Subject: Hey. Received: Wed Sep 16 14:31:55 1998 From: Travis Vowles Hey Jacob, I hope everything is going fine with you. I really wish you were here! I could use my best friend back to talk to!! Life is certainly changing here...I've been SOOO busy so far this semester! I have almost NO free time! Lauren's actually been pretty upset about that, and we've agreed to "see other people"...you know what that means. Oh well...It should simplify my life a little...at least for the time being. I just needed to tell someone. It's definately a little interesting...what a difference can be made in just 2 weeks! When she was here over the summer, everything was fine, then she went back home for a week to get her stuff and everything, and then she NEVER called me while she was gone...that immediately set me off on the wrong foot...made me worry...THEN, when she got back to school, she doesn't call me at all for the first few days she's here, then the night before school starts, she called me up and tells me that she needs her books! (Which I had been holding for her since she bought them.) I don't THINK that I've told you any of this, but if I did, I apologize! That's the problem with this e-mail stuff is that I can't remember what I've said previously. Anyway...I just wanted to write you and let you know about that. Guess you'll never get to meet her...oh well...there's plenty of fish in the sea...and as my cousin said the other night..."Grab a pole, we're goin' fishin'!" :) I'll be okay I'm sure...just need my friends back!!!!! You and Antoinette are the only two people on the planet that I feel like I can tell absolutely ANYTHING at all...and only having one of you readily available makes my life so difficult!!! Well...I try to look on the bright side...only 15 months until you come back to civilization...and SAN DIEGO!! Well...I should go...I've got class in a bit, and I still need to call work and see what time I have to be in by on Saturday...I'll talk to you later, Bud! Su Amigo, Travis Subject: New Star Trek Movie Received: Thu Sep 17 12:07:55 1998 From: Travis Vowles Hey Jacob, I've just been hearing some rumors about the new Star Trek film. It's called Star Trek: Insurrection, and supposedly has Picard and the crew of the enterprise mutiny against the Federation to save a magical group of people from an enemy race called the Son'a. For some reason the Federation won't get involved in this one...but it sounds pretty good. Also, supposedly and this is *just* a rumor, there is a nude scene between Riker and Troi as their relationship reignites... hmmm...could be interesting...she belongs with Riker rather than Worf anyway. :) Just wanted to keep you informed about the new movie. :) You'll have to wait til it comes out on tape tho. :( Oh well.. I'll tlak to you later, Travis Subject: A little tug on the heart strings Received: Fri Sep 18 11:45:33 1998 From: poohbear493@juno.com (Anna C Naylor) KEEP ON SINGING Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling. They found out that the new baby was going to be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in Mommy's tummy. He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her. The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen, an active member of the Panther Creek United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee. In time, the labor pains came. Soon it was every five minutes...every three ... every minute. But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor. Would a C-section be required? Finally, after a long struggle, Michael's little sister was born. But she was in very serious condition. With a siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushed the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee. The days inched by. The little girl got worse. The pediatric specialist regretfully had to tell the parents, "There is very little hope. Be prepared for the worst." Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot. They had fixed up a special room in their home for the new baby but now they found themselves having to plan for a funeral. Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister. "I want to sing to her," he kept saying. Week two in intensive care looked as if a funeral would come before the week was over. Michael kept nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care. Karen made up her mind, though. She would take Michael whether they liked it or not! If he didn't see his sister right then, he may never see her alive. She dressed him in an oversized scrub suit and marched him into ICU. He looked like a walking laundry basket. But the head nurse recognized him as a child and bellowed, "Get that kid out of here now! No children are allowed. The mother rose up strong in Karen, and the usually mild-mannered lady glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse's face, her lips a firm line. "He is not leaving until he sings to his sister!" Karen towed Michael to his sister's bedside. He gazed at the tiny infant losing the battle to live. After a moment, he began to sing. In the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang: "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray ---" Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond. The pulse rate began to calm down and become steady. "Keep on singing, Michael," encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes. "You never know, dear, how much I love you, Please don't take my sunshine away-" As Michael sang to his sister, the baby's ragged, strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten's purr. "Keep on singing, sweetheart!!!" "The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms..." Michael's little sister began to relax as rest, healing rest, seemed to sweep over her. "Keep on singing, Michael." Tears had now conquered the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glowed. "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don't, take my sunshine away..." The next, day...the very next day...the little girl was well enough to go home. Woman's Day Magazine called it "The Miracle of a Brother's Song." The medical staff just called it a miracle. Karen called it a miracle of God's love! NEVER GIVE UP ON THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE. LOVE IS SO INCREDIBLY POWERFUL. Please send this to all the people that have touched your life in some way. Subject: Hey bud Received: Sat Sep 19 13:38:34 1998 From: Travis Vowles Hey Jacob, I was do glad I got to talk to you the other day! It helped me a lot just being able to talk to somebody. I still dont' feel like myself, but I feel a lot better than I did yesterday...it still hurts tho...have u ever felt this? I can't believe it...Hopefully everything will work out...I have a SAESO party to go to tonite, so maybe that will make me feel better haning out with some friends... I don't really have much to say...just wanted to thank you for listening to me yesterday! You helped a lot! I'll try to be on-line on Monday starting around 11:15 or so...anyway...hopefully we'll be able to meet again and chat for a while! Thank you bud! Have a good week! Your friend, Travis Subject: I seem to keep missing you! Received: Mon Sep 21 16:29:46 1998 From: Travis Vowles Looks like once again, our schedules didn't cross...oh well...maybe Wednesday...but DEFINATELY monday!!! Guess what...I called up the credit card company today to see how much of a balance I had available on my MasterCard (insignificant for sure), but it turns out that they increased my credit limit! WOOHOO! I can get even more in debt buying Star Trek stuff now!!!!! It up about $350! :) hehehe! MONEY MONEY MONEY! And I just got off the phone a little while ago with Cox Communications...I am going to get a cable modem installed on Tuesday. :) WOOHOO! 100 times as fast as a 33.6 modem, and a permenant connection to the internet, so I'll get e-mail instantly. :) hehehehe!! WOOHOO! How fun can that be?? oh well...just thoght I'd let you know. :) I'm gonna see my other Mom tomorrow! (Your Mom for translation!) She's giving a candle party at my house. Sound be cool. :) Well...I gotta go pretty quick here...I have Latin in a while...it will acutally be okay tho, because I have a big social life in that class. :) AND I get my work done too! It's a miracle! (I'm feeling a lot better today if you can't tell...hopefully it'll all keep up just like this...) Well...I'll talk to you later! Bye bud! Travis Subject: Everything sucks Received: Mon Sep 28 00:30:32 1998 From: "Travis A. Vowles" You ever just feel like everything in live is going wrong? I feel like crap tonite...I wish you were back here so much! I need someone to talk to! But for now you're going to have to deal with getting the e-mails from me when I get down in the dumps...which seems to be a lot lately...why is that? I don't even know where to begin...school sucks...I need to get like straight A's in order to keep my scholarship and there is not a chance in HELL that I am going to be able to do that...it's just not possible...I can't do it... Let's see...were to go from there...besides the fact that I don't have a girlfriend or a boyfriend...I look around me and all I see if people in love, and...nothing for me...just feels like everything sucks...u know what I mean? On top of that, I am only working 16 hours a week, only making enough money to pay my car payment mainly...only a little more...just seems like everything is looking down all of a sudden...sorry to lay all this on you...I just need to vent and there's no one else I can talk to...you're the only person I feel I can talk to...even in this form...My emotions seem to be running rampant recently, I swear...you'd think I was pregnant or something! I just can't control anything...hopefully I'll get to talk with you tomorrow, buddy...I miss you so much!!! Travis Subject: Hello. Received: Sun Sep 27 17:15:30 1998 From: Travis Vowles Hey Jacob, How's it going? I'm work now on my Break...it's Sunday afternoon. I mainly want to confirm out appointment tomorrow to meet for lunch. :) hehehe! I'll be on-line at 11 my time, which is ...umm...well...whenever your time. :) http://members.tripod.com/~naylorious/chat.htm, right? (From my memory...uh oh...) I worked Celebration here at the Zoo last nite. It was a lot of fun! It's a part they have once a year to earn money for the Center fo rthe Reproduction of Endangered Species. I sold opportunity drawing tickets (and sold the most out of all of us, I might add!) hehehe! VICTORY! ANyway, it was a really cool party! Resteraunt and Breweries from all over San Diego county had booths set up and were giving away free food left and right! And some of it was friggin' FABULOUS! It was an over 21 only party, buy we were working.. :) Me and Jesse for the talk tho, since we're the only ones under 21 who worked there..."Serious consequences!" You get the idea...needless to say, we didn't drink anything. But, while we were selling tickets, Michelle, the lead for the department, brought us both a glass of non-alcoholic beer. :) heheeh! It was so funny! Anyway, there was a band playing and auctions and raffles and all kinds of stuff...not to mention ALL THE FREE FOOD YOU CAN EAT! If was so much fun! The only part I ddin't really like was that I had to wear a tie...and a sport coat...everyone said I looked really good tho...I think it was the hair. :) Yesterday was the first day everybody got to see my new hair color. :) I went the other night and got it COMPLETELY bleached...we are talking WHITE-BLONDE!! But it looks pretty cool, and when it grows out a little bit, it's going to look AWESOME for sure! Well...that's really all that I have to say..not much going on here right now...I'll talk to you TOMORROW, MONDAY, AT 11!! Be there or I will kick the crap outta you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! heheheehe!! Anyway, I'll see you tomorrow bud! TTYL! Travis Subject: SMILE Received: Wed Sep 23 08:46:01 1998 From: poohbear493@juno.com (Anna C Naylor) SMILE!!!!! She smiled at a sorrowful stranger. The smile seemed to make him feel better. He remembered past kindnesses of a friend And wrote him a thank you letter. The friend was so pleased with the thank you That he left a large tip after lunch. The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip, Bet the whole thing on a hunch. The next day she picked up her winnings, And gave part to a man on the street. The man on the street was grateful; For two days he'd had nothing to eat. After he finished his dinner, He left for his small dingy room. He didn't know at that moment that he might be facing his doom. On the way he picked up a shivering puppy And took him home to get warm. The puppy was very grateful To be in out of the storm. That night the house caught on fire. The puppy barked the alarm. He barked till he woke the whole household And saved everybody from harm. One of the boys that he rescued Grew up to be President. All this because of a simple smile That hadn't cost a cent. Why pay more Subject: It Takes Guts to Say "Jesus" Received: Wed Sep 23 08:37:22 1998 From: poohbear493@juno.com (Anna C Naylor) It Takes Guts to Say "Jesus" This is a true story of something that happened just a few years ago at USC. There was a professor of philosophy there who was a deeply committed atheist. His primary goal for one required class was to spend the entire semester attempting to prove that God couldn't exist. His students were always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable logic. For twenty years, he had taught this class and no one had ever had the courage to go against him. Sure, some had argued in class at times, but no one had ever 'really gone against him' (you'll see what I mean later). Nobody would go against him because he had a reputation. At the end of every semester, on the last day, he would say to his class of 300 students, "If there anyone here who still believes in Jesus, stand up!" In twenty years, no one had ever stood up. They knew what he was going to do next. He would say, "because anyone who does believe in God is a fool. If God existed, he could stop this piece of chalk from hitting the ground and breaking. Such a simple task to prove that he is God, and yet he can't do it." And every year, he would drop the chalk onto the tile floor of the classroom and it would shatter into a hundred pieces. All of the students could do nothing but stop and stare. Most of the students were convinced that God couldn't exist. Certainly, a number of Christians had slipped through, but for years, they had been too afraid to stand up. Well, a few years ago, there was a freshman who happened to get enrolled in the class. He was a Christian, and had heard the stories about this professor. He had to take the class because it was one of the required classes for his major. and he was afraid. But for 3 months that semester, he prayed every morning that he would have the courage to stand up no matter what the professor said or what the class thought. Nothing they said or did could ever shatter his faith, he hoped. Finally the day came. The professor said, "If there is anyone here who still believes in God, stand up!" The professor and the class of 300 people looked at him, shocked, as he stood up at the back of the classroom. The professor shouted, "You FOOL!! If God existed, he could keep this piece of chalk from breaking when it hit the ground!" He proceeded to drop the chalk, but as he did, it slipped out of his fingers, off his shirt cuff, onto the pleats of his pants, down his leg, and off his shoe. As it hit the ground, it simply rolled away, unbroken. The professor's jaw dropped as he stared at the chalk. He looked up at the young man and then ran out of the lecture hall. The young man who had stood up proceeded to walk to the front of the room and share his faith in Jesus for the next half hour. 300 students stayed and listened as he told of God's love for them and of his power through Jesus. "Yet to all who received HIM, to those who believed in HIS name, HE gave the right to become children of God--children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of GOD." "But HE knows the way that I take. When HE has tested me, I will come forth as gold." Job 23:10 Philippians 4:8 I Corinthians 13:4-8 Subject: Hugs for you Received: Wed Sep 23 08:00:41 1998 From: poohbear493@juno.com (Anna C Naylor) Have you had your Hug Today? send this bear to someone you care about ... if they care about you too..they"ll send it back to you ... so see how many people care about u!!!!! send it back to the person that sent it to you!!! YOU HAVE JUST BEEN HUGGED ,' \'-----'.. ,\ .~ ' - . ,' o |__ _| (#) _\ ''~-. ,' ,\ ,.-~-.' -., .'--~' / / } ' -..,/ / ,'___ :/ \ /''-.| ''-..'........ \ ; \ )-....| | ' ---...........-' ,' ', ,...... ,' ' ,/ ', ,' \ ,.- ' ', ',-~'' ; | ; /__ ,' Hunny ', / /__ ) \ / '-. )----~' \ ____/ ' - .......-' There's something in a simple hug That always warms the heart; It welcomes us back home And makes it easier to part. A hug's a way to share the joy And sad times we go through, Or just a way for friends to say They like you 'cause you're you. Hugs are meant for anyone For whom we really care, From your grandma to your neighbour, Or a cuddly teddy bear. A hug is an amazing thing - It's just the perfect way To show the love we're feeling But can't find the words to say. It's funny how a little hug Makes everyone feel good; In every place and language, It's always understood. And hugs don't need new equipment, Special batteries or parts Just open up your arms And open up your hearts. Keep this hug going :-) Pass it on to your buddies :-) Subject: I seem to keep missing you! Received: Mon Sep 21 16:29:46 1998 From: Travis Vowles Looks like once again, our schedules didn't cross...oh well...maybe Wednesday...but DEFINATELY monday!!! Guess what...I called up the credit card company today to see how much of a balance I had available on my MasterCard (insignificant for sure), but it turns out that they increased my credit limit! WOOHOO! I can get even more in debt buying Star Trek stuff now!!!!! It up about $350! :) hehehe! MONEY MONEY MONEY! And I just got off the phone a little while ago with Cox Communications...I am going to get a cable modem installed on Tuesday. :) WOOHOO! 100 times as fast as a 33.6 modem, and a permenant connection to the internet, so I'll get e-mail instantly. :) hehehehe!! WOOHOO! How fun can that be?? oh well...just thoght I'd let you know. :) I'm gonna see my other Mom tomorrow! (Your Mom for translation!) She's giving a candle party at my house. Sound be cool. :) Well...I gotta go pretty quick here...I have Latin in a while...it will acutally be okay tho, because I have a big social life in that class. :) AND I get my work done too! It's a miracle! (I'm feeling a lot better today if you can't tell...hopefully it'll all keep up just like this...) Well...I'll talk to you later! Bye bud! Travis