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September 11, 2007

Well Summer is over and work and home life has settled down to category 2 tornado. It it had gotten any busier I don’t know if I could have taken it much longer. Working six days of work mostly ten hour shifts, teaching Sunday School class and running the boy to football two a days. Now all we have to worry about is Home School and having the kids do their work on time.

Tomorrow is my oldest sons birthday, he’s 17. I’m so proud of him. He’s so diligent about school and football. There is a very nice girl that seems to enjoy his company. It’s so interesting to see him struggle to understand girls. Little does he know that will be a life long task, or better said… adventure.

I’m reading No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul Coughlin. Only about 1/4 the way thru and I find it interesting but I am hesitant about some of his ideas. Kinda like when I read Waking the Dead by John Eldridge.

I’m looking for input from someone who has read the book, and maybe someone make comments or criticisms of the book.

Hardcore History Review

July 14, 2007

I listen to a lot of Podcasts (around 22-27) some are daily some are only weekly. James MacDonald’s Walk in the Work is very good, especially this week.

But back to my review. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is the best history podcast I have found. He’s a radio personality (not sure I like his politics) but his history is good listening. He highlights interesting things and tells WHY events and cultures make a difference in history. The first of his podcasts I listened to was Bubonic Nukes, I know about the Bubonic Plague and how it changed history. But, he really nails the hows and whys of the times. He can almost put you in the times, so you can understand the mind sets and cultures. What is amazing is actually listen to the podcasts several times and take notes so I can do my own reading and research. My younger son (almost 15) loves it to! After listening to the one about Bubonic Nukes he said he knew the facts but Dan made it come alive and made him think. OK when you can make a 15 year old like history that’s something serious.

So what I’m gonna do for the next few posts is do reviews on my podcast I listen to. Next time I will make a list of all with links. I will also review a few I gave up and tell why. Podcasting is a medium that I love and have been listening to since almost the beginning when you had to do everything by hand to download them (before iTunes killed a few great aggergators).

So take a listen to Dan you won’t be sorry. He even tackled the Cold War and was quite fair to the issues.

And listen to James MacDonald for that way he just busts you in the chops (I love his podcast, it’s the most challenging and rewarding one I listen to. Though sometimes I need to build up the courage and honesty to listen to him DAILY.)

Just a Short Post

June 28, 2007

Hello, I’m still around. I’ve had a bad case of tendinitis and have been to busy for my own good. When you look forward to 5 days from now to be able to sleep 7+ hours you know things are bad. I have been marking my days out in 15 minute chunks to make everything fit. That’s gonna change soon.

I have noticed my family has also picked up the same pace. To much on their plates too. So they will slow down and in a few weeks I’ll do the same.

What is life if you can not enjoy it while it passes. God did not mean it to be this way….

I can remember playing tackle football (him being on his knees) when I was 7 or 8 and when he “tackled” me and I had all the breath knocked out of me. I can picture (and feel it now) he in a white t-shirt kneeling over me while my Great-Grandmother leaned out the window scolding him for playing so rough. I remember it so well because at that moment I really knew my Father was concerned for me, really concerned. (And I also realized he couldn’t fix everything) I felt like I was a man, being able to be hurt and then toughing it out.

Another time we three boys were dancing around the fire barrel while my parents burned wallpaper. We dressed for the occasion by making head dressings with feathers and I in my PJ’s (which were Indian or cowboy themed, flannel none the less). Man, I can remember this like yesterday; it was just getting dark and well past my bedtime. We were doing a rain dance like thing around the fire barrel when a large piece flew out of the fire and landed on my back. In an instant there were flames all over me, my Dad ran over and ripped all my clothes off and I wasn’t even burned! I can remember thinking that nobody on TV was tougher than my Dad.

I can remember going squirrel hunting with him for the first time, my favorite part was holding his hand on the way back. I know we didn’t get a squirrel cause I was to noisy. I think that’s why my Mother insisted I go, because she hated to cook squirrels and my Dad never missed. Once I saw him shoot a crow from at least 200 yards with a .22 and another time shoot a rabbit on the run with a pistol.

He grew up during the depression without a father and dirt poor in the hills of West Virginia. They hunted and trapped from the time he was 8 or 9, he claimed he didn’t really have shoes until he went to school. After listening to his Brother talk my Father was not stretching the truth, they were really poor.

I’ll post a few more memories, maybe some of our great adventures we boys had chasing over the hills.

I am revisited a few of my favorite reads from my youth. Fred Saberhagen, Beserkers: The Beginning, wow what a read. My boys are thrilled. I moved up several notches in their eyes, suggest such good books. I read 100’s of books to suggest to them. Ringworld,
Starship Troopers, and some other classics. I would like them to read The Foundation Trilogy, but I don’t know if they can suffer through the dry spells. And of course how could I forget the Martian Chronicles  and the John Carter series.  Such good books, boyhood adventures to be sure.

I have been planning this weekend for at least three weeks (all the work I want to get done for the cookout Monday evening). I have decided to quit working on the yard and garden before 5 PM (even if I’m not done) so I can spend the evening with my family.

Water balloon fights come to mind if it doesn’t thunderstorm. Maybe I’ll go to the dollar store and buy squirt guns and noodles to have some real fun with the kids and Wife. What ever we do we’ll have some fun.

Monday we’re having a cookout our family and a few guys from work. Just burgers, hot dogs, beer can chicken, smoked pork, roasted corn on the cob, and other cook out stuff. No over kill this year. Just a simple cook out with family and friends. And I plan to remember our troops and fallen heroes…

What are you doing?

Job Interview

May 22, 2007

I had an interview with Starbucks today. When I woke up this morning I just did not feel like I was ready for the interview. Almost there I notice I miss a spot shaving, luckily there was a CVS next door and I could buy a dollar razor to correct the problem. It was just that type of day, kinda behind the curve all day.

The interview went… I just don’t have a feel for it. I answered every question with good responses I believe. It was a situational type of interview, with prewritten questions and S-A-R type responses. A classic  interview, one I’ve done myself many times before. I wasn’t nervous or anything like that, plus Steve was nice and was a good interviewer. He stayed focus and didn’t wonder off into rabbit trails. I just don’t have a good feeling about the situation.

I guess there is one plus, I saw the manager of the store I frequent. So maybe I can speak to her and see how far my resume has made it. I’ll see her later this week. I would really like to work for Starbucks, I have a lot to offer. Twenty years restaurant experience, I’ve opened stores, was a certified trainer, been company Manager of the Year, managed a store to 26 periods of sales increases and oversaw six restaurants from the ground up. One thing that I believe that hurts me is the restaurant I used to work for is mostly out of business in my area- Shoney’s Inc.

During their time they were a great restaurant to eat at and work for.

Parenting, what a challenge! It seems you can only know how you’ve done by the end result. And what is an end result? When I’m older and grayer with grandchildren? Or maybe there’s another way to “judge”? Maybe that could be in present actions, like following through on yard work and other chores. Or maybe making good judgments on friends, employment and schoolwork. I believe, I rely to much on the ending well part, and sometimes overlook positive signs now.

I’m very busy with work, church projects and work around the house (including homeschool things). So what a relief today when I asked my boys to dig a few holes for our new pergola I plan to install this coming week. I called home from work and they have two holes done and if the rain lets up they’ll get the other two done tonight. My girls 7 and 12-teen are scraping the arbor to ready it for paint on Monday. Sounds like a small thing, I could dig the holes in about an hour, or scrape the arbor in 30 minutes, but this will allow me to get it done quicker so I can plant the garden early in the week.

Plus, I think this will give them some ownership when we finish the projects. I have a mostly built shop (16×20 timber frame) that each has helped in their own way. The girls will come out and sweep the floor and pick up nails (I recycle used boards and beams) and the boys have helped lift walls and countersink nails in the floor.

So for the future I will look on the present and encourage my kids and be thankful for the wonderful help they provide. (I cannot leave out my beautiful Wife, she deserves more credit for the children’s good points than I do.)

Salvation Project

May 16, 2007

In a little over two months (Aug 1) I’m going to publish my first podcast, Lord willing. As I’ve blogged before it’s called “The Salvation Project”, now I am determining which questions to ask. So, if someone would make a comment on a few questions that would be good to ask I would appreciate it very much.

The format will be like an interview type podcast with the interviewer being as silent as possible, allowing the interviewee to tell his story on his own. Of course, well maybe not of course, I believe in eternal security; so I will approach salvation from that theology.

For the next several months I will study salvation doctrine and reread the Gospels to gain a much firmer grasp on Salvation. It’s almost unbelievable to know that God would offer salvation to me, a sinner by nature, and a big one at that!

So if anyone has any suggestions please feel free to make comments and I will keep you updated on my progress.

My first victims interviewees will be my family and close friends. Or maybe if you’re willing to be interviewed please send an email or comment my way. A lot of podcaster say you just need to ask the big fish to have them help you, so I’ll be asking some big names once I get my feet wet. Some big fish like Chip Ingram, James MacDonald, James Dobson just to name a few. They could only say no, so what do I have to lose?