Saturday, December 29, 2007

The name has been announced....
The next James Bond movie 22 ( 23 * ) will be named
Quantum of Solice.

Here is a sneak preview of the new movie poster.

Can't wait !!!

313 days

*= by my count it will be Bond 23 but officially they don't count
Never Say Never Again
since it was made by a rival production company

Friday, December 28, 2007

The verdict is in ....

Here is one of my " rewards "

Try as I may I could not get a good scan of the coal shaped and colored 'stuff' inside.

Very funny ...SIS

Hope you are having a good time today... look at the rain !!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Samantha, the little girl from our homegroup that was having her tonsils removed is back home and recovering. Thanks for remembering her.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

We are having a great Christmas so far. Every one is healthy, happy (and well fed) .

And we still have several family get togethers to go.

I would like to repeat this request Please remember in prayer Samantha the little girl from my home group who is having her tonsils removed this morning.

I hope everyone is having Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My Top 10 Christmas movies:
(In no special order )

* A Christmas Story (1983) -- All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun.
* Christmas with the Kranks (2004) -- With daughter away, parents decide to skip Christmas.
* Elf (2003) -- A human, raised at the North Pole, searches for his family in New York.
* The Grinch (2000) -- Furry green creature wants to ruin the holidays.
* The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) -- Jim Henson's creations tackle Charles Dickens' festive favourite
* The Santa Clause (1994) -- When Santa falls off his roof, a harried ad exec is required to assume the mantle.
* Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) -- Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.
* We're No Angels (1955) -- A trio of escaped convicts helps a man and his wife avoid financial ruin and help their daughter find romance on Christmas Eve.
* A Muppet Family Christmas (1988) -- Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.
* Die Hard (1988) -- on Christmas Eve, terrorists seize control of an LA skyscrapper.
* Home Alone (1990) -- A little boy is accidentally left at home alone over Christmas, and protects his house against two burglars.

Ok Ok it's eleven but with twelve days that leaves only one day without a movie. On that day I could pick from The Grinch, Frosty, Rudolph, Emmet Otter's Jug Band and Charlie Brown ...

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

God bless you!!

"Therefore the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14).

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed... 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with Child" (Luke 2:1, 4-5).

"6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:6-7).

"8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night... 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people" (Luke 2:8,10).

"And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger"
(Luke 2:12).

"Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men"
(Luke 2:14).

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into Heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the LORD hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger" (Luke 2:15-16).

and he called His Name JESUS" (Matthew 1:25).

We all sing 'em Know the words by heart. But have we ever really listened to what they say?

I truly heard this one for the first time last week. Such an amazing song of hope. The whole story.

Pay special attention the the blue phrases and the solution in purple.


(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th' unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
And in despair I bowed my head
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men."
Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Longfellow wrote this song as a poem on Christmas day 1864 in the midst of the Civil War. He still greiving from the death of his wife and had just received the word of the serious wounding of his son in battle. It is filled with near dispair, yet in the end offers the strong hope because "God is not dead." and the promise that someday there will truly be 'Peace on earth, good will to men"

This old hymn now has special meaning to me . I was moved ! From now on you can be sure I will really be listening to what they say.

Merry Christmas

Have you ever wondered how Santa make it to all those parades, and store appearances without wearing out his reindeer completely before the big night?

I may have stumbled on the answer.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas is NOT about Jesus

Life is about Jesus

Why limit him to one day ?

Awesome services in at NewSpring today. The elf in the lobby was fun. The band was wonderful. And I loved the message

I matter to God

For God so loved ME !!! *

He Sent his son ...for ME !! *

That I * could have life with him forever.

John 3:16

I* matter to the Savior. Me* ...God is for everyone.

(Luke 2:10-11)

* = Subsitute your name here.

God is awesome and amazing

Matt 2:1-2
Let it snow Let it snow RAIN

What is that sound I hear. YES it is raining. Thank you God we need it.

I drove by the lake level marker yesterday and not only was the last number visible but the sign was maybe 15 feet from the water standing on dry ground.

It ain't snow .... but we'll take it !!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

It is once again time for our annual Christmas dinner at Mamaws.

Almost the entire family, 39 in all this year, gathered at Kristie's grandmothers for another round of stuffing ourselves to the gills. Then while the guys sleep through football, the ladies catch-up on who was born to who, and the kids run amok, we all make solemn vows not to ever eat like that again. Naturally we all know we will no matter how much we try. Can't be helped with a family this big all of whom cook world class good.

100 more hours in the gym

Now that's being bad !!

No one was hurt, but somebody will be getting a lump of coal Christmas eve. Here is something you just don't do.

A helicopter carrying Santa Claus was shot down early this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Shots rang out which forced the helicopter to make an emergency landing. Sounds like Kris Kringle Just Ain't Welcome

Brazilian officials say they don't believe Santa was directly targeted -- but rather chalked up the incident to mistaken identity. The area involved is know for it's drug use and high crime.

Hopefully it'll take more than a little gunfire to discourage Santa.

Merry Christmas everyone and make sure the safety is on Monday Night.

Friday, December 21, 2007

We had so much fun at the homegroup party. Every one was there and everyone brought enough food for 30. So the 14 of us did our best to eat it all. We failed..but only slightly. We laughed and sang carols, played games and told stories. Then we read the Christmas story and had prayer requests. After that we joked and laughed more.

One highlight of the evening was when a antique glass cake cover became hopelessly stuck on a plate filled with muffins. We all had a hand in trying to free it to no avail. We tried hot water, soap, tapping it. We tried pushing one side inward. But nothing could get it to budge. We even considered a drill. We did manage a little bit of water in it, but everyone was afraid to try my idea of microwaving it to boil or near boil the water inside increasing the pressure and hopefully freeing the plate. That or fishing line I think would have provided the solution.
Well it was entertaining anyway. This morning the owner gave up on the more radical ideas and broke the plate with a hammer. Saving the cherished cake cover. I still think fishing line was the best answer.

One prayer request Samantha one of the homegroup kids is having her tonsils out the day after Christmas and she is scared to death. Remember her Wednesday morning.
It rained all day today, but the chicken was there as promised, giving away biscuits. Never one to be deterred an umbrella kept everything dry. Did you got one ?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

If you happen to be out and about tomorrow, and are passing through the neighborhood, stop at Campus Security and meet the newest employee.

I understand he's bringing biscuits
Hey everyone.

I am back.

Scary isn't it.

Kristie and I are excited about our homegroup Christmas party. It seems ages since we saw everyone, much less spent any quality time. The food will be Pot Luck and that means YUMMY treats

In keeping with the season here are a few Fractured Christmas Carols

No one can fracture a Christmas carol better than a kid.

Sing along with these new takes on old favorites:

Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly...

We three kings of porridge and tar..

Good tidings we bring to you and your kid.

On the first day of Christmas my tulip gave to me..

Later on we'll perspire, as we dream by the fire.

In the meadow we can build a snowman. Then pretend that he is sparse and brown.

He's makin' a list, chicken and rice...

Noel. Noel. Barney's the king of Israel.
With the jelly toast proclaim...

Olive, the other reindeer...

You'll go down in listerine!

Frosty the Snowman is a ferret elf, I say...

Sleep in heavenly peas...

Oh, what fun it is to ride with one horse, soap and hay...

Come, froggy faithful...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Good news, Fair News

I had to go to the doctor because of my arm, AGAIN.

I injured my elbow back in the summer and it just wasn't getting better. So about a month ago I made an appointment. Good news it wasn't broken. Bad news it would have healed faster if it had been. My injury stretched and twisted the tendons and caused so slight muscle damage. It's painful and the recovery will be very slow. Baring a new injury with a lot of TLC I should recover someday. ha ha

The came injury number two.

The shoulder seemed to be getting better for a week or so then took a turn for the worse, after an evening at the gym. I have limited range of motion. I can still drive my truck ( a five speed ) and fly the plane, but putting on a shirt or jacket almost brings me to tears.

So yet another appointment. This time after a lengthy exam and a series of x-rays I once again got good news, fair news. It's not broken. It is slightly separated, has tendon damage and muscle inflammation and tearing. I get to take some pills and do therapy for a while, but it too should recover eventually.

So if you see me NOT opening a door for you, or wincing after I carelessly wave hello. Don't take it personal. It hurts !!

Thanks to my family, friends and homegroupies who are remembering me at prayer time.

"Growing old ain't for sissies." Bette Davis

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Deep Thoughts # 4

# I went for a walk last night and someone asked me how long I'd be gone. I said, 'The whole time.'

# Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?

# If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?

# Isn't Disney World a people-trap operated by a mouse?

# How come 'abbreviated' is such a long word?

# Why are there five syllables in the word 'monosyllabic'?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

If you read my blog you know I enjoy astronomy gazing. What may prove the best meteor shower of the year will reach its peak on the night of Dec.13-14. Thursday and Friday nights.

The annual Geminid Meteor Shower:

It's been said that "If you have not seen a mighty Geminid fireball arcing gracefully across an expanse of sky, then you have not seen a meteor."

The Geminids get their name from the constellation of Gemini, the Twins, because the meteors appear to emanate from a spot in the sky near the bright star Castor in Gemini.

The Geminid Meteors are usually the most spectacular of the annual showers, even surpassing the famous Perseids of August.

This year, the moon will cooperate as a crescent, in the south-southwest at dusk then setting around 8 p.m. That means that the sky will be dark and moonless. making for perfect viewing conditions.

Expect peak activity on Dec. 14 at 16:45 GMT. when rates will average 50-60 per hour. This year rates conceivably could exceed 120 per hour.

Look just above the east-northeast horizon right around twilight. You may see some early views. The best views will come around 2 a.m. as the constellation passes nearly overhead.

Bundle up and good luck!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Ashley came over tonight and we put up her tree. It's an annual event with us.

Several years ago when she was still very young she got upset because she wanted to help Kristie and I decorate our trees. We put up several each year, but were finished by the night she thought of it.

So Kristie and I searched our boxes of decorations and found a little 18 inch tree she had used in her office some years ago. It was a little worn but we set aside a night and took Ashley to the store and let her pick the decorations for it. Then we went home and let her do it herself. She surprised us with the great job. So now every year while her mom and dad shop, we have her over, sip hot chocolate and let her "fix" her very own special tree. Kristie plays the piano, we sing carols and read the real Christmas story. It's one of our greatest nights of the year.

That is building a Christmas memory that will last forever.
We Will Never Forget

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
December 7th 1941
2,403 people died that day, 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians. Another 1,178 were wounded.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

December brings a lot of fun as well as a lot of stress. We all enjoy time with our family and friends. But we also feel the stress from too much at one time. Or the stress of shopping, decorating, and the many many events we feel we must attend.
"And she will give birth to a son; and you will give him the name Jesus; for he will give his people salvation from their sins. " Mathew 1:21

We all remember the above verse in the Christmas story. Can you imagine the stress Joseph felt as he struggled with the idea that Mary is about to give birth to a child that is not his? He was supposed to be enjoying this time leading up to their marriage. Yet during this stress, God appeared to him and revealed his plans for the savior of the world.

I hope as we plan and go through this season we keep in mind why we are celebrating. It is easy to get caught-up in the trappings of a modern holiday. God sent Jesus to earth to save us from our sins. What wonderful news. God wants us to share this with everyone. During Christmas people are open to the message unlike any other time. Do your part and help spread the word of the greatest gift of all.
It' s Free !!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Avast ye Landlubbers Thar be Pirates in me house.

Beware !
Don't be Lily-livered ye Scallywags for nay 5 Doubloons ye shall wi' a vengeance and be a sendin' to Davy Jones' Locker like Scurvy dogs!

Or be ye Keelhauled

Arrrrgh !!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Blame The BCS Mess on Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is the official airline of the Bowl Championship Series.

Those can see all watch Southwest ads during the Rose Bowl and Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2 and the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3, and Southwest is also sponsoring the Orange Bowl's halftime show with ZZ Top.

Then there's the Allstate BCS Championship Game on Jan. 7, and Southwest says it "will also have a presence" there.

So it is their fault blame Southwest

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Lady Trojans basketball team
are ranked in the top
25 in the National ESPN division II poll.
Go A.U.

2006-07 USA Today/ESPN Division II Top
25 women's college basketball
November 27, 2007

1. University of North Dakota
2. Delta State University (Miss.)
3. Washburn University (Kan.)
4. University Of California-San Diego
5. University Of Alaska Anchorage
6. Drury University (Mo.)
7. Emporia State University (Kan.)
8. California State University, Chico
9. Bentley College (Mass.)
10. Indiana University Of Pennsylvania
11. Southern Connecticut State University
12. Clayton State University (Ga.)
13. Texas A&M University-Commerce
14. Valdosta State University (Ga.)
15. Northern Kentucky University
16. Glenville State College (W. Va.)
17. Florida Institute of Technology
18. Shaw University (N.C.)
19. Augustana College (S.D.)
20. University Of South Carolina Aiken
21. West Texas A&M University
22. University Of Nebraska - Kearney
23. Concordia University, St. Paul (Minn.)
24. Holy Family University (Pa.)
25. Anderson University (S.C.)

Rocket For Sale

A follow-up to my previous post. I was browsing the Evel Knievel news and I saw this.

Evel Knievel Skycycle Snake River Rocket For Sale

The X-2 Skycycle steam powered rocket, designed to jump the Grand Canyon but failed in an attempt to rocket across the Snake River Canyon. Actually the rocket itself worked. The jump failed when the chute deployed shortly after launch and pulled the whole thing back into the edge of the river. It was never used again.

As you might expect, there is a bit of damage, but hey it's a piece of history.

For a small donation of $5,000,000 dollars this could be yours.

'Rocket Man'

Evel Knievel lived an exciting life, but it took its toll.

Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel was 69. But it wasn't one of his stunts that cost Evel Knievel his life... it was all of them. Riddled with scars from his many attempted daredevil feats, Knievel's health had failed him the past few years. He suffered from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, that had scarred his lungs.

Knievel underwent a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C -- which he believed he contracted through a blood transfusion from an earlier injury. He had also suffered two strokes in recently.

He will be missed especially during the annual "Evel Knievel Days" festival in Butte, Montana, his home town

I never met "Evel Knievel ", but I did actually meet his son Robbie who at one time was following in his footsteps doing motorcycle stunts.

In April this year, Knievel announced that he "believed in Jesus Christ" for the first time. He professed his personal faith in Christ at services in the Crystal Cathedral in California.

I think I will watch this movie tonight.
Join me !

Saturday, December 01, 2007

This make me want to puke


I thought we were supposed to have freedom to express ourselves. Nobody is being forced. In fact some players chose not to come.

Who asked the ACLU? Did a player complain? No in fact they admitted, “we have not received any complaints about any coercion or pressure related to religious beliefs or religious activities"

The ACLU even admits that they found no evidence of coercion or undue influence. There was no evidence of punishment or negative consequences resulting from a player’s decision not to participate. Players are not penalized for non-attendance.

Why does the ACLU have to put it's 2 cents in?

Please !!!

Stop wasting our time

A thought : Isn't supressing Tommy's views a violation of HIS civil rights?

ACLU you need to sue yourself

Friday, November 30, 2007

Only four more days !!!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

It's here !!

Thanks Ken

Try Dunkin Donuts coffee for free

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Countdown to Bourne 11 Dec 07

The Bourne Ultimatum

13 days to go

This would make a nice Christmas gift .....hint Hint

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sports Drinks, Quiet Riot, and Football.

Dr. Robert Cade, creator of Gatorade, died Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 80.

Gatorade developed in 1965 to help the Florida Gators football team replace carbohydrates and electrolytes lost through sweat while playing in the swamp-like heat of Gainesville, Fla. The first batch cost $43 in supplies, and "sort of tasted like toilet bowl cleaner," They then added sugar and lemon juice for flavor.

Now you have a choice. Pick a flavor — Rain, Frost, Lemon-Lime, Fierce, AM, Xtremo. Or stick to the basics. Gatorade accounts for $5 billion in sales.

Remember "

Cum on Feel the Noize " ?

Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow, who died at age 52 over the weekend in Las Vegas. The cause of death has not been determined.

Sean Taylor, 24, a first round pick in the 2004 draft, and a star defensive player with the Washington Redskins, died on Tuesday after being shot during what police said was a possible burglary at his home near Miami.