that you’d been selected as the Sexiest Man Alive … “I like the ‘Alive’ part. Now I’ve made it. Wait until you see the roles I could take after this. You’re going to see my gut hanging over, plus 22 [lbs]. It’ll be a whole new kind of sexy!”

I hate that guy, He’s a jerk…

I thought long and hard about this one because there were so many people to choose, but I finally decided who to pick. Even though we hear all about how great he is on his wife’s blog, I thought validating her claims (though unnecessary) was long overdue. The weblog of love this time goes to Carl.

Carl is quiet and unassuming. He’s funny and loves to laugh. He’s always willing to lend a hand without needing a lot of praise. He tirelessly works the A/V booth at church, but loves doing it. His “so what, does it really matter in the grand scheme of things” attitude towards the things of this world has taught me a lot about not creating more drama for this world that already has plenty of its own. He is a loving and supportive husband who seeks out the things that are most important to Shayna and what especially makes her happy, and he goes out of his way to make them happen. But I’ve seen this in him in all of his relationships with his friends. He likes people to be happy and will help out wherever he can to see that through. More importantly though, he cares so deeply about his relationship with God and wants people to know how great a relationship they can have, too. Again, though, he does it in his quiet way which kind of sneaks up on you when you’re not looking. He helped lead his own wife (then girlfriend) to Christ and what a testimony they have being baptized on the same day but in different years. He gave up an easy commute to work to move to Fredericksburg and help care for his grandfather after his grandmother’s death. Also, Carl is amazingly intelligent and knowledgeable about a lot of different subjects. I’ve gone to him more than once for advice on different situations and he’s always given me a new perspective that I might not have thought of. Although I’m not a Broncos fan, I appreciate how loyal Carl is to them as I am greatly loyal to the teams that I support and love to see someone be that supportive of their own team. Sadly, he’s saddled with having to look like Jeff Young, but I think Carl wears it better. 🙂 So, here’s to you, Carl…you great “big” lovable guy.

Tag…you’re it…but I have a rule to add if it hasn’t already been added…your weblog of love cannot go to your wife since you already do that on a weekly, if not daily, basis. 🙂

Sorry for the love fest on your husband, Shayna…but I think you’d agree that he deserves some recognition. 🙂


That’s the sound of the other shoe dropping.

In overtime:
LSU 16
Alabama 13

I’d had this feeling all week…that the LSU weekend was going to be our undoing. I have to say I’m actually more relaxed now. Before the game ended I thought I was going to pass out or worse…throw up. I’m not saying I wanted our boys to lose, but knowing that I don’t have to wonder when the other shoe will drop or when we’ll lose a game, if at all, is kind of a sigh of relief. I wish we could have had an undefeated season, but for those who believe in karma, you knew this was coming. Too many times we relied on the 3 point game. I’m not saying you can’t win a game with field goals (we proved you can this season), but at some point you’re gonna have to start doing more than that. More power to LSU. I have to say that if we don’t make it to the SEC championship, I hope LSU does and I hope they win it for the SEC West.

We’ve got one more game left…Auburn. I’m hoping we can win that one but I’ll certainly be happy with the wins we came up with this season that we weren’t supposed to. It’s been a banner season so far, but we’re not done. We’ve still got, like I said, Auburn and a bowl game for sure. The SEC Championship game is still up for grabs though.


Deleted Blog

Not that I think many people read it, but just as a heads up I have deleted the TV Blog I had. I just didn’t have time to update it. I’m having enough trouble with my regular blog and my picture blog. So, if I see anything that interests me about a show I watch, I’ll just blog about it on this blog.

Washed CLEAN* By God

I’m finally getting to write my post about PowerHouse ’05. As some of you have seen on other blogs, this event basically rocked everyone’s face off. This is true…we’re all walking around with no faces and singing This Is How We Overcome over and over in our heads…or at least I am.

I was sitting in the back of the auditorium on Saturday afternoon during Jeff Walling’s last session as he was praying and giving the invitation. I was watching teens leave their seats and walk to the front knowing that God was the One for them and that they were ready to show Him. PowerHouse takes place on a fall Saturday every other year. Most of my fall Saturdays are spent watching Alabama football. On this day, I was at the church and at some point I thought I wonder what the score is. Then, the first person walked into the baptistry and I didn’t care what the score was any more. Of course, I’ll always love Alabama football and I’ll always wonder what the score is if I’m not watching it, but at that very moment God said, don’t concern yourself with the things of this world, we’ve got more important things to celebrate. I would have been happy with 1 baptism, but when you offer me, 22 I’m not gonna turn you down. I cried as I always do at every single one. It doesn’t matter if it’s a youth rally or right after church, I cry every time I see a new brother or sister in Christ give up their life for an everlasting One. The best part was seeing a few of the girls that were in the very first Children’s Worship class I helped teach when I got here 4 years ago. That was so amazing. My heart was overflowing. Sunday morning, I looked at the babies in the nursery class I teach and thought I can’t wait to see them get baptized. Something to look forward to. Until then, to the 22, welcome to the family. May God bless you and may your faith continue to grow daily. You can see pictures here.

Kudos to
1. God for BRINGING IT!!!!
2. Chris Bedard for an amazing worship session on Saturday night. God really did some amazing things through you all weekend, but especially on Saturday night.
3. Jessica Mosley for…well…everything. You beyond earned your year’s salary in just one weekend. You truly demonstrated how much you care about the teens and how much you care about winning them for the Kingdom.
4. Connie Teague for keeping a smile on your face when I knew what you were thinking. 🙂 Your organization of the event is humbling. Every bit of it’s worth it when we see 1 person baptized (much less 22)!
5. Anita Vajentic (and Tom, too) for sticking with me through our 2nd PowerHouse together. We have one of the dirtiest jobs, but I wouldn’t want to tackle it with anyone else.
6. The entire set-up/clean-up crew that worked tirelessly cleaning and re-stocking bathrooms, taking out trash, taking down and putting up walls, stopping overflowing toilets, etc. You make me proud to attend FXCC and I couldn’t have survived the weekend without y’all.

I can’t wait to do this again in 2 years!!!