Monday, October 29, 2007

Off to See Seattle...The Wonderful City of Rain

I could use your prayers for what will be a very difficult trip. And please hold up my Orlando family, as well. Two weeks doesn't sound like much except when it refers to time away from those you love most.

And just because I can't ever post anything without something shallow...

*** Worse Movie Line Ever **** From X-Men I (or maybe II, who remembers?), spoken by Storm: "What happens when a toad is struck by lightening? Same as everything else." As pithy, clever lines go, that one falls as flat, stomped even further into thickness oblivion by H.B's inability to act.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Holy Ironicism, Batman!

(Josiah's gonna love this)

So, I bought an MP3 Player, right? I've got a long flight to Seattle on Tuesday and wanted to have something to do and listen to. So I've been loading some 80's music and some Country music...

And Eric sends a link for free Sovereign Grace MP3's so I've downloaded a bunch of those. Two of them are Josh Harris' "The Christian and Media"...

I figure my MP3 player is going to melt when I put those on there with the music choices already on there...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Bionic Woman - a half hearted review

Long day working so what do I do to unwind? Post, of course.

Caught Bionic Woman: The Pilot on my laptop last week. Tsk-tsk.

Okay, I liked the eye effect. Nice introduction of the nano-probes (but whenever someone heals quickly, you can expect a bloody show).

Actress looks like Dawn D. to me, so since I can't imagine Dawn doing those things, it just doesn't work for me...

The pace was way too fast. Might have worked better on the TV, but I would prefer an origin pilot with some mystery setting up a boffo season, but they tried to do too much by introducing the first bionic woman and having a fight scene. Say what you want about the Six Million Dollar Man and original Bionic Woman, but they got into the interior of the characters before maxing out the exterior.

Speaking of the originals, the slow motion running and ba-nah-nah-nah sound effects may be cheesy, but I loved them anyway. This version doesn't have anything like it. She doesn't run much, leaps a lot, no cheese. I miss my cheese.

Not much heart either. An attitudinal sister who needs a bionic slap or two, a dead doctor and an Asian bounty hunter of bionic babes (okay, I liked the new Oscar Goldman, whatever his new name is). The labtech blonde kept throwing me, since she looked too much like the bionic baddy. Sigh. Give me cheese.

Won't bother with more episodes (partly because the network player was so bad).

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Okay, Mrs. Young will get that reference...

Celebration was great. It's amazing how many friends we have and get to enjoy. There are a few people I only see at Celebration (though the Walley's weren't there, they were in Missouri where they are MOVING can you believe it? That's Paul and Jen, not Derek and Dina, by the way). Then there are those we get to room with and socialize with.

Oh, the sessions were good to... :)

No ticks, few banana spiders, one bug bite, four blisters on my feet and maybe five hours of sleep all together. All in all, a painless weekend.

I've got a big project this week, so posts will be few and far between. Then next week I'm off to Seattle, so same thing. I'll have access but probably not much time.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Nobel Prize has become like the Olympics

Ballroom dancing is now an Olympic sport and Al Gore won a Nobel Prize. Anyone else find this beyond silly? "Hey look everyone, it's getting warmer and my ice cubes are melting faster than they used to! What? I won a prize? Cool! No, no, I mean, that's Hot!"

The government is now enticing farmers to reduce the size of their cow herds because the heffers tend to cut more cheese than a french chef. More silliness.

People, cows and cars account for less than 10% of gaseous emissions (some of us more than others). Volcanos, vents and other natural phenomena accounts for the other 90%. Does Al want to cork the real problem? No, of course not.

He complains that America is responsible for 90% of our 10% (that's 9%, Joe) and that we should be horrified by that. Again, utterly silly. We're the largest technologically advanced country on the planet, so of course we produce more than the others. I don't see Jim Redneck saying "Hey Bubba, let's go out and run the truck to melt a few more icebergs." Face facts; it's farther for some Americans to go to the store than it is to cross Japan width-wise.

Global warming is a natural occurance that cycles in and cycles out. Are we headed for another ice age? Fine, we'll buy stock in winter sport companies. We'll sell gortex and raise more chicken for their down feathers.

Hey, I'm whining about Al Gore... think I should nominate myself for a Nobel Prize?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hey, There's a Title Setting!

As I frantically try to keep abreast with my four or five blogs (okay, I'm exaggerating, I have a personal blog, a business blog and a writing blog) I discovered a "Show Title" setting, so no more home made titles in bold.

Had to take a stab at writing lyrics yesterday. Not my thing. I'm like a painter who can't paint with the color green. Poetry is bad enough, but poetry to be sung? Fergetaboutit.

Hey, Joe, Charli said I was supposed to check your blog about a homework thing. Is this one of your blogs I don't know about, because there wasn't anything on the two I do know about...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Too Funny and a Little Bit Scary

I found my 1,000,000 dollar bill that Chris had given me (a Christian tract in the margin on the back, and Grover Cleveland on the front) and flashed it around at a couple people for a laugh on Sunday.

Get this, some guy in Pittsburg is now in jail because he tried to pass it as real currency. He asked some clerk to make change (like any store has that much cash on them). He resisted arrest and refused to give his name, so I'm assuming he wasn't just kidding around.


Monday, October 08, 2007

That's It, I'm Now Officially OLD!

And that's seven days short of my 44th birthday.

I picked up a book at the library, T-Rex Canyon, that I recalled seeing before. In fact, I thought, as read the summary, I must have checked it out and returned it before reading it because the summary didn't ring any bells. So I check it out.

I have read it before. Holding it in my hands I clearly recall turning the pages in my office at SunTrust during lunch breaks. I just don't remember it. At. All.

Once I read it, I vaguely remember it but couldn't tell you what was going to happen if a gun was at my head (no need to test that, Joe).

No, this is not whining or grumbling, it's simple fact (okay, maybe a little whining). There was a time I could memorize a Shakespeare monologue in two readings, complete scripts in three or four readings. I've memorize 6 books of the Bible (James, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and all three of John's letters (which count as one since they're all short)). I admit I couldn't recite them anymore, but the point is I once had a phenomenal memory.

Now Mike claims he told me they were going on a cruise but I had no idea where they were. Erik describes a conversation we'd had and I don't recall it. And now I'm forgetting story lines (which involves a T-Rex with feathers and I couldn't even remember that freakish detail).

Chances are I'll forget I wrote this...

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Big League Haircuts VS Sport Clips

I got my haircut today, using the coupon for a freebie at Sport Clips. Now it's the MatchUp of the Century!!!!

Haircuts: About even. Decent haircuts at both places. TIE

TV: Big League is set up with each haircutting station being a little oasis unto itself. A TV faces you, and you're given a choice of channels. Sport Clips is arena style seating along the wall. There are as many TVs as chairs, but they don't face you in the chair, they face out so you're looking at an angle. No one asked me if I wanted a different channel than what they were all playing. BIG LEAGUE WINS

Shampoo, Scalp Massage and Back Massage: Big League has one price and it's all included. Sport Clips has three different levels. To get everything costs $5 bucks more. Big League's inclusive price is cheaper than Sport Clips' MVP. BIG LEAGUE WINS AGAIN.

Professionalism: Really about the same, but Sport Clips trash talked Big League, which I don't consider professional. I've never asked Big League about Sport Clips, though so I can't rule on this one.

WINNER: Big League Haircuts. They are three times farther than Sport Clips, but I'll make the trip anyway.

Sorry Sport Clips.

God Has A Sense of Irony

Erik was horrified that I wrote about "disliking my dog" on my blog (which I didn't, it's that I don't really like him all that much, which he says is the same thing, but I think there's a shade of distinction) so it's only fair I share this experience...

Working from home I tend to forget what day of the week it is. So I didn't realize it was Thursday night when I went to bed. This was a problem because I had a 6:30 meeting in which I was the main presenter on Friday morning (another shade of distinction; I remembered the meeting, I just didn't realize it was the night before the meeting). So, no alarm was set.

6:00 a.m. rolls around, I'm dead to the world, and this dog whom we have had for six months, a dog who makes very little sound to begin with, howls for the first time ever. It's really a rather cute, throaty howl, and it was sufficient to wake me up. And realize that is was Friday morning (because, as the title implies, God has a sense of irony). I showered and dressed in five minutes, and made it to the meeting just a few minutes late (and there were twice as many people there as I have ever seen before, with a few prospective clients). Saved by the dog I don't like.

Isn't it ironic?

(For the past few weeks I have been making a concerted effort to like this passive/aggressive dog... because that's the problem with him; he wants love, but doesn't really give any and it bothers me... which, from God's view, is also ironic...)

Monday, October 01, 2007

There is Nothing New Under the Sun, but Come On....!

Big League Hair Cuts is my favorite hair cuttery. Free drinks, tv at each station, a good shampoo and scalp massage, a hair cut and a back rub. Great concept.

There is nothing wrong with doing a variation of someone's business idea, but keeping everything the same except the name is just wrong. Whether it's Cold Stone Creamery and Marble Slab Ice Cream, or now Big League Hair Cuts and Sports Clips, come on people show a LITTLE originality. BLHC is a baseball theme, and Sports Clips simply widens the theme to all sports. Otherwise, the same. TV, Shampoo, Hair Cut and Back Rub.

Now, if it had been a music theme, or maybe beach theme, fine, BUT IT'S THE SAME SPORTS THING. (of course, that won't prevent me from using the free haircut coupon...)

It's probably Pepsi and Coke's fault. Worked for them...