Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This set features any and all the songs you remember from the educational series that relate to the upcoming Presidential Election. Best of all, at least for my 8-year-old, the set comes with a map and red and blue dots to track the upcoming election.
Posted by CoachZ at 10:59 AM
Friday, September 19, 2008
Posted by CoachZ at 8:08 PM
I've been super busy and now can only right little blurbs about the DVDs I get in the mail! Here are three:
Clean Comedians; oxymoron or possibility? With Apostles of Comedy it is reality. I put the DVD in with all the skepticism the genre of “Clean Comedy” deserves, but very quickly I realized these guys are good!
We were not sure what to expect when this DVD came to our home along with the book. Was it going to be South Parkish, as cartoons are wont to be right now? We were pleasantly surprised while watching that it was neither raunchy nor stupid!
The storyline is a good one: good versus evil, and the weaker, more noble Autobots conquering the stronger, more selfish Decepticons. But the attitudes and plots are just a little too much for our boys’ age group.
As usual these are teasers from the "full" version on Hollywoodjesus.com. To see the rest click on the hyperlinked title...
Posted by CoachZ at 2:32 PM
Monday, September 15, 2008
This is the fourth part of Beauty and the Beast: The Linda and Patrick Story. On the main blog, there is a list of all the chapters if you need to get caught up.
This is how clueless I am:
- Linda started coming home more often from APU.
- She would talk to me for hours in the church parking lot. Very often, it would be pretty close to 3pm before we'd leave each other.
- Other guys, seeing that we were getting close started asking her out...but I didn't.
In hindsight, I'm pretty sure a girl coming home more often from a college teeming with good lookin' Christian dudes and talking with you for 2-3 hours in a church parking lot (no doubt hungry hint hint Patrick) means you should ask her out. I'm going to have to teach that rule to my boys, because I sure missed out on that logic.
I don't even remember what we talked about. Was I charming? Not sure, but we went on and on like that, showing both Linda's patience and my cluelessness. It must have been pretty close to four months (Jan thru Apr).
Then I hatched the sweetest plan. See our church at the time decided to join APU during Spring Break in a week long missions trip to Mexicali. So of course, Linda would go right? Every APU student goes. Here's the conversation we had a couple of weeks before the trip:
Me: So, I'm going with the church on that APU Missions trip to Mexicali.
Linda: Cool. [All sheepish and cute.]
Me: So, I'll see you there? [I'm thinking man am I smart to have signed up for this thing, I'll see her there and we can flirt with each other...oh and serve people too.]
Linda: Um no I'm not going.
Me: Huh? [It suddenly dawned on me that not all 3000 students were going.]
Yeah, just call me clueless in the parking lot. Linda did say she would go if there was still a spot for her. I quickly told her I would call the Youth Pastor, who was heading the whole thing up, and get her in. Her spot secured I looked forward to the trip.
The trip was perfect. We went down there to camp out for a week and adopt a little town (Peligro which means Danger) and minister to the kids. We watched each other minister; her doing VBS and me playing soccer with the kids. I pulled out all the stops on this one...(single dudes take notes):
- I worked it out so we sat next to each other on the 16 hour round trip bus ride to and from Mexicali (all except a small portion on the way back when we told other people that we liked each other...and of course they told us...so Jr. High!)
- I made sure to fall asleep holding a baby during one of our lunch breaks.
- We flagrantly flirted with each other, we were often found giving back rubs or just talking and giggling, even though there was a complete moratorium on flirting (which of course makes everyone want to flirt more!)
- I won over her mother by making her laugh. When she picked Linda up, at the end of the trip, I had my arms full of stuff so I waved at her good-bye...with my foot. It worked!
I think that was about the time I finally got that she might actually like me. That week, I called her and asked her out for a date. I went all out...Omelets, made by me, at my house (I still lived with my parents, don't forget I was 18).
A few dates later (May 3, 1990), we kissed...I know we hadn't even DTR'd (Defined the Relationship) yet! If you think of that Brady Bunch episode, where someone gets kissed and there are fireworks, it was like that...but a bazillion times more awesome. It still is now!
About a month later (June 1, 1990), we DTR'd. Here's how it went (we were out in the car outside her parents house...every once in a while her dad would flip on the bright Alcatraz driveway light to get Linda to come inside):
Me: Hey Linda? [Man I am smooth...like I practiced it a million times in front of the mirror!]
Linda: Yes [Still sheepish and oh so cute!]
Me: Wanna get hitched [Wait that's not what I practiced!]
Me: You know...go steady, be my girl, become an item...exclusive? [Nice recovery Zalamea]
Linda: [Long pause...I'm sure because she was like who is this guy?] Yes.
Me: Did you just say, "Yes"?
And that was it...she was mine. For the first time in my life a girl, THE most beautiful and captivating girl in the world, wanted to be mine. I can't tell you how elated I was that night and still am to this day. Linda and I were made for each other, I sincerely believe that with all my heart. I am so glad that God brought us together and look forward every day to living life in complete unison with her.
That concludes Part IV of BatB. In the next installment we see each other every day the summer of 1990 and I drop the bomb on Linda...I'm going to Bible college...oh and we got chased by a Park Ranger on my ATV...
Posted by CoachZ at 10:11 PM
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Posted by CoachZ at 8:41 PM
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Pictured here is the new bike I'm interested in. It's a 2008 Hyosung 250cc Aquila. Hyosung is a Korean motorcycle manufacturer that has been around for 30 years and for much of that they have manufactured Suzuki bikes for much of that time. Many of their bikes are found all over the world...just came to the states in 2000 I believe. Oh, I got my Motorcycle permit today.
Being a man (we only have so many words to say or type) I shortened the conversation I had with Linda in my last post. I wanted to expand, because it was a great blessing!
Let me first set the stage...we had been discussing a financial dilemma and we were wondering what to do over the phone...
Me: We should use some of the vacation pay I'll have left to help out.
Linda: I really think you should use that for something that you want. You've sacrificed so much and learned a great deal about contentment the past 6 years you deserve it.
Me: Silence (well honestly there was a bit of whimpering as I started crying...seriously men cry)
Linda: You still there?
Me: [whimpering some more] uh-huh
Linda: I know you've always wanted a big flat screen TV, who's whimpering in the back ground? Are there baby's there? Or maybe a used Vespa or something?
Me: I'm crying right now [I at least wiped the tears with a whole sheet of Brawny paper towel so that was manly right?]
Linda: Ah hon...I love you. Thanks so much for hanging in there and allowing God to teach you so much, we should figure this financial situation out without that vacation pay out.
Me: I gotta hang up now, because someone is going to walk in to my office and ask me why I'm bawling my eyes out.
I often tell people that Linda is my Ezer Knegdo(sp?) the hebrew word used in Genesis for helpmate (whatever that means). I like the translation life saving companion. She saves me in so many ways, more than most people will ever know this side of heaven.
As men we ought to be doing our duty, taking care of business on the homefront and at our jobs. Sometimes in can be gruelling, sometimes a joy...but mostly gruelling ;) It's been such a joy...a life giving gift really to be able to think about flat screens, a vespa, and now some sort of entry level motorcycle.
Thank you so much my love! I'm so sorry that I have run away with the I wannas a little bit. Linda know that way more than the thing(s) I've looked at purchasing, I treasure that you thought of me...I love you and your heart! Thank you!
Posted by CoachZ at 10:09 PM
Monday, September 01, 2008
If you didn't read my Major Case of I Wannas blog this won't make any sense.
So the I Wannas didn't stop. I'm going to be getting a little bit of money when I switch jobs as a pay out for Vacation earned. Linda and I discussed using that money on something "for me." That got me spinning on what that something might be.
Tops on the list are a big screen TV or a large down payment on a Vespa LX 150. I entertained notions of doing both, but it's just not enough money for both. So I'm stuck with an either or situation.
So I took my Harley ridin' father-in-law to ride one of those Vespa type things. Needless to say he was quite unimpressed. Using words like "squirrly" and "it's a scooter" [said with disdain]. Then he made the error of telling me there were actual motorcyles in the same exact price range that were decent beginner motors.
That got my mind spinning and all of a sudden...at least for now the big screen is on hold and so is the Vespa.
The above picture is a 2005 Honda 250cc Rebel in Candy Orange paint (I think the only year they offered it). According to most of the reviews I've read (a vast majority women) this baby hauls AND gets up to 70 MPG!!
I'm seriously thinking about it...but there is a lot to think about.
So stay tuned...I have no idea where this Wannas journey will take me, but it sure is fun (at least for me!)
Oh and stay tuned...I think I should have Part IV of BatB in the can in the next couple of days...
Posted by CoachZ at 10:13 PM