So yeah, you probably haven’t heard from me in a while. Here’s a brief low down, and I plan to expand later. The beta for the game I’m programming is due tomorrow. (Although I’m still waiting for Sony’s server to work so I can test networking, for the final animations for most of my characters, for my producer to make up his mind about key aspects of the game, and for me to finish all the little things I’ve been pushing off until now.) Amanda finally found a job and starts tomorrow. We need a new car since Amanda’s Lebaron is on its last rusty legs, so we’ve been trying to make that decision. And finally, I need new shoes, because mine squeak, leak, and are generally falling apart. So I hope you can understand the general busy-ness that we’ve been facing. As I said, I plan to elaborate on most of this stuff, but I need to go back to work now (I’ve been working weekends for a while now, but Amanda usually comes with me to test my game, so that’s swell). In the meantime, here’s two links I hope you might find inspiring.
Sometimes, THERE ARE NO SECOND CHANCES.
The following is part of an e-mail I sent to my dear friend Mike Dziabiak (pronounced in a way that makes absolutely no sense). He had asked me whether I believe in Jesus’ divinity, and I felt that my response was worth posting. If this interests you, feel free to check out a longer writing of mine in a similar vein, Why I Believe.
Yes, I believe in Jesus’ (Y’shua’s) divinity. It makes sense to me that God would become human, so that we could have a God that can relate to us. Of course, if God can do anything, God can already relate to us, but it’s much easier for humans to accept and understand that when he does become human. Jesus’ death is something I’ve never quite understood, but I understand that God sacrificing for us is something very special, when most religions only require us to sacrifice for him. Plus, if Jesus did indeed die to defeat sin, however those cosmic laws work, then I think that’s amazingly powerful. I think “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” does a really good job of expressing that. If you haven’t seen that movie, you should. Aslan the lion offers himself to be killed instead of a human, because the deep magic demands a sacrifice (basically to Satan). But, as he explains, an even deeper magic says that if one without blame willingly lays down his life, the laws will be broken, and death will turn to life. I’m not saying that’s how it really works, but C.S. Lewis came up with a really cool fantasy-based parallel to the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In regards to Jesus becoming human, it also helps to have a human role model to live up to, instead of just a bunch of faceless proverbs and teachings. My favorite stories in the Bible are those involving Jesus himself. There’s so much power in his actions, and in his teachings. Jesus’ teachings are entirely about forgiveness and strength and love. There’s no demands of us. He just gives us a model for living the way we were meant to live. And it’s pretty obvious to me that we’ll be happiest if we follow that model. It’s just that human flaws, like pride or jealousy or greed, get in our way of knowing what’s truly best for us.
Good news! Apparently Orange County isn’t the most expensive place to live in the country. It’s only the ninth. At first I thought we’d be included in the L.A. region (third most expensive), in which case Amanda and I would have to move to Honolulu, that city being cheaper and all (ranked at number five). But we’re certainly happy with our little corner of the world.
Alright Easterners, you’ve had your fun. Can we please have our heat back now? Sure we had that record heat wave there for a while, but now we can’t even go to the beach it’s so cold. We’ve only been getting highs in the seventies this past week. And Laguna Beach, for whatever reason, is consistently five to ten degrees colder than Laguna Hills, where we live. I walked outside yesterday morning, and it felt like autumn. The sun was shining, but there was a chill in the air. And I hated it. We came here to be hot! Alright, well at least I did.
On another note, CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS AND ALLISON ON THEIR ENGAGEMENT! Another pair of God’s children who will be living happily ever after. Hee hee. Way to go guys! And here’s the happy couple now…
Note: Not actual engagement photographs.
But these ones are:
The paper article actually had a big picture of her doing her exercises! Thanks to Amanda’s mom for finding the article.
We hate spiders. They come out of nowhere and poison you, which drains your health like crazy, and they constantly regenerate as you beat on them. But enough about Guild Wars.
Laguna Hills (or at least Villa Solana) has a lot of spiders. For some reason, all they ever do is spin webs. And they start early. Amanda and I take Teddie walking around eleven at night, before going to bed, and we almost always walk through the beginnings of massive people-catching webs that span the entire sidewalk. They sometimes get into the house too. They mostly stick to the ceilings and corners, but occassionally they get brave and try to catch you when you get up in the middle of the night to go pee. I kind of got used to brushing off the webs, especially since I run with Teddie most mornings on the paths through the high grass. As long as you don’t think that what made the web might still be attached to it, it’s no big deal. And as far as I know, there aren’t any really venomous ones around here…
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
We’d like to congratulate Amanda’s brother Zack and his wife Tiffany on the birth of their first child, Paige! She was born early in the morning on Saturday, July 8th at 6:20 AM CST. Paige weighs 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and is 19 and a half inches long. She has a full head of dark hair, and beautiful blue eyes. Zack says she’s very active and alert, and is fascinated by her surroundings. As you can see from this picture taken at the hospital, baby Paige looks a lot like Tiffany! Zack and Tiffany are very happy and proud, and will make very loving parents. If you would like to contact Zack, you can IM him at Invisible267, or e-mail either of us for his e-mail address.
Welcome to the as-of-yet unnamed website of the MacAllister family, being Jason Michael Wertz, Amanda Lois, Teddie Bear and Yoda! This is a place for us to link to cool stuff, share pictures, and do the occassional blogging. But most of all, it’s a way for us to keep in touch with our friends and family. (Yoda doesn’t actually have any friends, but she just likes to be high-tech.)
With the millions of bloggers out there, it’s amazing that anyone actually reads anyone else’s writing. With that in mind, I intend to only write about things that are interesting, or important. I don’t expect anyone to read my blogs religiously, but feel free to stop by, check out some pictures, and say hi every once in a while. Keep in touch, and God bless!