An Inconvenient History? (part one)

•August 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

(Lots of great video links in this one…click on the bold words for the vids)

Last night I saw a commercial that I have seen several times in the last few weeks. It was a commercial for Hanes t-shirts. Most people would recognize the gentlemen in the commercial as Michael Jordan and Charlie Sheen. However, neither person’s name is mentioned. Charlie calls Michael “MJ” but that’s it. This made me think a little. How many people out there have no idea who either one of these guys are? I know this may seem ridiculous to most of us, but to some people the commercial would seem, in a way, silly. You might get a lot of….hmmmm…I don’t get it. Is the commercial a little arrogant. (As I write, the commercial is on…) The commercial actually shows how in awe, even another celebrity can be of Michael Jordan. Charlie is so desperate, just to hang out with “MJ”, that he throws his phone into his car, hoping Michael would get his number and give him a call sometime…which he will not.

Now…here’s what I remember about these two guys. Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player to ever play the game….period. Six Championships. Countless other accolades and records. I don’t care what kids these days are saying about LeBron James…there is no comparison. He might be this generation’s MJ but he is NOT MJ. He tried playing baseball once. (I actually witnessed him hit a home run in a minor league game in Chattanooga. He just never looked right in a baseball uniform.) He starred in Space Jam and in those great McDonald’s commercials with Larry Bird. He was NIKE! He was on THE Dream Team. He likes to play golf and gamble. I could go on and on.

Charlie Sheen starred in some great movies. Red Dawn, Platoon, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (not really a starring role, but quite funny), Wall Street, Young Guns, Eight Men Out, Navy Seals, Men At Work, Cadence (AWESOME), The Rookie, Hot Shots one and part deaux (Stupid, but nonetheless), and two of my favorite movies of all time; Major League and The Three Musketeers. He also currently owns the sitcom world (or what’s left of it anyway) on Two and a Half Men on CBS. One of my favorite shows…ever.

What are these two guys going to be remembered for? MJ in Hanes commercials and Charlie Sheen as a drunk and failure at marriage. It’s really a shame. These guys have had great careers and are going to be remembered for what they are doing currently. I don’t care as much about how we remember Sheen, but we can’t let MJ go out like that…In his underwear?!?!?

A memorable line from Batman Begins comes to mind. It’s said about three different times by different actors/actresses. You know… ”It’s not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you.”

I would take this one step further and say, “It’s what you do LAST that defines who you are.”

I think a lot of people spend a great deal of their lives living in the past. Your history is very important but unfortunately, or in some cases fortunately, will be forgotten and taken over by what you are doing right now. The best way to secure that your past will be forgotten, or not forgotten, is to change your “now”.

This may sound a little confusing, but let me see if I can get my point across. If your past was cruddy, and you don’t want people to remember you as a chump, you are the only one who can change that. If you have been a success in your past, you have an even bigger challenge…keeping your reputation in tact. I don’t think we should ever try to forget a troubled past. I think we are to learn from it and take wisdom from our experiences, good or bad.

Make people remember you for what you are doing now. Live your life with the love of Jesus Christ. Show love to everyone. Spread the love that Jesus came to earth to teach us about. Share the love and life lessons of Jesus. This will change your history and your “now”.

Next….

An Inconvenient History? (part two) will focus on Brett Favre, The Green Bay Packers, and how ridiculous that whole situation has become. I will also discuss some of our history that makes teenagers today say, “Huh, what’s that?” Really sad stuff.

Wordle!

•July 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I found this word art link on Joel (Drummer Extraordinaire) Stapleton’s Blog The words you use the most are the largest, and then they go down in size from there. I am pleased to say that I seem to be a very positive person. GREAT is my most used word, then REALLY CAN. I also seem to have mis-typed the word TRNED somewhere in my blogging. Darn it now that one is going to be bigger. Give Wordle a try…Click Here


Click on the image to enlarge!

So this is cool…

•July 20, 2008 • 1 Comment

Last night my wife and I found the tiny little creature below, on our deck…

When I was a kid, I would find the exoskeleton of these little guys on pine trees all the time. But I have never seen one in the process of “coming out of its shell”…so to speak. Apparently it is called a cicada. They are actually kind of pretty. I won’t go into great detail about their lives. You can read about it at the Wikipedia site by clicking here.

They come in all sorts of colors and only live about 30 days. Apparently they first live underground and then come out to shed their skin and just be pretty for about a month. Anyway, the Wikipedia info is really neat and their is a time series of photos of what the molting process looks like.

I thought all of this was cool and that it is just another example of how God can use the smallest creature to amaze us all. God can take something that begins as an ugly little thing, and make it beautiful. Something to think about!

God Bless!

New Music Video!

•July 20, 2008 • Leave a Comment

This is “Glorious King” from my band, four days late. We are very proud of this and excited to share it with the world. I hope you enjoy it!



P.S. You really should go to the band youtube page and click on “WATCH IN HIGH QUALITY” for optimal viewing pleasure!

Click here to do just that!

Hilarious!!!

•June 21, 2008 • 1 Comment

Found this video on the SEC Football Blogger Blog. These are spoofs of this year’s NBA Playoffs Commercials “There Can Only Be One” I thought this one was quite funny.

You can check out more here

Bastogne

•June 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment

In an earlier post (About 4 posts down from here) I included lyrics to a song I had written a few years ago called Bastogne. It is my tribute to the soldiers of World War II and the Battle at Bastogne, France (Dec 1944 – Jan 1945) during the famous “Battle of the Bulge”

I will probably never get to have a studio recording of this but I really wanted to share it with someone. I did a quick video recording of the song tonight. I hope you like it.

So……Tetanus Shot Anyone?

•June 11, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I have been working, in my free time, for the last couple of months, remodeling the sun porch and deck on the back of my house. It has been a lot of work, but it will be worth it in the end. I am going to save the full story (With pictures and everything YEA!) for another date when the full process is complete. But I had to tell this story today/tonight.

I have spent the last couple of days cleaning up all of the debris and scraps from the demolition/building process. Yesterday I spent about four hours sawing boards into less than six foot sections so that I can haul it all off to the landfill (another blog all in itself). Explanation…my truck bed is six feet long, the old deck planks are about 12 feet long.

Anyway…

Today I was loading the waste (with the help of a dandy little cart my neighbor, Ms. Betty, let me borrow) into my truck for the haul away. I reached down for a board and when I braced myself, with my foot, I didn’t realize I was standing on a nail that was sticking out of another board. When I lifted up, my weight pushed down and the nail went, very rapidly I might add, through the soul of my boot and into the ball of my foot. (Steel toed, not steel souled, next purchase)

I have never felt anything like this before. OWWWW expletive (Sorry. Just being honest) OWWW Darn It! (Caught myself) It felt like someone had shoved a pencil into my foot….and twisted it. Like some sort of torture.

But I did not cry. Too mad to do that. I kept on working and didn’t look at the wound for another three hours. That’s right…I’m awesome….Or stupid…

When I inspected my foot later, I found a bloody sock and what looks like a piece of my boot inside the wound. I know this sounds graphic and that is why I am not sharing any photos (really only because I haven’t taken any).

Also….

Yesterday I was wearing tennis shoes (for the first time on this project) and I dropped one of the boards on the same foot. It connected right below the toenails on my second and third toes. Prolly gonna lose a nail.

Confucious say….

Man should do no dirty work….IF he can pay someone else. Then he never risk losing foot.

Well off to make my shoulder sore for two days.

Reminder…

If you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the last ten years, you should really look into that…I’m just saying….