Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Road Trip to Kansas City

Who says Iowa is boring? Fort Dodge-Des Moines IA Ryan was irritated that everytime he talked about these tanks, we would respond "You're welcome"

This small hotel in Kansas offered panoramic views of the countryside.

Monday, October 26, 2009


I'm sorry I haven't blogged in such a long time. It's just that I've been so busy moving up the corporate ladder, discovering all of the marvelous secrets which encompass the debts of my soul and learning several different languages. JUST KIDDING! I haven't been doing JACK.

There was one item in the news lately that has me a bit perplexed. Recently several churches in the Twin Cities announced that until the H1N1 virus scare has passed, parishioners will no longer be extending their hands to share the peace. Is it just me or does this precaution seem to be real slap in the face of God? It's been awhile since I sat in a pew, but I vividly recall that one of the top 10 messages I would hear each Sunday is that we should trust and put our faith in Jesus. How much faith and how much trust can these people really have when they don't believe that their God will protect them from harm when they symbolically pass the peace of God, through a brief touching of hands?

I'd love your comments on this. Maybe I have it all wrong. Are there times we need to trust God, and other times when we need to watch our backs?

Monday, May 04, 2009

Friday, May 01, 2009

Life is a Cake Walk

Tonight I'll be working the Cake Walk, for a Fun Fair at my daughters school. Basically this means I'll be playing music and shouting out "HEY NUMBER 6....YOU JUST WON YOURSELF A CAKE!"

In many ways, I feel like my life is similar to the cake walk experience. Without a doubt I spend most of my days going in circles. And just when I think the boredom is going to kill me, someone calls my number and presents me with a delightful surprise.

Ok..This may be my lamest posting ever. Cut me some slack though. It's Friday and my brain is all squishy squashy.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Final Baseball Scores from Last Night







6-5 (11 innings)

Something Uplifting for a Friday!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hey, I got a Question for you.

Last night I was watching the news and realized how completely NUMB and apathetic I've become to the all the terrible things going on in this world. Within the first 10 minutes of the local news, I heard about the Swine Flu, a couple traffic deaths, domestic abuse, unemployment, Michelle Bachman (ugh), foreclosures, cancer etc etc.

After filling my head with all that doom and gloom I did the only thing I could do. I went to the kitchen to track down a fun snack.

When the world is crumbling before our eyes, it's comforting to know that the great taste of Baked Cheetos remains a sure thing.

What do YOU do to cope with all of the bad news?

Is there a way to process tragedy without the help of a tasty cheese snack?

CDC Swine Flu Warning--DO NOT DO THIS!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bill Maher on the GOP

Bill Maher, in an op-ed from Friday's Los Angeles Times:

If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.

It's been a week now, and I still don't know what those "tea bag" protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who's going to win "American Idol." But it wasn't tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that's when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.

The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because ... well, nobody knows. They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. Even though they're not quite sure what "it" is. But they know they're fed up with "it," and that "it" has got to stop.

Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law.

And here's the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes.

Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?

It's sad what's happened to the Republicans. They used to be the party of the big tent; now they're the party of the sideshow attraction, a socially awkward group of mostly white people who speak a language only they understand. Like Trekkies, but paranoid.

The GOP base is convinced that Obama is going to raise their taxes, which he just lowered. But, you say, "Bill, that's just the fringe of the Republican Party." No, it's not. The governor of Texas, Rick Perry, is not afraid to say publicly that thinking out loud about Texas seceding from the Union is appropriate considering that ... Obama wants to raise taxes 3% on 5% of the people? I'm not sure exactly what Perry's independent nation would look like, but I'm pretty sure it would be free of taxes and Planned Parenthood. And I would have to totally rethink my position on a border fence.

I know. It's not about what Obama's done. It's what he's planning. But you can't be sick and tired of something someone might do.

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota recently said she fears that Obama will build "reeducation" camps to indoctrinate young people. But Obama hasn't made any moves toward taking anyone's guns, and with money as tight as it is, the last thing the president wants to do is run a camp where he has to shelter and feed a bunch of fat, angry white people.

Look, I get it, "real America." After an eight-year run of controlling the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court, this latest election has you feeling like a rejected husband. You've come home to find your things out on the front lawn -- or at least more things than you usually keep out on the front lawn. You're not ready to let go, but the country you love is moving on. And now you want to call it a whore and key its car.

That's what you are, the bitter divorced guy whose country has left him -- obsessing over it, haranguing it, blubbering one minute about how much you love it and vowing the next that if you cannot have it, nobody will.

But it's been almost 100 days, and your country is not coming back to you. She's found somebody new. And it's a black guy.

The healthy thing to do is to just get past it and learn to cherish the memories. You'll always have New Orleans and Abu Ghraib.

And if today's conservatives are insulted by this, because they feel they're better than the people who have the microphone in their party, then I say to them what I would say to moderate Muslims: Denounce your radicals. To paraphrase George W. Bush, either you're with them or you're embarrassed by them.

The thing that you people out of power have to remember is that the people in power are not secretly plotting against you. They don't need to. They already beat you in public.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Power of Points

Last night was one of the first real springlike days in Minnesota. To celebrate, my daughter and I decided to play tennis against the garage door. It was fun and good excersize. The only problem was that occassionally we would hit the ball over the garage and one of us would have to chase it down.

It wasn't long before my 13 year old son, Ryan asked if he could play. So the three of us took turns bouncing the tennis ball off the garage door. When the ball was wacked over the garage I convinced Ryan that chasing down the ball was worth 100 POINTS! Even my daughter, Quinn, was shocked at how well my little plan worked. Ryan was chasing down ever ball that got away. And he ever kept track of all of his points, making sure that I was aware he had more points than his sister.

As smart as teenagers think they are, it's conforting to know they're as gullible as the rest of us.