Eugene Cho

ncaa hoopla results

Well, the Florida Gators repeats as national champions in men’s college basketball.  Several weeks ago, I put up a last minute NCAA Men’s Tournament Bracket and 22 folks signed up – from within Quest, Seattle, couple around the country, and 1 blog subscriber (& missionary) from Russia.  Who won?  You might be surprised…a dietician at Quest named Sandra E.  That’s right.  There were easily over 1.7 million participants in this Yahoo Tournament League and she placed in 118th place!

Here’s the top 5 in this league of 22 participants:

1 Sandra’s                         179 53 of 63          99th        118
2 California Golden Bears  158 44 of 63          97th        41976
3 Go Fighting Illini!             145 48 of 63         93rd        120564
4 PAC-10 Rules!                 121 48 of 63         79th        405962
5 Shouldn’t u be working? 103 44 of 63         64th        715658

Much kudos to Sandra – maybe (?) with a little assistance from her husband,  Brian Ehrhart who placed 10th in the league.  This is pretty amazing.  She finished in the 99th percentile – in 118th place!  Congratulations!  You get bragging rights and a cup of free coffee & a bag of great coffee beans from Q Cafe.  FWIW,  I finished a respectable 7th in the league but only in the 61st percentile – in 769,199th place.  

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5 Responses

  1. james says:

    that’s amazing.

  2. Blake says:

    No worries P.E.

    I only got 92 points, picking 37/63 for 50th and 991220

    Georgia Tech and UCLA losing screwed me. 😉

  3. brian says:

    That’s my girl! Alright Sandra! Wow 99th percent!

    And for the record – I had little to do with it.:)

  4. m@ says:

    Ohio State getting shut out of two national championships proves to me that God is real, and that He loves me dearly.:)

  5. Blake says:

    Poor Matt. So delusioned. I hope we can find help for you somewhere.😉

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She was a devoted wife until she lost her husband to cancer, mother to three daughters, and later became a pastor. She became a follower of Christ as an adult and as such, led her her family to Christ. In her late 50s, she obeyed God's calling to go to seminary and be a leader in the church. She graduated #1 in her class and reminded us that it's never too late to follow a new dream or calling.

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Someday, I hope that when my kids speak of Minhee and I...above all, they would say with integrity that their parents prayed for them and kept pointing them to Christ. On this Mother's Day, I want to take a few words to honor mother.

There’s a moment from a few years ago that will stick with me until the day I die. It’s regarding Sung Wha, my mother.

Minhee and I were at a point of transition, between working at an ethnic Korean church in the northern suburbs of Seattle called Lynnwood and launching Quest in urban Seattle. As I shared earlier, I was in desperate need of a job. I had a mortgage to pay. A pregnant wife. A kid at home. 
Then, praise God, after months without work, I finally landed a job.

My mom was in between jobs at this point in her life. She was in her late fifties, but she had such bad knees and degenerative hips that it was, and is, difficult for her to walk. My mom is like a human barometer—when a storm is coming and when it rains, her hips throb. Although my parents lived in San Francisco, she was visiting us in Seattle to encourage us in this difficult season.

As I prepared to go to work one early morning, I walked downstairs to put on my jacket and shoes, and forgot that my mother woke up early every morning to pray. In fact, she had been praying for months that I would find a job. “Eugene, where are you going?” she said when she saw me.

I hadn’t told my mother the news that I had just recently been hired for the janitorial gig at Barnes and Noble. I chose not to because I thought she and my father would be devastated. I didn’t want them to think that after laboring, sacrificing, and doing so much for us over all those years that their son had failed them.

But I couldn’t lie to her, so eventually I told my mom that I got a job and was going to work. “Great! What job? What are you doing?” “Um, I’m working at Barnes and Noble as their custodian,” I said finally.

Without asking another question, my mother got up from the dining table where she had been reading her Bible and praying. She slowly walked slowly toward me.

She approached me, then walked past me without saying a word, and I realized she was headed toward the closet. She opened the closet door, put on her jacket, turned around and said to me (in Korean), “Eugene, let’s go together. I will help you.” This is my mother. I love all the free amazing views in our Evergreen State. #RattlesnakeLedge

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