Friday, February 23, 2007

New airport technology

I've reached a new story made the most e-mailed list on Yahoo! news. This morning, I covered the debut of a new X-ray scanner being tested at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The story went on the national wire. It was actually kind of fun near the end when they actually began using it on people. The important thing is if I'm going to be stuck at an airport for four hours, it's not because of a delayed flight but for a real purpose.

Security scanner can see through clothes

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Straight to the Lord!

Last month, before I got so sick and then caught up in moving, I meant to post this story I wrote on an 11-year-old Iraqi boy named Hussein. Meeting him was definitely an experience I'll carry around with me for a while. What an amazing little man. He picked up English within his first few months in America. He is polite, rambunctious and funny. And he and I both share a love of Green Day!

Iraqi boy gets new cornea, prosthesis in Phoenix

On a light-hearted note, check out how this guy managing a Christian bookstore in Scottsdale kicked some ass during an attempted robbery!
Manager foils robbery by slamming man's hand in cash drawer
One of the most hilarious stories I've read.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

I did it all by myself!

This is probably nothing for most people who have a flair for assembling stuff. But, I am patting--nay, slapping--myself on the back. I put the frame for the futon you see together without any help. OK, so it took me a couple of hours. With only one pair of hands, things kept slipping when I tried to screw them in. There was nobody around to hold it for me. OK, this might have been my second night working on this futon. I bought it for $99 from these guys who "import" furniture (if the word import can apply to bringing things in from CA) mainly because they said they'd be willing to drop it off at the buyer's residence. So yesterday, I dashed home during my lunch hour and this guy named Louie shows up in a very shabby Buick-like car with the box with all the frame parts tied to the roof. But Louie turned out to be pretty nice. He assured me ANYBODY could put the frame together. Sure didn't feel like it last night. I only did Step 2 out of four steps and I was having such a hard time, I found myself having a dialogue with God, asking him why I was so tool-challenged.

So, I felt all the more accomplished when I finished a couple of hours ago. Also felt a little dorky because I jumped up and down going "I did it! I did it! And...nobody else is here." Still, it was a nice feeling. All my life, I've usually waited for someone else i.e. my dad to jump in and do things like dismantle my bed and put it back together in whatever apartment I was moving into during my college years. It's kind of cool seeing what little challenges living solo brings you. Anyway, pictures of my new digs to come.