Saturday, June 30, 2007

Weekend Reading

Job 19, 20, 21 and 22. 1 Corinthians 4.

At The Halfway Point Of '07

We are now at the halfway point of the year. The goals I set at the beginning of the year should be half completed. I've done pretty good but not perfect.

Updates on 2007 goals:
1. Reading-
I'm way ahead of schedule for getting through the New Testament this year, and right on schedule for getting through the Old Testament.

2. Exercise-
Totals through the end of June:
10,275 Hindu Squats
10,260 Hindu Pushups.
116 minutes of Neck Bridging.

I am right on schedule to meet my push up and squat goals, but have fallen behind on my neck bridging. I have been working a plan the past week to catch up on this, which will take me until August.

3. Landscaping-
I've added several new plants to my newest plant bed. I haven't gotten much hardscaping done, although I've pretty much completed my planning. The expanded vegetable bed is producing nice veggies.

4. Foreign language-
Since the start of summer my German review has fallen off. I've done minimal Spanish. My plan is to work at least two nights a week on this.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Another Edition Of 1970s Fridays

Thanks to YouTube and others.

Enjoy. A little something for everybody today. If you have any suggestions for future episodes, e-mail me or just leave a comment.

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Know What I Hate?

American car doors. Their spring-like action is so tight, unless you open the door to a precise location, the door will spring backward or forward to a factory predetermined spot. Sure, they open easily for the very weak, but God forbid you get in their way. They'll run you down.

For instance, let's say you need to get something out of the back seat. Your car is parked in your garage next to another car, so you carefully open the door so as not to bang the other car. Just as you are moving into position to lean in to the back seat, the door will suddenly lunge into the margin of your lower rib cage, busting you with its most sharp steely edge. I can't tell you how many of my spleens I have ruptured in this futile exercise in my lifetime.

On the other hand, if you go past a certain point, the edge of the door will suddenly fly out, right into your innocent bystander car that is sharing the garage.

This is ridiculous. I've never had a Japanese car do this. A Japanese car door opens very smoothly and doesn't suddenly jump to a preset destination.

It's just a sign of the times. I'm sorry if I have offended anyone, but American automobile engineers must be cut in the cloth of Julius Kelp compared to their Japanese masters. Don't even get me started on the differentials in engine mechanics.

Friday Reading Assignment

Job 16, 17 and 18. 1 Corinthians 3.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Is This Talladega Memorial? St. Daytona?

In the city I live in, within the past month, speed bumps were put in on a certain street. I guess to slow people down, right?

Ordinarily I wouldn't care. I'd just go around them by using another street. Only I pretty much have to use this street everyday.

Now don't laugh when I tell you where the speed bumps have been placed. Ready?

The street that now has speed bumps is a street where one accesses the emergency room to one of the hospitals in town.

Yes, if there's one place where traffic must slow to a snail's pace, it's the drive in to the hospital. I mean, it's not like there would be any legitimate reason to go a little faster on this road than any other road in town, is there?

People are speeding on roads all over this town and no one seems to care. People come barreling in to Walmart all the time. No one seems to care about that. The mall? Just gun it, baby. But God forbid anyone be in a little bit of a hurry to get to the ER. No, THAT behavior is gonna stop!

What about ambulances? They go screaming down every other street in town. They even go through red lights at times. Well, by golly, they're not going to pull that crap in front of the hospital. They're just going to have to creep along at 1 mph that final 500 feet.

How'd you like to be a passenger in the back of that ambulance?

Bleeding? Choking? Busted up from a car accident? Having a heart attack or asthma attack? Don't worry about that. Worry about that jostling you're going to have in the back of that ambulance when you hit the bumps. That ought to feel great. And don't worry about the falling equipment and instruments raining down around you. Hopefully no one is trying to start an IV or intubate someone.

Nice job.

Readings For Thursday.

Job 13, 14 and 15. 1 Corinthians 2.

Today is supposed to have some significance to me. My memory is failing me, though. I can't remember what it is. I must think fast, or I might get in trouble.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Curse Of Sam Bowie

How'd you like to be the Portland Trailblazers? In 1984 they had the distinction of making the worst draft decision in the history of mankind in passing over Michael Jordan to pick Sam Bowie.

Tomorrow they will have to decide again between two potentially great players, who also happen to be a big man (like Bowie) and a scorer (like Jordan), as they once again are faced with having the #1 pick of the NBA draft. (The draft to me is the only interesting thing about the NBA these days, but I digress).

Taking a lesson from history, they should go with the scorer this time and not the dominant big man. The last time they took the big guy, it didn't work out so well.

Not that Kevin Durant is a little guy at 6-10, but he's not going to play center.

I think whatever they do, they're screwed. Whoever they pick will be a bust. It's just the way it is. It's the curse of Sam Bowie.

The guy they pass on will go on to win 6 championships. It's inevitable.

And Portland will go down with #1 and #2 in the list of worst sports decisions of all time.

Wednesday Reading

Job 10, 11 and 12. 1 Corinthians 1.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Reading For The Weekend

Esther 8, 9 and 10. Job 1, 2 and 3. Romans 14.

Friday, June 22, 2007

I Don't Know The Person Who Did This Nor Do I Remember How I Stumbled Across It So Don't Ask

This video montage is so cool. A little of everything with a lot of Jack. Whitey Herzog, Ozzie Smith, Kirk Gibson, the American Football League, 3 Classic World Series moments, the infamous '87 Seat Cushion Night grand slam, Lou Brock, two crazy commercials...and Joe Buck with hair.

"Wait a minute...okay it's true."

The really scary thing is how much better Tim McCarver looked in 1991 with a naturally graying hair color instead of that cedar-dyed mess he has now.


Yesterday was the summer solstice. Which means from here on out to the end of the year we'll be getting less and less sunlight to batter and burn our lawns and gardens. In addition, the colder weather coming will kill all the bugs.

And today it is actually gray and raining! No sun!

Life is good! I am so happy!

"Hoo-eee, I been to two county fairs and a goat roast, and I ain't never seen nothin' like this. "

Reading For Friday

Esther 4, 5, 6, and 7. Romans 13.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Why Is That?

According to my Google, there are over 33 US cities named "Springfield".

Know how many are named "Creekpatch"?


Thursdays And The Forgotten Readings

Sorry, forgot to post yesterday. Got distracted by other things.

Yesterday you should have read the end of Nehemiah, chapters 12 and 13. As well as Romans 11.

Today is Esther 1, 2 and 3 and Romans 12.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

If Males Are Actors...

...and females are actresses...

then doesn't it follow that males are bloggors and females bloggresses?

More about this in an upcoming edition...

Reading Assignment For Tuesday

Nehemiah 9, 10 and 11. Romans 10.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Things That Weren't To Be

There are moments in life where we realize the things we dreamed of accomplishing before death are not going to happen. We won't make the major leagues. We won't be rock stars. Millions won't get made. Greatness will not be achieved. Speeches don't get made.

On my laundry list of things to do before I die, I've concluded I just don't have enough time left to accomplish certain things. It doesn't mean I don't consider them important. I just realize they're not going to get done. Other priorities have evolved.

So, in the spirit of sharing ideas, I give these bits of brilliance up, hoping someone, somewhere, will take up the paddle and run with it.

Things I will never accomplish in this life:

1. Produce a remake of the sitcom "Frasier", only with chimps instead of human actors.

2. Write an autobiography of someone other than myself.

3. Publish a book about the 20 greatest county fairs in the history of Macon County.

4. Win my battle with Miriam Webster regarding the proper tense of the verb 'sprinkle'. Although I resign myself that I can't possibly win in my lifetime, I continue to believe in the correctness of 'today I sprinkle, yesterday I sprankled, and in the past I have sprunkled.' However, maybe I can convince my pastor of its use for baptisms.

5. Create a video game in the spirit of "Guitar Hero". Only this one would be called "Opera Hero", and one would have to re-create the sounds of great opera solos and arias, using just the buttons of one's controller. And to think I've always wanted to pretend to be Beverly Sills.

6. My insect collection shall go incomplete. After having amassed approximately 150 kinds of insects, I am approximately 799,850 species short of having them all. I did the calculations based on my current rate of accumulation, and I don't think I'll make it to be 231,883 and 1/2.

7. I will never complete my scale model of the Korean War Battle of Kapyong, made entirely of dry macaroni and peat moss.

8. I just don't have the time to train my hair into 'the Slim Jim'.

9. I'll never complete my negotiations with Campbell's to market a line of "Campbell's Soup Ice Cream".

10. I'll never win an award for my blog. And I think this post seals the deal.

Tuesday's Reading

Ezra 1 and 2. Romans 4.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Monday's Reading

2 Chronicles 34, 35 and 36. Romans 3.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Weekend Readings

2 Chronicles 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33. Romans 2.

Friday, June 08, 2007

It's Another 1970s Friday

Have fun. Thank you to YouTube and Google.

Friday's Reading

2 Chronicles 26, 27 and 28. And, as surely as time flies, we are now moving out of the more historical accountings of the New Testament and moving in to the epistles of St. Paul, starting with Romans 1.

"This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian's while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes."- From Martin Luther's Preface to Romans. Read it all here.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

In Fairness To Hillary

I do actually prefer her to Barack Hussein Obama. God help us if he is elected President.

But one thing he does have going for him...

He's a Quiet Riot fan.

I hadn't heard a reference to them for years, until I saw this link on Drudge. Thanks, Drudge. If he can convince blacks to follow Quiet Riot, more power to him.

"Come on, feel the noise..."

Somebody Call "Annie"

Maybe she can help Hillary Clinton.

I got this picture from Cranach. Thanks, Cranach.

"Sheesh, Sandy."

Wednesday's Reading

2 Chronicles 20, 21 and 22. Acts 27.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Got this photo off of Drudge. Thanks, Drudge.

If you painted the right side of her hair black, does anybody else think this woman would bear a striking resemblance to Cruella De Vil?

"I do."

Tuesday's Readings

2 Chronicles 17, 18 and 19. Acts 26.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Monday's Reading

2 Chronicles 13, 14, 15 and 16. Acts 25.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Trinity Sunday

We believe, teach and confess:

"Whoever will be saved shall, above all else,
hold the catholic faith.
Which faith, except everyone keeps whole and undefiled,
without doubt he will perish eternally.
And the catholic faith is this,
that we worship one God in three persons
and three persons in one God,
neither confusing the persons
nor dividing the substance.
For there is one person of the Father,
another of the Son,
and another of the Holy Spirit.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one:
the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit.
The Father uncreated,
the Son uncreated,
and the Holy Spirit uncreated.
The Father incomprehensible,
the Son incomprehensible,
and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
The Father eternal,
the Son eternal,
and the Holy Spirit eternal.
And yet there are not three eternals
but one eternal.
As there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensibles
but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is almighty,
the Son almighty,
and the Holy Spirit almighty.
And yet they are not three almighties
but one almighty.
So the Father is God,
the Son is God,
and the Holy Spirit is God.
And yet there are not three gods;
but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord,
the Son Lord,
and the Holy Spirit Lord.
And yet they are not three lords
but one Lord.
For as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge every person by himself
to be both God and Lord,
So we cannot by the catholic faith
say that there are three Gods or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, not made nor created;
but begotten.
The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten
but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers;
one Son, not three Sons;
one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
And in this trinity none is before or after another;
none is greater or less than another;
But the whole three persons
are coeternal together and coequal,
so that in all things, as is aforesaid,
the Unity in Trinity
and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped..
He, therefore, that will be saved is compelled thus to think of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation
that he also believe faithfully the incarnation
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right faith is
that we believe and confess
that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
is God and man;
God of the substance of the Father,
begotten before the worlds;
and man of the substance of his mother,
born in the world;
Perfect God and perfect man,
of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
Equal to the Father as touching his Godhead,
and inferior to the Father as touching his manhood;
Who, although he is God and man,
yet he is not two but one Christ.
One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh,
but by taking the manhood into God;.
One altogether,
not by confusion of substance,
but by unity of person.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man,
so God and man is one Christ;
Who suffered for our salvation;
descended into hell;
rose again the third day from the dead.
He ascended into heaven;
he sits at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty,
from whence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies
and will give an account of their own works.
And they that have done good will go into life everlasting;
and they that have done evil,
into everlasting fire.
This is the catholic faith which
except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved."

Friday, June 01, 2007

I Only Publish The Ones I Pass

You Really Know Your State Capitols

You Got 20 State Capitols Correct

You're either a geography buff... or you have an excellent memory.

Weekend Reading

Friday- 2 Chronicles 4, 5 and 6. Acts 23.

Weekend- 2 Chronicles 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Acts 24.