Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 08, originally uploaded by JoshHawaii.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I am home in Hawaii and happy to spend time with my Family and friends. Please continue to visit my blog to check on updates, even though I'm no longer in Czech. I'll also be chronicling my return to Czech.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"A Symphony of Blase"

"A Symphony of Blase" by Anberlin is the song I always listen to when I leave people I love. I have listened to it for sad goodbyes from Moody, and sad goodbyes from Home. I feel like it goes with the feelings I am experiencing as I leave someplace, though the mix of feelings is always slightly different. As I leave the Czech Rebublic and my friends in Šumperk/Vikýřovice and all around the Czech Republic I am experiencing a lot of sadness in leaving. In the last 7 months, the Czech Republic has become my home. It even started when I first came to Czech in March '07 and fell in love with the people here. There is so much to do here and I really care about my friends here.

Please know that you will all be missed. I can't wait to come back!

(here's the song for your enjoyment)

On the way home

Well, I leave the Czech Republic in not too long. It's been a great time and I'm sad to go, but looking forward to seeing my family and living back home for a few months. Anyway, there's some new flight technology on the internet you might want to see. You can track my horrific journey to a beautiful place by going here (live):

And here's a little video of what the tarmac will look like around the time I will really be hating travel and before I get on another 6-hour flight from LA to Honolulu. Las Angeles flight path/landing timelapse:

Saturday, December 6, 2008

What I listened to on my 23rd

I had some friends at Moody who talked about listening to Jimmy Eat World's "23" on their 23rd birthday and it got me thinking I should make a whole 23rd birthday playlist. I didn't spend a ton of time on it, so maybe there should be more/better songs on it, but I like what I came up with. Here's the playlist I listened to on my birthday, created a few days before:

Song - Artist
Map Of The Problematique - Muse
Prison Break Theme - FOX
23 - Jimmy Eat World
23 - Blonde Redhead
Are We All Forgotten - Paper Route
Wisemen - James Blunt
Beyond Measure - Jeremy Camp
Desire - Phil Wickham
Beautiful Day - U2
Youth - Matisyahu
Island in The Sun - Weezer
Shores Of Waiehu - Ekol U
Prodigal - OneRepublic

9 Crimes Damien Rice
Far From Home The Classic Crime
East To West Casting Crowns
Easy Tonight Five For Fighting
Every Man Casting Crowns
Be My Escape (acoustic) Relient K
Falling By the Wayside People In Planes
Waiting For the Final Leaf to Fall Paper Route
Atmosphere Jeremy Horn
A Beautiful Lie 30 Seconds to Mars
Sweetness Jimmy Eat World
Fake Empire The National
Wholly Yours (B Collision) David Crowder Band
Let It Happen Jimmy Eat World
Realize Colbie Caillat
This Is Your Life The Killers
Let Go Frou Frou
Honey The Hush Sound
How To Save A Life The Fray
When Your Mind's Made Up From the movie "Once"
The Symphony of Blase Anberlin
Shake It Metro Station
So Here We Are Bloc Party
Disintegration Jimmy Eat World
Ah Ha Under The Influence Of Giants
Campus Vampire Weekend
What Life Would Be Like Big Daddy Weave
When the Saints Sara Groves

These are some of my favorite songs of the last few years (probably more from this year)

By the way, my birthday was great (probably even better since I don't have school) and I got to spend it with some new friends in Czech. I really enjoyed my time, and it was also Spiritually meaningful as we had 2/3 messages on idols that day.

Anyone Else made a birthday playlist like this? What would you change about mine?