David Westerfield

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My DSL Connection is Driving Me Insane

For those of you who utilize my websites on a frequent basis, if you don’t know this already, I run all my sites off of my home DSL connection. Well, within the past several months, for whatever reason, the connection has been highly unstable. I have called SBC over and over, and have learned to just have them transfer me to the line department. Even though I’ve had the line department check out the connection, they seem to always find an issue and fix it, but it only lasts about a week, two tops. I wanted to let everyone know because sometimes my site maybe down, and that’s why. I’ve attempted to get SBC to fix it, but they seem to be totally unwilling. At this point, I’m waiting for a new ISP service to be released sometime this year: BPL (Broadband over Power Line). TXU has teamed up with Current Communications to offer High Speed internet service to over 2 million customers in the DFW area at very competitive prices (Dallas-Fort Worth Earns BPL Clout). I heard a rumor (haven’t actually read this anywhere), but apparently they are going to be offering speeds of 3 mbps down / 3 up! Oh man. This will basically give DSL and cable internet providers a run for their money. But this competition will actually be good in the long-run for the consumer, 1) because we will benefit as far as prices are concerned, and 2) we will benefit from increased bandwidth (mainly because DSL providers will soon be offering ADSL2+ connectivity (~20 mbps down / 3 – 5 up) over existing phonelines and cable providers will be offering DOCSIS 3.0 connectivity (10 mbps down / 3 up)). I say bring it on, but hurry up, this instability is killing me!



Happy New Year!

Man my vacation was great. Much needed. Courtney and I got to go to Breckenridge, CO on the CCBC High School ski trip this year as leaders which was awesome. I had some great guys in my room and we had some awesome discussions about God, different beliefs, etc. On the second day we were there, while I was going up the lift to Peak 9, the winds were gusting up to 60 mph and there was tons of snow, so much that I couldn’t even see the lift chair in front of me. It was unbelievable. I’ve never seen that much snow in my life. Skiing through that was insane but tons of fun. I only had one major spill where I kind of hit my head on the ice, but I was okay, though I had a bit of a headache for a while. It was all worth it though. Jon Dansby and David Phillips gave talks on hell, heaven, the point of even believing in an after-life, and the necessity of understanding hell in order to understand what Jesus actually took upon Himself on the cross. It is unfathomable and we can only get a taste of what He experienced, but it is so highly necessary to understand how serious hell is and that there will in fact be eternal torment there for those without Christ, that there are people there right now even who died without Christ, and that if you don’t believe in Christ, hell awaits, the deserved, eternal wrath of God. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Thank God for Jesus Christ who by His blood ransomed men for His own possession! Anyway, I’m about to go out of town again down to San Antonio to be in a wedding for my friend Josh Sutton. Also, Courtney and I will be staying with Jason and Marla Smith, two former leaders with the high school group at CCBC, so that will be a ton of fun. Well, later …



My Brother’s Coming Home Today

I’m very excited to see my brother, he’ll be here really late tonight because he’s driving straight through from western Georiga all the way here starting at about noon Eastern time. Quite a haul. I’m also excited to try and run with him, we’ll see how I do. If you want to see how he’s been doing recently, check out his blog @ http://www.stephen.westerfunk.net/blog/.



Hookin’ a dryer cable up shouldn’t be as difficult as it was

Well, I had my first successful dryer cable replacement. Basic problem was that I initially had a three-prong 240V cable on my dryer and I have a 4 prong socket in the wall. I took the old one off (which was the easy part) and then hooked up the new one (which took way too long). For one, I dropped one of the major screws down inside the dryer, and 2) I was very carefully trying to follow instructions so that I didn’t shock the junk out of myself. The dryer worked well though after some nervousness about turning it on (i.e. starting a fire, electrocuting myself, or something else). I figured that in the worst-case scenario, I would trip the breaker, but you never know … whew.



Done with School!

Well, I made it, finally. Though it’s not technically official because I don’t have the diploma in my hand, I’m done with my classes. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself after all that. I’ll probably catch up on some movie’s, read a lot, study some more computer stuff, and other random things like finally cleaning out my closet. Man, praise God that by His strength, I was able to get through it. For those of you who are wondering, my degree will be a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT). Praise the Lord, He’s deserving of all the credit for me completing this. He gave me the abilities, the schedule, the job, and the will to get through it. Thanks to everyone for all their support, especially my sweet wife, Courtney. She’s been awesome through this as it has inevitably cut into time we could have been spending together. She has been totally understanding, loving, caring, supportive, and just what I needed to get it done. Praise God for His grace!



Sleeting and Icing Over in DFW

^^ Iced-over window – webcam shot ^^

Finally, it’s icing over and they’re saying it will probably snow later tonight. Sweet. Time to bust out the firewood for a good fire, spend time with Christ, read some scripture, hang out with my wonderful sweet wife, Courtney, and just chill. Man praise God for His blessings and how He loves to give gifts to His children! Praise God for hard times as well though and how He uses them to shape us more into the image of Christ! Praise God for all that He does in our lives to draw us to Himself. Everyone be safe out there …

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Dude …

I’m so excited about pumpkin pie.

Update (10:29 pm) – It was everything I thought it could be …



Busy …

I haven’t posted in a few days mainly because I’ve been swamped with school work, work work, and other various things. Will post something soon …



My Brother is Gonna Jump Out of a C-17!

I’m really excited for my bro. On Monday, he’ll be doing exactly what you see above, out of the same type of jet. He sounds a little scared and pumped at the same time. He’s been through some amazing adventures already in his time of training for the Army. Talking to him tonight was really good and I really see how Christ has taken this and used it to incline his heart toward Himself. He’s really pumped up about sharing Christ with his fellow soldiers, but it’s also really cool to see how he’s becoming more excited about and falling in love with Christ. I can see that he’s finding his greatest and ultimate delight in Christ Himself, seeing how God has sovereignly answered many prayers (mine personally) and seeing him just become fired up for the sake of God’s name and glory. To check out how he’s doing, go to his blog at stephen.westerfunk.net/blog.



Almost done with school …

By God’s grace, I am coming to the end of my undergraduate career. It has been a long haul, I took about a year and a half off after my mom passed away, but I finally see light at the end of the tunnel. I started out in the Business program at the Univ. of Texas at Arlington, which I really loved. I enjoyed delving into economics, marketing, finance, accounting, and all the other business courses and found all of it extremely fascinating.

But during my time there studying business, I found myself dinking with computers, figuring out how they work, and my interest in technology over-shadowed my interest in business (though that is still there even now). One piece of knowledge led to another, which led to another, and so on. It started out with my Dell laptop having issues, calling into support, and having them walking me through DOS commands, which really got me interested in how all of it worked.

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