Posts Tagged ‘Mark’

I need more power

June 18, 2009

On Wednesday, we went to Chitipi, an orphanage associated with Children of the Nations (COTN), for about an hour and a half.  The first half of our visit was spent reading with the 32 kids/teens.

Crisha read with a girl that would have been placed in a moderate/severe class in the States.  Then, she got to hold a 9-month old baby.

I played America vs Malawi football (soccer) barefoot with some of the Westmont College guys.  I tore about 2 square inches of skin off the bottom of my right foot.

We’ll probably be back a few times during our stay in Malawi.

The power just went out for the three times on Thursday.  It was off from around 10:00 to 10:30am.  It dropped out the second time while I was writing this blog post, around 11am.  And, it went out briefly for a third time while we ate lunch.

More photos from around the ABC campus are uploading, now.  Check them out here.

Ready, but still not packed

June 10, 2009

We leave for Malawi in less than 72 hours!

Are we pack?  Of course not.  But, we have begun to gather the items that will need to be packed.  So, that’s some progress.

I’ve also been trying to organize some iTunes music and rip some of my DVDs into iTunes.  We loose at 3-4 days to travel.  So, I’m trying to prepare for boredom.

If you’re curious as to what it takes to commute to Malawi and back:

06/13/2009 19:20 LAX ZRH 06/14/2009 15:45 Swiss Flight LX 41
06/14/2009 22:45 ZRH JNB 06/15/2009 9:10 Swiss Flight LX 288
06/15/2009 11:40 JNB LLW 06/15/2009 14:05 South African Airways 170
Four weeks in Malawi!
07/10/2009 14:55 LLW JNB 07/10/2009 17:25 South African Airways 171
07/11/2009 19:25 JNB ZRH 07/12/2009 06:10 Swiss Flight LX 289
07/12/2009 13:10 ZRH LAX 07/12/2009 16:40 Swiss Flight LX 40

Mark, Defined

June 1, 2009

Who is Mark Hensler?

This post was started in November of 2006.  I never published it, because I never felt that it was complete.

I still do not believe it is complete.  But, I’ve come to the conclusion that this question may have an eternally evolving answer.  And so, I will publish what I have now and make amendments when necessary (and I remember… and I have time…).



March 17, 2009
  1. What is your salad dressing of choice?
    Italian or Ranch/House
  2. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
    Cheesecake Factory
  3. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?
  4. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
    right now, I could go for Hawaiian
  5. What do you like to put on your toast?
    Peanut Butter
  6. How many televisions are in your house?
  7. What color cell phone do you have?
    1st Gen iPhone
  8. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
  9. Have you ever had anything removed from your body? weird question?
    So far, just wisdom teeth and debri.
  10. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
    the last one? eh, bag of potting soil
  11. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
    not knocked unconscious, I just passed out for no reason while playing football
  12. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
  13. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
    I wouldn’t change it
  14. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
  15. How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
  16. What’s your goal for the year?
  17. Last person you talked to?
  18. Last person you hugged?
  19. Favorite Season?
  20. Favorite day of the week?
  21. Favorite Month?
    eh.. Summer
  22. First place you went this morning?
  23. What’s the last movie you saw?
    DVD: Bangkok Dangerous
    Theater: Coraline
    Theatre: Spring Awakening
  24. Do you smile often?
  25. Do you always answer your phone?
    I’m very good about it, but no, not always.
  26. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
    Bad News
  27. If you could change your eye color what would it be?
    Probably blue
  28. What flavor drink do you get at Sonic?
    I’ve never been to Sonic
  29. Have you ever had a pet fish?
  30. Favorite Christmas song?
    don’t know
  31. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?
    My birthday will be in Malawi, this year: to return home, safely.
  32. Can you do push ups?
  33. Can you do a chin up?
  34. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
  35. Do you have any saved texts?
    I don’t delete them
  36. Ever been in a car wreck?
    accident, yes
    car wreck, no
  37. Do you have an accent?
  38. What is the last song to make you cry?
    don’t know
  39. Plans tonight?
  40. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
  41. Name 3 things you bought yesterday.
    Mylanta, Wet Wipes
  42. Have you ever been given roses?
  43. Current hate right now?
  44. Met someone who changed your life?
  45. How did you bring in the New Year?
    Visited the Center of the World (Felicity, CA) on New Years Eve.
  46. What song represents you?
    I don’t know
  47. Name three people who might complete this?
    Not One Soul

25 Things

February 14, 2009

Twenty-Five Random Things you may not have known about Me:

  1. I’ve driven 6 hours, round trip, for the sole purpose of trying a new restaurant. (Good Food? How Far?)
  2. I’ve been the cause of a spontaneous 2-day road trip.  I literally gave my cousin a phone call and we were on the road within 2 hours. (Arizona?)
  3. I’ve managed to fall through the floor twice — on consecutive days. (I brused my bum, Opps, I did it again)
  4. I’ve been engulfed by a bonfire explosion and can tell you why gasoline is now banned at beach bonfires: Me.
  5. I’ve been told by a doctor that I’m a candidate for a cadaver cartilage replacement in my knees. (Chondromalacia Patella, Results)
  6. I can tie a cherry stem into a knot in my mouth.
  7. I used to call my grandfather, Grandmadad.  I was very young.
  8. I have been to the official “Center of the World”: Felicity, CA.
  9. I’m looking forward to eating a rat on a stick in Africa.
  10. I had a motorcycle permit for a whole year, but I’ve never been on a motorcycle.
  11. I’ve only broken two bones in my life.  Amazing, I know, but — I broke both hands at the same time.
  12. I’ve been in a helicopter over Maui.  Fun!
  13. I’m eager to skydive, but scared to bungee jump.
  14. “How’s that go, again?”
  15. I’ve been approached by a Google technical recruiter.
  16. My brother used to wake in the middle of the night to my yelling, “He’s in the vent!  He’s in the vent!”
  17. I worked as a pipefitter in a shipyard for 17 months, 1 week and 2 days. (PLNU vs NASSCO, NASSCO was my whale)
  18. I’ve lived in San Diego for 20 years and I’ve never been surfing.
  19. I’ve built two functioning trebuchets, and I’ve launched 2 liter bottles over 100 feet.
  20. My passport is stampless, but I’ve been to Mexico and Canada.
  21. I have no cavities.
  22. I can recite 15 significant digits of pi.
  23. I’ve almost severed two index fingers. (slightly exaggerated, but still serious accidents) (Can’t touch this)
  24. I enjoy cycling.  Though, I’ve had my ups and downs. (Going the distance, A Crash Course, Why do we fall?, Bike and Forth, Longer and HarderAwesome God)
  25. The cake is a lie!