10/30/2008

A Public Service: Halloween...

Many of you will be hitting the streets (or parties or church functions) tomorrow night for Halloween. Since you don't want to show up wearing the same costume as someone else, I'd like to offer some alternatives to what the crowd is sure to be sporting...

Word on the street is that Heath Ledger's Joker from this summer biggest event, "The Dark Knight" will be the most worn costume this year. Why stick with what everyone else is doing? Why not try another DC Comics hero? May I suggest Arm Fall Off Boy. You're sure to impress and would have a method of protecting yourself from any neighborhood bullies looking to steal your candy...

I've already seen pictures of at least 4 girls I know at Halloween parties dressed as Sarah Palin. I'm sure that approximately 57% of girls everywhere are going to think that they'll be the first to think of this already obvious costume choice. As another option, might I suggest Tina Fey. She's just as good looking, just as brunette, and people will probably think you're more clever... Editor's Note: Plus, It won't require much of a switch from the Palin costume you've already purchased.

Halloween isn't just about candy. It's also about impressing the opposite sex with how clever/relevant/hot you are. That's why some of you guys might be tempted to dress as the hero of Stephanie Myers' best selling book and upcoming movie, Twilight. But seriously, why go with the flow? Why not try another vampire from the movies? Eddie Murphy's Vampire In Brooklyn will be sure to provide you with enough of an obscure pop culture reference that all of your friends will think you're a genius at irony...

You're welcome. Now go make me proud...

10/22/2008

Treece's Peases...

About two months ago I wrote a post about how I had been given the opportunity to begin writing movie reviews for youthministry.com. Pretty sweet considering my love for both youth ministry and movies.

Well, I promised more news and here it is...

I can now formally announce that youthministry.com has created a special section of their website for movie reviews from Josh Pease and myself. It's called Treece's Peases.

Every week, Josh and I will be writing reviews of the latest theatrical releases. Occasionally, we'll even throw in some DVD reviews. Once a month, we'll be recording a video podcast in which we'll be jointly reviewing that month's biggest movie, as well as talking a little about our other monthly reviews.

Three of my reviews are up now, and I just sent a fourth one in today. Check it out by clicking on the link above...

The Express and 1 Corinthians...

On Monday I saw a great film called The Express.

It's the story of Ernie Davis, who was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Not only was it an incredible film, but it prominently featured a verse that's been stuck in my head ever since...

1 Corinthians 15:10
"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."

And to top it all off, when I looked it up in multiple versions, I decided that my favorite was the KJV. Awesome...

10/21/2008

More Embarrassing Pictures...

A few days ago, A friend of mine from college put up this picture on facebook...

It's from the summer after our freshman year. And yes, that is my real hair...

I also ran across this little gem a few days ago...

Yes, that is also my real hair. And yes, I was rocking a mullet. But here's what you don't know: I was growing out the mullet so that I could cut it off into a rat tail.

Not sure what the deal was with my eyebrows...

Important Thoughts #14...

I finished reading The Shack some time ago. And, while I didn't think that it was necessarily the best written book I've ever read, it definitely rocked my boat and forced me to think about my relationship to and with God in some ways that I've never done so before.

I think that I had meant to write a few things on it since finishing, but just never got around to it. I base this off of the fact that I have yet to take it out of my backpack. But this weekend, I was reminded of a specific passage that I thought would be perfect for an Important Thought. Here it is...

"But I also want you to know that there is even more going on than you could imagine or understand, even if I told you. As much as you are able, rest in what trust you have in me, no matter how small, okay?"

That thought is written as a part of what God is saying to the main character, Mack. But, at the time that I read it, I felt as if God were saying it to me.

I struggle a lot to offer my trust to others and, over the past few years, I've noticed that I've even withheld my trust from God. To offer your trust is to make yourself vulnerable. To make yourself vulnerable is to make yourself open to hurt. Sometimes, hurt has come so often or so powerfully that it leaves a scar there to remind us of what trust can do. It limits us. Or, at least, it makes us think we're limited. It does limit us in that it makes us believe that offering trust will always result in hurt.

But here, I felt God (or the author) say. Whatever trust you have left, give that to me. It doesn't have to be much. I'll take what little you have and return it to you in tact. My love for you will prove that I'm worthy of trust, worthy of faith. Start small. We'll grow it together...

Tag... I'm It...

I love little survey things like this every once in a while. I was tagged by the Lion Queen, Alice, and by the right honourable Duke of Cadbury, Phil. I've already written some of these lists before here, here, here, and here. So, what's one more? I'll just have to try my best not to repeat myself.

Ready to go...

1) I'm usually a "cheaper is better" type of guy. But there are some things that I must buy brand name. Here are those things: Q-Tips, French's Mustard, Heinz Ketchup, GAP Jeans, American Eagle boxers, Rainbow Sandals, Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes (white). Editor's Note: Those are all I can think of at the moment. But I'm sure there's more...

2) In addition to being acrophobic, nyctophobic, and claustrophobic, I'm also ornithophobic. This means that I have a fear of birds. It's not irrational. Their claws are the perfect size to claw your eyes out...

3) I don't touch handrails. I once saw a report by John Stossel where he tested everything in a shopping mall for germs. The dirtiest part of the mall (containing every type of bodily excrement) was the escalator handrails. I've applied this to stair handrails as well, and haven't touched more than a few since seeing the report years ago...

4) Even though I started playing guitar when I was 15, I didn't learn how to change my guitar strings until I was 23. Thanks Taff...

5) I was once a Bridesmaid in a wedding. And it was my favorite wedding of all time. When Sue and Taffy got married, they each had 5 guys and 5 girls on their sides. I was on Sue's. So I was like a Bridesman. Or a Groomsmaid. Hmm... this title may need some work...

6) The guilty pleasure song on my iPod is Pieces of Me by Ashlee Simpson. I will provide no explanation for this. I love it...

7) I'm still a kid. I still read comics. I still watch cartoons. I still like Chef Boyardee. I still imagine myself saving the world. I still make sound effects when I pretend ninja fight...

And that's me. I now tag Lisa, Jaime, Terrace, David Hughes, Puddles, Snyder, and Ryanne...

10/14/2008

Inspired By LPVSH...

My friend Luke's blog has given me some pretty good sized laughs lately. He's been posting some pretty random thoughts and I kind of wanted to get in on the action. So, here's a few of my own:

  • A guy should never use the word "cute" unless he is describing the way that a little girl (8 years old or younger) looks in her Easter dress...

  • I've discovered the perfect sandwich...

  • If you fill your cup up almost to the top with Diet Coke, and then top it off with some lemonade, it's delicious and refreshing. It's also called a Josh Treece...

  • If I ever need an assumed name to check into a hotel, it will be Peter Kent. Props to the first person who can guess why...

  • I've recently discovered an online game that I can't stop playing. I know a 5 year old who is better at it than me. I'm not OK with this...

  • If you go to the GAP wanting a pair of jeans, and you don't have a ridiculously abnormal size, they should have your size. If they don't, the jeans should be free. Just like at Blockbuster...

  • I used to think that Mcnopoly was the greatest thing ever. Now, the thought of eating there more than once just to collect game pieces makes me a little sick...

  • I might grow another mustache...
  • iTunes Receipt: Part 12...

    It's been a while since I've posted on my latest iTunes purchases. Maybe it's because I haven't made a ton lately. Oh well. Here's the latest...

  • Love Addict by Family Force 5

  • Don't Think I Don't Think About It by Darius Rucker

  • The Heart of the Matter by Don Henley

  • Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Feel That Fire by Dierks Bentley
  • 10/10/2008

    How To Get Clean While Maintaining Your Masculinity...

    Just a few days ago, I ran out of soap...

    This posed a particularly specific kind of emergency for me, as I'm somewhat of a creature of habit. So, I knew I'd have to search the stores for my favorite brand: Safeguard. After going to 2 Targets and a Wal-Mart, my search yielded no results. So I stood at a crossroads: Do I go without until I can find it, or do I choose a new brand of soap?

    Being a hygienic person, I decided it was time to choose a new soap. After scouring the soap aisle for hours, I decided that this would be my soap of choice: Dial For Men: Blue Grit.

    It has everything a man could look for in a soap:
  • Manly graphics
  • Words like "ultimate" and "grit"
  • Futuristic technology like micro-scrubbers
  • Side ridges that make the bar easier to hold on to

    You can keep you fruity girly soaps like Dove, Ivory, and Zest. I've got Dial for Men.

    I feel more manly already...
  • Democracy At Work...

    Forget polling places, voting stations, hanging chads and all the rest.

    7-11 is running its own 7-election. When you go into your local 7-11 and buy coffee, you select which candidate's cup you want it in, thereby casting your vote.

    Pay attention America. 7-11 has the right idea...

    10/02/2008

    Hmm... This Seems Familiar...

    A new show premiered on CBS recently. It's called The Mentalist. But, as I've been reading about it, it seems a bit... familiar...

    Here's a summary from wikipedia:

    Starring Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned.

    Now, here's a summary about the show Psych, which I love:

    The show stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara, California Police Department (SBPD) whose "heightened observational skills" and impressive detective instincts allow him to convince people that he is psychic.

    Look similar? How has no one said something about this? Maybe it just means that I would like The Mentalist as much as I like Psych...