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Probation Officer and Adult Volunteer Leader for the High School Ministry of Granger Community Church.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Here We Go...

There are a few things that are hard to get back to doing once I take an unexpected break from doing them – putting my clothes away (I literally have baskets all over our room sometimes), exercising and lifting weights, and blogging. The last couple of weeks have been... well... they've been crazy. I nearly got pneumonia after waiting to see a doctor for two weeks (the doctor literally said I was two days away), interviewed and hired for a new job (the process took six hours), I job shadowed for two and a half days (I start the new job on Monday) – which means I will have worked like 13 or 14 days straight. And in the middle of all of that we had to try to figure out how to re-work Carter's schedule. Things happen fast and we've been busy, but now I'm at a point where I can sit down and get back to the daily routine of the great experience of blogging. I know that I haven't posted any updates on Carter in the recent month. Don't worry. They'll be coming this week. So here we go...

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

$15 Dollar iTunes Gift Card and Dial-Up

So Jami was great and got me an iTunes gift card. I've heard about Sleeper Cell on Showtime, but have never seen it because, well, we don't have Showtime. So I thought, what a great opportunity to watch it. Since it's an hour long program and we still have dial-up, I waited until I went to bed to start the downloading process... that was 11:30 p.m. When I woke up the next morning at 5 a.m. I checked on where it was half expecting it to be done. It wasn't. In fact, it wasn't even a quarter of the way done! So I left a note on the keyboard so that the computer wouldn't be bothered so it could have a solid eight hours to finish. But I get a phone call around 8:45 a.m. from Jami telling me that the download had stopped and that there was an error message waiting for me to look at. So, it is very unfortunate, but with dial-up I won't be able to download this show. Looks like I'll have to find a way around it. Now, hopefully it gave me back the $1.99 and change it cost me to start the download!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

24-Hour Starbucks

Not that I'm ever up at 2:30 in the morning, but if I was I could travel 10 minutes to Starbucks for a latte. That's right, we've (South Bend, Indiana) got the first 24-hour Starbucks in our region. I've probably got Notre Dame to thank for that one. There's a small part of me that wants to walk through the doors in nothing but a pair of running shorts with bed head and order a Venti Latte with 2% milk... but that won't happen. Happy Starbucking!

Starbucks now offers java anytime of day OR night

Minister Arrested Mid-Sermon

Chicago police arrested a Lutheran minister as he was delivering his message last Sunday morning on a Criminal Tresspassing charge. The arrest stems from an internal dispute among members of the church, said Monique Bond, spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department. Police apparently took the board's word that McCants was fired, said the Rev. William H. Ameiss, president of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod based in west suburban Hillside. But Ameiss said he thinks the board removed McCants in violation of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church's constitution, which requires the board to go to the synod to resolve a dispute over a pastor. "They have removed a pastor inappropriately," Ameiss said. "The real tragedy is the ministry gets put on hold for a power struggle." "Personally, I am exhausted by these wars. That is one issue. The other issue is whether the police were overstepping their authority," said Ernest Robinson, a 30-year church member and McCants supporter who estimates that the congregation has about 60 members.

Comments... that seems like a pretty harsh punishment for not being a good communicator! Just kidding... the rest of the article gives a couple of different reasons. Second, I'm not sure that the real tragedy has anything to do with "the ministry". Screw "the ministry". People are being hurt. Families are being hurt. I think restoration is the key word here... for everyone... but wait, isn't that ministry? I'm not there, and have only a few news articles to go by, but that would seem to be the biggest ministry... especially for a church that is having problems... what better picture of Jesus... a church that is hurt, angry and bitter... to be restored by the love of Jesus... HELLO!!! THERE'S YOUR MINISTRY Mr. president Ameiss! But I'm not there. Lastly, there are wars around the world... it's very sad and angering that there are wars within the Church as well. That's all I have to say about that.

Click the following link for more on the story... or you can simply Google it... Minister Arrested Mid-Sermon.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Random Thursday – Chuck Norris Facts

And now, random facts about Chuck Norris...

Chuck Norris invented time zones in order to more efficiently schedule world wide butt kickings.

For fun, Chuck Norris likes to visit Veterinary Hospitals. When asked if he has a sick pet, Chuck Norris flexes and says, "These pythons are pretty sick."

Chuck Norris doesn't ask permission, he grants it.

Chuck Norris doesn't bathe like the rest of us. The only baths Chuck Norris takes are blood baths.

Chuck Norris doesn't fart, he makes smelly tornadoes.

Chuck Norris once knocked out Mike Tyson in a bare knuckle boxing match... with both hands tied behind his back.

Scientists have attempted to calculate the statistical possibilty of anyone beating Chuck Norris. The sheer impossibility of this task has caused many of the scientists to develop symptoms of severe foot-shaped bruising to the face.

The Sun was actually the explosion resulting from Chuck Norris roundhouse kicking God after he was told "thou shalt not kill".

Chuck Norris once used a butterfly knife camping. This may not sound special but he used it to build a tent, start a fire and kill a deer. Oh, and as a compass.

Chuck Norris can lick his elbow.
... NO, I did not make these up. They were found at However, not all of them are suitable for publication. If you travel to view more Chuck Norris facts, do so at your own risk.