An Ode/Lament

30 04 2009

Ode to Taco Bell

In Three Farts Parts

Part I

Volcano Taco, why have you left us?

My friends say that you still exist in other markets… was I not good enough?

Did I not eat enough of you?

With your spicy red shell, and just enough zing to make my lips burn.

In the immortal words of John Mellencamp, “Hurt So Good!”

I miss you, VT.

Part II

Chili Cheese Burrito, why won’t they make you anymore?

I know they have chili, cheese, and tortillas back there…

I also know the button is still on the computer.

You were extra good with a dab of cool sour cream.

I miss you, CCB.

Part III

Cheesy Double Beef Burrito- we’re still friend, right?

I know why they call you “Double Beef” and I can relate!

The rice and nacho cheese add just the right touch-

Two of you fill me up.

The problem is, it’s just a matter of time, right?

They will decide to take you off the menu.

All of the ingredients will be still be there on the line.

Can we stay friends?


Swine Flu

29 04 2009

This post is NOT about Swine Flu.  However, it seems to be the buzzword these days.  I’m just curious as to what kind of response I’d get via any search engine if I wrote a post that included phrases like:

Swine Flu

Treatment of Swine Flu

Prevention of Swine Flu

Symptoms of Swine Flu

I actually had a student skip an event that was in a public place because, according to him, “since there are people from different states there, there is a 16% chance that I could get swine flu.”

I don’t mean to be callous, cold, or flippant about this.  I understand that people have lost their lives, and people are scared.  However, no one makes this big a deal about Human Flu, which kills about 36,000 people a year, even with vaccines and treatments available.  That’s 3000 people a month.  100 a day.  But we don’t read about this much on the news.

I hate the MainStream Media!

The Rookie

26 04 2009

We had students over tonight for our “Dinner and a Movie” night. We watched Disney’s “The Rookie.”

I love the movie- it’s a feel good flick, it’s clean enough to show High School students, and it’s based on a real life story.

You can read more about the real Jim Morris here.

One disappointment is that the movie completely ignores Morris’ faith in Christ.  He gives all glory to God for his success in baseball.

Good stuff….

Loving Life

18 04 2009

If you know me, you know that 2006 to late 2007 could pretty much be summed up in one word: Crap. Lousy.

I’m sorry if the “C” word offends you, but that one fits better.

Our family had a rough couple of years.  We lived in “Crisis Mode.”  We spent the better part of two years mad and running from God, hiding from family and friends, and completely miserable.  We (Mostly I)  lived off the adrenaline that surged from crisis to crisis.

Once we got our lives where they needed to be, (read: fully surrendered to Christ) things started to fall into place.  Now, we are in a good place in life.  Ministry is awesome.  I love Jesus more today than I ever have.  Our family is getting healthy spiritually, emotionally, and financially… it is amazing.

Here’s the only catch: Sometimes in the midst of everything, I find myself “waiting for the other shoe to drop.”  We lived in crisis mode for so long that I keep thinking “ok, something bad is going to happen any day now” or “this is too good to be true! Life can’t really be this peaceful, right?”

I guess we really understand now what Paul meant in Philippians 4:7 when he talked about the “peace that passes all understanding.”

God is good.

Looking forward

15 04 2009

I haven’t looked forward to a summer this much in, well… a very long time.
We have some fantastic events coming up in the next 90 days.
-Two Summer Camps in San Diego.
-DCLA at the L.A. Convention Center.
-One Service Project in San Diego.

To top all that off, we have a great plan for Summer Club. I haven’t decided what to call it (“Hot Summer Nights” or “Sunday Night Live” are in the running). Whatever we call it, it will be low-key, a great time to hang out and connect with students.

I love where we are in our ministry right now. I pray daily that God will continue to guide and direct our ministry, and make it HIS ministry.

Rough Day

13 04 2009

Wife=bench fell on foot, probably broke three toes.

#3=smashed fingers in door.

#4=I closed the car window on his fingers.

It was a rough one, to be sure.


8 04 2009

“Coffee is the lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions”
Mike Ditka

“Every home in Europe has it’s own coffee press. In fact, every room.”
Will Ferrell

I love coffee. Lately I’ve been wholeheartedly dedicated to my coffee press. The umber nectar is so much smoother and richer from a press- not bitter at all. It has something to do with not using a paper filter, which filters out all the oils, etc.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a coffee snob. I know all the places in town to get a free cup o’ joe… Wal-Mart tire center. Lowe’s Contractor’s Desk. Any decent auto/brake/tire shop. A little powdered creamer (no milk in that stuff!), a dash of sugar, and even at four in the afternoon, it is delicious.

Even Starbucks has it’s place.  I still maintain that the more syllables in your ‘bucks order, the bigger the Starbucks Snob you are. (That, or you’re of the female persuasion and don’t like “real” coffee)

Ten Syllables is the gateway to Starbucks Snobbery.

-Grande Bold.  Three Syllables.  He’d drink the Wal-Mart coffee, too!

-Double Tall Hazelnut Latte.  Eight Syllables.  Acceptable

-Grande Mocha Frappucino, Double Blended.  Twelve Syllables.  Pushing it.

-Venti No Whip Upside Down Non-Fat Triple Shot Green Tea Frappucino.  Eighteen Syllables.  Not even coffee.  Starbucks Snob.

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