Posts by Anthony

We've Moved!

There have been months of silence here on my blog. Malisa wrote the back-story recently on her blog but the short version is: we've moved from our hometown of Sacramento to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina! We left Sacramento on May 27th and arrived here the next Monday.

We are starting to get used to the North Carolina weather (sunny & perfect, humid and thunderstorms all in the same day) and all of the freeways. Malisa found employment helping administrate a preschool nearby and I'm continuing my search for a job. There are a ton of healthcare positions open but I'm being picky at the moment. I'm sure that I will get over that soon and take whatever I can get. All in all, we're doing well.

I have some photos of our drive from CA to NC that I will post soon.

We are starting to miss Sacramento and all of our friends and family but we have met so many great people here and we're excited for the next part of our lives.

Also, if you want to stay up to date on the church plant we are a part of visit emmausrdu.com.

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Malisa and me. 

Here is a little section from John, chapter 1. 

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, "He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.") 16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

The story still amazes me. 

If you want to read more about the 12 Christmas Characters read this series of blog posts Malisa wrote last year. 

Bold

When we think of someone with Boldness or being Bold we typically think of some who is adventerous, courageous, daring, confident, assured, etc. Someone who knows who they are and is able to convince others of it. My picture of boldness was standing up, saying something profound and others being amazed of my wisdom and confidence. Basically dropping a bomb into a conversation and leaving other people speechless. That's not what boldness is to me anymore.

In the past couple weeks I've been redesigning my church's website (capitalcitychurch.net). In designing the different pages, I had to 'bold' some text. I thought, there is no courage, bravery or wisdom in clicking this button to make these words a bit thicker and darker...

The definition of boldness changed for me. Boldness is something, someone, who is set apart from the other things around it. It jumps out at you, draws your eye, gets your attention. Not by flashing lights or screaming "LOOK AT ME!!!' but by being just the slightest bit different.

I believe followers of Christ must be bold. Not by standing on street corners with a bullhorn and commanding attention, but by being different than the world. People will notice. This culture is watching us, or perhaps better said, reading us. Will they see us the same as everyone else, or will we stand out just the slightest bit and draw their eye? My hope and prayer is yes.

 

Cafe Medina, Vancouver, BC

The first week of August (almost 2 months ago already...), Malisa and I traveled to Vancouver, BC. We did the usual: coffee, eating, walking, public transit and taking photos. We had a list of things we wanted to do but no set agenda. 

Before we left I sent a tweet out asking what to do in Vancouver. Luckily, R.E. responded with a list of places, which included Cafe Medina! She mentioned their breakfast and coffee, something Malisa and I happen to adore, so this sounded like an easy decision. Thank you to R.E. for the many recommendations, I think we did everything she suggested. 

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Kavna the Beluga Whale, Vancouver Aquarium

Today, Malisa, Beth, Julie and I visited Vancouver Aquarium for the first time and made sure to attend the 2:15 beluga whale show. I walked to the beluga pool around 1:40 and noticed 2 whales swimming in the larger pool while one whale was secluded in a smaller pool toward the back. I didn't think much of it but I did snap a few photos. 

The whale show lasted about 20 minutes, which seemed short. The 2 whales repeatedly swam to the barrier between the pools where the other whale was kept. After the show, I asked a VanAqua employee what the whale's name was and why she was secluded, she stated the whale's name was Kavna and she was in the smaller pool for observation. The whale looked ill and was floating on its side.

While shooting a few more photos, Kavna was on her side or upside-down a majority of the time. She swam toward the barrier and it looked like she began hitting her face against it. I heard a trainer calling for help and saw others rushing to the area. When they arrived to the smaller pool, they jumped in to help. Immediately, other employees started roping off the area and asking people to move toward the penguin show.

By this time, Kavna was moving very little. We saw other employees bringing a whale harness and what looked like a wetsuit. They also began turning orange wheels, which either drained the tank or brought the whale toward ther surface of the water. The trainers also turned Kavna upright. 

We were pretty intrigued at the situation and knew something was wrong with the Kavna. We found out a few hours later, via twitter, that she had actually died while we were there. We read VanAqua's blog post and learned Kavna was 46 years old and well past the normal life span of a beluga whale (25-30 years). We are sad for the trainers and medical staff who cared for Kavna, this must be a difficult time for them. 

*update* 

I previously had photos posted of Kavna's last moments and the aquarium staff caring for her. This post has gotten more media attention than I expected. I have declined opportunity to be interviewed and have the photos used on television and in newspapers out of respect for the aquarium's staff, some who have cared for Kavna for 30+ years. 

I appreciate the interest in my photos from news organizations, but I decided to take the photos down after realizing they were being used in a way that viewed the aquarium negatively, which is not what I intended to do. 

SactoMoFo 5

On Saturday, the Inks made the 1.5 hour trek to Sacramento for the first time. By sheer coincidence SactoMoFo 5 was being held that very day. Knowing our friends share the same love (nearing obsession on our part) for food trucks, we used that as an excuse to get outside and see some of our city. A few weeks ago we had gone to the Off the Grid food truck meetup in Alameda with the Inky-B's, getting food trucks with them has been great. 

If it needs explaination, Sacto MoFo stands for Sacramento Mobile Food. The first mobile food event was held on April 2011 in Fremont Park and drew over 4,000 people. This time MoFo was held under the W/X freeway and being that it was 100+ degrees out, it actually provided us with some much needed shade. 

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Blue Bottle Coffee, Ferry Building

Malisa's birthday was last month. I had a nice evening planned at our favorite restaurant. The day before her bithday she said, "what if we went to a Giants game instead?" I immediately cancelled our reservations and she bought tickets online. What guy in his right mind would pass up a Giants game?

Before the game we visited Blue Bottle Coffee in the Ferry Building.

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Our Day in Auburn

Last Month, Malisa and I planned to take a day-trip to Empire Mine, about an hour from our home. As we drove, the symphony of borborygmus (stomach growling) filled our vehicle. We decided to stop in downtown Auburn and try out a place we'd heard about called Tsuda's. As we exited the freeway we were surprised at how atypically crowded this little town was. Little did we know, there was an antiques fair that day in downtown Auburn.

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