Monday, August 24, 2009

Team Texas Thank You....Rap

Check us out. We had to make a thank you video for homework tonight for all of the people who booked screenings with us already. I cant give full credit to any of us, we all worked together like the best team on Earth!

Phone calls are going well, and I did talk to Lakewood Church today. They did get my email, and my other phone call, and the woman I talked to said she would send it up the ladder and to other people who would be interested in having us. This is going better than I initially thought. But anything is possible. JUMP FIRST, FEAR LATER.- An IC tradition.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Adventures....

To start, I booked a screening on Friday. Total Gong Hit Count: 2 hits. (should be better but I'm working on it). Onto the weekend. Saturday came and went without much of a fuss. Went to eat at Subway, walked around town, did some salesforce(the website we use for work), and relaxed. Today was different, more of an adventure.

Some of us decided yesterday that we really wanted to go to the movies and see the Inglorious Bastards, the new Quentin Tarantino movie. I wanted to go to the theater in El Cajon, instead of Grossmont because El Cajon was a Regal theater and thanks to my wonderful cousin, I have a free movie pass. Sounds like a great idea right? Nope. We got to El Cajon station and found out that the movie theater was 1.8 miles away from the station. And 30 minutes to get there. No pressure. I mean come on, the previews are the best part for new movies.

Finally we get to the theater and realize there is a really long line and we don't have much time. We hop in the express lane and I figure out that I cant use my movie pass. Terrific. The movie was great and then we wanted to meet up with a few more people for dinner. Long story short, we should have gone to the Grossmont theater since I paid for my ticket and that's where we were meeting up for dinner.

Instead of walking, we wanted to take the bus to the trolley station. I found one but because it was like 30 feet in the opposite direction, the rest of the gang wanted to keep walking. "We will find another bus stop." No we won't. And we didn't. We kept walking back the whole way and was pasted by like 2 buses we could have been on. Basically every decision we had was wrong, and we should have just stayed in Grossmont, and everything would have just worked out. Instead, we had a very long walk to the theater and a very fun day. I am still laughing about it. Welcome to Suckyville. Population me. Just kidding.

I know this was a long post but thanks for staying with me. 10 work days to book 20 screenings. more like 80 for my whole team. No pressure.

P.S. I am sooooo booking Lakewood Church. In case you don't know what that is or don't feel like googling it....Joel Osteen's church. I am booking a screening. That's my goal. My moonshot. 44,000 people go there. Its possible.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

At Invisible Children we work...and do the Thriller dance? YUP!

Its true. We did stay up all night to learn the dance. All for Margie's Birthday. If you can find me, you have really good eyes. I was in the back since I am not the greatest dancer in the world. Anyway, that is what we did today during our lunch break. We do actually work. I booked a screening on Monday, along with my entire team! I am pretty sure we are still the only team to get all of its members to ring the gong in one day. Basically we are great. Still that puts me at 1 screening booked, and I should be getting one a day. Its hard to have a principal or their secretary call you back when they don't want to forward the messages along. I think every district needs a Barbara Sweeney. (heart you mom) That's basically the highlights of this week so far. Being on the phone and computer ALL day certainly takes a toll on you. I get back to the Roadie House and want to pass out. Its INTENSE.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Balboa Park

Today I got to meet Dan Cohen in Balboa Park. It took me a bit to get there but, we walked around and grabbed a bite to eat and then went to the Natural History Museum and the Body Worlds was there. Pretty interesting stuff. Then we had to part ways after chilling in the beautiful San Diego weather. And then real adventure began. I had no idea where I was going because I didn't really know how exactly I got to Balboa Park in the first place. I asked a lot of locals if I was in the right direction and it confused me a little. But anyway I walked and walked and somehow found myself in the center of San Diego. A little off course. I asked a few people at a bus stop where to go and I got on a bus. I somehow made it to the main "trolley" aka train station and headed home. I think I walked about 5 miles. Who knows? But all in all a good day.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

On the Phones....BOOKING TOMORROW!

Yeah that's right. Starting tomorrow, we will begin the booking process. Phone calls and emails will be made to our new contacts. We have been here a week and we have learned so much, so much that they feel we are ready to start booking. I am very excited to start on the phones. Another note, I decided that going to Uganda on such a short notice is just not practical. If I were to go this soon, I would have $500 left of the original $1500(to feed me on the tour) and have Zero dollars in my bank account and still be short to go. Its just not the best time for me financially. Though there will be a time where we can go again. The beginning of January, IC will be sending the people who couldn't go in September to Uganda. So if you would like to help fund that trip, IT WOULD MEAN A LOT. Plus now that I am choosing to go later, I have more time to raise the $2000 to go. So continue the support in any way you choose. Prayer, thoughts, donations, anything and everything helps. Thank you all

-Peace and Love

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Foot Soldier of Peace.....(Uganda)

I would like to start by saying Thank You again for everyone who helped me get out here in San Diego. I cant stress it enough. With that said, I have another favor to ask of you. I have been given another chance of a lifetime, going to Uganda. Again, I need your help. 2 grand is the cost of the trip, and I will be leaving September 5th and will be back September 15th. So as an early birthday present, for I will be in Uganda for my birthday(with your help), please donate some more money so I can go to Africa. Invisible Children is trying to send one person from each Roadie team to Africa so we can experience it in real life. Then take our experiences and bring them home to high school and college students who haven't heard about the cause. Also another favor to ask would be to continue to pray for me and my fellow Roadies. 60 people in one house is going well, but we all will be tested come go time. Thank You So Much!!

-Peace and Love

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Swimming in the Pacific

This weekend IC said we could have the weekend off. This was great to hear because of all the work we have been doing already. To put it in perspective, we are learning 9 months of things in 1 month. So anyway today we went to the beach. Being that I didn't know when the next time we would have off, I decided I could not pass up going to the beach. I mean how many times will I be able to swim in the Pacific Ocean? So today was really fun. I must say that I didn't expect so much seaweed everywhere. Mounds and mounds of it piled up on the sand and floated in the water. It was crazy. But the water was warm and the sand was somehow softer than at Jersey. I know many of you reading cant wait for some pictures of what is going on.....I haven't gotten my computer charger from home out of the mail.(monday hopefully as well as my camera chord?) So I have been mooching off of fellow roadies. Thank you so much. Oh and by the way, maybe we should talk about Uganda? Yeah its official..... They are sending one person from each team to go to Uganda the last week of training. Beginning of September. If I go, I would need some more money, but also would turn 20 in another continent. If I cant go so soon, they are planning on having another trip in January. That is all, I know this one was a long one, I miss you all and heart you very much. More to come!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


So today was our first day at the office. Basically in an overview of the day, they cramed about a weeks worth of info in about a 8 hour day. We went out to lunch at a lil mexican place down the street and I had my first California Burrito and it was great. Closest thing to something from "RU Hungry?" I will probably get out here and it is amazing good. And as great way to end the day, our van almost went to Mexico. Bascially we missed our exit and didnt realize it fully until we saw "International Line 2 Miles". If only I brought my passport. More to come on this weeks stuff.

First full day in San Diego....more like La Mesa.

Waking up today was nice because I thought that it was around 12 or so but on the West Coast, it was around 9. Today was a free day for us and so I had some time to explore La Mesa. A bunch of us went to a really chill coffee house downtown and hung out intil a lil after lunch. Then I desided that I need some food so I went to Vons(aka Acme) to get some food. I think there was 7 of us who went to Vons and we desided it would be a great idea that we just buy a lot of big things to make and we split it. (Team Oz...for Chad is in our group and he from Australia) We wound up spending around $110 alltogether which worked out to be around $25 a person. The only thing we forgot to remember was the GIANT hill that the Roadie House is on and how these totally full carts were going to get up this hill. Needless to say we made it up, more Roadies arrived, and then we had a great dinner of tacos. Then met up outside the office and watched a great movie...made it back to ....MJ just high jacked this computer Clark is great!....Grilled Pineapple after soaking in brown suguar, cinnamin, and greatness is what I have to look forward to. This sounds soooo good. Oh and by the way everyone has the feeling that my name is a famous person name and I should have a theme music that should play everytime I enter the room. I think its a great idea.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Just landed in san diego. Waiting to get my bags. Fire alarm? I think yes. Fire trucks? Yup. But the funny thing is everyone is still waiting for their bags.
My last day in jersey went by fast. I feel like i didnt have enough time for anything. But i did sleep most of the day away. That didnt help. As i sit at the gate i can tell this flight going to be packed. Oh well i got a book and my ipod. 5 hours till s.d. Goodbye city of brotherly love, hello city of a whale's something.....

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My Last Night in Jersey

Well, where to begin. To put it lightly, today was a busy day for me. Very busy. I woke up early enough to get ready for church this morning and couldn't help but realize how blessed I am. To quote a favorite band of mine Ivoryline, "We should scream Thank You with every waking breath." This is how I felt. Last night was my goodbye kickoff party and about twenty of my good friends joined me to hang out one last time. I had a blast and thank you all for coming and supporting me in this adventure. Back to church this morning. Did our usual thing by sitting in the "Amen Corner" during the service. My pastor called me up before the usual offering prayer and announced what I will be doing for the next few months and handed me the mic to sum up everything. After that, I recieved a farewell prayer from P.S.(Pastor Steve) and sat back down. At the end of the service lots of people came to wish me good luck and best wishes and ask a few questions. A few donated some money and I am thankful for every part of it. I found out about an organization I havent heard of but is equally awesome called, Angels for a Cause. Check out their website because its good stuff. After all of this I had to see off a good friend to college at a grad party, send off my best friend in Ireland(lucky bum), and get home in time for the last family dinner out with the grandparents. Dinner was great and I loved every minute of it. This now leaves me here, at my desk surrouned by things to pack, still having to do the dishes one last time, and waiting to watch my last episode of Entourage with Sarah.

I guess I wrote a lot for my first blog. Dont worry I wont have as much time to write when I am on the road and in San Diego. I love you all and will miss you lots. Check my facebook for pictures of this adventure of epic proportions.