11/29/2008

Act Naturally...

Here's some music history for you...

About two months ago I was able to go to see Third Day in concert as a part of the Music Builds tour. As one of the closing numbers, Mac Powell (lead singer of Third Day) called out Robert Randolph and the members of Jars of Clay and they all played a song called Act Naturally. Here's a little sampling of what it was like...

So, about a week ago, the song popped back in my head. All I remembered about it was the line, "They're gonna put me in the movies...", and that it was an old Buck Owens tune. So, I did what I always do when I'm looking for a song: I type the line, in quotes, into Google. I got the name and typed that into YouTube. But what I found confused me.

The first entry that popped up was a performance of the song by The Beatles. Heard of 'em? So I thought, "Well The Beatles were obviously before Buck Owens. So Buck must have covered the song from them." Oh yeah, here's Buck performing the song.

So I went to wikipedia. Turns out, Buck performed the song originally. When The Beatles were recording their Help! album, they realized when they were almost done that Ringo didn't have a vocal on the album yet. So they recorded the song as a way to showcase Ringo's "amiable" vocals.


So there you have it. The Beatles recorded a Buck Owens country song. And the first time I heard it was from Third Day...

11/28/2008

My Black Friday...

I got up this morning pretty early. Not because I wanted to hit up any sales (that would require expendable income), but just because my body said it was time to get up.

So, after a bit of reading and a shower (not at the same time), I decided that I would hit up Target to make good use out of a gift card. After a brief visit there and to Best Buy, the above picture is what I made away with.

Which am I most stoked on? The double DVD of Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Spaceballs. The mint M&M's were just for kicks. What can I say? I'm a fan of delicious flavor...

Something's Up With Baby Jesus at the Crystal Cathedral...

This past Monday, Schwanny and I drove out to Lucky Strike Lanes to take advantage of their $7.95 lunch and free game deal. After we were done (and I got a Chunky Munky shake from Ben & Jerry's) I decided that I needed to see the Crystal Cathedral up close. So we headed over and walked around looking at Robert Schuler's tower of hour of power.

All around the campus there are statues, most bronze but a few made of other material, of famous Biblical figures. One statue in particular stood out to me. It was of Joseph leading Mary and the baby Jesus on a donkey. But what was it about the statue that made me stop and take notice? See for yourself...

That's right, it's T 1000 baby Jesus!

You can't tell from the picture, but Joseph looks terrified. You also can't tell from the picture, but baby Jesus has electric blue eyes. Awesome statue...

11/14/2008

65...

I walked into the office yesterday to find The Mighty B sitting in her office wearing a big coat. I said to her, "What's going on here? Are you really that cold?" To which she responded, "Yes! I'M FREEZING!"

So I said, "I'll bet if you put on a ton of these C-Group t-shirts you'd be so warm, you wouldn't complain about it being cold for a long time." "How many?", she asked. "All of them," I said.

"I'll bet I could put on 100 of them." "No way..." "Well yeah! At least 50." "OK. Let's do that."

"What?" "Well, yeah. I'll go get the camera and we'll film you putting on as many t-shirts as you can. Then, I'll edit it into a countdown or something."

"OK..."

I really like when people go along with my crazy ideas.

Don't worry. I'll be putting the video on YouTube soon...

Hi. I'm a Mac...

Mac McGill was born yesterday.

In the afternoon, Griff, Schwanny, Baker and I went to visit the happy family. As soon as we walked in, McGill did this...

He said, "Mac's only job is to hold my cell phone right now."

I love the McGills...

Brian Was Scared... So Was Katie...

A few days ago, upon our return from lunch, KShan decided that she wanted to ride Schwanny's motorcycle. As she made this declaration, The Mighty B decided that she wanted to get in on the action. The 15 minutes that followed were incredible...

Watching Katie trying to lift the bike off of the kickstand was awesome. Watching her and B get super stoked when they got to throttle the engine was priceless...

11/12/2008

Madagascar 2...

I just saw that my latest movie review went online this morning. You can check it out at youthministry.com...

Web Wednesday: The Spy Who Loved Me...

It's Web Wednesday!

Today's edition is brought to you in honor of this Friday's premiere of Quantum of Solace, a.k.a. the most awesome movie ever made.

Have you ever watched a spy movie and wished that you had your own spy gadgets? What am I saying? Of course you have. Well then check out this list of 10 SPy Gadgets That Should Be Illegal. And here's the best part; if the gadget is available for purchase, there's a link to buy it!

Awesome...

Observations From a Movie Seat...

Today I went to see a movie in the middle of the day. Here are some fun facts about this cinematic outing...

1) Since I get paid to write about movies, it's totally acceptable for me to see a movie in the middle of the day. I usually do this so that I can have time after the movie to write my review and email it in...

2) I forgot that today was a national holiday. This, of course, means that schools were closed...

3) This means that I watched my movie in a theater full of elementary school aged kids and their moms...


And here are some things that I learned from the experience...

A) When watching a movie in a theater full of kids and moms, it's perfectly OK to talk as much as you want. This is justified by the fact that every kid there is whispering, shouting, crying, whining, making siren noises, or asking questions aloud. That, coupled with the fact that the moms are whispering, shushing, helping the kids to blow their nose, disciplining, and answering the aforementioned questions...

B) It's also OK to get up as often as you like. Little kids have little bladders. This means that every 27.4 minutes a mom will get up (more than likely from the middle of a row) to take a kid to the bathroom. Take advantage of this lack of courtesy. Feel free to get up for a stretch break as often as you like...


All in all, it wasn't that bad of an experience. I got to talk as much as I wanted and could get up and walk around. In fact... I might do this more often...

11/10/2008

Two Posts I Love...

While reading blog posts over the past few days, I've come across two, in particular, that have made me stop and read them again (and again and again...).

One, by my friend Marko, deals with why the company that he works for chose to publish a book on President-Elect Barack Obama. But the part that stuck out to me was a description of something that happened at one of the middle school small groups at his church. Here's a clip (Here for the whole post):

(as an aside, one of my fellow middle school small group leaders at church shared a story about how wild the discussion was in his 8th grade guys small group last week. a bunch of the guys were talking smack about obama, and one of the two african american kids in the group was getting visibly annoyed. my friend tried to get him to verbalize what he was thinking and feeling, and he declined, saying he didn’t think he could do it without totally going off on the other guys. during a short break a few minutes later, the leader had a chat with the guy, and he said something like: “for me, it’s not just about whether or not he’ll be a good president. i’ve just always heard that i could be anything i want to be — but i’ve always known that there were limits, because of my skin. obama being elected changes all of that for me. and i have a hard time even knowing how to put that into words.”)

The other post comes from my friend Chris, who is in Kenya right now ministering to orphans. It's a very short post, and one that I think is one of the most powerful stories I've read in a while. Go to his blog via the link above and check it out...

11/08/2008

Mud Slide...

I'm a little late to the party on this one. But, better late than never...

Every October, our ministry goes all chocolate, all the time. We call it Choctober and finish out the month with a giant chocolate slip-n-slide.

Exhibit A (night):



Exhibit B (day):



The ramp was a new edition this year. But, rest assured, it was put to good use.

Exhibit C (Jaime):

Actually, scratch that. He didn't even touch the ramp.

Awesome...

11/07/2008

Nope, I Was Wrong. This is the Grossest Candy Ever...

I wrote a post back in September declaring that I had found the grossest candy ever.

Turns out I was wrong. Behold...

That's right... it actually says "plump and ripe".

I can't even write about this.

Sick...

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

I'm definitely on my way to see this tonight...

I've been wanting to for a few years. I can't wait...

11/06/2008

Rock Band...

Marko tagged me in this meme. As I understand it, the rules are:

1) Use this random wikipedia link to create a band name.

2) Use this random quote generator (and take the last four words from the first quote on the page) to create the name of your album.

3) Use this interesting flickr image to create some sweet album art.


And so I present to you, the greatest band in the history of the world:

Grigori Zozulya's new album:

The Pain Goes Away

Look out for the album soon...

Wait... 5? What...

On Tuesday Luke, David Hughes, Schwanny, Jeff Baker, and I all went to Lucky Strike to take advantage of their "$7.95 lunch and a free game of bowling" deal.

That's where we found this...

We had to look again to make sure that we weren't seeing things. But it's really a bowling ball with 5 holes in it. Apparently some people need a really good grip...

The Fountain...

There's still some improvements and changes happening at The Refinery. The latest involves the fountain outside of the gym...

Normally, it was just water. But now...

FIRE!

And for pumpkinfest...

Oh yeah... dry ice...

This place is so sweet...

11/05/2008

Bible Bread...

As I was shopping for my lunch in the grocery store last week, I couldn't help but notice that this bread had a Bible verse on it. So I looked it up...

"Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side." TNIV

Before and After...

Before...

And after...

Apparently, based on people's reactions, this was quite the big deal. According to various people, I look older, younger, more professional, and buffer...

Not sure on that last one...