February 26, 2008

Funny Marriage Post

I just read this on my friend Bobby Peek's blog and thought I would share it with those who read this blog. It made me chuckle a few times and it made Tawm laugh even more.

A man will pay $20 for a $10 item he needs.
A woman will pay $10 for a $20 item that she doesn't need.

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.

Married men live longer than single men do, but married men are a lot more willing to die.

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.

A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next." They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.

February 20, 2008

Approaching 13

It has been a little while since the last post of Owen. He is growing really fast, and it is hard to believe that he is going to be 3 months old already this coming Friday.


February 19, 2008

The answers you've been waiting for

For those of you who took the Walentine Quiz, here are the answers:

1. Jai Yen - cool heart - patient
2. Jai Ron - hot heart hot - tempered
3. Jai Gwaang - wide heart - generous
4. Jai Dum - black heart - mean/unkind
5. Cow Jai - enter heart - understand
6. Sia Jai - broken heart - sad
7. Paw Jai - enough heart - satisfied
8. Jai Kod - crooked heart - dishonest or crooked person
9. Bralaad Jai - odd/weird heart - surprised or amazed
10. Hi Gum Lung Jai - give energy to heart - encourage
11. Mun Jai - fixed/certain heart - confident
12. Dok Jai - fallen heart - scared

Let me know how you scored at home.

February 13, 2008

Walentine Quiz

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day or as they call it here in Thailand: Walentine Day (because Thais can't make a "v" sound and always forget to add an "s" to words). Most Valentine posts express a person's loved one for another person but since my wife doesn't read my blog, I won't do that here as it would be a waste of time.
Instead of writing a love note, I thought I'd post a quiz. In Thailand they use the word heart to express many different kinds of feelings. So I figured I'd give you some Thai words, there literal translation and then you have to guess what you think these words actually mean. You can keep the answers to yourself or leave a comment with your guesses. (If you speak Thai, please don't spoil it for everyone and give the answers away).
The word heart in Thai is jai. Pronounced like "my" but just change the m to a j. Here's an example - Jai Dee - good heart - it is the Thai word for kind.

1. Jai Yen - cool heart
2. Jai Ron - hot heart
3. Jai Gwaang - wide heart
4. Jai Dum - black heart
5. Cow Jai - enter heart
6. Sia Jai - broken heart
7. Paw Jai - enough heart
8. Jai Kod - crooked heart
9. Bralaad Jai - odd/weird heart
10. Hi Gum Lung Jai - give energy to heart
11. Mun Jai - fixed/certain heart
12. Dok Jai - fallen heart

Have fun!!
I will post the answers in a couple days.

February 07, 2008

Crazy Foreigners!

Owen turns 11 weeks old today. As he gets older, he is able to go more places. Thais don't think it is good for babies to go out much until they are 3 months old. As a result, the only place Owen really gets to go is the hospital, church and the occassional time he gets to go shopping. Traveling means sitting in a car seat and I never knew how much flak we would get for using a car seat. Thai people just don't think it is safe to use a car seat.
Hold the baby while sitting in the passenger seat (even if you don't wear a seatbelt) - SAFE
Hold the baby while riding behind someone on a motorbike (no one wearing helmets) - SAFE
Sit in the box of the truck holding a baby - SAFE
Put the baby in a car seat - WHAT ARE YOU CRAZY!!!
This is why I love living in a foreign country


February 06, 2008


When your favorite team kinda stinks (Indiana Pacers), you need to have a trusty back-up. You can't pick a better 2nd favorite team than the Suns. Free-flowin', fast paced and the superb Steve Nash (everything gets better when a Canadian is running the show no?)

The only way to destroy the Suns is to trade a key component (Marion) for a slow, unable to run, over the hill, injury prone player. No one fits the bill better than SHAQ.

Trading Shaq for Marion will immediately make the Suns go from title contenders to a team in the middle of the pack. If the Suns do make this trade, I'll have to find a new 2nd favorite team (yes I'm a die hard Pacers fan no matter how ugly it gets). I don't understand how the Suns could even think about trading Marion for Shaq.

If the trade rumors become a reality, I'm open to suggestions for a new 2nd favorite team.

Questions about the Bible

At the beginning of February the students from the hilltribe Bible school came into town to start studying with me until the end of March. It is a good opportunity to get to know them better and teach them essential doctrines. I love teaching the Bible, especially to people of different nationalities because they ask questions that I have never thought of because they come from a different mindset. I always get asked about speaking in tongues, but I am sure that is a common question no matter where you are. Other popular questions are is it okay to eat blood (since a few Thai dishes have blood in them), is it okay to eat food sacrificed to idols (since Buddhism is the predominant religion here), and my personal favorite, is it a sin to get a vasectimy (don't know why they ask this question but the way some verse is translated must lead to this question).
Today in class I spent an hour teaching on Matthew 23:24 where Jesus is talking to the Pharisees and Scribes about their tendency to strain out the gnat and swallow the camel. As a foreigner, the verse seems pretty straight forward but the students had no clue what the verse meant. I had to come in from all different angles in order to get them to understand. After the light went on, they all really liked this verse.

February 04, 2008


I just signed on to facebook. If you want to be my friend just look for me. My name is Brent Rosendal!

Yeah! I am Happy

For the most part, I can't stand dynasties (unless the current Boston Red Sox become one). Don't like the Spurs. Couldn't stand the Bulls, the Showtime Lakers or what I could remember of Bird and his Celtics. Don't like the Yankees. Don't like the Cowboys and I am especially glad that the Patriots didn't go perfect this season. Why is it that all the teams I like are just average? Why can't I cheer for a dynasty? I guess that is just the rebel in me.