Wednesday, April 30, 2008

27 Dresses

Even the Selfless Have Needs
Like, Taming That Sailor's Tongue?

This movie reminds me of the saying, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” This movie also reminds me of the pre-flight warning: “If you are sitting next to someone that needs assistance with their oxygen mask, please make sure yours is secure first.”

Moondance Alexander

Direct to DVD
Kid tested and approved...

This movie proves a couple of things for me: first, figure skaters can’t act (Sasha Cohen is in this one); second, Kids love the darndest movies (mine won’t stop watching it). Rent/Queue it (even if it’s for the kids).

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My New Do

So I had a Pedro moment (from Napoleon Dynamite) and got real hot, so I decided to shave off most of my hair. This is #8 on the top and #7 on the sides. What do you think? I was inspired by the new Asian dude on Lost Ken Leung aka Miles Straume.

I guess he has more bangs...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Morro Bay Kite Festival

Linda took some time off this weekend, so the boys and I decided to have a Kite kinda Saturday. First we tried to check out the kite surfing Xpo by the Pismo Pier, but the wind wasn't up enough yet. So we headed for Morro Bay to check out the Kite Festival. I've never heard of this.

We ate some Kettle Korn and some halfway cooked chicken kabobs while we watched professional kite flyers fly their kites to music. I kid you not. It was pretty cool actually. Josh got a free no fuss kite that flies real well too!

I think we'll go next year!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

My Friend Joe

This is my friend Joe. You can't see it real well, but he's holding a brown belt. At our Aikido dojo that's the level right before black belt. He was just promoted tonight.

Here's what I know about Joe. He's in his 60's, a war veteran, tough as nails ex-bar bouncer, he could probably kill you with his bare hands, and he's one of the kindest people I know. He decided a few years back to take Aikido because he didn't like the person he had become. The martial art is all about the art of self-defense through loving non-violent, non-resistent methods (aka no kicking, punching, jabbing fingers in your eyeballs kinda thing)

FYI this Dojo is run by a Christian Couple who daily share the Gospel with their students, through their lives, actions, as well as their words. Some have come to saving faith, but everyone IS loved!

I've been working at Full Circle Aikido for almost a year and a half and Joe has been there almost every time I have. I look forward to working with him, mainly because he's a real genuine tough guy and they are hard to find...even harder to hang out with.

So congratulations Joe! You deserve it.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Josh Flying Kite

Friday, April 18, 2008

1st Moblog

Here it is my 1st foray into mobblogging

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trashing the Bride

I randomly came across a blog, Trash the Dress. They trashed this dress but mostly it's pictures of brides in their dress in unorthodox places. Pretty cool and artistic...but a bit disturbing. Kinda like the trend that I'm seeing of trashing the bride of Christ, the Church. I keep seeing it; from my fellow writers on to rockers, even George Barna seems to be getting into it.

What are they saying? Stuff like:

  • The Church is out of touch and irrelevant
  • The Church is stupid and mean
  • The Church isn't what Jesus intended
  • The Church is the new Nazi regime (not kidding check out the documentary Rebellion of Thought)
Basically they are saying everyone should leave the church for this or that reason.

I'll be the first to admit there are issues. The first church I went to, the one that I got saved and married at, had an ugly split. Words cannot describe how horrendous a split is. It sent my wife and I into a spiritual tail spin.

I remember moving here and trying to find a church. My poor wife started looking through the yellow pages for a church and I just kept saying no. Anglican? No. Baptist? No. Calvary Chapel? No. Grace? No. Presbyterian? No. You get the picture.

God led us to CalvarySLO and I'm so glad he did. We reconnected with Jesus here and found so much healing. Beauty from ashes and that sort of thing. Is CalvarySLO perfect? No. But guess what Jesus reigns there. God is praised, Jesus is lifted up, and the Holy Spirit shows up often...Love rules the roost!

So what I learned is that some churches are messed up, some aren't. The CHURCH as a whole is not messed up. Why don't we treat church like we treat other things in our lives? If we visit a restaurant that gives us Montezuma's Revenge we don't stop going to all restaurants, we go to a different one that won't! If we go to a Doctor or Dentist that's a quack we don't lay off Doctors all together, especially if you have a broken arm or something, we find a different one.

So like me maybe you've had a horrific experience at a church...actually more than likely you have. But that's no reason to trash her. She's worth Jesus dying for her, she might be worth your effort to make her better. As the old saying goes, "Be part of the solution, not the problem."

The more I serve at CalvarySLO the more I realize it needs each and everyone that is there to love and serve it...sometimes die to ourselves. For example, I really wanted to see CalvarySLO doing a lot more in the community. First I started griping about it to everyone that would listen and every once in a while I'd send the pastors an e-mail about it. Nothing happened.

I had a choice. I could start trying to do more things in the community and see if others at CalvarySLO caught the same vision OR I could pout bitterly and leave the church. Guess which one I chose. Praise the Lord, he decided to make it stick and there seems to be quite a movement at CalvarySLO towards making God's name great in the community.

I love my church, but I also love the Church. Jesus died for her warts and all. The Rebellion of Thought folks said the Church is like a train on a collision course towards another oncoming train and we should all jump off. I kinda think a Christ like dude should tell everyone to go to the caboose while he disconnects the locomotive from the rest of the train.

Hope that makes sense...cause trashing the bride sure doesn't.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Walking with God

Walking with God
And Talking with Him, too...
It's possible and should be normal

For me, Walking with God has confirmed a lot of things about my walking and talking relationship with God. For others, it may be the start of something radically new. Regardless it is a must read. I hope you’ll pick it up.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Recent Stuff

These are some random pics that were on my phone and I was clearing them.

First one was today 4/14. Had a pretty rough week last week so I took a maintenance day (that's adult speak for playing hookie from school - at my work we get 2 weeks worth!)

I walked to my old stomping grounds the Oceano Dunes Recreation Area. I know you couldn't tell just by looking at me but I used to be an ATV riding, mullet flying out of my helmet, I love the smell of two stroke gasoline in the morning kinda guy. It's been a long time since I jumped my friend's dad's sand rail out in the California desert, but I still remember I felt like Luke Duke jumping the General Lee!

This is a picture of dinner at my neighbor's (Phil & Megan). They cooked us BBQ'd Tri-Tip (notice the perfect red areas?), a wonderful root vegetable medley with delicately cooked mushrooms, oh and green beans served the only way I like veggies...w/ bacon!

I smothered my whole dish with the juices on the cutting board from the meat, is that bad?

Phil was good enough to brew me a decaf espresso to go with my deelish strawberry shortcake that my equally deelish bride put together.

Here are Josh and Maeve playing! I did a little forced perspective here so Maeve looks like a Giant compared to little hobbit Jason...who is actually sitting down.

Hope you like the pics. When I used to come up here to Oceano Dunes I was not a Christian, but I remember something in my heart being moved by the beauty and vibrancy of that area. The colors always seemed crisper there, the air so clear, and the sky a blue I had never seen. It may have had to do with the fact that I lived in a suburb of a suburb of LA. The colors there can always be described in shades of brown with a touch of smog.

When I went back there today I saw it again...the beauty and the vibrancy. And my heart was moved to worship, the God who had created all of it. I wonder about all the people who were there, camping and riding mechanized vehicles of all sorts, if they too were moved, without knowing why...I hope they will some day!

When we went to Phil and Megan's house, Phil kept saying, "Man I can't believe it took us 6 years to get together for dinner." Isn't that weird? Six years of going to the same church AND being neighbors and never getting together to share a meal. It's a sad comment on our busyness and how we take for granted that we can always do it another time.

Here's to having them over next! (Before another 6 years goes by!)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Review Queue...what's in the hopper?

Here are the Screeners I have waiting for a review. The review should come out on the date of release. I also put an asterisk next to the DVDs I want to see, but don't have a screener for.

Dan in Real Life, DVD Release 3/11/08*
The Seeker, DVD Release 3/18/08
I am Legend, DVD Release 3/18/08*
Walk the Line 2 Disc Extended Cut, DVD Release 3/25/08
Alvin & the Chipmunks, DVD Release 4/1/08
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, DVD Release 4/8/08
Lions for Lambs, DVD Release 4/8/08
Music Within, DVD Release 4/8/08
Resurrecting the Champ, DVD Release 4/8/08
Juno, DVD Release 4/15/08

I'm doing a book:
Walking with God by John Eldredge, Release 4/15/08 (It's real good...)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Alvin & the Chipmunks DVD

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Now on DVD
Who has your best interests at heart?

The tension between Dave Seville and Ian Hawke made it interesting to me. Bottom line we have to ask ourselves: who has our best interests at heart, God (Dave) or Satan (Ian)? I hope you come up with the same conclusion as these animated chipmunks!