Archive for September, 2007

Why I love college football

September 30, 2007

The past two days have been a great example of the reason I love college football:
Unranked Colorado beats #3 Oklahoma
Unranked Auburn beats #4 Florida (no comment, just know I’m a Gator hater!)
#18 South Florida beats #5 West Virginia (representin’ FLA!)
Unranked Kansas St. beats #7 Texas
Unranked Maryland beats #10 Rutgers
Unranked Georgia Tech beats #13 Clemson
Unranked Illinois beats #21 Penn State

Two other games of significance: My UM Canes struggled against a pathetic Duke squad (but they won and are 4-1) and Notre Dame lost again. They are 0 wins and 5 loses. That is enough to make my day, week, year. Can’t stand those losin’ Irish! How’d your school fare? Any upsets your way?

The Office: Season 4 Premiere

September 28, 2007

Well the anticipation is over. Season 4 Episode 1 is in the can and it did not disappoint.

Classic line: “Jan fixed me breakfast this morning. Well, she bought the milk for the cereal”.

Pam and Jim: liked the covert relationship deal, and the camreas busting them. I wonder when they will break up to add more twists. It’s just a matter of time.

Dwight: he took care of Angela’s cat alright. Did you see his homemade t-shirt?

Andy: bleeding nipples during the race. Very fitting.

Michael: refusing to drink water but eating too much fettuccine alfredo before the 5k race. The puke dripping down his chin. Nasty. Also nasty was the Pam getting an accidental peek at Michael’s junk.

Meredith: her face as Michael hits her with his car.

Creed and Stanley: catching a cab, grabbing some drinks at the outdoor cafe while everyone else is running the charity race.

I’m sure there is more, but I’m tired. Cant wait for Episode 2!

Crazy Day

September 27, 2007

Another day in the life of me. Crazy. Up at the butt crack of dawn, quiet time, off to campus #1 (middle school club), to church office, off to campus #2 (high school lunch), back to office, back to campus #1 again (meet with campus police), quick lunch at BK, home to eat, off to campus #3 (pre-game meal with football team, prayer), home. Now I await 8 PM Smallville season 7 premiere and most importantly The Office season 4 premiere, 9 PM. I’m giddy. Jumpin’ for joy. I will post after the episode. Peace.

The perils of being portable……

September 26, 2007

We are into our 10th year of being a portable church, so when it comes to frustration, I understand all of the frustrations that come with a portable church, I have been at Calvary for 7 of of those years. Any way, a couple of weeks ago we lost storage at our Sunday location (Jupiter High School). It was very fun scrambling to find more space for all of our equipment (besides that which is stored on cube trucks). Well that same week the principal from our Wednesday night venue (Independence Middle School) told us we lost our storage there too! What a dilemma. We have a Student Ministry cube truck, but it has been out of commission for about a year and a half. There were some serious axle bearing issues and we decided to hold of on repairs. Well hold off no more! We have gotten the truck fixed and ready to fill as we have been inconvenienced again and will have to move all of our boxes, etc. from outside to inside instead of from the nice, convenient storage that sat on stage. I know our band is disappointed as well as our worship leader (Jeff) and me. The countdown is on to the completion of our new facility! Are you part of a portable church? What are your frustrations? Have you had any surprises lately?

The 10 Most Disastrous Saturday Morning Cartoon Adaptations

September 25, 2007

Have you thought about some of the stupid, ridiculous cartoons that ruined Saturday mornings in the ’70’s and ’80’s? Cracked Magazine online nails it here! I knew I wasn’t going crazy when I recalled the Rubik’s Cube cartoon! Here is the corny intro to the the lousy cartoon. I remembered the song, isn’t that sad? “He’s colorful, magical, wonderful!” Any cartoons you remember growing up?

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Life Groups

September 23, 2007

A few weeks ago we launched our new small group format for the church, Life Groups. As a Student Ministry we joined the movement and launched 4 Life Groups. Each group has 2 leaders and is broken into gender/age (Middle School Guys, High School Guys, etc..). I really believe that this is the most important part of our ministry, giving our students the opportunity to build community with each other in a safe, smaller environment and get to know Jesus in a more in-depth way. Our leaders are all top notch and completely committed to the work of God in our church. We have seen a great turn out, as it has increased over the weeks and I’m sure will continue to do so. The material that our teachers are using is the StudentLife Bible Study. It’s wonderful and we all love the fact that it is web-based. We look forward to the continued growth depth wise (spiritually) in this smaller environment as well as width growth (numerically) in our Wednesday environment (MERGE). Does your church have small groups? What material do you use? What about the student ministry at your church, do they have a small group ministry?

iPhone pimped out!

September 22, 2007

I have officially pimped out my iPhone. I have added LOTS of applications and created my own look via Installer.

Production App’s include: VNotes (digital voice recorder), Chat (duh), Navizon (GPS emulator), Text Edit, To Do List, iShare (access online storage), Send Song (you can send any song from your iPhone to anyone via e-mail; also, set any song on your phone as a ringtone!).

Customising App’s include: Customize (customize your dock, header, and all other iPhone icons), rSBT (customize your Spring Board, or iPhone desktop. Put icons in any order wherever you want on the phone), SummerBoard (basically the premiere iPhone pimper, you do what you want to the look of your phone).

Gaming App’s include: Sketches (pretty much Etch-A-Sketch for you iPhone. Write, shake, it disappears!), TTR (Tap Tap Revolution is very similar to Guitar Hero. Pick a song off of your iPhone and go at it!), Lights Off (an addictive game based on Lights Out), Tetris (HECK YEAH!), iBlackjack (duh).

If you own an iPhone this is the best way to get your phone looking the way you want it, running the 3rd party apps you want! For a list of Apps go here. Nice list of developed apps for the iPhone.

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ATTENTION iPhone peeps….

September 20, 2007

You MUST watch this video. It will unleash the inner-beast of the iPhone. I can now play games (Tetris, Tap Tap Revolution, which is more like Guitar Hero for your iPhone than DDR). You can pimp out your phone with all different app’s and it’s simple. A little disclaimer for the video. There is an unnecessary little deal that you can’t miss on the video. Other than that a very simple tutorial on the how to install all the app’s on your iPhone. Screen shots to come!!!

3:10 to Yuma

September 19, 2007

3:10 to Yuma, the title is enough to get my attention and the stars of the film hooked me the first time I saw the trailer, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. I had the honor and privilege of going to the local theater with a few manly men and watching this western. We all sat center theater, a space a part from each other, and took it all in. There was no disappointment here. Without giving away the story or any of the surprises, I will tell you my thoughts on this western.

Acting – superb. Crowe of course, is sick as the villain. It’s amazing how likable he becomes yet he’s a despicable person. Through out the whole movie I was going back in forth in my head I like him, I hate him. He finally wins me over. At the end (no spoiler here) he just makes you like him in spite of him. Christian Bale plays the good guy. Bale is becoming one of my acting fav’s. He plays the convincing role of a man trying to provide for his family and get approval from his 14 year old son.

Cinematography – this is the first western I have ever seen use the roaming camera effect. Made famous by Saving Private Ryan years ago, this technique is now a staple in action films where blood splatter occasionally becomes a character on the camera lens. It worked well in this movie as it brings a relatively calm, cool and collect genre’ of film to life, a different feel from the normal western.

Sets – I felt like the film was a historical documentary at times, taking you back to the wild west as no film has been able to depict before. The towns were realistic. Not too much color and just enough people on the streets of the western towns to make the town seem alive. The town set’s were all characters in the film. Someone did their homework, instead of watching another western and putting together similar props and towns, they looked at historical pictures and created from there.

All in all a great movie that represents the genre’ well. We all know that there is about 1 western every 5 years that has any significance. This one is significant. Go see it if the wild, wild west is intriguing to you.

Some Thoughts….

September 18, 2007

I went to my last day of physical therapy today (most likely). My therapist said I need to find out from my doc if he wants me to continue or not because my insurance only allowed for 62 days. Today was the 62nd day.

Last week I preached 5 different messages. By Sunday I was running on fumes, but that’s when God uses you most, when weakest. Today was a nice day of chillin’ with my wife.

I’m convinced that Miami football is dead (“Canes and Dolphins). I remember the days when the Miami teams would score at will and even had a chance to win every week. I’m no quitter or switcher, but man it stinks to watch other schools and team win all the time.

I used the $100 Apple credit from my iPhone. Put it this way, Penny is happy.

This time of year here in South Florida just sucks. It’s still 90 degrees and wicked humid. When I lived in places where there was actual season change, this time of year was my favorite. The cooler weather, apple cider, pumpkins and stuff.

I just got Kelly Clarksons latest release. It’s actually really good. I don’t know what people were thinking when they said it wasn’t very good. That chick can sing and this release lets her shine!

I’m really not excited about the whole 2008 Presidential Election. The only guy that I think is an actual leader of the bunch(es) is Rudy. We’ll see.

I saw some Navy guys in the mall today. I walked up to them and thanked them for what they do. They looked at me with a kind of “huh?” look. Then thanked me for thanking them.

Have you been following the happenings in Russia? Crazy stuff.

Speaking of the mall, I had Chic-Fil-A. Wow. So good. Love them fries.

The Office
, House and Smallville get their new seasons kicked off soon. Can’t wait for new episodes!