moses lake washington

possibilities, road trips, and abandoned towns.

quite a while it has been. every time i consider writing, i get bogged down with the thought of explaining what has been happening in my life. my ever moving, most exciting, thrilling life, yeah?

in reality, not much has happened. i have the same job. i eat the same food. i live with the same people.

but there have been a couple things worth mentioning;

uno- melissa and christa went to ireland for spring break and they talked a bit about me with the ywam staff. they were able to give me an email for a dts in rostrevor (a place they visited and said i would love), and i have now applied for their compassion/justice dts in november of this year. i have still to get a doctors check-up (which without insurance will cost me more than 12 bucks (oh how i miss my mothers insurance)), and then once they receive that, its off to the leaders for consideration. fingers crossed that this might be an open door.

dos- ive been emailing team expansion people and it looks like they are planning a short trip to ireland next summer to check out options. they are planning on calling me soon to talk more about their ideas. though this is a possibility, i feel like its way too far out right now, and dts is a better option. but we will see, perhaps God wants me to wait another year before going. who knows.

tres- i went to moses lake washington with christa for a weekend this month. it was really nice to spend time with her dads side of the family (you know i love meeting parents!). her grandparents have chickens, and horses, i was very excited about that because ive been intrigued with the idea of having small animals in my yard to provide a little substance (such as eggs!). i also have direly been wanting to ride a horse (i was too scared to ask). since ive only ever seen ml from i-90, i didnt know there was a pretty side to the area. her family owns lake front property and i was so jealous that her cousins get to live right next to a beautiful lake!


quatro-on the way to ml, we decided to check out lime oregon, and let me tell you its a freaky place! we got some real bad feelings from certain rooms in those buildings. but the images were beautiful, i thought.

nasty things coming out of pipes…


cinco- last week, melsa, christa, jess and i finally went on our long planned olympic peninsula road trip! we spent a whole week living in a tent and hiking all around the beaches and rainforests of the area. ive always thought it was the most beautiful place in all of the u.s. and i stick with that statement! i loved every day of that week. everywhere i looked i saw Gods beautiful creation and every day i thanked Him for it! i had trouble getting the right settings for my camera, its just so dang finicky, so i am not impressed with my photos. they just dont give the place justice. the lighting isnt correct. i didnt get the billion of pictures i wanted to use as desktop pics. but i will survive. i know it exists. and im sure ill be back some day, and ill do better with it.

so that is the last couple months in a nut shell. my goal is to try harder at writing, and if i keep up, it really doesnt take that much time to get it out of my brain!

Overcrowding in Schools...

is an issue right now where I live in Washington. I live in a community of roughly 20+ thousand people. We have 11 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, a high school, and an alternative middle/high school. Because all our town has to offer is a Walmart for entertainment, if you don’t drink or are not old enough too, you breed. Hence the high amounts of kids needing a spot in schools. Our district is being really dumb in how they go about this issue. It’s an easy fix really. Currently our system is as follows:

Preschool/Headstart

k-5 in elementary schools

6th-8th in middle schools

9th-12th in the high school

6th-12th at the alternative school.

What I propose should happen is the following:

Preschool/Headstart

k-3rd in half the elementary schools (6 schools)

4th-6th in the other half (5 schools)

7th-9th in the middle schools (2 schools)

10th-12th in the high school (1 school)

and 8th-12th in the alternative (1 school)

this would easily fix the overcrowding issues at hand, and let our highschool keep their sports status for football, which is a big reason why our district doesn’t want a second high school.

just my thoughts….

Bombardier’s CSeries jet finally takes to the skies above Paris

Bombardier’s CSeries jet finally takes to the skies above Paris

Bombardier’s CSeries jet finally takes to the skies above Paris

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Takata halted safety audits amid airbag woes

Takata (Frankfurt: 7TK.F - news) halted safety audits for two years in factories making defective airbags linked to eight deaths and forcing a massive car recall, according to a US lawmaker’s staff report.

The publication of the report came ahead of Tuesday’s hearing at the Senate Commerce Committee, where representatives of the Japanese auto parts maker, automakers Honda and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were called to testify on the exploding airbags, which can send deadly shrapnel into a car’s occupants.

The staff report for Senator Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Commerce panel, said that Takata had suspended safety audits in 2009 on facilities in Monclova, Mexico, which assembles the airbags, and in Moses Lake, Washington state, which makes the airbag inflators.

The sites showed evidence of serious quality problems.

The audit suspension, aimed at holding down costs, came a year after Honda launched its first auto recall over the flawed airbags, according to the report.

Takata resumed the audits in 2011. However, the auditors identified serious quality problems at the sites, the report said, citing internal Takata employee emails. Those emails were not sent to Takata headquarters in Tokyo, it noted.

Takata slammed the report, saying that it conducts regular reviews of product quality and safety at Moses Lake and Monclova, “and at no time were those halted.”

“The report contains a number of inaccuracies based largely on old media articles that Takata has previously refuted, and emails that are taken out of context and characterized in ways that creates a false impression,” Takata said in a statement.

“For example, the global audits referenced in the emails relate to the safe handling by employees of pyrotechnic materials – they were not, as the report implies, related to product quality or safety.”

The flawed airbags, which can explode even in a minor crash, led US authorities to expand the airbag recall to a record of roughly 34 million vehicles in May, possibly the largest product recall in US history.

Nearly a dozen brands are affected, including Honda, Toyota, General Motors (NYSE: GM - news) , Ford, and FCA. More than a hundred people have been injured worldwide by the defective airbags.

Officials said it could take years to get enough replacement airbag inflators, and the root cause of the problem remains unclear. The defect is thought to be linked to a chemical propellant that helps inflate the airbags.

Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president at Takata’s US arm TK Holdings, told lawmakers that the company was testing new technologies to correct the problem, which has caused more than 100 injuries worldwide in addition to the fatalities.

“The process of qualifying new products takes time, and for certain types of airbags and certain vehicle models, the best solution today is to use existing technologies in place of the original unit,” Kennedy said.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal blasted the danger of Takata airbags on US roads.

“If our airplanes and airspace were as dangerous as our cars and our roads, corporate officials would be indicted and there would be sweeping changes in the airline industry,” said Blumenthal.

Takata halted safety audits amid airbag woes: report

Takata halted safety audits for two years in factories making defective airbags linked to eight deaths and forcing a massive car recall, according to a US lawmaker’s staff report.

The publication of the report came ahead of Tuesday’s hearing at the Senate Commerce Committee, where representatives of the Japanese auto parts maker, automakers Honda and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were called to testify on the exploding airbags, which can send deadly shrapnel into a car’s occupants.

The staff report for Senator Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Commerce panel, said that Takata had suspended safety audits in 2009 on facilities in Monclova, Mexico, which assembles the airbags, and in Moses Lake, Washington state, which makes the airbag inflators.

The sites showed evidence of serious quality problems.

The audit suspension, aimed at holding down costs, came a year after Honda launched its first auto recall over the flawed airbags, according to the report.

Takata resumed the audits in 2011. However, the auditors identified serious quality problems at the sites, the report said, citing internal Takata employee emails. Those emails were not sent to Takata headquarters in Tokyo, it noted.

Takata slammed the report, saying that it conducts regular reviews of product quality and safety at Moses Lake and Monclova, “and at no time were those halted.”

“The report contains a number of inaccuracies based largely on old media articles that Takata has previously refuted, and emails that are taken out of context and characterized in ways that creates a false impression,” Takata said in a statement.

“For example, the global audits referenced in the emails relate to the safe handling by employees of pyrotechnic materials – they were not, as the report implies, related to product quality or safety.”

The flawed airbags, which can explode even in a minor crash, led US authorities to expand the airbag recall to a record of roughly 34 million vehicles in May, possibly the largest product recall in US history.

Nearly a dozen brands are affected, including Honda, Toyota, General Motors, Ford, and FCA. More than a hundred people have been injured worldwide by the defective airbags.

Officials said it could take years to get enough replacement airbag inflators, and the root cause of the problem remains unclear. The defect is thought to be linked to a chemical propellant that helps inflate the airbags.

Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president at Takata’s US arm TK Holdings, told lawmakers that the company was testing new technologies to correct the problem, which has caused more than 100 injuries worldwide in addition to the fatalities.

“The process of qualifying new products takes time, and for certain types of airbags and certain vehicle models, the best solution today is to use existing technologies in place of the original unit,” Kennedy said.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal blasted the danger of Takata airbags on US roads.

“If our airplanes and airspace were as dangerous as our cars and our roads, corporate officials would be indicted and there would be sweeping changes in the airline industry,” said Blumenthal.

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