Thursday, August 31, 2006

Not Sure What I Should Title This

So, the blog had something like 106 visitors yesterday, 36 already today, and over 400 for the week. That's like 10 times the usual.

If I, Orin, knew my keytar posts were so popular, I'd have been putting them up here several times a day.

Here's a cartoon I found at that not only features a keytar, but it's also not completely inconsistent with Orin's childhood.

Perhaps this will be what Noah has most to look forward to? One can only dream.


PS - Yes, I am a little jealous of all the attention. Why, why can't people look past the focus-stealing keytar and see the *true* Orin? Why???

More Noah! - Part 2


Yesterday was a pretty long day, but it was our first with Noah. When you have your baby at a "teaching" hospital, you not only get visits from lots of doctors and nurses, but you get visits from all of their students as well. We had a really good day, though. Noah slept most of the day and only cried a couple of times. It's honestly a little strange to have a baby that small. We've always seen Madeleine as our "baby", but that changed in an instant when she came to visit yesterday. SHE'S HUGE! Neither of us realized how big she had gotten until we saw her next to Noah. She was pretty good with him, though.

Today we go home. We will be discharged this afternoon and will spend our first evening at home as a whole family. That's pretty cool. Here's a rare picture with his eyes open:

If you would like to see more pictures of Noah, you can eventually go to this website:

When you get there, it will ask you to enter some information. The last name is Cerneka, the state is Missouri, and the date is August 29. They told us yesterday that it would be up within 24 hours. That was at noon, so there were still a few hours left as of this blog posting.

Thanks for all your prayers and support. Erin, I, and our family are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many great family members and friends.


Wednesday, August 30, 2006

More Noah!

He's finally here! Yay!

Thank you all very much for your prayers. Noah and Erin are doing very well. Everyone is tired, but everyone is healthy too, and that's the most important. He was born at 9:32pm last night, weighed in at 7lbs. 11oz., and was 20 1/2 inches long. I'll write more about this later, but I have to hurry and get back to the hospital. For the time being, enjoy the pictures.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The only thing that could possibly beat another keytar post

Noah Matthew Cerneka

Born 9:32pm, Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Mom, Dad, and family all doing well. Better pics and more updates soon!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Another Keytar-in-a-Commercial

This one for a Toyota sales event.

Oddwalk's soon-to-be-released CD features a keytar.
We know, we've been ahead of the curve for years.

Forthcoming Tribute

Oddwalk has signed on to an internet project where bloggers agree to create a tribute on Sept. 11 to one of the many Americans who died 5 years ago. Come back to the blog then to see who we have been assigned to honor that day.

If you'd like to participate, there are still a few left to honor - you can visit this site.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Erin's Lucky Labor Shirt

When I got home from work this afternoon, my wife was wearing this shirt:

She calls it her lucky labor shirt, because it's the one she was wearing when she went into labor with our daughter, Madeleine. She is ready to have the baby and is hoping that the wearing of this shirt will help. She has sworn not to wear a different shirt until she has the baby. The due date is tomorrow, so we'll probably have some exciting news (and pictures) sometime this week.

Keep those prayers coming.


P.S. Fans of Apex Ministries will probably recognize this shirt as the "blue banana" shirt.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Before / After



Yup, glasses. They're pretty-much all-the-time glasses. I had some reading glasses in college (here's a lousy pic):

but these are permanent.

As someone not used to full-time glasses, they make the world clearer, but the whole depth-percetion thing is going to take some getting used to. My computer screen is currently a trapezoid, not a rectangle, narrower at the bottom than at the top, for instance.

Ah well. I like them, and I like seeing things.

Possibly the Greatest Website Ever

Those of you who don't follow the St. Louis Cardinals, probably have no idea who Mike Shannon is. Mike Shannon played for the Cardinals in the 1960s until an injury ended his career. He then became an announcer (along with Hall of Famer Jack Buck) on KMOX broadcasts of Cardinal games, where he has been for 36 years.

Mike Shannon is one of the more colorful broadcasters around, and now there is a website that has been created to celebrate what we call "Shannonisms". What are Shannonisms, you ask? Click here, and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Coming Soon...

... to a CD player near you:


Check the main page soon for more details! It was shipped off to the duplicator today, hope to have it by the 3rd week of September! CD release concert October 21! Woo!

He needed them to juggle!

... the plungers, I mean.

Take the plunge(r)!

Monday, August 21, 2006

A Happy Day!

Today, our friends Brad and Joia Farmer met their newly adopted daughter in China. The little girl's name is Ava Therese FuBin Farmer. The Oddwalk family has been following their adoption journey and are very happy that this day has finally arrived. Congratulations to the (newly expanded) Farmer family!

The Farmers, along with Gene Monterastelli, will spend eleven more days in China before returning home. To read more about this (and see pictures), you can either go to Joia's website, or Gene Monterastelli's blog.

70/30 - Week 1 turns out that I'm not a strong-willed as I thought I was.

Weight: While it's true that I cut back a lot on what I ate this week, there wasn't a marked improvement. I am reminded that it's important I change WHAT I eat as well. I also didn't have a lot of time for exercise. I will try and find more time this week.

Prayer: I did take more time to pray this week. I also found myself being a lot more conscious of the need for it. There wasn't, however, a particular part of the day that I committed to prayer. Therefore, it still felt like an afterthought. I don't want God to be an afterthought. I want God to be the first thought. I don't mean that I'm looking to be overly pious, but I do think that my ultimate happiness and fulfillment can only be found in submitting to God's will for me. I will try and use my daily drive-time as prayer-time.

I'll try and update this every Monday. Next week I'll be less of a coward and actually tell you what the scale said. If my scale had a personality and a face, it would have given me the disappointed look my mother used to give me when my actions didn't match my potential. You know what look I'm talking about.


Thursday, August 17, 2006

La Morita

From July 28 to August 5, Orin's wife Erin took part in a young-adult mission trip sposored by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and Oblate Youth Ministry to La Morita, near Tijuana, Mexico (near San Diego, CA). The Oblates of Mary Immaculate have a health clinic there. The group spent most of the week just talking with the people, talking with the Oblates who try to meet their needs, and examining what they could do to help social justice issues when they returned home. Read more about their trip (but, strangely, not the salmonella part) by clicking above or here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Happy blog-iversary to us,

Happy blog-iversary to us,
Happy blog-iversary dear Oddwalk Oddblog,
Happy blog-iversary to us!

Monday, August 14, 2006


On Saturday, Steve Allgeyer came to Jefferson City to provide training for the core team that takes care of our tri-parish Lifeteen Program. Steve works for Lifeteen nationally, and did an excellent job. Click here to learn more about Lifeteen.

In addition to providing good tools and resources for our ministry, Steve talked with us about personal spirituality. His point was that if we were going to lead young people into a deeper relationship with Christ and His church, we had better take care of ourselves first. After listening to him, and filling out a personal spiritual inventory, I realized that there were two areas of my life that I needed to work on: creating a strong, consistent prayer life, and taking care of my body.

The first is prayer.

I dont' want to give the impression that I don't pray, because I do. What I lack is a significant chunk of time during my day that belongs to God alone. I pray to God throughout the day, at meals, and certainly at Church. There isn't any time, though, that I can just focus on God and center myself. I would very much like to change this. Here's what I would like to work towards:

I would like to get to the point that I spend 30 minutes a day in prayer. To be truthful, I would like that to be a full hour, but I need to start with a goal that seems attainable. My schedule is such that trying to find the same time every day will be somewhat impossible. I plan to start with just five minutes, then work my way to ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, then on to thirty minutes. I know this won't be easy, but I need to make my actions reflect my belief that God is in charge of my life, not me.

The second is weight loss.

This is not something I can hide from anyone. This morning, I stepped on the scale and it read: 249 lbs. I wish I could say that I was shocked and saddened to be at that weight, but that would not be truthful. Six months before I married Erin, I she and I started doing Weight Watchers, with unbelievable results. I ended up dropping 50 lbs! I looked and felt better than I had in years. Since getting married, however, I have reverted back to my old habits of eating too much of the wrong things, and not exercising at all. I want that to be different.

I want to lose 70 lbs. That may seem like a lofty goal, but after losing 50 lbs. at one point, 70 doesn't seem like that much more. I am partly inspired by my mother who has lost almost that much since she started eating better and exercising a few months ago. I still remember the things I learned in my Weight Watchers experience. I know how to eat right, I just don't do it. I know how to stay active, I've just been lazy.

I'm calling this effort: 70/30: Seventy for weight, thirty for prayer. That may seem like a lot to take on all at once, but I think I can do it. I don't think the two are exclusive from one another. What I'm trying to do is be a healthier all-around person. I believe that by doing that, I will be a better husband, father, youth minister, musician, and speaker. I'm going to need your help, though.

As I start this effort, which begins today, I am going to need the people around me to not only pray for me, but help me make good choices as well. I am weak when it comes to fast food, portion sizes, and snacking. It would also be good for you to ask me how my prayer life is going. That will help keep me honest. I will post a weekly update to this blog letting you know how it's going.

Thanks for reading this long post. Since we are supposed to all help each other be healthier and live as Christians, if I can help you in your jouney, please don't hesitate to ask.


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Mmm, boogers.

So. Guess which city's residents google more often the word "booger" than any other city's in the world?

Orin's place of residence, St. Louis. Makes me proud.

- Orin

PS - There's also a Norwegian soccer team whose name is similar to a human-gaseous English word. St. Louis is #2 for that one, behind Oslo. Go team.

Monday, August 7, 2006


Last Night, Oddwalk finished the recording end of our new CD (due out this fall). We invited Maggie Ramsay in to lay down some sax on a song called "Let Us Go Rejoicing". Maggie is the wife of Shannon's brother-in-law, Chris. She did an excellent job.

We are VERY excited about the new CD and can't wait to play it for people. Here are a couple of pictures from last nights recording session:

Stay tuned. The new CD, titled "Let Us Go Rejoicing" (after the song that Maggie is working on) should be out by the end of September!

Friday, August 4, 2006

Vatican's Fury over Madonna

The pop music star, of course, not the mother of God.

What's your reaction to her "antics" this time? Comment below!

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Wash Me

Click above for more!
[Via Gene's Blog etc.]

Before and Afterlife

Joia Farmer's New CD is out - click above and go listen!

Also, Check out the Farmer's adoption progress at Ava Farmer is Coming!