Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday Reading And The Heat

1 Maccabees 5-6.
Jeremiah 31: 6-12.

I don't know when or how this has happened, but I am starting to like Lebron James again and somewhat liking the Heat right now.  I don't know if it will last through the playoffs, but the era of hostile feelings has definitely gone away.  Which is okay, since they definitely have no rivals right now, anyway.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday Reading And Time Occupiers

1 Maccabees 3-4.
Genesis 49: 8-12.

Another useful waste of time is listening to the Golden Oldies Comedy Radio channel on Pandora.  Lots of old Bill Cosby and Andy Griffith routines, along with other great stuff like Jack Benny and Groucho Marx.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday Reading And Why I'll Never Work Again

1 Maccabees 2.
Numbers 25: 10-18.

Thanks a lot, Viva El Birdos, for informing me of this.  The last thing I need is an huge supply of Cardinals videos to occupy my time.  

Looks like the list of accomplishments in my life just ended abruptly.  I may have to quit my job now.

Just as an example- here's Game 6 condensed into 34 minutes, with no announcers, just stadium sounds.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekend Reading And Spring Has Sprung

Baruch 4:30 - 5.
The Letter of Jeremiah.
1 Maccabees 1.
Genesis 17: 9-14.

By the power vested in me, I hereby declare winter is over.  It is now spring.

I love doing that.

The reason is it now spring?  First baseball game yesterday.  Daytona 500 today.

And I got my seeds.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Thursday Reading, Friday Reading And Cardinals Broadcasters

Baruch 1:15-3:8 and 3:9- 4:29.
Jeremiah 3: 11-18 and Proverbs 8:1-11.

I'm not a fan of the rotating broadcast teams on Fox Sports Midwest.  Dan and Al?  Dan and Rick?  Rick and Al?  You never know who you're going to get any given series, or even night.

I don't get it, but it looks like FSMW likes it that way.  So much so that someone has floated the idea of a few 3 man booths.

And having Joe Buck as a sideline reporter from time to time.

Gee, all of that won't distract from the games at all.

Not that I don't like Joe Buck, but he will dominate the broadcast whether he is in the booth or not.  And if you want him on the broadcast, why not let him do what he does best and announce the game?

I miss the familiarity of knowing what voices I'd hear announcing.  And because of the delays, you can no longer watch the game with the sound turned down and listen to the radio.  Looks like I'm stuck not knowing what's going on.

Just like I am with the world we live in nowadays.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tuesday And Wednesday Reading

Ecclesiasticus 50-51.
Numbers 3: 5-10, 6: 22-27.
Baruch 1: 1-14.
Jeremiah 36: 1-8.

Wow, Ecclesiasticus was one long book.  Liked the end better than the beginning.  Kinda glad it's over.  Can I say that on TV?

Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday Reading

Ecclesiasticus 48-49.
2 Kings 17: 7-20.

2012 numbers are looking okay:
47 posts in 49 days.  Ahead of schedule.
Should be done with the Apocrypha in April or early May.
3425 squats.  Ahead of schedule.
3275 push ups.  Behind schedule.
1040 pull ups/chin ups.  Ahead of schedule.
Hopefully things will continue ahead of schedule.  D.V.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Weekend Reading And The Creed

Ecclesiasticus 44-47.
Acts 7: 1-53.

One thing I have against our Lutheran worship is the substitution of the word Christian for catholic in the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed.

I think we believe in the catholic church as much as other Christians, no?

I think I get why the change was made, so no explanation needed.  I just don't agree with it.  In doing this, I think we have ceded use of the word catholic to Roman Catholics.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Reading And More Frasier

Ecclesiasticus 42:9 - 43.
Psalm 104: 1-35.

So in keeping with yesterday's theme, here's another famous February Frasier scene that's too good not to link to.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thursday Reading And Valentine's Day

Ecclesiasticus 40- 42: 8.
Psalm 1: 1-6.

If I were king, three holidays would be stricken from the map.  Halloween, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day.

But I do love Frasier, and this Valentine's episode is a good one.

Wednesday Reading And Pumping Gas

Ecclesiasticus 38-39.
Mark 12: 28-40.

When I pulled into the gas station, I thought I'd do as I usually do, which is to pull out my gas card, insert it, tank up and go.

So when I couldn't find my gas card, I must admit my heart started to pump a little faster, as I thought it was lost.  Or stolen.

Happily, I had placed it in a different place than usual and found it quickly.  But as I pumped the gas, I realized the reason why I was upset.

I had been upset, not because of the thought someone else might be in possession of my card and running up a bill.  That thought, while it crossed my mind, paled in comparison to my real fear.

Which was having to go home and confess my card was lost.  That just seems odd to me.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday Reading

Ecclesiasticus 36-37.
Psalm 102: 12-28.

Time for Lent, I guess.  Sure is early this year. 

I've always preferred early Lents and early Easters.  It never "feels" right when spring has been here a month before Easter arrives.  The timing doesn't seem right if they don't somewhat correspond.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday Reading And Retiring Popes

Ecclesiasticus 34-35.
Micah 6: 6-16.

I didn't know popes could step down.  I always thought they died popes.

This changes everything.  I never wanted to be one because I don't want to work until the day I die.  It's likely others felt this way too.

I'm sure being pope, now that we know they can retire, will be a more desirable position for one to aspire.  It should increase the job pool a little more.

It's probably too late now.  But what might have been?

Did the Vatican even prepare for this possibility?  The pope has a retirement account?

Or is it like the state of IL, which doesn't even bother to fund its liabilities?  Let's hope not.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Weekend Reading And The LCMS Kerfuffle

Ecclesiasticus 30-33.
Proverbs 23: 29-35.
Romans 9: 19-24.

"Deflector shields full power!"

How many times does this scenario have to play out?  Look at the damage one individual's bad decision can make.

One of the reasons, although there were more, that our congregation left the LCMS was the weak response over the previous president's/leadership's response to the Yankee Stadium 9/11 event.

Nothing really ever got settled in that debacle.  So now it plays out again.

This time it appears the current LCMS President, Matthew Harrison, a confessional guy unlike his predecessor, got it right.  Only he, and anyone else in the LCMS for that matter, is going to take a beating for it.

Now is one of those times that demands a stand be made, regardless of the consequences.  Show your support for President Harrison on this one.

And the Brothers.

Some of the comments those of the world are making are truly eye-opening.  Expect there to be more.  Comedy Central and the Huffington Post have also latched on to this.

If they get this upset over a little thing like not wanting to worship with those of other faiths, just wait until they realize we believe those of those other faiths are going to go to hell without the Way, and the Truth and the Life.

Just wait. 

John 16:2?

Friday, February 08, 2013

Friday Reading And The Big Freese

Ecclesiasticus 27:30- 29.
Matthew 18: 23-35.

No, not that blizzard thing.  The Cardinals finally signed David Freese to avoid arbitration.

I was a little perturbed the Cardinals and Freese were so far off in their numbers.  Just take what I wrote about Berkman last month and multiply it by 3.  No way the Cardinals shouldn't give this guy anything he wants, not only for this but also this.

Yeah, I love spending other people's money.

Thursday Reading

Ecclesiasticus 26-27:29.
Proverbs 31: 10-31.

This is one long book.  Still almost 2 weeks to go until finished.  I find it hard to read.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Wednesday Reading And Carp

Ecclesiasticus 24-25.
Proverbs 8: 22-36.

Even for a dude with 9 lives, yesterday's press conference about Chris Carpenter was particularly ominous.  I don't really expect to ever see him pitch again.

And even though their are a lot of young guns coming to the big leagues really soon, nobody will be able to match his intensity.  I just hope he hangs around the club to rub off some of his intensity to those impressionable "yutes".

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Tuesday Reading And Baby Clydesdales

Ecclesiasticus 22-23.
James 3: 1-12.

I have always gotten a chuckle over people who claim they watch the Super Bowl as much for the commercials as the game.

If there has been anything more over-rated than the Super Bowl through the years, it has to be Super Bowl commercials.

That said, the Budweiser Baby Clydesdale commercial has gotten a lot of run.  Now, come to find out, the baby naming contest has two winners.  Because there were two baby Clydesdales.

Read more about it here at Viva El Birdos

Evidently, "Stan", the favorite in St. Louis, home of Anheuser-Busch, will be one of the names after all.

Monday Reading

Ecclesiasticus 20-21.
Proverbs 10: 6-23.

How great was the Super Bowl power loss?  Just more reason to believe we are now becoming the old Soviet Union.  I'm sure we'll see more and more of this kind of thing in the future.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Weekend Reading And Super Bowl Pick

Ecclesiasticus 16-19.
Genesis 1: 26-31.
Matthew 18: 15-20.

I'm looking forward to the day when football season overlaps into baseball.  We're almost there now.  Only 8 days until pitchers and catchers report, and today is the Super Bowl.

I have no horse in this fight, nor a dog in this race.  There are reasons I don't want either team to win, but not any reasons why I want either of them to win.

Which makes me have little interest in this year's game.  Only if it is a spectacular game will my interest be enough to keep me through 4 quarters.  Just a good game may not cut it.

Last year I experimented with my trusty quarter.  This year truly is a toss-up.  So up it goes...

and down comes...

San Francisco.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Friday Reading And Rome

Ecclesiasticus 14:3- 15.
James 1: 9-15.

Until a couple weeks ago I had not seen Jim Rome since he left ESPN and went to CBS Sports Network.

His show on CBS, "Rome", is essentially the same one as "Jim Rome Is Burning" was on ESPN.  They seem to have just renamed the segments.

There is definitely an upgrade in the visual quality, as apparently JRIB was never broadcast in HD.  Brighter lighting makes the feel of the show more professional.  So overall I am in favor of the change.

It just took me a long time to find it.

Thursday Reading And The Super Bowl

Ecclesiasticus 11:29- 14:2.
2 Timothy 3:1-9.

Why does the media and culture have to ruin everything?  What year did the Super Bowl "jump the shark"?

I think it was when they started a TV show called "Super Night at the Super Bowl" the night before the game.

I think a novel idea would be to go back to what it once was, just a football game played on Sunday afternoon.  Forget all this lame stuff that surrounds it for 2 weeks every year.