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Written by evan on December 30, 2007 at 1:29 PM

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Shawn A. Busby

Written by evan on December 27, 2007 at 11:46 AM

My high school friend Shawn passed away this past Tuesday. I've only seen Shawn maybe once in the past 5 years, and that was at our high school reunion in September of 2006. Before that Shawn and I worked together at Menards, before I moved to Macomb. Shawn was one of those people in high school that everyone liked, and he liked everyone. That is probably why he was Homecoming King.

I was trying to think of the nickname that Mr. Smargissi gave Shawn, but I can't think of it. I thought it had to do with something with the would "bear" or "fuzzy". I can't remember. But it was so funny, because here is Shawn this huge guy, and yet his heart was gold. So his nickname matched him perfectly.

PAWNEE - Shawn A. Busby, 29, of Pawnee died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at his home.

He was born April 15, 1978, in Springfield, the son of Steve and Camille Muncy Busby. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marilyn Muncy; and aunt, Susan Busby Becker.

He was employed by Freeman Mine in Farmersville and the Mine Rescue Squad, state of Illinois.

Surviving are two sons, Kolton and Dawson, both of Pawnee; father, Steve Busby of Kincaid; mother, Camille Muncy; a brother, Von Busby; and a sister, Stephanie Busby, all of Pawnee; grandparents, Byron and Mildred Busby and Fred (companion, Margaret Teodori) Muncy, all of Pawnee; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at Bramley Funeral Home in Auburn, and where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, with the Rev. Gary Winkleman officiating. Burial will be in Horse Creek Cemetery in Pawnee.

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Wii Bowling

Written by evan on December 23, 2007 at 11:15 PM

Wii Bowling, originally uploaded by mufan96.

My brother just bowled a 288 on Wii bowling.

Mizzou Lost

Written by evan on at 12:24 AM

...But I was on the jumbo tron tonight.

Busch Braggin Rights...Memories

Written by evan on December 22, 2007 at 11:25 AM

Tonight is the game of the year for me and my college basketball watching experiences.. Each year University of Missouri play the University of Illinois in St. Louis, in a series called Busch Braggin Rights. Mizzou is in an 7 game skid in the series.

This will be my 16th year in a row going to the game, I have seen 6 Mizzou wins since then in the series. 1992 was my first ever college basketball and more importantly my first MU game. My brother had gotten four tickets to the game (the arena is split up with a MU side and a U of I side. Gold on one side, Orange on the other side), and these tickets where on the Orange Side. One of my brother's friends didn't want to go, so guess who got the ticket, and 16 years later we have this huge tradition.

Here are some memories that i have of the series, in no particular order (popularity nor date).

non game highlights
Meeting with everybody that is going at the game, at the top of the escalator in Union Station.
Eating at the Union Station food court.
Walking into Union Station hearing drunken chants of "MIZ-ZOU or ILL-INI".

at the game
Dan Reynolds getting pulled over for speeding (1992).
Dan getting beer spilt on his leather jacket from the people sitting above us.
Sitting in the car after the game, in the parking lot ready to leave, and the lady next to us, gets into their car, and opens their door into Dan's car.
Sitting a couple seats down from former Mizzou star Jason Sutherland at a game, post his Mizzou Career.
Garrett wearing his Indiana sweatshirt.
Standing the whole game with Garrett in our seats, which were top row at half court, while his wife sat in the lower bowl next to Whitey Herzog.
Going down to the game, without tickets, and buying 2 scalped tickets for $35/each with Josh Hall. We told the guy all we had was $35 a piece, as we paid him, he goes, "guess you won't have popcorn money." Turns out they were 2 single tickets, we had no clue where the seats were, so we just each grab a ticket. I ended up 10 rows off of the floor on some metal risers, while Josh was in the Upper Bowl.
Ryan Smith forgot his ticket at home, so I went into the game, and took my stub and my brother's stub, and got my hand marked with a black light stamp, and went outside and found ryan, and rubbed my hand on his, and gave him my brother's stub, and got him into the game. Luckily didn't get arrested.
Having tickets all over the place, from upperbowl to the lowerbowl, from center court to the corners, from the gold side to the orange side.

game highlights
Watching freshman, illini, Kiwane Garris miss a pair of free throws, with tied game, and no time on the clock. - a package arrived later to Garris in Champaign that contained two bricks.
Taunting Andy Kaufman.
Rickey Paulding's acrobatic dunks.
Watching a Mizzou fan tackle Chief Illiniwek.
Coach Quin Synder (Mizzou coach) getting popcorn thrown on him by a Mizzou fan at halftime

Another Illinois Game...

Written by evan on December 20, 2007 at 11:41 PM

Went with a couple of the guys from the church and some student from the pipeline to watch Illinois play Miami University (Ohio) tonight. And Illinois lost. I'm looking forward to the Mizzou game on saturday, debating on what to wear. I'm going to blog about my tradition of going to the MU vs U of I game on saturday. I'm going to do kind of a highlights of years past.

Here is a pic from tonight. I thought it was cool, because I'm in focus, yet the background is like motion blurred; yet its not photoshopped.

Scouting for the Busch Braggin' Right Game

Written by evan on December 18, 2007 at 12:20 PM

Last night i went to my first U of I game at the Assembly Hall. I've seen the Illini play 15 times, once a year for the past 15 years, but this was the first time at the Assembly Hall. Thanks Jeremy.
I was there doing a little scouting for the MU vs U of I game this saturday. After watching the Illini play a horrible Western Carolina team last night, I don't think Mizzou has anything to worry about.

Also Future Gen selected Mattoon as the site for their clean coal-fired power plant.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Written by evan on December 17, 2007 at 11:00 PM

I'm probably the only blogger that goes from blogging about a free Michael Bolton mp3 download to something as serious as Intelligent vs Artificial Design.

So my brother sent me the link for a new documentary from Ben Stein called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It about creation, and how if scientists believe in creation and disown darwinism, then they are outed by the scientific community. It comes out in theaters in February 2008.

There is an incredible super trailer here. Its a little over 7 minutes.

Here is the theatrical trailer, which is only a little over a minute.

Walkin' in the Winter Wonderland

Written by evan on at 1:28 PM

Thats right. The free iTunes single of the week is Michael Bolton's "Walkin' in the Winter Wonderland".
Get it here

O Christmas Bulletin Design

Written by evan on December 13, 2007 at 9:09 PM

We are doing a 3 week Christmas series at First Assembly called O Christmas. Each week will be titled after a popular christmas song.

Week 1 - O Christmas Tree
Week 2 - O Little Town of Bethlehem
Week 2 - O Come All Ye Faithful

So, we decided to do a redesign on the bulletin for these three weeks, and make it look like a cd jewel case insert. Here is what the cover and inside looks like.

O Holy Night

Written by evan on December 9, 2007 at 10:05 PM

Tonight was the 2nd week of our december series called "Peace". We started out the service with a christmas theme powerpoint game (which we forgot to announce the winner of and award the prize.) Did only 1 worship song, due to sound issues, and then we faded to Sufjan Stevens "O Holy Night". I then spoke a couple meetings about that Jesus came to earth to bring peace between you and God. Ashley read some scripture on the birth of Christ, and then I opened i asked an open air question, "does anyone want share how they came to have peace with God?" and I walked off of the stage.

After about 90 seconds of awkwardness, Travis went on stage and took a couple minutes to talk about how he came to have peace with God, and then Nakari talked (whom I had asked beforehand to get things going). But after that it was student after student that would stand up and talk, some went on stage, while others just stood at their seats.

It was not all good theology that was shared. But there was power in students verbalizing how they came to have peace with god. Confession is good for the soul. It was a pretty amazing night as probably 8-10 students shared.

Last week we talked about our lives being filled with anger, and their was no room for peace. We used the illustration of a jar being filled with dirt (our dark stuff. sin) and because of it, there was no room for peace. So at the close tonight, if students needed to have peace with God. they went to this bowl of dirt, grabbed a handful, and identified what was in their life that they needed to get rid of, then they threw the dirt in a trash can, and then put their hands in a bowl of water, representing God cleansing them and giving them Peace.

Students took a couple minutes doing this, and then we concluded with reflecting on what God had just done, while we listened to O Holy Night.

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