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Romania Cont. . .

Posted by thesinger on January 31, 2009

Yup, we’ve been hanging out here at Marvins for the last two weeks. The time has been packed full with work, visiting other church people, packing and distributing seeds with the seed team, and in general, just hanging out with cousins. It has been a really swell time of conecting with my cousins, especially Timothy, in ways that a person is not able to do at a weekend family gathering, for example. That, I think, has been the best part about this trip. God is teaching me again on this trip that relationships are so much more important than anything else. It makes me really glad for the chance to develop relationships with my cousins, as well as makes me sad because of the friends/relationships I left at home. So, to all my friends and relations, allow me to express my sorrow at our separation. It has been revealing to me how much I think about you. . .

Ok, time to cut the sappiness. On to news. We get home on the fifth of Feb. I leave again for third term CBS on the ninth or tenth. (it depends on some scheduling stuff. . .) I’m getting really stoked about CBS!!! Even here, in the cold land of Romania, I already met two guys that will be there, Raf Y. and Tim somebody, who will be the asst. dean. In addition, one of the seed team guys’ brother will be there. (don’t ask me what his name is; I haven’t met him yet. . .) So, all in all, I’m getting stoked!

Peace be da journey,



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Posted by thesinger on January 11, 2009

Dear readership,

My parents, Loyal, Anja, and myself are flying off to the cold land of Romania to visit my Uncle Marvin and family for three weeks. We’re leaving on Tuesday, the 13th of January, and coming home on the 5th of February. The primary reason for this note is to “reassure” you that yes, I will actually not be posting for a good reason this time.

In other news, the mixing for the Anonymous Somebodies album is finished for the most part. At this point, I’m not able to give you a release date, because of too many unknown variables, but you’ll be fine anyway. . .

Much peace, love, and hair grease from a random man,


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Life can has be lumpy at times.

Posted by thesinger on September 2, 2008

Lumpy is not always bad. Lumpy can mean good lumps and bad lumps. Take the lump on Sunday for example; We, Mr. B, Danny, Titus N., and myself, played a nice long/rockin game of “The Farming Game”. It was a very “high” and pleasurable lump. The lump/obtrusion I call my stomach also did very well on Sunday PM; Titus made some of his famous Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream. The only dairy product used was 100% cream. It was some totally rockin’ stuff. Oh, and speaking of lumps, my stomach lump had plenty of oppurtunity to grow since all interested parties had three servings; one at the begining, middle, and end. What an enjoyable way to grow “the lump”.

I have no time to write more. Be good.


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ATVing with the cousin

Posted by thesinger on August 26, 2008

It was a NICE TIME! On Saturday, I call up Andrew and want to do something since both sets of parents are gone. We come to the conclusion that, when in doubt, go ATVING!!!!

Peace be da Journey,


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Benji is going.

Posted by thesinger on August 18, 2008

well, the time with Benji at Metro on Sat. morning was a nice time. We chatted. We drank high-quality coffee. We partied randomly. We talked about many things. We decided that we like each others friendship. Benji is leaving in the morning (tues. morn) for lands east. I’ll miss him. We’re tight. “Benji” says thesinger, “peace be da journey. . .”

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Party Party Party

Posted by thesinger on August 14, 2008

The theme for this week is and will be developing “relationships” within the context of group parties. Here’s a rundown of my schedule past and future this week. . .

Sunday: Singing at Orens. A fun time of singing and random Dutch Blitz games. Jewel, we won the moral victory!

Monday: Party with the Sunday School class at Carriage Crossing. A good time of massive eating and cutting up. I was so on a roll with the weakest one-liners that I think they should have paid me for my comedian services. . .

Tuesday: The Fall Seed Sales Kick-Off Meeting at Miller Seed Farms. Had to work hard to get it done, got it done, then ate lots of food. I sprayed the entire front of my shirt with Bar-B-Q sauce, then raced home to get another one since I needed to go up front to be introduced and help hand out door prises. I had heard that there would be volleyball at Partridge, didn’t plan on going, but then got done with the meeting/work around 8:30. Moved home rapidly; moved to Partridge rapidly, then played some good and small VB. I wore some very festive colors. Misht yellow pants and a bright yellow athletic shirt. It was “nice”. . .

Wednesday: Church. Didn’t have to lead songs; it was a nice break. Heard about a party after the service at Joes place. Thought to myself: Self, Loyal will want to go to the party; you may as well want to go too. So I did. Talked with some good kids. Excited to play a dutch blitz game with a friend and have as many points at the start as the end. We rocked the “paty”. . .

Thursday: The official youth event for the week happened at Carrey park in Hutch. We played Frisbee Football and sand volleyball. . . The football was great; several of the volleyball games were great. . . Went to Center where we met and made Darrel sufficiently jealous/irate at the fact that he couldn’t go because it was school work night at the grade school. Currently, I’m tired and dirty. A shower and a bed could really help me get my act together. . .

Friday: Go party with the parents at a tba eating place with a potential trip to afterwards to Metropolitan Coffee. We will go to talk and “have a time” as Wags would say. . .

Saturday: Go for coffee with Benji before he leaves for eastern lands. That will be a good time. . .

Sunday: Hopefully REST. . . Partying gets to a person after a while. . . Oh, but then there may be a singing and that could be a good time of hanging as well. Ach vell. Life is good. . .

My aforementioned situation is about to be improved.


Oh, I forgot. Random Alert! Got a question: Who is a farmer? A man outstanding in his field. HAHAHAHAHA What an incredible one-liner!!!!!!!! I thought about this one line for at least 1/4 of my afternoon and said it to myself over and over again. It really is the kind that you can mull over, and think about, and say to yourself: Self, that is funny! I’m simply out, standing in my field, without even trying, simply because I’m a farmer. . . 🙂

Before the time gets later, and the one-liners become weaker,

Night-night. . .


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Good morning good morning good morning all God’s children. . .

Posted by thesinger on August 10, 2008

Welcome to Adventures in Odyssey! I’m lovin’ it! Just do it! It just tastes better! Always low prices! Think outside the bun!

Anyway, enough foolishness. This is thesinger signing in to report on my life as it now stands, or sits, as the case may be.

The wedding music came together excellently for the most part. It was delightful to sing at a wedding where you knew that the groom was totally enthused about high quality choral music. (Oh, but he also liked some sappy love songs too =( ) For the information of those not present, we sang a lot of music. Namely, we sang three songs in the prelude, one processional, one song before the vows, one recessional, and seven songs in the postlude. Yes, it seemed like a full blown concert. Ach vell, it was fun, so? why not?

At work right now, we are going through an intense time of preparation for our annual fall Seed Sales Kick-off Meeting which will take place this next Tues. evening, Lord willing. The evening itself is a fun time of eating good food, lots of car parking, balloons, speakers, etc., but the clean-up work that must take place is boring at its best; painful at its worst. Life will go on.

Thanks to the ones who participated in the opinion poll. The results are very helpful, but I’m not sure how. Thanks.

It’s with much anticipation of an exciting week that I sign off.

Allow me to remain,

Faithfully yours,


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Much Water. . .

Posted by thesinger on May 16, 2008

. . . has passed under the proverbial bridge. I have graduated from high school, I am now working full time for Miller Seed Farms, my ankle is currently sprained since I landed on a friends foot while playing volleyball, and many other things happened since I last posted.

Graduation went smoothly. There were few surprises, and very little out of the ordinary happened.

The party on the following day was great. I spent the majority of the day hanging out with some cousins at the coffee shop, at the park, at Arthurs, etc., etc. It was NICE.




These fine people are known to modern man as Random Thinker and Teresa Miller, who graced me with their presence for the exclusive purposes to celebrate my graduation and to party. Trust me, we had a nice time!!!!

The youth picnic is tomorrow. It will be a good experience, if for nothing else, because I want it to be.



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Posted by thesinger on May 7, 2008

Graduation is a complicated tradition that comes once a year to commemorate three or four years of daily suffering that takes place prior to the actual event of Graduation. Ok, so the dictionary definition goes something like this:
1. an act of graduating; the state of being graduated.
2. the ceremony of conferring degrees or diplomas, as at a college or school.
3. arrangement in degrees, levels, or ranks.

At my school, which happens to closely affiliated with Pilgrim Christian Schools, however, tradition dictates. Yeah, and you ask what it dictates? It’s a one-word answer–everything. 🙂 Ach vell, we grin, and enjoy!!! I mean, what would you do without tradition to tell you what clothes you have to wear at what point of the evening, how to decorate your table at the party, what songs you sing, when you sing them, who sings them, and where you stand to get your patties shaken by the entire community. It’s a good time; it really is.

Oh, one of the nicer things about Graduation, is that the entire weekend turns into one big party. For example, we, the seniors, invited about a-lot-of-people to an after-graduation party at Center. Tradition dictates that after that party, you need to go play shop basketball at where else? The Shop! The next morning, you drag yourself out of bed after having gotten to bed at approx 2 o’clock or later, and go hang out all day at the end-of-school picnic, otherwise known as the last day of school. All day, you play yourself weary with basketball, softball, perhaps an occasional lousy game of outdoor volleyball, and of course, lots of socializing. I think you are getting the idea. It is a good time!!!!

Later, and much peace, love, parties, etc., etc.,


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Pictures of the Past

Posted by thesinger on May 2, 2008

Teresa Miller, a fine cousin of mine, recently found several pictures from “the good old days” when wheat harvest entailed nothing more than getting in the way of the real farmers, when lemonade stands were the bomb, and when I sang in my first quartet, the “Barefoot Quartet.”

To add some perspective, my uncle Loren, a resident of Colorado, owned two Case IH combines here in Kansas with which he would cut dad’s and grandpa’s wheat every summer. Usually he would bring along his family and the good times would roll.

As I alluded earlier, I had very few responsibilities except for the occasional garden/lawn work. 3/4’s of my day was often spent playing with Austin and/or Teresa and being the official combine riders. For some alternative activities, we began the Barefoot Quartet, which was comprised of Teresa, Austin, Loyal, and myself. We gave at least three free concerts together until we were given the opportunity to sing to the Youth Group. Loyal, unfortunately, found it necessary to drop out of the Quartet at that juncture of time, since he was distinctly more influenced by peer pressure than than the rest of us were.



Credit for these ancient pictures goes to Teresa, who recently found them, scanned them into her computer, and sent them to me. Here is the quite funny and touching email that accompanied the pictures:

Hi guys!

I promised to send John these pictures I came across the other day. (yes, I chuckled when I saw them) If I had a blog then…….but I don’t. (I hear the sighs of relief)

Wow…those were the days… (she says wistfully) when Teresa could tell Loyal and John whatever she wanted them to do and they DID IT! (a moment of silence in quiet reflection) Alas, I sense those days are over. (muffled sniffling in the background)

I wonder whose bright idea it was to have you hold those lovely little flowers and pose…it must have been you guys because you look pleased & proud, don’t you say? 🙂 Yes, definitely YOUR idea.
Here’s to:
– the Barefoot Quartet (in which Loyal was a member of until we sang for the youth group)
– the lemonade stand
– running around at harvest without responsibilities (or was that just me? ={ )
– decorating you and my brothers hair with bows
– getting ticked when Loyal said something MEAN about my dolls hair
– and many other adventures

Anyway – seeing that picture gave me a moment of satisfaction once again at the things I accomplished when I was young! (oops…did I say that?)

O for days past…..


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