Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Eventful Weekend

On Friday night I went, for the first time, to Trios Jazz Club in South Bend. I have to tell you I was very impressed. Great service, and great music. It was free to get in too!!! Everyone should take advantage of this great club as they have bands from the region every Friday and Saturday night. As a jazz lover I will be visiting this place many more times.

On Saturday night I went to see the South Bend Symphony. I ended up getting a free ticket at the door. Thank you to whoever gave me the voucher!!! I have to tell you I loved it!!! And the violin soloist was amazing. We really do have a lot of great music in this area and I think we should try to support it more by going to these local concerts.

On Sunday I made my first visit to Lucas Oil Stadium. Very Impressive. Plus the Colts destroyed the Ravens. Good Weekend!!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Jeff Kamp for President!!!

With all the negative campaigns heating up, why not vote for me? I'm not old enough yet to be prez, but here is what I will do:

No negative campaigning
I will tell you what my beliefs are and how I think we should run the country
I will be open and honest about any mistakes I make or have made
I will publish the national budget and make it as simple as possible for everyone to know what money goes where.
If a bill comes to my desk that has earmarks for things other than what that bill was intended for it will be Veto - no buying votes on my clock!!!
I will listen to what people have to say
I will start marketing this country in the most positive light!!! We are one of the most generous nations and yet people look at us as evil? This is a basic marketing issue that needs to be addressed!!!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Bailout Earmarks = Total Crap For Taxpayers

This is simple- I can't believe we pass bills that are designed to do one thing and have all these additional items that cost us taxpayers. Here are a few from the bailout bill:

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/03/house.bailout/index.html#cnnSTCOther2

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

One Thought

My friend at GCC, Dan, has a new blog. Visit One Thought, here is what it is about direct from the website:


So much information. Too little focus. This blog is meant to be a help in focusing on OneThought each day. Actually, one word. This is then put in context of a scripture or quote. My prayers are that this will help us keep things SIMPLE.

Feel free to comment, especially on ways that any OneThought has made a difference in your life. Make suggestions of other resources that might help others on the journey.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hurricane Ike

First and foremost my prayers go out to those who have been directly effected by hurricane Ike. My brother-in-law's parents are from Galveston Island and so far have not been able to return to the island to determine what kind of damage they might have to deal with. Yesterday what was left of Ike poured huge amounts of rain on Northern Indiana. I took this picture this morning at work....Ike "get outta here!!!"

Friday, September 12, 2008

Wild Goose Chase Book Review Pt.2

Well first of all sorry for the delay in posting this. I did actually finish reading this book when I was in Vegas almost a month ago. One of the reasons I decided to hold back my review was because I wanted a chance to absorb what I had read. Once again Mark does not hold back on this book. This is definatly what I would call a sequel to A Lion in a Pit on a snowy day. Where the lion book is more about getting change moving in your life, goose is more of a how to book. The main scope of the book covers how to avoid 6 obstacles that keep you from achieving your purpose in life. I found myself trying absorb all six of these obstacles, and I think I will be apply these things in this book for many months. Again Mark has delivered an amazing and practical book that we can apply to our lives. Great Job Mark!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Wild Goose Chase- Book Review Part 1

One of my favorite books in the last couple of years is "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day" by Mark Batterson. So when the chance came up to recieve two free copies of his next book, "Wild Goose Chase" by reviewing it on my blog I jumped at the chance. Unfortunatly since I was out of town last week I will not get a chance to review the book before its' release date on Aug. 19th. I will post my review when I get back from vactation next week. Below I have included the book summary and the author's bio information. I look forward to reading this book this week and again I will have my review posted next week.


Most of us have no idea where we’re going most of the time. Perfect.

“Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something….

Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.” --from the introduction.

Author Bio:

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of Washington, DC’s National Community Church, widely recognized as one of America’s most innovative churches. NCC meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the city, as well as in a church-owned coffee house near Union Station. More than seventy percent of NCC’ers are single twentysomethings who live or work on Capitol Hill. Mark is the author of the best-selling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and a widely read blogger (www.markbatterson.com). He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children.

Where to buy the book:


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

4th Annual O'Hana Golf Outing

On Monday we had our 4th Annual golf outing for the O'Hana Heritage Foundation. This year we had more teams then ever!!! And to top things off my team won!!! I want to thank all the volunteers who helped make this years outing a success. Also big thanks to mother nature for holding off the rain long enough for us to get our outing in.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rock On!!!

Last night my engineering staff went to Chicago to see a good ole rock show. When we first stepped out of the parking garage Mr. Trump's tower was right over us. I must say most impressive building that I have seen lately. Then we walked to Hard Rock Cafe. I have not been there since they have remodeled the inside, plus Brandon had never been to one before.

After dinner we walked back to the House of Blues. There were four bands scheduled for the night and they didn't start until like 8:30 Indiana time, ouch!!! So here is a short synopsis of them:

Tyler Reed Band - Surprising first band, actually kinda liked them

Rev Theory - Loudest band I have ever heard, my ears are still ringing, seriously

Saving Abel - Could have done without, didn't do much for me

Puddle of Mudd - What I expected from a seasoned rock band, good show

So even though I have been on this huge jazz kick lately, there just comes a time when you have to get out and listen to some rock and roll. Nothing like guitar amps cranked to 10 to get the adrenaline flowing. We didn't get back until 4:00am, yep and that's right I made it to work on time!!! I could have done with three bands instead of four, it was just to long. That being said I guess we got our moneys worth. I think Rev Theory was entertaining, but honestly did they have to be so loud, it actually hurt sometimes to listen to them.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Elkhart County 4H Fair

Last night we went to the fair. This is the first time that Jacob could ride the rides. He road with his cousins Madison and Mckenzie on most of the rides. We had fun and of course indulged in some "fair food". We had a good time with Lisa and Jesse and their family.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Here are a few of the pictures I took of the fireworks that we set off at my parents lake cottage this year.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Update Blog

Sorry I have not blogged in forever. My computer has had a virus. To update recent events first: last weekend we went to my mom and dad's lake cottage to celebrate 4th of July. The fireworks were awesome.

Last Friday Jami went for another appointment in Indy and things are looking good! She does not have to go back for three months.

This weekend I played in two bands at a music festival in Mishawaka. One was a Christian blues band and the other was a praise and worship band. Then we had family over for a cookout and to watch the Bristol homecoming fireworks from our front yard. Again they were awesome. The picture above is from the 4th of July at my parent's lake cottage.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Lake Erie

Saturday I went on my annual Lake Erie fishing trip. Again we caught our limit of walleye. Lake Erie has some of the best walleye in the world. We were a little concerned about weather, but it turned out to be a great day. The last 3 years we have used Room For More charters with Capt. Ken (no not Capt.Jack Sparrow). Every year he says "they might bite and they might not", so far he has done us good. The picture above shows Capt. Ken on the left, First Mate "Snakebite" (yes really) in the middle, and Kampco engineer Brandon on the right (just before he hooked his eyebrow (again yes really)!!!

Link to Room For More Charters

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Jazz Kick

I am on a huge jazz kick right now. This might be do to having three saxophone students now. Also might be do to the Frank Catalano clinic last week. Anyways I have really started to listen to the music of Ravi Coltrane. Altough he is John Coltrane's son he has his own unique sound that I really like. His dad died when he was two so he has more influence from his mother's music (Alice Coltrane).

Ravi's Website

Friday, May 30, 2008

Saxophone Clinic

Last night one of my students and I went to a saxophone clinic at woodwind and brasswind. Frank Catalano was the saxophonist. He is based out of Chicago and had some great insights to playing the sax. He has played with many legendary musicians and done several TV commercials. If you hear a saxophone in some of the Dodge commercials that is him. Anyways it was a small crowd and we were able to ask many questions. I really enjoyed this and will deffinatly take advantage of any more free clinics that woodwind might put on.

Frank's Website

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Memorial Weekend

On Sunday we went to my Mom and Dad's lake cottage. Everyone in the family was there. Between four neighbors there were about 30 people and 25 racks of ribs!!! Yummy!!!

Above is McKenzie and Jacob driving grandpa pontoon. Directional control seems to be very random, but they all had fun!

That night we got a campfire going and roasted some marshmallows.

My parents cottage is on the right and the Olson's cottage is on the left.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Overall Jami's recovery is going well. She is eating a very low fat diet, but hey it is real food. We should have a date real soon as to when she will go down to Indy for a consult with the specialist.

Congrats to my sister Lisa and her husband Jesse on the birth of their son. Myles was born on Saturday. He was 5lbs 7oz. Both mom and baby are doing well. Also congrats to Craig and Stacy. Their baby was born yesterday.

I was rocking Jacob Friday night when he tells me, "daddy I want to see fireworks at your castle, they make colors." It is amazing what he remembers from our trip earlier in the year. I would have never guessed he would remember that. I also think it is cute that he calls it my castle!!!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Alter Bridge

Brandon, Jesse, and I attended the Alter Bridge concert at House of Blues in Chicago Friday Night. We had a great time!!!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

You Tube Video of Sax Quartet

I found this video on you tube of the sax quartet that was at Magic Kingdom

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Retirement Gig

Move to Florida, play at the Magic Kingdom? These guys were pretty good!!! I think it could be in my future.

Ball Game

Jacob has been wanting to go to a "ball game". So on Sunday after I was finished playing guitar at church I took him to a Silver Hawks game. We had a good time and he got a ball that was hit into the parking lot when we were buying my ticket (he gets in free!!!). Anyways we had fun, we only stayed for a couple of innings. He needed to take a nap. He had fun watching them hit the ball. Only problem with him getting a ball before the game is that I was chasing it down the steps!!! That and he wanted to go on the field and throw it!!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Is Spring Here?

I am ready for spring to be here. I purchased grass seed and fertalizer this weekend....bring on the sun!!! I took this picture down in Flordia.

Castle Pics

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mickey's Back Yard BBQ

One of the more fun charcter meals that we went to was Mickey's Back Yard BBQ. This took place at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, which is huge by the way. Anyways they had this large pavilion, live band (it was definantly country themed, but liveable). The band was actually quite talented and good. They had, count 'em, eight buffet lines, with all of Brent K's favorite food, actually think Brent would have thought he went to heaven. They had Corn Bread, coleslaw, mac and cheese, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, bbq ribs....and more. The lines were open for two hours!!! If you went home hungry it was your own fault. The Disney characters came out and danced with all the kids....it was really a lot of fun!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

More from Florida

Jacob loved Goliath. He would just give him big hugs.

Another one of Jacob's favorite shows is Handy Manny. Jacob was really excited to see Handy.

This is the family with Mickey.

Here is the castle in the Magic Kingdom.