1/31/2007

Sam the Cooking Guy...

Those of you who know me, or for that matter read this blog regularly, know that I became addicted to the Food Network last year. Everybody in my family cooks, and I dabbled in baking when I was in high school, but I've really always been more of a fan of what you do with the food after you cook it than before. That all changed when i found the Food Network. Shows like Boy Meets Grill, Everyday Italian, and Good Eats hooked me in. They inspired me to try to attain Iron Chef status. But, of all the cooking shows that come on the Food Network, my favorite show emanates from a different source.

Allow me to introduce you to Sam the Cooking Guy. Here's an excerpt from his web page to better acquaint you:

People say they can't cook. But it's not that they can't - it's that they don't. They've been totally ruined by recipes that call for a ton of ingredients and a million ridiculously complicated steps. The recipes on this site are for people who want to eat well, but don't want to spend a fricking year getting there. I don't believe in fancy equipment or expensive & hard-to-find ingredients. I do believe in food that's big in taste, but small in effort. You can get everything from a regular supermarket and if you can read, you can cook.

I've made 3 receipes that I saw on Sam the Cooking Guy: Shrimpy, Meatball Sands, and the Ice Cream Sandwich Deal. And people have loved all of it.

If you're looking for some simple ways to impress your friends with some amazing tastes, check out Sam the Cooking Guy's site. Personally, I'm hoping that I can attend one of his classes this year. Who knows maybe his show comes on where you live...

1/29/2007

Dreamgirls...

"And I am telling you I'm not going."

I know that I might get some flack for this. I mean, I already know who's going to leave comments here making fun of me for what I am about to admit to doing and enjoying. But, I don't care. I want to see all of the Oscar nominated movies before the ceremony. And so I saw Dreamgirls...

Dreamgirls
Running Time: 2 hrs. 5 mins.
Directed By: Bill Condon
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose

First, let's talk about the fact that this is a movie musical. And, as some of you know, movie musicals are either really good or really horrible. This one was really good.

So, what was good?
-Eddie Murphy is at his absolute best as an actor in this movie. I say "as an actor" because I think that his best is actually somewhere between Coming to America and The Nutty Professor. But the range that he shows in the role of James "Thunder" Early is remarkable.

-The pacing was great. Some musicals get too booged down in plot, and don't have enough music. Some get lost in music and leave out the story. This one actually lives on it's songs, but uses it's scenes of dialogue to move the story along.

-Jennifer Hudson. Simply stated. You've heard the press. She got the Golden Globe. She's in line for the Oscar. She is amazing. Her voice takes over the movie when she sings. But, I can't help but wonder, is she really due all of the credit she's getting? Effie is, without a doubt, the best part in the movie. And, during the original broadway run of the musical, the original Effie, Jennifer Holiday, received the same amount of press. *To see what I'm talking about, check out the video at the bottom of this post. Would Beyonce have been praised like this if she would have played Effie? Even if she doesn't have the voice for the part.

-There were some super sweet Cameos. Jim from the office, Urkel, and John Lithgow all appear in this movie.

But...
-Honestly, Beyonce is probably the only weak part in this movie. And, much like I said of Jennifer Hudson, I'm not sure if it's her or her part. Deena (her part) is a wuss for most of the movie. Don't get me wrong, I think Beyonce is a HORRIBLE actress. If you doubt this, just watch any movie she's been in. She always sings because she can't rely on her acting talent alone. But I don't know if this is the movie that will prove how bad or how good she is. She just kind of exists here...

And so, to Dreamgirls, I give the honor of being awarded a certified 4 ½ Yarmulke™ rating.


I loved this movie! It's definitely an opening night film. Make sure you see it before Oscar night. Now, enjoy Jennifer Holiday singing what started it all for Dreamgirls, "And I am Telling You I'm Not Going"...

1/27/2007

World Series of Pop Culture: The Dream Is Done...

Today was the day. Josh, Allison and I went to L.A. to audition for the World Series of Pop Culture. 50 questions and 15 minutes later we found out we didn't make the cut. I have to say that I'm super bummed. But I guess there's always next year. And, there's somewhat of a hope left for this year too. But not much...

P.S. Check out Josh's Blog for some pics...

1/26/2007

Can't Sleep... So Bored...

What would I look like as a cartoon? Well, weeworld.com has helped me to find out. Evidently, even as a cartoon, I would be awesome...

1/25/2007

Web Wednesday: A Day Late, But It's Worth It...

Ok, Ok... I know that this is typically a bit that's done on Wednesdays. But, yesterday was super busy and this is way too cool to not tell you about right now! Here: are two things you should know about me:

1) Whenever I'm trying to think creatively, I like to be doing something with my hands. Drawing, shuffling cards, reciting The Great Gatsby in ASL... All kinds of things...

2) I love toys. Right now, in my office, I have a magic 8 ball, a slinky, a David Hasselhoff Knight Rider action figure, a Jesus action figure, and a Rubik's Cube.

When I bought this Rubik's Cube, I knew that this toy could be problematic for me, as I am slighly OCD. The thought of having a mixed up Rubik's Cube, instead of a solved one, on my desk greatly distressed me. As I tell this to my friends, thinking that they would offer emotional support, I see a sly gleam in Ryanne's eye. I knew what she was thinking. We both dove for the cube. But I got there too late... She mixed it up.

So, today I pulled my mixed up Rubik's Cube off the shelf; wishing I could solve it using my own mental acuity. That's when I found this. It's a program that a guy built that solves your Rubik's Cube for you. I doesn't give you tips, hints, or general principles for solving the puzzle. You enter in your specific cube's set up and it gives you step by step instructions for solving it! Now, no one has to go through the horror of living with a mixed up Rubik's Cube.

This is the greatest thing I have ever seen...

World Series of Pop Culture: The Day Has Arrived...

The day is upon us! Tomorrow morning, at the ungodly hour of 5am, me, Josh, and Allison leave for the home of the Clampetts, aka Beverly Hills, for our audition for the World Series of Pop Culture. Since the conception of this idea, I have been supremely confident in the fact that winning this competition is our destiny. It can't, I can't, be denied. But, I'm getting nervous. I mean, when it comes to pop culture trivia, I'm good. I'm really good. But there's a written test involved! And let's face it, I suck at tests. Just ask Dr. Olshine. So, here we go. Editor's Note: Is it completely shallow and weird to ask for prayer on this, an audition for a game show...

1/24/2007

I Am Shocked and Appalled...

As a regular viewer of Iron Chef America, I was extremely disappointed to see this on the internets this morning. How could they promote something that is, by nature, so below them...

We Can Work It Out...

I have been super slack lately on working out. I haven't been to the gym since before I went home for Christmas. So I made my return tonight. After 2 miles on the elliptical, stretches, crunches, and lifts; I'm tired. Time to rest these muscles. I'm going to set a new workout goal for the next month and include a motivational tool. You'll read about it soon...

1/23/2007

What Did I Do Yesterday...

  • I drove to the O.C. for a meeting with Kurt and Matt, Lucas, and Phil about the winter camp that our churches are putting on together. I think it's going to be amazing!

  • Kurt, Matt, Phil and I played some Disc Golf. They did great. I sucked. I should know better than to trash talk at the beginning of the round...

  • I hung out in the office of my former place of employment and chatted with Josh and Alli for a bit about our audition for the WSoPC
  • this Friday. We're working on our attire for the big day. I'm fashionably challenged, so this is probably going to come down to what Alli wants...

  • Hung around a bit more with Josh. Caught up on life and what's going on in ministry. Josh is definitely one of my heroes and is a huge source of encouragement. I'm always glad that I got some time with him when I walk away...

  • I stopped by one of my favorite hangouts from my time in the O.C., Borders, and read a few comics to kill some time. I also discovered that they got rid of the coffee shop that was in there. They replaced it with an entire section of greeting cards. As far as I know, cards have slightly less caffeine than coffee, but they are harder to swallow...

  • I stopped by Ralph's to pick up some things for an appetizer I made at Katie's house. Every Monday night, everybody gathers to watch 24. I made this. Everybody loved it...

  • So, after 24 and Heroes, everybody left. I stuck around and talked with Katie and Ron for about an hour. I really couldn't post enough about Katie here. So, I'll say this: She's my big sister. It's always so great to get to spend any time with her and Ron. I never walk away without being encouraged. You guys are awesome...

  • I drove back home to SD at 1am. Never a good idea. Let's just say that I had to pull over...
  • 1/21/2007

    Have You Ever Said...

    Here's a bit of my train of thought over the past 30 minutes: I'm watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother when onto the screen walks Cobie Smulders, who plays Robin on the show. Ladies and gentleman; instant crush. So what do I do? I IMDb her. So I get to her bio, click on the mini-biography button and proceed to read up on her. Well, according to her bio, she wanted to be a marine biologist. That's when I thought: Me too! This led me to the realization that almost everyone I know has told me that, at one time, they wanted to be a marine biologist. Why is this? Is it because kids like the ocean? Is it because we grew up in a time that saw the theatrical release of The Little Mermaid? Is it because we all secretly want to be Aquaman? Editor's Note: It's definitely not the last one! So, the question I pose to you, the reader, is this: Have you ever said, "I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up"...

    My Milkshake...

    I saw this commercial tonight on the television. I know it's old, but it's so great! Such a simple concept. Such an amazing pairing of a song and a fast food dairy product. Such an excessive amount of grape Propel all over my laptop screen...

    1/19/2007

    You Got to Read These Random Thoughts I Boughten...

    Sometimes, Kurt posts some of his random thoughts on his blog. Tonight, I figured I'd follow in his footsteps:

  • I like The Office. A lot. It's filled with some of the best comedy on TV. But in the past 2 or 3 episodes there have been moments towards the end that have been so serious, sad, and to be completely transparent, very much like some scenes from the DVD of my life, that I almost want to stop watching it. Almost...

  • Today I bought three things: A TV off of ebay, a guitar for our student ministries' worship teams, and a new 6-pack of socks. I love that these things cannot be put together into any category but "Things I Bought Today"...

  • I learned about how credit card interest works... yesterday.

  • You shouldn't commit to things that you can't, or won't remember to, follow through on...

  • There are times when I feel like I'm doing everything I can to hold back the crazy. It's during these times that I sympathize with Atlas.

  • If you don't like the video game Guitar Hero, I'm pretty sure that we can't be friends...

  • I can't wait for my trip to Tahoe. I've built in a day of solitude on the front end so that I can spend some intentional and very needed time with God. So, I'll get to hang with God, hang out with some old friends, teach students about Genesis, and climb some rocks. The only way this trip could get better is if Samaire Armstrong brought me Banana Spring Rolls...

  • Allison, I hope you enjoy the title of this post...
  • 1/17/2007

    What a Surprise...

    I posted here about how I just started reading a new book, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. So, I'm about four chapters in and I'm loving it. I think it's the first book I've read in a long time that isn't about spiritual formation or leadership. What is it about? Well, it's kind of a collection of essays on different topics. Here's a brief summary of what Klosterman's covered so far:






    Chapter 1: Our false perception of what love really is. What's to blame for messing with our minds? John Cusack movies.
    Chapter 2: Post-Modernism, or art that is aware of itself as art. This is examined through the lens of The Sims.
    Chapter 3: Our collective habit of viewing people through and wanting to be viewed as one dimensional labels. Way to go The Real World!
    Chapter 4: Quality vs. cool, or why Billy Joel's Glass Houses is better than anything Springsteen has ever put out.


    Anyway, the book is filled with amazing pop culture references and comparisons, which are right up my ally. But, in the midst of all of the talk about movies and tv shows, two sentences have made me stop and think about them for a while.

    "Every relationship is fundamentally a power struggle, and the individual in power is whoever likes the other person less." Dr. Olshine told me this back in college. It's always vexed me. But it's totally true.

    "...it's "lonely lonely," like the way it feels when you're being hugged by someone and it somehow makes you feel sadder." Something about the way Klosterman phrased this was so powerful to me. It immediately brought to mind two hugs that felt exactly like that.

    Who would have thought that, in the middle of such a treasure trove of pop culture goodness, you could find such deep thoughts...

    1/16/2007

    An Open Letter to Josh Griffin... OR My Bicentennial...

    Dear Josh,

    I hope you're well. It was great to see you the other day. Earlier tonight, on youtube, I found the video clip that can be found below this post. It's from Zootfly, who's hard at work on a first person shooter based on Ghostbusters for xBox360! Never before have so many independant parts of my nerdiness come together in one unified explosion of dork-joy! As a fellow science-fiction, movie, and xBox fan, I knew you would appreciate this. So, here you go: my gift to you...

    P.S. This is my bicentennial post. That's right, 200! Thanks for being a part of history!

    See you when we audition for the WSoPC,
    Josh

    Important Thoughts #4...

    I am not ashamed to admit that I listen to Michael W. Smith. In fact, I don't just listen to his music, I greatly enjoy it. Editor's Note: Some of you might find this information to be proof that I am lame. To you, I say, "I'm rubber and you're glue! Boing-fwip!" One of his songs came up while my iPod was on shuffle the other day, and I was struck by the depth of one of his lyrics.






    This is from the song All In the Serve:
    Never gave you nothin’
    People couldn’t explain away
    Never gave you nothin’
    Without something to gain

    So, it made me wonder, when was the last time that I gave God something and expected nothing in return. I mean, I say I do this all the time. But I wonder if, subconsciously, I'm really thinking "If I give this to God, He'll bless me even more!" Thereby taking my offering, and tainting it with foul motive. Does anyone else understand what I'm talking about...

    24 Oceans...

    I have an addictive personality. I've recognized this about myself. I've known for some time. I've never drank or done drugs, so my addictions have always manifested themselves in different ways. For instance, in 2004, I became addicted to the television show 24. After 1 3/4 seasons, I thought I had escaped when I moved to San Diego from Orange County. But, as Michael Corleone once said, "Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in." This past Sunday night, I was pulled back in... hard.

    Here's everything you need to know about 24: Jack Bauer. Jack Bauer is the most heroic human being who has ever lived. He has done more for our country in five days than Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK, and Ronald Reagan could have done in a lifetime if they were on Red Bull.

    In honor of The Greatest American Hero, here are some things from around the internets to help you become better acquainted with Jack...

  • Random facts about Jack Bauer here
  • and here

  • "What I've Learned"
  • by Jack Bauer from the January 2007 issue of Esquire

  • "About Me" on Jack Bauer's Friendster Profile
  • from McSweeney's

  • Jack Bauer: "Damn It!"

  • A Jack-tion Figure

  • Jack Bauer Kill Count

  • Jack dressed as Jesus for Halloween:

    1/14/2007

    Here's An Embarrassing Ministry Story...

    Today we held a seminar for parents of teenagers at our church. Enthusiasm and turnout were amazing. Response was great. All in all, a very successful day. But that's not why I'm writing about it. I was up front speaking into a microphone and trying to give away a book. I decided to give the book away to the first parent who could hold up a picture of their kid. A lady towards the back held her pic up first, so I made my way to her and handed her the book. As I began to walk back to the stage, I said, "Wait a minute! Let me see your kid!" So she showed me the pic, I quickly glanced at it and started walking back up to the stage when I said, "You have a very beautiful daughter." Editor's Note: Do you see where this is going? That's when she said, "It's my son." Needless to say, I was embarassed. So Brian says, "Well, we have an opening for a Middle School Pastor." And I stood in front of the crowd of parents and turned red for about 3 1/2 minutes. Everyone had a good laugh. Editor's Note: Except for the mom. I'm glad my embarrassment can bring people together...

    1/12/2007

    It Is Your Birthday, Right?

    Last night, Jarred, Emily, and I decided to dine at Claim Jumper. Here are some funny things about our time there:

    1) When we arrived, the hostess said that the wait would be 20-25 minutes. I wasn't so bothered by this, but Emily was. As we took our beeper thingy and walked outside, we saw another beeper thingy sitting on the "Love Tester" machine by the door. Emily picked it up and took it with us. Editor's Note: I objected to this, as I thought someone could have placed it down and expected to return to find it. But Emily told me to shut up and that she was hungry. The beeper thingy that we found went off before ours did. So, we went and turned it in and were seated. Emily told them that she found our beeper thingy by the door. Some family probably starved because they had to wait an additional 10 minutes...

    2) After our meal, as we were waiting on the check, our server Jon appeared with a piece of Cookies and Cream Mud Pie with a candle in it. He wished Jarred a happy birthday. The only problem was that it wasn't his birthday... and none of us had said it was. We kind of sat there with open mouths and Jon asked, "It is your birthday, right?" I had no idea what to say. Neither did Jarred. Emily slowly nodded her head yes. He put the dessert down and we enjoyed eating it. I sitll have no idea why this happened. But, the dessert was great! Jon, if you are reading this, we all agreed that you were a great server! Probably the best we have ever had at Clam Jumper...

    Venom pt. 2...

    A while back I posted a screen cap of Venom from the Spider-man 3 trailer. All were in agreement as to it's awesomeness. Now, I present to you, the Sideshow Collectibles 12-inch Venom figure from Spider-man 3. These guys are kind of the Rolls Royce of Action Figures. In fact, they don't really make action figures, they're more like miniature statues. Anyway, all that to say, their design is reputable. So, more than likely this is how Venom will look in the movie. I'm not sure I totally approve. It looks like his head is too small and that he's wearing pants...

    Is It Too Late For One of These...

    1) What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before? Hmmm... So many things. I bought my first vehicle. I took my students to summer camp for the first time. I joined a gym.
    2) Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I actually didn't make any resolutions last year. And I didn't make any for this year either.

    3) Did anyone close to you give birth? Quite a few people actually. All women.

    4) Did anyone close to you die? Yeah. My Granny Pou.

    5) What countries did you visit? Unfortunately, I stayed domestic this year. I didn't even make it to Mexico.

    6) What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006? How about another seminary course under my belt... or above it.

    7) What date(s) from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? None come to mind...

    8) What was your biggest achievement of the year? Well, I can do push-ups in a handstand position again...

    9) Did you suffer illness or injury? I got sick around Mother's Day. And I hurt my knee on a bungee run about a week before that.

    10) What was the best thing you bought? My guitar.

    11) Whose behavior merited celebration? My leaders. They have made our ministry UH-mazing!

    12) Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Now, now, now... That would not be appropriate for me to discuss here...

    13) Where did most of your money go? Xterra and Taxes.

    14) What did you get really, really, really excited about? Superman Returns.

    15) What song will always remind you of 2006? "Young Chuck Norris" by Chuck Brogar

    16) Compared to this time last year, are you: Wiser? Wisdom is knowlege + experience. So, yes. Some of it came at a price too... Healthier? Oh yeah! I joined a gym, watched what I ate, and dropped 23 lbs! Richer? Eh... I saved a little.

    17) What do you wish you'd done more of? Read.

    18) What do you wish you'd done less of? Watch TV.

    19) How did you spend Christmas? Flew home to SC to be with the fam.

    20) Did you fall in love in 2006? No. Not love. But I definitely liked someone... Too bad though...

    21) How many one-night stands? None.

    22) What was your favorite TV program? The West Wing. Allison, you keep your trap shut!

    23) Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I'm not a hater I just crush a lot.

    24) What was the best book you read? Searching For God Knows What

    25) What was your greatest musical discovery? Fields Of Gold (New Version) by Sting

    26) What did you want and get? Guitar, Xterra, Booqbag.

    27) What did you want and not get? Cheesehead

    28) What was your favorite film of this year? Casino Royale

    29) What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I worked. And I was 26.

    30) Which celebrity/public figure did you like the most? Samaire Armstrong

    31) How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006? Still rocking the T-shirt and Jeans...

    32) What kept you sane? Well it wasn't crazy straws... Mitch Hedberg? Anyone?

    33) Who did you miss? Friends from the O.C., friends from the SC.

    34) Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006. No matter how much you want it, you can't make people into what they're not...

    35) What did you gain this year? A couple of good friends.

    36) What did you lose this year? 23 lbs

    37) Who was the best new person you met? Anna... I wish...

    38) Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
    Days go by
    I can feel 'em flying
    Like a hand out the window in the wind
    as cars go by
    It's all we've been given
    So you better start livin' right now
    'Cause days go by


    Man, this was long...

    1/10/2007

    For Your Viewing Pleasure...

    For some reason, there's an entire episode of Greg the Bunny on youtube. And that reason is that it's awesome. If you have the time, watch this, then thank me later. By the way, I would rate this TV-14. So, you might not let the kiddies watch it...

    iPhone...

    Oh, how it haunts my dreams. I feel as if it will be the cause of division and jealousy amoungst my friends and I. With all of the other "Apple-Jacks" on our staff, (Do you like that? I just made up that term for Mac fans.) I'm sure that it will be a race to see who gets one first. My bet, since I am not in a high income bracket, is that it won't be me...

    Web Wednesday: The Weekly Bit Strikes Back...

    OK, so I'm up super late. I can't get to sleep so I've decided to bring back one of the greatest weekly bits in the history of the blogosphere: Web Wednesday! This week's entry comes to us from The Onion. If you're a fan of Weekend Update, The Daily Show, and reading; then you'll love this site. Lot's of fake news.

    Also, as an added bonus: if you follow the link at the top of the page to The AV Club, you'll find lots of stuff about pop culture that could be useful. Allison, down at the bottom of the page is an online pop culture crossword puzzle. Blogosphere, you're welcome...

    Greg the Bunny's Entourage...

    I would like to share with you my opinion on 2 DVDs that I recently rented. One that I enjoyed and one that I think should be banished to Dante's second circle of Hell.

    Greg the Bunny
    This is an amazingly funny show about the interactions between humans and "fabricated Americans". Since it's amazing and funny, of course FOX cancelled it. Do yourself a favor and go out and rent or buy it.

    Entourage: Season 1
    Thank God this season is only 8 episodes long. Although it is semi-funny at times, and although it does have Samaire Armstrong in it, it depicts it's main characters as nothing more than pot smoking, girl chasing moochers whose soul purpose is to keep the main character liking them just enough so that they don't have to go out and get a real job. Even though that does sound slightly awesome (just kidding Mom) it's not funny enough to even rent. I will not be coming back for Season 2...

    1/09/2007

    Five Things You Don't Know About Me...

    I saw this on a couple of my friends' blogs and figured I'd join the party...

    1) I’m scared of the dark. Majorly. I mean, I don’t sleep with the light on or anything. But if I’m awake, and the lights are off, I’m trembling. Consequently, this is why I always try to watch scary movies during the daylight hours.

    2) I still ride on the back of the shopping carts at stores. Every time. Unless it’s a two story Target or Wal-Mart. They don’t have a bottom thing that you need to stand on in order to ride. I usually spend the entire time that I’m in those stores wishing that I could ride on the back of the shopping cart.

    3) My dream job is to be the host of “The Late Show”. No, I don’t want to be David Letterman. I want to host it as me. And I think I would be awesome too. Unless Samaire Armstrong came on. Then, I would go into awkward overdrive…

    4) I sing. No, you don’t understand. I sing all the time. Walking, shopping, writing… I’ve even been caught singing while waiting on someone to pick up on the other side of a phone call. My friend, Ray, used to say that he could always tell when something was wrong with me because I wouldn't be singing.

    5) I’ve never tasted alcohol. Ever. One time, while we were in the Bahamas on spring break of my junior year, my best friends tried to trick me into drinking vodka. They said, “Hey Joshy, you should drink that glass of water that’s been in the freezer for a couple of hours.” Luckily enough, I knew that water freezes in the freezer and alcohol doesn’t. Thank God I’m a science nerd.

    Death of a Hero...

    This Christmas, I bought myself some presents. Now, this is not a normal occurance, as most Christmases I have been without a paycheck. But, I've had a steady job for a little over a year and a half now, and as Scarlett Johansson says in the L'Oreal commercial, "...I'm worth it." So, I got myself a subscription to Entertainment Weekly. My first issue came this past Friday, and what I found inside was quite a surprise...

    Michael Jordan, 43, and his wife of 17 years, Juanita, jointly filed for divorce on December 29th.

    For some reason, reading about the marital dissolution of the star of Space Jam* troubled me for the better part of two days. I couldn't figure out why until today. That's when it hit me: Up until I read that blurb, Michael Jordan was perfect. The man is the greatest basketball player in the history of the sport. As far as I know, he's led an honorable personal life. He has a sweet line of footwear. I think that, onetime, he even saved a baby from a river that had flooded... with lava. Anyway, I had heard rumors of his infidelity before, but I chose to deny their validity. So, here I am; one less hero.

    I've had quite a few heroes die off in my lifetime. But this one was different. This one was huge. This was a fall all the way from the top of the mountain.

    It reminded me of one of the reasons why I got into youth ministry. My dad split when I was fourteen. So, for the majority of my life, I've gone without a positive paternal paragon to pattern myself after. (I heart alliteration.) So, when my youth pastor, Mark Shelley, invested so heavily in me, I decided that the best thing I could do with my life would be to do the same for others.

    I think the world needs more of that type of thing. Believe me, I'm not putting myself up on a pedestal. But how much better off would the world be if each generation sought to mentor and positively influence the next? Editor's Note: For a great example of this, watch the movie Pay It Forward.

    I love my job. I hope that, one day, I can be someone's hero like Mark Shelley was to me...

    *You should, under no circumstance, watch the movie Space Jam. It's a horrible, horrible movie. There are a few shining moments of redemption which feature Bill Murray in his typical, brilliant form. But, you would be better served renting Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters 1 & 2. Take my word for it.

    1/08/2007

    Anime-niacs...

    I just found out that anime isn't just about card games and animal-filled orbs. It's also about turning awesome cartoons like The Simpsons and Futurama into semi-creepy, a little too realistic versions of themselves. Check it out...


    1/07/2007

    POTUS Culture...

    For the past week or so the DVD set shown to the left has occupied my life. I have stayed up late (until two A.M.), I have watched, fallen asleep, rewatched, blogged about, and talked about it. I have watched every episode from Season 1 through the last episode of Season 7 (which I am watching right now). And finally, it's almost over. Sweet...

    As a celebration of making it through, I will be taking another TV Fast. Not sure if I need it. I think, this time, I just want it...

    I also recently purchased this book: Sex, drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. I had heard of Klosterman. He writes for Spin magazine. Lot's of pop culture stuff. I saw someone reading it on a TV program so I figured I'd give it a shot.

    I'll let you know how it goes...

    So I Was Wrong... So Sue Me...

    Ok, so I'll admit it. I was pulling for the Cowboys today. Not because I'm a Romo-sexual. But because I kind of wanted to cheer against Puddles in the Superbowl. I'm sticking with my prediction for the AFC championship game. But, here's an update on the NFC and the Superbowl. Anyone want to make it interesting...


    AFC Championship
    Winner: San Diego Chargers


    NFC Championship
    Winner: New Orleans Saints


    Superbowl XLI
    Superbowl Champion: San Diego Chargers

    1/06/2007

    Yes, I Love Technology...

    Guess who just got internet access at his home? No, not Bradley Whitford. He's had the internet for years. Me, baby... Me...